FREDERICTON – It’s not a sale on corn or blueberries advertised on the grocery store road sign in St. Stephen, N.B. Instead, spelled out in bright, bold letters, is the notice “hiring in all departments.”“In the old days, you know, boy, people would be lining up for those jobs. It used to be very difficult to find jobs around there,” Francis McGuire, president of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, said Tuesday. “Now they can’t fill the jobs.”The sign highlights the acute labour shortages facing businesses in New Brunswick, the only province in Canada to record a drop in population over a five-year period, according to the 2016 census.The troubling population decrease has prompted New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant to create a new cabinet portfolio focusing on population growth, part of a major cabinet shuffle unveiled Tuesday in the leadup to next year’s provincial election.Outside of New Brunswick’s urban centres, the population decline is pronounced. Towns like St. Stephen dwindled by more than eight per cent while some rural areas experienced double-digit population declines.Gallant said the new portfolio of labour, employment and population growth will ensure the province has the workforce it needs to grow the economy.“This will help strengthen our workforce and grow our population which will combat our most significant challenge: an aging population,” he said.According to provincial statistics, there were almost 141,000 students in New Brunswick schools in 1991. Last year that number was about 98,000 students.Last month, Gallant was enthusiastic when it became clear the Education Department missed its cost-reduction targets — because the influx of 650 Syrian refugees stemmed the steady decline in student enrolment.“It is good to have more people,” Gallant said then.Gallant named Gilles LePage, a backbencher from the northern New Brunswick Restigouche West riding, minister of labour, employment and population growth.The aim to grow the population is coupled with a renewed focus on job creation in the province’s traditional industries through the second new portfolio of agriculture, mines and rural affairs.“To continue to grow the New Brunswick economy, we must consistently work at growing our population and workforce, and we must support industries that are in rural New Brunswick,” Gallant said.The demographic crunch of low birth rates, youth out-migration and an aging population is playing out across Atlantic Canada.Herb Emery, the University of New Brunswick’s Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, said many rural regions in Canada are struggling with a static or shrinking population.“Fertility rates started to collapse after 1965 down to below replacement,” he said. “The challenge has always been how do you reverse that and one answer is natural resource development.”Emery said natural resource development attracts investment, causes in-migration and sparks population growth.He pointed to the shale gas boom in Pennsylvania as an example of population growth spurred by development.“The fracking boom in the U.S. is thought to have had a positive impact on fertility rates because younger people with higher incomes tended to pair up,” Emery said. “If you have high youth unemployment, people tend to delay marriage and delay fertility.”Citing public opposition, the New Brunswick government announced in 2016 that it would keep a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in place indefinitely.McGuire, former head of Major Drilling Group International, said the labour shortage has been a growing issue in the private sector.He said companies are facing challenges recruiting workers, caused by both demographic challenges and a “skills mismatch.”“The provincial government is listening to what the private sector has been saying for a couple years. We just can’t find people.”– By Brett Bundale in Halifax
TORONTO – The Canadian government is sending a team to the Caribbean to determine what help Canada can provide to victims of hurricane Irma.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the assessment team is headed for Antigua.He says the team will look at what humanitarian assistance can be provided to the region.Among the tools the government can use is its Disaster Assistance Response Team, made up of members of the military and civilians from Global Affairs Canada.The DART can go to anywhere in the world on short notice to provide humanitarian assistance.There were calls on the weekend for Canada to do more to help some of the Canadian citizens who were caught up in Irma’s wrath.Nearly 300 Canadians have asked for assistance, Global Affairs said Sunday.
TORONTO – U.S. first lady Melania Trump encouraged the American team participating in an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans to take their “fighting spirit” and “bring home the gold.”Trump also applauded the team members Saturday for their contributions, calling them “our heroes.”“On behalf of my husband and our entire country, I want to thank you and your families for all you have sacrificed to keep us safe,” she said at a reception at a downtown Toronto hotel for the nearly 100 U.S. athletes competing in the Invictus Games, a creation of Prince Harry.“I also want to wish you good luck, though I know you won’t need it in these Games,” Trump said. “Take that fighting spirit that I know you have and bring home the gold.”Her first piece of business after arriving earlier Saturday was to visit with Prince Harry.Trump was heard telling the prince, whom she was meeting for the first time, that she had just arrived on a flight from Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump was spending the weekend at his golf club in central New Jersey.“Nice to meet you,” Harry said as they were introduced and shook hands. They stood together and smiled for the British and American news media before sitting in adjoining club chairs placed in front of their countries’ respective flags.Harry remarked on how busy the first lady has been. She was in New York this week for Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly, delivered an address of her own at a UN luncheon, and on Friday joined children from the Washington area to plant, harvest and wash vegetables grown in a garden on the White House lawn.“Yes, very busy,” she said, before offering a compliment in return. “You’re doing a fantastic job,” she said.Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said she and Prince Harry chatted about the competition during their approximately 20-minute meeting and joshed about which country would take home the most medals. She also invited him to the White House the next time he visits Washington.Later in the day, the first lady met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and two of their three children before the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games.“So beautiful,” Trump said to the two Trudeau children, Xavier and Ella-Grace. “I’m so glad you joined us.”She then asked where the youngest child was, three-year-old Hadrien.“It’s bedtime for him, so he’s not here tonight,” Trudeau said.The first lady led a U.S. delegation to the third annual Invictus Games that included Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, professional golfer Nancy Lopez and entertainer Wayne Newton, a celebrity spokesman for a memorial to honour American Indian and Alaska Native veterans.Grisham said the first lady feels strongly that service members, veterans and their families should be honoured daily and that her decision to lead the delegation reflected her “utmost respect” for their hard work, courage and sacrifices.Prince Harry, a military veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, established the Invictus Games in 2014 for sick and wounded service members and veterans from around the globe.London was the setting for the inaugural event in 2015, followed by Orlando, Fla., last year.— With files from Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – Newly independent Sen. Lynn Beyak is refuting Andrew Scheer’s version of the facts surrounding his decision to kick her out of the Conservative caucus — and blasting his inexperienced leadership.Scheer booted Beyak last week, saying she had refused to remove offensive content in letters she posted to her Senate website expressing support for her controversial comments last year in praise of the residential school system.In a written statement Monday, Beyak effectively accused Scheer of not telling the truth.“Contrary to his statement, that he asked me to remove content and I refused, neither I nor my staff ever spoke with Andrew Scheer or anyone from his office, at any time,” Beyak said.She also disputed his allegation that she “admitted that she intentionally posted racist correspondence about Indigenous Canadians to her parliamentary website.”“That statement is completely false,” Beyak said. “I would never say or do such a thing.”Scheer’s office has said the two spoke by phone about the letters, but Beyak said she found out about the decision to boot her from caucus through the media.Jake Enwright, a spokesman for Scheer, pointed to the written statement he issued last week, which claimed Scheer found out about the letters on Jan. 2, and removed her from the caucus after she refused to remove the racist content.“The facts outlined in that statement stand,” Enwright said.Beyak also accused Scheer of falling prey to attempts by the governing Liberals to distract from their own political problems by going after the letters, which have been visible on her website for months.“A good leader would never have fallen for such a ploy, but when an inexperienced leader wins by a small margin, and does not adequately consider other viewpoints, some wisdom and common sense are lost,” she said.“We deserve better leadership other than the current choices, who are mired in, or hampered by, political correctness.”Beyak went on to defend her comments and the letters she posted as a “voice for free speech.”Liberal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott wrote Monday to Scheer and Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith, urging them to help get the offending letters removed from the parliamentary website.Beyak, a business owner from northwestern Ontario, was appointed to the Senate by former prime minister Stephen Harper in 2013. She will continue to sit in the Senate as an independent.The residential schools controversy began last spring when Beyak said there were many positives about residential schools that have been overshadowed by talk of the atrocities that took place in them, including widespread physical, psychological and sexual abuse.Calls for her resignation heightened in September when she posted an open letter on her Senate website telling Indigenous Canadians to give up their status cards and pursue Canadian citizenship, apparently unaware that they are already citizens. She also advised them to practice their culture “with their own dime.”At that time Scheer said he didn’t agree with her comments and had asked her to consider leaving the caucus if she couldn’t embrace a “positive, inclusive message.” But he stopped short of forcing her out then.That changed last week when the existence of the letters on her website surfaced.A defiant Beyak vowed Monday that she will not be silenced.“As an independent senator, I will continue to be a voice for freedom of speech,” she said. “I consider it my duty and my role, as well as a great privilege, to speak on behalf of so many wise Canadians.”— follow @mrabson on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Jake Enwright’s surname.
OTTAWA – Some personal and professional details about Catherine Tait, the newly appointed president and chief executive of CBC/Radio-Canada.Age: 60Education: Attended the University of Toronto for her undergraduate studies, graduate studies at Boston University, and post-graduate studies at the University of Paris.Notable jobs: Former president of Salter Street Films, which produced a CBC mainstay, “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”; founding partner of Hollywood Suite, the largest licensee of Canadian feature films.Government experience: Worked at Telefilm Canada as a policy manager in the 1980s; was Canada’s cultural attache to France between 1989 and 1991.Current position: President of Duopoly, a digital, television and film content production company. She takes over as president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada in July.Fun fact: Arts run in the family — her husband is a sculptor and her daughter is a photographer.No joke: iThentic, a company she co-founded, created digital comedy content for the CBC and TheBeaverton.com.Quote: “For me to be here as the first woman CEO of Radio-Canada is an incredible honour. My greatest aspiration is to make a meaningful contribution to ensure a robust future for one of Canada’s greatest and most important cultural institutions.”
VICTORIA – The economic cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 was $38.4 billion, or about $1,100 for every Canadian, says a report released Tuesday.The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction partnered with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research to examine the data and estimate the harms of substance use based on health, justice, lost productivity and other costs.The study concludes that despite record opioid overdose deaths across Canada, more than two-thirds of substance use costs are associated with alcohol and tobacco.It finds the four substances associated with the largest costs are alcohol at $14.6 billion, tobacco at $12 billion, opioids at $3.5 billion and marijuana at $2.8 billion.The report says the ability to track costs and harms caused by each substance will be a valuable asset to federal, provincial and territorial efforts to reduce the damage caused by these substances.In concludes the costs associated with alcohol use jumped from $369 per person in 2007 to $412 per person in 2014.Tim Stockwell, with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria, says many people would consider opioids to be the cause of the most economic and personal harm.“I think most people would be surprised to know that alcohol and tobacco are killing ten times more people than the other illicit drugs combined.”Matthew Young, a senior research and policy analyst at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction in Ottawa, says the report comes at a time when Canada is in the midst of a deadly opioid overdose crisis and is about to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in October.“Even though those are really important, we shouldn’t lose sight of some of the substances we take for granted that are intertwined with our regular lives because they do still exact a toll,” he says.
TORONTO – The parents of Faisal Hussain, whose shooting spree Sunday in Toronto’s Greektown left two people dead and 13 injured, say their son had struggled all his life with psychosis and depression, but none of the medications or therapies he tried were able to overcome his mental illness.In a brief statement, Hussain’s parents said they had done their best to seek care for their son, who was found dead from a gunshot wound after exchanging gunfire with police during the weekend incident.Their story illustrates the difficulties many families face in getting help for a loved one suffering from a severe psychiatric illness, especially given an acknowledged lack of access to mental health services in Ontario and elsewhere across the country.So what are such families to do?“I’ve actually had clients sit in my office and ponder if there’s nothing that they can do and are they at a point where it’s time to get a divorce, for example, they feel so hopeless,” said Lisa Feldstein, a Toronto lawyer who helps families navigate the mental health system.“Or they feel they’ve done everything they can for their child and now they just have to accept there’s nothing more.”While Hussain’s family revealed no further details about his diagnosis, treatment or emotional state prior to the attack, Feldstein said there are cases in which treatments simply aren’t effective.“It is possible that he could have had the best of care and nothing was working,” she said, noting that treating mental illnesses is both “an art and a science.”For families dealing with serious psychiatric illness in a loved one, getting help could mean reaching out to such advocacy organizations as a local Schizophrenia Society or the Canadian Mental Health Association, which can offer support, information and advice on how to effectively make their way through the often thorny mental health system.And if a loved one’s condition appears to be deteriorating — the person isn’t caring for themselves or is threatening harm to themselves or others — families can take steps to have them admitted to a hospital for psychiatric care, either voluntarily or involuntarily.Dr. David Goldbloom, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, said some individuals with conditions such as psychosis-inducing schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may not recognize they have a psychiatric illness and refuse to acknowledge a need for treatment.“The first step is trying to engage that person in getting some help and figuring out who has the best leverage with that person,” he said. “Who does that person trust to engage them to get some help voluntarily?”If that is unsuccessful, families may be forced to turn to what may seem a more draconian measure.In Ontario, for instance, a family doctor can complete Form 1 under the Mental Health Act within seven days of examining a patient, which would authorize police to apprehend — not arrest — them for transfer to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. A patient can be held involuntarily for 72 hours.Form 3, which must be completed by a second physician, authorizes a hospital to keep a patient with severe symptoms for up to two weeks, said Goldbloom. Form 4 stretches that period to two months.A patient who is “formed” can contest such an order within a week of admission before a special board; and under Ontario law, the person also has the right to refuse treatment.“There is ultimately no upper limit on involuntary hospitalization in terms of duration, but every time it is rendered the patient has an opportunity to challenge it,” explained Goldbloom.“But at all times the goal is hopefully to work toward voluntary hospitalization,” he said, adding that the same is true for persuading a patient to take prescribed medications.“There’s a variety of ways it plays out … the clinical staff aren’t just sitting there staring at them — they’re trying to engage them to earn their trust.“And if that’s successful, the person may start to think ‘Maybe I should do this.’ But others will say ‘No, no, no — I’m not touching any of that medication. I want my hearing.”A hearing by the Consenting Capacity Board is designed to ascertain whether a person is capable of agreeing to treatment.The board determines if someone has the ability to understand the nature of the treatment, its benefits, risks and the alternatives, “which includes the consequences of not having treatment,” said Goldbloom.“And it’s about understanding intellectually but also about appreciating it at a personal level,” he said. “So you could understand a treatment but not appreciate that it would be of benefit to you.”Goldbloom said the core of treating a person with mental illness is creating a therapeutic alliance between patient and practitioner.“The engagement isn’t just about ‘take your meds,’” he said. “The engagement with whoever’s providing the treatment should be about more than that. It should be about a common cause of trying to improve somebody’s functioning and quality of life.”But Feldstein said families often see the mental health system in a far different light, finding it difficult to get a loved one “formed” and admitted to hospital.“They view the system as very rushed and often physicians have very little time to get to know their loved one,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many times I have heard families say ‘My loved one acts differently in that brief interaction with the doctors.’”But without information from the family, a physician may have no idea the patient had been threatening self-harm or harm to others.“And frequently families feel that smart, manipulative patients can talk their way out of being formed or out of the hospital,” Feldstein said.“And then they go back to their life and their family sees a completely different side.”In the case of Hussain, Feldstein said the question is whether anybody suspected he was at risk for harming other people.“Doctors and hospitals are in a terrible position of having to decide ‘Do I infringe on someone’s liberty or do I let them go and they may be dangerous? And I don’t have the tools to know exactly what’s going to happen in the future.’“There is no way,” she said, “to perfectly predict dangerousness.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is expected to spend the bulk of his time and energy in the federal B.C. riding of Burnaby-South in January as he tries to secure a much-needed seat in the House of Commons.Singh’s new chief of staff and longtime party strategist Jennifer Howard says the leader has been out to the riding a number of times, but will become a full-time candidate in the new year.Howard, who took on her new role earlier this month, says the NDP is working hard for every vote in the expected February byelection.The race constitutes Singh’s biggest political fight to date as he tries to calm concerns over disappointing fundraising, polls that show his party stuck in third place and a growing number of veteran MPs who say they won’t run in 2019.Singh won’t say whether he will step down should be lose the byelection.The riding was vacated by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, now Vancouver’s mayor. The Canadian Press
OPASKWAYAK CREE NATION, Canada — Two Manitoba women arrested over online comments that threatened violence against Indigenous people were asked to read what was written out loud to elders this week as part of a process to resolve the case.The two are taking part in a mediation circle instead of the court system. “There was a lot of ugly words and things said, but you could also hear in their voice the shame and the remorse that they had, because now they’re having to say it publicly rather than behind a computer screen,” said Christian Sinclair, chief of the the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, where the meeting was held.The two women, who have not been identified by police or Manitoba Justice, were arrested on suspicion of uttering threats and public incitement of hatred, but were never formally charged after the comments appeared on Facebook last summer.Last July, a Facebook account under the name Destine Spiller posted photos of a vandalized car in the northern town of Flin Flon and proposed a “shoot a Indian day” in retaliation.Another Facebook user applauded the idea and suggested a “24-hour purge.”“Let’s grab Budweiser and some shot guns,” read one reply.The comments were quickly condemned by many people. A hair salon in Flin Flon said one of the women who posted was no longer an employee. The area’s school division said another woman had long since departed as an employee and the comments do not reflect the division’s values.The provincial Justice Department said the circle was arranged in consultation with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents 26 northern Manitoba First Nations. “Manitoba Prosecutions referred the investigation of a hate crime incident from last summer to the Restorative Justice Centre, which then organized the mediation circle,” the department said in a written release.Sinclair said some 20 elders, chiefs and other representatives shared their thoughts on how the online comments had affected them.The women seemed remorseful as they read the comments, Sinclair said.“It allows us … to hold those people accountable, and ask why they did it. And it makes them think of their actions, why they did it.”The mediation circle is part of an Indigenous justice approach that focuses more on healing than on punishment, Irene Young, the elder who led the circle, said.Everyone in the circle gets to ask questions, and the outcome could lead to the offenders making a public apology, restitution or other moves.The circle lasted throughout the day Wednesday and will reconvene for one day next month.Young said there was a range of views expressed on the first day, including concerns that the women were never charged by police.“Everybody expressed to say, hey, what if it was a First Nations (person) … they would be charged immediately,” she said.Sinclair said it’s important to address hateful comments because online words can lead to real physical harm.“When you see what’s happening with hate being promoted throughout the United States, it won’t take much to trigger somebody to go and react and do whatever these people were threatening to do or encouraging others to do,” he said.A third women who was arrested after the comments surfaced is not involved in the mediation circle because she lives in Saskatchewan and is being dealt with separately.— By Steve Lambert in Winnipeg.The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia mother who says she waited two years for her cancer diagnosis has released a viral, highly emotional video calling out Premier Stephen McNeil for not declaring a health-care crisis in the province.“To the premier of Nova Scotia, I dare you to take a meeting with me … and tell me there is no health-care crisis,” Inez Rudderham, 33, said in a viral Facebook video that has been viewed over 1.5 million times.In the tearful, emotionally charged video, the mother of a four-year-old daughter said she went undiagnosed with Stage 3 anal cancer for two years due to her lack of access to a family doctor.Rudderham states she has received 30 rounds of radiation to her pelvis, which has left her “barren and infertile.” When taking her health concerns to the emergency rooms, Rudderham says she was brushed off.“It’s OK though, right? Because they caught it. They caught it when it was Stage 3,” says a teary Rudderham, her head swathed in a scarf.“I fought. I fought for my life.”Rudderham also says she has been waiting for mental health services since January, only to find out this month that she can only get an appointment in mid-July.“You want to tell me that there’s no health-care crisis in my province?”There were 55,801 people on a waiting list for a family physician in Nova Scotia, or about six per cent of the province’s population, as of Dec. 1.“There are not enough physicians to meet the health-care needs of Nova Scotians,” a report released in January by Doctors Nova Scotia said. “We believe that every Nova Scotian deserves access to a family physician.”McNeil said Thursday he’s asked health officials to meet with Rudderham, and will wait for word from them.“I obviously feel for this person, I did see part of the video. I’ve asked the department to reach out, to be in contact with her to find out the issues that she has and how we can best ensure that she gets the appropriate treatment but also the appropriate supports,” he told reporters. The video posted on Tuesday has been shared more than 61,000 times. A crowdfunding campaign for Rudderham has raised over $11,000.“This is the face of the health-care crisis in Nova Scotia, and I dare you to tell me otherwise,” she says, pointing to her own face.McNeil said his government is trying to update an antiquated health system, and said other jurisdictions face similar issues.“There are challenges in the health care system in … access to primary care, we’ve always acknowledged that,” McNeil said.(Global News, The Canadian Press)On the web: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.inez/videos/10156155486545812/The Canadian Press
Goodwill Industries International and Beyoncé continue a partnership this holiday season for Beyoncé’s second North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour which includes 15 concert stops.Video: Text BEYONCE to 85944 to Help Someone Find a JobWith the exception of the November 30th date in Vancouver, Canada, the remaining fourteen stops will impact Goodwill headquarters in 13 communities, where Goodwill will encourage fans and concert attendees to #BeyGOOD this holiday season and support Goodwill’s job training and community-based services that reduce unemployment and help people care for themselves and their families. Goodwill collected 27,500 pounds (or 14 tons) of donated clothes and goods through its partnership with Beyoncé this past summer, equating to more than 800 hours of free on-the-job training at Goodwill career centers.During the month of December, there are two ways to participate in Goodwill’s #BeyGOOD initiative. Ticket holders are asked to bring donations to Goodwill and then bring their donation receipts to the concerts or bring clothes to the concert and look for the Goodwill donation bins to deposit their items. The first 100 ticketholders with their donor receipts or donations, who arrive between 7 and 8 PM, receive stickers qualifying for a chance to be upgraded to the BeyStage or BeyHive VIP areas. Number of available upgrades in each market will be determined the day of the show.“I am excited to team up once again with Goodwill in supporting their efforts in finding and creating jobs for families in need,” said Beyoncé.The donated goods collected during the partnership will be sold in the communities where they were collected, and the revenue will benefit Goodwill’s employment programs for people with disabilities, disadvantages and other challenges to finding employment. Goodwill provides a variety of training opportunities, including résumé reviews, mock interviews, and sessions on dressing for success, and it provides access to computers, fax machines and phones to meet with potential employers. In addition, Goodwill provides support services so that people have stability both at home and in the workplace. These services include child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and more.“The people who come through our doors are a diverse group, from single mothers and recent immigrants to people with criminal backgrounds and adults who never finished high school. But everyone is looking for the same thing: a better life,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We’re proud that Beyoncé is using her platform to share the positive impact Goodwill has on local communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people Goodwill assists each year. We are incredibly grateful for Beyoncé’s support of Goodwill’s mission.”To learn how Goodwill and Beyoncé are transforming lives for good, visit www.goodwill.org and www.beyonce.com/charity.
Prince Harry has been reunited with his fellow South Pole adventurers who revealed that he has a special skill essential for expeditions – latrine building.Prince Harry speaks at the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge welcome home press conference.Credit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/At a welcome home press conference, Prince Harry met up with some of the men and women with whom he trekked across the frozen wastes of Antarctica to reach the most southern point of the globe. Among those on the Walking With The Wounded South Pole 2013 expedition were 12 injured servicemen and women from the UK, US and the Commonwealth – and The Prince praised their efforts as an “unbelievable achievement”.Actor Dominic West took part in the challenge and joined the group that greeted The Prince when he arrived at a central London hotel. Prince Harry had shaved off his beard he grew during the challenge, but the British star was still sporting his dark beard. West said: “He was very much part of the team, he seemed to specialise in building latrines, he built this incredible castellated structure with blocks to keep out the wind and it even had a loo roll holder.”Surrounded by his fellow trekkers, Prince Harry spoke about the Walking With The Wounded charity that organised the challenge to the South Pole. He said: “Inspiring others is one of the corner stones of this charity, to demonstrate to those who have experienced life-changing injuries that everything is possible.“I hope this truly unbelievable achievement by everyone behind me, and back in America, Canada and Australia… will remind everybody that they can achieve anything that they want to.“Our wounded, injured and sick do not want pity, they simply want to be treated the same way they were before they were injured – with respect and admiration.”The adventurers faced such extreme weather conditions during their 200-mile (322km) odyssey that organisers had to call off the competitive element of the trek. But working as one unit, the UK team and squads from the US and Commonwealth made it to their Antarctic goal together on Friday December 13.Prince Harry could not resist joking about the British contingent reaching the South Pole first: “Team UK did win – we did – those are the facts, we had a chat and decided to give the trophy back and share it among everybody else – to the Australian contingent if they’re watching, sorry.”His Royal Highness was the official patron of the gruelling trek and the challenge was filmed for a documentary that will be screened in the spring.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.org
The Art Of Peace Foundation will celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday on July 6 with a new installment of “Songs For Tibet.”Songs For Tibet II will feature artists such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lorde, Kate Bush, Elbow, Duncan Sheik, Howard Jones and Of Monsters And Men, and will be a celebration of the Dalai Lama’s philosophy of peace, non-violence and compassion.The Dalai Lama is a unique beacon of wisdom and insight for millions of people throughout the world. His message of compassion and nonviolence resonates at the core of our common humanity, regardless of nationality or religious background. This era of universal admiration and respect for a spiritual leader is unparalleled in history.The Dalai Lama turns eighty on July 6, 2015. To recognize and celebrate this milestone, the Art of Peace Foundation is producing an album to honor the Dalai Lama’s vision of compassion, non-violence and peace. It is a moment for musicians and the world to show their appreciation for the Dalai Lama, what he represents and the benefits received from both his teachings & Tibetan culture.Proceeds from the album will be used to help preserve and promote the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan culture. This project is a gift to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan people and future generations around the globe.This is a follow-up to the Grammy nominated Songs for Tibet album produced by The Art of Peace Foundation. The Art of Peace Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit founded on the Dalai Lama’s belief of “Universal Responsibility.” Regardless of nation, culture or religion, skillful compassionate actions can reduce suffering while promoting happiness. The Foundation funds peace-related missions and Tibetan cultural preservation projects. The album is designed to focus people’s attention on the global significance of the Dalai Lama and his teachings.To find out more about the album, click here.
Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools, has announced more stars will be among the special guests who will take the stage at their annual benefit.The organization has announced actor and comedian Mike Myers; award winner Darlene Love; Grammy nominated soul singer Bettye LaVette; Grammy winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’; Musical Director Will Lee; and past honorees Paul Shaffer, band leader and musical director for the Late Show with David Letterman; and famed Yankee and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams will take part in the event.This year’s event, which will honor Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Michael Dorf, will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.The Little Kids Rock Benefit brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about giving the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the US. Prior years’ honorees include Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Steven Van Zandt, Lady Gaga, Graham Nash and Joan Jett. This year’s benefit theme, “Music Changed My Life,” is reflected in the honorees, distinctive guests, and the event’s special performances by public school students from New York to California who receive free music lessons thanks to Little Kids Rock.Elvis Costello will be presented with the Rocker of the Year Award, and Bonnie Raitt will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael Dorf, Founder and CEO of City Winery, will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of expanding music education for underprivileged youth through the annually produced “Music of” tribute concerts.Bonnie Raitt is a ten-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named as both one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” She was raised in Los Angeles in a climate of respect for the arts, Quaker traditions, and a commitment to social activism. A Stella guitar given to her as a Christmas present launched Bonnie on her creative journey at the age of eight. While growing up, though passionate about music from the start, she never considered that it would play a greater role than as one of her many growing interests. Bonnie was one of Little Kids Rock’s earliest supporters back when it was just a grassroots movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since that time, Bonnie become an Honorary Board Member, conducted meet and greets with students and donors, visited classrooms and invited Little Kids Rock to sound checks and to host tables at her concerts.“It has been my privilege to represent Little Kids Rock as an Honorary Board Member for over fifteen years,” said Raitt. “When I got a guitar for Christmas as a kid I found my voice. The arts are not a luxury, they are a right, and all students should have the opportunity to discover their voice.”Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions and The Imposters. The list of performers to record his songs from Johnny Cash to No Doubt reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles. In 2003, he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album ‘The Girl In The Other Room’.“Having appeared in a couple of earlier Little Kids Rock nights, I very much appreciate the work that is being done in music education but confess that I am somewhat startled to find that I am this year’s honoree. Looking forward,” Costello said.“Honoring Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Michael Dorf this year is a fitting tribute to the incredible generosity and love that they have shown our kids over the years,” said David Wish, Founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock. “Mr. Costello’s commitment to social issues is an inspiration, and no other artist friend has supported our kids and teachers for as long, or spoken so frequently and eloquently on our kids’ behalves when it comes to their right to have music in their lives, as Bonnie Raitt.”Michael Dorf is the founder and CEO of City Winery. He has started multiple businesses and nonprofit organizations, including his first musical venue, the seminal Knitting Factory in 1987, The Digital Club Network, Tribeca Hebrew, Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival and Oy!hoo Music Festival. Through Michael Dorf Presents, Michael has spent last 14 years producing Carnegie Hall tribute concerts, raising over one and a half million dollars for programs that bring music education to deserving youths, with the Music of Aretha Franklin, the Music of Prince, the Music of Joni Mitchell, the Music of Bob Dylan, the Music of Bruce Springsteen, the Music of Elton John, Neil Sedaka’s 50 Years of Hits, the Music of R.E.M., the Music of The Who, the Music of Neil Young, along with the Music of Simon & Garfunkel and the Music of Frank Sinatra at Central Park’s SummerStage, the Music of Robert Johnson at The Apollo Theatre and the Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.“Little Kids Rock was a natural fit to be a beneficiary of the ‘Music Of’ tribute concerts. The work they do to teach kids to play, giving them the self-confidence and inner creative streak that they might not have developed otherwise is so important,” shared Mr. Dorf. He is also the conceiver and producer of the Downtown Seder which for 25 years had presented an alternative celebrity Seder for 300 people a year in NY, Chicago, Boston, Napa and Atlanta.This year’s event is produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza, with Will Lee as the Musical Director. The Benefit Committee includes: Committee Chair, Nadine Levitt, CEO, Wurrly; along with members: Scott Burton, Managing Director, Angelo Gordon & Co; Nicole Crystal, Chief Creative Officer of The Memory Vault; Chris Donohoe, Independent Singer/Songwriter; Jules Follett, Executive Director and Founder of The Sessions; Richard Foos, CEO of Shout!Factory; Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records; Howard Kerbel, Special Advisor at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.; Alex Kirk, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, River Birch Capital, LLC; Joseph Laska, Attorney and Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Betty Murphy, President and Managing Member of ReGenesis LLC; Elani Myers, Marketing and Events Manager at Steven Madden; Nate Riggs, Senior Vice President,The Americas – Aergo Capital; Bruce Schroder, President of Moe’s Southwest Grill; Chris Skarakis, Founder, Blip.fm, Powersniff, LLC; Beau Taylor, CIO and Founding Partner of Taylor Woods Capital Management LLC; Ken Umezaki, President of Digital Daruma; Steve Venz, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Orange County Dept. of Ed.; Jose Vergara,Music Teacher, Miramonte Elementary School, LAUSD; David Wish, CEO and Founder of Little Kids Rock; and Cheryl Zimlich, Executive Director, Board Member, Bohemian Foundation.For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Today, global music and entertainment streaming platform TIDAL announced the lineup for the 4th Annual “TIDAL X: Brooklyn” philanthropic concert will include performances from Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, Normani, Kodak Black, Teyana Taylor, Bazzi, Lil Skies, Mozart La Para, Black Thought, Queen Naija, The Lox, Vic Mensa, BlocBoy JB, DaniLeigh, Danielle Bradbery, Jay Critch, Snoh Aalegra, SiR, Westside Gunn, Conway, Arin Ray, Jacob Banks, Cautious Clay and Patrick Droney.This year’s performers are coming together to support criminal justice reform across the country. Thanks to this year’s sponsors including Puma, D’USSE, American Family Insurance, Stoli Crushed, Sprint and Barclays Center, one hundred percent of net ticket proceeds and donations will support criminal justice reform non-profit organizations such as #Cut50, Equal Justice Initiative and Innocence Project and REFORM.Fans worldwide can learn more, purchase tickets, make donations and tune-in to the show’s livestream on October 23rd here: TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN.Over the past three years, the TIDAL X benefit concerts have raised more than $10 million for social justice, disaster relief & recovery, and education causes. Each year, iconic superstars and emerging artists support those in need around the world and past performers have included Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Alessia Cara, Jessie Reyez, Usher, Common and many more.TIDAL X: BROOKLYN furthers TIDAL’s commitment to supporting philanthropic endeavors and key social issues that the music community is passionate about, including Lil Wayne’s Social Wave For Change, T.I.’s TIDAL X: Money Talk Education Challenge as well as social justice initiatives from A$AP Ferg, The LOX, Damian Marley, Dec. 99th and more.
In Toronto for TIFF, actress Naomi Watts spoke at a glamourous media event announcing the launch of L’Oréal Paris’ Women of Worth… Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “In bringing Women of Worth to Canada, L’Oréal Paris will empower ten of the country’s most innovative volunteer champions to heighten the impact of their philanthropic work while shining a well-deserved spotlight on her work, her cause and her altruism,” said Stephanie Binette, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris in Canada. “I am awestruck by the untold stories of selfless Canadian women volunteers driving change for so many people in need. Their passion and innovation are virtues at the heart of the L’Oréal Paris brand, and we will be honoured to officially support and salute them as Women of Worth.”The Canadian grant program is inspired by L’Oréal Paris USA’s Women of Worth program that has honoured 100 women over the past decade who selflessly volunteer their time and serve their communities. Each year, extraordinary women are chosen from thousands of U.S. nominations and honoured for the significant impact they have made across a variety of admirable causes. Women of Worth are advocates for health challenges, education, and champions for women in need, among many other causes. Twitter Advertisement In addition to providing Canadian Honourees with a total of $110,000 in financial grants to support their organizations, the Women of Worth program will provide a platform for Canadian women to promote their causes and create new pathways for their philanthropic endeavors to grow and serve even more people. Women of Worth will offer marketing support, provide tools and training, and facilitate networking with top decision makers, leaders and influencers to help Honourees make a greater impact. Over the past decade, the resulting ripple effect for the Honourees in the U.S. includes dramatic increases in volunteers, accolades from government and media, passing of legislation, and expansion of their organizations.“Women of Worth aren’t afraid to take matters in their own hands, make a difference and make real change happen,” said Naomi Watts, L’Oréal Paris spokesperson and award-winning actress today during the launch event held in Toronto. “If you know a woman fearlessly pursuing her passion to bring about change in Canada, I hope you will take the time to acknowledge her impact, and nominate her as a Woman of Worth.”CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2017 WOMEN OF WORTHThe 2017 Canadian Women of Worth program, conducted in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization, will start accepting nominations on September 20, 2016 through November 28, 2016. Following a rigorous review, the pool of applicants will be narrowed down to ten Honourees who will each be awarded a $10,000 grant for her non-profit cause. One of these Honourees, chosen by an esteemed judging panel and announced at the awards gala, will be selected as the National Honouree and awarded an additional $10,000 grant for a total of $20,000 to support her organization. All of the 2017 Honourees will be recognized on March 8, International Women’s Day, at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by L’Oréal Paris in Toronto.For more information about the Women of Worth program, to nominate a woman making a difference or to learn more about past U.S. Honourees, visit womenofworth.ca or Twitter @LOrealParisCan #WomenOfWorth.ABOUT POINTS OF LIGHTPoints of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to http://www.pointsoflight.org.ABOUT L’ORÉAL PARISL’Oréal Paris is a division of L’Oréal Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L’Oréal Group, the largest cosmetics company in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, L’Oréal Canada had sales of $1.054 billion in 2015 and employs more than 1,200 people. The company’s prestigious portfolio of 35 brands encompasses all aspects of beauty. For more information visit www.lorealparis.ca.SOURCE L’Oreal Paris L’Oréal Paris today announced the inaugural Canadian Women of Worth program to recognize extraordinary women making a beautiful difference in their communities. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L’Oréal Paris belief that ‘Every Woman Is Worth It’ by elevating and celebrating women who find beauty in giving back. To support inspiring women who are making a difference, the public is encouraged to nominate exceptional Canadian women volunteers until November 28 at womenofworth.ca
Advertisement Advertisement Discovery Canada on Facebook Discovery Canada on Twitter: Discovery Canada on Instagram Social Media links FRONTIER, Discovery Canada’s riveting new drama, makes its worldwide debut Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, beginning Nov. 6. Ambitiously cinematic in scope, the network’s first-ever scripted series shot entirely in stunning 4K UHD follows the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade of the late 18th century. The gritty series’ star-studded international cast is led by action star Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES, Justice League), Landon Liboiron (HEMLOCK GROVE, DEGRASSI), Alun Armstrong (NEW TRICKS, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY, SONS OF ANARCHY), Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), and Jessica Matten (A Red Girl’s Reasoning). Unabashedly true to its time period, the six-part series offers viewers the raw beauty and cutthroat power struggle of the fur trade, portraying a world of unfettered ferocity.“As one of the largest undertakings in Canadian television history, and certainly the largest for Discovery as we open a new chapter for the brand, FRONTIER is set to become destination viewing for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. “We are extremely proud to develop and bring such an important time in our country’s history to life for Canadian audiences – and indeed, audiences around the world as a result of our partnership with Netflix – complete with the meticulous authenticity and world-class production quality that it deserves.”Discovery’s broadcast of FRONTIER is sponsored by Samsung Canada, the exclusive 4K UHD TV partner. The series is commissioned by Discovery Canada and shot in St. John’s, Nfld., Louisbourg, N.S., and Cornwall, U.K., providing the stunning backdrop for this premium, beautifully vivid 4K UHD drama series. Following each television premiere, episodes of the groundbreaking series will be available on the Discovery GO app. Facebook About Bell Media Independent Productions:Bell 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 ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, 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 scripted series in 4K.About ASAP EntertainmentASAP Entertainment is the feature film and television production company founded by writer/director Brad Peyton and his producing partner Jeff Fierson. Peyton directed the Warner Bros. hit film San Andreas, which has earned more than $470 million at the worldwide box office and remains the top grossing wholly original live-action film of 2015. Upcoming features include New Line Cinema’s Rampage, based on the 1980s arcade game and starring Dwayne Johnson, which Peyton will direct and produce and Fierson will executive produce. Additionally, ASAP Entertainment has set-up Malignant Man at Fox, and an untitled high-concept action/adventure feature for Sony Pictures Entertainment, for Peyton to direct and executive produce, alongside Fierson. In addition to FRONTIER, ASAP Entertainment continues its growth in the television space with FIRST RESPONDERS, a procedural drama in development at NBC, executive produced in partnership with Vin Diesel and his One Race Films banner.About Take The Shot Productions:Established in 2009, St. John’s based Take The Shot produces a variety of scripted and unscripted projects for television. Past and current productions include the Gemini-nominated series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, now airing in over 100 countries; the hit factual series MAJUMDER MANOR; BOY ON BRIDGE featuring Great Big Sea’s front man Alan Doyle, HBO Canada’s SHAUN MAJUMDER, EVERY WORD IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE, and FRONTIER for Discovery Canada and Netflix in other markets.About Discovery:With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network for reaching total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca. Set against the stunning, raw backdrop of 1700s Canada, FRONTIER is a thrilling action-filled series revolving around warring factions vying for control of the fur trade in a ruthless game of wealth and power. Irish stowaway Michael Smyth (Liboiron) has barely stepped foot in the New World when he becomes embroiled in a dangerous battle between the fearless and violent Declan Harp (Momoa), and the formidable Lord Benton (Armstrong) of the Hudson’s Bay Company.A dramatic story of revenge and riches, betrayal and brutality, and survival of the fittest in the James Bay fur trade, FRONTIER’s rich and raw cast of characters are all gunning to be the last man standing – from the combustible Scottish Brown Brothers (Hawco, Michael Patric, Stephen Lord), to crafty ale house owner Grace Emberly (Boyle), to treacherous Captain Chesterfield (Evan Jonigkeit), and rich America entrepreneur Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle). All are willing to do whatever it takes to hold the keys to the kingdom of the New World.FRONTIER is co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, and produced by Take The Shot Productions and ASAP Entertainment, in association with Discovery, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster. Netflix is the international broadcast partner. Edwina Follows is Executive Producer for Discovery, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. For Take The Shot Productions, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe, and Michael Levine are Executive Producers. For ASAP Entertainment, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson are Executive Producers. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sara Charney, chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize and president of The Lionel Gelber Foundation, and Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, are pleased to announce an outstanding jury for the 2017 Prize, as follows:John Stackhouse, jury chair (Toronto, Canada) is joined by 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize winner and journalist Scott Shane (Maryland, USA), Professor Allison Stanger (Vermont, USA), Dr. Astrid Tuminez (Singapore), and Professor Antje Wiener (Hamburg, Germany) to form the 2017 jury.“Created in memory of the Canadian scholar, diplomat and author Lionel Gelber, we are gratified that the Prize attracts such distinguished jurors, year after year,” said Ms Charney, niece of the late Lionel Gelber. Key Dates:Five books will be named to the jury’s shortlist on January 31. Podcast interviews with each of the shortlisted authors in conversation with Professor Robert Steiner will be presented in partnership with Focus Asset Management. The winner will be announced on February 28 and invited to speak at a free public event at the Munk School of Global Affairs on March 29, 2017.About the Prize:The Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. A cash prize of $15,000 is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs.Scott Shane won the 2016 Prize for his book Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone, published by Tim Duggan Books. The Prize marked its 25th anniversary in 2015 with a commemorative video that explored 25 years of global change in conversation with five of its previous winners.For further details, jury biographies and media links, click here. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook “If you feel moved to come dressed as Princess Leia or Singin’ in the Rain’s Kathy Selden, you’ll be more than welcome,” TIFF said on its website.Tickets, already on sale to TIFF members, go on sale to the public Thursday at 3 p.m. pending availability. Advertisement The Toronto International Film Festival is paying tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds with a screening of a new documentary about the mother-daughter stars.Saturday at 8 p.m. the TIFF Bell Lightbox will simulcast Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, directed by Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom. Advertisement It will also air at that time on HBO Canada.Fisher, 60, died Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack on a Christmas Eve flight and her mother Reynolds, 84, died the next day after a stroke.The TIFF screening will be followed by an audience conversation about the mother and daughter, “two heroines who broke ground for women in the movie industry.” It will be led by Jesse Wente, director of film programs at the Lightbox, and Lainey Lui, co-host of CTV’s The Social and founder of LaineyGossip.com.Audience members who still want to talk about Fisher, who is most famous for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, and Reynolds, whose many roles included Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, are invited to a reception in the TIFF Lounge. Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2011. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)
According to Variety, Hard Powder will be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Hans Petter Moland.Neeson plays Nels, an “upright snowplow driver” whose son is murdered by a local drug kingpin.“Nels’ vengeance sparks a turf war between a Native American mafia boss and the Viking, a fastidious gangster who wears Tom Ford suits, is a vegan, drives a Tesla and murders people. This climaxes in a final showdown that leaves almost no one unscathed,” Variety reports.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hard Powder will be an adaptation of Moland’s Norway-set thriller In Order of Disappearance.The film will be produced by Michael Shamberg, who worked on Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty, among others.BY ERIC VOLMERS Oscar nominated actor Liam Neeson will be shooting a revenge thriller in Banff this year.Variety reported that Neeson will star in the film Hard Powder, which is set in Colorado but will be shot partially in Alberta. Production is set to begin in March, although an Alberta film industry insider said filming may start in British Columbia before moving here.Half will be shot in British Columbia and half will be shot in Banff, the source confirmed. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: