first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement On the last day of filming Season 3 of the supernatural series Wynonna Earp, star Melanie Scrofano was about to reveal a big secret while sitting in the makeup trailer set up in a southeast Calgary parking lot.The actress, who has played the demon-hunting titular role since the modern western series began filming in 2015, was sad that filming for the third season was about to wrap, of course, particularly since there has been no word yet as to whether there will be a fourth. But there is one aspect of the job she will not miss.“One more hour with these (expletive) hair extensions,” Scrofano said, in an interview with Postmedia. “I’ve got like three strands of real hair and the rest is, like, somebody’s hair but not mine.” Tim Rozon and Melanie Scrofano in Season 3 of Wynonna Earp. Courtesy, Space. The hair extensions were not the only inanimate objects she was wrestling with on the last day of shooting. Most of the work on that sunny May afternoon took place in the dark depths of the Calgary Herald building, where a lavish and creepy banquet set was created in the abandoned paper-storage area not far from where the printing presses used to roll.The scene will be part of the 12th and final episode of Season 3. We won’t give too much away on plot points except to say that this over-the-top Gothic decor and surroundings required Wynonna to sport an over-the-top, old-fashioned dress, which is uncharacteristic garb for someone who usually rocks jeans, a leather jacket and boots.“I was in a corset and I could not breathe,” said Scrofano.The actress may not reflect her character in every way, but it’s safe to say Wynonna would likely share Scrofano’s annoyance about being prettied up with constrictive corsets and fake hair. Season 3 of the Calgary-based supernatural modern western, which debuts on Space this Friday, is said to return Wynonna to her straight-talking, hard-drinking, butt-kicking self as she continues to rid the world of supernatural baddies in the small, demon-plagued Canadian town of Purgatory. It’s all part of a family curse that dates back to her famous great-great-grandfather, Wyatt.Season 3, which runs on the Syfy network in the U.S., will find Wynonna attempting to track down somebody or something named Bulshar Clootie, the powerful demon who placed the Earps under the curse in the first place. The stakes are higher now. As fans know, both Wynonna and the actress who plays her were pregnant for much of Season 2, two juicy secrets that were somehow kept under wraps before being unleashed as one of 2017’s twistiest TV twists last summer. Scrofano gave birth to a son four days after shooting wrapped on Season 2. Wynonna gave birth to Alice Michelle during Season 2, revealing the father to be fellow demon-hunter Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon).  But Wynonna and Doc have not had much chance to experience parenthood because the baby was immediately sent away to keep her safe from mom’s dangerous lot in life battling supernatural demons.Nevertheless, the opener of Season 3 finds Wynonna and her team firing on all cylinders; back to efficiently sending demons back to hell. They are also confronted with a new supernatural threat that is presumably behind a “hella homicide spree” in Purgatory. The gang, which includes the resurrected and elaborately mustachioed Holliday, Wynonna’s bookish sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Waverly’s girlfriend Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell), are back together and in fine fighting form. But there is new depth and darkness lurking beneath.While our heroine may have returned to the “whisky-soaked and reckless” Wynnona of old, she is also harbouring sorrow about being separated from her daughter, scars from her past, uncertainty about her romance with Doc and some major secrets about her family. One doozy that she has been keeping from sister Waverly, for instance, is about Mama Earp (played in Season 3 by Megan Follows), the sisters’ estranged mother who was said to have abandoned the girls when they were young. Turns out, there is more to the story and Wynonna has been keeping these details to herself, which will cause no shortage of friction between the two sisters and shine a new light on the family’s deep dysfunction.“We learn a lot about our family and where we come from and where we’ve been,” said Scrofano. “There are a lot of twists. I’m not sure how it’s affected them already. But I think it’s something where there will be a lot of room to explore if we get a Season 4. There is so much that happened besides Mama. Where does that leave us in terms of sisterhood? What does it mean? Can you be family with people after certain things come to light?”Calgary-raised showrunner Emily Andras, who created the show based on the American comic book by Beau Smith, confirmed it was daunting to try to top the pregnancy twist of Season 2, but said fans should expect the unexpected.“It’s an absolutely insane season, I’ll say that,” Andras said. “You talk about twisty twists, I feel like this makes Season 2 look like nothing, like a kids’ show. Sometimes I worry about it, I say ‘Oh my God, have we jumped the shark?’ Tim Rozon says ‘This show was born riding a shark. It’s OK. We’ve already done it all.’ We’re certainly not slowing down when it comes to storytelling.”“With Season 3, it feels like Emily has written the show she has always wanted to write,” said Provost-Chalkley. “It’s the perfect balance of drama, comedy. We have new characters that come in. Because Emily knows who has chemistry and who doesn’t, all of that has been sorted and it really is Wynonna in its truest form.”New characters will be played by Lost Girl alumni Zoie Palmer and Anna Silk. Actress Chantel Riley, who played Nala on Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King and starred in CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries, will pay a mysterious new character who shares a past with Holliday. Jann Arden will even appear in a cameo.But while there will be new elements, Wynonna Earp will also stick to the hallmarks that fans have grown to love: humour, campiness, sisterly bonds, sexy romance and lots of wisecracking supernatural villains. The show will also continue to develop the same-sex relationship between Waverly and Nicole Haught, a romance that has been dubbed WayHaught by fans and won praise from the LGBT community.It’s all contributed to an ever-growing base of admirers dubbed “Earpers” who have taken their fandom to Trekkie levels of devotion. Conventions dedicated to the show have sprouted up in England, Toronto, Minneapolis and New Orleans. Earlier this month, the New York Times ran a story about the Wynonna cult, quoting not only Andras and cast members but also a “leading scholar of fan communities” from the University of Southern California and Syfy president Chris McCumber.“This fan base is next level,” said Rozon. “To be a part of what they’ve created is even more special than the show. We did the show and make the show but these fans created a fandom in 2018 that is built on understanding, acceptance and love. I mean that. Those are the three pillars of it. I mean, it’s cheesy but I don’t care. It’s so wonderful.”The complexion of the fan base reflects the complexion and deeper themes of the series, says Provost-Chalkley, who has joined her cast mates at a number of conventions.“The thing about Wynonna that I love the most and the big reason people relate to it so well is that it’s ultimately about finding your family,” she said. “We’re all characters from all different walks of life and we’ve come together and made our own family. I think that’s what it feels like when the fans come together. You can see them building their relationships and making friends at these things. That is what brings me the most happiness.”Season 3 of Wynonna Earp airs Friday on Space.By ERIC VOLMERS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Jessica Lucas to Star in New Original Crime Drama The Murders Coming

first_imgTORONTO, Oct. 10, 2018 – Jessica Lucas (Gotham, Cloverfield) is set to star as Detective Kate Jameson in new original crime drama The Murders, coming to Citytv in 2019. Produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Citytv, the eight-part, 60-minute episode season began shooting in Vancouver on October 9, 2018. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Murders is a police procedural crime drama that features an episodic case of the week coupled with serialised character elements and a powerful soundtrack. Kate Jameson is a rookie homicide detective who searches for redemption in her investigative work after her negligence is the cause of a fellow officer’s death. In the pilot episode, Detective Kate Jameson is partnered with Detective Mike Huntley (Lochlyn Munro) as they navigate the case of a mysterious serial killer who uses music for destructive ends. Joining Lucas and Munro are star-studded cast members Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Terry Chen (Jessica Jones), Luvia Petersen (Ghost Wars), and Venus Terzo (Arrow).“I’m excited to work with this stellar cast in presenting a unique and thrilling crime drama,” says Damon Vignale, Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer. “Muse Entertainment and Rogers Media have been great partners on this creative collaboration, and we can’t wait to bring this new series to audiences.” Advertisement Facebook “Damon’s amazing premise for a series, murder inspired by music, hit the right note,” says Jesse Prupas of Muse Entertainment, and Executive Producer on the series. “The extremely talented, diverse and recognizable cast that we’ve been able to assemble for The Murders will help this series reach audiences around the world.”Muse Entertainment produces The Murders in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media. Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer is Damon Vignale, followed by Executive Producers Jesse Prupas and Michael Prupas of Muse Entertainment, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring and Jessica Lucas. Arielle Boisvert is the Producer. Lucas is represented by LA-based The Gersh Agency and Thruline Entertainment. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Senior Vice President of TV & Broadcast Operations.The Murders will be distributed around the world by About Premium Content, a Paris-based distributor headed by Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel.Social MediaCitytv Website: CitytvCitytv on Twitter: @City_tvCitytv on Facebook: on Instagram: @city_tvRogers Media PR on Twitter: @RogersMediaPRRogers Media PR on Instagram: @rogersmediaprAbout Muse Entertainment:Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. It has development and production offices in Montreal, Los Angeles, Torontoand Vancouver. Muse productions have won critical acclaim, large audiences, over 100 international awards, including Emmy Awards, and more than 300 award nominations. Muse produces a wide range of primetime comedy and dramatic series, miniseries, television movies, feature films, documentaries, factual entertainment, family programs and animation. www.muse.caAbout Citytv:Citytv offers viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, and culturally-diverse content through its seven television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Montreal, plus the award-winning Citytv Video app. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv delivers an entertaining mix of Canadian and acquired prime-time programming, news, and local-interactive formats with influential brands such as Cityline, CityNews, and Breakfast Television. Citytv is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit Premium Content:(APC) is headed by experienced principals Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel and is a boutique co-production and distribution company that seeks to help independent producers and content creators in the development and the financing of their projects, partnering with them as early as the development stage. APC has a growing slate of fiction from a range of producers around the world. “The Murders is a great example of our continued commitment to invest in premium original Canadian content,” says Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “We’ve seen that our Citytv audiences love our gritty and unique take on the quintessential character rich crime drama, and we’re excited to introduce this new series in 2019.”. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Titans (DC Universe) Brenton Thwaites returns as the superhero Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Robin, who this season will face off against super-assassin Deathstroke, a.k.a. Slade Wilson, who will be played by new cast member Esai Morales. Drew Van Acker will also debut as Aqualad. READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ‘TITANS’ GETS SEASON 2 PREMIERE DATE ON DC UNIVERSE – COMIC-CONDC Universe’s Titans, the first original live-action series to launch on the subscription service, has set its Season 2 premiere date: Friday, September 6. It was unveiled Saturday at Comic-Con during the streamer’s two-hour event at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront. READ MORETitans (DC Universe)TITANS SEASON 2 REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT AQUALAD AND DEATHSTROKETitans’ sophomore season is still a ways away from debuting, but the first look at two of the show’s most highly-anticipated characters. Footage from the show’s second season appears to have screened during DC Universe’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which provided the first looks at Deathstroke (Esai Morales) and Aqualad (Drew Van Acker). READ MORE‘TITANS’ SETS SEASON 2 LAUNCH DATE ON DC UNIVERSEDC Universe on Saturday announced a September 6 launch for the second season of its first live-action series, “Titans.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Devolution battle heats up in NWT

first_imgBy Cullen CrozierAPTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE-The legislative assembly of the Northwest Territories has reconvened for a dog-fight of a session and the devolution deal signed between Ottawa and the territorial government is sure to be front and centre.The majority of Aboriginal groups in the territory have yet to sign on to the deal and Premier Floyd Roland is taking hits from both Aboriginal leaders and regular MLAs.Roland is being accused of failing to consult enough with First Nations before entering into the agreement.The premier insists that the agreement will have no impact on current land claim negotiations and self government agreements.Only two of seven First Nations asked to sign the agreement are on board and now it falls on the premier and his cabinet to find a way to bring everyone else to the table.ccrozier@aptn.calast_img read more

How one First Nation youths life almost fell apart inside a Winnipeg

first_img– with files from the Canadian Press (File Photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsFor the first 15 years of his life this Manitoba First Nation youth never a had a run-in with the law – that is until he became a ward of the province and they put him in a Winnipeg motel room with a stranger.That stranger was a Child and Family Services case worker whom he had never met and that case worker had no authority over the child.The boy, who cannot be named under Manitoba’s child protection laws, began to run wild – drinking and doing drugs.Then he broke the law.This all happened within a week.The boy was put in the motel by CFS under emergency circumstances in June 2014 after his foster care placement had broken down.He was placed in foster care in February 2014 after his mom was found unfit because of addictions.On June 30, he was not in his motel room.According to court records, he was drunk and high on street drugs with another youth he met at the motel.The pair were going from car-to-car looking for valuables until motel security guards grabbed them, put them in a motel room and called police.There, he threatened the security guards with plastic spoons and later escaped with the other youth through a broken bathroom window.Both were arrested across the road at another motel.Police took him to the MacDonald Youth Services emergency shelter who released him the next day with conditions to stay away from drugs and alcohol.Police spotted him high on pills later that day.He was taken the Manitoba Youth Centre, a jail, and charged with the previous night’s theft, threat, breaking the window and failing to comply with the his undertaking.Two days later he was released with more conditions, including a curfew.It’s not clear if he was put back in a motel room but he was found Oct. 20  “in a state of intoxication in the middle of the night.”He was charged again with failure to comply.By Feb. 5 of this year he was in back in the original foster care home, but one night didn’t complying with his curfew. He was at his girlfriend’s and told his foster parent, who called police.He was held in custody for four days and charged with another failure to comply – his sixth criminal charge.In April, he plead guilty to all charges.“Clearly, (he) was a youth in crisis,” said Justice Rocky Pollack in his ruling on May 28. “He had a parent incapable of controlling him and the response of CFS was to keep him in a motel room with a stranger whose order did not include any parenting.”Pollack also said when he finally got a lawyer last September she tried to contact him but his file did not have an address.She made inquiries to CFS to find her client but found there was no worker assigned to him.“His file was in a state of uncertainty,” said Pollack, adding his former worker had moved to a head office position and his file was never reassigned. “Judges who preside frequently in Youth Court know that this is not an unheard situation.”His court case was remanded six times and another six times after a Legal Aid lawyer was appointed.Manitoba has about 10,000 children in care. The vast majority are Aboriginal children. A chronic shortage of foster-care spaces has forced the province to use hotels to house children – something that has been criticized for more than a decade.Manitoba’s family services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross tearfully promised to end the practice after a young girl was seriously assaulted in March by June 1. Both the victim, and the youth charged in the assault, were in the care of CFS at a downtown Winnipeg hotel.Irvin-Ross had already promised in November to phase out the use of hotels after 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was killed after running away from one.The government is creating new emergency foster-home spots and reducing its reliance on outside contract workers over two years. It is also focusing more on preventative efforts that support families before children are taken into care, Irvin-Ross said. The province will be working closely with agencies to ensure hotels aren’t needed, and won’t hesitate to act if the directive isn’t followed, she said.However, the June 1 deadline couldn’t be met for rural hotel placements. The province said that was going to take more time.Now 16, the youth is doing well in foster care.He’s a full-time Grade 11 student and volunteers in Winnipeg youth programs, goes to church and is involved in extra-curricular athletics.Pollack gave the youth an absolute discharge for the theft, threats and mischief convictions.However, for breaching his curfew conditions he gave the youth a conditional discharge that comes with a probation in the community for a year and remain on his record for additional two years.He was also order to complete community service.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Fisher River Cree Nation lighting the solar farm path for other communities

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsCandice Sinclair is used to hands-on work.The mother of three calls herself a ‘jack of all trades.’“I always enjoyed working around Fisher River. I did a lot of work here at home. I was with housing. I was at the hotel. Just helping out wherever I can,” said Sinclair.“I love working and doing different things.”Sinclair can now add another skill set to her tool belt. She’s part of a group from Fisher River Cree Nation, located about 200 km north of Winnipeg, who is building a solar farm in the community.A month ago Sinclair knew next to nothing about renewable energy.“It’s pretty amazing just learning and asking questions as I go along every day. You learn something new every day,” she said.Sinclair is not alone. Much of the 10-person crew has spent the past four weeks learning the technical aspects of building a solar farm- everything from installation to operation.Nine out of the 10 people employed to build the farm are members of the community. Recruitment began in spring of this year with a band meeting and advertising posted in the band office.“It’s a global thing,” Daniel Monias told APTN News. “It’s going to be big in Canada so I thought why not.”For Monias, the opportunity to learn something new prompted him to sign up for the training course. He’s now ready to take his skills elsewhere.“It’s all new to me. This is my first year. I’m going to try and keep on it after this too. Do it wherever I can go,” he said.The project began seven years ago with the community started looking at different green energy projects they could invest in.“What communities really need to look at is becoming self-sufficient [and] self-sustaining,” said Fisher River Cree Nation Chief David Crate.Fisher River teamed up with W Dusk Energy Group, an Indigenous-owned firm based out of Vancouver, to facilitate the project. The group works exclusively with Indigenous communities including Haida Gwaii and Lubicon Lake Band in Alberta.Company owner David Isaac who is also Mi’kmaq, says other First Nations should look at what Fisher River is doing if they want to explore ways to create economic opportunities within the community.“Strictly from an economic development perspective this project will look to create an annual source of income for at least 20 years at a time, but these [panels] will probably be running north of 50 years,” he said.Nearly 3,000 panels make up the solar farm- generating enough energy to power up to 400 homes- making it the largest solar farm in Manitoba. Installation isn’t complete yet but the community is already looking to expand, according to Crate.“There’s already discussions underway to look at expansion of this new solar farm where we may bump it up to a two to three [megawatt] maybe four…which will generate more revenue for the community,” said Crate.Construction is slated to end by August with an official launch scheduled for September. Once up and running the farm can generate anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 per year, which will go right back into the community.The community has an agreement with Manitoba Hydro that will see the company purchase power generated from the solar farm, according to Crate. He adds they may look at exporting the energy to the United States and Ontario.But Isaac says it’s not all about the money- green energy projects can align with First Nations ideologies.“When you’re involved with this type of technology where it resonates with cultural values and philosophies, it doesn’t harm the land, there’s something beyond just electrons that occurs in the community,” said Isaac. “That’s the magic that we love to witness and be a part of.”For Sinclair, being a part of the project goes beyond money. It means much more.“I love it. I love giving back because my community gave me so much,” she read more

The skys the limit first Indigenous astronaut shares space with youth across

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsWhen John Herrington was eight-years-old he used to use a cardboard box as a makeshift space shuttle and dreamed he was blasting off to the moon.Like many young boys Herrington dreamed of becoming an astronaut, and more than 30 years later he saw that dream become a reality.Well almost.In 2002, Herrington didn’t quite make it to the moon but he arrived at the International Space Station as part of the 16th space shuttle mission to the station.He’s the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.Herrington shared his story with dozens of youth during the DisruptED conference on the future of work and technology at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg Thursday.“This is not what I set out to do but when I came to NASA and they said you’re the first Indigenous astronaut I felt I had an opportunity to fulfill a role,” Herrington told reporters.“I have a chance to go out and share my story with kids who never had a role model in this position.”Herrington began his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984 as a pilot. In 1995, following his work with the Navy, he attained a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.A career switch came in 1996 when NASA selected Harrington to train at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre.In 2002, Herrington became the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.He spent a total of 13 days in space in 2002 where he took the flag of his tribe, the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, as well as a feather gifted to him by an Elder.Herrington credits his parents, as well as a few friends, for his career in aviation.He said growing up he didn’t see any other Indigenous people in the industry, which makes it hard for Indigenous youth to pursue careers in aviation.“The issue…is are there role models in the field of what [youth] want to do?” Herrington said.“You start looking in the Indigenous community [and] there are a lot of very successful engineers, scientists, mathematicians and lawyers…do [youth] have the opportunity to meet those people?”Leilani Henderson is attended the conference with a handful of her classmates.While the 14-year-old dreams of a career in the arts over one in the sciences, she said it’s inspiring to meet other Indigenous people who are successful in their careers.“It’s really cool to see someone part of my culture. Someone I can look up to or my siblings can look up to so that they know they can also do things as well,” Henderson said.Herrington left NASA in 2005. In 2007, he rocketed into a new career as a motivational speaker where he shares his story with youth across the continent.Part of that includes nurturing the dreams of young people.“If they walk away with a sense of accomplishment that’s a good thing.”Part of Thursday’s events included a virtual talk with students from 15 northern schools in Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon.last_img read more

Forbes names Beyonce musics highestearning woman

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Forbes has crowned Beyonce as the highest paid woman in music.Forbes magazine says the singer earned $105 million over a yearlong period stretching from June 2016 to June of this year. Beyonce’s earnings were boosted by her “Formation” world tour last year, which Forbes says grossed $250 million.Runner-up Adele also enjoyed a successful year on the road. Her tour helped contribute to $69 million in earnings.Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez complete the top five highest female earners in the business.Dolly Parton is a surprising sixth. Forbes says the 71-year-old brought in $37 million with the help of 63 shows during the yearlong period.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,317.13, down 200.27points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 51 cents, or 3.88 per cent, to $12.62 on 25.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down 36 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $19.70 on 18.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 13 cents, or 3.29 per cent, to $3.82 on 17 million shares.iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF. (TSX:XIU). Financials. Down 34 cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $22.84 on 11.3 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down three cents, or 4.05 per cent, to 71 cents on 10.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Gold. Up $1.43, or 9.53 per cent, to $16.44 on 9.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd. The car rental company is paying a $700,000 penalty after reaching an agreement with the Competition Bureau over misleading advertising about its prices. Following an investigation, the federal agency found that Discount advertised rental prices that were unattainable due to mandatory fees that were added during the purchasing process. Discount is the fourth vehicle rental company to conclude agreements to address so-call drip pricing, which has resulted in a total of almost $6 million in penalties.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Down $3.27 or 1.9 per cent to $166.72. The company opened its first brick-and-mortar space for the public Thursday. The Los Angeles location will showcase a small selection of merchandise that will only be available for purchase online. The Ottawa-based firm will use the spot to focus on building a community and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.Foodora and 7-Eleven have partnered to offer delivery of the convenience store chain’s products in four major Canadian cities. Berlin-based Foodora says starting today customers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton can order everything from Slurpees to condoms to medicine through its app and have them delivered. Milk, bread, fresh fruit and orange juice will also be on offer alongside treats like pizza, taquitos, chips, chocolate and ice cream.last_img read more

Federal fall update expected to offer more support for struggling news industry

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is expected to lay out fresh plans next week to support Canada’s struggling news industry.The measures, expected in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall economic statement Wednesday, will be designed to help journalism remain viable after years of shrinking advertising revenues.The decline has already shuttered newsrooms, led to job cuts in many others, and eroded coverage of key democratic institutions across Canada — everything from municipal councils to provincial legislatures to Parliament.In last winter’s federal budget, Ottawa committed $50 million over five years for local journalism in “underserved communities.”The government also pledged in the budget to search for additional ways of supporting Canadian journalism.Internal federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information legislation say the government assembled a working group of officials from the finance and heritage departments following the February budget.Their goal, the memo said, was “to identify options to address the issues affecting journalism in Canada ahead of the fall economic statement.”The fall statement will be one of the last opportunities in the current fiscal year to announce the new measures.“A range of options to ensure the continued viability of the journalism industry in Canada are being considered,” reads the briefing note prepared for deputy finance minister Paul Rochon ahead of his meeting last July with the president and the publisher of Montreal’s La Presse newspaper.In the budget, Ottawa promised to take a closer look at potential models to enable private donations and philanthropic support for “trusted, professional, non-profit journalism and local news.” The government said eventual steps could include new ways for Canadian newspapers to innovate and receive charitable status for “not-for-profit” journalism.The briefing document for Rochon noted how La Presse announced its plan to adopt a not-for-profit structure last May — a couple of months after the budget — to position the newspaper to take advantage of the federal commitments on journalism.A separate July briefing note laid out options for “government action” but those sections of the document were redacted.“There are calls for the government to intervene to save the legacy newspapers under the premise that this is the key way of ensuring the continued production of civic-function journalism,” reads the memo.The document summarized recent industry trends — including how overall operating revenues tumbled to $3.2 billion in 2016 from their peak of $5.5 billion in 2008. The decrease included a steep drop of 34 per cent between 2012 and 2016.It said the decline has been caused mainly by falling advertising revenues and, when it comes to online ads, noted how Canadian news outlets have struggled to compete with giants like Facebook and Google, which scoop up about 80 per cent of the digital business.The number of daily newspapers in Canada was down to just 88 by May 2018, the document said. A decade earlier, there had been 139.The news industry’s challenges have also led to job losses. The memo said news organizations slashed salary spending by 37 per cent between 2006 and 2016, a period that saw the number of workers in the industry fall to 24,000 from 36,000. Between 2007 and 2017, employment in journalist positions declined 5.7 per cent — to 11,688 from 12,396.“There are indications that journalists are less able to cover stories about Canada’s democratic institutions. Dedicated coverage of public interest news (e.g. legislatures, town halls, courts) has declined,” the note said.In the lead up to the federal budget, the government was bombarded with ideas on how to help the news industry. A report last year from the Public Policy Forum called for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada, a fund to help finance reliable news and information with $100 million in federal seed money, a new “local” mandate for news agency The Canadian Press and changes to the CBC’s online advertising.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

GM transformation makes it the latest auto giant to pivot towards technology

first_imgTORONTO — When General Motors Canada workers in Oshawa put down their tools and headed home Monday morning after being told their plant will shut down next year, the automaker billed the closure and impending layoffs as part of a transformation towards a more tech-savvy future.GM said it was doubling resources allocated to electric and autonomous vehicle programs with a focus on “virtual tools” that will lower development time and costs and improve quality and the speed it takes to get a product to market.Experts say the move puts GM in a growing group of vehicle-makers revving up their technology-based efforts in a bid to conquer the crowded auto market, where consumers expect the latest in innovation.Long before GM announced its pivot, Tesla was already disrupting the auto world with cutting-edge battery and powertrain technology and the first ever premium all-electric sedan. Meanwhile, Ford was focused on the transportation services market, investing in an on-demand transportation service for non-emergency needs called GoRide and driverless car start-up Argo AI. Even Volkswagen got in on the action, toying with on-board WiFi hotspots and fingerprint readers for added security, while some Mercedes Benz and Jaguar models were produced with seats that offer a massage.“More and more companies have been paying attention to the notion of a connected car,” said Mahmood Nanji, the director of Western University’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management and one of Ontario’s negotiators for the bailout of GM and Chrysler following the 2008 financial crisis.“We are seeing the emergence of all of these different technologies from simple things like sensors on vehicles to pretty sophisticated things that tell you what is happening with your engine or that have the ability to navigate you.”Nanji said many of the auto companies pivoting towards technology are doing so because they want to remain competitive, but also because they are reacting to demand.He didn’t find GM’s Monday announcement surprising because he said the company was forced to re-evaluate its strategies when it fell on hard times during the financial crisis and governments that bailed it out were clear that if they helped GM, the brand would have to get it right and not come crawling back for more. Now, Nanji said, “they are looking at where is the market going and thinking where can we go.”Speaking to reporters on Monday, GM chief executive and chairwoman Mary Barra conceded that the industry is “changing very rapidly” and innovations in propulsion, autonomous driving and connectivity are pushing the company to ensure it is “well-positioned.”“The vehicle has become much more software-oriented, when you think of that hundreds of millions of lines of code that are in a vehicle that operates today,” she said. “That’s only going to increase, so we need to make sure we have the right skill sets as a part of the General Motors workforce, not only for today, but for the future.”Barrie Kirk, the president of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Institute, said he doesn’t expect the industry — or GM — to hit the brakes on its tech push any time soon.“If you look at a typical new car today the percentage of technology is maybe five or six per cent, but by the mid 2020s between 40 and 50 per cent of a new car’s value will be technology,” Kirk said. “That’s going to be a huge change.”He’s predicting the future will be “autonomous, connected and electric” and will do wonders for reducing accidents and cutting down on greenhouse gases. People who are elderly or living with impairments but still have mobility needs will also be well-served by the technology, he believes.He attributes much of the tech-auto boom that is currently being seen to Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo venture, which he calls a “pioneer” because it unveiled a driverless car prototype without a steering wheel or gas or brake pedals in 2014.Kirk recalls Waymo wasn’t taken seriously at first, but other brands quickly awoke to the intersection of tech and auto and started to innovate.Now, everyone from ride-sharing platform Uber to Chinese internet services company Baidu are working on driverless vehicles, joining automakers in the race to profit from the integration of tech and cars.While they haven’t rolled out the technology for daily consumer use yet, Kirk said he is encouraged by the speed brands are moving at and the importance they are putting on innovation and its potential. “It’s amazing look back at the last five years how much the whole sector has gathered momentum.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Big business conventionThe International Economic Forum of the Americas’ Toronto Global Forum kicks off Monday, featuring business leaders and government representatives including RBC chief David McKay, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Runs through Dec. 12.CMHC reportCanada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release a report on National Mortgage and Consumer Credit trends on Wednesday. The country’s largest mortgage insurer saw its third-quarter profit drop 17 per cent compared with a year ago as the housing market showed signs of cooling.Empire updateEmpire Company Ltd. will release second-quarter results on Thursday. The parent company of Sobeys Inc. announced an agreement in September to acquire Ontario-based Farm Boy, which it valued at $800 million.Transat earningsTransat AT Inc. will release fourth-quarter earnings results on Thursday. The Montreal-based tour company announced in November that President Jean-Francois Lemay will leave the subsidiary in a few months after five years at the helm.Latest from DavidsTeaDavidsTea Inc. releases its third-quarter financial results after markets close on Thursday. The Montreal-based company recently announced that a lawsuit initiated last summer by shareholders which sought to have Herschel Segal removed as executive chairman has been discontinued.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Signup deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage

first_imgWASHINGTON — Saturday is the last day to sign up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act in most of the country.For 2019, premiums are stable, more plans are available, and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. But so far sign-ups have been lagging when compared to last year.Consumers can enrol online at or by reaching the federal call centre at 1-800-318-2596.People can also sign up through approved community organizations, online insurance sellers, and insurance companies.The deadline is 12 a.m. Pacific time in states served by the website. A few states that run their own enrolment campaigns may have later deadlines. Consumer advocates say interested customers should check carefully and avoid procrastination.Coverage takes effect Jan. 1.The health care law still faces legal challenges, A conservative federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” Friday on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Woman in Grande Prairie charged for allegedly threatening school

first_imgPolice say that Cullen was not registered at any school at the time of the incident, and did not threaten a specific school. The RCMP added that they are confident there is no risk to the public, or schools, at this time.Cullen’s first appearance in Grande Prairie Provincial Court is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One woman in Grande Prairie is facing charges after allegedly threatening to shoot up her school on social media.Just before 8:00 a.m. on, May 7th, the Grande Prairie RCMP received a tip that a local resident had posted a threat on social media, threatening to shoot up her school. The post was viewed internationally and was reported to Mounties by multiple police agencies in Canada and the United States, including the FBI.Police quickly located the suspect in the Clairmont area and she was arrested without incident. 19-year-old Grande Prairie resident Morgan Cullen has been charged with Uttering Threats.last_img read more

Residents express their frustration over the lack of consultation on the Caribou

first_imgPublic input on the draft agreement is being accepted until May 3, 2019.More information on the draft agreements can be found on the Government of B.C.’s website.Below is video from the meeting in Fort St. John.Here is the second part of the meeting FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many concerned residents and stakeholders came out to the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre on Tuesday night to learn about the Government’s plan for the Draft Caribou Recovery Agreements.This meeting was the second of a series of public meetings scheduled by the Government.Presentations were given on the recovery process and background on the caribou. Attendees had the opportunity to fill out feedback forms on the matter of the agreement process.Those in attendance also had a chance to share their thoughts and opinions on the agreements.Dale Seip, from the B.C. Ministry of Environment, says the decline in caribou population is mostly due to predation from wolves.“The overwhelming cause of death, that we need to identify is wolf predation. So out of all the mortalities that we had, 53, 20 of those were due to wolves for sure. There are also quite a few uncertain ones. So, if we just look at the ones that we are pretty certain of, about 3/4 of the mortalities are due to wolves.”Seip also discussed the various management options that could be or have been done to protect and restore the caribou populations. Some of those management options include wolf control and penning of calves.center_img Most residents and stakeholders feel that the deadline window is too small and they hope that there will be more meaningful consultation shortly with the public and industries.Many residents and stakeholders came out to voice their concerns over the draft caribou recovery agreement. Photo by Scott BrooksOther concerns raised were the effect recovery may have on pipelines and forestry projects and if this project means complete closure of the backcountry.Some attendees were skeptical as to whether or not the Government will actually, not only listen to concerns but will consider them in further planning.last_img read more

Over 1000 feared killed in Mozambique storm

first_imgBeira (Mozambique): More than a thousand people are feared to have died in a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique last week, while scores were killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe. The city of Beira in central Mozambique bore Cyclone Idai’s full wrath on Thursday before the storm barrelled on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, unleashing fierce winds and flash floods and washing away roads and houses. “For the moment we have registered 84 deaths officially, but when we flew over the area… this morning to understand what’s going on, everything indicates that we could register more than 1,000 deaths,” Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in a nationwide address. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”This is a real humanitarian disaster,” he said. “More than 100,000 people are in danger”. Survivors have taken refuge in trees while awaiting help, the president added. Aerial photographs released by a Christian non-profit organisation, the Mission Aviation Fellowship, showed groups of people stuck on rooftops with flood waters up to window level. “The scale of damage… (in) Beira is massive and horrifying”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said. Ninety per cent of the city of some 530,000 people and its surrounding area has been “damaged or destroyed,” it said in a statement. “The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous,” the IFRC’s Jamie LeSueur said.last_img read more

Fee hike by pvt schools has no relation to 7th CPC for

first_imgNEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday asserted that unjustified fee hike by some private schools has nothing to do with the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission for the teachers working in private schools. “A false impression has been sought to be created by vested interests that the Delhi government is against the implementation of the seventh pay Commission, which is completely baseless,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also said that many private schools in Delhi attempted to arbitrarily revise the fee structure citing the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. “Delhi government, through a circular issued on April 13, 2018, had restrained private unaided schools built on government land from hiking tuition fees without the approval of the Directorate of Education,” he said. The education minister said that the circular directed the private schools to meet the additional financial resources required to implement the seventh pay commission recommendations from their surplus without hiking the fees. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The reasons behind this restriction are two-fold, first these schools are situated in the land allotted by DDA and therefore bearing certain societal obligations and secondly the government is against the exploitation of parents and students due to the higher fee structure. As per the law of the land, converting educational institutions to profitable entities is illegal”, he said. There are 325 private schools situated in the government land allotted by DDA. Out of these 260 schools had applied for fees hike, but 32 schools withdrew their applications. During an audit of accounts, it was found that nearly 150 schools had sufficient surplus to implement seventh Pay Commission and were therefore denied permission to hike the fees. Rest of the applications are under the process. The minister also said that the details will be submitted in the court. He said, “there are schools with an excess surplus of even up-to Rs 40 crore after factoring the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. There are cases reported that schools inflating the expenditure on record by showing farce purchases and Annual Maintainance Contracts.” He also said that the Delhi government recognizes the important role of the private schools in education in Delhi. The government is against extortion from the parents by the private schools in the name of fees, he said. Also he pointed out the irony in hiring extremely expensive lawyers using the fees collected from the students to fight against the legitimate interests of the students.last_img read more