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first_imgSARNIA, Ont. — The trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault resumes in Sarnia, Ont., today.Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching at his judge-alone trial.The former head coach of the women’s national team is accused of sexually assaulting a young gymnast years ago.At the beginning of the trial in October, a woman who is now in her 30s testified that Brubaker would kiss her on the lips to say hello and goodbye starting when she was 12 years old.She also said he touched her inappropriately during sports massages.Brubaker said he thought he was being a supportive coach and denied any sexual intent.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgThe truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for 29 counts of dangerous driving causing death or bodily harm. Court heard the inexperienced trucker blew through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured.In her ruling, Judge Inez Cardinal said there have been no other cases before the courts in Canada like this one. She cited several considerations she made in her decision.Mitigating factors:— Sidhu entered early guilty pleas to all charges.— He apologized in court to the victims and their families. Cardinal said she believes his remorse is sincere.— Although not physically injured, he will suffer psychologically.— He is 30 years old with no previous criminal history and a clean driving record.— Alcohol or drugs were not involved.— Sidhu had not been using his cellphone while driving at any point before the collision.— He faces deportation after his sentence.—Aggravating factors:— Sidhu was driving a large commercial vehicle and missed five highway signs, including a large stop sign with a flashing light.— He had ample time to stop but did not brake, reduce his speed or take evasive action.— His actions killed 16 innocent people and caused life-altering injuries to 13 other innocent people.— The devastating impact of the crash and its aftermath on families, friends and survivors cannot be measured.— The injured face lifelong challenges as a result of physical and psychological injuries.— “The impact of this catastrophe will reverberate across Canada for years to come,” said Cardinal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal priest who sexually abused two boys has been handed an eight-year prison term.Rev. Brian Boucher was impassive as Quebec court Judge Patricia Compagnone announced she agreed with a joint sentencing recommendation from the Crown and defence.Boucher was handcuffed by a court constable and led away as his two victims, who were present in court, looked on.Both delivered victim-impact statements earlier today explaining the abuse would stay with them always.Following a trial, Boucher was found guilty Jan. 8 of sexually assaulting one of the victims. In the second case, the Catholic priest pleaded guilty to sex-related charges as a trial was set to begin Jan. 21.Boucher worked in 10 Montreal-area churches between 1985 and 2015. The abuse took place at two churches, between 1995 and 1999 in the case of one victim and between 2008 and 2011 in the other.Crown prosecutor Annabelle Sheppard says the victims are satisfied with the outcome.“Seeing Brian Boucher taken away in handcuffs was a symbolic end to a long journey,” Sheppard said.“It was a long process for them, but a victorious one,” she added. “But even with a conviction, and a sentence that is a substantial sentence, it will not undo or take away the pain they have suffered and continue to suffer.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – As the hockey world gathers to remember those lost in the Humboldt Broncos crash, one of the survivors is doing everything he can to pursue his new dream.Airdrie hockey player Ryan Straschnitzki was in his first season with the Humboldt Broncos in 2018. He had previously played for the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL but before that, he was already on the national stage.Straschnitzki was a member of the Leduc Oil Kings who climbed to the top of the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) and all the way to the 2017 Telus Cup national championship.His life and the lives of hundreds of others would change forever on April 6, 2018, when the Broncos bus crashed with a semi, claiming the lives of 16 people: his teammates, brothers, coaches and friends.READ MORE: Straschnitzki family adjusting to new life one year after Humboldt crashAlthough Ryan survived the crash, he was left paralyzed, with doctors giving little chance of him ever walking again.But within moments of receiving that news, Ryan turned to his Dad and told him he wanted to make the Canadian Paralympic Sledge Hockey team. That dream has never died, 12 months after the tragic crash.“I try and get in the gym when I can and kind of work on those muscle groups that stand up hockey players don’t work on as much as sledge hockey players,” says Straschnitzki.Ryan is currently training at least three days a week, along with the support of his skills coach, former sledge hockey world champion, Chris Cederstrand. Ryan says their relationship has helped him to press on.“He kind of knows the junior lifestyle and what hockey players are like so we kind of have similarities that way. He also started from scratch when he had his incident so he’s kind of teaching me what he had to do to get better and eventually make the Paralympic team.”While Ryan admits the progress is moving well but there are always days of frustrations, times where he could easily give up, but that’s not an option for him.He’s been encouraged to press on by his family, his friends, coaches and former teammates with the Broncos. He says the outpouring of support he continues to receive is outstanding.“The support has just been wonderful and we can’t thank anyone enough. I think it helps everyone in a way.”FULL INTERVIEWAudio Playerhttps://www.660citynews.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2019/04/05/ryan-straschnitzki-april-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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first_imgFREDERICTON — Officials in New Brunswick say while floodwaters are receding, there’s a long way to go before the response can become a recovery effort.Geoffrey Downey, a spokesman for the province’s Emergency Measures Organization, says while water levels are slowly dropping along the Saint John River, communities from Fredericton to Saint John remain above flood stage.Heavy rain caused the river level to rise slightly in Fredericton on Saturday night, but the forecast is for it to fall below flood stage by Thursday.The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Oromocto and River Glade, with the transportation department reporting 84 road closures across the province.Downey says for the most part, the water is now off the Trans-Canada but there is a lot of debris that must be removed before the road can reopen.This is the second year in a row for major flooding in the province.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgHIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Provincial fire officials say a blaze burning near High Level continues to spread, but has not advanced toward the northwestern Alberta town.The Chuckegg Creek fire now covers nearly 993 square kilometres, compared with 976 square kilometres on Thursday.Some 5,000 people in High Level and surrounding communities remain out of their homes after heeding an evacuation order on the long weekend.Crews have successfully completed a controlled burn along highways leading south and west of town to remove fuel for the wildfire.Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze in the bush as well as working to protect buildings in and around the town.Alberta Wildfire incident commander Scott Elliot has said a forecasted shift in winds early next week could push the fire toward High Level.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI — On the eve of India’s Independence Day, a team of activists and scholars has released a report that paints a bleak picture of Indian-administered Kashmir, challenging official government accounts that life is returning to normal amid an indefinite curfew and communications blackout imposed just before the restive region’s special status was stripped by Parliament on Aug. 5.The report, released Wednesday, found that people living under the security lockdown expressed “enormous anger and anguish” in response to the surprise move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to revoke a constitutional provision that gave the predominantly Muslim population some degree of autonomy and prevented outsiders from buying land in the pristine Himalayan region.Sheikh Saaliq, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The two men accused in the killings of three people in northern B.C. last month, and who led police on a Canada-wide manhunt for weeks, apparently recorded a video of themselves before they died.According to the Star Metro, a family member — who didn’t see the video themselves — told the paper that relatives of Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were shown about 30 seconds of footage.It reportedly outlines the pair’s final wishes, in what’s been described as a “goodbye” and “last will and testament.”It’s unclear how long the video, which was apparently shot on a cellphone found near the Vancouver Island men’s bodies in northern Manitoba, is. The RCMP has also not confirmed the existence of the video.The bodies of American Chynna Deese, 24, and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, were found along the Alaska highway, south of Liard Hot Springs, in mid-July in northern B.C. Days later, the body of UBC Lecturer Leonard Dyck was found near a burned-out vehicle about 470 kilometres away from Dease Lake.Schmegelsky and McLeod were charged with second-degree murder in Dyck’s death and named suspects in the tourists’ deathsMany unknownsThe fact Mounties are staying mum about whether these reports are true is a move a former RCMP criminal investigator agrees with.“To attract unnecessary attention on some piece of evidence could actually be detrimental to the work of the investigators,” Michel Juneau-Katsuya said. He notes we don’t know what could be in the recording, other than the reported final wishes.“There is maybe something in it that talks about an accomplice, that talks about circumstances or other elements that need to be found, and there’s also maybe certain parts — who knows — that can be too graphic to be revealed publicly,” he explained, adding a number of factors need to be considered by the RCMP before it releases the video or even confirms it exists.“For that purpose and for that reason, I think it is appropriate that the RCMP, for the moment, withhold that information,” Juneau-Katsuya added.Leaving ‘the last word’While it’s happened before, the former investigator — who was also formerly with CSIS — says it’s not very common in Canada to find that a suspect or suspects have left behind a message.“It is not necessarily that common that they try to have the last words in the story by giving their version, or their perspective on what took place,” Juneau-Katsuya said, reiterating what the video actually contains is still a mystery.“It is not unheard of, but it is not that common that we will have the criminals expressing their last thoughts and their last will, and occasionally, admitting their crime just before killing themselves,” Juneau-Katsuya said. The suspects from Port Alberni, who were initially reported missing, led police on a chase which ended in northern Manitoba on Aug. 7, when their remains were found near the Nelson River in heavy brush.Autopsies confirmed their identities and the RCMP determined Schmegelsky and McLeod killed themselves.The case captured the attention of people across the country and even the world. In the almost two weeks since the manhunt ended, many questions, including what a possible motive might have been, have swirled — and gone largely unanswered.last_img read more

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first_imgMiley Cyrus is supporting a ban on carriage horses in NYC, and her Mom is right behind her.“Miley grew up around animals and with all our horses growing up, so she is very passionate about protecting all animals,” Tish Cyrus told E! News.Tish explained that they have been supporting a petition to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC, which has now reached 100,000 signatures.“Miley’s fans have been amazing,” she said. “We were trying to reach at least 100,000 people signing the petition and, after Miley tweeted, her fans got us 6,000 signatures in a few hours and pushed us over. We couldn’t have done it without all her fans.”According to the organizers of the petition: “Horses do not belong in a congested, urban setting where they constantly breathe exhaust in dangerous traffic. There have been more than 18 accidents in the past two years. The horses live in tiny stable stalls, with no access to green pastures.”“You all made my mama and all the horses so happy 🙂 my fans really do come in handy,” tweeted Miley.To sign the petition, click here.Source:E! Onlinelast_img read more

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first_imgSusan Sarandon and Forest Whitaker are to host the first annual Hope North Gala on September 18 in New York City.The event will honor Mary-Louise Parker, and will take place at City Winery in NYC.Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development.Founded in 1998 by artist and former child soldier Okello Sam, Hope North is an accredited secondary school located on a 40-acre campus with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed by 26 dedicated Ugandan educators. Over 1,500 vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North, and today 255 incredible youth are working towards their degrees and planning careers. These youth in turn are contributing to peace-building by organizing educational theater and soccer tournaments throughout the north, an area destroyed by years of war, reaching thousands more.To find out more, visit HopeNorth.org.last_img read more

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first_imgNon-profit organization Face Forward will once again place the spotlight on the important global issue of domestic and gang violence at its much-anticipated fourth annual charity gala.The “A Gatsby Affair” themed gala is to be held on September 28th, 2013 at the luxurious Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica, California.Honorary Committee members for the 2013 gala are Tom Arnold & Bonnie Somerville (they both co-hosted in 2012), Charlotte Ross, Jennifer Coolidge, Virgil Hill, Vanessa Marcil, Dennis Smith, Katie Cleary-Stern, Theo James, Kevin Alejandro, Shaun Toub and Dr. Jenn Berman.Face Forward founder and CEO Mrs. Deborah Alessi founded Face Forward in 2008. Mrs. Alessi is a survivor of domestic violence and a true advocate of this worthy cause. To help other survivors get a second chance at life, Mrs. Alessi recruited her husband and renowned facial reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Alessi M.D.Mrs. Alessi said, “When we started, it was a small gathering and I had no idea what I was doing, only that I was extremely passionate about this cause. Initially we had about 100 people attend the first one, then we did a few events at stores and I took very small steps. Now we have grown to this amazing event and this year we are expecting 400 guests. Although this is not a glamorous cause, I make sure to produce an event where the supporters enjoy themselves and celebrate their ability to help change lives. We want to make sure our supporters come back for more and continue to support this extremely important global cause!”Dr. David Alessi added, “Deborah and I are humbled by the continuous and growing support for our annual philanthropic event. Our wish is to draw attention to the atrocity of the worldwide problem of domestic violence and abuse. Face Forward’s annual fundraising efforts enable us to help more and more victims in their journey to achieve both physical and emotional healing and recovery.”Face Forward is proud to announce that the 2013 ‘Face Forward Community Philanthropist Of The Year’ has been awarded to Jake Kloberdanz CEO/Founder ONEHOPE wine which donates half of its profits to many charities and has donated a more than a million dollars since its inception. Kloberdanz is also the founder of the ONEHOPE Foundation which supports charities donating 100% of monies raised.Additionally, the annual Face Forward Voice Award will be presented to the individual who best uses his/her persona and fame to create global awareness for the tragedy of domestic violence and abuse.The star-studded red carpet event will consist of a stunning outdoor cocktail reception, silent auction, live musical entertainment and Gatsby themed entertainment. This is to be followed by a gourmet dinner and the awards ceremony.The live auction is to include luxury items such as a three night stay in a deluxe one bedroom ocean view villa at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort Koi Samui, Thailand, complete with spa treatment and breakfast. Another special live auction item was kindly donated by Turkish Airlines, who continue to support the Face Forward message and gave 2 International business class airline tickets to Turkey or anywhere else in the world, including a five star hotel stay.Confirmed title sponsors of the upcoming event include Torrey Pines Bank who are the official sponsors of the Face Forward kick off party, Turkish Airlines and the Four Seasons Resort, Thailand.last_img read more

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first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war, stressing that those hazards prevent aid from reaching those in need, and endanger the lives of the displaced persons returning home and children going to school.“Mine action is critical for an effective humanitarian response in conflict and post-conflict situations,” the UN chief said in his message on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Mine action is “an investment in humanity,” as it provides the safe space to undertake development and reconstruction activities, and lay the foundations of sustainable peace, he added.Yet in far too many places around the world, new or re-emerging conflicts are creating yet another legacy of explosive hazards, such as landmines, cluster munitions and improvised explosive devices, he said, expressing concern particularly about the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.The UN is working to alleviate the suffering of affected communities in high-risk environments.In South Sudan, 14 million square meters of contaminated land have been cleared; 3,000 kilometres of road made safe; and 30,000 mines and explosive remnants of war destroyed. And more than half a million people have received risk education over the last 12 months.“This has enabled the delivery of food and water and the safe movement of those fleeing fighting,” he said.Even in Syria, mine action actors are achieving some important life-saving results. Since August 2015, 14 tonnes of unexploded ordnance have been destroyed, and last year, more than 2 million Syrians received risk education in schools and communities, and more than 5,400 people received physical rehabilitation services.But millions of Syrian people continue to face this deadly threat every day. There is an urgent need for increased support as well as full, sustained and unhindered access for all mine action activities.Mr. Ban said that his report, in advance of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held next month in Istanbul, highlighted the unacceptable impact of mines and explosive remnants of war on civilians. It also stressed the need for States to become parties to, and implement and comply with, relevant international humanitarian instruments.In December 2015, the General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution underlining the need for mine action to remain at the top of the international agenda, especially in humanitarian crises, he noted.Daniel Craig, who was appointed last year by Mr. Ban as UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, said that the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) plays a critical role in improving the immediate chances of survival of civilians and aid workers caught up in armed violence.“UNMAS provides a long-term solution to the biggest problem facing the victims of war. How to return to a normal life,” he said in his message on the Day.Best known for his role as 007 in the James Bond films, Mr. Craig said he is in awe of the men and women at UNMAS as well as their energy and courage.“I am asking you to join me to promote their work and fund their programmes, so that you, too, can make a difference in eliminating the dangers of mines and explosive hazards,” he said.On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year should be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This year’s theme is ‘Mine Action is Humanitarian Action.’last_img read more

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first_imgDuring the weekend, George Clooney hosted MPTF’s (Motion Picture & Television Fund) “Hollywood’s Night Under The Stars,” an evening of musical performances and special presentations celebrating their 95th year of helping those who entertain us.George Clooney, Michael Douglas and Hugh JackmanMatt Bomer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bryan Cranston, Loretta Devine, Michael Douglas, Kate Flannery, Derek Hough, Hugh Jackman, Norm Lewis, Jane Lynch, Johnny Mathis, Chris Pine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jeremy Renner, and Kevin Spacey also appeared at the event, which took place at the MPTF Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, CA. It was presented by AARP Foundation, American Express, Delta Air Lines, and Target, with in-kind support from Casamigos, Heineken, Monsieur Marcel, Red Truck, and Sprinkles.Host George Clooney opened the show with a warm and charming welcome to the audience, teasing, “the good thing is, I’m not singing tonight. I’m hosting.” Michael Douglas then came on stage to deliver a heartfelt dedication to his father, Kirk, who was watching in the audience. After sharing stories from throughout Kirk’s lifelong career, Michael was joined by the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to his dad, who turns 100 this December. Kirk gave a few remarks, even admitting that he’d always hoped his son would be a “doctor or a lawyer. But seeing him tonight, he’s a pretty good actor.”The show was filled with musical highlights including a medley of Les Miserables classics headlined by Hugh Jackman, Helen Reddy (an MPTF resident herself) singing “You And Me Against The World,” Johnny Mathis singing his hit “Misty,” and a show stopping performance of “Listen” from Loretta Devine that brought the audience to its feet. Television and Broadway star Norm Lewis gave a powerful performance of “Music of the Night,” and Kevin Spacey delighted the crowd with performances of both “Can I Steal A Little Love?” and “Mr. Bojangles,” complete with a top hat and some smooth dance moves.The evening also featured some more sentimental moments, including personal stories from the MPTF residents delivered by film and television stars Jeremy Renner and Matt Bomer. Bryan Cranston and Chris Pine shared the stage to recount their familial connections to the MPTF campus – Cranston’s mother and Pine’s grandmother were both residents who benefitted from the services of the facility and support and compassion of its caretakers.The night concluded with a triumphant performance of “Somewhere” by Johnny Mathis and Norm Lewis supported by a full choir.The event also marked the launch of MPTF’s “ALL IN” Program, which was introduced by long-time MPTF supporter and volunteer Yvette Nicole Brown. The ALL IN campaign will help to share MPTF’s message across all members of the film and television industry, and connect with the next generation who will carry on the organization’s mission.Event chair Jim Gianopulos reminded the audience of the ongoing work being done and the constant need for support. “Those of us who have worked and thrived in our industry owe a special duty to give back to our comrades in need,” he stated. “As you’ve heard, this residential and health care facility is only a small part of what the fund does, providing in home care, financial assistance, and many other needs for over 100,000 members of our community. The future is exciting but the needs are great.”The event was chaired by Ann & Jim Gianopulos and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. Jay Landers produced, and Emmy-winner William Ross served as musical director, conducting a 17-piece orchestra.last_img read more

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first_imgWomen In Film, Los Angeles (WIF LA) announced the honorees for the 2018 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by Max Mara and Lancôme.Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored outstanding women in the entertainment industry – women who lead by example, are creative, groundbreaking, and excel at their chosen fields. The annual benefit gala supports WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry. The evening, themed “Ignited,” will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Award honorees are:The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – Brie LarsonThe Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – Channing DungeyThe Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award – Alexandra ShippThe Women In Film Artistic Excellence Award – NOVA Wav (Denisia Andrews (“Blu June”) and Brittany Coney (“Chi”))The evening’s program will also celebrate Women In Film, Los Angeles’ 45th Anniversary and recognize the leaders of the gender parity movement in Hollywood with the “45 years of Advocacy Celebration” segment presented by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand. Leaders from the past and present will be acknowledged for their outstanding leadership in the advancement of gender equity.Cathy Schulman, President of Women In Film, Los Angeles, said, “Throughout its history, Women In Film has focused its efforts on the kind of gender advocacy that is now sweeping through the screen industries like a tidal wave. The theme of this year’s Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala is ‘Ignited,’ referencing the tipping point we’re living in and Women In Film’s responsibility as a thought leader to keep the flame burning for a sustainable future – freed from the constraints of gender bias.”The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards is presented by sponsors Max Mara for the 16th year and Lancôme for the first year. The event is designed and produced by Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman and Tony Schubert of Event Eleven. Iris Grossman, President Emeritus of Women In Film, Los Angeles, returns this year as Advisor for the Awards.last_img read more

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first_imgCanadian businessman and “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec has married his former “Dancing with the Stars” partner Kym Johnson.People magazine reports the pair got married Sunday in Los Angeles. People says guests included “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba and former competitors Joe Fatone, Lance Bass and Donny Osmond.Herjavec is 53. He made a fortune in internet security technology before going on to star on “Dragon’s Den” in Canada and “Shark Tank,” the ABC version of business-themed reality show. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment They must also offer additional channels either individually or in small packages of up to 10 channels.Starting on Dec. 1, television service providers will have to offer customers the additional channels both individually and in small packages.The CRTC says the new options will enable Canadians to create their own packages for TV services. The CRTC says it’s renewing the licences of most TV service providers for one year, rather than the usual seven-year term.The federal regulator says the change will allow it to closely monitor the way companies implement the new TV choices that will be available to customers later this year.Since March 1, licensed television service providers must offer a basic package priced at no more than $25 a month, not including the cost of equipment. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Prior to Cineplex taking over the brand, there had been a number of Playdium locations under previous owners, which later closed in the early 2000s. Construction is due to start in early 2018 on a new 30,000 square-foot facility in Whitby, Ont. The Canadian entertainment and media company says these new locations in mid-sized communities are aimed at teens and families, and will offer video games and activities such as virtual reality and bowling. Cineplex is rebooting its Playdium brand and plans to open 10 to 15 new arcade and amusement centres across the country. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Cineplex has fully owned Playdium since October 2015 and also operates several recreation complexes across Canada dubbed The Rec Room, which include live entertainment and games. Twitter Cineplex already owns and operates the Playdium facility in Mississauga, Ont., which first opened its doors more than 20 years ago.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Chief Lady Bird is an Anishinaabe artist based in Toronto. Her work can be seen across the city as public murals. (Submitted by Chief Lady Bird) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img A special edition Turtle Island emoji can be activated on Twitter by using certain hashtags during the month of June.The emoji, designed by Anishinaabe artist Nancy King who goes by the name Chief Lady Bird, was created in honour of Indigenous History Month.Twitter reached out to Chief Lady Bird in May about the project. Login/Register With: “I guess they had been thinking about how the emoji could be done in a good way and who should be the one to create that imagery,” she said.“They didn’t want to have their team do it because they didn’t want to appropriate.”Chief Lady Bird, who is from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First Nation, uses street art, community-based murals and digital illustration to challenge the lens through which Indigenous people are often viewed. Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement PressReader partners with Hearst Magazines USA (CNW Group/PressReader) Login/Register With: Rick Day, VP Consumer Marketing at Hearst said “we’re very excited to be launching this partnership with PressReader. Their reading experience and network of partners are unmatched, and we’re looking forward to bringing Hearst titles to such a large, diverse audience.”For PressReader, adding these beloved Hearst titles helps cement the company’s position as the go-to premium content service in the travel industry. PressReader is the Official Digital Media Provider for Forbes Travel Guide, and many of the finest hotels in the world offer the service to their guests.“We’re delighted to be bringing Hearst Magazines on board,” said PressReader CEO Alex Kroogman. “These are sought-after titles that we know our readers will love. And as we launch more and more – and bigger and bigger – business partnerships, it’s important to us that we continue to deliver the best reading experience and content selection in the world.”PressReader also works with major publishers like The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Bauer Media Group, and Condé Nast and Hearst in numerous regions around the world.About PressReaderWe’re on a mission to improve the way people discover stories that matter. With offices in Vancouver, Dublin, and Manila, we’re building a place for people to find great content from anywhere in the world. That’s why we’ve partnered with thousands of publishers to give readers unlimited access to leading newspapers and magazines.We’re all about choice. Using their phone or tablet, readers can browse content online or download entire issues using the PressReader app. They can subscribe for unlimited access, or get the full experience sponsored by one of our partners. For more info, visit about.pressreader.com. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter VANCOUVER, April 24, 2019 – PressReader, the popular all-you-can-read newspaper and magazine app, has closed a deal with Hearst Magazines USA. Effective immediately, 23 top magazine titles from Hearst are available exclusively for the millions of users on PressReader who access the service through a sponsor, like an airline, hotel, cruise line or library.Available titles include Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, O – The Oprah Magazine, Road & Track, Women’s Health and more. This partnership with Hearst helps to further accelerate PressReader’s fast-growing presence in the US market, following their recent launches with Rolling Stone, Meredith Corporation, and Hearst Newspapers.For Hearst Magazines, PressReader offers the opportunity to get content in the hands of millions more people all over the world. PressReader partners with thousands of libraries, and travel brands like Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air Canada, Fairmont, Marriott International, Scandic Hotels, and Seabourn Cruises. These organizations sponsor access to PressReader for their customers, who get to read and download as much as they like during their trip or visit. There’s been a significant rise in brands looking to provide this type of unlimited access to premium digital content in recent years. According to Skift, “For airlines, cruise companies, and hotels alike, choosing what content to share and how to make it available becomes another branding opportunity.”last_img read more

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first_imgCOMPANY BEHIND FAILED ROXODUS FESTIVAL FILES FOR BANKRUPTCYMF Live Inc., the company behind the Roxodus Music Festival, filed for bankruptcy on Friday.It’s the latest domino to fall in the controversy around the massive music festival, which was abruptly cancelled a week ago, just days before thousands of rock fans were to descend on the Edenvale Aerodrome to see legends such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock and a host of others.According to a creditor update posted to Grant Thornton LLP’s website on Friday, MF Live Inc. filed for bankruptcy on July 12. READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment PARENT COMPANY OF CANCELLED ROXODUS FESTIVAL FILES FOR BANKRUPTCYMF Live Inc., the company behind the Roxodus music festival that was cancelled days ahead of the Ontario event, filed for bankruptcy on Friday, according to legal documents posted on the website of accounting and business advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP.In documents signed by Fabien Loranger, MF Live Inc.listed cash assets totalling just over $154,000, and said it owed more than $18.1 million. According to the documents, more than $7 million was owed to more than 185 unsecured creditors, while another $11.1 million was owed to contractor Taurus Site Services Inc., for which Loranger is listed as the contact on the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce site.Loranger is the director for one of Taurus’ subsidiaries, Taurus Investment Group Inc., which was among the companies that signed an agreement with Clearview Township to hold the event. Taurus owns the land on which part of the festival was supposed to be held.   READ MOREROXODUS PARENT COMPANY FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY OWING $18 MILLIONFab Loranger, one of the principals of MF Live is an owner of Taurus Projects based in Alberta.Some of the larger creditors include Eventbrite $5 million, $84,000 to Porta Kleen, $522,000 to Star Security and $11.088 million to Taurus Site Services Inc.Other major creditors include Alliance Agri-Turf Inc., in Bolton ($74,000), A2B Haulage in Midhurst ($36,000), DLG Farm Drainage in Elmvale ($71,830), Horseshoe Resort ($86,540), Neil Ryan ($94,500), Starline Production of Mississauga ($70,455), Stayner Timber Mart ($25,390), The Hamptons Hotel in Wasaga Beach ($59,000) and celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford ($11,300) and Massimo Capra ($8,475).The first meeting of creditors will take place on July 30 in Toronto. Grant Thornton has been appointed as the trustee for the case. READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more