Alberta suspends certificate of Calgary trucking company involved in Broncos crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – A Calgary trucking company that owns the semi truck that collided with the Humboldt Broncos bus, killing 15 people, has been ordered to keep its vehicles off the road.A spokesman with Alberta Transportation says Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. started operating last fall.John Archer says the government suspended the commercial carrier’s safety fitness certificate on Monday.He says the move is standard procedure and the company passed a recent inspection.The Saskatchewan junior hockey team was on its way to a playoff game Friday when the crashed happened north of Tisdale.RCMP have said the truck driver survived the accident.last_img read more

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Ottawa holds emergency cabinet meeting to try to salvage Trans Mountain project

first_imgOne after one, other Ministers are coming down but saying little. Just repeating the pipeline will be built and they are looking at all options #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018The company has said it will not pay for any more non-essential expenses after B-C’s obstructionist tactics. Members of the Trudeau government have emerged from an emergency meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying they are more determined than ever to get the project built — over the objections of British Columbia.Natural resources Minister Jim Carr says they considering various options.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr came out to speak for just a minute and a half. Gave no new answers on what the government will do about the Trans Mountain pipeline. #Cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/tmV6mrnQ7q— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018He would not comment on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat today that her province will simply buy the whole project from Kinder Morgan.We had a walking scrum with Infrastructure Minister Sohi, who also wouldn’t provide any new information. Wouldn’t talk about options or even say when we will hear about any government decision.#cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018last_img read more

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Convicted killer Paul Bernardo facing weapons possession charge

first_imgNAPANEE, Ont. – One of Canada’s most notorious killers is back before the courts for an offence allegedly committed from behind bars.Paul Bernardo appeared in a Napanee, Ont., courtroom via video on Friday facing one count of possession of a weapon.Court documents show the alleged offence took place on Feb. 9 at the maximum-security Millhaven institution, but did not reveal otherdetails.Bernardo’s lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment.Bernardo earned national infamy with his 1995 trial for the rape and murder of two Ontario school girls Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French and subsequent sentence to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.He was also given dangerous offender status – and received an indeterminate sentence – after admitting to raping 14 other women.last_img read more

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Ottawa hopes Ontario will make informed decision on overdose prevention sites

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s health minister is offering to share the federal government’s research on overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites with Ontario as the province weighs whether to allow such facilities to continue operating.Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Wednesday she hopes Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government will make an “informed decision” when it comes to the sites, noting the province has not specified what data it will be examining as part of its review.“That is exactly why it’s important to reach out to them and to provide them with the data that we have,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“We have a lot of data that we’ve collected with respect to the importance of harm reduction and that safe consumption sites, supervised consumption sites…work, they save lives. So we certainly want to be able to share that information with them and I hope that they’ll be making an informed decision based on the data that we have.”The Ontario government announced last month that it was halting the opening of new overdose prevention sites while it conducts its review. The province’s health minister, Christine Elliott, has said a decision on the sites will be made by the end of September.The moratorium was condemned by more than 100 health groups, who said the move was putting lives at risk. Advocates said a string of overdose deaths in Toronto last month shows there is urgent need for more facilities, and urged the province to reverse its decision.Premier Doug Ford has said the province is reaching out to experts to get their input on overdose prevention sites. He has also said the government’s goal is to save lives and get people off drugs and into rehab.A spokeswoman for Elliott reiterated the point in an emailed statement Wednesday, noting that the review also includes discussions with community members and people who have lived through addiction.Hayley Chazan wrote that the goal is “to ensure that any continuation of drug injection sites introduce people into rehabilitation and ensure those struggling with addiction get the help they need.”Overdose prevention sites are approved by the province and are temporary facilities set up to address an immediate need in a community, while safe injection sites are more permanent locations approved by the federal government after a more extensive application process.Petitpas Taylor, who was in Toronto to attend a symposium on what health officials have deemed to be an opioid crisis, said she has yet to meet with her provincial counterpart but would seek to arrange a meeting on the issue.The federal minister is expected to announce new measures to increase access to treatment for substance abuse on Thursday.More than 3,800 people died from opioids in Canada in 2017, compared to 2,978 in 2016, according to the latest figures by Canada’s health agency published last June.last_img read more

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Toronto homicide squad being revamped under new leader after tough year

first_imgToronto’s homicide squad has had a difficult year — the team has had to investigate a record-breaking number of killings in Canada’s most populous city, grapple with a rise in deadly gang violence, address criticism about a perceived lack of action in some cases and deal with several high-profile slayings that have strained resources.Heading into 2019, however, the team’s new leader is revamping the unit by bringing in more members and launching a video analysis unit in an effort to solve more cases faster — changes that are needed if the city’s homicide figures stay around their current levels.“I think 2019 will be a real decision-making year,” Insp. Hank Idsinga says in an interview at police headquarters. “If we’re going to keep a pace of 90-100 murders a year, we have to re-think how we’re staffing investigations.”Toronto recorded 96 homicides in 2018, a figure that broke the record of 89 homicides in 1991.About 70 per cent of those cases have been solved, Idsinga says, although that success is also an indicator of more work ahead for his team.“That means about 70 cases will go before the courts, and that takes up a lot of manpower and time,” he says.The force’s statistics indicate 51 of the year’s homicides were by shooting, 20 by stabbing, 10 were part of an April van attack and 15 were by “other means.”The city’s police chief has attributed the overall rise in homicides to an increase in gang violence.But the force has also noted that the city’s homicide figures have remained relatively stable in the years since 1991 even as the city’s population has grown considerably. Toronto boasted 2.3 million residents in 1991, compared to a population of 2.7 million as of the 2016 census.For Idsinga, who was told in early December that he was formally being made head of the homicide squad, the year has been marked by several high-profile cases and new developments within the team.The 51-year-old spent the first six months of 2018 as the lead detective on the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, who faces eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of men with ties to the city’s gay village.In July, Idsinga became the acting head of the homicide squad and began planning his transformation of the team.“We will have a lot of new faces and a lot of movement within the squad,” he says, noting six detectives have already been brought to help alleviate the workload of the unit’s 48 detectives.A new missing persons unit has also begun operating under his watch with four detectives — a team formed in response to complaints from the community about how the force dealt with missing people. Members of the LGBTQ community in particular had long said there was a serial killer preying on men in the gay village, raising their concerns before McArthur’s arrest.Idsinga is also starting a video analysis unit to help ease the squad’s workload.“The nature of homicide work in 2018 involves an awful lot of video surveillance,” he says. “To properly extract that video surveillance, to properly analyze that surveillance, to make it presentable for court, it’s a lot of work and is labour intensive.”He points to the van attack in April that killed 10 and injured 16 in the city’s north end as an “extreme example” of video collection and analysis. Detectives are still working on video collected from dozens of businesses and scores more from cellphones to build the case. The trial for the alleged attacker, Alek Minassian, is set for early 2020.That incident along with a shooting rampage in Toronto’s Greektown in July that left two dead —  and 13 others injured — was a “game changer” for the city, according to Police Chief Mark Saunders.“It’s one thing when you’re dealing with gunplay,” Saunders said last week. “It’s another thing when you’re walking down the street and looking over your shoulder.”Other brazen gun-related incidents in the city this year included the daylight killing of rising rapper Smoke Dawg and brand manager Ernest Modekwe in June, several drive-by shootings and a shooting at a playground that wounded two young girls earlier this year.Idsinga said he hopes to be able to provide closure in one prominent case early in the new year, with plans to have a report on the Greektown shooting presented at a public police board meeting. Shooter Faisal Hussain killed a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman before killing himself. Because Hussain died by suicide, there is no formal avenue for police to present their case, as prosecutors would do in court.“We’ll never be able to answer everybody’s questions, but we’ll say here’s what we know and you can draw your own conclusions,” Idsinga says.The homicide squad is also wrapping its investigation into McArthur, confident that there are no other alleged victims, Idsinga says. Officers and cadaver dogs searched 100 properties linked to McArthur and found nothing, he says, calling it the biggest forensic investigation in the force’s history.The force’s cold case squad also continues to look into cases dating back to the 1970s, but so far they haven’t linked any of those deaths to McArthur, Idsinga says.Another big case that has dogged the squad is the unsolved late 2017 murders of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman.The family has blasted the force for numerous alleged errors and lapses, and hired its own team of former homicide detectives, Ontario’s former chief pathologist and forensic experts to perform a separate private probe. The family recently announced a $10-million reward for information that would solve the case and proposed a “public-private partnership” with police where the shadow team would work alongside the force.Idsinga called the proposal “interesting” but said it would involve onerous restrictions. He welcomed any tips and information but wouldn’t go for a situation where police would have to share information with the family’s team.Looking ahead, Idsinga hopes 2019 will bring fewer homicides.“We’re very tired,” he says, rubbing his temples. “The pace really picked up in the summer of 2017 and it was just constant for a year.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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New trial for man who killed roommate over alleged relationship with teen

first_imgTORONTO — A new trial has been ordered for an Ontario man who beat his roommate to death with a hammer in a drunken confrontation over the other man’s alleged sexual relationship with a teenage girl.Toby Land appealed his second-degree murder conviction in the May 2009 killing of Dominic Doyon, arguing the judge was wrong to rule out the defence of provocation.Had the defence been presented to the jury, Land argued he could have been convicted of manslaughter instead, which would allow for a lower sentence. Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.In a ruling released last week, Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge erred in determining that Land could not claim provocation because he had initiated the confrontation while armed.The three-member appeal panel said the trial judge failed to consider whether Land, who anticipated that Doyon may become violent, could have realistically predicted that his roommate would reach for a samurai sword.The appeal court added that Doyon’s comments about his relationship with the teen during the dispute could also count as provocation, particularly for Land, who “was raised in a sexually abusive home.”“This confrontation arose out of Mr. Doyon’s alleged sexually abusive conduct. Mr. Land’s personal reaction to that conduct would obviously be affected by his experiences,” the court wrote.“Mr. Land, an Indigenous man, then 24 years old, had a horrendous past. It scarred him deeply,” it said. “He left his home with substance abuse issues and with a violent aversion to sexual abusers. On numerous occasions prior to May 4, 2009, Mr. Land attacked men he knew to be sexual abusers.”The decision said Land was angered by his 33-year-old roommate’s relationship with the teen, and the pair had clashed over the issue in the past. On two occasions, the dispute turned physical, with Doyon gaining the upper hand, it said.One day, Land said he came home to find Doyon and the teen shirtless on the couch, the document said, and he remained “deeply troubled” hours later.After drinking about eight beers, Land decided to confront Doyon but feared for his safety, so he armed himself with a hammer and held it at his side as he addressed his roommate, it said.He then noticed Doyon had a samurai sword — which had previously hung on the wall or been kept beside the couch or window — with him on the couch, the decision said.Doyon grabbed the sword’s handle as he got up and said something about how he could do whatever he wanted with his life, it said.Land told the court he felt like he snapped and “just reacted,” the document said. He vaguely remembered hitting Doyon in the arms with the hammer and said his next memory was of his other roommate pulling him back and, he believed, pulling the sword from his hands, it said.“Mr. Land said he could not control his thoughts and his actions,” the appeal court said.In fact, Land had “engaged in a frenzied attack upon Mr. Doyon, hitting him dozens of times with the hammer, including about the head,” it said.Doyon was also stabbed repeatedly with the sword and beaten with a pair of crutches, it said.The appeal court said the defence of provocation “had an air of reality and should have been left with the jury.”Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Trudeau says ethics watchdog to decide truth in SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it will be up to the country’s ethics watchdog to decide who is telling the truth in the SNC-Lavalin affair — himself, or former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.Yesterday, Wilson-Raybould detailed what she described as a relentless campaign, including veiled threats, from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office, for her to intervene and order a “remediation agreement” for the company to help it avoid criminal corruption charges.Speaking in suburban Montreal this morning, Trudeau says he totally disagrees with how Wilson-Raybould described discussions she had with him and others about the case.The prime minister says the ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, will settle disagreements over what happened.Trudeau says there is “no doubt” talks didn’t cross any legal lines and that Canadians expect their government to look for ways to protect jobs and expand the economy while respecting the rule of law. As for Wilson-Raybould’s future as a Liberal, Trudeau says he is still mulling over whether she will be allowed to remain in caucus.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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14yearolds drowning death linked to sugary alcoholic drinks Quebec coroner

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec coroner has found that alcohol played a role in the death of a 14-year-old girl who was found dead in a stream behind her school in Laval, Que., last year.Martin Larocque concludes that Athena Gervais died of drowning and possible hypothermia in the context of excessive consumption of a sweetened alcoholic beverage.A report released today concludes Gervais consumed most of three 568 ml cans of a beverage called FCKD UP — the equivalent of 12 glasses of wine — in the span of half an hour on Feb. 26, 2018.She didn’t return to class that afternoon and her body was found three days later in a stream in a wooded area.Larocque concluded that Gervais likely became disoriented due to the effects of alcohol and fell into the stream by accident, where she drowned in only two feet of water.Quebec and Canadian health authorities have moved to limit the sale and production of sugary, high-alcohol drinks since Gervais’ death, but Larocque says more action is needed to counter the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption in youth.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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China suspends export permits from two Canadian pork plants says Ottawa

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — The federal government says it has been notified that China has suspended the export permits of two Canadian pork exporters.A spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says a formal notice of the suspension was received Wednesday after Customs China posted the information on its website.Kate Hawkins says it believes the cause of the action is administrative.Canadian pork producer Olymel LP says its plant in Red Deer, Alta., is one of two affected by the suspension. The other pork producer has yet to be identified.Spokesman Richard Vigneault says the Quebec-based company is assessing the situation, but so far there is no impact on production at the plant.The suspension comes as relations between the two countries have become tense following last December’s arrest in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. China has since arrested two Canadians and halted canola imports from two Canadian companies.last_img read more

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Some in flooded Quebec town angry new dike will block their waterfront

first_imgMONTREAL — Some lakeside residents of a town northwest of Montreal that was severely flooded last spring after a dike ruptured are now upset the government’s repairs to the structure will obstruct their view of the water.Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault, however, told reporters Wednesday the government’s decision to repair and raise the structure by 1.5 metres is necessary to protect the town of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac.Last April, a dike failed and forced 6,000 people from their homes in the town on Lake of Two Mountains. The Quebec government decided to rebuild the dike and reinforce it by raising it.But some citizens are furious their lakeside homes will no longer have a view of the water. They say raising the dike is unnecessary because water didn’t rush over the structure last spring to flood the neighbourhood, but broke through it. It needs to be reinforced, not raised, they say.The mayor of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac is on the provincial government’s side. At a special meeting Tuesday, town council  voted to give itself the authority to seek a court injunction against citizens who try to slow down construction work on the new dike.Guilbault said the first responsibility of a provincial politician “is to protect people, and that protection goes by raising and reinforcing the dike.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Matthew McConaugheys Charity Event Gets Even Bigger

first_imgSome of the best charities will reap the benefits from one major event in Austin, Texas on April 11 and 12 thanks to Texas Head Football Coach Mack Brown, recording artist Jack Ingram and actor Matthew McConaughey. The trio is hosting a fundraising event called Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) with the commitment of Austin businessman and philanthropist Milton Verret.By joining together, MJ&M and Mr. Verret will maximize their impact on programs for underserved youth nationwide. The proceeds from this unprecedented two-day event will benefit several charities: the Rise School of Austin, the JK Livin Foundation, Heart Gift, Cure Duchenne and Grounded in Music.MJ&M is destined to become well-known thanks to the far-reaching efforts of Sally and Mack Brown, Amy and Jack Ingram, as well as Camila and Matthew McConaughey. MJ&M is generating a lot of excitement with two days of celebrity golf, a Neiman Marcus fashion show and two nights of live music. To purchase concert tickets, please visit www.ACL-Live.com.Through the involvement of well-known celebrities and electrifying events, MJ&M is able to give back to the children who need it the most in a really big way with a focus on education, health & fitness, and arts & culture.The association of MJ&M with Mr. Verret only makes sense since they each share the mission of making a major impact on children’s lives.“It’s an honor for me to join such a great trio of fellow Texans as they join forces to improve the lives of underserved children,” Verret stated shortly after joining the MJ&M Founding Steering Committee. As a member of the Founding Steering Committee, Mr. Verret joins an elite group of MJ&M donors making a major financial commitment to what will become an annual event.Mr. Verret’s past philanthropic efforts have already left their mark on the city of Austin. His purchase of giant guitar sculptures during a Gibson Foundation auction helped raise half a million dollars for Austin charities. Mr. Verret then donated the guitars to the city, and they are now on public display at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Anyone arriving in Austin can now see it is truly the Live Music Capital of the World!Mr. Verret’s underwriting, organizing and producing of Cow Parade Austin in 2011 helped raise $1.5 million through its auction to benefit the SuperHero Kids Fund of the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Verret’s involvement as Production Sponsor for the Dell Children’s Hospital Gala this year doubled its fundraising from last year to nearly $1.3 million.Other efforts by Mr. Verret include donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Austin Children’s Shelter, the Boy Scouts of America, the Central Texas Girl Scouts, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Austin Film Society.Together, the Browns, Ingrams, McConaugheys and Milton Verret are a great group of humanitarians who will make sure the children of this community receive well-deserved attention.To learn more about Mack, Jack & McConaughey, go to www.mackjackmcconaughey.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Hang Out With The Cast Of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia For

first_imgOmaze and the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” are teaming up to offer one lucky winner and a friend the chance to be flown into LA to visit the set, hang with the cast, watch an episode of the hit show, and of course, grab a drink at Paddy’s afterwards.It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaAs the show has been deemed part of Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years” and infamously described as “Seinfeld on crack,” it’s no secret that time spent with Charlie (Charlie Day), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), or Frank (Danny DeVito) will be unforgettable.The winner and their friend will learn how “The Gang” came to be, what it takes to launch and star in a hit comedy, and what it’s like to indulge in a little happy hour at an imaginary bar with real people. Roundtrip airfare and hotel arrangements are included, so all that is needed is a love for Los Angeles and a sense of humor (assuming some heroic efforts, wisecrack jokes, and Hawaiian shirts are included on set). The best part about this experience is that every entry helps the Wounded Warrior Project empower veterans recovering from combat wounds.Enter HERE by September 20th for your chance to win!last_img read more

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Ellen DeGeneres Speaks Out To Protect Dogs In Taiwan

first_imgEllen DeGeneres is taking a stand against the Taiwanese government’s plan to infect unvaccinated beagle puppies with rabies.Despite the solid consensus among rabies experts, veterinarians, and scientists around the world that all strains of rabies can infect warm-blooded animals, the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture plans to test the infectivity of a recently discovered strain of the virus by injecting it into 210 mice, 36 ferret-badgers and 14 beagle puppies. These tests are completely unnecessary and will produce no benefit for human health. Ellen DeGeneres is leading a global push to cancel the cruel experiments.“As a long-time advocate for the welfare of animals, I would like to join the many physicians, scientists, and veterinarians who have encouraged the Taiwanese government to avoid experimenting on live animals in its efforts to combat the rabies virus in Taiwan,” Ellen writes in her letter.The Physicians Committee — a nonprofit of concerned physicians, scientists, and citizens — has also denounced the experiments as regressive and unscientific.last_img read more

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Chideo Launches Flo Rida Insida Campaign For Charity

first_imgChideo, the first charity broadcast network, has partnered with GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Flo Rida to make dreams come true for his fans and for inner-city kids.Chideo, the charity network, and Flo Rida are teaming up to make dreams come trueAs a Chideo Celebrity Ambassador, Flo Rida will be creating exclusive content and one-of-a-kind experiences for the platform in order to raise awareness and funds for his charity, Big Dreams For Kids. Big Dreams for Kids and its signature program, the Florida Youth Football League, is committed to instilling honesty, loyalty, integrity, teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, respect, leadership, trust and commitment in all participants.“Professional success is one thing, but life success is another,” Flo Rida said. “I started Big Dreams for Kids because I know first-hand that if you have a dream and stay positive, there’s no way you can lose.”The rapper continued: “Chideo gives me a place to connect with my fans, to share ideas and to give them a window into what it means to live my dream. And the best part is that together, we have a chance to make the world a better place for lots of deserving kids.”The charity network and Flo Rida are kicking off their partnership with three dream packages: • Get Flo Fit with Flo Rida: For $20,000, the donor and one guest will receive the opportunity to work out with Flo Rida. Travel and hotel included for a 1-night trip to Miami. • The Flo Rida VIP Dance Club Experience: For $30,000, the donor and one guest will receive the opportunity to attend a Sponsor-specified club with Flo Rida. Travel and hotel included for a 1-night trip to Miami, Florida. (Donor and guest must be 21 years of age or older.) • The Ultimate Flo Rida Insida Experience: For $50,000, the donor spends the day on set with Flo Rida and receives the opportunity to appear in his next music video. Travel and hotel included for a 2-night stay in Miami.Fans who aren’t able to purchase one of these “buy it now” packages can donate to the non-profit on Chideo for a chance to win the Ultimate Flo Rida Insida Experience, including the walk-on role in the rapper’s upcoming music video. Fans earn one entry for a $10 donation, with additional donations generating even more chances to win.In addition to multiple contest entries, donations of $25 or more will receive a digital thank you from Flo Rida; donations of $50 or more receive a poster and digital thank you; donations of $100 or more receive a t-shirt, poster and digital thank you; and donations of $250 or more receive a hat, t-shirt, poster and digital thank you; and donations of $500 or more receive a Flo Rida Flo Fit workout video. Those who donate $5,000 to Big Dreams for Kids will get to video chat live, one-to-one, with Flo Rida.The deadline to enter the Flo Rida “Insida” Fan Experience is 11:59 p.m. PST on March 2, 2015. For complete details (including free entry method) and to register for a chance to win, please visit Chideo.com or download the free Chideo app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at www.appstore.com/chideo, and for Android devices here.For up-to-the-minute news and announcements from Chideo personalities, please follow Chideo on Facebook at Facebook.com/chideodotcom or on Twitter @chideo.last_img read more

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Calling All Dreamers Confederation Centre Launches Website and Submission Page for The

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Applicants may submit artwork, short videos, or text proposals and be as plain or poetic as they feel. The key to a good submission is the core idea and not the style, length, or format at this stage.In the workshops actual dreamcatchers will also be created by the youth in each community and integrated by Indigenous visual artist Nick Huard into a large national dreamcatcher exhibited this summer at Confederation Centre.Huard and Mary Francis Moore, associate artistic director of The 2017 Charlottetown Festival, will lead the sessions in collaboration with local artists in each region, including Fred Penner, Twin Flames, Nikki Payne, Romesh Thavanathan of Hey Rosetta, City Natives, and more.“Our youth are our future ancestors and their dreams are impressive,” states Huard. “This project encourages them to imagine, gives them a voice and a chance to represent themselves. We want to remind them to keep dreaming because dreams can become reality, and The Dream Catchers reminds them to pursue the dream the creator put in their hearts.”Gleaned from the workshop ideas and online submissions from Canada’s young people, the creative team will produce a vibrant and movement-filled musical for an expanded Confederation Centre Young Company. A troupe of 26 emerging artists will be cast to present this exciting new theatre production both on P.E.I and nationally throughout the summer of 2017. Login/Register With: Advertisement Confederation Centre’s signature project for Canada’s 150th anniversary next year is The Dream Catchers, a national touring production in two stages, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund. Between February and April, an artistic team will travel to each province and territory to facilitate workshops, exploring young people’s dreams for themselves and Canada, with a focus toward the environment, inclusion, and reconciliation.Youth across the country will also be able to submit their dreams online, sharing their hopes for the future.  The Dream Catchers website is now live and ready to receive dreams for a brighter future and applications to be part of the exciting workshops.The website and dream submission page for youth age 17 and under to apply to be part of The Dream Catchers can be found in both French and English at dreamingcanada.ca or capteursdereves.calast_img read more

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Skip Prokop Lighthouse cofounder and drummer dead at 74

first_img Facebook Prokop had been unable to perform with the Juno Award-winning band since 2014 so his son, Jamie, had stepped in to take his place.Founded in 1968, Lighthouse was distinguished for its fusion of rock and jazz, with infectious tracks like “You Girl,” “One Fine Morning” and “Sunny Days. Skip Prokop – The Associated Press Login/Register With: TORONTO—Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74.Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital.She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. Advertisement Lighthouse won Junos for group of the year in 1974, vocal instrumental group of the year in 1973, and outstanding performance of the year in 1972.Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Jennifer Podemski was frustrated with the lack of Indigenous stories on our

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Podemski has since produced various projects — from the TV show Moccasin Flats to the film Empire of Dirt and the upcoming doc series Future History — while continuing her acting career, and mentoring and training other Indigenous artists.Her body of work as well as her advocacy will be recognized Saturday as she receives an Award of Excellence at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.While Podemski said she’s encouraged by the opportunities arising for Indigenous actors and storytellers in Canada these days — with the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office and various government initiatives — she feels there’s more work to be done.“I flip-flop between being super encouraged and inspired, and devastated and frustrated at the state of affairs when it comes to Indigenous stories, and how the mainstream is opening its doors or not opening its doors to the storytellers,” said Podemski, whose film credits include a starring role in Bruce McDonald’s Dance Me Outside.“I’ve been a producer for 20 years and if I was to look back at 20 years, yeah, things are easier today for me. But they’re not as easy as I thought they would be, with the amount of experience that I have.“The similarity that I make often is, ‘Wherever the women’s movement is, the Indigenous movement seems to be behind it.’”Podemski adds that she can relate to the current conversations around female representation in the screen industry.“That’s super important,” she said, “but the parallel story to that is that there is an entire community left out of the storytelling fabric of this entire country and it’s the people, the many, many nations that were here, that are from here.”Podemski has been acting and performing onstage since elementary school. In the late ’90s, she opened her first production company, Big Soul Productions, with Laura Milliken.The company produced projects including the TV series The Seventh Generation and Moccasin Flats.The Seventh Generation, which aired on APTN, was a way to combat “shame in our community,” and tell uplifting stories of triumph and those who overcame the odds, Podemski said.But they had trouble getting funding and had to create financial sponsorships around specific episodes.“At the time, we had a couple of thousand dollars per episode to make the show from a licence fee from APTN and we tried to pitch it to every single network in Canada,” Podemski recalled.“There were two things that we heard; one was, ‘Don’t you have your own network?’ and the other one was, ‘We did a native story last year.’”In 2005, Podemski started her own production company, Redcloud Studios Inc. Her upcoming Future History is about the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge through the eyes of two hosts.“As an actor, I want producers and network executives and writers to know that you don’t have to have a native storyline just to hire a native actor, but why is that such a deeply cemented reality for us?” said Podemski, whose recent acting credits include the series Hard Rock Medical, Cardinal and Private Eyes.“So if I had one wish that I could have (it would be to) just make everyone forget that somehow they had to construct often inaccurate storylines just to get that native storyline in there; we could play lots of different characters.“And then on the producing side, the content-creating side, I would say there is so much potential to create realities for Indigenous characters that are beyond expectation, and whether that’s in the sci-fi realm or the horror realm or comedy, romance, all these different genres.”VICTORIA AHEARN – The Canadian Press Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About 20 years ago, Toronto-born screen star Jennifer Podemski was growing frustrated with a lack of work for Indigenous actors and storytellers such as herself. She took matters into her own hands by becoming a producer.“It was this mounting frustration and anger around the inequity, I suppose,” Podemski, who is of mixed First Nations and Israeli descent, said in a recent phone interview.“I specifically was frustrated with how native people and native stories were so far behind in terms of relevance and how often we saw them.”center_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Actress Jennifer Podemski, who is of mixed First Nations and Israeli descent, started her own production company after becoming frustrated with the lack of work for Indigenous actors and storytellers. (MARTA IWANEK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Saara Chaudry of The Breadwinner wins best voice performance at ACTRA Awards

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Angelina Jolie and Saara Chaudry attend the premiere of “The Breadwinner” at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Oct. 20, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) Actress-producer Jennifer Podemski received the Award of Excellence.ACTRA Toronto also celebrated its 75th anniversary at the gala. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Other winners included Sheila McCarthy for best actress in the feature film Cardinals, and Stuart Hughes for best actor in the feature film The Drawer Boy.An ensemble award chosen by fellow ACTRA members went to the cast of the CBC-TV comedy Baroness von Sketch Show. Facebook The star of the Oscar-nominated animated Canadian co-production The Breadwinner was among the honourees at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.Toronto actress Saara Chaudry, who voices the lead role of a young girl who helps her family in Afghanistan, won the award for best voice performance at Saturday’s show.The annual event recognizes outstanding performances by Toronto members of the national performers’ union. Twitterlast_img read more

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SLĀV DIRECTOR ROBERT LEPAGE CALLS SHOWS CANCELLATION A BLOW TO ARTISTIC FREEDOM

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment After criticism led to its cancellation, SLĀV’s famed director Robert Lepage says the scrapping of the Montreal International Jazz Festival show is a “direct blow to artistic freedom.”The show, performed by lead singer Betty Bonifassi, is described as “a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs,” but critics are calling it cultural appropriation.In a statement released Friday on the Facebook page for Ex Machina, Lepage’s production company, the director said that if it were up to him, the show would still be running. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In many of his other shows that addressed injustices involving “specific cultural groups,” Lepage says he was never accused of cultural appropriation or racism. (Christian Côté/Radio-Canada) Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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DELUXE ADDS DIGITAL CINEMA SERVICES TO DELUXE ONE PLATFORM

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Deluxe’s robust Digital Cinema capability and global distribution network are trusted by leading content owners and filmmakers worldwide to ensure theatrical content is available where and when it is needed, while providing industry-leading service and security capabilities. The integration of the Content & Key Manager into Deluxe One is the first step in building out the full suite of Deluxe’s Digital Cinema products within the platform.The Content & Key Manager centralizes vital information in one convenient location, providing better visibility across individual screens and overall operations. The self-servicing, intuitive platform provides on-demand access to track DTDC content shipments, download active keys, highlight essential feature and projectionist data, and get help – fast. The addition of a new mobile-first experience further extends access to this information in realtime, eliminating the need for calls and emails to address the most common issues and questions. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: “Managing a multitude of file specifications, keys and delivery windows takes more time and resources and can hinder visibility across delivery operations,” said Debbie Mann, SVP, North America Operations, DTDC.  “The online Content & Key Manager, accessible via the Deluxe One platform, categorizes and organizes all of the Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema data into a single repository, so exhibitors and content owners have visibility and real-time access to the information they need to ensure correct playback each and every time.”The Content & Key Manager is one of Deluxe’s globally scaled, end-to-end solutions designed to simplify content delivery – in any format – to any window, screen or destination. With more experience and expertise delivering premium digital content than any other company, digital cinema services are just one of the technology solutions Deluxe is developing to meet the needs of the ever-evolving digital supply chain.To learn more, visit www.bydeluxe.com.About Deluxe OneDesigned to address the needs of a new entertainment era marked by more content going more places, Deluxe One is a cloud platform for modern content that unifies our Hollywood-tested, end-to-end products and services and integrates them with all your workflows through a single, intuitive interface. With Deluxe One, your assets, vendors and workflows are now all connected in the cloud, unifying what was once a fragmented media supply chain. A window into your content, Deluxe One’s gives you total visibility into your workflow, tracking content from lens to living room. What this means for you, and the industry as a whole, is that content can now reach global audiences faster, simpler and more reliably, than ever before.About Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) is the world’s leading video creation to distribution company offering global, end-to-end services and technology. Through unmatched scale, technology and capabilities, Deluxe enables the worldwide market for premium content. The world’s leading content creators, broadcasters, OTTs and distributors rely on Deluxe’s experience and expertise. With headquarters in Los Angeles and New York and operations in 38 key media markets worldwide, the company relies on the talents of more than 7,500 of the industry’s premier artists, experts, engineers and innovators. LOS ANGELES — Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. (Deluxe) today announced the launch of the Content & Key Manager, to replace their existing Cinema Portal platform. The Content & Key Manager has been integrated as a service within Deluxe One – the company’s flagship cloud-based platform that unifies each stage of the content supply chain, creating an end-to-end ability to manage assets and requirements from creation to delivery. Designed to provide major circuits, independent exhibitors, and studios with greater visibility across the Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema (DTDC) theatrical supply chain, the Content & Key Manager simplifies day-to-day management of operations at a time when the release cycle is becoming increasingly complex.last_img read more

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