first_imgMedininagar: The Jharkhand unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday dismissed its lone MLA Kushwaha Shivpujan Mehta for alleged anti-party activities, a party leader said. Mehta has also been accused of neglecting his constituency, Hussainabad, in Palamu district, he said. The legislator, however, denied the allegations and said he was yet to get any intimation in this regard. “The party has dismissed Kushwaha Shivpujan Mehta for anti-party activities and indiscipline,” BSP’s Jharkhand in- charge Chhachu Ram said. Subal Das, the state unit chief of the BSP, said Mehta did not devote any time to his constituency.last_img

first_imgLos Angeles: Warner Bros will release the yet-untitled film on legendary singer Elvis Presley on October 1, 2021. To be directed by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, the biographical drama film will feature Austin Butler in role of Presley and Tom Hanks as his iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker, reported Deadline. Butler was finalised after an extensive search by the studio during which it screen tested a number of actors, including Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Harry Styles. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The film story will chronicle the relationship between the veteran manager and the young singer, who was born in 1935 to a poor family in the small town of Tupelo, Mississippi. Presley broke out in 1956 with “Heartbreak Hotel”. Luhrmann, who directing credits include films such as “Moulin Rouge”, “Australia” and “The Great Gatsby”, has penned the script along with Craig Pearce. The project is set to shoot early next year in Queensland, Australia. Meanwhile, the studio has postponed the release of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune”. The film has been moved from November 20, 2020, to December 18, 2020.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Prasun Banerjee deposed before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday, in connection with the Narada sting operation probe and accused the Central agency of harassing him and his fellow party leaders. “It seems that they are trying to harass us. I told them that as I am an MP, my voice samples are easily available in the public domain. There was no requirement to summon me for the voice sample. I had already submitted all details regarding the Narada case when I was interrogated two years ago. It seems that they want to tarnish our image in public by repeatedly summoning us,” Banerjee told reporters after coming out of the CBI office.last_img

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants everyone to mark her words: the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will go ahead to deliver her province’s oil to the West Coast and jobs to British Columbia.Notley says she doesn’t believe it makes much difference who is running B.C., because the federal government has already approved the Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) project.She says the pipeline is in the best interests of Albertans and all Canadians — but adds it’s especially important to B.C. because the province’s growth can’t just be fuelled by rising house prices in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.She says B.C. needs stronger economic growth and the jobs that the pipeline will bring to the province’s interior.The pipeline’s future has been questioned given an agreement between B.C.’s New Democrats and Greens, which could lead to an NDP minority government.Both parties have voiced opposition to the project.Notley says governments that care about working people put good jobs front and centre.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – The Crown has withdrawn a charge against a man who was accused of phoning the legislature office of Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips and making a death threat over the province’s carbon tax.Michael Enright, 54, of Camrose, Alta., was charged in April 2016 with one count of making a threat to cause death or bodily harm.Court records show the Crown withdrew the charge on Feb. 13.Enright said the charge was withdrawn after the Crown’s main witness and police failed to come to court. He said he had refused pre-trial offers to plead guilty and pay a fine.“Three times they came to me and wanted me to plead and kept lowering the amount,” he said Monday. “I said, ‘No way,’ because I didn’t do what they said I did.”Phillips is not named in the charge document.A member of her staff who took the call told police that a man, who didn’t identify himself, said “he was going to get his ammunition and gun and come here and shoot us all.”Katherine Thompson, an Alberta Justice spokeswoman, said the charge was withdrawn after the Crown reviewed the evidence.“The Crown prosecutor’s investigations into this particular case continued to evolve after the initial decision was made to lay charges against the accused, and they continued to evaluate the evidence in light of the prosecution standard of reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Thompson wrote in an email.“The Crown determined that this particular case did not meet that standard.”Enright, who said he lost his oil products sales job because of the charge and spent about $7,500 for legal services, contends he wasn’t treated fairly by the government.He said he has no criminal record, doesn’t own a weapon or have a firearms permit.In an interview with The Canadian Press last year, Enright said he called the minister’s office to sound off after he listened to radio host Danielle Smith, former Opposition Wildrose leader, talk about the economy and the coal industry.He said he became upset because people he knew were losing their jobs.“I didn’t mean to get upset and I did not threaten anybody at all. All I said was that if they (the NDP government) keep pushing people, people are going to get guns and they are going to revolt,” he said last year.“I was talking globally, not specifically. I would never, never, ever threaten anybody.”Enright said the months between when he was charged and when the case was withdrawn were tough on his family.The maximum penalty for uttering threats is five years in prison.“It was terrible. It put my wife and I under so much pressure, so much stress,” he said Monday.“To do that is morally wrong. But I denounce any kind of violence toward government. We have rallies. We have ways to protest, but when you phone them and they do that to you, I think they are in the wrong.”Enright said he has a new job and recently paid off his legal bills.He suggested the government should reimburse him and wondered if he should file a lawsuit.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh pulled back the curtain on his closely guarded private life, letting Canadians know Tuesday night that he is engaged.Singh, 38, proposed to girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur, 27, at a private party Tuesday night just blocks away from the Ontario legislature in Toronto where he served as a provincial legislator for six years.Singh surprised Kaur, an entrepreneur and fashion designer, with the proposal in front of several dozen friends and family members at a vegetarian restaurant where they had their first date.Singh was elected federal NDP leader last fall and had been guarded about his personal life, but social media posts in December made headlines after it was reported he and Kaur were engaged.The couple shot down the rumours, saying it was instead a “rokha” — a traditional Punjabi ceremony held ahead of a wedding and usually attended by close family.Until December, Singh had declined to confirm or deny that he was in a relationship.Along with friends and family, Singh invited several members of the media, including The Canadian Press, to witness the surprise proposal Tuesday night.Friends cheered as Singh and Kaur arrived. Singh pulled a ring out of his jacket pocket and got down on one knee to propose to Kaur, who accepted.A few moments later, the couple waded into the crowd and Kaur shouted, raising one hand in the air, “Every one, I’m engaged!”Asked why he decided to make this news public and what he wants Canadians to know about it, Singh said he was excited about the engagement.“I’m super excited to take this step forward — to have a life and future together with my partner,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government will look at ways to make things fair for those who have criminal records for marijuana possession after legalization comes into force.Goodale says the question of pardoning individuals with criminal records for possessing marijuana is legitimate and one the government will pursue once the law takes effect.“When that law changes, which will happen on the 17th of October, then the government will turn its attention to those issues that arise once the law has changed which is in fact making sure that it is fair both in current terms and historic terms to everyone,” Goodale said on CTV’S “Question Period” Sunday morning.Goodale also made the point that the existing law has not yet changed.Goodale’s office said once Bill C-45 is enacted, the government will examine how to make things fairer for individuals who have been previously convicted for minor possession offences, adding that it’s committed to reforming the pardons system.“Inaccessible pardons can be a significant barrier to good employment as many positions require criminal record checks. We want to ensure that the waiting period, fee and purpose of the program are fair, proportionate and productive,” said a spokesperson for Goodale.The government’s legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana passed last week, but it won’t come into effect for another three months.In the lead up to legalizing marijuana, the NDP repeatedly called for the decriminalization of marijuana for personal possession before it becomes legal.NDP justice critic Murray Rankin is expected to introduce a private member’s bill aimed at expunging criminal records of individuals with convicted marijuana-related crimes in the fall after the legislation comes into force.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Investigators say three family members have been charged after a woman was allegedly kidnapped and abused for nearly a year.Police say the American woman came to Canada last year, married a man from Kingston, Ont., and moved into his home, where he lived with his mother, father and brother.Kingston police say that over the course of 11 months, the woman was told she couldn’t leave the home unless accompanied by a member of her family.They allege the family isolated her, monitored her calls and took her citizenship papers and jewelry away from her.Police say starting in April, the family members became increasingly violent towards the woman, allegedly hitting her and threatening to kill her.Investigators say the woman escaped earlier this month after she was allegedly burned with a hot pair of tongs and reported the incident to police.They say the woman’s 29-year-old husband, her 52-year-old mother-in-law and 27-year-old brother-in-law were all charged.They face charges including forcible confinement, assault and harassment.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The New York Review of Books has amended a personal essay by disgraced former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi to acknowledge the “serious nature” of the allegations against him, shortly after the editor who oversaw the piece parted ways with the publication.A publicist confirmed Wednesday that Ian Buruma, who was appointed as the top editor at the New York Review of Books in late 2017, no longer works for the publication.Hours after the news broke, the magazine added an editorial note responding to the nearly weeklong controversy over the piece, which sparked online backlash from those who argued Ghomeshi shouldn’t have been given such a prestigious platform.The circumstances of Buruma’s departure are unclear. The magazine declined further comment.Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three complainants. In May 2016, he apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.In the essay, titled “Reflections from a Hashtag” and published online Friday, Ghomeshi opines about his post-trial life as a “poster boy” for bad male behaviour. He expressed remorse about the way he once treated people in his life, but continued to dispute the accusations against him.Critics swiftly denounced the piece as a self-serving bid for public rehabilitation. They said Ghomeshi’s account downplayed the severity of the scandal, and questioned whether the piece had been properly fact-checked.On Wednesday, the magazine added an editorial note clarifying several details about the allegations against Ghomeshi, how they emerged and the legal proceedings that followed.“The following article, which has provoked much criticism, should have included acknowledgment of the serious nature and number of allegations that had been made against the writer,” the note reads, adding that “substantial space” will be devoted to letters responding to the piece in the magazine’s next issue.Shortly after the essay was first posted Friday, Buruma defended his editorial judgement in an interview with the online publication Slate, saying Ghomeshi provided an “angle on an issue that is clearly very important and that I felt had not been exposed very much.”Buruma said he was not in a position to know the exact nature of Ghomeshi’s alleged actions, nor was it really his “concern,” given that he was acquitted in court.“All I know is that he was acquitted and he is now subject to public opprobrium and is a sort of persona non grata in consequence,” he told the Slate interviewer.“The interest in the article for me is what it feels like in that position and what we should think about.”last_img read more

first_imgCanada is to join more than a dozen countries Wednesday in signing a deal that would block commercial fishing in the High Arctic for 16 years and begin unravelling ecological mysteries at the top of the world.Experts say it’s a rare example of the globe coming together to prevent environmental problems before they start.“There’s an agreement before the problem exists,” said Peter Harrison, a professor of Arctic policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a former top federal bureaucrat.“It’s a major step in the right direction.”The deal is to be signed in Ilulissat, Greenland, by the five nations with Arctic coastlines. Others signing on will be China, Iceland, Japan, South Korea and the European Union. Inuit from three countries are also involved.The agreement, which was negotiated last year, applies to northern waters at least 200 nautical miles away from the shores of any coastal states. That amounts to 2.8 million square kilometres of ocean — about the size of the Mediterranean Sea.As well as a commercial fishing ban, the agreement commits the countries to major scientific work on the entire ecosystem of a region that climate change is making increasingly accessible. Once frozen year-round, about 40 per cent of those waters are now open during the summer.“This agreement’s just in time,” said Scott Highleyman of the group Ocean Conservancy, who has been following the talks and is a former member of the U.S. delegation. “It’s a good example of precautionary action.”Little is currently known about the ecology of the central Arctic Ocean, Highleyman said.“It’s difficult to get to so there’s very little research on the biology. We need to do this so we have some baseline we can measure change against.“Sixteen years is probably just barely enough time to do that.”No commercial fishing currently takes place in the High Arctic, but fish stocks are shifting and fishers and scientists have wondered what the northernmost seas on the planet hold.The deal commits signatories to developing a science plan within two years to look at the entire ecosystem, not just commercial possibilities.“You can’t just look at fish,” Harrison said. “You can’t just say, ‘How many cod are there?’ and move on.”Michael Byers, a professor of international law at the University of British Columbia, called the agreement remarkable.“Governments usually don’t devote any diplomatic effort to anything other than an immediate crisis. To actually anticipate a problem and bring countries together and come up with a system that is science-based is a model of what international diplomacy should do.”The agreement doesn’t come into force until it’s ratified by all signatories, which could take about a year.Harrison said Canada should be taking the lead in designing and implementing the science program.“We’ve developed significant expertise on this over the years,” he said.“The States are a bit befuddled, for a whole variety of reasons. It’s difficult to put things in Russia, and it goes on and on. The logical leader in this is Canada.”The Department of Fisheries and Oceans declined to lay out Canada’s plans for the agreement until after the signing. A spokesman said in an email that the government recently announced up to $10 million to support satellite technologies to help remotely identify and track suspected illegal fishing vessels.“Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to working globally to build strong partnerships to address the issue of unregulated fishing,” wrote Vance Chow.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the agreement applied to water 200 kilometres from shores of any coastal states.last_img read more

first_imgA Toronto-area man who claimed an internal voice told him to brutally stab his girlfriend was found guilty of second-degree murder after an Ontario judge found his mental illness did not spur the slaying, nor did it prevent him from knowing what he did was wrong.Richard Pereira’s lawyers had argued he should be found not criminally responsible for stabbing Kathryn Horne, a friend turned romantic partner, more than 30 times in the basement of his Brampton, Ont., home in March 2015.In a decision released last week, an Ontario court found that while Pereira had a long history of mental illness, his account — in which he claimed a voice told him Horne, 58, had to die because she was part of a plot against him — lacked in credibility.Ontario Superior Court Justice David E. Harris said there was “virtually no indication” that Pereira heard voices over roughly a decade of mental health crises and treatment, and he did not mention any such voices on the night in question.There were many other inconsistencies, the judge said, noting that after Pereira took the stand, his own lawyers conceded the man’s version of events should not be relied on. Instead, Harris said, it appears more likely that Pereira, who was 36 at the time of the killing, flew into a violent rage when Horne tried to end their relationship.“There is little doubt that Mr. Pereira felt threatened by unknown people and forces and felt that his life was in danger on the day of the homicide. But outside of his own evidence on the witness stand, there was precious little evidence to show that he felt threatened by Ms. Horne,” Harris wrote.“Ms. Horne was helping Mr. Pereira keep his paranoia at bay. It will never be known whether she was a true believer or was just trying to placate him. … The tendency of the evidence on this issue taken as a whole, is to show that there was a fellowship between them against Mr. Pereira’s demons.”Court documents show the pair met at a Goodlife gym in downtown Toronto where Pereira was a trainer and became friends before starting a relationship in 2014.Horne had a well-paying job at a major financial corporation and eventually began giving Pereira money, court heard. In the months before her death, she deposited roughly $10,000 into his account, the ruling said.On the day of the killing, Horne had taken a bus to Brampton and arrived at the home Pereira shared with his mother around 5 p.m., the document said.Little is known about what happened that evening, the judge wrote. Pereira called a mental health crisis line just before 9:30 p.m. over feelings of anxiety and stress. About three hours later, his mother called 911 requesting an ambulance.When police arrived, they found Pereira sitting on the couch with his head in his hands, the ruling said. He told them people were putting black magic on him and trying to kill him, prompting officers to believe he was a risk to himself and needed to be brought in under the Mental Health Act.Pereira then told police they should look in the basement because he had done something bad, the document said. He added he did not want his mother to see, and that he would go to jail forever.Pereira’s mother found Horne’s body inside a cellar by the basement bathroom, stabbed in the neck and torso, the decision said. Efforts had been made to wipe up the blood, it said.Defence lawyers initially argued, based on what Pereira had told psychiatrists, that he heard a voice he knew as Gabor while walking down to the basement bathroom with Horne, the ruling said. The voice told him she was part of the conspiracy against him and that he needed to kill her to protect himself, it said.But the defence altered its position in light of Pereira’s “disastrous performance” on the stand, which saw him contradict himself on a number of points, including Horne’s reasons for giving him money, it said.“Sometimes he said that she was paying for sex with him, other times he staunchly disavowed this. Given the defence concession, there is no need to total the inconsistencies or attempt to reconcile or determine where the truth lies,” Harris wrote.Meanwhile, one of Horne’s friends gave “deceptively simple but powerful evidence” that provided an alternate narrative, the judge said. The friend testified Horne had said earlier in the day that she was going to see Pereira that night probably for the last time and would report back the next day.“It is readily inferable that Ms. Horne was going to tell Mr. Pereira that their relationship was over, and she did not want to see him again,” Harris wrote.It is “much more likely” that Pereira erupted in anger when faced with the end of the relationship, particularly given its importance in his life, the judge said.“Their relationship was important for his sexual gratification but there was more to it than that. There was clearly a good deal of affection between them,” he wrote.“Furthermore, as mentioned, she had supported him financially to a significant degree. Losing her emotional and financial support could well have been devastating to him, particularly in the state he was in.”There is also no support for the argument that Pereira’s psychosis made him incapable of knowing that killing Horne was wrong, the judge said.Pereira took steps to cover up the slaying, including disposing of Horne’s cellphone, her clothing and her jewelry, he wrote. The attempts to mop up the blood in the basement bathroom also count as concealment, he said. His comments to police that he had done something bad and would go to jail forever also demonstrate consciousness of guilt, Harris said.The location and number of the stab wounds, meanwhile, support a finding that Pereira intended to kill Horne, he wrote.Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — The death of a participant in a Montreal marathon event on Sunday is raising questions about whether it took too long to get him help.Quebec’s coroner’s office confirms that 24-year-old half-marathon participant Patrick Neely died during the International Oasis Rock ‘N’ Roll Montreal Marathon.The paramedic agency serving the Montreal area says it responded rapidly to a call for a man in cardio-respiratory arrest a few kilometres from the half-marathon finish line.Urgences Sante spokesperson Veronique Tremblay says the call came in at 9:55 a.m., and paramedics were treating Neely seven minutes later.A spokeswoman for the provincial coroner says the office will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, while police say they won’t comment on a what was a medical event.The marathon had been plagued with logistical problems at the start, with race organizers apologizing for nearly an hour delay.“The safety of the course was not assured at the scheduled time of departure,” organizers said in a Facebook post. “The organization redeployed teams on the courses to ensure safety throughout the course.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgToday UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, appealed to readers of the Daily Mirror to help the estimated 5 million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.“Last Friday, when most of us were looking forward to our weekends, several islands far away in the Philippines were struck by a devastating storm,” he wrote. “It wasn’t until the next day that the true enormity of the so called ‘Super Typhoon Haiyan’ was understood.“This was the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land anywhere in the world. Homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed, roads are unable to be used and children still urgently need food, water, shelter and power. In areas of the worst affected island, it’s reported to look like the aftermath of the terrible tsunami that struck on Boxing Day almost a decade ago.“The news trickling through was, and still is, absolutely horrifying. Thousands dead, homes flattened, with children lost and separated from their parents, surviving without food or water.“In any emergency, children are the most vulnerable and with each passing day, the danger these children face is heightened. So now, I am writing this to you, fellow readers of ‘The Daily Mirror’, as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and as a Dad to four children.“An estimated 5 million children are now affected. Those figures so huge that it’s hard to really get how many children that is. In footballing terms, it’s enough children to fill 64 packed Wembley stadiums. Any parent seeing the news will be thinking of their own children, I’m certainly thinking of mine. It’s terrifying to imagine them alone after the storm, injured, lost and confused, just trying to survive each day on their own.“But there is hope. And everyone really can make a difference. A real, life-saving difference. Responding to an emergency of this level is complicated, unimaginably so. It feels impossible but organisations like UNICEF do make it possible to ease the suffering. UNICEF is working around the clock to deliver life-saving aid to these children.“Several plane-loads of supplies landed in some of the most badly affected areas last week, delivering supplies such as emergency food for malnourished children, health kits, water pumps and generators, which are being used to get the water supplies up and running again. Providing clean water is one of the most important steps in preventing an outbreak of disease. Hygiene kits, that contain things like soap and water buckets, have now reached children and their families in Tacloban. UNICEF will continue to deliver supplies to children affected, providing life-saving emergency food for malnourished children and setting up safe spaces for children to play, while their families are traced.“Weeks and months later, when the news coverage has moved onto another story, UNICEF will still be there, helping children to survive and recover, reuniting children separated from their families during the typhoon, protecting them from the threat of abuse or trafficking and helping them to overcome the trauma of what they’ve seen and experienced.“I was with UNICEF in the Philippines two years ago so I know with utter certainty that the team will be doing everything in their power to help. UNICEF has been working in the Philippines since 1947 so their experience and local knowledge is huge.“As a father I know there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my children and I am sure you feel the same – but for those families in the Philippines facing an uncertain future, they need you to do something. £10 could provide a water kit for a family, so that they can collect, store and make water safe to drink which could make a life or death difference.“UNICEF receives no funding from the Disaster Emergency Committee, but its crucial work for children relies solely on the generosity of individuals such as you.To give £5, please text UNICEF to 70800, or telephone 0800 044 5888, or visit – children in the Philippines need your help now. I promise your donation will make a huge difference.”Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

first_imgA local film and television producer whose films have garnered 11 Academy Award nominations is behind a new community effort to save the Westdale Theatre. But it’s still too early to say if that will translate into an offer to buy it.Fred Fuchs, a Dundas producer whose credits include The Godfather: Part III and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, says he’s been talking to others who’d like to see the 1930s single-screen cinema continue as a not-for-profit theatre.“I’d like to see if there’s a way to bring together a group of people and organizations to try to find a way to restore and continue the existence of the theatre,” he said. Login/Register With: Advertisement Fuchs has experience in the subject of theatres — particularly what’s on the screen.He’s been nominated for four Emmy awards. He also served as president of American Zoetrope, a company founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement For both access points:Eligible projects are awarded funding on a first-come, first-served basis until resources for the program are depleted or until the final closing date (January 10, 2020), whichever comes first.Eligible applicants may apply to the program with a maximum of one project (for this year).Successful applicants receive non-interest-bearing advances, which are repayable upon first day of official preparation for principal photography or other use of the script, or upon transfer, sale, assignment, or other disposition of the script.Expenses that can be funded are set out in the program guidelines, but they include scriptwriting and related costs, up to $40,000 for the Writer Access Point and up to $46,000 for the Creator Collaborator Access Point, though these costs cannot have been incurred before the 2019-2020 CMF fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).Additional key informationThe Writer Access Point clearly contemplates direct access by Canadian screenwriters. However, nothing in the Creator Collaborator Access Point guidelines prevents screenwriters from applying that way if they prefer, either themselves or in partnership with a producer, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements for that access point.Eligible projects for both access points must be linear audiovisual content that is developed as a Canadian production or intended as an audiovisual treaty coproduction. This means, among other things, that it is a 10/10 CAVCO-point production, for which the underlying rights are owned and significantly and meaningfully developed by Canadians, and shot and set primarily in Canada.Funding is available for English- and French-language projects, but the above summary refers to English projects where applicable. Just a reminder: This is a CMF program, so the CMF’s own guidelines and interpretations will apply.How to applyFull eligibility requirements and other details can be found on the CMF website here. The program opens on June 20, 2019.Further questions should be directed to the closest CMF Program Administrator/Telefilm Canada office. These offices also provide pre-application consultations, which can assist  further. In addition, the CMF will hold a webcast on April 9 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss new programs and to answer questions.The WGC will monitor this new program closely to see how effective it is for supporting Canadian screenwriters and great Canadian content. We hope that this is just one step towards further empowering Canadian screenwriters — the authorial voice of Canadian programming — to continue to thrive in this rapidly evolving global industry.WGC ~ WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has launched its new Early Stage Development Program. What differentiates this CMF funding program from others is that it’s the first time since the government org’s founding that it is giving writers the chance to access development money directly, without a producer or broadcaster attached. The WGC has been working with the federal government for several years to get more direct financial support for content development led by Canadian screenwriters — and this is the first step. Screenwriters who are interested and meet the CMF’s eligibility criteria — as this fund is fully operated and administered by the CMF — should apply.So, what’s in this new program?CMF Early Stage Development funding is available via two access points. The Writer Access Point can be employed directly by writers who have:Completed a minimum of 10 produced hours of written work in one of the CMF’s four supported genres —drama, children & youth, documentary, or variety & performing arts — that was broadcast by a Canadian broadcaster.Received at least one producer-level credit (like exec producer or associate producer for live-action productions) or one story editor credit (for animated productions).Are incorporated, as applicants must be a Canadian single-shareholder company meeting the CMF’s eligibility requirements.The second is the Creator Collaborator Access Point. For this stream, an applicant:Must be a Canadian company that has a writing agreement with a writer and a letter of interest from a Canadian broadcaster, “Eligible Distributor,” provincial funding agency, or CRTC-recognized certified independent production fund.Is not subject to a minimum requirement for produced hours of written work, and does not need any financial commitment from a broadcaster.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated TourWhen: Aug. 28, 29, 8 p.m.Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Carly Rae Jepsen celebrates her =album, Dedicated, with her biggest fans on May 11, 2019 in Marina del Rey, California. Jepsen will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Aug. 28 and 29. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images ~ RICH FURY / PNG) Tickets and info: From $112 at ticketmaster.caCarly Rae Jepsen can’t ever escape Call Me Maybe. Why would she want to? Most musicians will never see a song take top spot on singles charts in 47 countries and sell over 20 million copies. Her 2012 tune co-written with guitarist Tavish Crowe and produced by Josh Ramsay did all that.That all but guarantees Jepsen is known as a one-hit wonder. But the tag is both unfair and inaccurate when discussing the Mission singer’s career.“Look, it definitely was somewhat paralyzing at first to know what to do after a song like that,” said Jepsen. “But Tavish, my guitarist, said it best when he said it gave me the chance to show what he knew I could do and you can’t be anything but thankful for that. As things continue, I get to keep on working toward what I want to give to pop music and, to date, Dedicated is the best thing I’ve done in my mind.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOne of Canada’s top gold medal hopes for the Olympics is an Ojibway woman from Cape Croker, Ont.The 27 year-old boxer is a world champion. But will Mary Spencer be going to the Olympics?APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo caught up with her in Windsor, Ont.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsOuje-Bougoumou is about a 10-hour drive north of Ottawa.For decades the people lived off the land.But Indian Residential Schools and passing missionairies changed everything.The switch to Christianity has, for the most part, replaced traditional teachings and spiritual ceremonies.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis and cameraman Jason Leroux went there to explore what happened and what people today are doing to get the old ways back.Here is part one – a history lesson.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsAlvena Little Wolf Ear has been bullied most of her life.The bullying has been so bad at times that she’s been forced to change schools.But Alvena is fighting back and has people around the world watching her back.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a problem that has left Iqaluit city officials and its fire department stumped.How to put out a stubborn dump fire and stop the smoke that’s been often blowing into town plaguing residents for more than a month.It’s not the first time the Iqaluit’s dump has caught fire.Last time it happened, the fire department dumped water on it.But the fire and smoke has gotten so bad this time that solution is not going to work.They wondered should they water bomb it?Should they pump in air to make the fire burn more quickly and – ultimately – burn itself out?The problem is they’ve never tried any of this before and really don’t know for sure what will put this fire out.So they called in help.APTN’s Steve Mongeau has the story.last_img