Steering problem forces authorities to pull more than 600 Quebec buses off

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec public transit corporations had to pull more than 600 buses off the road today after the manufacturer detected a technical problem.Nova Bus of St-Eustache, Que., ordered immediate inspections after finding a fault with the power steering in hybrid buses delivered between 2016 and 2019 to operators in the province’s nine largest cities.Montreal had to remove 285 of the buses, and it advised commuters to expect delays.Other cities affected were Quebec City, Laval, Longueuil, Outaouais, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, Levis and Trois-Rivieres, for a total of 610 buses.The association representing the transit corporations said Nova Bus has identified a permanent fix for the problem, but it does not have all the necessary parts on hand.In the meantime, it said temporary repairs will be made so the buses can quickly return to service.Marc-Andre Varin, the association’s general manager, said it was necessary to remove the buses from service to respect provincial safety rules.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal government offers provinces 5050 split on abandoned busroute service

first_imgVANCOUVER — The federal transport minister says the government will split funding for bus service on rural routes abandoned by Greyhound in northern Ontario and the Western provinces but so far only British Columbia has taken him up on the offer.Marc Garneau has met with B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Travena for a fourth time on a 50/50 cost-sharing plan to service routes that were dropped when Greyhound shut down operations last fall.Garneau says he’s waiting for Travena’s ministry to provide a list of routes as well as costs and there won’t be a cap on how much Ottawa will pay for the arrangement that would last two years.He says all 10 provinces have also formed a group, led by B.C., to consider long-term solutions for inter-city bus travel.Travena says B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province, which will be included in the cost-sharing plan.She says the aim is to provide safe and affordable transportation for underserved areas, including those that are home to Indigenous communities that were dependent on Greyhound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Man arrested for murder after Canadian Forces member killed in Florida

first_imgOTTAWA — Florida police have arrested a man for the murder of a Canadian Armed Forces following a violent altercation.Master Cpl. Martin Brayman died from severe head injuries Monday after he was attacked outside his home in Panama City, Florida on Saturday night, according to the Bay County sheriff’s office.The Department of National Defence says the 33-year-old Brayman had been posted to Florida earlier this year to serve as an aerospace control officer with the North American Aerospace Defence Command’s detachment at Tyndall Air Force Base.According to the sheriff’s office, Brayman was attacked after inviting a group of people he’d met at a nightclub on Saturday night back to his house.Police say Brayman’s girlfriend and roommate were watching when one member of the group struck him several times in the head before the group jumped into a white Mercedes and drove away.Brayman, a 13-year veteran of the Canadian military who previously served on the Sinai Peninsula, was rushed to hospital and died Monday night before police arrested 23-year-old Justin Timmons for murder on Tuesday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sir Elton John To Host Annual Charity Oscar Viewing Party

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation will present its 21st annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event sponsored by the Foundation’s generous corporate friends Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo. Party guests will enjoy a sumptuous dinner prepared by a celebrity chef and watch a live telecast of the 85th Academy Awards. Following dinner, Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s will conduct an exciting live auction, a special musical guest will take the stage to perform, and DJ Johnny Dynell will spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.This year’s event co-chairs are Bill and Tani Austin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Joseph Blount, Chris Colfer, Miley Cyrus, John Demsey, Alec Gores, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Hugh Jackman and Deborah-Lee Furness, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Sandra Lee, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Eric and Janet McCormack, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Caroline Scheufele, Sharon Stone, Edward Walson and John Waters.For inquiries about EJAF’s 2013 Academy Awards Viewing Party, please contact Matt Blinstrubas at 212.219.0670 or read more

Russell Brand Offers Exclusive VIP Package To Benefit David Lynch Foundation

first_imgActor and comedian Russell Brand will sell a limited number of VIP ticket packages for his 2013 “Messiah Complex World Tour” to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit charity that provides meditation instruction at no charge to at-risk communities including inner-city students, homeless adults and teens, abused women and veterans with post-traumatic stress.Each package includes one premium reserved ticket located close to the stage, a meet-and-greet with Brand, a personal photograph autographed by Brand, a copy of David Lynch’s documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace and Lynch’s book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity.“Russell Brand is a great comedian and a great human being. I am very grateful that he is supporting the Foundation’s work to bring Transcendental Meditation to one million at-risk youth around the world,” said David Lynch, filmmaker and founder and chair of the David Lynch Foundation.“I have become a better person through Transcendental Meditation, and I want to help bring this gift to others,” said Brand, a four-year meditator and supporter of the David Lynch Foundation.The “Messiah Complex World Tour” examines “the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability.” “Meet-and-Greet” packages are available for purchase for select stops of the multi-city comedy tour by clicking here.The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) brings Transcendental Meditation to underserved populations and has provided scholarships for over 300,000 at-risk youth to meditate worldwide. The Foundation has received public support from Hollywood luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorsese, Laura Dern, Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow.The benefits of meditation have been studied and found effective by the Harvard School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. Meditation has been proven to reduce acute and chronic stress and stress-related disorders, decrease anxiety and depression, help individuals overcome addictions and simultaneously develop the brain and creative potential of the individual for a healthy, productive and self-sufficient life.last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Launches Formula Electric Race Car Team

first_imgVenturi Automobiles today announced a joint venture with award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a team in the new FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully-electric race series beginning in September 2014.Venturi Automobiles and Leonardo DiCaprio enter a team in the new FIA Formula E ChampionshipBased in Monaco, the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team has been co-founded by DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.“The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” DiCaprio said. “Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”“It’s an honour and a pleasure to welcome the Venturi Grand Prix team as the tenth and final team of the FIA Formula E Championship,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings. “Gildo Pastor is a true pioneer in electric racing. From the desert of Salt Lake to Antarctica, his passion and vision pushes forward the technology barriers of what can be done with an electric car. But Gildo is not alone in this venture. Global entrepreneurs Francesco Costa and Bert Hedaya bring great experience and energy to the team.“And of course, I want to give a very special welcome to our Championship to Leonardo DiCaprio. Very few environmental leaders have helped more than him to spread the message of sustainability around the world. Having people like him and Richard Branson – global ambassadors for the environment – is a privilege for our Championship and will greatly help us to spread the use of electric cars in cities around the planet.”Source:Venturi Automobileslast_img read more

Victoria Stilwell Joins Campaign To End UK Dog Experiments

first_imgIt’s Me or the Dog presenter Victoria Stilwell is the latest high-profile supporter backing the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign.Victoria Stilwell Joins BUAV CampaignCredit/Copyright: BUAV/Parker Smith PhotographyThe campaign, which launched in July, last year, is calling on the UK Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.Government statistics show that 3,214 dogs suffered in tests in Great Britain in 2012 – a 6% increase for dogs on the previous year.Most experiments carried out on dogs are for toxicity testing. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures – even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.Victoria said: “I have met thousands of wonderful dogs throughout my career and it is heart-breaking to think that dogs are still suffering in experiments. Dogs are our best friends and deserve to experience companionship, the excitement of going for a walk and the comfort and safety of a loving home. It is truly saddening that, in the UK, thousands of dogs are born to suffer and die inside laboratories. I know just how varied and wonderful the canine character can be and how much dogs enrich our lives. That is why I am supporting the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign. Please join me and get involved to put an end to the use of dogs in research in the UK.”Chief Executive of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said: “We are delighted that Victoria has chosen to join our campaign to end the terrible suffering. Millions of families throughout the UK share their homes and lives with cats and dogs and will be shocked to learn that thousands of them are used every year in experiments. We call on the Government to end the use of our best friends in research.Jilly Cooper, Kimberly Wyatt and Chris Packham all posed with their own dogs for portraits to raise awareness for the campaign. Other high-profile supporters calling for an end to these experiments include Ricky Gervais, Helen Skelton, Kirsty Gallacher, Greg Rutherford, Ann Widdecombe, Paul O’Grady, Dave Spikey, Mary McCartney and Wendy Turner Webster.Find out more here.last_img read more

Malala Yousafzai Makes Donation For Reconstruction Of Gaza Schools

first_imgAs the United Nations ramps up its reconstruction efforts of war-ravaged Gaza, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools heavily damaged during the recent fighting in the enclave.According to a news statement released by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Ms. Yousafzai made the announcement as she accepted the prestigious World Children’s Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, commending UNRWA’s “heroic work” in helping the Palestinian children and noting that the needs in the Palestinian territory were “overwhelming.”“I am honored to announce all my World’s Children’s Prize money will go to help students and schools in an especially difficult place – in Gaza,” said Malala. “I am donating these funds to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances.“The needs are overwhelming – more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future.“This funding will help rebuild the 65 schools damaged during the recent conflict. Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful.”The Nobel Laureate noted that the $50,000 donation would help towards the rebuilding of the 65 schools damaged during the recent 51-day conflict which saw entire neighbourhoods flattened and almost one-third of Gaza’s population uprooted.The violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis.UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl commended the donation, saying the UN was “deeply touched” by the gesture and that it would “lift the spirits” of a quarter of a million UNRWA students and “boost the morale” of the more than 9,000 teaching staff there. In addition, he praised Ms. Yousafzai for her personal courage and her role as “a symbol of the boundless potential that lies within each and every child on Earth.”“UNRWA shares with you the profound belief in the importance of education as a means to lift young girls and boys out of isolation, exclusion or oppression,” Mr. Krähenbühl continued.“Acquiring skills and knowledge to improve prospects for the future is profoundly engrained in the Palestinian consciousness.”Following the devastation wrought by the conflict, UNRWA announced it is providing food, water and sanitation services to over 40,000 displaced people in 18 of its installations, psycho-social support particularly for children, cash grants to the homeless for rent, as well as urgent repairs to a total of 118 UNRWA installations.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

ASPCA And Animal Planet Present Second Chance Dogs

first_imgAs its 150th anniversary approaches in April, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) partners with Animal Planet to take viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center.SECOND CHANCE DOGS – premiering Saturday, April 16, at 9 AM ET/PT during PETopia, Animal Planet’s pet-programming block – follows six dogs on their journeys from frightened canines to forever companions.Rescued from hoarding cases, puppy mills and other atrocities, these animals have lived their lives in constant fear and neglect, resulting in extreme distrust of humans and at times complete catatonia. These conditions make them unsuitable for adoption, which puts their lives at grave risk. ASPCA behavior experts at the New Jersey-based center accepts these dogs from across the country into their rehabilitation program to give them a second chance at a life they deserve. Each rescued animal that comes into the facility has suffered different emotional and physical abuse ranging from living in cages barely big enough to move around to fearing the touch of anyone. During the course of their stay, the experts work with these dogs to improve their quality of life and give them hope of a new, happy life.SECOND CHANCE DOGS is produced for Animal Planet by Dog Files Media. The one-hour special was written, directed and edited by Kenn Bell. ASPCA and Dog Files are executive producers. Meredith Russell is associate producer for Animal Planet.last_img read more

Joe Biden Honored At The 2017 National Committee On American Foreign Policy

first_imgThe National Committee on American Foreign Policy 2017 Dinner Gala was held on Monday, October 30th 2017 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.2017 National Committee on American Foreign Policy honorees David M. Rubenstein and Joe BidenThe annual event was hosted by Charlie Rose, Co-Anchor of “CBS This Morning,” Correspondent for “60 Minutes” & Anchor of “Charlie Rose.”The NCAFP honored:· Joseph R. Biden, Jr. – 47th Vice President of the United States. Recipient of the Morgenthau Award.· David M. Rubenstein – Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group. Recipient of the Global Business Leadership Award.VIP attendees included: Charlie Rose, Co-Anchor of CBS This Morning, Correspondent for 60 Minutes & Anchor of Charlie Rose, Host/Emcee of the Gala; Joseph R. Biden, Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States. 2017 Honoree; David M. Rubenstein, Co-founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group, 2017 Honoree; Paul A. Volcker, Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Honorary Co-Chairman of NCAFP Gala; Ambassador (ret.) Rosemary A. DiCarlo, President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy; Ronald S. Lauder, International philanthropist, investor, art collector, President of the World Jewish Congress; Antony Blinken, former Deputy Secretary of State; Donald S. Rice, Senior Vice President, NCAFP; Richard R. Howe, Executive Vice President and Treasurer, NCAFP; William Rhodes, former vice chair of Citibank; Andy Stone, Petra Capital Management; Daniel Rose, Chairman, Rose Associates; Dr. George D. Schwab, President Emeritus of the NCAFP; Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consulate-General of Japan; Ambassador Kim Gheewhan, Council General of the Republic of Korea; Donald Blinken, Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, NCAFP Trustee; Matthew Nimetz, NCAFP Trustee; Jeff Shafer, NCAFP Trustee; Ambassador Winston Lord, United States diplomat, and leader of non-governmental foreign policy organizations, and Mrs. Bette Bao Lord; Paul Young, International Head of Capital Markets, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities; Ambassador Frank Wisner, Businessman and former diplomat, and Mrs. Frank Wisner; Warren Hoge, New York Times Journalist; Olivia Hoge, Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Broker; Florence Fabricant, Food critic for The New York Times; Marjorie B. Tiven, Founder of Global Cities, Inc.; Ciaran Madden, Consul General of Ireland; Bernard Schwartz, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Loral Space & Communications for 34 years, Chairman and CEO of K&F Industries, Inc., and president and CEO of Globalstar Telecommunications; Lally Weymouth, American journalist, serves as senior associate editor of the Washington Post; Maurice Sonnenberg, Senior American intelligence and financial advisor; Jim Zelter, Managing Director of Apollo’s credit business, and CEO and director of Apollo Investment Corporation; Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Board of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund. Previously, director of the Peace Corps, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, and President and CEO of World Learning; and Laurence Ackman, Chairman Emeritus and President of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC; Stephen Dizard, Managing Partner of Wood Capital Partners LLC; Co-Chairman of Asia Exploration and Mining LLC; Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Business news reporter for CNBC television, and currently holds the title of Chief International Correspondent; and Enzo Viscusi, Chairman of the Eni affiliate Eni Petroleum Company, Inc. and Director of Eni USA R&M Co. Inc.The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) was founded in 1974 by Professor Hans J. Morgenthau and others. It is a nonprofit policy organization dedicated to the resolution of conflicts that threaten U.S. interests. Toward that end, the NCAFP identifies, articulates, and helps advance American foreign policy interests from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism.For more information about The National Committee on American Foreign Policy, click here.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves Is Returning To Winnipeg For Filming

first_imgThe deal begins to collapse and he winds up obsessed about a cafe owner in a small Russian town, but he can’t seem to escape the black market.Parts will also be filmed in Russia. The Winnipeg shoot is scheduled to take six weeks starting this spring.Auditions will be held to find local actors who can speak Russian.Reeves starred in Hamlet at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre back in 1994 and 1995.That was around the release of his mega-blockbuster Speed.Sibera has a tentative release date of 2018. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Keanu Reeves is returning to Winnipeg to shoot a new romantic thriller.The actor will star in Siberia, which will be directed by Matthew Ross.Reeves’ character will be an American diamond trader trying to unload blue diamonds to Russian buyers. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Keanu Reeves Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian playwrights Moscovitch Youssef shortlisted for Siminovitch Prize

first_imgCHARGES MAY APPLY Playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s most recent play, Little One, premiered at the Summerworks Theatre Festival and she is currently playwright-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. In 2009, she was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for her play East of Berlin. Moscovitch hails from Ottawa but moved to Toronto about ten years ago to pursue more opportunites in her field.Subject: fi-mv-fame-hannah On 2011-08-16, at 5:20 PM, Rodan, Galit wrote: Hannah Moscovitch 5.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 1.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 2.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 3.JPG Twitter The National Arts Centre says Toronto emcee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Vancouver writer Marcus Youssef are also finalists for the lucrative award. Last year’s award went to director Nadia Ross, while protegee prizes went to Sarah Conn and Shaista Latif. Past winners of the playwrighting prize include Olivier Choiniere, Daniel MacIvor and Carole Frechette. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The winner gets $75,000 and can choose a protege to receive $25,000. This year’s winner will be announced Nov. 6 in Ottawa.center_img Advertisement OTTAWA — Montreal actress/writer Evelyne de la Cheneliere and Toronto-based writer and librettist Hannah Moscovitch are among four playwrights shortlisted for this year’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Facebook The Siminovitch Prize rotates on a three-year cycle, honouring theatre professionals in the alternating fields of design, direction, or playwriting. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Edmonton theatre troupe cuts ties with former artistic director over rape culture

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Craddock served as Rapid Fire’s artistic director from 2004 to 2008 but had continued to work alongside the troupe as an actor, director, producer and playwright, largely during the annual Edmonton Fringe Festival. Craddock is a mainstay of Edmonton’s theatre and film industry, with more than 30 years of credits to his name.In the statement, Rapid Fire management indicated that Craddock had “publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour” in violation of the company’s own zero-tolerance harassment policy.The ongoing scandal surrounding sexual violence and abuse of power in the entertainment industry — triggered by reports about film producer Harvey Weinstein — provoked the theatre company to cut ties, the statement suggests.‘Enough is enough’“This week so many people around the world have engaged in a large conversation of sexual harassment and abuse; much of that conversation focusing on issues of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.“The improv industry has its fair share of predators and we know that at times in Rapid Fire Theatre’s 37-year history we have featured some of those individuals in our performing ensemble. Enough is enough.”The statement said Craddock “has publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour in violation of our own harassment policy.”READ MORE An Edmonton theatre company is cutting ties with its former artistic director after the acclaimed actor and playwright said on Facebook he has contributed to “rape culture.”The Rapid Fire Theatre, a local improv troupe, issued a public statement on Wednesday announcing that Chris Craddock will no longer be affiliated with the company.Rapid Fire’s move comes after Craddock posted a confession on his personal Facebook page about the way he has treated women. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Deadpool creator cried while watching the sequel

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook The first Deadpool film taught us that “house blowing up builds character,” but for series creator Robert Liefeld, so does watching your beloved comic book opus come to life on the big screen.“I cried at the end of Deadpool 2,” the notorious writer and artist, who co-created the character with Fabian Nicieza, tweeted Friday morning — one week out from the film’s May 18 theatrical bow. “Part was the nostalgia of the particular track blasting but mostly the emotion that they had landed the plane in such spectacular fashion. The plane is the movie in this analogy, there is no important plane landing sequence I’m referencing.”I cried at the end of Deadpool 2. Part was the nostalgia of the particular track blasting but mostly the emotion that they had landed the plane in such spectacular fashion. The plane is the movie in this analogy, there is no important plane landing sequence I’m referencing.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) May 11, 2018 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Still, Liefeld admitted he “wiped those tears away as fast as [he] could before the lights came up” because he “couldn’t have everyone going ‘Why is Liefeld crying over Deadpool 2?’”last_img read more

Alessia Cara Worried She Would Drown While Filming New Music Video Underwater

first_img Facebook “My ears were popping and I didn’t do the equalizing thing with your nose and then I couldn’t do it because they had to shoot me,” she explained. “I had to find a way to act normal and not look like I was dying down there. This is me being artistic, not drowning.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Alessia Cara worried she would slip unconscious while diving underwater in the music video for her new single, “Growing Pains”.The Canadian pop star recently spoke to the Herald Sun about the “very scary” experience she had filming a scene while suspended five metres underwater. The dramatic shot appears at the end of the new video. Twitterlast_img

Tatiana Maslany to star alongside Bryan Cranston on Broadway in Network

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Regina star Tatiana Maslany is set to make her Broadway debut in a play with Bryan Cranston.Producers say the two will share the stage in Lee Hall’s media satire Network, which is set to begin performances at the Belasco Theatre on Nov. 10.The Regina-born Maslany recently made her New York stage debut in an off-Broadway production of Tracy Letts’s Mary Page Marlowe. Facebook In Network, which is based on the Oscar-winning film, the Emmy Award-winning Orphan Black star will play a TV executive.Maslany can be seen in the film Destroyer, which is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.She’s also up for another Emmy next Monday for playing multiple clones on Orphan Black.Network is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove.last_img read more



21 yearold pleaded for help after deadly Manitoba jailhouse gang beating

first_img(Photo: Milner Ridge Institution)APTN National NewsWINNIPEG–Tyler St. Paul pleaded for help before he was found dead from a jail-house beating, according to a source from inside Manitoba’s Milner Ridge Institution.St. Paul, 21, was found dead Monday inside his cell and the RCMP is investigating his death as a homicide, the first inside a provincial jail in decades.St. Paul was a member of the Money Over Bitches gang (known also as Most Organized Brothers), which goes by the acronym MOB. The source said MOB gang members beat St.Paul to death but they may not have meant to kill him.“These eight guys went into his cell for a gang discipline to get him,” said the source.St. Paul did not die immediately from the beating, but lay in his cell and pleaded for help, according to the source.“He didn’t die during the night,” said the source. “I guess in the morning he asked for help and … after that he died.”St. Paul was from Lake Manitoba First Nation and was serving a 15 month sentence for drug trafficking.He was the father of a six month-old child.last_img read more

Government strips local oversight of handling toxic waste water in the North

first_imgEditor’s Note: Aboriginal Affairs responded to this story and their letter to the editor is included below.By Justin LingSpecial to APTN National NewsThe Harper Government’s Northern Action Plan is forging ahead, and the first thing to go is local oversight for a little-known process of dealing with toxic waste water.Until this year, the Northwest Territories local land and water boards were responsible for licensing ‘downhole injections,’ a process through which oil and gas companies get rid of the toxic fluid byproduct of drilling. To do so, the companies drill a well and, through a process similar to fracking itself, pump the liquid at high speeds into underground rock formations.That practice required oversight and public consultations from the land and water boards, who, if satisfied, issue a Type A license.Then, with one fell swoop of the regulatory pen, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development changed the rules. With no debate, and no legislation, licensing decisions regarding downhole injections were now the sole responsibility of the Calgary based National Energy Board. A notice of the change was put out in the Government of Canada publication, the Canada Gazette in November 2012.The reason given was to “include greater efficiency in the regulation of oil and gas activities in the Northwest Territories.”The National Energy board looks primarily at the engineering, environmental and technical side of the projects and doesn’t pretend to evaluate their social license. That, according to one board analyst, is up to the land and water boards and the companies themselves.The change, thanks in no small part to its technical nature, garnered little attention, partially overshadowed by devolution talks between Ottawa and the territory. The Harper Government began working to axe the boards’ regulatory power on downhole injections in 2010 when it announced a broader plan for Northern development, but failed to move forward on most of the announced changes. Now, as the devolution talks near an endpoint, the government seems ready to forge on, and this change is just the first step.According to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the department responsible for regulating the land and water board system, the axing of the need to obtain a Type A water license from the land and water boards — was due to double-regulation. They said that the NEB already oversaw the projects; therefore there was no need for the territory to license the process at all.Numerous requests for comment from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on the story, but none were returned.It’s good timing for industry. ConocoPhillips is looking to begin a fracking well this winter, and is in the midst of evaluation by both the land and water board and the NEB. The company refused comment on most questions, responding by email that they “respect the regulatory process,” but when asked about holding public consultations, a spokesperson did say that they offered a two-day workshop and a tour of their proposed site for those involved in the regulation process.MGM Energy, a large oil and gas company, had previously lamented the public consultation process for downhole injection at a National Energy Board conference in 2009. MGM then took aim at the territory’s environmental assessment last year after they withdrew plans for a fracking, claiming that the environmental assessment project under the land and water boards was fraught with uncertainty, could take long and could cost too much. They, and many in the territory’s business community, have pushed for the review process’ scope to be tightened.MGM, with other oil and gas companies, have lobbied the federal government extensively on the matter. The scope of the territory’s water and land boards has been the subject of numerous meetings between a half dozen lobbyists and a handful of government MPs since 2008, according to Canada’s lobbying registry.And the product of that lobbying appears to be the Action Plan to Improve Northern Regulatory Regimes, the Harper Government’s game plan for making the North friendlier to development. Changes to the Northwest Territories Waters Regulations, including the local deregulation of downhole injections, were included in that plan.This change very much appears to be step one towards turning the Sahtu into the resource capital of the North. Financial independence for the Northwest Territories, which is plagued with high unemployment in certain regions, would perfectly compliment the territory’s assumption of more powers from the Federal government. Yet Ottawa seems intent on keeping control of the territory’s development review mechanisms.Paul Dixon, Executive Director of the Sahtu Land and Water Board, said that a substantive level of oversight already exists for any waste management system, and that while the process might not be licensed by the board, they will still have the ability to consult the public on the proposed projects.However, when the Federal government informed the other land and water boards of the regulatory change, some feathers were ruffled.“Parties expressed concerns that the removal of the requirement for a Type A water license, and with it the requirement for a public hearing,” reads the summary of the consultation process, published in the Canada Gazette within the notification of the change.Industry has long been “wanting to find a way to grease the skids,” says Kevin O’Reilly, of the environmental think tank Alternatives North. He notes that vesting the power to regulate downhole injections in the NEB is problematic, as the board employs only two staff in the Northwest Territories, and isn’t very present or visible in the area.O’Reilly says that the deregulation might not have much of an impact in the short term, but he says that as more exploration begins, it will be harder to predict the impacts — especially with the fracking process, which is a relatively new and controversial process.Shauna Morgan says that direction is causing worry. “Downhole injection is an issue that community members regularly express concerns about. It is not well understood in communities near the operations.” Morgan, a policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, says that removing any layer of public consultation “will likely breed more distrust and suspicion.”“Projects are losing their social licenses,” says Dennis Bevington, New Democrat MP for Western Arctic. He told this journalist in a phone conversation that axing public consultations isn’t wise when there is “clear public concern” over aspects of development.A big factor on these plans is the disposal of wastewater. Currently, companies either dispose of the water via sump, which has fallen out of fashion after several hazardous leaks, by truck, which proves costly and inefficient, or downhole injection, which has only ever been used on one site in the territory. A 2011 study for the journal of Geothermics studied dozens of fluid injection projects and concluded that, while data is still limited, downhole injections appear to cause low-magnitude earthquakes, while the long-term impacts are still unknown.But the ConocoPhillips plan submitted to the Sahtu Land and Water Board proposes that the company ship the toxic wastewater to Alberta. With the new regulatory changes, the company could, ostensibly, later change course and begin downhole injection and avoid assessment from the Sahtu board. Dixon says he can’t think of a situation where that would happen, saying it’s a “0.1% chance.”As of now, the future of ConocoPhillips’ project is in flux, as the Sahtu Land and Water Board has temporarily waived an environmental assessment, requesting clarification on the company’s plan. They will take time to review the project, and could opt for an environmental review later. The board could further accept or reject the project outright when they come to a decision this summer.But other companies have walked away from the process before, citing the onerous nature of the land and water boards’ review process. The Sahtu board has faced pressure to forgo the environmental review altogether.With Ottawa’s Northern plan finally move forward, that review process stands to become much less onerous. The government plans on merging all the land and water boards together, while a sizeable opposition says the changes will seriously impact the territory’s ability to oversee their own development projects. That fight is just around the corner. Aboriginal Affairs responseDear Editor,I wish to respond to an article which appeared in the May 29 edition of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News entitled Government strips local oversight of handling toxic waste water in the North.The resource potential of the North represents a tremendous economic opportunity not just for Northerners but for all Canadians. The federal government’s goals are clear: we want the North’s regulatory regimes to be more effective and predictable, while safeguarding the environmental health and heritage of the region, and providing meaningful Aboriginal consultation. Greater predictability, timelier reviews, reduced regulatory burden and reduced duplication are improvements that will position the North for job creation and long-term economic growth.In his article, the reporter appears to confuse the process of fracking with downhole injection. I want to be clear that these amendments do not permit hydraulic fracturing – a process that is not related to downhole injection.The use of downhole injection wells is considered common practice in Canada for the management of drill wastes and consists of disposing drill waste in conjunction with the drilling of wells for oil and gas exploration or production.Downhole injection is one of several options for the disposal of drill wastes, however prior to these amendments it was the only option subject to duplicate approvals. This amendment aims at streamlining the approval process.Finally, I want to be clear that these regulations were not developed without consultation as your article would suggest. Not only were the proposed changes distributed to Aboriginal organizations, northern boards, environmental organizations and other stakeholders, two rounds of consultations were also conducted between March 2010 and March 2011.As we indicated during those consultations, proposed oil and gas activities will continue to undergo the same rigorous environmental screening and/or assessment processes and there will be no reduction of oversight to ensure environmental risks are identified and appropriate mitigating measures taken.Paula IsaakDirector GeneralNatural Resources and Environment BranchAboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canadalast_img read more

Internal TD bank review of financing Dakota Access pipeline still weeks away

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsLawyers working on a review of how the Toronto Dominion bank is investing in the Dakota Access pipeline said it has not idea when the project will be complete.In December, the bank issued a statement stating that it would undertake a review after protesters blocked several branches in Canada and the United States in an effort to get the bank to stop investing in the Dakota Access pipeline.“We’re focusing our attention on TD partly because it has invested the most money out of any Canadian bank into the Dakota access pipeline.” said Montreal demonstrator Meara Kirwin outside a downtown TD bank on a frigid February day.TD Securities is part of what’s called a lending syndicate – a group of banks that lends expensive projects money.In the case of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) TD has put in more than $360 million to help finance the controversial project.“We don’t think that banks should be funding human rights violations the way the Dakota access pipeline is doing in cooperation with the local police forces,” said Mohawk protester Kenneth Deer at a demonstration targeting a Montreal TD bank this past November.The response from the bank was to hire a human rights expert to conduct a review on behalf of the lenders and advise on recommended improvements.But Foley Hoag, the Boston law firm in charge of the review told APTN National News that despite having worked on it for more than three months, there’s no time frame to release the report.This comes at a time when court documents state the Dakota access pipeline might be operational as soon as next week.Now the demonstrators are wondering what’s taking the review so long.“Taking that long to do a review when the reality of the situation is very clear ethically and economically is completely unacceptable,” said Kirwin.TD declined to be interviewed for this story.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more