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first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Jigsaw Casting Ltd. Is Looking For Families for an Upcoming Food Campaign!DescriptionThe world is full of a diverse amount of amazing foods, originating from all different ends, nooks, crannies, and people! Everyone has their “family recipes” and this campaign is all about showing off a wide variety of them coming from families of all walks of life!RolesSOC-FAMILY: For this campaign, we are looking for, but not limited to, the following families: Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CaucasianAfrican CanadianAsianHispanicMuslimJewishSouth AsianLGBTQInterracial*Pays approximately $2500 per adult & $2000 per child if selectedDetails & Submission InformationIf interested, you must submit in order to be invited in to audition.Please e-mail the following to: info@jigsawcasting.com1. Your name & age. Briefly tell us about your family (please include names & ages) and any family traditions you have (holidays, family recipes, etc.). We are also interested in your extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other relatives).2. Photo(s) of your family (Where we can clearly see faces. Ideally no hats or sunglasses). We are also looking for families who wear traditional cultural/religious clothing so please include any pictures if you have them.3. Your primary contact information (phone number & email address) *If you are a represented actor, please include your resume & agent’s contact information4. Please write ‘PROJECT FAMILY’ in subject line of e-mail, along with your family name. (E.G. PROJECT FAMILY – Lee Family)Submissions are due by: Monday, August 22nd at 9am (However the earlier you submit the better your chances!)You must be available for these key dates (in Toronto):AUDITION: 1 day during the week of August 22ndWARDROBE: August 29thSHOOT: August 31stQuestions or Concerns*If you have already submitted for this project, you do not need to resubmit your information*Please note that you will not be compensated for the audition.*This is a non-union jobPLEASE JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP FOR FUTURE CASTING CALLS: : www.facebook.com/jigsawcastingTO LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING A PERFORMER AND PROTECTING YOURSELF GO TO:http://www.actratoronto.com/perform/protectyourself.html60 SUMACH ST / 3RD FLOOR / TORONTO, ON M5A 3J7 / T: (416) 360 0336 / F: (416) 360 0465 www.jigsawcasting.com Twitterlast_img read more

Gordon Pinsent doc at TIFF most honest and revealing one on him

first_img Facebook TORONTO – Acclaimed actor Gordon Pinsent once used his wit and charm to sneak into Canada from his native Newfoundland before its confederation with the country.That revelation and more can be found in “The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent,” which is set to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.“He has made a number of films but I think that this film is truly the most honest and revealing and beautiful film about him,” says Brigitte Berman, the documentary’s director, who won an Oscar in 1987 for “Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Others were very good and they are further back in time. But right now, catching this incredible artist at this time of his career, also looking back at his life — and he does it honestly and he’s so forthcoming in the film — it’s quite extraordinary.”Berman is known for her documentaries on arts and entertainment personalities. Her other credits include “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel,” “Robert Bateman: A Celebration of Nature” and “The Osbornes: A Very Special Family.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

François Girards Hochelaga Land of Souls to represent Canada in the race

first_imgAdvertisement MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2017 – Director François Girard‘s Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes) will represent Canada for in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, held on March 4, 2018. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada, announced its decision today.“Promoting Canadian film to audiences the world over is a top priority for Telefilm Canada, and the Academy Awards provides an incredible opportunity to do just that,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “An Oscar nomination can completely change a filmmaker’s trajectory, as it provides the opportunity for their work to be discovered by millions of new film lovers around the globe.”“I warmly congratulate François Girard, Roger Frappier, and the entire team behind Hochelaga, Land of Souls. I have no doubt that your film will continue to seduce audiences and the Academy’s voting members, and I look forward to seeing the groundswell of public support during this high profile race.” Advertisement Advertisement François Girard is a renowned film, opera, and theatre director. In 1993, his feature film Thirty Two Short Films aboutGlenn Gould was an international success. Five years later, the Oscar-winning The Red Violin established the filmmaker as an important figure in international cinema. In 2007, he directed Silk, an adaptation of the successful Alessandro Baricco novel, and in 2014, he helmed Boychoir. To this day, François Girard’s films have won close to 100 awards internationally and the praises of filmgoers from all four corners of the globe.This is François Girard’s first time representing Canada in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the Academy Awards.“This is a great honour that reflects on Hochelaga, Land of Souls and on all those who worked on the film, starting with my dear friend and producer Roger Frappier,” said director François Girard. “In the film, French is heard alongside Mohawk and Algonquin, the languages of the two great founding nations of our people.”Hochelaga, Land of Souls was produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). Frappier is one of the most prolific Canadian producers, having produced more than 50 productions over the last 40 years. Two of his films have been nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including Jesus of Montreal, which also won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. From his start as a producer at the National Film Board in the 1970s, Frappier has worked with almost all of Quebec’s renowned filmmakers, on top of having discovered a number talented young filmmakers. Over his career, he has thus contributed to the birth of major cinematographic work.Producer Roger Frappier added: “Working with François Girard was one of the greatest experiences of my life. His vision of our belonging to this land, from the First Nations people to the present day, was in some ways a premonition of what we are presently living. I am delighted that this film will now sit next to the best films from around the world.”SynopsisA tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkhole opens up in Percival-Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. The stadium is evacuated, and a few hours later, it becomes a protected archaeological site. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny begins investigating, and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets. Baptiste then sets out to find what he has spent his career searching for: the vestiges of the village of Hochelaga where his Iroquoian ancestors met French explorer Jacques Cartier in October 1535. Hochelaga, Land of Souls explores 750 years of history in one single spot where the souls of all centuries and all cultures come together.The impressive cast includes Samian, Vincent Perez, Wahiakeron Gilbert, Raoul Trujillo, Sébastien Ricard, Siân Phillips, Linus Roache, Emmanuel Schwartz, David La Haye, Tanaya Beatty, Gilles Renaud and Naïade Aoun, to name just a few.Hochelaga, Land of Souls was financed by Telefilm Canada and produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). The film distributed in Quebec by Les Films Séville, affiliate of eOne, and represented internationally by Seville International.The film will be released theatrically in fall 2017.Selection process for the Best Foreign Language Film categoryTelefilm coordinates and chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, which comprises 23 representatives from the main governmental organizations and associations active in the audiovisual industry. This jury is responsible for submitting one film to represent Canada to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which accepts only one film per country in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The selected film must have been produced outside the United States, be primarily in a language other than English, and have been shown in a movie theatre for at least seven consecutive days in its country of origin between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. The Academy will announce the shortlist of nine films, selected from among those submitted, in December of this year. The official nominations are announced January 2018.Further information about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules and regulations.Canada and the Best Foreign Language Film category at the OscarsIn the history of the Oscars, eight Canadian films have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Rebelle), in 2013; Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness (a minority coproduction with Poland and Germany), in 2012; Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, in 2011; and Deepa Mehta’sWater, in 2007. Three films by Denys Arcand were also nominated: The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l’empire américain), in 1987, Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal), in 1990, and The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares), which won the coveted award in 2004.Members of the pan-Canadian selection committeeAcademy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT)Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA)Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS)Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM)Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC)Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ)Canada Council for the ArtsCanadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)Creative BCCreative SaskatchewanDirectors Guild of CanadaGlobal Affairs CanadaManitoba Film and MusicNational Film Board of CanadaNew Brunswick — Tourism, Heritage and CultureNewfoundland and Labrador Film Development CorporationNova Scotia BusinessOntario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma du Québec (SARTEC)Union des artistes (UDA)Yukon Media DevelopmentAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’saudiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider Scheduled to Perform at the Grand Opening

first_img“We are thrilled and excited to welcome our guests and the community to the grand opening celebration and showcase the multi-million dollar redevelopment we have been focused on for the past twelve months. I am confident that with all the new offerings, Elements Casino Victoria will quickly become a major entertainment hub for the whole lower island marketplace,” said Chris Lynn, Executive Director of Vancouver Island Casino Operations, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.Tom Cochrane and Red Rider will be the first artists to grace the stage of the Platinum Room, a 500-person entertainment space that is equipped to host a variety of acts and performances. The 70,000 square foot gaming floor will feature approximately 800 slot machines, up to 25 table games and a variety of dining options that include: The Well Public House, Victoria’s newest local restaurant, pub and bar serving casual dining favourites and well-crafted drinks paired with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights; The Diamond Buffet, a place for all the senses where delectable, fresh and local food selections are prepared daily; Chi Express, specializing in Asian cuisine with noodle bowl options and Chef’s statement dishes while 1708 Quick Bites, is made for those who enjoy great bites and burgers made their way.“For those who would like to get a sneak peek of the facility prior to May 5, Elements Casino Victoria will have gaming and dining amenities available by late March,” added Lynn.Elements Casino Victoria is owned and operated by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, a leading owner and operator of 25 gaming entertainment venues across Canada and Washington State.“Introducing Elements Casino Victoria to the Great Canadian family of properties will be a momentous occasion for us as the new venue will be in the ranks of River Rock Casino Resort, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and Elements Casino in Surrey,” said Raj Mutti, Vice President Operations West, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.Tickets for Tom Cochrane and Red Rider go on sale March 16, 2018 and will be available for purchase at ticketmaster.com. For more information about the Grand Opening festivities, please visit elementscasinovictoria.com.Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a BC based company that operates 25 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. Fundamental to the company’s culture is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our communities, and in 2016, over 1,500 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter VICTORIA, March 7, 2018 – On May 5, 2018, Elements Casino Victoria will host a Grand Opening celebration featuring Canada’s iconic rock star and eight-time Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane and Red Rider.last_img read more

THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVA Production By the Numbers

first_imgAdvertisement Each year, a cavalcade of stars descend Bell Media HQ at 299 Queen St. West for one of the biggest street parties in the world, THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS. This massive production lights up the sky and screens across the country, and relies on a small village of crew to stage. Here’s a glimpse of what goes into the IHEARTRADIO MMVAS:More than 1 Million – Pounds of steel and gear in the stages237,000 – Watts of audio to capture every note and scream 11,000 – Feet of cable used for the red carpet8,400 – Approximate total hours for set-up of stage and red carpet5,800 – Total feet of barricades used to hold back thousands of screaming fans4,900 – Sq. ft. of stage production2,300 – Total hours for tear-down2,048 – Total audio channels used to secure the sound955 – Number of people it takes to put on the IHEARTRADIO MMVAs each year325 – Number of two-way radios used by IHEARTRADIO MMVA staff232 – Number of desks, drawers, and chairs removed from Bell Media HQ for the awards, and reinstalled on August 27, as if nothing had ever changed!185 – Total number of light fixtures on the red carpet182 – Total number of microphones used to broadcast the show175 – Number of moving boxes used to relocate staff, and transform regular offices into exclusive backstage green rooms70 – Hours spent on sound check to guarantee the best live show possible!53 – Kilometers of fiber cable (audio/video)35 – Number of tractor trailers loading in the stage gear31 – Number of photographers who photograph the event24 – Total number of production rundown versions drafted16 – Total number of cameras to catch all the action for the audience at home8 – Number of days it takes to build the stage7 – Red carpet cameras capturing every arrival6 – Number of days it takes to tear down the stage4 – Production Trucks2 – Performance stages Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement ‘SECRET PATH’ TO RETURN WITH ‘RE-CREATION’ CONCERT TELLING CHANIE WENJACK’S STORYGord Downie’s Secret Path concert is returning to the stage as part of a live “re-creation” project.Three years after the late Tragically Hip frontman performed his concept album at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, some of the artists who brought the story of Chanie Wenjack to life are planning an encore of sorts at the same venue Oct. 19.The new version incorporates the original band from Downie’s “Secret Path” shows, a cast of dancers and surprise guests who will “create a fully immersive and cultural experience that celebrates Indigenous history and commemorates the lives of Gord and Chanie.”Downie launched his “Secret Path” project in October 2016 after revealing he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The album recounted the story of a 12-year-old Ojibwe boy who died while trying to escape an Ontario residential school in 1966.It was comprised of a music album, a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire that illustrated Wenjack’s life, and an animated film featuring Downie’s songs.Following its release, Downie’s brother Mike launched the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to encourage reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.Organizers say proceeds from the “Secret Path” concert will go toward the fund. Tickets are on sale through Roy Thomson Hall’s website. Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: ATTENTION, TRAGICALLY HIP FANS: SECRET PATH LIVE SET FOR OCTOBER 19 AT ROY THOMSON HALLIn 2016, two months after the final Tragically Hip show, Gord Downie returned to the stage for a very limited run of shows, during which he presented Secret Path.A series of 10 poems turned into song, it tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy born in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls Reserve. In 1963, at the age of 9, Chanie was sent to the Cecelia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Three years later, Chanie ran away from the school, attempting to reunite with his family 600 kilometers away in Ogoki Post. Chanie’s body was found beside the railroad tracks on October 22, 1966, a week after he fled. He succumbed to starvation and exposure. READ MORE Musician Gord Downie (right) visited Pearl Wenjack at her home in Marten Falls First Nation in advance of the launch of his “Secret Path” project, devoted to Pearl’s brother Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack. (Alvin Fiddler/Twitter) Twitterlast_img read more

Man charged in the Aamjiwnaang blockade looks to turn tables on judge

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsA man charged with defying a judge’s order to shutdown the Aamjiwnaang First Nation rail blockade in the throes of Idle No More movement is considering filing a complaint against the judge with the Canadian Judicial Council for alleged conflict of interest.Justice David Brown issued two court injunctions against Aamjiwnaang in late December and another in a separate blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Jan. 5.Both were at the request of CN Rail but the question at hand is whether Justice Brown should have been the one to sign the court injunctions.Brown had served as a lawyer for CN when he was practicing law, as well as acted as a witness for CN in regulatory matters in the United States, as previously reported by APTN National News.“I find it a matter of concern that warrants further investigation,” said Peter Rosenthal, one of several lawyers defending Ron Plain who is charged with contempt of court for defying Brown’s court orders in Aamjiwnaang.Plain is scheduled to go to court May 24 on the contempt charge. Aamjiwnaang sits within the city limits of Sarnia.No one else is charged for allegedly being part of the blockade that shutdown a CN spur line in Aamjiwnaang territory from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.Rosenthal didn’t want to get into what route they may take but said a complaint with the CJC, who investigates alleged impropriety of judges, is one avenue.“I’m not sure how that is going to play out on May 24,” he said.Rosenthal said he hasn’t been approached by Tyendinaga Mohawks to be part of any action against Justice Brown, who was appointed to the bench in 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Norman Sabourin, executive director of CJC, said he couldn’t comment on a specific case but pointed out all judges were lawyers at one point.“It’s not an usual occurrence. In terms of conflicts of interest there are two big factors. One of them is the passage of time and the second is the closeness of possible relationships,” said Sabourin in a recent interview APTN.He said if it’s been many years since a judge has been a lawyer than the passage of time reduces appearance of conflict.“For a party to go before the media and say ‘boy, I really think that judge didn’t act in my way’ well go raise it before the courts. That’s what the courts are there for. That is a legal issue that has to be addressed before the courts,” said Sabourin. “Essentially, conflict of interest issues are legal issues.”He said if there is an allegation that a judge willfully failed to do their duty “than that is a very serious matter and it is something the (CJC) would review very seriously and very thoroughly.”From the onset, Plain was offered a deal by CN to pay a $5,000 charitable donation. He refused.“I’ll run this up the flag pole,” he said then.Plain said he was offered another deal earlier this year that included him agreeing to never block another railway again.He refused that one too.There’s been other discussions but Plain is refusing to accept a plea agreement.“Because that is still admitting I am in contempt. That is still admitting I did something wrong,” said Plain Thursday.Plain the reason why he didn’t do anything wrong is simple. He was acting a spokesman for the blockade.“In everything done on the blockade I am referred to as the spokesperson. I served a role. I liaised between different organizations and the media and the blockade. In every piece on it that is how I am referred,” he said and if the Sarnia chief of police, the mayor or even a reporter isn’t charged for serving “roles” than he shouldn’t be either.Plain said his lawyers will call witnesses to confirm this.In that, he thinks it can be easily defeated. But that leaves a question of what to do with Justice Brown.Plain said he was never informed of Justice Brown’s past with CN.“In this case, I don’t know if he let CN know he had this affiliation but he obviously didn’t let me know,” said Plain.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Nepinak Were born here first were born here free

first_imgAPTN National NewsLeaders from Manitoba took to their motorcycles to travel cross-country to educate communities about treaty rights.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

Harper government sets sights on TransCanadas Energy East pipeline approval

first_imgBUDGET 2014APTN National News OTTAWA–The Harper government is now setting its sights on the approval of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline which could pump up to 1.1 million barrels of Alberta tar sands bitumen to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick if built.The federal 2014-15 budget unveiled Tuesday commits $28 million for the National Energy Board to review the pipeline’s application process.  Part of the money will be used to enhance the Participant Funding Program and “provide timeline certainty,” the budget document said.The money will be refunded by industry, the budget document said.The budget, however, is silent on any new funding to improve the consultation process with First Nations whose territory lie in the path of pipelines like Energy East and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, which is awaiting cabinet approval.The budget document, however, said Ottawa would be responding to recommendations made by Doug Eyford, who was appointed last year by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to canvass First Nation communities in Alberta and British Columbia on looming energy projects.The budget provided no hint of a timeline on Ottawa’s response to Eyford’s report which recommended ways to build trust, foster inclusion and reconciliation with First Nations to pave the way for energy projects.The budget document also said Ottawa would soon be responding to recommendations made by the Tanker Safety Expert Panel, which was announced on March 18, 2013, to study the issue. Some of the opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline stems from First Nation communities along the British Columbia coast who worry that increased tanker traffic triggered by the pipeline could lead to an environmental disaster.No timeline was given as to when the federal government would respond to those recommendations.It’s clear from the budget document that the Harper government sees Canada’s natural resource wealth as the main driver for the country’s economy and acknowledges, to a degree, the need for buy-in from First Nation communities.“The government will continue to consult with Aboriginal partners on maximizing opportunities related to resource projects,” said the budget document.Roughly 30,000 indigenous people worked in the energy, mining and forestry industry throughout Canada in 2012, according to the budget document.“Innovative partnerships are being formed between Aboriginal communities, governments and the private sectors to capitalize on the potential social and economic benefits offered by natural resource development,” said the budget document.The budget, however, provides no details on how or if there are plans to improve the consultation process with First Nations.Because natural resources fall under provincial jurisdiction, the federal government has for the most part left it up to the provinces to deal with the issue even though First Nations fall under the federal government’s mandate.While the budget doesn’t use the word Northern Gateway anywhere in the document, its looming approval is telegraphed within its pages.The need get Alberta mined bitumen and natural gas to the world market is seen as “essential for Canada’s future prosperity and security.”The budget document estimates that Canada will be pumping about 5.8 million barrels a day of oil by 2035 and 86 per cent of the total will be coming from Alberta’s tar sands. The tar sands currently account for about 57 per cent of Canadian oil production.The budget document said 98 per cent of Canada’s crude oil goes to the U.S. along with all of its natural gas exports.“Exporting only to the U.S. market has resulted in significantly lower Canadian crude oil prices relative to global benchmarks in recent years,” said the budget document. “This is significantly reducing the value of Canadian exports and gross domestic product.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Conservative MPs tried to silence inquiry call from Manitoba chief

first_imgnews@aptn.ca The Status of Women committee is currently studying the subject of “the economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women” as well as the barriers that still exist in society.Kennedy was the only Indigenous woman called to testify before the committee. During her testimony, Kennedy mentioned the violence faced by Indigenous women. During the round of witness questioning by MP committee members, Ashton asked Kennedy about the need for an inquiry.“Today we heard from the UN rapporteur who is calling for a national inquiry…We know there are women drumming on Parliament Hill,” said Ashton. “Do you believe we need a national inquiry?”Kennedy said yes.“Absolutely. It is very hard to lose a child and to lose a loved one,” said Kennedy, who was immediately cut off at the sentence by Calgary Centre Conservative MP Joan Crockatt.“I am sure we would love to hear what the chief has to say on the topic but it’s not really what the topic of the study is about,” said Crockatt.APTN National News heard audio of the meeting.Ashton responded to Crockatt saying that the committee was also studying barriers to women’s economic prosperity and violence poses one for Indigenous women who are more likely to face it than non-Indigenous women, according to statistics.“It is entirely in relation to this study and frankly we should show respect to the chief by allowing her to answer the question,” said Ashton.Kennedy then again raised the issue and said women chiefs in Manitoba had asked the men to take up the issue and be more “aggressive” in their support for an inquiry call.“And we said, ‘What if it was your daughter or any young relative that you’ve lost,’” said Kennedy. “I think if there was an inquiry and to have that in there, maybe there wouldn’t be as many.”This time it was Vancouver South Conservative MP Wai Young who ran interference touting her credentials as a councillor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.“I am from Vancouver and so the missing and murdered women issue is painful having also been a councillor in the Downtown Eastside for native youth and family,” said Young. “That question was completely disingenuous and not relevant to the study at all.”Kennedy said in an interview with APTN National News that she would be reporting the incident back to her women’s council.“Obviously the government is not going to be listening. I think maybe we do this on our own, we set up our own inquiry as to what happened,” said Kennedy.Ashton said the Conservative’s increasingly aggressive attempts to counter calls for an inquiry makes her want to fight harder.“Seeing the Conservatives react so disrespectfully is more fuel for me to keep pushing,” said Ashton. “Their disrespect toward a woman chief adds more fuel to my fire.”Crockatt and Young’s office did not respond to request for comment as of this article’s posting.James Anaya, the UN rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, released his report on Canada Monday and recommended an inquiry.Justice Minister Peter MacKay agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women after his Parliament Hill photo op was interrupted by women drummers. APTN National News OTTAWA–Conservative MPs on the Status of Women committee tried to silence a Manitoba chief when she mentioned the need for a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy was twice cut off by Conservative MPs when she raised the issue of the inquiry while responding to a question from Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton.“When they did that, for me, I was angry they wouldn’t listen to a subject that is very important for our communities,” said Kennedy, after her appearance before the committee. “Everywhere across the country our women are out there missing and never found and this is very emotional for us.”The incident reveals the Conservative government is hyper-sensitive to the issue and wants to stamp it out, said Ashton.“They are extremely sensitive on this issue, they know a resounding number of people are calling for a national inquiry and it is clear to an increasingly number of Canadians that violence is an immense barrier,” said Ashton.NDP MP Niki Ashton (left) with War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy.last_img read more

Alberta First Nation to ban members if charged with violent crime

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Paul First Nation chief and council have seen enough.They say crime has become so rampant they have no choice but to draft a bylaw that will see members evicted from the community if charged with a violent crime.Not convicted, charged.APTN’s Chris Stewart has more details.last_img

Housing was a big election issue in NWT so APTN spoke to

first_imgAPTN National NewsNortherners asked for change and they got it.After 10 years of NDP leadership the Northwest Territories went Liberal red.Lack of housing was one of the big issues so APTN’s Iman Kassam met up with people without one.last_img

First Nation and Ontario to remove caribou from wolf infested island

first_imgThe Canadian PressMembers of a First Nation in Ontario say they plan to continue the relocation of an endangered herd of caribou off a remote island where they’re being slaughtered by wolves.The Michipicoten First Nation is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to move up to nine caribou from Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior to Caribou Island, near the U.S. border, by helicopter as soon as the weather permits.The latest effort comes after the province relocated nine caribou in mid-January to a different location – the Slate Islands.The caribou population on Michipicoten Island had been decimated by wolves that made their way there several years ago using an ice bridge. The ministry feared the entire herd would be wiped out if they didn’t intervene with the move to the nearby Slate Islands.Leo Lepiano, the land resources manager for Michipicoten First Nation, said his community has been pushing the government to create a “backup” population out of fears the caribou on the Slate Islands would also be at risk since there had been at least one wolf on the islands as recently 2016.“We just hope there is enough time to capture the caribou before the wolves get all of them,” Lepiano said.Right now, the weather – snow, wind and low-hanging clouds – is presenting a major obstacle to the relocation effort.Lepiano said crews went out on Tuesday afternoon, during a few hours of clear weather, and only spotted a handful of caribou in an area where the helicopter was unable to land.They also found three caribou in another area, but couldn’t drive the animals out into the open where a crew member in the helicopter could fire a net to trap them, Lepiano said.The caribou population on Michipicoten was considered a conservation success story after the caribou herd grew from eight animals – brought to Michipicoten Island in 1982 – to near 700 before the wolves arrived in either late 2013 or early 2014.Four wolves made the trek across an ice bridge that formed that winter. They have since bred, growing the pack that has been systematically hunting down the caribou. The ministry said the Michipicoten population has dropped to about 100 animals as of last year, mostly due to wolf predation.But the Michipicoten First Nation has suggested the number of caribou had actually dropped to about 30 around mid-January.Caribou Island is owned by an American foundation that has given its permission for the planned relocation. The island sits in the middle of Lake Superior, far from any shore, and is free from predators such as wolves.“It’s so remote that it’s impossible for wolves to get there,” Lepiano said.Jolanta Kowalski, a spokeswoman with the ministry, said the second relocation was the First Nation’s idea, one that she called “prudent.”“It’s another spot where a population could take hold,” Kowalski said.last_img read more

British PM Trudeau say CanadaEU trade deal a basis for new bilateral

first_imgOTTAWA – Those feeling anxious about the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the rest of the world could use a little predictability, and both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May say Canada can help.The two countries are working towards a new bilateral free trade deal to take effect after the U.K. achieves its so-called Brexit from the European Union, the two world leaders revealed Monday after a morning of meetings in Ottawa.What’s more, they said, the template for that deal would be the long-heralded Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, between Canada and the EU that comes largely into effect this week.“There is no question that CETA, which eliminates well over 90 per cent of all barriers to trade between Canada and the European Union … will make an excellent basis for ensuring a smooth transition in a post-Brexit world,” Trudeau told a joint news conference.“After that, there will obviously be opportunities for us to look at particular details that could be improved upon for the specific needs and opportunities in the bilateral relationship between the U.K. and Canada.“But as a strong basis for a smooth transition, CETA is perfectly designed, and will be able to ensure — for investors, for companies and for workers and consumers — a smooth transition.”The British prime minister agreed that using the Canada-EU agreement as the basis for a forthcoming new bilateral deal makes sense for everyone.“We want to ensure that for businesses and individuals, that there is as smooth a changeover, when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, as possible; we want to see as little disruption to economies and to people’s lives,” said May.“That’s why we believe it makes sense to take the trade agreement — which the U.K. is part of, it’s part of the European Union — with Canada, and say that that is the basis at that point at which we leave for a bilateral relationship with the U.K. and Canada.”May said she has already discussed the approach with the European Union.The Canada-EU trade deal took seven years to come together — including some tense eleventh-hour negotiations with Wallonia, a tiny region of Belgium that ended up holding a deal-killing veto over the pact — but Trudeau suggested things would move more quickly this time.“Within the European Union, the U.K. is the largest trading partner that Canada has, so the U.K. was deeply involved throughout those negotiations towards CETA, obviously, over the past seven years,” Trudeau said.“It will form the basis for the way we move forward in a post-Brexit Europe.”May also spoke of working “swiftly.”The U.K. is Canada’s fifth-largest merchandise trade partner, amounting to more than $25.3 billion in both directions last year.The trade deal, however, was not the only headline-making development out of May’s first official visit with Trudeau, who took the opportunity to ramp up his government’s fight with U.S. aerospace giant Boeing.The Liberal government, Trudeau said, won’t do business with a company he accuses of attacking the domestic aerospace industry and trying to put people out of work.Boeing launched a trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier earlier this year.May also has a stake in the dispute, as Bombardier has a factory in Northern Ireland.The two leaders met Monday ahead of Trudeau’s trip to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly, where May will also be speaking this week, including on ways to curb the use of the Internet by terrorists.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Laura Ingraham joins Fox News evening lineup

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is joining Fox News Channel’s prime-time lineup with a program that pushes Sean Hannity into a direct competition with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.Her show, “The Ingraham Angle,” will air weekdays at 10 p.m. ET starting Oct. 30. The radio talk show host is no stranger to Fox viewers since she’s been a commentator on the network for a decade, and her ascension to a regular show has been an open secret since earlier this summer.Fox said her show would “focus on every day, hard-working Americans who serve as the backbone of the nation” and highlight the importance of faith. Ingraham did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday.She’s also the founder of the political and cultural website Lifezette. While she will continue to be listed as an editor there, she will have no daily role, Fox said.Meanwhile, Hannity will return to the 9 p.m. time slot he occupied for several years starting next week. With the departures of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly over the past year, the vociferous backer of President Donald Trump has become Fox’s most popular personality.The panel show “The Five,” a weak link in the ratings for Fox, returns to the late afternoon time slot it occupied for several years.Hannity takes on cable news’ hottest performer, Maddow, in a competition that is likely to have little overlap in viewers.Ingraham had been rumoured to be under consideration earlier this year for a role in President Donald Trump’s White House. But she’s not a “no questions asked” supporter, and was critical last week of Trump’s discussions with the Democrats about immigration reform.She also said earlier this year that she was considering a 2018 challenge to Democrat Tim Kaine for a U.S. Senate seat representing Virginia, an avenue that would be cut off from her with a nightly program on Fox.___This story has been corrected to show that “The Ingraham Angle” starts next month.last_img read more

Russian TV network registers as foreign agent in US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Russian state-funded TV channel RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the U.S. government, documents released Monday show.The Justice Department announced the registration just hours after RT’s chief editor said the company had complied with the U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The move doesn’t restrict the channel’s content, but the network is required to publicly disclose details about its funding and operations as well as mark certain content distributed in the U.S. with labels.Many news outlets with ties to foreign governments are required to similarly register, but the pressure on RT has angered Russian officials who have said they will retaliate with unspecified restrictions on U.S. news outlets.On Monday, RT editor, Margarita Simonyan, said on the channel’s Russian-language website that “between a criminal case and the registration, we have chosen the latter,” adding on a sarcastic note that “we congratulate the American freedom of speech and those who still believe in it on that.”Simonyan said that failure to fulfil the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to register by Monday could have led to the arrest of RT’s American director and the freezing of its accounts.In a statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente said that the Justice Department enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, “regardless of nationality.”“Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals,” he said in the statement.Passed in 1938, the law applies to people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other “foreign principals.” The law is most commonly applied to foreign lobbying efforts, but the Justice Department has also required registration by media outlets funded by foreign governments. For example, the English-language newspaper, China Daily, is registered due to its affiliation with the Chinese government.The filing for RT came through its U.S.-based production company, T & R Productions LLC. According to the filing, the Washington-based production company registered as a foreign agent of ANO TV-Novosti, the Russian government entity that handles the broadcast of RT worldwide.In the filing, the production company disclosed that it was paid $350,000 within the past 60 days by ANO TV-Novosti, which it notes is funded by the Russian government “to substantial extent.” It also disclosed several licensing agreements with the Russian entity for shows such as “News with Ed Schultz,” ”Redacted Tonight” and “Larry King Now.”T & R Productions owner, Mikhail V. Solodovnikov, also registered personally as a foreign agent, but he said he “respectfully disagrees that FARA should apply.”Solodovnikov, who reported a $670,000 annual salary, said the channel’s purpose is to produce “news, talk shows and entertainment programs that are designed merely to inform, not influence.” The programs are “not aimed to primarily benefit any foreign government or political party,” he added.The U.S. intelligence agencies have alleged RT served as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin as part of its multi-pronged effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia denies interfering.In response to the Justice Department’s pressure on RT, Russian lawmakers are drafting retaliatory measures. The Justice Department said Monday it is reviewing the filing for “sufficiency.”___Isachenkov reported from Moscow.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline wont cause tension with Notley at meeting Horgan

first_imgLANGFORD, B.C. – The premiers of British Columbia and Alberta will join their counterparts from Western Canada and the North at meetings next week in Yellowknife, but John Horgan doesn’t expect any drama over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Horgan acknowledges he and Alberta’s Rachel Notley have differences on the pipeline, but he said Friday they are in agreement on a number of other matters and have been friends for 20 years.The ongoing tensions over the Trans Mountain project should not spill over into the expected major focus of the gathering, which is the development of a national pharmacare program, Horgan said. The provinces have always led the way on cost savings for prescription drugs and B.C. wants to be at the forefront of the issue, he added.“The federal government now wants to talk about a national program,” Horgan said. “We’re excited about that, but we don’t want to be pushed aside after all the work we’ve done here in B.C. at the provincial level and to have the federal government come in and tell us where and how and what we should be doing.”He said B.C. wants to ensure the provinces continue to play a leading role in the development of pharmacare.Horgan said he and Notley only disagree on the Trans Mountain project, otherwise their views “are lockstep.”On Thursday, B.C. announced plans to launch a lawsuit over new Alberta legislation that could restrict fuel exports to the West Coast.B.C. Attorney General David Eby said his province will ask the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta to declare the legislation unconstitutional on the grounds that one province cannot punish another.Notley said Thursday that Alberta is confident it has the authority to control the export of its own resources and she believes the new law will withstand a legal challenge, adding her province must safeguard its interests.Plans to triple capacity along Kinder Morgan’s existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby have pitted Alberta and the federal government against B.C.’s government, which says it fears the impact a spill would have on the province’s environment and economy.“I believe, largely, the issue is around transporting diluted bitumen, whether it is by rail or by pipeline,” said Horgan. “I believe the risk of a diluted bitumen spill to our environment, to our economy, is too great. I’ve made that abundantly clear. I don’t think there’ll be any surprises next week.”B.C. filed a reference case in the province’s Court of Appeal last month to determine if it has jurisdiction to regulate heavy oil shipments. It also joined two other lawsuits launched by Indigenous groups opposed to the $7.4-billion project.Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline on getting those guarantees.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday the federal government is prepared to offer an “indemnity” to help ease the political risks for any investors to ensure the pipeline expansion can proceed.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Canadian oil producers prodding the province for regulatory changes

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is urging the province to increase competitiveness in the oil and gas sector.A report suggests ways Alberta could once again become an industry leader.CAPP President Tim McMillan says market access is only one part of the equation the government needs to fix its policy and regulatory programs.“If the government can get a clear signal. A vision of what they think Alberta is capable of, attracting investments, creating jobs and drilling wells, I think that gives us a ‘North Star’ to measure all of the other regulatory changes against.”He says the government needs to take a ‘whole approach’.“So many of the policies that are inconsistent and inefficient are when one government department has a different view than another and our industry is trapped in the middle.”McMillan points to the U.S. which is making tax reforms, while here in Alberta corporate taxes have increased to 27 per cent.last_img read more

Canadian dairy farmers group pans new trade pact with US Mexico

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canadian dairy farmers have panned the renegotiated trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, saying the new deal will undercut the industry by limiting exports and opening up the market to more American products.Dairy Farmers of Canada issued a terse statement almost immediately after the 11th-hour agreement was announced late Sunday, following 14 months of difficult negotiations between the parties.The organization said the newly minted U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA, will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate competitive dairy classes, which the group says will shrink the Canadian industry.It said the measures will have “a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector.”“This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians,” Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers Canada, said in the statement. “We fail to see how this deal can be good for the 220,000 Canadian families that depend on dairy for their livelihood.”U.S. administration officials said the deal provides increased access to Canada’s dairy market for U.S. producers and limits the American impact of Canada’s controversial supply management system for dairy and poultry products.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would only say it was a “good day for Canada” as he left a late-night cabinet meeting in Ottawa that capped several days of frenetic long-distance talks that included Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton.U.S President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Monday to praise what he called an “historic” deal that came just before U.S. and Mexican trade authorities were set to publish their own trade agreement without Canada as a signatory.“It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our farmers and manufacturers, reduces trade barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three great nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world,” he tweeted. “The USMCA is a historic transaction!”The deal appears to preserve the key dispute-resolution provisions — Chapter 19 — which allow for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism.A side letter published along with the main text of the agreement exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from the tariffs. A similar agreement between Mexico and the U.S. preserves duty-free access to the U.S. market for vehicles that comply with the agreement’s rules of origin.Canada fought hard to retain Chapter 19, a holdover from NAFTA that U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer worked tooth and nail to eliminate.“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” Freeland and Lighthizer said in a joint statement.On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump’s trade weapon of choice, U.S. officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had “reached an accommodation” on the issue.Federal cabinet ministers were summoned to a late Sunday meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office near Parliament Hill, while the White House convened its own late-night trade briefing conference call just an hour before the midnight deadline.In Ottawa, PMO officials said there would be another cabinet meeting Monday and a news conference likely as well.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was relieved that an agreement in principle had been reached. But chamber president Perrin Beatty said the details of the text needed a closer look before a final verdict could be rendered.last_img read more

Markets Right Now US stocks wobble in early trading

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are wobbling between small gains and losses in the early going on Wall Street as trading settles down following huge losses last week.Technology companies were among the early winners Monday. Facebook climbed 2.6 per cent and Microsoft rose 1.2 per cent.Online review company Yelp rose 2.5 per cent after a shareholder said it wanted to shake up the company’s board.Nutrisystem soared 31 per cent after Tivity Health agreed to buy the company for a big premium.The S&P 500 index inched up 1 point to 2,635. The index is coming off its worst week since March.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 6 points to 24,375. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 22 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 6,991.The Associated Presslast_img read more