The Suit makes waves in Canada

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Written and directed by Jarryd Coetsee and based on the acclaimed short story by Drum era journalist Can Themba, the film is part of the Official Selection of the Toronto Black Film Festival, and it was also chosen unanimously by the seven committee members of the Vancouver South African Film Festival. This follows on the film’s selection for the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles which takes place in February. The film stars Tony Award-winner John Kani, his son Atandwa Kani and Phuthi Nakene.Coetsee was unaware of the success of “The Suit” on the days that the shortlisted films were announced. “All we wanted was for the film to be shared with audiences at a few festivals. It came as such a lovely and pleasant surprise that “The Suit” has resonated in Canada. It’s a humbling experience and I’m truly grateful for this wonderful recognition.”Set in the dusty township of 1950s Sophiatown, the story takes placed shortly before the apartheid regime removed the racially diverse residents by force and relocated them to the outskirts of Johannesburg to make way for white resettlement after Sophiatown was bulldozed and renamed Triomf, Afrikaans for Triumph. “The Suit” focuses on Philemon, who works for a white lawyer, and his wife, Matilda. One day, Philemon discovers Matilda in bed with her young lover. The lover flees, leaving behind his suit. Philemon decides to punish Matilda in a cruel way, by forcing her to treat her lover’s suit as if it were a person. She must serve it meals, take it for walks around the neighbourhood and seat it beside her at church. Philemon’s cruel punishment of Matilda leads to an astonishing climax. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Coetsee is inspired by the story’s progressive message. “”The Suit” is really a warning from the past to strive for positive change in the present. I look forward to sharing its transformative message with audiences in Canada in our fresh take on this beloved classic and showcasing the sterling work of our cast and crew.”Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the 4th Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) runs from the 15th – 19th February 2017 and is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. It is a dynamic, refreshing and audacious festival whose ambition is to encourage the development of the independent film industry and to promote more films on the reality of black people from around the world.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Toronto – CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund and ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival today announced a new screenwriting fund to grant $10,000 in awards to Canadian writers of theatrical-length screenplays and treatments who identify as part of a disability community. With submissions now open, the CBC-REELABILITIES SCREENWRITER FUND is launching in conjunction with the upcoming 2nd Annual ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival from May 10-18th.“We are committed to nurturing and supporting new voices in Canadian film including creators who have typically been underrepresented in the industry, and look forward to partnering with ReelAbilities to champion filmmakers with disabilities,” said Helen Du Toit, Interim Senior Director, CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund.“Our mandate at RAFF includes the showcasing of Canadian disability culture and a focus on filmmakers with disabilities, so this partnership with CBC to encourage new work is an exciting one,” said Liviya Mendelsohn, Artistic Director, ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival, and Manager of Accessibility and Inclusion, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “I think it is wonderful that we are beginning to see ourselves represented in film,” said local Toronto filmmaker Michael McNeely, who is deafblind. “We still have a long way to go, and this Fund is designed as a catalyst.”The CBC-REELABILITIES SCREENWRITER FUND will award a total of $10,000 in 2017. Screenplays are eligible for awards of up to $10,000. Treatments are eligible for awards of up to $2000. Amounts awarded will depend on the total number, type and quality of submissions received. Applicants must be persons with a disability.Submissions must be original works in English, written or co-written (at least 50%) by the applicant. Book adaptations are not eligible unless the source material (novel or play) was also written by the applicant. Applicants may submit either a feature-length screenplay (85-120 pages) or a treatment (10-20 pages).A jury chosen by Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, ReelAbilities Toronto and CBC will evaluate all submissions received by midnight on August 1, 2017. The jury will access all submissions based on the quality of the submission and writing. The chances of being selected as a fund recipient will depend on the number of total application packages received and the quality of the submissions.Full eligibility requirements and application information packages are available online at will be announced online at and on September 15th, 2017.About CBC Breaking Barriers Film FundOffering new opportunities for filmmakers who have historically been at a disadvantage in accessing financing and making their unique voices heard, the CBC BREAKING BARRIERS FILM FUND helps finance English-language feature film projects that are written or directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival. Submissions are now being accepted with no formal deadlines. Further information and application guidelines are available at CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.About ReelAbilities Toronto Film FestivalReelAbilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. This is the second annual ReelAbilities Festival in Toronto.www.toronto.reelabilities.orglast_img read more

The Shape of Waters Guillermo del Toro wins Directors Guild Award

first_img Login/Register With: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—The fantasy romance The Shape of Water added another key prize in its awards season run with Guillermo del Toro’s win at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday.The Shape of Water, about a mute woman who falls in love with an underwater creature, has emerged as the awards season front-runner with a Producers Guild Award and a leading 13 Academy Award nominations.Del Toro said his movie is one that is, “full of many reasons why it shouldn’t work and they are the reasons that it works.” He dedicated the honour to his mother as well as his father, who has been ill. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement He won out over fellow directors Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out), although Peele did win the prize for first-time feature film for his blockbuster horror film.“This whole thing is a very surreal, conflicting experience. This has been the best year of my life hand’s down,” Peele said. “At the same time I’ve had to balance that with the knowledge that this is not a good year for this country. This is not a good year for many of us.”Other winners Saturday included Matthew Heineman for the documentary City of Ghosts, Jean-Marc Valle for Big Little Lies, Reed Morano for The Handmaid’s Tale and Glenn Weiss for directing the 89th Academy Awards.Morano thanked her producers and Hulu for being, “the rare people who were seeking the opportunity to work with women instead of fearing it.”Representation and the ongoing cultural shift happening in Hollywood and across the country regarding sexual misconduct was at least an undertone of many of the speeches of the evening, as the topics have been throughout the awards season.Directors Guild Award (DGA) President Thomas Schlamme kicked off the evening addressing the moment head on. He stressed a drive toward respectful and inclusive workplaces and said that “we must keep our foot firmly on the pedal and not let up” in their “decades-long fight” to ensure the participation of women and people of colour in the director’s chair.“This is not just a fight by women for women,” Schlamme said. “They didn’t create this problem.”The DGA, which represents more than 17,000 entertainment industry professionals, sent its members a set of guidelines detailing procedures for handling sexual harassment on Thursday. The guild also joined the Anita Hill-chaired Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.Heineman, who won for City of Ghosts, about a group of citizen journalists who banded together after Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, took over their land, took his moment on stage to spotlight those in his documentary.“In the era of fake news where facts seem to be malleable and journalism is under fire, I think it is important to celebrate groups like RBSS (Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently) that are courageously speaking truth to power,” Heineman said.The Directors Guild also honours directing for live-action and scripted programming and even commercials.Niki Caro, who is directing the live-action Mulan, won her first DGA for directing an episode of Anne with an E in the children’s programs category. Comedy series directing went to Veep’s Beth McCarthy-Miller, who was up against Aziz Ansari in the category. Don Roy King also won a DGA for Saturday Night Live, Brian Smith won for MasterChef and Martin de Thurah was recognized for his commercial work.All directors nominated in the feature category are given “nomination medallions” throughout the ceremony, which includes presentations from their cast or collaborators and speeches before the final award is announced. From Gerwig to Peele, all the nominated directors spoke of their pride of being able to call themselves directors and to be in the guild.The Directors Guild Awards serve as a reliable predictor for who will eventually win the best director prize at the Academy Awards. Last year, La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle won both prizes. This year, all but McDonagh are nominated in the category (Paul Thomas Anderson took the fifth Oscars spot for directing Phantom Thread).Del Toro, like Gerwig, Peele and McDonagh, was a first-time DGA nominee Saturday.“This means the world to me, this coming from my peers,” del Toro said.By LINDSEY BAHR – The Associated Presscenter_img Advertisement Richard Jenkins, from right, and Sally Hawkins pose in the press room with Guillermo del Toro, winner of the award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film for The Shape of Water at the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgFREDDIE PRINZE JR. JOINS NANCY DREW PILOT AT CWFreddie Prinze Jr. has boarded the Nancy Drew pilot which is in the works at the CW, Variety has learned.He will play Nancy’s father, Carson Drew, who is described as a dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife – but his attempts to reconnect with his daughter run aground when Nancy’s murder investigation reveals unsettling secrets from Carson’s own past. READ MORECASTING: FREDDIE PRINZE JR. TO PLAY NANCY DREW’S DAD IN CW PILOT FILMING IN VANCOUVERThe CW knows how to cast hot Dads. Freddie Prinze Jr. is cast as Nancy Drew’s estranged Dad in the CW Pilot The Haunting of Nancy Drew. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The famous girl detective is back in business with a potential new series, The Haunting of Nancy Drew, inspired by the classic Nancy Drew mysteries. READ MOREFREDDIE PRINZE JR. TO PLAY NANCY DREW’S DAD IN CW PILOTOne mystery has been solved: EW has confirmed that Freddie Prinze Jr. has been cast in the CW’s Nancy Drew pilot.Prinze will play Carson Drew, Nancy’s father, who’s described as “a dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife — but his attempts to reconnect with his daughter run aground when Nancy’s murder investigation reveals unsettling secrets from Carson’s own past.” READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Chiefs rally around Attawapiskat as call issued for oil pipeline blockade in

first_img(Main page photo: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence speaks to an RCMP officer sent to remove chiefs and supporters from steps of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, home to the House of Commons APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Some Manitoba chiefs called for “action” against existing oil pipelines on a day of heated words at a special chiefs assembly in Ottawa that heard from embattled Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and saw an impromptu march to the doors of Parliament Hill that ended with police intervention.Terry Nelson, who is no longer officially chief of Roseau River, told the assembled chiefs that the only way to escape from Attawapiskat-like situations was to seize a portion of the resource wealth flowing from their lands.Nelson, who was given the microphone by Waywayseecappo First Nation Chief Murray Clearsky, said there were plans to launch actions against existing oil pipelines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, along with several U.S. states.He said the only way First Nations can deal with the nagging funding problems plaguing their communities was to seize a share of the resources flowing from their territories.“The chiefs in Manitoba have been listening and they hear very clearly we have to take action,” said Nelson. “In June, we are going to have continuous, ongoing demonstration action on the pipelines, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, to sit on those pipelines until this government comes to their goddamn senses.”Nelson said separately that the action could result in blocking access routes to pipeline stations.Manitoba chiefs planned to submit a resolution for debate calling on the Assembly of First Nations to back the oil pipeline action and also create a planning committee to deal with media relations, legal advice, safety and security.The resolution may not be debated until Thursday.The ongoing crisis in Attawapiskat seems to have galvanized some of the delegates, triggering a call from one chief to block the airstrip used to deliver supplies to the De Beers diamond mine, which is about 90 kilometres west of the community.Spence, who is battling Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan over his decision to impose a third-party manager to handle the band’s finances, told the assembly it was time to take a stronger stand against the federal government.Chiefs passed a resolution calling on Duncan to reverse his decision to impose a third-party manager on Attawapiskat and instead work with the existing chief and council to find a solution to the housing crisis that has seen families living in shacks with no running water and using the bathroom in pails.The resolution also called on the AFN to ask the UN to appoint a special agent to monitor Canada’s response to the housing and infrastructure woes on First Nations and “hold Canada” to its responsibility under treaties and international covenants.The resolution also calls on the AFN to back Attawapiskat’s chief and council.“It is time to be really aggressive toward the government. We have been talking about our concerns. They are not listening, they just keep plugging their ears,” said Spence.The Attawapiskat chief also urged chiefs to get a plan in place for their upcoming Jan. 24 meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“We should have a plan in place, even an agreement with a time frame and if they don’t want to meet this time-frame, we need to do an action. Our grandfathers did action, they demonstrated courage and we need to do this for our youth, we need to build up their future,” she said.The talk in response to Spence’s speech featured strong words from chiefs.Six Nations Chief Bill Montour suggested blocking the airstrip De Beers uses to fly in its supplies and Mohawk Elder Billy Two Rivers said First Nations should take corporations “hostage” until they get their share of resource wealth.Batchewana Chief Dean Sayers called on chiefs to act immediately and the led an impromptu march to Parliament Hill from the Ottawa Congress Centre, which is only a couple of blocks away. Sayers and about 50 marchers blocked one side of the downtown street that crosses in front of Parliament Hill. They waved down buses, a dump truck and cars, to clear the road for their march.Sayers, whose community is in Ontario, walked up the stairs to the door of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, which houses the House of Commons, and told a security guard at the door he wanted to see the prime minister.“Tell him I am here,” Sayers told the Hill security guard.Sayers then said he wanted the world to see how Canada treats Indigenous people.“We shouldn’t have to settle for the crumbs that fall off the table, we own the table…Things are not as rosy as they think with Indigenous nations in the northern hemisphere of Turtle Island,” said Sayers. “We can’t continue on the current course…The genocidal policies will see the elimination of this beautiful red people.”Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit also addressed the crowd which chanted “shame on Canada” in the background.“We are saying no to these governments who want to come to us and put us aside just like we are animals, just like we are nothing,” said Louttit. “Chief Spence is struggling, her people are slowly dying while this is going on.”The RCMP showed up shortly before Spence was about to speak.“This is our land,” Sayers told one RCMP officer.“I understand, but this is Canadian land right now,” said the officer.The scene unfolded in front of Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus.“This is only the beginning, only the beginning, this is a warning to the government that we are going to be more aggressive, that we are going to do it together,” said Spence.After a meeting between the RCMP, Hill security, Angus and Louttit, the chiefs and their supporters decided to leave the stairs.“With that principle of respect that our elders have taught us, I guess we should honour that,” said Louttit. “Let’s respect their House and continue our talk a little bit down there.”Everyone then walked down the steps and away from Parliament Hill.last_img read more

First Nations police officers honoured for bravery

first_imgAPTN National NewsEvery year, the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association holds their annual bravery awards dinner.APTN National News reporter Josh Grummett was the ceremony this year and has this story.last_img

Justin Trudeau supports Idle No More and empowering First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau was in Saskatchewan this week.Trudeau said he supported the Idle No More movement.He said the movement has legitmate concerns and there is a critical need to empower and utilize people living in First Nation communities by bringing them to the table for meaningful discussions.last_img

Metrolinx says Ontario Transportation Minister wrong about audit clearing CN from GO

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsMetrolinx says they are not aware of any other audit into CN Rail and GO Transit that would have cleared any wrongdoing despite a claim by Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray that, in fact, a thorough investigation had already been completed.Murray made the surprise remark during Question Period at Queen’s Park Wednesday.“As the member opposite of me knows we just went through an investigation where similar allegations (were) raised with CN. They turned out, after a very thorough investigation, that there was no validity to it. That the deals between CN and GO were not only above the board, but very valid and very fair,” said Murray to PC MPP Frank Klees who raised recent allegations about CN overbilling GO by tens of millions between 2004 to 2008 as part of GO’s expansion.However, when asked, Metrolinx didn’t know what Murray was talking about.“No, I am not aware of any other audit,” said Anne Marie Aikins, manager of media relations with Metrolinx that oversees GO, a provincial transit company.Metrolinx is conducting its own audit after APTN National News first revealed allegations Tuesday of CN’s alleged financial mismanagement.Murray’s office tried to clarify the comment late Wednesday when contacted by APTN. It was just a week ago Murray said he was taking the allegations seriously.“Actually, the Minister misspoke. It was CN that had completed its internal audit and found no discrepancies,” said spokesman Patrick Searle referring to a press release CN issued Tuesday morning outlining its denials.But nowhere in the release does it say that CN completed an audit of its own since the allegations surfaced.When asked for clarification Searle repeated Murray misspoke.“Yes – the Minister misspoke. He heard that an audit had been completed and thought it was GO Transit’s. He had read the CN news release and the two audits merged in his thoughts,” said Searle.Searle was reminded nowhere in the CN release does it say an audit was complete.“The CN release refers to a rigorous review that was completed by CN. The Minister can only speak to the facts he knows, and that is that GO Transit is conducting an audit that is expected to be completed in the coming months,” he said.The release says CN is doing a review.“A verification of GO Transit-related project expenses has been started by CN. The review is on-going, but there is no indication of any financial improprieties,” said Sean Finn, executive vice-president. “CN categorically rejects allegations that it in any way defrauded the agency.”CN has not responded to requests for an interview with APTN.As for Klees, he believes senior GO Transit officials must have been complicit in an alleged invoice tampering strategy between GO and CN Rail and presented a “confidential” email to Queen’s Park Wednesday.Klees, quoting from the internal CN email, said the railway company allegedly used a plan to pad invoices to recover nearly $300,000 in over-expenditures from GO.“Mr. Daryl Barnett, who was CN’s Divisional Manager for Ontario at the time, set out in great detail how CN would recover some $385,000 of ‘overexpenditures’ from GO Transit,” said Klees. “The plan included including using partially worn tie plates and padding invoices. In the end, the email reads: ‘Total Exposure: Reduced from $385 to $78k.’”The 2004 email ends with “Please do not print or circulate” and was first published by APTN Sept. 24.Read email here.Klees demanded Murray answer who at GO was involved.Murray didn’t directly answer and later wrongly mentioned an investigation had already been completed.Barnett left CN in 2008 and soon landed a job at GO as the director of railway corridor infrastructure. He still holds that position today.Metrolinx has refused to divulge whether Barnett is facing disciplinary actions citing privacy concerns.Klees said something doesn’t pass the smell test.He wants the government to call in the Auditor General and Ontario Provincial Police.The OPP have refused to confirm or deny they are investigating fraud allegations, but APTN has reported detectives from the corruption section of the anti-rackets unit first met with a former CN supervisor earlier this year.At that meeting in Simcoe, Scott Holmes gave a video statement and then provided hundreds of documents to the OPP, including internal emails and invoices.Those documents were copied and stored by the OPP’s evidence management unit.One detective kept coming back to Holmes in person and, also by email, wanting more information.Holmes said he was told by a detective the OPP’s fear was “there was a lack of oversight at Metrolinx.”Holmes said he told the OPP he was ordered to charge GO “millions” improperly.APTN contacted Barnett in early September and brought up the email in question.“I’ll be honest with you, I left CN five years ago. This stuff goes way back. I really don’t have any comment on that. That goes way, way back. If there is an issue with CN you’d be better to go with CN on that,” he said.When pressed about some of the details of the email Barnett said he understood the questions.“It’s passe,” he said. “That’s an old job and if there is any issues from that issue you gotta deal with CN formally.”The contents of the email discusses work on the expansion of GO’s Lakeshore West corridor, particularly a three-mile stretch between Hamilton and Burlington that taxpayers paid $72 million to build, including federal money.CN kept ownership of the track and GO pays an access fee to use the additional track and, in fact, it’s not a designated GO track.The project also included massive upgrades to CN’s own freight lines.CN and Holmes are embattled in bitter legal action. CN fired Holmes in 2008 believing he defrauded the company of millions. Twice, criminal fraud charges were stayed by the Crown.CN has also sued Holmes and he countersued CN and their private police force. It’s yet to reach trial after five years.Kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Canada headed for conflict unless political class commits to renewed relationship with

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanada is headed for conflicts of Oka-like intensity unless its political leaders commit to renewing the country’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The country is in the midst of a federal election triggered a little over two months after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its historical report on Indian residential schools. The report caused a nation-wide reaction and calls from all corners on the need to fix the long neglected relationship with the Indigenous population that finds itself within Canada’s borders.Mid-way through the current federal campaign, the TRC report and its recommendations have nearly been forgotten in the ongoing discourse about the main challenges facing the country. The issue has not even merited a specific question in any of the four federal election debates held to date.“Right now there is a bit of complacency among the political leadership in this country that they feel that pressure is not there anymore, the need for attention is not there anymore and I think people need to be careful because there is growing awareness of rights among young Aboriginal people and that has been fed by court decisions recently which have recognized the rights of Aboriginal communities,” said TRC Chair Murray Sinclair. “The result is we don’t have a lot of leeway when it comes to ignoring the plight of Aboriginal people and change is going to have to be part of the discussion going forward.”The TRC was created as part of the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement between Indian residential school survivors, Ottawa and the churches that operated the schools for over a century.Thousands of children died at the school and many are still buried in unmarked graves that have been lost to memory.The TRC issued a list of 94 recommendations in its report released this past June. The recommendations were meant as a road-map for Canada to finally fix the relationship. The Conservatives party has essentially rejected the recommendations, while the NDP and Liberal parties have accepted them all. Neither party, however, has yet presented a plan on how it would implement the recommendations.Sinclair said the continued avoidance by the political class to take the issue head-on and the simmering tensions over resource projects is creating an environment that could produce serious confrontations.“With the current climate of discussions around oil extraction and resource development and the desire by some within industry and some within government to ignore Aboriginal rights and allow those kinds of activities to take place without respecting those rights is certainly going to result in there being a reaction from the Aboriginal community, particularly among young Indigenous people,” said Sinclair. “Environmental issues are at the forefront of a lot of thinking in Canada and Aboriginal people have been part of the debate. I am concerned that if we fail to see the importance of changing the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in this country, and in particular Aboriginal people and the governments of this country, that we will be setting ourselves up for there to be more and more confrontations.”Those conflicts could resemble what Canada witnessed in 1990 with the Mohawk resistance in Kanesatake, Quebec known as the Oka crisis, he said.“My concern is that if we don’t come to terms with this relationship question, we are going to have another Oka,” said Sinclair.Politicians from all partisan stripes, and the general Canadian population, realized immediately after the Oka crisis that something had to change in the relationship between Canada and the original inhabitants of this land, he said.“After Oka, every political entity, every political party took serious steps to acknowledge and make the issue of the relationship with Indigenous people the focus of their endeavours,” said Sinclair. “With the elections that occurred in the 1990s it got lost in the scheme of things…the result is it fell off the political radar and now it needs to get back on it.”Sinclair there is a deeper issue at play that allows an almost immediate amnesia to set in the moment the smoke clears from the latest crisis.“People get their sense of what is newsworthy and what’s important from the media and it is because of the way they are fed information from the media that there are peaks and valleys in reactions and commentary. It is the lack of education about the way Canada has evolved as a nation that has really contributed to or created that problem,” said Sinclair. “It is because there has never been implanted into the Canadian memory bank any knowledge of the true relationship relating to Aboriginal people in this part of the world….When people know what the full history is they will not react with a loss of memory because it will be so deeply embedded of who they are as Canadians that they will feel that this is about them too.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Former NWAC president Audette misses red wave

first_imgAPTN National NewsMichele Audette, the former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), has gone down to defeat in her bid to win a Liberal seat in the Quebec riding of Terrebonne.Audette lost to Bloc Quebecois candidate Michel Boudrias while the NDP candidate Charmaine Borg came in third.The former NWAC president became the Terrebonne candidate after losing the Liberal nomination in the Quebec riding of Manicougan.Audette’s party, however, achieved a Liberal majority government after a red wave swept across the country.last_img

Smithsonian Institute installs NoDAPL marker

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsA pole that sat near the banks of the Cannonball River in North Dakota and was at the epicentre of the battle between water protectors, and the government approved Dakota Access pipeline is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.The 3-metre tall mile-marker stood as a symbol of how people had come from near and far to demonstrate against the pipeline. On January 29, as law enforcement and government continued to threaten to clear out the main camp, the marker was strapped to the top of a car and driven by a group of water protectors from North Dakota to Washington.“It was important to get the mile marker pole out of the camp so that it would not be destroyed by DAPL bulldozers” said Bryanna Patinka.Patinka, who is from upstate New York, was one of those who drove the marker to Washington D.C. to hand over to the Smithsonian Institute.“We wanted to make sure that it was preserved for future generations.”Konwenni Jacobs was also worried about the marker.“The rumours about the camp being raided were floating around and I believe the museum showed an interest in having the mile marker pole to preserve it for the future,” she said.Jacobs, drove from her home in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, and met the rest of the pole removal crew in Onondaga.From there, they drove straight to Standing Rock, rotating drivers.“It took hours to dig the pole out of the frozen ground,” she said. “A cradle was made to support the pole on top of the truck. The pole was wrapped up good for the drive and we again drove straight to DC.“It was a very intense, fast paced trip.”The pole was installed installed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in an exhibit called Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.Patinka said the drive to D.C was “nerve-wracking” worried that it would fall off the top of the vehicle it was tied too.“When we dropped off the pole it was bittersweet,” she said. “I was happy the pole was being preserved but worried that it would never be displayed.“I’m pleased that the marking pole is being taken care of and is now part of an exhibit.According to Kevin Grover, director of the museum, there were issues at hand in North Dakota that couldn’t be ignored.“When more than 12,000 activists and hundreds of Native Nations assembled in North Dakota during 2016 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, treaties were at the heart of the issue” Grover said in a news release.“As the largest gathering of Native Americans in protest, it was truly a historic event and one that should be address in the National Museum of the American Indian.”The museum acknowledged that hundreds of hand-made signs nailed to the post point toward the water protector’s city, state, American Indian Nation, or foreign country and indicate its distance in miles or meters.Points of origin include the small city of Fort Buffalo 50 yards away, the closest, to Sápmi in the Arctic, home of the Sami indigenous peoples, 3,913 miles away.”The mile-marker will be on view until the exhibition closes in 2021.Contact Dennis here: dward@aptn.calast_img read more

BCs attorney general calls Alberta fuelrestriction bill a bluff

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s attorney general says Alberta’s proposed fuel restriction law is a politically motivated “bluff” that will result in an immediate lawsuit from his province and likely lawsuits from oil companies.David Eby said government legal experts looked at the legislation Alberta tabled Monday and concluded it’s unconstitutional, against the law and designed to not be enacted.“Clearly the legislation is a bluff,” Eby said Tuesday. “They don’t intend to use it. If they did try to use it we would be in court immediately seeking an injunction to stop them from using it, but we would probably have to get in line behind oil companies that would be concerned about contracts that they have with companies in B.C. to deliver product.”Alberta’s proposed legislation and B.C.’s response are the latest manoeuvres in the escalating dispute over the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. The federal and Alberta governments support the project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic oil products spill.So far, about 200 people have been arrested at a construction zone near the pipeline’s terminal site in Burnaby for allegedly breaking a court injunction keeping protesters away.Indigenous leaders and local Vancouver-area politicians have also warned of increasing civil unrest as people from across Canada mount anti-pipeline protests.Eby said he believed the Alberta legislation was intended to never be adopted, but if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government does pass the law, then B.C. will immediately launch court action.“We think they are very unlikely to use this, given the analysis, and we think they know it, and it is a bill for political purposes only,” Eby said in the legislature Tuesday during question period.Notley said the legislation sends the message that Alberta is prepared to defend its resources.It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday his province will support Alberta in the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by introducing its own legislation on oil exports.He said his government will bring in a bill in the coming days that could result in less oil moving to British Columbia. Moe said he wants the Saskatchewan legislation passed shortly so it can work in tandem with Alberta’s proposed bill.In Quebec, the Opposition Parti Quebecois offered Tuesday to help B.C.The PQ said it will send Premier John Horgan’s minority New Democrat government a bill it tabled in 2014 amid the controversy surrounding the Energy East project. The bill affirmed the predominance of Quebec’s environmental laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the province in such matters.Quebec’s Liberal government threw its support to Horgan in an opinion piece published last Saturday that said Ottawa would harm federal-provincial relations by making a unilateral decision on the project without B.C.’s blessing.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers called the Alberta bill a “very strong tool” it hoped was not needed.B.C. Opposition Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the province must end the escalating dispute before gas prices increase sharply in Metro Vancouver.“Without Alberta’s energy, B.C.’s economy would come to a standstill,” he said. “The B.C. Premier (John Horgan) created this crisis, will he fix this mess before gas prices hit $2 a litre?”Gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver are currently hovering around $1.55 a litre.Kinder Morgan, the U.S.-based pipeline builder, announced earlier this month that it was pulling back on spending for the project and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal the project will proceed.Trudeau, Notley and Horgan met Sunday in Ottawa to discuss the pipeline, but remain deadlocked. Trudeau repeated the federal government’s commitment to ensure the project is completed, saying his government will hold private, financial talks with Kinder Morgan.Eby said the B.C. government is expecting to announce shortly that it has filed a reference case to the courts to determine if it has jurisdiction over the pipeline in the province.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

Judge awards Dow Chemical USD106 billion in damages against Nova Chemicals

first_imgEDMONTON – A judge has awarded Dow Chemical Canada $1.06 billion in damages against Nova Chemicals Corporation in a dispute over a massive ethylene plant in central Alberta.The dispute centred around the operation of a production facility in Joffre known as E3.E3 started operating in 2000 as a joint venture, with Nova running the facility.Dow Canada alleged breach of contract over the E3 joint venture agreements, claimed that Nova took part of the ethylene and other products that belonged to Dow and failed to run the facility at full production.Nova said it faced an ethane shortage and ran the facility as full as it could subject to mechanical issues that constrained production.Justice Barbara Romaine of Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruled in favour of Dow and against a counterclaim filed by Nova in a case that included claims and counterclaims for damages between 2001 to 2012.“Dow has established these facts and has proved on a balance of probabilities that Nova has breached the joint venture agreements both as Operator and as Co-owner and has converted some of the ethane that Dow was entitled to from E3,” Romaine wrote in a lengthy redacted judgment released Wednesday.“I also grant Dow a declaration that the conduct of Nova as Operator constitutes Wilful Misconduct and Gross Negligence.”Romaine said Dow established that there was no ethane shortage, that Nova always had enough ethane to fill E3 and had the ability and freedom to acquire additional ethane.She also said Dow showed that Nova failed to operate E3 to maximize production and that the facility had more capacity than Nova submitted at trial.The court assessed damages against Nova amount to approximately $1.06 billion USD, but must be converted into Canadian dollars.Jenn Nanz, a spokeswoman for Nova Chemicals, said the corporation will appeal within 30 days.“While this decision is extremely disappointing, it has no impact on our announced growth plans,” Nanz said in an email.“Nova Chemicals is confidently moving forward with: Corunna cracker expansion and AST2 in the Sarnia-Lambton region (and a) joint venture with Total and Borealis in the U.S. Gulf Coast, which closed on May 23.”Officials at Dow Chemical Canada were not immediately available for comment.Ethylene is the building block for a range of chemicals from plastics to antifreeze solutions and solvents.(Companies in this story: TSX:NCX)last_img read more

Royal LePage report says pace of rising home prices slowed in second

first_imgTORONTO – The pace of rising home prices slowed in Canada in the second quarter due to softness in the Greater Toronto Area market, according to a report by Royal LePage.Royal LePage chief executive Phil Soper said Tuesday new federal mortgage stress-test measures helped slow the real estate market.“It was a spring market that never blossomed,” Soper said in a statement.“The new federal mortgage stress-test measures slowed the market to a standstill in much of the country, as some families adjusted their expectations in a world with lower borrowing capacity, and others not impacted by the OSFI regulations moved to the sidelines, adopting a ‘wait and see what happens to home prices’ approach.”However, in its outlook, Royal LePage said it expected the aggregate price of a home in Canada in the third quarter to be up 2.2 per compared with a year ago.“The market has begun to absorb and adjust to the new realities; we expect an uptick in sales volumes and prices during the second half of 2018,” Soper said.The Royal LePage national house price composite showed the price of a home in Canada increased 2.0 per cent year-over-year to $613,968 in the second quarter of 2018.That compared with a 6.2 per cent year-over-year increase in the first quarter of the year.The real estate brokerage firm said the slowdown in the rise in prices came as some regions in the Greater Toronto Area saw prices fall compared with a year ago.The national median price in the second quarter of a two-storey home rose 0.8 per cent year-over-year to $720,504, while the median price of a bungalow climbed 1.8 per cent to $512,979. The price of condominiums rose 8.1 per cent year-over-year to $435,421.In a separate report, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada said the market for homes over $1 million in Montreal in the first half of the year hit a record as it gained 24 per cent compared with a year ago.In Toronto, Sotheby’s said sales of homes over $1 million were down 46 per cent compared with a year ago, however the firm noted that 2018 sales volume trended in line with 2015’s pre-surge levels.Home sales over $1 million in Vancouver fell 19 per cent compared with a year ago, while Calgary saw a drop of 11 per cent.last_img read more

JetBlue says Airbus joint venture with Bombardier secondary reason to order A220

first_imgMONTREAL – Shares of Bombardier Inc. hit a nearly seven-year high Wednesday after the C Series jet it developed secured the largest order since the announcement of a joint venture with Airbus.JetBlue Airways Corp. ordered 60 of the aircraft, renamed by Airbus as the A220-300, for delivery starting in 2020 with the option for another 60 starting in 2025.The firm deal announced late Tuesday was valued at US$5.4 billion at list prices, but airlines typically receive large discounts.The airline said the plane’s economics was the primary motivation rather than Airbus taking majority control over the aircraft’s joint venture which happened after JetBlue launched its 15-month review.“The marriage between Bombardier and Airbus was a secondary factor,” chief financial officer Stephen Priest said in a conference call.“But the good news about that when it came to fruition was it allowed us to reshape our Airbus orderbook to make sure that we continue to maintain our mid- to high single-digit capacity growth over the foreseeable future.”Bombardier shares climbed to $5.58 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, a price last reached in August 2011. They closed up three cents at $5.43 in the afternoon session.Five A220 planes are scheduled to be delivered in the first year, ramping up to a high of 22 in 2024.JetBlue will become the first American airline to fly the larger A220-300 with 130 to 140 seats. Delta Air Lines Inc. ordered 75 A220-100s in the spring of 2016.The U.S. low-cost airline said it could switch some of its order to the smaller, 120-seat A220-100 plane.JetBlue said the decision to order the aircraft was driven by three strategic factors: profitability from the plane’s low operating costs, flexibility to use both aircraft models and its range.Priest said the A220 opens up the possibility of transcontinental flights and more options for overnight Caribbean flights.“This is a game-changer for JetBlue. It’s a real margin builder for our business…and so we’re very, very confident with the orders,” Priest said.The A220s will replace 60 Embraer E190 planes. JetBlue said it needs smaller planes, but the Embraer aircraft would require costly upgrades over the next decade.The airline also considered the new Embraer 195 E-2 planes. Priest said the competition was very tight, but the aircraft selected aligns with the other Airbus planes in its fleet.Analyst Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said JetBlue’s order confirms the strength of the Airbus–Bombardier partnership.He said more A220 orders could be announced at the upcoming Farnborough Airshow.Bombardier has said interest in the plane has surged since the announcement of the partnership.Airbus recently said it could book more than 100 A220 orders by the end of the year and slightly more than 3,000 sales over the next 20 years.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Chorus Aviation wins heavy maintenance contract with Latvias airBaltic

first_imgHALIFAX – Chorus Aviation Inc. says it has signed a deal to perform heavy maintenance work for Latvia’s airBaltic.Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.Under the deal, Jazz Technical Services will provide airframe maintenance for airBaltic’s 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft.The work will be done at its facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.Jazz Technical Services is focused on heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.It is a division of Jazz Aviation LP, which is owned by Chorus.Companies in this story: (TSX:CHR)last_img

EU official calls on Kosovo to revoke tariff on Serb goods

first_imgPRISTINA, Kosovo — European Union’s enlargement commissioner is visiting Kosovo to try to push authorities to revoke a recent decision to impose a 100-per cent tariff on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.Johannes Hahn met with Kosovo’s top officials Monday after earlier visiting Belgrade, where he held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and called on Kosovo “to unblock regional co-operation and trade.”Last month, Kosovo’s government imposed the tariff on Serbian imports saying it would stay in place until Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s independence and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.Kosovo failed to join Interpol following Serbia’s campaign.Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008. The EU has said that normalized ties between the two are a condition for the countries to become members.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pedestrian killed on Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd

first_imgWhile the investigation remains active and ongoing, alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor.The Highway was closed for several hours for the initial stages of the RCMP investigation. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP along with Peace River Traffic Services are investigating a collision on Highway 97 that claimed the life of a Dawson Creek man.The collision happened at around 5:30 p.m. Friday between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd on Highway 97.  According to Peace FM, the initial investigation leads police to believe that the pedestrian was struck by a northbound pickup truck while attempting to cross Highway 97 from the southbound lane, where he had been dropped off.The pedestrian, a 76-year-old from Dawson Creek, was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.last_img read more

Review Panel says police are a de facto part of the mental

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service’s Death Review Panel has released a report looking at how police play a role in the mental health system.According to the Review Panel, after examining the deaths of people who died during or within 24 hours following contact with police in B.C., it was determined that police are a de facto part of the mental health system.The panel is suggesting that the role of policing should be implemented into the provincial mental health strategy, highlighting that more assessment and training opportunities exist. Panel Chair, Michael Egilson, says it is important to acknowledge that police play a role and that they should be incorporated in a province-wide mental health and addictions strategy.“We need to drive home the point that the police have become part of the mental health system and that their role needs to be acknowledged, supported and incorporated into the larger provincial mental health and addictions strategy.”The Death Review Panel included 19-panel experts who are professionals with expertise in policing, policing oversight, public health, health services, mental health and addictions, and Indigenous health.For more information on the Death Review Panel, you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

School District 60 looks at making upgrades to lighting

first_imgBefore signing any documentation with Radiance, the District was seeking support from the Board to move forward with the project.The Board voted in favour to receive more information before signing documentation and making the upgrades to the lighting. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a special School District 60 board meeting on Monday, Trustees looked into the matter of upgrading lights at all School District facilities.According to School District Secretary-Treasurer, Brenda Hooker, they have been in discussions with Radiance Energy for the past six months regarding an LED lighting upgrade to all facilities.Hooker says other Districts have been working with Radiance to upgrade lights and say the new lighting bring benefits such as improving the classroom environment and lowering hydro costs when compared to the standard fluorescent lighting.last_img read more