Ottawa parkway becomes backdrop of movie scene

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: His Master’s Voice is about a man from Hungary who travels to the United States to meet his father who left the Eastern European country years ago and went to work at NASA.“Our main plot is their relationship, how they’ve tried to build a relationship and whether they can manage this or not,” said producer Ferenc Pusztai. “Our sub-plot is a kind of science fiction story. It’s about the research group and what did they look for, because their job was listening to the noise, or sound from space and whether there’s a message in it… Is there something that is understandable or transferable, or just a random noise. For a long time they believed it was a random noise, but his father figured out one day that there is a message.” The Sir Georges Etienne Cartier Parkway was transformed into a movie set Wednesday.The film His Master’s Voice, a co-production between a filming company in Ottawa and Hungary, is being shot in the nation’s capital.In the scene filmed Wednesday, characters are riding in a car, which for filming purposes was towed up the roadway. Stunt drivers were on hand to execute a near collision with a chicken delivery truck. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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VARIETY NAMES 10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH FOR 2019

first_imgAs Oscar season heats up and the world awaits news of the Sundance Film Festival lineup, Variety announces its 10 Directors to Watch for 2019, featuring a mix of recent festival breakouts and movies yet to premiere in the coming year, all chosen on the strength of films screened for Variety’s editors (sometimes as works in progress).While blockbuster Venice-Toronto sensation “A Star Is Born” demonstrated the birth of a major new director in Bradley Cooper, many of the other talents on this year’s list are less well-known, but no less exciting. From Cannes, Un Certain Regard winner Ali Abbasi is representing Sweden with his film “Border” in this year’s Oscar foreign language race. Film critic and festival programmer Kent Jones won the Tribeca competition with feature debut “Diane,” while Mexican directors Alejandra Márquez Abella (“The Good Girls”) and Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Museo”) were standouts of the competition sections at the Toronto and Berlin film festivals, respectively. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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THE SECRET MUSICAL HISTORY OF LONDON ONT

first_imgWhile a student at Fanshawe College, country star Michelle Wright got the funding for her debut album through a talent contest on London, Ontario’s BX 93 station. (CBC Music) Advertisement Read on to find out how Grammy and Oscar-nominated Stephan Moccio first convinced his way into a meeting with Céline Dion, which big-name artists Jack Richardson has helped shaped and just how Michelle Wright got the money for her debut album — which provided Reba McEntire with three new songs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook London, Ont., may be one of Canada’s smaller cities, but it punches like a heavyweight when it comes to music.Some of the biggest musicians in the world are from London, or connected to London: legendary producer Jack Richardson, techno legends John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin, country star Michelle Wright, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and hit-maker Stephan Moccio all have ties to the Forest City.As host city for the 2019 Juno Awards, London is shining a light on its musical hotbed. And as part of its Junos coverage, CBC Music has created a TV show, CBC Music presents London Calling, that tells the story of how influential London is on the Canadian and global music scenes — and why it makes so much sense as a Junos host city. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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TORONTOS MENA MASSOUD FACES A WHOLE NEW WORLD AS ALADDIN STAR

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Mena Massoud, left, and Will Smith in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, opening in theatres on May 24. (Daniel Smith / Disney) Twitter “I was going to go on the path my parents chose for me,” said Massoud. But after a course correction 10 years ago, it all changed. When he spoke with the Star last month on the phone from Los Angeles, he was about to set out on an international press tour alongside Will Smith for the remake of the 1992 animated classic.It’s a stunning position for the relatively unknown 27-year-old actor, who was born in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in Markham. The original Aladdin grossed more than half a billion dollars at the global box office — in 1992 dollars — as part of Disney’s animation renaissance. The remake is projected to pull in upwards of $80 million US in its opening weekend in North America.“I’m taking it in stride,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I have a lot of pressure, but I feel the value of the responsibility I’ve been given.”It’s a responsibility Massoud never would have had if he didn’t cut his degree short, having enrolled in the University of Toronto to pursue neuroscience in 2009, and auditioned for Ryerson University’s theatre performance program after a year. But he was miserable in science. His adolescent experience acting in high school left an impression that he couldn’t shake.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Long before he would ride a CGI magic carpet, Mena Massoud’s world was all nerves and neurons.The Toronto-bred actor, poised to catapult into global stardom Friday as the lead in Disney’s live-action Aladdin, was a budding doctor. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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THE CANADIAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF ACTOR SEAN MCCANN DEAD

first_img Twitter Sean was an actor on stage and screen, known for roles in hundreds of productions such as Night Heat, Tommy Boy, Chicago and Naked Lunch. Sean said that the role for which he was most proud was Prime Minister Mackenzie King in Donald Britain’s The King Chronicles. Facebook On Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family, Sean McCann stepped onto the next stage. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Sean is a recipient of the Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television Acting. One day at a time, throughout his 57 grateful years of sobriety, Sean was a pillar of the Alcoholic Anonymous community in Toronto. Sean helped, and was helped by thousands of men and women in their spiritual journey of recovery through the 12 Steps of AA.Sean was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage and had a lifelong love of reading, politics and learning. Sean’s Catholic faith sustained him throughout his life.Sean’s life-long passion for baseball began at the age of five when he and his mother would cross the Ambassador Bridge to watch Tiger games in Detroit. He later turned his allegiance to his beloved Toronto Blue Jays. When he became a scout, and later an ambassador for the Toronto Blue Jays, he was privileged to see most of the home games from his seat above the dugout. He loved coaching baseball at Leaside.All of his varied  interests never diminished his love for his fellow actors. He admired all of those dreamers whose livelihoods depend so much on nothing other than their ability to recreate reality by pretending.Sean’s family would like to thank the staff of Toronto Western Hospital for their care in his final days on this earth.A funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 17th at 11 am at the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 24 Cheritan Ave., Toronto. Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 16th from 2 to 5 pm at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ONIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Actors’ Fund of Canada are appreciated.TRIBUTES LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Major BC First Nations group quits Pickton inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–British Columbia’s Missing Women’s Inquiry was hit with another major setback Tuesday after a major provincial First Nations organization said it would no longer take part in the process.The First Nations Summit officially withdrew Tuesday from participating in the inquiry created to look into why it took police so long to catch serial killer Robert Pickton.The organization’s decision comes in the wake of an earlier high-profile withdrawal. Lawyer Robyn Gervais, who was representing Aboriginal interests at the inquiry, announced she was quitting her post Monday because the inquiry was excluding the voices of Aboriginal people.The majority of Pickton’s victims were Aboriginal.First Nations Summit Grand Chief Ed John referred to Gervais in a statement announcing the organization’s decision to quit the inquiry.“The voices of these families and that of our communities must be respected and heard,” said John, in a statement read to Commissioner Wally Oppal Tuesday. “We come to the conclusion, given all these developments…those voices are not being respected or heard. This continues to reflect…a systemic pattern of discrimination. We feel the inquiry will not be able to fulfill a critical part of its mandate.”John said the organization would find “alternate ways for the voices of the families of the missing and murdered women and our communities to be heard and respected.”The First Nations summit was granted limited standing at the inquiry. The organization is made up of the majority of First Nations and tribal councils in British Columbia.last_img read more

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Swimming the NAIG competition that almost didnt happen

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe swimming event at this years’ North American Indigenous Games almost didn’t happen.The host society initially dropped the event from the Games, leaving nearly 100 athletes in jeopardy.So teams from BC, NWT and Ontario pooled their resources to get their back athletes in the water.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf explains.last_img

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Manitoba to issue apology to Pimicikamak for harms caused by hydro system

first_imgTim FontaineAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s premier will travel to a Cree community and personally deliver a letter of apology for harms caused by the province’s hydro system, according to a press release from Chief Catherine Merrick.In the release, Chief Merrick also says the months-long occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station will end. People from her community had taken over the grounds of the dam in Sept., angry over what they say are decades of abuses and broken promises by Manitoba Hydro, the Crown utility responsible for the dam and the province.Now an agreement has been reached to begin talks that the Pimicikamak hope will “reset the relationship between the parties.” Those talks will include environmental clean up from damages caused by the dam – which was completed in 1979 – and profit sharing.A mediator, retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Iaccobucci, has already been appointed to oversee the process.No date was given for the premier’s apologetic visit to Pimicikamak territory and APTN received no response from our request for clarification from his office.tfontaine@aptn.calast_img read more

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Feds to announce payout of up to 800M to Indigenous victims of

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO – The federal government has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to survivors of the ’60s Scoop for the harm suffered by Indigenous children who were robbed of their cultural identities by being placed with non-native families, The Canadian Press has learned.The national settlement with an estimated 20,000 victims, to be announced Friday by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, is aimed at resolving numerous related lawsuits, most notable among them a successful class action in Ontario.Confidential details of the agreement include a payout of between $25,000 and $50,000 for each claimant, to a maximum of $750 million, sources said.In addition, sources familiar with the deal said the government would set aside a further $50 million for a new Indigenous Healing Foundation, a key demand of the representative plaintiff in Ontario, Marcia Brown Martel.Spokespeople for both Bennett and the plaintiffs would only confirm an announcement was pending Friday, but refused to elaborate.“The (parties) have agreed to work towards a comprehensive resolution and discussions are in progress,” Bennett’s office said in a statement on Thursday. “As the negotiations are ongoing and confidential, we cannot provide further information at this time.”The sources said the government has also agreed to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees – estimated at about $75 million – separately, meaning the full amount of the settlement will go to the victims and the healing centre, to be established in the coming months, sources said.The settlement would be worth at least $800 million and include Inuit victims, the sources said. The final amount is less than the $1.3 billion Brown Martel had sought for victims of the Ontario Scoop in which at-risk on-reserve Indigenous children were placed in non-Aboriginal homes from 1965 to 1984 under terms of a federal-provincial agreement.In an unprecedented class action begun in 2009, Brown Martel, chief of the Beaverhouse First Nation, maintained the government had been negligent in protecting her and about 16,000 other on-reserve children from the lasting harm they suffered from being alienated from their heritage.Brown Martel, a member of the Temagami First Nation near Kirkland Lake, Ont., was taken by child welfare officials and adopted by a non-native family. She later discovered the Canadian government had declared her original identity dead.Her lawsuit, among some 17 others in Canada, is the only one to have been certified as a class action. Her suit sparked more than eight years of litigation in which the government fought tooth and nail against the claim.However, in February, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba sided with Brown Martel, finding the government liable for the harm the ’60s Scoop caused. Belobaba was firm in rejecting the government’s arguments that the 1960s were different times and that it had acted with good intentions in line with prevailing standards.While Bennett said at the time she would not appeal the ruling and hoped for a negotiated settlement with all affected Indigenous children, federal lawyers appeared to be trying to get around Belobaba’s ruling. Among other things, they attempted to argue individuals would have to prove damages on a case-by-case basis.A court hearing to determine damages in the Ontario action, scheduled for three days next week, has been scrapped in light of the negotiated resolution, which took place under Federal Court Judge Michel Shore.One source said some aspects of the many claims might still have to be settled but called Friday’s announcement a “significant” step toward resolving the ’60s Scoop issue – part of the Liberal government’s promise under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous people a priority.Jeffery Wilson, one of Brown Martel’s lawyers, has previously said the class action was the first anywhere to recognize the importance of a person’s cultural heritage and the individual harm caused when it is lost.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

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New US envoy Kelly Craft faces challenges representing Donald Trump

first_imgOTTAWA – Kelly Craft’s first acts of public diplomacy in Canada involved quoting John F. Kennedy — a Democrat — and acknowledging the country’s collective loss of Gord Downie.As for her boss, President Donald Trump, and all his talk of tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement, that was consigned to the back burner on her first day on the job in Canada.Craft became Trump’s new U.S. ambassador to Canada, but offered a reference to Kennedy — the only deviation from her carefully scripted and delivered public remarks — after she formally took office Monday, becoming the first woman to ever occupy the role.“If I may echo the sentiments of President Kennedy, I truly feel amongst friends,” she said after joining several new diplomats who submitted their credentials to Gov. Gen. Julie Payette at Rideau Hall.The Kennedy remark was not in the first version of her speaking notes, which were distributed by the U.S. embassy after her swearing-in.Craft also gave a respectful nod to the lingering national grief over the death of Downie, acknowledging the passing last week of the beloved Tragically Hip frontman.“It is clear that he deeply loved Canada; his poetic voice fell silent too soon,” she said.“He once said that in recent years, it was hard for him to leave a song without a glimmer of hope. He viewed art, his music and his writings to help bring people closer in. I believe this is important business that we should all be about.”As Trump’s ambassador, she is likely to find herself negotiating some tough issues with her Canadian hosts, including the NAFTA renegotiation and climate change.She has also expressed support for the president’s trade agenda, which involves renegotiating or cancelling NAFTA.She professed to be “a great listener” who will work to protect the economic relationship between the two countries.“I am committed to continuing our collaboration to address security at the border,” she said. “But, I also want to make sure we continue to make it easier to engage in cross-border trade and travel.”Colin Robertson, a retired Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in the U.S., said Craft was clearly trying to put her best foot forward.“It’s in our interest to take her in and embrace her, and have her become, in a sense, our best advocate,” Robertson said.With the latest round of NAFTA talks exposing a wide gulf between the U.S. and Canada, Robertson said Ottawa needs to cultivate Craft as a pipeline for Canada to the White House, said Robertson.That’s especially important, he added, because relations appear strained between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.Freeland and Craft exchanged smiles and good wishes in the minister’s office on Monday afternoon with the envoy saying she looked forward to strengthening relations between the two countries.Freeland told Craft that she knows “first hand” that she is extremely well respected in the U.S.“Isn’t it great that we now have the first woman ambassador from the United States.”Payette, who was presiding at her first ceremony to welcome new diplomats, also told Craft it was “a pleasure to welcome you as the first female ambassador of the United States to Canada.”Roland Paris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first foreign policy adviser, said Craft faces the tough task of representing a president who is unpopular in Canada.“It won’t be easy to put a kinder and saner face on this administration,” said Paris.“Among other things, she will be asked to explain why President Trump seems inclined to treat Canada, America’s closest ally and friend, as an economic adversary rather than as a partner.”Craft got cracking on that job Monday, declaring: “It is a privilege to represent the United States in Canada and to be entrusted with the responsibility of working so closely with such an important friend, ally and neighbour.”Craft is well-known sports fan, philanthropist and powerful donor to the Republican party, whose husband is Joe Craft, a wealthy Kentucky coal magnate.She is also close with Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the country’s most powerful lawmakers, who also hails from her state.McConnell has occasionally bickered with the president, whose anti-establishment, trade-skeptical, more combative stance has put him at odds with the party’s establishment.Paris said it will be difficult at times for Craft to represent her president to the Canadian government, “given the confused state of the Trump administration.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to the ambassador as Kelly Knight Craft, a name she is no longer using.last_img read more

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Cabinet OKs elimination of minimum finance test for public auto insurer Eby

first_imgVICTORIA – The minister responsible for British Columbia’s financially challenged public auto insurer says the government has suspended regulations that had forced the Crown agency to meet minimum financial tests.David Eby said Wednesday that the provincial cabinet approved the suspension of financial capital test rules to allow the Insurance Corporation of B.C. to appear before the provincial utilities commission and start its plan to restore financial stability.Last week’s B.C. budget forecast a loss of $1.3 billion at the Crown corporation this year.Eby had earlier described the financial situation at the corporation as a “dumpster fire” that resulted from previous inaction to address rising claims costs by the former Liberal government.The former government also took money from the insurer’s accounts to fund other government programs, he said.Last month, Eby outlined a series of changes at the corporation to try to restore it back to financial health, including limiting awards for pain and suffering to $5,500.Before the rules were changed this week, the corporation was supposed to have enough money in the bank to cover 100 per cent of all its claims, but that amount currently sits at 54 per cent, Eby said.“So, we had to change the rule in order to appear in front of the utilities commission to lay out the changes we’re doing with ICBC to get back on track financially.”He said now that the technical changes have been approved, the agency can apply to the B.C. Utilities Commission for approval of rate increases between six and eight per cent that were granted last year on an interim basis.Eby said the government will introduce legislation in the coming weeks to bring in the changes it believes will improve the Crown corporation’s finances.“It has been due to escalating claims and the failure of the previous government to put the changes in place to get legal costs and auto body costs under control,” he said.last_img read more

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Bombardier sending officials to Nepal to help with plane crash investigation

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. is sending two officials to Nepal Tuesday to assist with the investigation of one of two deadly aircraft crashes over the past couple of days involving its Q400 turbo and Challenger business jet.An air safety senior investigator will act as an adviser and a field service representative will support the airline, said spokeswoman Nathalie Siphengphet.The Montreal-based company hasn’t been asked by Iranian officials for assistance in trying to determine the cause of a Sunday crash that claimed 11 lives.At least 49 people were killed Monday when a US Bangla Airlines passenger plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh crashed and burst into flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, officials and witnesses said.The incident came a day after all 11 people on board a private Turkish Challenger 604 business jet crashed and burst into flames on an Iranian mountainside while bringing a wealthy businessman’s daughter and her friends home from a Dubai bachelorette party.Bombardier representatives for the commercial and business aircraft divisions said the company was saddened by the accidents, adding their thoughts were with those impacted and their families.Siphengphet and Mark Masluch said the planes are “safe and reliable” and other planes haven’t been grounded.“It (Q400) has been designed to be robust and reliable in consideration to high cycle demands of regional airlines,” she said in an interview.Masluch said more than 1,000 Challenger 600 series planes have been delivered and are “one of the most robust and reliable aircraft in business aviation.”He called the back-to-back crashes an “unfortunate coincidence.”“Certainly each accident is isolated to its own circumstances so it would be inappropriate to comment on any links between or just assume or speculate while both investigations are ongoing,” Masluch said in a separate interview.The causes of both crashes aren’t immediately available but a top airport official said the pilot did not follow landing instructions from the control tower, and had approached the airport’s one runway from the wrong direction.“The airplane was not properly aligned with the runway. The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was ‘yes,’” said Raj Kumar Chetri, the airport’s general manager.The 17-year-old plane had circled Tribhuvan International Airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, a company official said.A recording of the conversations between the pilot and air traffic controllers indicated confusion over which direction the plane should land.Just before landing the pilot asks “Are we cleared to land?”The Q400 has sustained several landing gear incidents over the years but this is just the second crash of the aircraft resulting in death.All 49 people on board were killed on Feb. 12, 2009 when a Colgan Air flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, stalled and crashed into a house while preparing to land at the airport.The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that pilot error, including the response by the captain, was the main cause of the accident.Officials at Kathmandu Medical College, the closest hospital to Nepal’s only international airport, said they were treating 16 survivors of the Q400 crash, whose earlier versions were called Dash 8.An AP journalist who arrived at the scene soon after the crash saw the twin-propeller plane broken into several large pieces, with dozens of firefighters and rescue workers clustered around the wreckage in a grassy field near the runway. Hundreds of people stood on a nearby hill, staring down at what remained of the propeller plane.The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American working in Nepal. The crowded city sits in a valley in the Himalayan foothills.“It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains,” said Summers, who watched the crash from the terrace of her home office, not far from the airport. “All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast.”Fire crews put out the flames quickly, perhaps within a minute, she said, though for a time clouds of thick, dark smoke rose into the sky above the city.Meanwhile, the out-of-production Challenger business jet that crashed in Iran was owned by the private holding company of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran.Those on board included Basaran’s daughter Mina, 28, and seven of her friends, all flying back from a party ahead of her planned wedding next month.Iranian investigators on Monday found the “black box” from the Turkish plane and all the dead from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains, some 370 kilometres south of Iran’s capital, Tehran, according to a report by the state-run IRNA news agency.It remains unclear what caused the crash, though a witness told state television the Bombardier CL604 was on fire before it hit the mountain.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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Conservative icon David Koch leaving business politics

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers’ network of business and political activities.The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning.Charles Koch wrote that he is “deeply saddened” by his brother’s retirement. “David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way,” he wrote.David Koch is leaving his roles as executive vice-president and board member for Koch Industries and a subsidiary, Koch Chemical Technology group, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. Koch is also stepping down as chairman of the board for the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, the charity related to Koch brothers’ primary political organization.Charles Koch had assumed a more visible leadership role in the brothers’ affairs in recent years. He will continue to serve as the CEO of Koch Industries and the unofficial face of the network’s political efforts.Democrats have demonized the Koch brothers for their outsized influence in conservative politics over the last decade. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regularly attacked Republicans for what he called a “Koch addiction.”Yet the Kochs have clashed with the Trump administration at times.Citing concerns about Trump’s style and substance, the network refused to endorse either presidential candidate in the 2016 election. And while they have praised Trump’s policies on taxes, de-regulation and health care, they have aggressively attacked the Republican administration’s trade policies. On Monday, the Koch network announced a multi-million-dollar campaign to oppose Trump’s tariffs and highlight the benefit of free trade.Using the money they made from their Kansas-based family business empire, the Koch brothers have created what is likely the nation’s most powerful political organization with short- and long-term goals. Their network has promised to spend $400 million to shape the 2018 midterm elections. They have also devoted significant time and resources to strengthening conservative influence on college campuses, in the Hispanic community and in the non-profit sector.David Koch, who served as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980, had begun focus more on philanthropy in recent years.The Manhattan resident donated $150 million to New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2015, the largest gift in the organization’s history. He has also given $185 million in total donations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma mater.In an April interview with the Washington Examiner, Charles Koch described his younger brother this way: “David is much more political than I am.”Charles continued: “David is a much better engineer than I am and is much more into the arts and social life. Obviously he’s got to be or he wouldn’t live in Manhattan. And David is much more into elective politics than I am.”In Tuesday’s letter, Charles Koch said his brother’s “guidance and loyalty, especially in our most troubled times, has been unwavering.”“David has never wanted anything for himself that he hasn’t earned, as his sole desire has always been to contribute,” he wrote.last_img read more

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Report Machines to handle over half workplace tasks by 2025

first_imgGENEVA – More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Monday that highlights the speed with which the labour market will change in coming years.The World Economic Forum estimates that machines will be responsible for 52 per cent of the division of labour as share of hours within seven years, up from just 29 per cent today. By 2022, the report says, roughly 75 million jobs worldwide will be lost, but that could be more than offset by the creation of 133 million new jobs.A major challenge, however, will be training and re-training employees for that new world of work.“By 2025, the majority of workplace tasks in existence today will be performed by machines or algorithms. At the same time a greater number of new jobs will be created,” said Saadia Zahidi, a WEF board member. “Our research suggests that neither businesses nor governments have fully grasped the size of this key challenge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”The “Future of Jobs 2018” report, the second of its kind, is based on a survey of executives representing 15 million employees in 20 economies. Its authors say the outlook for job creation has become more positive since the last report in 2016 because businesses have a better sense of the opportunities made possible by technology.The WEF said challenges for employers include enabling remote work, building safety nets to protect workers, and providing reskilling for employees. However, the report found that only one in three respondents planned to reskill at-risk workers.Despite net positive job growth, the WEF anticipates a “significant shift in the quality, location, format and permanency of new roles. Businesses are to expand use of contractors for task-specialized work, engage workers in more flexible arrangements, utilize remote staffing, and change up locations to get access to the right talent.The report said nearly half of all companies expect their full-time workforces to shrink by 2022, while nearly two in five expect to extend their workforce generally, and over one-quarter expect automation to create new roles in their enterprises.Germany’s powerful DGB trade union association warned against too rapid change in the world of work.“People, whether they’re workers or consumers, will only accept and tolerate the consequences if technology serves them — and not they it,” Reiner Hoffmann told daily Welt in reaction to the WEF report.___AP writer Frank Jordans contributed from Berlin.last_img read more

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Dollarama reports 1335M Q4 profit comparable store sales growth slows

first_imgMONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. says it earned $133.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $130.1 million a year ago.The retailer says the profit amounted to 41 cents per diluted share for the company’s third quarter, up from 38 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 42 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 28 totalled $864.3 million, up from $810.6 million, while comparable store sales grew 3.1 per cent compared with growth of 4.6 per cent in the same quarter a year ago.The comparable store sales growth was due to a 4.0 per cent increase in average transaction size, partially offset by a 0.9 per cent drop in the number of transactions.Dollarama says the rate of comparable store sales growth in the most recent quarter reflected its decision to strategically limit price increases in recent quarters. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

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Trump administration proposing major rollback of water rules

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country. Tuesday’s scheduled announcement at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters would make good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to relax some landmark water protections.Environmental groups say the proposal would have a sweeping impact on how the country safeguards the nation’s waterways and drinking water. President Bob Irvin of the American Rivers environmental non-profit calls the proposed changes a “Christmas gift to polluters.”White House talking points obtained by The Associated Press say the administration will propose withdrawing large categories of wetlands and waterways from oversight by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Supporters of a rollback say the protections are an obstacle to farmers and businesspeople.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Early Years Health Roundup taking place March 7th for children aged zero

first_imgIf you can help, contact Heather McBryan, Early Years Community Development Coordinator at ecdfsj@gmail.com or (250) 261-6278. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Early Years Health Roundup will be taking place on at the Totem Mall.The event is for kids up to the age of five, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and includes dental and vision checks, hearing information, face painting, early literacy activities, infant development information, a hand washing demonstration, resources and community information, a developmental questionnaire, as well as experts on car seat safety and from the local fire department.The event is currently looking for volunteers and face painters to help out.last_img read more

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Fort St John breaks another snowfall record

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John set a new snowfall record for March 22, beating a record set in 1940.On Thursday, 18.9 cm of snow fell bring the total from the current snowstorm to 31 cm.  On average Fort St. John receives 26.6 cm of snow in March. This March has been a little different, we’ve received as of March 23, 58.3 cm.Lisa West with Environment Canada says there will be more snow this week. “There will be a little bit of warming up. The arctic air is going to retreat.  The long-range forecast as we get into next week, we are seeing highs into the positives.”According to West, it isn’t uncommon for the B.C. Peace to receive snow in March and typically its the same amount of snow as December and January.Fort Nelson could be next to receive the heavy snow.  The system that moved out the North Peace is moving towards Fort Nelson.  That area could see 10 to 15 cm before the storm ends on Saturday.last_img read more

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All eyes on VIP LS seats in UP

first_imgLucknow: In politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, focus will not only be on the performance of political parties but also on the VIPs seats, including those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The poll results of the state, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, can make or mar the prospects of any political party at the Centre. There will be many seats in the state which will be keenly watched by political observers as any setback there might have great political repercussions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “UP is the most politically crucial state and it’s results set the tone and tenor of national politics. All eyes will be here, especially on VIP seats where prominent leaders are in fray,” senior journalist JP Shukla said. “Whether the state is going to give the next prime minister or not is the answer everyone will be looking for with the performance of political parties,” he said. While the outcome of the prime minister’s Varanasi seat will be watched globally, other seats like Amethi and Raebareli of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively will be of equal interest to the people. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi’s slogan that “I have not come here…Mother Ganga has called me” struck an emotional chord with the people, who elected him as their representative. During his recent visit, Modi invoked Lord Vishwanath, saying, “I might have been called here to fulfil his dream to see the city developed.” In Amethi, Union minister Smriti Irani will challenge Rahul Gandhi. She has been spending a lot of time with the voters there, making the BJP workers feel that she will make the Congress chief uncomfortable this time. Sonia Gandhi has been representing Rae Bareli since 1999, while Rahul Gandhi has been an MP from Amethi since 2004. The seats of Kannauj, held by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, Badaun, held by Dharmendra Yadav (SP), and Azamgarh, from where SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav won in 2014, will also be crucial. While Dimple Yadav and Dharmendra will contest from their traditional seats, Mulayam Singh, this time, will be contesting from the Mainpuri seat. Akhilesh Yadav has decided to contest from Azamgarh after a formal request from the district unit. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is once again in the fray from the Lucknow seat, a BJP stronghold. Bollywood star Hema Malini is contesting again from Mathura, while the Ghaziabad seat held by Union minister Gen VK Singh (retd) will be also be on the list of constituencies to watch. Another important seat will be of BJP leader Varun Gandhi, who is likely to leave the Sultanpur seat and contest from Pilibhit, represented by his mother and Union minister Maneka Gandhi. While these polls will be a litmus test for the SP-BSP alliance, it would be a challenge for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance of winning 73 seats, including two of Apna Dal. The prestige of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya will be at stake on seats like Gorakhpur and Phulpur, won by them in 2014 but subsequently frittered away to opposition in the bypolls last year. Charisma of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also be tested in these polls and she is trying to woo voters by reaching them. Prestige of Congress state chief Rajbabbar, who is contesting from Fatehpur Sikri will also be at stake.last_img read more

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Srikanth heads to Malaysia after high of India Open

first_imgKuala Lumpur: A strong finish at the India Open will hold him in good stead when Kidambi Srikanth yet again strives to end his long title drought at the USD 700,000 Malaysia Open, beginning here Tuesday. Srikanth, who last won a title at the 2017 French Open, came close to ending the lean patch when he reached the finals of the India Open but Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen thwarted his challenge on Sunday. Despite the loss, it was a good week for the 26-year-old as he quelled the challenge of one opponent after another on way to his first summit clash of a BWF world tour event in 17 months. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh On Wednesday, Srikanth will begin his campaign against a qualifier, following the withdrawal of Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei, who was supposed to play his first event after recovering from nose cancer. “I’m just happy how it has been last week. I just want to take it the way it comes. I know I was trailing in most of the matches but somehow I wanted this kind of momentum. I wanted these kind of wins and want to continue this form now,” Srikanth had said after the final Sunday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu too was on course for a title win before she blew a four game points to lose the semifinal against He Bingjiao of China last Saturday. The fifth seeded Indian will cross swords with Japan’s Aya Ohori in the opening round of the BWF World Tour Super 750. She is likely to get a chance to avenge her first-round loss at the All England Championship against Sung Ji Hyun of Korea, who she is expected to face in the second round. Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, who had battled pain after developing pancreas infection en route the All England Champion quarterfinals, will look for a good outing after skipping the Swiss Open and India Open. The eighth seeded Indian will face Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the first round. Among others, H S Prannoy will look to continue his promising show after regaining some form at the India Open where he reached the quarterfinals. He will square off against Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus. Sameer Verma will also look to snap his run of early exits this year but it will be easier said than done as he faces world no 2 Shi Yuqi of China. Men’s doubles pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, the only Indian pair to reach the semifinals at New Delhi last week, will face seventh seed Chinese pair of Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong in the first round, while Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will take on Korean pair of Baek Ha Na and Kim Hye Rin. Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will meet Ireland’s Sam Magee and Chloe Magee in their opener.last_img read more

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