Canadas flawed extradition act on display with world watching Meng case lawyer

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s defective extradition system will be on full international display as the world closely watches the case of top Chinese corporate executive Meng Wanzhou, says a prominent lawyer who has fought major cases under the act.Defence lawyer Donald Bayne says Canada’s Extradition Act essentially gives judges no discretion — which means practically everybody gets extradited no matter how flimsy the evidence against the accused person.One of Bayne’s former clients, Hassan Diab, was extradited to France years ago on charges he’d bombed a Paris synagogue in 1980, even though the Ottawa judge presiding over the extradition case acknowledged the evidence was too weak to have led to a conviction in Canada.The case took six years to make its way through Canadian courts before Diab was sent to France. Last January, after Diab spent years in a French jail, the French dropped all the charges against him for lack of evidence and he returned to Canada.Meng was arrested in Vancouver earlier this month following a request from the United States, which is calling for her extradition over allegations she tried to bypass American trade sanctions on Iran and lied to U.S. banks about her actions.China threatened severe consequences for Canada if did not release Meng and, this week, Chinese authorities detained two Canadians on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Bayne says Canada is about to become the victim of its own faulty system as it now finds itself caught in the middle of an immense showdown between China and the U.S.He says because of the high-stakes nature of Meng’s case the federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould could block the extradition — but he believes such a step would be a first in Canada.Many questions have been raised about the legitimacy of the Meng case following U.S. President Donald Trump’s musing this week that he would be willing to intervene on her behalf if it would help him strike a trade deal with China.On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Meng could use Trump’s remark to help fight her extradition to the U.S.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa Senators owner Melnyk facing counterclaim for more than 1 billion

first_imgOTTAWA — The battle between Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and business partner John Ruddy over a proposed new downtown arena has escalated.Ruddy and Trinity Development Group Inc., are seeking more than $1 billion in damages from Melnyk and Capital Sports Management Inc., after filing a counterclaim on Tuesday.Last month, Melnyk filed a $700-million lawsuit against Ruddy, Trinity and others after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a plan to redevelop land at LeBreton Flats, which was slated to include a new NHL arena as well as other developments.In the counterclaim, Trinity calls Melnyk’s lawsuit “meritless” and says “the claim against John Ruddy is especially scandalous.”It goes on to say “CSMI’s and Melnyk’s true aim is to have the City of Ottawa or Trinity fund and build the $500 million Event Centre for the Ottawa Senators hockey team, with the Senators getting 30 years’ free rent. CSMI also wants the valuable naming rights and an unreasonable degree of control over the LeBreton project.”Melnyk’s group, in its lawsuit, claimed Trinity was developing an adjacent property that was in direct competition with LeBreton.The National Capital Commission, the crown corporation that controls the land at LeBreton, said last month that the Melnyk-Ruddy RendezVous LeBreton group had until January to resolve internal partnership issues, or it would look for other options to develop the site.Ruddy, in a statement, said he hopes to continue working on LeBreton.“Let me be clear, I am committed to moving this project forward,” he said. “The vision we’ve brought forward is the right one. I will work with the NCC, the City of Ottawa, and the community at large to advance solutions that will make this project a reality, and avoid losing these important lands for another generation.”The Senators currently play in the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, well outside the Ottawa downtown core. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crest expected next month Manitobas flood fears ease a bit with dry

first_imgWINNIPEG — Dry weather and a slow melt so far have somewhat eased the flood potential in Manitoba, although it will be a few more weeks until the threat passes.The provincial government says with average to unfavourable weather, the Red River should peak roughly at the same level as in 2009.Several communities in the Red River Valley had to close off some road access that year, and sections of roads, including the main highway between Winnipeg and the United States, were flooded for weeks.Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says water is expected to stay well below the top of ring dikes that protect towns and properties.He does warn that ice jams could develop and make for sudden flooding, but ice thickness has reduced in recent weeks due to warm weather.The Red is expected to crest at Emerson on the United States border some time between April 12 and April 23.Schuler said a combination of above-zero daytime highs and below-freezing overnight lows has helped reduce the snow pack slowly.“This kind of weather is perfect for us,” the minister said Wednesday.“We’ve said what we really needed to do was to pray for warm days and freezing at night and — ta-dah — we got it. And so far so good.“It doesn’t mean that things might not change in a week, and we do have some time before we see the peak coming.”The government has issued tenders for contractors to be on standby in case ring dikes need to be closed.One obstacle the Progressive Conservative government has faced has been in the legislature.Independent member Steven Fletcher blocked the government last week from passing an interim supply bill — legislation that lets the government start spending in the fiscal year that starts April 1 before its annual budget is formally adopted.The legislature is now on a break until Monday. Schuler said he hopes the bill can be passed that day so that the government can continue to operate. Even if the bill is somehow delayed further, flood work and any other needed spending will occur, he said.“We will use whatever measures necessary to protect Manitobans.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Visa rejections frustrate efforts to bring in more international students

first_imgOTTAWA — At a time when Canada is attracting more students from around the world, there are concerns qualified applicants from certain countries are getting turned away because of its visa process.Most students have been coming to Canada in recent years from India and China. Fazley Siddiq, a University of New Brunswick professor who served as dean of the business department, said visas have been a headache for applicants from countries like Pakistan and Nigeria.“It’s frustrating for the students, it’s frustrating for universities,” Siddiq said.“The security checks were so stringent that no one could make it. Or at least, in my experience, very few were given visas.”He added that the issue has been of particular concern in Atlantic Canada, where some universities are desperate for international students and “bend over backwards” to attract them.Siddiq said the situation has improved for applicants from Nigeria, but those from Pakistan have continued to see more refusals — in some years eight Pakistanis received acceptance letters from his department but none could get a visa.Canada wants to draw in more international students as a way to diversify classrooms and increase the economic benefits they bring, which already amount to billions of dollars each year. The economic impacts of foreign students rival Canada’s exports of auto parts, aircraft and lumber.Pakistan’s High Commission in Ottawa has urged federal government officials to address what its spokesman calls a “very high” visa rejection rate for the Asian country’s students.“Canadian universities are popular among Pakistani students, but due to visa difficulties increasing numbers of students is turning towards other countries,” Nadeem Kiani said in an email.“Consequently, Canadian universities are losing both high-quality students and revenue.”For example, Kiani pointed to numbers in government documents obtained through access-to-information law that show 2015 student permit applications from Pakistan had a success rate of about 32 per cent. The student-permit success rate for applicants from India that year was more than 68 per cent, say the data.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the approval rate for visas for Pakistani nationals has gone up under the Liberal government.Hussen also said the government will soon announce an expansion to a program — known as the student direct stream — to include applicants from Pakistan. The program, which already covers applicants from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, is designed to speed up the processing of student visas.A spokesman for Hussen said all applications are assessed in a fair manner, based on the merits of the case and in accordance with Canadian law.“You can’t compare one country to another,” Hussen said in an interview. “Each country has its own country conditions, economic circumstances, people have different travel history.”The application decisions are made by visa officers. Therefore, a key to helping more students receive permits, Hussen said, is connecting the schools directly to visa offices and embassies to explain the government’s criteria.It’s also important for applicants to demonstrate they can support themselves financially while in Canada, he said.Denise Amyot, the head of Colleges and Institutes Canada, said it’s often difficult for students from emerging economies to show that they have financial means to pay for their stays.More collaboration between visa offices and post-secondary institutions is also important to ensure applications are complete, she said.“(The visa officers) don’t have a lot of time when they examine an application, so as soon as there’s a doubt they could reject it,” Amyot said.“That’s we need to ensure as much as possible that all the info is there and it’s clear, and that there’s integrity to whatever information is there.”—With files from Teresa WrightAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hillary Clinton Honored At Golden Heart Awards

first_imgGod’s Love We Deliver honored former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with the first ever Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service at the 7th Annual Golden Heart Awards dinner benefiting God’s Love We Deliver on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.“I am deeply honored to present Mrs. Clinton with this award that means so much to me,” says Michael Kors. “She is a dedicated and enormously effective humanitarian whose commitment to community service encompasses the whole planet. Thanks to her talent, devotion and unrelenting efforts on behalf of those with much less, she has improved millions of lives and helped lay the foundation for a better, more just world.”Among the stars to attend the event – held at Spring Studios in New York City – were Jennifer Hudson and models Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes and Hilary Rhoda.In recognition of the important work of God’s Love We Deliver and the commitment of Michael Kors to help end world hunger, the Seventh Annual Golden Heart Awards dinner was held on World Food Day. God’s Love We Deliver board members Blaine Trump and Michael Kors helped serve as event co-chairs.God’s Love We Deliver also honored Aerin Lauder, Founder and Creative Director of AERIN and Style and Image Director of Estée Lauder, with the Golden Heart Award for Lifetime Achievement. Jeff Gates and Mike Moran, long-time volunteers and donors, received the Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.The Golden Heart Awards honor the important contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations to the organization’s cause. Funds raised at the event help ensure that no person in the tri-state area suffers the dual crises of hunger and life-altering illness.last_img read more

Evander Holyfield Gets Ready To Knock Out Prostate Cancer

first_imgAre you ready to rumble? Coming soon to knock out prostate cancer is boxing legend and five-time heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield.Since his retirement from boxing in 2011, Holyfield has dedicated his time to philanthropic activities through Team Holyfield, and will be featured in a public service announcement for the Prostate Cancer Foundation that encourages African-American men to get regularly checked for prostate cancer. Providence-based multi-disciplinary brand culture and communications firm (add)ventures will direct, film and edit the public service announcement – donating a significant portion of the public service announcement’s production costs. Holyfield is donating his time on the public service announcement – an endeavor that marks his commitment to serving as a goodwill ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.The public service announcement, which will be filmed on May 28 at a location to be announced, will feature Holyfield in his natural element – the boxing ring – as he tells his story of perseverance in the ring and in life. The piece will showcase that while strength, speed and stamina can be drawn upon to beat an opponent in the ring, other resources must be used when fighting an unseen force like prostate cancer – an opponent that could wind up causing a fight for life. The public service announcement will include a message from Holyfield that encourages African-American men to get checked for prostate cancer and directs them to www.pcf.org, the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s website.Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men, affecting a staggering one in seven men in the United States. Studies point to several factors that could influence an individual’s chance of developing prostate cancer including age, race and family history. Among the reasons that prompted Team Holyfield to champion prostate cancer awareness is the fact that African-American men are 1.6 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men, and 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease.“When prostate cancer is detected early enough, it is 100 percent treatable,” said Barbara J. Parsky, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “Getting regularly checked for prostate cancer is a surefire way to detect it early enough to offer all men more treatment options with potentially fewer side effects than if prostate cancer remains undetected or found at a later stage. We can’t thank Evander enough for lending his voice, influence and passion to raise awareness about this disease and the benefit of early detection.”Since hanging up his gloves in 2011, Holyfield has dedicated himself to doing service-based work that reflects his values and strong faith, which led him to establish Team Holyfield. Team Holyfield’s mission is to create and sustain relationships with individuals, companies and organizations that support altruism, community relations and humanitarian efforts and reflects Holyfield’s core values of “faith, family, foundation and future.” Holyfield is particularly interested in supporting initiatives that affect the African-American community. Prostate cancer is one such initiative.“We want to tell people to spread the word and encourage their fathers, brothers, sons and friends to get checked for prostate cancer,” said Holyfield. “This is an issue that affects all men and is in line with our mission to partner with incredible organizations and invest in their important work. I’m honored to go the distance for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Together, we can spread the word and hopefully knock out prostate cancer for good.”Upon learning of Team Holyfield’s interest in the cause, (add)ventures President and CEO Steve Rosa conceptualized a national awareness campaign around prostate cancer with the donation of (add)ventures’ public service announcement effort as part of his firm’s corporate philanthropy program – (add)love.“I grew up diagonally across the street from live boxing at Manny Almeida’s Ringside Tap in Fox Point so I know Providence’s rich boxing tradition well,” said Rosa. “I remember the stories of champions like Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano coming to my neighborhood so it makes me proud to bring another legendary champion to Providence – especially for such an important cause. Evander Holyfield is truly ‘The Real Deal’ in the ring and in life. Prostate cancer has attacked family and friends alike. I was happy to have our firm join Team Holyfield and the Prostate Cancer Foundation in this fight. Any fight is winnable with a champ like Evander in your corner.”last_img read more

Warren Buffetts Secret Millionaires Club Announces Grand Prize Winners

first_imgGenius Brands International proudly announce the winners of the 4th annual Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation.Congratulations to Individual Winner Miroslav Bergam, 14 of Short Hills, NJ and Group Winner Team Keep Track Sticky Back: Emily Harkins, 12 and Bryn Hansen, 11 of Omaha, NE.Over 4,000 kids from all over the country entered their innovative business ideas for a chance to win $5,000 and meet Warren Buffett. Mr. Buffett also awarded all of the finalists 10 shares of Berkshire Hathaway B Stock. The two winning ideas were picked by the judges for their creativity, entrepreneurship and ingenuity. To learn more about their winning ideas visit www.smckids.com.Miroslav’s winning idea was Beyond the Books. He developed a free education website that offers educational courses for students anywhere in the world.“I’ve never been to a competition like this,” said Miroslav Bergam. “This competition has brought me into a whole new world. It was just amazing.”Team Keep Track Sticky Back: Emily Harkins and Bryn Hansen’s grand prize winning entry is a plastic pouch with pockets that help organize people by having a sticky back to the pouch that will attach to anything.“It was absolutely mind blowing when we won,” said Emily Harkins and Bryn Hansen. “Being at this competition has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and we will never forget it.”The program and competition were created to encourage kids to be entrepreneurial and practice good financial habits from an early age. The SMC “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is open to kids 7–14. The competition, sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation to further its mission of improving [financial] education, launched on October 20, 2014, and ended on January 31, 2015.Five individuals and three groups were selected as finalists to present their business concepts to Warren Buffett and a panel of VIP judges in Omaha, NE on May 18, 2015. This year judges included:Otha Thornton, President of the National PTA Artis Stevens, Chief Marketing Officer of 4-H Ed Grocholski, SVP of Junior Achievement Roberta Wilhelm, Executive Director at Girls Inc. John Ziegelman, Portfolio Manager at Wolverine Asset Management, LLC. Andy Heyward, CEO of Genius Brands InternationalJake Johnson, SMC’s individual winner from last yearThe grand prize winning individual and members of one grand prize team each received $5,000. The runners up received $500. All finalists nominated a teacher/mentor who was inspirational to them in the process to join them in Omaha. The teachers of the grand prize winners also received $1,000.“My advice to all young entrepreneurs is to select someone they greatly admire as a role model and use them as a guide in their life,” said Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. “My role models are my dad, Benjamin Graham and Tom Murphy. They gave me guidance that helped me to shape my life and make smart business decisions. They, in fact, helped change the course of my life to make me the person that I am today.”The “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is a part of the Secret Millionaires Club Learn and Earn financial literacy promotion which is sponsored exclusively by the Fairholme Foundation and reaches over 250,000 classrooms and youth organizations with free tools and lessons for teaching good financial habits to youth.The Secret Millionaires Club animated series, created in partnership with and starring an animated Warren Buffett, features a group of kids who have adventures in business. Secret Millionaires Club empowers kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives…and teaching them to have the confidence to be the best they can be. The series makes it fun for kids to learn to think like entrepreneurs and features a robust list of guest talent including, Bill Gates, Jay-Z, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Cannon, Gisele Bundchen and Kelly Rowland. The celebrities play themselves; provide their own voiceovers and lend the lessons of their own life experiences in the context of stories that are relatable and inspirational to kids.last_img read more

Stars Go Red For Women

first_imgThe American Heart Association announced today that the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 presented by Macy’s will return to New York Fashion Week at Skylight at Moynihan Station on Thursday, February 11, 2016.The fashion show begins at 8 p.m. ET and is slated to feature more than 20 celebrities in couture gowns by top fashion designers.In an effort to amplify the message of heart health nationwide, the runway show will be preceded by a Livestream pre-show that will feature live interviews with celebrities and designers from the red carpet, take viewers at home behind-the-scenes, and even offer some tips for staying heart healthy, too. The Livestream will air on GoRedForWomen.org as well as Macys.com.Walking in this year’s Go Red For Women’s Red Dress Collection presented by Macy’s are: Candace Cameron Bure (Full House, Fuller House); Debbie Gibson (musician/producer); Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch); Fran Drescher (The Nanny, Happily Divorced); Gail Simmons (Top Chef); Gigi Gorgeous (model/social media personality); Kit Hoover (co-host of Access Hollywood Live); Lele Pons (social media personality); Madison Beer (musician); Marilu Henner (actress); Monica (singer); Olivia Culpo (Miss USA 2012); Skylar Diggins (WNBA basketball player); Soleil Moon Frye (blogger/Punky Brewster); Ta’Rhonda Jones (Empire); Tamron Hall (NBC’s TODAY & MSNBC’s NewsNation); and Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune).“The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement truly appreciates the opportunity to be a part of New York Fashion Week. The aim here is simple: to make heart health and a Well-Woman Visit this season’s must-haves from the runway,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association. “We are so thankful to all of the wonderful celebrities walking in this year’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection who are both supporting our cause and driving awareness around the need for women to schedule a Well-Woman Visit to fully understand their risks for heart disease and stroke.”The facts are clear: heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. The most important action: taking advantage of a Well-Woman Visit, an annual check-up that can provide personal health information and help assess risk factors for heart disease and stroke.Macy’s, the founding national sponsor of Go Red For Women, is the presenting sponsor of the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection. Macy’s has raised more than $55 million through the generosity and commitment of Macy’s associates and customers, which has helped fund women’s heart health research and education.“The Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection is such a special fashion show that touches the hearts of so many,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “The celebrities really are walking for a cause all the while inspiring millions to go red. We are thrilled to continue to sponsor the Collection and have our three emerging Fashion Incubator designers showcase their talents for three celebrities.”The Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 presented by Macy’s features three looks from designers in the not-for-profit, independently-run Fashion Incubator Programs housed at Macy’s: Conrad Booker from Philadelphia, Kajan “Cake” Carlos from San Francisco and Grace Lee-Lim from Chicago. Celebrities walking in these designs are Ta’Rhonda Jones in Conrad Booker, Kit Hoover in Kajan “Cake” Carlos and Vanna White in Grace Lee-Lim.To view the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 presented by Macy’s Livestream, go to GoRedForWomen.org/RedDressCollection.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Hosts Blue Diamond Gala Headlined by John Legend

first_imgThis week, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) hosted its Fourth Annual Blue Diamond Gala, a star-studded evening that featured an exhilarating performance by multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend.John Legend Performs At Fourth Annual Blue Diamond GalaCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for Los Angeles Dodgers FoundationComedy icons Arsenio Hall and George Lopez emceed the evening, which raised over $2.2 Million and was attended by 1,700 guests.The Los Angeles Dodgers Ownership Group presented the 2018 Blue Diamond Gala. The group includes Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Todd Boehly, Robert “Bobby” Patton, Jr., and Peter Guber. Serving as this year’s event chairs were Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Terri and Eric Holoman, William McMorrow, Stephanie and Nicholas Sandler, Sarah and Kurt Rappaport, Cindy Starrett and Allan Bates, and Renata and Ken Simril.Attendees included Los Angeles Dodgers Owners Mark Walter, Todd Boehly, Robert “Bobby” Patton, Jr., and Peter Guber, Manager Dave Roberts, Coaches Brant Brown, Bob Geren, Rick Honeycutt, George Lombard, Mark Prior, Turner Ward, and Chris Woodward, and Players Scott Alexander, Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Daniel Corcino, Josh Fields, Logan Forsythe, Erik Goeddel, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Rich Hill, Daniel Hudson, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenley Jansen, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy, Edward Paredes, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager, Ross Stripling, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Chase Utley, Breyvic Valera, and Alex Wood.Additional attendees included Former Los Angeles Dodgers Nomar Garciaparra, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Fernando Valenzuela, Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, and special guests including Chrissy Teigen, Terry Crews, Lisa DeBartolo & Don Miggs, Timothy Granaderos, Josh Henderson, Carrie Ann Inaba, Greg Louganis, Loni Love, Tito Ortiz, Emily Osment, Haley Joel Osment, Chord Overstreet, Holly Robinson-Peete, Marque Richardson, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Anne Winters, as well as Austin Ekeler, Anthony Lynn, Damion & Brandi Square from the Los Angeles Chargers, and many more!LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion Dodger fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in underserved communities. Proceeds from the Blue Diamond Gala will support the expansion of its direct programs — Dodgers Dreamfields and Dodger RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).last_img read more

Storefront Theatre closing seeking new location

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The company hopes to have a new permanent home by the fall, he added.“There’s always blessings in disguise and we’re really positive about this. When one door closes, a whole horizon opens up for you. We’re just experiencing this whole outpouring of support. A lot of people cut their teeth there and have some great memories,” Blais said, adding he recently attended the wedding of a couple who met on one of the company’s productions.The company will operate out of its secondary studio location at 296 Brunswick Ave. in the interim. Advertisement Company founder and artistic director Benjamin Blais said the theatre has been warmly embraced by members of the theatre community and patrons since it opened in December 2012.“We’ve got a very open, accessible and liberal view on how things should be created so we’ve given people opportunities when they were having doors closed in their faces,” Blais said. The independent Storefront Theatre company is closing its doors at the end of January after four years but hoping to reopen at a new location later in the year.The company announced it’s leaving its 955 Bloor St. W. location after four years of “protracted negotiations” with the property owner.“The company leaves behind its current location with a heavy heart. The Storefront has served as a trailblazer and beacon for the burgeoning movement of independent theatre in Toronto. The company hopes to reopen in the fall of 2017,” the company said in a statement. Facebook The company had been trying for a while to persuade the building owner to give it a long-term lease so it could mount a capital campaign to upgrade the building, which needs a speaker system and has only one washroom in the basement.“But (the owner) refused to give us a long-term lease. So we weren’t going to raise money from people to throw it away,” Blais said.Blais said the company has had to scrap six planned productions, although it has tentative plans to mount a few of them in other locations in the months ahead. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Dramatic dance work The Golden Penis offers feminist outlook on contemporary masculinity

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “I always saw myself as this nice, gentle guy who would go slowly in a relationship, but I realize I was doing that with the goal of being rewarded with sex. I would get angry if, after putting a great deal of work into a relationship, the girl would friend me instead of rewarding me with sex and that made me angry.“That is such a revolting attitude to take when going into any relationship. It’s deceitful. It’s manipulative. This kind of attitude is at the basis of male privilege because it means I feel I am entitled to sex from every relationship I put any effort into.”Ikeda says he learned another important lesson recently when he talked to a female artist he knows in Calgary. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Calgary dancer and choreographer Mark Kunji Ikeda has taken off his blinders.Ikeda feels he has spent his adult life perpetuating the dark undercurrents of male privilege and rape culture, and has created a dance and theatre piece called The Golden Penis which he hopes will help others open their eyes and ears as he has.“I never considered myself sexist or misogynistic, but when I began talking recently with some male and female friends I realized I held so many negative views and feelings as far as women go,” says Ikeda. Twitterlast_img read more

MAKING A BEAT WITH WONDAGURL

first_imgWondagurl – Samuel Engelking Login/Register With: READ MORE Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Since she broke out as a teenager, Wondagurl has been making a name for herself producing for Rihanna, Drake, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert. Meeting her at Revolution Studios, though, she’s still very much a reflection of her quiet suburban upbringing in Brampton.In a brief studio session hosted by Doritos, I sit with the producer (real name: Ebony Oshunrinde) to witness her creative process first-hand as she crafts a beat out of sounds from crunching, biting and everything you’d hear while devouring a bag of chips. That, and a sample that I’ve brought in for her to use.Somewhat timid in conversation, Oshunrinde moves with machine-like precision while working. Her training started at Chinguacousy Secondary School, where she enrolled in Grade 11 after moving from Mississauga. Known for its SciTech North program, the high school helped her foster her passion for producing by introducing her to classes that finally held her interest. By the end of the year she went from struggling to pass to making the honour roll.last_img read more

Seeing the World Through the Art of Cinema

first_img Login/Register With: “The Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke is a unique opportunity to enjoy the quality and diversity of cinematic works by Canadian filmmakers, as well as those from around the world. It is a great way to explore the many forms of this art that lets us tell our stories and reflects the richness of our culture.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“The Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke plays a vital role in the region by providing a venue for cultural exchange that strengthens ties between people from many different cultures, and promotes greater awareness and understanding.”—The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament (Compton–Stanstead)Quick FactsThe Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke screens a wide range of films from around the world and hosts various celebrations and education activities. There are also round-table discussions with directors, outdoor screenings, media arts forums and film presentations followed by discussions.This event, which draws about 8,000 visitors a year, showcases the talent of around 40 local artists and is supported by about 100 volunteers.Associated LinksFestival cinéma du monde de SherbrookeBuilding Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The funding, provided under the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, helped the Festival host its fifth edition at an array of venues in Sherbrooke from April 9 to 15. Film lovers had an opportunity to explore cultural diversity through screenings of more than 100 works by foreign and Canadian filmmakers.Quotescenter_img Twitter Facebook SHERBROOKE, QC – The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament (Compton–Stanstead), today announced $32,200 in funding for the Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke. Minister Bibeau made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Advertisementlast_img read more

ROM FACES METOO HEADON WITH ARTISTIC BALANCING ACT

first_imgThe Royal Ontario Museum has hurried together a summertime display devoted to the #MeToo movement to coincide with a photography exhibition by an artist accused of sexual assault.The ROM will announce on Friday that Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs will open July 21 and will be accompanied by a free exhibit titled #MeToo and the Arts. A tricky balancing act between showing a controversial artist and acknowledging his accuser, the approach is a marked contrast to institutions that have simply cancelled programming in the face of #MeToo allegations.The Toronto museum had yet to publicly announce the Singh show, which was the subject of an art performance and protest by the Brooklyn-based artist Jaishri Abichandani when it made its debut at the Metropolitan Museum’s Met Breuer satellite location in New York last year. Singh, a prominent émigré photographer, was well-known through art books filled with colour images of Indian life. He is acclaimed for successfully introducing colour to street photography at a time when Western photographers felt it cheapened the documentary value of the work. He died in 1999 at 56. Advertisement Man Diving, one of the photos in the exhibit Modernism on the Ganges. Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

DIVERSE SLATE OF VOICES AMONG POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE CONTENDERS

first_imgPerformers singing in at least five languages are among this year’s diverse selection of Polaris Music Prize nominees.Ten contenders were revealed for the $50,000 award, which goes to the best album from a Canadian artist or band, including the release Antisocialites from dream pop band Alvvays and Freudian by Toronto R&B singer Daniel Caesar.A number of Indigenous artists are represented among the short list. Newcomer Jeremy Dutcher duets with recordings captured on the East Coast a century ago in the Wolastoqey language, and rappers the Snotty Nose Rez Kids level honest takes on racism in Canada. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Projects by Quebecois artists Jean-Michel Blais, Hubert Lenoir and Pierre Kwenders are also among the listed albums.Rounding out the bunch are releases from two returning Polaris contenders — U.S. Girls and Weaves — as well as indie rock newcomers Partner.The Polaris winner will be awarded on Sept. 17 at a gala presentation held in Toronto. Advertisement Polaris Music Prize nominees Molly Rankin of the band Alvvays, R&B singer Daniel Caesar, and First Nations opera singer Jeremy Dutcher are shown in a composite image. They are a selection of artists in the running for the annual $50,000 award. (Left: Winslow Townson/Invision/The Associated Press, middle/right: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Most Canadians lack awareness of Indigenous People survey

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National News APTN is a media partner in the survey that gives us a glimpse at what non-Indigenous Canadians think, and what they know, about their Indigenous neighbors.The survey covered a wide array of topics, from racism, to residential schools, to reconciliation.It found there is a lack of awareness and understanding of Indigenous people among the Canadian public. At the same time, there is a strong desire to learn more. troache@aptn.calast_img

Open house in Iqaluit 20 questions with Hunter Tootoo

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter being away from the glare of federal politics since May 31, former Liberal cabinet minister Hunter Tootoo met with supporters and members of the media Monday in Iqaluit.Tootoo defeated Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq in the October 2015 federal election.But just seven months into his job as minister of Fisheries and Oceans, he suddenly resigned.last_img

AFN wants say in scope of MMIW inquiry BC regional chief

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations says it should be involved in developing the scope of the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and up until Thursday the Trudeau government has been shutting them out.British Columbia Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson said the AFN was not consulted at all about the national inquiry’s draft terms of reference, published by APTN Tuesday, nor was it involved in any other details including choosing commissioners.‎Gottfriedson leads the AFN’s portfolio on missing and murdered Indigenous women and went public with his concerns Thursday.Soon after he says he got a call from the federal government to arrange a sit-down meeting between AFN representatives and senior federal officials including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff.“It’s a huge oversight,” Gottfriedson said in an interview.“If they’re talking about a nation-to-nation and new relationship with First Nations, there should be input from native organizations. It’s not so much that we’ve been left out, but everybody’s been left in the dark.”Gottfriedson said the meeting is in the planning stages right now but he is trying to involve the AFN women’s council and plans to push the government to ensure inquiry commissioners have power to fully examine police.“We want to make sure the terms of reference are solid enough. … The intent is really about working openly and transparently. It’s really about our families,” he said.The federal government has said it’s “very close” to announcing the inquiry, which has faced delays.last_img read more