HISTORYs Vikings Reigns as Wednesday Nights 1 Entertainment Specialty Series

first_imgAdditional Vikings data highlights include:Vikings Season 5 premiere marked HISTORY’s biggest day in primetime this fall against all key demos**.The Season 5 premiere grew its overnight audience by 10% amongst Adults 25-54 compared to last fall’s Season 4B premiere*.The series hashtag (#Vikings) was used more than 35,000 times in North America on Instagram and Twitter***.In the next episode of Vikings, airing Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY, celebrations are cut short in the aftermath of the battle at York. Ragnar Lothbrok’s sons are pitted against each other as tensions reach an all-time high and each is forced to choose a side. Following next week’s new episode of Vikings, HISTORY presents the highly-anticipated series premiere of new scripted drama Knightfall, premiering December 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.Catch up on full episodes On Demand, on HISTORY.ca, and on the HISTORY GO App. Visit etcanada.com to watch Vikings: A New World and for exclusive cast clips and interviews. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Twitter As Ivar the Boneless asserted his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, and as Lagertha continued her reign as Queen of Kattegat, Season 5 kicked off with a bounty of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world. And as the Vikings fight to rule, Vikings the series continues to lead Canadian specialty programming, claiming top spot last night in multiple key demos including A25-54, A18-34, and A18-49.Vikings continued its domination with the one-hour original special, Vikings: The Saga of Lagertha, ranking as the #2 entertainment specialty program of the night against key adult demos (A25-54 and A18-49)*. Viewers were also treated to ET Canada‘s exclusive behind-the-scenes special, Vikings: A New World, which premiered on Global and featured candid cast interviews, never-before-seen footage, and an up-close-and-personal look at Vikings both on screen and off. Login/Register With: TORONTO – HISTORY®‘s Emmy Award-winning original series Vikings staked its claim Wednesday night with a gripping Season 5 premiere watched by nearly half a million Canadians*, reigning as the #1 entertainment specialty series of the night against all key adult demos*.last_img read more

280 artists back Albert Schultzs accusers ask Soulpepper board to acknowledge harm

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement The letter, titled “Harassment at Soulpepper Theatre Company,” says the artists say they were prepared to refuse to work with the company “as a sign of solidarity” with the four women alleging harassment by Schultz, its former artistic director, as long as he had some role with the company.Last week, Diana Bentley, Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan and Hannah Miller took aim at Schultz with four separate civil suits, claiming unwanted sexual touching, groping and harassment over a period spanning 13 years. The statements of claim also named Soulpepper Theatre among their respondents. Advertisementcenter_img Plaintiffs, from left, Diana Bentley, Hannah Miller, Kristin Booth and Patricia Fagan attend a press conference after filing lawsuits alleging sexual harassment by Soulpepper Theatre Company director Albert Schultz. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press) Facebook Advertisement Some 280 artists are throwing their support behind the actresses accusing Albert Schultz of sexual misconduct, saying they believe there are “more stories like theirs that have not been told.”Sarah Polley, Ann-Marie MacDonald and Soulpepper Theatre founding member Ted Dykstra are among 280 people who attached their names to an open letter sent to the company Monday.FULL LIST OF SIGNATURESlast_img read more

HARRIS INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 30TH

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2019 – In 1989 Toronto’s Harris Institute introduced the first accelerated one-year diploma programs taught by award winning leaders. Its goal was to strengthen the Canadian music industry and prepare graduates for lifelong careers in music. At that time the music industry had begun a dramatic decline.Thirty years later, Harris Institute graduates are in leadership roles in every area of an expanding Canadian music industry. They have established a wide range of successful companies and have won or were nominated for 247 awards in the last 2 years.Over 60% of the current 62 faculty members have won awards in their subject area. Twenty-one of them have been at Harris Institute for more than 20 years and 11 are honours graduates from the institute. Twitter Advertisement In 1994 the college relocated from its original 3,200 sq.ft. campus to a 15,000 sq.ft. industrial building designed in 1908 by Massey Hall’s architect George M. Miller. It repurposed the building for education and included three recording studios designed by world-renowned studio designer and founding faculty member Martin Pilchner.Starting in 1997, Harris Institute delivered six annual ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ programs, funded by the International Fund for Ireland, to groups of 20 young adults from conflicted areas in the North and South of Ireland.In 2005 the college expanded its accelerated approach by establishing an unprecedented partnership with the University of the West of Scotland offering the option to earn a diploma and a BA or BSc degree in 20 months. In 2015 the partnership was further expanded to offer 2 diplomas and a Master’s Degree in 32 months. The degrees are awarded with full scholarships and the Master’s Degrees include partial scholarships.In 2006, Harris Institute partnered with the Moscow International Film School and the Gulf Islands Film & Television School to deliver an experimental program for 24 indigenous youth from Siberia and British Columbia’s Salmon Arm Reserve.For 10 years starting in 2007, with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the college offered weekend professional development courses for mid career professionals.In a partnership with Nashville’s ProMedia Training, Harris Institute introduced the first Certified Avid Pro Tools courses in Canada.Harris Institute was the only school featured in Billboard Magazine’s ‘Top 11 Schools’ and Mix Magazine’s ‘Audio Education’s Finest’. It was ranked best private school for a 6th year in the 2018 ‘Media Arts Education Report’.It is the only post secondary school in North America to have achieved 4 annual 0% Student Loan Default Rates. Its Arts Management Program has achieved 8 annual 0% Default Rates and the Audio Production Program has achieved 6.In 2015, Harris Institute was the first post secondary school to introduce a comprehensive ‘Political Correctness Policy’that ensured free speech and the open exchange of ideas.Since 1989 International students have come from 142 countries. In 2018 students came from 9 US States and 19 countries.In 2018 the college’s founder John Harris received the Cashbox Legacy Award as a Canadian music industry builder and he was featured in an FYI Music News cover story titled “The Man Who Breeds Success”.Harris Institute is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering $30K in scholarships for programs starting on March 25 and July 15, 2019. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

NICKELODEON LAUNCHES INTERGALACTIC SHORTS PROGRAM – A WORLDWIDE COMEDIC STORYTELLER SEARCH

first_imgAdvertisement Nickelodeon has just launched their Intergalactic Shorts Program, a worldwide search for new animation storytellers. New leadership at Nick Animation, and a newly installed team, is driving the talent search — the Intergalactic Shorts Program is designed to identify original, comedy-driven content and nurture the voices and passionate storytellers behind them in a creative-led environment.Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon’s executive vice president, animation production and development, will oversee the program. Newly hired Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) has joined Nickelodeon as the program’s executive producer, with Derek Evanick (Harvey Beaks) and Diana Lafyatis (Adventure Time) serving as part of the program’s creative brain trust. International pitches and ideas will be welcomed by Nina Hahn, senior vice president international production and development, Nickelodeon.According to Naito, “Our shorts program is intergalactic because we want to create a universe of new stars ready to make the next big animated hits of the future. Our doors are open to the best ideas out there and around the world, and we can’t wait to get started building this new home for visionary talent.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In line with Nickelodeon’s co-viewing strategy to offer content appealing to all members of the family, the target demo for content submitted to the Intergalactic Shorts Program is Kids 6-11, with a secondary focus on content appealing to Adults 18-49, as well.  Ideas will be accepted from a broad pool of creative talent from all quarters, including artists, designers, writers, directors and comedians.  Creators will be provided with the necessary artistic and production support teams to help them complete their fully animated short. These shorts will have opportunities to air on different platforms and be developed for potential long-form animated series.Details surrounding submissions will be available this summer.Source: Nickelodeon Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Mackenzie Valley pipeline dream refuses to die

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople from the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Territories have been counting on the development of a natural gas pipeline.But now the project is in doubt and the federal government isn’t interested in giving it any more funding.But proponents of the pipeline aren’t ready to give up just yet.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Montreal museum unveils exhibition on evolving Inuit art

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Montreal McCord Museum is shedding new light on the evolution of Inuit art.The museum is presenting an exhibition called Inuit Modern, which was organized by the art gallery of Ontario.It’ll be the only Canadian presentation of this exciting exhibition.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Athabasca Chipewyan battling oilsands project

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation is trying to stop hearings into an oilsands expansion project on their traditional territory.The Alberta government’s justice review panel is supposed to begin public hearings into Shell Canada’s plans to expand one of their open pit mines.But the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is trying to get a court injunction to stop them.They say the government failed to consult properly over the Jackpine Project.They want to know more about predicted losses of habitat and wildlife before the hearings go ahead.last_img read more

Manitoba FN organization hosting AFN election facing financial political turmoil

first_img(Pictured: Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWhen Assembly of First Nations chiefs on Tuesday decided to hold the election for national chief in Winnipeg this coming December, Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper, who will be the host, told the Halifax gathering his organization was “financially ready” to hold the event.Harper’s claim, however, is disputed by chiefs within his own organization.They paint a picture of MKO as a financially troubled organization run by a grand chief who is rapidly losing the confidence of the chiefs who elected him to the job.According to documents obtained by APTN National News and interviews with three MKO member chiefs, the organization is swimming in red ink and there is a move to oust the sitting grand chief.MKO chiefs are set to meet in Norway House, Man., next week from July 22 to 23.All three chiefs interviewed by APTN National News requested anonymity for now. The chiefs will be identified as first, second and third MKO-member chiefs.“I don’t have any confidence in Grand Chief Harper, especially in telling the truth,” said the first MKO-member chief.APTN National News requested an interview with Harper, who is Halifax at the AFN’s annual general assembly, but he declined the offer.MKO represents 30 northern Manitoba First Nation communities and some are among the poorest in the country. The organization handles about $17 million in program revenues.The chiefs interviewed by APTN National News said they questioned Harper’s claim MKO is financially ready to host the event.“That was pretty bold of him to say that…We don’t have any documentation to back up that statement that he made publicly,” said the second MKO-member chief.“I don’t think MKO is in a good financial position to host the AFN assembly,” said the third MKO-member chief.MKO spokesperson Brennan Manoakeesick said MKO would be relying on “third-party” dollars to fund the AFN election event. He said Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg had already promised to put in $200,000 toward hosting the December gathering.“MKO has very little liability,” said Manoakeesick.Manoakeesick, however, said only Harper could answer questions about the organization’s finances.The chiefs interviewed by APTN National News said it’s difficult for them to get any accurate information on the current state of MKO’s finances.“Some of the chiefs who have asked about these improper authorizations are being vilified. We are made out to be the bad buys, basically, for trying to do the right thing,” said the second MKO-member chief.MKO is in the midst of an internal forensic audit of all its books and those of its subsidiaries by Winnipeg-based firm Lazer Grant. The audit was requested by MKO’s executive council of chiefs.The last phase of the audit, however, is being held up until MKO pays Lazer Grant for work done during the earlier stages of the audit.According to a timeline of events distributed among a select group of chiefs and obtained by APTN National News, Lazer Grant reported in January of this year that its mandate had been “severely restricted.” The timeline alleged Harper was behind efforts to curb the audit.“The mandate of Lazer Grant was arbitrarily changed by Grand Chief David Harper without a proper executive approval or a proper notice to all executive members,” said the timeline.The seeds of the forensic audit date back to an MKO executive meeting in June 2013, following the resignation of financial officer Glen Buchko. During this meeting, chiefs were able to see Buchko’s contract for the first time and it was later revealed he was making about $250,000 annually.“They were contracts that were authorized without the knowledge of the executive council,” said the second MKO-member chief. “There are serious transactions that are in question and we are very concerned.”Lazer Grant was formally engaged to launch the forensic audit in August 2013, the same month MKO received a report from an independent accountant that determined the organization faced a significant “risk” as a result of its finances.APTN National News has obtained the report sent by Bernie Shore, a Winnipeg-based accountant, to MKO that month stating he could not conduct an audit on the organization’s books because he had “not been able to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence to provide a basis for an audit opinion on the March 31, 2013, and March 31, 2012 financial statements.”Shore’s report noted MKO’s accumulated deficit for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013, had ballooned to $976, 025. The report said MKO had accumulated an operating deficit of $609,058 by March 31, 2013. The report said this was a 71 per cent increase over the previous year’s operating deficit of $356,108.“There is a risk that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada may put the organization in co-management or worse still, the organization may be placed in a third-party administration,” stated Shore.Shore’s report recommended a major curtailing of travel costs, which rang in at $336,374 in 2013.“I would recommend that in the future travel must be on budget and that controls be put in place to ensure this doesn’t exceed budget. This is the second fiscal year where travel has consecutively been over budget. This is a critical point for the organization as MKO cannot sustain these operational losses,” stated Shore.He also recommended MKO cut the money it spends on outside consultants, which reached $178, 944 in 2013 and $255,724 in 2012.He said MKO hired consultants with “no budget lines being identified for a funding source.”Shore stated MKO’s chiefs needed to set hard guidelines on both matters.“This is bordering on a critical situation,” stated Shore.Shore also highlighted problems with the use of MKO’s Visa credit card.“There were several payments and charges on MKO Visa made during the year that were not supported by actual invoices or evidence of the purpose,” stated Shore. “Without an actual invoice and details of the purpose, evidence does not exist that the amount paid was a legitimate expenditure relating to MKO business.”The third MKO-member chief interviewed by APTN National News said the financial irregularities are especially troubling given the level of poverty faced by many of the organization’s member communities.“It is despicable, especially when he is not doing the advocacy he is supposed to do,” he said.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Land protectors not letting their guard down over mining on sacred site

first_imgJustin Brake APTN News The head of Nova Scotia’s mining association says he’s only trying to get a conversation started about mineral extraction in the province.Sean Kirby is lobbying to get mining on Kluscap mountain – a sacred site for Mi’kmaq people in the province.And while the province says it has no intention of opening up the sacred Mi’kmaq area, land defenders say they’re not letting their guard down.jbrake@aptn.calast_img

Trudeau to address First Nation chiefs amid growing opposition to Indigenous rights

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will address First Nation chiefs Tuesday afternoon in Ottawa. File photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe deputy grand chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians says he has a clear message for Canada as he and other leaders from across the country head into the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chiefs Assembly, which begins in Ottawa today.“There’s stuff you gotta stop doing right now, because this is not any part of reconciliation,” said Gord Peters.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the assembly Tuesday afternoon, hours after a First Nations youth-led rally on Parliament Hill that’s part of a growing movement to stop the Liberals’ planned Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework.The government originally hoped to table a framework bill before Christmas in an effort to have new legislation in place by the fall federal election. Now, some are questioning if anything will be tabled by October.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, who will also address the chiefs Tuesday, has said the government won’t rush the framework and wants to co-develop it with Indigenous groups.But even that prospect seems increasingly unlikely the way things have gone so far.Meetings earlier this year with Indigenous groups to discuss the proposed sweeping policy and legislative reform barely got off the ground before First Nation leaders and grassroots people began speaking out against the framework plans and the Liberals’ approach to developing it.In his Valentine’s Day announcement in the House of Commons, Trudeau said a framework would “include new legislation and policy that would make the recognition and implementation of rights the basis for all relations between Indigenous Peoples and the federal government moving forward.”He said with new legislation and policies in place Canada would “recognize Indigenous governments, and ensure rigorous, full and meaningful implementation of treaties and other agreements.”But before long suspicion grew as critics noticed a disparity between Trudeau’s promises and the department’s approach during meetings with Bennett as the minister criss-crossed the country to meet with First Nations people.By the end of summer chiefs were lining up at the AFN’s September framework policy forum in Gatineau, Que. to scorn Bennett.Leaders said Canada wasn’t listening to First Nations.An AFN summary report of that forum calls the government’s engagement process a “divide and conquer strategy” and accuses the feds of not being transparent about what it was hearing from First Nations.According to the report the sessions “fell short of full, fair and meaningful participation and were rushed.”Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) leaders have unanimously condemned the framework, calling it “a threat to the inherent rights of First Nations.”They said the government “continues to emphasize the supremacy of the Canadian Constitution and constrains the possibility for true self-determination among First Nations.”Canada’s approach also undermines the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the AIAI said, adding the engagement process “purposely sidelines important questions of Aboriginal title, consent, treaty obligations, land rights, and access to natural resources.”In June Ontario chiefs also rejected the framework and called on government to do a “hard reset” on the engagement process.“First Nations need to be leading the efforts on anything that affects their inherent and treaty rights,” the chiefs said.Grassroots missing from consultationsGovernment began engagement sessions on Feb. 16, the day after Trudeau’s announcement.The government says it has met with approximately 1,662 individuals at more than 100 engagement sessions since February.Data provided to APTN News by CIRNA shows almost half of the individuals were women, but only around 29 identified as elders and around 90 as youth or students.The department does note, however, that the figures “may not be perfectly reflective of participation.”The minister’s office told APTN that 55 individuals participated in the meetings with Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey and Peskotomuhkati chiefs in February, June and August.Just one elder participated, according to the department’s records, and no youth.Asked about the poor representation of elders and youth at the sessions the minister’s office explained in an emailed statement that invitations sent to “Indigenous partners included a direct prompt to the leader of the community-government that ‘Canada is prepared to reimburse eligible travel and related expenditures incurred for up to three individuals per community, with a request that at least one of these individuals be representative of women, youth or Elders.’”We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo told APTN last week he wasn’t aware leaders were supposed to invite elders.“You’ve got to send a clear message of who you want to invite,” he said. “Don’t say there was only one elder attended when you don’t notify us you want some elders there too.”Though the department continued meeting with groups into the fall, the last summary published on its “What We Heard” webpage—intended to keep the public abreast of its work—was six months ago.We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo said he wasn’t aware Mi’kmaq leaders were supposed to invite elders and youth to the framework engagement sessions, and that chiefs were only given a few days’ notice. File photo.Last week the minister’s office told APTN more summaries “will be posted shortly.”At the time of publication the most recent engagement session summary is for the week of May 31.Bellegarde told APTN in a recent interview that First Nations “took offense” to the government’s approach in engaging with groups.“It has to be First Nations driven—the rights and title holders to lead this,” he said. “Because it’s only the rights and title holders that will determine the path of decolonization, and as well the path for reconciliation.”Putting U.N. Declaration ahead of frameworkHowever, the federal Liberal government will continue on multiple fronts to reshape the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people, she said.Last week Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced Canada will table legislation in the new year to hand child welfare over to First Nations, Inuit and Metis.Bennett indicated in an interview with CBC this week that reform is also coming to speed up Canada’s approach to historical claims from First Nations.All of the government’s policy and legislative changes come as part of its broader effort to transform relations with Indigenous peoples.As the feds move forward on certain files, some First Nation groups are already putting forward their own proposals for how Canada can engage with them, and what an adequate approach to developing a broader rights recognition and implementation framework would look like.The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) in B.C. has drafted principles and recommendations on how Canada should proceed with First Nations in that province.The FNLC says any federal rights framework or associated legislation “must be directed at ending Crown denial of the existence of Aboriginal title throughout proper title and rights holders’ — respective First Nations — territories in B.C. Denial must be replaced by recognition throughout Crown legislation.”Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson says First Nations in B.C. are working with the province to co-develop legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. File photo.While questions linger around how Canada plans to get the provinces on board to hash out what changes to jurisdiction around services and title might look like, First Nations and the Government of B.C. announced last week they will co-develop legislation to fully implement UN Declaration.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson says it’s a step in the right direction.“It’s all about free, prior and informed consent and self-determination of Indigenous people,” she said, adding it makes more sense to “implement UNDRIP and use that as our framework, than what Minister Bennett was pushing with the recognition and implementation of rights framework.“If there’s a reset that needs to happen” with the federal government’s efforts to develop an Indigenous rights framework, “then UNDRIP can be a good pathway, a good step in the right direction,” she said.With files from Angel Moore and Dennis Ward.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

US demand on autos for NAFTA Make huge changes immediately

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. – The United States is presenting a quadruple-whammy demand on auto manufacturing at the NAFTA negotiations, including a strict “Made In America” requirement with virtually no grace period to give car companies time to adjust.The proposal is viewed as a non-starter by virtually every party involved in automobile production: Canada, Mexico, U.S. industry and even labour groups were calling the proposal completely unattainable.It’s one of the biggest issues of the talks and it’s sure to provoke a backlash on multiple fronts.The U.S. negotiating team showed industry representatives their proposal to Canada and Mexico and it contained four ideas that would complicate auto production, several sources said Friday.First, it requires all cars to include 85 per cent North American content to avoid a tariff, up from the current 62.5 per cent; 50 per cent of a car’s content would have to come from the U.S.; and it would toughen the way content is calculated, with a list upgraded to include parts that didn’t exist in 1994 when NAFTA was originally implemented.A fourth irritant is the minuscule proposed phase-in period.Automakers would have one year to comply with the American-made quota and two years to comply with the overall North American content requirement under the proposal, which is a radical departure not only in substance but also in the timing of phase-in periods normally included in trade agreements.The demands are deemed so impractical the talk in the hallways at the conference site revolves around which of two objectives the Americans are trying to achieve: Sabotage the talks, or shock other parties into concessions.A Canadian auto-parts representative said he tends toward the latter.“My instinct is this is, ‘Art of the Deal,’” said Flavio Volpe. “There are those who think these are poison pills designed … to get the partners to leave the table.”The proposal came as the U.S. made its first significant move on dairy, a traditional sticking point with Canada. Several insiders said Friday the U.S. has asked Canada to scrap its special classifications benefiting domestic producers for things like diafiltered cheese-making products.The U.S. also wants a veto power over future Canadian classification changes.What’s already proposed would lead to changes in Canada’s supply-management system. The U.S. has not yet made any explicit request for a percentage of Canada’s protected dairy market. But that request could still come at any time.Earlier U.S. demands include a termination clause that would cancel NAFTA after five years, unless all parties agree to extend it, and a Buy American rule that would make it far more difficult for non-U.S. companies to bid for public projects.The auto proposal is so controversial, organizations that are normally rivals are allied against it. Volpe’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association says it could create a perverse incentive for producers to leave the continent.Their argument is that it’s far easier to ignore the NAFTA rules and simply pay the U.S. 2.5 per cent import tariff: “It’s not good for the Americans,” Volpe said. “It just doesn’t make sense from a business perspective.”The union representing Canadian auto workers agrees.Unifor’s Jerry Dias says the U.S. would never have the power to enforce the proposed changes because companies would just ignore it: “All this argument about 50 per cent, 70 per cent, 85 per cent, it means nothing as long as the U.S. has a 2.5 per cent tariff. It’s like the emperor with no clothes,” Dias said.“They can yell, scream, threaten, then people say, ‘Okay, here — I’ll pay the 2.5 per cent’.”He said it’s a moot point anyway because there’s no chance Canada or Mexico will ever agree to a NAFTA that looks like what the Americans are proposing.“Get it out of your head. That’s never gonna happen,” Dias said. “This is a deal that is going nowhere very quickly.”Scotiabank analysts agree the proposals would hurt their author.Car companies would have an incentive to move production away from the U.S., and Canada, either to Asia or Mexico, and pay a tariff rather than deal with the rules being proposed by the U.S., said its deputy chief economist.“If accepted, the U.S. (proposal) would be a pyrrhic victory,” said Brett House.House called the proposal a poor solution to a non-existent problem. Growth in auto employment since the Great Recession has skyrocketed in the U.S. to six per cent a year and he said North American content is on the rise in cars produced in Canada and Mexico, contrary to figures being floated by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.“There’s no problem here to address,” he said.One real problem, however, is stagnant wages: U.S. auto salaries have not seen an appreciable increase for years, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dias says that’s the problem everyone should be attacking — by increasing labour standards, especially in Mexico.last_img read more

BC premier rejects Green call for foreign buyers ban days before Asia

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says he has plans to tone down speculation in British Columbia’s real estate market but they don’t include banning foreign buyers.Horgan said Tuesday he rejects recent calls by Green party Leader Andrew Weaver to implement a New Zealand-style law that restricts the purchase of existing homes to residents of New Zealand and Australia.The government’s February budget will include measures to dampen speculation and increase housing supply, but not a prohibition on foreign buyers, he said.“I just don’t believe in an open economy that’s an appropriate way to proceed,” he said at his first news conference of 2018.“I do believe we need to knock back speculation and make sure we are penalizing that behaviour in the interest of reducing demand and softening prices.”Horgan said a ban on foreign buyers sends the wrong signals to investors about B.C.’s economy.“B.C.’s the gateway to Canada and I don’t believe we should be curbing people from coming here,” he said. “I’m a child of an immigrant and virtually everyone I see here is a child of an immigrant.”Weaver said in a statement the government should act to target overseas speculation, moving towards a full ban.Horgan said he is prepared to face questions about B.C.’s real estate market during his trade visit to China, Korea and Japan, which starts Saturday.“What we know with absolute certainty is money raised in other parts of the world is distorting our housing market and we want to take steps to address that,” he said.The former Liberal government introduced a 15-per-cent tax on foreign buyers purchasing real estate in Metro Vancouver in an effort to help more B.C. residents to buy homes.Horgan has also said the budget will include measures to stimulate construction of more rental units and family sized homes.last_img read more

Crescent Point Energy says activist Cation Capital lacks credibility

first_imgCALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. is dismissing an activist investor’s call for changes to the company’s board as an ill-conceived and self-serving exercise.Cation Capital Inc., which holds a 0.3 per cent stake in Calgary-based Crescent Point, said Monday it plans to nominate four people for election to the company’s board, which has 10 members.“We believe Crescent Point’s assets have tremendous long-term potential and the ability to create significant value for all shareholders,” Cation president Sandy Edmonstone said in a statement.“However, the current board seems incapable of implementing a cohesive strategy to create value and has instead allowed irresponsible decisions such as over-spending its 2017 budget, increasing leverage, undertaking a significant unexpected equity financing, delaying dividend cuts and continuing excessive executive pay.”In addition to Edmonstone, Cation plans to nominate Dallas Howe, Herbert Pinder and Thomas Budd as potential directors.Crescent Point said Cation seems intent on disrupting the company’s recent progress and urged shareholders to support the board nominees the company has put forth.“Cation’s public statements about Crescent Point are erroneous, based on a flawed analysis and demonstrate their limited understanding of the business and strategic plan already underway,” Crescent Point said in a statement.“Its interests are also inconsistent with those of the vast majority of our shareholders.”Shares of Crescent Point, whose stock closed down 0.22 per cent at $9.15 Monday, have been hammered in recent years and are worth less than a quarter of what they traded for in 2014.However, the company said it has the right board in place to achieve the objectives set out in its five-year plan in the face of this challenging, volatile market.In a brief note to clients Monday, National Bank analyst Travis Wood said the introduction of new directors would not provide a significant upside for the company relative to its current five-year plan.“We do not view the collective group as a necessary step in adding longer-term value to Crescent Point’s shareholders,” Wood said of the proposed Cation nominees.Wood rated Crescent Point shares an “outperform” with a $16 price target.Crescent Point is the largest oil producer in Saskatchewan and has fast-growing oil operations in Utah.It recently announced it spent about $112 million to build its position as one of the largest landholders in the light oil shale East Shale Duvernay play. It said it added property through a series of transactions over the past year after entering the play by buying Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. in 2015.The company’s annual meeting is set for May 4.Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)last_img read more

Canadian airline profits will fall in 2018 on higher costs Conference Board

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s airline profitability, which reached a 20-year high last year, is expected to soften due to higher fuel and labour costs, according to a Conference Board of Canada report.Airline pre-tax profits are forecast to drop 27 per cent to $1.32 billion as increasing costs outpace higher revenues that are forecast to approach $32 billion.Canadian airlines posted their highest revenues and profits last year since the board began collecting data in 1997.“Some of the main tailwinds Canada’s air transportation industry has benefited from in the past two years, primarily low fuel costs and a weaker loonie that is bolstering U.S. and foreign demand, will slowly reverse themselves over the next five years,” stated Conference Board economist Sabrina Bond.Still, she said that shouldn’t put the industry’s expansion and profitability at risk as air travel demand continues to grow because of strengthening employment in Canada and the United States.The Conference Board said fuel, which accounts for about a third of airline costs, will rise while employee costs will grow as new or expanded routes will require the hiring of 6,000 more people over the next five years.By 2022, the industry is expected to generate about $1.37 billion of pre-tax earnings on nearly $38 billion of revenues.The Conference Board said a continued expansion of domestic and international capacity has been a key driver of the improved revenues for the industry’s largest airlines.Strong demand and growing connecting traffic through its three hubs in Canada are expected to result in another good year in 2018, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said during a February conference call.Canadian airports served 139.4 million passengers last year, up 5.4 per cent from 2016 and 37 per cent higher than a decade ago. The loonie’s softness helped boost international air travel in 2017, when a record 5.7 million U.S. residents flew to Canada last year.Most of the gains in U.S. travellers were serviced by Canadian airlines, which now supply seats for two-thirds of U.S. visitors.The number of non-U.S. international travellers increased to a record 6.7 million last year. While Europeans remained the largest group, more visitors from Asia, particularly China and India, have narrowed the gap. Canadian airlines added 5.9 per cent more seats to international destinations in 2017, which represents a 60 per cent growth over the last five years.A strong Canadian economy contributed to a 4.2 per cent increase in domestic travel by Canadians as nearly 77 million passengers flew within the country.The Conference Board expects the Canadian airline industry’s growth will continue, but at a slower pace as a forecasted modest appreciation in the Canadian dollar will remove some of the incentive for foreign travellers.Global airline net profits are expected to reach a record US$38.4 billion this year, defying the traditional cyclical downturn that comes about every eight years, says Julie Perovic, the senior economist for the International Air Transportation Association.Robust operating margins in North America have contributed about half of the industry’s profitability over the last couple of years.The last downturn was in 2009, around the time of the global financial crisis, but she said there probably isn’t a need for concern at the moment.“We’ve seen quite strong global economic growth or GDP over the past couple of years and we feel that that is going to continue into 2018 and it’s going to help us sustain further growth in air travel markets,” she told an IATA conference this week in Montreal.Global demand is expected to slip to around six per cent from 7.5 per cent in 2017.Still, she said rising costs are a key concern. Jet fuel is expected to increase a little more than crude to about US$74 per barrel from US$65 last year. Non-fuel costs, including labour, are forecast to more than double from two per cent in 2017.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Changes will help protect vulnerable investors in British Columbia regulator

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government is expanding the reach of an investment watchdog to protect vulnerable investors.The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada along with anti-poverty and seniors’ groups have lobbied the government for legislation that allows the organization to enforce its rules and discipline those who bilk investors.The organization’s CEO, Andrew Kriegler, says changes to the B.C. Securities Act will help protect investors, especially seniors who rely on their retirement investments.Finance Minister Carole James says the legislation works for people and promotes a fair and efficient capital market in the province.The amendments give the organization better enforcement tools, which the group says will allow it to collect its fines through the B.C. Supreme Court.The changes extend the organization’s authority to six provinces and the group says in a news release that when governments give it better enforcement tools, it has seen higher fine collection and a change in behaviour among advisers.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that the B.C. Supreme Court could collect $4.7 million in unpaid fineslast_img read more

Judge blocks NYC law demanding Airbnb disclosures

first_imgNEW YORK — A federal judge says a New York City law forcing Airbnb and HomeAway home-sharing platforms to reveal detailed information about its business seems unconstitutional.Judge Paul Engelmayer on Thursday blocked the law from taking effect on Feb. 2, finding there’s a greater than 50 per cent chance the companies would prevail on claims that the law violates the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.The ruling comes at an early stage of the litigation. Lawyers for the city and the companies will gather additional evidence before Engelmayer makes a final ruling.The city did not immediately comment.The San Francisco-based Airbnb in a statement called the ruling a “huge win.”The law was passed last summer.The Associated Presslast_img read more

YouTube revises policy bans dangerous prank videos

first_imgSAN BRUNO, Calif. — YouTube is trying to prevent otherwise bright people from doing dangerous things.The video-sharing network owned by Google is cracking down on harmful or dangerous pranks.Updated policies no longer allow challenges that present “an apparent risk of death” and ban content featuring children “participating in dangerous challenges that pose an imminent risk of injury or bodily harm.”YouTube also says it is drawing the line on content that “intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities” that have a risk of serious harm or death. They include bomb making or pranks that put people in physical danger.A recent “bird box challenge” featured videos of people engaging in activities while blindfolded.People also were sickened in a challenge that involved eating Tide detergent pods.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Streeper facing third straight challenge for Northern Rockies mayors chair

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will be facing his third straight challenge for the mayor’s chair, and residents also have plenty of choices for who they want to see on Council.Streeper, who has served as mayor of the Regional Municipality since it was formed when the Village of Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional District merged in 2008, is seeking a fourth term in this year’s election.Streeper was acclaimed in 2008 before winning against Doug Roper in 2011 by over 500 votes. He was re-elected in 2014, beating Kim Eglinski by just 140 votes. Streeper’s opponent, Gary Foster, was elected to both Fort Nelson Village Council and the former Regional District Board in 1999, serving for only that year.There are ten candidates looking to be elected to Council in the Northern Rockies, four of whom are incumbents.Current councillors Kyle Andrews, Laurie Dolan, Lorraine Gerwing, and Danny Soles are looking to get re-elected this year.The four face challenges from newcomers Clayton Mollica, Todd Penney, John Roper, Ben Wall, Wayne Wheeler, and Tanner Whidden for the six remaining seats on Council.The municipal election is taking place on Octobner 20th, with advance voting occurring on the 10th and 17th.last_img read more

BC Emergency Alerting System Test May 8 2019

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Alert Ready system will be tested in B.C. today, Wednesday, May 8 at 1:55 p.m.One of the ways the Province is supporting Emergency Preparedness Week is by participating in national public safety emergency notification system testing.The Alert Ready system will be tested in B.C. on Wednesday, May 8 at 1:55 p.m. During the test, an alert will be broadcast on radio and television stations, as well as on compatible wireless devices. This testing is designed to assess the system’s readiness for an actual emergency and identify any adjustments that need to be made. ‘This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.’Do not call 911 for additional information about the test. Using 911 for non-emergency calls could delay help for people experiencing real emergencies.For more information on the Alert Ready testing; CLICK HEREAlert Ready frequently asked questions; CLICK HERElast_img read more