Hollywood filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will speak about his off-screen campaign to close America’s education achievement gap at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on June 11.The screenwriter, director and producer of 10 films, including the Oscar-nominated smash hit The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has grossed over $2 billion around the world. A master of supernatural thrillers, he is currently at work on Wayward Pines, a star-studded mystery series that debuts on Fox this fall, and a feature film, Labor of Love, starring Bruce Willis.Born in India and raised in suburban Philadelphia – where most of his films have been filmed and set – Shyamalan recently published his first non-fiction book, I Got Schooled, about the foundation he co-founded with his wife, Bhavna, to help inner-city students succeed. The foundation supports remarkable leaders and their organizations that are working to remove the barriers created by poverty and inequality that prevent individuals and communities from unleashing their full potential. The foundation has begun to focus its domestic efforts on educational reform throughout the United States.The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session, ending at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for National Press Club members and $36 for the general public. Students with a valid ID may purchase tickets for $21. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook and Twitter. Or email a question in advance, type SHYAMALAN in the subject line and send to firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 a.m. on the day of event.The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event.
The Carnivores Tour featuring internationally renowned bands Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds To Mars and special guest, AFI, kicks off August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida, for 25 shows across the US.Continuing a generous tradition, one dollar per ticket sold on the tour is contributed to Music for Relief to support disaster relief and programs to protect and restore the environment.Exclusive VIP Ticket Packages including a Meet & Greet with LINKIN PARK and passes to watch AFI from the side of the stage are also available with proceeds benefitting Music for Relief. Each package includes: • Two (2) ‘best seat’ tickets to the show • Two (2) passes to watch AFI from the side of the stage • Two (2) meet & greet passes with members of LINKIN PARK • A group photo with the members of LINKIN PARK • Access to the official pre-show lounge that includes refreshments and a private merchandise stand • Specially designed limited edition tour merchandise pack • CD and digital copy of LINKIN PARK’s new album The Hunting Party • On-site host and coordination to guarantee a memorable experienceAudience members will have the chance to learn more about Music for Relief and its programs by visiting the Music for Relief tent at each show, which is staffed by local volunteers. The tent will feature a photo booth enabling fans to document their experience at Carnivores Tour and lend their support to the movement to take action on climate change leading up to the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23. Concertgoers will also get to see, touch and try out various clean energy tools such as solar lights, the WE CARE Solar Suitcase, and a clean cookstove – all are part of the Power the World initiative to bring clean energy to those who do not have access to electricity.Music for Relief and environmental non-profit Reverb are working together with tour production, artists and fans to make Carnivores Tour more environmentally friendly. Greener touring practices include recycling throughout the venue, free water stations for refillable bottles, reusable and compostable products rather than disposable backstage and on busses and incentives like preferred parking and signed items for concertgoers who carpool. Upstaging will be coordinating biodiesel fuel for company-owned vehicles on the tour where possible.Non-profit organizations Love Hope Strength and HeadCount will also be joining the tour for select dates. Love Hope Strength will be adding volunteers to a list of bone marrow donors and checking to see if they are matches with people who need a transplant. HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that will be registering voters and encouraging participation in democracy.Established by Linkin Park in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Music for Relief has raised over $6 million for survivors of more than 20 natural disasters across four continents including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Music for Relief has also planted over 1 million trees to help reduce global warming and is raising awareness and funds for clean energy solutions as part of the Power the World initiative in partnership with the UN and UN Foundation.For tour dates and more info, click here.
The world’s largest youth empowerment event, WE Day, returned to The “Fabulous” Forum for the third year in celebration of young people committed to making a difference.Paula Abdul at WE Day California 2018Credit/Copyright: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WEOver 16,000 students and educators from across the state attended for a powerful, life-changing experience featuring renowned speakers, innovative thought leaders and celebrity performers including Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Dierks Bentley, The Chainsmokers, The March for Our Lives co-founders Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Selena Gomez, Dr. Phil McGraw, Martin Sheen, Lilly Singh, John Stamos and more. Joined by international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, the exciting lineup shared their passion for change, energized the crowd and motivated young people to continue to take action on pressing issues to affect positive change in their communities and around the world.A few must-see highlights included:Jennifer Aniston applauded and thanked the 16,000 youth in the audience and across America for leading the movement of change and she handed the mic over to March for Our Lives co-founders, Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky who addressed their peers with a powerful rallying speech. Moving performances lit up the WE Day stage; The Chainsmokers performed their hit song “Sick Boy”, Cyndi Lauper performed a rendition of “Ooh Child” alongside JD McCrary and Dierks Bentley honored inspirational women around the world with a performance of his latest single, “Woman, Amen”.“I feel honored to be part of celebrating the young people out there who inspire us all to do more,” said Bentley. “These are everyday people who choose to help make their communities and beyond better.”Morgan Freeman was joined by the first-ever American Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, to recite the poem “Life is Like a Rollercoaster” written by the late Alex Schachter who tragically lost his life on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.“The young people gathered at WE Day California show us just how powerful it is when people of any age come together to advocate for the change they want to see in their world,” said Freeman. “It is both humbling and inspiring to be in the presence of tens of thousands of youth who have shown us that leadership, when guided by empathy, can and will make a difference.”WE Day California also featured Paula Abdul, Sofia Carson, Celebrity Marauders, Lonnie Chavis, Monique Coleman, Lily Collins, DVSN, Jordan Fisher, Connor Franta, Gunnar Gehl, Lizzy Greene, Winnie Harlow, Laurie Hernandez, Olivia Holt, Liza Koshy, Bailee Madison, Jenna Ortega, Lele Pons, Jessie Reyez, Nicole Richie, Kelly Sawyer, Drew Scott, JoJo Siwa, Norah Weinstein, Henry Winkler, Spencer West and Maddie Ziegler.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program, WE Schools. The program provides schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. In the 2016/2017 school year, schools and groups across California improved their communities through WE Schools, volunteering more than 836,000 hours and raising over $2.2 million in support of more than 610 local and global causes including hunger, homelessness, bullying, volunteerism, health and wellness.“Today we celebrate remarkable students who are part of the WE generation — young leaders from across California who have committed to creating change at home and around the world,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “With the support of their incredible teachers, these students joined together in support of local and global organizations, affecting countless lives. WE Day celebrates their world-changing achievements and inspires another year of working together towards positive impact.”
Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement It’s been a big year for Amanda Parris. Her second season as host of CBC TV’s Exhibitionists started October 9, she debuted her R&B-focused CBC Radio 2 show Marvin’s Room, which returns on Friday (November 4), and she co-hosted this year’s Polaris Prize gala. Parris is also the co-founder of Lost Lyrics, an alternative education organization. She talks to NOW about exploring Canada through the lens of some of our most daring artists, the powerful history of R&B and what keeps her inspired.You’ve just started your second season on Exhibitionists. What does the TV show explore?If I may be so bold, I have to say that Exhibitionists is unlike any other show currently on Canadian television. We travel the country and introduce viewers to artists in every medium: poets, filmmakers, dancers, sculptors, photographers, you name it. We’re interested in people who are pushing the limits, diverse creators who are not afraid to be innovative and disruptive. And what’s the inspiration behind Marvin’s Room?Two things: It’s the name of a recording studio created by the late great soul singer Marvin Gaye. It’s also a salute to the Drake song of the same name (which Drake recorded at Marvin’s Room). It’s a nod to the great soul sounds of the past but is also creating space for the R&B of tomorrow. Each week I introduce listeners to the songs with stories that hopefully heighten their interest in the music. Motown is golden for that – there’s a treasure trove of stories. It’s so much fun to create a space each week for nostalgia as well as discovery. I see Marvin’s Room as a space to bridge generation gaps and also just remind people of what an amazing genre R&B is. Advertisement
Facebook Login/Register With: The Junos will open with a performance from electronic group A Tribe Called Red, before other big acts such as Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and Shawn Mendes take the stage. Advertisement OTTAWA — The curtain rises tonight on the Juno Awards show — and the annual celebration of standout Canadian music promises to offer at least a few surprises. The Junos air on CTV and will stream online at CTV.ca.BY DAVID FRIEND – CANADIAN PRESS Co-hosts Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will set the tone for show, which will be broadcast live from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Among the highlights, Feist is slated to pay tribute to the late Leonard Cohen with an arrangement of one of his classic songs. And Juno organizers are also keeping the lid on a mystery guest who will close the show. Twitter Awards will be handed out in categories that include album, group and breakthrough artist of the year. Viewers will also have their say with the Juno Fan Choice award.
Advertisement Jian Ghomeshi, the former CBC Radio broadcaster slipped back into the public spotlight with an announcement about his new music and podcast series, but this creative adventure is already facing problems.A day after the ex-CBC personality revealed The Ideation Project, a new podcast which tackles world citizenship and the loss of homelands, his quiet comeback attempt received an onslaught of backlash on social media.This reaction comes a year after Ghomeshi was acquitted of sexual assault charges involving multiple female complainants in a high-profile criminal case. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter “You should admit to your crimes, apologize and go away,” wrote one Twitter user in response to Ghomeshi’s link to the new podcast.Another critic posted, “This ‘nothings’s different, carry on’ routine ain’t gonna fly.”This resulted in one company’s decision to step away from the series.A San Francisco-based software company, Art19, was an audio host which feed the podcast for distribution on iTunes.After receiving a barrage of hate for its perceived support and association with Ghomeshi’s new project, it suspended its hosting role on Tuesday.“This show was placed on our platform without our awareness yesterday,” said Roddy Swearngin, a spokesperson for Art19. “After receiving complaints, we suspended it.”The company also tried to distance itself from the former host of the radio show Q, saying “we are a software company and play no role in the creation or curation of content. We just offer tools for publishers to distribute and monetize their podcasts.”Matt Earle, a representative for Ghomeshi told CTV News Toronto that Art19’s decision to cut ties had no effect on the project.“[Art19] caved under online pressure,” Earle said.The Ideation Project is still available through Sound Cloud, he says.According to Earle, Ghomeshi began the project about a year ago and has had some help from friends in the industry. And while the podcasts and music tracks are free now, he expected there may one day be ads on the YouTube channel.As for financial backers, Earle said it was funded “primarily directly from him.”BY Amara McLaughlin Login/Register With:
It was April 2009 when Scott Thompson reached his breaking point. He’d spent his post–Kids in the Hall years living in Los Angeles, but times had gotten tough. Living near the intersection of Normandie and Adams, Thompson felt as removed from Hollywood as he felt from the career he wanted. He was bitter and furious that things had stalled.Then it happened. “I heard gunshots outside my house,” Thompson says over the phone from his North Hollywood home. “A gun battle outside the house was a low point. The next morning, I woke up with pain in my stomach and I thought it was rock bottom for me. It ended up being cancer and I knew I had to get outta here.”Thompson says that April 19, 2009, was the most consequential day of his life. Without health insurance, returning to his native Toronto wasn’t just necessary but life-saving. “I knew I was going to beat it,” he says. “But I think my emotional state contributed to my illness, too.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzieThe music industry is only getting better as more Indigenous artists enter and flourish in it.In this edition our guests share their perspective on what makes their music stand out.But even though breakthroughs have been made, some still see an Indigenous divide.Jesse Green, Courtney Lynn, Don Amero, and Vincent Schilling join APTN Host/Producer Cheryl McKenzie.Plus an interview by Matt Thordarson recorded earlier with Crystal Shawanda.
Annette Francis APTN National NewsA Liberal MP says an NDP idea to add a reference to Indigenous treaties to the oath MPs swear before taking office is “kinda cute.”Liberal MP Hedy Fry said the idea, proposed by NDP Cree MP Romeo Saganash, wouldn’t accomplish much if implemented.“I don’t know that it has any clout to it,” said Fry. “It’s going to be the governments that are going to have to honour and respect that, but it’s kinda cute.”The text of the oath is contained in schedule 5 of the Constitution and every elected MP must take the oath before sitting and voting in the House of Commons.Earlier this week, four NDP MPs recognized the treaties signed between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown during their swearing-in ceremonies.The MPs Pierre Nantel, Georgina Jolibois and Niki Ashton chose to follow Romeo Saganash’s historic lead in recognizing the treaties during their swearing-in.It’s a move that the new Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr supports.“I like the way they’re going and I like the way they’re thinking, I think we have to take that into a whole government approach,” he said.Conservative MP Tony Clement wasn’t so supportive.When asked what he thought about the change, he said, “I’ve already taken my oath, the oath is sovereign.”Saganash says he doesn’t believe it necessarily requires a constitutional change to amend the text. He says it remains unclear whether the change could be done through federal legislation, or if it would require the re-opening of the Constitution.email@example.com@APTNAFrancis
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsA Saskatoon man has filed a complaint with city police, after officers invaded his apartment and jolted him with a Taser.He also says that the police had the wrong address, and the wrong man.
Darrell StrangerAPTN NewsOvide Mercredi received an honourary doctorate from the University of Manitoba Thursday in Winnipeg.The former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations was among a number of dignitaries at the convocation.Mercredi’s message to the graduates is that you don’t have to lose yourself just because you get an firstname.lastname@example.org
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Today’s vision of a smart home has more to do with what’s technologically possible than what people really need.Thus the endless parade of internet-connected wine openers, water bottles, meat thermometers and refrigerators, and a dearth of automation that would clean and fold our laundry, pick up things around the house or assist aging people as their physical strength wanes.Not that some tinkerers aren’t trying to come up with life-changing tools, often while trying to persuade consumers to share their routines and shopping habits to make all this work — and potentially opening the doors to hacking or surveillance in their homes.The annual CES gadget show, which opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday, is a showcase of the latest innovations from big corporations and tiny startups. Some of these inventions could soon be useful to consumers. Others look outlandishly impractical — or maybe it’s too soon to tell.THE INTERNET OF WHAT?Want to book an Uber ride from your fridge? Samsung has you covered with one of its latest refrigerator models unveiled in Vegas. Of if you’re looking for a water bottle that “helps celebrate when you’ve met your hydration goals,” the internet-connected Hidrate Spark 2.0 has arrived.You can command a Whirlpool microwave to switch settings with your voice, but per regulations, you still have to walk over to push the button to start it (and of course put food in and out). A meat thermometer made by Apption Labs will send a notification to your phone app when your steak is fully barbecued.It’s unlikely that anyone but the most extreme wine connoisseur will need to track wine-preserving argon gas levels in a half-finished bottle of pinot noir. But a maker of bottle-opening gadgetry, Coravin, lets you do just that. The device needles wine out of a bottle without pulling the cork. What’s new is connectivity and an app, so you’re alerted when the gadget needs cleaning or a new battery.All this reflects a cottage industry striving to imbue every last household appliance or wearable item with connectivity. But do we really need it?NEVER MIND THE NAYSAYERSWhat one person considers a silly idea is another person’s breakthrough, and many innovations displayed at CES could find long-term commercial success among niche audiences even if they aren’t widely adopted, said technology analyst Tom Coughlin, president of Coughlin Associates.“Some stuff is before it’s time. Some stuff is partially thought through,” Coughlin said. But you never know, he said, because “sometimes people don’t know what they need until they see it.”At CES, Coughlin said, “you see the hopes and dreams, the fantasies, both mad and sublime and clever things that people can think of doing.”THE DUTCH LESSONIn the Netherlands, startup entrepreneurs often look mockingly back to a late-1990s video that asked random people in Amsterdam if they ever wanted a mobile phone, said Stefan Witkamp, co-founder of smart home startup Athom B.V.“Now it’s unthinkable not to have your smartphone,” said Witkamp, whose company’s Homey product links various connected devices to a single system. Similar skepticism now affects smart devices, he said.“People think, why do I need to control my music through my smartphone? Why do I need to manage and monitor my home remotely or automatically? But it could very well be that in five years, we’ll be thinking: ‘Why would we ever not want to?’”BUT WHERE’S MY ROBOT?The reality is that it’s a lot easier to connect an appliance to the internet than it is to build “Rosie,” the robotic maid that TV cartoon show “The Jetsons” launched into the world’s imagination a half-century ago.Sure, robotic vacuums are already cleaning carpets and kitchen floors around the world, but the level of artificial intelligence and physical precision it takes to do housework like a human is still a far-off dream for robot-makers. Instead, many of the robots coming on the consumer market are either toys or designed to be a more personality-driven version of a talking speaker.But it’s not for lack of trying.DUELING LAUNDRY-FOLDERS“It took us 13 years to reach this point,” said Shin Sakane, founder and CEO of Tokyo-based Seven Dreamers Laboratories.His “Laundroid” clothes-folder — and the rival FoldiMate also on display at CES — are feats of engineering that also underscore the limits of current technology. Sakane’s bureau-sized machine is powered by hidden robotic arms and computer vision that can distinguish between different types of clothing.“It’s a soft material,” Sakane said, clutching a white towel. “It could be a T-shirt. It’s hard to distinguish.”Priced at $16,000, the machine can take 30 items per cycle, though it’s still not terribly efficient. It takes 10 or more minutes to fold a shirt — making each cycle a 6-hour project.Rival FoldiMate claims to be faster, but the company came to the show for the second-year running without a functioning prototype. As founder and CEO Gal Rosov demonstrated putting shirts and towels into a top rack where they were sucked into the machine, a bottom drawer opened with pre-folded items inside. To repeat the display, he opened a middle panel where crumpled items hadn’t been folded at all.Rosov said the machine on display was just a concept model and the company hopes to start “early shipping” at the end of 2019.
TORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives vowed to address the province’s ballooning debt and deficit without slashing jobs after a review of government finances revealed spending had grown dramatically under the previous Liberal regime.The government insisted the findings were not a precursor to cuts but critics said the review released Tuesday presented spending figures out of context and marked the third announcement on the province’s finances in less than a week.Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy said the review, combined with an independent commission that recently found the province was facing a $15-billion deficit, will help the government chart a course back to balanced budgets.“Faced with this challenge it would be irresponsible not to act,” he said. “With each passing day the shadow of these Liberal deficits will only grow.”The review looking at 15 years of Liberal spending was commissioned this summer and conducted by accounting firm EY Canada. It had previously been called a line-by-line “audit” but Bethlenfalvy said that type of exercise would have taken far longer.It found Ontario’s operating expenses grew by 55 per cent over 15 years and highlighted that the province’s debt stands at $331 billion — a jump from the $158 billion in 2003. The province now spends $12.6 billion a year on interest payments.The report suggested finding savings through moves that included monetizing some assets and creating a “digital first” approach to government.“In light of the evidence around expenditures and their disconnect from results and outcomes, it is clear that taking decisive action is the only way forward to put Ontario on a sustainable fiscal footing,” it said.Bethlenfalvy said the government will find savings by modernizing services and re-training some civil servants to avoid job loss.“This is not a blueprint for cuts,” he said of the review. “We will return Ontario to balance on a timetable that is modest, reasonable, responsible and pragmatic.”Sheila Block, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said the review presents spending and debt figures out of context and doesn’t take into account events like the global recession that occurred during the Liberals’ time in office.“This was an ideological document and it set the stage for reducing the role and scope of government,” she said. “It left a big option to deal with Ontario government debt and deficits off the table, which is to increase tax revenues.”Block said the review buries the fact that Ontario’s debt-to-gross domestic product ratio has remained relatively stable in recent years, a key measure when it comes to the province’s ability to carry and potentially repay the balance.“A debt number on its own doesn’t mean anything,” she said. “If it was PEI that had Ontario’s debt level, that would be a lot more serious than if it’s Ontario.”Block said she will be watching the government’s upcoming Fall Economic Statement to see what it does with the report recommendations.“To claim you can cut taxes, that you can maintain services and maintain employment while at the same time cutting government expenditures, that arithmetic doesn’t work,” she said.NDP deputy leader Sara Singh said the review suggests the government is preparing to cut and privatize public assets.“What the report is telling us … is this government is committed to making deep cuts,” she said. “We’re not sure where those cuts are going to be, whether they’re going to be to health care or education but I think they’re really setting the stage to make those cuts.”The Liberal caucus said in a statement Tuesday that the report confirms their government kept public sector costs down while increasing transfer payments to hospitals, schools and municipalities.“Doug Ford should be focused on governing, not campaigning,” it said. “Doug Ford inherited a government that kept internal spending to effectively zero.”Ontario Public Service Employee Union President Warren “Smokey” Thomas said the review is a sign of a “political tsunami” ahead for the 155,000 workers his group represents.“At OPSEU we don’t pick fights, but when it comes to protecting our vital public services, the communities that rely on them, and those on the frontlines, we’ll never back down from one either,” he said.The results of the review were announced a day after Ford revealed plans for a special committee to dig further into the province’s fiscal situation, while slamming his predecessor’s handling of Ontario’s books.
MONTREAL – Canada’s aerospace industry has appointed former Quebec premier Jean Charest to chart a new course for the sector.The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada is putting Charest in the cockpit to coax funding commitments and a long-term plan from the federal government amid fears the country’s star is fading.“The industry has come to the conclusion that we sort of need a reset in terms of what the future of the industry is in Canada,” Charest said in a phone interview from Paris.“There is a sense that we’re in a world where there’s much more competition. And it’s not that we’re doing badly, but the world is really moving fast.”Charest, a former federal minister who served as premier of Quebec from 2003 to 2012, highlighted government’s “very critical role” in funding, research and training for civil and defence aviation.“The Trump administration has decided to create a new division for space,” he noted, referring to a newly announced military branch the U.S. president has dubbed Space Force.“We can’t stand still,” Charest said.Jim Quick, president of the aerospace industry group, said Canada is “not keeping up” with the sector growth and innovation of countries such as France, Germany and the United States, which have long-term strategies in place.Britain is targeting 10 per cent of the global space market within 12 years, he pointed out. Luxembourg aims to dig into space mining such as harvesting asteroid’s for rare and precious metals.Quick said the new initiative, called Vision 2025, will push Ottawa to include a long-term space plan in its budget next year, alongside a commitment to help provide advanced robotics for the Lunar Gateway — described as a third-generation Canadarm.Charest, a partner at the McCarthy Tetrault law firm, will lead discussions with government and industry officials in several cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax, culminating in a report on aerospace priorities.Aerospace leads Canada’s manufacturing sector in innovation-related investment, spending over $1.8 billion on research and development in 2017 — nearly one-quarter of total manufacturing research expenditures, according to the association.Nonetheless, Ottawa’s investments in space as a percentage of GDP have dropped to 18th globally from eighth place in 1992, according to the association. The sector’s manufacturing employment has fallen by five per cent since 2012.Canada hosts the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, contributing nearly $25 billion to Canada’s economy and almost 190,000 jobs in 2017, the association said.
TORONTO — The three surveillance cameras and the steady flow of people in and out of the small, nondescript grey building are the only hint of the brisk business this downtown Toronto cannabis dispensary does behind closed doors.Once inside, two men behind a white desk under a vintage chandelier ask patrons to provide government identification and fill out a membership form. Then, customers are allowed to enter another room through a steel door, where an array of pot products are on display in a glass case.When asked what has changed since Canada legalized on Oct. 17, one staffer said: “We’re just busier.”Among the many shoppers on Thursday, a fourth-year university student said he preferred to buy from this dispensary to avoid the delivery problems that bedevil the provincial cannabis store. Also, he didn’t want the transaction to appear in his banking records.“It’s just too much of a hassle… it’s all about convenience for me,” he said.It’s been nearly a month since recreational pot was legalized across Canada, and despite raids by local police departments and government warnings to illegal pot shop operators to shutter their doors or face consequences, the black market continues on.Product shortages, delivery delays and other problems plaguing the roll-out have not helped, said Martin Landry, an analyst with GMP Securities.“It hasn’t been perfect… And probably as a result the shift away from the black market has not happened as fast as most expected. But I think that’s short term.”Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use on Oct. 17 with the elimination of the black market as one of the Liberal government’s main goals.There was little expectation that it would disappear quickly, as the illicit market has survived in U.S. states like Colorado and Oregon years after legalizing recreational pot.Statistics Canada estimates that during the fourth-quarter of this year there will be 5.4 million people wanting to purchase legal cannabis and 1.7 million continuing to buy illicit pot across Canada. Spending on pot during that period may range from $816 million to $1.1 billion while purchases of illegal cannabis may range from $254 million to $317 million, the agency estimates.But getting users to switch from illegal sources hinges, in part, on whether the legal offering is a competitive one.Meanwhile, in addition to limited amounts of legal pot products, cannabis-infused edibles are prohibited from sale until 2019.In Ontario, where privately run brick-and-mortar cannabis stores won’t be ready until next April, and British Columbia, which has just one government-run pot store, illicit shops continue to draw in clientele.The Weeds Glass and Gifts stores in Vancouver are “hyper busy right now,” said its owner Don Briere.His chain of stores in Vancouver are benefiting from the closures of other illicit dispensaries but also because B.C.’s lone legal store is located more than 350 kilometres away in Kamloops, B.C.“How are you going to service five million people in British Columbia with one store that is nowhere near the population centre?” Briere said in an interview.Briere shut down nine of his shops across the country but is servicing clients online and keeping his four Vancouver shops open while awaiting the outcome of ongoing litigation. Other dispensaries have also decided to keep their doors open while waiting for their license applications to be processed.Still, the stiffer penalties under the Cannabis act As of Oct. 17, which include a first offence fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of as much as six months, coupled with the potential to be blacklisted from pursuing legal retail options have prompted several to shut down.For example, the Green Room Society Dispensary on Spadina Avenue in Toronto has white paper covering up the glass windows and door. In the window, written on the paper in black marker it says: “Come say high on April 1st.”The Ontario government warned in the days before legalization that black market operators must shut down or risk being barred from ever obtaining a legal retail license under the province’s private system.Landlords in Ontario also face hefty fines for allowing illicit dispensaries to operate on their properties, putting further pressure on owners to close up shop, said Matt Maurer, a partner at Torkin Manes and vice-chair of the firm’s cannabis law group.Others across the country have been forcibly compelled by law enforcement to shut their operations down.In Port Alberni, B.C., the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided two pot shops on legalization day for not having provincial licenses. A day later, police and inspectors from Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp. raided a dispensary in St. John’s.There were 92 illegal cannabis storefronts in Toronto on Oct. 16, prior to legalization, according to Bruce Hawkins, a spokesman for the city’s municipal licensing and standards department. That number has been whittled down to 21, as of Nov. 6, due to shutdowns of their own accord or by the city and police, he added.Maurer has been approached in the year leading up to legalization and afterwards by dispensary owners seeking a license to operate a legitimate cannabis business, as the risk of being an illicit operator is heightened, he said.Post-legalization, the provincial and territorial governments have a vested interest in shutting illegal pot shops down, he said.“Every sale at an illegal dispensary is another dollar not going to the provincial government,” Maurer said. “So why would they tolerate that any further?”— With files from Liam CaseyArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Press
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the nation’s capital to urge President Donald Trump to commit federal funding for a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River.The Democrat was scheduled for a midday meeting Wednesday with the Republican president and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.Trump’s administration has clashed with officials in New York and New Jersey over a funding plan for the tunnel project.The existing Amtrak tunnel is a century old and needs extensive renovations. Experts say a new tunnel is essential to ensuring reliable rail travel throughout the entire northeast.The two states had pledged to pay half of the estimated $13 billion price tag under a deal worked out with the Obama administration. The Trump administration now says there was never any agreement.The Associated Press
DALLAS — Pilots at American Airlines are asking for more training with the automated anti-stall system on certain new Boeing jets. The system is under scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia.Pilots union spokesman Dennis Tajer said Thursday that the request followed a meeting between several American Airlines pilots and Boeing representatives. Boeing also met with Southwest Airlines pilots.Indonesian investigators are probing whether pilots on an Oct. 29 Lion Air flight were overwhelmed when faulty sensor readings activated the anti-stall system and automatically pushed the nose of their plane down. The Boeing 737 MAX plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.The anti-stall system differs from those in previous Boeing 737 models.Boeing says the MAX is safe and there is a procedure for stopping the nose-down command.David Koenig, The Associated Press
She said she does not think it was a good idea to ban oil-tanker traffic on the northern B.C. coast, wants to see Trudeau do more to push the construction of pipelines and would like to see Canadian oil and gas promoted as a comparatively clean source of energy around the world.Canadian voters are thinking about climate change and the environment more than ever before, according to most public opinion polls, with scientific findings and personal experiences with extreme weather-related events bringing the issue to the fore.Still, Elections Canada warned some environmental advocacy groups this summer that any paid communications about the truth of climate change could be considered a partisan issue once the election is called, because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is promoting a platform that denies climate change is caused by human activity.The Canada Elections Act restricts third-party advertising during campaigns, affecting any ads about issues that any political party brings up once the election is called. The rules do not prevent third parties from talking about the issues, but if they spend more than $500 on an ad then they have to register as a third-party advertiser trying to influence how people vote.Miller said the women behind the registered third-party group did not create it to push their own agenda.“Everybody has their own issues, and we want them to share their issues, so we don’t want it to be all about us,” she said.“Mostly, we want women to be involved,” she said. “We want them to feel they have a safe platform to discuss things that are important to them, without being judged.”—Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterJoanna Smith, The Canadian Press “They came together because they were concerned about what’s been happening in the country over the last four years,” said Miller, the spokeswoman for the group, who noted the carbon tax brought in by the Liberal government Justin Trudeau was one of the shared concerns.“We had our own personal things that we were looking at, but then we started to say, ‘I wonder how the rest of Canada is feeling? What are other women thinking?’ ” she said. “Maybe this conversation should be bigger.”The organization is launching its campaign in Calgary next week, encouraging women to take part in an online conversation by following the hashtag #canadapoweredbywomen, promoted by a similarly named Instagram profile.That account, which had about 2,100 followers as of Tuesday evening, has already begun posting things like tips for how to consume political news, a question asking women to share what their ideal lives would look like in four years, and images of both Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with their families on the first day of school.The group will also be releasing a report it commissioned from Leger Research, which suggests women are lagging behind men when it comes to how confident they feel talking about important issues in social settings, or trusting their own judgment when it comes to casting their votes.Miller, who sits on the board of directors at Tourmaline Oil Corp., made it clear that the environment — and the ways in which she disagrees with how the Liberal government has been handling the file — is an issue that is important to those who started the group. OTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views.The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That includes $25,000 from Susan Riddell Rose, the CEO of Perpetual Energy Inc., a natural-gas company.Lucy Miller, a former head of the United Way of Calgary, said the idea for the group began when some women got together over the summer and started talking about the Oct. 21 election.
Mumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by choosing the right people by voting. “Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on Twitter. “Voting day is the only day when we are the most powerful. We can change the shape of our future by choosing the right people,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Asked for his reaction on people thinking ‘what difference does one vote make’, the “Newton” star said: “That’s a stupid thought. Every vote counts. If everybody starts thinking ‘if I wont vote it’s fine’, it is not going to work. “If you want to bring a change, if you want to make our country a better place, use that power. There’s no point sitting at home and playing video games. Go out and vote.” Rajkummar expressed his views as he featured in a video as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, an initiative by Twitter India. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary As part of the #PowerOf18 initiative, Twitter collaborates with Indian personalities to encourage the youth of India to vote in the upcoming general elections. Past participants of the #PowerOf18 video series include singer Jassie Gill, boxer Nikhat Zareen and writer-poet Mahima Kukreja. The campaign is aimed at encouraging more youth in India to participate in civic engagement and understand the significance of their right to vote. What is Rajkummar’s message to today’s youth? “It is not only abut us. It is about our generations to come. So question, ask for your rights, if you see a horrible infrastructure around you take a picture and put it out, ask your politicians why? Only you have the power to bring in that change and that change will come through vote.”
Madurai: A woman college teacher was on Tuesday granted conditional bail by the Madras High Court, nearly 11 months after her arrest in a sensational sex scandal case.Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar of the Madurai Bench granted bail to suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi, who has been accused of luring some girl students to extend favours to senior officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) here in return for higher marks and money. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The government counsel submitted they had no objection to grant of bail. The judges directed her to fully cooperate with police in the investigation and barred her from giving any interview to the media that would harm the probe. Earlier, her bail petitions were rejected by the lower court and the high court as well. Devi, assistant professor at private Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai affiliated to the MKU, was arrested on April 16 last year on a complaint by the college and a women’s forum after an audio-clip of her purported conversation with students went viral on social media. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn the audio-clip, she was purportedly heard advising girl students to “adjust” with some officials “for getting 85 per cent marks and money”, a suggestion seen as asking them to extend sexual favours. She was suspended by the college after an internal enquiry before her arrest. As the alleged luring of the girl students triggered an outrage, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch CID within days of it being registered. Based on interrogation of Devi, police arrested Assistant Professor V Murugan of the university and research student Karuppasamy for their alleged involvement in the case. The two were granted bail by the Supreme Court later after the high court turned down their pleas. The CB-CID had filed a 200-page final charge sheet in the case in the judicial magistrate court in Srivilliputtur in September last year. Earlier, it had submitted a 1,160 page preliminary charge sheet in July. In the final charge sheet, CB-CID altered the charges to include offences of trafficking, sexual harassment and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and the Information Technology Act. The fresh charges were included based on investigation, including voice test of Devi conducted at a high-tech laboratory in Chennai by police. During the proceedings in the Judicial Magistrate court at Srivilliputhur, Devi had denied the charges and alleged police “coerced” her to give a statement.