Month: October 2019

Edie Falco Urges Families To Skip The CircusEdie Falco Urges Families To Skip The Circus

first_imgWith Ringling Bros. headed to Brooklyn this week, Emmy-winning actor and Brooklyn native Edie Falco is starring in a new PETA video in the hope that her fellow New York City parents will keep their kids far away from the circus.In the video, she says, “I’m a mother. I cannot imagine having my children taken from me and forced to spend the rest of their lives away from everything that matters to them.” Falco’s video reveals how baby elephants—with whom females would have stayed for their entire lives in the wild — used by Ringling Bros. are stretched out, slammed to the ground, shocked with electric prods, and mercilessly beaten with bullhooks to teach them to obey and perform the confusing, unnatural, and physically taxing tricks of a circus routine.“Mother elephants in the circus cannot help their babies, but we can,” concludes Falco. “Never take your children to the circus. Let’s teach our kids to respect and show compassion for all beings—both human and animal.”Ringling Bros. has a long history of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and paid the largest penalty in circus history to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to settle numerous violations of the AWA. PETA documented and reported that Ringling handlers beat and shock elephants to keep them in constant fear of punishment. The USDA is currently investigating Ringling for abuse after an arena worker reported in a sworn affidavit that he witnessed a Ringling employee strike a chained elephant with a bullhook violently, angrily, and excessively.Falco, who has won multiple awards for her starring roles in Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, is part of a long list of celebrities — including Pink, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman, Demi Moore, and Alec Baldwin — who have joined with PETA to condemn circuses that use elephants.last_img read more

Meet Matthew And Camila McConaughey For Charity‏Meet Matthew And Camila McConaughey For Charity‏

first_imgOn the heels of winning his first Oscar for an incredible performance in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey has partnered with online charity auction site to raise funds for his foundation, just keep livin.The actor and philanthropist is offering up the chance for one lucky winner and a friend to walk the red carpet at the premiere of his highly anticipated film, Interstellar, and snap a photo with him. To get ready for the big event, they’ll also get styled by Dolce & Gabbana at the designer’s showroom on Rodeo Drive and even get to take some couture home!Charitable fans can bid here through May 15, but they better dig deep. The price has already gone up to $17,000 and can only be expected to rise in the six days before the auction closes. Proceeds will support the just keep livin Foundation, an organization founded by Matthew and Camila McConaughey to empower high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices.Reese Witherspoon, Drew Brees, and other stars have also teamed up to help McConaughey’s cause. You can check out the full auction here.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.last_img read more

City Of Los Angeles Announces Stand Up To Cancer DayCity Of Los Angeles Announces Stand Up To Cancer Day

first_imgOn Wednesday, August 27, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Paul Koretz and the City of Los Angeles commended Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) by presenting a resolution declaring Friday, September 5 as the official “Stand Up To Cancer Day” in the City of Los Angeles.Marg Helgenberger and Italia RicciMayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Paul Koretz honored Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) – which was represented by Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador Marg Helgenberger and star of ABC Family’s Chasing Life, Italia Ricci as well as Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) members Lisa Paulsen, Ellen Ziffren and Kathleen Lobb. Press conference participants also included additional Los Angeles elected officials.Following the press conference, SU2C representatives also made a brief presentation at the City Council meeting.Stand Up To Cancer’s live one-hour commercial-free fundraising event which airs live on Friday September 5 8pm ET/7pm CT will feature performances from top recording artists and celebrities from film and television, engaging viewers with powerful stories of remarkable progress being made by SU2C-funded research. Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Emmy-winning producer Joel Gallen, president of Tenth Planet Productions, will join the SU2C Production Team as executive producers.This star-studded appeal will continue to build public support to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly to save lives and make cancer patients long term cancer survivors. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across institutions and international boundaries to work collaboratively on promising new treatments that will impact a wide range of cancer types. The one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNews, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1.last_img read more

LGBT Centers 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard AwardsLGBT Centers 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards

first_imgThe Los Angeles LGBT Center announced today that Co-CEO of WME | IMG Ariel Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor for the Obama Administration, will be honored at its 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on Sat., Sept. 23, at The Beverly Hilton. American Airlines is the event’s title sponsor.This year’s star-studded, Hollywood-meets-the-Beltway evening will bring together more than 1,200 leaders from the civic, corporate, entertainment, and philanthropic communities to celebrate this year’s inspirational honorees for their unwavering support of the LGBT community and their dedication to creating positive change in the world. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, along with a not-to-be-missed silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.Tickets are now on sale at For the latest event news and information, follow @lalgbtcenter on social media and join the conversation using #VanguardAwards.Emanuel and Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell have prioritized philanthropy as an integral part of WME | IMG’s corporate culture, a charge driven by Emanuel’s lifelong commitment to volunteerism and activism that was inspired from an early age by his parents’ deep involvement in pushing for solutions to social problems. After co-founding Endeavor in 1995, Emanuel and Whitesell orchestrated the largest talent agency merger in history in 2009 when they partnered with William Morris to form WME, which represents artists and experts across the book, digital media, film, food, music, television and theater industries. In 2012, Emanuel and Whitesell forged a strategic partnership with Silver Lake. Two years later, WME and Silver Lake acquired IMG, the premier sports, events, fashion, and media company.Jarrett was the longest serving senior advisor to President Barack Obama and was instrumental in helping coordinate the advancement of LGBT equality under eight years of the Obama administration. She worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates to champion the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She also led the Obama administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy.The event is co-chaired by Center board members Tess Ayers, LuAnn Boylan, Michael Lombardo, and Brad Ong and longtime Center supporter Kathy Kloves. Previous honorees include Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda, Elton John, George and Brad Takei, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Wanda Sykes, and Lily Tomlin.2017 Title Sponsor: American Airlines; Diamond Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Gold sponsors: Comcast NBCUniversal, Gilead Sciences, Pauley Perrette, and US Bank; Silver sponsors: Gibson Dunn, Ralph’s, and Warner Bros.; Official Vodka Sponsor: Tito’s Handmade Vodka; and Media sponsors: The Advocate,, and Variety.last_img read more

DJ Khaled Sells His Clothes For CharityDJ Khaled Sells His Clothes For Charity

first_imgDJ Khaled is selling his clothes for charity.The Grammy-nominated artist is selling over 250 pieces of clothing through retail and resale app Poshmark.A portion of the proceeds will benefit his Win More Music campaign with Get Schooled, which he set up for students to win music studios and production equipment for their schools.Click here to see what’s going under the hammer.last_img

Julia Roberts To Be Honored At amfAR Gala Los AngelesJulia Roberts To Be Honored At amfAR Gala Los Angeles

first_imgOn Friday, October 13, 2017, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will pay tribute to Julia Roberts at its eighth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles.Roberts, the Academy Award-winning actress, will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage by Tom Hanks in recognition of her profound commitment to the fight against AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes. James Corden will host the event.The black-tie benefit, presented by Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam, will be held at Ron Burkle’s Historic Green Acres Estate to support amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Roberts has been a long-time supporter in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as numerous other charitable causes. In 2016 as a supporter of the (PRODUCT) RED campaign, which teams up with the world’s most iconic companies and celebrities to produce branded products with sales benefitting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Africa, Roberts participated in the kick-off of the World AIDS Day holiday shopping extravaganza. In 2014, Roberts received the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, at its annual GLSEN Respect Awards gala. In addition, Roberts is also a passionate fighter for many causes, including healthcare, education, international development, disaster relief, family support, and more.Roberts joins previous amfAR honorees including Charlize Theron, Ryan Murphy, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Huvane, Jean-Paul Gaultier, James Franco, Francisco Costa, Mario Testino, Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International, Miley Cyrus, Andy Cohen, Cher, and more.amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Ron Burkle, and Jason Weinberg will serve as the Event Chairs. Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, and Ida Ziniti are Honorary Chairs. Co-Chairs of the event include Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Patricia Bonaldi, Stephen Chobsky, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, John Demsey, Tom Ford, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Goldstein, Nayla Hayek, Stephen Huvane, Michael Kors, Matthew Modine, Ryan Murphy, Gary Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Patrick, Sean Penn, Zac Posen, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Billy and Stacy Ray, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Jeremy Scott, Gary Tigges, M.D., Diana Walden, Steve Warren, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Rodney Williams, and Rita Wilson.Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam are the Presenting Sponsors. Cadillac, Moët Hennessy, and PatBO are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.To date, the amfAR Gala Los Angeles has raised more than $11 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.For more information, click here.last_img read more

Mark Wahlberg Dwayne Johnson top Forbes list of highest paid actorsMark Wahlberg Dwayne Johnson top Forbes list of highest paid actors

first_imgThat’s way behind the top-paid stars: Transformers: The Last Knight’s Mark Wahlberg leads the way with $68 million, followed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at $65 million and Vin Diesel at $54.5 million. Who needs Oscars? Mark Wahlberg evidently earned a substantial paycheque from Transformers: The Last Knight in order to top the list of highest paid stars. (PARAMOUNT PICTURES – BAY FILMS) Advertisement Don’t feel sorry for them or anything, but most of the actors and actresses confirmed for TIFF 2017 so far are lagging behind their counterparts when it comes to earnings.A list of the highest paid male and female stars released by Forbes on Tuesday revealed Emma Stone was the highest ranked of TIFF attendees at No. 15, with gross earnings of $26 million (all figures U.S.) between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.Another TIFF guest, Jennifer Lawrence, was at No. 17 with $24 million and Matt Damon clocked in at No. 19 with $21 million. Forbes also made note of the continuing pay gap between males and females in Hollywood, with the top 10 actors earning $488.5 million, nearly three times the $172.5-million total of the top 10 women.A couple of Canadian celebs, the Ryans Reynolds and Gosling, were newcomers to the list this year with Gosling making $29 million on the strength of La La Land, and Reynolds making a likely Deadpool-fuelled $21.5 million.Meanwhile, three Bollywood superstars, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, rounded out the Top 10.The full list of the top 20 is below:1. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million3. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million4. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million5. Jackie Chan, $49 million6. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million7. Tom Cruise, $43 million8. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million9. Salman Khan, $37 million10. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million11. Chris Hemsworth, $31.5 million12. Tom Hanks, $31 million13. Samuel L. Jackson, $30.5 million14. Ryan Gosling, $29 million15. Emma Stone, $26 million16. Jennifer Aniston, $25.5 million17. Jennifer Lawrence, $24 million18. Ryan Reynolds, $21.5 million19. Matt Damon, $21 million20. Jeremy Renner, $19 millionBy Debra Yeo With files from Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

TIFF left grappling with Harvey Weinsteins legacyTIFF left grappling with Harvey Weinsteins legacy

first_img“It can’t be all that they do,” she Tova says. “It can’t be all that we focus on.”Tova isn’t sure what the next steps are for the actors’ union and other players like TIFF, but all are invited to the table.“We’re inviting our industry partners to a discussion in many ways over the next week or two, and we’ll start figuring out what our objectives are industry-wide, identifying the gaps in the policies,” she says. “We need to educate, and we need to create regulations and protections.”READ MORE The small photo was a symbol of the man’s sizeable stature that now triggers an entirely new reaction as film institutions like TIFF grapple with the disgraced producer’s legacy. The industry faces tough questions. How deeply ingrained is the “casting couch” culture of sexual advances by powerful men? As actress Molly Ringwald put it in a Tuesday New Yorker essay, how many “Other Harveys” are there?Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA’s Toronto chapter, says removing the photo is just the beginning of the conversation. Login/Register With: Advertisement Up until this week, Harvey Weinstein’s double-chinned mug was still grinning amid a collage of celebrity faces on the walls at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox.He was one of many beaming big shots in the second floor hall-of-fame corridor documenting decades of industry power at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 1993 photo (also featuring Blade Runner star Edward James Olmos) was plastered on a stretch of wall boasting a who’s who of the ’90s, from Brad Pitt to Kirstie Alley.It’s a decade that marked major growth for TIFF. It was also a decade when many of Weinstein’s alleged assaults, revealed in explosive reports this month, occurred — some at Toronto locations during the festival — and when his former company Miramax Films wielded tremendous influence in Hollywood. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian Actress Tricia Helfer Star of Battlestar Galactica Files For Divorce FromCanadian Actress Tricia Helfer Star of Battlestar Galactica Files For Divorce From

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Actress Tricia Helfer has filed for divorce to end her 13-year marriage to attorney Jonathan Marshall.According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the former “Battlestar Galactica” star is citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for divorce, listing the date of separation as May 12, 2017.Helfer, a native of Alberta, married Marshall in 2003; they have no children together. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CTV Dishes Out a Sixth Season of Hit Culinary Series MASTERCHEF CANADACTV Dishes Out a Sixth Season of Hit Culinary Series MASTERCHEF CANADA

first_img Login/Register With: TORONTO, Aug. 8 – Following MASTERCHEF CANADA‘s youngest-ever winner, Beccy Stables, being crowned earlier this summer, CTV announced today Season 6 of its hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEFCANADA for the 2018/2019 broadcast season. Casting for passionate home cooks looking to follow their food dreams is now open at, with production set to begin this fall in Toronto on a new 12-episode season from Proper Television.Canadians maintain a strong appetite for MASTERCHEF CANADA. A Top 15 program on Canadian television with all key demos this past spring, Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA averaged 1.2 million total viewers weekly.“MASTERCHEF CANADA continues to serve up a savoury and distinctly Canadian viewing experience for fans across the country, making the series one of the most popular on television,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with exceptionally talented production partners Proper Television and Endemol Shine Group, and look forward to the return of this beloved CTV franchise to the schedule with Season 6 set for a Midseason launch on CTV.” Advertisement Casting for Season 6 of MASTERCHEF CANADA is now open at Passionate and talented Canadian home cooks hungry for an opportunity to capture the life-changing title of Canada’s next MasterChef have until Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET to apply online. Further to online casting submissions, invitation-only auditions will be held across Canada this summer, so home cooks are encouraged to get their applications in soon. In addition, an in-person Open Casting Call will be held in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 30 – for more information, visit LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement A scene from the trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog appears to have been shot on Highway 19A near Bowser. (YouTube) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img James Marsden portrays Tom Wachowski, the sheriff of fictional town Green Hills.Glimpses of Vancouver Island can be seen in the trailer, including what appears to be a chase scene filmed on Highway 19A near Bowser.The film shoot shut down a stretch of the highway for a full week in September.Filming also took place in downtown Ladysmith, where buildings were painted and transformed along 1st Avenue.Crews spent the day slapping a fresh coat of paint on buildings along 1st Avenue in Ladysmith ahead of the rodent’s arrival. Sept. 4, 2018. (CTV Vancouver Island)Sonic is a character most likely remembered from the Sega Genesis games of the same name, which came out in 1991.The movie is set for release on Nov. 8 of this year, according to IMDB. Facebook A trailer for the live-action version of Sonic the Hedgehog, a big-budget movie shot on Vancouver Island last year, has hit the internet.The preview features the titular CGI hedgehog, voiced by Ben Schwartz, as he goes on the run from the military and Dr. Ivo Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey. Advertisementlast_img read more

Conservative MP supports national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous womenConservative MP supports national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_imgAPTN National NewsLast week, thousands of Canadians marched in solidarity with the sisters in spirit.At the Whitehorse vigil Yukon Conservative MP Ryan Leef announced his support for a national inquiry into the high numbers of Aboriginal murdered and missing women.He’s the first Conservative to do that.Leef joined APTN National News from Whitehorse.last_img

Indigenous activists say homeless in Montreal unfairly targeted for ticketingIndigenous activists say homeless in Montreal unfairly targeted for ticketing

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsAbout two dozen protesters took part in an act of civil disobedience Tuesday afternoon in downtown Montreal by sitting on a stretch of sidewalk where Indigenous homeless have been receiving tickets.“The fact is that, where are these people to go?” asked Daybi, a Cree outreach worker who works with Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population.“People want to just brush them away so that they’re out of sight and out of mind, but in reality that’s never gonna happen, this has always been an area where people have congregated.”(Daybi, a Cree outreach worker who works with Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Across the street from the protest sits Cabot Square, a place where the city’s homeless and vulnerable Indigenous population, particularly the Inuit, have been frequenting for decades.Daybi helped organize this action after a rash of tickets were recently issued outside Restaurant Miso on the corner of Sainte Catherine and Atwater.“We had complaints from more than one merchant, and also from some citizens,” said Community Officer Adalbert Pimentel of the Montreal Police. “Different complaints, consumption of alcohol, obstructing the sidewalk, also littering on a public domain.”For 10 years Pimentel has patrolled this area.He said in his experience, police officers use their discretion when handing out tickets, and that usually it’s the last resort.According to a 2015 survey, 10 per cent of Montreal’s homeless population is Indigenous, even though they make up less than one per cent of the city’s total population.“There is a lot of warnings, most of the time there is a lot of mediation done trying to find solutions but yes, it could end up in a municipal infraction,” said Pimentel.“These cops never stop”(Osyris Jackson holds up one of his latest tickets. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)But 24-year-old Osyris Jackson said that hasn’t been his experience.“These cops never stop, I got a ticket one time for sleeping,” Jackson told APTN News at the Open Door shelter, located one block south of Cabot Square.“I just get tickets. At least give me a warning and I will move, that’s not a problem.”Jackson said he’s been living on the streets for about five years.He showed APTN two tickets for drinking in public, each for $149.“Max, in total I owe the government over a $1,000 in tickets,” he said.$20,000 in tickets…David Chapman is the director of the Open Door Shelter.He estimated that about 40 per cent of the people who come here are Inuit.Chapman said the shelters get many unpaid tickets because it’s used as a mailing address by the people who use it.He brought out a box crammed with about 100 tickets which he said is from the last two and a half months.“Having an open can of alcohol, smoking too close to a bus shelter, jaywalking, sleeping on a bench in the metro, relatively minor and arguably unnecessary infractions,” said Chapman, who added that one of his clients has over $20,000 in unpaid fines.“What happens is, knowing that you have thousands of dollars to pay, and you don’t actually have the ability to repay it, it creates a psychological dysfunction that drives you back to the addiction of choice,” said Chapman.Pimentel said that if merchants and citizens repeatedly call 911, it can’t just be ignored.“When we have a complaint, we have an obligation to take action,” he said.Meanwhile, people at the sit-in emphasized that the rapidly gentrifying area needs to accept the people who were here before them.“There’s deeper social issues at hand, there’s more to the money behind the development of this area, maybe at that level, they could be more considerate of actual people,”  said Daybi.As for Jackson, before leaving the Open Door he inquired about borrowing some clothes for his upcoming court date.“It’s bad man, how are we supposed to pay all this?” he adds, tickets in read more

Mohawk man beats Canada Customs on illegal search caseMohawk man beats Canada Customs on illegal search case

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsA Mohawk man from Akwesasne has beaten charges he was facing from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) with a never-before-used defence.“It’s harassmen – they have no right to do this to people around here,” said Kanawakeron Jody Swamp.In 2017, Swamp, 53, was pulled over at customs in Cornwall Ont., just across the river from where he lives in Akwesasne.Swamp was in possession of about $300 worth of firecrackers.He was charged with three violations of the Customs Act, along with a single charge for transporting explosives, even though he was coming from the Ontario side of Akwesasne, Kawehno:ke island.“As soon as I saw this case, and read the legislation, I thought this doesn’t make sense and something needs to be done,” said Swamp’s lawyer Keith Gordon.What upset Gordon is that CBSA doesn’t appear to be following its own rules.So the Mohawk Ojibway lawyer set out to prove it.Gordon argued before an Ontario judge that in 2012, the CBSA told a senate committee travellers not suspected of coming from the U.S. “would be release [sic] right away.”This was in reference to Cornwall’s unique position as the only Canadian port of entry that has both local and international traffic.That’s because the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory falls on the borders of Quebec, Ontario and New York State.This means travellers coming from New York must cross through Kawehno:ke (also known as Cornwall island) in Akwesasne, before reaching the Canadian port of entry in Cornwall.Even Akwesasne residents coming from the New York side who live on the island must pass through customs in Cornwall before returning to the island.Mohawks who live on Kawehno:ke must pass through customs whenever they want to go into Cornwall, which they consider their unceded territory and where they need to do shopping and other errands.“Everybody on this island [Kawehno:ke] they must go through there at least twice a day, three times a day. People want to get groceries and stuff like that,” explained Swamp when asked what daily life is like on Akwesasne’s Ontario side.Akwesasne Mohawks make up about 70 per cent of traffic at the Cornwall customs, and during rush hours the wait can add quite a bit of time to the commute.Gordon says they are treated like criminals on their own unceded territory.“I’ve been asking myself, ‘Why isn’t it being challenged? Why is it being continued? Why am I hearing people of this community talk about discrimination, arbitrariness, harassment?’” he asked.Last week, an Ontario judge ruled because Swamp was travelling within Canada, he could not be searched without reasonable suspicion.“A weight was lifted off my shoulders, you know, having them come down on me, for no reason, and having me going through the court system for so long, it was just a big relief,” said Swamp.In an email to APTN News CBSA declined to be interviewed and said they are “reviewing the court decision and will assess next steps.”They have 30 days to appeal the decision.For now, Gordon and Swamp will savour a victory they hope will set a precedent.“The argument is, Canada, follow your own laws,” concluded read more

Retired TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to head up agency that willRetired TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to head up agency that will

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario has called in its top business guru to head the agency that will handle the complicated task of selling and distributing recreational marijuana once pot is legalized this summer.Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, who has served as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s business adviser since 2015, was nominated Thursday by Finance Minister Charles Sousa to chair the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s board of directors.Clark, who also is working on the province’s bid to land the new Amazon headquarters, will oversee the agency as it creates a subsidiary that will run stand-alone stores to sell legal weed.Clark described himself as a “conservative on the cannabis file” and said safety is top of mind for him.“I think we have to be quite careful,” he said. “I think it’s good to get the drug out of the hands of drug dealers. I think having people buy what is a drug, that hasn’t been tested … and buy it from bad guys, is not a good thing. We’re not here to promote marijuana. We’re here to make sure that we cut the drug dealers out of marijuana trade.”The LCBO subsidiary must put in place good quality control measures that provide consumers with a safe product, he said.“We have to make sure that we have a system, as we do with the LCBO, that we’re not selling to people that shouldn’t be buying this,” he said.Clark noted that in his 2015 review of Ontario’s assets he recommended maintaining public ownership of the LCBO and expanding access to wine and beer, two ideas the Liberal government has accepted.“I like the LCBO but it doesn’t mean there isn’t more that it can do,” he said. “I’m a retailer at heart. It will be fun to try to say, OK, how can we serve the consumer better?”The process is likely to be fraught with challenges from municipal pushback to concerns about lack of supply, but Sousa said Clark’s experience makes him the ideal person for the job.“He’s a retailer by his nature,” Sousa said. “But he’s also a policy mind. He’s successful. He has the ability to deal very effectively with leaders around the world and we’ve engaged him to do just that on our behalf.”Clark’s appointment as LCBO chairman was discussed by Ontario’s cabinet Thursday morning and will now be finalized after a review by a committee at Queen’s Park.The province announced last fall that it plans to create a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario that will run the legal weed stores. The agency itself will oversee the planning process to establish its retail locations.The province plans to set up approximately 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020 with the first wave of 40 stores opening this summer.Clark has handled a number of difficult files for Ontario’s Liberal government in recent years, leading a controversial government asset review in 2014 which recommended the partial selloff of Hydro One. In 2015, Clark advised the province on the restructuring of U.S. Steel Canada in Hamilton. In 2016, he conducted a review of the province’s digital health records system.For his work, Clark has taken a salary of one dollar per year, something that Sousa joked won’t change.“As you know he’s been advising and providing some support for the government on a number files and he has been getting his dollar,” Sousa said. “I don’t intend to give him a raise.”Ontario NDP finance critic John Vanthof panned Clark’s hiring saying it sends the signal that the LCBO could be privatized. He urged the premier to cancel Clark’s nomination to the board.“By appointing Clark to the top post at the LCBO, Wynne is sending strong signals that she won’t stop with the selloff of Hydro One,” Vanthof said in a statement. “Ontarians overwhelmingly opposed that short-sighted move, but Wynne went ahead with her plan anyway, and Ontario families are literally paying the price.”Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas also called on Wynne to rescind Clark’s appointment.“Ed Clark has always put profits before people,” Thomas said in a statement. “Giving him the keys to the LCBO will be a huge boon for Bay Street, but it’s going to cause real harm on Main Street.”Sousa denied Clark’s hiring signals a move to privatize the Crown corporation. Clark himself recommended hanging onto the LCBO in his review of government assets, he said.“There is no intent on selling LCBO,” he said. “It’s a very efficient, very productive, well-run organization. It’s valuation is tremendous.”Meanwhile, the provincial government announced Thursday it was accepting public comment on a number of possible further regulations of legal cannabis.The proposals, which would add further detail to provincial pot laws passed in the fall, were posted on a government website. The proposed rules include clarifying where cannabis can be used with exemptions for hotel rooms and vehicles like boats which are used as primary residences. The regulations would also allow pot to be consumed in private residences which are also workplaces.The regulatory changes also appear to open the door to permitting licensed and regulated cannabis consumption lounges and venues.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says manufacturing helps boost economic growth in NovemberStatistics Canada says manufacturing helps boost economic growth in November

first_imgOTTAWA – Strength in manufacturing helped boost economic growth in November as the sector posted its largest monthly increase since February 2014.Statistics Canada said Wednesday real gross domestic product increased 0.4 per cent in November following a flat reading for October.The result matched the expectations of economists polled by Thomson Reuters.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto said equally important to the strength of growth was its breadth.Of the 20 industrial sectors tracked, 17 posted increases.“The Canadian economy fired on all cylinders in November: production resumptions led the way, but nearly all major sectors reported gains on the month, an encouraging sign,” DePratto wrote in a report.The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target earlier this month on the back of a string of unexpectedly solid economic data. It was the third rate increase since last summer.“Looking through monthly volatility, though, the GDP numbers add to the evidence that the Canadian economy as a whole continues to grow at a modestly ‘above-potential’ pace even as it increasingly looks to be operating at or beyond its long-run capacity,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote.The growth in November came as goods-producing industries rose 0.8 per cent boosted by the manufacturing sector and mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.The manufacturing sector gained 1.8 per cent in November as non-durable manufacturing rose 1.1 per cent while durable manufacturing increased 2.5 per cent.Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction increased 0.5 per cent.Meanwhile, services-producing industries climbed 0.3 per cent, led by the real estate and rental and leasing, wholesale and retail trade sectors.Real estate and rental and leasing rose 0.4 per cent in November while retail trade gained 0.6 per cent and wholesale trade rose 0.5 per cent.last_img read more

Enbridge TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to US tax rulingEnbridge TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to US tax ruling

first_imgCALGARY – Shares in Canadian pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. failed to recover fully Friday from a steep sell-off on Thursday after the U.S. said it would eliminate a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines.Both Calgary-based companies hold such pipelines in the United States through master limited partnerships or MLPs.The decision by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to no longer allow MLPs to recover an income tax allowance from cost of service tariffs came in response to a 2016 court ruling that found its long-standing tax policy could result in double recovery of costs.Enbridge shares fell by 4.2 per cent to $41.06 on Thursday but recovered to close at $41.28 on Friday, up 22 cents, after it issued a statement that says it is not expecting a “material change” to its financial guidance over the next three years because of the FERC ruling.TransCanada shares dropped 2.1 per cent to $55.89 on Thursday. On Friday, they rebounded to reach an interday high of $56.45 but closed two cents lower.The company had no immediate comment.FirstEnergy Capital said in a report TransCanada will be less affected than Enbridge because its main exposure is through its interest in TC PipeLines.Enbridge has two MLPs, Enbridge Energy Partners, and Spectra Energy Partners.It said in its statement the former is expected to experience an $80-million decrease in annual distributable cash flow because of the FERC decision, but that will be somewhat offset by a revenue increase on the Canadian Mainline system held by Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc.About 60 per cent of Spectra’s gas pipeline revenue comes from negotiated or market-based tariffs and are not directly affected by the FERC policy revisions but the remainder is from cost of service-based tariffs which “could be subject to tax recovery disallowance,” it said. Spectra pipelines that move oil and other petroleum liquids are not expected to be affected.CIBC estimated the FERC ruling would knock about $3 per share from of its valuation of Enbridge and $1 per share for TransCanada.“We cannot help but wonder about the long-term viability of MLPs,” it said in a report.“Our expectations are that many of the MLPs held by corporations will need to consider converting to corporations if no consideration is given to the fact that they are held by taxable U.S. entities.”The report says the implications of the FERC decision are difficult to quantify given the strategies companies may employ to deal with it and the mix of existing rate structures and rate settlement terms, but the impact should decline over time as newer pipelines tend to employ negotiated rates, not cost of service tariffs.Follow HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story include (TSX:ENB. TSX:TRP)last_img read more