Yeah we can work with that Auto talks mark potential NAFTA breakthrough

first_imgWASHINGTON – A potential breakthough to an impasse over automobiles has created a new sense of optimism in the NAFTA negotiations, with different players Tuesday declaring themselves more hopeful of a deal than they have been in some time.Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, suggested his newfound optimism was based on two developments in recent days: progress on the top U.S. priority of auto-parts rules, as well as a more general thawing of the frosty tone in earlier talks.This comes as the United States appears increasingly keen on securing a quick agreement, with an upcoming round in Washington expected to feature a final push to obtain a deal before election campaigns in Mexico and in the U.S. Congress punt the process into 2019.MacNaughton said the most recent American proposals could help the U.S. achieve its goal of safeguarding auto production there, potentially without a strict American-made content requirement in every car, an idea that has been a source of friction with Canada and Mexico.He cautioned that the autos impasse isn’t completely sorted out yet.“They came back with some ideas that if you take them to their logical conclusion would mean that you wouldn’t need that (American content) requirement,” MacNaughton told reporters after speaking at a Washington gathering of the American Association of Port Authorities.“They put some interesting ideas on the table … which were actually quite creative. To which we sort of said, ‘Yeah, we can work with that.’… Did we get to somewhere where you could shake hands and say, ‘We’ve got a deal?’ Absolutely not… Whether or not we can get there I don’t know. But I took it as being a positive thing that they had another way of getting at that issue.”His assessment came after a discreet high-level meeting.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland did not make any public appearances last week when she was in Washington to meet U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, who has said he is hoping for an agreement in principle within weeks.While cautioning that the talks can’t be bound by artificial deadlines, MacNaughton said there really is a good-faith effort to get as close to a deal as possible early next month: “We will meet seven days a week, 24 hours a day to make as much progress as we can.”There are rumours of a lengthy, two-week round planned in Washington starting in early April. In the runup, MacNaughton said the countries have not only been meeting in person, but also in phone discussions.“I must say that in the last two weeks the talks that we’ve had … have been more positive than I’ve seen them before,” MacNaughton told Tuesday’s conference.“We still have a long way to go. But certainly the environment is one which is conducive to making a lot more progress in the next short while… I’m optimistic. I am confident that we are going to move forward. … Certainly the environment is conducive to making a lot more progress in the next short while.”He cited two reasons for optimism. In addition to the autos progress, he lauded the attitude around the table recently: “I was encouraged as much by the tone as by the substance.”One autos stakeholder said he’s newly hopeful, too.“We’re optimistic. We’re hopeful about the timeline,” said Flavio Volpe of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, whose group was recently invited by the U.S. to offer ideas for breaking through the impasse.“Certainly I haven’t said that before.”The White House on Tuesday said little in response to a public observation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that U.S. President Donald Trump seems to be more enthusiastic about completing a deal.“The president is always enthusiastic about making a good deal, but that would be the key caveat to any conversation, is making sure that whatever deal he makes is good for Americans, and American workers,” said his spokeswomen, Sarah Sanders.MacNaughton also shared an anecdote about the Trudeau-Trump relationship.He described the prime minister attending a meeting of U.S. state governors last summer in Rhode Island, where he also met Mike Pence and he said the vice-president told Trudeau: “‘You know, the president really does like you.’”MacNaughton joked that the relationship is already good, with common collaboration all over the world, on issues ranging from North Korea to Venezuela, but added: “If they really want to make it an even better relationship we’ll agree on NAFTA.”The Americans will get to tell their side of the story about the state of the talks. Lighthizer has two days of hearings scheduled before the U.S. Congress starting Wednesday, where he is sure to be asked about the NAFTA negotiations.last_img read more

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Police confirm fleeing suspect shot dead by RCMP was Calgary womans killer

first_imgCALGARY – Police have confirmed that a fleeing suspect who was shot dead by RCMP last month was the killer of a woman found in a Calgary backyard a few days earlier.Investigators identified the suspect as Adam Bettahar and say they are no longer looking into the death of 22-year-old Nadia El-Dib.“Based on all the evidence we have, we are totally confident that Mr. Bettahar is responsible for Nadia’s murder,” said Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calgary police homicide unit Wednesday.Police said Bettahar and El-Dib had been seeing each other last year, but were no longer involved when they left a Calgary hookah bar together early on March 25.She contacted a friend about an hour later to say Bettahar refused to take her to her parked vehicle.Police said he instead drove El-Dib to a northeast neighbourhood and parked behind a home before stabbing her about 40 times and cutting her throat.She was able to escape despite her injuries, but Bettahar shot her at least twice in the backyard — forensic evidence suggests she was already on the ground when she was shot the second time.Racha El-Dib, Nadia’s sister, said Bettahar’s actions have broken her family.“A life was taken away too soon, my best friend and sister at the hands of a disturbed young man who believed he had the right to murder her because she chose to exercise her right of taking ownership of her life, body and soul, by saying no to a man who was persistent on being with her,” said El-Dib.“My sister Nadia made it clear that she would not give herself to him in any way.“We know that because she fought until her last breath to get away from Abderrahmane ‘Adam’ Bettahar.”El-Dib said she doesn’t want her sister to become a nameless statistic.She hopes her death will prompt other women in abusive situations to get help.“Women live in fear for their lives every day of the repercussions of refusing a man,” she said.“I’m here to use Nadia’s voice to give strength to those who have been in similar situations, to those who are in mentally, physically or emotionally abusive situations, so that they can find the strength to reach out.”An RCMP officer spotted Bettahar five days later near the community of Evansburg, west of Edmonton, and gave chase because there was a Canada-wide warrant out for him.Bettahar died in an exchange of gunfire with officers. An RCMP sergeant was injured.He was released from hospital two days later.— With files from CTV Calgarylast_img read more

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Two bison bulls wander out of Banff National Park a week after

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – Parks Canada says two bison bulls have wandered out of Banff National Park — just a week after the herd became free-roaming animals.Officials say two male bison left the 1,200-square-kilometre reintroduction zone last week and have been grazing in a remote valley on provincial land northeast of the national park.The bulls, along with 31 other wild plains bison now in the Banff backcountry, are being monitored both electronically and by staff on the ground.Officials say they were prepared for the possibility the bison would roam, and are working closely with the province and landowners in the area to guide the animals back to the park.Bison on provincial land aren’t considered wildlife in Alberta.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips has said she will protect the Banff herd with a special ministerial order, but it’s not yet in place.last_img read more

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Natural Resources committee meeting today to talk about pipeline decision

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal MPs on the natural resources committee will meet this afternoon for an emergency session to discuss last week’s game-changing court decision to tear up federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The meeting comes at the request of the three Conservatives and one New Democrat MP who sit on the committee.A federal court last week ruled consultation with Indigenous communities was not robust enough for the approval to be valid.The court also said the National Energy Board hadn’t properly considered the impact of an increase in oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia that will result from an expanded pipeline.The same day, Kinder Morgan shareholders voted to approve the sale of the existing pipeline and other assets to the federal government for $4.5 billion.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs says the government needs to explain whether it took into account the risk this court decision would come down as it did when deciding the only way to get the pipeline built in the presence of investor jitters was to nationalize it.last_img read more

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Toronto private school didnt report alleged sexual assault to police Cops

first_imgToronto police say a prestigious private school did not notify them about the alleged sexual assault of a student on campus as claimed by the school’s principal.Police say they launched an investigation into the alleged incident at St. Michael’s College School on Wednesday after officers were contacted by the media.In an email sent to parents on Wednesday, principal Greg Reeves said the school informed police on Monday of “two very serious incidents” that recently occurred on campus.Const. Caroline de Kloet, however, says the school only contacted police to seek advice on how to deal with one incident that did not involve allegations of sexual assault.De Kloet says police offered advice to the school and no further action was “taken or received.”The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Northerners applaud funding for longawaited road through Arctic tundra

first_imgWork is expected to begin on the first road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich tundra after two funding announcements this week by federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.Garneau made more than $50 million available for preliminary studies on and planning for an all-weather road from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to the central Arctic coast of Nunavut.The long-awaited artery would be Nunavut’s first road link to southern Canada and it’s expected it would dramatically decrease the cost of living for communities in the region.It would also run past what has been estimated at $45 billion in mineral deposits and would reduce mine development costs.The entire route would be nearly 700 kilometres long and cost about $1 billion.The project would include a deep-water port about halfway along the Northwest Passage. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Harlem Globetrotters To Entertain Troops On Annual Holiday Military Tour

first_imgThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing a slice of home to U.S. troops based overseas with an extended holiday tour of global U.S. military bases – the 13th time in the past 11 years that the “Ambassadors of Goodwill” have entertained U.S. troops overseas.Made possible by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment, the 11-game tour, beginning in early December, will feature shows on U.S. military bases in Japan and Guam.Highlights of previous military tours include the Globetrotters’ first-ever visit to Afghanistan in November 2012, tours of Iraq in 2009 and 2006, a visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2005 – and games on four active-duty U.S. aircraft carriers, including a performance on the U.S.S. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf in 2006.“Our military tours are one of the most rewarding experiences for any Harlem Globetrotter,” said Globetrotters star, Cheese Chisholm. “The troops are always so appreciative when we come, but we are extremely grateful as well, because we consider it an honor to entertain these brave men and women that put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom.”Globetrotter military tours have visited over 40 U.S. military bases in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Belgium, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Guam, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.For the sixth straight year, the tour will feature a specially-created camouflage basketball, in addition to the Globetrotters’ iconic red, white and blue basketball. The Globetrotters will also be playing with a camouflage basketball during a portion of each game in North America on their upcoming 2015 Washington Generals’ Revenge World Tour as part of their Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Heroes initiative.The Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Heroes program is designed to pay tribute to active, retired or wounded members of the military. The initiative was launched during a special exhibition game on Oct. 6, played on the flight deck of the famous Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City.Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Heroes will be honored during each of the 310-plus games on the team’s 2015 North American Tour, which runs from Dec. 26, 2014, through May 2015. To nominate a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero, and to find out when the Globetrotters will be playing in a city near you, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Patti LaBelle To Light Up Empire State Building For Angel Ball

first_imgOn Monday, October 19, the Empire State Building will honor Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research by shining its world-famous tower lights in red and purple to celebrate Angel Ball 2015.The Angel Ball honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research and boasts attendees in the fields of business, philanthropy, and society alike for this annual celebration of life, music and the quest for a cure. Performers include Patti LaBelle and OneRepublic, and proceeds from this annual gala benefit blood cancer research.Patti LaBelle and Denise Rich will “flip the switch” for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and light the world-famous Empire State Building’s tower lights in red and purple in honor of Angel Ball 2015 at 12pm on Monday.last_img read more

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Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction Returns For Seventh Year

first_imgIt’s the 7th year of the Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction, and all around the world Celebrities are taking a small step by donating their signed shoes to help support barefoot children living on landfill sites.Celebrity donors include: Chris Martin, Coldplay, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Alba, Jonny Wilkinson, Leo Messi, Annie Lennox, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chris Hemsworth, Brian May, Melanie C, Dita Von Teese, Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, Hozier, James Purefoy, Kate Moss, Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Paul Smith, Ricky Gervais, Rita Ora, Rod Stewart, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Simon Pegg, Ronnie Wood & Vivienne Westwood.“It is a difficult time for so many people, not only are thousands of children still living on landfill sites in 2016,” the Small Steps Project says in a statement. “Even on our own doorstep, we have thousands of refugees, many of whom have fled from war and have been living in The Calais Jungle – a former landfill site- in as subhuman conditions as the dumps we work on. The shoe auction is a way we can balance the world a bit, celebrities who might have more than they need can donate their shoes and use their profile to raise awareness for those less fortunate. The public can buy items which will raise funds for children on our dump projects.”To find out more and join the auction, click here.last_img read more

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Tony Martell Founder Of The TJ Martell Foundation Dies at Age 90

first_imgTony Martell, who founded the TJ Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDs research in honor of his son T.J. who died after battling leukemia at the age of 19, has died.Tony Martell speaks at this years T.J. Martell Foundation New York Honors Gala held in OctoberMartell died in Madison, New Jersey at his home on Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was 90 years old.Tony Martell was a music industry senior executive from the 1960s to the 1990s working with musicians who covered a wide range of musical styles including jazz, rock, soul, pop, blues and heavy metal. His experience as an A&R Director, Record Label Vice President and Record Label Head could not eclipse his profound commitment to honoring the promise he made to his son many years ago – to find a cure to help others.Founded in 1975, the T.J. Martell Foundation has raised over $270 million dollars for innovative scientific research at flagship hospitals in the United States. Under Martell’s leadership the foundation has become the music industry’s largest foundation which funds innovative research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDs. Memorial plans will be announced soon. He is survived by his daughter Debbie Martell of Florham Park, NJ.last_img read more

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Jennifer Aniston Joins 14th Annual St Jude Thanks And Giving Campaign

first_imgThis holiday season, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Kimmel and Luis Fonsi will once again join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in promoting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.Jennifer Aniston helps kick off the 14th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.Each celebrity supporter will star alongside St. Jude patients in national television spots and digital shorts encouraging people to support St. Jude while holiday shopping.Now in its fourteenth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Throughout November and December, consumers are asked to support the campaign by shopping at more than 70 leading national brands and spreading the word by sharing what they #GiveThanks for on social media.“The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is a holiday tradition that I love to be a part of each year,” said Jennifer Aniston. “I have the privilege to work with these brave, beautiful children, as they face the fight of their young lives. To be a part of the St. Jude family, who continue to make a difference and help save children’s lives with your continued support, is an honor and such an inspiration to me.”“Every year I’m so excited to make new friends like Ian and Alana, patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are so courageous in their fight against childhood cancer. They are truly an inspiration to me,” said Sofia Vergara. “The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign makes it easy for all of us to help the children of St. Jude. So please join me this holiday season to help save the lives of children with cancer worldwide.”The national television commercials will debut Thanksgiving week and run through the end of the year. In addition to national awareness commercials, several St. Jude celebrity friends appear in online videos including Lily Aldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Banda MS, Jekalyn Carr, Brett Eldredge, Alejandra Espinoza, Ashley Greene, Laurie Hernandez, Adamari Lopez, The Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott and Tye Tribbett.“We are deeply thankful that these incredible stars lend their time and talents to support St. Jude,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Year after year, they open their hearts to the children of St. Jude. Their generosity and commitment help us raise awareness and the critical funds that allow doctors and scientists to continue their groundbreaking research and lifesaving treatments.”St. Jude supporters will also be able to purchase merchandise crafted by their favorite celebrities and retailers to benefit St. Jude. This year, Sabrina Soto has designed a sherpa blanket with proceeds directly benefiting the hospital. Brooks Brothers, Domino’s, HomeGoods, HSNi, Kmart, New York & Company, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, TUMI, west elm and Williams-Sonoma all feature products that give back to St. Jude.Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners to support the lifesaving mission of St Jude.The campaign’s national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, a star-studded St. Jude Thanks and Giving movie trailer is shown by national theatre partners including AMC, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and many others. American Airlines provides backing via in-flight video promotion, inclusion in their in-flight magazines and on social media. In addition, Outcome Health, America’s leading waiting room media network, shows the St. Jude PSA in physician offices nationally. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.last_img read more

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Second City goes gritty for newest show

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Set designer Camellia Koo used to live at the corner of King and River Sts. where she had a front-row seat to activities taking place beneath a Gardiner underpass.When director Carly Heffernan brought her in to design the set for the new Second City show, Come What Mayhem!, Koo was familiar with the company’s work, having already done six of their productions.But this time the jokes weren’t about kitten videos, manspreading on the subway or snooty wait staff. Heffernan and team were thinking more like Black Lives Matter, consent, accountability and the gritty reality of the city’s issues today. And the show, which opens Wednesday, had to be distinctly Toronto. Advertisement Advertisement Koo knew that income disparity, racism, sexism and very distinct Toronto markers had to be part of the set. The underpass became the dominant image under and upon which the themes of Come What Mayhem! would humorously play out.Koo, mentored by famed Canadian designer Michael Levine, is now making her mark in every area of the performing arts world. For Second City, she designed pillars and ramps with steel girders littering the ground underneath. It’s a “trade secret” how the wood was made to look like cement. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Moonlight Wins Best Picture In The Weirdest Way Possible

first_img Facebook Advertisement The presenters read “La La Land” right after Emma Stone won best actress for her role in the modern-day musical.“I wasn’t trying to be funny,” presenter Warren Beatty later added after the real winner was revealed.In a photo of Beatty with the envelope, it clearly shows him holding the one that says “Actress in a Leading Role.” It’s not clear how he got the wrong envelope.The envelope in Warren Beatty’s hands read “ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE” when announcing Best Picture. #Oscars https://t.co/j1KdSvyI98 pic.twitter.com/ciXOLdqaIy— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017It’s not clear how he got the wrong envelope.After the wrong cast took the stage, a producer for “La La Land” corrected things and said, “[Actually] ‘Moonlight’ is the winner … this is not a joke.”Host Jimmy Kimmel joked and said, “I blame Steve Harvey,” alluding to his gaff announcing the wrong Miss Universe winner years back.After the mistake, the crowd erupted in surprise and applause for “Moonlight.” Director and writer Barry Jenkins, the cast and crew then dashed on stage to accept the win..@BandryBarry on Best Picture for “Moonlight”: “Even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with dreams.” https://t.co/PWdEQd5KwP pic.twitter.com/eEwIkI4ErW— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017“I have to say and it is true, it’s not fake,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been on the road with these guys for so long.”But in his excitement, he made sure to give the movie that was wrongfully announced its due.“I love ‘La La Land,’” he said. “Thank you to the academy, it is so humbling to be standing up there. … There was a time that I thought this movie was impossible because I couldn’t bring it to fruition. … Everybody behind me on this stage said, ‘No, that’s not acceptable,’ so I just wanna thank everyone behind me.’” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The 89th Academy Awards was nothing but smooth sailing up until the final moments of the telecast. During the presentation for Best Picture, it was announced that La La Land won the Oscar for Best Picture. The problem was that Moonlight actually won.“Moonlight” just won best picture at the 2017 Oscars after “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the winner.Watch moment Warren Beatty appears to take a second look inside envelope for Best Picture. #Oscars https://t.co/okqF3W9eBX pic.twitter.com/WtTf20ot4V— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017 Twitterlast_img read more

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Madagascar youth actor finds his own circle of friends at StoryBook Theatre

first_imgStoryBook Theatre likes to move it, move it.In each season, including the company’s current one, there are always old standbys like The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Huck Finn and Charlie Brown but artistic director JP Thibodeau is always looking for the latest family shows.This is the case with Madagascar A Musical Adventure which is running in the Beddington Arts Centre until Nov. 11. Login/Register With: Advertisement It’s a new family friendly musical version of the 2005 DreamWorks animated feature Madagascar, which featured the voices of Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett. It tells the story of a quartet of animals who break out of New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on their way to the jungle in Madagascar ruled by Sacha Baron Cohen’s Julian, king of the lemurs.There they learn to move it, move it. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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MIKE MYERS OWES HIS LOVE FOR BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY TO TORONTO HIGHWAY

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Mike Myers says he owes his connection to “Bohemian Rhapsody” to a Toronto highway.The Canadian funnyman, dressed up as a British soldier for Halloween, told Stephen Colbert that his relationship to the Queen hit first started as a kid while driving with his brother down the Don Valley Parkway listening to CHUM 104.5.“I was in my brother’s Corolla that had a vomit stain on the side … my brother pulled over and from that moment on we each had a ‘Galileo,’” Myers told the “Late Show” host, referencing how they’d take turns belting out one particular line of the song. Login/Register With: Advertisement “If you took somebody’s ‘Galileo,’ you got beat up, basically,” he cracked.Watch Myers talk about his Toronto connection to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Story continues below:Myers carried that love for the song into negotiations for the movie “Wayne’s World.” He said he fought to include the song in the movie’s now-famous head-banging scene.Producer Lorne Michaels initially rejected the idea — Myers said Michaels wanted a Guns ‘N Roses song, instead.“It wasn’t something I grew up with,” he said, adding that he threatened to walk away from the movie if they didn’t agree to include the Queen anthem.“I’ve got the Scarborough in me,” joked Myers, giving a shout out to the Toronto suburb where he grew up.Myers’ relationship with the song has now come full circle. In his latest role he portrays a fictional EMI record exec in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which opened in theatres this week.Ironically, Myers’ character is the one to tell the band that they can’t put “Bohemian Rhapsody” on their album because it will never be a song teenagers will want to head-bang to while driving in their cars.last_img read more

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THE MIKE ON MUCH PODCAST IS GETTING ITS OWN TV SHOW

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment You can catch all eight episodes of Mike on Much In Conversation With…streaming on Crave starting December 21st. Advertisement Crave is turning the well-known pop culture podcast, Mike on Much, into a small-screen talk show. Called Mike on Much In Conversation With… and it will be hosted by Mike Veerman, Arkells frontman Max Kerman, and pop culture aficionado Shane Cunningham.Each episode will feature interviews with some of today’s biggest stars, like Alessia Cara, Jodie Whittaker and Noel Gallagher. Mike, Max and Shane begin each episode by sharing stories about their experiences in the industry and provide a fresh take on the latest music and entertainment news.At the end of each episode, Shane serves up a comedic treat with a segment called Digital Desserts, where he awkwardly interviews various celebs—like this hilariously uncomfortable bit with Vinny and Deena from Jersey Shore. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Minister Valcourt to meet with AFN National Chief Bellegarde

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has agreed to meet with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde in the wake of the deadly fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation that left two children dead.Valcourt’s office said Tuesday the minister would meet with Bellegarde who requested the encounter in a letter sent Friday.The time and location for the meeting is still being worked out with AFN officials, said Valcourt’s spokesperson Emily Hillstrom in an email.The AFN issued a statement from Bellegarde saying an immediate meeting was necessary.“Our letter to the minister calling for an immediate meeting is because of the urgent need to protect First Nations families and children,” said Bellegarde’s statement. “That’s our focus going into the meeting and we’re seeking a shared commitment for action and change.”Bellegarde sent the letter requesting the meeting to Valcourt via fax on Friday. Bellegarde said in the letter he wanted to discuss lifting the two per cent cap placed on yearly funding for First Nations.Bellegarde said the cap has left many First Nation communities struggling with limited resources which creates situations like the tragic one last Tuesday on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.“The situation is at a crisis level and the reasons all point to the fact the government of Canada provides insufficient funds to First Nations to adequately provide their members a safe and healthy environment,” said Bellegarde, in the letter. “The time is now to work together to address the challenges facing First Nations in terms of fire prevention and protection. Directly related to this is an open and honest discussion on lifting the 2 per cent cap on First Nations funding.”Valcourt has blamed Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation for not having the ability to fight the fire last Tuesday that killed the two children. Facing questions from the NDP during question period Thursday, Valcourt said his department was giving First Nations adequate resources to deal with things like fire prevention and firefighting.“This particular band has received consistent funding for fire protection services,” said Valcourt. “And the fact of the matter is that each band council is responsible for fire protection on the reserve…That First Nation, like others, received sufficient funds to deal with fire safety.”Bellegarde said in his letter there was no point in blaming First Nations.“It is not the time to play politics or blame First Nations that are trying to do what they can with inadequate resources,” said Bellegarde. “That will not change the outcome of these tragic events.”The Chretien Liberals imposed the two per cent cap in the mid-1990s. Under the cap, overall funding for First Nations can’t grow more than two per cent a yearThe Loon Lake volunteer fire department did not respond to the fire in Makwa Sahgaiehcan because the band was three months behind on its fire bill.Local RCMP officers were the first responders on the scene and they saw the biological father bring his two-year-old boy and 18-month-old daughter out of the burning home.Valcourt’s office says the department gave Makwa Sahgaiehcan $34,000 for fire prevention and services in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Ottawa police seek information on events leading to death of Inuit artist

first_imgAPTN National NewsInuit artist Annie Pootoogook was identified as the woman found dead in Ottawa’s Rideau River earlier this month, said Ottawa police.Police issued a statement asking the public for information on the last movements of Pootoogook.Pootoogook was 46.Her body was found on Sept. 19 at about 8:50 a.m. near Bordeleau Park in an area of Ottawa known as Lowertown, police said.–more to comelast_img

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Cops open up closed case in Sioux Lookout after family testifies at

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Audrey Anderson (left) and her sister Norma Anderson in 1972.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWhen 19-year-old Audrey Anderson was found dead in 1972, Sioux Lookout, Ont., police thought she’d been involved in a motor vehicle accident.But now they aren’t so sure.“There is a lack of clarity in our minds about the way that the death occurred,” said Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner for Ontario.“So I’ve reclassified the death from accidental to undetermined.”That means police can reopen their investigation. And Det.-Insp. Gilles Depratto said they need help to fill in the blanks.“We are appealing to the public for information in relation to what could have occurred if this wasn’t a traffic collision,” he said from Sioux Lookout.“The two, male parties involved may have told friends, family or acquaintances additional information that may be crucial to determining what really occurred.”The special tipline for the case is 1-807-738-5926.Depratto said the men left Lee’s Café in downtown Sioux Lookout in a pick-up truck before Anderson’s body was found on the shoulder of Drayton Road at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, 1972.He declined to reveal the make, year and model of the truck. He also hesitated to declare the men, who were interviewed as part of the original accident investigation, potential suspects in the new probe.“I’d rather not comment on that,” Depratto said, noting the men are still living in the community.“If there is any information about the two individuals – any of the family members of those or friends of those individuals – then that information would be of great value,” added Huyer.Huyer and Depratto were at a news conference Tuesday at the OPP detachment in Sioux Lookout with members of Anderson’s family.“This was very difficult for the family,” her niece, Jolene Banning, said afterwards.“It was not long after they packed up and moved to Thunder Bay.”Huyer said the same autopsy results would have been found today.But photos from the scene didn’t age well so they have to rely on help from the public.“The main purpose of this is to provide some information that we can look at these individuals differently than as part of a motor vehicle collision,” Depratto added.Banning said questions persisted about what happened to Audrey and in 2017 they contacted the Family Information Liaison Unit, which was established as part of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).“My grandpa never stopped trying to find answers and going to the local police,” Banning said of Audrey’s dad who died in 2016.She and others testified at the inquiry in Thunder Bay before FILU put them in touch with Depratto, who is the OPP’s liaison to the inquiry.Depratto said he and Huyer have met with more than 20 mmiwg families that have questions about their loved ones’ cases.“As a result of that…we’re looking at three separate cases …that we’ve started re-looking at,” he said.Audrey had several jobs and was known as a hard worker.Her death shattered her family, Banning said, and haunted her parents“Her and my grandpa split up. It was really rough,” she said.“I remember being a little kid and my grandma still crying about it.”last_img read more

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