Ryan Reynolds named 2017 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

first_imgCanadian actor Ryan Reynolds has been named Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding student theatrical group. Advertisement Last year’s Man of the Year was Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Previous winners include Bob Hope, Warren Beatty and Robin Williams. The 2017 Woman of the Year hasn’t yet been announced. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The group said in a statement Friday it is “proud to honour such a talented and diverse actor, whose seamless transition across multiple genres captures audiences and keeps them coming back to see what’s next.”center_img In keeping with tradition, the actor who played the title role in 2016’s “Deadpool” will be roasted by the student group before getting his pudding pot on Feb. 3 Ryan Reynolds (Photo by MATTHEW BROOKES) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hasty Pudding bills itself as the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization that traces its roots to 1795. Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian music renaissance is over but Matthew Good isnt

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement If, in the late 1990s, the Canadian music scene was like it is now, Beautiful Midnight would not exist. And neither would Matthew Good — at least not the version we know now.The seminal album of modern CanRock, which in 1999 sprung forth radio singles such as “Load Me Up” and “Hello Time Bomb,” came in a glory era of Canadian music. Bands could criss cross the country playing smaller venues and fill the rooms with fans. Producers championed Canadian music on network TV.“It was a Canadian music renaissance,” said Good, who will play Beautiful Midnight front to back in a show at FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton Place) on Saturday. He’s also promoting an EP of revamped songs called I Miss the New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited. Advertisement “I don’t think we’ll ever see the like of it again.”Smaller venues are rapidly closing, he says. Record labels investing in Canadian music are fewer and farther between. At 45, he’s still releasing music, still packing shows like the countless number he’s played in Hamilton. But if the climate now existed then, “I don’t know if I’d be in music.” Twitterlast_img read more

Inside Out LGBT film festival runs until June 4

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter With its busy slate of screenings and events at TIFF Bell Lightbox, AGO’s Jackman Hall and Buddies in Bad Times to June 4th, Toronto’s LGBT film festival Inside Out features a wide range of cinematic pleasures to discover.That includes this year’s most unusual portrait of a fabled Hollywood celeb.Making its international premiere at the festival on May 28th, Mansfield 66/67 delves into the seedy and possibly Satanic history of ill-fated blond bombshell Jayne Mansfield with a mix of archival material, bizarre performance segments and appropriately catty interviews with John Waters, Mary Woronov, Kenneth Anger and other underground icons. Another fascinating figure gets the biopic treatment in Tom of Finland, director Dome Karukoski’s drama about Touko Laaksonen, the illustrator famed for his hyper-stylized illustrations of gay men — the festival presents the film’s Canadian premiere at the Lightbox on May 26th.Further Inside Out highlights include After Louie (screening May 30), a relationship drama by activist turned director Vincent Gagliostro starring the great Alan Cumming, a new adaptation of Michael LaChiusa’s gender-fluid musical Hello Again (June 4), and The Ring Thing (June 2), a doc-fiction hybrid that explores the experience of same-sex marriage and divorce. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Many more features, docs and shorts fill out the program at Inside Out until June 4.For additional information about Inside Out – CLICK HERElast_img read more

CBC planning to roll out reinvented The National in October

first_imgAdvertisement McGuire said they are scouting for candidates within and outside of the public broadcaster to take over for Mansbridge, who plans to step down after July 1st. Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of “The National” as anchor and chief correspondent. TORONTO — As Peter Mansbridge prepares to bid farewell to “The National,” the CBC’s flagship news program is looking to possibly enlist multiple hosts for their anchor desk. “We want the hosts of the show to be able to do field-based work too, and that will be more manageable with more than one (person) in terms of how the show works.” “The National” managing editor Steve Ladurantaye was recently reassigned after what the CBC called “an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet” he made as part of a controversial debate over cultural appropriation. McGuire said the broadcaster is in the process of determining which elements of the existing show — such as its At Issue panel — will work with the new concept. A point-of-view segment will be a part of the relaunched show, but the new “National” will also likely have fewer stories and a greater focus on depth of coverage, she noted. “(‘The National’) was conceived at a time pre-24-hour news, let alone the continuous digital news environment that we live in. And we think that what people need at the end of the day has shifted,” said McGuire. “It will be a new format, it will be a new set, it will be new graphics — the whole feel,” said McGuire. “We’re trying to change the visual storytelling style in terms of how we shoot it as well. We’re doing a fundamental relook.”  BY LAUREN LAROSE “Most nightly news shows tend to be a show of record and they look back on the day that was and try to touch every story and tell people what happened. It’s our feeling — and this is supported by research —that most people have some connection point to the news long before they touch it in the evening, so they need the show to take them somewhere else.” The full revamp of “The National” is slated to debut in mid-October.center_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Steve is voluntarily doing some work on understanding particularly the indigenous reality firsthand like every good journalist should do…. He’ll still be involved with helping us with our digital strategy and some other of our storytelling work, which will have an impact on ‘The National,’ but he’s not sitting on top of that team right now.” “We want it to be a show around active journalists,” Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, said in an interview. — Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. McGuire said they still plan to meet with Ladurantaye later in the fall to reassess his connection with the program going forward. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Drake did not submit More Life to the Grammys

first_imgDrake has described the album as a mixtape and playlist. The album has sold more than two million units — based off of album sales, singles sales and streams — according to Nielsen Music. The album, which set streaming records when it was released, includes the Top 10 hits Fake Love, Passionfruit and Portland.Representatives for the rapper and the Recording Academy didn’t reply to emails seeking comment.READ MORE Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Drake’s More Life album won’t earn him more Grammy Awards: The rapper didn’t submit the album for consideration at the 2018 Grammys.A person close to the nomination process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said the multi-platinum rapper did not submit More Life for album of the year or best rap album. The person also said Drake did not submit any of the songs from the album to categories like song of the year, record of the year or best rap song.More Life was released in March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Advertisementcenter_img Canadian rapper Drake apparently hasn’t submitted his record-breaking album More Life for consideration at the 2018 Grammys. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Women Filmmakers Honored at Toronto With Birks Diamond Tribute

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement CREDIT: 1996-98 ACCUSOFT INC., ALL RIGHTcenter_img Before walking the red carpet Sept. 11 for the world premiere of her third feature, the Sasheer Zamata-starring pic “The Weekend,” pictured above, Toronto-born writer-director Stella Meghie was feted with five other Canadian cinema artists at the sixth annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film, co-presented with partner Telefilm Canada at a splashy private event Sept. 10.Meghie, whose debut comedy “Jean of the Jones” screened here in 2016, and Quebec director Jeanne Leblanc, now at work on her second feature, “Les notres,” are honored in the Emerging Talent category, which was added this year. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald apologizes for defending Roseanne Louis CK

first_imgAdvertisement Norm Macdonald begins as host of the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Macdonald told the Hollywood Reporter that people used to get a ‘second chance’ when they admitted wrongdoing, but ‘now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished.’ (PETER POWER / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald is apologizing for defending Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.Barr, who hired Macdonald to write on her original Roseanne series, lost her comeback series over a racist tweet.Louis C.K.’s production deal with FX Networks ended and a movie release was cancelled when he admitted to inappropriate behaviour following allegations from five women. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Macdonald told the Hollywood Reporter that people used to get a “second chance” when they admitted wrongdoing, but “now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished.” He also said he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit.”That brought social media down on Macdonald, with some suggesting on Twitter it could lead to his new Netflix show being cancelled.In his apology tweet, Macdonald said Barr and Louis C.K. “both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions.”“If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry,” he said. Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgfemale rappers Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Female rappers in Toronto are some of the most talented artists on the scene, period.Maybe it’s the fact they have to work exponentially harder for credibility in a male-dominated industry (to be fair, gender dynamics are changing slowly), but these lyricists come heavy on the mic with defined sounds and esthetics to boot.Representing Black, queer, and POC women in full force, some of these artists have had their feet planted in the industry for years, while others are just getting their toes wet. Either way, they’re some of the most exciting acts in the city right now. Advertisement Here are my picks for 10 female rappers in Toronto you should know.Haviah MightyUndeniably the most energetic and promising rapper in the city right now, Haviah (also one-third of the all-women rap group The Sorority) has gone solo, and her album 13th Floor can’t come out soon enough (it drops next month).Judging by the videos she’s been releasing the last few weeks, it’s going to be a much-needed, home-grown track list of no-nonsense bars.SydanieProudly repping Jane and Finch is this 25-year-old talent, whose latest release 999 is a hard-hitting album of rapid-fire flow over hypnotic beats.Parts electro-house reverie, parts diary, Sydanie’s vibe is an accumulation of hard-earned rap street-level accolades since arriving on the scene in 2012. She cuts right to the chase—she is a mom after all; no time for BS.Golde LondonIt’s been nearly a decade since her video Shadows first game out, and to this day, Golde remains one of the city’s best kept secrets. She’s been M.I.A. for a while but evidently not without results: she’s officially out with a new single called Juice that makes a 2019 comeback look promising. Twitterlast_img read more

There is urgency says BC minister

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has long been criticized for its lack of commitment to First Nations child welfare.Critics say Indian Affairs has stuck to an outdated funding formula which puts First Nations children at a disadvantage.The Commons committee on Aboriginal affairs is studying the issue.Mary Polak, British Columbia’s minister of children and family development, appeared before the committee to talk about the situation in her province.last_img

Nunavut girls lacing skates taping sticks and living hockey dreams

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile National Hockey League players may be locked out, the sport is still thriving across the country.In fact, in Iqaluit, girls are on the ice playing with some of their favorite stars.APTN National News reporter Malaya Qaunirq Chapman has this story.last_img

Five First Nations block tarsands highway in the name of Idle No

first_img(Photo courtesy of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation)*This story has been edited to remove sections that were inadvertently copied from a Sun Media article by Vincent McDermott. APTN National News sincerely apologizes and regrets the error.By Noemi LoPinto APTN National News EDMONTON–About 100 people blocked Hwy. 63 north of Fort McMurray, Alta., this afternoon, the main artery that leads to the tarsands.The chief of Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) says people from more than five First Nations in and around the area took part in bringing traffic to a crawl for over two hours.The ACFN and the Mikisew Cree Nation have been at the forefront of the battle over the tarsands for years, and ACFN has repeatedly appealed to the courts to slow down the pace of development on his traditional territory.Adam said the anger in his community has been building for decades, but has taken on a more active form now that Bill C-45 has been passed into law.“Prime Minister Harper can’t just do anything he wants,” said Adam. “If he wants to promote Canada as a country where dictatorship has taken root, he’s going to have a hard time.”Thursday’s protest was also intended to show support for hunger-striking Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation in northeastern Ontario.The protesters used their bodies to block the road, standing in both lanes with signs bearing the Idle No More banner, and shouting their support for Spence.While there was some grumbling by motorists, Adam said the protest was mostly well- received.“Some people flipped us the finger but we just waved back at them, “he said. “They don’t understand what is going on here in Canada all you can do is pray for them to understand what it’s all about.”Adam said he personally was very concerned for the health and well-being of Spence.“God forbid something happens to her. If something happens to her, Stephen Harper will not only have this bill on his hands but the life of the chief. If that happens, this country will erupt.”nlopinto@aptn.calast_img read more

Inuk woman talks about winning Indspire award for I‎nuit youth

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsA ‎young woman from Iqaluit has won this year’s Indspire award for Inuit youth.The annual awards celebrate Indigenous achievement and can be seen on APTN in March.APTN met with the Inuit Youth Council president to ask her about the honour and how she earned it.last_img

Rotary International picks Calgary for 2025 Convention

first_imgRotary International has chosen Calgary to host its 2025 Convention, an annual event which usually attracts between 20,000 and 40,000 people.Co-chair of the host organizing committee Mark Starratt said it’s a victory two years in the making.“We were among 11 worldwide cities that were invited to apply for the possibility and over the course of the last six months, we were whittled down to five,” he said, adding Calgary was the only North American city to be shortlisted.The convention involves Rotarians from over 100 countries gathering for fellowships and strategizing local and international strategies.Starratt said Calgary getting the nod is a result of two key factors.“Number one, the fact that we’ve become a world-class destination and that’s shown really clearly through some of our venues,” he said. “But in addition to that, I can’t reiterate enough the partnership and the spirit of volunteerism that we have in Calgary.”Some of the partners he credits include Meetings + Convention Calgary and the Stampede.“This will be the largest convention in Calgary’s history. It is an amazing accomplishment for our city,” Clark Grue, President and CEO, Meetings + Conventions Calgary, said in a release.Starratt said it’s hard to quantify how much of a boost the local economy will get because it’s unclear just how many Rotarians will attend.But with the convention lasting three to five days at the BMO Centre and the Saddledome, along with attendants contributing to hotels, restaurants, rentals, visiting the mountains and attractions like the Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park, the payoff will be huge.“The multi-millions, the tens of millions,” he said.last_img read more

Alberta banks on expanded Trans Mountain pipeline in budget forecasts

first_imgEDMONTON – Finance Minister Joe Ceci says Alberta is banking on anticipated revenue from an expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline to balance the budget within five years.Ceci says revenue from the yet-to-be built expansion, along with expected revenue from a replacement Enbridge pipeline to Wisconsin, will be factored into forecasts in the budget he is to table on Thursday.He says it makes financial sense to include the pipelines now —given the expectation they will get completed — and the figures can be adjusted as the situation develops.“That is definitely the hopes of the companies that are involved,” Ceci said Tuesday. “We’ve built (the revenue) into budget because that’s what everybody believes will happen.”In 2016, the federal government approved the Enbridge Line 3 replacement to Wisconsin, as well as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, which would triple the amount of crude shipped from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.But the Trans Mountain expansion is facing delays and challenges.B.C. Premier John Horgan is asking for a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict higher levels of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said Trans Mountain is critical to Canada’s energy future and she plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to give her the power to curtail oil shipments to B.C. in retaliation.She has said that pipeline bottlenecks and limited access to overseas markets are forcing Alberta’s crude to sell at a discount, costing thousands of jobs and leaving billions of dollars of profit on the table.Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said it’s risky for Ceci to count on future revenue from Trans Mountain.“We obviously hope that Trans Mountain gets built quickly, but what we’ve seen is a year of delays already and the very strong potential of yet further delays,” Kenney said.“This is putting a lot of eggs in one uncertain basket, and that’s not how you budget.”Ceci made the pre-budget announcement at a downtown tech startup company that creates virtual simulations for proposed homes and work sites.Finance ministers traditionally get new shoes prior to budget day. This year, Ceci stood next to a screen displaying a computer-generated avatar of himself in loafers that toggled from shimmering electric green to dark purple to traditional black and grey.He said the budget will continue with key NDP themes, but will include a detailed plan to balance the books.“The budget is going to be balanced in 2023,” said Ceci. “We are focused on constraining expenditures (and) costs down the road, eliminating … waste where we find it, and diversifying our economy.”The government won’t make deep cuts to balance the budget earlier, he said. This year’s deficit is pegged at $9.1 billion.Kenney said a plan tied to the mercurial ups and downs of oil prices is not a plan.“He (Ceci) has put on those virtual reality goggles and he can’t see clearly,” said Kenney. “He seems to be counting on good luck to get the budget balanced.”Notley took over in 2015 as oil prices, the wellspring of Alberta’s economy, were falling by half from previous highs of more than US$100 a barrel. Oil prices have inched up since then, but Notley’s government has avoided deep cuts to programs and services, saying that would worsen the economy.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML; TSX:ENB)last_img read more

Fax advertisers hanging on in industry grappling with growth of social media

first_imgFollow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press Sam Ayoub knows a thing or two about making money in an unlikely place.He has been convincing companies for the last 24 years to drop cash on a marketing medium from a previous era: fax advertising.Ayoub and his InFax business operate seven offices across Canada that fire off more than 60 million faxes a year for clients advertising everything from events and financing services to travel packages and education seminars.Ayoub knows his business and others like it are “the underdog.”Their missives sometimes spit out of machines that are covered with a thick layer of dust and reaching a wide audience can now be done with a few clicks and amplified even further for a couple extra dollars via email and social media.Still Ayoub believes his business is surviving due to his ability to deliver messages right to the heart of offices and avoiding the main trouble of online advertising: the human tendency to scroll past it.“The perception is getting higher that fax broadcasting is irrelevant,” Ayoub admitted. “Clients have tried many marketing tools in order to get some returns. They always come back to fax broadcast because the returns are still there.”InFax’s website shows it charges 30 cents a page when a customer is sending 200 to 400 faxes, but the rate drops as low as two cents a page for clients sending 100,000 faxes or more.By contrast, you can run campaigns on Facebook and Twitter for as little as a few dollars, though reaching a larger or more targeted audience can be more expensive.The strength of the content and the frequency with which someone encounters it determines how much traction an advertisement can get, though it can be hard to know what kind of returns it generates because fax technology isn’t rooted in clicks and analytics.However, Ayoub suspects clients are still finding returns because he has customers who pour considerable money into a campaign every week or month.Not everyone agrees. Ryan Moore, the owner of a Toronto-based jewellery business that specializes in custom pieces, says he spent about $400 for a company to send about 2,000 faxes every week for three months, but found the results disappointing.“There is no return on it,” he said. “I prefer Facebook and Instagram. We get more business from that than fax marketing.”David Soberman, a University of Toronto marketing professor, said direct mail and traditional media advertising have been hit hard by the digital era, but fax marketers have suffered mainly because reliance on fax machines has dwindled at offices outside the health care and legal professions, which still use them for sensitive documents.“Marketing relies on having significant penetration within a segment,” he said. “It’s an older demographic that has fax machines. I have never heard of young adults or millennials having a fax machine.”Diego Diaz, president of Toronto-based Fax Marketing Canada, said clients are still finding returns on fax marketing, but that doesn’t mean he thinks the industry is as rosy as it was in its prime.Diaz has had to restructure his company, close two of its offices and invest in other ventures because of a 70 per cent drop in business.He’s watched travel companies turn away from fax marketing to use Expedia or other travel websites for advertising instead. Private health-care businesses used to bring in anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000 a month in sales because they used fax marketing to advertise to U.S. customers without insurance, but many of them went out of business after the introduction of Obamacare.Now, he said he’s left with “mom-and-pop” businesses and medical companies advertising seminars, supplies and research directly to doctors.“There is still room to make money, but I think one day, maybe in the next 10 years, it will be gone,” he said.“It was a good ride while it lasted.”last_img read more

Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

first_imgHONOLULU — U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.Boat owners Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren, or Japan Fisheries Cooperatives in English, are charged with aiding and abetting the smuggling. Ten fishermen have been charged with smuggling.A Hamada representative in Japan said Friday that the Indonesian crew members had shark fins without the captain’s knowledge.JF Zengyoren declined to comment, saying it hadn’t seen the complaint.It’s against U.S. law to remove the fins of sharks at sea. Prosecutors say the fishermen harvested fins from some sharks that were still alive and then discarded in the ocean.Fins are a pricey delicacy often used in soups.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Prosecutors Ponzi suspect tried telling wife to hide cash

first_imgBALTIMORE — Prosecutors say a man charged in a $364 million investment scheme planned to tell his wife to drink the “good wine,” stash cash and hide and sell his valuables.The Baltimore Sun reports 53-year-old Kevin Merrill of Towson, Maryland, is accused of trying to show 30-year-old Amanda Merrill a note with the instructions. Prosecutors say he was headed to a jailhouse visit with her when guards found the note in his sock.Prosecutors described the note in conspiracy, obstruction and other charges filed last month against Amanda Merrill. Her attorney declined to comment.U.S. Attorney Robert Hur previously said the scheme entrapped more than 400 victims nationwide. A federal judge had issued a restraining order barring Merrill from selling his sports cars, mansions and designer clothes. He’s pleaded not guilty.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Northern Eastern BC has intake clinics to help with mental health for

first_img“With school in full swing, midterms over and the holiday season on the horizon, December makes sense as a time for parents to check in with their children to see how things are going,” said Wade Maybie, a registered nurse at the Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Clinic in Saanich B.C.Maybie says it’s best to call ahead to be sure you are within the clinic’s catchment area. That’s true for all clinics in B.C.“Sometimes it’s possible that what the caller really needs is a referral to a different community resource, and once the initial screening meeting occurs, the team looks at the best fit for services,” Maybie said.The following are our local area B.C. Mental Health Intake Offices;Fort St John 5020 Airport Drive, Fort Nelson Fort Nelson Tumbler Ridge ​ For more information on the above-listed clinics; CLICK HEREFor other resources that are not in our area;Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health; CLICK HEREThe Foundry; CLICK HEREFamily Smart; CLICK HEREKelty Mental Health; CLICK HERE Suite 200  9900 100 Ave., Fort St John, VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Children and Family Development funds 100 walk-in intake clinics around the province, where children and youth who may be struggling with mental health challenges can get assessed and connected to supports and services.Not everyone knows there are walk-in intake clinics around the Province. These clinics funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development are set up for children and youth who might be struggling with mental health challenges.These children and youth can be assessed and connected to services and supports for challenges ranging from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, to family conflict, emotional dysregulation and trauma. Self-harm and problems related to alcohol and drugs are common issues for the children and youth who come into the Child and Youth Mental Health clinics. Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Chetwynd Suite 205 1508 102 Ave., Dawson Creekcenter_img Dawson Creek ​ ​ Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 4744 52 St., Chetwynd ​ ​ Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tumbler Ridge High School intake with a Clinicianlast_img read more

Farmland now protected with government Legislation

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – February 22nd, 2019, Bill 52 has strengthened the B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) Regulations by enhancing food security and encouraging farming in the ALR.“I’m very happy to see this law come into full force and effect,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “This new law will encourage farming and better protect farmland by banning mega-mansions, stopping the illegal dumping of waste on farmland and reinstating the one-zone system. It’s a great step in our effort to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve so that British Columbians can count on a safe, secure supply of locally grown food on their tables for years to come.”According to the government the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2018 provides three key changes, including: Restricting the removal of soil and increased penalties for the dumping of construction debris and other harmful fill in the ALR.Directly addressing mega-mansions and speculation in the ALR by limiting primary residence size on ALR lands and empowering the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to approve additional residences if they are for farm use.Reunifying the ALR as a single zone, ensuring consistent rules with strong protections for all provincial ALR land.“At the same time, we’re supporting larger farming families by ensuring that those who need extra living space to support their farming operations have a path forward at the ALC to build a larger home,” said Popham. “Multigenerational farming families are the backbone of agriculture throughout B.C.”November 5th, 2018, Bill 52 was introduced and received royal assent three weeks later requiring regulation to bring the law into force. The government’s legislative changes make it clear that British Columbia’s ALR is for farming and ranching, not for building mega-mansions and dumping construction waste.Established in 1973, the ALR is administered by the ALC, an independent tribunal mandated to preserve agricultural land and encourage farming on agricultural land. The ALR includes over 4.7 million hectares of B.C. that are preserved for agricultural use – less than 5% of B.C.’s total land base.last_img read more

Potential Trans Mountain pipeline buyer says it agrees with federal principles

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – One of the leaders of a First Nations consortium planning to offer $6.8 billion for majority ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline says federal government principles for Indigenous buyers are “exactly aligned” with its goals.Harrie Vredenburg, a Project Reconciliation executive board member and professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, says the principles unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday don’t affect his group’s plan to invite all Indigenous communities in Western Canada to join in a united bid for 51 percent of the pipeline.The four points suggest that discussions of potential Indigenous ownership of the pipeline can proceed only if the communities involved have “meaningful economic participation,” if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and goes forward on a commercial basis. Vredenburg says the principles are consistent with messages his organization has shared in meetings with federal department officials over the past five months.He says the project, led by executive chairman Delbert Wapass, a former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan, is well-advanced and there have been meetings with investment banks, oil companies and First Nations.Morneau has said the government won’t negotiate the sale of the pipeline it bought for $4.5 billion last summer until after construction of its controversial proposed expansion is “de-risked.”Court-ordered consultations with affected Indigenous groups are expected to wrap up in May, allowing the expansion to go to Ottawa for a decision on approval.last_img read more