Shad gets back to music after ouster from CBCs Q

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement It was a turbulent 16 months at the helm of the show for the artist, born Shadrach Kabango. He was hired to replace Jian Ghomeshi after the longtime Q host was fired in October 2014 over concerns about inappropriate conduct in the workplace. Facebookcenter_img “The way I think of it — and come to terms with it — is it’s not my decision,” Shad says in a phone interview from Vancouver where he’s working on some music projects.“I’m kind of happy with the effort I put in (at Q) and that’s all I can really control.” Shad isn’t dwelling on what could have been at CBC Radio.After his sudden ouster from hosting duties at Q just over two weeks ago, the rapper-turned-interviewer is charting a return to his musical roots, not that he ever really left them behind.Suddenly, he says, there’s a lot more time to invest in making music, now that he’s off the air at the CBC’s most prominent arts and culture program. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

eBOSS Viral Post of the Week

first_img Twitter The casting breakdown was posted on July 18 (one week ago) – as of today (July 25th):# of people reached via Facebook: 84,034# of times Shared on Facebook: 1,291# of Tags/Comments on Facebook: 189# of Views/Clicks on the eBOSS site: 45,198# of Likes/Shares from the eBOSS site: 16,000+It’s not the first time we’ve seen numbers like this, but we’re always speechless and happyWe would just like to take a moment and say …THANK YOU ALLThank you for your supportThank you for supporting Canadian TalentThank you for helping Casting find the talent they needThank you for spreading the wordTHANK YOUSincerely, Sincerely, Sincerely …The eBOSS TeamPS – For those asking if the post was boosted (paid to be promoted) – the answer is no.  Here’s today’s screen shot. Advertisement Every week or every month, one of the eBOSS posts goes viral.Recently we posted a TV Series casting search for Real Estate AgentsWe wanted to take a moment to share these amazing numbers with you. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Montréals fashion industry dazzles at MAGIC 2018 in Las Vegas

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers will benefit from an exclusive and dynamic exhibition zone under a unique signature, MontréalStyle gallery (Booth #27140). Located at the heart of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s most important intersection, it will be supported by lounges providing access to Montréal exhibitors in other sections of the show, including womenswear, menswear, footwear, furs and outerwear, denim, intimates, activewear, childrenswear and accessories.AJG Apparel, Alfred Cloutier, Alphi Apparel, Au Noir, FDJ French Dressing, Gorski Group, Importations Rallye (Projek Raw), Lolë, Mitchie’s Matchings, Pajar, Quartz Co, Raffinalla, U Group, Félix Homme (Vincent d’Amérique) and Yoga Jeans are some of the Québec companies and brands in attendance.This initiative, led by members of the industry, has been made possible by the advice and expertise of Export Québec and mmode, as well as on the contribution of strategic partners including UBM Fashion, TVA Publications, the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, Richter, Montréal International, Gorski Group, Yoga Jeans and Pajar.Montréal is one of the three North American leaders in clothing manufacturing, along with Los Angeles and New York. The fashion industry in Québec generates sales of $8 billion in manufactured goods and in wholesaler-distributor sales. With more than 1,850 players, including manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and designers, it is a strategic pillar of Québec’s economy, generating more than 83,000 jobs. Montréal’s fashion industry benefits from cultural and linguistic diversity, a quality workforce, a dynamic education system, a strategic geographical position, and a thriving design and creative community that ensures its continued growth.About mmode ( in May 2015, mmode, the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster, brings together and mobilizes players in Québec’s fashion industry by acting as the ecosystem’s main platform for exchange and collaboration. mmode also has a mandate to create business and innovation synergies to help improve the competitiveness and growth of this sector. mmode thanks its proud partners: the Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC), the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada.About UBM FASHIONUBM FASHION is organized by UBM plc. UBM FASHION is the largest pure-play B2B events organizer in the world. Its team of 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. UBM FASHION’s deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow the organization to create valuable experiences which enable their customers to succeed. Please visit for the latest news and information about UBM FASHION. Twitter MONTRÉAL, Feb. 11, 2018 – In a major first, over 60 Montréal fashion industry companies and brands are participating this week in MAGIC 2018, the largest fashion marketplace in North America. Organized by UBM FASHION, this event will attract over 4,000 exhibitors, including all major international fashion brands, and some 58,000 international visitors to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from February 12 to 14.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook “We are proud that many members of our industry are joining forces at this event to highlight Montréal’s leadership as a fashion go-to city,” says Debbie Zakaib, Executive Director of mmode. “Participating companies, ranging from SMEs to global leaders from Québec, intend to benefit from this unique platform to introduce their 2018/2019 fall/winter collections, meet with key buyers and develop new business opportunities.”“Our government attaches considerable importance to missions such as this one because they enable foreign buyers to discover Québec’s strengths. During this international show, the fashion industry will increase opportunities to showcase their expertise and creativity, strengthen commercial ties, and develop partnerships,” said Dominique Anglade, Québec Deputy Premier, Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Agenda.last_img read more


first_imgSince its inception, The Slaight Music Residency has had many talented, multifaceted and innovative music creators come through its doors – like Jeffrey Morrow, who scored Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (alongside Christophe Beck) and was nominated for an Annie Award for his work. Or Erica Procunier, who scored the award-winning feature Don’t Talk to Irene and CBC series Little Dog. Or Robyn Dell’Unto, who was presented with SOCAN’s No. 1 Song Award for “I See Gold,” which topped the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart in January 2018. Or Ben Fox, who was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his original score on the multi-award-winning feature Never Steady, Never Still. Or Aimee Bessada, who created music for the award-winning CBC webseries, How to Buy a Baby. Or Todor Kobakov, who has been recognized for his work on several productions, including features Backstabbing for Beginners and Born to Be Blue, and TV series Cardinal (for which he won a Canadian Screen Award), The Indian Detective and Bitten. And so many more incredible composers and songwriters!READ ABOUT OUR 2018/19 SLAIGHT MUSIC RESIDENTS BELOW. WE ASKED THE INCOMING MUSIC CREATORS WHAT SPECIFIC PIECE OF MUSIC BLEW THEM AWAY RECENTLY AND THE REASONS WHY. HERE’S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY: ASHLEY JANE & TIMON WIENTZEKWhat recent piece of music blew Ashley and Timon away?Ashley Jane: “The Sufjan Stevens song ‘Mystery of Love’ in Call Me By Your Name was mesmerizing and perfectly captured the emotions of a beautiful moment.”Timon Wientzak: “I loved the Drive soundtrack. When it first hits you with ‘Nightcall’ after the car chase, you know it’s going to be a great movie.”Ashley Jane and Timon Wientzek are a songwriting duo from Toronto. Their music has been showcased on television programs such as CBC’s Heartland, Kim’s Convenience, Workin’ Moms and CTV’s Saving Hope, as well as in commercials and award-winning independent films. In 2016, Jane and Wientzek released their debut EP Changing Tides under the name In the City. Together, they create beautiful story-driven music in a variety of genres and styles. (From L to R, top to bottom): Antonio Naranjo, Suad Bushnaq, Stephen Krecklo, Jason Couse, and songwriting duo Ashley Jane and Timon Wientzek. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SLAIGHT MUSIC RESIDENCY HERE.By Cory Angeletti-Szasz | CFC Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img STEPHEN KRECKLOWhat recent piece of music blew Stephen away? “‘Dawn: Making an Effort’ by The Breeders in the trailer for Kidding was perfect – naïve sincerity set against calamity, heartbreaking and uplifting at once.”Toronto-based composer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Krecklo has contributed music to a wide variety of television and film content, ranging from reality and documentary, to drama and children’s programming. Krecklo’s credits include Carter (Bravo), Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (CBC, Sprout and Universal Kids), Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV Networks), Property Brothers (W Network/HGTV) and the indie feature The Go-Getters. A versatile writer, Krecklo has also composed commercial music for such major brands as Toyota, Kia, Bell, CIBC, Pepsi and Participaction. As a performing musician, he has toured and recorded with artists such as K-OS (Dine Alone) and Small Sins (Astralwerks). Advertisement ANTONIO NARANJOWhat recent piece of music blew Antonio away? “The score for Jackie, because of Mica Levi’s ability to simultaneously express the tremendous sorrow, strength and grace that Jackie Kennedy exuded in the face of such a terrible, public tragedy.”Antonio Naranjo is a Toronto-based film, television and commercial composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music producer. A Banff Centre for the Arts alumnus and member of pop rock bands Boys Who Say No and Future Peers, Naranjo has recorded and toured internationally – sharing the stage with Born Ruffians, Mac DeMarco, Kevin Drew and The Flaming Lips. In addition to a number of commercial, film and pop music credits, Antonio will be scoring the upcoming CBC Kid’s adventure series Detention Adventure. JASON COUSEWhat recent piece of music blew Jason away? “’The Alien’ from Annihilation really inspired me – both as an exercise in simplicity and a beautiful demonstration of the storytelling power of texture.”Jason Couse is a Juno Award and Polaris Prize-nominated performer, songwriter and composer from Toronto. As a longtime member of the art-pop duo The Darcys, he has toured abroad, charted on commercial radio, and received critical acclaim for four full-length label releases. Couse is a two-time Banff Centre Musician in Residence and a SOCAN “On the Island” songwriting camp participant.Beyond his frequent collaborations as a co-writer and producer, he is exploring the intersection of his musical experiences and influences with his love of film. We’re pleased to announce the 2018/19 Slaight Music residents who will be starting at the CFC on Monday, July 16, 2018 (alongside the previously announced 2018 CBC Actors Conservatory and Cineplex Entertainment Film Program residents).The CFC received another round of exceptionally strong candidates for this year’s Slaight Music Residency. Six music creators, including a songwriting team, have been invited to participate in this year’s Slaight Music Residency, a creative and business initiative for composers and songwriters that is chaired by Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Jordan and celebrated composer and musician Lesley Barber.“This group is incredibly accomplished and brings an exciting range of experience and sounds to the table,” says Gary Slaight, CFC Board Member; President and Chief Executive Officer, Slaight Communications Inc.; and patron of The Slaight Family Music Lab.“They are going to benefit from the traction this program and our alumni have built over the last six years, and I have no doubt they will emerge as even stronger music creators with a lot to offer the film and TV industry.” SUAD BUSHNAQWhat recent piece of music blew Suad away? “Interstellar‘s ‘23 years of Messages’ scene. Hans Zimmer’s understated score is incredibly powerful in steering our emotions without overwhelming the picture. Genius storytelling, goosebumps guaranteed!”Suad Bushnaq is a Toronto-based musically multilingual Arab-Canadian film and concert composer.Hailed as ‘reflective and touching’ (BBC) and ‘seriously beautiful’ (John Welsman, award-winning composer), her music has been performed by orchestras like the Vermont Symphony and the Syrian Expat Philharmonic at venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin and the BOZAR. Additionally, Bushnaq has scored a number of award-winning films that toured international festivals, including Dubai, Edinburgh and Hot Docs. Bushnaq won a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Original Score at the 2018 Global Music Awards. Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Rob Bowden and Jill Taylor got engaged on Sunday, May 12, 2019, during a Broadway Showstoppers performance at the Boardmore Playhouse at Cape Breton University. (CBC) Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Taylor, a teacher, looked out to the audience during the proposal and said, “Hi, mom, I know why you stayed for the seven o’clock show.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter An actor at the Boardmore Playhouse at Cape Breton University went off script during a performance of Broadway Showstoppers on Sunday to propose to his girlfriend who was performing in the show and she said yes.Rob Bowden got down on one knee and said, “I just figured that since I was on my knee,” and asked Jill Taylor to marry him. The moment was captured by a friend and uploaded to Taylor’s Facebook page.“I planned this with everyone,” Bowden continued in the video. “The sound guy, the light guy, the producer, director, choreographer, everybody — my sisters, my friends … just not you.”last_img read more


first_imgNetflix has announced that season 2 of their hit new series The Umbrella Academy‘s has officially started production! Featuring the seven main stars of the series at season two’s first table read, you can check out a preview video for the new season below!season 2 coming through ?— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) June 15, 2019In season one, on the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya, and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse. Advertisement Facebook The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. Catch up on the comics here. Season 1 stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, and Kate Walsh.Page, Hopper, Castañeda, Raver-Lampman, Sheehan, Gallagher, and Justin Min are set to reprise their roles in Season 2. Additional casting will be announced later.The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will return as executive producer and showrunner for Season 2, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.By Maggie Dela Paz ~ Coming Soon Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Umbrella Academy Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tigers Are Not Afraid opens August 23, only at TIFF Bell Lightbox.Tickets for Tigers Are Not Afraid go on sale to Members August 14 and to the public August 15.Tickets for the event with Guillermo del Toro and Issa López are $23.75 for the public, $17 for Members, and $19.25 for seniors and students with valid ID. Tickets for regular screenings of the film are $14 for the public, $12 for Members, and $11.50 for seniors and students with valid ID. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 416-599-2033 or 1-888-258-8433.TIFF prefers Visa.Social TIFFTIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributorsincluding Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto. Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO — Writer-director Issa López’s highly anticipated horror-fantasy film Tigers Are Not Afraid will get a Toronto-exclusive theatrical run at TIFF Bell Lightbox starting Friday, August 23. The film’s opening night screening will be presented by one of the film’s biggest fans: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth), who will host a Q&A with the filmmaker after the 7:45pm screening on August 23.López draws on the real-life consequences of the drug wars in Mexico for her dark fairy tale about orphaned children left behind in the aftermath of violence. The Shudder Exclusive film follows 10-year-old Estrella, who wants nothing more than to be reunited with her missing mother. In true horror fashion, her wish is granted with a cruel twist when her mother returns to her from the dead to haunt her every move. Hoping to escape the past, Estrella runs away and joins a gang of street kids who have experienced similar losses. But she soon realizes that the dead and those we lose never truly leave us — and that wishes rarely come true the way you want them to. Login/Register With: Guillermo Del Toro – Photo by Francois Mori/AP/REX/Shutterstock Twitterlast_img read more

Brazeau says hes not a thief or a drunken Indian in Senate

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–During an emotional speech that could be his last in the Red Chamber, embattled Sen. Patrick Brazeau said he was “not a thief, a scammer, a drunken Indian, a drug addict, a failed experiment or a human tragedy.”Once described as potential federal Conservative leadership candidate, Brazeau now faces suspension without pay from the Senate for the remainder of the Parliamentary session. The Prime Minister Stephen Harper-backed motion to have Brazeau and Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin suspended is scheduled for a vote Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.Brazeau, however, believes he is the victim of “sensationalist, misleading, tabloid-style” reporting and racism within the Conservative party.“You’re not going to throw this Indian under the bus or else you better have big spokes,” said Brazeau, in a speech delivered late Monday night.Brazeau’s case is different than Duffy and Wallin in that he was expelled from the Conservative caucus after he was charged by Gatineau police for assault and sexual assault against a woman. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.Brazeau also became embroiled in controversy over his housing allowance and expense claims. The Algonquin Senator listed his father’s house in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence despite spending most of his time in a rented house in Gatineau.Brazeau says he didn’t break any rules because the rules are vague, as pointed out by an independent audit.“It is incomprehensible to me that the Senate of Canada does not care that their policies have been found by an independent audit to be so inadequate as to be completely useless, yet I stand here on trial now,” said Brazeau. ”Brazeau said he has been found to have only $144 in questionable expenses.He told the Senate that his suspension without pay would also hurt his children, including one with special needs.“I am about to be suspended without pay, which will severely affect my children, including my special needs child and my family,” said Brazeau.Brazeau also apologized to those same children.“You are too young to understand what is going on here. I am much older than you and I barely understand. It is very important that you understand that I am not guilty of what some of these people are accusing me of,” he said. “It is very important that you know that I am not a thief, a scammer, a drunken Indian, a drug addict, a failed experiment or a human tragedy…Your father is a man who took things at face value, who maybe didn’t question things never…I was trying to follow the rules but, somewhere along the way, something went wrong and I’m here for it know and I don’t understand why…We will get through this. I love you.”Former Conservative government leader in the Senate Marjory LeBreton called Brazeau an “experiment gone wrong” in a recent interview with Global News.Brazeau said in a CBC television interview last week that LeBreton doesn’t like Aboriginal people.“Some honourable Senators will gossip anonymously to the media, casting themselves as saviors out to save a supposedly drunken, drug-addicted Indian, while at the same time appearing before TV cameras and crowing about how disgusted they are with my behaviour regarding my housing claims,” said Brazeau. “This is an interesting way to care for a friend.”Before his legal and expense troubles, Brazeau was one of the more partisan Senators, aggressively defending the Conservative agenda on First Nations issues. Brazeau attacked and mocked Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during her Idle No More fast on Victoria Island held between December 2012 and last January.Brazeau only began to publicly change his view on calling a national inquiry to examine the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women last fall. He wrote a song dedicated to the missing and posted it on YouTube.According to a police document filed in court, Brazeau assaulted a woman in the same house where he recorded the song.The police document alleges that during the February assault, Brazeau grabbed the woman’s breasts and pulled her pants down hard enough to break a button and a zipper. He allegedly shoved the woman hard enough to break a staircase railing and spat in her face.Brazeau also allegedly choked the woman.The alleged assault was sparked by an argument over his handling of First Nation issues, the police document said.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty.He was initially placed on a leave of absence following the incident.Harper appointed Brazeau to the Senate in read more

Haisla Nation to benefit from tugboat contract associated with LNG pipeline

first_imgLee WilsonAPTN NewsA joint venture between the Haisla Nation and a major British Columbia tugboat company will soon oversee a fleet of tugboats that will escort ships carrying liquid natural gas from a huge processing facility in Kitimat.Last month the Haisla Nation and Seaspan ULC announced their partnership HaiSea Marine’s contract with LNG Canada to “design, build and operate escort tugs and harbour tugs required for LNG Canada’s LNGexport facility in Kitimat,” according to an Aug. 27 news release.The contract is worth approximately $500 million over 12 years and will create around 76 jobs.Haisla councillors Crystal Smith and Kevin Stewart say the contract will provide economic opportunities.“It brings a lot of job opportunities for our nation,” said Stewart. “We are ocean people, so this will be a good capture working on the water with HaiSea and Seaspan.”The Haisla say they will use revenues for employment training. Seaspan will be hiring 70 new workers and currently have four Haisla employed.The Kitimat LNG project is one of the biggest in Canada.Gas from the northeastern B.C. will be transported through a 471-kilometre pipeline to the liquefaction facility near Kitimat.From there ships will take the gas to Asian markets.Smith said she hopes the contract will provide economic stability for her members.“Some of our goals as a Nation is to have as many Haisla members employment for [the] long term,” she said.“Our next step would be to implement the planned training that ensures that our members are the ones out on the water protected our coast.”lwilson@aptn.calast_img read more

Vote2019 Truth and Reconciliation still important to Indigenous voters according to poll

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsA new poll commissioned by APTN shows candidates can still win over Indigenous voters by making good on the concept of reconciliation.“More than half or one in six are undecided,” said Sarah Roberton, vice-president of corporate and public affairs, at Environics Research in Ottawa.Indigenous peoples comprise less than five per cent of Canada’s population but their vote helped propel Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to victory in 2015.Now, that isn’t the case.“Intention to vote Liberal has dropped substantially,” said the poll.“Conservatives and Greens have retained most of their 2015 support. Almost half of those who previously voted Liberal would now vote for another party.”Voting The survey of 1,024 Indigenous peoples in all provinces and territories was conducted for APTN between September 4 and 13Read More: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal election“One in five are planning to vote Liberal in the current election, down from half who reported voting for the Liberals federally in 2015,” the poll found.“A higher proportion (26 per cent) now plan to vote Conservative; the NDP (17 per cent) and the Green Party (16 per cent) are tied for third, while four per cent will vote for another party and one in six (16 per cent) are undecided.”Roberton noted the results show support for the Liberals was down even before Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal.“Those who feel they could change their mind tend to favour the NDP or Greens as a second choice,” the poll said.Three-quarters of those surveyed said “truth & reconciliation issues” are very or extremely important in deciding their vote.For the purpose of the survey, those issues were treaty rights, Aboriginal title and the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Voting and Reconciliation Survey respondents see little difference between how the parties treat other issues important to them like the environment, quality of life, and economic problems.“However, belief that is does not matter which party wins because they’ll take the same approach to the environment and to Truth & Reconciliation is higher among Conservative supporters than supporters of other parties,” the poll said.Roberton said the polling sample was comparable to other election surveys.“A thousand interviews with any group in Canada is a more than adequate sample size,” she said in a telephone interview from Ottawa“We’re confident standing behind the results.”Read more: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal read more

Thomson Reuters reports thirdquarter profit up from year ago

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp.’s third-quarter profit was up more than 20 per cent compared with a year ago as revenue crept higher.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it earned US$330 million attributable to common shareholders or 46 cents per diluted share in three months ended Sept. 30.The result compared with a $273 million profit attributable to common shareholders, or 36 cents per diluted share, a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.79 billion, up 1.8 per cent from $2.74 billion in the third quarter last year.Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) says its adjusted earnings per share for the quarter amounted to 68 cents, up from 54 cents in the same quarter last year.In its outlook, the company says it now expects to finish the year at the high end of its full-year guidance for adjusted earnings per share, which was increased last quarter to between $2.40 and $2.45 per share.last_img read more

Black Panther blows away box office with 192M weekend

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theatres, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.The Marvel film from the Walt Disney Co. blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation, following only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.Though the film’s international footprint doesn’t include several of the largest markets — China, Russia and Japan — it still ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend.“All hail the King of Wakanda!” Disney declared, referring to the movie’s mythical and highly advanced African nation.Ryan Coogler’s film, which cost about $200 million to make, is the most expensive movie with a largely black ensemble and among the few to be centred on a black superhero. The strong opening suggests “Black Panther” will easily set a box-office record for films directed by a black filmmaker.The previous best is Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy “Stir Crazy,” which took in $322 million domestically, when inflation is calculated.“Black Panther” set pre-sale records and saw lines around theatres over the weekend, including some who came costumed for the event.“This is the very definition of a blockbuster: People lining up around the block to see a great movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “A movie like ‘Black Panther’ is a cultural event that nothing on the small screen can really match in that way.”Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther in the first stand-alone film for the superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. The cast also features Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright.The movie has been hugely acclaimed, with a 97 per cent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore. The film especially resonated among African-Americans, who made up 37 per cent of moviegoers, according to comScore.Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney, called the film’s success “a real source of pride” for Disney.“Inclusion and representation matters,” Hollis said. “We know that great stories can come from anywhere, and our goal is to make films that reflect the wonderful diversity of our world and resonate with audiences everywhere — no matter who they are, no matter where they come from.”Coming at one of the slower periods of the year, “Black Panther” benefited from little competition, and it can be expected to dominate the marketplace for weeks.Last week’s top film, the erotic romance sequel “Fifty Shades Freed,” slid to third place, with $16.9 million in its second week for Universal. Sony’s children’s book adaptation “Peter Rabbit” held much stronger, taking the No. 2 spot with $17.3 million in its second week.But moviegoers — and Hollywood — were focused on “Black Panther,” including how it would fare overseas. Though considered by most to be an outdated myth, some have claimed that foreign audiences have less appetite for films with largely black casts.“Black Panther” vanquished those notions with $169 million in ticket sales. It was No. 1 in most international markets, though “Fifty Shades Freed” bested it in Germany.Its release in China will come later. This weekend, the Chinese New Year holiday, local productions led by “Detective Chinatown 2” and “Monster Hunt 2” dominated Chinese theatres, with more than $140 million in ticket sales each.“Black Panther” also performed especially well on large-format screens. Imax reported $30 million in ticket sales for the three-day weekend.“There was a groundswell of wanting this movie to work, and then when it actually did as a film, itself, it just kicked it up a notch to a level no one could have ever predicted,” said Greg Foster, Imax Entertainment’s chief executive. “That makes me feel really good about the movie business.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.1. “Black Panther,” $192 million ($169 million international).2. “Peter Rabbit,” $17.3 million.3. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $16.9 million ($47.7 million international).4. “Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle,” $7.9 million ($4.8 million international).5. “The 15:17 to Paris,” $7.7 million ($2.8 million international).6. “The Greatest Showman,” $5.1 million ($9.6 million international).7. “Early Man,” $3.2 million ($3.7 million international).8. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $2.5 million ($11 million international).9. “Winchester,” $2.2 million.10. “Samson,” $2 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Black Panther,” $169 million.2. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $155 million.3. “Monster Hunt 2,” $141 million.4. “Operation Red Sea,” $70.3 million.5. “The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women,” $52.3 million.6. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $47.7 million.7. “Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink,” $32.6 million.8. “The Shape of Water,” $12.3 million.9. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $11 million.10. “The Greatest Showman,” $9.6 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: read more

Alberta hires liaison to help companies connect with Silicon Valley

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta companies looking to gain a foothold in high-tech Silicon Valley now have a representative on the ground in California.Trade Minister Deron Bilous says the government has contracted with an Alberta firm that has a liaison in San Francisco.The liaison, Joanne Fedeyko, says the key to opening doors in California is getting face-to-face meetings, which is something she says she can provide given her experience with the tech industry in that state.The province is paying Fedeyko and Alberta investment firm JPC Corp. $900,000 over the next three years to provide the service, titled Connection Silicon Valley.Those services can be accessed for free by Alberta companies and the project will also work to bring Silicon Valley investment money to the province.The government has launched a number of initiatives to boost Alberta’s tech sector and diversify the economy, including tax credits and more dedicated spaces in post-secondary schools.“We need to do more to help Alberta innovators access the billions of potential investment dollars to commercialize and scale up,” Bilous said Thursday.“Now we have an Alberta presence on the ground in Silicon Valley.”Fedeyko said connections are critical in the ultra-competitive sales landscape.“You can imagine every economic development agency on the planet is there trying to access those companies,” said Fedeyko.She said it’s critical for start-up businesses to come down in person to hold meetings and build their networks.“I think companies should come down every six weeks if they’re looking to build a significant network,” she said.“The Valley really wants you to be there and participate.”The province has strong economic ties with California, with $1.8 billion in imports last year and more than $2 billion in exports.last_img read more

SpaceX to lay off 10 per cent of workforce

first_imgHAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX is laying off 10 per cent of its roughly 6,000 workers, saying it needs to get leaner so it can succeed in enormous projects such as creating an interplanetary spacecraft.The Los Angeles Times reports that the cuts were announced Friday in an email to employees of the Hawthorne, California-based company.In a statement, Elon Musk’s firm says it needs to trim costs in order to take on ambitious projects that would have bankrupted other organizations.SpaceX has a healthy business launching government and commercial satellites into orbit — including a launch Friday from California — and delivering supplies to the International Space Station.But SpaceX estimates it will need billions to build a spaceship capable of sending astronauts to Mars and a satellite system for global internet service.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bakers still wanted for the Chocolate Festival

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Chocolate Festival is seeking help from bakers and volunteers to help make this years festival a sweet success.February 9th, 2019, the Chocolate Festival is asking bakers to contribute two identical items from one of the five following categories. Cookies, candy (Boutique), squares, cakes or kids.One of the baker’s entries will be displayed for the Live Auction and the other will be offered as tiny “tasters” for the judges and patrons of the event. For more information call the NPCC; (250) 785-1992To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE To confirm a spot as a Bakers for the event call the North Peace Cultural Centre, (250) 785-1992.Volunteers are also required for the event and can call the NPCC if you can help on this busy day.Winners of each category will receive a blue ribbon, recognition at the event, on the North Peace Cultural Centre web site, in the media as well as free admittance to next year’s event.Proceeds from the Chocolate Festival go to supporting Children’s Art Programming in the form of the Let’s Art free art program, Playarts Preschool, and other arts programming at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The Chocolate Festival starts at 6:00 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Tickets for the event are being sold at the NPCC box office. $20 per adult, $10 per child or $45 for a family of four, which includes an unlimited tasting of chocolate confections donated by home and commercial bakers.Enjoy tasting treats and bid at the silent auction table. The live auction for the baked goods begins around 6:45 pm. There is something for everyone.last_img read more

Financial support for fridge replacement available to residents affected by Old Fort

first_imgFor more information and to see if you are eligible, you can visit the Regional District’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has announced that Old Fort residents, affected by the Landslide, may be able to apply for support for the cost of replacing fridges and freezers.The Canadian Red Cross and the B.C. Government will be offering financial assistance to help cover replacement costs.According to the PRRD, financial assistance for spoiled food replacement is also available.last_img read more