RCMP informant suing government after identity allegedly revealed to suspect

first_imgOTTAWA – A woman who provided RCMP in British Columbia with information that she says helped thwart a murder attempt is suing the government alleging her identity was revealed to the suspects or their lawyers.A statement of claim filed with the Federal Court in Ontario earlier this month alleges the woman was assured that her identity would never become known and there was no risk of co-operating with RCMP in 2014.The information she provided allowed the RCMP to prevent a murder or attempted murder by effecting no less than three arrests and she was paid $10,000 as a reward, the statement says.The woman, only identified as Jane Doe, and her partner are suing the attorney general of Canada for $2 million in damages and hundreds of thousands more for pain and suffering, mental distress and costs of future care.The allegations have not been proven in court and the attorney general has not filed a statement of defence.“The RCMP respects that this matter is before the courts and we will therefore restrict our comments accordingly and only through the judicial process,” the B.C. RCMP said in a statement.The statement says in August 2016, an officer contacted Doe and told her she was in danger.“As it was explained to Jane Doe, information that effectively identified Jane Doe as a confidential human source … was included in materials disclosed to one or more of the suspects who had been the subjects of the arrests,” the statement of claim says.One or more of the suspects were free on bail at the time and were themselves part of or connected with organized criminal groups, it says.“Immediately thereafter representatives of the RCMP advised Jane Doe there was a risk to her safety, and the safety of her immediate family, and that it was therefore necessary for her to enter ‘protective custody,’ ” the document says.From August 2016 to March 2018, the statement says the couple moved from place to place, away from their home and in protective custody.They discussed entering the witness protection program but allege that while RCMP recommended the program based on the level of danger facing them, it concluded they were not suitable candidates, in part because they had close ties to extended family in or near the so-called “threat area,” the document says.In March, the couple agreed to an “alternative arrangement” with the RCMP and accepted relocation funding for themselves and family members. The alternative arrangement did not include any release by the plaintiffs of any claim or claims for damages arising from the circumstances that led to their need for protection, the court document says.It says Doe was in a vulnerable position and relied on the police for advice and guidance, but the RCMP’s assurances that she faced no risk were “false, reckless and misleading in all the circumstances and amounted to breaches of duty on the part of the RCMP and its members.”The couple has moved to a community with fewer economic opportunities and has suffered a loss of income and income earning capacity, the lawsuit says. They have already or will likely suffer from chronic mood disorders and/or post-traumatic stress disorder and mental distress from constantly moving, the statement says.— By Amy Smart in Vancouver.last_img read more

A look at the special national security committee of parliamentarians

first_imgOTTAWA – Tony Clement was a charter member of the new National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which has access to highly classified information. A look at the committee:What is it?The committee, created by statute last year, is a multi-party forum that includes representatives from both the House of Commons and the Senate. But it is no ordinary committee. It meets in secret and reports to the prime minister on national security issues.What exactly does it do?The committee has authority to review national-security and intelligence activities carried out across the government.This includes activities of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the cyberspies of the Communications Security Establishment, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency, among many others.Similar committees have existed for years in the United States and Britain, prompting the Liberal government to establish one here to improve oversight and accountability of the intelligence world.The committee submits reports, including an annual review, to the prime minister. Redacted versions of reports are tabled in Parliament.Who serves on the committee?MP David McGuinty (chairman), Sen. Percy Downe, Sen. Frances Lankin, Sen. Vern White, MP Emmanuel Dubourg, MP Hedy Fry, MP Gudie Hutchings, MP Murray Rankin, MP Brenda Shanahan.Are they sworn to secrecy?All members hold Top Secret security clearances and are permanently bound to secrecy under the Security of Information Act. Members swear an oath or solemn affirmation indicating they will obey and uphold the laws of Canada, and will not communicate or inappropriately use information obtained in confidence during their committee work.What were members told about security?Shortly after being appointed to the committee, all members were given a comprehensive security briefing by the Privy Council Office and other security agencies. “In fact, we regularly review our security obligations given how important this is to our credibility,” says Rennie Marcoux, executive director of the committee secretariat.What has the committee been doing?In May, the committee provided a special report to the prime minister on security concerns surrounding his February 2018 trip to India. Members then held further deliberations on the report and provided an updated version to Trudeau last month.The committee is also conducting two other reviews, one examining how the government establishes national intelligence priorities and another looking at the intelligence activities of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.last_img read more

Time to move on Ceremony marks land deal for Lubicon Lake First

first_imgLITTLE BUFFALO, Alta. — A ceremony in northern Alberta Tuesday marked the end to a decades-long fight for recognition that attracted international attention to the poverty of the Lubicon Lake First Nation.The Lubicon were missed in treaty negotiations in the late 1800s and fought for 40 years for a land settlement that would bring much-needed housing, better education and health care.Dignitaries from the federal and Alberta government were in Little Buffalo on Tuesday as Chief Billy-Joe Laboucan officially signed off on the deal in front of smiling band members who packed the community’s gym and applauded long and loud.“It’s only appropriate that we’re here in Little Buffalo school because (what) we’re doing here today impacts all of these students, all of the children that are going to school here, all of the children that have yet to be born,” Laboucan said.The Lubicon gained a global stage when they held a protest at the Calgary Olympics in 1988 and blockaded roads into the disputed area to draw attention to their plight. A United Nations committee and Amnesty International criticized Canada for its treatment of the First Nation.Laboucan said people still talk about past disputes and things that happened in the community.“That’s over. It’s time to move on and we have moved on.” he said. “I thank the people of Lubicon for being able to do that.”After they were missed by British officials negotiating Treaty 8, the Lubicon spent decades in limbo, even after the federal government agreed in 1939 that they deserved title to their land.The issue stagnated until the 1970s when oil and gas companies began carving through local traplines. By then, the Lubicon were so poor that diseases such as tuberculosis were a problem.The deal includes about 245 square kilometres of land and $113 million to rebuild Little Buffalo.Carolyn Bennett, federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, said no agreement can fully right the wrongs the Lubicon faced, but it is important to start making amends.“Some may say that this has been a long time coming. That would be a gross understatement,” she said Tuesday. “This is not about patience. This is about the incredible persistence of your people to have your rights recognized and implemented.”Bennett said the Lubicons’ fight awakened Canadians — and others — to the responsibility of recognizing inherent and treaty rights.“Your fight became almost a talisman of what the fight for Indigenous rights was and meant, not only to Canada, but to the world.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she remembers learning about the Lubicon when she was still a child.“I thought about how kids from Lubicon Lake my own age must have felt knowing … that such a basic and obvious justice had been denied them and their parents, and their grandparents, and so many who came before them.”One woman said after the ceremony that she had moved away for a few years when she was younger because conditions were so bad. She said she was living in a house that had black mould which made her baby sick.But things have been improving in the last five years, she said, adding that she is grateful for the deal, even though she having trouble letting it sink in after so many years.Laboucan said in an earlier interview that the real work is just beginning. The settlement money is already tagged for essentials such as decent housing, a new school and an elders care facility.  Laboucan credited former chief Bernard Ominayak for his advocacy that let companies know the Lubicon had an interest in the land and discouraged them from working there.It was Ominayak who led the protest at the 1988 Winter Games.“If that hadn’t been the case, we wouldn’t be here,” said Laboucan. “A lot of credit has to go to previous chief Bernard Ominayak and council, and all the chiefs before him.”Ominayak did not appear to be at Tuesday’s signing.— Follow Bob Weber @row1960 on TwitterBob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals write off 163 million in student loans feds will never collect

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is writing off more than $163 million in outstanding student-loan payments that officials will never be able to collect.New spending documents show the government is giving up on debts from 31,658 students after “reasonable efforts to collect the amounts owed.”It is the fourth time in the last five years that the government has written off outstanding student loans.The government periodically gives up on some of the $19 billion owing in student loans for a number of reasons: a debtor files for bankruptcy, the debt itself passes a six-year legal limit on collection, or the debtor can’t be found.The Liberals have looked to make it easier for graduates to pay off their loans — and the government to collect the cash — by increasing the minimum annual income a person has to make before they are required to make debt payments.The threshold is now set at $25,000.The most recent annual report on the Canada Student Loans Program said that in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the government provided almost 490,000 full-time students with just under $2.7 billion in loans and a further $24.1 million in loans to 13,712 part-time students.The report said that the average federal student loan balance at graduating was $13,306, up from $12,783 in the previous 12-month period, an increase of 4.1 per cent.Borrowers typically take between nine and 15 years to fully pay off their loans and the period usually overlaps with when Canadians are most likely to start families.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Advocates see prison bill as way to meet calls of Indigenous women

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies says proposed changes to a bill that aims to end solitary confinement in prisons would help address many recommendations from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Savannah Gentile, the group’s director of advocacy and legal issues, says a package of amendments to Bill C-83 would give government the opportunity to take action on some of the inquiry’s key findings.A Senate committee has proposed adding judicial oversight to decisions about isolating prisoners as well as more emphasis and support for mental health and community-based options for rehabilitation.Gentile says the bill if passed without the amendments would do little to address concerns raised in the inquiry report about the over-representation of Indigenous people, and especially Indigenous women, in Canadian jails.The inquiry’s final report delivered Monday included a deeper dive on the issue of incarcerated Indigenous women and systemic issues they face in the justice system.The inquiry’s 231 “calls to justice” included many focused on the corrections system, including calling for more community-based and Indigenous-specific options for sentencing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals promise 13M for missing murdered Indigenous women commemorations

first_imgOTTAWA — Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef says the federal government will fund more than 100 projects to “honour the lives and legacies” of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Funding for the commemorations will come from a $13-million fund Monsef unveiled today in Winnipeg.Last winter, the government asked for proposals for commemorations, anticipating the report this month of the national inquiry into the generations of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing, or known to have been killed.Monsef says the approved projects include events, activities and creative works organized by First Nations, friendship centres and social-service agencies that help Indigenous people.The approvals were underway when the national inquiry reported at the beginning of June.In their report, the inquiry commissioners said they were glad to see the government funding these projects, but weren’t pleased that only “legally constituted organizations” would receive money, leaving out informal and grassroots groups.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nick Jonas Visits Childrens Hospital At Montefiore

first_imgOn September 8, Nick Jonas met and performed for patients at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, where he delivered the healing power of music to the kids with Musicians on Call.Nick Jonas With A Patient At Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreMusicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Since 1999, they have performed for nearly half a million individuals and counting!Nick Jonas surprises patients with Musicians On Call at a visit to Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreNick Jonas At Children’s Hospital at Montefiore on September 8, 2014 in New York CityCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCharlie Walk EVP of Republic Records, Nick Jonas and Pete Griffin President of Musicians on CallCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiorelast_img read more

Conan OBrien To Host Autism Speaks To Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala

first_imgIn celebration of its 10th anniversary, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, brings to Los Angeles a unique dinner party.The Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala will showcase award-winning chefs at its first local fundraising gala, having created an exciting legacy on New York’s Wall Street for the past eight years. One hundred top chefs, cooking tableside, will create their signature four-course meals exclusively for their guests at this unique inaugural event on October 8th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. No two tables will feature the same menus.Co-Chairs of the LA Chef Gala debut are WME Head of Television Rick Rosen, WME Partner Ari Greenburg and FX Networks President & COO Chuck Saftler. The Honorary Co-Chair is Brian Kelly, Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board. The evening, hosted by late night comedian Conan O’Brien, will also honor Autism Speaks Co-Founders Suzanne & Bob Wright, commemorating 10 years of progress. Since its inception in New York, the Autism Speaks Chef Gala has raised nearly $8 million dollars for the research, awareness and advocacy initiatives of Autism Speaks.In a statement, Co-Chairs Rosen, Greenburg and Saftler said, “Autism touches all of us personally. We are thrilled to be able to co-chair an event that honors the work of Suzanne and Bob Wright. The accomplishments of Autism Speaks over the last 10 years have been life changing: from global awareness, to advocacy, from scientific discoveries to the local impact in our LA community. We have so much more to accomplish for all people living with autism, and we are excited to help raise awareness and funds to do so at our inaugural LA Celebrity Chef Gala. It will be an unforgettable night!”More than 50 ovens, 1,000 pounds of meat, fish and vegetables, and hundreds of recipes are the ingredients for the Los Angeles debut of this culinary event for Autism Speaks. Participating chefs include Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots), Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two), Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Brian Malarkey (Herringbone), Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam), Jet Tila (Food Network) Joachim Splichal (Patina), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Michael Voltaggio (Ink), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza), Neal Fraser (Redbird) and many others. They have earned James Beard awards, Best New Chef titles and rave reviews from diners in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver and points in between. For a full list of participating chefs, go to www.autismspeaks.org/lachefgala.com.The evening will kick off with Wolfgang Puck Catering serving hors d’oeuvres inspired by his iconic restaurants such as Spago, CUT, Chinois and WP24, along with wines from Frank Family Vineyards and cocktails. Following cocktails, guests will be escorted to their private tables where they will witness their master chef create four exclusive courses of signature dishes tableside. Guests will also enjoy a special musical performance to be announced shortly.Toyota, a presenting sponsor of Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala, will debut the new Mirai, their first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Mirai will be delivered to consumers in California in October 2015. For more information, please visit www.toyota.com/mirai.The program will also offer a “Fund-A-Mission” auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special Autism Speaks initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism, the genome research program known as MSSNG and iPads for individuals who struggle to communicate.Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala is generously sponsored by: Executive Chef Sponsor – Toyota and ION Media Networks/ Brandon Burgess; Chef de Cuisine Sponsor – Discovery Communications, Cox Enterprises, Inc; Pastry Chef Sponsor – Univision Communications Inc., Pepper Gate, Google; In-Kind Sponsors – Frank Family Vineyards, Caffe Luxxe, Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, Kiehl’s, Korin, Anolon Gourmet Cookware, Wüsthof 200, Matfer Bourgeat Inc., Reserve; Exclusive Airline Sponsor – Delta Air Lines; Exclusive Appliance Sponsor – Jenn-Air. Exclusive Media Partner – Variety.last_img read more

Telefilm Canada increases feature film production and marketing financing for Indigenous talent

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Following its announcement of November 11, 2016 regarding gender parity measures for feature film production financing, Telefilm Canada is now pleased to announce a concrete initiative, also developed in collaboration with the industry, to provide increased support for Indigenous filmmakers. Most notably, as of April 2017, Telefilm is increasing the feature film production and marketing financing made available for creators from Canada’s Indigenous communities to $4 million annually over the next five years.“It is clear that we need to do more to support the impressive breadth of Indigenous talent in our country,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director. “And in terms of demand, Canada’s Indigenous population is young and growing fast. As well, with greater desire amongst audiences for quality content on different platforms, there is growing interest in Indigenous content, nationally and internationally.“Following the successful consultation process for our gender parity initiatives, we took the same collaborative approach with the Indigenous community. The talks are very positive. We’ve been talking to creators from across the country, and we’re grateful for the support of our Indigenous Micro-Budget Production Program partners. Next, we will be meeting with filmmakers during the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival NATIVe program.” Facebook Including Indigenous representatives in decision-making processIn addition, the following initiatives are in development. First, Telefilm will create a jury process, with Indigenous representation, for project recommendations (while respecting conflict of interest policies). And secondly, Telefilm is committed to hiring staff from Indigenous communities.About Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Stratford Festival launches 100million campaign for the new Tom Patterson Theatre

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TPT Landscape – Hariri Pontarini Architects The campaign is co-chaired by Ophelia Lazaridis and Dr. M. Lee Myers, with the Honourable Michael Meighen serving as Honorary Chair.“This campaign will permit us to create a stunning new facility, fund the centre’s new and expanded programs, and ‎ultimately strengthen a very important part of Canada’s cultural heritage,” says Dr. Myers, a cardiac surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Myers first joined the Stratford Festival’s Board of Governors in 2002 and was Board Chair from March 2010 to 2012. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors, a director of the Festival’s Foundation Board and Chair of the Campaign’s steering committee and campaign cabinet.“I am inspired by what the Festival has accomplished and even more energized for the future with this new theatre centre,” says Ophelia Lazaridis, who was a member of the Festival’s Board of Governors from 2007 to 2014, serving as Chair of the Education and Archives Committee. “I am particularly enthusiastic to support the Festival’s efforts to expand the youth audience and applaud the advances in education initiatives that will be made possible at the new Tom Patterson Theatre. That is why I have pledged $10 million to this campaign.” Ophelia Lazaridis has been a key supporter of the Stratford Festival for more than a decade.Michael Meighen, a lawyer and retired Senator, was a member of the Festival’s Board of Governors from 1986 to 1997, serving as Board Chair from 1996 through 1997. He was Chair of the Festival’s Act III campaign to renew the Festival Theatre from 1995 to 1997. “Members of the Meighen family have been supporters of the Stratford Festival for three generations,” he says, “and we are proud to be involved with this newest project, which will see the Festival in an excellent position to remain a world leader in theatrical production and cultural tourism.”Also serving as core members of the campaign are: Dan Bernstein (Westport, CT), Sylvia Chrominska (Toronto), Robert Gorlin (Northville, MI), Beth Kronfeld (Chicago), Rick Orr (Stratford), Dr. Cecil Rorabeck(London, ON), Carol Stephenson (London, ON) and Donald Woodley (Mono Township, ON).“We are so grateful to Lee, Ophelia, Michael and the entire campaign team for the dedication and expertise they bring to this project,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We are also indebted to Tim MacDonald, Chair of the Building Committee, who is guiding us so well in the process, and our Board Chair, Dan Bernstein, who, in addition to leading the global search for the architect for this wonderful new theatre, was our remarkable first lead donor.”Mr. Bernstein and his wife, Claire Foerster, have pledged $10 million to the campaign. “Claire and I take great pleasure in supporting this important project at a theatre that has meant so much to our family over the years,” says Mr. Bernstein, who is Senior Strategist and Director of Bridgewater Associates in Westport, Connecticut. “The Stratford Festival is a remarkable theatre company with vast capabilities not only in performance and production, but also in theatre education, new play development and cultural digital content.”The Festival has also been promised $20 million in funding from the federal government and $20 million from the Ontario government. In addition to the leadership gifts from Ophelia Lazaridis and from Dan Bernstein and Claire Foerster, a further $10 million in pledges has already been received – with details to be announced in coming weeks – so the campaign has already reached 70% of its goal.The Stratford Festival is one of the world’s leading theatres and the largest classical repertory company in North America, presenting a seven-month season of about a dozen plays in four venues. It offers an immersive experience that not only reflects society but also acts as an influential force within it, providing a crucible for artistic and intellectual exploration, an arena for engagement and interaction, and a centre for education and global outreach.At the beginning of their joint tenure in 2013, Mr. Cimolino and Ms Gaffney introduced three new initiatives that have shown tremendous growth and now require space of their own in order to flourish: the Stratford Festival Laboratory for the development of new work and theatre practices; the Stratford Festival Forum, which offers about 150 events each season to shed light on the themes of the plays as reflected in society today; and the Festival’s digital initiatives, which include Stratford Festival HD, which is capturing all of Shakespeare’s plays on film over a period of 10 years. The new theatre centre will house all of these projects, along with outreach programs developed and led by the Festival’s Education Department.At the heart of the centre will be a jewel-box theatre with all of the character and intimacy of the existing Tom Patterson auditorium, but with greatly expanded production and patron facilities.For 46 years, the Tom Patterson Theatre has been housed in a City-owned facility originally built in the early 20th century as a curling rink. Though a much-loved creative space, with a distinctive thrust stage wrapped in close embrace by the audience around it, the theatre suffered from cramped and uncomfortable seating, poor accessibility and limited production capabilities. The structure has been deemed by the Festival’s engineers to be at the end of its viable life.“The new auditorium will expand upon the magical qualities of the existing Tom Patterson Theatre,” says Mr. Cimolino. “It will be uniformly intimate. It will have vastly improved acoustics and a much greater sense of comfort for audience members. It will take the strengths of the current theatre and make them bespoke – tailored with the finest materials and craftsmanship.“Our architect, Siamak Hariri, has designed an inspiring space, which we believe will be the best theatre room in North America, a space worthy of the exceptional work that has always been produced in this well-loved theatre. We hope it will be a shining example of legacy architecture, like the Sydney Opera House or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain – but on a smaller scale suitable to our beautiful riverside setting.”The auditorium at the heart of the new centre will be clad in softly lime-washed masonry and surrounded by a veil of shimmering glass, hung with thin bronze mullions. A two-acre terraced garden, beautiful enough to be a landmark in itself, will stretch from one end of the site to the other.The theatre will have a slightly larger capacity and longer season. Together with the expansion of Forum, education and digital offerings, it is estimated that the new centre will generate an additional $14 million per year in economic activity, on top of the $134 million already generated annually by the Festival as a whole.“Just as the creation of the Festival transformed our city 65 years ago, this new theatre will add great depth and opportunity to our community,” says Ms Gaffney. “The expanded education and Forum activities will help us to develop new audiences – including the important youth market – and the beautiful auditorium will open wonderful creative avenues, setting us apart from other world-class theatres and helping us to attract visitors from around the globe.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: STRATFORD, ON – Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney are excited to announce the launch of The Spirit of the Tent: A Campaign for the New Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. To mark the launch, Ophelia Lazaridis has announced a gift of $10 million. TPT Landscape – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Lobby – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Model – Hariri Pontarini Architects Garden view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Night view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Stage view – Hariri Pontarini Architects. The $100-million campaign will provide the capital for a stunning new facility, designed by acclaimed architect Siamak Hariri of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini, along with a fund to support the long-term viability of the centre and the programs it will house.“This is a big day for Stratford,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We are so grateful to Ophelia for coming forward with such a remarkable gift for this important project. The Tom Patterson Theatre is one of our most treasured creative spaces, but one that is woefully inadequate for the calibre of performance and experience our patrons have come to expect. This campaign will allow us to turn it into a facility befitting the founder whose name it bears. Together with our artists, staff and most generous donors, we look forward to rekindling the infectious spirit that Tom Patterson inspired 65 years ago, a spirit that awakened a belief in Canadian creativity and changed the cultural landscape of this country.” Twitterlast_img read more

KILLING EVE IS KILLING IT

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook “…KILLING EVE is relentlessly engaging and surprising where it’s least expected, making for the next must-see show of 2018.” – The Hollywood Reporter“…KILLING EVE is a gorgeous scoop of sinister.” – SalonOn Metacritic, a site that aggregates reviews, KILLING EVE currently has score of 83, making it one of the best-reviewed on the site this year. The Ringer clearly agrees, as they rank KILLING EVE among “The Best TV of 2018—So Far.”The love for the series’ first season doesn’t stop there. At the upcoming Television Critics Association Awards, KILLING EVE is up for five awards, the most nominations for any series this year. Both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama, while the series itself is nominated for Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Program of the Year.Sandra Oh is Back!Best known for her 10-year run as Cristina Yang on GREY’S ANTOMY, Sandra Oh makes a triumphant return to television in KILLING EVE as Eve, a quick-witted but bored MI5 security services operative whose desk job conflicts with her ambitions of being a spy. The role, which she told Vogue has “taken me 30 years to get,” has netted Oh significant praise from critics, with Salon stating “KILLING EVE belongs to Sandra Oh” and The Atlantic noting that “Oh anchors the show.” Vulture went so far as to proclaim that “the best actress on TV is KILLING EVE’s Sandra Oh” Meet Villanelle!Every cat needs its mouse and Villanelle is one psychopathic mouse. Played by Jodie Comer, Villanelle is a polished, highly skilled killer-for-hire, or as Rolling Stone describes her, “a cheeky, blithely amoral girl’s girl with a penchant for nice clothes, a deep love of her craft (i.e. brutally murdering people against a variety of European backdrops in highly creative ways) and a doomed longing for a friend who really gets her.”Vanity Fair calls the character “one of the most magnetic, roguish psychopaths in TV history.” Comer, who “is exceptional in the role,” according to The Atlantic, deserves some of credit for the acclaim, as Waller-Bridge told Rolling Stone “she didn’t so much run with the character as shoot off into space with her.”KILLING EVE premieres Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. Press screeners for the first two episodes are available now (login using your media site credentials). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FLEABAG), and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, KILLING EVE is a genre-bending cat-and-mouse spy thriller starring Canadian actress Sandra Oh as Eve, an MI5 operative who is tasked with tracking down the psychopathic contract killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer, THE WHITE PRINCESS).  The critically-acclaimed suspenseful drama makes it Canadian debut Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and it’s bringing its buzz with it! Here’s why Canadians should be excited:This Trailer!Critics Love It! They Really Love It!“KILLING EVE is a funny, witty, bright show…” – Slatelast_img read more

LORÉAL PARIS IS SEARCHING FOR 10 EXTRAORDINARY CANADIAN WOMEN OF WORTH

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, ON – Today, L’Oréal Paris launched a call for nominations for the 2019 Women of Worth Awards honouring 10 inspiring women who are leaders in their communities and inspire others to greatness. In its third year, the Canadian edition of L’Oréal Paris’ Women of Worth recognizes a diverse group of women who find beauty in giving back through their volunteerism and charitable contributions. Embodying the famed L’Oréal Paris signature phrase, “Because You’re Worth It,” the signature philanthropic program honours women who are motivated by their passion to advance conversation, foster collaboration and inspire action that facilitates meaningful change.Now through January 8th, 2019 Canadians across the country are invited to visit womenofworth.ca to nominate a volunteer, philanthropist or change-maker, of any age, to be given the chance to receive a $10,000 donation on behalf of their cause, while being honoured a Woman of Worth.Each year, the 10 extraordinary women are selected from hundreds of nominations and chosen for the significant contributions they have made across a breadth of causes and important initiatives. The nominees will be judged on four distinct criteria – addressing a crucial need in the community, the impact their inspiring contributions have made, their innovation on developing solutions, and their passion to evoke change and inspire future generations. The Honourees will join esteemed alumni of Canadian women who have broken down barriers, built and strengthened communities and fought passionately to make the world a better and more loving place. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook “Each year, we are incredibly humbled by the touching, and often heartbreaking stories and achievements of these extraordinary women. They go beyond the extra mile with their time, talent, commitment and care for their neighbours and those in need around the globe,” said Milan Mladjenovic, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris Canada. “I’m in awe of this amazing group of women and their words of inspiration. It’s a true privilege to recognize and honour these noble advocates, share their stories and provide a contribution to meaningful causes that affect all of us.”All of the 2019 Honourees will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two to Toronto to attend the star-studded awards gala on March 8th, hosted by L’Oréal Paris. Previous Honourees of the Canadian edition of this humanitarian program, as well as a notable L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman, will also attend the ceremony. The innovations of past award recipients have resulted in significant advancements for aid in sheltering the homeless, to fighting for the rights of refugees; caring for cancer patients, to protecting our environment, and supporting Canadians living with food insecurity; these women are truly making inspiring contributions and beautiful changes to our world.“When you’re in the vicinity of people of this quality, that energy, that calibre of heart – it’s an impressive experience. It’s better than going to the Oscars…” said Dame Helen Mirren, L’Oréal Paris Ambassador.Dame Helen Mirren and the 2018 Women of Worth Honourees. Photo credit: L’Oréal Paris c/o Ryan EmberleyCome February, the 10 nominees will be announced and Canadians will have the opportunity to vote for a National Honouree to be awarded an additional $10,000 grant for her non-profit cause. The public can visit womenofworth.ca to read more details about each Honouree’s inspirational cause and vote for their favourite until March 4th. Voters can cast one online vote per email address each day. These votes will be a core factor in the judging panel’s selection of the 2019 National Honouree.To learn about past Canadian Honourees, to nominate a woman making a difference and to cast your vote for the National Honouree, visit womenofworth.ca.About L’Oréal ParisL’Oréal Paris, the world’s no.1 beauty brand, is dedicated to empowering women and men by offering the most luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market. For most, the name “L’Oréal” is immediately evocative of the brand’s signature phrase, “Because I’m Worth It.”— the tagline behind the legendary advertising campaign for the Superior Preference® hair colour launch in 1973. Today, it represents the essence of the L’Oréal Paris brand as a whole, a spirit which is about helping every woman – and man – embrace their unique beauty while reinforcing their inner sense of self-worth. For more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has held an unparalleled commitment to advancement in technology, innovation and research, providing ground-breaking, high-quality products for women, men, and children of all ages and ethnicities in five major beauty categories: cosmetics, skincare, hair color, haircare, and men’s grooming.Twitter:@lorealparisCANFacebook: @lorealpariscanadaInstagram: @lorealmakeupHashtag: #womenofworthCAN Twitterlast_img read more