On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, took centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.Live performances of Imagine at New Year’s Eve events in Cape Town, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York highlighted urgent action needed to address key challenges facing children, including poverty, violence, the impact of climate change, and the barriers that prevent so many children from reaching their full potential.The UNICEF-led #IMAGINE initiative joined forces with action/2015, a coalition of nearly 1,000 organizations from around the world that have come together to influence world leaders and inspire collective action in advance of key global agenda-setting meetings in 2015. These include the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July, when governments and their partners will produce a global strategy for financing global development; the UN General Assembly in September, when world leaders will set out new development goals for the next 15 years; and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.“We must imagine a better future for every child – and commit ourselves to achieving it,” said Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “As the global community charts its course for 2015 and beyond, children must be at the heart of the development agenda — for their future is the future of the world.”The global New Year’s Eve events were timed to draw greater attention to the most pressing issues facing children, communities, and the planet.“With so much at stake for people and planet in the year ahead we need to make sure that 2015 delivers on the dreams of today’s generation – we can’t miss this chance for change,” said Co-Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty Amitabh Behar, on behalf of the action/2015 coalition. “Across the whole of the year ahead, all around the world, people will be coming together to demand action – everyone can be a part of this global movement.”Young people performed Imagine at events in Cape Town, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York, some accompanying themselves on a white piano, recalling the one John Lennon played in the filming of his iconic song in 1971. The events also featured the debut of a ‘World Version’ video of the classic Lennon song, made in collaboration with renowned DJ and music producer David Guetta that features famous voices including Katy Perry; Angelique Kidjo; Priyanka Chopra; Pau Gasol; Yuna Kim; Callan McAuliffe; Daniela Mercury; Khaled Abol Naga; Nicole Scherzinger; will.i.am; Sonu; Neymar; Adam Lambert; Puffy AmiYumi; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake; and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti singing from the International Space Station, alongside voices of children from Bulgaria, the Philippines and Jamaica, among others, and members of the public who have uploaded their own versions through the Touchcast app.The World Version of Imagine can be found here.“Imagine is a message of hope, peace and unity,” said Guetta. “We are calling on everyone to join UNICEF and the #IMAGINE campaign because every child counts and every voice counts.”
A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation into a poultry supplier to Gordon Food Service — the largest private foodservice distributor in North America — has exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including baby birds violently slammed into metal shackles before being painfully shocked with electricity and having their throats cut open while still conscious and able to feel pain.Pamela Anderson has fronted a video exposing the shocking images captured by Mercy For Animals.An undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals documented the heart-wrenching cruelty of the poultry industry, including: • Birds having their fragile wings and legs broken as they were hastily and violently shackled upside down • Severely sick, injured, and dying chickens sent through the slaughter line along with other birds intended for human consumption • Frightened birds dragged through an electrified vat of water, painfully shocked but left fully conscious • Birds having their throats sliced open while still conscious and able to feel painAfter reviewing the undercover footage, Dr. Bernard Rollin of the Animal Sciences Department at Colorado State University stated: “From the moment that the chickens are dumped from trucks to a conveyor belt in large groups, surely terrifying, and then hung upside down by their feet, we can be morally certain that the animals are experiencing significant fear. … Still hanging by their feet, the birds are transported to a stunning electrical bath, which is supposed to render them insensible, before they are cut up by a mechanical knife. It is evident from the video that many animals are still conscious when this occurs.”To read more about the investigation, click here.
The Madden Brothers – Joel and Benji Madden – will perform at the Imagine Ball at the House Of Blues in LA this week.The event – emceed by actor Omar Miller – will benefit Imagine LA, a Los Angeles-based 501c3 organization that harnesses the power of volunteer mentorship teams drawn from faith communities, companies and other committed organizations and existing community resources to empower families to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.Ambassadors include Katy Perry, David Arquette, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Anne Heche and more.To find out more about the event, which takes place on June 4, click here.
Alicia’s House Food Pantry is completely supported by donations from individuals, businesses, and the various fundraisers. All of the money raised will go to feed the hungry and support the pantry. Alicia’s House Food Pantry is 100% Non-profit.To honor the memory of Alicia, who passed away at the age of 4, January 14, 2001, her Grandma Stella & her Poppy Juan started a non-for profit food pantry called Alicia’s House. Alicia’s House will continue to feed hundreds of hungry families and each box of food distributed will contain Alicia’s special loving touch. The goal of Alicia’s House is to try and alleviate hunger and some of the problems associated with hunger. Alicia’s House provides food, at no cost, to low-income residents of Crete, Beecher, Steger, Monee, University Park, and South Chicago Heights. Alicia loved people and loved helping people. She would spend hours working with her grandma, at the church pantry, making boxes of food to hand out to people in need. Although her grandma had a specific way to nutritionally pack the boxes, Alicia would always add her special touch by making sure each box would contain a special treat, usually candy.Find out more about Alicia’s House here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars Actor/Director/Producer and (Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department) Reserve Deputy Scott L. Schwartz returned to Chicago, IL to show his support for Alicia’s House Food Pantry.Scott L. Schwartz at Children’s Hospital of IllinoisCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzWhile in town Scott visited the Veterans Hospital, Children’s Hospitals, Bowling events and packed his week full of fundraising events and appearances. Scott, along with former Chicago Cubs Pitcher Milt Pappas, Juan Hernandez and the support of their fans and food pantry supporters helped raise over $50,000 to benefit Alicia’s House Food Pantry.Scott L. Schwartz makes a new friendCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzScott also took special time out of his packed schedule to visit the following Hospitals: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago, and Peoria Children’s Hospital.Scott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including: Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Spiderman, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Mentalist, Castle, among other feature films and TV shows. What most fans don’t know is that Scott is really “The Ultimate Nice Guy” and has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 15 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. He realizes the value and impact of making a lasting impression on children with cancer and how important it is to make each child feel special. Scott enjoys visiting pediatric hospitals and bringing what joy he can into the lives of every child he visits. They are always smiling during his visits and usually begging him to return soon.The Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation is making a difference in the lives of each child in need by continuing to visit hospitals worldwide, helping Alicia’s House Food Pantry and Children’s Hospitals Worldwide. For the past ten years Scott has been an essential part of the fundraising for Alicia’s House Food Pantry along with former Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas and the founder (former pro wrestler) Juan Hernandez. Scott recently accepted the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild Award (a prestigious award that others that David Beckham, Gwen Stefani among others have received). Last year Scott was invited by General Mills to be an Ambassador for Outnumber Hunger. Outnumber Hunger partners with Feeding America and Big Machine Label Group to help Feeding America secure meals on behalf of local food bank. Scott will show his support through raising awareness with his fans about Outnumber Hunger and the staggering issue of hunger in America.
Facebook The TV Junkies: Before you were cast as Mama Earp, I know you were a fan of the show. I remember Earpers coming back from your Dragon Con panel after Season 2 aired, all excited you mentioned the show. What was it about the show that made you want to be a part of it?Megan Follows: I was really impressed with [showrunner] Emily Andras. I had met with her and they seemed, and do, have a lot of fun together and are very loyal. I was also really impressed with the fan base of the show, how loyal they were and what a huge part they’ve had in keeping the show on the air. It’s really been their commitment and fighting for it that kept the show alive. Advertisement Advertisement Let’s be perfectly clear, it was no easy task. For two seasons on Wynonna Earp we had heard the stories of the woman that was Mama Earp, and how she supposedly left her daughters to fend for themselves with their alcoholic father, Ward Earp. How could she? What kind of mother does that? Then, in the Season 2 finale it turned out that Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) had actually known where she had been all this time? What kind of game was this woman playing?It’s no wonder the prospect of who would actually play such a pivotal character had Earpers in a frenzy and they all rejoiced when Canadian icon and legend Megan Follows was cast in the role. Follows and Mama Earp arrived right at the start of Season 3 of the SYFY and Space channel series, which airs its Season 3 finale this Friday at 9 p.m. ET, and there were even more surprises. Not only was Wynonna aware of where Mama had been all these years, but she was a bit crazy and had been in prison the whole time.Of course, in typical Wynonna Earp fashion, things are never quite as they seem and Mama actually had went to prison to protect Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley). As viewers’ perspective and opinions on Mama Earp shifted, the character got closer to her now grown daughters before taking off to find Waverly’s father, Julian. Whether she was a figment of Wynonna’s imagination, or more than handling herself in that bar fight, one thing was for certain and that’s Follows immediately made clear that she was the perfect choice to play Mama Earp and fans wanted more of her character. They aren’t alone, we here at The TV Junkies are huge fans of Follows’ portrayal and extremely thankful that she found some time to speak with us recently about her time on the show. Follows is also an accomplished director who has directed episodes of Heartland and Murdoch Mysteries. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley performs at a festival in Hungary in 2016. The Canadian rock band is owed more than $170,000 by the company that founded Montebello Rockfest. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images) Advertisement The company behind Montebello Rockfest has revealed the details of who is owed money — a list that includes well-known musical acts and all three levels of government — after they declared bankruptcy in December.Outaouais Rock, which organized the annual west Quebec music festival, has just $330,000 in assets but owes creditors more than six million dollars.Court documents reveal over 120 creditors, including bands who played at Rockfest, businesses in North America and Europe, the federal and Quebec governments, and the town of Montebello, Que. Facebook Advertisement People walk the streets of Montebello, Que., during last year’s Montebello Rockfest. The company behind the now-bankrupt festival owes more than six million dollars to more than 120 creditors. (Kimberley Molina/CBC) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Most of the debt is unsecured and may never be repaid. Advertisement
Advertisement Facebook HN Entertainment has confirmed that Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro’s (The Shape of Water) next film Nightmare Alley will shoot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The thriller will reportedly star Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, who will be next seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood this July.The film is based on the 1947 Fox movie that starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the table on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.We’ve learned that production will begin on September 30th and is expected to wrap on January 28th. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Guillermo shot Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and The Shape of Water in Toronto using stage facilities such as Pinewood Toronto Studios and Cinespace Film Studios.We previously revealed the production team would include cinematographer Dan Laustsen (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, The Shape of Water) and production designer Tamara Deverell (The Strain, Star Trek: Discovery).Leonardo DiCaprio is also expected to lead Martin Scorsese’s next film Killers of The Flower Moon (was expected to shoot over the spring/summer), but the production start on that film could be delayed again because of the extensive post-production of Marty’s The Irishman for Netflix.Fox Searchlight has yet to give Nightmare Alley an official release date, but given the production schedule, they could give it an awards-friendly fall/winter release next year.By HN ENTERTAINMENT Advertisement
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Killjoys – Season 5 – Key ARt The new season of KILLJOYS will also be available On Demand via set-top box, the Space app, and on space.ca. Seasons 1- 4 of KILLJOYS are streaming now exclusively on Crave.Following the shocking Season 4 cliff-hanger, the final season kicks off after the Killjoys, with Aneela’s (Hannah John-Kamen, Ant Man and the Wasp) help, succeeded in killing the Green, the repository of living memories through which the Hullen lived eternally. But instead of helping Aneela escape it, they lead The Lady (Alanna Bale, CARDINAL) into their world. Here, she harnesses her ability to control their memories in hopes of finding Jaq (Jaeden Noel, THE EXPANSE), the Hullen heir. Returning for the final battle are our lead trio of bounty hunters with Hannah John-Kamen joined by her co-stars including Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series Aaron Ashmore(CARDINAL) as John Jaqobis, and Luke MacFarlane (THE NIGHT SHIFT) as D’avin Jaqobis. Season 5 also sees the return of fan-favourites Thom Allison (KIM’S CONVENIENCE) as Pree; Sean Baek (THE ART OF MORE) as Fancy; Rob Stewart (THE HOT ZONE) as Khlyen; Patrick Garrow (PURE) as Turin; Kelly McCormack (DEFIANCE) as Zeph; and Mayko Nguyen (HUDSON & REX) as Delle Seyah.“With the last chapter in this journey approaching, everyone at Space thanks all involved for delivering this inimitable series, season-after-season,” said Pat DiVittorio Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “Congratulations to the outstanding cast and crew of this stellar Canadian production, and to our partners at Temple Street and Syfy, I can’t wait for the Killjoys to board Lucy and fire up Friday nights one more time.”“It’s been an absolute blast working with our phenomenal cast, crew and partners at Space and Syfy on Killjoys,” said Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Co-Executive Chairmen of Boat Rocker Media and Executive Producers of KILLJOYS. “As the series comes to a close, we’ve pulled out all the stops for a spectacular finale that provides our loyal fans with a suitably out-of-this-world end to this beloved franchise.”In the season opener, “Run, Yala, Run” (Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET) Dutch wakes up and realizes that The Lady has put Westerley under a collective delusion. With no memory comes a new reality. Dutch struggles to find a way to wake up her gang before it’s too late. But before she can, a new Killjoy comes into town looking for Jaq. KILLJOYS is created by Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl) who also serves as Executive Producer. Adam Barken(X COMPANY) is Showrunner and serves as Executive Producer. Additional Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, and Karen Troubetzkoy.KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios in association with Space and SYFY. Production Executive for Bell Media is Tom Hastings, Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS Space on Facebook Space on Twitter Space on InstagramKilljoysABOUT SPACESpace (soon to be CTV Sci-Fi Channel) is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series WYNONNA EARP, KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, DOCTOR WHO, KRYPTON, and CASTLE ROCK. Space content is always available on demand at Space.ca and on Space-branded On Demand channels through several of Canada’s TV Providers, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.ABOUT BELL MEDIA ORIGINAL PROGRAMMINGBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; new drama TRANSPLANT; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and HEAVY RESCUE: 401, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.ABOUT TEMPLE STREETTemple Street is the premium scripted division of Boat Rocker Studios and produces a wide range of content including prime-time television dramas and comedies. Since 2005, Temple Street has been recognized with more than 120 awards and nominations, earning a global reputation for the quality of its programming. A selection of our productions include: Orphan Black (BBC America, Space), Killjoys (Syfy, Space), X Company (CBC, Ovation), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), Cavendish (CBC) and Billable Hours (Global, Showcase).For more information, visit www.templestreet.com, follow us on Twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.ABOUT BOAT ROCKER MEDIABoat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and exploits premium media content for all platforms, and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. Boat Rocker Studios, the content, distribution, and brands arm of the company consists of the following content groups: Temple Street, Crooked Horse, Proper, Insight Productions, Matador Content, Boat Rocker Kids & Family (including Radical Sheep), and a partnership with Industrial Brothers. Boat Rocker Ventures, investments and companies include: Untitled Entertainment, Jam Filled Entertainment, MarcoPolo Learning, Serial Box, The Outline, and CAA Creative Labs. 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Advertisement TORONTO – Space (soon to be CTV Sci-Fi Channel) revealed today key art for the fifth and final season of its most-watched original series, KILLJOYS, premiering Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET, day and date with Syfy in the U.S. The key art teases the current state of the Quad – controlled by an evil alien force, led by The Lady.For a peek at the high-octane in this 10-episode final season, watch the previously released trailers: Twitter Facebook
APTN National NewsAbout 300 kilometres west of Mexico city, a town of about 16,000 Indigenous Purepecha people rose up last year against a notorious drug cartel, loggers and the government.With their forests being stripped by illegal loggers and protected by the notorious La Familia cartel, the people of Cheran took matters into their own hands.Bernardo Loyola, editor and director of content for Vice Mexico, was involved in producing a documentary on the situation.He spoke to APTN National News from Mexico City.
Kathleen Martens APTN News Comments in support of Canada’s punitive Indian residential school system could hurt Ontario Senator Lynn Beyak in the pocketbook.Beyak’s family owns two car dealerships in Dryden and Fort Frances, Ont., smackdab in the middle of Grand Council Treaty 3 and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territory.“I’m calling for a boycott,” said Tania Cameron, a First Nation’s activist in Kenora.“I’ll be sending letters to the First Nation leadership and, of course, using social media.”Cameron said tribal councils and First Nations use the winter road season to make major purchases.“This is their time to buy vehicles. They’ll go to Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora, Winnipeg even…and I certainly don’t find it fitting that Beyak’s businesses should benefit from First Nation dollars.”The call to boycott Beyak’s family businesses comes the same day area First Nations launched an online petition pressuring the former Conservative senator to resign.The website www.beyakresign.ca went live Tuesday.“Senator Beyak’s shameful defence of the Indian residential school system is unbefitting for a member of the Senate,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of NAN.“Her lack of knowledge and empathy for the horrors of the residential school experience is offensive to survivors and all the children who were lost.”Fiddler, Grand Chief Ogichidaa Kavanaugh, who represents 34 First Nations in the Beyak business area, and Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization of Manitoba have all signed the petition.They describe it as a nationwide campaign.Locally, Cameron said a boycott is needed to counter Beyak’s “deplorable” stance on residential schools and letters in support of that stance posted posted on the senator’s website.Cameron said she was further offended by comments made by Beyak’s son, Nick Beyak, a Dryden city councillor, about First Nation’s people and the residential school era in Canada.However, Nick Beyak said the boycott is “an inappropriate response” to the controversy.“I’m quite confident in the way my businesses treat people,” Nick Beyak said, noting he had many Indigenous and non-Indigenous customers.“I really believe the people whom we do business with at both dealerships will continue,” he added.Meanwhile, Lynn Beyak is under fire in Ottawa, too. She was kicked out of the Conservative Party caucus last week, and Tuesday a group of independent senators requested an investigation into whether her posts on the government website breach Senate ethics rules.She declined to be interviewed for this story.The controversy also hit at a meeting of Dryden city council Monday night, noted Coun. Mary Trist.“I reiterated my comments that I disagreed with (the) Beyaks’ comments,” she told APTN News following the meeting.“I talked about how they had no place in 21st-century Canada, that it is troubling when I hear that someone feels they don’t need further education on a topic. Because we represent everyone in our municipality. It’s not just council business, it’s our country’s business.”Trist teaches at a hockey academy in Dryden, where she says learning about residential schools is part of the curriculum.“If we can’t have these conversations as leaders to acknowledge the past and work together to move forward somehow, what the heck are we doing there?” she said in an interview.Trist said she thought Nick Beyak would take the opportunity to apologize. But he didn’t.“I can’t make sense of why he thinks what he said was OK,” she said.Cameron said hockey is big business for Dryden and the community hosts a major First Nations tournament that fills up hotels and restaurants.“They make like hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Cameron said, suggesting a boycott could be expanded.“If Dryden doesn’t come out with a statement it doesn’t look good for them because they want to attract First Nations like that.”email@example.com
NEW YORK, N.Y. – After a slow start, at least for Bill O’Reilly, his new book is gaining momentum.O’Reilly’s “Killing England” had increased sales in its second week, an unusual feat for a high-profile release. His first “Killing” work since being forced out of Fox News last spring amid numerous allegations of sexual assault sold 71,000 copies, compared with 65,000 the week before. According to NBD BookScan, which tracks around 85 per cent of retail sales, it was last week’s top nonfiction seller.Pre-sales for “Killing England” were well below those for last year’s “Killing the Rising Sun.” But his new book was helped by a surprise appearance on Fox, where he was interviewed by Sean Hannity, and has been in the top 10 on Amazon.com since its Sept. 19 release.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Broadway producers filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against casting directors who are seeking to unionize and the Teamsters local that would represent them.The Broadway League, a trade association of theatre owners and producers, said in its lawsuit that the unionization effort violates federal antitrust laws and jeopardizes the viability of Broadway shows by raising production costs.The league said casting directors are independent contractors, not employees, and do not have the right to collective bargaining.The producers said they invited the defendants to let the National Labor Relations Board decide the issue but they declined.Instead, the lawsuit said, the major Broadway casting companies banded together in a “cartel” to demand a 29 per cent increase in costs for their services.The producers said the casting companies have organized a boycott of any producer who doesn’t agree to their demands, including the right to collective bargaining.Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement that the producers “have no choice but to seek a legal remedy for the cartel’s illegal behaviour.”The lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan names seven casting companies plus the Casting Society of America and Local 817 of the Teamsters.Local 817 President Tom O’Donnell said the casting directors just want to be treated fairly. “When casting directors ask for health and pension benefits, the league threatens and sues them,” he said in a statement.O’Donnell said the casting directors are not trying to fix prices. “They simply want the same workplace fairness and health care afforded to everyone else who works on Broadway,” he said.
Boundary-pushing TV channel Viceland is slated to cease broadcasting as of March 31, as Rogers Media Inc. and Vice Canada end their three-year-old, $100-million partnership.Rogers said in a statement on Monday it is evolving its Canadian content strategy and will redirect future funding to initiatives that “better align” with its portfolio and brands.“In this crowded content universe and as audience habits change, we continue to evolve our strategy to deliver unique content to Canadians,” it said.Rogers said it is also giving up its interest in Vice Studio Canada, established by the partners in Toronto through their 2014 agreement to generate Canadian content for mobiles, tablets, computers and TV screens that appeals to young people.Ryan Archibald, president of Vice Canada, confirmed the partnership’s end in a separate statement Monday and said that keeping Viceland alive is a priority.“Vice will continue to grow in Canada in 2018. We have a lot of opportunity ahead of us and will be announcing some new exciting partnerships soon,” he said, without giving specifics.“Rogers Media’s initial investment helped to establish our studio as a leading producer of some of the most engaging Canadian content out there and we thank them for their partnership.”Neither Rogers nor Vice would consent to interviews with executives. Rogers spokeswoman Andrea Goldstein said in an email her company alone had spent $100 million through the joint venture on creation of Canadian content, the studio and the TV channel.Carmi Levy, a London, Ont.-based media analyst, said Rogers is likely the partner that decided to pull the plug.“When you engage in a partnership of this type, I think both sides, and especially a telecom of the scale of Rogers, would expect some kind of return,” he said.“Here you are just over three years into the deal and obviously the returns aren’t where they’d like them to be.”He said it’s difficult to tell what Vice’s viewership was because those numbers haven’t been separately disclosed.Vice Canada said the Rogers joint venture resulted in over 130 hours of original Canadian programming.It says it now has full ownership of the content library and the Toronto studio after Rogers gave up its 30 per cent stake. It said it plans to continue to build that business.The 24-hour-a-day Viceland television channel launched in February 2016 with prime-time shows including Gaycation with Ellen Page and Black Market with Michael K. Williams.It is currently available on all major cable or satellite companies in Canada.The end of the Rogers-Vice partnership comes as competitors Netflix and Amazon Prime are investing heavily in original programming.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.(Companies in this story: TSX:RCI.B)
TORONTO – Sears Canada pensioners, former and current employees say the nearly $52.9 million in professional fees paid by the shuttered retailer during the insolvency process is alarming and concerning, their lawyers told an Ontario court today, noting they reserve the right to challenge them at a later date.Andrew Hatnay, a lawyer representing Sears pensioners, told Justice Glenn Hainey that his clients are concerned about the breadth of the fees. Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former employees, echoed a similar sentiment.Sears Canada closed its remaining stores on Jan. 14, after filing for creditor protection last year, to leave it with just 70 employees by the end of this month, according to the court-appointed monitor’s report.The lawyers’ comments came during an Ontario Superior Court hearing in Toronto as Hainey approved the monitor’s fees of roughly $14 million, that lawyers for the employees and pensioners did not oppose.The judge also approved an extension of the retailer’s creditor protection until April 27 to allow the company time to, among other things, work out disputes with certain landlords over unintentional payments made by Sears.
MONTREAL – Montreal area home sales outpaced Canada’s other large markets by hitting another record high for May even as the pace of growth cooled from a year ago, the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board said Wednesday.Sales grew one per cent to 5,303 homes sold in May, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database.The sales growth slowed from about a 16 per cent increase a year ago after the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu area southeast of Montreal was added to the monthly surveys.The May sales compared with a very strong month a year ago, said Paul Cardinal, manager market analysis for the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards.“At that time it was a record year for the month of May and now we’re just one per cent higher which doesn’t seem very spectacular but still it’s a record number,” he said in an interview.It also compares favourably with real estate markets in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto, where May sales fell by 18, 35 and 22 per cent, respectively, compared with year ago.Montreal area condominium sales climbed 14 per cent compared with a year ago. Meanwhile, sales of single-family homes were down six per cent while plexes, which include two to five units, rose four per cent.The average price of all properties in Greater Montreal increased five per cent to $373,899. They were up six per cent to $481,544 on the island of Montreal.Average prices in Calgary decreased 2.8 per cent and by 6.6 per cent in Toronto. Vancouver prices rose 11.5 per cent.Sotheby’s International Realty Canada said the luxury real estate market on the Island of Montreal is on track to set new records in 2018.A total of 367 properties sold for more than $1 million in the first five months of the year, an increase of 17 per cent from the same period in 2017.That’s on top of a 20 per cent gain in the prior year and 23 per cent increase in 2016 over 2015.Luxury condo sales increased 51 per cent to 136 units in January through May, with 21 per cent of the transactions exceeding the list price, it said in a news release.A luxury 4,015 sq. ft. condo listed for $8.05 million at the Four Seasons Private Residence to set a Montreal sales record for price per square foot.Sales of luxury detached homes were more muted, rising two per cent to 171.“Montreal has a very stable political environment as of late and I think people have more confidence in the Montreal marketplace now and going into the future,” Sotheby’s Canada CEO Brad Henderson said in an interview.“I also think that the Montreal marketplace is playing a little bit of catch up to the rest of Canada.”Henderson said there has been some shift in luxury buying to Montreal because of foreign buyers taxes in Vancouver and Toronto. But that is a small number compared to domestic buyers who see value in Montreal housing.Cardinal said the luxury detached home market outperformed the overall single family home segment across Greater Montreal.Luxury sales rose 40 per cent in May and by 16 per cent between January and May. That compared with a six per cent decrease for overall single detached home sales for the month and a one per cent increase over the five months.Sales of luxury condos were similar to overall condos, increasing by 14 and 16 per cent respectively in the five months.The increase in Montreal area sales came as the number of active listings fell 16 per cent to 24,501 as the number of new listings was down one per cent.The supply of condos for sale was even worse, decreasing by 22 per cent in May, a situation not seen in nearly 15 years, said Greater Montreal Real Estate Board president Mathieu Cousineau.“The condominium segment — against all expectations — is on the verge of moving into a seller’s market too.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sports betting is live in Pennsylvania, making it the seventh state where it’s allowed.Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course near Hershey is in its first week of taking bets after getting the green light from Pennsylvania regulators.A spokesman says Hollywood Casino is taking just about every kind of bet that’s offered in Las Vegas.Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia, SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh also could open sportsbooks in the coming weeks.A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting.The U.S. Supreme Court in May cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. In addition to six states, a tribal casino in New Mexico is offering sports betting.The Associated Press
___Marriott security breach exposed data of up to 500M guestsNEW YORK (AP) — A security breach inside the Marriott hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests worldwide. The company says the breach announced Friday could have exposed credit card numbers, passport numbers and birth dates for as long as four years. The crisis quickly emerged as one of the largest data breaches on record.___US stands apart as G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climateBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The U.S. is blocking progress at the Group of 20 summit on fixing world trade rules, fighting climate change and tackling migration, according to European officials involved in the discussions. The divisions among the world’s leading economies were evident from the moment the Argentinian president opened it Friday with a call for international co-operation to solve the planet’s problems.___Tariff tensions shadow US, Canada, Mexico trade pact signingBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Friday, declaring the deal a major victory for workers. But tensions over tariffs, looming GM layoffs and questions about the pact’s prospects in Congress clouded the celebratory moment.___Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public companyNEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. As other tech giants stumble, Microsoft’s steady resilience is paying off. Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts. Microsoft eclipsed Apple briefly a few times this week, but didn’t close on top until Friday.___Attorney’s plea caused by Trump’s dream of a Moscow towerWASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s decades-long dream of building a luxury tower in the heart of Moscow led his former lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty to a charge of lying to congressional investigators about key details in the negotiations. Those plans flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum. Those talks stretched far deeper into the 2016 campaign than previously thought.___Facebook: Sandberg asked staff to research Soros financesNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says its No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, asked staff whether billionaire philanthropist George Soros had financial motivations against it. This revelation follows prior disclosures that the company had done opposition research on him. Soros called Facebook a “menace” in a January speech.___UK leader focused on passing Brexit deal despite uncertaintyLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday accused the opposition Labour Party of betraying the British people by trying to stop Brexit as she went on the offensive in her battle to win approval of the widely criticized divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. With less than two weeks to go before a vote in the House of Commons, May is trying to win support from lawmakers of all parties who have balked at the deal.___Lawyer: Nissan exec arrested with Ghosn asserts innocenceTOKYO (AP) — An attorney for an American executive arrested in Japan on suspicion of collaborating with former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in financial misconduct says his client is innocent. Aubrey Harwell said Friday that his client, Greg Kelly, did nothing wrong and that Kelly acted “according to the law and according to company policy.”___Trump admin approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drillingWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor. This reverses Obama administration policies and is drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life. Allowing use of seismic surveys is part of President Donald Trump’s bid to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic.___China’s coal project in Serbia raises climate change worriesKOSTOLAC, Serbia (AP) — China has been seen as the world leader in the battle to cut carbon emissions and prevent a global environmental catastrophe, after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement on global climate change in 2017. China tackles pollution at home, but is pursuing a very different policy abroad. It is investing in coal-powered plants globally, including Serbia, where environmental concerns are getting worse for those living close to the Kostolac power plant complex.___The S&P 500 index gained 22.41 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,760.17. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 199.62 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,538.46. The Nasdaq composite jumped 57.45 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 7,330.54. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 7.88 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,533.27.Benchmark U.S. crude closed down 1 per cent at $50.93 a barrel in New York. Brent crude lost 1.3 per cent to $58.71 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline lost 0.9 per cent to $1.44 a gallon. Heating oil was little changed at $1.85 a gallon. Natural gas fell 0.7 per cent to $4.61 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – The Federal Minister of Natural Resources understands why the Alberta NDP made such a bold move at the Liberal Christmas party earlier this week.The NDP projected a slide outside of the federal Liberal Christmas party that claimed to show how much money is being lost every day because pipelines aren’t moving Alberta oil to world markets.Minister Amarjeet Sohi said he understands the frustration.“We are very proud to be standing, firmly supporting Alberta’s oil and gas sector, workers and communities and we will continue to do so. I’m very proud of what our government has done for Alberta, and we will do more.”READ MORE: Notley trolls federal Liberals as global oil forecasts continue to look grimSohi agrees Alberta is losing billions of dollars due to a lack of market access and that his party is working to get oil to market.“That frustration is the reason that we are moving forward on building the pipeline capacity that’s been lacking. We’re moving forward on building Enbridge Line 3. We’re moving forward in the right way on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.”
The Evacuation Alert has been issued to allow residents to either:evacuate their premises if they feel it necessary to do so. Residents who evacuate will be provided assistance with food and lodging in Fort St John through the Reception Centre at the Pomeroy Sports Centre, 9324 96th Street, Fort St. John; orstay in their homes and be self-sufficient. Residents who choose to stay will not be provided with additional support such as supplies, medication, etc. at this time.Those wishing to evacuate must contact the Peace River Regional District immediately at 250 784-3200 to make arrangements for safe transportation out of the area. Residents who have any concerns for their safety or the safety of their neighbours should call the Regional District 24 hours a day at 250-784-3200.The PRRD says that residents can be prepared for an evacuation by:Locating all family members, and preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants. Have these items readily available for quick departure.Gathering necessary clothing and toiletries.Preparing pets to move by gathering all necessary supplies (food, kennels, crates, leashes). Ø Arranging accommodation for your family if possible.Preparing to register with Emergency Support Services upon self-evacuation.Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.Further information will be issued should the situation change. Updates will be posted at www.prrd.bc.ca. For more information contact the Peace River Regional District at 1-800-670-7773 or 250-784-3200. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for residents living in the Old Fort Subdivision due to Sunday’s landslide.The Evacuation Alert went into effect at 10:00 a.m. Monday and covers all properties east of 7605 Old Fort Road in the Old Fort Subdivision. 7605 Old Fort Road itself is not under an evacuation alert.The landslide that occurred on Sunday has caused significant damage to the Old Fort Road, which has been closed to all traffic. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has advised that the road will not be repaired for a number of days, and no alternate vehicle route exists at this time.
New Delhi: As the battle for Lok Sabha 2019 gathers steam, the falling representation of Muslims in Lok Sabha has been one of the areas of concern as the House is a representation of the country’s social fabric.It remains to be seen how many Muslim leaders are fielded in the polls and how many of them get elected. But if the outcome of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections is taken into account, one can not expect a huge change in 2019.In 2014, only 23 Muslim leaders got elected mainly from six states of West Bengal (8), Bihar (4), Kerala (3), Jammu and Kashmir (3), Assam (2) and Andhra Pradesh (1). Union territory of Lakshadweep also elected a Muslim MP. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A wider look at the canvass shows that 53 Muslim leaders ended up as runners up in 2014. Ghulam Raza, an independent lost to Thupstan Chhewang of the BJP from Ladakh with a margin of only 36 votes.Hamidullah Sayeed of the Congress lost the Lakshaddweep seat to Mohammed Faizal by only 1,535 votes. Adv A.N Shamseer of CPI (M) lost from Vadakara constituency in Kerala to Mullappally Ramachandran of the Congress by only 3,306 votes and Dr Shafiq Ur Rahman Baraq of Samajwadi Party lost the Sambhal seat to Satyapal Singh of the BJP by 5,174 votes. Barring these seats, all the Muslim leaders lost by wide margins. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAnother notable aspect of the previous election was that nine of the Muslim leaders lost to Muslims candidates only while on the rest of the seats, the winners were all non-Muslims.Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of Muslim runner up (19) followed by West Bengal which had nine followed by five in Bihar.Md. Salim of CPI (M) won Raiganj seat in West Bengal with only 1356 votes. Aparupa Poddar (Afrin Ali) of Trinamool Congress was the Muslim winner with highest margin of 346,845 votes from Arambagh in West Bengal.According to the census of 2011, the Muslim population in the country is 17.2 crore but their representation in Lok Sabha has been well below 10 per cent. The highest representation of Muslims in Lok Sabha has been in 1980 when 49 leaders were elected.