Check it out Home Depot reverses homelessness

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The Home Depot is showing that homeless youth have a past and a reason they are where they are in its most recent effort to support the Orange Door Project.The spot, created by a team at Publicis Toronto and directed by Duane Crichton of Partners Film, starts with a young homeless man sitting alone, looking at his empty bag. It then runs in reverse to show his backstory, including being robbed on the street and fleeing an abusive home. The spot ends the same way it began – with the youth looking at his empty bag – except in this case, he’s contemplating his decision to leave in the first place.center_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

10 ARTISTS TO WATCH AT SUMMERWORKS 2017

first_imgThe cool and charismatic Bobby Del Rio, a former NOW SummerWorks cover subject, spends less time onstage these days and more time doing TV, film and making his web series, IRL The Series. But he returns to SummerWorks as a writer and actor in Professionally Ethnic, a script that has been around for nearly a decade but has never got a professional production – until now. The subject couldn’t be more relevant. Exploring how multiculturalism is reflected in Canadian theatre, it’s about an actor who’s given a shot at stardom if he plays up an ethnic stereotype. It’s being billed as a political satire, but expect to see lots of troubling truths exposed. Advertisement Michael Watier BOBBY DEL RIOProfessionally Ethnic, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator  JORDAN TANNAHILLNocturne, Pia Bouman New at this year’s fest are site-specific smartphone-based projects that you can experience by opening the SummerWorks app in one of the three main performance spaces: The Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre and Pia Bouman. Whip out your phone at Pia Bouman and you can tap into Nocturne, a new piece from endlessly inventive playwright and director Jordan Tannahill that translates the ongoing but often overlooked phenomenon of extinction into music.READ MORE  There’s always lots of first-rate talent at SummerWorks, Canada’s largest curated performance fest. Here are some people who should definitely be on your radar.. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: JASMYN FYFFEWhat Do You See?, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator Hot off her standout performance at the Fringe in the exciting ensemble piece Lipstique, the electric dancer/choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe takes centre stage in What Do You See?, a 30-minute solo dance/theatre work exploring the Black female body. It’s part of a double bill with Djennie Laguerre‘s Mother Sea/Manman La Mer, a play about magic, love and redemption that draws on Haitian storytelling. Two emerging African-Canadian artists in one show? Sounds like a fantastic deal. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment DARLA CONTOISWhite Man’s Indian, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator After impressing us with her funny, uber-realistic and heavy-hitting performance in Falen Johnson’s heart-rending family drama Two Indians at last year’s fest, we’re very excited to see Darla Contois‘s brand new solo comedy White Man’s Indian. Contois plays a Cree teen navigating the perils of “White Man’s high school,” which for her run the gamut from angst and awkwardness to casual and institutional racism. If Contois’s work last summer is any indication, expect a hilarious and engaging performance packed with keen observations. With dramaturgy from award-winning director and playwright Ed Roy (A Secret Life, The Other Side Of The Closet), you’re gonna want a seat in this class. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

TAKE A LOOK AT THE CREEPY TORONTOMADE MINIATURES IN HEREDITARY THE YEARS

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Like most movie models, these miniatures were built to be demolished on camera. It made for a unique kind of payoff for Newburn and his artists, who put in months of painstaking work, detail by detail, only to watch it all get smashed to pieces.Here, he tells us how they made some of the film’s coolest dioramas. Advertisement Hereditary is quickly earning a reputation as the scariest movie of the year. Or maybe the millennium. Or maybe ever. And among its genuine terrors is a small—and creepy—world made in Toronto.In the film, Toni Collette plays a miniaturist who builds intricate dioramas of pivotal family moments, including some with her recently deceased mother. The tableaux are a mix of family drama and macabre scenes, much like the film itself. All of that delicate miniature work was done by Toronto-based visual effects artist Steve Newburn and his team at Applied Arts FX Studio. The film was originally meant to shoot in Toronto, and when production moved to Utah, they kept the Canadian special effects team.According to writer-director Ari Aster, the miniatures are meant to signal that the characters are like dolls in a dollhouse without agency or control over their circumstances. But for Newburn, who also did the film’s prosthetic and makeup effects, the work was technical, not allegorical: it was just about basswood, card stock, insulation foam, paint, 3-D printing and deadlines. “I can’t worry about the philosophy or what the characters are thinking,” he says. “From an artistic standpoint it becomes almost impossible, because you’re always questioning whether you’re straying from the cinematic idea.” While some of the models were inspired by images Aster found online, most are miniature recreations of the set pieces and actors. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Yellowknife uncovers blast from the past

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you were asked to look back 30 years, what would you remember?Folks in Yellowknife got to do that recently.They travelled back to the past and they didn’t need a time machine.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers explains.last_img

Winnipeg police concerned for missing Aboriginal sisters

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police need the public’s help in locating two missing Aboriginal sisters who have been missing a week.Police said Mary-Anee Hudson, 12, and Nakita Hudson, 14, were spotted in the St. James area in the afternoon of Aug. 26, but there has been other spottings of the sisters in the last couple of days.Investigators say they’re “concerned for the wellbeing” of the girls who are known to frequent the city’s north end, shopping malls and the Polo Park area.Mary-Anne is described as 5-foot-5 and 110 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.Nakita is 5- foot-4 about 100 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information is asked to call the Winnipeg police missing person unit at 204-986-6250.last_img

University of Winnipeg approves mandatory Indigenous studies course

first_imgAPTN National NewsNot too long ago a national magazine labeled Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada.Some are trying to change that, including the city’s university.The University of Winnipeg has approved a mandatory Indigenous studies course.The course will look at rights, traditions, history, governance and other aspects of Indigenous culture.APTN’s Brandi Morin has the story.last_img

Indigenous youth find hidden talent in robotic program

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsArmed with a new set of skills six Indigenous youth are ready to share their knowledge. All thanks to robots.First Peoples Development Inc. teamed up with Cogmation Robotics to create a program to educate kids from remote communities.Students first learn how to be build and program a robot. They then share what they’ve learned with First Nations in Manitoba.“What we’ve done is we’ve taken a half dozen Aboriginal youth who had no previous computer programming experience and mentored them intensely for a five-week period,” said Chris Schulz, program manager of Cogmation Robotics. “Now they’re actually able to teach others about how this works and be an inspiration and a role model to other people in different communities.”The program began three years ago as a way to show remote communities different employment opportunities.“The hidden talents (are) there that they didn’t know they had. So we just like to hope that we bring something to help them. Having these instructors they open our eyes to what is there,” said Ethel Anderson, president of First Peoples Development Inc.Using Lego models, participants learn the ins and outs of software development with an emphasis on coding.“My favourite thing now is I’m excited to go into the communities and teaching other kids and other people,” said Lisa Harper, graduate of Aboriginal Robotics Program.Instructors will visits 16 communities throughout northern Manitoba starting this week wrapping up in December.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

Gas prices on their way up in Calgary

first_imgCalgarians getting low on fuel may want to fill up soon.GasBuddy.com’s Dan McTeague predicts prices will be going up in the next day or two.“Part of the routine of gas bar shenanigans by many gas retailers in the Calgary market, where they drop prices down five, six, seven cents a litre, representing really their operating costs, and then at some point mid-week, usually it’s Wednesday, or Thursday, they drive it up 10 cents a litre,” he said.McTeague said stations are paying about a $1.08 wholesale right now, so stations are literally losing money if they are selling below $1.14 in hopes you’ll buy their confectionary.last_img

Tim Hortons franchisees spat over 700M plan to reno most Canadian locations

first_imgTim Hortons plans to renovate most of its Canadian restaurants over the next several years in what some franchisees say is another “ill-conceived” move that will cost individual restaurant owners about $450,000.The coffee-and-doughnut chain and its restaurant owners will invest $700 million to gussy up almost all its Canadian locations over the next four years, the brand said.The new restaurants will have lighter, more natural looking exteriors, and feature upgraded, open-concept seating, the Restaurant Brands International-owned chain said in a statement.“The expectations of our guests are evolving,” said Alex Macedo, the brand’s president, in a statement explaining the design change.The decision has generated more animosity between the chain and an unsanctioned franchisee group, the Great White North Franchisee Association.Earlier this month, the company held a call with franchisees explaining they wanted each restaurant owner to spend about $450,000 to renovate their stores, the GWNFA’s board of directors said in a letter to its members.The company said Tuesday that costs will be split with restaurant owners on the same proportions as has historically been the case, but declined to specify what those proportions are.The board acknowledged many of its members “will have problems getting the finances in place to carry out these renovations” and called on the company to show a full costing of the renovation program.It advised members, which make up about half of all of Tim Hortons Canadian franchisees, not to sign or agree to anything until more details are disclosed.“This is just one more in the string of ill-conceived programs brought forward by a group of executives who do not understand foodservice, franchise operations or marketing,” the letter reads.Restaurant Brands International, “wants to fix a problem it cannot solve, mainly lack of sales, by getting us to spend money while they contribute very little,” the letter said.Tim Hortons recorded a fifth consecutive quarter of sluggish sales in mid-February, according to RBI’s most recent quarterly earnings report.The GWNFA formed about a year ago to give a voice to frustrated restaurant owners and fight against what they say is mismanagement of the chain by its corporate parent, RBI, known for drastic cost-cutting measures at the fast-food outlets its acquires.The two groups have taken their battle to the courts with multiple lawsuits, and most recently entered a showdown over how to handle Ontario’s roughly 20 per cent minimum wage increase. The GWNFA accuses RBI of failing to help franchisees offset the increased labour costs through a 10 per cent price hike on all menu items.RBI did not agree to the price hikes, but called the actions of some franchisees in the province who clawed back employee benefits, like paid breaks, reckless and completely unacceptable.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

Fairfax acquires 137 per cent stake in Stelco for 250 million

first_imgTORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says it has bought a 13.7 per cent stake in steel producer Stelco Holdings Inc. for roughly $250 million.The insurance-focused financial services company says it has acquired 12.2 million common shares of the Hamilton-based firm for $20.50 each.That price represents a 4.2 per cent premium to Stelco’s closing price of $19.67 on Friday.Stelco Holdings owner Bedrock Industries says it sold the shares to Fairfax and its subsidiaries via a private share purchase agreement.Bedrock now holds roughly 46.4 per cent of Stelco’s outstanding common shares, down from 60.1 per cent before the sale.Stelco’s chief executive Alan Kestenbaum says Fairfax’s investment “represents a vote of confidence in our future.”The Canadian Presslast_img

No answers yet to gas leak that disrupted bridge traffic

first_imgDOVER, Del. — Officials are still trying to determine what caused a chemical gas leak that force the closure of a heavily used bridge connecting Delaware and New Jersey on one of the busiest travel days of the year.The leak of highly flammable ethylene oxide from a Croda production facility on Sunday forced the precautionary closure of the Delaware Memorial Bridge for about six hours as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wound down.The bridge carries traffic along Interstate 295, a major East Coast artery.A Croda spokeswoman said in an email Monday that the company was focused on investigating what happened and that officials were not available for interviews.Delaware’s environmental secretary said state officials are working with Croda to try to determine what went wrong.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Northeast BC

first_imgThe main thunderstorm threat will be rainfall rates of up to 25 mm in one hour due to the slow motion of the storms. In Northeast B.C. the threat of severe thunderstorms should be confined near the Rockies where there is also the risk of wind gusts up to 90 km/h.A heat warning that was issued for Northeast B.C. on Monday remains in effect today. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions today.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.The strong upper ridge of high pressure that has caused higher than normal temperatures in the region since Sunday has moved into Alberta, which has resulted in the airmass over the B.C. Interior to become moist and unstable.last_img read more

Indigenous energy firm touts job creation in joint venture to make bitumen

first_imgIt revealed last month a joint venture plan to build a pilot plant for about $50 million to process 10,000 barrels per day of bitumen, with a commercial facility with capacity of 50,000 barrels per day to follow.During a presentation to the Indigenous Energy Summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation on Thursday, Paquin said Wapahki and CN are to each contribute $16.7 million to the joint venture to build the CanaPux pilot plant, with the remainder coming from either industry partners or government or a mix of both.The community would separately build and own a facility to clean and process 300 tonnes per day of recycled plastic, creating more than 200 jobs, and a biomass-fuelled power plant that would employ about 50 people.“We all know that Canada and the rest of the world have a real issue when it comes to plastics,” Paquin said.“Why not introduce a solution to use that plastic, divert it from landfills, and use that as part of the manufacturing of CanaPux. You’re creating jobs on the recycling side for the northern communities.” CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of an Indigenous energy company says a project to transform oilsands bitumen into pucks for safer shipping to customers around the world will potentially create needed jobs in northern Alberta while helping to recycle plastic litter.Jeff Paquin says the project his company, Wapahki Energy Ltd., is working on with Canadian National Railway Co. could also result in a long-term revenue stream for its owner, the Heart Lake First Nation, a tiny community of about 250 members surrounded by several thermal oilsands projects.CN Rail has been working for years on its “CanaPux” technology that mixes and coats heavy, sticky bitumen oil with recycled polymer plastic, creating a product the size and shape of a bar of soap that can be shipped in rail cars or shipping containers and will float if spilled into water.last_img read more

Children and Youth Committee visits Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -The all-party Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is holding a public hearing in Fort St. John on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, to receive input on children and youth with neuro-diverse (e.g., ASD, FASD, developmental delay) special needs.The committee invites parents, caregivers, service providers and advocates to share their experiences and challenges with assessment and eligibility processes, and their recommendations for improvement.The public hearing will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre (11308 Alaska Rd.) in the Sterling Pomeroy Ballroom, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. British Columbians can participate in the public hearing in person or by phone. Registration is available by calling the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250 356-2933 or 1 877 428-8337 (toll-free in B.C.) or on the committee’s website: www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/cay The committee also welcomes written comments, which can be submitted via its website. The consultation continues until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019.The committee will consider all input and make recommendations to the legislative assembly in a report, which is expected to be released in the early fall.last_img read more

West Fraser says worst of its BC mill cuts done

first_imgRBC Capital Markets analyst Paul Quinn, characterizing the second quarter as a “ferris wheel of issues, said lumber earnings were below his expectations, made worse by worse-than-expected export duties of $51 million.While there is no quick recovery expected in B.C., West Fraser said its fortunes are looking brighter in the U.S. south that it started expanding into 15 years ago in the height of B.C.’s mountain pine beetle outbreak. The region now accounts for over 70 per cent of its lumber production.“Going forward, we expect a less disruptive half across many of our businesses, particularly in the U.S. south,” said Ferris. VANCOUVER — Mill cutbacks in British Columbia are still happening, but West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. said Friday that the worst of the pullback is behind it.The company, like many in B.C.’s lumber industry, has cut back and closed mills in recent months in response to limited log supplies and a plunge in lumber prices from record highs last year.Canfor, for example, announced late Thursday it was indefinitely suspending operations at its Mackenzie sawmill and permanently cutting a shift at its Isle Pierre mill to reduce output For its part, West Fraser CEO Ray Ferris said the company’s already announced cuts should put it on a more stable footing in the province going forward.“From a strategic standpoint, much of our heavy lifting in British Columbia is now behind us,” Ferris told a conference call Friday to discuss the company’s latest financial results.West Fraser announced plans late last year to cut shifts at its mills in Quesnel, Fraser Lake, and in the last quarter announced it would also cut a shift at 100 Mile House and close its mill in Chasm in response to the squeeze on margins. The permanent reductions totalled about 614 million board feet.“These permanent reductions, coupled with the impact of the temporary curtailments in the first half of 2019 by approximately 250 million board feet, have been disruptive, costly, and extremely difficult for our employees, our log contractors, our suppliers and our communities,” said Ferris, who stepped into the chief executive role July 1.The shift in fortunes compared with last year were clear in West Fraser’s results, which showed it lost $17 million, or 25 cents per share for the quarter ending June 30, compared with earnings $397 million or $5.19 a share last year.The results were also well below analyst expectations of adjusted earnings of nine cents per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

AIIMS Trauma Centre suspends admissions may remain affected for over a month

first_imgNew Delhi: Admission of patients to the emergency department of the AIIMS Trauma Centre, the biggest such facility in the country, is likely to be suspended for over a month after Sunday’s blaze rendered the operation theatre complex non-functional, hospital sources said on Monday. Several surgeries scheduled for Monday were postponed due to the non-functional OT, they said.On an average, 25-30 emergency surgeries are performed at the five major operation theatres of the facility, named Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, on a daily basis. “New admissions cannot happen because of the non-functional OT complex. Patients who suffer trauma injuries or accidents come here and are emergency cases, mostly requiring surgery. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Four to five emergency surgeries scheduled for Monday, that could not wait, are being performed at the main AIIMS facility. Rest of the surgeries, based on priority, would be performed over the next few days,” one of the sources added. However, the outpatient department of the facility is functional and the patients coming for follow-ups are being treated, they said. Unaware of the development, several patients who arrived at the hospital for treatment were sent back or referred to the main AIIMS hospital, besides Safdarjung and RML hospitals. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThough the extent of the damage to the OT complex has not yet been ascertained, the engineering team which inspected it Monday estimated the repair would take at least two months as two out of the five major operation theatres were charred, a source said. He said all OT linen and cotton got burnt and some instruments were also damaged. Meanwhile, the hospital administration is trying to set up an OT on the first floor of the Wing A, which was dismantled few months ago due to renovation work on the floor, to perform admitted surgery cases. “The first floor was to be renovated to make five more operation theatres and one OT which was functional was dismantled couple of months back. That might be started for the time being to cater to the surgical needs of the admitted patients,” a senior doctor said. The doctor said the first, fourth and fifth floor patients who were shifted to disaster and casualty areas last night have been shifted back to their wards and everyone is safe. Some of the recuperating patients were discharged in the night itself. A woman guard and an employee of the fire unit of the trauma centre, who suffered Carbon Monoxide poisoning during the blaze, are being treated at the main AIIMS and their conditions remain stable, a source said. The emergency department of the hospital witnesses a footfall of an average 250-300 patients per day.last_img read more

Eq GuineaTunisia match referee suspended for six month for poor performance

Rabat – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to suspend Mauritian referee, Rajindraparsad Seechurn, for six months for  “poor refereeing” folloowing his decision to award hosts equatorial Guinea a controversial penalty in their 2015 Afcon quarter final clash against Tunisia.The CAF Referees Committee said in a statement that the referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn failed to maintain calm and ensure proper control of the players during the match between Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia plazed on 31 Januarz in Bata.The Referess Committee has also decided to end the mission of Rajindraparsad Seechurn as a referee for the Afcon 2015, to suspend him for a period of six months for poor performance and to delist him from the CAF A Elist Referees panel. Seechurn awarded hosts Equatorial Guinea a controversial penalty into stoppage time, which helped them equalise and revive their hopes of qualifying to the next round. The Guineans managed to score another goal in extra time to progress to the semi-finals.The Tunisian Football Federation was fined US$ 50,000 for ‘aggressive and unacceptable behavior’ of its players and officials  during the aforementioned game.The Equatorial Guinean Football Federation was also fined US$ 5000 for ‘the lack of security arrangeements’ after some Equatoguinean fans invaded the pitch. read more

Morocco Three People Arrested for Brutally Assaulting a Gay Man

Rabat – Three men who allegedly attacked a young man they perceived as homosexual in Casablanca have been arrested by the Moroccan authorities.A police statement carried by official news agency MAP on Monday said three assailants who allegedly attacked a young man because of his sexual orientation have been arrested.The incident reportedly occurred last week in Casablanca. A video posted on YouTube showed the ‘homosexual’ young man being attacked for wearing a bra and makeup in public. The mob also forced him to remove all of his clothing while calling him homophobic epithets. The victim has been identified as a 17-year-old Casablanca resident. The three suspects arrested by the police are aged 19, 20 and 23-year-old, respectively.This comes only few months after another homosexual man in the city of Fez was brutally beaten and booed by dozens of angry men while hurling anti-gay slurs. Two men who attacked him because of his effeminate appearance were arrested and sentenced to four months behind bars.The Moroccan criminal code prohibits sex between men and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more