LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, ON — ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell says yesterday’s Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decision on license renewals for large English-language broadcasters is yet another blow delivered to Canadian television and culture by the Commission.“ACTRA is clearly disappointed the concerns our talented members brought forward were not listened to,” said Waddell. “As we noted in our submission, Programs of National Interest will continue to be under-represented without an increase in expenditure requirements. Instead of heeding our warning, the Commission went in the opposite direction.”“We are very concerned about the future of Canadian production and our members’ jobs. We look forward to a new direction at the CRTC. Canadian performers need a change from the legacy of disastrous decisions we’ve seen from the current Chair,” added Waddell. Advertisement To read ACTRA’s submission to the CRTC on license renewals, please visit: http://www.actra.ca/advocacy/crtc/ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement OTTAWA, June 19, 2017 – CBC/Radio-Canada is honoured to be at the heart of our country’s sesquicentennial, with special activities as well as extensive news coverage and entertainment programming on all platforms of its English and French networks.“Wherever they may be on Canada Day, as the official broadcaster, we’re providing a space where Canadians can share their stories, ideas and perspectives and where they can engage with one another,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO. “We look forward to bringing Canadians together around this once-in-a-generation event in our country’s history.”In addition to comprehensive multiplatform programming, CBC/Radio-Canada will also host live events in communities across the country on July 1 including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, Charlottetown and St. John’s. Facebook Mr. Lacroix added: “This July 1st also presents us with an opportunity to demonstrate our true value for Canadians. Our contribution to this milestone year is aligned with our A Creative Canada vision regarding the future of homegrown content in a digital world—a vision that makes us an even stronger partner to communities, cultural institutions, artists and creators.”For a complete list of CBC’s Canada Day plans, including broadcast and digital programming and community events, visit cbc.ca/canadaday2017guide.CBC’s Canada Day line-up across television, radio and online:On Saturday July 1, CBC will offer a full day of programming and news coverage beginning at 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT) on CBCNEWS NETWORK with Heather Hiscox hosting live from Charlottetown until 10 a.m. (7 a.m. PT). On CBC and CBC NEWS NETWORK from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET (7 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT), Peter Mansbridge will anchor CBC NEWS SPECIAL PRESENTION: CANADA 2017 live from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, featuring Canada Day events from coast to coast to coast. The news special will celebrate and reflect as it takes a look at our country’s successes and failures and, most importantly, its future—asking Canadians what they want for Canada in the next 150 years. Coverage will include the Royal visit to Ottawa by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the official Canada Day ceremony on Parliament Hill.In the evening, CBC will offer CANADA DAY 150! FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST, a special three-hour broadcast from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, hosted by Rick Mercer and featuring performances in every province and territory across the country beginning at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on CBC and streaming live at cbc.ca/2017, watch.cbc.ca, YouTube.com/cbc, Facebook.com/cbccanada2017, the CBC TV app and CBC Music Apple TV app. CBC RADIO ONE and CBC RADIO 2 will broadcast an audio-only version of the special at 9 p.m. local time across Canada (10 AT, 10:30 NT).Produced by Insight Productions, the Canada Day special will take viewers across the country for performances and appearances by some of Canada’s top musical artists and comedians including Alessia Cara, Gordon Lightfoot, Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Kinnie Star, Kelly Bado and more in Ottawa; Arkells and Delhi 2 Dublin in Victoria; Jonny Harris in Whitehorse; Brett Kissel in Banff; Bruce Cockburn in Yellowknife; a bilingual performance from Whitehorse and Faouzia in Winnipeg; Buffy Sainte-Marie in Toronto; The Trade-Offs in Iqaluit; Stéphanie Bédard, Rémi Chassé, DJ Champion, Marie-Christine Dépestre, Gardy Fury and Alex McMahon with special guests in Montreal; Coeur de pirate in Moncton; Jonathan Torrens in Charlottetown; and Mary Walsh in St. John’s. The broadcast will culminate with the Canada Day fireworks display above Parliament Hill. Additional performances in Regina and Halifax will be confirmed in the coming days, along with more artists in many locations.In addition to streaming CANADA DAY 150! FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST, CBC’s digital platforms will also provide two additional live streams, one from the stage on Parliament Hill beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT) at cbc.ca/2017 and watch.cbc.ca as well as a dedicated feed of the Ottawa fireworks display at 11 p.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) at cbc.ca/2017, Facebook.com/cbccanada2017 and YouTube.com/cbc.Three new comedy specials are part of CBC’s television lineup: JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: STAND-UP ON GUARD FOR THEE a two-hour special hosted by Daniel Levy on Tuesday, June 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), which sets out to prove that Canada is the funniest country on earth by rolling out some of the best moments in JFL history; YOUR SPECIAL CANADA, STARRING JONATHAN TORRENS on Saturday, July 1 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), in which Torrens returns to his birthplace—and the Birthplace of Confederation—to host a sweet and silly “thank-you note” to Canada; and AIR FARCE CANADA 150 on Saturday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), an hour-long send-up of national proportions to mark the sesquicentennial from perennial audience favourite AIR FARCE.In addition to the audio-only broadcast of CANADA DAY 150! FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST, CBC RADIO will offer Canada Day programming throughout the day including Piya Chattopadhyay and Duncan McCue hosting live from Ottawa on CBC RADIO ONE beginning at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT), and a CBC MUSIC celebration of 100 percent Canadian music across all genres on CBC RADIO 2 beginning at 6 a.m. local time (6:30 NT). CBC MUSIC will also offer 15 all-Canadian streams for all musical tastes, from R&B to jazz and Indigenous to classical. Full details of CBC MUSIC’S Canada Day lineup are available at cbcmusic.ca/canadaday.CBC KIDS will have a special one-hour Canada Day broadcast for young viewers starting at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT) on CBC, featuring the premiere of JAXON AND SONG’S MAPLE MYSTERY and hosts Janaye, Tony and Victor and puppets Gary, Cottonball and Mr. Orlando in Ottawa. CBC KIDS will also reveal how the young winner of their Prime Minister for a Daycontest spent the day with Justin Trudeau.CBC will offer additional special television programming in the week leading up to Canada Day, including an encore commercial-free broadcast of last summer’s unforgettable THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION on Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m. (9 AT, 9:30 NT), also streaming worldwide at cbcmusic.ca/thehip at 8 ET; new six-part factual series BECOMING CANADIAN, which captures the emotional, life-changing moment when new citizens become Canadian, airing throughout the week starting Monday, June 26 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT); new instalments of biography series EXTRAORDINARY CANADIANS pairing prominent writers with great Canadians, including Dr. Vincent Lam on Tommy Douglas on Wednesday, June 28 at 8:30 pm (9 NT) and Daniel Poliquin on René Lévesque on Thursday, June 29 at 8:30 pm (9 NT); and the GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Friday, June 30 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), recognizing a stellar array of artists and arts volunteers for their outstanding contribution to culture in Canada and abroad. As broadcast partner of the 2017 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS GALA, CBC/Radio-Canada will livestream the Gala from Ottawa on Thursday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) at cbc.ca/2017 and radio-canada.ca/2017.CBC’s Canada Day schedule (Saturday, July 1):CBC: 6 a.m. (6:30 NT)—CBC KIDS Canada Day-themed episodes of favourite programsCBC NEWS NETWORK: 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT)—CBC News Morning with Heather Hiscox live from CharlottetownCBC RADIO 2: 6 a.m. (6:30 NT)—CBC Music Canada Day featuring all genres of 100% Canadian musicCBC: 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT)—CBC KIDS Canada Day Special live from OttawaCBC and CBC NEWS NETWORK: 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT)—CBC News Special: Canada 150 anchored by Peter Mansbridgelive from Parliament HillCBC RADIO ONE: 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT)—Piya Chattopadhyay and Duncan McCue live from OttawaCBC: 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)—Becoming CanadianCBC: 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT)—2017 CBC Music Festival special featuring Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Ruth B and moreCBC: 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT)—Extraordinary Canadians: André Pratte on Sir Wilfred LaurierCBC: 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT)—Your Special Canada, Starring Jonathan TorrensCBC: 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT)—Air Farce Canada 150cbc.ca/2017: 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT)—Livestream of the Parliament Hill stage (also streaming live at watch.cbc.ca)CBC: 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT)—Canada Day 150! From Coast To Coast To Coast hosted by Rick Mercer, Also streaming live at cbc.ca/2017, watch.cbc.ca, YouTube.com/cbc, Facebook.com/cbccanada2017, the CBC TV app and CBC Music Apple TV app; audio-only broadcast at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT) onCBC RADIO ONE and CBC RADIO 2These broadcasts extend CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2017 programming, which includes documentaries, radio programs, kids’ programming, entertainment and arts specials, and innovative digital and virtual-reality initiatives. Programming also includes ongoing news and current affairs coverage of the people, places and events in every region of the country that will shape this milestone year for Canada. CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to have CIBC as a partner in celebrating Canada’s 150thanniversary in the same year that CIBC is also turning 150.Click here for CBC’s 2017 Programming Guide.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Twitter
This gift to the gallery is the work of American artist Mickalene Thomas. (Mario Carlucci/CBC) Advertisement A number of the Canadian artworks on view received their intitial reception outside of the country, for example Shelagh Keeley’s 75 foot long wall drawing German notes / after Lucretius / de rerum natura (2013), originally conceived for the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany. Also making a Canadian debut is BGL’s massive sculptural installation Canadassimo (Dépanneur)(2015), created by the Quebec artist group in 2015 when they represented Canada at the “Olympics” of the art world, the Venice Biennale.“RBC is proud of our ongoing support of the National Gallery of Canada’s biennial exhibition and delighted to celebrate the eclectic and thought-provoking selection of contemporary works,” said Valerie Chort, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “This year’s exhibition is an extraordinary testament to the increasingly global nature of contemporary art in Canada and how it engages and connects us all.”Another first for 2017, the Biennial presents a collateral component titled Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta, in Edmonton, as part of the NGC@AGA program, on view until January 7, 2018. This initiative, a first for the Canadian Biennial, addresses the Gallery’s mandate to make the national collection known and accessible across Canada. Turbulent Landings places issues of land, and the consequences of “landings” – of colonialism, slavery and other forced migrations – into focus through recently acquired works by John Akomfrah, Mark Bradford, Beau Dick, Julie Mehretu, Chris Ofili, Wael Shawky, and Hajra Waheed.Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Jonathan Shaughnessy, is the lead curator for the 2017 Canadian Biennial. He was also co-curator with Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta, and Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, for Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial.The Canadian, Indigenous and international artists whose works are comprised in the 2017 Canadian Biennial across both venues are: Nick CavePatrick CoutuChris CurreriBeau DickStan DouglasJessica EatonLatifa EchakhchTracey EminCynthia Girard-RenardAndreas GurskySusan PointMika RottenbergCollier SchorrUrsula Schulz-DornburgWael ShawkySteven ShearerTaryn SimonKiki SmithMonika SosnowskaZin TaylorMickalene ThomasWolfgang TillmansJutai ToonooRenée Van HalmHajra WaheedDaniel Young & Christian Giroux Barry AceJohn AkomfrahBenoit AquinShuvinai AshoonaBGLValérie BlassShannon BoolShary BoyleMark BradfordAnthony BurnhamThomas HouseagoChristian JankowskiBrian JungenShelagh KeeleyRuben KomangapikJonathan LaskerlessLIEMaya LinElaine LingAngela MarstonJulie MehretuKent MonkmanWangechi MutuNadia MyreChris OfiliJamasee Padluq Pitseolak Facebook OTTAWA – The 2017 Canadian Biennial opens tomorrow at the National Gallery of Canada. The fourth of the Gallery’s Biennial exhibitions that present selected recent acquisitions of Canadian and Indigenous contemporary art, the 2017 edition also includes international artworks for the first time. The exhibition features over 50 artists and more than 100 works covering a diverse spectrum of contemporary production from painting, sculpture, and photography, to drawing, print-making, video and large-scale mixed media installations. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Running through March 18, 2018, the Biennial visualizes a current moment in art-making as viewed through the filters of the Gallery’s national collection and the research, travels and dialogues of curators working in the departments of Contemporary Art, Indigenous Art, and the Canadian Photography Institute. All of the works in the exhibition were acquired by the Gallery through purchase or donation between April 2014 and June 2017. The 2017 Canadian Biennial is generously supported by RBC Foundation.The exhibition begins with an incisive yet comedic engagement with a past century of Western art-making as encountered through Kent Monkman’s 2015 video and mixed-media installation Casualties of Modernity (2015). Paintings by Mickalene Thomas and Cynthia Girard-Renard, a textile by Shannon Bool, and a large collage by Wangechi Mutu are also featured in the opening room of the exhibition. Together, their works introduce numerous critical, political, aesthetic, and material threads that run throughout the exhibition, in works such as Stan Douglas’ compelling six-hour meander into an Afrobeat jam session in Luanda-Kinsasha (2013), the late Kwakwaka’wakw artist, activist and hereditary Chief Beau Dick’s celebrated performative masks, Nick Cave’s enchanting Sound Suit (2015), borne from the horrors of racialized violence, to Latifa Echakhch’s sculptures and paintings that reconcile personal narratives against broader cultural or nationalistic norms and expectations. The many Canadian, Indigenous and international contemporary artworks on view in the 2017 Canadian Biennial offer forms of worldly engagement between Canada and the global histories within which the complex fabric of the nation is connected. Twitter CatalogueThe 2017 Canadian Biennial is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue. Published by the NGC, the bilingual 334-page volume features a foreword by the Gallery’s Director, Marc Mayer, an essay by Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Jonathan Shaughnessy, and entries by the curators of the departments of Contemporary Art, Indigenous Art, and the Canadian Institute of Photography. It also includes the complete list of works acquired by the Gallery since 2014 The catalogue is on sale at the Boutique for $40 as well as at ShopNGC.ca, the Gallery’s online boutique.Meet the ExpertSaturday, October 21, at noon, meet with the exhibition lead curator, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, NGC, Jonathan Shaughnessy. In the Special Exhibition Galleries. In English.Adult Tour Program – Canadian Biennale HighlightsFrom October 31, 2017 to March 18, 2018, adults are invited to explore how contemporary artists are responding to the world around them in this exhibition featuring the latest in Canadian and international art. Migration, globalization and identity are explored through a range of media. In the Special Exhibition Galleries. Groups must include a minimum of 10 people. Cost: $7 + Gallery admission. Registration required three weeks in advance at 613-990-4888 or by email at email@example.com.Spotlight on Contemporary ArtFrom 28 October 28, 2017, to March 18, 2018, from 2 pm to 3 pm, interpreters will be in the exhibition space to answer visitors’ questions and share insights. In exhibition space. Saturday, Sundays and holidays. Bilingual. Free with admission.Connect with the GalleryFollow the Gallery’s latest news on its social media networks: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and InstagramHoursThe Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5 pm, and until 8 pm on Thursdays. Closed on Mondays. Open noon to 5pm November 11, 2017 (Remembrance Day), December 26 to 31, 2017 (Holiday Period), February 19, 2018 (Ontario Family Day), March 5, 2018 (Quebec March Break), and March 12, 2018 (Ontario March Break), For more information, visit https://www.gallery.ca/visit/hours-and-admissionAdmissionTickets: $15 (adults); $13 (seniors and full-time students); $7 (24 and under/students); $30 (families: two adults and three youth, 17 and under). Admission is free for children 11 and under, and for Members. Includes admission to the NGC Collection. Free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. For more information, visit https://www.gallery.ca/visit/hours-and-admission.About the National Gallery of Canada The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCanAbout the National Gallery of Canada FoundationThe National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada’s visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit ngcfoundation.ca and follow us on Twitter @NGC_FoundationAbout RBCRoyal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have approximately 81,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. For more information please see: http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/.
Advertisement Twitter Feige went on to compare Reeves to Jake Gyllenhaal, saying that they talked to the Spider-Man: Far From Home star “multiple times” until the perfect role (Mysterio) appeared. They’re hoping a similar situation will occur with Revees, and that he will join the wide world of Marvel when the right role presents itself.Reeves is currently having a wildly successful 2019, so it’s no surprise his name keeps coming up. This year, the actor has already starred in John Wick 3, and made waves appearing as himself in Netflix’s hilarious rom-com Always Be My Maybe. The actor is also lending his voice to the upcoming Toy Story 4. Reeves is portraying Duke Caboom, a Canadian Evel Knievel-like stunt motorcyclist.In addition to Reeves, Davis also asked about Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things, Godzilla: King of the Monsters), and while Feige called them both “good actors” and admitted they’d be fun to see in the MCU, he added that “nothing specific” was currently on the table for them.Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 2nd. Other Marvel Cinematic Universe films include Avengers: Endgame, which is still playing in select theaters, and Captain Marvel, which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Toy Story 4 opens on June 20th.By Jamie Jirak ~ ComicBook Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Spider-Man: Far From Home is only a couple of weeks away from hitting theaters, which means the big names in Marvel are currently making the press rounds for the upcoming movie. Recently, ComicBook.com’s own Brandon Davis had the opportunity to chat with Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, during the upcoming movie’s press junket in London. Feige revealed lots of information, including the exciting news that Avengers: Endgame is getting re-released in theaters with new footage. Davis took the time to ask the producer about the potential future involvement of some big names in the MCU, including the Internet’s current boyfriend: Keanu Reeves.“A couple of actors I want to ask you about. Keanu Reeves: you guys talking to him for anything?,” Davis asked.“We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige laughed. “We talk to Keanu Reeves about. I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.” Advertisement
APTN National NewsImagine being forced out of your home before flood waters arrive.Then imagine finding out you’re never going to be able to go back.That’s what happened to the majority of people in Lake St. Martin.A year-and-a-half after the flood, APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler visits the devastated community to see what’s left.
Kent Driscoll APTN National News Iqaluit – A controversial change to Nunavut’s Education and Language acts has been declared dead before even reaching the floor of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly for debate.Bill 37 was set to delay the implementation of Inuit language education for Grades 4 to 9 from 2020 to 2030, along with reducing the role of local district education authorities. Four Inuit land claim organizations submitted written opposition to the bill.“Given the overwhelming lack of consensus in support of the bill in such areas as language of instruction, the role of District Education Authorities and increased employment of Inuit teachers, the standing committee is of the view that it should be allowed to fall off the order paper when the current Assembly dissolves later this year,” said Rankin Inlet MLA Tom Sammurtok in a written statement.Education officials were defending Bill 37 until very recently. In an April interview with APTN National News, Deputy Minister of Education Kathy Okpik said, “The language of instruction is intended to be a floor, not a ceiling. So we’re always going to be striving to increase the number of Inuktitut speaking educators. We know that kindergarten to Grade 3 right now is in effect, so when we look to Grades 4 to 9 for 2029, it gives an opportunity to look at the number of Inuktitut teachers we have and the delivery methods.”Nunavut Tunngavik – the group representing Nunavut’s Inuit under the Nunavut Land Claim – opposed the bill from the start.Joined by Nunavut’s three regional Inuit groups, they filed opposition statements in the assembly.NTI President Aluki Kotierk told APTN in April, “The absolute right that Inuit parents have to have Inuktitut language of instruction is being diminished (under Bill 37) to having a majority of Inuktitut instruction.”Today, Koterik was pleased.In a written release she stated, “NTI appreciates that the Standing Committee has asked that Bill 37 not proceed further in the legislative process. I am relieved they recognize that the issue of Inuktut language loss is urgent. I hope the Nunavut cabinet agrees with the Standing Committee recommendation so we can begin working on the real issue.”Kotierk told APTN in April that she thought the Government of Nunavut was selling Nunavut residents short by not aspiring to do more for Inuktitut, saying, “We have to be visionary, we have to be aspirational and it’s important that we be idealistic about what the future should hold.”Nunavut’s MLAs are just wrapping up a week of in camera meetings, where the bill was discussed, and the “overwhelming lack of consensus” was discovered. It is now very likely that the legislation will be left for after October’s territorial election, or ignored completely.That doesn’t sit right with Education Minister Paul Quassa, who slammed the regular members for working outside the system.“There is a process to follow when a bill is put forward to the Legislative Assembly, and it is very disappointing that Standing Committee has not provided the public with an opportunity to understand the pros and cons of their decision,” Quassa said in a statement.The education minister also held hope that the legislation could still be passed before an election.“I remain open to working with the members to address their concerns and ensure that a thorough review is carried out,” said Quassa.firstname.lastname@example.org
APTN NewsA group of Ottawa activists occupied the office of Catherine McKenna on Tuesday afternoon, demanding the environment minister meet with those who built the watch house near the Kinder Morgan protest camp.Holding signs that read “Defend the Water” and “Stop Kinder Morgan,” about 20 people filled McKenna’s Catherine Street office until it closed for the day.“First and foremost, we want to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters of the Coast Salish and support them in their request to have a meeting with Catherine McKenna,” said activist Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail outside the office.She said the group previously spoke with the minister’s officer and requested that she meet with those protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby. Wabano-Iahtail said the group is now seeking a firm date and time on behalf of their fellow protesters out west.“We want to know exactly when she’s going to go and have this meeting with the grassroots leaders,” she said.Protect the Inlet, a campaign to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline, launched earlier this month with the construction of a traditional Coast Salish watch house.More than 100 people have been taken into custody for defying a court injunction of the Kinder Morgan site.
CALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has some advice for the next leader of Saskatchewan: handle the economy differently than the government has under current premier Brad Wall.The governing Saskatchewan Party is to choose a new leader later this month to replace Wall, who announced last summer that he was leaving politics.Wall rose to national prominence for his down-to-earth style, sharp wit and, more recently, his willingness to lock horns with Ottawa.The conservative politician has also been known to trade jabs with his left-leaning Alberta counterpart on everything from provincial budgets to beer taxes.There’s also been an interprovincial spat over Saskatchewan banning Alberta licence plates on trucks working on future government road and infrastructure projects.Notley said whoever wins the Saskatchewan Party’s leadership race can learn a thing or two from Alberta.“I believe that the advice I’d give to the new premier is to look at the facts, look at the data, look at the reporting on economic activity and reconsider the approach they’ve taken up ’til now, because one province is making its way out of a recession and one is not,” Notley said Thursday during a visit to Calgary’s Minhas Micro Brewery.The brewery said it has been able to grow its business thanks to NDP policies.“One province is adding tens of thousands of new jobs; one province is losing jobs. I would suggest that they should look at the data and start drawing some different conclusions.”Wall responded to Notley’s comments with a few rhetorical jabs of his own.He said his advice to his successor will be to not listen to an NDP premier who imposed a carbon tax on her oil-dependent economy and is presiding over an annual $10 billion deficit.Wall also accused Notley of not standing up to the federal government.“Rather than defend her province against carbon taxes imposed by the Trudeau government, this is a premier who actually called her own province ‘Canada’s embarrassing cousin that nobody wants to talk about,’” Wall said in a statement Thursday night.“Well I am proud to talk about both Alberta and Saskatchewan and their huge contribution to the country. If her government is not prepared to defend the interests of Alberta, we are happy to help.”Five candidates who hope to lead the Saskatchewan Party face a vote on Jan. 27 in Saskatoon.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – LNG Canada’s CEO says construction will start in 2018 on the $40-billion LNG facility.During an LNG conference Tuesday, Andy Calitz was quoted by Reuters news service as saying “It didn’t make sense in July 2016. When (our stakeholders) asked the inevitable question, when will you reconsider the FID? Our answer was: We will be in construction in 2018. I reaffirm that commitment today.”Calitz confirmed a final investment decision was still on target to be made in 2018. Reuters also quoted Calitz as saying anti-dumping tariffs on fabricated industrial steel was no longer an issue for the project and wouldn’t have an impact on the final investment decision.LNG Canada requested an exemption from the 45.8 percent tariffs.LNG Canada is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc, PetroChina Co Ltd, Mitsubishi Corp and Korea Gas Corp. TransCanada Corp will build the pipeline.
Photo by Casey Brown, FlickrKostelnick hopes to arrive at the Energetic City between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. He encourages residents to join him on his run.“I’d love to see people come out. My only thing is, so far this run really nice tourists have stopped and wanted to hand me food or drinks, but I am self-supported, so I can’t.”“Anyone who wants to run with me can, I love the company. The only thing I accept is beer because I don’t consider that support aha.” Kostelnick, who holds the World Record for running across the US in just 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes, added that he decided to do this run because he loves road trips. In his record-breaking run, he wasn’t able to stop and enjoy the sights, something he has made sure to do this time around.Pete in Testa River, B.C. Photo by Pete’s Across America.“I’ve loved road trips, I’ve always loved going places, I’ve always said getting there isn’t half the fun, it’s all the fun.”“I didn’t really get to enjoy it per say because I was pretty much either running, eating or sleeping that whole time when I ran two years ago. This run gives me a little more time to see the sights and stop and take some photos. It’s more of something in my own imagination than trying to take someone else’s record. It’s kind of like my own wild dream.”Kostelnick mentioned that his favourite part of the run so far has been all the different wildlife he’s seen here in the north.“I’ve seen so many great sights, I’ve seen a lot of awesome wildlife. They’ve left me alone, but I saw a few bears, lots of moose, caribou and foxes.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A man who has made it his goal to run from Kenai, Alaska to Key West, Florida will be passing through the Energetic City this Saturday.Peter Kostelnick is in the 31st day of his historic journey and is the first runner ever to run the entirety of the Alaska Highway self-supported. Kostelnick explained that in order for him to reach his goal tonight he had to run over 110 kilometres.“It goes up and down big time,” said Kostelnick “Depending on how far apart services are where I can stay to get a nights rest.” For more information on Kostelnick’s run, you can visit his Facebook Page. To track his location click here. So far Kostelnick has run approximately 2,784 kilometres.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face criticism from premiers about the federal approach to pipelines, carbon taxes, oil prices, environmental assessments and a planned General Motors plant closure in Ontario, none of which is specifically on the agenda.Notley also said she doesn’t want to spend time listening to what the federal government says it is already doing to try to address Alberta’s concerns.“It just doesn’t make sense … talking about things that have already happened,” she said. “We don’t need federal ministers to explain to us what they’ve already done. We’re all capable of reading their press releases.”In Ontario, Doug Ford’s office said the Ontario premier is prepared to walk away from the meeting Friday if it does not include specific discussions on the federal carbon tax. Ford was set to meet with Trudeau in Montreal on Thursday afternoon.Sources familiar with the dispute said Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have not been satisfied by the federal response that the first ministers meeting agenda already includes a discussion on economic competitiveness, a broad topic that Ottawa says will allow premiers to raise all the issues they please.Ontario government house leader Todd Smith said the agenda doesn’t deal with the concerns of the provinces, which include the carbon tax, the GM plant and the oil-price crisis. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’ll have allies in the room to help push talks on the oil-price crisis at the upcoming first ministers meeting.“There is really no province in the country that doesn’t owe Alberta to some degree for their schools, their hospitals, their roads. The fact of the matter is Alberta has to do well for Canada to do well,” Notley said in Edmonton Thursday before leaving for the meeting in Montreal.She noted that forecasts for Canada’s economic growth are already more muted because of the low price Alberta is getting for its oil in the United States and its inability to move its product to ports for shipment overseas. Federal officials have privately conceded that little headway is likely to be made on the official objective of the meeting: reducing interprovincial trade barriers.Asked by reporters in Montreal about the premiers’ dissatisfaction with the agenda, Trudeau refused to engage with the question directly.“I’m looking forward to a productive discussion. I have no illusions that we’re going to agree on everything,” he said.He was to have a private meeting with Ford later Thursday. The formal meeting among all the first ministers is Friday.
ROSE PRAIRIE, B.C. – The evening of Thursday, March 28th, 2019 the Skate Shack located beside the ice rink at Upper Pine School burned down.At 5:50 pm Jessica Bowers and her husband Mark Fell saw a FB message sharing that the skate shack was on fire. Rose Prairie does not have a fire department so the community members themselves have to act as firefighters.Fell shares with me that they loaded their water pump and water hoses into their truck and headed to the Upper Pine school as they live quite close to the school. Fell said, “When we arrived there was no water source close enough to hook up to.” Fell goes on to share moments after their arrival a Vac truck and D. Lowen’s water truck was on site. There was an RCMP officer on site who had contacted the gas company.Hoses started to be strung, and at that point, the building was so engulphed in flames the focus was on trying to keep the fire from spreading. Protecting the skating rink was Fell’s priority knowing that a new liner was recently installed and the bushes on the property line to protect the church that is on the adjacent property, shared Fell.There were approximately 12 community members working together to dig out the gas line to shut it off and to help run water hoses.Jessica Bowers shares, Upper Pine is facing a huge loss with all the ski gear, snowshoes and possible hockey equipment. “The building had the skate sharpener and everything to help keep our kids active. This is a big loss to our community but we will rebuild,” said Bowers
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On the morning of July 29, at around 10:30 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP executed a search warrant at a hotel in Grande Prairie.According to RCMP, during the search, they located illegal drugs and weapons.The following items were seized as a result of the investigation:Approximately 43 grams of CocaineApproximately 60 grams of Crystal MethamphetamineApproximately 1.9 grams of HeroinApproximately 51 grams of CannabisApproximately 6.8 grams of mushrooms pillsApproximately 0.74 g of FentanylOne loaded 9mm hand gunOne pellet gunBrass knucklesFour people have been charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Those charged include:31-year-old Alec Levin of Grande Prairie22-year-old Julia King of Grande Prairie35-year-old Joseph Read of Grande Prairie36-year-old Andrew Pysar of CanmoreKing, Read, and Pysar are scheduled to appear in Court Grande Prairie Provincial Court on July 31.Levin is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on August 7, 2019.
New Delhi: A cloud of uncertainty hung over the fate of Super Cup, scheduled to start in two days’ time, after seven I-League clubs on Wednesday pulled out of the tournament citing unfair treatment by the All India Football Federation. Minerva Punjab FC, whose players are in Bhubaneswar for the past four days, could be called back to their base in Panchkula if the AIFF fails to acknowledge the aggrieved clubs’ concerns, owner Ranjit Bajaj said. “We are yet to get any response from the AIFF, I am not expecting to get one either by tomorrow. So, I might just call my players back here,” Bajaj said. While the AIFF has managed to convince Churchill Brothers to not side with the aggrieved clubs, Chennai City, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Neroca FC, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala and Minerva Punjab stayed united in their protest against the national federation. “We have together resolved to withdraw our respective teams’ participation from the upcoming Hero Super Cup 2019,” a collective release by the clubs stated. The Super Cup is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar, with the qualifiers starting from March 15. The final is slated for April 13. Minerva had on Tuesday pointed out that the I-League clubs are being neglected in all aspects by the country’s football federation. The clubs said it had written a letter to the AIFF in February regarding multiple concerns such as the future of the league but they are “yet to hear back” from the federation. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherMinerva also highlighted how the AIFF has “not provided any financial assistance to the participating teams” despite having a title sponsor for the event. With no AFC competitions also on offer, the club felt the competition lacked any incentive for the teams. The Super Cup is a knockout tournament hosted by the AIFF where I-League teams lock horns against the Indian Super League teams. It is India’s main club knockout tournament and Minerva was scheduled to play the qualifying round against FC Pune City on the March 15. Meanwhile, Bajaj has decided to sue the match commissioner of the I-League game between Minerva Punjab and Chennai City, Balasubramaniam, in criminal and civil defamation case, for insinuating that the game may have been fixed, in his report to the AIFF.
Actor Julia Roberts spent time with prostitutes who were paid $35 each to talk to her before filming Pretty Woman. Barbara Marshall, a former nurse and the widow of the movie’s director, Garry Marshall, has opened up on how she was volunteering at a free clinic here in 1989 when she got a call from her spouse, reports New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column. She said: “Garry would never visit me at the clinic, because he was a hypochondriac and afraid of getting a disease. But he asked if Julia could come and talk to some of the patients. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I recruited two young women who came to the clinic regularly, and I paid them $35 each to meet with Julia. I went back to work, and about 20 minutes later, Julia yelled from the end of the hall, ‘Bye, Barbara. We’re going to take a drive. We’ll be back later.'” Marshall panicked and called her husband and told the director: “Your star just left with a group of girls, and I think they were heading to Hollywood Boulevard. I’m worried. What if she doesn’t come back?” But the group returned later and Barbara praised Julia as “one tough lady who can take care of herself on and off camera”. Her most successful films include Mystic Pizza (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), to name a few.
New Delhi: Just a fortnight ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the Opposition parties have started questioning the Election Commission of India (EC) and its alleged ‘political predisposition’. On Wednesday the TDP-ruled state government in Andhra Pradesh filed a petition in High Court challenging the orders of the EC transferring three top cops on Tuesday night. The court accepted the petition.Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed serious concern over the issue and questioned how the Election commission reacts immediately on the complaint of an alleged economic offender Vijayasai Reddy. He further alleged that the Opposition YSR Congress party was trying to terrorise officials. He said that the transfer of officials who will not come under EC purview sends wrong signals. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIG A B Venkateswara Rao, Srikakulam SP Venkataratnam and Kadapa SP Rahuldev Sarma were transferred on the basis of a complaint, lodged by Vijayasai Reddy to the EC. The AP CM further warned of launching ‘Save Democracy and Save Democratic Institutions’ agitation. A TDP delegation of MPs CM Ramesh, K Raveendra Kumar and other senior leaders met the Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC) Sunil Arora on Wednesday evening and submitted a memorandum. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Trinamool Congress, the ruling party in West Bengal too objected to the appointment of former BSF Director General K K Sharma as special police observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand late on Tuesday evening, alleging that he was present at an RSS function a year earlier. “EC has now appointed KK Sharma, retired DG BSF, as Special Central Police Observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand. Over one year ago (Feb 2018) Trinamool had raised an objection to his presence in uniform at an RSS function,” Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien tweeted. The Election Commission appointed four special observers, two retired IRS and two IPS officer, to spearhead its efforts to check the abuse of black money and illegal inducements to voters and monitor deployment of security forces in select sensitive states during the Lok Sabha polls. Sharma is one of them.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to release its election manifesto on Hindu New Year, however, a party source told the Millennium Post that the Prime Minister’s office is yet to confirm.In 2014, the manifesto was released only on the morning of the first day of polling for the first phase. Avoiding the erstwhile situation, the saffron party had launched a mega drive this time, in the month of February – ‘Bharat Ke Mann Ki Beat’ – where BJP has taken public opinion to make the final ‘Sankalp Patra’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Union Minister and former party president Rajnath Singh is the manifesto team chairman. Suggestions from citizens received in the boxes on the more than 300 mobile video raths and feedback received through other means like emails and public meeting-level consultations in all states are expected to be in by the end of March. A ‘Special Focus’ on the growth of the economy, farmer’s welfare and national security, nationalism is being given this time, party sources said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn 2014 ‘Sankalp Patra’, the party mentioned its intention to increase public spending on education, universalise secondary schooling (Class IX and above) and a range of reviews and reform of existing schemes and programmes. Further, special emphasis was given on vulnerable children and especially those belonging to the vulnerable communities like SCs, STs, OBCs, migrants, slum dwellers, street dwellers and those with disabilities. Girl child education, public spending on education would be raised to 6 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product and involving the private sector on this and other important issues were also in priority for the last Lok Sabha election. But this time, the defence infrastructure, mechanism of tackling terrorism, employment generation etc. are likely to be part of the ‘Sankalp Patra’, confronting the opposition’s election manifesto. Apart from the platform of the election campaign, BJP is likely to highlight the PM Kisan Nidhi Samman scheme.
Gayeshpur/ Ranaghat (Nadia): Coming down heavily on the Election Commission (EC), Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged that it is changing the senior officials in Bengal at the behest of BJP. She was addressing two election rallies at Gayeshpur and Nadia on Sunday afternoon.”BJP cannot win the election by changing the senior officials and deploying Central Forces. Senior EC officials are coming to Bengal and criticising the state without any rhyme or reason. This is against the Constitution. They should remember that it is the people who cast their votes in favour of their candidate. In the 2016 Assembly election, the Central Forces were there as well but Trinamool got 211 seats,” Banerjee stated. Without naming Mukul Roy, she said: “There is a traitor whom we have driven out from the party and that traitor is misinforming BJP about Bengal.” Calling BJP a party of “liars who always try to create confusion among the people,” she said: “The leaders from Delhi are coming to the state. They have neither knowledge nor information about Bengal. They are like seasonal birds. They come before the election, criticise Bengal and utter unparliamentary words against the state and its leaders.” Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Trinamool supremo said: “I am amazed to see his audacity. Instead of replying to the questions raised by the people of the country on note ban, GST, his promises on creation of 10 crore jobs in five years and deposit of Rs 15 lakh in the accounts of all Indians, he is asking me what I have done for Bengal.” “The country has never seen such an arrogant and humbug Prime Minister since Independence. He is running after his own publicity. He has opened a shop to sell his coat, a film on his life and works has been made and he was busy shooting his film when 40 jawans were killed. This is a most worthless government that survives only on lies and spreading canard,” she maintained. Banerjee said that Modi should come up with a statement on the effect of note ban or hasty implementation of GST. “He should tell the electorate as to why 12,000 farmers committed suicide,” she said. She said that along with BJP, the RSS and VHP have become active in Bengal as well. “VHP leaders wear saffron to project themselves as saints, but in reality they are killing people and engineering riots,” she added. The Trinamool supremo said that in the past seven years, all-round development has been carried out in Nadia. The pro-people schemes taken up by the state government have enormously benefitted the people as well. “There is not a single house in Bengal which has not been covered by any of the schemes,” she remarked. She urged the voters not to cast their votes in favour of BJP as “they will ruin the country.” “There will be no Rabindranath, Netaji, Gandhiji or Ambedkar. There will be only hatred and those questioning the functions of the Centre will be crushed,” she added. Banerjee first attended the meeting at Gayeshpur and then went to Ranaghat. A stretch in Gayeshpur falls under the Bongaon Lok Sabha seat, where election will be held on May 6, whereas Ranaghat will go to polls on April 29.