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Judge to rule Feb 8 whether Quebec mosque killer gets 150year sentence

first_imgQUEBEC — The man who killed six people inside a Quebec City mosque last year will learn Feb. 8 whether he spends the rest of his life behind bars.Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot announced the date for Alexandre Bissonnette’s sentencing at a court hearing this morning.The Crown is asking that Bissonnette receive six consecutive life sentences, meaning he would not be eligible for parole before serving 150 years in prison.The defence has argued the sentences should be served concurrently, meaning the killer, 28, could be paroled after 25 years.Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into a mosque in the provincial capital in January 2017 and opened fire.A sentencing hearing was held in June, and a decision was originally expected in October. But Huot requested additional information on the constitutionality of consecutive life sentences.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Judges cannot be overly swayed by victim impact statements legal experts

first_imgStephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press Legal experts say a sentencing judge must use caution and not be overwhelmed by victim impact statements.A Saskatchewan judge heard more than 70 victim impact statements this week as part of a sentencing hearing for the truck driver who caused a fatal crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus.Court heard that Jaskirat Singh Sidhu blew through a stop sign at a rural intersection and the bus driver could not avoid the collision.Sixteen on the bus were killed and 13 others were injured. Sidhu was not hurt.The powerful statements delivered by family and friends where emotional and often raw. They demonstrated a range of feelings from bewilderment and anger to sympathy and forgiveness.Benjamin Perrin, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, said victim impact statements have been part of the Canadian justice system since the late 1980s, and were introduced out of concern that victims were being left out.In 2015, the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights came into effect. It established the right of those harmed by a crime to present their feelings, including photographs, and allows judges to consider the statements as part of sentencing decisions.Perrin said such a large number of statements as in the Broncos case is rare, but it speaks to the impact of the crime, which is relevant.“There’s a lot of caution that needs to be taken by judges in considering the victim impact statements, but they do provide valuable evidence that can be a source for them to arrive at a fair and appropriate sentence,” said Perrin, who was a legal adviser to former prime minister Stephen Harper.“When you or I hear a victim impact statement it can have a really profound and poignant impact on us, and you raise up your passions to give a really stiff sentence. That’s because we’re not judges. We’re not trained in the law.”Marie Manikis, an associate law professor at McGill University has researched the role of victim impact statements. She said the focus should not be to craft a sentence, but to communicate a message.The statements can be interpreted as either aggravating or mitigating factors in sentencing, she said, and hearing them can have an impact on an offender’s level of remorse and responsibility.In Sidhu’s case, it’s difficult because some victims have expressed forgiveness, while others have voiced condemnation, Manikis said.Saskatchewan criminal lawyer Aaron Fox said victim submissions are designed to make a sentencing judge aware of how someone has been affected by a crime.But the second and more important function, he said, is that they allow victims the chance to participate in the proceedings and have their voices heard.“I don’t think victim impact statements necessarily have a big influence on what the sentence would be,” said Fox. “The judge will listen to them. The judge will consider them, but really can’t be overly swayed by it.”Perrin suggested it can be cathartic for some victims to have their feelings heard and cited research that shows it can be worse for them if they don’t feel included in court proceedings.“The criminal justice system is really not a healing process as much as we would like it to be.”last_img read more

Raptors in court battle over logo Monster Energy says clawmarks too similar

first_imgWhether or not the NBA’s Toronto Raptors take home the league championship after tonight’s basketball game, the team still faces a court battle of a very different kind.Monster Energy, makers of a well-known sports drink, says the team’s logo of a clawed-up basketball is too similar to theirs.The drink company has been fighting with the Raptors over the image before the U.S. Patent Office’s trial and appeal board since 2015.That was almost right after Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Raptors, registered the new design. Monster has filed similar complaints in Canada and as far afield as Peru.U.S. patent lawyer Josh Gerben says there is a small chance the Raptors could lose the right to the popular logo.He says it’s most likely the companies will settle out of court.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crown wont appeal case of Quebec man who killed Alzheimersstricken wife

first_imgMONTREAL — The Crown says it won’t be appealing a sentence handed down last month to a Quebec man who killed his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife in 2017.Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions says in a brief statement today it won’t seek a stiffer sentence for Michel Cadotte.Cadotte, 58, was sentenced May 28 to two years less a day in jail, three years of probation and 240 hours of community service.A jury found Cadotte guilty of manslaughter on Feb. 23 for the suffocation death of his wife of 19 years in her long-term care bed.Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to speak or care for herself.The Crown had sought an eight-year prison term, citing the vulnerability of the victim and the violent nature of her death, while the defence had recommended a sentence of between six and 12 months.Neither the Crown nor the defence was able to find any jurisprudence that could guide the judge on sentencing.Crown spokesman Jean Pascal Boucher says in a statement that following a rigorous examination of Quebec Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo’s decision, the decision was made not to appeal.Boucher says that Lizotte’s family was advised of the decision.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kirk Douglas Honors Nick Cannon At LA Mission Gala

first_imgThe Los Angeles Mission honored two individuals Tuesday at its annual Legacy of Vision Gala.Nick Cannon With Kirk and Anne DouglasCredit/Copyright: LA MissionEntertainer Nick Cannon was honored by Kirk and Anne Douglas with the “Anne Douglas Center for Woman Award” for his “Vision, leadership and commitment” to human dignity and personal achievement. And long-time Mission volunteer Judy Bork received the “Legacy of Vision” award for her commitment and support.“We honored two very dedicated and deserving persons,” said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “Both Nick and Judy have made it possible for the Mission and so many other charities to serve the LA community. We appreciate those who give time, who help highlight the issues facing the homeless today and who support the work we and others do every day.”When Judy Bork volunteered at the Los Angeles Mission, she went all out. And among the beneficiaries was David Thomas – at the time homeless and participant in the Mission’s long-term rehab program. Thomas couldn‚Äôt read, and Bork took the time, dedication and patience to teach him. The result for Thomas was a life restored. For Bork it was another quiet but significant impact on the lives of the hurting in her 20-plus years of volunteering. Today Thomas is the Assistant Food Service Manager at the Los Angeles Mission. He went from his Mission graduation to the Culinary Arts Institute, and then back to preparing 1,500 meals a day for the homeless.“God gave me a heart for the poor,” said Bork on receiving her recognition. “For the past 20 years I have developed a passion for working the poor and disadvantaged, and have volunteered with several agencies. I love working with those who are allowing the Lord to reconstruct their lives at the Los Angeles Mission and other organizations locally and internationally.”Cannon was the host of the evening’s program, but that changed when Kirk and Anne Douglas came onto the stage and presented him with his Tiffany and Company-designed award for service to the community.“It was very humbling to have the honor of meeting and being presented with an award by the legendary Kirk Douglas” said Cannon. “This was a very special and proud moment for me, and I appreciate the Douglases and the Los Angeles Mission for allowing me to be a part of their prestigious event. I look forward to continuing my work with them to help fight hunger and homelessness.”Last year at the Gala, Kirk Douglas surprised his wife with a $5-million pledge to the Mission in her honor. The donation was a doubling of his gift announced earlier in 2012. The $10-Million total gift is pledged over the next two decades.Several Mission graduates spoke with guests during the reception time prior to the dinner, and appeared on stage during the event to talk about their experiences.Diane Morales talked about creating the Anne Douglas Center’s eBay site, and her desire to continue her education. “After I finish school, I plan on pursuing a career in the IT field,” Morales said. Her husband, Javier Morales came to the Mission together to rebuild their lives. They were married after their 2010 Mission graduation. Javier has been working in the Mission’s maintenance department, and plans to pursue a career as an electrician.Shannon Schumaker graduated in 2009, and works with the homeless at the Weingart Center, a Skid Row area service provider. She is working toward an Associate Degree in college currently, with the goal of completing college to work in community development. “The Los Angeles mission gave me hope that relit my fire and spark for life,” Schumaker said.Also on hand was 2011 graduate Juan Johnson, currently working as night manager at Fresco Market. His goal is to move up in the company and become a store manager.The ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills was transformed to accommodate the dozens of tables donors purchased for the fundraiser. Guests showed up to support the Douglas‚Äô and to show their financial support for the Skid Row community served by the Mission. There was a silent auction started on site. Bids can still be entered until Tuesday October 15, 2013 here.The event included a culinary extravaganza by Chef Ashley James, executive chef of the Four Seasons, who prepared menus for both the reception and the dinner. “Through food, passion and sharing we can change the world, just as Los Angeles Mission has been doing for so many years,” said Chef James. “Its a huge honor to be part of this amazing event, inspiring future hope, as everyone deserves to be treated like a star once in a while.”Presenting entertainment for the evening was the Rat Pack Band, who paid tribute to the music and comedy of the Frank Sinatra-led Rat Pack.Sponsors for the event included the John W. Carson Foundation, City National Bank, BET and Northbound.Los Angeles Mission was established in 1936 as a soup kitchen and Christian outreach to homeless men on Skid Row. During the depression years, homeless and unemployed men struggled on the streets of cities across America. Soup kitchens were started and bread lines were formed, often supported by religious and civic groups to provide food to the needy. The Los Angeles Mission started in just this manner.Several decades later, in the mid 1980’s, it was clear that the needs of the homeless overwhelmed the capacity of Mission’s original Los Angeles Street building, and the organization set out to expand. Vacant property at the corner of 5th and Wall Street was purchased and the present facility was built. It was dedicated in 1992.With that new facility, the Mission was the first in Lost Angeles to establish a dedicated women’s center – The Anne Douglas Center for Women – a long-term residential rehabilitation facility endowed by Kirk and Anne Douglas. It was a tour of the old Mission by the Douglases and the realization by Anne that there was no place for women that led to her passion to help the women. The doors to a new facility for women opened in February 1992.For more than 75 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.last_img read more

Rachel Hunter And Jane Goodall Want New Zealand To Ban Ivory Trade

first_imgProminent New Zealand businessmen and philanthropists, Dr Gareth Morgan and Sir Stephen Tindall, have teamed up with international supermodel and Patron to Born Free Foundation Rachel Hunter, and the Executive Director of SPCA Auckland, Bob Kerridge, to formally urge the New Zealand Government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading and to crush the Crown’s confiscated ivory stockpile.These prominent New Zealanders join internationally renowned conservationists, Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, and Dr Jane Goodall, and leaders of some of the most highly respected international conservation agencies, who have jointly expressed their mutual desire for such action in an Open Letter delivered to Rt Hon Mr Key and the New Zealand Government Thursday 17th July 2014. With an in-depth knowledge of the elephant poaching crisis and witness to the effects of the illegal ivory trade on the ground in Africa, these conservation agencies are calling upon New Zealand to take further steps to support international collaborative efforts to stop the buying, stop the trafficking and stop the killing.All of the signatories acknowledge and commend New Zealand for its internationally respected effective border control. However, with the continuing poaching epidemic they are urging New Zealand to also step up demand reduction efforts, increase public awareness and strengthen legislation. New Zealand is not immune to the illegal ivory trade, and authorities have confiscated over 700 pieces of illegal ivory since 1989, most of which were confiscated coming into the country. Last year, an Auckland man was the first New Zealander to be convicted for illegally trading in ivory.The Open Letter is timely, considering the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is due to make a decision on 24th July 2014 regarding the petition of Auckland teacher Ms Virginia Woolf, signed by over 4300, requesting the New Zealand Government completely ban the ivory trade and crush the confiscated ivory stockpile. The Select Committee’s decision will come hot on the heels of new charges laid by authorities in May 2014, in relation to 31 pieces of ivory.Noted in Ms Woolf’s submission to the Select Committee, are the comments of Senior Investigator Department of Conservation, Mr Dylan Swain, who has verbally stated that ivory confiscated in New Zealand includes ivory believed to be sourced since the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 1989 ivory trade ban, and ivory which appears to have been stained to look older.With such indications that New Zealand has a direct link to the illicit ivory trade and the poaching of African elephants, and an Open Letter illustrating significant if not unprecedented national and international support for New Zealand to take action, the world’s conservationists are watching for the decision of the Select Committee.Reports from US intelligence agencies and the UN show that profits from ivory trafficking are fuelling crime, corruption and violence in fragile African democracies and financing organisations that threaten security. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, recently commented, “…We can all do more, and we must, if we are to tackle this vile, illegal trade in wildlife.”The price for ivory has tripled over the past four years in China, and the illegal ivory trade continues to decimate African elephant populations. The current poaching epidemic is of a different scale and nature to that which prompted the 1989 international ivory trade ban.In New Zealand demand for ivory remains high, with Webbs auction house reporting in 2012 that prices continued to exceed estimates. Re-exports of ivory from New Zealand have reportedly increased in recent years along with the number of ivory items imported for trade purposes – 78% of all ivory items imported into New Zealand for trade purposes since the 1989 trade-ban occur over just a three year period, from 2010 to 2012. Data indicates that on a per capita basis New Zealand exceeded the US, a major ivory consuming nation, for ivory carving imports between 2009 and 2012.The driver of the illicit ivory trade is demand. 35,000 elephants were poached for their ivory in 2012 alone. Very much an international issue, the illicit ivory trade spans the globe and a globally iconic species is on a clear path to extinction. Action is needed at a truly global level, by every nation with a domestic ivory trade – to reduce demand and shun ivory as a commodity completely.Read more of this story at SavingTheWild.com.Source:SavingTheWild.comlast_img read more

Miss Universe Organization Partners With Smile Train

first_imgThe Miss Universe Organization and Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, have announced a new charitable partnership to help raise awareness of the issues faced by children living with unrepaired clefts in the developing world.The new relationship will provide opportunities for the reigning Miss Universe and international titleholders to get involved with Smile Train’s global initiatives in the 85+ countries where the charity helps children.“We truly believe in what Smile Train represents – hope, joy, perseverance and transformation,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “We are extremely proud to work with an organization that is committed to delivering a positive impact to the communities in which we work, and are steadfast in our commitment to help support their efforts and long-term sustainability.”Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in the developing world to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries across the world.“We are honored to be a new official charity partner of The Miss Universe Organization to raise awareness for the vital cause of cleft lip and palate repair and related treatment,” said Susannah Schaefer, CEO, Smile Train. “We hope that this relationship will help us mobilize supporters, both new and old, by leveraging The Miss Universe Organization’s incredible voice and helping to transform lives in the process.”The partnership will amplify a shared set of core values, centered on the organizations’ global reach and commitment to empowering children to lead full, productive lives.To kick-off these efforts, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will have the opportunity to meet with Smile Train’s Country Director for the Philippines, Kimmy Flaviano, while she is visiting Manila next week. Wurtzbach will learn more about the organization’s efforts and Smile Train’s local partners who are on the ground helping cleft patients 365 days a year.“I look forward to my homecoming next week and helping to kick-off our organization’s new partnership with Smile Train,” said Wurtzbach. “As Miss Universe, I look forward to lending my voice and a helping hand to continue to raise awareness for children born with cleft lip and palate in the developing world, including my home country, the Philippines.”For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org.last_img read more

Stars Attend Path2Parenthood Annual Gala

first_imgOn April 15, doctors, celebrities and supporters of alternative family planning alike gathered to honor Stuart Bell as well as actors Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffudd at the Path2Parenthood Annual Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in West Hollywood.Celebrity attendees of the event included Alice Evans (The Vampire Diaries), Ioan Gruffudd (San Andreas, Fantastic 4), Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Sebastian Roché (The Originals), Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives), Ian Alda (Silicon Valley), Alice Amter (The Big Bang Theory), Blake Cooper Griffin (Love Is All You Need), Michael Ensign (Titanic) and Gabriela Dias (Model).Guests enjoyed a delicious meal as they listened to thought provoking and moving speeches from impassioned supporters of the nonprofit organization including a hilarious special performance by comedian and host of Don’t Tell My MOTHER!, Nikki Levy.A silent auction commenced in the next room featuring a wide variety of items. Proceeds of the auction will go to aiding those that the organization provides assistance to.Path2Parenthood (P2P) is an inclusive organization committed to assisting people who need help in creating their families by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely education.last_img read more

The Elders Call On Myanmar To Allow Return Of Displaced Rohingya

first_imgThe Elders today called on Myanmar’s government and military leaders to end all military operations in Rakhine State, and allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh and other countries to return.Following their board meeting in London, The Elders also expressed their deep concern and dismay at the wave of violence and destruction that has scarred Rakhine in recent months. Those who are responsible for these crimes must be held to account.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:“The violence and displacement, persecution and killings in Rakhine State must stop. The hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes must be allowed to return and live dignified lives, and their peace and security must be assured by state security forces. Sustainable peace in Rakhine – and Myanmar – can only be achieved when there are tangible improvements to the lives of the Rakhine and Muslim communities in the state.”The Elders welcomed the final report of the Rakhine Commission that their Chair Kofi Annan submitted in August 2017. They noted that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the government of Myanmar have accepted the report, and that it was supported by all UN member states who participated at an Arria-formula meeting of the Security Council on 13 October. They now urged its full implementation.The Elders believe that the Commission’s report should form a roadmap to address the root causes of conflict in Rakhine State and enable all communities to live free from poverty, violence and discrimination.last_img read more

Ricky Gervais Ban On Wild Animal Circus Acts Needs To Happen Without

first_imgComedian Ricky Gervais has urged an end to the “madness”, supporting Animal Defenders International (ADI) in its call for a UK-wide ban on wild animal circus acts without delay.The plea comes after a backbench bill to progress legislation in England was blocked, like previous attempts, by a single MP on Friday.Ricky Gervais said: “Using and abusing animals is not what I call entertainment. A ban on wild animal circus acts needs to happen without delay. Please support ADI and help secure a UK-wide ban, ending this madness once and for all.”Last month, the UK Government indicated it would ban wild animals in circuses within England by January 2020, allowing regulations brought in as a temporary measure to expire. Following years of promises to bring in legislation, however, the announcement has been welcomed cautiously.Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International, said: “After so many years of promises, the public remains both frustrated and sceptical. They have heard it all before. With Scotland leading the way, the UK Government, and Wales and Northern Ireland, must call time on wild animals in circuses and legislate without further delay.”Forty three countries have stepped up to stop circus suffering to date, with 27 of the bans – including in Scotland and Ireland, where prohibitions were passed last year – introduced since draft legislation for England was published in 2013. Since then, repeated efforts by backbench MPs to bring in a ban through Private Member’s Bills, supported by ADI, have been thwarted by just a few MPs. The latest bill, from Conservative MP Trudy Harrison, was introduced on 6 March; backed by the UK government, it was opposed on Friday 16 March but will have another Second Reading on 27 April. Although such bills can become law it is uncommon and just one MP can block its progress, unlike a government bill.Changing attitudes and awareness of animal suffering have seen the number of wild animal circuses in Britain plummet, with opinion polls consistently showing that the UK public remains overwhelmingly opposed to wild animal acts, with a high proportion against all animal acts. Only two circuses perform in England, as well as Wales, with a total of 19 wild animals, Circus Mondao and Peter Jolly’s Circus.Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy. Welfare is always compromised. Expert analysis of scientific evidence, the most comprehensive and recent study of its kind to date, found “Life for wild animals in travelling circuses…does not appear to constitute either a ‘good life’ or a ‘life worth living’” with a ban supported by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and British Veterinary Association.Backing ADI’s campaign to stop circus suffering and secure a UK-wide ban, Brian Blessed said: “It cannot come soon enough for the animals, who must endure an utterly unnatural and miserable life in the circus.” And Joanna Lumley: “Forced to perform, caged and confined, it is haunting and horrifying to see animals being used in circuses …We must end these pitiful acts across the UK”.last_img read more

All the Canadian Features at TIFF 16

first_imgAdvertisement How is it already time for TIFF?! The craziest 11-day whirlwind is just over a month away, and we’re sitting here in disbelief. We were just beginning to enjoy the summer, too…Oh, c’mon! We are so excited to read what the Toronto International Film Festival has in store for Canadian film fans, and pumped for the directors invited! From newcomers to established auteurs, this year’s slate of Canuck films is way hot.We’re especially happy for: Andrew Cividino, who received the Len Blum Residency today; REEL CANADA champions (and industry leaders) Alanis Obomsawin, Deepa Mehta, Bruce McDonald, Nathan Morlando, Hubert Davis, Tony Elliott, and Chloe Robichaud, who revealed their latest projects; and all the other films below that sound so incredible! Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Read on for all the Canadian features announced today—and those announced earlier last week! Complete and abridged summaries courtesy of the festival. (Images denote REEL CANADA directors!)SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AND GALASThe Headhunter’s Calling (dir. Mark Williams)“A ruthless corporate headhunter in Chicago battles his rival for control of their job placement firm, until a family tragedy brings his personal and professional lives into conflict. Starring Gerard Butler, Alison Brie, Willem Dafoe, Gretchen Mol, Alfred Molina, and Max Jenkins.”Below Her Mouth (dir. April Mullen)“A bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Dallas, a roofer, and Jasmine, a fashion editor, share a powerful and immediate connection that inevitably derails both of their lives. Starring Erika Linder, Natalie Krill, and Sebastian Pigott.”Mean Dreams (dir. Nathan Morlando)“A tense coming-of-age thriller about a 15-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves. While her violent and corrupt cop father hunts them down, they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever. Starring Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton, and Colm Feore.”Two Lovers and a Bear (dir. Kim Nguyen)“In a modern town near the North Pole where about 200 souls live precariously in minus 50 degree weather, Lucy and Roman fall in love. But now, ghosts from Lucy’s past are coming back, and she needs to run away or she will burn. Together, these lovers decide to make a leap for life, a leap for inner peace. Starring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan.” Weirdos (dir. Bruce McDonald)“Nova Scotia, 1976. It’s the weekend of the American Bicentennial and 15-year-old Kit is running away from home. With girlfriend Alice, Kit hitchhikes through the maritime landscape towards a new home with his mother, Laura. Along the way, Kit and Alice’s relationship is tested as Kit approaches a realization that will change his life forever. Starring Dylan Authors, Julia Sarah Stone, Molly Parker, and Allan Hawco.”Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) (dir. Ann Marie Fleming)“A feature-length animated film about a young Canadian poet who embarks on a whirlwind voyage of discovery — of herself, her family, love, history, and the nature of poetry. Featuring the voices of Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Don McKellar, Nancy Kwan, and Shohreh Aghdashloo.” MASTERSAnatomy of Violence (dir. Deepa Mehta)“In 2012, a young woman was gang raped by six men inside a moving bus in New Delhi. She was beaten senseless and thrown naked out onto the street. Eleven actors collaborated on Deepa Mehta’s devastating fictional dramatization of the lives of the rapists.”We Can’t Make The Same Mistake Twice (dir. Alanis Obomsawin)“In 2007, the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. They argued that child and family welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves and in the Yukon were underfunded and inferior to services offered to other Canadian children. This film documents this epic court challenge, giving voice to the tenacious childcare workers at its epicentre.” Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Avatar 2 is now scheduled for 2020 with third film coming out

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement The original 2009 “Avatar” film has netted over $2.7 billion, centring on the conflict between humans and the blue-skinned alien race Na’vi of Pandora. Login/Register With: James Cameron has set the release dates for the next four “Avatar” sequels, with the first coming in 2020.The movie’s Facebook page Saturday posted a photo of Cameron and his massive film crew, who have been working on all four films simultaneously. The post said “Avatar 2” will hit theatres Dec. 18, 2020, and “Avatar 3” comes a year later, on Dec. 17, 2021.The franchise then takes a three-year hiatus before returning with “Avatar 4” on Dec. 20, 2024, and “Avatar 5” on Dec. 19, 2025. The first sequel had been expected in 2018 but Cameron this year said that timetable wouldn’t be met. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Competition Bureau sues Ticketmaster over misleading ticket price advertising

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The mandatory fees imposed by Ticketmaster vary by ticket, and include “service fees”, “facility charges” and “order processing fees”. The Bureau’s investigation found that Ticketmaster’s advertised prices are deceptive because consumers must pay additional fees that are added later in the purchasing process. This practice, which is known as “drip pricing”, results in consumers paying much higher prices than advertised. Ticketmaster’s mandatory fees often inflate the advertised price by more than 20% and, in some cases, by over 65%.This legal action follows a public statement by the Bureau in July 2017, which called on all sporting and entertainment ticket vendors to review their marketing practices and display the real price of tickets upfront. Facebookcenter_img The Bureau has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal seeking, among other things, an end to the alleged deceptive marketing practices and an administrative monetary penalty.Quick FactsTicketmaster has made the alleged deceptive marketing claims on a number of websites, including ticketmaster.ca, ticketsnow.com and ticketweb.ca, and on mobile applications. Ticketmaster sold over 480 million tickets in 2016 worldwide.Quote“In July, we called on ticket vendors to review their marketing practices. Today, we are filing an application with the Tribunal to stop Ticketmaster from making deceptive claims to consumers. Together, these actions send a strong signal to online retailers: consumers must have confidence that advertised prices are the ones they will pay.”John Pecman,Commissioner of CompetitionRelated InformationAdditional information about online advertising in CanadaAssociated LinksCalling all ticket vendors: Be upfront about the true cost of ticketswww.competitionbureau.gc.caEnquiries/ComplaintsStay connectedThe Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace. Login/Register With: OTTAWA – The Competition Bureau took action today against Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, for allegedly making deceptive claims to consumers when advertising prices for sports and entertainment tickets. Twitterlast_img read more

MIKE ON MUCH PODCAST Celebrates Episode 100

first_img Twitter TORONTO – Much Studios’ MIKE ON MUCH PODCASTcelebrates a milestone today with the release of its 100th episode, featuring a special interview with lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Barenaked Ladies Ed Robertson, available now on iTunes.The MIKE ON MUCH PODCAST was created in 2015 when Mike Veerman, a senior writer/director/producer for Bell Media’s creative agency, joined forces with his friends Max Kerman (Arkells) and Shane Cunningham to take their views on music and entertainment to the digital space. Since then, the trio has been occupying the headphones of listeners across the country, delivering insightful interviews, hilarious personal stories, and pointed opinions on all things music and culture.Over the past 99 episodes, fans have heard revealing interviews with celebrities and leading entertainment industry creatives including Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Lena Waithe (MASTER OF NONE), Camila Cabello, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Bobby Cannavale (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Natasha Leggero (ANOTHER PERIOD), Danny McBride (VICE PRINCIPALS), Walton Goggins (Hateful Eight), and many, many more. Login/Register With:  @Much @MikeonMuch LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About MuchMuch is the hub for everything that’s relevant and trend worthy, delivering a diverse stable of irreverent and topical programming as well as exclusive live events. From the IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS to its industry-leading online and social media platforms, including Much.com, Twitter (more than 1 million followers), Facebook (more than 1.2 million likes), Instagram (almost 70,000 followers), and the multi-channel network Much Studios (more than 7 million combined subscribers), Much continues to deliver unique and entertaining content to its audience. Much is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Notable quotes from MIKE ON MUCH’s eclectic list of guests include:“I’ve got no hobbies, the only things I care about in life are my music, my family, and my football team, and that’s it. I don’t give a shit about anything else.”– Noel Gallagher (Ep. 83)“I’m nervous that I said too much about Trump, I don’t know why I have such a visceral reaction to him. But…I mean…I’m sure he’s a good golfer.”– Natasha Leggero (Ep. 72)“When I write something, if I can’t actually remember it just by picking up my guitar, then it’s probably not that good.”– Kirk Hammett (Ep. 47)On top of the celebrity chats, listeners have also become connected to the hosts themselves, following along each week to the personal stories shared between Veerman, Kerman, and Cunningham. Fans have gotten an intimate look at Veerman and Cunningham’s marriage proposals, Max’s tour experiences, Cunningham’s pregnancy announcement, and heard a whole lot about the party adventures of their group of friends affectionately known as “The Champagne Boys.”In January, 2018, MIKE ON MUCH encouraged Canadians to embrace their singing voice in order to raise money and awareness for lupus with the #ISangForLupusChallenge. The challenge garnered hundreds of submissions, including celebrity participants like Kelly Clarkson, Commander Chris Hadfield, and Jann Arden, and culminated in the podcast’s first-ever live recording in front of a sold-out audience at The Rivoli in Toronto. The event raised funds for Lupus Canada and featured a special interview with Catherine Reitman (WORKIN’ MOMS). Building on the success of their first live show, plans for the next live podcast will be announced in coming weeks.Social Media linkslast_img read more

Killing Eve The Showrunner and Stars on the Love Story Behind the

first_imgAdvertisement Born during the silent era and perfected by Alfred Hitchcock, the cat-and-mouse crime thriller is practically as old as cinema itself. It has also become a staple of television in the binge-viewing age, in addictive series like “Fargo,” “Mindhunter” and “Narcos.”BBC America’s sleeper hit “Killing Eve,” which ends its first season Sunday at 8 p.m., is part of this trend — but you need only glance at its credits to get an idea of what distinguishes it from its peers.Based on a series of stories by Luke Jennings, “Killing Eve” follows the underachieving British intelligence agent Eve Polastri (the “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Sandra Oh, also an associate producer) as she tracks a glamorous, young female assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer) across Europe. Spy thrillers almost never cast women as both the cat and the mouse, and this one also features an equally rare female presence behind the camera: The English writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who created and starred in the pitch-black comedy “Fleabag,” is the series’s lead writer, showrunner and executive producer. Sandra Oh in “Killing Eve,” which ends its first season on Sunday night.CreditBBC America LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement “You did the right thing and you’re not responsible for anything that happened and anything that will happen,” said Griffin during the hearing south of Salt Lake City. “You’re a brave young lady.”The sister of the victim, whose name The Associated Press is withholding because she is a victim of sexual abuse, read a letter on her sister’s behalf blasting Van Wagenen for lying and being a coward.“I strongly believe the only thing you were actually torn up about is the fact that you got caught,” the sister said.Apology ‘meaningless’Van Wagenen declined to apologize when he spoke to the victim and her family.“It’s clear that any kind of apology I can make is meaningless at this point,” Van Wagenen said. “So I am not even going to attempt one. I want you all to know I feel the consequences of what I’ve done. I feel them deeply.”He pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of sexual abuse of a child, both involving the same victim, as part of a plea deal.Van Wagenen co-founded a Utah film festival with Robert Redford that came to be known as Sundance Film Festival. He was the Sundance Institute’s founding executive director, but hasn’t been with the organization for more than 20 years.He was a producer on the 1985 film The Trip to Bountiful, a story of an elderly woman who longs to return to her home. The film earned the late actress Geraldine Page an Academy Award.He has also worked over the years as a film instructor at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University and as a director and producer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a variety of projects, including temple videos.Van Wagenen resigned from his part-time instructor position at the University of Utah’s film and media arts department on Feb. 15, university spokesperson Chris Nelson said.Van Wagenen’s resignation came after a man accused Van Wagenen of molesting him as a boy in 1993. No charges were filed in that case, which was made public by a website that serves as a watchdog for The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church.Van Wagenen thanked that man, who was in court Tuesday, saying it was a “blessing” that he brought “this all to light.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sterling Van Wagenen, left, who helped found the Sundance Film Festival, was sentenced on Tuesday for sexually touching a young girl on two different occasions between 2013 and 2015. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune/Associated Press) Facebook A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child.The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to life said that he hopes the parole board will keep 72-year-old Sterling Van Wagenen in prison longer than the minimum.Judge Robert Griffin commended the young victim for reporting what happened. Prosecutors say Van Wagenen touched a young girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015.last_img read more

First Nations chiefs contemplate breach of treaty declarations indefinite economic disruptions

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsFirst Nations leaders have discussed plans to launch country-wide economic disruptions by the middle of January if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t agree to hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s demand for a treaty meeting, APTN National News has learned.During three days of meetings and teleconferences, chiefs from across the country discussed a plan setting Jan. 16 as the day to launch a campaign of indefinite economic disruptions, including railway and highway blockades, according to two chiefs who were involved in the talks who requested anonymity.“The people are restless, they are saying enough is enough,” said one chief, who was involved in the discussions. “Economic impacts are imminent if there is no response.”Chiefs were still finalizing details of their plans Monday evening and it remained unclear to what extent their discussed options would translate into the official position.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo is expected to write Harper a letter outlining the chiefs’ position.Spence launched her hunger strike on Dec. 11 to force a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston and First Nations leaders to discuss the state of the treaties. Spence said in a statement issued Monday that the aim of the meeting was to “re-establish” the treaty relationship and finally put First Nations people in their “rightful place back here in our homelands that we all call Canada.”The plan of action comes as the Idle No More movement continues to sweep across the country through round dances, rallies along with highway and rail blockades.The Tyendinaga Mohawks briefly blockaded a main CN rail line between Toronto and Montreal Sunday, stranding about 2,000 Via Rail passengers. The Mi’kmaq from the Listuguj First Nation, Que., continue to hold a rail blockade on a CN line along with members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation who have shut a CN line in Sarnia, Ont. In British Columbia, the Seton Lake Indian Band ended a rail blockade on Sunday.How the chiefs’ action plan will mesh with the Idle No More movement remains to be seen. Idle No More organizers issued a statement Monday that distanced the movement from the chiefs.“The chiefs have called for action and anyone who chooses can join with them, however, this is not part of the Idle No More movement as the vision of this grassroots movement does not coincide with the visions of the leadership,” said the statement, posted on the Idle No More Facebook page. “While we appreciate the individual support we have received from chiefs and councillors, we have been given a clear mandate by the grassroots to work outside the systems of government and that is what we will continue to do.”One of the chiefs involved in action plan discussion said the leadership wanted to be sensitive to the grassroots-driven movement and make clear that their plans are being developed in support and as a response to Idle No More.“Chiefs are standing firm in support of Idle No More and grassroots citizens,” said the chief. “We now need to unify.”The meetings and teleconferences included between 50 to 60 chiefs from British Columbia to the Maritimes, according to the sources.During the discussions, some First Nations leaders suggested individual communities and treaty regions issue “breach of treaty” declarations beginning Jan. 1 and leading up to Jan. 16. Aside from blockades, chiefs discussed stepping up rallies at MP’s offices, continuing letter campaigns and launching Twitter bombs.“All we are doing is reasserting our own sovereign right and inherent right within this treaty,” said a second chief, who was also involved in the discussions. “The time has come that they need to see we are a sovereign entity, we have and always will be because of the relationship of treaty that was entered into by the Crown and numerous nations.”There are also plans to hold ceremonies and vigils in Ottawa between Jan. 10 and 13 in support of Spence, who entered into day 21 of her hunger strike on New Year’s Eve.“Those are going to be in response, either to a response from the prime minister, or to prepare for a potential and imminent impact on Canada’s economy as a result,” said one of the chiefs.The chief, however, stressed that the leadership is taking their direction from grassroots citizens who are tired of the state of things.“Our people are growing frustrated, they are tired of the impoverished conditions and mining companies coming to our treaty territories to take what is left,” said the chief. “What we are now seeing is our grassroots citizens are saying enough is enough.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Top Mountie subpoenaed to testify at harassment trial against RCMP next month

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – He began his career policing several Saskatchewan First Nations in the late 1990s, then he moved on to chasing terrorists and protecting prime ministers and now this accomplished Canadian police officer is about to face his next challenge – his employer – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.It’s been about seven years since Sgt. Peter Merrifield first drew up his statement of claim to sue the RCMP for harassment and bullying he claims to have suffered for unsuccessfully trying to run for federal politics in 2005.The case is scheduled for trial next month in Newmarket, Ont.It didn’t get to this point easily.In fact, the RCMP has fought at every turn trying to get the courts to strike it.When the Superior Court of Justice ruled in Merrifield’s favour in 2008, the feds appealed it and lost again.The case then made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2009 where Merrifield won the right to sue the RCMP.And as lawyers were making final preparations a few weeks ago for trial, Merrifield’s camp added another witness to call – Commissioner Bob Paulson.Paulson wasn’t commissioner when Merrifield alleges he was harassed by his superiors who were annoyed with his unsuccessful bid to run for the Conservative party in Barrie, Ont., in 2005.But the commissioner singled Merrifield out at a Senate hearing on June 3, 2013, and accused him of being a disgruntled union organizer.So, on Friday, Paulson was served with an order to appear at Merrifield’s trial as a material witness.Merrifield and his lawyers declined comment, but APTN National News has learned Paulson has been summoned to appear Nov. 17 and ordered to bring with him all notes in preparation of his appearance before the Senate on the date in question.APTN National News obtained an email sent to several senators last May where Merrifield outlined line-by-line his concerns with Paulson’s testimony following Merrifield’s own appearance before the same Senate committee. The letter can be read here.It points to what Paulson can expect to be questioned on if he is called to the witness stand.“The statements made by Commissioner Paulson served only to abuse and harass me publicly. The impact upon my family members was perhaps worse and has been a very negative experience for them over this past year,” Merrifield wrote to the SenatorsOne national newspaper characterized Paulson’s comments on Merrifield like this: “Paulson attacked Merrifield as an agitator who is ‘leading the drive in Ontario’ for unionization within the non-unionized force.”Merrifield is the former president of the Mounted Police Association of Canada that is fighting to unionize the Mounties in the courts.But Paulson also brought up other issues with Merrifield which are part of his lawsuit.“(Merrifield) is also upset we took issue with his commenting out of turn on national security matters,” Paulson told the committee.Merrifield said in his letter to the Senate that Paulson’s comment suggested he may have given up classified information.“This statement refers to a radio interview that I did as a private citizen (not identified as an RCMP member) discussing terrorism. Following that radio interview, I was contacted by a member of RCMP management and told I was under investigation for violating the Official Secrets Act,” Merrifield said. “No criminal sanction or even discipline was ever pursued, nor was there a basis for same.”Merrifield said the internal investigation was part of the “harassment adopted against me” for his political aspirations.Further, Merrifield obtained a 2006 internal RCMP memo about the disputed radio interview, which he partly included in his letter to the Senate.“During the summer of 2005, Cst. Merrifield participated in a radio talk show … Cst. Merrifield did not reveal any classified information or his affiliation with the RCMP,” said the memo sent to former Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli.Merrifield said in the letter he has been working to restore his reputation.“Commissioner Paulson’s comments could be understood to mean that I had wrongfully or even illegally disclosed confidential or sensitive information, which I did not do,” Merrifield wrote.Paulson also singled out two other members by name at the Senate committee.The RCMP’s internal staff relations representatives questioned Paulson’s comments to the Senate, according to an email.“We realize this may have a chilling effect on members wishing to raise workplace issues. It must not. We have raised these concerns directly with the commissioner,” said an internal email, dated June 7, 2013.Merrifield describes the treatment from the RCMP like being “betrayed” and that his career had been “hijacked.”In Merrifield’s statement of claim he alleges his superiors, particularly Supt. Jamie Jagoe and retired Supt. Marc Proulx, disliked his political interests and “proceeded to hound him through all available means with a new of subduing him or driving him from the force.”He said this allegedly included frivolous audits of his corporate credit card, removed him from certain investigations and national security units.The defendants Jagoe and Proulx, including the Attorney General of Canada, claim Merrifield’s run for the Conservative nomination was done in error as he never sought the necessary special leave required for members seeking or running for politics.They also claim the radio interview put him in a conflict of interest based on the fact Merrifield was part of the threat assessment group, a team within the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Toronto.His job, in part, was investigating threats against “VIPs and politicians.”He was the lead investigator who successfully tracked down a Brantford, Ont., man for making death threats against former Prime Minister Paul Martin and United States President George W. Bush in 2005 that lead to a conviction.He was removed from threat assessment team almost immediately after his political aspirations were questioned and bounced around units under orders from Proulx, according to the statement of claim.Merrifield joined the force in 1997.The RCMP didn’t respond to a call for comment.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Evacuated northern Alberta residents happy to return home

first_imgAPTN National NewsA community in northern Alberta is breathing a sigh of relief now that residents are allowed to return home.Several out of control forest fires forced residents to leave earlier this week.APTN’s Chris Stewart talked to some of the people are glad to be home.last_img

Mother and two children ordered to leave onreserve home

first_img(Tori Cress is facing eviction from her home on the Wahta First Nation)Editor’s Note: After this story was published, Lawrence Schell’s lawyer Trish Cowie sent APTN National News an email. “My client has offered to extend the eviction date to November 24, 2016. Further, he has offered to contribute financially toward her rental costs at a new apartment/home.” the email said.“Tori Cress’ ex-husband, Neil Schell, never held the Certificate of Possession for the property.” she wrote in part. “There is no matrimonial property claim as it pertains to this property.” “The question we are ultimately asking here is: Is a non-member allowed to come into a First Nation community and dictate what happens with that First Nation’s land? To suggest ‘yes’ is not in line with current laws and I don’t believe there would be much support for such a proposition among First Nations, particularly since there is no matrimonial property claim.”Holly MooreAPTN InvestigatesA single mother living on the Wahta First Nation will be kicked out of her home in two days.Tori Cress has lived for the last eight years in a house she said she built in the Mohawk community north of Toronto with her ex-husband, Neil Schell, a Wahta member. Cress is a member of the nearby Beausoleil First Nation.Prior to their divorce in 2013, she said he transferred the house to his father, Lawrence Schell, which left her with no legal claim.“Three years ago, he had the property surveyed and had it transferred into his father’s name,” she said.In a letter obtained by APTN investigates, Schell’s lawyer Trish Cowie threatened the family with police action and stated Cress is risking “being charged with offences such as trespass and being unlawfully in a dwelling house,” if she doesn’t leave by Thursday.“This letter says that I have to be out,” she said. “It says they will be there at 5 pm to change the locks. You can’t just throw somebody out of their home.”Lawyer extends eviction period after story published.“My client has offered to extend the eviction date to November 24, 2016.” Schell’s lawyer Trisha Cowie wrote in an email to APTN.“Further, he has offered to contribute financially toward her rental costs at a new apartment/home.”Cowie said the case highlights “the many complexities related to native land.”“Tori Cress’ ex-husband, Neil Schell, never held the Certificate of Possession for the property.” she wrote. “There is no matrimonial property claim as it pertains to this property.”“The question we are ultimately asking here is: Is a non-member allowed to come into a First Nation community and dictate what happens with that First Nation’s land?” she wrote. “To suggest ‘yes’ is not in line with current laws and I don’t believe there would be much support for such a proposition among First Nations, particularly since there is no matrimonial property claim.”She admitted that Schell’s son would be entitled to hold a Certificate of Possession because he is a member of the Wahta First Nation but added that he does not hold the certificate to this particular property.Calls to Cowie have not been returned.Cress’ case highlights the risks faced by Indigenous women, non-band members, and non-Indigenous people living on First Nations with regard to their matrimonial property rights. Prior to a new law passed in December 2014, the federal Indian Act did not address the division of property when a couple separated — a gap in the law that critics say left many women unprotected and homeless.The Matrimonial Real Property Act mandates — in part– that both partners have the right to occupy the home and share its value.Cress said she believes the Wahta chief and council may be retaliating against her because she protested the council, but Chief Philip Franks told APTN in an email that he had “limited knowledge of the situation.”“It seems she and her former husband were divorced prior to the Matrimonial Real Property act coming into effect.” he said. “Wahta Council is not involved in this situation.”The chief also pointed out that because the house is on reserve land, Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Act does not apply.“If she has been evicted from her residence it is really a civil matter,” he said. “A matter for the landlord to act on at his discretion.”Cress said she is not leaving and others in the community are planning to support her.  She said she is prepared to blockade the end of her driveway and said community members have promised to help. She said she is currently reaching out to lawyers to try to stay the eviction.“I’m not going anywhere,” she said adding that her youngest son has special needs. “Routine is key and vital to having a happy home.”With files from Melissa Ridgen.hmoore@aptn.calast_img read more