Finalists Announced For The 2017 Edition of Beyond The Box

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement CurfeudJo Scott and Jeff Murdoch, creators of Curfeud, are best friends and comedy partners. This is their first Stand Up & Pitch appearance. The duo reside in Chicago where they both write and perform as the comedy pair Seriously Unprepared. Together they’ve written and starred in numerous Seriously Unprepared Presents comedy shorts. Curfeud is about a loving, mid-western couple who must cope with a revolving door of curfew-breaking kids.The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and PuzzyMaximilian Clark and Brendan Sokler are the creative partners behind The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy. No stranger to the web series genre, Clark co-created and wrote the Starz Digital Series Llama Cop. Brendan is an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor in New York City. When not producing his own work through Punching Up Productions, he can usually be found on the stages of The Pearl, The Pit, The Brick, The Flea… and other theatres. This is Maximillian’s return trip to the Stand Up & Pitch stage. He was part of the pitching team that presented The Working Dead (2015). The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy is described as “…that one movie, where the guy learns the importance of family — but with blackmail and wolves.”Hit on MeHit on Me is a romantic comedy about love, longing and killing people from LoCo Motion Pictures, last year’s Beyond the Box pitch program winner (How to Buy a Baby, CBC). Co-creators Marvin Kaye and Elizabeth Whitmere will make the pitch for their series. Marvin Kaye is a writer/actor/singer and director.He is the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Less Than Kind, which ran four seasons on HBO Canada. Elizabeth Whitmere has more than a decade of on-camera experience, which she now translates into producing. Her first project as a producer was the critically acclaimed short film This Is Not What You Had Planned, starring Kristian Bruun and CSA winner Natalie Lisinska. She has gone on to produce several short films including Steven McCarthy’s bloody love story (and Canada’s Top 10 film) O Negative, Meghan Heffern’s romantic NYC romp Flung as well as a bizarre faux- documentary webseries for CBC digital called The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island.Fatal Murder MysterySophia Fabilli and Michelle Alexander collaborate non-stop and see no end in sight! As web series creators, they wrote Overachieving Underdogsand won Smokebomb’s AMP Accelerator competition. They also won Second City’s ‘Best New Comedy’ award for the play The Philanderess(Second City Main Stage, Toronto), and worked together on Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s play Well Born. Fatal Murder Mystery is described as an off-beat office comedy fused with Clue: The Movie, Army of Darkness, Two Ladies — and a dash of irreverence. This is their first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.Peter N’ Chris ExperiencePeter Carlone and Chris Wilson are a Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch troupe from Vancouver, B.C. The duo have toured extensively, appearing at Just For Laughs, JFL42 and the Montreal Fringe Festival where they won the ‘Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award’ three consecutive years in a row. Peter and Chris are also contributing writers to the sketch comedy program The Irrelevant Show (CBC Radio), to CBC’s comedy website, and have contributed videos to CollegeHumor. They were writers on White Ninja, the first webcomic created especially for Vine, and currently have a show in network development with Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show with Bob and David). Peter N’ Chris Experience is a hilarious narrative-driven ‘reality show’ where hosts Peter and Chris experience things on their bucket list while documenting it all for you! This is their second pitch attempt at Stand Up & Pitch.The Judging PanelWhat is a pitch team without a panel of judges to pitch to! Sitting on this year’s judging panel, we have:Josh Poole. As VP of Development, Josh Poole oversees creative development for Above Average, Broadway Video’s digital comedy studio and production company. Since joining the company in 2012, Josh has played a significant role in shaping Above Average’s programming and content strategy and has produced dozens of short-form series for In his current role he focuses on developing and producing long-form series for both traditional networks and digital platforms.Laura Schwartz. Manager of Development at New Form Digital, Laura Schwartz has produced three series and 11 pilots, spearheaded a comedy slate, and shepherded New Form’s 2017 diversity initiative. Prior to joining New Form, Laura worked in development and production for MTV’s digital platform MTV (Other).Peter Putka. Peter is an Emmy Award-winning producer/director (for Imagine New York) and the Executive Producer of Content Development & Production at Some Spider Studios. At Some Spider, Peter helped launch the branded entertainment division for the ScaryMommy channel, directing content for brands such as Chrysler, airbnb, and H&M. Now the creative driving force behind the company’s latest original content initiative, he has helped establish its aggressive development fund and content incubator. He is Executive Producer of Scary Mommy’supcoming show “Lullaby League” starring Jim O’Heir (Parks & Rec).Spencer Griffin. Spencer Griffin is the Executive Producer and Senior Vice President of Big Breakfast, CollegeHumor’s offshoot production company. As Senior Vice President of Big Breakfast, Griffin has executive produced several shows: Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV; Middle of the Night Show on MTV; Fatal Decision on Verizon’s Go90; IFC’s Comedy Music Awards; Bad Internet on YouTube Red, and the recently announced Hot Date on PopTV. He was recently recognized with a Webby and Telly Award for his co-direction and production of a rap video starring a rapping First Lady Michelle Obama.Zoe Friedman. Zoe Friedman heads up comedy development for Blue Ribbon Content, a newly formed digital division of Warner Brothers Television. Prior to joining Blue Ribbon Content, Zoe was a production executive at Comedy Central where she helped create and oversee stand-out programming such as Drawn Together, Lil Bush, Dog Bites Man, Crossballs, Comedians of Comedy, and Important Things with Demetri Martin.Moderator for this year’s Beyond the Box pitch program is Sandra Payne, an award-winning writer/director/producer and the Vice Chairman of the International Academy of Web Television, a division of The Caucus. She has directed and produced more than 90 episodes of various web series.Don’t miss this event!Beyond the Box: Playing It Short takes place on Friday, July 28 at 12 Noon sharp in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Some Spider Studios, a media & entertainment company and publisher of Scary Mommy and Cafe. Included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, our short-form pitch program presented by Some Spider Studios in conjunction with the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV). Our finalists are:* Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch, Curfeud* Maximilian Clark and Brendan Sokler, The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy* Lauren Corber, Hit on Me* Sophia Fabilli and Michelle Alexander, Fatal Murder Mystery* Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson, Peter N’ Chris ExperienceAbout the Teams and their Projects:last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Send us an email if you have any questions.Swash & Serif is organized by the Toronto Design Directory. Swash & Serif is an annual typography and lettering exhibition, showcasing work from Toronto and around the world.Submissions are due Saturday October 14th, by 11:59pm. All submissions must have lettering or typography as their focus, but any other kind of design, illustration, photography, etc may also be part of the piece. We’re enthusiastic about work in all formats, so we love seeing sculpture, installation and 3D work as well as traditional and digital prints. There are no size minimums or maximums. There is an artist fee of $25 per person for those who are selected for the show. Each person may submit up to three pieces.The opening night party starts at 8pm on Thursday, October 19th at Northern Contemporary (1266 Queen St. W., Toronto). Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: DIRECTOR’S BIO: Kris Booth’s many short films have screened in film festivals all over the world (including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Sprockets (TIFFkids), Giffoni, Iran International, Montreal) winning numerous awards. His award winning feature, “At Home By Myself… With You” (2009) screened in festivals across Canada, and took Kris to Cannes as one of Telefilm’s selections for the 2010 Marché du Film. The film is distributed by Mongrel Media. Since 2011 Kris has been keeping busy working in television.FILM: Ordinary DaysDIRECTED BY: Kris Booth, Jordan Canning, Renuka Jeyapalan WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?I’m fascinated how we communicate with people and how we base our actions on that communication… or miscommunication. How that interaction with people changes us and sets us on a path that hopefully shows us who we really are, or can be.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?Letting go of my expectations of how I believed the film was going to be made. Learning to let go, and go with the flow.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESThe fact that there are 3 directors with 3 POV’s. also, the Thriller aspect, what happened to Cara.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?Jaws.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?Surfing? That sounds good.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Forgive yourself everyday and continue dreamingWHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Jaws, Empire Strikes back and Raiders of the lost arc.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Point of ViewIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?Transformers, and I would add Heart, Character, and make it a metaphor for peace in the middle east.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)My mom, she is the strongest person I knowMy wife, she is the smartest and most loving person I knowMy Brother, he taught me that the more you pull yourself up the stronger you become.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:30 PM – MYACGET YOUR TICKETS AT: Cara Cook is a bright, athletic, college student who disappears without a trace. Five days play out three times from a trio of perspectives; her spiraling parents, the troubled detective assigned to her case and finally, Cara herself.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Relay Station, SeedaylightProducers: Glenn Cockburn, Brian Robertson, Ramona Barckert, Bryce MitchellCast: Jacqueline Byers, Michael Xavier, Torri Higginson, Richard Clarkin, Joris JarskyCinematographer: Michael McLaughlinEditing: Aren HansenScreenplay: Ramona Barckert. Ordinary Days Jacqueline Byers Michael Xavier Joris Jarsky Torri Higginson Richard Clarkin Mena Massoud Kimberly Laferriere GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Canada and Quebec support renovations to Le Patriote Theatre

first_img Twitter This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts will also invest more than $965,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to nearly $2.9 million. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Le Patriote Theater is a key performing arts venue known as the cradle of Quebec music. It was named the entertainment venue of the year at the last ADISQ gala for the Quebec recording, concert and video industries. The work will bring the building up to code with new sprinkler, heating and ventilation systems, insulation for the walls and roof, and new seats and flooring.Quotes“It is by working in partnership that great things happen and the Government of Canada is proud to be a partner to the regions in maintaining their infrastructure. The rich history of the Le Patriote Theatre demonstrates that it’s possible to create synergies among cultural programming, economic growth and creating vital communities. With the work of all the artists working to develop this important cultural hub, Le Patriote will be able to continue developing this synergy for years to come.”David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides—Labelle, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“Our government is investing in communities to promote the development of quality infrastructure and improve access to culture throughout Quebec. Le Patriote enhances Sainte‑Agathe‑des‑Monts’ cultural offerings and the project will allow this important regional stakeholder to fulfill its role as a key player in the community. The work to adapt this major performing arts venue to contemporary needs is the result of tireless efforts by Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts officials and Ste.-Agathe-des-Arts, and I would like to thank them for this.”Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language“The Town of Sainte‑Agathe‑des‑Monts welcomes the financial support of the governments of Canada and Quebec for the renovation of this local institution with a reputation that extends far beyond the town limits. The theater’s contribution to economic, social and cultural development in the community is very important to us.”Denis Chalifoux, Mayor of Sainte-Agathe-des-MontsQuick FactsThe Small Communities Fund is a federal‒provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public assets.The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.Quebec’s 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.3 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means over $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.Associated LinksInvesting in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: cultural heritage directory: @INFC_engWebsite: Infrastructure Canada Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement SAINTE-AGATHE-DES-MONTS, QC – The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and promoting Canadian and Quebec heritage.David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides‒Labelle, and Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $965,000 to renovate and upgrade Le Patriote Theater. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

13 Scary Canadian Films

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lobby Card for Shivers scanned from an original set in the Northernstars Collection. Toronto, ON – Canadian horror movies rarely make it onto the curriculum for Canadian cinema studies, but nevertheless they occupy an important place in the canon. From The Mask, released in 1961, to the Resident Evil franchise, Canadian horror movies have broken new ground and box office records. The Mask was the first Canadian feature to be successfully released in the U.S.; Resident Evil: Afterlife became the highest-grossing Canadian movie worldwide. And while Canadian horror might be the orphan child of academia, it lives and thrives online and elsewhere. There are film festivals like Toronto After Dark and Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival and many others that include the latest Canadian films from the dark side, as well as multiple websites dedicated to the genre and its fan base appears alive and well, at least in cyberspace.I have chosen a sampling of 13 vintage and recent Canadian films for your Halloween viewing pleasure, from Bob Clark’s perennial favourite, Black Christmas, which some consider the first “slasher” film, to David Cronenberg’s early works, which earned him the reputation as the “Baron of Blood,” to offbeat zombie films Fido and Pontypool, to werewolves Poster scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.(My own personal favourite, David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, is the director’s masterful re-imaging of the 1958 original. Although it was shot in Toronto with Cronenberg’s regular creative team, it was financed by American producer/comedian Mel Brooks and does not qualify as a Canadian film.) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Black Christmas (1974) with Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder. As the holiday season approaches, one by one the residents of a sorority house are brutally slain by a heavy-breathing maniac armed with plastic wrap and some serious childhood traumas. The film acts as a somewhat less-than-graphic precursor to the impending run of slasher films in the later 1970s and 1980s (such as Friday the 13th and Halloween), offering a preview of conventions such as the prowling, subjective camera, menacing phone call from inside the house, the slaughter of sexy but dumb young women and the uncertain death of the killer. Black Christmas is a rarity among Canadian films. It was remade in 2006. In that version, the backstory of the killer is fleshed out with scenes of incest, cannibalism and butchery, which provide the only really interesting drama in this otherwise predictable chopping shop of a movie. Andrea Martin, who appeared as one of the sorority sisters in the original, is recast as the housemother, a part that went to Olivia Hussey in the original. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement .Toronto Outdoor Picture Show at Fort YorkThe Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is kicking off its opening weekend at Fort York with Thelma & Louise, who set out on a weekend getaway before things go horribly wrong. The next day you can enjoy Misery, Rob Reiner’s psychological horror about a famous author who is rescued from a car crash by his “#1 fan.” Don’t miss out.When: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16Where: Fort York National Historic Park.Christie Pits Film FestivalChristie Pits Film Festival will kick off its new season on Sunday, June 30, though the film list has yet to be announced. The film festival will conclude on August 25, and if you’d like to stay ultra up-to-date with the movie pickings, you can keep tabs on the festival’s newsletter. As part of the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, you can anticipate movies of the “Dynamic Duo” theme this year.Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.When: Beginning June 30 and runs until August 25Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West.Bell Manor ParkFor the first year, the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show will be offering screenings at Bell Manor Park. The Dynamic Duo theme stretches to this location as well, and a full list of films is soon to be announced.When: Beginning August 8 and runs until August 22Where: Bell Manor Park, 1 Bayside Lane.Corktown Common ParkThis marks the fourth season of outdoor films at Corktown Common Park and this summer, also under the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show umbrella, the public is invited to enjoy a series of films focusing on Dynamic Duos at this location, too!When: Thursday evenings, July 5 to 26 (Scheduled rain date August 2)Where: Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Avenue.Open Roof FestivalOpen Roof Festival will be back for its tenth season this June, and the festival will enjoy its second year at a new venue. Starting June 19, Open Roof Festival will feature live music and film screenings with food and drinks. And remember: the event has moved from Sudbury Street to Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle near the new site of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).When: Beginning June 19 and runs until August 22Where: Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle (the lot adjacent to 158 Sterling Road).Regent Park Film FestivalStarting in July, Under The Stars returns to Regent Park for the sixth year in a row, showing widely-loved films that prominently feature Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour on screen. Each week, there will be a pre-show before the film with family-friendly activities that change week to week.When: Beginning July 10 and runs until August 14Where: Regent Park, 585 Dundas Street East.Movie Nights in The Beach VillageMovie Nights are back for 2018! Join The Beach Village for Movie Nights in the Park every Wednesday starting July 4 – August 29. Movies screenings will rotate between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park. As always, admission (and popcorn!) is FREE! Come out and experience movies under the stars.When: Wednesdays in July and AugustWhere: Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park.Sorauren Park Free MoviesToronto’s Sorauren Park will be hosting free movie screenings this summer, with showings happening the fourth Saturday of every month from June to September. Last year, attendees enjoyed pizza dinners before each screening from the Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. Fingers crossed the same happens this year!When: Fourth Saturday of the month, June 22 to September 28Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave.stackt Market Outdoor Movie ScreeningsNew to the city this year, Toronto’s shipping container market stackt will be screening outdoor movies on their grassy lawn. Peruse through the shipping container shops, enjoy some Belgian Moon and then enjoy a free film, starting with John Wick 2 on May 14.When: Beginning May 14, running dates TBAWhere: stackt, 28 Bathurst St.Union Summer MarketEvery Wednesday from June 5 to July 24, the Union Summer Market will be hosting movie screenings at its outdoor licensed garden patio. The screenings will begin with Bohemian Rhapsody and end with A Star is Born. Bring tissues.When: Beginning June 5 and runs to July 24Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West, Toronto.Unconfirmed (but hopefully returning this summer)CityPlace Fort York BIA Movie Night SeriesIn previous years, CityPlace Fort York BIA began hosting a movie night once a month up until September. Hopefully, the monthly gathering returns this summer! We’ll be sure to update you once the dates are confirmed.When: TBAWhere: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd.Free Flicks at Harbourfront CentreHumpdays in the city were always a little sweeter with Free Flicks. The popular Harbourfront series has previously run from June until August, but no announcements have been made regarding this year’s event at this time.When: TBAWhere: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay WestBy DailyHive Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Grab your blankets, snacks, and bikes, and get ready for outdoor movie season, Toronto!Across the city, screens are ready to go up for annual free movie viewing experiences. The summer series fall on different days and in different locations, but we got you covered.All the nights below are free and ready for your enjoyment. Laura Rossi Photographylast_img read more


first_imgEuphoria LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A scroll through makeup artist Doniella Davy’s Instagram feed yields a showcase of all the kaleidoscopic makeup looks she’s created for the first season of HBO’s new hit show Euphoria. There’s Rue (Zendaya) with her sooty liner and glitter tears streaming down her cheeks; Jules (Hunter Schafer) with her dizzying array of Technicolor gazes; Maddy (Alexa Demie) with her glossy lips and constellations of Swarovski face crystals; and Kat (Barbie Ferreira) with her vinyl red pout and gothic smoky eyes. The funny thing is, when you tap over to Davy’s “tagged photos,” these same looks are being furiously recreated by her fledgling fanbase—down to every last gem and swoop of neon pigment. Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Judge who issued court injunctions to end rail blockades acted for CN

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe judge who signed court injunctions to end two different rail blockades in support of Idle No More used to represent CN Rail as a lawyer and also acted as a witness for the company in the United States according to documents obtained by APTN National News.This has some questioning whether Justice David Brown of Ontario’s Superior court should have recused himself on these injunction requests.CN asked Brown to put in place injunctions to end blockades on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in January and in December against Aamjiwngaang First Nation, both in Ontario.That includes Ron Plain who faces a contempt of court charge for refusing to end the Sarnia blockade in December when Brown ordered him to do so.Plain was the spokesperson for the Aamjiwnaang First Nation blockade that lasted nearly two weeks before a peaceful conclusion was reached Jan. 2.Plain told APTN he didn’t know about Brown’s prior representation of CN Rail.“I’m angry,” said Plain.Brown issued the first injunction against the Sarnia blockade Dec. 21, which was served on Dec. 22, and again, indefinitely, Dec. 27. When it came before the courts a third time Jan. 2 a Sarnia judge presided over the case.Mohawks of Tyendinaga near Belleville, Ont. launched their own rail blockade on Saturday Jan. 5.CN was able to reach Brown that night and have him verbally issue a court injunction but the Ontario Provincial Police, much like Sarnia police, delayed enforcing it, preferring to seek a peaceful resolution.When learning of this Brown blasted police departments for not following through on a court ordered injunctions.“Such an approach by the OPP was most disappointing,” Brown said in his decision. “I don’t get it.”Instead of serving the injunction the OPP decided to wait and see if the Mohawks would leave, which they did at about 11:30 p.m. that night.“We seem to be drifting into dangerous waters in the life of the public affairs of this province when courts cannot predict, with any practical degree of certainty, whether police agencies will assist in enforcing court injunctions against demonstrators who will not voluntarily cease unlawful activities, such as those carried on by the protesters in this case,” Brown said.APTN learned of Brown’s former work as a lawyer acting on behalf of CN Rail in a court case he is currently presiding over, CN vs. Holmes. In court records, Brown states at the beginning that he may have a conflict of interest.“When I practiced law I had acted for CN on some tax litigation and served as a witness for CN in some U.S. regulatory proceedings,” Brown wrote in his decision.He told the lawyers representing the defendants to discuss the matter and come back to him if they had a problem. No one did.Matthew Moloci represents one of the defendants in the Holmes case and said he didn’t think Brown had a conflict of interest.“He said in a prior role as a lawyer he had done some work on behalf of CN that was certainly unrelated to anything that was going in the proceeding,” said Moloci. “As far as I was concerned I wasn’t concerned.”When asked if his attitude has changed towards Brown throughout the on-going proceedings Moloci said he wasn’t prepared to comment any further.Toronto lawyer James Morton called the case unusual and that typically judges step aside when these cases come up.“There’s two issues when it comes to impartially of a judge. There is actually partiality, the judge is biased one way or the other and then there’s the perception of partiality. Either one is enough to remove a judge from a case,” said Morton.But in a situation where the defendants don’t have an opportunity to waive perceived bias, like in the cases of Sarnia and Tyendinaga, it’s more problematic.The court injunctions were issued without any word from the defendants.“You can certainly see individuals feeling that justice was not completely impartial if they saw that the judge had been the lawyer for one of the parties in the past and they weren’t given an opportunity to say they were comfortable with it or not,” said Morton.The other issue, Morton said, is picking a judge like it seems CN did.Morton said it’s usually luck of the draw and you get whatever judge you get.“It is unusual that lawyers for CN would be able to contact the judge presumably at home on a Saturday night,” said Morton, which is believed to be the case in Tyendinaga. “Now obviously they had his contact information…but this is certainly unusual let’s put it that way.”APTN contacted the office of Brown and requested an interview. Brown said “no.” read more

Feds ordered to produce St Annes documents to TRC

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been ordered to provide police documents detailing abuse at the former St. Anne’s Residential School to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Ontario Justice Paul Perell ordered the feds Tuesday to give over the documents to the TRC.“Canada has too narrowly interpreted its disclosure obligations…[T]here has been non-compliance [with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, IRSSA], and Canada can and must do more in producing documents about the events at St. Anne’s,” wrote Perell in his decision.The documents stem from a five-year Ontario Provincial Police investigation between 1992-1997 into sexual and physical abuse at St. Anne’s in Fort Albany, Ont.The police investigation resulted in criminal convictions.It’s the second time in a year the federal government has been forced to produce documents to the TRC.Last January, a judge ordered more documents to be given to the TRC after the feds refused and fought it in court.“It is troubling that we have had to go to court twice now in under a year to get Canada to honour its obligation to produce all relevant documents,” said TRC lawyer Julian Falconer. “In my view, this is proof positive that Canada just doesn’t get it. There is a real risk that the government’s reliance on legal technicalities to avoid doing the right thing will undermine the apology given so solemnly by the prime minister on behalf of Canadians five years ago.”The TRC is an independent commission with a mandate to document the history of the 130-year residential schools where thousands of Aboriginal children died and were abused after being taken from their homes and put in church-run, state-paid, schools.last_img read more

Senior Winnipeg police officer says powers needed to hold runaways

first_imgAPTN National NewsHow to handle chronic runaways is often a problem for police services.In Winnipeg, at-risk-youth are often picked up and then taken back to places like group homes, only to run away again.Now, one Winnipeg police officer believes there may be other options to help vulnerable teens.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

AFN ITK have big expectations for Federal Budget2017

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN National NewsFinance Minister Bill Morneau told the House of Commons Tuesday that he will deliver the federal budget March 22.Last year, Morneau and the Liberals put up $8.4 billion over five years towards mostly First Nation on reserve programs.According to the AFN, that much should be expected this year.And the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami say last year’s budget was just a start.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

Labrador 28 say they feel betrayed by letter to Premier

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsAn Inuit leader in Labrador is calling on the premier to help get charges against 28 land protectors dropped.The group is facing 60 charges stemming from a protest at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in the fall.Johannes Lampe sent a letter to Dwight Ball Wednesday urging action from the government.But the people facing criminal charges say it’s not enough.troache@aptn.calast_img

Ontario police watchdog reviewing 9 MMIW Thunder Bay cases

first_imgAPTN National NewsOntario’s police watchdog is reviewing nine cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Thunder Bay.Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly said the nine murdered and missing Indigenous women cases primarily stem from 2009 to the present.McNeilly said the nine cases are part of a total of 39 Thunder Bay death cases going back to the 1990s his office is reviewing as part of a wide-ranging probe of the city’s police force.“It is detailed, it is time consuming,” said McNeilly, in an interview Tuesday. “We are going over all the evidence from the investigations.”McNeilly said the majority of the death cases under review involve Indigenous peoples, but his office’s investigators are also combing through files involving non-Indigenous deaths to gauge whether Thunder Bay police handled investigations differently based on race.“For me in regards to Thunder Bay what we see is of great concern to us,” said McNeilly.McNeilly’s office has included the May waterway deaths of Tammy Keeash, 17, and Josiah Begg, 14, as part of its review. Keeash, from North Caribou Lake, was found dead in a marsh area of shallow water known as the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway. Begg, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, was found in the McIntyre River.McNeilly’s team is also reviewing the case of Stacy DeBungee, 41, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on Oct. 19, 2015. McNeilly said he expects to release a separate report on the Thunder Bay police’s conduct in handling DeBungee’s death investigation by the middle of next month.Read More: Thunder BayThunder Bay police publicly announced there was no foul play suspected in DeBungee’s death before the completion of an autopsy. A separate investigation conducted by a private investigator discovered that two sets of identification documents — one belonging to DeBungee and the other belonging to an individual that has yet to be tracked down — were found by the river where DeBungee was found. DeBungee’s debit card was also used after his death.In addition to the 39 death cases, McNeilly’s office is also reviewing the deaths of seven First Nation youth which were the subject of a coroner’s inquest that concluded last summer.Five of the seven youth were found dead in the city’s waterways. The coroner’s jury concluded it could not determine what led to three of the five drowning deaths.McNeilly’s office stepped in to investigate the Thunder Bay police last fall after First Nation leaders began to loudly question the police’s handling of death cases involving Indigenous peoples.The public record shows Thunder Bay police investigators have for years been quick to rule out foul play in the apparent drowning death of Indigenous peoples.McNeilly said his office has received numerous complaints from Thunder Bay over the years and some have been withdrawn because complainants feared reprisal.“It has to get better,” he said. “We have to work together to fix this, to make it better.”McNeilly will be in Thunder Bay on Sept. 25 for a public meeting.He plans to travel regularly to the northern Ontario city over the next several months to complete a report on allegations of systemic racism against the Thunder Bay police.McNeilly’s office has been given full access to Thunder Bay police files as part of the review, he said.“I am a friend. I am not an enemy of the people,” he said. “Or an enemy of the police.”McNeilly is familiar with some of the issues facing the Indigenous community is Thunder Bay as a result of his experience running Legal Aid in Manitoba.“I know there is hope,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think so.”McNeilly said he expects to deliver his final report on the Thunder Bay police by the end of next winter.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Thelma Chalifoux former senator and Metis activist dies in Alberta at 88

first_img(Metis activist, and former senator Thelma Chalifoux died Friday. Photo courtesy: NAIT)The Canadian PressST. ALBERT, Alta.- Metis activist and retired senator Thelma Chalifoux has died.Chalifoux’s daughter, Debbie Coulter, says her mother passed away Friday evening at a care home in St. Albert, near Edmonton, and had been in declining health for some years.She was 88.Chalifoux was appointed to the upper chamber in 1997 and served until she retired at age 75 in 2004.Chalifoux was born in Calgary in 1929 and noted when she was named to the Senate that she raised seven children, so she was used to hard work.She began working in community development when she was offered a job by the Metis Association of Alberta.She later served as chairwoman of the Metis National Council Senate and vice-president of the Aboriginal Women’s Business Development Corporation.She was also the first Metis woman on the Senate of the University of Alberta.“We spent the last couple of days in her room surrounding her with love, music and stories,” Coulter said Sunday, noting that children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present during that time.“We like to think that she could still hear us.”In her job with Alberta’s Metis Association, Chalifoux was sent from the cities of south and central Alberta to the northern bush country of Slave Lake, where she was to spend the next 12 years.Working with the Company of Young Canadians, a government agency that brought young workers in to help people in poor communities organize to improve their lot, she began fighting for better conditions for her people, especially better housing.She modelled her work on the writings of Saul Alinsky, who wrote about community development in black neighbourhoods in American cities.“When you develop communities, it’s like working in the trenches. You train the people to become self-sufficient,” Chalifoux told The Canadian Press in an interview in 1997.Along the way, she became one of the first Indigenous women to broadcast on private radio, Peace River’s CKYL.She received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1994.During her time as senator she appointed a task force to consult with Edmonton’s Indigenous community about violent Indigenous youth gangs, and argued for better education and partnerships between the community, police and other Canadians.She also challenged a claim by then-Alberta premier Ralph Klein that she should have been elected to the post, noting she could have won an election.Chalifoux said she wouldn’t have a chance because she was a woman, Metis and didn’t have the finances for a campaign.After leaving the Senate, Coulter said her mother founded an organization to preserve and protect the Metis history in northern Alberta, called the Michif Institute. Coulter and her sister took it over when their mother became ill, and a version of it continues today.“There’s a saying that nobody wants on their grave that they wish they would have worked more. We were laughing about that the other day and we thought, well, except for my mother. She might have said that,” Coulter said.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Man charged with killing 12 year old Monica Jack in 1978 found

first_imgThe Canadian PressFamily members of 12-year-old Monica Jack who was murdered in British Columbia in 1978 cried, hugged and thanked jurors who found a man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.Garry Handlen, 71, told undercover police during a sting in Minden, Ont., that he abducted Monica Jack while she was riding her bike, sexually assaulted and strangled her, but his defence team said the confession was coerced.As sheriffs led him out of B.C. Supreme Court, Handlen turned to face a woman who yelled: “And that goes for … trying to kill me!”The woman, whose name is under a publication ban following a trial in 1979 where Handlen was convicted of sexually assaulting her, wept too as she supported Jack’s family.Jack’s mother, Madeline Lanaro, said she would not immediately comment on the verdict. The family will return to court for a sentencing hearing on Jan. 28 and provide victim impact statements.Jurors began deliberating Handlen’s fate on Tuesday after an 11-week trial that heard tearful testimony from Lanaro, who last saw her daughter riding her new bike on May 6, 1978.The trial heard Handlen confessed during a so-called Mr. Big operation, saying he’d grabbed Jack from a highway pullout in Merritt.A first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.In a hidden-camera video shown in court, Handlen told the crime boss of the fictitious Mr. Big operation that he grabbed Jack, threw her bike in a lake, forced the girl into the bathroom of his camper and drove up a rough hill where he killed her.Jack’s skull and some bones were found in the area 17 years later.Her mother told the trial she was driving her old Mustang home with her other children when she saw her daughter on the highway and that the girl waved at them.“I honked and the kids yelled out, ‘Do you want a ride? And she said ‘No.’ ”The woman who Handlen sexually assaulted said outside court that police called her in December 2014 to say he’d been charged with the first-degree murder of Jack.“Then everything came back,” she said. “The last four years have been hell, very difficult. I haven’t been able to hold down a job.”Handlen was arrested and charged after a nine-month undercover operation involving a fictitious crime group that hired Handlen to do legal and illegal jobs such as loan sharking, the trial heard.Handlen was paid almost $12,000 by the gang that promised him a middle-management job as he was gaining favour with the boss, who told him in the video that police had DNA linking him to Jack’s murder but the crime could be pinned on someone else if he provided enough details.“The bottom line is, they got people that saw you and they got your DNA. That’s not good, Garry,” the crime boss tells him in a hotel room, in video shown to the jury.Handlen was also told he would have to travel to British Columbia’s Interior with other members of the group to point out the spot where he said he’d abducted Jack so an ailing man taking the fall for him would have that information.Handlen told the supposed crime boss that he picked up an Indigenous girl and sexually assaulted her, then repeated at least half a dozen separate times that he strangled her before tossing her body behind a log and leaving the area.“It’s a weight off my shoulder now, I’ve told you. So I’m not the only one that knows now,” he tells the crime boss in the video.The boss tells him he could continue working for the group to repay the debt.“I’m indebted for life now,” Handlen says, before repeatedly thanking him.Handlen’s defence lawyers told the jury their client was set up by the RCMP with inducements that had him believing he’d get his dream of a new truck and continue being part of a group he called a band of brothers.However, the Crown said Handlen had no motivation to confess to a crime he didn’t commit and felt relief at having unburdened himself from a secret he’d carried for 36 years.Outside court, Crown spokeswoman Alisha Adams praised the three prosecutors who worked on the case for four years, adding they showed great perseverance through a difficult case.last_img read more

NS budget Health spending up slightly after election focused on problems

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government, which had promised to address the health care problems that dominated the spring election campaign, drew derisive opposition reviews by adding only $6.2 million in new health spending to a budget worth $10.5-billion.The majority government’s added investment Tuesday — on top of planned spending in an April 27 budget that was shelved due to the May 30 election — is a tiny fraction of the $4.2 billion annual health department budget.Finance Minister Karen Casey said the budget “builds” on the earlier document, and fulfills Liberal promises to deliver back-to-back surpluses and lower taxes.“We made some difficult, but necessary, decisions to live within our means. At the same time, government made key investments in communities across the province,” Casey said.“Nova Scotians . . . want more timely access to primary care and to family doctors. They want shorter wait times for surgeries, and they want better access to mental health services.”The budget hikes overall spending by $19-million over the April document.The extra health spending includes $2.7 million for orthopedic knee and hip surgeries, $2.0 million for mental health, $800,000 to assist people who need cancer drugs and have limited private insurance coverage, and an added $800,000 for the opioid use and overdose program.The budget also keeps the $2.4 million promised in April to support the recruitment and retention of doctors. The funding creates 10 new places in the family residency program at Dalhousie University and opens 10 new spaces a program that assists international doctors in establishing practices.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie pulled no punches, saying he was “pissed off” by a budget that in his view failed to live up to Liberal claims that the government had heard concerns on the campaign trail about a lack of doctors and long wait times.“It’s very clear all of that was just lip service,” said Baillie. “No new money for primary health care and family doctors … when it comes time to put his money where his mouth is, the premier lets everybody down.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill was equally dismissive of the government’s fiscal efforts for a sector he says is in crisis.Over the past two years, stagnant funding and delayed spending on health facilities has accompanied stories of bursting hospital pipes, shortages of family doctors and — over the past winter — a dying patient left to languish for over six hours in the hallway of an overcrowded emergency department.“It’s a bit like they’ve brought a garden hose to a house fire,” Burrill said.“All those people that are looking for a family doctor, they’ll be looking to the budget and asking: ‘Is this going to help me with my predicament?’ Plainly it’s not.”The budget still has a $21.3-million surplus, but that’s $4.6 million lower than the original budget due to a drop in revenue from income tax and the increase in departmental spending.In dismissing the opposition’s complaints, Premier Stephen McNeil said the government had carried out its promise by adding $82 million in new spending to health, including the April figures.McNeil said voters had also sent another message during the campaign, and that’s why the government didn’t use more of its surplus for health.“Nova Scotians want us to live within our means. They want us to make the investments that reflect who they are … and we will continue to do so as we go forward.”McNeil said strategic investments in health would continue over the long term and would be reflected again in next spring’s budget.In the April budget, the health budget rose almost two per cent — and it is now consuming about four of every 10 dollars spent by the province as its population continues to be among the country’s oldest.Meanwhile, an unexpected clean-up operation on a waterfront development in Halifax is consuming $4.7 million that wasn’t in the pre-election calculations.There’s also an additional $2.5 million for the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, a joint program with Ottawa that funds research and innovation in the fish and seafood sector.The Liberals are keeping a promise to reduce taxes by an average of $160 for a half-million low- and middle-income earners. They’re doing that by increasing the basic personal exemption by up to $3,000 for taxable income up to $75,000.The change is weighted towards lower-income Nova Scotians, and will also mean 63,000 poorer Nova Scotians will no longer pay provincial income tax after the program kicks in Jan. 1, 2018.Earlier this year, the suicides of three young students in Cape Breton prompted calls for more prevention and support programs. The budget adds money for social workers, guidance counsellors and mental health clinicians.“During the last campaign, Nova Scotians said clearly that mental health was a priority for them,” said Casey in her speech. “We will hire more clinicians, put more support in underserviced areas, and cut wait times for mental health care.”The Liberals say they are still planning to spend about $6 million for new collaborative care centres — one of the measures aimed at remedying problems in primary care, and addressing the premier’s 2013 election promise to provide each citizen with access to a family doctor.The cost for the middle class tax cut in the 2017-18 budget remains at $22 million. The annual cost to the treasury will be $85 million.In addition, a previously announced tax cut on small business income will cost about $14.1 million a year.The province’s net debt is about $15 billion, which is $15,860 per person.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Hamilton Spectator rolling out new website paywall version next Tuesday

first_imgHAMILTON – The Hamilton Spectator newspaper says it’s rolling out a new version of the paywall system on its website on Tuesday.The daily publication says in a notice on its website that starting Nov. 7, non-subscribers will have access to five locked articles per month.After reaching the limit in a 30-day period, users must subscribe for full access to who receive the newspaper at home will automatically get online access, while digital subscriptions alone will cost roughly $1 for the first month, and $9 per month afterwards.The Spectator is one of several publications owned by Torstar Corp. which also publishes the Toronto Star and Waterloo Record and holds a stake in The Canadian Press.The company reported a $6.6 million loss in its third quarter amid continued declines in print advertising revenue.last_img read more

Vancouver tech company hires exUS Homeland Security special agent

first_imgVANCOUVER – Big Blockchain Intelligence Group Inc. says it has hired a former U.S. Homeland Security special agent to head its forensics division.The Vancouver-based company says Robert Whitaker, a former Homeland Security Investigations supervisory special agent, will serve as its director of forensics and investigations.Whitaker’s responsibilities will include the global rollout of the company’s product, which allows clients to access information they require within any blockchain.The company says Whitaker’s U.S. government agency and other relationships will help increase market penetration and increase the number of early adopters of the new technology.CEO Lance Morginn says in a statement that Whitaker is an obvious fit for the position and he’ll provide the company the opportunity to become the industry leader.Big Blockchain develops blockchain technology solutions, search and data analytics.last_img read more

Worker dies after being pinned by machine at Alberta chemical plant

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – An investigation by Occupational Health and Safety is underway after a worker was killed in an accident at an Alberta plant operated by Dow Canada.The department says the accident happened sometime between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning at a polyethylene plant northeast of Red Deer.Trent Bancarz, an OHS spokesman, says the 47-year-old man was pinned by a machine he was using.The equipment — known as a drum dumper — loads material into a hopper.The victim died at the scene and his identity has not been released.OHS has placed a stop-use order on the dumper.Bancarz said the order is usually done for two reasons.“We may issue it because (the equipment) is not safe to use at the time, or so investigators can take measurements and examine things without the machine being altered from the state it was in at the time of the incident,” he said.Dow said in a statement that the company is “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a colleague, and we are working closely with all parties involved to gather more information and learn from this tragic incident.”The plant site, known as Dow Prentiss, has more than 120 employees.last_img read more