first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: “This little tiny thing … has turned into something that’s impacting the local film industry,” Fleet said.The film festival revealed its lineup Tuesday, featuring everything from a five-hour film in Chinese with English subtitles to family-friendly animated shorts. The opening film, “First Round Down,” tells the story of a Hamilton hockey player with a questionable past.“Hamilton was our target film festival,” said First Round Down producer Marina Cordoni of Toronto. “Hamilton is dear to our hearts because we shot most of the film here, and the storyline of the film is based in Hamilton.”Forty-seven of the festival’s selections were shot in Hamilton, including “Milton’s Secret,” a feature film starring Donald Sutherland, Michelle Rodrigues and Mia Kershner.For the first time, the festival also includes an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their movies to professional distributors.This industry-only event, called the Canadian Film Market, has drawn Canadian, American and international distributors. Movies that are picked up will have the opportunity to stream on video-on-demand platforms, Netflix or iTunes.“An event like what we’re doing has never really happened in Hamilton before,” Fleet said. “You can make a movie here and screen movies here, but there’s never been a way to sell a movie.”Another element of the festival is a convention-style expo on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Digital Canaries film and TV studio. Open to the public, this event will feature vendors, panel discussions and film set tours (offering attendees the chance to take selfies in a jail cell, an ER or the oval office). Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Hamilton Film Festival has seen a few changes since its inception 11 years ago.In that first year, festival director and CEO Nathan Fleet received 26 submissions on DVD and VHS — mostly from his friends.This year, the festival, running from Saturday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 13, is screening 150 feature-length movies, documentaries and short films whittled down from 700 submissions received from countries across the globe. Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgTo read Butt’s full note on the casting of Koslo, click here.A versatile actor born in France, Corrine Koslo grew up in Halifax, Manitoba, and Edmonton. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and has performed on stages across Canada for the last three decades, and has been a member of the Shaw Festival acting ensemble for twelve years. She received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her roles in the Young People’s Theatre productions Seussical The Musical and Bunnicula in Toronto; Jessie Richardson Awards for in Love And Angels (Vancouver Playhouse) and Sweeney Todd (Arts Club) in Vancouver; and a Sterling Award for her portrayal of Madame Arcati in Blyth Spirit at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. On television, Corrine is known for her memorable voice work as Lady Rataxes in the popular children’s series, BABAR. Most recently, Corrine joined the cast of the series ANNE where she plays the indomitable Rachel Lynde.“She was a friend and a mentor to me when I began my career in Vancouver,” said Koslo. “She nurtured and cared about young performers. I am beyond honoured to be continuing the character of Emma in the animated series for my friend Janet Wright. Thank you Bruce Davis for thinking I might be the right gal!”The new series comes from CORNER GAS executive producers Brent Butt and David Storey from Prairie Pantoons (335 Productions), and Virginia Thompson from Moving Mountoons (Vérité Films), in association with The Comedy Network. Animation will be produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons, and Smiley Guy Studios. The series began pre-production this month in Vancouver and Toronto, with the main cast confirmed to return. In December, producers confirmed that the character of Emma will live on in the animated world with the blessing of the late Janet Wright’s family.CORNER GAS brings together Butt’s comedy style and love for comic books. Before pursuing his passion as a stand-up comedian, Butt and a friend started a publishing company – Windwolf Graphics. His first comic, Existing Earth, was nominated for a Golden Eagle Award. Windwolf Graphics published two issues before Butt hit the stand-up circuit full time. Butt’s passion for comics lived on through his work, a common theme in the CORNER GAS franchise. Bringing CORNER GAS into the animated world allows Butt’s comedy to be as limitless as his imagination.All 107 episodes of the six-season original series, as well as the 90-minute movie, are available now on CraveTV and CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE is available on TMN.CORNER GAS: THE ANIMATED SERIES is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Prairie Pantoons (BC), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from Vérité Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executive for Bell Media is Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.CORNER GAS is distributed worldwide by executive producers Virginia Thompson, Brent Butt and David Storey through Prairie Pants Distribution which also holds the distribution rights to Corner Gas: The Movie and the sales agency rights to the original 107-episode comedy series.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:The Comedy Network on Twitter@CornerGas@BrentButt – Brent Butt@MillerGabrielle – Gabrielle Miller@FredEwanuick – Fred Ewanuick@LorneCardinal – Lorne Cardinal@TSpencerNairn – Tara Spencer Nairn@NancyRtweets – Nancy Robertson@VirginiaTV – Virginia ThompsonFacebook:Facebook.com/CornerGasOfficialThe Comedy Network on FacebookInstagram:@CornerGasOfficialAbout Prairie Pants DistributionPrairie Pants Distribution Inc. is the worldwide distributor of the new animated CORNER GAS, Corner Gas: The Movie and the original 107-episode CORNER GAS comedy series. The company is owned and operated by CORNER GAS Executive Producers Virginia Thompson (Vérité Films: CORNER GAS, THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS GALA, INSECURITY, RENEGADEPRESS.COM, INCREDIBLE STORY STUDIO), Brent Butt (Sparrow Media: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS, NO CLUE), David Storey (Aslan Entertainment: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY, BLACKFLY).About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. Twitter Facebook Advertisement As announced earlier today by CORNER GAS creator, executive producer and star Brent Butt, The Comedy Network confirms that actor and long-time friend of Janet Wright, Corrine Koslo, has been cast as the voice of the series’ beloved character, Emma Leroy, for the upcoming animated reboot. Koslo joins original CORNER GAS cast members, Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson in the voicing of their respective characters Brent, Lacey, Oscar, Hank, Davis, Karen and Wanda. Voice recordings are currently underway in Vancouver and Toronto, with the animation process slated to begin in May. The 13-episode, half-hour series is expected to premiere on The Comedy Network in 2018.“It goes without saying that Janet will be forever missed by all of us, and by all who enjoyed CORNER GAS. She can never be replaced,” said Butt in his announcement on his website. “But having a dear friend of hers step into Emma’s shoes, and do such an amazing job, is a bit of a soothing balm on the wound. And it feels good.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook OTTAWA, March 7, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada launched its first Research Fellowship Program, designed to encourage advanced research in the study of the history and criticism of photography. The program is open to photography specialists – historians, conservators, independent researchers and other professionals working in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the social sciences in Canada and across the world. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017.“One of the Institute’s main priorities is to support research on photography and its history in Canada,” said the Canadian Photography Institute’s Director, Luce Lebart. “We are determined to foster diverse uses and explorations of our photography collections.”The Fellowships involve full-time residencies at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in order to study photographs in the context of other art media. Successful candidates will have access to curators, conservators, collections managers and archivist, as well as, the availability of world class conservation laboratories, storage vaults, exhibition space, and library resources. Each award is valued up to $10,000 CAD, which includes expenses and stipends. A review committee, comprising staff from the Canadian Photography Institute, the National Gallery of Canada and external jurors, will assess proposals based on their significance, originality, goals, feasibility, and potential contributions to the field. The successful proposals will also outline the need for and the benefit of having enhanced access to the Gallery’s collections and describe how the project will be relevant to the photographic research community.For more information about the program’s terms and conditions, please visit the gallery.ca/cpi/fellowship website or write to lchenier@gallery.ca. Applications must be submitted in English or French by email, in PDF format, to Cyndie Campbell, Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowship Program Coordinator for the Canadian Photography Institute at ccampbell@gallery.ca.About the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of CanadaThe Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) is a national research and exhibition centre of excellence devoted to photography. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection, with the unprecedented support of CPI’s Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institute can be found on the Gallery’s website: gallery.ca/cpiAbout the National Gallery of CanadaThe National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @gallerydotca.About the National Gallery of Canada FoundationThe National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada’s visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit ngcfoundation.ca Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “Proven to be destination viewing in Season 1, and with anticipation building for the launch of Season 2 of FRONTIER, Discovery is extremely pleased to confirm today our commitment to Season 3,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery Networks Canada. “We’re proud to work with our production partners at Take The Shot Productions along with our international streaming partner to bring another season of the franchise to Discovery in Canada, and around the world on Netflix.”Exploring stories that seem worlds apart, the frontier expands during Season 2 with spectacular new views of the Northern wilderness, and new players entering the ruthless game in the quest for power and wealth – pushing everyone to either embrace unknown alliances or arm themselves against them. Following each television premiere, episodes of the groundbreaking series are available for streaming on the Discovery GO app.Produced in association with Discovery by Take The Shot Productions, together with their partners at ASAP Entertainment, filming of FRONTIER‘s six-episode third season will take place in St. John’s, N.L., Cape Breton, N.S., Cornwall, U.K., and Ottawa. Season 3 of the premium, beautifully vivid 4K UHD-produced drama is set to premiere in 2018 in Canada on Discovery. All seasons will be streamed around the world via partner Netflix.More on FRONTIER Season 2:Fort James is left in chaos after Michael Smyth (Liboiron), Sokanon (Matten), and Grace Emberly (Boyle) detonated the munitions magazine, and Declan Harp (Momoa) slips through the hangman’s noose. With Harp gone, the Black Wolf Company is fractured and scattered to the wind. No one knows if Harp survived, but Lord Benton (Armstrong) isn’t taking chances, offering a dead-or-alive bounty for Harp that also threatens his allies, as killers come to the frontier in search of the reward.With Lord Benton making reckless decisions in the wake of being bested by Harp, Captain Chesterfield (Evan Jonigkeit) angles for an opportunity to make his mark. Laying a dangerous proposal on the table, Emberly puts everything she has worked for at risk, including the safety of the women who work for her at the ale house, Mary (Breanne Hill) and Imogen (Diana Bentley). Lord Benton gets to work righting the deceitful trespasses against him, and promises to unleash pain upon his enemies tenfold in response – all while the Black Wolf Company attempts its riskiest gamble yet trying to destroy the stranglehold the Hudson’s Bay Company has on the fur trade.In the burgeoning city of Montréal, the power dynamic of the trade is in flux, as serious battle lines are drawn between Elizabeth Carruthers (McGrath) and Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle). No one is safe in the crossfire of their escalating personal war, and no one is above their manipulations – something the Brown Brothers (Hawco, Michael Patric) and Clenna Dolan (Lyla Porter Follows) will come to know all too well, as the unpredictable Cobbs Pond (Greg Bryk) interferes in their business.Viewers can catch up on Season 1 of FRONTIER ahead of the Oct. 18 Season 2 premiere. Season 1 Episodes 1-3 will encore back to back on Friday, Oct. 13 beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, and Episodes 4-6 will encore on Saturday, Oct. 14 beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, all on Discovery.FRONTIER is co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, and produced by Take The Shot Productions and ASAP Entertainment, in association with Discovery, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster. Netflix is the international broadcast partner. Edwina Follows is Executive Producer for Discovery, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. For Take The Shot Productions, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Allan Hawco, and Michael Levineare Executive Producers. For ASAP Entertainment, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson are Executive Producers.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Discovery Canada on Facebook: Facebook.com/DiscoveryCanadaDiscovery Canada on Twitter: Twitter.com/DiscoveryCanadaDiscovery Canada on Instagram: Instagram.com/DiscoveryCanadaAbout Bell Media Original Productions:Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Discovery:With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network for reaching total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canadaand around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Starring Jason Momoa, Season 2 of FRONTIER, Discovery Canada’s hit original scripted drama series premieres Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. (CNW Group/Discovery) TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2017– FRONTIER, Discovery Canada’s riveting dramatic adventure series, makes its worldwide, six-part, Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Ambitiously cinematic in scope, the new season picks up immediately following the climactic Season 1 cliffhanger, with new alliances threatening to topple the established power dynamic, shifting loyalties, and old wounds festering. The gritty series’ star-studded international cast is led by Hollywood star Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES, Justice League), Landon Liboiron(HEMLOCK GROVE, DEGRASSI), Alun Armstrong (NEW TRICKS, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY, SONS OF ANARCHY), Jessica Matten (A Red Girl’s Reasoning), Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), and Katie McGrath (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).Discovery Canada, in association with its world streaming partner Netflix, also announced today the renewal of the series for a third, six-part season. Produced by Take The Shot Productions with producing partners ASAP Entertainment, Season 3 of FRONTIER begins shooting this winter, and will once again star Momoa alongside featured ensemble cast members including Liboiron, Armstrong, Boyle, Hawco, Matten, and others.“Discovery is thrilled to unveil Season 2 of FRONTIER – bigger, bolder, and even more beautiful,” said Edwina Follows, Director, Commissioning and Production, Discovery Networks Canada. “We are particularly delighted by our ongoing partnership with superstar Jason Momoa as both lead actor and executive producer.” Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter (L-R) CTV’s THE LAUNCH, CARDINAL and CTV2’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS THE VILLAGE(Streaming Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 12 on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app; then moves to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning April 2 on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app)THE VILLAGE follows a group of residents of a unique apartment building in Brooklyn, who have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, US-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s just returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. The series follows the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything, even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.The cast includes Moran Atias (THE RESIDENT), Dominic Chianese (THE GOOD WIFE), Warren Christie (MOTIVE), Frankie Faison (THE GOOD WIFE), Jerod Haynes (TALES), Daren Kagasoff (RED BAND SOCIETY), Michaela McManus (THE ORVILLE), Lorraine Toussaint (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), and Grace Van Dien (GREENHOUSE ACADEMY).THE VILLAGE is executive produced by Mike Daniels (SONS OF ANARCHY) who also serves as Writer, Jessica Rhoades (THE AFFAIR), and Minkie Spiro (DOWNTON ABBEY) who also serves as Director.Returning CTV Original Series:CARDINAL(Streaming Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 24 on CTV, Super Écran, CTV.ca, and the CTV app)Season 3 picks up immediately following the Season 2 cliffhanger finale surrounding the death of Detective John Cardinal’s (Billy Campbell) wife and follows the town’s latest gruesome double murder. Cardinal and Lise Delorme’s (Karine Vanasse) investigation brings them precariously close to a doomsday cult with nothing to lose, with Cardinal launching his own investigation into a case far more personal and dangerous.As previously announced, CARDINAL has been renewed for a fourth season with production set to begin on six, all-new episodes on Jan. 30 in North Bay, Ont. and Toronto.New this season, ETALK gives viewers an exclusive look at the making of CTV’s CARDINAL in the all-new companion series ETALK PRESENTS: INVESTIGATING CARDINAL – available Fridays following the broadcast beginning Jan. 25 on Fibe TV, Channel 1, or On Demand on the Fibe TV App. A special CARDINAL catch-up episode will be available on demand beginning Jan. 1.Viewers can catch-up on Seasons 1 and 2 of CARDINAL on CTV.ca, the CTV app, Crave, and on CTV-branded VOD channels.CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and Entertainment One (eOne) in association with CTV.Casting is now open for Season 2 of CTV’s THE LAUNCH. Casting details and latest updates available now at CTV.ca/TheLaunch. (CNW Group/CTV)THE LAUNCH(Streaming Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 30 in super simulcast on CTV, VRAK, CTV.ca, and the CTV app)As previously announced, Season 2 celebrity mentors and producers include Bebe Rexha, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Nile Rodgers, Jann Arden, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Arkells’ Max Kerman, and more.Also previously announced for Season 2 are Québec pop star Marie-Mai as a permanent mentor on the weekly celebrity panel alongside music industry powerhouse Scott Borchetta, while Liz Trinnear (ETALK) joins the series in the new role of host.Also returning to CTV and CTV2 with new seasons: GOTHAM (Jan. 3); THE VOICE (Feb. 25); WORLD OF DANCE, which kicks off with a two-hour premiere Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, before settling into its regular Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, beginning March 3 on CTV; and FOR THE PEOPLE (March 7).Plus, following their fall finales, new episodes return of CTV’s CRIMINAL MINDS (Jan. 2), BLUE BLOODS (Jan. 4), SHARK TANK (Jan. 6), THE ROOKIE (Jan. 8), THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (Jan. 8), SPLITTING UP TOGETHER (Jan. 8), THE GOLDBERGS (Jan. 9), LAW & ORDER: SVU(Jan. 10), BLINDSPOT (Jan. 11), MAGNUM P.I. (Jan. 14), THE RESIDENT(Jan. 14), THIS IS US (Jan. 15), GREY’S ANATOMY (Jan. 16), HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (Jan. 17), GOD FRIENDED ME (Jan. 6), and STATION 19 (March 7).CTV is also home to the biggest live events including THE 76TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® (Jan. 6) which kicks off the 2019 award season, SUPER BOWL LII (Feb. 3), and Hollywood’s most anticipated and glamourous night in film, THE OSCARS® (Feb. 24) – with broadcast details to be announced early in the New Year.Viewers can catch up on full episodes of CTV series live and on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV app. Visit CTV.ca for full schedule and to confirm local broadcast times.center_img More about CTV and CTV2’s 2019 Winter Lineup:New Series:AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS(Streaming Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 7 on CTV2, CTV.ca, and the CTV app)The new series brings together 50 of the world’s most talented, memorable, and all-around fan-favourite acts from past seasons of “AGT”, as well as the other “Got Talent” franchises spanning 194 countries.The all-star acts includes former winners and finalists such as Canadian illusionist Darcy Oake, singer Susan Boyle, ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, magician Shin Lim, and more, who will once again take the stage to compete in a massive international competition with the hopes of being named the first-ever Got Talent World Champion.Hosted by actor Terry Crews (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE), with Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel resuming their duties as judges. Advertisement WHISKEY CAVALIER(Streaming Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Feb. 27 on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app)CTV’s new action-dramedy follows Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley (SCANDAL), who is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan (THE WALKING DEAD). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny, and heroic spies who periodically save the world—and each other—while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance, and office politics. Advertisement TORONTO (December 20, 2018) – CTV announced today the network’s midseason schedule, headlined by winter premieres of worldwide success story and homegrown hit CARDINAL, which returns for its third season (Jan. 24), and hit original series THE LAUNCH returns for Season 2 (Jan. 30). The network also confirmed that new action-dramedy WHISKEY CAVALIER (Feb. 27) is set to premiere this winter. Kicking off midseason is the much buzzed-about international brand extension AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (Jan. 7), featuring the very best “Got Talent” contenders from around the world.In addition to fresh titles, Canada’s Top 3 programs return in January with new episodes of THE BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON (Jan. 3), as well as THE GOOD DOCTOR (Jan. 14). The fall season’s #1 new series* THE CONNERS also resumes with new episodes, beginning Jan. 8 on CTV.CTV’s W5 – Canada’s most-watched documentary series, continues its unprecedented 53rd season of groundbreaking investigations, unveiling all-new episodes beginning Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.last_img read more


first_imgSpike Lee holds up brass knuckles reading “hate” and “love” from his iconic film “Do The Right Thing” as he arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Advertisement Film buffs rejoice, because (finally) Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee is headed to Toronto.On July 19, Lee will be in the city to speak at a screening of his classic 1989 movie, Do The Right Thing.The legendary Spike Lee takes us back to Bed-Stuy with a 4K screening of DO THE RIGHT THING + an in-person conversation on the film’s legacy in celebration of its 30th anniversary.July 19, ?s: https://t.co/f3URTHU8GP pic.twitter.com/wrZtXDnV0z— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 10, 2019 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The film has themes of hatred, bigotry, police brutality and violence; all of which are sadly still relevant today.It was nominated for two Oscars in its day and has been labelled “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress…last_img read more


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first_imgThe proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Image: U.S. State DepartmentBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Native American alliance is forming to block construction of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline which still needs final approval from U.S. President Barack Obama after the State Department released an environmental report indicating the project wouldn’t have a significant impact Alberta tar sands production.Members from the seven tribes of the Lakota Nation, along with tribal members and tribes in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon, have been preparing to stop construction of the 1,400 kilometre pipeline which is slated to run, on the U.S. side, from Morgan, Mon., to Steel City, Neb., and pump 830,000 barrels per day from Alberta’s tar sands. The pipeline would originate in Hardisty, Alta.“It poses a threat to our sacred water and the product is coming from the tar sands and our tribes oppose the tar sands mining,” said Deborah White Plume, of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which is part of the Lakota Nation in South Dakota. “All of our tribes have taken action to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.”The U.S. State Department released its long awaited environmental report on TransCanada’s proposed pipeline Friday. The report found that the pipeline’s operation would not have a major impact on Alberta tar sands production which is also at the mercy of market forces.“Approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including the proposed project, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States based on expected oil prices, oil sand supply costs, transport costs and supply-demand scenarios,” said the report.The project will now go into a final phase which focuses on whether Keystone XL “serves the national interest.” Pipeline’s environmental, cultural and economic impacts will be weighed in this phase and at least eight agencies will have input on the outcome, including the Department Defence, Justice, Interior, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency.A 30-day public comment period will also be initiated on Feb. 5.The State Department is also in the midst of probing conflict-of-interest allegations levelled against contractors who both worked on the report and for TransCanada.The Lakota Nation is preparing for the eventuality the pipeline receives approval. The nation has led the formation of a project called “Shielding the People” to stop the pipeline. The Lakota also launched a “moccasins on the ground” program to train people in Indigenous communities to oppose the pipeline.There are also plans to set up spiritual camps along the pipeline’s route. But when and where those camps will spring up remains a closely guarded secret.“It will band all Lakota to live together and you can’t cross a living area if it’s occupied,” said Greg Grey Cloud, of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “If it does get approved we aim to stop it.”Gary Dorr, from the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, was in Rosebud Friday for a meeting to discuss opposition to Keystone.The Nez Perce tribe has already used its treaty rights to block the transport of so-called megaloads of mining equipment headed to Alberta’s tar sands through its territory. The tribe launched blockades and won a court battle to stop the shipments from traversing its lands.“It will be obvious, it will be concrete, and I think once it starts and they start building you will start to see the momentum and the force of the tribal people…it is an epic project, it will have an epic response from the tribal people,” said Dorr. “The tar sands is already affecting the people (for Fort Chipewyan in Alberta), climate change is already obvious. To facilitate that is not something the Native people of the U.S. are going to do. We are not going to sit idly by and let it happen.”The pipeline has been called the ‘black snake’ in reference to prophecies that had previously been linked to construction of highways and railways. In recent ceremonies, however, discussions sifting through the prophecies noted that the black snake goes under ground.“That would be a referral to the pipeline,” said Dorr.Paula Antoine, who works for the Rosebud Tribe’s land office, said while the pipeline does not cross any Lakota reservation lands, it comes close, sometimes metres away. Antoine said the pipeline, however, cuts through their treaty territory, sacred sites and waterways.“They aren’t recognizing our treaties, they are violating our treaty rights and our boundaries by going through there,” said Antoine. “Any ground disturbance around that proposed line will affect us.”The battle lines have already been drawn in tribal council chambers. The Oglala Sioux Tribe passed a resolution Friday banning TransCanada and former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine, who has been hired by the energy firm to deal with First Nations opposition to its Energy East project in Canada, from entering its territory.The resolution received unanimous consent,said White Plume.The Lakota, Dakota and Nakota make up the Lakota Nation. The nation includes the tribes of Rosebud, Oglala and the Cheyenne Indian reservation, the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock, Flandreau Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more


first_img(RCMP moved in on the Muskrat Falls camp early Monday morning. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The Independent)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsMUSKRAT FALLS, N.L. — Police moved in on a group of demonstrators camped at the entrance of the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric construction site early Monday morning.According to people at the site 30 kilometres west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, eight demonstrators were arrested by RCMP.People set up the blockade Saturday to try and force the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to pause construction on the massive hydroelectric project over concerns how it will impact traditional food sources for the Inuit.The Labrador Inuit, including the Nunatsiavut Government, are demanding the province fully clear the reservoir at the dam before flooding to avoid poisoning the land.See related stories here: Muskrat FallsThe provincially owned company Nalcor Energy, served the group a court injunction Sunday to keep people from blocking access to the site.“We want to shut the whole thing down now,” said Jim Learning, an Inuit elder who was named in the injunction. “They made no headway chucking us out of here this morning.”Learning has fought against the Muskrat Falls project for years. He was arrested during a protest in 2013.He said the rallies are picking up steam at the eleventh hour of the controversial project.Several people are staying near the Muskrat Falls site, but are not allowed near the gate. Learning was heading with a group of people to occupy Premier Dwight Ball’s office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.He said it’s a symbolic gesture since the premier is in St. John’s. But dozens are expected to rally there today at Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature building.Methylmercury is the main concern the Labrador Inuit have with the Muskrat Falls project. A Harvard study predicts that vegetation and topsoil left in the flood zone will create the toxin that will flow downstream and contaminate food sources.The Nunatsiavut Government is demanding the province fully clear the reservoir of all trees and vegetation.NunatuKavut President Todd Russell is making an announcement on the Muskrat Falls project this morning at 11am AST. Russell, who represents the Southern Inuit of Labrador, was also arrested during a protest against the project in 2013.Calls to the RCMP about the arrests have not yet been returned.troache@aptn.calast_img read more


first_img(One of the 40 Nunavut foster children seen in October currently living in an Ottawa group home despite being wards of Nunavut. Jason Leroux/APTN photo.)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsNunavut foster children shipped to group homes in Ottawa have been without a social worker in the city for nearly eight months, APTN National News has learned.That’s because Nunavut didn’t renew the contract it had with an Ottawa-based child welfare services firm it had been using since 2013.J Mark Consultants provided, in part, support to the children if they had a problem at the group home and could respond in person.But when the contract with J Mark Consultants expired March 31 Nunavut had no one in place to cover the workload on the ground and still doesn’t.But the firm didn’t just handle the 40 Inuit children currently placed in Ottawa but also 25 more in Edmonton, Red Deer and Winnipeg.When the service was in place, if the child had a problem they could call the contracted social workers, but now have had to telephone someone in Nunavut said a spokesperson with the department of Family Services in Iqaluit.“Each client has a case manager in their home community who has been following their cases,” said a spokesperson who asked all quotes be attributed to the department. “There is oversight by the case manager in the client’s home community who is reviewing reports, talking to the client, etc.”A spokesperson also said Nunavut-based social workers have been making “site visits” to the children living out of territory.Since April 1, the spokesperson said 47 visits have taken place.In depth: Nunavut child pipeline: The story of how the northern territory shipped an Inuk boy far from homeThe children are forced to live in facilities outside of their home communities because they have medical or special needs Nunavut can’t provide. The territory spends about $9 million annually to cover the costs, with about 80 per cent of that going to group homes.APTN learned Nunavut made the decision not renew the contract in October 2015 telling the owner of J Mark Consultants it intended to hire two permanent “client liaison officers”.A spokesperson for Family Services said it has “taken longer than expected” to hire the officers. Nunavut hopes to by the end of the year.Once hired, the officers are supposed to be responsible for ensuring the children are receiving proper care in group homes, which Nunavut said they’ve found a number of “issues” with.Essentially, they’ll act as the eyes and ears of the children thousands of kilometres from home.The owner of J Mark Consultants said he understood the decision to hire permanent social workers but was baffled when two of his staff were approached by Nunavut earlier this year to work on a contract basis.“They had made attempts to secure my employees as private contractors,” said Mark Arnold.Arnold didn’t want to comment further.See also: Nunavut family services minister can’t say how his department monitors out of territory foster careAPTN learned staff worked on a part-time basis but each child had their cellphone numbers and could reach them at any hour. There was one employee to cover Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Prior to 2013, it’s believed Nunavut had no one on the ground for children sent out of territory, which it had been doing for years.Issues with the practice came to light in 2011 when the Auditor General of Canada reviewed Nunavut’s department of Family Services.The auditor general looked at files belonging to 57 children who were out of territory at the time. Nearly a third were in group homes. Nunavut could only provide evidence of a group home having a license in two of eight files reviewed.Five of seven files also uncovered Nunavut was not meeting with the children at least once a year, which is required by the Child and Family Services Act.The auditor general did a follow up in 2013 and found visiting the children improved but “serious gaps in key child protection standards compliance remain” as annual reviews of foster placements were completed 13 per cent of the time and 29 per cent of facility licenses had been reviewed.Since then it appears problems have continued.Nunavut’s child advocate Sherry McNeil-Mulak told APTN last week in the last year her office has responded to seven cases involving children placed in group homes out of the territory.“We have observed a lack of culturally appropriate care, a lack of assessments, a lack of coordinated care and communication amongst service providers and families,” said McNeil-Mulak.She said the cases have shown there is no general plan in place when the kids are first placed in the home, or when for when they get to leave.“We have also noticed that young people are often not included in these big decisions about their lives,” she said. “They are often treated as passive bystanders, rather than active participants.”McNeil-Mulak said the government should be looking for ways to bring the kids home.“The Government of Nunavut should actively explore viable options to provide a more diverse range of care options to young people in their home territory,” she said. “It is clearly in the best interest of the majority of young Nunavummiut.”kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


first_imgAshley BernardAPTN NewsThe weekend long Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival kicks off tonight.The festival celebrates the best Indigenous cinema from Canada and around the world.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img


first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsVivian Manuel did not grow up gardening, but after being inspired to provide healthy greens for her family she took on the role of community gardener.Now she proudly displays a small sanctuary behind the old mission house that’s bursting with produce.“There’s a few of us volunteering so we changed it where we built the boxes and families could claim a box and grow vegetables. It has worked well, we just need to learn more,” Manuel said.The community of Fort Good Hope lies on the banks of the Mackenzie River in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories.Food is brought in by plane, winter road and barge.(“It helps to teach younger kids and budgeting with costs,” says Vivian Manuel. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Although the federal government provides a Nutrition North discount on some food items, for the 550 people living in town, grocery bills run high.From the time of harvest it can take three to four weeks for a fruit or vegetable to hit the shelves at the Co-op or Northern Store.“It helps to teach younger kids and budgeting with costs. We started with a wide range of seeds but have brought it down to turnips, potatoes, beets, peas and we tried onion sets. We tried onions but the crows got them,” she laughed.In 2013 Manuel attended a gardening course at the Northern Farming training Institute (NFTI) in Hay River, N.W.T.Manuel learned only the basics, it was that baseline that she brought back with her.She applied for funding from the territorial government to cover the cost of equipment.“I want to encourage someone to sell garden supplies. Right now you have to get those supplies in Norman Wells,” Manuel said.Each harvest she learns a little more.“Not knowing that greenhouses are better for certain plants and the outdoor gardens better for others. We use to have turnips and cucumbers they didn’t go anywhere. We know now that those go in the greenhouse,” she said.Wilfred McNeely, a former chief of Fort Good Hope said the local government began looking into gardening a decade ago.“My grandfather used to have a garden about 100 miles north on the Mackenzie River. He used to have big gardens to sell to the missionaries,” he said.“They have been growing food around here for a long time.”(Wilfred McNeely shows off some of the vegetables grown in the community garden. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)He also attended workshops at NFTI which inspired him to build a greenhouse and raise chickens in his own backyard.“One thing is making sure you have the proper soil. Not throwing chemicals in to it and using what we have here like chicken manure and fish. Fish has lots of good things in it,” he said.McNeely had personal reasons for starting his own garden. He switched his diet after a trip to the doctor’s office left him worried about his high cholesterol.“I was talking to one of the Managers at the grocery store in town. He said every week they buy 50 frozen pizzas. Can you imagine what goes into those pizzas for that shelf life,” McNeely said.He has plans to winterize his greenhouse and extend the growing seasons further into the fall time.(McNeely plans to winterize his greenhouse to produce vegetables for longer. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)In August, 2019 the Federal government announced it would invest $392,000 to support NFTI’s northern diverse agriculture program which includes training more youth and individuals from smaller communities.Around the same time, the Territorial Department of Health and Social Services Office amended legislation which waives permit fees for those wanting to sell homegrown food.Manuel said she is hopeful that gardening will expand in the Sahtu with the introduction of gardening to the elementary school curriculum.“I want to see every home have a home garden. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 4×4 foot garden or 8×4 garden boxes or open gardens, just everyone growing their own food,” she said.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – The Greater Toronto Area real estate market closed out 2017 with a big drop in December home sales, which were down 7.1 per cent from the previous year and down nearly 33 per cent from November’s level.The Toronto Real Estate Board said Thursday there were 92,394 sales through its MLS system in 2017, down from 113,040 in the previous year and the lowest annual sales since 2013 when 87,049 units were sold.December sales dropped to 4,930 properties, from 5,305 in December 2016, while the average sales price was $735,021 — the second-lowest of any month in 2017 and only slightly better than August’s $731,606.Various real estate experts have said previously that a set of policies introduced by the Ontario government in April produced the desired market slowdown in Toronto during the second and third quarters following a hot first quarter.Some observers have suggested that buyers and lenders might be more cautious given new federal stress-testing rules, which came into force Jan. 1, and opt for lower-priced properties.“Much of the sales volatility in 2017 was brought about by government policy decisions,” TREB president Tim Syrianos said in a statement.“Looking forward, government policy could continue to influence consumer behaviour in 2018, as changes to federal mortgage lending guidelines come into effect.”The average selling price for December in the GTA was $735,021, up a slim 0.7 per cent from the same month of 2016, while the board’s home price index was up 7.2 per cent after adjusting for different types of properties.The Toronto board’s director of market analysis, Jason Mercer, said home price growth in the second half of 2017 differed substantially depending on market segment.“The detached market segment — the most expensive on average — experienced the slowest pace of growth as many buyers looked to less expensive options,” Mercer said.“Conversely, the condominium apartment segment experienced double-digit growth, as condos accounted for a growing share of transactions.”In December, only the expensive detached house category — which accounted for 39 per cent of total sales — showed a year-over-year decline.There were 1,938 fully detached houses sold at an average price of $989,970 — which was down 2.5 per cent from a year earlier.Condominiums accounted for the second-biggest category of sales, with 1,562 units sold, but their average price of $503,968 was up 14.4 per cent from December 2016.last_img read more


first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – Residents of Churchill are devastated after learning efforts to restore rail service to the northern Manitoba town have fallen apart.Hudson Bay Railway said talks broke down on Tuesday after months of negotiation to transfer ownership of the crippled rail line — the community’s sole land link — to a consortium of northern communities.The railway, owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, would only say a sale to the consortium may no longer be possible.“Despite our best efforts to find common ground on certain key issues, it now appears that this transaction has fallen apart,” the company said in a statement. “This outcome is unexpected and very unfortunate. We offer our apologies to all those who depend on the line.”That was cold comfort for Rhoda de Meulles, who owns the local hardware store with her husband and can’t afford to keep flying in supplies.“We are not going to make it,” she said.“This town can’t do it,” Dale de Meulles added.The rail line was damaged by severe flooding more than a year ago and Omnitrax has said it cannot afford the repairs. Since then, goods and people have had to be flown into the subarctic community at much higher cost.Federal regulators ruled last month that the Hudson Bay Railway has a legal obligation to fix and maintain the line, although the company has said it will appeal the decision.Christian Sinclair, chief of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and co-chair of the One North consortium negotiating to take ownership of the rail line, said he was completely surprised by Hudson Bay Railway’s statement.“We were caught by surprise and we are still working together as a consortium to get a deal done here.”Churchill Mayor Mike Spence and Sinclair later put out a brief statement saying the “buying group is united.”“We remain at the table and we fully support the efforts to conclude a reasonable deal.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who was in Churchill on Tuesday, declined an interview request, but his office issued a statement saying Canada will find a solution.“This situation has had significant impacts to the town of Churchill and the communities along the line,” the statement said.Repairs to the railway must start within two weeks if they are to be completed before winter, the de Meulles said. Without the rail, they will have to order a year’s worth of supplies to be brought in by a cargo ship from Quebec.It has meant costs for packaging and shipping are completely unsustainable, they said. But locking the door for good, will be the very last option.“Our life is Churchill,” Dale de Meulles said.“To us, it’s one day at a time and that’s how we operate now, one day at a time,” his wife said. “We see what happens from there.”— With files from Steve Lambert in WinnipegNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the last name of Rhoda de Meulles.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – Martinrea International Inc. says it earned a record $36.4 million in the third quarter despite modest tariff effects and foreign exchange losses.The Toronto-based auto parts manufacturer says it earned 42 cents per share for the period ended Sept. 30. That’s unchanged from the prior year when its net income was $36.2 million.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits rose for a 16th consecutive quarter, reaching $37.2 million or 43 cents per share, below analyst expectations but up from $36.3 million or 42 cents per share a year earlier.Total sales grew 1.5 per cent to $851.1 million, from $838.5 million.Martinrea was expected to earn 45 cents per share on $856.2 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Executive chairman Rob Wildeboer said the company is pleased with the USMCA trade agreement involving Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, especially the automotive provisions that will support a continued strong North American automotive industry and supply base.“We were very well-positioned to benefit from NAFTA, and we remain very well-positioned to benefit from the USMCA,” he said in a news release.“We are also supportive of the eventual removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the three member countries of the USMCA on each other, which are hurting some of our customers and suppliers, and which have a relatively modest impact on our profitability, and we will continue to advocate accordingly.”Companies in this story:(TSX:MRE)last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Transit is going to be bringing new city buses to Fort St. John this year, with an unveiling of the new bus model happening at City Hall tomorrow.The new Vicinity buses are made by Aldergrove-based Grande West Transportation International Ltd. and are 35 feet long. BC Transit says the bus model performs better and has more safety features than those in its current fleet.The buses can seat 30 passengers with room for another 24 standees, with space for two mobility aids. The new buses are also equipped with two doors for more efficient operation and easier access for customers. The same model bus was unveiled in Prince George on Tuesday. The buses will be unveiled tomorrow at City Hall at a ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John has announced the dates it will be gathering the thoughts of residents on the topic of cannabis retail operations.At a special meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted in favour of pushing back the estimated completion date for implementing a bylaw to govern where retailers would be able to sell recreational cannabis to gather more feedback from residents. The delay was due to the federal law decriminalizing cannabis not likely being implemented by the federal government’s previously targeted July 1st date.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said in a release today that while both the Federal and Provincial governments have outlined the laws regarding recreational Cannabis, each municipality is able to define land use and the placement of Cannabis Retail stores. Harvey said that City Council and staff are committed to ensuring the required zoning amendment is in place when federal legalization occurs.  Based on previous discussions, the city has identified four main governing topics regarding the location of cannabis retail locations:  Permitted commercial zones Distance from schools Distance from parks Distance between other Cannabis Retail storesThe City says that there are three ways residents can comment on the City’s proposals. The first two are a series of Dot-mocracy events hosted by the City this week.  The first will take place at the Totem Mall this Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the second will take place at the Fort St. John Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents can also fill out an online survey, which launched today on the City’s Let’s Talk page: http://letstalk.fortstjohn.ca/engage/lets-talk-cannabis/. The online survey runs until June 4th.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council awarded the tender for new signal lights and upgrades for the curling club and the North Peace Cultural Centre.The 2019 Capital Roadworks tender was awarded to Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd. of Fort St. John, totalling $408,738.75 and the funds are allocated from the one-time extra payment from the Gas Tax Agreement Community Works Fund. For the signalization of the intersection of 98 Street and 100 Avenue and modification of the existing traffic signals and lane markings at the intersection of 102 St and 100 AveThis project was identified at the 100 Street Charrette process as a first step in improving traffic flow around the phased construction projects related to infrastructure and surface works upgrading. To read more; CLICK HERE Tender for the 2019 Curling Club and Cultural Centre – Facility Improvements was awarded to Hegge Construction Ltd., from Dawson Creek, BC, for $422,750.00 plus applicable taxes.From the IRC Facility Audit recommendations, the Curling Club and Cultural Centre will receive improvements.The Curling Club will receive exterior improvements to lower walls, some interior painting, replacement of the overhead door, some added insulation to the exterior walls and some new exterior doors.The Cultural Centre will receive interior improvements to office spaces, some new carpeting and some new interior doors, the exterior concrete will be repaired and new exterior doors will also be replaced.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The HRD ministry has sought the Election Commission’s nod to start recruitment process in central universities while the model code of conduct is in effect.However, the Delhi government has objected to the ministry’s request, saying the EC should not grant permission. In a letter to the poll panel, the ministry said, “In view of the UGC mandate to provide teaching and non-teaching faculty before start of new academic year in June, 2019, the Election Commission of India is requested to give its clearance/permission from Model Code of Conduct for starting/continuing the recruitment process for regular teaching and non-teaching vacant posts in central universities”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The appointments for teaching posts in central universities were put on hold in July last year in view of a judgement of the Allahabad High Court in April 2017. The court quashed the provisions of UGC guidelines which prescribed that the cadre or unit for determining reservation roster points should be ‘university/college’ and not ‘department’, a letter by ministry to the EC said. The letter was sent to the EC on April 1 and a reply is awaited. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMinistry officials said the EC has already given clearance to Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and National Institutes of Technology to start recruitment process. The HC order was later upheld by the Supreme Court in July and a review petition filed by the government was rejected. The government promulgated the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019, to restore the earlier 200-point roster-based reservation system in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). The new system will consider the university or college as one unit instead of treating department or subject as one unit.Due to the matter being sub-judice, many teaching positions have been lying vacant for a long time. “Out of total number of 17,425 sanctioned teaching posts in 40 central universities, 6,141 posts are lying vacant as on November 1, 2018. “In order to improve the teaching standards of higher educational institutions and to ensure that studies of students are not affected, it is necessary to start the recruitment process immediately so that these vacant teaching positions are ?lled before start of the new academic session,” the ministry said. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the AAP government does not agree to the proposal of MHRD for seeking permission to complete the recruitment process in the colleges of Delhi University in the midst of elections and when the poll code is in force.last_img read more


first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to “drive back Zionism”, in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic’s archfoe Israel. Speaking flanked by top generals before troops began their annual march-past, Rouhani also sought to reassure the region that the weaponry on display was for defensive purposes and not a threat. “The region’s nations have lived alongside each other for centuries and never had a problem… If there is a problem, it is caused by others,” he said in the speech broadcast live on state television. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Let us stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor’s presence.” Rouhani assured neighbouring countries that Iran’s armed forces are “never against you or your national interests” but are “standing against the aggressors.” “The power of our armed forces is the power of the region’s countries, the Islamic world.” he said. “If we have a problem in the region today, its roots are either with Zionism or America’s arrogance.” Rouhani called on Muslim nations to band together and “restore the historical right of the nation of Palestine,” saying that “Zionism … has been committing crimes in the region for the past 70 years”, “The final victory will surely be with the righteous,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The military parade was held next to the south Tehran mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It showcased some of Iran’s latest weaponry, including the domestically designed and manufactured Kowsar fighter jet, which was first unveiled last year. Iran also displayed its short-range Zelzal missile and an upgraded model of the Russian S-200 air defence system. US-manufactured Bell, Cobra and Chinook helicopters bought before the Islamic revolution of 1979 also took part in the air display. Diatribes against Israel are standard fare of official speeches in Iran, although some, such as a call by Rouhani’s firebrand predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Israel to be “wiped off the map”, have triggered international condemnation. Iran does not recognise Israel and opposition to the Jewish state has been a central tenet of official policy since the revolution. Iran has supported Palestinian radical groups and has vociferously opposed the now moribund Middle East peace process under which the Palestinians were offered limited autonomy in the territories captured in the Six-Day War of 1967. Rouhani has previously called Israel a “cancerous tumour”, and called on Muslim governments to unite against it and its US ally. Iranian officials have warned repeatedly that Israel will soon cease to exist, but have usually been careful to underline that that will come about not through a direct attack by Iran. “In 25 years’ time, with the grace of God, no such thing as the Zionist regime will exist in the region,” supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in 2015. The presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the eight-year civil war has sharply increased tensions between the regional foes. Israel has said publicly that it has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes targeting the forces of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that he will never allow Iran to establish a long-term military presence in Israel’s northeastern neighbour. Netanyahu has been an outspoken opponent of a landmark nuclear deal Iran signed with major powers in 2015 and was the leading supporter of US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from it and reimpose crippling economic sanctions last year. Washington’s European allies have refused to follow suit and they, along with China and Russia, continue to support the deal. But the Trump administration has sought to forge an anti-Iran axis within the Middle East bringing together Israel and the Gulf Arab states to make common cause against what they see as Iranian “meddling” in the region. Last week, Washington placed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on its blacklist of “foreign terrorist organisations,” the first time it had imposed the sanction on a military arm of a foreign government. Rouhani warned Washington on Thursday that “an insult to the Guards… is an insult to the great nation of Iran.” “America’s leaders are lost in their delusions,” he said, adding that Washington was the real source of “terrorism” in the region.last_img read more