OTTAWA – The federal New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to lower and cap the fees credit card companies collect from small businesses.Last summer, Ottawa announced voluntary, five-year deals with Visa and MasterCard to trim the fees to an average annual effective rate of 1.4 per cent — down from 1.5 per cent — and narrow the gap between the highest and lowest rates they charge retailers.In making the announcement, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he expected the changes will provide a boost to small- and medium-sized firms by saving them a total of $250 million in credit card fees per year.But the NDP says the Liberals’ agreements are not good enough because they offer no certainty for retailers and favour big business by keeping rates too high at 1.4 per cent.The NDP says smaller businesses are particularly vulnerable to credit card fees, which force them to make up for the lost revenue by passing on the extra costs to consumers.The opposition party is calling for Ottawa to implement a maximum cap of one per cent on credit card fees for small- and medium-sized firms as a way to free up cash that they could use to invest into their operations, raise wages and increase hiring.
VANCOUVER – An earthquake early-warning system tested off British Columbia’s coast could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare before a quake.The first-of-its kind warning sensors developed by Ocean Networks Canada is installed along the Cascadia subduction zone and when fully operating next March will be able to estimate location and magnitude of a megathrust earthquake.Greig Bethel of Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, says the system is active even as more sensors are being installed in the area to increase accuracy.A simulated exercise was conducted Thursday in Vancouver on the 19-kilometre Canada Line stretch of the SkyTrain system, giving transit operators a chance to slow down trains and hold them at stations.British Columbia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an active seismic zone where thousands of mostly small earthquakes are recorded annually by sensors in the province.Most of the quakes happen near the Cascadia subduction zone, an area where the Juan de Fuca and North American tectonic plates converge, stretching from Vancouver Island to northern California.“Ocean Networks Canada’s earthquake early-warning technology promises a new era of earthquake preparedness that will enhance the safety of both riders and workers on the Canada Line,” says Canada Line general manager Ron Powell.A news release from the network says to maximize warning time, it will focus on setting sensors as close to the Cascadia subduction zone as possible and on minimizing delays in data processing, communication, and delivery of warnings.Global Positioning System receivers will also be located with the seismic sensors to further refine the magnitude.Earthquakes release energy that travels through the Earth as seismic waves in two forms — secondary and primary waves.The primary waves travel faster but the secondary waves are the cause of severe damage and ground shaking.However, the sensors would detect primary waves to deliver alerts before the arrival of the secondary waves.“The detection of an earthquake by many sensors can provide rapid estimates of the location and magnitude of an earthquake as it occurs,” the release says. “This information can be used to determine the estimated arrival time and intensity of ground shaking at specific locations across a region, allowing protective actions to take place before the shaking hits.”The early-warning system can help reduce deaths, injuries and property losses, trigger trains to slow down, stop bridge and tunnel traffic, open bay doors at fire and ambulance halls, halt landings for incoming air traffic, and even allow surgeons to stop delicate procedures, the release says.
CALGARY — A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against Syncrude Canada claims the oilsands giant wrongfully denied him benefits and fired him after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his job.Mike Swan is seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice, says a statement of claim filed Dec. 19 in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.The suit is also asking for “moral or aggravated damages for bad faith throughout the employment relationship” as well as punitive damages.Swan has also complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.The allegations against Syncrude have not been proven in court and the company has not yet filed a statement of defence.Swan, 44, began working for Syncrude in 2002 as a heavy equipment operator at its vast mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. In 2007, he joined the company’s fire department, which sometimes responds to calls in the surrounding community.“I was really good at it and loved it,” Swan said in an interview, a black lab named Jack who he’s training to be a service dog, at his feet.Swan said his PTSD built up over time and there was no single event that triggered it. On the job he had to deal with anything from injuries and illnesses to an explosion on site, he said.He said his adrenaline would ramp up every time and it was like flipping on a light.“But if you flip that switch that many times, it gets stuck on and you’re always at that level of agitation or awareness.”Swan was on his day off in Kelowna, B.C., in May 2016 when he got a call from work telling him to get back to Fort McMurray, where a fierce wildfire was rapidly spreading.Unbeknownst to him at the time, his PTSD was in full force.Swan was assigned to watch over a pharmacist who stayed behind during the city-wide evacuation to fill prescriptions. Swan said he would have been better off keeping busy fighting the blaze.“I remember feeling like I was vibrating, like there was nothing worse to me than not actually fighting the fire, and sitting in that parking lot just breathing smoke in.”Swan said the tipping point was when his then-fiancee left him, telling him she never knew what would set him off. His captain found him crying by an ambulance at work and suggested he get help through a company program.“It was useless. They wanted me to eat a salad and get some sleep.”His own psychologist, saying he’d likely had it for years, diagnosed Swan with severe PTSD in March 2017.At first, Swan thought he’d be back on the job after a few weeks.But the following May, his psychologist recommended he get full-time treatment, so he went off work.The statement of claim says Swan received the proper benefits and compensation until October 2017, when a mix-up at the Workers’ Compensation Board led to him losing a week of benefits and top-up pay.Then, in February of 2018, Syncrude told Swan he had to return to work within a week, even though his care team and the WCB did not think he was ready, the lawsuit claims. The statement of claim alleges his benefits and top-up payments were again suspended and improper deductions were made from his paycheque.The suit is seeking a declaration that Syncrude’s actions amounted to constructive dismissal.Syncrude fired Swan on Sept. 20 in what the lawsuit claims was wrongful dismissal.Company spokesman Will Gibson declined to comment on Swan’s specific case, but said “Syncrude values and supports its employees.”Swan said his disputes with Syncrude have worsened his mental health at a time when he should have been focused on getting better.He said he’ll never work as a firefighter or paramedic again because of his condition and he’s exploring retraining options through the WCB.The ordeal has ruined him financially, he added. His sister, with whom he’s been living in Calgary, has set up a GoFundMe page to help with legal and medical bills.“Think about every mental-health campaign that’s going on right now. What are they telling us? Put your hand up. Ask for help,” he said.“I asked for help. I’m still asking for help.”
SOREL, Que. — The Bloc Quebecois is hoping to renew itself following a difficult period marked by deep divisions under its fifth leader since 2011.The party has been meeting in Sorel-Tracy, Que., this weekend for what it is calling a “refoundation,” where members have been debating new ideas and reflecting on their future.In an opening speech yesterday, leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said the party will still be relevant until Quebec has achieved independence.He cited Canada’s dependence on oil as one reason why Quebec cannot become greener or more environmentally friendly under Ottawa’s leadership.The 53-year-old former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister was named the Bloc’s leader in January after no other candidate stepped forward to oppose him.He replaced Martine Ouellet, whose leadership was marked by deep divisions in the party and the resignation of seven of the party’s 10 MPs, who have since returned.The Canadian Press
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) have joined forces with a new print public service announcement starring Academy Award nominee Laura Linney.Laura Linney to appear in PSA campaign for the Melanoma Research Alliance & SU2C.Headlined “Wear Your Beauty Brilliantly,” the PSA is designed to raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of protecting oneself from harmful exposure to UV rays that increase the risk of being diagnosed with melanoma and is the first element in a “Protect Your Skin” campaign.The deadliest of all skin cancers, melanoma is the fastest growing cancer globally and its incidence has tripled in the U.S. over the past three decades. While prevention is the first step, early detection of melanoma is key to survival. Through the PSA, SU2C and MRA also encourage people to look for changes in their skin and to speak to their dermatologists or health care providers about signs and risks. When caught early, the five year survival rate for melanoma is 92%.Linney, an SU2C celebrity ambassador, has helped shine a spotlight specifically on melanoma through her role on The Big C. In the series, her character “Cathy” is a Midwestern wife, mother, and public school teacher who is contending with Stage 4 melanoma. With an awareness of cancer from childhood—her mother was a nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York—Linney is well-versed in the preventive measures one can take to reduce chances of a melanoma diagnosis.“All it takes is a single reminder for a person to do a self-exam that could save his or her life. Melanoma and Breast Cancer can often be seen and felt, respectively, and the impact of open conversations about cancer and its prevention cannot be underestimated. So talk about Cancer. Encourage the women you care about to do a self breast-exam regularly, and everyone to look over their bodies for any strange markings. Communication can curtail cancer, so talk it up!” Linney said.MRA is the largest private funder of melanoma research. To date, MRA has awarded $38 million to 97 research programs to make transformative advances in the prevention, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of melanoma, including research in biological causes of carcinogenesis, skin screening, biomarkers, imaging, immunotherapy, molecularly targeted therapy, and combination therapy. MRA’s ultimate goal is to find a cure by funding the most promising melanoma research worldwide that will accelerate progress and improve outcomes for patients and all who are at risk for the disease.“We are honored to have Laura Linney and our friends at Stand Up To Cancer join MRA by raising awareness about melanoma and melanoma research with the ‘Wear Your Beauty Brilliantly’ PSA,” said Debra Black, co-founder, MRA. “Through her support of the cause and her moving performance on The Big C, Laura has kept melanoma at the forefront of public consciousness, and that work is heartening to all of us at MRA. Stand Up To Cancer has helped shake up the culture of cancer research and we’re excited about working with their esteemed scientists and doctors to find better treatments and, eventually, a cure for melanoma.”In December, 2011, SU2C announced its first jointly funded Dream Team in collaboration with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). The SU2C-MRA Melanoma Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant provides $6 million during a three-year period.The Dream Team, led by Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D., president and research director at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix and Patricia M. LoRusso, director of the Eisenberg Center for Experimental Therapeutics at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, is exploring “Personalized Medicine for Patients with BRAF Wild-Type (BRAFwt) Cancer.” The team’s members are working to identify new therapeutic targets to treat patients with BRAFwt metastatic melanoma, an area where historically there has been little progress.“Stand Up To Cancer’s mission is rooted in collaboration, and this campaign with the Melanoma Research Alliance and Laura Linney underscores that brilliantly,” said SU2C co-founder Sherry Lansing. “We all have a responsibility to get the message out far and wide about the importance of protecting yourself from harmful UV rays.”To learn more, visit www.curemelanoma.org/protectyourskin or www.standup2cancer.org/protectyourskin.
UNICEF Ambassador and National Basketball Association (NBA) star Pau Gasol pledged $1,000 for every point he scored at the Los Angeles Lakers game on Friday, November 22, to support critical U.S. Fund for UNICEF fundraising relief efforts in the aftermath of Super Tyhoon Haiyan.Gasol raised $24,000 for victims of the typhoon.More than five million children have been affected by the emergency. With every day that goes by, children are becoming weaker and more vulnerable not only to disease, but to trafficking, child labor and violence.“Children are in desperate need of clean water, medicine and nutrition supplies,” said Gasol, a two-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. “Having seen UNICEF’s incredible work for children firsthand, I want to support them in making a difference for children and families in the Philippines who have lost everything.”UNICEF’s first priorities are focused on life-saving interventions — getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families. UNICEF is also preparing to reunite and protect the most vulnerable children who are unaccompanied by adults, and is actively setting up child-friendly spaces where they can learn, play sports, and receive psychosocial support to help restore a sense of normalcy.“We are always so grateful to Pau Gasol for his unwavering commitment to UNICEF,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “The children in the Philippines need our help now, and in the foreseeable future, so it is critical for us to continue to shine a spotlight on their needs.”As a UNICEF Ambassador, Pau Gasol has seen UNICEF programs for children in action in several countries around the world including HIV/AIDS-related projects and education initiatives. He has also witnessed UNICEF’s emergency relief work in the Sahel region of Africa, and programs supporting Syrian refugees in Iraq. Gasol has supported UNICEF’s work on behalf of child survival and development for a decade both in the United States and Spain.The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) have also teamed up to donate $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by the devastating typhoon.To make a donation, click here.
The third annual summer “Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink” fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will be an event in two parts — a multi-skill level paddle boarding race and a benefit party co-hosted by prominent New Yorkers Lisa and Richard Perry and full-time Hamptons residents Maria and Larry Baum.The event will bring together hundreds of competitive paddle boarders, spectators and guests in support of raising critical funds for breast cancer research. The race will take place at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor; the party will take place at the spectacular residence of Lisa and Richard Perry.Co-chair Maria Baum, mother of four, investor, entrepreneur, and a partner of Tutto Il Giorno restaurants, took on paddle boarding as an exuberant activity to help her cope through her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent recovery. She will once again race alongside longtime paddler Richard Perry and the anticipated 100-plus paddlers. The race will follow World Paddle Association (WPA) racing rules and all racers will be timed with the WPA Blast Race Management System. Following the race, guests will revel at a sunset party.To celebrate the event, you can bid on paddle boards designed and signed by Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Bethenny Frankel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Donna Karan, Tony Burch, Aerin Lauder and more, as well as on the chance to enjoy a private workout with Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow. The auctions can be accessed here.Last year’s event, which drew such guests as Edie Falco, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, Aerin Lauder, William Lauder, and Donna Karan, raised over $1,200,000 in funds that went directly toward the Foundation. Highlights included heartfelt remarks from the Baums and an inspiring overview of the Foundation’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime from BCRF Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Clifford Hudis, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MSKCC).Find out more about the event here.The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, they invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible charities. They are the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002.
Earlier this week, hip-hop icon and yoga devotee Russell Simmons sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to lululemon asking the yoga apparel retailer to end all sales of down feathers.As Simmons notes in the letter, geese in the down industry are violently killed for their feathers and some even have their throats slit while fully conscious and able to feel pain — cruelty that goes directly against the yoga principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence, that Simmons and many other lululemon shoppers follow.“Since I’m an avid yoga practitioner, lululemon athletica is one of my favorite places to shop,” wrote Simmons. “I was disappointed, though, to learn that some of your brand’s outerwear contains down feathers. On behalf of my friends at PETA and your many compassionate customers, I encourage lululemon to switch to cruelty-free synthetics instead.“No matter how the feathers are obtained, gentle geese are violently killed (some even have their throats slit while still fully conscious), thereby going completely against the philosophy of ahimsa that I and many other lululemon customers embrace. When there are so many cruelty-free options, such as Thinsulate, Climashield, and PrimaLoft, which are all warm, cozy, and environmentally friendly, there is simply no excuse for selling down.“Switching to synthetics also makes good business sense: A study by Nielsen found that most global online consumers are willing to pay more for products that come from socially and environmentally responsible companies, and a study by the Brookings Institution found that 89 percent of millennials want to buy from companies that support solutions to specific social issues.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” — has already prompted outdoor outfitter Coleman and other ethical retailers to use exclusively high-tech synthetics such as Thinsulate, Climashield, PrimaLoft, or the Plumtech that animal-friendly company Save the Duck uses for its puffer coats.
An interview with television producer Norman Lear appeared on TED earlier this year.In it Lear speaks about how he discovered what he calls “the foolishness of the human condition” and how it led him through his outstanding television programming career.One of the reasons his shows of decades past were so popular is because they gave a voice to underrepresented segments of society of the time. Those people were his audience ‒ think: All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, The Jeffersons ‒ and the shows had a profound influence on many. Lear cites one young man who learned from watching George Jefferson on The Jeffersons that it was actually possible for a black man to write a cheque.Although the sitcoms’ stereotypical Jewish mother was based on his own mother, his childhood history was not a happy one. His mother is described as someone for whom Lear was never good enough. It was also during his childhood that he learned that there were people in the world that hated him because he was born to Jewish parents. These things, along with an absentee father, Lear believes were influential in his later years during his search for a voice that would be listened to.But the most important seed was planted on the day that nine-year-old Lear was crying while his father was being carted off to jail and another man put’s his hand on Lear’s shoulder and said, “You’re the man of the house now, and men of the house don’t cry.”“I think that was the moment,” says Lear, “that I began to understand the foolishness of the human condition,” which became the springboard to his soaring career, giving voices to those who had none.Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
Environmentalist David Suzuki recently lamented on the typical political perspective on fossil fuels.“Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities,” Suzuki says, “politicians should first consider the long-term health and well-being of the people they’re elected to represent. When it comes to climate change and fossil fuels, many aren’t living up to that.”Canada’s national carbon pricing initiatives alone will not meet the country’s Paris Agreement commitment, and the Paris Agreement alone will not solve global warming.“It’s difficult to take a government seriously,” says Suzuki, “when it approves or supports expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and development while the world continues to break warming records with increasingly dire consequences.”Even with no new development, current oil and gas fields will take the planet beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. And yet here’s what’s in the lineup:• A liquid natural gas project within British Columbia’s critical salmon-rearing territory (and without First Nations’ approval) • Three more bitumen pipelines to support oil sands expansion, at least one of which is likely to be approved by the Canadian government • Continued subsidies (currently $3.3 billion/year in tax breaks and handouts) to the fossil fuel industry“Saskatchewan has Canada’s best wind and solar resources, but the government focuses on expensive and unreliable schemes like carbon capture and storage,” says Suzuki. “It’s all a form of denial. Conserving energy, shifting to cleaner sources, reducing automobile use by improving transit and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, protecting and restoring carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands, and getting a handle on agricultural emissions are all possible, and would create numerous jobs and economic opportunities.“As Oil Change International says, ‘If you’re in a hole, stop digging.’”Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) recently celebrated their 11th annual NAMIWalks NYC.Darryl McDaniels at NAMIWalks NYCThe event took place at the South Street Seaport Promenade in Lower Manhattan. Hip Hop Legend and mental health advocate Darryl “DMC” McDaniels served as grand marshal and kicked off the walk with special remarks about dealing with mental illness in his own life.“Through generous corporate support and our devoted teams and walkers, I’m happy to report that we met our goal of $550,000 from NAMIWalks NYC this year,” said Nathan Romano, president of the board of directors, NAMI-NYC Metro. “With the encouraging words of Darryl McDaniels’ own personal story with mental illness, it was a great day in the fight against stigma towards mental illness.”New York’s largest mental health event hosted more than 2,000 people who turned out despite the wind and rain and traveled over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to the Seaport Promenade and ended the day with a wellness fair which included activities such as free massages, basic health screenings, give-a-ways, and more.NAMIWalks NYC celebrates recovery from mental illness and helps raise funds to combat stigma and promote awareness. Funds raised from NAMIWalks NYC will allow NAMI-NYC Metro to provide no-cost support and education to thousands of New Yorkers next year including four signature, multi-week education courses, bi-monthly public education events with leading experts, and more than 20 support groups for people living with mental health and for families and friends caring for an impacted loved one.
Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award Winning Actor (Dallas Buyers Club), director, producer, writer and philanthropist, will be the Inspiration Honoree and special guest speaker at this year’s Third Annual City Gala on March 4th, 2018, held at Universal Studios Hollywood.The actor will be honored for his work with his own just keep livin Foundation.The Gala is the culmination of three days of events – following the two-day City Summit on March 2nd and 3rd featuring keynote speaker, Ashton Kutcher. The Gala supports these nonprofit, charitable beneficiaries: Already Always Amazing, Bright Futures Foundation, Feed A Billion, Fulfilled Families, Firelife Foundation, Project NOW, Conscious Capitalism, Child Liberation Foundation, and My Life My Power.Matthew McConaughey is known as much for his work onscreen (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar) as off, through his just keep livin Foundation which he started with his wife, Camila. Early in his career, while filming Dazed and Confused, McConaughey struggled with the passing of his father. It was during this time that he was overtaken by a saying that would become the mantra of his life: “just keep livin.” In 2015, the foundation was created to help empower high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. The work that Matthew McConaughey has done through his own foundation, his tireless commitment to giving back to the community, and his successful film and TV career, make him an obvious choice to be this year’s Inspiration Honoree.“City Summit and City Gala bring together leaders in their fields who have the common goal of supporting humanitarian efforts. Our event raises critical funds to allow startup, nonprofit organizations to get the funding they need to achieve their goals. We could not be more thrilled to have McConaughey as this year’s honoree,” said Ryan Long, Founder of City Summit & Gala. This year’s Gala will include dinner, a celebrity poker tournament, and live and online auction put on by CharityStars, the world’s most comprehensive fundraising platform and creator of AidCoin.Find out more about the event here.
OTTAWA, March 24, 2017 – The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Tom Jenkins, Chair and former CEO of OpenText and Chair of the National Research Council, are launching their book Ingenious, published simultaneously in English and French by Signal/McClelland & Stewart (division of Penguin Random House Canada) and Les Éditions La Presse. The event, presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival, will take place at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.During an on-stage conversation hosted by Catherine Clark, the Governor General and Mr. Jenkins will discuss Ingenious, a book about hundreds of Canadian innovations that have made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier and happier place. The conversation will be followed by a question period and the evening will conclude with a book-signing.On Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m., a second event will take place at MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, in Toronto. The on-stage conversation and Q & A session will be hosted by Marci Ien, broadcast journalist, Bell Media, and will be followed by a book-signing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The co-authors have made sure this collection illustrates the range and depth of innovations that Canadians have given to the world. Ingenious categorizes these innovations by the impact they have made on the world, from the light bulb, the propeller, the electric radio and the zipper, to the life jacket, the basketball, peanut butter and Superman.The co-authors are especially grateful to their many collaborators for their contributions to this work: the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Library and Archives Canada, National Research Council Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Film Board of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.All proceeds from Ingenious will be directed to the Rideau Hall Foundation to support activities and programs that inspire Canadian innovation across the country. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
canfitpro is the largest Canadian certification organization for fitness professionals and the leading provider for fitness and wellness education. Known for quality and enthusiasm, a canfitpro certification establishes a benchmark for excellence and education in the fitness industry. Expanding its offerings beyond the fitness professional, canfitpro offers educational certifications and courses for all, such as healthy eating & weight loss, active aging, children’s fitness and nutrition fundamentals, to name a few.“Alongside our new team at rock-it promotions, we look forward to creating strong media relationships and generating an authentic excitement for our world fitness expo this August,” said Nick Rico, Communications and Media Manager, canfitpro. “We want to engage new demographics and ensure Canadians understand the value of the knowledge provided by a canfitpro certified professional.”With over 16,000 delegates and visitors each year, the canfitpro world fitness expo is the largest combined fitness conference and trade show in the world. Taking place August 16-20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, attendees will have access to a custom experience including workouts, lectures, cooking demos and exclusive shopping opportunities. Past celebrity speakers include Bruce Wylde, Harley Pasternak and Jillian Michaels.About canfitprocanfitpro is the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry. Founded in 1993, canfitpro delivers accessible, quality education, certifications, events and membership services. canfitpro‘s over 100,000 members include some of the world’s finest fitness professionals, health club operators, industry suppliers, and fitness consumers.Website: www.canfitpro.comTwitter: @canfitproInstagram: @canfitproFacebook: @canfitproAbout rock-it promotions rock-it promotions is one of Canada’s leading lifestyle PR agencies. A full-service PR and communications agency, rock-it provides a broad range of services including strategic planning, media relations and outreach, event management, press trips, partnership and sponsorship engagement, celebrity outreach and representation, product seeding, brand ambassador programs and more. Rock-it promotions also runs Fourth Floor Management, a social influencer management arm that represents some of the most respected creative minds in the influencer community. In 2016, the agency was awarded a place on the Profit 500 as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, while founder and president Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski received recognition in Profit Magazine’s W100 as one Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.Website: www.rockitpromo.comTwitter: @rockitpromoInstagram: @rockitpromo Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO, ON – Canada’s leading fitness organization, canfitpro has named rock-it promotions its agency of record. canfitpro will be added to the agency’s already impressive client list of top lifestyle brands including adidas, Etsy and Club Med.rock-it promotions will execute all canfitpro’s ongoing public relations activity in Canada, including media outreach, brand awareness, and influencer and community engagement. Through exclusive influencer events and ongoing media relations, rock-it promotions will drive awareness and ticket sales for canfitpro’s 24th annual world fitness expo – the largest fitness conference and trade show in the world.“We are so excited to be working alongside a brand that empowers people to lead a healthy, passionate and fulfilling lifestyle,” said Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, president and founder, rock-it promotions. “canfitpro has set the bar for a high standard in the fitness industry and it is our goal to reinforce the importance of quality education and build increased awareness for this year’s world fitness expo.” Advertisement Login/Register With:
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In addition to Peter Coyote, who plays retired judge and prosecutor Henry Sullivan; and Aden Young as scruffy and soulful musician Luke Sullivan, Henry’s son and Anthony’s loving father; THE DISAPPEARANCE also stars Gemini Award-nominee Camille Sullivan (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE) as Helen Murphy Sullivan, Anthony’s devoted mother; Gemini Award-nominee Joanne Kelly (WAREHOUSE 13) as Catherine Sullivan, Henry’s daughter, Luke’s sister, and a charming, devoted palliative care nurse; Genie Award and Silver Lion-winner Micheline Lanctôt (UNITÉ 9) as Susan Bowden, a tough, experienced Lieutenant-Detective; JUNO Award-winner Kevin Parent (Café de Flore) as Sergeant-Detective Charles Cooper, Susan’s partner; and newcomer Michael Riendeau as Anthony Sullivan, Luke and Helen’s son.In the series premiere (Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), when Anthony’s school project gets him in trouble with his teacher, it creates tension between Luke and Henry. After Henry sends Anthony on a scavenger hunt for his birthday, Helen and Luke panic when their son mysteriously vanishes, setting off a puzzle of unthinkable consequences.THE DISAPPEARANCE is created and written by the Montréal-based writing team of Normand Daneau and Geneviève Simard and directed by Peter Stebbings (Defendor, ORPHAN BLACK). The series is produced by Joanne Forgues of Productions Casablanca. Executive producers are Joanne Forgues, Sophie Parizeau, and Jean-Marc Casanova, creators of the Prix Gémeaux-winning series, LES INVINCIBLES and SÉRIE NOIRE.Emmy® Award-winning JoAnn Alfano (30 ROCK) and Kristen Del Pero are executive producers for NBCUniversal International Studios.THE DISAPPEARANCE is produced by Productions Casablanca in association with Bell Media and NBCUniversal International Studios, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Cogeco Program Development Fund, and the assistance of the Québec Film and Television Tax Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Super Écran has commissioned the series for French-language broadcast. NBCUniversal International Studios serves as international distributor. For Bell Media, Gosia Kamela is Production Executive; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_Television@AdenYoungRTFY@CamilleSullyFacebook:Facebook.com/ctvFacebook.com/PeterCoyoteFacebook.com/CamilleSullivanFacebook.com/KevinParentMusicInstagram:@CTV_Television@sullivan.camilleAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.About NBCUniversal International StudiosNBCUniversal International Studios delivers award-winning international programmes to audiences across the globe. Based in London, NBCUniversal International Studios’ production companies include: Carnival Films, Monkey and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures. Additionally, NBCUniversal International Studios has a joint venture with Tim Bevanand Eric Fellner in Working Title Television; and a joint venture with David Heyman, in Heyday TV. International Studios also owns an equity stake in LARK Productions in Canada (Motive) and has a first look deal with Hardy Son & Baker and 87 Films. It also operates a global formats business, which licenses and produces content in over 70 territories worldwide. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, Aug. 24, 2017 – Secrets surface and tensions run high as CTV’s new original mystery event series THE DISAPPEARANCE debuts this fall, airing Sundays at9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning October 1 on CTV and CTV GO. The six-part, hour-long series features a stellar ensemble cast, including Emmy®-winner Peter Coyote (E.T.) and Critics’ Choice Television Award-nominee Aden Young (RECTIFY), and airs in a prime hammock in CTV’s unrivalled prime-time fall lineup on Sunday nights – between scorching Top 5 hit LUCIFER at 8 p.m. ET/PT and new mystery-thriller TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Two weeks in advance of its October 1 debut, a special sneak peek of the series premiere episode will be available September 17 on CTV.ca and on demand through television service providers across the country. THE DISAPPEARANCE is also available as a CraveTV FIRST LOOK every Saturday, beginning Sept. 30 at9 p.m. ET. The French language version of the series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Super Écran, beginning October 1.Produced in 4K by award-winning Productions Casablanca in association with NBCUniversal International Studios, and shot in Montréal last fall, THE DISAPPEARANCE follows the Sullivan family in the wake of a terrifying family drama. As the fractured family bands together to solve the mystery that has uprooted their lives, long-held secrets are uncovered. Driven by hope and a relentless determination to do whatever necessary to uncover the mystery, the same hidden truths that threaten to shatter this family may also be the very key to reuniting them.“THE DISAPPEARANCE is a perfect fit for the Sunday 9 p.m. timeslot and will captivate audiences as the mystery event series slowly but methodically unfolds over six gripping weeks,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The North by Northeast festival will have a new look again this year, albeit a new look that’s oddly familiar.After trying to gain a foothold as a ticketed event in the barren Toronto Port Lands for the past two years, NXNE announced Wednesday that it will return to Yonge-Dundas Square – the site of momentous gigs by the likes of the Stooges, the Flaming Lips, the National and St. Vincent during North by Northeasts past – for three days of free shows from June 15-17, transforming a chunk of Yonge St. into a festival village with comedy shows and more.Heading into its 24th year in 2018, the festival – the full program of which will run from June 8-17 – also promises to offer an expansion of its club-based “Curator Series” that saw local musical luminaries like Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, Billy Talent’s Ian D’Sa and July Talk’s Leah Fay programming lineups for venues.
Advertisement Toronto – Following ACTRA Toronto’s call for an industry wide conversation on preventing and dealing with sexual harassment, ACTRA Toronto has hired Victoria Shen as a Special Advisor to review our policies, practices, education and training materials on harassment and human rights issues.Victoria is a lawyer with extensive experience in human rights, including sexual harassment and disability related issues. She was formerly at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and co-chair of the Section 21 Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the CMPA, she was counsel and manager at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, where she represented applicants before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). She has worked at the Ministry of the Attorney General – Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and UFCW Local175 and 633. Her litigation experience includes labour arbitrations, applications before the HRTO, and appeals on WSIB, EI, and CPPD. She is a former board member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, and President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter.“ACTRA Toronto is thrilled to have Victoria’s experience and advice as we look internally at our own policies and practices, listen to stories of performers who have been harassed, and work with our industry partners to ensure our workplaces in the screen-based industry here in Ontario can be safe from harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence,“ said Theresa Tova, President of ACTRA Toronto. Login/Register With: Facebook About ACTRA TorontoACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 22,000 professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
Facebook Twitter Advertisement The new ECDs join Taxi’s management team following a shakeup in recent months.At the end of January, Taxi CCO Jordan Doucette left the agency to join Leo Burnett Chicago, leading creative on the Kellogg’s account. Jeff MacEachern, who was named CCO alongside Doucette in 2016, has also since left the agency. And Reid Miller, CCO for Taxi’s U.S. offices, left the agency in October, becoming CCO at consultancy Ampology, with ECD Damion Sammarco taking over creative leadership in New York.While Doucette and MacEachern’s positions were meant to be more national in scope, the agency has returned to having dedicated senior creative leadership in each of its offices. Bronstorph and Horne join fellow Taxi creative leaders Jay Gundzik in Vancouver and Pierre Nolin in Montreal.by Josh Kolm Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Taxi ad agency, has named its new senior creative leadership, hiring Alexis Bronstorph and Kelsey Horne as executive creative directors in Toronto.The pair will oversee creative work done in Toronto across all Taxi clients, including Canadian Tire, Mark’s, Kraft, Audi, Beam and Moosehead.Bronstorph and Horne are rejoining the agency, having been ACDs at Taxi 2 when they left to take on creative director duties at Sid Lee in 2015. At that time, Bronstorph had been with the agency since 2004 (minus a one year stint at Juniper Park) and Horne since 2008 (which included a year at its now-closed Amsterdam office). While at Sid Lee, the pair worked with brands including PC Financial, Heineken, Belairdirect and Rethink Breast Cancer. Advertisement Login/Register With:
Advertisement Canadian members of Parliament have passed a unanimous motion condemning Netflix for using images of the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in fictional dramas and demanding financial compensation for the Quebec community for using the tragic images without consent. (Netflix) Advertisement Netflix has apologized, saying it was not aware of the source of the footage, and has agreed to take steps to avoid using it in future productions.But the company has refused to remove the images from Bird Box, a disaster movie released late last year.That’s something NDP MP Pierre Nantel, who introduced the House of Commons motion this week, says he cannot accept.“We know people are going to go and watch this film, and again these real images will be used,” he said. “For people in Lac-Megantic, they saw images of their own downtown burning, and could imagine their own family members in it.”He noted the movie was produced by Netflix and exists almost exclusively online — so it’s not a case of a production company trying to recall movies widely distributed to cinemas or to consumers on DVDs.“It’s online, it’s their own and it’s an image that is easy to switch out.”Netflix refused comment Wednesday, pointing only to a letter the company sent last week to Roy in response to her concerns. In it, the company’s public-policy director Corie Wright says while Netflix “understands that many feel frustration and sadness at seeing images of this tragic event,” the company cannot make changes to “finished content.”As for the demand from the House of Commons that Netflix pay compensation to the community of Lac-Megantic for using the rail disaster for entertainment purposes, the company had no comment.Netflix has been a lightning rod of discontent in Quebec ever since it agreed to invest $500 million over five years in Canada as part of the federal government’s cultural policy, which included a promise to set up a Canadian production facility.Netflix committed to spend $25 million to develop French-language content, but the lack of a contractual obligation to produce and stream it came under heavy scrutiny in Quebec, where former federal culture minister Melanie Joly and her plan were pilloried and dismissed as naive. Joly has since been shuffled to Tourism, Official Languages and la Francophonie.Nantel says he does not want to conflate the taxation and Canadian content concerns involving Netflix and other streaming services with this specific issue, but he did point out that if a traditional Canadian broadcaster had used Lac-Megantic footage in a similar way, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council could be called on to intervene.“Like Ms. Roy said, you cannot leave your broadcasting system to be some sort of wild west where everybody is doing whatever they want,” Nantel said.By Teresa Wright | The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Netflix should compensate the people of Lac-Megantic for using footage of the 2013 rail disaster there in fictional dramas, Canada’s members of Parliament have agreed unanimously.The motion they passed is non-binding, an expression of sentiment and not a law. But it’s a stern rebuke from Canada’s Parliament aimed at the online streaming giant, after footage from the rail explosion that killed 47 people in the Quebec town was used in the hit movie Bird Box and the series Travelers.MPs are demanding that Netflix remove all images of the Lac-Megantic tragedy from its fiction catalogue — a plea that has also been made by Quebec’s culture minister Nathalie Roy and Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsMembers of Barriere Lake are in Ottawa once again.They’re demanding the federal government come to the table for solutions to long-standing leadership issues.Here’s APTN National News reporter Annette Francis with the story.