October 2019

David Suzuki Uses Courts To Enforce Wildlife Protection

first_imgA verdict has arrived in a lawsuit filed in Canada in September 2012, and environmentalist David Suzuki is pleased: the two ministries responsible for protecting endangered and threatened wildlife must produce recovery strategies for four species – the Pacific humpback whale, Nechako white sturgeon, marbled murrelet and southern mountain caribou – “in a timely fashion”.A press release on the David Suzuki Foundation website says that at least five years past its mandatory deadline, “The Federal Court has declared that the Minister of Environment and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans acted unlawfully in delaying for several years the production of recovery strategies for the four at-risk species threatened by industrial development, including the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route.”The investigation also found that the delays are part of a larger systemic problem, an acknowledgement that might bring needed pressure for the other 167 at-risk species waiting for recovery strategies.In a letter published this week, David Suzuki laments the time taken in the process. “Just getting status assessments for species may take up to five years,” he says. “Five more years could be required for government to decide whether to accept these scientific assessments and give species protection. Then, legal timelines kick in, followed by recovery strategies – many delayed – and still more years for action plans, which have no timelines, to take effect. For killer whales, whose overdue action plan was just released, the process has taken about 13 years and a court challenge from the David Suzuki Foundation and others, which concluded government was failing to protect the whale’s critical habitat.”It was Ecojustice lawyers working for Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club BC, Wilderness Committee, Wildsight and the David Suzuki Foundation that won this latest suit.“Wouldn’t it be nice,” says Suzuki, “if we didn’t have to resort to court challenges to protect threatened wildlife?”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Celebrities Take The Blindfold Challenge For HowEyeSeeIt Campaign

first_imgCampaign ambassadors – including some individuals with retinal degenerative diseases – and celebrities nationwide are joining the Foundation Fighting Blindness this week for the launch of the #HowEyeSeeIt campaign, the first social media initiative aimed at elevating awareness and accelerating research funding for retinal degenerative diseases.The Foundation has paired individuals who are affected by a retinal degenerative disease with celebrities, including Glee’s Harry Shum Jr., Diane Guerrero of Orange is the New Black and Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin, to demonstrate the difficulty in performing everyday tasks with vision impairment or loss. Other campaign ambassadors will include NASCAR drivers Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; former New York Governor David Patterson and basketball great Phil Ford.More than 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide are affected by retinal degenerative diseases – those that cause vision loss – including age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. Yet blindness is far more broadly impactful – a recent study from JAMA Ophthalmology showed Americans rank losing eyesight as the worst thing that could happen to them when ranked against other conditions including loss of a limb, memory, hearing or speech.“We’re thrilled that so many leaders from the entertainment, sports and business community are joining us in taking the blindfold challenge,” said Bill Schmidt, chief executive officer at Foundation Fighting Blindness. “We hope it will give people a better understanding of what it is like to live with a blinding disease and ultimately inspire them to join us in the fight to find a cure.”The public is encouraged to get involved by clicking here to learn more about retinal degenerative diseases and make a donation. Individuals can also take the #HowEyeSeeIt blindfold challenge by creating a short video of themselves participating in an activity they love while blindfolded and sharing on their social media channels with the campaign hashtag #HowEyeSeeIt, tagging three friends to participate as well. The campaign will conclude on World Sight Day, October 13, 2016.“This campaign is personal for me and I am excited to be a part of it,” said campaign ambassador Christine Ha, the first blind contestant of MasterChef and winner of its third season in 2012. “I hope by sharing my story and what I’ve been able to accomplish will not only raise awareness and erase stigmas about diseases causing vision loss, but also give hope to those who are affected.”Partners in the campaign include MSNBC, Huffington Post, BounceX, Athletes For Hope, Dose, Little Things, The Skimm, Outfront Media, and the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes.last_img read more

HRC To Honor Cynthia Nixon With Visibility Award At 2018 HRC Greater

first_imgToday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon will be honored with the organization’s Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala this Saturday, February 3, 2018.HRC also announced that Javier Muñoz, who currently stars in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” will be a special guest. MILCK, known for the hit anthem “Quiet” which went viral after the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, will perform. As previously announced, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will speak. Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will be honored with the HRC National Equality Award, and Diageo will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award.“Cynthia Nixon is a fearless and outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Cynthia uses her talent and public platform to speak out for equality in this country and around the globe, and in the process, she is changing countless hearts and minds. We are proud to recognize her with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala.”From advocating for marriage equality to fighting stigma and prejudice, Cynthia Nixon has consistently spoken out for LGBTQ equality on a wide range of issues impacting the community for many years. Last February, in front of a crowd protesting Donald Trump’s immigration ban outside the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City, Nixon said, “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now.” After the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality in 2015, Nixon penned an op-ed for Variety on the importance of not being complacent on LGBTQ equality, saying, “The important thing to remember going forward, though, is no outcome is ever 100% assured. We have to keep organizing like our lives depend on it.”Making her film and Broadway debuts at ages 12 and 14, Nixon has appeared in over 40 plays, 13 on Broadway, earning two Tony Awards for her performances in “The Little Foxes” and “Rabbit Hole.” In 1984, Nixon famously juggled two roles on Broadway in different plays in different theatres. Cynthia earned a Grammy for her recording of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and Emmy and SAG awards for Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s SEX AND THE CITY. In 2017 she received rave reviews for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies’ biopic A QUIET PASSION. She last starred in Marc Webb’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK opposite Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges and Callum Turner. In December 2017 she filmed LOVE COMES LATER in which she plays a Polish émigré who owns a motel in upstate New York out of which she operates a small criminal empire. Nixon lives in New York City, with her wife, Christine Marinoni. They have three children: Sam, Charlie and Max.HRC supporter Javier Muñoz will be a special guest at the event. Muñoz was an active part of the early development and creation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning smash “Hamilton.” Muñoz worked together with Lin-Manuel Miranda to develop the role of Alexander Hamilton, and Muñoz served as Miranda’s alternate at the Public Theater off-Broadway debut in 2015, as well as throughout the Broadway engagement. On July 11th, 2016, Muñoz assumed the title role of Alexander Hamilton full time on Broadway.LA-based singer/songwriter and artist fueled by social change, MILCK, recently released her debut EP “This Is Not The End.” The seven-song collection features her single “Quiet,” which in 2017 became widely known as the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March movement, after MILCK teamed up with two dozen female singers to perform acapella flash mobs of the song on the streets in Washington, D.C. A video of the last flash mob was captured by award-winning director Alma Har’el and quickly went viral, drawing over 14 million plays in just two days. MILCK released a new studio recording of “Quiet” in November, as her “musical #METOO,” in light of the massive movement of women and survivors speaking out against sexual assault. Last Friday, MILCK performed “Quiet” on The Today Show and went on to headline this year’s Women’s March on New York City on January 20, with Yoko Ono sharing the stage. “Quiet” has proved MILCK’s worldwide breakthrough as a cathartic pop anthem for people of all races, creeds, and colors who have suffered and survived in the face of trauma, trial, and tribulation.Held this year at the New York Marriott Marquis, the Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s largest events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community.last_img read more

Melania Trump Honored At 106th First Ladys Luncheon

first_imgLee Greenwood delivered a distinguished performance of ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ last week to over 2,000 esteemed guests at the Washington Hilton’s International Ballroom in Washington, D.C. at the 106th First Lady’s Luncheon, ‘Limitless Horizons’, honoring the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.The event was presented by The Congressional Club Museum and Foundation, co-chaired by Congressional spouses Pat O’Halleran (D-IL) and Jennifer Messer, (R-IN). Greenwood was joined by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band, featuring Master Sergeant Kevin L. Bennear who performed the National Anthem. Country artist Billy Dean, performed his original song, “Be Best,” as a tribute to Mrs. Trump’s formal platform, a comprehensive children’s program to focus on three main points: well-being, fighting opioid abuse and positivity on social media.“As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide,” the First Lady said during a Rose Garden event last Monday. “I feel strongly that as adults we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life.”“I’ve never seen so many powerful women in one room at the same time. Singing at the First Lady’s Luncheon was bittersweet,” said Greenwood. “We are praying for the First Lady as she recovers at Walter Reed from kidney surgery, a fantastic facility that has served our military and those that run our great Nation for many years. We are confident the First Lady is in great hands.”The First Lady was unable to attend the luncheon due to a recent hospitalization. Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Karen Pence, wife of the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, gave warm remarks to the Congressional Club members and their guests.Other distinguished guests in attendance included Mrs. Janna Ryan, wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Jane Roberts, wife of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, wife of the Secretary of State, Mrs. Mary Kennedy, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Ginni Lamp Thomas, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Dr. Joanna Breyer, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Louise Gorsuch, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Mary Sessions, wife of the Attorney General, Mrs. Lolita Zinke, wife of the Secretary of the Interior, Mrs. Hilary Geary Ross, wife of the Secretary of Commerce, Mrs. Jan Acosta, wife of the Secretary of Labor, Mrs. Jennifer Azar, wife of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mrs. Candy Carson, wife of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mrs. Candy Carson, wife of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, The Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation and wife of the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and Mr. Paul Pelosi, husband of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.The charitable recipient of the luncheon included Lily’s Place of Huntington, W. Va.last_img read more

Theres a big problem Twothirds of Tragically Hip tickets werent sold directly

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Machines may have spoiled the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour for a lot of fans this summer.Two-thirds of the tickets for the band’s landmark tour were snapped up by brokers and automated software, known as bots, CBC Marketplace has learned.As a result, actual fans were able to buy less than a third of tickets at face value from Ticketmaster when they went on sale to the general public. This doesn’t take into account other tickets that were set aside for VIPs, such as the band, promoters, venues and other insiders. Advertisement Facebook “The odds are absolutely stacked against the fan,” said Joe Berchtold, chief operating officer of Live Nation, the world’s largest tour promoter and owner of Ticketmaster, which sold tickets for the Hip’s final tour.“Probably a third of the tickets went to bots, another third went to brokers who were just like fans, pounding away at the keyboard, but better trained, more aggressive at it, and maybe a third of them went to fans.”“There’s a big problem, and the big problem starts with bots.”‘Probably a third of the tickets went to bots, another third went to brokers,’ says Joe Berchtold, Live Nation’s chief operating officer. (CBC)Ontario’s attorney general announced yesterday the government will table legislation to outlaw ticket bots.Bots are an automated software designed to snap up prime seats within milliseconds of tickets going on sale. Twitterlast_img read more

March 17 is St Perfect Day in LETTERKENNY as Surprise Special to

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “See, I can tell you this – the problem with watching LETTERKENNY to write and report on it is that I end up laughing so much I can’t take notes.” – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail.TORONTO (January 19, 2017) – Pitter Paddy Canada! With streamers thirsty for even more LETTERKENNY, CraveTV confirmed today the release of a special surprise St. Patrick’s Day episode to debut this coming Friday, March 17 – the day dedicated to everyone’s favourite 5th-century, Romano-British Christian missionary.The soon-to-be legendary special is just like regular LETTERKENNY, but mixed with a few Black and Tans and some shameless shamrockery. When everyone in Letterkenny gets interplanetary in honour of Saint Patrick, the epic all-nighter ends with a declaration of Saint Perfection. To wet viewers’ whistles, here’s a clip of the hicks after it all went down. Facebook CraveTV on Twitter CraveTV on Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.About New Metric MediaNew Metric Media is a film, television, and new media production company that works with top creative talent to produce outstanding film, television, and new media content to entertain the world over. New Metric Media’s past and present projects include the half-hour Bell Media comedy WHAT WOULD SAL DO? And an upcoming six episode, one hour City/FX Canada mini-series to be released in 2017. For more information visit www.newmetricmedia.com.About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at more than 11,800 half-hours, the Company is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. As a content producer and owner of intellectual property, DHX Media delivers shows that children love, licensing its content to major broadcasters and streaming services worldwide. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media also operates one of the largest networks of children’s content on YouTube. The company’s robust consumer products program generates royalties from merchandise based on its much-loved children’s brands. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices in 15 cities globally, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DHX.A and DHX.B) and the NASDAQ Global Select Market (DHXM).About CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.center_img Social Media links Advertisement Advertisement “The fictional Letterkenny, Canada is the namesake of the very real Letterkenny, Ireland, so how better to honour that connection than with this St. Patrick’s Day surprise,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. “LETTERKENNY fans are going to love this hilarious special episode, unlocked just in time for the big day itself.”Season 2 of LETTERKENNY launched Christmas Day as the most-watched title on the streaming service, eclipsing its own Season 1 for record viewers.As announced earlier this week, Season 1 of the smash-hit original CraveTV comedy was nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Comedy Series and Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role for Jared Keeso.Already confirmed for a third season, LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media and is set to begin production on another six-pack in Sudbury, ON this year. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on CraveTV and Season 1 is also available on iTunes and Google Play.LETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne and his buds get into with their small-town Ontario rivals. Back to cause a whole lot of ruckus out of a whole lot of nothing, The Hicks, The Skids, and The Hockey Players get at each other about the most mundane things, often ending with someone getting their ass kicked. Wayne, his best bud Daryl (Nathan Dales, Goon: Last of the Enforcers), Wayne’s free-spirited younger sister Katy (Michelle Mylett, FOUR IN THE MORNING), and Wayne’s buddy, Dan (K Trevor Wilson, JEFF ROSS PRESENTS: ROAST BATTLE) are all Hicks. McMurray (Daniel Petronijevic, 19-2) is a Hick but has been outcast due to his inability to relax. He also runs the Agricultural Hall with his loving wife Mrs. McMurray (Melanie Scrofano, WYNONNA EARP). Dylan Playfair (HATERS BACK OFF) and Andrew Herr (Mr Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story) reprise their roles as Hockey Players “Jonesy” and “Reilly”. Tyler Johnston (MOTIVE) stars as lead Skid, Stewart, and Stewart’s “Sideskid” Devon is played by Alexander De Jordy (19-2). Evan Stern (RoboCop) stars as Third-Skid-in-Command, Roald. Lisa Codrington (COPPER) returns as Modeans bartender, Gail, and Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) as the Christian leader Glen.LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media (What Would Sal Do?), in partnership with DHX Media in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Montefiore are executive producers for New Metric Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Twitterlast_img read more

Hollywoods 50 Most Powerful TV Showrunners of 2017

first_imgKenya BarrisBlack-ish (ABC); Grown-ish (Freeform) Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKennaCrazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Login/Register With: Advertisement David Benioff and D.B. WeissGame of Thrones (HBO) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBOWith its brief seven-episode return for summer 2017, GoT reaffirmed its status as the biggest TV series in the world, pulling an average 31 million U.S. viewers alone. Benioff, 47, and Weiss, 46, head into the final run with a controversial follow-up gestating at HBO (revisionist history slave drama Confederate) and the continued adoration of their peers. Their show tops the list of most discussed series in other showrunners’ writers rooms.Best thing I saw this year Weiss: “The ‘Ricklantis Mixup’ episode of Rick and Morty. Benioff: “The ‘Pickle Rick’ episode of Rick and Morty.” Aziz Ansari and Alan YangMaster of None (Netflix) Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What does it take for a television show without dragons, zombies or Sterling K. Brown to get a little attention?More than 400 U.S. scripted series are set to air in 2017 — thanks for the sobering stats, John Landgraf — and getting lost in the logjam is the new normal. So in highlighting the most impactful writer-producers working in TV right now, THR focused on a few key factors. Lisa Joy and Bryan Fuller – Photo by Coral Von Zumwalt THR unveils the writer-producers of TV’s Golden Age — from ‘Game of Thrones’ masterminds David Benioff and Dan Weiss to ‘Atlanta’ creator Donald Glover — with the sharpest pens, the wildest visions and the richest deals. Their Netflix series, more of an experiment in tone than a traditional comedy, continues to earn raves and Emmy adoration (eight noms in 2017 and a key writing win for Ansari, 34, and rising star Lena Waithe). Yang, 35, and much of the writing staff now turn their attention to a buzzy Amazon vehicle for Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph — part of Yang’s own deal with Universal TV.Best thing I saw this year Yang: “Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders, and Logan, by James Mangold.”Dream casting goal Yang: “Aziz and I are both continuing to say Hugh Jackman constantly until he responds in some way.”Most invaluable person in my career Yang: “My loving wife of over 40 years, Dame Helen Mirren.”Most-discussed series in our writers room Yang: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, specifically the episode where Uncle Phil is revealed to be a pool shark when he says to his butler Geoffrey, ‘Geoffrey, break out Lucille.’ Lucille is the name of Uncle Phil’s custom pool cue that Geoffrey keeps stored in his pants.” Advertisement These 50 power showrunners rise above the churn with unprecedented deals (ka-ching, Shonda Rhimes), surging output, cultural cachet and legit “hits.”Most have paid their dues (witness the reunions of two pairs of past collaborators), a few struck gold early (hear from Stranger Things‘ Duffer brothers ahead of their sure-to-be-scrutinized sophomore season) and all have a few choice words to say about the challenges of making TV today.METHODOLOGY Eligible showrunners had at least one current scripted (not animated) series air new episodes between August 2016 and July 2017 (sorry, Seth MacFarlane!). Greg BerlantiArrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Black Lightning (The CW); Blindspot (NBC); Deception (ABC); You (Lifetime) Advertisement Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic Heading into season four, Black-ish is considered the gold standard for broadcast comedy — with an average 2.1 rating among adults 18-to-49, two Emmy noms and a Golden Globe for star Tracee Ellis Ross. Barris, 43, has diversified his portfolio by setting younger-skewing spinoff Grown-ish(starring breakout Yara Shahidi) at Freeform. Oh, and he wrote a little summer film called Girls Trip.Most discussed series in our writers room Game of ThronesDream casting goal Eddie MurphyRight now, TV viewers need … “Perspective outside of their own.” Amanda Edwards/WireImage Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in MediaWith each having locked her own big deal with CBS Studios and now developing separate projects, the duo have a third season of their critically beloved musical comedy arriving on The CW. Ratings pressure is low — good thing, because it’s broadcast’s least watched series — but the show remains a favorite of network boss Mark Pedowitz. Bloom, 30, is now a bona fide CBS star, featured at the net’s telecast of the Tonys and Emmys.You know a pitch isn’t going well when … McKenna: “They say, ‘Thank you for coming in,’ at the end.”READ MORE The undisputed king of TV, at least in terms of volume, Berlanti, 45, essentially owns The CW with more than half of its primetime lineup this season, plus dramas at NBC (Blindspot) and ABC (Deception) and soon a cable entry with the Lifetime thriller You.Best thing I saw this year “The second season of Master of None.”You know a pitch isn’t going well when … “They tell you they love it but don’t say in the room that they want to buy it.”Right now, TV viewers need … “To watch more shows live.”Most invaluable person in my career “Peter Roth.”last_img read more

CBS All Access Comes To Android TV Devices In Canada

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter In addition to today’s launch on Android TV, CBS All Access is also available in Canada at cbsallaccess.ca, on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, and on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku streaming players and Roku TVs.To sign up for CBS All Access in Canada, visit: cbsallaccess.caAbout CBS InteractiveCBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, is the world’s largest publisher of premium digital content and a perennial top-10 internet company. CBS Interactive’s brands span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming. Properties include the websites, apps and streaming services of the CBS Television Network such as the CBS All Access subscription service, the 24/7 digital news network CBSN, and CBS Sports digital brands as well as digital-first properties in key content verticals, including CNET, TVGuide.com, GameSpot, Last.fm, Metacritic and Chowhound.Follow CBS Interactive on Twitter and Facebook. Advertisement Advertisement NEW YORK — CBS All Access, CBS’ direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand service, is now available on Google’s smart TV platform Android TV, including all Sony Android TVs, in Canada. The service, which launched in Canada in April, marking its first expansion into an international market, offers Canadian viewers more than 7,500 commercial-free episodes on demand spanning full current seasons of select CBS series, entire previous seasons and classic shows, as well as the ability to livestream CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.“The addition of Android TV to CBS All Access‘ distribution in Canada marks a new milestone in the growth of our service in its first international market,” said Rob Gelick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Entertainment Digital. “In addition to CBS All Access‘ ongoing expansion to new platforms, we’re also expanding the premium content available for Canadian subscribers, including our recently launched exclusive original series STRANGE ANGEL.”For $5.99 CAD, CBS All Access brings thousands of episodes of CBS’ leading programming to digital platforms, making it simple for fans looking for more CBS content to get it in one easy-to-use, multiplatform service. CBS All Access includes the following on-demand programming in an advertising-free environment, with more to be added:Current, building seasons of nearly 20 primetime shows including NCIS, BULL, SEAL TEAM, MACGYVER and INSTINCT, with new episodes available seven days after they are broadcast.All past seasons of 15 primetime series including NCIS, SURVIVOR, ELEMENTARY, MADAM SECRETARY and more.CBS All Access original series including STRANGE ANGEL, streaming now with new episodes dropping every Thursday, the first season of THE GOOD FIGHT, and comedy series NO ACTIVITY, with more to be announced.Ability to livestream CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service featuring live, anchored coverage and original reporting.Current episodes of select daytime and late-night favorites including THE TALK, RACHAEL RAY and THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT.More than 30 CBS Classic series, including all episodes of hits like “Charmed,” “The Good Wife,” HAWAII FIVE-0 and “CSI.” Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_imgWe caught up with Yu, a student at Collingwood in Vancouver, and found out he is not only very intelligent.Q: How did you end up on the show?A: My debate coach Frankie Cena (former competitor on Canada’s Smartest Person) encouraged me to apply. At first I was very nervous and thought that I wasn’t smart enough to apply. But since I love challenges, I decided I would give it a try. Miraculously, I secured a spot in the season finale on Wednesday, Dec. 19.Q: What is your strongest subject?A: I have very strong categories. They are musical, physical, and logical. I am strong in music because my ear is excellent at identifying notes and I am also currently level 9 Piano and I am able to compose songs. I am strong in physical because I do sports competitively every single day, such as figure skating, swimming, karate, track and field, and skiing. I am strong in logical because I just love playing around with numbers.Q: What was the hardest part of the competition?A: The hardest part of the competition was not really anything about myself. It was seeing my friends getting eliminated. I just feel very sad for them and I wish they were still on the show. Luckily, in the next episode on Dec. 12, those who were eliminated get a shot at redemption and will have a second chance to make it to the finale!Q: What was the easiest and why?A: The easiest part of this competition was to run up those glittery sparkly staircases when I won a challenge because when I go up, I just feel relief coming slowly down my body. Plus, it’s really not so hard to run up a 5-stair staircase!Q: What did you do to prepare for the show?A: I actually didn’t prepare at all. We use these six categories of intelligence in our everyday life, whether you do it subconsciously or you actually realize you’re using them.Q: How hard has it been not to tell anyone what happens in the final episode?A: I like to keep surprises. I think that not telling anyone what happened in the final episode is very easy. All I need to do is to say “just tune-in and you’ll find out!”Q: What have your friends been saying to you about the show?A: Some of my friends say that the show is very cool and I did a very good job and some of my other friends say the show is very easy and they should be on it. In reality, when I am actually on stage, it is way harder than it looks.Vancouver’s Matthew Yu is one of the finalists in the new TV show Canada’s Smartest Person Junior. The final will be broadcast on CBC on Dec. 19, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy of CBC Courtesy of CBC / PNG)Q: This was the first ever Canada’s Smartest Person Junior. Now that you have done it what advice would you offer to other kids who might want to do future shows?A: I would just say to not be afraid of applying. Although you might be a little nervous, always challenge yourself. No matter if you do good or bad, it’s a learning experience and a way to have fun.Q: What is the question you get asked most when people find out you were on a TV show?A: The question I get asked the most is “DID YOU WIN?” Now everyone I see asks me that question. I simply just reply, “watch and see to find out.”Q: Who is the smartest person you know and why?A: The smartest people I know are my parents. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do anything I do today. Although their logical intelligence is not smarter than Albert Einstein, smart still comes in many ways, and my parents have a lot of social intelligence.Q: What do you do for fun?A: I usually like to play with my Rubik’s cubes and play with puzzles. I really like puzzles because not only are they fun but they also train your brain to do awesome things.Q: You are only 10 but have you thought about what you want to be when you grow up?A: I want to be an astronaut when I grow up. I have always wanted to explore the world and space. I think that Canada’s Smartest Person Junior will be a stepping stone to being an astronaut.Q: How would you like to change the world?A: I would like to discover a planet just like earth and explore the universe to find out what we as human beings do not know.BY DANA GEE | CALGARY HERALDdgee@postmedia.comtwitter.com/dana_gee Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Matthew Yu is seen here competing in the Snap Shelf Challenge during the Canada’s Smartest Person Junior TV show on CBC. (Photo: Courtesy of CBC Courtesy of CBC / PNG)center_img Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: On Dec. 19 one kid will be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person Junior when the series finale airs on CBC at 8 p.m.Vancouver’s 10-year-old Matthew Yu will be facing off against 12-year-old Liam Veale of Saint John, and 11-year-olds Danica Scully from Halifax, Liam Henderson, 11, of Sarnia, Ontario and Alexia Sabau, 12, of Calgary, Alberta and Toronto’s 11-year-old Mateus Soto.The kids made it to the final out of the nearly 1000 competitors that tried out for the show. Twelve kids made the cut for the first episode.last_img read more


first_imgJenny Cooper is a woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life, and keep it together enough to move on in her job as Toronto’s new coroner. And really, who among us can’t relate to that? Aren’t we all just constantly trying to keep it together and make it through the day? For Jenny, it’s proving to be much harder than anticipated though, especially since she recently discovered that her husband left behind all kinds of money issues for her to deal with. In last week’s premiere episode of Coroner, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC, Jenny could be seen dealing with those issues, as well as her problems with anxiety, as she listened to self help tapes and took a prescribed medication. By showing this side to Jenny, as well as her ongoing sessions with a therapist, Coroner is depicting a struggle faced by many, and in the process helping to end the stigma around mental health.“Mental health is an ongoing battle and is something most people struggle with in one capacity or another. The problem is that it’s so stigmatized and people just hear ‘oh, you’re crazy!’ No, hold on,” Jenny’s portrayer Serinda Swan recently told The TV Junkies. She says that similar to a lot of people, trauma brings a lot of Jenny’s problems to the surface. “With the death of her husband, it starts coming out in very bizarre ways like by seeing a dog, or having to rely on Ativan and go see a therapist.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Howard and Esther Borer are avid theatre-goers but this is the first year they have bought a subscription to Mirvish Productions. And there’s one reason only — Hamilton: An American Musical is coming to Toronto next year.“I’ve heard about Hamilton, I’ve read about it. Everybody who we know that has seen it has loved it,” said Howard Borer after leaving a matinee performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Advertisement Advertisement The Borers have already seen several shows at Toronto’s Mirvish theatres this year, but didn’t want to leave getting tickets to the upcoming Hamilton production up to chance, so they bought a subscription to the whole 2019-2020 Mirvish season.Hamilton takes the stage in February 2020 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, the biggest venue Mirvish has with 2,200 seats — double the size of the Royal Alexandra Theatre.“We thought it was a good time to become subscribers,” said Esther Borer.47,000 subscriptions sold outAnd they’re not the only ones who’ve made this move.Tens of thousands of people, it turns out, have bought Mirvish subscriptions, causing them to sell out early.center_img Facebook Twitter Okieriete Onaodowan and the cast of Hamilton: An American Musical perform a moving medley at the Tony Awards. The hip-hop show won several awards. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Echoes of a longago guerrilla war on Nemiah Valley road

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOn Saturday afternoon, a Taseko Mines convoy of trucks and equipment was stopped by an RCMP cruiser on the gravel Nemiah Valley road in British Columbia’s interior.Xeni Gwet’in Chief Marylin Baptiste pulled up alongside the convoy and the RCMP cruiser to inform them that the Taseko contractors and employees would not be welcome on Tsilhqot’in nation territory.“We had discussions back and forth and the company talked to the RCMP and the RCMP talked to me and said they were agreeing to turn around,” said Baptiste, whose community is one of six that make up the Tsilhqot’in nation.The company informed the RCMP earlier in the day that Baptiste would be waiting for the convoy and two officers from the RCMP Alexis Creek detachment went to the area to “keep the peace,” said Sgt. James Anderson.Baptiste said she doesn’t know how the company knew she would be waiting, but Tsilhqot’in members had been keeping an eye on the company’s movements.“I knew that their dozer sitting in Williams Lake had moved and I had every reason to believe they were on their way,” said Baptiste.This was the second weekend in a row a Taseko convoy was turned back on Nemiah Valley road.On Nov. 6, a Taseko convoy was stopped by Baptiste and others. The company claims in a court filing that someone threatened to set fire to the equipment.Nemiah Valley road leads to the planned site of Taseko’s 35 square-kilometre, open-pit gold and copper Prosperity Mine project, which is about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C.The incidents on Nemiah Valley Road could foreshadow more explosive confrontations.Taseko has been trying for years to dig up the area for gold and copper and it has the full backing of the provincial government.The Tsilhqot’in oppose the project and view it as a threat to their very existence.And the RCMP is aware of the rising tensions.“We at the Alexis Creek RCMP detachment remain neutral on this issue. We do not want to do anything to create a negative impact on our relations with our local First Nations communities,” said Anderson. “The RCMP officers in the command structure above me are well aware of the issue going on at this time.”Taseko has since gone to B.C. court seeking a restraining order against Baptiste and other individuals that try to stop the company from entering the territory, according to a company statement.Taseko could not be reached for comment.The Tsilhqot’in in turn filed for a court injunction to stop Taseko from entering the territory to drill, build roads or excavate test pits until a separate court action comes to a conclusion.The Tsilhqot’in have filed for a judicial review to quash the B.C. provincial government’s decision to give Taseko permits allowing the company to dig the pits and clear timber for roads without first consulting the First Nations whose lands would be impacted.Baptiste said Taseko is planning to drill 59 sites and build 23 kilometres of road and trail while clearing about 1,500 cubic metres of timber.“That is a tremendous amount in destruction of our wetlands in the territory,” said Baptiste.Taseko says it needs to do the work to gather data for the environmental assessment it needs to present to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) which is reviewing its controversial Prosperity Mine project for a second time.The federal cabinet rejected the Prosperity project last year after the agency concluded the project would have a devastating environmental impact on fish habitat and grizzly bear populations in the region.Former environment minister Jim Prentice said at the time that the agency’s report was the “most condemning” he had ever seen. Prentice said the project threatened not only Fish Lake, which Taseko planned to drain, but the entire ecosystem flowing from the lake.Prentice, however, said the company was free to try again.The federal government recently directed the CEAA to review a second proposal from the company.This time the company says it has no plans to drain Fish Lake, but will still destroy Little Fish Lake and parts of Fish Creek by turning them into waste dumps.The company claims it will preserve Fish Lake and its surrounding area while also reducing the mine’s impact on grizzly bear habitat.The company has said it would spend an additional $200 million to relocate its tailings dam and move mine waste around Fish Lake to other locations.Fish Lake, Little Fish Creek and Little Fish Lake are at the headwaters of the Taseko River systems which is one of Canada’s main six producers of sockeye salmon. The system also supports Chinook salmon and endangered stocks of steelhead trout.Taseko said the project will generate over $1 billion in tax revenues to federal and provincial coffers over the 20 to 30 year life-span of the mine. The company said the mine will also generate $340 million in GDP annually and create hundreds of jobs.Taseko has been trying since the mid-1990s to get the mine approved, but has faced resistance, in particular from the federal Fisheries and Oceans department.Baptiste said the Tsilhqot’in feel frustrated the project keeps on finding new life.“We have tried working through the processes respectfully,” said Baptiste. “There is always this uproar about blockades or this or that, but it is not our people who are forcing that, who are choosing such action. It is the federal and provincial governments and industry that is pushing people to no other option.”Baptiste said stopping the Prosperity project is a matter of cultural survival and honour directly linked to the Chilcotin War of 1864.As it is today, the conflict was over gold.Already reeling from an outbreak of smallpox spread by infected blankets sold by traders, the Tsilhqot’in fought to stop the planned construction of a toll wagon road connecting the nascent colony’s Pacific coast to the newly discovered gold fields in the interior.The Tsilhqot’in launched a guerrilla campaign and eventually stopped the road, but it came at a high price. At least 19 European settlers were killed and six Tsilhqot’in chiefs were hanged.“I’m getting flashbacks of 1864,” said Baptiste. “Our war leaders defended our way of life and stopped a road crew. Today, nothing has changed…I am hoping we don’t get to that point.”Baptiste says the Tsilhqot’in will stop the mining project at all costs.“If it weren’t for our war leaders back then, we wouldn’t be who we are,” she said. “That is our honour. We cannot allow the destruction of our land that provides for us.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

TRC ready to again take residential school document fight with Ottawa to

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair says he will again take the battle over historical Indian residential school documents to the courts if Ottawa continues to resist its “obligation” to turn over the full archive.Sinclair spoke to APTN National News Tuesday following the release of the spring Auditor General’s report earlier in the day.The report found that nearly three years after the work began and with a year left before the TRC’s mandate ends next year, no one knows how much it will cost to gather all the historical documents, who will pay for it or what materials are even “relevant” for the project.The TRC was created as a result of the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement and part of its mandate includes compiling and preserving the historical record.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs had failed to find “common ground” on the transfer of historical documents from Ottawa’s vaults.Sinclair, however, said the report was an “endorsement” of the TRC’s continued battle with Ottawa over the release of the historical material.“It’s their legal obligation, it’s not their discretion. They don’t have a choice in this, they are legally obligated,” said Sinclair..If the federal government doesn’t comply, then the TRC will again take Ottawa to court.“The matter will be back in front of the judges who approved the settlement agreement, who continue to have a supervisory role with respect to the conduct of the parties and we won’t hesitate to take it back to them if necessary,” said Sinclair.In Ottawa, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt defended his government’s handling of the Indian residential school documents.Valcourt said during question period that the federal government has already handed over 3.5 million documents to the TRC and that he met with Sinclair in Montreal last week.“Our government is committed to a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian residential schools,” said Valcourt, after facing questions from the NDP. “This is an ongoing process and we are committed to continuing working with the commission.”NDP MP and Cree politician Romeo Saganash, whose brother who died in residential school, demanded during question period that Valcourt commit to releasing all documents requested by the TRC.“Will the minister rise today and solemnly commit and send the commission all the documents they request?” said Saganash, who also attended residential school.Valcourt, however, did not directly respond to the question, but repeated his prepared line about the 3.5 million documents.“Who is talking about politicizing the issue? That is what he is doing by ignoring the facts. The fact is that the government’s commitment is clearly reflected in the work of the Commission,” said Valcourt.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department couldn’t agree on what constituted relevant documents, where to search, what time frames the documents would cover, what formats to use and who would pay for it all.“The scope of the undertaking is still undefined. Canada and the Commission need to cooperate in order to assess what has been accomplished, what remains to be done, how long this will take and what resources are required,” said the report.The issue has already hit Federal Court once. On Jan. 30, 2012, the court ruled that Canada’s obligation included documents held in the vaults of Library and Archives Canada.The department had taken the position that Canada’s responsibility did not include searching for additional archival documents and federal departments did not have to go digging at Library and Archives Canada.The department effectively transferred that responsibility to the TRC which “strongly disagreed” and held to its claim that the federal government’s responsibility included finding archived documents.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Sundance Ceremony Part 2 The Buffalo Dance

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Buffalo dance came to elder David Blacksmith in a dream. The Sprucewoods Sundance Chief later learned that it’s an ancient ceremony that was unheard of for decades. Now it’s one of the most important dances at his gathering.Blacksmith granted APTN access to his gathering in Manitoba and while there many agreed to speak about why they attend the sacred ceremony.APTN’s Shanneen Robinson now with part 2 of her series.last_img

Evidence from First Nation student who survived Thunder Bay river attack resurfaces

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsHis name was never revealed during the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation high school students in Thunder Bay, but his story raised the chilling spectre that something more sinister lurks behind the “epidemic” of tragedies that led First Nation leaders Wednesday to call for an RCMP investigation.It was October 2008 and the young man, who was from an undisclosed northern First Nation, was attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty school—the same school attended by six of the seven students whose 2000 to 2011 deaths were being examined by the inquest. He was walking alone at night by a river in the city when he came across a group of young men who attacked him after a short conversation. The young man was then thrown into the river and forced to swim to the far shore to escape his attackers. He left Thunder Bay for home and never returned.The young man was never identified during the inquest, but his story was read into the record during an April 2016 hearing. Five of the seven student deaths examined by the inquest occurred in the city’s waterways. The cause behind three of the five water deaths were found to be “undetermined.” Thunder Bay police closed all the files.However, this story has taken on added weight following a recent and separate eye-witness account from a Thunder Bay restaurant owner who told APTN National News Wednesday evening she encountered a First Nation man on Oct. 22, 2016, who said he had barely survived a similar attack.Tara Lewis said she was closing up her restaurant, In Common, at about 11 p.m. when she encountered a First Nation man, she estimated to be in his 30s, who was soaked. Lewis said he told her that had just been beat up by a group of white men who were driving around in a blue truck. Lewis said the man told her they beat him up, threw him into a river in the city and then came back for another assault when they saw he had managed to crawl out of the water.Lewis said she called the police and the man filed a statement with officers. She said she never heard back.Lewis said the incident recently began to weighed as a result of a resurgence of news coverage triggered by the deaths of a First Nation boy, 14, and a girl, 17, who were found in the city’s waterways in May.A coroner’s inquest was held into the deaths of students (clockwise from top): Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse.During a press conference in Toronto Wednesday morning, First Nation leaders from northern Ontario called on the RCMP to intervene and investigate three additional deaths of Indigenous individuals who were found in the waters of Thunder Bay.Nishanwbe Aski Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Grand Council Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh and Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard want the Mounties to investigate the deaths of: Tammy Keeash, 17, who was living in a group home and found dead in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway on May 7; Josiah Begg, 14, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on May 18; and Stacy DeBungee, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on Oct. 19, 2015, and whose death was immediately declared accidental by Thunder Bay police before conducting any serious investigation.Posters seeking help in finding Josiah Begg, 14, when he first went missing. Tammy Keeash, 17, was found dead in a Thunder Bay waterway.The chiefs said they have no faith left in the Thunder Bay Police or the OPP.“In the face of the OPP’s refusal last fall to support our communities with an independent investigation into the Stacy DeBungee death, the logical next step is to bring in the RCMP with respect to the three latest river deaths including the DeBungee case. With all that has transpired to date, it is painfully obvious that the Thunder Bay Police cannot credibly investigate the river deaths,” said Kavanaugh.Ontario’s Office of the Independent Review Director has already launched a probe into systemic racism within the police service as a result of the DeBungee case.The chiefs also released a letter from the Ontario Civilian Police Commission which announced Tuesday it had opened an investigation into allegations the Thunder Bay Police Services Board was failing to provide adequate oversight of the Thunder Bay Police.“The river deaths are an epidemic that urgently needs to be addressed by law enforcement before further tragedies occur. Alternating silence, denial, and contempt of evidence-based Indigenous concerns about a widespread and racialized policing crisis is not in fulfilment of the statutory obligation to provide adequate and effective police services,” wrote the three chiefs in the complaint letter to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.The city’s police service was recently rocked after its police chief J.P. Levesque was charged with breach of trust and obstruction of justice by the OPP for allegedly disclosing confidential information about Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.jbarrera@aptn.a@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Canadas top court dives deep into duty to consult issue

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments Monday that may change the way laws are made if the court agrees governments are required to consult First Nations over new legislation.“The reality is right now … governments can pick or choose whether they consult about legislation, so it could be a law that directly hit reserves, a law that directly hits hunting or trapping rights, fishing rights,” said Robert Janes, lawyer for Mikisew Cree First Nation.Seven Indigenous groups had their voices heard, while five provincial attorney generals argued on the side of the Crown.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

The opportunity we have is immeasurable BC First Nation waits for LNG

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsLocated at the mouth of Douglas Channel on the north central coast of B.C. is Kitimat – a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and waterways mixed in with industry.This is where LNG Canada is building the largest private-sector investment project in Canadian history.Natural gas will travel down a new 670 km pipeline from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the processing plant in Kitimat where the gas will be liquefied and put on tankers destined for Asian markets.The $40 billion project got the final go ahead by investors in October and the people of the Haisla Nation couldn’t be happier.“The opportunity that we have here is immeasurable,” said Chief Councillor Crystal Smith.Haisla has an impact benefits agreement with LNG Canada.Smith said she’s proud of her nation’s partnership – and the company treats her people as rightful landowners.“We have had industry in our territory for the last 50 to 60 years. The difference with this project is that we have had a meaningful partnership within it,” she said. “That means an equal level of playing field in terms of our involvement of how this project is built, the standard in which it is built, and terms of that environmental aspect, what is suitable and what is acceptable for our Nation in terms of our cultural existence in this territory.”The processing facility owned by LNG Canada will be built on the Haisla Traditional territory which sits just across the water from the nation’s home community of Kitamaat Village.Smith said she wants this project to bring her people back home. Only 700 of 1,800 members live on reserve.“This project provides a real opportunity to building capacity, providing programs that heal from past traumas and a bright future that is provided right in our backyard when it comes to education and employment opportunities,” she said.Smith was born and raised in Kitamaat Village.Much of her support for the project is fuelled by personal experience.“In 2013 my common law of 16 years committed suicide,” she said. “Lack of resources, lack of awareness, education, a lack of everything for assistance with mental health issues.  Lack of resources for alcohol and drug addiction.“It motivates me to do my job so no other family in my community has to go through and endure what I have gone through, my children have gone through.”Edmund Grant is also from Kitamaat Village.He has a job doing site prep for the project and said he’s thankful his leadership signed on.“I am very happy I got a job.  It’s good hours, good pay,” he said.“It’s not just the project itself that brings in work.  Once we get a project this big coming to town it brings in more businesses.”During construction, the project is expected to employ as many as 10,000 people – with 950 full time jobs.Susannah Pierce, a spokesperson for LNG Canada said the company hopes to help provide a new future for First Nations.“It’s not just a construction opportunity, but is an opportunity for a lifetime,” she said. “And that is how we are trying to create this company because we are going to be here for 40 years.”The pipeline and facility have signed agreements with all elected First Nation communities along the route.But that doesn’t mean everyone feels this partnership with a big gas company is a good idea – some people have criticized their leaders for selling out.“Am I a sell out for wanting a better life for my people? To say that we would sell our environment short for a dollar sign is completely untrue,” said Smith. “I value this, I value our territory, I value our land.“Most importantly I value this water, this is our dinner plate, this environment is my culture, this environment is Haisla.The project is expected to be up and running by 2025.lhamelin@aptn.ca@lauriehamelinlast_img read more

Indigenous hereditary law at stake in energy legal battle lawyer

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte A view behind the locked gate across the Morice River (APTN/Kathleen Martens photo).Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA subsidiary of TransCanada Corp. says it’s poised to lose “billions of dollars” if it can’t start work on a natural gas pipeline being blocked by an Indigenous clan.The drama playing out in a remote part of northwestern B.C. is scheduled to be heard in a Prince George courtroom Thursday.“It’s been a bit under the radar with so much else going on in B.C.,” said First Nation lawyer Merle Alexander of Victoria.“If (defendants are) successful it will be a substantial win for hereditary leaders.”Members of the Indigenous community occupy and operate the Unist’ot’en Camp – a healing centre – on their traditional territory south of Houston, B.C.They are part of the Wet’suwet’en, which also has an elected band council.That council – along with 19 others along the proposed 670-kilometre route – signed an agreement in support of the Coastal TransLink project.The project would see the company pipe fracked natural gas to a coastal port in Kitimat, B.C., to be liquified at a new export facility before being shipped to Asia.The company said in court documents construction work is valued at $2.8 billion and would create about 2,500 jobs.But despite having “all the necessary permits and authorizations“ it can’t get past a locked gate on the Morice River Bridge the camp controls.“As a result of the defendants’ actions, Coastal GasLink and others have suffered and continue to suffer irreparable harm,” the company alleges in a civil claim it has served on camp spokesperson Freda Huson and her partner Warner Naziel.The company said the project is stalled – possibly for good – unless a judge grants the injunction it has filed to prevent the “blockaders” from continuing.First Nation lawyer Merle Alexander (submitted photo).Alexander said the case pits elected Aboriginal government against Indigenous hereditary systems because Naziel – one of five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs – claims to have a legal right to be there.“His individual response is that he’s not there in his personal capacity; he’s there on behalf of his clan.”Alexander said this is different from the landmark Delgamuukw case, which helped establish Indigenous rights and title.“The Canadian legal system has not had a lot of opportunity to recognize how hereditary legal systems interact with elected chiefs and council,” he said in an interview Wednesday.Meanwhile, Naziel said he and Huson are having trouble finding a lawyer to represent them.He said the couple tried to delay the court date for that reason and because his mother is in palliative care but the company wouldn’t agree.“They’re being very unreasonable,” Naziel said in an interview.Warner Naziel at the bedside of his ill mother (Facebook photo).“We are trying to find out if we can attend (the hearing in Prince George) by phone.”Alexander said most members of the Aboriginal bar in B.C. work with elected councils, which would put them in a conflict of interest.As well, many worked with bands along the pipeline corridor.“I represented a number of First Nations on this particular project,” he added.Naziel said the couple also lack the financial resources to attend court and have started a defence fund on the camp’s Facebook page.They run a wellness centre that practices the philosophy of healing the land by healing the people.“We reject the greed and colonialism involved in resource development,” Naziel said.However, a recent Facebook post suggests they are worried about what might happen.“The safety and wellbeing of Uni’stot’en territory is under threat from TransCanada’s injunction application, which asks police to force a fracked gas pipeline through our home.”But the company told APTN News it won’t tear down any buildings.“It’s important to understand that Coastal GasLink is only looking for access across that public bridge and road,” a spokesperson said.“Camp infrastructure will remain in place as it is, with those located at the camp welcome to stay.”The company said the pipeline would be located about one kilometre south of the bridge and not cross through camp.“We only need to safely gain access to the pipeline right of way to carry out some preliminary work and road assessments before construction activities begin, which will take place approximately one kilometre away.”The company noted it tried for years to get the Uni’stot’en to the negotiating table.Something Alexander said a judge would appreciate, while at the same time question why the company went ahead without hereditary approval.“It was a known risk to try and advance their project knowing they were negotiating only with elected councils,” he said. “It’s one of the largest unanswered legal questions in Aboriginal law right now – how do we reconcile hereditary legal systems with elected council.“Who is the actual proper decision maker?”last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more “meaningful.”By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely on Facebook to share their content.The idea is to help users to connect with people they care about, not make them feel depressed and isolated.“The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post Thursday.“We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos — even if they’re entertaining or informative — may not be as good.”Shares of Facebook slid more than 5 per cent to $177.31 in premarket trading Friday after the change was unveiled.Under the revised regime, there will be fewer posts from brands, pages and media companies and more from people. There will be fewer videos, which Facebook considers “passive.” People will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result, the company says.That’s because even if people read such content on Facebook, they don’t necessarily comment or interact with it in other ways.But Facebook gave scant details about how it would define what’s “meaningful.”The changes could shrink the social media giant’s role as a major news source for many people.“It’s in the same direction that Facebook has been pursuing for a while: offering a place for discussion among individuals, a community space, rather than being a news source,” said Oh Se-uk, a senior researcher on digital news at the Korea Press Foundation.“It wants people who have been friends to become even closer, to have deeper discussions (on Facebook). Traffic to news media’s websites via Facebook will likely fall,” he said.The move will not affect advertisements — users will continue to see the same ads they have before, “meaningful” or not. But businesses that use Facebook to connect with their customers without paying for ads will also feel the pain.Facebook has long been criticized for creating “filter bubbles,” the echo chambers of friends and like-minded people whose views are reinforced by their friends’ posts on the platform.The company says that’s similar to how people make friends and interact with each other offline. Facebook says its research shows that users are exposed to more divergent views on its platform than they would be otherwise, but that’s hard to verify independently since the company is cautious about providing data to outsiders.Oh, the researcher at Korea Press Foundation, said it was too early to say whether the latest measure would reinforce Facebook’s “filter bubble” effect or not. “We won’t know until we see what happens.”The changes come after a tough year for Facebook that included congressional hearings on how Russia used it to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. Former executives and Facebook investors have spoken out about how it and other social media sites might be hurting rather than helping society and users’ psyches.Last week, Zuckerberg said his “personal challenge” for 2018 (something he’s done every year since 2009), will be to fix Facebook.“Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent,” he wrote.Tweaking users’ feeds may cause the social media platform to lose some of its lustre for content producers or media companies, especially video makers that cannot make money on Facebook regardless of how many of their videos go viral, said Cho Sodam, founder of Dotface, a youth-oriented media startup based in Seoul, South Korea.“No matter how well we do on Facebook and how great our videos are, making high-quality videos itself does not bring us any profit,” said Cho.The 1-year-old Dotface has 110,000 fans on its Facebook page, its primary channel for reaching viewers. Dotface’s videos about a South Korean mother giving a hug to young sexual minority people who could not tell their parents about their sexual orientation struck a chord with viewers around the world, accruing 5 million views and many shares, comments and likes. But those views, comments or share generated no revenue for Dotface.Cho said her company is expanding links to other platforms, such as YouTube, that share profit with content creators.___AP Technology Writer Youkyung Lee in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this story.last_img read more