Marijuanas 420 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

first_imgCHICAGO – Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found.The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but marijuana can impair driving ability. Previous studies have shown that many pot-using motorists drive after partaking and think it’s safe to do so.The researchers analyzed U.S. government data on fatal traffic accidents from 1992 — shortly after 4/20 was popularized as a pot holiday in High Times magazine — through 2016. They compared driver deaths on that date with deaths on a day the week before and the week after during the study period.Deaths increased slightly in most but not all states, amounting to an overall increased risk of 12 per cent — or an extra 142 driver deaths linked with the holiday, said lead author Dr. John Staples at the University of British Columbia.Other studies have found a similarly elevated risk linked with alcohol and driving on Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve.Most accidents had no police data on drug testing so there’s no way to confirm that marijuana was involved, but researchers think the drug was responsible for some crashes.The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.“It’s a really relevant question to be thinking about now since legalization seems to be progressing across the United States and in Canada,” Staples said.Marijuana is legal for medical use in most U.S. states and in Canada; recreational use has been legalized in nine states plus Washington, D.C. and is expected to become legal in Canada in July.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana can impair driving ability. However, the U.S. agency also notes that directly linking marijuana with car crashes can be difficult because it’s often used while drinking alcohol.An earlier survey of college freshmen found that driving after marijuana use and riding with someone using pot was common, especially among young men, and more common than alcohol-linked driving. And a 2014 study in six states found that marijuana was increasingly detected in drivers killed in car crashes during a 10-year period.It’s a recognized risk in Colorado, where voters approved legalizing it in 2012. Last year the state’s transportation department partnered with Lyft and a pot industry group to offer discounted rides for pot users partaking in 4/20 festivities. The program runs through April this year. Data show that 15 per cent of DUI arrests in Colorado last year involved marijuana, and a 2016 survey found about half of users in the state think driving under the influence of pot is safe.Dr. Andrew Monte, an emergency medicine physician and toxicology expert at the University of Colorado, said his hospital typically sees a slight increase in marijuana-using patients on April 20, but that vomiting and intoxication are more common reasons than car crash injuries.Still, he said the study offers an important message.“We think about cannabis as being ubiquitous in our society,” he said. “However we need to realize that people should not be using this and driving.”___Follow AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner on Twitter at @LindseyTanner . Her work can be found here .last_img read more

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first_imgCHICAGO – Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found.The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but marijuana can impair driving ability. Previous studies have shown that many pot-using motorists drive after partaking and think it’s safe to do so.The researchers analyzed U.S. government data on fatal traffic accidents from 1992 — shortly after 4/20 was popularized as a pot holiday in High Times magazine — through 2016. They compared driver deaths on that date with deaths on a day the week before and the week after during the study period.Deaths increased slightly in most but not all states, amounting to an overall increased risk of 12 per cent — or an extra 142 driver deaths linked with the holiday, said lead author Dr. John Staples at the University of British Columbia.Other studies have found a similarly elevated risk linked with alcohol and driving on Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve.Most accidents had no police data on drug testing so there’s no way to confirm that marijuana was involved, but researchers think the drug was responsible for some crashes.The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.“It’s a really relevant question to be thinking about now since legalization seems to be progressing across the United States and in Canada,” Staples said.Marijuana is legal for medical use in most U.S. states and in Canada; recreational use has been legalized in nine states plus Washington, D.C. and is expected to become legal in Canada in July.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana can impair driving ability. However, the U.S. agency also notes that directly linking marijuana with car crashes can be difficult because it’s often used while drinking alcohol.An earlier survey of college freshmen found that driving after marijuana use and riding with someone using pot was common, especially among young men, and more common than alcohol-linked driving. And a 2014 study in six states found that marijuana was increasingly detected in drivers killed in car crashes during a 10-year period.It’s a recognized risk in Colorado, where voters approved legalizing it in 2012. Last year the state’s transportation department partnered with Lyft and a pot industry group to offer discounted rides for pot users partaking in 4/20 festivities. The program runs through April this year. Data show that 15 per cent of DUI arrests in Colorado last year involved marijuana, and a 2016 survey found about half of users in the state think driving under the influence of pot is safe.Dr. Andrew Monte, an emergency medicine physician and toxicology expert at the University of Colorado, said his hospital typically sees a slight increase in marijuana-using patients on April 20, but that vomiting and intoxication are more common reasons than car crash injuries.Still, he said the study offers an important message.“We think about cannabis as being ubiquitous in our society,” he said. “However we need to realize that people should not be using this and driving.”___Follow AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner on Twitter at @LindseyTanner . Her work can be found here .last_img read more

NewsAlert Canadas shorttrack speedskating team wins bronze in mens 5000 relay

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada’s short-track speedskating team has captured bronze in the men’s 5,000-metre relay final at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.The Canadian team of Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer and Pascal Dion crossed the finish line in six minutes 32.282 seconds.Hungary won gold in an Olympic record while China took silver.Girard, who is making his Olympic debut, just missed out on a medal earlier in the day, finishing fourth in the 500 final. He won gold in the 1,000 earlier in the Games.More coming.last_img read more

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first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada’s short-track speedskating team has captured bronze in the men’s 5,000-metre relay final at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.The Canadian team of Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer and Pascal Dion crossed the finish line in six minutes 32.282 seconds.Hungary won gold in an Olympic record while China took silver.Girard, who is making his Olympic debut, just missed out on a medal earlier in the day, finishing fourth in the 500 final. He won gold in the 1,000 earlier in the Games.More coming.last_img read more

NATO researcher warns of Russian interference in 2019 Canadian election

first_imgOTTAWA – A leading NATO researcher says Canada should assume Russia will attempt to interfere in the 2019 federal election because that would serve the Kremlin’s purpose of helping destabilize the military alliance.The allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as its attempts to disrupt votes in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, among other countries, makes Canada a natural target, Janis Sarts, the director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence said in an interview.Russia is attracted to Canada because destabilizing it would “undermine the cohesion” of the broader NATO alliance. Moreover, it could serve to undermine Canadian policy in Europe, he said.It would also allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to project strength inside his country by showing that “other countries are afraid of Russia,” said Sarts, who testified last year at the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian interference.“The moment somebody can question the integrity of the elections and the election result, democracy is in trouble,” Sarts said.The federal government has tasked Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould with shoring up the electoral system against foreign meddling.“We are closely following how our allies are addressing these challenges in their countries to see what solutions may be right for Canada,” Gould’s spokeswoman Jordan Owens said.“The government of Canada continues to closely monitor foreign threats, including those that may impact the 2019 election and are working hard to ensure that Canadians can continue to trust in our democratic institutions.”The government wants to bring “greater transparency” to the funding of political parties and political advertising and fundraisers, said Owens.The government wants social media companies to “address issues related to foreign interference in elections,” she said.“They have taken some initial positive first steps, but more needs to be done.”Relations between Canada and Russia are at a low ebb with the Canadian Forces commanding a NATO battle group in Latvia, part of the alliance’s anti-Moscow deterrent in Eastern Europe following the Kremlin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, and the ongoing turmoil in eastern Ukraine.Russia has threatened unspecified retaliation against Canada for its passage of anti-corruption legislation named in honour of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.The Kremlin has also placed Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on a list of people banned from travelling to the country because of her writing about Putin during her former career as a journalist.But there’s one positive in Canada-Russia relations: The Trudeau government and the Kremlin view the Arctic as an area of co-operation.That contrasted with the view of the previous Conservative government, which viewed Russia’s motives in Arctic with suspicion after it planted a flag on the North Pole seabed in 2007.The Russian embassy and Global Affairs Canada co-hosted a conference at Carleton University in Ottawa on Arctic issues in November 2016. It was part of the Liberal government’s plan to re-engage with Russia in what it saw as an area of shared interest.Both countries say they need to work together because thawing Arctic ice will mean greater ship traffic, which will increase the potential for oil and gas exploration, as well as potential threats on the environmental and security fronts.Sarts suggested Russia’s co-operative overtures on the Arctic can’t be taken at face value, despite some very public positive vibes between the two countries.“Take a look at narrative on the Arctic within Russia itself. There is a more or less the notion of ‘that’s ours’,” said Sarts.“Co-operation is not the word you hear much.”The NATO communications centre, headquartered in Riga, Latvia, was established in 2014 to combat Russian misinformation in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.It is one of three NATO research organizations, separate from its military command, that aim to counter Russian cyber warfare, along with the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats based in Finland, and NATO’s cyber defence centre in Estonia.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – A leading NATO researcher says Canada should assume Russia will attempt to interfere in the 2019 federal election because that would serve the Kremlin’s purpose of helping destabilize the military alliance.The allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as its attempts to disrupt votes in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, among other countries, makes Canada a natural target, Janis Sarts, the director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence said in an interview.Russia is attracted to Canada because destabilizing it would “undermine the cohesion” of the broader NATO alliance. Moreover, it could serve to undermine Canadian policy in Europe, he said.It would also allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to project strength inside his country by showing that “other countries are afraid of Russia,” said Sarts, who testified last year at the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian interference.“The moment somebody can question the integrity of the elections and the election result, democracy is in trouble,” Sarts said.The federal government has tasked Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould with shoring up the electoral system against foreign meddling.“We are closely following how our allies are addressing these challenges in their countries to see what solutions may be right for Canada,” Gould’s spokeswoman Jordan Owens said.“The government of Canada continues to closely monitor foreign threats, including those that may impact the 2019 election and are working hard to ensure that Canadians can continue to trust in our democratic institutions.”The government wants to bring “greater transparency” to the funding of political parties and political advertising and fundraisers, said Owens.The government wants social media companies to “address issues related to foreign interference in elections,” she said.“They have taken some initial positive first steps, but more needs to be done.”Relations between Canada and Russia are at a low ebb with the Canadian Forces commanding a NATO battle group in Latvia, part of the alliance’s anti-Moscow deterrent in Eastern Europe following the Kremlin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, and the ongoing turmoil in eastern Ukraine.Russia has threatened unspecified retaliation against Canada for its passage of anti-corruption legislation named in honour of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.The Kremlin has also placed Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on a list of people banned from travelling to the country because of her writing about Putin during her former career as a journalist.But there’s one positive in Canada-Russia relations: The Trudeau government and the Kremlin view the Arctic as an area of co-operation.That contrasted with the view of the previous Conservative government, which viewed Russia’s motives in Arctic with suspicion after it planted a flag on the North Pole seabed in 2007.The Russian embassy and Global Affairs Canada co-hosted a conference at Carleton University in Ottawa on Arctic issues in November 2016. It was part of the Liberal government’s plan to re-engage with Russia in what it saw as an area of shared interest.Both countries say they need to work together because thawing Arctic ice will mean greater ship traffic, which will increase the potential for oil and gas exploration, as well as potential threats on the environmental and security fronts.Sarts suggested Russia’s co-operative overtures on the Arctic can’t be taken at face value, despite some very public positive vibes between the two countries.“Take a look at narrative on the Arctic within Russia itself. There is a more or less the notion of ‘that’s ours’,” said Sarts.“Co-operation is not the word you hear much.”The NATO communications centre, headquartered in Riga, Latvia, was established in 2014 to combat Russian misinformation in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.It is one of three NATO research organizations, separate from its military command, that aim to counter Russian cyber warfare, along with the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats based in Finland, and NATO’s cyber defence centre in Estonia.last_img read more

Wildfire smoke from BC gets in the way of mountain scenery for

first_imgJASPER, Alta. – Smoke from wildfires that’s blanketing parts of Alberta does more than just irritate the eyes and throats of visitors to the province’s mountain parks — it obscures the spectacular scenery that many have travelled thousands of kilometres to see.“I did have a couple the other day that were quite disappointed. They were looking at the photographs on the wall and kind of complained, ‘We can’t see any of this stuff,’” said Jeremy Salisbury at Tekarra Color Lab, which sells cameras supplies, photos and art in Jasper.His co-worker Matt Quiring, who also works part time at the Jasper Planetarium, said the smoke has made photographing the night sky particularly challenging.Jasper is designated a dark sky preserve due to its limited light pollution and the planetarium typically has telescopes set up on summer nights. But the universe is obscured by thick haze these days.“Even those stars that are visible, the smoke lowers the contrast so you don’t get black, black skies,” Quiring lamented.The thick smoke from hundreds of wildfires that continue to burn through British Columbia’s forests and brush is also creating air-quality problems for much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba as winds drive it eastward from B.C.In Calgary and Edmonton, the tops of downtown highrises get fuzzier the higher up you look.Quiring said mountains in Jasper that are usually beautifully detailed with trees on the ridgelines have turned into silhouettes.Further south in Banff, a live webcam from the summit of Sulphur Mountain — accessible by gondola — shows mostly grey.Tanya Otis, a spokeswoman for the company that operates the gondola, said people are still going up but visibility varies depending on wind direction.“It really depends on the time of day for what they can see,” Otis said.Mike Gere, who operates Jasper Photography Tours, said tourists are still booking. They understand the poor visibility isn’t anyone’s fault, but it’s still disappointing for them, he said.Gere said the Perseids meteor shower, which peaked last weekend and coincided with a new moon, was a bit of a bust for the second year in a row due to smoke.“Some days we can’t even see the mountains that everyone has travelled from all over the country and all over the world to see.”It isn’t all bad for shutterbugs, however.Salisbury said photographers can still get good close-up shots at attractions such as Athabasca Falls. And Quiring pointed out there are opportunities for shots he wouldn’t otherwise get.Last year, when smoke was also bad, Quiring posted a sunset pic to Instagram that was “other worldly.”“The mountains were just barely visible in silhouette. The sun was like a rosy globe going down and the whole sky was awash in a peachy colour … draped over the landscape. It was quite beautiful,” he said. “I very much enjoyed that moment.”The smoke allows photographers to get shots they would normally only get if it were foggy or misty, Gere added.“You get ridges of trees that are stacked up on one another in the distance. You kind of get a graduated effect where the trees that are closer to you look like black in one corner of the photo and it keeps stepping up and up and up until they’re white in the distance.“It gives it a unique layered effect.”It was surreal last week when smoke rolled in at Maligne Lake, he said.“Everything looked really, really orange. It was like a perpetual sunset.”He wishes the smoke would go away, but realizes it could be a lot worse.“Hey, at least we’re not on fire. I think of the people in British Columbia who are suffering more than we are.”— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton.last_img read more

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first_imgJASPER, Alta. – Smoke from wildfires that’s blanketing parts of Alberta does more than just irritate the eyes and throats of visitors to the province’s mountain parks — it obscures the spectacular scenery that many have travelled thousands of kilometres to see.“I did have a couple the other day that were quite disappointed. They were looking at the photographs on the wall and kind of complained, ‘We can’t see any of this stuff,’” said Jeremy Salisbury at Tekarra Color Lab, which sells cameras supplies, photos and art in Jasper.His co-worker Matt Quiring, who also works part time at the Jasper Planetarium, said the smoke has made photographing the night sky particularly challenging.Jasper is designated a dark sky preserve due to its limited light pollution and the planetarium typically has telescopes set up on summer nights. But the universe is obscured by thick haze these days.“Even those stars that are visible, the smoke lowers the contrast so you don’t get black, black skies,” Quiring lamented.The thick smoke from hundreds of wildfires that continue to burn through British Columbia’s forests and brush is also creating air-quality problems for much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba as winds drive it eastward from B.C.In Calgary and Edmonton, the tops of downtown highrises get fuzzier the higher up you look.Quiring said mountains in Jasper that are usually beautifully detailed with trees on the ridgelines have turned into silhouettes.Further south in Banff, a live webcam from the summit of Sulphur Mountain — accessible by gondola — shows mostly grey.Tanya Otis, a spokeswoman for the company that operates the gondola, said people are still going up but visibility varies depending on wind direction.“It really depends on the time of day for what they can see,” Otis said.Mike Gere, who operates Jasper Photography Tours, said tourists are still booking. They understand the poor visibility isn’t anyone’s fault, but it’s still disappointing for them, he said.Gere said the Perseids meteor shower, which peaked last weekend and coincided with a new moon, was a bit of a bust for the second year in a row due to smoke.“Some days we can’t even see the mountains that everyone has travelled from all over the country and all over the world to see.”It isn’t all bad for shutterbugs, however.Salisbury said photographers can still get good close-up shots at attractions such as Athabasca Falls. And Quiring pointed out there are opportunities for shots he wouldn’t otherwise get.Last year, when smoke was also bad, Quiring posted a sunset pic to Instagram that was “other worldly.”“The mountains were just barely visible in silhouette. The sun was like a rosy globe going down and the whole sky was awash in a peachy colour … draped over the landscape. It was quite beautiful,” he said. “I very much enjoyed that moment.”The smoke allows photographers to get shots they would normally only get if it were foggy or misty, Gere added.“You get ridges of trees that are stacked up on one another in the distance. You kind of get a graduated effect where the trees that are closer to you look like black in one corner of the photo and it keeps stepping up and up and up until they’re white in the distance.“It gives it a unique layered effect.”It was surreal last week when smoke rolled in at Maligne Lake, he said.“Everything looked really, really orange. It was like a perpetual sunset.”He wishes the smoke would go away, but realizes it could be a lot worse.“Hey, at least we’re not on fire. I think of the people in British Columbia who are suffering more than we are.”— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton.last_img read more

Former CAMH psychologist defends his work at youth gender identity clinic

first_imgTORONTO – The former head of a youth gender identity clinic at Canada’s largest mental health centre is defending the work he performed at the now-shuttered facility, including encouraging patients to be comfortable with their biological sex and assigned gender at birth.Dr. Kenneth Zucker defended himself against criticisms of the clinic at the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which was the subject of an external review that led to his dismissal in 2015.The review was sparked by assertions that the clinic, which Zucker led for some 35 years, was practising a form of conversion therapy on transgender youth. The controversial practice, which has been banned in a handful of Canadian provinces, essentially works to forcibly change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.Zucker said the clinic actively tried to encourage young patients to accept their biological sex in a bid to “reduce a child’s gender dysphoria,” but rejected the notion that this approach amounted to conversion therapy.“The term has been inappropriately expropriated from the way the term was used to critique clinicians who were treating mainly adult homosexual men who didn’t want to be gay — and it was also used coercively in some instances,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“So I object strenuously to using that term when we’re talking about young children who have gender dysphoria.”The independent reviewers said in their report that they were unable to ascertain whether the clinic was in fact practising conversion therapy.Reviewers did find, however, that the clinic focused on intensive assessment and treatment in lieu of more modern approaches. It said today’s best practices favour watchful waiting, as well as educating and supporting parents to accept a child’s gender expression.After the review was published, CAMH announced it was “winding down” the clinic’s services. Zucker said he was “fired” about an hour before the review was made public.Years later, the Centre acknowledged errors in its handling of the review.In a settlement announced last week, CAMH apologized to Zucker and agreed to pay him more than half a million dollars. The centre acknowledged that the external review erroneously described his interactions with patients and noted that the report was made public without his review or comment.Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, has been used by some practitioners to encourage heterosexuality and to discourage those who identify as transgender from embracing the gender they identify with.Zucker said the method he practised at the clinic attempted to make a child feel comfortable with their sex and gender identity assigned at birth. It included urging the child to form “stronger friendships with same-sex peers” and “play therapy, where one can understand better a child’s internal world and why they might feel that it’s better to be of the other gender,” he said.Zucker contested the idea that there is a “best practice” approach to treating kids with gender dysphoria, asserting there is limited data and research on the topic — specifically on whether the dysphoria will persist into adolescence and adulthood.Several major international medical and human rights bodies, including an arm of the World Health Organization, have said there is considerable evidence to support the notion that conversion therapy is harmful.Organizations that roundly denounce the practice, such as the Canadian Psychological Association, have decried conversion therapy as an unethical approach that can inflict long-term damage on those who go through it.“Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy,” the association said in its 2015 policy statement on the issue. “(It) can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction. There is no evidence that the negative effects of conversion or reparative therapy counterbalance any distress caused by the social stigma and prejudice these individuals may experience.”Canada’s approach to conversion therapy has been piecemeal, with laws and regulations varying widely by jurisdiction.Ontario’s 2015 law, for instance, slapped an outright ban on doctors performing such treatments on those under 18 and struck it from the list of insurable services covered for adults.Nova Scotia’s recently tabled bill, meanwhile, allows a provision for “mature minors” between 16 and 18 to consent to conversion therapy. Manitoba is the only other province to have explicit legislation dealing with the issue.Zucker said that while he tried to encourage children to accept their birth sex, he supports people making the transition to the gender they identify with if they continue to experience gender dysphoria into adolescence.He said he believes it’s best for a patient to start medical treatments, such as hormonal treatments and sex-reassignment surgery, if gender dysphoria continues past childhood.“I’m supportive, when they’re older, of gender-confirming surgery,” he said.Zucker said the clinic also used other approaches with young patients — aged two to 12 years old — experiencing gender dysphoria, including watchful waiting and a “social transition” where children changed their names and pronouns.“There wasn’t a one-size-fits-all policy,” said Zucker. “I’ve always accepted where parents are at and what’s in the best interest of their child.”last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – The former head of a youth gender identity clinic at Canada’s largest mental health centre is defending the work he performed at the now-shuttered facility, including encouraging patients to be comfortable with their biological sex and assigned gender at birth.Dr. Kenneth Zucker defended himself against criticisms of the clinic at the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which was the subject of an external review that led to his dismissal in 2015.The review was sparked by assertions that the clinic, which Zucker led for some 35 years, was practising a form of conversion therapy on transgender youth. The controversial practice, which has been banned in a handful of Canadian provinces, essentially works to forcibly change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.Zucker said the clinic actively tried to encourage young patients to accept their biological sex in a bid to “reduce a child’s gender dysphoria,” but rejected the notion that this approach amounted to conversion therapy.“The term has been inappropriately expropriated from the way the term was used to critique clinicians who were treating mainly adult homosexual men who didn’t want to be gay — and it was also used coercively in some instances,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“So I object strenuously to using that term when we’re talking about young children who have gender dysphoria.”The independent reviewers said in their report that they were unable to ascertain whether the clinic was in fact practising conversion therapy.Reviewers did find, however, that the clinic focused on intensive assessment and treatment in lieu of more modern approaches. It said today’s best practices favour watchful waiting, as well as educating and supporting parents to accept a child’s gender expression.After the review was published, CAMH announced it was “winding down” the clinic’s services. Zucker said he was “fired” about an hour before the review was made public.Years later, the Centre acknowledged errors in its handling of the review.In a settlement announced last week, CAMH apologized to Zucker and agreed to pay him more than half a million dollars. The centre acknowledged that the external review erroneously described his interactions with patients and noted that the report was made public without his review or comment.Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, has been used by some practitioners to encourage heterosexuality and to discourage those who identify as transgender from embracing the gender they identify with.Zucker said the method he practised at the clinic attempted to make a child feel comfortable with their sex and gender identity assigned at birth. It included urging the child to form “stronger friendships with same-sex peers” and “play therapy, where one can understand better a child’s internal world and why they might feel that it’s better to be of the other gender,” he said.Zucker contested the idea that there is a “best practice” approach to treating kids with gender dysphoria, asserting there is limited data and research on the topic — specifically on whether the dysphoria will persist into adolescence and adulthood.Several major international medical and human rights bodies, including an arm of the World Health Organization, have said there is considerable evidence to support the notion that conversion therapy is harmful.Organizations that roundly denounce the practice, such as the Canadian Psychological Association, have decried conversion therapy as an unethical approach that can inflict long-term damage on those who go through it.“Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy,” the association said in its 2015 policy statement on the issue. “(It) can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction. There is no evidence that the negative effects of conversion or reparative therapy counterbalance any distress caused by the social stigma and prejudice these individuals may experience.”Canada’s approach to conversion therapy has been piecemeal, with laws and regulations varying widely by jurisdiction.Ontario’s 2015 law, for instance, slapped an outright ban on doctors performing such treatments on those under 18 and struck it from the list of insurable services covered for adults.Nova Scotia’s recently tabled bill, meanwhile, allows a provision for “mature minors” between 16 and 18 to consent to conversion therapy. Manitoba is the only other province to have explicit legislation dealing with the issue.Zucker said that while he tried to encourage children to accept their birth sex, he supports people making the transition to the gender they identify with if they continue to experience gender dysphoria into adolescence.He said he believes it’s best for a patient to start medical treatments, such as hormonal treatments and sex-reassignment surgery, if gender dysphoria continues past childhood.“I’m supportive, when they’re older, of gender-confirming surgery,” he said.Zucker said the clinic also used other approaches with young patients — aged two to 12 years old — experiencing gender dysphoria, including watchful waiting and a “social transition” where children changed their names and pronouns.“There wasn’t a one-size-fits-all policy,” said Zucker. “I’ve always accepted where parents are at and what’s in the best interest of their child.”last_img read more

Security agencies warn industry of foreign espionage threat to networks

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian companies should watch out when they use technology supplied by state-owned companies from countries that want to steal corporate secrets, the country’s security agencies have warned them.The RCMP organized two workshops last March — one in Calgary, the other in Toronto — to raise awareness about threats to critical systems, including espionage and foreign interference, cyberattacks, terrorism and sabotage, newly disclosed documents show.Canadian Security Intelligence Service materials prepared for the workshops advise that “non-likeminded countries,” state-owned enterprises and affiliated companies are engaged in a global pursuit of technology and know-how driven by economic and military ambitions.The materials were released to The Canadian Press in response to an access-to-information request.The heavily censored records do not go into detail about specific countries. But the presentation does include a passage from a 2017 U.S. government report saying competitors such as China steal American intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars every year.In addition, CSIS openly warned in 2016 that Russia and China were targeting Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.The presentations to industry dissected techniques used by adversaries and offered advice on protecting confidential information and assets. The intelligence community’s concerns emerge as Canada considers allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to take part in developing a 5G telecommunications network.Former security officials in Canada and two members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have warned against such a move, saying the company’s ties to Beijing could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies. Huawei has denied engaging in intelligence work on behalf of any government.The workshops led by the RCMP’s critical infrastructure team highlighted the problem of “supply chain vulnerability” — a back-door tactic to infiltrate systems.The RCMP did not respond to questions about the sessions. CSIS spokesman John Townsend said the concerns stem from cases where equipment and related computerized control systems and services are manufactured and installed by companies controlled by or affiliated with a foreign government.“These foreign governments may pursue not only profitable commercial objectives but may also try to advance their own broader and potentially adverse strategic and economic interests,” he said.The tactics could include gaining influence and leverage over the host country, espionage, technology theft and malicious cyberactivities, Townsend added.The security presentations also warned of “spear-phishing” attempts by hostile forces to gain access to computer systems through emails that fool employees into giving up passwords or other sensitive data.The agencies encouraged companies working on leading-edge research to take stock of protective measures and develop a corporate security plan to manage risks. For instance, scientists should consult corporate security about precautions when outside delegations visit.“If you detect suspicious activity, contact authorities,” the presentation materials say. “All infrastructure sectors should remain engaged with RCMP and CSIS to share security intelligence.” Patrick Smyth, vice-president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said security is “top of mind” for member companies, which share information and help each other ensure they are prepared for emerging hazards and threats.Cyberattacks are an evolving threat, but not a new one for pipeline operators, he said in an interview.“They’ve been looking at it for a number of years and tracking the evolution around the sophistication of bad actors who might wish to find entry points into individual companies, and take over control of certain elements of the infrastructure and cause damage,” he said.If a state-owned enterprise is looking to acquire an asset, “these companies have programs, checks and balances in place to address that.”Pipeline operators receive intelligence from the RCMP, CSIS, the federal natural-resources and public-safety departments and U.S. agencies, Smyth added. However, he sees a place for the awareness workshops, saying any “additional source of information and intelligence is helpful.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian companies should watch out when they use technology supplied by state-owned companies from countries that want to steal corporate secrets, the country’s security agencies have warned them.The RCMP organized two workshops last March — one in Calgary, the other in Toronto — to raise awareness about threats to critical systems, including espionage and foreign interference, cyberattacks, terrorism and sabotage, newly disclosed documents show.Canadian Security Intelligence Service materials prepared for the workshops advise that “non-likeminded countries,” state-owned enterprises and affiliated companies are engaged in a global pursuit of technology and know-how driven by economic and military ambitions.The materials were released to The Canadian Press in response to an access-to-information request.The heavily censored records do not go into detail about specific countries. But the presentation does include a passage from a 2017 U.S. government report saying competitors such as China steal American intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars every year.In addition, CSIS openly warned in 2016 that Russia and China were targeting Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.The presentations to industry dissected techniques used by adversaries and offered advice on protecting confidential information and assets. The intelligence community’s concerns emerge as Canada considers allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to take part in developing a 5G telecommunications network.Former security officials in Canada and two members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have warned against such a move, saying the company’s ties to Beijing could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies. Huawei has denied engaging in intelligence work on behalf of any government.The workshops led by the RCMP’s critical infrastructure team highlighted the problem of “supply chain vulnerability” — a back-door tactic to infiltrate systems.The RCMP did not respond to questions about the sessions. CSIS spokesman John Townsend said the concerns stem from cases where equipment and related computerized control systems and services are manufactured and installed by companies controlled by or affiliated with a foreign government.“These foreign governments may pursue not only profitable commercial objectives but may also try to advance their own broader and potentially adverse strategic and economic interests,” he said.The tactics could include gaining influence and leverage over the host country, espionage, technology theft and malicious cyberactivities, Townsend added.The security presentations also warned of “spear-phishing” attempts by hostile forces to gain access to computer systems through emails that fool employees into giving up passwords or other sensitive data.The agencies encouraged companies working on leading-edge research to take stock of protective measures and develop a corporate security plan to manage risks. For instance, scientists should consult corporate security about precautions when outside delegations visit.“If you detect suspicious activity, contact authorities,” the presentation materials say. “All infrastructure sectors should remain engaged with RCMP and CSIS to share security intelligence.” Patrick Smyth, vice-president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said security is “top of mind” for member companies, which share information and help each other ensure they are prepared for emerging hazards and threats.Cyberattacks are an evolving threat, but not a new one for pipeline operators, he said in an interview.“They’ve been looking at it for a number of years and tracking the evolution around the sophistication of bad actors who might wish to find entry points into individual companies, and take over control of certain elements of the infrastructure and cause damage,” he said.If a state-owned enterprise is looking to acquire an asset, “these companies have programs, checks and balances in place to address that.”Pipeline operators receive intelligence from the RCMP, CSIS, the federal natural-resources and public-safety departments and U.S. agencies, Smyth added. However, he sees a place for the awareness workshops, saying any “additional source of information and intelligence is helpful.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Police conduct seizures in bikerlinked drug network in Quebec New Brunswick

first_imgMONTREAL — Police conducted raids linked to the Hells Angels and drug trafficking in several regions of Quebec and New Brunswick Wednesday.Quebec provincial police said 150 police officers took part in 35 seizures in homes, vehicles, and businesses.Sgt. Ann Mathieu said operations were conducted in various cities in the province as well as in Edmundston and Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, where the RCMP assisted them.She said the organized-crime network targeted was primarily active in eastern Quebec — the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspe and Iles-de-la-Madeleine — and was allegedly linked to influential members of the Hells Angels.Mathieu said the raids were aimed at gathering evidence and no arrests were immediately expected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL — Police conducted raids linked to the Hells Angels and drug trafficking in several regions of Quebec and New Brunswick Wednesday.Quebec provincial police said 150 police officers took part in 35 seizures in homes, vehicles, and businesses.Sgt. Ann Mathieu said operations were conducted in various cities in the province as well as in Edmundston and Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, where the RCMP assisted them.She said the organized-crime network targeted was primarily active in eastern Quebec — the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspe and Iles-de-la-Madeleine — and was allegedly linked to influential members of the Hells Angels.Mathieu said the raids were aimed at gathering evidence and no arrests were immediately expected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN warns peacekeeping in Mali will be hurt if Canada doesnt extend

first_imgOTTAWA — The United Nations is warning that it will be forced to curtail its peacekeeping efforts in Mali for several months unless Canada extends its mission there to prevent a gap in lifesaving medical evacuations.The potential impacts are detailed in a new report by the House of Commons’ defence committee, which heard firsthand about the impact Canada’s withdrawal will have during a visit to the West African nation in February.Canada has eight helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali, where they are currently scheduled to provide emergency evacuations to injured UN peacekeepers and workers until July 31.But Romanian replacements aren’t due until mid-October — a gap UN officials told the committee will be “dramatic” because without such support, they will have to reduce patrols and services to communities.The warning follows the Trudeau government’s most recent refusal to keep Canadian peacekeepers in Mali until mid-October, after the UN formally requested an extension at the end of February.The government has offered little explanation for its decision, but the committee report suggests military officials are worried about the helicopters’ mechanical condition and a need to have them ready for crises back home.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The United Nations is warning that it will be forced to curtail its peacekeeping efforts in Mali for several months unless Canada extends its mission there to prevent a gap in lifesaving medical evacuations.The potential impacts are detailed in a new report by the House of Commons’ defence committee, which heard firsthand about the impact Canada’s withdrawal will have during a visit to the West African nation in February.Canada has eight helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali, where they are currently scheduled to provide emergency evacuations to injured UN peacekeepers and workers until July 31.But Romanian replacements aren’t due until mid-October — a gap UN officials told the committee will be “dramatic” because without such support, they will have to reduce patrols and services to communities.The warning follows the Trudeau government’s most recent refusal to keep Canadian peacekeepers in Mali until mid-October, after the UN formally requested an extension at the end of February.The government has offered little explanation for its decision, but the committee report suggests military officials are worried about the helicopters’ mechanical condition and a need to have them ready for crises back home.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Macklemore Ryan Lewis to Headline Rock n Roll Las Vegas

first_imgOne of the biggest weekends in running this year just got bigger, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.The Grammy Award winners will perform on Sunday, November 16 during the pre-race concert which begins at 3:00pm. The marathon and half-marathon start at 4:30pm, running on both sides of the Las Vegas Strip at night.All new in 2014, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas returns the weekend of November 14-16 as the only running event to be illuminated by the neon lights on the Las Vegas Strip. Featuring the must-see Vegas sights from the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign to the Fountains of Bellagio, the marathon and half-marathon route finishes at the base of the Mirage Volcano.The unique course and nighttime race attracts runners of all abilities to experience the one-of-a-kind event with live bands at every mile, a Run-Thru Wedding for couples to elope on-the-go, the infamous group of Running Elvi, along with pre- and post-event parties throughout the weekend at Vegas’ top nightlife venues. The event is on pace to sell out and runners are encouraged to register today at StripAtNight.com. The Zappos.com ½ of the Half is already sold-out.“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are two of the most popular and innovative performers in music today,” said Josh Furlow, Executive Vice President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “There is no event that can match the excitement and energy of running down the Las Vegas Strip at night. To have Macklemore take over the main stage to get the running party started, it’s sure to be an unforgettable event runners won’t want to miss.”Known for their party anthems “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the first duo in Billboard chart history to have their first two singles both reach number one. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy Awards this year and won four – Best New Artist, Best Rap Album for their debut studio album The Heist, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Thrift Shop.”Event weekend activities begin with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants go to pick up their race number, gear bag and t-shirt. This ultimate running resource will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 featuring more than 100 fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics.For the first time in 2014, the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k presented by SLS Las Vegas will take place at 6:00 pm Saturday, November 15. The new race, which benefits Opportunity Village, allows runners to earn the Las Vegas ‘Remix Challenge’ Medal by completing two nights of running. Starting at SLS Las Vegas, participants will run on Las Vegas Boulevard before hitting the finish line festival headlined by the electro-funk duo Chromeo.New in 2014, runners have the option of purchasing a VIP package to add to the ultimate Las Vegas experience. Billboard chart-topper Aloe Blacc will kickoff race weekend with an exclusive performance at the VIP welcome reception on Friday night. VIP packages provide options for runners to gain exclusive marathon access throughout the weekend, including perks such as private packet pick up at the Expo, Start and Finish Line VIP hospitality, upgraded refreshments and more. Limited VIP packages are available at StripAtNight.com.For more information or to register for the event, visit StripAtNight.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgOne of the biggest weekends in running this year just got bigger, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.The Grammy Award winners will perform on Sunday, November 16 during the pre-race concert which begins at 3:00pm. The marathon and half-marathon start at 4:30pm, running on both sides of the Las Vegas Strip at night.All new in 2014, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas returns the weekend of November 14-16 as the only running event to be illuminated by the neon lights on the Las Vegas Strip. Featuring the must-see Vegas sights from the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign to the Fountains of Bellagio, the marathon and half-marathon route finishes at the base of the Mirage Volcano.The unique course and nighttime race attracts runners of all abilities to experience the one-of-a-kind event with live bands at every mile, a Run-Thru Wedding for couples to elope on-the-go, the infamous group of Running Elvi, along with pre- and post-event parties throughout the weekend at Vegas’ top nightlife venues. The event is on pace to sell out and runners are encouraged to register today at StripAtNight.com. The Zappos.com ½ of the Half is already sold-out.“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are two of the most popular and innovative performers in music today,” said Josh Furlow, Executive Vice President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “There is no event that can match the excitement and energy of running down the Las Vegas Strip at night. To have Macklemore take over the main stage to get the running party started, it’s sure to be an unforgettable event runners won’t want to miss.”Known for their party anthems “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the first duo in Billboard chart history to have their first two singles both reach number one. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy Awards this year and won four – Best New Artist, Best Rap Album for their debut studio album The Heist, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Thrift Shop.”Event weekend activities begin with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants go to pick up their race number, gear bag and t-shirt. This ultimate running resource will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 featuring more than 100 fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics.For the first time in 2014, the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k presented by SLS Las Vegas will take place at 6:00 pm Saturday, November 15. The new race, which benefits Opportunity Village, allows runners to earn the Las Vegas ‘Remix Challenge’ Medal by completing two nights of running. Starting at SLS Las Vegas, participants will run on Las Vegas Boulevard before hitting the finish line festival headlined by the electro-funk duo Chromeo.New in 2014, runners have the option of purchasing a VIP package to add to the ultimate Las Vegas experience. Billboard chart-topper Aloe Blacc will kickoff race weekend with an exclusive performance at the VIP welcome reception on Friday night. VIP packages provide options for runners to gain exclusive marathon access throughout the weekend, including perks such as private packet pick up at the Expo, Start and Finish Line VIP hospitality, upgraded refreshments and more. Limited VIP packages are available at StripAtNight.com.For more information or to register for the event, visit StripAtNight.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Salma Hayek Takes Part In HeForShe Gender Equality Event

first_imgLeading entertainment journal Variety partnered with UN Women’s HeForShe campaign during the weekend to host a landmark event on the subject of gender equality within the film industry.Taking place on Saturday 16 May, speakers included Academy Award-nominated actress and producer Salma Hayek (FRIDA), Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (BRIDE & PREJUDICE), and actress Parker Posey (IRRATIONAL MAN).Taking place at the Radisson Blu, the actresses were joined by award-winning film-makers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen, producers of the much-anticipated film CAROL, which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The discussion was moderated by Variety’s Co-Editor-In-Chief, Claudia Eller and UN Women’s Elizabeth Nyamayaro.Variety Publisher, Michelle Sobrino commented: “The issue of gender equality within our industry has rarely been in greater need of frank and open discussion. We’re proud to partner with UN Women and to welcome some of the industry’s leading creative voices to impart their experiences and insights on this imperative issue.”“Following the launch of last year’s Emma Watson-fronted HeForShe campaign, the empowerment of women within the film space has been under a greater spotlight than ever before,” emphasized Ms. Nyamayaro, Senior Advisor to UN Women’s Executive Director. “Our partnership with Variety in this initiative keeps the momentum rolling, and offers a platform for some of cinema’s leading female film-makers and performers to have their say at the industry’s most prestigious festival.”last_img read more

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first_imgLeading entertainment journal Variety partnered with UN Women’s HeForShe campaign during the weekend to host a landmark event on the subject of gender equality within the film industry.Taking place on Saturday 16 May, speakers included Academy Award-nominated actress and producer Salma Hayek (FRIDA), Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (BRIDE & PREJUDICE), and actress Parker Posey (IRRATIONAL MAN).Taking place at the Radisson Blu, the actresses were joined by award-winning film-makers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen, producers of the much-anticipated film CAROL, which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The discussion was moderated by Variety’s Co-Editor-In-Chief, Claudia Eller and UN Women’s Elizabeth Nyamayaro.Variety Publisher, Michelle Sobrino commented: “The issue of gender equality within our industry has rarely been in greater need of frank and open discussion. We’re proud to partner with UN Women and to welcome some of the industry’s leading creative voices to impart their experiences and insights on this imperative issue.”“Following the launch of last year’s Emma Watson-fronted HeForShe campaign, the empowerment of women within the film space has been under a greater spotlight than ever before,” emphasized Ms. Nyamayaro, Senior Advisor to UN Women’s Executive Director. “Our partnership with Variety in this initiative keeps the momentum rolling, and offers a platform for some of cinema’s leading female film-makers and performers to have their say at the industry’s most prestigious festival.”last_img read more

Christopher Dana Reeve Foundation To Host A Magical Evening Chicago

first_imgThe Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that it will host its inaugural “A Magical Evening Chicago” Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at The Peninsula Chicago hotel.The evening will commemorate advancements in spinal cord research, and highlight the efforts of Chicago supporters to raise funds and awareness for the Reeve Foundation mission.This year’s event will honor Chicago-based nonprofit leader Geoff Kent with the Jon O’Connor Visionary Leader Award and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award. A Magical Evening Chicago will also feature Kathy Brock, co-anchor of ABC 7 News, as the host for the evening.As the founder of Spinal Cord Injury Sucks, Geoff Kent has raised over $700,000 to fund cutting-edge spinal cord research and translational studies. Based in Chicago, Kent’s nonprofit presence has served to support and advocate for individuals living with paralysis similar to Jon O’Connor, the namesake of the Visionary Leader Award. O’Connor passed in 2013 following complications as a result of his spinal cord injury.Jim McMahon led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl victory in 1985 and went on to be one of the most celebrated football players in Bears history. However, his work off the field to heighten safety in sports has resulted in greater awareness of injuries sustained by professional and collegiate athletes. The Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award honors leaders who challenge barriers that restrict equality and advocate for improved quality of life for individuals living with disabilities. Presenting the award to McMahon is legendary Chicago Bears coach and three-time Super Bowl champion, Mike Ditka.“This year marked the start of a new era for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as we uncover potential therapies for spinal cord injury after decades of research. At A Magical Evening Chicago we will celebrate unprecedented progress in research and continue to move our life-changing work forward,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “Chicago is the home of many steadfast Reeve Foundation supporters who carry the torch of our founders. Both Geoff Kent and Jim McMahon are exemplary individuals who have worked tirelessly to accelerate change for millions of Americans living with disabilities. They embody the very fabric of the Reeve Foundation mission and live by Christopher Reeve’s words that ’nothing is impossible.”The gala will also highlight the Reeve Foundation’s most ambitious campaign — The Big Idea — which aims to fast track the next phase of epidural stimulation research that enabled four young men to voluntarily move their legs, stand, and recover critical autonomic functions in the presence of the intervention. For more information on The Big Idea, visit: www.ReeveBigIdea.org.The Reeve Foundation Board of Directors includes John M. Hughes (Chairman), John E. McConnell (Vice Chairman), Henry G. Stifel, III (Vice Chairman), Matthew Reeve (Vice Chairman, International Development), Joel M. Faden (Treasurer), Jeffrey P. Cunard (Secretary), Peter T. Wilderotter (President & Chief Executive Officer), Timothy J. Connors, Stephen Evans-Freke, Simone George, Kelly Anne Heneghan, Esq., Lisa Henry Holmes, Daniel Heumann, Michael Hoog, Sal Iannuzzi, Anita McGorty, Timothy R. Pernetti, Mark Pollock, Will Reeve, David Sable, Marci Surfas, Christopher Tagatac, Tania Lynn Taylor, Patricia J. Volland and James O. Welch, Jr.Through the Reeve Foundation’s persistence and promise, neuroscientists around the world agree that repairing the damaged spinal cord is not a question of if, but a question of when. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Proceeds from A Magical Evening Chicago enable the Reeve Foundation to continue its pivotal work.The Reeve Foundation will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of its signature New York gala, A Magical Evening, on November 19, 2015, at Cipriani Wall Street.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that it will host its inaugural “A Magical Evening Chicago” Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at The Peninsula Chicago hotel.The evening will commemorate advancements in spinal cord research, and highlight the efforts of Chicago supporters to raise funds and awareness for the Reeve Foundation mission.This year’s event will honor Chicago-based nonprofit leader Geoff Kent with the Jon O’Connor Visionary Leader Award and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award. A Magical Evening Chicago will also feature Kathy Brock, co-anchor of ABC 7 News, as the host for the evening.As the founder of Spinal Cord Injury Sucks, Geoff Kent has raised over $700,000 to fund cutting-edge spinal cord research and translational studies. Based in Chicago, Kent’s nonprofit presence has served to support and advocate for individuals living with paralysis similar to Jon O’Connor, the namesake of the Visionary Leader Award. O’Connor passed in 2013 following complications as a result of his spinal cord injury.Jim McMahon led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl victory in 1985 and went on to be one of the most celebrated football players in Bears history. However, his work off the field to heighten safety in sports has resulted in greater awareness of injuries sustained by professional and collegiate athletes. The Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award honors leaders who challenge barriers that restrict equality and advocate for improved quality of life for individuals living with disabilities. Presenting the award to McMahon is legendary Chicago Bears coach and three-time Super Bowl champion, Mike Ditka.“This year marked the start of a new era for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as we uncover potential therapies for spinal cord injury after decades of research. At A Magical Evening Chicago we will celebrate unprecedented progress in research and continue to move our life-changing work forward,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “Chicago is the home of many steadfast Reeve Foundation supporters who carry the torch of our founders. Both Geoff Kent and Jim McMahon are exemplary individuals who have worked tirelessly to accelerate change for millions of Americans living with disabilities. They embody the very fabric of the Reeve Foundation mission and live by Christopher Reeve’s words that ’nothing is impossible.”The gala will also highlight the Reeve Foundation’s most ambitious campaign — The Big Idea — which aims to fast track the next phase of epidural stimulation research that enabled four young men to voluntarily move their legs, stand, and recover critical autonomic functions in the presence of the intervention. For more information on The Big Idea, visit: www.ReeveBigIdea.org.The Reeve Foundation Board of Directors includes John M. Hughes (Chairman), John E. McConnell (Vice Chairman), Henry G. Stifel, III (Vice Chairman), Matthew Reeve (Vice Chairman, International Development), Joel M. Faden (Treasurer), Jeffrey P. Cunard (Secretary), Peter T. Wilderotter (President & Chief Executive Officer), Timothy J. Connors, Stephen Evans-Freke, Simone George, Kelly Anne Heneghan, Esq., Lisa Henry Holmes, Daniel Heumann, Michael Hoog, Sal Iannuzzi, Anita McGorty, Timothy R. Pernetti, Mark Pollock, Will Reeve, David Sable, Marci Surfas, Christopher Tagatac, Tania Lynn Taylor, Patricia J. Volland and James O. Welch, Jr.Through the Reeve Foundation’s persistence and promise, neuroscientists around the world agree that repairing the damaged spinal cord is not a question of if, but a question of when. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Proceeds from A Magical Evening Chicago enable the Reeve Foundation to continue its pivotal work.The Reeve Foundation will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of its signature New York gala, A Magical Evening, on November 19, 2015, at Cipriani Wall Street.last_img read more

Juxtapoz x Superflat opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery

first_imgThe Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Juxtapoz x Superflat, a dynamic exhibition conceived by the renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and co-curated with Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz Art & Culture, a legendary San Francisco-based magazine committed to contemporary art, design, fashion and graffiti. Featuring the work of more than 30 artists from Japan, Korea, Canada, the United States and Europe, this exhibition opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery on November 5, 2016 and runs until February 5, 2017.Juxtapoz x Superflat is a manifesto for new creative practices that can no longer be adequately described by the traditional categories of art and modes of production. Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco conceived the exhibition as a survey of the most exciting visual art to emerge in recent years, with a heavy emphasis on artists who operate outside of the central hubs of the global art world. Expanding upon Murakami and Juxtapoz magazine’s interest in flattening high and low cultures, this exhibition includes work by artists whose practice has been shaped by a variety of sub-cultures including skate, surf, graffiti, street art, comics, design, illustration, painting, digital and traditional arts.“We want to see the newest things. That is because we want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it.” With these words, written in 2001, Takashi Murakami famously declared that the future of Japanese art was “superflat”. For Murakami the idea of “superflat” meant many things — a recognition of the formal qualities of contemporary design, anime and manga; the fundamental importance of sub-cultures in the conception of contemporary art; the persistent presence of a banal and superficial consumer culture; a flattening of traditional hierarchies; and a reconfiguration of the edges and boundaries that have traditionally shaped meaning in contemporary cultural production. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “Over the past 22 years, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine has documented the creative life through underground art and street culture,” remarks Evan Pricco. “In recent years, with the increasing popularity of contemporary art, Juxtapoz has become the staple for accessible communication of emerging art forms, contemporary art, design, fashion and graffiti. The magazine’s focus is a literal flattening of high and low cultures. In discussions with Takashi Murakami, Juxtapoz has curated a selection of artists covered in the magazine over the past two decades that encompass both growth and expansion in the sub-cultures they emerged from: skate, surf, graffiti, street art, comics, design, illustration, painting and digital and traditional arts.”Juxtapoz x Superflat includes work by Nina Chanel Abney, Chiho Aoshima, Urs Fischer, GATS, Kim Jung Gi, Kazunori Hamana, Trenton Doyle Hancock, John Hathway, Todd James, James Jean, Friedrich Kunath, Austin Lee, MADSAKI, Geoff McFetridge, Christian Rex van Minnen, Rebecca Morgan, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Otani Workshop, Paco Pomet, Parra, Erin M. Riley, Mark Ryden, David Shrigley, Lucy Sparrow, Devin Troy Strother, Swoon, Katsuya Terada, Toilet Paper Magazine, Yuji Ueda, Yuji Ueno, Sage Vaughn, Ben Venom, He Xiangyu and Zoer & Velvet.About Takashi MurakamiBorn 1962 in Tokyo, Murakami earned a Ph.D. in Nihonga from Tokyo University of the Arts School of Fine Arts. Founder and representative of Kaikai Kiki, an art production and management company, he formulated Superflat art theory in 2000. In 2008, he was selected as one of TIME magazine’s The 100 Most Influential People. He is well known for his corporate branding projects with Louis Vuitton, VANS, shu uemura, and Roppongi Hills, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Yuzu. More recently, he has been working on film and video production, and released his first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes in 2013. He is scheduled to release an animated television series 6HP (Six Hearts Princess).About Juxtapoz Art & Culture MagazineSince 1994, San Francisco-based Juxtapoz Magazine has covered the ever-changing landscape of contemporary art, culture and design in the pages of their monthly magazine and website. Founded by famed comic and lowbrow artist Robert Williams, Juxtapoz has become the most widely circulated art magazine in the United States. Over the past 10 years, the magazine has grown to become a major staple covering the international art scene as well. Telling the stories behind works of art, murals, products, books, museum and gallery exhibitions, Juxtapoz has documented the history of the underground and its rise to dominate the language of popular culture.About the Vancouver Art Gallery:Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative visual arts institutions in Canada and is committed to strengthening ties between artists and diverse communities throughout the city, province, and beyond. As the largest public art museum in Western Canada, the Gallery features contemporary and historical exhibitions all year round, and provides a global platform for British Columbia’s dynamic artistic community, including the work of First Nations as well as art of the Asian Pacific artists. Its growing collection of over 12,000 artworks represents the most comprehensive resource for art in British Columbia and is the principal repository for visual art produced in the region, as well as related works by other notable Canadian and international artists.The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. www.vanartgallery.bc.caJuxtapoz x Superflat is organized by Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., and High Speed Productions, and co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco.Presenting Sponsor:Brian and Andrea Hill Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Juxtapoz x Superflat, a dynamic exhibition conceived by the renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and co-curated with Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz Art & Culture, a legendary San Francisco-based magazine committed to contemporary art, design, fashion and graffiti. Featuring the work of more than 30 artists from Japan, Korea, Canada, the United States and Europe, this exhibition opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery on November 5, 2016 and runs until February 5, 2017.Juxtapoz x Superflat is a manifesto for new creative practices that can no longer be adequately described by the traditional categories of art and modes of production. Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco conceived the exhibition as a survey of the most exciting visual art to emerge in recent years, with a heavy emphasis on artists who operate outside of the central hubs of the global art world. Expanding upon Murakami and Juxtapoz magazine’s interest in flattening high and low cultures, this exhibition includes work by artists whose practice has been shaped by a variety of sub-cultures including skate, surf, graffiti, street art, comics, design, illustration, painting, digital and traditional arts.“We want to see the newest things. That is because we want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it.” With these words, written in 2001, Takashi Murakami famously declared that the future of Japanese art was “superflat”. For Murakami the idea of “superflat” meant many things — a recognition of the formal qualities of contemporary design, anime and manga; the fundamental importance of sub-cultures in the conception of contemporary art; the persistent presence of a banal and superficial consumer culture; a flattening of traditional hierarchies; and a reconfiguration of the edges and boundaries that have traditionally shaped meaning in contemporary cultural production. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “Over the past 22 years, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine has documented the creative life through underground art and street culture,” remarks Evan Pricco. “In recent years, with the increasing popularity of contemporary art, Juxtapoz has become the staple for accessible communication of emerging art forms, contemporary art, design, fashion and graffiti. The magazine’s focus is a literal flattening of high and low cultures. In discussions with Takashi Murakami, Juxtapoz has curated a selection of artists covered in the magazine over the past two decades that encompass both growth and expansion in the sub-cultures they emerged from: skate, surf, graffiti, street art, comics, design, illustration, painting and digital and traditional arts.”Juxtapoz x Superflat includes work by Nina Chanel Abney, Chiho Aoshima, Urs Fischer, GATS, Kim Jung Gi, Kazunori Hamana, Trenton Doyle Hancock, John Hathway, Todd James, James Jean, Friedrich Kunath, Austin Lee, MADSAKI, Geoff McFetridge, Christian Rex van Minnen, Rebecca Morgan, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Otani Workshop, Paco Pomet, Parra, Erin M. Riley, Mark Ryden, David Shrigley, Lucy Sparrow, Devin Troy Strother, Swoon, Katsuya Terada, Toilet Paper Magazine, Yuji Ueda, Yuji Ueno, Sage Vaughn, Ben Venom, He Xiangyu and Zoer & Velvet.About Takashi MurakamiBorn 1962 in Tokyo, Murakami earned a Ph.D. in Nihonga from Tokyo University of the Arts School of Fine Arts. Founder and representative of Kaikai Kiki, an art production and management company, he formulated Superflat art theory in 2000. In 2008, he was selected as one of TIME magazine’s The 100 Most Influential People. He is well known for his corporate branding projects with Louis Vuitton, VANS, shu uemura, and Roppongi Hills, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Yuzu. More recently, he has been working on film and video production, and released his first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes in 2013. He is scheduled to release an animated television series 6HP (Six Hearts Princess).About Juxtapoz Art & Culture MagazineSince 1994, San Francisco-based Juxtapoz Magazine has covered the ever-changing landscape of contemporary art, culture and design in the pages of their monthly magazine and website. Founded by famed comic and lowbrow artist Robert Williams, Juxtapoz has become the most widely circulated art magazine in the United States. Over the past 10 years, the magazine has grown to become a major staple covering the international art scene as well. Telling the stories behind works of art, murals, products, books, museum and gallery exhibitions, Juxtapoz has documented the history of the underground and its rise to dominate the language of popular culture.About the Vancouver Art Gallery:Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative visual arts institutions in Canada and is committed to strengthening ties between artists and diverse communities throughout the city, province, and beyond. As the largest public art museum in Western Canada, the Gallery features contemporary and historical exhibitions all year round, and provides a global platform for British Columbia’s dynamic artistic community, including the work of First Nations as well as art of the Asian Pacific artists. Its growing collection of over 12,000 artworks represents the most comprehensive resource for art in British Columbia and is the principal repository for visual art produced in the region, as well as related works by other notable Canadian and international artists.The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. www.vanartgallery.bc.caJuxtapoz x Superflat is organized by Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., and High Speed Productions, and co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco.Presenting Sponsor:Brian and Andrea Hill Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

The director of Suicide Squad publicly admitted what he regrets about the

first_img Login/Register With: David Ayer made a bad movie, and he knows it.The Suicide Squad director wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter this weekend, acknowledging the superhero film’s awful reviews and admitting some missteps he made along the way. In particular, he wrote that if he could go back in time, he’d make the Joker more of a central villain and “engineer a more grounded story.” The film’s messy plot was one of the flaws cited most by critics. pic.twitter.com/scIdV9PYSP— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017 Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Hype surrounded Suicide Squad from the moment it was announced. It seemed, at the time, like a potentially fresh spin on a tired genre. The film followed a ragtag team of DC comic book supervillains assembled by the US government. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto signed on to star. Ayer, who had just made the critically acclaimed World War II film Fury, was hired by Warner Bros. to direct. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Login/Register With: David Ayer made a bad movie, and he knows it.The Suicide Squad director wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter this weekend, acknowledging the superhero film’s awful reviews and admitting some missteps he made along the way. In particular, he wrote that if he could go back in time, he’d make the Joker more of a central villain and “engineer a more grounded story.” The film’s messy plot was one of the flaws cited most by critics. pic.twitter.com/scIdV9PYSP— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017 Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Hype surrounded Suicide Squad from the moment it was announced. It seemed, at the time, like a potentially fresh spin on a tired genre. The film followed a ragtag team of DC comic book supervillains assembled by the US government. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto signed on to star. Ayer, who had just made the critically acclaimed World War II film Fury, was hired by Warner Bros. to direct. Advertisementlast_img read more

Justin Bieber says tour was cancelled to keep himself sustainable

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Justin Bieber says he cancelled the final 14 dates on his Purpose World Tour because he wants his career to be “sustainable.”The Stratford, Ont.-native posted a message to his fans on Instagram on Wednesday night, saying the long world tour had made him appreciate his career and encouraged him to protect it from being derailed.It was first announced last week that the remainder of Bieber’s tour was being scrapped “due to unforeseen circumstances.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Bieber had been on tour for the last 18 months, playing more than 150 shows on six continents.The Grammy winner’s upcoming concerts included two shows in Toronto in September and several others in the United States. The pop star was then supposed to wrap the tour in Asia.“I’ve learned the more you appreciate your calling the more you want to protect your calling,” Bieber said in his lengthy statement.“Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be sustainable. I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind, heart and soul to be sustainable. So that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be.“This message is just an opportunity for you to know my heart, I’m not expecting anyone to understand, but I do want people to have an opportunity to know where I am coming from!” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Justin Bieber says he cancelled the final 14 dates on his Purpose World Tour because he wants his career to be “sustainable.”The Stratford, Ont.-native posted a message to his fans on Instagram on Wednesday night, saying the long world tour had made him appreciate his career and encouraged him to protect it from being derailed.It was first announced last week that the remainder of Bieber’s tour was being scrapped “due to unforeseen circumstances.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Bieber had been on tour for the last 18 months, playing more than 150 shows on six continents.The Grammy winner’s upcoming concerts included two shows in Toronto in September and several others in the United States. The pop star was then supposed to wrap the tour in Asia.“I’ve learned the more you appreciate your calling the more you want to protect your calling,” Bieber said in his lengthy statement.“Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be sustainable. I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind, heart and soul to be sustainable. So that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be.“This message is just an opportunity for you to know my heart, I’m not expecting anyone to understand, but I do want people to have an opportunity to know where I am coming from!” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

CBC GEM STREAMING SERVICE TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE CONTENT PARTNERS WITH WATTPAD NFB

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live and on-demand programming for free as well as an option to upgrade to a premium membership for a monthly fee.The public broadcaster says CBC Gem has more than 4,000 hours of content and will offer original programming, including the upcoming drama series Northern Rescue. William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson star in the family drama, which will launch exclusively on CBC Gem in Canada starting March 1.The CBC has also announced a partnership with Wattpad for emerging Canadian writers to create exclusive content for the streaming service. Facebook Tait said Gem is not trying to compete with Netflix. ‘They kind of have that one nailed,’ she told Tom Power, CBC Radio’s q host. (Eli Glasner/CBC) Meanwhile, a partnership with Telefilm Canada allows CBC Gem to offer more than 100 Canadian feature films. All the Canadian films are available ad-free, with additional titles from the National Film Board of Canada to be added in the coming year.All children’s programming is also provided ad-free within CBC Gem.Announced in September and launched Tuesday, CBC Gem replaces the public broadcaster’s previous app and offers the full programming slate, from drama to documentaries and sports. It’s available for free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca, and on television via Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Twitter Included are current and past seasons of favourite shows. Canadian titles on the service include Kim’s Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Kids in the Hall and Being Erica.International titles include Fortitude, The Great British Baking Show, Luther, Portlandia and Top of the Lake. Films include Barney’s Version, Cairo Time, Mommy and Midnight’s Children.The free version also has the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time, with access to 14 of the public broadcaster’s local channels and their newscasts. CBC Gem, which is exclusive to Canada, also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada.The premium membership, available for $4.99 per month (with the first month free of charge), will offer all on-demand content ad-free and access to a live stream of CBC News Network 24/7. All content on CBC Gem is available with closed captioning, and described video is available for most on-demand content.Plan to expand with new partnersThe CBC said it plans to collaborate with new partners in order to expand the streaming library and offer additional Canadian and international content.center_img Acclaimed series Luther is among the international programs on offer at the moment. Some CBC originals currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the prior deals.(CBC) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Current and past seasons of favourite shows, like Kim’s Convenience, are among the TV offerings. (CBC) CBC original titles that are currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the deals that are negotiated with each production individually, said the public broadcaster.In addition, CBC/Netflix co-productions — including Anne with an E — have separate agreements in which they are available exclusively on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada for a specific window (and internationally on Netflix), before also becoming available on Netflix Canada.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live and on-demand programming for free as well as an option to upgrade to a premium membership for a monthly fee.The public broadcaster says CBC Gem has more than 4,000 hours of content and will offer original programming, including the upcoming drama series Northern Rescue. William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson star in the family drama, which will launch exclusively on CBC Gem in Canada starting March 1.The CBC has also announced a partnership with Wattpad for emerging Canadian writers to create exclusive content for the streaming service. Facebook Tait said Gem is not trying to compete with Netflix. ‘They kind of have that one nailed,’ she told Tom Power, CBC Radio’s q host. (Eli Glasner/CBC) Meanwhile, a partnership with Telefilm Canada allows CBC Gem to offer more than 100 Canadian feature films. All the Canadian films are available ad-free, with additional titles from the National Film Board of Canada to be added in the coming year.All children’s programming is also provided ad-free within CBC Gem.Announced in September and launched Tuesday, CBC Gem replaces the public broadcaster’s previous app and offers the full programming slate, from drama to documentaries and sports. It’s available for free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca, and on television via Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Twitter Included are current and past seasons of favourite shows. Canadian titles on the service include Kim’s Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Kids in the Hall and Being Erica.International titles include Fortitude, The Great British Baking Show, Luther, Portlandia and Top of the Lake. Films include Barney’s Version, Cairo Time, Mommy and Midnight’s Children.The free version also has the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time, with access to 14 of the public broadcaster’s local channels and their newscasts. CBC Gem, which is exclusive to Canada, also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada.The premium membership, available for $4.99 per month (with the first month free of charge), will offer all on-demand content ad-free and access to a live stream of CBC News Network 24/7. All content on CBC Gem is available with closed captioning, and described video is available for most on-demand content.Plan to expand with new partnersThe CBC said it plans to collaborate with new partners in order to expand the streaming library and offer additional Canadian and international content.center_img Acclaimed series Luther is among the international programs on offer at the moment. Some CBC originals currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the prior deals.(CBC) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Current and past seasons of favourite shows, like Kim’s Convenience, are among the TV offerings. (CBC) CBC original titles that are currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the deals that are negotiated with each production individually, said the public broadcaster.In addition, CBC/Netflix co-productions — including Anne with an E — have separate agreements in which they are available exclusively on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada for a specific window (and internationally on Netflix), before also becoming available on Netflix Canada.last_img read more

I REALLY LIKED THE SOO SAID KYLE MACLACHLAN OF NEW FILM GIANT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img We caught up with MacLachlan, who plays a gay father estranged from his son (Josh Wiggins), the latter who’s bullied at school after rumours he’s also gay, in Giant Little Ones, when he was in town for TIFF last September.It feels like Giant Little Ones feels is such a small project for you after your multiple performances (Dale Cooper, Dougie Jones, Mr. C) in 2017’s critically acclaimed Twin Peaks: The Return series?It doesn’t really matter. I follow the quality of the material.What about Giant Little Ones drew you in?I thought it would be kind of fun to do. And I had a great couple of conversations with (writer-director) Keith (Behrman) to talk about what he was trying to do. Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan says making the Canadian coming-of-age drama, Giant Little Ones— opening Friday (March 29) in Toronto and Vancouver — in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., felt like going home.“I really liked the Soo,” said MacLachlan, 60, who hails from Yakima, Wash. “It was beautiful. It reminded me, kind of weirdly enough, a little bit of my hometown which is in eastern Washington. The neighborhoods. And the style of the houses. The sounds were similar and the smells of the asphalt and the vegetation. Even down to the colour of the bricks of the homes. I was like, ‘Wow, this is sort of like Yakima.’” L to R: Josh Wiggins as Franky and Kyle MacLachlan as Ray in GIANT LITTLE ONES, courtesy of Mongrel Media Login/Register With:last_img read more

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img We caught up with MacLachlan, who plays a gay father estranged from his son (Josh Wiggins), the latter who’s bullied at school after rumours he’s also gay, in Giant Little Ones, when he was in town for TIFF last September.It feels like Giant Little Ones feels is such a small project for you after your multiple performances (Dale Cooper, Dougie Jones, Mr. C) in 2017’s critically acclaimed Twin Peaks: The Return series?It doesn’t really matter. I follow the quality of the material.What about Giant Little Ones drew you in?I thought it would be kind of fun to do. And I had a great couple of conversations with (writer-director) Keith (Behrman) to talk about what he was trying to do. Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan says making the Canadian coming-of-age drama, Giant Little Ones— opening Friday (March 29) in Toronto and Vancouver — in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., felt like going home.“I really liked the Soo,” said MacLachlan, 60, who hails from Yakima, Wash. “It was beautiful. It reminded me, kind of weirdly enough, a little bit of my hometown which is in eastern Washington. The neighborhoods. And the style of the houses. The sounds were similar and the smells of the asphalt and the vegetation. Even down to the colour of the bricks of the homes. I was like, ‘Wow, this is sort of like Yakima.’” L to R: Josh Wiggins as Franky and Kyle MacLachlan as Ray in GIANT LITTLE ONES, courtesy of Mongrel Media Login/Register With:last_img read more

Alleged Winnipeg serial killers arrest reverberates in Vancouver police investigating links

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe arrest of the most recently accused serial killer in Winnipeg has renewed the call for a national inquiry to look into the fate of so many murdered and missing Aboriginal women in this country.That call is loudest in British Columbia where the women there endured an eight month public inquiry many deem a failure.They say it’s time the rest of the country realizes Canada is a dangerous place if you are an Aboriginal women.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe arrest of the most recently accused serial killer in Winnipeg has renewed the call for a national inquiry to look into the fate of so many murdered and missing Aboriginal women in this country.That call is loudest in British Columbia where the women there endured an eight month public inquiry many deem a failure.They say it’s time the rest of the country realizes Canada is a dangerous place if you are an Aboriginal women.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.last_img read more

Quick Facts BattlefordsLloydminster

first_imgAPTN Naional NewsRiding: Battlefords-LloydminsterCandidates:Quick Facts:Incumbent Gerry Ritz has held the riding since 1997. In the 2011 General Election, Ritz won the seat by nearly 10,000 votes.Ritz holds the position of Minister of Agriculture.NDP candidate Sandra Arias is a former band councilor in the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and says fighting Bill C-51 was her primary reason for running in federal politics.Liberal candidate Larry Ingram is a sheet metal contractor, born and raised in Turtleford, Saskatchewan according to the Liberal website. Ingram has served his community for nearly a decade as a local School Board Trustee and a Mervin municipal councilor.Green candidate Mikaela-Mari Tenkin was born in Edmonton and spent ten years in the United States before moving back to Canada in 2009 according to her party’s website. Mikaela studied at both Trinity Western University and Portland State University where she pursued degrees in art history.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN Naional NewsRiding: Battlefords-LloydminsterCandidates:Quick Facts:Incumbent Gerry Ritz has held the riding since 1997. In the 2011 General Election, Ritz won the seat by nearly 10,000 votes.Ritz holds the position of Minister of Agriculture.NDP candidate Sandra Arias is a former band councilor in the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and says fighting Bill C-51 was her primary reason for running in federal politics.Liberal candidate Larry Ingram is a sheet metal contractor, born and raised in Turtleford, Saskatchewan according to the Liberal website. Ingram has served his community for nearly a decade as a local School Board Trustee and a Mervin municipal councilor.Green candidate Mikaela-Mari Tenkin was born in Edmonton and spent ten years in the United States before moving back to Canada in 2009 according to her party’s website. Mikaela studied at both Trinity Western University and Portland State University where she pursued degrees in art history.last_img read more

NDP promises billions in new spending

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe NDP lead by Tom Mulcair released their Aboriginal platform Wednesday at a special meeting organized by the Assembly of First Nations in Edmonton.All three party leaders were invited to the meeting but Mulcair was the only one to show up.While there, he address the assembly and promised a new relationship and cash to improve housing, education and water.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.dward@aptn.calast_img

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe NDP lead by Tom Mulcair released their Aboriginal platform Wednesday at a special meeting organized by the Assembly of First Nations in Edmonton.All three party leaders were invited to the meeting but Mulcair was the only one to show up.While there, he address the assembly and promised a new relationship and cash to improve housing, education and water.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.dward@aptn.calast_img

Family searches for homeless woman lost amid Fort McMurrays massive evacuation

first_imgUPDATE: Eleanor Cardinal has been found. A relative spoke to a nurse who said she was on a bus that picked up a group from the homeless shelter, according to the Alberta AFN’s regional office. The office said Cardinal suffered a bout of tuberculosis which damaged her lungs and she was suffering from the high levels of smoke. The nurse said Cardinal is currently being monitored and is resting. The Alberta AFN office said Cardinal was in a group among the last to leave Fort McMurray. (Family was searching for Eleanor Cardinal who was in Fort McMurray at the time of the evacuation. Photo courtesy of the family.) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe family of Eleanor Cardinal says they have been unable to track down the 55-year-old homeless woman from Fort McMurray following this week’s evacuation of the city which was triggered by a massive wildfire.Elizabeth Jackson said Friday she has been searching for Cardinal over the last two days, contacting the Red Cross, the RCMP and Cardinal’s support worker for information, but no one has been able to provide any help.“We are thinking of her safety,” said Jackson, in a telephone interview from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. “I am scared for her, she has no vehicle, she has no cell phone. I don’t know who she would associate with.”Jackson said she has given her sister’s name and birthdate to the Red Cross in hopes Cardinal will register as one of the estimated 88,000 evacuees from Fort McMurray.“So for me, it is confusing and kind of frustrating, but I understand. I am sure they are getting many calls, many calls. I still wait. I am still waiting,” said Jackson.It’s believed authorities cleared all citizens from Fort McMurray which was evacuated Tuesday after a massive wildfire, which has since grown to 101,000 hectares, spread into the city, devastating several neighbourhoods and destroying at least 1,600 homes and buildings.Winds are currently pushing the massive blaze southeast of the city, reducing the threat to Fort McMurray, officials said Friday. The wildfire has since been joined by another flare-up triggered by a lightning strike created by fire-induced weather conditions. The wildfire is headed into a more remote forested area, posing no immediate threat to communities or oil and gas facilities in the region, officials said.Jackson said she believes Cardinal would have contacted family by now if she was in Edmonton, one of the cities that is receiving evacuees, because she knows the city and relatives live there. Jackson also believes Cardinal would have contacted her if she was taken to the evacuation centre in Lac La Biche which sits about 100 kilometres north of Saddle Lake.“I know she would have contacted me if she was in Lac La Biche, but in both places we haven’t heard from her,” said Jackson.About 25,000 people were initially evacuated to oil and gas camps north of Fort McMurray, including on the territory of Fort McKay First Nation which took in about 5,000 people. Authorities moved about 7,000 people from the northern camps Thursday by airplane to southern evacuation centres in Calgary and Edmonton and other locations.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Friday authorities hoped to move about 5,500 people that day by air from northern camps to the south and also along Hwy 63. The only road out of Fort McMurray, Hwy 63 had been closed as a result of the wildfire. At one point the flames created a wall of fire along the highway. Notley said authorities hoped to move about 500 vehicles along Hwy 63 to points south of Fort McMurray.The vehicles began moving south on Hwy 63 at about 6 a.m. Friday in convoys of 50 cars bookended by RCMP cruisers while the Canadian military providing a helicopter escort from above.Alberta officials said fire conditions remain extreme across the province which currently faces about 40 wildfires.Officials said about 1,200 firefighters, 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, and 27 water bombers were engaged in battling the wildfires.Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under mandatory evacuation orders, according to the Alberta government’s latest update.Notley also said the provincial government would be providing $1,250 per adult, plus $500 per dependent, to those evacuated as a result of the wildfire. It will cost the province about $100 million to provide the interim financial relief.Officials again said during a press conference Friday that human effort will not be able to stop the wildfire, only rain can bring any hope.“Right now, we really do need some rain, there is no question about it,” said Chad Morrison, senior manager with Alberta Wildfire Prevention. “Even once we get rain, there is still going to be a lot of fire out there and a lot of work. We will be here weeks and weeks to put that fire out.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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first_imgUPDATE: Eleanor Cardinal has been found. A relative spoke to a nurse who said she was on a bus that picked up a group from the homeless shelter, according to the Alberta AFN’s regional office. The office said Cardinal suffered a bout of tuberculosis which damaged her lungs and she was suffering from the high levels of smoke. The nurse said Cardinal is currently being monitored and is resting. The Alberta AFN office said Cardinal was in a group among the last to leave Fort McMurray. (Family was searching for Eleanor Cardinal who was in Fort McMurray at the time of the evacuation. Photo courtesy of the family.) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe family of Eleanor Cardinal says they have been unable to track down the 55-year-old homeless woman from Fort McMurray following this week’s evacuation of the city which was triggered by a massive wildfire.Elizabeth Jackson said Friday she has been searching for Cardinal over the last two days, contacting the Red Cross, the RCMP and Cardinal’s support worker for information, but no one has been able to provide any help.“We are thinking of her safety,” said Jackson, in a telephone interview from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. “I am scared for her, she has no vehicle, she has no cell phone. I don’t know who she would associate with.”Jackson said she has given her sister’s name and birthdate to the Red Cross in hopes Cardinal will register as one of the estimated 88,000 evacuees from Fort McMurray.“So for me, it is confusing and kind of frustrating, but I understand. I am sure they are getting many calls, many calls. I still wait. I am still waiting,” said Jackson.It’s believed authorities cleared all citizens from Fort McMurray which was evacuated Tuesday after a massive wildfire, which has since grown to 101,000 hectares, spread into the city, devastating several neighbourhoods and destroying at least 1,600 homes and buildings.Winds are currently pushing the massive blaze southeast of the city, reducing the threat to Fort McMurray, officials said Friday. The wildfire has since been joined by another flare-up triggered by a lightning strike created by fire-induced weather conditions. The wildfire is headed into a more remote forested area, posing no immediate threat to communities or oil and gas facilities in the region, officials said.Jackson said she believes Cardinal would have contacted family by now if she was in Edmonton, one of the cities that is receiving evacuees, because she knows the city and relatives live there. Jackson also believes Cardinal would have contacted her if she was taken to the evacuation centre in Lac La Biche which sits about 100 kilometres north of Saddle Lake.“I know she would have contacted me if she was in Lac La Biche, but in both places we haven’t heard from her,” said Jackson.About 25,000 people were initially evacuated to oil and gas camps north of Fort McMurray, including on the territory of Fort McKay First Nation which took in about 5,000 people. Authorities moved about 7,000 people from the northern camps Thursday by airplane to southern evacuation centres in Calgary and Edmonton and other locations.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Friday authorities hoped to move about 5,500 people that day by air from northern camps to the south and also along Hwy 63. The only road out of Fort McMurray, Hwy 63 had been closed as a result of the wildfire. At one point the flames created a wall of fire along the highway. Notley said authorities hoped to move about 500 vehicles along Hwy 63 to points south of Fort McMurray.The vehicles began moving south on Hwy 63 at about 6 a.m. Friday in convoys of 50 cars bookended by RCMP cruisers while the Canadian military providing a helicopter escort from above.Alberta officials said fire conditions remain extreme across the province which currently faces about 40 wildfires.Officials said about 1,200 firefighters, 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, and 27 water bombers were engaged in battling the wildfires.Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under mandatory evacuation orders, according to the Alberta government’s latest update.Notley also said the provincial government would be providing $1,250 per adult, plus $500 per dependent, to those evacuated as a result of the wildfire. It will cost the province about $100 million to provide the interim financial relief.Officials again said during a press conference Friday that human effort will not be able to stop the wildfire, only rain can bring any hope.“Right now, we really do need some rain, there is no question about it,” said Chad Morrison, senior manager with Alberta Wildfire Prevention. “Even once we get rain, there is still going to be a lot of fire out there and a lot of work. We will be here weeks and weeks to put that fire out.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more