October 2019

ExLiberal member Guy Ouellette alleges muzzling by anticorruption unit

first_imgMONTREAL – Former Liberal Guy Ouellette says he’s being intimidated and muzzled by the province’s anti-corruption unit in an attempt keep him quiet.In an exclusive interview with French-language radio station 98.5 FM conducted Friday but aired Monday, Ouellette said he fears he won’t make it back to the legislature this week to be able to speak out with immunity.Ouellette, 65, was arrested last Wednesday in connection with an investigation by the unit, known as UPAC, into an important information leak to the media last April.In the interview, Ouellette denied being behind any leak and said he was set up and targeted because he was an obstacle to a bill that would see UPAC become an independent police entity.He has not been charged.Ouellette was linked to a UPAC probe called Machurer, which looked into suspected illegal financing within the Liberal party under former leader Jean Charest.UPAC has been investigating a leak from within its own organization last April that revealed it had been looking at the comings and goings of ex-premier Charest and Liberal fundraiser Marc Bibeau up until 2016.A news organization published emails dating from 2011 between Bibeau, Jean-Louis Dufresne, the former chief of staff to Premier Philippe Couillard, and Hugo d’Amour, a spokesperson for Charest. The emails showed the men discussed a contract to repair a Montreal-area bridge.During his interview on the radio station, Ouellette replied, “No, absolutely not,” when asked by host Bernard Drainville if he were the leak of the source.Ouellette said authorities told him he was detained on suspicion of breach of trust and obstructing justice as well as conspiring to commit those two infractions.He said he maintained his silence after his arrest.“It’s not to the people who arrested me that I’m beholden,” Ouellette said. “I’m accountable to the population of Quebec and the citizens of Quebec.”Ouellette granted the interview after seeking refuge at Cogeco’s Montreal headquarters with former Transport Quebec whistleblower Annie Trudel.“The events of this week lead me to believe that UPAC will do everything it can to muzzle me — muzzle a parliamentarian — … so I cannot give my version, or inform the population of all the intimidation tactics which are underway now in this same unit,” he said.Ouellette spoke out in the event he is rearrested before returning to the national assembly to speak Wednesday.Last Thursday, the Liberals said Ouellette would step aside temporarily pending the outcome of proceedings involving the province’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions.A former anti-biker provincial police officer who has represented the Montreal-area riding of Chomedey since 2007, Ouellette also told Drainville that UPAC head Robert Lafreniere intimidated the provincial government into renewing his contract for another five years last April.Ouellette, who presided over the legislature commission overseeing the UPAC bill, said Lafreniere had been less than forthcoming to elected officials about the unit’s activities.Ouellette said his arrest was a way to intimidate the other 124 members of the provincial legislature.Trudel, meanwhile, told Le Journal de Montreal the reason Ouellette was arrested is that he was about go public with allegations involving Quebec’s financial regulator.Trudel alleged the Autorite des marches financiers was involved in collusion with UPAC and a firm of private consultants with regard to government contracts.The regulator issued a statement denying the allegations.“These allegations are not only untrue and completely gratuitous, but they undermine the reputation and integrity of all AMF staff,” the Autorite said in the statement.At a news conference Monday, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said the government is looking into how it can adopt an “accountability mechanism” to ensure UPAC is more transparent.He said citizens need to have “full confidence” in their institutions.last_img read more

Alberta SPCA investigating two dogs travelling on top of truck bed on

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta SPCA is investigating after two dogs were seen being driven down a highway on top of a truck bed cover.Joey Dunbar, whose wife was driving home to Edmonton on Sunday, said the driver of a truck passed them going more than 110 km/h on the Yellowhead Highway so he took some video and photos.“I probably wouldn’t have worried that much if they were sitting in the back of the box but they were sitting on a slip tank or a tunnel cover … above the box with no leashes, no nothing, nothing to tie them down or anything,” Dunbar told The Canadian Press.“The way this guy was driving, he was driving like an idiot.”Dunbar posted photos of the truck with the two dogs on social media and filed a complaint with the police.Spruce Grove RCMP investigated, but no charges were laid.“We’re not providing any formal explanation,” said Cpl. Laurel Scott. “We received the complaint, we investigated it and it did not result in charges.”The Alberta SPCA said it also received a complaint late Monday and is now investigating the incident.“Potentially we could lay charges under the Animal Protection Act,” said spokesman Roland Lines. “What gave us grounds to investigate was it seems reasonable that there may have been a violation of the animal protection regulations.”A section of the regulations states animals must be contained in a compartment and protected from possible harm. It also has rules around footing for animals and not being exposed to undue danger, he said.If the owner were to be charged under the Animal Protection Act, they would be required to make a mandatory court appearance and could face a maximum fine up to $20,000.“There’s a possibility of charges, but I think it’s unlikely,” said Lines, noting they will check to make sure the dogs are in good health and then educate the driver about the regulations.“Depending on the response of the subject, it would probably be left there.”last_img read more

Japan halts wheat shipments after genetically modified wheat found in Alberta

first_imgCALGARY – The chairman of the Alberta Wheat Commission says Japan has temporarily halted shipments after some unauthorized genetically modified wheat was found in southern Alberta.Kevin Bender says he hopes the suspension of imports is short-lived.He says he understands Japanese officials are waiting to discuss the issue with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The agency says it has done extensive scientific tests and it believes the genetically modified wheat is isolated to a site along a remote access road and that there’s no safety risk.Bender says he is not aware of any other countries following Japan’s lead.He says Japan buys around 1.5 million tonnes of wheat from Canada each year.last_img read more

Trial date set for father accused of murder in daughters deaths

first_imgVICTORIA – The Crown says a trial date has been set for a Victoria man accused of murder in the deaths of his two young daughters.Andrew Berry was charged with two counts of second-degree murder after the bodies of four-year-old Aubrey and six-year-old Chloe were found in an apartment in nearby Oak Bay on Dec. 25, 2017.A friend of their mother has said the girls were visiting their father as part of a custody arrangement.Crown counsel Patrick Weir says Berry’s trial is scheduled to begin April 8 in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.last_img read more

Governing PEI Liberals face challenges in expected spring election

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN — The governing P.E.I. Liberals are expected to send Island voters to the polls as early as this spring, but despite a booming economy the party is likely facing a rough ride.The smallest province’s economy is on fire — the Conference Board of Canada says it will lead the country in economic growth over the next year.But the Liberals have been in power since 2007, and there are signs Premier Wade MacLauchlan — a longtime academic who began his political career in 2015 as premier — is personally unpopular.A Corporate Research Associates (CRA) poll released this month suggests the Green party has a healthy lead, followed by the Progressive Conservatives, who picked a new leader, Dennis King, in February.The Liberals are in third place, the poll suggests.CRA president Margaret Brigley said satisfaction with the government has been declining.“Right now there’s 51-per-cent satisfied. Based on our history, we see when satisfaction falls below 51 per cent it’s not necessarily likely that party will be voted back in. They’re right at the threshold right now,” she said.  The Charlottetown Guardian newspaper said in an editorial this week the Liberal party may have no choice but to switch leaders if it hopes to win the election.Peter McKenna, a political scientist at the University of Prince Edward Island, said in an interview there’s a strong desire for change among Island voters.“What we’re seeing is even though the economy is very strong here on Prince Edward Island, it’s not translating into support for the governing party. More specifically, it’s not translating into support for Wade MacLauchlan as leader of the party and premier,” he said.McKenna said MacLauchlan’s leadership style is seen as “too top-down, too dictatorial, that the public is not being properly consulted or listened to.”“I quite frankly don’t think that the Liberals are going to be able to hold onto power in the next election if he’s the leader of the party,” McKenna said.The current standings in the Island legislature are 16 Liberals, eight Tories, two Green and one independent member.McKenna said that even with a lead in the polls, Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker will have to assemble enough credible candidates in the Island’s 27 ridings if he hopes to have a chance to form Canada’s first Green government.The Island has only ever been governed by the Liberals or Tories.“Islanders are desperate for something different. They’re tired of politics as usual. They think the change agent is the Green party and Peter Bevan-Baker,” he said.The Tories saw a slight bump in the polls after choosing their new leader last month.Brigley says voters may be looking to give someone else a turn after three terms of Liberal government, starting with then-premier Robert Ghiz 12 years ago.The government doesn’t have to take voters to the polls until Oct. 7, under the province’s fixed-date election provisions, but there have been indications the Liberals want to go early in an effort not to overlap with the federal election this fall.MacLauchlan and Island cabinet ministers have made a series of funding announcements this month, joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several federal ministers.And this week the provincial government released its third-quarter forecast for 2018-2019, showing a projected surplus of $13.8 million — up from a budgeted surplus of $1.5 million.The P.E.I. election will also include a binding referendum on electoral reform — asking voters if they wish to stay with the current first-past-the-post system or change to a mixed-member-proportional-representation model.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Provinces asking feds for 138 million to help move buy out flooded

first_imgOTTAWA — Flood-ravaged provinces are asking the federal government to provide almost $138 million to move or buy out affected homeowners, according to new data that gives a glimpse into the national costs of helping residents leave floodplains.Only four times in the past decade have provinces turned to the federal treasury for help to move homes — twice in New Brunswick, and once each in Quebec and Yukon.In New Brunswick’s case, the federal government picked up more than 80 per cent of the $1.8 million spent to buy out a combined 36 properties after flooding in 2008 and 2010.Public Safety Canada says provinces and territories have asked for $137.9 million in federal money to help cover costs related to 10 floods, but the dollar figure is only an estimate and doesn’t include this year’s.The department says it expects to get more requests for financial help to relocate homes as the frequency of extreme flooding increases and wants to know how much provinces and territories have spent on it without federal help.All that data will feed into a debate governments are having about whether it’s better to move people off floodplains rather than repeatedly pay for repairs.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Court to rule on BCs pipeline permit law in crucial case for

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A court will rule today if a proposed British Columbia law that restricts diluted-bitumen shipments through its borders is constitutional.The decision is expected to be crucial for the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get oilsands crude to overseas markets.A panel of B.C. Court of Appeal judges has been mulling B.C.’s constitutional reference case that asks whether it can create a permit regime for companies that want to increase the flow of heavy oil through the province.READ MORE: Appeal court to decide on B.C. pipeline lawB.C. argues the proposed law is aimed at protecting its lands, rivers and lakes from a hazardous substance, but Alberta and the federal government say the goal is to delay or block the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.The Trudeau government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion and Alberta sees it as an essential development to revitalize its sagging energy sector.READ MORE: Feds paid top dollar for Trans Mountain expansion: spending watchdogSaskatchewan, Trans Mountain Corp. and Enbridge Inc. also argued in court against B.C.’s proposed permit regime, while First Nations, cities and environmental groups supported it.last_img read more

Biometric passwords could have devastating consequences

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Growing tired or frustrated having to remember countless computer passwords?According to Okta Research, many employees are password fatigued and are ready to embrace fingerprint or retina scanning methods.Randy Connolly, a professor of computing at Mount Royal University, says there are some legal and ethical issues that need to be worked out first.“Where’s that data being stored? Is it being stored within the company? Is it being stored on a company server? Is it being handled by a third party?”Connolly says biometric logins won’t completely replace digital passwords.And he cautions it’s one thing to lose your wallet or passport, but if your biometric information is stolen that can create a new kind of headache for the victim.“If you lose your driver’s license or maybe your wallet’s stolen, you can phone the appropriate agency they can cancel it and you can get a new one,” he pointed out. “You lose your fingerprint data, you’re in big big trouble — that’s devastating from an identity theft perspective.”Connolly worries employees may not have a lot of rights in this area but expects that will change as lawmakers catch up to the changes.last_img read more

Nick Cannon And Nerds Unite To Stomp Out Bullying

first_imgLet’s face it: we’re all nerds. WONKA, the maker of NERDS candy, has announced that more than 10,000 fans have joined NERDS Unite! in a nationwide stand against bullying.Natasha Madan, Wonka Marketing Manager, left, Nick Cannon, actor and STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador, center, and Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying join Wonka to celebrate NERDS Unite!Credit/Copyright: Matt Sayles/Invision for NERDS Unite/AP ImagesTo commemorate National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October, and to celebrate the success of the first-ever “NERDS Unite!” anti-bullying campaign, WONKA also revealed results from a new national survey that asked 1,000 teens and young adults about their views around bullying and personal identity.Findings of the “NERDS Unite!” survey, commissioned by WONKA and conducted by independent market research firm Toluna, were shared today during a media event at the new Dylan’s Candy Bar store at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Together with “NERDS Unite!” fans and supporters, including actor Nick Cannon, WONKA presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying organization.Nick Cannon, actor and STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador, left, poses with Mario Lopez after joining Wonka to celebrate NERDS Unite!Credit/Copyright: Matt Sayles/Invision for NERDS Unite/AP Images“WONKA is thrilled by the success of and positive response to ‘NERDS Unite!,’” said WONKA spokesperson Tricia Bowles of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. “We’ve been surprised and encouraged to hear from teens around the country about what it means to be nerdy and why embracing their nerdiness or individuality is so important to help prevent bullying.” Bowles added, “Through ‘NERDS Unite!,’ WONKA has built a dialogue with those who are passionate about anti-bullying. We are proud to bring more attention to this important cause on behalf of the entire NERDS community.”Amongst the survey findings: more than 54 percent of teens consider themselves as “nerds” about something, and 57 percent think being a “nerd” is cool, demonstrating today’s teens are open to reinvent the original definition of a “nerd.” Also, 60 percent admitted to having been bullied, with more than 57 percent citing “at school or at a school-related event” where bullying is mostly likely to take place in their community. Teens overall shared, with the help of family and friends as resources for support and help, they are more likely to stand up for themselves against bullying.While teen awareness of anti-bullying efforts steadily grows across the country, the national survey results also found: 86 percent of teens and young adults surveyed believe “differences in people” is a good thing 85 percent of boys/men polled would stand up for themselves against bullying, versus only 69 percent of girls/women 55 percent of all surveyed believe bullies pick on others due to “insecurities, peer pressure and lack of understanding”“What we love about ‘NERDS Unite!’ is that it really empowers teens to embrace who they are, to be nerdy and accept others’ nerdiness, which is a great message to combat bullying,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying. “With our celebrity advocates embracing their nerdiness, ‘NERDS Unite!’ is really giving teens permissibility to be different, and that’s a wonderful thing.”With its namesake rally cry, “NERDS Unite!” began in late May 2012, and was led by actor and “NERDS Unite!” spokesperson Wilmer Valderrama. He challenged teens everywhere all summer long to join the anti-bullying movement and share online what they are “nerdy for” in order to promote a positive message that embraces individuality, “nerdy” passions, and differences.Bolstered by additional support from celebrity friends who appeared with Valderrama in a “NERDS Unite!” video at the start of summer, including actor Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), singer/actress JoJo, actress Francia Raisa (Secret Life of the American Teenager), and actress Erin Sanders (Zoey 101), WONKA had announced that if 10,000 teens joined the movement this summer, WONKA would donate $25,000 to STOMP Out Bullying. During the summer, “NERDS Unite!” was featured backstage at the TEEN CHOICE 2012 and backstage at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, where even more celebrities signed up for the movement, adding to the growing numbers of “nerds” united against bullying.There’s still time to join “NERDS Unite!” and proudly tell the world what you’re nerdy about by visiting Facebook.com/Wonka and clicking on the “NERDS Unite!” tab.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Megadeths Dave Mustaine To Open Soup Kitchen In Haiti

first_imgMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has announced that he is funding a soup kitchen in Haiti.“I really am trying to live my life differently today, and part of that was in finding something to believe in,” he wrote on Facebook. “One of the things that has happened since I started this transformation is getting involved with helping widows and orphans, and helping the homeless.“I was approached with an opportunity, and thanks to your unwavering support, my family and I have been able to fund a soup kitchen in Haiti with a ministry called, “Outside The Bowl,” and you will be proud to know that when it is started (which will be very soon), we will be feeding up to 8,000 meals a day to the less fortunate.“I am so very grateful, and I love you all so very much, because even when I am being vilified and having my character assassinated, I can find comfort knowing up to 8,000 meals will be served each day, along with a healthy serving of love and some spiritual nourishment as well.”last_img read more

Bridget Moynahan Shares Hole In The Wall Gang Camp Story

first_imgWhen actress Bridget Moynahan first visited The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, she met a teenage camper named Aleks who despite losing his leg to cancer managed to climb a rock wall and into her heart.Video: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp – Healing Feeling Stories – AleksMoynahan helps Aleks share his inspirational story of challenging perceived limitations alongside other campers coping with serious illnesses in an online “Healing Feeling” story, which was released today as part of a special series celebrating the 25thanniversary of the Camp that Paul Newman founded in Connecticut.“You see these kids completely fearless, getting involved and going beyond what they ever dreamed they could do,” says Moynahan, star of the CBS hit drama “Blue Bloods” and blockbuster films such as “I, Robot” with Will Smith. “That is what’s special about this place – [Camp is] giving them the freedom to experience everything they want to do.”Moynahan has visited The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp each of the past two summers as a volunteer and also been active as celebrity ambassador in helping to raise awareness for the Camp and its programs. Her friend Aleks feels that Camp provides a fun and supportive environment, which has allowed him to challenge himself and try new things.“I think Camp… takes away that roadblock of I have this disability and I can’t do it,” Aleks shares in the two-minute video. “If you can get past that mentality that I have an illness and you see the fun in life and…have fun with everyone else that has those problems, I think that’s something special.”The story of Aleks is online here and is the second in a series of “Healing Feeling” stories being released during the Camp’s yearlong 25thanniversary celebration. Grey New York, which serves as the Camp’s pro-bono communications agency, provided production and marketing assistance.
In 1988, Paul Newman opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut so that children coping with serious illnesses could have a special hideout where they could simply be kids. The Camp, which served 288 campers its first year, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012-13 with 20,000 children and family members now experiencing “a different kind of healing” annually. Each year, 2,500 are served onsite and 19,000 visits by the Hospital Outreach Program bring the fun and friendship of Camp into more than 20 locations throughout the Northeast – all free of charge. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is celebrating this milestone with events and initiatives that will gather the Camp family together and invite new friends to support Paul Newman’s dream.last_img read more

Bill Bailey Becomes Youth Music Ambassador

first_imgThe multi-talented musical comedian Bill Bailey has joined Youth Music as a celebrity supporter.Bill Bailey Becomes Youth Music AmbassadorCredit/Copyright: Youth MusicYouth Music is very pleased to announce that stand-up comedian and musician Bill Bailey has become one of their Ambassadors. He joins their other Ambassadors – including Myleene Klass, Goldie and Sir James Galway – supporting them to provide life-changing music-making opportunities for children and young people with least opportunity.Bill Bailey said: “I’m delighted to become an Ambassador for Youth Music. I discovered the joys of music-making as a teenager and music has been a huge part of my life ever since. I can’t imagine life without it and I believe every child should have the opportunity to make music in whatever way they like, whether it’s singing, getting involved in music production or even playing the theremin!

“The music projects Youth Music supports around the country, especially with their focus on children with least opportunity, make a huge difference to thousands of young people’s lives, not just in developing their musicality but in raising their self-esteem and broadening their horizons in terms of what they can achieve in life.”

Youth Music’s Executive Director, Matt Griffiths said: “We are thrilled to have Bill Bailey become one of our Ambassadors. His musical genius is as astonishing as his versatility across so many instruments. His stage shows combining all this with humour are a joy to behold. We are indebted to him for his support.”
Something which particularly resonates with Bill is Youth Music’s concern at the low level of participation in school music qualifications. Under 1% of A level entry is accounted for by music students.“Sadly, I was the only kid in my year to take an A level in music and it’s unfortunate that interest in music as a school subject is so low. I know this is something Youth Music cares about and I’m glad. I think it’s important that children feel encouraged to take music as a subject at school, it’s very rewarding.”Youth Music aims to address this issue by offering some new perspectives on how young people’s interest in learning music can best be harnessed.Their Fresh Thinking for Music Education breakfast seminar on Wednesday 24 July will tackle this subject. Leading figures from the music business, including BBC Radio 1 presenter Jen Long, veteran music critic Pete Paphides and Chris Price (formerly Head of Programming at online music discovery service Last.fm) will offer their insight into the latest ways young people are engaging with music.Online viewers will be able to watch the seminar live from 8.45am on Youth Music’s YouTube channel. Questions for the Q & A session can be tweeted using the hashtag #ymseminar, and you can follow them at @youthmusic.Find out more about Youth Music here.Source:Youth Musiclast_img read more

Eva Longoria Foundation Joins unite4good Movement As A Founding Affiliate

first_imgDemonstrating its ability to mobilize numerous resources and supporters to help others give back and foster a more compassionate world, unite4:good (www.unite4good.org) today announced that The Eva Longoria Foundation is the latest to join its coalition of charitable organizations and sponsors as a Founding Affiliate.Founded by global philanthropist and entrepreneur Anthony Melikhov, the unite4:good movement is committed to a message of inspire:empower:share:love and inspiring positive action to deliver a day when the number of people who want to help outnumber those who need it.Established by Eva Longoria, the Eva Longoria Foundation helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. The Foundation offers programs which help Latinas graduate from high school college-ready. Additionally, it provides Latina entrepreneurs with capital and training to start and grow their businesses. By investing in Latinas, the Foundation hopes to build a stronger future for our country.“unite4:good shares our belief that if you empower people with the tools they need, everyone benefits,” said Maggie Neilson, Executive Director of the Eva Longoria Foundation. “This partnership will strengthen our programs and help expand our efforts to highlight the huge and relatively untapped potential of Latinas.”unite4:good and The Eva Longoria Foundation will work together to support the Foundation’s parent engagement training and micro-loans program. The parent engagement training is a nine-week program that teaches parents how to help their children graduate from high school college-ready. The micro-loans program provides needed capital to borrowers who may not qualify for traditional credit, and incorporates business and financial management skills.“There are millions of kind actions taking place right now in all cultural traditions,” said Mr. Melikhov. “We are thrilled to unite with charitable organizations such as The Eva Longoria Foundation to collaborate, expand and amplify our work. Together, we can transform our world.”last_img read more

Stars And Humane Society InternationalUK Let Retired Military Dogs Live

first_imgAmidst growing public outcry that the Defence Animal Centre is planning to euthanize three retired military working dogs despite professional handlers offering to adopt them, Humane Society International/UK has urged the Centre to immediately reverse its decision.The following is a statement from HSI/UK Executive Director Claire Bass:“We are extremely saddened to hear that the Defence Animal Centre plans to euthanize Kevin, Dazz and Driver, three retired military working dogs, despite outcries not only from the public but from the handlers who worked closely with them. If euthanized, these dogs, who served for years and saved countless lives, will have been robbed of the opportunity to spend their golden years in loving homes. After a lifetime of duty to protect humans, we have a duty of care to them, not to dispose of them like unwanted equipment.“We urge the Defence Animal Centre to reconsider this decision, and work with the handlers who have offered their assistance to facilitate the dogs’ adoption into loving homes with experienced owners. Both two and four legged veterans deserve our utmost respect.”HSI joins celebrities who are taking to Twitter to show their support for the campaign including Towie’s Pete Wicks, actors Peter Egan and Kate Mara, and comedian Ricky Gervais who tweeted: “Save these hero dogs!”last_img read more

Air Canada enRoute Film Festival reveals 10th Anniversary Festival Finalists

first_imgThe Air Canada enRoute Film Festival finalists have been selected for the festival’s special 10-year anniversary. Award categories include Best Short Film, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, and Achievement in Documentary.The 2016 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival Award Nominees are:Clouds of Autumn – Trevor Mack and Matthew Taylor Blais, BCThe Constant Refugee – Derrick O’Toole, PC Barfoot and Leila Almaway, ONFeathers – Hands on Deck, ONFrench Kiss at the Sugar Shack – Emmanuelle Lacombe, QCRobeth – Kevin T. Landry, QCAchievement Award winners will receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, courtesy of Air Canada. The winner of Best Short Film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor, Cineplex Entertainment. Advertisement Facebook “This year marks the festival’s 10th anniversary and what makes it so exceptional is that for the first time we’ve taken the festival truly coast to coast adding more cities and helping to boost awareness of our incredibly talented emerging Canadian filmmakers,” said Andrew Shibata, Managing Director, Brand at Air Canada. “I look forward to a continued growth of the festival and discovering new ways we can help highlight Canadian content creators.”A free public screening of the nominated short films will take place in Montreal on Monday, November 14 at the Phi Centre (407 Rue Saint-Pierre) beginning at 7:30 p.m. and in Toronto on Thursday, November 17 at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (259 Richmond Street West) at 7 p.m.A private awards celebration hosted by Etalk Reporter, Liz Trinnear, will take place at The Fifth Social Club (225 Richmond Street West) immediately after the public screening in Toronto.Also new this year and exclusively for film students, an intimate conversation with acclaimed filmmaker, Matt Johnson, presented by VICELAND will be hosted on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. at VICE Canada (78 Mowat Avenue, Toronto).This year’s finalists were selected by a special jury composed of actors, directors and animators who have all held positions on the jury in previous years for the 10th year anniversary of the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. The jury is led by Patricia Rozema (director) and includes (in alphabetical order):Caitlin Durlak (director and Air Canada enRoute Film Festival Best Short Film Winner 2015)Chris Landreth (animator)Jason Priestley (actor)Jennifer Baichwal (director)Karine Vanasse (actor)Sarah Gadon (actor)Stephen Dunn (director and Air Canada enRoute Film Festival alumnus)The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival supporters include Cineplex Entertainment, TELUS Optik Local / STORYHIVE, Sterling Wines, CTV’s Etalk, Spafax, Entertainment One, VICELAND, Telefilm Canada, Directors Guild of Canada, William F. White International Inc., National Film Board of Canada and Hot Docs.For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.Twitter:          @enRoutemag and @AirCanadaFacebook:      enRoute magazine and Air CanadaInstagram:     enroutemag and aircanadaPinterest:       enRoute Magazine and aircanadaHashtag:        #enRouteFilm16About Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment:Air Canada enRoute Inflight Entertainment offers over 600 hours of on-demand entertainment available free of charge at the touch of a finger. Its gate-to-gate in-flight entertainment programming features up to 150 movies in all genres, including the latest Hollywood and independent titles produced locally and internationally in more than 20 languages, up to 200 TV shows including the most popular TV series, interesting documentaries and our very own ACTV channel, over 100 albums and playlists in all musical genres and entertaining and informative audio books and podcasts. Air Canada enRoute In-Flight Entertainment is programmed by Spafax, one of the world’s leading custom publishers and providers of in-flight media, with offices in fourteen cities around the world. The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival is produced by Bookmark, the global content and communications company and one of the leading providers of content solutions in the form of content marketing, experiences and brand alliances. Spafax and Bookmark are part of the #1 agency network in the world: WPP. http://enroute.aircanada.com/About Air Canada:Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 90 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries.  Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of priority travel services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive Class, complementing their membership in Aeroplan, Canada’s premier loyalty program, which provides numerous ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and retail partners.Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.  According to the 2015 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 80 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada.  In 2014, readers of Global Traveler magazine again voted Air Canada “Best Airline in North America,” the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada “Best North American Airline for International Travel” and “Best North America Airline Inflight Experience,” and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada “Best Flight Attendants in North America.”  For more information on Air Canada visit aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Day to Night in a Heartbeat Holiday Dressing Made Easy with Grayes

first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The busiest social season of the year is upon us, and Grayes has the perfect antidote to the age old question: what do I wear? With a set of curated, work-appropriate essentials from Grayes that look as good in the workplace as they do after hours, your outfit woes are over! Scroll through to see how your new favourite pieces can have you looking chic from the earliest Monday AM meeting to the latest after-hours holiday party.Searching for the ultimate day-to-night piece that can take you from boss in the boardroom to queen of the dance floor? Look no further: Grayes’ best-selling Blazer Dress will effortlessly take you from a 9 am meeting to 9 pm drinks and beyond. No need to spend time trying on outfits in the morning or pack an entirely separate look for eveningwear; keep it simple by layering the open blazer over a simple blouse and a pencil pant for an easy professional look. Once five o’clock hits, button up the blazer into a dress, lose the pants, and trade in your daytime accessories for a little evening-appropriate sparkle (think statement earrings). Apply a bold lip to contrast the neutral tone of the dress and you’re all set for a night out. Advertisement Never use ‘blazer’ and ‘boring’ in the same sentence again! The Notch Blazer is an updated take on the workwear staple with a figure-flattering fit and comfortable stretch that you won’t want to take off. Pair it with with the classic Pencil Pant for an elevated suit that’ll make you stand out in a sea of traditional workwear. Once you’re off the clock, pair it with your favourite skinny jeans and  a sparkly statement heel, or leather pants and jewel-toned booties and let the notch blazer keep you comfortable and sophisticated all night long.In need of a one-and-done, go-to dress for any occasion? You can never go wrong with a LBD. The Cap Tunic Dress in black lace stripe makes this LBD a little more interesting and will be the most-worn item in your closet. Its simple, flattering cut and subtle elongating stripe pattern make it the perfect base for any outfit. Don a structured blazer for a no-nonsence look that’ll keep you cool and confident no matter what the work week throws at you. When it’s time for some well-deserved fun, head out the door in a flash by swapping out the blazer for a leather jacket and toss on some chic knee-high boots for a striking head to toe look. Layer on minimalist stacking rings, a nude lip and finish your look off with an en vogue clutch. Your evening ensemble is now ready to go, no changeroom required!For more work-to-holiday soiree outfit inspo, visit grayes.com.Hashtag: #GrayesEverydayTwitter: @GrayesTorontoInstagram: @GrayesFacebook: @GrayesTorontoAbout Grayes:Established in 2016, Grayes is a sophisticated Canadian-made professional workwear brand with a point of view. Grayes’ mission is to provide an edited collection of impeccable essentials that are versatile, functional and easy to wear. Everyday pieces that express your personal style, celebrate ambition and empower you to feel confident at work — and beyond. The brand sources fabric from top mills around the globe and works exclusively with factories in the Toronto area to ensure premium quality product. For more information about the company, please visit grayes.com. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Damian Lewis is UNRECOGNIZABLE as he dons a fatsuit to play cracksmoking

first_img Login/Register With: DAMIAN LEWIS AS ROB FORD (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images, TheImageDirect.com) FIRST PHOTOS SURFACE FROM ROB FORD MOVIE SHOOT IN TORONTOSuave British actor Damian Lewis is in Toronto this week filming for his upcoming movie Run This Town, a political drama set against the backdrop of Rob Ford’s last year in office.Not a whole lot is known about the film just yet, but Lewis did reveal earlier this month that he’d be wearing prosthetics to portray Toronto’s famous late former mayor. READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Facebook Oh wow – Damian Lewis as Rob Ford – this is creepy as hell pic.twitter.com/eunGEEwBfQ— Gabriel Hurl (@gabehurl) April 24, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Damian Lewis is UNRECOGNIZABLE as he dons a fat-suit to play crack-smoking former Toronto mayor Rob FordDamian Lewis has completely transformed to portray former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in his next film, ‘Run This Town’.On set in Toronto on Monday, the usually svelte British actor was utterly unrecognizable as he walked around in a fat suit and a thick layer of make-up and prosthetics. READ MOREBe the Damian Lewis halfway dressed to play Rob Ford you wish to see in the world pic.twitter.com/QVfJZezsxt— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) April 24, 2018Damian Lewis Is Unrecognizable as Rob Ford on Run This Town SetDamian Lewis, is that you? The Billions star was spotted on the set of his new film, Run This Town, in Toronto on Monday looking a little different than usual.In the snaps, Lewis shows off the drastic transformation he went through to play Toronto’s former mayor, Rob Ford. He is seen wearing heavy make-up and prosthetics as he walks down the street, quite a departure from the handsome Brit’s usual appearance.  READ MOREDAMIAN LEWIS – FIRST CRACK AT PLAYING ROB FORD … Nailed It!!!“Billions” star Damian Lewis looks totally unrecognizable on set, which is a good thing … because he’s playing Toronto’s former crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.Lewis was spotted in character on the set of “Run This Town” in Toronto on Monday, after spending nearly 7 hours in makeup to transform into the disgraced ex-Mayor … and the resemblance is uncanny.  READ MORElast_img read more

THE ROCK AND SETH ROGEN HILARIOUSLY MOCK KEVIN HART AFTER FAN SUGGESTS

first_img Twitter Facebook With Hollywood’s seemingly endless thirst for reboots, one classic comedy that has yet to receive the remake treatment is “Three Men and a Baby”, the 1987 farce starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg as a trio of single guys whose lives are turned upside down when they’re entrusted with the care of an infant.Twitter user Erick Sanchez had a brilliant casting idea for a new version of the film, and pitched his dream-cast concept to none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, envisioning the former WWE champ teaming up with frequent co-star Kevin Hart and Vancouver-born funnyman Seth Rogen for a reboot.@TheRock I know you’re in the midst of promoting @skyscrapermovie, and I can’t wait to see it. Having said that, I’d really love for you to consider teaming up with @KevinHart4real and @Sethrogen to reboot the ‘Three Men and a Baby’ franchise.— Erick Sanchez (@erickmsanchez) July 15, 2018 Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The tweet earned a response from Johnson himself, who used the opportunity to take a playful shot at Hart, with whom he’s co-starred in “Central Intelligence” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”.“Great idea,” tweeted Johnson, while joking that “technically we’d have to call it “Two Men and a lil s**t head.”Great idea, but if I teamed up with @Sethrogen and @KevinHart4real to remake “Three Men and a Baby”, technically we’d have to call it “Two Men and a lil shit head” ????? https://t.co/MMDu6MsMTL— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 15, 2018Rogen jumped in to pile on Hart, joking, “With no CGI, @KevinHart4real could easily play the baby.”With no CGI, @KevinHart4real could easily play the baby.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 15, 2018While Hart has yet to enter the fray, this is far from the first time that Johnson has goofed on the five-foot-four comedian’s diminutive stature, jokingly referring to Hart “snack-size Denzel” and even sharing a Photoshopped pic depicting him as an infant.By BRENT FURDYK | ET Canadalast_img read more

SINGALONG VERSION OF BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY COMING TO THEATRES IN CANADA

first_img Facebook Twitter Twentieth Century Fox revealed on Wednesday that a singalong version of the Golden Globe-winning Bohemian Rhapsody will be screening in select theatres this Friday (Jan. 11), for one night only.The smash-hit Queen biopic will play at more than 750 cinemas across Canada and the U.S. over the weekend. The screenings will allow the audience to sing-along with some of their favourite Queen songs while enjoying the movie.Lyrics will appear on-screen making it almost like a gigantic karaoke party. The best part? No one can get kicked out for channelling their inner Freddie Mercury. Advertisement Advertisement Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Alex Bailey TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation) Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Harper meeting with First Nations leaders closer to reality Duncan

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders is in the works, but it won’t happen before the fall, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Monday.Duncan said the government is involved in talks with Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo and developing an “action plan” to deal with the litany of outstanding issues facing Indigenous communities in the country.“We are having discussions with the national chief. We are looking at an action plan that we can work on together,” said Duncan, during question period responding to a query from Liberal leader Bob Rae. “Part of that dialogue will be to discuss this very gathering that the member is bringing up. So, that is something we will flesh-out over the next period of time. Hopefully we will come to something quite solid in the fall.”Rae was taking aim at the Conservatives over their failure to deal with poverty in the country.“In light of the statements by the government with respect to its desire to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people, I would say that Chief Atleo, in his statements on the Speech from the Throne, made it very clear that…the meeting had to take place on a government-to-government basis, on a basis that fully respects the jurisdiction of First Nations and Aboriginal people.”Harper has already expressed his interest in meeting with First Nations leaders and directed his officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and in Duncan’s office to explore the issue, according to a Dec. 8, 2010 letter to Atleo.“With respect to the proposed Crown-First Nations gathering, I remain open to participating and I ask that you work with my office and minister Duncan’s office to assess the viability of such an event,” said Harper in the letter.Harper’s letter followed an Oct. 28, 2010, meeting with Atleo where the prime minister pledged his support for improving reserve education.last_img read more