Lack of recorders prevent definitive answers in crash that killed former premier

first_imgCALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board expressed frustration Thursday that without flight recorders it was unable to pinpoint a definitive cause for the plane crash that killed former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and three others.The Cessna Citation jet went down shortly after its 9:30 p.m. takeoff from Kelowna, B.C., on its way to the Springbank airport west of Calgary in October 2016. After reaching a peak altitude of 2,620 metres above sea level, the aircraft took a steep descending turn to the right, consistent with a spiral dive.The board said the most plausible scenario was that pilot Jim Kruk had his hands full flying the aircraft alone and became spatially disoriented.Kruk, a retired RCMP officer, optometrist Ken Gellatly, the father-in-law of one of Prentice’s three daughters, and Calgary businessman Sheldon Reid all died with Prentice.The investigation determined that Kruk did not have enough recent experience flying in the dark to meet Transport Canada requirements for carrying passengers at night. He was supposed to have done five takeoffs and landings in the previous six months, but had only completed two.Senior investigator Beverley Harvey said there’s a greater risk of pilots becoming disoriented when they don’t have enough proficiency flying at night. They may react based on strong but erroneous physical sensations — like the feeling of tumbling backward — and doubt correct information provided by their instrumentation.Investigators ruled out medical and environmental issues. Both engines were producing substantial power and no parts fell off during flight. The wreckage was too badly damaged to say for sure if there was a mechanical or electrical problem.“It’s extremely frustrating when at the end of 18 months, we’ve come up with a likely scenario of spatial disorientation, but it is just that — a likely scenario,” said Harvey.The absence of a cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder meant the TSB had no detailed sequence of what went on.“All we have is a hypothesis — a scenario that doesn’t have enough facts to be definitive,” said TSB chair Kathy Fox.“And that simply isn’t good enough, which is why today we are recommending that Transport Canada require the mandatory installation of lightweight flight recording systems by commercial operators and private business operators not currently required to carry them.”The board has recommended recorders on small planes as far back as 1991.It also raised concern over how Transport Canada oversees private business jets. There was no record of the operator of the jet involved in the fatal Kelowna crash, Norjet Inc., ever having been inspected by Transport Canada.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said departmental officials are reviewing the report and will provide a formal response within 90 days.Prentice was Alberta’s premier from October 2014 until his election loss the following spring when the Progressive Conservatives were kicked out by the NDP after more than 40 years in power. He had previously been a Conservative federal cabinet minister.His family issued a statement thanking the board for its work.“While this report cannot restore what has been lost, it is our hope the learnings from this tragic event can be used to prevent similar accidents in the future,” it said.“We are proud of Jim’s contributions to Alberta, to Canada and to public service, but he was first and foremost a loving husband, father, grandfather and sibling. We will always miss him.”last_img read more

Stray disabled kitten uses Lego wheelchair to scoot around with littermates

first_imgSUSSEX, N.B. – A stray kitten that was found in a New Brunswick barn with two broken legs is being given a second chance, thanks to a lot of care — and a Lego wheelchair.Champ was rescued by Cat Rescue Maritimes after being discovered in the barn in Sussex just over a week ago.“(Champ) does have hind legs, but they are kind of twisted around and they are not usable. But other than that, he seemed to be in good health,” said veterinarian Dr. Stephen Justason.Terry Peck of Cat Rescue Maritimes’ Sussex chapter told Global News she was sure the disabled kitten would have to be euthanized, but said they were unable to part ways after he started wagging his tail and she fell for him.“He can wag his tail, he can use the washroom and we just fell in love with him and had to give him a chance,” said Peck.Champ’s foster family decided to build him a little wheelchair out of Lego plastic blocks, Peck said.The gizmo has allowed Champ to get around with his littermates, using a red sock cut into a tiny sweater to prevent the harness from chafing his body.“They just fell in love with him and accept him just the way he is,” said Peck. “Humans could learn a lot from animals.”But he is outgrowing the Lego wheelchair, so the group is raising money to buy an adjustable one that will grow with him.Justason said there’s also the potential for Champ to develop additional health problems down the road, such as kidney problems and digestive issues. But Peck says his foster family is more than ready to look after any health concerns that pop up.(Global News)last_img read more

Alberta school bus driver charged with drunk driving after bus hits tree

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A school bus driver is facing drunk driving charges after a bus hit a tree in Red Deer, Alta.RCMP say it happened Monday afternoon in the Vanier Woods neighbourhood.A witness told police the bus collided with a tree and a sign, then continued driving through the neighbourhood for short distance before stopping.EMS assessed the driver and the children and said there were no injuries.Children between the ages of five and 12 were on the bus.Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, who is 42 and from Red Deer, is to appear in court on July 12 on several charges, including impaired driving and dangerous driving.last_img

At least two Quebecers attended white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

first_imgAt least two Quebec men have been identified after they travelled south to participate in a white supremacist rally last week in Charlottesville, Va.One of them took to Facebook to express his anger after an anti-fascist group posted a screen capture from the event that showed his face and that of four other men.“These people are idiots who drive forward the globalist media narrative to silence anyone who is right of centre,” Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald wrote on his Facebook page.A spokesman for right-wing group La Meute said Beauvais-MacDonald’s membership was suspended pending an investigation into the rally attendance.Related stories:Ex neo-Nazi urges parents to talk to kids about their take on CharlottesvilleWhite nationalist group not welcome on campus: University of TorontoAndrew Scheer’s free speech pledge wouldn’t apply in Toronto case: spokesmanDefiant Trump renews criticism of ‘both sides’ in Virginia violenceLa Meute “formally dissociates itself from white supremacist groups, racist groups and violent groups of all political orientations,” Sylvain Brouillette told The Canadian Press in an email.A second Quebec man, whose photo was also published on social media, said he travelled to Virginia partly for his own amusement.“I did it mostly ‘For the lulz,’ meaning I expected to be entertained and it was indeed the case,” Vincent Belanger-Mercure told The Canadian Press in a Facebook message.Belanger-Mercure said while he isn’t a white supremacist, “I’m not ashamed of being white either,” and added that attempts to make all cultures uniform “make the beauty of the world disappear.”The photos of the men were pulled from a report on the Charlottesville event made by Vice with the collaboration of HBO.Vice News Canada reporter Rachel Browne spoke to us about the Canadian connections to the white supremacists, and the repercussions that followed them home. Watch the video below or click here. The administrator of the anti-Pegida Quebec Facebook page republished screen grabs from the report and encouraged the public to identify the men.The “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia resulted in violent clashes between white supremacist groups, including neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan (KKK), and the other camp, which was made up of activists opposed to the policies of the self-described “alt-right.”One woman was killed and several people were injured after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people.The suspected driver, James Alex Fields, is facing several charges, including one of second-degree murder.The event has prompted provincial and federal politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to speak out against racism and hate.In Quebec, International Relations Minister Christine St-Pierre has warned that the province’s international reputation could take a hit due to the increased visibility of homegrown far-right groups.These include La Meute, which is planning a demonstration in Quebec City on Sunday.last_img read more

Conservatives say time for embattled finance minister to resign

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling for embattled Finance Minister Bill Morneau to resign.Scheer says after weeks of mounting controversy, Morneau needs to step aside; and if he won’t, the prime minister should fire him.Scheer’s call for Morneau’s departure is the latest escalation of a political controversy for the finance minister that dates back to the summer when he proposed changes to the tax code.After that, Morneau was attacked for not fully disclosing his personal financial arrangements, and then came conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reforms.This week, the Tories are raising questions about the sale of shares in Morneau’s family company ahead of a tax change announcement in 2015.On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Morneau had his full confidence.last_img read more

Employees purchase a local Saskatchewan paper to keep it from closing

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A group of employees at a Saskatchewan daily newspaper has reached a deal to purchase the outlet and run it as an independent publication, just over a week after a sister daily in the province closed.Star News Publishing says it has sold the Prince Albert Daily Herald to a group of employees led by publisher Donna Pfeil.“It’s an employee buyout. We’re all invested in keeping the paper going. We all love our jobs and are really passionate about them,” Pfeil said in an interview on Saturday.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Star News says the transaction will close “in the very near term.”Star News Publishing President Roger Holmes said that the sale is good for both the city of Prince Albert and the media industry.Employees say they’re pleased to return the paper to its roots as an independent, locally owned and operated news outlet.“We know there’s a lot of work in front of us. We think we can pull it off though,” said Peter Lozinski, the paper’s managing editor.Earlier this month, the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, which was also owned by Star News Publishing, ceased operations after being in business since the 1800s.Holmes said at the time that the paper couldn’t withstand all the challenges facing small-town newspapers, including declining readership and increased costs.Star acquired both the Moose Jaw and Prince Albert papers from Montreal-based Transcontinental in 2016 as part of a deal that included close to a dozen other papers, commercial printing equipment and a book business.Pfeil said the end of the Moose Jaw paper was a sad and difficult day for staff in Prince Albert, but it prompted them to seek a solution for their own paper.“It just didn’t seem right,” said Pfeil. “We didn’t want to see that happening in (Prince Albert) because it’s a community-oriented city and it needs its paper.”Rumours swirled in Prince Albert for weeks that their paper would suffer the same fate as Moose Jaw’s. On Nov. 29, the paper posted a notice on its website that the rumours were false.The Prince Albert Daily Herald has been publishing since 1894. There are now ten people who work in the paper’s office.Stories posted to its website in the past week range from the city council agreeing to cover $350,000 in cost overruns on infrastructure projects to the local council of women president discussing the anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique killings in Montreal in 1989.Pfeil, who entered the business as a youngster delivering the Prince Albert Daily Herald, said everyone who works there is committed to keeping the paper going. She said the plan is to continue printing the paper as a daily.“If we’re not scared and terrified going into it, there’s something wrong. There’s no overconfidence, that’s for sure, but we know we can do it,” Pheil said.“We’re excited because we get to say where this paper’s going and be there for the community and be a part of it.”last_img read more

Bernier to postpone indefinitely publication of book critical of Tory leader

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative MP Maxime Bernier announced Wednesday he has indefinitely postponed the publication of his new book in which he criticizes party leader Andrew Scheer.“After consideration, for the sake of maintaining harmony within our party, I have decided to postpone its publication indefinitely,” Bernier wrote on Twitter.The book contained a chapter in which Bernier says he lost the Tory leadership race last year because his rival, Scheer, recruited “fake Conservatives” to cast votes for him.The “fake” Conservatives Bernier referred to included farmers in Quebec who were upset with his policy to end Canada’s supply management system, which protects the domestic dairy, egg and poultry industries from foreign competition.Several Tory MPs told reporters they were happy Bernier decided to stay in the good graces of the party and not release the book.last_img read more

Shuttered Cape Breton call centre reopens today under new ownership

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton call centre that abruptly laid off hundreds of workers just weeks before Christmas is scheduled to reopen today under new ownership.Iowa businessman Anthony Marlowe bought the former ServiCom call centre in an auction that was part of ServiCom’s bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.Marlowe Companies Inc. said earlier this week that more than 450 people have already applied for positions at the Sydney Call Centre.If hired over the next month, workers with call centre experience from the last 90 days will receive a $300 starting bonus, along with the base pay and vacation levels from their previous employers and benefits.The starting wage for newly hired workers will increase to $12 per hour from $11 per hour.All work programs will restart by Jan. 14, and the company is still accepting applications.MCI had been in negotiations to buy the call centre in the weeks before its sudden closure. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oaths on eagle feathers to be allowed in Manitoba RCMP detachments

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — People swearing oaths in Manitoba RCMP detachments will soon be able to do so using eagle feathers.Officers will also be allowed to use the feathers to swear in information in court.Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, the RCMP’s commanding officer in the province, says it’s important because the eagle feather gives some people the strength to talk.Victims, witnesses and suspects until now have had the option to swear on a Bible or make an affirmation before giving a statement.The eagle feathers were cleansed during a special ceremony Tuesday and are to be distributed to every detachment in the coming days.RCMP in Nova Scotia were the first to provide eagle feathers in 2017.last_img

Nurses in Quebec want more authority but will doctors cede ground

first_imgMONTREAL — When Gaetan Barrette, health minister under the previous Liberal government, wanted to give nurses more authority, he said he had to personally intervene in the file and threaten Quebec’s college of physicians.“Behind closed doors I said: ‘Either you move or I will legislate’ — and they moved,” Barrette said in a recent interview. As a result of his efforts, nurse practitioners in the province gained the authority last March to initiate treatment for six chronic illnesses and to prescribe more medications than had previously been the case.But patients are still required by law to be seen by a doctor within 30 days of being treated by a nurse practitioner. And unlike their counterparts in Ontario, Quebec’s roughly 500 nurse practitioners — also known as registered nurses — are not allowed to make diagnoses on patients.The province’s new health minister, Danielle McCann, wants to change that. She said this week that doctors are ready to cede more room to nurses. By the end of the year, the minister said, Quebec’s registered nurses could be diagnosing patients.Barrette, however, who is now on the opposition benches, says McCann’s comments are wishful thinking unless she is ready to use the legislative stick and force doctors to change their ways. “She will not get what she wants without legislating,” he said.Quebec’s college of physicians did not return a request for comment, but in the past it has opposed giving nurses the authority to make diagnoses. Barrette, a radiologist who was president of the federation of Quebec’s medical specialists from 2006-14, said there is a culture among Quebec doctors that makes it difficult for them to accept change.“It’s their profession, it’s their fibre — their essence,” he said. Some doctors “who are rational,” Barrette said, accept giving nurse practitioners the authority to make diagnoses — but they are a minority.“A doctor in Canada, on average, sees 30-35 patients a day,” Barrette said. “In Quebec, it’s 14. I did everything to change that, and it is changing. But there is more work to be done.”Barrette says the nursing profession is also partly to blame. “We are facing two organizations who are corporatist,” he said. Each side wants to protect its own territory. Nurses want to have a parallel system alongside doctors, Barrette explained, while most doctors don’t want change.Prof. Yannick Melancon Laitre, nurse director at McGill University’s primary care nurse practitioner program, said Quebec has been debating the authority of registered nurses since 2012.  He said he is “always a bit skeptical” about whether nurses and doctors can agree to co-operate.“I’m excited for us to just come to a decision — to stop talking about it and arrive at a result that is similar to our colleagues in Ontario,” he said in an interview. Registered nurses in Ontario have significantly more authority than in Quebec. They can diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and as of 2017, can even prescribe controlled substances such as opioids if they receive additional training.Laitre says the differences between Quebec and Ontario nurses “seem trivial” but they are not, especially when it comes to insurance claims. The fact nurses in Quebec can’t use the word “diagnosis” means the medical care they offer isn’t covered by private insurance policies. Their work must be overseen by a doctor, which increases bureaucracy in the system, he said.“We’re doubling up on the services instead of working in collaboration with doctors,” Laitre said.Barrette said research has shown how to reduce waiting times and increase access to medical care. Doctors need to take on more patients, he said, and nurses and doctors should work together each with their own, clear authority. Unfortunately, he said, less than 20 per cent of doctors in Quebec work this way, he explained.A 2015 government proposal that was eventually dropped because of a backlash from doctors would have required young doctors to be responsible for a minimum of 1,500 patients. Barrette argues that if clinics were properly organized, one doctor could be responsible for 3,000 patients.“But in order to do that you need nurse technicians, auxiliary nurses, and nurse practitioners,” he said. “You need all three. And it exists. But it needs to happen more.”Giuseppe Valiante , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Eastern Canada braces for more flooding as forecast calls for rain

first_imgMONTREAL — Communities across much of Eastern Canada are bracing for more flooding today, with rain in the forecast from central Ontario to northern New Brunswick.Officials in Quebec are keeping a close eye on a hydroelectric dam west that’s at risk of failing, while Ottawa’s mayor has declared an emergency and part of the Trans-Canada Highway has been closed in New Brunswick.The Chute-Bell dam west of Montreal has reached “millennial” water levels, meaning a flood that happens once every 1,000 years, but Hydro-Quebec says it’s confident the structure is solid.Simon Racicot, the utility’s director of production and maintenance, told reporters yesterday that “we are entering into an unknown zone right now — completely unknown.”Meantime, Ottawa has joined several smaller Ontario communities in declaring a state of emergency, with Mayor Jim Watson requesting help from the Canadian Forces.Farther east, New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation said the Trans-Canada Highway was fully closed from Oromocto to River Glade, and could remain closed for several days.And there’s not much relief in sight, with Environment Canada predicting rain for a large swath of Eastern Canada, from Georgian Bay to the Gaspe Peninsula.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Opioid epidemic Pharmacists call for stricter access to lowdose codeine

first_imgREGINA — Pharmacists say it’s time for Canada to restrict access to over-the-counter codeine as the country grapples with an opioid crisis.There have been renewed calls to limit access of low-dose codeine products, including Tylenol 1 and their generic counterparts, since a pharmacy in Saskatchewan was disciplined for failing to understand how the drug can be abused.Codeine is an opiate used as a painkiller and to treat coughs but can be misused. In most of Canada, codeine comes in eight-milligram pills, mixed with two other ingredients, that can be purchased without a prescription.Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy Professionals recently released details of 15 charges against Dewdney Drugs, a store in Regina’s North Central neighbourhood. The pharmacy has since closed.An inspection revealed that between April 2017 and January 2018, the pharmacy purchased 1.6 million Tylenol 1 tablets.There was no report of what happened to 1.1 million of them.Matthew Manz manages a nearby pharmacy and complained about Dewdney Drugs after the store sold a patient he was treating for opioid dependency three bottles of tablets containing codeine in less than a month.Saskatchewan’s pharmacy watchdog determined codeine was that patient’s drug of choice.Manz and some other pharmacists choose not to stock Tylenol 1.“We’re in the middle of this opioid epidemic,” said Manz. “We have to be more conscious of what’s going on.”“You’re doing a harm reduction program within the pharmacy … You’re getting people off opioids, but then at the same time you’re offering over the counter opioids.“In my head it didn’t make sense.”The Canadian Pharmacists Association supports the move to prescription status. It’s also calling for Health Canada to review why low-dose codeine products are used in the first place, since evidence suggests there are better alternatives to manage pain.Barry Power, the association’s director of therapeutic content, said Canada is one of the world’s top codeine consumers.Health Canada says in 2015 more than 600 types of low-dose codeine tablets were sold.The agency is reviewing whether low-dose codeine products should be restricted to prescriptions only. Manitoba made the move in 2016.Saskatchewan’s pharmacy college, citing health risks and the drug’s effectiveness compared to non-opioid drugs, said last year that it was considering a ban on the sale of low-dose codeine,The college’s registrar says no decision has been made yet.Jeana Wendel said in an email that it’s considering a model similar to Manitoba’s, as well as better monitoring of pharmacies and harm reduction education.“Council is looking at a different approach versus an all-out ban,” she wrote.David Juurlink, a drug safety researcher in Ontario, said making the drugs available only by prescription is a no-brainer, because it would decrease access to a group of products that “causes more trouble than it solves.”He calls the recent case in Regina “clearly suspicious” and said low-dose codeine products are prone to misuse.People can get a buzz if they take enough of  them, he said.“I remember very vividly in small town Nova Scotia where I used to work, people would go from drugstore to drugstore and they’d buy 100 tablets every couple of days.”Juurlink and other medical experts say people who binge on over-the-counter codeine pills are at risk of liver poisoning from excessive levels of acetaminophen in their bodies.Rand Teed, an addictions counsellor near Regina, said cough syrup containing codeine is mixed into drinks to induce euphoria, but with it comes a high risk of overdosing.Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Secret spy file on Pierre Trudeau was almost spared from destruction memo

first_imgOTTAWA — A secret spy-service file on Pierre Trudeau came close to eluding destruction 30 years ago, newly disclosed memos reveal.However, a late October 1988 recommendation that the dossier on the former prime minister should be preserved for at least another decade was nixed just days later, sealing its fate.The Canadian Press reported last month that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service scrapped the Cold War file on Trudeau in 1989 instead of sending it to the national archives.The Trudeau dossier was among hundreds of thousands of files on a wide array of groups and individuals the then-new CSIS inherited in the 1980s after the RCMP Security Service was disbanded following a series of scandals.CSIS said the file on Trudeau was destroyed because it fell short of the threshold for retention by either the service or the archives.The news rankled leading historians, who said an intelligence file on a prime minister should be kept without hesitation given its significance to the national public record.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Confusion trips up labour reform roll out leaving some stakeholders in the

first_imgSweeping federal labour reforms come into force today, but the government is still figuring out who will be exempt from key provisions.Thousands of workers and employers are facing uncertainty after airlines, truck companies and telecoms asked Ottawa for exemptions or delays to rules they say would kneecap their operations.The changes require federally regulated employers to give staff a 24-hour heads-up on shift changes and four days’ notice for schedules. A 30-minute break every five hours and an eight-hour rest period between shifts are also mandated.Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says some companies and employees will be exempt from those regulations until further tweaks can be made after the October election — but just which companies and employees will be on the exemption list remains up in the air.Industry representatives say the changes would delay shipments, cancel flights and hurt Canada’s economy, while labour groups say they are asking for reasonable benefits from companies that are trying to skimp on workers.The contested amendments are part of an overhaul — three years in the making — to the Canada Labour Code, which hasn’t seen a major update since the 1960s.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lonnie Ali To Be Honored At Celebrity Fight Night In Italy

first_imgCelebrity Fight Night has announced that Lonnie Ali, wife of the late Muhammad Ali, will be honored at the third annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” with Andrea Bocelli, which will take place September 7-13.The 7-day excursion will take philanthropic donors and special guests through Florence, Lajatico and Venice where they will be treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region. Funds raised benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised $123 million for many charities throughout its 22-year history, most significantly for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.More than 100 philanthropists will travel to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci will help kick off the festivities in Florence on September 8. Stefano Ricci will guide guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Galileo were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening will conclude in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Andrea Bocelli.The following afternoon, guests will depart Florence on a scenic drive through Tuscany to Lajatico, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli will welcome everyone for an unforgettable night. The evening will include aperitifs at the magnificent Teatro del Silenzio, a gourmet dinner, and memorable entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artists, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillatand Bocelli himself. Additional guests expected to attend include Larry King, Evander Holyfield, Freida Pinto, Melissa Peterman, and more. The next day, everyone will board a privately chartered train to Venice for an exciting day of exploration in one of the world’s most romantic cities. Lunch will be served at the stunning Palazzo Pisani Moretta, situated on the Grand Canal. After lunch, guests will enjoy a gondola ride to St. Mark’s Square for an aperitif on the Grand Canal, before returning to Florence.The pinnacle of this seven day experience is the featured gala on September 11, where guests will walk the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it will again open exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the great Maestro Zubin Mehta, will headline the evening. Lonnie Ali will be honored onstage for her incredible philanthropic achievements, having been a part of Celebrity Fight Night along with her late husband, Muhammad Ali, for nearly two decades.The event concludes with a special evening in the heart of Florence, starting at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, home to the Global Flagship Headquarters of Salvatore Ferragamo and the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo family themselves will welcome guests with a cocktail and a visit to the museum and the shop. From there, guests will be led to the nearby Palazzo Corsini for a night of dining and dancing.The seven day experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, GVM La Civiltà del Marmo, Peak6 Best Marble, Ermanno Scervino, Falconeri, Fratelli Piccini Firenze, Mikimoto, Jeep, Fregoli Luxury Bags, Salotti del Gusto, Excellence Magazine, and Euro-Toques.For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.last_img read more

Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in Torontos iconic cultural and entertainment

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, April 30, 2018 – Investing in cultural infrastructure helps Canada preserve the experiences of its people and places, and inspires visitors to explore and understand the world around them. The governments of Canada and Ontario recognize that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for cultural projects—play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class. Advertisement The Honourable Bill Morneau, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure; and Deane Cameron, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, today announced $60 million in federal-provincial funding for the Massey Hall Revitalization project.The Government of Canada is contributing up to $30 million to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects, and is being matched by the Government of Ontario, which is also contributing $30 million. Combined, this represents almost two-thirds of the estimated $94 million total project cost. The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall—a charitable, not-for-profit organization—is responsible for the balance of the funding through its newly launched Massey Hall Forever fundraising campaign. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Massey Hall is an internationally renowned performance venue that contributes to the lives of Canadians through arts, employment, and cultural celebrations. Through this Revitalization project, the exterior and interior of the 124-year-old National Historic Site will be fully restored, and a new addition will be connected through the construction of a new 7-storey South Tower.The expanded footprint will provide much-needed space to enhance artist and patron amenities while also making the building fully accessible. In addition to the 2700 seat auditorium and revamped Centuries performance space in the original building, the new structure will house a third stage featuring a 500-capacity venue. This new venue will accommodate a wide range of artists and cultural events to help bolster the Corporation’s commitment to artist development, education and community outreach. The Revitalization project will ultimately enable Massey Hall to continue to inspire and entertain Canadians for another century and beyond.Quotes“Places like Massey Hall are vital part of our communities – they bring together artists, families, neighbours and friends, and give all of us a chance to celebrate the many cultures that make up our country. A revitalized Massey Hall in Torontowill also attract more visitors and create more opportunities for people to work, play, and enjoy our city.”The Honourable Bill Morneau, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“The revitalization of one of Canada’s premier performing arts venues is an example of our commitment to investing in Canada’s creative and cultural future. The renovation and expansion of Massey Hall will ensure its continued and significant contribution to Canadian culture through education, employment, and world-class performances for generations to come.”The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Massey Hall is one of our iconic cultural spaces where great Canadian artists have performed for more than a century. Our investment to expand this institution means people in Ontario will continue to enjoy this venue for years to come with new larger event spaces that are fully accessible.”The Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, OntarioMinister of Infrastructure“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, a heartfelt thank you to the governments of Canada and Ontario for believing in the Massey Hall Revitalization. Today’s announcement marks one of the most extraordinary days in Massey Hall’s 124-year history. This support will allow significant opportunity and prosperity for Canadian artistic communities and music fans coast-to-coast. This support also ensures the continued operational sustainability of Massey Hall and continue its legacy as Canada’s premiere and most beloved music venue.”Deane Cameron, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson HallQuick factsThe Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall is a charitable not-for-profit organization operating two of Canada’s premier concert halls. Showcasing the world’s greatest performers in all disciplines, the two halls are also prominent venues for diverse activities in the business and entertainment district of downtown Toronto.The Massey Hall Revitalization project marks the final phase in the overall initiative to restore and renovate Massey Hall. Phase 1 was completed at the end of 2016 and Phase 2A involved design and planning work, as well as the construction of the South Tower basement.The Government of Canada will invest 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.$25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history – $230 billion over 14 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, visit Ontario.ca/BuildON.Associated linksInvesting in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/site/alt-format/pdf/plan/icp-pic/IC-InvestingInCanadaPlan-ENG.pdfInvesting in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.htmlFederal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.htmlBuilding Better Lives: Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure PlanMassey Hall Revitalization: https://www.masseyhall.com/revitalization/Twitter: @INFC_engWeb: Infrastructure Canada Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

KIDSCREEN UNVEILS ITS HOT50 COMPANIES FOR 2018

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Amazon Studios (Pete the Cat, Do, Re & Mi) also returned to the Production top 10 after winning the title two years ago, and US streamer Hulu was voted into the Broadcasting top 10 for the first time in a year when the service inked its largest-ever kids and family licensing deal with DreamWorks Animation.In other firsts, Canadian toyco Spin Master took the Licensing top spot away from four-time winner The LEGO Group, and 9 Story Distribution International usurped 2017 champ CAKE in Distribution.Meanwhile, in Digital, YouTube Kids racked up its third-consecutive win, besting PBS KIDS and Hot50 first-timer WildBrain. Other newbies to the ranking this year include Parisian prodco Technicolor Animation Productions, Bento Box’s kids and family division Sutikki, Florida-based toyco Jazwares and “Baby Shark” creator Pinkfong.Here’s the complete list of this year’s Hot50 companies:BROADCASTING1. Netflix2. PBS KIDS3. Nickelodeon4. BBC Children’s5. Cartoon Network6. TVOKids7. Disney Channels Worldwide8. Universal Kids9. Hulu10. France TélévisionsPRODUCTION1. 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films2. Netflix3. Guru Studio4. Sinking Ship Entertainment5. Amazon Studios6. The LEGO Group7. Cartoon Network8. Technicolor Animation Productions9. DreamWorks Animation Television10. Sesame WorkshopDISTRIBUTION1. 9 Story Distribution International2. CAKE3. Jetpack Distribution4. Entertainment One5. Aardman Animations6. DHX Media7. The LEGO Group8. Zodiak Kids9. Sinking Ship Entertainment10. Sesame WorkshopLICENSING1. Spin Master2. The LEGO Group3. Entertainment One4. Hasbro5. PBS KIDS6. Sesame Workshop7. Moose Toys8. Sutikki9. Cartoon Network Enterprises10. JazwaresDIGITAL MEDIA1. YouTube Kids2. PBS KIDS3. WildBrain4. Cartoon Network5. Pinkfong6. Sinking Ship Entertainment7. BBC Studios8. Sesame Workshop9. Hopster10. National Geographic KidsThe top-ranked companies will receive a commemorative trophy at the Kidscreen Awards ceremony, which will take place during Kidscreen Summit 2019 (February 11 to 14 in Miami, Florida).Additionally, all Hot50 2018 companies will be showcased on Kidscreen’s dedicated microsite starting today, and in a special print insert that will be distributed with Kidscreen‘s February/March issue at Kidscreen Summit.By Jeremy Dickson | Kidscreen Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The maturation of streaming services had a major impact on Kidscreen’s fifth-annual Hot50 ranking of the most happening companies in kids entertainment—as determined by industry peers.Netflix stayed put in the Broadcasting top spot for the fifth-consecutive year on the strength of launching more than 65 new original TV and film titles in 2018. The SVOD giant also received the most kid-friendly Daytime Emmy nominations this year and ended up walking off with eight statuettes, including double wins for All Hail King Julien: Exiled (pictured) and Dinotrux with longtime partner DreamWorks Animation Television.The streamer also made a strong debut in the Hot50 Production category, settling into second place behind Toronto, Canada’s 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films, which was victorious for a second year in a row. 9 Story grew significantly this year, acquiring New York-based Out of the Blue Enterprises and appointing co-founder Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues) as its first chief creative officer. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Scholastic/PBS KIDS/Amazon) and a second season of The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Scholastic/Netflix) were among 9 Story’s 10 greenlights this year. Twitterlast_img read more

Nunavut MLA charged with assaulting spouse

first_imgAPTN National NewsA member of Nunavut’s legislature is facing criminal charges from an incident earlier this week.Pangnirtung MLA Adamee Komoartok has been charged with assaulting his wife in Iqaluit last weekend.This is not the first time Komoartok has been in trouble while sitting in the legislature.In 2009, Komoartok was censured by his fellow MLA’s after he admitted to a drunken incident in Ottawa.Assembly officials have declined to comment on the case.Komoartok has not been seen in the legislature since Monday.last_img

Canadian athletes get ready for Sochi

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanadian athletes are getting ready to head to Russia for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.Among them is Caroline Calvé.She’s an alpine snowboarder with three World Cup victories.APTN’s Danielle Rochette met her in her hometown of Lachine near Montreal.last_img