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Trudeau pushes for more Saudi accountability in Khashoggi killing

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said Thursday he’s seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.The disclosures by the prosecution appear aimed at distancing the killers and their operation from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose decision-making powers have thrust him into the centre of a global outcry over the killing.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is still seeking clear answers from Saudi Arabia about what happened to Khashoggi.“We will continue to work with our international partners to get to a clearer determination and hear answers from Saudi Arabia on their perspective and their participation, potentially, in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” Trudeau said, speaking to reporters at a summit he’s attending in Singapore. “I think we stand with our international partners on ensuring accountability.”Trudeau’s Liberal government is struggling with a multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a deal negotiated under the previous Conservative government but that needs ongoing approvals to keep shipments flowing. Besides Khashoggi’s suspicious death, Saudi Arabia’s involvement in a savage civil war in neighbouring Yemen raises questions about the morality of selling the kingdom weapons.Without giving details, Trudeau has suggested the penalties if the government breaks the contract would be massive.If Khashoggi’s killing really were carried out by rogue agents that would make the situation easier for Canada, but Trudeau’s comments suggest he’s still very skeptical.Chief Saudi prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb’s decision to seek the death penalty before trial is not unusual in Saudi Arabia.Facing mounting international pressure, prosecutors also pointed the finger at two men who were part of the crown prince’s inner circle, but stopped short of accusing them of ordering a hit on Khashoggi. The two are instead being accused of ordering Khashoggi’s forced return in an operation the Saudis allege went awry.In a press conference later Thursday, Sheikh Shalan al-Shalan, spokesman and deputy attorney-general, said the Oct. 2 killing was ordered by one man: the individual responsible for the negotiating team sent to forcibly bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.He did not disclose that individual’s name, but said he was part of a 15-man team sent to Turkey comprised of three groups: negotiators, intelligence and logistics.He said that on the morning of the killing, the leader of the negotiating team saw that he would not be able to force Khashoggi to return “so he decided to kill him in the moment.”This appears to contradict a previous Saudi statement quoting Turkish intelligence saying the killing had been premeditated.Al-Shalan said that Khashoggi’s killers had set in motion plans for the operation on Sept. 29 — three days before his slaying in Istanbul. He says the killers drugged and killed the writer inside the consulate, before dismembering the body and handing it over for disposal by an unidentified local collaborator. The body has never been found.The brutal death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who had been critical of the crown prince, has sent shock waves around the world and led analysts and officials to believe a sensitive operation of this magnitude could not have been carried out without the prince’s knowledge.Hours after the prosecutor’s announcement, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters the crown prince had “absolutely” nothing to do with the killing.“His royal highness the crown prince has nothing to do with this issue,” he said.Al-Jubeir said the kingdom is investigating and holding those responsible to account “to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”“Sometimes mistakes happen … sometimes people exceed their authority,” he said.The latest Saudi account of what took place failed to appease officials in Turkey, who insist the killing and its coverup were carried out by the highest levels of government.“We did not find some of his explanations to be satisfactory,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after the Saudi announcement.“Those who gave the order, the real perpetrators need to be revealed. This process cannot be closed down in this way,” he added.Through a series of orchestrated leaks, including audio of the killing shared with Western intelligence, Turkey has attempted to keep pressure on the crown prince, who sees Turkey as a regional rival.Turkey alleges that among those sent to Istanbul was a forensics expert.In an apparent reference this specialist, al-Shalan said the organizer of the operation — who was not named — called on a specialist to be part of the team to erase evidence if Khashoggi needed to be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia. Prosecutors said this specialist was working without the direct knowledge of his boss.Saudi Arabia said 21 people are now in custody, with 11 indicted and referred to trial. The Turkish government is demanding the suspects be investigated and put on trial in Turkey.Among the high-level officials incriminated in connection with the killing is former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who was fired in the immediate aftermath of the killing.Al-Assiri, believed to have been a close confidant of Prince Mohammed, and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani are accused of planning and ordering Khashoggi’s forced return to Saudi Arabia. Prosecutors say the men formed a 15-man Saudi team to carry out the operation.Saudi prosecutors said the men deemed Khashoggi a threat because of his work as a writer and because he was allegedly backed by groups and countries that are hostile to Saudi Arabia.However, Saudi prosecutors stopped short of accusing al-Assiri or al-Qahtani of ordering the killing itself — further distancing the killers from the crown prince’s inner circle and bolstering Saudi assertions that the killing was carried out by rogue agents who exceeded their authority. Both men were fired from their posts last month amid fallout from the killing.Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile abroad for nearly a year before he was killed by Saudi agents at the consulate on Oct. 2. In his writing, he was especially critical of the crown prince, who’d been leading a wide-reaching crackdown on activists and critics inside the kingdom since last year.Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. His Turkish fiancee waited outside and first raised the alarm about his disappearance.— With files from Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jane Lynch And Matt Sorum Launch Adopt The Arts Campaign

first_imgFundAnything, the crowdfunding site started by Bill Zanker and Donald Trump is launching a crowdfunding campaign with actress Jane Lynch and rocker Matt Sorum.Video: Adopt The Art Campaign Pitch With Jane Lynch and Matt SorumThe campaign will raise funds for the Adopt the Arts Foundation, to bring music to the public schools of LA.The organization founded by Abigail Berman and Matt Sorum, is on a mission to bring vibrant music and arts programs to the Los Angeles United School District, as a way to expand the horizons of children, and to counteract the deep budget cuts that have eliminated the music and arts curriculum from LA schools.Adopt the Arts is launching its FundAnything campaign with a video starring Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum. In the video, Matt tries out some new songs on Jane in an attempt to come up with the perfect message for inspiring kids. He and Jane also get a little help from some of their famous friends who make surprise appearances on the video.“We’re so excited to launch a campaign that will help us expand our efforts to bring music into the lives of hundreds of school children who will now be able to practice and play an instrument and make music their very own,” said Abby Berman. “The really important part of our efforts, and the thing that policy makers and school administrators fail to see, is that the music spills over into every other aspect of these kids’ lives, adding color, vibrancy, creativity, and instilling them with practical knowledge and self-confidence.”Jane Lynch, whose character Sue Sylvester on the hit television show Glee would rather walk on hot coals than see Wm. McKinley High School’s Glee Club succeed, stresses the importance of providing music for its own sake, and as a springboard into a richer world. She attributes her own success to arts programs in school, and sits on the board of Adopt the Arts.The Adopt the Arts Foundation sprang to life in 2010 when Abby Berman became aware that the music program at the Rosewood Avenue School, where her children were students, was scrapped because of budget cuts. Berman alerted friend and musician Matt Sorum, and the two jumped into action — adopting schools and restoring their music programs; and harnessing the star power of several actors and musicians to help raise awareness and funding. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, quickly became a friend of Adopt the Arts, and not only understands the importance of a musical education, but also credits an elementary school music teacher for setting him on his road to success.In addition to the Adopt the Arts’ FundAnything campaign, on September 15th the Foundation is holding its first large scale fundraising gala with an evening concert entitled Peace Through Music. The fundraiser has a two-fold objective: to help raise funds for the underserved schools in the Los Angeles United School District; and to raise much needed awareness and funds for the education of girls in Pakistan. Matt Sorum will perform at the concert, and will be joined by Pakistani philanthropist and musician Shehzad Roy, singer Macy Gray, guitarist Slash, and other guest artists.“Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds for school programs because it invites parents and teachers to get involved to bring about positive change,” said Bill Zanker, the co-founder of FundAnything. There’s great excitement and optimism as funding becomes available and kids can once again benefit from being exposed to the arts.”The FundAnything Adopt the Arts campaign is looking to raise $85,000 in a 45-day period on the site. The funds will be used to implement a fully-operational elementary school music program, including hiring and paying the salary of an experienced music teacher.last_img read more

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Photos Lissie Helps Launch Imagine Theres No Hunger

first_imgEarlier this week, Lissie, Hard Rock’s IMAGINE Artist Ambassador, performed in New York as part of the launch of Hard Rock’s 6th annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign benefiting WhyHunger and its grassroots partners combating childhood hunger and poverty worldwide. At the event, Lissie helped collect non-perishable food donations for the New York Common Pantry with Hard Rock matching the donations raised.Lissie poses with Annie Balliro, Hard Rock’s Senior Director of Brand Philanthropy, with WhyHunger representatives and Hard Rock Ambassadors Credit/Copyright: Scott Gries/Invision for Hard Rock International/AP ImagesLissie shows her support by collecting non-perishable food donations for the New York Common Pantry with Hard Rock matching the donations raised on Monday, November 25, 2013, in New York City. Credit/Copyright: Scott Gries/Invision for Hard Rock International/AP Imageslast_img read more

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Randy Newman To Be Honored By UCLA Longevity Center

first_imgThe UCLA Longevity Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing and extending productive and healthy lives through research and education, will honor UCLA Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Albert Carnesale and his wife Robin Carnesale; singer, songwriter and composer Randy Newman; Lockton Insurance Brokers President and CEO Timothy J. Noonan; and film, stage and television actress Eva Marie Saint at the 2014 ICON Awards gala, June 5, 2014 at the Montage Beverly Hills.Actor, comedian, author and musician Paul Reiser hosts. Award-winning jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell will perform. Dr. Louise Horvitz and Patricia Dunn Grey co-chair.“The ICON Awards were created to recognize individuals who have become legends in their fields and serve as role models for healthy and active living,” said Gary Small, MD, Director, UCLA Longevity Center.Robin and Albert Carnesale will be honored with the ICON Award for Visionary Leadership in Healthcare. Albert served as chancellor of UCLA from 1997 to 2006, and is currently a UCLA professor. Robin Gerber Carnesale shared her husband’s vision and actively participated in university life, while also serving as CEO of RGA, Inc.The ICON Award for Artistic Excellence will be presented to singer, songwriter and composer Randy Newman. His many honors include Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Awards.Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint will receive the ICON Award for Artistic Excellence. Saint studied at the Actors Studio in New York and began her career in “live” television and theatre.The ICON Award for Visionary Leadership in Business and Philanthropy will be presented to Timothy J. Noonan, President and CEO of Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC. Noonan is an advocate of public service and community involvement.Founded in 1991 as the UCLA Center on Aging, the UCLA Longevity Center, represents the best of UCLA. Calling upon the talents of faculty, researchers, and students, it demonstrates the power of interdisciplinary collaboration to address real-world challenges. Through cutting-edge research and innovative programs, the Center’s endeavors are improving lives every day. The UCLA Longevity Center has distinguished itself as a pioneering leader in the field of longevity and aging well. For more information, please visit www.longevity.ucla.edu.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Metallica Joins Im Listening Campaign For Mental Health And Suicide Prevention

first_imgEntercom has announced the launch of the “I’m Listening” campaign for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.The campaign includes a two-hour on-air special that will be broadcast live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sunday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. CT / 8:00 a.m. MT / 7:00 a.m. PT across all Entercom platforms, a first in the company’s history. Additionally, the campaign includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and live conversation airing on Entercom stations beginning today.The two-hour live special will focus on personal stories from artists and celebrities while offering help and resources to listeners via a live call-in option. The conversation will be led by BJ Shea, Entercom Seattle KISW-FM on-air personality, and will feature guests such as Christine Moutier, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org.Musicians and celebrities connected to the cause are coming together to help end the stigma connected to talking about mental health. The personalities scheduled to appear during the special program include Metallica; Sarah Barthel, PHANTOGRAM; Krist Novoselic, NIRVANA; Logic; William DuVall, ALICE IN CHAINS; Halsey; Michael Angelakos, PASSION PIT; David Draiman, DISTURBED; LeRoy Butler, former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers; Kristen Carney, “Mentally Ch(ill)” podcast; James Arthur; Gary Allan; Khalid; Jack Antonoff, BLEACHERS; Justin Furstenfeld, BLUE OCTOBER; and legendary music producer Bob Ezrin; among others.The topics to be discussed during the special include what all of us can do to prevent suicide, how to talk to friends and family about mental health and suicide, what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, how to get involved in suicide prevention in your local community and where to go to learn more about the cause.“Through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we know that everyone has a role to play,” said Logic. “I am so proud to partner with Entercom on a national scale, and I hope that among other things, my song ‘1.800.273-8255’ will help end the stigma of talking about mental health. Radio, quite literally, can save lives.”“Since the loss of my oldest son to suicide, mental health and mental illness issues have been very close to my heart,” said Bob Ezrin. “We need to speak openly and honestly about these issues so that it becomes natural for people who are suffering to reach out for help.”For more information about the campaign, visit www.ImListening.org.last_img read more

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Arrow boss explains shock original character exit

first_imgArrow boss explains shock original character exitArrow said goodbye to one of the series’ original characters last night, and The CW show’s bosses have now confirmed that her exit is permanent.Thea Queen (Willa Holland) left during the episode after The Thanatos Guild – created by her father – arrived to seek the map to an ancient power. READ MOREArrow Boss Opens Up About Original Cast Member’s Long-Planned Exit, Including the ‘Most Painful’ Part of ItThe CW’s Arrow this Thursday bid adieu to one of its original cast members, when a new threat led one of the heroes to leave Star City. Twitter Advertisement Setting the stage for the send-off: Some Merlyn family chickens came home to roost when The Thanatos Guild, a rogue offshoot of the League of Assassins, surfaced in Star City to track down a mysterious box that Malcolm, their former Demon’s Head, had left behind. In their pursuit, the Guild squarely targeted Malcolm’s daughter Thea. And though Team Arrow was able to neutralize the imminent threat, they in doing so realized that Malcolm had discovered three Lazarus Pits, that needed to be dealt. Thea decided it was her responsibility to find and destroy them — and her recently resurfaced longtime love, Roy Harper, volunteered to go along for the wild ride. READ MOREArrow boss on that shocking cast departureArrow bid farewell to original character Thea Queen on Thursday — and EW can now reveal that Willa Holland is officially departing the CW super show as a series regular.After being encouraged by Oliver (Stephen Amell) to find happiness with Roy (Colton Haynes), Thea (Holland) planned to leave town. But her happily ever after was quickly crashed by the arrival of The Thanatos Guild, the successor to the League of Assassins that was created by her father Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) before his death.With the Guild seeking a map to an ancient power, Thea suited up for one final time — with Roy alongside her in a New 52-esque Arsenal costume — only to discover an even larger threat. So instead of getting a quiet happy ending, Roy and Thea decide to leave town alongside Nyssa (Katrina Law) to track down and destroy what is revealed to be three new Lazarus Pits around the world. READ MOREArrow Is Recruiting a Few Familiar Favorites for the End of Season 6Duncan Jones discusses the Prez movie that was never to be. Carol Danvers gets her ‘90s looks on in new Captain Marvel set pictures. Black Panther’s composer is heading to Venom. Plus, a sneak peek at Yo-Yo’s new upgrade on Agents of SHIELD, and new footage from Incredibles 2 and Riverdale’s musical episode. Behold, spoilers!Duncan Jones tweeted he has reached out to DC Entertainment’s film department to probe interest in an adaptation of Prez, the 1970’s comic book series about the first teenage President of the United States (and revived for another take in 2015). According to Jones, “They didn’t even know they had it”. READ MORE‘Arrow’ Season Finale’s Arrowverse Crossover Means It’ll Be Very PersonalSeason finales are usually when TV shows do something drastic. The villain is defeated, a twist shocks the heroes, a character makes a big return, or someone dies, take your pick. Well, we now have reason to believe that the Arrow will be quite personal, with major ramifications for because the season finale is a mini-Arrowverse crossover.Former Arrow star Caity Lotz, who currently stars on Legends of Tomorrow, is returning to Star City for the season finale of Arrow. Lotz shared the news on Twitter with an image of her as Sara Lance with stars Stephen Amell and David Ramsey during the second season, which is when she made her debut as Sara. Outside of the annual Arrowverse crossovers, Lotz last appeared on Season 4 Episode “Lost Souls” when she joined Team Arrow to save Ray Palmer from Damien Darhk. READ MORE ‘Arrow’ Says Farewell to an Original Series RegularAn original series regular is departing The CW’s Arrow. Willa Holland had been on a reduced episode count this season.Willa Holland, who has played Thea Queen/Speedy for six seasons, has exited the Greg Berlanti-produced DC Comics drama. Her last episode aired Thursday night and saw her character leave town in pursuit of righting her father’s wrongs. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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KIM CATTRALL SAYS SHE LOST TV GIG OVER LACK OF SEX APPEAL

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Kim Cattrall was once cut from a TV pilot because she lacked “sex appeal.”The British-born star of the Sex and the City franchise shared the irony of her previous career setback via Twitter on Thursday, as she took part in the “#ShareYourRejections” trending topic online, as writers and other media personalities were encouraged to reveal their rocky paths to success.“Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal,” she told fans.Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal.— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) August 16, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Cattrall, who turns 62 next week, didn’t name the show or the TV bigwig who dropped her from the job, but she is now famed for portraying sex-obsessed publicist Samantha Jones in the screen adaptations of Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name.last_img read more

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BIRKS AND TELEFILM CANADA ANNOUNCE THIS YEARS RECIPIENTS OF THE BIRKS DIAMOND

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Top Row L-R: Wendy Crewson, Jean Yoon, Micheline Lanctôt Bottom Row L-R: Marie Clements, Sophie Dupuis, Jasmin Mozaffari “We are very proud to have established a legacy of supporting Canadian female talent within the film industry,” said Jean-Christophe Bédos, President and CEO, Maison Birks. ”Our partnership with Telefilm Canada celebrates these women who are bringing a unique perspective to Canadian film creativity.”This year’s group of honourees join the ranks of Birks Tribute alumni including: Alanis Obomsawin, Sarah Polley, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah Gadon, Jennifer Baichwal, Karine Vanasse, Deepa Mehta, Louise Archambault, Catherine O’Hara, Sandra Oh, Patricia Rozema, Amanda Brugel, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Évelyne Brochu, Tantoo Cardinal, Stella Meghie, Susan Coyne, among others.DIRECTORMicheline Lanctôt, director, studied music and visual arts as she completed her BA. She entered the wonderful world of film animation in 1967, and after one year at the National Film Board of Canada, joined Potterton Productions where she worked first as an assistant, then as an animator for five years. She started as an actress starring in Gilles Carle’s La Vraie Nature de Bernadette, the first Canadian actress to be in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972. She then pursued both acting and animating for five more years, acting next to Richard Dreyfuss in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by director Ted Kotcheff. In 1979 she wrote and directed her first feature film, L’Homme à tout faire, selected at the prestigious Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. The film also won the Silver Medal at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Her second feature, Sonatine, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Mostra in 1984. She has written close to twenty screenplays, directed twelve feature films, including one feature documentary, written two novels, staged four plays, and has been working continually both as an actress in films and television, and as a writer-director for the past thirty years. In 1993, her film Deux Actrices won Best Picture at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma québécois. Her last feature, Une Manière De Vivre, will be coming out in the fall of 2019. In 2000 she received Quebec’s highest honor, le Prix Albert-Tessier for her work in films, and in 2003, she was one of the laureates of Canada’s Governor General’s Award. Pour l’amour de Dieu, the 2010 film she wrote and directed, won the Special Jury Prize at the Shanghai International Film Festival. She was also awarded the Prix Jutra Hommage in 2014. She has been teaching Acting and Directing for the Screen at Concordia University’s Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal since 1981. She is currently working on her next feature, Sylvaine Ou L’esprit De La Forêt.ACTORSWendy Crewson, actress, was the recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2015; and the ACTRA Earle Grey Award, given to fewer than 30 collective recipients since 1986, in recognition by ACTRA and the Canadian Entertainment Industry, for Lifetime Achievement in Television. Wendy has garnered critical and popular acclaim, as well as multiple awards for her extensive body of work in film and television. Her resume features more than 100 titles, including credits like: Sarah Polley’s indie feature Away From Her; The Vow, with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum; the Winnie Mandela biopic Winnie, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard; The Santa Clause trilogy opposite Tim Allen; The Clearing, with Robert Redford; Eduardo Ponti’s Between Strangers, with Sophia Loren; The Last Brickmaker in America, with Sidney Poitier; Bi-Centennial Man with Robin Williams; The Sixth Day with Arnold Schwarzenegger; and of course, her role as Harrison Ford’s First Lady in Air Force One. Wendy starred in five seasons of CTV’s hit medical drama Saving Hope, for which she won Best Actress in a Featured Supporting Role at the 2013 CSAs. Wendy was also in the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film, Room with Brie Larson; and appeared opposite Ellen Page in Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest. On the small screen, Wendy recently starred in the CTV/ION series The Detail, for which she was just nominated for a 2019 CSA. She also recurs on the fun, period mystery Frankie Drake; the comedy Workin’ Moms, both on CBC; and in the AMC series The Son, opposite Pierce Brosnan. Wendy continues to be as busy as ever. She is currently shooting the third season of CBC’s popular series Frankie Drake, in addition to the first season of her new Hallmark series, When Hope Calls. She will be seen next in her recurring role on the upcoming Netflix series, The October Faction.Jean Yoon, actor, began her theatre career in the early 1980s in Toronto performing with Upstage Theatre, Toronto Free Theatre and Canasian Artists Group. In the 1990s, Jean was active as a cultural equity advocate and new play producer. She was Cross Cultural Coordinator for Theatre Ontario 1991/92, and then Co-Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects 1992 to early 1994, founding Lift Off! and cementing Cahoots’ role as a leader in new play development for playwrights of diverse cultures. Jean’s stage credits include Necessary Angel, Young Peoples Theatre, Factory, Tarragon, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Crows, Civilized Theatre and Die in Debt. Jean originated the role “Umma” in the Toronto Fringe production of Kim’s Convenience in 2011 and performed the show at Soulpepper Theatre, The Grand Theatre London, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Aquarius, the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, and the Pershing Square Signature Centre in New York. Jean is best known for her work on the CBC television adaptation of Kim’s Convenience, for which she has received the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance Female 2017, and two CSA nominations. Other screen credits include Orphan Black, Dragon Boys, The Expanse, Save Me and voicing Connie in the Emmy Award winning PBS show Peg + Cat.SCREENWRITERMarie Clements, screenwriter, has ignited her brand of artistry within a variety of mediums including film, TV and live performance. Her feature drama Red Snow has recently been nominated for ten Leo Awards and will be released this fall.  Her feature music- doc, The Road Forward, produced by the NFB premiered at Hot Docs opened the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, receiving five Leo Awards including Best Production, Best Director, and Best Screenwriter. The Road Forward has screened at over 300 venues in North America also receiving a Best Director Award at the North American Indian Festival in San Francisco, as well as a Writer’s Guild Nomination for Best Documentary Screenplay, the WFF Women on Top Award and the DGC BC Spotlight Impact Award in 2018. Her documentary Looking at Edward Curtis premiered at DOXA and The Yorkton Film Festival with four nominations for best documentary and premiered on Knowledge Network last summer. As a writer, director and producer her award-winning films have screened at Cannes, MOMA, VIFF, WIFF, the American Indian Film Festival and ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. Her fifteen plays have been presented on some of the most prestigious stages for Canadian and international work garnering numerous awards, translations, and publications including the 2004 Canada- Japan Literary Award, and two prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award nominations.  Her play The Unnatural and Accidental Women will open the inaugural season of the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre in Ottawa this September, and her libretto Missing will be on a national tour with Pacific Opera Victoria this fall. MCM is an independent media production company owned and operated by Clements specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that explore an Indigenous and intercultural reality.EMERGING TALENTJasmin Mozaffari, emerging director, is an award-winning Toronto-based writer/director who studied Film at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. A number of her short films including Firecrackers (2013), Wave (2015), and sleep on the tracks (2017) screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and numerous other festivals across Europe and the US. Her debut feature film Firecrackers, based on the short, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, and won Best Film in Competition at the Stockholm International Film Festival. The film went on to win 2 Canadian Screen Awards in 2019 including the award for Achievement in Direction. Variety proclaimed Jasmin as a “major talent” and Firecrackers was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick in 2019.Sophie Dupuis, emerging director, is notorious for rattling audiences with her striking films. She tells disturbing, yet moving stories – sometimes dark but overall, filled with light. Exhibiting her prowess of interplaying tenderness and belligerence, she crafts canvasses of broken families and untamable characters. With her many short films that have garnered international success, Sophie quickly realized her love for actors whose performances have been acclaimed. Chien de garde, her first feature film, is a breathtaking blow-to-the-chest portrayal of impetuous characters caught in a whirlwind of violence. After winning the award for mise-en-scène at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz festival, witnessing her actors win for their work in her film, and receiving eight nominations at the Gala Québec Cinéma, including best film, best direction, and best screenplay, Sophie was selected to represent Quebec in the 2018 Oscars season. Sophie Dupuis is currently working on her second feature film Souterrain, which will focus on the world of mines.Nomination process and juryIn addition to an internal selection committee, Telefilm and Birks called upon the following organizations to be part of the nomination process for the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film (in alphabetical order): ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma (SARTEC), Union des Artistes (UDA), and the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC).An 18-member jury was tasked with the selection of this year’s honourees. The pan-Canadian jury is made up of the following journalists, bloggers and on-air personalities covering the world of art, culture and entertainment: Victoria Ahearn (The Canadian Press), Catherine Beauchamp (Le Tapis Rose), Erica Commanda (Muskrat Magazine), Richard Crouse (CTV’s Pop Life), Manon Dumais (Le Devoir), T’Cha Dunlevy (Montreal Gazette), Sholeh Fabbri (ET Canada), Willow Fiddler (APTN News), Noreen Flanagan (FASHION Magazine), Dana Gee (Global TV/Postmedia), Teri Hart (Citytv), Peter Knegt (CBC), Marc-André Lussier (La Presse), Jen McNeely (Shedoesthecity), Katherine Monk (Ex-Press/CBC), Kathleen Newman-Bremang (Refinery29), Jordan Pinto (Playback), and Radheyan Simonpillai (CTV’s Your Morning/NOW Magazine). About Telefilm CanadaTelefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual coproduction treaties to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2012, the Talent Fund accepts private donations which principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada.About BirksBirks Group operates 26 Maison Birks stores in most major metropolitan markets in Canada, one retail location in Calgary under the Brinkhaus brand and two retail locations in Vancouver under the Graff and Patek Philippe brands. The Birks brand is a leading fine jewelry, timepiece and gift brand available at all Maison Birks stores, Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths in the United Kingdom in addition to other luxury jewelry retailers across North America. Birks was founded in 1879 and has become Canada’s premier luxury brand. Additional information can be found on the Birks website, www.maisonbirks.com.center_img Advertisement Facebook Montréal/Toronto – Birks , the official jewelry sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Telefilm Canada today announced the honourees for the annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film. The Tribute, taking place on Wednesday, September 4 at a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel, celebrates Canada’s diverse film landscape by way of its storytellers on both sides of the camera. This year’s distinguished honourees include director Micheline Lanctôt; actors Wendy Crewson and Jean Yoon; screenwriter Marie Clements; and emerging directors Jasmin Mozaffari and Sophie Dupuis. Each honouree in the directing, acting, screenwriting and emerging talent categories will receive an honourarium from Birks to support their next project.A pan-Canadian jury of 18 journalists and on-air personalities covering the world of art, culture and entertainment were entrusted to select the honourees.“It is inspiring to be in our 7th year of honouring among the best female talent in Canada at the Birks Diamond Tribute event,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “This year’s honourees are telling our country’s powerful, touching and sometimes comical stories to the world, and we are looking forward to bringing them together to celebrate their incredible body of work.” Twitterlast_img read more

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Advocate calls on Canada to remove sexism from Indian Act before MMIW

first_img(Sharon McIvor, left, outlined her concerns at a press conference in Vancouver on Thursday. Photo: UBCIC)Cara McKenna APTN National NewsA prominent Indigenous feminist says Canada’s upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women can’t be taken seriously until the federal government addresses sexism within its own legislation that’s existed since 1876.Sharon McIvor said she was dismayed to find out recently that the federal government asked the United Nations Human Rights Committee to suspend consideration of a petition she launched aiming to stop gender inequality in Indian status designations.McIvor has been fighting for several decades against provisions in the Indian Act that stop Indigenous women from gaining Indian status and passing it along to their descendants on the same basis as men.“Because of this, Aboriginal women and their descendants have been separated from their families and communities, treated as less worthy, less human, less Indian, and not full members of their cultures and communities,” McIvor said in a statement.The federal government’s reason for blocking her petition to the UN is that it will be embarking on its own wider consultations in an effort to fix the problem.It said in a written statement to the UN that it will no longer be appealing a 2015 Superior Court of Quebec ruling that concluded parts of the Indian Act are discriminatory on the basis of sex.“The Government of Canada is now exploring various opportunities and approaches for engagement with First Nations and other Indigenous groups on necessary legislative changes,” the statement said.“The exact nature of the engagement, including how information will be shared and received from First Nations and Indigenous organizations, will be determined in the coming months.”But McIvor said Canada has not committed to actually removing discriminatory rules from the Indian Act – something she said is a proven root cause of violence against Indigenous women.She is now calling on Canada to drop its request to suspend her petition and remove sex discrimination from the Indian Act as soon as possible.“The national inquiry and any consultations on a new nation-to-nation relationship can only start on a credible footing if the Government of Canada begins by publicly undertaking to eliminate the sex discrimination in the Indian Act immediately,” McIvor said.“Without this, Indigenous women do not begin these processes as equals.”Her call has been met with support from various groups including the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action.“There is no need for further study,” said NWAC president Dawn Lavell-Harvard.“In 2016, it is time for Canada’s new government to end this discrimination, once and for all. This is the necessary beginning for a national inquiry.”The federal government is expected to launch its inquiry into the country’s disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women any day now.last_img read more

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28 people facing criminal charges for Labrador occupation make court appearance

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsLand protectors in Labrador facing charges stemming from a protest at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project outside Happy Valley Goose Bay made their first court appearance Tuesday.Last fall, Innu and Inuit peoples led ongoing opposition to the project over environmental concerns.They say they’re not criminals, and charges won’t stop Indigenous protests.troache@aptn.calast_img

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I felt afraid of the woods Akwesasne woman testifies about sisters loss

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsAfter they found her sister’s remains in the woods, Cheryl McDonald feared walking through the forest during the fall.The Mohawk from Akwesasne is still haunted by the memory of visiting the scene where Carleen McDonald’s remains were found in October 1988.After police investigated the site, her family found Carleen’s hair and an empty bottle of rum.“Going into the woods and thinking how she laid there, what happened to her body after in the seven weeks,” said Cheryl on Monday, during the first day of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hearings in Montreal. “It was painful. If I saw a log in a distance, I would get afraid. I felt afraid of the woods. I had bad memories.“The woods became this place of death.”It was the middle of the night on Sept. 4, 1988 when Carleen McDonald snuck out of her parents’ house in Akwesasne, leaving her sleeping children and relatives. It took seven weeks before a deer hunter found the young mother’s remains in the woods nearby. A suicide note had been left behind, in Carleen’s handwriting.But Cheryl initially had suspicions about how her sister died. She testified that Carleen had recently broken up with her abusive common-law husband and the father of their three children. She had questions for him but she said he was never a suspect.“I was frustrated with the police,” she said, adding she felt officers in Akwesasne did not thoroughly search the woods near her parents’ house.Carleen McDonald.While testifying, a picture of Carleen appeared on a screen behind her. She’s wearing a red Mohawk Nation shirt, spikey hair in the style of Rod Stewart, who she adored, and a big, toothy smile. She had been to the orthodontist for braces and it was orthodontist records that would help identify her remains.It took 27 years for Cheryl to face her sister’s tragic story. She began her healing journey almost three years ago. She started publicly talking about it during pre-consultations for the inquiry. And she took up beading floral designs onto a red dress.Her and her sister never danced at ceremonies as children, but Cheryl dons the dress now and dances in Carleen’s spirit.Growing up in New York State, Cheryl and her sister were tomboys, hunting, fishing and playing in the woods.Now Cheryl is able to go for long walks through the woods alone, hugging the trees and reconnecting with the Creator.“Her spirit is there,” she said.More than 70 people are expected to testify at the inquiry this week in seven languages: English, French, Cree, Naskapi, Algonquin, Attikamekw and Inuktitut.lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

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Mother grandmother plea for publics help finding missing Abbotsford woman

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsIt’s been almost two years since Kristina Ward went missing.The 20-year-old Abbotsford woman was last seen Sept. 27, 2017 — the same day she last texted her mother, and the same day her bank card was last used.Now, her mother and grandmother are asking for the public’s help. They want people to watch footage from a security camera that shows Ward walking with a man on the evening she went missing.“What I am hoping for is that when people see this…they open their mind and their thoughts and think that it could be our family, it could be our child, and start sharing this all over social media,” said Ward’s grandmother, Geraldine Silva.“Somebody knows something.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@Laurie_Hamelinlast_img read more

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Shares of Ballard Power Systems up after responding to short sellers report

first_imgVANCOUVER – Shares of Ballard Power Systems Inc. shot up in early trading after the company fought back against a short seller’s report that questions the company’s prospects.Ballard shares were up 65 cents at $4.36 in early trading, up nearly 18 per cent from Friday’s close.The fuel cell company says it expects to report record annual revenue of approximately $120 million, based on preliminary unaudited financial statements for its 2017 financial year.Last week, Spruce Point Capital released a report on Ballard with a “strong sell” recommendation.That was followed by two days of declines for Ballard shares, which dropped 13.4 per cent on Thursday and 8.6 per cent on Friday.Ballard says the short-seller’s report “contained a number of unsubstantiated forward-looking statements, assumptions and opinions, as well as other statements and assertions that are simply false.”A conference call to review its fourth quarter and full-year results is set for March 1.Companies in this story: (TSX:BLDP)last_img read more

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Out with the new in with the old Edmund picks 6 used

first_imgBuying a used car instead of a new one has long been a surefire way to save money. Someone else takes the initial depreciation hit — between 25 to 30 per cent on average for the first year — so you pay a lot less for the car and finance a smaller amount.But some vehicles depreciate faster than others. And if you can key in on these relatively new used models, you can potentially save up to 60 per cent off what you’d have to pay for this year’s new model. You could practically buy another vehicle with the savings.We’ve identified a handful of 3-year-old used models that offer a significant discount over their new-car equivalents. All are luxury vehicles, which tend to have higher depreciation rates for a couple of reasons. One, they are typically leased rather than purchased, which drives up the rate of depreciation. And two, their primary customers always want the latest, usually expensive, features. While cool, these features don’t do a very good job of supporting the car’s value.For used-car buyers, this is all good news. The worst depreciation already has happened, and the car’s value will remain fairly consistent in the years to come.There are a few caveats to keep in mind when buying a used luxury car. Your insurance might be more expensive, so make sure you get a quote beforehand. Also, maintenance and parts will likely be costlier than with a non-luxury-branded vehicle. Still, if you’re aware of what you’re getting into, you can get a posh car while saving tens of thousands off the price you’d pay if you bought the new version.Lincoln NavigatorAverage 2018 new transaction price: $89,146Average 2015 used transaction price: $35,237 (60 per cent less)The Lincoln Navigator got a substantial refresh for the 2015 model year, including a more efficient turbocharged V6 engine, revised styling, and the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. This is one of the few luxury SUVs that can tow a trailer, carry up to eight passengers, and still ride comfortably on the road.Audi A6Average 2018 new transaction price: $57,742Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,305 (54 per cent less)The Audi A6 is an elegant, well-rounded midsize luxury sedan with a strong array of available engines and nimble handling on the road. Our editors were impressed by the A6’s upscale interior, quiet cabin and its standard safety features. Most A6s come with all-wheel drive, too.Cadillac XTSAverage 2018 new transaction price: $52,975Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,424 (50 per cent less)If you like the idea of a full-size luxury sedan in the classic American mould, the 2015 Cadillac XTS is the car for you. The XTS is notable for its ultra-comfortable ride, numerous standard features and spacious rear seats. It also has one of the largest trunks available, which is perfect for extended road trips.Volvo XC60Average 2018 new transaction price: $49,319Average 2015 used transaction price: $25,419 (48 per cent less)The Volvo XC60 was one of Edmunds’ top recommended compact luxury SUVs for 2015. It has attractive styling, a distinctive cabin design, supportive seats and handling that is more fun than you’d expect from a Volvo. Our editors recommend avoiding the sluggish 3.2-litre engine. The other available engines are more than up to the task.BMW 3 SeriesAverage 2018 new transaction price: $44,036Average 2015 used transaction price: $22,796 (48 per cent less)The 2015 BMW 3 Series is a small luxury sedan or wagon. You can find the 3 Series with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and with gasoline, diesel or hybrid-electric engines. Whichever variation you choose, you will be pleased by its sharp handling and composed ride quality.BMW X3Average 2018 new transaction price: $51,823Average 2015 used transaction price: $27,246 (47 per cent less)Another option from BMW is the 2015 X3. It’s one of the standouts in the small luxury SUV class and is an excellent pick for shoppers seeking both sporty driving dynamics and family-friendly utility. As a new vehicle, the X3 is on the pricey side, but it becomes a more compelling package when it’s used and nearly half off.EDMUNDS SAYS: Used luxury cars can get you more bang for your buck if you are aware of the pros and cons. If you’re concerned about the long-term reliability, opt for a certified pre-owned vehicle, which offers more warranty coverage than a typical used car. And if you need more peace of mind, it’s worth considering buying an extended warranty. Just make sure to get warranty quotes from a few dealers to get the best price.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— 2015 Lincoln Navigator https://edmu.in/2FRSTIa— 2015 Audi A6 https://edmu.in/2Q2aHVI— 2015 Cadillac XTS https://edmu.in/2E6oqnY— 2015 Volvo XC60 https://edmu.in/2zxzRkK— 2015 BMW 3 Series https://edmu.in/2AAKSS5— 2015 BMW X3 https://edmu.in/2DU5196Ronald Montoya, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Calmer conditions give firefighters a break battling Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgIn the south, crews are building a guard west of the Tommy Lakes Road, and employing direct attack on the southeast flank. On the southwest flank, they are also installing sprinklers on the South Nig Road guard in preparation for possible controlled ignitions. MacAuley said that while the fire did cross the CN Rail tracks along its southeast edge, crews have found that the rail line itself was undamaged in the fire. She said that firefighters are also working to protect any backup rail ties that may be sitting along the tracks.The weather forecast is currently calling for cooler temperatures for the rest of the week, with a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms on Wednesday. MacAuley explained that crews are welcoming the cooler temperatures and precipitation, but that thunderstorms could cause increased fire activity due to the presence of strong wind gusts near convective clouds. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews with the BC Wildfire Service say that cooler temperatures and calmer winds have slowed the growth rate of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after several days of intense growth spurred by high winds, the calmer air and cooler temperatures Tuesday have both resulted in a drop in fire activity. She said that the fire now sits at 22,659 hectares, and is 10 percent contained. According to MacAuley, there are now 190 firefighters, 9 helicopters, and 18 pieces of heavy equipment working to battle the flames, and crews are currently working to protect oil and gas infrastructure, as well as a small farming community near the fire’s eastern flank. On the fires northern flank, crews are continuing to build fireline east of Tommy Lakes road and along North Nig road. Other crews are continuing to build a fireline working southwest and northeast of Beatton Road. last_img read more

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Looking to the sky BC company says it is sucking carbon from

first_imgThat footprint would shrink further if the plant were all-electric. And if it ran on wind- or solar-generated electricity, the fuel would be almost carbon neutral.Long-distance transportation would welcome such fuel, suggested Keith.“Solar and wind power have got amazingly cheap, but only in really great sites and only when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. That cheap power doesn’t magically make an airplane go from Winnipeg to Halifax.“What you need is a way to make a fuel in a place where you’ve got really cheap low-carbon power, and that will power the airplane. That’s the core idea here.”Putting a price on carbon has been crucial to Carbon Engineering’s development, said Oldham.“We would not be in business if carbon pricing did not exist.”Carbon Engineering’s next step is to build a full-scale plant. That’ll take about 2 1/2 years, said Oldham.One of the great benefits of making fuel from air is energy independence, said Oldham.“Any country, any region, can have its own fuel. They’d be no longer dependent on the geopolitical situation if Country X has oil and Country Y does not.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Carbon Engineering’s plant in Squamish, B.C., currently pulls about one tonne of carbon a day from the air and produces about two barrels of fuel. Since its components are off the rack, it should be easy to scale up, Oldham said.“We’ve bought the smallest scalable unit of each piece of technology we have.”Carbon Engineering’s fuel costs about 25 per cent more than gasoline made from oil. Oldham said work is being done to reduce that.Because the plant currently uses some natural gas, by the time the fuel it produces has been burned it has released a half-tonne of carbon dioxide for every tonne removed from the air. That gives it a carbon footprint 70 per cent lower than a fossil fuel, he said. As policy-makers work on ways to try to keep global warming within the two-degree limit of the Paris agreement, fears have been raised that carbon dioxide emissions won’t be cut fast enough. Some say carbon will have to be actively removed from the atmosphere.In an article published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Joule, Carbon Engineering outlines what it calls direct air capture in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through a chemical process, then combined with hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel.“If these aren’t renewable fuels, what are?” said David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, lead author of the paper and principal in Carbon Engineering.At least seven companies worldwide are working on the idea. Swiss-based Climeworks has already built a commercial-scale plant.It costs Climeworks about US$600 a tonne to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering says it can do the job for between US$94 and US$232 a tonne because it uses technology and components that are well understood and commercially available.“We’re tapping into existing industrial equipment and then defining a new process and applying some unique chemistry to it,” said Oldham.center_img VANCOUVER, B.C. – It sounds like spinning straw into gold: suck carbon dioxide from the air where it’s contributing to climate change and turn it into fuel for cars, trucks and jets.A British Columbia company says in newly published research that it’s doing just that _ and for less than one-third the cost of other companies working on the same technology.“This isn’t a PowerPoint presentation,” said Steve Oldham of Carbon Engineering. “It’s real.”last_img read more

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Wetsuweten members say pipeline company removed cultural property

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation are alleging the company trying to build a natural gas pipeline through its territory “wilfully, illegally, and violently destroyed” cultural and private property this weekend.In a statement issued Monday, members of the nation say the area in question is not included in Coastal GasLink’s plans and the company has not provided copies of any work permits for the area.It is the same area along a logging road leading to the company’s planned work site where RCMP enforced an injunction on Jan. 7, arresting 14 people and removing a barrier on the road. Coastal GasLink says in a statement that all work it’s doing is “approved and permitted and in full compliance” with its environmental assessment certificate and the company has met all required pre-construction conditions.It says the property in question was a tent structure on the road, plus two other tents in a pullout area that were deemed unsafe or unstable by crews.It says the areas are active work zones and any obstructions impeding crews from safely accessing them is in contravention to the court order.last_img read more

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Regulation amendment clarifies new ICBC benefits and timelines

first_imgpeople who are injured in motor vehicle accidents on or after April 1, 2019, are eligible for increased limits in disability benefits, funeral expenses and death benefits;people can also receive increased medical and rehabilitation benefits starting April 1, 2019, even if their injuries were sustained before that date, and they can recover costs for necessary medication.The amendments establish a 60-day time limit for people to submit receipts for medical care or rehabilitation expenses to ICBC.Previously, people had up to two years to submit their expenses to ICBC.The auto insurer says the long limitation period made it difficult for them to determine if expenses were reasonable and necessary when they were incurred. This left people at risk of spending significant amounts of money on expenses that could be ineligible for reimbursement.According to ICBC, the new limit gives people a reasonable amount of time to submit their receipts while ensuring ICBC receives the information it needs to accurately assess the severity of claims, provide additional supports to injured people as needed and better forecast future costs.Exceptions may be allowed in cases where people cannot meet the deadline due to the nature of their injuries or other factors. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Attorney General is making amendments to the Insurance Vehicle Regulation to clarify changes to ICBC benefits and processes that come into effect on April 1, 2019.According to ICBC, these changes will better protect those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions.The amended regulation states:last_img read more

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Chetwynd Hospital to experience temporary diversion over Labour Day weekend

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Northern Health has issued a notice in regards to the operation of the Chetwynd Hospital this Labour Day weekend.According to Northern Health, the Chetwynd Hospital must go on diversion for 12 hours this weekend.Northern Health says this temporary suspension of emergency room services will be from 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 1 to 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 2, and is due to a lack of available registered nursing staff. During this time, community members requiring urgent medical care are asked to call 9-1-1 for ambulance assistance or to make their way to the nearest hospital of their choice.People who need non-emergency health advice and information can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1, or visit healthlinkbc.ca.last_img read more

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World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion

first_imgWashington DC: A World Bank arbitration panel ruled on Friday that Venezuela must pay US oil giant Conoco Phillips more than 8 billion as compensation for a decade-old expropriation dispute, roughly the same amount as the South American country’s foreign currency reserves. The bank’s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 that the 2007 expropriation of Conoco Phillips investments in two heavy crude oil projects violated international law. “We welcome the ICSID tribunal’s decision, which upholds the principle that governments cannot unlawfully expropriate private investments without paying compensation,” said Kelly B. Rose, senior vice president, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, which represented Venezuela before the panel, did not immediately respond a request for comment. Collecting the money may be difficult as the Venezuelan economy has shrunk more than half since 2013 and sanctions by the Trump administration barring U.S investors from lending money to the government complicate President Nicolas Maduro maneuvering. Venezuela faces around 20 arbitration cases at the World Bank, more than any other country in the world, with potential losses stretching into the billions. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Venezuelan government and its state-owned entities currently owe around 150 billion to creditors around the world, while the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to just 8 billion. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as President Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage. Even by the standards of crisis-weary Venezuelans, the blackout — which began late Thursday — was one of the longest and most widespread in memory, heightening tensions in Maduro’s power struggle with his US-backed rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro made the decision to shut down offices and schools “in order to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted. Power supply was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as the country slowly began to emerge from the 24-hour blackout. Electricity supply was also being resumed in areas of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country’s international airport and main port. Other areas like the western states of Zulia, Tachira and Barinas — where lengthy outages are common — were still without power. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, patrolling the west of the capital Caracas in an open-topped military jeep, said “everything is calm throughout national territory” as electricity workers tried to restore the electricity. The outage had left most of the country in chaos, crippling day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other public services, according to local press reports. Witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities. Marielsi Aray, a patient at the University Hospital in Caracas, died after her respirator stopped working. “The doctors tried to help her by pumping manually, they did everything they could, but with no electricity, what where they to do?” asked Jose Lugo, her distraught uncle. Generators at the JM de Rios children’s hospital in downtown Caracas failed to kick-in when the blackout hit, said Gilbert Altuvez, whose eight-year old boy is among the patients. “The night was terrible. Without light. Total madness,” he said. Emilse Arellano said urgent dialysis for her child had to be cancelled Friday, after a night where staff worked in the light of cellphones. “The children were very scared.” The putrid odor of rotting flesh hung around the entrance to Caracas’ main Bello Monte morgue on Friday where refrigerators had stopped working and worried relatives gathered outside, waiting to be allowed to bury their dead.last_img read more

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