Advertisement Facebook Advertisement If you’re interested in working with ACTRA, send a one- to three-paragraph pitch to email@example.com by June 4. Applicants will be notified by June 18. ACTRA Manitoba is looking for a Winnipeg filmmaker (or filmmaking team) to produce an intro video to be screened at their 2018 awards gala. They will provide up to $3K in expenses and in-kind donations for equipment rental. The video must be completed by September 14, 2018.The video will be two-to five-minutes long. It’s ACTRA Manitoba’s 60th anniversary and ACTRA National’s 70th. Preference may be given to pitches which reflect this.The recipient must be willing to work with ACTRA on the project. As your client, ACTRA Manitoba must have say in the final content of the project (within reason). You are free to use the completed video (as your product) for festival submissions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
Bomb threat at Stratford Festival cancels opening night, causes theatre evacuationOpening night of the Stratford Festival’s 2018 season has been cancelled – and the 1826-seat Festival Theatre was evacuated just half an hour before a full-house performance of The Tempest was set to begin because of a bomb threat against the theatre.Ann Swerdfager, publicity director at the festival, said on Monday that police had asked for the building to be evacuated.In a news release, Ms. Swerdfager said the festival cancelled the opening performance of The Tempest “on the advice of police” owing to a bomb threat. READ MORE Advertisement Stratford Festival opening night cancelled following bomb threatA bomb threat forced the cancellation of the opening night of the Stratford Festival on Monday evening and prompted an evacuation of as many as 2,000 people from the Festival Theatre.Police in Stratford, Ont., say they were called at approximately 6:45 p.m. about explosives being placed at the festival.Staff at the festival were immediately advised, police said. As many as 1,830 theatregoers at the Festival Theatre were affected along with actors and staff, said festival spokesperson Ann Swerdfager. The nearby Avon Theatre was also ordered evacuated, though few if any people would have been inside. READ MOREBomb threat cancels Stratford festival opening night for the first time in 65 yearsIn an unprecedented move, the Stratford Festival’s opening night was cancelled Monday after police evacuated the Festival Theatre over an “explosives threat” just after 7 p.m.Just half an hour before the sold-out opening night performance of The Tempest was set to begin, police officers asked the hundreds of well-dressed patrons to immediately evacuate the theatre, telling them to go as far from the building as the Avon River and Water Street.Police, with the help of Stratford firefighters, set up a perimeter around the Festival Theatre, blocking off Queen Street, Water Street and Lakeside Drive. READ MOREOPENING NIGHT OF THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL CANCELLED AFTER BOMB THREATThe show will go on at the Stratford Festival, with increased security.Monday night’s opening of the festival’s 2018 season, a performance of “The Tempest” at the Festival Theatre, was cancelled after Stratford Police say they received a phone call around 6:45 p.m. from an unknown man who made a bomb threat against the festival.Police then advised festival officials about the threat and both the Festival Theatre, filled with just over 18 hundred people gathered for the show, and the Avon Theatre, which had workers getting it ready for shows, were evacuated with police then searching the grounds both inside and out. READ MOREOpening night of Stratford Festival cancelled, theatre evacuated after ‘bomb threat’The opening night of the Stratford Festival was cancelled Monday after a bomb threat.Spokesperson Ann Swerdfager told Global News that the event at the Festival Theatre in Stratford was evacuated after a “bomb threat” at approximately 6:45 p.m.No one was injured in the incident.Stratford Police said they “received a call that explosives have been placed ‘at the Stratford Festival.’ Both the Festival Theatre and the Avon Theatre were evacuated as a precaution. READ MOREStratford Festival theatres evacuated on opening night due to threatHundreds of people were forced to leave two theatres on the opening night of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ont., after police responded to a threat.Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson told CTV Kitchener that a call to police prompted them to ask theatregoers to leave the Festival Theatre, where more than 1,800 had gathered Monday night to watch “The Tempest.” The festival’s Avon theatre was also evacuated.Stratford Police Acting Deputy Chief Sam Theocharis later told reporters that a threat had been made over the phone at approximately 6:45 p.m. READ MOREStratford Festival opening night cancelled after bomb threatFor the first time in the Stratford Festival’s history, the opening night was cancelled Monday after a bomb threat was issued.Around 6:45 p.m, Stratford police received a call saying explosives had been placed at the festival. The Festival Theatre was evacuated and the Avon Theatre, where staff were working, was also evacuated as a precaution. About 1,830 people were forced to leave the grounds.Officers were searching the scene Monday evening and advised the public to stay away. READ MORE Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement
Laurence Li (left) married his fashion partner Chico Wang in Vancouver. (Lien Yeung/CBC) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement When it comes to fashion, Vancouver is probably best known for yoga pants and fleece jackets.But after studying abroad and finding success on international runways, two local designers have decided to bring their world of whimsical high fashion to the city.Laurence Li and Chico Wang opened their first joint retail venture in the city’s West End on Friday. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Li described the space — part store, part café — as an escape into a dream.“We know our clothes are a niche market and you have to think about the fit, the fabrication, the cost and everything,” he said. Advertisement Advertisement
Login/Register With: Advertisement MONTREAL — A Montreal actress is calling on voters to think critically about what they see online after being falsely accused of appearing in a campaign video for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.Adina Katz says she’s still reeling from the barrage of attacks she received from social media users who misidentified her in a video posted to Scheer’s social media earlier this month.In the video, a woman who introduces herself as Adina discusses health care with Scheer citing her experience as a cancer survivor, and says she’ll be voting Conservative. Facebook Katz says she was on vacation in Connecticut last week when a friend sent her a text to alert her that her name and image were circulating on Twitter.She says she stayed up all night trying to refute attacks calling her a terrible and “immoral” actress who would pretend to be a cancer survivor for a paycheque.The 41-year-old actress says the online ambush, which also included insults about her appearance, has given her insight into the harms of cyberbullying.A spokesperson for Scheer did not immediately return a request for comment.The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Montreal actress Adina Katz, shown in a handout photo, is calling on voters to think critically about what they see online after finding herself at the centre of a political onslaught over being misidentified in a campaign video for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Katz says she’s still reeling from the barrage of attacks she’s received from social media users who falsely accused her of portraying a cancer survivor in a video posted to Scheer’s social media earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-John Gilbert MANDATORY CREDIT Twitter
APTN National NewsIt is now a waiting game for the Pictou Landing band council and a mother of a severely disabled child in Nova Scotia.They’ve filed an affidavit against the government seeking access to funds through Jordan’s Principle.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della files a report on this journey for justice.
APTN National NewsWinnipeg police have ended their search for the remains of a murdered woman.Officers searched the city dump hoping they would find evidence of Tanya Nepinak’s body.But as APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot reports, the police came up empty and the family says the search was a farce.
APTN National NewsThe Idle No More movement reached Atlantic Canada Friday.Rallies were held on Prince Edward Island and in Nova Scotia.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine was at the rally in Halifax and says it was organized by youth.
APTN National NewsA four-part series looking into equality for Aboriginal peoples began Wednesday night.Almost everyone has an opinion on what that is.We started in Attawapiskat.The Cree community on the west coast of James Bay has been in the news a lot over the past couple of years.For the most part it’s because of poverty, such as poor housing and lack of jobs.But with a diamond mine just 90 kilometres away how is it that poverty exists?APTN National News reporter Jorge Barrera has this report.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Aboriginal Affairs department has used “misleading” and “false” statements to claim success in dealing with historical grievances known as specific claims, a new report has found.The report, In Bad Faith: Justice at Last and Canada’s Failure to Resolve Specific Land Claims, was released this week along with an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed by over 100 First Nation chiefs, tribal council heads, research directors, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, NDP MPs and non-government organizations.The report takes aim at the federal government’s “Justice At Last” policy to deal with specific claims and finds it has been a failure. The report said Aboriginal Affairs plans to “terminate” its program funding for Justice at Last based on “false statements” that the department has met its objectives on specific claims.“The failure of Justice at Last reflects a deep and growing rift between First Nations and the Crown, one that is characterized by a profound mistrust towards government processes, systems, promises, and, most importantly honour,” said the report, which was composed by research directors working with First Nations across the country.The issue surfaced in the House of Commons during question period Tuesday. NDP Aboriginal affairs critics Niki Ashton pressed Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to act on the report’s recommendations.“Will the minister of Aboriginal Affairs listen to the recommendations and answer for his department’s failure?” said Ashton.Valcourt said the department had no plans to change its ways. The minister said the department had settled 120 specific claims and cleared a backlog of about 516 claims.“Our government is committed to delivering fair and timely resolution for First Nation specific claims,” said Valcourt. “Our government has made unprecedented progress on this topic and we will continue in that way.”Valcourt’s office was first asked by APTN National News about the report Monday, but failed to respond. Late Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson sent an email containing the minister’s comment from question period, but ignored APTN’s question regarding the report.The reportDownload (PDF, Unknown)The report analyzed Aboriginal Affairs’ “five achievements” under the policy, which was first announced in 2007. The federal department states fewer claims are entering the system, the backlog has been eliminated, mediation is working, specific claims accepted by the minister are being negotiated and the Specific Claims Tribunal is meeting is legislative requirements.“An analysis of (Aboriginal Affairs) data and input from First Nations currently involved in the specific claims process shows that contrary to (Aboriginal Affairs) reports and public announcements, the five achievements outlined above have not been attained,” said the report.Specific claims stem from historical grievances from First Nations around the mismanagement of trust funds by Ottawa and the loss of lands. The Oka and Ipperwash conflicts both stemmed from specific historical grievances over the loss of land.The report said the number of claims entering the system is actually increasing because the federal department is forcing First Nations to pull back and break up their claims into smaller pieces. The department’s specific claims branch is only accepting to negotiate minor portions of claims and then “demanding legal releases of liability on the bulk of substantive allegations,” said the report.The report also blasts the department’s assertion that it had cleared a backlog of 572 specific claim files. The report said the department cleared the backlog using “take-it-or-leave-it” offers which allowed officials to reject or close 85 per cent of the files in the backlog.The report found that the department rejected less claims, 44 per cent, before the Justice at Last policy took hold.“Contrary to (Aboriginal Affairs) statements and reports, the backlog has not been eliminated. It persists in the form of unresolved claims,” said the report. “The backlog has been repackaged and effectively transferred to the Specific Claims Tribunal or returned to the pre-submission stage.”The Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT) was also announced in 2007 as part of the Justice At Last package. First Nations can go to the tribunal once their negotiations hit a dead-end or are rejected by Aboriginal Affairs.The Chair of the tribunal, Justice Harry Slade, has warned it is on the edge of failure unless the Harper government appoints another full-time judge to deal with the rising workload. Slade has also warned that recent centralizing changes to federal tribunal administration threatens the independence of the SCT.The report said the federal government is undermining the tribunal.“(The SCT) is seeing its independence, authority and legitimacy undermined and resources curtailed by the government who currently lauds it as one of its successes,” said the report.Aboriginal Affairs’ mediation services, which are housed within the department and staffed by department officials, also faced criticism in the report. The report said the department ignored a public commitment to work with First Nations on the mediation unit.“First Nations have publicly criticized this mediation unit for its appearance of conflict of interest,” said the report. “First Nations’ requests for mediation services are routinely denied by specific claims branch officials. With the prevalence of ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offers, there is much less opportunity for mediation.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on hand to unveil the Justice at Last policy and accompanying tribunal on June 12, 2007. At the time Harper said it represented a “historic breakthrough.”The announcement was made partly to quell rising tensions in the lead-up to a planned day of action scheduled for that month. Only Shawn Brant and the Mohawks of Tyendinaga launched blockades that day, shutting down Hwy 401, the busiest highway in Canada, for 11 hours.The report was emailed to Harper’s office which will also receive a paper copy in the firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
APTN National NewsA Halifax university wants to do a better job of supporting its Indigenous students.A task force says Saint Mary’s University hasn’t done enough and it’s come up with 17 recommendations to change that.As APTN’s Trina Roache reports, the loss of one of its students was a wake-up call.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – As more than two dozen men have lost media jobs or projects after sexual misconduct accusations in the last several months, their departures have opened doors for a handful of women.The wave of accusations has led to other changes as well, leading to hopes that newsroom culture is improving for women in media. Digital media company Vice says it will hire more women and pay them the same as men. And more women are speaking up about harassment and unfair pay, and pressing for better treatment.Historically, there have been far fewer women than men in news organizations. Women have made up about 36 to 38 per cent of newspaper newsrooms for roughly the last 20 years, said Scott Reinardy, a journalism professor at the University of Kansas who has studied newsroom employment. In local TV news, it’s more balanced , according to Radio Television Digital News Association research, but men are still more likely to be news directors. And a March 2017 report by the Women’s Media Center , a non-profit group started by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, found that male journalists got more bylines and reported on-air more often than female counterparts.“I think you’ll see more awareness in hiring, who is in those positions of power,” Reinardy said. “Women will have more voice and more say about what goes into the programming and the news coverage.”NEW JOBS FOR WOMENNBC News chose Hoda Kotb to officially replace Matt Lauer on the “Today” morning show after he was fired in late November, after weeks of strong ratings with her filling in with Savannah Guthrie on the show’s first two hours. They are the first all-female team at the heart of “Today” in its 65-year history. (The third hour is anchored by Megyn Kelly.)PBS replaced Charlie Rose, fired after several women complained of unwanted sexual advances, with a Christiane Amanpour program in the first half-hour and a BBC show co-hosted by Katty Kay and Christian Fraser, for the second half-hour.“We weren’t necessarily looking only at news and public affairs shows featuring women to fill that slot,” said PBS spokeswoman Jennifer Byrne. “But we’re really happy to have these two incredibly respected female journalists in that time slot.”Showtime’s political TV show “The Circus” is replacing Mark Halperin with Alex Wagner of CBS News and the Atlantic magazine. (There had been discussions about her joining the show as a regular before Halperin lost his job over accusations of lewd behaviour and unwanted advances.) Co-host Mark McKinnon said having a woman in the role is a positive .Since the sexual-harassment scandal that rocked Fox News began in 2016, more women have come into top positions behind the scenes, including Suzanne Scott, promoted to president of programming in May .Of course, for decades there have been famous women on TV news and in other media. But on TV, female news stars “were more the exception,” said Kate O’Brian, a media consultant and former ABC News executive. That had already been changing in recent years. The reporters trailing Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election were mostly female , for example. But there’s still a long way to go toward parity overall, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, O’Brian said.POLICY CHANGESThere is also a push for change beyond promoting individual women to big-name jobs.Vice, a digital media giant that has suspended top executives and apologized for its “boys club” culture, promised to make half its workforce female “at every level across the organization” by 2020 and to have “pay parity” by the end of this year.Women generally make less than men, even when they’re famous. Kotb took Lauer’s job at a salary lower than his, she told People magazine.Female journalists have spoken up about this recently. A BBC China editor resigned her job in Beijing over gender-based compensation gaps. An E! News host quit because she said her male co-host made much more than her, and actress Debra Messing called out E! on the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globes on gender pay equity.Women are also speaking up about bad treatment, both individually and together. A new support network, Press Forward , is pushing to make the TV news business more equitable.Some companies may already be taking a tougher stance against sexual misconduct beyond firings. When it fired Charlie Rose, CBS News said it would do “more personal and direct training” to combat harassment than it had before. NPR held “listening sessions” with small groups of people, which brought up concerns over harassment but also race and gender inequities and more, after allegations against former news head Michael Oreskes and former news editor David Sweeney, said NPR chief operating officer Loren Mayer. NPR now has a peer support group for those who aren’t sure they want to go to HR.“This is a period of opportunity for all media because certain questions are being opened up. There’s room for a certain kind of conversation and self-examination,” said Melanie Sill, a news consultant with the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation, and the former vice-president of content for Southern California Public Radio and former editor of the Sacramento Bee newspaper.How media organizations deal with employees accused of wrongdoing has also led to divisions in newsrooms. When the New York Times suspended and reassigned reporter Glenn Thrush from the White House beat after allegations against him of unwanted sexual advances, some employees approved and others thought the punishment did not go far enough, said Carolyn Ryan, assistant managing editor at the Times.It’s still unknown whether the current changes will have any lasting impact on the industry. Newsrooms could do more to improve the situation for women — and men, too — O’Brian said, like improving parental leave and flexible work policies.“It would be a shame for everyone to think that just getting a few new people, new faces solves the problem,” Sill said.___Associated Press writer Karen Testa contributed to this report from Washington.
OTTAWA – Even with reassuring trade news out of the United States, a senior Bank of Canada official warned Thursday of serious consequences related to steel and aluminum tariffs as he sent signals the bank’s in no rush to raise interest rates.Deputy governor Timothy Lane said in a speech that the central bank is closely watching the uncertainty surrounding global trade tensions, competitiveness issues and the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.But even as he underlined the many significant economic unknowns, Lane also delivered an upbeat message about the health of the Canadian economy and its positive outlook, in general.Lane’s appearance at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade came shortly after Canada learned it was getting relief from U.S. penalties on steel and aluminum for an undetermined period. Canada is one of only two countries getting a provisional exemption from heavy tariffs that are aimed at the rest of the world.The prospect of tariffs, and the possibility they could cause a global trade war, have added to an already murky context for Canada that includes worries over NAFTA’s renegotiation and fears over competitiveness, following corporate tax cuts in the U.S.“Recent developments with respect to steel and aluminum, despite the encouraging news … alongside heightened protectionist rhetoric, can potentially carry quite serious economic consequences,” Lane said in his address, which kicked off a new initiative by the bank to schedule speeches following rate decisions that are not accompanied by news conferences.Lane elaborated on his comments about the steel and aluminum tariffs during a news conference that followed his address.“It’s still a pretty fluid situation and I would say we’re not in a situation of calling all clear. I would say there’s still a significant degree of uncertainty around the future trade regime,” he said.But Lane noted that the presence of considerable trade uncertainty didn’t prevent the bank from raising the rate in January.His remarks came a day after the central bank maintained its interest rate at 1.25 per cent as it cited trade policy developments as important, growing sources of uncertainty for the global and Canadian economies.He said the central bank is dealing with a situation where it doesn’t know when the NAFTA talks or other trade disputes will be concluded, nor does it know how governments or industries will react.“The range of possibilities is quite wide and that means that trying to quantify any scenario in advance would not be useful for monetary policy purposes,” Lane said.The speech also pointed to the positives for an economy that just delivered impressive growth in 2017 and, while it’s expected to moderate in 2018, it is still projected to continue expanding above its potential.“While the future is subject to notable uncertainties … trends over the past few quarters have been quite encouraging,” Lane said.“The trends have been broad-based across regions and sectors.”Lane also used the speech to applaud the bank’s gradual approach to raising rates, a process that has seen three hikes since last summer.The go-slow strategy, he said, has enabled the bank to carefully analyze data and avoid undermining growth by moving too quickly.TD senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a note Thursday that while Lane’s speech offered a lot more nuance beyond the bank’s statement Wednesday, “the key message seemed to be the same: a ‘wait and see’ approach remains the best option given the plethora of factors obscuring the underlying economic picture at present.”That said, DePratto added the Bank of Canada isn’t going to stay on hold until it has clarity on all elements. “We continue to expect another hike around mid-year,” he said.Following Wednesday’s policy decision, experts pointed to several other arguments the bank raised to support its patient approach on interest rates. Among the examples, the bank pointed to weaker-than-expected growth in the fourth quarter and the need for more time to assess the economic impacts of new housing-market policies, including recent changes to mortgage rules.Many experts now predict Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will wait until the second half of the year before raising the rate again, while some say the next hike might not come until 2019.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
WASHINGTON – The United States has just applied additional pressure in its rush to get a new NAFTA agreement within several weeks, establishing a May 1 deadline, after which Canada and Mexico would face tariffs on steel and aluminum.Originally, Canada and Mexico received an indefinite exemption from the tariffs with no expiry date, then numerous countries were added to the exemption list and now there’s an expiry date on the exemptions, when tariffs could snap into place.The latest tweaks came in presidential orders signed Thursday. An order on aluminum said: “The exemption afforded to … Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, and the member countries of the EU shall apply only … through the close of April 30, 2018.”Every country seeking a permanent exemption is being asked to negotiate separate arrangements with the U.S., and quotas appear to be part of the American demand. In the case of Canada and Mexico, the U.S. is explicitly tying the issue to NAFTA.It so happens that May 1 deadline happens to coincide roughly with the last date for finalizing a new NAFTA this year.The Trump administration fears that any further delay could imperil an agreement, given political realities: the U.S. ratification process takes months to complete, the opposition Democrats could regain control of Congress in January and a firebrand leftist is favoured to become Mexico’s president Dec. 1.“We think there’s a practical time limit, not a contractual one, not a legislated one, but a practical time limit on the negotiations due to the political calendar,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a congressional hearing this week.“It’s my view that if we don’t have a resolution within the next month or so, very likely it’ll be kicked over for quite a little while because of the election cycle. Especially in Mexico, where, as you know, there is one candidate who is running on a quite anti-American platform.”There actually has been major movement at the NAFTA table lately.On an issue seen as arguably the No. 1 American negotiating objective, auto manufacturing, the U.S. has essentially dropped a controversial proposal deemed a non-starter by Canada and Mexico. The U.S. has proposed a more flexible formula for ensuring production in the U.S., rather than a hard rule demanding 50 per cent of every car to have American content.The Canadian government is buoyed by other recent developments in Canada-U.S. trade: this week Boeing has dropped its legal fight against Bombardier and there are indications of a potential settlement in a dispute over glossy paper.Now the U.S. is making a threat: Without a new NAFTA, there could be tariffs.“I can assure you, if we don’t get a better deal within the context of NAFTA from Canada and Mexico and refigure this, we’re going to have something happen,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNN this week.He said every country will have to agree to caps on steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. The Trump administration is concerned that a glut of Chinese steel will be dumped into countries that have an exemption, then squeeze into the U.S. market.That’s why it’s seeking quotas on exports.“Every country that is not facing tariffs that we’re going to negotiate with will face quotas, so that we protect our aluminum and steel industries,” Navarro said.
In Vancouver 2010, new facilities cost $750 million, again, not covered through operations.Then there was the peripheral infrastructure such as the Sea to Sky Highway, the Canada Line and the convention centre, which cost $3.7 billion.When it comes to operational costs, security alone for Vancouver was close to $1 billion. (Trevor Tombe) Calgarians learned a lot about a potential Olympic bid over the last week: from government funding to who the city could be competing against, and as recently as Tuesday, another councillor, Diane Colley-Urquhart, started to lean towards the no side.The question for many remains: do the games make economic sense?A lot of people like to say the success of the 1988 Winter Games shows Calgary can do it again, but a lot has changed since then and it may not be a fair comparison.There are two big spending components, the venues, facilities and peripheral infrastructure projects, and operational costs.Without taking inflation into account, University of Calgary Associate Professor of Economics Trevor Tombe said in 1988, Calgary spent $500 million to operate the games, and $400 million in new facilities; the Saddledome, Calgary Olympic Park, and the Nordic Centre, mostly paid for by government.“The amount of savings left over from the organizing committee was about $30 million or so, and that’s kind of what went into the endowment that helps operate WinSport,” he explained. (Trevor Tombe) “The level of security nowadays for the Olympics is substantially higher than what was required in the past,” said Tombe.Those are just a few of the reasons why it’s hard to compare what might happen in 2026 with what did happen 30 years ago.Tombe said Calgarians need to ask if new facilities are worth it and if the city needs the Olympics to build them, adding the games can’t be viewed as a way to make money.“I think if people are provided with accurate costing information, not misled in terms of it somehow boosting the economy beyond what it actually would have, then yeah, I think people would be able to decide for themselves whether those costs would be worth the benefits,” he explained.
CALGARY – A Calgary energy company has pleaded guilty to federal and provincial environmental charges over one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history.Nexen has been ordered to pay a total of $750,000 in fines for the Long Lake spill southeast of Fort McMurray that released five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water over an area of 16,000 square metres of lake and muskeg in 2015.“A number of landbird, shorebird, waterbird and waterfowl species protected by the Migratory Birds Convention Act use and were observed in the impacted area and adjacent unnamed lake,” said the agreed statement of facts.Nexen, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., acknowledged the pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray was leaking for more than four weeks before it was discovered by workers in the area.The statement said the leak began June 13. Although the spill was visible from satellite imagery by July 3, it wasn’t until July 15 that Nexen realized there was a problem when two employees spotted it while doing work in the area.The double-walled pipeline — designed to carry raw bitumen from the ground to a processing plant — had been installed a year earlier. The pipeline, which used a relatively new technology, operated at 100 degrees Celsius in order for the thick bitumen to flow.Nexen said the release went undetected because a computer failed to sound an alarm.“This failure was unknown to Nexen prior to the release,” says the statement. “Nexen had no written procedure in place to check for the type of failure that occurred.”The pipeline remains out of operation.“Over the last three years, we’ve kept a close eye on Nexen’s operations to bring the company back into compliance,” Jim Ellis, head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, said in a release.“The pipeline responsible for this spill will remain suspended until Nexen can demonstrate to us that the company can operate it safely.”The total provincial fine is $460,000. About $450,00 of that will go into funds to help establish best practices on pipeline spills and to expand an environmental sciences degree program for Indigenous youth.The federal fine of $290,000 is to go into an environmental damages fund for migratory bird habitat.(Companies in this story: TSX:NXY)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier story said the pipeline began leaking two days before the problem was discovered.
CALGARY – A Colorado-based company plans to bring Willie Nelson-branded cannabis products to Canada through a series of business deals with two Calgary companies.LivWell Enlightened Health says it plans to combine with Calgary-based CBi2 and 51st Parallel Inc. to create what will become a Calgary-based, TSX Venture-listed company operating under the name LivWell International.The company says it will have exclusive rights to some of the flagship brands of GCH Inc., a cannabis brand holding company founded with Willie Nelson, including Willie’s Remedy and Willie’s Reserve.Calgary-based 51st Parallel says it will make a US$20-million equity investment in GCH Inc. as part of the deal for a 12.4 per cent stake in the holding company.The management of LivWell Enlightened Health will lead the restructured LivWell International, while Sonny Mottahed, Chairman, CEO of CBi2 and 51st Parallel, will join the board of directors of GCH.LivWell says it expects to produce 32,000 kilograms of dried flower and have annual extraction capacity of 10,000 kilograms. The company says it has applied for eight retail locations in Alberta and has identified two “high profile” locations in B.C.
DEARBORN, Mich. — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 12 cents in the past week to about $2.49 per gallon ahead of the Thanksgiving travel period .The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest level since February amid continued declines in oil prices.AAA says gas prices in Michigan for Thanksgiving are at their lowest level in two years.The state’s highest average was $2.71 per gallon in the Marquette area. The lowest was in the Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon areas at $2.34 a gallon.The Detroit-area’s average was down about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.55.AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.___Online:http://www.fuelgaugereport.comThe Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join 100.1 Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, and CJDC-TV at the Lido Theatre tonight (October 2) as candidates for Fort St. John city council debate the issues facing the city over the next four years.Twelve candidates have put their names forward for six council seats and will debate their ideas on the progress they want to see made by 2022, and how they plan to get there. The forum promises to be a mix of policy and personality, with topics on the economy and development, taxes and social challenges, the arts and sports, and plenty more to help voters get to know the candidates.“After hosting separate forums for candidates in past elections, we’ve partnered to maximize our resources to cover this year’s race for council, and ensure residents get out to the polls,” said 100.1 Moose FM news director Chris Newton. Newton will moderate the debate with Matt Preprost, managing editor of the Alaska Highway News.The event is open to the public and free to attend, and questions will be taken from the audience.“We’re challenging candidates to bring forward their opinions on the last four years of city development, and their ideas for the next four,” said Preprost.The debate will be broadcast live on Facebook through Alaska Highway News, Moose FM/EnergeticCity.ca, and CJDC-TV. It will also be broadcast live on the radio through 100.1 Moose FM and 98.5 Sun FM.Voter turnout in the 2014 election was just 15 percent in Fort St. John, the lowest of all municipalities in British Columbia.The forum is being sponsored by the BC Northern Real Estate Board and Lido Theatre, with support from the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a candidate meet and greet, with the debate to begin at 7 p.m. Seats can be reserved by calling the Lido at 250-785-3011.The election will be held October 20, with advanced voting opportunities on October 10 and 17. Voting will take place at the Fort St. John Legion from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CALGARY, A.B. – Crude oil prices in Western Canada remain elevated as Alberta’s government-mandated oil production curtailments come into force.Calgary oil brokerage Net Energy says the difference between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend heavy oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices was about US$12.50 per barrel on Wednesday afternoon, an improvement over the US$17.52 per barrel average for spot contracts signed last month for January delivery.The WCS-WTI discount peaked at more than US$52 a barrel in October but recovered to traditional norms or better after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Dec. 2 that the province would impose curtailments of 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 on larger producers to relieve a glut of oil in Western Canada and free up export pipeline space. Tom McMillan, a spokesman for oilsands producer Pengrowth Energy Corp., says his company is complying with curtailments it was asked to make after using unspecified “options” provided by the government to reduce the impact.He says better prices are helping Pengrowth and the province has been “responsive” in addressing his firm’s concerns but he still hopes the cutbacks end as soon as possible.CEO Andrew Phillips of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. says the recovery in price has had a “huge impact” on his firm’s bottom line and negative impacts have been negligible.He says the company, which holds petroleum mineral rights on millions of hectares in the four western provinces and earns a percentage of production from any wells drilled there, has seen its realized price for heavy and light oil increase dramatically.