first_imgAmerican Pie 2, Hangover part II or 22 Jump Street, which opened well above their respective predecessors. READ MORE‘Deadpool 2’ Director Explains How That Shocking Celebrity Cameo HappenedSome unexpected faces pop up in Deadpool 2, but there’s one cameo that’s especially shocking. The cameo — an appearance by an A-list actor — is brief but electrifying. David Leitch, the director behind Deadpool 2 revealed to Inverse how the Merc With a Mouth was able to nab such a big star for such a quick but memorable role.This post contains huge spoilers for one of Deadpool 2’s best jokes, so be warned. When Deadpool is recruiting the X-Force, he enlists a member of the team that we didn’t see much of in any of the trailers despite the marketing’s heavy focus on the X-Force. READ MOREHow the Biggest ‘Deadpool 2’ Brawl Played Out in the Comics[This story contains spoilers for Deadpool 2] Deadpool 2 surprised fans with the appearance of one larger-than-life character. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Russell (Julian Dennison) are sent to the Ice Box prison, where one mutant is kept away from the general population: the Juggernaut. Russell befriends the huge mutant, who helps him in his quest for revenge against the evil man running the center for mutant youths where Russell has been raised. READ MORE‘Deadpool 2’ finally dethrones ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at the box officeDeadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. READ MOREDeadpool 2 Takes Over Top Box Office Spot After $125M Opening WeekendThis weekend, Marvel superheroes went up against a Marvel anti-hero, and the so-called merc with the mouth came out on top. “Deadpool 2,” a sequel to the surprise 2016 21st Century Fox hit, collected $125 million on its opening weekend in theaters in the U.S. and Canada, ComScore Inc. estimated in an email Sunday. It toppled Walt Disney Co.’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which held first place for the last three weeks, with $28.7 million this weekend. Counter-programming new movies “Book Club” and “Show Dogs” earned $12.5 million and $6 million, respectively. READ MOREDeadpool 2 Ends Avengers’ 3-Week Reign Atop Box Office(LOS ANGELES) — Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million in its opening weekend and ended the three-week reign of Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Deadpool 2,” with Ryan Reynolds returning as the title character and co-writing this time, fell somewhat short of the $130 million the studio predicted and the $132.4 million that its predecessor earned two years ago. READ MOREDeadpool 2 cameos: Yes, that is Brad Pitt and the X-Men*** SPOILERS AHEAD *** If you blink, you’ll miss these hilarious cameos.Alan Tudyk, the first person to see CableLook for Tudyk early on, almost right after you see Cable (Josh Brolin) for the first time on screen. He’s sporting a mullet and drinking watered-down beer in an open field with his buddy. Cable comes up to the duo, asks a simple question and then gets annoyed when there’s no simple answer. Tudyk drops to the ground when Cable hits him, and that’s the last we see of him. Poor Wash. READ MOREA Big-Name Cameo In ‘Deadpool 2’ Stemmed From A Joke That Required Oscar-Winning TalentSlight spoilers for Deadpool 2 … Deadpool is blending reality and fiction all while breaking down the fourth wall, only to stack the rubble back up to adorn it with a lovely spraypainted mural of Hugh Jackman’s face. Deadpool 2 ups the bizarre ante, and it will exist in our world, the X-Men universe still owned by Fox (for the time being) and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will also deliver a possible Matt Damon cameo, but you may not know where the Oscar-winning actor shows up, or why. READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Vancouver-filmed ‘Deadpool 2’ rakes in US$125 million in opening weekendRyan Reynolds’ Vancouver-shot action comedy Deadpool 2 has hit the screens, and is on track for a US$125-million domestic opening at the box office. That will fall short of its predecessor, 2016’s Deadpool, which took in US$132.4 million and holds the title as the top-grossing opening weekend for an R-rated movie.But it was enough to easily displace Avengers: Infinity War as the weekend’s biggest film. The Marvel juggernaut took in US$29 million this weekend. READ MORE‘Deadpool 2’ Sets New Opening Weekend Record For Comedy Sequels20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 earned $125 million over its opening weekend, putting it between It ($123m) and Deadpool ($132m) among R-rated openers. Yes, it still trails the original Deadpool’s $141m adjusted-for-inflation debut (ditto Matrix Reloaded’s $139m adjusted-for-inflation launch), and it’s a 5% decline from the first film’s debut. But, truth be told, when you open with $132m the first time out, there’s only so much higher you can go. If we look at it as a comedy sequel, as opposed to a superhero sequel, it’s a huge triumph. 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first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Several artists, including Tany Tagaq, are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation. (REBECCA WOOD PHOTO) Advertisement Facebook “When we draw on those experiences that are true and authentic to us, there’s really nothing we can’t do.”The awards ceremony is set to be held in Winnipeg on May 17 as part of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival.By Adina Bresge ~ The Canadian Presscenter_img Login/Register With: The Yellowknife-raised sisters said in an interview their decision was spurred by the IMA’s nomination of a non-Inuit artist who performs throat singing, which they view as an “insensitive” appropriation of their culture.Mackay and Ayalik declined to name the musician at the centre of the controversy, saying they wanted to focus on the broader issue of appropriation between Indigenous groups. “In cultural practices like throat singing, which were just about extinct and are now in a creative reclamation, there’s so much context that’s lost if it’s appropriated rather than collaborated with,” Mackay said by phone from Sudbury.Mackay and Ayalik said they and other members of the throat-singing community worked “quietly” in recent weeks to resolve the issue with the artist and IMAs, but have yet to see any action.A spokesperson for the IMAs did not provide comment Monday.Ayalik emphasized that there are vast variations between Indigenous cultures, even in communities as close as 50 kilometres apart, and each deserves to be respected.“We aren’t all one big group; and just as distinct as Scottish culture is from Norwegian culture, we’re just as different between Indigenous groups.”As disappointed as they are to be pulling out of the awards, Mackay and Ayalik said they hope to resume their relationship with the IMAs once policies are put in place to acknowledge these cultural distinctions, such as ensuring Inuit representatives are involved at every step of the event’s organization.“We are light in our hearts knowing that what we’re doing is going to help make people understand the various beautiful differences across cultures, and that people can also listen and look at Indigenous music with a bit of a different lens and focus,” Ayalik said by phone from Vancouver. Several artists are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation of Inuit throat singing.Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser and Iva are among the musicians who posted to social media pledging not to participate in the awards until the organization revises its policies or includes Inuit representation on its board.The throat-singing duo PIQSIQ, comprised of Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik, announced on Twitter Monday they are withdrawing the nomination of “Altering The Timeline” for best electronic music album. Twitterlast_img read more

First Nations vow to use courts and other means if necessary to

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY  – A coalition of Indigenous groups from Canada and the U.S. has signed a declaration against the Keystone XL pipeline, vowing to use the courts and whatever other means necessary to block the controversial project.At a signing ceremony in Calgary Wednesday, leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation representing tribes in both countries called for more dialogue and consultations on the project, which would run through their traditional lands.“It’s our responsibility to protect, and get involved, advocate and prevent this type of threat from crossing traditional Blackfoot lands,” said Chief Stanley Charles Grier of the Piikani nation at the ceremony.Chairman Brandon Sazue of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota said they hope to use the “right way” of opposing the pipeline, including the courts and negotiations, but as a last means he and others are prepared to protest like they did against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, who was arrested at the Dakota Access protests alongside Sazue, said she’s also ready to protest again.“We are hoping to find a peaceful resolution,” said Camp-Horinek, “but all of us understand that if it’s necessary for us to create a camp again, and to stand in opposition, we’ll do that.”She said she’s opposed to the pipeline because it and other resource extraction and development projects have threatened her people.Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump revived the pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. when he granted it a presidential permit, reversing Barack Obama’s rejection in 2015.TransCanada maintains the US$8 billion pipeline, set to run 1,900 kilometres between Hardisty, Alta., and Nebraska, will be environmentally safe create jobs, and boost the economy.The project still requires regulatory approval in Nebraska, while environmental groups have challenged the U.S. federal approval in read more

Trans Mountain fight will be bigger than Clayoquot Sound says environmentalist

first_img(Back in the 1990s, logging in Clayoquot Sound launched massive protests with nearly a thousand people arrested. Photo courtesy: The Wilderness Committee)The Canadian PressVANCOUVER – Outrage over the federal government’s announcement about buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to ensure it gets built could fuel protests bigger than those over logging in Clayoquot Sound, says a prominent environmentalist who was at the forefront of British Columbia’s so-called War in the Woods in the 1990s.Tzeporah Berman was cleared of aiding and abetting protesters at the Clayoquot blockade and is now an adjunct professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto.Canadians are angry the government is shelling out $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline rather than investing in clean energy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change promises during the 2015 election and his later commitment to the Paris climate accord, she said.“My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they’re motivated by a lack of fairness, they’re motivated by a sense of shared common purpose and outrage,” said Berman.“In this case, we have all of that.”Berman said the Liberal government “made a very big mistake” by backing Kinder Morgan’s project and alienating voters to create “a perfect storm” that would prompt people to take action.“I think a lot of us who knocked on doors for the Trudeau government really believed them when they said they were going to bring evidence-based analysis and science and democratic process back to pipeline reviews.”Berman is a director of, one of the groups that organized an anti-pipeline protest in Vancouver on Tuesday after Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the government’s plans for the pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.Another protest is planned in Victoria on Thursday.“My expectation is that the outrage is going to grow and we’re not just going it see it here in British Columbia but we’re going to see it nationally and internationally,” she said, adding social media makes it possible for activists to connect in ways that didn’t exist at the height of anti-logging protests in 1993.“We didn’t have email, we didn’t have cell phones. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through. This is a pipeline project that runs through urban centres,” she said of Trans Mountain.Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation council member who goes by his first name, said the federal government’s decision to pursue completion of the pipeline expansion threatens Indigenous communities if there was a spill of bitumen from increased tanker traffic in B.C. waters.“Trudeau had promised during the election that he would create a new environmental process that would protect Indigenous rights and that the Kinder Morgan project would be included and sent back to be done through the new process, and on both those counts he’s failed completely,” he said.Along with multiple legal challenges involving the pipeline, the Squamish Nation and five other First Nations are involved in a Federal Court of Appeal case that targets Ottawa’s approval of the project.“The protesters and the opposition, and the civil disobedience is probably going to increase,” Khelsilem said.“Our mandate from our people is to continue to defend our rights as a people and to protect our territory, not just for us but for future generations. We’re going to continue to stand with our allies that support our Indigenous rights and change the story of Canada, that Canada is no longer a country that disregards Indigenous rights.”last_img read more

Police stats showcase the impact of Winnipegs meth problem

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsWinnipeg is in the grips of a meth crisis and it’s only going to get worse according the city’s police chief.Danny Smyth held a news conference Monday to release the city’s 2018 statistical report.The 40-page report gives a glimpse into how bad the problem actually is.“Property crime has risen by a startling 19 per cent, and with the exception of arson, I think every category that was track has gone up significantly,” Smyth said.Smyth said meth is the driving force behind the rise in crime.Police received 618,321 calls requesting assistance last year, according to the report, resulting in a five per cent increase from 2017.The majority of these calls are people seeking assistance or wellbeing checks along with instances of disturbances.Police are tied up addressing these matters while non-urgent calls can go left unattended for up to days at a time, said Smyth.This also extends into other service providers.“The status quo is putting tremendous strain on police and paramedics and frankly our hospital emergency departments,” he said.Smyth is calling on the province to create a meth-specific detox shelter.Main Street Project currently runs a detox facility but it’s designed for alcohol.“We need some kind of facility… so that people that are in distress or need care can be transitioned from police or paramedics to other care providers,” said Smyth.When questioned about the need for more treatment options Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said the province has recently added 34 beds for people seeking help for addictions and mental health.“There’s certainly treatment available. We may need to look at capacity,” Cullen said by phone Monday.“We’ll certainly work with Manitoba Health to look at capacity issues,” he added.Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said this isn’t enough.Last month, a report from the Illicit Drug Task Force, a collaborative effort between federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, put forth 22 recommendations to address the rise of meth use.Bowman said he’s yet to see substantial efforts from the province to tackle some of the recommendations.“Until there are robust and serious investments…we’re going to be having similar conversations,” he said.In 2018, there were 22 homicides. Winnipeg has surpassed that total with 25 as of this week.Smyth worries if things don’t change next year will be read more

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act Bennett

first_imgCrown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada says First Nations women will finally be treated the same as men under the Indian Act.On Thursday Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced the federal government has now brought the final provisions of Bill S-3 into force, allowing registration by First Nations descendants born before April 17, 1985 who lost their status or were removed from band lists due to marriages to non-Indigenous men.Until now, provisions within the Indian Act meant women lost their status when they married non-Indigenous men, while men who married non-Indigenous women kept their status.“Gender equality is a fundamental human right and for far too long, First Nations women and their descendants have continued to face the effects of historical gender discrimination in Indian Act registration going back to its inception 150 years ago,” Bennett said in a statement Thursday.“I stand in solidarity with the Indigenous women who have been working so hard for decades to end sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act registration and am proud that today all remaining gender discrimination has been eliminated from Indian Act registration provisions.”Parliament passed the Indian Act in 1876, giving the federal government enormous power over the control of registered First Nations people, bands and the reserve system.A decade ago the B.C.’s court of appeal ruled in McIvor v. Canada that the Indian Act discriminated against First Nations women, contravening Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The case was initiated by Sharon McIvor, who under amendments to the Indian Act in 1985 was eligible for Indian status but could not pass status on to her son the same way a man could to his children.In 2010, Canada passed Bill C-3, which was intended to address sex discrimination under the Indian Act but still excluded many women from eligibility for status.The federal government passed Bill S-3 in December 2017, though that legislation still excluded some women where men could still be eligible for status.Grandchildren of an Indigenous woman could still be denied status if the grandchild was born prior to Sept. 4, 1951, where the same exclusion did not exist for Indigenous men under the same circumstances.In January of this year, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) ruled that Canada, through the Indian Act, was still discriminating against First Nations women and their descendants and needed to remove those barriers for women.McIvor and her son Jacob Grismer filed the complaint in 2010.The Trudeau government says bringing in the final provisions of Bill S-3 “responds to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls to Justice and is in line with the United Nations Human Rights Committee decision on the claim brought forward by Sharon McIvor and Jacob Grismer,” according to Thursday’s statement.“This means that as of August 15, 2019, all descendants born prior to April 17, 1985 to women who lost status or were removed from band lists because of their marriage to a non-Indian man dating back to 1869, will be entitled to registration, bringing them in line with the descendants of men who never lost status.“Once registered, First Nations individuals will be eligible for federal benefits and services such as Treaty payments, post-secondary education funding, and Non-Insured Health Benefits.”Estimates range in terms of the number of individuals who will be newly eligible for Indian Status, from 270,000 to 450,000, depending on who chooses to apply and whether they can provide adequate supporting documentation.With files from The Canadian read more

Thousands demand action during youthled countrywide climate strike protests

first_imgIndigenous teachings are seen as a way forward for the climate issues the world is facing.Many say these climate strikes will continue until the leaders of the world act.Here are the Ottawa River Singers featuring Brady Picody, his son Sage and Isaac Hanson.The group performed on Parliament Hill Friday. Our children’s future means more than your politics. Our children’s future means more than your profits.-Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail in OttawaAPTN NewsAcross Canada, hundreds of thousands of people, mainly students, marched on their legislatures and in the streets to demand climate action.Here is a wrap up of what went on across the country Friday as part of the burgeoning global youth-led school climate strike.Montreal(A half million people took to the streets of Montreal for the climate strike march. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTN)Huge and Beautiful, that’s how some described Montreal’s march.Estimates put the crowd at more than 500,00 people.But that’s no surprise – everyone knew it was going to be big.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made sure he was in Montreal for the march, so did Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer took a pass and was in Vancouver.Indigenous leaders from the Assembly of First Nations joined in, including National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Quebec and Labrador Regional Chief Ghislain Picard, Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek, Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart, and Alberta Regional Chief Marlene Poitras.Dignitaries included David Suzuki and international Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.Indigenous youth played a large role in Montreal’s march.APTN’s Lindsay Richardson filed this report from Montreal. Ottawa (Barriere Lake Elder Monique Manatch addresses the thousands of people, mainly students on Parliament Hill Friday. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)I would like to apologize to all the generations that come after me for not having done my best to help the planet.-senior at the rally in Ottawa.Parliament Hill is no stranger to protests and rallies.But what happened Friday was something that hasn’t occurred in sometime.While dwarfed by Montreal’s rally, more than 5,000 people, mainly students holding signs admonishing the government, and adults for not doing enough about climate change, cheered, chanted and raised their fists in the air.APTN’s Todd Lamirande was on the Hill and files this report. Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada This week the International Panel on Climate Change released a special report on the state of the oceans and cryosphere — meaning all frozen parts of the earth.The findings are frightening, particularly in the north.(Tables were set up in Iqaluit for people to make signs for the Climate Strike march. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)As carbon concentrations rise, the oceans are becoming more acidic and absorbing more heat.Threatening the safety and way of life of Inuit.Monica ell-kanayuk is president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada. Unceded Algonquin Territory (The speeches in Ottawa started with an acknowledgement that the rally, and Parliament Hill were on unceded Algonquin Territory. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)And before the speeches started, Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail walked through the crowd offering to smudge the thousands who were there.Here is her message to the people gathered. Climate Strike Canada, a network of students, young people and activists spearheading the marches, put out a list of demands. They include:Adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in full.Protection of most affected groups.Recognize Canada’s disproportionate role in the climate crisis.Transition to renewable energy and sustainable transportation infrastructure, while guaranteeing opportunity for fossil fuel workers in the new economy.Enshrine in law the fundamental right to a healthy environment.Conservation of biodiversity.Maintain and protect old growth forests, restore cutblocks, reduce habitat fragmentation, and strengthen the protection of at-risk species.Reject all new fossil fuel extraction or transportation projects, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and price pollution.Bold greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.Legislate net greenhouse gas emission reductions of 75 per cent over 2005 levels by 2030.Nunavut(“There’s lots of plastic killing animals,” says Anika Qaunirq-Hodgson as she marches in Iqaluit..  Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)It’s September, which is crazy, there’s no snow, and its not supposed to be this way.-Dayle KubluitokNorthern communities are disproportionately affected by climate change.Glaciers are receding, and summer sea ice is making way for open waters.In 2050, Canada expects that the very tip of Nunavut will have the last bit of summer ice on the planet.Iqaluit residents are not shy about showing their feelings and Friday was no exception. People walked with signs and talked about the need for change.APTN’s Kent Driscoll is in Iqaluit and filed this story.last_img read more

Oilsands price discounts expected to rise as output exceeds export pipeline room

first_imgCALGARY – Canadian oilsands producers face rising price discounts as growing production “materially exceeds” export pipeline capacity to the United States in the first quarter of 2018, RBC Dominion Securities says in a new research report.The report comes as the price differential between oilsands crude and its U.S. counterpart posted recently widened to more than US$25 because of recent events including reduced volumes on the Keystone pipeline system between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast after a leak in South Dakota.Production from the northern Alberta oilsands is set to climb by nearly 620,000 barrels per day over the next four years to 3.3 million bpd in 2021 before levelling off, it says.About 75 per cent of the growth will be in raw bitumen — which must be blended with light petroleum products to flow in a pipeline, thus increasing volume by another 30 to 40 per cent.“The oilsands are witnessing unprecedented growth that we now peg at roughly 250,000 barrels per day in 2017 and 315,000 bpd in 2018, before downshifting to roughly 180,000 bpd in 2019,” says the report from analyst Greg Pardy.“This is a double-edged sword because Western Canada’s oil exports are set to materially exceed export pipeline capacity in the first quarter of 2018 — structurally widening Western Canadian Select spreads until new pipeline expansions move into place.”The difference between WCS, a diluted bitumen crude, and West Texas Intermediate, a North American benchmark for conventional oil, will widen to average US$15.50 per barrel in 2018 and US$17.50 per barrel in 2019, the report says.That’s $3.50 higher for both years than previous RBC forecasts. The average differential through the first 10 months of 2017 was US$11.86, versus US$13.71 through the same period of 2016, according to Alberta’s Energy ministry.Stephen Kallir, an upstream analyst for Wood Mackenzie, said he agrees the average differential could be much higher than usual over the next few years.“Whenever our producers aren’t getting the most value for their product it is a negative,” he said, adding the price outlook is part of the reason investment in new oilsands projects has dried up.“If you look at what that downside case is on pricing if we don’t get new pipe, all of a sudden the economics get even more challenged because you’re looking at a differential that’s quite a bit bigger than what we consider historical norms.”He pointed out that Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) reported its oil export pipelines were fully spoken for earlier this week.Oilsands production next year is expected to grow mainly because of the ramp up of Suncor Energy Inc.’s (TSX:SU) 194,000-bpd Fort Hills mine and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (TSX:CNQ) 80,000-bpd Horizon mine expansion.RBC said its wider forecast discount for WCS will be driven in part by increasing reliance on crude-by-rail shipments, adding it will cost producers an average of about US$4.50 per barrel more to use rail than shipping by pipeline.It pointed out that Alberta’s railway loading capacity is about 620,000 bpd, leaving lots of room for growth.The National Energy Board recently reported crude-by-rail exports of 134,000 bpd in September, up from 120,000 bpd in August and almost double the 69,000 bpd in September of 2016. The highest level in the past five years was 179,000 bpd in September 2014.RBC said it estimates the U.S. Gulf Coast refining centre could accept another 1.8 million bpd of heavy oil from Canada if producers can get it there.Pipeline congestion is expected to ease by 2020 if the 830,000-bpd Keystone XL and 590,000-bpd Trans Mountain Expansion are built and come on stream as their builders hope, RBC said. Both, however, face vocal opposition from environmental activists and local politicians.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Aurora completes acquisition of CanniMed

first_imgVANCOUVER – Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it’s completed its acquisition of CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.The company says in a statement it has acquired all the remaining issued and outstanding shares of CanniMed that it did not already own.It says CanniMed’s shares were delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of business Tuesday.Aurora CEO Terry Booth says in a statement that CanniMed will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurora and will spearhead initiatives such as scientific research, education and product development.In January, Aurora struck a stock-and-cash deal valued at $1.1 billion to buy CanniMed.The agreement ended a sometimes-terse takeover battle between the two companies.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)last_img read more

Dividing lines between credit unions banks blurring but key differences remain

first_imgIan Bickis, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Distinctions between credit unions and private banks are fading as online banking, changing regulations, and competition have changed the retail banking landscape, but a few fundamental differences remain for those undecided between the two.Credit unions, a member-owned banking model, once had the advantage on value, while the greater resources of banks offered convenience and scale. However, both sides have recently pushed deeper into the other’s turf, said Tom Drake, founder of financial advice website MapleMoney.“I think the lines are getting blurred quite a bit now. It used to be that credit unions were sort of the one place to get what you can count on being a good deal, but with offers like Tangerine and Simplii Financial and even EQ Bank, it’s getting a little harder to see that difference.”While Scotiabank’s Tangerine and CIBC’s Simplii now offer pared down no-fee chequing and savings accounts pioneered by credit unions, financial co-operatives have countered by expanding their collective no-fee ATM network in 2015 to become the second largest in Canada.  Credit unions are also in the early days of eroding one of the remaining differentiators — that they’re provincially-based.Surrey, B.C.-based Coast Capital Savings, which boasts of being Canada’s largest credit union by membership (outside of the Desjardins network of Caisse de depots in Quebec), recently announced it had secured approval to become a national credit union under legislation passed in 2012.The credit union, the second in the country to get approval to go national after New Brunswick-based UNI credit union, has not announced details of its expansion but says it presents a new front of competition in the financial services space.“It’s never been an option at the national level,” said Dave Cunningham, head of public affairs for the credit union.“Right now, because we’re confined to our own province, like every other provincial credit union, if our members move to another province, they have to leave us.”The switch to a national union, while pushing into banks’ turf, would also mean an end to some advantages of being provincially regulated, like not being required to meet more stringent federal mortgage thresholds, and having unlimited deposit coverage in some provinces.So what are the remaining differentiators in retail banking? Credit unions maintain that because they’re owned by their customers, they’re motivated to offer better service and more community investments.  “The whole objective is different. They serve their members,” said Martha Durdin, CEO of the Canadian Credit Union AssociationCredit unions have won the Ipsos overall customer service award 13 years in a row, Durdin points out. They also give away a much bigger share of earnings, though it amounts to less because banks are just so much bigger.“Banks give what, one per cent of pre-tax profits? Credit unions give five per cent on average. That’s a huge difference,” said Durdin.The generosity is possible because credit unions aren’t solely focused on profit, she said.“Profit is good in the sense you want enough profit to be stable, and to be able to have enough capital so you can lend to your members, but it’s not an endless drive for increased profits.”Making financial decisions based on values can make sense, but Drake warns not to get too far away from the bottom line.“If it’s important to someone, then sure, a credit union’s a better choice. I wouldn’t necessarily make a big financial decision on it. If the mortgage rate’s a per cent higher, then you should probably be looking somewhere else.”And while credit unions have been tech pioneers in areas such as mobile cheque deposits, banks have more resources to invest in innovation.Technology is a big advantage offered by banks, including investments in artificial intelligence and secure online services, said Marina Mandal, vice president of banking transformation and strategy at the Canadian Bankers Association.“There’s a lot of effort by the banks to be ahead of the curve in how they use technology to provide a seamless and integrated experience.”Drake said that overall credit unions seem generally caught up, but banks still lead on new automated offerings like robo-advisors.“Banks like BMO and RBC have launched them recently too. It could be an example of where they’re behind again. But in general, I feel like they’re caught up.”Drake, who has accounts with Tangerine, Simplii as well as a more conventional accounts with major banks, says the free offerings have made it hard to bother switching, even though credit unions are probably more on your side. “It’s hard to quantify for sure, but just the idea that there’s things like profit share and you are an owner, and they’re not really looking to make a profit, it gives you probably a better chance that they’re in your corner.”last_img read more

Markets Right Now Global stocks climb after recent losses

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.Stocks in the U.S. and Europe are rising as global markets recover some of their recent losses.Technology companies and retailers rallied Monday. Microsoft added 2 per cent and Amazon rose 2.4 per cent.Oil prices and energy companies jumped. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2.7 per cent after it closed at its lowest price in more than a year Friday.The S&P 500 index rose 24 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,656.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 231 points, or 1 per cent, to 24,517. The Nasdaq composite climbed 74 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 7,012.In London the FTSE 100 index rose 0.7 per cent, less than other major indexes, after leaders from Britain and the European Union agreed to a deal governing Britain’s departure from the EU.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BC Transit unveils new Vicinity buses

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Transit unveiled two new Vicinity buses that will be coming to the Energetic City Friday afternoon.The 35-foot medium duty buses made by Grande West International Ltd. will better meet the transit needs of the community they serve.“We are pleased that Fort St. John residents will benefit from the newer vehicles,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “We look forward to enjoying the updates and improvements to the fleet.” A bus can seat 30 passengers with room for 24 standees along with two mobility aids and are also equipped with two doors for easier access to enter or exit the bus for customers. They will feature closed-circuit cameras for improved customer safety.“The new buses will help us better connect people and communities in Fort St. John,” added BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer, Manuel Achadinha. “Customers will see and hear a difference with the new buses as they are more effective and efficient.”Each bus will cost roughly $347,000 and will be funded by the province and the City of Fort St. John through the B.C. Transit President and Chief Executive Officer.Over 100 Vicinity buses will be arriving in communities across B.C. over the next two years.For more information about the Fort St. John transit system visit read more

Hydro says there is no evidence at this time landslide is connected

first_imgThe tweets went on to say safety is Hyrdo’s top priority and that they are monitoring the situation closely.  The Peace River Regional District has activated it’s Emergency Operations Centre in response to the landslide.  Two properties at the top of the hill have been evacuated.Safety is our top priority and we are monitoring the situation closely. We will work with on-site officials to assist in any way we can (2/3)— sitecproject (@sitecproject) September 30, 2018Officials with Yellowhead Road and Bridge say it could take a day or two before a new route for the Old Fort Road is determined.  In the meantime, residents of the Old Fort are asked to shelter in place and contact the Peace River Regional District or the RCMP if they need any assistance.BC Hydro is aware of the landslide that occurred near the community of Old Fort this weekend. This slide is off the dam site, about one km past the eastern entrance to the #SiteC project (1/3)— sitecproject (@sitecproject) September 30, 2018For more on the evacuation order, click here.For more on the opening of the emergency operations centre, click here. To see more photos and video of the slide, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro says there is no evidence, at this time, that links Sunday’s landslide to the construction of the Site C Dam.In series of tweets Sunday afternoon, Hydro said there is no evidence the slide near the Old Fort is connected to work taking place at the Site C Dam.  The slide caused part of the Old Fort Road to buckle overnight Saturday.  The road is currently closed approximately 1km from one entrance to the Dam.At this time, there is no evidence that the slide is related to #SiteC or any of the work taking place on the project (3/3)— sitecproject (@sitecproject) September 30, 2018last_img read more

BC RCMP provide update on Northeast BC homicide investigations

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The B.C. RCMP provided an update Wednesday afternoon on the three Northeast B.C. homicide investigations, this after the bodies of murder suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were found near Gillam, Manitoba.The RCMP says they have spoken with the victims’ family members on the discovery of the two bodies.At 10:00 a.m. on August 7, the two bodies were found 1 km from where items were found on the Nelson River and the RCMP are confident the two bodies are Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. Specialized RCMP teams began searching nearby high-probability areas, leading officers to the discovery of the two male bodies, in the dense brush.The RCMP have not determined exactly how Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died.  The RCMP have asked for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.RCMP say it will be extremely difficult for them to determine a motive and will continue to investigate to confirm if McLeod and Schmegelsky are murder suspects.The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019.RCMP say the investigations into the homicides are still on-going and more updates will be provided once available.last_img read more

Pleasant Saturday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The national capital on Saturday woke up to a pleasant morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average, the weather office said. “Shallow fog enveloped the city in the morning. The day is expected to remain clear with no chances of rainfall,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. The humidity at 8.30 a.m was recorded 79 per cent. The day’s maximum temperature is expected to hover around 26 degree Celsius. Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 26.5 degree Celsius, two notches above the season’s average while the minimum was 10.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal.last_img read more

To ensure free and fair election, police hold interstate meetings ahead of LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior police officers from Delhi, Gautam Buddha Nagar (UP) and Faridabad (Haryana) participated in an interstate coordination meeting on Wednesday and discussed strategies to ensure free and fair elections.According to police, the elections in Gautam Buddha Nagar will be held in 1st Phase on 11th April and in Delhi and Faridabad in 6th Phase on 12th May. Police officers from the 3 states discussed steps to be taken to tackle issues including the flow of illegal money, liquor, firearms, security arrangements and intelligence sharing to tackle the challenges and holding smooth and fair General Elections 2019. Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Devesh C Srivastava addressed the meeting and said that “The South-East District always had good support and co-operation with adjoining districts of Gautam Budha Nagar and Faridabad. The inter-state co-ordination meetings of intelligence sharing and joint operations have taken place earlier but such meetings are necessary ahead of the upcoming elections to discuss the emerging challenges and their solution.” During the meeting, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that it was decided for conducting integrated checking particularly on border pickets, sharing and collection of intelligence about active criminals and criminals carrying fire-arms, deployment of maximum staff with weapons, identifying the persons involved in selling of drugs illicit liquor and firearms in their areas and taking appropriate legal action against them to keep them behind the bars for a longer time. “The trends in smuggling of liquor and fire-arms in Delhi NCR were discussed. It was also stressed to keep vigil on the movement of jail-bail released criminals as well as musclemen attending gyms and akharas who are misused during elections,” said DCP Biswal. It was further decided in the meeting that a WhatsApp group of police officers of above 3 districts will be formed to share real-time information regarding VIP movements, any sensitive issues relating to communal harmony, information about criminals, movement of cash, liquor etc.last_img read more

A collaboration for keyhole surgery in NE India

first_imgTo benefit patients for laparoscopic surgery in four states of rural North-east India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland), Leeds Global Health Research Group, UK on Surgical Technologies (GHRG-ST) are collaborating with Kolkata Medical College.As a part of this initiative, seven surgeons from the North-Eastern states undertook their first training – a mix of teaching, simulation, and live demonstration at Kolkata Medical College from March 11-14, 2019. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe Leeds team comprised of surgeons, researchers, and engineers who have expertise in developing new solutions to areas of clinical need and evaluating the benefits and costs in clinical practice. Laparoscopic – or ‘keyhole’ surgery is done through small cuts, rather than large incisions used in open surgery. In this process, patients suffer less pain and make a quicker recovery with fewer complications. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are well known in high-income countries but have not been evaluated in lower income countries, where the benefit may be even more apparent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe barriers to implementing laparoscopic surgery in rural settings are a lack of resources, in particular, a lack of anaesthetists. One of the solutions is modification of the laparoscopic technique, called Gas Insufflation-Less Laparoscopic Surgery (GILLS). The GILLS technique can be used under simple spinal anaesthesia to perform laparoscopic operations at a lower cost, but with similar benefits for patients. The programme is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research, the research arm of the UK National Health Service (NHS), with the aim of improving surgical care. Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, met the Leeds GHRG-ST team in Kolkata. He said: “We are fully supportive of this exciting new initiative, which addresses a real clinical need and will help to raise the availability and standard of surgical care in the rural areas of northeast of India”. Professor Sukumar Maiti, Head of Department, Surgery, Kolkata Medical College said: “Guest surgeons and gynaecologists from different medical colleges in Kolkata had a useful session on the scope and future of safe principle of Laparoscopic Surgery. It was a programme with grand success for the hands-on training of seven surgeons working in the rural areas of northeast of India.” The next phase of the programme will consist of further workshops and a preceptorship programme providing one-to-one support. The aim is for the rural surgeons to become the GILLS trainers of the future, helping to spread laparoscopic surgery across rural areas, reducing costs , and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programme.last_img read more

Church services in SL to resume from May 5

first_imgColombo: Public mass in the terror-hit Sri Lanka would resume in certain Catholic churches from May 5 and no bags will be allowed inside as part of the tight security measures, according to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. All public church services were cancelled after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that ripped through three churches and high-end hotels, killing 253 people and injuring 500 others. The prelate said on Monday that vigilance committees formed by the residents of the parish would be responsible to identify individuals who enter their respective churches and parishioners will have to confirm their identity before entering a church. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe cardinal, who conducted a private memorial mass on Sunday fearing repeat of the Easter attacks, told media that bags will not be allowed to be taken inside the churches owing to security measures. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s had also attended the private memorial mass. Commenting on Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s statement that the bombings could have been averted had the Counter-Terrorism Act been in force, he said that amending the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is better than bringing in a new piece of legislation to counter terrorism, the Daily Mirror reported. It is easier to amend the existing legislation rather than bringing in a new one. Effective measures should be taken to apprehend the individuals and groups responsible for these attacks in order to prevent people from taking the law into their hands,” he said. The religious leader said a new government comprising all parties should be appointed.last_img read more

French President Hollande to address cheating scandal on Tuesday

first_imgBordeaux– Allegations of cheating which led to the First Lady’s hospitalization might be addressed during a press conference.French President François Hollande has had a rough weekend. Already the least popular President of the Fifth Republic, he is now facing more trouble after the revelation by tabloid Closer of his affair with French actress Julie Gayet. The cover of the magazine, released on Friday, shows pictures of Hollande leaving the Presidential Palace on a scooter and entering an apartment located a few streets away. The next morning, his personal bodyguards are seen delivering croissants to the love nest and taking the President back to his office. Later on Friday, Hollande’s girlfriend and official partner, journalist Valérie Trierweiler, was rushed to a private hospital. Her team released an official statement claiming she needs to rest after suffering from depression. French magazine Le Point revealed in an online poll that 89 per cent of the French think Mr Hollande “should announce his separation from Valerie Trierweiler”.When he was elected a year an a half ago, critics arose saying that since the couple is not married, Trierweiler should not get the privileges given to the First Lady. These include a staff of five, executive travel by private jet and limousine as well as the use of official residences, paid with public funds. She is also widely unpopular because of a comment she made on Twitter regarding Hollande’s ex-wife and former presidential candidate Ségolène Royal. The President has yet to speak about the event, and it is believed he will do so during the first press conference of the year, set to take place on Tuesday. The opposition was quick to denounce the President’s actions, saying it “gives a bad image of France abroad and that the press conference is now sure to focus on his personal woes rather than more important topics such as unemployment.” Indeed, the event has already made international headlines, newspapers reusing the cliché that the French are naturally unfaithful, and comparing Hollande to former President Mitterrand who also had an affair during his time in office and had an illegitimate child. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten orredistributed.last_img read more

Embarrassing Video Incriminates the Polisario, Shows Other Side of the Coin

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- Members of the Sahrawi movement “Youth for Change” inside the Tindouf camps managed to break the state of silence imposed on them for almost forty years by the Polisario leadership, and called on the international community to find an “urgent solution” to their long-lasting sufferings inside the camps.In a video posted by Laayoune TV channel on YouTube Friday, the members of the movement, against the leadership of Polisario, talked about the miserable conditions and the suffering of the Sahrawi in the Tindouf camps.Even if international NGOs and the United Nations consider people inside the camps “refugees”, they in no way have the rights afforded to them by this status, in accordance with the Geneva Convention of 1951. “Everybody consider us refuges, but in reality we are under the oppression of Polisario leaders. We can neither move nor express our opinions freely,” said a young Sahrawi, who covered his face in fear of being recognized and punished by the Polisario leadership. “The population has been and is still suffering and waiting for forty years. Our children have been raised here, and the world has changed around us, but we still live under the same conditions,” the young man added.“Youth for Change” 38th commemoration of suffering under corrupted leadershipThe “UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is responsible to find a solution for these people who live in this dusty and hot place,” he noted.The young Sahrawi, who introduced himself as a graduate student, said that employments in the camps are given only to the sons of the leaders of the front and their relatives or friends.  “After I have graduated, I came here in search for a job, but in vain. I tried to do a commercial activity, but, again, the Polisario leadership was blocking me.”In these inhumane conditions, the population of the camps lives under the tyranny of the oppressive leaders of Polisario with the hope of settling the issue and having the right to return to their homeland. “My children keep asking me why we are staying here away from our home country, but, unfortunately, I have no convincing answer” Last January, a wave of protests broke out in most of the camps in Tindouf, in which young Saharawis demanded the exercise of their inalienable rights, namely the right to freedom of expression and movement and the right to having a decent work.  In December 2013, waves of protests shook the refugee camps charging the Polisario chiefs with the embezzling of fuel destined for the camps.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more