Girl dies after being pinned between vehicles while picked up from school

first_imgTORONTO – Grief counsellors were at a north Toronto school Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the news that a five-year-old girl had died after being pinned between two SUVs.The Toronto Catholic District School Board said the girl was walking with her father to their car after school on Monday when the incident took place just before 3:30 p.m.Const. Clint Stibbe said Tuesday that an SUV with no one inside rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father’s Mercedes-Benz SUV.The child was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries.The girl’s 42-year-old father was also struck by the rolling vehicle and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.“I haven’t got any stats … in relation to how often we see a vehicle moving on its own,” Stibbe said.The police traffic services division said the investigation was ongoing, and charges, if any, have not yet been determined.Toys and flowers were left in a snowbank near St. Raphael Catholic School on Monday morning.Students and staff were also planning on creating a memorial table for the girl at the school, the board said.“Tragedies such as this can be difficult for anyone to accept or understand, particularly for young people,” the school board said in a statement.“A team of counsellors, including a social worker, psychologist and members of our chaplaincy and religion team will be on hand to support the school community today.”The board said support workers will be on hand as long as needed.last_img read more

Lawyer for accused in Amber Alert case doesnt think man would have

first_imgNORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A legal aid lawyer for a Saskatchewan man charged in a case that sparked an Amber Alert earlier this month says he doesn’t believe the accused would deliberately abduct a child.Bill Archer told media following 19-year-old Johnathan Ryann Gunville’s court appearance in North Battleford on Monday that he’s dealt with the accused before, and that he has mental health issues.Archer says he is still learning the details of the case but says if it was Gunville, “he stole a car, not a kid.”Police have said a six-year-old girl was in a running sport-utility vehicle when it was stolen outside a North Battleford business on Sept. 16.The SUV with the girl safe inside was found abandoned about 12 hours later in an industrial park.A bail hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, and Crown prosecutor Chris Browne said in court he was opposed to Gunville’s release.Gunville is facing charges of abduction, unlawful confinement, abandoning a child, dangerous operation of a vehicle, theft of a vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, evading police, driving while disqualified and failing to comply with a probation order.Some of the charges relate to the Sept. 16 Amber Alert. Gunville is also accused of a pair of vehicle thefts on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20.Looking fidgety when he made his court appearance, Gunville smiled as he peered out into the courtroom.Outside court, Gunville’s mother appeared distraught and wiped away tears when she spoke to reporters briefly outside the courthouse.Tammy Lavallee said her son was in a group home at one point but was evicted.She said she came to court Monday to find out if it was actually her son facing the charges, and confirmed he is dealing with some addiction issues.(BattlefordsNow)last_img read more

Berniers new party rakes in 300k in one weekend party officials say

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s newest national political party is laughing all the way to the bank.On Friday morning the People’s Party of Canada became officially registered with Elections Canada, allowing it to start issuing tax receipts for donations.In the hours since the party has raked in more than $300,000.Party spokesman Martin Masse says that brings the party’s fundraising to nearly $1 million since Maxime Bernier announced he was leaving the Conservatives to start his own party at the end of August.Masse says that puts to rest the accusations that the People’s Party is a vehicle for one person with very little actual support.“We got in three days what we raised in the last three months,” said Masse.Masse said there were definitely people waiting to donate until they could get tax receipts for doing so.In 2019, the maximum donation to a political party is $1,600, which yields a $650 tax credit.Bernier’s party has to start reporting its donations to Elections Canada only now that it is registered but can use the funds it raised before. Bernier has said he would like to raise $3.5 million before the general election this fall.In the first three quarters of 2018, the Conservatives raised $17 million, according to Elections Canada. The Liberals raised $10.3 million and the New Democrats $3.2 million.Bernier split with the Conservatives in a very public battle with leader Andrew Scheer over policy issues including supply management and government subsidies to businesses. Bernier finished just behind Scheer in the Conservative leadership race in 2017.The People’s Party of Canada will run its first three candidates in upcoming byelections in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.It has two candidates officially nominated but the third, in the Montreal riding of Outremont, is still awaiting confirmation from his current workplace that he can take a leave of absence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong en route to Canada

first_imgA woman who helped shelter former CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong is coming with her daughter to Canada after being granted refugee status.Their lawyer Robert Tibbo said in a statement Monday that Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana will arrive in Toronto tonight following Canada’s acceptance of their 2016 refugee application.Rodel was part of a group that became known as Snowden’s “Guardian Angels.” They helped the fugitive at Tibbo’s request in 2013, when the whistleblower fled to Hong Kong after leaking classified information about the U.S. National Security Administration.At the time, they were being represented by Tibbo in Hong Kong as they sought asylum. Tibbo has stated that their applications had been rejected by Hong Kong.A non-profit group called For the Refugees filed applications to sponsor all seven to come to Canada as refugees and has been raising money for their living expenses in Hong Kong. The group is calling on Canada to accept the applications for the remaining five people.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters today that she could not comment on privately sponsored refugee applications.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec moves to tighten law on dangerous dogs give municipalities flexibility

first_imgQUEBEC — The Quebec government is giving municipalities more tools to deal with potentially dangerous dogs, including allowing towns to order the animals put down if they injure someone.Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault tabled amendments Wednesday giving all Quebec municipalities a set of rules and the flexibility to adopt stricter ones if they see fit.Guilbault says while no law could eliminate all risks or incidents involving dogs, only about half of municipalities have a bylaw on the books.Guilbault says the rules will establish clears rules for dog ownership.Dog owners would have to register their animals and assure they always wear a collar and are on a leash when in public. There would also be strict rules covering inspections and seizures, with penal provisions for those who disobey the law.She said the ruling on whether dog is dangerous will fall to a veterinarian, but the province opted not to go with any type of breed-specific amendments.“It’s really complicated to establish the specific breed of a dog. We’ve talked with a lot of people on that,” Guilbault said.The stricter rules come amid several dog attacks in recent years.In 2016, Christiane Vadnais, a Montreal woman, was killed in her own backyard by a dog in the city’s Pointe-aux-Trembles district.The issue came to the forefront again last March when a jogger was attacked and severely injured in Potton Township, about 125 kilometres southeast of Montreal.Guilbault noted that Potton, for example, didn’t have any set rules in place, but its mayor has said he intended to enact a bylaw once the Quebec government legislative changes were completed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stevie Wonder With Friends Celebrating a Message of Peace

first_imgBET Networks and Wonder Productions have joined forces with the United Nations to present Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace.In celebration of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Organization, the star-studded concert took place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in the General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Featuring performances by Sting, Janelle Monae, Wyclef Jean and more, the concert also features duets by headliner and music legend Stevie Wonder, the UN’s Messenger of Peace. Emceed by Malcolm Jamal Warner, the concert is set to premiere on Centric, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 9PM ET/PT and will premiere on BET, Sunday, March 3rd at 11AM ET.United Nations Day, marked annually on the 24th of October, is dedicated to the global efforts and achievements of the UN since its founding in 1945. The observance serves as an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the Organization’s work for peace and security, peacekeeping, development, humanitarian relief, human rights and efforts to protect and empower the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, refugees, women and children, and people with disabilities around the globe.In his official message for UN Day 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “The United Nations is a unique and indispensable meeting place for diplomats. The United Nations is also a peacekeeper disarming fighters, a health worker distributing medicine, a relief team aiding refugees, a human rights expert helping deliver justice… No single leader, country or institution can do everything. But each of us, in our own way, can do something.”“It was such a spirited and fun night,” said Stevie Wonder. “A day and the desire for peace must always be recognized and celebrated.”“We are honored to celebrate all the amazing work the United Nations does around the globe,” said Debra Lee, CEO & Chairman of BET Networks. “Beyond his incredible music career, Stevie Wonder has consistently used his voice to create a better and more peaceful world.”American Family Insurance is the presenting sponsor of Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Amal Clooney To Headline Watermark Conference For Women

first_imgThe Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley announced today that international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will be a keynote speaker at the Conference on Feb. 23, 2018 at the San Jose Convention Center.With more than 6500 attendees, the Conference is the largest event of its kind on the West Coast. Additional keynote speakers will be announced in coming weeks.Clooney practices at Doughty Street Chambers in London, where she specializes in international law and human rights. She is also a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School. Her clients have ranged from political prisoners and ousted heads of state to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and various courts in the United Kingdom and the United States.The Oxford-educated lawyer is a frequent adviser to governments on international law and has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to the UN Envoy on Syria. While in The Hague she worked on the genocide trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, among other cases. She is currently counsel to Nadia Murad and other Yazidi women who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, working to secure accountability for the genocide committed by ISIS in national and international courts.Amal Clooney is on the UK government’s list of experts on international law and on the government’s panel to prevent sexual violence in conflict. She has also been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights. In 2016, she co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice.“We are proud to feature Amal Clooney, a woman of strength, courage and compassion,” said Marlene Williamson, CEO of Watermark. “Hearing from Clooney and 100+ additional leaders will encourage our attendees to widen their horizons and inspire them to make our communities a better place for all.”Named one of the “Top 100” events in the San Francisco Bay Area by BizBash for its “buzz, innovation, and prominence,” the Watermark Conference for Women offers an unmatched breadth and depth of speakers in fields including new approaches to leadership, gender equity and inclusion, business management, digital strategy, and personal and professional growth.The 100+ speakers at the Watermark Conference include: Nely Galán, self-made media mogul and former president of Telemundo; Shireen Santosham, chief innovation officer for the city of San Jose; Dr. Vivienne Ming, neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur; Amy Trask, former CEO of the Oakland Raiders and football analyst for CBS Sports Network and Becky Margiotta, managing director of the Billions Institute and recipient of the White House Champion of Change award.The Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley is generously underwritten by co-chair partner Gilead Sciences along with the following sponsors: Johnson & Johnson; Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.; Amgen; Boston Scientific Corporation; Cisco; Dell; Erin Condren; Harvard Business School; Kate Spade & Company; Lending Club; Mastercard; Medallia; Mercer; Merck; Oath; Oracle; Riverbed; Salesforce; State Farm; State Street Corporation; United Airlines; VMware; and media sponsors KFOG 104.5 San Francisco; KGO 810; KSFO 560; and NBC Bay Area.“Watermark’s speakers are groundbreakers who are transforming our workplaces and our society as a whole, helping achieve equity in many different settings,” said Amy Flood, Vice President Public Affairs, of co-chair sponsor Gilead Sciences. “Gilead is honored once again to spotlight the full range of women’s achievements and expertise.”Registration is now open for the conference. To register or learn more about the event, click here.last_img read more

Newmans Own Foundation Reaches Milestone Of 500 Million To Charity

first_imgNewman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced that it reached the milestone of donating a total of $500 million to charity since Newman’s Own started in 1982.The company is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and achieving this milestone during a special anniversary year helps punctuate the impact of Paul Newman’s legacy. He launched the company with his homemade recipe salad dressing, declaring that 100% of the profits would go to charity. To date, more than 7,600 charities have received grants, and millions of people around the world have been helped.“When Paul started Newman’s Own 35 years ago, some people wondered if the company could survive if it gave all its profits away, but after three and a half decades, we’re proud to continue his legacy and reach a half-billion dollars in donations,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Co-Chairman of Newman’s Own. “Paul would be especially pleased to see how much the company has grown and how much positive impact it has had helping charities around the world. And he would be gratified to see a new generation of employees embrace the same values he established long ago, using these core values as an anchor and inspiration to carry on his philanthropic work.”In the first full year when Newman’s Own started, there was one product, and $300,000 went to charitable organizations. Today, the company has more than 300 products, and approximately $30 million dollars is donated each year.“It’s quite extraordinary for Paul to have had such vision in creating this philanthropic business model,” added Forrester. “In fact, there are more than two dozen companies that have followed the Newman’s Own model in giving away 100% of their profits to charity. It’s great to see these companies giving back and understanding that businesses can do well by doing good.”Newman’s Own and Newman’s Own Foundation continue the legacy and commitment of their founder by helping to make our world a better place. There are four primary focus areas for giving: encouraging philanthropy, children with life-limiting conditions, empowerment, and nutrition.Significant support has been given to: organizations that help children with life-limiting conditions (such as SeriousFun Children’s Network); veteran organizations that help military personnel, veterans, and their families (such as Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and Farmer Veteran Coalition); organizations that provide fresh food access and nutrition education in underserved communities (such as Wholesome Wave and FoodCorps); and organizations that empower people to overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances (such as SHOFCO, which helps residents of one of Africa’s largest slums experience hope through education, healthcare, and clean water).For more information about organizations served, click here.last_img read more

Taraji P Henson To Celebrate Her Birthday With Charity

first_imgTaraji P. Henson has announced the charitable way she’s celebrating her birthday this year.For as little as a $10 donation, fans can enter to win a red carpet experience with Taraji P. Henson at the What Men Want premiere, photos with Taraji, a spa day to get glammed up beforehand, autographed merch, and roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations: Adding to the fun, Taraji will take over the winner’s Instagram Story for the evening!Donations to Taraji’s Prizeo campaign go to her newly launched foundation that works to eradicate stigma around mental health in the African-American community. Named after Taraji’s late father, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) partners with organizations that educate, celebrate and make visible the positive impact of mental wellness.Taraji tells fans: “This is our legacy. This is our chance to make a difference. Together, we will break the silence and break the cycle!”A $10 donation earns 100 entries to the sweepstakes. For additional donations, fans receive extra entries and can also score exclusive rewards like a personalized video message from Taraji, a signed copy of her book Around the Way Girl, and a limited-edition campaign t-shirt.Learn more and donate to win at by December 13, 2018! For more information about BLHF, please visit Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson and led by Executive Director, Tracie Jade Jenkins. The foundation is named in honor of Ms. Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered with mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War. We are committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need.last_img read more

The Weeknd and iHeartRadio show Toronto love

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement The Chainsmokers, Hedley, Serena Ryder, Belly, Niall Horan, and Alessia Cara all graced the stage, but undoubtedly it was the starboy from the east+end, the Weeknd, who owned it.The Weeknd spent the last few weeks promoting the release of his new album, Starboy, with popup listening parties and a musical guest star on SNL, but all he had to do was look in his own backyard for love from one of the biggest entertainment powerhouses in the game. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img BY AUNDREYA FOR EBOSS CANADAAundreya is an expansive force on the artistic scene; respectively, a successful model, writer, actor and producer. She focuses on bringing authentic and relatable content to life, working with and bridging the gaps amid a broadening network of creative talent. Perpetually prolific, find her online at and Every year, several times a year, the iHeartRadio music franchise serves up instant gratification and good times to thousands of people by way of radio hits. Giving airtime to a spectrum of musical tastes, the massive success of the brand’s core festival led to event spinoffs, like the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party and the holiday party to end all holiday parties, the 2016 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour.On November 25, the iHeartJingleBall stopped for the first time ever in Canada.Browse iHeartRadio Canada’s guide to the performers on the Toronto stop of the 2016 Jingle Ball Tour (links, bios & more) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

CTVs Critically Acclaimed CARDINAL is 1 New Canadian Program of the 20162017

first_imgWith five days of PVR playback data now available, CTV confirmed today that the series debut of its Wednesday night event series CARDINAL is the most-watched debut of any Canadian series in the 2016/17 broadcast season with total viewers, A25-54, and A18-34. CARDINAL premiered as the most-watched program on Canadian television on the night of Jan. 25, and currently has an average audience of 1.3 million viewers with two days of data to still be reported.Building on its Wednesday night success, last Saturday night’s encore of the premiere episode is averaging over half a million viewers on CTV. More than 4 million unique viewers have now seen the debut episode of CARDINAL across all airings on CTV and Super Écran.CARDINAL premiered to critical acclaim and social media buzz, with the hashtag #Cardinal trending on Twitter in Canada.* Login/Register With: Social Media links What viewers on Twitter are saying:@Virtual_Writer: I’m impressed #Cardinal – visually stunning – perfect. Our Wallander. Canadian stories! Canadian TV!@EricaBlogs: Totally digging the feel of #Cardinal. Already wishing it was more than 6 episodes. @karinevanasse @WOCampbell @Cardinal@DwightVJackson: Hooked on this first episode. Very well done – great acting & script. Nice twists & turns already. Thanks!@Lauda_Lewes: Wow wow @Cardinal on @CTV_Television #mustwatch #GreatTV Human characters, real setting, surprise twist WATCH THIS SHOW! Advertisement Advertisement Following an all-new episode of CRIMINAL MINDS (tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), this week’s episode of CARDINAL (available as of last night on CraveTVTM First-Look, and airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO) is entitled “Delorme”. Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) and Delorme (Karine Vanasse, REVENGE) attend Todd Curry’s autopsy in Toronto. It’s a stressful balancing act for Delorme, trying to help Cardinal catch a murderer while feeling the pressure from her Special Investigations Sergeant Malcolm Musgrave (David Richmond-Peck, ORPHAN BLACK) to ramp up her investigation into her partner.New episodes of CARDINAL will continue to receive a Canadian First Look on CraveTV, available to viewers the day before their broadcast premieres, with the first episode streaming now.CARDINAL is adapted from the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries, a series of six, best-selling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The gripping murder mystery was shot in Winter 2016 in Sudbury, Ont., North Bay, Ont., Atikameksheng Anishnawbek in Northern Ontario, and Toronto.CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, and commissioned for French-language Canadian broadcast by Super Écran. CARDINAL is distributed worldwide by eOne. Executive Producers are Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL) for Sienna Films. The series is also executive produced by Showrunner Aubrey Nealon, who adapted the series for television, and Director Daniel Grou, aka Podz. For Bell Media, Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Actor Billy Campbell plays Det. John Cardinal in a scene from the detective drama Cardinal. In advance of tonight’s broadcast of CARDINAL, series lead Karine Vanasse (REVENGE) will be participating in a live Tweet Chat, at 9 p.m. ET. Starring in the series as the driven and intuitive Detective Lise Delorme, Vanasse will speak to her experience on the series and what Canadians can expect this season, answering viewer questions live across the country. Fans can follow along on Twitter: @karinevanasse, @fityourstyle, #Cardinal. Advertisement @CTV_Television @WOCampbell @karinevanasse @BrendanFletch1 @glen_gould @richmondpeck @karinevanasse @glengould LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook About CTV  CTV 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 15 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 Twitterlast_img read more

Women in PR Canada Partners with Calgary BMW on One Year Anniversary

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Talia Beckett Davis, President & Chairwoman at Women in PR Canada said: “We have had a hugely positive first year with a great response from the industry. We have learned about the needs of women PR professionals, and we are very excited about the growth of our brand.”The organization was developed to enable groups of women leaders in public relations across North America to come together to share ideas, contacts, and experiences, and to advocate for major issues directly affecting women working in the PR industry.Proudly owned and operated by Dilawri Group of Companies, Calgary BMW is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and professionalism to all their clients. Women in PR Canada is pleased to partner with an organization that exceeds customer expectations every day.At the one-year anniversary celebration, guests will have an opportunity to discover the all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series and the 2017 BMW X1 SUV. The 2017 BMW 5 Series offers a bold new approach to all sedan lovers, integrating the latest technologies, and style, creating the most advanced modern business sedan ever. The BMW X1 offers a rugged yet powerfully designed silhouette, perfectly suited for daily commutes and adventures.Organized by a team of experts in public relations, the event on May 11, 2017, hosted by Calgary BMW will offer inspirational talks from speakers, discuss misconceptions and redefine perceptions for women in the field.Opening Remarks: Grant Keil, General Manager, Calgary BMW; Talia Beckett-Davis, President & Chairwoman, Women in PR Canada; Founder, Pink Pearl PR.Speakers Include: Benjamin Morgan, Owner, Both Sides Media; Lauren Telfer, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts; Bernadette Geronazzo, Public Relations Advisor, In the Public Eye; Jennifer Booth, Manager, Public Relations, Calgary Stampede.Date: May 11, 2017; Time: Registration 5:00 p.m., Program 5:30 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.; Location: Calgary BMW (34 Heritage Meadows Road SE –conveniently located at Deerfoot and Heritage)Tickets:  CLICK HERE for ticketsFor more information, visit www.womeninpr.caAbout Calgary BMW:Proudly owned and operated by Dilawri Group of Companies, Calgary BMW is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and professionalism to all their clients. They understand their customers have high expectations, and as a BMW dealership, they enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those expectations every day. Whether in the market for a new, certified pre-owned or demo model, the friendly and educated staff at Calgary BMW are more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle. Learn more: calgarybmw.caSocial Media:Join the conversation online:#WomeninPRCanadaTwitter: Group: Group: Login/Register With: Facebook Event to be held May 11, 2017, at Calgary BMW, Owned by Dilawri Group of CompaniesCALGARY, April 17, 2017 – The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (Women in PR Canada) is pleased to announce its one-year anniversary celebration will be held on May 11, 2017, hosted by Calgary BMW.With first-year memberships surpassing expectations and a growing social media following across Canada and the USA, Women in PR Canada has much to celebrate, including partnerships with exceptional organizations like Calgary BMW.last_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Announces Talent for Upcoming Praxis Screenwriters Lab and Feature

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (May 31, 2017) – The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has selected 12 Canadians creators, including six screenwriters and six producers, to participate in two of its six-month, multi-phased talent programs, the Praxis Screenwriters Lab and Feature Project Lab for producers, both of which will run congruently in Whistler this year. Phase I takes place from June 4th to June 9th, followed by four months of feedback and project development with advisors, while Phase II takes place from November 28th to December 2nd during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit, one of Canada’s leading film festivals and industry gatherings.Produced in association with the Vancouver-based Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, the WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab is a feature script development program that brings together independent screenwriters from across the country to work intensively with key film industry personnel in private, group and market-oriented sessions to develop both creative skills and business opportunities for their projects. Designed to analyze the writer’s intentions, this lab challenges participants to rethink script-to-screen strategies and chart a course for eventual production. 55 scripts were received and six were selected for the program.The six screenwriters and projects selected for the 2017 WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab include:Andeep Singh (BC) with drama Goodnight Mr GEmily Bridger (NFL) with dramedy Little OrphansHenry Sarwer-Foner (ON) with Sci-Fi story ShadowboxKate Bond (BC) with drama TraplineSimone Stock (ON) with Sci-Fi drama PolarisTravis McDonald (BC) with dramedy Unplanned Facebook “It is such a pleasure to witness the growth that happens in the WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab environment, where writers, mentors and industry experts gather to help nurture and advance these projects,” said Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “Year after year, we see wonderful stories come to life through this program. We congratulate this year’s six highly talented writers, and look forward to watching them and their projects flourish after their time with us here in Whistler.”“We’re hugely impressed with the range of projects and writers this year,” says Praxis Director and SFU Film Professor Patricia Gruben. “At one end of the spectrum we have Kate Bond, an emerging writer who’s just won the $25,000 Daryl Duke Screenwriting Prize with her script about a young girl running a trapline in Northern Alberta.  At the other end is Henry Sarwar-Foner, an accomplished television director with a thriller about a brother caught up in his sister’s world of cyber-espionage. The writers and their scripts span the continent, from New York and St. John’s to Vancouver and set a very high standard for the program.”WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab faculty includes highly accomplished producers and other industry executives with extensive market knowledge including Script Consultant and Story Editor Ruth Atkinson (LA), Canadian Screenwriter, Producer and Novelist Dennis Foon (BC), and award-winning international filmmaker Jason Bourque (BC). Industry advisors include Kathleen Meek (ON), the Production Executive of Drama and Feature Film for Bell Media’s Independent Production team, Peter Wetherell (LA), President, Magus Entertainment and Tom Rowe (BC), Partner/Producer, Reunion Pictures. WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab facilitators include Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming, and Patricia Gruben, Director of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters.After 28 years as an exclusive program of the School of Contemporary Arts at SFU, the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters moved into an expanded partnership with the Whistler Film Festival in 2015. Praxis founder and long-time Director, SFU Professor Patricia Gruben continued as the Facilitator of the WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab, and management of the program moved to Whistler.Focused on strengthening dramatic feature projects from script to screen, WFF’s Feature Project Lab is intended to advance a producer’s dramatic feature project and facilitate relationships and investment in film projects that have US and international appeal. It’s all about getting content made!The six producers and projects selected for the 2017 WFF Feature Project Lab include:Lettie Costea of JOReel Productions (BC), with sci-fi feature ALONE, written by Richard RussellPaul Lenart of Storyteller Pictures (ON) & Tricia Lee, A Film Monkey Production(ON) with disturbing mystery thriller PENUMBRA, written by Aboriginal,l Quebec-based screenwriter Peter Scott VicaireAmanda Verhagen of Verhagen Entertainment (BC) with a throwback to the 90’s comedy PARTY FAVOUR, written by Megan RussellMatt Code of Wildling Pictures (ON) with modern thriller BE MY EYES, written by Adam YorkeDamon Lebrun of Ashen Films (AB) with action drama, A REDHEAD NAMES RASALA, also written by Damon LebrunCarmen Forsberg of Silverlight Entertainment Inc. (BC) with dramatic feature, BOUNDARY COUNTRY, written by Adam Mars“The success of the Feature Project Producer Lab is elevated each year due to the calibre of talent that is rapidly growing in the landscape of Canadian independent filmmaking,” said Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “Being able to facilitate connections for these producers with industry experts for invaluable feedback in an intimate and inspiring setting is vital to their success. Producers leave with the tools and relationships to further develop and get their films made.”Industry experts participating in Phase I of WFF’s Feature Project Lab include Producer, Director and Writer Gil Adler of Gil Adler Productions (LA/BC), Ian Goggins, Senior Vice President, Content, eOne (ON), Nicholas Tabarrok, President/Producer, Darius Films (LA), Kathleen Meek (ON), the Production Executive of Drama and Feature Film for Bell Media’s Independent Production team, Michael Dougherty, Acquisitions and Distribution Executive, Radiant Films International (LA), Nolan Pielak SVP, International Sales & Co-Production at Electric Entertainment – ‎Electric Entertainment (BC/LA) and Steve Bates, Investment Analyst, Business Affairs, Telefilm Canada (BC). Feature Project Lab Marketplace Analysts and Facilitators include Tim Brown, President, Joker Films (BC), and Peter Wetherell, President, Magus Entertainment (LA).The Whistler Film Festival began offering talent development programs in 2007 and to date, has successfully delivered 44 programs that have supported 244 Canadian artists including directors, producers, screenwriters, actors and musicians. As a result, over 32 projects (13 features and 19 shorts) have been developed, 10 are currently in production, 32 are in development, and 33 films have premiered at the Whistler Film Festival, and valuable connections have been made.The Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Praxis Screenwriters Lab, presented in association with Telefilm Canada and sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund and Creative BC. The Whistler Film Festival also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Feature Project Lab, presented in association with Telefilm Canada and sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund, Creative BC, the Canadian Media Production Association and the Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers Branch.From November 29th to December 3rd, 2017, the Whistler Film Festival will celebrate its 17th edition with fresh films, special guests, unique industry initiatives, epic events, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination..The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Toronto, ON (August 1, 2017) — Toronto International Film Festival 2017 official selection THE CRESCENT is a transcendent look at loss, grief and single parenting, told through the entrancing art of marbling and the eyes of a two-year-old. Shot at a remote beach house on Nova Scotia’s rugged South Shore, the film follows a mother and her toddler son as they struggle to find spiritual healing after an unexpected death in the family. All the while, a mysterious force from the sea threatens to tear their souls apart. The film delves deep into a dreamlike story-world by utilizing hydrographics, artful prosthetics, and innovative cinematography of the North Atlantic. Atlantic Film Festival award winning filmmaker Seth Smith (LOWLIFE), who also scored, edited and co-wrote the film, worked with producing partner Nancy Urich of Cut/Off/Tail and with cast, multi-disciplinary artist Danika Vandersteen in her first on-screen appearance alongside 2 year-old Woodrow Graves. Canadian Screen Award nominee and Atlantic Film Festival award-winner Andrew Gillis (official TIFF 2016 selection, WEREWOLF) has a supporting role.“I thought it would be interesting to explore the life of a new parent in the context of a mystery or horror film. It’s such a special time, but there is also a lot of uncertainty. You’re constantly questioning yourself and over-worrying, sometimes to the point of madness,” says filmmaker Seth Smith. “With The Crescent I wanted to create an abstract space that reflected some of these feelings.”center_img About RAVEN BANNER Releasing Inc.Raven Banner Releasing is the Canadian distribution arm of Raven Banner Entertainment – a full service company specializing in innovative and compelling genre films from around the world. Recent releases include Andre Ovredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Can Evrenol’s Baskin, Deathgasm, Turbo Kid, Don’t Knock Twice and Cub. Upcoming releases include M.F.A. and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil:  The End of the End.For more about Raven Banner please visit: Advertisement Login/Register With: Seth Smith is a Nova Scotia-based filmmaker, visual artist and musician. His works frequent the genre festival circuit and are praised for their dark tone and surrealist style. His first no-budget feature, LOWLIFE, was named “The feel bad hit of 2012” by Vice, won the people’s choice award at the Atlantic Film Festival and received a nation-wide, crowd-sourced theatrical release. The Crescent is his second feature. Outside of filmmaking, Seth is known for his music in gloom-pop outfit Dog Day.THE CRESCENT makes its World Premiere on the TIFF17 stage as part of the Midnight Madness program – date and time to be announced.Filmmaker Seth Smith, whose band DOG DAY has received critical acclaim, composes the full score of THE CRESCENT. The soundtrack is set to be released on vinyl in Fall 2017.THE CRESCENT is produced by Cut/Off/Tail, the Nova Scotia-based production company of director Seth Smith, producer Nancy Urich, and screenwriter Darcy Spidle. Cut/Off/Tail develops and produces scripted independent film content for multi-platform release. Working with various production, financing, sales, and distribution partners from across Canada and the United States, Cut/Off/Tail is committed to producing visually engaging and emotionally charged drama that connects with international audiences and demonstrates a unique East Coast perspective. Cut/Off/Tail is best known for Seth Smith’s award-winning indie it, LOWLIFE, which won the Audience Award at Atlantic Film Festival in 2012.Raven Banner holds Canadian distribution rights and is handling sales.Telefilm Canada participated in the funding of the film.last_img read more

TIFF volunteers get thanks perks and the odd celebrity kiss

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “Warren Beatty came up and kissed me on the cheek,” Hapak, now a retired LCBO communications manager, recalled. “It was so unexpected.”The peck, meant as a thank you for her help, is among the dozens of memories she has from her ongoing, 35-year reign as TIFF’s longest-serving volunteer. She’s trailed by Vera Pordage, a 20-year veteran of the festival’s volunteer program. Between the two women, they have held plenty of doors, seated a dizzying number of guests, scanned astronomical numbers of tickets and climbed an exhausting number of stairs at Scotiabank Theatre when escalators were down. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The night of Linda Hapak’s first celebrity smooch, the streets bordering the now-defunct University Theatre were buzzing with autograph seekers and paparazzi kept at bay by police.Actress Diane Keaton had flown in, The Godfather script doctor Robert Towne was on hand and Jack Nicholson was quietly plotting to heckle his fellow stars from the audience for comic effect that night — but all eyes were on Warren Beatty. The actor, still riding the wave of fame he’d found with Bonnie and Clyde, Heaven Can Wait and Reds, was being fêted in what would become the Toronto International Film Festival’s final tribute night spotlighting the accomplishments of a film star.Hapak had spent that September 1984 evening seating guests and working with sponsors but, as it wound to a close, she was in for a surprise.center_img Facebook Advertisement With 55 years of volunteering combined, Toronto International Film Festival volunteers Linda Hapak (left) and Vera Pordage (right) are said to be TIFF’s longest serving volunteers. (COLE BURSTON / FOR TORONTO STAR) Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_imgShakespeare on the Saskatchewan Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: This funding is being provided under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund ($1 million) and the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan ($677,023).Quotes“Our government has made arts and culture a priority, investing an additional $300 million over 10 years to build and improve cultural infrastructure across Canada. These investments create stronger communities by providing Canadians with quality, safe and accessible gathering places where they can come together in support of our artists, creators and performers.”—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism“The Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival is a perfect example of a community working to celebrate and showcase our Canadian artists. The redevelopment of the festival site will be a cultural and economic benefit to Saskatoon, to the talented members of its artistic community and to those who appreciate the value of the arts.”—The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources“Investing in cultural and recreational infrastructure helps build more dynamic and inclusive communities where Canadian families can grow and thrive. Our government is proud to be investing in infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan that are improving the lives of residents, promoting economic growth and strengthening the middle class.”—The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“Cultural and recreational infrastructure continues to be a priority for all Canadians. Today’s announcement is good news for Saskatoon and all of Saskatchewan, and I look forward to working together with our community partners as we continue to make significant investments in our province.”—The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament (Regina–Wascana)“Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has played a vital role in Saskatoon’s rich cultural tapestry for more than 30 years. Today’s announcement ensures the festival will continue to offer enthralling entertainment for many more years to come.”—The Honourable Gordon Wyant, Q.C., Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan and Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds“This project will reshape the future for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, but beyond that it will open up one of the most beautiful spaces to the entire community. It is so amazing to have the support of the Government of Canada in creating an accessible and amazing development plan.”—Vic Dubois, Board Chair, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, Inc.“We are beyond thrilled at this investment by the Government of Canada into this project. This is a pivotal funding announcement that will allow our organization to take a huge leap forward in our planning. We can’t thank the federal government enough for their support of this great community vision.”—Will Brooks, Artistic Producer, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Inc.Quick FactsThe mission of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Inc. is to showcase the skills and talents of Saskatchewanartists in a manner that is accessible to all, through mounting productions of plays by William Shakespeare and other related works.Since 1985, the organization has held an annual outdoor theatre festival in the heart of Saskatoon, on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund plays a key role in improving physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections and heritage displays.Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.Associated LinksShakespeare on the Saskatchewan FestivalInvesting in Canada Plan Project MapInvesting in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure PlanCanada Cultural Spaces Fund Twittercenter_img SASKATOON, Aug. 14, 2019 – The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced more than $1.6 million in funding to support redevelopment of the festival grounds of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Inc. will use the funding for construction of a new amphitheatre base for the stage, audience seating, and park-style pavilions for dressing rooms, box office and concessions. The organization will purchase a new tent structure to accommodate the larger amphitheatre, along with new energy-efficient lighting, sound equipment and riser decking for the stage.The planned redevelopment will enable Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan to extend its summer programming, providing more economic opportunities for the organization. The project will also improve working conditions for staff and performers, while enhancing access, on-site safety and overall audience experience. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Man who killed RCMP officer appeals life sentence

first_imgAPTN National NewIn the Northwest Territories, the man who was convicted of shooting and killing a police officer was in court today to appeal his life sentence.Emrah Bulatci was convicted of first degree murder in the 2007 fatal shooting of Const. Christopher Worden.Bulatci’s lawyer appealed the conviction Tuesday saying secretly recorded conversations that Bulacti had while in custody should not have been used as evidence during his trial.The court of appeal heard arguments from Bulatci’s lawyer and the Crown.The judges will be issuing a written decision the appeal at a later date.last_img read more

Chiefs to press Harper for meeting including premiers

first_img(Manitoba chiefs delegation heads into meeting with prime minister at his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill APTN/Photo)DEVELOPINGATPN National NewsOTTAWA–Chiefs with the delegation selected to meet with the prime minister Monday afternoon plan to ask Stephen Harper to agree to a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said the prime minister would be handed a letter from Manitoba chiefs urging him to agree to a meeting that would include premiers.“We’ve done up a letter to the prime minister respecting the need for the calling of a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues,” said Nepinak, who will be spokesperson for Manitoba chiefs at the meeting with Harper. “If we are going to stop the tragedies in our communities, we have to be aggressive, we have to be ambitious and that is why a first ministers meeting is the right approach.”Harper is expected to meet with a delegation of chiefs from each region in his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill. Three chiefs from each of the 10 regions are expected to attend. One chief from each region will be tasked as spokesperson and they will have 10 minutes to make their case before the prime minister.Harper’s Monday meeting with the chiefs will go a long way toward alleviating some of the disappointment and frustration expressed by many First Nations leaders when they were told the prime minister would only be present for part of Tuesday’s Crown-First Nations gathering.About 700 people are registered to attend Tuesday’s event, along with 400 chiefs.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said he will be looking for a commitment from the prime minister to a number of high-level first ministers conferences to finally hammer out a lasting peace with Canada.“We need a commitment from the prime minister that the government of Canada is willing to make a sincere, genuine commitment to rebuild the relationship with Aboriginal people in this country,” said Phillip, who is part of the B.C. delegation. “Many First Nations leaders are calling for a series of first minister conferences to hammer out a concrete agenda and to invest the necessary time and resources to bring a resolution to the many issues that at the moment are completely neglected.”Little Black Bear First Nation Chief Perry Bellegarde, who will be speaking for the Saskatchewan delegation, said he planned to wear a copy of the original treaty medallion around his neck when he sits down to with the prime minister.“If it were not for treaties, this country would not have been able to be developed and founded,” said Bellegarde. “We’re a nation within a nation. Nations make treaties, treaties do not make nations.”The limited room space for Tuesday’s meeting at Ottawa’s old city hall building on Sussex Dr., along with Harper’s plan to cut his time at the gathering short, had tainted the meeting in the eyes of some chiefs.When Harper announced the meeting in December, he said he was hoping it would be “historic.”Chiefs emerging from a closed meeting this morning said a lot of leaders are angered and disappointed about the shape the meeting is taking, with numbers changing as to how many can actually participate in the events Tuesday and who will get to go.There was talk among some chiefs of possibly walking out during Harper’s speech Tuesday and even some wondering whether they should disrupt the event to get the prime minister’s attention.“If the prime minister was really committed to having a changed relationship for the better, he would have found that his original thoughts of coming here to address the chiefs…would have solved a lot of these problems,” said Six Nations Chief Bill Montour. “When anger starts to permeate the room reason seems to go with it…If (the chiefs) just walk out, that is a pretty harsh statement and that is being considered.”Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo said there is a lot of suspicion about the true aim of the meeting and a lot of concern over that way things are unfolding seems to reveal the event is turning into a photo-op for the Conservatives.“I hope we can stay cohesive,” said Shannacappo. “I am hoping our leaders do gather and say, let’s disrupt this.”Ovide Mercredi, a former national chief of the AFN, said he is advising chiefs to take the high road, play it respectfully and wait to formulate a response after the meeting ends.“People are reserving judgment. It’s a wait and see attitude for most the people. There is an element that is negative about this meeting,” said Mercredi. “We let the Canadians know we expect great things from this government and if they don’t deliver, we are not the issue, they become the problem.”Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation, said First Nations leaders should be “forceful” about their position on the need to get many of their people out of dire property and to get the government to respect treaty and Aboriginal rights.“Our people have not forgotten who they are and they have not forgotten to stand up for their rights and the government is on notice,” said Mercredi. “The government has to deliver or they are looking at some reaction from our communities.”Robert Wavey, a community member from Fox Lake Cree Nation, said expectations are high at home for something substantive to come out of Tuesday’s meeting.“I think one of the other messages raised this morning is beware that people back home have huge expectations and if those expectations are not met, you don’t know what those people are going to do,” said Wavey. “The government wouldn’t want an Indian Spring.”last_img read more

First Nation men fight against the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

first_imgAPTN National NewsTensions ran high today in a Winnipeg court room where the chief and three councillors from Pinaymootang First Nation argued they should not have been kicked out of office by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs last summer.Bernard Valcourt ejected them from office for alleged vote buying.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot was there and we must warn you – this story has offensive language.last_img

Update Maranda Johnson has been found Dance group that raises awareness of

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsA dance group from British Columbia that travels around the world doing performances to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women is now looking for one of their own.Butterflies in Spirit is a Vancouver-based dance group that was started by MMIWG advocate Lorelei Williams in 2011.Today that issue is hitting close to home.They’re hitting streets looking for one of their own dancers.Maranda Johnson, 31, was reported missing Sept. 14.She was last seen at a bus stop by her friend Grace Lewis.“She had gotten off the bus stop right behind me and walked up the street that way,” Lewis said. “That’s the last time I had seen her and she had just gotten out of the hospital and she was going to get something to eat then head home.“But I haven’t seen or heard from her since.”(Lorelei Williams holding the poster for Maranda Johnson who is missing. Photo: Tina House/APTN)Johnson is a well known advocate for MMIWG also and is also the mother of a six year old boy.Valerie Davidson Oar is also in the group and is helping coordinate the search.“We’re really concerned about her she’s one of the butterflies and an amazing girl,” she said.A group of a about ten friends and strangers have joined together to hang posters to get the word out that she’s missing.Lorelei Williams she says it’s been an incredibly emotional rollercoaster for her.“It’s been hard its been really hard she’s like a sister to me,” said Williams.“I do this kind of work all the time but its not usually somebody close to me.”“We just want to let you know we love you. The butterflies are looking for you so many of us are looking for you right now we have been combing the streets and we miss you,” said Williams.If you have any information about Maranda Johnson you are asked to call your local read more