12 people arrested on outstanding immigration warrants London police say

first_imgLONDON, Ont. — Police in London, Ont., have arrested a dozen people on “outstanding immigration warrants” in a case that’s been turned over to the Canada Border Services Agency.Police say in a statement that officers responded to a call for service in a residential area of the city’s north end Saturday evening.After an initial investigation, the statement says officers determined that “several individuals in the residence were wanted on outstanding immigration warrants.”The statement says all of them were taken into custody without incident and the case was transferred to the CBSA.In a phone interview, London police spokesman Const. Anthony McKelvey said 12 people were taken into custody, but declined to provide any further details.The CBSA declined a request for an interview but promised to provide a statement, likely Monday morning.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Manitoba mother sentenced to eight years in sons beating death

first_imgBRANDON, Man. — A mother in Manitoba has been sentenced to eight years in prison for throwing her baby boy to the ground and causing his death.“This was not a child being shaken, but a child being thrown to the floor and struck in the head multiple times,” Justice Scott Abel told Jessica Melissa Brandon, 39, during a sentencing hearing Thursday.Draze Brandon-Catcheway was from the Waywayseecappo First Nation. He was 28-months old when he was found unresponsive at his home in January 2015. He never regained consciousness.An autopsy found the child died from an acute blunt-force head injury.Brandon pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September 2018.The Crown asked for a 10-year sentence, while the defence wanted seven years.Court heard how Brandon, a mother of eight, had struggled with alcohol for most of her life. She had been sober for about two months when a child-welfare agency returned the children to her care.“The accused says she realized she was not ready for her children to return home all at once,” Abel said.Court was told that Brandon was struggling with the transition and, on the night of the boy’s death, had taken five shots of hard liquor, an anti-anxiety drug and a sleep aid before passing out.She woke up to find Draze jumping around and refusing to listen to her. She grabbed the boy and threw him to the floor.Court heard Brandon doesn’t remember much about what happened next, but she concedes she struck the child multiple times in the head.An officer with the Dakota Ojibwa Police Service was called to the family’s home about 2:30 a.m. and found Draze on the couch. The child was limp, unresponsive and gurgling sounds were coming from his throat.He was brought to hospital but died the same day.Brandon at first told police that her son rolled off the couch while she was changing his diaper. She later said Draze was jumping on the bed and hit his head.A medical examiner found that neither story was consistent with the child’s injuries.The child-welfare agency involved with the family did not submit information for her pre-sentence report. But Brandon said she made numerous requests for a respite worker to help her with the children.The judge said he had to consider in his sentence the impact of the agency’s involvement — or lack thereof.Brandon’s other children were taken back into care after Draze’s death. A victim impact statement submitted in court from his foster mother explained how the boy’s siblings are struggling with their brother’s death.While Brandon has expressed she wants to be a good mother and will get help, she has shown limited remorse, Abel said.“The accused threw Draze onto the floor such that Draze immediately became unresponsive,” the judge said.“Add to that conduct that the accused struck Draze multiple times in the head area.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Edmonton Fringe Festival pulls play written by man convicted of child porn

first_imgThe Canadian Press EDMONTON — The Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival has pulled a show from its lineup following concerns about playwright David Belke, a registered sex offender.Belke wrote the production “Who Goes There,” a play about a soldier recovering in a hospital.He was sentenced to six months in jail in 2017 after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.The festival said it cancelled the production after people in the community complained.People who purchased tickets are being offered refunds.Adam Mitchell, the festival’s executive director, said it could not allow the show to go on during the annual Fringe, which runs from Aug. 15 to 25.“We will immediately engage in a structured conversation with the community about this issue to discuss how we move forward,” he said in a release Friday.The production at the Fringe was curated by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, which said it expected some pressure, but wanted to see Belke get a second chance.“We don’t believe in punishing people for the rest of their lives,” said Father Chris Pappis. “The idea of redemption as a Christian is something that’s very strong.”Pappis said the play will be performed, but not as part of the festival. (CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

Even the sparrows Extensive new study finds threebillionbird decline

first_imgAn extensive study of hundreds of bird species across decades worth of data has for the first time estimated how badly numbers of even the most common birds have shrunk.The paper, published Thursday in the journal Science, concludes the total number of North American birds has dropped by three billion since 1970 — about 30 per cent. Some of the most familiar species have been the hardest hit.“The species like pigeons and house sparrows and starlings, species we think of as thriving in urban environments, even those species are in steep decline,” said Adam Smith, an Environment Canada scientist and the paper’s co-author.The study, conducted through nine universities and government agencies in Canada and the United States, looked at 529 different kinds of birds.It’s based on data collected from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, which began in the mid-1960s with the help of governments and an extensive network of volunteers. It was backed up by information contained in records from 143 U.S. weather radar stations, which are able to track migrating flocks.The declines have been widespread. Except for waterbirds and raptors, which are heavily conserved, nearly every family is suffering.Forest birds such as flycatchers, woodpeckers and chickadees are down more than a billion.Grassland birds — meadowlarks, sparrows, wrens — have been more than halved. There are 700 million fewer of them than there were 50 years ago. Three-quarters of the species in this family are shrinking.The worst declines have been ascribed to some of the most abundant birds. Sparrows, warblers and blackbirds account for almost three-quarters of the total losses.“The loss of abundance overall is something that has a cost to our healthy ecosystems,” Smith said.“There are billions fewer beaks out there to eat insects. There are fewer birds to eat and disperse plant seeds. And there are fewer birds for us to experience.”Birds are also what scientists call an indicator species. Because information on them is so extensive, they reveal early trends in environmental change.“Birds are an indicator that the natural world is stressed,” said Smith.The results of the Science paper were foreshadowed by the State of the Birds report, which came out in June and looked at Canadian species. That report found similar patterns — waterbirds up, most everything else down, with some unknowns.The findings are echoed by other research detailing declines in insects, amphibians and fish.The current study doesn’t address reasons for the drops, but Smith said previous research points to probable causes.“Habitat loss and degradation — the loss of the land, water and air that birds use to survive. The loss of that ecological space is the primary driver of population decline for almost all of these birds.”He pointed out that most birds in the study migrate, so efforts to rebuild populations have to be co-ordinated across jurisdictions from Nunavut to South America. It can be done, Smith said, as it has for bald eagles and peregrine falcons.“I want (my kids) also to see someday those massive, spectacular flocks of migrating birds that used to be and have declined.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Spend A Day On The Set Of Castle With Nathan Fillion

first_imgFans of TV’s Castle listen up – here’s your chance to spend a day on the set of the hit show with star Nathan Fillion.Nathan Fillion plays novelist Richard Castle on the hit TV series Castle and is also known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the popular TV series Firefly. Nathan has been named one of “TV’s Sexiest Men” and is a two time People’s Choice Award winner.Proceeds from this auction go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. This organization provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need.The auction runs until October 24, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.com.Shiny!last_img read more

John Bishop And Sebastian Coe Go HeadToHead For Sport Relief

first_imgThe BBC and Comic Relief have announced that Sport Relief hero John Bishop and four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe will captain two teams of celebrities and go head to head in a series of sporting challenges at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the Sport Relief Night of TV on Friday 21st March.Comedian John Bishop, who completed a punishing ‘Week of Hell’ challenge for Sport Relief in 2012 and Sebastian Coe, Olympian and chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will each captain a team of stars who will battle it out in five different sporting events. The two rival teams will be made up of famous faces from the worlds of sport and entertainment – with the Clash of the Titans trophy up for grabs, the competition will be fierce, the challenges demanding and the potential for sporting upset high.On the night, Clare Balding will present all the action from the London Aquatics Centre whilst over at the Lee Valley VeloPark Gabby Logan will be on hand, as the teams compete in a variety of events including track cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and a swimming relay.It promises to be an incredible night of entertainment and the public has the opportunity to buy tickets to watch all the action from the two venues and cheer on their favourite team. Tickets go on sale today and are £15 plus bookings fees applied by Ticketmaster and at least £2.50 will be donated to Comic Relief by the BBC. Further details about the team line-ups will be announced in the run up to the event.John Bishop said: “For Sport Relief 2012, I spent a week of pain cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London. To say it was tough, is a huge understatement. But now, two years on, I am back again to take on whatever challenges Sport Relief throws at me. Am I intimidated by going up against four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe? No, I say, bring it on! May the best man win.”Sebastian Coe said: “As chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, I spent the best part of ten years preoccupied with the planning and delivery of London 2012. Not once did I imagine that less than two years later I would find myself back at the park competing. I hear John Bishop has quite a competitive streak but I know these venues inside out – something that, probably unrealistically, I am hoping will play to my advantage.”On Friday 21st March the BBC will treat the nation to a special night of Sport Relief TV, with presenters Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall amongst others, hosting a star-studded show full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the incredible work Sport Relief supports. Del Boy and Rodney will be back on TV screens after 10 years with a special Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch, featuring one of the show’s biggest fans – David Beckham. Four brave Paralympians will swap their sports kit for sequins and will take on a group dance challenge in a Sport Relief Does Strictly special, with Tess Daly revealing the judges favourite on the night. There will also be further announcements about more exciting sketches and specials in the coming weeks.The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March and for the first time ever the public can run, swim or cycle in the brand new Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. For more information on how to join in the fun and games, raise cash and changes lives, go to sportrelief.com.Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.To buy tickets to the Clash of the Titans go to ticketmaster.com/sportrelief. For each £15 ticket, £10 will go towards event costs and at least £2.50 will be donated to Comic Relief by the BBC. The BBC will not profit from these ticket sales.last_img read more

Ted Danson Blogs About Wasted Seafood

first_imgActor Ted Danson’s recent op-ed on Huffington Post says Oceana’s new report reveals there is a staggering amount of marine life caught by fisheries as bycatch that is discarded, which he says is a daily waste of many tons of edible fish.“Fishermen usually target one type of seafood, a specific type of fish,” says Danson, “but depending upon the type of fishing gear they use, they often catch enormous amounts of species that aren’t on their list. These animals are usually tossed overboard, injured, dying or dead.”Some fisheries in the States end up throwing away more marine life than they keep, he says, as much as up to 66 percent, and one scallop fishery cited in the report was allowed to throw away more flounder than flounder fishermen were allowed to catch and keep.A colossal waste, Danson offers three steps to begin reducing it: count what is caught, reduce each fishery’s bycatch limit, and use more selective fishing gear to avoid catching non-target species. He has ideas for American consumers too.“Look for sustainable, US-caught seafood,” suggests Danson, “and consult existing reference guides to avoid species caught with gillnets, longlines and trawls, which have high levels of bycatch. Help us put an end to the waste, and keep our fisheries healthy and our oceans abundant.”You can read the entire article here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Train Concert Raises 15 Million For Feinstein Institute For Medical Research

first_imgThe multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band Train took center stage Wednesday evening in Oyster Bay, NY for a private benefit concert supporting The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, Laura Benanti, Mr. & Mrs. Feinstein, Padma Lakshmi, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Mrs. and Mr. Zucker.The event also featured Endometriosis Foundation of America’s (EFA) co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.The $1.5 million raised at the event will be used by the Feinstein Institute to fund research in such therapeutic areas as cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The Feinstein Institute is the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.Speaking on behalf of the band Train, lead singer Patrick Monahan shared the band members’ feelings about performing at the Feinstein Institute summer concert. “We recognize how profoundly lucky we are to have our health and the health of our families. When we were asked to play, we immediately said ‘yes’ because we understand the importance of the Feinstein Institute research as it relates to curing diseases. We are incredibly proud to have been a part of this wonderful event and inspired by the work being done.”Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the concert program, thanking the attendees and supporters, that “the history of science, like all history is a series of stories, and the connection of those stories lead to the present and point to the future…Today, we are now positioned uniquely to intersect with the advances in technology and computing that open the door to bioelectronic medicine. This is an exciting story. The idea of placing computer chips on nerves in people to use the patient’s own nervous system to cure the disease. This is not 20 years away – this is already happening…It is as if the spirit of history has moved through and put us all in this position at this time to accomplish what we can, and you are a part of it. You are here supporting our work and without you, we can’t get there.”Dr. Tracey’s research was recently featured in the cover story of The New York Times Magazine. To learn more, click here.The evening also included the presentation of the 2014 Fellowship Award named in honor of The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) to Feinstein Institute investigator, Maya Tevlin, Ph.D. Dr. Tevlin is an investigator for an endometriosis study that is being supported by the EFA, called Research OutSmarts Endometriosis (ROSE). The award was presented by EFA co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.“The Endometriosis Foundation of America is pleased to present Dr. Maya Tevlin with the 2014 Fellowship Award for her dedication to the cause of endometriosis, which affects 176 million women and girls worldwide,” said Dr. Seckin. “The EFA is committed to supporting research that will help unravel the mysteries behind this most devious and debilitating disease and, ultimately, enable us to find a cure. The EFA’s sponsorship of ROSE at the Feinstein Institute is one of our crowning achievements, and just the beginning of a long-term partnership in endometriosis research.”“We are honored to acknowledge Dr. Tevlin as the first EFA Fellow and salute the Feinstein Institute for its commitment to this serious health issue and the ROSE Project,” said Padma Lakshmi, EFA Co-Founder.”Emceeing the evening was Laura Benanti, who earned Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy. She was also nominated for her performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and in Swing! Ms. Benanti has also been cast in several television shows including The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and Law and Order SVU, among others.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Safety Harbor Kids Launches Holiday Gift Drive

first_imgOn Friday December 11th, Malibu nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids kicked off their 9th Annual Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Challenge Gift Drive for orphans, foster and homeless children.Each year Malibu residents are joined by Safety Harbor Kids members nationwide to raise more than 1,000 gifts and stockings for disadvantaged children.“Without everybody’s help, most of these kids would get absolutely nothing for Christmas” says Safety Harbor Kids President, Petrie Alexandra Williams. “These children are so grateful and each year we have such a great group effort to help them!” she adds.With supporters including singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, guitarist Fred Tackett of Little Feat and actors Malcolm McDowell and Jane Seymour, this year’s gift drive will begin with several hundred gifts including shoes for hundreds of kids provided by ShoeCrew and toys and gifts provided by Malibu Barter Exchange. The current leader of the 9th Annual Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Challenge is the Hertz Foundation sponsoring fifty children.To support this years Safety Harbor Kids Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Toy Challenge or Personal Enrichment Programs, visit www.DonateToSHK.org. Founded by an orphan whogrew up in Malibu, Safety Harbor Kids is a 501c3 established for the purpose of enriching the lives of orphans and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music and the Arts. Through community and corporate donations and sponsorships SHK is able to bring academic tutoring, career development, music and the arts education and mentorships to disadvantaged children within 50 miles of Malibu. Visit www.safetyharborkids.org for more info.last_img read more

The Bachelorette Canada After Show WT Debuts September 13th Live at 1030

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – Fans eagerly awaiting The Bachelorette Canada (#BacheloretteCA) now have their Tuesday night post-episode gab sessions taken care of. W Network announced today it will continue The Bachelorette Canada conversation with a weekly, half-hour, live The Bachelorette Canada After Show (WT) immediately following the broadcast. The hotly anticipated series premieres September 13th at 9 p.m. ET/PT and much-loved Canadian TV legend and long-time Bachelorette franchise fan Jennifer Valentyne will host the After Show. In addition, ‘The Bachelorette Canada After Show SuperFan Experience’ launches today at wnetwork.com/superfan, where nine lucky SuperFans will be selected from across the country to make a special appearance on the nationally televised After Show with Jennifer.“The Bachelorette franchise has a strong following of highly engaged fans. As it is such a social show, we want fans to be part of the story and the After Show provides a platform to open up that conversation all season long,” said John MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Women and Lifestyle Content, Corus Entertainment. “With a roster of past and present Bachelors and Bachelorettes stopping by to weigh in, fan insights and opinion and long-time TV personality and avid Bachelorette fan Jennifer Valentyne leading that dialogue, the After Show is bound to stir up some interesting discussions.”Produced by Good Human Productions and shot live in Vancouver, each half-hour After Show episode follows Jennifer Valentyne as she dissects the juiciest and most dramatic moments from the latest episode of The Bachelorette Canada. She’ll be joined weekly by a rotation of guests including this season’s cast members, former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast members, as well as celebrity fans and SuperFan Experience winners from across the country. Jennifer will share questions and comments from viewers, debut deleted scenes, outtakes and exclusive additional content while encouraging fans to join the conversation online. Starting today, Canadians can visit wnetwork.com/superfan to prove they truly are The Bachelorette Canada’s biggest SuperFan for the opportunity to appear on a live After Show episode with Jennifer Valentyne. SuperFans are invited to complete a short, online questionnaire and upload a photo of their best ‘Rose Ceremony Reaction’. Nine lucky SuperFans will receive round-trip airfare and accommodation in Vancouver and will appear in an episode of the After Show. For more information about the contest, visit wnetwork.com.In the Canadian version of this widely successful reality series, hosted by Canadian actor and television star Noah Cappe, Jasmine Lorimer is in search of her soul mate – and hopefully her groom-to-be. The 20 male suitors compete for the Bachelorette’s affection on individual and group dates involving local and far-flung romantic encounters and adventures in exotic locations around the world. As Lorimer narrows the field and the number of men dwindles, romance and tensions rise. Ultimately, she will choose the one man with whom she wants to spend the rest of her life.The Bachelorette Canada is produced by Good Human Productions Inc. The series is based on the U.S. format created by Mike Fleiss and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Sales of the format are handled by Warner Bros. International Television Production.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Good Human Productions Inc.Good Human is a Vancouver-based production company that delivers hit content for their broadcast and production partners. The company is built on strong relationships with talented artists, thinkers and top production personnel.  Good Humans have developed and supervised the production of 1000+ hours of quality prime-time original programming including The Bachelor Canada, The Bachelorette Canada and Cheer Squad for ABC Spark & Freeform.  For more information, please visit www.goodhumanproductions.com and @Goodhumanprods and facebook.com/goodhumanproductions. Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: W Network Advertisement SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRSubscribe to the W Network YouTube channel: YouTube.com/user/OfficialWNetworkFollow W Network on Twitter @W_Network, Facebook facebook.com/wnetwork and Instagram @w_networkFollow The Bachelorette Canada on Twitter @BacheloretteCA  Facebook facebook.com/BacheloretteCA and Instagram @bacheloretteca Advertisementlast_img read more

CAFA 2017 Something exciting happening here in the land of ice and

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Now, in its fourth year and after impressive exponential growth, it’s poised to become just that.“Every year, it just keeps getting better and better…. It’s a great opportunity to get the public aware that there is a Canadian fashion industry, that we have the calibre of talent that we do in this country, coast to coast,” Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, told CBC News on Friday. Login/Register With: Canadian designers might be favourites of influential fashion plates like Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez, but the industry still has a way to go toward global recognition.Enter the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.CAFA organizers conceived the glitzy annual event, which trumpets outstanding achievement and emerging fashion talent, as a sort of Academy Awards of Canadian fashion or yearly celebration along the lines of New York’s famed Met Gala. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

BOY BAND 98 DEGREES AND ROCKERS THE BEACHES JOIN PERFORMERS AT MMVAS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: 98 Degrees band members, from left, Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre perform at KTUphoria 2018 at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., on June 16, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision – Charles Sykes) Advertisementcenter_img The return of 98 Degrees is notable since they last played the MMVAs stage in 1999 and went on hiatus four years later. They reversed the decision and headed back into the studio in 2012.The group’s member Nick Lachey used to be married to singer Jessica Simpson, whose sister will also be a part of this year’s MMVAs.Ashlee Simpson-Ross will make an appearance with her husband Evan Ross as presenters, while actress Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us” and Colton Haynes from “Arrow” are slated to appear.The MMVAs will air on Much and CTV and stream through various Bell Media platforms. Twitter Facebook TORONTO — Reunited boy band 98 Degrees will serenade the masses as part of the upcoming iHeartRadio MMVAs.The heartthrob foursome, known for their late 1990s hits “I Do (Cherish You)” and “Because of You,” are among the latest batch of performers announced for the broadcast on Aug. 26.Others added to the lineup include Toronto rockers the Beaches, country artist Brett Kissel and pop singers Bebe Rexha and Bulow.last_img read more

SPIN MASTERS GLOBAL ANIMATED PRESCHOOL SERIES ABBY HATCHER PREMIERES ON NICKELODEON

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “Abby Hatcher embodies remarkable storytelling combined with an emotional and social curriculum to entertain and delight preschoolers,” said Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s Co-Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO. “It was a magical experience to watch the characters we created come to life with powerful performances by Canadian children. Now, with the premiere of Abby Hatcher, we can share these enchanting and heartfelt stories with kids all over the world.” The series features an all-Canadian cast including Macy Drouin, who stars as Abby, while Wyatt White portrays Bozzly, Abby’s Fuzzly best friend and partner. Continuing the talented Canadian line-up is Kim’s Convenience’s Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Hatcher Palace Hotel Chef Jeff.“Together with Spin Master’s highly successful PAW Patrol, Abby Hatcher expands preschoolers’ imaginations through fun story lines and endearing characters, while also fostering empathy, compassion and acceptance,” said Jennifer Dodge, Spin Master Entertainment’s Executive Vice President. “The series also encourages kids to develop their problem-solving skills and join in saving the day.”At its core, Abby Hatcher models the power of one little girl to bring together a whole community with her nurturing heart, eternal optimism, and her love and acceptance of everyone, no matter how different they are.  Abby Hatcher is the eighth series from Spin Master Entertainment and comes from the same talented team of producers and directors that made PAW Patrol, the amazingly creative series and global phenomenon.  Like PAW Patrol, Abby Hatcher is animated at Toronto’s Guru Studio. The series is overseen by executive producers Ronnen Harary and Jennifer Dodge as well as executive producer Jamie Whitney, who acts as showrunner.About Spin MasterSpin Master (TSX: TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Erector® by Meccano®, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2000, Spin Master has received 103 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 28 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year.  To date, Spin Master has produced nine television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master has 28 offices and employs over 1,700 people globally in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.About NickelodeonNickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Jan 2, 2019 – Spin Master Ltd. (TSX: TOY; www.spinmaster.com), a leading global children’s entertainment company, premiered its new original animated preschool series, Abby Hatcher, on January 1st, 2019 on Nickelodeon. Following the U.S. premiere, Abby Hatcher will roll out on Nickelodeon’s international channels in 2019 and will also launch on TVO in Canada on February 11th, 2019.The show features Abby Hatcher, an adventurous seven-year-old with a giant heart and endless love for her favorite creatures, the Fuzzlies. These furry, zany creatures come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own uniquely special abilities, and Abby adores them all.  In the Hatcher Palace Hotel, where Abby lives with her parents, there’s lots for the Fuzzlies to discover as they become part of her expanding family, but that can also mean often getting into Fuzzly Trouble! Each episode follows Abby as she goes on incredible adventures with her best Fuzzly-friend Bozzly to fix mishaps that land the Fuzzlies in trouble, and ultimately save the day! Abby Hatcher is an adventurous seven-year-old with a giant heart and endless love for her favorite creatures, the Fuzzlies (CNW Group/Spin Master)last_img read more

LAST NAME CENTRE FIRST NAME OVO ATHLETIC RAPTORS RENAME PRACTICE FACILITY AFTER

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Drake, pictured here at a Raptors game in November, had his record label and fashion line OVO sponsor Toronto’s practice facility, previously known as the Biosteel Centre. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: “Drake and OVO are an important part of our city’s landscape, our team’s identity, and our plans to bring a championship to Toronto,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement. “With each step of our partnership over the last five and a half years, we have worked together to build a winning basketball program in Toronto and deliver for our fans and our community.“This new naming rights deal for our training facility is a perfect example of the strength of this partnership and the innovative opportunities it can generate.”.OVO, an acronym for “October’s Very Own,” is the name of a record label and clothing line co-founded by Drake.The rebranding of the facility will include OVO Athletic Centre signage inside and outside the facility, and Raptors practice jerseys will feature the OVO owl logo on the upper left chest.Drake has been involved in planning for the 2016 All-Star Weekend at Scotiabank Arena (then Air Canada Centre), the launch of the “We The North” campaign and an OVO-inspired alternate uniform.THE CANADIAN PRESS The Toronto Raptors have renamed their training facility as the OVO Athletic Centre, a nod to the NBA team’s partnership with Grammy award-winning artist Drake.The Toronto-born rapper has been involved with the Raptors since being named the team’s “global ambassador” nearly six years ago.The facility, located on the grounds of Exhibition Place, was originally known as the BioSteel Centre before being renamed the Toronto Raptors Training Centre. Twitterlast_img read more

MICHAEL MOORE ANNOUNCES THREE INTERACTIVE EVENINGS IN ONTARIO THIS SEPTEMBER FEATURING A

first_imgABOUT MICHAEL MOORE: Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan where he received a Catholic education, including a year in the seminary. He says this accounts for his healthy respect for the fires of Hell that he believes to be located somewhere just outside Crawford, Texas. He was an Eagle Scout, Newspaper Boy of the Week, and, at 18, the youngest person ever elected to public office in the state of Michigan. TORONTO, May 28, 2019 – Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary director, author and political activist Michael Moore has announced three stops in Ontario this September! Moore’s trademark style offers an “everyman” perspective as he tackles major issues with a sharp sense of humour. This eye-opening approach has earned him a reputation as both a razor-sharp entertainer and one of America’s boldest political commentators. These unique, interactive and inspiring events will feature a special selection from Moore’s Broadway show “The Terms of My Surrender,” a monologue about Moore’s thoughts on the Trump administration. Additionally, audience members will be invited to take part in an interactive Question and Answer period that promises to generate a provocative discussion.Moore’s three Ontario appearances begin with Niagara Falls on September 28th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. A stop in London follows on September 29th at The Start.ca Performance Stage at Budweiser Gardens. The final appearance will take place in Toronto on September 30th at the Danforth Music Hall. Tickets for the Torontoappearance will be released soon! Tickets for the Niagara Falls and London shows go on sale Friday, May 31st at 12 NOON EST. Information on how to participate in the Q&A will be announced soon! Event details and ticket information can be found at: www.michaelmoorecanada.com. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Moore is the Oscar and Emmy-winning writer/director of the ground-breaking, record-setting films Roger & Me,Bowling for Columbine, and Fahrenheit 9/11, which also won the top prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and went on to become the highest grossing documentary of all time. It became the first documentary ever to premier No. 1 at the box-office in its opening weekend. Film Comment called it “The Film of the Year.”In addition to winning the Academy Award for Bowling for Columbine, Moore won the Emmy Award for his NBC and Fox series, TV Nation and was nominated for his other series, The Awful Truth (which the L.A. Times called “the smartest and funniest show on TV.”) Moore wrote and directed the comedy feature Canadian Bacon starring the late John Candy, and the BBC documentary, The Big One. He has directed music videos for R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, and System of a Down.For more information on Michael Moore visit www.michaelmoore.com Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Michael Moorelast_img read more

Kahnawake council defends Quebec bridge deal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere has been much controversy in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake over a deal between the council and Quebec on repairs to the Mercier Bridge.Iron workers say that the new deal erodes their rights.The Mohawk Council says it’s not true, but expands their rights.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has the story.last_img

St Regis Mohawk Tribal police chief fired over cash payments for impounded

first_imgAPTN National News AKWESASNE–St. Regis Mohawk Tribal police Chief Andrew Thomas has been fired following a probe into cash payments received by the police force for towing and storage fees for impounded vehicles, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission said Thursday.The police commission said in a statement Thomas was fired on July 24.Thomas is facing disciplinary charges filed July 7 from the commission for gross misconduct and disregard for tribal and regulatory policies and failure to reconcile receipts and funds, the statement said.Thomas appeared before a disciplinary hearing on July 15 and the police commission voted unanimously to terminate his employment.The investigation was triggered by a query from a community member about the police department’s taking of cash payments for impounded vehicles.A spokesperson for the St. Regis Tribe said the police commission would not be issuing any further comment.Matthew Rourke is currently the acting tribal police chief.The St. Regis Tribe governs the U.S.-side of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which straddles the Canada-U.S. border about 120 km west of Montreal.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Kinew James inquest postponed indefinitely after new documents come to light

first_imgThe Canadian PressSASKATOON — An inquest into the death of a 35-year-old woman at the Saskatoon Regional Psychiatric Centre has been postponed indefinitely.The examination of what happened to Kinew James was to have begun Monday, but after a massive collection of new documents was presented to inquest coroner Timothy Hawryluk, he adjourned the proceedings.He said it is unlikely the inquest will resume until the fall at the earliest and possibly not until early 2017.Kinew James died in 2013 after suffering an apparent heart attack in her cell.Inmates have alleged that James was denied timely medical assistance.The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies had said earlier it hoped the inquest would lead to better care for Indigenous women with mental health issues who are serving time in prison.On Monday, association lawyer Gillian Gough and Josephine de Whyttel, a lawyer for James’ mother, argued the disclosure documents provided by the Corrections Service of Canada — which covered the year leading up to James’ death — weren’t enough.Gough presented a package made up largely of CSC documents the society obtained while fighting for James’ release in 2011. Containing some 8,000 files, some of the documents dated back as far as 1998.Gough said it was important to look at how various factors from James’ incarceration may have contributed to her death.For instance, Gough noted James was transferred between facilities some 30 times and argued this could have affected the continuity of her health care. Gough also said James had been in and out of the Saskatoon facility 13 times over the years.Hawryluk said he was disappointed at having proceedings derailed on the first day, but he wasn’t comfortable ruling on a request to expand the scope of the inquest until he’d had time to review the new documents.Cecil James, Kinew’s brother, said the family was glad there would be a pause to consider the new information.Cecil said he has had trouble accessing even the original disclosure that was provided.He and James’ family live in Winnipeg, and he had to go to Regina to look the disclosure over in the coroner’s office there. He said he made the trip last Wednesday and was troubled after even a quick examination of those documents, not to mention the thousands of new ones presented Monday.James was serving an aggregate sentence of 15 years for manslaughter, assault, uttering threats and other charges – many of which happened after she was first sent to jail.According to a Board of Investigation report, James, who was diabetic, activated the emergency call alarm in her cell and told corrections staff that she was feeling sick and lethargic the night she died.last_img read more

Mikmaw warrior chief puts up road checkpoints to keep drugs out of

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsA warrior chief in New Brunswick wants drugs out of his community.Mi’kmaq in Elsipogtog First Nation say the drug problem is out of control.John Levi is taking the matter into his own hands.last_img

Two Algonquin communities gripped by grief following fatal shooting

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National News An early morning shooting in a community one and a half hours north of Ottawa has left one Algonquin youth dead, and another charged with his murder.18 year old Bret Jerome from Rapid Lake was found outside a home in the nearby Manikwaki June 5. He was later pronounced dead in hospital, police say.Amik Mitchell, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder. Mitchell is from Kitigan Zibi.afrancis@aptn.calast_img