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Gun that killed healer matches one purchased by Canadian killed in Peru

first_imgAuthorities in Peru say the gun that killed a plant healer matches one purchased by a Canadian man who was slain in the Amazon rain forest earlier this month.The justice ministry says Sebastian Woodroffe, 41, purchased the gun on April 3 — a few weeks before Olivia Arevalo, an octogenarian from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe of northeastern Peru, was killed.Two people have been arrested in connection with Woodroffe’s death.Peruvian authorities have said the Vancouver Island man was dragged by the neck to his death shortly after he was accused of killing Arevalo.Prosecutors have said two suspects were identified in a video shot on a cellphone showing the moment Woodroffe was killed last week.Officials have said forensic experts were studying Woodroffe’s body to determine whether he had any involvement in her death.Woodroffe posted online ahead of his trip to Peru, saying he hoped that an apprenticeship with a plant healer would help his goal of changing careers to become an addiction counsellor using hallucinogenic medicine.last_img read more

Nova Scotia marijuana outlets to be bright open inviting corporation says

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s legal marijuana stores will be “bright, open, and inviting” — but the product itself will be sold in secure containers and then sealed in a paper bag.Conceptual drawings released by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation show what customers can expect once Ottawa legalizes recreational marijuana.It will be sold in clearly demarcated areas of 11 NSLC stores that also sell alcohol, while one downtown Halifax store will be the province’s lone pot-only retail outlet.“There will be a section of the store that has a frosted glass area, because you are not allowed under federal regulations to be able to see the product,” corporation spokeswoman Beverly Ware said Monday.“The key for us is to keep the area bright and open and inviting and in keeping with the NSLC stores that people are accustomed to.”The drawings show a well lit area where various strains of marijuana are displayed in glass jars inside glass cases. The cash register area is flanked by a station where customers can get information about the marijuana they are buying on computer tablets.Bright posters outline the various categories of product according to levels of THC or medicinal CBD.The categories are Relax, Unwind, Centre, and Enhance, Ware said.With the exception of the pot-only Halifax location, customers will not be allowed to smell the product on the premises so the odour doesn’t permeate into areas where alcohol is sold.“But you are able to closely look at the product and we will have a written description of what the smell of the product would be like if you were able to open it,” said Ware.Before they begin to shop, Ware said customers will be met by a product specialist who will ask questions about the type of marijuana they are looking for, and who will also give health and safety advice.Customers will be advised not to consume alcohol with their purchase and will be asked to store it safely once they are home. They will also be told not to smoke pot while driving.“We expect that there might be a number of new users and cannabis affects different people differently,” said Ware. “So we’ll be asking customers to start low and slow, to start with lower levels of THC and to slowly learn how the product will react with their body.”Ware said the marijuana will only be handled by the clerk who will get it for the customer. It will be sold in secure containers similar to those used for drug prescriptions and then sealed in a paper bag.Ware said eight of the 12 stores are currently under renovation and the goal is to have them ready for a July startup.Ware said it’s estimated the average cost of the renovations for the “stores within a store” is just over $500,000. She said there is no cost estimate yet for the stand-alone outlet, although the entire startup cost for the NSLC is estimated at between $10 million to $11 million.She said product supply is yet to be secured, although NSLC officials were in the process Monday of narrowing down possible suppliers.Nova Scotians will also be allowed to grow up to four plants on their own, and will be able buy online from the NSLC.last_img read more

QuickList governments rules for Canada 150 rink on Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA – Heritage Minister Melanie Joly says a skating rink erected on Parliament Hill to mark the country’s 150th birthday will now stay open until the end of February, after critics and the public assailed the original window of Dec. 7-31.The rink also comes with a list of “guidelines” that differ little from the rules that govern typical public skating facilities, but have nonetheless earned the scorn of Canadians on social media and elsewhere. They are as follows:— Skaters will have to obtain passes that are available for free 48 hours before their scheduled use date and are good for 40 minutes on the rink.— Only those wearing skates are permitted on the ice surface.— It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a CSA-approved helmet during all skating sessions.— Patrons attending must have a responsible adult of 18 years of age to accompany children 12 years and under. Carrying children while on the ice surface, including baby carriers, is prohibited.— Food and drinks are not to be taken on the ice surface.— All accidents or injuries must be reported immediately to the on-site supervisor.— Hockey sticks and/or pucks are prohibited.— The use of headsets, cell phone or electronic devices is prohibited.— Rough play, speed, figure skating and multiplayer games (i.e. tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.— Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted during skating sessions, with the accompaniment of a responsible person age 18 or older with skates on.— Only so-called “E-Z gliders” are permitted as a skating aid.— CSA approved helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants.— Wheels must be cleaned of sand and salt prior to entering the ice surface to ensure the safety of skaters.last_img read more

Your Ward News hate case put over to Aug 22 judge delays

first_imgTORONTO — The case involving a Toronto editor found guilty of promoting hatred against women and Jews has been put over until Aug. 22.The delay is to allow James Sears to provide written material on why he believes his lawyer “threw the case.”Sears wants to have his trial reopened, claiming his lawyer failed to call a defence.The editor of Your Ward News must also come up with a list of proposed witnesses.Sentencing for publisher LeRoy St. Germaine was also put on hold.The judge wants to see if St. Germaine will agree to some kind of mediation.St. Germaine, 77, and Sears, 55, were found guilty of hate promotion in January.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada sends additional military support to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal government says it’s providing additional emergency military support to areas in the Bahamas that were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.Global Affairs Canada says a Canadian Armed Forces’ CC-130J Hercules aircraft was sent Friday to provide airlift support.The large propeller-diven cargo aircraft will facilitate the deployment of the Jamaican Defence Force into the Bahamas.A Canadian Disaster Assistance Team was sent to Nassau in the Bahamas earlier to determine how Canada can best help those affected by Hurricane Dorian along with $500,000 from the federal government.Officials say the death toll has risen to 43 and is likely to increase after the Category 5 storm devastated some Bahamian communities.Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm in Nova Scotia on Saturday evening before moving into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it is expected to transform into a strong post-tropical storm.last_img read more

Stars To Play God For Charity

first_imgCelebrity actors will be appearing as God in Monty Python’s Spamalot this summer at The Playhouse Theatre to raise money for charity.
Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor, Larry Lamb, Bradley Walsh, Simon Callow and Christopher Biggins will all be appearing this summer at The Playhouse Theatre to raise money for charity.
’The Summer of Spamalot Charity Gods’ has been created to raise-a-lot of shillings for several charities including Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage For Age and Keats Community Library which are supported by the actors who will be playing God.
The actors took time out of their busy schedule to film the part of God, which will be shown during each performance of Spamalot, with their portrayal running for a week at a time from 15th July onwards.
Hugh Bonneville’s performance as God kicks off the season, with a special night to celebrate the start of his week on Monday 15th July from 8pm. Barbara Windsor will then be at the theatre on Monday 5th August for her first night as God and Simon Callow will be in the audience on Monday 12th August to mark the start of his week as God. Other Gods opening nights will be announced soon.
The role of God is currently played by Python legend Eric Idle, and features in Spamalot when King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table are given their quest to find The Holy Grail.
Sir Howard Panter (says he’s a real Knight! as if), Producer of Spamalot for Ambassador Theatre Group, said; “It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring friends of the show in to the role of God in this way, so that we can help such deserving causes while making audiences laugh at the same time.”
Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville, will kick off the ‘Summer of Spamalot Gods’ on 15th July and he said: “I wanted to play God in Spamalot in order to support Scene & Heard, a North London charity, which gives local young people living in challenging circumstances the opportunity to work with arts professionals and create theatre scripted entirely by the children. I’m grateful to the producers of Spamalot for this novel way of bringing attention to Scene & Heard’s inspirational work. I’m also delighted to be involved with the show because an ancestor on my mother’s side was in fact one of the Knights who say Ni.”
Legendary British actress, Barbara Windsor, who plays Spamalot’s first female God, said; “I wanted to play God in Spamalot because having been 4ft 10.5 inches tall (four feet, ten and a half inches) all my life, this would be the first and only time people would look up to me…..”. Describing his portrayal as God in Spamalot, stage and screen actor, Simon Callow said; “I wanted to play God because it’s such a challenging role for a mere mortal. Spamalot is a work of genius and God is the climax. So it was irresistible. The charity to whom I’ve donated my fee is the Keats Grove Library, scandalously closed by the Local Authority and re-opened by a group of local people headed by my friend, the wonderful actor Lee Montague. I used to live round the corner as a young actor and used the library all the time. Don’t know what I would have done without it.”To find out more, click here.last_img read more

System Of A Down Commemorate 100th Anniversary Of Armenian Genocide

first_imgApril 24th, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. A century later, System Of A Down refuse to let the victims and lessons learned be forgotten.On April 10th, 2015, they’ll commemorate the Genocide’s 100th anniversary on the world stage with their “Wake Up The Souls” arena tour, an international trek that begins at London’s Wembley Arena and culminates with the band’s first-ever performance in Yerevan’s Republic Square. For ticket info on the tour, which is the band’s first since 2013, visit“As a band, it’s been one of our dreams to play in Armenia,” says lead vocalist Serj Tankian. “To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honor.”
“The first genocide of the 20th century was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against the empire’s Armenian, Greek and Assyrian populations,” the band added in a statement. “The failure to prevent the atrocities or punish the perpetrators led to the modern cycle of genocide.“By demanding a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide we are saying Never Again to all genocides. Never again will we stand by while people are murdered for belonging to a select race, ethnic, or religious group as they were in Turkey, Nazi Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, or Darfur.”As pointed out in a recent Forbes op-ed piece by Jano Boghossian, the atrocities committed in 1915 marked and traumatized all subsequent generations of Armenians both in the small remaining homeland, and the far-reaching Diaspora. “Victim groups have no need for a justification of memory,” wrote Boghossian, “but they do need justice.” System Of A Down’s landmark tour will see them take the call for truth to Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Russia. The group, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, have lost family members and history to the Genocide and have worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness. In April 2009, Tankian made a short video urging President Obama to honor his campaign pledge to properly commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The group made headlines in 2013 after a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles saw Tankian asking the packed-house crowd to imagine a government that remained silent on the Holocaust, as many did regarding the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides.“The pursuit of justice knows no time restraints, recognizes no obstacles, and will not be halted until justice is met, whether it’s one hundred years or one thousand,” says drummer John Dolmayan.Fans looking for information about the “Wake Up The Souls” tour and/or how to get involved should visit, where they’ll see content curated by the band, along with an interactive “heat map” splash page featuring their statement about the cause, along with tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and “Take Action” instructions.When the user clicks on any highlighted city on the heat map, a fact about the Armenian Genocide will pop up, which will be sharable to the users’ social networks (example – France: “In 1915 France advises Young Turk leaders that they will be held personally responsible for crimes against humanity”). Each tour date will line up with a “Facebook Event Page” to which fans can RSVP, creating a community around each performance. Above the map will be instructions for fans to interact by using the hashtag #wakeupthesouls. As fans tweet and share, the heat map will grow around the world, showing the impact of people talking about the cause and tour on a global scale.The “Take Action” page will give fans the opportunity to send out a pre-populated tweet pledging to stand with the good people of conscience in Turkey and urge for global justice for the Armenian Genocide. This automated tweet will also contain the campaign hashtag, which will cycle back around into the heat map feed. System Of A Down want to clearly state that this is not directed at the people of Turkey, but rather at the atrocities that were carried out. “Our campaign is about bringing justice, recognition, support and resolve.”Since their arrival in 1998, System Of A Down has released 5 studio albums, sold over 31 million copies worldwide, had three No. 1 debuts on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, garnered a Grammy win and amassed a global following whose members numbers in the tens of millions. They’ve written and recorded 7 top 10 radio hits, 2 of which were chart-topping No. 1’s (2002’s “Aerials” and 2005’s “Hypnotize”). In 2005 System Of A Down released both Mezmerize and Hypnotize in two installments as a dual album in a single year. Each debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and on charts around the world, achieving the rare feat of having two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year. “B.Y.O.B.” (Bring Your Own Bombs) was the first single released from Mezmerize and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.Los Angeles-based fans can catch System Of A Down headlining Night One of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 13 at the Los Angeles Forum. More info at for the “Wake Up The Souls” tour are as follows:April 10—London/UK @ Wembley ArenaApril 13 – Cologne/Germany @ Lanxess ArenaApril 14 – Lyon/France @ La Halle Tony GarnierApril 16 – Brussels/Belgium @ Forest NationalApril 17 – Amsterdam/Netherlands @ Ziggo DomeApril 20 – Moscow/Russia @ OlympiskyApril 23 – Yerevan/Armenia @ Republic SquareSource:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Fleetwood Mac Named MusiCares Person Of The Year 2018

first_imgTwo-time GRAMMY winners Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Jan. 26, 2018.The quintet — comprising Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks — is the first band to receive the prestigious award.Fleetwood Mac will be honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.Proceeds from the 28th annual benefit gala — to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 60th GRAMMY Awards — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.“Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts — the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit’s history that we will honor a band,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world.”Fleetwood Mac earned two GRAMMYs for their Album Of The Year-winning LP, Rumours, for 1977. The band also has two recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977).“It’s a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award,” said Mick Fleetwood on behalf of Fleetwood Mac. “Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares’ guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition.”last_img read more

Anarchy reigns at Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nothing says “hello” like a slap in the face. That’s how Christian Sida-Valenzuela describes I Promise You Anarchy, the gala opener at this year’s Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, screening Thursday (August 25).“It’s a tough film to open a festival with, but we wanted something shocking,” says VLAFF’s reliably provocative artistic director, during a call to the Straight. “It’s a very strong film, but it’s also beautifully and aesthetically wise.” Sida-Valenzuela goes on to praise cinematographer Maria Seco’s luminous work on the movie—about two skateboarding lovers in Mexico City and the bizarre service they bring to the country’s drug cartels—and generously commends the Julio Hernández Cordón–directed feature as “arty in a good way”, with “a strong script, and nonprofessional actors who are very fresh in their acting ways. We just thought it was a great film to start the festivities with.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian Public Relations Society recognizes 19 newly accredited members

first_imgAdvertisement Tadra Boulton, APRAlberta Health ServicesEdmonton, ABCPRS Edmonton Sara Alaric, APRThe City of Red DeerRed Deer, ABCPRS Edmonton Jill Noble, APRThe City of Red DeerRed Deer, ABCPRS Edmonton LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jennifer Thoma, APRUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoon, SKCPRS Calgary Tracie P. Moore, APRAlberta Energy RegulatorCalgary, ABCPRS Calgary Isabelle Fontaine, ARPCogeco ConnexionMontréal, PQSQPRP Bryant Sullivan, APRTreasury Board Secretariat, Government of OntarioToronto, OntarioCPRS Toronto Amanda McCuaig, APRCity of VancouverVancouver, BCCPRS Vancouver Login/Register With: Facebook Nate Habermeyer, APRHOWE&WYEToronto, ONCPRS Toronto Advertisement Mary Jo Milhomens, APRCity of GuelphGuelph, ONCPRS Hamiltoncenter_img Cara Tobin, APRAlberta Energy RegulatorCalgary, ABCPRS Calgary Scott Jackson, APRCo-operative Housing Federation of CanadaVancouver, BCCPRS Vancouver Advertisement Audrey Ready Holt, APRCity of MississaugaMississauga, OntarioCPRS Toronto Gary Buffet, APRSouth East Community Care Access CentreBelleville, ONCPRS National Ruth Fernandes, PMP, APRNeinstein LLPToronto, ONCPRS Toronto Nikki Van Dusen, APRArt Gallery of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCPRS Edmonton Caitlin Coull, APRArt Gallery of OntarioToronto, ONCPRS Toronto The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) has granted accredited status to 19 members following their successful completion of a year-long accreditation program.Congratulations to the following CPRS members for achieving their APR (accredited in public relations): Twitter Catherine Frechette, APROttawa TourismOttawa, ONCPRS Ottawa-Gatineau “Earning your APR is a great achievement that demonstrates a high level of expertise within the communications industry,” said Celia Sollows, APR, Presiding Officer of the CPRS National Council on Accreditation. “With one in five CPRS members currently accredited, our 19 new APRs join a robust, yet exclusive, group of practitioners committed to the highest standards of practice in Canadian public relations.”The APR designation is a voluntary certification recognized around the world for more than 50 years as the highest global standard of excellence in the industry. The program involves a rigorous evaluation of the skills needed to practice public relations and measures experience and strategic thinking. CPRS members must also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical practice of public relations and adhere to the CPRS Code of Professional Standards.This year’s APR cohort will be recognized in front of their peers on the first day of Illuminate 2017, the CPRS National Conference in Kelowna B.C, May 28-30, 2017.About CPRSFounded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of over 2,500 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide. Kim Daynard, APRNorthern Ontario School of MedicineThunder Bay, ONCPRS Torontolast_img read more

Angelina Jolie executive producer on Ontariobacked film

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook When Angelina Jolie turned up at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, your tax dollar was at work.Jolie is executive producer on an animated movie called The Breadwinner, a beautiful film about an adolescent girl in Afghanistan living under Taliban rule. After her father is arrested, 11-year-old Parvana disguises herself as a boy so she can work and become the family breadwinner.The movie began life as a novel. An international bestseller by Ontario writer Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner has been a staple of middle-school reading lists since it was published in 2000. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment How The Breadwinner became a movie — and one involving Angelina Jolie, no less — is just one of many success stories from the Ontario Media Development Corp.The OMDC is a government agency that supports economic development in the creative industries — which are film, television and interactive digital media production, book and magazine publishing, and music.“Creative industries” may sound like mutually exclusive terms, but this is big business, driving $17 billion to the economy annually and responsible for 215,000 jobs.last_img read more

ideon media Announces Partnership – SheKnows Media Joins ideon media

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement About SheKnows MediaSheKnows Media is a top women’s lifestyle digital media company that averages 60 million unique visitors per month (comScore) and reaches more than 300 million social media fans and followers. With a mission of women inspiring women, SheKnows Media is revolutionizing the publishing industry by forging a new kind of model that seamlessly integrates users, editors and content creators onto a single platform designed to empower all women to discover, share and create. Whether it’s parenting or pop culture, fashion or food, DIY or décor, our award-winning editorial team, Experts, bloggers and social media influencers produce authentic and on-trend content every day.About ideon mediaideon media is a privately owned and operated multi-dimensional ad firm that offers a wide spectrum of digital solutions with best-in-class .com representation and wholly owned and operated sites, including, and ideon media specializes in custom content programs and video production created by our in-house editorial team through ideon stories, scalable influencer programs through Profluence, performance, proprietary data and analytics that continually pushes the boundaries of digital media. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO – ideon media today announced that it is the exclusive Canadian advertising partner for SheKnows Media, a leading women’s media company with more than 300 million social media fans and followers globally. SheKnows speaks to 5.5 million Canadian women monthly, according to ComScore Canada and owns and operates several media properties, including,, and, which offers a robust influencer network and conference series.“Working with SheKnows is a natural fit as our two companies share many synergies in terms of products and services, including custom branded content and influencer execution,” said Michael Giles, SVP Sales & Business Development, ideon media. “Partnering with SheKnows Media catapults ideon’s women and parenting division to reach an astounding 9 million women per month, making us one of the leading publishers in the Canadian women’s space.”“We needed a company that truly understood the SheKnows Media mission and business model,” said Samantha Skey, President, SheKnows Media. “The partnership aligns with ideon media’s genetic make-up, and they have a great rapport in the industry along with an extensive business service portfolio. We’re excited to work alongside them in the Canadian marketplace.” Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Judas Noir is something new and exciting for Toronto theatre

first_img Twitter Leighton Alexander Williams, top, and Adrian Walters in Judas Noir. The standout performance is Williams himself as Satan, Karen Fricker writes. (Cesar Ghisilieri) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Before I get to my evaluation of this enterprising production, bear with me for some back story.This is a new play, except kind of not. Director/writer/performer Leighton Alexander Williams adapted it from the script The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by the American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, which premiered in 2005 in New York City. Guirgis’s play is an irreverent, foul-mouthed and passionate imagining of a trial of the man who betrayed Jesus Christ, set in a purgatory that looks and sounds a lot like contemporary Manhattan.Williams was interested in using the play to explore parallels between the historical persecution of the Jews and the situation of contemporary African-Americans, and tweeted Guirgis proposing a production in this vein. Guirgis encouraged him to go further: to write an adaptation of the play drawing on his own experience. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Toronto, ON (April 15, 2019) – FilmOntario is pleased to note the renewed commitment to providing stability and support for the film and television industry in Ontario in the 2019 Provincial Budget. This commitment to stability sends a clear message to our partners here at home and around the world that the province of Ontario is a great place to be in the film and TV business.“Independent film and TV production spending grew by 23% to $1.6 billion from 2014 to 2017, creating over 32,000 jobs and contributing $2.3 billion to the province’s GDP,” said FilmOntario co-chair and New Real Films President Jennifer Jonas. “With this re-statement of the government’s commitment to the industry, we can expect to grow by 5% annually over the next three years, bringing an additional 7,000 jobs to Ontario.”The Budget documents also noted the important investments in studio infrastructure at Pinewood Toronto and Cinespace Film Studios, as well as in new spaces such as Markham Movieland’s First Studio City and CBS Television Studios’ new Mississauga location, that will build on Ontario’s ability to support increased production in the province. Such investments are already attracting business, such as Netflix’s recent announcement of a production hub in Toronto, also noted in the Budget. Advertisement “The commitment shown by the government has meant that our production partners are looking at Ontario as a great place to do business,” noted John Weber, FilmOntario Treasurer and President & CEO of Take 5 Productions. “The expansion of our physical infrastructure, combined with our competitive and stable incentives, great locations, and professional on- and off-screen talent, are a great draw for producers from all over the world.”“We look forward to working with the newly announced Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel on ways to continue to grow the industry, and to find ways to support both our domestic producers and our partners from around the world who choose to come here,” added FilmOntario co-chair and ACTRA Toronto Executive Director Sue Milling. “The strength of Ontario’s production ecosystem is its balance between domestic and service work, and the 2019 Budget will allow us to continue our efforts on behalf of all our members to maintain and strengthen our unique industry make-up.”Some industry facts:• $1.6 billion in independent film and television direct spending in Ontario in 2017, leading to a $2.3 billion contribution to provincial GDP• Domestic feature film spending was up by 16% in 2017 to $80.6 million• Foreign TV series spending was up by 27% in 2017 to $653 million.About FilmOntarioFounded in 2003, FilmOntario is a privately-funded industry consortium representing organizations from across the province’s screen-based sector. Our membership includes Ontario-based production companies, unions, studio owner/operators, equipment suppliers, production service providers, and other industry organizations in the province’s screen-based industry. Our emphasis is on marketing Ontario as a screen-based content creation and production jurisdiction, and on working with all levels of government to ensure that their policies and programs continue to support Ontario’s competitiveness in the global market. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Lost Canadian to finally receive citizenship

first_imgMartha TroianAPTN InvestigatesMike van Ee, 35, grew up knowing he was Indigenous.Yet he also grew up with colourful windmills, bright tulips, Dutch cheese and watching soccer — which he calls football.That’s because van Ee was born and raised in the Netherlands.Even though he said his life has been good there, van Ee always knew something was missing; his Canadian citizenship.van Ee is among what are coined the “lost Canadians.”He’s not alone either.However, after a long intergenerational fight with the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, van Ee will finally find a resolution.This week van Ee will be taking the oath at a citizenship ceremony in Montreal.A family’s intergenerational struggleLike many lost Canadians, the history of van Ee’s lost citizenship is cloudy.He said he knows his grandfather, the late Walter Mejaki hailed from the Sagamok First Nation in central Ontario.Mejaki was an Indigenous World War II soldier and residential school survivor who travelled to Europe to join the fight against Germany.(Walter Mejaki and Hendrike Herber in the Netherlands in 1945)That’s where Mejaki had a romance with Hendrike Herber, a Dutch woman from the Netherlands. In April 1946, they had a son, Willy van Ee, who was born out of wedlock, like so many others.For instance, according to Olga Rains book, “Voices of the Left Behind: Roots and the Canadian War Children of World War II,” there were more than 7,000 illegitimate births in the Netherlands in 1946.By joining the military, Mejaki lost his Indian status under the Canadian government’s enfranchisement policies. It also meant that his son Willy could not become a Canadian citizen.As far as the Canadian military was concerned, children born out of wedlock to Canadian servicemen and Dutch women were not Canada’s responsibility.(Willy van Ee, Mike van Ee’s father, as a baby in the Netherlands)Mike van Ee doesn’t have a lot of details but at some point when his father was young, Mejaki and Herber broke up and Mejaki travelled back to Canada.He eventually settled down in Milwaukee, WI, while their son Willy stayed in the Netherlands with his mother.(At the age of 70, Willy van Ee finally receives his Canadian citizenship in The Hague in May 2017)Decades later, Willy, Mike van Ee’s father found some resolution.“My father got his Canadian citizenship last year, and he fought for it for 70 years with a lot of bureaucracy,” said van Ee when reached by phone.His father received his citizenship at the Canadian embassy in The Hague in May 2017.(Mike van Ee with his older brother Roy)However, that citizenship did not extend to himself and his older brother, Roy.Growing up Dutch, growing up IndigenousWhen van Ee was a child, he would play cowboys and Indians with his friends. Of course, he said, van Ee always played the “Indian.”(Mike van Ee as a baby with his mother in the Netherlands)He also remembers shaking the hands of many Indigenous soldiers as a child.“Native people were visiting us during my young life when I was at my parent’s place, like Native soldiers from WWII,” said van Ee.He recalls parading around with Indigenous soldiers for Remembrance Day and Liberation Day ceremonies, waving to the public.“It’s still big in Europe, WWII. They’re like heroes for us,” said van Ee.“As a child it is totally impressive.”(The two boys with their father, Willy, who just finished carving a totem pole for the family’s backyard)van Ee said it was his father’s way not to forget the importance of Indigenous soldiers and it was something he wanted to pass down to his children.From growing up with Indigenous art on the walls to being asked questions by friends about his ancestry, as the years passed van Ee only got more curious about this family’s background.“The older you get the more lost you feel,” said van Ee about this ancestry.“I never understood much about it.”(Mike van Ee in Wiikwemkoong First Nation with his family and relatives in 2000)Then in 2000 when he was 18-years-old, van Ee accompanied his father to Ontario and the Sagamok First Nation and to Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island. Many of the van Ee’s Indigenous relatives also live in Wiikwemkoong.(The van Ee’s visit to Wiikwemkoong First Nation sitting around a drum, 2000)“I always promised the people that when I was 18, I’m coming back, I promised that,” said van Ee.“I can learn from them and they can learn from me, we are two worlds.”(Mike van Ee holding up his Indian status card, he’s been a cardholder since 1999)Prior to his trip to Canada, van Ee received his Indian status card from then Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.Reuniting with his rootsWhen his father Willy received his Canadian citizenship, van Ee said he was asked by the Canadian ambassador at the time why he wasn’t applying for his citizenship, too.That’s when he started the process for himself.This pass August, van Ee learned his application was granted by the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.“The Canadian passport is important for me to be able to reunite at some point in my life to go back to my roots, and to use my rights as a Native Canadian,” said van Ee.This week van Ee is travelling to Canada with his father to attend a citizenship ceremony in Montreal.He will be in the country for 10 days with plans on visiting relatives in read more

Aviation sector needs to do better job attracting workers says ICAO boss

first_imgMONTREAL – The global aviation sector has to do a better job attracting the huge number of workers that will be required in the coming decades to meet growing demand, the head of the United Nations’ aviation agency said Monday.Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told a global summit being held in Montreal that an expected doubling in the number of passengers, retirements and competition for high-skilled workers from other industries will strain hiring efforts.“Promoting excitement and passion for aviation is not enough,” she said in prepared speech remarks.“We also need to facilitate access to aviation training and education programs which lead to dependable recruitment opportunities and shorter-term career advancement returns.”ICAO recently updated forecasts that identify increased demand for pilots, air traffic controllers and aircraft technicians.It says 620,000 pilots alone will be needed by 2036 to fly aircraft with at least 100 seats and some 80 per cent of these future aviators aren’t even flying today.That means hiring almost 492,000 new pilots or 67 per day for the next 20 years.There will also be the need for 94,000 new air traffic controllers through 2036 and 1.3 million maintenance professionals.However, Liu said attracting aviation workers is aggravated by the growing high-tech careers in other industries.For example, she said Montreal’s growing global leadership in gaming and artificial intelligence may threaten the sustainability of the region as the world’s third-largest aerospace manufacturing hub.“The world over, similar dynamics have forced us all to recognize that aviation has to do a much better job of both attracting and retaining the skilled workers and managers it requires,” Liu said.Global aviation is a catalyst for economic development, she said. It supports 63.5 million jobs and contributes more than US$2.7 trillion annually to the global gross domestic product.Some 10 million passengers are currently carried daily on more than 100,000 flights but that number is expected to double in the next 15 years as emerging markets, especially in Asia, increase the number of flights.“At the same time as our sector is growing, its workforce is also shrinking due to the inevitable demographics of aging populations, lowering birth rates and other attrition factors,” she added.Liu said the best young minds are needed and that greater awareness about aviation needs to be instilled earlier by appealing to high school students including young girls, in addition to university level efforts.She also said a movement of aviation workers between countries and aviation employers needs to be supported to ensure all areas of the world have sustainable services.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says it’s hiring about 1,000 workers over the next 18 months to complete the interiors of the Global 7000 which is scheduled to enter into service late next year.Aero Montreal, which promotes the city’s aerospace industry, says 31,681 positions will need to be filled within the next 10 years including 8,816 newly created positions and 22,865 positions resulting mainly from retirements.last_img read more

Air Transat slammed fined for handling of hourslong tarmac delay

first_imgOTTAWA – Air Transat failed its passengers during a sweltering, hours-long ordeal aboard two of its grounded aircraft this summer, a federal agency ruled Thursday as it fined the airline $295,000 and ordered it to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of affected passengers.The Canadian Transportation Agency is ordering the airline to tighten its rules about when passengers are allowed off planes during delays, ensure there are working bathrooms, provide medical services when needed, and ensure its pilots know the wording in the tariff agreements.The airline will pay $295,000 to the 590 passengers who were aboard the two flights, over and above their out-of-pocket expenses incurred because of the delay. The payments have to be made by late May.Thursday’s report comes four months after the two flights — one from Rome, the other from Brussels — sat on the tarmac in Ottawa for almost five and six hours, respectively, with passengers not allowed to disembark.It is now being used in a political game over the fate of a government bill to create an air passenger bill of rights that would set strict new standards for airlines to follow when flights are cancelled or delayed.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Thursday he hoped the Senate would pass the bill by Christmas so new rules could be in effect next year, but Conservatives and independent Liberals have raised concerns about the legislation that also touches on the rail industry.Sen. Terry Mercer, deputy leader of the independent Liberals, told the Senate last week that “anybody who thinks this piece of legislation is going anywhere fast hasn’t been paying attention to the number of issues that are in this bill.”Among the issues for senators are provisions to require recorders in locomotives and why the bill punts development of passenger rights rules to the transportation agency.“This stuff has to be fleshed out,” said Sen. Michael MacDonald, the Conservative critic on the bill.“Governments can ram through stuff in their own committees in a day or two — and they do it a lot, perhaps too often — but it’s not the same thing over here.”The passenger bill of rights was a recurring theme after the July 31 incident when one of the two aircraft ran out of fuel and lost power, shutting down the air conditioning system. Passengers described how tensions mounted as temperatures rose, a child threw up on board one plane and ultimately a passenger on the Brussels flight called 911, attracting widespread media attention.Weather caused the two flights to be diverted to Ottawa on July 31, along with about 20 other planes — an incident that appeared to tax airport resources in the national capital. The airline argued it shouldn’t be held liable for what happened.Transportation agency members agreed Air Transat was not solely responsible for the delays, prodding airports, refuelling companies and others involved in getting planes on and off the ground to work harder to avoid a repeat occurrence.However, the agency said the extraordinary situation didn’t relieve Air Transat from its commitment to customers. The agency ordered the airline to rewrite the tariff agreement by late February to require passengers to disembark after a four-hour delay, unless there are safety, security, or air traffic control issues, and require crews to update passengers every 30 minutes.The passengers aboard the Brussels flight said in a Facebook post that the case shows the need for a passenger bill of rights in Canada to protect air travellers from “the implications of negligent corporate behaviour in the event of unexpected delays.”Vanessa Baratta, a passenger aboard the Rome flight, said she hoped the ruling would ensure “no one has to go through the same deplorable experience as we have.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more