Canadas federal budget and you what matters whats noise

first_imgThe 2019 federal budget arrives a little more than six months before an election. So, of course, it comes with lots of shiny promises. But of all the theoretical money the Liberals handed out yesterday, what matters? To Canada? To the upcoming campaign? And most importantly to real Canadians, right now? What does this budget mean on the ground? What does it mean for you?There’s more at stake in the bigger picture, of course, as Justin Trudeau aims to move his party past the SNC-Lavalin scandal by offering all sorts of things the opposition will find it hard to criticize. But how does this budget position the Liberals for the summer and beyond? And what does it say about their priorities?GUEST: John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Maclean’sAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03202019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Political cartoonist speaks out after headlines imply scathing Trump image cost him

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A journalist on Canada’s east coast is now the subject of international news coverage after he was let go from his paper, apparently over a Donald Trump cartoon.Michael de Adder implies on Twitter that his cartoon — depicting Donald Trump in golf gear asking two drowned migrants if he can “play through” — cost him his job at Brunswick News Inc.“Does it matter if I was fired over one Donald Trump cartoon when every Donald Trump cartoon I submitted in the past year was axed?” one of de Adder’s tweets reads.The long Twitter thread also implies de Adder’s cartoons critical of New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs were also scrapped because Higgs is a former Irving Oil executive, and most newspapers that province are run by the Irving family.The Premier of New Brunswick Blaine Higgs is a former Irving Oil executive and any cartoon I drew that was slightly critical of him was systematically axed. You want to know why I was let go? I wanted to do my job as an editorial cartoonist, and they wanted me to do their job.— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) July 1, 2019“You want to know why I was let go?” de Adder tweets. “I wanted to do my job as an editorial cartoonist, and they wanted me to do their job.”The cartoonist says he eventually stopped submitting his cartoons of Trump and Higgs for fear of being fired.A sign of the timesJeffrey Dvorkin, who heads up the journalism program at the University of Toronto, says in a changing media landscape, newspapers in particular are afraid of alienating the readers they still have.That, he notes, is a problem.“Part of the role of journalism is not so much to annoy people, but to get them to think,” Dvorkin says, adding a lot of newspapers have now started putting editorial cartoons by the wayside.“It seems to be something of a trend. The New York Times just announced that it would no longer run editorial cartoons after its international edition ran a cartoon from a Spanish cartoonist that was deemed anti-semitic, so the Times responded by saying, ‘alright, we’re not going to run anymore, anywhere, anytime.’”Dvorkin believes large, “confident”, news organizations backing away from running editorial cartoons shows anxiety and fear these entities have in a new digital age.“Where the goal is to aggregate but not annoy audiences,” he says.For its part, Brunswick News Inc. says the decision to replace de Adder with a different cartoonist was made long before his Trump cartoon went viral.In a statement, the company says it’s “entirely incorrect” to say that Michael de Adder was fired over the image.Please see the attached statement issued today by Brunswick News Inc. regarding incorrect information on social media about BNI’s freelance contract with cartoonist Michael de Adder. pic.twitter.com/173SSPMJYs— Telegraph-Journal (@TJProvincial) June 30, 2019So why are cartoons a target? Dvorkin says political cartoons have always been “pointed.”“They can pack a punch in ways that writing 2,000 words may not be able to do in quite the same way,” he explains. “There’s a long tradition of political cartooning annoying people in power. It’s a great journalistic tradition that unfortunately, in this digital age, we seem to be losing and I think that’s really too bad.”When political cartoons are increasingly lost, Dvorkin says it’s just evidence that we’ve become “perhaps overly sensitive to what may cause offence.”last_img read more

Quebec LGBTQ activist Laurent McCutcheon dies after long cancer battle

first_imgMONTREAL — Laurent McCutcheon, a leading figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights in Quebec, died Thursday after receiving medical assistance in dying, his spouse said on Friday.McCutcheon had battled cancer since December 2016.A prominent voice for gay rights for more than 35 years, McCutcheon had recently taken on a role as vice-president of l’Association quebecoise pour le droit de mourir dans la dignite — a group that advocates for the right to medically assisted death.Born in 1942, McCutcheon, a civil servant, publicly committed himself in the early 1970s to the gay rights cause in Montreal following the 1969 Stonewall riots.Even as homosexuality remained taboo and potentially perilous in other parts of the province, McCutcheon actively engaged in the Association for the Defence of Gay and Lesbian Rights in Quebec.Between 1982 and 2013, he presided over “Gai Ecoute,” a telephone help line, and in 2000 set up a the Fondation Emergence, an organization that educates and raises awareness about the realities of LGBTQ people.McCutcheon was behind the Quebec Coalition for the Recognition of Same-Sex Couples, and was vocal in the fight to have same-sex marriage recognized, which it was in Quebec in 2004 and in the rest of Canada in 2005.McCutcheon’s spouse, Pierre Sheridan, with whom he’s lived since 1972, took to Facebook to thank the palliative home care team for their care and administration of medical aid in dying, “allowing Laurent to live an end of life in dignity, serenely and without suffering.”Numerous tributes were shared online at McCutcheon’s death, including by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“We’ve lost a great Quebecer. Our country is a better, more inclusive place because of Laurent McCutcheon and his tireless work to advocate for LGBTQ2 rights and fight homophobia. We’ll miss you,” Trudeau wrote.Funeral details weren’t immediately available.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian detained in Cuba following boating death allowed to return home

first_imgMASCOUCHE, Que. — A Quebecer who spent more than two years in legal limbo in Cuba following the death of a fellow Canadian tourist has returned home.Toufik Benhamiche returned to Canada on Saturday a free man after Cuba’s Supreme Court granted an exceptional authorization to leave the country, annulling a sentence by a provincial court rendered in Ciego de Avila.Benhamiche was tried twice in a Cuban provincial court and had been prevented from leaving the country since a boating accident that killed a woman from Ontario during an excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco.He told journalists today at the office of local Bloc Quebecois MP Luc Theriault he was relieved to finally be home.Theriault, who had championed Benhamiche’s case, said Canadian officials didn’t do enough to help deal with the matter promptly and called it worrisome for those expecting help if they get into trouble abroad.Kahina Bensaadi, Benhamiche’s wife, says Canadian officials recently stepped up their efforts.Bensaadi said that after more than two years of highs and lows, she didn’t tell her daughters the news until they got to the airport, and she only believed it herself when she saw her husband with her own eyes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Where the party leaders are Monday

first_imgNDP Leader Jagmeet SinghLongueuil, Que.10 a.m. — Holiday Inn Montreal-Longueuil, 900 St-Charles St. E. (star candidate announcement, availability)Montreal, Que.5 p.m. — Presbyterian College, 3495 University St. (cinq-a-sept with youth) OTTAWA — The party leaders’ scheduled public appearances on Monday, Sept. 16. All times are local. Will be updated as details are released. Green Leader Elizabeth MayToronto, Ont.10 a.m. — Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St. W. (platform release with candidates)Kitchener, Ont.2:30 p.m. — House of Friendship, 51 Charles St. E. (availability)4 p.m. — 157 King. St. W. (rally and canvassing with candidate Mike Morrice)Guelph, Ont.7 p.m. — 34 Gordon St. (rally with candidate Steve Dyck) Conservative Leader Andrew ScheerLake Country, B.C.9 a.m. — Beasley Park, 3450 Woodsdale Road (announcement, availability)Calgary, Alta.5:30 p.m. — 55 Savanna Blvd. NE (campaigns with candidate Jagdeep Sahota, delivers remarks)center_img Liberal Leader Justin TrudeauWaterloo, Ont.9:20 a.m. — Sandowne Public School, 265 Sandowne Ave. (announcement, availability)London, Ont.2 p.m. — Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School, 1063 Oxford St. E. (photo opportunity)Windsor, Ont.6 p.m. — St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, 201 Riverside Dr. W. (rally with candidate Sandra Pupatello) People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime BernierSaint-John, N.B.7 p.m. — Hilton Hotel, 1 Market Sq. (meet and greet with candidate and supporters)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ushers New Look To Host Presidents Circle Awards Luncheon

first_imgUsher’s New Look, the non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV committed to building future leaders, will host the President’s Circle Awards Luncheon on July 17, 2013 at the St. Regis, Atlanta.The Luncheon theme, “Honoring Leadership and Service Through Collaboration,” is an opportunity for influencers, opinion makers and New Look’s supporters to come together and recognize four powerful leaders, all of whom value the importance of empowering youth as leaders and change agents around the world.The President’s Circle Awards Luncheon will include an awards presentation given by Usher Raymond IV and a special rendition of Collective Soul’s hit song “The World I Know,” performed live by honoree Ed Roland and a number of New Look youth leaders.“We are thrilled to honor and recognize four individuals who understand the importance of motivating and inspiring youth to succeed,” said Usher Raymond IV.The Global Youth Leadership Award, presented to New Look Youth Leader Nadji Jeter, is given to a young person who shows significant commitment and long-term potential as a leader in their community, their country and the world. Nadji, who joined New Look as one of its first youth leaders in 2005, has become a mentor and role model to New Look youth leaders around the world.This year’s Service Legacy Award recipient is The Coca-Cola Foundation, accepted by The Coca-Cola Foundation Chair, Lisa Borders. This honor is presented to an organization or individual that has demonstrated significant global impact in the lives of youth, families and communities and inspired the activity of countless others to engage in service and leadership. For many years, Coca-Cola has supported the work of New Look with financial support, job-shadowing opportunities for New Look youth leaders, service day collaboration and executive panel participation.The Youth Catalyst Award, presented to musician Ed Roland, is given to a person or organization committed to breaking down barriers in youth leadership and leading by example. This Award is given to an individual who provides new perspectives on youth, leadership and community. Ed supports many worthy organizations including First Tee, Ron Clark Academy, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and more, showcasing his dedication to fostering healing and creativity among young talent.Julie Miller, Managing Director at Accenture, will be presented with the Servant Leadership Award. This honor is given to an individual who has provided the resources, tools and support to make service an accessible experience for all young people. In 2012, New Look announced a partnership with Accenture to launch iLEAD, an online, interactive curriculum to deliver skills training to 50,000 New Look youth leaders through a new digital platform, developed by Accenture.Mary Brock, Owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and John Brock, President & CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises will Chair the event. Usher Raymond IV, Shawn Wilson and New Look’s President’s Circle Members and Advisory Council will host. The President’s Circle Awards Luncheon is made possible by Ford Motor Company.For more information about Usher’s New Look and how to get involved, please visit www.ushersnewlook.org. For more information about the President’s Circle Awards Luncheon, please contact Melissa Ely or mely@ushersnewlook.org.last_img read more

The Duke of Cambridge David Beckham and Yao Ming Team Up for

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and Yao Ming met in London today to film two public service messages on illegal wildlife products.The messages focus on reducing demand for both rhino horn and ivory and will air globally, with targeted outreach in China and Vietnam, later this year as part of WildAid’s demand reduction campaign and the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife Collaboration.The Duke of Cambridge said, “At the root of the illegal wildlife trade is the demand for products that require the deaths of tens of thousands of these animals every year, pushing them further towards extinction.”The ivory trade claims the lives of an estimated 25,000 elephants annually and according to South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, as of September 5 at least 618 rhinos were killed for their horns in 2013, which may break last year’s record of 668 poached rhinos later this month.“When I learned of the current poaching levels in Africa, I immediately agreed to help get this message out,” said David Beckham. “It is shocking to think that we could lose these animals from the wild in our lifetimes.”Following a respite in the 1990s, demand for rhino horn is rising with booming economies in Vietnam and China. In China a “one off” legal sale of ivory in 2009 has stimulated a renewed market triggering increased poaching in Africa. Recent surveys indicate a large portion of China’s population is unaware of the death toll to create these products, yet a greater number of residents support government enforced bans. (Read the ivory and rhino horn surveys.)“We must reduce demand if we are going to save these animals,” said former NBA Star Yao Ming, an iconic figure in China. “We made tremendous progress reducing demand for shark fin soup through a similar campaign and a government ban at banquets is also helping. Traders say shark fin demand has been cut by 50% or more. I hope we can do the same for ivory and rhino horn.”Yao spearheaded the shark fin initiative with WildAid and launched the “Say No to Ivory and Rhino Horn” campaign earlier this year in partnership with WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation, and Save the Elephants. He is returning to Africa tomorrow to finish filming “The End of the Wild”, a documentary scheduled for release in 2014.“The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham are both highly respected in Asia, where the word needs to go out. Bringing them together with Yao underlines the need for a global effort to end demand for these products and support conservation efforts on the ground,” said Peter Knights, WildAid Executive Director. “This trade not only threatens these iconic animals with ruthless slaughter, it undermines African economies and tourism revenues while fueling corruption and funding organized crime and even terrorist activity.”WildAid is the only organization to solely focus on reducing the demand for wildlife products. Working with hundreds of Asian and Western celebrities and business leaders, including Jackie Chan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Branson. WildAid’s public service messages and educational initiatives reach hundreds of millions of people a week in China alone through donated media space. For more information, visit www.wildaid.org.last_img read more

Al Gore To Speak At Venter Institutes Sustainable Lab Grand Opening

first_imgThe J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research institute, today announced that former Vice President Al Gore will be the special guest speaker for their “Step into the Genome” Black Tie Grand Opening Fundraising Event on November 9, 2013.To celebrate the opening of the new sustainable, net zero carbon genomics laboratory in La Jolla, California, JCVI is also pleased to announce Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, as the headlining musical entertainment. William Close and the Earth Harp Collective and Jennifer Spingola and Jesse Malloy will kick off the evening event which begins at 6 p.m.Former Vice President Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”“We cannot think of a more appropriate person to commemorate the opening of our net zero carbon, ultra green genomics lab than Al Gore. His commitment to sustainability and his determination to educate the world about climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time, is unparalleled. We are honored that Al will join us in opening this one of a kind building and look forward to hearing from the authority on the climate crisis,” said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute.JCVI is also excited to announce headlining musical act Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. This band is fronted by San Diego’s own Karl Denson, a legendary saxophonist who has been moving minds and bodies for nearly three decades of relentless touring. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band, a founding member of The Greyboy Allstars and a member of dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe plays a mix of funk infused jazz.William Close and the Earth Harp Collective is the brainchild of William who is most famous for captivating audiences on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012, but he’s been fine tuning the “Earth Harp” since its creation in 1999. It is the world’s largest stringed instrument and is truly a musical marvel described as kinetic indulgence of musical invention.Roving violinist Jennifer Spingola accompanied by DJ Jesse Malloy will round out the musical entertainment. Spingola is an accomplished musician whose modern take on the violin has been turning heads around the world. She’ll be making use of all the space the new building has to offer as she plays along to melodic beats that DJ Jesse serves up.The gala is expected to draw approximately 250 guests who will experience the culinary wonders of Waters Catering. The Waters’ team has developed a “molecularly memorable” menu of delicious, science themed food and cocktail items to delight guests. The celebrity cocktail chef, Matthew Biancaniello will be on hand to “synthesize” specially crafted cocktails using innovative blends of alcohol and fine organic produce.The landscape of the newly designed space will be brought to life thanks to the event experts of ShowTec, Inc., using their tool box of technical paintbrushes to celebrate the unique architecture and science of JCVI. Crafted seating pods, stylish tablescapes and vibrant projection washes will create a one of a kind gala.This unique event will be the perfect event to showcase the beautiful glass, steel, concrete and wood JCVI sustainable lab which will be the new West Coast home to approximately 125 JCVI scientists and staff. The event is made possible only through the generous support from sponsors.To learn more about the net zero carbon building, JCVI and the opening gala click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Prince Harry Launches Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry has made a passionate plea for Britain to come out and support a London-based Paralympic-style championship for injured servicemen and women that he has launched.Prince Harry at the launch of the Invictus GamesCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/Prince Harry was speaking at the Copper Box at the London Olympic Arena yesterday to launch the Invictus Games.

Through The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he has been instrumental in bringing the idea for the championship from America, where it is called the Warrior Games, to the UK after seeing the event staged in Colorado last year.

The Games also received the backing of the Government with David Cameron describing it as a chance to pay tribute to the sacrifice of the UK’s wounded troops and Chancellor George Osborne announced £1 million from the Libor fund would be used to support the project.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and London Mayor Boris Johnson attended the event’s launch.

Prince Harry, a serving Army officer and keen supporter of the Armed Services, was dressed in fatigues and gave a short presentation before he later joined some of the wounded troops in a demonstration of seated volleyball.In an interview The Prince was asked how he would reach beyond Armed Forces families and attract ordinary people to the Invictus Games, Prince Harry replied: “Let the British public be the deciders of that.“The way over the last five or six years the British public has taken to supporting the British forces – the Paralympic Games as well – it’s not about supporting the conflict in Afghanistan, it’s not about supporting war, it’s not about supporting the Forces themselves, but come along show your support, look at the journey these guys have been through.“And also take the opportunity if you haven’t done so already, I’m sure there is a lot out there, come and sit in these iconic Olympic and Paralympic venues where we won a hell of a lot of medals back in 2012.”Prince Harry added: “It’s not about winning or losing, the fact that the guys have got to this stage to be able to take part in these events, they’ve already won in my mind.“The Games itself is an excuse to bring attention to the legacy part. We want to try and get as many of these servicemen and women back into society – giving them jobs and making sure that all the core values that they’ve been taught in services to make them amazing, wonderful, strong, inspirational people that they bring it back into the community for the younger generation, why wouldn’t you do that?”Organisers said more than 300 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, serving and veteran, from 13 nations would compete in eight adaptive sports in London from 10th -14th September.On the programme will be athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball and a driving challenge.Events will be staged in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with track and field events being held at the Lee Valley athletics centre.Countries taking part range from Afghanistan and Iraq to Germany, Italy and New Zealand.The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will contribute a significant grant to the staging of the Games.A short statement from Mr Cameron was read at the launch by the Defence Secretary: “Coming shortly after we host the Nato summit, the Games will be a wonderful opportunity to recognise the commitment of those who serve in the United Kingdom’s and our allies’ Armed Forces and to pay tribute to the sacrifice of those who are wounded or injured.”Supporting the Armed Services is one of the key areas of focus for The Royal Foundation.Prince Harry has taken part in a number of charity events and initiatives to support wounded and sick servicemen and women, including trekking to the South Pole.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

Katy Perry To Be Honored At UNICEF Snowflake Ball

first_imgOn November 29th, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will host its annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball.The event will commemorate UNICEF’s 70th anniversary and honor UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry and Philanthropist Moll Anderson for their extraordinary commitment to put children first.Global superstar Katy Perry will receive the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in support of the world’s most vulnerable children. She has served in this role since 2013, with a special focus on engaging young people in UNICEF’s work, traveling to some of the poorest and most remote regions in Madagascar and Vietnam to bring awareness to UNICEF’s child protection, education and health programs. In December 2015, at the time of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, she recorded a unique weather report to call for action on climate change and bring attention to the devastating effects of the phenomenon on children. In October 2013, she joined in UNICEF’s celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, lending her hit song “Roar” to the soundtrack of a new PSA to inspire girls and help them become tomorrow’s champions. Through her continued work with UNICEF, Perry is a tireless champion for children, working to improve the lives of children and adolescents around the world.Award-winning television personality, author, and philanthropist Moll Anderson will receive the Spirit of Compassion Award for her enduring commitment to make the world a better place for children. She served as Gala Co-Chair for the UNICEF Snowflake Ball between 2013 and 2015. In 2015, she travelled to Jamaica to bring awareness to UNICEF’s programs and witnessed UNICEF’s work focused on child protection and youth empowerment. Together with her husband, she runs the Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation, focusing on basic needs including shelter, hunger, education and the protection of women and children.Presented by Mariner Investment Group, LLC and Baccarat, the UNICEF Snowflake Ball will be held at Cipriani Wall Street and will feature décor designed by HGTV star and UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip, a custom menu prepared by chef and UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson and a live auction benefiting UNICEF’s programs worldwide.Gillian Miniter and Desiree Gruber will co-chair the event, Jaime Jiménez will serve as Project Chair and Daria Daniel and Sterling McDavid will be the NextGen Chairs.Find out more here.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Celebrates Opening Of Vegan Restaurant In SaintTropez

first_imgAfter winning hearts on and off screen for decades, Honorary PETA Director Pamela Anderson is now delighting diners with her tasty vegan pop-up restaurant, La Table du Marché by Pamela, which opened in Ramatuelle near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera this week.Pamela Anderson Celebrates Opening of Vegan Pop-Up Restaurant in Saint-TropezUnder chandelier light and the stars, guests dined on black rice risotto, with wine-marinated vine-ripened tomatoes and sautéed eggplant, crusty onion pie, fire-roasted root vegetables, and dark chocolate–drizzled regional garden fruits.The pop-up eatery will be open every evening for the summer.last_img read more

Theatre community deserves informed honest critics

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: When writing a review, I avoid reading any other critic’s response to the work in question – like most reviewers, I imagine. But after I’ve filed, I’m Googling like crazy. Were my impressions similar to those of my counterparts?When it’s theatre I’m reviewing, the first critic I seek out is Colin Thomas. Thomas has been a theatre reviewer at Vancouver’s alt-weekly The Georgia Straight since I arrived in this city – and long before. He is a respected fixture, reviewing two to three shows a week with solid theatre knowledge, encyclopedic context, a sharp eye, fearless opinions – and fine writing to boot.Thomas stunned the local arts community this week with a blog post: “I just got fired from The Georgia Straight. Thirty years. No warning. No compensation,” it began. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook I know Thomas a bit, just from running into him at performances. I know him much better as a reader. I consider him the best theatre reviewer in Vancouver.In his post, Thomas detailed a meeting with two Straight editors – both of whom I also know (it’s a small community) – in which he says he was told letting him go was not their decision; they had fought it. As for the reason, it was suggested there may have been a confluence of factors – financial difficulties, and he’s not on staff, so his job is easier to cut – but also that there had been complaints from some companies. “You know: that you never like anything,” Thomas wrote in his account of the conversation.last_img read more

INTERVIEW WITH SHOOT THE MESSENGER PRODUCERS SUDZ SUTHERLAND AND JENNIFER HOLNESS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Koliah Bourne recently had the opportunity to chat with Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, producers of CBC’s latest drama series Shoot the Messenger. Canada’s top TV production duo talked about diversity in film and television, the recent U.S. election, advice for up and coming producers, and their latest and biggest project.Koliah Bourne: So thank you first off. I am just getting to know you. I love your stuff.Sudz Sutherland: Thank you so much. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Jennifer Holness: We appreciate you saying that. Thank you.Koliah: So you both are becoming one of the more well-known producers in Canada. Tell us a bit about your journey into the industry.Jennifer: You know we started out…we met in the university first of all. You know we are married.Koliah: Yes.Jennifer: And we met in university. And at first we were dating. We actually dated for about seven months. Sudz was in film and I was in politics, and after about seven months of dating, he proposed.You know I did not expect it. We were in a world where the world can be funny. We were in our early twenties. As young Black people you have a certain idea about how to run your world. You hope you graduate and then get married. So I was quite surprised. So we thought, we love each other and then the “yes” and we got connected. I actually got quite sick, I had a brain aneurysm.Koliah: Oh my goodness.Jennifer: Two days after he proposed actually.Koliah: Oh my goodness. Wow!Jennifer: Yeah absolutely. The part of the story that’s really lovely was that Sudz was there for me every single day. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Meet the Next Big Things of the Baroness Von Sketch Show Did

first_img Facebook Advertisement Two years ago, just before the Baroness Von Sketch Show premiered on the Canadian broadcaster CBC, the series released its first sketch segment online, a preview of the series its four co-creators (the Baronesses) had spent the previous year developing. The reaction to “Locker Room,” which depicts a utopian gym locker room of body positivity for post-40-year-olds, was swift and overwhelmingly positive: The next day, Meredith MacNeill, one of the Baronesses, was taken aback by the comments rolling in, the friends tagging each other on Facebook.“As a person in comedy, once you’re creating, you have to put blinders on and just work on the thing you’re working on and not even look at the outside world,” Aurora Browne, a fellow Baroness, said recently. “All of the sudden, we came out of the creative hole and we were like, ‘Wait a minute…’” MacNeill added. The response confirmed they were onto something with their relatable, gently absurd humor—and for the four Baronesses, relatability is tantamount.Baroness Von Sketch Show, the Canadian sketch comedy series that was picked up by IFC earlier this year, is the collective brainchild of the comedians and actors MacNeill, Browne, Carolyn Taylor, and Jennifer Whalen. They were in the midst of pre-production for the series’ third season when we connected over the phone, just a week after it had debuted on IFC. (Frazzled by the process, MacNeill said she had just told a Virgin Mobile sales clerk, “Lots of love, bye!”) Photo by Gemma Warren for W Magazine. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The four performers had observed a dearth of comedy they found relatable, and a deficit of jobs available to women actors beyond a certain age: “Women that I knew really hit a wall at 40, and it became harder to get jobs and harder to get seen,” Whalen said. “The frustrating thing is, you hit 40, and you’re like, ‘Oh, I actually have some things to say now. I have a worldview. I think I’m a more interesting person than I was at 25, but suddenly, I have nowhere to put this.’”READ MORE Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

UNAPOLOGETICALLY ASIAN SIMU LIU MARVELS LATEST SUPERHERO ON HIS FIGHT FOR REPRESENTATION

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It was “surreal” to be heading to his Comic-Con debut surrounded by “a who’s-who of all the Marvel movies I grew up watching or been watching the last few years,” Liu said in Toronto on Wednesday. Canadian actor Simu Liu has long been a vocal advocate for Asian onscreen representation in North America. Now, the Kim’s Convenience star has been tapped to play Marvel superhero Shang-Chi in the studio giant’s first film centred on an Asian character. (Evan Mitsui/CBC) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img When Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrives at the cinema in 2021, its star Simu Liu will have — in about a decade — gone from a Craigslist-sourced movie extra to star of the studio’s first-ever film centred on an Asian superhero.Pretty cool for a former Bay Street accountant.Little more than a week ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige called Liu to say he’d landed the role that he’d just screen-tested for the weekend prior — and to invite him to San Diego Comic-Con for the public announcement in four days’ time. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Snow in July You bet … in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsJuly brings many things likes barbecues, trips to the cottage and snow.In Iqaluit anyways.A few millimetres of the white stuff gave APTN’s Iqaluit reporter Kent Driscoll enough time to make a snowman.By noon the snow was gone.But the weatherman was calling for more snow on the horizon.last_img

Big plane – small City help is on the way to Pangnirtung

first_imgA Russian Antonov An-124 heavy lift aircraft lands in Iqaluit MondayKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIqaluit plane spotters were in their glory Monday as one of the world’s largest aircrafts came to town.The Russian Antonov An-124 arrived to deliver a helicopter that will help bring power back to the nearby community of Pangnirtung.On April 2, Pangnirtung, located 45 minutes northeast of Iqaluit, lost most of its power plant to fire.Back-up power was restored days later but residents were limited to the amount of power they could use including stove top cooking rather than ovens and people in the community of 1,500 are only permitted to do laundry in shifts to conserve energy.Schools, the health centre and government offices only just opened its doors, with limited services, this week.The Ruslan’s massive cargo space and lift were able to carry both the Erickson S-64 Skycrane helicopter and a new generator for Pangnirtung.The helicopter will be reassembled in Iqaluit and will transport the new generating equipment for Pang.The giant Antonov could not deliver its cargo directly to the community because the runway is too short.It is expected to take the helicopter four trips over two days to complete the drop-off.After that, power workers will install and test the new equipment, so Pangnirtung will be on temporary generators for a while longer.In the “kneeling” configuration, the cockpit flips up and the fuselage dips to the tarmac, allowing the massive jetliner to deploy the S-64 Skycrane helicopter.Erickson s-64 Skycrane:The helicopter was originally manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft as the S-64A Skycrane, and sold to the Army as the CH-54A Tarhe. The CH-54 performed with an outstanding service record in Vietnam, supporting the Army’s First Cavalry Division, Airmobile by retrieving over 380 damaged aircraft, saving an estimated $210 million. The S-64 was the first helicopter built as a flying crane, with an aft-facing pilot station that gives the pilot an unobstructed view of the load being carried and full positive control of the aircraft during precision operations. (Source: Ericksonaviation.com)One of only 26 Antonov An-124 Ruslans lands in Iqaluit on April 13.Antonov An-124 Ruslan: The AN-124-100 commercial aircraft has been developed on the basis of the AN-124 “Ruslan” heavy military transport aircraft. It is the biggest serial heavy lifter in the world and has a double-deck fuselage layout. The AN-124 has been used to deliver 90 ton hydraulic turbines, the Liebherr large dimension mobile crane, the USA Euclid mine truck, the fuselage of the Tu-204 passenger aircraft, a 109 ton locomotive, General Electric GE90 aircraft engines, various combat vehicles, Lynx anti-submarine helicopters, a spaceship in its container and other unique cargoes. (Source: antonov.com)last_img read more

Toronto stock market pushes higher despite energy weakness on drop in oil

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading as gains in the financial, industrial and materials sectors outweighed losses in the energy sector as the price of oil fell.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 79.85 points at 15,236.25.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 107.95 points at 25,495.13. The S&P 500 index was up 26.34 points at 2,752.56, while the Nasdaq composite was up 109.98 points at 7,310.85.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.56 cents US.The December crude contract was down US$2.57 at US$57.36 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 21.2 cents at US$4 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 40 cents at US$1,203.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.05 cents at US$2.70 a pound. The Canadian Presslast_img read more