Albertashot Ice Blue a psychological thriller with a Canadiana twist

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “John and Arielle live on a beaver farm,” says Somers, taking a break from shooting in Okotoks earlier this week. “They breed them for reclamation of land. So, the level of Canadiana? There’s beavers in this. You have a psychological thriller and beavers.”Beavers may or may not play a central role in the plot, but it seems clear that Somers will be giving the film a distinctive sense of place. It’s not just Canadiana, but distinctly Albertan. Much of it is shot on a rural farmhouse near Millarville, which should give Ice Blue a decidedly big-sky-above-the-foothills look.“I look upon it as a character,” Somers says. “The landscape is definitely a character that really enhances the whole story. We shoot an awful lot in dusk and dawn, and that’s also really important to this.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Sandi Somers describes Ice Blue, her debut feature film, as “very Canadiana.”How Canadiana?Consider the major setting, the farmhouse home of protagonist 16-year-old Arielle (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) and her father John (Billy MacLellan). Login/Register With:last_img read more

CARAS Announces New Board Members

first_imgJulie Adam: Senior Vice President Radio, Rogers CommunicationsBruce Allen: President, Bruce Allen ManagementJoel Carriere: Owner, Bedlam Music Management/Dine Alone RecordsShane Carter: President, Sony Music Entertainment CanadaJeff Craib:  President, The Feldman AgencyPhil King: Senior Vice President Distribution, Canada, Sony Pictures TelevisionChristina Litz: Senior Vice President, Marketing & Content, Canadian Football LeagueMeghan Symsyk: Vice President, International Marketing & Management, Entertainment OneJennifer Walsh: Country Manager, iTunes, iBooks, App Store, Apple CanadaRob Zifarelli: Agent, Paradigm Talent AgencyJennifer Dettman (Observer): Executive Director, Unscripted Content at CBCWebsite: www.junoawards.caTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwards LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today the appointment of its new members joining the Board of Directors. About CARAS:The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académiecanadienne des arts et des sciences del’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 47th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), please visit Joining the board are:Julie Adam: Senior Vice President Radio, Rogers CommunicationsJennifer Dettman (Observer): Executive Director, Unscripted Content at CBCChristina Litz: Senior Vice President, Marketing & Content, Canadian Football LeagueMeghan Symsyk: Vice President, International Marketing & Management, Entertainment OneRob Zifarelli: Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency“We are so fortunate to have a talented, dedicated and passionate collection of board members at CARAS,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “The Canadian music industry continues to grow and evolve due to the enthusiasm and energy of those within the business and those who support it across the various verticals of the entertainment industry. We are privileged to have the expertise from industry leaders to support CARAS’ goals and initiatives in a forward direction.”CARAS acknowledges the commitment of all its board members who continue to proactively champion Canadian music and offer their knowledge and guidance to the CARAS organization. CARAS would like to thank its outgoing board members for their dedication and service.The Complete List of the CARAS Board of Directors:Chairman:             Mark Cohon, Executive Chairman, Georgian Bay Spirits Company1st Vice-Chair:      Steve Kane, President, Warner Music Canada2nd Vice-Chair:     Erik Hoffman, President Canada, Live NationSecretary:             Jeffrey Remedios: President & CEO, Universal Music Canada Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Emergency bylaws passed against Toronto studio sale in bid to save Hollywood

first_imgCity council is hoping to keep more studios in Toronto to help the growing film industry. (Cinespace FIlm Studios) Advertisement Toronto city council passed two emergency bylaws on Wednesday that prevent the sale of a longtime film studio to businesses not involved in the film industry for up to a year. The decision, the city says, is meant to protect an industry that contributes $2 billion to the local economy.The city is also considering buying the plot of land Showline Studios currently sits on.“We can’t afford to lose any square footage for our film studios, our film industry — and to lose production to other places,” said Coun. Paula Fletcher, who spearheaded the bylaws with Coun. David Shiner. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Showline Studios had been operating in the Port Lands for years and has been sold to an anonymous buyer. CBC News contacted Showline for comment but was refused details on when the sale happened or who the buyer is.READ MOREcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING A PRODUCTION? HIRING CREW? POST YOUR NOTICE HERETO VIEW OR POST CASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERETO VIEW OR POST CREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU A FREELANCER?  CREW?  DO YOU WORK BEHIND THE SCENES?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?ADD YOUR COMPANY (OR YOUR SERVICES) TO THE PRODUCTION DIRECTORYRegister & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE.DEALS AND DISCOUNTSCheck out our deals page for discounts on events, restaurants, industry services, health and fitness, auto services and much more – CLICK HERE.FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA ON SOCIAL MEDIA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: THE eBOSS CANADA APPFor up-to-date News, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Events, and much more Advertisement WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF APR-13-18DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (32 page PDF)OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (3-page PDF) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Curtis Stange, President and CEO of ATB Financial, congratulated Rondeau and all the entrepreneurs who participated in the competition.“We are thrilled to have been part of so many success stories,” Stange said. “Local businesses are vital to the health of our economy and ATB prides itself on helping entrepreneurs like these get started.”ATB’s Build Her Business competition was a campaign to encourage more women to use crowdfunding as a way to start and grow their business. People contributed to the campaigns in exchange for a reward which varied depending on the size of the contribution.Participants launched their campaigns February 1, 2019 and were supported and mentored throughout by ATB.Rondeau was one of seven semi-finalists whose campaigns were judged by some of the biggest names in business including Angela Brown, CEO of Moneris, Marcela Mandeville, CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs and ATB vice-president Ed Straw.Of the 22 participants in the competition, 19 met their crowdfunding goal. The competition raised close to $230,000, an average of over $12,000 per crowdfunding campaign.“ATB recognizes women entrepreneurs face unique challenges when it comes to accessing capital and connecting with the right networks,” Stange said. “We are committed to supporting women in overcoming those barriers and helping remove them when it comes to innovative banking solutions.”All 19 participants who met their goals will be able to keep the money raised through crowdfunding.As the winner, Rondeau will also receive a personal mentorship session with Manjit Minhas, ATB board member, venture capitalist and dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. She will also receive a $5,000 MasterCard from Moneris and ATB and a three-month coaching program with Anita Kemp, of The Purposeful Entrepreneur, valued at $1,500.“Alberta is a province full of remarkable entrepreneurs and this competition proved it once again,” said Minhas, who has been part of the campaign since its launch. “These women are creative, tenacious and embody the true entrepreneurial spirit. As someone who has seen thousands of sofas pitches, I can honestly say these are the cream of the crop! I look forward to watching and hopefully investing in their journey to change the world.”Other finalists include:Designer Jolanda Slagmolen-Flores — Sencillo Cabinets (Calgary)Artist Stephanie Hoogveld — Women of Wonder (Calgary)Herbalist Aga Wajda-Plytta — Herbologie (Edmonton)Health care professional Kathleen Cesarin — AOS (Edmonton)Workwear designer Jess Black — Jess Black Inc (Edmonton)Baker Ashley Prince — More Fun! Gourmet Sweets (Leduc)About ATB FinancialWith $54.9 billion in assets, ATB Financial is an Alberta-built financial institution. But don’t let that fool you—we’re so much more than a bank. We got started in 1938 to help Albertans through tough economic times, and today we have 176 branches, 143 agencies, a Client Care Centre, four entrepreneur centres, and mobile and online banking. And did you know we’re fast becoming the digital bank and the bank for entrepreneurs? We’re already the place to work for our more than 5,500 team members who love to serve our 760,000-plus customers in 247 Alberta communities. To find out more, visit us at Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img CALGARY – A Calgary entrepreneur is one step closer to expanding fashion choices through her business Curvy Collective after winning ATB Financial’s Build Her Business crowdfunding competition.Aymie Rondeau raised just over $9,000 in her winning campaign to create an online shopping platform that offers inclusive designer fashion not otherwise available in Canada. The chartered accountant came up with the idea after becoming frustrated with the lack of fashionable, high-quality designs available for plus-sized, professional women.“We believe that plus-sized women deserve safe, non-judgmental spaces to shop in, and the same quality of service and design, and quantity of fashion that is available to straight-sized women,” Rondeau said. “Curvy Collective’s goal is to change the conversation around how the world views and accepts people in larger bodies, and how plus-sized women view themselves: as confident, capable and worthy.” Facebook Calgary entrepreneur Aymie Rondeau is the winner of ATB Financial’s Build Her Business crowdfunding competition. Rondeau’s campaign Curvy Collective, to create an online shopping platform that offers inclusive designer fashion, raised over $9,000. (CNW Group/ATB Financial) Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgI feel like I’ve been drowning in data and computers most of my waking life. I’m worried I lost myself along the way. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement ‘I’m buzzing from the adrenaline.’ Ron Porteous makes his standup debut at Ottawa’s Absolute Comedy club. (Michel Aspirot/CBC)center_img They’ve never done standup before, but every Tuesday evening, these public servants, IT workers and students gather in a dark club to learn the fine art of being funny. On the last night, they get up on stage in front of a crowd to perform a six-minute set. CBC reporter Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco met two of the comedy wannabes and followed their progress. Here’s what they had to say about why they did it. Their comments have been edited for style and clarity.Ron PorteousBy day I’m a mild-mannered IT manager at Canada Post. It’s just a dumb coincidence that I happen to look like Louis C.K.I’ve always thought of myself as funny, but recently I’ve started thinking maybe that’s not true. Maybe I suck at being funny, and I’ve been fooling myself for 40-odd years. So I signed up for a standup comedy class. During the last class I’ll do standup in front of a packed house at the comedy club. Welcome to my midlife crisis.Welcome to my midlife crisis. – Ron Porteous Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

APTNs political panel on Jordans Principle

first_imgAPTN National NewsJordan’s Principle was supposed to be the answer to First Nation issues that often trigger federal and provincial government fights.Those debates have to do with money and who is going to pay for certain services.Few jurisdictions in Canada even honour the agreement that was unanimously passed in the House of Commons.Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau and NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder discuss the issue on APTN National News’ political panel.last_img

New friendship centre pushed in Montreal

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday night, the Montreal Native Community Development Centre had its inaugural general meeting to present its proposal for the founding of a new Aboriginal community centre.But the project is not without controversy. In order to get funding for their start-up centre, they’ve had to dip into resources that were once set aside for Montreal’s existing Native friendship centre.Does Montreal need two friendship centres? And if so, are there enough resources for both?APTN National News reporter Tom Fennario has this story.last_img read more

New trial would lead to Connie Oakes acquittal says Alberta Appeal Court

first_img(Linda Oakes, whose niece Connie Oakes is fighting a murder conviction, tells reporters outside the Calgary courthouse that there was a miscarriage of justice. APTN/Photo)Read APTN’s coverage of the Connie Oakes case hereJorge Barrera APTN National News CALGARY—Connie Oakes, a Cree woman currently fighting a murder conviction, would likely be acquitted if she were granted a new trial, a Court of Appeal of Alberta justice suggested Tuesday.Justice Myra Bielby made the statement during Oakes’ appeal hearing while questioning Crown Brian Graff as to why he kept insisting that if the Court of Appeal determined there was a miscarriage of justice it should not acquit but grant a new trial. Oakes’ hearing was held in a 14th floor courtroom at the Calgary Court Centre.“Isn’t the inevitable result of a new trial acquittal? So why have it?” said Bielby.The Court of Appeal’s three judge panel—Bielby, Justice J.D. Bruce McDonald and Justice F.L. Schutz—pushed and prodded both Oakes’ defence lawyers and the Crown throughout the hearing. Their focus, which was revealed in a letter sent by the court to both sides early last week, was on whether Oakes’ guilty verdict should be set aside on grounds there was not enough evidence to support it.The three justices reserved judgement on the appeal and a ruling is expected within one to six months.Oakes, who is from the Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, sat in the prisoner’s box like stone throughout the hearing. She wore dark-rimmed eyeglasses and a dark Neechie Gear shirt.“I was nervous as hell,” said Oakes, in a phone call with APTN National News from the Calgary jail following the hearing. “I needed to know how good of a fight (my lawyers) were going to put up…I think they fought well.”The murder case against Oakes was built solely on the confession and testimony of her co-accused, Wendy Scott, a woman with an intellectual disability who has been assessed as having an IQ of 50. Scott told police she constantly lied and admitted the same while testifying under oath.Oakes said Tuesday evening that Scott was also being held at the Calgary jail and, despite being in a different zones, they had seen each other. Oakes said some of the inmates told her Scott was talking about the case.“Wendy is here, she is telling people I caused her all this chaos,” said Oakes.Oakes was found guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in November 2013 of the 2011 slaying of a Medicine Hat, Alta., man named Casey Armstrong. She was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.With no DNA evidence, fingerprints or murder weapon, the Medicine Hat police and Crown built their case on Scott who told police she was involved in the murder and saw Oakes kill Armstrong with a knife.Scott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentence to life with no chance of parole for 10 years.Connie Oakes pictured along with the Edmonton Institution for Women where she is currently held.There was no forensic evidence introduced during trial indicating puncture wound through the neck that killed Armstrong was caused by a knife blade. Police also failed to trace the source of a size 11 bloody boot print discovered on the floor when Armstrong’s body was found in the bathtub of his trailer.Scott accused three other people—two men and a woman—of the murder before implicating herself and Oakes.In October, the Court of Appeal struck Scott’s guilty plea, quashed her conviction of second degree murder and ordered a new trial. The trial date for Scott’s trial is expected to be set on Feb. 12. Scott last appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench in Medicine Hat on Friday and told the presiding judge she was being transferred to the jail in Lethbridge, Alta. As of Tuesday evening, Scott was still being held in Calgary.Part of Oakes’ appeal is based on a fresh evidence application in the form of an affidavit sworn by Scott.The affidavit is still sealed until the Court of Appeal rules on its admissibility. Justice McDonald said the court would deliver their decision on the fresh evidence at the same time they issue the final verdict.According to the affidavit, Scott states that she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the crime scene, according to sections of the document which were discussed during the hearing Tuesday.Scott also stated in the affidavit that police interrogators pointed out the vehicle to her that they believed was used in the murder. She also claimed to have confessed to her and Oakes’ involvement because she was “very afraid” and “wanted to be safe,” according to sections of the affidavit mentioned during the hearing.Scott’s affidavit also stated that she was interrogated by police from June 2011 to December 2011, six months longer than disclosed to Oakes’ defence during trial.Graff said Scott’s affidavit did not meet the bar required for a true recantation to qualify as fresh evidence. The affidavit did not provide enough details beyond Scott’s belief Oakes wasn’t at the crime scene, said Graff. He also said Scott’s allegations against the police were challenged by Medicine Hat officers through their own affidavits.Graff stated that that despite some problems with Scott’s testimony, the 12 members of the jury chosen for Oakes’ trial determined that it was enough to convict her on second-degree murder.He said the Appeal Court judges should let the jury verdict stand.“My position is we don’t have a miscarriage of justice at all,” said Graff.Tanner Armstrong’s father Casey Armstrong was murdered in 2011. APTN/PhotoOakes’ lawyer Aleksandra Simic said much of Scott’s credibility during the trial came from her guilty plea for second-degree murder in connection with the Armstrong killing. With the guilty plea now struck, part of the case presented to the jury at trial was based on a “legal fiction.”“We were asking (the jury) to perform an impossible task,” said Simic.After the Crown wrapped up submissions by dissecting some of the action of Oakes’ trial defence lawyer, Bielby offered another observation.“Sometimes a miscarriage of justice just happens, they are not the fault of anyone at the time,” said Bielby.Nine members of Oakes’ family attended the hearing and they sat together to the right of the judges.On the other side of the gallery sat Armstrong’s two children, Karli and Tanner Armstrong.Outside the courtroom, Oakes’ aunt Linda Oakes became emotional when asked by several reporters about how she felt following the hearing.“I want to see her set free,” she said. “We all know she didn’t do it.”As for Armstrong’s children, they said the now five year-long ordeal was taking its toll on their emotions.“I am sure you can all imagine that it’s not that great. We lost our father, it sucks, that is all I can really say about that,” said Tanner read more

Fish farm virus could have impact on wild salmon says biologist

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFootage of effluent spewing into the ocean from pipes at two farmed fish processing plants on Vancouver Island went viral last November.At issue was whether piscine reovirus, also known as PRV, was in that effluent.It is a potentially deadly virus that has been linked to heart and skeletal muscle inflammation in farmed fish.Alexandra Morton is an independent scientist that’s been warning First Nations and the government that PRV is a threat to wild salmon.“It’s heart failure for wild fish,” said Morton. “A wild fish has to be a supreme athlete every single day of the year to catch food, to escape killer whales, escape sea lions.”Testing on the effluent came back positive but according to the BC Salmon Farmers Association that isn’t surprising.“PRV is known to be carried in the blood of some salmon. It is quite prevalent on salmon farms,” said Jeremy Dunn, spokesperson for the association.“That hasn’t been a virus of concern from a waste water treatment perspective. The science to date would suggest that this virus is relatively harmless.”The province says it’s committed to protecting wild salmon and are reviewing fish processing plants.“British Columbians expect their government to ensure any discharge into the water is safe, and does not threaten wild salmon,” said George Heyman, minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a statement.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more

Goldcorp sees net profits more than double to US242 million on oneoffs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Goldcorp Inc. says it more than doubled net earnings in the fourth quarter to US$242 million thanks in part to a boost from one-off items.The company says earnings, which work out to $0.28 per share, are up from US$101 million or $0.12 per share in the fourth quarter last year.Earnings were boosted by non-cash or other items including US$156 million from deferred tax recovery in Argentina, $27 million from disposing some mining interests, and $23 million from the net reversal of impairments.Revenue for the quarter came in at US$853 million, down slightly from the US$898 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.Gold production of 646,000 was also down from 761,000 a year earlier but was somewhat offset by higher prices.The company says its working through US$250 million in annual efficiencies and has nearly US$200 million in savings already in place.Companies in this story: (TSX:G)last_img read more

Paramount Resources pipeline leaks 290000 litres of oil and saltwater in Alberta

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator is reporting that a pipeline leaked about 100,000 litres of oil and 190,000 litres of salty produced water near Zama City in the far northwest corner of the province.The AER says on its website that Calgary-based Paramount Resources Ltd. reported the leak last week from one of its pipelines about nine kilometres northeast of the community.It says the leak was discovered by employees checking on a low-pressure alarm from the pipeline’s leak detection system.The regulator says the pipeline has been isolated and depressurized and cleanup is underway.It says the leak affected an area about 200 metres by 200 metres but no waterbodies were involved and it appears no wildlife were affected.last_img read more

Stelco says higher steel demand fuels volume and price growth in first

first_imgHAMILTON – Stelco Holdings Inc. says stronger demand for products from its Ontario steel mills contributed to its higher first-quarter revenue.The Hamilton-based company says revenue rose 25 per cent in the three months ended March 31 to $482 million from $386 million in the same period last year, as volumes jumped by 23 per cent and average selling prices by two per cent.Revenue was also up seven per cent from the previous quarter, but fell short of analyst expectations of $510 million, according to Thomson Reuters.Adjusted net income was $49 million versus $8 million in the year-earlier period, beating analyst estimates of $43 million.CEO Alan Kestenbaum says the results reflect improved efficiency and he predicts more of the same in the second quarter as better industry fundamentals and rising demand for steel continues.The company, whose history goes back to 1910, emerged from its latest round of creditor protection last June having eliminated $3 billion of debt and about $1.4 billion of pension and other retirement obligations. It launched an initial public offering last fall.(Companies in this story: TSX: STLC)last_img read more

Crews cleaning up oil spill at Kinder Morgan station north of Kamloops

first_imgDARFIELD, B.C. – Crews using an emergency response trailer and vacuum trucks are working to clean up a crude oil spill at a Kinder Morgan station north of Kamloops, B.C.The provincial Ministry of Environment said a flow metre has leaked about 100 litres of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield station.It said no waterways have been affected, and the spill has been contained within station property.In a statement, Kinder Morgan said it was alerted to an operational disruption through its internal safety system in the early hours of Sunday morning.“The station was quickly isolated and as a precaution, the main Trans Mountain Pipeline has been shut down,” the company said, adding it expected to restart the pipeline Sunday afternoon.The company said air monitoring is ongoing, and it has notified neighbours and other stakeholders.It said the leaked product was a medium crude blend.The spill comes days before a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The company suspended all non-essential construction on the project in April, citing opposition from the B.C. government that put the viability of the pipeline in question.It has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder

first_imgLANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans determined to dilute the authority of newly elected Democrats could see the power play thwarted by a moderate GOP governor, who is not certain to go along with the Legislature like Wisconsin’s more partisan Gov. Scott Walker.Term-limited Rick Snyder is not tipping his hand on whether he will sign the legislation if it is sent to him in the final days of a frantic lame-duck session. In contrast, Walker let it be known early in the Wisconsin process that he was likely to be on board with Republican lawmakers there.Snyder, like Walker, has weakened unions in the industrial Midwest with right-to-work laws, cut taxes and enacted other conservative policies. But he also has a more centrist streak — expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law and vetoing some GOP-sponsored gun and abortion bills.“Scott Walker is more conservative, more of an insurgent Republican reformer type than Rick Snyder, and he’s got more of an edge just in his personality and his approach to things in general. Rick Snyder has tried to characterize himself as being this kind of above-it-all, almost nonpartisan governor who doesn’t make deals and makes every decision based on logic and common sense and what works,” said Bill Ballenger, a political analyst and former Michigan Republican lawmaker.Snyder infuriated Democrats by signing bills Friday to significantly scale back minimum wage and paid sick leave laws . They began as citizen-initiated ballot initiatives but were adopted by the GOP-led Legislature in a manoeuvr to allow them to be weakened after the election. Snyder’s decision to sign them was not surprising because he has long been in sync with their main backers in the business community.Now Republicans are considering whether to give final approval to a bill that would strip campaign-finance oversight from Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson. Another bill would let the full Legislature or individual chambers automatically intervene in lawsuits, a power that until now has been reserved for the state attorney general. The move could affect Democratic Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel, who has said she probably will not defend a law allowing faith-based groups to refuse to serve same-sex couples who want to adopt children.An additional measure would make it harder to launch ballot drives , following voter approval of three Democratic-backed proposals last month. A measure very close to Snyder’s desk would hamper the ability of Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer to set environmental and other regulations that are stricter than federal rules.“If I believe it’s in the best public policy interest of our state, I will sign it. If it’s not, I won’t sign it,” Snyder said last week.Democrats in Michigan are warning Snyder that signing the bills could tar his legacy, a repeat of pleas that did not sway Walker. The Wisconsin governor said his legacy will be the record he left behind that includes all but eliminating collective bargaining for public workers and getting rid of the state property tax.While Snyder is more pragmatic, he has not always gotten behind GOP lawmakers’ agenda in his eight-year tenure. He said he does not think about his legacy.There is little doubt that the defining moments of Snyder’s tenure will include the crisis over lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, which was a disaster for his administration, and the economic turnaround of Detroit after it emerged from bankruptcy, for which Snyder has received credit.Republicans contend that the proposals to limit the powers of Democrats and voters have been overblown, while Democrats say they are undemocratic and flout the will of voters who elected them in November.“He talks a good game and then he signs everything that goes in front of him, for the most part,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich of Flint, who said he is not “overly hopeful” that Snyder will veto the measures. “If he signs all these right-wing bills, then that’s who you are. That’s what your legacy is. It’s not what you say it’s going to be. It’s what you do.”Whitmer, who is meeting regularly with Snyder during the transition, told Michigan-based radio host Michael Patrick Shield on Friday that she is “hopeful” that Snyder will “go out and show that he’s a statesperson” by protecting the executive branch.The bills have passed one chamber or the other, but it is uncertain if they will win final legislative approval this week or if changes will be made.Tom Shields, a veteran Republican strategist, said Snyder historically has vetoed some bills at year’s end.“I think this year will be no different. He’s going to find some things that he just can’t live with,” he said, before adding: “He’s been pretty close to the vest.”___Follow David Eggert on Twitter at . His work can be found at Eggert, The Associated Presslast_img read more

North Peace Credit Union hosting BBQ fundraiser for Natalie Small today

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Savings and Credit Union is hosting a barbecue fundraiser today, with the proceeds going towards a soccer tournament raising money for a local child battling cancer.Credit adjudicator Shaleen West said that the Credit Union decided to host the barbecue to raise money for the Kickin’ It with Friends charity soccer tournament. The tournament is raising money 4-year-old Natalie Small, who is currently battling Stage Four neuroblastoma in BC Children’s Hospital.West said that the credit union reached out to the Fort St. John Fire Department, whose charity has also donated money to the Small family to help with their travel expenses since December. The fundraiser barbecue is taking place in the parking behind the credit union at 101st St. and 103rd Ave. until 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

Wheres Model Code of Conduct

first_imgAs the race to Lok Sabha 2019 revs up, all political parties have amped up their campaigns. Every General Election has witnessed grand announcements and promises made by competing political candidates. The Indian election is a huge affair; and over the years, it has been the unrelenting work of the Election Commission of India that has made it possible for a nation as populated and diverse as ours to conduct free and fair polls. This time, however, there are some stark anomalies that seem to be dogging the elections. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe Election Commission brings in the Model Code of Conduct all parties and candidates must strictly adhere to. This time, however, we see the ruling party flouting its norms with alacrity. Take for instance the announcement surrounding Mission Shakti by the Prime Minister. The fact that India now has the capability (we had the prowess since 2012) to conduct anti-satellite tests. The PM first tweeted that there would be a major announcement, after which he addressed the nation and apprised the citizens that India had shot down a satellite in space. We should be proud of such an empowerment of India’s defence and space accomplishments but the timing of the announcement, as expressed by many, seemed to be in clear violation of the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct. Also Read – Insider threat managementEven though the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on March 10, we also now hear that the railways are serving tea in cups bearing PM Modi’s campaign cry, ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’! Is that also not yet another violation of the code? The interestingly-timed biopic based on Modi’s life from ‘chaiwallah to PM’ is also slated to hit the silver screen on April 5. The film titled ‘PM Narendra Modi’ and starring Vivek Oberoi will release at a theatre near you just before the first phase of the seven-poll Lok Sabha elections starting on April 11. In the last four and a half years, we have witnessed the systematic degradation and loss of face of several historic Indian institutions. Reserve Bank of India, Central Bureau of Investigation, Central Information Commission, Central Vigilance Commission, and the Supreme Court (to some extent) have had their actions questioned. Now we have the Election Commission of India under the scanner. Internationally, the Election Commission has won laurels and praise for the extensive work that it undertakes every five years in India. So much so, that the Election Commission has helped other nations to conduct polls. But this year, it is the toughest fight yet for the institution as it will have to prove its impartiality and non-partisan nature. Parties and candidates will over-reach; they will slyly and cunningly want to reach out to the masses with messages that will not adhere to the Model Code of Conduct. Will the Election Commission look the other way? Or will it waste crucial time before cracking down on such violations? Various committees that are looking into the violations of the Model Code of Conduct take up time after the damage is already done. The Lok Sabha polls this time is likely to be the most bitterly fought one in the recent history of the Indian democracy. The onus is now on the Election Commission to uphold its own diktats and ensure that the common man does not lose faith in the democratic process. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Dismissing Kohli and AB best moment of my cricketing career say Shreyas

first_imgJaipur: Claiming the coveted wickets of Virat Kohli and South African run-machine AB De Villiers was the best moment of my cricketing career, says young Rajasthan Royals spinner Shreyas Gopal. The leg-spinner took 3 wickets for 12 runs in his magical four-over spell, which helped Rajasthan Royals secure their first win of the season, a seven-wicket victory over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday night. “Getting Virat Kohli and AB Villiers in same match is a dream for any youngster. It is the best moment of my cricketing career and definitely one of biggest moments of my IPL cricket,” Shreyas said at the post match conference here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Any wicket is a big wicket but obviously these two are big names so it feels that much more better. But I feel I shouldn’t be getting ahead of myself and stay calm,” he added. The 25-year-old said that it was hard to devise a plan against batsmen of Kohli and De Villiers’ stature. “Honestly, I feel it is hard to plan a dismissal for batsmen like them (Kohli and De Villiers). You just need to be able to bowl your best ball and try and hit the best area on that particular wicket. It is all based on the situation,” Gopal said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “When you land on the ground you obviously do your homework. What the type of ground is, how the wicket is reacting, how the opposition has been playing. So for example (Krishnappa) Gowtham bowling three of his overs in powerplay felt like a good idea at that moment.” The youngster said he was keen to learn from more experienced cricketers in the team, including captain Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. “In between overs I just go to Ajju Bhai (Rahane), Jos (Buttler) or Smith and have a couple of words and try to understand what they think about the game because they have a lot of experience.” Asked about his side leaking runs in the death overs, Gopal said it was part and parcel of the game and the entire bowling unit should take responsibility and lift the team. “In this cricket (T20) you will definitely be hit for boundaries depending on the kind of overs you are bowling. Look at Jofra (Archer), he is bowling two overs in the powerplay and then bowling back in the death overs. So he is bowling hardest overs in the game,” he said. “Jofra and fast bowlers are probably bowling the hardest overs in the match so it is understood that they will go for 6-7 runs per over, they will have bad days. It is more important that guys who are having a good day should lift the team,” Gopal said.last_img read more