HAMILTON – Hamilton police say they have located a key witness in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Good Samaritan who authorities say was killed while trying to stop an altercation.Yosif Al-Hasnawi, described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing, was fatally shot in early December after he tried to help an older man who was allegedly being accosted by two men outside a mosque.Police say the older man was interviewed Wednesday afternoon after someone called in a tip that led investigators to find him.Officials say the tip came in after police released photos of the man earlier in the week in the hopes that someone would recognize him.They say details of the interview cannot be released.Two men have been charged in connection with Al-Hasnawi’s death, and a criminal investigation into paramedics’ handling of the incident was launched last month and is being carried out by a neighbouring police force.Al-Hasnawi’s family is also suing Hamilton’s paramedics, alleging they failed to properly treat the teen.
EDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it is acquiring about 29 hectares of land in Medicine Hat, Alta., to build a new high-tech cannabis facility.The company says a memorandum of understanding with the city includes a prospective 10-year, 42 megawatt energy supply agreement.Aurora says the new facility, to be named “Aurora Sun,” will be the size of 21 football fields and 50 per cent larger than its “Aurora Sky” operation at Edmonton International Airport.The first planting in Medicine Hat is expected in the first half of 2019, with completion slated for the second half of the year.Once in operation, Aurora says the new facility will boost its total capacity to more than 430,000 kilograms per year.The company currently operates facilities in Mountain View County, Alta., and in Pointe-Claire on Montreal’s West Island. It is also completing a facility in Lachute, Que.“We look forward to establishing ourselves both as an important local investor and employer (in Medicine Hat), with more than 450 full time jobs anticipated, and a significant impact on the local economy for years to come,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth.“With Aurora, we look forward to welcoming a growing international company committed to creating significant employment in our city,” said Mayor Ted Clugston.Companies in this story: TSX:ACB
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A southern Alberta mother who is pregnant with her third child says she was served a cleaning agent from a McDonald’s restaurant instead of the latte she ordered.Sarah Douglas says she was taking her son to a baseball tournament Sunday morning in Lethbridge when they stopped at the drive-through for the coffee.When she took a sip she knew something was wrong and pulled over to spit out the beverage.Douglas says when she returned to the restaurant to complain a staff member told her that two cleaning lines were hooked up to the latte machine.She then contacted Alberta Health Services’ Health Link and was transferred to poison control.A spokeswoman for McDonald’s issued an apology on behalf of Dan Brown, the restaurant franchisee.Douglas says she wanted to share her experience to ensure that this never happens again.“As a mother, I want to make sure I have voice and that I’m being heard in terms of the safety of consumers, and how (alleged) negligence can affect people in such a drastic way,” she said.Alberta Health Services says public health officers are investigating.McDonald’s says a health inspector has visited the restaurant and is not investigating further.“What happened is that the machine was being cleaned — as it is every morning. Unfortunately, the milk supply line was connected to the cleaning solution while this guest’s drink was made,” Brown said in a statement.“We have taken immediate action to review the proper cleaning procedures with the team and have put additional signage up as an added reminder.” (Lethbridge News Now)
ORLANDO, Fla. – A former Florida deputy has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography after the RCMP reported his online activity to American authorities.Court records show 36-year-old Kevin Hutchinson was sentenced this week in Orlando federal court.The former Orange County deputy pleaded guilty in May.Earlier this year, the Mounties alerted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of child pornography being sent through Kik, a Canadian-based social media messaging app, from an IP address in the Orlando area. That address was traced to Hutchinson.A search warrant was issued at Hutchinson’s home.Investigators say he possessed 5,872 images and 1,625 videos of child pornography.
OXFORD, N.S. – Officials are growing concerned about new cracks in a parking lot near a Nova Scotia sinkhole, and warn a nearby road could become affected.The Town of Oxford says cracks have developed about 22 metres from the shoulder of Upper Main Street and 44 metres from the sinkhole, and the origins of the cracks require further investigation.A news release says due to a lack of subsurface information around the sinkhole and surrounding properties, it is currently not known what risk the cracks pose to “the community, road and local businesses.”It says as a result, residents should begin considering alternative routes for accessing the Trans-Canada Highway, “should circumstances change.”First reported July 28 as a small hole about the size of a dinner plate, it was measured Monday at 32.6 metres by 38.7 metres — the same size as it was on Friday.However, officials say material continues to erode along the margins of the sinkhole, and heavy rain in the forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday means there will likely be more erosion.The sinkhole has swallowed trees, picnic tables and part of a nearby parking lot at the Oxford and Area Lions Parkland.The spectacle has been drawing curious onlookers to the small town, located roughly 30 minutes from the New Brunswick border, and has even caused minor car accidents. A Tim Hortons cafe and a gas bar are among businesses across the road from the park.“Security fencing is expected to be completed later today and security will remain on site for a period of time,” the town said in the release.“Absolutely no trespassing is allowed and trespassers will be prosecuted under the Protection of Property Act.”Oxford, a sleepy town of about 1,000 people that calls itself the wild blueberry capital of Canada, also said there would be a public information session at some point, but the details have not yet been determined.“We expect the meeting to be an educational one from a geological prospective and hope to address a number of residents’ concerns,” a town release said Friday of the meeting.Provincial geologist Amy Tizzard said last week the wider area is underlaid with gypsum, a soft rock that is prone to the development of fractures, fissures and caves.“Just to the west of here there are dozens of known sinkholes and they’re either flooded and ponded and vegetated — there’s nothing that shows an active process like this one does,” she said.Officials had expected to bring in ground-penetrating radar and other technology in a bid to better understand what is happening, but said that “due to the non-compete clause” federal assistance was unavailable.
MONTREAL — Renowned Quebec director Robert Lepage says his previously cancelled play about black slavery has been rewritten and reworked before it is presented once again on stage next month.Lepage published a long public letter today in which he acknowledges what he calls his clumsiness and misjudgments in his early production of “SLAV,” which drew the ire of black activists for its alleged racial insensitivity.The play included a mostly white cast picking cotton and singing black slave songs and was cancelled following a brief run last summer during the Montreal International Jazz Festival.Activists protested outside the theatre and accused Lepage of appropriating black pain for profit.Lepage says in his letter that he met the group of activists and opened an important dialogue about the concept of cultural appropriation.He says he invited a member of the group to rehearsals of SLAV to witness changes made to the show before it is remounted across Quebec in 2019.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals must lift a “gag order” and ensure Jody Wilson-Raybould can speak the full truth about the circumstances around her decision to leave cabinet.Scheer says the SNC-Lavalin controversy has exposed a crisis of moral and ethical leadership in Trudeau’s office.Opposition MPs have called for an emergency session of the justice committee on Wednesday and Wilson-Raybould has previously said she would be willing to return to provide additional testimony. WATCH: Scheer addressed SNC-Lavalin accusationsWilson-Raybould previously told the committee she was subjected to relentless, inappropriate pressure to stop the trial of the engineering giant on bribery and fraud charges related to contracts in Libya.Last week, Trudeau’s former principal secretary Gerald Butts told the committee that he believed no one from the Prime Minister’s Office had done anything wrong.Butts also testified that Wilson-Raybould never complained about improper pressure to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin until Trudeau decided to move her out of her cabinet role as justice minister.The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — Recreational fishing in a lake in northwestern British Columbia is being shut down after the discovery of invasive goldfish.The Ministry of Natural Resource Operations says Lost Lake, about 10 kilometres north of Terrace, will be closed until further notice starting Saturday in an effort to prevent the spread of the goldfish.The government says in a news release that experts aren’t certain how long the fish have been in the lake, but their multiple sizes indicate they are reproducing.The introduction of the invasive fish has had destructive effects in other B.C. lakes in the past.The ministry says biologists are completing assessments of the lake to determine the extent of the goldfish problem and treatment options in order to stop them from spreading into the Skeena watershed.It’s illegal to dump aquarium fish into local waterways and the ministry says the public should return any unwanted fish to pet stores rather than release them to the wild.The Canadian Press
Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord says the shooting in Mississauga that killed a 17-year-old boy and injured five others on Saturday was targeted.Officers were called to Darcel Avenue near Morning Star Drive just before 6:30 p.m. The shooting is believed to have occurred close to a parkette behind a building complex.The 17-year-old boy was pronounced dead on the scene. He lived in the complex and police say he was not the intended target of the shooting.Neighbours and friends of the family have identified the boy as Jonathan Davis.McCord said the “ambush-type” attack was targeted at a group filming a rap video in the area and some of the victims were innocent bystanders. He added that the victims are not directly related but it is possible that they know each other. It’s unclear if they are all from Mississauga or live in the complex.A previous music video filmed in the area and released online was the motivation for the attack, he said. Officers are currently reviewing that video, but McCord says there is “information” in it that challenges other people in the community and “that’s what upset [the attackers]”The suspects were dressed in dark clothing and balaclavas and McCord says they covertly approached on foot from the side of a building. Once they were in position, they “indiscriminately” fired into the parkette area with semi-automatic handguns and then fled on foot.Peel Region Shooting:7 suspects involved, dressed in dark clothing, trying to conceal their identity. They open fire in a Parkette, & a number of innocent victims are hit: 17 yr-old male shot dead.13 yr-old girl 16 yr old2 17 year old males (1 was released)Women in her 50’s pic.twitter.com/xBZI8KyVtQ— Faiza Amin (@Faiza_AminTV) September 15, 2019One of the victims, a woman in her 50s, was taken to a trauma centre in life-threatening condition. Chief McCord said she is now in stable condition.Four others also suffered serious injuries — the youngest being a 13-year-old girl. A 16-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys also suffered gunshot wounds. One of the 17-year-old boys has since been released and the other three victims are in stable, non-life-threatening condition.A witness and family friend tells CityNews the 13-year-old girl recently moved to Canada with her family from Turkey and they are Syrian refugees. She was on the first floor of the building when she heard the shots and when she ran toward the window, she was hit by a bullet.In a release, police say there are more than seven suspects and over 100 shell casings were found at the scene.Investigators are looking to speak with the driver of an ice cream truck that was parked in the complex, where families with children were gathered at the time of the attack. As the events unfolded, the truck left the scene and police are asking the driver to identify themselves to aid in the investigation.McCord said the suspects are still at large but there is no further threat to public safety and stressed that Mississauga remains one of the safest cities in Canada.Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also spoke with media and said she was “crushed” to hear of the “senseless, violent crime” and will advocate for increased funding to combat guns and gangs.When I spoke to residents in Malton, they were visibly shaken & deeply upset. My thoughts are with the innocent young boy who passed & the victims who are still recovering. I’m advocating for increased funding for a police station in Malton & for our share of gun & gangs funding.— Bonnie Crombie Police will remain in the area for a considerable period of time. Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to come forward or leave an anonymous tip with Peel Crime Stoppers.
On September 18th multi-platinum rock band BUSH will give a special acoustic performance at VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Noteworthy benefit concert at William Hill Estate Winery.The evening will feature an intimate performance in the vineyard to raise money and awareness for music education programs.“The work of VH1 Save The Music Foundation is invaluable,” says BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale. “Music has always been an important part of my life, and now that I have children of my own I’m even more aware of the significance of music education in schools. I’m honored to be supporting VH1 Save The Music’s Noteworthy event.”VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with America’s public schools to bring the power of music back into the classroom, giving every child the same opportunity to be successful in school and in life. The Noteworthy event takes place at William Hill Estate Winery, a proud supporter of music and the arts and the official wine sponsor of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Additional sponsors for the evening include Avnet, RAYMOND WEIL and Alex and Ani, who together have raised nearly 1.2 million dollars in support of the Foundation’s work to ensure that music is a core and critical component to a complete education. Gift bags will once again be generously provided by Copper River Bag Company.“We are thrilled to have BUSH perform as part of the Noteworthy series,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “They are incredibly talented musicians with a long-standing and revered history in the industry and we could not be more grateful for their support in furthering the important mission of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. I look forward to enjoying the performance while taking in the breathtaking views at the vineyard.”Throughout their career BUSH has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. The band has produced 17 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, six of which shot to number one. On October 21st BUSH will release their highly anticipated 6th studio album, Man On The Run, via lead single “The Only Way Out,” which hits radio, iTunes, Amazon and all major retailers on September 9th.For more information, visit www.vh1savethemusic.org.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and new International Goodwill Ambassador, British fashion designer Victoria Beckham.“I dream of a generation free from HIV and I know that Victoria’s support will help us to achieve this shared goal,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Her creativity, innovation and outreach will amplify our efforts and bring us one important step closer towards ending the AIDS epidemic.”In her new role as an Ambassador for UNAIDS, which was announced in New York on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, Beckham will work towards ensuring that all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with and affected by HIV have access to medicines and care.“This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women,” said Victoria. “I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise resources and awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV.”In February this year, the mother of four visited HIV clinics in Cape Town, South Africa, where she learned about the importance of antiretroviral therapy and about how children are being left behind in accessing treatment.Antiretroviral therapy can reduce the risk of a mother living with HIV passing the virus to her child to below 5 per cent, according to a news release issued by UNAIDS.However, in 2013, one third of pregnant women living with HIV did not have access to the life-saving medicines and 240,000 children became infected with HIV.Last year, less than half of all children who were exposed to HIV were tested for the virus within the optimum three-month period and only 24 per cent had access to life-saving treatment. Without treatment, half of all children born with HIV will die by the age of two and the majority will die by the age of five.Over the past five years providing access to antiretroviral medicines for pregnant women living with HIV has helped 900,000 children to be born free from HIV.
KIND Financial, the leading financial technology solutions company in the cannabis industry, today announced that Montel Williams, noted television and radio talk show host will join the board as a key advisor on medical marijuana advocacy.“Montel Williams has become one of the most high profile medical cannabis advocates in the country and he is also active in raising money for a variety of charitable organizations relating to veterans issues and multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 1999,” David Dinenberg, CEO of KIND Financial, said, “We are proud to have Montel on board. From the first time we spoke, it was clear that we share a similar vision that our business model holds the key to legalization – regulation, compliance and transparency. Montel has a proven track record advocating for these tenets – the same principles upon which we have built our business.”KIND Financial’s technology platform provides tools focused on cannabis tracking and compliance for cultivators, dispensaries, and regulatory agencies in the cannabis industry. These solutions manage the entire cannabis business life-cycle ensuring that transactions are safe, secure and remain in compliance with the rules, regulations, laws and guidelines governing marijuana-related businesses with the federal guidelines set forth by FinCEN, the Cole Memorandums and related laws and regulations.“The national path forward for the medical cannabis movement hinges on the ability to create a well-regulated marketplace in new states, and history has taught us that the better regulated the proposed medical cannabis program, the more appealing it is to voters and legislators, and that’s why I’m proud to partner with KIND, which is at the forefront of medical cannabis compliance,” said Williams.Dinenberg agrees because the genesis of KIND’s technologies were built upon stringent healthcare and banking compliance and regulation foundations, “For the industry to thrive, it must survive. To survive it must figure out a way to manage compliance – we’re never going to get to a Federal policy change without a great compliance record at the state level. That’s where KIND comes in. We believe our partnership with Montel Williams will lead the industry towards a solution to make medical marijuana a viable option for patients who really need it. No one has lived this and represented it better than him.”Said Williams, “We know that the vast majority of voters support making medical marijuana available to relieve the suffering of seriously ill Americans like me and so many others. What we also know is that voters want a well-regulated marketplace – for this industry to expand, to help more patients, the movement needs to keep compliance at the forefront of our minds.”For additional information visit www.Kind.Financial. Kind Financial invites the public to participate in the conversation about the current and future status of financial services in the cannabis industry.
Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews recently accepted a $10,000 donation from Inspired By Media Group on behalf of Flint water crisis ministry Perfecting Community Development.L to R: Lou Buster Brown, Terry Crews, Kyle BowserCredit/Copyright: Marcos FerreiraThe donation was presented at Rebecca Crews’ Faith to Dream Women’s Conference at The LA Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles, California.Perfecting Community Development, which is a nonprofit division of Bishop Marvin L. Winans’ Perfecting Faith Church, will use the donation to purchase bottled water for Flint residents. The water will be delivered to Bishop Roger L. Jones at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Flint, Michigan, for distribution. Ten thousand dollars will purchase approximately 5,000 cases of water.Inspired By Media Group’s $10,000 donation was the result of royalties earned on the bestselling audio Bible The Bible Experience, published by Zondervan. Both Terry Crews and Bishop Winans were cast members in The Bible Experience: Crews performed the voice of Luke, and Winans played the voice of Elijah. Inspired by Media Group has maintained a commitment to directing proceeds from sales of The Bible Experience to worthy causes.“Water is the most vital element associated with health, prosperity, and wellness,” said Lou “Buster” Brown, Executive Producer of Inspired By Media Group. Brown is himself a native of Detroit, Michigan.“It seems particularly egregious that in the United States, the most prosperous country on earth, citizens from one of its cities would be victimized by such choices as the local administration has made,” Brown continued. “This is just our small part to give toward the well-being of people in Flint.”“As a native of Flint, Michigan, it was an honor and a privilege to accept this donation on behalf of the Flint water crisis,” said Terry Crews. “There is so much work that still needs to be done, and this is a step in the right direction in helping the community while the water infrastructure is being rebuilt.”To make a donation to the Flint water crisis, please contact Greater Holy Temple COGIC, 6702 North Dort Highway, Flint, MI 48505, 810-787-3960.“This campaign is about providing people with an opportunity to give,” said Brown. “Large groups of people donating small amounts make a big difference. We want to inspire people to give and to make it easy for them to do so.”
Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, announced that ADAPT will participate in their 7th consecutive Achilles Hope and Possibility race, hosted by New York Road Runners and Achilles International in Central Park.Steve Lacy/Achilles Hope and Possibility RaceFOX 5 News Anchors Steve Lacy & Dari Alexander are this year’s ADAPT Team Captains. The ADAPT team regularly has nearly 200 participants, representing families, individuals and supporters with varying disabilities. This race is the only race in New York City open to people of all abilities. There are 7,500 overall participants in the race.Steve Lacy is the anchor of the “FOX 5 News at 5PM” and “FOX 5 News at 10PM” at WNYW-TV, the Fox Television flagship station in New York City. He has been in this role since January of 2013. Previously, he co-anchored “Good Day Wakeup” and “Good Day Early Call” on Fox 5, weekdays from 4:30 a.m. – 7 a.m. He also reported for “Good Day New York” with Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto. Lacy joined FOX 5 in August of 2011 from WCVB-TV in Boston, where he was co-anchor of the weekend “EyeOpener” and general assignment reporter. Prior to his time in Boston, Lacy anchored the morning and noon newscasts at WWLP-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts. You can follow Steve on Twitter @stevenlacy.New York native Dari Alexander anchors the “FOX 5 News At 5 PM” and the “FOX 5 News at 10 PM” with Steve Lacy.Dari Alexander/Achilles Hope and Possibility RaceBefore joining FOX 5, Alexander was an anchor and New York field correspondent at the nation’s No. 1 cable news channel, FOX News Channel. She also reported regular primetime news updates and was the weekend news anchor for FOX News Live, FNC’s hard news programming show. As a correspondent, Alexander covered some of the channel’s biggest stories, including September 11, 2001.This tragedy led her directly to the battlefield, where she reported on the war on terror in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. She also covered big domestic stories such as the D.C. Sniper, the Capitol Hill anthrax scare, and the 2004 presidential elections. In 2002 to 2003, Alexander traveled all over the United States producing and reporting long-form stories on “The Pulse,” a primetime news magazine show broadcast on WNYW/FOX 5.Before joining FNC, Alexander worked in several local news markets as an anchor and reporter, including WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas; WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio; WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois; and WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, West Virginia. She was also a field producer at CBS News where she earlier served as a desk assistant. Alexander began her journalism career as a desk assistant at News 12 Long Island.A New York City native, Alexander, graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in politics and Spanish literature. After college, she returned to New York City and worked as a paralegal in the Organized Crime Unit at the New York County District Attorney’s Office and later as Secretary of the Banking Board in the New York State Banking Department. She is involved with many community organizations, including Literacy Advocacy, The InnerCity Scholarship Fund and The FreshAir Fund.ADAPT Community Network (formerly UCP of NYC) is the leading not-for-profit agency and a pioneer in providing programs and services that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. For over 70 years, ADAPT Community Network has created a more inclusive world for New York City children and adults with a variety of challenges. ADAPT Community Network’s breadth of over 100 comprehensive programs include education, health, technology, residential, and recreational services for thousands of individuals and families annually. Their programs are delivered by thousands of trained and dedicated staff, including a number of employees who have disabilities themselves. For more information: www.ADAPTcommunitynetwork.org.This race in Central Park brings together athletes with disabilities and able-bodied athletes. Run four miles with New York Road Runners and earn your finisher medal, all while supporting the mission of Achilles International: “To enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.” This event offers kids’ races as well, open to young athletes with disabilities as well as able-bodied youth runners.Find out more about the event here.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Toronto, 13 June 2017 – This Canada Day long weekend, Family Channel is heading back to the classroom, bringing fans across the country a brand new season of Degrassi: Next Class. Premiering Monday, July 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, season four of the critically acclaimed teen drama takes a look at some of the most relevant issues affecting today’s youth, exploring important topics such as mental illness, gender identity and cultural adjustment. Following the premiere, new episodes of Degrassi: Next Class will air weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For fans who’d prefer to spend their long weekend binge-watching, all 10 episodes will be available on The Family Channel App beginning Friday, June 30.Season four of Degrassi: Next Class picks up with the students returning to school from their winter break, many for their final semester. Still reeling from the reality of Maya’s accident, Degrassi Community School is carefully monitoring everyone’s mental health and ensuring that all students have someone to talk to. While exploring situations teens commonly struggle with today, such as break ups and make ups, peer pressure and balancing academia with personal life, season four also continues to focus on the lives of the Syrian refugees as they try to find their place at Degrassi. The new season also marks the graduation of some of the series’ most beloved characters, but not before a beautiful yet dramatic prom.A special treat for fans in honour of the Canada Day long weekend, on Friday, June 30, the entire fourth season will be available on The Family Channel App, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes extra content. For those who are new to the series, missed a few episodes or simply want to re-watch all the Next Class drama, seasons one through three are currently available on The Family Channel App and on Family OnDemand. Advertisement The season four graduates of Degrassi: Next Class Login/Register With: Facebook Reprising their roles for season four of Degrassi: Next Class are Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Parham Rownaghi as Saad Al’Maliki; Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell; Dalia Yegavian as Rasha Zuabi and Stefan Brogren as Principal Simpson.Degrassi: Next Class is produced by DHX Media, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for Canadian families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family is also home to F2N – an entertainment haven for teens that features high quality programs after 9 p.m. Family Channel subscribers have access to The Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.About DHX Television DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange. Advertisement
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Norah Sadava, from left, Patricia Rozema and Amy Nostbakken answer questions following an April 2018 performance of the play Mouthpiece in Toronto at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. (CBC) Patricia Rozema laughingly admits it was crazy for her to think she could turn Mouthpiece, the award-winning experimental play, into a movie.“I don’t know what possessed me to think that it could be a film,” she admitted.Even the two Toronto actresses who created the stage production — Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava — laughed when the Canadian filmmaker first suggested the idea to them. After all, Mouthpiece is unconventional for many reasons, including the central fact that the two performers appear together onstage as two sides of the same character. On top of that, neither Nostbakken nor Sadava had ever done any film acting or writing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter At a red carpet event for TIFF earlier this summer, some of the Canadian actors spoke about their desire to further Hollywood efforts to achieve gender parity and increase support for diverse voices. Here’s a look at each of their burgeoning careers:NAHEMA RICCI (PHOTO: ANTIGONE)NAHEMA RICCIThis 21-year-old helms one of the buzziest homegrown titles of the fest, “Antigone,” billed as an indictment of the refugee experience in North America.Directed by Quebec filmmaker Sophie Deraspe, this modern-day interpretation of the classic Greek tragedy centres on an immigrant family in Montreal anchored by straight-A student Antigone, played by Ricci — herself a Montreal-born child of immigrant parents of Franco-Tunisian descent.After their parents are murdered, Antigone, her sister Ismene, her brothers Eteocle and Polynice, and their grandmother Menecee attempt to build a quiet life in a tiny apartment in their working-class neighbourhood. But tragedy strikes when Eteocle is wrongfully gunned down by police during the arrest of Polynice, a small-time drug dealer.Speaking about her career, Ricci says she’s buoyed by the chance to forge a show business profile amid an apparent sea-change that emphasizes equity and representation, but she sees any recent gains merely as “a great step.”“Hopefully, I’m getting more opportunity than I would have 20 years ago being a woman and being a woman from a minority,” says Ricci, “but I think there’s a lot of work to do, still, and we have to stay vigilant because we have seen in history a backlash that can happen.”Shamier Anderson (Photo: Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment SHAMIER ANDERSONAnderson arrives at TIFF as a supporting player in Drake Doremus’s “Endings, Beginnings,” which stars Shailene Woodley as an idealistic woman caught up in a love triangle.But he also takes a leading role as co-host of the fourth annual B.L.A.C.K Ball, an event hosted during TIFF and in Los Angeles during Oscars season, with its acronym referencing the initiative’s mission of Building a Legacy in Acting, Cinema and Knowledge.Co-founded and co-hosted by Anderson’s younger brother Stephan James — a TIFF rising star from 2015 — the event’s goal is to foster mentorship relationships between established stars and emerging talent, especially those from marginalized communities. Anderson calls efforts to support onscreen diversity “a human issue.”“It starts before we get here, it starts back in the projects in Toronto, in poverty-stricken neighbourhoods. I think we’ve got to get to those places because that’s where I’m from,” says Anderson, a Scarborough native whose credits include the feature films “City of Lies” and “Destroyer,” the Space series “Wynonna Earp” and Netflix’s “Dear White People.”The 28-year-old recently wrapped work on the civil rights drama “Son of the South” and the sci-fi thriller “Stowaway.”Anderson says he and his brother James — pegged in a recent Variety profile as poised to join Hollywood’s A-list — are committed to making a difference: “We have a responsibility, especially coming from Scarborough, and (are) hoping that our city and our country can help us in this change.”Kacey Rohl (Photo: IMDB)KACEY ROHLThis Vancouver actress has amassed several TV roles over the past decade in series including AMC’s “The Killing,” CW/Space’s “Arrow,” NBC/Citytv’s “Hannibal,” and Fox/Citytv’s “Wayward Pines,” and is currently shooting CBC’s upcoming spy thriller, “Fortunate Son.”In her new TIFF film “White Lie,” Rohl dominates nearly every frame as a young woman who becomes a campus celebrity after pretending to have been diagnosed with cancer.Directed by Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis, the film is billed as an examination of social media’s impact on contemporary culture, including the alarming proliferation of manipulation and falsehoods across the internet.The 28-year-old Rohl plays the attention-hungry Katie, who finds herself unable to give up the fantasy world she’s created even as it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain the elaborate ruse.Co-stars include Martin Donovan of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Connor Jessup of ABC/CTV’s “American Crime,” Amber Anderson of Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” and Sharon Lewis of Global’s “Private Eyes.”Mikhail Ahooja (Photo: Andréanne Gauthier)MIKHAIL AHOOJAThis francophone actor has amassed an impressive list of credits in his home province of Quebec, where he can be seen on stage, in television series and film.The 31-year-old performer acknowledges he’s relatively unknown in English Canada, but says he’s ready to change that with his new film, “The Twentieth Century.” The surreal take on the early years of William Lyon Mackenzie King comes from Winnipeg’s Matthew Rankin, whose offbeat style has been described as akin to fellow ‘pegger Guy Maddin.“This is my first English movie that I’ll be in, it’s just amazing to be here with everybody,” Ahooja said. “I want to hopefully meet a lot of people that can help me explore this new market.”Rankin’s bizarre biopic stars Beirne as the former Canadian prime minister, revealed here in his youth as a political hopeful full of “both manic ambition and cherubic naivete.” Like his fellow rising stars, Ahooja says he’s energized by a push for new voices.“People who were silenced for so many years, who didn’t have their place in movies or in big blockbusters now have the chance to be there and have their part to play and they represent a lot of people in the population,” he says. “Twenty years from now this won’t even be a conversation.”The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15.Cassandra Szklarski ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement It’s hard to stand out amid the A-listers who descend upon the Toronto International Film Festival each year, but a quartet of emerging Canadian performers are willing to try.Shamier Anderson, Nahema Ricci, Kacey Rohl, and Mikhail Ahooja are the fest’s homegrown “rising stars” this year, a designation that gives them access to private industry meetings with casting directors, filmmakers, producers, and executives.An additional four global rising stars include Norway’s Josefine Frida, Australia’s Geraldine Viswanathan, the United States’ Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Argentina’s Chino Darín — son of renowned actor Ricardo Darin. 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APTN National NewsFirst Nations leaders are in Washington D.C. to meet with the Obama Administration.They’re there to talk about the proposed Keystone X-L pipeline project.The pipeline would cut across First Nations communities and could triple the size of the Alberta oil sands.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more.
(Wendy Scott in a Facebook photo posted in 2008.)Click here to read the full background to this caseJorge Barrera APTN National NewsDuring her third appearance Friday in a Medicine Hat, Alta., courtroom for an arraignment hearing to begin her second trial for murder Wendy Scott told the judge things weren’t going well for her on the inside.“I am not doing very well,” said Scott, a 31-year-old intellectually challenged woman who has been assessed as having an IQ of 50.Scott appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench wearing eye-glasses and with a rosary hanging from her neck.Scott’s arraignment hearing was postponed twice because the Crown had failed to transfer disclosure to the defence.In her previous appearances, Scott seemed disconnected from the court proceedings.The Court of Appeal of Alberta ordered a new trial for Scott in October after the Crown handling the appeal conceded there was not enough evidence to support her 2012 guilty plea to second-degree murder in the killing of Medicine Hat man Casey Armstrong who was found dead in the bathtub of his trailer. Scott had been sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 10 years.With no DNA, fingerprints or murder weapon, the Medicine Hat police and local Crown used Scott’s confession and testimony to build a case against the co-accused in the murder, Connie Oakes, 50.Oakes, a Cree woman from the Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, has always maintained her innocence and has appealed her jury conviction of second-degree murder. Oakes was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 14 years.Oakes is scheduled to appear before the appellate court’s three-judge panel Tuesday in Calgary.Part of Oakes’ appeal is based on an affidavit from Scott who now says she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the trailer when Armstrong was killed.Scott also accused three other people, two men and a woman, of the murder before claiming she was there when Oakes killed Armstrong.Armstrong was found dead in his bathtub with a knife-wound through the neck during the May 2011 long-weekend. Police have never identified the source of a size 11 bloody boot-print found on the bathroom floor when Armstrong’s body was discovered. During Friday’s hearing Scott told Justice D.K. Miller that she was being transferred to the provincial jail in Lethbridge, Alta., where she would receive treatment from a psychiatrist. Scott had been held in a provincial jail in Calgary. She had been serving her initial sentence at the Philippe-Pinel psychiatric institute in Montreal.Scott said she wouldn’t be attending any more appearances until her new trial begins and is not seeking bail.Also on Friday Medicine Hat lawyer Bill Cocks, acting as an agent for Scott’s Calgary lawyer Andrea Serink, said the disclosure had finally been turned over on Dec. 31, 2015.Ramona Robins, the senior Crown in Medicine Hat, said procedural issues delayed Scott’s defence from getting disclosure.“There were a lot of DVDs to go through,” said Robins.Miller set the next arraignment hearing for Feb. 12. It’s expected a trial date will be set on that email@example.com