Steve Carrell Joins The Fun At Little Star Awards

first_imgA host of celebrities including Hollywood actor Steve Carell, teen star Miranda Cosgrove, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, soul singers Lemar and Beverley Knight, along with Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor attended a special movie-themed celebration this week – The Little Star Awards party, organised by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx to salute the bravery of children with cancer.Steve Carrell at Little Star AwardsCredit/Copyright: Cancer.org.ukThe party, held at The Empire Leicester Square, London, saw 20 inspirational young children from across the UK, who are currently battling or have undergone treatment for cancer, treated like movie star royalty. The children walked down the red carpet to flashing cameras and enjoyed an afternoon of fun craft activities, whilst mingling with the celebrities before receiving their Little Star Awards medals. The culmination of the showbiz extravaganza was a special screening of the comedy film Despicable Me 2 which stars Steve Carell as the voice of ‘Gru’.Steve Carell said: “I’m delighted to be here to attend the Little Star Awards party to celebrate the bravery and courage of children who have undergone such a gruelling time at a young age.“These amazing children are an inspiration in how they have coped with their cancer diagnosis and it is truly my pleasure to be able to be here to see the children being presented with their special awards.“Anything that helps the children and their families at this difficult time gets my full support and it’s an honour to be involved with such a wonderful campaign.”Miranda Cosgrove said: “It’s been so awesome meeting all of these wonderful kids today at the Little Star Awards party. Each one is so inspirational in their cancer battles. It is really a great honour to be able to be here and support the kids and these Awards.”Other celebrities who attended the party to entertain the children were comic double act Dick and Dom and CBBC’s Sid Sloane and Ceallach Spellman.The Little Star Awards in partnership with Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Every child nominated receives an award and a goody bag, including a £50 TK Maxx voucher. For more information visit www.cruk.org/littlestar.Kimberley Wyatt said: “I have been so humbled by the courage of these inspirational kids at the Little Star Awards party today. Having heard their incredible stories, their determination and bravery is truly an inspiration to us all.“Even though there has already been amazing progress in the fight against children’s cancer, today’s celebrations highlight that we still need to continue to support them all the way and keep on fighting.”Beverley Knight said: “The Little Star Awards are an amazing way to celebrate the incredible courage of children diagnosed with cancer and to show these brave Little Stars and their families that they are always in our thoughts. I am so glad to be able to attend the party this year to see the children having such a good time as often during their gruelling treatment they miss out on everyday fun things that we all take for granted. The Little Star Awards party is a fantastic celebration for all the amazing children who have faced such a tough time.”Lemar said: “It’s a real privilege to attend the Little Star Awards party once again this year. The Awards really mean a big deal to all the children and families and it’s great to be able to join in the fun on this special occasion.“A cancer diagnosis is unbelievably hard for a child and their family to deal with and having kids of my own, makes it all the more poignant for me. I think it’s great that the Little Star Awards can help to brighten their lives and raise awareness of all the research that is continuing to make progress in the fight against children’s cancer.”last_img read more

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Best Friends Animal Society Hosts NKLA Adoption Weekend

first_imgMore than 400 shelter pets found themselves in new homes on Saturday and Sunday, thanks to the NKLA Adoption Weekend held at La Brea Tar Pits.Tricia Helfer at the NKLA Adoption WeekendCredit/Copyright: Best Friends Animal SocietyThe popular event is hosted by Best Friends Animal Society as part of its NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative to make Los Angeles the nation’s largest no-kill city by 2017. It is one of several Best Friends “Super Adoptions” held nationally throughout the year and one that brings out several celebrities who support pet adoption.Rachelle Lefevre cheers on adopters at the Best Friends NKLA Adoption WeekendCredit/Copyright: Best Friends Animal SocietyMarley, a senior Yorkie mix, was the first adoption at the event. “This is our fourth time coming to the event. Usually we just look, but today, Marley came up to my mom and she fell in love,” said Trivial Swain of Los Angeles. “Adoption is the right thing to do.”Tom Morello and his MomCredit/Copyright: Best Friends Animal SocietyCelebrities including Emmy Rossum, Rachelle Lefevre, Linda Hunt, Tricia Helfer, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Tom Morello, Michael Lomenda, Jack McGhee, Melissa Ordway, Justin Gaston and @TunaMeltsMyHeart (a rescued Chiweenie who rose to Instagram fame with more than 1 million followers), showed their support for NKLA Adoption Weekend and the importance of pet adoption.The celebrities appeared on stage before heading over to greet adopters and ring the adoption bell every time a pet found a new home. In addition to supporting the cause, Rossum, Laflin and Lomenda each went home with a new best friend.Emmy Rossum is smothered with kisses from an adorable pit pull puppy at the Best Friends NKLA Adoption WeekendCredit/Copyright: Best Friends Animal SocietyRossum adopted a black and grey Lhasa Apso mix named Sheila from Baldwin Park Shelter, renaming her Pepper to fit in with her rescue dogs Sugar and Cinnamon.“The work that Best Friends Animal Society and the NKLA coalition are doing to make Los Angeles a no-kill city is very important to me, not just because I love animals, but also because I live here,” said Rossum, who stars in “Shameless” on Showtime. “Thousands of wonderful dogs and cats are dying in our nation’s shelters every day simply because they don’t have homes. I encourage everyone to adopt their next pet and to spay or neuter their pets. If we work together, we will save them all.”Pets at the NKLA Adoption Weekend came from a variety of local shelters and rescues, including Los Angeles Animal Services and Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, as well as NKLA coalition partners such as Wags N Walks, Labs and Friends, Angel City Pit Bulls, Boston Buddies, Caring Friends Cat Rescue and Kitty Bungalow. Adoption fees started at $50 and all pets were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.“Everyone at Los Angeles Animal Services is thrilled that we were able to find homes for so many dogs and cats,” said Brenda Barnette, LAAS general manager. “Events like NKLA Adoption Weekend are great for letting the community see what fantastic companion animals can be found in local shelters.”
Adoption is crucial to end the killing of approximately 9,000 dogs and cats in American shelters each day, according to Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles.“By adopting a pet, you’re potentially saving two lives – the one you take home and the one who now has a space at the shelter,” Peralta said. “If you didn’t get a chance to come to NKLA Adoption Weekend, check out the incredible dogs and cats available at a shelter or rescue near you.”last_img read more

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Jeremy Lin Fights Bullying Through DoSomethingorgs Youve Got The Power Campaign

first_imgJeremy Lin has spent his entire career overcoming haters, doubters, and bullies. Now, through a groundbreaking campaign, he’s inspiring a generation of young people to help other students do the same.Video: You’ve Got the Power with Jeremy LinLin is the face of “You’ve Got the Power,” a national anti-bullying campaign from DoSomething.org and Saban’s Power Rangers. In the campaign’s PSA, he tells the inspiring story of the college coach who helped him find the power to overcome hecklers and bullies. Then Lin tells young viewers that they can be that person for a younger student. That’s Lin’s message to young people: you’ve got the power to help others beat bullying.“My college assistant coach, Coach Blakeney, helped me overcome negativity, use the ignorance as motivation, and embrace what makes me unique,” Lin says. “That’s why I’m so proud and excited to be a part of You’ve Got the Power. Through this campaign, a generation of students can become that support system for their peers.”“DoSomething is thrilled to partner with Saban’s Power Rangers and Jeremy Lin for ’You’ve Got the Power’,” says Aria Finger, CEO of DoSomething.org. “Bullying is such an important cause for this generation, and a deeply personal one for Jeremy. He’s an inspiration to millions of young people…not to mention a hometown hero for me as a Brooklyn Nets fan!”“You’ve Got the Power” will activate thousands of students to share ways they’ve found the power to overcome bullying. Those tactics will be compiled into the largest peer-to-peer anti- bullying guide and shared globally, kickstarting an anti-bullying movement that’s for students, by students. Want to see young people taking action? Watch the video.As children, we all grew up admiring our favorite superheroes, including The Power Rangers, five ordinary teens who channel their inner power and morph into something extraordinary.Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 25 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest-running kids’ live-action series in television history, with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its milestone anniversary year with the 25th season, by kickstarting an anti- bullying movement that’s for students, by students.To sign up, people can visit DoSomething.org/PowerRangers or text POWER to 38383 by July 12.last_img read more

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The 13 Most Underrated Movies of 2017

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: If “Juno” had opened in 2017, would it still have been a box office hit? What about “Shakespeare in Love”? “Little Miss Sunshine”? “Slumdog Millionaire”?To say that the state of independent films is at a crossroads is the understatement of the decade. The movie business has now become a tale of two audiences. There’s the tentpole blockbusters, like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Wonder Woman,” which draw packed crowds at the multiplexes. And then there’s everything else.For the last two years, even the month of December — a time when Oscar movies usually fare well — hasn’t necessarily been the most fertile ground for smaller movies. Blame the “Star Wars” franchise — the Disney blockbusters have become such Goliaths, they’ve put a dent in any title playing in a theater near them. That’s led to a pre-holiday lull for art-house movies, such as “The Darkest Hour” or “The Shape of Water” (both hovering at around $10 million in tickets sales so far in limited release), that rely on word of mouth to grow. Advertisement Facebook With competition from TV shows, the Internet, Netflix and other mediums, the number of independent films that enter into the zeitgeist become fewer and fewer. In 2017, the rare success stories included “The Big Sick” ($43 million at the domestic box office), “Wind River” ($34 million) and “Lady Bird” ($29 million), but even they didn’t do business on the same scale as a “Juno” from 2007 ($143 million).Here are 13 movies that deserved a bigger spotlight.1. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”Domestic box office: $2.3 millionYorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “The Lobster” is his best movie yet, a dark horror comedy about a family led by Colin Farrell (a career-best performance) and Nicole Kidman (equally terrific) whose serenity is disrupted one day by an eerie visitor (Barry Keoghan). When “Sacred Deer” premiered at Cannes last May, it was followed by immediate Oscar buzz and comparisons to Kubrick. However, distributor A24 has had a lot of on its plate, with “Lady Bird,” “The Disaster Artist” and “The Florida Project.” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” didn’t find the audience it deserved.2. “The Lost City of Z”Domestic box office: $8.5 millionIn “The Lost City of Z,” James Gray has crafted a swashbuckling adventure with the heart of a lush period movie, set in the depths of the Amazon jungle circa the 1920s. The leader of the film’s travelogues is real-life explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who is accompanied by his wingman Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson), while his feminist wife (Sienna Miller, fantastic) is left to worry back home in London. The movie quietly slipped out of theaters last spring from Amazon Studios—though it would have also been right at home with Merchant Ivory Productions. The film’s many vocal defenders on social media, including Variety’s Guy Lodge, are right; this should be seen.READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

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WIFTT Executive Director Heather Webb announces resignation

first_imgPassionate about providing women with the tools they need to succeed, Heather was the driving force behind the development of the Corus Media Management Accelerator—a certificate program in partnership with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University—as well as WIFT Connect; a six-month mentorship program for WIFT-T members that fostered 40 mentorships in its inaugural year in 2017 and will support an additional 53 mentorships over the next six months.“It has been a privilege to be part of WIFT-T’s dynamic community and to witness first-hand the positive impact that WIFT-T has had in the career development of so many women in this industry. At a time when gender parity and greater inclusion is finally being prioritized, it is hard to leave WIFT-T. However, it will be an exciting time for the next executive director and I know that, together with the Board of Directors and WIFT-T team, even greater things will be achieved in the coming years benefiting our Members.”—Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive DirectorA search for a new executive director has begun.By Kadon Douglas | WIFT-T Advertisement The Board of Directors of Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) announces that Executive Director, Heather Webb, will leave the organization at the end of December to relocate to Australia with her family.As Executive Director of both WIFT-T and the Foundation for WIFT-T since March 2011, Heather has guided the growth of both organizations resulting in a 62% growth in membership and a 70% increase in individual charitable donations over the past five years.“Heather has been the driving force of WIFT-T for the past 8 years and under her leadership, the organization has flourished. We are so grateful for all that she has done to bring progress and enhancements to this incredibly dynamic and important non-profit organization.”—Jocelyn Hamilton, WIFT-T Board Chair Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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NEW TWEEN ACTIONADVENTURE SERIES DETENTION ADVENTURE LAUNCHES TODAY ON CBC GEM

first_img Twitter Three straight-A students – Raign (Simone Miller, Snapshots), Joy (Alina Prijono, Odd Squad), and Hulk (Jack Fulton, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) – find an old textbook with clues to the location of the lost laboratory of Alexander Graham Bell beneath their school. But there’s a catch: the lab lays beyond a series of old tunnels, accessible only through the detention room, the one room they’ve always feared and avoided. The trio break the rules for the first time ever to gain access to the forbidden room where they are joined by their classmate, Brett (Tomaso Sanelli, Titans), the school bully and detention regular. The four must overcome their differences and use science to navigate mysterious tunnels and open hidden passages in search of fame, fortune, and friendship, while trying to discover the fabled lost laboratory.A CBC Gem original series, DETENTION ADVENTURE is produced by LoCo Motion Pictures and Broken Compass Films. Created by Joe Kicak and Carmen Albano. Executive Producers are Lauren Corber, Karen Moore, Joe Kicak, and Carmen Albano. Producer is Ryan West. Series directed by Joe Kicak. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Gave Lindo is Executive Director, OTT Programming; Marie McCann is Senior Director, Children’s Content; and Zach Feldberg and Mélanie Lê Phan are Executives in Charge of Production. The series is distributed by Blue Ant International.DETENTION ADVENTURE is made with the generous support of the Independent Production Fund, Bell Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.CBC Gem offers more than 4000 hours of live and on-demand programming, including exclusive premieres, access to CBC’s extensive slate of Canadian programming and a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world. The streaming service also offers the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time with access to 14 CBC channels and their local newscasts across the country. CBC Gem is available for free as an App for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.LoCo Motion Pictures is an independent production and distribution company based in Toronto. Founded by award-winning producer, Lauren Corber, LoCo has a track record of successfully collaborating with creators to produce diverse and compelling audience-driven content. With a focus on digital storytelling, LoCo takes a non-traditional approach to content creation, pushing boundaries and telling stories to under-served audiences. Since its inception, LoCo has produced two seasons of International Emmy-nominated comedy series How to Buy a Baby, award-winning comedy series My 90-Year-Old Roommate and live action children’s series, Detention Adventure, all CBC originals.  LoCo has won three of the last four Just For Laughs ComedyPro pitch competitions.Blue Ant International is a leading content distribution company with the largest slate of native 4K nature and wildlife content globally. Its diverse catalog of over 3,500+ hours includes award-winning factual, factual entertainment, kids and family, lifestyle, reality, documentary series, high impact docs, blockbuster formats. With offices in Toronto, London, and Los Angeles, the company’s library includes Best Cake Wins (Architect Films; 10×30’ HD), Teddies (Beach House Pictures Kids and Northern Pictures Kids; 90×30’HD) and Orangutan Jungle School (NHNZ; 10 x 60′ HDR + 4K + HD).  Blue Ant International is a division of  Blue Ant Media. Facebook Advertisement May 3, 2019 – CBC today announced that new tween action-adventure series DETENTION ADVENTURE (10×11) is now available to stream exclusively on the free CBC Gem streaming service starting today. CBC’s first original kids scripted series for CBC Gem, DETENTION ADVENTURE is targeted to tweens and follows three nerdy friends and the school bully who must get themselves thrown into detention to find the entrance to a labyrinth of trap-laden tunnels protecting the fabled hidden lab of Alexander Graham Bell. Click here to view the trailer.“As CBC’s first original scripted series for tweens, Detention Adventure is part of our commitment to better serve a wider range of young audiences in Canada with new, engaging content on CBC Gem,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC.“We set out to create a show for kids that we wanted to watch as adults,” said Joe Kicak, Showrunner of Detention Adventure. “Something that was nostalgic and drew from our childhood favourites like The Goonies and The Breakfast Club, but contemporized to make for a great co-viewing experience.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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MIRVISH AIMS FOR SCREECHIN WORLD RECORD AT COME FROM AWAY PERFORMANCE

first_imgThe cast of ‘Come From Away’ is shown in this undated handout photo. (HO / The Canadian Press) Advertisement TORONTO — Prepare the cod: Mirvish Productions plans to attempt the world’s largest screech-in at a performance of the hit Newfoundland-set musical “Come From Away” in Toronto next month.A screech-in is a traditional Newfoundland welcoming ceremony involving downing a type of rum, kissing a codfish and reciting a short speech full of local expressions.Mirvish says it will attempt the screech-in milestone with the entire audience following the evening performance of “Come From Away” on July 6 at the Elgin Theatre. Advertisement Twitter The theatre production company hopes to make a Guinness World Record by having all of the patrons in the 1,000-seat theatre perform the initiation.Mirvish says every audience member will receive a small fake plastic cod to kiss and a shot to drink at the end of the show.The shot options will be real screech or ginger ale for those who are not of drinking age or don’t wish to have alcohol.“Come From Away,” written and created by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, tells the true story of how the tiny town of Gander, N.L., welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11.Brian Mosher, a former Gander teacher/broadcaster who inspired the character of Janice Mosher in the musical, will officiate the Mirvish screech-in onstage.Typically a screech-in is done in Newfoundland and Labrador, so Mosher will have a bag of soil from the province with him during the ceremony to make it legitimate, says Mirvish.He’ll also bring a few audience members onstage to kiss the big fake cod used in the show.After the ceremony, the band will play lively music and participants will get certificates saying they’re honorary Newfoundlanders.Mirvish says it hopes to have a Guinness official on site to witness the mass screech-in.“But I have to say, Guinness doesn’t know what the record is,” John Karastamatis, director of sales and marketing at Mirvish Productions, said in a phone interview.“In St. John’s on George Street, which is the main street where all the pubs are, they often have group screech-ins in good weather but they can’t fit 1,000 people. So we think we will have the record, if we’re successful at this.”“Come From Away” has won scores of awards, including a Tony, and is currently playing in London, on Broadway and on tour across North America.It’s now in its second year in Toronto and Mirvish hopes it will stay in the city for good.“Our goal is for it to go on forever,” said Karastamatis.“It’s still selling out and it’s still attracting a very non-traditional group of people to the show…. The reason they’re coming is because it’s Canadian. That is, I believe, its main selling feature — that it celebrates a Canadian story albeit with people from other places.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Associated Presscenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Youth who emerged from Ontario foster care propose improvements to system

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new report was released Monday on child welfare in Ontario, but with a unique twist.This one was produced by young people who have experienced the foster care system.It found that Crown wards are more likely to be involved with the criminal justice system, face homelessness and less likely to pursue higher education.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

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Trudeau says Brazeau not sincere about support for inquiry into murdered missing

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau took a twitter jab at Patrick Brazeau Tuesday over the Conservative Aboriginal Senator’s recent support for a national inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Aboriginal women across the country.Brazeau, an Aboriginal Conservative Senator, tweeted a photo of a pile of reports Tuesday morning from the Cohen inquiry into the decline of salmon stocks in British Columbia with a comment saying he wished the same could be done for Aboriginal women.“Wish we could have the same for our missing and murdered Abo-women!”Brazeau later told APTN National News that a national inquiry was “the right thing to do.”Trudeau, however, responded to Brazeau’s statement by tweeting that the Senator once sent him a message saying “missing/murdered already dealt with.”Trudeau, who beat Brazeau in a charity boxing match earlier this year, then questioned Brazeau’s sincerity.“Sorry Pat, but I don’t believe you’re sincere,” tweeted Trudeau.Brazeau shot back at Trudeau on Twitter writing, “Concentrate on your leadership bid and I’ll concentrate on what I need to do but (thanks) for your input.”The Conservative government has deflected calls for a national inquiry, arguing it is already doing enough.Trudeau recently launched his campaign for the leadership of the Liberal party and, given the enthusiasm and media attention around his campaign, is the assumed front-runner.last_img read more

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National Chief Shawn Atleo talks to APTN

first_imgAPTN National NewsLast week’s Special Chiefs Assembly featured a protest on Parliament Hill.The rally included a handful of chiefs trying to enter the House of Commons.One of them described the federal government as the “enemy.”National Chief Shawn Atleo sat down with APTN National News Friday from Ottawa.last_img

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Ottawa march calls for justice for hitandrun victim Brady Francis

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsA Mi’kmaq student is calling on the RCMP to take a hit-and-run incident in her home community seriously, following the not-guilty verdicts in the deaths of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie.Carolyn Simon, a Carleton University student, organized an eight-kilometre justice march from the university to RCMP headquarters in Ottawa on Friday.The message: Brady Francis’s family should not go through what the relatives of Boushie and Fontaine had to endure.“We don’t want the person responsible to not be accountable for his action,” Simon said. “This is more to just kinda tell them to do this case fairly, to treat this case with respect and to do their jobs.”Francis, a 22-year-old member of the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, was killed in a hit-and-run two weeks ago.“It just didn’t make sense that somebody like him would be taken so soon,” said Simon, who knows the Francis family. “And it’s affected a lot of people in the community because it just shows it doesn’t matter who you are we’re all not safe.”Activist Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail said Indigenous people are collectively grieving over the verdicts in the recent Boushie and Fontaine trials.“With Colten and Tina we reflect upon our own losses. All of this comes back again just like it was yesterday,” she said.Boushie, a 22-year-old from Red Pheasant First Nation, was shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm. Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Winnipeg’s Red River in August 2014. She was just 15 years old. The accused in each case walked free.Meanwhile, the RCMP continues to investigate the death of Brady Francis.So far, no arrests have been made.last_img read more

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Canadian Tire pays up for racial profiling

first_imgPeople protested outside the Canadian Tire store in Regina in 2017. (APTN file)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA Saskatchewan man has accepted compensation after being racially profiled in a Canadian Tire store two years ago.The Regina outlet, which is independently owned, also committed to giving its employees diversity training.“The store formally acknowledges the hurt suffered by Mr. (Kamao) Cappo as a result of the incident and the force used against him,” said a joint public statement released by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC).“Mr. Francois Brien, owner of the store, formally apologizes to Mr. Cappo for the incident.”Cappo initially posted cellphone video of the July 26, 2017 dust-up on his Facebook page where it racked up thousands of views.He said he and a friend were accused of stealing. After which he vowed never to shop in the store again.Broker the settlementThe SHRC said it helped broker the settlement after receiving a complaint from Cappo, an Indigenous man.Cappo said he was shopping for a chainsaw when the store manager confronted him and ordered him out of the store.“When Mr. Cappo asked why he had to leave, an incident occurred which escalated and resulted in the store manager using physical force against Mr. Cappo,” the release said Wednesday.Along with an undisclosed payout, the store recognizes it hurt all Indigenous people, the release added.“The store recognizes that members of Indigenous communities in Regina have suffered and continue to suffer from incidents of actual and perceived racism,” the release said.“As a result, the store has taken proactive steps to ensure that it can become an example for how to provide exceptional customer service to Indigenous customers.”SHRC praised the result and said it showed others the way forward.“Consensus outcomes like this are a prime example of how to correct problems of the past while improving relationships for the future,” it said.“This is reconciliation in action. This is how we begin to understand each other and to grow – as a people and as a province.”Cappo was devastated after justice officials declined to press criminal charges despite his video. The store’s surveillance footage was unavailable. kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Rate hike argument builds as poll shows companies to hire invest more

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian companies are more upbeat about the future than they were three months ago with firms planning to boost investment and to hire more workers, according to the Bank of Canada’s latest business outlook survey.With a little more than a week before the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement, the results Monday further solidified forecasters’ expectations that governor Stephen Poloz will raise the trend-setting interest rate for a third time since last summer.“The big takeaway from today is that this survey gives the Bank of Canada a green light — a bright green light — to hike interest rates again next week,” Manulife Asset Management senior economist Frances Donald said in an interview.The poll results showed firms had begun to focus more on hiring and investment to address capacity pressures that had intensified over the past year — mostly due to labour shortages. They expected this pressure to persist for the next 12 months, the survey said.Overall, the results, which are closely examined by the central bank, found that business sentiment in the country had almost climbed back up to its summertime high.Donald said the outlook survey is one of the few forward-looking indicators available in Canada and she believes that more results like the report Monday would put the central bank on an even more aggressive rate-hiking path.“If businesses continue to indicate, like they did today, that they want to hire more and spend more that’s only going to encourage the Bank of Canada to want to cool the economy before it becomes overheated,” she said.The indicator reflecting firms’ plans to increase investment spending perked back up, close to a post-recession high, and became more broadly based across sectors and regions.Hiring intentions have also increased since the fall, particularly in the service sectors, as labour shortages became “more intense than they were a year ago.”“Firms plan to expand operations to accommodate sustained demand, which is evident in a rebound of investment and employment intentions since the autumn survey,” said the bank’s report, which shared results of its poll of about 100 companies.The survey showed the share of businesses predicting they would face some or significant difficulty meeting any unexpected rush of demand had also climbed to its highest level since the 2008-09 recession.The Bank of Canada noted capacity pressures had yet to translate into generalized wage pressures.However, the bank’s report said wage-growth pressures had edged up and were widespread in British Columbia, where firms reported challenges in recruiting and retaining workers because of stiffer hiring competition and minimum-wage increases.“It highlights that inflationary pressures are increasing as a result of, in part, expectations for higher wages being paid,” said Scotiabank deputy chief economist Brett House said Monday.“We’re seeing increasing confidence in the recovery and we expected the pickup in wages because of both the tightening labour market and the fact that wages typically follow macroeconomic growth.”The poll showed companies still intended to spend and hire more, even with growing concerns about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and expanding protectionism, in general. Some firms predicted U.S. growth and the low Canadian dollar to help their sales over the coming 12 months.The central bank’s survey also found that companies remained upbeat about their sales growth expectations for the upcoming year. Their outlooks, however, had moderated somewhat since the fall with predictions that the strong run of recent sales activity would return to a more normal level.In terms of sales growth, businesses highlighted “strong real estate markets, sustained foreign demand and tangible support from federal stimulus spending,” the report said.All eyes are now on the Bank of Canada’s rate announcement next Wednesday.Last Friday, an impressive jobs report led some analysts to change their predictions to say that Poloz would indeed raise the rate target next week, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.The employment numbers showed that job creation in 2017 reached a pace not seen in a calendar year since 2002. The surge helped push the unemployment rate last month to 5.7 per cent — its lowest mark in more than 40 years.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Gas company fined after 14 birds found floating in fluid tank in

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A natural gas company in Western Canada has been ordered to pay $235,000 to wildlife groups after dead birds were found floating in one of its containment tanks in northern British Columbia.Painted Pony Energy Ltd. pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced last month for depositing a harmful substance in an area frequented by migratory birds.Environment Canada says enforcement officers found 14 dead migratory birds on the surface of an above-ground tank located north of Fort St. John that was used to store fluid for the hydraulic fracturing process.A B.C. provincial court judge ordered Painted Pony to pay $115,000 to Ducks Unlimited Canada and $57,500 each to the Mackenzie Nature Observatory and to the Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia.Environment Canada says the company, which changed its name last year from Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd., has since installed equipment on the tank to prevent other birds from becoming trapped.The department says Painted Pony will be added to the environmental offenders registry.(Companies in this story: TSX:PONY)last_img read more

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Airbus wants to make C Series profitable by lowering supplier prices

first_imgTOULOUSE, France – Airbus intends to pressure suppliers for Bombardier’s C Series jets to lower their prices in an effort to make its new partnership with the Quebec aircraft manufacturer profitable.Airbus executive Klaus Richter made the comment Tuesday alongside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who spent the second day of his French tour at the facilities of the European aerospace giant in Toulouse.Richter, the company’s chief procurement officer, said Airbus took a gamble by taking over the C Series, which is currently not profitable.He said Airbus will try to sell the planes first and then rework the costs with suppliers, because currently there is a gap between production cost and sale price.“We will sell the planes first and then work with suppliers on the costs of the program,” Richter said.He said the company intends to focus on volume to successfully reduce supplier prices and will hold its next major international gathering of suppliers in October in Montreal.The European conglomerate is working to finalize its partnership with Bombardier and the Quebec government to produce the C Series aircraft.Under the terms of the deal announced last fall, Airbus will hold 50.01 per cent of the new partnership.Bombardier will retain 31 per cent while the Quebec government will hold 19 per cent.Couillard told reporters Tuesday he wouldn’t speculate on the actual value of Quebec’s investment.“All of that, it’s more long term, we must see the volume of sales,” Couillard said.He said Quebec taxpayers did good business in financing a program that was subsequently given to Airbus.“What we know is that if the program had stopped, it was worth zero,” Couillard said. “Now, at least, there is a prospect of plane sales.”Airbus estimates it can sell 4,000 to 6,000 C Series aircraft over 20 years.The official Opposition called the Airbus executive’s comments “completely scandalous.”Parti Quebecois critic Alain Therrien said Quebec taxpayers stepped in to save the C Series with public funds and were deprived of their investment by the arrival of the Airbus while also losing a say in the decision-making process.Now, suppliers in Quebec are under attack with Couillard’s approval and next will be jobs, Therrien lamented.“Airbus is attacking Quebec suppliers with Philippe Couillard’s approval,” Therrien said in a phone interview.Couillard spent part of Tuesday watching the assembly of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airplane in service.He also tried out a flight simulator create by Montreal firm CAE.Several Quebec aerospace executives have joined Couillard on his trip to France in an effort to drum up business.Airbus employs some 129,000 people worldwide, including 2,000 in Canada, and spends about $1 billion yearly here on aerospace-related initiatives.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:CAE)last_img read more

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Trump Jr donor have longtime undisclosed ties

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Donald Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father’s 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since the election, records obtained by The Associated Press show.The president’s oldest son and Texas hedge fund manager Gentry Beach have been involved in business deals together dating back to the mid-2000s and recently formed a company, Future Venture LLC, despite past claims by both men that they were just friends, according to previously unreported court records and other documents obtained by AP.Beach last year met with top National Security Council officials to push a plan that would curb U.S. sanctions in Venezuela and open up business for U.S. companies in the oil-rich nation.Ethics experts said their financial entanglements raised questions about whether Beach’s access to government officials and advocacy for policy changes were made possible by the president’s son’s influence — and could also benefit the Trump family’s bottom line.“This feeds into the same concerns that we’ve had all along: The really fuzzy line between the presidency and the Trumps’ companies,” said Noah Bookbinder, who leads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a public policy group. “Donald Trump Jr. sort of straddles that line all the time.”Last February, just as Trump Sr. was settling into office, Beach and an Iraqi-American businessman met with top officials at the National Security Council to present their plan for lightening U.S. sanctions in Venezuela in exchange for opening business opportunities for U.S. companies, according to a former U.S. official with direct knowledge of the proposal.Career foreign policy experts were instructed to take the meetings, first reported last April by the website Mic.com, at the direction of the West Wing because Beach and the businessman were friends of Trump Jr., the official said.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive government work, said that inside the NSC lawyers raised red flags about the appropriateness of the meeting.The U.S. didn’t act on the pitch, which would have gone against the president’s hard-line stance on the South American nation and its president, Nicolas Maduro.Seven months after the Venezuela meetings, Beach attended a private lunch in Dallas between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Republican donors, including businessmen with petroleum interests, according to a copy of Zinke’s schedule.The Interior Department didn’t respond to a request for comment about the meetings. A White House official said Trump Jr. didn’t arrange Beach’s visit to the NSC and his proposal was dismissed.In a statement, the Trump Organization said Trump Jr. has never played a role arranging meetings “with anyone at the White House or any other government agency.”Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s general counsel, acknowledged that Trump Jr. had invested with Beach in the past, but referred AP to a statement released by the company in April, which said their relationship was “strictly personal.”In a statement provided by a friend, Beach said it was “absolutely not true” that he’d ever “used my longtime personal friendship with Donald Trump Jr.” to influence government decision making.According to his friends, Beach, who has known Trump Jr. since they attended the University of Pennsylvania together in the late 1990s, developed his own relationships during the campaign and inauguration and doesn’t need Trump Jr. to broker introductions.Beach was an avid fundraiser and campaigner for President Trump, particularly in Texas, where Trump Jr. told donors last March that Beach and another longtime hunting pal, Tom Hicks Jr., raised millions for his father’s campaign, according to the Dallas Morning News.After the election, Beach served as a finance vice chairman for the inaugural committee and faced scrutiny after a non-profit he started at the time advertised hunting and fishing trips with Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, to million-dollar donors.Last October, Beach incorporated a business called Future Venture LLC in Delaware without listing any Trump connection, signing himself as the entity’s agent.But a disclosure report filed with New York City officials and obtained by AP via a public records request shows Trump Jr. is named as the president, secretary and treasurer of the company.The purpose of the limited liability company could not be determined from the filings. The Trump Organization said it was set up to pursue technology investments.Previously unreported court documents show that the two men, each a godfather to one of the other’s sons, did business together well before they formed Future Venture.In a 2010 deposition, Trump Jr. testified that he had twice made investments in ventures that Beach had an interest in: $200,000 in a dry Texas oil well managed by Beach’s father and an undisclosed amount in a failed mining stock affiliated with Beach’s uncle.In August 2008, while the two men were golfing together in New York, Beach suggested Trump Jr. sell his shares in the tanking stock “if you need the tax loss,” according to a copy of his testimony filed in a long running civil lawsuit between Beach and a former employer, hedge funder Paul Touradji.Beach’s father, Gary Beach, was convicted last month of federal bankruptcy fraud after a seven-day trial in Dallas.Trump Jr. testified that he had other business discussions with Beach — but not all of them came to fruition, including a plan to buy a hunting preserve in Mexico with Beach.Trump Jr. also referred Beach to someone he knew from Saudi Arabia when Beach was working on a potential oil purchase and invested $50,000 along with his sister Ivanka in an Argentine resort developed by one of Beach’s friends, he testified.Trump Jr. estimated he exchanged roughly 500 emails with Beach at the time of his 2010 deposition.Pressed for details about the oil well deal in his deposition, Trump Jr. indicated he wasn’t well versed in the oil-and-gas business.“You know, I put some money with a friend,” he testified.last_img read more

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Aphria strikes deal with Southern Glazers on cannabis distribution

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Aphria Inc. says it has reached a deal that will see Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits become its exclusive distributor of recreational cannabis products in Canada.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer says Southern Glazer’s new Canadian subsidiary Great North Distributors, which will focus specifically on cannabis products, will represent the company when recreational use is legalized.Aphria says the deal with Southern Glazer’s, one of North America’s largest wine and spirits distributors, will give it coverage of all cannabis retailers across Canada on the first day of legal adult-use sales.The deal comes as cannabis producers have been looking to strike agreements with distributors and firm up space with retailers as legalization in Canada approaches.Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced in February it would buy a 20 per cent stake in retailer Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd., which changed its name last week to Alcanna Inc. to reflect it now has alcohol and cannabis divisions.Canopy Growth Corp. reached a deal last fall with Constellation Brands that saw the alcohol supplier invest $245 million for a 10 per cent stake in Canopy, and the two partner on marketing and product development.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH)(TSX:ACB)(TSX:WEED)last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,043.54, down 17.96 points)The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX:TGOD). Healthcare. Up 72 cents, or 12.70 per cent, to $6.39 on 9.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down five cents, or 1.02 per cent, to $4.83 on 7.1 million shares. Credit rating agency DBRS Ltd. says it has changed its trend outlook on Bombardier from stable to positive, but kept its credit rating unchanged at B.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 68 cents, or 0.90 per cent, to $75.02 on 5.7 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 24 cents, or 1.75 per cent, to $13.44 on 5.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 1.83 per cent, to $5.35 on 5.2 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.96 per cent, to $1.05 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down $1.28, or 1.64 per cent, to $76.96 on 3.9 million shares. The bank announced after markets close on Thursday that it will acquire MD Financial Management, a provider of financial services to physicians and their families, for $2.585 billion in an all-cash deal.last_img read more

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Nvidia Nordstrom fall PGE Sprint rise

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Nvidia Corp., down $37.96 to $164.43The chipmaker said it had a large number of unsold chips because of a big drop in mining of cryptocurrencies.Nordstrom Inc., down $8.06 to $50.93The department store retailer issued weak guidance for the full year.PG&E Corp., up $6.66 to $24.40Remarks by the head of California’s utility regulator reassured investors that the financial hit from the state’s wildfires could be limited.Williams-Sonoma Inc., down $6.80 to $53.76The cookware seller said products were delayed because of shipping congestion out of China ahead of U.S. tariffs.Intel Corp., up 72 cents to $48.83The company announced a $15 billion increase to its stock buyback authorization.Shoe Carnival Inc., up $2.78 to $39.87The company reported earnings that were much higher than analysts were forecasting.Sprint Corp., up 19 cents to $6.31Reuters reported that the chief financial officer of T-Mobile said its acquisition of Sprint could close early next year.Exxon Mobil Corp., up 77 cents to $78.96Share in energy companies rose along with the rice of U.S. crude oil.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Artificial intelligence improves highway safety in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Artificial intelligence is helping improve safety along a stretch of Las Vegas’ busiest highway.The Nevada Highway Patrol says a yearlong partnership between area public safety agencies and a startup technology firm resulted in a 17 per cent reduction in crashes along a portion of northbound Interstate 15 just west of The Las Vegas Strip.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Waycare, a provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and services for smart cities, helped lead the crash prevention pilot program.They hope to use it in the future in other parts of the Las Vegas Valley, including a stretch of U.S. Highway 95 between I-15 and the Rainbow Boulevard curve.The program uses in-vehicle information, cameras, sensors and other traffic data to develop prediction models to reduce congestion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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