Arrest made in case where mother fought off man who allegedly tried

first_imgWINNIPEG – A suspect has been arrested in a case where police say a Winnipeg mother had to fight off a man who tried to abduct her four-year-old daughter.Police over the weekend asked for the public’s help in locating 26-year-old Ruben Kyle Mawakeesick after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the alleged abduction that occurred late last month.Police say help from the public led them to a home Sunday afternoon, where they allege Mawakeesick resisted arrest and assaulted two officers.The mother was walking with her daughter last Thursday when police say a man grabbed the girl and attempted to leave with her.They say the mother fought the suspect and was able to safely retrieve her daughter.Police say the mother suffered a minor injury, and that the girl wasn’t physically harmed.They said after the incident that it appeared to have been random.Mawakeesick faces numerous charges that include abduction of person under 14 and sexual assault, as well as additional charges stemming from his arrest.Police allege that in addition to assaulting the officers, he also committed an indecent act while in custody at the police station.last_img read more

Albertas Opposition Wildrose members overwhelmingly approve merger with PCs

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose has overwhelmingly approved a plan to merge with the province’s Progressive Conservative party.Party members voted 95 per cent in favour of the deal, which would see the creation of a new United Conservative Party.The deal needed 75 per cent support to be approved.The results of the Progressive Conservative vote will be announced later Saturday evening.The PCs require a simple majority to approve the deal.PC Leader Jason Kenney and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean have been criss-crossing the province in recent weeks to drum up support for a merger.If both sides approve the deal, it will spell the end of the Progressive Conservative brand that governed Alberta for almost 44 years. That run ended when Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP won a majority in the 2015 election.A merger has been kicked around in various forms for a decade, but caught fire a year ago when Kenney launched his successful bid for the Tory leadership.More than 50,000 Tories and about 40,000 in the Wildrose had signed up to vote.There had been pockets of resistance amid concerns the new party would move far to the right on social issues and open a spot for other parties to grab centrist voters.Former PC president Katherine O’Neill left the party after Kenney’s leadership win in March and now runs Alberta Together, a political action committee looking to attract progressive conservative voters, perhaps through the Alberta Party.If the PCs approve the deal, it will launch a leadership race that already has three participants. Jean and Kenney have said they’ll run, and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer is already campaigning. Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt has said he is also considering it.As per the unity agreement, joint committees would be struck to get the machinery of a new party in place with constituency associations and candidates. The goal is to be ready for the next election set for the spring of 2019.Uncertainty remains over what happens if one side fails to ratify.Kenney has talked about a possible Plan B including some form of co-operation, such as the two sides not running against each other in certain constituencies.last_img read more

Spending from Trump Trudeau on infrastructure could drive up costs documents

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trump administration’s fledgling promise to spend $1 trillion on repairing American roads and bridges may have some unintended ripple effects in Canada.Newly released documents show that top civil servants in Ottawa worried earlier this year that Donald Trump’s ambitious infrastructure program that he talked about on the campaign trail could end up driving up the construction costs in Canada.Trump has long talked about a massive infrastructure spending program to prod his country’s economy, but the yet-to-be-released program has taken a back seat in a legislative agenda focused on an ongoing fight over health care, the country’s debt levels and tax reform.The longer it takes to approve a plan, the longer it may put off what a group of deputy ministers worried in February would be an upward pressure on construction prices.“The U.S. infrastructure plan, coupled with the Investing in Canada Plan, may drive up costs for materials and services in the medium term, thereby increasing the total costs of infrastructure projects in Canada,” read the minutes from the meeting inside the building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the document under the Access to Information Act.The concern was listed as an issue that could affect relations with provinces and territories that were banking on federal financial help to replace and build new roads, bridges, water and transit systems.Higher costs would mean that planned federal investments in infrastructure wouldn’t be able to buy as much new infrastructure as the Liberals hope, and potentially dampen any economic spin offs.The Liberals have banked on their infrastructure program to drive economic growth and job creation. The plan calls for $81.2 billion in spending over the next decade, not including some $90 billion in existing legacy funds the Liberals also want to spend.Most of the spending on the Liberal infrastructure program doesn’t happen until after 2021.Infrastructure spending was one of Trump’s key talking points on the campaign trail, which he billed as a way to stimulate the American economy and create millions of good-paying jobs and long-term economic growth — language not all that dissimilar from what Justin Trudeau used in promoting his infrastructure plan to Canadians during the 2015 federal election.Trump has also envisioned having the private sector help pay for his promise, which in reality is envisioned as $200 billion in federal funds to leverage $800 billion in private sector money; again, an idea the Liberals have captured in their soon-to-be launched infrastructure bank.The White House is reportedly set to give congressional lawmakers the outline of the infrastructure proposal this fall, although it’s unclear if Trump can get a bill passed before the end of the calendar year with divisions within the Republican ranks and opposition from Democrats.Meanwhile, the Liberals are trying to finalize funding agreements with provinces on their long-term infrastructure program to start moving money for long-term, large scale projects and get their new financing agency up and running by the end of the year.Why the two programs could drive up costs is chalked up to supply and demand economics.Industry officials point out that companies can increase the cost of their services if the market is flooded with open contracts. Materials suppliers could also boost rates as demand for their products increases.A spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the roll-out of the infrastructure program over a 12-year timeline should mitigate any concerns about prices rising too fast.“This will provide jurisdictions and asset managers with greater flexibility to prioritize and phase-in projects to best consider various factors, including the relative availability of particular goods and services, as market conditions evolve over time,” Brook Simpson said.“In addition, as these investments will be made over a long period, we can expect that the increase in demand for economic sectors contributing to infrastructure will lead to increase in supply, which could mitigate pressures on costs.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Many Canadians not ready for legalized pot poll finds

first_imgAlthough Ottawa has delayed legalizing recreational marijuana by a month, more than half of Canadians still think it’s all happening too fast, according to an exclusive poll for CityNews by Dart Insight.Last week, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Cannabis Act would go into effect on Oct. 17, a full 55 per cent of Canadians polled said they wanted the date pushed back by up to a year.In fact, three provinces — including Quebec, where the desire for a delay is highest — asked for more time to figure out how to regulate the production, distribution and consumption of pot.Members of the Senate’s Aboriginal people’s committee had also proposed a delay as they were particularly concerned about the risks to Indigenous communities already struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, mental health issues and a suicide epidemic.The government, however, promised the committee more funding for services, help with the licensing process and full reports to Parliament in the fall and within 12 months.Still, 53 per cent of those polled are worried marijuana will have a negative effect on their community. Six in 10 don’t believe their municipal police force is ready for the change, and 55 per cent don’t believe their province has plans to deal with impaired driving.Manitoba’s justice minister Heather Stefanson has said she’s concerned reliable roadside testing devices won’t be available by Oct. 17.The survey found only one in five (21 per cent) Canadians are likely to use marijuana when it’s legal — nine per cent are more likely to do so — and many are concerned about the health effects.Half are concerned about addiction for underage kids, and seven in 10 believe adults with children should be banned from smoking pot in their home.Most — 73 per cent — want pot regulated the same as cigarettes.Although provinces are creating their own distribution channels, seven in 10 Canadians are concerned a black market will continue for lower-priced pot.And while six in 10 Canadians are cynical about the Liberal government’s motives for legalizing pot, two-thirds won’t vote them out in the next federal election because of it.However, for at least one-third (35 per cent), marijuana legalization could affect how they vote.“It may well be that for many who were going to vote against the Liberals already it just adds one more log on the fire,” Dart Insight said.The survey was conducted between June 8 and 13 among 2,666 randomly-selected Canadian adults who are members of an online panel. It’s accurate to within +/- 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Proof of climate perils seen in cost for flood fire cleanups safety

first_imgSASKATOON – Canada’s minister for public safety and emergency preparedness has told delegates at an international irrigation and drainage conference that flood and fire losses are costing Canadian taxpayers $1 billion a year.Ralph Goodale also told the 500 delegates at the Saskatoon conference that climate change has resulted in storms that dump a year’s worth of precipitation in a matter of days, followed by severe drought.Goodale said the proof is in the amount of money Ottawa has spent to clean up flood and fire damage under the disaster relief program.He said Canada has spent more in the last five or six years cleaning up after wildfires and floods due to climate change than was spent in the entire previous history of the program stretching back to 1970.Goodale said the challenge for government is having the political will to do something about it over the medium and long terms.But he said government budget-makers are under huge pressure to fund projects that bring quick political gratification rather than build on longer-term objectives.(CJWW)last_img read more

In the news today Sept 7

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, Sept. 7———MANHUNT CONTINUES IN ST. CATHARINESPolice searched into the night for two armed men following a daytime shooting in St. Catharines, Ont., on Thursday that sent three people to hospital, two of them in life-threatening condition. Niagara regional police said late Thursday that officers were still looking for two men between the ages of 19 and 23 who were wearing hoodies and jeans. Const. Phil Gavin wrote on Twitter that detectives would be “continuing the investigation overnight,” and “The suspects remain outstanding.” Those injured in the shooting have not been publicly identified, but authorities said two were flown to trauma centres in life-threatening condition, while a third was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.———CALGARY MASS KILLER APPEARS BEFORE REVIEW BOARDA Calgary man who was found not criminally responsible after killing five people at a house party four years ago is scheduled to appear before a review board today to determine if he’s eligible for more freedom. Matthew de Grood was suffering from a mental disorder when he attacked and killed Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27, in April 2014. The judge ruled de Grood didn’t understand his actions were wrong. He is on medication for schizophrenia and his symptoms had been in “full remission” since July 2014.———NAFTA TALKS CONTINUE IN WASHINGTONCanadian and American negotiators resume their talks today on updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The talks continue after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s late night, 20-minute meeting with her U.S. counterpart, trade czar Robert Lighthizer on Thursday. Freeland called that meeting constructive along with the earlier two-hour session with Lighthizer at his office near the White House. She offered few details, sticking to her mantra of not wanting to negotiate in public — an agreement struck with Lighthizer as an act of good faith.———B.C. MUNICIPALITIES WANT POT MONEYThe advocacy group for local governments in British Columbia wants the provincial government to fork over a 40 per cent share of its marijuana tax revenue when the drug becomes legal. The Union of B.C. Municipalities has tabled a resolution asking the provincial government to provide local governments with $50 million of the projected provincial cannabis excise tax revenue of $125 million over the first two years of legalization. Representatives from city councils across the province will vote on the special resolution next week during the union’s annual convention.———CLEVELAND REMOVES ‘WAHOO’ LOGO IN TORONTOChief Wahoo will not be back in Canada. The Cleveland Indians altered their jerseys ahead of a four-game series that began in Toronto on Thursday, removing the controversial caricature of a First Nations man. Players wore a navy blue cap with a red C on it and the red-skinned, feather-wearing cartoon was removed from its usual spot on the left sleeve of their grey away jerseys as Cleveland took the field against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The move comes nine months after Cleveland announced that it would no longer use the logo starting with the 2019 season.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases the labour force survey for August.— The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Transport Canada will hold a phone-in media availability about the status of North Atlantic right whales.— Trial continues for British sailors Darren Smalley and Simon Radford, accused of assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015.— Premier Rachel Notley is scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Consulate of Ukraine to Edmonton.— The University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research make an announcement for the advancement of Indigenous health in Canada.— The City of Vancouver goes to court in a bid to close dozens of marijuana retailers operating without business licenses.— B.C. Finance Minister Carole James presents the first quarterly report and a review of the province’s fiscal standing.last_img read more

New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson seeks nod in Nanaimo BC byelection

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – Federal New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson says she’s been pondering her jump to provincial politics in British Columbia since the summer when she was approached by officials in Premier John Horgan’s office.The Nanaimo-Ladysmith member of Parliament said Wednesday she has no beefs with federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, but wants to run for the B.C. New Democrats to join the provincial government’s initiatives to improve housing and fight climate change.Horgan and current Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog joined Malcolmson at a news conference in Nanaimo to announce her plan to seek the nomination in the riding when a byelection is called.Krog, a five-term New Democrat, was elected mayor of Nanaimo last weekend and is expected to resign his seat within weeks, clearing the way for a byelection call in late December or early January.“We’ve been talking all summer and we were waiting until the municipal election result was clear before moving forward to announce my willingness to be the candidate,” Malcolmson said in an interview after her announcement.“As soon as Leonard indicated his candidacy for mayor … the premier’s office started working about reaching out in finding the best candidate,” she said. “I’m very honoured they chose me.”Malcolmson, the federal NDP’s women’s equality critic, said she told Singh and the caucus members that her jump to B.C. politics involves opportunities to become immediately and directly involved in the government’s housing and climate initiatives.“I’m trying to put myself most directly in the position of being able to influence the forces that coastal communities contend with,” she said. “The environmental and social problems facing my community can’t wait a year for the federal election.”Singh downplayed Malcolmson’s departure, saying she remains part of the greater New Democratic family.“Sheila Malcolmson is a great MP who has worked really hard for her riding, for the people of Nanaimo and she’s going to continue to do that,” he said in Ottawa.Horgan said he couldn’t be more pleased with Malcolmson’s decision to run provincially. He said he spoke with Singh, telling him that Malcolmson’s decision to run for his party strengthens the New Democrats across Canada.Malcolmson, who was invited to seek the nomination by Horgan, said she will resign her federal seat when the byelection is called.Former Burnaby New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart also left the federal New Democrat caucus recently and was elected as mayor of Vancouver.B.C.’s Opposition Liberals said in a statement that the party looks forward the byelection, but raised concerns about the New Democrats putting Nanaimo residents through a provincial and federal byelection.“The nomination of the current member of Parliament proves just how much the NDP takes Nanaimo for granted, putting local taxpayers on the hook for potentially not one but two byelections at a cost of well over a million dollars,” Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said in a statement.last_img read more

Minister Garneau orders handbrake safety measures after fatal CP derailment

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) — The Federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau has ordered that all railway companies must use handbrakes when trains are stopped on a mountain grade after an emergency use of their air brakes.The ministerial order takes effect immediately and comes after the fatal Canadian Pacific derailment in Field, B.C. on Monday.READ MORE: ‘Lives are changed forever:’ outpouring for families of B.C. train crash victimsThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada is leading the investigation into the incident, Garneau said in his statement that he has appointed a Minister’s Observer who is keeping tabs on the investigation.Transport Canada is conducting its own investigation for the purpose of compliance with the Canada Labour Code and the Railway Safety Act.The order will remain in effect for as long as necessary.Teamsters, which represents thousand of rail workers, is applauding the move, saying its a demonstration of Transport Canada’s commitment to rail safety.Please see my statement here regarding new precautionary safety measures following the Canadian Pacific derailment near Field, British Columbia.— Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) February 8, 2019last_img read more

BC premier rejects call to dump Speaker Darryl Plecas as legislature breaks

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA — The spring session in British Columbia’s legislature is wrapping up amid more political turmoil as Premier John Horgan rejects calls to replace Speaker Darryl Plecas.Horgan says he hasn’t been officially approached by the Opposition to replace Plecas with a Liberal member, but his answer in any case would be still be no.Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson told the legislature on the last day of the spring session that Plecas has embarked upon “intrusions” of employees of the legislature, including examining their workplaces.Plecas didn’t deny the allegations and told reporters that he’s head of security at the legislature and wants to ensure people’s data is secure.The NDP is governing with the support of the three Green party members in the legislature and Plecas was tossed out of the Liberal caucus shortly after taking the job as Speaker in 2017.A report by Plecas alleging misconduct and overspending by two top legislative officials resulted in former clerk Craig James taking early retirement, while sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz was cleared but remains on suspension amid a police investigation.last_img read more

Manitoba Mountie accused of shooting at jeep without cause after traffic chase

first_imgWINNIPEG — An RCMP officer has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, criminal negligence and other charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.Const. Abram Letkeman is on trial for the death of Steven Campbell during a traffic stop in Thompson, Man., in November 2015.At the time, the independent agency that investigates serious actions involving Manitoba police said the officer tried to stop a vehicle that was driving erratically.It said he fired his gun when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and struck him.One of the first witnesses at the trial was Campbell’s partner, Lori Flett, who testified that he did not have a weapon and that his hands were not on the steering wheel when the officer fired shots through the windshield.Under cross-examination, Flett admitted to having trouble remembering some events that day, and also said she had been drinking and has used cocaine.The trial is scheduled to last two weeks.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Seany Foundation Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over 60K

first_imgOn Monday, May 20, approximately 100 guests gathered at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, for the 3rd Annual Swinging for Seany Golf Tournament.The event — hosted by The Seany Foundation — raised over $60,000 for research and programs for children, teens, and young adults affected by cancer.The Foundation also announced the exciting news that, in 2014, the American Cancer Society will pass the torch to The Seany Foundation as the funding organization for Camp Reach for the Sky, a free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings.Golfers competed in fun contests for exciting prizes such as a stay at Wynn Las Vegas, and enjoyed a relaxing cocktail hour, silent auction, awards dinner, and opportunity drawing. Special guests that day included sports celebrities Kris Dielman, Chris McAlister, Tre McLeod, Jim Trotter, Jermaine Dye, and Scott Shields.The Seany Foundation hosts events to raise awareness about the devastating effects on kids with cancer and their families. It also seeks to raise funds for vital programs and research.last_img read more

Sammy Hagar Announces Acoustic4ACure Concert

first_imgOn Thursday, May 15, an all-star line-up of musicians will unite for the 1st annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.Acoustic 4 A CureAmong the stars set to perform are Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield (Metallica), Pat Monahan (Train), Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson (Heart) and many more.“Acoustic-4-A-Cure” was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, an on-going supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation.“I’ve seen first hand the great work they’re doing and how vital community support is,” Hagar said. “I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James (Hetfield) and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board, then Live Nation stepped up with The Fillmore and now we’ve got an epic event – the first of many hopefully – so we can help keep their research and programs funded and on the path to a cure.”“This is sure to be an unforgettable evening, and we’re so very grateful to the Hagar Family Foundation for their incredible support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital,” said Jean Nakamura, MD, Associate Professor Radiation Oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world, largely due to the ongoing support of our community.”The event takes place on May 15 at The Fillmore. More info can be found here. Tickets go on sale on March 21.last_img read more

Grand Ole Opry Concert Movie Teams Up With Country Cares For St

first_imgIndependent distributor DigiNext Films today announced that ‘Country Cares for St. Jude Kids’ has been named official charitable partner for the first-ever Grand Ole Opry feature film.DigiNext is donating a portion of every movie theatre ticket sold for American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry to benefit Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, one of the most successful radio fundraising programs of all time, which has raised $550 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.The film offers audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass, including live Opry performances and backstage conversations with Opry members, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker as well as The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge.The movie’s official trailer was recently released at• Advance tickets are available via partners and Fandango. • A limited special engagement at select theatre locations begins December 4. Additional North American dates and theatres will be added in early 2016.“We are delighted to partner with the Grand Ole Opry to bring cinemagoers and country music fans their first immersive, big-screen taste of the rich, 90-year tradition of ‘the show that made country music famous,’” said Bud Mayo, Managing Member of DigiNext and President of Carmike’s Alternative Programming and Distribution Division. “We are also proud to lend additional support to Country Cares for St. Jude Kids as our official charitable beneficiary, which has long been a favored charity of the cinema industry. The artists and the Opry already have a longstanding relationship with Country Cares for St. Jude.”Since 1989 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised $550 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in partnership with approximately 200 radio stations and listeners that have generously pledged their support during radiothons. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.last_img read more

Kenny Chesney Teams With ENGEL To Benefit No Shoes Reefs

first_imgKenny Chesney’s commitment to the world’s waters is as deep as his commitment to the No Shoes Nation.Having kicked off the No Shoes Reefs project in the St. Johns River, right in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Fla., the 8-time Entertainer of the Year wanted to find new ways to bring awareness, through the No Shoes Nation and tailgating together – and reached out to ENGEL, the original high performance cooler company, to create tools to make long days at the beach, a game or a stadium show even simpler.“The No Shoes Nation has a serious commitment to how they spend their time,” Chesney says. “When they tailgate, they are hardcore. So I wanted to find a company that understood durable, portable, lightweight and high performance. ENGEL’s all about functionality, whether it’s a backpack with a removable liner, an indestructible cooler or a tumbler that keeps drinks the right temperature for 36 hours – and won’t spill.”More importantly, ENGEL shares the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years’ commitment to ocean preservation. Working with the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program, Building Conservation Trust, they will donate a portion of the sales of No Shoes Nation-branded products to building artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, surrounding rivers and waterways.“It’s not just about doing business,” Chesney says. “It’s about creating something people will think is cool that also makes a difference in our world. When you can take something and make it mean more – especially for coastal preservation – that’s when I get intrigued.”The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) was founded in 2010 as the national marine habitat program of Coastal Conservation Association. BCT is a 501c3 non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to providing funding for local, state and national fisheries, habitat conservation and restoration projects. BCT has created a model for the successful collaboration of business, non-profit organizations and government agencies to revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.ENGEL CEO Paul Kabalin concurs, “At ENGEL, we make high performance coolers and 12 volt refrigerators that allow ambulances to store life critical medications, but we also use that technology to keep a family’s drinks and food cold and dry for an entire day. We take it all seriously, because we understand life is where you live it. For many of us, that means on boats and on the water. Like Kenny, we believe in protecting the ocean so it’s here for future generations.”Beyond ENGEL’s 23-quart capacity lightweight backpack and two tumblers, ENGEL’s No Shoes Nation line will also include signature coolers. All made of highly durable materials and construction, easily transportable and capable of keeping things cold all day.“This was a great way to up the No Shoes Nation tailgating game – and do some good for the No Shoes Reefs. If there’s one thing I know about my fans: they work hard, they play hard, but they also care about the world they live in. This is a way for them to do it all together. To me, that makes tailgating even more awesome: make memories, make a difference.”In the midst of his Spread the Love Tour, which will hit 14 major stadiums this summer, Chesney’s nearly two-hour shows have been bringing the summer alive across the nation. The man The Dallas Morning News deemed, “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” headlines.Fans can order the No Shoes Nation Tailgate Packs, Coolers and Tumblers at read more

MPTF Hosts StarStudded 11th Annual Evening Before Party

first_imgTelevision’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 11th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).Stars Attend 11th Annual Evening Before PartyCredit/Copyright: Getty Images For MPTFThe television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.“The health and social service needs of our community continue to grow, especially during these last few years. The cost of delivering much-needed care can be overwhelming to MPTF’s resources, which makes events like the Evening Before more important now than ever,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. “We are grateful to our sponsors and to all our donors from the television community for their support of this evening and throughout the year.”The 11th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Anthony Anderson, Julie Bowen, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Robert DeNiro, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Donald Glover, Tony Goldwyn, Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Eric McCormack, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Odenkirk, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Kevin Spacey, Octavia Spencer, Kasia & Jeffrey Tambor, Milo Ventimiglia, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, and Shailene Woodley.The Executive Host Committee included Susan & Matt Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Julie Chen & Leslie Moonves, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Channing Dungey & Scott Power, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Mike Hopkins, Toni Knight & Tony Vinciquerra, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Roy Price, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Karen Kehela Sherwood & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, Ally Walker & John Landgraf, and Dick & Noelle Wolf.This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, PEOPLE TV, and Target.Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Uzo Aduba, Riz Ahmed, Sasha Alexander, Jaimie Alexander, Debbie Allen, Aziz Ansari, Lauren Ash, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Bayer, Samantha Bee, Jillian Bell, Zach Braff, Madeline Brewer, Alison Brie, Logan Browning, Titus Burgess, Sophia Bush, Linda Cardellini, Michael Chiklis, Priyanka Chopra, Gary Cole, Mike Colter, Laverne Cox, David Cross, Viola Davis, Guillermo Diaz, Sarah Drew, Minnie Driver, Clea DuVall, Natalia Dyer, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Tom Ellis, O-T Fagbenle, Edie Falco, Fortune Feimster, Ben Feldman, Joseph Fiennes, Scott Foley, Jason George, Paul Giamatti, Walton Goggins, Ginnifer Goodwin, Max Greenfield, Grace Gummer, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Justin Hartley, Dennis Haysbert, Lydia Hearst, Patricia Heaton, Cheryl Hines, Jackie Hoffman, Anders Holm, Julianne Hough, Abbi Jacobson, Ashley Judd, Joe Keery, Minka Kelly, Vanessa Kirby, Zoe Kravitz, Amy Landecker, Ali Larter, Tatiana Maslaney, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jack McBrayer, Kelly McCreary, Joel McHale, Kyle MacLachlan, Chrissy Metz, Alyssa Milano, Janelle Monae, Ryan Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Noth, BJ Novak, Danielle Panabaker, Lana Parrilla, Dolly Parton, Mandy Patinkin, Jeremy Piven, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Posen, Andrew Rannells, Retta, Sam Richardson, Angela Sarafyan, Susan Sarandon, Reid Scott, Sarah Silverman, Alexander Skarsgård, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Abigail Spencer, Darby Stanchfield, Sharon Stone, Chris Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Jessica Szohr, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Trachtenberg, Alan Tudyk, Keith Urban, Courtney B. Vance, Lena Waithe, Matt Walsh, Kate Walsh, Susan Kelechi Watts, Ed Westwick, Samira Wiley, BD Wong, Evan Rachel Wood, Alison Wright, Bellamy Young, and many more.The “Evening Before” was designed as a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park by Silver Birches with specialty food provided by Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo.The event is designed after the highly successful “Night Before,” another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards for the past fifteen years to benefit MPTF.last_img read more

DGC kicks off TIFF with Top 15 new filmmakers list

first_imgAdvertisement X Facebook X TorontoInternationalFilm Festival X “These directors are all part of a new wave in Canadian cinema,” said Sonoda. “They are the daring, intense, sometimes hilarious filmmakers, whose names you’re going to hear people buzzing about at TIFF and festivals across the country this fall.”“The Discovery nominees are the 15 new directors to watch for this festival season,” said Veninger. “These are exciting new voices you don’t want to miss.”Follow us @DGCTalent on Twitter. #DGCAwards2017 Discovery Award Jury:Jury Chair: Ingrid Veninger (Porcupine Lake)Stephen Dunn (Closet Monster)Kevan Funk (Hello Destroyer)Chloé Leriche (Avant Les Rues) – Past winnerJohnny Ma (Old Stone)Ashley McKenzie (Werewolf) Public Schooled Still Night, Still Light Black Cop X The Crescent The 16th edition of the DGC Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Mary Walsh with special guests soon to be announced.The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 5,000 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming. CalgaryInternationalFilm Festival Indian Horse X X Ava Gregoire X Login/Register With: Mass for Shut-Ins A Worthy Companion X X X Never Steady, NeverStill X X X X Xcenter_img X X X X Sweet Virginia X TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2017 – The Directors Guild of Canada announced the 15 nominees for the 2017 DGC Discovery Award from eOne Headquarters in Toronto this morning. The Discovery Long List was presented by DGC National Directors Division Chair Warren P. Sonoda and Discovery Jury Chair Ingrid Veninger.2017 Discovery Award Long List Nominees:Carlos & Jason Sanchez – A Worthy CompanionSadaf Foroughi – AvaCory Bowles – Black CopCody Brown – GregoireStephen S. Campanelli – Indian HorseWayne Wapeemukwa – Luk’Luk’lKathleen Hepburn – Never Steady, Never StillKyle Rideout – Public SchooledJordan Canning – Suck It UpJamie M. Dagg – Sweet VirginiaSeth Smith – The CrescentSophie Goyette – Still Night, Still LightWinston DeGiobbi – Mass for Shut-InsSofia Bohdanowicz – Maison du BonheurIan Lagarde – All You Can Eat Buddha X X Suck It Up X X X X X AtlanticInternationalFilm Festival LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment X X X Maison du Bonheur X All You Can EatBuddha X X Advertisement Luk’Luk’l VancouverInternationalFilm Festival Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgPaul Brandt unveiled his Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame plaque at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. (Warner Music Canada) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Calgary star Paul Brandt unveiled his Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame plaque at a special ceremony Monday at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, where he also announced the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards will be held in his home city.Brandt was announced as an inductee in 2017, along with CCMA executive Harvey Gold.Organizers say the nationally broadcast CCMA show will land in Canada’s country music capital on Sept. 8, 2019. It’s the ninth time the city has played CCMA host in the show’s 41-year history.Alberta has a longstanding relationship with the CCMAs. Organizers have chosen the province 15 times as its stomping ground.This year, Hamilton is front and centre for the festivities on Sept. 9, with Shania Twain lined up to host. Country singer Terri Clark will be inducted into the hall of fame during the show.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

An army of stars seen — and Heard — at the Four

first_imgThe room spun with friends-of-friends, and bosom buddies, and “Jon Snow,” and the guy who killed Versace, and even the slightly hazardous paths-cross of Lily-Rose Depp and her ex-stepmother, Amber Heard.The annual InStyle party, during the fest! Saturday night! Held, as per usual, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and dipping down this year to the Four Seasons. That’s what!Johnny’s model daughter, with Vanessa Paradis, was one of the belles of the party all right, spending time talking to both Robert Pattinson and Timothée Chalamet, during different quarters. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Matthew McConaughey came early, and stayed later.Jude Law was the last celebrity standing. Advertisement Advertisement Are you getting the picture?Melissa McCarthy, getting raves for her TIFF flick, Can You Ever Forgive Me? was — amazingly — the second last celebrity standing. Looking fabulous, she and Jude had been hanging out on a sofa, kibitzing for a long time — and where does the time go? Yes, we forgave her. Login/Register With: Amber Heard attends InStyle’s TIFF celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday. (GEORGE PIMENTEL/GETTY IMAGES) Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Also on the cast are Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chan. Jonny will play Jorge/Ginger Lopez, a drag performer with Broadway aspirations, while Julia plays Pepper Smith, an It girl influencer.There is not yet a premiere date for Katy Keene, but we’ll definitely be tuning in. Former Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale will lead the cast of a planned Riverdale spinoff.The actress will return as the title character Katy Keene in Katy Keene from Riverdale.Written by Riverdale creator/executive producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, the new show follows the lives of four iconic Archie Comics characters, including fashionista Keene and Josie & the Pussycats leader Josie McCoy, played by Ashleigh Murray, as they chase their dreams in New York City. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lucy Hale Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

First Nations woman killed by train in Toronto was a witness in

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsA First Nation woman who was struck and killed by a freight train in Toronto Tuesday night was also a witness in a murder investigation and had allegedly been receiving death threats about testifying according to people close to her.Terra Gardner is believed to have been hit on the tracks near Young Street and Summerhill Avenue at about 10:25 p.m. close to a popular spot where people are known to drink by the tracks. Two other people are believed to have been with her at the time of her death.Gardner had been receiving death threats and was being called a rat for providing information in the Toronto homicide of First Nations man Leo Buswa in 2010.Buswa was beaten Aug. 29 that year and died a month later in hospital.Last month Gardner testified at the preliminary trial of Blake Paul, of Moose Factory, Ont., who is accused of second-degree murder. Paul was arrested in 2012 in Cape Breton, N.S.Gardner apparently was reluctant to testify and she was warned by officials that if she didn’t testify she would be held in custody until the trial, scheduled for later this year, according to Doug Johnson Hatlem, a street pastor with Sanctuary, an organization in Toronto that helps struggling people.“They did not give her adequate protection for testifying…in a major murder trial where she is being called a rat and being threatened and we had to literally beg to get her a second night in a hotel and she was testifying for five straight days,” said Johnson Hatlem. “They just wanted to give her the first night. She’s homeless. She’s vulnerable.”It’s not immediately known if Gardner’s death is being treated as suspicious by Toronto police but it’s leaving some to question the timing of the death.“That’s a potential,” said Johnson Hatlem. “It also could have been an accident. We don’t know that yet but given the circumstances if this isn’t treated at least a little bit suspicious it’s going to be really, really maddening.”Originally from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, located 40 km east of Fort Frances, Ont., Gardner was living in Toronto. She often went to Sanctuary for help.On her Facebook page dozens of people expressed sorrow upon learning of her death.“I just don’t want to believe it’s true and then I keep seeing everyone post about you being gone,” said one person. “The waves of sorrow are small right now but, I can feel them growing and it hurts more and more when I think I wont be able to walk do the street and see that beautiful smile of yours or get one of those super awesome hugs.”Police said they couldn’t release any information.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more