Boy thwarts alleged abduction of fiveyearold sister Edmonton police


first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton police are praising the actions of a boy who they say thwarted the alleged abduction of his sister.Police say a man allegedly took the five-year-old girl who was riding her bike with her older brother on Saturday evening.Officers say the man, who wasn’t known to the girl, took hold of her handle bars and led her away.They say her brother went to get help from family members who chased the man and found the girl unharmed a block away.A suspect was found in the area shortly thereafter and arrested.Dusty Greg Chalifoux, who is 37, is charged with abducting a child under 14 and breaching recognizance.Det. Manuel Illner, with the Edmonton police’s child protection section, praised the boy for acting quickly to protect his little sister.“This young man followed his instincts and certainly did the right thing by running home and notifying family members immediately,” Illner said in a release Tuesday. “I encourage all parents to talk to their children about what to do in the event they are approached by a stranger.”last_img read more

Alberta wildlife expert says animals well adapted to survive wildfires


first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – A wildlife official says animals are well-adapted to survive a wildfire like the one burning in southwestern Alberta.Matt Besko, who is director of wildlife policy at Alberta Environment and Parks, says many critters around Waterton Lakes National Park would likely have been able to flee the flames.Birds probably fared well because the fire did not sweep through during nesting season and the young would have fledged by now.Besko says amphibians may have been able to protect themselves by burrowing under the dirt.But some species like squirrels and porcupines are more vulnerable because they can’t run as fast.Besko says wildfires are actually good for the ecosystem in the long term because they encourage new growth.last_img read more

Mayor makes superhuman effort to get help after being shot in face


first_imgHAPPY VALLEY GOOSE BAY, N.L. – A Labrador mayor somehow got on a snowmobile and reached a nearby highway to flag down help after he was shot in the lower face while hunting, his friends say.Mayor John Hickey of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is in critical but stable condition after being airlifted for surgery Sunday in St. John’s.“The adrenaline and sheer will power to get himself to the highway was remarkable,” said provincial Speaker Perry Trimper, who has known Hickey for 30 years.The mayor was out alone Saturday with a shotgun checking rabbit snares just west of the town when he was wounded, he said.Trimper said it took a “superhuman” effort for Hickey to reach the Trans-Labrador Highway for help, where a passing driver called an ambulance.“Accidents happen, unfortunately, with firearms and this is what it looks like happened. He was by himself,” Trimper said Monday in an interview.Trimper said Hickey, a former provincial Progressive Conservative cabinet minister, has not been able to communicate exactly what happened.Town councillor Lori Dyson said a candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday night at the town hall in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. It will be held near a Christmas tree just lit up by Hickey last week.Trimper said it’s not clear how Hickey was shot.“I guess John would be the only one to be able to tell us,” Trimper said. “He enjoys getting into the woods and that’s what he was doing.“He was taken to the hospital right away and had a very difficult night Saturday night. Several of us were there with him through the evening.”Hickey was flown to St. John’s on Sunday where surgeons operated.Trimper said he and his wife Caroline had just spent Friday evening with Hickey and his spouse Peggie Best at an awards ceremony for firefighters.“We couldn’t have had a better evening.”Dyson is part of Hickey’s large extended family and said the youngest children know him as “Papa John.”“There’s an enormous amount of concern from the community and so many prayers have been sent,” she said from Goose Bay.“It’s only speculation of how exactly the accident happened. John is a Labrador man so he was out on the land for sure doing what he loves, hunting and checking his snares and stuff.“Right now everything is certainly just focused on John’s recovery.”Dyson said it was crucial that help arrived so fast. Hickey had recently pushed for better emergency response after public complaints.“There was a very quick response from the ambulance which is now operated out of the hospital here as opposed to the defunct ambulance service that John was instrumental in getting out of town,” Dyson said.“One of the nurses was saying that John inadvertently saved his own life.”—By Sue Bailey in St. John’s, N.L.Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

First oceangoing ship of 2018 docks in Montreal captain to get goldheaded


first_imgMONTREAL – The first ocean-going ship of the year has arrived in Montreal.The container ship flying the flag of Bermuda left Liverpool, England on Dec. 21 and docked in Montreal late Monday afternoon.The captain of the “Ottawa Express,” Rakesh Kumar, will receive a gold-headed cane in a ceremony on Wednesday to continue a Montreal custom that began around 1840.The cane is awarded each year to the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover.last_img

Three Alberta hockey players injured starting a campfire at a friends house


first_imgCALGARY – A player from the Lethbridge Hurricanes hockey team is in a medically induced coma after he and two others were injured at a campfire on the weekend.In a joint news release, the Western Hockey League, the Hurricanes and the families involved said Ryan Vandervlis, a 20-year old centre with the elite major junior team, suffered severe burns.His family said that he’s been placed in a medically induced coma due to his injuries.“He is receiving exceptional medical care in an intensive-care unit in Calgary,” Barb, Rene, Cara, Sean and Rachel Vandervlis said in a statement. “He remains in critical condition.”Two others — Jordy Bellerive, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, and alumnus Matt Alfaro, who now plays for the University of Calgary Dinos — were also injured.Bellerive, 19, and Alfaro, 21, are both in stable condition.The Penguins said they’ve been in contact with Bellerive, who is “in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery.”Alfaro’s university team also posted a statement on Twitter.“Dinos representatives have been in communication with the Alfaro family as Matt recovers in a Calgary hospital,” said the Dinos. “We appreciate the support expressed for Matt and the two representatives of the Lethbridge Hurricanes involved.”The WHL said the campfire took place at the family home of Hurricanes alumnus Tyler Wong.Wong’s family said that nine of his friends came over to stay the night before going golfing and camping on Saturday.“In starting a campfire, the accident occurred,” said the Wong family in their statement.It said that both Wong’s parents were at home and they quickly transported the injured to hospital.Alberta Health Services said an ambulance intercepted the car and took them the rest of the way to Calgary.Cochrane RCMP have said they are investigating what happened at the fire, in the Bearspaw area of Rocky View County, but they have determined that a substance was placed into a fire pit that caused an explosion.The Vandervlis family said alcohol wasn’t a factor.last_img read more

Concerns over fastexpanding sinkhole Cant speculate how big it could get


first_imgOXFORD, N.S. – A small Nova Scotia town is urging public caution as officials scramble to assess a large, fast-expanding sinkhole that has sucked up trees and picnic tables.An Oxford, N.S., park has been roped off while geologists and emergency management officials assess the stability of the surrounding area, which includes a community centre, gas station and a Tim Hortons.“It’s just amazing what Mother Nature can do,” Linda Cloney, public relations officer for the town, said Tuesday.Town officials say the hole grew considerably overnight Monday.The sinkhole was measured on Tuesday morning at around 34 by 29 metres – about five metres wider than the previous night’s measurements.Cloney said stability around the growing sinkhole is one of the biggest safety concerns, as scientists and officials still aren’t sure what is causing the sinkhole to grow, or how fast.“It really is a day by day, unpredictable event,” said Cloney.By Tuesday morning, the edge of the hole had expanded to the pavement of the Lions’ Club parking lot.Geologists and emergency management officials say they have no idea how deep the hole is.Last week, a 40-foot spruce tree was sucked into the hole. Playground equipment at Oxford and Area Lions Parkland was dismantled and moved to storage, as officials were unsure as to whether it would be safe to remove them in the coming days.Security is on site around the clock to keep people out of the park while assessment work is ongoing.The town is keeping security measures in place until the geologists’ report can offer a better picture of how stable the surrounding area is.“We’re letting it do its thing, watching and monitoring, and also learning from this,” said Cloney.Regional provincial geologist Amy Tizzard has been assessing the site over the last few days, and said the likeliest cause is an underground cavern caving in the soft gypsum rock that’s common in the region.Tizzard said the sinkhole was less active on Tuesday than on Monday, but it’s impossible to say what happens next.“These sinkhole features are unpredictable so we really can’t speculate how big it could get or if it’s starting to stabilize at the moment,” said Tizzard.Staff at the nearby gas station and Tim Hortons said they are still open for business, though the massive hole can be seen from the coffee shop’s window.The growing natural phenomenon has also attracted a growing number of visitors.Cloney said the sinkhole has also become a bit of a tourist attraction as people drive in for a glimpse, resulting in a few minor “fender benders” over the last few days.“People are stopping in, they’re curious. You hear of sinkholes but this one is rather large,” Cloney said.The road by the park is usually a busy spot for cars, as people pass through on their way to the nearby Pugwash beaches. The county exhibition is also in town, drawing more visitors than usual.The uncertainty of the sinkhole’s expansion has also meant a number of disruptions to events at the Lions Club hall.Robert Mannette of the Oxford Area Lions Club told The Canadian Press in a Facebook message that closing the hall has meant cancelling a wedding, a family function, and likely Girl Guides meetings in September. Other safety meetings, fundraisers, children’s programming, and flu shots will be up in the air if the hall remains inaccessible.Cumberland Regional Emergency Management posted a video to Facebook Tuesday, showing a large chunk of earth breaking off and falling into the sinkhole, urging the public to stay away from the park.– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.last_img read more

Northern territories to allow communities to block opening of cannabis stores


first_imgNorthern communities will be allowed to prevent retail cannabis stores from opening even after the drug becomes legal on Wednesday.Legislation in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon gives towns the option of voting to block cannabis stores within their boundaries.“If there is a First Nation community or municipal government that says they don’t want cannabis, we’re supporting their position,” said John Streicker, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services. “We won’t try to introduce cannabis into a community that has said they don’t want it.”Nunavut has taken a similar stand.“There is no prohibition against cannabis in the community outright,” said Daniel Young, director of Nunavut’s Liquor and Cannabis Commission. “It is within the control of the community whether or not they want a physical store.”The Northwest Territories has gone even further. Not only will local authorities be able to prevent cannabis stores from opening, residents of those communities won’t even be able to order it by mail.“(The) store will check (the) order with identification provided and verify … the cannabis order is not being shipped to a community where cannabis is prohibited,” say the N.W.T.’s guidelines for prospective retailers.The only outlet authorized to sell cannabis online in the N.W.T. will be the government store in Yellowknife.Nunavut — where the official language authority has coined the Inuktut term “surrarnaqtuq” for marijuana — will allow only online sales for the first year of cannabis legalization.The other two territories will sell marijuana at outlets they already use for alcohol. Yukon will have one store in Whitehorse and the N.W.T. will have a total of six.The territories have a long tradition of giving communities the right to control access to intoxicants. There are 13 officially dry communities in Nunavut, six in the N.W.T. and one in Yukon.Not only is it illegal to buy booze there, it’s illegal to have it.Bootlegging is widespread. Nunavut’s Justice Department has gathered reports of bootleggers making $10,000 in a single weekend — one of the reasons the territory chose to allow online cannabis sales in all its communities.“We know cannabis is already prevalent in communities,” said Young.“We felt prohibition isn’t working and offering that isn’t a viable option. It wouldn’t be enforceable and it would be the same as it currently is.”Statistics Canada found in 2015 that 27 per cent of Nunavummiut older than 12 had smoked cannabis at least once in the previous week and that 11 per cent used it daily.Legalization has been an intense topic of discussion in the North.“When we engaged Yukoners as we were developing the legislation, we had the most input ever on any engagement that we’ve ever had,” Streicker said.The N.W.T. held meetings in seven communities and there were 1,100 responses to an online questionnaire.In Nunavut, public hearings were held in 11 of the territory’s 25 communities.Support for legalization is strong in all three territories.Streicker said 80 per cent of Yukoners who contacted the government were in support. Support was at 75 per cent in Nunavut.In the N.W.T., just over one per cent of those who participated in the government’s process disagreed with legalization.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Niagara regional police officer seriously injured in shooting incident SIU


first_imgPELHAM, Ont. — Ontario’s police watchdog says an officer has been critically injured in a shooting incident involving two members of the Niagara regional police.The Special Investigations Unit says the incident happened today in Pelham, a town in southwestern Ontario.Niagara regional police confirmed an officer was injured in Pelham and was airlifted to hospital with unspecified injuries.A local resident who lives near the scene says she came across a road blocked by police officers around 1:30 p.m.Robin Zavitz says she could see a police SUV in the ditch and numerous squad cars nearby.The province’s air ambulance service says it has transported one patient from a St. Catharines, Ont., hospital to a trauma centre in Hamilton.The SIU is an arm’s length agency that is automatically called in to investigate reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prime Minister Trudeau to make infrastructure announcement on Halifax tour


first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his visit to Nova Scotia today.Trudeau is expected to make an announcement on improving a busy expressway that commuters use to enter Halifax before heading for an afternoon tour of historical exhibits at the Black Cultural Centre in the community of Cherry Brook.The prime minister is also expected to meet with a youth group before delivering a speech in recognition of black history.Trudeau began his visit by attending a vigil Wednesday night for a Syrian family that lost seven children in a house fire earlier in the week, before attending a fundraising gathering of Liberal Party donors at a Halifax hotel.He gave a speech to about 100 people, but avoided the controversies swirling around the SNC-Lavalin prosecution and didn’t make himself available to reporters.In his speech, Trudeau reminded his supporters the party holds all 11 seats in the province, and is looking for a repeat in the 2019 election.last_img read more

Ushers New Look Introduces Music Industry Leadership 101


first_imgUsher’s New Look Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV developing global youth leaders through access, awareness and empowerment, launched a cutting edge, digital education course for high school students, entitled Music Industry Leadership 101.Video: Music Industry Leadership 101 Course IntroductionMIL 101 exposes students to over 30 careers in the music and entertainment industry, providing them with unprecedented direction and guidance to be successful in whichever career path they choose.“Over the past 15 years, New Look has worked to instill in our youth leaders the importance of receiving an education. To see students who once had little motivation to go to class now thriving as a result of our program is one of the most fulfilling gifts,” said Usher Raymond IV. “Our goal in developing Music Industry Leadership 101, is to give students access to one of the most relevant and engaging online courses today, and motivate them to stay in school.”Music Industry Leadership 101 is a full credit-earning course, blended or supplemental solution for high school students developed in partnership with Beanstalk Innovation. The Pilot Program, which launched earlier this month, will reach more than 2,000 students around the country. MIL 101 combines e-learning with face-to-face instruction, thus creating an opportunity to fundamentally change the way students are prepared for and trained for college and their careers. The curriculum aligns with new Common Core academic standards and state standards for Career and Technical Education (CTE). MIL 101 will launch in the following school districts this fall: Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA; Wake County Public Schools, NC; Polk County Public Schools, FL; and Henry County Public Schools, GA.“Usher’s New Look, through its Music Industry Leadership 101 course, will provide the students of Polk County Public Schools a unique opportunity to acquire a competitive skill set that will lead them into a career within the entertainment, music and marketing industries,” said Kathy LeRoy, Superintendent of Polk County Public Schools. “Polk County students will learn the persistence and leadership skills required to be successful entrepreneurs in the ever growing entertainment industry.”The structure of Music Industry Leadership 101 encourages students to learn, practice and apply their key findings through interesting and relevant content, learning exercises and real-life experiences told first hand by leading industry experts. The topics of the course focus on understanding the industry, learning to identify your brand, the importance of marketing, career exploration and leadership, and teamwork in the industry. Highly regarded industry executives participating in the course include: Kenny Meiselas, renowned entertainment industry lawyer; Jarrod Moses, CEO of United Entertainment Group; DJ Steve Porter, graphic designer DL Warfield and more.To learn more about Usher’s New Look and Music Industry Leadership 101, please visit read more

Imagine Dragons Rock City Years StarStudded Spring BreakDestination Education


first_imgCity Year’s 6th annual Spring Break-Destination: Education attracted a star-studded crowd with more than 1,400 attendees all together.Imagine Dragons Perform At City Year Spring Break-Destination: EducationThere was a special performance by Imagine Dragons, as well as food, games and interactive booths sponsored by brands like Aramark, Disney/ABC Television Group, DreamWorks Animation, Hulu, NBC, PEOPLE, RealD, Twentieth Century Fox, and Univision, among many others.Guests included host Octavia Spencer and City Year AmeriCorps members and supporters including Blake Anderson, Justin Baldoni, Mischa Barton, Angela Bassett, Maria Bello, Rowan Blanchard, Sophia Bush, Linda Cardellini, Francesca Capaldi, Jason Collins, Miranda Cosgrove, Kaitlyn Dever, Adam Devine, Nina Dobrev, Colin Egglesfield, Ben Feldman, Chrissie Fit, Isabelle Fuhrman, Nolan Gould, Max Greenfield, Ian Harding, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Allison Janney, Michael B. Jordan, Keegan-Michael Key, Joey King, Lori Loughlin, Howie Mandel, Jennette McCurdy, Serayah McNeill, Aaron Paul, Nicola Peltz, Will Peltz, Jade Pettyjohn, Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Righetti, Mia Serafino, Yara Shahidi, Dominic Sherwood, Jocko Sims, Albert Tsai, Ian Ziering, special performers Imagine Dragons, and more.City Year is a national education-based nonprofit organization that helps high-need urban schools keep students in school and on track to graduate.Spring Break is City Year’s annual benefit that brings out a star-studded crowd for a high-energy night of musical performances, food and games. Proceeds enable City Year to work with thousands of at-risk students and provide them with extra care and support.last_img read more

The Elders Call On All Countries To Prioritise AntiCorruption Fight


first_imgThe Elders welcome the International Anti-Corruption Summit taking place in London on 12 May and call on all countries to back up their words with actions.Corruption is a blight on countries’ development and destroys peoples’ faith in their systems of governance and wider public institutions. It impoverishes nations where millions of people already live in abject poverty, and it also damages the social fabric of countries where the embezzled money is laundered or invested.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “Only a concerted international approach can tackle the endemic problem of corruption. All leaders need to show responsibility and tackle corruption when it occurs in their countries and set an example of personal probity. States and governments must analyse honestly how their own legal, financial and political systems facilitate corrupt practices, and take steps to address the problem.“It is time to close all the tax loopholes and move to genuinely transparent and credible financial regulations, so those who engage in corruption know there is no place to hide and no immunity for their criminal acts.”Speaking at the end of their board meeting in London, The Elders join the Africa Progress Panel in urging governments at the London summit to agree and make sustained efforts to fight corruption and show transparency. The Elders will continue to campaign for good governance and ethical leadership across the world.last_img read more

Andy Grammer to Perform at AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate Party and PreGame


first_imgAutoNation, Inc., America’s largest automotive retailer, announced that the multi-platinum pop singer, songwriter and record producer Andy Grammer, will return to perform at the AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate and Pre-Game Concert at Tinker Field, adjacent to Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on December 15, 2018.AutoNation will sponsor the fourth AutoNation Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium, to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. BCRF is also the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S.Grammer will be performing at the AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate and Pre-Game Concert, fresh off his Good Parts Tour Driven by AutoNation DrivePink in select markets. Early detection and raising awareness became important to the pop artist after losing his mother, Kathy to breast cancer.Andy Grammer said, “I am happy to once again join AutoNation and its commitment to Drive Pink. So many people have been affected by Cancer, and we need to continue to fight for a cure.”Each ticket to the AutoNation Cure Bowl game admits entry into the AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate and Pre-Game Concert. Tickets can be purchased by visiting The Pre-Game Concert will start at 11:30 am. Kick-off is at 1:30 pm.last_img read more

The CFCNBCUniversal Canada Exchange


first_imgELIGIBILITYApplicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of CanadaApplicants must be writer/creators with series concepts that are wholly original and unencumbered (i.e., no adaptations or biopics)Applicants must have a minimum of a development deal with a recognized broadcaster, production company and/or funder, or credit as a writer on a produced TV series, webseries or feature SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTSOne-page concept proposalOne-paragraph bioCVStatement describing your voice and perspective as a writer (3-4 sentences max)Non-CFC alumni must include 1 industry reference letterA writing sample will be required at key stages of the selection processBefore applying, it is important that writer/creators understand and are comfortable with the fact that they will be required to offer NBCU an exclusive opportunity for 30 days upon completion of the Bootcamp to their concept and pitch package. HOW TO APPLYApplications will be accepted online.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – CLICK HERE We are looking for ideas to put into development targeting UCP’s straight-to-series initiatives, for example:One-hour series concepts, targeting 10 episodes per seasonSearch-worthy ideas that are conceptually unique and will demand attentionClear, high-concept ideasTransformational character journeys that are infinitely castableConcepts with contained locations/narratives and/or small cast (i.e., Ex-Machina, Rear Window)Genres that embrace artful “stylized poverty” (i.e., grindhouse, horror)Genres that experiment with limited POV (i.e., found footage, first-person shooter) Facebook Twitter THE UCP ORIGINAL SERIES BOOTCAMP OVERVIEWThe UCP Original Series Bootcamp is a component of the CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange.The focus of the Bootcamp is to expand NBCUniversal’s knowledge of the Canadian creative talent pool and introduce them to exciting original projects that fit their programming agendas and would ideally leverage either a development or straight-to-series deal with UCP (specifically for SyFy and USA). The Bootcamp will enhance the participants’ creative tools, expand their marketplace intel and provide creators with targeted access and support, so that they can increase their chance of landing a series deal.IMPORTANT DATESApplication Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016Bootcamp Dates: 3 days in early November, 2016 (exact dates TBA) Advertisementcenter_img BOOTCAMP DESIGNThree writer/creators are invited to attend a three-day bootcamp in Toronto comprised of workshops and roundtable sessions to help participants flesh out their concepts and further develop their pitch proposals. The Bootcamp will culminate in a potential trip to L.A. to pitch to UCP creative executives. It is designed to help the writer/creators workshop their original concepts with key industry mentors and peers, so that they can develop their one-page concepts into compelling pitch proposals for UCP’s consideration.TYPES OF SERIES CONCEPTS Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

The real store that became Kims Convenience


first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: When Yong and Kyung Chung started a variety store business on Queen St. E. near Sherbourne St., they didn’t bother to take the old sign down.So, almost 30 years later, Mimi Variety remained a thriving business, even though there was no one named Mimi.“Oh, it wasn’t a big thing,” says Kyung, 53. Advertisement So it wasn’t a big deal either when a CBC location manager chose their store for the exterior shots, or that the store would be renamed Kim’s Convenience. Though it still took a little convincing.“It wasn’t about changing the name. I didn’t know the story before. I was saying if the story was bad about Koreans I don’t want it,” says Kyung. “Then my daughter said, ‘It’s a good story mommy. It’s about loving everyone.’ So I say OK.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A new sign was eventually plastered over Mimi Variety. The interior of the store would also be duplicated inside a studio. Facebooklast_img read more

Casting announced for CBC boxing comedy Little Dog


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Irish actress Ger Ryan (The Street, Redemption) plays Tommy’s mother Sylvia, described in a news release as his “true nemesis.”Vancouver’s Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal) plays Tommy’s sister Ginny and a couple of fellow Newfoundlanders, Stephen Oliver Oates (Riverhead) and Andy Jones (Codco), play his eldest brother and the family patriarch, both named Loyola. Advertisement CBC has revealed the names of the other actors getting into the ring with Joel Thomas Hynes in his first TV starring role.The author, musician, filmmaker and playwright has the lead in the CBC comedy Little Dog, about a boxer looking for redemption after he walked out in the middle of a championship bout.Caribbean-born Canadian actor Dwain Murphy (Mohawk Girls, Splinter Cell: Blacklist) will play national welterweight champion Rico “Havoc” St. George, against whom Tommy “Little Dog” Ross (Hynes) has a chance for a rematch.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Edmonton’s Patricia Isaac (Republic of Doyle) plays Tommy’s doctor and confidant, and British actress Julia Chan (Saving Hope) plays Rico’s wife and Tommy’s ex-fiancée.Also joining the cast in a recurring role is Newfoundlander Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes).The half-hour series, produced by Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures, is currently in production in Newfoundland for a winter 2018 debut.The series was created by Hynes, who has had roles in various TV series, including Republic of Doyle, Orphan Black and Mary Kills People. Sherry White, who wrote the movie Maudie, is the showrunner.Hynes’s book We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night was recently longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.last_img read more

Crowdfunding campaign launched to buy East Vancouvers Rio Theatre


first_img Facebook “We now have until midnight on April 2 to raise the funds for the down payment, so that we can secure a mortgage and finalize the purchase of the property,” according to the campaign’s Indiegogo page.Lea and her business partner Jonathan Kerridge have offered to buy the property near the corner of East Broadway and Commercial Drive.Leonard Schein, who holds the mortgage on the property, earlier listed the site for sale.Schein subsequently accepted the offer made by Lea and Kerridge.The single-screen movie theatre also serves as a venue for various live events.The campaign also announced plans for the creation of the Art House Society, a non-profit that will become an equity holder in the property.“Run by a board of industry professionals, this society is currently being created to ensure that funds raised by your donation will remain as a legacy project to help other Vancouver arts and culture organizations in the future,” according to the campaign.By Carlito PabloFollow Carlito Pablo on Twitter at @carlitopablo The operator of the Rio Theatre is hoping to raise $1.5 million from the public for the purchase of the East Vancouver venue.Corrine Lea needs another $1.5 million from private investors to come up with a down payment totalling $3 million.Lea has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in a bid to keep the Rio Theatre. Advertisement A down payment of $3 million is needed to purchase the 80-year-old Rio Theatre. (STEPHEN THOMSON) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more



first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Things are heating up in the city (quite literally) and few things are cooler in summer than walking down the streets of the 6ix and suddenly realizing a new movie or the latest installment of your favourite TV show is filming. Be on the lookout — you just never know when you might catch a glimpse of the cameras rolling!Here are 11 movies and TV shows filming in Toronto this July.Star Trek Discovery – Season 3Star Trek: Discovery will set up production in Toronto this July to film for its third season. Commonly referred to by its code name Green Harvest, the series is set approximately 10 years before the original Star Trek series and stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones among others.Anne with an E – Season 3 Private Eyes/FacebookPrivate Eyes will be back in Toronto this month filming for its fourth season. Starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson as the show’s lead characters, the series follows a former hockey player turned detective who partners with a private investigator to solve crimes.Dare Me – Season 1Starring Family Channel’s Brittany Raymond, Dare Me is a new series filming in the city through to August. Dare Me is said to be about a young cheerleader seeking revenge against a former clique she used to be a part of.Suits – Season 9Suits will be in Toronto this month filming for its ninth season of the hit show through to August. This long-running series will come to an end after this season but fans don’t worry — there’s still ten episodes to binge before you have to say goodbye! In the final season, fans can expect to see an appearance from long-time character Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, who left the series in season seven.Condor – Season 2Condor will be on location in Toronto this July until September filming for season two. This American thriller series is based upon the novel by James Grady Six Days of the Condor and stars William Hurt, Leem Lubany, Max Irons, and Brendan Fraser. Anne with an e/IMDbBased on the classic 1908 book Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne with an E is filming in the city through to August for season three of the Canadian drama series. Cast members include Amybeth McNulty as main character Anne, along with Christian Martyn, and Stephen Tracey.Private Eyes – Season 4 Login/Register With: Advertisement Suits / Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more



first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Government of Canada confirms a contribution of $14.6 million to boost the transition of TV5MONDE to digital and the international visibility of French-Canadian creators. Sylvain Lafrance has been appointed chair of the board of directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada responsible for supporting the development of this projectMONTRÉAL – With the proliferation of content on the Web, the Government of Canada is committed to protecting and promoting the place of the French language in the digital sphere, and to ensuring that Francophones and Francophiles around the world can access French-language content.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, confirmed an investment of $14.6 million over five years, starting in 2019–2020, to support the creation of a new digital platform to broadcast French-language audiovisual products: TV5MONDE Plus. The project is intended to drive the digital shift of TV5MONDE and promote the international reach of French-language Canadian productions. TV5MONDE+center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Minister Joly also took the opportunity to highlight the appointment of Sylvain Lafrance as chair of the board of Directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada that will be responsible for the development of this platform. As a Canadian company, TV5 Québec Canada will work closely with TV5MONDE on the development of this multilateral project.Last October, in preparation for the 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia, the Government of Canadaannounced its intention to support the creation of a French-language digital platform that brings together TV5MONDE’s public broadcasters to showcase Francophone cultures and strengthen their position in the digital world.The Canadian funding for the platform aims not only to increase the online presence of French-language content, but also to enhance the visibility of Canadian content in French and provide new international opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.This funding confirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to fostering exchanges among members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, while contributing to the vitality, diversity and evolution of the Francophone community.Quotes“The protection and promotion of the French fact all over the world requires the strong presence of French content in the digital space. By creating a new platform, we’re giving our artists and creators broader access to a global audience. TV5MONDE already reaches 364 million homes in nearly 200 countries and territories; Canada’s financial support will therefore ensure a significant presence for both the Canadian and the international Francophonie within the digital space.” — The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie“TV5 Québec Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s decision to support the reach of Francophone culture with a new five-year financial commitment. As proud representatives of Francophone public services, we are honoured by this vote of confidence. We will work in the best interest of the Francophonie, in close collaboration with our partners, first and foremost TV5MONDE, to develop a modern platform that will enable Francophones and Francophiles around the world to discover the wealth of French-language audiovisual creation.” — Marie‑Philippe Bouchard, President and CEO, TV5 Québec Canada“I would like to thank Canada and Minister Mélanie Joly for their trust in and commitment to TV5MONDE. The TV5MONDE Plus platform will ensure the discoverability of Canadian—as well as French, Belgian, Swiss and African—online content in French through collaboration with all of our partner channels, especially TV5, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec here in Montréal. I would also like to thank Marie-Philippe Bouchard, Marie Collin and Michel Bissonnette, who have made a significant contribution to the feasibility of this visionary project, and I look forward to working with Sylvain Lafrance.” — Yves Bigot, Director General, TV5MONDE“The new media environment compels us to create new associations and partnerships to reach audiences around the world. From the very start, TV5 has been a concrete example of collaboration and innovation. This project will allow us to push this ambition even further and to promote Canadian content in the world. I am pleased that Canada is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting international distribution in the Francophonie and playing a leading role in that initiative.”  — Sylvain Lafrance, Chair of the Board of Directors, TV5 NumériqueQuick FactsTV5—managed by two television channel providers, TV5MONDE and TV5 Québec Canada—is the largest French-language television network in the world.In January 2018, Canada took over the presidency of TV5, effective until the end of 2019. This responsibility is assumed in turn by each of the partner states and governments.TV5’s mission is to provide a special showcase for the Francophonie, to promote cultural diversity, to promote the exchange and export of programs between French-speaking countries, and to be a special forum for cooperation between broadcasting partners. The organization also promotes the expression of audiovisual and cinematographic creativity in the Francophone community.TV5MONDE is the first worldwide French-language audiovisual network. Through its nine general interest regional channels and two specialty channels (the TiVi5 children’s channel and the TV5MONDE Style HD lifestyle channel), TV5MONDE reaches 364 million homes in 198 countries. TV5MONDE subtitles most of its programs in 14 languages. It has also developed a multimedia device unique in the world to promote the French language, and support its learning and teaching through the sites and and their free dedicated apps.The investment of $14.6 million was announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.Canada’s support for TV5MONDE Plus is intended to increase the online presence of French-language content, enhance the visibility of French-language Canadian content worldwide, and provide more opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.Sylvain Lafrance worked at Radio-Canada for over 33 years, serving in various roles including Executive Vice-President of the Crown corporation’s French-language services. He currently chairs the board of directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He is the former chair of the board of the Quebec Film and Television Council and the Radios Publiques Francophones (RPF) community, an umbrella organization for Radio-Canada and public radio broadcasters in France, Belgium and Switzerland. He also served as the Canadian representative on the board of directors of TV5MONDE.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA series have recently unfolded in Seattle, Wash., over the fatal shooting of Aboriginal woodcarver John T. Williams.The District Attorney announced that the city police officer who killed Williams would not face criminal charges.The officer, however, has been forced resign.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more.last_img