Pair wrongfully dismissed from fire department jobs in Vernon BC

first_imgVERNON, B.C. — An arbitration board says two employees were wrongfully dismissed from their jobs with the fire department in Vernon, B.C., after a videotape showed them having sexual relations in the fire chief’s office.The pair were fired two days after the incident in March 2018, but their union grieved the dismissals and proposed four-month suspensions.A camera had been installed in the office several months earlier after David Lind, who was the interim chief at the time, became concerned that someone might be accessing his locked file cabinet, which contained sensitive staffing and budget documents.A majority of the arbitration board found that while fire captain Brent Bond and dispatcher Cara-Leigh Manahan’s conduct was worthy of “harsh discipline,” the dismissal was an “excessive disciplinary response.”Bond is to be reinstated effective Feb. 1, with no loss of seniority or benefits.The board ordered Manahan to be reinstated without loss of seniority or service but since dispatch services for the department have been contracted out, the employer must compensate her for the severance or any other payment she would have received when her job was terminated.Neither will be compensated for lost wages during the time they were fired.The Arbitrators Association of B.C. says in its decision released Tuesday that the two employees became close friends in early 2017 and developed a sexual relationship away from work later that year.“Although Capt. Bond knew the relationship was inappropriate, he did not take any steps to try to have him and Ms. Manahan assigned different shifts,” James Dorsey, chair of the arbitrators association, wrote in the decision.A disciplinary suspension of five months will also be on Bond’s employment record and he will be demoted to the rank of first class firefighter until Feb. 1, 2022, when he will be reinstated to the rank of captain.  “Key to this consideration ought to be that the grievors have already suffered a heavy penalty,” said Dorsey. “They have undergone embarrassment, dishonour, rumours in the community and destruction of their family life. This is (a) far harsher penalty than could be ordered by an arbitrator.”The union had applied to have Bond and Manahan remain anonymous, which the board denied.“There is no exceptional personal privacy circumstances or persuasive labour relations reason in this situation that justifies departing from the open court principle,” said Dorsey.The decision by the board to reinstate Bond and Manahan was not unanimous.John McKearney, retired chief of the Vancouver Fire Department, said the activity between Bond and Manahan must be considered cause for termination.“The conduct was antithetical to Bond’s responsibility as captain and leader of the shift and has created a poison work environment for other females in the hall, and for males,” he wrote. “His actions were a gross violation of his duty to create a welcoming work environment for all, and especially for women.”Will Pearce, chief administrative officer for the City of Vernon, said he is disappointed in the decision of the arbitration board.“It sends entirely the wrong message to fire personnel across the country and to staff of the City of Vernon,” he said. “It is not now and never will be acceptable or ethical for a direct supervisor to engage in a sexual relationship with junior and subordinate staff.”The city is “exploring a range of options” in response to the arbitration decision, Pearce said.(Kelowna Daily Courier)Andrea Peacock Kelowna Daily Courier, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Freeland says VicePresident Mike Pence a valuable partner on free trade

first_imgOTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence has been a valuable partner to Canada because he supports free trade.Freeland says the government is looking forward to getting an update on U.S. efforts to ratify the new North American free-trade pact when Pence visits Ottawa next week.Pence will be in Ottawa on Thursday following the Trump administration’s decision last week to lift its controversial tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum.Both countries had said it would be difficult to ratify the new trade deal with the tariffs in place.Canada has yet to table legislation in Parliament to ratify the new version of the 25-year-old NAFTA, a treaty President Donald Trump has lambasted and repeatedly threatened to tear up.Uncertainty continues to swirl in the U.S. over Trump’s ability to get the new trade pact approved in Congress because of an escalating feud between him and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is now openly criticizing his fitness to serve as president.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A chronology of Canadas participation in the 1944 DDay invasion of Normandy

first_imgOTTAWA — A short chronology of Canada’s participation in the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy:May 1943: Allies make final decision to invade. Initial invasion date May 1, 1944, then June 4, 1944.Summer of 1943: Canadians train for assault in Scotland and England.June 1, 1944: Invasion ships begin loading along England’s south coast.June 3: Soldiers aboard the ships. Some ships sail.Dawn, June 4: Weather forecast of continuing low cloud, coastal fog and rain forces 24-hour delay in invasion. Vessels recalled.Dawn, June 5: Decision to go ahead with invasion. Convoys sail for Normandy.Evening, June 5: Invasion fleet approaches Normandy beaches.11:30 p.m., June 5: Aerial attacks begin.Midnight: Three airborne divisions drop on east and west flanks of invasion beaches. Includes 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.June 6 about 5 a.m.: Naval bombardment of beach defences begins.5:30 a.m.: First Canadian assault vessels leave ships for shore.6:30 a.m.: First Americans land at beaches.7:25 a.m.: First British land.About 7:45 a.m.: First Canadians land.10:30 a.m.: First assault waves ashore.Noon: Juno Beach secure.12:45 p.m.: Maj. Rod Keller (Canadian commanding officer) goes ashore.Advance continues until nightfall.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Edmonton judge says man criminally responsible for murdering exgirlfriend

first_imgThe Canadian Press EDMONTON — A judge has ruled an Edmonton man is criminally responsible for killing and mutilating his ex-girlfriend.Court heard that Silva Koshwal stabbed Nadine Skow 101 times in her downtown apartment in 2015.Queen’s Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman found Koshwal guilty earlier this week of second-degree murder, but the defence applied for a not criminally responsible designation due to his mental health.During the trial a psychologist testified that Koshwal has significant mental problems because of a probable brain injury that rendered him incapable of appreciating the nature of his actions.Court heard that Koshwal suffered trauma while growing up in Sudan.A veteran Edmonton police detective has said that the crime scene was one of the most horrific he has ever experienced.GRAPHIC WARNING: This story contains details that may disturb some readers.An agreed statement of facts said Skow’s body was found face down on the floor and some of her organs had been removed. Her heart had been pinned to the wall with a butcher knife.The judge also found him guilty of offering an indignity to a body.A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence.Koshwal, 42, is a landed immigrant who has lived in Canada for roughly 20 years.In 2010, he was convicted of sexual assault and put under a removal order by the Canadian Border Services Agency.That order was later stayed by the Immigration and Refugee Board until January 2016, meaning Koshwal couldn’t be deported. (CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

Court hears disclosure arguments in Meng Wanzhou case

first_imgVANCOUVER — Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s case is scheduled to return to court today, when arguments over the disclosure of documents is expected to be heard ahead of her extradition trial.In court documents released last month, the defence has argued Meng was unlawfully detained at Vancouver’s airport last December at the direction of American authorities.Meng’s lawyers allege Canadian officials acted as “agents” of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, but they say the question that remains is to what extent and how the FBI was involved in what they describe as a “scheme.”None of the allegations in the case have been tested in court.READ MORE: RCMP originally planned to arrest Men Wanzhou on plane, defence lawyer saysMeng was arrested at the behest of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges in violation of sanctions with Iran.Both Meng and Chinese tech giant Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.Her arrest sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China.Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the company’s founder.Her extradition trial won’t begin until Jan. 20. Meng is free on bail and living in Vancouver.WATCH: Hauwei CFO due back in court  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Golden arches and a sick singer InTheNews is a little squirrely for

first_imgIn-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 27.What we are watching in Canada …The march is on.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau confirmed his attendance in Friday’s massive climate march in Montreal, which will feature 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.Thunberg will be given the key to the city from Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante during her visit, but the Liberals have not said whether Trudeau will meet with her.Elizabeth May is also scheduled to be at the march.The exception is Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who’s spending the day in the suburbs of Vancouver for an announcement and campaign stops with candidates in Maple Ridge and Richmond, but not marching anywhere.Trudeau praised the “extraordinary amount of mobilization” by young people across Canada and around the world who have been pressuring for action on climate change, and pitched himself as the best person to lead the charge.“We know protecting our nature, protecting our land for future generations, protecting our waters in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, is about fighting climate change and protecting our future,” he said.—Also this …SURREY, B.C. — We should learn more today about the search for two killers that gripped much of the country this summer.The RCMP say the will release the findings of their investigation into the deaths of University of British Columbia botany lecturer Leonard Dyck as well as American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler. All three were killed in northern B.C.  The two suspects, 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky and 19-year-old Kam McLeod, were found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wounds on Aug. 7 in the wilderness of northern Manitoba.The manhunt for the two began on July 23 when police announced Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspects in the deaths.The young men had initially been considered missing persons when a truck and camper they were driving was found burned a few kilometres from where Dyck’s body was discovered at a highway pullout on July 15.The bodies of Deese and Fowler were found near the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometres from where Dyck’s body was discovered, on July 19.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …McDonald’s is looking at plant-based burgers.The company says it will sell the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. McDonald’s says it developed a special recipe using burgers from Beyond Meat.The small-market test is rolling out about six months after rival Burger King began testing the plant-based Impossible Foods burger, a rival to Beyond Meat. It’s now selling the Impossible Whopper nationwide because of strong demand from customers.Shares of Beyond Meat Inc. rose more than 11 per cent to close at $154.34.The burgers aren’t really aimed at vegans or vegetarians, but at meat eaters who perceive plant-based eating as healthier and more environmentally conscious.McDonald’s says the PLT will be grilled on the same grill used for meat and eggs.—What we are watching in the U.S. …“Who’s the person that gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to spy. You know what we used to do in the old days, when we were smart, right? The spies and treason? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”President Donald Trump lashed out at the person who gave information to a whistleblower who has accused the president of abusing the nation’s highest office for political gain, saying that individual is “close to a spy” who could have committed treason — an act punishable by death.Trump’s comments led several Democratic House committee chairman to warn the president against “witness intimidation.”In a formal complaint filed with the intelligence community’s inspector general, the whistleblower said “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described” but had received information over the past four months from multiple U.S. government officials alleging that Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”—What we are watching in the rest of the world …Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Thursday to “cease this policy of maximum pressure” on his nation.He says it was driving the possibility of negotiations even further away.“Cease this policy of maximum pressure and pursue a policy of dialogue and logic and reason,” Rouhani said. Moving in that direction, he said, “would be a different set of circumstances and a different atmosphere.”Rouhani stuck to his insistence that U.S. sanctions must be lifted before he would talk with U.S. President Donald Trump, although he did not explicitly rule out such a meeting if they remain in place.He spoke about discussions with the leaders of France, Japan and Pakistan about trying to promote talks, and he made clear that such contacts are continuing.Iran has been accused by the U.S., Britain, France and Germany of carrying out drone and missile strikes against key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 14 that temporarily knocked out nearly 6 per cent of daily global crude production and rattled oil markets.Rouhani again denied any Iranian involvement.“As we say in Persian,” he said, “we’re not the top end of the onion or the bottom of it, so we have nothing to do with it.”—On this day in 1990 …Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made a last-ditch effort to move the controversial goods and services tax legislation through the Liberal-dominated Senate.Drawing on a never-before-used section of the constitution, Mulroney received permission from the Queen to increase the size of the Upper House to 112 members from 104.The bill was passed and the GST kicked in on Jan. 1, 1991.—Weird and wild …PULASKI, Va. — It’s the rodent version of Lassie.Police in Virginia say a woman was led down a trail by a squirrel and the animal tugged at her leg to help its injured baby.Pulaski police say on their Facebook page that officers got a call last week from a woman who told them a squirrel approached her on a trail, blocked her path and led her to the baby squirrel with an injured leg.Tia Powell told police that when she tried to walk away, the squirrel tugged on her pants leg. That’s when she realized a cat was ready to attack the squirrels, so she called police and a friend.The news release says responding officers found the squirrels sitting with the two women, who got them back in their tree.—Your money …TORONTO — Legal experts say dying without a will is a selfish decision that can add financial hardship to families suffering with grief.“When you don’t do anything and there is a problem you’re leaving it to somebody else to solve the problem and that’s no kindness to the people that are grieving a person’s death,” says David Freedman, associate law professor at Queen’s University.More than half of Canadians don’t have wills. Some people don’t like considering their death while others carry misconceptions about how their estate will be distributed.Among the big errors is assuming that all assets will go to the surviving spouse if there are children.Failing to have someone in charge of the estate can also tear families apart, says Tim Hewson, president of Legalwills.ca.Having a will makes it simpler and less expensive to settle the estate and avoid the family arguments that sometimes end up in court, says Quebec notary Benoit Rivet.—Celebrity buzz…MONTREAL — Canadian superstar singer Celine Dion is having issues with her throat.Dion is postponing four Montreal performances of her Courage World Tour.She is suffering from a throat virus and is on doctor’s orders to take a week off to recover.The shows scheduled at Montreal’s Bell Centre through next have been postponed to dates later in November.The concert promoter says Dion is hoping to be well enough to perform her two other Montreal Bell Centre dates, on Oct. 4 and 5.—The games we play …GRAND COULEE, Sask. — People across the country are coming to the aid of a Saskatchewan minor hockey team whose recent fundraising bottle drive was put offside by a thief.Players with the Grand Coulee Bulldogs went door-to-door with their parents last week in search of bottles and cans, with the goal of raising funds to drive down the cost of hockey fees.Mayor Wally Botkin tells radio station CJME that following an afternoon of sorting, the team figured it had about $4,000 worth of material that was loaded into a trailer.Botkin says when the parents went to take the valuable cargo to a recycler, they discovered it had been stolen.He says hockey associations and individuals far and wide have responded to the team’s plight by offering to do their own bottle drives to supplement the Bulldogs’ costs.“The response has been tremendous.”—This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019. 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UN Messenger Of Peace Honoured For AntiHunger Efforts

first_imgUnited Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Al Hussein, of Jordan, has been awarded the 2015 Hunger Hero Award by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) during a ceremony at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan speaks during the 2015 Hunger Hero Award ceremonyCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark GartenUN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon presented the award. A former WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Princess Haya was honoured for her works to address hunger during a special event and panel discussion on Empowered Women and Innovation, hosted by the WFP, on the margins of the Forum.In his remarks at the ceremony, Mr. Ban said Princess Haya’s work epitomizes the spirit of partnership the world needs. “[She] shines a bright spotlight on the Millennium Development Goals, especially our hunger target,” he said, noting that she had supported United Nations operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and different parts of Africa and raised money and awareness, travelling to Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States to act and advocate.Her Royal Highness created the first Middle Eastern food assistance nongovernmental organization (NGO), Tikiyet Um Ali (TUA), in her native Jordan, which ensures that any Jordanian family unable to pay for food receives a generous monthly ration. Even with the influx of refugees from Syria and Iraq putting extra pressure on Jordanian resources, the number of recipients had tripled in recent years. The Organization also played a prominent role in feeding Gazan families during the conflict in 2014.At the global level, Princess Haya chairs the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, the largest logistics centre for aid distribution, which is used by the WFP along with eight other United Nations agencies and dozens of NGOs, and, as a WFP ambassador, she visited WFP operations in many countries, including Malawi, Syria and Cambodia.“Princess Haya’s steadfast support for our expanded capacity and operations out of Dubai as well as her advocacy for the people we serve throughout the world are greatly appreciated,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin ahead of the award ceremony. “She is a true champion of WFP’s mission, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”In her role as a UN Messenger of Peace, Princess Haya has worked hard to raise attention for the Millennium Development Goals, especially with regard to hunger. She supported UN operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and sub-Saharan Africa through numerous field visits, fundraising and publicity.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

Kylie Minogue Performs At amfAR Gala Hong Kong

first_imgThe fourth annual amfAR Gala Hong Kong took place last month.Kylie Minogue Performs At amfAR Hong Kong GalaCredit/Copyright: Clint SpauldingMichelle Yeoh, Liam Hemsworth, Alessandra Ambrosio, Shanina Shaik, Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Siwon, and Jeff Koons were among those who gathered at the fourth annual amfAR Gala Hong Kong at Shaw Studios to honor world-renowned artist KAWS and philanthropist Cathy Lee for their commitment to the fight against AIDS.Pansy Ho, a leading supporter of the gala since its inception in 2015 and an influential figure in the Hong Kong and international business community, served as Honorary Chair of this year’s event. The event, presented by AMTD Group and AMTD Foundation, raised nearly $3 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs. AMTD Group’s Chairman and CEO Calvin Choi served as a Co-Chair of the event. American Express, Lorraine Schwartz Fine Jewellery, MGM China Holdings Limited, and Champagne Perrier-Jouët were Signature Sponsors.Other guests in attendance included Woo-Sung Jung, Lorraine Schwartz, Ofira Sandberg, Achille Boroli, Guy Bradley, Wong Hong, Susanna Lee, Wu Chun, Brian Li, Paulo and Sonia Cheng, Stanley and Jacqueline Sun, Alan and Michelle Cheng-Chan, James and Jane Louey, Winnie Chiu, Veronica Chou, Claudine Ying, Victoria Tang-Owen, Edward Tang, Anna Hu, Poyd, Natasha Lau, Bryan Yambao, Susie Lau, Harris Chan, Francis Cheng, Gary Tigges, and Rosamund Kwan.amfAR ambassador Michelle Yeoh opened the evening by welcoming guests and introducing amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, who thanked event sponsors and spoke about amfAR’s TREAT Asia program and the organization’s Countdown to a Cure initiative, which is dedicated to developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020.Liam Hemsworth presented the amfAR Award of Courage to Cathy Lee. He thanked her for the time, energy, and resources she has devoted to children affected by HIV/AIDS in mainland China, “combatting stigma and bringing them the promise of a brighter future.” Cathy Lee spoke about her work with AIDS orphans in rural Chinese villages, and remarked that AIDS is “still clouded with ignorance and misunderstanding.” In a powerful example, she introduced a group of people onstage who currently live with the “appalling prejudice and stigma attached to AIDS” every day. Lee advocated for research and understanding as the most effective means to ending the epidemic.Simon de Pury presented the amfAR Award of Courage to KAWS, remarking on his “versatility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times.” He thanked KAWS for being “a generous supporter of amfAR and the fight against AIDS,” as his art donations have raised funds for lifesaving research through amfAR’s live auctions. KAWS said he was honored to be a part of a cause that is making a positive difference.The evening also featured spectacular live performances. Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Tove Lo had the crowd dancing with her global hit singles “Talking Bodies” and “Habits.” At the end of the evening, Liam Hemsworth introduced Grammy-winning pop sensation and long-time amfAR supporter Kylie Minogue, who sang chart-topping classics such as “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and new hits such as “Dancing,” that had the audience on their feet.Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by Simon de Pury and Shally Lin. Highlights included:• CHUM, an original painting by event honoree KAWS, sold in the live auction for $500,000. • Forty editions of a Christopher Makos photograph of Andy Warhol at the Great Wall of China sold for $5,000 each, raising a total of $200,000.• A portfolio of ten Andy Warhol lithographs, signed by the artist and Mick Jagger, sold for $70,000.• Auctioneer Simon de Pury gave a toast to Champagne Perrier-Jouët prior to starting the bidding on a trip for two to Paris and Epernay, featuring an exclusive private tour and champagne tasting at Maison Perrier-Jouët which sold for $60,000.• A pair of stunning Lorraine Schwartz diamond angel wing earrings, presented by Alessandra Ambrosio and Shanina Shaik sold for $90,000.• Three Dreams, a large-scale mixed-media work on canvas by American contemporary artist Brittney Palmer, sold for $38,000.A once in a lifetime European travel experience sold for $50,000. The package includes tickets to both the amfAR Gala Milano and Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Gala in Monte Carlo, luxury accommodations, and a three-day stay in Piedmont, Italy for a truffle and wine experience featuring Boroli Barolo wine.Event Co-Chairs included Achille Boroli, Guy Bradley, Frank Cancelloni, Winnie Chiu, Calvin Choi, Milutin Gatsby, Wong Hong, Jeff Koons, Emily Lam-Ho, Susanna Lee, Jim Murren, Emmanuel Perrotin, Dee Poon, Lorraine Schwartz, Victoria Tang-Owen, Chris Owen, Michelle Yeoh, and Yvette Yung.The Upper House−Swire Hotels was the event’s Hospitality Partner. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. amfAR Gala Hong Kong is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions and Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.last_img read more

Food Bank For New York City Celebrates 35th Anniversary At Can Do

first_imgFood Bank For New York City’s Can Do Awards Dinner will take place on April 17.This star-studded Awards gala is instrumental in helping to provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank’s programs and services. Since its inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than $18 million dollars, helping to provide 90 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank helps provide five meals.Among those expected to attend are honoree Lee Brian Schrager; Event Chair Scott R. Feldman and Jodisue Rosen; Honorary Chairs Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. The evening will feature a performance by Salt-N-Pepa and music by DJ Kid Capri. Additional guests to include: Ted Allen, Kelsey Asbille, David Burtka, Asia Kate Dillon, Elvis Duran, Caitlin FitzGerald, Savannah Guthrie, Kristine Froseth, Lauren Bush Lauren, Katie Lee, Sandra Lee, Chris Lowell, Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, Marc Murphy, Rachael Ray, Alysia Reiner, Theodora Richards, Josh Safdie, Rosanna Scotto, and others.WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Media Check-In: 5:15 PM Arrivals: 6:00 – 7:30 PMWHERE: Cipriani Wall Street**MEDIA CHECK IN will be located at 57 Wall StreetMORE INFO: Food Bank For New York City Benefit office212- 867-1117CanDo@foodbanknyc.orgwww.foodbanknyc.org/CanDolast_img read more

Legionnaires of Laughter To Hold Inaugural Awards Honoring Comedians Contributions to Humanity

first_imgLegionnaires of Laughter (LOL), the Late Jerry Lewis founded Academy of Comedians to honor comedy’s contribution to humanity, announced today is its first-ever Legacy Awards, happening December 10th, 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street in Downtown New York City.The evening will be hosted by comedian Ken Jeong and will include several special performances and special guest appearances.“As comedians, we learn from the ones who came before us. From the uncle who asks us to pull his finger at our 5th birthday party, to the legends who broke ground in the art form of comedy and showed us where to find our funny bone. I wanted comedians to understand that it is not how long your funny bone lasts, it is what you do with it. I want ‘The Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Awards to be the ’Oscars for Comedy.’ Representing all forms of comedy from standup, film, tv, theatrical, to web-based. I want those who have carried the baton of comedy and those who will continue to, to have the opportunity to be celebrated for their work. Comedy is hard and not many can do it well. And it isn’t valued by the other awards properly. It needs its own Awards nominated and voted on by its own,” said the late Jerry Lewis.The inaugural event was founded by the late King of Comedy, to celebrate his peers and honor their efforts and achievements in the comedy arena. The evening will recognize comedians in a number of categories and are voted on by an exclusive group of 130 comedians, inducted by Jerry Lewis as the first Legionnaires in the LOL Academy.Legionnaires of Laughter’s Legacy Awards are executive produced by Emmy & Grammy Award winning producer, Rikki Hughes; Veteran Entertainment Executive Barry Florence; and Australian film producer, Louise Schultze.Profits from sponsorship of the evening will be donated to Jerry Lewis’ charity, Jerry’s House. Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Awards is proudly brought to you by Australian Production House, BDC Entertainment, Magic Lemonade Productions, Magnify, Yes Captain (SFX), DWA Entertainment Lawyers, GSM Entertainment, Star Group AV, R.S. Owens, KMG Jewelry, Cipriani, Baldessari & Coster LLP, Stewart Falcon Design & Illustration, David Windsor Legal, Bader Media Group, Impulse Event Group and Pamela Taylor Hair & Makeup.For more information please click here.last_img read more

14 movies and TV shows you probably didnt know were filmed at

first_imgIt’s no secret that Vancouver is a hot location for film and tv shoots, which is why it has earned the nickname ‘Hollywood North’ (even though it doesn’t always play itself). What you might know is that many of the filming locations are actually at UBC.UBC’s campus can be spotted in everything from the classic sci-fi series ‘X-Files’ to the 2006 Amanda Bynes comedy ‘She’s The Man’.  It was even featured most recently in the new Netflix series, Altered Carbon.Here are 14 movies and TV you never knew were shot at UBC.1. Battlestar Galactica The 2004 TV series Battlestar Galactica was a hit among sci-fi fans, and given that the show is largely set in space, you’d never know it partly filmed at Vancouver’s very own UBC campus.Rose Garden (Battlestar Galactica/Universal Television)UBC Rose Garden. (UBC Media Relations).2. Altered CarbonNetflix’s new hit show Altered Carbon is one of the most recent sci-fi shows to be partly filmed at UBC, here’s the Rose Garden as the garden of Bancroft’s Palace.Scene from Altered Carbon. (Netflix)3. The Man In The High CastleThe area around Koerner Library and the Rose Garden were used as filming locations for dystopian alternate-history show ‘The Man In The High Castle’.The Man In The High Castle Filmed at UBC (Xicotencatl/Wikimedia)4. The Butterfly EffectAshton Kutcher’s 2001 mind-bending time travel movie ‘The Butterfly Effect’ was partly filmed at UBC, here’s Kutcher’s character Evan Treborn cycling down Main Mall.Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect (The Butterfly Effect/Film Engine, BenderSpink, Katalyst Films)5. SmallvilleAnyone who was a teenager in the early 2000’s will remember the television adaptation of Superman, Smallville.  Considering the show is set in Kansas, you wouldn’t guess it was filmed at UBC. The new Netflix show ‘Altered Carbon’ is one of the most recent television shows to be filmed at UBC (Altered Carbon/Netflix) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

The FOLD literary festival draws the book world to Brampton May 36

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter What new communities are you connecting with this year?Literary events have not typically paid attention to people in the deaf community in particular, and so this year we’re going to have captions. And we’re talking with the deaf community about having almost like a track specifically for the deaf community — so deaf authors for deaf audience members. A panel holds a discussion last May at The Festival of Literary Diversity in Brampton. The 2018 festival takes place May 3-6. The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates diversity in literature by promoting diverse authors and stories in Brampton, one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities. (HERMAN CUSTODIO) Advertisementcenter_img Up in the northwest end of Toronto next weekend — May 3-6 — you’ll find one of the most exciting literary events in town. Now heading into its third annual event, The FOLD, a festival that focuses on literary diversity, has been making waves. Thirty authors — from Omar El Akkad to Kim Thuy to Sharon Bala — will appear, and they’ve just announced a multi-year partnership with Audible. Going into this third annual FOLD, the Star asked founder Jael Richardson:Are you where you wanted to be at this point?I’m surprised at how well it’s been received on some levels. We get a lot of support, a lot of excitement and enthusiasm; I think we still struggle to get people to buy tickets, (but) some people and some communities are super excited and have latched on very quickly. There have been book clubs, people who said they thought it was for diverse people (only) — diverse authors for diverse communities. For change to really happen we have to get everybody to be seeing this as a festival that they can attend and want to attend. And I think we still have some room to grow in that area.” Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

TORONTOS NXNE UNVEILS ITS 2018 LINEUP

first_img.As usual, the headliners will join emerging and other established artists throughout the weekend including U.S. Girls, TORRES, Sean Leon, Alx Veliz, Yungblud, Cadence Weapon, Kamikaze Girls, Nate Husser, and more. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook It’s definitely almost festival season in Toronto, and NXNE has now unveiled this year’s lineup.After a rather unsuccessful 2017 festival run, the annual event announced that it will be relocating back to its original stomping grounds at Yonge-Dundas Square in 2018.Taking place June 8 to 17, this year features Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks, and Big Freedig headlining the local music fest.You asked, and it’s here! The first wave of #NXNE2018 performers including @JazzCartier, @AZEALIASPEAKS, @bigfreedia and more at @YDSquare ? pic.twitter.com/R7mvNTfqx1— NXNE (@nxne) May 18, 2018 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

COMEDIAN CATHY JONES ON ANXIETY RISKS AND 22 MINUTES

first_img Facebook Advertisement TELLIN’ IT LIKE IT IS featuring CATHY JONES AND GINA YASHERE as part of BRAVE: THE FESTIVAL OF RISK AND FAILURE on Friday (July 20) at 7:30 pm at Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage (235 Queens Quay West). harbourfrontcentre.com/brave.Cathy Jones thinks about risk and failure a lot. And it’s finally coming in handy.The Halifax-based comedian – a founding member of the legendary CODCO troupe, and a writer and performer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes since its launch in 1993 – is bringing her act to Harbourfront Centre for the inaugural Brave festival. And it’s weighing on her. Twitter “I have been nervous about this,” she admits. “I cannot relax and enjoy my summer until this gig is over.”It’s Jones’s first stand-up performance in Toronto in a while, and the context of this appearance sets a higher bar than perhaps is necessary.Brave, subtitled The Festival Of Risk And Failure, is devoted to risk-taking artists and thinkers, including John Waters, Bif Naked and Bassem Youssef (“the Jon Stewart of Egypt,” as featured in the documentary Tickling Giants). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Cathy Jones’s stand-up is very different from her television work. (Photo by Aaron McKenzie Fraser) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

DHX Media Licenses 10 Kids Shows to Amazon Prime Video US in

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img HALIFAX, Oct. 3, 2018 – DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM), a global children’s content and brands company, has signed a new agreement providing Prime Video’s U.S. streaming service with Spanish versions of 10 kids’ shows, including Strawberry Shortcake: Sky’s the Limit, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Busy World of Richard Scarry, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario World, Madeline and more. The new content is expected to launch for U.S. Prime Video members on October 4, 2018.“We’re delighted to provide Amazon Prime Video with Spanish versions of these popular kids’ shows,” said Jerry Diaz, VP of Distribution at DHX Media. “With our deep library and strong production capabilities, DHX Media continues to be a one-stop-shop for streaming platforms looking for both original and classic content that kids and families love to watch.” Fireman Sam is one of ten DHX Media kids’ shows coming to Amazon Prime Video’s U.S. service in Spanish this October. (CNW Group/DHX Media Ltd.) Madeline is one of ten DHX Media kids’ shows coming to Amazon Prime Video’s U.S. service in Spanish this October. (CNW Group/DHX Media Ltd.) DHX Media titles newly available on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. in Spanish: Madeline is one of ten DHX Media kids’ shows coming to Amazon Prime Video’s U.S. service in Spanish this October. (CNW Group/DHX Media Ltd.) Bob the Builder, season 2 (52 x 11′)Bob the Builder: Mega Machines (movie) (1 x 60′)Fireman Sam, season 7 (13 x 11′)Strawberry Shortcake: Sky’s the Limit (movie) (1 x 70′)Sonic the Hedgehog, season 1 (13 x 30′)Super Mario World, season 1 (7 x 30′)Busy World of Richard Scarry, season 5 (13 x 30′)Madeline, season 1 (6 x 30′)Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (special) (1 x 30′)Sabrina, the Animated Series, season 2 (13 x 30′)About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM) is a global children’s content and brands company, recognized for such high-profile properties as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the acclaimed Degrassi franchise. One of the world’s foremost producers of children’s shows, DHX Media owns the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at 13,000 half-hours. It licenses its content to broadcasters and streaming services worldwide and generates royalties through its global consumer products program. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media operates one of the largest networks of children’s channels on YouTube. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices worldwide. Visit us at www.dhxmedia.com. Twitterlast_img read more

Dayschool survivors consider classaction suit

first_imgAPTN National NewsDay-schoolers were left out of Canada’s reparations to the residential school survivors. These students were able to go home at night, but they say they suffered the same abuses as students who lived in the residential schools. Now, they’re gathering in Kamloops to discuss whether or not they should launch a class-action lawsuit.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith joined them in Kamloops, and he has more details.last_img

While minister trumpets Ottawas commitment to First Nation education department faces school

first_imgYOUTUBE VIDEOAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The day before Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan stepped behind a microphone to trumpet his government’s commitment to education, one of his department’s Ontario regional offices faced a protest from Six Nations residents over the lack of supplies for the community’s schools.Chanting, “stop the lies, bring the supplies,” the protestors entered Aboriginal Affairs’ Brantford, Ont., regional office Monday and demanded to know why the department had failed to fulfill the bulk of a $22,000, five month-old order for school supplies.On Tuesday, Duncan held a press conference at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill, to announce Ottawa was taking First Nations education seriously. Duncan said the government would finally be allocating money announced in the last budget for First Nations education.Those words rang hollow in Six Nations, however, where frustration is mounting over the delay in the delivery of school supplies so deep into the first semester of school.Six Nations band Coun. Carl Hill said he’d heard that some teachers were forced to use their own credit cards and one school borrowed $1,500 from their parent association to pay for desperately needed supplies.“This is totally unacceptable, I don’t think that is right,” said Hill, in a phone interview with APTN National News. “They had to photo-copy pages out of the math book and out of the spelling book just to get started on stuff.”According to a video posted on YouTube, the protestors were asked to leave the building by Bob Maguire, a regional director of funding services for the department.“These orders were sent in May, why were they not processed?” said one of the protestors after they exited the building.Maguire said that “education of course matter,” but admitted that some of the supplies were delayed.“I am aware the some school supplies are in place, some other school supplies are on route,” he said, according to the YouTube video, posted by Tom Keefer and Zach Ruiter.Hill said the department has again promised the supplies are in the mail and should arrive by Thursday evening. If they don’t, a larger contingent will again march to the department’s regional office, he said.Aboriginal Affairs did not respond to a request for comment.In Tuesday’s announcement, Duncan said $175 million would be used to build three schools and renovate five others. He also said $100 million would be used to support early literacy programming, services and partnerships with provincial school boards.“Today’s announcement makes clear that we are serious not only about continuing to invest in First Nations education, but that we are taking real action to put in place the structures necessary to strengthen the on-reserve education system,” said Duncan.He also said new First Nations education legislation would be in place by 2014 after consultation.At the same time, his department released financial data aimed at undercutting the Assembly of First Nation’s claim that on-reserve K to 12 education is severely underfunded. The department claimed it provided $13,542 in funding per student for elementary and high school education between 2010 and 2011. The total didn’t include spending on infrastructure, the department said.The AFN has said First Nations education faces an about $3 billion funding gap and that Ottawa only provides about $7,000 per First Nation student compared to the about $10,000 per student level of funding in province-run schools. There has also been a 2 per cent cap on yearly funding increases for education since 1996.Duncan, however, said federal funding levels are adequate.“The numbers show that federal per student funding is across the country comparable to provincial, per student funding levels,” said Duncan.The government’s education announcement was quickly dismissed by First Nations leaders gathered just down the road at a congress centre discussing education in an Assembly of First Nations organized summit. The timing of Duncan’s announcement to coincide with their education summit was not lost on the chiefs.AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo said the Harper government treated First Nations with “disregard and disrespect.”Atleo said “elements of us being savages” were still found in the “behaviour of government.”Some chiefs called for acts of civil disobedience to force Ottawa’s hand on education.“Let’s block all their main roads,” said Rolling River First Nation Chief Shannacappo.“We need to mobilize now…the initial impact has to be huge, the government has to feel it, parliament has to feel the building shake,” said Fort Albany First Nation Chief Rex Knapaysweet.Atleo said he understood the frustration and anger, but cautioned leaders to be “careful with how we give expression” to anger.Atleo, however, repeated his message that Ottawa’s current approach was not working.“Federal legislation and federal programming is not our process and not our answer,” he said.last_img read more