Vancouvers DOXA Documentary Film Festival announces numerous changes

first_imgAdvertisement Vancouver’s annual showcase for documentary films from across the country and around the world, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, is undergoing a period of transition, which includes some changes to its staff.After overseeing a period of growth for the festival (which included an expansion to 11 festival days), acting festival director (and former programming director) Dorothy Woodend stepped down from her position on December 31.Woodend, who is also a film critic for the Tyee, first began with DOXA as a screening committee member before she joined the board of directors. She became the director of programming in 2010, and then took on the role of acting festival director in 2017. Dorothy Woodend, Selina Crammond, Atenas Contreras Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Although she is no longer in her previous position, Woodend is not leaving the organization, as she will be continuing on with DOXA as a senior programming advisor for this year’s festival. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

New Episodes of Globals Hit Original Series Private Eyes Return Sunday May

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement “Following a successful run last summer, we’re ecstatic to welcome back Shade and Angie to kick off our summer schedule,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus. “Featuring an extraordinary guest star lineup and eclectic new cases to solve, viewers can expect more entertaining antics from Canada’s favourite investigative pair.”“We are thrilled to continue our great partnership with Corus and Piller/Segan on this breakout series,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, eOne’s President, Canada, Television. “Private Eyes continues to not only be loved in Canada but has found fans and ratings success internationally airing in the UK, Italy, France, Belgium, Latin America, New Zealand and more.” Facebook The first new episode takes place in the fast-paced world of female professional boxing as Shade and Angie try to avoid being sucker-punched. Shade is hired by a boxer to prove a fight was fixed, but is blind-sided when he meets the boxer’s manager: none other than his ex-manager who made off with all of Shade’s pro-hockey money! Meanwhile, Angie brings in her mother, Nora (Mimi Kuzyk), as a gambling expert (and reformed gambling addict) to help crack the case before their client gets the knockout of her life. The episode guest stars include Canadian sports legend George Chuvaloas himself, plus on-screen cameos by “Fearless” Fred Kennedy of 102.1 The Edge and Q107 morning show host Ryan Parker.Additional guest stars this season include ET Canada host Cheryl Hickey, Peter MacNeill (Call Me Fitz), Colin Ferguson(Eureka), Laura Vandervoort (Bitten), and Lucas Bryant (Haven).Along with the Season 2 return of the series, production for Private Eyes Season 3 is now underway in Toronto. With a 12-episode order, the new season is set to return to Global in 2019, and will feature Shade and Everett as they become more intertwined into the antic adventures, taking on Toronto’s most difficult and unusual cases. Familiar faces including Jules (Jordyn Negri), Don (Barry Flatman), Zoe (Samantha Wan), Detective Mazhari (Ennis Esmer), Detective Nolan (Cle Bennett), and Becca (Nicole DeBoer) all return to Season 3, along with new characters Inspector Carson (Linda Kash) and Officer Danica Powers (cast to be announced). Season 3 also welcomes an impressive roster of guest stars, including multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden, who will make a special cameo appearance in the first episode.Leading up to and throughout the remainder of Season 2, delivers viewers exclusive Private Eyes content, including behind-the-scenes videos featuring the series stars, executive producers, and creative team. Also, in anticipation of Private Eyes‘ summer return, offers viewers the chance to catch up on the entire series as Season 1 and the first half of Season 2 beginning May 13. Plus starting May 28, new episodes from Season 2 will also be available following the broadcast premiere on Global GO (available on Apple TV), and on demand.Private Eyes is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and IPF’s Cogeco TV Production Program. The series is executive produced by Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby for eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller/Segan, Jason Priestley, Alan McCullough, James Thorpe and Tassie Cameron. McCullough and Piller are also showrunners.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV@GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook: Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Entertainment OneEntertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.Entertainment One’s robust network includes newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston, content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, April 18, 2018 – Canada’s favourite detective duo – Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) and Angie Everett(Cindy Sampson) – are back on the job with new cases and new faces as Private Eyes returns with all-new episodes on Global, beginning Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. From Entertainment One (eOne), Season 2 picks up with Shade (Priestley) and Angie (Sampson) settling in to personal relationships with their respective partners Mel (Bree Williamson) and Dr. Ken (Mark Ghanimé), while focusing on expanding their ever-evolving partnership and taking on bigger and better cases. From morning shows and microbreweries, to medieval knights and a missing octopus, no case is too outrageous for the dynamic pair. But will their undeniable attraction to each other get in the way of their ability to solve crimes?last_img read more

William Shatner continues his musical mission despite not being able to really

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The new Christmas CD, Shatner Claus, features mainly holiday standards such as “Jingle Bells,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “White Christmas.” Earlier this year, he released a country album — Why Not Me? — a collaboration with Alabama’s Jeff Cook. When it comes to talking about his new album, William Shatner is like a kid on Christmas morning.“I’m scared, I’m frightened, by how good I think the album is,” says the 87-year-old TV icon.Shatner made the comments last August when he was in Toronto guest starring on the Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson detective drama Private Eyes. He reprises a role he previously played on the Global series as a rival private investigator. The episode will air next year. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgIf you’re lacking some style inspo right now, look no further — ’cause there have been some amazing looks circling around the scene.In this roundup of the best Canadian fashion moments of the week we found an affinity for suit blazers, light layers, and of course, a healthy dose of attitude.From your favourite celebs styling at the hottest A-list events, to the online influencers serving looks this spring on Instagram, these trailblazers will definitely keep Canada on the style map. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Dan Levy by Julian Berman (instadanjlevy/Instagram) Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto-born actress Shenae Grimes is cozy chic wearing a polkadot cardigan paired with some striped short shortsStar of Canadian comedy show Schitt’s Creek, Dan Levy is styled in many looks but truly shines in a cool, patterned navy overcoat with light washed jeans.While in MTL, Marina juxtaposes sportswear and classy chic with a fleece sweater and shoulder bag while also rocking a pair of sleek heels.last_img read more


first_imgGiven that Thom’s neurological condition makes her prone to involuntary verbal tics – “biscuit” and “hedgehog” most often – she’s well-suited for the stuttering chatterbox role of Mouth in Not I. Just as the mouth in question is disembodied on stage, Thom’s own mouth and what she calls her “explosive language” is what some people might notice when encountering her off the stage. You couldn’t ask for a more charismatic protagonist than Jess Thom, the subject of Me, My Mouth and I, a thoughtful, upbeat British documentary on neurodiversity in the arts that watches Thom’s mounting of Samuel Beckett’s potent, word-tumbling monologue, Not I.Toronto audiences were introduced to Thom, who has Tourette syndrome, when she brought her autobiographical play Backstage in Biscuit Land to Harbourfront’s World Stage in 2016. Director Sophie Robinson’s Me, My Mouth and I closes the fourth annual ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival (May 24 to June 2). Muhi: Generally Temporary follows a Palestinian child living in an Israeli hospital, unable to return home to Gaza. (Handout) Jess Thom is the subject of Me, My Mouth and I, a thoughtful, upbeat British documentary on neurodiversity in the arts. (Handout) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Idle No More stirs in Australia

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Idle No More campaign continues to spread across the globe.The fight for Indigenous rights campaign has been adopted by Indigenous communities in several other countries, including the United States, Finland and now, Australia.With more on this story here is Australia’s National Indigenous Television.last_img

Harper giving First Nations the back of his hand by linking welfare

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper is giving First Nations “the back of his hand” by introducing a program linking welfare payments to job training, says Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair.The $241 million program, unveiled as part of the Harper government’s 2013 federal budget, would force on-reserve First Nation youth aged between 18 and 24 take job training if they want to receive welfare payments. First Nation bands can only access the program funding if they agree to enforce the link.“At a time when First Nations are holding out a hand for reconciliation, he’s giving them the back of his hand,” said Mulcair.”It’s insulting, it’s paternalistic and they’re the only ones who are getting this kind of proposal.”Only $109 million of the total will be used for actual “personalized job training,” while the remaining, larger portion of $132 million will go toward the administration of the program.First Nations leaders agreeing to take part in the funding program will also have to follow the rules set out by their particular provinces that run these so-called incentive programs.Conservative Manitoba MP Shelly Glover, the parliamentary secretary for finance, said First Nations people were asking for this type of program.“Folks do not want a welfare cheque, they want a job, they want to be able to have the skills to be employed in different jobs so they can support their families,” said Glover, during a live debate on APTN National News’ political panel which aired Thursday evening.“That is why we are offering to provide the skills training to ensure they do in fact rise up out of that situation.”Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett shot back at Glover saying, “no one asked for workfare Shelly.”Glover, who is part of the Conservative party’s Aboriginal caucus, responded saying, “You don’t listen.”Bennett said the Harper government should have concentrated funding on improving K to 12 education.“When only a third of young people are finishing high school we would rather they didn’t end up on social assistance,” said Bennett. “The way you end up with them not on social assistance is to make sure they are successful in elementary and high school.”NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder called the announced program a “bombshell” that showed the Conservative government was not interested in building its relationship with First Nations people.“If this is the prime minister’s idea of resetting the relationship, this is a dismal failure,” said Crowder.Glover, however, said Crowder was wrong.“Of course they consulted,” she said.last_img read more

First Nations protestors rally at Ontario premiers home

first_imgAPTN National NewsThey hoped it would be a rude awakening for the premier of Ontario Sunday morning.Protestors came to her front door with a call for action over the poisoning of people and wildlife on the Grassy Narrows First Nation.But the premier wasn’t home.APTN’s Donna Sound has the story.last_img

Metis woman uses dark past to help others find the light

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Edmonton woman is helping drug users beat addiction and change their lives.She can quickly bond with users because she was also a drug addict for a quarter of a century.APTN’s Chris Stewart talks to Pamela Spurvey who has changed her life and the lives of others.last_img

Iqaluit Researcher says mining executives struck back for MMIWG testimony

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsTJ Lightfoot knew there would be consequences for testifying at the MMIWG hearings in Iqaluit.What no one could have predicted was just how far Nunavut’s Chamber of Mines was allegedly willing to go in defending its industry.“Afterwards, those mining companies specifically attacked me. They tried to have me fired,” alleged Lightfoot.“That affirms that I must have said something that struck a nerve with them, they felt vulnerable.”Lightfoot’s testimony in September 2018 included a section on man camps – worker camps mostly made up of men in small Indigenous communities – and the MMIWG inquiry ended up with a section on those camps and how they can put women at risk.“Basically, the things that I said, were quoted and reinforced in the end. Those points are the ones I received the most criticism for. So it is good in a way, because I feel like I’ve been, not vindicated, but that there was a purpose to all this,” said Lightfoot.In a letter to Nunavut newspaper Nunatsiaq News shortly after Lightfoot’s testimony, Nunavut Chamber of Mines Vice-President Alex Buchan tried to discredit Lightfoot and promote his industry as good for the women of Nunavut.His comments included, “Lightfoot is not an expert on mining in Nunavut,” the comment said. “To our knowledge, not one woman or girl has been abducted by any of our employees,” and “As publicized as some incidents may be, the fact remains: women are an order of magnitude safer at our mines than at home. This fact was missing from Lightfoot’s testimony.”The NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines also contacted Lightfoot’s employer at the time, Nunavut Health, to express “regret that one of his staff members would have provided that sort of testimony, without looking into our operating practices here in the territory,” Buchan told APTN News.Lightfoot has been based in Iqaluit for years, but is from Elsipotog First Nation in New Brunswick.As a researcher specializing in sexual health and environmental violence, Lightfoot was called to testify as a witness.As an academic, Lightfoot was ready to argue facts, this wasn’t what they signed up for.“The personal attacks, was not what I was prepared for. There’s a difference between attacking someone’s sources. I mean, if you agree with mining, that’s fine. Go ahead and criticize all you want. But when it comes to a personal attack, it basically reinforced what I was saying about the gas lighting, the violence LGBQ2 people experience especially, especially indigenous women,” explained Lightfoot from their Iqaluit home.When the testimony happened, critics picked the part they thought they could argue against, and focused on it, ignoring the rest of the testimony.Read More:Inuk woman says she is being harassed at Nunavut mine siteAccording to Lightfoot, the same thing is happening now, with the national focus on the MMIWG Inquiry’s use of the word genocide in their final report.Lightfoot also used the word genocide when testifying at the hearing.“You can say it’s not [genocide] all you want, but if you look at what the definition is, it’s undeniable, it is absolutely part of it,” said read more

Toronto only Canadian city to make Amazon HQ short list

first_imgOnline retail giant Amazon has announced its shortlist of candidates for its second company headquarters and Calgary isn’t on it. The city submitted a bid in October exclaiming “we’d fight a bear for you” unfortunately, that promise wasn’t enough, nor was $500,000 spent on the campaign.Amazon sifted through 238 proposals and Toronto is the only municipality outside of the U.S. to make the final 20. The company plans to invest $5-billion in the new headquarters, and place as many as 50-thousand high paying jobs in the building. Amazon said the final decision will come sometime this year.Here is the complete list of candidates:– Atlanta, GA– Austin, TX– Boston, MA– Chicago, IL– Columbus, OH– Dallas, TX– Denver, CO– Indianapolis, IN– Los Angeles, CA– Miami, FL– Montgomery County, MD– Nashville, TN– Newark, NJ– New York City, NY– Northern Virginia, VA– Philadelphia, PA– Pittsburgh, PA– Raleigh, NC– Toronto, ON– Washington D.C.last_img read more

Directive issued to Northern Pulp after ash leak earlier this month

first_imgHALIFAX – An ash leak at the Northern Pulp mill earlier this month prompted a cleanup directive from Nova Scotia’s Environment Department on Tuesday.The directive says the mill, located at Abercrombie Point near Pictou, must submit a plan to prevent further discharges of power boiler ash slurry into a ditch northwest of the facility’s power boiler ash pond by June 29.Environment Minister Iain Rankin said Tuesday the spill was “small” and “low risk to the environment.”“The actual material itself, the fly ash, is not toxic,” he said. “So … we were basically comfortable with the directive and happy that they self-reported it to the department.”Under the directive, the mill must also inspect its Pictou Harbour shoreline bi-weekly and clean up any boiler ash and submit bi-weekly reports on its activities.In an email, Kathy Cloutier, communications director with the mill’s parent company Paper Excellence, said a leak occurred in the mill’s ash line that sent wood ash to a ditch in front of the mill on Feb. 9.Cloutier said the cleanup began the same day and the mill also notified the Environment Department.“This line takes a mixture of wood ash and water from the power boiler to the ash pit located on the mill’s property. Immediate action was taken to remove the line from service.”Cloutier said the line had since been repaired, inspected and returned to service.“To avoid any wood ash reaching the ditch in the future, Northern Pulp will redirect the trench carrying the line under the employee parking lot directly to the ash pit when weather permits,” Cloutier said.last_img read more

Montrealarea home sales in April up 10 per cent from year ago

first_imgMONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says area home sales in April were up 10 per cent compared with a year ago as they recorded their highest mark for the month in eight years.The board says there were 5,432 home sales in April, up from 4,957 a year ago, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database.Condominium sales climbed 18 per cent compared with a year ago. Meanwhile, sales of single-family homes and plexes, which include two to five units, both gained six per cent.The median price of single-family homes across Greater Montreal was $317,000 last month, up four per cent year-over-year, while plexes reached $500,000, a three per cent increase.As for condominiums, the median price was up two per cent compared with a year ago, with half of all units selling for more than $245,350.The increase in sales came as the number of active listings fell 17 per cent to 25,466, compared with 30,735 a year ago. New listings fell two per cent to 6,584 compared with 6,728 in April 2017.last_img read more

Surge in job growth drives unemployment rate down to new 40year low

first_imgOTTAWA — A blast of 94,100 new jobs last month has knocked the country’s unemployment rate down to 5.6 per cent — its lowest level since Statistics Canada started measuring comparable data more than 40 years ago.The overall number marked the monthly labour force survey’s largest increase since March 2012 when there was a gain of 94,000 jobs.Statistics Canada says the November employment surge was fuelled by the addition of 89,900 full-time positions.The increase pushed the jobless rate down from October’s reading of 5.8 per cent — which had been the previous low mark since comparable data first became available in 1976.But there are also disappointing details in the report because year-over-year average hourly wage growth for permanent employees continued its decline in November to 1.46 per cent — its weakest reading since July 2017.Experts have been expecting wage growth to rise thanks to the tightened labour market — but it has dropped every month since its May peak 3.9 per cent and is now well below inflation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

first_imgU.S. stocks careened between big gains and losses on Tuesday before indexes ended the day mixed, the latest dizzying run for a market that’s been dominated by them in recent months.A morning burst driven by hopes for U.S.-China trade talks gave way to losses triggered by falling bank stocks and the threat of a federal government shutdown.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 index dipped by 0.94 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,636.78.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53.02, or 0.2 per cent, to 24,370.24.The Nasdaq composite rose 11.31, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,031.83.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 2.96, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,440.13.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 3.70 points, or 0.1 per cent.The Dow is down 18.71 points, or 0.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 62.58 points, or 0.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 7.95 points, or 0.5 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 36.83 points, or 1.4 per cent.The Dow is down 348.98 points, or 1.4 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 128.44 points, or 1.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 95.38 points, or 6.2 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Russian attempt to control orbiting radio telescope fails

first_imgMOSCOW — Russia’s space agency says another attempt by its specialists to establish contact with an orbiting radio telescope has failed.The Spektr-R satellite is continuing to transmit signals, but scientists have been unable to control the satellite since Friday.Alexander Bloshenko, an adviser to the Roscosmos space agency, was quoted by the state news agency Tass as saying that Sunday’s attempt to restore contact had failed. Another attempt is expected on Monday.The satellite was launched in 2011 and has exceeded its initially expected useful life of about three years. It is used to study radio sources within and outside Earth’s galaxy.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Huawei to grow Canadian RD budget staff as part of 5year plan

first_imgTORONTO — The president of Huawei Canada says it will be getting a piece of the US$2-billion that its global Chinese parent will spend over five years to hire more software engineers to make its equipment more secure, resilient and efficient.Huawei Canada president Eric Li said in a statement that its “top priority” has been the security and integrity of the networks that it supports through its technology.A company spokesman said Huawei’s head office in Shenzen hasn’t decided how much additional money and staff will be allocated to its Canadian operation, which employs about 500 people at its research and development facilities.Li’s announcement comes as Huawei Technologies Ltd. faces intense pressure as the United States and some of Canada’s other allies move to shut the China-based company out of their networks on national security grounds.The Canadian government is also investigating the national security implications of having advanced fifth-generation wireless networks use equipment by a China-based company that’s legally subject to Beijing’s government.Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei told reporters earlier this week in a rare media briefing that the private company would “definitely say no” if the Chinese government requested its help to facilitate spying, as required by a 2017 law.Ren also said his daughter Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, has been well-treated by Canadian justice officials since her arrest in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie to allow backyard hens just weeks after Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — While Fort St. John City Council voted against allowing residents to raise backyard hens earlier this year, their cohorts in Grande Prairie voted the opposite, allowing the Swan City’s residents to begin a one year trial program.According to the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune, Grande Prairie Council vote in favour 5-3 of amending the Animals and Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw to allow backyard hens. The amendment means that 15 livestock exemption permits will be handed out for a one-year trial period. City staff will be collecting data on the trial run before coming back to present to council in six months’ time.Just two weeks before Grande Prairie voted in favour of allowing backyard hens, Fort St. John city council effectively ruled against the practice. Mayor Lori Ackerman explained that the SPCA continually faces capacity issues, which it said would be exacerbated by the shelter having to take care of chickens in addition to those animals it already cares for. The North Peace SPCA is contracted by the City to impound animals at large which are rounded up by bylaw officers. With files from Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune: read more