first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook On February 26, we had the privilege of hosting very special guests from Mexico, who visited the CFC to discuss opportunities to promote closer ties and collaboration between Canada and Mexico’s creative industries. Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada; Ambassador Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo, Consul General of Mexico in Toronto; Rodrigo Contreras, Trade & Investment Commissioner of Mexico in Toronto; and Rodrigo Mendivil, Consul in charge of Economic Affairs for the Consul General in Toronto, met with Slawko Klymkiw, CFC’s CEO, as well as Ana Serrano, CFC’s Chief Digital Officer and Managing Director of IDEABOOST, to explore their shared interest in building opportunities for our two countries to work together to strengthen our creative industries, and grow the trade footprint and business prospects for companies from IDEABOOST’s business accelerator and the startup community within Mexico – a key market internationally.The CFC hopes to build a similar relationship with Mexico that they have developed with France through Enterprising Culture – the cross-cultural creative industry forum that promotes opportunities for unique discussions and exchanges between Canadian and French stakeholders and startups from the cultural, creative and media industries.“It’s clear that Canada is a “minimum viable market” (MVM) – a soft landing place for the larger North American market,” shared Serrano. “We want to work with other MVMs from around the world; like France, the MVM of Europe, and Mexico, the MVM for Latin and South America. Creating these global relationships will not only help our IDEABOOST startups access new customers, partners and investors, but will also create a strong global network of startup ecosystems focused on the media and entertainment technology vertical.” (L to R): Ambassador Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo, Consul General of Mexico in Toronto; Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, CFC; Slawko Klymkiw; CEO, CFC; and Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada As part of the visit, our Mexican guests were invited to experience demos from some of our IDEABOOST and Network Connect companies. They began by learning about Nmerso, a new Network Connect company that builds multiplayer room-scale VR systems and content – technology for location-based entertainment that presents the physical environment on a one-to-one relationship with the virtual environment and allows multiple people to experience it at the same time.Joss Monzon of Nmerso speaking with Ambassador Dionisio Perez JácomeNext up, they were introduced to itsme – technology which creates animated, photorealistic full-body 3D avatars (within mere minutes) that can be used for social VR/AR, gaming, online shopping, a personalized emoji, and more.Ambassadors Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo and Dionisio Perez Jácome experiencing a demo from itsme’s Fernando Flores and Pete Forde.The Mexican dignitaries were then welcomed into alternate worlds and realities through the VR experiences offered by MasterpieceVR (2017 recipient of the Cultural Start-up Award), a collaborative sculpting and painting tool that allows users to easily create 3D content in virtual reality; and Small Wonders: The VR Experience, CFC Media Lab’s groundbreaking virtual reality collaboration with Seneca’s School of Creative Arts and Animation and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) that takes users on a transcendent experience as they don a VR headset and explore a 3D rendering of a miniature boxwood carving from the AGO’s collection.Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome experiencing MasterpieceVRJoseph Ellsworth, CFC Media Lab’s Production Manager, guiding Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome through ‘Small Wonders: The VR Experience’They also had the opportunity to meet CFC Media Lab partner ICE, The Institute for Creative Exchange – Americas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression by providing a platform to artists so as to deepen contemporary creative processes across the Americas.Ambassador Dionisio Perez Jácome learning about ICESerrano added, “We are looking forward to formalizing a partnership with Mexico and its media and entertainment startup ecosystem in the next few months. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved!”By Cory Angeletti-Szasz Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

The Bands Visit cleans up at Tony Awards winning best musicalThe Bands Visit cleans up at Tony Awards winning best musical

first_img“(Let’s) just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,” he said, to rousing applause. Lane, who won for best featured actor in a play, said Angels still speaks to society in the midst of “political insanity.” Advertisement NEW YORK — The American, grown-up musical The Band’s Visit outmuscled the acclaimed and sprawling British import Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the most Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing 10 statuettes, including best musical.It’s based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name and centres on members of an Egyptian police orchestra booked to play a concert at an Israeli city who accidentally end up in the wrong town. Its embrace of foreign cultures working together found a sweet spot with Tony voters.“In The Band’s Visit, music gives people hope and makes borders disappear,” producer Orin Wolf said upon accepting the best new musical crown, saying It offers a message of unity in a world that “more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences.” Facebook Tony Shalhoub won as best leading man in a musical for his work on The Band’s Visit, connecting the win to his family’s long history of immigration from Lebanon, and the show’s Katrina Lenk, who won best actress in a musical, said the production “filled her stupid little heart with so much joy.”The Band’s Visit also won statuettes for best direction, orchestration, sound design, best book and score, lighting and featured actor Ari’el Stachel, who gave a heartfelt speech about his past. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “For so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person,” he said, addressing his parents in the audience. He thanked the creators of the show “for being courageous for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time that we need that more than ever.”The show’s director, David Cromer, said the musical is also about loneliness and despair, and asked everyone to reach out to anyone for whom “despair is overwhelming.”The two-part spectacle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child captured six awards, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director for John Tiffany, who asked the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to his boyfriend. They obliged.A British revival of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s monumental, two-part drama about AIDS, life and love during the 1980s, grabbed three big awards, including best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.Kushner took the stage and pointed out there were 21 weeks until the midterm elections in the United States: “Twenty-one weeks to save our democracy, to heal our country and to heal our planet.”Garfield won his first Tony, for best leading actor in a play, dedicating the win to the LGBTQ community, who he said fought and died for the right to love. He said the play is a rejection of bigotry, shame and oppression.“We are all sacred and we all belong,” Garfield said. He then referenced last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled in favour of a baker’s right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs. Advertisement The cast and crew of The Band’s Visit accept the award for best musical onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night. (THEO WARGO / (CREDIT TOO LONG, SEE CAPTION)) Advertisement Jamie Parker, left, and Sam Clemmett in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play won six awards on the night, including best play.  (SARA KRULWICH/NYT).In one of the ceremony’s most mesmerizing moments, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured many of the young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honoured from the Tony Award stage.Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was cheered by the crowd at Radio City Music Hall. Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine’s Day when police say a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people.She then later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform. Members of Herzfeld’s drama department took the Tony stage to serenade her with “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent.In other wins, Glenda Jackson added to her impressive resume with a Tony Award for best actress in a play for her work in a revival of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. That show also yielded the featured actress win to Rosanne star Laurie Metcalf.Billy Joel gave his friend Bruce Springsteen a special Tony Award. “This is deeply appreciated, and thanks for making me feel so welcome on your block,” The Boss said. Later, Springsteen performed “My Hometown” on the piano from his sold-out one-man show, Springsteen on Broadway. (De Niro, who took the stage to introduce Springsteen’s performance, started off with an expletive directed at President Donald Trump, which garnered him a sustained standing ovation from the crowd.)Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles kicked the show off with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there — including them.Neither Bareilles nor Groban have won a Grammy or a Tony despite selling millions of albums and appearing on Broadway. They turned that into a playful song. “Let’s not forget that 90 per cent of us leave empty-handed tonight. So this is for the people who lose/Most of us have been in your shoes,” they sang in the upbeat opening number.Two of the shows going into the night with the leading number of nominations — Tina Fey’s Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, with 12 nods each — found the night tough. Mean Girls won nothing and SpongeBob SquarePants got only one for best set design.The revival of Carousel won two awards — choreography and for Lindsay Mendez, who won best featured actress in a musical. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to New York, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn’t work. She said she was happy to be in a production that “celebrates diversity and individuality.” To all artists out there, she said: “Just be your true self and the world will take note.”One of the show highlights was the lively performance by the cast of Once on This Island that included a sand-filled beach, real water and a goat. Onstage guests were volunteers and staffers from three organizations that bring relief to areas impacted by natural disasters. The show went on to win best musical revival, beating My Fair Lady and Carousel.Getting buzz from appearing on the telecast can dictate a show’s future, both on Broadway and on tour. Broadway producers will be thankful this year that the telecast won’t have to compete with any NBA Finals or Stanley Cup playoff games.For most of the previous awards season, shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes have acknowledged the issue of sexual misconduct and abuse of power. The Tonys didn’t specifically address that, but did touch on gun violence, depression, politics and inclusion.The show was a sort of victory lap for a Broadway season that saw grosses hit another record high by pulling in $1.7 billion — up 17.1 per cent over last season’s $1.45 billion. Attendance was also up, coming in a 13.79 million, an increase of 3.9 per cent at last season’s 13.27 million. 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first_img Login/Register With: Dan Levy (Photo by CBC) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement DAN LEVY MADE SCHITT’S CREEK WITH HIS DAD. BUT IT’S HIS WEIRD LITTLE BABY.Here’s what I think we should do,” Dan Levy says as he leafs through a rack of Balenciaga, selecting an oversize matte gray hoodie with “europa!” emblazoned on its front. “We should lean into the moment here, because this is the kind of thing people come here for.”It’s a December morning and we’ve been wandering the freshly opened Dover Street Market in Los Angeles, a single-level fashion maze outfitted in an old warehouse, with brick walls painted gallery-white and a distracted funhouse layout housing various lines of Comme des Garçons, Prada, and Gucci. Part art installation, part sartorial playground, this is clothing less as a matter of practical exigency and more as a multisensory experience. There are no fewer than five, equally chic salespeople offering us water or assistance.“I say we do just a full fashion look,” he continues. “Label whore-y.” READ MORE‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ CAST REVEALS DREAM GUEST STARS: OPRAH, BEYONCE AND …“Schitt’s Creek” has big dreams.Dan Levy, who stars as David on the series, says his wish list of guest stars includes Oprah, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow. “All for different reasons, none of whom we’ll get,” he cracked at the Critics’ Choice Awards.For those who haven’t caught on to the “Schitt’s Creek” phenomenon, the show centers around the Roses, a wealthy family (Dan’s real-life dad Eugene Levy plays his father, with Catherine O’Hara as his former soap opera star mom and his sister Alexis played by Annie Murphy) who are forced to relocate to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they bought for their son as a birthday gift when he was still a child, after they lose all their money. READ MOREIN CONVERSATION WITH ACTOR AND COMEDIAN DAN LEVYThe Great Canadian Baking Show host weighs in on oven drama, queer characters and working with his dad, Eugene.You’re already the star and showrunner of the hit comedy Schitt’s Creek. What made you decide to also get involved with a baking series?I was binge-watching The Great British Baking Show and tweeted that if it ever came to Canada, I’d love to host it. I went to sleep and woke up to a million responses saying it is coming here and I should do it. Then I got the call from CBC asking, “Are you serious?”Why do you think food reality shows are so popular? People like the positivity. It’s a show about trying to improve yourself—the competition is between the baker and their oven. And it’s suspenseful! You might think, How much suspense can you have in a show about baking? But there is high anxiety in finding out if the bottom of your pie has baked all the way through. READ MORE How Schitt’s Creek Pulled Off the Making of The Crows Have Eyes IIIIf Schitt’s Creek fans thought Catherine O’Hara was deserving of more awards attention before, the season-five premiere should settle it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The episode finds O’Hara’s Moira Rose traveling to Bosnia to film her “comeback vehicle,” The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening. Initially, the movie’s jaded young director, Blaire (no last name), shows zero interest in discussing Moira’s extensive script revisions. “It’s an apocalyptic fantasy about mutant crows; I think we all know what we’re making here,” he says. (“A timely allegory about prejudice,” she answers.) But Moira will not be deterred. She later reminds him of a lesson she learned during her soap-opera days, when she was asked to play her own father who became pregnant despite a vasectomy and portray what remains the longest-running demonic possession in daytime: “We were No. 1. Every project has potential. If you allow yourself to see it, and give it the respect it deserves, others just may follow suit.”The episode, written by executive producer/co-star Dan Levy, culminates with Moira standing in a large nest in front of a green screen and delivering a stirring monologue as Dr. Clara Mandrake — who’s now half-human, half-crow. To quote Blaire (guest star James Cade), “I don’t know why, or really even how, but something about this actually works.” READ MOREYES, SCHITT’S CREEK REALLY IS THAT GOODWe regret having slept on this clever and occasionally poignant show for so long—maybe you will, too.For whatever reason, I was initially reluctant to watch Schitt’s Creek. For years, even. Maybe it was the title, which suggested something crass and obvious, a small-town satire of hicks and rubes and the snobs who scoff at them. Or maybe the Canadianness of the show off-put me somehow—though as a nearly lifelong Degrassi fan, a few “sore-ys” shouldn’t have bothered me.I certainly wasn’t deterred by the cast, or at least the grande dame of the group, Catherine O’Hara—an undersung comedic genius whose presence alone ought to have brought me running. Yet I avoided the series, didn’t much listen to friends who told me it was good, ignored O’Hara’s siren call. How foolish I was! READ MOREKNOW YOUR SCHITT! A GUIDE TO THE CAST & CHARACTERS OF SCHITT’S CREEKSchitt’s Creek has kicked off its fifth season so you may already be well-acquainted with the fish-out-of-water tale of a bankrupt clan from the big city banished to a rural town with an expletive-adjacent name they bought as a joke. You may already know that Eugene Levy and his son, showrunner Dan Levy, co-created Schitt’s Creek together making it an on-and-off screen family affair. You’ve probably seen the Twitter campaigns to give the show all the awards. If you are watching Schitt’s Creek, you know its popularity is due to its sidesplitting cast of lovable misfits and the actors who portray them. READ MORE‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ FLOWS SMOOTHLY INTO SEASON 5A sitcom lucky enough to reach its fifth season has managed to navigate its vulnerable infancy, its nervous childhood, its awkward adolescence and its halting young-adulthood. Like most of us at that stage of life, it knows what it is — enough to convincingly fake it, anyway — and it can finally get on with the business of being that.College is done, the world beckons, they’re at peak confidence and vitality. The hard work’s over, right? Smooth sailing!Wrong. The real work is only beginning. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This is a story Levy has heard, in one version or another, over and over again since the show premiered almost four years ago. “The most vulnerable place you can be is in front of your television screen,” he says. “To change conversations in people’s households about the beauty of gay love is an unbelievable thing to behold.” READ MORE Advertisement HOW DAN LEVY MADE THE FUNNIEST SHOW ON TVDan Levy might not have meant to make the most consistently perfect 20-ish minutes of television regularly available, but he has: Schitt’s Creek (the fifth season of which premieres on Pop tonight) is laugh-out-loud funny situational and observational comedy that is somehow as dry as it is warm. Amid a landscape of heavy-handed “political” shows and unintelligent fluff, his show has steadily emerged as an oasis of good humor, sweetness, and gentle snark. Levy, as its showrunner and one of its stars, is to thank for many of Schitt’s Creek’s pleasures, as well as its central concept, which could not be better suited for our current Trump era: rich people getting what they deserve.Though his father, Eugene Levy, has made a career—namely with Second City, Christopher Guest’s comedies, and in seminal teen gross-outs like American Pie—out of straight-playing, slightly bumbling everyman roles realized with both outright ridiculousness and dignity, Dan Levy began his own rise to televised fame as a host on a Canadian after-show for The Hills. This knowledge—of reality television and its chronicling of American ostentatiousness—has served him well: David Rose, his character on the show, with his all-black designer wardrobe and its curious embellishments, could have been plucked from any number of MTV’s reality offerings, past or present; the gist of the plot (swindled out of their fortune, the Roses are dropped into a ridiculously named rural town their patriarch bought as a joke and forced to get jobs and find purpose as they attempt to scheme and strive their way back into the lives they left behind) would be welcome on Bravo’s slate at any time of day. READ MORESCHITT’S CREEK IS SO EXCELLENT BECAUSE DAN LEVY CALLS THE SHOTSDuring a benefit for the Trevor Project last year, Dan Levy was approached by a total stranger. She opened up to him (in a crowd of over 800 people) about her upbringing as a queer person in a very religious family, alluding to difficulties with her mother, in particular. But then, she finished her story by thanking him. His show, Schitt’s Creek, which has its season 5 premiere tomorrow, was a favorite of her mom’s. And when the pansexual character David (portrayed by Levy) finally found love with Patrick (played by Noah Reid) in season four, it changed something in their mother-daughter dynamic. Her mom finally understood a little something about the distance between them. Twitterlast_img read more

ADQ deputy leaders Innu comments trigger outrageADQ deputy leaders Innu comments trigger outrage

first_imgAPTN National NewsControversy continues to swirl over comments made by a Quebec politician about the Innu.The deputy leader of the Action Democratique du Quebec said that giving money to members of the Innu community would end badly.It is not the first time a Canadian politician has been in the news for making comments about First Nations.In Saskatchewan, a provincial politician was forced to apologize when he said First Nation people would buy drugs and alcohol with any extra cash they received.In Quebec, the premier has already demanded an apology and community members are outraged.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Bell of Batoche safe and sound – will be repatriatedBell of Batoche safe and sound – will be repatriated

first_imgBy Melissa RidgenAPTN National News“Where is the Bell of Batoche?”That question has burned the minds and souls of the Metis for 20 years since it was taken, under the cover of darkness, from a legion hall in Millbrook, Ont. where it was kept as a war prize from the North-West Rebellion.APTN Investigates host/producer Todd Lamirande knows the answer to that burning question.“As a Metis person, a journalist and a history-lover, the mystery of the Bell of Batoche has been near and dear to me. I’ve been working on this story for most of my career,” said Lamirande via phone from an undisclosed location near where the bell is being held.There’s been buzz over the bell’s whereabouts ever since the fateful night it vanished in 1991. Just three weeks prior to the break-in, a number of Metis leaders, including Yvon Dumont, had been at the legion and were photographed standing next to the bell in its secured enclosure. They were smiling. Did they know something?When pressed years later, Dumont denied any knowledge of the identity of the bell liberators, though he suggested if a Metis person was responsible, he was a “hero not a criminal.”Then in 2005, Gary Floyd Guiboche, who was a member of Dumont’s group that night in 1991, dropped a bombshell, telling The Globe and Mail that he and an unnamed partner reclaimed the bell from the legion three weeks after the visit. He was quoted saying the partner “has kept the bell hidden too long for no reason” and also had medals taken from the legion that belonged to a Millbrook soldier who fought against the Metis at Batoche. Guiboche never gave up the identity of the partner or the bell’s location.After the Globe story the trail went cold again, aside from rumor and innuendo that never panned out as fact.Until now.Tune in to APTN on Aboriginal Day for special coverage from the latest in Lamirande’s quest to find the Bell of Batoche.In the meantime you can watch the ground-breaking story he did for APTN Investigates about the missing bell.last_img read more

National Chief candidate Perry Bellegarde says hell push for national inquiry intoNational Chief candidate Perry Bellegarde says hell push for national inquiry into

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn just over a week, chiefs from across Canada will converge on Winnipeg to decide who will be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.They’ll have three choices – Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain and Ghislain Picard.One of them will need about 300 votes to win and the chiefs are the people who decide.The people, or the grassroots, don’t get to vote for national chief so APTN National News took questions to the candidates for them.The same questions were emailed to the candidates who were allowed an unfiltered chance to speak directly to the people.Picard’s responses ran Monday. Today, we hear from Bellegarde, who is taking another run at becoming national chief after placing second in the 2009 election.APTN: Why do you want the job of National Chief? PB: Serving our First Nations as a leader is my life’s work. I believe that the experience I’ve gained over the past two decades combined with what I have accomplished in positions of increasing responsibility has prepared me to become the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Details regarding my experience and accomplishments can be found at why am I seeking the office of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations? My short answer is to make a difference through positive changes in the lives of First Nations people. But one statistic brings into focus my powerful reason. The United Nations quality of life indicators show that Canada is sixth in terms of quality of life, but First Nations are 63rd. First Nations people were never meant to be poor. We were always intended to share in the vast resources of our homeland, one of the richest countries in the world. Instead, we are too often perceived to be a burden on the taxpayers. This perception exists because Canada has failed to acknowledge the fact that the high quality of life enjoyed by Canadians has been, for the most part, derived from our natural resource wealth. If First Nations are to achieve self-determination, resource revenue sharing is an imperative – and our right. But while we have rights, we also have responsibilities that were passed down to us by our ancestors, the responsibilities of territorial stewardship. It is critical that we assume our role as leaders in environmental knowledge and partner with leaders in mitigating the environmental crisis before us. This is a challenge like none other.It must be met with determination, innovation and viable solutions. We must create formal resource revenue sharing agreements that reflect principles of environmental stewardship and protectionism. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples stipulates that First Nations peoples have the right to demand free, prior and informed consent from governments and industry when resource developments are proposed or undertaken. As First Nations people, we must recognize that our duty goes far beyond the ‘duty to consult and accommodate’; it is our duty to ensure that Mother Earth is delivered safely into the hands of future generations.APTN: What effect is funding cuts having on the AFN`s ability to lobby for First Nation interests, essentially where`s the money going to come from to get the job done?PB: It’s absolutely true that a continuous string of funding cuts have hampered the AFN’s capacity to act. There are fewer resources today than there once were. In the short term, we need to reallocate resources to be effective. And the first order of work is to establish our top priorities so we can clearly communicate them to governments in Canada. That’s what I am continuously doing as I meet with Chiefs and First Nations leaders across our territories. With those priorities firmly established and communicated, as we work through them, we need to access the required funding by illustrating, with unprecedented clarity, that as First Nations succeed, so does the rest of Canada. APTN: How will you work with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, or whoever wins the next general election?PB: The test of true leadership is the ability to work with, and influence, the powers that be, regardless of who they happen to be. I have done that before, at a First Nations level, at a tribal council level, at a provincial level and at a national level. In the course of that work, I have dealt with the full range of elected leaders. Not every working relationship was easy, but we made them work, by focusing on the issues that needed to be addressed. And that’s what I will do again with whomever is in power federally.APTN: To your critics, the AFN is fractured and unworkable. What will you do to unite the organization and make it effective? PB: That process has already begun by the Chiefs Committee on Nation Building.  I support their ongoing work, fundamental to which is the review of the AFN Charter. In meeting with hundreds of Chiefs and First Nations peoples across Canada, I hear, day in and day out about the issues that matter, and I hear about proposed solutions and strategies. That’s step one in the process of reinvigorating the AFN – to have First Nations leaders take an active role in defining the issues, the outcomes and the pathway to succeeding.  I believe in processes that unite rather than divide.  And I believe that through ceremonies we can bring our people together. APTN: The chair of the Specific Claims Tribunal wrote in a report that if it doesn’t get more resources it will fail. What will you do?PB: As Chief of the AFN it will be a priority to pressure the federal government to live up to its commitments in ‘Justice at Last’ so that Specific Claims can be resolved in a fair and timely manner.The annual report to Parliament by Justice Harry Slade lays out the critical concerns related to the operation of the Specific Claims Tribunal namely a lack of judges to deal with the case load, insufficient resources and changes to how the Tribunal is administered which compromise its independence. However, there are also other significant problems with the Specific Claims process. The federal government has not lived up to its commitments in ‘Justice at Last’ to settle claims fairly through negotiation and instead has pushed claims into the tribunal process. The tribunal was supposed to only be a last resort when claims could not be resolved in negotiations but instead in many cases it has become the only resort. At the same time the federal government has cut funding both to research and to negotiations making it difficult for First Nations to participate in the claims process.The process to set up the tribunal was a joint one. The federal government must return to joint discussions engaging the AFN and First Nations and First Nations organizations to fix the problems within the Specific Claims Process. More judges need to be appointed to the tribunal with the provinces who release judges to sit on the tribunal being provided with the appointment of replacement judges. The Specific Claims Tribunal must be independent and therefore be taken from under the Administration Tribunals Support Services Canada.  The federal government must provide sufficient resources to research and develop claims, to negotiate claims and to adjudicate claims that cannot be settled by negotiation before the tribunal. The federal government must rethink its approach to Specific Claims and live up to its commitments in ‘Justice at Last’ to resolve claims through negotiations.If Canada is willing, Specific Claims can be resolved by negotiation. We have proven this in Saskatchewan where over $1 billion has come to First Nations from Specific Claims settlements and over one million acres of land has been transferred to reserve under Treaty Land Entitlement and other Specific Claims settlements.APTN: What are you going to do with the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act? PB: The answer to that question is unambiguous – have First Nations take control of First Nations education, while concurrently pushing to ensure that the funding for it is equitable to the rest of Canada.APTN: Chief’s salaries are a big topic at the grassroots level. For example, should a chief make $400,000 a year when 80 per cent of his or her band members live on $400 a month, should there be limits?PB: First Nations are, and are intended to be, autonomous, in their decisions and I fully respect that. Any First Nation, where its citizens are dissatisfied with any element of its governance and administration, deals with that issue at the First Nations. That’s the democratic system that is inherent to individual First Nations.APTN: What do you want to see accomplished after your term in office? PB: I intend to reconnect the Assembly of First Nations with First Nations in accordance with the following priorities:– Establishing processes for self-determination which include revenue sharing, ensuring environmental sustainability, adherence to the duty to consult and accommodate and international standards such as free, prior and informed consent.– Recognition and implementation of inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.– Establishing a new fiscal relationship with the federal Crown (e.g., removal of the long standing 2 per cent cap on federal funding).– An immediate action plan and inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.– Committed focus on the revitalization and retention of indigenous languages.– Upholding indigenous rights as human rights in international forums.Tomorrow: Leon Jourdain.last_img

We were trained our entire lives to ignore Hip singer Downie addressesWe were trained our entire lives to ignore Hip singer Downie addresses

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn an emotionally charged final concert in Kingston, Ont., Tragically Hip singer Gord Down paused the show to address the audience, the country, and specifically, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“We’re in good hands, folks, real good hands. He cares about the people way up North, that we were trained our entire lives to ignore, trained our entire lives to hear not a word of what’s going on up there,” said Downie. “And what’s going on up there ain’t good. It’s maybe worse than it’s ever been, so it’s not on the improve. (But) we’re going to get it fixed and we got the guy to do it, to start, to help.”Downie, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in Dec., 2015, has been on the road for the past month on the band’s final tour.Kingston’s show was sold out in minutes and thousands turned out to watch the show in a square downtown.Trudeau declared himself a big fan of the Tragically Hip, and Downie waxed poetic about Trudeau Saturday night during the band’s final concert of the “Man Machine Poem” tour.“He’s going to be looking good for about at least 12 more years, I don’t know if they let you go beyond that. But he’ll do it,” Downie told concertgoers between songs.Trudeau could be seen in the audience nodding and mouthing “thank you.”Before the show started, Trudeau’s official photographer posted a photo on Twitter of the prime minister embracing Downie.Trudeau has put repairing the relationship at the top of his first mandate as prime minister.Letters to each of his ministers that spell out their assignments, each mentioned Indigenous peoples.“No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples,” wrote Trudeau in the letters. “It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.”In recent years, Downie has been tuning into issues around First Nations, specifically northern Ontario along the James Bay coast.In band’s 13th release, Now for Plan A, the track Goodnight Attawapiskat closes out the album.“Attawapiskat, City by the Bay! A diamond dazzling. Oh, Attawapiskat, you’re on your way.”The Hip followed the album release up with a tour that included a stop in the Fort Albany First Nation just south of Attawapiskat.The Kingston show was the last in a 15-city concert tour.— with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cindy Blackstock and AFN file noncompliance motions against federal governmentCindy Blackstock and AFN file noncompliance motions against federal government

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsAll members of Parliament stood in support of an NDP motion recently that called for a $150 million investment in First Nations child welfare.It also urged the government to adopt Jordan’s Principle, which says no First Nation child should suffer denial, delay or disruption of health services because of jurisdictional feuds.According to Cindy Blackstock, not much has happened since then.That’s why her organization, along with Assembly of First Nations and Chiefs of Ontario have filed non-compliance motions with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.last_img

Winnipeg mayor calls for Senator Beyak to resignWinnipeg mayor calls for Senator Beyak to resign

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsThe mayor of Winnipeg says a statement released by Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak is “deeply offensive” and “terribly damaging to reconciliation efforts.”Brian Bowman was reacting to a statement Beyak posted on Sept. 1, where she defend her previous comments on residential schools, saying many people had shown support for her position.She also called on First Nations to “trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman, and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa.”Earlier in the day, on Thursday, Bowman tweeted: “A Canadian Senator s/d know who Canadian Citizens are. #makeitawkward #resign”When asked during a press conference later in the day if he believes Beyak should resign, Bowman said “of course.” “I don’t remember a time where a Canadian senator, a member of the Canadian Senate has made comments as damaging to our reconciliation efforts like that,” he said. “I mean they’re just, they’re terrible and she clearly needs to be better educated and I hope that she gets that education on who Canadian citizens are as well as matters pertaining to our Indigenous community.”Beyak released another statement on Thursday, once again defending her previous comments. “What we have been doing is obviously not working, spending billions of dollars annually, yet filthy water and inadequate housing is still a reality on too many reserves,” she said. Conservative Senate Chair Larry Smith said Wednesday Beyak’s comments don’t reflect the Conservative caucus. “Accordingly, we have taken additional steps to address Senator Beyak’s ongoing role within our Caucus,” said Smith in a statement.Beyak has not returned phone calls or responded to emails from APTN.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Looking back on 2017 An inquiry dead in the water and blatantLooking back on 2017 An inquiry dead in the water and blatant

first_imgAPTN InFocusShould the MMIWG Inquiry be granted an extension? Is Lynn Beyak a racist? Is the AFN relevant?Pam Palmater, Niigaan Sinclair and Tim Fontaine weigh in on these issues and more as we put 2017 In Focus and look ahead to 2018.The National Inquiry into MMIWGA formal request for an extension was expected by the end of 2017 but that never came. It was seen as another misstep in a year that saw nearly two dozen people leave the inquiry.There was also numerous calls for the commissioners to step down, including lead Comm. Marion Buller.Lynn Beyak and her take on residential schoolsIn the spring of 2017, then little-known senator from Dryden, Ont., Lynn Beyak, said in a speech said some good came out of the residential schools and some of the religious teachers were well intentioned. Just a few weeks ago, she was turfed from the Conservative caucus by party leader Andrew Scheer for posting and refusing to remove racist letters from her Senate website.The coming legalization of marijuanaSome First Nation communities are getting actively involved and looking to set up shop in the marijuana business.But not everyone wants weed in their communities.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:last_img read more

Women and families live in constant fear Community of Rapid Lake hasWomen and families live in constant fear Community of Rapid Lake has

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsA social worker in the Quebec community of Rapid Lake says women and families live in constant fear because of a lack of policing.Located within the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Rapid Lake is plagued by social issues and is facing a crisis.The isolated community located four hours north of Montreal is struggling to get the police services it

Enbridge reaches deal with Michigan on underwater Great Lakes pipelineEnbridge reaches deal with Michigan on underwater Great Lakes pipeline

first_imgCALGARY – Enbridge Inc. says it has reached a deal with the State of Michigan on the aging Line 5 pipelines that run along the bottom of a channel between Lakes Huron and Michigan.The twin pipelines were laid in 1953 and have raised increasing concerns about the potential impacts on the Great Lakes if the 540,000-barrel-a-day pipeline were to leak.The Calgary-based energy company (TSX:ENB) says the deal with the state includes completing an evaluation by June 2018 on three options to eventually replace the 7 kilometre stretch of underwater pipeline, as well as immediate safety measures to reduce the risk of a leak.The replacement options include placing a new pipeline in a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac, installing a new pipeline below the lakebed using advanced drilling techniques, and digging a trench on the bottom of the Great Lakes and then installing the pipeline within a secondary enclosure in the trench.Opponents of the pipeline have called for its complete shutdown, with concerns on the condition of the pipeline increasing after Enbridge’s admissions in recent months that gaps had formed in its protective coating.The company says the pipeline remains in good shape and is fit for service, and that it already operates it at less than 25 per cent of maximum pressure capacity for enhanced safety.last_img read more

NS boasts of 100M in film production but industry says jobs stillNS boasts of 100M in film production but industry says jobs still

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia says film production in the province has gradually increased over the last two years to $102 million in 2017-18, but critics say the industry still hasn’t nearly recovered from the controversial axing of the film tax credit.Bernie Miller, deputy minister of the Department of Business, told a legislature committee on Wednesday that the figure is in line with the 10-year average before the province ended its film tax credit in 2015.He said the province’s film and television production fund paid out $22 million last year.“Moving forward, production demand under the development fund looks strong,” said Miller. “It’s important to remember that Nova Scotia’s film industry is cyclical and somewhat volatile in the short term and we need to be careful in considering not just year-over-year activity but long-term trends.”Miller said Nova Scotia’s total production volume has remained “somewhat constant” at between one and two per cent of total Canadian production volume.He maintained the number of jobs in the sector has increased over the past two years, but repeated that there was a boom and bust cycle even under the old tax credit system.But Progressive Conservative Tim Houston said the province is now spending more money for film production and animation than it did under the old tax credit, and it isn’t seeing a corresponding increase in jobs and production activity.“They need to look at where they are spending the money and why they are spending it and work with the industry to get better bang for the buck,” Houston said following the hearing.“If you are spending as much money and you have less economic activity and fewer people working, you are doing it wrong.”In addition to the $22 million figure highlighted by Miller, the province also spent $10 million on animation. Before the province eliminated the tax credit, it spent $24 million.Laura MacKenzie, interim executive director of Screen Nova Scotia, said while there have been small improvements, employment and production levels aren’t close to what they were before the tax credit was changed.MacKenzie said the industry hasn’t recovered from the loss of the tax credit, which covered up to 65 per cent of eligible labour costs.“Absolutely not,” she told reporters. “Our workers aren’t working the way they used to be working.”According to IATSE, the union which represents motion picture technicians in the Maritime provinces, gross pay for its membership has fallen 65 per cent from 2014 levels.MacKenzie said the government needs to do more to attract productions and to boost local companies.She said that should include building a sound stage, creating an equity fund to help local producers, and increasing the base refundable portion of the current fund, which currently is 25 per cent for all production costs.“We’d like to see at least three percentage points for talent and zoning included in our base rate,” MacKenzie said.Miller said the government is exploring opportunities around a potential sound stage, but is less open to increasing the current refundable portion of the fund.“I don’t know that there’s a cause and effect between more government funding and growing the industry, because we have always had between one and two per cent of the industry,” he said.Miller said he wants to shift the discussion away from “simply adding on to the percentage of incentive” to a broader discussion of how the province can become more competitive nationally.last_img read more

Alberta poised to topple PEI as Canadas spud kingAlberta poised to topple PEI as Canadas spud king

first_imgFrench fried, mashed, scalloped, hash browned — there’s almost no bad way to serve up a delicious potato!Alberta is processing more spuds than ever before. Last year, potato production in our province reached a record 20,500 hundredweight – or more than two-billion pounds.“We’ve seen potato production in Alberta more than double over the last 20 years or so, and we’re just actually right behind Prince Edward Island and Manitoba in third spot for potato production,” said Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial.P.E.I. is still Canada’s top producer. But that may be about to change.“There’s just not a lot more farming or agriculture space for them to expand,” Hirsch said. “As a result, I think Alberta will easily surpass Prince Edward Island … in the next few years.”One of the reasons for the rapid increase is the growth of value-added industries in southern Alberta.“Alberta really is on the map for processed potato products, frozen french fries, snack foods and the like,” he said. “Farmers have been responding to that by growing more potatoes.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSXMost actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,001.71, down 47.31 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 81 cents, or 8.9 per cent, to $8.30 on 27.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $3.52, or 16.9 per cent, to $17.30 on 19.2 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Unchanged at 24 cents on 10.7 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 76 cents, or 9.2 per cent, to $7.49 on 10.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $9.03, or 13.6 per cent, to $57.28 on 8.7 million shares.Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Consumer discretionary. Down $8.95, or 17.2 per cent, to $43.12 on 7.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Down $8.95, or 17.2 per cent, to $43.12 on 7.7 million shares traded. The discount retailer’s shares had the worst day on the Toronto Stock Market after its second-quarter revenue, earnings and sales growth were weaker than analysts expected and the company indicated that it has been reluctant to raise prices due to competitive pressures. Although the results were shy of forecasts, Dollarama’s profit in the fiscal second quarter rose to $141.8 million from $131.8 million a year ago and sales grew to $868.5 million.Transat AT. (TSX:TRZ). Down 57 cents or 6.5 per cent to $8.25. The tour package company and airline missed expectations as it swung to a loss of $4 million from a $26.6-million profit in the third quarter a year ago. Excluding non-operating items, Transat reported an adjusted loss of $3 million or eight cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $26.9 million or 73 cents per share a year ago. Revenues fell five per cent to $696.6 million.Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Down 81 cents or 3.2 per cent to $24.25. The parent company of grocery chain Sobeys Ltd. said its fiscal first-quarter profit increased to $95.6 million, up from $54 million a year ago , when it was hit by $28.7 million in costs related to its Project Sunrise cost-savings plan. On an adjusted basis, Empire said it earned $100.2 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter, up from $87.5 million or 32 cents per share a year ago. Sales totalled $6.46 billion, up from $6.27 billion.last_img read more

Washington State regulators rejected Hydro Ones Avista takeoverWashington State regulators rejected Hydro Ones Avista takeover

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:H)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Washington State regulators say they have denied Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed takeover of Avista Corp. citing political interference in the Ontario utility by the Doug Ford government.The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission says it found the deal, which valued Avista at $6.7-billion, to not be in the public interest after it became clear that the Ontario government was willing to interfere in the utility.The U.S. regulator cited how Ford forced the retirement of the Hydro One CEO, which was followed by the resignation of the entire board, as evidence that the province was willing to put political interests above those of shareholders.Hydro One, which is 47 per cent owned by the Ontario government, had assured in testimony on the Avista deal that the province was a passive investor that would not exert political pressure on the company.The U.S. regulator says the promised benefits of the deal, including rate credits, are inadequate to compensate for risks Avista customers would face.The Ford government hailed the leadership changes at Hydro One at the time as a “great day” for the province after heavily criticizing the company’s management on the campaign trail.last_img read more