20 best shows on Vancouver stages in 2017

first_imgPORTRAITS IN MOTION (January at the York Theatre, as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival)Sure, there were bigger shows at the PuSh fest in 2017, but for some reason this is the one we’re still talking about with friends. German artist Volker Gerling’s travelling flipbook-cinema-storytelling show was intimate and unflashy. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Looking back on 2017, it was sheer, fearless risk-taking that ended up marking the year on-stage.We’re talking about a wild, whirling skating spectacle at an East Side ice rink; a circus set in a kitchen where the acrobats actually cooked the audience a meal; a ballet that found its dancers hauling out hair-dryers and leaf-blowers; an opera featuring colossal, stylized headdresses; and a Shakespearean classic transported to a 1950s-era Italian film studio and set entirely in the grey scale of black-and-white cinema.The year’s most memorable productions ranged from the intimate and interactive to epic spectacles. And the stories being told gave voice to diverse cultural worlds: a multisensory exploration of the Indigenous men who fought in the First World War; a show that celebrated the street dancers of Algeria; a haunting look back at the residential-school system. Login/Register With: Dairakudakan’s Paradise blew minds. (Photo by HIROYUKI KAWASHIMA) Here are just 20 theatre, opera, dance, and undefinable genre-mashing performances that stuck with us, that made our nights, that rocked our worlds, and that challenged our beliefs.CUISINE AND CONFESSIONS (January at the Vancouver Playhouse; a Les 7 Doigts de la Main production, presented by Théâtre la Seizième)The circus met the delicious tastes and smells of food in one of the first shows of 2017, and for those lucky enough to have seen it, the results were unforgettable. Theatre critic Kathleen Oliver described it as “a spectacle that combines dazzling acrobatics with personal stories centred around food, offering deeply satisfying nourishment on so many levels”. She praised the “human dimension that counterpoints its many awe-inspiring physical feats, and invites you to become part of the experience.”last_img read more

Bruce Greenwood is a man of many roles

first_img“I’ll do anything is the simple answer,” jokes Greenwood, 61, when his extensive list of credits is mentioned.“I’m a little choosier now than I have been in the past, but I’ll fall off that wagon of choosiness with alarming frequency and just go and do something just because I don’t happen to be busy and it seems like fun, or it’s in a nice location or something like that. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement He has played doctors, lawyers, TV executives, disapproving fathers, a murderous husband, U.S. presidents, a U.S. secretary of defence and a starship captain, among many other things.In fact, if you have watched a TV show or seen a movie in the last four decades, chances are you’ve seen Bruce Greenwood’s face onscreen.On this particular morning, that face is across the table at Cafe Boulud in the Four Seasons Hotel. “I like being on a set, I really do; it’s hard for me to say no.” Login/Register With: Bruce Greenwood plays Dr. Randolph Bell — “a guy past his best-by date” — in The Resident. (ROGERS MEDIA) Facebooklast_img read more

NATHAN FILLION TALKS ABOUT STARRING AS NATHAN DRAKE IN UNCHARTED FAN FILM

first_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment They clearly hope that the 15-minute short is the beginning of something — although, as it completely unauthorized, this might be all fans get — but the one thing it accomplishes by itself is a bit of wish fulfilment. Noting a resemblance, plenty of fans have suggested that the Edmonton-born actor would make a great Drake ever since the first game came out in 2007, and this film makes a pretty good case.“I remember the feeling when I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. There was this hero that wasn’t perfect, that could take a punch and tell a joke. And I remember the Uncharted games bringing that back,” says Fillion, when asked why he wanted to make this. “And Nathan Drake is the one that scratches that itch for all of us.”Ungar, like many, he loved the franchise from when he was in school, and thought that Fillion belonged in the role. He started working on his own films, and after deriving some inspiration from previous video-game fan films also made by professionals that made splashes — Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth in 2010, Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers in 2015 — Ungar approached the veteran TV star and there was mutual interest. The film was shot in May in California. Login/Register With: Consider it an unexpected treasure for fans of the Uncharted videogame franchise.A fan film based on that swashbuckling, tomb-raiding franchise was released online on Monday, starring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, and directed by Allan Ungar, a filmmaker from Toronto. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Both Ungar and Fillion stress that this is an unauthorized creation for fans, with no input or permission from Uncharted game developer Naughty Dog and its parent company, Sony. Nathan Fillion, left, is seen on the set of the Uncharted fan film with director Allan Ungar. (JERRY BUTEYN / SUPPLIED PHOTO)last_img read more

AN EPIC NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF TIFF BOSS PIERS HANDLING

first_imgTIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling, with Star movie critic Peter Howell hot on his heels, heads to his next venue. (STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling is at a loss for words, not a usual situation for him.It’s last Saturday night, the middle of the Toronto International Film Festival’s opening weekend, and the TIFF director/CEO is inside a large black SUV, his official ride during the fest.While his driver, Cal Post, nimbly navigates Toronto’s congested streets, Handling attempts to parse the pronunciation of a director he’s about to introduce: Britain’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, a one-time violent skinhead turned actor and filmmaker, whose autobiographical drama Farming, his debut feature 14 years in the making, is having its world premiere. Piers Handling with director Laura Luchetti on the red carpet for Twin Flower at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday, Sept. 8. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling in the lobby of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the centre of the action during the 11-day festival. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling sports his new medal, France’s highest cultural insignia, bestowed upon him and artistic director Cameron Bailey by the French ambassador in a ceremony Saturday night at the Fifth Club. (PETER HOWELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling checks his notes for his introduction to the film Life Itself while being driven to the premiere. It’s one of nine intros he’ll do that day. (PETER HOWELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF, watches from the crowd as the festival hosts a Share Her Journey Rally for Women In Film. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Ade-wally … Akin-noye … Ad-baze,” the Calgary-born Handling says over and over with his mellifluous mid-Atlantic accent, the product of schooling in Germany and Pakistan. He could take the easy way out and just say “Triple A,” as the filmmaker encourages people to do, but Handling is a stickler for getting things right, as he has been for the 37 years he’s been with TIFF in a variety of roles; since 1994 as head of the organization.Even though this festival will be his last at the helm — he steps down Oct. 1, having decided that at the age of 69 it’s time to do so — Handling is determined not to slow down until he comes to a complete stop.He insists that this year at TIFF is “just like another festival” and he’s “just in the zone” of getting it done as smoothly as he always has.But in his typically understated way, Handling allows that he’s enjoying all the extra love and attention he’s receiving on his last official tour as the guy in charge.“I’m having a really good time this year.” Facebooklast_img read more

Drake Gifts Chris Brown 300 OVO Varsity Jacket

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Both artists share a connection with singer Rihanna. Brown and Rihanna dated, during which he infamously assaulted her. Rihanna and Drake, once frequent collaborators, have also been romantically linked in the past.Drake, 32, and Brown, 29, have not always seen eye-to-eye and were beefing for the better part of six years. Drake and Chris Brown seem to be friends again.The once-feuding hip-hop and R&B artists made amends in October at one of the Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour Los Angeles concerts. Drizzy brought Breezy onstage for a special performance.It looks like the pair’s friendship is making positive progress. On Wednesday, Brown revealed Drake had gifted him an OVO Varsity Jacket. Price-tag, $300. “Thanks for lacing me I GOT THAT,” Brown captioned the photo, making sure to address his thank yous to Drake. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

China hopes to feast on seal

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada has gone to the Far East to find a new market for seal products.Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is currently in China on a trade mission.Today she announced that the two countries have made a deal.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Food prices triggered Nunavuts firstever territorywide protest

first_imgAPTN National NewsA territory-wide protest in Nunavut over the high cost of food made history this weekend.It is the first time people from all over Nunavut protested the same issue at the same time in different locations.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img

Families of children who died while in care meet in Thunder Bay

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsFamilies of 12 children who died while in the care of child services in northern Ontario met in Thunder Bay with the province’s chief coroner Wednesday.The point of the meeting was to discuss a recent experts report on the circumstances around their children’s deaths.Willow met with some of them who say the report, and explanations don’t go far enough.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img

Bombardier workers rally in solidarity ahead of US trade spat decision

first_imgAn unusual scene took place Wednesday as unionized workers left their posts at Bombardier’s plant in north Toronto — not to protest stalled labour negotiations but to express solidarity with the company in its battle against U.S.-based aerospace giant Boeing Co.“We’re in it together,” said Mike Vorberg, one of the Bombardier employees at the rally.“We had management here, upper management here, and they want to bring awareness to what’s happening here, and we’re hoping that this fight will be favourable for us in Canada.”Boeing has accused Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) of selling its CSeries passenger jets to American-based Delta at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies.“We understand the anger of our employees and their passion,” said Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre in an interview from Montreal.“They see that Boeing is attacking directly this industry so they are out to protect their jobs and to protect the aircraft they have been working on.”The action was held the same day the Montreal-based aircraft and railway manufacturer said it’s looking beyond next week’s U.S. Department of Commerce decision about preliminary duties against its CSeries aircraft.The U.S. Commerce Department confirmed Wednesday that its decision on Boeing’s request for preliminary countervailing duties of more than 79 per cent will be announced Tuesday, a day later than it previously indicated.A preliminary anti-dumping determination is currently scheduled to be announced Oct. 5, but can be extended. The department will make final determinations on duties before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues its final injury determination.But Bombardier spokesman Bryan Tucker said the United States still has to rule on the critical question of whether Boeing suffered any harm.“Boeing acknowledges it did not compete in the Delta competition, and it abandoned this aircraft segment more than a decade ago, so it’s really hard to see how they are harmed,” he wrote in an email.Tucker said that the outcome from the preliminary findings is hard to predict because U.S. trade laws weren’t designed to address large, complex and highly engineered products such as aircraft.“At the end of the process, and given that the CSeries will contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and lower travel costs for the American public, we’re confident the ITC will reach the right conclusion.”Industry analysts expect preliminary countervailing duties will be imposed, although they wouldn’t begin to be collected until the first Delta Air Lines planes are delivered next year.The Toronto protest came a week after workers in Montreal marched in front of Boeing’s downtown office and the U.S. consulate.Cheers erupted through the crowd outside the Toronto aerospace plant as Unifor president Jerry Dias vowed to stand up to U.S. protectionism and fight for Canadian aerospace jobs. The union head met with Boeing officials last week in Washington, D.C., where he encouraged the company to drop the complaint.“The reality is, Canada doesn’t have the deep pockets that they do in the United States and they do in the European consortium,” he told the workers.“This is about a Canadian market, this is about a Canadian plane, this is about Canadian technology, this is about Canadian innovation, this is about Canadian jobs, and we’re not going to let anybody take it away from us!”Dias used the aerospace trade dispute to highlight some of the issues he has been vocal about amid the ongoing NAFTA renegotations and called on the Canadian government to continue its fight against the U.S.“We’re sick and tired of losing our jobs to right-to-work states in the United States, we’re sick and tired of losing our jobs to Mexico where minimum wage is 65 cents an hour,” he said.The Canadian government is putting pressure on Boeing to drop its complaint, threatening to cancel plans to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has received support from his British counterpart, Theresa May, who wants to protect jobs in Northern Ireland, where the plane’s wings are assembled.Analyst Seth Seifman of J.P. Morgan said Boeing was emphatic during an investor conference on Monday that it won’t back down despite the prospect of losing business with Canada and CSeries customer Delta.“Management has concluded that a subsidized Airbus was one reason why McDonnell Douglas’s commercial aircraft businesses died and it is determined to foreclose the possibility of a repeat with Bombardier,” Seifman wrote in a report.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that Bombardier’s CEO was at the rally.last_img read more

Chanels garden delights as Givenchy designer debuts couture

first_imgPARIS – Rose scents mingled with celebrities such as Marion Cotillard, Sofia Coppola and Rita Ora at Chanel on Tuesday as showman Karl Lagerfeld recreated a verdant garden to showcase his bucolic couture designs. Elsewhere in Paris, Givenchy’s new designer unveiled her highly anticipated couture debut.Some highlights from Tuesday’s spring-summer 2018 shows:___GIVENCHY DESIGNER’S COUTURE DEBUTA spooky, floodlit chateau in Paris’ historic Marais area was the venue Clare Waight Keller chose to stage her first couture show since being appointed creative director at Givenchy last year.Guests were led up a dimly lit stairway as discordant music played to a mysterious hall with shimmering crystal chandeliers. The edgy music and venue represented the future and the past.The sublime couture creations harked back to the designs of house founder Count Hubert de Givenchy — but Waight Keller infused them with a fashion-forward touch.The house’s signature sharp shoulder — here, often on shoulder-draped coats — was a running style in the diverse looks that mixed hard and soft. In the more architectural moments, Waight Keller evoked the spirit of Givenchy’s mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga.Lines — rigid bodices, cinched waists and a hard V-shaped decollete — fused with delicate materials. Feathers flashed vermillion peeking from the inside of a coat and a softly tiered full skirt bled from purple to electric orange and cobalt blue.It made for some sublime looks that remained highly feminine at all times.Dark romance was at the heart of this accomplished display, which was possibly the best seen all season.___CHANEL’S GARDEN COUTUREChanel’s fragrant garden featured architectural wooden arbors, white roses and a babbling water fountain.Inspired by the geometric curves in the furniture, Lagerfeld went back to nature — and to Chanel’s couture roots — for a display of pure drama constructed with geometric detail.The stone-colored clothes teamed with soft floral embroideries and frothy details. Models including Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber wore sweet pink, white and purple posies in black tulle hair-pieces.The devil’s in the detail and this season, Chanel was all about the sleeve.A raglan style — one that extends in one piece fully to the collar — seemed to inspire the beautiful and surreal arm shapes that descended stiffly like a tapered tube. Shoulders were wide and dramatically curved.Full skirts flared out like giant bells in a crisp line shared this surreal quality.Lagerfeld is an ambitious man, and elsewhere his 69 designs also channeled the tiered fashions of the swinging 1920s.___DIANE KRUGER ON HER GRITTY FILM ROLEThough she was overlooked for an Oscar nomination, “Inglourious Basterds” star Diane Kruger is still buzzing from the critical acclaim surrounding her challenging role in the movie “In The Fade.”Kruger plays a steely woman whose life falls apart after her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack.The German-born actress, who attended the Armani Prive couture show in a black tuxedo and sequined gown, said that this film “definitely” comes at a good time for feisty female roles in cinema.“It’s a very strong female role,” she said.“The protagonist was originally written for a man so it was changed for a woman, which is always great,” she added.___DIOR’S MASKED BALLMasked revelers danced into the early hours of Tuesday at the soiree event of couture week: Christian Dior’s surrealism-themed masked ball at the Rodin Museum.Actress Monica Bellucci stepped onto the checkered chess board set in a vivid red lace Dior gown, while model Bella Hadid stunned in a revealing black tulle shoulder less dress, hugging singer Courtney Love effusively.Guests in check face masks that sometimes impaired vision negotiated around giant 2-meter chess pieces, faceless dancing performers and hanging surrealist sculptures in the marquee venue that was also used to showcase the historic design house’s spring and summer couture styles.A wall of white arms, some fake and some real (belonging to hidden performers), handed out white roses to passers-by who snacked on white chocolate playing cards served on a green poker table cover.___ALEXIS MABILLE’S OLD-SCHOOL GLAMOURThe red carpet said it all: French designer Alexis Mabille turned on the glamour for a display of classic couture gowns.The styles were firmly set to the 1950s — the years following the austerity of World War II that produced long exuberant lengths of fabric, hyper-femininity and hourglass silhouettes.A floor-length satin gown in coral sported a giant floppy bow at the waist, while one in dark cobalt saw an abbreviated take on a fifties jacket as a bustier and was paired with full length evening gloves.Mabille didn’t forget to have fun.A series of balloon gowns — with curved hems gathered around inside — were the strongest pieces in the show.Each consecutive skirt sported an even bigger explosion of fabric, until the show reached a dramatic crescendo in a circular bottle green gown that spread out from the bust.___ARMANI PRIVE’S WATERcolour-INSPIRED DESIGNSEven a fashion master can have off days.Tuesday was a mixed couture bag for Giorgio Armani, who explored the theme of watercolour in an exhaustive collection of shimmering pastel gowns that combined too many divergent ideas.Armani’s best looks kept it simple.A minimalist satin bodice in oyster led the eye to a dramatic whoosh of silk spilling from the waist. But elsewhere, some looks — though beautifully constructed — saw a complicated silhouette and busy patterns vying for attention.Nevertheless, it was a hit for celebrities such as Marion Cotillard and Isabelle Huppert, who applauded vigorously from the front row.___SWAROVSKI AT HOTEL DE CRILLONNo luxury detail was overlooked at the launch of Swarovski’s eyewear collection inside the revamped Hotel de Crillon, which reopened last year after a 200-million euro refurbishment.Views of the sparkling Place de la Concorde delighted guests, including model and actress Poppy Delevingne, socialite Olivia Palermo and actress Morgane Polanski, the daughter of director Roman Polanski.The eyewear was displayed on stands and featured opulent use of crystal in architectural designs inspired by the Atelier Swarovski jewelry collections, which were also shown off at the event.Guests then tucked into a lavish meal that included wine from the famous vineyard Chateauneuf-du-Pape.___Thomas Adamson is at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_Klast_img read more

Canadas provinces promote free trade in Washington Some conditions apply

first_imgWASHINGTON – The premiers of Canada’s two largest provinces came to Washington on Friday to sing the praises of free trade: lower prices, more jobs, better selection at the grocery store and supply chains that create geo-political bonds.But that trade-liberalizing passion comes with some caveats.The premiers of Quebec and Ontario acknowledged that their own trade practices are not perfectly open in every sector and will not suddenly become that way in a newly renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.In one exchange, the governor of Colorado voiced a desire for freer trade in dairy. He made the request on a panel while seated beside Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard — premiers of the two main dairy-producing provinces in a country that limits dairy imports.“Colorado is a big cheese-manufacturing state. So I’d probably want to negotiate a little bit about the cheese,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper.“Because we all have our specific things that we think, maybe, aren’t quite as fair.”Dairy isn’t the only protected sector in Canada. So is poultry. In addition, sub-national jurisdictions protect certain types of government contracts. Also, Couillard said it’s important for Quebec to maintain protections on cultural products in order to preserve its francophone culture.Couillard said it’s normal to maintain some protections in a trade deal.“I would say, tongue in cheek, there’s no such thing as a free-trade agreement. There are trade agreements with exceptions and specificities — ones countries need to keep in order to keep their policies and priorities moving forward,” Couillard told a panel at the Washington International Trade Association.“So, (let’s proceed with) modernizing (NAFTA). Keeping each others’ interests in perspective. Being able to put yourself in the other person’s shoes — to understand why (certain sectors are) so important… But overall let’s keep markets open.”On government procurement, Couillard told reporters he’s considering whether to speed up planned renovations of Montreal metro cars in order to provide work for Bombardier, as layoffs are threatened there.States and provinces have the right to exempt certain public agencies from competitive bidding under WTO rules, although Canada entered these NAFTA negotiations hoping to expand free trade for public contracts with the giant U.S. market.The U.S. has taken the opposite approach — it’s looking to limit trade in public works. That’s one of several controversial proposals from the Americans, who have also proposed creating a so-called sunset clause that could end NAFTA every five years.Wynne said this negotiation has been unusual.“Do I think there needs to be some systematic approach to reviewing (NAFTA)? I think we can all agree,” she said.“(But) what has triggered this review is not a systematic or rational process. That was not a political comment. But if there were a way to have a more rational (five-year) trigger, I think that would make sense.”Events a few kilometres away underscored her point.As Wynne was speaking at that panel, U.S. President Donald Trump was just outside the city at a conservative political conference where, in his speech to partisans, he trashed NAFTA.“NAFTA is no good. It never was any good. But, for some reason, nobody ever changed it,” Trump said.“They emptied our factories. You’ve got to see the car plants and the auto plants in Mexico. Like, you’ve never seen anything like it before. I want those companies — and they’re starting — I want them back here.”Ironically, he was saying this at a conference made famous by Ronald Reagan — the conservative favourite who spearheaded North American free-trade talks. Meanwhile, in downtown Washington, D.C., the premiers were promoting NAFTA inside the Ronald Reagan Building.The premiers are in Washington for the annual winter conference of state governors. State leaders have proven to be influential allies to people trying save NAFTA — writing letters, lobbying U.S. President Donald Trump and sharing their concerns with Vice-President Mike Pence.Couillard said he and his Ontario counterpart have met dozens of U.S. governors since last year — and every one supports NAFTA. He said they understand the benefits of free trade — cheaper fruits and vegetables available throughout the year, minerals from Canada that supply manufacturing in the southern U.S., an integrated defence-industrial base and nine million jobs linked to trade in the U.S. alone.“Open markets create jobs,” Couillard said. “Closed markets kill jobs. … Closed markets increase prices, for people who have economic difficulties.”He urged the countries to reach a quick agreement. He said businesses hate uncertainty, and said the uncertainty at some point needs to end.Projections from Scotiabank and the Bank of Canada estimate that if ambiguity lingers over NAFTA into next year, the ensuing investment concerns would reduce Canada’s GDP by about one-fifth of one per cent through 2019.last_img read more

Vancouver rules for shortterm rentals to ease citys vacancy rate mayor

first_imgVANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver is moving to legalize short-term rental accommodation like Airbnb but operators will only be able to advertise their principal residence.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said Wednesday that new regulations to be enacted next week are designed to protect and free up rental housing in response to a critically low vacancy rate.“The goal of the city is to restore some of our long-term rental and take a balanced approach, making sure we are protecting rental stock at the same time that we’re enabling supplemental income for people who are using Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms,” he said.There are roughly 6,600 short-term rentals posted online, and more than 80 per cent will remain legal under the program, city officials said.Operators will be required to apply for a business licence by Sept. 1 and include that number in their listing, which Airbnb has agreed to make as a requirement on its platform.Secondary suites can only be listed on the platform by a long-term resident of the unit, and city staff say there are about 1,000 units currently listed that are not an operator’s primary home.Robertson said most of those units should go back on the rental market or be subject to a $1,000 a day fine as of Sept. 1.Airbnb spokeswoman Alex Dagg said the agreement reached with the city, which also requires the company to share quarterly data and user contact information, is the first of its kind in Canada. She said other jurisdictions globally have implemented a similar partnership.“I’m always reminded how progressive the Vancouver community is,” she said. “This agreement today is an important step to making home sharing easier while giving the city the tools it needs for enforcement.”She said the information being given to the city will help enforce the new regulations, while allowing users to continue to list their homes with ease.The city’s general manager of development, Kaye Krishna, said about 88 per cent of all online short-term rental listings are posted on Airbnb.Other platforms are in negotiations with the city, Krishna said. The Expedia Group, which owns the platforms VRBO and HomeAway, has agreed to educate users on the new regulations and encourage them to obtain licences, she said.The cost of the licence is $49 annually, and operators must have permission from their landlord or condo board and adhere to fire and safety standards.The city has set up an online application, which Krishna said takes only minutes to complete, that will launch next week.The city has hired bylaw enforcement officers to monitor violations and issue tickets.“Housing here is for homes first and be used as a business after that and be taxed as a business appropriately,” Robertson said.The new regulations, paired with the city’s recent empty-home tax, are “tools that can boost the supply of long-term rental, and again, make sure we are getting the best use of our housing stock across the city,” he said.The city’s vacancy rate is currently at 0.8 per cent, Robertson said.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Toronto stock index ends up on strong industrials Canadas dollar climbs

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended higher as gains in industrials outweighed declines from auto parts companies, while U.S. markets gained on strength in the technology sector.The S&P/TSX Capped consumer discretionary index was down 0.65 per cent as auto parts companies including Magna International, Linamar Corp, and Martinrea International slid on tariff concerns, said Michael Currie, an investment advisor at TD Wealth.“Consumer discretionary, which is really in today’s case talking about the auto stocks, the Magnas, Martinreas, Linamars, all getting beat up pretty good on the nervousness on NAFTA and the tariffs, especially with Trump talking about the auto tariffs.”The slide in the auto sector was countered by strong quarterly earnings results on the industrials side including rail and equipment companies.“On the flip side we have industrials with really good numbers, we have Toromont hitting a record high, CN Rail, by far the biggest one hitting a record high, CP’s up strong,” said Currie.Toromont, which runs a large network of Caterpillar dealerships among other equipment businesses, closed up $8.45 or 14.65 per cent at $66.14. CN Rail, which increased its annual earnings expectations and its spending plans, closed up $4.74 or 4.23 per cent at $116.74.Gains from the companies helped the S&P/TSX capped industrials index closed up 2.14 per cent on the day, while the energy sector also rose as crude prices climbed.Overall, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 30.63 points at 16,420.76 as strong earnings were somewhat tempered by trade fears, said Currie.“The overall theme is we’re getting pretty good numbers out of the companies, but a note of caution just because of the tariffs and trade skirmish.”Trade concerns featured prominently as European Union officials were meeting with U.S. counterparts Wednesday.U.S President Donald Trump said after market close that the two sides had agreed to work towards “zero tariffs” and “zero subsidies” on non-automobile goods.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 172.16 points 25,414.10. The S&P 500 index was up 25.67 points at 2,846.07 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 91.47 points at 7,932.24, a record close.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.41 cents US, up 0.40 of a US cent.The September crude contract closed up 78 cents at US$69.30 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up four cents at US$2.76 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended up $6.30 at US$1,231.80 an ounce and the September copper contract was up a penny at US$2.82 a pound.Aimia Inc., the company behind the Aeroplan loyalty program, closed up 89 cents or 35.60 per cent at $3.39 after an Air Canada-led consortium proposed a $2.25-billion deal to buy the loyalty business.The consortium, which also includes Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada, have offered $250 million in cash, including points liabilities they would assume.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the August gold contract at $131.80last_img read more

Hunters asked to submit deer elk and moose heads to monitor for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Hunters in the B.C. Peace Region are being encouraged to part with the heads of any deer, elk, or moose they manage to bag this hunting season to allow for a post-mortem examination for signs of a deadly – and incurable – disease.Biologist Brian Patterson has been subcontracted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to run its program that monitors for signs of chronic wasting disease in cervids in Northeast B.C.He said that chronic wasting disease is a form of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that affects deer, elk and moose. Other TSE’s include mad cow disease, which affects bovines, and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease which affects humans. A biopsy of a tonsil showing prion protein immunostaining. Wikipedia photo.TSE’s are caused by misfolded proteins called prions, which cause cells in the brain and neural tissue to die, giving the brain a ‘spongy’ appearance.Prions diseases are always fatal, and no cure has yet been discovered. Chronic wasting disease has been reported in wild animals in 23 U.S. states, as well as in Alberta and Saskatchewan.A map showing locations where chronic wasting disease has been reported. Photo by U.S. Geological Survey.Between 2002 and 2016, biologists examined 805 heads of cervids that were hunted in the B.C. Peace Region, however, the number of submitted heads has decreased in the last few years from a high 221 in 2008 to less than 50 every year since.Patterson said that to help as an incentive, the provincial government has partnered with sporting good stores, including Backcountry in Fort St. John to launch a Chronic Wasting Disease Awareness Program. Hunters can bring in a freshly-killed deer, elk, or moose head and keep the antlers and skull plate intact at either specified depot in North Peace area: the North Peace Rod & Gun Club and the FrontCounterBC office inside the Beaton Building in Fort St. John.The depots will then give hunters a voucher to enter for a draw to win a Tikka Hunting package. There’s no limit to the number of entries, provided each animal was legally hunted and entries are submitted before December 10th.For more information, contact Backcountry in Fort St. John or the local FrontCounterBC office.last_img read more

Back to zero Canadas premiers gather in Saskatoon but none are women

first_imgMoe and Kenney kicked off the week together at the Calgary Stampede, where they met with their conservative counterparts from Ontario and New Brunswick, along with the premier from the consensus-based government of the Northwest Territories.They discussed hurdles in getting Canadian resources to market, as well as their opposition to federal bills overhauling resource reviews and banning oil tankers from the northern B.C. coast, and their common causing in fighting against the federal carbon tax.Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are all challenging Ottawa’s carbon levy in court.Bashevkin said she doesn’t think an absence of women at the Saskatoon meeting will affect the content and tone of discussions.There are assumptions that women tend to be less confrontational and seek consensus more than men, she said, but it’s not necessarily true.“We could ask right now … are the relations between British Columbia and Alberta any better than they were when we had two women premiers?“The answer’s probably not,” she said, adding that pipelines were still front and centre under Notley and former B.C. premier Christy Clark.Stephanie Taylor and Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press SASKATOON — Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial leaders are in Saskatchewan this week, but for the first time in years, the annual gathering won’t have women at the table.“Symbolically, it’s very significant that there is no woman premier,” said Sylvia Bashevkin, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, who researches women in politics and recently edited a book on the effect of women in the premier’s office.She said the last time Canada was without any woman as premier was between November 2002, when Pat Duncan left her post in the Yukon, and in November 2008, when Eva Aariak was sworn in as premier of Nunavut. By early 2014, more than half of Canadians lived in a jurisdiction governed by a woman. Rachel Notley was the last one standing until her government was defeated in Alberta three months ago.Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have never had a woman as premier.The Council of the Federation conference, running Tuesday through Thursday, should serve as a reminder of the under representation of women at the premier’s table, Bashevkin said.It may also cause people to question whether gender diversity in Canada was really improving, she added.“It’s not just that things have stalled, but they’ve measurably gone backwards,” Bashevkin said.“We have to come back to the picture that’s going to come out of this premiers’ meeting and ask ourselves … what does it mean when we felt we’ve made all these breakthroughs and then we can go back to zero?”center_img The Council of the Federation conference starts at Big River First Nation, where the premiers are to meet with leaders of national Indigenous organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations.The gathering then shifts to Saskatoon, where premiers will participate in two-days of closed-door meetings at a downtown hotel.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who is hosting the event, said health care, reducing trade barriers and increasing economic competitiveness are all topics on his agenda.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said that in addition to trade and the need to further develop the energy sector, he’ll be pushing for jurisdictions to mutually recognize professional credentials so workers can more easily move between provinces for work.last_img read more

Five arrested for train robbery

first_imgNEW DELHI: Five members of a gang including a woman has been arrested by Crime Branch who exploited the farewell moments of the passengers who boarded the trains at various Delhi railways stations. The members of the gang pretended to be passengers and entered the railway stations and targeted men and woman with small children exactly at a time when they are busy bidding farewell to their family or friends. They even boarded the train and somehow pretended that they boarded the wrong train and got down in haste taking the bag of the target passengers from a moving train. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that more than 25 bags have been recovered from this gang and has solved atleast five cases of theft. Cops are now trying to identify the owners of the stolen bags. “We have also seized one revolver from this gang along with a laptop, a gold chain and cash around 95 thousand, this gang was active at railway stations like Sarai Rohilla, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi and Anand Vihar, The Gang preferred to target passengers in the AC Bogies and would strike when the train is about to depart and travellers are busy bidding goodbye to their relatives,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP crime. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn 6 March, a policeman received a specific input that the gang members would come to Mandoli Extension, Harsh Vihar to dispose off the station item. at about 4.30 pm the above mentioned five accused persons Ashwini, Ashiq, Rajeev, Irfan and Manju were apprehended by the team. “On intensive interrogation, they disclosed that they are active members of Bablu Gang and are involved into bag lifting from Railway Stations,” said Rajiv Ranjan, Additional CP crime.last_img read more

Julian wakes up in London jail ahead of long legal fight

first_imgLondon: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange woke up in a British jail Friday at the start of a likely lengthy extradition battle after a dramatic end to his seven-year stay in Ecuador’s London embassy. Within hours of police hauling him out of the embassy, the 47-year-old Australia appeared in court for breaching his British bail conditions back in 2012 and to face a subsequent US extradition request. After Assange was arrested and dragged into a police van in the British capital, American officials unsealed an indictment against him for computer hacking as part of his WikiLeaks whistleblowing activities. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Sun tabloid reported he was being held in Wandsworth prison in south London, where he spent nine days in 2010 following an investigation over alleged sexual assault in Sweden that has since been dropped. Deemed “the most overcrowded prison” in England at its last inspection in 2018, the 19th-century facility holds around 1,600 inmates. Inspectors found “most prisoners share a cell designed for one person” while more than a third “were receiving psychosocial help for substance misuse problems”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange was remanded into prison custody Thursday at a short hearing in front of a London judge, who pronounced him guilty of disobeying his bail terms by fleeing to the embassy in June 2012. He could receive up to a year in prison when sentenced at an as yet undetermined later date. His separate extradition case is set to be next heard by video-link at Westminster Magistrates Court on May 2. Assange’s London lawyer Jennifer Robinson confirmed he would be “contesting and fighting” his long-feared extradition to the United States.last_img read more

Govt releases additional Rs 1K cr to cyclonehit Odisha

first_imgNew Delhi: The Home Ministry Monday announced release of an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A Home Ministry statement said the amount would be in addition to the Rs 341 crore that had been provided to the Odisha’s State Disaster Response Force in advance. As announced by Prime Minister after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the Odisha government, the Home Ministry has announced a further release of Rs 1,000 crore for assistance to the state, the statement said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe extremely severe cyclone ‘Fani’ made a landfall in Odisha on May 3 causing extensive damage in the state and claiming at least 34 lives. Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, met Monday for a seventh time in quick succession and reviewed the coordination efforts and restoration measures in the areas affected by the cyclone. The Odisha government has informed that restoration of the power and telecommunication infrastructure continues to remain the major priority and so far around 50 per cent power restoration has been reported while more works need to be done in Bhubaneswar and Puri, the statement said. The NEET examination, which was postponed in the state because of the cyclone, will be held on May 20. The medicines dispatched by the central government have been received and all measures were being taken to prevent any outbreak of diseases, the statement said. Reviewing the relief measures, the Cabinet Secretary stressed that power connectivity needs to be restored on priority basis as drinking water supply, telephone connectivity and banking operations need electricity.last_img read more

Hina calls Priyanka a walking inspiration

first_imgCannes: Popular television actor Hina Khan, who made her debut at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival here last week, calls actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas the “best version of her dream self in the future”. The TV actor made the admission in an Instagram post she wrote, while sharing a string of photographs with Isn’t It Romantic star and her pop-singer husband Nick Jonas on Sunday. The pictures were clicked at an exclusive after-party the Chopra Jonas couple hosted recently on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerKhan partied with the star couple and a slew of supermodels, singers and actors at the gathering put together by luxury Swiss jewellery and watchmaker Chopard. In her long post, Khan praised Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her encouragement to an upcoming artiste like her. “An unexpected invitation by a world star.. personally. After I gained consciousness and prepared myself to finally make it, I was still an outsider, but only until you arrived. You didn’t need to, but still never left my hand for a second, introduced me to the people I probably wouldn’t have met and I felt as if all the achievements of my little career happening in fast forward as you present me as a star to each one of them,” she wrote.last_img read more

Iran resolute to keep on with nuke talks

first_imgTEHRAN – In critic of new US sanctions, Iranian FM Zarif warns that Tehran will give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper, unconstructive actionIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday voiced Tehran’s resolution to continue with the nuclear negotiations with six major world powers, namely the P5+1.Posting a statement on his official Facebook account, Iran’s foreign policy chief criticized the new sanctions announced on Thursday by the US Departments of Treasury and State blacklisting a number of companies and individuals for “providing support for” Iran’s nuclear energy program.“Over the past days, certain improper measures were taken by the Americans, to which we responded in the required manner and with the consideration of all aspects of the issue,” wrote Zarif.Iranian top diplomat also cautioned that Tehran would respond prudently to any unconstructive and inappropriate action on the part of the sextet, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany.“We will seriously pursue the Geneva talks, and we will of course give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper and unconstructive action (even if it does not violate the Geneva deal),” he said.The fresh US sanctions came shortly after a historic initial nuclear deal signed between Iran and the sextet in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, which aimed to provide a full resolution for the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy and enrichment program.“Negotiations and achieving results are difficult and will certainly involve many ups and downs. We had foreseen this from the outset, too,” Zarif said regarding the roadmap to achieve a final nuclear agreement with P5+1.In line with the Geneva deal, Iran and the P5+1 agreed that no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran for a six-month period.last_img read more