Comedian Charlie Demers tackles fascism and fatherhood with new album

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Joking about about Nazis and fatherhood during the same set is no easy task, yet Charlie Demers has found a way on his new album Fatherland.Toddlers are yelling in the background when the Georgia Straight calls Demers, just as he is dropping his child off at daycare.Demers has been a professional comedian for quite some time, starting in 2004. After trying his luck at the infamous Urban Well, Demers was told by well-known Vancouver comedian Sean Proudlove that “the Well” was not really the starting-off point for a comedian. Not leaving empty-handed, Demers was given a list of one-nighters around town and ended up at El Cocal on Commercial Drive, which had a comedy night run by Graham Clark. Demers was unsure how to get on the show, so he showed up with a group of friends (always helpful to bring a bit of a crowd with you) and asked Graham for some time. Clark gave him four minutes, which is pretty standard for a first-timer. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Demers had to follow a comedian who had been poking fun at local antiwar rally where Noam Chomsky had spoken. “He was making fun of the way the guy who introduced Chomsky, and that had been me who had introduced Chomsky,” Demers says. “It was a nice little entree that I could use as my opener. It was a lot of fun.”Since the first night went well, the obvious question is: at what point of his career did he know standup was something he should pursue full-time? Demers chuckles and says, “I think that feeling is rarely permanent.” He says, “Sometimes on-stage it feels so good and it will be going so well and you just think that this is the thing I was born to do. And then you’ll have a sober moment, even the next day, where you think that there is nowhere to go in this country for a comedian. And so it’s one of those things that has all kinds of existential malaise bound up in it, where I do find myself wondering how much longer I can make standup my main focus of my creative life.”READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

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Torontos film and television production hit 18 billion in 2017

first_img“We will keep working with our industry partners so they have what they need to create jobs, attract talent and contribute to the economy. Whether the final product will be on the big screen, the small screen, or streamed online, we want that production to be a made-in-Toronto production.”Last year was an outstanding time for Toronto-based productions. The film, The Shape of Water, which was shot in Toronto, cleaned house this year during award season, receiving the most nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes.Do you even recognize Toronto here? / The Shape of Water Trailer (YouTube)Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another Toronto-based production, which was prominently acknowledged at the Primetime Emmy’s.The Handmaid’s Tale – @g_meslin/TwitterToronto’s screen-based industry was also involved in the film productions of Molly’s Game, Downsizing, and The Breadwinner, which also received international award nominations and acclaim.Film and television production in Toronto shows no sign of slowing down in 2018 either, as the eighth season of Suits, Umbrella Academy, and It: Chapter 2 will shoot across the city in the coming months.Pennywise/IMDBOther production highlights for 2017 in the city included:• Domestic and international screen-based production investments exceeded the $1-billion mark for a seventh consecutive year.• The number of projects shooting in Toronto achieved the highest ever level, with 1,432 projects shooting in the city over 6,804 days of production.• Investment in commercials production continued to rise to record levels, growing to $392 million in 2017. Investment in this area has nearly doubled in the last four years from the $197 million recorded in 2014.• Domestic productions showed solid growth in 2017 after decreasing in 2016, moving from $429 million in 2016 to $477 million in 2017.• Television series, both foreign and domestic, continue to be the dominant type of production occurring in the city, accounting for 73% of all major production investments.• Investment in animation and visual effects remains strong at $381 million in 2017. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 338% (from $87.1 million).In the coming weeks, Mayor Tory will be joining a delegation of 23 Toronto companies and organizations in Los Angeles on April 19 to pitch industry leaders in streaming, television, and film on the benefits of bringing productions to Toronto.Next week I am leading an industry sponsored delegation to L.A. to help strengthen relationships in the film & TV industry and provide more opportunity for business growth and more film industry jobs in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/Fqkzj01jrQ— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 12, 2018This relationship would not only provide more opportunity for business growth but also more film industry jobs in Toronto, which employs over 30,000 people.“The film and television industry is an important economic driver for Toronto, employing over 30,000 people. We have tremendous Toronto talent in front of and behind the camera,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee.And with 15 productions currently being shot in the city, film and television production in Toronto shows no signs of slowing down.“Toronto is ready for more investment in this key economic driver for our city,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Chair of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board.“We are doing everything we can to address all the infrastructure issues that will unlock growth potential for our film industry including identifying city land that will be put out on the market with the specific intent of building more studio space.”With this being said, we can expect to see even more filming in the city as Toronto continues to take over as the new Hollywood North.By Ainsley Smith Advertisement 2017 was another big year for film and television production in Toronto, as the city hit its second highest level ever at $1.8 billion.This was the third consecutive year that domestic and foreign film, television, digital, and commercial production investments in Toronto contributed more than $1.5 billion to the city’s economy.“We’re proud of Toronto’s film and television industry and we want it to continue to grow,” said Mayor John Tory. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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BEVERLY HILLS 90210 REUNION SERIES BH90210 STARTS FILMING IN VANCOUVER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Beverly Hills 90210 Advertisement “Beverly Hills, 90210” can’t make a comeback without the Peach Pit!Brian Austin Green shared the first photo of the OG hangout while on the reboot set, and our inner teen is screaming with excitement!center_img Facebook “Pretty f-n nostalgic,” the star captioned the shot on Tuesday, showing off the iconic diner from the 90’s TV series.Of course, any true “90210” would know, the Peach Pit was the gathering point for the whole gang. Jason Priestley‘s character, Brandon Walsh, was an employee there throughout the series, and the diner was owned by Nat Bussichio, played by Joe E. Tata.Interestingly enough, it hasn’t been announced that Tata, 82, is scheduled to make an appearance in the reboot, which has fans wondering if B.A.G. just spilled the beans.As The Blast reported, despite some rumored drama, the original cast members including Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris and Ian Ziering will all be back together again when the Fox reboot airs on August 7.By Whitney Vasquez ~ The Blast Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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CORUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATES FOR SHOWCASE AND W NETWORKS FALL 2019

first_imgTORONTO – Showcase and W Network announced today fall schedules jam-packed with coveted new series and returning favourites, including show-stopping thrillers, high-flying action, compelling stories and romance. Showcase is delivering audiences more of the rich world of DC as highly anticipated premieres of Swamp Thing, Pennyworth and Batwoman make their rousing debut, while the ultimate sleuth Nancy Drew and more exclusive Hallmark Channel movies join W Network’s robust roster of spellbinding magic, mystery and drama.Showcase Premieres: Rising from the realm of DC fame, Swamp Thing premieres on Showcase with a two-night event on Monday, September 2 and Tuesday, September 3 at 10 p.m. ET, with regular episodes rolling out on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana, soon discovering that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.From another comic book sensation comes Pennyworth, the origin story from the Batman universe that follows Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Formerly a British SAS soldier, Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s billionaire father, in dangerous and exciting 1960s London. The new series is at your service Wednesday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Showcase.Then, buzzworthy Batwoman soars onto the Showcase schedule on Sunday, October 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) makes her debut in the city of Gotham as Batwoman, a highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence, but don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before becoming Gotham’s new symbol of hope.Rounding out a two-hour super heroine programming block on Showcase are familiar faces Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) of Supergirl. Season 5 will continue to follow Kara as she struggles with battling a movement while she herself, an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of.Supergirl follows Batwoman on Sunday, October 6 at 9 p.m. ET. Also returning to Showcase this fall is more dark magic from the students of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted in the second season of The Vampire Diaries spin-off Legacies, premiering on Thursday, October 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.W Network Premieres:For the past two fall seasons, W Network has ranked as the #1 entertainment specialty network*, bringing in massive audiences with a mix of heart-warming content and immersive dramas. A new addition to W Network’s fall schedule is Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann), with the titular character arriving on the scene on October 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, bringing an element of darkness to the whodunit series with a supernatural twist. The brilliant detective’s sense of self comes from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college, but when a socialite is murdered Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene.With the continued success of Hallmark Channel content on W Network, audiences can celebrate beautiful autumn days, full of changing leaves and apple picking, with the debut of Hallmark Channel’s Fall Harvest, beginning on Saturday, September 21, featuring back-to-back movies every weekend. Succeeding the feel-good fall event is the beloved Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, premiering on Friday, November 1. Countdown to Christmas is W Network’s biggest event of the year, with last year’s event cementing the channel as the #1 most watched network in Canada on weekends, surpassing conventional and sports.**W Network is also delivering a second season of All American, the gripping high school football drama inspired by true events on Monday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and a second season of the cult fantasy drama, Charmed premiering on Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Based on the original series, Charmed continues to follow three sisters Mel (Melonie Diaz), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) and Macy (Madeleine Mantock) as they embrace their new magical powers. The series returns after a popular first season, where it ranked in the Top 5 entertainment specialty programs in Fall 2018 for A25-54, Top 10 for A18-34 (young adults)***.Showcase is available on National Free Preview from August 26 to September 30 and W Network is available on National Free Preview from October 1 to November 17.*  Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total TV, W Network, FL’18 (Aug 27 – Dec 30/18) vs. FL17 (Aug 28 – Dec 31/17), station rank based on CDN COM ENG Spec + Dig excluding sports ** Source: Numeris PPM Data, Oct 29/18 – Dec 23/18, confirmed data, Ind. 2+, A25-54, F25-54, A18-49, F18-49 and A18-34, AMA(000), Sa-Su 2a-2a, CDN COM ENG Spec + Dig + National Conventional Networks, Total Canada, based on 8 week average.*** Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL18 (8/27/2018 to 12/30/2018); confirmed data. Total Canada/AMA(000). A25-54, Ranker based on CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, 3+airings and excludes sports.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Showcasedotca@W_Network@CorusPRFacebook:www.facebook.com/showcasetv/www.facebook.com/wnetworkInstagram:@showcasetv@W_NetworkShowcase and W Network are available through all major TV distributors, including: Shaw, Shaw Direct, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink, SaskTel and the new STACKTV, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Channels.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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As I pray in the morning I cry because some of our

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe people of the four First Nations around Hobbema, Alta., have held a peaceful protest calling for an end to the gang bloodshed rampant in their community.As APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto reports, the rally took place even as the latest victim of the violence was being buried.last_img

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I should never have come here five years ago Tyendinaga mom

first_imgBy Delaney Windigo and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsTyendinaga – The Tyendinaga Mohawk police have been asked to investigate whether the band council has been criminally negligent in its handling of the on-going water crisis where children have recently been diagnosed with cancer and developed body sores.The tribal police received the complaint from concerned community members. The Ontario Provincial Police were then called in to assist.Chief R. Donald Maracle confirmed he has been contacted by the OPP but said he didn’t think he was under investigation.Tension has been building on the First Nation about 20 Km east of Belleville, Ont. as residents have been demanding to know why three children have been diagnosed with leukemia.Dawn Sero’s daughter Paula died in September after being diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. Another young child is undergoing treatments for brain cancer and several others have unexplained body sores.At a community meeting Wednesday residents learned the type of leukemia the children have isn’t caused by drinking water.Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward County, said acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) hasn’t been known to be caused by environmental conditions. However, science doesn’t know much about what causes ALL and added that while it’s rare to have so many confirmed cases in such a small area it has happened before.“What’s going on in this community with this cluster of cases of ALL, well I don’t know. I don’t think anybody can claim to know but I can tell you that far and away the most likely explanation is this is just random chance,” he said.Regardless of what experts have to say, some parents believe there is a link between the environment, the body sores and case of leukemia.One of those parents is Sero. She and her family moved to Tyendinaga five years ago from the Toronto area.“I should never have come here five years ago,” she said. She added she is not convinced with what Schabas had to say. She is demanding more water testing be done.“When I asked (Schabas) what causes ALL and aplastic anemia he said it wasn’t benzene but there’s supposedly other causes, he really had no answers for anybody that were asking questions,” she said. “What I learned tonight (Wednesday) is that we are all at risk.”In fact, Schabas was up front about the lack of knowledge around ALL but said all medical science suggests it’s not caused by the water.The landfill on Tyendinaga was closed in 2004 and permanently capped in 2007. But it’s still a concern to parents. The site sits 600 metres from the Quinte Mohawk School and is on what is called fractured limestone bedrock without any sort of protection to stop its contaminants from leaching into the surrounding environment including sources of water.Water problems in Tyendinega date back to 1970s and has been an on-going problem with over half the wells on the reserve having undrinkable water.Residents who are on a well system have been on a boil advisory for years. The band council say they have lobbied Aboriginal Affairs for money to build a water treatment plant but it’s not clear whether any money is on the way. Maracle says the band wants $40 million to build a water and wastewater treatment plant.Tammy Green is another concerned parent.She and her family can’t drink their water and can’t bathe in it either. They go to her cousin’s home to shower.Green’s daughter started developing body sores about couple months ago.“There’s still sores on her body, they’re not as bad as they were when they first started out because they would be a pin point and then they would get to as big as a loonie, if not bigger,” said Green.Green said she’s taken her daughter to multiple doctors but no one has an answer.“I’m taking all precautions, where my kids are concerned. I do have three of them and I honestly don’t know what the problem is but I’m not drinking our water, not having anything to do with our water,” she said.Green’s daughter was friends with Sero’s daughter Paula and also with another young girl fighting leukemia at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.All three girls were in the same class at Quinte Mohawk School. The band council say water tests conducted at the school show the water is safe to drink.last_img read more

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Group aims to protect dwindling Labrador Husky dog breed

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Labrador Husky is a unique breed of dog, but its numbers are dwindling.APTN’s Trian Roache met with the people who run the Labrador Husky Project. Their goal is to protect the dogs that were often called the backbone of Labrador. The Husky helped the Inuit survive the harsh climate for hundreds of years.last_img

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Liberal budget praised and panned

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is calling the Liberal government’s first budget “historic.”Bellegarde has said the dollars outlined in the budget document will benefit all Canadians and for once, Indigenous peoples too.But with about $3 billion of the $8.4 billion set aside for Indigenous peoples and communities back-ended to flow the end of the five-year cycle, some are saying maybe this budget isn’t what it appears to be on the surface.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img read more

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Paqtnkek Nation in Nova Scotia in mourning after two die when boat

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsThe Paq’tnkek First Nation in Nova Scotia is in mourning after two members of the community died after their fishing boat capsized just off the community’s coast.Ozzy Clair, and his cousin Niko were about 60 metres offshore harvesting oysters when the calm waters turned stormy.Lenore prosper was also on the boat.She survived.Her uncle, Paul Prosper says Niko saved her life.“They were with the boat as far as I understand for a bit, and then realized that they should make it to shore and so they swan together,” he said.“And it really was… it really helped her to survive.”Niko Clair’s body was found about three metres from the shore.His cousin Ozzy’s body was recovered near the boat.Both were unresponsive and pronounced dead that evening.The community is getting help.The Eskasoni First Nation has sent its crisis team to help the community at the health centre.“Ozzy and Niko Clair will be dearly missed by certainly people within, throughout our community,” said Prosper. “But throughout our surrounding communities, throughout the Mi’kmaq nation and beyond there.”The community has only been in the oyster fishery for about five years.According to Prosper all three were wearing a life jacket.The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img read more

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Group home at odds with coroner over how long Amy Owen left

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsA private group home operator in Ottawa says it had a suicidal First Nations girl under “heightened supervision” when she took her life over two years ago according to recently filed court documents. In fact, the company claims Amy Owen was alone in her bedroom for just 10 minutes before she took her life April 17, 2017.“Mary Homes’ staff had interaction with Amy 10 minutes before she was found in her room …,” the company wrote in its statement of defence  in response to a $5.5 million lawsuit filed by Owen’s family in April.“On that last occasion departing staff saw her in the doorway of her room and had a brief discussion with her.”Staff then tried to revive Owen once they found her lifeless said Mary Homes.This drastically changes the time frame previously reported by APTN News based on the investigating coroner’s report made up in part from police interviews. Dr. Dimitri Makropoulos determined Owen was left alone for approximately one hour.“Ottawa Police and Forensic Identification detectives also attended the (group home) and interviewed group home staff,” wrote Makropoulos.Owen’s family is also suing Tikinagan Child and Family Services, the agency that removed Owen from her home on Poplar Hill First Nation after she was sexually assaulted by someone not in her immediate family.Tikinagan filed a statement of defence, like Mary Homes, denying responsibility for Owen’s suicide. However, both Tikinagan and Mary Homes filed cross claims pointing the finger at each other.But it leaves the question, how long was Owen left alone?The day Owen died there were three workers in the home according to Makropoulos’s report. A fourth worker was out picking up another child.Makropoulos wrote Owen was “alive and well” at 2:45 p.m. in her bedroom.“Amy Jane was checked on by a staff member approximately one hour later at 15:45 p.m., and was found hanging from the window frame,” wrote Makropoulos.She was officially pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m. at hospital.About a month before her death, Owen tried to die by suicide in her bedroom following previous trips to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa where she was admitted each time for several days for severe self-harming.Then in the first nine days of April she was back at CHEO and would be four times for self-harm.Makropoulos wrote that group home workers were aware of multiple incidents of self-harm and that Owen reported increased suicide ideation at the time and described a specific plan, noting that she had made an attempt “a couple of weeks ago”. As well, her best friend had recently died by suicide. She was released in the afternoon of April 4 requiring treatment for self-harm. Four days later, on April 8, she was back at CHEO for the same thing. “She was subsequently assessed by a crisis intervention social worker … deemed not to have any active suicidal ideation, and was advised to follow-up with multiple available resources in the community,” said Makropoulos.The next day Owen was back at hospital having harmed herself again.  She denied any suicidal ideation.“According to group home staff, Amy Jane continued to demonstrate aggressive and self-harming behavior and had been supposed to return to the higher-acuity crisis home … on April 13, 2017,” said Makropoulos.But the home was found to have too many other high risk “clients” and the decision was made to keep Owen at the Wilhaven residence.The former Wilhaven residence in Ottawa. Kenneth Jackson/APTN photo.CHEO recommended two weeks before her death that Owen should be under strict supervision.This issue was brought up by Tikinagan during the police investigation into her death.“Amy Jane’s Tikinagan CAS worker did express concerns to Police about the lack of 1:1 supervision at the group home at the time of Amy’s death,” the coroner said.The “1:1 supervision” means having a group home worker with Owen around the clock but Mary Homes said, according to the coroner’s report, it had difficulty arranging a 1:1 worker for Owen.In its statement of defence, Mary Homes alleges Tikinagan never approved funding for the specialized supervision.The Owen family is the second from Poplar Hill to sue Tikinagan over a child in its care dying by suicide.Kanina Sue Turtle’s family is suing for $5.9 million after Turtle, 15, filmed her suicide in a foster home owned and operated by Tikinagan in Sioux Lookout Oct. 29, 2016.The video shows she was left alone over 46 minutes before the sole worker in the home checked on her.That home was still operating as of last year, while Mary Homes had to shutdown the Wilhaven residence.It was recently put up for rent.kjackson@aptn.caThe Canada Suicide Prevention Service enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English:Phone: toll-free 1-833-456-4566Text: 45645Chat: crisisservicescanada.calast_img read more

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Supreme Court upholds PA mans conviction over Facebook post

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is leaving in place the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who posted violent rap lyrics on Facebook that took aim at his estranged wife, an elementary school and law enforcement.The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up for a second time the case of Anthony Elonis. The court ruled in 2015 that a jury should have weighed Elonis’ intent and not just the lyrics when convicting him of making threats. The Supreme Court then sent the case back to an appeals court.The appeals court upheld Elonis’ conviction saying no jury would have found that he didn’t intend to threaten his targets or didn’t know his targets would view the lyrics as a threat.last_img read more

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Innergex shares fall after announcing deal to buy Alterra Power for 11B

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. – Shares of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. fell in trading Tuesday after the company announced a friendly deal to acquire Alterra Power Corp. worth $1.1 billion, including debt.Innergex shares (TSX:INE) were down 71 cents or about five per cent at $14.02 in late-morning trading, while Alterra (TSX:AXY) was up $2.77 or about 55 per cent at $7.83 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The green energy companies announced Monday afternoon that Innergex would acquire Alterra for $8.25 per share under a deal that will see shareholders receive 25 per cent of the purchase price in cash and 75 per cent in shares of Innergex.Alterra shareholders will hold a 19 per cent stake in the combined company and one member of the current Alterra board will join the Innergex board once the transaction is completed.The transaction requires approval by a two-thirds majority vote by Alterra shareholders at a meeting that is expected to be held in December.In addition, the deal is subject to court and certain regulatory approvals in Canada and U.S., key third-party consents and other customary closing conditions.last_img read more

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Encana vows to grow production after Q1 output and income miss expectations

first_imgCALGARY – The chief executive of Encana Corp. says the company will ramp up output from its U.S. and Canadian oil and gas fields this year after it reported first-quarter operating earnings and production that missed analyst expectations.“We are well-positioned to execute another year of strong growth for Encana as we prepare to cross the 400,000 boe (barrels of oil equivalent) per day milestone later this year,” said Doug Suttles on a conference call.Encana reported first-quarter production of 324,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with 145,200 barrels per day of more valuable oil and natural gas liquids and the rest dry natural gas.That’s up from 317,900 boepd in the same period last year, but short of analyst consensus expectations of 338,000 boepd, according to a report from analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Capital Markets, who had forecast for 331,500 boepd.He said the miss is partly due to timing of drilling wells and producing from them.“In the second half of last year, and particularly in the Duvernay and the Eagle Ford, we ramped down activity and we restarted and ramped up that activity here in the first quarter,” said Suttles.“We’ll actually see production build in the second half of the year in those two assets.”Encana is focused on four areas, the Permian and Eagle Ford regions in Texas and the Montney and Duvernay regions on the Alberta-B.C. border. It said most of its growth this year will come from its more highly developed Permian and Montney assets while output from the other two will remain flat.Encana said it expects fourth-quarter production this year to be between 400,000 and 425,000 boepd. It left its 2018 spending plan unchanged at between US$1.8 billion and US$1.9 billion.The Calgary-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, had operating income of US$156 million in the three months ended March 31, missing analyst expectations of US$168 million according to Thomson Reuters. A year ago, its operating income was US$104 million.Revenue in the quarter came to US$1.3 billion, beating the forecast for US$1.26 billion, and up from US$1.29 billion in the same quarter last year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA)last_img read more

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Air Canada joins WestJet in severing ties over claim of secret fares

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada said Friday it will join rival WestJet in severing its ties with Hopper Inc. after the mobile travel app’s suggestion it has sole access to “secret fares” caused confusion in the travel industry.Hopper, which notified when a fare matching their criteria becomes available, landed in hot water with other travel groups that sell air fares, such as travel agents and aggregator sites, when the company suggested earlier this week they were the only ones to have special fares at up to a 35 per cent discount and marketing them “Secret Fares.”“For someone to say that we have a secret fare and that it applies to all of our network is totally incorrect, it doesn’t happen, Duncan Bureau, Air Canada’s vice-president of global sales said in an interview Friday.The country’s largest airline had agreed to a trial of Hopper’s program by giving it access to a low fare on one route between the United States and Asia, he said.Like other airlines around the world, Air Canada uses all kinds of distribution channels to drive sales, especially in markets where it isn’t the dominant player. They offer various types of fares, including private ones available to partners depending on the route, competitive dynamics and season.“We don’t disadvantage one distribution partner from another. What we do is we leverage distribution partners that have a strength in a particular market or particular niche,” he said.Bureau said Air Canada isn’t interested in selling the lowest possible fare or unloading seats at below cost.“We don’t have secret fares. We have negotiated fares with all of our different partners and different partners bring different types of customers.”Hopper was wrong to imply that Air Canada created an advantage for the app over its other partners, he said.“For us it’s about integrity. We have a lot of distribution partners and what I cannot have is someone going to the marketplace insinuating that they have access to inventory or fares that no one else has fares to on a system wide basis.”The airlines say there were caught off guard when their names were used in a news release and were the subject of news reports.WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said late Thursday that the company was severing ties with Hopper “due to the confusion this has created in the marketplace.”WestJet said Hopper will still be able to sell the company’s published fares, comparable to those available on its website, but that it will no longer provide the private, discounted fares it offers to travel agents and other partners.Having perhaps attracted more attention than it bargained for, Hopper apologized Friday.“We value our relationships with both Air Canada and WestJet, and sincerely apologize for any confusion caused by the way we marketed this initiative,” Hopper spokeswoman Brianna Schneider wrote in an email.In its release Wednesday, Hopper said other “secret fare” airline partners include LATAM, Turkish, Copa and Air China, adding they will be joined by other carriers in the coming weeks.But the company clarified that “Secret Fares” was the name of a program.“Secret Fares is a Hopper-specific marketing strategy and not a unique class of airfare,” she said.So-called opaque fares can be a good way to distribute hard-to-sell seats at a lower price, without triggering an immediate fare war, but likely raised concerns from vendors and key travel agency partners, said Robert Kokonis, president of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc.“I think calling it Secret Fares was not a wise marketing approach for Hopper,” he said.John Kirk, editor of travel industry publication TravelPulse Canada, added that Hopper’s initial approach likely didn’t sit well within the travel distribution network.“I don’t know if this was something Hopper thought would bring them some media attention and grab some sales or not but I guess it didn’t work for them,” he said in an interview.Still, Jacques Nantel, marketing professor emeritus at the University of Montreal’s HEC business school, expects that the airlines will eventually mend fences with Hopper.“You just let them simmer awhile until they come back with a plan which is little more aligned with what Air Canada would like discounters to offer and they’ll probably start talking again.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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Former Toys R Us workers to get 20M in hardship fund

first_imgNEW YORK — Two private equity owners of the iconic Toys R Us toy chain will be handing over a $20 million hardship fund to the thousands of former workers left jobless and without severance after the chain liquidated in June.The move by KKR and Bain Capital announced Tuesday is aimed at helping the 30,000 workers affected by the store closures and comes following efforts by worker-backed groups. The fund wasn’t legally required and the groups call the move “unprecedented” to help families caught in the crossfires of a slew of retail store closures and bankruptcies in a fast-changing retail industry.Workers are pushing to get an additional $55 million they believe they’re owed and are looking to other firms that had a stake in Toys R Us and that they believed played a role in the chain’s demise.“This is an amazing first step, but the goal is to keep the pressure on,” said Ann Marie Reinhart, 59, of Durham, North Carolina, who worked at Toys R Us for 29 years, most recently as a store supervisor. She said she hasn’t been able to find work that pays health insurance since she was laid off early this past summer.While the iconic toy retailer was liquidating its hundreds of stores in June, workers were informed they would not get severance. They began protesting outside the New York offices of the retailer’s former owners KKR, Bain and Vornado Realty Trust, firms that loaded the company with debt, helping push it into bankruptcy in the fall of 2017.Then, they showed up at more than a dozen pension meetings around the country over the last few months, exerting pressure on them to push the equity owners they invest in to do right by workers and act more responsibly.Since late summer, Toys R Us workers have been pressuring pension funds to in turn push a group of hedge firms that owned the retailer’s secured debt in a bid to get the remaining money they say is owed to them. These so-called secured creditors, including Solus Alternative Asset Management and Angelo Gordon, were the ones that ultimately pushed for the liquidation as they looked to get returns for their investors.The groups that organized the Toys R Us workers — Organization United for Respect, along with Private Equity Stakeholder Project and the Center for Popular Democracy — say that the hardship fund is being structured to allow the other firms to contribute, paving the way for Solus, Vornado and others to contribute.The fund is administered by independent third party administrators, Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, experts in designing and administering unique compensation programs such as the 9-11 fund and the BP oil spill fund. They’ll serve as independent administrators of the fund, responsible for the independent management and distribution of all proceeds.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Case accusing Trump of profiting from his office moves ahead

first_imgWASHINGTON — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland said they are moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved the legal discovery schedule in an order Monday. Such information would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel.Trump’s Justice Department lawyers filed a notice to the court Friday that appeared to challenge the Maryland judge’s decision to allow the case to move forward. The president’s notice that he may seek a writ of mandamus — to have the appeal heard by a higher court — is considered an “extraordinary remedy” that’s hard to prove and partly rests on showing Messitte’s decisions to be clearly wrong.The Justice Department declined to comment.“We’ve got the discovery ready to go,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. “Their objective at this point is just to keep the doors shut, they don’t want any of this information out in public and they don’t want our case to move forward. So they’re going to be obstructing as much as they can.”District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine said in a statement that the subpoenas would go out to third-party organizations and federal agencies “to gather the necessary evidence to prove that President Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses — our nation’s original anti-corruption laws.”Trump has been fighting multiple lawsuits that argue foreign representatives’ spending money at the Trump International Hotel are violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.A clue as to what entities may receive subpoenas may can be found in preservation subpoenas filed more than a year ago with 23 Trump-related entities, including The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, The Trump Organization, the Mar-a-Lago Club Inc. and entities related to his D.C. hotel and its management, among others.The subpoena requires the majority of documents to be preserved from Jan. 1, 2015, on an ongoing basis. The court filings cite document categories for preservation, including those from Nov. 8, 2016, onward concerning “marketing to foreign or domestic governments, including members of the diplomatic community.” Other noted categories for preservation include documents that would identify guests of the hotel and those who have rented event space, details on all finances, and “operating leases, permits, licenses, tax payments or credits to or from foreign or domestic governments.”According to the agreed-upon schedule, if there are no delays, legal discovery would conclude in early August.“The president is engaging in very serious constitutional violations every day in our view, so we’re glad to have the opportunity to bring this case to closure promptly in 2019,” said Norman Eisen, chairman of the non-profit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is co-counsel with the two jurisdictions.___Follow Tami Abdollah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/latamsTami Abdollah, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fort St John City Council goes after more illegal secondary suites

first_imgCity Council has approved bylaw contravention notices for 15 properties within the past six months. The concern of illegal secondary suites and its related impacts was raised to Council in 2015.The city is currently developing a list of properties and will be made available on the city’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a council meeting on Tuesday, Fort St. John city council has approved placing bylaw contravention notices on more illegal secondary suites.The illegal secondary suites included in this bylaw contravention notices are 8220 and 8222 86 Avenue, and 10917 and 10919 104A Avenue.According to the city Planning and Engineering department, these properties were built with illegal secondary suites, and have been the subject of complaints and failed inspection attempts over the years. To date, no building application has been received nor has the owner contacted the City about the bylaw contraventions.  All attempts to contact the Land Owner have been refused.  Notices will be registered with land titles. To read the full report on these four properties, click here.last_img read more

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New Years Celebrations around Fort St John

first_imgFree entry New Years EveHourly draws and goodiesFree champagne at midnightKaraoke10440 100 Street, Taylor, British Columbia V0C 2K0Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PMEvent Page CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tis’ the season to celebrate and ring in the New Year and here is a list of events in the North Peace RegionNew Years Eve Party with the Literacy Society Join us for an evening of entertainment and celebration as we ring in the New Year! 100% of the event proceeds will be directed to the Fort St. John Literacy Society to enhance and expand the FREE literacy programs offered to the community!Entertainment starts at 9 PM. There will also be a 50/50 draw, as well as door prizes given away throughout the evening.TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 1, 2018Tickets $49.99 +taxes/feesEarly Bird – ONLY the first 100 tickets $25+ taxes/fees, so act fast!!Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, or at the Casino Cash Cage and Pomeroy Hotel Fort St. John.Monday, December 31, 2018, at 6 PM – 3 AM11308 Alaska Rd, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 5T5FB Event Page CLICK HEREThe New Years Eve Prayer Summit with Evangel Downtown An evening of song and prayer. We believe this is probably the most significant Prayer Summit of the year, as we transition into a new year and a new season.10040 100 Street, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 3Y4Monday, December 31, 2018, at 5:30 PM – 7 PMFB Event Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Game Night with FSJ AllianceCome out and ring in the New Year with a fun night of snacks and games. Bring some of your favourite games and snacks to share. Kids are welcome!9804 – 99 Avenue, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 5A5Monday, December 31, 2018, at 7:30 PM – 12 AMFB Event Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Party with The SweetWater BandBring in the NEW YEAR, with THE SweetWater BAND. The boys will be rocking us into the new year Monday, December 31st. Tickets are 25.00 each so don’t wait too long. They are guaranteed to sell out!!! You can E-transfer funds to kelly.smith.white@gmail.com and I will reserve your tickets for you!Just after midnight, we will have cold plates made by our fabulous LEGIONNAIRES You don’t wanna miss out on a fantastic night with The SweetWater BAND.Monday, December 31, 2018, at 9 PMFB Event Page CLICK HEREFamily New Years Event with Totem Pre-schoolWe are excited to be hosting the 2nd annual Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Dance! Dancing, food, and fun for all ages, no babysitters required as KIDS ARE WELCOME!A great way to ring in the New Year with your entire familyAdults $40Child $201 (year old ) and under FREE9223 100 St, Fort St John, BCMonday, December 31, 2018, at 7 pmEvent Page CLICK HEREHappy Brew Year Party with The Canadian BrewhouseJoin us in saying goodbye to 2018 at our Happy Brew Year Party!Your ticket includes;Access to the pizza buffet – starts at 11:00 pmChampagne toast at midnight$6.99 Gift CertificateFREE WINGS FOR A YEAR!There will be $4.99 & $5.99 Drink Specials ALL NIGHT!DRESS IN YOUR BEST BLACK & WHITE NEW YEAR’S ATTIRE!9203 100 St. #104, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 3X3Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PM – 2 AMEvent Page CLICK HERELonestar Nightlife FSJ New Year PartyFSJ here is your chance to grab some tickets while they last, open till 4 AM, ALWAYS a sell out Party, so try your best to get a ticket while you can. Ticket Holders are the only ones eligible to win the( 55″ 4k Big Screen TV). Party with us here at Lonestar NightLife and ring in the New Year with us!9830 100th Ave, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 1Y5Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PM – 4 AMEvent Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Bashlast_img read more

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