Cong leader DK Shivakumars daughter appears before ED

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya appeared before the Enforcement Directorate here on Thursday in connection with its money-laundering probe against him, officials said. They said the 22-year-old management graduate will be questioned and her statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). She is also expected to be confronted with documents and statements made by Shivakumar with regard to a trip to Singapore he made with his daughter in 2017, the officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Aishwarya is a trustee in an education trust floated by her father. The trust, holding assets and businesses worth crores, operates a number of engineering and other colleges and Aishwarya is the main person behind them, they said. The Congress leader and former Karnataka Cabinet minister was arrested by the ED on September 3 and is in the agency’s custody. The central agency in September last year registered a money-laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others.last_img read more

With spike in asylum seekers Montreals Olympic Stadium to be used as

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal’s iconic Olympic Stadium will be the first place some newcomers to Canada call home, with the venue being pressed into use as a temporary shelter for asylum seekers as of Wednesday.The first groups were bused to the stadium, where the rotunda was fitted with cots, blankets and food as Quebec contends with a recent influx of people entering the province from the United States.Francine Dupuis, who oversees a Quebec government-funded program that helps asylum seekers land on their feet, said the recent spike is not what they’re used to handling — an increase confirmed by those manning the border.The stadium plan is a temporary solution to deal with the sudden increase and will only be used for a couple of months, she said.“We were using hotels and it’s too many places to manage with too few rooms,” Dupuis said. “And there aren’t so many places that can accommodate 300 people like this.”Dupuis said with as many as 100 people coming in daily, she has been hunting for secondary spots to house people.“We need to take all the offers that are being made to us.”According to recent federal government data, figures for June suggested a “pronounced shift” in the number of people arriving in Canada at the Quebec-U.S. border.Nationally, the RCMP intercepted 884 people between the ports of entry in June, up from 742 the month before. Of those, 781 were caught in Quebec.Overall, Quebec has accounted for 3,350 of the 4,345 people who have crossed into Canada this year, as of late June.Many of those arriving Wednesday were of Haitian descent.In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called “temporary protected status” following the massive earthquake that struck in 2010.If the program isn’t extended, as many as 60,000 Haitians could be sent back to their homeland.Dupuis said she’s been told many plan to move on to Ontario, but others who speak only Creole may take advantage of Montreal’s large Haitian population.Guillaume Andre, a Montreal community worker, said he’s helped some people who have arrived previously from the United States.“Some of them have parents here, friends here, who can help them,” said Andre, one of several Haitian-Montrealers who welcomed the new arrivals at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.“We’re here to see how we too can provide help to them.”Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, an outspoken critic of the U.S. administration’s immigration policies, went on Twitter to welcome Haitian arrivals and tell them they can count on the city.Coderre later tweeted that, according to his own sources, there were 2,500 new arrivals in Quebec via the United States in July, with as many as 500 currently held at St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, at the Quebec-New York State border.Jean-Pierre Fortin, president of the union representing Canada Border Services Agency border guards, said 500 people crossed illegally on Tuesday alone as he and a CBSA manager visited Roxham Road in Hemmingford, a popular crossing for asylum seekers since last November.“The numbers have exploded in the last week and a half,” said Fortin. “My colleagues at the border said it was a similar day today (Wednesday).”The agency doesn’t have any short-term solutions, Fortin said. In the medium term, they’re talking about building facilities to share with the RCMP, which handles the arrests.Fortin is renewing a call made since last November for the federal government to allocate more resources to help exhausted border guards.“It takes eight hours to actually conduct one file, so if you’re multiplying that by 500, it gives you an overview of the amount of work it’s generating for our officers right now,” Fortin said.Richard Goldman of the Committee to Aid Refugees said it is too early to say if the spike in the number of asylum seekers will be sustained, but acknowledged that all services are feeling the crunch.“Definitely, everything is overloaded and that’s why the Olympic Stadium is being put into service,” said Goldman. “There’s a great demand for all services.”Part of the problem is that many of those entering Quebec have no intention of staying here and end up leaving for other cities, notably Toronto.Goldman estimates that one-half of the people entering Quebec have plans to move elsewhere.“In other words, this overload problem is due to the fact people are here temporarily and are planning to leave,” he said.The influx has meant that admissibility hearings, where seekers at the border were getting initial vetting and a hearing date in the city of their choice, are no longer completed in 72 hours as was once the case.Instead, those people are sent to Montreal for an appointment that could come one or two months later, Goldman said.Goldman said there is a possible federal plan that would see migrants referred directly to the city of their choosing instead of waiting in Montreal.Fortin confirmed the idea was raised by his employer this week, but added agents still have to do their due diligence.“You need to make sure that these people at the beginning (are checked)…. before you send them to different places in Canada,” Fortin said.Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois will provide an update on the situation Thursday.— with files from Peter Rakobowchuk in Montreal.last_img read more

Tears flow at Thunder Bay hearing for missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_imgA grieving mother, clutching a feather gifted to her by an elder, wiped back tears on Monday as she recounted the torment of losing her daughter — one of dozens of missing and murdered Indigenous women a public inquiry is investigating.As the first witness to testify at the start of three days of hearings in Thunder Bay, Ont., Anita Ross told the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of her mounting despair the evening her daughter, Delaine Copenace, 16, disappeared in February last year.“She went for a walk with other teens,” Ross, of Kenora, Ont., testified, as a photograph of her dead daughter sat on a nearby empty chair. “She never returned.”Ross said provincial police were initially dismissive of her concerns, suggesting the girl was probably just drunk somewhere. But Ross said Delaine, who had a twin sister, was responsible and always let her family know where she was. They began searching, putting up posters, contacting everyone they knew, activating social-media networks.“I was so scared, really hurt not knowing where she was,” Ross said. “It really hurts not knowing where your baby was. I was adamant to find her.”Ross said she felt she couldn’t trust most of the provincial police officers she had to deal with. They seemed indifferent to her anguish, she said.Scores of volunteers and officers would launch an exhaustive search for Delaine, but police called off their search after 14 days.“That broke my heart,” Ross said, tears streaming down her face. “It’s like they gave up on her. I was so angry and hurt.”Several mornings later, officers arrived at her door.“They told me they had found a body,” she recalled. “I asked them right away: Is it my daughter? They said they didn’t know yet. But I think they knew already.”Delaine had been found in the water, still wearing her favourite T-shirt, in Lake of the Woods in March 2016, several weeks after she went missing. Within two days of the grim discovery, the coroner decided the teen had drowned with no evidence of foul play. There would be no inquest, a decision that only added to her anguish.The “garbage” coroner’s report, Ross added, was sloppy and arrived without warning at her home via regular mail.Her daughter, Ross said, showed signs of bruising and no bloating.“Somebody hurt my baby,” she said. “There’s just no way my daughter was in the water all that time. I believe my daughter was abducted and held against her will.”Ross said the feather she was holding was given to her by an elder during the search. “He said, ‘Think of it as your daughter’.”The hearings, in a city in which First Nations have long complained of racism, opened at a hotel with drummer women and the lighting of an oil lamp, traditionally used by the Inuit to provide heat and light in igloos and the North. Elders and support workers were on hand in purple T-shirts to help because “it does get heavy sometimes,” said Barbara Sevigny, a health worker.“Even if they’re found, the murder is never solved,” Sevigny said. “Let’s hope something gets done.”One of the four commissioners, Brian Eyolfson, said solving the problem of violence would be a long-term process.Co-commissioner Michele Audette, said it was important to acknowledge the purpose of the inquiry and the desolation felt by many relatives of the murdered and missing.“A loved one disappears, a loved one got killed. And where was the system?” Audette said in opening remarks. “What we hear so far: They were so lonely.”The inquiry, Audette said, will allow Canada to “officially listen” to what went wrong and “our truth.”In all, about 50 family members and survivors are due to tell their stories during the two days of live-streamed public hearings and a third day of private submissions.The federal government set up the inquiry in December 2015 to address the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The commissioners officially began the inquiry in September 2016 and were hoping to issue a final report by the end of 2018.At least eight Indigenous students, in Thunder Bay for schooling, have been found dead in recent years — several by drowning.last_img read more

Notley says Alberta watching BC court bid closely will get no free

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she doesn’t believe British Columbia’s legal challenge to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion has merit, but her government will be watching closely and won’t give its neighbour a free ride on it.Notley said she’s not sure the B.C. courts will make a ruling on the clearly established constitutional rule that the federal government has the final say on what goes into trans-boundary pipelines.She said if B.C. can’t find traction on that issue, dubbed ‘Point Five,’ it may try a different legal tack, and Alberta will be ready to respond.“I think ultimately Point Five is dead because I’m not even sure that the B.C. Court of Appeal would even agree to render a decision,” Notley said in an interview Friday.“The question (then) becomes ‘Do they (B.C. officials) come up with something else, though, to put to the B.C. Court of Appeal,’ and if that’s the case what alternatives do we have at our disposal?”Notley isn’t specifying the options being looked at, but has suggested there would be further retaliatory action if Alberta believes B.C. is trying to stall the project through frivolous legal challenges or other means.Her comments come a day after the first break in an escalating trade war over the pipeline, which has been approved by Ottawa and would triple the amount of crude flowing from Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby.On Thursday, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his government was reversing its plan to suspend taking additional oil from Alberta until it was sure B.C.’s coastline and waterways were safe from catastrophic oil spills.Horgan said he would instead go to the courts to get a legal ruling on whether B.C. has a right to take such action under the Constitution.In response, Notley ended the three-week ban on B.C. wine. Alberta is B.C.’s biggest wine customer, about $70 million worth of business a year, and this week the B.C. Wine Institute said wine growers were being severely affected.The federal government has maintained it has the right to dictate what goes in pipelines and has declined to join B.C. on the constitutional reference.Notley defended the decision to end the wine ban despite some critics who say Horgan has not killed the issue, but simply moved the fight to a different battlefield.She has said the wine ban is not rescinded but suspended.“When we came forward with the ban … we made it very clear: ‘Pull Point Five and we will pull the ban.’ And that’s what happened,” she said.“We’re not trying to escalate (the dispute). We’re trying to make a point and to de-escalate.”Two weeks ago, Notley struck a task force of business, finance and academic leaders to respond to B.C.’s actions.Notley said that task force will stay in place and will meet next week to continue to explore ways to get Alberta oil to tidewater and respond to similar future challenges.Notley has called Trans Mountain a critical part of Alberta’s energy industry that brings spin off jobs across Canada.Alberta crude sells at a discount, sometimes a sharp one, compared with the North American benchmark West Texas Intermediate price due to pipeline bottlenecks and a lack of access to overseas markets.last_img read more

Trudeau chats with Fort Hills workers blames Harper for lack of pipelines

first_imgHis tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 980E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The Prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTERlast_img read more

British Columbia RCMP appeal for help in finding missing family of four

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The RCMP in British Columbia is asking for the public’s help in trying to locate a family of four that has not been heard from since Monday.Surrey RCMP say the Anderson family was reported missing on Tuesday evening.They were last seen on Sunday and a family member spoke to them at about 9 p.m. on Monday.Police say the family is known to frequent Minoru Park in Richmond, B.C., and it’s also possible the Andersons are driving to Alberta.They are looking for 43-year-old Sheldon Anderson, 45-year-old Nona Anderson and the couple’s two daughters, Chanel and Mariah, who are 13 and 10 respectively.Police say the Andersons’ vehicle is a 2002 tan coloured Toyota Sienna minivan with Alberta licence plate BGZ 2221.last_img read more

Alleged Fredericton gunman says hes innocent citing temporary insanity

first_imgFREDERICTON – The man charged with murder in a Fredericton shooting spree that left four people dead says he should be “exonerated” because of temporary insanity.Matthew Raymond says he has evidence that will show his innocence in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.The four were gunned down Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex in the city.Appearing before a judge Monday, the 48-year-old Raymond said he shouldn’t be in custody and should acquitted “right now.”Ignoring his defence lawyer’s plea to sit down, Raymond told Judge Julian Dickson he has been threatened while in jail.Raymond has not yet made a formal plea, and the case will return to court next Monday to set a date for a preliminary hearing on the first-degree murder charges.last_img read more

Vancouver mayoral candidate admits defeat congratulates winner Kennedy Stewart

first_imgVANCOUVER – The runner-up in the race for Vancouver mayor has admitted defeat, two days after he lost by almost 1,000 votes.In a statement Monday, Ken Sim of the Non-Partisan Association congratulated Kennedy Stewart for his win on Saturday. .Sim apologized for the time it took to acknowledge that Stewart won the election.Sim says given the close nature of the result, he and his party believed they owed it to their supporters and to the city to ensure the results were correct.He says he wasn’t trying to take away from Stewart or his team’s accomplishment.last_img read more

Knockout that left Montreal boxer in coma prompts questions in medical community

first_imgMONTREAL — One of the doctors who worked the boxing match Saturday night in Quebec City that left Adonis Stevenson hospitalized in an induced coma said he and his colleagues are at a loss to medically justify the sport.The goal of boxing is to inflict damage on the opponent, often by knocking him unconscious. And that carries important risks for severe head trauma, Jean Dore said.“I can’t say we can justify it,” Dore said in an interview. “It’s a question a lot of doctors are asking, especially doctors within the sport.”As of Monday evening, Stevenson, the 41-year-old Montreal-based fighter known to his fans as “Superman,” remained in intensive care in a Quebec City hospital after a knockout by Oleksandr Gvozdyk of the Ukraine. In a statement, the hospital described the fighter’s condition as stable.Despite his misgivings, Dore said he prefers to remain ringside rather than leave the sport.One of his patients was New Brunswick boxer David Whittom, who died last March after being in an induced coma for 10 months following a knockout blow.Dore chooses to keep attending fights, he said, “to better manage the situation and to try to prevent these events.” On Saturday, Dore was a backup physician and did not directly care for Stevenson.Dr. Charles Tator, a neurosurgery professor at University of Toronto and a director at Canadian Concussion Centre, said it pains him to watch boxing.“I can’t really watch combat sports because it bothers me so much when I see the direct hits to the head,” he said in an interview.He said its “tragic” that people willingly get into the ring.“There’s so many hits to the head that could be damaging, that I can’t take it as a brain surgeon, knowing what happens inside,” Tator continued.Alain Ptito, a brain trauma expert at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, said it is impossible to make the sport safe.“When you are knocking out someone, you are essentially damaging their brain,” he said in an interview.A fighter who stumbles and crashes onto the mat after a knockout punch has suffered trauma to the area around the brain stem, which governs vigilance and consciousness, he explained.Injuries are cumulative, Ptito added, meaning the more one gets hit in the head, the greater the likelihood they will have an early degenerative disease.“Boxing should be abolished as a sport,” he said. “I wouldn’t hesitate to say that.”But any pressure by doctors to ban boxing would trigger resistance from those who say government has no place interfering with consenting adults who understand the risks of professional boxing.In Montreal, one of the top boxing cities on the continent, the pushback would be particularly strong, said TSN 690 boxing analyst Matt Casavant.Fighters such as Lucian Bute, Jean Pascal, and Stevenson are major sporting figures in the city and are embraced by fans, said Casavant, who also works bouts as a cutman treating fighters between rounds.Boxing transcends sport, in part because of the storylines of troubled men who make something of their lives, Casavant said. Stevenson, for instance, served jail time for being a pimp. The boxer has in the past credited boxing for turning his life around.“These fighters, especially in North American culture — do not necessarily choose this path,” Casavant said. “This is their best way of getting out of trouble — of making a living for their family. Boxing knows what it is. It’s not trying to hide the fact it has big-time risks and health concerns.”Sylvera “Sly” Louis, co-owner of Underdog Boxing Gym in downtown Montreal, said boxing changed his life.“Boxing lets me express my anger — my anger and my desire to create and to compete,” he said in an interview. “It allows me to be nice (outside the ring.)”Louis, 36, who still competes professionally, said seeing what happened to Stevenson was a reminder of the dangers of the ring. “Sometimes when I’ve gotten hit, my ego will want to pretend that it didn’t hurt me,” he said. “We’re all proud and sometimes our pride can get us hurt.”Louis started boxing at 16, and he says it makes him happy to see people he’s come up with over the years doing well, thanks in large part to the sport.“We’re not in jail and we’re not dead,” he said. “Some have families and most are doing good.”— With files from Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Woman accidentally leaves gold diamonds and pearls in clothing donation bag

first_imgHALIFAX — A Halifax woman who accidentally donated her lifelong collection of gold, diamonds and pearls is hoping against the odds that her jewelry will be returned.Jane Lowe realized too late that her husband had stashed a Ziploc bag of valuable gifts and family heirlooms in a bag of donation-ready clothes when the couple was headed out of town.  The treasures included a string of pearls gifted from her father, a gold tennis bracelet, diamond and amethyst earrings and gold necklaces from a family member who passed away.Lowe contacted Diabetes Canada, which picked up the clothes, and the Value Village locations where the bag could have ended up, but it’s now a waiting game for a possible miracle return of her collection.Some items, including an emerald and diamond pendant, were especially valuable, but Lowe said the sentimental value of her grandmother’s imitation pearls couldn’t possibly be assigned a price.She hoped to give the jewelry to her children and granddaughters one day, but Lowe said she’s trying to stay positive and appreciate her life’s other blessings.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Health officials take action after Montreal teen dies of meningococcal infection

first_imgMontreal’s public health agency has administered antibiotics to over 100 people who were in close contact with a young woman who died of a meningococcal infection last Saturday.The Bexsero vaccine, which protects against this strain, will be also given to those who were close to the victim.The agency says lab tests have confirmed the 18-year-old junior college student died of a meningococcal B infection.Close contact is defined as living under the same roof, direct contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretions or sexual contact.The Quebec Health Department indicates there are several types of meningococcus bacteria, which can be found in a person’s airways. The bacteria can cause serious diseases such as meningitis and sepsis.Infection often occurs at the end of winter and early spring, and symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea and tiny red marks on the skin.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A timeline of official apologies from the federal government

first_imgOTTAWA — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday exonerated Chief Poundmaker in Saskatchewan, it was the latest in a long list of government efforts to apologize for past wrongs. Here are a few formal and informal apologies:1988Sept. 22: Prime minister Brian Mulroney formally apologizes in the House of Commons for the internment of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War.1990Nov. 4: Mulroney offers an apology to Italian-Canadians declared “enemy aliens” when Italy declared war on Canada in 1940 and detained during the Second World War.2001Dec. 11: Ron Duhamel, the minister of veterans affairs, apologizes in the House of Commons for the executions of 23 Canadian soldiers during the First World War and says their names will be added to the country’s book of remembrance.2006June 22: Then-prime minister Stephen Harper apologizes in the House of Commons for the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants between 1885 and 1923.2008May 9: The federal government announces a $10-million education grant to recognize the internment of Ukrainian-Canadians during the First World War, but stops short of an official apology.June 11: Harper apologizes in the House of Commons for Canada’s residential-schools system, which more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children attended from the 1840s to 1996.Aug. 3: At an event in B.C., Harper apologizes for the Komagata Maru incident, in which a shipload of migrants from India was turned away from Vancouver in 1914, but organizers immediately demand an official apology in the House of Commons.2016May 18: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes in the House of Commons for the Komagata Maru incident.2017Nov. 24: Trudeau apologizes in Goose Bay, N.L., for abuse and cultural losses at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador, saying the gesture is part of recognizing “hard truths” Canada must confront as a society.2018Nov. 2: Trudeau apologizes and exonerates six Tsilhqot’in chiefs invited by colonial officials for peace talks more than 150 years ago only to be arrested, tried and hanged, saying the incident was a “betrayal of trust” and “an injustice.”Nov. 7: Trudeau apologizes in the House of Commons for Canada’s decision in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews, 254 of whom died in the Holocaust — a fate Trudeau says could have been avoided.2019March 8: Trudeau apologizes in Iqaluit for the way Inuit in northern Canada were treated for tuberculosis in the mid-20th century, calling the policies colonial and misguided.May 23: Trudeau exonerates Chief Poundmaker in the community that bears his name — the Poundmaker Cree Nation — and apologizes for the chief’s unjust conviction for treason more than 130 years ago.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Should orcas have the same rights as people

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, there are now 73 southern native killer whales left in the world. Three more died last week. There are now so few of them, we know them by family, and by name. When a mother carried her dead calf with her as she swam for 17 days last year, the world felt her pain and mourned with her as though she was a person. So … what if she was?One of the proposals to help this vanishing species involves legally granting them ‘personhood’, which would convey upon them the same rights people have to live without fear from other humans. It seems insane, except it’s been done before. It seems unwieldy and unworkable … and it very well might be. And it would need buy-in from a couple of levels of government. So will it happen? It’s very possible, and if it does the Trans Mountain pipeline might face another huge obstacle — “people’s” lives might be at risk.GUEST: Lyndsie Bourgon, The WalrusYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_08122019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Quinton Aaron To Host Charity Golf

first_imgActor Quinton Aaron, best known for starring in the Oscar nominated film The Blind Side, is gathering his celebrity friends to help raise money for his anti-bullying charity, The Quinton Aaron Foundation.The festivities will begin in Atlanta, GA on August 14th at The Bobby Jones Golf Course, where Quinton will host his annual celebrity golf invitational. The following day is Quinton’s thirtieth birthday and he will be celebrating this milestone with celebrities and tournament attendees with an exclusive party in the clubhouse. Confirmed celebrities include fellow actor Jae Head, and expected guests Dikembe Mutombo, Clay Aiken, Alice in Chains, Donny Osmond, and many more.In addition to his charitable efforts, Quinton has also been busy this summer with a slew of major movie roles. He was seen in television appearances on One Tree Hill and Law and Order and will soon be hitting the silver screen again with roles in Broken Doll with Cuba Gooding Jr., Money Is King, Halfway, and Wild Minds.
Quinton Aaron now dedicates himself to sharing his experiences, finding meaningful solutions, and helping children who find themselves victims of bullying and childhood obesity. Quinton’s approach, openly and honestly dealing with these issues, has already proven tremendously successful. Aaron and his foundation started delivering his anti-bullying message in October of 2012 and since then, he and his team have visited countless schools, churches, and anti-bullying programs around the country. In 2015, The Quinton Aaron Foundation intends to bring its message to the entire world in the form of the first ever, “Anti-Bullying World Summit.” For more on The Quinton Aaron Foundation, click here.last_img read more

ASPCA Honors 2016 Humane Award Winners

first_imgA group of exceptional animals and people – including Sen. Bob Dole, a dedicated emotional support dog, a loyal cat who saves his owner from deadly seizures, and the first pit bull police dog in the state of New York – were honored on November 17, by the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at the 2016 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City.ASPCA Honors 2016 Humane Award WinnersThe celebration, led by master of ceremonies Emmy award-winning broadcast news veteran Chuck Scarborough, recognized extraordinary animals as well as individuals who have shown great dedication to animal welfare in 2016, which is also the 150th anniversary year of the ASPCA.“In addition to recognizing the heroism and sacrifice of these eight remarkable recipients, the ASPCA Humane Awards bring important attention to the ever-growing commitment to animal welfare from individuals, communities, and businesses across the country,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “That widespread support is critical to ending cruelty and protecting animals in need.”Memorable remarks from HAL Award acceptance speeches include the following:Sen. Bob Dole, ASPCA Presidential Service Award recipient: 
”I didn’t realize when I was elected to Congress in 1961 that you could do things that would make a difference for animals — these poor defenseless creatures that are being mistreated.”Dole also shared animal-friendly advice for President-Elect Donald Trump: “[Donald] Trump doesn’t have a dog. And I have come to know the Donald, and my next phone call with him will be that he ought to have a dog in the White House.”Rob Rosa, ASPCA Henry Bergh Award recipient: 
”Too often, society turns its back on individuals and animals who seem impossible to change and are viewed as ‘not my problem.’ No one — human or canine — deserves to be forever judged by their worst day. New Leash on Life USA and the ASPCA see the potential in all people and animals, and treat each with respect and humanity.”Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, on behalf of Ruthie, ASPCA Dog of the Year Award recipient: 
”There is something about a dog, a sixth sense. How many friends do you know who show unconditional love, are confidential, don’t take notes, and wag their tails at you? That’s what dogs do. They have a lot to teach us. And I thank the ASPCA for championing animals.”Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in eight categories. ASPCA Dog of the YearRuthieNorthbrook, Ill.Watch Video IntroductionMost comfort dogs work in hospitals or other care centers, helping people cope with everyday stresses. But Ruthie, a golden retriever, has been called to service during some of the nation’s most tragic and devastating events, including the Orlando nightclub shooting, the shooting of police officers in Dallas, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown school shooting, as well as tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires in California.At those sites and others, Ruthie has provided relief to both victims and responders, keeping stress levels down, and providing comfort to grief-stricken survivors. Ruthie’s presence was particularly impactful during her six weeks in Newtown, the scene of the Sandy Hook tragedy, where she helped traumatized young girls and boys – some of whom hadn’t spoken since the shootings – come out of their shells.Because of her devotion to providing comfort and relief to those who need it most, Ruthie is the 2016 ASPCA Dog of the Year.ASPCA Cat of the YearBlakeFort Worth, TexasWatch Video IntroductionBlake, a black cat in Fort Worth, Texas, had no idea what was in store for him when Glen Schallman walked into the Humane Society of North Texas last winter. Blake had been going through a tough time since being rescued from a hoarding situation and undergoing a host of veterinary procedures. But his life changed when Schallman, who suffers from three serious brain conditions and daily intense seizures, showed up simply looking for a new friend. Blake jumped up and down to get Schallman’s attention, and the two bonded immediately.Schallman suffered a seizure the same day he brought Blake home, and Blake reacted by patting Schallman’s arm with his paws. A few days later, Blake proved he truly understood Schallman’s dilemma when Schallman had a life-threatening seizure while sleeping. Blake saved Schallman’s life by alerting him with a sharp bite to his toe. Schallman says that Blake has a sixth sense about detecting oncoming seizures and credits the cat with saving his life.Because of his fierce loyalty and complete dedication to his owner, Blake is the 2016 ASPCA Cat of the Year.ASPCA Public Service AwardCPPD K9, KiahPoughkeepsie, N.Y.Watch Video IntroductionIn July 2015, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department welcomed K9 Kiah, a new narcotics detection and missing persons tracking dog, to their ranks. The department has had several police dogs in the past, but unlike the typical police dog, Kiah is a rescued pit bull. As the first pit bull police dog in the state of New York, she has become a national sensation and is blazing a new path for other police departments and pit bull dogs around the country.Before joining the City of Poughkeepsie PD, Kiah was a stray, found injured and abandoned in a parking lot. She was rescued by the staff of Kirby Animal Care Services in San Antonio, who quickly recognized her friendly demeanor and tireless energy. They reached out to Brad Croft, the trainer and founder of Universal K9, who facilitates a program funded by the Animal Farm Foundation to train rescued pit bull dogs for law enforcement work. After just a month of training, Kiah earned recognition as one of the most willing and dedicated law enforcement dogs Universal K9 has ever seen. Kiah was placed with Officer Justin Bruzgul, and quickly became his partner, his best friend and a beloved member of his family.In addition to their regular beats, Kiah and Officer Bruzgul visit schools and conferences to educate the public about the importance of animal shelters and animal rescue. Kiah is also an ambassador for pit bulls nationwide, demonstrating that any dog can have amazing underlying potential.For her service to the city and shattering stereotypes, Kiah is the recipient of the 2016 ASPCA Public Service Award.ASPCA Presidential Service AwardSenator Bob DoleWashington, D.C.Watch Video IntroductionWith 35 years in Congress and experience as a decorated soldier, former Senator Bob Dole is well known for serving his country, but less well known is his lifelong service to animals in need.In office, Dole – who for years came to work with his miniature schnauzer, Leader, at his side – championed humane legislation, advocated for animals in crisis, and brought critical attention to important animal issues. In 1974, after learning the U.S. Army experimented with toxic chemicals on beagles, Dole introduced a bill outlawing the practice. He championed important amendments to the Humane Slaughter Act, which mandated unprecedented humane standards and inspections for facilities producing meat for the public. In 1984, he was awarded the ASPCA Award for Humane Excellence for his consistent commitment to protecting vulnerable animals in the U.S.Since his retirement from politics in 1996, the 93-year-old Dole has remained active in the animal welfare cause, advocating for a permanent ban on horse slaughter, protecting the pets of domestic violence victims, and condemning the barbaric treatment of farm animals at the USDA’s U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). His advocacy helped encourage Congress to take action to ensure the facility’s compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. As recently as July, Dole graciously participated in a series of ASPCA events in Washington D.C. that showcase the selfless work of our nation’s animal shelters and the importance of passing key animal welfare legislation.For a lifetime of compassion that has made a difference in countless animal lives, Senator Bob Dole is the recipient of this year’s ASPCA Presidential Service Award.ASPCA Henry Bergh AwardNorberto “Rob” Rosa and New Leash on Life USAPhiladelphia, Pa.Norberto “Rob” Rosa’s determination to save animal lives began at a low point in his own. At age 18, Rosa was sentenced to prison for drug possession. While serving his time at a maximum security facility in Pennsylvania, Rosa volunteered to care for cows and horses on the property and also volunteered with Canine Partners for Life (CPL), a prison program that teaches inmates to train full-service dogs. From that moment on, helping and protecting animals in need became Rosa’s passion.After his release in 2005, Rosa took a job with CPL as assistant to the executive director. Later that year, he took a job with Philadelphia Animal Care and Control (PACCA) as a kennel attendant and quickly worked his way up to become shelter manager, where he oversaw the health and safety of more than 30,000 animals annually. In subsequent years, Rosa worked at South Jersey-based Animal Welfare Association (AWA) and The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia.In these roles, Rosa was particularly interested in giving economically challenged families the opportunity to adopt homeless animals and care for them with the help of low-cost spay/neuter services and pet care counseling.Today, Rosa connects his unique background with his passion and expertise in animal welfare as the associate vice president of prison programs for New Leash on Life USA, a program that connects inmates and animals to open doors of opportunity for each. In the five years since its founding, NLOL-USA has flourished thanks in large part to Rosa’s steadfast commitment and deep faith in the power of second chances.Reflecting the unwavering dedication of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, Rob Rosa is this year’s recipient of the 2016 ASPCA Henry Bergh Award.ASPCA Farm Animal Welfare AwardDr. Jim KeenLincoln, Neb.Watch Video IntroductionWhen Dr. Jim Keen saw atrocious animal abuse where he worked, he didn’t just walk away; he risked his livelihood to expose it. As a veterinary researcher at the U.S. Animal Meat Research Center – a taxpayer-funded institution outside of Omaha, Nebraska – Keen saw firsthand how many of the Center’s projects resulted in severe cruelty for animal subjects, and began meticulously documenting the abuses.Among the many abuses Keen uncovered were pigs and cows giving birth to twice the normal number of offspring, resulting in weakened and deformed animals with very short life expectancies. He also documented newborn lambs deliberately left in open fields where they became fatal victims of predators, harsh weather conditions, or starvation.After unsuccessful attempts to address the issues internally, Keen shared his story with Michael Moss at The New York Times. The resulting exposé, “U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit,” created a public uproar and resulted in new legislation that will extend protections for farm animals used in federal research facilities.Since the exposé, Keen has remained active in the animal welfare cause, advocating for greater regulation of farm animal research.For his selfless commitment to ensuring the safety of farm animals, we are pleased to present Dr. Jim Keen with the 2016 ASPCA Farm Animal Welfare Award.ASPCA Horse of the Year AwardSutter, Return to Freedom Wild Horse SanctuaryLompoc, Calif.Watch Video IntroductionA stunning palomino stallion born in northwestern Nevada, Sutter was captured from public lands when he was barely two years old. Immediately following his capture, he was adopted to a private party through the Bureau of Land Management’s horse adoption program. During that time, Sutter endured tremendous abuse, including being whipped and left tied up under a hot tarp, and kept from food and water. Traumatized by this experience, Sutter was deemed “dangerous” and returned to the Bureau of Land Management, marked to be destroyed. He was fortunately rescued and cared for by the Heritage Discovery Center (HDC).For months, Sutter was so traumatized that if anyone even walked near his enclosure, he would slam himself into walls, attempting to free himself. With time, patience, and loving care, Sutter learned to trust humans again, appearing at venues including the Rose Bowl Parade, where he safely carried a novice rider, as well as a number of educational documentaries and clinics.When the HDC was forced to move in 2002, they contacted Neda DeMayo, founder of the Return to Freedom sanctuary, who took Sutter in and helped him continue his presence as an ambassador for wild horses at clinics and events. To this day, Sutter continues to not only thrive, but inspire equine awareness, rescue, and advocacy through his own story and by representing the dwindling number of horses who deserve our promised protection on public lands. A true people-lover, Sutter also reminds us that when we extend love to animals, we receive it back, multiplied. For these reasons, Sutter is the 2016 ASPCA Horse of the Year.ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year AwardWillow PhelpsRingwood, N.J.Watch Video IntroductionFor half of her young life, nine-year-old Willow Phelps has devoted herself to helping a wide range of vulnerable animals including goldfish, orcas, abandoned chimpanzees, and homeless dogs and cats.At home, she regularly fosters hospice animals, helping them live their final days in a loving and happy environment. Last year, she swam a mile to raise funds for a kitten who needed a leg amputation.Some of Willow’s efforts are impressively creative, including sewing cat toys and selling them at a craft fair to raise funds for local homeless teens and pets. In one of her most well-known humane endeavors, Phelps successfully ended the use of live goldfish as prizes at her school carnival with help from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and a New Jersey law that prohibits the use of live animals as prizes without a special permit. Realizing this would reduce revenue for the school, Phelps raised $500 in a charity run to make up the difference.Willow’s deep commitment to vulnerable animals would be extraordinary for an adult advocate, much less someone in fourth grade.For her outstanding accomplishments and ongoing devotion to animals in need, Willow Phelps is the 2016 ASPCA Kid of the Year.Notable attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Arriana Boardman (Board Member, ASPCA), Jeff Pfeifle (Board Member, ASPCA) Samantha Boardman Rosen, Michael Bruno, Mary Calvi, Tamsen Fadal, Michael Gargiulo, Marjorie Gubelmann, Mark F. Gilbertson, Linda Lloyd Lambert (Board Member, ASPCA), Allison Aston, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Bob Colacello, Patricia Crawford, Donna Aquavelle, Rikki Kleiman Bratton, Elaine and Ken Langone, Marina Killery Orentreich, Karen LeFrak, Jean Shafiroff, Nancy Silverman, Jill Rappaport, Lauren Scala and Hamilton South.Hartville Pet Insurance Group, Inc., one of America’s oldest pet health insurers and the provider of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, sponsored the ASPCA’s annual Humane Awards Luncheon. West Elm and the Plaza Hotel provided additional support.last_img read more

Canadian comedian reads WikiLeaks Assange the news

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Julian Assange may be without internet access but a Canadian comedian Bobby Mair stepped in to make sure the WikiLeaks founder didn’t miss too much.Mair, who is from Seaforth, Ont. but is now living in London, U.K., set up shop outside of the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Wednesday, with a megaphone and a sign around his neck reading, “Julian Assange’s personal internet service.”He stood on the corner across from the embassy and read Assange pages of news headlines that were trending around the world and gave him advice on new passwords to try to regain access.Keeping Julian Assange up to date @wikileaks pic.twitter.com/Jj8UAcMLZq— Bobby Mair (@BobbyMair) October 19, 2016 Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

New owner new home for Fashion Week – but will that be

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When Fashion Week folded, plenty of industry folks – myself included – expressed relief and optimism mixed in with the disappointment. Twice a year, we’d taken a week off from our regular lives to spend in the David Pecaut Square tent, shivered from the March winds cutting through our impractical outfits, been aggressively marketed by sponsor brands in the “Fashion Environment”, paid $7 for an espresso, taken in runway shows in half-empty rooms, and waited for the seismic change that the industry needed, but never seemed to get.Fashion week’s died about as many times as a soap opera villain, but somehow, it never stays down for long. On Monday morning, real estate mogul Peter Freed, president of Freed Developments, announced that he had banded together with “several of the country’s top executives in real estate, media and finance” to take over the recently dismantled Toronto Fashion Week from IMG Canada Limited.The release adds that the group “has acquired the storied semi-annual event with the goal to create a global forum for fashion, retail, arts, entertainment and culture to be anchored in Yorkville, the city’s preeminent luxury retail and brand destination.” Others on board include former IMG director of fashion events and properties Carolyn Quinn and ASC Public Relations director Suzanne Cohon. The Freed purchase raises questions about the event’s future. First, how will this affect the upcoming Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, which the organizers of the occasionally-controversial Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*FW) planned to debut in February 2017?More importantly: How will this new brains trust overcome what IMG senior VP Catherine Bennett, announcing Fashion Week’s demise, called “a lack of local support” for the industry? Some insiders took umbrage to her statement, citing Toronto’s passel of gifted designers and the coterie of tireless local businesspeople, store owners, bloggers, writers and advocates that love them. But it’s an undeniable fact that that tightly knit group struggles with having to prop up what should by all rights be a thriving, self-sustaining industry.Canadian design continues to be a tough sell among the general public, who would rather pour cash into established international brands than spring for lesser-known names. That has made media coverage of Toronto fashion events less and less worthwhile for local media, who are competing for clicks while stretched ever thinner in terms of resources. Both of these add up to diminishing returns for local designers, who pay handsomely – unconfirmed figures suggest tens of thousands of dollars – to showcase their collections at Fashion Week events. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

This April Bravo Stacks Nationwide Freeview with MustSee Programming including Debuts of

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO (April 4, 2017) – Beginning April 11, Bravo is unlocking a nation-wide freeview showcasing its lineup of must-see exclusive dramas.As recently announced, THE HANDMAID’S TALE starring Elisabeth Moss is one of multiple exclusive tent-pole dramas to air in Canada on Bravo. The 10-episode series kicks off with a special, two-hour premiere event on Sunday, April 30 from 9 – 11 p.m. ET (10 p.m. – midnight PT) and continues Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 7. Click here for a sneak peek.In THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT Katie Holmes reprises her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis from the critically acclaimed 2011 miniseries THE KENNEDYS, and is joined by Canadian star Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy. The two-part, four-hour miniseries debuts exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, April 16 and April 23 at 9 p.m. ET. Click here for sneak peek. Login/Register With: About BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, provocative and psychological thriller CHANCE premieres Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The 10-epiosde, hour-long drama stars Hugh Laurie (HOUSE) as Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist.Premiering Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET, cult-favourite PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns with its final 10 episodes to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets.Joining the dramatic Tuesday night roster is the all new Hollywood drama FAMOUS IN LOVE, premiering on Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode hour-long series stars Bella Thorne (The Duff) as Paige, an ordinary college student who gets her big break when she lands the leading role in the next Hollywood blockbuster. Niki Koss stars alongside Thorne as confident and entitled Alexis, who is up for the same role as Paige.Sunday night movies begin Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET, beginning with the smash-hit MURDER SHE BAKED movie series starring Alison Sweeney (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) with the all new movie, MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS. A fan-favourite, the inaugural instalment MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MYSTERY drew in an average of 400,000 viewers when it aired in August 2015.Also premiering is a brand new murder mystery series starring singer-songwriter Jewel and Canadian Colin Ferguson. FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY premieres exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET.Fan-favourite UNDERGROUND returns Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The Season 2  premiere finds John Hawks (Marc Blucas) working to keep Noah (Aldis Hodge, Hidden Figures) from being hanged for murder.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times.Bravo Freeview Programming Includes:THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT (Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Mini-Series Premiere)The mini-series follows the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, as Jackie (Holmes) defies public opinion and marries Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (Alexander Siddig, GAME OF THRONES). Ted Kennedy (Perry) is pressured to replace his fallen brother and continue the legacy of “Camelot” by running for the White House himself. The Kennedy family is shaken to its core when Ted’s car accident at Chappaquiddick results in the death of his female companion. Jackie returns from Greece – over the objections of Onassis – to help the Kennedys, only to find herself drawn into their attempt to save Ted’s career by evading justice.PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET – Season 7B Premiere)The liars return to pick up the pieces in the final ten episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. After years of being stalked and bullied by the mysterious “A” – first, the original “A”; then later by big “A”; and now by their newest tormentor “A.D.” – Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse) are ready to end the games and finish this for good.FAMOUS IN LOVE (Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)Paige (Bella Thorne) is an ordinary college student, before she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Paige must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while discovering the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town.UNDERGROUND (Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET – Season 2 Premiere)The second season of the Underground Railroad thriller continues the characters’ unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice.MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS (Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)Hannah Swensen (Sweeney) is thrilled when she is chosen as a guest for the first Eden Lake Dessert Bake-Off, but when fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson is found murdered; Hannah once again takes it upon herself to find the killer.THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Series Premiere)The series follows life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead –  with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY (Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of a construction company and an expert in Victorian home restoration and renovation. Through her renovations she will find clues to uncover the house’s secret past and in turn become an unlikely sleuth to help crack these unsolved mysteries.CHANCE (Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)A provocative, psychological thriller, CHANCE focuses on Hugh Laurie as Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s descent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever-deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Its Official Killjoys Renewed for Final Two Seasons by Syfy

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “This renewal is the kind of privilege every creator hopes for — a chance to plan the end of your story with the luxury of 20 episodes to do it,” said creator, showrunner, and executive producer Michelle Lovretta. “I’m immensely grateful that both of our network partners — along with Temple Street and UCP — have given our team, cast, and fans this incredible opportunity.” Advertisement Advertisement The Syfy series “Killjoys,” which airs its Season 3 finale on Friday, has been renewed for two more seasons, which will be the show’s last. The network announced that “Killjoys” will return for a fourth season in 2018, and the sci-fi action hour will end after Season 5. The two seasons will round out the “Killjoys” saga with 20 additional episodes. Casting by Buchan Knight Casting (John Buchan & Jason Knight)It’s official #Killjoys is renewed for 2 more seasons!!! Thanks for all your support and see you back in the Quad. https://t.co/UvPQzXpsAz— Aaron Ashmore (@AaronRAshmore) September 1, 2017 Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

THERES A NEW MAP OF ALL THE MOVIES FILMED AND SET IN

first_img Login/Register With: Toronto movie buffs assemble—the University of Toronto has just released a brand new interactive map that showcases movies and TV shows in the city, and it’s pretty comprehensive.The Toronto Film Map launched yesterday after nearly four years of assembling data of T.O. as seen on film.A project between U of T’s Media Commons and Map and Data Library, the Film Map is a clickable site that allows users to explore over 100 productions set in the city. Advertisement Advertisement Users can either click on the map pins or scroll through the projects to expand a window containing info like the year the film was released, directors, producers, a picture, and an explanation as to where and how it was filmed in Toronto.A still from Deepa Mehta’s 2002 film Bollywood/Hollywood featuring Fairview Mall. Photo via Media Commons/University of TorontoWant to know what the stretch of Yonge Street between Wellesley and Dundas in the 70s looked like? Check out the comedy Outrageous! from 1977, whose set probably looked a lot different than that part of Yonge today. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more