The federal government has narrowed down to nine the candidates for $950 million in funding for supercluster sites. The government hopes to create dense business areas with the initiative where large and small companies can collaborate with research institutes and organizations to commercialize ideas. Here’s a look at the shortlist of sites of the more than 50 proposals — up to five will be selected for funding.The Oceans Supercluster (Atlantic Region): Maximize the economic potential and sustainable development of Canada’s ocean economy. Address shared innovation needs by investing in digital ocean technologies for industries such as aquaculture, capture fishery, offshore oil and gas, and clean energy to improve productivity and global competitiveness.The proposal is backed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador — one of over 25 firms, including Emera Inc., Clearwater, Aspin Kemp & Associates, radient360 and Dalhousie University.The “AI-powered Supply Chains” Supercluster (Quebec): Define a new global supply chain platform and bolster Canadian leadership in AI and data science. Empower Canada as a leading exporter — for example through demand forecasting, products customization and flow optimization — to profoundly impact the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.The proposal is backed by Optel Group — one of over 80 firms, including Agropur, Aldo, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Bell Canada, CGI Group, Cascades and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Mobility Systems and Technologies for the 21st Century” Supercluster (Quebec): Leverage digital technologies to advance Canadian industrial leadership in next generation mobility products and services. Focus on innovation and commercialization to serve market needs in aerospace, ground transportation and advanced manufacturing.The proposal is backed by CAE Inc. — one of over 170 firms, including Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., UrtheCast Corp., Marinvent Corp. and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Clean, Low-Energy, Engaged, and Remediated” Supercluster (Ontario): Transform Canada’s mining sector and position Canada as a global leader in clean resources, clean technology and responsible sourcing of metals. Tackle global challenges of energy intensity, water use, and environmental footprint through collaborative innovation, initiate export pathways and create new skilled jobs.The proposal is backed by the Canada Mining Innovation Council — one of over 90 firms, including Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Barrick Gold Corp., Teck Resources Ltd., Motion Metrics and University of British Columbia.The “Building an Advanced Manufacturing” Supercluster (Ontario): Supercharge manufacturing competitiveness in Canada by building an Industry 4.0 ecosystem. Drive collaboration between technology and manufacturing sectors to create and diffuse new solutions by scaling production and speeding adoption.The proposal is backed by Communitech Corp. and MaRS Discovery District — one of over 100 firms, including Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods, Miovision Technologies Inc., Myant Inc. and the University of Waterloo.The “Protein Innovations Canada” Supercluster (Prairies): Position Canada as the world’s paramount supplier of plant-based proteins and related products. Capture the massive export market opportunity for safe, nutritious plant-based food and feed by stimulating collaboration on novel technologies and value-added supply-chain infrastructure.The proposal is backed by Ag-West Bio Inc. — one of over 60 firms, including AGT Food and Ingredients, Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc., ISM, DuPont Pioneer, Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. and the University of Saskatchewan.The “Smart Agri-food” Supercluster (Prairies): Make Canada the preferred global supplier of sustainable, high-quality, safe food. Advance market competitiveness by building information technologies, including data analysis and quality verification platforms, to add informatics, connectivity and traceability in the crop, livestock and agri-food processing sectors.The proposal is backed by Agrium — one of over 50 firms, including Telus Corp., Farmers Edge, BIXSco. and Olds College.The “Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure” Supercluster (Prairies): Transform Canada’s built environment to make it more resilient, sustainable, productive and cost-effective. Revolutionize the design, construction and operations of infrastructure and make Canada a world leader with the use of advanced digital communications, cutting edge tools, and interconnected applications and services.The proposal is backed by Stantec Consulting Ltd. — one of over 25 firms, including PCL Construction Management Inc., Ledcor Group, Barry Johns Architecture Ltd., Athabasca University and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.The “Digital Technology” Supercluster (British Columbia): Make Canada faster, smarter and more collaborative in inventing, developing and applying digital technologies. Advance data collection, analysis and visualization to drive competitiveness across environment and resource tech, precision health and manufacturing.The proposal is backed by Telus — one of over 70 firms, including Avcorp Industries Inc., D-Wave Systems Inc., Timberwest Forest Corp., Microsoft Canada Development Centre and six post-secondary institutions.
There were no working smoke alarms in a southern Ontario home where four people were killed in a fire this week, an investigator said Wednesday, calling the deaths a “preventable tragedy.”A mother and her two young children, and an unrelated man who ran into the burning home to help those inside, were killed in the blaze in Oshawa, Ont., on Monday.“This is a preventable tragedy and it shouldn’t happen — not in today’s day and age with the technology we have, with the safety systems we have in place and the fire services that we have,” Rick Derstroff, an investigator with Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal, told reporters outside the home on Wednesday.Smoke alarms would have given the home’s occupants early warning of the fire and a chance to escape, Derstroff said.“There were definitely some (smoke alarm) mounts there, we’ve got the wiring for the smoke alarms … but the smoke alarms aren’t there,” he said, calling the lack of the devices “very disappointing.”The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association identified three of the fire victims as Lindsey Bonchek and her two children, Madeline and Jackson. It described the trio as relatives of an association member.The fourth person killed in the blaze was identified by his daughter and niece in emotional online tributes as Steven MacDonald.The fire was reported a little after 8 a.m. Monday in the midst of a heavy snowfall. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames that had to be fought from the outside before crews could attempt to rescue those trapped inside.“The firefighters made several heroic attempts to get in and get to the upper levels and they were pushed back,” Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark said Monday at the scene. “They fought their way up through intense heat and smoke conditions … and after retreating, they forced their way back in again.”Neighbours reported hearing a bang and frantic cries for help as flames tore through the home.Clark said Wednesday that he did not know if the building had gone through a fire inspection.“That’s some of the data we’re currently looking into,” he said.The brown brick house, officially classified as having two storeys plus a loft, was divided into two units, Derstroff said.Natural gas has been ruled out as a fuel source for the fire and investigators are looking into other possible causes and ignition sources in the kitchen, he said.Derstroff also emphasized the importance of smoke alarms in preventing fire deaths.“When that 911 call comes in something has already happened so (fire crews) are already behind, so the smoke alarm is what’s going to save you,” he said, adding the fire service “may get lucky sometimes but it’s already gone too far.”“It makes it even worse when you have young children involved … there’s going to be an empty desk at school,” an emotional Derstroff said, issuing a challenge to teachers to get students to check on their home smoke alarms as a homework assignment.“Maybe that’ll save a child’s life.”
VANCOUVER – Scientists who are trying to treat an ailing killer whale in the Pacific Ocean off Washington state are looking at injecting the animal with a second dose of antibiotics and another drug.For the past few weeks, the endangered female killer whale, called J50, has been at the centre of an international rescue effort. She was last spotted Friday.A veterinarian was able to dart J50 with a broad-spectrum antibiotic on Aug. 9.Michael Milstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States said biologists described the whale as skinny, underweight and emaciated.“In the most obvious sense, she’s not getting enough to eat. She’s not getting enough nutrition. That’s the fundamental problem,” he said in a telephone interview Monday. “But whether that’s caused by the fact that she’s weak and she’s not able to forage, or because perhaps she also has some type of infection or other condition that’s affecting her … we don’t know those specifics.”Martin Haulena, a vet with Vancouver Aquarium who fired the antibiotic-filled dart at J50, said veterinarians usually rely on definitive methods for diagnosing an animal, such as blood work, ultrasounds and looking at the animal up close. But those methods are not possible with J50 so coming up with a definitive diagnosis is difficult.In these kinds of cases, treatment is based on how the animal looks, samples collected from her blowhole, fecal samples, historical data and diseases that usually affect killer whales in that area.“I think this animal has had something going on with her that’s quite complicated and it’s just very, very hard to work without a diagnosis,” Haulena said.But scientists and vets do have a treatment plan in mind. Haulena said the priority for treatment would be to give J50 a second dose of antibiotics and a deworming drug.Milstein said it is not uncommon for marine animals to have worms. In the case of J50, the question is whether they are affecting her differently because she is weak.The plan this time, he said, is to use a collar needle, which is a type of dart that has a small ridge around the needle so it’s embedded in the animal long enough to deliver a full dose before it falls out.One of the other treatment plans is to put medicine in Chinook salmon and deliver them to the pod. The method was tried once before but J50 didn’t eat the fish.Haulena said capturing J50 and treating her before releasing her hasn’t be ruled out.“Certainly, resources for something like that have been identified,” he said. “If she’s stranded on the beach, lagging way behind on the group for a long period of time or had a very serious decline, something like that would be talked about.”In 2002 an orphaned northern resident killer whale known as Springer was captured and moved. The two-year-old was found in Puget Sound near Seattle, ailing and separated from her pod.J50 is part of the endangered southern resident population, which has just 75 members remaining.The silver lining to all the attention being paid to J50, Milstein said, is that people are becoming more aware of the problems whales face.“It’s very disconcerting,” he said. “And that’s something where there’s not an easy fix for it.”— By Hina Alam in EdmontonNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said J50 was last seen on Aug. 19.
OTTAWA – When politicians use particular criminal cases to inflame their supporters it doesn’t help public safety, Canada’s corrections ombudsman said Tuesday.While ombudsman Ivan Zinger wouldn’t comment directly on the controversial transfer of the woman convicted of murdering eight-year-old Tori Stafford from a prison to an Indigenous healing lodge, he said he cringes when politicians start talking about crime and punishment in Canadian society.At a press conference in Ottawa Tuesday following the tabling of Zinger’s annual report, he was asked if the Correctional Service of Canada should consider preventing child killers such as Terri-Lynne McClintic from being transferred to healing lodges, a cause the Conservative opposition has been championing.Zinger said this is because historically political parties have used egregious cases as wedge issues. Political responses to those cases make for bad law, he said.“So I think we need to put this behind us. I don’t see any benefit in these kinds of debates and historically it hasn’t paid dividend to Canada.”He also said that under the previous Conservative government there was a “myriad of policies” focused on criminal laws that in the end did not improve public safety.Canadians’ priorities are employment, education, environment and health care, he said, and law and order is way down the list.Yet, said Zinger, when Stephen Harper was the prime minister, 25 to 40 per cent of Parliamentary sessions were dedicated to debating bills that had criminal-law components. “So, not what I would expect from a government that wants to focus on priorities of Canadians.
OTTAWA — A Quebec First Nation has reached an agreement to settle 29 claims with the federal government and receive $116 million.The federal government also says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation to guide how the two sides will partner to work on issues including the recognition of rights, socio-economic development and self-determination.Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation is located near the Quebec municipality of Maniwaki, about 130 kilometres north of Ottawa, with more than 3,400 members.The members of the First Nation accepted a settlement for 29 claims within the town of Maniwaki and can request that 363 acres of land could be added to the reserve as part of the settlement, or approximately the size of 180 soccer fields.Indigenous-Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says in a statement the announcement marks an important step to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and the community.In the same release, Frankie Cote, a band councillor with Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, said the settlement and agreement closes a chapter in the community’s history.“Together, we are moving away from the past where extinguishing rights was a requirement and moving on a path where we take our rightful place as an equal partner with Canada,” Cote said.The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — According to the Hollywood Reporter, the family of a stuntwoman who died a year and a half ago in Vancouver has received a settlement from the movie’s distributor.Joi Harris was a 40-year-old motorcyclist from New York City hired to perform a stunt for Deadpool 2 that required her to ride the motorcycle down a ramp over a set of stairs back in August of 2017.RELATED: Investigators release first official details of ‘Deadpool 2’ stuntwoman’s deathInstead of stopping at a landing, she drove the bike across a roadway, and was thrown into a glass-plate window of the Shaw Tower on Cordova Street.Witnesses at the time told NEWS 1130 the motorcyclist was going full-throttle.RELATED: ‘Deadpool 2’ stunt driver was reportedly working on her first filmIt was apparently the woman’s first time on a movie set, but she was an accomplished motorcycle racer.It’s not known how much 20th Century Fox paid out to the family.A final report by WorkSafe BC has yet to be completed.
OTTAWA – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says if the federal bill overhauling environmental assessments passes in its current form it will threaten Canadian unity and there will be “an immediate constitutional challenge.” Kenney is at the Senate energy committee Thursday morning to talk about Bill C-69, which he calls the “no more pipelines” bill.He is telling the committee the bill flagrantly violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources.Premier @jkenney says he believes his conversation with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau will be polite but says he will warn the PM that national unity could be at risk if the federal pipeline/energy plan is implemented as is #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/e1SBwCcf64— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 2, 2019The legislation establishes a new process for reviewing major projects with a national scope or in federal jurisdiction.The federal Liberals say it is needed to restore confidence in the assessment process and finally get big projects built, but critics say it gives too much political power to the federal cabinet.Thursday afternoon, Kenney is to meet face-to-face with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the political foe he attacked relentlessly in his successful bid to become Alberta’s premier.
OTTAWA — Five party leaders have confirmed they will participate in two major televised election debates in October.The media partnership responsible for producing the debates says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, Green party Leader Elizabeth May and the Bloc Quebecois’ Yves-Francois Blanchet will all attend.The English debate will be held Oct. 7 and the French one Oct. 10, and both debates will take place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.The moderators for the English debate will be the CBC’s Rosemary Barton, Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star, Global’s Dawn Friesen, CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme and Althia Raj of HuffPost Canada.Patrice Roy of Radio-Canada will moderate the French debate, along with journalists from French outlets Le Devoir, Le Soleil, La Press and L’Actualite.Maclean’s magazine will also partner with Citytv to hold a debate Sept. 12, with the Conservative, NDP and Green leaders confirmed so far.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — A Quebec fashion designer and his partner say they were victims of a homophobic attack after they were allegedly beaten outside a bar in the province’s Charlevoix region.Markantoine Lynch-Boisvert says he and Alex James Taboureau were leaving a bar in La Malbaie late Friday night when a man began directing homophobic insults their way.He said they tried to leave but were confronted and later pursued by the man, who allegedly headbutted Lynch-Boisvert in the face while two of his friends attacked his partner.Quebec provincial police confirm they responded to a call in La Malbaie Friday night and have opened an investigation into the incident.Lynch-Boisvert says his injuries include three facial fractures, while Taboureau is recovering from bruising and a minor concussion.Numerous politicians including Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante have taken to social media to denounce the alleged attack.The Canadian Press
TV icon Bob Barker has sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to Wyoming state senators. In the letter, Barker urges the lawmakers to block “ag-gag” House Bill (H.B.) 126, which would ban undercover cameras on factory farms—and as Barker, who grew up in the neighboring state of South Dakota, explains, video footage from undercover investigations has helped law-enforcement officials across the country prosecute cases of animal abuse.Barker, a lifelong Republican, is passionate about ensuring that law-enforcement officials have all the resources that they need to enforce the law.“As a lifelong Republican who feels that authorities should have access to everything that they need to enforce the law, I’m writing in the hope that you will reject House Bill (H.B.) 126, which threatens to shroud illegal abuses in factory farms and slaughterhouses in secrecy by keeping cameras out of these facilities,” he wrote. “Video footage from undercover investigations, which are often prompted by whistleblowers who work on factory farms or in slaughterhouses, has helped law-enforcement officials across the country, including in Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, prosecute cases of animal abuse. Will you protect our right to collect this evidence by opposing H.B. 126?“Because government inspection of factory farms for cruelty violations is neither mandatory nor common and workers who report abuse to supervisors are routinely ignored, evidence from undercover investigations is critical for exposing abuse and helping officials prosecute abusers. My friends at PETA, for example, went undercover in 2008 at Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., in West Virginia and found workers beating, stomping on, and maliciously killing birds, but even after the abuse was brought to a supervisor’s and Aviagen management’s attention, the cruelty continued. Over two months, the investigator collected detailed evidence showing that these abuses were not isolated incidents but part of a pattern of routine and systematic cruelty to animals. Ultimately, the evidence helped state police and prosecutors obtain 23 indictments for cruelty to animals against three former employees, all of whom were convicted and one of whom was jailed.“Americans today want better treatment of animals killed for food, not for their legislators to hide illegal cruelty on farms behind locked doors. Over the last few years, I’ve been joined by figures from all walks of life, from Republican strategist Mary Matalin to animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, in opposing bills similar to H.B. 126, and legislators have listened, as such bills have died or been tabled by sponsors in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee as well as Arkansas, the second-largest poultry-producing state in the nation. I hope to hear that you’ll stand up for protecting our right to document and expose cruelty to animals.”Barker isn’t alone in protesting bills such as HB 126: Other prominent people who have joined PETA in speaking out against them include Cloris Leachman, Katherine Heigl, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, and animal welfare expert Temple Grandin. Similar bills have been defeated or abandoned by their sponsors in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee as well as Arkansas, the second-largest poultry state.Source:PETA
Big hearted celebrities such as Cilla Black, Warwick Davis, Carol Smillie, Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, Jack Dee, Luisa Zissman, Konnie Huq, Tim Vine and Lucy Porter are supporting Bag It. Beat It. by filling up a bag of their unwanted items and donating it to their local British Heart Foundation shop.Warwick Davis – Bag It Beat ItBHF shops are now asking the public to follow suit and donate bags full of their unwanted items to their local shop this September. Every bag donated will fund life-saving heart research, helping over 40,000 little heroes continue to fight congenital heart disease.An estimated 4,000 children with congenital heart defects, often limiting their physical ability and quality of life, will start school this year but nearly 400 of their potential classmates will have lost their life before reaching school age. By supporting Bag It. Beat It. vital funds will be raised for further research.Cilla Black says: “It was really therapeutic clearing out my wardrobe and finding items to donate to Bag it. Beat it. Why not get involved and donate your unwanted items to your local BHF shop, each bag donated will fund life-saving heart research, helping children fight congenital heart disease.”Everyone can get involved by simply filling a bag with good quality clothes, shoes, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and children’s toys and taking it into their local BHF shop.
The latest issue of AARP The Magazine features Viola Davis’ rags-to-riches story of how she got to where she is today and why giving back now means everything to her.Viola Davis AARP The Magazine CoverCredit/Copyright: prepare2.rrd.comViola Davis, star of ABC’s hit series How to Get Away with Murder, grew up in Rhode Island in a household of eight that could barely afford to eat even one meal a day. In a revealing interview with AARP The Magazine, Davis shares her thoughts on the crippling effects that growing up poor and hungry have on young people today and relates it back to her early years, when she faced the same adversity. Additionally, from the love she now shares with her husband and young daughter to the luxuries she never dreamed of affording, the two-time Oscar nominee reflects on her achievements, biggest anxieties and the determination that has led to her greatest successes.On growing up poor and the hatred that people projected towards her because of it: ”Most of the time, the school lunch was the only meal I had. I would befriend kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day and go to their homes when I could.”“People would throw things out of cars and call us the N-word. It was constant.”On the things she has now that she thought she’d never have: ”Having a house! When you grow up poor, you dream of just having a home, and a bed that’s clean—that’s a sanctuary. Having a really great husband, a child who’s healthy and happy and brings me joy — all of that has been my dream.”“As kids, we often didn’t have bus fare, so to have a car today — it’s unbelievable to me.”On being asked to be the spokesperson for the “Hunger Is” campaign (hungeris.org): ”I’ve been so focused on my child, my husband and my career that I never thought of the last step, which is giving back.”For the complete interview, along with behind-the-scenes video and images, check out aarp.org/magazine.
The Elders met His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday 6 November to express their appreciation and support for his work on global peace, refugees and migration, and climate change.Lakhdar Brahimi, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson and Ricardo Lagos meet Pope FrancisCredit/Copyright: Servizio Fotografico L’Osservatore Romano Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ricardo Lagos and Mary Robinson spoke with Pope Francis about a wide range of international affairs at his private residence.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “Pope Francis has shown great moral leadership on the crucial issues of our time. His assertion of the values of peace and human dignity resonates with people of all faiths, and those of none. The Elders are proud to stand in solidarity with him today and in the future as we work for justice and universal human rights.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Way back in 1995, when the Art Gallery of Ontario had appointed its second American chief executive in the space of five years, one mischievous journalist suggested that the first thing he would ask Maxwell Anderson would be to name his favourite member of the Group of Seven. Anderson was a former curator of Greek and Roman art who came to Canada from a small university gallery in the United States. He was replacing Glenn Lowry, an American specialist in Islamic art who has been director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York ever since he left Toronto 20 years ago.There was no joking about trick Canadian questions this week when the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont., named Briton Ian Dejardin as its new director: Dejardin probably knows more about the Group of Seven than you or I do.As director of London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery he has introduced Europeans to classic Canadian art with a pair of successful touring exhibitions devoted to Tom Thomson and the Group, and Emily Carr. Advertisement He is a bold choice for the McMichael, a treasure chest of early 20th-century Canadian painting located in a bucolic setting a half-hour drive north of Toronto. With the AGO now trumpeting a Lawren Harris show curated by the American actor Steve Martin, there seems to be a new international interest in art that Canadians have cherished for generations, and Dejardin is well-placed to bring wider and perhaps more serious attention to the McMichael, long a favourite of school groups and day-trippers.But he is also the fifth international appointment to head a major Canadian cultural institution in the past 15 months. He follows two Americans (Joshua Basseches at the Royal Ontario Museum and Stephan Jost at the AGO) and two other Britons (Tim Carroll at the Shaw Festival and Anthony Sargent at the Luminato Festival, where an Australian was also recently appointed as artistic director). Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter
Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Netflix is teaming up with CBC and showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier’s Northwood Entertainment for the new television series Anne. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic novel Anne of Green Gables, the series will consist of eight one-hour episodes and will stream globally on Netflix and broadcast in Canada on CBC in 2017.Anne is the story of an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance, for her place in the world and for love. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in 1890, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
Advertisement Schwartz was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison for embezzling more than $7 million (U.S.) from Morissette and others after the singer made a pitch for a lengthy and severe sentence saying he stole more than her money — he stole her dreams. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Singer Alanis Morissette, left, arrives with attorney Allen Grodsky at U.S. federal court for the sentencing in the embezzlement case of her former manager Jonathan Todd Schwartz, Wednesday. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP) .Schwartz, 47, who blamed his gambling addiction for the thefts, wept and apologized at the hearing, saying he took full responsibility for his “stupid” behaviour and would live in shame because of it.“I will spend the rest of my life asking for forgiveness,” he said in seeking less than a year in prison. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Prosecutors sought just over five years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said she thought Schwartz deserved more time for the “sheer audaciousness of this conduct.”Gee noted that she has criticized federal sentencing guidelines as draconian, but said they weren’t harsh enough in this case. Schwartz’s gambling addiction may explain the wire fraud and tax crimes, but didn’t excuse them, she said. She ordered him to pay $8.6 million in restitution. LOS ANGELES—Alanis Morissette’s meteoric rise to fame put her in need of someone who could wisely invest her fortune for her future.She thought she found that person in Jonathan Todd Schwartz, a money manager to the stars, who earned her trust and assured her that her nest egg was secure and growing.But even as she was repaying the favour by singing her hits at a benefit for a charity Schwartz founded, he was pocketing royalties from her hit 1995 record “Jagged Little Pill” and other albums. “He did this in a long, systematic, drawn-out and sinister manner,” Morissette said, adding it would have bankrupted her within three years had the thefts continued. Login/Register With: Jonathan Todd Schwartz, left, former business manager for singer Alanis Morissette, arrives with his attorney Nathan Hoffman at U.S. federal court. Schwartz pleaded guilty earlier this year after admitting he embezzled more than $7 million from the singer and other celebrities. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) .Schwartz admitted stealing nearly $5 million from Morissette between May 2010 and January 2014 and more than $2 million from five unnamed clients when he worked at GSO Business Management, a firm that touted relationships with entertainers such as Katy Perry, 50 Cent and Tom Petty.Schwartz was a high-flying partner making $1.2 million a year, according to court papers. The thefts struck a blow to the firm’s reputation that led to nearly a dozen layoffs and is expected to cost it $20 million, according to founder Bernard Gudvi.The embezzlement was discovered by a new money manager Morissette hired after she couldn’t get a straight answer from Schwartz about her investments.“It was at this time, I realized he also stole my dreams,” said Morissette, dressed in a black blazer, black pants and with her hair dyed blond.When GSO was contacted about the apparent theft, Schwartz made “wild accusations” Morissette was a drug addict and mentally unstable, Gudvi said. Schwartz also falsely claimed Morissette had invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business.“As the walls were closing in on the scheme to steal client funds … he was unable to turn away from the lies,” Gudvi wrote to the court.The thefts financed “a lavish and luxurious lifestyle even beyond the means of the people he was stealing from,” Morissette said. “He had us all fooled.”Schwartz, who was fired, had offered financial guidance to some of the biggest stars and was said to represent Beyonce and Mariah Carey, who both appeared at a fundraiser last year in support of a heart disease charity he founded.Schwartz penned a mea culpa in The Hollywood Reporter recently, saying his crimes ruined his family and career. He said his father was a gambling addict who abandoned his family and he sought refuge in sports betting and drugs to deal with the stress from his business.“If I lost, then I had to make it back and when I lost again, the hole I had dug got deeper and deeper,” he wrote. “I felt weak and powerless, terrified by my internal demons that I was turning into my father.”Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranee Katzenstein disputed that Schwartz was a gambling addict or that he had come clean when he was caught.Schwartz “did not ‘reveal, reform, and rehabilitate’ as soon as his crimes were discovered; he lied, blamed others,” Katzenstein wrote. “He did not acknowledge that he’d committed a crime until after the government had put together its case and he had no other choice.” Twitter
They’re the centre of attention at the Toronto International Film Festival — unless they don’t want to be.So just how do you hide a movie star?It’s a challenge, a bit like smuggling an elephant into a room underneath a washcloth. But there are ways. A limo to the stairs of a private jet, a brisk hustle through a hotel kitchen or ducking in through an inconspicuous entrance can be a celebrity’s best friend. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: The game of hide-and-seek begins as soon as they land in Toronto. Big stars tend to arrive via private plane.You may have noticed the huge Skyservice Business Aviation building across from the main terminals as your plane taxis at Pearson International Airport. The other half ends up here if they’re coming or going by charter jet.The 31-year-old Canadian company has what’s known as a fixed base operation, or FBO, at Pearson. It includes a sizable “luxury” private lounge with a wall of windows overlooking the runways.This private mini-terminal is open 24/7 for guests to shower, nap, or have a pre-arranged meal, from a fast-food burger to a gourmet feast. A 24-hour concierge is available to look after requests.“TIFF is our Christmas,” says Catherine Vettese, Skyservice manager of marketing and communications. “It is absolutely by far our busiest time of the year in Toronto. At any time of day you will see row after row of private jets parked.” Advertisement Twitter Facebook Red carpets, after-parties and onstage screening appearances are when the famous are working at the festival. Otherwise, they’re off the clock and, at least for some, trying to stay out of sight.1. The ‘other’ Pearson airport Advertisement
Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “We are aware of the serious allegations regarding Hedley and we are following this situation very closely,” says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The Juno Awards and MusiCounts, in a statement to ET Canada. READ MOREFans Urge Junos to Drop Hedley as Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surface on TwitterLong-running Canadian pop group Hedley have been nominated for four Junos and are also scheduled to perform at the awards ceremony in Vancouver on March 25, but many music fans are calling for the band’s performance to be cancelled after allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced online.The hashtag #outHedley2k18 has surfaced on Twitter, with multiple people accusing members of the band of acting inappropriately with them. Some stories include allegations of the group preying on girls as young as 14.Twitter user @_cndnpsycho has been sharing anonymous accounts of sexual misconduct allegations lodged against the band. Read some of the anonymous accounts READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Just a few days after the JUNO award nominations were released where Canadian band Hedley were nominated in 4 categories come haunting allegations that are taking over the Canadian Twitterverse. The entire band, including front-runner Jacob Hoggard are being outed by fans using the hashtag #outHedley2k18 for sexual assault and harassment towards fans as young as 14.The discussion began on the platform after Twitter user @_cndnpsycho began sharing anonymous stories from fans of Hedley who were alleging that members of the band had sexually harassed and assaulted them. The conversation is also taking place through the #outHedley2k18 hashtag to support people who were sharing their stories. READ MOREJuno Awards CEO Responds To Hedley ‘Serious’ Sexual Misconduct Allegations The Juno Awards President and CEO is offering a response following a fan petition calling to have Hedley pulled from this year’s awards show in Vancouver over multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Advertisement Facebook
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TIFF is an organization caught in the middle of this turbulent social moment, an event both dedicated to celebrating a broken industry – and to fixing it. As the new festival unspools, TIFF has just appointed a woman, the American indie film champion Joana Vicente, as its co-director; it can report another increase in female directors on its program, and it is continuing a new initiative promoting women’s careers in film: In 2018, the festival is a more female-centric organization offering an increasingly diverse lineup. So, TIFF has the #MeToo wind in its sails, but is the voyage ahead just a late-summer pleasure cruise or a long trip to different shores? Harvey Weinstein, Bryan Cranston and Neil Burger at a TIFF party in 2017. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It’s September and Hollywood has come to town. The stars dutifully twinkle at the parties celebrating their premieres. At the Thompson, Nicole Kidman is spotted with George Clooney; at the Citizen, Jessica Chastain appears with celebrated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. And at the Cactus Club, Benedict Cumberbatch, star of a new movie called The Current War, is photographed alongside his producer, super mogul Harvey Weinstein.That was TIFF 2017. A year later, a new crop of actors is promoting a new crop of films but Weinstein, who now faces six sexual assault charges in New York, will not be in attendance. Meanwhile, celebrity hunters debate whether actors Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual-harassment claims out of court in 2010, or Emile Hirsch, convicted of attacking a woman at party in 2015, will show their faces on the red carpet when their new films are unveiled. Their names did not appear on a guest list released to media last week.It has been 11 months since The New York Times and The New Yorker outed Weinstein as an alleged sexual predator, unleashing hundreds of similar accusations that used the social-media hashtag #MeToo to tear the veil off widespread sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industries. And there are still many days when sexism in the film business seems intractable. Every other film with a female lead or a female director refers to #MeToo in its media material, but male characters still account for most protagonists in big-budget Hollywood movies while less than a quarter of those productions employ female directors, writers, or cinematographers – a number that hasn’t changed since the 1990s. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: