first_imgAdvertisement Twitter RegularBuy Tickets Advertisement From $750 Tickets on sale now to Members.July 22 – on sale for Visa CardholdersJuly 27 – on sale for public.Proceeds from TIFF Soirée enable TIFF to continually showcase world-renowned film programming and innovative exhibitions, provide enriching workshops and diverse educational initiatives for youth and aspiring filmmakers, and support the community through outreach. Click here for more information on how these contributions make a difference.Tickets Login/Register With: • 10 tickets to attend the event• Seating on the main floor of Cinema 1 for the onstage conversation• Dedicated booth or section with server for the cocktail party on the outdoor rooftop• Charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount VIP TicketsBuy Tickets $300 Advertisement Chloe CharlesChloe Charles is one of Canada’s brightest new singer-songwriters, profiled in VICE, Toronto Star, Now Magazine and the Strombo Show, among many others. Her vocals take listeners on a cross genre musical journey that organically weaves its way through pop, jazz, folk, soul and classical influences. She has received major accolades from Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, Mojo, London Times and Elle, and earned many noteworthy awards and accolades including 2014 Sirius/XM Indie Award and the 2015 John Lennon Song writing Contest champion VIP Corporate Hosting PackageBuy Tickets Kardinal OffishallThe Toronto bred star, Kardinal Offishall has criss-crossed the globe performing in some of the most prestigious stadiums, arenas, and festivals, giving his fans the ultimate high energy, mash-up performance. His unique twist of hip-hop is loved internationally due to his high-energy stage performances and charismatic persona, making him both incredibly original and world-renown. Kardinal Offishall has been nominated for 15 Juno Awards, and is a multiple ASCAP Award and Socan Award winner. He also holds four MMVA’s under his belt, along with epic MMVA performances. Buy TicketsKick off the 41st Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Soirée, where we are thrilled to welcome acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender as our special guest of honour.The evening includes an exclusive onstage conversation at TIFF Bell Lightbox, followed by a rooftop cocktail party with a beautiful view of the Toronto cityscape. • Ticket to attend the event• Seating on the main floor of Cinema 1 for the onstage conversation• Access to the cocktail party on the outdoor rooftop• Charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amountcenter_img From $350 $5,500 • Ticket to the event with premium reserved seating in Cinema 1 for the onstage conversation• Exclusive VIP cocktail party at Malaparte following the onstage conversation• Access to the cocktail party on the outdoor rooftop later in the evening• Charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount • Ticket to attend the event• Seating in the balcony of Cinema 1 for the onstage conversation• Access to the cocktail party on the outdoor rooftop• Charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount Enter­tain­ment Regular (Balcony)Buy Tickets Rooftop Corporate Hosting PackageBuy Tickets Partners For any questions or inquiries, please contact attending, guests agree to being photographed, filmed or recorded at the event, and to the publication, reproduction, sale, license, distribution, broadcast and other use of all photographs, video or other recordings of the guest’s voice or likeness for any purpose without further notice or compensation.This is a 19+ event. This event contains references to themes that may not be suitable for all audiences. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Wednesday, September 76pmTIFF Bell Lightbox | Reitman Square, 350 King Street West • 8 tickets to attend the event• Premium reserved seating in Cinema 1 for the onstage conversation• Dedicated booth or section with server at VIP cocktail party at Malaparte following the onstage conversation• Access to the cocktail party on the outdoor rooftop later in the evening• Charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount $7,500last_img read more

first_img Facebook TORONTO, May 23, 2017 – CraveTV presents the third season of the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated comedy series, CASUAL. From Lionsgate, the series is executive produced by Canada’s own Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) and created by Zander Lehmann (THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES), and continues to follow the offbeat and cringe-worthy adventures of bachelor-brother Alex (Tommy Dewey, THE MINDY PROJECT), his divorced sister Valerie (Michaela Watkins, NEW GIRL), and her teenage daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr, AQUARIUS).The first three episodes of the new season are streaming now on CraveTV. A new episode streams every Tuesday.Season 3 picks up where Season 2 left off, with Alex, Valerie, and Laura dealing with the surprise consequences of a family crisis. In the new season, Valerie’s decision to move out propels the trio to rebel, exploring different jobs, partners, and unfulfilled passions. As they adjust to a new normal, can they maintain boundaries, or will they revert to the comfort of codependency? Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement As was discussed by Lehmann at last January’s Television Critics Association press tour, nine out of the 13 new episodes of CASUAL are directed by female directors, including Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child), Amy York Rubin (FOURSOME), Lake Bell (HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA), Carrie Brownstein (TRANSPARENT), and others.Nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, CASUAL is a Lionsgate and Right of Way production. The series is created by Zander Lehmann. Executive producers are Reitman, Lehmann, and Helen Estabrook. Showrunner is Liz Tigelaar. Lionsgate serves as international distributor for the series.The series streams as part of CraveTV’s popular Comedies Collection alongside some of the best TV comedies ever made, like SOUTH PARK, SEINFELD, 30 ROCK, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, ENTOURAGE, and EASTBOUND & DOWN.CraveTV Social Media:@CraveTVCanadaFacebookInstagramAbout CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A production crew works a scene for the TV series Bates Motel, which was filmed in B.C., including this setting in Aldergrove. (STUART ISETT/NYT) Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img When veteran TV writer and producer Carlton Cuse decided to set his TV series Bates Motel in Oregon, he never thought of actually shooting the show there.“There’s no support services there. Or tax incentives,” the prolific Mr. Cuse said of the Pacific Northwest state in an interview ahead of a forum at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Instead, it was a no-brainer, he said, to execute his TV spin on Psycho‘s Norman Bates in Vancouver, producing five seasons of Bates Motel before closing it down earlier this year.“It’s a great town. It’s beautiful. There’s great food,” he said. “It checks a lot of the boxes that you want to have for a location-based shoot.” And he’s not finished with the city, in part because of the province’s program of tax incentives and its highly specialized crews.Still, he has some advice for the new B.C. government, which carefully courted the film industry before the election but whose Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has yet to indicate how the government will manage incentives for the production sector.“I think that it is just really important that [the new government] understand that the tax incentive program as structured really matters tremendously and [that] studios pay great attention to the tax incentives, right down to the smallest detail. It becomes a huge determining factor in where shows shoot,” said Mr. Cuse, whose credits also include the long-running series Lost.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement This support will allow Arts Umbrella to upgrade the facility to meet its programming needs, accommodate the more than 20,000 young people enrolled in its programs, and attract new students and learners. The renovated building will house seven dance studios, four theatre and music studios, eight visual and media arts studios, and a performance theatre space. The new theatre space will also allow Arts Umbrella to facilitate partnerships with Ballet BC, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and Awkward Stage Productions.The expansion will nearly quadruple Arts Umbrella’s current footprint, from 14,000 to 50,000 square feet. Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Since its opening in 1979, Arts Umbrella has been an anchor in the Granville Island arts community. A new, upgraded building will not only enhance the organization’s capacity to expand its enrolment and attract larger audiences for future exhibitions and performances, but also provide a unique place for Canada’s next generation of artists, performers and creators to learn and grow. Their confidence and vision will help create a more positive and inclusive future for their communities and the country.Funding for this project has been provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Government of Canada’scultural infrastructure program.Quotes“By introducing children to artistic and cultural learning activities at an early age, we can help them develop a passion for the arts and instill a sense of self-confidence that will stay with them throughout their lives. For close to 40 years, Arts Umbrella has worked with students of all backgrounds to develop their creativity, find their voice and envision a more positive future for themselves and their communities. Our government is proud to support the next phase of Arts Umbrella’s growth as it moves to its new space, so that it can continue to inspire students for generations to come.”– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“I’m excited that thousands of young people will gain creative skills, abilities and inspiration in this new facility for Arts Umbrella. We are glad to partner with the federal government to support this expansion and help strengthen the future of British Columbia’s creative economy. This new facility means many more British Columbian kids will benefit from the terrific training which Arts Umbrella provides.”– The Honourable Lisa Beare, British Columbia Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture“Today is a great day for all artists and students in Vancouver. Thanks to financial support from all levels of government, Arts Umbrella’s current building will be transformed into a new creative hub at the heart of Granville Island. With thousands of students enrolled in its programs, Arts Umbrella brings together youth from all different backgrounds and neighbourhoods in Vancouver to explore a shared love for the arts.”– His Worship Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver“Arts Umbrella is constantly pushing boundaries. This new building will allow us to keep this forward momentum and provide young people with limitless opportunities. We are incredibly grateful to the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and our extraordinary lead donors for their generosity in investing in the next generations of young people in our country.”– Paul Larocque, President and CEO, Children’s Arts Umbrella AssociationQuick FactsFounded in 1979, the Children’s Arts Umbrella Association (Arts Umbrella) is a not-for-profit arts education centre for children and youth aged 2 to 21, located on Granville Island in Vancouver. It provides high-quality arts education in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and digital arts.Arts Umbrella reaches over 20,000 young people annually through classes and outreach programs, with innovative instruction provided by 122 instructors and arts educators.Arts Umbrella is committed to delivering arts education to youth, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. More than 9,000 children access programs annually free of charge or at a reduced rate through outreach programs and bursaries.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation, as well as the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment.Associated LinksArts UmbrellaCanada Cultural Spaces FundGranville Island VANCOUVER – On Friday, March 23rd, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $7 million in funding for Arts Umbrella to renovate the south building on the former site of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design at Granville Island. This is the largest single investment in British Columbia in the history of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund program. Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world,” Hudson and Bailey wrote.In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks. Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast.The film academy is also shifting the date for the 92nd Academy Awards to earlier in the year. The 2019 ceremony will still air on Feb. 24, while the 2020 show will move to Feb. 9.The addition of a popular film category caused the most chatter Wednesday morning, as a clear effort to attract a larger audience by honouring bigger and more seen films. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date. It wasn’t specified whether it would be added for the 91st Academy Awards this February.Oscar viewership is often tied to the box-office muscle of the big nominees. The 2018 best picture winner, The Shape of Water, had grossed $57.4 million in the United States by the time the awards aired and $63.9 million total. The biggest Academy Awards audience on record came in 1998, when the blockbuster Titanic was named best picture.By LINDSEY BAHR | The Associated Press Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment LOS ANGELES—The Oscars are adding a new category to honour popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020.John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the changes.Ratings for the 90th Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 per cent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at nearly four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

first_img(Photo of Lloyd Jacques being shared on social media)APTN National NewsA community in eastern Quebec is in mourning as a Mi’gmaq fisher is declared “lost at sea.”Listuguj Mi’gmaq government spokesperson Mike Isaac identified the man as 52-year old Lloyd Jacques. Jacques was a crew member aboard a Listuguj-owned fishing vessel when he fell overboard in the early hours of August 14.The boat was fishing eight miles south of Port Cartier, a town located on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River. Surete du Quebec, Coast Guard and community vessels had been searching for Jacques until that search was called off this weekend.Mi’gmaq government offices were closed for a memorial service today in Listuguj, Jacque’s home community.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsMost people think of passports as a necessary bureaucratic evil when it comes to travelling.But many Indigenous people all over the world are increasingly using them as a means of protest. And that includes four Indigenous Australians who were in Montreal Monday as part of a cross-country tour.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA – The cost of variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit linked to the big bank prime rates have already gone up, but experts say the move by the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates may also affect your investment portfolio.As interest rates rise, investments like real estate investment trusts and utilities, to which many investors have looked to provide a source of steady income, are expected to come under pressure.“People aren’t willing to pay as much for those sectors,” said CIBC portfolio manager Craig Jerusalim, adding that REITs and utilities typically also have more debt which becomes more expensive to service as interest rates move higher.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target twice this year, taking back the two cuts it put in place when oil prices plunged. Economists expect the central bank to continue to raise rates, but opinions vary about how quickly it will happen.On the flip side, some industries will benefit from higher interest rates.Jerusalim said the banks benefit when the Bank of Canada raises its key rate target because the higher rates help improve margins at the big lenders.As expectations ramp up that short-term rates will rise, long-term interest rates should also increase and that will help insurance companies. Higher long-term rates help insurance companies when they calculate their future liabilities.Alfred Lee, a portfolio manager and investment strategist at BMO Global Asset Management, added that as the economy picks up, banks will benefit from greater demand for loans.In addition to the financial sector, Lee said investors are also rotating into growth stocks that are expected to benefit from the improving economy with the industrials sector expected to perform well.“For the most part the Bank of Canada’s raising rates because the economy is in a better position than it was a couple of years ago,” Lee said.“The industrial segment will do well because it is tied to the economy.”Lee added that rate-reset preferred shares could also benefit because the dividends they pay are often tied to the five-year Canadian government bond rate.Jerusalim says it’s important to remember that interest rates are still very low, they just aren’t at the emergency levels anymore.“Our team is not expecting significant increases over the next 12 months, we’re thinking we’re only going to get either one or two more rate increases over the next 12 months,” he said.But he added as interest rates rise it is even more important for investors to carefully evaluate their dividend-paying investments.For investors to protect themselves, he says they will have to be a little more careful to discern the difference between the better companies and those that just benefited from low interest rates.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) says it has reached an agreement to sell its payment processing and prepaid card business as it looks to further streamline operations.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says the sale of the business will save about $20 million in annual salary and other operating costs, while giving up the $18 million in fees and other income it brought in.Home Capital had already signalled its intention to sell the division as a non-core operation, and says the impact from the sale on its full-year net income is insignificant.Earlier in October, the company said it had cut 65 jobs as part of a program to eliminate $15 million in annual costs that was largely complete.The company has been looking to restore soundness after allegations by regulators that it misled investors prompted a run on deposits by customers in April.Home Capital says it is still facing elevated expenses because of the scrutiny, and the need to borrow funds at higher rates to make it through the liquidity crunch.last_img read more

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says it met with the Toronto Stock Exchange last week to discuss the exchange’s recent guidance that pot firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting.Aphria chief executive Vic Neufeld says the company reiterated its commitment to work collaboratively with the TSX as it continues to monitor developments in this sector.He noted that Aphria has not received notice from the TSX of a continued listing review.Aphria (TSX:APH) has investments in Florida and Arizona.The TMX Group, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, warned companies earlier this month that U.S. federal marijuana laws takes precedence over state laws.It said that companies doing business that violates the federal law are not complying with their listing requirements.Last week, Neufeld said he wanted to remain listed on the TSX and had no plans to move to the smaller marijuana stock-friendly Canadian Securities Exchange.Neufeld has said that if the company cannot reach a compromise, there are options, including a spin-off of its U.S. activities to be listed on the CSE.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock market index regained some ground Wednesday as rising oil prices helped boost the energy sector and the Royal Bank of Canada posted record third-quarter earnings.Energy was definitely the leader as the sector gained 1.7 per cent, followed closely by cannabis-heavy health-care stocks, said Michael Currie, vice-president and investment adviser at TD Wealth.“Energy is leading because we had a nice day for oil,” he said in an interview.Crude hit a two-week high after rising 3.1 per cent in part due to talk of U.S. sanctions on Iran and a big drop in U.S. crude stockpiles. They fell by 5.8 million, almost four times more than had been anticipated.A dip in the value of the U.S. dollar usually helps the Canadian dollar.“Normally you would see the Canadian dollar perk up a little more than it did on that kind of news on oil,” Currie said.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.83 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 50.37 points at 16,347.34 after hitting an intraday high of 16,397.08 with 200.2 million shares traded.The health-care sector gained 1.55 per cent as Canopy Growth Corp. continued its hot streak, gaining $1.84 or 3.66 per cent at $52.10. Bausch Health Companies Inc. (formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals) gained 3.56 per cent to $30.24.Financials was up, led by the Canadian Western Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada. The country’s largest bank by market capitalization delivered a record $3.1 billion in net income for its fiscal third quarter, up 11 per cent from a year ago and hiked its quarterly dividend.“We’re seeing good numbers and of course that was the first one to report of the big banks and it is the biggest and so good news to start and that’s got a big push in Toronto,” Currie added.Information technology, materials and real estate sectors all gained while utilities, consumer staples, industrials, consumer discretionary and telecom services closed down.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 88.69 points at 25,733.60. The S&P 500 index was down 1.14 points at 2,861.82, while the Nasdaq composite was up 29.92 points at 7,889.10.Most of the decrease came in response to Federal Reserve minutes which pointed to a faster pace of interest rate hikes and the fact that the S&P 500 is coming off an all-time high hit during Tuesday trading.Growing impeachment talk concerning U.S. President Donald Trump following a guilty plea by his former lawyer Michael Cohen and the fraud conviction of his one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort isn’t having an impact on markets, said Currie.“On the Main Street side of things it’s a big topic [but] on the Wall Street side of things people are kind of dismissing it as a bit of a non-event,” he said.The October crude contract was up US$2.02 at US$67.86 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.94 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$3.30 at US$1,203.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 2.2 cents at US$2.67 a pound.last_img read more

first_imgPrime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 19-25. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “NFL Post-Game Show,” Fox, 23.36 million.2. NFL Football: Atlanta at New Orleans, NBC, 21.73 million.3. NFL Football: Green Bay at Minnesota, NBC, 20.44 million.4. NFL Football: Kansas City at L.A. Rams, ESPN, 16.89 million.5. “NFL Pre-Game Show” (Thursday), NBC, 15.33 million.6. “NFL Pre-Game Show” (Sunday), NBC, 14.17 million.7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.96 million.8. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.95 million.9. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.71 million.10. “NFL Pre-Game Show, Part 2” (Thursday), NBC, 9.6 million.11. “FBI,” CBS, 8.92 million.12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 8.23 million.13. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 8.09 million.14. “This is Us,” NBC, 7.92 million.15. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 7.884 million.16. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 7.883 million.17. College Football: Notre Dame at USC, ABC, 7.74 million.18. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 7.47 million.19. “Football Night in America, Part 2,” NBC, 7.32 million.20. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 7.2 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgRoads, trails, right-of-ways and seismic lines have changed the landscape where caribou live. This makes them vulnerable to predators, such as wolves, bears and cougars. The Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund will help to disrupt these lines of sight and travel – through reforestation, fencing, fertilization and other measures – to restore the caribou’s habitat and to decrease predatory attacks.“We are pleased that the Province has chosen to partner with us to help recover lost caribou habitat,” said Brian Springinotic, chief executive officer, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. “The goals of the provincial caribou recovery efforts directly align with the foundation’s mandate to improve conservation outcomes for British Columbia’s wildlife.”The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Province are working to finalize program details.Since its inception in 1981, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has invested over $170 million in grant money to more than 2,500 conservation projects in B.C., with the goal to restore, maintain or enhance native fish and wildlife populations and habitats. KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has been granted $2 million to aid in caribou habitat restoration, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson announced during his address at the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s annual conference.“There was about 40,000 caribou in B.C. in the early 1900s. Today, there are only about 19,000 caribou left,” said Donaldson. “We need to do whatever we can to help enhance and recover caribou habitat to rebuild the numbers of this iconic species.”The Province is creating a comprehensive caribou recovery program that includes engagement with Indigenous communities, industry, recreationists and the public. The program is intended to conserve and recover populations of the 54 caribou herds in British Columbia. Caribou habitat restoration is a key component of recovery efforts.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is predicting the country’s oil production will increase by 1.4 million barrels per day by 2035, despite an ongoing “competitiveness gap” that discourages investment.The group, which represents Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector, says total Canadian oil production will increase to 5.6 million barrels per day in the next 17 years mainly due to a rise in oilsands production to 4.2 million barrels per day from 2.65 million barrels per day in 2017.It says Western Canada’s non-oilsands crude production will be flat at about 1.3 million barrels per day in 2035. Output in Eastern Canada is expected to rise to 290,000 barrels per day by 2025 from major offshore projects including Hebron, Hibernia, Terra Nova, and White Rose, CAPP says, adding production will then drop to just 70,000 barrels per day by 2035 as oil is pumped out.CAPP says Canada’s oil output exceeded its transport capacity in 2017 as proposed pipelines including TransCanada’s Keystone XL project, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (despite being sold to the federal government) and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement face uncertainty.It says capital spending in the U.S. rose 38 percent to $120 billion in 2017 while investment in Canada fell to $45 billion.“Canada is falling behind its competitors, losing the opportunity to supply the world with oil produced the Canadian way. The U.S. is increasing its oil exports to the same emerging markets Canada is targeting,” CAPP president Tim McMillan said.A year ago, CAPP forecast Canadian oil production would climb by 33 percent to 5.12 million barrels per day by 2030, up from the 2016 prediction of 4.93 million barrels per day.McMillan delivered the forecast at the Global Petroleum Show, a three-day oil and gas marketplace and conference which is reporting robust attendance after suffering smaller crowds in the years following the oil price collapse of 2014.last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: China will introduce more “preferential policies” for Taiwan so the self-governed island’s residents can enjoy the same treatment as mainland Chinese citizens, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday. Li said new initiatives will be implemented to invite people from Taiwan to “work hand-in-hand to realize our shared dream for the nation.” They follow 31 incentives recently introduced to bolster China’s argument that political unification should follow increasingly close economic ties. Such appeals form the carrot in China’s strategy toward Taiwan in contrast with the stick of threatened military attack. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangChina has used increasingly aggressive rhetoric toward Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid a civil war 70 years ago, but has sought to balance the two approaches to try to avoid alienating those in the island republic who are wary of Beijing. The ruling Communist Party maintains that Taiwan is part of China. It opposes Taiwan independence and formally says it seeks a “peaceful reunification.” President Xi Jinping did not rule out the use of force during a January speech on cross-strait relations, when he proposed a “one country, two systems” approach akin to China’s current arrangement with the former British colony of Hong Kong. That would enable Taiwan to keep its own economic and legal system. The suggestion has been rejected by Taiwan’s independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen, who said China must accept the continued existence of the Republic of China, the formal name of the former mainland government that fled to Taiwan in 1949. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpThe US switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but remains a key Taiwanese bulwark against China’s threats. China appears pleased with the impact of last year’s “31 Measures,” and Li held open the possibility of even greater advantages, while offering no details. “When people on both sides of the strait enjoy the same development opportunities, they will become closer and closer,” Li said at a news conference held on the closing day of the ceremonial legislature’s annual session.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: With the Congress-CPI(M) proposed alliance falling apart in West Bengal, the stage is set for a four-cornered contest in which the main contenders — the Trinamool Congress and the BJP – are in an advantageous position to consolidate the voters in their favour. According to Trinamool Congress sources, the breakdown augurs well for the party, which would be in a better position to bag the nearly 30-per cent minority votes in the state in the absence of another credible “secular force” in the state. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The CPI(M)-Congress seat-sharing talks failed after the latter accused the Left of insulting it by unilaterally announcing 25 candidates in the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats. The cross currrents of the failure to clinch the Opposition alliance will be felt directly in 15 seats spread across north and south Bengal, a TMC leader said. “Although the breakdown of the Opposition alliance has its benefits, it has taken away the buffer from us. Now the maximum anti-TMC votes would be bagged by the BJP, which might alter lot of equations in various seats,” another senior TMC leader said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Had the alliance been there, the anti-TMC votes would have been divided between it and the BJP, which would have helped us,” he told PTI on the condition of anonymity. The TMC will now be directly pitted against the BJP in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Raiganj, Balurghat, Malda South in north Bengal; and Murshidabad, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Basirhat, Barrackpore, Asansol, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and Midnapore seats in south Bengal, sources in the party said. “Had there been an Opposition alliance, we would have been in a comfortable position in most of these seats. But now things will be different. We have full faith in our leadership and things will change once the campaign starts,” a senior TMC leader of north Bengal said. The development has brought cheer to the BJP camp, which has emerged as the main challenger of the TMC in the past few years. The party will be in a better position to find favour with a sizeable portion of the refugee voters in the border districts following its efforts to bring in the citizenship bill. Besides, a section of the Hindu voters, who are unhappy with the “appeasement politics” of the TMC, will support the BJP, said a leader of the saffron party. The refugees have for the past several decades been a trusted vote bank of the Left. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014. “Those voters who are disillusioned with the TMC will now vote for BJP as it is only the saffron party which can provide them with an alternative. If the TMC has Mamata Banerjee, we have Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” said Arjun Singh, a former TMC MLA who had recently switched to the saffron party. Singh is likely to be the BJP’s candidate in Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, which is held by Dinesh Trivedi of the TMC. Leaders of both the Congress and the CPI(M) agreed that the failure to clinch a seat-sharing deal would actually be a negative factor for both the parties and they might not win more than one or two seats in the state. “It is true that elections will now be more polarised between the TMC and the BJP. But the CPI(M) needs to understand that it has to be more flexible while working in an alliance,” state Congress president Somen Mitra told PTI. CPI(M) central committee leader Sujan Chakraborty, also echoed Mitra’s views but said the Congress should have been more active in order to seal the deal. “The people of the state will decide whether we were right or wrong (in breaking the alliance). Despite a lot of hurdles, we had tried to provide a secular alternative along with the Congress, but it had other plans,” Chakraborty said. The electoral history of Bengal shows that it is the ruling party and the main opposition which become the main beneficiaries in the event of a four-cornered contest. In 2014, the state again witnessed a four-cornered election in which the TMC won 34 seats, the Congress four and the Left and BJP two seats each. The TMC had then secured 39.05 per cent votes, the CPI(M)-led Left Front 29.71 per cent, while the BJP and the Congress had secured 17 percent and 9.5 per cent respectively. The CPI(M)-Congess seat sharing deal in the 2016 state assembly polls had failed to halt the return of the TMC to power, but it was successful in stopping the march of the BJP to an extent. But the alliance fell apart after the poll as the CPI(M) decided to part ways with the Congress since its central committee vetoed it. Since then the BJP has steadily taken over the Opposition space in various by-elections and has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC. Mohammed Kamruzzaman, the general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, told PTI that had there been a credible Left-Congress alliance, a percentage of minority votes in north Bengal would have swung in favour of it. “But now minorities would en bloc vote for the TMC to stop the march of the BJP”. Lok Sabha polls will be held in the state in seven phases from April 11.last_img read more

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the state had not seen a single riot after the BJP came to power and his two-year government had shown zero tolerance towards crime and criminals. Presenting a report card of his government, which completes two years in office, he said the BJP-led state government had been able to change the perception about the state. According to the chief minister, the secure atmosphere in the country had become an example for the rest of the country. The UP Sthaapnaa Diwas (Foundation Day) was celebrated for first time after 68 years in 2018, he said.last_img

first_imgKolkata: South Eastern Railway’s (SER) documentary on braveheart Pushpa Sing, who is keyman in the engineering department, under Kharagpur Division has won the ‘Best Creativity Award’ in the 64th All India Inter Railway Documentary Competition held at Ahmedabad, recently.The unique documentary was conceptualised by P.S. Mishra, general manager of South Eastern Railway. This documentary video was released on International Women’s Day this year and Pushpa was felicitated by the Chairman, Railway Board, on that very day. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPuspa Singh, a woman with strong determination, devoted herself to her duty bypassing all hardships. All through the video presentation, her courageous deeds in various odds were vividly and vehemently picturized. Her work and activities overwhelmed the audience during the competition. Twenty Railways and Railway PSUs participated in the competition. Meanwhile, with a view to provide secured and comfortable journey to the passengers, South Eastern Railway has planned to run Howrah-Puri Express and Puri –Howrah Express (opposite direction) with modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches instead of existing conventional coaches. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe services of Howrah-Puri Express with LHB rake will start from Howrah with effect from April 30 and from Puri on May 1. The Howrah Puri Express with the installation of the new LHB rakes will have one AC first class compartment, three AC 2 Tier coaches, four AC 3 tier compartments, eleven sleeper class coaches and two general second class bogies. The LHB coaches have a number of facilities. During collision or derailment, the coaches do not climb onto adjacent coaches, due to the use of Center Buffer Coupling.last_img read more