We were lucky massive cyberextortion attack could have affected Canada

first_imgCanada is not immune to online extortion, despite apparently sidestepping a massive attack that temporarily crippled networks around the world, a cybersecurity expert said.Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been spared from Friday’s ransomware attack that disrupted services in Russia, the U.S., Ukraine, Spain and India.Attacks like this one, dubbed “WannaCry” for the “WannaCrypt” technology used to execute it, happen when a type of software seizes control of a computer, encrypting its contents and rendering them inaccessible.“The vehicle that the malware [is using to go] from one device to the other is spam. The most common way that they do that is via a link in an email,” Mashatan said. “It looks as if it’s from someone you know, in your contacts. You click on it, and bingo. The actual malware, the file, is downloaded.”The perpetrators then demand hundreds or thousands of dollars to unlock the victims’ computers — essentially holding the documents, photos and other items on the computer for ransom.“This one wasn’t really a targeted attack at all,” Mashatan said. “They usually run this campaign and hope to infect as many devices as they can.”“This time around we were lucky,” she said. “There’s so many people who are emailing one another within the U.K., whereas the traffic between the U.K. and Canada is not as much.”But if the wrong person had clicked on an infected link, they could have spread the ransomware to Canada.Related stories:Huge cyberattack forces Microsoft to offer free tech fixLakeridge Health reports tech problems amid global cyberattackComputer users worldwide — and everyone else who depends on them — should assume that the next big “ransomware” attack has already been launched, and just hasn’t manifested itself yet, Ori Eisen, who founded the Trusona cybersecurity firm, told The Associated Press.The attack appears to be “low-level” stuff, given the amounts of ransom demanded, Eisen said Saturday.He said the same thing could be done to crucial infrastructure, like nuclear power plants, dams or railway systems.A representative from Public Safety Canada said the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre is aware of the reported attacks, but made no mention on whether any Canadian users were affected.In the meantime, Mashatan said it’s important for everyday people to remain vigilant to prevent these attacks from spreading.She said people should keep their computers’ operating systems up-to-date, because the latest updates often patch up security holes. People should also avoid clicking on suspicious links.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Respect Indigenous Peoples who dont want to celebrate Canada 150 Trudeau urges

first_imgOTTAWA – An indigenous demonstration teepee was moved onto Parliament Hill Thursday evening after a man was arrested for assaulting at least one of the activists.The Bawaating Water Protectors from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., arrived Wednesday night on Parliament Hill with plans to erect a teepee and engage in four days of ceremonies they’re calling a “reoccupation” to draw attention to the history of indigenous people in Canada during 150th birthday celebrations this weekend.“We’re here to make people aware of the genocide that went on, the assimilations that went on,” said organizer Brendon Nahwegezhiche.“That is a part of the history and that is the truth of Canada, unfortunately.”Originally the group clashed with police, who arrested nine people and told the group they couldn’t set up the teepee.However within a few hours all nine were released without charges and the teepee was set up on a slope near the eastern entrance to the Hill.It wasn’t where the group wanted it to be but was an initial compromise until it was moved to a location onto the Hill close to the main stage where Canada Day festivities will take place on Saturday.The move came after RCMP arrested a man who caused a scene at the demonstration and allegedly knocked a cell phone out of the hands of one of the activists. He was to be charged with mischief, one government source said.Following the incident, negotiations began to move the teepee up onto the main lawn near the West Block.The Bawaating Water Protesters are just one of many indigenous groups planning protest events and demonstrations this weekend to draw attention to the fact that for them, there is nothing to celebrate.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at an event in Charlottetown, said their position is understandable and must be respected.“We recognize that over the past decades, generations, indeed centuries Canada has failed Indigenous Peoples.”He said there has to be a compromise to ensure the safety and security of huge crowds on Canada Day on the Hill as well as respect for the demonstrations.“That’s what I expect of our security services and that’s what I am expecting to see,” he said.Trudeau’s office wouldn’t say if he intervened to stop the possibility of a large confrontation ahead of the big event July 1.However there were signs the government was trying to do what it could to keep tensions down, including working to move the teepee to a location that is safer for everyone involved.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is hosting a picnic in her riding Saturday at which another reoccupation event is planned. On Thursday afternoon, she issued an invitation on Facebook and her MP website, making note of why many indigenous people won’t be celebrating and inviting them to have their voices heard at her picnic.“While many Canadians will be celebrating on Canada Day, for far too many it is a reminder of our colonialist, racist past,” she said in the invitation.“As we mark 150 years since Confederation, it’s important for us to remember and reflect all aspects of our collective history. We need to remember that we are all #treatypeople and that Reconciliation isn’t an Indigenous issue – it is a Canadian imperative.”The Parliament Hill event and the protest planned at Bennett’s barbecue are but two of many such events scheduled for Canada Day festivities across the country. There have been numerous social media campaigns using hashtags such as #UNsettleCanada150 or #Resistance150 and a call from Idle No More to rise on up July 1 with a “National Day of Action — Unsettling Canada 150.”Sen. Murray Sinclair, who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will be on hand for Canada 150 events in Ottawa on Saturday as a gesture of reconciliation from the indigenous perspective.“Celebrate is not the right word,” he said. “I will be attending events.”Sinclair said he is in full agreement with the Bawaating Water Protectors’ attempt to draw attention to the history and present for indigenous peoples, and said there is “still a long way to go” before Canada achieves reconciliation.Sen. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas said in a statement Thursday that, as an indigenous woman from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, she is not celebrating this weekend.“We are of the opinion that we will celebrate when all treaties are settled, all First Nations children enjoy equality in education, health care, safe drinking water, quality housing and governance in our own land.”— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

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Singlescreen theatre with 80year history in Halifax closing its doors

first_imgHALIFAX – It is where Haligonians watched “Casablanca,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Graduate” and “Titanic.”The Oxford Theatre — a grand, standalone movie house not far from some of Halifax’s most expensive homes — will soon be closing its doors.Cineplex has announced that the 80-year-old Quinpool Road fixture will shut down on Sept. 13 after being sold to a local business — Nanco Group — owned by the Nahas family.“The decision to sell the Oxford was not an easy one as we share the community’s love for the theatre and respect the important role it has played in the city’s history,” Daniel Seguin, Cineplex’s vice president of operations for eastern Canada, said in a news release.“Back in 1937 when the Oxford first opened, single screen theatres were the norm but today multiplex cinemas provide our guests with many film choices in one location.”Norman Nahas, its new owner, said plans for the building have not been finalized, but he is looking at number of options.“We are looking at multiple uses for the space including retail, office and residential so stay tuned for what the next 80 years of the Oxford’s history will look like,” he said in the release.The Oxford has recently favoured independent films and art house titles, sometimes leaving the theatre mostly vacant. But during the release of “Maudie,” the theatre was brimming with movie-goers eager to watch the story of a Nova Scotia artist whose hands were riddled with arthritis.Those types of titles will now play at Cineplex’s nearby Park Lane location.To celebrate its 80-year history, Cineplex is showing a number of fan favourites that have played at the Oxford over the years, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Grease” and “Gone with the Wind.”Proceeds from the $5 screenings will be donated to the IWK Foundation, which raises money for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.last_img read more

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PM defends small business tax changes as doctors complain of negative impact

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – Justin Trudeau got a small taste of the kind of grief his backbenchers have been getting over the government’s plan to end what it calls unfair tax advantages for wealthy small business owners.During a townhall meeting Wednesday night, the prime minister was lectured by two female doctors about the negative impact they contended the proposals will have on hard-working middle class Canadians.Monica Penner told Trudeau that the tax plan will catch “thousands of really hard-working, honest, tax-paying Canadians” who have always believed that “hard work is the road to success.”She questioned how he can explain to students why they should bother going into debt to get a university education when he’s proposing tax reforms that would “make sure everybody is the same in the end.”Trudeau told Penner that the proposals are intended to eliminate tax provisions that “disproportionately advantage the wealthiest Canadians.”“Let me be absolutely clear. There is nothing in these proposals that is targeting small, middle-class businesses,” he said.“There are a number of people who are wealthy individuals who use private corporations as a way of opting out of big portions of the income tax system.“So you get someone who’s making $50,000 a year who’s actually paying more taxes than someone who’s making $300,000 a year because they have private corporation mechanisms and good accountants that allow them to get away from that.”But Trudeau’s defence of the proposals did not forestall further complaints.Anita Sanan, who said she went to school for 14 years and incurred a six-figure debt load to become a doctor, accused the government of creating “two classes of Canadians,” pitting employees against small business owners.She argued that preferential tax treatment for professionals and small businesses that incorporate is meant to compensate for the fact that they don’t have access to pensions, vacation pay, Employment Insurance, sick leave, maternity leave and other benefits enjoyed by employees.“Now, you’ve moved the goal posts in the middle of the game and expect me somehow to be able to plan for my retirement, plan for maternity leave, which I will not be able to afford at this time and am having to choose between having a family and being able to actually practice as a physician here in Kelowna.”Trudeau said he’s “fairly certain” that “every single province in this country” has maternity leave for doctors. Sanan told him that’s incorrect while another audience member accused him of lying.In fact, according to the B.C. Medical Association, Sanan would be eligible for up to 17 weeks of parental leave benefits.Trudeau said the current tax system has already created two classes of Canadians, where those who can afford to “create private corporations as a way of helping with their tax planning already have access to things that employees and others do not.”“That’s not entirely fair,” he said.He was careful to emphasize that there’s nothing illegal about taking advantage of those tax measures.“There is no suggestion that you haven’t been following the rules. There is a suggestion that perhaps the rules which benefit the wealthy deserve a little tweaking and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”Trudeau also emphasized that the government is consulting on the proposed changes precisely so that it can hear people’s concerns and ensure that there are no unintended consequences.Trudeau’s encounter with the doctors came after Liberal backbenchers, who’ve been inundated with complaints, aired their concerns about the proposed tax changes during a closed door caucus retreat earlier Wednesday.Under the three-pronged plan, the government is proposing to restrict the ability of incorporated business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do no work for the business.It’s also proposing to limit the use of private corporations to make passive investments in things like stocks or real estate and to limit the ability to convert a corporation’s regular income into capital gains that are typically taxed at a lower rate.Notwithstanding the doctors’ interventions, Trudeau received a largely warm reception at the townhall, attended by almost 2,500 people jammed into the gymnasium at UBC Okanagan’s campus.He even won cheers for his explanation of why he reneged on his promise to reform Canada’s electoral system.Trudeau said he would have preferred a ranked ballot system but the other parties held out for a referendum on some form of proportional representation — a system he said he couldn’t support because it could empower anti-immigration parties or other small fringe groups.Whatever the shortcomings of the current first-past-the-post system, Trudeau said it forces a small number of political parties to represent a wide diversity of views rather than encouraging the proliferation of many small parties representing narrow views.As a result, he said: “We do not have an anti-immigrant party in Canada … There’s no official party voice in the House of Commons that speaks up and thinks that racism is a way to get votes.”last_img read more

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Fires floods and ferocious winds on top weather list in 2017

first_imgEnvironment Canada’s chief climatologist has compiled his top weather stories of 2017 — a year which David Phillips says was marked by unusually long periods of conditions that just wouldn’t go away. His Top 10:1.British Columbia’s Longest and Most Destructive Wildfire Season: The province was forced to declare its longest-standing provincial emergency when 1,265 fires scorched 12,000 square kilometres of forest, bush and grassland. About 50,000 people were forced to flee. The fires came during the province’s driest summer on record.2.Dry and Hot in the West: Summer temperatures broke records — Medicine Hat, Alta., recorded 34 days of plus-30 C weather — and it was so dry that Regina was 22 per cent under its previous record for low rainfall. On the bright side, no rain meant no mosquitoes.3. Spring Flooding in Quebec and Ontario: Montreal and Ottawa had their wettest springs in history. In May, rivers from Gananoque to Gaspesie flooded past historic maximum flows. More than 5,000 residences were swamped and 550 roads were washed out by floods or covered by landslides. Two people were swept away by the swollen Sainte-Anne River in the Gaspé region.4.British Columbia’s Cold and Snowy Winter: The West Coast was shivering through its second coldest winter in the last 25 years. It was distinguished by the duration, frequency and length of snowfall and snow on the ground. Skiing was good, but public golf courses were closed for up to two months — the first such closures in 20 years.5.Another Windsor flood: Two Storms of the Century in a Year. Less than a year after a record $153- million flood hit the Ontario city and surrounding area, another arrived on Aug. 28. In less than 48 hours, 222 mm of rain fell in southwest Windsor. Nearby LaSalle received 125 mm that day and another 160 mm the next. Curbs were piled high with waterlogged carpets, spoiled furniture, broken appliances and sodden belongings.6.Central Canada’s Missing Summer: Total rainfall from April to July around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River was the highest in 70 years. Cool temperatures, overcast skies and frequent spring showers hung around all summer. Farmers were weeks behind schedule. Lake Ontario reached an unprecedented 75.9 metres above sea level in May. The Toronto Islands were off limits from mid-May to the end of July.7.A New Storm of the Century: A storm struck Ontario on March 13 before moving into Quebec and Atlantic Canada. It led to a multi-car pileup, in whiteout conditions, involving 15 transport trucks and other vehicles on Highway 401. The highway was closed as twisted metal littered the road and a toxic acid spill polluted the air. The storm then dumped 50 centimetres of snow at more than half the reporting stations in southern Quebec. No previous storm eclipsed so many snowfall records. The storm killed five people.8.Summer in September: The first day of fall marked Central Canada’s warmest weather. From Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, more than 1,000 heat records tumbled as humidex values shot up close to or above 40, prompting a week-long stretch of heat warnings. Southern Quebec had its warmest October since at least 1870.9.Newfoundland’s Brier Blast: Hurricane-force winds ravaged Newfoundland on March 1 and 2, but it was the “Brier blast” on March 11 that saw winds on the Avalon Peninsula peak at Bay de Verde at a hurricane-force of 190 km/h. Some 70,000 residents and visitors were left in the dark, trees were uprooted, traffic lights and power lines toppled, and the second-storey of some homes ripped off.10.New Brunswick’s Glaze Storm: A long-lasting mix of rain, snow, freezing rain and ice pellets over Quebec and Atlantic Canada in late January killed two and injured dozens. Nearly 300,000 residents were left in the dark and cold after power lines snapped. Some communities were without electricity for up to 12 days. Canadian troops were deployed to help with the ongoing emergency response.last_img read more

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Thieves steal portable toilet internet laughs Police have nothing to go on

first_imgDUTCH SETTLEMENT, N.S. – Someone stole a toilet, and the internet is amused.Nova Scotia RCMP say a Royal Flush portable toilet was stolen from a worksite in Dutch Settlement, northeast of Halifax, sometime between Jan. 26 and Jan. 31.Police are hoping someone saw the blue portable toilet going down the road in the back of a truck or being hauled by an all-terrain vehicle.Cpl. Dal Hutchinson says the RCMP’s social media sites are flush with jokes on the theft.“One in particular is that police have nothing to go on,” he said.Another says police are trying to “flush” out a suspect.“Social media has lit up with regards to this,” Hutchinson said. “At least we have people talking about it and thinking about it. Hopefully someone will come forward with some information so that we can locate that portable toilet.”Hutchinson said there were other comments he wouldn’t repeat, including many variations on a scatological theme.Police noted that “the portable toilet was empty at the time of its theft.”It is described as being blue with a white roof and red trim.Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

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Trump uses state of the union speech to urge Congress to approve

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump is using tonight’s state of the union speech to urge members of Congress to approve the new trilateral trade deal between Canada, the United States and Mexico.Trump sang the praises of the new U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement and derided its predecessor, NAFTA, as a historic trade blunder.  He described meeting men and women across Rust Belt states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania whose livelihoods were destroyed by the 1994 trilateral trade pact, and who for years heard promises of a new, modernized agreement that were never fulfilled.He says the USMCA will restore manufacturing jobs in the U.S., expand the country’s agriculture sector, protect American intellectual property and produce more American-built automobiles.Whether Congress will ratify the new trade agreement remains an open question.Democrats, who won control of the House of Representatives in last year’s midterm elections, have expressed misgivings about the deal — in particular what they say is a lack of enforcement tools for the deal’s labour and environmental protection provisions.Trump, who for the most part stuck to his prepared remarks throughout his hour-long speech, reprised his long-standing criticisms of NAFTA as a “catastrophe” and a “historic trade blunder.”“I have met the men and women of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Hampshire, and many other states whose dreams were shattered by the signing of NAFTA. For years, politicians promised them they would renegotiate for a better deal. But no one ever tried until now,” he said.“Our new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will replace NAFTA and deliver for American workers, like they haven’t had delivered to for a long time. I hope you can pass the USMCA into law so we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, expand American agriculture, protect intellectual property, and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four beautiful words: made in the U.S.A.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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In the news today May 6

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, May 6———FEDERAL BYELECTION DAY NANAIMO, B.C.Voters are heading to the polls today to elect a member of Parliament in the B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith in what could be an indicator of the fall federal election. The leaders of the Liberals, Conservatives, Greens, NDP and the People’s Party of Canada have all visited the riding since the byelection was called. David Black, a political communications expert at Royal Roads University in Victoria, says that highlights the importance of today’s. He says the parties will use the byelection as a study for political messaging before the Oct. 21 federal election.———SHORTAGE OF POPULAR CANNABIS PRODUCT IN CANADARetailers across Canada are struggling with a shortage of all cannabis, but there’s one product they’re especially desperate to keep on shelves: C-B-D. It’s a non-intoxicating extract that has been promoted as a natural cure for pain, anxiety and insomnia, despite limited medical research. It’s so trendy that Kim Kardashian West recently posted on Instagram about her “C-B-D baby shower,” where she invited guests to make C-B-D-infused salt scrubs and body oil. Companies are ramping up hemp growth to produce the popular extract, but observers expect the shortage to persist until late this year.———DOCTORS CALL FOR CHANGE TO ADDRESS SUICIDETwo doctors are drawing attention to the issue of suicide in their profession, which they say needs to be addressed through systemic change because burnout that starts in medical school is literally killing physicians. Sarah Tulk, a family physician in Milton, Ontario, and Joy Albuquerque, medical director of the Ontario Medical Association’s physician health program, say suicide is an occupational hazard for doctors. The pair say in today’s issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal that the rate of suicide for male doctors is nearly double that of the general public, while it’s two and a half times higher for females. ———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna addresses the media following a meeting of G7 environment ministers in France.— Bausch Health, Air Canada and Cargojet review Q1 earnings.— Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos makes an announcement about the Canada Child Benefit.— Court appearance in Smithers, B.C. for Luke Strimbold, former Burns Lake mayor facing multiple sex charges.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Tories turn to Bryan Adams songwriter for election campaign theme

first_imgTORONTO — The Progressive Conservatives have turned to Bryan Adams’ longtime hitmaker Jim Vallance to pen their campaign song.The guitar-driven tune is packed with Vallance’s trademarked pop-rock zeal, as a chorus of voices belt lyrics that include: “A brand new day, a better way, it’s time for you to get ahead.” A bilingual version offers the second and last verses in French.Vallance’s chart-toppers include Adams’ hits “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Run to You,” “Summer of ’69” and “Somebody.” He’s also provided songs for Michael Buble, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart and KISS.The federal election campaign formally launches today, with the vote set for Oct. 21.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer kicks off his campaign in Quebec and Ontario, while Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is set to fly to British Columbia for a rally in the NDP-held riding of Vancouver-Kingsway.The NDP will be in London, Ont., while the Greens are in British Columbia, where Elizabeth May will launch her campaign in Victoria. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Rihanna And UNICEF Are There For The Philippines

first_imgUNICEF today launched a new campaign—”There for the Philippines”—to support the immediate and long-term relief efforts for children and families whose lives were upended by Super Typhoon Haiyan.UNICEF Supporter Rihanna helped kick-off the campaign and raise awareness of UNICEF’s work in the Philippines via social media. She also made a $100,000 donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. WNBA’s Skylar Diggins, MLB star Robinson Cano and actress Vanessa Hudgens are also participating.“We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support shown during this crisis,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “The effects of the strongest storm to make landfall have been devastating and the rebuilding process will not happen overnight. UNICEF will be there for as long as it takes to help children and families to recover.”“Emergencies make headlines, but the recovery continues long after the news cameras leave,” said Rihanna. “Having been a fan and supporter of UNICEF’s work over the years, I am honored to join them in helping children who have been impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. More than five million kids in the Philippines need our help. UNICEF is there for them today, and for the long road ahead, and so am I.”The digital “There for the Philippines” campaign asks people to assist UNICEF’s relief efforts by donating funds and sharing the message of the needs of vulnerable children in the hard-hit areas. Participants can change their Facebook profile picture or tweet messages of support.With nearly 13 million people — including 5.5 million children — affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, UNICEF is rushing lifesaving emergency supplies to the region, including essential medicines, nutrition, safe water and hygiene supplies. UNICEF is also working to reunite children with their families and is setting up safe, protected spaces where children can play, continue their education and resume a sense of normalcy.To donate or participate in “There for the Philippines,” click here.last_img read more

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Alzheimers Association Congratulates Julianne Moore On Best Actress Academy Award

first_imgThe Alzheimer’s Association congratulates Julianne Moore on winning the Oscar for Best Actress at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.Playing the title character in the film “Still Alice,” Moore’s poignant portrayal of a woman diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease illustrates the impact of Alzheimer’s, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, on individuals and their families.“On behalf of the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 15 million caregivers, huge congratulations to Julianne Moore for winning an Academy Award,” said Angela Geiger, chief strategy officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “Her beautiful and thoughtful performance in ‘Still Alice’ resonated with filmgoers and helped to elevate awareness and foster much needed conversation about Alzheimer’s disease.”The Alzheimer’s Association has seen the power of Julianne’s performance in “Still Alice” through social media response. To enhance the conversation occurring around the movie and the disease, the Association asked constituents to celebrate friends and family members living with Alzheimer’s by sharing photos using #mybrain and #still[name]. Thousands responded, creating a meaningful online gallery.As The New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Genova was adapted into film, the Alzheimer’s Association was proud to provide guidance to Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and the wonderfully talented and thoughtful screenwriting and directing team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, who were meticulous in their pursuit of accuracy, speaking with Alzheimer’s Association scientists, care experts and volunteers, including people with the disease and their family members.“I was so impressed by Julianne Moore throughout the process of the film; she truly listened and wanted to know everything about how it feels to live with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Sandy Oltz, Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisor (diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 46). “I am so proud and impressed by how she brought the Alzheimer’s disease experience to life with ‘Alice.’ As someone who is on the same journey, all of the awards an accolades that have come to Julianne for her performance, including the Oscar, are so well deserved and so important to all of us with Alzheimer’s disease.”The facts about Alzheimer’s and women are illustrated in the film through the depiction of Alice and her daughter Lydia, who helps to care for her mom. Alzheimer’s disease affects women disproportionately: More than two-thirds of people living with Alzheimer’s are women, and 3 in 5 unpaid caregivers are women.An amazing group of women intent on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and changing these dramatic numbers played an integral role in the creation of the film. In addition to the artistry of Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, the power of women helped propel this film forward, including award-winning journalist and “Still Alice” executive producer Maria Shriver, producers Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns and Pamela Koffler, bestselling author of “Still Alice” Lisa Genova, Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisor Sandy Oltz and Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer, Maria Carrillo. These women were a force behind the production and development of “Still Alice,” and they are intent on galvanizing women behind the Alzheimer’s cause through the Alzheimer’s Association My Brain initiative, a movement harnessing the power of women to wipe out Alzheimer’s.“Julianne Moore and the women behind ‘Still Alice’ have helped ignite a national conversation with the film, and our hope is that their amazing work inspires others to join My Brain to truly change to course of Alzheimer’s disease for millions,” said Geiger.last_img read more

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Brooke BurkeCharvet To Emcee World Of Children Award 2015 Alumni Honors Event

first_imgToday, World of Children Award, a global recognition and funding organization for people specifically and exclusively serving the needs of children as well as setting the gold standard in child advocacy, announced its inaugural 2015 Alumni Honors event, which will take place on Thursday, April 30 at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills, California.The Master of Ceremonies for the special evening will feature TV Personality, Actress, and CEO of ModernMom, Brooke Burke-Charvet.Since 1998, World of Children Award identifies changemakers, that create proven, sustainable programs for children, and awards grants to advance their work at an annual awards ceremony in New York City. For the first time since the World of Children Award’s inception, the organization will host an event in Beverly Hills commemorating past honorees who have continued their extraordinary efforts and have gone to great lengths to change the lives of vulnerable children around the world with an Alumni Honors event. The 2015 Alumni Honorees include: Jessica Markowitz (2009 World of Children Youth Honoree) of Richard’s Rwanda IMPUHWE who educates girls in Rwanda; Triveni Acharya (2013 World of Children Humanitarian Honoree) of the Rescue Foundation who rescues trafficked girls from brothels in India; and Dr. Ricardo Bennun (2007 Health Honoree) of Asociación PIEL who provides surgery for children with facial deformities in Argentina.“Because the World of Children Award does not just fund Honorees, but also educates and elevates them, they gain the capacity to significantly leverage the funding and the Honor,” said Harry Leibowitz, World of Children Award Co-Founder and Co-Chair. “This allows them to build sustainability and to multiply their efforts to serve more vulnerable children.”The evening will feature a cocktail reception, intimate dinner, and a special program with the honorees sharing courageous stories about their work with children, and the invaluable role World of Children Award has played in their lives. Additionally, exclusive jewelry pieces created by collaborators Heidi Nahser Fink and Adam Shulman of James Banks Design for World of Children Award will be available for purchase with 100% of proceeds going to the organization. The featured items include a Legacy World of Children Award Sterling Silver Lock Pendant and a set of World of Children Award Sterling Silver Cuff Links. For more information on the exclusive jewelry pieces or to purchase online, please visit jamesbanksdesign.com/WOC.html.2015 Alumni Honors Chairs are Veronica Smiley and Brian Grazer, Rena and Lindsay Conner, and Linda and David Shaheen. In addition, the Event Co-Chairs include Sandy Sholl, Adam Shulman, Adam Freede, Willow and Bertan Kalatchi, Craig Leibowitz, and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz.World of Children Award is led by co-founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret, who first started the organization to honor individuals serving children with a Nobel Prize-like award. Since 1998, World of Children Award has allocated millions of dollars in cash grants and program support to over 100 Honorees who are the driving force behind programs serving children worldwide.last_img read more

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Exclusive Clay Aiken Talks Disabilities New Horizons And National Inclusion Project

first_imgClay Aiken will be honored at this weekend’s New Horizons Havana Nights Gala in Burbank, and talked with Look To The Stars about what the cause means to him.Congratulations on receiving the Celebrity Advocate Award from New Horizons! How will this honor continue to propel your advocacy for people with developmental disabilities?The Advocate Award highlights to an expanded audience the work that we have been doing at the National Inclusion Project. The inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all activities is the right thing to do and I appreciate their recognition of my involvement and the success we are achieving.You are a staunch supporter of people with developmental disabilities, you are also the founder of the National Inclusion Project. How was your passion for this cause born? During high school and college years I had the opportunity to work with summer camp programs at my local YMCA. As I worked with kids and could see the fun that they had and the friendships formed I noticed that we had a special camp for individuals with disabilities. I challenged this separation and asked why not include everyone together? The simple answer at the time was that we did not know how and that it would not work. I found the answers unacceptable and knew at that time I wanted to make a difference and include all kids. This experience was a key factor in my decision to major in special education.The National Inclusion Project’s initiative “Let’s All Play” is widely used across the nation. Congratulations on that! What makes this research based initiative unique? How is it changing lives and the perceptions of individuals with developmental disabilities?The uniqueness comes in the fact that we establish true partnership with organizations around the country. We don’t just write a check and we don’t just do a one-time training. We work closely with community organizations to give them the best possible resources so that they can successfully include individuals into their fantastic programs.We start with the mindset and beliefs that everyone can make a friend, everyone can participate, and everyone can be successful and then we equip professionals with best practices that make the implementation of those beliefs possible.The results have been overwhelmingly positive as entire organizations have seen their cultures change toward inclusion.You were once a special education teacher and you served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. What are some legislative changes you’d like to see involving children and adults who have developmental disabilities?
ADA is celebrating 25 years this year. While being a landmark in legislation and setting the stage for some progress over the last several decades in this area, I think most understand that legislation can only go so far because you can’t force heart or culture change simply through a new law. I believe that we need to continue to educate leaders, teachers, parents, everyone about different abilities and how inclusion benefits society. Our “Let’s ALL Play” model has been implemented in over 120 programs across the country since 2008 and we see kids of all abilities participating and making friends.Viewers are starting to see an increase in the amount of people with developmental disabilities in television commercials, sitcoms, and on the big screens. What are your thoughts on this increased inclusion?It is overdue – all elements of media should reflect society and respect the value of individuals.What more can be done to decrease the gap between these individuals and the world?As society we owe everyone the opportunity to be included in life’s activities. Getting people off the sidelines, playing together, working together, we learn about differences and likeness. Participating together we will remove stigmas and friendships will be formed benefitting all for a lifetime. Together we are better!What should your fans and people in general understand about people with developmental disabilities?Take the opportunity to get to know someone with different abilities, your personal experience will be speak for itself. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to become friends and be a beacon for others.What keeps you motivated to be an avid supporter of not only people with developmental disabilities, but such a wide range of humanitarian causes?One of the most rewarding aspects of what we have been able to do at the National Inclusion Project is to open doors, to help provide opportunities for people of all abilities to be included. These experiences and the positive impact inspires myself and our entire team to work harder and try to do more.What advice do you have for your fans who want to support people with developmental disabilities or your fans who wish to become advocates/humanitarians?Many of my fans are already supporters and to them I extend my sincere appreciation. However, I would like to see all of the fans and their friends become supporters and advocates for inclusion. The National Inclusion Project’s mission is so much bigger and more important than just me and our team. We have made great strides but have only scratched the surface.To find out more about the New Horizons 2015 Gala, click hereCopyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Glenn Freys Charity Legacy

first_imgGlenn Frey – founding member of the Eagles – will be sorely missed in the worlds of music and philanthropy.The music of the Eagles is many things to many people, reminding some of their youth, and others of the canyons and deserts that make up the wild, untouched areas of America. And at the heart of it all was Glenn.“I’ve been helping kids — at-risk kids — for a long time,” he told The Desert Sun in 2010. “Thirty years. It seems like now times are even more troubled for young people.”The rock legend first became active in children’s charities in the 1990s, when he started hosting inner-city kids in Colorado each summer.Since then, Glenn was involved in a number of charity initiatives. He acted as honorary chairman for grand auctions for the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley, and in 2010 headlined Celebrity Fight Night XVI. He also supported events to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.With the Eagles, Glenn supported a massive number of charities, and did everything from signing guitars for charities such as the Alzheimer’s Association to playing gigs for conservation initiatives like the Walden Woods Project.He was quick with a joke and didn’t suffer fools, but it was always the kids in need that drove him to give back.Thanks Glenn. There’s a hole in the world tonight.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Celebrities Attend Voices For The Voiceless Stars For Foster Kids Event

first_imgDarren Criss, Rosie Perez, Megan Hilty, Chita Rivera, Gloria Gaynor, Sherri Saum, and Stephanie Mills were just a few of the many supporters who attended and performed at last night’s 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids event presented by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.Gloria Gaynor performs I Will SurviveCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThis special event brings together the brightest stars of stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 to 21 whom many consider “unadoptable” because of their age.Darren Criss attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the VoicelessCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesAdditional guests included Caroline Rhea, Alec Mapa, BD Wong, Orfeh, Adrienne Warren, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Carole Demas, and Dale Moss.Rosie Perez attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless eventCredit/Copyright: Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Chelsea Clinton And Jessica Simpson To Be Honored At Outstanding Mother Awards

first_imgThe National Mother’s Day Committee announced today that it will honor four exceptional women at the 40th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards.The annual luncheon ceremony, which recognizes women leaders who balance highly successful careers with the daily demands and rewards of motherhood, will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 p.m. at The Pierre Hotel in New York. For ticket and sponsorship information visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org or call 212-549-6421.Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, and a 2015 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and present this year’s awards to:• Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation • Artemis Patrick, Chief Merchandising Officer, Sephora• Jessica Simpson, Entertainer; Founder & CEO, Jessica Simpson Collection• Jan Singer, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie“We are thrilled to honor these four remarkable women as our 2018 Outstanding Mother honorees,” said Laurie Dowley, Chairman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “In a time where it feels especially important to recognize the accomplishments and strength of women working both in and outside the home, these women help to inspire others and epitomize everything this award represents.”As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.Proceeds of the 2018 awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please contact the Mother’s Day Council office at 212-594-6421 or visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org.last_img read more

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ACA and ACTRA Join Appeal of CRTCs Super Bowl Ruling

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto, ON  — Having intervened before the CRTC, opposing the decision to ban simultaneous substitution (simsub) during the Super Bowl, the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) have now been granted intervenor status in the Federal Court of Appeal case between Bell Media, the NFL and the Attorney General.At issue is the CRTC’s order (effective Feb. 5, 2017) banning the replacement of U.S. ads with ones made in Canada during the Super Bowl.“This decision denies marketers of a key opportunity to access Canadian consumers,” said Ron Lund, President and CEO, ACA. “Of greater concern, it places a long-standing and successful CRTC cornerstone policy that benefits the entire broadcasting system, in jeopardy.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisement For Canadian performers, the decision will result in fewer work opportunities. The removal of a policy that ensures Canadian advertising dollars stay in Canada means less revenue for reinvestment back into Canadian content production. It also reduces the market for commercials starring Canadian performers.“This decision by the CRTC undermines a foundational part of Canada’s film and television sector,” said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s National Executive Director. “We’re intervening to ensure the creative sector has a voice in this important appeal.”.About ACA: ACA is the independent voice of Canadian marketers and the champion of a fair and transparent marketplace. A national, not-for-profit association, it speaks on behalf of more than 200 companies and divisions. 2017 marks 100 years since ACA was incorporated as an association. For more information, visit www.acaweb.caAbout ACTRA: The Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. www.actra.ca Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Stratford Festival explores painful chapter of Canadas past in The Komagata Maru

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Written by Sharon Pollock, the play is based on the 1914 incident involving 376 passengers, nearly all Sikhs, travelling aboard the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru.The Indian immigrants arrived off the coast of B.C., only to be denied entry into Vancouver, which at the time was the country’s most diverse city. Immigration regulations back then required migrants to arrive in Canada directly from their country of origin — a journey that was virtually impossible in 1914.With the exception of 20 passengers who had previously lived in Canada, officials refused to allow the Indian immigrants in, even though they were British subjects just like every other Canadian at the time. The vessel returned to India, where 19 of the passengers were killed in a skirmish with British authorities and dozens of others were imprisoned or forced into hiding.The Komagata Maru was forced to return to India, where some of the passengers were killed in a clash with police.The Canadian and B.C. governments have both issued formal apologies for the incident.The Indian-born, Canadian-raised Ahluwalia was a 19-year-old university student when she first learned of the Komagata Maru. The vocalist and composer revisited the story a few years ago when she composed a song for Alik Khazni’s Continuous Journey, an award-winning documentary about the incident.In the play, she portrays The Woman, serving as the voice for the people aboard the steamship.Actress Kiran Ahluwalia sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)Actress Kiran Ahluwalia sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)Ahluwalia was asked by the director to compose lyrics in Punjabi and the melody based on a Punjabi fable that mirrors the storyline.“Parts of this song are interspersed throughout the play,” she said. “It’s one song, but it has different arcs and different emotions in it as it runs through the play.”Indigenous actress and playwright Quelemia Sparrow makes her Stratford debut as T.S., playing the role of a master of ceremonies.“I just think it’s so important to have that presence in the piece, with the 150-year birthday for Canada, that we’re acknowledging the First Peoples of this land, and that we’ve been on this land for thousands and thousands of years,” said Sparrow, who is from Vancouver and a member of the Musqueam Nation. “I was saying to Keira… that on some level my presence in the piece is like I’m welcoming her people to the land in the way they should have been welcome.”The Komagata Maru Incident is onstage at Stratford’s Studio Theatre until Sept. 24. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Actress Quelemia Sparrow sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press) The Stratford Festival is revisiting a painful chapter in Canada’s history with The Komagata Maru Incident, but the show’s stars say it is vital to continue addressing the issues at the core of the century-old story.“I’m super excited that Stratford decided to tell this story because it is such an important story, and a lot of minority histories in Canada are forgotten — not just in Canada but the world over,” said Juno Award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia, who is making her debut at the festival.“It’s a wonderful recognition that this is part of Canadian history.”last_img read more

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TORONTO PROTESTS ART EXHIBIT THEY SAY IS JUST A REAL ESTATE AD

first_imgAdvertisement The event was free and open to the public, but a coalition of local artists and organizations say that something sneaky was going on in terms of how the project was staged. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement More than 200 local artists, many of them quite acclaimed, have penned an open letter to the people behind what they’re calling an “ugly” and “reckless” art exhibit in downtown Toronto.The Invitational, which ran from October 25 – 28, was billed as a brand new contemporary art exhibition revolving around the human figure and how we make sense of the world today.Hosted at the newly- (and kind of hideously-) remodeled 346 Spadina Avenue, home of what used to be the Bright Pearl dim sum restaurant, The Invitational brought together works from roughly 25 internationally recognized artists (with a special spotlight on those from New York and Toronto). Twitterlast_img read more

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BELL MEDIA CONFIRMS 70 ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS FOR 20192020 SEASON

first_imgTransplant LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 5, 2019 – In advance of tomorrow’s #CTVUpfront, Bell Media confirmed today its first wave of new and returning original entertainment programming for the 2019/20 season. With 31 new original programs announced to date, and more to be confirmed in the coming days and weeks, a total of 70 original English-language programs will be produced in the coming season in partnership with independent production companies and in-house at Bell Media Studios.“Bell Media and our talented development and production teams are proud to work closely with the country’s very best independent partners to create exceptional original programming right here in Canada,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Together, we have once again created an unrivaled mix of uniquely entertaining content for the coming year that we’re confident will connect with viewers across the country while offering unmatched opportunities for our advertising partners.”With Canada’s top programs, including original programs and homegrown hits, more Canadians make Bell Media their choice for viewing than any other media company. As Canada’s most-watched network in primetime for 18 years in a row, CTV is home to:THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the #1 summer series among A25-54 for a sixth season in a rowThe most-watched Canadian comedy of the year, JANNThe top Canadian daily lifestyle programs, Bell Media Studios’ THE SOCIAL and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOWThe most-watched entertainment newsmagazine for nine years running, ETALKCanada’s most-watched national morning show, YOUR MORNING Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img THE 2019 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS, delivering the awards’ 21st anniversary this November. (Insight Productions)CraveNamed a “must watch” series by the New York Times and an award-winning Canadian comedy program, an all-new six-pack of LETTERKENNY premieres on Oct. 11 and production on another season begins this summer in Sudbury, Ont. (New Metric Media)CTV Comedy ChannelComing to the CTV Comedy lineup in the 2019-20 broadcast year are THE STAND-UP SHOW WITH JON DORE and four unique @JFL gala presentations from Montréal’s Place des Arts. (Just For Laughs Television)The most-watched original series ever on CTV Comedy, CORNER GAS ANIMATED (CTV Comedy) premieres Season 2 on July 1 with 11 all-new episodes. The new season includes a star-studded lineup of cameos, featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chris Hadfield, and EPIC MEALTIME’s Harley Morenstein, with a special guest star appearance by Michael J. Fox. (Prairie Pantoons/Moving Mountoons)CTV Drama ChannelThe light hearted mystery-crime drama CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell (BILLIONS) is currently in production for Season 2. Shot in North Bay, Ont., the sophomore season is set to debut later this year, exclusively on CTV Drama. (Sony Pictures Television)CTV Life ChannelSeason 3 of SPENCER’S BIG 30 showcases healthy, hearty meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes. (Gusto Worldwide Media)Italian cooking series BONACINI’S ITALY, starring MASTERCHEF CANADA’S Michael Bonacini, returns for a second season. (Gusto Worldwide Media)Season 2 of WATTS ON THE GRILL continues to celebrate all things grilled with chef extraordinaire Spencer Watts. Each half-hour episode shows viewers how to barbecue like a pro, from sizzling steak, smoked chicken and steamy seafood, to fruit, cheese, and delicious desserts. Tips, tricks, and tasty recipes are all on Watts’ menu as he inspires viewers to think of ingredients differently and try new things on the grill. (Gusto Worldwide Media)CTV Sci-Fi ChannelThe fifth and final season of CTV Sci-Fi’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS returns July 19. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun-loving trio of bounty hunters attempts to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants. Reprising their roles for the last time, Hannah John-Kamen (ANT MAN AND THE WASP) returns as Yelena “Dutch” Yarden / Aneela, along with Canadian Screen Award nominee for best lead actor Aaron Ashmore (CARDINAL) as John Jaqobis, and Luke MacFarlane (THE NIGHT SHIFT) as D’avin Jaqobis. (Temple Street Productions)DiscoveryThe captivating series MAYDAY, currently in the first half of its 19th season, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, continues to reveal the often harrowing truth behind plane crashes, providing viewers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most catastrophic aviation accidents in search of clues that might prevent similar tragedies from happening again. (Cineflix/National Geographic Channels International/Canal D)HELLFIRE HEROES returns this fall for Season 2. Featuring stories of strength, fearlessness, and dedication, a uniquely versatile group of firefighters risk their lives to serve and protect the residents of isolated areas of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. (Pixcom Productions)HIGHWAY THRU HELL is back for Season 8 in 2019, chronicling the lives of heroic rescue teams who often put their own lives at risk to help keep vital transport highways open and communities safe. (Thunderbird Entertainment Group) In addition to the productions announced by Bell Media Studios last week, Bell Media’s 2019/20 Original Productions slate includes the following:NEW Bell Media Original Series and Specials for 2019/20 (by channel):CTVTRANSPLANTCTV announced today that Hamza Haq, Laurence Leboeuf, and John Hannah will star in the one-hour, primetime medical procedural, with production beginning this month. TRANSPLANT tells the story of a brilliantly skilled emergency medicine doctor who fled Syria to Canada, as he’s challenged to make a place for himself in a new hospital and country. The drama blends the story of a new immigrant with an ensemble medical procedural, offering audiences a fresh take on a beloved genre. The first season consists of 13 episodes, with production set to begin in Summer 2019. (NBCUniversal International Studios with Sphère Média Plus)ALBEDOOne-hundred-and-fifty years in the future, detective Vivien Coleman is dispatched to the edge of our solar system to investigate a scientist’s mysterious death on board an isolated space station. She soon finds herself trapped and cut off from Earth, along with the station’s small crew of brilliant scientists – all murder suspects, and all harbouring their own secrets… What begins as a classic murder mystery evolves into a fight for survival that may threaten the future of our species. (eOne)POP EVOLUTIONThis eight-episode series has one goal: to tell the richest, most fascinating tales from the ongoing history of pop music. Each stand-alone episode is a documentary portrait with its own unique voice, style, and vision. Through exclusive interviews and unprecedented access, archival depth, and critical takes, POP EVOLUTION dives deeper into the genre than ever before. (Banger Films)CTV Life ChannelLET’S BRUNCHThis delightful cooking series is dedicated to everyone’s favorite leisurely and decadent mid-morning meal. Hosted by the bubbly Vanessa Gianfrancesco (ONE WORLD KITCHEN), LET’S BRUNCH offers a brunch menu for every occasion, showcasing sweet and savory recipes, along with the occasional refreshing beverage or cozy latte. (Gusto Worldwide Media)CHRISTMAS WITH BONACINIIn this charming one-hour holiday special set in Michael Bonacini’s festive kitchen, the celebrity chef and his son Oscar cook up an elegant and flavourful feast of their favourite Christmas recipes. (Gusto Worldwide Media)WATTS ON THE GRILL FOR THANKSGIVINGIn his upcoming special, host Spencer Watts shows viewers how to barbecue like a pro throughout the holiday season. (Gusto Worldwide Media)CraveCanada’s prestige entertainment offering recently announced a complete slate of upcoming conversation-worthy Crave Originals, headlined by:Crave heads to Montréal for the JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL this summer, shooting a series of four new specials featuring acclaimed Canadian comedians. These four new specials bring the Crave Original standup series total to 10 specials. (Just For Laughs Television)WE’RE ALL GONNA DIEA smart, distinctive, and caustic documentary about the end of the world, the newest original series from Crave goes into production this summer. Drawing together science, psychology, pop culture, and philosophy, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE meets viewers’ fascination with the apocalypse head-on. Each episode explores one of the ways that humanity could meet its end – from nuclear war and asteroids to aliens – with the ultimate hope that humankind can come together to make the world a better place. (90th Parallel Productions)ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BANDExecutive produced by Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, this documentary feature is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music. Inspired by Robertson’s bestselling memoir, Testimony (Penguin/Random House, 2017), the film blends rare archival footage and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Scorsese, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen, and Ronnie Hawkins, among others. (Imagine Documentaries/White Pine Pictures/Bell Media Studios/Universal Music Canada)NEW EDENProduction kicks off June 17 in North Bay, Ont. on the darkly funny “true crime” comedy from two of Canada’s hottest comedic voices, Evany Rosen (PICNICFACE, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW) and Kayla Lorette (THE BEAVERTON, SPACE RIDERS). (Peacock Alley Entertainment)DiscoveryIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, MAKE IT TO THE MOON (narrated by Canadian actor Stephan James) features four trailblazing teams – contracted by NASA – who take up President Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. These ‘unsung heroes of the unsung heroes’ must invent from scratch the innovative technology necessary to create the lunar module spacecraft, the onboard computer, the moon suit, and track it all through space. (eOne)VW WOODSTOCK BUSOn the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, VW WOODSTOCK BUS is a one-hour special that explores the inspiring story of Dr. Bob, the man who painted the original Woodstock hippie bus with symbols he believed would usher in the dawn of a new age. (Arcadia Productions)CLEARED FOR CHAOS: 9/11This documentary special tells the gripping story of how air traffic controllers in Gander, Newfoundland pulled off the impossible on September 11, 2001. (Bristow Global Media)UNABOMBER: THE MAD TRUTHThis four-part series tells the story of the nationwide manhunt for the terrorist known only as the “Unabomber,” which lasted from 1978 – 1995, until a tip led the FBI to a remote cabin in the Montana mountains. The tip that ultimately took down Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, came from his younger brother, David, and David’s wife, Linda. (Yap Films)Investigation DiscoveryIF I SHOULD DIEAs investigators piece together a murder mystery, sometimes the victim speaks from beyond the grave, communicating via their revelatory words written in a diary, journal, or private online blog. IF I SHOULD DIE explores how these emotional words can provide incredible insight into the victim’s life – and sometimes into their darkest secrets. (Cream Productions)UNEXPLAINED 911This immersive new series reveals the true-life stories of police and other members of law enforcement who found themselves face-to-face with strange and bizarre events. Each episode investigates cases involving ghostly haunting, demonic possession, alien abduction, and other supernatural emergency calls featuring the men and women who have devoted their lives to serve and protect. (Cream Productions)Much StudiosPOSITIVEA Much Studios’ Original Documentary, POSITIVE profiles the lives of five diverse HIV+ millennials through a roundtable discussion and stigma-busting personal narratives. Moderated by Much Studios’ Michael Rizzi, the documentary creates an intimate and safe space for the group to discuss the themes of identity, community, sex, and the ongoing misconceptions surrounding HIV.Returning Bell Media Original Productions Confirmed to Date for 2019/20 (by channel):CTVInternationally successful and critically acclaimed series CARDINAL has wrapped production on its final season with stars Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse. (Sienna Films/eOne)The half-hour satirical news sensation THE BEAVERTON returns to CTV for Season 3, premiering July 23. (Pier 21 Films)THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the most-watched series of the summer, is set to deliver its seventh season Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 2 on CTV. Hosted by Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery, the multiple Canadian Screen Award-winning series returns as nine all-new teams join fan favourites from Season 1, Jet & Dave, who were selected as Canada’s Choice to race again. The 10 teams head to the starting line to push themselves out of their comfort zones in a non-stop, action-packed race. (Insight Productions)New episodes of original culinary series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH continue Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV as host Mary Berg shares her delicious twists on classic dishes inspired by her family and close friends. (Proper Television) Advertisement HEAVY RESCUE: 401, a Top 5 series on Discovery, returns for Season 4 in early 2020, documenting dramatic recoveries along Ontario’s 400-series highways – extending from Windsor in the west to the Québec border in the east. (Thunderbird Entertainment Group)Animal PlanetBiologist Niall McCann travels the world to understand the relationship between humans and some of the world’s most charismatic and formidable animals in the upcoming third season of the award-winning BIGGEST AND BADDEST. (Gryphon/Wild Planet Productions)KERI: PRAIRIE VET returns for a third season, continuing to follow the action-packed life of travelling vet Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal, on the road 24/7 to care for “all creatures big and small.” (Merit Morion Pictures)WILD BEAR RESCUE, the most adorable original Canadian series, returns for Season 3 on June 14 with heartwarming stories of injured and orphaned bear cubs at Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers, B.C. (Omnifilm Entertainment)Investigation DiscoveryFEAR THY NEIGHBOUR returns for Season 6 this fall. This true-crime thriller follows the disturbing tales of those with the misfortune to unwittingly take up residence within a stone’s throw of a psychopath or killer. (Cream Productions).About Bell Media Original ProductionsBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include critically acclaimed drama CARDINAL; record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; comedy series JANN; culinary series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. New medical drama TRANSPLANT, mystery drama ALBEDO, and documentary series POP EVOLUTION join CTV’s lineup of Canadian original programs. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are CTV Sci-Fi Channel’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CTV Drama Channel’s mystery dramedy CARTER; CTV Comedy Channel’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave Original hit comedy LETTERKENNY, upcoming mockumentary NEW EDEN, and apocalyptic new original comedy series WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE; and animated series LITTLEKENNY. Discovery is home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and original series DISASTERS AT SEA, in addition to new special MAKE IT TO THE MOON, among others. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisementlast_img read more

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