JUNOS SET TO SURPRISE WITH A BARN BURNER OF A SHOW SUNDAY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Afie Jurvanen of the Bahamas does a soundcheck on Friday at Budwiser Gardens. (Turgut Yeter/CBC News) Advertisement This year’s 48th annual Juno Award Show will take place at the sold-out Budweiser Gardens on Sunday with host Sarah McLachlan moving things along onstage. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Facebook When the lights come up for the Juno awards in London, Ont on Sunday, executive producer John Brunton will be finished what he calls the most brutal part of the entire week.“From dress rehearsal to the show, all you think about is what can go wrong,” said Brunton.That gut-check feeling still sits in his stomach, even though this will be his 25th year working on the Junos. Twitterlast_img read more

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FROM OSCAR® WINNERS ALEX GIBNEY AND STEVEN SPIELBERG DISCOVERYS TIMELY NEW SERIES

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO – The six-part series produced by Amblin Television and Jigsaw Productions is directed by Emmy® winners Geeta Gandbhir and Sam PollardThroughout history, hate and conflict have been part of the human experience. From horrific extremes such as the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide, when hate has fueled mass destruction, to everyday incidents like playground bullying or malicious trolling on social media, hate shapes our lives in myriad ways. And while all humans have the capacity to hate, few understand what sparks it and transforms it into a destructive force. Facebook Executive produced by filmmaking heavyweights Alex Gibney and Steven Spielberg and directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard (Emmy® winners for “When The Levees Broke:  A Requiem in Four Acts”), WHY WE HATE explores one of humanity’s most primal and destructive emotions – hate.  At the heart of this timely series is the notion that if people begin to understand their own minds, they can find ways to work against hate and keep it from spreading.The six-part series will begin airing on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 at 10:00pm on Discovery Channel, with additional episodes airing each subsequent Sunday.“The issues explored in WHY WE HATE are more relevant than ever,” says Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual. “Discovery is tremendously proud to delve into this critical subject with legendary filmmakers Alex Gibney and Steven Spielberg and the teams they have assembled. The hard science gives us the knowledge we need, the storytelling provides the hope.”State Gibney and Spielberg, “Getting to the root of the human condition is something not only fascinating, but necessary in understanding who we are. This is not a series that just documents something that’s happening; it’s an inquiry – an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through an understanding of our common humanity. Hate is in our DNA. If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act. That is what we are uniquely capable of as human beings.”Drawing on cutting-edge journalism, deep historical investigations and ground-breaking research in psychology, biology, and neuroscience, WHY WE HATE traces the evolutionary basis of hatred and its powerful impact on individuals and societies throughout human history.  The science behind the behavior is a powerful tool to help us understand what drives conflict, enabling people to have real, tough conversations about these issues and behaviors.Helping to unpack these complex issues in each episode are experts including cognitive scientist Laurie Santos, evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare, journalist and author Jelani Cobb, extremism expert Sasha Havlicek, international criminal lawyer Patricia Viseur Sellers, and neuroscientist Emile Bruneau.WHY WE HATE works to contextualize the many instances of hate in everyday life: the violent rivalries that erupt at sports matches, the hateful rhetoric that runs rampant on social media, and the heated disagreements that flare up over political partisanship, race, religion, and social beliefs. The series follows brave individuals seeking to quell violent conflict and correct misperceptions, hears from former terrorists and architects of genocide, and allows viewers to consider lessons from some of the most brutal and enduring examples of hate throughout the world.Among ideas explored include how group-based thinking shapes people’s perceptions and their behaviors. The area that illustrates this the most is sports, where deep loyalties are based on a few different factors such as regional identity. A deep love for one team often leads to a hatred for its rival, which can spill into detesting opposing fans. As Santos explains, “…soccer fans tend to be the most tribal…not just about the soccer players that they care about, but also about the other fans. And that’s interesting because it suggests that it’s not just about the competition.”  Santos goes on to draw parallels to today’s political environment: “Political partisanship is getting more and more tribal every day. The distance between the us and them in this country is getting bigger, and it’s developing more of the uglier sides of tribalism.”WHY WE HATE also highlights the personal stories of those who have lived a life of hatred, including a lifelong member of a hate group whose childhood memories “are of standing on a picket line telling people they were going to hell.” The series encounters people whose beliefs led them to commit acts of hate so severe they ended up in jail, but who managed, finally, to disengage from those ideologies.Along the way, WHY WE HATE reveals contemporary links to ancient and evolutionary behaviors and uses science as a basis for unlocking the truth about hatred and human nature.WHY WE HATE will be supported by Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. The more than 5 million educators and 51 million students worldwide using the recently launched Discovery Education Experience and other award-winning digital services will shortly receive access to a variety of exclusive WHY WE HATE videos, classroom activities, lesson plans, a take-home parent viewing guide, and more. Through these thought-provoking resources, teachers, students, and their families will be empowered to explore the human condition for hatred and change the narrative.WHY WE HATE is an Amblin Television and Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel. Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard. The series is executive produced by Alex Gibney, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, David McKillop, Jon Bardin, Yael Melamede, and Erica Sashin. For Escape Artists: executive producer, Steve Tisch; For Discovery Channel: executive producers, Nancy Daniels and Howard Swartz.ABOUT DISCOVERY CHANNEL:Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 88.3 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the peoples, places, and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.comABOUT DISCOVERY:Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit https://corporate.discovery.com/ and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.ABOUT AMBLIN TELEVISIONAmblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven Spielberg. Amblin Television’s co-presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for the company. Amblin Television currently has thirteen projects in various stages of production including Tommy for CBS, a second season of Roswell, New Mexico for the CW, The Haunting of Bly Manor – the follow-up chapter to The Haunting of Hill House – for Netflix, Halo for Showtime, a straight-to-series order for Brave New World from USA Network, Amazing Stories for Apple, Cortés and Moctezuma for Amazon, Gremlins for HBO Max, Animaniacs for Hulu, Why We Hate for Discovery, Resident Alien for SYFY, and the documentary films Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind for HBO and Laurel Canyon for Epix.Some of Amblin Television’s previous credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama The Americans for FX, Emmy-nominated HBO movie All The Way starring Bryan Cranston, Smash for NBC, Under the Dome for CBS, Falling Skies for TNT, The Borgias and The United States of Tara for Showtime, and Las Vegas for NBC.http://www.amblin.comABOUT JIGSAW PRODUCTIONSJigsaw Productions is helmed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, considered one of the most prolific and thought-provoking documentary filmmakers of our generation. Jigsaw has produced some of the most acclaimed documentary films including Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Armstrong Lie, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, and Zero Days. Jigsaw’s slate of highly visible TV series includes Dirty Money on Netflix, Amazon’s The New Yorker Presents, Parched on NatGeo, and CNN’s Death Row Stories. Whether the company is creating a documentary or narrative film, a scripted or unscripted series, Jigsaw adheres to a particular ethos: well-told, insightful, scrupulously researched, and visually poignant stories, which ignite and engage our curiosity. Reaching audiences on screens small or large, on platforms digital or traditional, Jigsaw aims to achieve critical and commercial success without sacrificing style or authenticity.ABOUT ESCAPE ARTISTSEscape Artists is an independently financed motion picture and television production company with a first-look deal at Sony Pictures Entertainment for film and a first-look deal with MGM Television for TV, headed by Partners Steve Tisch, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and David Bloomfield.On the feature side, Escape’s credits include The Upside, The Equalizer franchise, Southpaw, Pursuit of Happyness and The Weather Man. On the television side, Escape Artists first straight to series show, Perpetual Grace, LTD., premiered on June 2nd on EPIX. Next up on the Escape Artists’ roster is Servant for Apple TV+ with Executive Producer M. Night Shyamalan and Troop Zero with Amazon Studios. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nunavut politicians brush off activists concerns over people living in shacks

first_imgKathleen MartensKent Driscoll APTN News An Inuit-rights advocate says he’s banging into walls when it comes to getting help for the homeless from Nunavut politicians.Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau runs the Facebook page Shame on Canada.It’s where he posts candid interviews about social problems in the northern territory, with a special focus on dozens of people that live in unheated shacks despite the freezing cold temperatures.In a video posted to the site last week, Inuqtaqau questioned Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa in an ambush-style video.“…Could we go to the shacks? Could I show you?” Inuqtaqau says of the plywood homes just down the road.But Quassa says, “I’m very busy right now,” before getting into a car and driving away.Last week he filmed former premier Paul Okalik leaving a grocery store.“Can we go to the shacks? I want to show you the shacks,” Inuqtaqau is heard asking on this video:“You guys are Inuk leaders.”But Okalik declined.“No, I’m not a leader,” he said, while holding a bunch of bananas and a bottle of Perrier water.Okalik was with his partner, Aluki Kotierk, who is president of the land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), which promotes Inuit rights and job training.They both know Inuqtaqau and signed a petition he distributed in 2016 calling for more Inuit to be hired by local employers.But on the video Kotierk appears to ignore him and get into a vehicle without saying anything.“Ok, thanks. It’s going online,” Inuqtaqau says of the video.Okalik, who could not be reached for comment, is no longer a public official. He was twice premier of the territory and twice elected a member of the legislative assembly. He ran again last fall but was defeated.A spokesperson for Kotierk declined to make her available for an interview Tuesday.APTN has reported on Inuqtaqau’s petition and lack of affordable housing in depth. Most recently in a documentary that can be viewed here.“If you Google my name you see I’ve been working on this for two years,” Inuqtaqau said in a telephone interview.“People in the shacks are suicidal, depressed. Meantime, our Inuk leaders choose to ignore them.”APTN tried to interview Quassa last week in Ottawa at the annual Northern Lights Conference. But his spokesperson said he was too busy.She said he was travelling Tuesday and unavailable for a telephone interview.“They treat their own people like second-class citizens. We’re ghosts to them,” said Inuqtaqau. “If they’re not going to talk about it I might as well confront them on camera.”Meanwhile, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN in January she is interested in visiting the shacks.Inuqtaqau said he would like to introduce her to some of the people living there. Some of whom, he said, have been waiting for housing for 10 years.Others, he said, are working but can’t afford to buy a house or rent a two-bedroom apartment for $2,600 a month in one of the most expensive cities to live in Canada.kmartens@aptn.cakdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

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Lawyer for woman in extremely aggressive RCMP video says client was disbelieved

first_imgHolly MooreAPTN NewsThe lawyer for a British Columbia woman recently shown being interviewed by a West Kelowna RCMP officer after she reported a sexual assault says he believes her interview was really an interrogation.Penticton, B.C., lawyer Michael Patterson represents several claimants in lawsuits against the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and against individual social workers Robert Riley Saunders and supervisor Siobhan Stynes.He said he understands that police need to investigate complaints vigorously but this interview was “absolutely shocking.”Patterson said the line of questioning by the officer adds weight to his client’s claim that social workers punished her for reporting the assault as stated in her amended statement of claim from March 2019.The allegations have not been proven in court.“The amended statement of claim mentions that she was disbelieved from the beginning by MCFD,” Patterson said. “If you think my client is lying about being sexually assaulted there are other ways to verify it at the time.”“It was more of a very aggressive interrogation tactic in my view that you reserve for the more serious criminals and not a vulnerable teenager complaining about being sexually assaulted,” he added.“I believe there was a rush to judgment.” In the video, the officer asks the woman about her past sexual history and why she went to the alleged assailant’s house.“Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?” the officer asked. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”The Indigenous teen was just 17 when the video was taken.Read the full story here: ‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault reportShe reported she had been sexual assaulted by an acquaintance to Kelowna RCMP in March 2012.She was in the care of MCFD at the time. The video shows she is alone with the male officer the majority of the time.Patterson points out that MCFD was the youth’s guardian at the time of the interview and someone from the ministry should have been with her.“Where were they?” Patterson asked. “If they were present, a parent was present, some support may have been present. Maybe that person could say, ‘Let’s stop this interview, let’s take a brief break’ or voice their concerns.”The woman, whom APTN News is not identifying, says she felt very alone in the room.“At one point I just broke down,” the woman said in a recent interview. “I knew he didn’t believe me.”Patterson declined to say how the video evidence will influence the civil case going forward.“What I can say is that we don’t believe that a proper investigation was conducted either by the RCMP or in MCFD. I pray that my daughters never have to report anything of this nature to the police. If this is how they treat complainants I find it absolutely shocking.“I am really disgusted by this. I think she is owed an apology,” the lawyer added.APTN asked the RCMP and MCFD for comment.MCFD wrote an email indicating they are working on a response but nothing had been received by the time this story was published.The RCMP has not responded at all.hmoore@aptn.ca@hollymooreaptnlast_img read more

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Weinstein Co overwhelmed by backlash may be up for sale

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Weinstein Co., besieged by sexual harassment allegations against its namesake and co-founder, may be putting itself up for sale.The company said Monday that it will receive an immediate cash infusion from Colony Capital and is in negotiations for the potential sale of all or a significant portion of the company responsible for producing films such as “Django Unchained,” ”The Hateful Eight” and “Lion.”Colony Capital, the private-equity arm of Colony NorthStar, was founded by Thomas Barrack, a close adviser to President Donald Trump. Barrack chaired Trump’s presidential inaugural committee.Harvey Weinstein was fired last week by the film production company he helped create. The allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein span decades and include many of the film industry’s leading actresses.The backlash has been severe as more women go public with their interactions with Weinstein.Law enforcement in the U.S. and Europe are taking a new look at past allegations.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revoked his membership, as has the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.“This has got to be a fire sale,” said Richard Levick, chairman and CEO of crisis-management firm Levick International. He added that while he doesn’t think anyone would be interested in buying the Weinstein name, they might be interested in “buying the pieces.”Amazon Studios, the growing film arm of Amazon, cut ties with the Weinstein company last week. Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and director David O. Russell scrapped an untitled Amazon Studios series that was being produced by The Weinstein Co.Showtime has threatened to pull out of an Oliver Stone drama in development, “Guantanamo,” because Weinstein Co. is a producer.“The stink from this is so substantial that it makes almost anyone to try to defend them to become an untouchable,” Levick said.Word of a potential sale comes just three days after Bob Weinstein, who helped found the company with his brother, Harvey, said that a sale was not an option.“We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward,” Colony said Monday. “We will help return the company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry.”Now, Colony will have to weigh a sale price against “brand liability,” Levick said. This includes unknown things such as how many more women may come forward.The list of women alleging harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein continues to grow. More than 30 women, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow — have spoken out.___Business writers Stanley J. Choe and Barbara Ortutay contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Foreign producers oilsands sales boost Calgary companies Q3 results

first_imgCALGARY – Two Calgary-based oilsands producers reported huge production gains in their most recent quarters after spending billions of dollars last spring to buy assets from foreign companies anxious to exit the northern Alberta heavy oil resource.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) said Thursday that for the first time, its output averaged more than one million barrels of oil equivalent per day during its third quarter ended Sept. 30. Production was up 41 per cent from the year-earlier period, thanks mainly to its deal to buy most of the Canadian oilsands mining assets of Royal Dutch Shell for about $11.1 billion.Meanwhile, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) reported more than doubling its output to 590,851 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 273,405 a year ago, as it absorbed Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips, including its half interest in jointly owned oilsands assets, purchased for $17.7 billion.The third quarter was the first full quarter since the two deals were completed.The similarities didn’t extend to the strategic level, however, as Cenovus continued to focus on divesting assets to pay down debt and Canadian Natural announced it had achieved “the final step” in its transition to a sustainable business model with plenty of free cash to boost returns to shareholders and power potential acquisitions.Thursday’s report was the last for Cenovus president and CEO Brian Ferguson, who is to be replaced by former TransCanada Corp. executive Alex Pourbaix next week, although he will remain an adviser until next March.On a conference call, Ferguson said it had been a “great honour and privilege” to lead the company since it was launched in December 2009.Ferguson said the company is well advanced in identifying “non-core” conventional oil and gas assets in the ConocoPhillips’ portfolio to be sold before year-end to reach its goal of between $4 billion and $5 billion in asset sales.It has already raised $2.8 billion through sales of three asset packages — including the $975-million sale of its Pelican Lake heavy oil assets in northern Alberta to Canadian Natural, which closed at the end of September.It expects to sell its stake in a Weyburn, Sask., oilfield in the current quarter, a deal analysts have estimated will bring in about $1 billion.On its conference call, Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut said the company is in a “strong and enviable position” after completing the construction of an 80,000-barrel-per-day expansion of its Horizon oilsands mine in October.Horizon is expected to gradually ramp up to about 240,000 bpd of synthetic crude output by mid-December on the way to its rated capacity of 250,000 bpd.Both oilsands companies reported stronger financial operating results on higher commodity prices and lower costs in the third quarter.Cenovus had a net loss of $69 million or six cents per share, due mainly to a writedown of $440 million on the Pelican Lake asset sale, compared with a loss of $251 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Canadian Natural had a net profit of $684 million or 56 cents per share, versus a net loss of $326 million or 29 cents in the third quarter of last year. It said it had paid down $350 million in debt during the quarter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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Jobs figures tariff exemptions push Toronto US markets into positive

first_imgNorth American markets rallied Friday on strong U.S. jobs figures and a Canadian reprieve from U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.The much-anticipated job figures showed U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February, while the hourly wage grew a low-than-expected 2.6 per cent compared to a year ago.The hiring showed continued strength in the economy while the wage growth — lower than the 2.9 per cent reported a month ago — tempered inflation fears, said Manulife Asset Management portfolio manager Cavan Yie.“The jobs data was very very positive, and in combination with that, the wage or inflation data was also positive in that it was lower than expected. So we’re not seeing the same level of wage growth that we saw in the previous month.“The markets sold off several weeks ago on the fears of higher-than-expected inflation, and what that meant for company margins and the fed potentially raising more than expected this year,” said Yie.The job numbers, along with Trump indefinitely exempting Canada and Mexico from the metal tariffs, helped U.S. markets recover from recent losses.Canada also posted positive jobs numbers Friday. The economy added 15,400 net new jobs last month and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 per cent — but the gains were due to a surge in part-time work that offset a heavy decline in full-time positions.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 440.53 points to 25,335.74. The S&P 500 index was up 47.60 points to 2,786.57 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 132.86 points to a record close of 7,560.81.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 39.11 points to 15,577.81, led by energy and materials.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.88 cents US, up 0.52 of a US cent. The loonie got a boost after Canadian industries learned they would be exempt from the tariffs, said Yie.“There was a huge relief rally in the loonie, reflecting Canada’s exemption from aluminum and steel tariffs. The loonie had taken quite a dive in the face of those comment initially as Canada as well all know is a major steel exporter to the U.S.”The April crude contract closed up US$1.92 to US$62.04 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.73 per mmBTU.The April gold contract ended up US$2.30 to US$1,324 an ounce and the May copper contract was up six cents to US$3.14 a pound.-With a file from Associate Presslast_img read more

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Panasonic to move European headquarters out of UK

first_imgLONDON – Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has become the latest company to announce plans to move its European headquarters out of Britain ahead of Brexit.The company said in a statement Thursday that it plans to relocate from the U.K. to Amsterdam on Oct. 1 to “pursue improved efficiency and cost competitiveness while having easy access to the different markets within Europe.”The Nikkei Asian Review newspaper reported that the move aimed to avoid potential corporation tax issues linked to Britain’s exit from the European Union next year. Quoting Panasonic Europe’s CEO Laurent Abadie, the report said the move was also meant to help Panasonic avoid any barriers to the flow of people and goods after Brexit.In its statement, Panasonic said the move can enable more co-operation with its holding company for subsidiaries outside Japan, as well as the group’s financing arm, both already located in Amsterdam.It said the move would affect fewer than 10 employees.Other firms, including Airbus and Japanese banking giant Nomura Holdings, have revealed similar plans to move European bases out of Britain because of uncertainty over Brexit.last_img read more

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Staples Canada transforms business model with coworking spaces cafes and more

first_imgTORONTO — Regular customers of certain Staples Canada Inc. locations may not recognize their local stores the next time they visit.The company is transforming its business model at two locations in Kirkland, Que. and Toronto to include a range of features including co-working spaces, a technology discovery zone and a “stadium-style” area that can be used for community events.It’s also dabbling in opening journal, pen and audio bars, offering new digital-based services including website design, rolling out a weekly speaker series and serving up coffee at an in-store cafe run by local coffee company Mos Mos.Staples chief executive officer David Boone said the concept stores are a product of the changing marketplace the retailer has faced as competitors Amazon, Walmart, Muji and Miniso have invaded Staples’ territory, driving down prices and increasing competition.Boone said Staples is dealing with the reality that its online business is growing faster than its retail footprint.“If you think about where our customers are going, they are embracing technology, they are embracing different ways of working and education is changing in Canada, so we are…adapting it to where our customers are going,” he said, noting that the company is also eyeing a new e-commerce experience.To shape the concept stores and features Staples is testing, the retailer consulted with thousands of businesses, educators, parents and students. They told Staples they wanted more inspiration and help, a community feel and a sense that things were “becoming easier” by shopping there, Boone said.The company settled on a range of features dedicated to the digital-savvy workforce and providing for entrepreneurs and those working in the gig economy.The journal, pen and audio bars will likely pop up at other Staples across the country, but the company will be more selective about the locations that receive its gathering and co-working spaces, Boone said.In recent years, co-working space business WeWork has aggressively expanded in Canada alongside similar companies targeted at women or millennials.Retail expert Brynn Winegard said how Staples’ co-working space will fare is hard to predict because those prone to using co-working spaces are just outside of the company’s core demographic.“A lot of the millennials, we call them ‘digital natives,’ never really wrote with pen and paper. They are more technology driven,” she said. “Some of the stationary components and non-digital products Staples has would attract a different demographic than the people using these working spaces.”She suspected this is why Staples is testing the offering at a few locations and not rolling it out on a wide scale just yet.She said the changes Staples is making are in-line with plenty of other big-box retailers that own many large stores and recognize that they can repurpose their spaces for other things to drive more traffic.“Those big centres have to be very profitable so you can justify keeping them,” she said. “There is the imperative and need for organizations to create a reason beyond shopping to go in the store.”Starbucks, she said, was among the first to clue into benefits of offering shoppers more than an opportunity to scoop up products. After it launched free WiFi, she said others followed suit. Then Holt Renfrew added a cafeteria, cafe and restaurant. Walmart, she said, has gotten into the action too, dabbling with optical, photo and dry-cleaning services.“People will say I am here to pick up my glasses prescriptions, I might as well pick up some stuff at the Walmart,” she said.“Very similarly at Staples, you can see this would be a very intelligent move if people say I am here for a meeting or to collaborate with my peers at this co-working space, so I might as well go pick up some dry erase markers.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada needs a digital ID system bankers association says

first_imgTORONTO — The Canadian Bankers Association says Canada must create a digital identification system, potentially utilizing technology such as blockchain, biometrics and document review over a live video connection.The association’s chief executive says moving away from a paper-based, face to face process towards a modern identification system of this kind is needed to “unlock the full potential” of the digital revolution that is underway.Neil Parmenter added in his speech in Toronto today that the need for digital identification “will only grow more urgent” as Ottawa explores the possibilities of open banking, the payments system is modernized and blockchain and artificial intelligence move into “new frontiers.”The Department of Finance last week officially launched its public consultation on the merits of open banking, a framework that would allow consumers and businesses to permit third parties such as fintechs to access their financial data to provide innovative services.Parmenter says the CBA is calling for a “federated” model of digital identification which would create linkages between federal and provincial systems, which hold information such as social insurance and drivers’ licences, respectively.He says this digital identification system, which the CBA previously outlined in a white paper, could make it possible to authenticate an individual’s identity electronically using multiple digital reference points from different systems.“Instantly verifying who someone is using multiple digital reference points is more secure than relying on a photocopy of a drivers’ licence,” Parmenter told the Economic Club of Canada. “Because this digital network is connected, yet decentralized, the risk of compromising the system is reduced by eliminating ‘honeypots’ of data that hackers tend to target.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Residents honoured at 11th Annual Fort St John Community Awards

first_imgThe Literacy Award was the first of the evening’s awards to be presented, which was given out to Kim Boettcher. Boettcher wasn’t at the gala so the award was accepted on behalf by her friend Jane Drew.“I was very honored to be nominated for this community award, along with all the other very deserving people in this category, congratulations to all of you. When we work collectively in the area of literacy everyone benefits as literacy skills help open doors to a better future.”The Cultural award was presented to Catherine Ruddell. Ruddell was unable to attend the gala as she is currently in Italy, so her sister accepted the award on her behalf. “I want to thank you all so much for the nomination and the award, I will always call Fort St. John home in my heart, and some of my greatest joys in my life include interactions I’ve had with my community whether it be at the cafe or the art gallery.”The Youth Award was presented to Hunter Faminow who kept his acceptance speech short and sweet.“I don’t have a fancy speech, thank you so much. Keep volunteering, youth really matters.” After a brief intermission that included another acoustic set from Wynn, Grey Cup winner and former CFL All Star Doug Petersen delivered the evening’s keynote address.“Its a strong sense of community (Fort St. John), and family that were celebrating here tonight that drew me back here. My sense of identity is tied to this area, I don’t feel like a faceless individual in a large suburban center. Here I know my neighbors, and they know me.”After Petersen’s speech, the Recreation Award was the next to be given out, with the winners being none other than the event’s opening speakers – the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee.“Thank you to our families, the people that sacrifice the time at home. We go missing for a large part of January-February, out in the middle of a lake. We dedicate a lot of time away from our children, girlfriends, wives, spouses and everything in between. So thank you for letting this happen.”28 residents were nominated for the Humanitarian Award, which was awarded to Kim Wilson and the rest of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society.“Our community gives back to this community, its been said throughout tonight and you’ve heard some great stories about our community. This award is not deserving to us, it is really deserving to everybody, to all the other 28 recipients who were a part of the humanitarian award. I wish we had 28 of them to give out because you all deserve this and from the bottom of my heart I would give up this award to all of you because you make this community better, so thank you.”Mayor Lori Ackerman was on hand to present the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award, with Adam Reaburn being named as this year’s recipient.“The award for me is really about Moose FM, without their support we couldn’t do what we do. The 14 people that are there every day make it possible to do the things we do. Also the community, as an independently owned radio station we are one of six left in the country, so the community has allowed us to continue to operate coming on 15 years now. Of course I have to recognize my wife and daughter who put up with all the stuff I get myself into, so thank you.”Mayor Ackerman concluded the event by thanking each and every member of the community for their contributions. Referencing  both Faminow’s speech and a talk delivered by a guest speaker at the Community Development Institute’s guest speaker series, Ackerman spoke about the importance of youth in the Energetic City.“One of the ways to kill your community is forget the youth. We will always remember”center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Lido Theatre was packed to the rafters on Thursday night for the 11th Annual Fort St. John Community Awards.The winners were selected after nominations were sent in to the City in February and March. A four-member panel consisting of Pool Manager Karin Carlson and Councillors Gord Klassen, Trevor Bolin, and Larry Evans then rated each of the nominees to choose the eventual winner.The evening began with one of two acoustic performances by local firefighter and CBC Searchlight Top 100 finalist Adam Wynn, before the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee spoke to the audience about the incredible showing from the community in support of the Crystal Cup, which has been held on Charlie Lake every year since 2012.last_img read more

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BJP trying to create hypernationalistic environment

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accused the BJP of trying to create a ‘hyper-nationalistic environment’ ahead of the Lok Sabha polls only to distract people from the issues of unemployment, agrarian crisis and what he called ‘massive failures’ of the Modi government.The comments by Gandhi come against the backdrop of indications that the BJP may use the Indian Air Force(IAF) strikes on terror group JeM’s largest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26 after the Pulwama attack as a central plank of its election campaign. A JeM suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 killing 40 jawans. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayDescribing the upcoming elections as all about making a choice between India of Mahatma Gandhi and that of his assassin Nathuram Godse, Rahul Gandhi also alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi generates ‘hate’ and that his brand of politics was ‘hateful’ with consequent costs. In Gandhi’s view, a majority for the Congress-led UPA coalition is a certainty and that his party will do much better than expected. Congress’ tally of 44 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was an all-time low for the party.last_img read more

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Around 82 unlicensed arms and 2113 cartridges seized

first_imgNEW DELHI: Around 82 unlicensed arms and 2,113 cartridges along with 16,495 litres of illicit liquor have been seized in the national capital since March 10 when the model code of conduct for the LokSabha polls came into force, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh Monday said. Singh said 75 FIRs have also been registered under the Arms Act and 93 persons have been arrested. He said 235 FIRs have been registered under Excise Act while 242 people have been also been arrested for Excise Act violation. “Around 16,495 litres of illicit liquor has been seized besides 94 kg narcotics. As many as 13,001 people have been booked under CRPC and Delhi police act violation. Six cases have been registered in connection with the misuse of car under various categories like election purposes, gratification or voters among others,” Singh told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs the CEO claims that till now, around 90,937 hoardings, banners and posters have been removed all over Delhi. Out of which 30,533 have been removed from New Delhi Municipal Council 3,141 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 41,131 from South Delhi Corporations, 13,721 from North Delhi Municipla Corporation and 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board respectively. Around two lakh people have been added to the electoral roll in Delhi in the last two months, taking the total number of eligible voters to 1.39 crore at present which includes 77,05,537 men, 62,82,366 women and 665 third gender voters, he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt also includes 1,81,756 voters between the age-group of 18-19, he said. Singh pointed out that there has been an increase of 90,000 to one lakh voters after model code of conduct came into force. The general elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23. The elections in Delhi are due on May 12. Polling stations will be established at 2,696 locations, he said, adding 13,816 polling stations would be set up, with a model polling station in each Assembly constituency. There would 425 critical polling stations, as per current assessment, officials said. Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats and 70 Assembly constituencies.last_img read more

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Make summers trendy with prints

first_imgIn this fashion savvy world, most trends keep changing with time, but there are a few items in your wardrobe that can never be replaced – including denims, LBDs, prints. And, if we particularly talk about ‘prints’, they always stay with fashion and never fail to make a statement.No doubt, print individually is the safest style to opt for, but when styling it with other print (print on print trend), one really needs to be careful. According to style experts, pairing different patterns require an artistic vision, as it involves a lot of risk. That is why a lot of people are scared to experiment with such outfits. Though there are no listed rules to explore this trend, just make sure that they compliment one another. Also, summer is definitely the best season to flaunt fun print-on-print outfits. So, let’s see what all we can try to make our outfits stand out: Play safe and go for the most basic and universal print patterns like animal prints, stripes, geometrical patterns, polka dots, floral, checkered, etc. The most essential thing while experimenting with prints is to stay in the same colour family. As long as the prints have at least one colour in common, you can use contrasting colours. Match colours, not prints! If you want to make a bold choice of mixed pattern outfits, you have to be very careful with what you choose. To start with, keep in mind that some patterns don’t look good with one another. And, the simplest trick is to mix stripes with floral print. If you want to flaunt a mixed print outfit in a softer version you can add printed shoes, bags, and accessories to your regular outfit. One more way to don print this season is to pick pieces in vibrant colours. Eye-catching patterns in vivid colours will make the boldest outfits. These outfits are hard to miss and will surely catch eyeballs wherever you show up. Try the same print but in different sizes. One thing you can note is that graphic prints always match with each other. In this regard, you can also play with florals while matching your outfits; just go with bigger, more prominent ones. Though there is nothing wrong with combining prints from various categories, try to be subtle and make sure you don’t go over two prints at a time. Else, it will end up in a messy look and surely, that is not what we want, right? Speaking of the rules, the most important point is to be confident and comfortable in what you wear. So this Summer, pick the best prints, revamp your wardrobe and give major fashion goals to people around you.last_img read more

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More than 600 unidentified bodies found in three months

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 600 unidentified bodies were recovered from different parts of Delhi in three months. The city police said that they follow proper rules as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in the case of unidentified bodies and conduct a proper investigation to establish the identity of the deceased.The Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that 623 unidentified bodies were recovered from different parts of the city till March this year. “In some cases, police were able to establish the identity of the deceased,” said an officer. In the year 2018, as many as 2,991 bodies were recovered and in 2017 nearly 2,615 bodies were found. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSoon after the recovery of the unidentified body, a daily diary (DD) entry is lodged at the police station or post, and the concerned SHO/ACP are informed immediately. The body is photographed from different angles to ensure that the face and identification marks are captured clearly in the photographs. The body is then sent for autopsy to ascertain the cause of death. “The body is preserved for at least 72 hours in the mortuary and all efforts are made to identify the body. Wireless Messages are flashed to all SHOs, ACPs and DCPs in Delhi and to all district SSPs in India,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHue and Cry notices with the photograph of the deceased are pasted or distributed. The clothes, ornaments and other articles found with the deceased is preserved. Any birthmark, scar, tattoo mark, tailor mark on clothing are clearly recorded. “If the deceased is identified, his/her relatives and acquaintances are contacted to find out the possible reasons for the death,” police said. Help of members of Eyes and Ears Scheme is also sought in identifying the deceased. In many instances, bodies were found on the track and in some cases it was suspected that the person was crossing the track when he or she was hit by the train. In January 2018, as many as 73 persons died in train accidents reported from different railway stations in Delhi, of which 65 were males and eight were females. In some cases, the identification of the body led to the murderer. In one such case happened last year, Abdul Hakim Ansari was arrested for killing his wife inside train. On July 7, 2018, a woman’s body was found lying in a train coach at Old Delhi Railway Station. Police preserved that body as unidentified. After killing his wife, the husband thought that like any case of the unclaimed unidentified body, police would close the case. For further updates, the accused went to the Old Delhi police station on July 23 and was shocked that the woman’s body was preserved by police and further investigation led to his arrest.last_img read more

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Congress holds voter outreach programmes in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: With less than two weeks left before the national capital goes to the polls, Congress candidates on Sunday held voter outreach programmes in their constituencies. Former Union Minister and Congress leader Ajay Maken, contesting from the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, started his campaign from Panchsheel in south Delhi where he interacted with people at a park while on his morning walk. He then visited Greater Kailash 1 and met the residents and later kicked off a ‘padyatra’ from Balmiki Basti, covering areas like Gandhi Sadan and Andh Mahavidyalaya. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims Boxer-turned-politician Vijender Singh, fielded by the Congress from south Delhi Lok Sabha seat, began the day by offering prayers at the Dada Devi temple in Bijwasan area. He then visited the Dada Dev boxing Academy in Palam village. Singh is pitted in a triangular contest against Bharatiya Janata Party candidate and sitting Lok Sabha member Ramesh Bidhuri and Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha. Arvinder Singh Lovely, who is pitted against AAP’s Atishi and BJP’s candidate Gautam Gambhir from east Delhi seat, started his ‘padyatra’ from Bhairav temple at Janta camp. Congress’ J.P. Agarwal also took part in several voter outreach programme in Chandni Chowk constituency. Elections in the national capital are to be held on May 12. All seven Lok Sabha in Delhi were won by the BJP in 2014 when the Congress finished second in six seats and third in one seat.last_img read more

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Trump US media in open war on annual dinner date

first_imgWashington: It’s meant to be the annual Washington love-in, a dinner where White House journalists and the president yuk it up in a hotel ballroom. But this Saturday, President Donald Trump stood up his dates. Members of the White House Correspondents’ Association, or WHCA, were decked out in bow ties and gowns at the downtown Washington Hilton. Trump, however, was 685 miles (1100 kilometers) away in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for a rally with his baseball cap-wearing supporters. As usual, he devoted portions of his speech – like most of his speeches – to haranguing the “fake news media” or “enemy of the people.” “They are fakers,” he said of the media to a typically boisterous crowd. “I’ll tell you, you know what sucks? Their ratings suck because people don’t believe them.” Back in Washington, the WHCA’s president Olivier Knox told attendees he did not want to dwell on Trump – but called for a rejection of the president’s rhetoric. “Fake news and enemies of the people are not punchlines, pet names or presidential. And we should reject politically expedient assaults on the men and women whose hard work makes it possible to hold the powerful to account,” he said. Although there’s nothing obligatory about attending WHCA dinners, presidents have usually done so at some point during their time in office since the inaugural version in 1921. Ronald Reagan was the last absentee in 1981 and he had a decent excuse: being recently shot in an assassination attempt. Trump, however, has boycotted what he calls the “boring” and “negative” party for three years in a row – his entire presidency so far. The gala used to be a glamorous affair where hundreds of journalists, Hollywood celebrities and the president were entertained by a top-drawer comedian or other talent. Now the celebs have drained away and this year even the comedian was missing. A presidential historian, Ron Chernow, delivered the main speech instead, in which he criticised what he described as an “insidious” and “relentless campaign against the very credibility of the news media.” Acknowledging that his speech was a shift from traditional headliners at the dinner, Chernow said: “We need them (comedians) now more than ever, during this surreal interlude in American life.” Underlining the snub, Trump ordered staff, including chief press secretary Sarah Sanders – who appeared onstage in Wisconsin – to also refuse invitations. It’s the latest shot in what the president sees as his war against a media machine refusing to give him fair coverage. Trump’s main weapon is Twitter, which he uses daily to reach some 60 million followers. Millions more follow him on other platforms. The other main way of bypassing potentially critical outlets is his extraordinary relationship with Fox News, the Rupert Murdoch-owned network which has been criticised for coming to resemble state television. Even if many of its news journalists maintain their independence, some of the most prominent anchors and hosts show nothing but loyalty to Trump. They’re rewarded with exclusive access to administration officials and to the president himself. Meanwhile, other outlets are mostly kept at arm’s length. The press briefing room in the White House, which used to see nearly daily Q&A sessions under previous presidents, has been all but abandoned. Trump is unusually accessible, but mostly through often chaotic, informal gatherings, while Saturday marks the 48th day since Sanders held a full briefing. When they are not being ignored, White House journalists can expect to hear abuse. Trump’s rallies invariably include segments where he encourages the crowd to boo the reporters covering the event. For years, WHCA dinners were a chance to let the hair down in a notoriously serious town. Past performers include Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. Since the 1980s, comedians have provided entertainment, making gentle and not-so-gentle fun, or “roasting,” the centerpiece of the dinner. Presidents were expected to give as good as they got. A standout moment was Obama’s riff in 2011, when one of his comic targets in the VIP-packed audience was none other than Donald Trump. Last year, though, the jokes fell flat with organisers. Featured comedian Michelle Wolf tore into Sanders and caused as much offense as laughter. Even the WHCA thought it had gone too far, calling her routine “not in the spirit” of the occasion. Wolf called the WHCA “cowards.”last_img read more

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Egypts political rivals in psychological warfare

first_imgCAIRO  –“Each of the two camps seeks to achieve quick victories and control the volatile political scene,” Ghobashi said.With the trial of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi few hours away, the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood continued their psychological warfare to control the political narrative in this volatile country.“Egypt has been in the grip of a psychological warfare since Morsi’s ouster, but this warfare has intensified in the past few days,” Mukhtar Mohamed Ghobashi, the deputy head of the local think-tank Arab Center for Political and Strategic Studies, told Anadolu Agency.“Each of the two camps seeks to achieve quick victories and control the volatile political scene,” he added. Morsi’s is due to stand trial on Monday on charges of inciting the killing of peaceful demonstrators outside the presidential palace in December.It will be his first public appearance since his ouster by the powerful military on July 3.Ghobashi said both parties have their own problems.The army and its supporters, on one hand, are trying to present Egyptians with a convincing alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood whose year in power spawned public resentment towards the group.But they have been unable to do that because of the difficult economic problems that continue to trouble the country.The pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, on the other hand, has set the bar high with their demand for the reinstatement of Morsi, Ghobashi added.“This is difficult to achieve given the current political conditions in Egypt,” he asserted.“This, both camps have resorted to psychological warfare to make quick gains and control the political narrative” before Egyptians head to polling stations to vote on the constitution and later elected a new parliament and president, Ghobashi said.He cited Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim’s recent remarks that the Muslim Brotherhood had almost lost its ability to mobilize protesters.The minister also sounded confident about his ministry’s ability to secure Morsi’s trial, citing their recent success in arresting deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Essam al-Erian.“It will be a normal day,” Ibrahim argued.-SteadfastnessThe National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, however, has vowed to stage unprecedented rallies on Morsi’s trial day.“The coup leaders are up for a week of mass demonstration,” Ali Khafagi, the FJP Giza youth leader, told Anadolu Agency.“We will show the world that we have a cause and that we are not backing down,” he added.“Our continuing protests far exceed their abilities and that is why they have resorted to imposing emergencies and imposing a curfew,” Khafagi suggested.Experts say despite the heavy-handed crackdown on pro-Morsi protests, which saw hundreds of supporters killed and detained, the pace of demonstrations has not slowed down, wearing out security forces and affecting the national economy negatively.The alliance, Morsi’s main support block, has urged supporters to gather outside the courthouse where Morsi would be tried.It also urged democracy advocates to rally outside Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world.Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Party Magdy Salem, also a leader of the Alliance, has reiterated their determination to defeat the “military coup” against Morsi.He said the army-installed administration uses all legal and illegal tactics to break the will of Morsi’s supporters.“But these practices only make us stronger,” Salem told Anadolu Agency.By Hagar al-Desoukilast_img read more

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Marrakech El Aziz Offers Morocco 1st medal in African Athletics Championships

Rabat- Morocco’s Mustapha El Aziz has offered the Kingdom the first medal at the African Senior Athletics Championships (August 10-14), finishing second in the 10,000 meters final Sunday at Marrakech grand stadium.Aziz crossed the finish line clocking his previous personal record in 28:11:84, compared to 28:14:84 during the last Mohammed VI International Meeting in Rabat.The gold medal went to Eritrea’s Nguse Amlosom (28:11:07) while the Kenyan Josephat Bett completed the podium (28:11:61).

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