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CBC series Shoot the Messenger goes behind citys facade

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: A co-creator of the new CBC-TV crime drama Shoot the Messenger insists it’s not a story about Rob Ford.But Sudz Sutherland does admit he was inspired by the saga of the late former Toronto mayor as he helped craft the series, which stars Elyse Levesque as a newspaper reporter caught up in a web of gangs, murder, sex, drugs and politics in Toronto.“It’s not the Rob Ford story but . . . we were all inspired by that and I thought that unmasked a lot of what was going on behind the scenes of the city,” said Sutherland, who created the show with his wife Jennifer Holness. Facebook “We thought, ‘Hmm, that’s really interesting,’ so we wanted to actually explore these relationships between people who are super rich and political people with political power, and people who are business leaders but have these skeletons in their closet.”Debuting Monday, the serialized show follows Levesque’s character Daisy as she witnesses and then investigates the murder of a young Somali man.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Lyriq Bent plays the lead homicide detective, who is also Daisy’s secret lover.“A huge influence for me was Claire Danes of Homeland. That was a big inspiration for finding this person,” said Levesque, who hails from Regina.“But other than that I didn’t base it on any actual living human being.”Co-stars include Alex Kingston as Daisy’s editor, Lucas Bryant as her co-worker, Hannah Anderson as her sister and Ari Cohen as the attorney general.Guest stars include Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson, and former NBA stars Jamaal Magloire and Rick Fox.“We’ve got the attorney general and we’ve got a group of young Somali men, so we took the barest piece of the Rob Ford stuff and that inspired us,” said Sutherland.“Then we also took a young reporter — nothing to do with the Rob Ford story — but we took somebody who actually witnessed a crime. So that was something that was really interesting to us, the fact that Daisy witnessed a crime and what would that be like if a reporter kind of becomes the story?”Sutherland, who is also a director on the show, said he and Holness wanted Shoot the Messenger to have the same characteristics as a Netflix or HBO series.“We wanted to bring that to the CBC, that highly serialized, really great, fun, guilty-pleasure-type show, things like Scandal.”He and Holness spoke with Toronto cops and reporters “to actually get into the underpinnings of what’s going on in the city,” he said.“We really learned so much about how people really get down in the world, because there’s a facade of how we think people behave, but really how people behave behind closed doors is really, really interesting. So that’s the story we wanted to tell.”By Victoria AhearnThe Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_img Twitter TORONTO – With 16 awards, Bell Media was the clear leader at the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Toronto, winning more awards than any other outlet. The COPAs recognize outstanding achievement in Canada’s digital media landscape and include some of the best industry minds in advertising, art direction, broadcast, digital, newspapers, magazines, and web design on the judging panel.Bell Media took home 16 awards out of 20 nominations, including the most prestigious award of the evening, Best Digital Publication in the Media category for RDS. RDS.ca won eight awards in total including six gold and two silver, while VRAK had two gold and one silver, CTV News had two gold, Canal Vie had one gold, and Look du Jour and Fraichement Presse had one silver each.Below is the complete list of the 2018 COPAs won by Bell Media. Best Sports Feature – MediaSILVERRDSBest Use of Social MediaGOLDRDS CTV News (2)Best News Coverage – MediaGOLDCTV News Calgary VRAK (3)Best Service Article or Series – ConsumerGOLDVRAK Best News Coverage – MediaSILVERRDS Fraîchement Pressé (1)Best Publication – ConsumerSILVERFraîchement Pressé Best Blog Column/Video – MediaGOLDRDS CANAL VIE (1)Best Use of Social Media – ConsumerGOLDCanal Vie Best Podcast – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Best Interactive/Infographic Story – MediaGOLD:CTV News RDS (8)Best Publication – MediaGOLDRDS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Look du jour (1)Best Use of Social Media – ConsumerSILVERLook du jour Best Sports Feature – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Best Branded Content – ConsumerGOLDVRAK.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca. Login/Register With: Best Video Content – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Facebook Best Lifestyle Article or Series – ConsumerSILVERVRAKlast_img read more

MacKenzie Porter About You

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook MacKenzie Porter- “About You” (Big Loud Records): This country singer/songwriter from Western Canada is now kicking up her bootheels in Music City to fine effect.She is the first Canadian signing to top Nashville-based label Big Loud Records, and this is the first project that the label is focusing on north of the border. This new cut (out today) is produced by hitmaker Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Nickelback), and suggests Big Loud has backed a winner.On this track, Porter displays a supple and convincing vocal style, while the lyrical content is subtly subversive. It begins by stressing that this is not just another of those feel-good party songs that dominate the country genre these days. “It ain’t about turn it up to 10, a party for your friends, it’s about lessons learned and getting what you deserve,” she declares, in what emerges as a post-break-up song. Moi adds the big production sound he specialises in, making this a radio-friendly contender. Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman co-directed and co-wrote the drama, which is based on a memoir of the same name by anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson.“Some groups are saying that they’ll protest, and there’s a lot of people that will support,” said BJ McKelvie, a pastor and president of the film’s Fredericton-based Canadian distributor, Cinedicom.“We have one company that’s come under intense scrutiny, so he’s going to have security there. It’s The Movie Mill in Lethbridge, Alta. It’s been unfortunate that he’s had a lot of threats, a lot of emails.”The film has already drawn impassioned reactions from groups on both sides of the issue in the U.S., where it had an R-rating from the MPAA due to some graphic scenes.Top film critics on movie review aggregation websites Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes have panned it, with many calling it propaganda. But audience scores are much higher and some theatres were packed as faith-based and anti-abortion groups in the U.S. held group screenings.In Canada, the rating varies from province to province. In Alberta, for instance, it’s received a 14A classification with a “disturbing content” warning, according to the Cineplex website, while in B.C. the film has a PG rating with “sexual language, medical trauma” caution.“Everybody has their right to choose to go see the movie and they have a right to choose not to,” McKelvie said in a recent phone interview.But the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada calls it “a dangerous piece of anti-abortion propaganda” containing “vicious falsehoods.”“It preaches an absolutist and extreme case against abortion that has nothing to do with reality,” the ARCC said in a statement.“Because of the film’s demonization of abortion providers, ARCC fears the movie could incite fanatics to commit acts of harassment or violence against clinics or doctors.”The ARCC added the film also depicts Planned Parenthood and its leaders as “demonic, cold-hearted monsters, their only goal to maximize profits by selling as many abortions as possible.”“In reality, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is non-profit and offers a wide range of basic and mostly free health care services for low-income people, with abortion making up just 3.4 per cent of its services,” said the statement.“Like other U.S. abortion providers, Planned Parenthood clinics have no choice but to charge for abortion care because anti-choice laws prohibit government funding for abortion.” ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur also noted the film’s attempt to challenge abortion rights is “a non-starter in Canada, where women and transgender people have a Charter right to abortion based on their rights to bodily autonomy and equality.”McKelvie acknowledged he has a personal interest in seeing the film in theatres here.“It does certainly align with my values,” he said.He said he felt compelled to reach out to the “Unplanned” American producers to distribute the film in Canada after being “annoyed” by “misinformation” online that the drama had been banned here.“I was walking down the hall grumbling and I heard the Lord say to me, ‘Well why don’t you distribute it?’ and that was rather different,” McKelvie recalled.The film will hit select Cineplex and Landmark Theatres as well as some independent cinemas in Canada.Landmark said it has not heard of any planned protests at its theatres and it has not taken any steps to increase security. Cineplex said it is aware of concerns surrounding the film and is monitoring closely.“We have been showing movies for over 100 years and controversial films on the big screen are not new to us — that said, we of course understand and can appreciate the concerns some have expressed about this film,” Sarah Van Lange, executive director of communications for Cineplex Entertainment, said in a statement.“We have a long legacy of not censoring content and our role as a film exhibitor is to provide our guests with movie choices.”McKelvie’s company, which was founded 61 years ago by his late father, is typically a film booker and broker. “Unplanned” marks its first time as a film distributor.Cinedicom and American production company Soli Deo Gloria Releasing are collaborating to front the money for distribution in Canada.McKelvie said a few theatres here have refused to screen it.“I think some in smaller towns are a little nervous about what the pushback would be,” McKelvie said.“This is a hot topic, it’s a hot film, and I have received probably hundreds of letters of support. But I’ve also received letters of protest and phone calls. I’ve listened to both sides but I’m just a distributor.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Actor Ashley Bratcher (right) is shown in a scene from the film Unplanned. A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Soli Deo Gloria Releasing MANDATORY CREDIT Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests.More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen “Unplanned” for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix.Ashley Bratcher stars as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who becomes an anti-abortion speaker after “the day she saw something that changed everything,” says a description on the film’s website. Twitterlast_img read more

Labrador Inuit community faces water crisis

first_imgAPTN National NewsA small Inuit community in Labrador has declared a state of emergency.The community of Hopedale on the eastern shores of Labrador is struggling to provide water to its residents.A water main broke weeks ago leaving very little water pressure. The community has been without water for the past week.The community is waiting on the province to provide help.last_img

Former First Nation chief seeking audience with Iran

first_img(Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson. APTN/File Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA former Manitoba chief who says the federal Aboriginal Affairs department orchestrated a “coup” against him plans to ask Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for permission to address Iran’s parliament on how Canada treats First Nations people.Former Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Chief, Terry Nelson, said he wanted to speak to Iran’s parliament on the “economic sanctions” Canada has imposed on First Nations.“I will go to Iran if they want me to address the issue of economic sanctions and what is happening with our Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Nelson. “The chiefs continue to go meet with (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and don’t do anything more than leave their people suffering.”Nelson visited Iraq in 1998.The former chief said he has no choice but to go international after what he calls a “coup” orchestrated by the Aboriginal Affairs department.Nelson said the department’s decision to cancel a referendum scheduled for Thursday in his community was aimed at ensuring he could not return to power.Roseau River band members were to vote on whether to elect a band government based on a custom code or one under the Indian Act.“This was a coup at Roseau River,” said Nelson, who has made national headlines when he called for a national day of action in 2007. “They are not allowing people to make any decisions…there is no democracy.”Nelson has been voted in repeatedly under section 74 of the Indian Act, but he is opposed by a group that adheres to an election code outside section 74.The Federal Court issued an interim ruling earlier this month naming the chief elected under the custom code as the legitimate leader of the community.The ruling is temporary and comes on the heels of a drawn-out power struggle where both sides claimed to be the legitimate government and the department refused to acknowledge either.The custom council attempted to oust Nelson in the fall and called an election that put current Chief Ken Henry Jr. in power.The department said in a statement that the planned referendum “has been postponed until further notice.”The statement said the department planned to “allow chief and council to submit a plan to address governance issues in the community.”The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Henry planned to have Aboriginal Affairs officials arrested if they came on the reserve to hold the planned referendum.Nelson won re-election last spring under section 74 of Indian Act election despite the department releasing a forensic audit a week before the vote that slammed Nelson’s council for poor management of band funds and incomplete accounting.Roseau River is currently under third-party management.A group of community members protested in Winnipeg Wednesday demanding the department hold the referendum.Nelson said the federal government has targeted him because of his recent calls for First Nations to assert jurisdiction over oil deposits and pipelines in their territories.He has also called for unspecified action against oil pipelines.A motion, partially authored by Nelson, calling on the Assembly of First Nations to back actions against pipelines was rejected in December because the organization feared it promoted “terrorism.”Nelson planned to hold a press conference Thursday at 1 p.m. local time.Nelson issued a press release on Jan. 23 stating he was not trying to hang on to his job as chief.“As I stated many times, I am not running for chief again,” Nelson wrote.He went on to accuse the federal government of meddling in his band’s affairs.“They want the court to install a regime that was voted in by less than 13 per cent of the 1,470 eligible voters and they want the court to give them access to millions of dollars currently held in trust for the First Nation,” he wrote.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Women candidates aim to upset AFN old boys club in race for

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe candidates list for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations continues to grow.For the first time in the AFN’s history, three Aboriginal women are aiming for the top spot.Leaving many to wonder what kind of challenges would lay ahead for a female national chief.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Couple who posed nude in regalia causes stir in Saskatchewan

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Indigenous gay couple is set to make some waves after posing for a semi-nude photo shoot in a Saskatchewan magazine.The couple, a Metis man and his First Nation partner, are wearing some  traditional garb.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf now with more.last_img

Mikmaq Maliseet leaders in tax battle with NB government

first_imgAPTN National NewsA key source of money for First Nations in New Brunswick is up in the air.The province is deciding whether tax dollars collected on reserve should be shared with the bands.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders say that losing that revenue is a step in the wrong direction.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.last_img

On day 3 of Brazeau trial defence focuses on a necklace bra

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsDay three of the assault and sexual assault trial of suspended Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau began where the previous day’s proceedings ended, with the defence cross-examining the alleged victim with questions about a necklace.The defence focused on the opening moments of the incident in the third-floor bedroom of the rented Gatineau, Que., home that ended when police arrived shortly after 9 a.m. that Thursday morning on Feb. 7, 2013, following a 911 phone call from a woman inside.Gerard Larocque zeroed in on the minutia of the opening salvos of a conflict the alleged victim says left her scratched and bruised.Larocque asked and re-asked, as an interpreter translated, about the exact moment she yanked off the necklace, which was given to her by Brazeau who said it once belonged to his mother. According to the alleged victim, the events began in full that February 2013 morning in the master bedroom, with its own bathroom, on the third-floor of the house.A tall, lanky man, with salt and pepper hair and black rimmed glasses, Larocque leaned in and out as he questioned the alleged victim who stood to his left facing the white haired and mustachioed Quebec Judge Valmont Beaulieu. At times Larocque focused intently on the alleged victim as he asked her questions, at others he would pull away, take a step or two back and sweep his gaze across the gallery packed with reporters, making eye contact with one or two.The alleged victim again repeated how Brazeau pushed her out of the room, knocking her down in a sitting position at the top of the stairs. She said Brazeau then got on the floor and started pushing her with his feet.“He’s behind you, pushing you, asking for the necklace of his mother?” said Larocque.“Yes,” she said.Then he went back to her previous testimony about having a purple turtle-neck sweater and leopard print bra in her hands when she was pushed out of the bedroom.“When you were on the stairs you had a sweater and bra with you?” said Larocque.“Leaving the bedroom I had the sweater and bra,” she said.“In your hands?” he said.“Yes, leaving, yes,” she said.Then, Larocque pressed her, recalling her previous testimony, on what hand she was using to hold onto the railing post. Was it the right? Which hand?“I remembered I hung on with one hand and two hands,” she said.Larocque then pressed her on the sweater and bra she was holding, that she said previously Brazeau grabbed from her hands later in the alleged attack.The victim said she didn’t remember the details of those moments, only that somehow the bra and sweater ended up on the stairs in front of her and that she grabbed them again as she tumbled down the stairs.“This is a story you have told to police that arrived at the house and later at the police station,” said Larocque. “You have never mentioned you let go of the sweater and bra on the stairs and then you grabbed it again.”She again said, forcefully, she didn’t remember every detail of those heated moments.“I submit that in the bedroom you moved close to my client and you started to hit him with the sweater in one hand and the bra in the other and he grabbed the bra, that is where he grabbed it and that is why you didn’t have it,” said Larocque.“It’s false,” said the woman.Then Larocque rewound the event to where she said it began to get violent. It was in the master bedroom’s bathroom, she testified previously, where she retreated to change her clothes after Brazeau demanded she immediately leave the house.The alleged victim testified she demanded Brazeau leave the bathroom as she was pulling on her jeans and was preparing to change from her tank top into the bra and purple turtle-neck sweater. She said Brazeau pushed her out of the bathroom and bedroom to the top of the stairs where she fell in a sitting position before the fall.This is not what happened, said Larocque.“I suggest that Mr. Brazeau, while in the bedroom, took a phone and dialed a number and spoke into the phone while you were in the bathroom,” said Larocque.“I don’t know,” said the woman.“I suggest that while you were changing Mr. Brazeau made a phone call,” he said.“I don’t remember,” she said.The trial resumes Wednesday afternoon.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty to both assault and sexual assault charges.Tuesday’s court hearing heard testimony from the alleged victim who recounted her dramatic journey from Colombia to Canada.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Chief disappointed with court challenge from grandmothers over Algonquin modern treaty

first_imgAPTN National NewsOne of the largest modern day treaties is being negotiated in Ontario.It is also one of the most controversial.A group of Algonquin grandmothers are now calling on the Federal Court to put a halt to the negotiations.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Labrador Inuit turn up the heat on Muskrat Falls energy project

first_img(Under ominous skies, demonstrators block the entrance to the Muskrat Falls construction site in Labrador. Photo courtesy Jacinda Beals)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsAround 30 people in Labrador, including Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe, have blockaded the construction site at Muskrat Falls, a massive $11.4 billion dollar hydroelectric project along the Lower Churchill River.“We aren’t huge numbers here in Labrador,” said Inuk artist Billy Gauthier. “This here turnout shows how strong we are. There will be more. We will do more.”Gauthier, 38, began a hunger strike Thursday.Gauthier and the Labrador Inuit are demanding the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the provincially owned energy company Nalcor fully clear the reservoir of all trees and topsoil before flooding begins.“The government, I just don’t understand why they don’t step in and fix it?” said Gauthier. “Why waste time? Why put people in a position where they feel like they need to fight for their rights? For their culture?”Muskrat Falls demonstration outside construction site. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The IndependentThe main concern is methylmercury. A study by Harvard University predicts that trees, vegetation, and topsoil left in the flood zone will create the toxin and flow downstream, contaminating traditional food sources for the Inuit.President of the Nunatsiavut Government Johannes Lampe, who is at the blockade now, released a statement Friday calling on the province to clear the reservoir.“Despite our concerns, those who have the authority to make changes, including the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada, to the scope of the project are not willing to do so, and would rather stand by and allow our people to be poisoned and destroy a way of life,” said the statement. “If this project proceeds without changes, there will never be true reconciliation in this country.”On Saturday, while Gauthier was at the blockade, he received a call from Vice-President of the Lower Churchill Project, Gilbert Bennett.“He mentioned to me that he didn’t believe that there is any proof that methylmercury was going to move through out ecosystem the way the Harvard studies prove,” said Gauthier.Gauthier said Bennett assured him flooding had not yet begun but was given no assurance that Nalcor would clear the flood zone first.“I will starve myself,” said Gauthier, hitting day three of his hunger strike. “I’m basically crying out to everybody, screaming that we need help. To get government the Nalcor to give us a safe project. To make it right. We need anybody and everybody to stand.”And momentum is building in what many are now calling an eleventh hour battle over a project many have called a boondoggle.Muskrat Falls demonstration in Labrador. Photo courtesy Jacinda BealsOn Friday, the mayor of Cartwright sent a letter to federal and provincial leaders, including the Prime Minister.“I write to you all today to add my voice and the voice of my community to the growing level of discontent with the Muskrat Falls Project as we approach the first flood of the reservoir,” wrote Dwight Lethbridge. “My community of Cartwright, Labrador has decided to take a hard line stand on the methyl mercury issue, based on the concerns of our residents over the potential loss of country foods, culture, and an unknown impact on fish resources very important to our area.”And though the Muskrat Falls project falls under provincial jurisdiction, Lethbridge added that there is a role in this for the federal government.“You are allowing the demolition of an Innu and Inuit food source and culture,” wrote Lethbridge.At a town meeting last week, residents were clear in the action they plan to take against Nalcor.“Our community is to be used as a port for the delivery of transformers to Muskrat Falls,” said Lethbridge. “As things sit right now, until this methyl mercury issue is addressed, that shipment will not be happening through here.”The blockade at Muskrat Falls continues. People have set up tents, with no plans to go anywhere, anytime soon.RCMP are at the site, but no arrests reported so far.Another rally is planned Monday outside Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature building in St. John’s with the slogan, “Flood the steps, not the reservoir.”“My people will not be poisoned,” said Gauthier. “It’s crunch time and you know what? This is it. We’re taking action now. We keep making more steps to make the right thing happen. Now we need Nalcor to make the right steps.”Inuit artist Billy Gauthier.In an email response to APTN, Nalcor wrote, “The protesters prevented the buses with local workers on the day shift from upper Lake Melville from accessing the work site and getting to work this morning.”Nalcor confirms that flooding has not yet begun, but work is ongoing.“It’s important to note it is not one sole activity to create the reservoir. Much like the process for river diversion completed earlier this summer, creating the reservoir involves a number of steps over a period of time. Impoundment will take place when all facilities and equipment are ready for operation.”This is a process, Nalcor says, that could begin at any time and continue through 2016. Nalcor made no mention of stopping this work to clear the reservoir.No word yet from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.NunatuKavut President Todd Russell, will be holding a news conference Monday morning.Russell represents the Southern Inuit of Labrador and was arrested along with several others at a Muskrat Falls protest in 2013.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Lakehead University law school welcomes new nonIndigenous dean

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsLakehead University has a new dean of law.More than a year after the Thunder Bay school’s previous law dean stepped down alleging systemic racism, Lakehead has named Jula Hughes as the new person to head its Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.Hughes, who joins Lakehead from the University of New Brunswick, fills the void left by Angelique EagleWoman following EagleWoman’s resignation in April 2018.EagleWoman was the first Indigenous academic to lead a Canadian law school. But in that role she faced systemic racism, she alleged, and has since filed a lawsuit against the university for racial discrimination and constructive dismissal. She’s seeking $2.67 million in damages.Lakehead’s law school opened in 2013 and made Indigenous law its core focus.EagleWoman led the department from 2016 to 2018.The university they appointed a non-Indigenous interim dean, retired judge Patrick Smith; the decision was criticized by local First Nations groups.In an interview with APTN News Hughes said she is up to the task of leading the faculty.“We’re facing the same issues over and over again,” she said. “We’re facing the issue of inadequate recognition of Aboriginal legal tradition. We’re facing students still coming out of law school not knowing very much about Aboriginal people — they don’t know very much about Indigenous law, Aboriginal law.”But some faculty at Lakehead say the school needs an Indigenous dean.Dennis McPherson holds a law degree and says he’s applied for the job twice.A longtime professor in Lakehead’s Indigenous Learning Department, McPherson says he is disappointed but not surprised the university hired a non-Indigenous law dean.“It comes back to lived experience,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be me, it can be somebody else. But what an Indigenous person would bring into it is a different perspective.”Senator Murray Sinclair, on the other hand, offered his support to Luges in a statement.The former judge and Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair said Hughes brings a “wealth of legal and academic experience” to the job.Hughes says hiring Indigenous faulty members is high on her list of priorities.“Making sure that this is a good environment for students to learn and a good environment for faculty to work is important to just concentrate on,” she said.“I think a lot of the expertise on Indigenous law continues to reside in the community much more than the academic environment.”She said she understands the skepticism and is up for the task.“I think it’s going to be for the community to decide whether this was something that worked for them or not,” she said. “I think the jury will have to be out on that for a little while, we’ll just have to see.”wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

BC to introduce auto insurance payout limits in 2019 to save 1B

first_imgVICTORIA – Allowing people to sue for pain and suffering in car accidents has been viewed as a fundamental principle in British Columbia, but that changed Tuesday when the government joined Canada’s other provinces in limiting payouts to some crash victims because of a financial crisis at the public insurance corporation.Attorney General David Eby said a payment cap of $5,500 for pain and suffering on minor injury claims is a necessary component of the NDP government’s plan to bring back financial stability to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, which faces a projected net loss of $1.3 billion this year.The changes will save up to $1 billion annually, Eby estimated.Eby would not comment directly on the possibility of further premium hikes this year after an increase of 6.5 per cent last year.“It’s going to take some time to turn around the problems with ICBC,” Eby said at a news conference. “I acknowledge there is no silver bullet that will solve things immediately in terms of a problem that’s been building for years, unaddressed.”Eby said the limit on minor injury claims would not take effect until April 2019 as part of legislation to be introduced by the government.Without the NDP’s plan, Eby said drivers could face average increases in their premiums of $400 or more a year.The cost of minor injury claims is placing the largest strain on insurance rates, Eby said, with payouts hitting a record $2.7 billion in 2016, an increase of 80 per cent since 2009. Eby said payouts for minor injury claims have increased by 265 per cent since 2000.“B.C. is the last province in Canada to take this kind of action,” said Eby.He said the legislation will propose a definition for minor injury that would include sprains, strains, mild whiplash, cuts, bruises and anxiety and stress after a crash. It will not include broken bones and brain injuries, including concussions, or other more serious impairments.Eby said the average claim for minor injuries is just over $30,000, with pain and suffering payouts averaging $16,500.A new tribunal will be introduced by April 1, 2019, to resolve injury claim disputes within 60 and 90 days, he said. The current time for an average legal claim handled through the corporation is 30 months.He said the government will double the medical care and recovery cost allowance available to accident victims to $300,000, regardless of fault. Eby said the change, which is the first increase in 25 years, is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Eby’s proposals do not lower premiums for drivers or improve compensation for accident victims.“The option is, of course, to have a wholesale re-examination of ICBC,” he said. “It’s time to re-examine the whole thing.”The corporation is a state-run model created 44 years ago by the NDP, Wilkinson said.Eby said he will announce a program to review insurance rates based on driver records within weeks. He did not say when motorists can expect changes.“The system is disconnected from driver behaviour,” he said. “We want to fix that. We want to reconnect driver behaviour with the rates they pay.”last_img read more

Trump trade tariffs sink stocks

first_imgNEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.last_img read more

Car2Go to end Toronto operations in May over city parking regulations

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto parking regulations that have prompted Car2Go to suspend its operations in Canada’s biggest city by the end of the month send a “chilling signal” to car-sharing services eyeing or already in the market, according to an expert on the sharing economy.Car2Go said Thursday that it had been rendered “inoperable” by a city-run pilot program arriving in June that will forbid its use of almost 10,000 parking spaces, where users usually pick up or leave the service’s vehicles.The pilot program would also charge the service permit fees of $1,499.02 per vehicle and force Car2Go to immediately relocate their cars when two or more car-sharing vehicles have been left on the same residential street.“This is not the result we were expecting and to say we are disappointed would be a huge understatement,” Car2Go CEO Paul DeLong said in a letter the company sent users on Thursday.“We hope that one day, the City of Toronto chooses to establish a legal framework that makes true free-float carshare possible in the same way that dozens of other global cities have.”Car2Go, owned by Germany’s Daimler, has been in Toronto since early 2012, when it required users to pick up and park cars in designated “Green P” lots. It started allowing them to leave and grab a vehicle from any legal spot on streets in 2016. The company now operates in 26 cities around the world, including Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.Mayor John Tory expressed disappointment that “Car2Go has chosen confrontation over collaboration.”“While their decision to suspend operations in Toronto is unfortunate, it is their decision alone to walk away from a clear path towards regulations that would allow them to operate in our city in a reasonable, compatible way,” he said, in a statement.“I’m confident that other car sharing companies willing to work with us and to operate in this manner will succeed in Toronto.”But that confidence is not shared by Sunil Johal, policy director of the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre and an expert on the sharing economy. He said he worries that it sends a message to companies that Toronto isn’t as open to car-sharing innovations as other cities, which have reached agreements with such services.“This is the kind of thing the city should be looking to welcome and promote, rather than shut down or put in place parameters that make it almost impossible for the programs to work successfully,” he said.“It comes at a time, when we are trying to think about ways to move people away from car ownership and car usage, so it seems counterintuitive that the city is putting significant obstacles in the way of an established model of car-sharing that has been proven to reduce vehicle miles travelled and greenhouse gas emissions.”Car2Go has faced fierce competition in recent years from similar services, including Zipcar, Turo, Enterprise CarShare and General Motors Co’s Maven, but its biggest challenge in Toronto has come from the city.The two have been debating the “free-floating” car-share pilot for months, with Car2Go threatening in February to leave Toronto if the pilot made it too difficult for the company to keep operating.The city is mostly concerned that residents with on-street parking permits won’t be able to find spaces to leave their cars as car-sharing services continue to grow in popularity.At Thursday’s city council meeting, Toronto councillor Mike Layton introduced a motion asking staff to consult further with the car-sharing industry about the city’s approach to such services and report back in June about potential changes to the forthcoming pilot.The motion passed 34-4 and was supported by Mayor Tory.Car2Go expressed optimism about the rest of the country, saying its service in Montreal was just expanded to additional boroughs.It said it has 80,000 Toronto members, whose memberships won’t be cancelled or refunded because they will be able to use them in other countries around the world.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained an incorrect parking fee figure.last_img read more

The Latest Sears creditors challenge ESLs winning bid

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Sears bankruptcy auction (all times local):5 p.m.A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund’s winning bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to sue the billionaire and his hedge fund.That’s according to a court filing Thursday in which the creditors contend that Lampert has painted himself as the saviour of the company, but has instead made a series of moves over the years that have benefited himself and his hedge fund ESL.Sears confirmed early Thursday that ESL had won tentative approval for a $5.2 billion plan to buy 425 stores and the rest of the company’s assets, staving off a liquidation of the iconic brand.The move would preserve 45,000 jobs, but it is still subject to approval by a bankruptcy judge on Feb. 1.ESL says in a statement that all transactions were done in good faith and were also approved by the company’s board, including independent directors.A spokesman for Sears Holding Corp. declined to comment.___12:20 p.m.Sears is confirming reports its chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has won a bid to buy roughly 400 stores and other assets for $5.2 billion.The move, announced Thursday, preserves 45,000 jobs and is subject to court approval on Feb. 1. Creditors will have the opportunity to object before then.The deal will then close Feb. 8.The agreement follows marathon negotiations that started early Monday as Lampert was fending off demands from creditors who were pushing for liquidation.Lampert’s ESL Investments was the only one to put forth a proposal to rescue the floundering company in its entirety. He had sweetened his bid multiple times.The Associated Presslast_img read more

MLA Bernier now officially serving as Oil and Gas Development Critic

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is now officially the BC Liberal Party’s opposition critic for Oil and Gas Development.Bernier, who previously served as Health Critic under interim party leader Rich Coleman and as Education Minister for two years under former Premier Christy Clark, was named oil and gas development critic by BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson earlier this week. The South Peace MLA says that both he and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross will be questioning Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall in the Legislature.Bernier said that Ross, who served as Natural Gas Development Minister under Clark for less than a month before the BC Liberals lost a confidence vote, will continue to serve as critic of all LNG-specific and downstream natural gas issues. Bernier says that with him serving as critic of the upstream side of things means that the pair will form a quite a powerful combination. “It’s basically a perfect partnership for the North here,” said Bernier. “You have where the gas is being produced and extracted in the Peace Region with myself, and then Ellis on the coast where facilities can be built. My job now will be to challenge the provincial government and look at any regulations or policies they’re putting in place to make sure they’re actually going to work for the region.”Bernier will begin his stint as oil and gas critic in the Legislature when the House resumes the Spring Session in just over a week’s time.last_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP publishes policing report for August

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Constable Bill McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP published a policing report which said that police responded to 45 calls for service over the past four weeks.During the month of July, Hudosn’s Hope RCMP issued 70 motor vehicle act warnings and violation tickets.On July 25th, RCMP responded to a complaint of a vehicle speeding in a construction zone which nearly hit one of the flaggers. The vehicle was located and the driver was issued several violation tickets for driving without due care and attention as well as distracted driving as he was using a cell phone when passing by police. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page. On August 3rd, RCMP was called to a collision on Highway 29 where a truck rear-ended a boat and trailer being towed by another truck. The boat was dislodged from the trailer and was sent flying across the opposite lane into the ditch. The drivers of both trucks were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the offending vehicle was issued a violation ticket for driving without consideration for others.On August 4th, RCMP stopped a vehicle and determined the driver had consumed enough alcohol to warrant a 3-day driving prohibition.On August 6th, RCMP attended a collision involving two riders on a motorcycle. The driver was suspected to have consumed alcohol and refused to provide a breath sample. The driver was issued a 90 day driving prohibition and the motorcycle was impounded for 30 days. Both riders were treated for minor injuries and taken to the hospital.On August 14th, RCMP responded to a condensate tanker roll over. The truck and trailer were engulfed in flames though the driver was able to the driver was able to get away from the vehicle before first responders arrived. The driver was taken to the hospital with serious burn injuries while the collision is still under investigation. RCMP are still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspicious white Ford F-150 with racing stripes as the vehicle is believed to be linked to many recent break and enters.RCMP is also reminding drivers that school zones will soon be in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and to drive the appropriate speed limit. Drivers found cruising over the limit could receive tickets from $196 to $253 along with 3 demerit points.last_img read more