WINNIPEG – The Manitoba and federal governments have been unable to resolve a dispute over refugee funding because they cannot agree on how many claimants walking across the border stay in the province.The Progressive Conservative government asked for federal help in Feburary to provide housing, education and other services for an influx of asylum-seekers entering the country near Emerson, Man. Education Minister Ian Wishart said there have been ongoing discussions but no firm commitments.“There’s been no specific commitments. They’re certainly willing to talk, which is a good sign,” Wishart said. “And we will work with them on that and try and find some solution.”Welcome Place, a non-profit agency that has provided short-term shelter, paralegal services and other help to most of the recent arrivals, has also asked the federal government for money.“They did ask us to submit a budget a couple of months ago, but we have not heard back from the federal government on where they are,” said Rita Chahal, the agency’s executive director.A few hundred people have walked across open fields and through ditches into Manitoba since Jan. 1. Many of those making the journey are originally from African nations and fear deportation from the United States under toughened immigration laws.They cross unofficially instead of at border posts because of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country agreement. Under that agreement, people who have made refugee claims first in the U.S. are turned back at official Canadian entry points, but it does not apply if they manage to get onto Canadian soil some other way.Last month, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said “a great many” of the border-crossers were not staying in Manitoba, so the demand for social services might not be as high as some believe.Goodale’s office was unable to provide statistics to back up his statement. His office referred questions to the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which did not provide statistics, but said many claimants from Manitoba were scheduling their hearings in other provinces.“Based on where hearings with the Immigration and Refugee Board are scheduled compared to where the asylum claim was made, we anticipate that the majority of asylum claimants are planning to relocate to larger urban centres such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver,” department spokeswoman Nancy Chan wrote in an email.Wishart said many of the refugee claimants at the start of the influx last year did not stay in Manitoba, but he estimated about 70 per cent of recent arrivals have. The province’s Department of Families said it has processed 119 applications for welfare benefits from refugee claimants since Jan. 1, some of which are for couples and families.Alastair Clarke, an immigration lawyer in Winnipeg, said most of the refugee claimants he represents are remaining in Manitoba.“I stay in touch with my clients … because I help them with their permanent resident applications, and many if not all of my clients over the past six months have stayed in Manitoba,” he said.Welcome Place launched a fundraising campaign last month and has so far raised less than half of its $300,000 goal, Chahal said. The group is busy but has been able to meet the needs of refugee claimants to date.Welcome Place expects to see a steady stream this year of almost 100 people a month, Chahal said.The Manitoba government announced in February that it would pay for 14 new emergency housing units, $110,000 for paralegal and other services and $70,000 for a co-ordinator to support refugee claimants.
It’s a triple treat for stargazers. Get ready for a lunar eclipse, a supermoon and a blue moon in unison. Such an occurrence hasn’t happened in over a century, so mark your calendars for Jan. 31 to avoid missing out on this rare celestial event.What is a blue moon?To put it simply: a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. The first occurred earlier this month (Jan. 2). Despite the popularity behind its name – “once in a blue moon” – blue moons aren’t as rare as you might think. According to Space.com, they usually happen once every 2.7 years.What is a supermoon?This upcoming moon will also be a supermoon. What does that mean? A supermoon is a full moon that coincides with perigee – a fancy way of saving “near Earth.” When a full moon comes within around 362,146 kilometres of our dear planet, it reaches is closest approach and appears up to 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than usual. When this happens, the moon is elevated to supermoon status.READ: The 2017 solar eclipse entranced Canadians across the countryThe total lunar eclipse and “blood moon”Jan. 31 marks the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in North America for more than 100 years.For roughly 77 minutes, this supermoon will pass through the Earth’s shadow, casting a dazzling blood-orange hue over the moon. This is why lunar eclipses are sometimes referred to as “blood moons.” Although, in this case, you might call it a “blue blood moon.”Who will have the best view in Canada?Canadians residing further out in the West – in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories – will have the best chance to view the eclipse in its entirety, weather permitting. The eclipse will begin at 3:48 a.m. on the West Coast, with the total eclipse beginning at 4:51 a.m. and ending at 5:29 a.m. local time.Other potentially clear-viewing locations include parts of southern Alberta,Saskatchewan and the Yukon.In the east, the eclipse will begin at 5:51 a.m. local time on Jan. 31. Due to poor weather conditions, the remainder of Canada will only get to witness a partial lunar eclipse. However, viewing conditions might be better for stargazers residing from Quebec City to Ottawa.How do I watch the lunar eclipse?Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse doesn’t require any special viewing equipment. It’s perfectly safe to watch with your own eyes, but you’re free to use binoculars and telescopes to enhance your viewing experience.Watch the Super Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse on live streamIf you’re unable to see this stunning spectacle for yourself, then plugging in is a great alternative. Slooh.com is live-streaming the entire event on Jan. 31, starting at 2:45am Pacific.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – A lawyer representing a suspect in the beating of an autistic man says his client is not guilty of the attack that drew outrage from across the country.Jag Virk says 25-year-old Ronjot Singh Dhami — whose last known address was in Surrey, B.C. — will turn himself into police, but he maintains his innocence.Peel Regional Police named Dhami as one of three suspects in the beating, which took place last week at a bus terminal in Mississauga, just west of Toronto.Police identified the second suspect as Parmvir (Parm) Singh Chahil, a 21 year-old man of no fixed address.The third person allegedly involved in the incident has not yet been positively identified, but police say he might go by the first name of Jason.A video of the attack released by police on March 13 shows the unidentified victim sitting at the bottom of a stairwell putting on roller blades when three men approached from behind and began to punch and kick him.Police say the man suffered a broken nose and facial cuts.A Canada-wide arrest warrant for Chahil and Dhami has been issued on one count each of aggravated assault.Police say all three suspects may still be in the Toronto area and are being encouraged to call a lawyer and turn themselves in.Police say anyone who sees Chahil or Dhami should call police and not approach the men.
Authorities mixed up the identities of one of the deceased and one of the survivors in the Humboldt Broncos crash, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice said Monday.The body of 18-year-old Parker Tobin, a goalie, was mistaken for that of Xavier Labelle — Labelle is injured but alive, and Tobin is among the 15 people who died when the bus carrying the junior hockey team collided with a semi truck in northeastern Saskatchewan on Friday, the ministry said.LISTEN: The parents of Parker Tobin thought the badly injured person in the hospital was their son, when it fact it was not, it was Xavier Labelle. Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada talks about being in the hospital room.Audio Playerhttps://toronto.citynews.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/10/2018/04/09/mistakenidentity.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Fourteen people were injured in the crash.“The Office of the Chief Coroner apologizes for the misidentification and any confusion created by it,” the ministry said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to the family of Parker Tobin.”On Monday, Drew Wilby with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice spoke with the media about what he called an “unfortunate error.”He said they became aware of the error late Sunday night.“A lot of these boys looked alike. They had the blonde hair that was supportive of their team for their playoff run, they’re very similar builds, they’ve all very similar ages and they’re all athletic of course,” he explained.Wilby said both families are fully aware of the error and he thanked them for their professionalism, support and understanding in the matter. He also extended his apology to both families on behalf of the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Government of Saskatchewan.Over the weekend, Tobin’s family had tweeted that their son was alive.“This is one of the hardest posts I have ever had to make. Parker is stable at the moment and being airlifted to Saskatoon hospital,” Rhonda Clarke Tobin wrote.Related contentHumboldt pastor’s anguished speech: ‘Where was God?’Humboldt Broncos: Remembering the fallenCommunity of Humboldt gathers to honour fallen team membersMeanwhile, Xavier Labelle’s family had confirmed his death over the weekend, with his brother writing in an Instagram post that he was heartbroken.News of the mistake comes a day after a solemn vigil was held at the team’s home arena, where thousands gathered to remember the deceased.Among those in attendance was Nick Shumlanski, the first of the Broncos to be released from hospital.On Sunday night, he tweeted out a statement saying the support he’s received has been helpful.“Although reality hasn’t really set in yet, it is truly devastating to have lost so many close friends, brothers and amazing coaches. Times are tough right now but the support you all have shown is so amazing,” he wrote.He also said that he was lucky to be in the condition he was.“The doctor told me it was truly a miracle that I was able to get up and walk away from the accident with very minor injuries and a couple of scars on my body,” he said.The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game Friday in Nipawin when the crash took place.
MONTREAL — Julia Sanchez, the NDP’s candidate in Monday’s Outremont byelection, says people in the riding talk to her about climate change, wealth inequality — and sometimes what the leader of her party wears on his head.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is Sikh and wears a turban, making him conspicuously religious in front of a heavily secular province. His French is also weaker than the two previous party leaders, complicating the job of appealing to Quebec voters.Even in multicultural Outremont, located in the geographic centre of the island of Montreal with one of the largest ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in North America, Singh’s religious clothing is on some voters’ minds.“Some people are concerned about (the turban),” Sanchez said during a recent interview following a candidate debate in the riding. She said when she knocks on doors, “It’s definitely not the main thing people bring up …. It does come up.”Kathryn Furlong, 43, who attended the debate, said she voted for Sanchez, an economist with experience in humanitarian work and climate activism, at an advance poll. She has voted Liberal in the past “but never by conviction. Sometimes to keep the out the Conservatives.”She said “it’s a sad notion and a sad question,” referring to anyone who would have an issue with the NDP leader’s expression of faith. “And I think political parties in Quebec try to exploit that issue.”Outremont has been represented by the NDP since former party leader Tom Mulcair won a 2007 federal byelection in what had long been a Liberal stronghold. Through the rise and fall of NDP popularity in Quebec, voters elected Mulcair another three times.Mulcair stepped down last August and is now a visiting professor at Universite de Montreal and a political commentator. The NDP is currently polling fourth in Quebec, far from its highs when Jack Layton helped the party win the majority of the province’s seats in 2011.McGill University philosopher Charles Taylor, a longtime NDP supporter who campaigned with Sanchez ahead of the byelection, said the cool reception Singh has so far received in Quebec is due to the fact he doesn’t yet have a seat in Parliament. Singh is his party’s candidate in one of the other two byelections Monday, in the British Columbia riding of Burnaby South.Once he gets inside the House of Commons and is regularly in front of the cameras, Taylor predicted, “Quebecers will learn to like him. He’s very engaging, but he’s just not on television all the time.”The Coalition Avenir Quebec won last fall’s provincial election with a promise to prohibit some public servants, including teachers, from wearing religious symbols on the job. But Taylor said Singh is “going to make a case for: ‘You can wear this kind of thing and be a perfectly reasonable person.’ And that’s something that Quebecers are able to listen to.”While an NDP loss Monday would further hurt the party in the province, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals arguably have more at stake.The party has 39 seats in Quebec leading into Monday’s vote and 179 nationally. Polling indicates Liberal support has declined across the country since the 2015 vote, and Trudeau is looking to pick up seats in Quebec to maintain his party’s majority in next fall’s general election.Outremont — where 36 per cent of residents are immigrants and 66 per cent are bilingual — is the kind of riding the Liberals must connect with in order to maintain their success in Quebec.Rachel Bendayan, a lawyer and former political aide, finished second to Mulcair in 2015. Her party has consistently led polls in the province since the last election. But in recent weeks it has been embroiled in controversy over allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office improperly pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to help engineering giant SNC-Lavalin escape criminal prosecution.The Montreal-based company is charged with bribery and fraud over its dealings in Libya, and it has said a conviction could lead to job losses and make it vulnerable to foreign takeover.Bendayan said it is journalists, not the people she meets when knocking on doors in the riding, who are asking about SNC-Lavalin. “No, people are not raising it,” she said in a recent interview recently at her campaign office. “People here are concerned with issues that affect their day-to-day lives. You’d be surprised how many people talk to me about the ice on the sidewalks.”Tom Boushel, 72, a Liberal volunteer who will be driving seniors to vote on Monday, said he doesn’t think the SNC-Lavalin issue will have as much of an impact in Quebec as elsewhere. “Quebecers are sensitive to the risk of job losses,” Boushel said, adding that Montrealers appreciate the prestige of having a global firm headquartered in their city.Boushel said “every elected official of every party … every government has to fight to keep SNC going. I think in Quebec, I think they understand a little better.”The byelection is the first test for the Bloc Quebecois under its new leader, Yves-Francois Blanchet, who was acclaimed in January. The Bloc is hoping its candidate, author Michel Duchesne, will help the party become competitive once again in the riding.Jasmine Louras, a University of Ottawa law student, is representing the Conservatives, while James Seale, a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, is running for the People’s Party of Canada, the party Maxime Bernier started after he quit the Conservatives last summer.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
A Catholic priest was stabbed in front of dozens of stunned worshippers as he was celebrating mass Friday morning at Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory.Montreal police said a 911 call was placed at around 8:40 a.m. When officers arrived at the landmark church, a male suspect was already detained by security guards.Philip Barrett, who was sitting near the front of the church, said he saw a tall man, who appeared to be a Caucasian in his 30s, rise from a pew and quickly walk into the sanctuary to attack Rev. Claude Grou, the Oratory’s rector.“He walked over behind the altar and he seemed to strike the priest’s body,” Barrett said. “I think the priest fell down at that time. I do remember the priest was moving away from the man but it happened so quickly there was almost no time to react.”Barrett said people quickly restrained the suspect, who did not struggle. He said the suspect didn’t speak or call out during the attack.According to police, Grou was celebrating mass when a man suddenly approached him and attacked him with a knife.Police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils said the victim suffered minor injuries to his upper body and was taken to hospital.The suspect was to be questioned by police Friday morning.Barrett said Grou crumpled to the ground after the attack, but appeared to be conscious and alert about 15 minutes later when paramedics wheeled him to an ambulance.He said members of the congregation immediately began praying, both for Grou and for the suspect.St. Joseph’s Oratory is among Canada’s largest churches, and pilgrims from all over the world are drawn to its domed roof and stunning architecture.Barrett said that he, like the rest of the roughly 60 people present, was shocked that an attack would happen in a place he has come to see as a haven.“I really find it’s a welcoming place,” he said. “I just hope that as a result of this, I mean, I can imagine they’re going to need more security, but I hope they can still keep that welcoming spirit.”The incident was caught on video during a live streaming of the mass. Warning: The video may be disturbing to some viewers.
QUEBEC — Job postings at Quebec’s largest school board have begun including the requirement that new teachers not wear religious symbols or face coverings on the job, in accordance with the province’s new secularism law.The Commission scolaire de Montreal said Thursday it will present a report next week to its council of commissioners to discuss the implementation of Bill 21.The apparent reversal comes after the board said in June it needed to delay applying the legislation for one year in order to consult with schools, parents and other stakeholders.The board’s position was welcomed by Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge, who said he was pleased but not surprised by the decision.Roberge and Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette said in June that no exceptions would be granted, and that the law would apply in Montreal like everywhere else.Religious and civil liberties groups are challenging the legislation, which prohibits some public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols at work.The Canadian Press
In honor of National Toilet Paper Day, Charmin hosted a live comedy show with comedian and improv artist, Wayne Brady, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New York City.Wayne Brady partnered with Charmin to host a live comedy show in honor of National Toilet Paper DayCredit/Copyright: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for CharminThe showcase gave young comics a platform to deliver five minutes of their best clean potty humor routines in front of a live audience. By night’s end, Wayne Brady crowned Heaven and Cristal, two New York City high school students, the winners of the ‘Keep It Clean Comedy Show.’The event, hosted by Wayne Brady, featured eight high school students and aspiring comedians between the ages of 14-18 who were judged on their ability to successfully deliver bathroom humor and innuendos without involving explicit or gross content.“As a brand synonymous with superior clean, Charmin believes that a creative, G-rated one-liner can get anyone laughing,” said Eric Breissinger, P&G Family Care Vice President. “Through the ‘Keep It Clean Comedy Show’ we’re cleaning up potty humor so it can be enjoyed by all ages, because after all, we want to help everyone ‘Enjoy The Go.’”Charmin and Brady are also encouraging people at home to get involved by tweeting their best clean #PottyHumor jokes to @Charmin. For each tweet received throughout the month of September, the brand will be donating $1 to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), up to $10,000. RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get, and keep, their children healthy and happy through programs like Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile that enable family-centered care.“Making people smile has always been something that has been close to my heart and motivated me as a performer,” says Brady. “Working with Charmin to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which is a charity I’m very close to, has made this a special cause.”Brady, who has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for well over a decade, was excited at the opportunity to combine charity and comedy.The young New York City high school students who participated in the show were coached by professional comedians in preparation for the event. The show was held at a Lower East Side comedy theater on East 3rd St. in New York City.A grand prize of $5,000.00 was awarded to Heaven, Cristal and their school’s theater department to help further their comedic educations.
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters, celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, have named TV personality Robin Roberts the 10th Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in the team’s history.Robin Roberts With The Harlem GlobetrottersCredit/Copyright: Ida Mae Astute/ABCRoberts joins an esteemed list of Honorary Harlem Globetrotters that includes Pope Francis – who was honored by the Globetrotters at the Vatican in May – as well as Dr. Henry Kissinger (1976), Bob Hope (1977) and Nelson Mandela (1996).The prestigious Honorary Harlem Globetrotter accolade recognizes an individual of extraordinary character and achievement who has made an everlasting mark on the world. Roberts, an award-winning journalist, has provided inspiration for millions as she has publicly battled breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Roberts is an inductee of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and is in the top ten in five career statistical categories at her alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University, where her no. 21 jersey is retired.“It is our privilege to present Robin Roberts with this honor,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “She used her platform as a journalist to selflessly make her personal health battle public in order to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors, and by doing so, she potentially helped save lives. Robin fully embodies the ambassadorial spirit the Globetrotters have exuded for 90 years.”The announcement was made before a national TV audience, as the Globetrotters performed on a special basketball court for a multitude of excited fans in the heart of New York City’s Times Square.As part of the festivities, the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, also pronounced that they are giving back even more during their 90th year with The Great Assist initiative, pledging to spread 100 million smiles around the world over the next 10 years with act of kindness and benevolence. Some examples include bringing schools messages of bullying prevention, character and physical fitness, visiting children’s hospitals, lending a hand after natural disasters, helping build homes for the needy and volunteering at soup kitchens and homeless shelters.Fans are encouraged to give back as well and to visit GreatAssist.com to nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family in need of a smile, and the Globetrotters will help as many fans as possible throughout the tour.The North American leg of the Globetrotters’ 2016 World Tour will tip off on Dec. 26, 2015, and see over 330 games in more than 260 cities in 48 U.S. states, eight Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico. To find a performance near you and purchase tickets, visit harlemglobetrotters.com.With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S.
The Elders today welcomed recent moves by leaders in The Gambia, Tanzania and Uganda to end or curb child marriage, as part of the African Union’s continent-wide campaign to eradicate the harmful practice.In The Gambia, where almost a third of underage girls are married, President Yayha Jammeh has announced that anyone marrying a girl below 18 would be jailed for up to 20 years, with legislation due to by drawn up in the coming months. In Tanzania, meanwhile, parliament has declared that current child marriage laws are unconstitutional.The Ugandan health ministry has also recently announced that it will provide more advice to girls and adolescents, and educate them on their sexual and reproductive health and rights, joining 10 other countries which have already adopted national strategies and action plans to end child marriage.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“It is encouraging to see more African leaders and legislators taking action to end the damaging and abusive practice of child marriage. This is an issue of rights, health, justice and protection that affects individual girls and women, their families and their wider community. Governments across the continent must now work hard to educate the wider population and eradicate this practice once and for all.”The Elders have campaigned against child marriage since 2011, when they formed the global civil society alliance Girls Not Brides, now an independent organisation in its own right.Mary Robinson added:“As Elders, we are committed to promoting equality for women and girls and ending all forms of discrimination. Child marriage is cruel and harmful. It denies girls the chance of an education and economic independence. Their talents cannot then be tapped by communities which could benefit from their knowledge and resilience. These latest steps are welcome but much more still needs to be done to protect girls’ rights.”
D’Oliveira and Virgo both immigrated to Toronto in the ’70s (D’Oliveira from Guyana and Virgo from Jamaica), and they met in 1991 at the CFC’s inaugural Summer Lab. With support and resources from the CFC, they began working together on the award-winning short film “Save My Lost Nigga Soul” (1993) and then on Rude, which debuted at Cannes and helped put their newly-created production company on the map.The context of those early years of collaboration was a period in history (from the ’80s to the early ’90s) that Virgo describes as “a black film renaissance.” Hollywood was making movie stars out of black comedians like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, the Sankofa Film and Video Collective was spearheading a black film movement across the pond in the U.K. and in 1986 Spike Lee opened the doors for black filmmakers with his feature film debut She’s Gotta Have it. It was an exciting time of possibility, and Virgo and D’Oliveira leveraged that moment to make bold artistic statements and craft a space for themselves in the Canadian film and television industry.These days Virgo serves as executive producer of the OWN series Greenleaf in addition to directing episodes of the show, and Conquering Lion is working on an adaptation of Laurence Hill’s latest novel The Illegal with the CBC.I spoke with Virgo and D’Oliveira last week by telephone and our interview quickly evolved into a rich conversation that covered an astounding array of topics. The two men gave hilarious anecdotes about their first meeting, told me about what it feels like to become pioneers and reflected on why they still hesitate with connecting to a Canadian identity.What were your first impressions of each other and why did you begin collaborating?Clement Virgo: I’m trying to recall the first time I saw Damon. I remember the hair.Damon D’Oliveira: (laughs)CV: It was very late ’80s, early ’90s kind of long, almost wannabe new wave, very feathered and long. But soon after that, I saw someone that was very focused and dedicated and ambitious. I recognized the same kind of ambitions I had. We became fast friends.DO: And I think I proved to him there was a brain under that head of hair. My impression of Clement was he was a fashion plate (laughs). Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin’s Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah. Rude, the first ever feature film written and directed by a black Canadian, was released in 1995. A boldly experimental and stylistic movie, it explores the stories of three individuals who search for redemption over an Easter weekend, while a mysterious radio host sets the tone by waxing poetic on her philosophies of life.I watched Rude in university, and quickly realized that it was the first time I had ever seen a Canadian film that centred on the lives and experiences of black people. Not only that, those experiences informed its cinematic aesthetic. In class we read some of the numerous essays and articles that had been written in response to Rude, and that’s what first sparked my curiosity about the creative minds behind this landmark film: director/writer/producer Clement Virgo and producer Damon D’Oliveira. Twitter The Rude team at Cannes in 1995. (Courtesy of CFC)CV: Well, no. At the time you have to remember it was the beginning of a black film renaissance which kind of started a few years earlier with Spike Lee, and soon after that there were these films that came out of England by these black British filmmakers. It felt like we were kind of a wave of black diasporic films that were being made. We felt like we were part of a movement and we just happened to be one of the first in Canada. But I never saw it as we were making history. I looked at it as participating in a kind of movement.Damon, I know your background is in acting. Did you know that you would also decide to get into producing? How did that happen?DO: Acting can be a bit boring where you’re sitting around waiting for a phone to ring. For me it was always important to make my own work. And of course at that time, there were shit roles for people that looked like me. Nobody was writing culturally specific work at that time. So that’s always been my agenda with the stuff that I choose — to represent characters, stories, ideas that are true to my experience as a migrant to this country in the ’70s.I was watching an old interview with you, Clement, where you were talking about being at Cannes for the first time and you were going through the program and you saw your name and the name of the film and it said “From Canada.” And you stared at it for a long time and said, “Oh. I guess I’m Canadian.” (everyone laughs) Why was this a realization and did it change things for you?CV: The immigrant experience never leaves you. It’s very formative. It affects who you think you are nationally — even now. Every time I cross the border I think, “Are they gonna let me in?” It’s always in the back of my mind that I’m not gonna be let back into the country. It’s kind of irrational in some ways. But maybe not. It’s that sense of belonging. This idea around national identity is always something that I’ve struggled with.DO: The moment for me was when we took The Book of Negroes to Parliament Hill to show all the representatives in the House our work. For me that was like, “Wow. I guess I am Canadian now.” There was something almost metaphysical about that day. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About the Author Director Clement Virgo on the set of The Book of Negroes. Why have you both stayed in Canada? I know there’s work that you do in the U.S., but why do you both always return?CV: In terms of film and television, we can’t really think of Canada as a single market or the industry as a single place. We live in an integrated and global world. I live in Canada and I love living in Canada — I love living in Toronto. I feel at home there. But in terms of my career, I see my career as rooted around the world.. Actors Aunjanue Ellis (left) and Cuba Gooding Jr. appear in a scene from The Book of Negroes. (Joe Alblas/Conquering Lion Pictures/Out of Africa Pictures/CBC)For that to still be a question for two individuals who have helped to build this film industry in important and imperative ways is very fascinating.DO: Yeah, it’s weird. When you leave a country around 12, your memories are still there. I still have dreams of Guyana. But I suppose my identity as a Canadian is growing stronger as we make more work. CV: Yeah, I went to fashion school — I wanted to be a designer and I worked in fashion for about four years. Tom Ford has the exact career that I wanted. I’m thinking maybe as an older filmmaker now I should go back and experiment a little bit with fashion design. I feel like I’m going back to the things that I used to love.DO: I think in your filmmaking there’s a similar journey. Our short film “Save My Lost Nigga Soul” and Rude were really stylistic films that were made with a lot of emphasis on the style and the look of it. And then Clement started getting a little more puritan and sort of stripping away.CV: Yeah, my natural inclination is to be a bit theatrical but somewhere along the line I got it into my head that it shouldn’t be so self-conscious. I remember when we did our first film Rude there was a person that saw that film and dismissed it outright as being pure style. And a month later we were invited to Cannes.DO: Well actually what happened is — we invited a lot of Canadian distributors, a room of white faces, and the entire room dismissed the film on first viewing. And it was the same film that went in front of a Cannes jury and got in. So I feel like with our work we’re always pushing doors open.When you were making Rude, did you realize that what you were doing was pioneering? Advertisement Advertisement On Wednesday, both men and their company Conquering Lion Pictures were awarded in L.A. by the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) with the CFC Award for Creative Excellence. The honour celebrates their body of work in film and television, which includes the critically acclaimed mini-series The Book of Negroes(2015), as well as the films Poor Boy’s Game (2007) and Lie with Me (2005).. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Amanda Parris
Login/Register With: Canadian actress Emily Hampshire and American actor Eric Roberts head the cast of a new film based on a Linwood Barclay bestseller.Never Saw It Coming is now shooting in Sudbury, based on Barclay’s 2011 book about a psychic who parts troubled families from their money and gets entangled with a man whose wife has gone missing and who has dark secrets.Gail Harvey, who has directed numerous Canadian TV series as well as the documentary Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, is directing. Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, wrote the screenplay. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Hampshire (12 Monkeys, Schitt’s Creek) stars as psychic Keisha Ceylon. Roberts (Lost Girl, CSI, Heroes) plays Wendell Garfield, whose wife Ellie (Diane D’Aquila) has gone missing. Katie Boland, Harvey’s daughter, also co-stars as Garfield’s daughter.The aim is for Never Saw It Coming to be finished by late summer, in time for fall film festivals.BY DEBRA YEO Advertisement
Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: TORONTO, July 13, 2017 – Following this morning’s announcement by the Television Academy, Bell Media’s conventional, specialty, and pay television networks are home to the most acclaimed and celebrated television programming available to Canadians, garnering 234 Emmy nominations. The 69th EMMY® AWARDS airs live Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET, exclusively on CTV.Once again, pay television leads the way with 115 nominations for first-run HBO and SHOWTIME programming available on Bell Media’s The Movie Network, HBO Canada, and CraveTV services. With 111 nominations, the most of any network for the 17th year in a row, HBO-nominated programming available exclusively on HBO Canada is highlighted by: 22 nominations for the hit sci-fi drama WESTWORLD, the most-watched debut season in HBO Canada history; 17 nominations for the comedy series VEEP; 16 nominations for the critically acclaimed miniseries BIG LITTLE LIES featuring Emmy nominees Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée; and coming to CraveTV tomorrow, July 14, the miniseries THE NIGHT OF, with 13 nominations. All nominated HBO Canada programming is available on TMN GO.Nominated SHOWTIME programming, streaming on CraveTV, includes RAY DONOVAN, PENNY DREADFUL, and MASTERS OF SEX. THIS IS US, Canada’s #1 new series with A18-34 for the 2016/2017 broadcast season, is up for 11 awards for its emotionally charged first season, including Outstanding Drama Series, with Outstanding Lead Actor nods for leads Sterling K. Brownand Milo Ventimiglia.On specialty, the first season of the shot-in-Toronto drama series THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Bravo’s most-watched programever and coming to CraveTV on July 28, garnered an impressive 13 nominations, followed by The Comedy Network’s FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE (Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET), which secured seven nominations.In the coveted Outstanding Variety Talk Series category, Bell Media series lead the pack taking five out of six nominations: FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, and REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER.See below for a full list of Bell Media’s Emmy-nominated programming:HBO Canada (108 Nominations)WESTWORLD (22)VEEP (17)BIG LITTLE LIES (16)THE NIGHT OF (13) *coming to CraveTV July 14SILICON VALLEY (10)LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (8)GIRLS (4)THE WIZARD OF LIES (4)BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS (2)THE YOUNG POPE (2)VICE (2)2017 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY (1)BALLERS (1)DIVORCE (1)A HOUSE DIVIDED (VICE SPECIAL REPORT) (1)THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (1)THE LEFTOVERS (1)REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (1)TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW (1)CTV (69 Nominations)THIS IS US (11)THE VOICE (8)O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (6) *streaming now on CraveTVTHE OSCARS (6)SUPER BOWL LI HALFTIME SHOW STARRING LADY GAGA (6)DANCING WITH THE STARS (5)70th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (4)THE AMAZING RACE (3)THE BIG BANG THEORY (3)*streaming now on CraveTVGOTHAM (3)CARPOOL KARAOKE PRIMETIME SPECIAL 2017 (2) *streaming now on CraveTVHOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (2)THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN (2)SHARK TANK (2)74th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES (1)AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (1)BLINDSPOT (1) *streaming now on CraveTVMASTERCHEF JUNIOR (1)MATCH GAME (1) *streaming now on CraveTVTHE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON (1)Bravo (18 Nominations)THE HANDMAID’S TALE (13) *coming to CraveTV July 28PROJECT RUNWAY (5)CraveTV (15 Nominations)THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAY’S A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS (5)PENNY DREADFUL (4)STEPHEN COLBERT’S LIVE ELECTION NIGHT DEMOCRACY’S SERIES FINALE (3)RAY DONOVAN (2)MASTERS OF SEX (1)The Comedy Network (11 Nominations)FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE (7)JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (3)ANGIE TRIBECA (1) *streaming now on CraveTVMUCH (Six Nominations)DRUNK HISTORY (4) *streaming now on CraveTVAMERICAN DAD! (1)SOUTH PARK (1) *streaming now on CraveTVDiscovery (Three Nominations)DEADLIEST CATCH (3) *streaming now on CraveTVThe Movie Network (Two Nominations)SHAMELESS (2)Gusto (One Nomination)MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY (1)TSN (One Nomination)30 FOR 30 (1)About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Advertisement
Facebook Caroline Dhavernas is a great actress that first came to our attention as one of the best parts of the Paul Gross film Passchendaele. In 2013, she re-teamed with creator Bryan Fuller on the cult favourite Hannibal (one of our favourite shows of all time). Now, she fronts her own show, created by Tara Armstrong and produced by Tassie and Amy Cameron (Cameron Pictures), called Mary Kills People. The show was renewed for a second season and features an incredible performance by Dhavernas as the titular Mary Harris. This season will see the addition of Rachelle Lefevre to the cast as the cloaked in mystery Olivia Bloom as well as Ian Lake as Olivia’s husband, Travis.We spoke to Dhavernas by phone from the Corus headquarters and the following is a condensed and edited version of our lively conversation.Brief Take: What does it mean to be on a female-led show? Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Caroline Dhavernas: Yeah, it was a first for me, I had never been part of a show that was mostly female. I mean, it was written by women, (we had one male writer though on the team), produced largely in part by women, edited, and also the lead, so yeah, it was wonderful! And also, seeing so many women in positions of creative power is not always the case. I really embraced it. I hope that one day we don’t have to talk about it. I hope that it will be just a given. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
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APTN National NewsA Vancouver newspaper is standing by its claims that John Furlong the former head of the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee abused Aboriginal students during his time working as a teacher in northern British Columbia.APTN National News has spoke to some of those who have put their accusations into affidavits.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.
APTN National NewsA rally was held in Edmonton Friday to protest violence against women.The protest comes a week after city police arrested an Aboriginal women, who had been sexually assaulted, for breach of conditions.Police said days later, after refusing to speak to the media, the victim never said she was assaulted when police arrived at a motel after her mother called 911. The woman was bleeding and missing a tooth.It’s an issue organizers of the rally say needs to be addressed.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan went to the rally.
APTN National NewsFormer Aboriginal affairs minister Jim Prentice will be leading Enbridge Inc.’s charm offensive to convince recalcitrant First Nations to support the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline project.Enbridge said in a statement Wednesday that Prentice would be leading the energy firm’s “renewed efforts to consult…and establish partnerships with First Nations.Prentice, who is currently vice-chairman of the CIBC bank, also announced his new role on Twitter.“I have agreed to help (the Northern Gateway) project because I believe First Nations should be full partners in resource projects,” tweeted Prentice, who was Aboriginal affairs minister from 2006 to 2007. “And they should be owners of projects like the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.”Enbridge says it has agreements with 26 Aboriginal communities along the pipeline route, which will carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to the British Columbia coast. That number, however, is disputed. Enbridge only has the support of three B.C. First Nations at most and the number it uses relies heavily on Alberta support.Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said in a statement that Enbridge is committed to “reach out in a respectful way” to First Nations.“We believe Jim Prentice is uniquely suited to help us fulfill that promise,” said Monaco. “We value the constructive relationships we’ve built with our existing Aboriginal equity partners.”The pipeline project received a boost from the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel which found its economic benefits outweighed its environmental impact.It is now up to the Harper cabinet to make a final decision on the project. It’s expected that the project will get the federal government’s backing which has described the pipeline as being in the national interest.The project, however, faces stiff resistance from First Nation bands along the route and from Indigenous grassroots activists.Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said Prentice’s appointment is a sign of desperation on the part of Enbridge and will do little to shift opposition to the pipeline.“We’ve been dealing with a project that’s been around for eight or nine years and we are in on the last minute of this whose exercise,” said Sterritt. “It’s a last gasp by Enbridge. Enbridge knows it’s in trouble around here.”Sterritt said the pipeline poses a threat to a $3 billion fisheries and eco-tourism industry that could be wiped out by one oil spill.“Jobs already exist here. It’s not like we are in some backwater. They come along thinking we should jump if they flash a few dollars,” he said. “We have been sustaining ourselves here for many thousands or years, we are not out there begging anyone to give us a job…The reality is that the vast majority, hundreds of First Nation communities, are against this project.”The Coastal First Nations represents an alliance of coastal B.C. First Nations including the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and the Council of the Haida Nation.At the grassroots level, the opposition is also fierce.An anti-pipeline blockade, led by the Unist’ot’en clan who are part of the Wet’suwet’en people, has dug in along the pipeline’s planned route. The blockade aims to stop the pipeline’s construction. The blockade and associated camp is situated about 66 kilometres south of Houston, BC, and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver.“(Prentice’s) track record has always shown that he has traversed a corporate-heavy trajectory in his role in the federal government. With him being the senior executive vice-president for CIBC we know that his motives have always been prioritized by the financial bottom line,” said the Unist’ot’en camp in a statement. “The banks and the governments are notorious for their disregard for the general public’s opinion as was shown in the recent NEB JRP process with the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. This is also blatantly obvious with their complete disregard for Indigenous Rights and Title issues which are subject to protection in the Constitution Act and the largest majority of Case Laws pertaining to Indigenous matters.”Prentice, who resigned in 2010 from the Harper government while environment minister, is no stranger to land battles between Ottawa and First Nations. He was Aboriginal affairs minister during Six Nation’s reclamation of an under-construction subdivision in 2006. He also negotiated the creation of the Specific Claims Tribunal with former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine in 2007 to avert nation-wide unrest during a planned day of action scheduled for June 29.Only the Mohawks of Tyendinaga marched out that day, blocking the railways and Hwy 401 for about 11 email@example.com
APTN National NewsThe pride of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut brought home a huge award.Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize given annually by Canada’s music critics.When she took the stage Monday night to accept the award she had some strong words for her critics.Not her music critics, but animal rights protesters.APTN’s Kent Driscoll checked in with Tagaq Tuesday to see just how someone so soft spoken can be so outspoken.