ETALK Kicks Off Canadas MostWatched Coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – As the hottest celebrities and the world’s most notable filmmakers get ready to invade Toronto for the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 7-17), ETALK returns to once again offer unparalleled all-access coverage of TIFF beginning Thursday, Sept. 7 on CTV and CTV GO.Now in its 16th season, ETALK offers a VIP and behind-the-scenes experience to all things TIFF to viewers across the nation, capturing all the must-see moments as Canada’s largest and most respected entertainment team reports from across Toronto during the 11-day festival. See below for a roundup of ETALK‘s coverage of TIFF. Click here for a look at ETALK‘s Season 16 promo.“ETALK is poised to once again host the nation’s most complete and comprehensive TIFF coverage,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “TIFF is like our Olympics and the perfect kick starter to another incredible season ahead. We are thrilled to have a dynamic set of sponsors onboard and look forward to sharing what we have in store for both our viewers and partners.” Advertisement ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two and CTV GO, and 6:30 p.m. ET on E! (visit to confirm local broadcast times).ETALK AT TIFF 2017:The Canadian Filmmakers’ PartyETALK gives viewers exclusive access to the 12th annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party on Wednesday, Sept. 6, hosted by ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney and actress Amanda Brugel (THE HANDMAID’S TALE). ETALK, in partnership with The Spoke Club and Touchwood PR celebrate all things Canadian film and TV.ETALK AT TIFF on Fibe TV1For the third year in a row, Fibe TV1 takes viewers backstage as ETALK hosts and producers offer a glimpse of all the action, and what it takes to cover one of the world’s biggest film festivals. ETALK will produce 10 mini-documentaries that will each profile a celebrated film or experience from TIFF’s 42-year history, which will be available only on Fibe TV, Channel 1.ETALK Sephora® LoungeThe ETALK team will continue to host A-list celebrities from the ETALK Sephora® Lounge at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel, where stars can receive makeup touch-ups from Sephora’s Pro Artists, and enjoy the latest products compliments of Sephora. ETALK and Sephora have also teamed up for a series of broadcast and social media beauty videos,  featuring red carpet looks from the festival with expert tips to recreate them at home. Celebrities interviewed in the ETALK Sephora Lounge are treated to an A-list experience complete with furnishings by ELTE. Stars also get to help themselves to Greenhouse Juice Co., Flow Water, baked goods from Sorelle and Co., Sugarfina candy, Bounce energy balls, and gifts from Province of Canada, Guess, David’s Tea, Soul Cycle, Hound, Indigo, NBA/New Era, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Georgian Bay Spirit Company, and Rowenta steamers.Living Large With D’ItalianoNew this year, ETALK and D’Italiano, with the help of Chef Rodney Bowers, have teamed up and created four, film-inspired mouth-watering sandwiches using D’Italiano bread. On Friday, Sept. 8, Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, festival-goers can live large and try sandwiches for free by stopping by the ETALK/D’Italiano sandwich truck parked at celebrity hotspot The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto. Viewers are encouraged to follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) for more information. The four sandwiches will be introduced during an integrated segment on ETALK, airing Thursday, Sept 7at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.ETALK BMW Street FleetPartnering for a second year in a row, ETALK hosts and crew will travel from red carpet premieres to parties in BMW vehicles, courtesy of BMW Canada.TIFF on Etalk.caHome to exclusive TIFF coverage, delivers all the A-list action right to the fans, from the hottest red carpets to one–on-one sit downs, star sightings, breaking festival news, fashion highlights, and more. Capturing all the TIFF buzz, is the ultimate online destination during the Festival.ETALK on Social MediaOn Sunday, Sept. 10, ETALK treats viewers to a special Facebook Live, rounding up the biggest interviews and celeb news of TIFF’s opening weekend. Fans are encouraged to engage with ETALK‘s Devon Soltendieck and Lainey on the show’s Facebook page.  ETALK‘s Instagram followers will experience red carpets up close and in the moment through daily Instagram Live videos. ETALK will also highlight the most buzzworthy celebrity moments in daily “overheard at TIFF” Instagram stories. Party hoppers can also watch out for ETALK‘s custom Snapchat filters at bashes and Stargazers can follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) and Instagram (@etalkCTV), using the hashtag #etalkTIFF for up to the minute sightings and news, as well as on Facebook ( and Snapchat (etalk_CTV).ETALK is averaging 540,000 viewers this past year, 30% ahead of ET CANADA (416,000), and 21% ahead of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (445,000). ETALK‘s most-watched episode this past year brought in an audience of 911,000 viewers on January 9, post-Golden Globe. The program’s average weekly reach on CTV, CTV Two, and E! is 6.4 million viewers combined.Viewers can also catch up on ETALK highlights, following the program’s television broadcast, on and the CTV GO app.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: #etalkTIFF @CTV_Television@etalkCTVBen Mulroney – @BenMulroneyDanielle Graham – @DanielleGrahamLainey Lui – @LaineyGossipTraci Melchor – @stayfabulousDevon Soltendieck – @DSoltendieckLiz Trinnear – @LizTrinnearChloe Wilde – @TheChloeWildeJesse Giddings – ETALKHosted by Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporters Liz Trinnear and Chloe Wilde, and L.A. Correspondent Jesse Giddings, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and iHeartRadio MMVAs, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Production, and Morley Nirenberg is Director of Production and Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. More information about ETALK can be found at, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Movie Theater Attendance Hits 24Year Low Ticket Prices Rise Nearly 4 Percent

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The National Alliance of Theater Owners (NATO) announced Wednesday that the national ticket average for 2017 rose 3.7 percent year-over-year to $8.93, up from $8.65 last year.At that average, the estimated number of movie tickets sold last year is 1.23 billion. While that is only a rough estimate that does not account for the higher ticket prices for premium formats and theaters in more expensive cities like New York and Los Angeles, NATO’s estimate is the lowest since 1993, when “Jurassic Park” was the top grossing film of the year and an estimated 1.24 billion tickets were sold.READ MORE Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img

TV Rights Optioned for Sophie Kinsellas Fairy Mom and Me

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lambur Productions has optioned the TV rights for best-selling author Sophie Kinsella’s Fairy Mom and Me, her first book for young children.Lambur Productions will work with Kinsella, Lucas Alexander Whitley and U.K.-based executive producer Helen McAleer to develop the book for a series of live-action TV movies. Fairy Mom and Me tells the story of Ella and her family’s special secret, that her mom comes from a long line of fairies. Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The agreement marks the first major news for Lambur Productions since its launch in October 2017. The deal was brokered by McAleer, as well as Araminta Whitley and Philippa Milnes-Smith for Lucas Alexander Whitley.Fairy Mom and Me was released in the U.S. and Canada by Delacorte in January 2018 and published in the U.K. by Puffin in February 2018. A second title will follow in the U.K. in August 2018 (to be published in the U.S. and Canada in January 2019). Rights have also been sold in a further nine languages.Kinsella said, “I am absolutely delighted that the team at Lambur Productions have taken Fairy Mom and Me to their hearts. I think the magic, comedy and family dynamics of the stories will translate brilliantly to the screen and I can’t wait to see Ella, her mother and the spells come to life!”Joan Lambur, the president of Lambur Productions, commented, “As a long-time fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books, I’m beyond excited to be teaming up with her on this exceptional property for kids and their families.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2018 Award Winners

first_imgGROLSCH​ ​PEOPLE’S​ ​CHOICE​ ​AWARDS IWC​ ​SHORT​ ​CUTS​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​SHORT​ ​FILM For the 27th year, the Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury. This year’s jury is comprised of Jury President Lesley Chow (Australia), Andrés Nazarala (Chile), Astrid Jansen (Belgium), Pierre Pageau (Canada), James Slotek (Canada), and Viswanath Subrahmanyan (India).The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme is awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly​, which the jury called “a pastoral and traditional bucolic film, capturing the familiar angst and anxiety a young adult woman undergoes in order to have her say in the scheme of things in a predominately male-driven patriarchal society.”“Through her spectacular and deft narrative, nuanced understanding of the dilemmas women face, and a pitch-perfect performance by Hazel Doupe, this film is a triumph of free spirit.”Honourable mention goes to Laura Luchetti’s Twin Flower.The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations is awarded to Guy Nattiv for Skin, which the jury called “a gripping study of a group of extremists and the choices available to them. It’s raw yet intelligently paced, with stunning performances, especially by a near-unrecognizable Vera Farmiga.”Honourable mention goes to Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man. The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film goes to Sandhya Suri’s The Field​. The jury noted, “The film is striking for its aesthetic lyricism, tender performances, and powerful emotional impact.” TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced its award winners at the closing ceremony at TIFF Bell Lightbox today, hosted by Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. The 43rd Festival wraps up this evening. The Festival and the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund present the third Audentia Award for Best Female Director, selected by the jury comprised of Anne Frank, Reinaldo Marcus Green, and Kerri Craddock. The award goes to Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s Fig Tree.“Fig Tree is a stunning and illuminating debut,” the jury remarked. “Based on her own experiences, Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian takes us on an unsentimental journey and shows us the tragic effects of civil war on ordinary people. Confidently directed with grit and compassion, Fig Tree is a beautifully rendered, big-hearted story about a Jewish teenage girl’s attempt to save those she loves, but it’s also an intimate coming-of-age story of self-discovery and female empowerment.” This award carries a €30,000 cash prize.Awarding an honourable mention to Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s Phoenix, the jury said: “Phoenix is a courageous debut from Norwegian director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. A visually arresting and emotionally nuanced film, Phoenixfocuses on a young teen who assumes an enormous burden of responsibility in the face of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s absence. With a seamless blend of stark realism and cinematic magic realism, Henriksen’s story subtly, yet powerfully, unfolds from the perspective of her mature young protagonist.” As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema for the seventh consecutive year, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere in the Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema sections goes to Ash Mayfair’s The Third Wife.Jury members include Vilsoni Hereniko (Fiji), Meng Xie (China), and Gülin Üstün (Turkey). The jury remarked, ”Ash Mayfair’s debut feature The Third Wife signalled the emergence of a young female director-writer whose aesthetic sensibilities, cinematic language, and extraordinary ability to illuminate the past for contemporary audiences augur well for the future of Vietnamese and world cinema.”The jury gave honourable mention to Bai Xue’s The Crossing. The jury said, “Bai Xue’s storytelling in her debut film The Crossing shattered cinematic boundaries to create an original visual language that propelled her protagonist’s emotional crossing into adulthood as she crossed the physical boundaries of Hong Kong into mainland China.” “It’s a unique and refreshing glimpse into female desire set in rural India that demonstrated a scope greater than its short format.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.The jury gave honourable mentions to Anette Sidor’s Fuck You, for its acutely observed study of teenage sexuality, and to Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’s This Magnificent Cake!, for the spectacular level of animation and the surreal humour it uses to explore its complex colonial subject matter. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce. The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Meryam Joobeur’s Brotherhood.​ The jury remarked, “The film was masterfully executed, layered with bold ideas, rich textures, and nuanced character observations played by an unforgettable cast.”“The film successfully explored complex personal and political themes with compassion for its characters. By employing the intimate prism of a Tunisian family, the film was evidently made with a sense of maturity that points to a bright future from Meryam Joobeur.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.The jury awarded an honourable mention to Jérémy Comte’s Fauve for its confident visual storytelling and moving performances from the child actors. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce. Facebook CANADA​ ​GOOSE®​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​CANADIAN​ ​FEATURE​ ​FILM The Canada Goose® Award for Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles). The jury said it was chosen, “For its true-to-life depiction of a young woman’s quest to find meaning and hope in a world that has constantly disappointed her.” This award carries a cash prize of $30,000 and a custom award, sponsored by Canada Goose®. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard. Advertisement Advertisement NETPAC​ ​AWARD center_img The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film goes to Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (Les routes en février). The jury remarked it was selected, “For its warm portrayal of a young woman trying to reconnect with her distant heritage after her father’s untimely death, and for the way the film demonstrates how genuine human connections best develop between two individuals when they stand on common ground.” This award carries a cash prize of $15,000, made possible by the City of Toronto. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard. This year marked the 41st year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Peter Farrelly for Green Book.​ The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch. The first runner-up is Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. The second runner-up is Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA.The Festival presents free screenings of Green Book at TIFF Bell Lightbox tonight. Tickets are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible.The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Vasan Bala’s The Man Who Feels No Pain​.​ The first runner-up is David Gordon Green’s Halloween. The second runner-up is Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation.The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award goes to Free Solo, directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The first runner-up is Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything.  The second runner-up is John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm.   THE​ ​PRIZES​ ​OF​ ​THE​ ​INTERNATIONAL​ ​FEDERATION​ ​OF​ ​FILM​ ​CRITICS​ ​(FIPRESCI​ ​PRIZES)  TORONTO​ ​PLATFORM​ ​PRIZE​ ​PRESENTED​ ​BY​ ​AIR​ ​FRANCE  EURIMAGES’ AUDENTIA AWARD LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CITY​ ​OF​ ​TORONTO​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​CANADIAN​ ​FIRST​ ​FEATURE​ ​FILM  IWC​ ​SHORT​ ​CUTS​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​SHORT​ ​FILM This is the fourth year for Platform, the Festival’s juried programme that champions directors’ cinema from around the world. The Festival welcomed an international jury comprised of award-winning filmmakers Mira Nair, Béla Tarr, and Lee Chang-dong, who unanimously awarded the Toronto Platform Prize Presented by Air France to Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things.The jury said, “This is a deeply moving drama from a director who shows great skill in his ability to weave together multiple genres with social and political critique, while telling a story that remains intimately human at its core. For us, this film has a spirit that always feels beautifully close to real life.”“Over the course of the Festival, we’ve had the privilege of watching 12 films that left us excited with the feeling that the future of directors’ cinema is in such capable hands. The great joy of being on the Platform Jury has been participating in a competition celebrating emerging visions that are bold, daring, innovative, and sometimes even challenging. The great difficulty, however, has been selecting only one director to win the Toronto Platform Prize. After much contemplation and thorough discussion, we all agreed together upon one prize winner and one honourable mention.”Awarding an honourable mention to Emir Baigazin’s The River, the jury said: “We were completely absorbed by the singular world this film creates through precise and meticulous craft, breathtaking visuals, and a boldly patient yet engrossing observational style.”The Toronto Platform Prize offers a custom award and a $25,000 cash prize, made possible by Air France.TIFF presents a free screening of Toronto Platform Prize winner Cities of Last Things at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:15pm, on September 16. Tickets to this free screening are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible. TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media: Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon battle heating up over Peel watershed

first_imgAPTN National News‘The fate of Yukon’s Peel River watershed remains in limbo.The watershed is made up of wilderness stretching 67,000 square kilometres across the northeastern part of the territory.Miners are demanding access to the area, but they’re opposed by First Nations who say the Peel is among the last pristine eco-systems in the world.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports, the latest set of recommendations to manage the region are being rejected by the Yukon government.last_img

Saganash says he wont get squeezed out in crowded NDP leadership field

first_imgAPTN National NewsNDP leadership candidate Romeo Saganash says he’s getting more support as the days and months go by.The Cree MP from northern Quebec is running for the leadership of the NDP.Saganash worked on the landmark agreement between the James Bay Cree and the Quebec government and he was a key negotiator of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith sat down with the leadership candidate to talk about his campaign.last_img

Attawapiskat diamond mine blockade causing De Beers financial damages could force shutdown

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT–An ongoing blockade by Attawapiskat residents of an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine in northern Ontario is causing “significant financial damages” and “irreparable harm” which could force the mining giant to shut its operations down, according to the company.De Beers officials hand-delivered a letter Tuesday night to Attawapiskat resident John Edwards warning him the company could seek an injunction against him if the blockade doesn’t end. It’s believed De Beers plans to deliver similar letters to at least two other individuals the company believes are involved in the blockade.The warning letter comes as all sides prepare for a meeting Thursday to discuss the situation. A meeting was initially planned for Wednesday, but Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence won’t return to the community until she ends scheduled meetings in Moose Factory, Ont.The blockade, which began Sunday evening, is now entering into its fourth day and is the second such action in as many weeks. A previous blockade ended last Thursday. De Beers has an about 45 day window to ship supplies up the ice road.The blockade forced a convoy of empty fuel trucks to turn back to the diamond mine on Sunday. It is set up about 8 kilometres from Attawapiskat on an ice road leading to the mine. The Victor mine sits about 90 kilometres west of the community.The ice road to the mine is connected to a longer, main ice road which connects Attawapiskat to Moosonee, Ont., about 260 kilometres to the south.The ice road is blocked by a cube truck, loaded with frozen meats and pizzas along with two barbecues, pallets and a constantly changing number of pick-up trucks.The number of people at the blockade fluctuates throughout the day. A small group, including three pick-up trucks, was at the site shortly after midnight Wednesday and they feasted on two free pizzas from town.The situation has been described as a “crisis” which is entering into “uncharted territory,” according to two community sources with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity.De Beers’ move to threaten a court injunction against the blockade has also opened the possibility of intervention by the OPP. While the Nishnawbe Aski police patrols the community, the force does not have jurisdiction over the ice road.While it began quietly, the blockade has slowly gained support among some sectors of the community and its core group inclues three or four families who have traplines running through the vicinity of area controlled by De Beers.The families are seeking compensation for the loss of their traditional territory. Others involved, however, say they joined the blockade because they believe De Beers should be investing in housing for the community. Some involved in the blockade also have personal grievances related to past employment and rates of pay.Edwards joined the blockade because his uncle’s trapline runs through the Victor mine and his grandmother is buried adjacent to the site.Edwards told APTN National News he had no plans to withdraw from the blockade.Victor Mine manager James Kirby told APTN National News that the ice road was the mine’s “umbilical cord” and essential for its resupply. He said a prolonged blockade could force the mine to shut down.The ice road is used in particular for the transportation of fuel, machinery and spare parts too heavy to fly into the mine’s airport.The ice road link, however, has been severed for eight days as a result of the two blockades.The warning letter to Edwards was signed by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin lawyer Tracy Pratt. Pratt says the company has retained the law firm and states that De Beers “will not hesitate to protect and enforce its full legal rights through an injunction motion” if the blockade doesn’t end.“This unlawful conduct is causing our client significant financial damages and irreparable harm. Among other things, the blockade has serious health and safety implications and consequences for the mine’s continued full operation,” the letter states. “The continuation of this blockade cannot be tolerated.”The roots of the blockade extend years and centre on an impact benefit agreement between Attawapiskat and De Beers which was ratified in 2005.Those involved in the blockade say the IBA did not have full community support when it passed. They argue that the IBA doesn’t address the needs of the community or give Attawapiskat full benefit of the riches in their territory.Under the IBA, De Beers has transferred $10.5 million into a trust fund held by Attawapiskat as of January 2011.APTN National News has learned that De Beers is looking to use the trust fund money, which was originally created to provide funding for Attawapiskat into the future, to pay for some of the compensation claims issued by those involved in the blockade.The mine had also generated $448 million on gross revenues as of January 2011, according to a De BeersPowerPoint presentation on the IBA.De Beers says it has invested about $1.022 billion of capital costs into the mine.De Beers says about $325 million worth of contracts have been awarded to “solely owned or joint venture companies run by the community” since construction began. Some in the community dispute the number accurately reflects the reality on the ground. Some have also questioned the make-up of some of the joint ventures.De Beers says in its PowerPoint that a shorter Attawapiskat blockade in 2009 cost the company $3.5*Editor’s note: the IBA was ratified in 2005. The date has been changed in the above story.last_img read more

Conservative MPs want PCO officials to testify on MMIW inquiry

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Conservative MPs on the Indigenous Affairs committee want to call officials with the Privy Council Office (PCO) to answer questions on their role providing technical and administrative support to the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.The Conservative MPs on the committee plan to table a motion next week calling for PCO officials to testify.Conservative MP Arnold Viersen said last week’s testimony from inquiry commissioners required further clarification from PCO officials.“The commissioners indicated frustrations in the technical functions of the commission,” said Viersen, who is a member of the committee. “I hope we can get an understanding of how PCO manages these national commissions.”The motion to call PCO officials before the committee is likely to be supported by the lone NDP MP member on the committee, Romeo Saganash.The Liberals hold the majority of votes on the committee which was on the road this week gathering testimony on modern treaties and specific claims. The committee was in Belleville, Ont., on Friday and meets against on Tuesday.APTN contacted the office of MP Yvon Jones, parliamentary secretary for Crown-Indigenous relations, but she was not available for comment.APTN also contacted the office of MP Don Rusnack, parliamentary secretary for Indigenous services, but he could not be reached for comment.Jones and Rusnack sit on the committee as non-voting members, but set the tone on the government’s side of the committee table.The four inquiry commissioners— Chief Commissioner Marion Buller, Michele Audette, Qajaq Robinson and Brian Eyolfson – appeared before the committee last week amid widespread concern internal disorganization and tensions threaten to comprise the work inquiry. The inquiry has faced a number of high profile resignations, including that of commissioner Marilyn Poitras.The commissioners presented a picture of an inquiry that is restricted by federal government structures while trying to confront a deeply complex and sensitive subject with roots stretching back hundreds of years.The inquiry, which held hearings in Smithers, B.C., this week, depends on the support of a secretariat within the PCO, which is essentially the prime minister’s department and the central nervous system of the federal bureaucracy.The PCO also charges the inquiry for work it has done. The PCO wouldn’t reveal how much is has billed the inquiry to date, but the figure is expected to be at least $2 million.“The Privy Council Office’s (PCO) mandate is to provide commissions of inquiry with financial and administrative support,” said PCO spokesperson Stephan Shank. “All of the commission’s expenses, including support at PCO, will appear under the PCO’s accounts, which will be tabled in the fall.”Shank said the PCO assigned officials beginning in September 2016 to work full-time at the inquiry. Shank said additional staff are also providing support on finance, procurement and human resources to the inquiry as part of their regular work load.Under questioning, Audette said the inquiry still does not have all its computers on the same network and that its IT system is a patchwork from three different departments.The federal Indigenous Affairs department — which is being split into two entities — is currently providing the inquiry with IT support.Audette said in an interview with APTN that inquiry staff and commissioners have at times resorted to using their own phones and computers to do the work of the inquiry.It’s unclear how federal privacy and access to information laws apply to the work of the inquiry conducted on private read more

Its going to reopen again Elder told mother of Kyle Morrisseau that

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe mother of Kyle Morrisseau says she was told by an Elder when her son died nine years ago that his case would eventually be reopened.“He was just talking to me, just talking to me and then he says, ‘in the future from now on then in the future it’s not going to be closed even though if they say the case is closed. Whatever is going to go on after, it’s going to reopen again and you’re going to know what happened to your son.’ That’s what he told me,” Lorene Kakegumick told APTN News. On Wednesday, Gerry McNeilly, head of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director release his long awaited report Broken Trust.It slammed the Thunder Bay police for failing to properly investigate cases involving Indigenous people, and recommended that police reopen nine of them.APTN News believes four of these cases are from a student inquest that examined the deaths of seven First Nations youth took place in the city – including the death of Kyle Morrisseau.The 17-year old attended Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and was found in the McIntyre River on Nov. 10, 2009 after being missing for two weeks.Lorene accepted how police investigated her son’s case. They were invited to the Keeywaywin First Nation, where he was from for his memorial in 2017.She was shocked when she heard about the report and immediately thought of what the Elder told her all those years ago.“’The Creator is going to watch over you and every time you go outside wherever you are, wherever you go you will see eagle flying around over you up in the air.’”“And that’s what I seen all summer. When I go somewhere or just drive to the river I always see an eagle, it kind of freaked me out.”The provincially run student inquest provided few answers for any of the families involved.And in response to the OIRPD report, the Thunder Bay police point to the inquest findings that found nothing wrong with its investigation of the Morrisseau case.“There were no findings or recommendations directed at the police service with respect to the investigative process, nor was there any evidence found that would lead to the conclusion that further investigation was required,” the police wrote to the OIRPD.“In fact, what should come as a result of the inquest findings and recommendations, is that Thunder Bay Police Service conducted thorough investigations into the deaths examined at the inquest.”While McNeilly said the Thunder Bay police have done a good job of implementing some of the inquest’s 174 recommendations, their investigative work needs to improve.“I…disagree with TBPS’s conclusion that the coroner’s inquest supports the view that TBPS’s investigations into Indigenous sudden deaths were thorough and beyond serious criticism,” McNeilly responded.“The inquest did not engage in the detailed review of those investigations that we undertook. My review revealed serious deficiencies in four such investigations.”In Morrisseau’s case, McNeilly wrote that foul play should not have been ruled out – and that police failed in many steps of its investigation including not getting evidence properly tested.McNeilly’s recommendation is to reopen the Morrisseau case – but with a team that includes investigators from other police forces, the coroner’s office and a forensic read more

Are all Russia ties now sinister or are some just business

first_imgMOSCOW – A shipping company partly owned by President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is one of the few in the world that can transport liquefied petroleum gas in cold and icy conditions. Russia is known for its brutal winters as well as its giant, state-controlled oil and gas producers.So, for years, Wilbur Ross’ company has been moving LPG for a Russian gas giant.But now, in what might seem almost an echo of the Red Scare that lasted in America for generations, this business relationship is seen as tainted, an ominous connection to a country that unleashed cyberwar against American democracy and the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.Are all connections to Russia now suspect? Or are they sometimes merely an inconvenient consequence of doing business in a country where major corporations often are controlled by the Kremlin?The latest tie between Russia, Trump and his campaign and administration officials came to light Sunday with news that the U.S. commerce secretary is a part owner of Navigator Holdings, a shipping company that transports LPG produced by Sibur, a big Russian company with ties to the Kremlin.Some shipping business experts who follow the company are shrugging off the news.“Russia has a lot of commodities that need to go somewhere else,” said Benjamin J. Nolan, a financial analyst who covers Navigator for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. He added, “Odds are, they are going to have long term contracts with Western shipping companies.”The Russian government is a powerful factor in almost every part of the country’s economy. Some of Russia’s biggest banks, such as Sberbank and VTB are state-controlled, with their management answering directly or indirectly to the Kremlin.Then there is Gazprom, a big gas supplier to Europe, and Rosneft, the oil producer. Both are majority state owned.The new Russian giant in the spotlight, Sibur, has its own special connections to the state, and President Vladimir Putin in particular. It is partially owned by a man said to be Putin’s son-in-law, and two of its biggest shareholders are oligarchs close to Putin. One of them is his old judo partner.The details of Ross’ stake in Navigator were found among 13.4 million leaked records on offshore entities used by the rich and powerful and famous. They are the biggest leak on the shadowy offshore financial system since the Panama Papers last year, and could shed more light on the byzantine ways companies and individuals hide their wealth or lower their taxes.Following news of the leak, Ross has said in interviews that his ties to Russia are being blown out proportion. He told Britain’s Sky network that his Navigator stake had been previously disclosed in financial documents filed with government ethics officials, and noted that Sibur is not under any U.S. sanction. For its part, Sibur has said that only a tiny percentage of shipping business goes to Navigator, less than 3 per cent of “logistics expenses.” It said that it is surprised by the “politically driven interpretation” in some media reports of its “ordinary business operations.”Trump himself also has faced scrutiny over his business ties to Russia. In prepared remarks to the Senate and House intelligence committees, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, disclosed that the Trump Organization had been pursuing a business proposal in Russia during the presidential campaign. Cohen has said that the proposal for a Trump Tower Moscow never came to fruition and denied it had any impact on the campaign, saying it was “solely a real estate deal and nothing more.”No evidence has yet emerged that the business deals are being examined by special counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI director is investigating the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election and any possible co-ordination with Trump associates.As for Ross, the most obvious link to Putin is Kirill Shamalov, who is married to a woman who is said to be Putin’s youngest daughter. Shamalov once owned more than 20 per cent of Sibur, but has since cut that stake to 3.9 per cent, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the group that has been reviewing the new trove of documents.Another Kremlin link is the Putin’s old judo partner, Gennady Timchenko, the second largest shareholder of Sibur.Businessmen with Kremlin links are sometimes tapped to work on key projects with political symbolism, such as the bridge to Crimea or the Sochi Olympics. Timchenko’s construction company has a role building stadiums for next year’s soccer World Cup.Timchenko was sanctioned by the U.S. after Russia annexed the Crimea. The U.S. also barred banks from providing long-term financing to a gas company belonging to Sibur’s largest shareholder, Leonid Mikhelson.Ross has never met Sibur’s Shamalov, Timchenko and Mikhelson, according to a Commerce Department statement, and was not involved in his shipping company’s negotiations with Sibur.Kremlin connections can boost the fortunes of U.S. companies, but they can also backfire. Russian partners sometimes come under suspicion abroad that they are acting out of political, not purely commercial, motives.The state gas company Gazprom, in particular, has been accused of manipulating price talks over natural gas to put pressure on governments of other European countries, particularly Ukraine. That’s prompted many European countries to seek gas supplies from elsewhere.A deal between Rosneft and Exxon Mobil also has run into trouble. The Treasury Department fined Exxon Mobil $2 million in July over what it called “reckless disregard” for U.S. sanctions by signing deals with Rosneft’s sanctioned head Igor Sechin in May 2014. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the U.S. oil firm’s CEO at that time.Exxon has maintained it did nothing wrong and sued the U.S. government in an effort to stop the fine.As for Ross’ Navigator, some experts say it’s hardly surprising the company counts a Russian company among its customers.“Russia is the biggest producer of oil, and that needs to be sold in a global market place,” said Jonathan Chappell, a financial analyst at Evercore. “Navigator is perfectly positioned.”—-Condon reported from New York. Associated Press writer Chad Day contributed from Washington.last_img read more

US pending home sales rose a slight 02 per cent in November

first_imgWASHINGTON – Slightly more people signed contracts in November to buy homes — with pending sales rising just 0.2 per cent as the housing market copes with a dwindling supply of properties on the market.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of pending home sales was 109.5 in November. The modest increase follows a 3.5 per cent increase in October.More Americans are shopping for homes as the economy has improved. The low 4.1 per cent unemployment rate has helped lift demand from would-be homebuyers, as the slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has built up momentum after years of steady but unspectacular gains. Yet the demand has done little to bring more home-sellers into the market, causing a shortage of listings that has pushed up prices and spawned a rush to buy in many metro areas.In November, the number of signed contracts rose in the Northeast and Midwest but slumped in the South and West.Pending sales contracts are a barometer of future purchases. Sales are typically completed a month or two after a contract is signed.The pending sales index has improved just 0.8 per cent over the past year, as would-be buyers are finding that fewer homes are being listed for sale.The number of homes listed for sale has dropped nearly 10 per cent over the past year, the Realtors said earlier this month. Many homeowners are choosing to build up their equity or find themselves unable to afford another house if they sell their current residence. This dynamic has contributed to a 6.2 per cent jump in home prices over the 12 months, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index.With home prices rising faster than incomes, it’s leading to the risk that people seeking homes could be priced out of the market. This, in turn, has caused homes to remain on the market for fewer days.Some of the financial pressures from rising home prices have been minimized by cheaper borrowing costs.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said last week that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.94 per cent, down from 4.30 per cent a year ago.last_img read more

New England senators seek to designate National Lobster Day

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration.They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honour the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters.The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honours not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them.Rhode Island’s U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he expects the full Senate to again unanimously approve it as a fun, tasty way to honour lobstermen and their catch.Maine led the nation in American lobster landings in 2016 with 132 million pounds (60 million kilograms) valued at nearly $540 million, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Trade updateStatistics Canada releases the retail trade figures for June on Wednesday. StatCan previously reported that retail trade expanded by two per cent in May, thanks to stronger sales at vehicle and auto parts dealers as well as gas stations. It marked a rebound from April, when sales contracted by 0.9 per cent. The numbers will be closely watched for further signs of economic strength that could signal another interest rate increase.Betting on the banksRoyal Bank of Canada is the first lender to report its fiscal third-quarter results on Wednesday, and most analysts are expecting “solid” growth across the industry, with estimates of earnings-per-share growth as high as 10 per cent year-over-year. CIBC releases third-quarter results on Thursday. The rest of Canada’s biggest banks report the following week.Pot sovereigntyRepresentatives of Kahnawake First Nation will hold consultations on the regulation and sale of cannabis within its borders on Tuesday. First Nations chiefs have expressed concern over the impact of legal pot in communities already struggling with an opioid epidemic, and have accused Ottawa of cutting them out of the tax revenue from sales of the drug.Employment insurance updateStatistics Canada releases the employment insurance figures for June on Thursday. StatCan reported that 454,100 people received regular EI benefits in May, virtually unchanged from April. The latest jobs numbers revealed that the economy generated 54,100 net new jobs in July, pushing the unemployment rate back to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent.Poloz at the podiumBank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will make a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Economic Policy Symposium on Saturday. Given a recent slew of positive economic data, many economists expect him to raise interest rates at least one more time this year. They’ll be watching for what he has to say to our American neighbours who have also been on a rate hike trajectory.last_img read more

Quebec securities regulator helping companies disclose exposure to modern slavery

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s securities regulator is offering to help public companies disclose their exposure to modern slavery, including forced labour, human trafficking and child labour.The Autorite des marches financiers says Canadian companies could be exposed directly or indirectly to the tens of millions of people around the world who are estimated to be affected by involuntary work made under threat or penalty.The AMF notice doesn’t change legal requirements but helps companies determine what must be disclosed and improve their information.The International Labour Organization has estimated that about 25 million people were victims of forced labour, generating US$150 billion in profits in 2014.Sectors most likely to be exposed to this issue are construction, manufacturing, entertainment and agriculture.The federal government announced in January the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, an independent position to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporate activity aboard.last_img read more

Amazons growing pains in Seattle offer lessons to new hosts

first_imgSEATTLE — As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world’s hottest online retailer.The communities will be subject to outsized influence from a company used to getting what it wants and unfazed by blame, fairly or not, for widespread changes all around.Just look to the Pacific Northwest, where both Amazon and Seattle have transformed dramatically together and sometimes at odds over the past 24 years, prompting resentment among a certain crowd of “mossback” natives.Amazon’s workforce in the city has grown from 5,000 to 45,000 employees since 2010, while its physical footprint in the downtown core has expanded from 1 million to 8 million square feet today.Sally Ho, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ousted Sri Lanka PMs party asks Facebook to protect users

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The ousted Sri Lankan prime minister’s party is urging Facebook to safeguard the identity of the party’s supporters on the social media platform, fearing information sharing with what it calls the country’s illegal government can lead to a crackdown against the users.In a letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, the United National Party said such information could be used against the users “in ways which are legally prohibited.”Party spokesman Piyasena Dissanayaka said Facebook also blocked its official page ahead of a public rally on Thursday but restored it on Saturday.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked last month by President Maithripala Sirisena.Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has had two no-confidence motions against him.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Macro Enterprises begins construction on Aitken Creek spread of North Montney Mainline

first_imgThe Aitken Creek Section – Spread 2 is approximately 67 km of NPS 42-inch pipeline and related facilities, and the value of the contract is approximately CAD$200 million.The company said it is working with joint venture partner Spiecapag Canada Corp. on the project.“We are very pleased to be working again for TransCanada Pipelines Inc. and their subsidiary Nova Gas Transmission Ltd,” said Macro Enterprises President and CEO Frank Miles. “This award substantiates our growth plans. This also positions the Company for future opportunities in this market”.Macro said that construction on the pipeline spread is planned to be completed during the first quarter of 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John-based Macro Enterprises Inc. announced Tuesday that it has started construction of the Aitken Creek section – Spread 2 of the North Montney Mainline Project.The North Montney Mainline comprises 301 kilometres of 42-inch pipeline, which will also include metering facilities, valve sites and compression facilities and will provide the added capacity needed to ship natural gas southward.The pipeline will be owned and operated by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.last_img read more