Leonard Cohens son says the singer was confident Donald Trump would be

first_imgCohen died in California a day before Trump stunned his country and the world, defeating Hillary Clinton. Though he was closely associated with Montreal, his hometown, he also lived and worked on the American west coast. They assumed the medical marijuana he was ingesting clouded his logic, he says. Cohen’s son says the notion of Trump winning seemed “absurd” to everyone around his father. Advertisement “He was one of the only people I know, who had the most absurd prediction that anybody in my midst would dare have: he predicted Donald Trump was going to be the president of the United States, which of course made us all laugh hysterically.” Advertisement OTTAWA — Leonard Cohen told his family, in his final days, he was confident Donald Trump would be elected president of the United States. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’m a captive, I’ve got no other purpose or mission,” he says. Twittercenter_img Facebook “He was stoned out of his mind,” Adam says. “What did he know, we thought. But it turns out the old man was right.” Adam says his father knew 2016’s “You Want It Darker” would be the final album he produced. He recalled once asking him how he was producing such “astoundingly clear and powerful vocals.” Advertisement Login/Register With: In his 1990s song, “Democracy,” Cohen sings: “From the fires of the homeless/From the ashes of the gay/Democracy is coming to the USA.”His Juno win marks the second time Cohen has received the artist of the year award, after winning in 2013. “This is my message, this is my last message.”BY David Friend – The Canadian Press The Montreal singer-songwriter’s son Adam recalled the prediction at Saturday’s Juno gala dinner, where his father received a posthumous artist of the year prize.last_img read more

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CraveTV and Just For Laughs Partner to Create Three Original StandUp Specials

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2017 – CraveTV, Canada’s premium TV streaming service, announced today that it has partnered with Just For Laughs on three CraveTV Original Stand-Up comedy specials for its streaming audiences in Canada. This marks CraveTV’s first commission of original stand-up comedy, which will stream on CraveTV in 2018 and anchor the streaming service’s popular Stand-Up Comedy Collection. Showcasing homegrown talents Debra DiGiovanni, Darcy Michael, and Graham Chittenden, the specials taped yesterday and today at Toronto’s Berkeley Church during the JFL42 Festival. Now in its sixth year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival and has established itself as one of the world’s most successful and cutting-edge comedy events. This year’s Festival runs until September 30.“We’re excited to broaden our original production strategy for CraveTV to include stand-up comedy, and couldn’t ask for a better partner than the team at Just For Laughs,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Debra, Darcy, and Graham are incredible talents and we can’t wait to bring their acts to CraveTV”.Bell Media and Just For Laughs have a long history of joining forces to bring audiences hilarious hits, such as five seasons of the original stand-up series JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS (Season 5 premieres Saturday, September 30 at 9 p.m. ETon The Comedy Network); six seasons of FUNNY AS HELL hosted by Jon Dore; and numerous original specials like ELLIE KEMPER: UNBREAKABLE COMEDY GALA, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS, JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: WHITNEY CUMMINGS BLEEP SHOW, SETH ROGEN’S HILARITY FOR CHARITY, and more. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A mainstay of the Canadian comedy scene for 15 years, Debra DiGiovanni is known for her hilarious stand-up comedy and appearances on television series like VIDEO ON TRIAL, Just For Laughs ALL ACCESS, and The Comedy Network original series, MATCH GAME. She was also a finalist on Season 5 of LAST COMIC STANDING. Currently based in Los Angeles, DiGiovanni is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winner.Vancouver-based Darcy Michael has appeared at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal for five consecutive years. He also co-starred in two seasons of the CTV original comedy series SPUN OUT.A familiar face at the Just For Laughs Festival, Graham Chittenden is also a writer on the hit comedy series MR. D. Known for his fresh and clean, but still relentlessly funny style of humour, the Canadian Comedy Award-nominee has also appeared on television series like MATCH GAME, COMEDY NOW!, and MTV SHOWTOWN.Co-produced by Just For Laughs Television and Counterfeit Pictures, in association with Bell Media’s CraveTV. Executive producers are Bruce Hills and Gilbert Rozon from Just For Laughs and Dan Bennett, Shane Corkery and Anton Leo from Counterfeit Pictures. The specials are directed by Shelagh O’Brien. For Bell Media, production executive is Bill Lundy. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.CraveTV Social Media:@CraveTVCanadaFacebookInstagram#iCraveFridaysFacebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsAbout CraveTV:Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.Just For Laughs Television is one of the world’s leading producers of stand-up comedy and variety programming.  JFL’s productions have been seen in Canada on CBC and an array of Bell networks and platforms (The Comedy Network, CTV, CTV2, The Movie Network, HBO Canada, CraveTV and Snackable), and internationally on HBO, FOX, ABC, MTV, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, TBS, CBC, IFC, W, The CW, RTL, TF1, Comedy Central, Showtime, Hulu, SeeSo, BBC1, BBC America and TEN Australia. Beyond stand-up, the TV franchise Just For Laughs Gags has also become a household name worldwide, being seen in 135 countries, on 95 airlines, and on its own YouTube channel which has over 9 billion views. Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group, with growth concentrated on four major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production; live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, and more). Its inaugural Montreal Festival is 35 years old and is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming 2.5 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Netflix deal doesnt solve real cultural issues

first_imgAs the fury over a sweetheart deal for Netflix rages, one thing it has exposed is how unwilling the Liberals are to address the hard issues affecting Canadian cultural policies – apparently as unwilling as their Conservative predecessors.When Quebec vowed this week to go it alone in an attempt to get Netflix to collect provincial sales tax, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his commitment to let the American streaming service continue to escape the GST – because to do otherwise would raise taxes on the middle class. That kind of populist if nonsensical position – if middle-class Canadians chose to buy new services, why should we not pay existing taxes on them? – was the hallmark of Stephen Harper’s refusal to engage on the issue.Another tricky question that Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly never even raises in the 38-page report, titled Creative Canada, is that of foreign ownership. Canada has a series of laws and policies that prevent foreign control in a wide range of cultural activities from broadcasting television programming to selling books and distributing movies. (Canada is not alone in thinking like this; many countries, including the United States, have traditionally kept foreigners from buying their broadcasting networks.) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The notion has always been that Canadian control promotes Canadian content, although the relationship is not always that direct and depends more on a producers’ economic interests than patriotism: Foreign-owned companies can make money publishing Canadian books, for example, while the business model for Canadian broadcasters relies heavily on U.S. shows.Still, the scandalous Netflix deal does support one argument often made in favour of national ownership: It’s easier to get Canadian companies to play by Canadian rules. (Apparently in exchange for escaping any taxes, Netflix made a commitment to spend $500-million in production in Canada over five years, a sum that seems to represent what it would have been spending already and can include U.S. productions that are merely shooting in Canada.)READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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BILL BOYD AND CBC RESOLVE LAWSUIT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement David Hutton, CBC Saskatchewan’s Managing Editor, said: “The CBC reported on a matter of public interest. We regret if Mr. Boyd or anyone else believed that the CBC was implying criminality or illegal conduct on the part of Mr. Boyd. That was not the case.”The matter was resolved without financial consideration. REGINA – Bill Boyd and the CBC have resolved the lawsuit commenced by Mr. Boyd in 2016 following the publication of two articles written by Geoff Leo about certain land transactions in connection with the Global Transportation Hub. The resolution was reached after the parties participated in a confidential mediation process. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook Bill Boyd said that he is pleased to have the matter concluded. “For me, this was never about the money,” said Boyd, “this was about defending my reputation.”About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’strusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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CANADIAN MUSICIAN FALLS TO DEATH FROM PLANE WHILE WINGWALKING FOR VIDEO SHOOT

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement On Monday, McMurray’s management team released a statement on his death. It said he’d been training for the stunt for months.McMurray planned to walk on the wing of a small Cessna plane while rapping for the video. During the shoot, he walked too far out on the wing and sent the aircraft into a downward spiral.The artist fell and didn’t have time to pull his parachute. He died on impact.The pilot was able to right the plane and no one else was hurt.Athlete turned stunt-musicianMcMurray, who was born in Calgary but lived in Los Angeles, made his rise in freeskiing. He switched from professional sports to music after a slough of injuries — including a broken back — more than a decade ago.His management team said his love for extreme stunts has remained a pillar in his music career.“His passion for making music videos and performing stunts were combined, and Jon pushed music in a new direction that was unchartered territory,” the statement read.His lifelong friend, fellow freeskier Rory Bushfield, posted a tribute to McMurray on Instagram on Sunday night.“He was living his ultimate dream, free and full,” wrote Bushfield, 35.McMurray’s management team said he was an “incredibly passionate person.”“He truly had a heart of gold. Jon would want to be remembered as a beacon of light.”McMurray leaves behind his wife, parents and brother.The RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating his death.With files from CBC and Brady Strachan LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement A professional rap artist and athlete has died after an airplane stunt for a music video went wrong above the B.C. Interior.Jon James McMurray, 33, was being filmed wing-walking when he fell and died on Saturday.His body was found in a field in the community of Westwold, northwest of Vernon, just before 7 p.m. PT.last_img read more

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BCSHOT HARRY AND MEGHAN MOVIE SEQUEL DRAMATIZES THEIR LIVES AS NEWLYWEDS

first_imgMeghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a musical performance as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “Harry and Meghan’s core values are put to the test as they try to find the balance between honouring Royal tradition and staying true to their beliefs,”  a press release says.The sequel casts new actors in the lead roles, with Tiffany Smith playing former U.S. actress Markle, while Charlie Field plays the prince.Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal airs May 31 on W Network.THE CANADIAN PRESS Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A sequel to the made-for-TV movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s whirlwind romance will hit screens next month.W Network set the date for Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal just as the real-life couple awaits the arrival of their first child.The British Columbia-shot film is a followup to 2018’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance and promises to delve into the first year of marriage for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Saskatchewan Chief will not receive severance

first_imgAPTN National NewsCouncillors in the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation have done an about face when it comes to a decision to pay it’s disgraced chief a severance package.Chief Terrance McArthur was forced to resign and eventually sentenced to 9 months in jail for sexually assaulting a minor. McArthur is appealing the charge and is on bail.Some people in the community want the entire council dismissed.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

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Prince Albert police make arrest in connection with savage attack on Marlene

first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice in Prince Albert, Sask., have made an arrest in connection with a savage attack on a Cree woman earlier this month.Police issued a statement Sunday saying a 29 year-old man had been charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault. The man was arrested Saturday evening and police executed a search warrant at his residence.The arrest was made in connection with the attack on Marlene Bird, 47, who was found on June 1 in a Prince Albert parking lot with her face mutilated and body burned. Doctors were forced to amputate both of Bird’s legs and skin grafts have been used to help reconstruct her face which was peeled back from chin to forehead on one side. Bird is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation.The police statement did not say what investigators were seeking at the residence. The man, whose name was not released, is in custody and is scheduled to appear in Prince Albert provincial court on Wednesday, the statement said.An officer with the police service told APTN National News more information would be unveiled at a press conference Monday.Bird is still recovering in hospital.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Winnipeg backs call for murdered missing inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg’s council added its voice Wednesday to the call for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women.The vote comes after what some have called a turning point this summer in Winnipeg. The murder of 15 year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in the Red River, touched a nerve right across the country.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

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Inuk Soldier Wanted To Die After Decade of Racism Sexual Harassment Broke

first_imgDennis WardAPTN InvestigatesAfter she phoned her sister, Cpl. Esther Wolki took a knife and began cutting into her arm.A decade with the Canadian Forces, including a tour in Afghanistan, the racism, sexual and emotional harassment had finally broke her.“I started cutting very slowly, inch by inch,” said Wolki, in an interview with APTN National News. “And then I did both wrists. But still, I wasn’t feeling anything. So I cut into my veins.”Forty minutes passed before someone found her and it was only because she forgot to lock the door ‎of the room she was in at CFB Shilo.She would spend the next three weeks at a psychiatric hospital in Brandon, Man.It was Nov. 15, 2014‎.On Thursday, Gen. Tom Lawson, the commanding officer of Canada’s armed forces acknowledged a problem with sexual misconduct in the military and he promised action. The military released a report from an internal review which found there was a “culture of misogyny” in the ranks.But for Wolki, it’s too late. She can’t wait for her military career to come to an end. An Inuk woman from a small community in the Northwest Territories, Wolki joined the military shortly after graduating from high school.Now Wolki’s days at the CFB Shilo begin by counting out the handful of pills she needs to get her through the day. She needs them to keep her alive and prevent another suicide attempt.“I’ve been scorned, scorned so hard from the military that I don’t think I deserve to live and I think suicide is the right for me to do because I think it’s the only peace I will get,” she said.Her military career wasn’t supposed to be this way.“It was pretty awesome at the start,” said Wolki.Wolki’s story begins in the small Arctic community of Paulatuk which sits perched on the northern-most tip of the Northwest Territories. Here is where she spent her childhood, a happy-go-lucky time dreaming of seeing the world. That was part of the desire that drew her to the Canadian Forces, but there was also a practical motivation.“I wanted to join so I could see different places and get out of Paulatuk, but mainly to make money for my family,” she said.Wolki ended up at CFB Shilo, which sits about two hours west of Winnipeg. It is one of the largest military bases in Canada. It is also where Wolki experienced the darkest moments of her life.“It started pretty much the first week I got there. There was other Native men there, Indians. And everybody presumed they were all my cousins and they’d ask me “You, this is your cousin, right? You guys are dating, right? Isn’t that would you guys do down in Northwest Territories,’” said Wolki.She still remembers the words of one soldier.“I was sitting there and he was like, ‘You know these people eat raw meat and piss in a bucket and wash their face with their piss because it’s warm,’” said Wolki. “He said, ‘Just quit and go back home and be a drunk like the rest of the Eskimos.’”Wolki said the comments made her feel ashamed.“They made me feel ashamed to be Inuit and from the North,” she said.Some of the worst comments came from superior officers, said Wolki.“You guys are the scum of Canada because you take welfare and you take up the government’s money.  You don’t work for it. When you get your money, all you do is drink it up and you guys are drunks,” Wolki remembers one senior officer saying.By the time she was packing her gear to deploy for Afghanistan, Wolki said she’d been labelled a drunken Eskimo and a dirty Indian.Still, she soldiered on.Wolki was stationed a forward operating base on the front lines in one of Afghanistan’s most violent regions.“A lot of people got hurt and passed away while I was on tour.  And it was really sad to see the soldier’s carried away in their caskets.  And their buddies holding up the casket,” she said.Like many other soldiers, Wolki returned from Afghanistan disturbed and depressed by what she witnessed.“The nightmares I’d have were…I’d be in my combat clothes but in the house. And I’d be getting dragged down, downstairs into the basement by Taliban. And it was like that every other night,” she said. “I’d dream about being in Afghanistan and being shot up. And seeing my friends all lying down. Seeing my family members getting blown up. I remember trying to save some people and I was carrying a kid and there had been an explosion and everybody was dead. And I’d wake up screaming.”Wolki said she feels her requests to be tested for post-traumatic stress disorder and other possible health problems were ignored.Former veteran’s ombudsman Ret.-Col. Pat Stogran said many soldiers like Wolki are let down by the system.“There are far too many cases of not only people in similar situations to this young lady but also people who have gone one step further out of despair and killed themselves,” said Stogran, who was 31 years in the military.But things were about to get worse for Wolkie. She would face one of the darkest moments of her life in November 2014.She was at a local watering hole n Brandon having casual drinks on a casual night when agreed to go to a house party in the city’s south-end with some male soldiers.Things took a nefarious turn.“There was one guy who was sober and I thought he was OK and I asked if he could watch over me.  And he took me to the washroom and pushed me down on the bathroom and he pulled down his pants and he said just do it,” she said.“And I was thinking it’s probably better than being raped because an hour before the guy I went to see, he was…I was kissing him in the washroom and he kept trying to turn me around and pull off my pants and I kept saying no.”Wolki was desperate to get out of the situation.The police report tells the rest. It said Wolki locked herself in the attic and shouted for help out the window, prompting neighbours to call 911. Neighbours said they heard a woman screaming saying she was being held against her will.Brandon police initially took three males into custody that night, but later released them because the officers felt Wolki’s claims were “unfounded.”Wolki says the Brandon police officers who dealt with the case treated everything like a joke, even warning her to stay out of attics.Back at the base, her superiors weren’t laughing and they also had little interest in her side of the story.One senior officer blamed her for embarrassing the soldiers.“He’s like you got these soldiers in shit and you probably ruined their night and that’s all he was saying to me you made the regiment a disgrace, you’re a disgrace to the regiment. This was all… that’s what he was saying to me,” she said. “They thought that everything was my fault and that I ruined the guy’s lives and I ruined their night for them and likely ruined their job.  That’s when they started yelling at me saying I was a disgrace to the military.”She wasn’t offered an ounce of compassion.“They didn’t even ask if I was OK or hurt, they just wanted me charged,” said Wolki.A week later, she decided to kill herself in Shilo, the place that caused her so much anguish.She placed one last call to her sister Celina in Paulatuk.“I answered the phone and she sounded really different.  She said I’m, I don’t want to leave anymore.  I don’t want to deal with them anymore,” said Celina Wolki.Then, the phone went dead and the sister panicked, she feared the worst was about to happen. And it almost did.Back at the base, Esther Wolki grabbed a knife to cut.Wolki still struggles to stay alive. The nightmares continue.Stogran said the military has a serious problem dealing with mental health issues. He said the matter should not be treated as a political scandal because this is about real lives on the edge.“Even if this young lady has the wrong perception of the way she was treated, the fact of the matter is that’s her reality.  And it’s going to cause a huge problem in her life.  And a problem, if the government doesn’t pick up the expense, is going to land in her family and in the community. These problems don’t go away,” he said.Hope, however, glimmers on the horizon for Wolki. She expects her to be finally released from the military.She is going home, back to Paulatuk, the only place where Wolki believes she can still find peace.“I miss the landscape.  I miss the people.  A lot of kids look up to me.  I’ll be able to make a lot of changes when I get back home,” she said.dward@aptn.ca@DennisWardlast_img read more

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Mountie who said Colten Boushie got what he deserved disciplined on lower

first_imgAPTN NewsThe RCMP member who made racist comments about Colten Boushie online last February has been disciplined on the “lower level” of the force’s disciplinary spectrum says the new Commissioner Brenda Lucki.Lucki spoke to APTN National News in a wide-ranging interview Tuesday that focused on Indigenous people’s mistrust of the federal police force.Lucki wouldn’t name the officer due to privacy issues.She did say it involved some sort of “restorative-type” approach where the member “reconciled with the local Indigenous population in some format.”Lucki also said another Mountie was also disciplined for comments made online that was stationed in a different province.“I am satisfied after given the results of the discipline that both members have been held to account,” said Lucki during the interview. “It’s unfortunate that it happened but I really want to go on notice by saying that those types of comments are completely unacceptable in my organization and I will do my utmost to eradicate such behaviour.”APTN uncovered a number of private Facebook groups for members of the RCMP earlier this year.One involved an officer believed to be from Alberta who posted comments about the death of Colten Boushie.Boushie was killed after he went on a Saskatchewan farm in August 2016 with four friends.It ended with him being shot and killed and the owner of the property, Gerald Stanley, charged with second-degree murder.In February, Stanley was acquitted of all charges.The verdict divided a nation and created a storm of racist comments online.On one side Stanley got away with murder and system is stacked against Indigenous people.While on the other people wrote Boushie should never have been on the property to begin with, alleging he was there to steal from the Stanley farm. That was never confirmed in court, which heard testimony Boushie and his friends were there to get help for a severely damaged tire.Then one RCMP member wrote it was too bad Boushie died but he got what he deserved.The Mountie also had a picture of a large handgun on her Facebook page that said her home was protected by God and guns. If someone came on her property to steal they should be prepared to meet both.Before deleting their Facebook account, the RCMP officer in question had this photo as their cover photo on Facebook.Once APTN published the story the officer closed her account.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the comments at the time “absolutely appalling, and unacceptable” and said, if proven to be true, ” there will be consequences.”But after the interview wrapped up, APTN asked Lucki to clarify her comments, particularly about the privacy of the officer involved.She said the internal investigation never reached the level of a code of conduct hearing, which would be made public.Instead, a code of conduct meeting was held to determine discipline, which keeps it from the public.“A conduct meeting, which is not a conduct hearing, is at the lower level of our internal system (and) is not public record,” she said.It’s not clear who the other member is that was disciplined and Lucki wouldn’t confirm if it involved other comments from members uncovered by APTN Investigates reporter Trina Roache.A slew of comments were made by officers in these private Facebook groups.Her full story can be found here: APTN Investigates: Racism in the Ranksaptnnews@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Disney hopes for its next blockbuster in newest Star Wars

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Disney’s $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” just keeps getting better for the House of Mouse.The company is banking on the latest installments, “The Last Jedi” in December and a Han Solo movie in May, to drive people to theatres. But that’s far from the end of money-making opportunities from Han Solo, R2-D2, Kylo Ren and Rey. In fact, CEO Bob Iger said Thursday that the company is now planning a brand-new “Star Wars” trilogy, which will be the fourth in the franchise.Disney has drawn big profits from the strengths of its TV channels — namely ESPN — but that growth is challenged as more people dump cable subscriptions. As people turn to online replacements such as Netflix, Disney is hoping to lure them with a streaming service planned for 2019. “Star Wars” movies will be a big part of that; so will a new “Star Wars” series Iger also announced Thursday.Disney also wants to squeeze cash from “Star Wars” fans in the forms of toys and, theme park visits and hotel stays.___MOVIE MONEY“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” released in December 2015, pulled in more than $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, trailing only “Avatar” and “Titanic” as the bestselling theatrical release ever (without adjusting for inflation). It also bumped up home entertainment revenue from DVD sales. “Rogue One,” last year’s installment, made over $1 billion in global box-office revenue.“The Last Jedi” will continue from where “Force” left off. Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson has a “somewhat conservative” estimate of $1.9 billion in box-office haul for the film. He also expects the latest “Avengers” installment to bring in $1.3 billion.Big-budget, sequel-generating movies deliver big wins for studios. In fiscal 2016, when Disney released “The Force Awakens,” the studio’s profit was $2.7 billion. That’s expected to fall this year and jump back up to $2.84 billion in 2018, thanks to “The Last Jedi” and several Marvel movies.In the July-September quarter, however, the studio’s revenue fell 21 per cent to $1.43 billion. “Cars 3” wasn’t as big a hit as “Finding Dory” in 2016.Overall, The Walt Disney Co.’s net income slipped 1 per cent to $1.75 billion. Revenue dropped 3 per cent to $12.78 billion.___DISNEY EMPIREDisney is funneling its movie hits to other parts of its sprawling empire to help it make money repeatedly from its intellectual property.For example, “Star Wars”-themed areas at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will open in 2019.“They’re huge and I think very exciting in terms of how we’re using technology to create really interesting attractions and experiences,” Iger said at a September investment conference.The company is also planning a “Star Wars”-themed hotel at Walt Disney World in Florida. Disney touts it as an “immersive” experience; guests will be able to dress up as their favourite characters.Disney is making other big investments in its parks, too, as it races to catch up with Universal’s enormously popular Harry Potter-themed areas. In the latest quarter, revenue rose 6 per cent to $4.67 billion, helped by the international parks. In the U.S., Hurricane Irma shut down Walt Disney World for two days, hurting domestic results.Analysts expect merchandise revenues to get a bump in fiscal 2018; Nathanson cites the “Star Wars” and Marvel movies, as well as “Frozen” coming to Broadway, as drivers.___GEARING UP AGAINST NETFLIXThe movies will also serve as a lure for Disney’s streaming service, which will contain hundreds of movies and thousands of TV episodes and shorts. Pixar, “Star Wars” and Marvel films will be included along with Disney-brand video. Disney’s deal with Netflix is expiring and won’t be renewed, making the new service the exclusive online home for much of Disney’s prime content.Morgan Stanley estimates that the service can, after a decade, become a nearly $5 billion-a-year business, with roughly 30 million subscribers. (Netflix’s streaming revenues for just the last nine months were $8.1 billion, with 109 million subscribers.) Disney will lose out on hundreds of millions from Netflix when it pulls its movies, and UBS estimates that it needs 32 million subscribers for the app just to break even.Iger said Thursday that the streaming service will cost less than Netflix at launch. Netflix’s streaming plans start at $8 a month.Disney also plans an ESPN streaming service, which it announced Thursday will be called ESPN Plus, that will launch in spring 2018. It won’t air the same sports as its channel — but one day might. ESPN, long its cash cow, has been losing subscribers as attention shifts online.In the fiscal fourth quarter, the media networks’ revenue fell 3 per cent to $5.47 billion; profit slid 12 per cent, to $1.48 billion. At ESPN, content costs rose and ad revenue fell, but Disney wrangled higher payments from cable companies.Shares rose 1.4 per cent to $104.09 in after-hours trading Thursday.___Editor’s note: This story been corrected to note that the new trilogy will be the fourth in the “Star Wars” franchise. An earlier version stated it would be the fifth.last_img read more

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Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel’s national trade union on Sunday held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.The work stoppage crippled the country’s main international airport and seaports, closed banks and government offices and forced hospitals to scale back services to reduced-staff weekend levels.Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drugmaker, announced last Thursday that it was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide. The cuts are expected to include about 1,700 jobs in Israel, roughly one-quarter of its local workforce. The company is considered a national treasure and is one of the largest private-sector employers.In Jerusalem, Teva workers staged demonstrations outside a company plant, at the entrance to the city and outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office as he was convening his Cabinet for its weekly meeting. The workers blocked traffic, beat drums and chanted slogans against the coming layoffs. “Closing Teva is an attack against the state of Israel,” read one poster.The protest resumed later Sunday when dozens of workers waving Israeli flags again blocked a road near the Jerusalem plant, backing up traffic at the height of rush hour.Speaking to his Cabinet, Netanyahu said that he would be meeting Teva’s new chief executive, Kare Schultz. The Israeli leader has said he would do everything possible to minimize the impact of Teva’s decision on local workers and keep the company operating in Israel.“It started as an Israeli company and we want it to remain as an Israeli company,” Netanyahu said.Schultz last week sent Netanyahu a letter apologizing for the layoffs but saying he had no choice.The company has been hit hard by the expiration of patents on its blockbuster drug, Copaxone, price pressure on its core business of generic drugs and a $35 billion debt load from its purchase of the generics business of Allergan.last_img read more

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Experts question Alberta power threats to BC as pipeline politics intensify

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s promise to suspend electricity talks with British Columbia over a pipeline dispute may not carry much weight, according to energy experts.Notley made the commitment Thursday in protest to B.C.’s announcement that it would at least temporarily restrict increases in diluted bitumen shipments, creating more uncertainty for Kinder Morgan Inc.’s delayed Trans Mountain expansion project.The amount of power in question is, however, relatively minor, said energy consultant David Gray at Gray Energy Economics Inc.“You’re not talking about much in the grand scheme of things, it’s not much of a weapon.”Notley gave few details on what the suspended energy talks were about, but Blake Shaffer at the C.D. Howe Institute said there have been informal talks for some time to use the full 1,200 megawatt capacity of the existing power lines running between the two provinces, rather than the 800 megawatts currently allowed.For B.C. to potentially lose up to $500 million a year on the sale of that extra power, as Notley suggested Thursday, would mean some very high assumptions, said Shaffer.“That would assume that that space were used to the fullest amount every single hour of the year, at a very high price.”BC Hydro does, however, also have the option to export power to the U.S., limiting the potential impact, said Shaffer.“They do have another opportunity in California, so I don’t know there’s going to be a true limiting of market access if that’s the intention.”The move could also mean higher rates for Alberta if they were to lose the competition, he said.“It may punish B.C., but it also potentially punishes Albertans, like any import tariff or import restriction does. They end up being kind of a consumer tax.”The loss of the potential energy imports is seen as fairly neutral, however, to Alberta’s large-scale power consumers, since they hadn’t been expecting any, said Vittoria Bellissimo, executive director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta.“From an industrial consumer perspective, it’s essentially business as usual. We didn’t know this was a formal thing that could really happen, and here we are being told it’s not a thing.”Notley has called B.C.’s move to restrict increases in bitumen shipments unconstitutional, and has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act decisively to end the dispute.Trudeau once again voiced his support for the project at a town hall meeting in Nanaimo, B.C., Friday, where he faced persistent heckling from a raucous crowd.He said Canada has to protect the environment and encourage economic development at the same time, which has guided the federal government’s approach on Kinder Morgan’s project.The Alberta government has been pushing strongly for the Trans Mountain expansion project to be built so that energy producers in the province would have more options when selling crude, while the B.C. government has vowed to stop it over environmental concerns.last_img read more

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Ukrainian authorities We thwarted massive cyberattack

first_imgMINSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities say they’ve thwarted a huge cyberattack and are blaming Russia for the alleged digital assault as tensions between the two countries have flared.The Security Service of Ukraine said in a statement that hackers used malicious accounting documents to target the information technology systems of the country’s judiciary.The SBU described the alleged hacking as “massive” but produced little detail about the extent, timing, nature or severity of the hacks.Ukraine has been buffeted by extraordinarily damaging cyberattacks since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and Russian-backed forces overran eastern Ukraine, leading to years of fighting.The grinding conflict escalated on Nov. 25 when Russian forces fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels carrying 24 seamen.Russian government officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Asian stocks sink for 2nd day after Wall Street slide

first_imgBEIJING — Asian stocks fell further Friday after Wall Street slid on recession fears, putting markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney on track to end 2018 down more than 10 per cent.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1.6 per cent and the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.2 per cent. The Chinese market is 2018’s worst performer, down nearly 25 per cent for the year.Stocks usually end the year with a flourish. But investors worry global economic growth is cooling and the U.S. could slip into a recession in the next few years.After “years of outperformance,” U.S. markets are working off “overvaluation in some areas” such as major tech companies, said Shane Oliver of AMP Capital in a report.China and other Asian markets “fell much earlier and harder and so far are holding above their October lows,” said Oliver.The Nikkei declined to 20,063.51, putting it down nearly 13 per cent for the year. Shanghai declined to 2,506.70. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 retreated 1.3 per cent to 5,435.10 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 0.3 per cent to 25,546.99.Seoul’s Kospi retreated 0.3 per cent to 2,052.45 and India’s Sensex declined 0.9 per cent to 36,103.52. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Southeast Asia also declined.Wall Street is headed for its worst December since the Great Depression.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 464 points on Thursday, bringing its losses to more than 1,700 since last Friday.The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index is down 16 per cent from its late-September peak. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite is down 19.5 per cent from its record high in August.The market is swooning even as the U.S. economy is on track to expand at the fastest pace in 13 years. Markets tend to move, however, on what investors anticipate will happen further out.Among other threats: the trade dispute between the U.S. and China and rising U.S. interest rates, which act as a brake on economic growth by making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.The S&P 500 index lost 1.6 per cent to 2,467.42. The Dow fell 2 per cent to 22,859.60.The Nasdaq fell 1.6 per cent to 6,528.41. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies dropped 23.23 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,326.This week’s U.S. sell-off came after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year and signalled more increases are likely next year. Investors were disappointed Chairman Jerome Powell failed to indicate a bigger slowdown in the pace of rate hikes.On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business the market reaction to the Fed was “completely overblown.”In Asia, investors were disappointed Chinese President Xi Jinping announced no initiatives to boost cooling economic growth in a speech Tuesday.In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude rebounded 38 cents to $46.26 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That came after the contract plunged $2.29 on Thursday to close at $45.88.Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 32 cents to $54.67 per barrel in London. It fell $2.89 the previous session to $54.35.In currency trading, the dollar edged down to 111.21 yen from Thursday’s 111.24 yen. The euro gained to $1.1454 from $1.1447.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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