Smirnoff Sound Collective

first_imgThe makers of SMIRNOFF™ Vodka announced today that Smirnoff Sound Collective™, the brand’s international music platform committed to becoming the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture, have partnered with Toronto Artists – Zeds Dead on a new documentary titled, “LEAP” which will be released on October 3rd, 2016.Dylan Mamid (aka DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka Hooks) formed Zeds Dead in 2009. LEAP chronicles the ambitious rise of Zeds Dead from their early Toronto beginnings in the electronic music scene, to becoming a respected staple of the international touring circuit. “When you talk about a group like Zeds Dead, you hear the bass lines, you hear the drum and bass and the breakbeats that exploded here in the 90’s, the huge ragga influence, UK funky and the whole UK bounce stuff, you hear… Toronto” explains author and nightlife historian Denise Benson in LEAP. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement The latest musical contributors who are bringing Toronto’s legacy to the global stage, Zeds Dead are also celebrating their recent launch of their newest entrepreneurial platform – their own music label, Deadbeats – and the upcoming release of their new album Northern Lights on October 14, 2016. Featuring collaborations with Diplo, Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow, Pusha T and fellow Canadian singer Martina Sorbara (Dragonette), the new album shows off the depth of their success.“Toronto’s music scene is no longer our best kept secret. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ has been committed to collaborating and supporting the inspiring work of Zeds Dead since early 2014. We’re thrilled that we can continue to support Dylan and Zack on this exciting next phase of their growing career.” said Amber Zwolak, Brand Manager, SMIRNOFF Canada.“Supporting the long-term goals and passions of unparalleled talents like Zeds Dead, is the vision behind the Smirnoff Sound Collective™. The release of the film – LEAP – is a continuation of our global goal to become the biggest contributor to electronic music culture. We believe this type of collaborative brand support is an important step in our continued commitment toward telling the diverse stories of artists like Zeds Dead.” said Justin Medcraft, SMIRNOFF Global Senior Brand Manager.Launched in 2014, Smirnoff Sound Collective™ brought their initiative to North America in March 2016 in Miami by transforming a South Beach Hotel and filling it with world famous line-up of exceptional electronic DJ’s including Zeds Dead, Gorgon City, What So Not, MK, Claptone, Tokimonsta and many others. Smirnoff Sound Collective™ celebrated International Womens’ Day by launching a documentary called “Tribes: Discwoman” which highlighted female DJ’s worldwide.  In June, they live-streamed and hosted a same-sex couple’s wedding during Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas weekend, further promoting the inclusiveness of the electronic music genre.For more information, check out our Smirnoff Sound Collective™ social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.Smirnoff Sound Collective™ wants to remind music fans that whether you’re mixing music or cocktails, to be sure and do so responsibly.About Smirnoff Sound Collective™ The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is SMIRNOFF™ brand’s international music platform that aims to become the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  will achieve this through the development of short-form and long-form content pieces that share inclusive stories told through music, artist collaborations and by hosting unique experiences that bring artists and fans together. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is also a sponsor of Mixmag Labs across the world in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.About SMIRNOFFThe SMIRNOFF brand that boasts the world’s number-one selling premium spirit and the top-selling flavored vodka in North America, traces its heritage back to 19th century Russia. As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world. For more information, log on to www.smirnoff.com.About DiageoDiageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Canadas Best Dressed 2016 See who made the list

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter The Great White North is known for many things, but this year was definitely one that put Canucks on the style map. From Celine Dion‘s show-stopping wardrobe overhaul and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau‘s parade of homegrown designs to The Weeknd‘s collaboration with Puma and Xavier Dolan‘s Louis Vuitton campaign, our sartorial stars were the talk of the town. So we bring you our list of Canada’s Best Dressed – the 50 who regularly inspire us to step up our game! Login/Register With:last_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS THE TELEFILM CANADA FEATURE COMEDY EXCHANGE

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION Facebook PROGRAM OBJECTIVES & DESIGNThis program seeks to support Canadian feature comedies and teams with varying viewpoints, such as those of female filmmakers and culturally diverse filmmakers.This exchange is a part-time, individually-tailored initiative for three teams and their projects per year. It provides producers, writers and their creative teams with expert support, elevates a project’s creative and marketplace potential, and builds momentum across borders and within the international marketplace.CORE COMPONENTS OVERVIEWThe Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange is a high-level cross-border project and business accelerator for producers and their feature comedy properties. This initiative builds traction for comedy projects by offering producers, writers and their creative teams access to respected creative counsel as well as financing and packaging expertise from key decision-makers and comedy experts.IMPORTANT DATESApplications are now open.Application Deadline: October 16, 20172017/2018 Comedy Exchange: Late November 2017 to June 2018 (on a part-time basis) The Comedy Exchange is designed to:Deliver targeted one-on-one access to key comedy expertsAdvance the development and packaging of projectsProvide tailored marketing and promotional strategiesBroker countless creative and business opportunitiesHelp catalyze interest and investment in projectsIncrease audience engagement and distribution potential Login/Register With: ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACTThe CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.Eligibility requirements:.PRODUCERS.We are looking for producers who ideally meet the eligibility requirements outlined in Section 1 of the 2017 Telefilm Canada Development Program Guidelines:https://telefilm.ca/wp-content/uploads/guidelines-development-current.pdf.WRITERS.Writers must have demonstrated experience working as a professional writer, which includes credits for a produced screenplay, play, published novel; or who have episodes of produced work in TV and/or webseries: or who have secured development funding for prior film, TV or web based projects..DIRECTORS.Directors must have a minimum of 90 minutes of produced work that has either been commercially distributed, broadcast, or featured on the web as a webseries with a significant following..PROJECTS.Preference is given to projects that have received development support, whether it’s portfolio Telefilm funding or funding from another recognizable source. For example, if your project did not receive Telefilm funding but has received funding from another source, you are still eligible to apply..For any questions concerning the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, please email Nafisa Murji at nmurji@cfccreates.com..last_img read more

Corus Studios Announces Start of Production on Fierce Fashion Competition Series STITCHED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, March, 22, 2018 – Fast fashion and flying hemlines have a whole new meaning as Corus Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment, starts production and international sales on STITCHED (12×60), a fierce original fashion competition series that fuses jaw-dropping creations and big personalities from the world of North American fashion. Hosted by Canadian fashion model Kim Cloutier, the series boasts an esteemed panel of resident judges including style expert Joe Zee and ELLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Craft. Produced by FORTÉ Entertainment in association with Corus Studios for Slice™, STITCHED is shooting in Toronto, Ont. and slated to premiere in fall 2018.“From talented designers across North America and wicked critiques from our incomparable panel of judges to stunning high fashion creations, STITCHED is fashion-forward competition at its best,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “STITCHED marks an exciting new endeavor for Corus Studios as it continues to develop show-stopping original unscripted content for domestic audiences and international distribution.”Introducing a new wave of talented fashion designers, the series matches wits and stitches in an epic fashion throw-down in three rounds. In every high-style-meets-high-stakes episode, four competitors face off in dramatically themed challenges with one designer eliminated each round. Facing the oh-so-sharp resident judges and a new guest judge per episode, designers create ambitious outfits inspired by unique materials and concepts under tight timelines. In the end, the top designer from each episode rises to the top with a couture-level creation that earns them the $10,000 prize. “STITCHED marks a fabulous new chapter in the world of fashion reality competition and we know that this exciting, original format is going to make waves in Canada and beyond,” said Executive Producer Andrea Gabourie, FORTÉ Entertainment.  “We are delighted to partner with Corus on this great series and show that strong, successful domestic formats can stand equal to blockbusters from around the world.”Meet the endlessly chic host and panel of STITCHED:Kim Cloutier (Host): Montreal-born and internationally known fashion model Kim Cloutier takes the reigns as host.  Having worked on campaigns spanning from Victoria Secret to Redken, Kim brings her insider knowledge of the fashion industry to the STITCHED runway.Joe Zee (Resident Judge): World-renowned fashion power player with over two decades of experience, Joe has occupied top positions at several prestigious publications (Vanity Fair, Allure, Elle US), as well as conquering the worlds of broadcast, digital and publishing.  Formerly, Joe served as the executive creative director at Yahoo Style and is a frequent fashion and pop culture expert with regular appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY show, CNN, Extra! and Access Hollywood.Vanessa Craft (Resident Judge): ELLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft rounds out the solid resident judging panel. A jet-setting authority on fashion who is a fixture at international runway shows, this style expert is eloquent and playful and always looking for the deeper story behind a designer’s vision.Additional details on STITCHED will be announced at later date. The series is available for international sales at MIPTV. Visit Rita Carbone Fleury, Corus Studios Worldwide Sales at Stand R7.N3 (Riviera 7).For Corus, Krista Look is the Director of Original Lifestyle Content and Andrea Griffith is Executive in Charge of Production. On behalf of FORTÉ Entertainment, Andrea Gabourie and Mitchell Gabourie serve as Executive Producers and Natalie Schenk is Series Producer.Corus Studios is a division of Corus Entertainment.About Corus StudiosEstablished in 2015, Corus Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment, is a premium content studio that develops, produces and distributes a wide array of original lifestyle, unscripted and factual content globally. Offering dynamic programming that entertains, informs and drives audiences across platforms, Corus Studios content is featured across Corus’ suite of channels, including HGTV Canada, HISTORY®, Food Network Canada, and SLICE™. To date, Corus Studios content has been sold in over 100 territories worldwide.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About FORTÉ EntertainmentFORTÉ Entertainment is a multi-disciplinary production company helmed by internationally award-winning creators and producers, Andrea and Mitchell Gabourie. FORTÉ creates and produces a wide range of high-quality, audience-winning content in the factual, lifestyle, scripted and kids’ spaces for clients and broadcasters worldwide.  FORTÉ’s recent credits include the award-winning Canadian production of the international smash hit format, Hello Goodbye (CBC), for which they also won the 2017 Lifestyle Rocky Award; the original, Emmy-nominated, multi-award winning kids’ reality program Snapshots (CBC Kids); original factual series Life Story Project (OWN); Let’s Get Hitched (CBC), the HGTV Canada digital series Great Canadian Homes, and the upcoming fashion competition series, STITCHED, for Slice.  Andrea and Mitchell are veterans of the television and film industry and have been the creative forces behind series such as Project Runway All-Star Challenge (Lifetime), Project Runway Canada (Global/Slice), Star Racer (Discovery), The Worst Thing I Ever Did (Discovery ID), The Buck Calder Experience (CHUM), Zoink’d (YTV) and Great Performances (PBS).  FORTÉ produces commercials and branded content through its commercial division, HEADTRIP FILMS.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Slice on Twitter @Slice_tv | Facebook (Facebook.com/Slice). #STITCHED Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Cast from left to right: Joe Zee, Kim Cloutier and Vanessa Craft. Photo courtesy of Corus Entertainment. (CNW Group/Corus Entertainment Inc.) Twitterlast_img read more

Legal action mulled over Indian Affairs contract given to exofficial

first_imgATPN National NewsOTTAWA–A Manitoba grand chief is considering legal action against Indian Affairs over the department’s decision to award a $25,000 contract to a former bureaucrat for a review of programs in the same branch where the official once worked.Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo said he is troubled by the department’s silence on the contract which was rescinded after a complaint was issued to the minister of Indian Affairs.The deputy minister of Indian Affairs has also been asked by the watchdog that oversees federal procurement to probe the awarding of the contract.Shannacappo said he has failed to get any explanation from the department on the contract, which was awarded to the non-Aboriginal former bureaucrat under a special program for Aboriginal businesses.Now he wants to explore whether the department broke any laws.“I would like to get a legal opinion on it,” he said. “I would like to take it to a lawyer to see if we can go (the legal) route.”Indian Affairs announced it had awarded a contract to review its economic development programs on June 29 to Radek Bandzierz, who worked in the department’s Aboriginal Business Canada section and retired in the fall of 2009.The contract was rescinded in August after the issue was taken by Shannacappo’s organization to the minister’s office.In an Oct. 13 letter, obtained by APTN National News, federal deputy procurement ombudsman Oriana Trombetti asked deputy minister Michael Wernick to consider reviewing the contract’s awarding. Trombetti cited concerns from the chief’s organization over possible conflicts of interest and fair competition.Trombetti said the contract fell outside the ombudsman’s mandate because it was initially awarded under the Aboriginal set-aside program and was eventually rescinded.Indian Affairs would only confirm it had received the letter and that it would receive a response. A spokeswoman said the response constituted private correspondence and would not be revealed.Shannacappo said the affair is an example of how the government doesn’t walk the talk on accountability.“There is a lot of pressure being put on (First Nations) leadership to be accountable, but accountability is a two-way street,” he said.last_img read more

Meet the Whiz Kids of Kuujjuaq

first_imgAPTN National NewsThese are the Whiz Kids of the northern Quebec.They’re Grade school students from the remote Nunavik community of Kuujjuaq.This group of brainiacs are showing the big city kids how isolation and despair can be beaten by mixing together some culture and science.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

SWN returning to New Brunswick as Mikmaq plan renewed resistance

first_img(People round dance around burning tires on the highway during demonstration last fall against SWN Resources Canada’s shale gas exploration work. APTN/File)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAnother round of battles loom between the Mi’kmaq in New Brunswick and a Houston-headquartered energy firm exploring for shale gas deposits in the province.SWN Resources Canada has submitted two proposals under the province’s environmental impact assessment process to drill exploratory wells in separate parts of New Brunswick. The projects were registered with the provincial environment department on Monday, according to an official.The company plans to drill one well in Chipman, which is in central New Brunswick, and a second well near Richibucto, which is in an area that saw intense demonstrations against shale gas exploration last autumn.The Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog is only about 17 kilometres west of Richibucto and its War Chief John Levi said SWN should again expect resistance.“We are just getting ready to go back out there and stop them. It’s going to be rough,” said Levi. “It ain’t no game. This is our livelihood that is at stake. We are not going to allow it. It’s like they are trying to kill us slowly.”SWN Resources Canada, which is owned by Houston-based Southwestern Energy Company, could not be reached for comment.The Mi’kmaq, in an alliance with Acadians and residents of Anglophone communities in the region, led months-long protests against SWN Resources Canada. The Mi’kmaq feared the discovery of shale gas would lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.The company ended its shale gas seismic exploration work this past December amid burning tires and highway clashes between demonstrators and the RCMP.The RCMP also launched a heavily armed raid of an anti-fracking camp anchored by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society last Oct. 17. The camp was blocking a compound holding SWN’s exploration vehicles. The raid triggered day-long clashes and the burning of six RCMP vehicles. Police arrested about 40 people that day.The company has applied to have its exploration wells approved under the province’s phased EIA process which allows some components of proposed projects to unfold amid the environmental review. The environment department is currently putting together a technical committee to review SWN’s proposed wells, according to a provincial official with knowledge of the file.SWN wants to build two well pads for vertical drilling that will range in depths between 1,000 and 4,000 metres. The company wants to determine the geology of the area by examining rock samples coming out of the holes, according to the provincial official who has read the company’s proposal.The environmental assessment will also include input from the public.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

aptnpipelines Boom and Bust Cold Lake First Nations delicate relationship with oil

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsThe community of Cold Lake in Alberta is slowly getting back to normal after the collapse of oil prices in 2014.What makes the community 278 kilometres northeast of Edmonton unique is that it sits on 44 billion barrels of bitumen, second only to Fort McMurray in size.When the price of a barrel of oil was close to $100 U.S. in 2013, life was good for the small town and the nearby Cold Lake First Nations.Six figure incomes, nice house, and vacations.Craig Russell worked 15 years in the industry – then the price of oil plummeted.“Well I did 10 years on the service rigs,” said Russell. “I operated heavy oil and gas for about five years. In the fall of 2014, I got laid off. Had to jump on the service rigs again. Got laid off. Now at the age of 33, I am retraining to be a scaffolder.”As a scaffolder, he is making almost $70,000 less per year than he was in the oil industry.He said he is happy to still be able to provide for his family, and he is not alone.“All of my friends actually, with the exception of one guy, we’ve all had to take drastic pay cuts with the downturn in oil prices. We are still employed. Still taking care of our families. It’s part of life. No one said life was easy. We are making it work here,” he said.Jon Blackman is 33 as well. He has spent 17 years in the oil industry.He started work right out of high school.“When I was younger we grew up without money,” said Blackman. “I keep thinking about that every once in a while. Especially when I see someone and say when we were kids we would wish for this and this…Now I don’t have to. I can do whatever, whenever.”Blackman said the oil and gas industry has given him the freedom and money to pursue his passions. He plans to open a scuba diving instruction company in Belize. He can fly to Vancouver to watch hockey – and wants to retire by the age of 50.He said the money is so good, his father, a former Chief of the Buffalo River Dene Nation in Saskatchewan is now working in the industry.“My Dad just recently started working in the oil industry a few years ago. After being Chief and Council for so long. He retired from that. Now he’s in the oilfield.”He laughed and said he taught his Dad how to be a pipeliner.While there have certainly been economic gains for the local people and community, there has also been some problems.There have been five locations in the Cold Lake area where bitumen has leaked to the surface, including the lake.The first spill was in 2009. Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) used a system similar to fracking. The company injected the ground with pressurized steam 300 degrees C to melt the solid bitumen.According to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), CNR used too high of a pressure causing the earth to fracture and the liquid bitumen coming to the surface accidently. According to the company, the cleanup finished last year. The AER said small amounts may still leak in the future.One and a half million litres of bitumen has been spilled and hundreds of animals and birds have died since.Craig Russell is hopeful that the spills are a thing of the past.“Here in Canada, we have some of the highest, most regulated, ethical oil in the world. Right now, we need energy. And to meet those energy demands, where else would you go for oil?”APTN contacted the Cold Lake First Nation leadership for a comment on the pros and cons of investing in the oil industry. They referred us to one of its companies, Primco Dene – President James Blackman did not make himself available for an interview.Russell is thankful for his years in the oil industry.“It does have its ups and downs, peaks and valleys. But if you can ride those out and manage your money well, it’s a great career to pursue, working in the oil and gas industry.”Oil prices are headed back up. From a low of $16/barrel in 2016, to $40 today. At that price, some ventures start becoming profitable. Maybe the flow of jobs will start once again.cstewart@aptn.calast_img read more

Manitoba RCMP probe of Peguis trust fund dollar use on hold pending

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP in Manitoba has an open investigation into allegations involving the use of money from a Peguis First Nation land settlement trust fund, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP investigation, triggered by a complaint from a Peguis First Nation band member, is currently on hold pending the completion of a financial review launched by Indigenous and Northern Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch, APTN can report. The review is being executed by auditing firm Deloitte.The complaint filed with the RCMP involves the use of funds from the $64 million Peguis received as part of a 2006 treaty land entitlement (TLE) agreement. Some of those funds, held in trust by the Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement Fund, were used to launch a joint venture with the Manitoba Jockey Club to develop the Assiniboia Downs race horse track.Indigenous Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch opened an investigation in December 2015 after receiving allegations involving the misuse of the TLE funds from former Peguis chief Cindy Spence. The branch tapped Deloitte to lead the probe in early 2016.“The review is being conducted as a result of information received by the department’s audit and evaluation sector,” said a statement from department spokesperson Valerie Hache. “At this time, the review is ongoing and no additional information is available.”The time frames for the allegations sent to the RCMP and Indigenous Affairs correspond with Glen Hudson’s previous terms as chief for Peguis. Hudson was chief of Peguis from 2007 until 2015 when he was beat by Spence, whose campaign focused on the previous administration’s alleged misuse of funds. Hudson regained his seat in March by beating the incumbent Spence.Hudson has not been charged with any crime and no allegations against him have been proven in court.Hudson was contacted by Deloitte shortly before the election in mid-March, according to his lawyer Jamie Kagan. Kagan said he recommended Hudson reject a meeting with Deloitte. Kagan said Deloitte wouldn’t reveal the client who requested the financial review or provide any documents ahead of time.“I never heard back from them again. Either this is not a particularly good audit or something is fishy,” said Kagan.Kagan said he initially didn’t believe Indigenous Affairs (INAC) was behind the financial review.“It was during the election call, that is what made me immediately suspicious it wasn’t INAC,” said Kagan. “INAC is not going to mess around in the middle of an election.”Kagan said the federal department’s Winnipeg office told him they were not aware of any financial probe. Kagan said he did not, at the time, contact the audit and evaluations branch in Ottawa.When informed of the department’s statement to APTN last week, Kagan said he would be looking into it.“I would like to know when this so-called investigation happened and I would like to know when Deloitte was retained. To me this is all interesting in an artificial sense. The details are important,” said Kagan.As of this article’s posting, Kagan said he was still trying to get clarity from the federal department on the issue.Shortly before the March 24 election in Peguis, Kagan penned a carefully worded letter on behalf of Hudson addressing claims around the RCMP investigation and the department’s financial review.“We can confirm we have never been contacted by the RCMP in respect of former chief Hudson. We are not involved in any investigation and do not believe any such investigation exists. We understand this allegation to be false,” said the March 16 letter, signed by Kagan.“We have also contacted Indian and National Affairs Canada [sic] (INAC). INAC has confirmed that there is no investigation at all of former chief Hudson. These allegations are therefore equally false,” said the letter.In a subsequent interview, Kagan repeated his assertion that, based on the information in his possession, he didn’t believe the investigations by the RCMP and INAC existed at the time. This led him to believe the information about the allegations was incorrect, said Kagan.Kagan said he stands by what he wrote and is willing to litigate to defend himself and Hudson.“If your network is going to put on the air that there is a file open and here are all these allegations and they are going to put my name, my firm’s name or Hudson’s name associated with them, I can tell you there will be a response,” said Kagan. “If our letter is referred to as anything other than factually accurate there will be consequences to that. I know that every word of that letter is factually accurate.”As to the allegations, Kagan said he has no intimate knowledge of Peguis’ side in the Assiniboia Downs venture.“If you are talking about the Downs—which I don’t know much about and was not involved with at all. Interestingly enough I acted on the other side of Peguis on that matter,” said Kagan. “I don’t have information on Peguis and the transaction. A transaction closed and there are lawsuits outstanding related to that”Kagan represented former NDP provincial finance minister Stan Struthers who opposed the deal between Peguis and the Jockey Club.The Jockey Club launched a civil suit against Struthers and the province alleging a conspiracy to sink the horse race track. The suit was eventually settled out of court in 2014 through a deal between Manitoba and the club.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Nova Scotia government accused of meddling in wording of land acknowledgements

first_imgJustin Brake APTN News The Halifax Regional School Board became the third in Canada last year to make land acknowledgements in school mandatory.But APTN News has been told the Nova Scotia government may have been meddling in the wording of acknowledgements.They’re missing the word “unceded”, a term used by most Mi’kmaq to describe the land they never gave away.“It was the office of Aboriginal Affairs that directed us away from it, to start out anyway. And, as well as our lawyers. They told us there wouldn’t be any legal implications, but just because the word is so heavy and without the education a lot of people don’t understand what the word is,” said Jessica Rose, the school board’s Mi’kmaw representative.But some are pushing for the term’s inclusion, such as Rebecca Moore.“With the knowledge that is it unceded Mi’kmaq territory, because that’s something that’s still being challenged by the greater population of Canada, they will know the facts. And it’s a great educational opportunity, and that’s really what this is about,” said Moore.One school principal said it’s important for students to know the truth of where they live and learn.“Unceded lands of Indigenous Peoples — the more they hear that, I’m hopeful that the more they will appreciate our history and what has happened to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada,” said Robert MacMillan, principal of Halifax Central Junior High.MacMillan said he intends to bring his concern of omitting unceded to the school board.“Because it’s an important part of the whole reconciliation process,” he said. “The lands do belong to Indigenous people, and…we haven’t taken it from them — they still own it. We need to acknowledge that.”jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

Saskatoon police clarify comment about investigation at FSIN

first_imgFederation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatoon says ‘business continues as usual.’Dennis WardKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAfter a number of back and forth emails, the Saskatoon Police Service has confirmed that it is investigating an individual – or individuals – at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) but the focus of the investigation is not known.The information was confirmed in an email response to questions posed to police by APTN News starting Wednesday night.“I can tell you that the Saskatoon Police Service is investigating an allegation which was reported to us, but as it is a file that is still being investigated, we will not be commenting further,” said Kelsie Fraser, senior public affairs consultant for Saskatoon Police Service.But on Thursday Fraser contacted APTN to clarify her original statement.“I need to clarify that it is not the FSIN that is under investigation, but an individual(s),” Fraser said.The news caps a strange period at the FSIN where an election is currently underway for a new chief, first vice-chief and third vice-chief on Oct. 25.On Monday Sept. 24, police were called to FSIN headquarters because of a disturbance.No charges were laid.When informed late Wednesday night that the police were investigating the FSIN, APTN was sent a short statement.The FSIN executive “Has become aware of a report of an alleged police investigation against the organization from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,” the statement said.“The FSIN has retained legal counsel to address these false allegations. The FSIN also cannot comment further on any matters pertaining to issues that are now under litigation.”No one at the FSIN has spoken to APTN after this correspondence.Last Friday, the FSIN had a similar response when contact by APTN about a different story.“We want to clarify and confirm that the FSIN is not under criminal investigation and business continues as usual,” Vice Chief David Pratt said in a statement.https://aptnnews.ca/2018/09/27/bullying-leads-to-legal-action-fsin-lawyer/Incumbent FSIN chief Bobby Cameron is seeking another three-year term.The FSIN says “until the election on October 25th and the position of Chief is filled, no Interim Chief will be appointed at this time.  The administration will continue under the Executive Operating Officer, Dawn Walker.”last_img read more

Energy stocks help SPTSX composite gain ground price of oil higher

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index climbed higher Thursday, helped by the energy sector, which benefited from higher oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.91 points to 15,172.72.Revised upward global oil demand forecasts by the International Energy Agency helped to push up crude prices, says Kathryn Del Greco, an investment adviser with TD Wealth.“The market is continuing on the strength of the increase of the IEA on what is expected to be an increase of global demand and tightening in oil production by some of the producers,” said Del Greco.“We’re still seeing some follow through. Activity in crude is up.”The October crude contract rose 59 cents at US$49.89 per barrel, a six-week high.South of the border, stocks ended mixed and relatively flat on Wall Street, but a meagre gain for the Dow Jones industrial average was enough to mark another record.The Dow closed at 22,203.48, up 45.30 points.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index gave back 2.75 points to 2,495.62 and the Nasdaq composite index declined 31.11 points to 6,429.08.Rising U.S. consumer prices, which expanded 0.4 per cent in August as gas and housing costs grew, likely played a part in the modest movements, said Del Greco.“The CPI rose slightly more than expected so that increases the likelihood of a rate hike in December,” she said.The Labor Department reported Thursday that prices are up 1.9 per cent over the last year, which could mean inflation is speeding up. However, it’s not clear how much of the recent increase in gas prices was due to Hurricane Harvey, which deluged the Gulf Coast region in late August and caused many drilling rigs and refineries to shut down.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.98 cents US, down 0.07 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract climbed $1.30 at US$1,329.30 an ounce.The October natural gas contract added one cent to US$3.07 per mmBTU and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Tourmaline Oil chops 2018 budget by half a billion dollars due to

first_imgCALGARY – Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) says it is cutting its 2018 capital spending budget by half a billion dollars because of persistently low natural gas prices.The Calgary-based oil and gas company says it will dial back production growth to 10 per cent from a planned 15 per cent next year as it spends $1.08 billion, down from previous plans to spend $1.52 billion.The announcement signals a major change in strategy for the fast-growing company founded by industry veteran Mike Rose in 2008 with the goal of aggressive growth in three oil and gas producing regions in northwestern Alberta and northeastern B.C.It says it intends to keep natural gas production flat at about 1.35 billion cubic feet per day in 2018 until the supply-demand outlook in Canada and North America is clarified and there is an improvement in the gas price outlook.Tourmaline says it earned $51 million or 19 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, more than double the $25 million or 10 cents per share it posted in the same period of 2016.Production climbed 40 per cent to 237,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the same time frame with most of the gain in crude oil and natural gas liquids output.last_img read more

Champagne to announce ombudsman for corporate social responsibility

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is planning to make good on a campaign promise to create an ombudsman with teeth to oversee the conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to announce the creation of a new position on Wednesday.Government sources say the new position will be a substantive upgrade to the “corporate responsibility counsellor,” which has been widely criticized as a toothless entity for dealing with misconduct complaints against Canadian companies, mainly in the mining industry.One source, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a matter not yet made public, said the new ombudsman would have jurisdiction over more than just the mining sector, but provided no further details.The source said the position would be “the first in the world with real independence with real powers, and more than just mining.”It is not clear how much power the newly created position will be given, such as whether it will be able to compel specific behaviour from companies.The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, an organization pushing for changes, says it is encouraged by the pending announcement but needs more details on whether the new office will have real powers and independence before endorsing it.“Will the ombudsperson be relying on ministerial discretion to exercise investigator powers? Will the ombudsperson operate autonomously from Global Affairs Canada?” asked Stephanie Gervais, the group’s spokeswoman.The organization also wants Champagne to confirm whether the ombudsman can look at old cases retroactively or just new ones, she said.Hundreds of mining companies operating in Latin America, Africa and Asia make Canada a leading player in the sector. But the sector is periodically the subject of human rights complaints and legal action, often by Indigenous groups.The head of one of the largest investment firms that has consulted closely with the Trudeau government on its economic agenda distributed a letter this week telling big companies they need to step up their corporate responsibility efforts if they want to benefit from their financial largesse.“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society,” writes Laurence Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, in a letter that was first obtained by the New York Times this week.If companies don’t engage better with local communities, Fink writes, they will “ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders.”In November 2016, BlackRock was among the of the world’s most powerful institutional investors to take part in a summit hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.According to a draft agenda, Fink and Trudeau were to deliver the opening remarks at the gathering, which used the opportunity to promote Canada as an attractive place to invest. BlackRock was asked to invite its clients to the event.In the lead-up to the summit, BlackRock reportedly participated in biweekly conference calls with Infrastructure Canada and the Privy Council Office to create a presentation Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi was to deliver to the investors.Trudeau will meet more business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week in an attempt to continue selling Canada as a prime investment destination.“We must have the full and equal participation of all to have economies that work for everyone and a future that is fairer, more inclusive, and more compassionate,” Trudeau said in a statement.— With files from Andy Blatchford in Ottawalast_img read more

Malaysia exdeputy PM charged with graft money laundering

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister was charged Friday with abuse of power, corruption and money laundering involving millions of dollars in another graft investigation against leaders ousted in elections earlier this year.Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who now leads the opposition after his party was defeated in the May general elections, was brought to court a day after he was detained by the anti-graft agency.Zahid pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of criminal breach of trust involving nearly 21 million ringgit ($5 million) in his family-run welfare group, eight counts of abusing power as home minister to receive bribes worth over 21 million ringgit for various projects including the supply of passport chips, and another 27 counts of laundering about 72 million ringgit ($17.3 million).Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who along with his wife was also charged with graft after the elections, appeared in court to support his former deputy. Zahid took over as president of the United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, after Najib stepped down following their coalition’s defeat for the first time since independence from Britain in 1957.Dozens of UMNO members rallied outside the court complex, slamming the charges as politically motivated. They carried placards accusing the new government of adopting a “rule of the jungle” in an attempt to cripple the party. UMNO was the linchpin of the former ruling alliance, which has since disbanded, but the party still holds about a fifth of parliamentary seats.Zahid, 65, was freed after posting bail. He told supporters that he considered the 45 charges against him as a “test from Allah.” He indicated most of the money was meant for charity such as to build orphanages, mosques and other welfare programs, and that he will clear his name in court.“Whatever the public opinion is, I leave it to Allah to decide. Allah willing, with all the good things I have done with the intention of upholding Allah’s religion, I hope Allah will protect me,” Zahid said. Each of the charges against him carries a prison term of up to 20 years, plus heavy fines.His daughter, Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, has called her father a “target of cruel injustice” under the new government.Two public listed companies implicated in the charges issued denials after prices of their shares plunged Friday.Datasonic Group Berhad said in a statement that neither the company nor any of its directors paid any bribe to Zahid to supply biodata chips for Malaysian passports, adding that it won the contract by offering the best pricing through an open tender.MyEG Services Sendirian Berhad said separately it has no knowledge of the person and company that allegedly paid Zahid millions in bribes to secure projects from MyEG, a provider of online government services. It said it was not privy to their alleged dealings with Zahid. Trading of MyEG shares were halted Friday afternoon on the company’s request.The charges against Zahid are not related to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that led to his coalition’s shocking loss.Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were charged earlier with multiple counts of corruption and money laundering linked to the 1MDB scandal. The fund, set up by Najib, is being investigated in the U.S. and several other countries. They have both denied any wrongdoing and Najib’s trial is to start next year.last_img read more

Natural Resources Minister fires back against critics after federal funding announcement

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has responded to some of the critics of Tuesday’s massive funding announcement for the oil and gas sector in Alberta.He actually agreed with some of his critics, specifically the idea that this funding is not a long-term solution.Just spoke with the Natural Resources Minister @SohiAmarjeet. He agreed with some critics of yesterday’s announcement that this isn’t the long-term solution to Alberta’s energy woes. He says pipelines are still the answer, but something had to be done in the meantime @660NEWS— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) December 19, 2018Sohi argues that while the regulatory processes for building pipeline projects like Trans Mountain move forward, something needed to be done in the meantime.“What we’re focused on is that as we move toward building pipelines, how (can we) support industry now,” he said.He added this funding will allow companies the breathing room they need to survive in these tough times, similar to programs which were announced with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export and Development Canada. Sohi said close to $1.5-billion was allocated in 2016, and the vast majority of that was used by businesses because they needed that support at that time. Now, he believes companies could use that support again.READ MORE: Experts weigh in on the federal investment into Alberta oil and gas “So what we announced (Tuesday) $1.6-billion will provide loans to get those businesses through these difficult times so they can make their payroll commitments,” he said. “This support is very meaningful for those businesses who need this support.”While there was no promise to get Trans Mountain started again in 2019 he says the work is being done to get it approved and built.“I am very confident that through our consultations with Indigenous peoples that we will be able to move forward on this project,” he said.Sohi retorted against some of the criticisms of the much maligned Bill C-69 saying it will actually help projects get built.“The current system is not working, you know, you can talk all about what’s wrong with Bill C-69, but I think what we need to do is fix what’s not working now,” he said.Some industry analysts asserted this bill, as it stands, would mean no pipeline project would ever be built in Canada. He does say he is open for changes to that bill.“Are there amendments to make Bill C-69 better? Absolutely we will look at those amendments, if they’re appropriate and allow us to actually achieve what we want to do, which is create certainty for businesses, and create certainty for, you know, Canadians that we will have a process in place that allows us to grow our economy, build pipelines, at the same time protect our environment, and allow Canadians to participate in the process.”last_img read more

SP fields Mulayam from safest Mainpuri LS seat

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Friday released a list of six candidates for the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, fielding party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav from its stronghold Mainpuri. Dharmendra Yadav will contest from Badaun, Akshay Yadav from Firozabad, Kamlesh Katheria from Etawah, Bhailal Kol from Robertsganj and Shabbir Valmiki from Bahraich, the party announced. The list was signed by SP national chief general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav. The party left Mainpuri, described as its “safest” seat, from Mulayam Yadav, who is MP from Azamgarh right now. He represented Mainpuri in the Lok Sabha in 1996, 2004 and 2009. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mulayam Yadav contested from Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both. In Mainpuri, his victory margin was a massive 3.64 lakh votes.last_img read more

Chennai city wins Ileague beats Minerva Punjab by 31

first_imgCoimbatore: Chennai City were Saturday crowned champions of the 12th I-League, which refused to be dwarfed by the uncertainty around its future, twisting this way and that till the last moments. Chennai City came from behind and got the better of Minerva Punjab 3-1 on the final day of the league. Chasing the leaders, travellers East Bengal finished second after beating Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 in Kozhikode. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, Roland Bilala had handed Minerva Punjab a shock lead in the third minute. But Pedro Manzi, one part of a deadly triumvirate that served Chennai City with distinction through their third season, converted from the spot to draw parity. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAssam’s 20-year-old Gaurav Bora’s brace (69′ and 90+3′) then sealed the title for the Akbar Nawas-coached side. Chennai City ended on top of the league table with 43 points, one more than East Bengal who finished second in yet another photo finish. East Bengal’s bid to end their 15-year-old wait for the top-flight title continued even after they won their game against Gokulam Kerala. Manzi finished as the joint top-scorer of the league alongside Willis Plaza of Churchill Brothers with 21 goals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFor Chennai City FC, founded by two young football-loving owners based out of the southern metropolis, the triumph is nothing short of a dream. The club has exhibited immense vision in its short existence, right from the appointment of and freedom given to Singaporean coach Nawas. From scouting and building the team for the season, to getting on board top European club FC Basel as part owners of the club in a land mark deal earlier in the year, he had a free hand, and it paid rich dividends. In the last game, the Delhi-based Bora did the star turn with two second-half goals, as Chennai City FC won their maiden title, beating the defending champions Minerva Punjab. Manzi, their premiere Spanish striker fittingly scored a goal to join Plaza as the joint top scorer of the league, but the day undoubtedly belonged to the young Bora, a versatile defender cum midfielder who capped off a brilliant season with a double-strike when it mattered most for his team. It did not begin perfectly as Minerva took an early lead in the third minute through Ukranian recruit Roland Bilala. It was off a Juan Querro free-kick from the right flank, that he rose to beat his marker and lodge his header into the back of the net. Chennai kept pressing thereafter and with Nestor Gordillo missing through suspension, it was left to his fellow Spaniard Sandro Rodriguez to fuel all attacks. He along with Slovakian Jozef Kaplan and Romario Jesuraj, both of whom were constantly switching flanks, were constantly trying to create for Manzi. For Minerva, most of their openings were being created by Querro from the left flank. The diminutive Spaniard finding goal-scorer Roland again in the 40th minute with a wonderful cross, but the Ukranian could not make most of a free-header this time. Upon commencement of the second half, Chennai continued to control the game better. A Sydney Vanspaul effort in the 53rd minute from distance missed the target, but not by much. Two minutes later, Chennai got the opening they were looking for on a platter. Akashdeep Singh in an effort to clear inadvertently handled the ball inside the box and referee Santhosh Bhaskaran had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Manzi displayed outrageous confidence in pointing the goalkeeper to the spot where he would be placing the ball and did exactly what to bring Chennai firmly back into title reckoning. Bora then made a name for a lifetime with two stunning strikes to put the issue beyond anyone’s doubt. Both goals came off corners taken by Sandro from the right flank.last_img read more

EC marks six constituencies for special watch

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has identified six Lok Sabha constituencies out of 42 in Bengal for keeping special vigil. The EC has decided to deploy one Police Observer each for these six constituencies to ensure free and fair elections. There will be one police observer in charge of two constituencies in the other 36 seats.Sources in the EC said that the six constituencies which will be under special watch are Raiganj, Murshidabad, Ranaghat, Asansol, Sreerampore and Kolkata South. “There will be one Police Observer each for these six seats,” an EC official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that Police Observers for the constituencies which will go for polling in the first two phases, have already reached the state. The Police Observers will be responsible for maintaining law and order, the deployment of Central Forces, route march for area domination etc. They will also keep in touch with the state administration and send reports to the special Police Observer of Bengal as well as the Election Commission. The Election Commission takes into account a number of factors when it comes to deployment of a Police Observer. The geographical location of a constituency, its law and order situation, antecedents during previous polls and sensitivity of the polling booths under the constituency are all analysed before assigning such observers. The percentage of voting is also taken under consideration. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be noted that North Kolkata has the least voter turnout ratio among Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, in the last three Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, it had a turnout of only 66.08 percent, when the state’s average stood at a whopping 82.22 – one of the highest in the country. Sources in the EC said that there will be 44 Expenditure Observers for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, along with 47 General Observers. The ECI on Thursday had already replaced retired BSF director general K K Sharma with 1981 batch IPS officer Vivek Dubey as Central Police Observer for Bengal. Sharma’s appointment as Central Police Observer for Bengal had been objected to by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) on grounds of neutrality. It may be noted that the EC has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’. As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been marked as vulnerable out of as total of 78,000. According to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the watch of the Election Commission.last_img read more