Whistler Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions for 2018 Edition

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Whistler, B.C. – The 18th Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting submissions, which will run from November 28th to December 2nd, 2018, and will feature up to 90 films comprised of approximately 45 features and 45 shorts. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres by the following deadlines: April 30th for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30th for regular submissions; and August 15th for late submissions.Cinematic excellence rests at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of the art form, the 2018 festival will feature up to seven juried competitive sections with 14 awards and $146,500 in cash prizes and commissions ($31,500 in cash prizes and $115,000 in prizes). Award categories include the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Awards, the World Documentary Award, the Mountain Culture Award, the International and Canadian ShortWork Awards, and the MPPIA Short Film Award, as well as the Alliance of Women Female Journalists’ EDA Awards for Best Feature and Best Short. All feature length films are also eligible for the Audience Award to be selected by the festival-going public who cast their votes for the most popular film.“Building on the success of our past 17 years, the Whistler Film Festival remains the last significant North American festival within each calendar year, and continues to build on its reputation as “Canada’s Coolest Festival”,” says Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “For Canadian dramatic films, all Western premieres will automatically compete for the prestigious Borsos Awards and filmmakers will have unprecedented access to distributors and industry executives from across the country. With a focus on indie production that continues to grow in prestige and influence each year, WFF affords unique publicity and distribution opportunities, and serves as an entry point to the North American market. Whistler is one festival that filmmakers can’t afford to miss.” Celebrating its 14th edition in 2018, the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia honours independent vision, original directorial style, and the diversity of talent found in Canadian independent film. All feature films of new, narrative work by Canadian filmmakers presenting their Western Canadian premieres at the festival will be eligible. In 2017, 20 entries were presented. For 14 consecutive years, Borsos Competition entries have exuded and celebrated the creative fire and artistry embodied by filmmaker Phillip Borsos, known for his inspiring work on the award-winning films The Grey Fox (1982), and Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990). An international jury of three seasoned industry veterans adjudicate the following awards: Best Canadian Feature Film (the largest cash and commission festival prize for a Canadian film after TIFF, which includes a $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver); Best Director of a Borsos Film presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia; Best Screenplay for a Borsos Film; Best Performance in a Borsos Film; and Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film sponsored by the International Cinematographers Guild | Local 669. Esteemed jury members have included Deepa Mehta, Jason Priestley, Luc Déry, Bruce Greenwood, Kim Cattrall, Ivan Reitman, Atom Egoyan, Donald Sutherland, Robert Lantos, and Norman Jewison among others to date.From the personal to the political, WFF’s World Documentary Competitionwill showcase innovative and unique documentaries from around the world. With courageous viewpoints and a deep-rooted desire to explore, these films capture the human spirit in its many guises and often challenge us to look at our world from a new perspective. An international jury of three will select the winner.As a reflection of the festival’s unique setting, WFF’s Mountain Culture Film Competition honours films from around the world that capture mountain places and experiences with a cinematic flourish. All films must be Western Canadian Premieres. A jury of three will select the winner.WFF’s ShortWork Competition will showcase up to 45 short films (under 50 minutes in length) within five short film programs. Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work of some of the world’s most interesting filmmakers. A jury of three will select the International winner and a Canadian winner, which is eligible for a $1,000 cash prize.WFF’s BC Student ShortWork Award will be presented to a short film produced by post-secondary students in British Columbia selected from a film program of up to ten films. A jury of three will select the winner, which is eligible for a $500 cash prize.Film submission guidelines are now available CLICK HERE.Recognized as one of Canada’s leading festivals and industry events, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition from November 28th to December 2nd. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five-day fest will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, artists of our time, lively celebrations, unique industry initiatives, time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.ABOUT WFFS:  The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering talent and project development programs for Canadian artists. Find out more CLICK HERE. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Screen Actors Guild calls for end to meetings in hotel rooms

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” said Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA.If no reasonable location is found, the union suggests members bring a “support peer” to meetings. SAG also said its members, when acting as a producer or decision maker, should adhere to the guideline.SAG-AFTRA represents some 160,000 actors and other entertainment and media professionals. Login/Register With: NEW YORK — The Screen Actors Guild on Thursday called for an end to auditions and professional meetings in private hotel rooms and residences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.SAG-AFTRA issued new guidelines that expand the guild’s code of conduct in an effort to curtail sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. SAG is asking producers and executives to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and homes, and is urging its members not to agree to meetings in such “high-risk locations.”The announcement is the part of the union’s initiative to improve workplace safety following the many accusations made against Weinstein. The now disgraced movie mogul is alleged by dozens of actresses to have used business meetings in private locations to make unwanted sexual advances. Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

STRATFORD FESTIVAL TACKLES GENDER BY CASTING WOMEN IN LEAD MALE ROLES

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Martha Henry is one of two women playing male lead roles at the Stratford Festival this year. She will be Prospero in The Tempest — the same play that launched her career at Stratford. (David Hou/Stratford Festival) Login/Register With: For the first time ever on the Stratford Festival’s main stage, two women will play male lead roles.But the opening night performance of The Tempest was cancelled after the festival received a bomb threat.When the play does open, Martha Henry, arguably one of Canada’s most esteemed theatre actors, will be playing Prospero. For Henry, now 80, that means that instead of her career being over, she’s now performing the role of a lifetime.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Henry’s first role at Stratford was in 1962 — and it was The Tempest, too. She appeared as Miranda opposite William Hutt in the lead as Prospero. Now she’s come full circle, playing Prospero as a woman, and mother, opposite the young Mamie Zwettler as her daughter Miranda. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Indigo Announces Free Shipping for All Books This Summer at Indigoca

first_imgAdvertisement To help Canadians prepare their summer reading list, Indigo’s book experts put together their top picks of the season. From soon-to-be-blockbuster-movies and the biggest thriller of the summer, to a 20th anniversary special edition ofHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, these titles will keep Canadians big and small reading all season long.Top Adults Summer BooksThe President is Missing – James Patterson and Bill ClintonThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark MansonThen She Was Gone – Lisa JewellThe Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth WareThe Outsider – Stephen KingEducated – Tara WestoverSapiens – Yuval Noah HarariSharp Objects – Gillian FlynnCrazy Rich Asians – Kevin KwanThe Perfect Couple – Elin HilderbrandTop Kids Summer BooksWings of Fire #11 – Tui T SutherlandPositively Izzy – Terri LibensonDragon Masters #10: Waking the Rainbow Dragon – Tracey WestHug a Tree, Geronimo – Geronimo StiltonEveryday ABC – Paul CovelloOcean Meets Sky – Terry FanCece Loves Science – Kimberly DertingWeird but True Canada – National GeographicConfidence Code for Girls – Katty KayHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – House Edition – JK RowlingFor more information on Indigo please visit indigo.ca.About IndigoIndigo is the world’s first Cultural Department Store – a physical and digital meeting place inspired by and filled with books, music, art, ideas, beautifully designed lifestyle products and the creative people who make our experience happen. Indigo believes in real books, in living life fully and generously, in being kind to each other and that stories – big and little – connect us. Advertisement Advertisement _________________________________1 Valid from July 3, 2018 – August 31, 2018 at indigo.ca with a purchase of any book, using a valid plum rewards membership. Excludes heavy and/or oversized items or shipments to remote areas as described at indigo.ca/freeshipping. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: TORONTO – Indigo (TSX: IDG), the world’s first cultural department store, today announced that for the first time ever, any order from Indigo.ca that contains a book will ship for free for plum® members1.“Books are at the centre of everything we do at Indigo and we are excited to offer free shipping on all books at Indigo.ca all summer long,” said Kirsten Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP Digital at Indigo. “Summer is the perfect time to unwind and unplug with a great read, and for those people who choose to shop online for convenience, we want to ensure that we continue to provide amazing value while inspiring a love of reading.”Free shipping will apply to all books Indigo sells online, including audiobooks. To qualify, customers must be an existing member of Indigo’s free program plum® rewards. The plum® rewards program allows customers to earn points for purchases at Indigo as well as enjoy personalized recommendations, bonus points offers and invitations to exclusive events. Customers interested in signing up can visit indigo.ca or any store location. Twitterlast_img read more

Recent Developments Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firm

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn November 10, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Brenda Brown ordered an investigation into the allegations made against a Calgary law firm. We do not know how many of the Blott and Company lawyers are facing these allegations.There is a publication ban on material that is before the court.The original air date for the APTN Investigates episode on this matter was to be Jan. 27, 2012. Many of our sources urged us to move the broadcast date up so that their concerns could be made known to the public as soon as possible. So we decided to move the date of our broadcast up to November 28.Our investigation was nearing completion in late October. That’s when the people responsible for overseeing the Indian residential school students’ compensation process suddenly took action. We say “suddenly” because a handful of reliable sources have told us they’d had been reporting concerns for three years or longer and seeing no action. That lack of visible action is what prompted some of those sources to approach APTN Investigates.But after we began asking questions, things definitely started to happen.A meeting attended by a number of senior officials was held in Stand Off, AB. on Oct. 22.More than a dozen people attended that meeting in the Chief Shot Both Sides Building on the Blood Reserve. Included in that number was court monitor Randy Bennett, Michael Mooney of Crawford Class Action Services, National Administrative Committee member Kathleen Mahoney and her spouse Phil Fontaine, former national chief and representative plaintiff for the residential schools settlement agreement, Treaty 7 Grand Chief Charles Weasel Head, who is also chief of the Blood Tribe, Charlene Belleau, head of the AFN residential schools unit, and others.The allegations former students were making against Blott and Company were put before the court monitor at that Saturday meeting in Southern Alberta. We are told the court monitor made the decision then and there to ask the court to order an investigation.We expect the matter was discussed when the Oversight Committee met in Toronto on Oct. 25, but the minutes of that meeting have not yet been posted online.Shortly after that meeting in Stand Off, Mooney applied to British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Brenda Brown for an ex parte order suspending the law firm from contact with its clients. That order was issued in Vancouver on October 31.An ex parte application is one where the other side is not present to argue against the action requested of the court. Ex parte processes are very rare. After the suspension order was issued, the parties were summoned to appear before Justice Brown in Vancouver on November 10.At the end of that day-long hearing, Justice Brown lifted the suspension so that Blott and Company clients could resume receiving legal representation. But the judge ordered the court monitor to commence an investigation into the allegations.As we said earlier, the judge placed a publication ban on materials before the court. APTN Investigates does not know what is before the court. We have not obtained any materials or information from what has been filed in court. We are reporting only on information we gathered independently. Most of that information was gathered well before the court became involved in this matter. Many current or former Blott clients allowed us to look through their files and see the paperwork associated with their claims last August.During the last weekend in November, the court monitor began seizing files. One of our sources voluntarily surrendered the material she had placed in the possession of Russell D. Taylor, a private investigator in Alberta.last_img read more

Banishments have roots in traditional FN governance

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe idea of banishment got a lot of attention last week when an Alberta First Nation voted to kick criminals off the reserve.But this kind of banishment from the band has historical roots in many First Nation societies.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

Now is the time for action says Atleo

first_img(AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo speaks Thursday at the closing of the special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que. APTN/Photo)APTN National News OTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said First Nations people were part of a “singular great struggle” and a force to be “reckoned with.”Atleo, speaking at the closing of a special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., said the Harper government was “back sliding” on its commitment to work with First Nations by cutting funding to organizations and pushing legislation that threatened the rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.“We are saying to the country we will simply not stand for it any longer,” said Atleo. “Our leaders are deeply concerned and our people are frustrated and, make no mistake about it, angry about the government’s lack of action.”The special chiefs assembly was largely overshadowed by Tuesday’s protest on Parliament Hill which led to a group of chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario scuffling with security guards at the threshold of the House of Commons Chamber where MPs pass and debate the laws of the country.Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox he wanted to enter the chamber to speak directly to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.During his speech, Atleo singled out Fox and praised him for his leadership.Atleo said the action had sent a clear message to the country and to Parliament that First Nations leaders would no longer allow the current situation to continue.“We will stand with one another,” said Alteo. “Now is the time for action.”A total of 236 chiefs and their proxies attended the meeting.last_img read more

Everyone in Kashechewan community ordered to evacuate

first_imgAPTN National NewsOfficials in Kashechewan announced that everyone must leave the community Monday.The northern Ontario First Nation sits on the shores of James Bay and is, once again, threatened by rising spring waters.APTN’s Annette Francis and cameraman Jason Leroux just returned from the community has this first a two stories.last_img

Will Alberta bitumen decide who wins in an eastern Quebec riding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Avignon-La Mitis-Matapedia riding is shaping up to be a close four way race.A few thousand votes could swing in any directions.Which is why Mi’gmaq voters in the riding could play an important role come election night.And the issue they’re following?The potential of Alberta bitumen being shipped into their area.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Police shoot and kill man in Algonquin community of Lac Simon Quebec

first_img(Members of Lac Simon, Que say Sandy Michel was killed by local police Wednesday night in the community. Photo from facebook)Tom FennarioAPTN National NewsLAC SIMON, QUE– A man was killed by police in the Algonquin community of Lac Simon Wednesday evening.Lac Simon police responded to a call of a man brandishing a knife at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time.A number of sources in the community say the man was Sandy Michel of Lac Simon.Michel, who was in 20’s, was first hit by a police car. Shots from police were fired later.It is not clear what killed Michel.Lac Simon is located about 495 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Quebec’s provincial police force, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), has since taken over the investigation.According to the SQ, the man was taken by ambulance to hospital in Val d’Or where he died.This is the second deadly shooting the small Algonquin community has faced since February.After Wednesday’s shooting, emotions were running high.According to a post on Facebook, members of the community surrounded SQ officers as they arrived.“Following the intervention, a group of people allegedly tried to attack the police to Lac-Simon and so the Sûreté du Québec were requested as reinforcements,” said the SQ, Benoit Coutu. “Ten SQ officers were dispatched to the scene and a perimeter was established.” The SQ has been mandated by the Ministry of Public Security to take over policing duties in the community until further notice.The Ministry of Public Security also said that the SQ will conduct an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened between police and Lac Simon residents Wednesday night.In February, Lac Simon police Officer Thierry LeRoux, 26, was shot and killed by community member Anthony Raymond Papatie. Papatie took his own life after confessing to the shooting on Facebook.More to come …last_img read more

Mikmaq author says Halifax on the right road to reconciliation

first_imgAnna Cormier APTN National NewsA respected Mi’kmaq author says Halifax is on the right road to reconciliation after the council voted to form a committee to review how it honours a controversial figure around the city.Edward Cornwallis is the former governor of the city – but maybe best known for putting a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps.last_img

Senator Drilling plan carveout for Florida may be illegal

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling, a Democratic senator charged Thursday.Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in U.S. coastal waters.Zinke’s action is especially outrageous because Florida — unlike California, Washington and other states — did not expressly oppose the drilling proposal in written comments submitted to the Interior Department, Cantwell said.While Florida Gov. Rick Scott voiced opposition soon after the plan’s Jan. 4 release, a letter submitted by the state Department of Environmental Protection last year did not oppose the drilling plan or ask for Florida to be exempted. Instead, the letter warned about the effects of oil and gas activities on the environment and urged that “long-term protection of Florida’s sensitive coastal and marine resources should be of paramount concern” in developing a drilling plan.By contrast, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington told Interior they “strongly oppose any new leasing” off their coasts and asked to be removed from the plan.By exempting Florida but not other states, Zinke showed he is “more concerned with politics than proper process when it comes to making key decisions that affect our coastal communities,” said Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee.Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, called Zinke’s action troubling. Singling out one state for exemption “may well violate federal law” that requires formal notice and comment period before taking regulatory action, he said.An Interior spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday. But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied the administration gave special treatment to Scott, a Republican and ally of President Donald Trump who is considered a likely Senate candidate later this year.“I’m not aware of any political favour that that (Florida exemption) would have been part of, so, no,” Sanders said.In announcing the exemption for Florida on Tuesday, Zinke called Scott “a straightforward leader that can be trusted.”Zinke added that he supports Scott’s position that “Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Zinke’s action “violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action.”Like Florida, California and other coastal states “rely on our beautiful coasts for tourism and our economy,” Lieu said, adding that he believes courts will strike down the drilling plan.The American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and gas lobbying group, also questioned Zinke’s action — but from the other direction. The group called the Florida withdrawal “premature” and said restricting access to the Eastern Gulf of Mexico in particular “puts hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk across the country and along the Gulf Coast.”API spokesman Reid Porter said the Trump administration “should follow the established process” for developing an offshore drilling program, including public comment. “It is important that Interior complies with all the legal procedures and requirements for putting together” a drilling program on the Outer Continental Shelf, Porter said.Questions about the legality of the Zinke’s decision came as bipartisan opposition to the drilling plan mounted. Several governors, including leaders of Washington state, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maryland, asked for their states to be withdrawn from the plan and requested meetings with Zinke.A spokeswoman for Zinke said he spoke with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday and expects to speak Friday with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and California Gov. Jerry Brown.Democrats from coastal states accuse Zinke and Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders while rewarding Republicans.Zinke announced plans last week to greatly expand offshore oil drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans, including more than a dozen states where drilling is now blocked. The five-year plan would open 90 per cent of the nation’s offshore reserves to development by private companies.Industry groups praised the announcement, while environmental groups denounced the plan, saying it would harm America’s oceans, coastal economies, public health and marine life.last_img read more

Small and mediumsized businesses to up investment spend 3 this year BDC

first_imgMONTREAL – A new report by the Business Development Bank of Canada says small and mid-sized businesses in Canada are expected to increase their investments by three per cent this year to $140.5 billion.BDC says the increase is due largely to a surge in business acquisition plans.It says business owners expect to increase their spending on acquiring other businesses this year to $18.9 billion, up from $10.6 billion in 2017.Sustaining growth was the top-cited reason for investing, followed by boosting the value of the business and keeping pace with the competition, the report says.The technology sector saw the highest growth in investment intentions, followed by the services sector. Plans for the manufacturing were flat and a decline was expected in the construction and resources sector.BDC’s annual study of investment intentions is based on a survey conducted last August and September that included 4,019 business owners.last_img read more

Barclays to pay 2 billion to US to settle mortgage suit

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – British bank Barclays became the latest big bank to reach a multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities over its role in the subprime mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. But in a rare and notable move, U.S. authorities went further to fine two individual bankers as part of their alleged role in the subprime mortgage crisis.Barclays agreed to pay $2 billion in civil penalties on Thursday to settle charges that it sold fraudulent mortgage-backed securities to investors between 2005 and 2007, and that it misled investors on the quality of those loans that it sold to the public. They are similar charges that other banks like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup have reached over the last several years in regards to their respective roles in the financial crisis. Barclays was one the last holdouts of the big banks.Two former Barclays executives will pay fines as well. Paul Menefee, a banker who helped package subprime mortgages into securities, and John Carroll, who was the bank’s head trader of mortgage-backed securities, will pay a combined $2 million in fines in exchange for having the charges against them being dismissed. It has been rare for U.S. authorities to charge Wall Street bankers for their alleged role in the subprime housing bubble.“Solely to put this matter behind him, Mr. Menefee has agreed to a settlement in which he has not admitted any wrongdoing,” said Barry Berke and Dani James, lawyers with the firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who represented Menefee in the case.The law firm representing Carroll echoed similar statements.“John Carroll is pleased that the government has relented in its efforts to prove wrongdoing where none exists, and consistent with that position, we have agreed to settle this case without an admission to these meritless allegations,” said Glen McGorty, partner at Crowell & Moring, in a statement.The Justice Department originally sued Barclays and several of its U.S. affiliates in late 2016 over the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities. Barclays CEO Jes Staley said in a statement that the settlement was “fair and proportionate.”“The substantial penalty Barclays and its executives have agreed to pay is an important step in recognizing the harm that was caused to the national economy and to investors,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York.last_img read more

Canada increases oil exports finding buyers in the US despite shale oil

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board says Canadian oil exports rose by 6.5 per cent last year to 3.3 million barrels per day despite an increase in light shale oil production in the United States, Canada’s biggest customer and competitor.The federal regulator says heavy crude made up 77 per cent or 2.5 million bpd of Canadian exports, continuing a trend that has resulted in such exports rising by 48 per cent over the past five years as new oilsands projects come on stream in Alberta.Light oil exports fell six per cent in 2017 to 760,000 bpd, a reduction of 13 per cent from five years ago.The NEB says the U.S. still wants to buy Canadian heavy crude because many of its refineries are configured to process it and it is a cheaper feedstock than light oil.Higher oil prices and volumes resulted in the value of Canada’s oil exports rising to $66.9 billion in 2017 from $49.9 billion the year before.Last year, about 90 per cent of crude oil exports were moved by pipeline to the U.S., according to the NEB. Crude-by-rail export volumes rose 44 per cent due to pipeline capacity constraints, but remained a much less-utilized option at about 130,000 bpd.last_img read more

Strike at CP Railway postponed commuter and freight service to continue

first_imgCALGARY – A rail strike has been temporarily averted after the federal labour minister ordered employees of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. to vote on the company’s final offers, just hours before they were set to walk off the job.Statements from both CP Rail and two unions representing workers say the minister’s order to administer a ratification vote on each of the two offers follows advice of federal mediators.In a release late Friday, representatives for the unions recommended that their members reject the company’s offers.Earlier this week, the Teamsters and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers gave the railway a 72-hour notice of strike action.CP Rail said in a statement that the minister’s order means there will be no disruption in commuter or freight service.“CP will immediately begin to execute a safe and structured start-up of its train operations in Canada,” the railway said in a statement Friday night.However, a statement from the unions says the company’s offers don’t have a “chance in hell of being ratified.”An electronic vote on the offers will be conducted by the Canada Industrial Relations Boards at an undetermined date.The unions say if the offers are rejected, workers will be free to strike.A shut down of CP Rail services would have wide ranging repercussions.Via Rail Canada had warned passengers Friday that a strike might force it to cancel morning trains on Saturday and Sunday between Sudbury and White River, Ont.And Greater Toronto transit operator Metrolinx had warned of possible delays for customers on its Milton and Barrie lines. It noted CP also owns a section of corridor leading into the Hamilton GO Centre and train service to and from this station would not be provided, although regular GO bus service would continue and extra buses would be put into service.The BC Rapid Transit Company said Friday it would provide buses if a CP Rail disruption stopped its West Coast Express train service in the Greater Vancouver area.VIA Rail and Metrolinx had advised customers to check their websites for updates.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)last_img read more

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

first_imgA British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand is suing Elon Musk, alleging that the Tesla CEO falsely accused him of being a pedophile.Diver Vernon Unsworth, who lives north of London, contends that Musk made the false allegation on Twitter and then repeated multiple other falsehoods after the dramatic rescue of a dozen youth soccer players and their coach in July.The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations. Tesla did not respond to requests for comment Monday.Musk called Unsworth a “pedo” in a tweet to his 22.5 million followers after Unsworth criticized Musk in a July 13 television interview with CNN about the rescue.Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn’t used and in the interview, Unsworth called it a “PR stunt” and said it wouldn’t have worked to free the boys who were trapped in the flooded cave. He also said Musk “can stick his submarine somewhere where it hurts.”The lawsuit alleges that Musk, apparently angered by Unsworth’s remarks, began a campaign to destroy his reputation “by publishing false and heinous accusations of criminality against him to the public.”In a series of tweets July 15, Musk, who personally delivered the submarine to the cave, wrote that he never saw Unsworth and challenged him to show a video of the final rescue. “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it,” Musk tweeted. Later on Twitter, Musk wrote “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”Later Musk deleted the tweets and apologized after being criticized by shareholders, the lawsuit alleged, stating in a tweet that his words were “spoken in anger” and that the sub was built out of kindness according to specifications from the dive team leader.But on Aug. 28, Musk tweeted about Unsworth once again, writing: “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me? He was offered free legal services.” The lawsuit states that with the tweet, Musk sought to tell the average reader that Unsworth’s failure to sue at the time was evidence that Unsworth is a pedophile.Two days after the Aug. 28 tweet, Musk emailed a BuzzFeed News reporter, suggesting that the reporter investigate Unsworth and “stop defending child rapists,” according to the lawsuit, which is 65 pages with exhibits.“He’s an old, single white guy from England who’s been travelling or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years,” Musk wrote, adding that Unsworth moved in Thailand “for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time,” according to the lawsuit.Then in a second email to BuzzFeed, Musk accused Unsworth of being a liar and said he wasn’t on the cave dive team.“Mr. Unsworth is not a pedophile. Mr. Unsworth has never engaged in an act of pedophilia. Mr. Unsworth is not a child rapist,” the lawsuit stated, adding that Unsworth has never been married to a minor.Unsworth has a “significant other” in Thailand, a 40-year-old woman with whom he shares a house, according to the lawsuit. He first started going to Thailand in 2011, where he explored and mapped caves, the documents stated.The lawsuit explains Unsworth’s role in the rescue, saying that on June 23, when the soccer players became trapped, several Thai officials called and asked him to go to the cave as soon as possible. He was the first foreign rescuer to arrive.He recommended that the Thai government seek help from divers in the United Kingdom, and Unsworth called friend and fellow diver Rob Harper. Harper, who had just returned from exploring Thai caves with Unsworth, brought two other divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, to help with the rescue.The boys, ages 11-16, were found July 2 by Volanthen and Stanton, according to the lawsuit.The last soccer player was rescued July 8. “Together with Mr. Unsworth, Mr. Harper, Mr. Volanthen, and Mr. Stanton put together the dive portion of the rescue plan that ultimately saved the boys,” the lawsuit stated. It concedes that Unsworth was not involved in the final planning stages of the rescue because he didn’t have enough experience to make the dive.The lawsuit was filed by lawyers led by L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta attorney who has represented plaintiffs in several high-profile libel cases including the family of homicide victim JonBenet Ramsey and security guard Richard Jewel, who was accused in media reports of being a suspect in a 1996 bombing during the Olympics in Atlanta, a crime committed by anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph. The documents said a separate lawsuit would be filed in England.Unsworth will not do interviews, Wood said, but the attorney said in a statement that Musk’s wealth “cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law.”Unsworth’s British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said that “Twibels (Twitter libels) show that falsehoods by the rich and powerful can circulate round the globe to their 22.5 million followers and to the media before the truth can pull its boots on.”“The truth has now got its boots on and Elon Musk is being brought to account for repeatedly attacking and taunting the good name of an ordinary spelunker: Vernon Unsworth who answered the call and (with others) put his life on the line to help rescue the 13 trapped in the caves in Thailand,” he said.Stephens did not say when Unsworth planned to file a claim in the British courts.___Krisher reported from Detroit. 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Turkey warns ExxonMobil against drilling with Greek Cypriots

first_imgISTANBUL — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has cautioned an international energy company against co-operating with the government of Cyprus in its search for gas.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Sunday that the exploratory drilling ExxonMobil has started in the eastern Mediterranean “did not contribute to the region’s stability” and could change “sensitive balances.”Turkey strongly objects to Cyprus searching for gas on its own. The Turkish government says any potential wealth must be shared with Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus.Aksoy noted he was repeating “warnings” to energy companies about the “Greek Cypriots’ one-sided exploration and extraction.”He says Turkey plans to begin drilling in areas off the northern coast of Cyprus’ coast along with exploring the continental shelf of Turkey, which began last month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Blueberry River First Nations tap water is now safe

first_img – Before using your water, run all the cold water faucets for one minute. – Remove all screens on your faucet and clean them in soap and water and then rinse. – Run all drinking fountains for one full minute. – If you have a water softener, run it through a regeneration cycle and be sure to check your owners manual for additional minutes.The First Nations Health Authority shares after you have followed all of the above instructions the tap water is safe to use.For more information, contact Health Centre, Environment Health Officer and/or Chief and Council FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ban on drinking tap water for the Blueberry River First Nation has now been lifted.The First Nations Health Authority shares, corrective measure have been taken, Blueberry tap water was re-tested and it was determined that the previous lab-reported nitrate levels were inaccurate due to a sampling error. A wrong preservative in the sampling bottle caused an inaccurate result. Nitrate levels were re-tested at four locations in Blueberry on February 19, 2019, and all were satisfactory, so the tap water has always been safe.The following steps are to ensure your water is safe for drinking;last_img read more

ChandigarhDibrugarh Express trains engine catches fire 2 killed

first_imgGuwahati/Jalpaiguri: Two passengers of the Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Express died on Friday after they jumped out of the moving train between the Chaterhat and Nijbari section in West Bengal when they saw smoke emanating from the locomotive’s engine, said Railway sources.The guard of a passing goods train saw smoke and flame coming out of the rear engine of the express train in the afternoon and reported it to its driver, sources said. As panic spread among the passengers, two of them jumped out and died of injuries, officials said. Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and extinguished the flames, sources said, adding another engine was attached to the train, which then proceeded to Chaterhat. Prima facie it is appears the fuel tank of the rear engine had fallen off, got dragged along the track and caught fire, sources said. The main line on the route under Barsoi-New Jalpaiguri section of North East Frontier Railway was blocked due to the incident. A probe into the incident is being conducted by the Railway authorities.last_img read more