Jerry Springer And Sharon Osbourne To Attend Babes For Boobs Event

first_imgLooking for love this Valentine’s Day? How about a date with one of LA’s finest bachelors! Twelve mega-successful Angeleno men are offering a chance to win a dinner date with them, at the BABES FOR BOOBS live bachelor auction.Even better, all proceeds from the live auction portion of the event will benefit the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, whose promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever.Jerry Springer is set to host this event, with special guest Sharon Osbourne, and official MC Michael Yo.All Babes For Boobs guests will enjoy a complimentary beverage and amazing tunes by DJ Bossa Nova. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet the bachelors and enjoy delicious appetizers.Dress to impress! And, don’t forget to bring a major credit card to bid on your man!WHEN: Thursday, February 6WHERE:El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036Event Timeline & Auction Details • 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM — VIP reception with bachelors • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM — General admission • 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM — Live bachelor auction • 10:00 PM — Event concludesEvent details and bachelor profiles are listed at www.BabesForBoobs.com.last_img read more

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Hasty Pudding Theatricals Announces Ryan Reynolds As 2017 Man of The Year

first_imgThe Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces producer and Golden Globe nominated actor, Ryan Reynolds as the recipient of its 2017 Man of the Year Award.The Pudding is proud to honor such a talented and diverse actor, whose seamless transition across multiple genres captures audiences and keeps them coming back to see what’s next.The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt and most recently, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was the 50th Man of the Year.The Man of the Year festivities, presented by the Related Companies, will take place on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Mr. Reynolds and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, which has been the Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 8:40 p.m.For the first time ever, the press conferences for Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year will be live-streamed and available to the public free-of-charge. More information will be available on the Hasty Pudding’s social media channels soon via Facebook www.facebook.com/thehastypudding, Twitter @thehastypudding and Instagram @thehastypudding. After the press conference, Mr. Reynolds will attend the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 169th production, Casino Evil.“We’re thrilled to present Mr. Reynolds with our Man of the Year award, especially after he proved his ability to simultaneously break box-offices records and the fourth wall in 2015,” said Guan Chen, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “And if his headline-stealing kiss with Andrew Garfield at the Golden Globes is any indication, it looks like he’s getting ready for his roast.”RYAN REYNOLDS is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy in his rich and ever evolving career.Reynolds is the Golden Globe nominated star of the 20th Century Fox record-breaking film DEADPOOL. The movie opened in February 2016 and shattered expectations, opening to $152.2-million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend making it the biggest R-rated opening of all time and the biggest February opening in box office history. The superhero juggernaut also replaced “Matrix Reloaded” as the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750- million globally. The film continues to break records with 2 Golden Globe nominations. A “Best Actor” nod for Reynolds and Best Picture nomination for the film, making it the first live-action superhero movie to pick up a Golden Globe nomination in the Comedy or Musical category. The film also received a Writers Guild of America nomination for “Best Adapted Screenplay” and a PGA Award nomination for “Best Picture.” Reynolds, who is a producer on the film, will begin shooting DEADPOOL 2 later this year.Next up Reynolds can be seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson in Sony Pictures’ LIFE. Teaming up once again with Reese & Wernick and director Daniel Espinosa for the space thriller out March 2017. He also has THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD with Samuel L. Jackson coming out August 2017.Reynolds body of work continues to be extremely diverse. In 2015 he starred in a variety of feature roles including MISSISSIPPI GRIND, WOMAN IN GOLD, THE VOICES and SELFLESS. MISSISSIPPI GRIND directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. In The Weinstein Company’s WOMAN IN GOLD, Reynolds starred alongside Helen Mirren to tell the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II and her personal mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold. In Lionsgate’s serial killer comedy THE VOICES by famed French director Marjane Satrapi, Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals. He also starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the independent feature SELFLESS, directed by Tarsem Singh.Reynolds voiced two DreamWorks Animation films in 2013. TURBO, in which Reynolds voices a snail named ‘Turbo’ who has dreams of winning the Indy 500. The movie also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion and Michelle Rodriguez. Prior to that, Reynolds had his animated film debut as the voice of ‘Guy’ in DreamWorks Animation’s, THE CROODS. The movie also featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener and earned over $508 million worldwide. Reynolds has signed onto the sequel, which is already in development.His other film credits include; the Universal action thriller, SAFE HOUSE opposite Denzel Washington. The film opened to $40 million domestically in its first weekend and went onto earn $208 million worldwide. The Universal comedy, THE CHANGE UP, opposite Jason Bateman, the Warner Brothers adaptation of the popular DC Comic, GREEN LANTERN and the mystery/thriller BURIED. In the acclaimed and cinematically challenging film, Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the duration of the piece.In 2009, Reynolds served as Disney’s romantic comedy lead in THE PROPOSAL, opposite Sandra Bullock. The film opened at #1 at the box office and grossed $315 million worldwide. Reynolds was also seen as ‘Deadpool’ in the X-MEN spin-off, X-MEN ORIGINS:WOLVERINE. He starred opposite an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and the film grossed $365 million worldwide. Additionally that year, Reynolds starred in ADVENTURELAND opposite Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in the “Ensemble Performance” category at the 2009 Gotham Awards.Some of Reynolds other film credits include; PAPERMAN and the Working Title film DEFINITELY, MAYBE for Universal Pictures, writer/director John August’s THE NINES, director Joe Carnahan’s SMOKIN’ ACES for Working Title and Universal Pictures and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, a remake of the classic cult film which opened #1 at the box office and made $107 million worldwide. As well as cult favorites WAITING and VAN WILDER.DarkFire, Reynolds’ TV production company, recently sold its first two projects, the live action comedy “Guidance” and the animated comedy, “And Then There Was Gordon” to 20th Century Fox TV. Reynolds will executive produce alongside Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin, Tim Dowling and Steven Pearl.In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In November of 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father – who has long suffered from ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprises the Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), the Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie-Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.last_img read more

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Cody Simpson Named Ocean Advocate By United Nations Development Programme

first_imgTo mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.“I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said Mr. Simpson during an event held at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. Just as you should in yours.”According to UNDP, Mr. Simpson will kick off off his new role as part of The Ocean Conference, which has been under way since Monday and which will wrap up on Friday, 9 June.He will attend a photo exhibition, Waves of Action; explore an ocean lab; speak at the premiere of Urban Bay, a documentary exploring the underwater world of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay; and join the closing celebration with a live performance in the General Assembly.The singer shared his personal connection to the ocean to urge the global community and his millions of devoted fans to join the #SaveOurOcean campaign.“The oceans are in serious trouble right now and we need passionate advocates like Cody to help us restore them to health,” said Mila Rosenthal, UNDP Communications Director. “We are thrilled to team up with Cody, whose dedication we hope will inspire millions of others – especially young people – to play an active role in saving the oceans and protecting our shared future.”UNDP has joined the Conference to highlight the direct link between a healthy ocean and ending poverty, which are part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global goals agreed by world leaders to achieve by 2030.last_img read more

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Your Chance To Crash Luke Bryans Party and Meet Him Backstage

first_imgWhatever plans you have, break them… because you and a friend are crashing Luke Bryan’s party.Crash Luke Bryan’s Party and Meet Him Backstageomaze.com is giving you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet country music star Luke Bryan. You’ll get to head backstage at his show in Lake Tahoe, snap some photos, and chat about hunting, fishing or whatever you’d like. All we know is you won’t want this night to end. Flights and hotel are included.All you have to do is visit omaze.com and donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis Tennessee, is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Its mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving Children. Your donation will support the groundbreaking research of St. Jude and their cutting-edge work combating pediatric cancer, all while making sure families never pay a dime for anything.The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.But be quick, this opportunity only has a few more days to run.To find out more, and take part, click here.last_img read more

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REMINDER CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – From Page to Screen

first_imgDeadline:  January 12, 2017Online Application Portal (OAP) re: Application SubmissionsPrior to commencing an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered. If this has not already been done, you should register as soon as possible by going to: https://apply.omdc.on.ca.If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@omdc.on.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.Guidelines and Title Template Forms For PublishersFrom Page to Screen Publisher Guidelines From Page to Screen Publisher Title TemplateGuidelines For Film, TV and Interactive Digital Media Companies:From Page to Screen Guidelines for Film, TV and Interactive Digital Media Companies EnquiriesJanet HawkinsProgram Consultant, Industry InitiativesPhone: 416-642-6698Email: jhawkins@omdc.on.caORBianca SpenceProgram Coordinator, Industry InitiativesPhone: 416-642-6652Email: programs2@omdc.on.caTo receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs2@omdc.on.ca with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in. Advertisement This event has been created to promote the adaptation of Canadian fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature published by Ontario publishers to the big and small screens. It provides a forum for Ontario film and television producers to meet with publishers in scheduled, one-on-one meetings.NOTE: Full eligibility requirements and details can be found in OMDC From Page To Screen Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms.When completing the application please note that there are 2 separate applications for From Page to Screen: one for publishers and one for film, television and interactive digital companies. Be sure to complete the appropriate application. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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International Film Submissions Now Open – Vaughan International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Submissions for the early bird deadline is December 31, 2017. High school student submissions are also open. Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.comAbout VFF: The Vaughan Film Festival is an exciting four-day festival showcasing Canadian and international multigenre short film. As a not-for-profit organization, the Festival is committed to promoting and furthering arts education. It also supports the arts community by granting various scholarships and bursaries to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in the city of Vaughan Facebook Vaughan, Ontario – It’s that time of year again! International film submissions are now open! Now in its 6th edition, the Vaughan International Film Festival’s exciting 4-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent. Filmmakers from around the world can submit their short film and get a chance to take home a Golden Reel Award!Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awardsincluding Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy.Student submissions are also open! Ontario high school students can have their short films on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2000.00 towards the department that assisted them in creating the film. Twitterlast_img read more

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INTERVIEW WITH SUE ENBERG – DIRECTOR OF IN JESUS NAME – REELWORLD

first_imgWhat were the greatest challanges you faced during the film?The greatest challenge I have faced as a single parent and student filmmaker has been financial. I was turned down for every legitimate form of arts council funding for the film due to my status as a student. The majority of funding for the film has been paid out of my OSAP and OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship) funding with one major exception. The office of the former president of Ryerson University, Sheldon Levy, came through with $10,000 for travel funding, permitting my crew and I to travel to the fly-in community of Fort Albany First Nation in August of 2015, a trip that cost about $16,000 in total. We also received some minor donations to assist with production. So, I have somehow managed to pay all of the crew with the exception of myself, Edmund Metatawabin, and our Executive Producer Tim Wolochatiuk, and have managed to cover post-production expenses as well. Our total commitment to getting the word out about the horrific treatment of children at St. Anne’s has propelled us forward despite lack of financial means.Our Executive Producer, Tim Wolochatiuk, really propelled me to keep moving forward with this film despite the incredible financial weight I was personally carrying. I think he is the only member of our crew that I cried in front of (tearful phone conversation one day, when I was at the breaking point). He reminded me that “filmmaking is very expensive,” especially if you want to produce a powerful film that will reach people. His nudge has brought the film to the point that it is now. What are your top 3 favourite films of all time?My three favourite films of all time are: The Atomic Café, Avatar and Thin Blue Line. Advertisement If you could reshoot any film made in the past 20 years, which one would you choose and how would you change it?I think if there is one film that needs to be re-shot or parodied it is Of the North. This ‘documentary’ montage by Dominic Gagnon is so insulting, not only to the Inuit people, but to Canada’s Indigenous communities as a whole. I have often thought that I would like to do a film that would wholly contest and de-construct Gagnon’s negative portrayals of the Inuit people. What’s the best advice you could give someone new to filmmaking?My best advice to someone new to documentary filmmaking is to excavate deeply (research a ton), show great respect those who are sharing their stories, be cautious in your interviewing methods so as to minimize harm, and adopt tenacity as your highest professional objective. If the story that needs to be told is important, never give up. Facebook Login/Register With: What are you working on next?Edmund and I are now co-producing the sequel film that will shed further light on systemic and systematic child abuse at St. Anne’s. This film which will focus far more heavily on obstruction of justice by the Canadian government (and possibly the Catholic diocese), and how the amorality of politics is re-traumatizing St. Anne’s survivors, many of whom are in their seventies and eighties. Advertisement Who are your mentors? (and why)I have many mentors. The St. Anne’s survivors who have shown immeasurable courage and strength. Grandmother (Elder) Pauline Shirt for guiding my feet all along the way. My first professor at the University of Toronto, now the Vice-principal and Registrar at U of T’s Woodsworth College, Cheryl Shook. She really helped me to understand that my perspectives on human rights should be shared with the world. Lise MacRae, my boss when I worked at CHUM Television. She put a lot of faith in my abilities as a middle-manager as a human being more generally. My graduate advisors at Ryerson University – Ed Slopek, Elida Schogt, and Gerda Cammaer – all of whom helped to guide my feet in the production of this film. And, the lawyers who continue to fight for justice on behalf on the St. Anne’s survivors – Fay Brunning, Suzanne DesRosiers and Michael Swinwood. And…no less importantly…Indigenous advocate, Linda Lundström, who has been one of my biggest psychological supporters right from the beginning..SUE ENBERG’S BIO:  Susan G. Enberg has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies from the University of Toronto (with high distinction and on the Dean’s List), and has recently earned a graduate degree, Master of Fine Arts (with distinction) in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. Susan has been awarded numerous scholarships for high academic achievement and for her social justice activities.Susan is an independent documentary film director, producer, editor and photographer who recently launched her own production company, Susan G. Enberg Productions. Her first film, In Jesus’Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Residential School, was co-produced with Edmund Metatawabin during her studies at Ryerson University. Prior to this, Susan had never directed, produced or edited any film projects.She is currently directing, producing and editing a second film with Edmund Metatawabin as co-producer. The sequel film will shed further light on abuses suffered by Indigenous children who were interned at St. Anne’s Residential School; this film will then delve far more deeply into litigious abuses such as obstruction of justice that the survivors are encountering today as they seek long overdue compensation for harms done to them.Susan has also recently completed a 21-minute pedagogical documentary film for the Toronto District School Board. This film, The Art of Reconciliation, focuses on reconciliation at a primary school in Toronto through incorporation of Indigenous arts, teachings and cultural sharing by Anishinaabe artist, Chief Lady Bird. Susan is the director, editor, and a co-producer on this film.In addition to being a documentarian, Susan is a long-time photojournalist whose writings and photography are wholly focused on human rights issues.center_img What inspired you to become a creator?I am a long-time creator…photography and writing have been some of my crafts for many years. However, I realized that if much of what I have written is delegated to academic journals, then most people in mainstream society would likely not know of otherwise hidden or covert human rights abuses occurring all around the world. So, I decided that a visual aesthetic could add great power to stories of people who have endured grave injustices. The visual aesthetic is also an empathic expression. We hope that people, in viewing our film, with take action toward correcting or shedding further light on current-day injustices that the aging survivors are having to endure. ABOUT IN JESUS’ NAME: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Residential School is a poignant all-indigenous English and Cree-English collaborative documentary film that breaks long-held silences imposed upon indigenous children who were interned at the notoriously violent St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario..What was the inspiration for your film?Around 2000 or 2001, I had been commissioned by a non-profit organization to write a children’s social activism curriculum for Grade 6 students. I had been self-directed the entire way through. However, when it came time to write the Indigenous chapter, I told the founders of the organization that I would be writing age-appropriate material on residential schools in Canada. Their response was, that if I was to write that chapter, the Canadian government would do everything in its power to squash the entire publication. To me, this response has compelled me throughout my years at university to excavate more deeply into children’s experiences at these institutions.In the fall of 2014, I continued with my research into Canada’s residential schools. It was at that time that I came across a short online article in CBC Aboriginal about Edmund Metatawabin, his experiences at St. Anne’s Residential School. In that article, I discovered that children who were interned at St. Anne’s had suffered the most horrific forms of abuse as well as torture. I was appalled that the Canadian media has not covered this ‘story’ far more broadly, for a sustained period of time. I was also very disheartened to learn that the Canadian federal government had not called for a public inquiry into the torture of the children. If you had to describe your film in three words, what would they be?Poignant, empathic, provocative. What appeal do you think your film will have for audiences?This first film is not the film that I originally intended to produce. My original vision was to produce a film that would be far more political, bringing in the stories of the past and the Survivors’ stories of what they are enduring in the courts today. But…in speaking with a number of people over the course of two years, I came to the realization that Canadians, many of them, remain either partially or wholly uniformed about the depth, breadth and severity of abuses at Canada’s residential schools. So, during the summer of 2016, Edmund and I decided that we needed the survivors to share their stories first, without mediation from myself or any others.It was decided that this film should appeal to a number of distinct audiences for various reasons: non-Indigenous audiences as a pedagogical tool; first generation residential school survivors as a means and a way to encourage them to begin to share their stories, and to embark on healing journeys if they had not done so yet; and for intergenerational survivors who may be hearing these stories – truly hearing them – for the first time. A profound silence has engulfed many Indigenous families for generations, largely due to the stigma associated with sexual abuse. SUE ENBERG’S FILM “IN JESUS’ NAME” IS THE CLOSING NIGHT FILM AT THE REELWORLD FILM FESTIVALREELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL:  CLOSING NIGHT FILMWHEN: Sunday Oct. 15th at 4:30pmWHERE: Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas – 2190 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 2C6 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Unbridled Love Royal New Years Eve Start Filming in Vancouver Area

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Unbridled Love (TV Movie)Following the death of her aunt, Sarah returns home to her Uncle’s farm for the holidays. Although she was hoping to find comfort in her family’s Christmas traditions, her uncle’s plan is to avoid them altogether. In the midst of their tension, a handsome Hollywood celebrity named Graham comes knocking, looking to use the farm as research for his next film. It takes some wooing for Graham to convince Sarah to let him use the property, but as he begins his work, Sarah finds herself in love with Graham. Between her family struggles and her new romance with Graham, Sarah winds up with a Christmas she’ll never forget.Unbridled Love stars Oakville, Ontario native Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Librarians), Kristoffer Polaha (Where Hope Grows, Get Shorty) and Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores, Chicago Fire).READ MOREcenter_img Facebook LINDY BOOTH LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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From Gord Downies wisdom to Shania Twains comeback your 20 favourite stories

first_img Facebook So which articles were most popular among CBC Music readers? Perhaps it’s no surprise that most were connected to Canadian music icons, and to the top Canadian songs, songwriters and bands past and present.READ MORE There’s no doubt that 2017 was a momentous year for music in Canada.We saw new albums by Arcade Fire, Land of Talk, Drake, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Alvvays, Daniel Caesar and more. We saw outspoken Colombian-Canadian artist Lido Pimienta take the Polaris Music Prize, while the Juno album of the year went posthumously to Canadian legend Leonard Cohen.Canadians also mourned the death of Gord Downie who, for three decades, helped create a soundtrack for the country. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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KELOWNABORN DIRECTOR COURTNEY PAIGE WRAPS FILM AFTER 4WEEK SHOOT

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement The Color Rose, an independent movie produced by Neon Cinema Films, has wrapped in the Kelowna area after four weeks of shooting.Kelowna-born director Courtney Paige returned home to film her thriller about high school girls, each embodying one of the seven deadly sins, who start a cult. But, after their best friend goes missing, they realize there is more going on in their religious town.The OKM Secondary graduate turned director is an award-winning writer and actor who works between Vancouver and Los Angeles. Her body of work includes appearances on E!’s The Arrangement and a short film entitled Butterscotch that was screened in the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Courtney Paige (right) was raised in Kelowna and has gone on to becoming an award-winning writer and actor. She just wrapped her film ‘The Color Rose’ after four weeks of shooting in the Kelowna area. (Supplied) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Nunavut community protests seismic testing

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in Clyde River, Nunavut say they don’t want seismic testing near their community.There’s been a series of protests in the past few weeks.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has more.last_img

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Quebec university recognizes Innu woman for decades of work fighting for Aboriginal

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor decades, Evelyn St-Onge has fought for Aboriginal and women’s rights.Now one of Quebec’s most prestigious universities has awarded her an honorary doctorate.As Tom Fennario reports, it was another educational institution that influenced her the most, residential schools.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Canada seeking extradition of Akwesasne man from US

first_img(Watch APTN’s 2012 interview with Seth Lazore)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanadian authorities want to extradite an Akwesasne man from the U.S. who recently completed a 41-month sentence there for human smuggling, according to court documents.Canadian federal justice officials submitted a request for the extradition of Seth Lazore through the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa on Oct. 15. The extradition request was made at the behest of Quebec which wants Lazore sentenced following his three year-old conviction on three counts of armed robbery and one count of assault, according to documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern New York District.The extradition request from Canada is primarily based on a Quebec bench warrant issued for Lazore after he failed to show up for his June 6, 2013, sentencing hearing following his guilty pleas on the four charges.Lazore is fighting the extradition request and his hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Albany, NY.He remains in custody after failing to obtain bail.Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal straddles the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders, has been used by human smuggling networks to move people across both sides of the international boundary.Lazore was sitting in U.S. custody by the time the date of his Quebec sentencing hearing rolled by, according to U.S. federal court records. He had been detained for his involvement in a July 2012 smuggling operation to bring three Canadians of Indian origin from Canada into the U.S., court records show.Lazore eventually pleaded guilty to smuggling the men into the U.S. and was sentenced to 41 months in prison. That sentence has now been completed. He was living with his wife and three children on the U.S. side of Akwesasne when he was again detained pending the conclusion of his extradition hearing, according to court records.Quebec wants Lazore, who has U.S. and Canadian citizenship, so he can be sentenced following his guilty pleas in relation to a Feb. 1, 2009, incident that left three men beaten on a winter ice road crossing the St. Lawrence River.Lazore “ambushed” a car driven by Christopher Fritz and carrying two male passengers at about 6 a.m., according to court records. Fritz was driving on the ice road when he was blocked by red pick-up truck driven by Lazore. Lazore jumped out of his truck with a handgun and began yelling at Fritz to get out of the car, according to records. Fritz tried to make a run for it, but then heard bullets hit the rear of his car.  Another bullet shattered the driver’s side window.By this time a second, grey pickup truck had blocked the vehicle. Fritz and his two passengers then got out of the car and they were beaten by Lazore and a second man. Lazore searched their pockets and took money, bank cards and cell phones, according to court records.Lazore was arrested the same day and made his first court appearance on Feb. 2, 2009. He pleaded guilty to the four charges on Feb. 15, 2012.Seth Lazore during 2012 interview with APTN.Lazore is also wanted in Ontario on a province-wide arrest warrant for his involvement in a human smuggling operation to bring a Nigerian family into Canada, according to RCMP Const. Jean Juneau with the Cornwall Regional Task Force. The task force is based out of Cornwall, Ont., and also includes Canada Borders Services Agency and the OPP.The RCMP charged Lazore and several other individuals in relation to the smuggling of the Nigerian nationals on Sept. 6, 2012. Lazore was initially detained on the charges. He was released after his long-term girlfriend’s mother put up a $1,500 surety and a $5,000 bond and put under house arrest.APTN interviewed Lazore about his charges in a location on Cornwall Island.Lazore was then detained the following month by U.S. authorities on the July 2012 human smuggling indictment and remained in custody.He struck a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern New York District pleading guilty to one count of human smuggling.He was sentenced on Nov. 25, 2013. He spent six months in a halfway house.During his Nov. 12 bail hearing on the extradition request, Lazore’s federal public defender submitted arguments for his release based on the support he currently has in the community and the needs of his family which has suffered from his incarceration.“His family need him now more than ever. His absence for that period of time has made it very difficult for them to get by with even necessities,” said the submission filed with the court.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Philpott looks to bring Indigenous health delivery to new department

first_imgKristy KirkupThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – Newly minted Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says her new department will likely include the delivery of health services for First Nations and Inuit – an area previously under her watch at Health Canada.Philpott said consultations and legislation will be required for the creation of her new ministry, but she said the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples clearly suggested a new department should handle health delivery on a gradually diminishing basis.“The royal commission structure that was recommended is fairly similar to the approach that we are taking, suggesting that all health services would be managed through a new department and a minister that was responsible for delivery of those services until such time that self-governing First Nations or other Indigenous communities were ready, willing and able to take over those areas,” Philpott said in an interview.She also said the current federal approach – dividing Indigenous health care and the delivery of other social services that drive health outcomes – is an “artificial separation”, while the new department affords an opportunity to bring this all under one roof.“Health services fits very strongly in with other social determinants like education and child care and so many other issues that will be under the portfolio,” Philpott said.“In a way, my job is a step in the process necessary in the short term in order to fix many things that are not working right and to address many injustices in terms of the level of services that are being provided, but it is not intended that the department of Indigenous Services will be around forever.”Self-determination of communities, including the ability to control health services, was the vision behind an agreement recently inked by Ottawa, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the province of Ontario, she said, noting it looks to put control and direction in the hands of the communities needing the services.NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said he is pleased to see a new federal department is being created, adding he wants to see it do business differently.“We need to dismantle the whole system and in its place, build a system that will finally meet the needs of our communities,” he said. “Our communities have to be engaged in a meaningful way to ensure that the solutions that they have are incorporated into this process. I welcome the opportunity to be involved and for our communities to be involved in that work.”Dr. Alika Lafontaine, past president of Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, said the federal government now has a blank slate to lay out a new vision.“Minister Philpott has a great a chance to impact health disparities positively, as early politicians had to completely dismantle the health systems that existed in our Indigenous communities,” he said. “This is probably the biggest opportunity that has been given to Indigenous communities in a very long time.”Philpott agrees the new ministry provides an “incredible opportunity.”“Our government needs to be listening very carefully and acting on the good advice of people who have thought about this for a very long time, that this has to be a momentous change,” she said.“I think the blank slate metaphor is a good one and one that we certainly need to keep in mind _ that this is a new future.”Northern Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus, who is currently running to become leader of his party, said the key issue is to ensure the federal delivery of services is transformed and made more transparent for communities.“Simply moving the office doesn’t really change anything.”last_img read more

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I dont trust anybody St Annes survivor feels betrayed as federal government

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsA former St. Anne’s Indian Residential School student says she has lost faith in Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett after learning the federal government is seeking thousands of dollars in legal fees from a lawyer representing the survivors.Angela Shisheesh, who attended the Fort Albany, Ont. school infamous for using a homemade electric chair as punishment and entertainment, said she thinks the federal government is warning other lawyers to back down from defending Indigenous people in court.“I don’t trust anybody anymore,” Shisheesh says.In a rare legal move, the federal government is seeking $25,000 in legal costs from lawyer Fay Brunning, who has been representing St. Anne’s students for years.Shisheesh said this contradicts what Bennett told her and other St. Anne’s students during a meeting in April, when the government was seeking an apology from the Pope over the Catholic Church’s role in the abuses inflicted on Indigenous children at residential schools.Shisheesh said she left the meeting under the impression that Bennett would not pursue Brunning in court.“She lied to me, literally. She lied to me. It hurts. It’s just another abuse, that’s how I feel right now,” said Shisheesh, through tears.St. Anne’s residential school was the subject of more than 60 lawsuits for the physical, sexual and psychological horrors inflicted on Indigenous students.Much of the abuse was documented in thousands of pages generated from an Ontario provincial police investigation. While the federal government has released some of the materials, much of it has been kept secret.Brunning has been fighting for access to the documents, which survivors say is relevant to their compensation claims.Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled the government was within its right to withhold those documents and the Appeal Court agreed.Brunning has been critical of the decision, alleging the court was biased in favour of Canada – comments that did not sit well with Perell.In January, he issued a scathing ruling stating Brunning “slandered the court” and acted unprofessionally, which lead to the federal court’s decision to pursue legal fees from Brunning.James Fitz-Morris, Bennett’s director of communications, calls it an “exceptional” situation.“Canada has not – and will not – seek costs against individual claimants,” he says in an email. However, “in exceptional circumstances – costs can be sought against lawyers who do not appear to be acting responsibly.”Any costs paid by Brunning will be donated to a fund that supports former students, he says.NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents the riding where St. Anne’s was located, calls the move a “simple intimidation tactic” intended to stifle lawyers fighting claims.“Carolyn Bennett met with survivors and said that she would stop this vendetta and yet she walked out of that meeting and business carried on,” he told APTN News. “To me, that is the most shocking thing that a government minister could look survivors in the eye and lie to them. I don’t know how else to call it.”“We left that meeting with an understanding that these legal battles were going to end and there was going to be some form of justice.”Cathy McLeod, the Conservative Indigenous issues critic, says the Liberal government has been inconsistent in its messaging about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.“It just shows the absurdity of the current government,” she said. “They sort of say that they want to move towards better relations and they want to be transparent and whether it is the young girl … fighting her dental care in court or going after lawyers who are trying to do the right thing for residential school survivors, they’re just not congruent.”Bennett’s office has denied allegations the minister lied to St. Anne’s survivors.In a statement emailed through Fitz-Morris, Bennett says she’s reviewing the proposals from the former students of the school.“We can accomplish so much more working together outside of the confrontational courts – and we agreed to do that,” she said.The matter of costs between Brunning and the federal government has yet to be settled in court.Defence lawyer Lawrence Greenspon has filed a motion asking Perell to recuse himself from the matter, arguing the judge is biased against Brunning.It’s not the first time Brunning has been accused of defamation.Ontario law firm Wallbridge, Wallbridge filed a lawsuit against Brunning, alleging she defamed its lawyers when she claimed they sat on police files critical to a residential school survivor’s compensation claim.But for Shisheesh, Brunning is a champion for Indigenous rights.“Fay Brunning, she’s the best lawyer I have ever met. She has so much compassion towards Indigenous people, wanting to help them, and she did that out of the goodness of her heart.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

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Ottawa set to start negotiations with Indian Day School survivors lawyer

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Students in front of Trout Lake Indian Day School in Ontario.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe law firm handling settlement discussions with Ottawa says negotiations on compensation for former Indian Day School students should begin soon.“It’s early stages yet,” said Robert Winogron with Gowling in Ottawa.“But we are seeking compensation – direct compensation – to individuals.”The firm shared the news with chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly in Vancouver Thursday.Winogron said negotiations will get underway with federal government representatives and Department of Justice lawyers now that Ottawa recognizes the class-action lawsuit has been certified.He said the settlement is seeking compensation for two classes of victims – survivors and families of survivors.While survivors would be compensated financially, families could see their pain and trauma recognized through commemoration and healing programs.“That will be the subject of negotiation and different models are being considered,” Winogron said in a telephone interview.“There is nothing confirmed yet but we anticipate starting shortly.”So far, the legal team says there are between 120,000 and 140,000 living day school survivors who attended more than 700 schools.They were excluded from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, because they went home at night.But the lawyers say they suffered similar emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and a negative impact on their language and culture.“Many of them feel abandoned because they weren’t included,” Winogron said. “And so we’re trying to right that as best we can.”Winogron said day school survivors are eager for a settlement.“We get calls – I can’t tell you how many calls we get – we get calls daily,” he added.“People have been waiting a long, long time.”last_img read more

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First Nation in Ontario name family killed in early morning house fire

first_imgTop row, left to right: Geraldine Chapman, 47, Angel Kenisha Mckay, 12, Karl Jovon Cutfeet, 9, Thyra Chapman, 19, Bottom row, left to right: Hailey Ocean Jenna Chapman, 7 and Shyra Shadara Taylor Bella Chapman, 6.APTN NewsThe community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation in Ontario has released the names of the mother and four children who died in a house fire May 2.Killed were Geraldine Chapman, 47, along with her six year old daughter Shyra Shadara Taylor Bella Chapman and three foster children, Angel Kenisha Mckay, 12, Karl Jovon Cutfeet, 9, and Hailey Ocean Jenna Chapman, 7“Our community is grief stricken and are doing our best to provide support to the family and all affected by this horrific tragedy,” said Chief Donny Morris.  “Geraldine raised her adopted children as her very own with the mutual consent of the three families involved and that the community of Kitchinuhmaykoosib Inninuwug recognized these children as her own.“It is important to understand, however, that this devastating tragedy has directly impacted four families and, as a result, extends throughout the community as a whole.”KI, or Big Trout Lake as it’s also known, is a fly-in community 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., with a population of approximately 1,300.According to Morris, Chapman’s 19-year-old daughter was away on a medical trip when the fire broke out.The Ontario coroner’s office has a team in the community to investigate the cause of the blaze.No details have been released.Morris said in the statement that the remains of the family have been removed from the scene and an autopsy will be performed in Toronto.A team from the Ontario Provincial Police is also investigating the cause.“The family and community is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received,” said Morris in the statement. “At this time the cause of the blaze is still undetermined.“Our focus right now is on helping the family and our community cope. We will address the direct and underlying causes of the fire once we have dealt with the community crisis at hand. We ask that all organizations, government and media respect our wishes in this regard.”A GoFundMe campaign has been started at: https://www.gofundme.com/tragic-fire-in-kinews@aptn.calast_img read more

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Health Canada concerned by cannabis companies sponsoring music events

first_imgHealth Canada said Friday it’s prepared to crack down on licensed medical marijuana producers who are sponsoring music festivals and other events.The federal department said it’s “concerned” about some companies that have engaged in corporate sponsorships and other promotional activities that go against the Cannabis Act.It said the government has made it “abundantly clear” what isn’t permitted under the laws, such as marketing to minors.Health Canada issued a statement noting that cannabis companies have been dabbling in various forms of marketing that raise red flags, although it highlighted music festivals as a particular point of concern.Tweed, a brand owned by Canopy Growth Corp., is among the companies that have been sponsoring events, including the Field Trip music festival and Pride Toronto this summer.The company’s spokeswoman, Caitlin O’Hara, wrote in an emailed statement that Canopy is focused on education and responsible use of its product.“We have reviewed all activities with counsel to ensure compliance and continue to work collaboratively with regulators in support of this shared objective,” she said.Aurora Cannabis is another producer has taken a prominent sponsorship role at various Canadian events, including the North By Northeast music festival in June. Representatives for the company declined to comment on Friday.Eileen McMahon, a partner at Torys LLP who leads the drug and regulatory practice, said Health Canada’s warning doesn’t come as much of a surprise, since the cannabis market is experimenting ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.She said many companies are attempting to get their brand names into public consciousness before they expect regulations to be enforced.“This is an opportunity where companies say, ‘What is legal and illegal under current law? What is grey and in the grey area? And can we play there in a way that’s defensible?’” she said.“Some companies will take some risks … others won’t. I think you see that activity taking place and the government’s reaction.”While Health Canada didn’t directly acknowledge companies it deemed offenders, it said the actions have underscored a need for “rigorous enforcement” of the laws.“The department is reviewing the actions of existing licensed producers and will be taking every possible step to bring them into compliance or prevent non-compliance with existing laws,” it said.“Those who do not adhere to the applicable prohibitions will face serious consequences, which may include, if appropriate, suspension of their licence.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

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US Tim Hortons franchisee group sues RBI over alleged price gouging equity

first_imgA group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Restaurant Brands International “established a very aggressive and improper investment strategy in the Tim Hortons franchisee system, which resulted in the economic squeezing of Tim Hortons franchisees by RBI,” reads the suit filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida court on behalf of the American chapter of the Great White North Franchisee Association.None of the allegations have been proven in court and RBI disputes the allegations.The U.S. GWNFA group, which says it represents about half of all American Tim Hortons franchisees, claims RBI and Tim Hortons USA strip them of income and profit through increased and improper franchisee fees.RBI raised the prices of necessary products and services — like food supplies, paper cups, containers and cleaning supplies — that franchisees must purchase from approved vendors, according to the suit. These prices are “significantly above” open market prices, the suit alleges.Tim Hortons franchisees pay $104.08 more per case of Applewood bacon than Wendy’s franchisees do, according to the court documents, and $23.85 more for boxes of diet and regular Coke.It also claims the company requires franchisees who want to sell their stores to first offer it to the company for the five-year declining depreciated value of the furniture, fixtures and equipment.The GWNFA wants the court to declare the practices a breach of contract.RBI spokeswoman Devinder Lamsar said in an emailed statement that the lawsuit “does not at all reflect the facts.”She said the company “will respond in due course with the facts to this U.S.-based claim” and that RBI works closely with its Canadian and U.S. advisory boards made up of franchisees committed to its plan to grow the business and franchisee profitability.“These franchisees have been unfairly squeezed by Tim Hortons/RBI to the point where they are, in many cases, no longer viable businesses,” said Jerry Marks, one of the lawyers representing the GWNFA in this case, in a statement.“We expect to stop this type of abusive franchisor behaviour.”RBI is also facing two lawsuits from the Canadian GWNFA chapter, including one alleging the company improperly used money from a national advertising fund.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

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Alberta boosts job numbers in spite of doom and gloom forecasts

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Some jobs numbers are shocking economists from coast to coast especially in this province.Stats Canada said there were more than 94,000 jobs added in the month of November across the country.This is coming as donations for charities in Alberta have plummeted, economic forecasts have been shaky, and some economists expect major layoffs in the oil and gas industry. Yet Alberta is one of the leaders when it comes to this growth.We sit second in the country when it comes to jobs added. There were 24,000 positions added in the province, and we’re only behind Quebec when it comes to growth.Stats Canada reports that growth is not coming at the expense of contractors as the rate of self-employed workers has stayed roughly the same, but there was an increase in public sector jobs.“There was very strong gains in areas like health care and social assistance, in public administration, in information culture and recreation, those things that tend not to be driven as much by the energy price,” noted ATB Financial Chief Economist Todd Hirsch.Hirsch believes these numbers are good news, but the price of oil is still a problem for Alberta.“If we don’t see some positive news early in the new year, I think we will then start to see more layoffs. But I don’t expect we will see massive layoffs between now and the new year,” said Hirsch. “If we are hearing some positive news about pipelines going ahead or around this oil price differential, I think we’ll be in okay shape. But I think there are a lot of companies too that are just holding on by their fingernails.”More volatility in employment: Canada added a net 94,000 jobs in November, far above estimates, driven by full-time work. The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 5.6%, “the lowest since comparable data became available in 1976” says Statscan.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) December 7, 2018The unemployment rate dropped a full percentage point to sit at 6.3 per cent in the province.In Calgary, that rate is down 0.3 percentage points to sit at 7.9 per cent.Royce Mendes with CIBC Capital Markets is skeptical of any kind of celebration over these figures.“These numbers are extremely volatile on a month-over-month basis.”He believes there are factors that could lead to a swing towards less pleasant outcomes.“There was a big increase in jobs in Alberta. Now you will remember, during November is when the price of Western Canadian Select oil prices fell dramatically. So it’s odd then that Alberta increased 24,000 jobs during the month. So there are major concerns about the sustainability of the jobs gained in November.”last_img read more

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