The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women – a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State – has presented a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Alyse Nelson, CEO of Vital Voices, Fergie, Avon Foundation Ambassador, William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, and Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, Inc.In making the announcement, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson said, “we are delighted to be part of this new initiative that leverages the knowledge and expertise of our global women leaders to rapidly and effectively identify and respond to the immediate needs of victims. From providing legal services to women who have suffered domestic violence, to creating viable employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking these leaders know their communities and they have designed solutions that restore freedom and dignity. They are bringing us closer to a world free of violence.”The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative is a first-of-its-kind global program dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The Initiative takes comprehensive steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender based violence by providing critical support to survivors. By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services.“Gender-based violence is a global epidemic and an affront to humanity,” said Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. It is our privilege to join in launching the GBV Initiative, a unique partnership which aims to uphold the dignity and advance the human rights of women and girls around the world.”The Initiative takes a holistic approach to addressing these crimes by creating a global gender-based violence training program for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, government officials, and NGO advocates – The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence. Over the next two years, the program will work with criminal justice professionals and service providers in India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and other countries to develop and provide training that promotes a victim-centered approach to holding offenders accountable for their crimes.Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie said, “The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise. It will go even further to protect women who are victims of violence and secure justice for them. I am so proud to announce this pioneering new partnership of the Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices and the State Department.”Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a former specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor, states “we are honored to be part of these groundbreaking, comprehensive initiatives that will provide victims of gender-based violence not only with the critical services they need, but also with the justice they deserve.”
MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) announced today that George Clooney will host “Hollywood’s Night Under The Stars,” an evening of musical performances and special presentations celebrating their 95th year of helping those who entertain us.Matt Bomer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Michael Douglas, Derek Hough, Hugh Jackman, Norm Lewis, Jane Lynch, Johnny Mathis, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Anika Noni Rose, and Catherine Zeta Jones are also set to appear at the event, which will take place on Saturday, October 1 at the MPTF Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, CA. It is presented by AARP Foundation, American Express, Delta Air Lines, and Target, with in-kind support from Heineken, Monsieur Marcel, Red Truck, and Sprinkles.An American Express Card Member presale begins at 12 Noon PST / 3:00pm EST at www.mptf.com/95, and will go on sale to the general public at 12 Noon PST / 3:00pm EST on Thursday, September 1. All proceeds to benefit MPTF.“We are thrilled that our show director Richard Jay-Alexander, who just co-directed the incredible multi-city Barbra Streisand concert tour this month, is putting together a dynamic celebration of 95 years of entertainment and the people who made the magic happen,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation. And, he added, “there are a few surprises that you will have to be there to enjoy.”The event will be chaired by Ann & Jim Gianopulos and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. Jay Landers will produce, and Emmy-winner William Ross will serve as musical director, conducting a 17-piece orchestra.
Presented by filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron and the Avatar Alliance Foundation, What Would the Ocean Say? debuted at the United Nations in the Hall of the General Assembly to mark the occasion of World Oceans Day on June 8th as part of the programming for the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference.Video: What Would The Ocean Say?Distributed online by National Geographic, the short film is narrated by Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana and features stunning ocean imagery generously donated by some of the world’s preeminent marine documentarians.The short film outlines the significant challenges the world’s oceans face: global warming, plastic pollution, overfishing, ocean acidification and more. But it also introduces a new generation of ocean activists — researchers, conservationists, teachers, filmmakers — working on the front lines to protect and preserve the planet’s critical resource.Following the film’s debut at the UN, a second segment aired that featured eight young leaders focused on ocean science, education and conservation and associated with National Geographic, The Explorers Club, OpenROV — OpenExplorer and The Resolution Project. Consistent with the themes of the UN Ocean Conference, which was aimed at achieving Sustainable Goal 14, the “Ocean Goal,” this next generation of ocean champions underscored the need to take action on oceans through a collective statement: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when? It starts here. It starts now.”The film is executive produced by James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm and was made possible by collaboration from contributors: Oceans, a Jacques Perrin and Galatée Films production; Planet Ocean, a Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot film; March of the Penguins by Bonne Pioche Productions and Luc Jacquet; MacGillivray Freeman Films; Alucia Productions; National Geographic; Howard Hall Productions; Dave Hannan; the Plastic Oceans Foundation; Years of Living Dangerously; TBA21-Academy.The following list of institutions additionally supported the production: Disneynature; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; The Explorers Club; OpenROV – OpenExplorer; The Resolution Project.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Expose yourself to the knowledge, experience, and opportunities that will help you break into the professional dance industry! At Battle of the Next Generation, you will work closely with our esteemed faculty of professional agents, choreographers, and dancers in a positive and informative environment. This jam-packed day includes mock auditions, one-on-one interviews, solo performances, and a Top 5 Freestyle Dance-Off!Register now at our website http://battleofthenextgen.wix.com/mysite to learn from the industry’s top professionals! Registration deadline is August 15th. You don’t want to miss out!PS Tanya Karn and her amazing sister Julie Karn have created this one of a kind event – so cool! Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement Zahra Agjee, artist and founder of the Truth & Dare Project, said the goal is to help young Muslim women use visual art as a vehicle for emotional expression and a way to “get away from everyday stresses.” Collecting Personal Archives is a multimedia artshow that highlights the talents of a dozen young Muslim women in Toronto. The show attempts to bring a personal touch to the conversation about creating positive and safe spaces in a city as diverse as Toronto. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Zahra Agjee, left, and SoJin Chun worked together with 12 young Muslim women in Toronto on the creation of the Collecting Personal Archives exhibition at the Gardiner Museum. – PHOTO COURTESY: TARA FILLION Twitter Facebook An exhibition at the Gardiner Museum is reimagining the representation of Muslim women through art. Advertisement
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Produced by Banger Films, Long Time Running follows The Tragically Hip on their 2016 Man Machine Poem Tour across Canada after the band’s announcement that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. The documentary culminates in the final, emotional concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.Award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who directed the film, will both be at the Gala to introduce the film.This magical evening also celebrates Canada 150th Anniversary of Confederation in a night dedicated to our country’s incredible homegrown talent. Joining the filmmakers will be the evening’s co-hosts the Honourable Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.“We here at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival are elated to be chosen to be part of the nationwide Movie Nights Across Canada coast-to-coast-to-coast road trip,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director at FIN. “To celebrate Canadian talent both in front of and behind the camera is one of our primary mandates and this very special event exemplifies all that is creatively Canadian.”Movie Nights Across Canada continues with the country’s biggest celebration of Canadian talent, highlighting the successes of the film, television, and digital artists who tell our stories and contribute to Nova Scotia’s thriving cultural and creative industries.About Movie Nights Across CanadaMovie Nights Across Canada started more than a decade ago in Ottawa as Movie Night on the Hill. Touching down in eight cities, Movie Nights Across Canada events are where decision-makers, local film fans, industry supporters, private and public broadcasters and the country’s top talent converge to experience the wealth of creativity, unique storytelling, entrepreneurship and passion that resides in the hearts and minds of Canadian filmmakers. The roadshow also travels to Calgary and Vancouver. In each city, Movie Nights Across Canada is partnering with regional film experts and cultural agencies.About FIN: Atlantic International Film FestivalFIN: Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax into an international mecca for the arts, abuzz with movie lovers and filmmakers alike. Discover a variety of local, national and international films that explore all corners of life, culture, entertainment and the global human experience. A champion of local filmmakers, all of our film selections are chosen with our community in mind and our special events are designed to bring us all together.A not-for-profit organization, the Festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Three decades later, the Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the Festival offers a slew of opportunities to engage through the celebration of film. Today’s FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, the Outdoor Film Experience, and Strategic Partners.Follow #MovieNightsCAwww.movienightscanada.ca / www.soireescinecanada.caFollow FIN: Atlantic International Film FestivalWebsite:finfestival.caFacebook: atlanticinternationalfilmfestival #FIN #AIFFTwitter: @thefilmfest #FIN #AIFFYoutube: youtube.comInstagram: @thefilmfest #FIN #AIFF Advertisement HALIFAX, Aug. 31, 2017 – Canadian opera superstar Measha Brueggergosman and actor, writer, producer Allan Hawco will act as talent ambassadors and emcees for a combined Movie Nights Across Canada and FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival Opening Night Gala presentation of Long Time Running at the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.Tickets for the Opening Night Gala (which include exclusive access to the Opening Night Celebration) go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 1 at 12:00 p.m. AST, and will be available through the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office (6101 University Ave.), by phone at 1-800-874-1669, and online at dal.ca/dept/arts-centre.Following the Opening Night Gala presentation is the FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival’s Movie Nights Across Canada Opening Night Celebration. Penned as one of Halifax’s ‘most anticipated parties of the year’, this red carpet event will take place at the Via Rail Halifax Train Station on Thursday, September 14, starting at 9:00 p.m. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook
TORONTO, March 27, 2018 – The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will kick off the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with the official launch party, open to the public, on April 27, 2018, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. In addition to acting as a host institution for the Festival, the RIC is proud to present the Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition, this year featuring the work of Shelley Niro, 2017 winner of the prestigious award. Alongside this show, the RIC will showcase a video installation by multidisciplinary artist Nadia Myre. In the same building, the annual year-end exhibition Maximum Exposure presents work by the best young emerging Canadian and international artists at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.“We’re thrilled to be partnering once again with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to launch Toronto’smonth of photography,” says Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre. “It’s exciting for us at the RIC to host the kickoff of one of the world’s largest photography festivals, and to welcome thousands of visitors to our museum to celebrate the medium.”Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro celebrates the career of this Canadian artist, known for challenging stereotypes and exploring notions of culture and identity with sensitivity and humour. A member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan, Niro combines beadwork designs, archival images, family pictures, videos, and installation to question traditional representations of Indigenous peoples, with a particular focus on womanhood. This exhibition is presented by Scotiabank and organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter “It will be a wonderful experience to be able to see my life’s work in one place,” says Shelley Niro, winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award. “This award is one of the most important events in my career and I’m looking forward to the future.”On view on the RIC’s Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Nadia Myre‘s silent video Acts that Fade Away presents the artist’s hands and forearms filmed from above as she carefully manipulates the needles, threads, patterns, beads, and tools necessary to craft four Indigenous-inspired objects. These include a pair of baby moccasins, a small basket, a woman’s hair bonnet, and a bandolier bag—guided only by instructions pulled from nineteenth-century women’s magazines. Through the reappropriation of instructions and gestures drawn from European and North American illustrated publications, Myre reclaims Indigenous skills and crafts devalued by colonization.Also as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Maximum Exposure features multidisciplinary work produced by photography, film, and integrated digital students in a professional gallery setting. Since its inception 23 years ago, this three-day exhibition continues to expand its list of successful alumni while providing a platform for networking between emerging artists of Ryerson’s School of Image Arts and top industry professionals.Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro and Nadia Myre: Acts that Fade Away are both primary exhibitions of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. On view from April 28 to August 5, 2018, these exhibitions are accompanied by free public programming, including artist and curator walk-throughs, talks, and more. A full schedule of events is available via ryersonimagecentre.ca/events.Ryerson Image Centre33 Gould StreetToronto, Ontario, CanadaFREE ADMISSIONFree exhibition tours daily at 2:30 firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us @RICgalleryThe Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) exists for the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. We are an active partner within the academic fabric of Ryerson University, the cultural network of greater Toronto, and the national and international artistic community. We develop rigorous yet inclusive programs for students, faculty, artists, researchers and curators, as well as the general public. The RIC boasts three interrelated areas of activity. Our exhibition program addresses topics of social, cultural, aesthetic and historical concern from a variety of contemporary perspectives. Our Peter Higdon Research Centre conducts and facilitates inquiry into primary resource materials and offers workshops, lectures, symposia and publication programs. Finally, we maintain a collection of photography spanning the medium’s history, as well as several artist and journalism archives—including the renowned Black Star Collection of twentieth century photoreportage. For more information, visit www.ryersonimagecentre.caRyerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 41,500 students, including 2,400 master’s and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit www.ryerson.caCONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, Canadian Art, CBC, The Globe and Mail, and NOW Magazine. CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Street Art Toronto (StART), Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.The Scotiabank Photography Award, now in its eighth year, is Canada’s largest annual peer-nominated, peer-reviewed acknowledgment of excellence in contemporary photography. In 2010 Scotiabank co-founded the Award with photographer Edward Burtynsky, in order to recognize an established mid to later-career artist; celebrate the outstanding contribution they have made to the arts; and raise international and national awareness of the strength of photography in Canada. Each year, the Scotiabank Photography Award-winning artist receives a prize of $50,000, a book overview of their work, published and distributed worldwide by esteemed German publisher Steidl, and a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. These three components of the Award combine to reward the winning artist and advance his or her career in a tangible and meaningful way. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement CONTACT Festival (CNW Group/Scotiabank) Facebook Login/Register With:
Advertisement Check out these rather ordinary looking portraits. They’re all fake. Not in the sense that they were Photoshopped, but rather they were completely generated by artificial intelligence. That’s right: none of these people actually exist.NVIDIA researchers have published a new paper on easily customizing the style of realistic faces created by a generative adversarial network (GAN).The Verge points out that GAN has only existed for about four years. In 2014, a landmark paper introduced the concept, and this is what the AI-generated results looked like at the time: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In less than half a decade, the realism has improved to the point where most people might not be able to tell the portraits are fake, even when examining them up close. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement
Login/Register With: CBC has revealed its 2019-20 slate of original programming including drama, comedy, factual, arts, music, kids, sports, news and documentary storytelling across television, radio and streaming platforms, showcasing diverse Canadian voices and perspectives.“As Canada’s public broadcaster, we are committed to building stronger relationships with Canadians of all ages by providing them with relevant and engaging content across all genres and platforms,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “It is more important than ever that we better reflect more of the country we serve and connect a broader range of Canadians to their communities, their country and the rest of the world.”New CBC original series confirmed for the 2019-20 broadcast and streaming season include: Facebook Comedy:TALLBOYZ (8×30, Fall 2019 – Accent Entertainment) features the four members of acclaimed Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe TallBoyz II Men – Tim Blair, Guled Abdi, Franco Nguyen, and Vance Banzo – as they alternate between playing heightened versions of themselves and sliding into absurd sketches about friendship, politics, bro culture and everyday life. Executive producers are Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall, Young Drunk Punk) and Susan Cavan (The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, Young Drunk Punk).Drama:FORTUNATE SON (8×60, Winter 2020 – Seven24 Films and Lark Productions) from the producers of Heartland and the producers of Motive, is a spy drama set in the social and political chaos of 1968, inspired by a true story. Pursued into Canada by the FBI, the matriarch of an American activist family helps smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers across the border. What she doesn’t know is that one of the deserters is an agent of the CIA sent to spy on her. Created by Andrew Wreggitt (Jack, Borealis (Survival Code)) who also serves as showrunner, the series is executive produced by Tom Cox, Jordy Randall and Erin Haskett. Stefan Schwartz (The Americans, Dexter) is the show’s lead director.THE SOUNDS (8×60, 2020 – Canada/New Zealand co-production, Shaftesbury and South Pacific Pictures) is a striking take on the relationship-driven thriller. Welcome to Pelorus Sounds, New Zealand – the sleepy settlement where nothing, including the visiting Cabbotts, is quite what it seems. Grieving wives, cheating husbands, epic embezzlement and historic crime all collide to weave a complicated web stretching through the Sounds’ hidden valleys and deep waters. Created by New Zealand-based author Sarah-Kate Lynch and directed by Peter Stebbings (Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Disappearance).THE TRICKSTER (6×60, 2020 – Sienna Films), adapted from the ‘Son of a Trickster’ trilogy of books by award-winning author Eden Robinson and co-created by Michelle Latimer (Rise, The Inconvenient Indian) and Tony Elliott (12 Monkeys, Orphan Black), THE TRICKSTER is a darkly humorous coming-of-age story — a mash-up of dysfunctional family drama and supernatural thriller. The series follows Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his family above water when a mysterious stranger, Wade, blows into town and turns his already chaotic life inside out. And when weird things start happening, it becomes clear that he’s also the mythic magical being the Trickster. What begins as an unnerving slow burn of strange events in Jared’s already-messy life crescendos to an epic clash of magic, monsters and mayhem.Documentary:ENSLAVED (6×60, Winter 2020 -Associated Producers/A CBC Gem and documentary channel co-production with Epix in the United States), a blue-chip documentary series led by Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici (The Naked Archaeologist) that charts the history of slavery through underwater archaeology. The series coincides with the 400-year anniversary of the first African brought to the New World as a slave, and will retrace the harrowing sea voyage that brought millions to a life of slavery. ENSLAVED is produced by Felix Golubev and Ric Bienstock and executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Jackson, Eli Selden, Rob Lee, Simcha Jacobovici and Yaron Niski. International distribution by Fremantle.Factual Entertainment:BACK IN TIME FOR WINTER (7×60, Winter 2020 – 3Bird Media, eOne) Based on the audience favourite Back in Time for Dinner, this series follows one modern family on a winter time-travelling adventure, as they take on 60 years of iconic outdoor activities and trends in cold-weather food, fashion, domestic work and technology. Beginning in the 1940s, each week the Carlson family will leave their modern comforts behind and enter a new era of winters’ past. They’ll experience firsthand how growing affluence, innovations in style, technology, and increasing global influence have transformed Canadian winterlife.BATTLE OF THE BLADES (1×120, 6 x 60, Fall 2019 – Insight Productions) Canada’s most-watched English-language original format* returns with athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports — figure skating and hockey — as they pair up in a live, high-stakes figure skating competition for the charity of their choice. CBC today announced that Canadian icons Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada and Rogers Hometown Hockey and four-time Canadian and four-time World champion figure skater Kurt Browning will return for the new season as host and head judge, respectively, while beloved Olympic ice dance champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, will appear as guest judges. Participating in the competition are hockey players Sheldon Kennedy and Natalie Spooner and figure skaters Vanessa James and Violetta Afanasieva. For more information, click here.FAMILY FEUD CANADA (60×30, late Fall 2019 – Zone 3, Fremantle) One of television’s longest-running and top-rated game shows watched by audiences around the world comes to CBC with a Canadian spin. Hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee (Mr. D), FAMILY FEUD CANADA will showcase Canadian families from across the country as they compete to guess the most popular answers to fun, family-friendly survey questions from a sample of Canadians. First introduced in the U.S. in 1976, the much-loved, iconic game show has been picked up in 71 international markets to date.FRIDGE WARS (6×60, Winter 2020 – an original CBC format produced in association with The Gurin Company) is a new original unscripted format that will showcase Canadian families across the country by revealing what’s in their fridge, and pits two celebrity chefs against one another to make the best meal possible using only the ingredients they find in the families’ kitchens.HIGH ARCTIC HAULERS (8×60, Winter 2020 – Great Pacific Media, a Thunderbird Company) follows the high-stakes drama at sea as shipping crews battle ice and treacherous tides to keep the towns at the top of the world supplied and alive. It’s an obstacle course of a delivery route that extends to the most Northerly town in Canada. For the people who live in the High Arctic, there is no option – the haul MUST get through.YOU CAN’T ASK THAT (8×30, all episodes available June 14 on CBC Gem, Winter on CBC Television – Pixcom), based on the unscripted format from ABC Australia. Each episode asks a group of people with the same disability the awkward, inappropriate or uncomfortable questions you were always too afraid to ask. It’s an audacious, touching and funny series that is guaranteed to entertain while challenging assumptions about life with a disability. This is the first CBC series to use Integrated Described Video (IDV).RETURNING SERIESTwo of the co-creators, executive producers and stars of CBC’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Baroness von Sketch Show – Aurora Browne andCarolyn Taylor – join THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW tent as hosts for the upcoming third season. Bruno Feldeisen returns to the judge’s table, joined by esteemed Toronto-born pastry chef and entrepreneur Kyla Kennaley, best known for launching the acclaimed commercial bakery Madeleines Cherry Pie and Ice Cream, and appearing as the regular in-house pastry expert on CBC talk show Steven and Chris.In addition to previously announced returning series, the following titles are also confirmed to return(see end of release for a complete list of 32 CBC returning titles):CORONATION STREET continues with new episodes this fallDIGGSTOWN (6×60, Season 2, winter 2020 – Circle Blue Entertainment and Freddie Films)HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST (6×30, Season 24, fall 2019 – Pilot Light Productions)JUST FOR LAUGHS: GALAS (4×60, 2019-2020 – Just For Laughs TV)THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (19×30, Season 27, fall 2019 – DHX Media)WHEN CALLS THE HEART (10×60, Season 5, July 7)WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL (5×60, Season 18, winter 2020 – Frantic Films)WORKIN’ MOMS (8×30, Season 4, winter 2020 – Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment).CBC’s award-winning news, investigative and documentary programming also returns:CBC DOCS POV (18×60, Season 5, summer 2019)Premieres with Drag Kids, introducing four remarkable children who aren’t afraid to hold their own in the adult world of competitive voguing and lip synching.THE FIFTH ESTATE (Season 45)MARKETPLACE (Season 47)THE NATIONALTHE NATURE OF THINGS (18×60, Season 59, fall 2019) *moves to Friday evenings*Launches with The Trimates (working title), a two-hour special narrated by Sandra Oh about a new generation of female primatologists and their study of our closest relatives, the great apes.TAKEN (8×30, Season 3, June 14 – Eagle Vision Inc.)THE WEEKLY WITH WENDY MESLEY (Season 3).CBC KIDSCBC Kids is expanding CBC Kids News to better serve young Canadians with the launch of a CBC Kids News weekly news show on CBC and CBC Gem. Launching this fall and hosted by kids, the show will break down the stories that matter most to young Canadians and invite them to share their opinions, making their voices heard from coast to coast to coast. Other new series for kids and tweens this year include ENDLINGS (12×30, Winter 2019-20, Sinking Ship), a sci-fi adventure about four foster kids who make a startling discovery that affects the entire universe; KINGDOM FORCE (26×22, Industrial Brothers, CBC co-production with Boat Rocker Studios), an animated adventure about animals who use some unique skills to protect their community from danger; and MOLLY OF DENALI (38×30, Fall 2019, Atomic Cartoons, CBC Kids co-production with PBS), a charming action-adventure following the adventures of a feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Indigenous girl.These new series are part of CBC’s goal to broaden and double the amount of kids’ content available on CBC Gem over the next year. This commitment includes acquired content from Canadian and international distributors, with the streaming service currently offering more than 200 hours of advertising-free programming for young Canadians.CBC GEMCBC Gem is Canada’s streaming service, offering more than 4000 hours of acclaimed, authentically Canadian programming including original series, 200 hours of ad-free content for kids and tweens, more than 750 documentary titles and more than 100 Canadian films, with a new film added each week. The following selection represents just some of the new titles that will launch on the streaming service this year.CBC Short Docs:SHORT ROUND UP (Nobu Adilman, July 5) 35 years after a fateful audition, Adilman goes in search of all the men who, as boys, auditioned to be “Short Round” in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom; A SWEET & SOUR CHRISTMAS (Aram Collier, December 6) Take out and eat in, Christmas Day at the King Wok restaurant means feeding families, one deep-fried chickenball at a time; and KING LAJOIE (Joannie Lafrenière, December 6) KING LAJOIE explores the kitsch universe of an Elvis impersonator from small-town Quebec – from his 88-year-old parents to his astrologer, his octogenarian secretary and a young impersonator following in his footsteps.CBC Gem Originals:HOW TO BUY A BABY (10×10, Season 2, August 23 – LoCo Motion Pictures), after rounds of failed and expensive infertility treatments, the dark comedy finds Jane (Meghan Heffern) and Charlie (Marc Bendavid) in the throes of adoption, a process steeped in paperwork, parenting classes, home inspections and difficult decisions about just how far they are willing to go to become parents.JENSPLAINING (10×12, August 23 – Peacock Alley Entertainment), an educational series with an unapologetic sense of humour that features Dr. Jen Gunter as she destroys the pseudoscience behind many popular health trends. Dr. Jen is here to help us understand how these health and beauty myths are anything but harmless.International Series:CBC and CBC Gem will be the home for the Canadian premiere of WILD BILL (Drama, 6×60, 42, MultiStory Media and Anonymous Content, UK), starring six-time Golden Globe® nominee Rob Lowe (The West Wing, Parks and Recreation) as a high-flying US police chief who arrives in the UK to shake up the East Lincolnshire Police Force – and his own life in the process. The series is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.Additional acclaimed international series streaming on CBC GEM this year include the exclusive Canadian premieres of DAS BOOT (Drama, 8×60, Bavaria Fiction GbmH, Germany), the award-winning sequel to the original film, starring Lizzy Caplan (Castle Rock, Masters of Sex) and Vicky Krieps(Phantom Thread), and Emmy®-nominated doc parody series DOCUMENTARY NOW! (Comedy, Seasons 1-3, Broadway Video, USA) starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader; as well as THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL (Drama, 6×60, BBC Studios, AMC Studios, The Ink Factory and 127 Wall Productions, UK) with Florence Pugh and Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, True Blood) based on John Le Carré’s best-selling book; UK thriller MOTHERFATHERSON (Drama, 8×60, BBC Studios and BBC Two Films, UK) starring Richard Gere, Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, Penny Dreadful) and Billy Howle (Outlaw King, Dunkirk) ; and new seasons of LUTHER (Season 5) and PORTLANDIA (Seasons 6-8).CBC LISTENThe new CBC LISTEN app officially launches this fall as the one-stop destination for all CBC Music, CBC Podcasts and CBC Radio content. Audiences can hear their favourite local and national CBC Radio One and CBC Music shows, live or on-demand, for free, as well as access to more than 175 curated music playlists featuring brand-new releases from Canadian artists.CBC PODCASTSCBC Podcasts, Canada’s #1 podcaster with more than 20 million downloads on average each month, unveils a diverse slate of new and returning original podcasts for the upcoming year.New original podcasts:CHOSEN FAMILY (June 19, Season 2), Montreal comedians and queer BFFs Thomas LeBlanc and Tranna Wintour explore the intersection of art, community and sexuality.UNCOVER: THE CAT LADY CASE (July 9, Season 4), the investigative series continues with a look into the cold case of seniors who went missing from the Muskokas without a trace.UNCOVER: SHARMINI (September 10, Season 5), the investigative series follows reporter Michelle Shephard as she revisits a 20-year-old murder that remains unsolved.HUNTING WARHEAD (Fall), shining a light on the darkest corners of the dark web with this exploration of a task force that includes journalists and police officers.THE STORY STORE (Fall), a collaboration between CBC Podcasts and CBC Kids, The Story Store is open for business! Run by Mr. Orlando the Moose and Gary the Unicorn, The Story Store takes orders from real kids across Canada and turns their suggestions into hilarious, fun-filled adventures for kids, grandparents and everyone in between.ASKING FOR IT (Winter), Kaitlin Prest (The Shadows) helms this fiction series that centres around one woman’s tumultuous journey through three relationships.SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING: IZZETT (Winter, Season 6), host David Ridgen investigates the 1995 disappearance of Don Izzett, who was discharged from the military for being gay, embarked on a road trip – and never made it home..Returning original podcasts:TAI ASKS WHY (August 28, Season 2), 12-year-old Tai Poole returns to further explore answers to life’s biggest questions.THE SECRET LIFE OF CANADA (October, Season 3), a new season of the history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don’t.PLAYME (November, Season 3), a new season of the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas..CBC SPORTSCBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through weekly staple ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES (fall 2019, Season 5), available on CBC and CBC Gem, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app.As Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network, CBC will bring sports fans in-depth coverage of the established and up-and-coming athletes to watch in the one-year countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (July 24 – August 9, 2020) with featured events including the ongoing IAAF Diamond League (until September 7), World Aquatics Championships (July 12-28) and World Track & Field Championships (September 28 – October 6). The fall sees the return of winter sports on the competitive World Cup circuit. This summer, CBC SPORTS will also bring Canadians the excitement of the Calgary Stampede (July 5-14), the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, championship show jumping from Spruce Meadows (June 8 – September 8), Little League Baseball Canadian Championship (August 1-10), and continued live coverage of the Canadian Premier League inaugural season, ongoing until October 19.CBC FALL 2019 SCHEDULECBC’s Fall 2019 schedule, available on CBC and CBC Gem, is as follows:(For Newfoundland and Labrador, please add one half-hour later for all times).MONDAYS8 PM – MURDOCH MYSTERIES *Season 13* (FALL/WINTER)9 PM – FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES *Season 3* (FALL)10 PM – THE NATIONAL.TUESDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – STILL STANDING *Season 5*(FALL)8:30 PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES *Season 27* (FALL/WINTER)9 PM – TALLBOYZ *NEW SERIES* (FALL)9:30 PM – BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW *Season 4*10 PM – THE NATIONAL.WEDNESDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW *Season 3*(FALL)9 PM – NORTHERN RESCUE *Season 1*(FALL)10 PM – THE NATIONAL.THURSDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – BATTLE OF THE BLADES RETURNS (FALL)9 PM – DRAGONS’ DEN *Season 14* (FALL)10 PM – THE NATIONAL.FRIDAYS7:30 PM – FAMILY FEUD CANADA *NEW SERIES* (LATE FALL)8 PM – MARKETPLACE *Season 47*(FALL/WINTER)8:30 PM – IN THE MAKING *Season 2* (FALL)9 PM – THE NATURE OF THINGS *Season 59* (FALL/WINTER) – New Night10 PM – THE NATIONAL11:30 PM – CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS (FALL/WINTER) .SATURDAYSAfternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES *Season 5* (FALL/WINTER)6:30 PM – HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (FALL/WINTER) .SUNDAYSAfternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES *Season 5* (FALL/WINTER)7 PM – HEARTLAND *Season 13* (FALL)8 PM – ANNE WITH AN E *Season 3*(FALL)9 PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE *Season 45*10 PM – THE NATIONAL.About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsVANCOUVER–A proposed refinery to handle Alberta bitumen pitched by a British Columbia businessman is just “another pipe dream” and a “ruse” to increase support for the Northern Gateway pipeline according to a spokesperson for an all alliance of First Nations along the province’s northern and central coast.Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, says the refinery, pitched by newspaper tycoon David Black is a “shot in the dark” to try and revive flagging support for the Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline.“All kinds of people are having pipe dreams out here,” said Sterritt. “We look at it as another ruse to try to get support for Northern Gateway.”Black, who owns Black Press Ltd., announced Friday he would be willing to pay for the environmental assessment of a $13 billion refinery, but needed financial backers to make the project a reality. The proposed refinery would be built near Kitimat, B.C., which is the endpoint for Enbridge’s proposed $5.5 billion pipeline.Black told the Vancouver Sun that the refinery would solve concerns over having bitumen-laden tankers moving through the environmentally sensitive Douglas Channel. He said the proposal would soften First Nations opposition to the pipeline by erasing the environmental threat to the coast of B.C.Sterritt, however, said Black never really consulted with any First Nations about the project before announcing it on Friday and the proposal would do nothing to mitigate the threat of a ruptured pipeline which would still cross several major watersheds on its trip from Alberta’s tar sands.Sterritt said already existing refineries in the Vancouver area have reduced their capacity because it’s more lucrative to ship raw product overseas. The existing Kinder Morgan pipeline was constructed 40 years ago on the promise of jobs created by refining activities.“We already have a pipeline that is going to the Vancouver harbour, but those people shipping bitumen and other crude oil have decided they can make more money overseas than refining and they have shut down refining in B.C.,” he said. “Historically, this pipeline was built on the back of the refineries, so the people of B.C. said, ‘We’ll allow the pipeline to go through, we need refined product in B.C.’ Since then, they’ve backed off.”Haisla First Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross said Black contacted one of his advisors on Thursday to inform the Haisla about the planned announcement. Ross said Black has toyed with the proposal for some time, but the Haisla have never been consulted on the issue or seen anything official on paper about the refinery project.“It was unofficial contact, there was nothing on paper, no consultation it was just a concept,” said Ross. “What I made clear is the idea that our people have mandate to have absolutely no bitumen or crude oil on Haisla territory.”Ross, however, said he hoped Black’s proposal would finally focus the debate about the Enbridge pipeline on the lack of existing refining capacity in the country versus shipping off raw product overseas only to buy it back later at a higher price.“It’s the white elephant in the room. The focus has entire been to get the product to Asia,” said Ross. “It’s like shipping raw logs to Asia and buying back the product at 10 times the price.”email@example.com
APTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Thursday the Harper government would be putting money on the table to go along with contentious plans for new legislation governing First Nations education.Duncan issued a statement following a late afternoon meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and three other chiefs, including Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador regional Chief Morley Googoo.Duncan said the Harper government would meet its obligation to consult under the Constitution.“Our approach will be consistent with our obligations … and will include intensive consultation with First Nation parents, students, leaders and educators, as well as provinces,” said Duncan’s statement. “We will also explore mechanisms to ensure stable, predictable and sustainable funding for First Nation education.”The Harper government’s plan to pass legislation that would provide a framework for on-reserve, K-12 education is one among several of the irritants that led Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario chiefs to try and enter the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday.Duncan told the chiefs he had a cabinet mandate directing him to proceed and begin consultation on new legislation.The Atleo-led delegation told the minister that issues of treaty rights and funding needed to be addressed. The two sides agreed to meet again in the New Year.“All issues were put squarely on the table and we will follow-up by transmitting the resolutions along with our national action plan once it is confirmed by us,” said Googoo in an email sent to chiefs and band officials at about 6:35 p.m. following the meeting. “Key issues included the urgent need for fair, equitable and stable funding, regional diversity including the absolute need for respectful implementation of our rights and Treaty implementation and support for First Nations controlled systems supportive of our languages and cultures.”The meeting began sometime between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., moments after Atleo’s speech to wrap up a special chiefs assembly when he declared “now was the time for action.” Its time was set while chiefs were still gathered in the assembly.The AFN’s chiefs committee on education had sent a letter to Duncan last week requesting the meeting.There were some questions immediately after the AFN and the minister issued their statements as to why Duncan didn’t meet with all the chiefs at the assembly.Treaty chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario have said federal education legislation would infringe on their constitutionally-protected treaty right to enact sovereign laws over how they teach their children.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations distributed a pamphlet with a stark warning about Ottawa’s plans.“The last time Canada introduced federal legislation in education for our people,” says the pamphlet above two photos of Cree child Thomas Moore before and after he entered an Indian residential school in Regina. In one photo Moore has his long hair in braids and wears traditional beaded clothing and in the next photo his hair is trimmed short and he wears a tight fitting suit.The FSIN has passed three resolutions demanding the AFN stop working with Ottawa to develop federal education legislation.Under then-Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jim Prentice, a minority Harper government passed B.C. specific legislation in late 2006 that allowed for harmonization between provincial and on-reserve education systems.Treaty chiefs don’t want provinces at the table.
APTN National News OTTAWA–The Harper government uses inflammatory rhetoric to “alarm the public” against Indigenous rights, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said during a speech Monday at the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City.Bellegarde’s speech focused on how nation states, including Canada, continue to try and dilute the impact of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Domestically, Bellegarde said the Harper government is using misleading rhetoric against a private member’s bill, C-641, introduced by Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash to ensure federal laws comply with the declaration.“Government statements of C-641 follow a pattern when spokespersons are addressing the rights of Indigenous peoples. While claiming to support Aboriginal rights, the rhetoric is designed to alarm the public. Little regards is accorded to accuracy or justice,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said Ottawa’s favorite tactic is to use the word “veto” when describing why it continues to oppose the full implementation of the declaration in Canada. The Harper government has claimed, in its argument against supporting Saganash’s bill, that the declaration gives First Nations veto power over legislation and development impacting its rights and territories.“The term veto is not used in the UN Declaration. Veto implies an absolute right or power to reject a law or development that concerns Indigenous peoples, regardless of the facts and law in any given situation,” said Bellegarde. “Canada then builds on this imagined frenzy of absolute power and declares: ‘It would be irresponsible to give any one group in Canada a veto.’”Bellegarde said the Harper government is ignoring Canada’s own Constitution and Supreme Court decisions, including last summer’s Tsilhqot’in decision, in continuing its opposition to any real implementation of the declaration domestically.“The (Supreme Court in the Tsilhqot’in decision) repeatedly referred to the constitutional right of Aboriginal title holders to give or withhold consent. Such title holders have the right to use and control the land and enjoy its benefits…In (the Tsilhqot’in decision) the Supreme Court ruled that, in absence of Aboriginal consent, ‘legislation may be rendered inapplicable going forward to the extent that it unjustifiably infringes Aboriginal title,” said Bellegarde. “It is disturbing that the government of Canada claims to uphold the Aboriginal rights of Aboriginal peoples and Canada’s Constitution, but ignores key rulings of Canada’s highest court that favour such peoples.”firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
APTN National NewsA group of Aboriginal people were blocking motorists along the Trans-Canada Highway at the Manitoba/Ontario border any time someone refused informational flyers on missing and murdered Indigenous women Friday.Some people sat in their cars and refused to take the flyers, which sometimes led to shouting matches.Dennis Ward/APTN PhotoWhen a flyer was refused the group sometimes blocked both lanes.Dennis Ward/APTN PhotoThe group vowed to remain at the border until they handed out at least 1,181 flyers – the number of Indigenous women missing or murdered between 1980 and 2012 according to an RCMP report last year.The RCMP updated its report Friday and the rally was meant to coincide with its release.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.
The Canadian PressManitoba’s children’s advocate will gain new powers next week to work on behalf of more young people and to make more of her findings public.The Progressive Conservative government says portions of a law passed last year are to take effect March 15.The changes expand the role of Daphne Penrose beyond child welfare to examine youth services in areas such as education, health and justice.Another change will allow her to publicly release findings from her investigations into the deaths of children in government care.The additional powers were recommended in 2013 by the inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend after social workers closed her file.The advocate’s office is currently finishing a review into the death of Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in a Winnipeg river in 2014 after she had run away from a hotel where social workers had placed her.“This (change) will ensure greater public accountability for a range of key public services that protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable children and youth, and aim to make those services more effective and responsive,” Families Minister Scott Fielding said Tuesday in a written statement.The children’s advocate is an independent office of the legislature that has been forbidden from publicly releasing reports into child deaths. The advocate releases general findings in annual reports and appears every year before a legislature committee.
Brittany Hobson APTN NewsAn annual Winnipeg concert to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls turned 10 years old this weekend.No Stone Unturned began as a way to raise money to help with the search for Claudette Osborne-Tyo who went missing in July 2008.As Brittany Hobson shows us, it has now turned into a way for families to support each email@example.com
Tina HouseAPTN NewsA documentary about mother and daughter activists who have dedicated their lives to continuing traditional ways of life is making its premier at the Women in Film Festival in Vancouver.Told through archival footage and shots of modern day, Warrior Women tells the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcella Gilbert.“When I was young the government built a series of dams all along the Missouri River,” said Gilbert. “We lost almost a million acres of our land the cotton woods and willows and all the natural foods.“It all went under our whole lifestyle changed overnight.”firstname.lastname@example.org@inthehouse7
Chris StewartAPTN NewsA man in Montana First Nation can barely walk after being attacked by a pack of dogs.Henry Rabbit needed 50 staples to close a wound in his leg after the attack.“I fought off as best as I could. I swung, I fell and landed on one knee and that is where they attacked me,” he said.“They bit my leg. I don’t know if I was bit twice. To me, I only seen one.”(Rabbit is still recovering from the attack. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)Rabbit said he was out for a walk on Aug 31 when a group of dogs approached him and attacked.He said he’s not the only this has happened to.“Before me, there were two others who were bitten before me,” he said. “We thought someone would do something. No. Still no bylaws or anything, which we should have by now.”He said he’s waiting to hear back from leadership on what they plan to do about the problem.Rabbit is worried that other people will be attacked.“I was lucky to have a vehicle come by and I jumped in that vehicle right away. They took me to a friend’s house and that’s where they helped make me feel better. They took care of my wound. They made sure I wasn’t bleeding much,” he said.“All the first aid procedures they did.”(Rabbit required 50 staples to close the wound in his leg. Photo courtesy: Henry Rabbit)APTN News asked Montana band leaders about dock attacks but no one has responded.Rabbit hopes that no one else gets hurt.“I’m just worried that a kid will get attacked or an elder because they can’t defend themselves,” he said.“Like what I tried to do.”email@example.com@aptnchris
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index continued trading lower Wednesday amid slumping commodities prices, while U.S. markets also receded further into the red.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 34.65 points to 15,878.48, with the base metals and energy sectors leading decliners.It’s the sixth negative session in a row for the commodity-heavy TSX after hitting a record high last week.“When you look at the TSX, it’s just a continuation of the weakness we’ve seen over the past week,” said Macan Nia, senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“The weakness has been driven mainly by the sell-off in the commodity complex from oil, to base metals to really gold as well.”On Wednesday, the December crude contract retreated 37 cents to US$55.33 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.08 per mmBTU.The December gold contract fell US$5.20 to US$1,277.70 an ounce and the December copper contract gave back two cents at US$3.08 a pound.Nia linked depressed commodities prices to a host of factors, particularly a slowing Chinese economy that has performed weaker than the markets have expected. “And as goes the Chinese economy so follows the commodity complex, and so follows the TSX,” he said.A report from the International Energy Agency pointing to strong production growth in the years ahead, particularly in the U.S., has also weighed on oil prices this week.“Despite the equilibrium between demand and supply coming closer over the past couple of months, there are more signs that we’ll get more supply coming on and that will tilt the balance to more supply than we need,” Nia said.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) were up 3.34 per cent to $14.85 at the closing of markets after the struggling mortgage lender reported third-quarter net income of $30 million, about half of what it earned in the year-ago period before it was hit with allegations it misled investors.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) also got a boost, with its stock up 6.08 per cent to $1.57, after the oil and gas company said it had reached a US$8.5-million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud-related charges filed earlier this year.Meanwhile, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) saw a meagre increase in its shares after the grocery and pharmacy giant announced plans to close 22 unprofitable stores by the end of the first quarter in 2018.South of the border, U.S. stock indices were also negative on Wednesday as investors watched a batch of economic data, while keeping an eye on Washington as lawmakers began to push a tax cut bill through Congress.The U.S. Labor Department said that consumer prices edged up 0.1 per cent last month, the smallest gain in three months. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.2 per cent in October. And a closely watched report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed manufacturing expanded at a slower pace this month in New York, but remained at a healthy level.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 138.19 points to 23,271.28. The S&P 500 index gave back 14.25 points to 2,564.62 and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 31.66 points to 6,706.21.“In the U.S. the markets are just taking a breather. We’ve had a very good return profile in 2017 and we haven’t had volatility this year,” noted Nia.“I think that if we do not see a pullback from the peak of greater than five per cent by the end of the year, this will be only the second year in 30 years that we haven’t had at least one five per cent pullback.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.29 cents US, down 0.25 of a U.S. cent.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
OTTAWA – China says it deplores a controversial new clause in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that calls on the countries to notify each other if they enter into trade talks with a “non-market” economy.In a scathing statement, the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa says section 32.10 of the new USMCA amounts to an act of political dominance by the U.S., which it blames for inserting the clause some argue gives the Americans a veto over Canada and Mexico pursuing free trade with China.The Trump administration is embroiled in a trade war with China and has slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods, prompting retaliation from Beijing.Now, China says the White House is using the contentious clause in the new agreement with Canada and Mexico to prevent those countries from trading with it.While the clause does not mention China specifically, the provision is being widely seen as an attempt to single out Beijing.China has no doubt it is the target of the clause, which requires an USMCA member country to provide notice and information to the other two partners if it plans free trade talks with a “non-market” economy. It also gives the other partners a say in the text of such a deal.In a statement to The Canadian Press, Chinese Embassy spokesman Yang Yundong calls the move “dishonest behaviour” that blatantly interferes with the sovereignty of other countries.China disputes that it is a non-market economy, saying it is a member in good standing of the World Trade Organization.“China firmly supports the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core and props up an open world economy,” said Yang.“We oppose to fabricating the concepts of ‘market country’ and ‘non-market country’ outside the framework of WTO, which in essence is the excuse made by some countries to shirk their obligations and refuse to meet their international commitments.”China will continue to pursue commerce with other countries in the face of “trade restrictions,” added Yang.“China will consistently pursue opening-up at its own pace and continuously carry out mutually beneficial and win-win economic and trade co-operation with countries worldwide treating it in an equal-footed and friendly way.”In an interview with Reuters published Friday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the USMCA pact’s “poison pill” provision to deter deals with China was a move to try to close loopholes in trade agreements that have served to legitimize China’s trade, intellectual property and industrial subsidy practices.Conservative MP Michael Chong accused the Liberals of giving up a significant degree of sovereignty in the USMCA deal.“We now have to ask for Washington’s permission to enter into trade negotiations with certain countries that the U.S will designate as non-market countries,” he said Friday.“It literally makes us a vassal state of the Americans.”A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland repeated the government’s view that nothing in the new trade agreement would prevent Canada from deepening its trade ties with other countries.Jim Carr, the international trade diversification minister, also played down concerns about China’s comments.Derek Burney, a veteran of Canada’s continental trade wars, blames Peter Navarro, one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s top trade advisers, for pushing China considerations into the text of the USMCA.“He is mercantilist, protectionist hawk in the administration with strong anti-China convictions,” said Burney, who was a key player in the Brian Mulroney government that negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal and the follow-up NAFTA that included Mexico.Burney said he’s not convinced the controversial clause has any teeth to prevent Canada from moving forward economically with China “as assertively” as possible.
CALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to a record 269,829 barrels per day in September.That’s up more than 17 per cent from 229,544 in August and just over double the 134,132 barrels per day recorded in September 2017.Total crude exports reached 3.47 million bpd in September, up from 3.31 million a year earlier. Pipeline export constraints are being blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that caused the price discount to peak at more than US$50 per barrel in October for Western Canadian Select oilsands blend versus New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate.The province has called on Ottawa to help increase crude-by-rail shipments, estimating the discounts are costing the Canadian economy as much as $80 million per day.Meanwhile, oilsands producers such as Cenovus Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. are ramping up crude-by-rail volumes to get barrels to markets where they will receive better prices.Cenovus has called on the province to impose production cuts to reduce the oil oversupply in Alberta but the suggestion has been panned by rivals who are insulated from discounts because they have firm pipeline contracts or use their oil in their own refineries. Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE, TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press