One of the most influential, beloved and best-selling musical acts of all time, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have played to more than 30 million fans since their formation in 1981.Big Bang Depeche Mode The Singles Limited EditionAnd, in their 37 year career, Depeche Mode have released an incredible 55 singles, from “Dreaming of Me” in 1981 to last year’s release of “Cover Me”. In tribute to this incredible achievement, the Swiss watchmaker Hublot introduces a collection of 55 unique pieces of its Big Bang Unico model, all to benefit Hublot and Depeche Mode’s charity partner charity:water.“We are greatly honoured and moved by Hublot’s support of charity: water with this new collection of watches commemorating all of our singles,” said Martin Gore, Depeche Mode.“Depeche Mode are iconic in the history of contemporary music. We identify with their passion, stronger now than ever, and with their constantly growing creativity. We are lucky enough to share many values with them, including thecommitment to the activities of the charity: water NGO. This new and unique collection of 55 different pieces plays tribute to their incredible career while aptly celebrating our common ground. A new collector’s edition grew out of this!” added Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.The limited-edition series was announced at the Hublot boutique in Milan, Italy by Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot watches, and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode.Each of the watches features, on its dial, a disc that partially shows the image of the record cover it represents. The back of each watch features the entire cover of the single as well as the charity: water logo. These two elements are imprinted on the sapphire of the glass opening onto the famous automatic UNICO movement. Produced by the Hublot manufacture, it provides a power reserve of 72 hours. Each piece will be fitted with a strap in a colour specific to each model, completed with cuff straps in the same hue, and rock-and-roll-inspired rubber studs.charity: water, based in New York City, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries worldwide. Depeche Mode and Hublot have actively supported charity: water since 2013, with their first partnership bringing safe, clean water to over 30,000 people in Nepal and Ethiopia.Net proceeds from the sale of the 55 unique pieces will go to charity: water, as part of the larger charity initiative between Depeche Mode, Hublot and charity: water.
To support and honor womankind, Pomellato and The New York Times collaborate to spread a message of positive female empowerment for International Women’s Day (March 8th).Pomellato Women’s Day AmbassadorsThrough a NYT article detailing important milestones in the women’s movement, and a Pomellato video with an international cast of powerful women, the new partnership champions female achievements, leadership, and gender equality.Published on March 8th, The New York Times (nytimes.com) article explores the key historical moments in women’s rights during the 20th and 21st centuries, and how these civic changes have influenced present day. From a woman’s right to vote, to today’s viral phenomena such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp hashtags, the article features historical summaries, photography, NYT archive links, and the Pomellato commemorative video.Interviewing Pomellato advocates from a variety of countries, generations and backgrounds, the video features women who define empowerment. Mobilizing celebrities, PomellatoForWomen ambassadors, and other powerful female voices, the video stars Aure Atika, Sabina Belli – Pomellato CEO, Kitty Cash, Stephanie Cayo, Caroline Corbetta, Clotilde Courau, Lisa Edelstein, Chiara Ferragni, Jane Fonda, Virginia Gardner, Isabel Getty, Roxine Helberg, Anjelica Huston, Virginie Ledoyen, J.J. Martin, Helen Nonini, Alexandra Richards, Ece Sükan, Anne-Sophie von Claer and Chu Wong. Viewable on nytimes.com, Pomellato.com, and social media, the women share their personal accomplishments, fears, challenges, joys and hopes for the future, while offering womankind a choral message of hope, empowerment and unity.Founded in 1967, a revolutionary time for women’s independence, Pomellato jewelry was created with the empowered female in mind. As women flocked to the workforce in numbers never seen before, their daily roles and needs evolved. Pomellato recognized that the independent woman would need a more functional, versatile jewel to wear from workday to evening, and the prêt-a-porter jewelry concept was born. Since, Pomellato has been known as the brand that designs for women. 74% of the Milanese jeweler’s workforce is female, most of its clientele are women buying jewels for themselves. The PomellatoForWomen campaign was launched in 2017, to feature an inclusive cross-section of real-life women from various disciplines, ages and arts. Acting as bearers of Pomellato values, these inspirational women promote a more authentic idea of natural beauty.
Advertisement He’s also missing his famous dreadlocks in favour of a shorter haircut. The Toronto-raised musician shared the artwork for “Starboy” on his social media accounts on Wednesday, but stopped short of revealing details about a release date or a first single. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Weeknd is giving fans a tease of his next album and signs that he’s shed his trademark hairdo. Login/Register With: The cover hints the singer could be backing away from the gothic imagery of his most recent hit release, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” in favour of a look that evokes the stylings of Quentin Tarantino movie posters. In the shot, the Weeknd is basked in blue light against a vibrant red background, with a large crucifix hanging from his neck. The photograph was shot by Nabil, who has worked with the singer in the past and filmed music videos for Frank Ocean and K’naan. Facebook Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Swedish chain is eager to spruce up its environmental image. So is Zara, the massive fast fashion retailer from Spain, which just launched its first sustainable fashion line called Join Life, which uses organic and recycled materials.Both retailers, which have dozens of locations in Canada, have come under attack in recent years — along with other fast fashion chains such as Forever 21, Joe Fresh and Topshop — for encouraging consumers to buy more clothing than ever, creating waste that eventually goes to landfill.Fast fashion gets its name from its ability to take the latest style trends from the runway to the store floor in record time. But the industry can’t move fast enough when it comes to its impact on the environment.Critics aren’t buying the stylish environmentalism.Misinformation in the marketing“I am very skeptical of both the Conscious Collection and the new initiative that Zara is launching,” said Nikolay Anguelov, author of The Dirty Side of the Garment Industry, a book about fast fashion’s negative impact on the environment. Twitter Advertisement At H&M’s flagship Canadian store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, a rack of spiffy navy-blue jackets is rolled from the back room to the display floor.“This one is made of wool with recycled fibres, and this one has recycled cotton,” H&M spokesperson Emily Scarlett says with a smile, showing off items from the chain’s eco-friendly line, dubbed the Conscious collection.Scarlett points out proudly that H&M is also the world’s second-largest user of organic cotton. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook
Thomas MIddleditch – Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin Instead of starting his career here and then moving to the U.S., the Nelson, B.C., native went south first about a decade ago and is finally finding his footing on this side of the border with the new Canadian film “Entanglement.” TORONTO — Emmy-nominated “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch has taken the opposite career path of many Canadian actors. “But I’ll never stop doing comedy, I’ll never stop performing live.” Opening Friday in select Cineplex theatres, the drama stars Middleditch as a divorcee who’s lifted out of his depression after a chance encounter with an adventurous woman, played by Jess Weixler. Twitter “But I think this season has been great and the writers are very good writers and they have figured out a way to deal with the Erlich plotline and fill in its absence. I think we’ve done a really good job.” “I do love me a little quality time with the old Sir P. Stew.” “Certainly when people feel like they need to move on, it’s best that they do and we all wish him the best,” Middleditch said. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It was just one of these scripts that caught me by surprise,” Middleditch said. Indeed, the film includes some fantastical elements as it touches on the theme of how one’s choices in life lead to a tapestry of connections with others. “Believe it or not, that’s the first thing I’ve ever shot in Canada,” Middleditch said in a recent phone interview. Login/Register With: “I don’t really get too many opportunities to do A: dramas, or B: films that feel ethereal or trippy or experimental. Those are things that are on my watch list and if they start to fit, then I would like to be a part of them.” Middleditch said he’s hoping to do more dramas like “Entanglement.” Facebook “He and I just got along really well, so we’ve hung out from time to time and despite the age gap and despite him spending a lot of time in England, we’re good friends,” Middleditch said. Middleditch is soaking wet in a number of scenes, which were shot in a river in November in Vancouver. “It was very, very, very cold, but you can’t get me out of the water,” he said. “I’m from Nelson, man, where it’s lakes and rivers. I’m a water rat. I was a lake kid.” Through his work at The Improvised Shakespeare Company in Chicago, he’s also become good friends with veteran actor Patrick Stewart. “I’m kind of like, ‘Canada, why won’t you cast me? I’ve got to come down to the United States to work. I’ve got to steal these people’s jobs over the border.’” “Even though every single time I do them I’m like, ‘Why am I doing this? I want to do comedy, I want to make people laugh,’” Middleditch said. Advertisement Advertisement “I auditioned for Second City in Toronto and was not accepted,” he said. “Silicon Valley” returns for its fifth season on March 25 without cast member T.J. Miller, who played entrepreneur Erlich and left the show after last season. Vancouver-based Jason James directs “Entanglement,” which was written by Jason Filiatrault of Calgary. Advertisement “After a year and a half of doing the indie sketch-comedy world in Toronto, I was like, ‘You know what? I think they were wrong. I’m going to try (Second City) Chicago,’ and I was right.”His Second City Chicago stint was followed by a slew of film and TV comedy roles, most notably as a software designer in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” for which he was nominated for a best actor Emmy. As Middleditch explains, it was out of necessity that he had to look to American projects for onscreen work.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Elena Kampouris, Kevin Carroll, Kiana Madeira & Ryan Robbins – Rex/Shutterstock/IMDB Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers), Kiana Madeira (Dark Matter), and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary) are set as leads in Sacred Lies (working title), a half-hour drama, that has been given a 10-episode series order by Facebook Watch.It hails from former True Blood executive producer Raelle Tucker and director Scott Winant and Blumhouse Television.Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and adapted and updated by Tucker, Sacred Lies is about a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader.
Madame Desmarais was a member of the Board of Directors of the OSM and has long been intimately tied to the history and development of the Orchestra. In addition to her many other contributions to the development and renown of the OSM, Madame Jacqueline Desmarais generously supported the organization in its recent acquisition of an organ of exceptional international calibre, as well as its installation in the Maison symphonique. It was her wish that its name should immortalize the memory of her dear friend, Monsieur Pierre Béique, founder and first General Director of the OSM, from 1939 to 1970, as well as his unequalled contribution to the Orchestra’s mission of excellence. The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique, inaugurated on May 28, 2014, was designed and built by Casavant Frères for the OSM, where it resonates to this day, attracting countless music lovers. The OSM’s next concert on Tuesday, March 6, at 8PM at the Maison symphonique, will open with a performance by OSM Organist in residence Jean-Willy Kunz, played in Madame Desmarais’ memory.Lucien Bouchard, Chairman of the Board of the OSM, offered a heartfelt homage to Madame Desmarais, his personal friend: “Today we lose a great figure in the music world, who offered her sustained support not only to operatic and musical institutions but also to a myriad of young talented artists in the field of music and singing. We will cherish her memory in our hearts, recalling constantly in our thoughts a warm and generous woman with such a great love for life and for people.” MONTREAL – With deep regret and sadness we learned of the death of Madame Jacqueline Desmarais. With her passing, the artistic milieu loses one of its most fervent supporters. Our thoughts are with her family and close friends, to whom we convey our deepest condolences. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Music Director Kent Nagano was also moved to address a final homage to Madame Jacqueline Desmarais in recognition of her passing. Kent Nagano and OSM will dedicate to her memory one of the performances of Verdi’s Requiem during the week of March 19. The exact date of the concert will be announced in the following days.Madame Jacqueline Desmarais will remain in our hearts a shining example of philanthropy in the arts and music, and above all a profound admirer of great artists.
Facebook “I sat on a small hill overlooking the set, skipping school for three days only going home at the end of the school day to check in then running back down to the set until dinner time. It was only when the school Principal called to find out if I was sick that my absence was discovered by my parents who were not pleased. But it was worth it because then and there I knew for sure what I wanted to do with my life”.How long have you been directing?I started Directing right out of the gate, when I began making movies as a kid. Back then I had to do it all, out of necessity- Writing, Directing, Cinematography & Editing. But when I started telling stories with a camera professionally working for CBC it was one job at a time and I concentrated on the Cinematography and Post Production. But when I left CBC and headed to South America as a Freelancer in the 1990’s I again found myself doing all three jobs, although rarely on the same project. It wasn’t until I was hired by CNN to open their South America News Bureau in Rio de Janeiro that I was once again Directing as well as Shooting and Editing- what turned out to be over 100 documentaries during my 10 year career with the network. But, my first love has always been fiction movies and I have spent the last twelve years Directing many projects, from feature films to shorts, music videos and advertising videos.Who inspired you to pursue your goals?My older brother Mike, upon seeing my nascent interest in making movies as a kid bought me a new state-of-the-art (for the time) Super 8mm camera. I no longer had to borrow the neighbour’s camera to make movies with the neighbourhood kids. Needless to say, I was hooked.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? The challenge for every Indie movie maker, especially in Canada, where there is little to no government support for up and coming filmmakers, is raising money. I have attempted to raise money many different ways over the years from crowd funding to private investment to taking out personal bank loans. After 29 movies it is still very difficult to fund movie projects, not just for me but for every Indie movie Producer and Director I know. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Danny McIvor is a Director, Cinematographer and Writer. He is one busy man in the industry!We chatted with Danny recently … Check out our Q and A below:As a child, did you always want to make movies and work in film and TV?Born into a family of Writers and Artists Danny, age 12, one day came across a movie company on location in the small village of Caulfeild on Canada’s west coast, where he grew up. He watched in fascination as the magic of making a motion picture was unveiled before him. Written By: Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at email@example.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter What has been your most rewarding experience?My most rewarding experience was the production of my feature film THE TIME BETWEEN. A project I wrote, Directed and, to save money, also acted as Cinematographer and Editor. The old saying “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” was never more pertinent than when I made this movie.What is your favourite type of film to direct?I have worked in many genres but it seems I have a special flair for light comedy, especially physical comedy. As a Screenwriter black comedy and satire are my favorite genres.What market do you currently work in? I work in Toronto one of the world’s most saturated motion picture markets as far as production and technical people go. It was saturated even when I arrived from Vancouver in the early 80’s which is why after 10 years working in television for the CBC my real goal, to make fiction movies, still seemed nothing but a dream as I found getting in and getting the experience I needed was all but impossible. This is why, when I quit CBC to go freelance with my own equipment. I packed up and moved to Rio de Janiero Brazil, a huge movie market but still in need of new blood. It was there I began to work professionally on movies, documentaries. television shows and advertising getting the experience I needed to build a career more easily when I returned to Toronto after 10 years.Are there other areas you would like to work?I am primarily a Director and Cinematographer and I often edit the movies I shoot. So I get work in all these jobs which I find extremely rewarding. One skill informs the other making me better at all three.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the filming industry?No matter what you want to do in movies, from Producing to Directing to Cinematography, knowing how to edit movies is a fundamental skill that informs all those other jobs and makes location shooting much easier and more streamlined. Editing is truly the heart and soul of making movies.What fuels your passion?I need to be creative. And seeing a story go from script to screen is, for me, the best thing in life.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I’ll never tell. Besides, if I did no one would believe it.If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? No. On the day I left high school I should have hopped on a bus to Los Angeles and done anything, any job to get my foot in the door of the motion picture business there. That’s the world capital of movie making and that’s where you want to be if you are in your late teens or early 20’s and serious about making this your career.Successes that make you proud?I grew up poor and being able to make a good living doing what I love is my proudest achievement.Tell me about your current projects.I have four scripts “on the launch pad” and as usual I am searching for funding. In the meantime I am shooting 4 short films in the Spring of 2018 as well doing a music video and a number of scenes for Actors through my new side business SCENE IT. My Production Company Miramac Productions also produces advertising videos. I also host a monthly networking event in Toronto for Indie movie makers and Actors which is connected to my Facebook group “THE TORONTO INDIE MOVIE SUPPORT GROUP.”Check out what Danny is up to:Website: http://www.dannymakesmovies.com/Dannys_Homepage.htmlIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4503569/Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/dannymcivorFacebook pages are:– https://www.facebook.com/danny.mcivor.9– https://www.facebook.com/groups/398651220312496/
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement As a MuchMusic VJ in the channel’s 1980s heyday, Terry David Mulligan remembers sneaking a film crew into the very temple of the American music industry — the Grammy Awards.Canadian specialty channels had a good year in 2013, but the days of climbing revenues from subscription fees could be numbered as the country’s television business prepares for a shift to a la carte packaging.[/np_storybar]His boldness paid off with a shot of a moment that went down in music history — Metallica storming out in a hail of curses after losing to Jethro Tull for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. And Mr. Mulligan did it with what could charitably be called a small fib: telling the security guard he was part of the film crew there to accompany Olivia Newton John. “He said, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,’” Mr. Mulligan recalls. “And we went in. And we did 55 interviews that day.”That was the sort of gonzo-video style that put MuchMusic on the bleeding edge of hip in the early years after its 1984 debut, making it the kind of cultural leader and tastemaker that new media groups like VICE and Gawker, occupy today. Top musicians and their fans made pilgrimages to Much’s downtown Toronto studio space, designed to be a gathering spot, as well as a broadcasting centre.
Login/Register With: About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Bravo’s mystery drama CARTER; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO – With the first season coming to a close, The Comedy Network confirmed today that CORNER GAS ANIMATED is its #1 original series of all time. Following its debut as the most-watched series premiere in the history of Comedy, CORNER GAS ANIMATED became the channel’s most-watched series this broadcast year among total viewers and all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54), making Comedy the #2 specialty channel in its Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, among all key adult demos. Already renewed for a second season, CORNER GAS ANIMATED wraps up its smash-hit debut season on The Comedy Network, Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “Truly an audience favourite, CORNER GAS ANIMATED remained tenacious in its timeslot and officially smashed records for Comedy,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “Congrats to Brent and the entire team on a hugely successful debut season. We can’t wait to return to Dog River for a second season.”In the Season 1 finale, “Zip-A-Dee-Broom-Bah,” (Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT), Facebook The Comedy Network on Twitter Corner Gas on Twitter Brent Butt on Twitter Gabrielle Miller on Twitter Fred Ewanuick on Twitter Lorne Cardinal on Twitter Tara Spencer Nairn on Twitter Nancy Robertson on Twitter Corrine Koslo on Twitter Virginia Thompson on Twitter Verite Canada on Twitter Corner Gas on Facebook The Comedy Network on Facebook Verite Films Canada on Facebook Corner Gas on Instagram Hank (Fred Ewanuick) wants to build a zip line in town and Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) and Brent (Brent Butt) help out so he doesn’t get himself killed. Davis (Lorne Cardinal) and Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) crack down on Dog River’s “Free Corner” while Oscar (Eric Peterson) and Emma (Corrine Koslo) score a free robot vacuum that Oscar befriends.Season 1 of CORNER GAS ANIMATED currently airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT on CTV as part of the 2018 summer schedule. As well, fans can celebrate Canada Day in Dog River with a Season 1 marathon on Comedy beginning at 6 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, July 1. All 13 episodes of Season 1 are available to stream on CraveTV beginning July 6, joining all 107 episodes of the original six-season series, CORNER GAS, as well as the feature film, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE. Viewers can also catch up on past episodes of CORNER GAS ANIMATED on demand through Comedy GO and TheComedyNetwork.ca.CORNER GAS ANIMATED is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Prairie Pantoons (BC), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from Vérité Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Animation is produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons, and Smiley Guy Studios. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Production, Bell Media. 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APTN National NewsIn Winnipeg, a controversy is brewing over whether living in a place that meets safety codes is more important than having a place to live in.One man started the debate after providing the homeless with some alternative housing.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out how a couple of sheds have helped raise the big issue on the need for affordable housing.
APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and actor Adam Beach visited Garden Hill First Nation in northern Manitoba on Friday, and they spoke out on the housing conditions and lack of running water on the reserve.Atleo said that the conditions in Garden Hill are “a national shame and a national outrage”.He added, “I would expect that, by and large, the people of Canada have not heard about what’s happening here, in their own backyard.”APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was at Garden Hill, and has the story.
APTN National NewsIt’s been six days since Shelley Young and Gene Sock consumed anything more than water.Their fast has a specific purpose and it’s directed at a select few in Atlantic Canada.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin tells us who they are.
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LEAMINGTON, Ont. – Medical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says it plans to invest $10 million in a company merging two cannabis brands to target the incoming recreational pot market in Canada.Aphria (TSX:APH) says it has committed to a $10-million equity investment in the venture merging luxury marijuana brands Ontario-based Tokyo Smoke and British Columbia-based DOJA Cannabis Company, which is expected to be renamed Hiku Brand Co. Ltd.The Leamington, Ont.-based marijuana company already holds a stake in TS BrandCo Holdings Inc., known as Tokyo Smoke, and last year signed a licensing agreement to produce and ship cannabis with its branding to medical marijuana patients.Aphria chief executive Vic Neufeld says the investment marks the company’s first venture into premium British Columbia cannabis as it anticipates that branding will become an important differentiator in the recreational pot market, with legalization expected next year.DOJA has a production facility in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley and a Culture Cafe information centre in Kelowna, while Tokyo Smoke has six coffee and cannabis accessory shops across Canada and one due to open in Seattle early next year.Aphria says it is also looking to finalize other agreements, pending the approval of a cannabis sales license for DOJA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, including access to West Coast cannabis and Hiku’s retail locations in provinces where private licenses will be granted.
VICTORIA – A ban on hunting grizzly bears in British Columbia comes into effect next month, along with a number of regulatory changes.The NDP government says taxidermists and tanners will be required to report information about any grizzly bears or parts brought to them as of April 1 to help enforce the hunting ban or face a $230 fine.The province announced the ban in December to protect the roughly 15,000 grizzlies in the province — a move that was welcome by environmental groups.The government previously said roughly 250 grizzlies were killed annually by non-First Nations hunters.Hunters will now be required to carry all their species licences during hunting trips, including cancelled licences, and show them to conservation officers as requested.The province says the changes to the Wildlife Act also increases the amount of edible meat hunters can collect from big game by including neck and rib meat.Requirements to remove edible portions of an animal, which previously pertained to types of deer, moose, elk, sheep and goat, has been expanded to include cougars as well.
TORONTO – TD Bank would consider participating in cannabis sector financings after recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada later this year, said its chief executive Thursday.Bharat Masrani said to reporters after their annual meeting of shareholders that the Toronto-based bank views the federal legalization of pot for adult use as an “important data point.”Any potential cannabis client would be assessed on its merits but the bank would have to ensure that it did not have a presence in the U.S., where marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, he said.“If it’s against the law, we will not of course be in that business. In Canada, it’s changing, and we will look at it greater detail,” Masrani said. “And where appropriate, we will see what we can do for some of our clients.”The bank is continuing to study the industry to determine what are the key risks that the bank has to mitigate, he said.Canada’s largest banks had largely steered clear of the country’s cannabis sector until January, when Bank of Montreal co-led a $175 million bought deal financing for licensed producer Canopy Growth.Canopy, Canada’s largest licensed producer, does not have any exposure to the U.S. market.While cannabis for recreational or medical use is legal in several states, such as California and Colorado, it is classified as an illegal schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law.As Canada prepares for national legalization of the drug, the Trump administration is taking a harder line on cannabis than its predecessor.In January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo which suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal. Instead, Sessions said it would be up to federal prosecutors in states where the drug is legal to decide how aggressively to enforce the law.
TORONTO – The Toronto home that Meghan Markle rented while dating Prince Harry sold for $1.6 million in January 2018.The Seaton Village property was snatched up by an unidentified buyer for more than its $1.39 million asking price, according to sales data from property website geowarehouse and seen by The Canadian Press.“Suits” star Markle is believed to have lived at the property for at least two years before getting engaged to the prince on Nov. 27 and moving to the U.K.She rented the two-storey house near Bathurst and Dupont Streets from former Flare magazine fashion director Elizabeth Cabral and her husband Kevin O’Neill.The Yarmouth Road home with a deep plum exterior was listed in December and advertised as having three bedrooms, two washrooms, hardwood and marble floors, a fully-finished basement and a two-car garage.At the time, Freeman Real Estate Ltd. said it attracted three registered offers.
TORONTO – Bell Canada and its media arm have won a round in their battle against regulatory restrictions on their activities as television content producers and distributors.The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a 2-1 split decision that agrees with Bell’s argument that the Broadcasting Act doesn’t give the CRTC authority to enforce its “wholesale code.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced the code in 2015 after extensive public consultations, known as Let’s Talk TV, that resulted in a number of reforms for regulated media companies.Soon after the code was issued, Bell launched the court challenge to the CRTC’s restrictions on how distributors like phone, cable and satellite companies negotiate contracts with content producers.The CRTC had introduced the restrictions out of a concern about the increasing market power of vertically integrated companies, such as Bell, that both create programming and distribute it to consumers.Bell Canada owns the country’s largest telecom network, including residential television and internet services, as well as Bell Media — which owns the CTV television network, specialty TV channels and production facilities.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)
WASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?Amazon’s decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world’s richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn’t necessary to sway Amazon.The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say. Such Midwestern cities as Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which made Amazon’s short list, would have helped spread the tech industry’s high-skilled, high-paying jobs more broadly.“It’s ambiguous for the winners, not good for the ‘losers’ and not good at all for the nation,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.Still, on the surface, the deal appears to be better than most. Amazon says it’s receiving $1.525 billion in incentives and subsidies from New York state and $573 million from Virginia and Arlington County. That works out to $61,000 in incentives provided to Amazon for each job in Long Island City and roughly $23,000 for each job in Arlington.That compares with a much larger average figure of $658,000 per job for other large deals, said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a nonpartisan watchdog group. Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, for example, received $4.8 billion in subsidies for a plant in Wisconsin on which it broke ground this year. That deal is expected to bring just 13,000 jobs.Still, Amazon’s total subsidies will likely end up much higher, LeRoy said. Amazon said it will also apply for existing incentive programs that could add nearly $1 billion to the subsidies from New York.And Amazon’s final selections suggest that all the subsidies and giveaways probably weren’t needed, other economists said. Other state and local governments offered a lot more, including at least $8.5 billion on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland, and $7 billion for Newark, New Jersey.“If Amazon was pursuing subsidies, it made the wrong decision,” said Michael Ferren, a research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “Even the biggest subsidies you can imagine really don’t sway these kinds of decisions.”Rather, Amazon’s top priority was having access to a sizable pool of highly skilled employees, Ferren said, and it likely would have chosen the same two locations even without the subsidies.“The only things they’re useful for are the companies that get them and the politicians who get the credit,” he said.Indeed, Jay Carney, an Amazon senior vice-president, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that the company had chosen two locations that offered less in subsidies than others had.“That reflects that talent was really the driving factor for us,” Carney said.Some experts in regional economics suggested that the payoff for the selected cities would go well beyond Amazon’s initial investment. Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University, estimates that the new headquarters in Arlington would generate roughly $1.3 billion in spending each year after the initial construction is complete. That would support nearly 50,000 jobs in the state, Fuller said, in addition to those at Amazon.“It’s really a no-brainer,” Fuller said. “They’re going to pay an enormous amount in real estate taxes and sales taxes.”Fuller also argues that the region is large enough to absorb the influx of new workers.“The region adds 50,000 jobs every year, and no one complains about that,” Fuller said. “They’re not all coming at one time; they’re coming over 15-20 years. It isn’t as overwhelming as people think it’s going to be.”At the same time, Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute, cautioned that with unemployment so low in both cities, many of the jobs Amazon will bring will likely go to people who don’t now live in either Arlington or New York. The inflow of those workers could burden schools and transportation systems.A coalition of non-profit groups warned that Amazon’s arrival will likely worsen housing affordability for many lower-income workers in the two cities. Roughly one-third of residents in Washington, D.C., and 40 per cent in New York pay more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, the groups, which include LeRoy’s Good Jobs First, pointed out. The typical rent in Queens, which includes Long Island City, is already $3,000 a month.Some analysts had thought Amazon might follow a trend that other companies have set and add jobs in cities where salaries and housing were often cheaper. A few Wall Street banks, for example, have sent many of their back-office jobs to states far from New York. The auto factories that once filled the Midwest have migrated to the South, where labour unions have held less sway.Instead, Amazon chose to expand its footprint to two places where salaries and home prices are relatively close to those of Seattle, its current sole headquarters city, said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at the real estate firm Zillow.“These two markets definitely can absorb this kind of employment shock — and they have some time to prepare for it,” he said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press