first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Below, we have posted– a very interesting Facebook Post/Thread regarding this issue– Chantel’s interview on The National(Click Here to go directly to the Facebook post)Chantel’s interview starts at 13:19 Login/Register With: On November 7th, CBC’s The National aired a segment that included Canadian actresses speaking out about sexual harassment on a Toronto movie set.When Chantel Cousineau contacted ACTRA regarding Director James Toback … her complaints fell on deaf ears.A representative at ACTRA told “We have received 72 written complaints regarding that director … I suggest you leave it, at least you got the job.” Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

ETALK Gives Canadians Exclusive Coverage with the Official Red Carpet Special ETALK

first_imgAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at THE 90TH OSCARSThe exclusive, lead-in to the live broadcast of THE 90TH OSCARS, OSCARS® OPENING CEREMONY: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET (6:30 m. ET / 4:30 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO) showcases the nominees, presenters, and performers arriving on the red carpet.Then, it’s Canada’s most-watched television program of the year. Hosted by late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, THE 90th OSCARS® (8 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO) airs live across the country from the Dolby Theatre™ at the Hollywood and Highland Center® in Hollywood. Confirmed presenters to date include: Armie Hammer, Chadwick Boseman, Daniela Vega, Emma Stone, Eva Marie Saint, Gal Gadot, Gina Rodriguez, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Marie Tran, Kumail Nanjiani, Laura Dern, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mahershala Ali, Margot Robbie, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Viola Davis, Wes Studi, and Zendaya. Performers announced include: Andra Day, Common, Gael García Bernal, Keala Settle, Mary J. Blige, Miguel, Natalia Lafourcade, and Sufjan Stevens.ETALKTo help get viewers Oscar-ready, ETALK’s annual one-hour special ETALK’S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE 2018 airs on Oscar Eve, Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. ET/MT on CTV and CTV GO. Featuring ETALK Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporter Liz Trinnear, and Executive Producer/Co-Creator Morley Nirenberg, ETALK’s annual one-hour special dissects the top categories and stories from this year’s Oscar race including the #TimesUp movement, and who should be taking home an Oscar this year.ETALK is the only Canadian entertainment news outlet broadcasting live from the Oscars red carpet with ETALK AT THE OSCARS (5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. MT / 4:30 p.m. CT / 6:30 p.m. AT). ETALK Anchor and YOUR MORNING Co-Host Ben Mulroney provides a Canadian perspective, while ETALK Anchor Danielle Graham, and ETALK and THE SOCIAL’s Lainey Lui report from the exclusive balcony position for a birds-eye view of the OSCARS red carpet.New this year, ETALK’s live red carpet coverage continues in an interactive digital exclusive, ETALK LIVE: THE OSCARS BALCONY, at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT on Facebook, Twitter,, and The complementary viewing experience invites audiences to join Graham and Lui on the balcony for an up-to-the-minute look at the red carpet run-ins, fashion highlights, and to eavesdrop on Mulroney’s interviews with Hollywood’s biggest names as the stars make their way into the Dolby Theatre™ below.The next day, ETALK presents its Oscars recap, one of the program’s most-watched broadcasts of the year (Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. ET/MTon CTV and CTV GO). Canada’s #1 entertainment team, reporting on location in L.A., provides viewers with exclusive Oscar coverage of the most buzzed-about after parties – including Elton John’s annual post-Oscar bash. With reports from Senior Correspondent Traci Melchor and updates from the Governor’s Ball and Vanity Fair party, ETALK reveals candid moments that occurred backstage during the awards ceremony and exclusive red carpet highlights not seen during Sunday night’s live broadcast.CTV.caLeading up to Oscar Sunday, is home of extended ETALK interviews online with select OSCAR nominees, including Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).CTV’s live broadcast of THE 90TH OSCARS is complemented, once again, by extensive digital coverage on ca/ will house a live stream of the show, clips from THE 90THOSCARS ceremony, including all awards and speeches, all the red carpet specials, and an on-demand replay of the is home to a full list of nominees, live updates of all the winners, photo galleries and video highlights of the biggest moments from the broadcast show, the best looks from the year’s most glamorous red carpet, and other exclusive online content not seen during the broadcast.CTV Social Media ActivationsAll weekend long, the ETALK AT THE OSCARS hosts provide an exclusive, up-close-and-personal perspective as they immerse themselves in all-things OSCAR. Viewers can engage by following #etalkRedCarpet on Twitter and Instagram, and tweeting along with @etalkCTV, @BenMulroney, @DanielleGraham, @LaineyGossip, @CTV_Television, and @CTV_PR.The ETALK team will be participating in a live Tweet Chat and an Instagram Live from red carpet rehearsals on Saturday, March 3. For more information, follow @CTV_PR.During the ETALK LIVE AT THE OSCARS broadcast, viewers can join the conversation on Twitter using #etalkRedCarpet and following @CTV_Television, @etalkCTV, @CTV_PR, and CTV PR Social Media Correspondent Jennifer Ettinger, @FitYourStyle, as they attend @CTV_PR’s social media influencer viewing party at the world famous Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles.Hollywood’s biggest night is complemented with extensive pre and post-Oscar coverage on CTV’s in-house productions including YOUR MORNING and THE SOCIAL, as well as Bell Media’s specialty channel E!.Social Media links Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO (February 26, 2018) – CTV rolls out the red carpet across all platforms for Hollywood’s most anticipated and glamorous night. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, THE 90TH OSCARS® air live across the country Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO (visit to confirm local broadcast times). The biggest night in television begins with Canada’s only official live red carpet special, ETALK AT THE OSCARS, launching Oscar Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. MT / 4:30 p.m. CT / 6:30 p.m. AT) and leading into OSCARS® OPENING CEREMONY: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on CTV and CTV GO (check local listings). Last year, THE OSCARS was the most-watched program in Canada See below for CTV’s full OSCAR® programming lineup.“Each year, CTV is thrilled to exclusively broadcast the biggest night in television,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “THE 90TH OSCARS is a must-see television event and we invite Canadians to tune in to our comprehensive coverage on multiple platforms. CTV gives viewers from coast-to-coast-to-coast a front row seat to this year’s Oscar production that, if history is any indication, can be unpredictable until the very last minute.”CTV has Canadians covered for all the glitz and glam with coverage of THE 90TH OSCARS across multiple platforms. Among the highlights: Advertisement Twittercenter_img (L-R): THE 90TH OSCARS® Host Jimmy Kimmel and ETALK’s Ben Mulroney, Danielle Graham, and Lainey Lui Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook  @CTV_PR @CTV_Television @etalkCTV @TheAcademy Ben Mulroney Danielle Graham Lainey Traci Melchor Devon Soltendieck Liz Trinnear @TheChloeWilde @jessegiddings CTV on Facebook @CTV_PR @CTV_Television @etalkCTV Ben Mulroney Danielle Graham Lainey Lui Traci Melchor Devon Soltendieck Liz Trinnear Chloe Wilde Jesse GiddingsAbout ETALKHosted by Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporters Liz Trinnear and Chloe Wilde, and L.A. Correspondent Jesse Giddings, ETALK is the most-watched Canadian entertainment newsmagazine. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and iHeartRadio MMVAs, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Production, and Morley Nirenberg is Director of Production and Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean, Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. More information about ETALK can be found at, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV.last_img read more


first_imgWorkers say the venue’s Board of Governors locked them out of their jobs on July 19 after months of negotiations for a new collective agreement, and that management has refused to bargain in good faith.The situation has become significantly more intense on Friday with the launch of 2018’s Canadian National Exhibition. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Things are heating up at The Ex this week as skilled technical workers remain locked out amidst an ongoing labour dispute between their union and the city.City of Toronto has locked out @iatse58 long enough, time to get back to the bargaining table so CNE and other events can move forward. Earlier today City Council petitioned for a special meeting tomorrow afternoon.— Mike Layton (@m_layton) August 20, 2018Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58, which represents workers with technical and staging expertise, have been picketing outside the city-owned Exhibition Place for almost a month now. Twitter AppleMarklast_img read more

Montreals DynamO Théâtre Returns To YPT With A Unique Take On ROMEO

first_imgThe creative team includes Set and Costume Designer Pierre-Étienne Locas; Lighting Designer Martin Sirois; Composer and Soundscape Designer Pierre Guy Blanchard; Assistant Director Audrey Blouin; Fight Designer Jean-François Gagnon; Acrobatic Movement Designer Hugues Sarra-Bournet; Make-up Designer Suzanne Trépanier; Voice Coach Marie-Lise Hétu; Stage Manager Marie-Chantal Bonin.Schedule: People’s Theatre | 165 Front Street East, TorontoTickets: $10-$39, HST & service charges extra; subject to change without notice | Online: Box Office: 416.862.2222 x2For more information visit Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Young People’s Theatre (YPT) welcomes back the exuberantly physical DynamO Théâtre with a unique take on Shakespeare’s timeless classic. What If Romeo & Juliet… explores how Romeo & Juliet might have ended differently. Would alternative choices have altered the fatal outcomes of rivalry and prejudice? What if Romeo & Juliet… will be presented on the Mainstage from October 10th to 19th.This engaging reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s most famous love story exemplifies YPT’s season theme: the spirited motivation of young people to change the world around them. This engaging production is a perfect representation of that, conveyed in this case through stunning acrobatic movement.What If Romeo & Juliet… is Created and Directed by Jackie Gosselin, performed by Rosalie Dell’Aniello, Jérémie Earp, Agathe Foucault, and Rémy Savard, with Shakespeare’s voice by Lucien Bergeron. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Elly Mayday SASKATCHEWAN-BORN MODEL ASHLEY LUTHER, BETTER KNOWN AS ELLY MAYDAY, DEAD AT 30Ashley Luther, the Saskatchewan-born woman who gained fame as Elly Mayday — a fierce model who embraced her curves — died Friday in Vancouver. She was 30.Luther, who grew up on a farm near Aylesbury, Sask., had been dealing with ovarian cancer and related health complications for five years.Luther was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer called low grade serous carcinoma at 25. READ MOREELLY MAYDAY, BODY-POSITIVE MODEL AND ADVOCATE, DIES FROM OVARIAN CANCER AT 30“One Hell Ova Woman” reads an embroidery Elly Mayday was gifted last summer.In an Instagram post, the body-positive model said: “This is one of my favorite gifts I’ve received. This little tag line came to me one day and I liked the way it felt. I wanted to create a hashtag that said a bit more than “warrior” or survivor, to be honest I’ve never identified with either words.“#One Hell Ova Woman” is the woman who doesn’t back down. The one who faces obstacles with grace and strength. The “Ova” spelling is a nod towards my girls fighting this disease. (I wish there was another word rather than fighting) but it’s not just about cancer. It’s just about her. You.” READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook CANADIAN MODEL AND ACTIVIST DIES AT 30 FROM OVARIAN CANCERSaskatchewan-born model and body positivity activist has died at 30 from ovarian cancer on Friday.Ashley Luther, professionally known as Elly Mayday, moved to British Columbia to pursue her modelling career where she would often work with local Forever Yours Lingerie.Luther documented her five-year struggle with ovarian cancer and her struggle as a plus-size model. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Saskatchewans child welfare system putting children in risk of death report

first_imgAPTN National NewsSaskatchewan’s child welfare system has faced criticism in the past, and little has changed, according to the children’s advocate latest annual report.Sadly, the findings are not surprising. Children in care face risk of death either by their own hand or through neglect, the report found.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

Feds allege misspending at Manitoba tribal organization

first_imgAPTN National NewsA federal government audit of a Manitoba tribal council’s books allegedly uncovered more than $260,000 in “inappropriate or questionable” payments to the two former grand chiefs and staff member during their time in office, according to Aboriginal Affairs.In a letter dated July 25, addressed to current Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Terrence Nelson, obtained by APTN National News, Aboriginal Affairs said they conducted an investigation into the payments made to the SCO’s former grand chiefs Morris Shannacappo, Murray Clearsky and his chief of staff Michael Bear between the fiscal years 2010 to 2013.Nelson was elected in January and after the allegations. The letters says if the SCO can’t provide proof the payments were legit by Friday the feds will expect the money to be repaid.Nelson told APTN some of the payments can be explained and he’s been in contact with Aboriginal Affairs.“We cooperated completely with the forensic auditors. The complaint came in from staff originally a while back and the chiefs acted on it. The chiefs were the ones who removed the former grand chief,” said Nelson. “This is not a court of law. If there is criminal activity, obviously that will be forwarded to the RCMP. The chiefs are very clear nothing will be covered up.”Auditors dug through SCO’s books for three weeks, said Nelson.According to the letter, auditors allege Clearsky used an unauthorized debit card, connected to SCO’s bank account, for nearly $28,000 in purchases and cash withdrawals between July and September 2013 for a treaty awareness event.Other allegations include alleged improper pay increases, travel expenses, healing lodge expenses and purchase of a vehicle by Shannacappo.“The car was never paid for by SCO funds,” said Nelson, who added he’s responded to the feds and the process of finding out exactly what is owed in continuing.For the complete list of the allegations read the letter here.Nelson said he’s just begun to reach out to Clearsky and Bear for their side of things.The SCO chiefs ousted Clearsky last October when the allegations read more

Battle over BC mega dam heading to courts

first_imgAPTN National NewsNow that premier Christy Clark has approved the Site C dam, residents and First Nations in northern British Columbia are ramping up their court case.The dam is expected to flood 5500 hectares of land along the Peace River along the eastern edge of the province.Government officials say it will provide enough electricity to power nearly a half a million homes.But local First Nations say the dam is a non-starter.APTN’s Tina House reports.last_img

Indigenous teens from Australia embark on cultural exchange program in Calgary

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsTwo 15-year-old Indigenous girls from Groote Eylandt in Australia traveled halfway across the globe to Calgary.They’re here to attend a women’s police conference and to visit the Tsuut’ina Nation.APTN‘s Chris Stewart met up with them after their 30-hour flight.last_img

Different pictures emerge of La Loche school shooter requesting youth sentence

first_imgThe Canadian PressSaskatchewan’s highest court has reserved its decision on whether a young man who shot and killed four people and injured seven others in a northern community should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.Aaron Fox appeared before the Court of Appeal on Thursday to argue that the shooter, now 21, faced cognitive and mental issues that affected his maturity and level of blame.“One of the themes throughout this whole case, from the very beginning, is you’re talking about a youth who was identified as needing help already in Grade 1,” Fox said after the hearing.“He didn’t receive it all throughout elementary school, and he didn’t receive it through high school, and he didn’t receive it after he was charged, and he hasn’t received since he’s been convicted. That’s a concern.”Crown prosecutor Beverly Klatt argued the sentencing judge considered evidence about the shooter’s mental limitations, but concluded his level of planning showed sophistication.The original sentencing hearing was told that the shooter researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people. The night before the shootings he did an online search asking, “What does it feel like to kill someone?”“Everything he did leading up to the murders and what he did on that day were not the actions of someone who was immature or vulnerable,” Klatt said Thursday outside the courthouse.“They were all the actions of somebody who was adapting to a change of circumstances as it was coming and who had a plan.”Fox said the shooter did not have an escape plan nor did he attempt to disguise what he was about to do. He first posted online about his plan before driving to the high school.“I can’t imagine something less sophisticated.”The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and then a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016.He was sentenced as an adult last year to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder.Fox argued the judge focused on the gravity of the crimes, but did not consider the many problems the shooter faced.Struggled with depressionCourt heard he has a low IQ and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and has struggled with depression.Fox cited statements from the young man’s teachers who noted he was often alone, constantly withdrawn and someone who should have received academic and psychological help.At the time of the shooting he was repeating Grade 10 for a third time.Fox referred to the shooter’s school journal where he listed his dislikes as school, students and teachers and, in another section, answered a question from an assignment by bringing up a murder plan.“I read all of these words and they cry out for somebody to sit down and try and figure out what’s going on in this kid’s world,” Fox told the Appeal Court.“But it didn’t happen.”Fox said his client is serving his sentence at a maximum-security facility in British Columbia and is not receiving the psychological help he needs.The shooter, mostly looking straight ahead and sitting with his hands folded, appeared in court via video. A publication ban ordered because of the appeal prevents identifying him.Robert St. Pierre, mayor of La Loche, drove to Regina to attend the hearing and said he wants to see the young man stay sentenced as an adult.St. Pierre said the appeal retraumatizes victims who are still living with physical and emotional injuries.“It’s just not fair to the community.”last_img read more

Climate change suddenly a crisis on Parliament Hill as support for Green

first_imgNation to NationThe federal Conservatives may keep hammering the Liberals over its carbon tax but haven’t offered a solution of their own.“It’s been about 400 days since Andrew Scheer said he was going to come up with a climate plan and we’re a few months away from the election and we still have not heard anything,” said Liberal MP Dan Vandal on Nation to Nation.The Trudeau government’s carbon tax makes things such as filling up at the pumps several cents more expensive.The Conservatives jumped all over it as the country heads into an October election.And according to MP Cathy McLeod their plan is coming soon.“Certainly our leader has indicated very clearly that in the next few weeks he will be releasing our plan. Climate change is real. It’s a problem and it needs a global solution,” said McLeod.Meanwhile, NDP MP Rachel Blaney told Canadians that the Trudeau government hasn’t been a leader on climate change and that Canadians are getting impatient.“The reality on the ground is that this is a huge concern for people. Canadians want to see action. They want to see it now,” said Blaney.Both the NDP and Liberals supported an emergency debate on climate change this week.It’s something that Green party leader Elizabeth May asked for last fall but none of the other leaders showed up and it didn’t end up doing anything.May said it should be a coincidence other parties appear to be supporting the crisis now since the Green’s recent by-election victory in the British Columbia riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.“I welcome this entirely,” she said. “But I think that it’s not an accident that this is a response to the growing strength of the Green party across the country.”Last October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned drastic cuts to emissions are needed in the next decade to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic. That report suggested the Liberals’ target under the Paris climate-change agreement, which would mean cutting annual greenhouse-gas emissions by about 28 per cent compared to what they are now, is nowhere near enough.The Liberal motion, which was to be debated Thursday, asks MPs to recommit to the Paris climate-change accord by meeting the existing targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and toughening them as is required to meet the accord’s stated objective of keeping global warming as close to 1.5 C as possible.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh intends to cut Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions almost in half over the next decade as he stakes out a claim to being a climate-change champion in the looming federal election.Singh presented a motion in the House of Commons Monday, laying out eight broad strokes of the party’s climate-change platform. The motion asks for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to declare “an environment and climate emergency” as well as pledge to cut emissions more deeply, eliminate government aid to the fossil-fuel industry and cancel the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.“We want to reflect the urgency people are feeling,” Singh said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.That urgency for him means a slow end to the Canadian oil sector, which Singh says is on its way out whether Canadians like the idea or not.“This is the direction the world is headed,” he said.– with files from The Canadian PressN2N@aptn.calast_img read more

CSIS welcomed energy industry info about alleged threats documents show

first_imgClayton Thomas-Muller (left) at a protest in Paris. (APTN file)APTN NewsThe Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) routinely welcomed reports from the energy industry about perceived threats, and kept such information in its files in case it might prove useful later, newly disclosed documents reveal.Canada’s spy agency is supposed to retain only information that is “strictly necessary” to do its job, and the spy agency is now facing questions about whether it collected and hung on to material about groups or people who posed no real threat.Details of the CSIS practices are emerging in a case mounted by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) in the Federal Court of Canada.Clayton Thomas-Müller of Pukatawagan Cree Nation in Manitoba is a regular campaigner at demonstrations and protests at home and abroad.He said the abuses alleged by the BCCLA occurred under former prime minister Stephen Harper and could be continuing under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“Of course, CSIS says that they’re not guilty of anything,” he said from Winnipeg Monday.“The fact of the matter is we have no reason to think anything’s changed from the Harper era to the Trudeau era.”In a February 2014 complaint to the CSIS watchdog, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the BCCLA alleged the spy service overstepped its legal authority by monitoring environmentalists opposed to Enbridge’s now-abandoned Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.It also accused CSIS of sharing information about the opponents with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies, effectively deterring people from voicing their opinions and associating with environmental groups.The review committee dismissed the civil liberties association’s complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome.In the process, more than 8,000 pages of once-secret material, including heavily redacted transcripts of closed-door hearings, have become public, providing a glimpse into the review committee’s deliberations.During one hearing, a CSIS official whose identity is confidential told the committee that information volunteered by energy companies was put in a spy service database.“It is not actionable. It just sits there,” the CSIS official said. “But should something happen, should violence erupt, then we will go back to this and be able to see that we had the information? It is just information that was given to us, and we need to log it.“Should something happen after and we hadn’t logged it, then we are at fault for not keeping the information.”Civil libertiesThe review committee heard from several witnesses and examined hundreds of documents in weighing the civil liberties association’s complaint.The watchdog concluded CSIS collected some information about peaceful anti-petroleum groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to projects such as oil pipelines.Advocacy and environmental groups Leadnow, the Dogwood Initiative, and the Council of Canadians are mentioned in the thousands of pages of CSIS operational reports scrutinized by the review committee.But the committee’s report said that CSIS’s activities did not stray into surveillance of organizations engaged in lawful advocacy, protest or dissent.A CSIS witness testified the spy service “is not in the business of investigating environmentalists because they are advocating for an environmental cause, period.”Still, the review committee urged CSIS to ensure it was keeping only “strictly necessary” information, as spelled out in the law governing the spy service.And Thomas-Müller offered this advice – albeit sarcastically.“I know that when I’m not spying on people I’m not generating thousands of redacted pages of documents,” he cracked.Chilling effectThe civil liberties association told the committee of a chilling effect for civil society groups from the spy service’s information-gathering as well as comments by then-natural resources minister Joe Oliver denouncing “environmental and other radical groups.”One CSIS witness told the committee that Oliver’s statement did not flow from information provided by the spy agency.“As a service, we never found out where he was coming from, where he got this information or who had briefed him,” the unnamed CSIS official said. “So we’re not sure where he got it. But it wasn’t from us.”The review committee found CSIS did not share information about the environmental groups in question with the National Energy Board or the petroleum industry.The association wants the Federal Court to take a second look, given that CSIS created more than 500 operational reports relevant to the committee’s inquiry.“The main impression one draws from the (committee) report is ‘nothing to see here, look away,’ when in fact there is a lot to see here,” said Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association.Dozens of censored CSIS records say the reporting was further to “the Service’s efforts in assessing the threat environment and the potential for threat-related violence stemming from (redacted) protests/demonstrations.”Spy serviceSome of the documents reveal that CSIS itself is questioning whether it is going too far, noting that the spy service is “pressing on the limitations of our mandate.”The notion that information on some groups or individuals was gathered incidentally is “cold comfort to people whose names might end up in the databanks of Canada’s intelligence service simply because they expressed a political opinion on Facebook, signed a petition, or attended a protest,” Champ said.One document refers to the Dogwood Initiative as a “non-profit, Canadian environmental organization that was established in 1999 ‘to help communities and First Nations gain more control of the land and resources around them so they can be managed in a way that does not rob future generations for short-term corporate gain.”’The passages before and after the description are blacked out.“This court case will take some time to play out,” Champ said. “Right now, we are focused on getting access to as much information as possible so we can properly make our main arguments about how these CSIS activities violate the law.”– With files from Kathleen Martens and the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Scandalplagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

first_imgWASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations.White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials pushed Pruitt to tender his resignation Thursday amid the mounting scandals, according to a senior administration official not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. Talking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump continued to praise his scandal-plagued EPA chief, saying there was “no final straw” and he had not asked for Pruitt’s resignation.“Scott is a terrific guy,” Trump said. “He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don’t want to be a distraction. … He’ll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope.”In his resignation letter to Trump, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt expressed no regrets.“It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring,” Pruitt wrote. “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”Pruitt, a Republican, had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim. Trump gave him and other officials a brief shout-out, offering no sign of any immediate change in his job.EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, will take the helm as acting administrator starting Monday.“I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump tweeted Thursday.Pruitt’s resignation came days after two of his closest advisers spoke to House oversight committee investigators and revealed new, embarrassing details in ethics scandals involving Pruitt.Samantha Dravis, who recently resigned as Pruitt’s policy chief, told investigators last week that Pruitt had made clear to her before and after he became EPA administrator that he would like the attorney general’s job, held then and now by Jeff Sessions.Pruitt “had hinted at that (sic) some sort of conversation had taken place between he and the president,” Dravis told congressional investigators, according to a transcript obtained Thursday by the AP. “That was the position he was originally interested in.”A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead. Arriving in Washington, he worked relentlessly to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations that aimed to reduce toxic pollution and planet-warming carbon emissions.During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as “the environmental left.” Those groups quickly applauded his departure.“Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten.”Like Trump, Pruitt voiced skepticism about mainstream climate science and was a fierce critic of the Paris climate agreement. The president cheered his EPA chief’s moves to boost fossil fuel production and roll back regulations opposed by corporate interests.But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results. Many of the EPA regulations Pruitt scraped or delayed had not yet taken effect, and the tens of thousands of lost coal mining jobs the president pledged to bring back never materialized.Pruitt was forced out following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls. He also demanded 24-hour-a-day protection from armed officers, resulting in a swollen 20-member security detail that blew through overtime budgets and racked up expenses of more than $3 million.Pruitt routinely ordered his EPA staff to do personal chores for him, including picking up his dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. He had also enlisted his staff to contact conservative groups and companies to find a lucrative job for his unemployed wife, including emails seeking a Chick-fil-A franchise from a senior executive at the fast-food chain.Pruitt’s job had been in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo last year for just $50 a night. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA.Both Pruitt and the lobbyist, Steven Hart, denied he had conducted any recent business with EPA. But Hart was later forced to admit he had met with Pruitt at EPA headquarters last summer after his firm, Williams & Jensen, revealed he had lobbied the agency on a required federal disclosure form.Pruitt also publicly denied any knowledge of massive raises awarded to two close aides he had brought with him to EPA from Oklahoma. Documents later showed Pruitt’s chief of staff had signed off on the pay hikes, indicating he had the administrator’s consent.The slew of damaging revelations, many of which came to light through media reports and public records lawsuits filed by environmental groups, triggered more than a dozen investigations related to Pruitt’s conduct by EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the House Oversight Committee and other federal watchdogs.It was not immediately clear how Pruitt’s resignation might affect those ongoing probes. No longer a federal employee, Pruitt can’t be compelled to speak or otherwise co-operate with the inspector general’s investigation. As a private citizen, he could still be subpoenaed to testify before Congress, but Republican-led committees have thus far shown little appetite in forcing him to do so.Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, said Thursday that the office was “assessing and evaluating” its ongoing audits and investigations in the wake of Pruitt’s departure.Sen. John Barrasso, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and until Thursday a strong defender of Pruitt, said Trump made the right decision to accept the resignation.“It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation,” said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.Pruitt is the latest Trump Cabinet official to lose his job over ethics issues. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was fired in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was fired last year after it was disclosed he took costly charter flights instead of commercial planes.“Mr. Pruitt’s brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt’s unethical, and, at times, possibly illegal behaviour to go unchecked,” said Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, long a vocal critic of Pruitt’s.___Follow Associated Press investigative reporter Michael Biesecker at read more

The Latest Britain also accuses China of cyberespionage

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on Chinese cyberespionage (all times local):11:45 a.m.The British government has accused China of conducting a “widespread and significant” campaign of cyberespionage against the U.K. and its allies.The Foreign Office says a group known as APT 10, acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, carried out “a malicious cyber campaign targeting intellectual property and sensitive commercial data in Europe, Asia and the U.S.”It says the group “almost certainly continues to target a range of global companies, seeking to gain access to commercial secrets.”Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says China’s actions “go against commitments made to the U.K. in 2015 and as part of the G20 not to support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property or trade secrets.”The U.K. announcement came as U.S. officials unsealed an indictment against two Chinese citizens accused of cyberespionage.___10:30 a.m.The Justice Department is charging two Chinese citizens with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from U.S. companies.An indictment was unsealed Thursday against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong. Prosecutors say they were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency.Court papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of more than 45 entities in 12 states. The victims were in a variety of industries from aviation and space to pharmaceutical technology.Prosecutors charge that the hackers were able to steal “hundreds of gigabytes” of data.Court papers say they hacked computer service providers to gain access to the networks of businesses and governments in order to steal intellectual property and business data.Chinese intelligence officials and hackers. A case filed in October marked the first time that a Chinese Ministry of State Security officer was extradited to the United States to stand trial.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Police constable shot dead in North Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: A police constable was shot dead by some miscreants post-Thursday midnight at Chopra in North Dinajpur. The constable, identified as Sabbir Ali, was on patrolling duty along with other police personnel of Chopra police station when he was shot.According to sources, around 2:30 am the patrolling van carrying four persons including an officer and the driver was standing on State Highway 31 at Kalagaj More near Dolua primary health centre. While sitting inside the van, the mobile phone of Ali rang and he got down from the van to receive the call. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA few minutes later, all of a sudden, other police personnel heard a shot and got down from the van. They saw Ali lying on the ground, bleeding profusely. He was immediately rushed to Dolua primary health centre where the doctor declared him brought dead. Ali was shot on his head just beside the ear. Some local residents who had came out from their houses after hearing the gunshot claimed that two persons were seen running away from the spot. Questions were raised about the fact that why the other police personnel were not able to see anybody if the locals could. Ali’s family members are pointing fingers at his colleagues who were performing night patrolling with him. Later Ali’s body was sent to Islampur Sub-Divisional Hospital for autopsy examination. His family members demanded a videography during the autopsy examination.last_img read more

US judge returns foster mothers passport days after child abandonment charge dropped

first_imgHouston: The Indian-American foster mother of Sherin Mathews has got her passport back, nearly a week after charges were dropped against her in connection with the tragic death of her 3-year-old daughter, whose body was discovered in a culvert in suburban Dallas in 2017. Sini Mathews was charged with child endangerment after she left her adoptive daughter Sherin alone at home while she and her husband Wesley Mathews went out for dinner with their 4-four-year old biological daughter on the night before the toddler was reported missing from their house in Richardson, Texas. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Sini had been jailed on a child abandonment charge, but the charge was dismissed after the district attorney said there was not enough evidence to move forward and released her from the Dallas County Jail. On Thursday, a Dallas judge ordered authorities to return Sini’s passport, WBAP, an AM News/Talk radio station in Dallas reported. Defence attorney Heath Harris said the judge had little choice but to return the passport which was taken when Sini was arrested. He said Sini had no plans to go anywhere, but can do so if she chooses so. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang “I am blessed,” Sini, a nurse, said after the charges against her were dropped and told the media that she was looking forward to meeting her biological daughter. “I want to thank the DA’s office for dismissing the case and I am looking forward to being reunited with my daughter,” Sini said. She had lost parental rights to her biological daughter who has been adopted by her relatives in Houston. Lawyers are now reviewing options to possibly return her to her mother, Sini, the WBAP report said. Sini’s husband Wesley is still in Dallas County Jail for capital murder linked to Sherin’s death. He will face trial in May this year and is presently being held on a USD 1.1 million bond. Sini and Wesley, who hail from Kerala, adopted Sherin from an orphanage in Bihar in July 2016. After Sherin disappeared, Wesley had first claimed that he had punished her by making her stand outside their home at 3 am for not drinking her milk. After Sherin’s body was found in a culvert a kilometre from their home in October, 2017, Wesley then changed his version to he had tried to feed her the milk and that she choked on it. Wesley was indicted for capital murder by a grand jury and for tampering with evidence. Wesley, if convicted, could face the death penalty or an automatic sentence of life without parole. An autopsy report in January 2018 showed that Sherin died of homicidal violence. Sherin’s case had attracted international attention and the Indian government had revoked the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) immigration status of Wesley and Sini.last_img read more

Triggerhappy boy killed three within a week arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 19-year-old boy, accused of killing three persons including his own grandfather within a span of 7 days, has been arrested by Delhi Police. According to police, Vikas, a resident of Rohtak in Haryana was nabbed by Dwarka police after the cops were on a security alert due to elections. Police said that the accused is wanted by Haryana police for three murders in their state. One pistol and some cartridges has also been recovered from his possession. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”During interrogation, he disclosed that he belongs to Sandeep alias Kala Jathedia Gang of Haryana and he had committed three murders within a short duration of seven days along with his associates. He also disclosed that on March 7, he along with two accomplices shot dead his real grandfather Ram Pal in his Village Gaddi Kheri, Rohtak,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP Dwarka. The Delhi police was also shocked when he disclosed that he also committed two more murders one on March 9, two days after he killed his grandfather. This time he along with his accomplices murdered a bus driver, in Sonipat. Five days later, on March 14, he along with his eight accomplices, all armed with deadly weapons, committed the horrible murder of one liquor contractor Narender @ Nanda at Bhalgarh, Sonepat by firing multiple rounds on him. Sources said that these two murders were part of a gang rivalry between his group and another. The Haryana police has been informed by Delhi police about the arrest and soon they would move court to take the custody of the accused. “He murdered his grandfather because of the property dispute as his grandfather wanted to sell the property and the accused felt it belonged to him. All the murders were committed by shooting the victims, the accused is also wanted in six other cases including Haryana and Delhi,” said an officer privy to investigation.last_img read more

Around 700 join BJP during FB live session hosted by Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: Around 700 persons joined the BJP during an hour long Facebook live session hosted by party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari on Thursday. Tiwari welcomed the new members of the party saying their membership will be formalised within a week. “The Facebook live session that lasted for around an hour reached to over four lakh persons and more than 2,000 persons interacted with the Delhi BJP president. Around 700 persons became members of the party in this unique digital initiative,” said Delhi BJP’s social media and media co-incharge Neelkant Bakshi.Tiwari said not only supporters of the BJP but even people of the country were working actively to ensure victory of the party to make Narendra Modi Prime Minister of the country for the second term. Answering a question on full statehood, Tiwari said his party had promised a “review” of full statehood. “We had promised a review of the full statehood but no one had expected that an elected Chief Minister like Arvind Kejriwal would threaten to obstruct Republic Day parade,” Tiwari said. He said anyone joining the BJP would do so because the Congress was “exposed” as it had failed to deliver when it was in power. In the live chat, Tiwari said by not implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thought that he can deny credit of the scheme to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Its unfortunate that benefits of the scheme are being denied to Delhiites. Its a sign of ‘Vinash Kale Vipreet Buddhi'”. The event was coordinated by media team of Delhi including incharge of media and social media team Pratyush Kanth and convener Ashok Goyal. Recently, the Delhi BJP chief had interacted with Twitter users in a ‘Twitter Chaupal’ at Burari in North East Delhi constituency represented by him in the Lok Sabha. The social media team has also planned regular appearances of Tiwari on different online platforms to woo voters, specially youngsters.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi mocks PMs Make in India says Made in China rules

first_imgSalem (TN): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” slogan, saying the country’s market was now flooded with Chinese products.Addressing a poll rally here, he referred to unemployed youth of Tamil Nadu, saying Modi had hurt them in the last five years, giving “huge amounts of money from the banks to the richest people but not to them.” “He gave you an empty slogan called Make in India but wherever we look we see Made in China products,” he said. Be it phone, shoes or shirt “you see made in China,” he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Now we want real made in India and real made in Tamil Nadu,” Gandhi said. Under Modi, “Make in India” if a young Tamil entrepreneur wanted to start a business he had to knock on the doors of different government offices where “he had to pay bribes,” the Congress chief alleged. “By the time he got his permissions the business is already failed,” he said. Hence, the Congress came up with a new idea in its manifesto for entrepreneurs, he said adding “when you want to start a new business you will not have to take permission from any government department for three years.” They could take the permission once the business was established and till such time the focus could be on making the business work and consolidating it, Gandhi said. “Once your business is established take permission.” Terming the GST as Gabbar Singh Tax again, he said it comprised five different taxes and a tax rate of 28 per cent wherein “even weavers had to pay tax if they had to buy thread or material.” The moment his party was voted to power it will be removed and we will give you a “real GST, (envisaging) one tax, minimum tax and a simple tax.”last_img read more

Appointment of poll Observer illegal EC receives complaint

first_imgKolkata: The Chief Election Commissioner has received a complaint on Monday from an advocate who has expressed concern regarding the arbitrariness of the Election Commission over the appointment of Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak as the Special Observer for Bengal in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.The letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner highlights that the EC is empowered to nominate an Observer under Section 20B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and states: “The Election Commission may nominate an Observer who shall be an officer of the government to watch the conduct of the election or elections in a constituency or group of constituencies and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.” He states that it is “abundantly clear from the provision above, that a person who may be nominated as an Observer, ‘shall be an officer of the government’. The phrase ‘shall be’ as used in Section 20B of the Act is mandatory and has been used in the present tense and therefore, a retired IPS officer does not fulfill the mandatory requirement as laid down under Section 20B of the Act.” The letter further mentions: “Hence, under Section 20B of the Act serving officer of the government can only be appointed as an Observer and it is unequivocally clear that a retired officer is barred from being appointed as an Observer since he ceases to be an officer of the government after his retirement.” Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak who were nominated by the Election Commission have retired from government services in 2015 and 2018 respectively. They “cease to be an officer of the government and hence their nomination is patently illegal, null and void and contrary to the provisions of the Act”. In such a circumstance, all actions taken by them are “illegal, null and void ab-initio and hence any and all actions taken in pursuance of Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak’s recommendations are also void ab-initio and ought to be reversed and/or set aside immediately.” The advocate has demanded immediate steps to “remove Vivek Dubey from the position of Central Police Observer for the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand and Ajay V Nayak from the position of Special Observer for the state of West Bengal and to immediately reverse/set aside all actions taken pursuant to their recommendations by the Election Commission of India”.last_img read more