University of Toronto engineering student dies while at schools survey camp

first_imgTORONTO – The University of Toronto says one of its students has died while attending the school’s engineering survey camp in central Ontario.The dean of the engineering faculty released a note to staff and students informing them that an 18-year-old civil engineering student died at the facility on Gull Lake near Minden, Ont. on Tuesday afternoon.Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that an 18-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont., had drowned at the camp, which the university uses to train students in land surveying and project management.Neither the university nor police released the teen’s name.Engineering Dean Cristina Amon called the incident “heartbreaking” in her message and said counselling services would be available for all who need them.Activities at the camp have been cancelled for the rest of the week.“Today, our attention must be with those affected by this terrible tragedy,” Amon said in her message. “The thoughts of our entire community are with the family and friends of the student who died.”OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said police were called to the camp shortly before 5 p.m. after the teen became separated from a group of people who had all been in the water.“They commenced a search, located him, removed him from water and immediately commenced first aid and CPR,” Leon said, adding that the cause of the separation was not yet known.He said emergency responders were attending to the teen when police arrived on the scene, but the student was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to hospital.Alcohol or other substance use is not believed to be a factor in the death, Leon said.The University of Toronto Engineering Society issued a message of condolence to the community after learning of the student’s death.“Both those who knew the individual and those who did not may find themselves affected by this tragic situation,” the statement read. “We are fortunate to be part of a tight-knit community here at UofT Engineering, and today’s news comes as a shock to every one of us.”last_img read more

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Ontario to spend 90M to address overcrowding in hospitals during flu season

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will spend $90 million this year to fund hundreds of hospital beds ahead of flu season, a measure the province’s health minister said will help address the issue of so-called hallway medicine.Christine Elliott said the funding will help Ontario’s hospital system deal with overcrowding that has resulted in patients being treated in unsuitable spaces.“It’s unacceptable to see our loved ones treated in hallways and in storage rooms in our hospitals,” Elliott said Wednesday. “It’s no way to treat our loved ones.”The government will fund 1,100 hospital beds in total, including more than 400 opened under the previous Liberal government that will have their funding renewed. Some will turn into permanent beds, though the government could not say how many.In October last year, the Liberals gave hospitals an additional $100 million before flu season to create roughly 1,200 more hospital beds. The Progressive Conservative government could not immediately say how many of those beds — which are meant to bring temporary relief to hospitals at a busy time of year — are still operating.The government also said it will continue an expansion of the province’s long-term care beds planned by the previous Liberal regime, adding 6,000 new beds as part of a five-year plan to build capacity.“These are meaningful early actions we are taking to end hallway health care,” Elliott said.Premier Doug Ford said the additional beds mark just the first step in addressing the long-term needs of the health care system.“With an aging population, time is of the essence,” he said. “That’s why I’ve asked Minister Elliott to focus on building a strong, vibrant and sustainable health care sector that puts the needs of Ontario’s patients first.”Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said the Tory government is simply maintaining the flu season support his party brought in.“I don’t see where there is new capacity being built in there,” he said, noting the Tories have announced roughly the same number of beds his party did last year. “There’s nothing new here.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said last year’s Liberal commitment, and the latest spending by Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, falls far short of the $300 million she said is needed to help address hospital overcrowding.“This is not going to affect in any way the hallway medicine that is being experienced by people in our province,” she said.Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, said the additional funding won’t solve the root problems that have caused hospital overcrowding. The government should permanently fund the hospital beds and ensure that stable staffing is in place to begin to address the issue, she said.“The Liberals did the exact same thing last year, the previous year and the year before that,” she said. “That will not solve hallway medicine … because hallway medicine happens everyday, not only during flu season.”Wednesday also marked the inaugural meeting of the premier’s council on improving health care, a group meant to recommend possible strategies to improve the health care system and make it more efficient.The council is chaired by Dr. Rueben Devlin, a former Progressive Conservative party president and former CEO of Humber River hospital. The job, to which he was appointed this summer, comes with a $348,000 salary plus paid expenses.last_img read more

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Killer whales spotted in Vancouver harbour searching out seals Ocean Wise

first_imgVANCOUVER — Several killer whales have been hanging out in Vancouver’s harbour, entertaining onlookers and feeding on seals, sea lions and other cetaceans.Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, director of Marine Mammal Research at Ocean Wise, says the predators called Bigg’s killer whales are discovering hotspots with an abundance of harbour seals and Vancouver’s harbour may be one of those areas.The whales have been spotted in the harbour twice, and Barrett-Lennard’s research team has identified a group of five that came in on Tuesday as being a matriarch and her four offspring, between two and 18 years old.The pod that visited the harbour last week was also a mother travelling with three sons born between 1984 and 1997.The researchers are able to identify each killer whale by the distinctive dorsal fins and white saddle patches on their backs.Bigg’s whales, also known as transients, are still listed as threatened under the Species at Risk Act but the population is recovering with about 300 animals, in contrast to southern residents, which feed mostly on chinook salmon.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Accused had no motive to shoot police officer in Abbotsford BC defence

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Defence lawyers for the man accused of fatally shooting a police officer in Abbotsford, B.C., says he had no motive to pull the trigger.Closing arguments are underway in the trial of Oscar Arfmann, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Const. John Davidson in 2017.The case is being heard by judge alone at the B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.  Arfmann’s lawyer Martin Peters says there isn’t a “scintilla” of evidence linking Arfmann to Davidson, or any other Abbotsford police officer, before the shooting.He says the Crown’s case depends on conflicting witness accounts indicating suspicion, but not proof.The Crown has argued Arfmann ambushed the 53-year-old officer as he got out of his vehicle, shooting him twice from behind.It alleges Arfmann stole a vehicle two days earlier and shot at the dealership managers who confronted him, left the area briefly, then returned and shot Davidson when he arrived.Witnesses identified a black Mustang and man wearing a black leather jacket with a gun at the scene of the shooting, and that proves he’s guilty, the Crown alleges.But Peters argues there was too much variation in witness descriptions of the shooter to be sure, including one witness who reported the shooter had short curly hair, not Arfmann’s shoulder-length mostly straight hairstyle.“There is not a single witness who can say, ‘It was Mr. Arfmann who did it,’” says lawyer Frances Mahon, who is part of a legal team defending Arfmann.Mahon also questioned the Crown’s assertion that the rifle accepted as the murder weapon was linked to Arfmann.Arfmann’s DNA was found only on a small area of the gun and, since he was bleeding profusely at the time of his arrest, it’s possible that DNA was transferred by an officer at the scene, she says.None of Davidson’s blood was found on Arfmann, nor was Arfmann’s DNA confirmed on bullet casings found at the scene, Mahon says.“The Crown’s case is really only as strong as the foundation it rests on,” Mahon says. “We say it is not so solid as it appears at first glance.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Saskatchewan First Nation in dispute with province over airport funding

first_imgREGINA — A funding dispute has emerged between a remote First Nation and the Saskatchewan government over money to upgrade its runway.Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation Chief Louie Mercredi is accusing the province of abandoning its commitment to improve the runway of the airport near his northern community.He began lobbying for improvements to the airport after one person died after a plane crash there in December 2017.The federal government announced in February it was giving $12 million for safety upgrades at the airport.Mercredi says the province also promised funding for the runway.Saskatchewan Minister of Government Relations Lori Carr says the province never received a completed application for the project.She says officials requested in June that the First Nation hand in a full application, but it was not done.Carr says Fond du Lac’s existing runway is safe to use and the Transportation Safety Board didn’t find the airstrip contributed to the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BC supports Scheers call for federal money laundering inquiry Eby

first_imgVICTORIA — A campaign promise to launch an inquiry into money laundering by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is receiving strong support in British Columbia where illegal cash has skewed the real estate market and helped fuel the opioid crisis.Scheer made the announcement during an Ontario campaign stop, saying the inquiry will focus on cleaning up the real estate sector.B.C. Attorney General David Eby says he doesn’t want to wade into the federal election campaign, but any call by political parties to fight the nationwide issue of money laundering is a step forward.The B.C. New Democrat government called an inquiry into money laundering last May following independent reviews that found crime groups were funnelling billions of dollars into illicit drugs, real estate and other parts of the economy.Eby made the comments after speaking to a conference of crime, finance and real estate experts examining money laundering in Canada.Former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen will head the B.C. inquiry, which has the power to compel witnesses to testify.This report by The Canadian press was first published Sept. 23, 2019. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NL Marijuana Party hopeful misses nomination deadline over paperwork confusion

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland beekeeper who intended to run as a Marijuana Party candidate in this month’s federal election had his hopes dashed when he realized too late that he was missing necessary paperwork.Brendan Quinlan said a series of miscommunications left him scrambling at the last minute, and he missed a Sept. 30 deadline to file the paperwork needed to make his candidacy official with Elections Canada.“I found out basically everything too late,” Quinlan said from his home in Holyrood, N.L.After speaking with a Marijuana Party organizer to start the process, Quinlan saw his named listed in the newspaper as an interested candidate and thought he had done all the necessary work.He learned too late that there were more forms to complete and signatures to collect, leaving him and his passionate — but politically green — volunteers with little time to learn the campaigning ropes.Quinlan said he believes the odds are stacked against inexperienced candidates running for smaller parties with little financial and logistical support.“If you’ve got no one to show you the way … it’s quite difficult,” Quinlan said.Blair Longley, the leader and chief agent of the Marijuana Party, said he never spoke to Quinlan personally before the nomination deadline, and instructions on how to set up a campaign slipped through the cracks.There has been a relatively low follow-through rate for interested candidates since the Marijuana Party’s establishment in 2000, Longley said: about 75 per cent of those who express interest don’t end up on the ballot.Longley said his decentralized party runs on a “broken shoestring budget” and prospective candidates are often overwhelmed by the work it takes to get their campaigns off the ground.The Marijuana Party lost a significant portion of its membership in the early 2000s to larger political parties, including founder Marc-Boris St-Maurice, who left to join the Liberal party. Longley became leader in 2004 when he was the only person willing to step up.With its membership numbers gutted and cannabis officially legalized last October by the federal Liberal government, the future of the Marijuana Party is hazy. But the party has four candidates in the running this year.Longley said legalization in its current form does not reflect the long-held vision of the Marijuana Party, arguing, among other things, that new regulations continue to criminalize cannabis users through impaired driving laws.He also takes issue with the fact that federal government has not apologized for cannabis prohibition, and small cannabis producers and consumers are still not able to get ahead in a system that benefits larger producers.Longley is realistic about his party’s chances. He said he does the minimum necessary to keep the party registered, but it gets harder every time.Still, he said the Marijuana Party will hang on as long as possible as a small statement of opposition to what he calls “bogus legalization.”“From my point of view, it’s better to do something than nothing, even if what you can actually do is next to nothing,” he said.For Quinlan, his campaign’s failure to launch has not diminished his passion for policies such as expunging the criminal records of people with cannabis-related convictions and empowering small farmers.He said he’s learned from the experience and plans to run in the next election as a candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Avalon riding.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Amy Winehouses God Daughter Gets Gory For Animal Advocacy

first_imgEver since she shot to fame performing on Strictly Come Dancing, 17-year-old Dionne Bromfield has been known for her soulful voice, which is reminiscent of that of her late godmother, Amy Winehouse. Now, the talented singer’s advocacy for animals will be well known, too.Dionne Bromfield – Here’s the Rest of Your Fur CoatCredit/Copyright: PETA UKIn her new anti-fur ad for PETA, Bromfield holds a bloodied, skinned fox and stares pointedly into the camera above the words “Here’s the Rest of Your Fur Coat”.“Not only is fur cruel, it’s also totally gross”, says Bromfield. “I mean, who wants to wear the skin of an abused animal? Not me! I watched one of PETA’s fur videos, and I challenge anyone who wears fur to watch it, too. Seeing these terrified animals as they have their skin ripped off their backs just so that someone can walk around in a fur coat or hat really upset me – but it also inspired me to try to raise awareness about the fur trade.”Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted. Sometimes, they are even skinned while still alive. More than 2 million cats and dogs are skinned in China every year – many while fully conscious. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood have all publicly sworn off fur. With so many stylish alternatives available, there’s no excuse to harm a hair on an animal’s head.Bromfield joins a long list of celebrities – including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Joss Stone, Mark Ronson, Ke$ha, Rylan Clark, Natalie Imbruglia and Jamelia – who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against the fur industry.For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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Greys Anatonys Kevin McKidd Named As Cancer Charity Ambassador

first_imgCahonas Scotland, the national charity dedicated to raising awareness of Male Cancers, is delighted to announce a new Ambassador of the charity – Scottish actor Kevin McKidd.McKidd – who currently stars as Dr Owen Hunt in hit US series Greys Anatomy – is one of Scotland’s most well known actors, having starred in hit film and TV series including Trainspotting, Brave and Rome.Kevin said, “I am very pleased to become ambassador of Cahonas Scotland. The charity is determined to improve awareness by focussing on early diagnosis, reducing stigmatisation and by making more people aware of the signs and symptoms of Male Cancers. I look forward to supporting the charity in its aims to bring a positive change in Male Cancer Awareness.”Ritchie Marshall, Founder of Cahonas Scotland added: “We are really pleased to welcome Kevin to the charity. The support of Ambassador to the charity will add tremendously to the work we already do in raising awareness of Male Cancers.“Kevin’s kind support to our cause will be a fantastic asset to Cahonas Scotland moving forward and we are honoured to have him on board”last_img read more

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StarStudded PSAs Say No More To Domestic Violence

first_imgViacom Velocity Creative has partnered with Mariska Hargitay, founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, to create a star-studded NO MORE PSA Campaign.NO MORE is a public awareness movement aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. The PSAs will feature a unique collaboration of celebrities including: Courteney Cox, Dave Navarro, Sophia Bush, Sway Calloway, Nick Lachey, Bow Wow, Danny Pino, Debra Messing, Samantha Ronson and Ice-T.The new Viacom Velocity-produced PSAs will air throughout the summer across Viacom’s networks – MTV, Spike, Comedy Central, TV Land, BET and more.“For the first time in history, the domestic violence and sexual assault movements are coming together under one symbol and one unifying message: “NO MORE. Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.” You can’t overstate the significance of that unity,” said Mariska. “Because these issues have been so underfunded, organizations have had to stand out — and, by definition, stand alone — to receive support: “We’re not like that organization over there, so please honor our grant request, and not theirs.” It’s not that explicitly stated, but that’s the spirit in which they’ve had no choice but to work.“But that is changing. It’s not a coincidence that the first word in the NO MORE declaration is “Together.” That’s very good news for those working to end this violence. At the same time, that unity is bad news for perpetrators. They benefit from silence, from a spirit of scarcity in the movement, from fractured efforts against them. To all of that, we say: NO MORE. Over the next three years, the PSA campaign will roll out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters across the country, and in major airports and medical facilities.“In other words, it will be impossible to ignore. It will also allow us to develop new and meaningful partnerships with visionary organizations like Viacom to spread this message. And most importantly, it will give the field of hardworking organizations that have done so much with so little over the past 40 years a tool to highlight and validate their own work, their own local media relationships, and their own fight to be heard.”Additional celebrities in the PSAs include: Blythe Danner, Anthony Edwards, Tim Gunn, Jemima Kirke, Natasha Lyonne, Christopher Meloni and Blair Underwood.Find out more here.last_img read more

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New Documentary To Follow Sam Simons Fight Against Cancer And For Animals

first_imgFusion today announced a documentary project with critically acclaimed television writer-producer Sam Simon.The Simpsons co-creator has given Fusion exclusive access to the final months of his life, allowing the network to document the powerful and emotional story of his fight in two battles — one against cancer and another for animal rights.In late 2012, Sam Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer which has since spread to several other organs. As he battles the cancer, Simon is giving away most of his fortune to save animals from harmful and abusive situations worldwide.“Sam Simon is a singular figure. Our hope is to pay tribute to his life and career while also sparking an important conversation about animal rights and empowering young people to be a catalyst for change,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee.Sam Simon is the critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director of Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Drew Carey Show & The Simpsons, which he co-created. He is the recipient of nearly a dozen Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody award. Well known within the entertainment industry for his major philanthropic efforts, Simon founded the Sam Simon Foundation, whose mission is to “save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.”Simon is a longtime member of the National Board of PETA and has also contributed to Captain Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a global marine conversation organization which combats whaling and illegal fishing around the globe.In 2011, Simon also founded The Sam Simon Foundation: Feeding Families, a mobile vegan food bank that currently feeds 400 unemployed families each day.The documentary project is being produced in conjunction with Wayfarer Entertainment.last_img read more

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Vanessa Hudgens To Perform At Event Honoring Diane Warren

first_imgThe Point Foundation (Point) has announced that Vanessa Hudgens, Joey McIntyre and Sam Harris will perform at the Voices On Point fundraising dinner and concert honoring Diane Warren this month.The September 13 “Voices On Point” concert and dinner is a benefit for Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The evening features performances and appearances by celebrities, as well as some of Point’s 80 current scholars and 184 alumni, who will share with the audience their compelling stories of perseverance and success.Also appearing at the event will be David Foster, Jason Collins, Judith Light and George Takei.Point Foundation will honor songwriter Diane Warren with its Leadership Award, given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Warren has repeatedly spoken out against bigotry of all kinds, including discrimination directed at the LGBTQ community.The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

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Sir Elton John Thanks Australian Prime Minister For Supporting Global Fund

first_imgAs part of his recent Australian Tour, Sir Elton John met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to thank him for supporting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, and urged him to do more.Sir Elton took to Instagram to say: “Thank-you Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for welcoming me so warmly into your office. Thank-you for supporting the Global Fund in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Together we can all make AIDS history.”The Austrailian PM replied in kind, saying: “Elton John wrote in recent years: ‘It is all too easy for political leaders to think about AIDS only in the abstract. It is all too easy for them to forget that there are real people counting on them for help, people who deserve the same chance to live a long life as anyone else.’“He has spent much of his life reminding people of the human toll of AIDS – as well as reducing the stigma around AIDS and lobbying Governments to help eradicate it.“Australia has a proud record in fighting the spread of HIV infection, both at home and in our region. The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Australia has remained stable over the past three years, and is low by global standards. We have also pledged $200 million to The Global Fund for 2014-16 to help global efforts in eliminating AIDS, as well as tuberculosis and malaria.”Since the year 2000, infection rates have fallen by 36 per cent in countries in which the fund is active, proving that with focus and support, AIDS can be beaten. There is still more work to be done, but with the support of politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and countries like Australia, initiatives such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria will prove successful.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img read more

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Guillermo Del Toro Hollywood director live blogs his Hamilton experience

first_imgIt’s lured artists, and chefs, and scores of Torontonians. Now Hamilton has drawn famed Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro, and he’s going public with his love.The director is live tweeting his experiences in the city — mostly around food and books — as he films The Shape of Water here. And he’s delighted residents by being effusive about it.“I know there’s a Seedy side of Hamilton- but you can feel a transformation from the last 5-6 years,” he tweeted, calling the city “full of promise and surprises.” Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook It’s not his first time here. Del Toro, known for films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, scouted locations for Pacific Rim. Two years ago, he filmed part of Crimson Peak at the Scottish Rite of Hamilton.Del Toro’s pro-Hamilton tweets drew excitement from residents, who crowded his mentions with gratitude and restaurant tips.“If you’re looking for a dinner guest, I’m available!” one person said. Guillermo Del Toro poses in Beverly Hills, California, in this December 18, 2006 file photo. The filmmaker who was directing two movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” has stepped down after two years on the project amid studio delays and schedule conflicts. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Quebecor Fund announces list of funded production companies and programs – Nearly

first_imgAdvertisement The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors today announced the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive 33rd-round funding under the Fund’s Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) following October 3, 2016 submissions. In this round, Quebecor Fund will disburse a total of $1,959,051 to the following production companies: PVP Animation III inc., La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.), Production Cheval-Serpent inc. (Aetios Productions inc.), Cineflix Media Inc., TVA Productions II inc., Kondololé Films inc. and Télévision Illimitée inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.). The seven selected productions will air on the Canadian broadcasters ICI Radio-Canada, BBC Kids (BBC Canada), Knowledge Network, TVA, CASA (TVA Group), Télé-Québec, TVO and TFO.Since its inception in 1999, Quebecor Fund’s MPAP program has supported 229 projects involving 70 production companies, 41 Canadian broadcasters and 32 foreign broadcasters. During this period, the Fund has distributed more than $64 million to support the multiplatform components of the funded projects (which amounts to 72% of the total sums invested in multimedia by the participating production companies) and more than $7 million to support the television components of the same projects, for a total of nearly $72 million.Of the funding granted to date by Quebecor Fund to support television and multiplatform production, 26% has gone to programs for children/youth, 24% to documentaries, 40% to variety/performing arts, and 10% to drama. Facebook Quebecor Fund, a major source of financing for Canadian television, event and film production and for digital media content, is an independent fund with a mission to support the development, production and marketing of high-quality content and its exploitation on various interactive platforms that use new information and communication technologies, such as video on demand (VoD), mobile devices and high-speed Internet. Its new Export Assistance Program (EXAP) supports export initiatives by funding the development of audiovisual content adapted for non-Québec and international markets as well as marketing efforts.Quebecor Fund was established through Videotron, which provides more than $7 million annually in broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the Canadian industry.RECIPIENTS:Belle et SébastienPVP Animation III inc.                                        – Canadian broadcasters: ICI Radio-Canada, Knowledge Network, BBC Kids (BBC Canada)– International broadcasters: CNC, M6, Canal +, Piwi +, ZDF (France) / RTS (Switzerland) / VRT (Belgium)Belle, a big, good-natured dog, and Sébastien, a plucky boy, are always ready for adventure. Together, they explore the mountain, solve problems for the villagers, outwit their adversaries and take all kinds of risks to help friend and foe alike. The digital component includes an online adventure/puzzle game that lets kids embark on interactive adventures in which Belle and Sébastien work hand-in-paw, as well as a mobile app where children can play an exciting action game in which Belle and Sébastien hurtle down the snowy mountainside.La Voix (season 5)La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.) – Canadian broadcaster: TVALa Voix will be back on our screens in February 2017. As in years past, the four coaches will be seated in the iconic red armchairs with their backs to the contestants, who must try to win them over with their voices alone. In the final episode, the audience will be called upon to cast the deciding vote. The interactive site will offer an immersive experience featuring a wide selection of exclusive content. The website’s fully revamped homepage will use cinemagraphs to grab users from the moment they arrive on the page.Cheval-SerpentProduction Cheval-Serpent inc. (Aetios Productions inc.) – Canadian broadcaster: ICI Radio-CanadaThe new series written by Danielle Trottier is set in the Cheval-Serpent, a strip bar run by Dorice McQuaid and David Gauthier where male dancers entertain women. The well-known establishment is part of what makes Montréal a party town. But mayor Laurent Saint-Pierre doesn’t want strip joints in his city. The virtual reality experience Au cœur du Cheval-Serpent plunges users into the fascinating world of strip clubs through personal encounters with its denizens. Users can enter the 360-degree experience with a VR headset, a mobile device or on the Web.Buying and Selling (season 5)Cineflix Media Inc.   –      Canadian broadcaster: CASA (TVA Group)–      International broadcaster: HGTV (USA)Trading up to a new house is a major life event. Jonathan and Drew Scott team up to help homeowners renovate their property so they can get the best price for it and buy their dream home. In the Buying and Selling game for tablets and smartphones, players buy, renovate and decorate houses in an imaginary city in order to sell for maximum profit.Salut Bonjour (season 28)TVA Productions II inc.  – Canadian broadcaster: TVATwenty-eight years after it first went on the air, Salut Bonjour is an institution on Quebec morning television, the place Quebecers go for the information they need to start their day. Over the years, Salut Bonjour has built a close relationship with its audience by remaining true to its mission of informing and entertaining at the same time. The magazine-style website, organized by theme, contains videos, articles and exclusive content that often goes viral on social media.Ping et PongKondololé Films inc.   – Canadian broadcasters: Télé-Québec, TVO, TFO and Knowledge NetworkThe Ping et Pong series for preschoolers stimulates music and language learning. Ping and Pong are inseparable friends who love to play around with sounds, words and music. Every new adventure makes them sing! Ping et Pong offers children three musical activities designed for 3-6 year-olds: La musique est partout, Le grand ménage des sons and Jam avec Ping et Pong. Children discover music, sound and language through activities that are both educational and fun.Accès Illimité (season VII)Télévision Illimitée inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.)  – Canadian broadcaster: TVAAs the title suggests, Accès illimité gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the private lives of Québec celebrities who are in the news. The variety/documentary show is hosted by Anouk Meunier and Jean-Philippe Dion. Its digital component extends the open relationship established with the guest on the show to an exclusive, personal user experience.Quebecor FundQuebecor Fund, a non-profit organization, is a private fund incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions pertaining to the Fund, including its priorities, and is entirely and exclusively responsible for its funding decisions. The date of the next round of funding under the Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) is Monday, April 3, 2017. For more information, please visit the Quebecor Fund website at www.quebecorfund.ca. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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DHX Media Garners 23 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations for its Outstanding Programming

first_imgDHX MEDIA:THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (5)DHX-Hour Productions XXIII Inc.Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesMichael Donovan, Peter McBain, Steve DeNure, Mark Gosine, Jenipher RitchieBest Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesVivieno Caldinelli, Michael Lewis – “Episode 6”Best Photography in a Variety Program or SeriesIan Bibby – “Episode 6”Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesMike Allison, Mark Critch, Bob Kerr, Greg Thomey, Jon Blair, Tim Polley, Heidi Brander, Adam Christie, Scott Vrooman, Jeremy Woodcock, Dean Jenkinson, Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh – “Episode 3”Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Susan Kent, Shaun Majumder, Meredith MacNeillDEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (3)DHX MediaBest Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesLinda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinksi, Matt Huether, Stefan Brogren, Stephanie WilliamsBest Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesEleanore Lindo – “#ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin’”Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesAlejandro Alcoba – “#YesMeansYes”THE DEEP (2)DHX Media & A Stark ProductionBest Animated Program or SeriesAsaph Fipke, Avrill Stark, Steven Wendland, Chuck Johnson, Ken Faier, Chris Rose, David Whealy, Robert ChandlerBest Sound in a Variety or Animated Program or SeriesJonny Ludgate, Jeff Davis, Melanie Fung, Ray Zhao – “Here Be Dragons”INSPECTOR GADGET (1)DHX MediaBest Direction in an Animated Program or SeriesPhillip Stamp, William Gordon – “Gadget 2.0 Part 1/2”MAKE IT POP (1)DHX MediaBest Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesThomas W. Lynch, Nick Cannon, Steven DeNure, Anne Loi, Tracey Jardine, Jim Corston, Mark PurdyDHX TELEVISION (PARTNER SERIES BROADCAST ON OUR SUITE OF KIDS’ CHANNELS):FANGBONE! (4)Radical Sheep Productions Best Animated SeriesMichelle Melanson-Cuperus, John Leitch, Michael Rex, Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott, Susie GrondinBest Writing in an Animated Program or SeriesMike Kiss – “The Polluted Light of Destiny”Best Writing in an Animated Program or SeriesRichard Elliott, Simon Racioppa – “The Field Trip of Mayhem Part 1/2”Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and YouthFangbone: The BillbariansPietro Gagliano, Michala Duffield, Joshua Manricks, Todd Feaver, Michelle Melanson CuperusBACKSTAGE (2)Fresh TV Inc.Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesBrian Irving, Lara Azzopardi, Jennifer Pertsch, Tom McGillis, George ElliottBest Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and YouthBackstage: Too Much KeatonRyan Andal, CJ Hervey, Michala Duffield, Todd Feaver, Brian IrvingTHE NEXT STEP (1)Temple Street Productions Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesBrittany RaymondLOST & FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS (1)Temple Street ProductionsBest Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesJeni RossGAMING SHOW (IN MY PARENTS’ GARAGE) (1)B-MinorsBest Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or SeriesScot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Jesse ShamataWE ARE SAVVY (1)B-MinorsBest Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or SeriesScot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Adrienne Reid, jeni b.JUSTIN TIME (1)Guru StudiosBest Direction in an Animated Program or SeriesHarold Harris – “Babushka’s Bear”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). DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM), the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has received 23 nominations for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, as announced earlier today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. With nominations for both live-action and animated work, in categories ranging from writing to performance to digital media, DHX Media series nominated in recognition of their contributions to Canadian television include, This Hour Has 22 Minutes; Degrassi: Next Class; The Deep; Inspector Gadget; Fangbone!; Backstage and The Next Step.“Congratulations to our amazing and ingenious in-house production team, and to our brilliant Canadian production partners, whose collective creativity has secured 23 nominations for DHX Media,” said Steven DeNure, President and COO, DHX Media. “We are thrilled to have five of our original series and seven of DHX Television’s series recognized across a number of categories for Canada’s most prestigious television, film and digital awards.”A full list of DHX Media nominations include: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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SLAIGHT MUSIC RESIDENCY SPOTLIGHT ALUMNUS AND OLAFS FROZEN ADVENTURE COMPOSER JEFF MORROW

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The CFC is currently seeking nominations for the next Slaight Music Residency, a creative and business initiative for Canadian composers and songwriters. In the coming weeks, we’re going to continue highlighting Slaight Music Residency alumni through featured Q&As, during which we will discuss their past, present and future work in the screen-based entertainment industry.Our second CFC Music Spotlight focuses on Jeff Morrow, alumnus of the 2012 Slaight Music Residency. Since leaving the CFC, Jeff has written music for Marvel’s Ant-Man, Fox’s The Peanuts Movie, Dreamworks’ Trollsand Disney Animation’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.WHAT EFFECT DID THE SLAIGHT MUSIC RESIDENCY HAVE ON YOUR CAREER? FOR EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE COLLABORATED WITH PROGRAM MENTOR CHRISTOPHE BECK. It sounds trite, but the CFC was life changing. It was the fulcrum of a huge shift in my career. Advertisement Thanks to the Slaight Music Residency, I’ve had the chance to score artful, award-winning indies and popcorn blockbusters. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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TIFF 18 Share Her Journey rally shows support for equity in film

first_imgThis last year in the film biz wasn’t pretty.The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements helped expose some of the seamier stuff that goes on in the movie business, underlining the obvious: Change is a must.Sexual harassment has to stop. Gender parity must become a reality. Advertisement Advertisement Mia Kirshner, actor, and co-founder of #AfterMeToo, will speak at Saturday’s Share Her Journey rally. (GETTY IMAGES) Advertisement Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you want to contribute to change, hop down to King St. W. this Saturday and join the Share Her Journey rally at TIFF 2018. It’s one of the most talked about events at the film festival this year.People will be gathering outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox at King and John Sts. at 10 a.m. in a show of support for equity and justice. TIFF urges people to turn up and speak out against the systemic inequality in the film business. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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EDMONTON FILMMAKERS TO APPEAR AT PRESTIGIOUS SUNDANCE FESTIVAL

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Edmonton director Trevor Anderson, local cinematographer Peter Wunstorf and Alyson Richards on the set of Docking in L.A. FISH GRIWKOWSKY / POSTMEDIA Advertisement The Sundance Film Festival — touted as the most important independent film festival in North America — will play works by local filmmakers Trevor Anderson and Niobe Thompson when festivities kick off Jan. 24.Anderson’s new, four-minute film, Docking, which explores the filmmaker’s fear of dating, will be seen in the Midnight Shorts section of the festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah. Though Anderson has had two films previously viewed at Sundance, he is nonetheless thrilled to have Docked make the festival lineup.“It hasn’t lost any of the adrenalin spike that comes with that phone call,” said Anderson, a former actor, director and writer in theatre who has created 11 films since he branched into filmmaking in 2005. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Most of his work is on his website, trevorandersonfilms.com. But Edmonton audiences will have to wait to see Docking at the Docking Variety Hour, presented by Anderson at the Garneau Theatre at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.The film, said Anderson, feels like a “very fast blockbuster.”“We’re riffing on science fiction, horror, and we wanted to pack the feeling of those into four minutes to make it seem like an intense creature-feature.”Other former Edmontonians have a part in Docking, including production designer Todd Cherniawsky (Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Star Trek: Discovery; Avatar) and editor Justin Lachance (Sharp Objects; Big Little Lies). Locally-based cinematographer Peter Wunstorf shot the film. Fish Griwkowsky, an Edmonton Journal arts writer, is associate producer and puppeteer on the project.Edmonton’s Niobe Thompson has a short film appearing at Sundance called Fast Horse. SUPPLIED /POSTMEDIAFast Horse, by Edmonton filmmaker Niobe Thompson of Handful of Films, will compete in the International Shorts program at Sundance. (Readers may also be familiar with Thompson’s work; in September, he debuted a three-part series called Equus: Story of the Horse on CBC television.)Fast Horse, which is 13 minutes long, is about the horse-racing tradition among Plains First Nation. Thompson followed a Blackfoot team from the Siksika First Nation over the course of a year to make the film. Directed by emerging Indigenous filmmaker Alexandra Lazarowich, the film focuses on Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow and new jockey Cody Big Tobacco as they challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy.“Indian relay is North America’s original extreme sport,” said Thompson, who was travelling in Australia and not available by phone, in an email.Commissioned by the CBC, Fast Horse was recently awarded best short documentary after its world première at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto.Fast Horse and Handful of Films’ other new short film, Boy Nomad, were both recently selected for a world tour hosted by the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the world’s largest adventure filmmaking festival. The best films of each year are selected for a 12-month theatrical run, playing in 45 countries to an audience of more than 600,000 at more than 1,000 worldwide screenings.By LIANE FAULDER | Edmonton Journal Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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