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Amazing to see Jolie Hayek join MCU

Amazing to see Jolie Hayek join MCU

first_imgLos Angeles: With Marvel Studios hiring some of Hollywood’s biggest female stars for Phase 4, franchise regular Scarlett Johansson has said it is exciting to see women who she looks up to become a part of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek were announced for Marvel’s newest cosmic film The Eternals; Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman will reprise their roles in Thor: Love and Thunder which will see Portman as female Thor and Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh will be joining Johansson in “Black Widow” stand-alone. “It was amazing. I mean, there’s a lot of women up there that I hugely admire Angelina, Salma, Rachel, Tessa, Natalie. It’s very exciting to see a diverse group of people.”last_img read more

When work pressure turns deadly

When work pressure turns deadly

first_imgFrom opening a store in 1996 to having 1,752 stores in the present time, success of VG Siddhartha’s premium coffee brand, Café Coffee Day, has been an enviable journey. Being the founder, Siddhartha had to deal with a lot of work pressure which further led him into depression. The effect was so severe that he decided to end his life – leaving behind a note stating himself as a ‘failed entrepreneur’.The news of his suicide and the dead body found on the bank of a river, left everyone in a whammy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSuch incidences, where many artists, celebrities, and top-notch businessmen ended their lives because of increased pressure, have become very frequent in the past few years, and as per World Health Organization, workplace stress is the most dangerous form of stress. It is the response people may have when presented with work demand and pressure. Basically, any issue in the workplace can affect a person’s wellbeing, and that is what leads to mental health problems like anxiety, depression and sometimes suicide. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThus, to understand the reasons of such actions, to know what might have gone wrong, and what can we do to make it right, Millennium Post talked to various experts in Mental Health sector. According to Dr. Aditi Govitrikar, Psychologist, just like success and failure are the reason for happiness and sadness, respectively, they affect one’s mental health too. “There are certain kinds of disorders which are common to the entrepreneurs, or bold people who have made very risky decisions in life and achieved success. The most common disorder with Type A personalities and entrepreneurs is Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, which is also called Super Achievers’ Disease. Then there is, of course, depression that an entrepreneur faces when he goes through the down-phase of his business because they can’t show vulnerability,” she explains. According to a recent national mental health survey, over 150 million people in India are in need of serious mental health care interventions. Despite the fact that a large percent of our population suffers from some form of mental illness, mental health issues are considered a social taboo in our country and remain largely ignored. Talking about the same, Dr Shweta Sharma, Clinical Psychologist, Columbia Asia Gurgaon, says, “Our culture is such that a person juggles multiple relationships – social, familial, professional. He/ she has to deal with immense expectations and criticism, and that just increase the stress levels.” A study of 1990-2016 published in The Lancet indicates that India accounts for 37% of suicides in women and 24% of suicides in men. Individual 15-39 years old account for the largest number of suicides in India. There has been a 40% increase in suicides in india between 1990 and 2016. Addressing the issue of increasing suicide rate, Kamna Chhibber, Clinical Psychologist, HOD, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, states that the reasons for someone to think of suicide can be many. It is usually not a decision taken in a moment. The individual typically does not see a solution to their problems, struggles to share and express what is happening which can prompt him to take such a step.” It is important to know that 90% of those who commit suicide had an undiagnosed mental health illness and 70% of these had an undiagnosed depression. Dr Prakriti Poddar, expert in Mental Health, HR, Corporate and Education upliftment, Managing Trustee of the Poddar Foundation feels that creating awareness, sensitising people to understand clinical conditions, and accept them is very important. Simultaneously it is essential to reach out for help – making them comfortable to talk to the close ones, reaching out to experts in extreme cases, or calling helplines if needed.last_img read more

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F16 fighters to Taiwan

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F16 fighters to Taiwan

first_imgWashington: The US State Department on Tuesday approved the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan, in a move expected to anger Beijing. Taiwan will get the latest version of the Lockheed Martin-built fighter, the F-16C/D Block 70, in the 8 billion deal, the State Department said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that President Donald Trump had green-lighted the proposed sale after Congress was notified last week. The F-16s “are deeply consistent with the arrangements, the historical relationship between the United States and China,” Pompeo said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Our actions are consistent with past US policy. We are simply following through on the commitments we’ve made to all of the parties.” Taiwan’s plan to upgrade its air defenses comes amid increasing Chinese military incursions into its air space. A spokesman for the Taiwanese president released a statement saying the jets would “substantially enhance our air defense capabilities to help Taiwan’s self-defense and maintain the people’s freedom and welfare.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe sale’s approval will have a key role in “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and region, especially in the wake of China’s frequent military actions… in the region in recent years,” the statement said. Beijing regards Taiwan as a part of China awaiting reunification, but the island is self-ruled and is a close ally of the United States. In a statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees US foreign military sales, said Taiwan’s purchase of the F-16s “will not alter the basic military balance in the region.” “This proposed sale will contribute to the recipient’s capability to provide for the defense of its airspace, regional security, and interoperability with the United States.” On Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said US arms sales to Taiwan “severely violate” agreements between Washington and Beijing and “constitute severe interference in China’s internal affairs.” The United States should “immediately cancel the planned arms sales, and stop selling weapons and military contact with Taiwan,” he said. “Otherwise, the US will have to bear all the consequences.” Taiwan already has a fleet of old-model F-16s purchased in 1992, which have undergone several crucial upgrades. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the newest version, the F-16 Block 70/72, includes many avionics, weapons and radar technologies not in existence when earlier models were created. It is structurally stronger, the company says, so that it “can fly and fight to 2070 and beyond.” The approval of the sale comes as Washington and Beijing face off in tough trade negotiations that economists say are hurting both of the superpowers, as well as dragging down the global economy.last_img read more

Ministerial colleagues bureaucrats pay rich tributes to Jaitley

Ministerial colleagues bureaucrats pay rich tributes to Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal as also top bureaucrats on Saturday condoled the death of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, calling him a mentor and guide for many.Jaitley, 66, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday after undergoing treatment at the hospital for the past few weeks. “No words can describe the loss of Shri @arunjaitley. A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted. Former finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia described Jaitley as a “saint” and a “true statesman”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”He was a saint, not a minister. I had the privilege of working so closely with him in four out of five years of his tenure as finance minister of India…He was the best minister I had in my entire career…I am privy to his statesmanship in making the GST a reality. In fact but for him, GST would not have been implemented in a such short period of time,” Adhia said. Jaitley’s stint in the Modi 1.0 government was affected by his frequent bouts of ill health that even led him to take a short sabbatical. Last year, he took a three-month break to undergo a kidney transplant. Piyush Goyal had filled in for him in the finance ministry at that time. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGoyal, who is currently the commerce and industry as well as railways minister, described Jaitley’s demise as an irreparable loss. “He was an outstanding statesman & administrator who devoted his life to public service and nation’s growth. The nation is in mourning,” he said. Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Jaitley was like an elder brother to him. “Have worked with him since my student days for more than 45 years. His intellect, leadership and eloquence was truly extraordinary. We all will really miss him,” he tweeted. Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur reminisced seeking advice from Jaitley, who taught him “the greatest lessons in leadership and humility”. “Today I have lost the voice that was my conscience, mentor and motivator. I will treasure his early morning discussions and walks; his clarity of thought and his depth of counsel within Parliament & outside,” he tweeted. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said Jaitley’s speeches in the Rajya Sabha, both while in power and opposition, will always be remembered. Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar described Jaitley as a “great leader, an exemplary gentleman”. “We have lost a person staunchly committed to the welfare of our nation …My deepest respects to the person who did me the honour of occasional consultation,” he tweeted. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, who had served as economic affairs secretary during Jaitley’s tenure, said the former finance minister was a unique combination of extraordinary knowledge, sharpness of mind and wisdom. “No words to describe the sense of grief. A great personality. Unique combination of extraordinary knowledge,sharpness of mind and wisdom. Above all a good human being,” he said. Das said he was privileged to work with Jaitley on major reforms like GST, IBC, Monetary Policy framework and FDI liberalisation. “The way he navigated these structural changes was unparalleled. Unruffled in most challenging situations. Will be remembered as a major reformer,” Das added. Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar said he had been fortunate to have worked with Jaitley and “learn” from his intellectual depth, broad view, equipoise, good humour, never losing cool and trusting in his team. Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty said Jaitley will be remembered as a great leader and visionary who steered the Indian economy between 2014 and 2019. “A wonderful human being and a warm personality, he was an immense source of inspiration and counsel for officials in the Fin Ministry. His legacy will be etched in the portals of the Ministry of Finance. The Department of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Finance stands with his family in this hour of need,” he tweeted. Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian said he had been impressed by Jaitley’s clarity of thought and empowering style in the few months that they worked together. “Extremely sad at the demise of Shri Arun Jaitley, an ideal and dream Finance Minister for all of us. He was an intellectual giant with a wealth of knowledge. He had a rare ability to present policies and issues with pragmatic arguments acceptable to all,” tweeted Power Secretary and former Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg. Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who served as finance secretary under Jaitley, said he was an affable minister who was extremely sharp, sensible and sagacious. “Working with him as Finance Secretary was a great learning experience. He was patient, pragmatic, positive. Knowledgeable and a great raconteur… His leadership was never imposing as he led with his wit and charm,” he said. SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar also expressed his condolence. “We at State Bank of India deeply mourn the demise of Former Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley. Mr Jaitley will be remembered for the many landmark reforms like GST and IBC that he ushered in his era as FM. With his passing away, the country and the financial sector has lost a true friend and a guide. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he said.last_img read more

KMRCL prepares list of over 80 Bowbazar residents to hand over compensation

KMRCL prepares list of over 80 Bowbazar residents to hand over compensation

first_imgKolkata: A list of over 80 people has been prepared by the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) for distribution of Rs five lakh compensation cheques. The cheques will be given out to the residents whose houses were damaged due to the construction work of East-West Metro.According to sources, the KMRCL, along with the assistance of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police, is expected to distribute the cheques to the residents from the control room set up at Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Sunday, KMRCL, KMC and police had formed the control room to help the residents. For any type of assistance, the residents can directly go to the control room or call 9432610472. On Monday, the residents were asked to register their names along with their premise numbers at the control room. Based on the details submitted by the residents, KMRCL prepared the list of over 80 people eligible to get the compensation. However, the number of people in the list will increase in the future. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We have been called tomorrow at the control room. They (KMRCL) had earlier told us that cheques will be distributed from Monday (September 9, 2019),” said Asit Dey, a resident of 14/1D, Durga Pithuri Lane. The disaster in Bowbazar doesn’t seem to have come to an end as more houses have come under the threat of collapsing, apparently due to tunnelling work for the under-construction 16.6 km East-West Metro Railway project. The most affected areas are Durga Pithuri Lane, Shyakra Para Lane and Gour De Lane. Residents of several more houses adjacent to Gour De Lane were also asked to vacate their premises. Between Sunday and Wednesday, 73 houses have been vacated. On Thursday, residents of 15 houses were asked to vacate. Only 11 houses have been vacated till Friday. “We have not been informed by KMRCL about the distribution of cheques till now,” said Bharat Soni of Shyakra Para Lane.last_img read more

Grass fire in Metro Vancouver suburb leads to the discovery of a

Grass fire in Metro Vancouver suburb leads to the discovery of a

first_imgLANGLEY, B.C. – A grass fire in Metro Vancouver led emergency crews to discover a person’s body.Firefighters in Langley, B.C., were fighting a blaze on the eastern edge of the city less than three kilometres from the local airport Saturday.RCMP say in a news release that officers were contacted around 2 a.m. after the fire crews discovered the dead body.An investigation is underway and police say the site will likely be cordoned off for “a significant amount of time.”Police say they have limited information on the cause of the fire and the identity of the deceased.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Langley RCMP detachment.last_img read more

Nova Scotia auditor general to probe books practices of childrens hospital

Nova Scotia auditor general to probe books practices of childrens hospital

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s auditor general is passing along records to the police and opening his own investigation into the operations of Atlantic Canada’s largest children’s hospital after an expense scandal involving its top executive erupted in June.Tracy Kitch, former CEO of the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre, resigned last month after an independent review said she owed more than $22,000 for “potentially personal” expenses charged to her corporate credit card.In addition, the hospital’s chief financial officer has taken a paid leave of absence since the review was completed of expense claims between August 2014 and June of this year.In a statement, auditor general Michael Pickup announced Tuesday that he intends to conduct financial and performance audits of the IWK’s books and practices.Pickup also said the IWK must turn over to police any information related to the former CEO’s expenses for “consideration on any possible legal matters.”He said he and his staff have been meeting with IWK officials and reviewing public reports, but they have yet to conduct any detailed audits.“I am gravely concerned with the ineffectiveness of financial controls and lack of rigor in financial management as publicly reported by the IWK in recent weeks,” Pickup said in his statement.In addition, Mr. Pickup said he will become the annual financial statement auditor of IWK, beginning April 1 of next year.“As part of early planning, it is expected that a performance audit will cover critical aspects of oversight, financial management and controls on expenditures.”The results of all performance audits will be reported publicly to the Nova Scotia Legislature, as well as any significant financial statement audit results.A review by the accounting firm Grant Thornton found last month that there were “significant delays” in the submission of claims by the chief executive, which limited the hospital’s ability to identify potential issues.The report, issued after CBC raised questions about IWK expense accounts, found Kitch had been allotted 10 days annually for professional development but exceeded that by 14 days in 2015 and seven days in 2016.It found the IWK paid for membership fees beyond those contractually agreed to, including the Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Lounge and membership in the College of Registered Nurses of Ontario.The report also found Kitch performed a review of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and was compensated with an honorarium and expense reimbursement. But travel expenses were charged to the IWK and not reimbursed upon receipt of payment.Among items seen as potentially personal, the report detailed $26,463.80 for flight pass usage; $4,636.55 for mobile data overages; $4,474.34 for taxis; $1,580.31 for hotel-related costs; $394.75 for meals; and $161.40 in iTunes charges.“Hotel costs include a hotel stay by a family member of the CEO during a visit to Halifax, as well as hotel charges related to a personal trip to the U.S. that were charged to the corporate credit card,” the report found.In a statement, the IWK said its board has endorsed all of the report’s findings and approved its 14 recommendations.last_img read more

Liberal firearms bill attacked by both gun owners and shooting victims

Liberal firearms bill attacked by both gun owners and shooting victims

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government tabled a proposed new bill Tuesday to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms, only to find itself under attack from both sides: gun owners wary of burdensome regulation and shooting victims who say the bill doesn’t go far enough.Gun retailers would be required to keep records of firearms inventory and sales for at least 20 years under the legislation introduced in the House of Commons. The proposed measure is intended to assist police in investigating gun trafficking and other crimes.The legislation would also require the purchaser of a hunting rifle or shotgun to present a firearms licence, while the seller would have to ensure its validity.“What’s the point of having a licence if no one ever checks it out?” said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “The process for doing so will be efficient and straightforward.”In addition, the bill would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun. Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, personal history questions would cover a person’s entire lifetime.While crime rates in Canada have generally been declining for more than two decades, offences involving firearms have become more prevalent, especially since 2013, the government noted. “Gun-related homicides, domestic and gender-based violence involving guns, criminal gang activity and gun thefts are all up significantly.”Goodale has already devoted more than $327 million over five years, with $100 million a year thereafter, to address criminal gun and gang activities.The government says the new legislative proposals emphasize public safety and effective police work, while respecting law-abiding firearms owners.The move to require commercial retailers to keep sales records would reinstate a measure that existed from the late 1970s until 1995, when a previous Liberal government ushered in universal registration of firearms — essentially replacing the store ledgers.The Conservative government dismantled the controversial long-gun registry, which had come to symbolize wasteful inefficiency for many firearms owners.The National Firearms Association accused the government of trying to revive the registry through the proposed record-keeping provisions. “This is a return to universal registration,” said association vice-president Blair Hagen.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bristled at such a suggestion.“We committed to not restore a long-gun registry and we’re not restoring a long-gun registry,” Trudeau said. “It’s that simple.”Federal officials pointed out that most retailers already keep sales records for liability and insurance purposes, and to inform customers of product recalls.“Their records would be private, not accessible to governments, but police would be able to gain access, given reasonable grounds and with judicial authorization as appropriate,” Goodale said.The bill would repeal some measures passed by the previous Conservative government.For instance, it would roll back some automatic authorizations to transport restricted and prohibited firearms, such as handguns and assault weapons. Under the bill, owners would need a permit to transport such guns, except when taking them to a shooting range or home from a store.The bill also proposes restoring the authority of RCMP experts to classify firearms without political influence, repealing cabinet’s authority to overrule Mountie determinations.The Conservatives said the bill does nothing to fight gang and gun violence in places like Toronto and Surrey, B.C.“Liberals cannot be trusted when it comes to firearms legislation because they fail to tackle criminals who use guns to commit violent crime; meanwhile, they treat law-abiding firearms owners as criminals,” Conservative House leader Candice Bergen and party public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus said in a joint statement.“Conservatives will adamantly oppose any attempt by the Liberals to create a new long-gun registry.”Coalition for Gun Control founder Wendy Cukier called the bill “an important first step” that responds to the desire of most Canadians for strict measures. “While much of the focus has been on handguns, a rifle or a shotgun in the hands of angry or disturbed individuals can also have tragic consequences.”Survivors and families of three mass shootings in Quebec said the bill includes the bare minimum to technically fulfil only some of the Liberal election promises on firearms.Meaghan Hennegan, who survived a deadly shooting at Montreal’s Dawson College in 2006, said the group was especially disappointed with the failure to address the legal availability of assault rifles.“The weapon that was used to shoot me and many other of my classmates is more easily accessible today. This is totally messed up.”Goodale highlighted four additional ideas for further discussion:— Tougher after-hours storage rules for commercial outlets, after two dozen guns were stolen in Saskatchewan by snipping a cable;— The appropriateness of manufacturers’ advertisements that glorify violence and simulate warfare;— Whether provinces should consider requiring medical professionals to advise authorities of people with diagnosed conditions, including mental illnesses, that are likely to put the lives of others in danger;— A possible means to identify large and unusual gun transactions that could point to gang activity or trafficking.Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the notion of “further strengthening the rules to keep guns off our streets.”“It is long past time to take bold action to fight domestic gun trafficking,” he said.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Court asked to give interim payment to victims of Humboldt crash

Court asked to give interim payment to victims of Humboldt crash

first_imgSASKATOON – A court hearing has been rescheduled for Aug. 15 to provide victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash with $50,000 each from a massive fundraising campaign.The Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. will ask the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench to approve the interim payment to the 13 survivors and the families of the 16 people who died in the crash on April 6.The fund says some of the families affiliated with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team are in urgent need of money.A GoFundMe campaign was created immediately after the crash and received $15.2 million in donations from all over the world.The hearing, which was initially set for Aug. 13, will also establish a committee to determine how the rest of the money will be distributed.It’s expected to go to victims in the coming months.last_img read more

Dog attacks owner in Quebec bites second man who tried to help

Dog attacks owner in Quebec bites second man who tried to help

first_imgPONTIAC, Que. – Two men were taken to hospital with serious injuries after being bitten by a dog in Pontiac, Que., about 40 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.Police said a 40-year-old man was attacked by his own dog outside his residence on Tuesday evening and that the animal then bit a 69-year-old man who had gone to his aid.Both men were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening but serious wounds to their arms.One of them later needed to be transferred to undergo surgery, according to Sgt. Martin Fournel of the MRC des Collines police.“After a while, the 40-year-old, who was the owner of the dog, had to be transferred to Montreal considering the severity of his injuries,” Fournel said.A third person, a neighbour, intervened to stop the attack and was able to lure the dog into another room by throwing pieces of meat, he added.Shortly after their arrival, police officers shot the dog with the owner’s permission.The dog’s carcass was taken to the local SPCA, where tests will be carried out to determine its breed.last_img read more

If courts say to extradite Huawei exec justice minister will have to

If courts say to extradite Huawei exec justice minister will have to

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s justice minister will have the final say on whether to send a Chinese business executive to face fraud charges in the United States, she said Wednesday.That could make Canada’s spot between two economic superpowers even more difficult.U.S. President Donald Trump’s musing about interfering in the case of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is fuelling Beijing conspiracy theories about Canada’s true intent behind detaining the company’s top executive.Canada has maintained that the rule of law is separate from politics, that the case against Meng will be judged fairly and independently. But if a court says someone should be extradited to faces charges in another country, the ultimate decision is up to a politician.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Wednesday that she takes her “extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously,” and if Canada’s courts approve Meng’s extradition, “then as the minister of justice, I will ultimately have to decide on the issue of surrender of the person sought for extradition.”Therefore, Wilson-Raybould said in a statement, she wouldn’t say any more because that “would risk undermining both the independence of the court proceedings and the proper functioning of Canada’s extradition process.”“In order to safeguard due process and to respect the independence of the courts, it is essential that the Crown’s position in this matter, as in all court proceedings, be presented in the courtroom where it can be properly considered,” she said.But Trump complicated that position — one his own ambassador to Canada also advocated on Tuesday morning — when he told Reuters Tuesday evening he would “certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary” in Meng’s case, if it would help him forge a trade deal with China.China’s state-run media was already ridiculing Canada’s assertion that Meng would be dealt with fairly and transparently by an independent judiciary, the same view U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft put forward.“I think we’re lonelier than we’ve been in a long, long time,” said David Mulroney, who served former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper as his first foreign-policy adviser and later as ambassador to China. “(Trump) gave credibility to an outrageous Chinese accusation — that the RCMP basically works as an extension of the U.S. government to capture a hostage who can be used in their trade negotiations.”Roland Paris, who was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first foreign-policy adviser, said Canada has for decades enjoyed the luxury of operating in “a very comfortable international context” but not any more.“Now, a lot of the assumptions that have guided our foreign policy are in question, including whether the United States has our back,” said Paris, a University of Ottawa international-affairs professor.Mulroney and Paris agree Canada has only one choice: stay true to its adherence to the rule of law and hope that Trump’s involvement can somehow be treated as one more impromptu comment by an unpredictable president.Both point to the fact that just hours before Trump sounded off, Craft was extolling the same separation of the law and politics as the Trudeau government.“Trump’s statements are as disconnected from the workings of the U.S. government as they are from reality,” said Mulroney. “We’re dealing with highly professional U.S. officials who are as committed to the rule of law as we are.”But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared to double down on Trump’s line on Wednesday in a televised interview with Fox and Friends.“We always have to balance American interests. Any time there’s a law enforcement engagement, we need to make sure we take foreign-policy … considerations into effect,” said Pompeo. “It’s totally appropriate to do so. The president’s mission is very clear. It’s America First, right?”Paul Evans, a China expert at the University of British Columbia, says the Chinese are listening and taking note.“From a realist Chinese perspective, the Trump comment and the followup from Pompeo signal that law and politics are not separable, something they know in their bones,” said Evans. “Here in Canada, abiding by the rule of law is a way of detaching the government from taking a position on a US-China conflict that they desperately want to duck. In this case we are neither hypocritical nor naive.”Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to the rule of law again on Wednesday, “regardless of what goes on in other countries.”The prime minister simply has no alternative, despite the current hard realities, said Mulroney. “The alternative is we’re completely at the mercy of larger powers, who basically enforce our own laws on our territory.”Canada simply can’t abandon its reliance on the rules-based international order, no matter how hard that becomes because of rising authoritarianism, and the fact “the U.S. is a less reliable partner,” said Paris.“Canada has limited leverage in this emerging great-power struggle,” he said. “But we also have an interest in co-operation in maintaining co-operation with China where it’s mutually beneficial. Striking that balance will be increasingly difficult if the United States adopts a with-us-or-against-us attitude on China.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa says it will sell back Mirabel land expropriated for airport in

Ottawa says it will sell back Mirabel land expropriated for airport in

first_imgMIRABEL, Que. — The Canadian government says it is planning to sell back the last remaining unused land it expropriated in 1969 for construction of the Mirabel airport.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said today Ottawa will offer the roughly 300 hectares of land for sale to its original owners or their descendants.About 38,800 hectares of farmland were expropriated by Ottawa in the 1960s to make way for the ill-fated airport project. The Mirabel airport never caught on with passengers, and its terminal was demolished in 2014. It now serves only cargo airlines.Ottawa had sold back 32,000 hectares in the 1980s, and in 2006 it began returning what remained outside the airport zone. But it excluded 300 hectares that were inaccessible by road.That obstacle was removed in 2016 when Ottawa and the city of Mirabel reached an agreement to open up the last bit of territory.The government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau wanted to turn the Mirabel airport into the main hub of airline travel for the Montreal region, but that vision never came to be. About 3,000 families were affected by the expropriations in the 1960s.Today’s announcement ends the long-running dispute over expropriated lands outside the airport zone. But the city of Mirabel continues to eye excess lands within the airport zone for industrial development purposes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadas Sydney Pickrem wins bronze in 200M breaststroke at worlds

Canadas Sydney Pickrem wins bronze in 200M breaststroke at worlds

first_imgGWANGJU, Korea, Republic Of — Canadian swimmer Sydney Pickrem captured her second bronze medal at the 2019 world aquatics championships, tying a record for the country.The Canadian/U.S. dual citizen came third in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke on Friday, finishing in 2 minutes 22.90 seconds.It was Canada’s sixth medal — two gold and four bronze — at the pool in the meet, equalling a record for the country set in 1978. Canada has two more days of competition to try to break the record.Pickrem was competing in the 200 breaststroke for the first time at worlds.“I wanted to try as much as I could to get on the podium,” said Pickrem, who also won bronze in the 200-metre individual medley this week. “It’s not the time that I wanted but it was better than semis so I’m just moving forward.“There’s a lot of fast swimming here and that motivates you whether it’s your (main) event or not.”Yuliya Efimova of Russia won gold in 2:20.17 for a record third title, while South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker was second in 2:22.52, becoming the first swimmer from her country to win a medal at the worlds. Winnipeg’s Kelsey Wog finished sixth.It was Efimova’s 14th individual world medal, tying her with Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Sjostrom for most among women.Pickrem, who also won 400-metre IM bronze in 2017, is the first Canadian female swimmer with three individual world medals in her career.Canada continues medal parade with Pickrem bronze https://t.co/pgbWvtjS4Y–Le Canada poursuit sa récolte avec une médaille de bronze pour Pickremhttps://t.co/FTKquHtf6s pic.twitter.com/T6g2Wd09Z4— Swimming Canada / Natation Canada (@SwimmingCanada) July 26, 2019Meanwhile, Simone Manuel wasn’t swimming up to her standards, and she felt her relay anchor leg that resulted in a silver medal for the U.S. proved it.Then she remembered it’s always about bouncing back.Manuel did just that in the 100 freestyle, winning her second straight title at the world championships.Relegated to Lane 1 with the slowest qualifying time, the American led all the way and touched first in 52.04 seconds, beating Cate Campbell of Australia by 0.39 seconds.Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., was fifth.“Not everybody has a perfect swim every time so I just needed to regroup and put on a good face,” Manuel said. “I’m a veteran on the team, so I have to be able to show a little bit of poise in these hard moments.”Manuel was unable to hold off Campbell on the anchor leg of the 4×100 free relay earlier in the meet, with Australia claiming gold and the U.S. silver.“I did take that relay really hard because I didn’t feel like I did as best as I possibly could,” Manuel said.She made up for it in the 100 free.RELATED: Canada’s Kylie Masse defends 100-metre backstroke gold at worldsManuel became the second woman to win multiple titles in the 100 free, joining Kornelia Ender of the former East Germany, who won in 1973 and ’75.Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, the world-record holder, took bronze.In 2016, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at the Olympics when she tied Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak for gold in Rio de Janeiro.In the men’s 200-metre backstroke, Markus Thormeyer of Tsawwassen, B.C., was eighth.“I’m happy with it, I wasn’t even seeded to make the final,” said Thormeyer, who set a Canadian record in the semis on Thursday. “It’s an experience in the bag and I’m happy with what I’ve learned.”Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., and Ruck both qualified for Saturday’s 200-metre women’s backstroke final by placing second and seventh in the semis, respectively.Oleksiak also qualified for a final in the women’s 50-metre butterfly after she tied for sixth in the semis.Two more world records fell in semifinals at the hands of Americans.Caeleb Dressel broke Michael Phelps’ record in the 100 butterfly and Regan Smith lowered the mark in the 200 backstroke.Dressel won his heat in 49.50 seconds — 0.32 seconds better than Phelps’ mark set at the 2009 world meet in Rome at the height of the high-tech suit era.Dressel was out in 22.83 seconds — 0.53 seconds under Phelps’ pace — and came home in 26.67 to lead eight men into Saturday’s final.He was a whopping 1.44 seconds ahead of Andrei Minakov of Russia, the second-quickest qualifier.Smith, who is 17, won her semifinal heat in 2:03.35. That erased the old mark of 2:04.06 set by Missy Franklin at the 2012 London Olympics.“I’m in shock,” Smith said. “I really don’t believe it.”She lowered her own junior world record in the morning preliminaries, finishing in 2:06.01.Smith goes into Saturday’s final 3.22 seconds ahead of Masse.last_img read more

Aziz Ansari Celeb Ambassador For Oxfam America

Aziz Ansari Celeb Ambassador For Oxfam America

first_imgComedian and actor Aziz Ansari is fresh off the heels of a holidays fundraising campaign for Oxfam America.As the charity’s celebrity ambassador, Ansari promotes programs that fight poverty all over the world. Huffington Post gave him the Best Subject Line Award in its recent post, 450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising. Ansari’s additional charity work includes voicing a goat in an animated for Oxfam America video and a benefit for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.To celebrate this funnyman and his charitable pursuits, we take a look at three of his funniest moments from his breakout role in “Parks and Recreation.”Treat Yo SelfTom and Donna have a very special relationship built on a mutual loathing for being bored and an irritation for anyone who doesn’t like their retweet. When the two decide to have a day designated to the pursuit of extravagance, the result leaves would even make Kanye proud, or at least give him a little #FOMO #YOLO.Clothes: Treat yo self. Fragrances: Treat yo self. Mimosas: Treat yo self. Massages: Treat yo self. Fine leather goods: Treat. Yo. Self. Best day of the year!But the best part of Treat Yo Self day is when Tom and his partner-in-luxury Donna decide to take mercy on a stressed out Ben and invite him along on their lavish day. When Ben just can’t get excited about cashmere and buys tube socks, Donna and Tom selflessly urge him to figure out his own version of Treat Yo Self day — which delightfully leads to a whole new level of nerdiness, aka Ben in a fantastically realistic Batman suit.But the question begs to be asked: Why were we given only one Treat Yo Self day way back in 2011?! Where do we sign the petition for an annual YouTube comedy series, Aziz?! You’re kickin it with Kanye now!Snake JuiceNo two characters on “Parks and Rec” are more opposite than Ron Swanson and Tom Haverford. Tom tweets his every waking move, and Ron doesn’t trust the government as far as he could throw a bottle of Lagavulin, which is really far, but Ron would never, ever throw a bottle of whiskey.So when Tom and his over-the-top business partner John Ralphio attempt to pitch their new entrepreneurial venture, a harrowing liquor they call Snake Juice, no one expects Ron to start one of the most epic party nights in “Parks and Rec” history. While everyone from Jerry to Leslie gets adorably sloshed, Ron manages to steal the show with an iron stomach, infectious smile and a miniature sparkly black top hat. But the best part is the morning after, when everyone in the office is hung over to the extent that April has duct taped a pair of full-size pillows to her ears and Ron shows up chipper and unphased with greasy burgers to save them.DJ RoombaOf all Tom Haverford’s get-rich-quick schemes (a few of which actually worked), perhaps none was more beloved than the brilliant DJ Roomba, his iPod-playing, floor-sweeping robot that was smart enough to know that Andy was the biggest mess-maker of the group and hovered around him while bumpin’ the Black Eyed Peas. But while helping Tom move, Jerry accidentally stomps on and kills DJ Roomba, breaking Tom’s heart. Some say the halls of the Pawnee City Hall are still haunted by the ghost the R&B-loving robot that Tom called his son.last_img read more

Designer Pedram Karimi to keep blurring lines

Designer Pedram Karimi to keep blurring lines

first_imgAhead of this curveball has been designer Pedram Karimi, who launched his eponymous and genderless line in 2012 in Montreal. “My philosophy for the brand from the get-go was about having a neutral wardrobe that could fit various types of individuals and their lifestyles,” he says.“I imagined a Utopia filled with conscious and mindful people who see this world as a whole and with this way of thinking, they’d also care about what they wear and where it comes from.”While we don’t yet have a gender-free paradise on Earth, this past year has seen a major shift in how we collectively think about gender and clothing. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Each generation of artists takes as its sworn duty the smashing of icons and the challenging of traditions and assumptions. But even in an industry where trends churn by at blinding speed, the fashion world has been upended rather suddenly by the blurring of gender lines. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CBC ANNOUNCES 201718 PROGRAMMING SLATE

CBC ANNOUNCES 201718 PROGRAMMING SLATE

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and the number-one media brand in Canada*, today announced its 2017-18 programming lineup showcasing a wide-ranging, uniquely Canadian slate of new and returning original drama, comedy, factual, arts, kids, sports, news and documentary content from the country’s leading artists, creators and commentators across television, radio and digital platforms.“Our 2017-18 slate is a tribute to the talent and authenticity of Canada’s top creators, who are choosing CBC as the destination to share the stories they want to tell, including compelling new drama, comedy, factual, arts and documentary series,” said Heather Conway, executive-vice president, English Services, CBC. “By launching one of our largest programming lineups to date reflecting the diversity of perspectives and voices in this country, CBC continues to reach, connect with and entertain Canadians across all platforms, guided by how audiences choose to engage with us.”New CBC original television series announced today for the 2017-18 season include:BURDEN OF PROOF (winter 2018, 10×60, ICF Films, Entertainment One (eOne) and Eagle Vision), a legal drama starring Kristin Kreuk as a big city lawyer passed over for partnership who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls.CAUGHT (winter 2018, 5×60, Take The Shot Productions), Allan Hawco’s new drama set in 1978, adapted from Lisa Moore’s acclaimed novel. Locked up after a drug deal goes wrong, David Slaney (Hawco; Republic of Doyle; The Book of Negroes) makes a daring break from a New Brunswick prison to attempt one more deal with his former partner (Eric Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker, The Knick, Smallville) – all this with a dogmatic police officer, Patterson (Paul Gross, Alias Grace, Hyena Road, Passchendaele), at his heels.THE DETECTIVES (fall 2017, 8×60, WAM Media GRP Inc.), a true crime series that brings to life the real cases of Canadian detectives by blending first-person interviews with scripted drama.LITTLE DOG (winter 2018, 7×30, Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures), a comedy from author, musician and actor Joel Thomas Hynes (Mary Kills People, Orphan Black) and showrunner Sherry White (Rookie Blue, Saving Hope) that tells the story of lightweight Newfoundland boxer Donny “Little Dog” Ross and his haphazard quest for redemption after quitting a fight.THE STATS OF LIFE (fall 2017, 1×60, 4×30, Frantic Films), a factual series that reveals surprising truths about how Canadians are living today based on recent population statistics.New CBC KIDS titles include animated series ADDISON (fall 2017, 20×11, Six Eleven Media) chronicling the adventures of a young girl who loves to solve mysteries; BEAT BUGS (winter 2018, 52×11, Thunderbird Entertainment, Grace Films, Beyond Films and Atomic Cartoons), following five charming bugs and featuring songs from The Beatles; and preschool series BECCA’S BUNCH (fall 2017, 52×11, Jam Media), which merges live action and puppetry with 2D and 3D animation. Login/Register With: FRIDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Marketplace *NEW SEASON*8:30 p.m. (9 NT) – Interrupt This Program *NEW SEASON*(Oct)/The Stats of Life *NEW SERIES* (Nov)9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – the fifth estate *NEW SEASON* These titles join previously announced new CBC original television series for 2017-18 including:21 THUNDER(summer 2017, 8×60, PMA Productions and Generic Productions), a fast-paced drama that follows the players and coaches of an elite under-21 Montreal soccer team both on and off the field, premiering July 31.ALIAS GRACE(fall 2017, 6×60, Halfire Entertainment), the highly anticipated miniseries written and produced by Sarah Polley, directed by Mary Harron and starring Sarah Gadon, based on the award-winning Margaret Atwood novel and inspired by true events, premiering September 25.CRAWFORD(winter 2018, 12×30, Rabbit Square Productions), Mike Clattenburg’s (Trailer Park Boys) unconventional family comedy about a young man who, after a run of bad luck, moves back in with his parents and turns his natural ability to relate to racoons into a successful business, all while navigating life with his eccentric family. Starring Jill Hennessy (Shots Fired, Crossing Jordan), John Carroll Lynch (The Founder, American Horror Story) and Kyle Mac (Miss Sloane, 21 Thunder).FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES(fall 2017, 11×60, Shaftesbury) from the producers of Murdoch Mysteries, following Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s (Lauren Lee Smith; The Listener, This Life) and her colleague Trudy (Chantel Riley; The Lion King) as they take on the cases that the police don’t want or can’t handle.THEGREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (fall 2017, 8×60, Proper Television), based on the hit British format, which will bring together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges. The most recent season of the British series, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, will also air on CBC beginning August 23 to warm up audiences ahead of the premiere of the Canadian version.TAKEN (summer 2017, 8×30, Eagle Vision), a true crime documentary series that explores the search for answers and justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.This fall, CBC will broadcast the Canadian premiere of the next instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated  TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (2017, 7×50, See-Saw Films, BBC Worldwide), which will see Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) reprise her Golden Globe® winning role as Detective Robin Griffin. She will be joined by Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The first season of TOP OF THE LAKE (2013) will stream on cbc.ca/watch ahead of the Season 2 premiere. Season 1 of the BAFTA-nominated, feel-good British series THE DURRELLS (2016, 6×60, Sid Gentle Films Ltd., BBC Worldwide) will also air in fall 2017, based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of novels about a family’s adventures on a Greek island after leaving their English home in hopes of a better life.Returning drama, comedy, factual and arts series include BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (summer 2017 starting June 27, Season 2); CORONATION STREET (fall 2017, Season 19); DRAGONS’ DEN (fall 2017, Season 12) featuring Arlene Dickinson’s return to the Den; EXHIBITIONISTS (Season 3, fall 2017); weekday daytime series THE GOODS (fall 2017, Season 2); HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST (winter 2018, Season 22); HEARTLAND (fall 2017, Season 11); HELLO GOODBYE (winter 2018, Season 3); INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM (fall 2017, Season 3); JUST FOR LAUGHS: GALAS (fall 2017); KIM’S CONVENIENCE (fall 2017, Season 2); MR. D (fall 2017, Season 7); MURDOCH MYSTERIES (fall 2017, Season 11); RICK MERCER REPORT (fall 2017, Season 15); SCHITT’S CREEK (winter 2018, Season 4); STILL STANDING (summer 2017 starting June 27, Season 3); THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (fall 2017, Season 25); WHEN CALLS THE HEART (summer 2017 starting June 18, Season 3); THE WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL (winter 2018, Season 16); and WORKIN’ MOMS (winter 2018, Season 2).CBC’s award-winning news and documentary programming returning this fall includes flagship daily news program THE NATIONAL, MARKETPLACE (Season 45) and THE FIFTH ESTATE (Season 43). Moving to Sunday nights are acclaimed documentary series FIRSTHAND (Season 3) and David Suzuki’s THE NATURE OF THINGS (Season 57), which will launch its new season with THE WILD CANADIAN YEAR (5×60, River Road Films), showcasing Canada’s extraordinary wildlife.Furthering CBC’s commitment to Canadian music, THE JUNO AWARDS return to Canada’s public broadcaster in 2018, with the 47th annual awards to be broadcast live on CBC from Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sunday, March 25 (produced by Insight Productions). CBC MUSIC will also launch new music programming initiatives and special events in partnership with CARAS, including covering a more diverse range of genres and musicians and investing in educational initiatives to support the next generation of artists. The JUNO Awards join CBC’s annual line-up of awards programming celebrating Canadian creators, artists and storytellers, including the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS (winter 2018); CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS (September 10); GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS (June 29 & 30); POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GALA(September 18); and SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE (fall 2017).CBC continues to expand its investment in original digital content with its largest slate ever spanning 15 new and returning series streaming at cbc.ca/watch  and on the CBC app in 2017-18, including new seasons of award-winning comedies MY 90 YEAR OLD ROOMMATE and THE AMAZING GAYL PILE.New arts, comedy and factual series include ART WORKS! (working title), a subversively surreal series profiling Canadian artists; BUT I’M CHRIS JERICHO, based on the fictionalized, funny life of the pro wrestler; HOW TO BUY A BABY, following a couple’s darkly funny struggle with infertility; KIDS THAT ARE KIND OF AMAZING AT STUFF…WITH GERRY DEE, following the comedian as he meets Canadian kids with exceptional talent; LIVING WITH E’s, featuring 80-somethings Mrs. Eulalia (Mary Walsh) and Mrs. Enid (Cathy Jones) as they inadvertently give frank advice to young people; STAY CALM AND DECOLONIZE, profiling Indigenous artists who are embracing Buffy Sainte-Marie’s call to decolonize following Canada 150; and TEN X TEN, featuring 10 LGBTQ+ artists who tell their stories while finger-painting a self-portrait.CBC’s award-winning CBC SHORT DOCS will also launch an extensive new slate of immersive and intimate original digital docs in 2017-18 including CALL ME OLLY (Jordan Molaro and Tyson Anderson), capturing the power that a name can hold over an individual striving to be uninhibited; DECLUTTER (Madison Thomas), exploring the filmmaker’s revelation about her mother and why she is always cleaning; and TWILIGHT DANCERS (Theola Ross and Paola Marino), focusing on how young people from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to cope with the youth suicide epidemic in their community.With more than 100 million downloads over the past year**, CBC RADIO builds on its podcasting success with a slate of new original series including ALONE: A LOVE STORY (fall 2017), a memoir about love and the fallout of cheating; THE FRIDGE LIGHT (September 2017), a deeply nerdy and fascinating look at the hidden stories of food, hosted by food critic and writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; ON DRUGS (June 2017), exploring our complicated relationship with drugs; and SEAT AT THE TABLE (June 2017), a weekly talk show hosted by Montrealers Isabelle Racicot and Martine St-Victor as they tackle what’s brewing in media, politics and pop culture. David Ridgen, the host of CBC’s breakout hit podcast SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING with more than 20 million downloads to date, also returns in fall 2017 with SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING CASE FILES: MISSISSIPI COLD CASE and GREAVETTE CASE, focusing on two new cold cases. Podcast series will launch at cbc.ca/podcasts and also air concurrently on CBC Radio One.Additional new CBC RADIO programming includes RECLAIMED (July 2017 on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2) hosted by Cree/Dene artist and storyteller Jarrett Marrineau, who will explore the many worlds of contemporary Indigenous music; and ROAD TRIP RADIO (June 2017 on CBC Radio One), a new series from the This Is That team mixing comedy and documentaries, with each episode focusing on one province or territory. NEW FIRE also returns this summer (June 2017 on CBC Radio One), featuring host Lisa Charleyboy as she travels from remote reserves to bustling cities, going to the heart of conversations that are important to Indigenous youth.​As Canada’s Olympic Network, CBC will provide the compelling coverage and storytelling that Canadians have come to expect leading up to, during and after the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 across all platforms from February 9-25, 2018. In addition to Olympic Games coverage, CBC SPORTS will continue to connect Canadians with high-performance athletes each week through ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES on CBC, cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app. Some of the major international events on the CBC Sports schedule in 2017-18 include the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto July 16-23, the FINA World Aquatics Championships July 14-30, the IAAF World Track & Field Championships August 4-13, and the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montreal October 2-8.The CBC 2017 fall primetime television schedule is as follows:MONDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Murdoch Mysteries *NEW SEASON*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Alias Grace *NEW SERIES*(Sept)/Frankie Drake *NEW SERIES*(Nov) TUESDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT)- Rick Mercer Report *NEW SEASON*8:30 p.m. (9 NT) – This Hour Has 22 Minutes *NEW SEASON*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Kim’s Convenience *NEW SEASON*9:30 p.m. (10 NT) – Mr. D *NEW SEASON* THURSDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Dragons’ Den *NEW SEASON, NEW NIGHT*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – The Detectives *NEW SERIES* *Source: Ipsos The Most Influential Brands in Canada 2017**Source: Sumo Logic (Apr 16-Apr 17)-30-About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Advertisementcenter_img SUNDAYDaytime: Road to the Olympic Games7 p.m. (7:30 NT) – Heartland *NEW SEASON*8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – The Nature of Things *NEW SEASON, NEW NIGHT*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Firsthand *NEW SEASON, NEW NIGHT* Advertisement SATURDAYDaytime: Road to the Olympic Games6:30 p.m. ET – Hockey Night in Canada WEDNESDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – The Great British Baking Show/The Great Canadian Baking Show *NEW SERIES*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – The Durrells *NEW SERIES*(Sept)/Top of the Lake: China Girl *NEW SERIES*(Oct) Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Man accused of stealing Frances McDormands Oscar trophy for best actress

Man accused of stealing Frances McDormands Oscar trophy for best actress

first_imgTerry Bryant, accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar at the lavish Governors Ball party, is seen in this still image from Reuters video in Hollywood, Calif. (Reuters TV/Reuters) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Frances McDormand won best actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Login/Register With: Facebook Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said officer Rosario Herrera, a police spokesperson.Video captured by The Associated Press appears to show Bryant walking with the statuette out of the Governors Ball, the Oscars after-party where police say he took it.The video shows a man in a tuxedo who appears to be Bryant holding an Oscar statuette highly and proudly as an onlooker cheers.“All right baby boys and baby girls,” he says, walking quickly and nearly bumping into a woman.He then quickly glances around him before walking out of frame, prominently holding the Oscar the entire time. Advertisement A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Twitterlast_img read more

20 CANADIAN ALBUMS THAT TURNED 20 THIS YEAR

20 CANADIAN ALBUMS THAT TURNED 20 THIS YEAR

first_img Login/Register With: Chapter I: A New Beginning, The MoffattsMay 18, 1998While the ’90s boy band phenomenon overwhelmingly focused on American acts like *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, it was a trend that found success in other parts of the world like Korea (which would later birth the K-pop movement), the U.K. and Canada. Arguably, Canada’s most successful ’90s pop boy band was the Moffatts, a group made up of brothers Scott, Dave, Bob and Clint Moffatt. In the mid ‘90s, the Moffatts had established themselves as a country group, even moving to Nashville briefly and performing regularly on Ralph Emery’s talk show, Nashville Now. But the group made a significant shift in 1998 with its third album, Chapter I: A New Beginning. Trading in country tunes for pop-rock melodies, the Moffatts realigned their sound to match what was happening on the charts south of the border and became a huge hit.The album was certified platinum in Canada, was picked up and released in the U.S. the following year and garnered two Juno nominations. (The Moffatts hosted the Junos in 2000 and scored two more nominations in 2001.) The music certainly fit a specific boy band mould — heart-on-the-sleeve, fairly straightforward love songs — but the Moffatts were one of the few groups who opted for playing live instruments over flashy choreography. And on top of that, their ability to write a catchy hook was evident all over the album, with hits like “Misery,” “Girl of My Dreams,” and “Crazy.” Even with the emergence of B4-4, SoulDecision and 3Deep, a large portion of Canada’s late-‘90s boy band legacy belongs to the Moffatts, and it’s something pop lovers can absolutely take pride in.— Melody Lau Twitter Advertisement Breath from Another, EstheroApril 28, 1998Walkerton, Ontario native Esthero (real name Jenny-Bea Englishman) and her debut album are some of Canadian music’s best-kept secrets. While perhaps not a household name, you’ve likely heard Esthero’s work somewhere since this 1998 debut — whether through her 2005 album Wikked Lil’ Grrrls (which featured the likes of Sean Lennon, André 3000 and Cee-Lo Green), her work on the viral “Yes we Can” Obama campaign song, or as a writer/vocalist on Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak. But, for ’90s-loving Canadians Who Know, Esthero’s greatest work remains this tragically underrated trip-hop masterpiece, which was recorded entirely with her then production partner Doc McKinney, who’s gone on to become The Weeknd’s executive producer.While Portishead and Björk’s moody lounge grooves thrived globally in the mid-to-late ’90s, Esthero’s album of a similar sonic essence failed to win over the mainstream outside its vibe-laden first single “That Girl.” While the singer has since savoured the chart love her first album didn’t get, you can’t help but wonder what magic might have happened had she stayed in this hypnotically soulful lane, which has made a considerable comeback 20 years later. — JH Tamia, TamiaApril 14, 1998If you didn’t realize R&B gem Tamia was Canadian, it might be cause to re-evaluate your patriotism. The Windsor native soared to international stardom right off the bat, after being scouted by music manager Brenda Richie (Lionel Richie’s ex-wife) and signed to Quincy Jones’ label Qwest Records less than a year into her career. She appeared on such songs as the Grammy-nominated collaboration “Missing You” with Brandy, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, which was one of three Jones-produced, Grammy-nominated collaborations she sang on in 1997.In 1998, she released this self-titled debut to mixed reviews, despite its renowned R&B classic “So Into You” (not to be confused with Fabolous’ equally delightful 2003 reincarnation), a “Careless Whisper” cover and “Imagination,” which features Jermaine Dupri and a Jackson 5 sample. While Tamia didn’t win the Juno in either category she was nominated in this year, she (and a few other formidable songstresses in this list) signified a brave new era of Canadian R&B.— Jess Huddleston LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Inner Urge, Dave Young Trio feat. Gary BurtonMay 4, 1998On the heels of his acclaimed three-volume Two by Two series for Justin Time Records, bassist Dave Young upped the personnel (but not by much!) for 1998’s Inner Urge, a superb outing for his trio with guitarist Reg Schwager and drummer Michel Lambert. Vibraphone legend Gary Burton joins them on three tracks: first, a propulsive reading of Joe Henderson’s title track, then Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” taken at a languid tempo, and finally Cedar Walton’s “Bolivia” on which Schwager lays down an especially accomplished solo. The remaining six tunes are a mix of Young originals and jazz classics, including Thad Jones’ “Three in One,” a great vehicle for a drummer of Lambert’s clarity. Other highlights include Young’s arco playing — warm, perfectly in tune — on “Psalm for E.M.,” the trio’s impressive cohesiveness on “Sir William,” and the breezy original, “Irie,” that closes the album in optimistic D major.— Robert Rowat Facebook When you think of 1998, you might remember the baggy fashion trends, your new favourite show Dawson’s Creek or the inception of a little-known search engine called Google.Here at CBC Music, 1998 brings to mind a number of classic, and not-so-classic (albeit memorable), Canadian albums that skipped in our Discmans — providing the soundtrack to the last few carefree years before Y2K.20 years later, revisit the retro Canadian sounds with us below — in chronological order — and let us know what we missed over on Twitter. How I Feel, Terri ClarkMay 19, 1998Clark’s third album, How I Feel cemented her country music star status in the U.S.A. thanks to the success of the record’s second single, “You’re Easy on the Eyes.” The track, a funny song that flips the script on the typical male gaze narrative, reached No. 1 on the country charts in both the U.S. and Canada. Clark puts her male subject on notice, and she’s the one objectifying and quantifying his cost/benefit analysis, as “easy on the eyes and hard on the heart.” The best zinger? “So why don’t you send me your photograph?/ It would hurt a lot less than taking you back/ then I could still have my favourite part of you.”Gender-flipping songs like this became something of a Clark trademark. It’s evident throughout How I Feel, and it’s something Clark reflected on in a recent interview with CBC Music. “Although a lot of my songs are female-empowering, I’m attracted to a lot of songs a guy would do or you could hear a guy doing, the tougher sort of edge that they have,” she said. Diving back into How I Feel with this framework puts a decidedly feminist lens on Clark’s subversive twist of the classic country sound.— Andrea Warnerlast_img read more

Despite funding cuts Mikmaq friendship centre still fighting to keep culture alive

Despite funding cuts Mikmaq friendship centre still fighting to keep culture alive

first_imgAPTN National NewsAcross the country, programs and services for Aboriginal people continue to be cut.Even with a smaller budget, the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre had a chance to show Halifax that the Mi’kmaq are still there.APTN National News reporter Time Fontaine has this story.last_img