Advertisement Congratulations to our latest Canada Council prize winners. Discover how these outstanding artists, scholars and organizations contribute to our communities through creation, research and performance.Get to know these outstanding artists, scholars, organizations and their works:Molson Prizes Theatre: Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau Two Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes, in the amount of $50,000 each, are awarded annually to distinguished individuals (one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities). The prizes allow recipients to contribute to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Visual Arts: Cedric Bomford Cedric Bomford currently lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia where he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. His installation and photographic work has been exhibited internationally and he has participated in residencies in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Cedric holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy (2007) and a BFA from Emily Carr University (2003). His work often focuses on the power dynamics established by constructed spaces and takes the form of large-scale rambling ad hoc architectural installations. The projects follow a methodology he calls ‘thinking through building’ in which construction takes on an emergent quality rather than an illustrative one. Concurrent to this installation work is a rigorous photographic practice that operates at times in parallel with and at others tangentially to the installation works.While the majority of his projects are solo efforts, Bomford often works collaboratively with a number of different partners including his brother Nathan, father Jim and with other artists such as: Verena Kaminiarz, Mark Dudiak and Carl Boutard. Recent projects include Deadhead, a production of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects in Vancouver and Substation Pavilion a public art commission in Vancouver, BC. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Alberta and a public art commission in Seattle, Washington. Facebook Advertisement Inter-Arts: Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompsonis a performance/dance artist, choreographer, researcher and pedagogue originally from Calgary, Alberta working between Canada, USA and Europe. He received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (art and science of movement) and Dance from the University of Calgary and is the current 2015 World “Figure” Bronze Medalist. He was listed in the New York Times Top Male Dance Performances (2014). Stephen has collaborated with numerous artists and institutions notably Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Benoit Lachambre, Trajal Harell (2012 Bessie for Antigone Sr.), Project BK, Martin Bélanger, Fabrice Lambert, Saskia Holbling, Jennifer Lacey, Dominique Pétrin, Antonija Livingstone, Steve Paxton, Public Recordings (2 Dora Mavor Moore awards (2014) for whatwearesaying), Studio 303 (Montreal), M.A.I (Montreal), Fluid Festival (Calgary), American Realness (New York). He is currently; performing with Adam Linder at the Los Angeles Biennial – Kien Paradiso, performing Relative Collider with Pierre Godard and Liz Santoro in Tanz im August (Berlin), creating an installation using compulsory ice figures with visual artist Xavier Veilhan (France) for 2017 at Theatre de la Villette in Paris. Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton AwardsThe Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards are awarded annually for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian mid-career artists in the disciplines of Dance, Inter-Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing and Publishing. Martin Carrier is professor of philosophy at Bielefeld University and director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS). His chief area of research is the philosophy of science, in particular, historical changes in science and scientific method, theory-ladenness and empirical testability, and presently the relationship between science and values and science operating at the interface with society. Media Arts: Duane LinklaterDuane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. Duane attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Family Business Gallery in New York City, Te Tuhi Centre for Arts Auckland, New Zealand, City Arts Centre in Edinburgh Scotland, Institute of Contemporary Arts Philadelphia and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre as a part of dOCUMENTA (13) with subsequent exhibitions of this work at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago (curated by Monika Szewcyyk), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (curated by Kitty Scott). Duane has upcoming exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta and will be a participating at the SeMa Biennale in Seoul, Korea. Duane was also the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award, an annual prize given to an artist under 40. Duane is currently represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver. Virginia Parker PrizeThe Virginia Parker Prize is awarded annually to a Canadian classical musician, instrumentalist or conductor under the age of 32, who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence, and who makes a valuable contribution to the artistic life in Canada and internationally.Mira Benjamin is a Canadian violinist, researcher and new-music instigator. She performs new and experimental music, with a special interest in microtonality & tuning practice.She actively commissions music from composers at all stages of their careers, and develops each new work through multiple performances. Current collaborations include projects with composers Anna Höstman, Martin Arnold, Amber Priestley, John Lely, Linda C. Smith and James Weeks.Since 2011, Mira has co-directed NU:NORD – a project-based music and performance network which instigates artistic exchanges and encourages community building between music creators from Canada, Norway & the UK. Through this initiative, Mira hopes to offer a foundation from which Canadian artists can reach out to artistic communities overseas, and provide a conduit through which international artists can access Canada’s rich culture. This summer the project will invite nine Canadian musicians to the UK, where new works will be developed and presented to London audiences. John McGarry is a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University. Before Queen’s, he taught at the University of Waterloo and at Western University (King’s College). His research focuses on conflict resolution in deeply divided societies, such as Northern Ireland, Iraq and Cyprus. He has authored, co-authored, and edited thirteen books on this subject, as well as 75 journal articles and book chapters. He is seen as one of the world’s leading experts on ‘power-sharing’ in divided societies.McGarry’s work has had an important public policy dimension and impact. He has testified as an expert witness in the US Congress. His work on power-sharing and policing reform in Northern Ireland has been seen as influential in the resolution of its conflict. In 2008, McGarry was appointed as the first ever “Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing” to the United Nations (Mediation Support Unit). He is currently the Senior Advisor on Governance and Power-Sharing in the UN backed negotiations in Cyprus. He has advised on a range of conflicts around the world, including Iraq, Yemen, Philippines, Kenya and Western Sahara. John G. Diefenbaker AwardThis annual award enables a distinguished German scholar to do research in Canada and will be encouraged to participate in the teaching activities of the host institution. The spirit of the award is to encourage exchange between scholarly communities in Canada and Germany. Chloe Charles takes listeners on a genre-less musical journey that organically weaves its way through pop, jazz, folk, soul and classical influences. Raised within the unconventional milieu of her artist grandfather and the singing, song-writing women in her family, living among the forests of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Chloe was encouraged to question everything seek new ways of doing old things and to always challenge herself. It is therefore no surprise that her work is always breaking the boundaries of musical conventions and people’s expectations. Touring constantly across Europe Charles’ developed an international, genre-less sound and thus when it came time to record her latest album, With Blindfolds On, she not only took a leap of faith and decided to self-produce but she made it an international affair, recording between Toronto, Berlin and New York. Released in May 2016, it follows on the heels of Charles’ critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Break the Balance, which received major accolades from Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, Mojo, London Times etc. With 2 albums under her belt, nearly 1000 shows played internationally, and an impressive string of awards and accolades (e.g. 2014 Sirius/XM Indie Award, 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest), Charles is already proving herself to be one of Canada’s brightest emerging singer-songwriters and was recently featured in everything from Noisey/VICE and Now Magazine all the way to the Strombo Show. Louise Moyes performs docudances: shows she researches, choreographs, and performs, working with the rhythm of voices, language, and accents like a musical ‘score’. Louise’s version of the Lisa Moore short story All Zoos Everywhere was named one of the Top Three Performances in 2013 by The Overcast, St. John’s. Louise Moyes and Paul Rowe’s interactive show Francophone Newfoundland and Labrador received a 2014 Manning Heritage Award. She is currently making a docudance for NL dancers Calla Lachance, Andrea Tucker and Tammy McLeod and mentoring New Brunswick actor-dancer Lou Poirier in making her own docudance. In 2016 Louise will be spending five months researching working with people on the autism spectrum, storytelling and dance. She will also be directing a documentary on Franco-Acadian War Veterans from the Port-au-Port Peninsula. Moyes studied dance and performance at Studio 303 in Montreal. She has performed throughout Newfoundland & Labrador and Canada, and in Germany, Italy, Iceland, New York, Australia, France, and Brazil. Louise collaborates frequently with Newfoundland artists Anne Troake, Lisa Porter, Diana Daly and Lori Clarke. Writing & Publishing: Karen SolieKaren Solie was born in Moose Jaw, and grew up on the family farm in southwest Saskatchewan. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Short Haul Engine and Modern and Normal, published by Brick Books, and, with House of Anansi, Pigeon, which won the Griffin Prize, Trillium Poetry Prize, and Pat Lowther Award. Her most recent, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, was published last year in Canada by Anansi and in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and is shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. A volume of selected and new poems, The Living Option, was published in the U.K. in 2013. She has given readings across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., as well as in Ireland, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and her work has been translated into French, German, Korean, and Dutch. A former writer-in-residence for the universities of Alberta, New Brunswick, and St. Andrews, Scotland, she’s taught writing and led workshops for writing programs across Canada, and is currently an associate director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. She lives in Toronto, and is at work on a new poetry manuscript she hesitates to describe for fear of jinxing it. Music: Chloe Charles Dance: Louise Moyes A graduate of the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (2003), Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau is the co-artistic director of the Théâtre Qui Va Là, where he created, with the theatre’s collective, Toutou Rien (2004), La Tête Blanche (2006), La Fugue (2007), Le Nid (2009) and Éloges de la fuite (2016). Qui Va Là won three awards for best young people’s play with La Fugue: a Cochon d’Or (2010), Prix Opus (2011) and a Dora Mavor Award (2013).Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau has often appeared on stage, including with Théâtre PÀP in Le Traitement(2006) where he won a Masque for male actor in a supporting role. For Théâtre de La Manufacture, he was an actor and musician inComa Unplugged which won the Masque for best Montreal production (2007). He was in As Is (Tel Quel) for Simoniaques Théâtre (2014-2015). He will be repeating his performance as Baron de Münchhausen in Münchhausen, les machineries de l’imaginaire for Théâtre Tout à Trac, a role that won him the Denise Pelletier (2011) prize for best actor.He took on contemporary dance with Corps Caverneux (2013) for Danse-Cité. With Théâtre de la Roulotte, he adapted and directed Le Magicien d’Oz (2010) and Peter Pan (2012). He improvised with the LNI (2007 to 2008) and the LIM (2005 to 2007) where he was named recruit of the year (2005-06) and co-player of the year (2006-07).Since 2014 he has been teaching creation at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal. Félix is currently working on a solo show entitled Le Nombril du Monstre that will be presented in April and May 2017 at Théâtre de La Petite Licorne. Twitter Born in Quebec City in 1939, Marie-Claire Blais published her first novel, La belle bête, at the age of 20. She has created a lasting impact on the cultural heritage of Canada through her daring work.To date she has published more than twenty novels in France (Le Seuil, Grasset, Gallimard, Laffont, Belfond) and Québec, all of them translated into English, as well as six plays and several collections of poetry. She has had several residencies abroad and won many awards for her work.Her works include, in no particular order, Tête blanche (1980), L’insoumise (1966), David Sterne (1967), Manuscrits de Pauline Archange (1968), Vivre! Vivre! (1969), Le sourd dans la ville (1980), Visions d’Anna (1982), Pierre (1986), L’ange de la solitude (1989), Un jardin dans la tempête (1990)… The first volume in the series entitled Soifs (1995), recipient of the 1996 Governor General’s Literary Award, was published by Éditions du Boréal, Éditions du Seuil in Paris and in its English translation, These Festive Nights, by Anansi Press. Her most recent novel, Le festin au crépuscule, was published in 2016 by Éditions du Boréal and Seuil and will be published by Anansi, as with all the titles in this remarkable series.Solitary childhoods, tainted innocence, capriciousness and rebelliousness and infinite tenderness are conjured by a novelist who never evokes realism without transforming it into poetry.Some of Marie-Claire Blais’ novels have been adapted for film and television, including Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel directed by Claude Weisz in 1968 (Prix de la Quinzaine des jeunes réalisateurs), Le sourd dans la ville directed by Mireille Dansereau in 1987 (honorable mention at the Venice Film Festival) and L’océan (telefilm) directed by Jean Faucher and produced by Radio-Canada in 1971. Professional Prix de Rome in ArchitectureThe $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded annually to either a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed its first built works and has demonstrated exceptional artistic potential.DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary design studio committed to advancing an architectural and social agenda through built work and design research. Central to the practice is the exploration of contemporary architectural issues in which a desire to improve the public realm figures prominently—demonstrated not only by professional advocacy but by the projects undertaken by the studio. Recognized by numerous awards for design excellence and sustainability initiatives, the practice has also received wide media attention in local, national and international publications.Promoting the idea that living small is a type of social and environmental sustainability, the studio is exploring a broader vision of sustainable design through building form, alternative programme, and consideration of the existing urban fabric. The studio is actively pursuing the integration of sustainability without compromising design excellence; moreover, it employs sustainable design as a means to explore innovation in architectural design.Principal Heather Dubbeldam, a fourth generation architect, carries on the modernist approach of her Dutch lineage. Heather is active as an advocate for the profession, leading numerous design and architecture organizations. She is co-editor and author of several publications, a mentor to intern architects, and visiting critic at schools of architecture.This award will support their research project entitled “The Next Green – Innovation in Sustainable Housing”, which entails travel to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany to study sustainable housing precedents and research for northern climates. The firm will explore how architects in these countries set new standards for buildings that surpass current protocols for sustainability, while developing a unique spatial and artistic architectural language in which energy efficiency and design merge seamlessly.Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design AchievementThe Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement is awarded to either a practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm. The successful candidate must be in the early stages of a career or practice and must demonstrate both outstanding creative talent and exceptional potential in architectural design.Studio Junction inc. is an emerging Toronto practice, established by Peter Tan and Christine Ho Ping Kong in 2004. This multi-faceted practice alternates between the larger scale of building and the smaller scale of furniture. Studio Junction offers design, make and build through a design studio, woodworking workshop and build crew.Studio Junction’s body of work operates in the context of “incremental urbanism” – the smaller, more modest projects that focus on place-making and contribute to creating a more diverse, vibrant neighborhood and livable city.As with the Courtyard House and Mjolk House, the sites are confined and challenging. Projects are frequently mixed-use, with both a live and a work component. Courtyard typology and courtyard and atrium elements are often used to allow the projects to successfully adapt to an urban siting where there is no traditional front or rear yard.Past honors include the Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award (OAA), a Toronto Urban Design Award and two North American Wood Design Awards. Advertisement
After initially leaving the theatre she returned and accepted the rule. But Adeliyi says theatre owner Rui Pereira intervened to refuse her entry, and instead called the police and told her she would be arrested. Login/Register With: “This went from zero to 100 very quickly,” said Adeliyi, noting the owner started filming and taking pictures of her. She adds that when he called 911 and described her as “a black woman wearing black and being disruptive,” she realized she was “dealing with something deeper.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Local actress Wendy Olunike Adeliyi just wanted to see the movie Loving. But she says she was denied entry to Kingsway Theatre in a case of racial discrimination, and is demanding an apology. “When you describe someone as black and dangerous and threatening, that has gotten a lot of black women and men killed,” she added, noting she never raised her voice during the encounter. She said she’s considering filing a formal complaint.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE ON eBOSS Facebook Advertisement Twitter Pereira strongly denies any discrimination, and says the theatre was simply enforcing its policies. Adeliyi, who has appeared in TV series such as Workin’ Moms, Republic of Doyle and Flashpoint, said she was refused a movie ticket unless she surrendered her backpack. Her backpack contained a laptop and money and she felt uncomfortable turning it over.
Twitter Ever wonder where editors, influencers and buyers hang out during Toronto Fashion Week? This season, the city’s most stylish mingled in the RE\SET 003 showroom, watched presentations in the studio stage, heard panelists on Fashion Talks, and sat front row in the runway room—all in Yorkville Village.Between shows, guests stayed hydrated with Fiji water and sipped Grey Goose designer cocktails at Sip Bar. Check out our slideshow of all the chic spots that make up Toronto Fashion Week. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Yonge-Dundas Square The Second City will bring the Square to life with hot improv sets all summer long to warm up the audience before each screening! The cast includes Alan Shane Lewis, Natalie Metcalfe, Christian Smith, Matt Folliott, Clare McConnell, and Jillian Welsh.City CinemaWhen: Every Tuesday, June 25 to August 27, 2019Time: 8:30 pmWhere: Yonge-Dundas SquarePrice: Free.Here’s this summer’s movie lineup: See trailers belowTuesday, June 25: Ghostbusters (1984)Tuesday, July 2: Date Night (2010)Tuesday, July 9: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)Tuesday, July 16: A Mighty Wind (2003)Tuesday, July 23: UP (2009)Tuesday, July 30: Sisters (2015)Tuesday, August 6: Cool Runnings (1993)Tuesday, August 13: Mean Girls (2004)Tuesday, August 20: Austin PowersTuesday, August 27: Best in Show (2000) Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This summer, you can enjoy free weekly movies in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square.From June 25 to August 27, Yonge-Dundas Square will once again bring an outdoor film series, City Cinema, but this time, with a hilarious live twist.Every Tuesday this summer at 8 pm, City Cinema will host a live performance by The Second City before screening the funniest films featuring The Second City alumni John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers and more. June 25 – Movie: Ghostbusters (1984)July 2 – Date Night (2010)July 9 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)July 16 – A Mighty Wind (2003)July 23 – Up (2009)July 30 – Sisters (2015)August 6 – Cool Runnings (1993)August 13 – Mean Girls (2004)August 20 – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)August 27 – Best in Show (2000) Advertisement Facebook With files from The Daily Hive Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsThe Akwesasne Mohawk nation is gearing up to host the 2011 President’s Cup Championship.The national senior lacrosse tournament is expected to draw thousands of spectators for the season-end finale.Seven teams from across Canada will compete for the cup. The tournament begins next Monday and wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 4.The location of the tournament changes each year and was last held in Akwesasne territory back in 1996.
APTN National NewsVancouver police and the RCMP allowed serial killer Robert Pickton to walk away in 1997.IN a five year span, Pickton was able murder dozens of women.That’s the testimony heard last week during the missing women’s inquiry in Vancouver.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has this story.
APTN National NewsHis sound comes from years on the Arizona music scene.Jason Ross is an Aboriginal singer-songwriter also known as “Fargo Arizona.”APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the firstname.lastname@example.org
(New Brunswick Premier David Alward speaks to reporters Sunday following meeting with Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock. Photo: Andrea Schmidt special to APTN)APTN National News MONCTON–Elsipogtog Chief, NB Premier keep talks going as blockade continuesA round of high-level talks between New Brunswick Premier David Alward and Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock have begun with the aim of ending a more than week-long anti-fracking blockade on a highway in the northern part of the province.Alward and Sock both emerged from the three hour meeting saying that talks would continue Monday. The premier and chief, however, addressed reporters separately, indicating both sides are still far apart.“What I am pleased about today is we were at the table,” said Alward. “That discussion will continue…we see the importance of developing our province and our economy for the long term and that is the work we have started to bring forward.”The crux of the dispute centres around the operations of a company called SWN Resources Canada that is exploring for shale gas. Elsipogtog residents, along with people from surrounding communities, want to stop the exploration because it would likely lead to fracking which they believe threatens the environment.“We want the company out of our province and the province wants to do business with the company,” said Sock. “I am still hopeful and the premier has been very receptive to our issues…we might be able to get some sort of compromise.”The meeting Monday is expected to be held in Fredericton.Controversy erupted mid-meeting after the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society issued a statement saying they had been cut out of a promised place at the discussion table. The warriors said anyone representing the warrior society at the meeting did not have the group’s authorization.Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi attended the meeting.A band official said the matter was internal and would be sorted out. There was also talk by some at the blockade that the chief should walk away from the negotiating table.APTN National News has learned that Alward’s office refused to meet with any delegates from the warrior society who hail from outside of Kent County, which is the region covering Elsipogtog First Nation and the anti-fracking blockade.Sunday’s meeting comes days after a New Brunswick judge handed down an injunction against an ongoing blockade on Route 135, in Rexton, NB, which sits about 80 kilometres north of Moncton and about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation.RCMP vehicles have sealed off the blockade on both sides. The site sits next to a compound holding several exploration vehicles belonging to SWN.The injunction had not been served at the blockade as of this article’s email@example.com
APTN National NewsShould Canada’s judges do more than dispense the law of the land and put people in jail or prison?That is the question Jody Wilson Raybould is asking.Canada’s justice minister was speaking to the Canadian Bar Association in Ottawa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Ridgen APTN InvestigatesA band council re-vote in Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba has a different outcome after an election held just days earlier was declared void by a federal court judge.A new electoral officer, brought in from Pegius First Nation, held the new election on Sunday under police escort. Two of the candidates, Ken Henry and Gary Roberts won in Thursday’s election but were turfed from council after being declared ineligible by the new electoral officer.Craig Alexander prevailed as as chief in both votes. Rachel Seenie, June Thomas and Keith Nelson won council seats along with incumbent councillor Zongiday Nelson.Two elections in three days was a result of a court-challenge by out-going chief Alfred Hayden, who didn’t seek re-election. He asked a judge to remove the electoral officer chosen by custom council, arguing she had violated or wasn’t upholding, some of the election rules.On March 7 a federal court judge granted the request and named a new electoral officer for the March 9 election. But Burke Ratte, an electoral-officer-for-hire from the Peguis First Nation, was turned away by members of the community and the election was held with the original electoral officer at the helm.Hayden was back in court Friday to have the judge toss the results and have a new election with Ratte escorted by police onto the First Nation, located 90 kilometres south of Winnipeg.Many council hopefuls ran on the promise to get Roseau out of a controversial gas bar deal that’s been ongoing for a decade on the community’s $2.1-million urban reserve just outside of Winnipeg.Businessman David Doer signed over ownership of the physical gas station building to Roseau after a land designation process failed, making the land unleasable. But as APTN Investigates reported he continues to profit from a lucrative management agreement the previous chief and council signed.The business was also part of an APTN hidden camera investigation that revealed the gas bar was surreptitiously using status card numbers of some customers to sell tax-exempt gas and cigarettes to other non-status customers.
Melissa Ridgen APTN NewsThe manager of an outreach program that serves drug addicts in the Kamsack area, where a local doctor has been charged in connection with over-prescribing opioids, says it’s too little too late.“I was glad to hear the news (about the unprofessional conduct charges) but I’m skeptical there will be any penalty,” Wanda Cote said. “The Sunrise Regional Health Authority, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Health Canada all have known what the problem is here and they didn’t stop it. We’ve been losing people daily, for years, to overdoses and suicides and they did nothing.”Cote manages the New Beginnings outreach program. Despite being a town of only 1,800 people, an average of 450 people a month use the program, which offers a safe needle exchange, hot lunches, counsellors and traditional healing. The vast majority of clients, she says, are opioid addicts. Most are members of Cote, Keeseekoose and The Key First Nations.“We’ve seen a rise in HIV and Hep C from these drugs (being used intravenously), family breakdowns leading to more children in care, homelessness and hunger because people are using their money buying these drugs, more of our people in the justice system because they’re committing crimes on these drugs or for drugs.”Dr. Murray Davies has been charged with two counts of unprofessional conduct under the Medical Profession Act. He is currently prohibited from prescribing opioids and benzodiazapines except in certain circumstances, such as working an emergency room shift.Last week, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan leveled the charges against Davies, a family doctor who also ran the methadone program in Kamsack, Sask.In April 2013, APTN Investigates reported, exclusively, several Indigenous patients claimed they were over-prescribed or unduly prescribed opioids and once hooked, shuttled into the same doctor’s methadone program to get off the drugs.Some said they routinely failed drug screens but got their methadone anyway. All had concerns the methadone program wasn’t being properly run and complained they weren’t being weaned off the drug.A year after that expose, Health Canada stripped Davies of his ability to run the methadone program at the urging of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.At that time, a spokesman for the regulatory body would only say: “the college suggested he not have his authorization renewed.”They wouldn’t detail why.Davies was allowed to continue his family practice which includes the ability to prescribe opioids and other narcotics.The college’s prescription review program monitors opioid prescriptions to ensure the highly-addictive medications aren’t being improperly prescribed or over-prescribed.It confirmed to APTN Investigates back in 2013 that Davies was on their radar but would only say “we advise physicians if we have concerns with patient use … and if we have concerns about a physician’s prescribing we can ask for an explanation,” spokesman Brian Salte said then.He added the program was designed to help doctors, not police them, and it’s “almost exclusively an educational process”.But that changed last week when the college charged Davies.“A disciplinary investigation is generally only brought if the college reaches the conclusion that educational interventions have failed or that there is some other reason that an educational approach is not appropriate,” Salte said in an email Thursday.“I cannot discuss the investigation or the reasons that the college has taken its action. Those are issues which relate to the evidence that may be considered if there is a discipline hearing.”Angeline Severight, director of the Saulteaux Healing and Wellness Centre on the Cote First Nation, said she is “glad” to hear the college stepped in but she’s “skeptical there will be any penalty” at the end of the process.“Our First Nation communities are paying the price while others are cashing in on the demise of our people. It’s about time the College and Physicians and Surgeons stepped in,” Severight said. The Saulteaux Healing and Wellness Centre has long dealt with the impact of opiod abuse in the area.Dr. Davies still has his family practice and works at the community’s emergency room.If there is an admission by Davies, the penalty hearing will address the allegations which led to the college’s charge. If there is a contested hearing, the evidence will be introduced at that hearing.On ratemds.com, a website where patients can rate doctors, many posts complain about Dr. Davies’ prescribing practices, while other herald him as a “wonderful” doctor who the town is “lucky to have.”Kamsack is 80 km north of Yorkton near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan email@example.com
Quebec Premier Francois Legault apologizes to First Nation and Inuit peoples in the province’s National Assembly on Wednesday.APTN News Quebec Premier Francois Legault has followed one of the calls to action in the Viens report and apologized to First Nations and Inuit peoples for long-standing discrimination in their dealings with the province.Legault made the formal public apology today at a sitting of the provincial legislature and said the government is ready to act on recommendations contained in the report issued this week.The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commissioner Jacques Viens, which concluded that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered systemic discrimination.Legault called the findings in the report devastating and pledged that the Quebec government will work with Indigenous leaders to implement the recommendations.The Quebec government has convened a meeting of First Nations and Inuit leaders on Oct. 17 to discuss further action.The apology came as many Indigenous chiefs and leaders looked on from the visitors’ gallery of the national assembly’s legislative chamber.“I offer Quebec’s First Nations and Inuit members the most sincere apology from all of Quebec,” Legault said. “The state of Quebec has failed in its duty to you, and it asks you today for forgiveness.”But on Monday, the day the report was released, the head of the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) said it was “too weak,” and didn’t go far enough in recommending the changes needed.Fast forward to Wednesday and the apology, Ghislain Picard said in a statement that while the AFNQL recognizes the gesture of reconciliation, “First Nations are looking towards the future while worrying that [Quebec] does not understand the urgency of taking immediate action to correct the current situation.”“[Legault] may attempt to make amends for the past, but I especially wish that he would do so for today, when the Government of Quebec, on this very day, stood before the court and continued to affirm that [the province] has never recognized the right to self-determination of Fist Nations, and that it refuses to recognize that First Nations police services are essential services,” Picard explained.For two and a half years, Viens led the inquiry that was charged with looking into the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Quebec and some of the province’s public services.The inquiry was called after a number of First Nations women in Val d’Or, a mining city 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal, complained about physical and sexual abuse by members of the province’s police force, the Sûreté du Québec.The 520 page report contains 142 calls to action. Not just for police, but for other public services such as health, justice and social services.The recommendations include more money for housing, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and making services more friendly for non-French speaking Indigenous people.Viens says the calls to action are meant to combat what he describes as systemic racism in the province.“In a developed society like ours, this finding is unacceptable,” he said.Picard said the report confirms what First Nations people have been saying for a long time.He welcomed the report but worries about accountability around its firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews-with files from Lindsay Richardson, Tom Fennario and The Canadian Press
TORONTO – The Bank of Montreal is taking a first step towards artificial-intelligence powered customer service by launching chatbots that can field questions via Facebook Messenger and Twitter.The deployment of such technology is the latest move by a Canadian bank to beef up its digital capabilities as customers increasingly conduct their banking on mobile phones and computers, rather than over the phone or in a brick-and-mortar branch.BMO developed the Facebook chatbot in partnership with Vancouver-based Finn.ai and the Twitter one with Toronto-based Massively.They will only answer customer questions such as how to view their account balances or transfer money, not perform transactions, such as paying a bill, themselves, even though chatbots have the capability and some financial institutions are adopting it already.BMO is exploring adding further functions to the virtual robots’ repertoire, but is treading slowly to ensure customers’ personal information discussed on platforms outside of their own digital properties is secure, said Brett Pitts, BMO’s chief digital officer.“We’re not starting in a place where people are entering personal information, or making payments or balances or any of those type of things… We have to be very thoughtful about those elements before we are comfortable rolling out the next generation of features,” Pitts said in an interview.The chatbots have been fed with the top customer questions received at BMO’s call centre and their websites. Both chatbots will learn over time, but customers will also have the option to talk to a live customer service representative on Facebook and Twitter during business hours, he added.Other Canadian banks have either been testing or rolling out chatbots on Facebook and Twitter as well. In October last year, Calgary-based ATB Financial launched a virtual banking assistant in conjunction with Finn.ai that allows users to do transactions such as paying bills via Facebook Messenger. Also in October, Toronto-Dominion Bank announced an agreement with Kasisto to integrate its AI-powered interactive chat interface into the lender’s mobile app.TD and BMO are also among the financial institutions that have developed a voice app, called a skill, that allow customers to ask questions via Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa.These technologies can help these financial institutions both save costs and address higher volumes of customer requests.The Big Five Canadian lenders have been in a technological arms race in recent years and have been ramping up investment and spending to stay ahead of the curve.Last year, BMO increased its technology spending by 13 per cent, and expects that expenditure to grow in the double digits moving forward, its chief executive Darryl White told an industry conference in January.Meanwhile, the physical footprint of Canada’s five largest lenders is shrinking, as they close or remove more branches than they are opening.In the 2017 fiscal year, these banks collectively opened or relocated 39 and 29 branches, respectively, but closed 170 brick-and-mortar locations, according to their public accountability statements. BMO closed 19 branches, but opened three and relocated nine in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Its a reflection of changing banking patterns among Canadian consumers. A 2016 survey commissioned by the Canadian Bankers Association shows that 51 per cent say online or internet banking was their primary method, up from 47 per cent in 2012. Mobile banking was the route of choice for 17 per cent of those surveyed, up from five per cent four years earlier. ATMs and tellers were falling out of favour, at 16 per cent and 12 per cent respectively, compared to 26 per cent and 17 per cent in 2012.BMO will be investing in its traditional digital platforms, but will be looking at different ways to interact with customers, particularly in conversational interfaces, said Pitts.“Clearly, there are a number of indications that we are going to be thinking more flexibly about digital distribution.”
VANCOUVER – Vancouverites looking for low-cost flights to Iceland will soon have a new option when discount airline Wow Air adds a route out of the West Coast.The announcement, which stacks more competition onto a crowded market, means passengers can soon fly out of Vancouver International Airport to Reykjavik, the island nation’s capital, six days a week.The airline says one-way fares start at $129 for flights beginning in June, and are available for purchase as of today.Wow Air will now be battling bigger rival Icelandair for B.C. passengers, and is part of a broader trend of upstart budget carriers in Canada, including WestJet’s Swoop — the ultra-low-cost airline launched four months ago — and Air Canada’s Rouge.The airline, which already operates out of Toronto and Montreal, recently announced it will end service to three cities in the U.S. Midwest: Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis.Wow Air says Reykjavik will also serve as a stopover for Canadian passengers en route to and from New Delhi, Tel Aviv and various European cities.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)
CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.72.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that falling crude oil costs are the main reason for the decrease at the pump.The average gas price is 11 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $3.77 a gallon in Honolulu. The lowest average is $2.19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The average price of diesel fell 4 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.27.The Associated Press
LIMA, Peru — The top U.S. trade official has taken the first step toward potential sanctions on Peru for allegedly violating the environmental protections included in its free trade pact.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced Friday that the Trump administration has requested consultations with Peru. The consultations are aimed at opening a diplomatic channel to resolve the dispute before advancing toward more punitive measures.Peru recently moved an agency monitoring the nation’s notoriously corrupt logging industry to be under the Environment Ministry. The agency is required to be independent under the U.S-Peru trade pact.Peru’s government contends the forest auditor’s office remains independent despite the shift.The case could have broader implications as Washington debates ratifying a new North American free trade deal.The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery rose 7.40 cents at $5.2140 a bushel; Mar. corn fell .80 cent at $3.7760 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 2.60 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 2.60 cents at 8.9960 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle rose .38 cent at $1.2530 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was up .20 cent at $1.47 a pound; Dec. lean hogs fell .76 cent at .6282 a pound.The Associated Press