Mississauga actor Timothy Lai lands role on Citys Second Jen

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement At first, being an actor was the last thing on Timothy Lai’s mind.The long-time Erin Mills resident, who recently moved to Applewood, has landed a recurring role in the new City television series Second Jen. He plays Eric, the teenaged younger brother of the show’s co-lead Jen (Samantha Wan).Lai’s older sisters, Katherine and Alexandra, were already involved in acting but the youngster just wasn’t having it. His shyness was just too much to overcome. Twitter However, he got to take part in an episode of the show Rockabye Bubble, which was being filmed at his house, and remembers loving it because he essentially got to play around with a bunch of kids.“I had a lot of fun with it,” said Lai, 22, a recent graduate of Ryerson University in film studies.last_img read more

Killjoys Season 3 First Look – International Bionic Pop Artist Viktoria Modesta

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Also joining the Hackmod world is Tommie-Amber Pirie (BITTEN) as Ollie, and Emily Piggford (HEMLOCK GROVE) as Yoki, who both have a connection to Clara, who was last seen helping Johnny flee the Quad; Prince Amponsah (The Entertainer) as Havigan, a respected owner of the “Hacksaw Bar” in RAT CITY; Sean Fowler as Cutter, a hackmodding technician by trade, and Michael Potter as The Enforcer.Introduced in Season 2, the Hackmods are humans with cybernetic implants who were enslaved and modded in a black market workshop known as The Factory and sold to the highest bidder. Some Hackmods have managed to escape their owners and eke out a life of their own in RAT CITY, a neutral zone situated at the far end of the J Star System, where Hackmods have one another’s backs and ‘Basics’ (unmodded humans), dare not tread.Also revealed today are eight official first-look photos of KILLJOYS’ upcoming third season. Each episodic image offers clues to what unfolds in the much-anticipated return of Space’s most-watched original series.In KILLJOYS Season 3, after sustaining serious personal losses, the trio of interplanetary bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for the war that lies ahead. Tension, tragedy, and an insurmountable armada of gunships loom over the Quad, as they prepare for battle against a mysterious but deadly foe.KILLJOYS is created by Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl, The Secret Circle) who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Executive producers are David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, and Karen Troubetzkoy. Co-Executive producers are Stefan Pleszczynski, Trish Williams, and Adam Barken. Spearheaded by Lovretta, the writing team includes Adam Barken, Andrew DeAngelis, Julie Puckrin, Niko Troubetzkoy, Julian Doucet, Shernold Edwards, Ashley Park, Derek Robertson, and Vivian Lin. Lena Cordina is Producer, Andrea Boyd is Supervising Producer, and Beth Iley is Associate Producer. Directors are Stefan Pleszczynski, Paolo Barzman, Peter Stebbings, Andy Mikita, Ruba Nadda, April Mullen, Samir Rehem and Jeff Renfroe. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide with the exclusion of Canada.KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with Space and Syfy. Production Executives for Bell Media are Rebecca DiPasquale and Kathleen Meek. Tom Hastings is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links Facebook TORONTO – Space, Syfy, and Temple Street announced today the casting of international bionic pop artist Viktoria Modesta in a guest role in Season 3 of KILLJOYS. Modesta, whose cutting-edge work explores modern identity and diversity through performance, fashion, avant-garde visuals, technology, and science, has been cast as Niko, a lethal Hackmod surgeon with killer legs and a secret crusade. Modesta’s viral hit song, Prototype, will also be featured in the episode. Season 3 of Space most-watched original series premieres Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET, with catch-up on Space.ca and Space GO.“I’m a huge fan of Viktoria’s work and was blown away by her performance,” said Michelle Lovretta, Executive Producer and Creator. “I could not dream of anyone better to bring gorgeous Niko to life on KILLJOYS.” Login/Register With: Space on Facebook Space on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Temple StreetTemple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto and Los Angeles. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include Orphan Black (BBC AMERICA, Space), X Company (CBC), Killjoys (Syfy, Space), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), The Next Step (Family Channel, Hulu), Lost & Found Music Studios (Family Channel, Netflix), Wingin’ It (Family Channel), Say Yes to the Dress Canada (W), Million Dollar Critic (W, BBC America), Cook’d (YTV), Over the Rainbow (CBC), Recipe to Riches (CBC, Food Network, Global), Cover Me Canada (CBC), Billable Hours (Global, Showcase), Canada’s Next Top Model (CTV), How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC), Queer as Folk (Showtime, Showcase), and Darcy’s Wild Life (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more information, visit www.templestreet.com, follow us on Twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre, and the popular after show AFTER THE BLACK. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK and KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series DOCTOR WHO, THE EXPANSE, DARK MATTER, and AFTERMATH. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

How do you connect to the Canadian Entertainment Industry  We have an

first_imgAdvertisement How do you connect to the Canadian Entertainment Industry?  We have an app for that!  We have an app for you!Introducing the eBOSS Canada apps for Apple and Android.eBOSS Canada’s exciting new app provides News, Events, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Training, Directory of Crew & Creatives, and much more. Facebook eBOSS Canada puts the Canadian Entertainment industry in the palm of your hands.eBOSS Canada gives you total control of “getting the word out”. Post your news, press releases, accomplishments, events, demo reels, etc. Share your news with the industry. Let us help you “spread the word”.Don’t wait for the “mainstream” – create your own!Available for iPhone and Android the new app provides continuously updated information about a variety of Canadian Entertainment news and resources.Whether you work in front of the camera, behind the camera, on the stage or behind the stage … eBOSS Canada is your:EntertainmentBusinessOne-StopShopDownload the eBOSS Canada app today:Apple / iTunes – Click HereGoogle Play – Click HereStay tuned for exciting new features and announcements.If you don’t have a smart-phone – visit our site:  https://www.ebosscanada.com Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ross Petty Christmas Carol panto gets two extra shows

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook Ross Petty Productions’ first stab at a holiday classic has yielded extra helpings for theatregoers.A Christmas Carol, The Family Musical With a Scrooge Loose will be held over at the Elgin Theatre until Jan. 5 with two extra performances Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.Not only that, audiences at those shows will be part of a TV broadcast in 2018 on CBC and the Family Channel. Login/Register With:last_img

VANCOUVERS TOUGHEST FILM BUFFS FLEX THEIR EYEBALLS FOR 24HOUR MOVIE MARATHON

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cinematheque staffers Lizzie Brotherston, Isaac Renert, Kate Ladyshewsky and Shaun Inouye while be in need of serious caffeine this weekend as they attempt to push through 24 hours’ worth of continuous films. Photograph By JENNIFER GAUTHIER It may not be on the same level as a polar bear swim or Grouse Grind, but feats of strength will be required out of movie buffs this weekend just the same.The Cinematheque’s biennial 24-Hour Movie Marathon remounts March 30 to 31, pulling together die-hard cinephiles with others who want to test the outer limits of sleep deprivation.Running 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. over successive days, the flick fest will include somewhere between 12 and 14 films from across the globe that are aligned under a specific theme. Secrecy, however, reigns supreme here, as neither the films nor the unifying theme will be disclosed until it’s go time. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Started in the early ’90s, the exercise in attrition took a nap for a decade-plus until being revived in 2013. That year, the theme was movies about movies while the 2015 edition played on the concept of time. The 2017 festival was held under the banner of urban living. Each festival acts as a fundraiser for the Howe Street movie theatre, and this year is no different.As for the format, films won’t run in complete succession and breaks will be allotted for meals and stretching.The Courier spoke with Cinematheque programming associate Shaun Inouye to get the low down on how to prevent a slow down while the films go down.This kind of event likely attracts a very particular crowd. Who shows up to this kind of thing?There’s definitely a core audience at the festival that is the Cinematheque’s core audience as well. They are die-hard cinephiles who put their entire trust in what we do and how we curate. For them it’s an opportunity to have a crash course in cinema over a 24-hour period. For other people, it’s a case of trying to test their mettle, people who are asking themselves, “Can I do this?” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Dont expect magical things from PM meeting with chiefs Mitchell

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe First Nation Crown summit is just over two weeks away.On Jan. 24 chiefs will sit and talk, nation to nation with Canada’s prime minister about issues that impact First Nation people across the country.In the run-up to the meeting, APTN National News will be asking chiefs of their expectations for the meeting.Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell says he doesn’t expect “magical things” from the meeting.“Do I place a degree of importance on the upcoming meeting? Definitely,” said Mitchell. “But do I have expectations that some wonderful things, some magical things are going to happen? No, I don’t. But I do expect some things to be acknowledged, some basic things and that is where we go back to…treaties and how long do we want to maintain that this is a Treaty relationship. I think that is the cornerstone of our relationship: Treaties and Aboriginal rights.”last_img read more

TRC Commissioner Sinclair takes strong exception to APTN story

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn item by APTN National News reporter Rob Smith which aired last Friday raised a question which is a source of much debate: Were residential schools genocide?Smith’s story indicated that the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission seemed to be backtracking on the question.Smith’s story included a clip of TRC Commissioner Murray Sinclair saying the crime of genocide did not occur. Justice Sinclair has taken strong exception to this story. Sinclair says he’s never reversed his position that residential schools were genocide and were intended to exterminate Aboriginal culture. Sinclair says he was clarifying a matter of law.APTN National News has invited Justice Sinclair to appear on the program. The invitation remains open and we would welcome him anytime to clarify his comments.last_img read more

An endless nightmare full of unanswered questions shrouds Myrna Letandres death

first_imgAPTN National NewsA murder in British Columbia led to the search of a home in Winnipeg, which unearthed the remains of Myrna Letandre who went missing 2006.Her family held a vigil in her honour, but still struggle with unanswered questions surrounding her death.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

Harpers 2008 residential school apology was attempt to kill the story says

first_imgFull Paul Bunner articleDownload (PDF, Unknown) (Prime Minister Stephen Harper after delivering apology to Indian residential school survivors on June 11, 2008. PMO photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors was a “strategic attempt to kill the story,” according to former speechwriter in the Prime Minister’s Office at the time.Paul Bunner was the head speechwriter in Harper’s PMO between 2006 and 2009.Bunner’s views on the Indian residential school apology and the possible motivation behind it recently surfaced on a blog by Coast Salish Native American writer Robert Jago who outed a series of Conservative candidates, current and former MP staffers, along with Bunner for their comments and views on First Nation people.Jago, who currently lives in Montreal, is from the Nooksack Tribe in Washington State. His family is registered with the Kwantlen First Nation, in British Columbia.Earlier this week, Sue MacDonell was fired from her role as director with the Bay of Quinte Conservative riding association after some of her online, racially-charged comments against First Nation people surfaced.The blog highlights an article by Bunner written in 2013 titled, The Genocide That Failed, where the former PMO speechwriter discussed the 2008 apology.“The best that can be said of Harper’s apology is that it was a strategic attempt to kill the story and move on to a better relationship between Native s and Non-Natives,” wrote Bunner, in the C2C Journal. “Unfortunately, it only appears to have deepened the conviction that Church and State conspired not only to ‘kill the Indian in the child,’ but also to physically exterminate the whole race. The Aboriginal grievance and entitlement narrative continues to gather momentum.”Paul Bunner. Photo: TwitterBunner stood by his writing in an interview with APTN National News Thursday. He said they did not reflect the views of the PMO at the time of the apology.“That was just my opinion long after I left the PMO,” he said. “You know it seemed to me that it in the PM’s mind and presumably in the government’s mind, it was a sincere apology…My concerns about it were strictly my own and they were not obviously shared by the prime minister or other senior people in the PMO.”Bunner said he told colleagues at the time he was unhappy with the prime minister’s plan to issue an apology for Indian residential schools.“I was not happy with the apology,” said Bunner, in the interview. “I probably expressed it to some of my colleagues.”Bunner said he had “very little input” on Harper’s apology speech, but he did read it before it was delivered by the prime minister in the House of Commons to much fanfare.“I may have seen a draft, I may have commented on it,” said Bunner. “None of my ideas wound up in the final version.”The Harper government has said it considers the apology to Indian residential school survivors a historic moment.The apology, however, has recently been called hollow.Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair Murray Sinclair said during the release of the commission’s residential school report in June that the prime minister had failed to live up to the promise of the apology. Sinclair said at the time he didn’t believe Harper was committed to true reconciliation.“We believe the current government is not willing to make good on its claim that it wishes to join with Aboriginal people in Canada in a ‘relationship based on the knowledge of our shared history, a respect for each other and a desire to move forward together’ as promised nine years ago,” said Sinclair, at the time. “Words are not enough.”The Conservative party campaign did not respond to a request for comment.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Winnipeg radio DJ suspended for disgusting videos

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsA popular Winnipeg radio host is now suspended but community activists are calling for him to be fired after he released two controversial videos on social media.Dave Wheeler poked fun at poverty, violence and disrespect women in Winnipeg’s North End.Protesters converged on the station Tuesday.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Saskatchewan group merges yoga and elements of Indigenous cultures

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsSome in Saskatchewan are merging elements of culture with yoga philosophy in pursuit of physical and spiritual wellness.The Saskatchewan Indigenous Yoga Association incorporates yoga philosophy and Indigenous culture into its instructor training as part of a unique program that helps participants learn, feel connected to their spirituality and culture through mediation, teaching and ceremony.Jenny Gardipy, who is working toward her yoga instructor’s certification, says yoga and her Cree culture blend well together.“When you’re in a ceremony, you’re in a meditative stage — in a sweat lodge, or Sundance, or even at a powwow. You do it for other people. It’s your connection with the Creator and you’re helping that person,” says Gardipy. “When you’re in a sweat you’re sacrificing your body as a way of praying for other people. And it’s the same with yoga.”pwolf@aptn.calast_img read more

Bombardier puts Toronto aerospace facility in Downsview up for sale

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier is shopping around its sprawling aircraft manufacturing site in Toronto’s high-priced real-estate market.The transportation company said it put its 152-hectare Downsview Airport location north of the city’s downtown up for sale a couple of weeks ago as part of its financial turnaround plan.Spokesman Olivier Marcil said the unique land with a runway is larger than the company needs and no final decision has been made regarding a sale or relocation of its operations. Only 14 hectares of space is regularly used.“We think that there’s a better use for the land than a current airport and that could be to the benefit of not only the company but the city of Toronto and the people,” he said in an interview.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) has been on the site since it purchased de Havilland Canada in 1992 but the airfield was built in 1929 to test de Havilland aircraft.The land was used for the papal visits of John Paul II and served as a military base during the Second World War.Bombardier used to run a shuttle service to transport employees between Toronto and Montreal, Wichita and Mexico. However, that was suspended as part of the transformation.The land near subway stations, universities and Highway 401 is potentially very valuable.Marcil said the company is working with professional advisers and has met with some potential buyers to assess interest. He declined to say how much Bombardier expects to receive from a potential sale.Bombardier owns several hangars where Q400 turboprops and several business jets are assembled by about 3,500 workers.Toronto Coun. Maria Augimeri says she will oppose the sale of the prime land.“Got it on good authority that you’re secretly courting developers in scheme to turn Downsview plant into a massive housing project,” she tweeted. “Over my dead body.”Marcil said Bombardier has started to assess all of its global locations as part of its turnaround plan but declined to say if the company has identified any other sites that could be sold.“We’re not ready to announce anything yet to any other sites that we have in the world.”Bombardier said it will maintain a presence in Toronto even if it sells the site. It has talked to Pearson International Airport about relocating to the country’s largest airport because it requires runway access.The company is also committed to Ontario and the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Initiative even if it relocates, Marcil added.Bombardier is about halfway through its five-year turnaround plan that is designed to improve its financial health after nearly going bankrupt over development of its CSeries commercial jet. Bombardier has signed a deal to sell a majority stake in the program to Airbus.last_img read more

Is it news Ansari story triggers media ethics debate

first_imgWhat makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman’s vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari’s sexual advances while the two were on a date.The story on Babe.net threw a wrench into the #MeToo movement, with some feminist writers dismissing the incident as a bad date that should have remained private. Others welcomed the piece for spurring a debate over deeper cultural attitudes that normalize aggressive behaviour toward women.Media ethics experts say it’s not easy to determine what constitutes a legitimate story of sexual misconduct in the midst of a social movement that has emboldened people to speak out on subjects once considered taboo.“What takes this out of the realm of a really bad date and into the realm of something that is publicly significant?” asked Ed Wasserman, dean of the journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s a little borderline.”The story, which appeared Saturday, offers a detailed 3,000-word account of a night out between Ansari and a 23-year-old Brooklyn photographer that ended at the comedian’s home. The woman told the site that the actor repeatedly initiated sexual activity despite what she later called “clear non-verbal cues” indicating her discomfort and lack of interest. She also reportedly told Ansari that she didn’t want to “feel forced” in the encounter.The woman told Babe.net that she eventually decided the incident was a sexual assault and said she was angered when she saw Ansari wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globe Awards. The pin referred to a movement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood.The website published screenshots of what it said were text messages between the two the next day. The woman told Ansari the encounter had made her uncomfortable; he texted back with an apology. The story was initially published with no comment from Ansari because, the website said, his representatives did not get back to them by its deadline.Many major news organizations reacted cautiously. The Associated Press and other media outlets did not report on the story until Ansari issued a public statement addressing the claim the next day. The actor, who stars on the Netflix hit “Master of None,” acknowledged that he apologized to a woman last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment that he believed to be consensual.Feminist writers, other actors and media commentators were left to debate the public value of an anonymous tale about a confusing encounter at a time when more women are speaking publicly about sexual assault.Some prominent women, including Whoopi Goldberg and Ashleigh Banfield, a host on the CNN spinoff HLN, concluded that the story didn’t describe sexual misconduct of any kind and lacked newsworthiness. The feminist writer Jill Filipovic, in a column for The Guardian , said the piece touched on the need for more stories about “how pervasive power imbalances benefit men and make sex worse for women.” But she said Babe.net squandered that opportunity by failing to “tell this particular story with the care it called for” and muddying the line between sexual assault and misogynistic behaviour.The story’s reporter and editors at Babe.net, which is less than two years old and says it has 3 million readers, have publicly defended their news judgment. “We stand by our story,” said site editor Amanda Ross. Babe.net is published by Tab Media, a company that has received funding from Rupert Murdoch.Helen Benedict, a Columbia journalism professor, said the story’s one-sided, anonymous account was difficult to judge. But that, she said, encapsulates the tension between the public’s need to know and the obligation of the media to protect sources, particularly people who say they are victims of sexual assault and request anonymity.Benedict said the story didn’t sufficiently press the woman on her motivations and took a flippant approach as to whether the incident constituted sexual assault. “I don’t feel that the reporters asked enough about what the goal was,” she said. “What does she want?”Ryan Thomas, an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, said the piece lacked the rigour of other stories that used multiple sources to establish a clear pattern of abuse by prominent men like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K.“Most of the journalism has been very methodical in identifying a catalogue of incidents to build a picture of a pattern of behaviour,” Thomas said. By contrast, he said, the Babe.net story “focuses on a single case against a named individual by an anonymous individual,” thus raising questions about its newsworthiness and the care with which it was reported.Few have called into question the veracity of the report, particularly because Ansari himself did not dispute it.Wasserman, the Berkeley professor, said he finds it difficult to criticize the piece for crossing any lines of journalistic integrity. After wrestling with the question of whether the article addressed an issue of legitimate public concern, he said, he “reluctantly” sided with Babe.net.“Is this news? It really does come out of an area of activity that is normally considered to be pretty private,” he said. “But on balance, the entire question of sexual misconduct arises from interactions that we should consider private.”last_img read more

Trump warns of immigration peril touts economy in address

first_imgWASHINGTON – Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a “new American moment” of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil forces seeking to undermine America’s way of life.Trump’s address Tuesday night blended self-congratulation and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with ominous warnings about deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and violent immigrants living in the United States illegally. He cast the debate over immigration — an issue that has long animated his most ardent supporters — as a battle between heroes and villains, leaning heavily on the personal stories of White House guests in the crowd. He praised a law enforcement agent who arrested more than 100 gang members, and he recognized the families of two alleged gang victims.He also spoke forebodingly of catastrophic dangers from abroad, warning that North Korea would “very soon” threaten the United States with nuclear-tipped missiles.“The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling and the underprivileged all over the world,” Trump said. “But as president of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers and America’s forgotten communities.”Trump addressed the nation with tensions running high on Capitol Hill. An impasse over immigration prompted a three-day government shutdown earlier this year, and lawmakers appear no closer to resolving the status of the “Dreamers” — young people living in the U.S. illegally ahead of a new Feb. 8 deadline for funding operations. The parties have also clashed this week over the plans of Republicans on the House intelligence committee to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation involving Trump’s presidential campaign — a decision the White House backs but the Justice Department is fighting.The controversies that have dogged Trump — and the ones he has created— have overshadowed strong economic gains during his first year in office. His approval ratings have hovered in the 30s for much of his presidency, and just 3 in 10 Americans said the United States was heading in the right direction, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In the same survey, 67 per cent of Americans said the country was more divided because of Trump.At times, Trump’s address appeared to be aimed more at validating his first year in office than setting the course for his second. He devoted significant time to touting the tax overhaul he signed at the end of last year, promising the plan will “provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.” He also highlighted the decision made early in his first year to withdraw the U.S. from a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade pact, declaring: “The era of economic surrender is totally over.”He spoke about potential agenda items for 2018 in broad terms, including a call for $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure spending and partnerships with states and the private sector. He touched only briefly on issues like health care that have been at the centre of the Republican Party’s policy agenda for years.Tackling the sensitive immigration debate that has roiled Washington, Trump redoubled his recent pledge to offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants — but only as part of a package that would also require increased funding for border security, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ending the nation’s visa lottery method and revamping the current legal immigration system. Some Republicans are wary of the hardline elements of Trump’s plan and it’s unclear whether his blueprint could pass Congress.“Americans are dreamers too,” Trump said, in an apparent effort to reclaim the term used to describe the young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.A former New York Democrat, the president also played to the culture wars that have long illuminated American politics, alluding to his public spat with professional athletes who led protests against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, declaring that paying tribute to the flag is a “civic duty.”Republicans led multiple rounds of enthusiastic applause during the speech, but for the opposition party it was a more sombre affair. Democrats provided a short spurt of polite applause for Trump as he entered the chamber, but offered muted reactions throughout the speech. A cluster of about two dozen Democrats, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, remained planted firmly in their seats, staring sternly at the president and withholding applause.After devastating defeats in 2016, Democrats are hopeful that Trump’s sagging popularity can help the party rebound in November’s midterm elections. In a post-speech rebuttal, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, was seeking to undercut Trump’s optimistic tone and remind voters of the personal insults and attacks often levelled by the president.“Bullies may land a punch,” Kennedy said. “They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defence of their future.”The arc of Trump’s 80-minute speech featured the personal stories of men and women who joined first lady Melania Trump in the audience. The guests included a New Mexico policeman and his wife who adopted a baby from parents who suffered from opioid addiction, and Ji Seong-ho, a defector from North Korea and outspoken critic of the Kim Jong-un government.On international affairs, Trump warned of the dangers from “rogue regimes,” like Iran and North Korea, terrorist groups, like the Islamic State, and “rivals” like China and Russia “that challenge our interests, our economy and our values.” Calling on Congress to lift budgetary caps and boost spending on the military, Trump said that “unmatched power is the surest means of our defence.”Trump’s biggest foreign policy announcement of the night concerned the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, which former President Barack Obama tried but failed to close. Reversing Obama’s policy, Trump said he’d signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Pentagon to keep the prison open while re-examining the military’s policy on detention.Trump said he was also asking Congress to ensure the U.S. had needed powers to detain Islamic State group members and other “terrorists wherever we chase them down,” though it was unclear whether he was referring to a new war powers authorization or some other mechanism. Trump also said he wanted Congress to pass a law ensuring U.S. foreign aid goes only “to America’s friends” — a reference to his frustration at U.S. aid recipients that voted at the U.N. to rebuke his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Mrs. Trump arrived at the Capitol ahead of her husband to attend a reception with guests of the White House, but she rode back to the White House with him. It was the first time she was seen publicly with the president following a report that his lawyer arranged a payment to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, to prevent her from talking about an alleged affair. Daniels denied the affair in a new statement released hours before the speech.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Zeke Miller at http://twitter.com/zekejmillerlast_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Mining conferenceThe annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada kicks off on Sunday in Toronto. The four-day meet up is one of the world’s largest conventions for the mining industry with over 1,000 exhibitors and 24,000 attendees from around the world.Trade-war fearsU.S. President Donald Trump has promised details on his proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States this week. Trump has said he wants a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, but provided few other details. The move, which some fear may spark a trade war, comes as the seventh round of the NAFTA negotiations wrap up in Mexico City on Monday.Interest ratesThe Bank of Canada is expected to make its latest pronouncement on interest rates on Wednesday. The rate announcement follows recent reports by Statistics Canada that the economy grew less than economists had expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, but that core inflation continued to tick higher in January. The central bank has raised its key interest rate target three times in the past year. It now stands at 1.25 per cent.Economic dataThe Bank of Canada has said its decisions will be data dependant and this week will see several key economic data points. Statistics Canada releases the international merchandise trade results for January on Wednesday, building permits for January on Thursday and jobs figures for February on Friday.More corporate earningsConstruction company Aecon Group Inc. releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Tuesday. The company is facing a full national security review of its sale to a Chinese state-owned business. Other companies reporting results this week include Morneau Shepell Inc. on Wednesday and Cara Operations Ltd. on Friday.last_img read more

Ontarios former privacy commissioner resigns from Sidewalk Labs

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s former privacy commissioner has resigned from her consulting role at a company that is preparing to build a high-tech community on Toronto’s waterfront, becoming one of many to step away from the project due to concerns about how personal information and data will be managed.Ann Cavoukian resigned from Google sister company Sidewalk Labs on Friday after she said a privacy framework she developed was being overlooked when Sidewalk Labs said it couldn’t guarantee people’s personal information would be protected.“What I wanted was a wake up call,” said Cavoukian of her resignation.She wrote a letter of resignation following a meeting earlier in the week when Sidewalk Labs said while it agrees to follow her framework, called Privacy by Design, it cannot ensure that other companies involved in the project would do so as well.“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” said Cavoukian in the letter.Last October, Waterfront Toronto announced it had chosen Sidewalk Labs to present a plan to design a high-tech neighbourhood for the Quayside development, which is along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.Since then, the Alphabet Inc.-backed project has faced controversy because critics have complained that few details have been shared including how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected.“It became clear that Sidewalk Labs would play a more limited role in near-term discussions about a data governance framework at Quayside,” said a statement from Sidewalk Labs.“Sidewalk Labs has committed to implement, as a company, the principles of Privacy by Design. Though that question is settled, the question of whether other companies involved in the Quayside project would be required to do so is unlikely to be worked out soon, and may be out of Sidewalk Labs’ hands.”Cavoukian said she resigned to “press” Waterfront Toronto to guarantee it would protect people’s personal information.Cavoukian said a crucial feature of Privacy by Design is that when personal information is collected by surveillance cameras and sensors, any personally identifying data is removed or “anonymized” immediately.Cavoukian said personally identifying data is not just a person’s name, and there is information that can be indirectly identifying — such as the specifics of where a person is travelling — that can be linked to that individual.“You must de-identify data. Waterfront Toronto can do that, so that’s why I’m pressing upon them to do it,” she said.Waterfront Toronto released a statement that said it will go beyond meeting all Canadian privacy legal requirements in the project.“Waterfront Toronto has great respect for Dr. Cavoukian and Privacy by Design, the excellent tool she has developed based on best practices. Waterfront Toronto also recognizes and respects the obligation to adhere to Canadian privacy laws, which go beyond Privacy by Design,” said the statement.Cavoukian’s resignation comes after a member of the panel guiding the plans stepped down earlier this month after she developed “deep dismay” and “profound concern” over a lack of leadership from Waterfront Toronto with ensuring public trust around privacy.In a letter, TechGirls Canada founder Saadia Muzaffar said she is stepping away from her role with the Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel because Waterfront Toronto has shown “apathy and a lack of leadership regarding shaky public trust” and has dodged questions around privacy and intellectual property.For months Sidewalk Labs have been dogged with questions around privacy and ownership of intellectual property. Dan Doctoroff, the chief executive officer of Sidewalk Labs, said at the Fortune Global Forum on Wednesday that he hoped concerns had been quelled after his company released its privacy proposal for the Quayside development on Oct. 15.The plans show Sidewalk Labs does not intend to own the data it gathers in public spaces and instead will relinquish control of it to an independent organization to be set up and called the Civic Data Trust. The Trust will set the rules around data use, make it open and accessible to people while offering privacy protection and ensure that Sidewalk Labs does not receive any special status or rights when it comes to data access.The plan mentions little of intellectual property, which has been a prime concern for many in Canada who have spoken out against foreign technology companies infiltrating the country and using Canadian talent to build intellectual property that ends up sending revenue to other nations.Cavoukian said there is an increasing number of data breaches and cyber security attacks around the world that has led to a growing concern over privacy and personal information.“Privacy is consistently at the highest rate of concern I’ve ever seen in over 20 years that I’ve been in this business,” she said.“When you have such high levels of concern associated with privacy and a total deficit of trust — trust is non-existent — you have to go to great lengths to assure the public, your personal data is safe.”last_img read more

2nd Annual Coldest Night of the Year exceeds expectations

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Although it may not have technically been the coldest night Fort St John has faced this year, it was chilly enough for the 2nd Annual Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser this past Saturday.The annual event attracted eighty-two walkers to take part in the two- and five-kilometre walks at North Lights College and along the Fish Creek Community Forest trails. All donations raised from the Coldest Night of the Year Walk will go directly to benefit Community Bridge. Community Bridge offers a variety of services to the needy in the local community including violence and homelessness prevention, counselling, women’s outreach and youth justice. Event organizer Faye Anstey said the event was an excellent opportunity to reflect on how we would feel if we were stuck outside like the homeless in our community.Participants enjoying some hot chilli after their chilly walks. Photo by Jessica TelizynThe goal was to raise $25,000, and as of Saturday, the online fundraiser had brought it over $19k. As the walk started, an immense amount of cash donations came in, which will not be counted and added to the total until the end of this week. Jamie Herrington raised $1,165 for the event, making her one of the biggest individual fundraisers to take part. She said her success in raising the money was due to being involved in the local community. “Being involved in different areas of the local community, like my fighting community gave me the ability to reach out to local gyms, and local businesses and meet them on a friend level to ask for their support.” In the coming years, Anstey said she hopes to add a 10-kilometre walk to the event. Donations are still being accepted at https://cnoy.org/location/fortstjohn.last_img read more

New operating structure at Alliance Pipeline expected to result in fewer employees

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – One of the two Calgary-based pipeline companies that own Alliance Pipeline Ltd. says there will be an unspecified number of job cuts as the partners move to end its standalone management structure.Alliance says 50-50 partners Enbridge Income Fund, a division of Enbridge Inc., and Pembina Pipeline Corp. will manage Alliance through an “owner-operator model,” with implementation to be completed during the summer.Enbridge spokeswoman Suzanne Wilton says “some workforce reductions” are expected but declined to give details. She says Enbridge is to manage Alliance’s operations and Pembina will be responsible for commercial and finance functions. According to a filing last year, Alliance had 294 employees in Canada and 56 in the United States as of the end of 2016. Wilton says the current total is about 360.Alliance president and CEO Terrance Kutryk left the company in December and was replaced by co-presidents Jason Wiun from Pembina and Mark Fiedorek of Enbridge.Alliance operates a 3,800-kilometre pipeline system that transports liquids-rich natural gas from Western Canada and North Dakota to the Chicago market. The pipeline came into service in late 2000 and currently delivers an average of 1.6 billion cubic feet per day to the Aux Sable natural gas liquids extraction facility.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019

first_imgOutgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five percent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.On a provincial basis for 2019, PSAC estimates 3,532 wells to be drilled in Alberta, and 2,422 wells for Saskatchewan, representing year-over-year decreases of 221 and 110 wells, respectively. At 255 wells, drilling activity in Manitoba is expected to drop by 16 wells year-over-year, whilst activity in British Columbia is projected to decrease from 415 wells in 2018 to 382 wells in 2019.last_img read more

Protests and marches sparked by RCMP arrest at BC pipeline protest camp

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – The arrest of 14 people at an Indigenous blockade in a remote area of northern British Columbia became a flash point Tuesday that sparked protests across the country.Protesters delayed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech in Ottawa, stopped traffic in Vancouver and Victoria and prompted a counter protest in front of the headquarters of the company building the pipeline at the centre of the dispute.RCMP made the arrests Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where some members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory. Police concerns about a protest in Ottawa forced Trudeau to move to another building close to Parliament Hill to give a speech at a forum.The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said the use of police force against people peacefully protesting the construction of the pipeline is a violation of their human and Aboriginal rights.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in northern British Columbia very difficult,” Perry Bellegarde said in a statement Tuesday. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue. And I am confident that they can do this.”Bellegarde said the Canadian and B.C. governments have promised to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but in northern B.C. they are imposing their laws over those of the Wet’suwet’en.Gidimt’en member Jen Wickham said hereditary chiefs had gathered near the site of the B.C. camp Tuesday and expected further RCMP action.Wickham was in Prince George where she said 13 people arrested for violating the court order, including her sister Molly Wickham, were scheduled to appear in court. She said an elder arrested on Monday had already been released.The Gidimt’en set up a gate in December in support of an anti-pipeline camp that members of the Unist’ot’en, another Wet’suwet’en clan, established years ago.Wickham, who has fielded calls from India and the United Kingdom about the pipeline resistance, said it’s been “surreal” to see the international response.She said she believes the issue is gaining attention now because the Gidimt’en have dispelled the myth that it’s only individuals from one clan opposing the project.“I think now that the Gidimt’en have stepped up and said, ‘No, this is a nation-based issue, this is about sovereignty,’ it’s really sinking in,” she said.New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was “determined” but “peaceful. He estimated about 200 police officers were used to enforce the court injunction.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.The Mounties placed exclusion areas and road closures near the Morice River Bridge where the blockade was located that prevented Coastal GasLink from getting access to its pipeline right of way.The company said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility. Construction on the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline is scheduled to begin this month.In Halifax, about 150 protesters gathered on the steps of Halifax Regional Police headquarters, where the RCMP has a significant presence.“I’m here to stand in solidarity with the folks on the front lines of Wet’suwet’en that are protecting their unceded territory and to express to the RCMP,” Halifax resident Sadie Beaton said before the protest started with a sweetgrass ceremony.Protesters marched through downtown Toronto, chanting “TransCanada has got to go” and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.About 500 people gathered at the B.C. legislature in Victoria chanting and carrying placards.Shelagh Bell-Irving attended the protest in support of the First Nation blockade.“This is wrong and we have to stop it. We need to shut down Canada now and let the government know we the people are running the show and not them.”_ With files from Dan Healing in Calgary, Dirk Meissner in Victoria, Mike MacDonald in Halifax, Kristy Kirkup in Ottawa, Hina Alam in Vancouver and Paola Loriggio in Toronto. Police were enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coastal GasLink. It ordered the removal of obstructions in Wet’suwet’en territory as work gets underway on a $6.2-billion pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat.. @UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation speak in Vancouvet for #Indigenous rights at rally to support #Unistoten #Wetsuweten #undrip #cdnpoli #environment photos: @mike_ruffolo pic.twitter.com/lAlIo4e14n— National Observer (@NatObserver) January 8, 2019Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs told a crowd at Victory Square in Vancouver that it would be a watershed year for Indigenous people in the fight against pipelines crossing their lands.“We’re starting off 2019 with a bang,” he said to cheers and applause. “I want to say to Prime Minister Trudeau: Welcome to battle ground British Columbia.”About 60 people attended the rally in support of the First Nation outside the headquarters of TransCanada Corp. in downtown Calgary. They were greeted by about the same number of pipeline supporters who were encouraged to come out by Canada Action, a Calgary-based lobby group.Chants of “Build that Pipe” drowned out the blockade supporters initially but the anti-pipeline group found its voice and were soon matching the volume with their own chant of “Consent. Sovereignty!”center_img There were no physical confrontations but angry words and hand gestures flew back and forth as at least a dozen Calgary police officers used their bodies and bicycles to separate the groups.Stephen Buffalo, CEO of the Indian Resource Council of Canada, which represents oil and gas producing First Nations, took part in the pro-pipeline part of the rally.“The big thing is we’ve got to be able to support our communities that said yes to this (project) because it’s their community that needs that financial benefit,” he said.“It’s about getting out of poverty and finding a way for our people.”last_img read more