Canadas hope to get climate change into NAFTA could prove difficult

first_imgOTTAWA – U.S. President Donald Trump’s stance on climate change may end up being the biggest stumbling block in NAFTA talks when it comes to the environment.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Friday during a tour of eastern Ontario that he wants climate change, reducing emissions and moving to a low-carbon economy to be written into the new NAFTA when Canada, the U.S. and Mexico begin renegotiating the deal later this month.“We are certainly looking for a better level playing field across North America on environmental protections,”Trudeau said.However with Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement, referring to climate change as a “hoax” and pledging to return the U.S. coal industry to its glory days, the White House and the Canadian government are pretty far apart on many environmental issues.Even getting the words “climate change” into the agreement could be a struggle.A government official speaking on background told The Canadian Press last week, that on the environment side, Canada will be looking to the free trade agreement recently signed with Europe, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, as a template.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has referred to CETA as the gold standard of trade agreements when it comes to the environment and said she wants to push CETA’s environment chapter with the U.S. and Mexico on NAFTA.However, several trade experts say the United States is going to be pushing for the environment chapter in NAFTA to be more closely aligned with the now-defunct Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP.One key difference?CETA mentions climate change. TPP does not.“CETA is more relevant to Canada and the TPP is more relevant to the United States,” said Peter Clark, an international trade expert and president of the Ottawa firm Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates.Several American states are stepping up to maintain their climate change commitments despite the federal government’s pullback, however NAFTA isn’t being negotiated at the state level.Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said whether Canada can push the U.S. into adding climate change protections and mitigation to NAFTA may depend on how influential state governments can be in the talks.“Major economies like California and northeastern states that already have various forms of carbon pricing may have a real interest in this,” he said.Canada’s coming national price on carbon adds further fuel to the debate, as some will be looking for Canadian industries affected by the carbon price to get protections, maybe even in the form of a carbon tax applied at the border on goods coming from places in the U.S. where there is no such policy.Clark said mischievously he recommends Canada seek a border adjustment carbon tax at best, but at a bare minimum he believes Canada should require the Paris Agreement be added to a list of multilateral environment agreements to which NAFTA countries must belong.In its list of objectives for NAFTA released last month, the Office of the United States Trade Representative said it wants NAFTA to require signatories to adopt and uphold their obligations under several such pacts, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.“I think Canada should immediately add the Paris accord to that list,” said Clark.CETA also has what it is known as the “precautionary principle,” which means a party proposing a development or an action has to prove it won’t harm the environment, even if only some, not all, scientists agree it could be harmful.In CETA there is also a provision which says that the costs of pollution are borne by the polluter and requires Canada and Europe to prioritize trade in environmental goods and services related to renewable energy and co-operate on climate change adaptation and mitigation. It also makes clear that foreign companies cannot claim compensation when they believe a government’s environmental regulations or policies harm their business.Canada has been subject to several such challenges under NAFTA and lost many of them, paying millions in compensation.TPP, on the other hand, includes a provision to allow countries to suspend trade benefits with a country that doesn’t respect its environmental responsibilities.One area where both Canada and the United States agree is in bringing the environment chapter into the main NAFTA papers. In 1994 it was included as a separate annex.Including it as its own chapter in NAFTA would make whatever environmental obligations it puts forward subject to the agreement’s dispute resolution provisions.However, Clark said Canada cannot really insist that environmental provisions are make-or-break requirements.“I can’t see us walking away over it,” he said. “It’s important, but what kind of leverage do they have?”If Canada says it will leave the table unless Trump agrees to put climate change into the agreement, he’s likely to say ‘fine, go ahead’, said Clark.“This is not really a typical trade negotiation,” he added.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Union officials say opioids endanger guards want protocols changed

first_imgEDMONTON – Union officials say opioids are spreading to prisons and that’s putting prison guards at risk.Jason Godin, president of the Union of Correctional Services, tells CTV News that officers can come into contact with fentanyl in a number of ways, such as doing first aid on an inmate who has overdosed, by handling mail and by conducting searches.Godin says back in mid-July at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution, six officers were exposed to the potentially deadly opioid.Two of those were taken to hospital, and another had to be given naloxone, a medication to reverse an opioid overdose.At Bowden Institution, one guard had to be hospitalized for 48 hours after coming into contact with fentanyl.Godin says such incidents should be considered a wakeup call that protocols need to change for workers in this field.He says police officers start taking safety precautions when dealing with just one gram of an unknown substance, but for prison guards that threshold is three grams.“We should be the same as any law enforcement.”In a statement to CTV, the Correctional Service of Canada declined to answer questions on the issue but said it issued a protocol on the matter this past July.“This protocol provides staff with guidelines on which personal protective equipment and strategies to use when the presence of highly toxic substances is suspected in order to keep employees, offenders and members of the public safe.”At the Remand Centre, a provincial institution, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees president Guy Smith says workers have noticed an increase in opioids.“Our members have noticed a lot more on the front lines,” says Smith, adding none of his members have yet come into contact with fentanyl.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

It just lit up the sky Apparent meteor soars over St Johns

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An apparent meteor blazed across the sky over St. John’s harbour Monday night as social media buzzed with jokes that maybe aliens had landed.Garry Dymond with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada was setting up his backyard telescope at his home in St. John’s when it streaked overhead.“What I saw was what we’d classify as a fireball,” he said Tuesday. “It was heading towards the Southside Hills in St. John’s, cutting through the constellation of Pegasus.“It exploded in a nice green explosion and then two pieces came out of that, heading straight on. One went black and the other went on a bit farther and went black.”Dymond doubts those pieces hit ground — creating a meteorite — but said there’s not enough information yet to know for sure. Fragments from more than 70 meteors, most of them about 4.6 billion years old, have been recovered across Canada but none so far in Newfoundland, he added.“It just lit up the sky. It was quite impressive.”The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says it received two calls about the strange object that was seen around 7 p.m. local time.Dymond urged anyone with video or other images to notify the American Meteor Society. The New York-based not-for-profit corporation tracks meteors and fireballs.The colour white might indicate magnesium, green suggests nickel and yellow can mean sodium content, Dymond explained.“We can find a whole lot of other information even if we don’t find the rock.”Dymond said it’s an active period for meteor showers which will extend through most of November.He usually has a special camera set up for night sky photographs but it was down for repairs Monday.“Isn’t that the way it always is? The time a big one hits you’re down cleaning it off or something.”last_img read more

Albertas proposed cannabis legislation includes mix of private and public sales

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government plans to control the online sale of legalized marijuana but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley introduced the rules in proposed legislation Thursday, but details on how sales would work have yet to be determined.“This is a major shift for our province and one that has to be made very quickly with a lot of complex questions,” said Ganley.“We believe this plan represents what the majority of Albertans want to see.”There are still questions about how online weed would be delivered.Private cannabis stores would have to be physically separate from stores that sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals — but how that would be legally defined hasn’t been determined.“They do have to be in a completely separate premises,” said Ganley, but added that this could include businesses that are separate but part of the same structure, such as in a strip mall.Ganley said the government will finalize those decisions by early next year.The stores would not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products.Marijuana distribution would be run by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and there would be ways to ensure that minors couldn’t buy weed off the internet.How many cannabis stores would be allowed would be up to the commission, but retailers would have to undergo background checks. All staff would have to be 18 or older.Jeff Mooij, who works for a medical marijuana clinic and wants to become a bricks and mortar retailer, said he expects demand will quickly outstrip supply.“(The lineups) will be huge, there’s no doubt about it,” he said, saying other jurisdictions in the United States, such as Colorado, have had marijuana shortages. “The feds need to step up this (growing) process.”Mooij suggested Alberta will need well over 200 licensed producers. He said there are 73 right now that are licensed and only half of them are producing product.Ken Kobly of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce said the proposed model is the best way to balance private enterprise with public safety.“The primary concern is obviously ensuring only those (legally) permitted to purchase cannabis are able to do so,” said Kobly.The bill also proposes legislation for initiatives announced last month by Ganley in a draft cannabis framework:— Minimum age to buy and use cannabis is to be 18, the same as alcohol.— Maximum public possession limit is to be 30 grams.— Zero tolerance for youth possessing pot.— Maximum of four pot plants per household.— Smoking and vaping cannabis banned wherever tobacco use is banned.— No cannabis allowed on hospital grounds, schools and anywhere kids gather such as playgrounds, splash parks and sports fields.Provinces and territories have been working on rules for cannabis since the federal government announced last spring that it will legalize recreational use of marijuana by July 1.Quebec is taking a different approach with legislation that proposes that all cannabis cultivated in the province must be sold by the government, through a subsidiary of the provincially run liquor board. It would also be illegal to cultivate cannabis for personal or commercial use, unless authorized by the government.Ottawa will be in charge of overall health issues and regulations, while provinces will distribute and sell cannabis while keeping roads, schools and workplaces safe.The provinces and Ottawa are still working on who should get what percentage of taxes.The federal government is revising and toughening up Criminal Code charges for anyone caught driving impaired while under the influence of cannabis or a mix of cannabis and alcohol.Earlier this week, Alberta announced it will add its own administrative penalties, including zero tolerance on cannabis for new drivers.The province is still working on updating workplace rules to address the risk of cannabis impairment on the job.last_img read more

Nova Scotia education reform eliminating school boards passes final reading

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s sweeping education reform bill has passed final reading in the legislature, only one week after it was introduced by Education Minister Zach Churchill.The governing Liberals used their majority to pass Bill 72 by a vote of 25-21.The legislation dissolves the province’s seven regional school boards as of March 31 and replaces them with a 15-member provincial advisory council, while keeping local school advisory councils in place along with board administrations.In another contentious move it takes principals, vice-principals and senior supervisory staff from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and rolls them into a new association affiliated with the union.Premier Stephen McNeil says he believes the changes will give communities a stronger voice because they will get direct access to the minister.NDP education critic Claudia Chender calls the notion “absurd” and says the concerns of parents will end up falling to members of the legislature.The legislation is largely based on recommendations contained in a report by consultant Avis Glaze.last_img read more

BC government intends to crack down on hidden ownership of real estate

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government is taking steps to end opportunities to anonymously invest and hide wealth in real estate.Finance Minister Carole James says a new, publicly accessible registry is being created to identify the owners of real estate in the province.A news release from the Ministry of Finance says the first-of-its-kind registry in Canada is aimed at improving transparency in the real estate market while ensuring owners pay their share of taxes.Law enforcement agencies, tax auditors, as well as federal and provincial regulators will be able to access the registry when seeking details for any investigations.Draft legislation, including a proposed land owner transparency act, has been included in a white paper posted on a government website and is open for feedback until Aug. 19.The Finance Ministry says the legislation will also create a federal-provincial working group on tax fraud and money laundering.James says the registry would improve B.C.’s reputation as a place for anonymous or covert property transactions.“Right now in B.C., real estate investors can hide behind numbered companies, offshore and domestic trusts, and corporations,” James says in the release.“Ending this type of hidden ownership in real estate will help us fight tax evasion, tax fraud and money laundering,” she says.last_img read more

Head of Quebecs anticorruption unit to step down next month

first_imgMONTREAL – The head of Quebec’s anti-corruption unit is stepping down next month.Robert Lafreniere has been the organization’s commissioner since 2011.His second mandate was set to end in 2021.The unit, which is known by its French-language acronym UPAC, said today Lafreniere’s resignation will take effect Nov. 2.Earlier this year, then-public security minister Martin Coiteux released two reports on the work climate within UPAC.An accompanying statement at the time said the Liberal government observed “that improvements had been noted but that work remains to be done.”Lafreniere agreed at the time that certain aspects related to work organization, particularly the management of human resources, had been neglected. News of his resignation comes as Quebecers vote in a provincial election.last_img read more

Team addresses thorny ethical issues raised by genomic sequencing

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Genome sequencing offers patients the potential of speedier, more effective diagnoses and medications. But building a safe and secure system to store people’s unique genomic profiles is not a simple task.A new project out of Memorial University in St. John’s is consulting the public on how to store genomic information, while still respecting people’s rights.“When you are talking about storing genomes, storing people’s genetic and genomic data, you begin to think about OK, how are we going to do that in a way that is ethical, respects privacy laws, and still allows patients and their families to hopefully benefit from this sort of research,” said Holly Etchegary, a lead researcher on the e-genomics project.She said an important step is ensuring the public understands what exactly a genome is.A full genomic sequence reads the complete, unique combination of a person’s DNA — what Etchegary calls “blueprints for our bodies.”Variations in each person’s sequence can reveal relevant information to physicians sorting out a diagnosis.But the Memorial research team is carefully pondering the ethical considerations, like who has access to the data and how secure it is.Last year, ransomware attacks in the U.K. resulted in hospital closures and raised global questions about the security of patient information.In June, the St. John’s project held the first meeting of its public advisory council.Eleven members of the public ranging in age from 24 to over 65 met with researchers, a privacy consultant and representation from the province’s four health authorities, to offer their thoughts on the possible risks and benefits of such a system and provide insight on how to ethically move forward with the project.The advisory council identified possible benefits like reducing wait times for a diagnosis, identifying possible genetic disorders and offering more effective prescriptions.But the council also raised questions about building a flexible, informed model of consent for participants, access and use of the data and how long it would be stored.For example, would access be limited to the patient’s doctor, or would it be possible for a pharmacist, employer, or insurance company to see the person’s genomic profile.Etchegary said the e-genomics project will start with uses that have been proven clinically effective, likely by applying genomic sequencing to pharmacogenomics, or drug therapy decisions.Etchegary said patients may react differently to many medications depending on variations in their genome.It’s one clinical application of the technology that could mean speedier, better outcomes for patients and save money for the health care system.“Our initial goal is to start there in a place where we know has some clinical utility, and hopefully it really will make a difference to some of our patients,” Etchegary said.“We do have to be cautious, we have to be realistic about this technology … it’s still fairly new, there’s a lot of research happening around the world, I think we’ll know more in a few years to come.”Etchegary said the project’s next step will likely be a public survey across the province, and a targeted survey with individuals who have experience with genetic testing, hopefully producing data by late next spring.last_img read more

Federal fall update expected to offer more support for struggling news industry

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is expected to lay out fresh plans next week to support Canada’s struggling news industry.The measures, expected in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall economic statement Wednesday, will be designed to help journalism remain viable after years of shrinking advertising revenues.The decline has already shuttered newsrooms, led to job cuts in many others, and eroded coverage of key democratic institutions across Canada — everything from municipal councils to provincial legislatures to Parliament.In last winter’s federal budget, Ottawa committed $50 million over five years for local journalism in “underserved communities.”The government also pledged in the budget to search for additional ways of supporting Canadian journalism.Internal federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information legislation say the government assembled a working group of officials from the finance and heritage departments following the February budget.Their goal, the memo said, was “to identify options to address the issues affecting journalism in Canada ahead of the fall economic statement.”The fall statement will be one of the last opportunities in the current fiscal year to announce the new measures.“A range of options to ensure the continued viability of the journalism industry in Canada are being considered,” reads the briefing note prepared for deputy finance minister Paul Rochon ahead of his meeting last July with the president and the publisher of Montreal’s La Presse newspaper.In the budget, Ottawa promised to take a closer look at potential models to enable private donations and philanthropic support for “trusted, professional, non-profit journalism and local news.” The government said eventual steps could include new ways for Canadian newspapers to innovate and receive charitable status for “not-for-profit” journalism.The briefing document for Rochon noted how La Presse announced its plan to adopt a not-for-profit structure last May — a couple of months after the budget — to position the newspaper to take advantage of the federal commitments on journalism.A separate July briefing note laid out options for “government action” but those sections of the document were redacted.“There are calls for the government to intervene to save the legacy newspapers under the premise that this is the key way of ensuring the continued production of civic-function journalism,” reads the memo.The document summarized recent industry trends — including how overall operating revenues tumbled to $3.2 billion in 2016 from their peak of $5.5 billion in 2008. The decrease included a steep drop of 34 per cent between 2012 and 2016.It said the decline has been caused mainly by falling advertising revenues and, when it comes to online ads, noted how Canadian news outlets have struggled to compete with giants like Facebook and Google, which scoop up about 80 per cent of the digital business.The number of daily newspapers in Canada was down to just 88 by May 2018, the document said. A decade earlier, there had been 139.The news industry’s challenges have also led to job losses. The memo said news organizations slashed salary spending by 37 per cent between 2006 and 2016, a period that saw the number of workers in the industry fall to 24,000 from 36,000. Between 2007 and 2017, employment in journalist positions declined 5.7 per cent — to 11,688 from 12,396.“There are indications that journalists are less able to cover stories about Canada’s democratic institutions. Dedicated coverage of public interest news (e.g. legislatures, town halls, courts) has declined,” the note said.In the lead up to the federal budget, the government was bombarded with ideas on how to help the news industry. A report last year from the Public Policy Forum called for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada, a fund to help finance reliable news and information with $100 million in federal seed money, a new “local” mandate for news agency The Canadian Press and changes to the CBC’s online advertising.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Accused in slaying of wife at longterm care centre told nurse he

first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal man on trial for the killing of his ailing wife told a senior nurse at the long-term care facility where she lived that he had suffocated her, a jury has heard.Linda Desgagne testified at the second-degree murder trial of Michel Cadotte that the accused asked to speak to her alone after informing other staff on Feb. 20, 2017 that his wife was dead.Desgagne says that is when a tearful Cadotte told her he had smothered Jocelyne Lizotte with a pillow and that he couldn’t deal with his wife’s advanced Alzheimer’s anymore.The nurse, who has more than 30 years experience, says she had attended a meeting requested by Cadotte a year earlier at which he asked whether Lizotte qualified for medically assisted death.Desgagne says that Cadotte was told his wife did not meet the criteria for the life-ending procedure. He did not react strongly but said he would seek a legal opinion.Lizotte, 60, was in the late stages of the neurodegenerative disease and was entirely unable to care for herself.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today March 13

first_imgFour stories in the news for Wednesday, March 13———SUNWING TEMPORARILY GROUNDS BOEING 737 MAX 8 AIRCRAFTSunwing Airlines is temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians. The Canadian low-cost airline says in a statement Tuesday night that it made the decision for “evolving commercial reasons” unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed in other countries. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 plan this morning in Ottawa. Before clearing his schedule to meet with experts, Garneau said Tuesday he has no plans to ground Canada’s fleet of 737 Max 8 aircraft, but that “all options are on the table.”———JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO MEET TODAY ON SNC-LAVALIN CASEThe House of Commons justice committee will meet today to discuss whether they should hear more testimony on the SNC-Lavalin scandal. And if the Opposition MPs get their way, the committee will hear again from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. Both the NDP and Conservatives want to be able to ask about the period after she was shuffled from the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs in mid-January, including why she resigned from cabinet. Wilson-Raybould has alleged that several senior advisers and aides to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were involved in a sustained effort to get her to halt a criminal prosecution of the Montreal-based engineering giant on charges of bribery.———IMPERIAL TOBACCO GETS CREDITOR PROTECTION IN $15B SUIT Imperial Tobacco Canada is the latest company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court. A judge granted Imperial Tobacco Canada creditor protection Tuesday, and JTI-Macdonald Corp. was granted creditor protection last Friday. The two companies, along with Benson & Hedges, lost an appeal of a landmark $15-billion class-action lawsuit in the Quebec Court of Appeal on March 1. The Ontario Superior Court decision suspends legal proceedings against all three companies until April 5, even though only Imperial Tobacco Canada amid JTI-Macdonald sought protection from creditors.———WOMAN CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE DIES OF INJURIESA woman who was caught in an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains west of the Alberta-B.C. boundary has died of her injuries. Parks Canada says she was with a group of ice-climbers in Yoho National Park on Monday when the slide happened near Field. The woman, who was believed to be in her 30s, was airlifted to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Parks Canada says she was participating in a guided ice climb on Massey’s Route on Mount Stephen. Risk of avalanche in Yoho National Park is expected to increase in the coming days.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals wouldnt take hidden SNCLavalin money now Trudeau says

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says today’s federal Liberal party wouldn’t accept political donations like those that got SNC-Lavalin in trouble in the late 2000s.Trudeau says the party has improved its standards and, in his words, “that is not what happens any more.”The Quebec-based engineering firm reached a “compliance agreement” with Canada’s elections commissioner in 2016, admitting that executives who’d left the company by then had convinced employees to give money to both the Liberal and Conservative parties.The agreement was public at the time but a CBC report today reveals the names of the SNC-Lavalin employees the elections commissioner believed were involved.Reimbursing the donors with company bonuses was a way around an election law that forbids corporations to make political donations.The Liberals got nearly $118,000 under the scheme, compared with the Tories’ $8,000.SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce said in 2016 that the agreement with the elections commissioner was evidence that the company had turned over a new leaf.So has the Liberal party, Trudeau said Tuesday before the government’s weekly cabinet meeting.“When we came to power and when I became leader of the Liberal party, we made significant changes to the fundraising regime, we have moved forward on transparency and openness, and that is not what happens any more.”The donations covered by the compliance agreement were made between 2004 and 2011; Trudeau became Liberal leader in 2013.The Liberals’ relationship with SNC-Lavalin has dogged Trudeau for months. Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould has said Trudeau and his staff pressured her improperly to arrange a deal much like a compliance agreement, to help the company avoid a criminal prosecution related to its allegedly corrupt practices in Libya.Trudeau has denied any impropriety, putting the whole thing down to miscommunications and misunderstandings. Nevertheless, it’s led to the departures of Wilson-Raybould and fellow minister Jane Philpott from cabinet and the Liberal caucus, the resignation of Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts, and the early retirement of Michael Wernick, formerly Canada’s top civil servant.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Brunswick begins talks with Ottawa on funds for flood relief and

first_imgThe Canadian Press FREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he’s working with the federal government to provide financial relief to homeowners affected by this year’s spring flood.Blaine Higgs met with the federal finance minister Wednesday morning and says Bill Morneau was receptive to what’s needed for flooding relief and future mitigation.Higgs says he knows quite a few cottages — especially around Grand Lake — have been damaged by the floodwaters, but the government’s priority will be for repairs to primary dwellings.The premier says the amount of assistance has not been determined, but he says the government will provide advance funds to allow people to begin repairs right away.During last year’s record flood the province provided up to $4,000 in advance funding, but Higgs says he wants to increase that to about $15,000.Higgs says an emphasis must be put on mitigation, including restrictions on building on flood plains, and raising some highways and roads that had to be closed.He said a priority would be the Trans-Canada highway where the flooding forced the closure of a section between Oromocto and Riverglade for an entire week.The highway reopened Wednesday.last_img read more

In Francois Legaults Coalition Avenir Quebec caucus men outearn women

first_imgQUEBEC — Within Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec caucus, the most prestigious and best-paid jobs most often go to men.Of 75 legislature members, 65 of them — 42 men and 23 women — have extra functions that earn them a boost in pay.While the pay scale varies according to the functions fulfilled, there are more men than women at every level of extra pay, according to an analysis of the legislature members’ salaries carried out by The Canadian Press.At a time when all politicians tout gender parity and pay equality, the size of a politician’s wallet remains a good measure of progress. And in Legault’s party, legislature members who wear suits and ties are more likely to outearn their female counterparts.In 2019, women make up 44 per cent of the legislature members who income reaches $167,482, 33 per cent of those at the $129,000 level, 25 per cent of those making $119,630 and 30 per cent of those whose salaries reach $114,845.The most prestigious and well-paid parliamentary roles (president of the National Assembly, caucus president, chief whip, parliamentary leader) are all served by men.Women serve some lesser roles, including assistant to the whip or assistant to the president, with a lower pay to match.Others can hope for a parliamentary appointment, which is often seen as a consolation prize for those not tapped to be part of cabinet.The only level of the pay scale dominated by women is the lowest one, reserved for legislature members making a base salary, which currently sits at $95,704.Among the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s team, 20 per cent of women weren’t offered a special role, compared to eight per cent of men.Legault’s cabinet is currently made up of 14 men and 12 women. When the caucus president, chief whip and premier are counted, women make up 41 per cent.Legault sits at the top of the pay scale, with a salary of nearly $200,000 per year.Fifteen men and 12 women are included in the second tier of the pay scale, whose revenue is boosted to $167,482 and includes cabinet ministers and the president of the national assembly.The position of parliamentary assistant, a function that allows an elected official to assist a minister, is often considered a gateway to cabinet. There are four times as many men as women in this category, at 16 compared to four.The politician who has had the biggest pay cut since the election is MarieChantal Chasse, who went from environment minister to a simple committee chair, and consequently saw her pay decline from $167,482 to $119,630.Her successor, Benoit Charette, made the exact same journey in reverse, boosting his salary by $47,852 in the process.Jocelyne Richer, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

MLB Pitcher Justin Masterson Speaks Up For Those In Need

first_imgCleveland Indian and AL All-Star pitcher, Justin Masterson, has spoken out about his partnership with Bright Hope to feed and educate 1,400 children living on less than $1 a day in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.Video: MLB All- Star Justin Masterson Speaks up for the Extreme Poor“It’s incredible what you can do by changing one life,” said Masterson. “We’re living on a lot more than just a dollar a day, so it’s only right that God has called us to help out those who aren’t.”Masterson and his wife, Meryl, are leading the Feed Their Future campaign, which is dedicated to bringing hope to 1,400 students living in the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Mathare Valley is Nairobi’s second largest slum with population estimates reaching as high as 600,000 in a dense one square mile area.Support raised for this campaign gives a child two meals a day, six days a week, and an opportunity to attend school by supporting teachers’ salaries, books, teaching materials and uniforms.“Justin is not only an all-star pitcher, but an amazing man with a heart for people in need,” said C.H. Dyer, Bright Hope’s president and chief executive officer. “He is willing to use his voice to speak up for those who have no voice and bring to light the global problem of extreme poverty.”In November 2013 Masterson will visit the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya to serve meals, interact and encourage the children this campaign is supporting.“Meryl and I have received many blessings in this life and strongly believe that to whom much is given much is expected,” said Masterson.Masterson, who has a strong faith in God, grew up in the church and strives to live out his faith on a daily basis. He and his wife have experience working with poor communities and found Bright Hope to be a natural fit for an organization they would like to put their support behind.last_img read more

James Cameron defends Titanic ending stubbornly insists there was no space for

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In 2012, Mythbusters tackled the famous scene, proving that both Jack and Rose could have survived if they tied their lifejackets to the door for additional buoyancy. We may never know if the Loch Ness monster is real or what really happened to Jimmy Hoffa, but there is one mystery that might have just been solved: whether Jack and Rose could have both fit on that door at the end of James Cameron’s Titanic.It’s a question that has been asked for two decades since the movie hit theatres in 1997. We all know the tale of epic romance that ends with the sinking of the Titanic. I’m sure you can still see the scene: Rose clutching for dear life on a door amidst the debris of the ship as Jack drowns in the freezing water.Early last year, even star Kate Winslet said, “I agree. I think he could have actually fit on that bit of door.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Hallmark TV Movie Darrow and Darrow Starts Filming in BC This Week

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Hallmark TV movie Darrow and Darrow, starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley starts filming in British Columbia this week along with Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s FX TV pilot Singularity and Season 2 of Dirk Gently.Darrow and Darrow (TV Movie)Ideologies clash when Claire Darrow and her mother, Naiomi decide to share a house and a law practice together. Although the two are related, their views couldn’t be any further apart when it comes to practicing law. Claire believes in doing what’s right no matter what, but her mother believes in doing whatever will make the most money.Their differences don’t just stop with the law practice. Niomi also disagrees with Claire’s decisions when it comes to raising her own pre-teen daughter, Louise. Thankfully, Louise’s personality combines the best traits of both her mother and grandmother, making her the glue that holds them all together. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

WGC Commends Minister Jolys Vision Statement

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly delivered a much-anticipated speech today outlining the government’s vision for Canada’s cultural and creative industries. The Writers Guild of Canada commends Minister Joly for emphasizing the key role screenwriters play in the industry by announcing a new focus on early-stage pitch document and script development at the Canada Media Fund (CMF). As well, the government will top up CMF funding to account for monies lost from diminishing contributions from cable and satellite companies.The Minister also demonstrated the government’s commitment to Canadian-created programs with the announcement that Netflix will spend $500 million over five years on original Canadian productions.“We’re very pleased that the Minister has listened, and heard, the concerns of Canadian screenwriters,” says WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. “She understands that a high-quality script is crucial to the production of a high-quality show, and that means investing in the people who write the scripts. It means focusing on the early stages of script development, something we proposed in our Digi CanCon submission, to make sure screenwriters have sufficient time to do the best work and aren’t self-financing. Of course screenwriters around the country are also very glad to have Netflix setting up shop in Canada, creating another place to pitch ideas for great Canadian series.”The WGC also applauds the government’s new export strategy, which will help Canadian screenwriters to share their ideas with other markets and with potential new financing partners. With the new emphasis on script development and the new export strategy, there is reason to be optimistic for a healthier industry for Canadian screenwriters.The WGC recognizes that Creative Canada is an important first step. Much is still to be determined, with an upcoming review of the Broadcasting Act, a possible reassessment of the CRTC’s role, and a CBC mandate renewal. But it is extremely positive that the new Creative Canada policy framework puts showrunners and screenwriters at its very centre.last_img read more


first_imgThis summer Global also brings its Royal fans Meghan and Harry Plus One, a one-hour special airing Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by CBS This Morning Co-Host Gayle King, Meghan and Harry Plus One looks at the changes in the life of American-born Meghan Markle since marrying Prince Harry, and the arrival of the couple’s royal heir who will be the first British-American child to be in line for the throne. Plus, the special will go behind the headlines and the rumors, and includes interviews with royal insiders and Meghan’s friends to learn how the couple has adapted to their new lives together and how they have navigated the positive and negative aspects that come with being royal.    Also new to Global’s schedule is action-adventure series Blood & Treasure, premiering with a special two-hour episode Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Moving to its regular time slot at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Tuesday, May 28, the serialized, globe-trotting drama stars Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) and Sofia Pernas (The Brave) as a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief, respectively, who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. Mystery and suspense continue this summer on Global with new series The Inbetween airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 29. The character-driven drama follows Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer, Love Child), who was born with a rare ability to see and communicate with the dead and now helps detectives solve murder cases.Rounding out the schedule are Global’s returning hits including the seventh and final season of the modern day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson drama, Elementary, which begins its farewell season Thursday, May 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Meanwhile Season 2 of Instinct starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic returns Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and then summer’s favourite gameshow The Wall hits new heights with Season 3 in a special two hour premiere Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Viewers can watch Global’s lineup on and Global TV App by signing in with their TV service provider credentials or catch up the next day on and Global TV App (now available on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV).Series Production Credits:Mary Kills People is produced by eOne and Cameron Pictures Inc., in association with Corus Entertainment, and with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The series is executive produced by Tassie Cameron (Ten Days in The Valley, Rookie Blue), Amy Cameron (The Book of Negroes), Marsha Greene (Ten Days in the Valley, Private Eyes), Jocelyn Hamilton(Private Eyes), Tecca Crosby (Private Eyes), and Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal).Private Eyes is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and IPF’s Cogeco TV Production Program. Season 3 is executive produced by Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby for eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller/Segan, Jason Priestley, James Thorpe, Alan Mccullough, James Thorpe, Alexandra Zarowny, Derek Schreyer and Tassie Cameron. Meghan and Harry Plus One is produced by the team at 48 HOURS and is executive produced by Judy Tygard and Patti Aronofsky. Blood & Treasure is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content. Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia, Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, Marc Webb, Mark Vlasic, Howard T. Owens and Michael Dinner serve as executive producers. Elementary is executive produced by Rob Doherty, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Jason Tracey, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Robert Goodman for CBS Television Studios. Instinct is produced by CBS Television Studios, Michael Rauch, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin (Secret Hideout), James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Alan Cumming serve as executive producers. Meghan and Harry Plus One, Blood & Treasure, Elementary, and Instinct are all distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.The Inbetween is produced by Universal Television, NBCU International Television Studio and Heyday Television. Moira Kirland, David Heyman, Nancy Cotton, Matthew Gross executive produce. Charlotte Sieling executive produced and directed the pilot. While “The Wall” is a collaboration between Glassman Media and SpringHill.The Wall was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio. LeBron James, Chris Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman executive produce.Source: Numeris PPM Data, SM18(May 27 – Aug 26/18) vs. SM17(May 28 – Aug27/17), confirmed data, 3+ airings, National CDN CONV ENG Stations, Total Canada, Ind. 2+/A2554 AMA(000)SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Twitter: @GlobalTV Facebook: Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc. Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News,, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, April 15, 2019 – Global announced today the first wave of premiere dates for its 2019 summer schedule. Featuring a fresh lineup combining standout original series, a newly acquired Royal special, two new dramas, and returning fan favourites, Global’s schedule is packed with thrilling mystery, provocative storytelling, and comedic relief.Headlining the new summer lineup are two of Global’s highly anticipated returning original series. Following two successful seasons which received great critic acclaim across North America, the third and final chapter of 2019 Canadian Screen Award-winning drama Mary Kills People kicks off the summer schedule beginning Sunday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. From Entertainment One (eOne) and Cameron Pictures, Season 3 picks up five months after last season’s shocking finale that left the fate of Detective Ben Wesley (Jay Ryan) up in the air. Dr. Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), along with her partner Desmond “Des” Bennett (Richard Short), return to face the complications of running their newly established “death retreat”. In anticipation of the final chapter, viewers can watch the first and second season of Mary Kills People on or Global GO (available for Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV).Then, Shade and Angie are back on the case as last summer’s #1 Canadian scripted series Private Eyes, which grew its audience year-over-year (19% for A25-54 and 25% for 2+) returns with 12 new episodes beginning Wednesday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Following the shocking arrest of wisecracking PI Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson), Season 3 begins with her behind bars where she meets an intimidating inmate played by guest star, Canadian icon Jann Arden. The new season also welcomes notable guest stars including Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox, award-winning actor Gordon Pinsent, and William Shatner, who reprises his role as rival PI Norm Glinski. Returning for Season 3 are familiar faces including Samantha Wan as Zoe, Ennis Esmer as Detective Mazhari, Jordyn Negri as Jules, Barry Flatman as Don, and joining the cast Ruth Goodwin as Officer Danica Powers. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “MURDOCH MYSTERIES continues to draw passionate audiences in Canada and around the world – a testament to the talented team in front of and behind the camera. We’re thrilled to deliver more of the mysteries and characters viewers love as we head into production on our thirteenth season,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury / Executive Producer, MURDOCH MYSTERIES.One of Canada’s most successful and longest-running dramas, MURDOCH MYSTERIES (13 seasons; 207 total episodes – 204 x one-hour episodes, 3 x two-hour specials) has become a staple for CBC and broadcasters around the world with its winning formula that brings together compelling mysteries, unique slices of turn-of-the-century history, ingenious inventions and personal moments for each character. The series is licensed to broadcasters in 150+ countries and territories including the U.S., U.K., France, Finland and China.The MURDOCH MYSTERIES brand continues to grow and evolve – brand licensing deals include an all-ages immersive game experience, The Murdoch Mysteries Escape Series, a collaboration between Shaftesbury and Company & Co. that launched in early 2017 in Toronto, and recently relocated to historic Casa Loma in Toronto.MURDOCH MYSTERIES is based on Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch series of novels and premiered in Canada in January 2008.MURDOCH MYSTERIES is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, and Peter Mitchell, who also serves as showrunner, and produced by Stephen Montgomery and Julie Lacey. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Drama, Scripted Content; and Nicole Mendes is Executive in Charge of Production. MURDOCH MYSTERIES is developed and produced by Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the IPF’s COGECO Television Production Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment holdworldwide distribution rights for the series.Cast on Twitter: @yannick_bisson, @helene_joy, @jollyharris, @lachmeup, @Daniel_Maslany, @arwenhumphreysMurdoch Mysteries Series Social Channels:Facebook: @CBCMurdochInstagram: CBCMurdoch#MurdochMysteries #MysteryMondayABOUT SHAFTESBURYShaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 13 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, three seasons of detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and Kew Media, three seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix, as well as new primetime series Hudson & Rex for Citytv/Rogers Media, and Departure for Global/Corus Entertainment. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon and MIPTV Brand Content of the Year award winner Carmilla. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac, U by Kotex®, and RBC.ABOUT CBC/RADIO-CANADACBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform,enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.ABOUT ALIBISky 132, Virgin 126 Alibi is the only TV channel dedicated to crime drama, promising the best selection from the genre premiering hit US series such as Rosewood and Quantico. The channel also features some of British TV’s best-known detectives such as Miss Marple and most-loved British crime dramas including Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Silent Witness. Plus, the original crime scene detective Doctor William Murdoch in the channel’s popular co-production, Murdoch Mysteries.ABOUT ITV STUDIOS GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENTITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading international TVdistribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE distributes more than 45,000 hours of celebrated content across all genres from both its in-house production business, ITV Studios, and in collaboration with leading producers from around the world.Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios GlobalEntertainment has offices in London, Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles and Sydney. Murdoch Mysteries Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement TORONTO, May 21, 2019 – Shaftesbury announced today that #1 Canadian drama* MURDOCH MYSTERIES has begun production on Season 13, for CBC and UKTV, distributed by ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment. With 18 new one-hour episodes, Season 13 will see the beloved series celebrate its 200th episode. Starring Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, Jonny Harris, and Thomas Craig, the internationally acclaimed series averaged 1.1 million viewers each week on CBC in Season 12,** and in the U.K. remains one of Alibi’s top-performing shows. MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 13 will film on location in Ontario until November 2019, and premiere on CBC this fall, with international dates to follow.With personal and professional changes for some of the Station House No. 4 team last year, Season 13 will continue to explore new developments in the lives of Detective William Murdoch (Bisson), Dr. Julia Ogden (Joy), Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Harris) and Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch), and Detective Llewelyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) as they tackle Toronto’s toughest mysteries, from the serious and historic to the comical and unusual.  Returning cast also include Shanice Banton, Arwen Humphreys, and Siobhan Murphy. Season 13 guest stars include Colm Feore (The Umbrella Academy, House of Cards) and Claire Goose (The Coroner, Casualty).Yannick Bisson returns to the director’s chair for a Season 13 episode. Other episodes will be directed by showrunner Peter Mitchell, Harvey Crossland, Gary Harvey, Mars Horodyski, Sherren Lee, Mina Shum, and Craig David Wallace. Season 13 episodes are written by Mitchell, Paul Aitken, Noelle Girard, Maureen Jennings, Simon McNabb, Mary Pedersen, and Dan Trotta. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more