Bidding is now open for a charity space auction that gives bidders the chance to bring Star Trek’s Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) to their kid’s classroom, own materials used in a lunar lander on the Moon, or snag a pair of vintage astronaut boots.The nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is offering these items and more in its 10th Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences and Memorabilia, which is currently running at www.astronautscholarship.org/auction.In all, 60 lots are up for grabs including items from such legends as John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shepard, the first American in space! Want a piece of the spacecraft seats used by the astronauts on Apollo 13? Done. A shirt an astronaut wore while flying in space? Got it. A locker that stored stuff on the Space Shuttle? It’s yours. Or maybe you feel like just hanging out with a legendary astronaut – they’re offering 10 experiences that let you do just that.“The astronauts have donated their artifacts, autographs and in some instances their time, as a way to raise money to fund some of the brightest science and engineering college students in the U.S. through ASF’s scholarships,” said Apollo 16 Moonwalker and ASF Chairman Charlie Duke, who is offering a chance to explore San Antonio with him. “Folks won’t find these items anywhere else. This is truly unique.”Each of these incredible lots is up for grabs and will be available at www.astronautscholarship.org/auction] until bidding concludes on November 3 at 10:30 PM EDT. Winning bids, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.Proceeds benefit the ASF, a nonprofit organization established in 1984 by the six surviving members of America’s Mercury 7 astronauts. Each year, ASF disburses twenty-eight $10,000 scholarships to college students who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in science, technology, engineering and math. Today, more than 100 astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Space Station programs have joined in this educational endeavor, disbursing more than $3.5 million in scholarships to date. For more information, call 321-455-7013 or log on to www.AstronautScholarship.org.Source:PR Newswire
Facebook The best way to observe Remembrance Day ? Reserve time to watch the brilliant new documentary Black Watch Snipers which premieres Friday night at 9 on History..Look, I thought I knew a fair bit about Canada’s role in World War II But Black Watch Snipers opens up a whole new perspective..It’s a docudrama finely directed by Robin Bicknell (for Yap Films) that profiles four young Canadians from Montreal’s Black Watch regiment who operated behind German lines. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The four survivors interviewed here are Jimmy Bennett, Jim”Hook” Wilkinson, Russell “Sandy” Sanderson and Mike Brunner.“They were very young men then,” Bicknell says. “And now they are very aged, at the ends of their lives. And the stories just came pouring out, Many of these harrowing details they had never even told to their families.”The story has texture and substance through their shared experiences of working under a charismatic leader –Ontario’s Dale Sharpe and I’m not giving anything away by saying he died in battle aged just 27.Says Bicknell :”His family never knew much of this story, they never knew his truly heroic characteristics. He led his men brilliantly.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2018 – Amplifying the highly anticipated premiere of Big Brother Canada, Global announced today new and ongoing partnerships, organic integrations, and prizing for Season 6. Returning once again this season to revamp the house and reward houseguests is The Brick, along with new sponsors Air Transat, Wendy’s, Hasbro, SkipTheDishes, Shaw Communications, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Tomb Raider movie. Houseguests will battle until the end in hopes of taking home this season’s grand prize of $100,000, a European dream vacation for two courtesy of Air Transat, and a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick. Advertisement “Heading into season 6, we made a commitment to work with our new and returning partners to deliver more organic and elevated integrations in and out of Big Brother Canada,” said Lynn Chambers, VP, Corus Tempo. “With the unique format of the series, these brands will directly impact the in-show experience for the houseguests, from challenges and tasks to rewards and prizing, while also reaching the series’ extensive fan base in broadcast and across digital platforms.”In addition to supplying a $30,000 grand prize gift card to the winner, principal sponsor The Brick returns for a sixth year as the exclusive #BBCAN home furnishing provider. This season, houseguests will live in paradise as The Brick furnishes themed rooms throughout the house, allowing them to strategize in comfort once again. For a first look at the house, fans can tune in to ET Canada on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET for a grand tour hosted by #BBCAN’s Arisa Cox. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Then, vacation awaits for the Season 6 winner as new grand prize provider Air Transat is offering the experience of a lifetime with a European dream vacation for two. In addition, houseguests can expect to be whisked away in a challenge that will knock them off their feet and force them to up their game.Also this season, the victorious Head of Household (HOH) will have their hunger satisfied with weekly rewards from new sponsor Wendy’s®, serving up a wide selection of delicious meals in the new “Drive Thru” pantry, including their fresh never frozen hamburgers and freshly prepared salads. Wendy’s® continues to bring the heat all season long with a spicy new challenge and a juicy task that are sure to work up the houseguests’ appetites.Hasbro Gaming is getting the party started in the Big Brother Canada house by providing houseguests with unique games that will put their strategy, tricks, and stunts to the test. Every week, the HOH will be awarded with a personalized basket, including one game from the Hasbro House Party umbrella. From Hasbro’s exciting portfolio of games, fans can pick which game the houseguests will play by voting at BigBrotherCanada.ca, and then tune in to find out if their game choice made it into the house.BBCAN also has food cravings covered this season with new partner SkipTheDishes serving up rewarding moments and a tasty challenge. Plus, viewers at home can play to win voucher codes for SkipTheDishes meals of their own by checking out the ‘Dish of the Week’ featuring weekly word scrambles across Global’s social platforms. With a wide selection of restaurants available at the swipe of a finger, both the houseguests and viewers can satisfy their taste buds this season.Also joining the roster of partners is Shaw Communications, whose WideOpen Internet 150 plans provide fast, affordable speeds, and unlimited data. Each week, Shaw will reward all weekly HOH winners by helping deliver a video from home to connect them with their loved ones. Shaw is also coming on board as the presenting sponsor of After the Eviction, an exclusive weekly series hosted by Arisa Cox available across all social platforms. Following Wednesday night’s Power of Veto episodes, fans can submit all their burning questions on the Big Brother Canada Facebook pageand catch the answers on After the Eviction on Fridays at 10 a.m. ET as part of the evicted houseguests’ extended interviews. In addition, Shaw will be sponsoring an exciting veto challenge for the houseguests this season – tune in to find out more.As part of their in-house experience this season, houseguests will be put to the ultimate test during the first sponsored POV challenge of the season provided by Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ highly anticipatedTomb Raider movie. In addition to conquering the challenge, the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a private advance screening of the movie before it premieres in theatres on March 16.Airing exclusively on Global, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests. This season, the winner of Big Brother Canada will take home a grand prize of $100,000, a European dream vacation for two courtesy of Air Transat, and a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick.Big Brother Canada continues to offer unparalleled digital extensions that augment the social dynamics and real-time momentum of the 24/7 television production. #BBCAN6 extends from series to site at BigBrotherCanada.ca with exclusive content, full episodes, 24-hour live feeds, and a host of surprises and opportunities that allow fans to directly impact the show.Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, and continues to air Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Big Brother Canada following the broadcast the next day On Demand, and on GlobalTV.com and Global GO (now available on Apple TV). For even more behind-the-scenes action, fans can watch the live feeds on BigBrotherCanada.ca.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN6Twitter: @BigBrotherCA@GlobalTVFacebook:www.facebook.com/BigBrotherCAwww.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram: @BigBrotherCA@globaltvGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. Erin Brock serves as showrunner on Big Brother Canada – the most watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada. Big Brother Canada, The Amazing Race Canada, The JUNO Awards 2017, Top Chef Canada, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, and Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017 were collectively nominated for 24 Canadian Screen Awards in 2018. Other productions include The Launch, Intervention, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching, A Fury Christmas, and Canadian Idol. In 2017, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.
Advertisement Twitter “The Government of Quebec and the Quebec City Tourism Board are providing $65,000 through the Tourism Industry Support Program—Regional Partnership Agreement for Tourism. This sum will allow the improvement of the festival-goers experience and a free offering of activities and urban animation for the population and tourists passing through the region. ComediHa! Fest-Québec is working to promote the destination,” added Québec City Tourism director, André Roy.AN INTERACTIVE HUMORISTIC CIRCUITA new experience awaits the public of ComediHa! Fest-Québec: one and all can design their own humorous circuit by attending one, two, three or even four shows per night, while enjoying the fun outdoor facilities all around and in the temporary villages.In addition to presenting shows in the two venues of the Palais Montcalm and at the Imperial Bell, the ComediHa! Fest-Québec will set up near Grande Allée Street on Place George V and Parc de la Francophonie to offer numerous shows as well as comedic performances of all kinds in unusual venues such as big tops, a giant cube, tents, outdoor scenes, a “Ha!ngar” of containers, a school bus, animated terraces, a beer garden, etc.NEW: A FESTIVE POLE—THE “VILLAGE GEORGE V” AND THE “VILLAGE PIGEONNIER”A true attraction in itself, the festive pole of ComediHa! Fest-Québec will highlight two new sites in the Grande Allée area: the “Village George V” located on the square of the same name and the “Village Pigeonnier” at Parc de la Francophonie. These two villages make up hundreds of shows and activities of all kinds presented in many places and in animation stations. Take the opportunity to bring your girlfriend to see a comedy show, a magic show if you want, we can even find someone to get you married the next day.NEW: A Free Experiential Component—Thanks to its partners, ComediHa! Fest-Québec improves its programming and sets up an experiential component with several free shows at “Village Pigeonnier”. Everyone will appreciate the various animation stations where many free shows will be front and centre, including “La remise de Diogène” by Théâtre Rude Ingénierie, “Curiosités mystiques” by Cabinet de curiosités, the “Living Jukebox” and the play “ComediHa! Dell’Arte”. Also, several interactive activities such as a rock-climbing wall, a zip line, an enchanted forest and an escape game will enhance the festival-goers’ experience.NEW AND SPECTACULAR: At a height of 40 feet and a distance of more than 150 feet, “LAUTREVU” tightrope walker and circus artist will offer a spectacular performance combining technical and aesthetic prowess that borrows from circus traditions. He will pass through the “Village Pigeonnier” on a daily basis to amaze the crowds that will gather around.NEW: “MiHa!M Québec”—August is corn season in Quebec! Since we like to combine fun and festive experiences, there will be a new take on the traditional corn roast: 5 à 7 and new themes and activities daily! The MiHa!M-Québec will be organized in collaboration with restauratants and chefs from Quebec City. They will also cook unique appetizers every night in the beer garden, which has been specially designed at the “Village George V” during the festival. Do not forget to keep leftovers for our starving comedians!The Big 45—The anglophone part of the ComediHa Fest-QuébecThe anglophone part of the ComediHa! Fest-Québec 2018 offers a lot of talented Canadian comedians! They will get on stage for 45 or 60 minutes of show! You will see Jess Salomon, James Mullinger, Martha Chaves, Julien Dionne, Andrew Albert, Sandra Battaglini, David Merheje and Cory Mack!BIG NAMES, EMERGING ACTS AND DISCOVERIES SERIESThe ComediHa! Galas, presented by TELUS, will unfold at Palais Montcalm, featuring Patrick Huard, Phil Roy, Jean-Michel Anctil, Véronique Cloutier, the Véronique Claveau and Mario Tessier duo and Fabien Cloutier. Each host will invite a series of distinguished guests on stage.Headliners and emerging acts will make up the majority of the festival’s programming. The “ComediHa! Club Best Of” and “L’heure de pointe” shows will feature, among others, comedians such as Jean-Thomas Jobin, Denis Drolet, Maxim Martin, Cathy Gauthier, Billy Tellier, Olivier Martineau and Rosalie Vaillancourt. Several headliners are also expected on the “Shows mystère” and “Comédie dans le noir” stages, where show line-ups will be unveiled once they have started.Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to see top performers at themed shows, such as “Piment Fort”, hosted by Normand Brathwaite, as well as in “Les Soirées Gladius” starring Alex Perron and Jean-François Baril who will invite us to play “Ticheur” and the “Guerre des clans”. Emerging artists such as Cathleen Rouleau, Maude Landry, Franky, Alex Bisaillon, Simon Delisle, Gabrielle Caron, Matthieu Pepper, Neev, Yannick de Martino, Mike Beaudoin and Alex Roof will also participate in the festival at various shows, including “60 minutes de stand-up”, the “Show XXX” and “Les p’tites vites”.The Discoveries Series are numerous this year and it is with the objective of showcasing all aspects of humour that the festival will present this year a line-up of hypnosis and magic shows starring Stéphane Dumais, the Somnifrères and Vincent C. as well as an improv series with “Impro Punch Club” and the exclusive creation “Impro texto” featuring Luc Senayand Réal Bossé. Podcast fans will be happy with “On jase là…”, a series of different podcasts recorded in front of a live audience. On the international scene, the “Humour du monde” program will feature acclaimed comedians from several countries of the French-speaking world.For all details: ComediHaFest.com.BUY YOUR PASS NOW!Regular Pass—The Regular Pass, giving access to more than 300 shows in 12 days, is on presale until June 30 for $35 plus tax on ComediHaFest.com and in participating Couche-Tard stores. Starting July 1st, the Regular Pass will be $50 plus tax. It is the perfect time to ask for a week off, but if you plan to see 300 shows in 12 days, ask for the other week off to get some rest.An additional 15% discount will be offered to ComediHa! members from Tuesday, May 15 to Monday, May 21—You are not already a member? Sign up at ComediHaFest.com, it’s free!Reserved seating—ComediHa! Fest-Québec are general admission shows, first come first served. Festival-goers who want to make sure they have access to a specific show without being a victim of the infamous waiting line, the biggest fear of all impatient people, can book tickets online for $10 plus tax. This is accessible only to pass holders.The “Accès Gala” Pass—The “Accès Gala” Pass gives access to everything, meaning access to many of the festival’s shows and a reserved seat for a Gala of your choice. The “Accès Gala” Passes are on sale starting at $64 plus tax. They are only available online at ComediHaFest.comTHANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERSComediHa! Fest-Québec is always grateful for the invaluable help of collaborating partners, TELUS and Loto-Québec, as well as partners Discount, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Couche-Tard, St-Hubert Rotisseries, National Bank, Radio-Canada, Canal D, Unis TV, the Canada Media Fund, Réseau de transport de la Capitale, Journal de Québec, Énergie, Rouge, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Canada, the City of Quebec, the Quebec City Tourism Board, the National Capital Commission, Marrakech du Rire, Voo Rire de Liège, Morges Sous Rire in Switzerland, Cannes’ Performance d’Acteur and the ComediHa! Agency.ABOUT COMEDIHA!ComediHa! is a leading creator of humorous content on multiple broadcasting platforms, including live shows and television. ComediHa! is an international leader in the comedy world among artists and the general public. The passion of our 60 permanent full-time employees and 1,400 full-time temporary employees contributes to “Making people laugh world wild. ComediHa! is more than 20 artists in management, 3 offices (Quebec, Montreal and Los Angeles), more than 25 million dollars in revenue, more than 1 million fans on our social media networks, more than 50 million viewers in Canada and 100 million worldwide, more than 3,000 shows, over 500 TV shows and broadcasts in over 100 countries, a major festival in August in Quebec and 5 associated festivals in the world. We might even set up a stage on Mars before it gets colonized. Login/Register With: QUEBEC CITY, May 16, 2018 – For its 19th edition, the largest francophone comedy festival in the world, the “ComediHa! Fest-Québec“, in collaboration with TELUS and Loto-Québec, will bring together more than 450 artists and artisans, stars and up-and-coming talents, with a vivacious offering of all things funny. At this laugh and humor’s global hub, it’s through a humorous journey that combines over 20 unusual venues, two temporary festive and interactive villages inspired by the Edinburgh Fringe, and many attractions, activities, fun urban furniture, animation, a new gourmet zone “MiHa!M-Québec” and over 300 shows and hands on activities that festival-goers will be able to “See the funny side of life”, indoors and outdoors. There will be so much to see, try and discover! After this festival, you will have calves of steel!“A few days ago, TELUS proudly announced a five-year commitment to ComediHa! Fest-Québec. We are privileged to be able to contribute to the success and renown of this important summer event in Quebec City. This year, we will be onsite to enhance the festival-goers experience by offering fun activities under the theme of ‘Mystery’. You will certainly understand that I am going to keep from revealing more details on this for the time being,” says Nadia Paquet, Director, Communications at TELUS. “TELUS is also committed to giving back to the communities where our teams live and work. Funds will be collected in stores for the Véro & Louis Foundation and the Antoine Fund, both charities supported by ComediHa! Fest-Québec.”“Thanks to its long-standing partnership with ComediHa! Fest-Québec, Loto-Québec is proud to contribute to the acclaim of comedians throughout the province. By making an ever-increasing audience laugh year after year, ComediHa! Fest-Québec has established itself as a must-see comedy event. This festival perfectly illustrates the mandate of Loto-Québec’s sponsorship program, which allows our clients and festival-goers to experience a whole world of entertainment,” says Simon Robert, Societal Responsibility Director at Loto-Québec. 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Advertisement Twitter That is, until you realize you’re the only one dressed that way.Can you see where this is going?While everyone in Reynolds’ life probably knows to take everything he says with a pinch of salt, the 42-year-old trusted his friends and found himself hilariously pranked as a result.Jackman and Gyllenhaal told the actor the party was a Christmas jumper party, then proceeded to turn up in clothes that were decidedly not Christmassy. Ryan Reynolds found himself hilariously trolled by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as the Marvel stars attended a Christmas party. It’s been a Reynolds-focused year in the world of trolling, pranks and hilarious tweets. The actor has made jokes out of his wife, his kids and his co-stars, and I think karma finally found him. Facebook Advertisement The Deadpool star attended a party with fellow superhero actors Jackman and Gyllenhaal, and as Christmas is mere days away it wouldn’t be that unreasonable to believe a festive outfit is suitable attire.In fact when a fellow party-goer insists Christmas jumpers are the dress code, you’d feel pretty confident in turning up looking more festive than Santa himself. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With the two pranksters wearing plain shirts, Reynolds stood out like Rudolph’s nose when he attended the party in a red and green jumper complete with a festive 3D golden bow and a tag.He was quite literally the Christmas present no one knew they needed, but everyone enjoyed.Take a look at the unfortunate situation here: Advertisement I can only imagine the despair in turning up to a party having been told the entirely wrong dress code – especially if the room was full of A-list celebrities.But then he is Ryan Reynolds, so I think he can pull off that kind of thing.Having realized he’d been entirely betrayed in the name of humor, the Deadpool star posed for some pictures with the two other Marvel actors and shared it on Instagram to express his dismay.While Jackman and Gyllenhaal appeared full of glee, I can only describe Reynolds’ face as having the look of someone who has their soul completely drained of happiness.In one photo the pranksters were literally laughing their heads off and were caught in the middle of a high five or handshake of celebration over the success of their deception.The caption gave away Reynolds’ deep-seated anger as he wrote:These f*cking a**holes said it was a sweater party.After all the jokes Reynolds has put his loved ones through this year, I can’t say he didn’t have it coming! Though I’m sure he’ll find a way to get his revenge sooner or later.Actually, if his face in the picture is anything to go by, he’s probably already plotting ways to embarrass the two celebrities.He should have just curled up and hidden himself under the Christmas tree – he’d have been perfectly camouflaged as a present.Hilarious. Happy Christmas, Ryan Reynolds.By Emily Brown | Unilad Login/Register With:
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It’s bargain-hunting season, and where better to look than your local vintage and consignment shops? Our fashion expert Jeanne Beker picked her favourite pieces from the past and many of the shops are holding the items just for you.A) BODACIOUS BOOTS“This is a dressy boot with a ’70s vibe, but the way that it’s colour blocked makes it contemporary.” Curvaceous Consignments, 7670 Yonge St., $70B) PRINTED PUFFER“This Pucci puffy coat is just perfection. Put on a big pair of sunglasses and walk around the ski village.” Second Nature Boutique, 514 Mt. Pleasant Rd., $600 Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
Michael Vickers and Oliver Pauk from the Akin Collective Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook One of these properties is 888 Dupont St. It is a green and weathered four-storey industrial building at Dupont and Ossington Avenue that was purchased by real estate development company TAS around six months ago. At the time, it was inhabited by a number of illegal residents, including artists who were using the space as studios, and one art gallery. Login/Register With: Advertisement The landscape is changing on a formerly industrial stretch of Dupont Street, between Christie Street and Keele Street. It’s an area that is in the process of undergoing large-scale revitalization and is the site of several future condos, with at least seven development proposals in the works. But as Dupont increasingly becomes gentrified, a community of artists who called the street home are now facing the prospect of having to relocate.“As of two years ago or three years ago, on Dupont between, say, Dufferin and Keele, there were a number of [studio] spaces,” said Oliver Pauk, co-director of an arts collective called Akin.Through Akin, Pauk and his partner Michael Vickers negotiate short-term lease agreements, also known as “meanwhile leases,” with developers to rent studio spaces as buildings await demolition. Currently, the team has eight studios across the city, including two on Dupont.
Facebook Russell Peters and his daughter Crystianna, born in 2010, are seen on Peters’ Instagram account with his newborn son, also named Russell. (INSTAGRAM @RUSSELLPETERS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Russell Peters says his girlfriend has delivered his second child. The Brampton-raised standup-comedy global superstar took to Instagram early Tuesday to post pictures and celebrate the event.“My beautiful girlfriend @jenniferandrade_ delivered me a handsome, strong, big ass, healthy, baby boy!!!” the 48-year-old comic wrote, following with a bawdy remark on the boy’s conception. He asked his followers to say hello to “Russell Santiago Peters!!! His big sister is in love with him and so are we!!” Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsPremiers from Canada’s Western provinces wrapped up a three-day conference with leaders from across the Northern territories. Topics of discussion included the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and disaster relief funding.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has the details.
APTN National NewsThere’s a new casino development going up in Shubenacadie territory, in the heart of Nova Scotia — and residents are concerned.The council is considering a proposal that would see the developers take 34% of the casino’s revenue. Residents say that money could be better used in the community, and they’re asking to be part of the planning process.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della has the story.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–A northern Ontario First Nation won an injunction Wednesday against a junior exploration company that ignored provincial requests it consult with the Algonquin community before drilling on its traditional territory.An Ontario Superior Court judge sided with Wahgoshig First Nation and issued an injunction against Solid Gold Resources preventing the firm from doing any more work on the First Nation’s territory for 120 days.Justice Carole Brown ordered the company and the province to begin a consultation process with the community during the injunction period.Solid Gold president Darryl Stretch said he was disappointed with the decision.“It’s a bad day for junior exploration companies operating in Canada,” said Stretch.A community of about 250 people, Wahgoshig First Nations sits near Matheson, Ont., about 68 kilometres east of Timmins.Brown found that the firm “made a concerted, willful effort not to consult” with the First Nation, despite provincial requests Solid Gold engage in talks with Wahgoshig in 2009 and in 2011.The provincial government even offered to “facilitate the process” for Solid Gold, Brown wrote in the ruling.When two hunters from Wahgoshig came across one of the company’s drilling crews in the spring of 2011, the workers refused to reveal the name of their employer.When Wahgoshig band officials managed to find out which company was behind the drilling, they tried to initiate contact with Solid Gold to no avail.The community says the territory Solid Gold targeted for drilling contains burial grounds and other sacred sites.In 1995, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources determined that the Treaty 9 lands were an “area of cultural heritage potential.”Solid Gold’s lawyer told the court the company believed it had “no legal responsibility or duty to consult” and if there was a duty, it was up to governments to execute.The company said the Treaty 9 lands it was exploring were “surrendered to the Crown” and Wahgoshig had no “veto right over their activity.”Solid Gold, however, also admitted that any “impact, damage or destruction” done to the Algonquin’s territory had already occurred.Brown, however, concluded that allowing Solid Gold to continue its drilling work and ignoring the position of the Algonquins would send the wrong message.“To refuse to enjoin Solid Gold from its drilling, in the circumstances of this case, will send a message that Aboriginal and treaty rights, including the rights to consultation and accommodation can be ignored by exploration companies, rendering the First Nations constitutionally recognized rights meaningless,” wrote Brown. “That would not be in the public interest. It is in the public interest to ensure that the Constitution is honoured and respected.”
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWhen provincial auditors start poring over nearly a billion dollars worth of transactions between CN Rail and GO Transit they need to focus on what is known as “journaling” according to a former CN supervisor.That’s the process of moving money from one account to another at CN Rail and Scott Holmes says he was ordered to improperly charge GO “millions” over a five-year span beginning in 2002.According to Holmes the auditors will need to know what they’re looking for.“Journaling is a way at the end of the year to move a lot of money, quick. They don’t like doing it because now you have to get some of the senior financial officers to do it and it’s of course traceable. There’s a computer trail,” said Holmes, adding auditors will need to open CN’s books to be able to find any alleged financial irregularities.CN spokesman Mark Hallman said the company adamantly denies any suggestion of impropriety in its management and involvements relating to GO rail projects.However, APTN has specifically asked CN for comment on “journaling” and has yet to receive a direct response.Metrolinx, which oversees GO, said Wednesday it has launched an audit after APTN revealed allegations that millions of dollars were improperly charged to taxpayers by CN Rail.Ontario Transport Minister Glen Murray said GO Transit and Metrolinx are taking the allegations “seriously.”Holmes has been caught up in a bitter legal battle with CN after he was fired in 2008. CN sued Holmes for fraud and later charged with him with the same allegation. The Crown stayed all charges against him, twice.Holmes countered sued CN and CN police. The case has yet to reach a trial.The Ontario Provincial Police first met with Holmes earlier this year when he provided a video statement on all the allegations. He then took two detectives through a massive amount of documents, including internal CN emails and invoices he says proves CN charged taxpayers improperly.After the first meeting one detective from the OPP’s corruption section of the anti-rackets unit kept coming back to Holmes for more information.The OPP won’t confirm or deny they are investigating but told APTN corruption cases are sensitive and take time.CN said the company is unaware of any investigation.Holmes said it will help if auditors understand the billing systems between GO and CN. At the beginning of each year GO provides CN with account numbers, typically known as the “M” numbers.Most of the work charged to GO is through these numbers.CN has their own internal numbers, such as “C” for their own capital projects.Holmes said at the end the year the M-numbered accounts close and there’d be a mad rush to wrap-up accounting with in CN.That’s when he claims he’d start getting telephone calls from superiors directing him which capital projects would be allegedly charged to GO. He said they’d charge to M accounts that still had money left over.“You could do hundreds of thousands at a time into an M number that’s sitting there with hardly anything charged to it,” said Holmes. “You may find the odd time the foreman may have used the wrong the number, but I can’t remember that happening too often.”Large movements like this leave a trail in the computer system and that’s what GO auditors should be looking for said Holmes.CN said it employs strict accounting procedures and controls.“Mistakes, if any, are identified and corrected. As the work performed by CN on behalf of GO on a fixed-price basis with the work approved in advance and reviewed after completion, there was no risk of GO being overcharged due to any miscoding,” said Hallman.In court documents filed by CN, the company describes Holmes as someone adept to CN’s computer system.But, if CN didn’t want to leave a trail, Holmes and another person he worked with would change the work line-by-line by going into the computer system and altering contracts, dates and times.“You had to go in and change it physically and that took hours and hours and a lot of times we had to do that,” he said.Scott has an email that directs him, by superiors, to solve a problem where a CN capital project was “overspent in net labour by $93,000 and change.”APTN asked Holmes to explain what the internal CN jargon laden email says in plain English.“They’re going to take money, the $93,000, and they’re going to journal it over to an M network against GO,” said Holmes.He said he knows that because he claims to have done it after getting a telephone call from a superior after getting the email.“So they called me and we worked it out so GO couldn’t really figure it out. I was instructed to do that,” said Holmes. “[At CN] you do whatever someone asks.”Holmes said he never personally profited from any of the billing changes.CN said GO was entitled to spot audits.“CN strongly rejects any suggestion of impropriety in its management of GO rail projects,” said Hallman.GO Transit began expanding in the late 1990s to keep-up with the booming growth in Toronto. If they wanted to expand they had to do it mainly on CN property.Using that advantage to ensure it would be the sole contractor on expansion work, CN would provide GO with cost estimates for a particular project and would receive board approval from GO management before the work began.One area Metrolinx is focusing on is a $72 million project between Burlington and Hamilton in 2007.The project was funded by the province, federal government and local municipalities.GO paid to have a third rail line put in on CN’s property.A senior source at GO Transit said as part of the project GO paid for upgrades to CN’s own freight lines as well.“In order for us to run the service CN comes in and they might have to improve their existing freight service as well in order for the GO trains to come through. So it’s not unreasonable to assume improvements to all the tracks in the given corridor are required,” said the source, adding there is no dedicated GO track even after they pay to build it. “That is the reality of a monopolistic situation. They are a private company and trying to make a profit. We’re a public agency trying to provide a service provided they don’t try to gouge us.”The track GO paid for still isn’t a dedicated GO line and, in fact, GO has to pay an access fee to run trains through the corridor.CN Rail kept ownership of the three mile track and can use it for freight email@example.com
APTN National NewsMany in Winnipeg have been congratulating police for arresting suspects in the Rinelle Harper case.But Thursday night another group was protesting outside City Hall.They say an incident between members of the force and a First Nation mother was police brutality.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has the story.
APTN National NewsA five-month old boy from the Yukon is fighting for his life in an Edmonton hospital.Emmett Smith was diagnosed with liver cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.APTN’s Chris Stewart has his story.
APTN National NewsThe Maliseet are raising concerns over a proposed mining project in their territory.The New Brunswick government recently approved the environmental assessment.But that hasn’t calmed fears over the impact the mine could have on the land and water.APTN’s Trina Roache reports a group of Maliseet clan mothers say they won’t let that happen.
APTN National NewsA major discovery in Thunder Bay is rewriting the history books for northwestern Ontario.A spearhead may date back as far as 7,000 years ago.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has the story.
TORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. raised its quarterly dividend by 38 per cent as it reported its third-quarter profit edged higher.The retailer says it will begin paying a quarterly dividend of 90 cents per share next year, up from 65 cents per share.The company made the move as it reported a profit attributable to shareholders of $176.6 million or $2.59 per diluted share in its latest quarter.That compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $176.4 million or $2.44 per diluted share a year ago when it had more shares outstanding.Revenue increased to $3.30 billion, up from $3.13 billion a year ago.In addition to its namesake stores, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC) also owns Mark’s and FGL Sports, which operates Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, among other stores.
CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says a recent U.S. tax ruling that eliminated a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines will have no material impact on its operations.Shares in TransCanada had come under pressure following the decision.The statement by the company follows a similar comment by Enbridge Inc. last week that said it did not expect a material change due to the ruling.The decision by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to no longer allow master limited partnerships to recover an income tax allowance from cost of service tariffs came in response to a 2016 court ruling that found its long-standing tax policy could result in double recovery of costs.TransCanada says about half of its U.S. natural gas pipelines 2018 revenues come from negotiated or discounted tariffs and therefore would not be materially impacted by the regulator’s actions.It says that percentage is expected to increase to about 65 per cent in 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP, TSX:ENB)
TORONTO – Aecon Group Inc. beat expectations as its net profit surged to $42 million and its order backlog reached a record high.The Toronto-based construction firm says it earned 60 cents per share for the period ended Sept. 30, up from 37 cents per share or $24.6 million a year earlier.Revenues grew 34 per cent to $1.02 billion, up from $759.7 million in the third quarter of 2017.Aecon was expected to earn 48 cents per share on $849 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s order backlog has reached $7 billion, up from $4.3 billion a year earlier, paving the way for higher revenues and profitability through 2019, says new CEO Jean-Louis Servranckx.Among the projects is its 20 per cent interest in the $5.7 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge and Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation project in Toronto.Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE)
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve says it will conduct a wide-ranging review next year of the strategies and tools it uses to achieve its congressionally mandated goals of maximum employment and price stability.The Fed says the review will also examine ways the Fed communicates with the public.In a statement, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell says with the economy doing so well at the moment, “now is a good time to take stock of how we formulate, conduct and communicate monetary policy.”As part of the review, the Fed says it will sponsor a research conference on June 4-5 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Other regional banks will host their own events.The Fed says it will use the findings of the year of review to develop future policy.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press