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Suspect was not combative during alleged assault by Calgary police officer

first_imgCALGARY – A police officer has told a Calgary court that a man three of his colleagues are accused of roughing up last summer did not appear to be combative.Constables James Othen, Kevin Humfrey and Michael Sandalack have all pleaded not guilty to assault causing bodily harm.They are accused of beating up Clayton Prince after the car he was driving was pulled over on July 30, 2016.Const. D’Arcy Oakes, who says he watched events unfold from nearby, testified that he heard Prince being yelled at to stop resisting arrest and to put up his hands.Oakes described seeing the officers hit Prince with their knees and fists while he was on the ground, and said Prince had a bloodied nose and mouth when they led him to a police vehicle.Oakes told court that it did not appear that Prince was resisting arrest and that the officers should not have had any trouble handcuffing him.During cross-examination, defence lawyers questioned Oakes’s recollection of what happened.Humfrey’s lawyer, David Butcher, said notes Oakes wrote that night don’t mention the use of force.“The purpose of your notes is that you can accurately remember what happened when you are required to give evidence about the event, often month or years later,” Butcher said, to which Oakes responded “correct.”Butcher asked whether Oakes had failed to follow the Calgary Police Service’s note-taking policy and whether his notes from that night are now unhelpful. The officer again replied that the defence lawyer was correct.Prince was chased by police after he ran away from a traffic stop. Charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana were later stayed.A provincial body that probes serious police actions began investigating a month after the arrest when video from a police dashboard camera contradicted officer accounts.The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team said Prince sustained broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a facial laceration and significant bruising.Othen and Humfrey also face charges of public mischief for allegedly making false statements.Othen faces an additional charge of assault with a weapon — a key he is accused of digging into Prince’s neck.last_img read more

Nova Scotia mayor announces hes gay says someone threatened to expose him

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – The mayor of Nova Scotia’s second largest municipality has come out as gay, saying he decided to speak publicly after someone threatened to expose his personal life.Cecil Clarke, mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and a likely leadership candidate for the province’s Progressive Conservatives, spoke out about his private life in an interview with CBC on Thursday.The 49-year-old politician said he didn’t want to run for the Tory leadership with people thinking they could shame him or hold something over him.“I’m not going to go forward and announce my intentions about the Progressive Conservative party leadership race having people think that they’re going to shame me … that being gay is somehow a bad thing,” he told CBC Sydney’s Mainstreet.“Who I am and how I go about my personal life is no longer up as a punching bag for me politically.”Clarke said he’s in a committed relationship with someone he loves and who supported his decision to speak publicly.“That man is very special to me and I’m not prepared to go on my future journey alone,” he said. “I’m not going to do it ashamed or afraid or not proud of who I am as a person. And I hope, I hope people will not allow that to cloud who I am as a politician either.”Still, he described the threats against him as prompting “a very dark time” that brought him to a low point.“When I was four and then seven, I was sexually assaulted as a child and I thought I recovered very well from that,” Clarke said. “I had the love of a family that was there for me and a community that supported me. And this week, all of that hurt and pain came barrelling back and I said ‘You don’t own this, you don’t own me.’”He added: “I owe it to myself to be true going forward because I’m not going to have people trying to shame me.”The Sydney Mines native served in the provincial legislature as a PC MLA for a decade before returning to Cape Breton to become mayor in 2012.Clarke is expected to announce whether he will run for the PC leadership Saturday in North Sydney.Christina Lamey, a spokeswoman for the municipality, said the mayor decided to speak out after an incident earlier this week.At issue was “hateful speech” directed at Clarke’s sexuality, she said.“He’s been in political life most of his adult life. He’s very focused on his work and dedicated to his job and kept his private life private,” Lamey said. “But those comments were unacceptable and rather than allow someone to shame him, he decided enough was enough.”Clarke received an outpouring of support of social media, with many applauding his courage to come forward and tell his story and condemning the homophobia and threats he endured.“There’s no place in our PC party for homophobia or discrimination,” MLA for Pictou East and PC leadership candidate Tim Houston said in a tweet. “Mr. Clarke’s private life should not be up for attack. Period.”Rob Batherson, a former PC party president, said on Twitter that Clarke “showed tremendous courage” and that there is “no place for hate or homophobia.”Two years ago, another Cape Breton Island politician said someone had tried to blackmail him into resigning by threatening to reveal a call made from his hotel room to a male escort service.Steve Sampson, a member of Richmond County council, said at the time he received an unmarked envelope in the mail in 2016 at his home containing a photocopy of a hotel bill from 2014, incurred while on county business in Seattle, Wash.last_img read more

Canada not on board plan to ban dirty fuel use on Arctic

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian government wants more study on the impact of eliminating heavy fuel oil in the Arctic before it signs onto an international agreement to ban its use there.Sixteen months ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and then-U.S. President Barack Obama jointly committed to phase down the use of heavy fuel oils in the Arctic.In an unexpected turn of events, the United States is keeping its end of the bargain under President Donald Trump. Last summer, the U.S. — along with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Iceland and New Zealand — proposed that the International Marine Organization ban heavy fuel oils from Arctic shipping vessels by 2021.Heavy fuel oil has been banned in the Antarctic since 2011.The proposed ban would apply to heavy fuel oil used or being carried for use by ships during trips through Arctic waters, but not to ships carrying it as cargo for use elsewhere.“A single HFO spill could have devastating and lasting effects on fragile Arctic marine and coastal environments,” the proposal says. “In addition, Arctic shipping is projected to continue to rise, thus increasing the risk of a spill. For these reasons, the ban on HFO should be implemented as soon as possible, and any delay in implementation of the HFO ban by eligible ships should be short-lived.”Canada, however, wants a delay. It joined the Marshall Islands — one of the most popular places in the world for shipping companies to register their vessels — to submit a request for things to be slowed down until further study on the economic and other impacts of such a ban on Arctic communities can be completed.Among the concerns: heavy fuel oil is far cheaper than the main alternative, diesel, and replacing it would drive up the cost of getting supplies to remote Arctic communities. Food and other goods are already far more expensive in the North because of the cost to ship them there.Canada’s position doesn’t say it won’t support a ban ever but it does want more study before seeing one put in place.The Nunavut government wouldn’t comment for this story.Heavy fuel oil is a sludge-like byproduct of making distilled fuel like gasoline. It is half the cost of most alternatives but produces far more pollutants including 30 to 80 per cent more black carbon which is one of the most problematic greenhouse gases in the Arctic.In 2009, the Arctic Council called heavy fuel oil “the most significant threat from ships to the Arctic environment.”The air pollution from heavy fuel oil burned on shipping vessels has been blamed for thousands of deaths due to air pollution each year.It also breaks down far more slowly than other fuels like marine diesel, meaning it’s nearly impossible to get rid of once it spills into the ocean.The International Council on Clean Transportation reported that it’s the most commonly used shipping fuel in the Arctic and its use there is growing as climate change expands shipping options through the far North.Andrew Dumbrille, sustainable shipping specialist at World Wildlife Fund Canada, said he doesn’t understand the need for delay, given that Canada has known for “months and years” that this issue was coming and committed to addressing it with Obama.“So, they’ve been doing nothing to do cost-benefit analysis or do they have one?” he asked. “Have they been sitting on their hands hoping the issue will go away and now it’s not so now they’re sort of caught off guard and want to put the brakes on?”Dumbrille said 2021 is three years away — plenty of time to develop a plan to get rid of “the dirtiest, the cheapest, the bottom of the barrel fuel on the planet” without placing a burden on northern communities.Most ships can convert to using marine diesel without much difficulty, he said. The WWF would prefer they switch to liquid natural gas but that would require a lot of new marine infrastructure to allow for refuelling.Heavy fuel oil use is one of the items on the agenda next week when the environment committee of the International Marine Organization meets in London.last_img read more

Kathleen Wynne concedes as Ontario Liberals trail NDP PCs in polls

first_imgTORONTO (NEWS 1130) – With just five days to go until voters head to the polls in Ontario, Liberal leader — and incumbent premier — Kathleen Wynne has announced she is conceding.BREAKING: an emotional @Kathleen_Wynne concedes she will no longer be premier after Thursday. #onpoli #OnElxn pic.twitter.com/2objiG5aJD— Brandon Rowe (@CityNewsBrandon) June 2, 2018The Liberals have been trailing the NDP and PCs in the polls, and Wynne admits her party cannot win the June 7th vote. At a news conference today in Toronto, Wynne admitted the polls show Ontarions want change.But she says that change cannot be a majority government for Conservative Doug Ford or the NDP’s Andrea Horwath. Therefore, she says people should vote Liberal to ensure the other parties cannot win anything except a minority.“The more Liberal MPPs that we send to Queen’s Park on June 7th, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government.”Wynne says the people do not trust A Doug Ford majority. Says people would rather him be on a “short leash” #Onpoli #OnElxn #CityVote— Brandon Rowe (@CityNewsBrandon) June 2, 2018“With a majority government Doug Ford would have too free a hand for the comfort of most people — they don’t trust his judgment,” Wynne says in a statement. “They don’t trust the choices he would make.”She says she will keep campaigning up until Thursday and won’t say if she will stay on a Liberal leader after the election.“We will fight for our values, for a practical approach and for a government that will be kept from extremes and forced toward a better balance for the people of this province. We have a terrific team of local candidates, they deserve your support. They will fight for your votes. And I will fight for them.”Meantime, Horwath is urging people not to vote for the Liberals, saying it won’t lead to a minority government but rather will lead to a Progressive Conservative majority.Ford had little to say about the announcement, noting only that the election is about change and people are fed up.Asked if he was surprised by Wynne’s decision, Ford says his team is focused and has been focused on getting its message out.last_img read more

Officer involved in previous McArthur arrest charged with insubordination

first_imgTORONTO — A Toronto police officer who was involved in a previous arrest of serial killer Bruce McArthur is set to appear before a disciplinary tribunal next week on charges of insubordination and neglect of duty.Police will not comment on the exact nature of the charges against Sgt. Paul Gauthier, but a lawyer representing Gauthier is defending his client’s role in a 2016 incident in which McArthur was arrested but not charged.McArthur, who pleaded guilty this week to eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men with ties to Toronto’s gay village, had been interviewed by police a few years ago in a separate, unrelated incident.The force’s professional standards unit launched an internal investigation related to the McArthur case in March 2018, two months after the self-employed landscaper was first charged with murder.The review was sparked when the detective leading the probe said he came across some “concerning” information while reviewing two previous investigations into five missing men from the gay village.In a statement Friday night, attorney Lawrence Gridin defended Gauthier’s actions and said his client has “great sympathy for the victims and the community.“The decision not to charge Bruce McArthur for the 2016 incident was made in conjunction with Det. Gauthier’s supervisor and based on the information available at the time,” Gridin said.“McArthur’s monstrous nature was difficult to uncover because he led a life of extreme deception, not because of anything to do with the 2016 arrest.”Gauthier is set to appear before the police service’s Disciplinary Hearings Office at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, a Toronto police spokesperson said.“We do not confirm any other information before an officer makes an appearance before the tribunal,” Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said in an email Friday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Russell Simmons To Host Reception On Race In America

first_imgRussell Simmons is to host a reception on race in America featuring the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) at his new Beverly Hills home next week.The Center for Social Inclusion works to unite public policy research and grassroots advocacy to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. They work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive.WHO: Russell Simmons, business leader and philanthropist, and the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). Celebrities, political leaders, advocates and other dignitaries will be in attendance.WHAT: Cocktail reception at the new Beverly Hills home of Russell Simmons supporting the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). Maya Wiley, President of CSI, will lead a critical conversation about race in America, with emphasis on why we need to talk about race and how we can talk about it effectively. The evening will celebrate the work of Maya and the Center for Social Inclusion.WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.last_img read more

Mary Lambert Performs At UN On Human Rights Day

first_imgMary Lambert performed this week at the United Nations HQ for Human Rights Day.Mary Lambert and Thomas RobertsCredit/Copyright: Arran SkinnerThe theme of the event was “Love Is A Family Value” highlighting the fact that LOVE, regardless of whether or not it is between someone of the same sex or someone of the opposite sex, should be embraced and encouraged (and IS a family value)!Mary Lambert Performs at the UNCredit/Copyright: Arran SkinnerLGBT people play a variety of family roles, whether as sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, parents, cousins or other family members. While for many, family ties provide a vital source of strength and stability, too many LGBT people experience rejection, even violence, at the hands of members of their own families. Research suggests that family rejection is a primary driver of LGBT youth homelessness in many cities, and can lead to young LGBT people feeling isolated, depressed, even suicidal.This event – the first ever held at UNHQ on this theme – explored the role that family plays in the lives of LGBT people, the consequences of societal homophobia and transphobia on family life, and the transcending impact of parental acceptance. It also examined family diversity and the experience of large numbers of same sex parents raising children in a world where discriminatory attitudes persist.last_img read more

amfAR To Host Annual Cinema Against AIDS Event During Cannes Film Festival

first_imgamfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS event will be held during the Cannes Film Festival later this month.Isabella Rossellini, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Kruger, Aishwarya Rai, Abishek Bachchan, Frances McDormand, Harvey Weinstein, Milutin Gatsby, Carine Roitfeld, Michel Litvak, and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole will be among the chairs of the 22nd edition of amfAR’s world-renowned Cinema Against AIDS event, to be held on May 21, 2015, during the Cannes Film Festival. Other event chairs include Nayla Hayek, John C. Reilly, Remo Ruffini, and Len Blavatnik.Cinema Against AIDS 22 is presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films. The Weinstein Company is a Signature Sponsor. MoëtHennessy is Official Wine and Spirits Partner.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 several musical performances and a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s over-the-top live auction.Confirmed performers include the Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, whose recent second studio album Smoke + Mirrors debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200,the nine-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist Mary J. Blige, and Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Charli XCX.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 (including event Co-Chairs Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk) will participate in the spectacular black-and-white themed runway presentation, accessorized with jewelry by Harry Winston. The fashion show will be DJ’d by multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Ronson, whose latest hit “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.Participating designers in the fashion show will include Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Céline, Balmain, Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford among others.After the Cinema Against AIDS 22 dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party, presented by Moncler.amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $140 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. Additionally, amfAR recently launched “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years.Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS gala in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR.Harry Winston is the official jewelry and timepiece partner of amfAR.last_img read more

Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Victims Of London Terror

first_imgThe Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have visited those injured in the London Bridge terrorists incident, and met the medical staff and emergency services who responded during the attack.Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Royal London HospitalCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukAt the Metropolitan Police Service’s Central Communications Command (CCC) The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met policemen and women and other members of the emergency services who responded to the attack on Saturday 3 June.CCC is the Metropolitan Police’s largest Operational Command Unit (OCU), which is opened during large scale events. It brings together all the specialist police officers required for such an event, alongside partners including the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade.Their Royal Highnesses then travelled to the Royal London Hospital to visit members of the public who were injured in the London Bridge attack.Twelve casualties were brought to the hospital following the attack and they were treated by the hospital’s dedicated staff.The Prince and Duchess had the opportunity to meet some of the medical and support staff who were involved in looking after those injured in the attack, and thank them for their work.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

sisu production Wins Bronze in the TVO Short Doc Contest

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter The film was awarded third place in the TVO Short Doc Contest and, as one of the three winning entries, was aired on prime-time television during The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Jaana Hein, head of production at sisu as well as director of the short, was also honoured by the chance to discuss the making of the documentary on the air with TVO’s Chantal Braganza. Hein’s background is in production, but the past few years have seen her move her expertise into a number of directing roles, and she was pleased to be able to talk about the process as part of TVO’s programming.This win for “I am a Doctor” was the result of hard work and dedication from the entire team at sisu production. Executive producer Robin Ingle has always had an interest in storytelling, and he loves to highlight stories of human resilience that explore the issues challenging all of us—particularly when approached with a cross-cultural lens. “I am a Doctor” was the perfect chance to tell a story that hit on these points in a meaningful way, and Ingle is proud to see the film achieve success in the Short Doc Contest.Cinematographer Ian Mationg was also vital in the completion of this short film. Having worked with sisu production for a couple of years, during which time he has lent his talents to numerous projects, Mationg is part of the dream team that sisu has built up to tackle the depth and variety of work that the company puts out.Producing “I am a Doctor” was a rewarding experience for the sisu team, as it gave them the chance to delve into a salient issue and connect with it on a human level. With the win in the Short Doc Contest as validation of their hard work, the sisu team looks forward to putting more emphasis on the documentary genre in their future projects.About sisu productionThe origin of the name sisu production comes from the Finnish word sisu, meaning strength endurance, and determination. It speaks to the executive producer’s ancestry, and the head of production’s history as an athlete. Offering high-end media production services, sisu production tells stories through film and images. From that first bright idea to a beautifully captured moment to a message and story that is elegantly conveyed, sisu produces visual experiences that speak to every audience.sisu’s production reel—www.sisuproduction.com/reelAbout the TVO Short Doc Contest The TVO Short Doc Contest is great opportunity for emerging documentary filmmakers to flex their muscle. Currently accepting applications for 2017, the contest will honour Ontario’s sesquicentennial celebrations with the theme Ontario 150. Ontario 150 aims to celebrate and understand the province of Ontario on a deeper level. Facebook TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2016 – sisu production, a visual storytelling media production company, recently took home the bronze in the TVO Short Doc Contest for its film “I am a Doctor.”A short-form documentary, “I am a Doctor” focuses on the struggle of immigrating to Canada as a professional whose credentials will not necessarily be recognized inside this country’s borders. The film focuses on Daniel Salas, an educated surgeon from Venezuela who is unable to practice medicine in Canada, and speaks with him and his family about their immigration experience. “I am a Doctor” delves into the challenges of having your hard work, and a component of your identity, be invalidated based on your geographical location—and the impact that such a shift might have on your family, as well as your own sense of self. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Bono the Edge donating time for Canada Day concert government says

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Huneault was not able to say whether the government was covering any expenses for the Irish rockers.U2, which also includes Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., are in the midst of a world tour and are due to play Cleveland later that night.The department announced last week that Bono and the Edge would perform one song at the Canada 150 festivities in Ottawa. The song choice was not announced.The duo joins Gordon Lightfoot, Alessia Cara and Cirque du Soleil for the Parliament Hill show, which will be broadcast live on CBC.with a file from Catherine Cullen – CBC Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment U2 members Bono and the Edge are donating their time as a “birthday present to Canada” and will not be paid a performance fee for appearing at Canada 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill July 1st, said a spokesperson from Canadian Heritage.“The government of Canada is not paying U2 for their Canada Day performance,” Natalie Huneault said in an email to CBC News Wednesday.“Bono and the Edge wanted to mark the occasion with Canadians and are donating their time as a birthday present for Canada 150,” Huneault said, calling it a “great pleasure” for Canada to hosting the duo on Parliament Hill. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

MEET THE LEADING MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NFB

first_imgThe Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to KaladarSo, you probably know about how Arthur Lipsett’s films influenced George Lucas, or how Roman Kroiter and Colin Low wowed Stanley Kubrick with Universe (if not, read this), but did you know we had another big claim to fame? We have the privilege of producing the very first film that Margot Kidder appeared in.Kidder did a wonderful job as Rosie in this film about a man who chooses a way of life that has serious repercussions for his family. Only 19 or 20 at the time, she was already stealing the scene every time she walked into the frame. Kidder later went on to star opposite Christopher Reeves in the Superman films.READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Did you know we had an Oscar-nominated, Tony/BAFTA/Golden Globe-winning actor star in one of our docs? It’s true. Richard Burton provided his voice for the readings from Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano in this riveting documentary that explores Lowry’s life, and “death by misadventure.”There are some common threads that run through the two men, like a tendency for turbulent relationships and a problem with alcohol, so the pairing just seems… right. Burton, star of the stage and screen, is of course known for his roles in Cleopatra, Hamlet, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, as well as for his marriages to Elizabeth Taylor. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img When you think of the NFB, you probably think about world-renowned, award-winning documentaries and animation, right? Right? Of course you do.And while you’re absolutely correct, it’s also true that we’ve got a few other treasures buried in our collection. These hidden treasures, so to speak, allow us to group together films into fun categories. This lets you see films that you might not otherwise have come across.This time, I’ve put together 5 films that feature leading men and women of the stage and screen. Enjoy!Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Handsome Alices feminist show has universal appeal

first_img Facebook Back in 1971, Helen Reddy proudly announced “I am woman, hear me roar” and added “in numbers too big to ignore.”Calgary’s Handsome Alice theatre company has polished up Reddy’s banner for a collaborative project it is calling inVISIBLE.Artistic director Kate Newby calls inVISIBLE  “an intimate slumber party, a joyful gathering of collective energy, a raw, vulnerable, complex and liberating happening.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter This 90-minute happening will take place from Oct. 12 through 21 at the University of Calgary’s Matthews Theatre in Craigie Hall and will feature 13 performers, including Makambe K. Simamba, who has been with the project since its inception in the fall of 2016.Simamba says she was drawn to the project because “Kate Newby is a visionary. She inspires people and I wanted to be part of her vision for this project.”READ MORElast_img read more

CANADIAN FILMMAKER JUSTIN MCCONNELL HOPES HIS NEW THRILLER WILL BE A LIFECHANGER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Q: Why were you drawn to write a premise about a shape-shifter?A: I actually don’t have a clear answer to that. The story came to me somewhat organically and seemed like a fresh take on a monster that isn’t shown in film as often as it could. I was also in the mindset I would originally be making this film on next to no budget, on weekends, and it was partially practical to be able to make it as a series of short films where the cast would change in each shooting block. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The Canadian thriller Lifechanger is certainly not the first film to explore the fictional world of the shape-shifter — a being with the ability to change their physical form from one body to another. In truth, it’s not even the first Canadian movie to take on the mythical concept (look up the campy 2004 teen comedy-horror Decoys).But filmmaker Justin McConnell’s most recent take has a unique angle on the phenomenon presenting his protagonist with a particular predicament. As the shape-shifting demon moves through his series of victims and adopts their appearance, he seeks reparation from a lost love – a woman who can no longer recognize him in each changed form.McConnell took time out ahead of the film’s release on Friday, Dec. 28 at The Globe Cinema to reflect on a few body-swapping film favourites and discuss the art of the shape-shifter in cinematic history. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

The Canadian militarys Inuit advantage

first_imgAPTN National NewsOperation Nunalivut is one of three annual military exercises in the High Arctic and it’s wrapping up this week.When operating on land that tough, you need to get an edge.For the Canadian military operating in the North, they have the Inuit advantage.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img

Landslide has Labrador environmentalists worried

first_imgAPTN National NewsEnvironmentalists in Labrador are warning the public about the risk of landslides along the Churchill river.Landslides in the area are common, but the concern now is that with a multi billion dollar dam under construction, the risks are greater.APTN’s Ossie Michelin reportslast_img

BC inquiry has lessons for federal governments Royal Commission on MMIW

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday, the federal government called for a national inquiry into shocking numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women.The news has brought hope to many families and friends who have lost someone.But in British Columbia, which held an inquiry into the province’s missing and murdered women in 2010, there is mixed reaction.APTN’s Tina House tells us why.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Manitoba clan mother follows in fathers footsteps to fight for housing

first_imgShaneen RobinsonAPTN National NewsIt’s day 17 of a Manitoba clan mother’s spiritual fast.Alma Kakikepinisey is camped out in her community refusing to eat until she gets a new house.In a unique twist, archive news footage shows her father did the same a long time ago.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Delegation of Maori in the Yukon talk about New Zealand law where

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsMaori Tribes in New Zealand are making their own headway with reconciliation.Part of that has to do with water and the land – and designating some of their sacred sites as a legal person.smclean@aptn.ca@shirlmcleanlast_img

Uber taps Barney Harford as COO

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Uber has named Barney Harford its new COO, the same day the European Union’s top court dealt it a blow, ruling that the ride-hailing company should be regulated like a transportation company and not a technology service.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Wednesday that Harford would oversee Uber’s global operations, marketing and customer support teams beginning on January 2.Even before the EU setback announced earlier Wednesday, Uber has had a rough 2017, from the ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick, sexual harassment allegations and the revelation that it covered up a massive breach of customers’ data. Kalanick resigned in June, under pressure from the board after a video surfaced of the former CEO arguing with a driver for the company.Last week, a federal judge unsealed an inflammatory letter in which a former Uber security specialist accused the ride-hailing service of corporate espionage. The judge urged prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uber stole technology from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle unit.The company, founded in 2008 and based in San Francisco, has also seen numerous defections by executives and board members in the past year.Harford, who has been serving Uber in an advisory role since October, is the former CEO of Orbitz and serves on the boards of United Airlines and RealSelf. He moved to the U.S. from Britain in 1999 to work for Expedia, where he worked with Khosrowshahi.last_img read more

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