Vancouver once again ranks third in North America when it comes to TV pilots production.A new report from Film L.A. found that 25 pilots had been scheduled for production in 2015-16 for Vancouver, up from 16 for 2014-15.Los Angeles had 82 pilots in production (down from 91 in 2014-15) and New York City had 28 (up from 25). Toronto ranked fifth with 12 (up from nine). Facebook Of all the pilot production markets, Vancouver has seen the biggest jump, up 67 per cent compared to last year.“In addition to the generous subsidies, growth in Canada was also driven by the exchange rate, which offers American producers an additional 20- to 25-per-cent savings based on the value of the Canadian dollar, which plummeted over the past year,” the report stated.TV pilots are used by networks to test-run a potential new series. The cost of a television pilot can vary, depending on the type of show: drama or comedy. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Grau, who is fluent in English, French and Spanish, has almost 25 years of experience working in arts and culture, and communications. She will retain ownership of Touchwood PR, a boutique publicity and promotions agency she founded in 2009. Her clients have included Cineplex, Fan Expo Canada, Pathé International, eOne, Unifrance Films, Telefilm Canada, the Academy of Canadian Film and Television, Reel Asian Film Festival, CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and several high-profile personal clients. Prior to Touchwood PR, Grau ran the TIFF Communications department for eight years. In this role she successfully developed and executed media strategies to position TIFF as a leader in the industry.Social Media:Twitter: @TIFF_NETInstagram: @TIFF_NETFacebook: Facebook.com/TIFF LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO — Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF, today announced the appointment of Andréa Grau to the role of Vice President, Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, effective February 5, 2018. Grau will lead TIFF’s in-house agency, Dept. 30, comprised of the Communications, Marketing, Digital, Creative and Editorial teams. She will be part of TIFF Senior Management, providing leadership and guidance for the organization.Reporting to Michèle Maheux, Executive Director and COO, Grau is responsible for upholding and expanding the integrity of the TIFF brand internationally and at home, and developing and executing the PR strategy as the organization enters a new strategic plan and CEO transition“Andréa has been a part of this organization in some capacity for the past 23 years,” said Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF. “She first entered as an intern fresh out of university, later returned to run the Communications department, and now comes back in a much larger leadership role to help us navigate the changing PR landscape. The industry and media relationships that she has developed over the years are impeccable. On behalf of the Senior Management team, we are delighted to have her back.” Twitter
Advertisement TORONTO, June 12, 2018 – With the votes cast, SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is pleased to announce the three finalists as chosen by Canadians from coast-to-cost for the inaugural SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Each artist is competing to be crowned Canada’s next big country star, in addition to winning $25,000, a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC and more.Whittled down from nine semi-finalists, the three 2018 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists are:Western CanadaLeaving Thomas (Hometown—Calgary, AB) Central CanadaAndrew Hyatt (Hometown—Sudbury, ON)Eastern CanadaJason Benoit (Hometown—Fox Island River, NL)“We are so excited about the finalists for the first ever SiriusXM Top of the Country competition,” said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming for SiriusXM. “Everyone who participated was incredibly talented and to now have the top three ready to move on to huge live performances, a mentorship session with some of the biggest names in the industry and more is amazing.”“This has been a fun few months,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. “The talent in the first phase of Top of The Country was exceptional, it’s hard to believe that we are down to 3. Our finalists now have the opportunity to spotlight their talent on some very big stages this summer. We can’t wait to see them perform at the finale during Country Music Week.”This summer, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, TN, plus a two-day mentorship session in Toronto with major industry professionals, including Nashville-based hit songwriter J.T. Harding, who has written for such stars as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and more.In addition to the valuable mentorship sessions, each finalist will get to perform at one of Canada’s three biggest country music festivals Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose, AB), Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Cavendish, PEI) or a SiriusXM-sponsored major festival in Ontario.Finalists will compete on stage this September in an epic music performance battle before a headlining artist (to be announced) at the SiriusXM CCMA Top of the Country Finale, taking place during Country Music Week in Hamilton, ONand airing live on SiriusXM’s CBC Country. A judging panel of music industry professionals along with audience votes will determine the Grand Prize winner.SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best in Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 55 million listeners.To watch the finalist videos, please visit: siriusxm.ca/topcountry.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
Advertisement More Mcleod’s bookstore in Vancouver. Bought a box of books -including a ghost anthology illustrated by Lynd Ward. pic.twitter.com/9zzbOrosxt— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 13, 2018 What do you do when you’re a filmmaker visiting Vancouver and you’ve got a bit of time to spare? Well, if you’re a book lover like Guillermo del Toro, you head to MacLeod’s Books on Pender, and you buy a box full of incredible volumes.Del Toro shared his enthusiasm for the beloved Vancouver shop and his haul in two tweets Tuesday and Wednesday:Had a moment free in Vancouver. Spent it in heaven at McLeod’s bookstore in 455 Pender. Found true treasures… pic.twitter.com/VAW0KGfm5G— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 12, 2018 Advertisement The imaginative movie maker, who recently took home the Academy Award for Best Picture for The Shape of Water, is such a serious collector, there’s even a book about his love for books (and other things he collects).MacLeod’s is one of Vancouver’s “true treasures” itself, too. Immortalized as “the last great bookshop” MacLeod’s opened in 1964, and specializes in used and rare books. The shop was also immortalized in a Stan Douglas photograph that has hung in our own Vancouver Art Gallery.It’s not clear what brought del Toro to Vancouver; he has several projects in the works, including three series he’s credited as creator for (3 Below, Wizards, and Carnival Row) and multiple films. It’s hard to imagine he has any free time at all, but we’re sure delighted he spent some of it shopping at MacLeod’s, and that he can spend more of it enjoying his “treasures.”Want to follow in del Toro’s footsteps? MacLeod’s is located at 455 Pender St. in downtown Vancouver.Click here for original story. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook
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Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We have some incredible artists in Top of The Country this season and I’m looking forward to seeing what they accomplish in the finale,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. “We’re looking forward to celebrating their undeniable growth as artists when they take to the stage at Country Music Week. Congratulations and good luck to the three finalists!”Later this year, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, perform at a major country music festival and attend an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with influential people from across the industry.The grand prize winner will be chosen live at SiriusXM Top of the Country Finale during Country Music Week 2019 in Calgary, AB from September 5-8. Finalists will compete live on stage before a soon-to-be-announced headlining act, airing live on SiriusXM. The winner will receive the $25,000 grand prize, plus an international SOCAN songwriting camp and more.SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing commitment to promoting and elevating the best in emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 55 million listeners.To watch the finalist videos, please visit: siriusxm.ca/topcountry.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook TORONTO, May 27, 2019 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is thrilled to announce the three finalists for the second annual SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). These three artists will duke it out in a live onstage battle to be crowned Canada’s next big country star and win a $25,000 cash prize and an international SOCAN songwriting camp.The 2019 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists, selected by Canadians are:Matt Lang (Hometown — Maniwaki, QC)Kelsi Mayne (Hometown — Windsor, ON)Tim & The Glory Boys (Hometown — Winnipeg, MB)“The talent competing in the first phase of SiriusXM Top of The Country was exceptional, and now the group is down to three,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “Our finalists now have the opportunity to show off their craft to some very big audiences this summer. We can’t wait to see them perform at the finale during Country Music Week.”
APTN National NewsHe won the seat for Labrador in this month’s federal election.Now the rookie MP is Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minister of intergovernmental affairs.Peter Penashue is one of two Aboriginal MPs in cabinet.Penashue spoke with APTN National News.
APTN National NewsThis year’s Manito Ahbee international pow wow competition and trade show kicked off in Winnipeg.The festival brings together some of the finest dancers in North America.APTN’s Matt Thordarson brings us the sights and sounds.
APTN National NewsIt was a court case that made headlines across the nation when an Ontario judge ruled a Six Nations girl, 11, with leukemia had the constitutional right to reject chemotherapy.The judge ruled the girl and her family could seek alternative cancer treatments.But as APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports that court battle may not be over.
APTN National NewsEnergy giant Enbridge has just been hit with another legal blow in their bid to build the Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia coast.The B.C. Supreme Court has just ruled that they failed in their duty to properly consult with Coastal First Nations.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
(Non-essential workers are leaving oil camps north of Fort McMurray while others are staying to fight fires. Photo Courtesy: John Marasse)The Canadian PressFort McMurray, ALTA. — A precautionary evacuation is clearing out employees at work camps north of Fort McMurray due to the threat of a quickly spreading wildfire.Non-essential personnel are leaving while others are staying to conduct work on the plant and engage in firefighting.There are about 4,000 workers at 12 camps in the area, including many at Suncor and Syncrude.Officials say another 500 to 600 people in four small camps along Aostra Road are under a mandatory evacuation.Scott Long of the Alberta Management Agency says there is no panic and the evacuations are being done in an orderly manner.Officials say thick smoke is also posing a hazard.The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo says the fire is moving 30 to 40 metres per minute and is expected to burn six kilometres in two hours.“This controlled, precautionary evacuation is an example why it is note safe to be in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at this time,” the municipality said late Monday afternoon in a news release.Syncrude Canada tweeted that buses are transporting workers to a safe location as part of its emergency plan.Sneh Seetal, a spokesman for Suncor Energy, called it a “precautionary measure.”“The facilities are not at risk,” she said. “However, we felt it was important to take these steps in the interest of putting people first.”Eric Kraus, a spokesman for Clean Harbours, which runs the Ruth Lake camp, also called the move “precautionary.”“The fire we believe is about 35 kilometres away,” he said. “There is a significant amount of smoke.”The entire population of Fort McMurray, more than 80,000 residents, are now entering their third week away from home. Many of the work camps were used to house evacuated residents who fled north when fire broke through into the city the afternoon of May 3.Those residents were taken to points south, including Edmonton and Calgary, several days ago and workers were moved back in to begin ramping up oilsands production again.About 2,400 structures were destroyed in Fort McMurray, but essential infrastructure, including the hospital, water treatment plant and the airport, remain intact.Crews continued to battle hot spots on the edge of the city Monday while the first still raged out of control deeper in the forest. Hot, dry conditions were not helping firefighters.Earlier Monday, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was dangerously poor.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the air quality health index is normally one to 10, with 10 being the worst, but the reading this morning was at 38.Notley said the conditions were hampering efforts to get residents back to their homes.“Alberta Health Services has recommended that members of the public who had been previously arranging to return to the area under various requests not return until those conditions improve,” Notley said. “This is something that could potentially delay recovery work and a return to the community.”Karen Grimsrud, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said they expect the air quality readings to remain in the extreme range for the next couple of days.She said workers in the area should be wearing respirators.
Laurie Hamelin APTN National NewsNearly 30,000 people packed into Vancouver’s downtown core Sunday for a reconciliation walk.‘Walk For Reconciliation’ is a two-kilometre walk capping off British Columbia’s annual reconciliation week.It was the second time for this event – the first was back in 2013 that had 70, 000 participants.Patrick Smith from Kwagiulth First Nation and has lived in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for the last 30 years has walked in both.“This year it feels more like a gathering even if there is less people,” Smith said. “There are more people talking with each other, mingling together, and listening to each other.”Organizers said that this is exactly what this event was meant to do.Chief Robert Joseph, co-founder of Reconciliation Canada and a residential school survivor, said the most important thing to do in order to foster reconciliation is to listen.“Listen to what’s happened to Indigenous people in our country and all other Canadians,” said Joseph.Mary Roberts from Musqueam First Nation has been listening to her family and friends share stories about their experiences at residential schools since she was a child.She questions whether reconciliation can truly happen, but she does have hope.“When I see people come together like this, I question in my mind what is going to work,” she said. “What kind of counselling will it take, what is going to help heal so many people that are damaged and traumatized?(Yawhalacha. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Yawhalacha is also from Musqueam.Both his parents and sister went to residential schools.“Our people have been scarred and hurt since the very first residential school opened,” said Yawhalacha. “I’m not sure if there is an answer, but I have done this march twice now to support all my family and friends. It’s amazing to see so many thousands of people come out in hopes of better understanding each other.“Four years ago, when the first walk was held, conversations like these weren’t even on the radar. There has been a massive switch in national consciousness and more Canadians than ever before know about our shared history. The fact that these conversations are happening is progress, says Joseph.Patrick Smith and his wife were so inspired by Chief Joseph at the first walk, that they named their baby, Journey.“My wife was nine months pregnant during the walk, a week overdue, and we had yet to decide on a name,” said Smith. “During Chief Bobby Joseph’s speech about us being on a journey to healing, a journey to reconciliation, my wife and I looked at each other and knew that was the name.”(Patrick Smith. Photo Laurie Hamelin/APTN)The journey to reconciliation will be painful for many and won’t happen overnight, but Chief Joseph says it is happening. “All Canadians will benefit from reconciliation, only it will take every one of us to make an effort to bring about the kind of world and society Canadians want.”Although there are no plans for a walk next year, Reconciliation Canada hopes that others have been inspired to organize events that facilitate reconciliation.Contact APTN National News here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsA Senate committee is getting set to investigate the forced sterilization of Indigenous women but the RCMP says a preliminary review of a complaint filed with them on the issue has not identified anything.The committee will start its work on Wednesday.At the moment, a class action lawsuit is being put together in Saskatchewan where a number of women were sterilized against their will.Senator Yvonne Boyer is the driving force behind the committee’s work.She says her interest in the issue peaked by gossip in her own family about who had been sterilized and who hadn’t.“Nothing was ever really brought to the forefront so there was always something in the background of my thinking that this is something that needs to be talked about,” she told APTN News.Watch: APTN Investigates – Against their will Boyer and Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett researched the issue a few years ago.They found Indigenous women in the Saskatchewan health region who were often, without consent, sterilized for dubious reasons.“Aren’t you on welfare? Don’t you think you should stop having children? It’s that judgement call and it’s for these reasons I’ve talked to you about,” she said.“It’s the underlying assumption that this person seems to think they know better than I do on how many children I should have.”Alisa Lombard is a Saskatchewan-based lawyer and will be the committee’s first witness.She is heading up a class action lawsuit of women from Saskatchewan.She does not believe women can give informed consent during child birth.“It’s chaotic. It’s not a time where you can have these long, lengthy conversations about what you want to do for the rest of your life, or make any kind of permanent decisions in that regard,” she said.“And you’re also in some of the most intense pain of your life.”She has this piece of advice for these women.“If they identify with this particular experience that they are net alone,” she said. “Many women have experienced the same thing.”One of the goals of the Senate committee is to find out how many women were sterilized and where they were from.Senator Kim Pate who advocates on behalf of people in prison, certainly wants some facts.“It’s probably more prevalent than we know,” she said add that she’s heard anecdotes of women with mental health issues being sterilized.“Went in for something whether it was a procedure and then they were sterilized in the process. And you know I would ask, is that what you went for? No, but I guess it’s okay and I guess I’m going to be so old when I get out of prison I won’t have children.”Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard chairs the human rights committee.She says she knows of a community of African Nova Scotians where hysterectomies were performed.“Many of them didn’t know why they had hysterectomies. In one family we found every women in the family, a mother and three or four of her daughters had all had hysterectomies.”“We need to have a map on the wall. We need to have those pinpoints of where this is happening,” says Boyer. “And we need to have that evidence in front of us so we can take some action.”Everyone interviewed agrees on one action since there is evidence the practice of coerced sterilizations still occurs.The senate committee hopes to have four meetings before the end of June.It would set the scope of a larger study to hopefully begin after the next election.Preliminary search finds no reports of coerced sterilization to police: RCMP The head of the RCMP says the police force is looking into whether any complaints about forced or coerced sterilizations have been made to law-enforcement agencies in Canada, but a preliminary review has not identified any.RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s comment is in a letter to NDP health critic Don Davies, who called on the Mounties in February to launch an investigation into all allegations of forced or coerced tubal ligations in Canada.Dozens of Indigenous women say they’ve been pressured into sterilizations they didn’t want or had them carried out without being asked when they were seeing doctors for other reasons.The Saskatoon Health Authority publicly apologized in 2017 after Indigenous women came forward to say they were coerced into such procedures while a proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against Saskatchewan, the federal government and doctors.But while at least three federal probes have been launched, Lucki did not say the RCMP will launch its own investigation. Instead, she said any evidence of criminal activity should be reported to police _ which at this point does not appear to have happened.Neither the external review that led to the Saskatoon Health Authority’s apology nor the proposed class-action lawsuit identified any complainants who had reported their allegations to the police, Lucki wrote to Davies on March 20.“A search of our national database was conducted,” she added. “However, no files of forced or coerced sterilization were found.”The RCMP will work with commanding officers in each province and territory as well as with other police forces to determine if any complaints of forced or coerced sterilization were made, Lucki said.However, the commissioner said, “it is important that any evidence of criminal activity be reported to the police of jurisdiction where offences are alleged to have taken place so that they can be properly investigated.”In an interview, Davies expressed disappointment and concern that the RCMP appeared to be refusing to launch an investigation _ particularly given the amount of information that has been unearthed in recent months about the coerced sterilization of women in Canada.“I don’t accept that as a condition of a police investigation that there has to be a complaint,” he said. “There are facts in the public sphere and known to police that could lead to a reasonable belief that a crime was committed.”Davies, who worried that the Trudeau government and RCMP are not taking the issue seriously, said he plans to ask Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who oversees the police force and is from Saskatchewan, to take a closer look at the matter.An existing Criminal Code provision speaks to the involuntary termination of pregnancies. Another provision on aggravated assault applies to anyone “who wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant.”But critics have said a legal void remains around forced sterilization.In December, chiefs at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa passed a resolution to support changes to the Criminal Code to explicitly criminalize forced sterilization.The federal government has so far rejected the push to change the Criminal Code, saying existing provisions forbid a range of criminal behaviour including coerced sterilization.The Senate’s human-rights committee last week became the latest to probe such practices, with a House of Commons committee also studying it and the federal government working with provinces and territories to discuss the scope of the email@example.com@toddlamirande– with files from the Canadian Press
WASHINGTON – Factory activity in New York was strong this month after reaching a three-year high in August.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Friday that its Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 24.4 in September, a level that still points to a brisk pace of growth for factories. The August reading of 25.2 had been the highest since September 2014.New orders, shipments and hiring all increased this month. Manufacturers were also investing more in their plants and were confident that business would keep improving over the next six months.The index measures sentiment among firms in New York State. It is closely followed by economists because it provides an early read on factory output nationwide. Manufacturing has enjoyed a period of steady growth after slumping for parts of 2015 and 2016.Manufacturers have steadily hired this summer. They added 36,000 factory jobs in August, 26,000 in July and 21,000 in June.
TORONTO — Jason Cloth still remembers the night his biggest shot at Oscar glory slipped out of his hands.The Toronto-based financier had just finished celebrating his 2016 film “The Birth of a Nation” at a dinner party with director Nate Parker. The slave uprising drama was receiving warm reviews, secured a major distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and seemed positioned to collect armfuls of trophies during awards season.Heading back to his hotel room, Cloth was feeling optimistic — until Aaron Gilbert, his partner at Creative Wealth Media called him to break the news.Industry trade Variety was set to publish a story that dove into the details of a 1999 rape case, in which Parker was acquitted, that also involved the film’s co-writer Jean Celestin. They were students at Penn State University at the time, and while Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault, his conviction was overturned when the accuser declined to testify for a retrial. The woman committed suicide in 2012.Even before the #MeToo movement put sexual assault under the microscope in Hollywood, Parker’s involvement wasn’t a good look for the film. He didn’t just direct the movie, he played the main character, who leads an uprising motivated by the rape of his wife. Any prospects for “The Birth of a Nation” were quashed before it hit theatres that October.“That was our lightning in a bottle,” Cloth says while sipping water at his downtown Toronto office, where he brokers Hollywood deals using Canadian funds.“It killed us. I’ve never seen a film go from what should’ve been a best picture winner to not even an Indie Spirit Award nomination.”While Creative Wealth Media and its partner Bron Studios didn’t lose money on the production, since Fox bought the film’s rights, Cloth says it was a crash course in Hollywood business. Sometimes a film’s best ingredients can become a significant risk somewhere between the script stage and final cut.But that doesn’t mean he regrets the investment.“If the same parameters came up, I would still take that film,” Cloth insists.He says the experience taught him it’s crucial to perform a thorough background check on talent involved in each project.“If there’s ghosts in the closet, we want to know about it,” he says. “If there’s rumours, we’d rather walk.”The dust kicked up by “The Birth of a Nation” helped Cloth establish his company as a calculated risk taker interested in making prestige films.What makes Creative Wealth Media unique is that it’s backing Hollywood productions largely with Canadian money. Pension plans, mutual fund operators and the country’s highest net worth families are some of the key investors getting behind indie films with trusted stars attached.Denzel Washington brought two of his movies — “Fences” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” — to the Canadian financier and wound up picking up several Oscar nods, including two for himself and a best supporting actress win for Viola Davis.This year, Cloth hopes he’s sitting on another Oscar winner with “The Front Runner,” a biopic about American senator Gary Hart and a presidential campaign that was derailed by his extra-marital affair. Hugh Jackman is gathering buzz for his role as the senator in the Jason Reitman film, which opens Friday in Toronto and Vancouver.“If ‘Front Runner’ works we will be a three-year in a row Oscar-nominated production company,” Cloth boasts.But if it doesn’t work, Creative Wealth Management will move onto the next project. They’ve invested nearly US$200 million in production this year on movies like “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and the ultra-violent feminist action flick “Assassination Nation.”Next year, they’ve lined up US$500 million in film and TV financing that includes an untitled morning show drama produced and starring Reese Witherspoon for Apple’s streaming service, and “Fonzo,” an Oscar bait drama with Tom Hardy as Al Capone.Cloth says his company enticed Hardy to work on “Fonzo” with the same strategy that worked for Jackman on “Front Runner.” His business partner Gilbert promised both actors they were playing roles of a lifetime — the kind of parts that win Oscars.Those assurances got Jackman and Hardy so excited they agreed to scale back their usual pay grade to “nowhere near what their normal rate is,” he says. The cheaper movies lowered the risk and boosted the upside for everyone involved.It helps that Cloth has a proven track record for spotting potential.Nearly a decade ago, he met two Ottawa-raised entertainment managers seeking a loan to get their silky-voiced singer the Weeknd started. Nobody knew the artist, born Abel Tesfaye, but the managers were certain they represented a future superstar.A few years later, a lawyer friend suggested Cloth wade into the film industry by supporting an independent movie that saw its key investor pull out at the 11th hour before production. The experience opened Cloth’s eyes to a new world of growth.“It’s an industry that has almost no volatility,” he says.“What other industry (exists where) a drop in economic activity has almost no bearing on your business? Nothing touches film and television.”But not every movie delivers on its promise.Creative Wealth Media’s first few projects were Canadian films “Into the Forest” and “Hyena Road.” While they didn’t lose money, he says he didn’t consider either “financially successful.”Cloth says he’s become more attuned to audience tastes — a mystery that most film executives constantly struggle to understand.“(We) are really careful to ensure we have within our slate a female-centric film and actors with ethnic diversity,” Cloth says as an example.But he acknowledges that his company is still tied to projects with uncertain futures.Luc Besson’s upcoming film “Anna” is one of them, he says. Creative Wealth Media signed on as a co-finance partner before Besson was accused of rape by an actress earlier this year.And while the case is being investigated by French authorities — and the director denies any wrongdoing — the uncertainty throws the film’s prospects into question.“That one worries me,” Cloth says of the film, set for release next year.“There’s very little we can do to protect against that, other than try and work with established filmmakers that have this open history that we can check.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Press
___Fed minutes: Growing risks make rate hike path less clearWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials expressed increasing worries when they met last month, as they grappled with volatile stock markets, trade tensions and uncertain global growth. The threats, they said, made the future path of interest rate hikes “less clear.” According to minutes of the Fed’s December meetings, officials believed that with inflation still muted, the central bank could afford to be “patient” about future rate hikes.___Stocks post 4th straight gain as hopes build on China tradeNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose for the fourth straight day, the longest winning streak since September, after negotiators from the U.S. and China extended their trade talks to a third day. Oil prices jumped again and stocks linked to faster economic growth, such as technology companies, kept rising. The gains were dented slightly after President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders said Trump cut short a meeting on ending the partial shutdown of the federal government.___Remember virtual reality? Its buzz has faded at CES 2019NEW YORK (AP) — Virtual reality was poised to take over the world a few years ago, but now its buzz has faded. The culprits include overhype, clunky headsets and a lack of compelling VR software. In particular, venture-capital funding for VR software development has plummeted, falling almost 60 per cent in 2018 by one estimate.___UK lawmakers rebuff May as she tries to salvage Brexit dealLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has brought her little-loved EU divorce agreement back to lawmakers, who appear determined to thwart her plans. A month after postponing a vote on the deal to avert near-certain defeat, May urged Parliament to support it to prevent a chaotic British exit on March 29 with no agreement. But lawmakers look set to reject the deal in a vote next week.___Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that people over 65 and conservatives shared far more false information on Facebook in 2016 than others. Researchers say that for every piece of “fake news” shared by young adults, moderates or super liberals, senior citizens and far-right conservatives shared about seven false items. Experts say seniors might not discern truth from fiction as easily on social media. The sheer volume of false pro-Donald Trump information may have skewed the sharing numbers to the right.___Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and wife divorcing after 25 yearsSEATTLE (AP) — Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing, ending a 25-year marriage that undergirded the creation of the e-commerce company that made Bezos the world’s wealthiest person. The decision to divorce comes after a trial separation, according to a statement posted Wednesday on Bezos’ Twitter account. Left unanswered was how the divorce will affect the $137 billion fortune that has been amassed since Bezos started Amazon in the couple’s Seattle garage in 1995.___Federal shutdown delays some state road, bridge contractsOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay approving contracts for new road and bridge projects. Other states are preparing for that possibility if the shutdown continues. Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans to delay bids on 45 new highway projects worth about $137 million.___S. Korea orders seizure of Japan assets over forced labourSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court says it has ordered the seizure of local assets of a Japanese company after it refused to compensate several wartime forced labourers, in an escalation of a diplomatic brawl between the Asian neighbours. Japan called the decision “extremely regrettable” and said it will push for talks with Seoul on the issue.___At gadget show, makers of women’s ‘massager’ charge sexismLAS VEGAS (AP) — The makers of a robotic “personal massager” for women won a prestigious CES award. Then organizers took it away. Its maker, the startup Lora DiCarlo, was also banned from exhibiting at this week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas. The show’s organizer, the Consumer Technology Association, says it reserves the right to disqualify any entry, though it didn’t say why it’s ineligible. Ose’s makers say it’s sexism, noting that a virtual-reality porn company has exhibited there for years.___The S&P 500 index climbed 10.55 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,584.96. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 91.67 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 23,879.12. The Nasdaq composite rose 60.08 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 6,957.08. The Russell 2000 index of smaller and U.S.-focused stocks added 12.25 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,438.81.U.S. crude rose 5.2 per cent to $52.36 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 4.6 per cent to $61.44 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 4.6 per cent to $1.43 a gallon and heating oil added 2.9 per cent to $1.88 a gallon. Natural gas edged up 0.6 per cent to $2.98 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Police are looking for the owner of a long gun that was found by the side of a road just before Christmas last year.Cst. Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that a long gun was discovered on the West Bypass Road and reported to police at around noon on December 23rd, 2017. Cst. Neustaeter said that the RCMP are looking to return the firearm to its rightful owner.Anyone who recently lost a long gun, and is able to provide specific details in an effort to possibly reclaim it, is asked to call the Fort St John RCMP at (250)787-8100 or attend the detachment at 10648 100th St during regular office hours.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has decided to close sports fields in local parks until further notice.The closing of the fields is due to the excessive rainfall that has hit the city since last night. Youth soccer, as well as minor baseball, will be cancelled because of this.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that the fields will likely stay closed until they are safe to play on. The city will send out an update once they decide to reopen the fields.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to release its decision next week in a case that combined nearly two dozen lawsuits calling for the National Energy Board’s review of the Trans Mountain pipeline to be overturned.The board, Trans Mountain and the federal government defended the project as viable during two weeks of hearings in Vancouver last fall.First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh, argued the federal government did not adequately consult them, although federal lawyers told the hearings extensive consultations were conducted. Environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby also challenged the project and were supported by the province of British Columbia, which was an intervener in the case.Alberta was also an intervener and a lawyer for the province said Ottawa’s decision to approve the expansion of the pipeline between Edmonton and Metro Vancouver was based on a broad base of evidence that considered environmental, economic and Indigenous interests.The federal government announced in May that it was buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion to ensure what it calls a vital piece of infrastructure is built.The Federal Court of Appeal tweeted Friday that the decision would be released next Thursday on its website.(The Canadian Press)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This year’s ‘Pioneers of the Year’ have been named at the 2019 North Peace Fall Fair.An annual tradition for the Fall Fair, the Fair Committee chooses two individuals or couples to be the North Peace Fall Fair Pioneers of the Year. This year’s recipients are Dennis Davidson and Herbert and Katrina Keuth.The chosen Pioneers are awarded a plaque and receive a gift certificate for a dinner for two. The criteria to be nominated as a recipient of the Pioneer of the Year include; Must have been involved in agriculture in the North Peace Must have been a participant in the Fall Fair Must be over the age of 70 years Must have been a past member or faithful volunteer to the Fall Fair Must have lived a minimum of 25 years in the North Peace