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James Camerons DeepSea Challenger Begins Its Final Journey

first_imgExplorer and director James Cameron and other officials celebrated the launch of a cross-country expedition of one of the world’s most remarkable pieces of technology during the weekend.On Saturday, June 1, the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the submersible and science platform that Cameron piloted on March 26, 2012 on a record-breaking solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, began its voyage from the California Science Center in Los Angeles to its permanent home at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts.The journey marks the first time the sub will be shown in public. Supported by Rolex, the trip is intended to engage and inspire children and to focus on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in education.Said Cameron:“One of the most critical aspects of exploration, besides actually going there and bringing back the pictures and the science, is the telling of the story. It’s vital to communicate to the public, especially students of all ages, what was done, how it was done, and why it was important.” Cameron added: “By telling the story to school-kids in a hands-on way, we can inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and explorers, who are so vital to the nation. Moving the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER cross-country to its new home at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution provides an opportunity to make the sub available to students and the general public, so they can see it, touch it, and ask questions. This will create a major inspirational dividend of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE project.”Cameron, who donated the sub to WHOI and joined its Center for Marine Robotics to stimulate advances in ocean science and technology, spoke at the June 1 event, as well as WHOI President and Director Susan Avery. Suzy Amis Cameron, Founder of MUSE School CA based in Calabasas, CA. was also present. MUSE is dedicated to early childhood through 8th grade education with a sustainable focus.The bright green, 24-foot long DEEPSEA CHALLENGER was on display at the California Science Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. before embarking on the trip. Scientists traveling with the sub across the country explained the remarkable human achievement of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition and the groundbreaking technology required for its success.“This cross country journey will give many more people the opportunity to see the sub and to be inspired by the exploration and scientific discovery it enabled,” said Susan Avery , president and director of WHOI.The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER is scheduled to arrive in Dallas on Tuesday, June 4, at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. From there, it travels to New Orleans to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Wednesday, June 5th. The sub then heads to Washington, D.C. for display on Capitol Hill June 11. It will be delivered to WHOI by mid-June. (Please check with local venues for details regarding display of the sub.)The sub’s trek across the U.S. comes a little more than a year after Cameron’s unprecedented solo dive to 35,787 feet, almost 11,000 meters (6.8 miles), to the deepest place on Earth – the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench – in the marine vehicle the “Avatar” and “Titanic” director and his team engineered.The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER was specifically engineered to be the first of its kind – a vertically-deployed, manned submersible and robust science platform capable of diving to full ocean depth. The sub’s ability to remain at the bottom of the Challenger Deep for nearly three hours to explore, sample and capture the first high resolution 3D images ever taken of the location, is unprecedented. In 1960, the Trieste, the only other manned submersible to reach the Challenger Deep, was able to stay only 20 minutes on the bottom before ascending.In March, 2013, Cameron donated the sub to WHOI. Upon its arrival in Massachusetts, WHOI scientists and engineers will begin to work with Cameron and his team to incorporate the sub’s numerous engineering advancements into future research platforms and deep-sea expeditions. This partnership harnesses the power of public and private investment in supporting deep-ocean science.Recognizing the power of new technologies, like those embodied in the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER system, to explore and understand the ocean, WHOI recently launched the Center for Marine Robotics (CMR), a novel collaborative model that enhances the development of robotic technologies by bringing together partners from academia, the federal government, and the private sector. The CMR’s scientists and engineers will revolutionize the way people and machines work together in the marine environment and enable new approaches to complex scientific challenges. James Cameron will serve on the Center’s Advisory Board.DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, Cameron’s eighth deep-ocean expedition, marks a globally-recognized milestone in an exploration and diving career spanning decades. An avid scuba diver since 1969, Cameron has logged more than 3,000 hours underwater, including 500 hours in helmets. He has made 85 submersible dives, most of them to depths greater than two miles. Seeking to combine his two great passions — diving and filmmaking — Cameron has directed numerous feature films and marine documentaries that have broken new ground in underwater cinematography, beginning with The Abyss in 1989. In 1995, he made 12 manned-submersible dives to the Titanic wreck for his feature film of the same name, which won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, and broke the record for global box office. Titanic’s earnings have only been surpassed by Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar, which garnered an unprecedented $2.8 billion worldwide.DEEPSEA CHALLENGE was a joint scientific expedition by James Cameron , the National Geographic Society, and Rolex. Learn more at deepseachallenge.com.last_img read more

U2 Honored With Palm Springs International Film Festivals Visionary Award

first_imgBono and The Edge accepted the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Visionary Award recently on behalf of U2 with a speech on the power of activism and American bipartisan leadership in delivering more antiretroviral treatment to AIDS patients.This is the first time the award was given to someone other than a filmmaker, and Bono took the opportunity to speak about his band’s advocacy work. The following is a transcript of his entire speech, which Bono delivered at the awards gala on Saturday night.“I guess this is an award for not shutting up and sticking to what you’re good at. This is kind of an award for being a pain in the arse, isn’t it? That’s what this is. And we do understand that people find it insufferable when artists stray out of their box, but for a lot of us in this room, that is the definition being an artist, straying out of your box.“It is worth mentioning that more people live off their imaginations in California than any other place in the world. No other geography comes close. People around here like to ask questions about the real as well as the imaginary world, and this, of course, is the start of being annoying. Demanding answers is when you upgrade to the proper pain in the arse status of the activist, although some people here have managed to do the activist thing without being annoying.“I am of course thinking of Jane Fonda. How could you not? I’m thinking of Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice.” Steve McQueen has challenged intolerance his entire career. Idris Elba, Naomie Harris were activists long before they took on the giant lives of the Mandelas. Julia Roberts, before she took on “Erin Brockovich,” she was an activist and is an activist, and an extraordinary movie star, the definition of, I would say. And we’d like to pause for a minute to consider our Chairman, Tom Hanks, and his stigma-defying, game-changing role in “Philadelphia.” And what Matthew McConaughey has done again now in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Extraordinary performances.“HIV/AIDS has stolen so many lives in this country. 650,000 to be exact, and 23 million lives outside of this country. What people like Harvey Weinstein and groups like amfAR did for the domestic AIDS problem, ONE and (RED) and many others are trying to do for the global AIDS crisis. Our one simple belief is that where you live should not decide whether you live.“Now our leader in this campaign lost a son to the disease. His name was Nelson Mandela, the greatest activist of them all. His genius was a refusal to hate, not because he hadn’t experienced rage, but because he thought love would do a better job. His cleverness was to put aside tribalism and partisanship, the kind of partisanship, I think you’ll agree, that has betrayed this great nation and the great American idea at the heart of it, even in the last couple of years.“It’s ironic that by following an African’s example, American and European AIDS activists like ONE were successful in encouraging Democrats and Republicans here in the US to put aside their differences and work together on what is turning out to be the largest health intervention in the history of medicine. Thank you, America.“You probably don’t know this, but there are now 10 million lives in the developing world saved by antiretroviral therapy, and American taxpayers have paid for about three quarters of them. Thank you, America. 7.8 million sentient souls are alive because of AIDS drugs that the United States of America paid for, and they are not just alive, but allowed to thrive, to have healthy kids, to be alive to raise those kids, to work, to contribute to their economies. And we’re at the tipping point — amazing to be able to say this — we are actually at the tipping point if we keep up the pressure.“We are within reach of declaring the first AIDS-free generation. What a thought. What a thought for this community. And it’s down to the activism of this generation, actors, directors, producers, musicians, but also students, doctors, nurses, priests, NASCAR drivers, soccer moms, CEOs, NGOs, politicians, people who just don’t normally hang out together not just hanging out together but working together. And that’s what it takes.“Edge and myself have had our mind and our values shaped by some important books and scribes, but for us, in truth, it was movies and music that kindled that fire and put our imaginations on a course to meet you tonight. So thank you to the visionaries in this room, and you all know that a vision without a promise is just a fantasy, and we’re not interested in that. Thank you and good night.”Source:ONE.orglast_img read more

Nelly Furtado To Be Honored At Unstoppable Foundation Gala

first_imgThe Unstoppable Foundation will honour Nelly Furtado, Paula Abdul and The Tenors at its 8th annual Unstoppable Foundation Gala Honors event in March.The 8th Annual Unstoppable Gala brings together more than 700 mega-influencers including best-selling authors, renowned speakers, global thought leaders, all-star athletes, award winning celebrities, and some of the best minds in business.The evening features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and live auction, as well as an award’s ceremony honoring individuals and corporations who work tirelessly to help all children receive an education.Celebrities confirmed so far include Paula Abdul, Holly Robinson-Peete, The Tenors (Victor Micallef; Fraser Walters; Clifton Murray) and Best-Selling author and life coach, Mary Morrissey.Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and tireless champion for girls’ education, Nelly Furtado, will be receiving the 2017 Unstoppable Achievement Award.“With the help of our implementing partners, the Unstoppable Foundation is currently educating and providing daily nutritious meals to more than 10,000 students. In addition, over 50,500 community members are receiving access to clean water, healthcare and income and empowerment training, which shows the program continues to be self-sustaining. The Gala allows us to share all of the incredible work we do throughout the year, enables our supporters to meet some of the children we serve, and provide an opportunity to expand our impact in even more communities,” said Cynthia Kersey, best-selling author and founder of the Unstoppable Foundation.When: Saturday, March 25, 2017WHERE: Beverly Hilton 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210More info can be found here.last_img read more

Stars Attend Womens Choice Awards Show

first_imgOn Wednesday, May 17, 2017, six hundred girls and women gathered at the legendary Avalon Hollywood for a star-studded and inspiring celebration of fierce women.The Women’s Choice Award Show was a timely and important event to honor the incredible accomplishments women have made on humanity and to inspire the future generation of women to remember that they can be anything they want to be.Grammy nominated recording artist and Broadway star Deborah Cox served as the Women’s Choice Award Show Special Correspondent. Deborah interviewed the honorees, nominees and celebrity guests on the purple carpet as they shared their wisdom about the female experience.EMMY award winning veteran television journalist and personality Meredith Vieira hosted the show which opened with a rousing performance of “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by powerhouse Grammy award winning vocalist Judith Hill supported by Angie Swan on guitar.Partygoers were dancing and singing along to the feminist anthem.Actor and activist Emmanuelle Chriqui; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Marika Dominczyk, comedian and EMMY nominated talk show host Loni Love and Emmy nominated actor Sherri Saum presented the Voice of Women Award. Media critic Jennifer Pozner was announced the winner of the fan voted Voice of Women Award. Jennifer spoke about her work as a media activist for the last twenty years and how she uses her platform to a give voice to women and people of color. Jennifer reminded guests that a free press is vital to maintaining a truly free and democratic society.Women’s Choice Award CEO Delia Passi spoke about her lifelong commitment to women’s issues and how her daughters inspired her to become a champion for girls and women.Actor Violett Beane; actor Edwin Hodge; and the founder of IT Cosmetics Jamie Kern Lima presented the Shero Award. Edwin took a moment onstage to recognize his Shero, Yolette Hodge, who as a single Mom made countless sacrifices over the years for their family. He then asked all of the Moms to stand and be recognized in an emotional tribute to the amazing contributions of Moms everywhere.In an exciting twist, it was a tie and the fans voted two remarkable women as Shero Award winners. Retired U.S. Air Force colonel, flight surgeon and astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle and Alicia Garza, the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter were presented with the 2017 Shero Award.Freedom dreamer Alicia Garza spoke about the important work that the National Domestic Workers Alliance does to provide dignity and justice for the two million domestic workers in the United States who care for the people we care about the most.Dr. Yvonne Cagle shared that hearing “you can’t” throughout her life inspired her to realize that the word impossible is really “I’m Possible.” When she listened to her inner voice reminding her that she can, she said it was then that she was able to soar to new heights literally as an astronaut and in all other areas of her life.Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, Grammy nominated recording artist, songwriter and actress Taylor Dayne and EMMY nominated talk show host Jeannie Mai presented the Spotlight Award. Olympic gold medalist ice dancer Meryl Davis was announced as the Spotlight Award winner for her work with the non-profit Figure Skating In Detroit, which teaches figure skating and life skills to at risk girls. Meryl dedicated the award to her Mom, who she said has been a constant supporter of hers throughout her life. Meryl acknowledged how lucky she is to have a loving and encouraging Mom who nurtured and supported her dreams and how she realizes that not every girl is as fortunate. Meryl reminded guests how important it is for girls to have positive role models and mentors that support them in the pursuit of their dreams.Emmy award winning and Grammy award winning comedian Kathy Griffin delivered a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to her friend, Oscar nominated actress, producer, director, writer and humanitarian Sharon Stone who was being honored with the Icon Award for her lifetime achievement in film and passionate activism to make the world a better place. Kathy referred to her close friend Sharon as “Stoney” and shared how Sharon’s activism has made a monumental difference in the lives of women and the LGBTQ community.Sharon received a standing ovation as she made her way to the stage to accept her award. Sharon revealed how her Mom became a maid at just nine years old and had to fight to be respected throughout her life. As a child, she saw through her Mother’s life, how unfair it is that girls and women have to work so much harder to prove their worth and have access to the same opportunities as boys and men. Sharon said her Mom instilled in her what it means to “stand on your own two goddam feet” and that she hopes someday soon a woman will be elected to lead our great country. Sharon ended her emotional and powerful speech with a tribute to all of the trailblazing women that have come before us who have worked hard to break through the glass ceiling and pave the wave for the next generation of women.Mattel shared a moving video that asks girls to imagine the possibilities when just like Barbie, they can be anything they want to be. Alexis Jones, the Co-Founder of I Am That Girl, shared the important work her non-profit organization does to help foster confidence and self-esteem in middle, high school and college aged girls. Hailey Allen reflected on how the I Am That Girl community transformed her life at a time when she was battling illness and issues of self-worth. She shared I Am That Girl’s vision to create an app that would make digital bullying a thing of the past.GRAMMY Award-winning producer and television personality Randy Jackson made a special appearance to tell boys and men that they have a responsibility to be champions and allies of girls and women. Randy led the partygoers in a rocking chant of the “The Future is Female” before introducing Grammy award winning recording artist and humanitarian Mya who performed her female empowerment anthem “Unbreakable.”Nominees and celebrities who attended to support the event included: Alano Miller, Alison Sweeney, Amy Purdy, Angell Conwell, Ashley Roberts, BC Jean, Beth Hall, Beth Riesgraf, Brett Dalton, Brian Austin Green, Brian White, Briana Evigan, Brittany Packnett, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Carmen Perez, Carmit Bachar, Carson Kressley, Deondra Brown, DeWanda Wise, Dr. Knatokie Ford, Edyta Sliwinska, Elvy Yost, Elliott Yamin, Eric Benet, Erin Cahill, Gabrielle Dennis, Georgie Smith, Jen Lilley, Jill Whelan, Jillian Rose Reed, Julie Stewart-Binks, Kara Holden, Keesha Sharp, Keltie Knight, Kearran Giovanni, Kym Herjavec, Manuela Testolini, Meagan Tandy, Melody Brown, Nura Afia, R&B group KING, Ryan Devlin, Sabrina Bryan, Sarah Carter, Shayna Taylor, Tara Buck, Tery Lopez and Vanessa Marano.The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to include the non-profit I Am That Girl as the cause partner for this very special event. Sarah Wilbur, Chinmayee Balachandra, Shana Kheradyar and Lauren Suthers from the global I Am That Girl community were onstage to present the awards to Women’s Choice Award Show winners. The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to host two hundred girls from local I Am That Girl chapters and Los Angles middle schools, high schools and universities at the event. TrueCar provided a live feed of the awards and live social media feed to engage young girls in the balcony in real time at the awards. Voortman Cookies and Werther’s Originals provided snacks for guests and Love Swirls treated everyone to their organic cotton candy.DJ Kid Fish performed at the event and guests enjoyed a gourmet three course dinner during the awards. The cocktail hour in Bardot featured a Kendra Scott jewelry bar with 100% of the proceeds donated to I Am That Girl. Guests took fabulous photos in the Luster Premium White photo booth and enjoyed a popcorn bar hosted by Wise Foods. Partygoers enjoyed custom themed cocktails with Exodo Tequila and Gypsy Vodka, fine wines by Santa Margherita Wines and refreshing hydration by Coco Libre.The Women’s Choice Award Show is proud to have the generous support of lifestyle and consumer brands including CAO Cosmetics, Chloe & Isabel, Coco Libre, Exodo Tequila, Family Share, Gypsy Vodka, HoMedics, IT Cosmetics, Kaiser Permanente, Kendra Scott, Love Swirls, Luster Premium White, Mattel, NetworkBe, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Paul Mitchell The School of Pasadena, Princess Cruises, Red Heart Yarn, Ricola, Santa Margherita Wines, Serta, Speedo, Team Lally, TrueCar, Vera Bradley, Voortman Cookies, Werther’s Original and Wise Foods.last_img read more

Sting And Shaggy To Perform At amfAR Gala Cannes Event

first_imgSting and Shaggy will perform at this year’s amfAR Gala Cannes event.Alessandra Ambrosio, Poppy Delevigne, Linda Evangelista, Silvia Fendi, Aileen Getty, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Daphna Krim, Karolina Kurkova, Sienna Miller, Angela Missoni, Mary Parent, Katy Perry, Natasha Poly, Aishwarya Rai, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Donatella Versace, and Michelle Yeoh are the Honorary Chairs of the 25th edition of amfAR’s world-renowned amfAR Gala Cannes event, to be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, during the Cannes Film Festival. Event Chairs include Len Blavatnik, Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Alexandre Ricard, and William H. Roedy.The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include special musical performances by iconic Grammy-winning musicians Sting and Shaggy who recently released a new, collaborative album entitled 44/876, and other surprise musical guests soon to be announced. The event always includes a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s exciting live auction of exclusive items and experiences.Longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld will once again curate a fashion show of one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty of the world’s top models will participate in the spectacular And Woman Created All / Et La Femme Créa Tout runway presentation.Bold Films and Chopard are the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes. Pernod Ricard is the event’s Signature Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.After the amfAR Gala Cannes dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party.amfAR’s annual amfAR Gala Cannes events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $210 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by the end of 2020. Launched in 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused research efforts through strategic investments of $100 million. The cornerstone of the Countdown is the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.The amfAR Gala Cannes event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.Official Hashtag of the event: #amfarcannes #BeEpicFor more information, click here.last_img read more

THE HANDMAIDS TALE MUSIC PROVIDES IRONIC COUNTERPOINT TO SHOWS DARK THEMES

first_imgAs Emily sits, not knowing what, if any, punishment she will be dealt by Joseph Lawrence (Bradley Whitford), the latter dances along to the song. He’s either oblivious to Emily’s situation, or perhaps he’s hyperaware and purposely tormenting her. The music can play tricks on the characters as well as the viewers. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter The emotions of climactic scene of Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale, which featured Alexis Bledel’s character Emily, were leavened by the use of an upbeat 1990s pop song by Annie Lennox. (GEORGE KRAYCHYK / HULO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Login/Register With: The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale was brought to a close with a moment of cathartic violence. But one could argue the star of the scene wasn’t Alexis Bledel’s handmaid Emily but instead a voice off-screen: Annie Lennox.With Emily fearing for her life, the sound of Lennox’s symphonic pop cut “Walking on Broken Glass” breaks the silence, materializing via car radio. The tune’s upbeat tone contrasts with the pain of the character and, in turn, attempts to bring greater emotional weight to the scene by highlighting the show’s extremes. It’s one example of how the Hulu series (which airs in Canada on Bravo) used familiar pop music throughout its second season not as a cause for celebration but as a tool to torture.With “Broken Glass,” the desired effect was to make the audience uncomfortable. What at first starts as a simple juxtaposition soon becomes somewhat menacing.last_img read more

A platform made for online viewing – MAtv® unveils its brand new

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2018 – MAtv, Videotron’s community channel, invites Quebec viewers to visit its brand new website, matv.ca—a regionalized platform perfect for online viewing on any device, where they can watch MAtv programs and enjoy a wide variety of distinctive local content, all for free.A platform for today’s viewersWith the goal of making its content more accessible, the new website has been designed to promote online viewing. As MAtv Senior Director Steve Desgagné explains, “By renewing its web platform, MAtv is reaffirming its role as a hyperlocal media outlet. Technology and television are evolving at warp speed, and MAtv intends to pursue its mission as a community medium that stands out for its uniquely local character and its closeness to the community’s citizens.”Don’t miss anything!In addition to offering smooth, user-friendly navigation, MAtv’s new web platform has a Videos section where viewers can access all of the content available on the site, including complete episodes, excerpts, and clips. This section also includes a powerful search engine letting viewers find videos in the categories which interest them, including Art of Living, Public Affairs, Sports, Culture, Services and Citizen’s Voice. The site’s Programs and Schedules sections are very popular with the public; easy to access, they provide lots of useful information about MAtv’s programming. Dare to participate!In developing its new website design, MAtv made sure to give top priority to its primary mission: citizen participation. The new Participate section lets citizens who are interested in community television find all the necessary information about submitting TV projects to MAtv and about its My Volunteering program, which gives them the chance to do volunteer work and receive training in various media trades at MAtv’s own TV studio.A prestige showcase for content from Quebec’s regionsIn addition to letting visitors discover a wide variety of content produced by local TV artists and artisans in their own region of Quebec, the MAtv website gives them access to many programs from all nine of the Quebec regions that MAtv serves. And it’s all just a few clicks away!MAtv: My community’s voice by VideotronMAtv, an exclusive service for Videotron customers, serves the community by reflecting Québec’s diversity. It gives all citizens access to a medium of free expression and outreach promoting public participation. MAtv carries useful, informative and educational programming which focuses on topics of local interest and supports the emergence of new talent. It also reflects realities of concern to the community of 1.6 million households it serves across Québec. MAtv is broadcast on channel 9 and in HD at position 609. It is also available on the Web through matv.ca, illico TV on channel 900 and illico.tv. MAtv is also present on social media including Facebook and Instagram.MAtv is a registered trademark of Videotron Ltd. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

2 new NFB documentaries to premiere at Whistler Film Festival 2018

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Way of the Hunter (16 min):  World premiere: Friday, November 30 at 1 p.m., Shortwork 2, Maury Young Arts CentreDeep in the Great Bear Rainforest, against the backdrop of British Columbia’s breathtaking wilderness, a former hunter comes to terms with his past and looks with hope towards the future. Exploring one man’s evolving relationship with the natural world, Way of the Hunter tells the compelling story of Robert Moberg, a hunter who’s traded his gun for a camera.Turning away from the hunting lifestyle he’d always known, Robert had taken to trolling trophy hunters on social media. But as the toxicity of his actions began to catch up with him, Robert reached out to eco-wilderness guide Mike Willie of the Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nation—who’d made national news in 2015 for convincing a sportsman to call off a grizzly hunt. These two men from different cultures gradually develop a friendship, and on a wildlife-viewing trip deep into the rainforest, they discuss their love of the land and their hopes for a peaceful coexistence with all who live on it. Way of the Hunter is produced by Selwyn Jacob and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB’s BC and Yukon Studio.Love, Scott (75 min)Thursday, November 29 at 4 p.m., Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural CentreFriday, November 30 at 12:30 p.m., Village 8 – Theatre 6While walking one night in small-town Nova Scotia, Nanaimo-born Scott Jones, a gay musician, is attacked by a stranger he encountered earlier that evening and becomes paralyzed from the waist down. What follows is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of this young man’s life. Directed by his close friend, Laura Marie Wayne, making her feature documentary debut, Love, Scott was filmed over three years, from Scott’s very first raw moments in the hospital to a trip back to the place he was attacked, as he’s faced with the choice of losing himself in grief or embracing love over fear.Set against a stunning score by Sigur Rós, Love, Scott was named Best Canadian Feature (Narrative or Documentary) at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary at its US premiere at the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, in addition to receiving a Special Mention at Ireland’s GAZE International LGBT Film Festival.Love, Scott is produced and executive produced by Annette Clarke for the NFB’s Quebec and Atlantic Studio.About the NFBThe NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 20 Canadian Screen Awards, 18 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for mobile devices. Login/Register With: November 1, 2018 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada:  The 2018 Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is celebrating excellence in Western Canadian filmmaking with the launches of two National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentaries: the world premiere of Way of the Hunter, a short documentary by Williams Lake, BC-based writer/director Robert Moberg, as well as the BC debut of Calgary filmmaker Laura Marie Wayne’s acclaimed feature debut, Love, Scott. As part of the NFB’s industry-leading commitment to women’s filmmaking and digital media creation, NFB Commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur will be taking part in the WFF’s Content Summit workshop, Women on Top: Making Media Equitable, on Friday, November 30. The NFB was recently recognized for its initiatives in gender parity with a Gold Parity Certification from Women in Governance—the first public cultural institution to earn this distinction from the Canadian non-profit organization. About the films… Facebooklast_img read more

DRAKEAFFILIATED PICK 6IX TORONTO RESTAURANT TO REOPEN AS A SPORTS BAR

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement A statement says the restaurant closed that summer “for renovations following extensive damage from a storm.”The upcoming Pick 6ix Sports is touted as having a brand-new look and feel with a revamped menu from executive chef Ivan Bailey.The statement says offerings include “elevated bar classics” such as burgers, pizza, wings, and beef brisket nachos.An exact date for the reopen hasn’t been released.Pick 6ix is located on the southern stretch of tourist-friendly Yonge Street, steps from Union Station, the financial district and the Air Canada Centre.The Canadian Press The downtown venue, previously called Pick 6ix, launched in January 2018 with an event featuring Drake and basketball stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO — A Toronto restaurant affiliated with hip-hop superstar Drake is set to reopen later this month with a new contemporary sports bar concept.A news release says Pick 6ix Sports will have a renovated space and “new menu featuring fresh, modern pub fare.” Twitterlast_img read more

Police need to pay more attention to suspicious deaths in Toronto

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Toronto three young First Nations women have died in separate incidents and all under suspicious circumstances. But according to some, the cases are not being taken seriously by Toronto police.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports.last_img

Group on healing walk across Manitoba motivated by personal tragedies

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsA group of walkers from Northern Manitoba has arrived in Winnipeg.They started their 760 km trek on July 3 in the town of Thompson.The aim is to raise awareness about missing and murdered people, both women and men, in the province’s north.The walkers brought with them their personal stories about loved ones who are lost, but not forgotten.last_img

Northern summit looks to reconnect people with the land

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN National NewsPeople from across the Arctic are gathering in the community of Dettah, Northwest Territories for a three-day on-the-land summit.APTN spoke to participants on how they believe northern residents can reconnect with the land.last_img

Indigenous woman says shut down of Saskatchewan bus service will cost lives

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn Indigenous woman in Regina says she believes “people are going to die” because of the Saskatchewan government’s decision to shut down the provincial bus service.Connie Deiter said that’s why she has filed a complaint with the human rights commission alleging that the decision discriminates against her and other Indigenous women.Deiter said First Nations women took the bus because they couldn’t afford couldn’t afford cars.Read the Notice: STC“If you’re poor, you don’t have access to a vehicle, a lot of our people don’t, the only option is to hitchhike and that’s already happening,” Deiter said Thursday.“You’ll see people hitchhiking on the road now where they probably would have been taking (the bus). You never used to see them hitchhiking before … but now you’re seeing men and women with their luggage and their children. I saw that in Fort Qu’Appelle just a couple of days ago.”A friend picked up a First Nations elder who was walking with a cane and suitcase, Deiter said.She said a woman disappeared about two weeks ago while hitchhiking from Yorkton to North Battleford.“And this has been less than a month since the STC closed, so yeah I think we are looking at ‘Highways of Tears’ all over the province,” she said.Her reference was to a notorious stretch of highway in northern British Columbia that became known as the “Highway of Tears” after 18 women were murdered or disappeared since the 1970s.The Saskatchewan government said it would be inappropriate to comment on the complaint because the matter is before the human rights commission.The government shut down the 70-year-old Saskatchewan Transportation Co. at the end of May as part of an effort to tackle a $1.3 billion deficit.STC reported a net loss of $13 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year and the government said it would need $85 million over the next five years to keep operating.The government hopes private companies will fill the void.Deiter said she’d like to see a system that’s partially funded or organized by the Saskatchewan government.In British Columbia, First Nations leaders and mayors pushed the government to fund transportation along Highway 16, which stretches between Prince George and Prince Rupert.The B.C. government finally came up with a transportation plan last year, but only after a decade of advocacy and a 2012 report from a missing women inquiry that recommended bus service along the 700-kilometre corridor where people often hitchhike to get around.Deiter said the change was only made after women died.She hopes Saskatchewan doesn’t wait for that to happen.“I just hope that the provincial government shows some sympathy or some empathy for those people who are going to be hitchhiking,” said Deiter.“I hate to be the one that’s being a foreteller of bad times, but I mean people are going to die and I’m hoping that there’s going be some sort of a change.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Wildfire fight moves closer to Alberta border

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsWildfires continue to burn across British Columbia and 43 000 people in the province remain displaced.One of the fires in BC is now just kilometers away from Alberta and crews have been working to stop the blaze from crossing the border.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

Police watchdog investigating RCMP conduct following Colten Boushies death

first_imgAPTN NewsAn independent RCMP watchdog is launching an investigation into how police handled the investigation into Colten Boushie’s death after family members alleged they were mistreated during the process.The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) – an agency of the federal government separate from the RCMP – will look at whether officers conducted a “reasonable investigation” into the 22-year-old Red Pheasant First Nation member’s death, whether officers’ conduct amounted to racial discrimination and whether their actions aligned with proper RCMP training and procedure.The investigation will also look at whether RCMP training and policies are, in themselves, “reasonable.”“In the course of our review and our ongoing monitoring of events related to this tragic incident, it has become apparent that additional matters related to the conduct of RCMP members involved need to be examined. As such, I am satisfied that it is in the public interest to launch an independent investigation into this matter,” said Guy Bujold, the CRCC’s acting chairperson, in a statement issued Tuesday.Boushie was shot and killed on Aug. 9, 2016 on a farm outside Biggar, Sask. Gerald Stanley, the white farmer who held the gun that killed Boushie, was acquitted of all charges in February.Boushie’s family has alleged the case was mishandled from day one, when RCMP officers first notified them of the 22-year-old’s death. Boushie’s mother has said that when RCMP came to notify her about her son’s death, officers were insensitive, started searching her home without permission and asked her if she’d been drinking.Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, launched a complaint with the RCMP on Dec. 16, 2016. An internal investigation cleared officers of any wrongdoing.Baptiste took his complaint to the CRCC on Jan. 2, 2018.Stanley’s not guilty verdict also sparked rallies across the country, with Boushie’s supporters calling for changes to the justice system.The federal government has said it’s planning a “broad-based review” of the criminal justice system, including the jury selection process.Critics have said Stanley’s defence team used its set of peremptory challenges to reject Indigenous people from the jury pool.Peremptory challenges allow lawyers to strike out anyone from the jury selection process without giving a reason.With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nova Scotia school closes after threat racist graffiti RCMP

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONASTERY, N.S. – A school in northeastern Nova Scotia has closed due to an online threat that came just days after racist graffiti was spray-painted on a school bus and a sign not far from the facility.The Mounties issued a statement Tuesday saying vandals spray-painted the graffiti close to the East Antigonish Education Centre, a school attended by many Mi’kmaq students.The school board also issued a release today saying the school was closed Wednesday due to a “possible threat … using social media.”Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, a spokesman for the RCMP, said the two incidents are being treated as separate matters by police, but investigators will try to determine whether there is a connection.He said when the school reopens there will be a police presence to reassure students and parents of their safety.The RCMP said the crude remarks about Indigenous people and African Nova Scotians were painted on the bus and the sign at some point between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday at the school about 30 kilometres northeast of Antigonish.Facebook photo.Many of the children who attend the school are residents of the Paqtnkek First Nation, located about 10 kilometres from the facility.One parent posted photos of the racist graffiti on his Facebook page, adding, “School my kids go to. Nice, eh?”Police said that by Tuesday afternoon most of the red spray paint had been removed or covered up, but that evening a notice went out to parents from school principal Richard Britten saying the school was closing, based on the advice of police.last_img read more

Bank of Canada holds rate suggests more hikes likely at more cautious

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes but suggested future increases are still likely, albeit at a more gradual pace.In its scheduled announcement, the central bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation.To make its case, the bank also pointed to the substantial, persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade policies, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Governor Stephen Poloz has introduced two rate hikes since July — at consecutive policy meetings — in response to the economy’s impressive run over the last four quarters. The increases removed the two rate cuts introduced in 2015 as insurance following the collapse in oil prices.The bank suggested Wednesday that it will stick to its rate-hiking trajectory, although at perhaps a more-tentative pace.“While less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” the bank said in a statement.The bank stressed it will pay particular attention to incoming data to assess four areas: the unfolding impact of higher interest rates on indebted households, the evolution of the economy’s capacity, wage growth and inflation. Its next rate announcement is set for Dec. 6.Later Wednesday, Poloz told reporters that almost any departure from the bank’s projections on these four issues would be fodder for deeper discussion about the trend-setting rate.“We must be open. We can be surprised in either direction relative to our forecast,” Poloz said. “But we need to be extremely interpretive of those movements.”Poloz reiterated his recent comments that each policy meeting is “live.”The central bank also released updated projections Wednesday that forecast economic growth to moderate after Canada’s powerful performance, particularly since the start of the year.It now expects real gross domestic product to slow from its robust annual pace of 3.1 per cent this year to 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 1.5 per cent in 2019.The economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the first three months of 2017 and 4.5 per cent in the second quarter. The bank’s latest outlook now predicts real GDP to grow at an annual rate of 1.8 per cent in the third quarter and 2.5 per cent in the final three months of 2017.“Real GDP growth is expected to moderate to a still-solid pace close to two per cent … over the second half of the year,” the bank said.The bank forecasts declining contributions from residential investment and consumption, which largely fuelled Canada’s recent growth spurt. These changes will largely be consequences of higher borrowing rates, higher household indebtedness and policy measures aimed at cooling hot real estate markets, the report said.The bank provided an estimate for the economic impact of incoming guidelines to reinforce mortgage underwriting practices, which were announced recently by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. The changes, which will take effect next year, are expected to trim 0.2 per cent from GDP by the end of 2019, the bank said.Moving forward, the bank said economic activity will advance on a “more-sustainable” trajectory led by rising foreign demand, recent increases in commodity prices, still-low borrowing rates and government infrastructure spending. It also projects steady growth in business investment, which rebounded in early 2017.The weaker-than-expected rollout of federal infrastructure spending will provide a smaller boost for the economy in 2017 than the bank had anticipated. The commitments, however, are expected to lift growth over the coming quarters, the report said.Poloz was asked Wednesday about the potential economic impacts of the Trudeau government’s announcement this week that it would enhance its child-benefit program so payments to families with kids start rising with the cost of living next July, two years earlier than Ottawa had initially promised.The change will lower government revenues by $5.6 billion over five years, the government estimates.Poloz declined to comment on the specifics of the government’s announcement, but he did credit the introduction of the original program last year as a “significant contributor” to the economy. He said the child benefit lifted GDP growth for a year by 0.5 per cent.“As for the change, at the moment, it doesn’t sound anywhere near as large as what was done last year,” said Poloz, who added the bump in growth from the child benefit was likely only felt in the program’s first year.“In real terms, it’s maintaining it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter.last_img read more

Worried your presale condo might be cancelled Research the developer first

first_imgTORONTO – With a sigh and hesitant pause, Jason Paris confides that in retrospect he wishes he’d done more research before putting down a deposit on the now defunct Museum FLTS condominium project in Toronto’s trendy Lower Junction area.The 43-year-old television production manager is one of hundreds of would-be homeowners who recently had their money returned and dreams dashed when the building’s developer, Castlepoint Numa, cited lengthy delays obtaining the necessary approvals, building permits and financing, as reasons for the halt.“If I had the knowledge I have now, then, I definitely would have researched Castlepoint further,” said Paris, who subsequently found out that the developer did the same thing to other hopeful Toronto condo buyers a few years ago when another one its projects fell through.While Castlepoint Numa said it’s giving original Museum FLTS buyers the first opportunity and a discount on the next residential phase of its greater Lower Junction neighbourhood project, Paris points out that some buyers have been burned twice in a row by the same developer.The best line of defence for prospective presale condo buyers seeking to mitigate any potential fallout is to do the appropriate due diligence on the developer before signing any contracts, experts say.Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to protect Paris and others like him who become the victims of a cancelled condo complex, said Vancouver real estate lawyer Richard Bell.“It does happen in various scenarios, particularly if there’s a significant downturn in a market over a short period of time. So really, people are at risk,” said Bell, who works for law firm Bell Alliance.The bottom line? Do your homework, Bell said.“Who is the developer? What have they built previously? A new developer entering the market place is going to greater risk in a situation for a buyer than having a very experience developer in the market place.”The key advantage of using seasoned developers is that they have a name and brand to protect, notes Toronto real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder.“I have heard of situations where the builders have cancelled the deal and then turned around and then resold units at a $100,000 more each, and there’s virtually nothing that the original owners could do because there were lots of clauses in the contracts that allowed builders to cancel,” said Weisleder.“But you will find that reputable people, people who have been around a long time, they don’t do that. When they plan a development and plan units, they’re expected to complete. They price accordingly and they complete.”Keep in mind, Weisleder added, that even in Toronto’s increasingly competitive condo market — where the average selling price for a unit is about $523,000 — approximately 95 to 97 per cent of developments will see completion. According to real estate consultancy Urbanation, 23 condo projects have been cancelled in the city since 2012 — five of them in the last year.Bell said that the last time he’d heard of a cancelled condo development in Vancouver was in 2008, during the financial crisis.Jason Paris believes he is luckier than some because he only got involved with the cancelled condo project in February, when he signed a contract and handed over his deposit.“Some people had their investment off the market for a year and a half. I’m off the market for nine months,” he said.“But in a crazy property market like Toronto, those nine months are really going to make a huge a difference on what I can afford going forward.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Seattle and Alberta offer lessons for Ontario on Fight for 15 min

first_imgTORONTO – Protests, labour unrest and a public feud between Tim Hortons and the premier of Ontario have erupted in the wake of the province’s recent minimum wage hike, raising questions about the wisdom of raising the standard by 30 per cent in just two years.The experiences of Alberta and Seattle, two jurisdictions that share Ontario’s $15 an hour goal, offer some lessons on how to adjust to a higher minimum wage: that is, if Ontario businesses can weather the short-term storm.Ontario’s rate increased to $14 per hour from $11.60 — a 21-per-cent jump— on Jan. 1. The province aims to get to $15 by Jan. 1, 2019.Measures taken to offset Ontario’s changes have landed several businesses, including the country’s iconic Tim Hortons, in hot water after it was revealed that some franchisees cut employee benefits, breaks or tipping to offset the impact of minimum wage hikes.A similar scene unfolded three years ago in Seattle when that city’s minimum wage legislation went into effect.The city committed to phasing in a $15 minimum wage increase, using a tiered system that gives small businesses several more years to adjust than large corporations.Still, reports suggest some businesses levied surcharges to cover higher wages, while others discouraged customers from tipping.The backlash has mostly subsided, but economists are divided on what the early findings suggest about the economic fallout from the substantially higher standard.A University of Washington study published last year revealed Seattle’s wage hike triggered higher salaries but a reduction of hours for lower earners, with a net effect of reducing low-wage workers earnings by $125 per month.However, the research methods of the study have been called into question by some economists who argue that it failed to account for a booming economy that pushes more workers into higher paid jobs, resulting in a decrease of hours for minimum wage workers.The University of California, Berkeley, published a conflicting report around the same time finding the predicted doomsday scenarios had not materialized.“So far there is nothing alarming happening in Seattle due to minimum wage,” said Sylvia Allegretto, one of the authors of the report.“Certainly we don’t see any effects to be concerned or worried about.”The June 2017 study by Allegretto and two colleagues on Seattle’s restaurant industry found that for every 10 per cent that the minimum wage rose, pay in the overall industry rose by about one per cent, with no impact on employment.Allegretto said she’s working on updating the study, which will contain observations from five other cities rolling out minimum wage increases — including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.A broader U.S. study published in May 2016 from the National Employment Law Project looking at 22 federal minimum wage hikes over seven decades found no connection between wage increases and dips in employment rates. It further revealed that in 68 per cent of the cases examined between 1938 and 2009, employment jumped after a hike.Elsewhere in Canada, companies in Alberta appear to be adjusting to the hike from $12.20 to $13.60 last October and are getting ready for plans to further increase it to $15 this year.James Boettcher, the CEO of Calgary ice cream purveyor Fiasco Gelato, said Ontario businesses will see challenges with the hike, but “good companies will find a way to make it work.”Still, he said he’s frustrated that governments haven’t taken tipping into account or considered a lower wage for teenagers still attending school or living at home when it comes to setting new standards for minimum wage.Carolina Lopez, owner of Calgary’s Minas Brazilian Steakhouse, initially tacked on a four per cent “small business support fee” to bills after the province’s minimum wage hike but instead decided to raise menu prices after receiving some backlash. At her own favourite restaurants, she said she’s seen “a decrease in the quality of the product and the amount.”To Ontario business owners she said to remember: “There is always a way, but there is also a limit and it won’t be easy.”last_img read more