Five stories in the news for Thursday, Jan. 3___FOURTH FEDERAL RIDING FALLS VACANTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to call byelections in three federal ridings within days and now he has a fourth vacant riding he may choose to fill at the same time. Sheila Malcolmson has officially resigned as the New Democrat MP for the British Columbia riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. She is leaving the federal stage to run in a provincial byelection, called Wednesday by Premier John Horgan for Jan. 30. In addition to Nanaimo-Ladysmith, there are three other vacant ridings: the B.C. riding of Burnaby South, where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the Commons, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, left open by the resignation of Conservative MP Peter Van Loan, and the Montreal riding of Outremont, where former NDP leader Tom Mulcair has resigned.___ACCESS TO OVERDOSE PREVENTION VARIES IN CANADAA national harm reduction advocate says a person’s chances of surviving an overdose may depend on where they live in Canada. Jordan Westfall of the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs says services like supervised consumption sites, which allow people to use drugs under medical supervision, have saved lives in places like Vancouver — but there’s no access to such services in vast parts of the country. Health Canada says there are 27 supervised consumption sites spread across British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec. The Public Health Agency of Canada says opioids killed an estimated 9,000 people between January 2016 and June 2018, and about 94 per cent of those deaths were deemed accidental.___PEGI YOUNG, EX-WIFE OF NEIL YOUNG, DIES OF CANCERSinger-songwriter Pegi Young, who was formerly married to Neil Young, has died. In a Facebook post, her family says she died in her native California on New Year’s Day following a year-long battle with cancer. Pegi Young was married to Neil Young for 36 years until their separation and divorce in 2014. She was the inspiration for some of Neil Young’s love songs, including “Such a Woman,” “Unknown Legend” and “Once an Angel.” She began as his background singer in the 1990s, sharing the stage with him at the 1994 Academy Awards and numerous tours over the course of 20 years.___MOTORTRIKES POPULAR WITH BOOMERSA growing wave of baby boomers has traded in motorbikes for their more stable, three-wheeled cousin in a trend that’s got manufacturers scrambling to hop aboard. The three-wheeled motorcycle was once just an industry sidecar, but it’s now making up a growing portion of sales. The Transport Ministry says the number of three-wheeled vehicles registered in Quebec rose 60 per cent to more than 15,000 between 2014 and 2017, according to the Transport Ministry, as compared to motorcycles, which grew 17 per cent to just over 185,000 in the same period. The rest of the country has been slower to adopt, but manufacturers are hoping to cash in.___ROCKER’S GUITAR RETURNED 46 YEARS LATERApril Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn has been reunited with his stolen guitar more than four decades after he last saw it. The 70-year-old musician and songwriter purchased the Melody Maker in 1968, and played it on the band’s first two records. But it was lost when a truck carrying the band’s equipment crashed in Montreal in 1972. He thought the instrument was destroyed, but it turns out it was actually stolen. But on Christmas Eve, someone reached out to him on Facebook, saying he thought he had the cherished instrument. By New Year’s, the rocker had his guitar back.___The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Competition Bureau of Canada is investigating the marketing practices of companies that make “flushable” wipes.Friends of the Earth Canada and EcoJustice filed a complaint about the claims earlier this year after a Ryerson University study found 23 varieties of wipe labelled as “flushable” did not live up to that claim.The organizations heard recently the bureau is taking on the case and has started interviewing relevant parties.Canadian municipalities estimate it costs them at least $250 million a year to remove giant sewer clogs known as fatbergs that are created when wipes and other solids that don’t disintegrate get glued together with substances such as kitchen grease.Manufactures of the wipes argue the problems plaguing city sewer lines are from people flushing wipes that are not marketed as flushable, like baby wipes and cleaning cloths.In June the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a consumer-watchdog complaint about flushable wipes, saying while there might be some evidence the wipes caused harm to household sewer systems, they were not the only culprit.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — For Nicole Dorsey, director and writer of stylistic, psychological drama “Black Conflux,” creating of the film’s main character, Jackie, was about relaying her own experiences as a teenager.“All I wanted as a young person growing up was to see some sort of version of myself on screen,” said Dorsey. “I hope that teenage girls can look at Jackie and just know that they’re not alone…. That you’re going through something that we all have a version of.”The coming-of-age film, which premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, centres around the lives of Jackie and Dennis, played by Ella Ballentine and Ryan McDonald. Jackie is a promising high school student determined to avoid becoming like her convict mother. She skips school, parties and hitchikes, trying to navigate her friendships and romantic relationships.“There’s this balance where you are finding power in your sexuality and how to use that and that feels fun and exciting, but you’re also still young and naive and that can be traumatizing when that attention doesn’t turn out to be how you picture it in your mind.”As the film industry makes way for female-led projects in front of and behind the camera, Canadian directors whose works are featured at TIFF this year are using the opportunity to tell stories through complex characters who aren’t necessarily likable, and portray relationships that aren’t reduced to tropes or stereotypes.Whether it be the good, the complicated or the volatile, filmmakers like Dorsey say they want to see themselves and their relationships on screen.The inspiration for Sanja Zivkovic’s debut feature “Easy Land” stemmed from her own experience as an immigrant, she said.The movie follows Jasna, an architect from Serbia played by “Underground” star Mirjana Jokovic, whose mental illness puts a strain on her relationship with her daughter Nina, played by “The Handmaid’s Tale” actress Nina Kiri, as they struggle to navigate obstacles facing newcomers to Canada.Jasna has been traumatized by what she witnessed in Serbia, and the after-effects are exacerbated by the menial jobs she must take to pay the rent.“I spent a lot of time with my mom and it made me think about the past and how hard it was,” said Zivkovic, who came to Canada from Serbia in 1994 during the war in the former Yugoslavia. “It was hard for everyone in my family but specifically for her as a woman who came to Canada barely speaking the language and having to rebuild her own life.”When it came to creating the relationship between Nina and Jasna, Zivkovic said it was important to her to create characters that were dependent on each other. Zivkovic described both characters as outspoken women who cannot express themselves outside their small apartment, but “at home is when everything comes to a climax.”“They’re trying really hard not to hurt each other and trying really hard to play as if it’s not that big of a deal but, of course, they’re both suffering inside and that comes to a surface at certain points in the film,” she said.Amy Jo Johnson’s second feature, “Tammy’s Always Dying,” which stars Felicity Huffman and Anastasia Phillips, also elicits a complicated mother-daughter relationship in a dark comedy that depicts Kathy’s attempt to care for her alcoholic mother, Tammy, who’s been diagnosed with cancer.“There is some obscure humour and I feel like that’s the way I tackle life and look at life — to find the humour within the sadness,” she said.When asked about her interest in the script, written by Joanne Sarazen, Johnson said it reminded her of her own relationship with her parents.Watching her mother die from cancer 20 years ago, Johnson said she saw some of herself in Kathy’s character, which is part of what made the script “jump right off the page.”“The way Joanne wrote the film — with such absurd humour to break through and get through the drama that is within these heavy subjects is what I really, really identified with and grabbed onto as the filmmaker.”Achieving gender parity has become a priority for many Canadian film institutions, including TIFF, which last year pledged a commitment to the 50/50 by 2020 initiative.Out of the 26 Canadian features slated as part of the festival’s lineup, almost 50 per cent are directed by women.Telefilm has also committed to backing female-led projects, recently announcing that 59 per cent of its production funding in the last fiscal year went to projects featuring at least one woman as a lead producer, director or writer.One of those projects touted by Telefilm was Semi Chellas’ “American Woman,” which premiers at TIFF next week. Drawing on Susan Choi’s novel, the film follows Jenny, played by Hong Chau, a dedicated activist who has been living underground for years who is tasked with keeping a group of radicals off the grid while they write a book. Jenny develops a relationship with Pauline, as played by Sarah Gadon, a Patty Hearst-like heiress who has been radicalized by her captors.“What does transpire between them? Is it friendship? Is it love? Is it real? Is it brainwashing? Is all love brainwashing?” Chellas said. “Jenny’s perspective is the centre of the movie, her idea of what it is, but she keeps revising her understanding of how she feels about Pauline and what her responsibility is to that relationship.”Chellas wanted her film to be the opposite of what she sees as a “very glib screenwriting trope” in movies, which is the idea that people can change.“My experience is people very rarely change radically,” said Chellas. “People very rarely change their minds. People very rarely change their habits.”Chellas said she approached the characters’ relationship by developing it between the lines. Certain scenes would first be taped with lines from the script, and then would slowly be re-enacted using fewer and fewer lines.“So much of what they’re communicating to each other necessarily is playing at the level where other people can’t hear it,” said Chellas.Emerald Bensadoun, The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press LANGLEY, B.C. — Police say a deadly shooting around dinnertime in a McDonald’s restaurant in Langley, B.C., was “brazen” and a threat to public safety.The RCMP were called Tuesday evening to multiple reports of a shooting at the restaurant in the Aldergrove suburb.Officers found a man in his 30s with gunshot wounds outside the restaurant where he was pronounced dead.About 30 minutes later, police in the neighbouring city of Abbotsford say they received a report of a black SUV on fire that investigators believe is connected to the shooting death.A statement from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the victim, who was known to police, was targeted and the shooting has ties to gang activity.Sgt. Frank Jang said the shooting at a busy restaurant at 8 p.m. was reckless.“It just speaks to brazenness of these people, the recklessness. I’m sure these people, they don’t give a damn about our safety, yours or mine, and that’s concerning to us. So we’re doing our absolute best to find these people and bring them in,” he said on Wednesday.In a statement, Jang said: “This was a brazen shooting in a public space and we are fortunate that no one else was hurt,”RCMP Supt. Murray Power says police would expect “absolute outrage” from the community.“No grievance between two individuals justifies this level of risk to the community,” he said in a news release. “We will provide any and all necessary support to (the homicide team) in their investigation and continue in our collective effort with our many partners to target the ongoing gang conflict.”
Columbia Records has announced that music is now available from the 12-12-12 benefit concert, presented by Chase, to provide the most assistance possible to the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief Fund.The fundraising concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday featured iconic performers, and a selection of 24 live tracks from the event is available starting today at itunes.com/121212. The track listing for the digital album is below. A physical album will be available in January.The Robin Hood Relief Fund will receive 100% of the net proceeds of digital retailers, Columbia Records and the artists from the sale of this album (a minimum of $6.50 for sales in the United States.) The Robin Hood Relief Fund is providing money, material and know-how to local organizations that are serving families and individuals in the regions hardest hit by the storm.The most up to date information on “12-12-12” can be found by visiting www.121212concert.org.“12-12-12” The Concert For Sandy Relief Digital Track Listing1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band– “Land of Hope and Dreams” 2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Wrecking Ball”3. Roger Waters – “Another Brick In The Atlantic Wall Part I, II & III”4. Roger Waters – “Us and Them”5. Roger Waters feat. Eddie Vedder – “Comfortably Numb”6. Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer – “Hallelujah (Sandy Relief Version)”7. Bon Jovi – “It’s My Life “8. Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead Or Alive”9. Eric Clapton – “Got To Be Better In A Little While”10. Eric Clapton – “Crossroads”11. The Rolling Stones – “You Got Me Rocking”12. The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin Jack Flash”13. Alicia Keys – “No One”14. The Who – “Who Are You”15. The Who – “Baba O’Reilly”16. The Who – “Love Reign O’er Me”17. Billy Joel – “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)”18. Billy Joel – “Moving Out (Anthony’s Song)”19. Billy Joel – “You May Be Right”20. Chris Martin – ” Viva La Vida21. Chris Martin feat. Michael Stipe – “Losing My Religion”22. Chris Martin – “Us Against The World”23. Paul McCartney – “Helter Skelter”24. Alicia Keys – “Empire State Of Mind”Source:PR Newswire
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has announced that it will award its prestigious Lincoln Leadership Prize to renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg during a special dinner at the Hilton Chicago on Wednesday, March 19.This annual award honors outstanding individuals for a lifetime of service in the spirit of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. It is intended to honor individuals who manifest great strength of character, individual conscience, and an unwavering commitment to the defining principles of democracy.“We are pleased to present this year’s Lincoln Leadership Prize to Steven Spielberg, who brings socially relevant issues to the forefront of our minds through the medium of film,” said Wayne W. Whalen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. “Additionally, his long-time commitment to philanthropic endeavors exemplifies President Lincoln’s conscience and spirit, making him truly deserving of this award.”One of the entertainment industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award winner. In 2012, Spielberg directed “Lincoln,” which garnered 12 Academy Award nominations winning two Oscars, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ third Oscar for Best Actor playing the iconic president, as well as Best Production Design.Mr. Spielberg also devotes his time and resources to many philanthropic causes, having established The Righteous Persons Foundation, as well as the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.“This is an extraordinary honor. For me, Lincoln’s unprecedented commitment to the cause of democracy is one of the most important examples of leadership our nation has ever seen,” said Spielberg. “I am humbled to receive an award that embodies both his legacy and the profound contributions he made to this country.”The award will be presented by two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Sally Field. Field starred in Spielberg’s “Lincoln” in a widely praised portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln, which brought her Best Supporting Actress nominations for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild awards. Field was also recently inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary society and leading center for independent U.S. policy research, in 2013.“It is a tremendous honor for me to present the 2014 Lincoln Leadership Award to my friend and colleague Steven Spielberg,” said Field. “Steven’s sense of adventure and stunning, ever-evolving gift of filmmaking has affected every corner of the globe. He has imprinted iconic images on generations to come with his deep humanity and concern for human rights in films such as ‘Lincoln,’ ’Schindler’s List,’ ‘Amistad,’ ‘The Color Purple’ and more. Above all, his films illuminate individual courage and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit, which is what the Lincoln Leadership Prize is all about.”The Lincoln Leadership Prize has been awarded since 2006. Previous honorees include the 42nd President of the United States, President Bill Clinton, former Polish President Lech Walesa, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., and the late television journalist Tim Russert.Caterpillar is the presenting sponsor for the Lincoln Leadership Prize, and has been a significant supporter of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.“Caterpillar is extremely proud to sponsor this year’s Lincoln Leadership Prize,” said Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation. “Caterpillar respects and shares the values that guided Lincoln’s leadership decisions, values like unwavering dedication to a larger mission, maintaining integrity, and commitment to diversity and fairness. We congratulate Mr. Spielberg on this well-deserved award.”For more information on the Lincoln Leadership Prize Dinner and to purchase individual tickets or secure a table, please visit www.lincolnleadershipprize.org or call the Foundation office at (217) 557-6251.Source:PR Newswire
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), and CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today a new print, radio and digital public service announcement (PSA) featuring award-winning actress and SU2C Ambassador Julie Bowen.Video: It’s Impossible To Beat Cancer. Alone.The PSA aims to bring awareness to the importance of collaboration in the fight against cancer and to encourage the general public to learn more and get involved. The PSA will begin airing this month.“Like everyone in America, I have friends and family who have been affected by cancer. I know the importance of having the best team possible, working together – whether it’s people behind the scenes or those who work directly with the patient as they face a cancer diagnosis,” said Stand Up To Cancer ambassador Julie Bowen. “Through this PSA, we hope to help people realize we all have a part in the battle against cancer. I’m proud to be part of this campaign with Stand Up To Cancer and CVS Health, to help illustrate that it takes a team to accelerate research and to improve cancer survival.”With this PSA, CVS Health reinforces its commitment to helping people on their path to better health through the company’s support of innovative cancer research. CVS Health has committed $10 million to SU2C over three years, supported by an annual in-store campaign. This will be the second year of the in-store fundraising campaign which will be held at CVS/pharmacy locations across the country from November 1 through November 28. Throughout the campaign, customers can make a donation at the register or at www.cvs.com/su2c.“Cancer has touched nearly all of our lives, and as a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health is proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer to extend our purpose of helping people on their path to better health,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. “Together with our customers and colleagues, we can help support Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to bring groundbreaking treatments to patients as quickly as possible and have a positive impact on the lives of people living with cancer.”One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. While the five-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed in the United States is up to 68 percent from 49 percent four decades ago, there is still more to be done to develop effective treatments. This PSA, entitled “It’s Impossible To Beat Cancer Alone,” depicts how it takes a team to conquer cancer. From the researchers behind the development of new treatments, to the many people who directly support patients, such as oncologists, nurses, social workers, volunteers, family and friends, it’s a team effort, requiring collaboration, to help cancer patients become long-term cancer survivors. The PSA encourages the public to visit SU2C.org to learn how they can join SU2C and CVS Health in raising funds to support cancer research and get therapies to patients quickly and save lives.“One of the founding principles of SU2C, is that collaboration is essential, and the progress of our Stand Up To Cancer Dream Teams is a perfect example of how powerful team collaboration is,” said SU2C co-founder Sue Schwartz. “We are so grateful and honored to team up with CVS Health in our shared mission to make good health a priority, and to keep spreading the message that each and every one of us can play a part in stopping cancer from taking so many lives.”
Twitter Login/Register With: There are some interesting numbers coming out of the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). First is the concept (our words) of a double opening gala. This year’s festival will launch at the Jack Singer Concert Hall with an Opening Gala screening of Maudie, a Canada-Ireland co-production on Wednesday, September 21st. The very next day there will be a Canadian Gala at the Theatre Junction GRAND with a screening of Two Lovers and a Bear. The multi-venue, multi-title festival screenings begin on September 23rd.The “international” part of this festival has always been important. For all films, shorts and features, 41 countries are represented at CIFF, up from 39 last year. The festival’s average has always hovered close to 40 since 2012. What these numbers don’t represent are several of the films in the festival that represent a country but were not officially produced there. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement
Facebook Designated Survivor is the third freshman drama in recent months to seek a change in leadership. Fox’s Star lost showrunner Chuck Pratt back in March, while Bull announced that it was replacing Mark Goffman with TV veteran Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting). Both series have already been renewed for the 2017-18 season.Are you psyched to hear that Designated Survivor is likely to return for Season 2? Worried that the series is in search of its fourth showrunner in just under a year?by Ryan Schwartz – TVLINE Advertisement Advertisement ABC isn’t looking to impeach President Tom Kirkman anytime soon — but it is looking to replace the man in charge of Designated Survivor.With a Season 2 renewal expected but not yet confirmed, the Alphabet network is on the search for a new showrunner, who would replace current series boss Jeff Melvoin at the end of Season 1, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Melvoin, however, is expected to stay on board as an executive producer.Melvoin was the third showrunner brought in to helm Designated Survivor. Initially, Sex and the City scribe Amy B. Harris was set to spearhead the Kiefer Sutherland drama ahead of its series pick-up last May. After ABC officially greenlit the political thriller, she was replaced by Jon Harmon Feldman (Blood & Oil), who exited the series in December. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
Cardinal has been a dream gig for Karine Vanasse.We talked almost exactly a year ago, just before the première of the first season of the gritty CTV crime series, based on the bestselling novels by Giles Blunt. At the time, the francophone Montreal actress was pumped to finally be starring in her first English-Canadian series, and was happy that audiences in the rest of Canada would be able to see her in a homegrown drama. Prior to that, she was most famous outside Quebec for two high-profile American network series, Pan Am and Revenge.In the year since that interview, Cardinal has taken off. It was the top-rated Canadian drama of the past TV season and has been sold in more than 100 countries. It has done well in many of those territories, including on BBC Four in the U.K., Canal Plus in France and Telekom in Germany. That success prompted CTV to give the green light to two more six-episode seasons, both of which have already been shot. Season 2 of Cardinal premières on CTV on Thursday, Jan. 4, and makes its bow in its dubbed French version on Super Écran at the same time. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Karine Vanasse portrays detective Lise Delorme in the gritty crime series Cardinal. “I think we start Season 2 knowing more about who she really is,” says the Quebec actor. BROOKE PALMER / CTV Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement CFC Media Lab showcased IDEABOOST companies at two interactive booths in VRTO’s B2B Expo. VRTO was designed as a forum where companies at both ends of the economic spectrum could meet and exchange ideas. As a sponsor and an exhibitor, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab has been a crucial partner, a relationship that continued in 2018 with the IDEABOOST AR Zone and the IDEABOOST Startup Zone. Both booths gave VRTO floor space to multiple members of the IDEABOOST Network Connect community, including the aforementioned AccessAR. There’s always something new to learn in an industry that changes as rapidly as Virtual Reality (VR). That was evident throughout the third annual Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo, which took place at the Rogers Communication Centre in Toronto on June 16-18. Better known as “VRTO,” the event featured some of the biggest names in the worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR), who were on hand to discuss everything from screens and headsets to the growing importance of blockchains in digital security.VRTO attracts a range of people and companies. Keynote speaker and Second Life creator Philip Rosedale has been pioneering immersive online worlds for more than two decades. A company like AccessAR, a fashion startup that uses AR to allow clients to digitally try on glasses, jewelry and other accessories, is a relative newcomer. Both are vital to the VRTO mission, which blends age and enthusiasm in its search for innovative new applications of VR technology.“That spirit of discovery strengthens the ecosystem,” says Keram Malicki-Sanchez, the founder and executive director of VRTO. “Anybody who’s established needs to stay with the times. Companies that put everything on the line teach people what the future might look like.” Facebook Twitter
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Two Nunavik teenagers are starring in a film about Inuit throat singing, which will be showing at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.The three and a half minute film, Throat Singing in Kangirsuk, features Manon Chamberland, 15, and Eva Kaukai, 18, singing on the tundra outside their home village Kangirsuk.“It’s a huge thing,” said Chamberland. “We had never heard about the Sundance before, but when we did it was so amazing.” Login/Register With: Wapikoni, a production company that makes films about Indigenous youth, shot the video in February 2018. Advertisement Twitter Manon Chamberland, 15, and Eva Kaukai, 18, singing on the tundra outside their home village Kangirsuk. (Wapikoni)
Dion will be performing many of her biggest hits when she drops by the Scotiabank Arena on December 9. Tickets are set to go on sale Friday, April 12. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Celine Dion Advertisement The queen, the legend, the only one who made us believe our hearts would go on, Celine Dion, is coming to Toronto for a concert later this year.The icon is embarking on a massive North American tour that will take her to 50 cities across Canada and the U.S., with Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City being the Canadian stops on the tour.Putting a cap on a hugely successful, long-standing Las Vegas residency, the Courage tour marks the first time she’s performed here since 2008’s Taking Chances World Tour. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Pride Month collection includes new documentaries Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes, Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, and My Prairie Home, dropping on June 7, and The Gospel According to Andre (June 15) and Butterfly (June 16)Groundbreaking documentary series Red Button (June 7) returns for a second season featuring six remarkable young Canadians living with differences and You Can’t Can’t Ask That (June 14) gives the platform to those living with a disabilityNew CBC Gem original comedy Mind Fudge created by Justine Nelson and Jon Simo debuts June 7; Ming’s Dynasty (June 27) and Ashbridge (June 27) highlight communities in western Canada; and original Canadian anthology comedy Save Me returns for a second season on PTSD Awareness Day (June 27)150 hours of Jamie Oliver content launches on June 3, featuring his most popular cooking series including Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, Jamie & Jimmy’s Fight Club (Seasons 1-3), Jamie’s Super Food, and Jamie’s Sugar Rush“A claustrophobic, clever and utterly thrilling reboot” (The Guardian) German drama Das Boot starring Vicky Krieps, Lizzy Caplan, and Rick Okon starts streaming June 7NEW CBC GEM ORIGINAL CANADIAN SERIES:Mind Fudge (Comedy, 8×8, Vandal Media Inc.) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7A comedic ride through Justine’s (Justine Nelson) hyper-real, 20-something imagination as she juggles life, love, and what it all means.Ming’s Dynasty (Comedy, 6×10, Touchpoint Films & 775 Media Corp) – All episodes begin streaming Thursday, June 27Fledgling Toronto-based rappers Whyte Wine and Young Riesling relocate to small-town Alberta to run Riesling’s family business: a Chinese restaurant. The duo must defeat pesky tapeworms, ‘shroom demons, and Drake-inspired super-villains in order to keep their dreams – and the business – alive for one more day.Ashbridge (Drama, 3×7, Raven West Films and YN films) – All episodes begin streaming Thursday, June 27ASHBRIDGE follows the stories stemming from a fictional settlement agency in Vancouver that works with refugees to Canada. Each episode introduces new characters as they find their way in a new country.Save Me (Comedy, 6×10, iThentic) – All episodes of Season 2 begin streaming Thursday, June 27Launching on PTSD Awareness Day, the anthology series returns with a comedic yet poignant look at lives on the brink of a 911 emergency incident, telling the stories of people in the moment just before their lives change – often drastically – and the people who show up when all hell breaks loose. These stories are punctuated by our regular cast of peculiar paramedics — including series creator Fab Filippo — who are forced to come to terms with their own PTSD. Guest stars this season include Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience), Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) and Peter Mansbridge.NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH COLLECTIONHonouring the heritage, contributions, and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada, themed programming this month includes:Skindigenous (Documentary, 13×30, Nish Media) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3A documentary series exploring Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world. Each episode dives into a unique Indigenous culture to discover the tools and techniques, the symbols and traditions that shape their tattooing art. In this series, the art of tattoo becomes a lens for exploring some of the planet’s oldest cultures and their unique perspectives on life, identity, and the natural world.Sober House (Documentary, 1×20, Wendell Collier, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, June 3When a small group of outspoken Cree youth in Northern Saskatchewan look to break the cycle of damage caused by alcohol in their communities, they turn to the “Sober House” concept as a way to facilitate change.Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Film, 1×88, Prospector Films) – Begins streaming Monday, June 3Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.Biidaaban: The Dawn Comes (Arts, 1×19, Spotted Fawn Productions) – Begins streaming Wednesday, June 5Since time immemorial, Indigenous people have harvested sap from trees to produce syrup, a practice that continues today. Two main characters — Biidaaban, a young Indigenous gender fluid person and Sabe, a Sasquatch shape shifter — set out to harvest sap from sugar maples in their urban environment and private neighbourhoods of the city. Biidaabaan can see traces of time, people, creatures and land. By harvesting syrup in this way, they are continuing the work of their ancestors.Black Rock (Documentary, 1×15, Geordie Trifa, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, June 7BLACK ROCK follows the intertwining stories of a community divided, those who are determined to protect the land and those who are working for a pay cheque at the uranium mines to survive.Bighetty & Bighetty (Documentary, 1×21, Andrew Wiens, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, May 31Four brothers — and their Cree-speaking puppets — show the joyful side of Indigenous life.Future History (Documentary, 13×30, Redcloud Studios Inc.) – Begins streaming Friday, June 21Directed by Jennifer Podemski, hosts Kris Nahrgang and Sarain Fox embark on a personal journey of discovery. By seeking out those who are harnessing Indigenous Knowledge and amplifying Indigenous Perspectives, Kris and Sarain gain a deeper understanding of what it means to have an Indigenous World View. Committed to exploring the diversity of perspectives and knowledge within the Indigenous community in an effort to create a deeper understanding about our shared history while looking forward to a brighter future anchored by Indigenous Knowledge.PRIDE COLLECTIONCelebrating the LGBTQ community, themed programming this month includes:My Prairie Home (1×76, National Film Board of Canada) – Begins streaming Friday, June 7In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes viewers on a playful, meditative, and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes (2×30, Barefoot Communications) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7Hannah Gadsby unravels the apparently simple practice of recreating the nude human form. Hannah wields her wit and insight like a detective in a TV crime drama with a UV torchlight. Doing so, she disturbs unspoken layers of gender power play and unconscious messaging.Hannah Gadsby’s Oz (3×30, Closer Productions) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7Australian stand up comedian Hannah Gadsby is a closet art scholar. Armed with a rapier witand desire to pick beneath the paint, she travels across the continent on a mission to debunkthe myths of the Australian identity as defined by their art canon.The Gospel According to Andre (1×94, Abstract Productions) – Begins streaming Saturday, June 15André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult toimagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimateportrait, The Gospel According to André, takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’sroots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influentialtastemakers and fashion curators of our times.Butterfly (3×60, Red Productions) – Begins streaming Sunday, June 16Butterfly is about the acrimonious relationship between separated parents, Vicky and Stephen, and their division in opinion over how to support their gender variant child, Max. From a young age, their now 11-year-old son has identified as a girl and presented signs of gender dysphoria. What unfolds for all the family members involved is the greatest challenge and test of love and understanding imaginable.DOCUMENTARIESRed Button (Documentary, 6×8, Media Headquarters) – All episodes of Season 2 begin streaming Friday, June 7This series takes an innovative approach to storytelling where young documentary subjects turn the camera on themselves to break down misconceptions, prejudices, or stereotypes they face. The second season invites viewers inside the lives of teens living with differences, who do not normally see themselves represented on screen.You Can’t Ask That (8×30, Pixcom) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 14Based on the hugely successful unscripted format from ABC Australia, the new documentary series offers individuals whose lives are often marginalized or misunderstood the opportunity to speak for themselves and share their experiences, yielding raw, and often surprising, insights. The new series gives the platform to those living with a disability, with eight themed episodes featuring different individuals throughout. This is the first CBC series to use Integrated Described Video (IDV).Tizita (1×18, Gezahegn Mekkonnen Demissie, Director) – Begins streaming Thursday, June 27Ethiopian musicians trying to re-establish themselves in Canada gather to play a “Tizita”: a traditional Ethiopian ballad invoking nostalgic memories.ACCLAIMED FROM AROUND THE WORLDSick of It (Comedy, 6×30, Me & You Productions, Alrite Productions, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3Karl Pilkington (The Ricky Gervais Show) has always seen the world in a different way. Now he stars in a unique comedy that serves up a double helping of Karl Pilkington – with Karl playing himself as well as the grumpy voice inside his head who appears as a doppelgänger only he can see.Das Boot (Drama, 8×60, Bavaria Fiction GbmH, Germany) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7During the Autumn of 1942, in occupied France, U-612 is now ready for its maiden voyage,preparing to head into the increasingly brutal warfare with its young crewmen, including thenew captain, Klaus Hoffmann (Rick Okon, Tatort). As the 40 young men take on their first mission, they struggle with the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of life underwater. Meanwhile, at the port of La Rochelle, the world of Simone Strasser (Vicky Krieps, The Girl in a Spider’s Web) spirals out of control as she is engulfed in a dangerous liaison and forbidden love, torn between her loyalty for Germany and the Resistance.Portlandia (Comedy, 10×30, Broadway Video, USA) – Season 6 begins streaming Friday, June 7Emmy®-nominated comedy Portlandia returns for a sixth season. Created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, the new season welcomes back fan favourites and adds some new characters to the growing list of Portlandia’s misfits.Back In Time For Tea (Lifestyle, 6×60, Wall to Wall, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7Progressing at one decade per episode, a modern British family lives through six decades of extraordinary evolution in just 60 days As the family makes its way through more than a half century of historical and cultural growth, the series reveals how these transformations have radically changed everyone’s lives. In Back In Time For Tea, the series centres around ‘Tea-time’ in Yorkshire during the second half of the 20th century.Back In Time For The Weekend (Lifestyle, 6×60, Wall to Wall, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Thursday, June 27Based on the real evidence of the Family Expenditure Survey, the episodes take a family on a time-traveling adventure to discover how leisure time has undergone a revolution over the past 65 years, transforming homes, hobbies, and family dynamics along the way. Beginning in 1950, when widespread shortages meant that ordinary families spent much of their leisure time repairing things or making them from scratch.KIDS & TWEEN PROGRAMMINGFind Me in Paris (Tween Drama, 26×26, Cottonwood Media, ZDF Enterprises, BE-FILMS) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 14A young ballet dancer (Jessica Lord, The Next Step) from 1905 is transported into the 21st century with the power of a magical necklace. While her boyfriend looks for a way to bring her back, she must find a way to fit in and dodge the sinister time agents.Thunderbirds Are Go (Animated kids series, 26×30, ITV Studios, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 14Thunderbirds Are Go is the reimagining of the classic series, using a groundbreaking unique mix of CGI animation against live-action miniatures. The series follows the heroics of the Tracy family as they try to save the world with their secret organisation International Rescue. Aided by engineer Brains, operative Kayo and London agent Lady Penelope, the five Tracy brothers, operating from their hidden island base in the South Pacific, use their state-of-the-art Thunderbird vehicles to avert disasters across the globe. As they attempt to help those in peril, the team are forced to out an end to the devious schemes of international super-villain The Hood.CBC Kids News segments featuring Canadian contributors aged 9-16, bringing young viewers daily news in pop culture, sports, science, technology and the environment.JAMIE OLIVER COLLECTIONJamie’s 30 Minute Meals (40×30, A Fresh One Production, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3This rockin’ half-hour food series features Jamie Oliver giving solid instruction to the culinary uninspired. In a tough talking, fast paced, as-live style, he creates great home-cooked meals from scratch, adding his own unique twist to each element. The series supports Jamie’s continuing mission to improve people’s lives through food by tackling the issues of kitchen confidence and lack of time, head on.Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (Seasons 1-3, A Fresh One Production, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty have been best mates since they were in short trousers, getting up to all sorts of scrapes growing up together in Essex in the 80s. One thing that brought them together – their shared passion for good food.Jamie’s Super Food (6×60, A Fresh One Production, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3An exciting series in which viewers learn how to eat their way to a healthier life. Each week Jamie cooks up a day’s worth of delicious, nutritious,and perfectly balanced meals.Jamie’s Sugar Rush (1×60, A Fresh One Production, UK) – Begins streaming Monday, June 3Jamie Oliver is back on the campaign trail investigating the huge contribution sugar is making to rising global health problems and asking what can be done about it.THE BEST OF CBCPast and current seasons of CBC series, including new Canadian drama hit CORONER, family drama NORTHERN RESCUE, original legal drama DIGGSTOWN, limited drama series UNSPEAKABLE; acclaimed comedies KIM’S CONVENIENCE, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW and SCHITT’S CREEK; crowd-pleasing dramas MURDOCH MYSTERIES, ANNE WITH AN E and HEARTLAND; and classic CBC hits like THE KIDS IN THE HALL and BEING ERICA.COMING IN JULYSpecial collections: CANADA DAYSeason 1 of UK documentary series TRAVEL MAN featuring Richard AyoadeSeason 7 of Emmy-winning sketch comedy series PORTLANDIA created, written by and starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein CBC Gem is Canada’s streaming service, offering more than 4000 hours of acclaimed, authentically Canadian programming and a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world. CBC Gem provides live and on-demand access to CBC’s full programming slate spanning drama, comedy, factual entertainment, documentaries, arts, kids, sports and local and national news programming, including the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time with access to 14 CBC channels and their local newscasts across the country. CBC Gem is available for free as an App for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca. Currently available on TV screens via Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.NEW TO CBC GEM IN JUNE:National Indigenous History Month collection includes new documentaries Bighetty & Bighetty (May 31), Skindigenous (June 3), Sober House(June 3), Black Rock (June 7), and Future History (June 21), and feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls (June 3)
APTN National NewsSenators grilled the Indian Affairs Minister Tuesda yover his government’s controversial water bill.Bill S-11 would impose water quality regulations on reserves.It is being panned by many First Nations leaders, they say there was little consultation before it was tabled.Under fire, Duncan stood his ground, insisting that many chiefs would rather fight than work with Ottawa.
APTN National NewsTo get into the IAP process, you must fill out a 21-page application form and then prepare for a hearing where adjudicators will question you to ensure your claims are legitimate. The IAP Secretariat encourages former students to retain a lawyer to help them with this complex process.Blott and Company make extensive use of non-lawyer form fillers. But other law firms see that as the wrong approach.Lawyer Jon Faulds is the spokesperson for the national consortium of law firms that were involved in the original class action lawsuits.“Most of the consortium firms don’t have any relationship with form fillers,” he said. “I think from the perspective of most of the national consortium firms, the difficulty with form fillers is the so-called form is an extremely important part of the process which winds up before the adjudicator and against which the client’s evidence gets measured.“In other words, ‘[the adjudicator will ask] is the evidence they’re saying to me now consistent with what’s in the form.’ And form fillers who are not lawyers, who are not familiar with the entire process and sensitive to its implications, just may not fill out these application forms with the degree of exactness and precision and care that’s required because they’re not attuned to how significant that form is, not just in getting your claim filed but in actually proving your claim,” Faulds added.Calgary lawyer Vaughn Marshall, whose firm also represents IAP clients, agrees.“The form is a critically important part. And it is my opinion, and I think this needs to be expressed somewhere, that only a lawyer should be taking the application from the client. It’s the lawyers that should be doing that job; it’s the lawyers that should be guiding the clients through it and it’s the lawyers that should be doing the final form,” he said.Some of the IAP claimants signed up by the form filling company associated with Blott and Company were found on reserves in several provinces. Others were found in urban settings: soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Friendship Centres, living on the streets, anywhere where those with lives bent or broken by the residential schools can be found.The settlement agreement itself came about after lawyers representing two large class action lawsuits against the federal government were successful in getting those lawsuits certified by a court. The government and the churches then knew there was the strong possibility of a large compensation award and chose to sit down with plaintiff lawyers and the Assembly of First Nations and negotiate a compensation deal.Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Canada pays an amount equal to 15 per cent of IAP compensation awards to the lawyers to cover legal fees. The government also pays for disbursements, costs the lawyers incur as they process the file.The settlement agreement also allows lawyers to charge the client an additional 15 per cent if the cases are more complicated than usual. Those additional fees are subject to a review for “fairness and reasonableness” by the adjudicator.With 29,000 potential clients and average settlements just over $100,000, there’s $2.9 billion dollars at stake for compensation, with legal fees that could total as much as $870 million, if every firm charged the additional 15 per cent on every case.Daniel Ish, the IAP Chief Adjudicator, told us that the Blott and Company law firm handles 3,000 IAP files. It was stated online that the goal was to reach 10,000 clients, more than one-third of all the cases. Ten thousand clients with average legal fees of $30,000 would produce $300 million for the firm.It’s a long established tradition in the legal profession in Canada that lawyers shouldn’t “beat the bushes” for clients. It’s only a relatively recent development that lawyers are even allowed to advertise their services. So in order to maintain the traditional view of the profession, there needs to be some space between the law firms and form fillers who do “beat the bushes” for clients.Legal experts told APTN Investigates that the prohibition on “ambulance chasing” lawyers is based on the idea that the lawyer must not put his or her own financial interests ahead of the clients’ interests. Lawyers who have done that have been disciplined, even disbarred.
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The Canadian PressTwo injured Inuit hunters huddled for three days with the body of their friend who was killed by a polar bear, four other bears circling their camp.“They had to sit tight,” said Rob Hedley, administrator for the hamlet of Naujaat, Nunavut, where the hunters were from.“It was pretty scary. They didn’t sleep and they were out there for a while.”Nunavut’s second polar bear death this summer sparked widespread outrage Wednesday among Inuit, who feel their lives are being endangered by hunting restrictions imposed by southerners.The hunters left Naujaat on the northernmost shore of Hudson Bay on Aug. 21 to hunt narwhal and caribou. They were expected home on Thursday.Police said they were notified when the trio hadn’t shown up by Sunday.A search began Monday with federal, territorial and local teams. Although rescuers knew roughly where the hunters were headed, search boats were blocked by heavy sea ice.The Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent joined the search and its helicopter found the hunters early Tuesday about 100 kilometres east of Naujaat near Lyon Inlet.“It looks like it was a mother and a cub,” said Hedley. “The mother and the cub were killed.“(The hunters) killed at least one more. There were multiple other bears in the area that were attracted by blood and scent.”The two injured hunters weren’t badly hurt and were treated and released.In early July, an Arviat man was killed when a bear appeared during a family outing on an island near the community. Aaron Gibbons, 31, died after he placed himself between the bear and his children, who were able to run to safety.Social media was alive Wednesday with posts from one end of the Arctic to the other expressing anger over the deaths. Inuit have long held that they’re having more interactions with bears on the land.“I can’t even describe the pain we’re feeling right now,” said Helena Malliki from Naujaat.Quotas that limit the numbers of bears that can be killed in each region prevent Inuit from thinning the population, she said.“Those (bears) could have been caught if we didn’t have these laws from the government,” she said.“(Bears) are in our land and they are very, very dangerous. I just want Inuit to kill all the bears they see.”Gordy Kidlapik of Rankin Inlet – Aaron Gibbons’s uncle – said polar bears have always presented a threat. But it’s different now.“The past few years, sightings and encounters have been rising. We’re at a different level now.“The guys I’ve been talking to say the bear population is at a level where it’s safe to not have a quota.”Inuit have managed their wildlife successfully for generations, said Shelly Woodford from Rankin Inlet.“We always treat the animals with respect. We’re not going to go overboard.”Andrew Derocher, a polar bear biologist at the University of Alberta, pointed out that quotas are set in Nunavut after consultation with hunters.He warned that without careful management of the animals, the international community would be likely to ban exports of polar bear products and trophies from Canada, wiping out important income for Inuit.That could leave Inuit killing even fewer bears, much like when the European ban on seal fur destroyed that market.“The seal harvest dropped dramatically,” Derocher said.He argued quotas aren’t the problem. Local hunters didn’t even take their allotted 100 bears last year, he said.The Foxe Basin bear population around Naujaat has lost about 30 days of sea ice cover over the last several decades in the area where it hunts.“Bears start to move ashore,” Derocher said. “Once all those bears are on shore, the likelihood of them coming into conflict with people increases.“The ecosystem is changing. People in polar bear habitat have to look at changing some of their behaviour.”
APTN NewsAPTN News journalists Martha Troian and Kenneth Jackson have been nominated for a Michener Award for their series, Stories on Child Welfare: Life and Death in Care.The stories exposed the system that is supposed to keep First Nations teenagers who are in care of the child welfare system safe including investigating the death of a 15-year-old from Poplar Hill First Nation, Kanina Sue Turtle, who filmed her suicide while in a foster home owned by a child welfare agency.They set out to investigate the connection between the high rate of suicides among Indigenous youth — five to six times higher than in the non-indigenous population — and child welfare.APTN exposed the lack of a surveillance system by all levels of governments and coroners’ offices to keep track of suicides in First Nations across the country.Based on the data from northern Ontario, there were close to 600 suicide deaths of Indigenous people since the mid-1980s. 87 of those deaths were Indigneous children between the ages of 10 to 14 years of age.But as APTN’s investigation shows, without proper data tracking, the legislation cannot deliver on its promises.“Everything changed the morning I watched Kanina Sue Turtle die on video,” said Jackson. “From that point forward we were determined to shine the biggest light we possibly could on the child welfare system in Ontario.“Our work is far from over and in many ways just beginning.”Read: Stories on Child Welfare – Life and Death in CareIn February, Ottawa tabled Bill C-92, aimed at stopping the over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care.The Michener Awards honour excellence in public-service journalism.“I am deeply honoured by this nomination, and would like to thank the Michener Awards Foundation, Kenneth Jackson and APTN,” said Troian. “These young lives of Indigenous children and youth are important, and need to be valued and recognized by governments, provincial and territorial coroner offices and by all members within the child welfare system.“One death is too many.”The nominees for 2019 also include work by the Waterloo Region Record; the St. Catharines Standard; the Telegraph-Journal of Saint John; CBC TV News; the Toronto Star, CBC News and Radio-Canada; and CBC North.Gov. Gen. Julie Payette is to announce the winner at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 14. The Michener Award was founded in 1970 by former governor general Roland Michener.The Waterloo Region Record is nominated for Greg Mercer’s months-long investigation of the health problems inflicted on workers by the once-important rubber industry in Kitchener, Ont.The St. Catharines Standard earned its nomination for reporter Grant LaFleche’s year-long investigation that led to more than 50 stories on a conspiracy behind the hiring of the top bureaucrat in Ontario’s Niagara region.The Telegraph-Journal is nominated for an 18-month investigation that exposed problems with New Brunswick’s ambulance service. The newspaper uncovered a severe shortage of paramedics that left ambulances sitting empty, which meant some people in emergency situations were transported in regular vehicles.CBC TV News is nominated for an investigation by the program “The Fifth Estate” into longstanding claims by Transport Canada that school buses are safer without seatbelts, contrary to the department’s own conclusion that they would have prevented numerous deaths and thousands of injuries.The Toronto Star, CBC News and Radio-Canada received a joint nod for their collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that shone a light on lax approval, regulation and oversight of the country’s medical-device industry.APTN and CBC North earned a joint nomination after they exposed failures in the child-welfare system that led to physical abuse and neglect of Indigenous teens. The reporting led to a public apology by the Yukon government for its failure to protect the youths as well as corrective firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews-with files from the Canadian Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Credit report company Equifax said Monday that an additional 2.5 million Americans may have been affected by the massive security breach of its systems, bringing the total to 145.5 million people who had their personal information accessed or stolen.Equifax said the company it hired to investigate the breach, Mandiant, has concluded its investigation and plans to release the results “promptly.” The company also said it would update its own notification for people who want to check if they were among those affected by Oct. 8.The information stolen earlier this year included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses — the kind of information that could put people at significant risk for identity theft.While Equifax previously said up to 100,000 Canadian citizens may have been affected, it said Monday that the completed review did not bear that out and it determined that the information of only about 8,000 Canadian consumers was involved.The update comes as Equifax’s former CEO, Richard Smith, who announced his retirement last month, will testify in front of Congress starting Tuesday. He’s expected to face bipartisan anger from politicians who have expressed outrage that a company tasked with securing vast amounts of personal data was unable to keep their security software up to date.In prepared testimony, he apologized and said human error and technology failures allowed the data breach. He also apologized for the way the company handled the announcement of what happened.“To each and every person affected by this breach, I am deeply sorry that this occurred,” Smith said in his prepared remarks. “Whether your personal identifying information was compromised, or you have had to deal with the uncertainty of determining whether or not your personal data may have been compromised, I sincerely apologize. The company failed to prevent sensitive information from falling into the hands of wrongdoers.”Equifax also faces several state and federal inquiries and numerous class-action lawsuits. At least one state, Massachusetts, and the cities of San Francisco and Chicago have sued Equifax as well.