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Winners Announced 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling

first_imgBest Supporting Actor, DramaAnneCBC (CBC/Netflix)(Northwood Entertainment)R. H. ThomsonBest Supporting Actress, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Allie MacDonaldBest Guest Performance, Drama SeriesMary Kills People – The Judas CradleGlobal (Corus Entertainment)(Cameron Pictures)Steven McCarthyBest Pre-School Program or SeriesPAW PatrolTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Laura Clunie, Ronnen Harary, Keith Chapman, Scott Kraft, Toni Stevens, Patricia Burns, Jonah StrohBest Animated Program or SeriesSponsor | Spin Master EntertainmentCloudy with a Chance of MeatballsYTV (Corus Entertainment)(DHX Media)Lesley Jenner, Mark Evestaff, Steven Denure, Kirsten Newlands, Ken Faier, Asaph Fipke, Josh Scherba, Rick MischelBest Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesOdd SquadTVOKids (TVO)(Sinking Ship Entertainment)J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Stephen J Turnbull, Tim McKeon, Mark De Angelis, Adam Peltzman, Paul SiefkenBest Performance, Children’s or YouthL.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & DewYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Breakthrough Entertainment)Ella BallentineBest Performance, AnimationThe Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween!Treehouse TV (Corus Entertainment)(Portfolio Entertainment)Martin ShortAcademy Board of Directors’ TributeJay SwitzerBest Photography, ComedySchitt’s Creek – Grad NightCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Gerald PackerBest Photography, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Steve CosensBest Picture Editing, ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Mike Fly, Jeremy LaLondeBest Picture Editing, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Teresa De LucaBest Live Action Short Drama | Meilleur court métrage dramatiqueFluffy – Lee FilipovskiBest Animated Short | Meilleur court métrage d’animationThe Tesla World Light – Matthew Rankin, Julie RoyBest Production Design or Art Direction, FictionAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Arv GreywalBest Costume DesignAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Simonetta MarianoBest Achievement in Make-UpSponsor | M•A•C CosmeticsOrphan Black – To Right the Wrongs of ManySpace (Bell Media)(Boat Rocker Media)Stephen LynchBest Visual EffectsVikings – On The EveHistory (Corus Entertainment)(Take 5 Productions)Bill Halliday, Dominic Remane, Michael Borrett, Paul Wishart, Ovidiu Cinazan, Jim Maxwell, Kieran McKay, Isabelle Alles, Thomas Morrison, Leann HarveyBest Achievement in CastingCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Jon Comerford, Lisa ParasynHumanitarian Award, supported by MLSEBell Let’s TalkBest Sound, AnimationPAW Patrol – Mission PAW: Quest for the CrownTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Richard Spence-Thomas, Tim Muirhead, Kyle Peters, Patton Rodrigues, Ryan OngaroBest Sound, FictionVikings – The ReckoningHistory (Corus Entertainment)(Take 5 Productions)Martin Lee, Ian Rankin, Daniel Birch, Brent Pickett, Dale Sheldrake, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Goro Koyama, Yuri GorbachowBest Original Music, AnimationCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Bacon GirlYTV (Corus Entertainment)(DHX Media)Steffan AndrewsBest Original Music, FictionCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Todor KobakovBest Writing, Variety or Sketch ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin, Zoe WhittallBest Writing, ComedyLetterkenny – RelationshipsCraveTV (Bell Media)(New Metric Media Inc.)Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoBest Writing, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Sarah PolleyBest Writing, Drama SeriesOrphan Black – To Right The Wrongs of ManySpace (Bell Media)(Boat Rocker Media)Graeme Manson, Renee St. CyrBest Writing, Children’s or YouthOdd Squad – Drop Gadget Repeat / 20 QuestionsTVOKids (TVO)(Sinking Ship Entertainment)Adam Peltzman, Tim McKeonBest Writing, AnimationMysticons – Sisters in ArmsYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Nelvana Limited)Sean JaraMargaret Collier Award, supported by Halfire EntertainmentDenis McGrathBest Direction, AnimationPAW Patrol – Mission PAW: Quest for the CrownTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Charles E. BastienBest Direction, Children’s or YouthL.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & DewYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Breakthrough Entertainment)John Kent HarrisonBest Direction, Variety or Sketch ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Yael StaavBest Direction, ComedySponsor | Cinespace Film StudiosLetterkenny – The ElectionCraveTV (Bell Media)(New Metric Media Inc.)Jacob TierneyBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Mary HarronBest Direction, Drama SeriesSponsor | PlaybackMary Kills People – The River StyxGlobal (Corus Entertainment)(Cameron Pictures)Holly DaleBest Supporting or Guest Actor, ComedyKim’s Convenience – Cardboard Jung, Resting PlaceCBC (CBC)(Thunderbird Entertainment)Andrew PhungBest Supporting or Guest Actress, ComedySchitt’s Creek – New Car, The ThroupleCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Emily HampshireBest Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesBaroness von Sketch ShowCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer WhalenAbout Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionThe Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).For information on membership and programming visit www.academy.ca. TORONTO – (March 7, 2018) – The 2018 Canadian Screen Week continued this evening with the Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling, sponsored by Technicolor and Thunderbird Entertainment, where forty-one Canadian Screen Awards were presented to Canada’s finest in writing, guest performance, supporting roles, casting, animation, and youth and children’s programming. The winners were announced during the Gala hosted by award-winning actor and improv dynamo Andrew Phung, of CBC’s Kim Convenience, at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.“Canada has an incredible wealth of writers, directors, editors and actors who use their talent to bring viewers into exciting comedic and dramatic worlds that allow us to fully immerse in creative stories,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Tonight’s winners continue to reinvent, surprise and challenge viewers in new and creative ways. Their work is not just recognized here at home, but around the world, and it’s an honour to celebrate and give them the recognition they deserve.”2018 Canadian Screen Awards Creative Fiction Storytelling Category Winners Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

CBCS FAMILY FEUD CANADA KICKS OFF NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR CANADIAN FAMILIES TO

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Family Feud is one of television’s longest-running and top-rated game shows watched by audiences around the world. First introduced in the U.S. in 1976, the much-loved game show has been picked up in 71 international markets to date including the United Kingdom, Australia, France, India, Indonesia, and the United States.FAMILY FEUD CANADA is produced by Zone3 and based on the Fremantle format, in association with CBC. Isabelle Roy and Jeffrey Wraight are Executive Producers. Co-Executive Producer is Tracie Tighe. Wraight is also Supervising Producer. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; and Michelle McCree is Executive in Charge of Production.Website:  cbc.ca/familyfeudFacebook: familyfeudcanadaInstagram: @familyfeudcanadaTwitter: @FamilyFeudCa.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.Zone3Zone3 is home to internationally recognized content and brands. We deliver entertainment, information and ideas across various media from traditional television and  film to digital.  Our work spans across a spectrum of formats including documentary, fiction, reality-based, variety and youth programming. Our goal is to win over the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere and are proud  to be one of Quebec and Canada’s biggest creators of original and adapted content. The numbers speak for themselves: over 800 hours of television, film and digital content produced annually and more than 300 awards (including an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film)  attesting to our commitment to innovative and quality material. Find out more about Zone3 by visiting: http://www.zone3.ca/en.FremantleFremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. A global entertainment powerhouse, Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries. We produce in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 60 formats and air 450 programmes a year worldwide. The group distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories. We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, with more than 300 million subscribers across 1,400 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms. We are part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann. For more information, visit fremantle.com, or follow us @FremantleHQ and visit our LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Facebook Applications are now open for Canadian families hoping to compete in the first season of FAMILY FEUD CANADA (60×30), the new CBC game show hosted by actor and stand-up comedian Gerry Dee based on the iconic international format. FAMILY FEUD CANADA will be taped in front of a studio audience at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre and will premiere this fall on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service. Families can apply now at cbc.ca/familyfeud.Interested families of five who reside permanently in Canada can apply online by submitting a 3-5 minute video. Successful families will then be invited to audition in-person in a city nearby where producers will be looking for families who are enthusiastic to play the game. All participants must be 18 years or older as of Sept. 1, 2019. Applications, eligibility, and frequently asked questions can be found at cbc.ca/familyfeud.Each episode of FAMILY FEUD CANADA on CBC will feature two Canadian families competing head-to-head by guessing the most popular answers to fun, family-friendly survey questions based on responses from a sample of Canadians. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Blackstone actress attends Hug a NonNative Day in Calgary

first_imgAPTN National NewsIdle No More organizers in Calgary staged an event called “Hug a Non-Native Day”.Its goal was to improve racial harmony.Among those in attendeance was Michelle Thrush from APTN’s hit television series Blackstone.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan says Thrush was inspired.last_img

RCMP arrest reporter war chief at ongoing antifracking protest in New Brunswick

first_img(Media Co-op reporter is shown being arrested by the RCMP Thursday for allegedly uttering death threats against a senior RCMP officer. Photo by Jorge Barrera/APTN.)By Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsTensions flared again in New Brunswick where anti-fracking protestors have been holding camp when a reporter was arrested and a war chief charged for allegedly obstructing police in connection.Police arrested reporter Miles Howe Thursday afternoon after walking up to him and shaking his hand. They then told him he was under arrest for allegedly making death threats against an RCMP officer.War Chief John Levi was charged with obstruction in connection to Howe’s arrest.Howe, who works for Media Co-op, an independent media organization, has been covering the ongoing protests since the middle of last month when they began.During that time the RCMP have arrested dozens of protestors who are trying to stop seismic testing related to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick near the Elispogtog First Nation.“Miles was arrested while I waited with him to get permission to go see exploration site,” APTN reporter Jorge Barrera tweeted and is on the scene. “Miles was arrested for allegedly ‘uttering death threats’ against senior RCMP officer who made the arrest after shaking Miles’ hand.”Barrera said police took Howe’s phone and camera.In a story posted to their website the Halifax bureau of Media Co-op accused the RCMP of a “blantant effort to silence” Howe’s reporting on the frontlines.“His arrest is a clear effort to silence grassroots voices,” the story said.A group of about 50 people from Elsiopogtog travelled to the site of Howe’s arrest Thursday afternoon and picked berries on the side of the road to “assert our sovereignty.”The group also danced and drummed while waving the Mi’kmaq flag in front of RCMP trucks blocking a road leading to where exploration continues for shale gas.Howe is being held at the Codiac detachment near Moncton.No RCMP officers on the scene would comment.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Montreal doing headcount of homeless people

first_imgAPTN National NewsHow many homeless people are on the streets of Montreal?That is what Montreal wants to find out.The city’s campaign is called “I Count Montreal.”Hundreds of volunteers took to the streets, shelters, parks and alleys to find out how many are homeless.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

Federal government wont appeal human rights ruling on First Nation child welfare

first_img(Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould during her swearing-in ceremony. APTN/File)APTN National News OTTAWA—The federal government won’t be appealing a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that determined Indigenous Affairs discriminates against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare services on reserves.In a speech to the Canadian Bar Association, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she would not be appealing the decision. The speech, delivered during the organization’s mid-winter meeting, was posted to YouTube on Saturday.“I will not be seeking judicial review of this decision,” said Wilson-Raybould. “This is part of the new relationship and necessary in terms of the spirit of reconciliation. While we cannot change history, we can address it, learn from it, move forward and lay the foundation for a better future.”Wilson-Raybould’s office issued a statement Monday saying the federal government “can and must do better.” The statement said the tribunal decision “is pointing us in the right direction, as a country.”The human rights ruling, handed down last month, called on the federal government to make sweeping changes to its on-reserve child welfare system.The human rights case was triggered by a complaint filed by Cindy Blackstock, head of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, with the support of the Assembly of First Nations.Blackstock said she was surprised and pleased to hear Ottawa won’t be appealing the ruling, but she is now looking for action.The tribunal requested the parties to the case develop a process to implement changes to the child welfare system.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Financials and energy sectors boost TSX Wall St down on rate hike

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s main stock index continued to push higher Thursday as Wall Street veered lower on heightened interest rate expectations from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 65.32 points to 15,454.92, with rising energy and financials shares among the key gainers.Following Wednesday’s announcement that the Fed remains on course to raise rates one more time this year and three times in 2018, interest-sensitive names on the TSX have benefited, said portfolio manager Kash Pashootan.“Banks stocks are having a good couple of days here given that higher interest rates help their net interest margins,” said Pashootan, who works at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.“So although the announcement came from the U.S. it had a spillover effect in Canada.”South of the border, banks and industrials were among the few bright spots on U.S. stock indexes as modest gains from a day earlier were wiped out.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.36 points to 22,359.23. The S&P 500 index lost 7.64 points to 2,500.60 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 33.35 points to 6,422.69.“You’re seeing a hangover effect from yesterday’s Federal Reserve meeting and comments,” said Pashootan. “Really, the take away of course is that if there were any doubts that rates were going to continue to rise, that’s been removed off the table.”As a result, he said, that’s having a bullish effect on the U.S. dollar and putting downward pressure on the loonie.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.04 cents US, down 0.44 of a cent.Pashootan said the fact that the market has been fairly boring and inactive in the United States “is a good thing because it’s taking the time needed to digest the news.”“If you think about monetary policy in Canada compared to the U.S., it’s been quite different in the sense that the U.S. has done a better job at speaking ahead and preparing the markets for higher rates,” he said.“The Bank of Canada didn’t prepare the markets as well in advance and you’ve seen the result of that in the Canadian dollar being up double digits in the last six months.”In commodities news, the November crude contract shed 14 cents to US$50.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 15 cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract dropped $21.60 to US$1,294.80 an ounce and the December copper contract declined three cents to US$2.93 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitterlast_img read more

After spat BBC spy show gets access to ancient Greek temple

first_imgATHENS, Greece – A panel of archaeologists has granted a British television crew access to an ancient site near Athens to film scenes for a TV adaptation of spy novelist John le Carre’s “The Little Drummer Girl” — reversing a decision last week following strong government criticism.The Central Archaeological Council on Tuesday granted access to the 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on April 12 after the production company said it would limit the number of hours needed.The miniseries being produced for the BBC and the U.S.-based cable network AMC is due to be released next year.Greece’s government has launched a new campaign to attract film productions as part of a wider strategy to lure investors back after eight years of a crippling financial crisis.last_img

Second Cup sets its sight on converting some coffee shops into pot

first_imgTORONTO – Second Cup wants to serve up a different kind of buzz by converting some of its coffee shops into cannabis dispensaries and, when legal, pot lounges.Shares in the Canadian restaurant operator rose as much as 31 per cent before closing up 28.73 per cent at $3.54 on Thursday after it announced that it has signed an agreement with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis to develop and operate a network of recreational pot stores.However, neither currently has a licence to sell marijuana, so the deal is contingent on approval from the government, as well as from franchisees and landlords.If and when regulations allow, the two companies also want to open coffee shops for cannabis consumption, said Second Cup’s board chairman Michael Bregman.“(Cannabis) is going to be an awfully big business in Canada, and we have some amazing locations,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I wish I knew now in what form we would be pursuing and participating. We’re just trying to position ourselves so we can participate as the opportunities arise and the legislation is formed.”Second Cup, once a pioneer in the world of upscale coffee, has been struggling to find its place in an increasingly competitive cafe market and has been losing market share to more dominant players, including Starbucks and Tim Hortons, as well as to increasingly popular independent craft purveyors of java. Canada’s second-largest specialty coffee retailer reported adjusted net income of just $110,000 for fiscal 2017.And so, the coffee chain, like many other Canadian companies, is jumping in to grab a piece of the lucrative marijuana market.The companies said in a joint release Thursday that the NAC-branded stores would initially be located across Western Canada, with plans to expand to additional provinces where legally permissible. NAC, which operates a network of marijuana patient advisory clinics, will apply for licenses to dispense cannabis products and work with Second Cup and applicable franchisees to construct stores. NAC has signed marijuana supply agreements with CannaRoyalty Corp. and others.Canada is preparing for the legalization of recreational marijuana later this year, but the distribution model for pot differs widely between provinces.Private operators will be able to sell marijuana, after obtaining the appropriate licenses, in provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. NAC is already among the organizations selected by Manitoba’s government to handle retail sales of recreational pot once legal.Provinces such as Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, however, will sell marijuana in outlets run by the provincial liquor commissions.Retailers, pharmacies and licensed cannabis producers are already positioning themselves for the green rush.Shoppers Drug Mart’s parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd., has applied for a license to dispense medical marijuana, and has signed supply agreements with pot producers.And in February, licensed producer Aurora Cannabis Inc. signed a $103.5-million deal to buy a minority stake in Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd, which plans to launch a brand of cannabis stores.Meanwhile, many provinces and territories have said they are restricting the consumption of cannabis to privately owned residences but some jurisdictions such as Ontario are soliciting feedback on whether to allow for licensed cannabis consumption lounges.NAC chief executive Mark Goliger said in an interview Thursday that “the minute that that becomes a legal option, we will be first in line.”While the details of those consumption lounges would depend largely on regulations, he described them as “Amsterdam, with Canadian conservativeness attached to it.”“We do feel that cannabis lounges are a logical next step … As most provinces are making it very restrictive as to where people can actually consume in public,” Goliger said.Shares of NAC on the TSX Venture Exchange were up as much as 14 per cent to $1.04 on Thursday after the announcement.Bregman said Second Cup got the idea to branch out into pot after being approached by several cannabis producers. The coffee chain “felt comfortable” with NAC as a partner, and signed a deal on Wednesday night, he added.As well, NAC has issued to Second Cup warrants to purchase 5,000,000 common shares of the company, at an exercise price of 91 cents per share. The warrants expire in April 2023.It’s unclear how many stores — which will be under a new brand developed by NAC, according to Goliger — will be ready by legalization, expected later this year. The companies plan to submit as many as 20 applications for licenses to the Alberta government, and see how many get approved, said Bregman.Conversion of any Second Cup cafes to dispensaries will be conditional on obtaining a license from provincial regulators as well as the approval of the applicable franchisee and landlord. Store ownership will be split 50/50 between the two companies, or the two parties would split the balance if a franchisee is included, he added.Second Cup’s Bregman said the coffee chain’s efforts to revamp are paying off, but it has a long way to go. Second Cup plans to continue expanding its network of coffee shops across Canada as it develops a network of cannabis dispensaries with “compelling” economics, he added.“This is an opportunity where there is plenty of potential upside and no real downside,” said Bregman. “This can’t hurt the company, can’t hurt the franchisees. But can help a lot if things go well.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SCU, TSXV:NAC)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously referred to NAC as a private firm.last_img read more

Another 2 million from Ottawa for Cape Bretons luxurious Cabot Links

INVERNESS, N.S. – Cape Breton’s famed Cabot Links golf resort has received a $2-million federal loan, bringing total government funding for the luxurious links to almost $17 million.The interest-free “repayable contribution” will go towards spa facilities, upscale culinary services and tennis courts at Cabot Cliffs at Broad Cove, the sibling golf course to Cabot Links, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency said Friday.The latest loan will help the picturesque Inverness resort broaden its appeal for families, non-golfers and corporate groups, the agency said.It’s also part of an effort to attract more visitors to the remote resort and bolster tourism in the province, it said.“The expansion will strengthen Cabot’s international reputation as a luxury golf destination, bringing more visitors to Cape Breton,” the federal agency said in a news release.In all, Cabot Links has received $8.5 million in interest-free loans from Ottawa, while the Nova Scotia government has contributed an $8.25 million low-interest loan.A spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Business Inc. said Cabot Links “is in compliance with its terms and conditions” of the provincial loan, but did not say how much remains outstanding.ACOA recently said Cabot Links is on track to repay its loans.The financial support has sparked a polarizing economic development debate. Critics have said most of the jobs are seasonal, and question using public dollars to bankroll a private business catering to affluent golfers.ACOA said the new funding will create an additional 50 full-time positions, on top of the nearly 300 people currently working at the golf courses.The agency’s website gives the total new project cost as $9.5 million.Ben Cowan-Dewar, co-owner of Cabot Links, said the next phase of development “represents a major growth opportunity for our resort.”“Not only will this phase have a positive impact on our guests and their overall experience, but also, our surrounding community by way of creating more job opportunities in the area,” he said in a statement Friday.Critics from around North America have been agog since the Cape Breton golf courses opened, starting with Cabot Links in 2011 and Cabot Cliffs five years later.Inspired by venerable Scottish links, the courses of manicured turf, woven through dunes land, are located along the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.In January, Cabot Cliffs was listed as No. 9 in Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list, and Cabot Links was ranked No. 43.“The celebrated golf courses at Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs are part of a phenomenal performance for Cape Breton tourism operators drawing thousands of international visitors,” Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner said in a statement.“We will continue to make smart, strategic investments to ensure Canada’s tourism industry is truly world-class.”Meanwhile, the golf resort has been entangled in a court action involving a local activist seeking an injunction to block the development of high-end cottages in Inverness.Neal Livingston has said the property, owned by Cabot Links, has been historically used by the community and should be “dedicated for public use.”– By Brett Bundale in Halifax read more

UK student loan changes to add billions to budget deficit

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s Office of National Statistics says it is changing the way it accounts for student loans in a decision that will add 12 billion pounds ($15 billion) to the country’s budget deficit.The statistics agency said in a statement Monday that the design of the system means much of the loan book is never repaid.The agency’s David Bailey says the decision “properly reflects the true picture of government spending” because future write-offs will be reflected as government spending now.Treasury officials stressed the accounting decision won’t affect students, who can still get loans.But Matt Whittaker of the Resolution Foundation says it will inevitably affect the government’s approach to education financing “by making more explicit where the costs of the system lie.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Renowned Canadian pianist coming this May to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A renowned Canadian pianist will be coming to play in the Peace Region this May.Piano Six – New Generation artist, Angela Park, will be making a stop in Fort St. John as part of a spring tour.Park will be making a stop in Fort St. John on May 13 and 14 playing four school concerts at Margaret Ma Murray, Robert Ogilvie, Duncan Cran, and at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Prior to the Fort St. John Concert, Daniel Wnukowski, will be playing in Fort Nelson on May 9 & 10 at the Phoenix Theatre.Originally founded in 1994, Piano Six creates live classical music events featuring six of Canada’s finest musical talent, bringing concerts to remote and rural parts of the country.For more information on the concerts, you can visit Pianosix.com.last_img

I am no slouch in white ball cricket Ashwin on ODI exclusion

first_imgMumbai: On a day when country’s seniormost speedster Ishant Sharma spoke about how perceptions affected his chances in ODIs” his Test teammate Ravichandran Ashwin also echoed same sentiments reminding that he is “no slouch with white ball”. Ashwin has not played limited overs cricket since 2017 West Indies tour as selectors and team management felt that wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are better options. To be fair to both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, both Kuldep and Chahal have done well. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”I don’t know, it is a perception. I am no slouch. In the white ball format, my records are not bad like what it is perceived to be. It is out of perception that wrist spinners are required in modern one day cricket that I am sitting out,” straight-talking off-spinner said when asked about the challenge of concentrating on one format. He also pointed out that in his last ODI game for the country against the West Indies in North Sound on June 30, 2017 he had returned figures of 3 for 28. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”The last ODI I played, I got 3 for 28. I would always look back at my career and I would like to believe it’s not due to my efforts that I am sitting out (but) it is due to the supply and demand that the team requires,” he said. Ashwin is happy with his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he got seven wickets from six games at a decent economy. “I went and played the Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20 tournament) and I had a decent outing. That’s how I look at it. I am playing cricket and it is not like I need to specialise in one particular format. It is the challenges of the modern day game, I will be looking forward to do whatever I can do best,” explained the 32-year bowler. Ashwin, captain of the Kings XI team in the IPL, spoke to the media after unveiling a unique cricket memorabilia launched by UK-based CricFig International along with Tamil Nadu teammate and Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper Dinesh Kartik here. On the issue of limiting the workload on India players in the IPL ahead of the World Cup, Ashwin said it’s not easy to look too far ahead and also mentioned that the players knew about how to maintain fitness. “I don’t think as a cricketer you can look far ahead about what needs to be done and how you can manage it. As a cricketer or as a sportsperson, you just concentrate on what happens today. The franchise has invested money on you. Obviously, it is a massive tournament, everybody plays for pride, everybody wants to perform and excel.” However he agreed that the workload factor will always stay at the back of their heads. “It definitely stays at the back of the head because it is being spoken about a lot more right now. I am sure the players are responsible enough and more fitness-aware and be able to handle it than they ever were. “I don’t think going into the tournament people will be thinking about it but as the tournament pans out and the way it goes for each and every franchise and for each and every player, they will take decisions wisely.” But at the same time he said the World Cup was huge and no one wants to miss it. “Probably because of the number of injuries and the amount of premium players that are right now available for the country and how important every spot is. It is a dream for every cricketer to represent his country at the World Cup, it is a big stage. Obviously, bowlers have more chances of succumbing to injuries because of the workload they go through.”last_img read more

JeM terrorist Sajjad Khan remanded to NIA custody

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday send Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Sajjad Khan, arrested near Red Fort earlier, to NIA custody till March 29. Khan is believed to be a close associate of the Pulwama attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmed Khan. During the in-chamber proceedings Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal allowed the anti-terror agency to quiz him in the case. The National Investigation Agency told the court that the accused custody was required to unearth the deep-rooted conspiracy behind the February 14 attack in Pulwama that left 40 CRPF troopers dead.last_img

NCPCR seeks report from Noida police over sexual harassment of minor girl

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Budh Nagar) seeking report regarding sexual harassment case of the 11-year-old minor girl. The letter from child rights body reads that the commission has taken cognizance of the case under section 13 (1) (j) of CPCR Act, 2005. The complaint is received through the POCSO E-Box button.”You have requested to inquire into the matter and take lawful action in the case. An action taken report of the case along with the relevant documents must be furnished to the Commission,” said the letter. An official from the commission said that they have got the information on May 5. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to NCPCR official, a doctor from Delhi based hospital reached them through POCSO E-box. “The doctor told us that 11-year-old girl came to the hospital. She was diagnosed with dissociation she was admitted in the ward for management and assessment,” said the official. During an interview she disclosed that a boy in the neighbourhood touched her inappropriately which made her feel uncomfortable she has seen him doing the same with another girl in Noida. “The girl was in complete shock after the incident due to which she was taken to hospital,” said official. After receiving the information Yashwant Jain member NCPCR wrote the letter to Noida police seeking action in the case.last_img read more

EIL signs pact for 15 mt refinery in Mongolia

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Engineers India Ltd (EIL) Wednesday said it has signed an agreement to provide project management consultancy for a new 1.5 million tonne refinery being set up in Mongolia. The pact was signed with Mongol Refinery State Owned LLC, the company said in a statement here. The contract was signed in the presence of D Sumyaabazar, Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia. India had extended a USD 1 billion (about Rs 7,000 crore) line of credit to Mongolia during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. The Mongolian government is in the process to set up 1.5 million tonne per annum greenfield crude oil refinery in Sainshand province, under the line of credit extended by India. EIL had carried out a Detailed Feasibility Study for the project and was subsequently pre-qualified and shortlisted for providing project management consultancy services to Mongol Refinery for the project.last_img read more

8607 per cent students pass Madhyamik examination

first_imgKolkata: An estimated 86.07 per cent of the 10,50,397 students passed the Madhyamik Pariksha (class 10) board examination in West Bengal, the results of which were announced on Tuesday. Sougata Das of Mahammadpur Deshpran Vidyapith in Purba Midnapore district topped the madhyamik examination securing 694 out of total 700 marks with 99.94 percentage. West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), president Kalyanmoy Ganguly told a press meet here that this year’s 86.07 pass percentage was the highest in madhyamik examination in recent times. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Asked if results in other class 10 board examinations prompted the Madhyamik high scores as the topper got 694, the second 691 and the third and four ranked received 689 and 687 marks respectively, Ganguly said “we are not influenced by evaluation of other boards. We are following our own yardsticks. These students deservedly got such marks.” The results are available on the website wbbse.org. Purba Midnapore district registered the highest pass percentage of 96.01 per cent among the districts.last_img read more

Record 9247 students clear Goa Board Class 10 exam

first_imgPanaji: Class 10 students recorded 92.47 passing percentage in the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board exam this year, the highest in the last five years, Board Chairman Ramkrishna Samant said on Tuesday. “From 83.51 per cent in 2014, the passing percentages have shown a gradual increase over the past five years, with the highest 91.57 pass percentage recorded in 2017,” he added. Girls scored 92.64 passing percentage against 92.31 per cent by the boys. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Of the 18,684 students who appeared for the exam, 17,287 students passed, with 98 schools achieving 100 per cent results. Congratulating the students who cleared the exam, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said: “It is heartening to note that the overall passing percentage of 92.47 per cent is the highest ever in our state and 98 schools achieved 100 per cent passing results.” The SSC examinations were held in 21 centres across Goa in April.last_img read more

Besos de Arena a recent Spanish novel exposes slavery in Polisarios

first_imgCasablanca – Reyes Monfrte, Spanish writer and journalist, has recently released a novel based on real events depicting slavery and appalling living conditions of the Saharawis living in Tindouf camps.The 414-pages novel notably depicts the suffering endured by dark skinned girls in Tindouf’s Polisario camps, where practices of slavery are still ongoing.“BESOS de ARENA” tells the story of a young Saharwi woman who was subjected to slavery practices as a little girl. Her “masters” in Tindouf camps changed her origin name from Noah to Laia, just as they tragically altered her innocent childhood. The writer recalls the bad memories of Laia when she had to spend numerous nights in the open air tied with a rope for the simple reason that she couldn’t finish her daily chores.Laia’s early life reflects a story of a girl whose rights to childhood are cruelly violated, the simplest of which is the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child, as stated by the international Convention on the rights of the child.The main character’s testimonies went so far as to mirror the miserable living conditions of thousands of Saharawis inside what can be described as one of the largest open-air prisons in the world.Yet, the work is not the first of its kind. Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw filmed a controversial documentary in the Tindouf camps, exposing slave trade and depicting scenes of little girls offered for sale and subsequently tortured.Human Rights Watch showed at the time concerns over the facts revealed through the film.“In 2007 two Australian documentary filmmakers who had been filming in the camps stated that they had found evidence that dark-skinned refugees in the camps were victims of ongoing, traditional practices of slavery,” said the human rights watchdog.“These inhuman practices have been criticized by international NGOs,” the author of  “Besos de Arena”  told Argentina’s Telam  press agency.She went on to explain that in the past people indulged “in trafficking in exchange for camels or settling a debt, but now many women are subjected to  this tradition without asking anything in return.” Reyes Monforte added that “women are also bartered for goods.”Slavery is still a common practice in the camps, condemned by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.HRW  highlighted that  “Black-skinned Sahrawis constitute a small minority of the population in the camps. Some members of that minority are “owned” by “white” persons or families.”Polisario denied its responsibility over the practice, but the reality is in sharp contrast with the Front’s allegations, given the fact that a “slave” woman cannot marry without the consent of her “owner.” According to HRW, a religious  judge or “qadi” will decline to perform the marriage in case a “master”  doesn’t approve of it.Slavery practices will continue to take place in the camps run by Polisario, just as human conscience will go on condemning unjust inhuman practices around the world, including Tindouf.last_img read more

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