Hillary Clinton To Join Meryl Streep At Women In The World Summit

first_imgFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be joining Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Women in the World summit on April 4th and 5th at Lincoln Center.The annual summit, now in its fourth year, illuminates global issues through the voices of leaders, activists, artists, and pioneers who are confronting the most urgent challenges faced by women and girls around the world.Joining Tina Brown as summit co-hosts are Diane von Furstenberg, Meryl Streep, Ai-jen Poo, Melanne Verveer, Julie Hamp, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Maya Harris, Nizan Guanaes, Jane Harman and Lauren Bush Lauren.Other inspiring, trailblazing women who have confirmed their participation in this year’s program include Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Ambassador Sherry Rehman, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Eva Longoria, Ping Fu, and America Ferrera. The summit will also feature a special tribute to Nora Ephron by Tom Hanks.
This year’s summit will feature Pakistan’s young women fighting for education, new eyewitnesses to the atrocities in Syria, Latina leaders on the rise in American business and politics, and leading voices from the outcry in India to end violence against women.To close the summit on the evening of April 5th, Diane von Furstenberg and Tina Brown will once again host the DVF Awards at the UN, recognizing and supporting courageous women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Natalia Vodianova Runs Paris Half Marathon For Charity

first_imgNatalia Vodianova, founder of the Naked Heart Foundation and GUERLAIN muse, has united the worlds of beauty and philanthropy once again, running 21.1 km in Paris for her charity and raising almost €170,000 for the organisation’s work with children with special needs in Russia.The model was joined by her good friend and fellow model Karlie Kloss and Editor-at-Large of American Harper’s Bazaar Derek Blasberg.“They sometimes say about fashion that ‘you have to suffer for beauty’, that it requires some sacrifice,” said Natalia Vodianova. “I have personal experience of the marathon that is Fashion Week – in New York, London, then Milan and then Paris. So I deeply admire and am doubly grateful to my friend and colleague Karlie Kloss, because today she ran her very first half marathon in support of the Naked Heart Foundation. Goodness requires sacrifice too and I am happy that my friends from the fashion world are sharing this with me, as always. I wonder who will run with us in Moscow for our first very own ‘Running Hearts’ race.”Every March for six years running, Guerlain and the Naked Heart Foundation have been joining forces to put together a team of 45 runners to run the Paris Half Marathon. The team includes Guerlain and Naked Heart staff and a number of volunteers, who selflessly raise money for the Foundation’s work with children.This year’s fundraising goal was to create five occupational therapy rooms designed specifically to provide all kinds of active sensory activities for children and adults with special needs and learning disabilities. The rooms will be the very first of their kind in Russia.There’s still time to make a donation to Natalia or any of the other runners on the team’s official fundraising page.As of 9th March 2015, the team had raised €168,068.89 in private donations.last_img read more

Imagine Dragons To Headline Benefit Concert For OneOrlando Fund

first_imgGRAMMY Award-winners Imagine Dragons and fun. frontman Nate Ruess announce the “ALL IS ONE Orlando Unity Concert,” taking place on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Live Orlando.One-hundred percent of ticket sales will directly benefit the OneOrlando Fund, providing support for victims and survivors, their families and various communities affected by the recent Orlando tragedy.Those looking to support the cause but unable to attend the concert can purchase a ticket to be donated to those who provided aid in the wake of the tragedy (first responders, trauma team workers, local hospital staff, etc.). One-hundred percent of these ticket sales will also directly benefit the OneOrlando Fund.Official tickets can only be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office at hardrocklive.com or 407-351-LIVE (5483) and Ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets or Ticketmaster.com to purchase for first responders. Tickets cost $150 for general admission and balcony and $200 for table seats. For this one-night benefit concert, all Ticketmaster service charges will be waived.For more information, please visit hardrocklive.com/orlando.last_img read more

Your Chance To Hang Out With Creeds Scott Stapp

first_imgGRAMMY-winning hard-rock singer and lyricist Scott Stapp of Creed and Art Of Anarchy is offering one lucky fan and a guest the chance to win a hangout with him in his Nashville, Tenn., studio as he rehearses for his upcoming Proof of Life tour.Any donation is greatly appreciated, and any amount more than $10 will win you extra entries and rewards ranging from a signed lyric sheet to a personal guitar lesson with Stapp. The campaign ends Aug. 18, and all proceeds will go to MusiCares’ addiction recovery and health services for music people in need.“MusiCares has been a tremendous part of my life, helping me during an extremely difficult journey,” said Scott.To enter, visit Prizeo.com and make a donation to MusiCares.last_img read more

PETA Germany Releases New Animal Rights Spot With Music By Moby

first_imgIn its new music spot, “One Step Further”, PETA Germany makes clear that the animal rights movement is powerful – just like the movements for gender and racial equality.Accompanied by the expressive, atmospheric music of Moby, which the musician provided at no charge, the one-minute spot features scenes from the past as a means of highlighting the progress humankind has made towards becoming more compassionate – but it also emphasises that we need to go one step further by extending compassion to all living beings and granting non-human animals the right to live free from exploitation and abuse.“Backed by music from Moby, PETA Germany’s new animal rights music spot reminds us that humankind has accomplished great things but has forgotten about animals”, says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Our commitment to animals is just as important as our commitment to other vulnerable groups, and the time to grant them basic rights is long overdue.”Moby – born in New York in 1965 – is a singer, guitarist, DJ, music producer, and vegan who has campaigned for animal rights for many years.PETA – whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” – notes that vegan eating supports a lifetime of good health and that every person who goes vegan saves around 100 animals each year from daily suffering and a terrifying death.“One Step Further” can be viewed here. For more information or to order a free vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Unveils Industry Summit Lineup

first_imgAdvertisement Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed both within and beyond our borders, delegates can expect to gain insights from industry heavyweights (including Carolle Brabant – Telefilm Canada Executive Director, Corrie Coe – SVP, Independent Productions – English Language, Bell Media, Patrick Roy – President, Film, North America Entertainment One & President, Les Films Seville, and Hal Sadoff – CEO, Silver Pictures), as well as ignite and close deals, while enjoying ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ in North America’s premier mountain resort.Running from December 1 to 4, WFF’s Industry Summit will address the business and future of Canadian film, locally and internationally, as well as the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking in the digital age. Over the course of the four-day event (expanded by one day from 2015), delegates will have the opportunity to hear from and connect with over 100 cinematic masters, creative innovators, business visionaries, and industry leaders. Featuring 25 interactive sessions designed to foster business collaborations through both structured and informal networking opportunities, WFF’s Summit aims to provide practical business and creative intel for filmmakers and dealmakers, as well as spark debate through a variety of high level keynotes and panel discussions on topics that include finance, marketing, distribution, technology and export. With up to 1,000 expected delegates including industry executives from LA, New York, and Canada, as well as top tier filmmakers and digital trailblazers, Whistler is the place to be, connect and deal this December.WFF’s Summit directly connects to WFF’s slate of 12 talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for 75 Canadian artists (with 50% from BC) including the Feature Project Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab, Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship, Power Pitch, Stars to Watch and Music Showcase. New for 2016, WFF added the Doc Lab: Story Money Impact, Digital-First Lab and Canon Hi5 Short Film Challenge. WFF also collaborates with several industry organizations by hosting specific third party initiatives at the Whistler Summit including the Women in the Director’s Chair Industry Immersion, Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship, and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Each year, the Whistler Film Festival Industry Summit gets bigger and better‎. It is certainly becoming THE must-attend annual industry event for anyone in Western Canada with ambitions in the feature and short film realm,” said Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “This is attested to by the high-level attendees, speakers and panelists who now make Whistler their final and in some cases their only Western Canadian stop in the fall festival circuit. From Commissioning Content Executives and the senior heads at Telefilm (we are honoured to have Executive Director Carolle Brabant among us this year) to distributors, production executives, and accomplished directors and writers, they will all be here, discussing the changing metrics of the indie film scene, new distribution models, digital and online streaming, and financing feature films. Reflecting our programming philosophy, WFF’s Summit is an ideal opportunity for emerging and established independent filmmaking voices from the West Coast to meet and mingle with key power brokers and some of the great creative minds of our times. This really is one industry event that you can’t afford to miss.”WFF’s Industry Summit launches on December 1 with Crossing Borders, which focuses on the producer point of view on the business of international co-productions and working with the world’s largest markets – the US and India. Highlights include:OPENING ADDRESS: Presented by Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director Carolle Brabant and WFF Director of Programming Paul Gratton, WFF’s Summit opens with an engaging address on Telefilm’s Micro-budget Production Program, diversity, gender and indigenous content as well as the success of first features outside the program.THE FRENCH CONNECTION: This year, as usual, some of the WFF’s strongest Canadian films hail from Quebec. Why is there such a tradition of creative excellence in Quebec cinema? Audience support has often been cited, but are there signs that it is starting to wane. How does one explain the extraordinary success that Quebec filmmakers like Denis Villeneuve and Jean-Marc Vallée are experiencing making American movies? Join WFF Director of Programming Paul Gratton and a robust panel of prominent filmmakers and experts in this lively discussion of the state of Quebec cinema in 2016. (Panelists to be announced in November).CROSSING BORDERS: CANADA & INDIA: Featuring experienced co-pro filmmakers Deepa Mehta, David Hamilton and Dilip Mehta, this in depth discussion will focus on their creative inspirations as well as the challenges and advantages of working on co-productions with Canada and India. Moderator: Brian D. Johnson – Contributing Editor, Macleans, President, Toronto Film Critics Association and Filmmaker (Director, AL PURDY WAS HERE – WFF 2015)POWER PITCH: The two-step competition and boot camp for pre-selected Canadian producers provides them the opportunity to master the art of the pitch and then pitch their projects to the world’s top sales agents for feature films. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by CMPA and a $10,000 studio space credit sponsored by The Crossing Studios of Vancouver (valid to December 31, 2017). Jan Miller – International Consultant, Lowenbe Holdings will deliver the boot camp and moderate the pitch. The jury includes Marie-Claude Poulin – Producer, BROOKLYN, CAFE DE FLORE, C.R.A.Z.Y, Benedict Carver – Producer, EYE IN THE SKY, MAP TO THE STARS, and Dian Crossing – President/CEO, The Crossing Studios.PRODUCING POWERHOUSE INDIES: Producers today are forced to get very creative with funding models, casting choices and production strategies to get their films made. This session highlights indie producers who have risen to the occasion and carved out a niche for their films amidst the multitude of studio fare. Moderator: Peter Wetherell – President, Magus Entertainment. Panelists include Marie-Claude Poulin – Producer, BROOKLYN, CAFE DE FLORE, C.R.A.Z.Y, Benedict Carver – Producer, EYE IN THE SKY, MAP TO THE STARS, and Joe Jenckes – Producer, MARGIN CALL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS.On December 2, WFF’s Summit International Sessions provides an industry point of view that will address the evolving business models for feature films, from financing to distribution to new platform opportunities, attracting some of the most influential players in the industry. Highlights include:MARKET OVERVIEW: THE YEAR IN REVIEW: This session features a high-level report on the last twelve months in Canadian film with a panel that includes a veteran producer, major exhibitor, funder, major film distributor and film critic who follows the Canadian film scene. Moderator: Paul Gratton – Director of Programming, Whistler Film Festival. Panelists: Jason Gorber – Film Critic, Twitch Media, Michael Kennedy – Executive Vice President, Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex, Stephanie Azam – Marketing and Distribution Specialist for English-language feature film, Telefilm, Tom Alexander – Director, Theatrical Releasing, Mongrel Media, and David Miller, Producer, Agency 71.DIVERSIFYING DISTRIBUTION: Learn from the pros as they share their successes and failures in how to crack the daunting challenge of theatrical success. They will clarify what a distributor brings to the table that a filmmaker can’t do for him or herself, and offer insights on the difference between wide, platform, niche and day and date release strategies, when should a film go straight to online sales, bypassing theatres entirely, and the role (if any) of TV and print advertising‎, online media and film festival exposure. Moderator: Tim Brown – President, Joker Films. Panelists: Berry Meyerowitz – President, Rocket Dog Media Inc., Peter Nelson – SVP Production, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, and Tom Alexander – Director, Theatrical Releasing, Mongrel Media.MARKETING MAVERICKS: This panel of experts will navigate the waters of film festivals, film markets and critical reviews to address how independent films get discovered and rise above the marketing clutter, in a sea of mega-marketed comic book epics and amidst an audience driven market. Moderator: Liz Levine – Co-Founder & Producer, Random Bench. Panelists: Marcin Janowski – Global Entertainment Marketing & Publicity, International Film Trust, with more to be announced in November.MEET MARKET – 1+1 MEETINGS: Filmmakers and producers with industry experience and production credits have the opportunity to pre-register for high-level one-on-one meetings on December 2nd to pitch their projects to commissioning editors, sales agents, distributors, and other key executives attending the Summit. (Experts to be announced in November).DOC EXCHANGE: DOCUMENTARY IMPACT: Designing strategic impact campaigns and measuring their outcomes is becoming a key part of documentary distribution. Gain best practices from social issues media-makers and the frontlines of Story Money Impact. Moderator: Tracey Friesen – Writer, Story Money Impact. (Panelists to be announced in November).BEHIND THE LENS – THE FEMALE POV: With 14 feature films directed by women in its lineup, WFF shines the spotlight on some of the filmmakers for an inclusive discussion around the creative wins and losses of indie filmmaking from the female POV. Moderator: Trish Dolman – President & Producer, Screen Siren Pictures. Panelists: Amy Jo Johnson – Director, THE SPACE BETWEEN, Kirsten Carthew – Director, THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT, and Leslie Ann Coles – Director, MELODY MAKERS, SHOULD’VE BEEN THERE, with more filmmakers to be announced in November.VIEW FROM THE TOP: The day rounds off with the Summit’s annual highlight featuring an insightful and high-level two part discussion on series TV, SVOD and independent film with experienced senior players at the top of their field including Corrie Coe – SVP, Independent Productions – English Language, Bell Media, Patrick Roy – President, Film, North America Entertainment One & President, Les Films Seville, and Hal Sadoff – CEO, Silver Pictures.On December 3, WFF’s Content Connections turns to the creative point of view featuring the world’s top screenwriters and director, a live script read from projects in WFF’s Praxis Screenwriters Lab, and more. Highlights include:MPPIA SHORT FILM AWARD PITCH: The 10th annual competition features five shortlisted filmmakers from BC who will pitch their projects before a jury of three industry professionals and an industry peer audience with $15,000 in cash and $100,000 in production services on the line to create their project.IN CONVERSATION – VARIETY 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH: The Whistler Film Festival has proudly hosted the Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch program since 2012. Join this year’s honoured screenwriters in an entertaining and informative discussion. Share in some personal stories and learn firsthand about both the artistic challenges and the practical business realities related to succeeding in today’s film market. Host: Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor & Vice President, Variety. (Screenwriters to be announced in November).LIVE SCRIPT READ: PRAXIS SCREENWRITERS LAB. Join our talented screenwriters and actors for a live read of select scenes from four of the six projects that are part of our 2016 Praxis Screenwriters Lab. Facilitator: Patricia Gruben, Director, Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. Projects: Allan Hopkins (BC), Indian Road Trip, Ashley Fester (AB), The Long Way Home, Dusty Mancinelli (ON), Little Kings, Elisa McRae (BC), Colour Me Jane, Sandy Yates (BC), Red Serge Duty, and Titus Heckel (BC), Chaos Theory. (Actors to be announced in November).DIRECTOR MASTERCLASS: Learn from a master director who has built a reputation on having a distinct voice in film. This masterclass conversation will highlight the career of a director who has carved out a unique niche in the industry and created some of the most memorable cinematic moments and characters of our time. (Director to be announced in November).December 4, WFF’s Content Connections themed day focused on the digital point of view, and designed to empower storytellers at all levels of filmmaking and provide a firsthand insight into the ever-changing world of content creation and distribution, and music in film. Whether it is connecting short form or feature content to an online audience, making the most out of an online channel, or getting concepts onto screens of all sizes, filmmakers are invited to participate in this afternoon of discussions, screenings and networking with filmmakers and industry experts. Highlights include:STREAM BIG PART I: PICK OF THE PLATFORM. Some short films make it into festivals and some content creators find a following online, but this is not always a guarantee of success. Choosing the best platform for projects becomes a vital decision for the life of that content. In this session filmmakers and content creators will find out their options from some of the leading online platforms today. Panelists: Ian Durkin, Senior Curator, Staff Picks, Vimeo, Nina Sudra, General Manager, VICE Studio Canada Inc., and more to be announced in November.STREAM BIG PART II: MAKING THE JUMP – WEB SERIES TO TV. There are multiple ways for content creators to find their way to both network television and SVOD platforms. In this case study, listen and learn from a panel of successful online content creators who have made the jump into television. (Panelists to be announced in November).STREAM BIG ROUNDTABLES: Offering face-to-face access with industry experts from the Stream Big sessions, content creators and filmmakers can ask in-depth questions about creating and marketing content online, and get feedback for their projects. It is also a great opportunity to make connections. (Experts to be announced in November).BIG ROCK SHORTWORK SHOWCASE: This year’s Big Rock ShortWork Showcase features a lively presentation of an eclectic collection of short films comprised of films from Crazy 8’s, WFF’s Canon Hi5 Short Film Challenge and some of fest’s short films.From November 30 to December 4, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 16th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Industry Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. Featuring 90 innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s fest will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, honoured guests, lively celebrations, and unique industry initiatives.WFF’s Industry Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, with additional guests to be added in the coming weeks. WFF’s film lineup schedule will be available online on November 1. 14 films have already been announced.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/ is now open for VIP Patron Passes, Industry Passes, Ticket Packages and Festival Credentials.Air travel and ground transportation deals as well as best accommodation rates are now available on whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/. WFF has 18 accommodation partners to choose from including host hotel, the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa and VIP hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort.The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cineplex, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, Gibbons Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sandy JobinBevans and Kylee Evans to host new family game show Just

first_imgSandy Jobin-Bevans and Kylee Evans Advertisement Studio Audience ExperienceJust Like Mom and Dad is inviting everyone to join them in-studio for the live studio audience experience! Want to join in on the fun? You and your family can be a part of the Just Like Mom and Dad live studio audience and watch all the fun first hand! It’s easy!Send an email to audience@marblemedia.com saying you and your family would like to attend a live taping of Just Like Mom and Dad.Please include how many tickets you would need, along with your first and second choice for showtimes.LOCATIONYEStv Studios1295 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario L7R 4X5WEEK ONEFriday, October 13, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PMSaturday, October 14, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pmSunday, October 15, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pmWEEK TWOFriday, October 20, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PMSaturday, October 21, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pmSunday, October 22, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm Advertisement Just Like Mom and Dad is shot before a live, energetic studio audience on a bright, dynamic set filled with flashy lights, giant moving video screens, and a bigger and more tempting prize wheel. Each episode of Just Like Mom and Dad will feature three parent-kid pairs. The game starts with two exciting, interactive question-answer based rounds where parents and kids will be quizzed on each other. The third and final round will be an exciting bake-off in a new, state of the art kitchen coliseum, but in this kitchen the kids are in charge and the parents are the taste-testers.Sandy and Kylee are ready to lead you through all of the bake-offs, big spins and even bigger prizes coming your way on this season of Just Like Mom and Dad! Toronto, Canada – Award-winning global media production and distribution company marblemedia is excited to announce husband and wife duo Sandy Jobin-Bevans and Kylee Evans as the new host couple of Just Like Mom and Dad, the modern remake of the hit 80’s series Just Like Mom.Sandy Jobin-Bevans, a nine time Canadian Comedy Award winner and actor, and actress Kylee Evans, will begin filming Just Like Mom and Dad this fall. Produced in association with YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the US, the 20-episode primetime family game show will premiere across North America in January 2018. marblemedia secured all remake and development rights in an agreement with Bell Media.Kylee and Sandy are no strangers to kids and family entertainment. They both appeared on YTV/Nickelodeon’s hit sitcom Life With Boys, where Sandy played the loving, single father and Kylee played their neighbour. Sandy was also the co-host of the hidden camera game show, Deal With It and Kylee is known for her recurring roles in Good Witch and The Stanley Dynamic. Twitter For more information, please visit www.justlikemomanddad.com.Follow  Kylee and Just Like Mom and Dad on social media:Kylee Evans:Twitter: @KyleebevansInstagram: @kyleeevansforreals Advertisement Facebook Just Like Mom and Dad:Follow Just Like Mom and Dad on social media:Twitter: @justlikemomdadFacebook/Instagram: @justlikemomanddad LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

The 16th Annual DGC Awards take place on Oct 28th Congrats to

first_imgALLAN KING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARYPresented by Rogers Group of FundsAll Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone – Fred PeabodyThe Apology – Tiffany HsiungGun Runners – Anjali NayarQuebec My Country, Mon Pays – John Walker BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – TELEVISION SERIESGordon Barnes – Frontier, Episode 101 – A Kingdom Unto ItselfJohn Dondertman – Orphan Black, Human Raw MaterialIan Hall – Sensitive Skin, Episode 202Rupert Lazarus – Shoot the Messenger, Episode 1, Beginner’s Luck BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – FEATURE FILMPresented by Pinewood Toronto StudiosTim Bider – UnlessShane Boucher/Lisa Soper – The Blackcoat’s DaughterRocco Matteo – Undercover GrandpaAwakening the Zodiac – Lisa Soper BEST PICTURE EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESDuncan Christie – The SwapTeresa De Luca – CardinalRoslyn Kalloo – Mary Kills People, Part 2Kye Meechan – ARQ OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FAMILY SERIESPresented by William F. WhiteDean Bennett – Heartland, Episode 1009A Horse with No Rider Stefan Brogren – Degrassi: Next Class, Episode 310, #ImsleepPhil Earnshaw – Degrassi: Next Class, Episode 308, #IRegretNothingJ.J. Johnson – Annedroids, Episode 412/413, The Mother of Invention Twitter OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESPresented by deluxeHolly Dale – Mary Kills PeopleDaniel Grou – CardinalJ.J. Johnson – Odd Squad: The MovieMichel Poulette – Serialized Advertisement BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESPresented by Vanguarde Artists ManagementJean Bécotte – Brace for ImpactRob Gray – CardinalDoug McCullough – The SwapOleg Savytski – ARQ BEST SOUND EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESAnne of Green Gables: Good Stars – Rob Ainsley, Vladimir Borissov, Steph Carrier, Janice Ierulli, Clive TurnerCardinal – Claire Dobson, Nelson Ferreira, Paul Germann, David McCallum, Jane TattersallOnce Upon a Murdoch Christmas – Mark Beck, Richard Calistan, Joseph Doane, Jonas KuhnemannSurviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le – Tom Bjelic, Dermain Finlayson, John Laing, Dale Lennon, Michael Mancuso, James Robb, Kevin Banks BEST SOUND EDITING – TELEVISION SERIESFrontier, Episode 104, Wolves – Janice Ierulli, Matthew Hussey, Alastair Gray, Mark Shnuriwsky, Clive Turner, Dave JohnsonSensitive Skin Episode 202 – Claire Dobson, Krystin Hunter, David McCallum, Jane Tattersall, Kevin BanksVikings, Episode 410, The Last Ship – Claire Dobson, Andrew Jablonski, David McCallum, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Dale Sheldrake, Jane Tattersall, Yuri GorbachowX-Company, Episode 209, Butcher and Bolt – Richard Calistan, J.R. Fountain, Kevin Howard, Dashen Naidoo, Joe Mancuso, Jill Purdy, Nathan Robitaille BEST PICTURE EDITING – FEATURE FILMMark Arcieri – Awakening the ZodiacRon Sanders/Sandy Pereira – Mean DreamsDuff Smith – WeirdosDev Singh – Milton’s Secret BEST SHORT FILMYung Chang – GatekeeperJason Hreno – MotherlandJane Tattersall and Thomas Pepper – Tuesday 10:08 A.M.Jacquie Gould – Victory Square Advertisement OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIESPresented by SIM Group James Genn – Kim’s Convenience, Episode 108, Best BeforeDon McKellar – Michael: Everyday, Hodophobia, Part 1Dawn Wilkinson – Kim’s Convenience, Episode 104, Frank and NayoungAleysa Young – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 104, If the Killer is Watching The Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Mary Walsh with special guestsThe 16th edition of the DGC Awards promises to be a special one. OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILMPresented by TechnicolorErik Canuel – Undercover GrandpaBruce McDonald – WeirdosNathan Morlando – Mean DreamsKim Nguyen – Two Lovers and a BearJonathan Wright – Awakening the Zodiac DON HALDANE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDAnne Sirois BEST PICTURE EDITING – TELEVISION SERIESGeoff Ashenhurst – Penny Dreadful, Episode 9, The Blessed DarkDonald Cassidy – Vikings – Episode 414, In the Uncertain Hour Before the MorningChristopher Donaldson – Penny Dreadful, Episode 301, The Day Tennyson DiedJay Prychidny – Orphan Black, Episode 406, The Scandal of Altruism OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIESPresented by PanavisionKen Girotti – Pure, Episode 101, OrdinationRobert Lieberman – The Expanse, Episode 106, Rock BottomHelen Shaver – Vikings, Episode 405, PromisedDavid Wellington – Orphan Black, Episode 405, Human Raw Material BEST PICTURE EDITING – DOCUMENTARYCathy Gulkin – Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren HarrisDanielle Hebscher – Protected Workshop 19 (Taller protegido 19)Jim Munro – All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and The Spirit of I.F. StoneJeff Warren – Quebec My Country Mon Pays Advertisement The evening will feature a Nominees’ reception prior to the Awards ceremony.“Part of the DGC’s mandate is to celebrate excellence,” stated Tim Southam, National President, DGC. “And these nominations honour the women and men who have worked together to inspire and create exceptional works. It is especially important now to showcase Canada’s successes and I am proud to work side by side with these nominees.”DGC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDPresented by ShaftesburyDon Shebib LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook BEST SOUND EDITING – FEATURE FILMAwakening the Zodiac – Emilie Boucek, Mark DejczakThe Blackcoat’s Daughter – Allan Fung, Jesse Gillingham, Richard Harkness, Melissa HintonMean Dreams – Tom Bjelic, Mark Dejczak, Nathan Robitaille, Lorraine Samuel, Noam ShpieglerRatchet & Clank – Nelson Ferreira, J.R. Fountain, Dashen Naidoo, John D. Smithlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement WHAT ARE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILMING?– Finding the right leading man– Making the days and getting all the shots I wanted– The scene where the crime is solved. It’s long and in one roomWHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES?The actors are terrific in Budapest Noir. The city is beautiful. The story is suspenseful.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?My first film “An American Rhapsody” (starring a young Scarlett Johanson) was inspired by difficult events in my life that I wanted to explore.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?Cindy in Iraq – a true story of a female trucker working in Iraq for a government contractor.More was Lost – a memoir by Eleanor PerenyiAnd I would love to direct some good TV.WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Learn from experienced people who you admire. Ask questions. And watch lots of movies.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN 3 WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Visual, mysterious, cautionaryWHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Francis Coppola for whom I worked as a production assistant on Apocalypse Now. That was my film school.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 1, 2017, 9:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7– DECEMBER 3, 2017, 3:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8GET YOUR TICKETS AT:  http://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/budapest-noir/SYNOPSIS:For anyone who liked Roman Polanski’s classic Chinatown, this is a Hungarian version, set in 1936 Budapest. Based on a best-selling novel by Vilmos Kondor, the story follows world-weary reporter Zsigmond Gordon, as he investigates the seemingly nondescript murder of a young prostitute found in a courtyard after being beaten to death. No one seems very interested in the crime, especially in such politically charged times. The murky trail of clues eventually leads into the dark underbelly of the Hungarian power elite. We find out that one of the country’s most ambitious and prominent men is consolidating ties with Germany’s leadership, while hiding the fact that he himself is a Jew. Along the way, Zsigmond uncovers a shady world of brothels, pornographers, boxing rings, communist cells and crime syndicates, even while he pretends to be covering the funeral of fascistic-leaning Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Gombos. This is director Eva Gardos’ third outing as feature filmmaker, after her award-winning 2001 film An American Rhapsody and co-directing Magic Boys (2012). She has also worked as an editor on such high profile American movies as Barfly (1987) and Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon (1986). Stylishly shot, dripping with a neo-noir atmosphere and perpetual curls of cigarette smoke wafting through the air at late night speakeasies. This is a shocking, slick thriller that reminds you of how Hollywood used to make them.CAST AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Pioneer PicturesProducers: Ildikó KeményCast: Krisztián Kolovratnik, Réka Tenki, Kata DobóCinematographer: Elemér Ragályi, Márton RagályiEditing: Mátyás FeketeScreenplay: based on the novel by Miklós Kondor, András SzekérDistribution/Print Source: Hungarian Film Fund Kata Dobó Franciska Töröcsik Krisztián Kolovratnik and Réka Tenki Réka Tenki Krisztián Kolovratnik and Réka Tenki Krisztián Kolovratnik Krisztián Kolovratnik Zsolt Anger Krisztián Kolovratnik GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook ABOUT EVA GARDOS:  Éva Gárdos is an award-winning film director and editor born in Hungary. Francis Ford Coppola gave Gardos her first job, working as a production assistant on Coppola’s epic Apocalypse Now . “That was my film school”. She went on to establish a career as a film editor (Valley Girl, Mask, Bastard Out of Carolina), working with distinguished directors such as Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich, and Anjelica Huston. Éva’s screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, the award winning An American Rhapsody, starred a young Scarlett Johansson. She discovered the bestselling Hungarian novel, Budapest Noir, “The minute I finished the novel I was determined to make a film. Rhapsody, a very personal story, I was excited to make a genre film with political undertones. Right from the start, it was an adventure since Vilmos Kondor, the author of the book, is a pseudonym and so first we had to find this mystery man. “My goal was to make a period film that looked authentically like Budapest in the 1930s but was not just imitating classic Film Noir”. Gardos has several projects in the works, including Cindy in Iraq based on a true story about a of a female trucker driving in Iraq and More was Lost a memoir by Eleanor Perenyi.WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?Budapest Noir is based on a best selling Hungarian novel. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UN Indigenous peoples rapporteur expresses deep concern over Attawapiskat housing crisis

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The UN official tasked with monitoring the situation of Indigenous peoples around the world has contacted the Canadian government to express “deep concern” over the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, a northern Ontario First Nations community on the shore of James Bay.James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, said he would be monitoring the situation in Attawapiskat “closely” while keeping an “open dialogue” with the Conservative government.“I will be monitoring closely the situation of the Attawapiskat First Nation and other Aboriginal communities in Canada,” said Anaya, in the statement. “Keeping an open dialogue with the government and all stakeholders.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office blasted Anaya’s letter, saying it had “inaccuracies” and lacked “credibility.” A spokeswoman for Duncan said the minister would be responding.“We will correct the inaccuracies in this letter, beginning with the fact that the special rapporteur could not name Canada’s minister of foreign affairs,” said Michelle Yao, a spokeswoman for Duncan. “Anyone who reads the letter will see it lacks credibility.”Yao said the Conservative government was “focused on the needs of the residents of Attawapiskat, not publicity stunts.”The Conservative government is also “focused on addressing deep-rooted issues that have plagued Canada’s First Nations communities for generations,” she said.Attawapiskat, a Cree community of about 1,800 people, has been suffering from inadequate housing for years. A recent YouTube video filmed by NDP MP Charlie Angus depicting families living in tents and in shacks with no running water or insulation propelled the community to the top of the national debate for several weeks.Canadians from coast to coast witnessed the dire living conditions in the community which have been described as inhumane and life-threatening.The Conservative government responded by blaming the housing crisis on financial mismanagement by the band, which had been in co-management for several years.Duncan took control of band finances away from the chief and council and handed it over to an outside consultant, called a third-party manager, at a cost of about $180,000.Attawapiskat has since taken the issue to Federal Court seeking a judicial review of the minister’s decision.The federal government has also committed to sending 22 modular homes to the community, but the announcement came after the Canadian Red Cross intervened in Attawapiskat to provide immediate aid.Anaya said in a statement that he contacted the Conservative government on Monday asking what programs it had in place to deal with the gap in social and living conditions between First Nations communities and non-Aboriginal communities.“The social and economic situation of…Attawapiskat seems to represent the condition of many First Nation communities living on reserves throughout Canada, which is allegedly akin to Third World conditions,” said Anaya, in the statement. “Yet, this situation is not representative of non-Aboriginal communities in Canada.”Anaya said he wanted the government to respond to information the special rapporteur has received indicating that First Nations communities are “systematically underfunded” and that “unequal funding” is “allegedly rooted” in the formulas and policies used by Aboriginal Affairs.Anaya said he wanted to government to clarify information that showed this systematic underfunding made things worse in already stressed communities.“It does not appear that the government is responding adequately to requests for assistance,” said Anaya.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution during a meeting earlier this month in Ottawa calling on the Assembly of First Nations to ask the UN to appoint a special agent to monitor Canada’s response to housing and infrastructure woes in First Nations communities.The AFN could not be immediately reached for comment.last_img read more

Parliament prorogued resumes Oct 16

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–MPs will return to their legislative work in October with a speech from the throne following Friday morning’s official prorogation of Parliament.Gov. Gen. David Johnston officially signed the “instrument of prorogation” at 9 a.m. Friday inside Rideau Hall, which is the governor general’s official residence.Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked for the prorogation through a letter sent to Johnston, a Rideau Hall spokesperson said.“There was an exchange of correspondence between the prime minister and the governor general that led to the signing,” said Melanie Villeneuve.Parliament returns on Oct. 16.Johnston will read the speech from the throne which lays out the federal government’s agenda in Parliament.last_img read more

Mining firm receives stones of shame from Quebec Innu

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe chiefs of two Innu communities in northern Quebec took an unusual action Wednesday in the middle of downtown Montreal.The chiefs come from communities more than a 1,000 kilometres northeast of Montreal. They came to the head office of the Iron Ore Company to return gifts they received from them in 1970: two very heavy iron stones.Now they call them “stones of shame” for the destruction to their land caused by the mining company over the last 60 years and for ignoring Innu rights by refusing to sign an impact benefit agreements.last_img read more

Audit Manitoba chiefs organization used training child care dollars to cover debts

first_img(Former Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak grand chief David Harper faced multiple audits while in charge of the organization.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Manitoba chiefs organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country used over $1 million in training and child care funds destined for member bands to pay off its debts, according to a federally-commissioned audit obtained by APTN National News.The KPMG audit of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak focused on the organization’s use of training and child care funds flowing from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) during the tenure of former grand chief David Harper who was beset by financial scandal during his last days in office.Indigenous Affairs and ESDC commissioned KPMG to conduct two audits of MKO in 2014 following complaints and reports about Harper’s handling of MKO’s finances. The audits focused on transactions between 2011 and 2014.A KPMG audit specifically targeting MKO’s use of ESDC’s funds under the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program found that $1.16 million of total allocated dollars never made it to MKO’s 30 member communities for training and child care.The audit found that between 2011 and 2014 MKO reported a deficit of $1.6 million.“MKO’s deficits have been largely funded with funds from the ASETS program intended for the various First Nations who are sub-agreement holders,” said the 2015 audit, which has been kept under wraps until now.In addition to owing $1.16 million to its member First Nations, the audit found MKO “has no cash reserves and no current ability to repay these amounts.”The audit found that MKO, at the time, did not have the ability to properly manage ASETS dollars earmarked for child care and training totalling about $65 million between 2011 and 2014.“MKO does not have the capacity to manage nor provide oversight of the ASETS program unless significant changes are made,” said the audit. “There is little evidence of oversight, tracking of funds or reconciliation.”ESDC said in a statement Thursday that ASETS dollars continue to flow to MKO and the department is working with the organization to improve its oversight.“ESDC continues to work with MKO to ensure that its financial administration system supports the accountability and tracking required of the program,” said the statement. “This work is ongoing to ensure that there is a strong organization in place to provide training and employment services to indigenous clients in northern Manitoba.”A second but linked audit, examining how MKO under Harper managed and spent its money, has also been completed and may be handed over to the RCMP by current MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, according to a recent report in the Winnipeg Free Press.North Wilson could not be reached for comment.APTN previously reported on a draft copy of the second audit which examined about $450,000 worth of expenses incurred by Harper and determined just over one-third could be substantiated. The draft audit also discovered that about $77,000 worth of travel claims filed by Harper did not match-up when cross-referenced with the former grand chief’s records.APTN has since learned that MKO, under Harper, flowed ASETS dollars into its general revenue account. It appears these funds were used for loans to member chiefs and travel, among other expenses.ASETS dollars were used to fund a training retreat at a posh Banff, Alta., hotel in 2012, APTN has learned. At the time Harper told the media the trip, which cost tens of thousands of dollars, was paid for by MKO’s own-source revenues. APTN has learned officials in Harper’s office retroactively altered documentation to cover the financial link between the Banff trip and ASETS dollars.APTN has also obtained a $5,000 loan agreement between MKO and St. Theresa Point Chief David McDougall. The agreement was signed by former MKO financial officer Glen Buchko and flowed the loan through MKO’s economic development corporation, Wabung Development, and was issued against future ASETS dollars owed to St. Theresa Point.“The recipient agrees to pay $1,106.40 monthly,” said the contract. “In the situation where the amount is not received…the recipient agrees to have deducted from any advances owning under the ASETS program the full balance of the advance.”McDougall could not be reached for comment.A previous audit found MKO paid Buchko $1.1 million between 2005 and 2011.Harper could not be reached for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Algonquin chiefs force meeting with Quebecs Liberal caucus

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsQuebec’s Liberal caucus kicked off its annual meeting Thursday with a rousing applause for their leader.But the meeting was only able to get underway after they fixed a major oversight by scheduling an early morning meeting with the Indigenous peoples of the territory.“We just want to give the message to the Quebec government that we’re ready, we’re ready to sit down and talk. It don’t matter if we weren’t invited, or not, we’re here now today, and we’re not going anywhere anytime soon from our territory,” said Grand Chief Verna Polson of the Algonquin and Anishinabeg Tribal Council.Polson and six other Algonquin chiefs had to demand the meeting with the premierOnce they had his ear they made one thing clear: When it comes to natural resources, they want their cut.“We’re going to be establishing a negotiation table with the Quebec government, and it’s long overdue,” said Polson.The unceded Algonquin territory in Quebec is rich in logging and mining resources.However, many Algonquin communities struggle with poverty, addiction and overcrowding.These are problems they hope resource royalties could help address.The chief of a nearby First Nation invited Premier Philippe Couillard to come see the challenges her community faces.So far he hasn’t committed.“Quebec has to stop hiding behind Canada, just because it’s Canada that finances us usually, because we’re an important part of Quebec society. We are here, we still exist, we will always be here,” said Chief Adrienne Jerome from Anishnabe Nation of Lac Simon.Quebec said the meeting with chiefs was productive.“How to improve relations between mining companies and the Algonquin is something that is very important,” said Geoffrey Kelley, minister of Indigenous Affairs. “As you can see there is some interest in approving mining here in this region, but it has to include, and I think the premier was quite clear yesterday, it has to include partnerships with the Indigenous populations, the Algonquin population here.”But when asked if Quebec committed to sit down at the negotiation table Polson said no.“No promise, but the dialogue will start. It has to start. Cause we need this, we need this for our people,” said Polson.The Liberal caucus meeting continues Friday.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Mnuchin Plane request was about national security

first_imgWASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the initial request for use of a government plane for his European trip last month was about national security and not his own personal convenience on his honeymoon.Mnuchin said as a member of the president’s National Security Council he needed a secure communication link with Washington and his staff put in a request for use of an Air Force jet for his honeymoon trip with his wife Louise Linton to Scotland, France and Italy.But he said it was just an option being explored and once it became clear he could obtain secure communications links without a government plane, the request was withdrawn.“Let me just set the record straight. First of all, the government never paid for any of my personal travel,” Mnuchin said at a conference sponsored by Politico. “This had nothing to do with convenience. This was purely about national security.”Mnuchin denied reports that he and his wife used a government plane to travel to Kentucky so they could view last month’s solar eclipse. He said the trip had originally been scheduled for a different time and added that he was not very interested in the celestial spectacle in the first place.“You know, people in Kentucky took this stuff very serious,” he told the conference. “Being a New Yorker and (living for a time in) California, I was like, the eclipse? Really? I don’t have any interest in watching the eclipse.”He did view the event with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell as part of a visit to Fort Knox, where the nation has $200 billion worth of gold stored. He said he scrapped a staff plan to view it from the roof of a building at Fort Knox and instead looked at it briefly from the ground using a pair of eclipse glasses that someone handed him.Asked by the moderator if it was an “eclipse boondoggle,” Mnuchin said, “We went to see For Knox …. Fort Knox is a symbol of the economic might of our country.”President Donald Trump said he had “total confidence” in his Treasury secretary.“I have known him a very long time,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One after viewing hurricane damage in Florida. “He is a very straight shooter …. He’s a very honourable man.”Treasury’s Office of Inspector General, however, confirmed Thursday that it was looking into “all requests for and use of government aircraft” at Treasury.The Kentucky trip sparked controversy after Mnuchin’s wife posted a photo on Instagram that showed Mnuchin and Linton stepping off the government jet. In her post, Linton included hashtags of various luxury designers she was wearing, which prompted criticism from an Oregon mother of three who wrote “glad we could pay for your little getaway.”“Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours,” Linton wrote back.Linton later apologized for her comments.Treasury secretaries in the past have flown commercial on domestic trips but have used Air Force jets on official travel overseas.___This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Linton’s first name. It’s Louise, not Louis.last_img read more

US economy grew at solid 32 per cent rate in third quarter

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 per cent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years.The figure was revised down from last month’s estimate of 3.3 per cent, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The change reflected a bit less spending by consumers, which was offset somewhat by increased spending by state and local governments.Still, the 3.2 per cent growth followed a 3.1 per cent gain in the second quarter, the first consecutive quarters that growth has topped 3 per cent since 2014.President Donald Trump has pointed to these gains as evidence his economic program is producing results. Many economists believe GDP growth this quarter could hit 3 per cent or better.Congress this week passed a major tax overhaul, giving Trump the biggest legislative achievement of his first year in office. Economists believe the proposal will boost growth temporarily in 2018 and possibly 2019. But then they forecast that the positive effects will fade, with slower growth going forward due to higher interest rates stemming from the bigger government deficits.But at the moment, economists are optimistic about growth prospects. The Federal Reserve’s Atlanta regional bank is forecasting GDP growth could hit 3.3 per cent this quarter. If GDP does top 3 per cent, it would mark the first time that has occurred since three quarters in late 2004 and early 2005.Trump has predicted the tax cuts will be “rocket fuel” for the economy and many economists are looking for a growth spurt next year.“The economy is rock solid for now and with fiscal stimulus kicking in next month, the economy’s afterburners could put this economy’s rocketing growth rate into even higher orbit,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial analyst at MUFG Union Bank in New York, said in reaction to the new GDP report.For all of 2017, the economy is expected to grow around 2.3 per cent, a marked improvement from the slight 1.5 per cent gain in GDP in 2016. For 2018, economists believe growth will be even better, helped by the boost from the Republican tax cuts and a stronger global economy.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, is forecasting growth of 2.9 per cent for 2018, reflecting tax cuts that he predicts will add 0.4 percentage point to GDP next year. He expects the tax cuts to add 0.2 percentage point to growth in 2019. But even with that boost, he sees GDP slowing to a 2.2 per cent rate in 2019 before slowing to 1 per cent growth in 2020 as the higher interest rates drag on growth.This forecast is in line with other analysts who see only a temporary gain from the tax cuts. They are at odds with forecasts of the Trump administration that the tax cuts will spur significant momentum that will lift the economy to sustained annual GDP gains of 3 per cent or better.The report on third quarter growth was the government’s third and final look at the quarter. The economy showed resilience last quarter in the face of two hurricanes: Harvey, which hit Texas in late August, and Irma, which battered Florida in September.The U.S. economy is benefiting from a pickup in global growth, a healthy job market, which supports consumer spending, and a drop in the value of the dollar against other major currencies, which makes U.S. products less expensive in foreign markets.What you need to know:— Business investment in equipment shot up at a 10.8 per cent rate, the best showing since the third quarter of 2014.— Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 per cent of U.S. economic output, grew at an annual pace of 2.2 per cent, a slight 0.1 percentage point less than last month’s estimate.— Government spending and investment rose for the first time in three quarters, with spending by state and local governments revised to a small positive from a slight negative in the previous report.— Housing construction fell for a second quarter, but the drop was not as severe as previously reported.— The 1.5 per cent annual GDP gain last year was the weakest performance in six years, since the economy contracted by 2.9 per cent in 2009.—GDP growth has averaged around 2 per cent in the current recovery, which is now in its ninth year and is the third longest in U.S. history.last_img read more

Federal budget to unveil incentive for 5week leave for second parent official

first_imgOTTAWA – The upcoming federal budget will include a five-week, use-it-or-lose-it incentive for new dads to take parental leave and share the responsibilities of raising their young child, The Canadian Press has learned.In recent days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mused about just such an additional parental leave for the second parent.The goal behind the measure — to be included in Tuesday’s budget — is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities so that new moms can more easily enter the workforce, said a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the budget details have yet to be made public.The government has been under increasing pressure from advocates to make further changes to Canada’s parental leave policies.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget is expected to have a strong focus on gender equality and on finding new ways to help more women enter the workforce — not only as a matter of fairness, but also as a way to bolster the entire economy.A recently released briefing note prepared for Morneau said Canadian women with children are less involved in the labour market than their counterparts in many of the industrialized countries in the OECD.In general, the participation rate of women in Canada’s job market is largely unchanged from where it was in the early 2000s, said the memo, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.The idea of parental leave for a second parent would be similar to a policy in Quebec, which is the only province that pays for leave for new fathers. Quebec’s system provides up to five weeks of paid leave to new fathers and covers up to 70 per cent of their income.The Liberals have heard from experts that the popular program in Quebec should be replicated at the federal level.They’ve also been urged to raise the value of benefits paid out for parents who opt for an 18-month parental leave, and to provide low-income families with access to a six-month leave option with a higher rate of income replacement.Some have also recommended making leaves available to people who aren’t considered a primary caregiver, such as a grandparent.Earlier this week, Trudeau said making it easier for fathers to take time off to care for a newborn would help remove workforce barriers for women that are created by the expectation that they should take on the primary child-rearing role.There is anecdotal evidence that women who are of child-bearing age or are pregnant are passed over for jobs or promotions, even though such actions are prohibited under the Canadian Human Rights Act.Trudeau, who was speaking at a forum in Ahmedabad, India, said his government would consider parental-leave changes, specifically “leave that can only be taken by the second parent, in most cases the father.” He said it would be “a use-it-or-lose-it” model.The prime minister also suggested the leave could include, for instance, a partner in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge+nder relationships.“Whatever format you have, that path is removing some of the barriers and the obligations and the expectations that hold women back in the workforce, so there are a lot of things to do,” he said.Trudeau’s government has been paying closer attention to parental leave options since some of their earlier changes received a cool welcome late last year.Under rules that came into effect in December, new parents can spread 12 months of employment insurance benefits over 18 months, even though experts, labour and business groups expressed concern the program would only benefit families with higher incomes.Last year’s budget pegged the cost of the measure at $152 million over five years and $27.5 million a year afterwards.An analysis of recently released census data by the Vanier Institute of the Family found fathers are increasingly taking more time off after the birth of a child. In a report last month, the institute found 30 per cent of new fathers in 2016 reported they took, or intended to take, parental leave, up from three per cent in 2000.Much of the national increase was due to Quebec’s program. In that province, 80 per cent of fathers claimed or planned to take parental leave in 2016, almost triple the 28 per cent recorded in 2005.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

US probing suspension part failures in 2013 Nissan Altimas

first_imgDETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a suspension part on Nissan Altimas can come loose from the frame due to corrosion.The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 374,000 cars from 2013. The agency says it has four complaints that rear lower control arm assemblies failed. One owner in Seneca Falls, N.Y., wrote that the problem caused a crash, but didn’t give details. Three complaints allege the part failed while cars were moving.Control arms let the wheels and tires travel up and down over bumps.The complaints came from states that use salt to clear roads of ice and snow.Investigators will determine how often the problem happens and whether a recall is needed.A message was left Wednesday seeking comment from Nissan.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mexican president wants US to grant more work visas

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he hopes to negotiate more U.S. work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans.Lopez Obrador said relations with the U.S. government are good. In his words, “This new relationship with the U.S. government is on the right track.”His comments came one day after the administration of President Donald Trump pledged $4.8 billion in development projects for southern Mexico and $5.8 for the Central American nations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that his government wants “the United States to also give work visas for Mexico and to increase the number of visas, and that there also be work visas for Central Americans.”The United States currently offers a limited number of H-2A agricultural work visas.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Burkina Faso killing highlights increasing security threat for mining companies

first_imgTORONTO — The killing of a Canadian mining company executive in Burkina Faso is drawing attention to the deteriorating security situation in the country and the risks resource firms face in unstable regions.Kirk Woodman, who was working for Vancouver-based Progress Minerals Inc., was found dead after being kidnapped in the country Tuesday.The incident, while rare, comes as threats from insurgents rise in the West African region which is home to numerous Canadian mining operations.“Burkina Faso is a relatively new target for Islamic militancy,” said Ryan Cummings, a director of consultancy Signal Risk based in South Africa.“I believe that in the West African region we are seeing a potential spread of extremism and Islamic militancy into new zones. Specifically into areas where mining interests are present but have been insulated from the violence could potentially be increasingly affected.”There are not yet enough indications that the mining industry is being targeted, but the resource sector is one of the few where expatriates would operate outside of the capital of Ouagadougou.“I don’t necessarily think this is so much an attack on the mining sector per-se, it’s more targeting foreign nationals who find themselves in such locales because of commercial interests there,” Cummings said.Montreal-based SEMAFO Inc., which has mines in the region, reported several attacks on roads near its operations last year.The company said a national employee and a subcontractor were killed last August when a bus transporting employees was targeted by bandits and another subcontractor and five gendarmes were killed in a separate attack days earlier. In December, the company said government security forces were attacked on a road about 40 kilometres from its Boungou mine in the country.The company updated its security policy so that all foreign employees are now being transported by helicopter between the mine site and the capital. It said security for local employees has been boosted by a ground military force and more escorts and that it continues to discuss security issues with the government.Werner Claessens, a geologist who has known Woodman since the 1990s, said the environment for exploration geologists in Western Africa has been deteriorating in recent years.The properties acquired by Woodman’s company was a promising series of gold prospects, but the “red zone” they were located in had come to be considered difficult to work in, he explained.“It was a zone considered quite dangerous,” he said, adding that several years ago that wasn’t the case.“It became dangerous in the summer of 2017 when the first terrorist attacks took place in that part of the country,” he explained.Claessens has worked and lived in Western Africa since 1985, and lived in Burkina Faso from 2004 until 2011, and regularly visits the nation.“For us it’s a very sad thing to see what is happening and developing there in terms of terrorist attacks … We’ve never seen this before in the nearly three decades I worked there,” he said.Cummings said there are increasing risks in Mali and Cote d’Ivoire as well, which are also home to numerous mines owned by Canadian mining companies.But he said that while there are pockets of security issues across the continent, it is not the main risk faced by companies operating there.“The biggest risks facing the mining sector are actually political stability and also legislation, and how the state intends to deal with its extractive sector.”— With files from Michael Tutton in Halifax.Ian Bickis, The Canadian PressNote to readers: Will be updatedlast_img read more