Notley spells out retaliation in frank chat with BC premier

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline threatens the rule of lawin Canada and says she made it clear in a phone call to B.C. Premier John Horgan that her province is retaliating.Notley says they had what she called a “very frank chat.”She says she is also introducing legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.Notley’s comments after Kinder Morgan announced Sunday it was scaling back work on the Trans Mountain pipeline, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk.B.C. is fighting the multibillion-dollar expansion with legal challenges and permit delays over concern about oil spills and coastline protection.The expansion project, from Edmonton to Burnaby, already has federal approval and Notley says B.C.’s actions ignore the rule of law and threaten to provoke a constitutional crisis.last_img read more

Calgary 2026 financials remain unknown

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgarians are still waiting to hear how much the federal government will provide if the city hosts the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.Councillor Evan Woolley, who also chairs the Bid Exploration committee, is not concerned. “The negotiations are ongoing, I recognize Calgarians eagerness to have that number, I remain hopeful and optimistic that we will be getting that number in the next matter of days,” Woolley said.However, Councillor Sean Chu, who has long opposed the games, noted even if federal funding is announced, there is still a lack of information available to plebiscite voters.“We’ve been told that due to the competitiveness of this, we just cannot release all the information,” Chu said.READ MORE: Calgary mayor doesn’t want to spend more than province on 2026 GamesThe province has committed $700-million to the Games, but that number is about $300-million less than was hoped for by the bid committee.READ MORE: Alberta government says it would front $700M for Calgary OlympicsWATCH: Why you’re seeing more pro-Olympic advertisinglast_img read more

Jury selected for retrial of Dennis Oland in murder of his father

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – The retrial of Dennis Oland for the second degree murder of his father, Richard Oland, will begin on Tuesday.The final jury members were chosen on Wednesday, ending a three-day selection process that was originally scheduled for two weeks.Justice Terrence Morrison of the Court of Queen’s Bench thanked prospective jurors waiting in an adjoining courtroom, telling them they were free to go.“I am sure that will make your day,” he said, addressing the crowd on a closed circuit system.“I know it has been challenging for all of you.”The jury is made up of 14 members and two alternates — a larger-than-normal panel because the trial is expected to take so long, at least four months.There are nine women and seven men.The jury selection process began on Oct. 15, when over 1,000 people answered summonses and showed up at a local hockey arena.It was the first step in what promises to be a closely watched, high-profile murder case involving one of the most prominent families in the Maritimes.Richard Oland, whose bludgeoned body was found in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on the morning of July 7, 2011, was a former executive at the family brewery, Moosehead. The multimillionaire was a well-known businessman and sportsman in Saint John.His only son, Dennis, was charged in 2013. The verdict in Oland’s first trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial was ordered.Oland has pleaded not guilty.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says adults living with parents are employed and single

OTTAWA — A Statistics Canada report is digging deeper into what kind of adults live with their parents, and the agency finds they’re often employed and single.Almost two million Canadians aged 25 to 64 lived with at least one parent in 2017, more than double than in 1995.Close to three-quarters of them have never left home.Seventy per cent are single but they’re not just melting into the couch. Almost three-quarters have some form of employment.The report released Friday also notes that South Asian and Chinese Canadians were more likely to live at home.The agency says further analysis could reveal what motivates Canadians to live with their parents at a time when more are doing so than ever before.The Canadian Press

No Canadian teams could mean less engagement for playoffs survey

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – As the old saying goes, ‘there’s always next year’.The heartache continues for Canadian hockey fans after Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto were booted from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.It’s now been 26 years and counting since a Canadian club last hoisted Lord Stanley’s mug, that was the 1993 Montreal Canadiens. With no Canadian content left in the playoffs, will fans be just as engaged as they were in round one?According to a new poll from Angus Reid, fewer fans might be following the rest of the playoffs, but it’s not just because of the lack of Canadian teams.“The NHL also lost Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin in this round,” says Research Analyst Dave Korzinski, “We don’t know exactly how many people are going to tune into the next round.”Korzinski points out that this is not the first time Canadians have been less involved in watching the NHL playoffs.“In 2016 when there were no Canadian teams that made the playoffs, 45 per cent, so fewer than half of Canadians were following those playoffs. You’re looking at a situation (round one) now where you’ve had a really good portion of the population, really good ratings.”The first round of the #StanleyCup Playoffs saw the elimination of all three Canadian teams AND Sidney Crosby + Alexander Ovechkin. The NHL might be looking at a steep loss of viewership in Canada the rest of the way: https://t.co/NcdxeO80MQ pic.twitter.com/KXV6WGVmlU— Angus Reid Institute (@angusreidorg) April 25, 2019Despite those numbers, millions of hockey fans will still tune into the playoffs because, at the end of the day, hockey is still number one in Canada.“It’s actually four times as many people saying that they watch the NHL as watch the NBA. The Raptors might get a little bit of a bump from the Leafs early exit but I think a lot of people will still be following the NHL playoffs.”The survey asked fans who they believe will finally break the Stanley Cup drought for Canada.Roughly 31 per cent say the Toronto Maple Leafs while 18 per cent has their money on the Winnipeg Jets.The Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens came in each at 10 per cent.FULL SURVEY RESULTSlast_img read more

Bye bye Kawhi Leonard to join LA Clippers Danny Green to Lakers

first_imgIn the end, Kawhi Leonard didn’t want to construct a Super Team with the Lakers. He wanted a co-star across the Staples corridor with the Clippers, and made it clear to Steve Ballmer and Lawrence Frank: Get PG, and I’m coming.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019 The news ends months of speculation and angst for Raptors fans.Leonard’s departure was considered by many to be a foregone conclusion a year ago when Raptors president Masai Ujiri acquired him from the San Antonio Spurs in an off-season blockbuster that sent beloved franchise icon DeMar DeRozan to Texas.Leonard had a year left on his contract plus a player option – which he was certainly going to decline – when he moved to Toronto, and many believed he’d put in a season in Canada before bolting for his hometown of Los Angeles. TORONTO – It was a heck of a season, but it appears that’s all the Toronto Raptors are going to get from Kawhi Leonard.Less than a month after leading the Raptors to their first NBA title, the superstar free agent is reportedly leaving Toronto for the Los Angeles Clippers.A person familiar with the negotiations says the Clippers will be landing Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks.George will be traded for at least four first-round picks, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Saturday because none of the moves have been finalized. And Leonard made his decision to sign with the Clippers after the team swung the deal to land George, the person said. Green said he enjoyed Toronto and that it was unfortunate how free agency turned out for that city, the Raptors and for Canada. Leonard was arguably the most coveted prize in this year’s free agency, and met with several teams including the Raptors, Lakers and Clippers in his hometown of Los Angeles. Leonard going to the Clippers means that for the first time, a reigning NBA Finals MVP will be changing teams before the next season. Leonard was also pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers and, of course, the Raptors. ESPN, which first reported the trade, also said the Thunder were getting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari from the Clippers. The most the Clippers can offer Leonard is $142 million over four years, which is the deal he is expected to sign. Players can sign with new teams as early as noon Eastern on Saturday. Sources: Leonard and George met in LA earlier in week. Clippers had long been frontrunners for Leonard, but it is unlikely he would’ve made final leap to sign without PG trade. Clippers imagined Leonard as part of a Lakers Big 3 — and knew they had no choice. They did OKC deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019 BREAKING: pic.twitter.com/oIPUwiFLmI— Inside The Green Room (@GreenRoomInside) July 6, 2019 All the information that leaked from Magic’s conversations with Kawhi team didn’t help the Lakers case.— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) July 6, 2019 The Raptors certainly made Leonard’s decision a tough one. After Leonard missed all but nine games last season with San Antonio with a serious quadriceps injury, he said health was his biggest concern heading into this past campaign.Toronto responded by treating the superstar, who turned 28 on Saturday, with kid gloves. They made “load management” part of their lexicon, holding him out of back-to-back games for health maintenance.Load management paid off in the playoffs. Leonard had one of the best performances in NBA post-season history in leading the Raptors to their first Larry O’Brien Trophy. He was excellent on both sides of the ball as they dispatched Orlando, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and finally the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. He was rewarded with his second career Finals MVP award.There were iconic moments along the way, including his series-winning final shot in Game 7 against the 76ers that bounced on the rim four times before falling, sending the Scotiabank Arena crowd into a frenzy.Leonard’s status as a sports icon in Toronto and across Canada perhaps closed the gap between the Raptors and other suitors.But ultimately, what Toronto had to offer wasn’t enough.Leonard averaged 26.6 points on 49.6 per cent shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals over 60 regular-season games with the Raptors in 2018-19. He took his game to an elite level in the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 24 games.It’s a massive blow to Toronto’s chances of back-to-back titles, and obviously puts a damper on the Lakers’ off-season quest as well – even though they will finalize a trade Saturday to bring in Anthony Davis from New Orleans and landed the sort of shooter than LeBron James craves by adding Green. Thank you, Raptors fans. This is a run we’ll never forget. We can’t thank you enough for the love and support we experienced over the last year. You are some of the greatest fans basketball has to offer. Thank you #WeTheNorth Stay tuned for another episode with more details.— Inside The Green Room (@GreenRoomInside) July 6, 2019 Our #KawhiWatch has ended. #ThankYouKawhi for the NBA championship that you helped to bring to Toronto with your @Raptors teammates. #ThanksKawhi #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/04fVCECnIw— John Tory (@JohnTory) July 6, 2019 The Lakers didn’t wait long before starting to move on from their quest for Leonard. Danny Green announced that he is signing a two-year deal with the Lakers, meaning he, too, is leaving Toronto.“Kawhi has made his decision. Seems like the announcement is out,” Green said in a video he posted to his social media accounts. “It’s time for me to make my announcement … I will be teaming up with new teammates in LA, the Los Angeles Lakers.”last_img read more

John Legend Plays It Forward

first_imgCrackle, the multi-platform entertainment network, has announced the launch of its first original music series, “Playing It Forward,” presented by FedEx.John Legend Plays It ForwardCredit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Sony CrackleThe special street performance-style follow-doc is produced by Team Downey, an entertainment company founded by Robert Downey Jr and Susan Downey, alongside veteran music producer/composer Tony Berg and Kevin Lake. The “Playing It Forward” music movement will showcase surprise street performances by some of the world’s biggest artists in unplanned, unexpected environments across the country benefiting music education and charities of the artists’ choice.The first episode is available here, and features a surprise show by acclaimed singer and songwriter John Legend. The Grammy Award-winning artist performed three fan favorites, “All of Me,” “Ordinary People,” and “Shine” to an unsuspecting and amazed crowd at the Culver City Town Plaza in Los Angeles.“Music is a shared passion among our viewers and we’re excited to open a door to some of the industry’s biggest artists, making them accessible to our audience—all while raising money and awareness for charity and music education,” said Executive Vice President of Digital Networks at Sony Pictures Television and GM of Crackle, Eric Berger. “‘Playing it Forward’ is more than a concert series—it’s a movement that shows the value of music and a gift to fans around the world – we’re excited to kick it off with a surprise set from John Legend, to air across all U.S. Crackle platforms.”In addition to creating unforgettable content, “Playing It Forward” is committed to changing lives and supporting organizations dedicated to preserving music education. Through each episode of “Playing it Forward,” $100,000 will be donated to the charity of the artists’ choice. The first episode will benefit the Show Me Campaign, created by Legend, which works to break the cycle of poverty by giving children access to quality education through the promotion of scalable, proven solutions and programs.Additional unexpected performances from “Playing it Forward” will be announced at a later date. Fans can get more details and uncover clues to the next performance by clicking here and following Crackle on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Desmond Tutu Challenges The World To Forgive

first_imgDesmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu have announced the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge, a free online program starting May 4, 2014, designed to teach the world how to forgive.Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his daughter and co-author Reverend Mpho TutuIn early registration people from over 100 countries have already signed up to participate.Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in leading non-violent opposition to South Africa’s apartheid system of racial domination. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission that he chaired created a way to address the overwhelming suffering and grief that were the legacy of over four decades of racial oppression. Since then he has taken his deeply human approach to resolving conflict to many other countries including Northern Ireland and Rwanda. His daughter, Mpho Tutu, has helped rape victims and refugees displaced by war and is currently completing a Ph.D. on the topic of forgiveness.“Forgiving is a choice. A choice I have seen profoundly transform lives time and again,” says Archbishop Tutu. “As Nelson Mandela said when he walked free after 27 years of prison, ‘I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’ Mpho and I share a vision to bring the transformative power of forgiveness to people everywhere and to see it spread through families, communities, countries and our whole world.”“Our culture glorifies the seductive but ultimately empty feeling of power that comes with an act of revenge or a harsh rebuke,” says the Reverend Mpho Tutu. “The Forgiveness Challenge is a corrective to these cultural forces. It provides training to strengthen our forgiveness muscles. Every time we are hurt we stand at a crossroads with two clear paths to deal with our pain — forgive and heal or lash out and harm.”Together the Tutus bring their hard-earned and practical insight into the process of forgiving to a global audience in the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge. The 30-day program is based on a systematic process of forgiving that the Tutus present in their new book, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Healing Our World (HarperOne; Hardcover; March 18, 2014).The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu is published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.The Forgiveness Challenge is funded by Pam Omidyar, co-founder of the Omidyar Network and founder of HumanityUnited, so is free to all participants. Omidyar is a philanthropist dedicated to building peace, advancing human freedom, and creating opportunities for people to improve their lives. It is made possible by partnerships with Facebook, Google+, MailChimp, WordPressVIP and others. Promotional partners include The Huffington Post and FoxNews.com. The Forgiveness Challenge is created for everyone regardless of belief or background.“Forgiveness is universal. It’s not just for the religious,” said Sir Richard Branson. “Archbishop Tutu taught me to make sure I have no enemies—to forgive and ask for forgiveness—and I’m a better man for it. No one but the Arch and Mpho would conceive of a way to bring forgiveness to everyone—free of charge, no less—in an event like the Forgiveness Challenge.”Registration is open at www.ForgivenessChallenge.com. All registrants will receive invitations to special events leading up to the May 4th start, such as live Q&As and interviews with the Tutus and others, including Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Alanis Morissette and more.“In my experience forgiveness cannot be forced, or arrive too early in one’s process,” said Alanis Morissette. “It is something that is naturally arrived at when we move through our natural human emotions, and come back to the awareness of how inextricably connected we all are. I am excited to take the Challenge and welcome a whole new level of connection and warmth in my life.”When the Challenge starts, May 4th, everyone registered will receive daily inspirational emails for the following thirty days from the Archbishop and Mpho with a link to log in to an online forgiveness community. There they will be guided through practical exercises on how to forgive, have opportunities to join discussions and share their own stories. During the Challenge there will be resources such as films, music and exclusive interviews with forgiveness heroes, experts, cultural icons and leaders. All participants are also encouraged to participate in an optional study designed to measure the impact of forgiveness in people’s lives.“Desmond Tutu is the face of forgiveness around the world and for years many, many people have asked him how to actually forgive,” said Mark Tauber, the Tutus’ publisher at HarperOne. “Finally he is sharing his wealth of experience, along with his daughter Mpho’s, who, while they were writing the book suffered a personal tragedy that required her to profoundly follow their own Fourfold Path of forgiving. This incredible work and this important, global challenge, provide a step-by-step process that every person can follow in order to achieve forgiveness in their lives.”The Challenge provides opportunities to explore questions about forgiveness with both experts and the community, such as “What if I’m not ready to forgive?” and “Aren’t there some things that can’t be forgiven?” These questions and many more will be discussed during the Tutu Forgiveness Challenge.“Forgiveness is not something we do for others, we do it for ourselves and this then impacts all those around us. That is why forgiveness is our greatest gift and only hope,” said Archbishop Tutu. “I am delighted that people all around the globe are signing up for the Forgiveness Challenge, together I know we can change the world.”More information can be found at: www.ForgivenessChallenge.com. Follow the Challenge on social media. Facebook, where you can join every Friday for #forgivingfriday; Instagram; Twitter; and Google+. To find out more about The Book of Forgiving, please visit www.harpercollins.com.last_img read more

The Roots And Fifth Harmony To Perform At Nickelodeon HALO Awards

first_imgGrammy Award-winning powerhouse hip hop group The Roots and pop sensation Fifth Harmony will join a stellar music lineup that includes Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith and The Vamps for the Nickelodeon HALO Awards, premiering Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).Jam-packed with one-of-a-kind performances, the hour-long special celebrates five kids who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO) in their communities. The concert will be capped by a must-see, all-star finale led by The Roots.Nickelodeon HALO Awards will also feature special appearances by Zendaya and Carlos PenaVega, along with stars from Nick’s hit series Instant Mom (Sydney Park), The Thundermans (Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin), The Haunted Hathaways (Benjamin Flores Jr., Breanna Yde) and Victorious (Leon Thomas, Matt Bennett).Creator and executive producer Nick Cannon will host the festivities from New York’s Pier 36 and the event will air across Nick networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons), in addition to streaming live for the first time ever on Nick.com, the Nick App and Nick Radio.This year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees are: • Lulu Cerone, 15, Los Angeles, Calif. ‐ Through her organization LemonAID Warriors, Lulu Cerone brainstorms, plans events and coordinates “PhilanthroParties,” which mix charity work with regular kids’ festivities using easy-to-follow toolkits. Following her own model, Cerone raised over $58,000 for water projects in Africa, $33,000 for local organizations, and has personally helped plan nearly 200 Philanthro-Parties across the U.S. • Yash Gupta, 18, Irvine, Calif. – After an accident left him without his eyeglasses for a week, Yash Gupta was inspired to start Sight Learning, an organization that collects and donates used eyeglasses, sets up eye exams, and gives the gift of sight to students around the world. Since 2010, Sight Learning has donated over 21,000 pairs of glasses to students in need across 14 states in the U.S. and in four countries. • Cassandra Lin, 16, Westerly, R.I. ‐ Cassandra Lin is the founder of Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF), a sustainable program that collects waste cooking oil, from local residents and restaurants, then converts it into biodiesel fuel. The fuel is used to heat the homes of families in need. With 145 participating restaurants and businesses in 22 towns and 20 public receptacles throughout three states, TGIF has collected over 170,000 gallons of waste cooking oil and helped heat the homes of over 290 families to date. • Nicholas Lowinger, 16, Cranston, R.I. ‐ Gotta Have Sole – After an enlightening visit to a local homeless shelter, Nicholas Lowinger started Gotta Have Sole in 2010 to provide brand-new footwear to underprivileged children across the United States. To date, the organization works with shelters in 35 states and has provided brand-new shoes to over 21,500 underprivileged kids, giving them the confidence and means to go to school, socialize, succeed and live healthier, happier lives. • Alanna Wall, 14, Dayton, Ohio – Striving to brighten the lives of young girls, Alanna Wall created Polished Girlz, an organization that brings trendy nail art parties to those with special needs and frequent hospitalizations. Since its inception in 2011, over 800 volunteers are currently painting girls’ nails in over 25 national chapters in North America.Nick.com/halo and the Nick App are the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year’s show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year’s musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO’d, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show. On Nov. 30, kids can watch the concert special unfold through a live photo stream featuring images of their favorite Nick Stars, Nick Cannon, Meghan Trainor and more. Plus, for the first time ever, Nick.com and the Nick App will feature a live video stream of the HALO Awards so kids can watch the show anywhere.Currently in its sixth year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service.Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant, Reese’s Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster’s.The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years.last_img read more

BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party Supports Charity

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2015 Awards Season with their annual Tea Party on Saturday, January 10, 2015.Keira Knightley and Eddie Redmayne at BAFTA Los Angeles Tea PartyThe BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating excellence in the craft, and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.Anna Kendrick at BAFTA Los Angeles Tea PartyCredit/Copyright: Slate PRAwards Season Nominees along with leading executives, celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed traditionally British tea and scones, and cocktails in the uniquely relaxed surroundings of a British Tea Party.Rosamund Pike at BAFTA Los Angeles Tea PartyAmong the stars who attended were Graham Annable (The Boxtrolls), Gillian Anderson, Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Caitriona Balfre (Outlander), Stephen Beresford (Pride), Cressida Bonas, Adrien Brody, Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), Henry Cavill, Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Roy Conli (Big Hero 6), Dominic Cooper, James Corden (Into The Woods), Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant), Karen David (Galavant), Cara Delevingne, Alexandre Desplat, Jamie Dornan, Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away with Murder), James Faulkner (Downton Abbey), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), David Ferguson, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Nicolas Giacobone (Birdman), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Joanna Going (House of Cards), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Jared Harris (The Boxtrolls), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Sam Heugen (Outlander), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Jeremy Irvine, Mallory Jansen (Galavant), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Anna Kendrick (Into The Woods), Travis Knight (The Boxtrolls), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey/Imitation Game), Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), David Livingstone (Pride), Nigel Lythgoe, Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything), James Marsh (Theory of Everything), Niecy Nash (Getting On), Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey), James Nesbitt (The Hobbit), Frances O’Connor, Hannah New (Black Sails), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Ben Robson (Vikings), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Rene Russo, Andrea Suarez Paz (Stand Clear of the Closing Doors), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Allison Tollman (Fargo), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Dominic West (The Affair), and more.As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also raises awareness of BAFTA Los Angeles’ wider work including its award-winning Community Outreach and Philanthropic programs that operate year-round, including the Heritage Archive and Inner City Cinema programs.The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party was presented by Jaguar and Mulberry. Event sponsors included Four Season Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, American Airlines and The Wiston Estate.last_img read more

Stars Join UNICEF Super Dads Campaign

first_imgStars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman joined Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched today to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.With more than 90 countries celebrating Fathers’ Day this month, the initiative invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between June 6 and 18.“As a father, I’ve seen for myself the impact that every smile, every bit of love, and every positive action has had on my child during these precious early years of life. Being a new parent isn’t easy. There are many challenges that fathers across the world face. This campaign is about supporting and encouraging fathers so they can be the Super Dads their kids desperately need,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic.“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my dad, there’s no question about that. He was involved right from the start and gave me all the love, guidance, decent food, and care that I could have wished for. I’ll remain forever grateful to him for that,” said UNICEF supporter Lewis Hamilton. “I hope this initiative celebrates dads like mine across the world and helps those who are struggling get the support they need to be super dads too.”“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”The heart-warming videos and photos of celebrity dads will be coupled with stories of super dads from across the world, including those who are doing their best to raise their children in extremely difficult circumstances.One such super dad is South Sudanese refugee Idro, who is raising three daughters aged 2 months, 3 and 13 years old in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, the largest in the world. Idro fled his war-torn country in July 2016, and is doing everything he can to keep his young daughters’ healthy, happy and safe. “My daughter asks me “when are we going home”, I hold her to my side to comfort her. I play games with her and carry her. She must feel that I love her. If I can’t fulfil for my family, I am not happy,” said Idro.“The earliest years of life present a critical, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape children’s brain development – and it’s their parents who hold the largest stake in this process,” said Pia Britto, UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development.“The more fathers, mothers and other family members shower their babies and young children with love, play, good nutrition and protection, the better these children’s chances are of reaching optimal health, happiness and learning ability. Good parenting for young children living in highly stressful conditions like conflict or extreme poverty can even provide a buffer, helping them to fully develop despite adversity,” said Britto.Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.“We need to break down the employment and societal obstacles that deprive fathers – and mothers – of precious time with their young children,” said Britto. “It is critical that the private sector and governments work within their communities to give parents and caregivers of babies the time, resources and information they need to give children the best start in life.”The ‘Super Dads’ initiative forms part of UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children’s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults.All photo and video submissions to the Super Dads initiative will feature on the #EarlyMomentsMatter gallery. UNICEF will select the most heart-warming, humorous, and imaginative photo and video submissions post them on the organization’s own digital platforms.last_img read more

Inspiration Awards Benefiting Step Up Raises Nearly 500000

first_imgOn Friday, June 1, Step Up hosted its annual Inspiration Awards, presented by The Coach Foundation.They welcomed 800 guests to a luncheon and reception benefitting Step Up’s confidence building programs for girls, and honored Regina Hall and Step Up teen Vivi for their commitment to this cause. Step Up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and the Inspiration Awards raise 45% of the funds Step Up needs to reach girls in the Los Angeles community for one year. This year’s celebration raised nearly $500,000.Among those who attended were speaker Amy Wakeland (First Lady of Los Angeles), presenters and additional special guests including Channing Dungey, Julie Bowen, January Jones, Sanaa Lathan, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Amy Brenneman, Lacey Chabert, Garcelle Beauvais, Kaley Cuoco, Rebecca Gayheart Dane, Amy Davidson, Torrey DeVitto, Jennie Garth, Meagan Holder, Ashley Jones, Christine Lakin, Lisa Ling, Charlotte McKinney, Alex Meneses, Beverley Mitchell, Ciera Payton, Jillian Rose Reed, Louise Roe, Marla Sokoloff, Emeraude Toubia, Argelia Atilano & Omar Velasco, Rainbow Barris, Suzanne Boda, Kimberly J. Brown, Nancy Carell, Willa Ford, Dr. Nita Landry, Nicole Lapin, Stephanie Lemelin, Kelsey Patel, Jenna Paulette, Elena Satine, Ashley Torres, Malina Weissman, and many more.Step Up propels girls living or going to school in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.last_img read more

The Man in The High Castle Season 3 Release Date Plot Rumors

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement “The Man in the High Castle,” has been renewed for a third season run and Jason O’Mara is set to join the cast of Amazon’s centerpiece drama series. O’Mara will play a lead character in the book adaptation, Wyatt Price, an immigrant to the United States at the time of the Nazi invasion.. The “Vegas” actor will apply his native Irish accent in the upcoming Season 3 of “The Man in the High Castle,” opposite the returning cast of the show, according to Deadline. Most of the series regulars are confirmed to be reprising their role in Amazon’s flagship series, including Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crane, Rupert Evans as Frank Frink, and Rufus Sewell as John Smith.As an alternate history series loosely based on the written work of Philip K. Dick, the Amazon original series will continue to delve into life in the United States in the 1960’s, if it were taken over by the Axis powers.O’Mara, fresh from his recently ended role in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will be in the Amazon series as Wyatt Price, an Irish immigrant who traveled to New York shortly before Nazi forces took over the country. As summarized by Den of Geek, Price will get by under the Nazi regime as a black market runner and a hustler, doing whatever he can to survive the oppressive new government in the Neutral Zone.center_img Price, despite his cynical line of work, still remains a steadfast believer in the country that America can be once it is free from the clutches of the Axis countries.Amazon has not yet revealed a timeline for the release of the third season of “The Man In the High Castle,” but fans can reasonably expect the show to air in late 2017 in the same way that the previous two seasons of the show started late in the year.The series will be taken over by “Bosch” executive producer Eric Overmyer, who will take over the production seat left vacant by Frank Spotnitz’s unexpected exit.By Edward Leano Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Why Melanie Jolys Creative Canada is good news for Canadian screenwriters and

first_imgREAD MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment WHEN HERITAGE MINISTER Mélanie Joly delivered her Creative Canada vision statement last Thursday in Ottawa I was extremely pleased on behalf of Canadian screenwriters — at last, a vision for Canada that puts creators at the centre.While “creator” can mean many things, when it comes to screen-based entertainment, it means the showrunners and screenwriters that the Writers Guild of Canada represents. However, I wasn’t only pleased for WGC members because I also felt genuine hope — for the first time in a long time (remember the long, Canadian-arts-and-culture-dry years of the Harper government?) — for Canada. The direction of Creative Canada clearly is designed to give Canadian audio-visual entertainment (a form of entertainment that’s arguably the most popular cultural force of our day) a far better chance of being seen around the world than it has had in a very long time.Of course, the news that Netflix is putting in $500 million over five years into Canadian programming and opening a Canadian production office has been the focus of most of the media coverage and of the attention of industry colleagues. There’s more to the announcement than that, but let’s start with a closer look at that $500 million. That’s one hundred million dollars a year. That’s roughly the average spending by each of Bell Media and Corus Entertainment, respectively, on programmes of national interest (PNI), things like drama, comedy, documentary and some children’s programming, per year, over the past few years. That’s right, Netflix is kicking in as much money per year as each of these two Canadian broadcasters, who have benefited from corporate protections and received subsidies, and yet not produced a significant volume of original Canadian programming. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Ontario Beckons Hollywood With Solid Infrastructure Seasoned Crews and Enticing Incentives

first_imgCREDIT: COURTESY OF FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Canada’s Ontario province, the country’s most populous, has long been a hotbed of production – especially film and TV projects from Hollywood that are seeking a solid infrastructure and experienced crews.Responding to this demand, Ontario’s largest city, Toronto, has over the years become home to many modern soundstages and production service companies. Filmmakers and TV producers can also rely on the province’s deep based of experienced film crew. Plus, stateside producers can avail themselves of a favorable exchange rate, where 80 U.S. cents can buy one Canadian dollar, and a 21.5% refundable tax credit that can be combined with Canada’s federal incentive.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Torontos Shenae GrimesBeech became famous playing teens on 90210 and Degrassi Shes

first_imgAdvertisement After launching her career on teen dramas Degrassi: The Next Generation and 90210, Toronto-born Shenae Grimes-Beech embraced the more mature role of Jacqueline Cooper on CTV’s new police series The Detail.“I’ve literally never even played a grown-up, really,” she said in an on-set interview. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Detail centres on three homicide detectives played by Grimes-Beech, British actress Angela Griffin, who spent many years on the popular soap Coronation Street, and Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope). Vancouver-raised David Cubitt (Medium) also stars in the series, which premieres March 25.Interviewed last July on the Toronto set, Grimes-Beech said the show is about “three generations of women who are brilliantly balancing home life and work life without it even being talked about.”last_img read more

Canadas Third World brought to the screen

first_imgAPTN National NewsA powerful documentary of Canada’s Third World is taking Ottawa by storm.Ottawa filmmaker Andree Cazabon brings her latest film, Third World Canada, to Ottawa with hopes of changing life in remote communities.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis was at the screening.last_img

AG Fraser says she cant release final version of controversial report

first_imgAPTN National NewsAuditor General Sheila Fraser tells APTN National News there is no chance she can release the final version of her office’s report on the Conservative’s G8 and G20 spending.A draft version of the report caused a firestorm earlier this week after it was obtained by The Canadian Press. The Conservative party leaked a later version to reporters.The draft version said the government mislead Parliament by spending millions of dollars on projects that had nothing to do with the summits.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll spoke with Fraser.last_img

Alberta PC candidate Morton Metis cant have their cake and eat it

first_imgAPTN National NewsOne of the front runners for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives used a covert email address to avoid public scrutiny.Ted Morton used his first and middle names for an email address he used for internal communications while he was in government to discuss hot button issues.The “Frederick Lee” pseudonym was used to discuss controversial new land use legislation. In one of these emails, from November 2008, Morton wrote about Metis settlements in Alberta, stating that their lands are not considered private lands in the conventional sense.“If the Metis suddenly want to share in some of the potential benefits of private land ownership, do they also want to be subject o all other restrictions and duties that attach to private land ownership in Alberta? I doubt it. They cannot have their cake and eat it took,” wrote Morton in the email.Morton was not available to comment on the emails.last_img read more

TRC piecing fragments from historys shadows to find the missing children

first_img(The flashdrive holding 4,900 death records passed from the British Columbia government to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Friday. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIn the summer of 1920 Augustine Allen made a suicide pact with nine other boys who were attending St. Joseph’s Indian residential school in British Columbia.Allen was the only one who followed through with the pact, chewing and swallowing poisonous roots to find death. His family was never told where his body was buried. He was about nine years old at the time.“They never told my family he died,” said Esk’etemc First Nation Chief Charlene Belleau. “We want to find his grave. Part of our family’s closure will be when we find his remains and are able to take him home.”Belleau hopes her great uncle’s name will be found among the 4,900 death records the British Columbia government transferred to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Friday. The records include all deaths of First Nations children and youth aged four to 19 between 1870 and 1984.“I don’t know if it is there, I have asked, but they are not sure,” she said.Through its Missing Children Project, the TRC is currently trying to get an accurate count of the number of children who died in residential schools, the causes for their deaths and where they are buried. The commission has so far confirmed about 4,100 deaths, but expects the number to rise. TRC researchers are also tracking down cemeteries through death records, historical correspondence, the testimony of survivors, photographs and the use of ground penetrating radar.On Monday, the Alberta government quietly turned over 41 DVDs containing about 10,000 death records of First Nations people who died between 1923 and 1945. TRC researchers will now sift through the records to determine which ones died in one of the province’s 25 residential schools.The TRC has requested death records of First Nations children and youth during the residential school era from every province and territory. Quebec is the only province that has so far ignored the request.Nova Scotia, which was home to the Shubenacadie residential school, recently turned over 127 death records from 1922 to 1968. Thirteen of the records were of students who died in the residential school.Kimberly Murray, executive director of the TRC, said obtaining death records from Ontario remains a daunting task. The province, which had about 17 residential schools, has the oldest records and the largest collection, but none of them are yet digitized.Counting the dead and finding where they lie is one of the toughest tasks facing the TRC which has a little over a year left in its mandate. The commission’s final report will include a chapter on the deaths and it will be the last one written because researchers expect the numbers to continue to grow right up to the printing deadline. The final report will also include recommendations on how to maintain the search for the lost children.So far, in addition to combing through 7,000 survivor statements, TRC researchers have based their current tally on records from Aboriginal Affairs and Health Canada. The recent influx of provincial documents from B.C. and Alberta will now be added to the mix. TRC researchers will also soon be searching through the RCMP’s closed records held by Library and Archives Canada.With limited resources and a slow drip of new records, researchers have been forced to rely on clues in other historical evidence to track down deaths in the schools. In one instance, researchers used an invoice sent by a church to Ottawa for the cost of wood used for coffins to track down possible deaths.Finding where the children are buried is, in some ways, more difficult. Many of the cemeteries are overgrown and unmarked, lost in time and memory. The TRC has so far located about 50 cemeteries and, on a few occasions, used ground penetrating radar to confirm the existence of bodies below, said Murray.Researchers have also been forced to piece together fragments in the historical record to find where the children are buried. In one instance, a letter surfaced from a residential school principal to one of the churches describing how a full burial ground had forced the school to bury children across the street.Irene Cowley, 79, lost two uncles to the Elkhorn residential school in Manitoba. She doesn’t know how they died or what their first names were. All she knows is what was passed on to her by her father Roderick John Head who was their younger brother.“They didn’t bring their bodies home. They don’t know where they are buried,” said Cowley, who attended St. Alban’s and All Saints residential school in Saskatchewan.While at residential school, Cowley was forced to watch over a mentally ill girl named Stella Sapp who was strapped to a bed under a stairwell. She said she hopes that a death records search in Manitoba will turn up her lost uncles.“They just have to search the name ‘Head,’” said Cowley, who remembers that Sapp constantly yelled out for her mother and father. “It would be nice to know where they are buried.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more