I would love a cheque MacLeod wants 200 million from feds on

first_imgOTTAWA – Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister responsible for immigration, says the province is asking the federal government for $200 million to cover the cost of asylum seekers from the United States.Speaking to reporters after testifying at a House of Commons immigration committee meeting Tuesday, MacLeod said while the Liberal government has committed $11 million to Ontario, that money has “yet to flow.”MacLeod said her department is monitoring the costs of dealing with border crossers and predicts they will escalate. She expected to make a formal request for the $200 million later Tuesday.“I would love a cheque.”MacLeod said the $200 million figure breaks down as follows: $74 million for shelter costs for the City of Toronto, $12 million for shelter costs for the City of Ottawa, $90 million for social assistance costs her ministry is footing and $20 million for education.There are also expenses associated with legal aid and that Ontario has invested $3 million in the Red Cross, she said.Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said his office had not yet recieved a request from Ontario.Hussen also reiterated that the issue is a shared responsibility and that he hopes Ontario will resume discussions with Ottawa.So far the federal government has offered up $50 million to provinces, which includes $36 million for Quebec, $3 million for Manitoba and $11 million for Ontario, money that was funnelled directly to Toronto.MacLeod called the asylum seeker issue a crisis, since 800 migrants living in Toronto college dormitories will soon be evicted when students return for school.Bill Blair, the new federal minister responsible for border security, told the committee that asylum seekers would be moved to hotels around Toronto, but provided no information on the cost or how long people would live there.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the federal government has made it clear that simply entering Canada is not a “free ticket” for newcomers to stay in the country.But no matter how a person arrives in Canada, the individual must be given a fair hearing to determine whether they require protection, Goodale said during the committee meeting.From the moment asylum seekers started crossing into Canada from the U.S. in significant numbers, the federal government has made sure that laws are followed and international obligations are met, he added.The Commons committee held the emergency session in the dead of summer at the urging of opposition members.Canada’s Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S. stipulates that asylum seekers are required to make their claims in the first “safe” country where they arrive — meaning those who come into Canada at an official land crossing are sent back to make their claim in the U.S.The agreement does not cover “irregular” asylum seekers — those entering Canada at unofficial points, most notably in Quebec.According to the most recent numbers, the RCMP intercepted 1,263 people at the border in June, which is down from 1,869 in May.Seidu Mohammed, a Ghanaian asylum seeker who lost his fingers to frostbite while crossing at an unofficial entry point in Manitoba in 2016, told reporters he’s calling on Ottawa to suspend the Safe Third Country agreement because “it’s not safe.”Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel urged the Liberals to come up with a better plan to deal with the asylum seekers. She was frustrated with the outcome of committee meeting, saying it produced no answers.During the sometimes tempestuous session, Rempel pressed the government about extending the Safe Third Country agreement to the entire border.Blair said the effect of doing so would “be more problematic” than the current situation.Goodale said making every inch of the border an official entry point would mean staffing the 9,000-kilometre length, suggesting that would be impractical. In addition, he said, the Americans would have to mirror the effort to make it work.The government’s plan to address the asylum seeker issue draws on resources from the 2018 budget, said Goodale, who described the border situation as a challenge, not a “crisis.”At a news conference before the committee, Rempel said that so far all Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done to tackle the migrant issue is shuffle his cabinet and throw money at the problem.Rempel voiced skepticism about Blair’s cabinet appointment, asking whether it was simply a public relations exercise that would create more bureaucracy.“I think the government has a lot of explaining to do.”The tone of the committee became particularly tense during testimony from Adam Vaughan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of families, children and social development.NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan asked him how much money the federal government was willing to provide to cities struggling to house border crossers.At one point, a frustrated Kwan asked why Vaughan bothered testifying if he didn’t have any answers.A number of refugee advocates at the hearing urged politicians to stop referring to asylum seekers as “illegal.”Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Canada, said using the term dehumanizes asylum seekers.last_img read more

iPhone XR Review Sometimes Less is More

first_imgCALGARY (CITYNEWS) –  Apple’s latest iPhone XR has many of the same features as the iPhone XS and its larger counterpart the iPhone XS Max. It boasts the same lightning-fast A12 Bionic processor and it shares the same camera sensor as the two other iPhones, which were just announced last month. And yet Apple’s iPhone XR costs less than the company’s other two flagship devices.So what did Apple remove to bring the price down, and will you notice a difference? There certainly is a difference between the models, but it’s probably not as noticeable as you may think!Here are five things that differentiate iPhone XR from the pack to help you determine if this is the iPhone for you.READ MORE: Bigger, pricier iPhone BURST OF COLOURApple usually rolls out the standard metallic colours each year, while adding one or two new tones into the mix. This time around Apple is offering a flashier palette to choose from. Sure, there’s the traditional black and white, but if you really want to stand out, you may want to express yourself with a bolder colour, such as yellow, blue, coral, or (PRODUCT)RED.I was surprised at just how nice the new flashier colours look, while still giving the phone an elegant look and feel. You may remember six years ago, Apple launched the iPhone 5C in a variety of fun shades. While those phones were made from polycarbonate, the iPhone XR is a completely different beast. It’s made from aluminum and glass and feels of high quality.In fact, it’s the aluminum that really draws the eye. Apple has given the metal a matte coloured finish, to match the colour of the iPhone (with the exception of the white model which is silver). It looks so nice that you may be tempted to go without a case!LIQUID RETINA DISPLAYApple has slowly been adopting OLED technology on its iPhones. The reason is simple. The picture quality is stunning, and the black levels simply can’t be matched. They are so inky black, that white text almost floats on the screen.Yes, OLED is beautiful, but it’s also pricey. That could be why Apple decided to go with what it calls a Liquid Retina Display. Fancy name aside, it’s a 6.1-inch LCD screen.I have been using the iPhone XR for the past week and when I first turned it on, I was ready to be disappointed by what I saw on the screen. After all, I have been using the iPhone X for the past year, and the iPhone XS Max for more than a month, both of which sport an OLED screen. In all honesty, I found it hard to tell the difference.The screen is bright, the text is crisp, and the colours are vibrant. The only time where I could notice a difference was while looking at the iPhone XR was in the dark. That’s when you will notice the blacks aren’t quite as dark as an OLED. But they’re close! Very close.Will the average user notice the difference? No, they more than likely will not. In fact, not having an OLED display actually benefits the iPhone XR in another way, which I will get to in a moment.SINGLE REAR CAMERA The iPhone XR has a single rear camera. Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max use a dual camera system comprised of a 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lens. A quick glance at the rear of the iPhone XR and you’ll notice there is only one camera. One single 12MP camera. So what does this mean for photos?Dual cameras come in handy when it comes to optical zoom and creating depth of field. Without a second lens, the iPhone XR relies on machine learning to recreate the effects you get from a dual camera system.To be clear, there is no optical zoom on the iPhone XR. The zoom effect is created through software. Even the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max only have a 2X optical zoom. After that, it too relies on software. So, while you can get a slightly better zoom on the other two models, you’re really not missing out on much. Just move a little closer to your subject with the iPhone XR and you’ll snap the exact same photo as you would on the other two models The iPhone XR uses machine learning to produce Bokeh effect in Portrait mode.  Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? Get an older one for lessTHE BOTTOM LINEThe biggest thing to consider is the iPhone XR has many of the same features as both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. As mentioned previously, they all share the same A12 Bionic processor, and the same camera image sensor for the camera, even the front-facing camera is exactly the same! Apple has simply swapped out a few parts in order to bring the price tag down and make it more affordable.Unless you are a serious photographer who feels the need to blur all of your backgrounds, or you have the eye of an eagle that requires the highest contrast possible on a display, chances are you won’t even notice this subtle changes between the iPhone XR and the more expensive models.When it comes down to best bang for your buck, it’s hard to beat Apple’s iPhone XR.The iPhone XR is available for pre-order now and will be available in stores on October 26th.center_img Portrait mode is where users may see the biggest difference, especially when using the Bokeh effect to blur the background of a photo. The iPhone XR’s software looks for a human face and then separates it from the background so it doesn’t become distorted. It works quite well, as long as you have a human face in the photo. Since the iPhone XR only knows to look for faces, you aren’t able to crush the background with an inanimate object in the foreground like a flower or tree. Users will get an error when you launch Portrait mode if a person is not present on the screen.I did notice a few occasions where the algorithms were slightly off, and the iPhone XR missed a small section of the background which should have been blurred. For the most part that was rare, and most of the time it did work as intended.WATCH: New iPhone feature helps record police encountersBETTER BATTERYIt’s interesting to note the iPhone XR’s battery life is actually better than both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The improved battery performance stems from the fact that the device uses an LCD screen as opposed to an OLED display.Apple’s Liquid Retina Display has fewer pixels to power due to a lower resolution. Fewer pixels, in this case, means the phone doesn’t have to work as hard to light up the display, resulting in a longer lasting battery. See, the LCD actually becomes a benefit in this case!LOWER PRICEAnd here’s the feature that will get most people excited. The iPhone XR costs less than the other two models released last month.If you were to buy an iPhone XR outright with no contract, you will be looking at spending roughly $1,029 CAD. That’s a full $350 dollars less than the iPhone XS and $490 less than the iPhone XS Max. For many, money talks, and this right here may be enough to convince you that this is the right iPhone for you!READ MORE: Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? Get an older one for lesslast_img read more

Timeline A look at the events following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash

first_imgThe driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus pleaded guilty Tuesday to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Sixteen people lost their lives and 13 players were injured when Sidhu’s semi-unit and the Broncos bus collided in rural Saskatchewan on April 6, 2018. Here are some of the events that followed:April 9, 2018: Saskatchewan officials apologize for mixing up the identities of one of the dead and one of the survivors. The body of Parker Tobin was mistaken for that of Xavier Labelle, who is injured but alive in hospital.April 12, 2018: People across the country wear sports jerseys as part of Jersey Day to honour the team.April 28, 2018: Country singers and NHL players are among thousands who attend a tribute concert for the team in Saskatoon. The event raises $588,000.May 17, 2018: A trademark dispute between the team and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League over #HumboldtStrong and other slogans related to the crash is resolved. The league agrees the trademarks belong to the team and the community.June 20, 2018: A review of the Saskatchewan coroner’s office calls for it to develop a plan to respond to mass casualties such as the Broncos crash.July 3, 2018: The Broncos announce they are starting to rebuild the team by hiring Regina-born former NHL defenceman Nathan Oystrick as head coach and general manager.July 6, 2018. The driver of the truck, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, is arrested at his Calgary home and charged.July 9, 2018: Parents of Adam Herold, the youngest player killed in the crash, file a lawsuit. They allege the truck driver had inadequate training and failed to stop at a flashing stop sign at the rural intersection. They also allege the bus company should have equipped the bus with seatbelts.July 10, 2018: Sidhu appears in Melfort provincial court and is released on $1,000 bail with conditions that he not drive and that he surrender his passport.Aug. 24, 2018: Chandler Stephenson of Saskatoon, a forward with the NHL champion Washington Capitals, brings the Stanley Cup to Humboldt and meets with some survivors.Sept. 12, 2018: The Broncos play their first game of the new season with only two returning players. They lose 2-1 to the Nipawin Hawks, the same team they were to play the night of the crash.Oct. 10, 2018: The Alberta government announces charges against the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu. Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking faces charges of non-compliance with various federal and provincial safety regulations.Nov. 28, 2018: A judge approves a committee’s recommendation on how to distribute $15.2 million raised in a GoFundMe campaign to support those on the bus and their families. It is ranked as the second largest GoFundMe campaign of the year.Dec. 3, 2018: The Saskatchewan government announces it will make training mandatory for semi-truck drivers starting in March. Drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence are to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training.Dec. 12, 2018: A safety review is released recommending 13 changes to make the intersection safer, including the removal of trees on private property that obstruct the view of drivers heading in the same directions that the bus and truck were.Dec. 28, 2018: Oystrick steps down as head coach. The team says it decided with the coach to “part ways.”Jan. 8, 2019: Sidhu pleads guilty to all counts. A sentencing hearing is set to begin Jan. 28.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec tables legislation to create universal kindergarten for 4yearolds

QUEBEC — The Quebec government moved towards fulfilling a key election promise today as it tabled a bill that would ensure children can attend kindergarten at four years old.The legislation introduced by Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge would modify the province’s Education Act to make pre-kindergarten available for all children, regardless of their neighbourhood’s economic status.The current law only permits such classes to be offered in low-income areas.Premier Francois Legault campaigned on the issue during the last election campaign, going so far as to promise to resign if he failed to implement it.But several school boards, mostly in the Montreal area, have expressed concern over the plan and said it will be difficult for them to add classes due to a lack of space and personnel.The education critic for the opposition Liberals criticized Legault Thursday, saying the premier has no plan and is only tabling the legislation to save his own skin.The vice-president of one of the province’s biggest trade unions also denounced the project, saying the resources would be better spent by investing in the public daycare system and services for young children.“The (Coalition Avenir Quebec) government, by stubbornly wanting to make kindergarten universal, isn’t attacking the real priorities in education,” CSQ vice-president Line Camerlain said following a debate in the legislature.Legault defended the project Thursday afternoon, accusing his detractors of resisting change.He argued having students in kindergarten at four years old would allow schools to bring in more specialists such as social workers, psychologists, and speech therapists.“We can certainly share a bigger team when we have a whole elementary school rather than when we have just a daycare,” he said. “It seems obvious.”Legault’s government has said it will invest between $400 million and $700 million to make sure kindergarten is available to all four-year-olds within five years.The initiative will be rolled out gradually, and the classes will remain optional.The Canadian Press read more

Ford says social media allows politicians to circumvent mainstream journalists

first_imgOTTAWA — Premier Doug Ford says mainstream journalists have become irrelevant because social media allows him to speak directly to Ontarians.The Ontario premier told a conference of conservative thinkers, strategists and politicians Saturday that journalists are “losing the battle” to inform people about the news.Speaking at the annual Manning Networking Conference, Ford accused journalists of being “far-left” and intent on distorting the messages of politicians.“I get along with them one-on-one, I really do,” Ford told the crowd.“I like them but it’s like the cheese slipped off the cracker with these guys and they just went far-left.”Ford said the spin put on political messages by mainstream media no longer matters.“But guess what? Now there’s social media so we’re circumventing the media through our social media.”During last year’s provincial election, he recounted how he “drove the media crazy” by going directly to voters through social media tools like Facebook and Youtube and Twitter.He boasted that his campaign website “Ford Nation Live” got 18 million hits — purportedly more than all the mainstream television news networks combined. And as premier, he said they’re continuing that approach through the Ontario News Now website.“They want to take what you said and clip and chop and twist it around but we went direct to the people. And they know they’re losing the battle,” Ford said.Attacking the media is a favourite ploy of U.S. President Donald Trump, but Ford insisted he’s no Trump.“People always say, ‘Oh, you’re like Trump.’ No, I’m Doug Ford. I’m not Donald Trump.”Still, Ford praised Trump’s policies, particularly slashing the corporate tax rate and reducing regulatory red tape that he said has spurred economic growth.“Down in the U.S., it’s absolutely booming and, just my opinion, when the U.S. is booming, Canada is booming,” he said.“You couldn’t ask for a better neighbour anywhere in the world than the United States of America.”Ford also reiterated his vow to fight tooth and nail against the federal Liberal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax in Ontario, starting next month. Ontario is one of four provinces that has refused to meet the federal threshold for putting a price on carbon so the federal government is imposing its own tax, the revenue from which is to be rebated directly back to residents in those provinces.Ontario, along with Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick, are fighting the tax in court.“The carbon tax is a tax with the word carbon in front of it and it does absolutely nothing for the environment, nothing at all,” Ford said, arguing that Ontario is being penalized even though it is “leading the country” in reducing carbon emissions.“Everything you do is going to cost more,” he predicted.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

WilsonRaybould will have uphill climb as independent expert says

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Jody Wilson-Raybould’s political career has taken another turn. The former Attorney General for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals has announced she will seek re-election this year as an independent candidate.However, one expert believes it’s going to be an uphill climb.Hamish Telford is the Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley. He says Wilson-Raybould has name recognition and she’s in the right riding for her brand of politics, but it’s still going to be a tough race as an Independent.“They are generally not successful in part because they don’t have a party machine to help them identify the vote and get the vote out, knock on doors, and do all of the things parties do to get their candidates elected,” says Telford.However, he notes when independents have been successful, it’s because they have name recognition and Wilson-Raybould has become a household name following the SNC-Lavalin affair.But why did she decide to run as an independent and not join the Greens or the NDP?Telford says it might have something to do with Jane Philpott, Wilson-Raybould’s close friend, who has also announced she’s running as an independent.“My sense is that Jane Philpott did not stand much chance of re-winning her riding as an NDP or a Green,” says Telford. “Both of those parties were in single digits in the last election. So if they are going to work together, that would lead Jody Wilson-Raybould to also run as an Independent.”Overall, Telford is a bit surprised by her decision. He thought WIlson-Raybould and Philpott were going to leave federal politics altogether.“I thought under the circumstances they would both conclude that their political and professional objectives could be better realized outside of Parliament, outside of electoral politics, in some other capacity.”The upcoming federal election takes place in October.last_img read more

Major reforms of Ontarios class action law needed new report says

first_imgTORONTO — The law governing class-action lawsuits in Ontario needs far-reaching reforms to ensure they are a fair, efficient and effective way for plaintiffs to get justice, a report released on Wednesday concludes.The report by the Law Commission of Ontario, billed as the first independent, comprehensive assessment of the provincial legislation in 27 years, aims among other things to tackle concerns over the fees lawyers earn, the sometimes ugly fights among competing law firms, and what is often a protracted and expensive process.Included in the report are more than two dozen recommendations covering virtually every step, from initiating litigation to distributing proceeds and reporting on the results.Ontario enacted the Class Proceedings Act in 1992 as a way to allow people with a common grievance to sue as a group — governments and big corporations are frequent targets — without having to dig into their own pockets and prove claims individually.Increasingly, claims involve thousands of people and settlements worth hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They have also led to hotly contested fights among law firms over who gets “carriage” of the litigation.“There is a strong belief within the class-action community that the system for determining carriage in Ontario is inefficient and unpredictable,” the report states. “The (act) needs dedicated new provisions to better manage and focus carriage hearings … to promote high-quality representation for class members, improve judicial economy, and increase predictability and finality in carriage decisions.”Recommendations include setting up a process and timetable for determining which among competing law firms gets to represent plaintiffs.The report, two years in the making, also takes aim at the fierce criticism of the fees law firms collect — often in the tens of millions of dollars — if the action proves successful. In many cases, court-approved legal fees dwarf what individual plaintiffs end up with.“Lack of compensation to class members is one of the most common and trenchant criticisms of class actions,” the report states. “Many people believe that access to justice in class actions is hindered by … claims in which minimal compensation is paid.”The report does note that lawyers would be reluctant to gamble on pressing a difficult lawsuit if fees are too low. Still, it urges better protection for plaintiffs, including increased transparency, monitoring and measurement of settlements, and reporting in detail the outcome.Other areas the report addresses include concerns over “copycat” claims in which law firms simply piggyback off the work of another firm that is actually pursuing results.“There is a pressing need to establish clear and enforceable rules and benchmarks early in the class action litigation process,” the report states. “The (commission) is recommending several targeted but significant reforms that will establish reasonable expectations — and firm consequences — for parties to advance their actions in a timely manner.”In all, figures suggest Ontario saw roughly 1,500 class actions between 1993 and February 2018, with more than 100 new ones now being filed annually. Roughly three quarters get certified — meaning they fulfil the requirements for staking a group claim.“Class actions have become one of the most high-profile and far-reaching legal procedures in the Canadian justice system,” Andrew Pinto, commission chairman, said in a statement. “The report’s 47 recommendations represent a necessary and important update to this very significant piece of legislation.”The report urges all levels of government to work together to develop a framework for dealing with class actions that span multiple provincial and territorial jurisdictions. It also takes aim at new legislation under Premier Doug Ford that could put the government beyond the reach of the courts by barring negligence lawsuits against it.Kirk Baert, a Toronto-based class-action lawyer whose firm has found itself in pitched battles with other legal firms and come under fire from a judge about the level of fees negotiated, called the report “well thought out and fairly balanced.”The law commission is an independent organization that researches legal issues and recommends improvements.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Unrest escalates in Kashmir local imam fears it could worsen

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The political crisis over the disputed territory of Kashmir escalated Wednesday when Pakistan said it would downgrade its diplomatic ties with India, expel the Indian ambassador and suspend bilateral trade with its regional rival.Indian authorities have clamped a complete shutdown on Muslim-majority Kashmir as the Hindu-led nationalist government in New Delhi scrapped the region’s statehood and special status, including the right to its own constitution.As the security lockdown by Indian troops continued in Kashmir for a third day, hundreds of migrant workers began the long trek back to their villages in northern and eastern India.The Kashmir region is divided between India and Pakistan, and is claimed by both. The two nuclear-armed neighbours have fought three wars, two of them over control of the mountainous region since they won independence from the British in 1947.Kashmir is India’s only Muslim-majority state and most people there oppose Indian rule. Insurgent groups have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989.The Indian government has shut off most communications, including internet, cellphone and landline networks, with Kashmir. Thousands of additional troops were sent to the already heavily militarized region out of fear the government’s steps could spark unrest.In response to India’s action, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told parliament that it will expel the Indian ambassador, and the Foreign Ministry later said India has been informed to withdraw the envoy.The decision came at a meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee led by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by the heads of the armed forces and senior government officials.Khan told the meeting that his government will use all diplomatic channels “to expose the brutal Indian racist regime” and human rights violations in Kashmir, the government statement said.Khan also directed Pakistan’s armed forces to remain on maximum alert.Islamabad also said it will review other aspects of its relations with India. It said it will ask the U.N. to pressure India to reverse its decision to downgrade Kashmir from a state to two separate territories. The region also lost its right to fly its own flag and make many of its own decisions.Pakistan said it would continue extending diplomatic, political and moral support for people living in Kashmir and their “right of self-determination.” Pakistan has long called for people in the Indian-controlled part to be allowed to vote on whether they want to sever ties with India.Local Imam Syed Soharwardy said the Indian army has taken drastic action in Kashmir and it could get worse.“This is going to be another Rwanda or another Bosnia in Kashmir if we do not stop the Indian aggression in Kashmir,” Soharwardy said.Those in the Muslim community is expressing fear for loved ones still in the region.Sohowardy said these events are personal to him.“There are still relatives from my father’s side in Kashmir who are facing those atrocities.”He adds that he is extremely disturbed right now and his whole family is disturbed by what is happening in the region.Sohardy said have been killed and houses have been destroyed since the lockdown began earlier this week.“We are asking the United Nations, the US Government and the Canadian government to stand up and have those who are doing these acts tried for crimes against humanity.”Soharwardy is also calling for India’s Prime Minister to back out of the region.India has accused Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan. For its part, Pakistan denies the charge, saying it offers only diplomatic and moral support to the rebels.Every year, tens of thousands of people travel to Kashmir from various Indian states seeking work, mainly in masonry, carpentry and agriculture. Whenever the security situation deteriorates, they return home. Protests over the Indian government’s actions broke out in Kargil, a Muslim-majority border city in Ladakh that identifies culturally with Kashmir. India and Pakistan fought a war there in 1999.– With files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

Photos Ian Somerhalder Struts His Mutt

first_imgIan Somerhalder teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt event in Lafayette on September 22.Ian Somerhalder and friend at the Strut Your Mutt eventCredit/Copyright: Jonathan Bachman/Invision for Best Friends Animal Society/AP ImagesThe event raised funds for local animal welfare groups and Best Friends, as well as awareness of the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets initiative.Ian Somerhalder Takes Part In Strut Your Mutt eventCredit/Copyright: Jonathan Bachman/Invision for Best Friends Animal Society/AP ImagesBest Friends Animal Society is a national nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. Their leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from their Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.Ian Somerhalder Struts His MuttCredit/Copyright: Jonathan Bachman/Invision for Best Friends Animal Society/AP ImagesBest Friends started Strut Your Mutt as a fundraising event 17 years ago in Salt Lake City. Three years ago, they introduced Strut Your Mutt events to New York and Los Angeles and changed their fundraising model so that Strut Your Mutt would help local animal rescue groups raise critical funds to continue their life saving work. This year, Strut Your Mutt is being held in nine cities across the country and includes a virtual Strut Across America, with the goal of raising $1 million for rescue organizations nationwide.Money raised from Strut Your Mutt helps Best Friends and participating rescue groups – all part of their No More Homeless Pets Network – support adoption and public spay/neuter programs that impact and save the lives of animals in shelters.For more information on Best Friends, including their Sanctuary and the work they are doing around the country, visit bestfriends.org.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Appeals To UK Store To Stop Selling Foie Gras

first_imgUpset that Fortnum & Mason still sells foie gras despite international condemnation, Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, who is in the U.K. for her appearance on Dancing on Ice, has written on PETA’s behalf to the company’s CEO, Ewan Venters, appealing to him to remove cruelly produced foie gras from the store’s shelves.Pamela Anderson Says No To Foie GrasCredit/Copyright: PETA UKShe has even offered to buy existing stock to speed up the process.“I am pretty tough, but watching this disgusting process brought me to tears,” says Anderson about undercover video footage shot at farms which supply the store’s distributor. She adds, “My ice skating may not have won a popularity contest in Britain, but I love the U.K. and its reputation as a nation that opposes cruelty to animals. That’s why I’m stunned that Fortnum & Mason sells a product that involves one of the cruellest practices in the world.”Anderson joins Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet, and Tamara Ecclestone in taking a stand against the sale of foie gras, which is illegal to produce in the U.K. Ducks and geese who are used in foie gras production have pipes shoved down their throats several times a day to force painfully large amounts of food into their stomachs, eventually causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Many die from ruptured organs during this process, and those who survive are hung upside down and slaughtered.last_img read more

Stars Line Up For Fusion Festival In Birmingham

first_imgJessie J, Ne-Yo, JLS, The Wanted, McFly, The Saturdays and James Arthur are among the first names to be confirmed for this summer’s brand new Fusion Festival, in support of The Prince’s Trust and in association with Capital FM.The event will take place on August 31 and September 1.Joining them are Union J, Wiley, Amelia Lily, Wretch 32, Conor Maynard with many more to be announced. Birmingham’s iconic Cofton Park will play host to the ultimate summer pop party with 60,000 people and some of the biggest acts from both sides of the pond coming together for a huge weekend of pop at its very best.Chart topper Jessie J will headline Saturday night’s poptastic proceedings alongside platinum-selling boy band JLS and It’s All About You crooners McFly. British rapper Wiley, Union J and songstress Amelia Lily will also be taking to the stage as part of an incredible mix of artists to play the festival.Sunday will see American R&B star Ne-Yo bring the noise to Cofton Park, where he’ll be joined by chart heartthrobs The Wanted and uber glam The Saturdays, fresh from gaining their first UK Number One with What About Us. Wretch 32, Conor Maynard and this year’s X Factor winner James Arthur are also on the bill, with many more acts to be announced across the weekend.Expect spectacular live performances, massive chart smash hits plus all the fun of the festival fair with a full fairground and many other interactive events.Fusion Festival is proud to support The Prince’s Trust, with £5 from each ticket sale donated to the charity to help change young lives across the UK.The current line-up for the Fusion Festival was announced on the Capital Breakfast Show with Dan and Katy at 8.15am on Monday 8th April. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.Programme Controller at Capital FM Paul Gerrard said: “This is going to be the biggest event Birmingham has seen in years. The whole team here at Capital can’t wait to see some of the world’s biggest stars rock up to Brum, it’s going to be an incredible summer and Capital will be right there for every moment.”Festival spokesman, Mike Owen of Go Big said:“We felt the time was right for a brand new music festival for the UK’s 2nd city and we are so excited to be working with such a fantastic organisation as The Prince’s Trust and with Birmingham’s Number One hit music station, Capital FM. We’ve got a brilliant line-up this year and this is only the beginning for Fusion Festival.”Paul Brown, Marketing and Communications Director The Prince’s Trust said: “We’re delighted that this stellar line-up of acts will be helping to support the work of The Prince’s Trust.“Every year we work with thousands of disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Thanks to Fusion Festival, we will be able to ensure that more young people look forward to a brighter future.”The Prince’s Trust has helped more than 700,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day.TicketsTickets are on sale at 9.00am, on Friday 12th April and are priced at: • £35 per day – general admission • £60 weekend – general admission ticket • £50 – per day Golden Circle Ticket • £95 weekend Golden Circle TicketTickets are available online at www.thefusionfestival.co.uk and also from ticket partners Ticketmaster, The Ticket Factory and Seetickets.last_img read more

Emma Bunton Supports Every Parents Dream Campaign

first_imgPampers and UNICEF have come together for the eighth year to launch the Every Parent’s Dream campaign, with the support of celebrity mum Emma Bunton.Emma Bunton launches the Pampers UNICEF Every Parent’s Dream campaignCredit/Copyright: David Venni via UNICEF UKWhen you buy a specially marked pack of Pampers between October and December, Pampers will donate the cost of one vaccine to help UNICEF in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus (also known as MNT).Emma Bunton said: “As a mum myself, my only dream for my babies was that they would be born healthy and happy.”She continued: “It’s great to see how the efforts of parents everywhere have helped make that dream a reality for parents in some of the world’s poorest countries.”Since 2006, Pampers and UNICEF have helped to eliminate MNT in ten of the world’s poorest countries. But 58,000 babies still die each year from this devastating disease, and today there are approximately 100 million women and newborns at risk.“This is a disease that we can prevent and ultimately eliminate throughout the world,” said Anita Tiessen, a director at UNICEF UK.Thanks to the Pampers and UNICEF partnership, they’ve already provided 300 million vaccines around the world. But they still need your support to go even further.“By buying special packs of Pampers nappies and wipes,” Tiessen said, “you can help UNICEF give more babies a healthy start to their young lives.”How you can helpFrom October to December, if you go to Pampers’ YouTube channel, and watch the stories of Sibu, Riaz, Qassim and Buhle, Pampers will donate the cost of one tetanus vaccine for every video view to support UNICEF in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus.In addition, for every specially marked pack of Pampers bought between October and December, Pampers will donate the cost of one vaccine to help UNICEF in the fight against MNT.last_img read more

Get Your Hands On Guitar String Bracelets From Music Industry Legends To

first_img Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) – D’Addario XL 10/46 strings used during Tracker Tour 2015. Jonny Buckland (Coldplay) – 5 (only) x Acoustic Guitar strings, used on the track Violet Hill from the Viva La Vida album. Coldplay were recently awarded Best British Group at the Brit Awards and received the ‘Godlike Genius Award’ at the NME Awards. Anthony Jackson – 1 set Half & Half bass. Guitarists are donating used strings from their guitars which will then be made into very cool bracelets and auctioned off to raise funds for the St. Thomas’ Lupus Trust.The auctions will take place on a specific date and will run for ten days.These are one off bracelets handcrafted to your specific size. If you would like to learn more about A&D Guitar String Bracelets you can visit their website here.Once the strings have been paid for you will be asked for measurements for the bracelet to be made to fit you. Once the bracelet has been made it will be sent to you along with authentication saying who actually donated the strings.The first ‘Strings for lupus Auction’ will take place on eBay on 14th March 2016

The following guitar strings will be auctioned on that date:
 Keith Richards (the Rolling Stones) – Heavily used acoustic strings, used in recording studios in London Dec 2015 on forthcoming Rolling Stones album. Copy of letter from agent authenticating strings. Squeeze – Set of electric strings. Chris Difford used on the controversial Andrew Marr show January 2016. Tony Visconti – 1 full set electric guitar strings used on the Holy Holy Tour 2015. Tony was also the producer of David Bowie.Upcoming auctions will feature strings from Paul McCartney, Brian May, Paul Rodgers, and many more.The auction will go live here on Monday, March 14.last_img read more

WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF APR1317 – LINKS BY DGC

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE————-FOLLOW eBOSS CANADAThe Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1DvYkRJ2YXSrJXJ7-3f0A What’s shooting in Ontario – as of APR-13-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (55 page PDF)OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (3-page PDF) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Come From Away creators turning musical into a movie

first_img Twitter The show is set in Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.The remote town provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes that were diverted when U.S. air space was closed. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement After being staged in several cities, including Toronto, the show began performances on Broadway in February.READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Irene Sankoff and David Hein, creators of Come From Away, at a Toronto event last spring to announce that the hit musical will be returning to town this season. The pair are also developing a screenplay based on the show. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) LOS ANGELES—The hit homegrown musical Come From Awayis getting the big-screen treatment.The Mark Gordon Company says it will produce and finance a feature film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning show.Canadian husband-and-wife writing duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein — who penned the book, music and lyrics — will also adapt the feature screenplay.last_img read more

Bell Media Congratulates Film and Television Production Partners on 203 Nominations for

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2018 – Bell Media congratulates its production partners, internal team members, talent, and all those involved in the creation of its television series and films nominated for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Announced earlier today, Bell Media garnered 203 total nominations, comprising 134 television and digital nominations and 69 nominations for Bell Media-supported films. Bell Media is proud to continue to be the Premium Partner of the Canadian Screen Awards.“It’s a tremendous honour to be recognized by the Academy with 203 nominations,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “These accolades are a testament to the boundless creativity and dedication of Bell Media’s partners and team members and the industry as a whole, and we are proud to play a part in the exceptional television series and films developed right here in Canada.”Bell Media received nominations in a wide variety of genres, including drama, comedy, and reality programming:CTV’s acclaimed Canadian drama series CARDINAL, from JCardinal Productions Inc., received the most nominations for Bell Media with 12, highlighted by a nomination for Best Limited Series or Program, as well as Best Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited Series for Billy Campbell, and Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series for Karine VanasseCraveTV Original Series LETTERKENNY, from New Metric Media, garnered nine, including Best Comedy Series and Best Lead Actor, Comedy for Jared KeesoThe final season of Space’s critically acclaimed, award-winning sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK from Temple Street Productions, received six nominations, including for four-time Canadian Screen Award winner Tatiana Maslany for Best Lead Actress, Drama SeriesCTV’s hit drama 19-2, from Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media, received six nominations, including Best Drama SeriesDiscovery’s original scripted series FRONTIER, from Take The Shot Productions and their partners at ASAP Entertainment, received five, including Best Costume Design and Best Photography, DramaCTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, from Insight Productions, received seven nods including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series; CTV’s original mystery series THE DISAPPEARANCE scored four nominations; and MASTERCHEF CANADA, from Proper Television, earned two nominations LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On the strength of its unparalleled roster of championship events and diversity of programming, TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader, received 19 nominations for its live sports coverage and feature programming, more than all other sports broadcasters combined. TSN received five nominations for its exclusive live coverage of the 2016 GREY CUP, watched by 10 million Canadians.CTV News received 17 nominations, including three for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME for Best National Newscast; Best Reportage, National for “East African Hunger Crisis”; and Best News Anchor, National for LaFlamme. CTV News was also recognized with two nominations for Best News Special, for “Prince Harry: Journey to Invictus” and “Vimy Remembered.” W5, the longest-running newsmagazine/documentary program in North America, received eight nominations, including Best News or Information Series; Best News or Information Program for “48 Hours”; and Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series for Jon Woodward. CTV NEWS TORONTO AT SIX has been nominated for four awards, including Best Local Newscast; Best News Anchor, Local for Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé; and two nominations in the Best Reportage, Local category for Austin Delaney and Tracy Tong.Television productions supported by premium pay TV network The Movie Network received seven nominations, led by acclaimed action series ROGUE, which received nominations for Best Lead Actress, Drama Series for Meaghan Rath and Best Guest Performance, Drama Series for Richard Schiff.Bell Media Studios received eight nominations, including nominations for Best Talk Program or Series for THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL; Best Host in a Program or Series for Marilyn Denis; Best Host in a Live Program or Series for Ben Mulroney, Danielle Graham, and Lainey Lui for their work on ETALK AT THE OSCARS; and two nominations for HOWIE MANDEL: A BELL LET’S TALK SPECIAL.Additionally, Bell Media scored multiple nominations for Best Live Entertainment Special for its presentations of the 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS, as well as Best Variety or Entertainment Special for WE DAY 2016.Films supported by Bell Media are nominated for 69 Canadian Screen Awards, with Kathleen Hepburn’s Never Steady, Never Still leading the way with eight, including Best Motion Picture as well as Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Shirley Henderson. Support for films comes from The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, as well as pre-buys and acquisitions from premium pay TV networks The Movie Network and Super Écran.The Canadian Screen Awards take place during Canadian Screen Week, which celebrates the best of Canadian film, television, and digital media from March 5-11, 2018.The full list of Bell Media television and film nominations includes:Television and Digital Nominations (134)CTV (47)CTV/Bell Media Studios (9)ETALK (2)Bell Media StudiosETALK AT THE OSCARSBest Host in a Live Program or SeriesBen Mulroney, Danielle Graham, Lainey LuiETALK’S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE 2017Best Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/CompetitionDylan McNivenHOWIE MANDEL: A BELL LET’S TALK SPECIAL (2)Bell Media StudiosBest Talk Program or SeriesJohn Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken KatigbakBest Direction, Lifestyle or InformationGillian ParkerTHE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (2)Bell Media StudiosBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi, John SimpsonBest Host in a Program or SeriesMarilyn DenisTHE SOCIAL (2)THE SOCIAL (1)Bell Media StudiosBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi, Laura ScarfoTHE SOCIAL: CHRISTMAS WITH JANN ARDEN (1)Bell Media StudiosBest Variety or Entertainment SpecialMichelle Crespi, Laura Scarfo, John Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken KatigbakWE DAY 2016 (1)Bell Media StudiosBest Variety or Entertainment SpecialJohn Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken Katigbak, Marc Kielburger, Craig Kielburger, Steve SloanCTV Original Programming (38)CARDINAL (12)JCardinal Productions Inc.Best Limited Series or ProgramJennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Jocelyn Hamilton, Armand LeoBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesDaniel GrouBest Original Music, FictionTodor KobakovBest Photography, DramaSteve CosensBest Picture Editing, DramaTeresa De LucaBest Production Design or Art Direction, FictionRob Gray, Dennis Davenport, Ian GreigBest Sound, FictionDavid McCallum, Goro Koyama, Jane Tattersall, Martin Lee, Nelson Ferreira, Paul Germann, Sandra Fox, Stacy CouttsBest Writing, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAubrey NealonBest Achievement in CastingJon ComerfordBest Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited SeriesBilly CampbellBest Supporting Actress, DramaAllie MacDonaldBest Actress, Drama Program or Limited SeriesKarine VanasseTHE AMAZING RACE CANADA (7)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Reality/Competition Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Steff Millman, Catherine PetersenBest Direction, Reality/CompetitionRob BrunnerBest Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“Can I See Your Kuna?” – Ryan ShawBest Picture Editing, Reality/Competition“Finale” – Al Manson, Jonathan Dowler, Clare Elson, John Niedzielski, Jay Prychidny, Jordan Wood, Michael TersigniBest Picture Editing, Reality Competition“Who Wants To Be The Python?” – Michael Tersigni, Jonathan Dowler, Cynthia Flengeris, Clare Elson, David Yenovikan, Wesley FinucanBest Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“Can I See Your Kuna?” – Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner, Matthew HansonBest Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“We Just Saw Johnny Mustard” – Mark Lysakowski, Jennifer Pratt, Rob Brunner19-2 (6)Sphère Média PlusBest Drama SeriesJocelyn Deschenes, Luc Chatelain, Bruce M. Smith, Virginia Rankin, Josée Vallée, Greg Phillips, Saralo MacGregor, Jackie MayBest Achievement in Make-UpErik Gosselin, Edwina VodaBest Photography, Drama“Labour Day” – Ronald PlanteBest Picture Editing, DramaAnnie IlkowBest Supporting Actor, DramaBenz AntoineBest Supporting Actor, DramaDan PetronijevicTHE 2017 JUNO AWARDS  (4)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Live Entertainment SpecialJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Randy Lennox, Allan Reid, Mark Cohon, Lindsay Cox, Pam De Montmorency, Tracy Galvin, Kristeen Von Hagen, Luciano Casimiri, Mark Vreeken, Howard Baggley, Simon Bowers, Doug McClement, Alex NadonBest Direction, Variety or Sketch ComedyDavid RussellBest Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/CompetitionKim Clarke Champniss, Jean PaulBest Host in a Live Program or SeriesBryan Adams, Russell PetersTHE DISAPPEARANCE (4)Productions Casablanca Inc.Best Limited Series or ProgramJoanne Forgues, Jean-Marc Casanova, Sophie ParizeauBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesPeter StebbingsBest Writing, Drama Program or Limited SeriesGeneviève Simard, Normand DaneauBest Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited SeriesCamille SullivanMASTERCHEF CANADA (2)Proper Television Inc.Best Reality/Competition Program or SeriesGuy O’Sullivan, Lesia Capone, Cathie James, Marike EmeryBest Picture Editing, Reality/CompetitionDave McMahon, Miles DavrenCANADA IN A DAY (2)Screen Siren PicturesBest Direction, Documentary ProgramTrish DolmanBest Picture Editing, DocumentaryNick HectorSAVING HOPE (1)ICF Films Inc.Best Guest Performance, Drama Series“We Need to Talk About Charlie Harris” – Missy PeregrymTSN (19)2016 GREY CUP (5)Best Live Sports EventPaul Graham and Jon HynesBest Direction, Live Sports EventAndy BouyoukosBest Sports AnalystGlen SuitorBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerChris CuthbertBest Sports Opening/TeaseCraig Chambers, Devon Burns, Troy Hacock2016 MLS CUP (3)Best Live Sports EventJim Panousis and Steve AbitranteBest Direction, Live Sports EventRichard WellsBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerLuke Wileman2017 TIM HORTONS BRIER Final (3)Best Live Sports EventPaul Graham and Scott HigginsBest Direction, Live Sports EventAndy BouyoukosBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerVic Rauter2017 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – Gold Medal Game (2)Best Sports AnalystBob McKenzieBest Sports AnalystRay Ferraro2017 TRADECENTRE (1)Best Sports HostJames DuthieRaptors Basketball on TSN (1)Best Sports AnalystJack ArmstrongJOURNEY TO THE GREY CUP (1)Best Sports Program or SeriesMatt Dorman, Kevin Fallis, Gino Zolezzi, and Gary HawkeLANCE STROLL: GROWING UP FAST (1)Best Sports Program or SeriesJosh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Darren Oliver, Nigel Akam, Michael BananiTHE MISSION (1)Best Sports Feature SegmentJosh Shiaman, Brent Blanchard, Sid Bailey, and Gary HawkeSOUND OF THUNDER (1)Best Sports Feature SegmentMatt Dorman, Brent Blanchard, Devon Burns, and Kevin FallisCTV NEWS (17)CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME (5)Best National NewscastLisa LaFlamme, David Hughes, Rosa Hwang, Allan Myers, Allan BlackBest News Anchor, NationalLisa LaFlammeBest Reportage, NationalMelanie Nagy, Jim HoffmanBest News Special“Prince Harry: Journey to Invictus” – Lisa LaFlamme, Rosa Hwang, Stéphane Brisson, Paul Flynn, Angelo AltomarBest News Special“Vimy Remembered” – Lisa LaFlamme, Rosa Hwang, Allan Myers, Scott Ferguson, Katie DammanW5 (8)Best News or Information SeriesAnton Koschany, Brett MitchellBest News or Information Program“W5: 48 Hours” – Jon Woodward, Brian Mellersh, Emma Jarratt, Paul Flynn, Anton Koschany, Brett MitchellBarbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research“W5: Making a Terrorist” – Madeline McNair, Brennan Lefler, Victor MalarekBest News or Information Segment“W5: After Ebola” – George Reeves, Kayla Hounsell, André LapalmeBest News or Information Segment“W5: Creep Out” – Jerry Vienneau, Steve Bandera, Jon Woodward, Denis LangoisBest News or Information Segment“W5: The Forgotten” – Madeline McNair, Paul Flynn, Brennan Lefler, Kirk Neff, Kevin NewmanBest Photography, News or Information“W5: 48 Hours” – Jim HoffmanBest Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or SeriesJon WoodwardCTV NEWS TORONTO (4)Best Local Newscast“CTV News Toronto at Six” – Ken Shaw, Michelle Dubé, Sophia Skopelitis, Joanne MacDonald, Joel BoweyBest News Anchor, LocalKen Shaw, Michelle DubéBest Reportage, LocalAustin DelaneyBest Reportage, LocalTracy TongSpace (12)ORPHAN BLACK (6)Boat Rocker MediaBest Achievement in Make-Up“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Stephen LynchBest Photography, Drama“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Aaron MortonBest Picture Editing, Drama“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Jay PrychidnyBest Visual Effects“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Geoff D.E. Scott, Sarah Wormsbecher, Eric Doiron, Nathaniel Larouche, Anthony DeChellis, Katarzyna Cieryt, Aaron Wright, Kaiser Thomas, Jason Snea, Lon MolnarBest Writing, Drama Series“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Graeme Manson, Renee St. CyrBest Lead Actress, Drama SeriesTatiana MaslanyORPHAN BLACK: The Game (1)Best Cross-Platform Project – FictionDavid Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, Kerry Appleyard, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, Bryan Winters, James Woods, Bryce Hunter, Mel Maduro, Anthony Godinho, Mackenzie Eaton, Nicolas Ilareguy, Elliott FienbergWYNONNA EARP (1)SEVEN24 Films Inc.Best Writing, Drama Series“I Hope You Dance” – Emily AndrasWYNONNA EARP Digital (1)Best Cross-Platform Project – FictionDaniel Dales, Jarrett Sherman, Alex Lalonde, Emily Andras, Jordy Randall, Tom CoxKILLJOYS (1)Boat Rocker MediaBest Visual EffectsMichael Gibson, Danny McNair, Anthony Patterson, Lara Osland, Shoban Narayanan, John Coldrick, Tony Cybulski, Pranjal ChoudharyDARK MATTER (2)Prodigy PicturesBest Visual EffectsLawren Bancroft-Wilson, Kerrington Harper, Erica Henderson, Justin Reimer, Armand Vladau, Henrique Reginato, Karina Partington, Paul Furminger, Tristan Patrick, Will WallaceBest Achievement in Make-UpLynda McCormackDiscovery (10)FRONTIER (5)Take the Shot Productions / ASAP EntertainmentBest Achievement in Make-Up“Keetom Takooteeoo Maheekun” – Elizabeth Kuchurean, Norma RichardBest Costume Design“Mutiny” – Michael GroundBest Photography, Drama“Wanted” – Glen KeenanBest Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction“Mutiny” – Gord BarnesBest Sound, Fiction“Cannonball” – Marco Dolle, David Yonson, John Elliot, Clive Turner, Alastair Gray, Orest Sushko, Janice Ierulli, Dave Johnson, Mark ShnuriwskyBUILDING STAR TREK (2)Yap FilmsBest Direction, Documentary ProgramMick GroganBest Writing, DocumentaryMick GroganFORT MAC WILDFIRE: ROGUE EARTH (1)Pixcom ProductionsBest Direction, Documentary or Factual SeriesJoe WiechaHEAVY RESCUE: 401 (1)Great Pacific MediaBest Writing, Factual“Anything Can Happen” – Todd Serotiuk, Catharine ParkeMAYDAY (1)Cineflix (Mayday 16) Inc.Best Factual SeriesAlex Bystram, Kim Bondi, Martin PuppCraveTV (9)LETTERKENNY (9)New Metric Media Inc.Best Comedy SeriesMark Montefiore, Patrick O’Sullivan, Jared Keeso, Jacob TierneyBest Direction, Comedy“The Election” – Jacob TierneyBest Photography, Comedy“Relationships” – Jim WestenbrinkBest Picture Editing, Comedy“The Election” – Christopher MnnsBest Sound, Fiction“Relationships” – Rick Penn, Jamie Sulek, Devin Doucette, Kieran SherryBest Writing, Comedy“Relationships” – Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoBest Achievement in CastingJenny Lewis, Sara KayBest Lead Actor, ComedyJared KeesoBest Supporting or Guest Actor, ComedyK. Trevor WilsonThe Movie Network (7)ROGUE (2)Greenroom EntertainmentBest Lead Actress, Drama SeriesMeaghan RathBest Guest Performance, Drama SeriesRichard SchiffRUSH: TIME STAND STILL (1)Fadoo ProductionsBest Biography or Arts Documentary Program or SeriesAllan Weinrib, Pegi Cecconi, Ray Danniels, John Virant, Corey RussellBRACE FOR IMPACT (1)IncendoBest Supporting Actor, DramaEnnis EsmerVERSAILLES (1)IncendoBest Supporting Actress, DramaSuzanne ClémentTHE DEVIL’S HORN (1)Larry Weinstein ProductionsBarbara Sears Award for Best Visual ResearchElspeth Domville, Elizabeth KlinckFANatic (1)IncendoBest Supporting Actress, DramaKaty BreierThe Comedy Network (5)THE BEAVERTON (5)Pier 21 Films Inc.Best Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesLaszlo Barna, Melissa Williamson, Jeff Detsky, Luke Gordon Field, Nicole Butler, Kurt SmeatonBest Direction, Variety or Sketch ComedyShelagh O’Brien, Craig David WallaceBest Writing, Variety or Sketch ComedyJeff Detsky, Luke Gordon Field, Alexander Saxton, Jacob Duarte Spiel, Kurt Smeaton, Pat Dussault, Nile Seguin, Wendy Litner, Winter Tekenos LevyBest Performance, Sketch Comedy (Individual or Ensemble)Emma Hunter, Miguel Rivas, Aisha Alfa, Dave Barclay, Marilla WexBest Cross-Platform Project – FictionJonas Diamond, Catherine Tait, Laszlo Barna, Melissa Williamson, Lisa Baylin, Lora Campbell, Luke Gordon FieldBravo (3)THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT (3)Muse EntertainmentBest Limited Series or ProgramMichael Prupas, Keri Selig, Jon Cassar, Stan E. Hubbard, Stephen KronishBest Costume DesignDelphine WhiteBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesJon CassarE! (3)REIGN (3)Take 5 ProductionsBest Achievement in Make-Up“All It Cost Her” – Jenny Arbour, Linda PrestonBest Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction“A Bride. A Box. A Body.” – Aidan Leroux, Joel Richardson, Rob Hepburn, Phillip BarkerBest Costume Design“Pulling Strings” – Meredith Markworth-PollackMuch (1)2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (1)Bell Media – Agincourt ProductionsBest Live Entertainment SpecialJohn Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken KatigbakAnimal Planet (1)WILD BEAR RESCUE (1)Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd.Best Writing, Factual“A Cub with a Kick” – Jenypher FisherNominated films supported by Bell Media’s The Movie Network, Super Écran, and The Harold Greenberg Fund include:Never Steady, Never Still (8)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundBest Motion PictureJames Brown, Tyler HaganPerformance by an Actress in a Leading RoleShirley HendersonOriginal ScreenplayKathleen HepburnAchievement in Art DirectionSophie Jarvis, Elizabeth CairnsAchievement in CinematographyNorm LiAchievement in EditingSimone SmithAchievement in Music – Original ScoreBen FoxAchievement in Overall SoundMatt Drake, Nate Evans, Christopher O’BrienHochelaga, Land of Souls | Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (8)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistiqueFrançois SéguinAchievement in Cinematography | Meilleures imagesNicolas BolducAchievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumesMario DavignonAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesKathryn CasaultAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originaleTerry Riley, Gyan RileyAchievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensembleClaude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy StroblAchievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonoreClaude BeaugrandAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsAlain Lachance, Yann Jouannic, Hugo Léveillé, Nadège Bozetti, Antonin Messier-Turcotte, Thibault Deloof, Francis BernardMaudie (7)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkBest Motion PictureBob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan MullenAchievement in Costume DesignTrysha BakkerAchievement in DirectionAisling WalshAchievement in EditingStephen O’ConnellOriginal ScreenplaySherry WhitePerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleEthan HawkePerformance by an Actress in a Leading RoleSally HawkinsThe Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches | La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes (7)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmMarcel GirouxAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistiqueMarjorie RhéaumeAchievement in Cinematography | Meilleures imagesNicolas CanniccioniAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsMarc Hall, Jonathan Cyr, Emmanuel Bazin, Clément Natiez, Emmanuelle GillAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationSimon LavoiePerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôleAntoine L’ÉcuyerPerformance by an Actress in a Leading Role | Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôleMarine JohnsonIt’s the Heart that Dies Last | C’est le Coeur qui meure en dernier (6)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmRichard LalondeAchievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisationAlexis Durand BraultAchievement in Editing | Meilleur montageLouis-Philippe RathéAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationGabriel SabourinPerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôleGabriel SabourinPerformance by an Actress in a Leading Role | Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôleDenise FiliatraultThe Breadwinner (6)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkBest Motion PictureAndrew Rosen, Anthony Leo, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stéphan RoelantsAchievement in EditingDarragh ByrneAchievement in Music – Original ScoreMychael Danna, Jeff DannaAchievement in Music – Original SongQais Essar, Joshua Hill – “The Crown Sleeps”Achievement in Sound EditingNelson Ferreira, John Elliot, J.R. Fountain, Dashen Naidoo, Tyler WhithamAdapted ScreenplayAnita DoronCross My Heart | Les rois mongols (6)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergAcquired by Super ÉcranAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistiqueGuillaume CoutureAchievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumesBrigitte DesrochesAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originaleVivianne Audet, Robin-Joël Cool, Alexis MartinAchievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensemblePierre Bertrand, Stéphane Bergeron, Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher, Maxime PotvinAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationNicole BélangerPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutienClare CoulterThe Ravenous | Les affamés (5)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmStéphanie MorissetteAchievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisationRobin AubertAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesÉrik Gosselin, Marie-France GuyAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originalePierre-Philippe CôtéPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutienBrigitte PoupartRumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (3)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkTed Rogers Best Feature Length DocumentaryCatherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Lisa Roth, Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Diana Holtzberg, Jan Rofekamp, Ernest WebbBest Cinematography in a Feature Length DocumentaryAlfonso MaioranaBest Editing in a Feature Length DocumentaryBenjamin Duffield, Jeremiah HayesThe Man Who Invented Christmas (3)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAchievement in Make-UpSonia DolanAchievement in Visual EffectsGreg Behrens, Brendan Taylor, Jasmine Scott, Martin O’BrienAdapted ScreenplaySusan CoyneBon Cop, Bad Cop 2 (2)Supported by The Harold Greenberg Fund – French Language ProgramPre-buy by The Movie NetworkPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesMarlène RouleauAchievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonoreMarie-Claude GagnéIqaluit (1)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting Role | Interprétation masculine dans un rôle de soutienNatar UngalaqLe Cyclotron (1)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsMarc HallMeditation Park (1)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RoleTzi MaPorcupine Lake (1)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleLucinda Armstrong HallIndian Horse (1)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleSladen PeltierGoon: Last of the Enforcers (1)Pre-buy by The Movie Network and Super ÉcranAchievement in Sound EditingChristian Rivest, Antoine Morin, Thibaud Quinchon, Guy Pelletier, Guy FrancoeurAdventures in Public School (1)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkOriginal ScreenplayJosh Epstein, Kyle RideoutLong Time Running (1)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAcquired by Super ÉcranBest Editing in a Feature Length DocumentaryRoland SchlimmeAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Lays records hockey emotions

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement The campaign also includes 15- and 30-second TV spots (below) where NHL fans are shown watching a game alongside Burns, who poses with the brand’s specially packaged chip bags. PepsiCo’s Lay’s is looking to tap its hockey-loving audience, encouraging fans to interact with hockey stars through facial recognition technology.On Monday, the brand launched “Show Your Emotions,” a campaign that includes an online activation where users can interact with San Jose Sharks defenceman Brent Burns and Vegas Golden Knights’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.Starting at 12 pm Eastern, fans can visit the company’s website, where they will be invited to record a range of expressions (with the site detecting them through facial recognition tech) based on hockey-related prompts, such as how they would react if their team made the playoffs. The expressions will then drive pre-recorded video responses, in real-time, from Burns and Fleury. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

We tracked every film that played TIFF in 2017 Heres what we

first_imgAdvertisement Youth was the biggest box office winner from the roster of 2017 TIFF films. It made over $224 million in China, but only $2 million in North America. Advertisement The Toronto International Film Festival is about a lot of things. It’s about building buzz, and finding the next big things. It’s about celebrities walking the red carpet, and fans begging for autographs. It’s about kicking off “serious” movie season, where potential Oscar contenders get their start.But what happens after the 11 days of movie mayhem is over? Where do the hundreds of movies that screened here go — to box office glory, Oscar stardom, the festival circuit, VOD or, well, nowhere? Is there some kind of measurable “TIFF Effect?” We decided to find out.Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director and co-head, says the festival tracks a lot of this data, but they put a premium on another kind. “The most important data to us is about our audience. We always do surveys after our festival, so we know the rough demographics every year, so we’re curious to see if that’s changing at all,” he says. “Many other people are looking at box-office numbers, but that’s not our primary concern, in terms of how the films do after the festival in the marketplace.”Well, that’s we’re we come in. Starting with a list of 235 films that played at the festival in 2017 — excluding shorts, experimental cinema, TV series and a few special event-based films — we compiled a database (with the help of Amazon-owned IMDB Pro and Box Office Mojo) of box-office earnings, awards, release dates, festival premieres and other data points, to try to see the bigger picture. How many titles had a theatrical run?Of the 235 movies we analyzed, 189 went on to a commercial run somewhere in the world. Another 46 only screened at festivals, and those don’t seem to have had any other type of distribution deals. Bailey says that number sounds about typical from previous years, and it could raise some red flags.“We show about 250 films every year, and if roughly 50 aren’t getting distribution at all, even via online,” he says, with a pause. “These are what we think are the very best films of the year, and if even very high quality films don’t have the opportunity to reach audiences after a film festival, then that’s a concern.”At least 60 had very limited runs, screening at TIFF and other festivals followed by a commercial run in their home country. Some homegrown festival titles, like Porcupine Lake and The Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, opened commercially in Canadian theatres only. Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment How much money did they make?Altogether they earned more than $3 billion (U.S.).That includes $1.081 billion in North America, plus more than $2 billion combined from the rest of the world. That worldwide number is likely considerably higher, because there were plenty of international films had commercial runs somewhere in the world, but the data wasn’t available from our sources. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dreams to reality

first_imgFour of the 10 students presenting at Art2Wear work on their garments for the upcoming show. from left: Sydney Smith (senior), Sara Clark (junior), Gillian Paige (senior), and Sarah Cannon (senior).by Justin LeBlancphotographs by Benjamin ScottApril is crunch time at the N.C. State College of Design and College of  Textiles. Student designers, models, and event planners are working overtime to prepare for our 13th annual Art2Wear Runway Show on April 25.Art2Wear is very special to me. The event contributed to a career-changing decision, when, as a student nearing graduation, I transitioned from architecture to fashion. Art2Wear gave me the opportunity to fulfill my passion for functional art, becoming an important stepping stone in my career. It led to my appearance on Season 12 of Project Runway and to my Spring 2014 collection presentation at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.This year’s Art2Wear will give a new group of students their chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: To have control of a stage where they can make their own dreams a reality. It’s a showcase for the best of the best and provides a perfect opportunity for the audience to meet top-notch designers in their transformative years.Art2Wear is also an educational event for the students, where they learn just what it takes to put on a major runway fashion event. With their imaginations running at full throttle, students have the chance to showcase their diverse interpretations of style, all centered on the event’s theme: Accelerated Evolution: Speed.I must tell you, there is no shortage of imagination. The energy has been buzzing for the past several months leading up to the event. Last year’s runway show, Hypernatural, drew more than 4,000 attendees. The atmosphere and mood were electric.We can only speculate, but the theme of this year’s show conjures up many possibilities: motion, change, technology, time, and transformation.  I get goose bumps just imagining it.There will be 10 new collections featured at this year’s event designed by students from diverse disciplines ranging from Art and Design to Industrial Design.Will it be art? Will it push boundaries? Will it tell a story?I believe Art2Wear will be all of that and more – a celebration of style, art, and talent.last_img read more