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first_imgLos Angeles: Naomi Watts says she had not seen “Game of Thrones” before she gave a nod to starring in its spin-off, but finished the HBO series in three months after she was “hooked” to it. The actor, who is set to headline the much-anticipated prequel of the epic fantasy show, said her brother, photographer Ben Watts egged her on to watch it. “I didn’t start watching until I was approached about this job. But my brother, who is heavily into it, told me, ‘Under no circumstances are you going to turn this down’,” Watts told Net-A-Porter’s PorterEdit magazine. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka She added that as soon as she started watching “GOT”, she “was in – hook, line and sinker”. The 50-year-old actor said she now has a better understanding of the show’s fandom and has an idea on how important her stint in the spin-off could have on her career. “I still have fears about that. I don’t really know what to prepare for,” she added. According to HBO, the new show will be set thousands of years before the events of “GOT”. It will chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, the official logline of the show read.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The much-awaited final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list is out, but the BJP is not happy. Fearing exclusion of a large number of Hindus from the list, the saffron party’s man in the northeast Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said he had lost all hope in the NRC. Sarma expressed his unhappiness hours before the release of the final list, which has left out 19,06,657 people. “We lost hope in the present form of the NRC right after the draft. When so many genuine Indians are out, how can you claim that this document is a red letter for the Assamese society.” said the Assam Finance Minister, who is often hailed as the “Amit Shah of the Northeast”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The NRC is no quarter-final, semi-final and final for driving out Bangladeshis. Wait for a while and you will see more finals under the BJP regime,” he added. Over the past two months, the BJP has tried everything. Both the Centre and the state filed petitions in the Supreme Court seeking re-verification of the NRC data, but the pleas were turned down after NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela’s objected to the request. The BJP leaders have since gone on record to allege that the process does not help Assam’s indigenous people, but illegal Bangladeshis. Once the result of the final NRC became apparent, BJP state General Secretary Dilip Saikia even vented his anger against Hajela. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Top BJP sources say, about a month back, during the last Parliament session, Sarma camped in the national capital for two days, to chalk out the party’s post-NRC strategy. Interestingly, it was present BJP Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, who espoused the cause of an updated NRC, which started four years ago on the Supreme Court’s directions. On Friday, Sonowal asked people not to panic and said his government will provide legal aid to the poor, who are excluded from the final list. The Home Ministry has also extended the time to file appeals against exclusion from the final NRC list in the Foreigners Tribunal from 60 to 120 days. “As long as the appeal is there (pending), no one will be treated as foreigner,” assured Sonowal. Meanwhile, the TMC, which has criticised NRC process in the past, is silent on the matter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Ravi Dadhich, a 1996 DANICS cadre officer, has been appointed as the new Registrar of the IP University. Prior to this assignment, he was member in the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board of the government of NCT of Delhi. In his more than two decade long administrative career, he has held many responsible positions in Delhi and other parts of the country. He is known for his sharp administrative skills and was instrumental in transforming the departments where he worked earlier.last_img read more

first_imgDharamsala: Team India on Friday reached Dharamsala for the opening game of their three-match T20I series against South Africa at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s stadium on Sunday. The Proteas had arrived in Dharamsala on September 9. Dharamsala is the first venue for their tour of India which includes a three-match Test series that will be played after the T20Is. The two other T20I matches will be played in Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22). Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe three Tests will be played in Visakhapatnam (October 2-6), Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23) as the Proteas open their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship. “Excited to be back in India and looking forward to playing cricket again,” South African pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada wrote in a tweet. Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been designated as South Africa’s captain for the T20I series, replacing Faf du Plessis. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIndia’s squad for the T20Is is Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini. SA T20I Squad: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is giving Status of Women Canada more money to pay for the extra workload that comes with its focus on gender equality.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that advancing gender equality is a priority of his government, which includes running their proposals through gender-based analysis, which looks at how a certain policy might affect men and women, or boys and girls, in a different ways.The agency responsible for carrying out much of that work has been struggling from cuts the previous Conservative government made to its budget more than a decade ago.That is about to change, as the economic update released Tuesday earmarked $41 million to increase capacity at Status of Women over six years.“The new funding is yet another indicator that our government takes gender equality very seriously and is determined to make it a reality,” said Celia Canon, a spokeswoman for Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, who was not made available for an interview.That begins with $4 million this fiscal year and ramps up to $8 million annually on an ongoing basis.That is a significant increase to its budget, which was about $36 million last year, including about $20 million in grants and contributions to organizations working on gender-related issues.The Finance Department said the money will go towards things like boosting the capacity for engaging with provincial and territorial governments, stronger communications, better strategic policy support and measuring results and delivery.Earlier this year, the government also said $77.5 million of the $101 million over five years the Liberals committed to the gender-based violence strategy in the March budget, plus $16 million a year going forward, would go to create a centre of excellence at Status of Women.Lauren Dobson-Hughes, a gender and global health consultant, said it is good the government is boosting the capacity of Status of Women to do its jobs, especially when it comes to better monitoring and evaluation of its results, but would like to know more about where exactly it is going.“It’s a lot of money relative to the size of the department,” said Dobson-Hughes, a past president of Planned Parenthood Ottawa.“I think there will be questions around why that’s not going to grants and contributions, or directly to service agencies, or what is the priority or the problem that is so pressing at Status of Women that it requires up to $8 million a year,” she said.Dobson-Hughes said it might be a sign that the Liberal government is looking for a better way to explain its progress on gender issues.“There’s a lot of great discussion, a lot of noise, a lot of awareness, but it’s really past time that we started seeing the results,” she said.Diana Sarosi, senior policy adviser at Oxfam Canada, welcomed the funding increase, but said that if the Liberals really want to make a difference in gender equality, they would give Status of Women $100 million a year.“To make real progress and achieve goals, a much bigger investment is needed,” she said.Sarosi said this would include increased funding for women’s rights organizations.“They are best placed to provide solutions to the issues they are facing,” she said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadians are eating out more and can expect to pay extra to do so in 2018, suggests a forward-looking report into food prices.Food inflation overall is expected to rise between one and three per cent next year, says Canada’s Food Price Report, which was crafted jointly for the first time by researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.For an average family of four, that represents an increase of $348 to about $11,948 for the year.About 59 per cent of the expected hike — $208 — will come from consumers eating out and opting for prepared food.“Most of (the increase) will come from food service which would make some consumers a bit vulnerable — particularly those who don’t cook or (who) eat out a lot,” lead researcher Sylvain Charlebois said in an interview from Halifax.“But if you are cooking and you rely mainly on grocery stores to get your food, you should be in good shape for 2018.”Restaurant and store owners recognize the demand for eating out and ready-to-eat products is a robust one. In the United States, the divide between grocery expenditures and those types of eating out reached a 50-50 split in 2016.Charlebois said a fast-food culture has been successfully cultivated over the past 50 years in the United States, but Canada could reach that split by 2035 at its current pace.Canadians now spend about 30 per cent of their food budget on eating out and consuming prepared meals.The report suggests different parts of the country will feel different impacts at the checkout line next year.Atlantic Canada is expected to see above average increases — with prices bouncing back after consumers in the region enjoyed lower prices in 2017.British Columbia too is expected see increases, due to inflation.But increased competition in Alberta and Ontario means consumers will see below average price hikes, while Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are expected to remain steady.The cost of dairy, baked goods, meats and seafood is expected to rise by up to two per cent, while fruits and nuts are forecast to rise by one to three per cent.The other category where consumers are expected to pay significantly more is vegetables — as much as four to six per cent extra because of climate woes like the La Nina weather phenomenon, bringing drought conditions to the United States.Health Canada expects to unveil a new Canada Food Guide in 2018, which the department hopes will change the way people eat over the longer term as a shift toward plant-based diets continues.A dramatic policy shift isn’t expected to have much impact in the short term, Charlebois said.Another issue is where people buy food — the so-called Amazon effect as food sales move online has grocers trying to change their pricing strategies and approach.Charlebois said that in an effort to compete, grocery chains are looking at online delivery, embracing more responsive business models and using data science.Researchers found that pricing discounts intensified around September 2016, which has made food prices more difficult to predict.“Grocers are trying to compete, they are discounting aggressively to keep consumers in their stores,” Charlebois said. “That will come to an end at some point, but we’re not sure if that’ll happen in 2018.”– Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government’s nominee for federal ethics watchdog won’t commit to completing ongoing investigations into the prime minister or finance minister if he gets the job.But Mario Dion told the House of Commons ethics committee that if he is appointed, reviewing the files would be a top priority.“One of the first things I would attend to (is) review the whole genesis of those investigations,” Dion said.“I would own the final result and therefore I have to assess what has been done to date to determine whether I am supportive of that, but abandoning an investigation completely without reason is not something I would do.”Outgoing conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is currently looking into a trip Justin Trudeau took last Christmas to a private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, billionaire philanthropist and family friend of Trudeau’s.She is also investigating Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s involvement in new pension legislation that could benefit the company founded by his father and in which Morneau, until recently, still owned shares.Both issues are hot political potatoes for the government. But there’s no guarantee those reviews will be completed before Dawson leaves her post on Jan. 8 and, more troubling for Opposition parties, there’s no requirement for her successor to do so.During an hour-long committee hearing Tuesday hastily convened after the Liberals announced Dion as their nominee on Monday, both the NDP and the Conservatives pressed Dion on what he’d do with the files if he gets the jobDawson is the first and only ethics commissioner the House of Commons known since the position was created in 2007. Her seven-year term was up in 2014, but has been extended several times.While the search for her replacement has been underway for months, Dion said he didn’t apply until August, as he had specific achievements he wanted to wrap up in his current position as chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board.He said he was interested in the new job because the office is one of the institutions that strives to protect democracy in Canada. He told the committee he interviewed for the position in mid-November for about an hour before getting the call that he’d gotten the nod.The Opposition parties have expressed frustration with how the process has been handled, noting that the government was supposed to consult with them on a new ethics commissioner but instead handed them a letter informing them that Dion was the government’s choice.Trudeau appeared to defend the process during question period Tuesday.“Nominating an officer of Parliament is an extremely important process that we are glad we have engaged in with the members of the opposition,” he said.MPs are getting seven minutes apiece at committee to quiz a person who will hold a government watchdog position for as long as seven years and that, said NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen, is a strange scenario.Also problematic is Dion’s past as the public sector integrity commissioner, where the auditor general found Dion had challenges following through on investigations, Cullen said. Those findings are relevant given the unfinished Dawson investigations, he added.“I guess what it’s hard for me determine because it’s not possible in this interaction — are you tough, are you fair, are you a dog with a bone?” Cullen asked Dion.“Would you describe yourself as somebody who pursues it to the end to make sure that it happens because that’s the confidence that we need?”Dion said he pursued several investigations as public integrity commissioner that involved going to court and noted that the cases flagged in the auditor general’s report “were not in the global scheme of things very important matters to start with, unlike the matters you have been talking about.”last_img read more

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – Two teenagers, just 16 and 17 years old, appear to be the latest victims of targeted shootings in Metro Vancouver, say police.The young men’s bodies were found in a rural area of Surrey, B.C., late Monday.On Tuesday, police released their names and what appeared to be school photos of two young men who were both smiling for the camera.Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team identified the younger teen as Jaskarn Jhutty, who was also known as Jason, while the older youth was Jakaran Bhangal, who used the name Jesse.Jang urged anyone who may be able to help with their investigation to come forward to police.“These are two young men, 16 and 17 years old, that are now victims of homicide,” he said. “I hope the community takes note of that and how serious this is.”He said the families were devastated by the news of their sons’ deaths.“These two were known to each other,” he said. “But they weren’t known to police.”Jang said investigators would like to hear from the their classmates or anyone else who knew the young men.Surrey RCMP were called to the investigate the deaths shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.Police said they were also called to separate locations nearby for burning vehicles and they would like to speak with anyone who may have information related to the fires or the homicides.Jang said he couldn’t say if the burning vehicles were linked to the deaths.“It’s concerning whenever there’s a homicide in the community. It’s a concern when people are tying to discard evidence by burning vehicles and other things.”The motive for the shootings is under investigation and no arrests have been made.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto-based law firm has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against Ticketmaster, alleging the ticket-selling giant has been taking “double-dip commissions” on the resale market for years.Sotos Class Actions accuses Ticketmaster of allowing professional resellers to buy “massive volumes” of tickets to concerts and other events, then resell them on the secondary market “at significant markups.”In a statement of claim filed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday, Sotos says the company turned a blind eye to resellers’ use of so-called “bot” software to gobble up tickets.It says this allowed Ticketmaster to increase its profits by taking commissions on both the original sale and the resale.None of the allegations contained in the statement of claim have been proven in court and Ticketmaster has not filed a statement of defence. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The lawsuit seeks $250 million in damages.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia student trying to raise awareness about sexual assault-related issues is hoping university students across Canada will don teal ribbons on Thursday.Shelby Miller, a psychology student at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, says she was inspired to take action after learning how St. Francis Xavier University mishandled a reported case of sexual assault.“It’s an issue we hear about on university campuses every year,” the 21-year-old student from Stewiacke, N.S., said in an interview Wednesday. “People should know about what is happening.”The case at St. F.X. involves a woman who says she was sexually assaulted last November and reported the alleged attack to the Antigonish, N.S., university in January.Though the school swiftly launched an investigation and suspended the accused for the next academic year, the decision was put on hold after he filed an appeal. However, the administration failed to notify the complainant.The young woman from the Toronto area, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, abandoned her studies after she learned the accused had returned to study at the campus.Court documents show the man was charged with sexual assault last spring, and a preliminary inquiry is set for Nov. 29. He withdrew from the school after The Canadian Press reported on the case.Critics immediately came forward to suggest the university was using its discretion to protect the alleged perpetrator rather than the complainant.In a recent statement, the accused denied sexually assaulting the young woman, but he said the “outrage” that has enveloped the university has caused too much stress for the St. F.X. community.Miller said she set up a Facebook page last week to promote the teal ribbon event, and since then almost 2,000 students from schools in Ontario, Quebec, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador have pledged to support the campaign.The Facebook site is called “I’m With Her.”Through friends, Miller said she’s heard that the complainant knows about the teal ribbon campaign.“She definitely understands that there’s a lot of people offering her support right now,” Miller said.Addy Strickland, a St. F.X. student activist who is part of a team that has organized campus protests to draw attention to what happened, said the growing show of support has been encouraging.“It’s absolutely fantastic,” said Strickland, who studies English and development studies.“Everyone here is so overwhelmed by the response that we’ve gotten from so many other schools. It’s amazing to know that were not in this fight alone.”Strickland said she and her fellow students are working to ensure the university follows through on a commitment to change its policies on sexual violence. Earlier this week, a group of students said they would launch a petition to push for those changes.“We are putting pressure on the administration to finish what they started,” Strickland said.Nearly 40 demonstrators from the school and community confronted university president Kent MacDonald as he addressed potential students during the university’s open house on Saturday.Those who organized the protest said sexual assault survivors must be informed and protected throughout the entire reporting process. They also called on the university to make its sexual violence policy “survivor-centric.”Last week, MacDonald posted a public apology on the university’s website.“I acknowledge and accept the fact that we can do better,” the statement said.“In this particular case, there were clear gaps in communication and apparent issues relating to our appeal processes that negatively affected our university community and, in some cases, retraumatized victim/survivors.”Nova Scotia’s advanced education minister, Labi Kousoulis, has said he was “shocked” by the university’s handling of the case.last_img read more

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner has found eight people inappropriately gained access to the electronic health records of 10 Humboldt Broncos team members involved in a bus crash last April.Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured in the crash between the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi trailer at a rural Saskatchewan intersection.“Due to the high-profile nature of the crash, eHealth Saskatchewan understood the risk of snooping,” said a report from information and privacy commissioner Ronald Kruzeniski.The report said the health agency began monitoring the profiles of the patients — which included lab results, medication information and chronic diseases — three days after the crash.“Between April 9, 2018, and May 15, 2018, eHealth detected eight users of the viewer, mostly physicians, accessed without apparent authority the profiles of 10 patients.”The report shows eHealth reported the breaches to the privacy commissioner July 5.“This has been a major tragedy in our province and I’m disappointed that people got tempted,” Kruzeniski said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Monday. “Now that it’s happened, it’s my job to work with others through education and legislative change (to) make the system work.”His report, which has been posted online, detailed the privacy breaches.In one case, an employee of a medical clinic examined the health information of three people involved in the collision.The assistant admitted she consulted the records because “her family members had heard one of the individuals had died and she wanted to verify the information; she thought another individual was a patient … (and) she wanted to verify a detail that was reported by the media about one of the individuals.”The report said the employee’s access to eHealth was suspended and she was given further training, but she has since resigned.Another case involved a doctor at a Humboldt clinic who viewed the records of two people, including one who was a patient prior to the crash.“Dr. D wanted to know what injuries the individual sustained, if the individual received care or if it was an instant fatality,” said the report. “For the other individual, it explained Dr. D was concerned.”Other cases included three doctors who provided emergency care at the Nipawin Hospital and who reviewed patient records of those they treated.“They believed they were in the individuals’ ‘circle of care,’” said the report.The privacy commissioner said the province’s Health Information Protection Act does not address circles of care so the doctors were no longer authorized to access the records.“You are entitled to access when you have a need to know, not an anticipated need, not, ‘Gee, I might like to know.”Another case saw a medical resident view the information of three patients because she wanted to get closure on the cases, which is not an acceptable reason.During the monitoring period, two other medical residents looked at the records of one crash patient when the residents were reviewing the records of dozens of other patients with a particular illness.Kruzeniski made a number of recommendations to eHealth —including that it conduct regular monthly audits for the next three years of the physicians involved.Kruzeniski also recommended that the organization comply with a need-to-know principle rather than a circle-of-care concept and that users of EHealth be made to regularly review their training.A statement from eHealth said it took a number of measures to address the breaches, including notifying the privacy commissioner and the families affected.It terminated the account of the medical office assistant, suspended the accounts of the medical residents until they had further training and sent letters to the doctors. It’s also reviewing the recommendations from the privacy commissioner.The Saskatchewan Health Authority said it is following up on the report and apologized to the patients and their families.“We are deeply sorry that the situations described in the privacy commissioner’s reports may add to their stress,” the authority said in a statement.“We believe the physicians cited in the cases … specifically those who provided care to the patients affected, acted in good faith and out of sincere concern for the patients and families touched by this terrible tragedy.”The health authority said it will work with the Ministry of Health on possible amendments to privacy regulations.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A judge has ordered an online obituary site to pay $20 million in damages for the unauthorized use of notices and photographs taken from websites of Canadian funeral homes and newspapers.Federal Court Judge Catherine Kane wrote in the class action lawsuit ruling issued Tuesday that the actions of Afterlife Network Inc. amounted to “obituary piracy.”Kane found that by using photographs and details of the deceased and then inviting people to purchase flowers and other gifts, the company had repeatedly violated copyright.Erin Best, a lawyer based in St. John’s, N.L., says the members of the class action are the authors of the obituaries and the people who took the photos.She says it’s not clear how many class members there are. There were over one million obituaries on the Afterlife website.The action said the website generated revenues by displaying advertising of third-party businesses and by permitting users to light virtual candles and send flowers.The judge also says in the ruling that she agrees with the applicant that Afterlife’s conduct was “high-handed, reprehensible and represents a marked departure from standards of decency.”A spokesperson for Afterlife was not immediately available for comment, but the company has previously told CBC that it will edit or delete information from the site on request.The ruling says that the firm didn’t contest the allegations brought forward in proceedings filed in Ottawa.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY — Hundreds of pro-pipeline protesters rallied outside a Calgary office tower during a clean energy announcement by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi.The protest by the group Canada Action attracted about 300 people who chanted “build that pipe” and carried signs that called on the federal government to kill Bill C-69.The legislation would repeal the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and retire the National Energy Board.It would leave the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Canadian Energy Regulator responsible for reviewing the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of designated projects.Critics say it would make it next to impossible to get any energy projects approved in the future.Sohi told reporters the government is working toward getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built and that Albertans need to be patient.He rejected the idea of speaking with the protesters to tell them in person.“You know I’d rather focus on the area of solving problems and that’s exactly what I have been focused on since Day 1 with full respect of people’s ability to demonstrate and share their views and make their point,” Sohi said.Canada Action founder Cody Battershill said those suffering in the oil and gas sector are sick of delays.“We’re always hoping to hear from the minister and anyone about what they want to do and what they’re doing for the energy sector but we haven’t seen action the way that we need and we know there’s a lot of layoffs and a lot of people not working,” he said.The consultation period for the Trans Mountain pipeline project is to end June 18.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, July 23———FOOD GUIDE, BUTTS IN PRE-CAMPAIGN FIGHTConservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre took aim at the Liberals Monday morning for bringing back former prime ministerial aide Gerald Butts to work on their election campaign. An hour later, from the same dais in the national press building, Liberal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of spewing untrue statements on Canada’s new food guide. With three months to go before the federal election and public opinion polls indicating the two are in a neck-and-neck fight for power, the Liberals and Conservatives are drawing clear battle lines: Liberals say they’re the party of science and the Tories are the party of pandering. Conservatives say they’re the party of honour while the Liberals are the party of self-interest.———CRIME RATE UP IN 2018: STATCANThe rate and severity of crime both ticked up in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, according to Statistics Canada. The national statistics agency said Monday the overall crime rate was up two per cent over last year, with over two million incidents reported by police in 2018. That works out to a rate of 5,488 incidents per 100,000 people. The severity of crime also rose by two per cent, according to a Statistics Canada calculation called the crime-severity index. But Statistics Canada noted both the rate and severity of crime were still substantially lower than they were a decade ago, both down 17 per cent compared with 2008.———COP DAD SAYS 2 MURDERS DEVASTATING FOR FAMILIESThe father of an Australian man who was gunned down with his girlfriend while travelling on a remote British Columbia highway says the deaths are a tragic end to a love story between the inseparable couple. Chief Insp. Stephen Fowler of the New South Wales Police Force said he spoke with his globe-trotting 23-year-old son Lucas Fowler within hours of his leaving on a road trip from northern B.C. with his 24-year-old American girlfriend Chynna Deese. Fowler said his son was having the time of his life travelling the world. He said he had met a beautiful young lady and they teamed up, were a great pair and they fell in love.———EXPERT WARNS OF HUAWEI MONOPOLY IN FAR NORTHOttawa is creating conditions for the telecom giant Huawei to create a monopoly on high-speed internet in Canada’s Far North, leaving its residents vulnerable to Beijing’s will, says a leading analyst. Michael Byers, an Arctic-affairs expert at the University of British Columbia, said there’s no immediate security threat to Huawei Canada’s Monday announcement that it will partner with a northern telecom company and an Inuit development corporation to extend high-speed 4G wireless services to 70 communities in the Arctic and northern Quebec. That technology is already common in more populous southern Canada, especially in cities.———MORE HELP NEEDED FOR RIGHT WHALES: MINISTERCanada’s fisheries minister says many of the people working to save the dwindling population of North Atlantic right whales are feeling drained by the ongoing ordeal, but he says more needs to be done to protect the critically endangered species. “This work has been labour intensive and … emotionally and physically exhausting for many of those involved,” Jonathan Wilkinson told a news conference Monday at an airport in eastern New Brunswick. Flanked by two red aircraft, Wilkinson said Ottawa recently committed to closing more fisheries, reducing speed limits for ships and increasing aerial surveillance in an attempt to prevent the lumbering whales from being hit by boats or becoming entangled in fishing gear.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde delivers opening remarks at the AFN Annual General Assembly. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is also scheduled to speak.— Justice Minister David Lametti makes a funding announcement on addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.— Young Albertans will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Awards in recognition of their outstanding citizenship and artistic merit.— Shayla Orthner, 27, of North Battleford, has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body; and theft of a motor vehicle in the death of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere. The Edmonton woman went missing in mid-May and her remains were discovered by a police dog in a rural area in mid-July.— The first-degree murder trial before a jury of Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann. He is charged in the November 2017 death of Abbotsford police Const. John Davidson.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTwo of Santa Barbara’s longtime nonprofit healthcare providers have joined forces with a shared vision of enhancing cancer care, and nearly 500 community members, donors, local businesses, and celebrities celebrated in style to support the partnership of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic.Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic Gala Co-Chairs Christy Kolva, Tracie Fiss and Julie Nadel with Jay LenoUpon arrival to Isla Mar , the private and historic Hope Ranch estate of Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack, guests were treated to Rusack wines and a variety of farmers-market-fresh appetizers as they explored the estate grounds overlooking the Pacific. Jugglers, mimes, and other street performers guided guests into the main event tent, the captivating locale of a sumptuous three-course meal featuring the food of Rincon Events and Celebrity Chef Jamie West.The delightful dinner was just the start of the evening’s magic. Remarks were delivered by Sansum Clinic’s CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Kurt Ransohoff, MD; Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara’s President, Rick Scott; and breast cancer survivor and support group facilitator for the Cancer Center, Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW. All spoke to the importance of the partnership for the community’s cancer patients and their families, and thanked event sponsors and donors for their overwhelming support.The thrill of the evening escalated when Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band took the stage, playing Jay Leno into the spotlight where he kicked off an exciting and hugely successful Live Auction. Auction items included a World-Class Cruise for two with Azamara Club Cruises; an Epicurean Adventure featuring a kitchen tour and meet-and-greet at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry; Dinner with George Stephanopoulos and Alexandra Wentworth in NYC; A Swiss-Made Corum Watch; Manchester United VIP Soccer Experience; A walk-on role in Oscar-winner Ben Affleck’s next film; an all-electric FIAT 500e; Deluxe Las Vegas vacation for four including round trip private jet air travel; and an opportunity to spend time with the auctioneer himself with VIP tickets to the Tonight Show and insider-access to his famed car collection. The live auction concluded with an item everyone could participate in, a paddle-raise to support cancer patients in the community as they journey with, through, and beyond cancer.In total, the evening raised $1.1 million (net, after all expenses) in support of the Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance, Wellness, and Support Programs, which aid patients with all aspects of healing with services like financial assistance for those who lack insurance; practical assistance with co-pays, insurance coverage, and travel expenses; nurse navigation; nutrition counseling; support groups; individual and family counseling; classes such as yoga, tai chi, painting, writing, meditation and laughter; cancer prevention and colon cancer screening programs; and hereditary cancer risk counseling for patients and families.“These programs cost us $1.4 million to fund each year, and we know they are truly vital in helping patients not only survive cancer – but to thrive during and after a diagnosis,” explained Rick Scott. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to inform our community of these programs and to celebrate our recent partnership with Sansum Clinic. We are overwhelmed by the outstanding support shown tonight.”“Bringing together these two teams has already brought us tremendous benefit, and tonight’s event is a wonderful example of what is possible when two organizations come together with a shared vision. We are experiencing greater collaboration and coordination with our expanded team of physicians, and as we look to the future, we see great opportunities for expanded clinical research, enhanced recruitment of highly trained medical personnel, and acquisition of new technology that will allow us to continue delivering exceptional care. This partnership brings together the right people and the right tools in the right healing environment so that patients can receive the cancer treatments they need close to home, right here in the community that supports them so well,” said Kurt Ransohoff, MD.Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 150 affiliated physicians and 1,200 employees, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at 23 patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria.The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic provides state-of-the-art cancer treatment and support for patients on the Central Coast. Since 1949, through the charitable giving of families and foundations, the Cancer Center has stayed in the vanguard of comprehensive, non-surgical, outpatient cancer care. By retaining highly trained and devoted medical personnel, acquiring the latest technology and protocols, and integrating patient support and wellness programs, the Cancer Center treats those on the journey to live with, through, and beyond cancer.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgStella McCartney has been honored with a PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Award.As more people learn how easy it is to be kind to animals by choosing pleather, faux fur, mock croc and other cruelty-free garments, more and more top designers and high-street retailers are meeting the demand for top-quality vegan fashion. And PETA – with the help of fashionista, guest judge Louise Reknapp – is recognising the best animal-free clothing and accessories with the second annual PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards.This year’s winners include Stella McCartney for Most Stylish Women’s Knitwear, Taeseok Kang for Most Stylish Handbag, Beyond Skin for Most Stylish Women’s Flat Shoes, Miss Selfridge for Most Stylish Women’s Outerwear, ASOS for Most Stylish Men’s Belt, Marks & Spencer for Most Stylish Men’s Knitwear, and Vivienne Westwood for Most Stylish Men’s Outerwear.“Everywhere I go, from designer shops to the local Topshop, I see beautiful, animal-free clothes, bags, shoes and wallets”, says Louise “As an animal lover, I was delighted to help PETA choose this year’s best cruelty-free contributions to the fashion world. All of the winners and nominees prove how easy it is to dress ethically from head to toe.”Other retailers to take home prizes include Next, ASOS, New Look, Topshop and Disaster Designs. Alice Vandy – whose colourful, digitally-printed leggings, dresses and swimwear have attracted fans such as Jessie J and Kimberly Wyatt – won the title of Most Talented New Designer.For more information and to see all the winners, please visit read more

first_imgToday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization — announced that U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris will speak and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba will be honored at the 21st annual HRC National Dinner on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center.“Senator Kamala Harris is a champion of equality who is committed to helping us fight back against the Trump-Pence administration’s all-out war against the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Throughout her career in public life, Senator Harris has fought for the equal dignity of the LGBTQ community, and she is a national leader in the resistance against the politics of hate and fear. We look forward to welcoming Senator Harris to this year’s HRC National Dinner.”“Using her incredible talent to help change countless hearts and minds, Uzo Aduba is a powerful and compelling voice for justice, fairness, and equality,” continued Griffin. “Aduba is unwavering in her commitment to helping advance equality for LGBTQ people around the globe. We are proud to honor her with the HRC Ally for Equality Award.”A lifelong public safety and civil rights leader, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was the first African-American and first woman to serve as Attorney General of California. She is also the second African-American woman in history to be elected to the United States Senate. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, Harris was a tireless advocate for voiceless and vulnerable Californians — including those in the LGBTQ community. Harris is a graduate of Howard University, America’s oldest historically black university.HRC will honor Uzo Aduba with the HRC Ally for Equality Award. The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community, committing their time and energy to improve the lives of LGBTQ people and advance equality for all Americans. Known internationally in part for her celebrated role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the groundbreaking series Orange is the New Black, Aduba is an outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community who credits the show with helping educate her — along with the rest of America — about many of the unique challenges LGBTQ people face. While acknowledging the improvements that have been made, Aduba has also taken a public stance in calling for greater diversity in television, including a need for more authentic stories of LGBTQ people. The child of immigrants from Nigeria, Aduba has also spoken out about the marginalization and persecution of the LGBTQ community in Nigeria.The 21st annual HRC National Dinner is expected to draw nearly 3,600 guests. Further announcements on additional speakers and special guests will be forthcoming. Tickets and more information can be found at read more

first_imgCaitlyn Jenner was in Montreal on the weekend to do a feature interview with prominent Québécois TV personality Julie Snyder.The interview, which took place Saturday in the studios of TVA, will air as part of the season debut of Le Banquier, the Quebec adaptation of Deal or No Deal, which is one of the top-rated shows on the TVA network and is hosted by Snyder. The episode, to air Sunday, Sept. 11, is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Montreal Olympics.Jenner, at the time known as Bruce Jenner, won gold in the decathlon event at those Olympics. Login/Register With: Twitter Last year, Jenner came out as a trans woman. Jenner is also a regular on the reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.Excerpts from the Snyder interview will be intercut throughout the debut episode of the 12th season of Le Banquier. A spokesperson for TVA said Jenner enjoyed the experience so much that she ended up co-hosting the show with Snyder. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement “Getting this opportunity to appear on THE LAUNCH has been such an honour,” said Ethan Young. “I am so grateful for the chance to be launched across Canada and I cannot wait to hear my song ‘Giants’ on the radio.”“Ethan has a real star quality,” said Scott Borchetta. “His voice is powerful and genuine and you can’t help but be blown away when he steps into a room. We may have found Canada’s next homegrown pop star.”Streaming now on various platforms including, CTV GO, and CraveTV™, THE LAUNCH: DIRECTOR’S CUT features extended auditions of Grace Bakker, Elequen, and the newly launched Ethan Young, as well as, Victoria Azevedo and Raymond Salgado, who are featured exclusively in the On Demand version of the episode. The special edition also features comprehensive mentor reactions, feedback, and never-before-seen moments from THE LAUNCH that take the viewer deeper into the once in a lifetime opportunity for each of the artists.Following an extraordinary audition process before the celebrity mentors, aspiring artists Ethan Young and Grace Bakkeremerged as the two breakthrough artists chosen to perform and make the original song “Giants” their own.After an intense 48 hours in studio rehearsals, recordings, and working with the episode’s celebrity mentors including a surprise guest appearance by Alessia Cara, the final artists took the stage in front of a live studio audience to perform their interpretations of “Giants.”Two, individually tailored renditions of the song resulted in charismatic performances by both aspiring artists, but following intense deliberations, Ethan Young was ultimately chosen for the opportunity of a lifetime – to have his version of the song “Giants” launched across Canada and to the world via THE LAUNCH‘s expansive slate of top music partners.Following tonight’s song launch, Bell Media is poised to throw the full weight of its marketing, promotional, and publicity support behind Ethan Young “Giants” across its national footprint of broadcast and digital entertainment properties.“Giants” is written by Stephan Moccio and Talay Riley. The song is produced by Stephan Moccio. Label: Big Machine Canada and Universal Music Canada. Executive Producers are Scott Borchetta and Randy Lennox.Singer-songwriter Ethan Young’s love for performance and songwriting began at a very young age. While attending Karen Kain School of the Arts, Ethan became one of the famed Mini Pop Kids, performing for sold out audiences across Ontario. He was featured on three Mini Pop Kid albums that were sold in retail stores internationally.Ethan regularly performs for charitable events including ThreeToBe, Covenant House,Children’s Wish Foundation, and Jacob’s Ladder. Currently, Ethan is working on his craft live and in studio. To learn more about Ethan Young, visit’s episode is also available on, CraveTV, CTV GO, and On Demand. Encore presentations of THE LAUNCHair Saturdays at 5 p.m. ET/MT on CTV; Fridays at 7 p.m. ET and Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET on Much; Sundays at 5 p.m. ETand 11 p.m. ET on MTV; Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on E!.Viewers can catch live interviews featuring Ethan Young tomorrow (Feb. 15) on CP24 BREAKFAST (weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET), YOUR MORNING (weekdays at 6 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), THE SOCIAL(weekdays at 1 p.m. ET), ETALK (weekdays at 7 p.m. ET), and CTV News Channel. As well, live interviews with Ethan Young will be featured on Bell Media Radio stations across the country.As announced earlier today, CTV delivers a truly interactive experience for fans of THE LAUNCH with an exclusive Facebook Live special, ETALK LIVE: THE LAUNCH ARTISTS. Featuring all six chosen artists from THE LAUNCH‘s inaugural season together for the first time and hosted by ETALK Reporter Liz Trinnear, the Facebook Live special streams on ETALK’s Facebook page (@etalkCTV) Thursday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 p.m. ET*. Logan Staats, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, The Static Shift, POESY, Jayd Ink, and the newly launched Ethan Young discuss their overall experience on the show, working with their celebrity mentors, and reflect on becoming overnight chart-topping sensations. Audiences watching on social media can submit questions which will be curated and asked live during the Facebook Live special. ETALK LIVE: THE LAUNCH ARTISTS also features exclusive series outtakes and life-changing moments from hometown visits and media junkets with each of the six chosen artists.Season 1 of THE LAUNCH wraps with its seventh and final episode titled JUST LAUNCHED, airing Wednesday, Feb. 21 at9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO, and in super simulcast on CTV Two and Much. The one-hour special episode revisits each of the six “Launched” artists now that “one song has changed everything.” Following them back to their respective hometowns to meet the people who influenced their musical journey and capturing them as they watch their episode air live on television for the first time with family and friends. The special bonus episode also captures the excitement of each chosen artists’ whirlwind press tour, which includes hearing their song for the first time on the radio and their first public performance as chosen artists. In addition, the episode features never-before-seen moments and outtakes of the artists with their mentors from THE LAUNCH. Plus, the special episode also includes up-to-the-moment interviews with each selected artist and an all-new interview in Nashville with series co-creator and world-renowned record mogul Scott Borchetta.Fans are also invited to visit for exclusive, expansive digital content featuring THE LAUNCH celebrity mentors and the 30 artists selected to participate in the series’ inaugural season. Digital content includes comprehensive Q&As with all artists taking part in THE LAUNCH, now available on the site’s video portal. In addition, is the destination for blogs highlighting Season 1 mentors’ greatest achievements and videos featuring extended musical performances, in-studio demos and “first-listens”, unique moments between artists and their mentors, and a variety of other exclusive digital content. Bio pages showcasing all of the artists are also available on’s dedicated artist pages at a new and unique format documenting an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life, in each close-ended, hour-long episode of THE LAUNCH, unsigned emerging artists audition for the opportunity to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends. The mentors then decide which version of the song will be released across the country immediately following the broadcast of the episode each week.Hand-picked from more than 10,000 emerging performers, the artists were selected to be on THE LAUNCH following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process. Contending for the opportunity of a lifetime – to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/ producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – the selected artists face the life-altering prospect of being catapulted from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours.THE LAUNCH format was put into development in January 2016 and was co-developed by Randy Lennox and Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, and Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Paul Franklin and Lindsay Coxare Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@ethanyoungmusic ‏@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@TheStaticShift@ewxjfmusic@LoganStaats@alessiacara@BoyGeorge@Fergie@iek@JenniferNettles@imjmichaels@NikkiSixx@RyanTedder@scottborchetta@ShaniaTwain@stephanmoccio@BellMediaPR@umusic@bigmachine@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@etalkctv@liztrinnear@insightprod@TheLaunchCTV@iHeartRadioCAFacebook:etalkLizTrinnearalessiacaraboygeorgeofficialfergieJenniferNettlesMusicjuliamichaelsofficialnikkisixxofficialRyanTedder1RscottborchettaShaniaTwainStephanMoccioCTVTheLaunchCTViHeartRadio CanadaInstagram:@EthanY0ung@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@thestaticshift@ewxjf@ CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2018 – CTV unveiled its sixth and final chosen artist on tonight’s penultimate episode of CTV’s THE LAUNCH. Ethan Young from Toronto proved to be bigger than goliath, as the 13-year-old was the final artist chosen to record the new original single “Giants.” The series’ sixth single was released to radio stations across the country immediately following tonight’s broadcast, and is also now available to buy and stream everywhere, including iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.Mentors Culture Club alumnus and Grammy® Award-winner Boy George, Grammy®-Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara, Canadian Oscar and Grammy-nominated producer extraordinaire Stephan Moccio, and record mogul Scott Borchetta decided to launch Ethan Young’s music career with his anthemic version of “Giants.”The first four consecutive singles from THE LAUNCH chosen artists (POESY‘s “Soldier of Love”, Logan Staats “The Lucky Ones”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine‘s “Ain’t Easy”, and The Static Shift‘s “Wide Awake”) soared to #1 on iTunes Canada, while Jayd Ink‘s “Codes” debuted at #7 on iTunes’ pop chart. All songs released have surpassed more than 3 million streams internationally to date. 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