VICTORIA — An independent report released today suggests organized criminals are laundering money through British Columbia’s luxury car sector and some are even receiving tax rebates from the province for the transactions.The B.C. government commissioned former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German in September to identify potential links between criminal enterprises and real estate, horse racing and luxury vehicle industries.In addition to gathering accounts of luxury car sales of up to $240,000 paid for with bags of cash, German uncovered a “huge” and complicated luxury-vehicle export scheme involving hundreds of so-called “straw buyers” in the grey market.A straw buyer is described as someone who is hired to purchase a car in Canada that will almost immediately be exported and re-sold in China, where dealerships charge more due to the tax structure and soaring demand.The report says the purchasers pay provincial sales tax when they buy the car but apply for a refund when it’s exported and the practice has grown exponentially, costing the province almosts $85 million since 2013.Attorney General David Eby says he was shocked to hear about the refunds and the government is moving quickly to address the issue.The Ministry of the Attorney General says the source and destination of the tax refunds and any income tax reporting from these individuals or entities is unknown.The report found vulnerabilities in the horse racing sector because of a lack of reporting requirements but no excessive issues related to money laundering.German’s report is one of two commissioned by the province in September amid what the province said was “widespread concern about B.C.’s reputation as a haven for money laundering.”He was asked to look at the luxury car, horse racing and real estate sectors after he concluded a review last June on money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos.The second report by an expert panel on money laundering recommends rule changes that would close loopholes in the real estate market and increase transparency around who owns property in B.C.Eby says that report, along with German’s findings about the real estate sector, should be released in the coming days.The Canadian Press
Prosecutors are asking Ontario’s highest court to overturn the acquittal of a former violin teacher who measured his teenage students’ bare breasts while fitting them for shoulder rests.The Crown is appealing a ruling that found Claude Trachy not guilty on dozens of charges related to the sexual violation of more than 20 students in the 1970s and 80s, saying the trial judge made several errors.Trachy, 73, of Chatham, Ont., was acquitted last year after a judge found the now-retired music teacher did not act with a sexual purpose but rather because he believed it was necessary to properly equip the students.The appeal is set to be heard Tuesday and prosecutors are asking the court to convict Trachy on some of the charges or order a new trial on all of them.Court documents filed ahead of the hearing say the complainants, who are now adults, testified they were asked to remove their shirt and bra on the left side so that Trachy could measure them from collarbone to nipple.They testified he touched their breast during this process and often would then have them play with their left breast exposed. Four complainants also alleged he took a plastic mould of their left breast.Trachy told his trial he had the complainants undo their blouse on the left side so he could measure them from collarbone to nipple but maintained he derived no sexual gratification from it. He also denied cupping or rubbing any of the complainants’ breasts, as some of them alleged.In its appeal documents, the Crown notes that “no boys, notwithstanding their growth, size or shape, were touched in this fashion.” Neither was Trachy’s daughter, who also played violin, it says.It also says Trachy didn’t have a formula for how the measurement translated into shoulder rest adjustment and had no rationale for how often the girls needed to be assessed.The Crown alleges the trial judge oversimplified the allegations to focus exclusively on whether Trachy acted with a sexual purpose.Prosecutors say sexual intention is only a necessary element of some of the charges against Trachy, such as sexual interference, but does not need to be proven for others, such as sexual assault, which only requires that the touching be of a sexual nature.“In an expedient rush towards simplicity the trial judge lost the full scope of relevance of the complainants’ evidence,” they allege in the documents.“The failure of the trial judge to assess the relevance of the evidence by assessing what the complainants actually said that they had suffered from and without reference to the specific elements of the various offences charged combined to form an erroneous central core which permeated the balance of the trial.”They argue the trial judge also failed to properly consider the evidence of an expert witness, who testified there was no justification for touching the students’ breasts as part of a fitting, nor was it a known or documented practice.The Crown further alleges the judge did not consider comments Trachy made to police in which he suggested he had stopped measuring in that way after a previous arrest and conviction in the 1990s related to the sexual violation of two sisters.Defence lawyers, meanwhile, argue the appeal has no legal basis and the Crown is simply seeking a “do-over” of the trial.“Though framed in terms of legal error, the Crown’s appeal amounts to a thinly disguised claim of ‘unreasonable acquittal,’ a ground of appeal that does not exist in Canadian law,” they say in written submissions.“Focusing primarily on the respondent’s purpose for the touching was in no way improper because, in these circumstances, this was going to be the crucial issue determining proof of guilt,” they say.Trachy testified that at the time, he didn’t think that his methods could make students uncomfortable, and his acknowledgment that he later dropped the practice “was not an admission of having committed sexual misconduct,” the defence says.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Department of National Defence says Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is retiring from the Canadian Forces.The former second-in-command of the Canadian military had been charged with breach of trust in connection with a leak of information to a navy shipbuilding contractor, but the charges were dropped earlier this year.He had said he wanted to return to duty, a plan that was welcomed by defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance, but a statement released Wednesday says Norman has chosen to retire instead.More ComingThe Canadian Press
A Colombian national accused of managing an international fentanyl trafficking operation from a prison cell in Quebec pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a U.S. courtroom on Friday.Daniel Vivas Ceron, 38, entered the plea in North Dakota, the state that formed the epicentre of a sweeping international probe following the overdose death of an 18-year-old man.Ceron pleaded guilty to three charges, including conspiracy to import controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. He faces life in prison for his crimes, which U.S. law enforcement authorities also said directly caused fatal overdoses in North Carolina, New Jersey and Oregon.“From a Canadian jail cell, Daniel Vivas Ceron directed a deadly drug ring that fuelled the opioid epidemic and took the lives of four Americans,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said in a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. “Today’s guilty plea brings some measure of justice for the victims and families that fell prey to Vivas Ceron’s dangerous organization and its tragic track record of spreading addiction and abuse.”The statement, which outlined details from Friday’s court proceedings, said Vivas Ceron admitted to being the ringleader of an operation that saw drugs distributed in Canada and the United States.He told court that Chinese sources shipped hundreds of kilograms of drugs to Canada and the U.S. between 2013 and 2017, the statement said, adding he and other associates would then distribute them to customers.The statement said Vivas Ceron relied on aliases, encrypted online accounts and a variety of email addresses to conduct his transactions, at least some of which were orchestrated from the medium-security Drummond Institution in Drummondville, Que.Vivas Ceron was arrested in July 2015, the Justice Department statement said, noting he was extradicted to Panama and then the United States.In addition to the four fatal overdoses authorities attribute to Vivas Ceron’s operation, they say drugs sold by the trafficking ring also contributed to 11 instances in which someone suffered serious harm but did not die.More than 30 people, including five Canadians and five Chinese nationals, are accused in the case of dealing large amounts of the powerful opioid in the U.S. and Canada.The investigation dubbed “Project Denial” began in January 2015 when 18-year-old Bailey Henke was found dead inside a Grand Forks, N.D., apartment building.Authorities have said Henke overdosed on fentanyl supplied by Brandon Hubbard, a Portland, Ore., man who obtained his drugs from Vivas Ceron. Hubbard was sentenced to life in prison.The case drew the attention of former U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions, who came to North Dakota in April to discuss the investigation after charges were laid against a prominent participant from China.The Department of Justice named the RCMP as one of the international law enforcement partners in the investigation. The force did not immediately respond to request for comment on the case as a whole or Vivas Ceron’s plea.— with files from The Associated PressMichelle McQuigge , The Canadian Press
GATINEAU, Que. — Quebec’s environment minister said Thursday his department had identified two companies responsible for the large number of dead fish that have been washing up in the Lievre and Outaouais rivers in western Quebec in recent weeks.Benoit Charette said he issued a notice to Energie de la Lievre and Services Energie Brookfield in connection with the incidents.He said in a statement the fish died as a result of dissolved gas supersaturation stemming from activities at the Masson hydro plant.The Environment Department said a supersaturation occurs when the amount of dissolved gases in water is higher than normal, which can harm aquatic life.Charette said the companies have been ordered to change their procedures at the plant to minimize supersaturation. They’ve also been told to inform the Environment Department if supersaturation levels surpass a specific threshold.He is also requiring them to hire a recognized expert to study the issue and make recommendations to the government on what new rules and limits should be put in place.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Canada’s busiest airport will soon be using artificial intelligence-powered technology to detect weapons.The operator of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport says it has agreed to test the new system developed at an Ivy League American university and marketed by a B.C. company.Vancouver-based Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. says the technology, known as Hexwave, can detect both metallic and non-metallic weapons ranging from guns and knives to explosives.It operates by capturing radar images, then using artificial intelligence to analyze those images for signs of a weapon concealed in bags or under clothing.Liberty says the technology is not able to recognize facial features and therefore does not pose a privacy risk, a position experts in the field view with some skepticism.The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson, says it will start deploying the technology in the spring of 2020 in a bid to boost security.“They were trying something that could give us a more definitive look at weapons and plastic explosives that may be coming into airports,” Dwayne MacIntosh, director of corporate safety and security for the authority, said in a telephone interview. “When I saw this opportunity, I felt that we had to be part of it.”MacIntosh said exact plans for the pilot project are still underway, but said Hexwave units will be deployed just outside airport terminals in order to pick up on potential threats before they get inside.One of the system’s benefits, he said, is that it can be integrated with other airport security features and trigger responses based on what it picks up. Detection of certain weapons, for instance, could automatically trigger doors to lock or sound specific alarms.The Hexwave technology traces its origins back to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where the antenna array and transceiver were developed.Liberty devised its weapons-detection product after acquiring the licensing rights from MIT, according to CEO Bill Riker.The system is still being evaluated in the company’s lab, but the next phase of testing will take place in public settings beginning next spring. Pearson airport is not the only location — the Metro Toronto Convention Centre has also signed on as a test site.Riker said Hexwave works by capturing a 3D radar image that is then subjected to scrutiny from a program that has been trained to recognize a wide variety of weapons.Riker said Hexwave does not feature cameras and does not have the capacity to capture images of people’s faces.“Radar … essentially is emitting this form of energy, it’s reflecting off a person and it’s identifying any items on a person’s body that don’t belong on a body,” he said.Hexwave is designed for use in crowded environments, Riker said, noting the process of capturing and analyzing a radar image takes less than a quarter of a second.Riker touted the system’s ability to detect both metallic and non-metallic components as one of it’s greatest advantages, noting items such as ceramic knives and plastic explosives have historically posed more of a challenge for security screeners.MacIntosh agreed, noting the technology will also provide airport staff with a higher level of detail about potential threats.He said privacy was a key issue when discussing whether or not to proceed with the project, adding he’s satisfied that Hexwave is not intrusive and poses no real privacy risks.Those with expertise in the field take a more cautious view.Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian said that while Hexwave stands to serves a valuable purpose and the company’s descriptions of the system are encouraging, she would want to see the technology subjected to an independent privacy audit to ensure that the radar lacks the capacity to capture or store identifying information.Cynthia Khoo, a research fellow at the Citizen Lab and a lawyer specializing in technology and human rights, said concerns always arise when private enterprise gets involved in security of public spaces.She noted that the use of proprietary technology generally results in less transparency around the process. Private companies and public agencies are also held to different privacy standards, she added.Still more worrisome, she said, is the potential negative impact of allowing another surveillance tool into society.“Research has shown that when people believe or know they are being surveilled, whether they are or not, that alone can have a chilling effect on, for example, the ability to exercise their right to freedom of expression, and result in self-censorship or lesser participation in public life and political issues,” she said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019. Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
Actor/Producer Frankie Cassavetes sponsored the first reading of Science Fiction environmental screenplay “Pollen and the Ring of Harmony” during the weekend.The invitation-only event was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey on Saturday, January 11. Actor Ray Liotta read the part of Reb and his daughter, Karsen, read the part of Chloe.The screenplay is about an alien named Pollen who is a protector of nature. Pollen travels the universe protecting nature when there is an imbalance. This imbalance has brought him to Earth. Accompanying Pollen is a mysterious living ring with unimaginable powers akin to God-like, which allows Pollen to serve as a noble “green” messiah.Mr. Cassavetes describes the screenplay as groundbreaking, saying, “It will change the world by showing us that violence is not the answer to life. It’s the first screenplay that will open eyes to the terrible destruction we are doing to our planet. I want people to ‘HEAR’ just how good this screenplay is! Movies have the power to change people’s minds, and Pollen and the Ring of Harmony will by far do the most good yet.”Based on Francis T. Perry Williams’ novel, the film will raise awareness of environmental issues through use of special effects, not violence or the use of weapons.Mr. Cassavetes is currently interviewing directors. For more information, he can be contacted at (310) 497-7593.Read more news from Francis T. Perry Williams here.Source:PR Newswire
Internationally acclaimed supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen has customized a single edition Shamballa Jewels bracelet for an auction benefiting Operation Smile.Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for over 200,000 children around the globe, allowing them healthy lives, and helping them smile.Helena Christensen said, “Supporting any organization that changes a child’s life for the better is in my opinion worth anyone’s commitment, effort and time. I think it’s important for companies to set an example and raise awareness about any cause, let alone one that focuses on children’s happiness, literally. There is nothing more beautiful than a child smiling.”The bracelet was exhibited and introduced for auction at the Vs. Magazine “Better” exhibition, a collaboration with auctioneers Gavel & Grand, on March 11th, 2014 at Dillon Gallery, New York City. Selected artworks from the magazine’s current issue – for which Helena Christensen is the guest editor – are also going under the hammer as part of the “Better” auction, benefiting Christy Turlington Burns’s Every Mother Counts, Chernobyl Children International and David Lynch Foundation.The Auction started March 11, 2014, and ends March 21st, 2014, with bids starting at $12,000Shamballa Jewels Bracelet customized by Helena Christensen.Christensen’s bracelet features Shamballa Jewels signature pavé of pink sapphires in the center, grey moonstones, blue sapphires, brown diamonds and Star of Shamballa beads in 18K rose gold. The bracelet has been set and braided by hand in Copenhagen, Denmark.“At Shamballa Jewels we make spiritually inspired fine jewelry with the aim to encourage people to find their inner Shamballa- a mythical kingdom of peaceful and compassionate people. We believe that all humans emanate heat and light, and we can shine just like the stars in the universe. We believe that a beautiful thought or vision creates a genuine smile that shines like a star, which is why we support Operation Smile. Helena Christensen has a history of amazing philanthropic work, and we are honored that she accepted our request to customize the bracelet, ” said Mads Kornerup, Creative Director of Shamballa Jewels.
Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs, will honor its partners in the fight against hunger — Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Sandra Lee-Simply Living Publishing — at the 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America, on Wednesday, April 21st, at Cipriani Wall Street.Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, long-time Food Bank supporters and the 2013 Can Do Award honorees, serve as this year’s Honorary Chairs.Nashville’s Grammy Award-winning country music group, Little Big Town will be the special musical guest, bringing some of their biggest hits to the Can Do Awards. More than 600 guests are expected to fill the room in support of Food Bank For New York City’s fight against hunger. The evening unites an extraordinary array of people including musicians, artists, actors, culinary greats and other caring New Yorkers in the fight to end hunger in New York City.“Tonight’s gala celebrates our city’s diversity and honors the dedication and perseverance of each of you in the fight against hunger, wherever you find it in our little big town,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “It is your support that allows us to connect people with solutions. I applaud our honorees for their courage, their commitment, and for providing a voice for many who go unheard. When others say I can’t, you always respond, I “Can Do.” Food Bank For New York City is very grateful for your service.”Can Do Honorees Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush are being honored for their commitment to giving a voice to the millions who struggle to afford food, and for shining a light on the inequalities that exist in our society, thus inspiring many to action. Together, they have been a leading force for change and true advocates for those struggling to put food on the table every day.Can Do Honoree Stavros Niarchos Foundation has supported Food Bank For New York City’s hunger-relief efforts since 2009. In 2011, The Foundation made a transformational gift to help create a technology solution that enables Food Bank to connect New Yorkers in need with emergency food and other services. The initiative tracks New Yorkers accessing food and other services through Food Bank’s network of 1,000 community partners. The project will play a key role as part of Food Bank’s strategic vision to create networks of organizations connecting clients with food and other benefits in an effort to reduce and eliminate the “meal gap” (the city’s official measure of food insecurity).This year’s Corporate Can Do Honoree is Sandra Lee-Simple Living Publishing, who has made ending hunger a cause she is deeply committed to, having known first-hand what it is like to live with the worry of not knowing where a next meal was coming from. Sandra has partnered with Food Bank on many campaigns over the years, including helping raise critical support for Food Bank’s Sandy Relief efforts. In 2013, she hosted the World’s Largest Bake Sale, which raised more than $50,000 for Food Bank’s vital programs.The Can Do Awards Presenting Sponsor is Bank of America. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and both a live auction hosted by Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House, and an exciting silent auction.The Can Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank programs and services, including one in five children. New York’s most vulnerable families have lost more than 134 million meals as a result of the November 2013 cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. Can Do celebrates what each of us ‘can do’ to help fight hunger in New York City. Since its inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than 12 million dollars, helping to provide 60 million meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank For New York City helps provide five meals.Tables/Tickets can be purchased by calling the Can Do Awards Benefit Office at 212-867-1777, by emailing email@example.com/ or click here.
British actor Daniel Craig, who has supported United Nations mine action work over the last two years, has filmed a video message for the 10 year anniversary of the observance of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.Video: Daniel Craig Message for Mine Action DayTo find out more about the United Nations Mine Action, click here.
July 25 marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the National Literacy Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.President George H.W. Bush signs the National Literacy Act into lawCredit/Copyright: George Bush Presidential Library and MuseumThis landmark act was inspired in large part by Barbara Bush’s passion for literacy. Since its passage in 1991, millions of adults have had a second chance to earn their high school diplomas, and tens of millions more have learned to read, write and speak English.As this milestone anniversary approaches, President and Mrs. Bush were asked to reflect on the passage of the National Literacy Act and its impact:“Signing the National Literacy Act at once culminated the efforts of so many advocates from across the country, while also opening a new and more hopeful chapter for millions of Americans of all ages,” said President Bush. “I could not be prouder of Barbara for the 35 years she has spent working on this fundamentally important issue, and helping lead the charge for action and results. I am biased, of course, but I truly believe her passion, vision and dedication have helped change millions of lives for the better over these last 25 years.”“The National Literacy Act put into policy my belief that education is a civil right, no matter one’s age,” said Mrs. Bush. “The needs of adult learners are so often overlooked, yet adult education initiatives have enormous potential to improve the social and economic well-being of families, communities and our nation as a whole. What was true 25 years ago is still true today: everyone deserves a chance to obtain the education they need to provide for their families, set the next generation on a path to success and achieve their dreams.”In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has curated a literacy resource center—available at www.barbarabush.org — with media assets regarding the National Literacy Act: • Photo: Signing of the National Literacy Act, 1991 • Video: Sen. Lamar Alexander’s reflections on the National Literacy Act • Webpage: Sen. Lamar Alexander’s remarks from the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Conversation on the Future of Adult Literacy as entered into the Congressional Record • Video: National Celebration of Reading at the Library of CongressThe Foundation began celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Literacy Act earlier this summer, with two events held in Washington, D.C. A day-long symposium gathered select technology leaders, entrepreneurs and policy experts from across the country to discuss visionary, bold and transformational ideas to address America’s adult literacy issues for the next 25 years. Senator Lamar Alexander, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education during the passage and implementation of the National Literacy Act in 1991, joined the group to speak about the successes of the law, which include initiation of national workforce demonstration projects, creation of “indicators” of program quality and establishment of literacy programs for incarcerated individuals.The following evening, the Foundation hosted the inaugural National Celebration of Reading at the Library of Congress. Members of the Bush family and guests enjoyed readings by former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, David Baldacci, A.J. Jacobs and Jon Meacham. By hosting these events in Washington, D.C., the Foundation sought both to celebrate achievements in literacy, and to stimulate a broader national dialogue about solutions to the serious challenge of low literacy.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with paralysis, has created four new videos that feature informative information on different aspects of health and real-life situations while living with paralysis.The videos can be found on the Foundation’s YouTube channel, which also features personal stories, wheelchair reviews, new technology available, and many more.The newest videos include: Bowel Maintenance: A significant part of living a healthy life after paralysis is having a proper bowel management program, which reduces the risk of incontinence, constipation and other GI problems. It is important to start a bowel management program immediately after being injured. This video will show you what steps to take to establish a routine and equipment to use for a healthier, more independent lifestyle. Emergency Preparedness: Disaster could strike at any time without warning. In order to get through it efficiently, you need to have a plan. An escape plan should include exits to your house, supplies to survive if trapped inside or on the road, clear communication with caregiver and response teams of your needs, and knowledge of the shelters you could take refuge in. Learn about what supplies you would want to have at the ready, and what to keep in a packed bag. Bladder Management: Catheter care is an important part of living a healthy life. There are three main types of catheterization: Intermittent, Indwelling, and the Condom option for men. Watch the video to learn how these types of catheters work and how to prevent UTIs and other health issues. Autonomic Dysreflexia: Caused by a harmful stimulus below the point of injury, Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) is a hyperactive reflex. Symptoms include but are not limited to muscle spasticity, bowel impaction, blood pressure spike, stuffy nose and/or having a flushed face. These symptoms can arise quick and are important to watch for. This video points out potential causes and prevention of AD.
Advertisement Social Media links MONTRÉAL – After 40 years in radio, including more than 20 years at CJAD 800, Tommy Schnurmacher is calling it a career.Schnurmacher announced today that he will host the last edition of TOMMY SCHNURMACHER’S GANG OF FOUR (Monday to Friday 12-1PM) on December 13th, 2017. His career highlights include covering John and Yoko’s world famous “bed-in”, winning a Gold Ribbon Award from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and interviewing politicians and celebrities including: Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, Clint Eastwood and Ariana Huffington.Schnurmacher told listeners he will travel more and finish a novel, although he promises to continue to share the opinions that have earned him popularity and created debate: “I may be saying goodbye to daily radio deadlines but I have a sneaking suspicion that I will not be able to keep myself from holding court from time to time whether that’s on-air, off-air or on Twitter”. CJAD 800 Program Director Chris Bury called Schnurmacher unique and irreplaceable. “Tommy is incredibly talented”, said Bury. “I haven’t seen his particular mix of wit and humor in anyone else. Not only will we miss hearing him on the radio, we will also miss having him around the office.”CJAD 800 will mark Schnurmacher’s departure with a special broadcast on December 13th. Listeners will have a chance to win tickets to attend the event on THE ANDREW CARTER MORNING SHOW, THE AARON RAND SHOW and on TOMMY SCHNURMACHER’S GANG OF FOUR.As of December 14th, CJAD 800’s midday lineup will include THE NATASHA HALL SHOW (12-2PM) and THE EVAN SOLOMON SHOW (2-4PM). Login/Register With: CJAD 800 on Facebook CJAD 800 on TwitterAbout Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook
Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Earlier, Lady Gaga was among the stars sporting a white rose on the Grammy Awards red carpet to support the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.Sam Smith, Lisa Loeb, Sting and host James Corden were also spotted wearing the flower to show support for the fight against sexual misconduct. Advertisement Canadian Alessia Cara won the coveted Grammy award for best new artist Sunday in a category of strong contenders that included Khalid and SZA.In her acceptance speech, the Brampton, Ont.-born singer encouraged people to “support real music and real artists.”“Everyone deserves the same shot,” she said on stage. “And that goes for everyone — not just those in the industry.” Alessia Cara, from Brampton, Ont., accepts the Grammy for best new artist onstage Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook Seven movies have two votes apiece: American Dharma; ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch; Destroyer; Giant Little Ones; Her Smell; High Life and Widows.Another 38 films each have a single vote: ANIARA; Beautiful Boy; Birds of Passage; Burning; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Carmine Street Guitars; Diamantino; Donnybrook; An Elephant Sitting Still; The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia; Fahrenheit 11/9; First Man; The Front Runner; Green Book; Halloween; Hotel Mumbai; L. COHEN; The Land of Steady Habits; Mademoiselle de Joncquières; Maiden;Men in the Well; Mid90s; Mouthpiece; Non-Fiction; Reason; ROMA; Rojo; Screwball; Sharkwater Extinction; Shoplifters; The Sisters Brothers; A Star is Born; Too Late to Die Young; Transit; The Truth About Killer Robots; Vita & Virginia; What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? and White Boy Rick. In Fabric tops Peter Howell’s annual pre-TIFF “Chasing the Buzz” poll of anticipated films at the fest. (COURTESY TIFF) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The buzz is back. Can you hear it?Every year before the Toronto International Film Festival, the Toronto Star conducts an informal poll of savvy movie critics, programmers, bloggers and buffs for a feature we call “Chasing the Buzz.” This year, the 18th edition of the poll, we asked our panelists to give us a “wild card” pick in addition to their main rave.Each of our 30 panelists was asked to explain their top movie choice for TIFF 2018, but then to just shout out a second title of interest, with no explanations given. That combo produced a clear leader in Peter Strickland’s In Fabric, a ghost story about a cursed scarlet dress and the lives it corrupts, from the master of mind screws behind The Duke of Burgundy and Berberian Sound Studio. Starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires and Gwendoline Christie, it produced the most buzz with a total of five votes. This is the first time a film from TIFF’s Midnight Madness program of late-night excitement has topped our poll.The runner-up, with three votes: If Beale Street Could Talk, by Barry Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight. He adapts James Baldwin’s acclaimed 1974 novel, set in Harlem and starring KiKi Layne and Stephan James, about a young expectant couple in jeopardy.
APTN National NewsA community in northern Manitoba is trying to get some answers about what happened to one of its members more than three years ago.Craig McDougall, 26, was shot by Winnipeg police in August 2008.By law, an inquest has to take place.But that’s only after police hand over the investigation.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson found out, no one seems to know where that investigation stands.
APTN National NewsA new report shows the number of children living in poverty in First Nations is on the rise.The information comes from a report from the First Nations Information Governance Centre.It surveyed thousands of people living in communities across the country.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has the results.
APTN National NewsA Yukon petition many months in the making was delivered to the Yukon legislature Tuesday.For two years, a group of Yukoners have been collecting signatures opposing fracking.APTN’s Shirley McLean explains the petition is one of the largest in Yukon history.
APTN National NewsA First Nations family in a small Northern Saskatchewan community is unhappy with the treatment they’ve received from police after their daughter was found dead in an RCMP jail cell.The family is desperately trying to find out what happened to Adelle Morin, 39, that night of Oct. 6.Morin was arrested for public intoxication and causing a disturbance around 4 p.m. that day.By 8 p.m. she was dead.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf visited the family in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan.
Kathleen Martens APTN News Speaking from her hospital bed, MMIWG families’ advocate Delilah Saunders said Tuesday she is recovering from acute liver failure and called for a review of provincial policies around who gets a liver.“It’s something that needs to be revised and looked at.”The 26-year-old thanked her family and strangers for offering to give her parts of their healthy organs.“I didn’t plan on becoming an advocate for this sort of cause,” Saunders told reporters gathered in her Toronto hospital room. “But the more I’ve been learning about it…seeing how many families have reached out and expressed that they have had to just accept the policy despite many other factors.Saunders was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition last week.An emergency her family said was caused by a combination of using acetaminophen to deal with wisdom tooth pain and drinking alcohol.Consuming alcohol within six months of needing a new liver eliminated her from a possible transplant under protocols of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, which regulates organ donation in Ontario.It is a policy Saunders friends and family quickly labelled discriminatory and tried to change via public pressure that included vigils in different cities, an online petition and posts on social media.“Delilah is really recovering and it looks good but she’s not out of the woods yet,” said her friend and fellow Labrador Inuk Ossie Michelin, a former APTN News reporter.“We can’t be sure until she’s done with all the specialists.”Saunders confirmed she “was unconscious for a while” but now has trouble sleeping.She looked tired as she faced the cameras, but her trademark confidence as a human rights crusader was evident as she called for reforms to the transplant rules.“Registering as a donor and also revising these outdated, antiquated policies and procedures that section off a large population…,” she said, as her younger brother and lawyer looked on…“I think that these situations should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.”Saunders rose to prominence when her older sister Loretta Saunders was murdered in Halifax in 2014.Delilah handled media, police and court issues, and cracked only when the killers were sentenced, screaming at them in front of the judge.She said she was sober but turned to alcohol after reliving that experience while testifying at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) last month.That wiped out her chance for a new liver – a health crisis she says many families have suffered and lost.“The nurses and the doctors they have their hands tied,” she said. “My cousin brought up that in Europe, you are automatically considered a donor unless you opt out.”Delilah doesn’t know when she will be released from hospital but said she considers herself fortunate and hopes her experience will get more people considering organ donation.“Because that demand is so high and because people aren’t registering as donors it’s making a more difficult situation even more impossible,” she said.“The outpouring of support has been beautiful and really, really encouraging” but she feels “for the families who have lost loved ones due to these policies, due to small technicalities, and things that could have saved so many lives.”An email seeking comment from Trillium wasn’t immediately returned.