Global Gives Fans the Power to Choose the Final Two Houseguests for

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2018 – It’s going to be one hell of a ride on Big Brother Canada as Global announces the first big twist of the season. With eager houseguests preparing to enter the newly revamped house, they’ll think they’ve died and gone to heaven, but all hell is about to break loose as two angels and two devils are vying to crash the party.Beginning today, four “gate crashers” are praying for a spot in the #BBCAN house, but only Canadian fans can select the final girl and final guy to join Season 6. To seal the fate of two hopeful houseguests, click here to vote before March 8 at 2 p.m. ET. While the power to round out the cast remains in the hands of Canadians, the real choice lies in which type of houseguest to elect – the loyal good-natured teammate true to their alliance or the deceitful and cutthroat schemer willing to do whatever it takes to win. For additional voting details, please visit a season that’s heaven sent, the house is a dream come true for many, but once the game begins, it can quickly become a horrible nightmare. To find out which two angels or devils make the cut, catch the reveal during the first week of Big Brother Canada beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Below are the gate crashers that could be joining the Season 6 houseguests:Merron Haile (angel)Age: 22Hometown: Edmonton, ABOccupation: Business studentAbout: With a bright smile that will send you straight to heaven, Merron is here to prove that nice guys don’t always finish last.Veronica Doherty (angel)Age: 24 (will be 25 on March 18)Hometown: Ottawa, ONOccupation: Server/StudentAbout: A fun and energetic ray of sunshine, Veronica is ready to bring the party to the Big Brother Canada house!Michael Jakobczak (devil)Age: 33Hometown: Toronto, ONOccupation: Real estate agentAbout: A natural-born wheeler and dealer, Michael can already taste the sweet success he’s certain the BBCAN house will award him.Kirsten MacInnis (devil)Age: 25Hometown: Calgary, ABOccupation: University housing coordinatorAbout: Known for her need to speak her mind and uncover the drama, Kirsten admits that her bark may get her in trouble and is usually bigger than her bite.For full bios, photos, and exclusive online videos head to Then, catch interviews with the angels and devils at Stay tuned for more Big Brother Canada Season 6 houseguest details to be announced tomorrow (Thursday, March 1).Beginning March 7, watch as a new group of houseguests move into an overhauled Big Brother Canada house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones capturing their every move. Each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests. The Season 6 houseguests are competing for a grand prize of $100,000, a European dream vacation for two courtesy of Air Transat, and a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick.Big Brother Canada continues to offer unparalleled digital extensions that augment the social dynamics and real-time momentum of the 24/7 television production this season. #BBCAN6 extends from series to site at BigBrotherCanada.cawith exclusive content, full episodes, 24-hour live feeds, and a host of surprises and opportunities that allow fans to directly impact the show.Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, and continues to air Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Big Brother Canada following the broadcast the next day On Demand, and on and Global GO (now available on Apple TV).Plus, all season long, viewers can catch After the Eviction, an exclusive weekly series hosted by Arisa Cox available across all social platforms, presented by Shaw. Following Wednesday night’s Power of Veto episodes, fans can submit all their burning questions on the Big Brother Canada Facebook page and catch the answers on After the Eviction on Fridays at10 a.m. ET as part of the evicted houseguests’ extended interviews.Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 6 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine. Executive producers are John Brunton and Erin Brock.SOCIAL MEDIA Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer.  Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  Erin Brock serves as showrunner on Big Brother Canada – the most watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada.  Big Brother Canada, The Amazing Race Canada, The JUNO Awards 2017, Top Chef Canada, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, and Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017 were collectively nominated for 24 Canadian Screen Awards in 2018.  Other productions include The Launch, Intervention, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching, A Fury Christmas, and Canadian Idol.  In 2017, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.last_img read more

Disneys Once Upon a Time returns to Richmond BC to shoot finale

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter The curtain may be closing for Steveston-filmed Once Upon a Time, but local fans may get one last chance to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars next week.Rumour has it the show will film its finale in Steveston on March 28 and 29, according to a tweet from Visit Richmond BC.First introduced in 2011, the highly ranked show, which intertwines a fairytale world with modern life, boosted tourism in Steveston. Tourism Richmond promoted special package deals for fans including hotel stays and Disney-licensed “Once” merchandise, such as T-shirts, tote bags, hoodies and posters. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img


first_img“I am very happy to have been awarded this scholarship which is definitely a boost in helping me pay my daily university expenses,” Elisanne says. “Furthermore, it is always very much appreciated to be recognized for what we do. This will help me pursue my studies and obtain my doctorate.”AMI partnered, once again, with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer the program. Since its founding in 1986, NEADS has been mandated to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.Information and eligibility requirements for the 2019 AMI Scholarship program will be posted on the AMI websites in February 2019. Visit and for complete details.About Accessible Media Inc.AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit and Advertisement The winners of this year’s AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship are Laura Lefevre of Edmonton, Alberta, and Elisanne Pellerin from Montreal, Quebec. Laura is in Year 1 of a Master’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University while Elisanne is in the first year of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal.“I was only diagnosed with Asperger’s just over a year ago,” Laura says. “I can’t explain how it feels to have spoken in a way that others can hear and to have that acknowledged – and to have been heard and acknowledged by AMI! I’m honoured. And shocked. And delighted. And very, very grateful.” Advertisement TORONTO – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the winners of its 2018 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship. The program, which launched in 2012, is open to Canadian students enrolled in a diploma or degree program at a Canadian post-secondary school. Two scholarships valued at $5,000 each are awarded annually to students with a disability, one in English and one in French. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A Harry Potter-themed holiday ball set to take place in Toronto on Dec. 8 has been cancelled after its organizers ran into legal troubles with Warner Bros.“We have been dealing with a legal issue with Warner Brothers regarding this event,” the organizers said in a Nov. 30 letter posted to social media and their website. “We were told by the legal team of Warner Brothers that they have been shutting down events recently but they are willing to help us host this events (sic) without infringing on their copyright laws.”The event — which was billed the “Yule Ball & Yule Time Magic Market” after a fictional Hogwarts Christmas Day celebration — has now been rescheduled for Jan. 19 as a “Wizards Ball.” The original event, which was to take place at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, was advertised as including a “Magical Feast, Wand Class, Yule Time Wizard Market, Costume Contest, Photo Booth, DJ and Dancing.” Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter TORONTO – Today, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) unveiled its AMI-tv schedule for the 2019 fall broadcast season, with a lineup of compelling new and returning AMI originals, exciting programs available in described video and perennial favourites.For the first time in AMI-tv history, all original programming will air in the coveted 8 p.m. timeslot from Monday to Friday.AMI This Week kicks it all off on September 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Season eight of the weekly magazine show—featuring host Victoria Nolan and Bureau Reporters Grant Hardy (Vancouver), Beth Deer (Edmonton), Alex Smyth (Toronto) and Laura Bain (Halifax)—continues its distinct community focus, sharing events and interesting stories from coast to coast. Facebook AMI original productions are the centrepiece of the schedule. Season three of the award-winning series Employable Me returns, following a new group of Canadian job seekers. In Season one of Double Tap TV, Steven Scott and Marc Aflalo lead cutting-edge discussions on everything tech with news, reviews and interviews, all with an eye on accessibility. Season three of Eyes for the Job follows handyman Chris Judge, who is blind, and Alex Haider as they take on their biggest do-it-yourself projects yet.New local original documentaries in the Our Community series include the journey of two communities building barrier-free baseball diamonds, and a pilot who flies children of all abilities in his four-seater airplane.AMI-tv’s newest acquired series in described video is Frankie Drake Mysteries. Lauren Lee Smith stars as Frankie Drake, who—along with the female-only members of Drake Private Detectives—solves crimes in 1920s Toronto. Returning favourites include Murdoch Mysteries, Elementary, Monk, Blue Bloods, Rescue Me, Suits, The Shield, Breaking Bad, Drug Wars, Schitt’s Creek and Kim’s Convenience.“I’m so proud of our primetime schedule,” says John Melville, Vice-President, Programming and Production, AMI-tv. “Broadcasting our original programs weeknights at 8 p.m. further establishes our commitment to telling the stories of Canadians of all abilities.”In keeping with AMI’s mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, AMI’s original series and documentaries utilize Integrated Described Video (IDV) so they are accessible to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.All dates subject to change. Additional fall programming will be announced in the coming weeks. Stream past episodes of AMI original programming on demand post-broadcast at or via the AMI-tv App on iOS and tvOS.AMI-tv’s fall premieres (all times Eastern)Monday, Sept. 98 p.m. – AMI This Week8:30 p.m. – AMI originals repeats9 p.m. – Murdoch Mysteries (Mon.-Thur.)10 p.m. – ElementaryTuesday, Sept. 108 p.m. – Eyes for the Job8:30 p.m. – Double Tap TV10 p.m. – Blue BloodsWednesday, Sept. 118 p.m. – Employable Me8:30 p.m. – Employable Me10 p.m. – Rescue MeThursday, Sept. 128 p.m. – Our Community8:30 p.m. – AMI This Week repeats10 p.m. – Frankie Drake MysteriesFriday, Sept. 138 p.m. – AMI originals repeats9 p.m. – The Shield10 p.m. – Breaking Bad11 p.m. – Drug WarsSaturday, Sept. 147 p.m. – AMI originals repeats8 p.m. – Kim’s Convenience8:30 p.m. – Schitt’s Creek9 p.m. – Saturday Night MovieSunday, Sept. 157 p.m. – Frankie Drake Mysteries8 p.m. – Murdoch Mysteries9 p.m. – Monk10 p.m. – SuitsAbout AMI-tvAMI-tv is the world’s first television network to broadcast all programs with open format described video for individuals who are blind or partially sighted and is broadcast daily into more than eight million Canadian homes as part of the basic digital cable package with most service providers. AMI-tv is committed to broadcasting a variety of content with a focus on accessibility and inclusion.About Accessible Media Inc. AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit and Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Police identify remains of 19 yearold woman found in Alberta

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe remains of two women have been found near Grand Prairie, Alta.The first to be identified was 19 year-old Rene-Lynn Gunning.She went missing in 2005.Gunning and her friend Krystle Knott, 16, were last seen at West Edmonton Mall in February 2005.They told friends they were planning on hitchhiking home to B.C.Police discovered Gunning’s remains about 60 kilometres south of Grand Prairie.Gunning’s father Jo Gunning said this was not something he wanted to hear, but something he needed to know so he could move on.The remains of another girl found next to her have not yet been positively identified.last_img

Regina parents fear policy change could harm foster son with special needs

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN NewsA Saskatchewan couple is fighting a policy change they say will “damage” their Indigenous foster son, Matthew Brandon.Shannon and Chris Gardiner posted a letter to “Matty Nation” on Facebook seeking supporters’ help in reversing the decision of Ranch Ehrlo Society.The Ranch is where Matty attends a day program for people with special needs in Regina. It also employs Sami Melles and Nick Davis who provide private respite care for Matty on weekends.The Gardiners say the weekend arrangement has been working “beautifully” for about five years but the Ranch is now forcing the men to give up the extra respite work.“What’s going to happen come Fridays when he’s supposed to go with the guys and he can’t do that anymore?” Shannon Gardiner said Monday.Gardiner says Melles and Davis don’t want to choose or give up either job. She says they know the change will have a detrimental effect on Matty, who has bonded with them and requires strict routine to function well.“They know how Matty is,” she said. “One slight change can completely set off an avalanche.”Respite workers Sami Melles (left) and Nick Davis. (right) surround Matthew Brandon (centre).However, Ranch CEO Andrea Brittin says the policy is about correcting a conflict-of-interest.“What we’re really trying to make sure of is that the people who work for us have a healthy work-life balance,” she said in a telephone interview.Brittin says an existing policy was recently “refreshed and renewed” and is now being implemented. She says it has been approved by a labour lawyer.“When staff work for our agency – some of them full-time – and provide services to other agencies, this has potential to impact the level and the quality of service staff can provide.”Brittin promised to email a copy of the policy to APTN last week but didn’t. A voicemail was left for her Monday asking her to try again.Meanwhile, Tim Korol, who runs the board that oversees Matty’s care, says Brittin won’t explain why the policy is being enforced now.Or acknowledge the harm it will do to such a vulnerable person.“We are all community,” he wrote in a letter shared with APTN.“People and non-profits just don’t operate in silos from one another. What one member of the community does can unnecessarily cause damage to someone else.”Matty, 26, is non-verbal and suffers from brain trauma, autism, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. He functions at the level of a toddler and has lived with the Gardiners since 1997 – even after aging out of provincial foster care.The Gardiners say they share details of his life on Facebook to educate the public and reduce the stigma around people with physical and mental disabilities.“This is tremendously upsetting to us. We have a three-prong approach – home, day and weekend,” said Shannon Gardiner.It’s not the first time the Gardiners have fought a policy they say wasn’t in Matty’s best interest.Their battle to keep him out of a government group home in favour of family-based care was featured by APTN Investigates in 2015.This fight is also on that page – For the Love of Matthew – under photos of the respite care workers and Matty.Shannon Gardiner says reaction has been swift: “People are outraged…they can’t understand why program should have any say on what they do on their own time,” she said.“Why would they do that? He’s one of their clients, too.”Brittin acknowledged the change would impact some but said the decision wasn’t taken easily or hastily.“It is something we believe is important because we believe it protects all of the young people and adults in our care, as well as our staff,” she said.“What our policy basically says is that if you’re working for Ranch Ehrlo Society that you can’t work for other like organizations.”Korol says the board tried to resolve the issue privately with the Ranch before going public last weekend.“At no time has Sami’s or Nick’s care during the last six years ever caused any conflict, scheduling issue or challenge for Ranch Ehrlo,” Korol said on Facebook. “In fact, one could argue that Sami and Nick’s off-time work has developed a relationship with Matthew that is beneficial for Ranch Erhlo’s day program.“We have asked repeatedly that Ranch Ehrlo explain how their organization could possibly be harmed. No one from the Ranch has given us any example whatsoever.”Messages left for some Ranch board members were not returned before this story was published.Shannon Gardiner says it shouldn’t be this hard to get a helping organization to do the right thing by Matty.“It makes me want to protect him and fight this harder and harder and harder,” she said.“It shouldn’t be that way though, because his care is already tremendously difficult.”last_img read more

Ernest Monias receives Lifetime Achievement Award at IMAs Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe 2019 Indigenous Music Awards handed out the hardware on May 17 at a ceremony in Winnipeg hosted by singer-songwriter Beatrice Love and Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland.The highest honour of the night was awarded to Ernest Monias, the “Elvis of the North.”Monias received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough.“I thank the Creator for the gift of music that was handed down to me,” the 70-year-old performer told the appreciative crowd.Monias has been performing for about 50 years and released 18 albums in genres including rock, country, gospel, and even a Christmas album.He appeared deeply touched by the recognition.“Most of all, all the First Nations people across our sacred land of Canada and all over the globe,” he said, “I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”The awards are part of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival, which celebrates Indigenous arts, culture and music.Here is the list of winners:-Best Blues Album: Cary Morin, When I Rise– Best Country Album: Don Amero, Evolution – Best Electronic Music: Dj Krayzkree, Future Generations– Best Folk Album: Beatrice Deer, My All to You– Best Gospel Album: Yvonne St. Germaine, Country Christmas– Best Hand Drum Album: Laura Grizzlypaws, Come HomeAngela Amarualik (Ashley Brandson/APTN)– Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone Album: Angela Amarualik, Angela Amarualik– Best Instrumental Album: Jamie Medicine Crane, Honouring Life Mimi O’Bonsawin (Ashley Brandson/APTN)– Best Pop Album: Mimi O’Bonsawin, Connected– Best Pow Wow Contemporary Album: Young Spirit, Red Dress Special– Best Pow Wow Traditional Album: Chippewa Travellers, Waseyasige: Shining Brightly– Best Rap/Hip Hop: Buggin Malone, Humanity Volume 1– Best Rock Album: Samantha Craine, You Had Me At Goodbye– Best New Artist: Janel Munoa, Howls from the Deep in the WoodsLogan Staats (Ashley Brandson,/APTN)– Best Radio Single: Logan Staats, The Lucky Ones– Best Music Video: Supaman, Miracle– Best Producer/Engineer: Sandra Sutter, Cluster Stars– Best International Indigenous Release: Solju, Odda Aigodate (New Times)– Best Radio Station Program – Promoting Indigenous Music: CBC Radio Unreserved, Unreserved– Indigenous Film Award: Erica Daniels, Run as One – The Journey of the Front Runners– 2019 TD Indigneous Songwriter Award: AnachnidThe 2020 Indigenous Music Awards will be held next September in Edmonton, AB.last_img read more

Home Capital secures cheaper credit line from two Canadian banks

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. has secured a $500-million standby credit line from two unnamed Canadian banks to replace its more costly emergency funding facility from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says its subsidiary Home Trust Company has inked a letter of commitment from two Canadian Schedule 1 banks for the two-year secured line of credit facility.Home Capital’s chief financial officer Brad Kotush says this new credit line has a lower aggregate cost than its current $2-billion funding facility, which matures at the end of June.Last June, Buffett’s investment firm bought a stake in Home Capital Group and provided its subsidiary with a $2-billion line of credit.The credit line gave the Toronto-based lender some much needed liquidity after it faced a run on deposits, amid allegations of misleading disclosure to investors.Kotush says Home Capital has sufficient liquidity and has significantly reduced its reliance on demand deposits, and does not intend to draw on the new, cheaper credit facility.last_img read more

Correction Women in WorkplaceCatalyst CEO story

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Aug. 20 about the appointment of Lorraine Hariton as Catalyst’s new CEO, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hariton received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977. She received her MBA in 1982.A corrected version of the story is below:Silicon Valley vet to head women’s advocacy group CatalystCatalyst taps Silicon Valley veteran as new CEO in the #MeToo eraBy ALEXANDRA OLSONAssociated PressA former Silicon Valley CEO is taking the helm of a prominent organization dedicated to the promotion of women in the workplace, saying the #MeToo era is a “fantastic time” to champion gender equality.Lorraine Hariton becomes CEO of the group Catalyst at time when sexual misconduct scandals are ensnaring corporate executives, and the departure of PepsiCo’s CEO highlighted the tiny number of women leading Fortune 500 companies.But Hariton, whose appointment was announced Monday, said the #MeToo movement has pushed the spotlight on gender equality like nothing she has seen since she began her career in the late 1970s.“I felt the timing was really fantastic,” Hariton said. “Not only are women in the work place on the front page, there is a major shift in attitude that allows us chart the future of the next generation.”Hariton previously served as the CEO of two tech startups, Beatnik and Apptera. She served in the State Department under President Barack Obama, and most recently as a senior vice-president at the New York Academy of Sciences.Catalyst, a research and advocacy institution based in New York City, was founded in 1962 by the late Felice Schwartz, who became known for a controversial 1989 Harvard Business Review article that proposed flexible career paths for working mothers. Other feminists criticized the piece, which gave rise to the term “Mommy Track,” although Schwartz herself did not use those words.Since then, support has risen for policies designed to encourage both parents to remain in the workforce through policies that allow flexible hours and extended family leave.Hariton, a mother of two, said she encountered a culture of encouraging reasonable working hours when she joined IBM in 1977. That was a big factor in her decision to return to the company after earning her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982. She noted that IBM and other companies have instituted more formal policies and programs designed to attract female talent.Finding policies that work has been touch-and-go, however. IBM, for example, scaled back its popular remote-work program last year.And only a sliver of leadership posts at Fortune 500 companies, about 5 per cent, are held by women, according to Catalyst.Women are also being left behind in the proliferation of tech startups. Catalyst points to a 2017 study by Babson and Wellsley College that found that 97 per cent of venture capitalist funding goes to companies led by male CEOs.That issue is of special interest to Hariton, who said she raised $50 million in venture capital during her time at Silicon Valley. She said promoting diversity in male-dominated venture capitalist firms needs to be a priority.“The culture in technology is moving so fast that you end up with a young culture that is more like a frat environment, which makes it more difficult for women,” she said.last_img read more

Senate unanimously adopts Neufeld motion supporting Trans Mountain

first_img“I was delighted when the Senate, as a whole, unanimously adopted my motion,” said Sen. Neufeld. “Senators of all stripes united their voices in support of this major energy infrastructure project that will benefit all of Canada.  It sends a strong message to the Prime Minister.”During debate, Senator Neufeld’s remarks focused on pipeline and tanker safety, two issues that have generated much attention since the pipeline was approved in November 2016. On April 24th, Neufeld and several other Senators will be hosting an event on Parliament Hill with industry leaders to increase public awareness.“I urge the Prime Minister and his government to provide real leadership on this matter.  He needs to remind the BC Government that Trans Mountain is the federal government’s responsibility,” added Neufeld. “He needs to tell Premier Horgan to step aside and cease this non-sense.  He needs to send a strong message to all Canadians that further delays, disruptions and disorder will not be tolerated.”The Senate will also soon begin debating Bill S-245, An Act to declare the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project and related works to be for the general advantage of Canada. Introduced by Independent Alberta Senator Doug Black on February 15th, the Bill also seeks to ensure that the pipeline’s construction not be delayed any further. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Canadian Senate unanimously adopted a motion introduced by Senator Richard Neufeld urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “bring the full weight and power of his office to ensure that Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project gets completed on schedule” yesterday.Senior Neufeld gave the notice of motion on February 8th, two days after the Senate held an emergency debate on the current impasse between the B.C. and Alberta governments over the pipeline expansion.With the motion’s adoption last evening, all members of the Senate have united their voices asking Trudeau and his government to ensure that the expansion is completed on time. The Senate is also asking the Prime Minister’s commitment be “conveyed to the governments of British Columbia and Alberta in a manner that leaves no doubt as to the federal government’s determination to see the project become fully operational within the present timeline.”last_img read more

Canadas two major railways well poised for trade headwinds in 2019 analysts

first_imgThe moves follow a major backlog in grain shipments last winter. However, both railways have roared back from the bottleneck. CP moved 2.64 million tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in October, a company record for monthly shipments that it nearly matched in November.CN reported the highest quarterly revenues in its 99-year history in October, spurred on by revenue growth of between 15 percent and 25 percent for grain and fertilizers as well as metals and minerals, forest products and coal.CP, though lacking its rival’s broad access to maritime ports, traffics heavily in bulk commodities such as grain, potash, coal and fertilizer that amount to 44 percent of its revenue, according to a DBRS report from October.“There’s this shift in China where the diet is changing to more Western-style habits and they’re eating a lot more grain. That also demands a lot more potash 1/8for fertilizer 3/8 than the traditional seafood-based diet,” Deutsche Bank analyst Seldon Clarke said. MONTREAL – Canada’s two major railways are well-positioned to weather potential economic headwinds and the U.S.-China trade war, analysts say, as ongoing investments in new cars and track bolster crude-by-rail and commodities shipments.Canadian National Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. shipped 23 percent more oil and petroleum in 2018 to drive a four percent increase in total freight traffic, according to the Association of American Railways.Crude-by-rail exports have spiked over the past year amidst a pipeline shortage and a big discount on Western Canadian Select oil, hitting a record 327,229 barrels per day in October, a 58 percent year-over-year increase, according to the National Energy Board. With Enbridge’s Line 3 not set to come online until late this year and the Trans Mountain expansion facing uncertainty, CN and CP can expect continued high demand for shipments of the black stuff, DBRS analyst Amaury Baudouin said.The railways have drawn on lessons from unfilled contracts following the crude-by-rail boom five years ago, entering into multi-year contracts with oil shippers that set minimum volumes and higher fees to help insulate them from volatile demand, he said.“I think lessons of the past have been learned, and a lot of this capacity is being contracted on a take-or-pay basis…which means that if the economics of Western Canadian oil change a lot, CN and CP will still have that oil to move around to the U.S. refineries and the Gulf Coast.”In 2017 petroleum, chemicals and plastics brought in 16 percent of CN’s $13.04 billion in revenue and 14 percent of CP’s $6.38-billion revenues. With crude comprising only a portion of those categories, surging sales will have a limited impact on the bottom line and the stock price, Baudouin cautioned.Over the past year, Montreal-based CN has invested in rail cars, track doubling and expanded rail yards, particularly between Chicago and the West Coast, to the tune of $3.5 billion, 30 percent more than its three-year average. It has plans to keep building in 2019.Calgary-based CP, meanwhile, aims to have 1,000 more grain cars in service by this spring, following CN’s order for 1,000 hoppers last May.center_img The expanded port at Prince Rupert, B.C., where CN has laid track directly on the dock, is another reason for long-term optimism. It offers shippers a swift route for Asian-produced goods, avoiding the congestion of Vancouver and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, more grain is being stuffed into shipping containers and dropped on carriers bound for China, he said.Lumber and automotive parts, however, pose a potential weak point for both railways.“The American housing market is looking pretty weak and not going to have a sharp turnaround any time soon. Same goes for the auto industry in the U.S.,” Clarke said, pointing to plummeting lumber prices. Automotive shipment revenues dropped 21 percent for CP and 10 percent for CN in 2017, with further declines in 2018.Ongoing steel and aluminum tariffs affect only a fraction of the railways’ shipments, but CN and CP remain vulnerable to the fallout from U.S.-China trade tensions and a potential economic slowdown following a decade of global growth, Clarke said.“You’re seeing a slowdown in economic activity in China, and it’s probably a fair guess to say that that starts to impact North America at some point.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Jean Leahy Seniors Advocate passes away

first_imgIn memory of Leahy, expressions of sympathy can be made to S.O.N.S.A Celebration of Life is being held at the Evangel Chapel on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 2:00 PM. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Jean Leahy, Seniors Advocate for Save Our Northern Seniors (S.O.N.S) has passed away.Leahy has been an integral part of advocating for the region’s seniors in the local area and peace region for years. She was on the board as President for S.O.N.S and helped play a part in making improvements for quality of living for seniors in Fort St. John.Leahy born September 20th, 1934 passed August 26th, 2019 at the age of 84 years.last_img

NGMAs Nandlal treasures at Venice Biennale

first_imgDirector General of NGMA Adwaita Gadanayak is upbeat about India’s participation at the Venice Biennale. Along with the ministry of Culture, National Gallery Of Modern Art celebrates 150 years of Gandhi in the exposition of the Haripura Posters created by famed artist Nandlal Bose, belonging to the NGMA’s own collections which are indeed National Treasures .In August 2017, NGMA celebrated 70 years of Independence, by hosting an exhibition to awaken our political consciousness which included the historic Haripura Posters that awakened political consciousness at large. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainNationalist spirit and fervour was the signature of Nandlal’s Haripura posters. They also reflect his acute sensitivity to the landscape and village folk around him. Each poster is a validation of vitality and liveliness for more than 70 years after they were created. “Nandalal and his associates produced around 400 posters for the Congress convention at Haripura, held in February 1938,” reflects the Director General. “These posters were all produced on handmade paper with pigments made from local earth and stones, and mounted on straw boards; none were printed or mass-produced,” he affirms. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSharing the history – “To imagine that they were executed in 1937; commissioned by Gandhi for the Indian National Congress Party meeting in 1938, at Haripura – these are benchmarks in Indian history.” Nandalal Bose looked at cultural idioms and the fabric of the common man when he created images of musicians, iron smith, tailors, even a monk creating pottery, an esraj player, a veena player, or just women doing their chores. One of the finest among these posters is the Bull Fighter. In that poster, the vigour and tenacity of the man and bull are shown through strong, gestural lines and swaths of bright, bold colours. Bull Fighter was prominently displayed at the conference grounds at Haripura. Deceptively simple in appearance and invoking flavour of folk painting the Haripura Posters are amalgamation of the decorative and the calligraphic art with a rare ingenuity as well as personal insignia. “At the Venice Biennale we will display them as independent works of art but history says they were done in order to decorate a temporary township built for the annual session of the Indian National Congress in the remote village of Haripura in early 1938,” adds Gadanayak. According to historical notes by art historian R Siva Kumar, the township was built of local materials and in harmony with the rural surroundings. The decorations were conceived, both in style and idiom, following the same aesthetics and were designed to complement the temporary structures. Sivakumar wrote in an essay that they have to be imagined in their original context as part of a broader design to be fully appreciated. The posters also evoke Gandhian ethics and creativity. Gadanayak as Commissioner of India Pavilion, is proud to be part of the Venice Biennale 2019, one of the finest expositions in the world of contemporary and avant garde art.last_img read more

Man battles for life after electrocution

first_imgGurugram: On duty to rectify a defective transformer, a professional from Dakshin Haryana Bijili Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) got electrocuted due to the electric shock from the transformer.The incident occurred in the Jamalpur Chowk. Such was the intensity of the shock that the man laid lifeless on the electric wires that further worsened his condition. He was admitted to the hospital where his situation is said to be in a critical state. An official complaint has been registered with the Gurugram police to ascertain the reasons behind the Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesaccident. “The entire incident occurred all of a sudden when the man was trying to rectify the defunct transformer. It seems that there was carelessness n not putting the current off.” “Due to the intensity of the current, the man was lying lifeless on the wires, till he was taken back to the hospital,” said Chandu Ram. On Wednesday n a tragic incident two workers who were serving the air conditioner died due to the sudden blast of the air conditioner. The incident also resulted in the homeowner sustaining injuries. The accident occurred in Sector-92 SARE homes at around 3:30 pm. The two had gone to service the window AC. The deceased have been identified as Seeta Ram (25) and Mahesh (26). The two used to work for an online services portal.last_img read more

SC junks plea against EC clean chit to PM

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to further hear the plea of Congress MP Sushmita Dev seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations, saying the Election Commission has already decided the complaints.The apex court said it cannot examine the merits of the EC orders, giving clean chits to the BJP leaders, as they gave rise to a fresh cause of action for which another petition has to be filed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkSince the EC has decided “rightly” or “wrongly” the pending complaints against the Prime Minister and the BJP President, the merits of the orders can be challenged only by filing a fresh petition, said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta. “The petition has become infructuous as the Election Commission has taken decisions on the complaints,” the bench said. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Dev, said the additional affidavit has been filed as the apex court had asked her to bring on record EC’s orders giving clean chit to Modi and Shah on complaints of MCC violations over their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”.last_img read more

PM performs puja at Badrinath temple

first_imgBadrinath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday paid obeisance and performed puja at Badrinath temple on the second day of his two-day visit to Uttarakhand. He reached Badrinath after spending around 20 hours in the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath. Modi offered prayers at innermost sanctum in Badrinath, another temple in Uttarakhand’s ‘char dham’ religious circuit, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.last_img