Month: October 2019

Gusto Cooks up a Sweet Batch of Original Premieres This Fall

first_imgTORONTO – Whether it’s searching for the ultimate sweet treat, or adding an international flare to an everyday meal, Gusto has something for every budding chef with two original series headlining the schedule this September.First up, Gusto gives viewers the sugar with brand-new baking series FLOUR POWER from Gusto Worldwide Media, airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT beginning Sept. 22. Newcomer Jessica McGovern, who owns her own baking school in Montréal, explores the wonders of flour, sugar, and butter in her retro-inspired kitchen, sharing three recipes in each 30-minute episode. Celebrating an uncomplicated love of baking, McGovern offers impressive recipes for every occasion, whether it’s a delicious treat for a children’s bake sale or an extravagant masterpiece for an elegant dinner party. FLOUR POWER is the newest addition to Gusto’s roster of Canadian-made original productions, with the series representing the network’s first original series all about baking.Then, Gusto explores a whole new roster of global cuisines when ONE WORLD KITCHEN returns with a new cast of cooks for Season 3, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Sept. 26. Mary Tang (Cantonese), Joanna Chery (Greek), Jasmin Rose Ibrahim (Lebanese), and Lisa Nguyen (Vietnamese) share recipes connected with their respective cultures. The culinary style of each locale is explored over each 30-minute episode, sharing everything from age-old traditions and secrets, to fresh recipes and tips. Through modern and traditional recipes, ONE WORLD KITCHEN shows that, no matter where you come from, food is a language that everyone speaks. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment FLOUR POWER – Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, beginning Sept. 22Host Jessica McGovern shares her love of baking in this 13-episode, 30-minute series. Set in a retro-inspired kitchen, each episode offers three impressive recipes for every occasion. Some of the mouth-watering recipes explored throughout the season include: Pina Colada Cupcakes, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Pops, Cherry Pistachio Biscotti, Red Velvet Layer Cake, and more.ONE WORLD KITCHEN – Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Sept. 26A brand new cast means a whole new world of global cuisines for Season 3. The 30-minute, eight-episode, season explores Cantonese, Greek, Lebanese, and Vietnamese cuisines through the eyes of four passionate and captivating cooks with family ties to each region. The new season explores exotic recipes like chicken and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves (Cantonese), spicy hue beef noodle soup (Vietnamese), fried cod with turmeric rice (Lebanese), beef and orzo casserole (Greek), and more.For Gusto’s complete September programming schedule, click here.FLOUR POWER and ONE WORLD KITCHEN are created by Chris Knight, President and CEO, Gusto Worldwide Media. Bell Media Production Executive is Robin Johnston. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.About Gusto:Gusto, Bell Media’s first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at www.gustotv.com and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Margaret Atwoods Alias Grace adapted as Netflix series

first_imgIn this Aug. 16, 2017 photo, actress Sarah Gadon poses for a portrait to promote her series, “Alias Grace” in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Advertisement Advertisement “While he’s having these interviews with Grace throughout the show, you start to question his motives,” Gadon said in a recent interview. “Is he falling for Grace? Does he want to save her? Has he become obsessed with her or is she manipulating him?” Another Atwood novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is an Emmy-winning series on Hulu. Twitter NEW YORK — Another Margaret Atwood novel is getting the Hollywood treatment, this time on Netflix. “I learned how to milk a cow, churn butter, start a fire and … use a Victorian-era kitchen,” she said. “The series and the book are all about the ambiguity and it’s all about the journey,” Gadon said. “Did Grace do it? Did she not do it? Do you want her to have done it? It kind of plays with all those human emotions that we all feel.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img In “Alias Grace,” a six-episode Netflix miniseries starring Sarah Gadon, an Irish immigrant working as a maid in Canada in the 1840s is accused of murdering her boss and his mistress. Her case is covered with breathless scrutiny, making the young woman infamous. Facebook Based on Atwood’s historical novel, Gadon plays Grace, who recounts her life story to a young psychiatrist trying to help jog her memory. To prepare for the role, Gadon spent time at Black Creek Pioneer Village, a working village in Ontario, Canada, that transports visitors back to the late 1700s to mid-1800s. Login/Register With: Advertisement Gadon also learned to sew because Grace sews a quilt by hand as she is being interviewed by her doctor. Gadon says she would need a refresher on sewing, but “could churn some butter. It’s pretty easy. It’s a lot of work but I could definitely churn some butter.” Gadon said the compelling part of the story is the grey area of it all. She and director Mary Harron analyzed different scenarios that would make Grace guilty or not. Gadon says they have their own beliefs about what happened but don’t want to influence anyone watching the series.last_img read more

Justin Biebers mother praises son for his character and integrity

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’m so proud of the amazing young man you are, and the young man you are becoming,” she writes on Instagram alongside a picture of them on vacation. “None of us are perfect and never will be, (so we will always need patience and grace for each other), but your genuine growing relationship with Jesus is evident in the choices you are making daily and the good ‘fruit’ you bear.” Justin Bieber’s mother has heaped praise on her “amazing” son just days after his girlfriend Selena Gomez’s mother made it clear she was not thrilled the couple was back together.Earlier this week, Mandy Teefey admitted she was “not happy” with the fact her daughter appears to be getting back together with the Baby hitmaker.Gomez and Bieber have not responded to Teefey’s comments, but his mother, Pattie Mallette, has now taken to social media to express how proud she is of her son.center_img Login/Register With: In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, Justin Bieber, right, kisses his mother Pattie Mallette at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss / AP Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

THE SUCCULENT SIX

first_imgYour favourite team of Curvy Super SHEroes, THE SUCCULENT SIX is set to take the country by storm! CBC and General Purpose Entertainment have produced an original series following us as we take on a series of missions in the name of self love, inclusion and body positivity! Each episode we will invite a special guest to be our honorary sixth member as we step out of our comfort zones to champion body positivity.Our series goes LIVE on the CBC TV app and at cbc.ca/watch on Tuesday February 27th – and we’re gathering at The Painted Lady on Ossington to celebrate and stream some episodes! If you can’t join us in person, be sure to download CBC TV’s new app and live stream us on February 27th!Join us as we celebrate the fight for body positivity going CROSS COUNTRY!xoxoThe Succulent SixFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesucculentsix/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesucculentsix/?hl=enCBC: http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/program/the-succulent-six Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook THE OLYMPICS ARE ALMOST OVER BUT DON’T FRET! We’ve got a whole new series for you to BINGE WATCH!!!!THE SUCCULENT SIX (10×6) is a CBC original series following a group of plus size Super-Sheroes as they design and execute missions to champion body positivity, end size bias, and fight fat phobia. Each episode they will invite a special guest to be their honorary sixth member as they step out of their comfort zones to champion body positivity.We’re excited to introduce you to #TheSucculentSix and their new series launching Tuesday on #CBCLife! pic.twitter.com/BoJMiip4Hi— CBC Life (@cbc_life) February 24, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

ARTISTS ICONS PROVOCATEURS AND THOUGHT LEADERS TALK RISKTAKING TECHNOLOGY AND THE POWER

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Companies represented onstage include 20th Century Fox, AAFCA, AMPAS, ANCINE, BRON Studios, CAA, Cineplex, Cinema do Brasil, Endeavour Content, HanWay Films, ICM, Instagram, LA Skins Fest, National Association of Theatre Owners, Olsberg•SPI, Refinery29 , See Saw Films, Significant Productions, Rotten Tomatoes, Technicolor, UTA, Women In Media, and XYZ Films.TIFF MogulsIndustry leaders and innovators are front and centre in TIFF Moguls. The series begins with a groundbreaking keynote on inclusion and diversity from Dr. Stacy L. Smith, author of the inclusion rider template and the Founder & Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a leading global think tank on diversity, gender, and inclusion. Dr. Smith will unveil the second phase of her research on equity in film criticism in a compelling address, after which she will be joined by Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley, freelance writer Valerie Complex, and Gil Robertson of the AAFCA. The panel will be moderated by Franklin Leonard, Founder & CEO of The Black List. This event heralds the new Betty-Ann Heggie Speaker Series, a Share Her Journey initiative dedicated to bringing to light the challenges women face in the screen industry.TIFF also welcomes award-winning producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, an influential force in the industry with a discerning eye for groundbreaking stories and thrilling new directors. She spent the early part of her career co-producing and connecting the US and Chinese film industries, and in 2009 she co-founded Significant Productions with Forest Whitaker, a company that has championed Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Dope, Roxanne Roxanne, and Boots Riley’s breakout hit Sorry to Bother You. Join us as Yang Bongiovi discusses her career, what she looks for when scouting talent, and her ambitions for a more globally inclusive film industry.TIFF Master ClassesAuthenticity, satire, and stories from the front line are at the forefront of this year’s Master Classes, conversations featuring some of the industry’s most distinguished luminaries.The Conference will open with a candid interview with Canadian screen icon Tantoo Cardinal, whose seminal portraits of Indigenous characters have ignited the screen in more than 120 films and television programs, including Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall, Westworld, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Moccasin Flats. An eminent activist and artist with an indomitable presence on- and off-screen, she joins Festival programmerDanis Goulet to discuss her four-decade career, the qualities she looks for in great directors, and her most recent performances in three of the films at this year’s Festival, including the lead role in Falls Around Her.In his first visit to TIFF, New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian Taika Waititi joins TIFF’s Artistic Director Cameron Bailey for a conversation about cinematic inspiration, vampires, superheroes, and his sympathetic approach to marginalised characters in his films, which include Boy , Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, and his upcoming film Jojo Rabbit .One of China’s most prolific and accomplished superstars, actor-director Jiang Wen brings his latest action-epic, Hidden Man, to TIFF ’18. Fresh from his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , Jiang takes the stage to share insights into his creative process and his love of cinema and to discuss his trajectory from acting in art-house classics to directing blockbusters that are tailor-made for the largest film audience in the world.Topics, Conversations, Current EventsThe Festival’s Industry Conference focuses on excellence in storytelling, cultivating artistic entrepreneurs, driving provocative and candid conversations, and pursuing equality and innovation with curatorial rigour.Our Dialogues programme, supported by the OMDC, presents an array of topical programming that includes exhibitors, filmmakers, and industry executives.● John Fithian, President & CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will moderate a discussion examining the impact of theatrical exhibition on today’s culture and the ways in which exhibition drives revenue for the industry at large.● Following up on a successful collaboration on A Fantastic Woman, go behind the scenes with GLAAD, which, along with film executives and creators, explores how the organization uses onscreen representation to change hearts and minds around the world.● The 3 for 30 screenwriters session returns with three writer-director film teams exposing the hardest scene to write. Hosted by Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen of The Black List.● Renowned music supervisors, including Barry Cole ( The Chi), explain how to create the perfect soundtrack.● Working in short films, music videos, and commercials, a vanguard of multi-disciplinary directors and artists discuss how they are breaking open the world of short-form content and going viral with their innovative and bold voices.Foundations is a practical stream designed for up-and-comers that explores all aspects of the business, from craft to distribution, and provides tangible tools for creative practitioners.● Dynamic sessions highlight excellence in below-the-line roles, including a panel on how to build a diverse crew featuring April Reign (#OscarsSoWhite), Shawn Finnie (AMPAS), Tema Staig (Women In Media), and Patricia Gomes (LA Skins Fest).● An inspiring conversation with a panel of brilliant designers, including Academy Award–winning production designer Paul Austerberry (The Shape of Water) and visual effects producer and director Ivy Agregan (The Revenant).● A panel on post-production with the award-winning co-directing team of Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Anthropocene) and their longtime collaborator Mark Kueper, Senior Colourist at Technicolor, in which they discuss how they establish the visual language for their films.The Guardian TIFF Talks is a series of onstage conversations between high-profile creative talent and The Guardian’s journalists. Landscapes is a new stream featuring four intimate fireside chats presenting a global snapshot of current trends in storytelling from specific countries and markets. Connections will offer networking roundtables in the areas of co-production, documentary, shorts, tech, and primetime television, on a first-come, first-served basis. Telefilm Canada presents this year’s industry programming under its banner RDV Canada Panel Series. Delegates can look forward to Microsessions sponsored by leading companies that showcase their newest media tools, products, and programmes.Launching this year, TIFF Tech is a new stream presenting innovations in computer technology and the convergence of the tech and media industries. Our mission is to cultivate creative entrepreneurs. Sessions will empower filmmakers with insights and connect today’s tech innovators with tomorrow’s storytellers.TIFF Doc ConferenceCelebrating its 10th anniversary, Doc Conference will deliver an array of high profile guests in its news-making talk and craft sessions. Highlights include an opening conversation with director Werner Herzog on the making of this new film Meeting Gorbachev; producer of Democracy Now! Nermeen Shaikh revealing what makes a great documentary; CEO of The Festival Agency Leslie Vuchot providing the hits and misses of self-distribution and marketing; representatives from CAA, Endeavor Content, ICM, and UTA revealing whatsales agents want; award-winning Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril providing a critical insight into how to tell stories with humility while looking to the future of indigenous storytelling; director and producer Maxim Pozdorovkin on his latest film The Truth About Killer Robots and the effects of robotic technology on the creative arts; co-directors Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble on logistical and philosophical challenges of making their latest film, The Elephant Queen; and renowned filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa joins Tanya Cooperfrom Human Rights Watch and Polina Kovaleva from the PEN American Center to discuss actions to free Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who was detained in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison on charges of terrorism. Doc Conference is curated by the TIFF Docs Programming team, Thom Powers and Dorota Lech.Industry RegistrationOnline industry registration for the Toronto International Film Festival is now open. There are six pass types, offering varying levels of access to the Industry Conference and Doc Conference. Online registration closes August 24. To purchase passes and learn more, visit https://www.tiff.net/industry-accreditation/. Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today a first look at the 2018 TIFF Industry Conference. The six-day event, taking place September 7–12 during the Festival, will inspire and incite discussions for creative and business entrepreneurship, while examining the role independent filmmakers play within an evolving and challenging media landscape.“This is a pivotal moment in recognizing the unsung heroes in the industry,” said Kathleen Drumm, TIFF Industry Director. “Our conference programming will provide tools to address the imbalance of power, look to new trends, champion diversity, and identify how independent voices can be empowered and chart a sustainable career.”More than 150 speakers will take the stage of the Glenn Gould Studio including Ivy Agregan, Tre’vell Anderson, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Chris Aronson, Paul Austerberry, Jennifer Baichwal, Andrew Barnes, Jeremy Blacklow, Justin Broadbent, Tantoo Cardinal, Barry Cole, Jacqueline Coley, Valerie Complex, Christian de Castro Oliveira, Nicholas de Pencier, Amy Emmerich, Helen Estabrook, Ana Letícia Fialho, Shawn Finnie, John Fithian, Patricia Gomes, Kate Hagen, Werner Herzog, Kevin Iwashina, Ellis Jacob, Jiang Wen, Mark Kueper, Amanda Lebow, Franklin Leonard, Sergei Loznitsa, Maxim Pozdorovkin, April Reign, Gil Robertson, A.V. Rockwell, Rena Ronson, Nermeen Shaikh, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Tema Staig, Taika Waititi, and Nina Yang Bongiovi.last_img read more

KILLJOYS SEASON 5 ENDS THE KICKASS SERIES ON A HIGH NOTE

first_imgAdvertisement WARNING: Spoilers abound so if you’re not caught up, turn away now.‘KILLJOYS’ SEASON 5 ENDS THE KICKASS SERIES ON A HIGH NOTEOn June 19, 2015 Killjoys debuted on SYFY and I immediately fell in love with it. Four years later, Killjoys starts its fifth and final season and this kickass little TV show is going out on a high note.Last we saw Dutch (Hannah-John Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), and D’avin (Luke Mcfarlane), they had battled The Lady and destroyed The Green, but then something strange happened. We dissolved into a scene of Dutch and Johnny in bed together looking incredibly cozy and…married? READ MORE Facebook HOW KILLJOYS WENT FROM A SPACE PROCEDURAL TO A SHOW ABOUT LOVE AND FAMILYIt’s a TV show that touches on real, human issues, things like the nature of family and how our memories shape who we are.It’s a show that promulgates a diverse and LGBTQ-friendly worldview.It’s also a show that revels in penis jokes.That balance of comedy and drama has kept Killjoys on the air for going on five seasons, brought it critical acclaim and the love of a devoted fan base. READ MOREPhoto by Amanda MatlovichKILLJOYS SEASON 5 EPISODE 1 REVIEW: RUN, YALA, RUNKilljoys returns and Team Awesome Force finds its members trapped in an alternate world created by The Lady.Killjoys returns for its fifth and final season, and the Michelle Lovretta penned “Run, Yala, Run” keeps viewers delightfully off balance with a continuation of the narrative paradigm shift introduced in last season’s finale. We know it won’t last, but it’s a lot of fun watching our familiars play out alternate roles in this Westerly world turned upside down as we await their eventual emergence from the psychologically induced alternate reality. Throughout the series’ run we’ve witnessed Dutch and the Jaqobis brothers battle demons from their past lives, and now it’s precisely these experiences, both good and bad, that hold the key to survival in this new world order The Lady seeks to create. READ MORE KILLJOYS GETS BACK TO KICKING ASS IN ITS FINAL SEASONSeason five of the cult Space series about pansexual bounty hunters recaptures the chemistry of characters the audience knows better than they know themselvesIn a modest studio complex on Toronto’s east side, Killjoys is coming to an end.The cult Space series, which started out as a hangout show starring Hannah John-Kamen, Luke Macfarlane and Aaron Ashmore as sexy bounty hunters having space adventures, and gradually moved its heroes into an epic battle to save humanity from an alien infestation without ever losing its sense of fun or its great, big pansexual heart. READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Luke Macfarlane, Hannah John-Kamen and Aaron Ashmore are D’avin, Dutch and Johnny, space bounty hunters who form the core of Killjoys. BELL MEDIA LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Kahnawake contemplated Mercier Bridge shutdown in spring over safety concerns

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis summer, with less than 24 hours notice, two out of four lanes on the Mercier Bridge connecting Montreal to the Mohawk community of Kahnawake were closed over structural problems.Now people in Kahnawake say they had seen the warning signs for quite some time.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Residential school survivors spend emotional weekend in place that changed their lives

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsA group of residential school survivors took a walk through their old school on the weekend.For two days, former students of the Assiniboia residential school in Winnipeg had a chance to reminisce and educate visitors about their experience.It was an emotional weekend for some.“I think the worse thing we encountered was the separation from our own families, from our way of life,” said Theodore Fontaine. “Language was already deteriorating, although we had it inherently in us. I can still speak my language, but not as good as I was at seven because I almost lost it.”srobinson@aptn.calast_img read more

Manitobas Minister of Aboriginal Affairs unapologetic over ignorance of dogood white people

first_imgIn an e-mail, Eric Robinson makes a reference to “the ignorance of do-good white people”.By Melissa RidgenAPTN InvestigatesManitoba’s deputy premier and Aboriginal Affairs minister stands by comments made in email obtained by APTN National News in which the he refers to the “ignorance of do-good white people.”A three-line email from Eric Robinson, NDP MLA for Kewatinook, dated Nov. 22, 2012, was sent to the province’s special advisor on Aboriginal women’s issues, Nahanni Fontaine. A copy was obtained though the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [FIPPA]. It begins in response to an email from Fontaine outlining her concerns about a media report that a Winnipeg clothing store, The Foxy Shoppe, was holding a burlesque fundraiser, proceeds of which would go to Osborne House, a provincially-funded shelter for battered women.“This is SO bad and looks SO bad and is simply a bad idea on the part of the Osborne House ED [executive director],” Fontaine wrote to Robinson. “Like what was she thinking? Did the [Osborne House] board approve this ‘fundraiser’”?Robinson replied, “I know nothing of this matter and haven’t seen today’s freep [Winnipeg Free Press] but I will now.” The remaining two lines of the email are then blacked out.But when held to a certain light, the type under the black bar that is used to hide the blacked out words shows the words: “On the surface it is not a very good idea and moreover further exploits an already vulnerable group in society. It also further demonstrates the ignorance of do good white people without giving it a second thought.”When contacted by APTN, the deputy premier said, “The comment was internal between myself and some staff members. I don’t deny writing what I wrote which was about what white do-gooders are trying to do.”Asked if he was referring to The Foxy Shoppe or Osborne House executive and board, he said it was a “general statement” not specific to anyone. He went on to add he is “absolutely not” sorry for what he said and would “probably not” apologize if asked by Premier Greg Selinger and “probably not” resign if someone asked him to.“I don’t think [the fundraiser] sent a good message then, nor do I think that was a good message to this day.”Robinson doesn’t believe the comment will affect his role as deputy premier in dealings with the non-Aboriginal community.“I have a good record championing issues of violence against women and murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls.”Robinson points out that of the 180 or so women and children who show up at the shelter each month, 80 per cent are Aboriginal.The FIPPA office said its decision to redact the minister’s inflammatory comment was covered under Sec 23 (1)(a) of the Act to protect against material that would “reveal advice, opinions, proposals, recommendations, analyses or policy options developed by or for the public body or a minister.”The Canadian Association of Journalists president Hugo Rodrigues questions that explanation.“The challenge we have with a lot of freedom of information legislation is it allows a big clause on ‘advice given to’ and there’s not a lot of guidance to the person interpreting the act,” he said.Rodrigues adds the public pays for politicians and government staff and should have reasonable access to their professional discussions, otherwise “what is the purpose of having freedom of information access in the first place?”This is the second time in as many weeks for the Selinger government has made news for questionable remarks. Last week, backbench NDP MLA David Gaudreau was stripped of his caucus duties after uttering a gay slur to a Conservative opponent in the Legislature. He later apologized.(Aug. 23, 11:54 AM: Updated with clarifications from Minister Robinson’s office.)last_img read more

Ottawa must step in to review PEI business immigration programopposition

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – P.E.I. opposition leaders are calling for Ottawa to investigate the operations of a provincial business immigration program that faces allegations of abuse and poor oversight.James Aylward, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, said in an interview Friday that the province has shown an unwillingness to review or reform the program due to millions of dollars in forfeited deposits it currently receives from immigrants who don’t ultimately open a business.Immigration lawyers have criticized the ownership stream of the provincial nominee program as a side door to entering the country, with over half of last year’s participants losing their $150,000 deposit to the province after they didn’t open a business.The Island Investment Development Inc., which holds the deposits for the newcomers’ businesses, indicates $18 million in net revenues over the past year came from immigrant companies that defaulted on their obligation to create a business. The figure is roughly equivalent to half of the province’s additional budget for infrastructure this year.The province says 177 of the 296 nominees — 56 per cent — never opened a business at all, while a further 10 per cent didn’t fulfil some conditions of their escrow agreement and forfeited their deposits. Of the remaining 92, so far about a third closed after their mandatory 12 months of operation.“When you have a government that’s addicted to escrow deposits and default on those deposits, I think it’s going to take the federal government stepping in to turn this program around,” said Aylward.He said major changes in oversight may also be needed to ensure the program is meeting federal requirements under a federal-provincial agreement.The agreement includes a clause that requires the province carry out “due diligence” that each applicant is “of benefit to the economic development of the province,” and “has the ability and is likely to become economically established in Prince Edward Island.”“We’ve heard over and over again this hasn’t occurred,” said Aylward. “Some people haven’t even opened a business. They arrive in Prince Edward Island, spend a day here and off they go. So essentially they’re basically buying their permanent residency.”Three foreign students have also alleged to The Canadian Press that some participants in the program are requesting their employees give back a portion of their wages in cash, and they are calling for better oversight of the program.Peter Bevan-Baker, the leader of the Green Party, said these allegations are “very upsetting.”He said the province’s response that it is setting up a tip line and would welcome direct reports from the students isn’t sufficient.“I think it is ridiculous for (Economic Development) Minister (Heath) MacDonald to suggest that the onus is on the students to come forward and make complaints,” he said in an email.“He clearly does not appreciate how precarious the students’ positions are without permanent residence status. Government must take these allegations more seriously and immediately undertake a full investigation of the program and determine how widely spread these abuses are.”The province has noted there are success stories from the nominee program, along with some business immigrants who will stay and help boost the province’s population.MacDonald has also said the program has a net economic benefit to the Island, and that the millions of dollars in deposit forfeitures are helping pay for social services that assist immigrants and other Islanders, such as hiring additional teachers.Under Prince Edward Island’s system, applicants who are nominated for the ownership stream of the provincial nominee program must invest $150,000 and have operating expenses of $75,000 over a year.The province nominates the newcomers after it has approved the business plan, received the escrow deposits, and met with the immigrant, sending a certificate to Ottawa.If approved federally, the applicants gain their permanent residency, unlike in some Canadian jurisdictions, where applicants apply for a temporary residency or work permit while fulfilling various portions of an agreement with the province.Both P.E.I. opposition leaders say there is an opportunity for the provincial auditor general to delve into the program to see if it is fulfilling its mandate, and make recommendations for changes.An audit of Manitoba’s version of a similar program in 2013 found a number of shortcomings in how applicants’ records were checked and the monitoring of whether immigrants were staying in the province.Manitoba has recently announced it has dropped the deposit system, raised the minimum investment required for the Winnipeg area and now requires additional qualifications for applicants to receive a work permit.The spokesperson for the federal minister of immigration didn’t reply to a request for comment.The federal Immigration Department sent an email saying it “works closely with provinces and territories in the design and operation of their individual provincial nominee program streams, and will continue to do so with a view to measuring performance and improving program models.”— By Michael Tutton in Halifaxlast_img read more

Media face challenges in rush to sexual misconduct reckoning

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Talk-show host Tavis Smiley isn’t just upset with PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s upset about his depiction in the media.Smiley believes that if he hadn’t talked publicly about romantic relationships with subordinates at his company, the behaviour that led to his downfall, the public would make little distinction between him and those who have been accused of sexual assault or rape.Conflation of different forms of misbehaviour — the idea itself is controversial — is one of the issues facing media organizations covering the fast-moving story of sexual misconduct that went into overdrive with investigations into Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour.“The media is painting with too broad a brush,” Smiley said. “We have lost all sense of nuance and proportionality in how we cover these stories.”Actor Matt Damon was torched for broaching the topic recently. He told ABC News that all accused men shouldn’t be lumped together because there’s a spectrum of behaviour. There’s a difference between a pat on the rear and child molestation, he said.“Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” he said.Actress Minnie Driver called Damon tone-deaf. Actress Alyssa Milano, who began a cultural movement by urging other women who have been harassed to proclaim #MeToo on social media, tweeted in reply that victims are hurt by all forms of misconduct. All are evidence of misogyny.Still, as the rush of stories about misbehaviour slows down — if it slows down — the point Damon raises will loom larger. Debate over the consequences of Sen. Al Franken’s groping continues despite his resignation. The New York Times noted the difficulties in deciding whether to fire reporter Glenn Thrush following documentation of his unwanted drunken advances on women. Thrush was suspended and stripped of his White House beat.The New York Daily News groups many of its stories about misconduct allegations under the tag “Perv Nation.” The newspaper makes clear that not all allegations are the same, said Daily News executive Rebecca Baker, also president of the Society of Professional Journalists.However, she said, “I don’t think the media can tell people what to think or stop people from conflating things.”Society is in the midst of a debate over changing norms of behaviour that’s very intense and not very organized, said Nicholas Lemann, former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Distinctions can fall by the wayside with the temperature so high, he said.“It’s a good way for society to change its values,” Lemann said. “It’s a bad way to protect individual rights.”In Smiley’s case, PBS agreed that his history of dating subordinates was the central issue in his firing. But a PBS statement also spoke mysteriously of “other conduct,” giving no other details in order to protect the privacy of people who complained about him.An unwillingness, or inability, to specify behaviour that results in discipline can contribute to conflation. In firing reporter Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker magazine cited “improper sexual behaviour.” Lizza said his bosses mischaracterized “a respectful relationship with a woman I dated.” Her lawyer disputed this, saying the relationship wasn’t respectful, but wouldn’t say why.A television news producer recently dismissed because of his behaviour is concerned that he will be lumped in with bad-behaving media men like Matt Lauer or Charlie Rose, and had his lawyer issue a statement saying his client was never “accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any sort of lewd conduct.”But how he’s judged is ultimately out of his control, since neither employer nor employee will publicly say what the person actually did that cost him his job.Early stories on misconduct cases — think the Times and New Yorker on Weinstein, The Washington Post on Rose and Roy Moore — were meticulously reported and have proven airtight. The challenge for news organizations is maintaining that rigour with more women coming forward to tell their stories and the pressure for scoops ratchets up.“If you don’t have one of these things really nailed down, it’s a very bad thing for you,” Lemann said. “Whoever gets one of these things wrong, it’s going to be very embarrassing.”The story has already led to some unorthodox decisions. Vox.com assigned a woman who alleged harassment by Thrush, who said the incident still made her angry, to report and write on accusations by her and others. Having someone with a clear personal stake report such a sensitive story would make many news organizations squeamish, although no substantive questions have been raised about her work.Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt wrote in The Washington Post about rough justice being dispensed by the media, “much of it deserved.” Even the worst offenders deserve due process, he said. It isn’t easy or quick — but other victims are watching, wondering whether it is safe to speak out.“Rarely does media have such a complicated job with stakes as high as these,” he wrote.last_img read more

Shareholder motions demand Imperial Oil transparency on water risk lobbying

first_imgCALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. shareholders are seeking to force the company to be more transparent about its water-related risks from pollution and climate change, as well as its lobbying activities and expenditures.A motion sponsored by Fonds de Solidarite des Travailleurs du Quebec, a $13.7-billion socially responsible investment firm, regarding water-related risks will be voted on at Imperial’s annual meeting on April 27.OceanRock Investments Inc., a $1.5-billion fund associated with Desjardins Group, has sponsored the lobbying motion.Imperial is recommending shareholders vote against both because it says it already provides enough transparency.Laura Gosset, engagement analyst for the Shareholder Association for Research and Education or SHARE, says her organization was turned down when it asked Imperial to voluntarily adopt more transparent policies on water risk.“As one of the largest oil producing and refining companies in Canada, Imperial’s heavy reliance on water for its production processes means the company and its investors are exposed to potential physical, regulatory and reputational water-related risks, both in terms of water consumption and wastewater disposal,” she said.Gosset is hoping strong shareholder support for the motion will encourage the company to reconsider and accept reporting practices that are being followed by many of its peers, including Cenovus Energy Inc. and Husky Energy Inc.In a regulatory filing, Imperial said its disclosures about water risk provide the “necessary transparency,” and its compliance with lobbying laws means its activities are already reported in associated lobbying registries.Meanwhile, pipeline company TransCanada Corp. is recommending investors vote in favour of a shareholder motion being considered at its annual meeting also on April 27 in Calgary.The motion calls for TransCanada to report on how it is assessing long-term risks in relation to climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.In a filing, it said it welcomes the opportunity to improve its disclosure.Oilsands giant Suncor Energy brought forward shareholder motions at its annual meeting in 2016 calling for it to provide more detail on its plans to thrive under tougher climate policy and on its political lobbying.Shareholders followed management’s recommendations in the votes, approving the former motion and defeating the latter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:IMO, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU)last_img read more

US consumer spending up inflationadjusted 03 per cent

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. consumer spending rose in September by a solid, inflation-adjusted 0.3 per cent, led by increased spending on health care services and motor vehicles.The Commerce Department also said Monday that the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation returned to the central bank’s 2 annual per cent target after having been slightly elevated in prior months. In addition, personal incomes rose 0.2 per cent in September — the smallest gain since June 2017. Roughly half of that increase was wiped out by inflation.Consumer spending accounts for the majority of U.S. economic activity, and it was the key driver of overall growth during the July-September quarter. The economy climbed at an annual rate of 3.5 per cent in that quarter, helped by the strongest jump in consumer spending in about four years, the Commerce Department said Friday.But economic growth slowed from a 4.2 per cent gain in the second quarter as the pace of business investment fell and continued growth may depend even more on consumer spending.Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, expects that consumer spending will begin to slow after having gotten a jolt this year from the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump.“Spending recently has been boosted by the tax cuts but the incremental boost to spending power is now over,” Shepherdson said.Consumers did pull back on their spending for food services last month, but they were helped by a 3.5 per cent increase in spending on autos.The Fed’s preferred inflation metric — personal consumption expenditures — found that prices ticked up just 0.1 per cent in September.The personal savings rate slipped to a still-healthy 6.2 per cent in September, but that was the lowest level in 2018.last_img read more

Missouri farmer charged in 140M organic grain fraud scheme

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa — A Missouri farmer and businessman ripped off consumers nationwide by falsely marketing more than $140 million worth of corn, soybeans and wheat as certified organic grains, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.The long-running fraud scheme outlined in court documents by prosecutors in Iowa is one of the largest uncovered in the fast-growing organic farming industry. The victims included food companies and their customers who paid higher prices because they thought they were buying grains that had been grown using environmentally sustainable practices.The alleged leader of the scheme was identified as Randy Constant of Chillicothe, Missouri, who was charged with one count of wire fraud. He is expected to plead guilty during a hearing that is scheduled at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday.The charging document calls on Constant to forfeit $128 million to the government along with his interest in 70 pieces of farm machinery and equipment. His attorney, Mark Weinhardt, didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment.Three Nebraska farmers who sold their crops to Constant pleaded guilty in October to their roles in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing. One of their attorneys has said that Constant recruited them and that they turned a blind eye to his false marketing practices because they reaped higher profits by passing their grains off as organic.Constant was the owner of Organic Land Management, which held certifications through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grow organic corn and soybeans on farms in Missouri and Nebraska. He was also the owner of Jericho Solutions, which operated in Ossian, Iowa, and sold and marketed grain labeled as organic to customers nationwide.To be certified organic, grains must be grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and other substances that can be harmful to the environment. Organic farmers must go through a roughly three-year process to achieve certified status, which includes reviews by a USDA-accredited agent and on-site inspections.Constant told customers his grain was certified organic because some of it had been grown on his farms in Missouri and Nebraska. But the charging document alleges that at least 90 per cent of the grain being sold was non-organic grain that he either grew himself elsewhere or bought from other farmers.Constant was aware that farmers he purchased from used unapproved substances, including pesticides and nitrogen, to grow their crops, the document says.Constant sold more than $142.4 million worth of falsely marketed organic grain to at least 10 customers nationwide between 2010 and mid-2017, when he voluntarily surrendered a certificate to operate in the USDA’s National Organic Program. The scheme allegedly dates back to at least 2004 but additional sales figures weren’t available.Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Strong economy does little to lift department store salesNEW YORK (AP) — Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales over the holidays in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas. So when Macy’s and Kohl’s reported lacklustre numbers on Thursday, they were taken aback, sending retail stocks into a tailspin and calling into question whether such mall-based chains can compete in a changing landscape.___Powell repeats pledge to remain ‘patient’ with rate hikesWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the central bank has the ability to be “patient” and watch carefully to see how the economy evolves this year. Speaking to an audience in Washington, Powell on Wednesday delivered the same reassuring message of patience that had bolstered markets last Friday.___Industrials lead US stocks higher again; Macy’s nosedivesNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished higher for the fifth day in a row in uneven trading. Industrial companies rise following the latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China while Macy’s takes its biggest loss of all time after reporting weak holiday sales. Other retailers sink, while technology companies and high-dividend stocks rose.___Auto industry troubles buffet Ford, Jaguar Land RoverFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The headwinds buffeting the global auto industry made themselves felt in Europe as mass-market carmaker Ford and luxury-focused Jaguar Land Rover announced sweeping restructurings that will cost thousands of jobs. Ford Motor Co. said it will cutting an unspecified number of jobs in Europe as it seeks to make its business there more profitable, refocusing on commercial trucks and SUVs and dumping less lucrative models while shifting production to electric cars over the longer term.___US apparel firm cuts off Chinese factory in internment campA leading U.S. supplier of sportswear to college bookstores says it will no longer do business with a Chinese manufacturer that has used workers from an internment camp for ethnic minorities. An Associated Press investigation found last month that the Chinese government was forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food production. The investigation tracked shipments from a Chinese factory to Badger Sportswear in North Carolina.___US, China leave next steps for trade talks unclearBEIJING (AP) — The United States says talks on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods. But it gave no indication of progress on resolving disputes over Beijing’s technology ambitions and other thorny issues. China’s Ministry of Commerce said the two sides would “maintain close contact.” But neither side gave any indication of the next step during their 90-day cease-fire in a tariff fight that threatens to chill global economic growth.___CES 2019: “Family tech” gadgets appeal to parental anxietyLAS VEGAS (AP) — The CES gadget show is full of new devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents. There are artificially intelligent toys to keep kids occupied, educate them and get them to brush their teeth without parental nagging. A common thread among the gadgets showcased in Las Vegas this week is an appeal to parental anxiety.___Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug pricesWASHINGTON (AP) — Leading congressional liberals are unveiling a package of bills that aims to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other countries. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings plan to introduce three bills Thursday. A major idea would open up generic competition to brand-name drugs deemed “excessively priced.” The package echoes some themes sounded by President Donald Trump but rejected by most Republicans.___Fiat Chrysler reaches settlement in emissions cheating casesWASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $300 million fine to the U.S. government, to settle allegations that it cheated on emissions tests. Under a deal with the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Italian-American automaker also will recall and repair the more than 104,000 Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks that are not in compliance. Fiat Chrysler has not admitted any wrongdoing.___Treasury chief: No sanctions relief for Russian oligarchWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to tell lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Democrats asked Mnuchin to brief the House about the U.S. agreement to lift sanctions on three companies that Deripaska has owned or controlled. In a statement released ahead of the briefing Thursday, Mnuchin reiterated that Deripaska and his companies will remain under sanctions.___The S&P 500 index added 11.68 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,596.64. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 122.80 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,001.92. The Nasdaq composite rose 28.99 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,986.07. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 6.63 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,445.43.U.S. crude added 0.4 per cent to $52.59 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, slid 0.4 per cent to $61.68 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.43 a gallon and heating oil rose 1.3 per cent to $1.91 a gallon. Natural gas dipped 0.5 per cent to $2.97 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm watch issued for Fort Nelson region

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Fort Nelson.Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce large hail and heavy rain.A moist and unstable air mass over the Northeast B.C. Interior will produce thunderstorms over Fort Nelson region this afternoon and evening. There is a potential that some of these thunderstorms may become severe.last_img