Some of Canada’s most celebrated Olympic and Paralympic athletes are in Calgary, Friday.Gold medallists Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Justin Kripps, and Brian McKeever will share their experiences at “Champion Chats 2018: Stories from the Podium.” Spokesperson Steve Mesler, a U.S. Olympic gold medallist, told City News the event is sold out.“It’s probably one of, if not the best Olympic celebrations or Paralympic celebrations in the country happening and we’re having it right here in Calgary, and we’re doing it to raise money so more Olympians and more Paralympians can reach kids across western Canada, and mentor them on goal setting and perseverance and community involvement, and Calgary’s business community has stepped up,” he said.Hometown Hockey co-host Tara Sloan will host the fundraiser at Hotel Arts. It begins Friday at 11:00 a.m.
TRURO, N.S. – A rare bird has ended up in the care of a Nova Scotia rehabilitation centre after being plucked from the Atlantic Ocean by fishermen.The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre usually sees about 30 eagles a year, but last week they got an unexpected visitor — a golden eagle.“It came to us because it was found by some lobster fishermen off the coast of Seal Island about three kilometres into the ocean, which is a very unusual location for a golden eagle to be,” said Murdo Messer, co-founder of the Hilden, N.S., centre.“We figured maybe it went after a fish or got into the water going after some prey and wasn’t able to get back out.“If the fishermen hadn’t scooped him up, he definitely wouldn’t have survived.”According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the golden eagle is one of the largest birds in North America, and is usually found in the western U.S.Messer said it’s unusual for a golden eagle to be found in this part of Canada.Volunteers did a physical exam on the eagle when it arrived at the centre, but did not find any obvious injuries.“Its body condition was good. Its feather condition was good and it was pretty feisty, and all those things would indicate to us that whatever happened to it was fairly recent,” said Messer.“If you’re able to pick up a wild animal there’s definitely something wrong because normally they would be afraid of people and fly away or run away depending on what it is. This golden eagle was fished out of the ocean which is a very usual location for it to be because generally they’re not fish eaters. They’re like hawks, they would go after land mammals.”The rehab centre, which has been helping injured wildlife for about 17 years, will spend the next few weeks monitoring the bird to make sure it’s healthy and can fly before being returned to the wild.(Global News)
GOULDS, N.L. – The chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended upon a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot.George Chaulk, of Goulds, N.L., had the lucky ticket to draw a card Wednesday night, but he drew the nine of spades.But he will not be leaving empty-handed — the consolation prize is $185,014.His wife, Christa Chaulk, says the ticket was part of a work pool.Once it’s divided among her husband and his 10 colleagues, the couple will have a little over $16,000, which she says will go toward a family vacation.Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each. The winner gets a percentage of the total ticket sales and a bigger jackpot if they pull the ace of spades from a deck of cards that gets smaller with each successive draw.There are now 10 cards left, and the draw is expected to take place again next week at the St. Kevin’s Parish church hall in Goulds, N.L., with an even bigger jackpot.Tens of thousands of people turned out for Wednesday night’s draw despite the soggy weather, with the lineup to buy tickets actually starting on Tuesday night.Carol O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the draw, said there were close to 60 people at any given moment inside the Roman Catholic facility helping sell tickets.St. Kevin’s has been hosting the draw every Wednesday, although it was briefly postponed after duplicate tickets surfaced because of an apparent printing glitch.(VOCM)
MONTREAL – An independent Quebec would deal more quickly with asylum seekers and would not afford them the same rights as a citizen, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said Tuesday.The party’s position on border security can be found in a series of leaflets and videos aimed at promoting independence and educating the electorate.The PQ made the documentation public in advance of a convention this coming weekend where Lisee will have a confidence vote on his leadership.Border security is a major talking point in the province, as thousands of people, mostly from Haiti, have crossed illegally into Quebec from the United States since June and applied for refugee status.“The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that as soon as you have your foot on our territory, you have all the rights of a Canadian citizen,” Lisee said.That statement is not entirely true, as refugee applicants are not entitled to vote or to hold a Canadian passport.Asylum seekers do benefit, however, from an appeal process that can extend their stay in Canada significantly even if they are denied refugee status.If Quebec separated from Canada it would not sign the Safe Third Country Agreement, allowing asylum seekers to cross at regular channels instead of trudging through forests, Lisee said.He added an independent Quebec would draw inspiration from European countries, where an applicant’s asylum status is considered different from that of a citizen and the process moves far more quickly.“In other countries asylum seekers are considered asylum seekers and not citizens,” Lisee said.Other issues in the PQ’s leaflet and video project on independence include taxes, agriculture and pipelines.A sovereign Quebec would get to keep the money its citizens give to Ottawa and put it toward the public pension plan. Lisee said Quebec leaving Canada would mean it could fight more strongly for its agricultural sector and be able to veto any pipeline project crossing over its territory.
OTTAWA – A new study suggests Victoria is the best city in Canada to be a woman, despite the wage gap between men and women there worsening slightly in recent years.The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at differences between men’s and women’s access to economic and personal security, education, health and positions of leadership in Canada’s 25 biggest cities.The CCPA says Victoria is the only city on the list where more women than men are employed, and they account for nearly half of all senior managers and elected officials.But it says the wage gap in the city is on par with the rest of the country, with women earning 73 per cent of what men do — slightly worse than five years ago.In Windsor, Ont., which ranked worst in the study, the wage gap is actually smaller than average, with women making about 75 per cent of what men earn.But the study says only 23 per cent of elected officials and 34 per cent of senior managers in the region are women, and women are more likely to be living below the poverty line than men.The CCPA also says that sexual assault is the only violent crime that’s not on the decline in Canada, and every city still struggles with high rates of sexual and domestic violence.“Statistics will never be a substitute for the full experience of lives lived. But as signposts they mark the spot where more attention is needed from our political leaders and policy-makers,” says study author Kate McInturff, a senior researcher at CCPA. “We hope they follow through.”____Here is the CCPA’s ranking of the cities it studied:1. Victoria2. Gatineau3. Hamilton4. Kingston5. Vancouver6. Quebec City7. St. John’s8. Sherbrooke9. Halifax10. Toronto11. Ottawa12. London13. Kelowna14. Abbotsford-Mission15. Montreal16. St. Catharines-Niagara17. Winnipeg18. Edmonton19. Saskatoon20. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo21. Regina22. Calgary23. Barrie24. Oshawa25. Windsor
QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Anti-G7 activists are planning a full day of protests in Quebec City today, including a large march through the streets of the historic old quarter as well as a nighttime show featuring popular comedians.Members of the African diaspora in Canada are hoping to grab some attention around 10 a.m. with a protest outside Quebec’s legislature denouncing the invitation to the G7 of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whom they accuse of war crimes.Activists are holding what they call an “alternative G7” outside the legislature beginning around noon, which will be followed by a large protest march that will include members of labour unions and at least one Quebec provincial politician, Amir Khadir from the left-wing Quebec solidaire.Since Thursday, anti-G7 protesters have taken to the streets in a series of public stunts and actions, but their largely peaceful demonstrations have contrasted in grandeur with the millions of dollars spent on security for the summit.The two-day meeting is nowhere near the protests, taking place about 120 kilometres to the northeast of Quebec City in the Charlevoix region.At most, a few hundred people took part in the largest march so far, held Thursday night, which ended peacefully and with three people arrested.The following day, a tense standoff between protesters and police on a road leading to the summit site of La Malbaie in the early morning also ended calmly.Police chased small pockets of activists through the streets of Quebec City for the rest of the day on Friday, but aside from a few pieces of furniture set on fire in the street, the demonstrations were calm.Quebec City police said four men and two women were arrested Friday for participating in an illegal protest and for disrupting the work of an officer.The protest actions are scheduled to culminate today with a comedy show at a community centre that will include popular performers Fred Dube and Guillaume Wagner.
HALIFAX — The revelation that the embattled QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange recently lost track of more than $460,000 in crypto-coins has left some industry observers reeling with disbelief.“I’m totally gobsmacked … that such a thing could happen,” says Manie Eagar, CEO of Vancouver-based DigitalFutures, a business development consultancy that focuses on digital currency and blockchain technologies.“Whoever took over the reins and is acting as the custodian of these funds should have at least done due diligence to avoid whatever happened.”The court-appointed monitor overseeing the search for $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency owed to QuadrigaCX users revealed on Tuesday that the exchange had access to $902,743 in online digital assets, stored in so-called hot wallets as of Feb. 5.However, Ernst and Young said that on Feb. 6 someone working for QuadrigaCX “inadvertently” transferred 103 Bitcoins valued at $468,675 into a so-called cold wallet that remains beyond the reach of the company.Meanwhile, lawyers were expected to gather Thursday in a Halifax courtroom, where a judge will decide who will represent QuadrigaCX’s creditors.Insolvency expert Tim Hill said the case is highly unusual, given that QuadrigaCX has no offices, no employees and no bank accounts.“We certainly haven’t seen anything like this in Nova Scotia — and nothing in Canada that I’m aware of,” he said in an interview.The Vancouver-based exchange was shut down Jan 28 amid a flurry of speculation about the sudden death of its CEO and lone director, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten, who led his five-year-old virtual business from a home north of Halifax.Court records say Cotten, who died suddenly on Dec. 9 while travelling in India, was the only person with access to the digital keys needed to access $190 million worth of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.As well, the insolvent company owes about 115,000 affected users another $70 million in cash.“Transferring funds to wallets they can’t retrieve money from is really mind-blowing,” said Samir Saadi, professor of finance at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.“They know they don’t have access to those cold wallets and they still managed to make that terrible mistake … It tells us a lot about the company’s practices. There’s no backup plans — nothing.”The selection Thursday of representative counsel, which will be overseen by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Michael Wood, is part of a court-ordered insolvency process that was set in motion when the virtual company was granted protection from its creditors on Feb. 5.The purpose of the federal law is to allow insolvent companies owing more than $5 million to continue to operate while drafting a plan to pay off creditors, thereby avoiding bankruptcy.The court order includes a standard 30-day stay of proceedings, which means creditors are prohibited from filing lawsuits against QuadrigaCX until the order expires. An extension is widely expected to be granted by the court on March 5.Hill, a Halifax lawyer who specializes in insolvency and debt restructuring, said the law firms that will be selected as representative counsel will be paid by QuadrigaCX’s parent company, Quadriga Fintech Solutions.“There’s a real danger here that there’s going to be no money to pay these guys,” said Hill, a member of BoyneClarke’s business litigation team and a former registrar in bankruptcy. “Unless they can move quickly to identify some assets, some money, this may not go on too long. People need to be paid.”The representative counsel will speak for the creditors in court, but there’s nothing stopping creditors from hiring their own lawyers.Lawyers from across the country have expressed an interest in the case.Much of the actual money that is owed to creditors is in the form of bank drafts, which the company has failed to deposit in a financial institution because regular banks remain leery of dealing with cryptocurrency businesses.“That’s obviously going to be a challenge, but at some point the court will be asked to assist with that,” Hill said. “The court has very broad authority in these matters.”One user of the platform, Tong Zou of Orillia, Ont., submitted an affidavit to the court, saying he is owed $560,000.The professional software engineer said he had been using QuadrigaCX since 2017.His statement was part of an application to the court to have two law firms — Toronto-based Bennett Jones and Halifax-based McInnes Cooper — appointed a representative counsel.“After speaking with various affected users, I know that the affected users are very worried, confused and in need of assistance,” Zou said in the affidavit.He said he was aware of several other users who are owed more than $100,000 — but he said they have chosen to remain anonymous.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — The Quebec government is crediting its new gun registry law for a major spike in the number of long guns voluntarily handed over to police for destruction.Between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, 5,250 long-guns were voluntarily given to authorities to be destroyed, according to provincial police spokeswoman Joyce Kemp.The previous year, 2,406 long guns — such as rifles and shotguns — were surrendered. That’s an 118 per cent increase. The government estimated in 2015 there were 1.6 million long guns in Quebec.Canadian law classifies guns in three categories: prohibited guns, such as automatics, and restricted guns, such as handguns, must be registered with the RCMP. Long guns — rifles and shotguns that are mainly used for hunting and sport shooting — no longer need to be registered in Canada, except in Quebec.Jean-Francois Del Torchio, a spokesman for Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault, said Friday the jump is likely tied to the provincial gun registry bill, which was passed in 2016 by the previous Liberal government but that went into effect Jan. 29.Long-gun owners must register their weapons, either online or by mail. There is no charge, but those who fail to comply could face penalties up to $5,000.Del Torchio said people who owned rifles but stopped hunting likely handed them in instead of going through the registration process. Others, he added, may have been given a gun as a gift or through an inheritance and didn’t want to have to sign them up.“People who are passionate about hunting are going to continue to hunt and keep their weapons,” Del Torchio said in an interview.Kemp said police don’t record the motivations of people who hand in their guns, but she too acknowledged the long-gun registry law is likely behind the increase.But while more Quebecers are getting rid of their hunting weapons as compared to previous years, roughly a third of the long guns estimated to be in Quebec have been registered since the law went into effect.Louise Quintin, spokeswoman for Quebec’s Public Security Department, said in an email Friday that as of May 15, 516,270 long-guns had been registered since the law went into effect.Gun owners have called for boycotts of the law and many rural town councils across the province have adopted resolutions denouncing the registry or calling for it to be scraped entirely.Earlier in the week, the Quebec government tabled a bill that would remove certain obligations for gun owners required to register their weapons.The bill says gun owners no longer have to provide their weapon’s registration number upon request by a peace officer or submit the barrel length when registering a weapon. They would also no longer have to notify the registry if they have their firearm away from its usual storage location.Stephanie Vadnais, with the Quebec federation of hunters and fishermen, said her group will attend the legislative hearings into the bill to try for even more concessions.She said in an interview Friday the gun registry law is irritating and bureaucratic — but that’s not the main reason hunters and fishers are against it.Canada’s gun registry was a disaster, she said, and offered little concrete evidence it made anyone safer. The federal Liberals introduced the Canada-wide long-gun registry in 1995, saying it would cost roughly $110-million.The figure multiplied and ended up costing taxpayers many times that before the Conservatives abolished it in 2012. Guilbault has said the cost of the Quebec registry remains as forecast — about $20 million to implement and $5 million annually to administer — but Vadnais isn’t convinced.“We are selling a high-cost illusion of security,” she said.—Number of long-guns handed over voluntarily to police across Quebec, each year between April 1 and March 31:2015-16: 3,2752016-17: 3,1852017-18: 2,4062018-19: 5,250Source: Quebec provincial policeGiuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A lawyer for Joshua Boyle can introduce evidence of his client’s estranged wife’s past sexual history at the former Afghanistan hostage’s trial, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to offences against Caitlan Coleman, 33, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.The Superior Court judgment upholds a decision last month by trial judge Peter Doody that was the subject of a review requested by Coleman’s lawyer Ian Carter.“The Court finds the Justice Doody was correct in finding that the proposed evidence has significant probative value which is not substantially outweighed by the danger of prejudice to the proper administration of justice,” Justice Ronald Laliberte wrote in a judgment released Tuesday.The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017, after the couple returned to Canada following five years as captives of Taliban-linked extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip to Asia.In April, the defence made the application to introduce evidence concerning certain consensual sexual activity between Boyle and Coleman.Eric Granger, the defence lawyer, said the Superior Court review was unnecessary because sufficient safeguards are already built into the process followed by the trial judge.The issue is significant because the law limits the extent to which an accused person can bring up an alleged victim’s sexual history during a trial.Such information is only supposed to be admissible if it’s directly relevant to the case, and not to be used to suggest that a complainant is untrustworthy or was more likely to have consented to sexual activity because of his or her history.The Superior Court’s decision could have implications for such trials in spelling out whether a complainant can challenge a ruling under the so-called rape-shield provisions.Coleman’s lawyer argued that Doody failed to recognize a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that evidence of extrinsic sexual activity of the complainant is rarely relevant to support a denial that the sexual activity charged took place. Laliberte wrote that Doody was correct in finding the proposed evidence is relevant to an issue at trial. He noted that the defence position is that the alleged sexual violence did not happen and has argued that Coleman is consciously or unconsciously “inserting” into her evidence consensual activities that she and Boyle did, but added features to make those activities non-consensual.Doody had found the proposed evidence was relevant due to statements she made to police in 2017 where Colemen said she couldn’t say with absolute certainty about what happened. She also said that memories can be invented and inserted.Laliberte said the court must recognize that a balance must be achieved in weighing Charter rights.“The point of all this is not to deny the importance of a complainant’s right to privacy, dignity and equality in matters of sexual violence,” he wrote.“An accused person who is presumed innocent and whose liberty is at stake should not be given lesser rights.”Boyle’s trial, which began in late March, was suspended last month over the dispute about the evidence.The trial is to resume July 2. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled.The Superior Court ruled that Tricia Richards must cover the costs of replacing the vehicle — said to be a write-off — even though she had bought optional insurance coverage at the time of rental.In his decision, Justice Russell Raikes said it was clear that Enterprise Rent-A-Car had not given her son Christopher permission to drive, and the damage waiver she had purchased did not apply.“The agreement expressly says that the waiver is invalidated if someone other than the renter or additional authorized driver operated the vehicle without the owner’s written consent,” Raikes wrote in his ruling. “Once Christopher got behind the wheel of the van and put it in gear, the waiver was invalidated. That is so whether he had Ms. Richards’ permission or not.”Richards had rented the 2017 Dodge Caravan at the Calgary international airport in April 2017 with a view to returning it in Winnipeg. She was the only driver listed on the rental contract. She also bought the optional collision damage waiver, which covers damage for which a renter would have to pay.Days later, with her son at the wheel, the vehicle left the highway and rolled. Enterprise sought $35,311 in replacement costs from her after deciding it would cost more than $82,000 to repair the vehicle.Richards disputed the claim. She argued she had been driving but that, after stopping for gas, she returned to the minivan and found her son behind the wheel. She said she got into the passenger seat and tried to dissuade him from driving, but was tired and gave up when he insisted.“I had absolutely no control of the situation and was wary that my safety was involved if I did anything further to frustrate him,” she said in submissions.She also said she had no idea his licence had been suspended, which led to charges against him after the crash.Raikes, however, said it was irrelevant whether or not Richards had given her son permission to drive. What was clear, he said, is that the rental company had not done so. Raikes sided with the plaintiff.The judge did refuse to order Richards to pay the $35,311 Enterprise was demanding. The rental company, he said, had provided no solid evidence to substantiate the amount claimed beyond providing one repair estimate and one estimate of the value of the minivan.“The information being provided is opinion evidence,” Raikes said. “There is no meaningful way to cross-examine and challenge the authors.”How much Richards should pay Enterprise should be decided at a trial by another judge, who will also rule on how much she owes to cover the company’s legal costs, Raikes said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Madonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January.Madonna Names Katy Perry As Guest Curator for Art for FreedomKaty will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via artforfreedom.com and its social media platforms.“Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you.”“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.
Tickets are now on sale for UNT Health Science Center’s annual An Evening with a Legend fundraiser, this year featuring Jay Leno, the renowned comedian and 22-year host of “The Tonight Show.”The performance benefits the UNT Health Science Center Foundation in support of the university’s research, education and health care mission. Presented with a generous gift by Chase and J.P. Morgan, “An Evening with a Legend” begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.The chairs for this year’s event are Pati and Bill Meadows. The honorary chairs are Kay and Ben Fortson. The annual event celebrates the time-honored partnership between UNT Health Science Center and the Fort Worth community.Ticket options are as follows: • Premium tickets ranging from $150 to $1,000 are available at www.eveningwithalegend.com, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 817-735-2445. • Information about corporate and group sponsorships also is available at www.eveningwithalegend.com, by email at email@example.com or by calling 817-735-2445. • Additional tickets ranging from $70 to $110 in the upper gallery, upper gallery preferred and lower gallery sections are available through Bass Hall’s ticket office.Leno, who is the recipient of The Kennedy Center’s 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, spent more than two decades behind the most revered desk in late-night comedy. He is a 15-time Emmy Award nominee, winning twice, including the 1995 Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
unite4:good, the global movement for humanity, and Variety announce the 2015 honorees for the 2nd annual unite4:humanity event to be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 19.The entertainment industry’s brightest stars from the worlds of film, television and music will be recognized and honored for their philanthropic commitment, alongside seven community heroes and leaders who are using their voices and platforms for positive change.Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will receive the Creative Conscience Award for her work with the Jenesee Center; global film star Ewan McGregor will receive the International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK; Lauren Paul and three-time Emmy-winner Aaron Paul will receive the unite2gether Award for their work with the Kind Campaign; three-time Grammy-winner Pink – who will also perform at the exclusive soiree – will receive the Music Visionary Award for her work with No Kid Hungry; Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will receive the Young Humanitarian Award for his work with Straight But Not Narrow. Emmy-winner Christina Applegate will receive the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award for her work with Right Action for Women.The unite4:humanity event will serve as a pre-cursor to the conference4:change, which will take place on March 14 at the University of Southern California, and will explore ways in which media makers can integrate and inspire social change through their projects. Hosted by unite4:good, Variety and USC’s Media Institute for Social Change, the conference will bring together writers, producers, directors, actors, musicians and studio, network and broadcast executives into discussions and breakout groups aimed at transforming the enthusiasm for change generated at unite4:humanity into measurable action.“The mission of unite4:good is to empower people to give back and contribute to their communities through acts of kindness and service. unite4:humanity will honor exemplary community heroes, and also recognize leaders in the entertainment arena who have used their influential voices for good while making a personal commitment to service,” said Anthony Melikhov, global philanthropist and Founder of unite4:good. “The entertainment industry has the most powerful reach of any in the world, and through this event and the conference4:change, we hope to inspire the industry to use its collective creative voice to highlight social causes, develop more avenues for positive content and truly unite to make a difference around the globe.”U4G Group is the presenting sponsor of the exclusive soirée. Premier sponsors include Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Saint Vintage. Official sponsors include Jet Edge International.For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, please visit unite4good.org/unite4humanity/.
With a swirl of bloody feathers encircling her face, vegan American Woman and American Beauty star Mena Suvari puts the down industry on blast in a brand-new ad campaign for PETA that proclaims, “Cruelty to Animals Gets Me Down. Down Production Is Agony for Ducks. Please Don’t Buy It.”In an accompanying video spot, Suvari recalls first learning about the way in which birds suffer for down: “I just remember sitting in my home, and I was watching one of the videos showing these geese who were having their feathers ripped out while they were still alive, and they were screaming,” she says. “And it was really, really horrifying.” She immediately threw her feather-filled comforters and pillows in the trash. “I could not accept myself after watching that video, laying my head down on these pillows and going to sleep that night,” she explains.That’s why Suvari has also sent a letter to Bed Bath & Beyond urging the company to stop selling bedding and other items made with down, and on Friday, she’ll question shareholders on PETA’s behalf during the company’s annual meeting, asking when it plans to ban the cruelly obtained material. Noting that birds used for down are often clamped upside down by workers who violently yank out their feathers by the fistful and hastily sew up their wounds with a needle and thread — and no painkillers — she writes, “Your company already offers significantly more cruelty-free, allergen-free, and down-free options—so ditching down is a feasible and smart next step…. I know Bed Bath & Beyond would be an inspiring model for other businesses if it made this savvy, compassionate change.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear or abuse in any other way” — has documented that down-industry workers in China left sick and injured chicks, geese, and ducks to die slowly. Dead birds were found decaying in crates and ponds or tossed outside like trash.Suvari previously teamed up with PETA to call for a ban on fur farming in Estonia.
Advertisement Advertisement “Our current season is a celebration of Theatre Calgary’s first 50 years. With it, we are looking back at what the company has achieved in those 50 years. Now we must look ahead at what we can and must achieve.” READ MORETheatre Calgary to Present the World Premiere of MARY & MAX As Part of 2018-19 SeasonTheatre Calgary 2018-19 season is highlighted by three world premieres, which includes Theatre Calgary, in association with Cyndi and Matt Crandell presenting MARY AND MAX – A NEW MUSICAL, with music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Crystal Skillman, directed by the organization’s new artistic director, Stafford Arima, and orchestrations and music supervision by Anna Ebbesen.The musical will premiere at Theatre Calgary from October 14 through November 10, 2018. READ MORE Twitter Theatre Calgary’s new season features world premieres and choreography from a local ballet legendThe newly minted artistic director of Theatre Calgary hails its upcoming lineup as a season of new beginnings.“For me, it is definitely a beginning. This is the first time I’ve ever programmed a season of plays because I’ve never been an artistic director of a company before,” says Stafford Arima, who has been working internationally as a freelance director for more than 20 years.His first season, 2018-19, will be Theatre Calgary’s 51st. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
She credits the trailblazers who came before her for kicking open the doors for black women — for instance Selma director Ava DuVernay and Beyoncé music video creator Melina Matsoukas.It feels like this revolution where you’re seeing a shift in the characters being presented on screen and the people behind them that are telling it.– Karena Evans, actor and music director“It feels like this revolution where you’re seeing a shift in the characters being presented on screen and the people behind them that are telling it,” Evans said.As she chases another part of her career in the acting world, she says she feels a “responsibility to ensure the stories I’m telling are inclusive and representative.”It’s a thought Evans revisits often while discussing her role in Firecrackers, a Canadian production that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. The female-driven storyline follows two best friends planning to escape their dilapidated Ontario small town in pursuit of bigger ambitions in New York.The trip is derailed on the eve of their departure when an ex-boyfriend steps in to extinguish the arrangements.Firecrackers is directed by newcomer Jasmin Mozaffari who offers a bold examination of the financial walls that trap young women in lower class regions of the country. Evans plays one-half of the friendship alongside lead actress Michaela Kurimsky.Shedding her directorial tendencies and opening herself to suggestion by outsiders is always a struggle, Evans said, but she credits Mozaffari for making the creation of Firecrackers feel natural. The actors were given time to learn about their characters and shape their backstories.“Trusting the director, trusting the cinematographer, trusting everyone around me — that’s the hardest part,” she said.“I could just completely close my eyes and fall back, that’s how much I trust Jasmin. As soon as I was in that space with her it was a complete energy shift.” Toronto’s Karena Evans, who directed music videos for superstar Drake and Grammy nominee SZA, is co-starring in Firecrackers, which debuted at TIFF this month. (Alexander Shabazz via CP) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Living the dream as a young, black female director is an experience Karena Evans doesn’t take for granted.Over the past year, the 22-year-old Toronto filmmaker stood behind the camera on music videos for superstar Drake and Grammy nominee SZA. Those projects would be considered a career high for almost anyone, but Evans also recognizes that as a visible female minority, she probably wouldn’t have been considered for those sorts of directing jobs even a few years ago.“For me, it’s just understanding that it hasn’t always been like that,” Evans said of the opportunities presented to her as a director. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Directing Drake’s videosWhen Evans is directing a music video she takes a different collaborative approach that puts the performer first.In the case of Drake, she proved herself with God’s Plan, a music video that featured the Toronto rapper handing out nearly $1 million US to Miami residents.The video attracted plenty of attention and it wasn’t long before Drake hired Evans to direct another three videos, including his reunion with fellow cast members of Degrassi: The Next Generation in the music video for I’m Upset.“My service in music videos is and was to the artist and their brand,” Evans said.When you don’t have a formula for everything you do, and you approach each story and artist and each video uniquely, you get some good results from it– Evans, on directing music videos“When you don’t have a formula for everything you do, and you approach each story and artist and each video uniquely, you get some good results from it.”While Drake has expressed interest in filmmaking, and currently attached himself as an executive producer to a number of projects, Evans said she hasn’t offered him any advice on the craft.“He knows stories, whether that be for his own brand or universal stories,” she said.“Whatever he does will be super beneficial to that story and that team of people that are telling it.” Evans has directed several Drake videos including God’s Plan. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
American Sniper and Turn actor Owain Yeoman and Ready Player One actor Ralph Ineson are joining Katie Holmes and Christopher Convery in William Brent Bell’s horror thriller The Boy 2, from STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment.In the sequel to the 2016 film, a young family moves into Heelshire Mansion, unaware of the terrifying history of the estate. Soon, their young son makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily lifelike doll he calls Brahms. Yeoman will play Sean, the husband to Holmes’ Liza. Ineson has been cast in the role of Joseph. Convery co-stars as their son Jude. READ MORERELATED LINKS Login/Register With: Advertisement THE BOY 2 Casts Owain Yeoman and Ralph InesonChristopher Convery Will Join Katie Holmes In ‘The Boy 2’Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson Join Katie Holmes in The Boy 2‘The Witch’ Star Ralph Ineson Will Face Off With Brahms in ‘The Boy 2’‘The Boy 2’ Adds Christopher Convery To Cast After Strong AFM Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
Advertisement I’ve got an incredibly fun behind the scenes video here for you to watch for Toy Story 4. It features Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Keanu Reeves and more acting out their lines for the movie.I’ve gotta say, watching Reeves deliver his lines is one of the greatest things you’ll watch today! I love how he just goes all out and puts his body into it.The movie also stars Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ally Maki, Betty White, Joan Cusack, and Mel Brooks. Advertisement Advertisement .You can watch the delightful 11-minute video below. Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21st, 2019.By Joey Paur ~ Geek Tyrant. Twitter Facebook Here’s the synopsis for the Josh Cooley-directed film:Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsIn-fighting within the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan saw a rally outside of their offices Wednesday.They are outraged and calling for the president to resign over improper spending and the way the organization is managed.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.