Women more patriotic Alberta struggling with confederation poll

On this Canada Day weekend, a new online poll of more than 5,000 Canadians shows that women are more patriotic than men and the province that is struggling the most with confederation is Alberta.The poll by Dart Insight said the proudest Canadians are more likely to be women at 67 per cent, which is eight per cent higher than men.“On every dimension that we polled on, we found that women had a far greater intensity of attachment to Canada, Canadian values, the country, the sense that confederation is working well, and primarily that they like it and want to stay here,” said CEO John Wright.As for how cooperative confederation is working overall, the lowest ratings often come from Quebec, but not this time around.“It’s Alberta. Which clearly, this time out, is really off track for believing the confederation is working,” said Wright.He said the obvious reasons for that are interprovincial and federal fighting over the energy patch and pipelines.Overall, 64 per cent said confederation was working well. In Alberta, it was only 52 per cent. read more

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Ship that carried hundreds of migrants to Canada now a floating toxic

first_imgOTTAWA – The MV Sun Sea carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to Canada eight years ago, but now the rusting cargo ship sits forlornly on the B.C. coast — an unwanted vessel of toxins including asbestos, PCBs and mould, documents reveal.The federal government, which has been stuck with the rickety ship for years, is looking for an “environmentally sound” and cost-effective way of getting rid of it.The Public Services and Procurement Department recently issued a request for feedback from industry on how to dismantle and dispose of the 38-year-old steel ship with an infamous past.Organizers of the MV Sun Sea’s 2010 voyage from strife-torn Sri Lanka promised passage in return for $20,000 to $30,000 per person.Federal authorities intercepted the vessel, which has been moored at a Public Services facility in Delta, B.C., since 2012. No owner of the ship could be identified, and no one wanted to buy it.The vessel, under control of the Canada Border Services Agency, has cost the government approximately $970,000 in storage and maintenance costs.The border agency and other federal partners “are working diligently” to figure out how to dispose of the ship, says a March 2018 briefing note obtained through the Access to Information Act.The request for industry feedback is the first step toward unloading the 52-metre floating lemon. The solicitation documents say the government hopes to ask for bids from disposal companies in August and award a contract the following month, with a project completion date of March.“The government of Canada has made the determination that the MV Sun Sea must be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner, in a Canadian facility, in accordance with Canadian law,” says an initial outline of the work plan prepared by the border agency.The agency said Wednesday it is “committed to pursuing every viable option” for discarding the ship.A January 2016 examination revealed several hazardous materials on board the MV Sun Sea, including mould throughout the vessel, asbestos, lead-laden paint, PCBs in paint and cabling coating, mercury in gauges and fluorescent lamps, and radioactive substances in smoke detectors and navigation equipment.The detailed draft work statement says the contractor must remove and dispose of the potentially dangerous materials while following applicable regulations. For instance, all loose and flaky paint must be scraped off, vacuumed and properly discarded.In addition, there must be an environmental contingency plan to deal with petroleum product leaks in the water or on the ground, seepage of ozone-depleting substances or catastrophes such as a fire or an explosion.Due to the ship’s condition, the government will not allow a contractor to tow it to a work site beyond the waters of southern British Columbia. In addition, any company hired to do the dismantling will not be permitted to sell it to a broker.However, the documents suggest a winning bidder might be able to salvage elements including the main engine, generator, pumps, steel, valves, pipes, hatches, portholes and furniture.The federal government is going about the project the right way from an ethical and environmental standpoint, said Darren Webster, senior project manager for ship recycling with R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd.Ensuring the MV Sun Sea is disposed of in Canada under rigorous controls is “much better than this vessel ending up in Bangladesh or India or somewhere,” he said.“It’s the only way that it can be done.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Hard to accept Calgary familys vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

first_imgCALGARY – Three generations of a family were on their way to visit relatives in Houston last week when their minivan and a semi-truck collided head-on, killing three and injuring four others.Texas authorities say the van carrying six members of the Minhas family from Calgary appears to have drifted into oncoming traffic Saturday morning northwest of Amarillo.Upinderjit Minhas, who was driving, died in hospital, as did his six-year-old son Mehar Partap. The man’s mother, Nirmal, 68, was pronounced dead at the scene.Minhas’s wife, Jasleen, and daughters Mehakdeep, 10, and Japuleen, 8, were taken to hospital. The mother and her eight-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the girl was released.The eldest daughter was gravely injured with broken bones all over her body and remains in hospital in Lubbock, Tex.The 57-year-old truck driver was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.“It’s very hard to accept this,” Harcharan Parhar, whose brother-in-law is married to one of Upinderjit Minhas’s sisters, said Tuesday.The family was in Texas to visit Jasleen Minhas’s parents in Houston, Parhar said.“I believe their plan was to fly over there. But then they decided instead of flying, why don’t they go by van and then they can visit other places, because they had two weeks?”Upinderjit Minhas would have turned 39 on Tuesday, said Parhar. Minhas came to Canada from India when he was a teenager and studied at DeVry University in Calgary.He had a job with a financial firm that took him all around the world.“He was a very intelligent boy,” said Parhar.He described Nirmal Minhas as a “very nice, very polite lady,” who was always happy and smiling.Parhar said he’ll always remember Mehar Partap’s curly hair and smiling face.“He was a very cute boy.”Parhar said he spoke to Jasleen Minhas on Tuesday and she said she doesn’t remember anything after the van and truck collided with a bang because she was unconscious.“What happened, nobody knows,” he said. “Something happened suddenly in seconds.”He said several relatives have flown to Texas from Calgary and Toronto.Sgt. Dan Beusing with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the collision occurred on a two-lane secondary highway, which was dry at the time. He said the sun is unlikely to have been in the driver’s eyes at that hour.“From the witness statement of the driver of the 18-wheeler, the minivan just turned into his lane,” Beusing said.“Of course he doesn’t know what happened, but he said it looked like someone may have fell asleep.”He said state troopers are investigating, but won’t question the mother until she is ready.“It’s a tough thing to start asking questions at this point. It might be a while before they get a chance to interview her some more.“It’s just a really, really tragic event.”last_img read more

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McGill students vote overwhelmingly for change to Redmen team nickname

first_imgMONTREAL — Pressure is growing on McGill University to shed its sports teams’ Redmen nickname after students voted overwhelmingly in favour of the change in a referendum.In a statement announcing results of the vote Monday night, the Students’ Society of McGill University said it will continue pressing the university until it “acknowledges the damage that the Redmen name has done, and addresses those damages by, first of all, changing it.”The vote followed a campaign by Indigenous staff and students to drop a name they consider derogatory. They gained the support of 79 per cent of students who cast ballots.The Redmen name, originally written as Red Men, dates back to the 1920s. The school says it is a tribute to the team’s red uniforms and possibly a nod to university founder James McGill’s Celtic origins.“In ancient times, Celts were known as the Red Men because of their hair … our own Red Men were no doubt Celts in honour of James McGill’s Scottish descent,” McGill’s official historian, the late Stanley Frost, is quoted stating on the McGill Athletics web site.But in the 1950s, the name took on a different sense, with men’s and women’s teams colloquially referred to as the “Indians” or the “Squaws.” In the 1980s, several McGill teams used a stylized logo with an Indigenous man wearing a headdress.Tomas Jirousek, the student society’s Indigenous affairs commissioner and a member of McGill’s varsity rowing team, explained before the referendum why the Redmen name is hurtful. “Indigenous student athletes feel isolated within McGill athletics, and Indigenous students feel isolated within McGill more generally,” he said.Students’ society executive members said that keeping the name would amount to “oppressive and racist behaviour,” and they congratulated the student body for showing leadership.“Today, SSMU members stood behind Indigenous students on campus who have called on McGill to address their feelings of anxiety, discomfort, and isolation on campus,” the executive said in a statement. “Today, we as a student body, stood for the values of respect and inclusivity on campus.”Twenty-eight per cent of eligible students voted in the non-binding referendum. The final tally was 4,616 in favour of changing the name and 1,240 against.A response from the administration was not immediately available.In an Oct. 24 message to the McGill community, provost Christopher Manfredi acknowledged the feelings of those who consider the name pejorative as well as those who feel pride in past Redmen achievements.“In this particular instance, any decision about the Redmen name must emerge from a process that engages all relevant stakeholders in conversation, drawing us together while building on a sense of shared community and dedication to McGill University,” Manfredi said.He said a working group on commemoration and renaming will address the issue of the Redmen name in its final report, to be submitted next month. The university will rely on the report to guide its decision, he said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Tug heading toward disabled container ship off NS that caught fire

first_imgHALIFAX — A tugboat is nearing a large Halifax-bound container ship that has been burning for days, with plans to tow it about 1,500 kilometres to the Nova Scotia port.A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard says the Maersk Mobiliser from Newfoundland is en route to the Yantian Express, which has been dealing with a container fire since Thursday.Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says it wasn’t clear what time the tug was expected to arrive on site, but that it was about 80 nautical miles northwest of the disabled ship early today and planned to eventually tow it to Halifax.All 23 crew members have been moved onto the Smit Nicobar, an offshore support tug from Belgium that arrived on the scene Friday night and is equipped with fire monitors to provide ongoing firefighting support.The 320-metre container ship was travelling from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Halifax on Thursday when a fire started inside a container on the ship’s forward deck, but there were no reports of injuries.The blaze then spread to several other containers, and coast guard officials in Boston received a call for help early Friday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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MP Brosseau says she rejected Liberal overture because NDP is family

MONTREAL — Quebec New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau says she rejected an overture from the Liberals and will run for the NDP in the next general election.In an interview with Le Nouvelliste newspaper, the MP for Berthier-Maskinonge and NDP House leader said she was recently contacted by the Liberals but there were no serious discussions. She said her political family is the NDP.Brosseau, 34, was first elected in 2011 when the orange wave swept Quebec, resulting in the election of 59 New Democrats in the province.An Ottawa bar manager before the election, she won despite the revelation that she had vacationed in Las Vegas during the campaign. Her poor command of French at the time was also questioned.Brosseau has since earned a reputation as a hard worker, forging ties with people in her riding and improving her French.In 2015, she was re-elected in Berthier-Maskinonge with more than 42 per cent of the votes, far ahead of the second-place Bloc Quebecois candidate.“My door was never open, and there were never serious discussions,” Brosseau told Le Nouvelliste of the Liberal contact. She did not identify who reached out to her.“I was approached, but I never even began that reflection. It doesn’t interest me. My family is the NDP.” The Canadian Press read more

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Suspect in Edmonton attack officer stabbing looking for a lawyer before October

first_imgEDMONTON — A man accused of trying to kill an Edmonton police officer and of running down pedestrians is still without a lawyer six months before his trial.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces 12 charges and appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench today to get a new lawyer through legal aid.Doug Ingersoll, assistant general counsel for Legal Aid Alberta, told court an experienced lawyer is ready to take on the case.Sharif agreed to meet with the lawyer and is to return to court on April 24.A jury trial is to start Oct. 15 , although the judge acknowledged scheduling will need to be sorted out once a new lawyer is found.Sharif has already parted ways with at least two other lawyers.In October 2017, an officer was struck by a speeding car, then stabbed outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game. Hours later, the driver of a cube van sped through the downtown and injured four pedestrians.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CP NewsAlert Canadian among those killed in floatplane crash in Alaska

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Global Affairs Canada has confirmed one Canadian is among the dead in a midair crash between sightseeing planes in Alaska.The department says the name or hometown of the victim is not being released due to privacy reasons.The United States Coast Guard says four people died when two floatplanes collided as they carried cruise ship tourists on sightseeing flights near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Monday that two others were missing.The ship left from Vancouver on Saturday.A Washington, D.C.-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan this afternoon.More coming.last_img

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New study offers insight and recommendations to reduce right whale deaths

first_imgFREDERICTON — A new study says more than half the 70 North Atlantic right whale deaths recorded over the last 16 years were the result of either entanglement in fishing gear or vessel collisions.The findings are in a paper published today in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.A cause of death was determined for 43 of the 70 whales. Sarah Sharp, a veterinarian with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says none of the adult and juvenile whales for which a cause of death was established had died from natural causes.She says more aggressive efforts to protect the whales are needed. There are estimated to be only 411 North Atlantic right whales left, with deaths outpacing live births.No right whales died in Canadian waters last year, but 12 were found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2017.A nine-year-old male right whale was found dead in the gulf this month, but preliminary necropsy results were inconclusive.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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New trial for young man convicted in 2011 highway crash that killed

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s top court has ordered a new trial for a young man convicted of first-degree murder in a highway crash that claimed the life of an Ontario police officer.The man, who was 15 at the time of the incident in 2011 and therefore cannot be named, was rendered quadriplegic in the crash that killed Const. Garrett Styles.He was sentenced in 2015 to a conditional supervision order for nine years, after the trial judge found he was already effectively serving a life sentence as a result of his physical state and that he had been rehabilitated.The man appealed his conviction, alleging the trial judge made several legal errors and that the first-degree murder verdict was unreasonable.In a ruling released today, the appeal court found the trial judge erred in failing to caution jurors that they should consider the accused’s age and level of maturity at the time of the incident in determining whether he knew his actions were likely to cause Styles’ death.The appellant had taken his parents’ van late at night in June 2011 to go driving with friends — despite having no licence — when Styles pulled them over in East Gwillimbury, Ont.Court heard Styles sought to impound the van and repeatedly asked the teen driver to step out of the vehicle, eventually reaching inside to unbuckle his seatbelt.The van then suddenly accelerated and dragged the officer about 300 metres before veering off the road and landing on top of him.At the heart of the trial was whether the 15-year-old meant to drive away, as the Crown alleged, or did so accidentally while in a state of panic, as the defence argued.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jenny McCarthy Hosts Saturday Night Spectacular For Autism

first_imgJenny McCarthy hosted the 1st annual “Saturday Night Spectacular” Celebrity golf tournament and VIP party on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 benefiting Generation Rescue for Autism.The star studded extravaganza featured Hollywood Celebrity guests including Donnie Wahlberg, Kevin Sorbo, Ashley Greene, John O’Hurley, Corey Feldman, Gary Valentine, Debbie Dunning, Kato Kaelin, Josh Henderson, Sam Hennings, Bruce Thomas, Kevin Farley, Marcus Grodd, Rocket Ismail, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson, Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson, Ken Stills Sr. and numerous others.The golf tournament was played at the world renowned Dallas Cowboys Golf Club, a tribute to the five-time world champion football team which integrates a historic tour of the Dallas Cowboys’ storied NFL history. The red carpet VIP party was held at ultra sleek Sixty Five Hundred, which has the balance of modern touches with raw materials that create the rustic modernity that is the perfect combination.“We are so excited to bring this event to Dallas to raise awareness for autism and much needed funding to provide support services to families in need. We are very grateful to the many sponsors, celebrities and supporters who have made this event possible,” said Candace McDonald, Executive Director of Generation Rescue.The “Saturday Night Spectacular” event was sponsored by: The Joule Hotel, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, The Dallas Cowboys, Nobu, JR Ewing Private Reserve, Monster Energy Drink, FD, Guide Live, CBS Radio, Barleans and Oxyhealth.For more information visit www.saturdaynightspectacular.com.last_img read more

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Project Perpetual Event Raises 55 Million For Global Childhood Vaccines

first_imgOn Friday, Project Perpetual hosted its inaugural Dinner & Auction of new works by Contemporary Artist Jeff Koons to help provide children around the world with live-saving vaccines.Koons created ten new – and unique – works incorporating Hermès handbags donated by Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Reem Beljafla, Countess Daniela Memmo D’Amelio, HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, Marie-Josée Kravis, Clara Kuo, and Almine Ruiz-Picasso.The evening featured a successful live auction led by Simon de Pury to benefit the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, which helps provide children around the world with access to life-saving vaccines against harmful diseases such as measles, pneumonia, polio, and rotavirus. The lively auction raised over $5.5 million in funds towards the fight against measles, a highly contagious disease that kills hundreds of children every day.Held at the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant, guests arrived through the Park Avenue entrance of the Seagram Building to the presentation of eight unique Birkin Bag (Shelf) works by Koons. The evening included a special performance by Mary J. Blige for the guests of the intimate dinner setting in the classic Pool Room.During dinner projection screens debuted the “Vaccinate” advocacy video short featuring voices in support of the mission of Shot@Life including artists Sterling Ruby and Rachel Feinstein; models Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer; entrepreneurs Victoria Beckham and Natalie Massenet; actors Michelle Yeoh and Vanessa Paradis; and former prime minister of Norway, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland.Guests included: Jeff Koons, Sofia Coppola, Naomi Campbell, Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, and many more.Project Perpetual is a new initiative that combines art and philanthropy. For each edition, a celebrated contemporary artist will produce new to work to be auctioned to benefit children at risk. The Project was created in 2014 as a privately funded initiative by collector and philanthropist Svetlana Kuzmicheva-Uspenskaya. For more information, visit www.projectperpetual.org.Source:United Nations Foundationlast_img read more

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Prod.: Simon Rich, Andrew SingerDir.: Michael Dowse and variousPM: Stefan SteenPC: Jonathan PencharzShoot: Sept 14  – Nov 18/16P: 416-466-9720F: 416-466-7559mswproductionoffice@gmail.com THE EXPANSE Season 2TV SeriesExpanding Universe Prods. 2 Ltd.Prod.: Lynn RaynorDir.: variousPM: Manny DanelonPC: Amy CuthbertsonShoot: Apr 13 – Sep 12/16Toronto, ONP: 647-837-3307F: 647-837-3311theexpanseprod@gmail.comTHE GOOD WITCH Season  3TV SeriesWhizbang Films Inc.Prod.: Ted MillerExec. Prod.: Frank Siracusa,Craig Pryce, Dean BataliDir.: variousPM: Lisa PeronePC: Catherine SampleShoot: Aug 10 – Dec 19/16 TBCTorontoP: 416-239-1906F: 416-239-9233goodwitchtv@gmail.comTHE HANDMAID’S TALE Season 1 TV SeriesGilead Productions Inc.Prod.: John Weber, Frank SiracusaExec. Prod.: Bruce MillerDirector: variousPM: Melissa GirottiPC: Eleanor MendesShoot: Sept 6/16 – Feb 3/17Toronto, ONP: 416-231-5468F: 416-231-7681tht.office777@gmail.com THE SHAPE OF WATERFeatureBull Productions Inc./Fox SearchlightProd.: Guillermo Del Toro,Miles DaleDir.: Guillermo Del ToroPM: Dennis ChapmanPC: Marie-Claude HarnoisShoot: Aug 15 – Oct 21 / 16Toronto, ONP: 416-462-9975F: 416-462-1990shapeofwateroffice@gmail.comTHE VOICEFeature FilmKMH Film / Quiet Revolution PicturesProd.: Michael A. Dobbin,Ferenc PusztaiDir.: György PálfiPM: tbaPC: tbaShoot: Jun 13 – Sept 2/16Ottawa, ONP: 613 656-3624production@qrpictures.comWORKIN’ MOMS Season 1TV SeriesCBCLine Prod.: Jonathan WalkerExec. Prod.: Catherine Reitman, Philip Sternberg, Tina HorowitzDir.: Catherine Reitman, Paul Fox, Aleysa YoungPM: Anthony PangalosPC: Michelle KanyoShoot: Aug 15 – Oct 28/16Toronto, ONP: 647 253-7701F: 647 253-7702workinmomsoffice@gmail.com DINO DANA Season 1TV SeriesSinking Ship EntertainmentLP: Eric BeldowskiExec. Prods.: J.J. Johnson,Blair Powers, Christin SimmsAnimation EP: Matt BishopDir.: J.J. Johnson, VariousPM: Bring KringPC: Jennifer BrysonShoot: Apr 18 – Sept 2/16Etobicoke, ONP: 416-201-0571F: 416-533-3878EYEWITNESSTV SeriesEyewitness North Productions Inc.Prod.: Steve SolomosDir.: variousPM: Deborah MarksPC: Julie PereiraShoot: Apr 25 – Aug 8/16Parry Sound, ONP: 705-751-8610automatictvfilm@gmail.comFIRST LIGHTFeatureFL Film Productions Ontario Inc.Prod.: Chris Ferguson, Aaron BarnettExec. Prod.: Aaron Barnett,Michael BakerDir.: Jason StonePM: Shane BoucherPC: Caitlin DelaneyShoot: Aug 08 – Sep 09/16Ottawa, ONP: 613-737-9915F: 613-737-7309firstlightmovie@gmail.com Please Note: This list is prepared for informational purposes. The inclusion of any company or production in this list does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the OMDC of such company or production. The information set out above was obtained from the relevant production companies and the OMDC does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. LegendProd = ProducerExec. Prod = Executive ProducerDir = DirectorPM = Production ManagerPC = Production Coordinator Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Gerard Butler returns to Toronto for TIFF premiere of The Headhunters Calling

first_imgGerard Butler‘s TIFF 2016 experience has been a nostalgic one.The 46-year-old Scottish actor is in Toronto for his latest film The Headhunter’s Calling and walked the red carpet in advance of its screening on Wednesday night at Roy Thomson Hall. He was joined by castmates Kathleen Munroe, Anupam Kher, young Max Jenkins and even younger Ethan MacIver-Wright. The film’s director, Mark Williams, also attended. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

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John Dunsworth best known as Trailer Park Boys Mr Lahey dies at

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement John Dunsworth, left, as Mr. Lahey on “Trailer Park Boys.”  (SHOWCASE)   Twitter “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” the statement said.“John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected during this time of grief.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement John Dunsworth on the red carpet at the 2010 Genie Awards. Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for playing Mr. Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” but was also involved in community theatre for decades. (KEITH BEATY / TORONTO STAR) Actor Bernard Robichaud, who portrays Cyrus on the show, called Dunsworth a Canadian icon.“My theatre teacher, a loving father, husband, and a friend to many, you will be greatly missed,” he wrote on Twitter.American comedian Tom Arnold also expressed his sympathies, writing on Twitter: “So sad. RIP John Dunsworth. One of the finest men and most brilliant actors I’ve ever had the honour to work with.”Fans were recalling some of his most notorious moments on the Trailer Park Boys, including when Mr. Lahey declared: “I am the liquor.”Dunsworth was also known for playing reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series, Haven.By ALY THOMSON – The Canadian Press Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah, who is also a star of the Trailer Park Boys, shared the same statement on her own Twitter feed.pic.twitter.com/7H1KkEOsiR— Sarah Dunsworth (@SarahDunsworth) October 16, 2017Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for his portrayal of Mr. Lahey on the Trailer Park Boys, a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor.He was also involved in community theatre for decades.A post on the Trailer Park Boys Facebook page Monday evening said: “We’re all in shock and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend.”Condolences for the beloved actor were pouring in on social media, including several from his fellow Trailer Park Boys cast members.Mike Smith, known as Bubbles on the Trailer Park Boys, tweeted that he is “beyond devastated.”“John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend,” Smith said. HALIFAX—John Dunsworth, known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey in the comedy series Trailer Park Boys and revered as a brilliant actor with a warm heart, has died.He was 71.The news was confirmed in a statement posted on his Twitter feed Monday evening. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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QA Vancouver director Michelle Ouellet talks women in film

first_imgDavid Alpay and Sara Canning star in Prodigals, screening at this year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. For 0301 qanda prodigals [PNG Merlin Archive] Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Tickets and info: $9-$20, womeninfilm.caNow in its 13th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival celebrates women’s stories on film as well as women behind the camera.Among the films screening at this year’s festival is Prodigals. The third feature from Toronto-raised, Vancouver-based director Michelle Ouellet, it tells the story of Wesley (David Alpay) and his return to his hometown of Sault Ste Marie. There, he tries to defend his old friend Benny, who is charged with murder.Postmedia News talked to Ouellet about her new film. Director Michelle Ouellet and actor Sara Canning on the set of Prodigals.Q: The name of your production company is Sociable Films. But at least one of the characters, Benny, is very anti-social, isn’t he?A: He and Wesley are such foils for one another. Thematically, what was interesting about the script for me is the idea of second chances — and the idea that these two guys’ lives mirror each other, but things have turned out differently for both of them based on circumstances.Q: The screenplay is from a play. How did you come across the script?A: I have to full credit to Sabrina Evertt, our executive producer. She is the one who had worked with Sean (Minogue, the playwright) and had developed the play from an outline. Her company Twenty-Something Theatre (now Firepot Performance) produced the play in Vancouver in 2011, and she supported the film adaptation. So she’s the one who brought it to stage and the screen.Q: How much was filmed in Vancouver?center_img Now in its 13th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival celebrates women’s stories on film as well as women behind the camera.Vancouver International Women in Film FestivalWhen:March 6-11Where:VIFF Vancity Theatre Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Small group protests antiterror bill on Parliament Hill

first_imgAPTN National NewsCritics of the Harper government’s anti-terror bill were on Parliament Hill Wednesday.They came to show their opposition hours before a vote in expected to pass in the House of Commons.APTN’s Annette Francis in Ottawa.last_img

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Two dead in Cat Lake

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN News The community of Cat Lake is in complete shock after what is believed to be a double homicide Wednesday evening.A spokesperson for the chief confirmed the deaths of two community members. No names have been released but the spokesperson said it involves an extremely large family.A source told APTN News one of the victims is believed to be the father of the accused. According to the source, a second victim is a young man.The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) has requested assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).The OPP will only say the Criminal Investigations Branch will be issuing a media release today.“There’s much sadness. We would ask for prayers and support from any and all communities,” said the spokesperson, speaking on behalf of Chief Ernie Wesley.The spokesperson said someone is in custody and there are a large number of police officers have arrived in the fly-in community of roughly 650 people, investigating.Cat Lake is located about 180 km north of Sioux Lookout in northern Ontario.last_img read more

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Edmonton shelter issues call for warm clothing as cold snap grips Prairies

first_imgChris Stewart APTN NewsAn Edmonton shelter is appealing for more help, after a recent cold snap across the Prairies left many people struggling on the streets over Easter weekend.Hope Mission has been helping the less fortunate in Edmonton for 89 years. The non-profit houses 500 people and provides 1,000 meals a day.Though it’s early April, winter is keeping its chilly grip on the Prairies. The shelter is still in need of warm clothing donations, said spokesperson Robin Padanyi.“Socks and underwear are the two biggest needs we always have,” said Padanyi. “Especially when you think about the snow melting, the spring thaw coming. If someone’s feet gets wet and their socks get wet, and the temperatures still dipping to minus fifteen at night, they are in serious danger of frostbite.”Rose Rodriguez, a kitchen helper, has been with Hope Mission for 26 years. She says the shelter’s work is vital to helping the people she calls family.“Many of them don’t have a house, a home or family, so it’s very important because we can let them feel like this is the home for them, cooking for them,” she said. “They bring their kids and it makes us feel so happy and important in this community.”Terry Jackson, who uses Hope Mission, said he’s grateful for its services.“When you come in and you have a meal like this, it keeps the tummy warm and the midsection stay warm,” he said. “That’s the most important part. Everything else is still cold, but you’ll live. You will live with a nice hot meal inside you.”last_img read more

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Court says BC cant restrict oil shipments in key case for Trans

first_imgRail cars carrying pipelines sit idle in Kamloops, B.C. Lucy Scholey/APTNThe Canadian PressBritish Columbia’s top court has ruled the province cannot restrict oil shipments through its borders in a decision that marks a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.The province filed a constitutional reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal that asked whether it had the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wished to increase their flow of diluted bitumen.A five-judge panel agreed unanimously that the amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act were not constitutional because they would interfere with the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.Justice Mary Newbury wrote on behalf of the panel that the substance of the proposed amendments were to place conditions on and, if necessary, prohibit the movement of heavy oil through a federal undertaking.Newbury also wrote that the legislation is not just an environmental law of “general application,” but is targeted at one substance, heavy oil, in one interprovincial pipeline: the Trans Mountain expansion project.“Immediately upon coming into force, it would prohibit the operation of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline in the province until such time as a provincially appointed official decided otherwise,” she said.“This alone threatens to usurp the role of the (National Energy Board), which has made many rulings and imposed many conditions to be complied with by Trans Mountain for the protection of the environment.”B.C. argued that the proposed amendments were meant to protect its environment from a hazardous substance, while the federal government and Alberta said the goal was to block Trans Mountain.Newbury wrote that even if the legislation was not intended to single out the expansion project, it has the potential to affect _ and indeed “stop in its tracks” _ the entire operation of Trans Mountain as a carrier and exporter of oil.She said the National Energy Board is the body entrusted with regulating the flow of energy resources across Canada to export markets, and it has already imposed many conditions on Trans Mountain.She added that the expansion is not just a British Columbia project because it affects the whole country.The proposed amendments would have meant that Trans Mountain Corp., and any other company wishing to increase the amount of heavy oil it transported through B.C., would have had to apply for a “hazardous substance permit.”The permit application would have had to detail the risks to human health and the environment from a spill, plans to mitigate those risks and financial measures, including insurance, that ensured payment of cleanup costs.A provincial public servant would have had the authority to impose conditions on a hazardous substance permit and cancel or suspend the permit if the company did not comply.Saskatchewan, Trans Mountain Corp. and Enbridge Inc. also argued in court against B.C.’s proposed permit regime, while First Nations, cities and environmental groups supported it.Lawyer Kegan Pepper-Smith represented Ecojustice in the case and said the decision leaves B.C., its communities and the environment exposed to a potentially disastrous oil spill.“The issue at the heart of this case goes far beyond a single pipeline project. What was at stake is the B.C. government’s ability to step in and enact laws that will better protect communities and the environment when federal measures fall short,” he said in a statement.B.C. Attorney General David Eby was set to hold a news conference later Friday. The province still may appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, which must automatically hear reference cases.Premier John Horgan’s minority NDP government took power in 2017 on a promise to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the pipeline expansion. There is still plenty it could do to stop the project, said Peter McCartney, a climate campaigner with the Wilderness Committee, in a statement.McCartney said the government could add conditions to its provincial environmental certificate, such as demonstrating the ability to clean up a diluted bitumen spill completely. Horgan could also order a public health and safety review of the project and assess the risks of a catastrophic oil spill or fire at the tank farm in Burnaby, B.C., he said.The province announced the legislative amendments in January 2018, sparking a trade war with then-Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who retaliated with a ban on B.C. wines in her province.Premier John Horgan eased the tension by promising to file a reference case asking the Appeal Court whether the amendments were constitutional, prompting Notley to suspend the wine ban in February 2018.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. Construction was paused last August after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the federal permits.The project would triple the pipeline’s capacity to carry diluted bitumen from the Edmonton area to Metro Vancouver, and increase the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.last_img read more

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