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October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, sometime very soon, Eden Mills, Ontario, will become Canada’s first carbon-neutral community. How did it happen? You might be surprised. It wasn’t with millions in carbon taxes. Or through government intervention. It didn’t come from a billionaire’s sweetheart investment. It’s not a PR stunt.One citizen saw communities overseas who had proven it was possible. He came back home and started enlisting his neighbours. And the idea spread. Small things became bigger things. Everyone started to get excited, and everyone wanted to play a role. That’s it. That’s how it happened. Now…how does it happen elsewhere?GUEST: Alireza Naraghi, Maclean’s (Read his story from Eden Mills, right here) Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_08062019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOn October 1, the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) will host its annual gala, themed “Working for Wellness: Invest in America’s Veterans,” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.The benefit will recognize companies committed to supporting of hundreds of thousands of America’s Armed Forces service members who have returned to civilian life with significant reintegration challenges, specifically those related to mental health and unemployment in hopes that other companies will follow their leadership example.Gregory J. Fleming, President of Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management, will be honored for his longtime advocacy for veterans and their families, and for the company’s leadership and commitment to employing veterans.The event will also pay tribute to Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient, and the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the honor.Award winning ABC news correspondent, Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee Woodruff, will serve as Masters of Ceremony of the gala. The Woodruffs are also founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which works to ensure injured veterans thrive long after they return home.“MHA-NYC’s annual benefit shines the spotlight on pressing mental health issues while raising funds that allow us to continue to provide essential services,” said Giselle Stolper, President and CEO of MHA-NYC. “We know how important meaningful work is to the emotional wellbeing of veterans, their families, and their communities. Yet, getting a job is one of the greatest challenges facing men and women today as they leave active duty. This is why we are dedicating our gala to this urgent issue,” she said.MHA-NYC has long worked in partnership with veteran service organizations and other key stakeholders, including the Veterans Administration, to address the myriad of emotional and social challenges veterans face after leaving the battlefield. MHA-NYC operates the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), which has answered more than 1 million calls since 2007, and established the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of New York City, and the National TBI and Emotional Wellness Alliance. The VCL provides access to life saving resources for veterans and the coalitions promote policy and practice changes to improve access to quality mental health care and supportive services for veterans and their families.While a majority of veterans make the transition smoothly, a large number need help and support. “Employment is one of the key areas of need for veterans upon their return, but they need more than just a job,” said Kimberly Williams, Vice President of MHA-NYC’s Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education. “They need broad support to achieve total wellness for self and family,” she said. Never before has such a comprehensive vision for our nation’s veterans captured the interest of so many CEOs and Fortune 500 companies.MHA-NYC intends to harness the good will of both the private and public sectors and commit its expertise and resources to working with other organizations to launch a groundbreaking initiative to create a hyper-local coordinated network of services, supports, and resources for veterans and their families. “By using advanced technology, our vision is to build supportive communities for men and women as they transition to their new home base and seek on-the-ground services in key areas of need: education, employment, health and emotional wellness, and family support,” said Gala Dinner Chair Duncan Niederauer.More than 400 business leaders, government officials, veterans, service members, and their families are expected to attend the event. Dinner Chairs include Frank J. Branchini, Chairman and CEO of EmblemHealth; Ric Clark, Chairman and CEO of Brookfield Property Group; Kevin Dunleavy, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley; Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock; and Duncan Niederauer, Former CEO of the NYSE.Learn more about the event and ticket purchases at www.mhaofnyc.org/gala2014/.The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is a not-for-profit organization that addresses mental health needs in New York City and across the nation. Through their three-part mission of service, advocacy and education, they identify unmet needs and develop culturally sensitive programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness while promoting the importance of mental health.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEd Begley Jr. will host the 6th annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards, honoring Joe Pantoliano, on February 26.The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given in recognition of an individual’s honest memoir including their journey though addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the ‘message’ to a society awash in addiction. This year’s honoree is actor and author Joe Pantoliano for his memoir Asylum.The event includes catered cuisine and 90-minute social soiree. Tickets are $50 with proceeds benefiting The Writers in Treatment Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization grounded in recovery and the arts. The foundation helps men and women in the writing industry suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors get treatment for their disease.WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Catered Reception from 5:30pm – 7:30pmRed Carpet 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Show from 7:30pm – 9:00pmWHERE: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90049Find out more here.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe NASCAR Foundation will host its first-ever Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City Sept. 27 to unveil the winner of its signature Betty France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide.Multi-platinum selling pop star Rachel Platten will perform live with music from her major-label debut, Wildfire, which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and spawned chart-topping singles “Fight Song” and “Stand by You.”The gala will celebrate “10 Years of Giving” for the NASCAR Foundation which has donated $25 million to more than one million children since its inception in 2006.Betty Jane France, Founder and Chairwoman Emeritus of The NASCAR Foundation, will present the Humanitarian Award to the NASCAR fan who has shown tremendous dedication to improving the lives of children in their communities. This Award has benefitted nearly 200,000 children since launching six years ago and the winner will be chosen following a public vote of four finalists that begins July 13.At the event, The NASCAR Foundation will hand out a series of awards including its first-ever Founder’s Award to Mark Lazarus, Chairman of the NBC Sports Group. The Founder’s Award honors contributions to philanthropy through use of time, talent and resources – both personally and professionally – to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children.Lazarus serves on the board of governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as the board of directors for the Atlanta-based East Lake Foundation, helping families build better lives through community revitalization with mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education, and health and wellness programs.“Mark is simply an exceptional individual and we could not have chosen a more deserving person to receive this inaugural award,” France said. “This will make the evening even more memorable and we thank all of our partners for their continued support.”In addition, the annual Children’s Champion Award will be given to a medical professional that has showcased significant contributions, leadership, and dedication to enriching the lives of children.The NASCAR Foundation will also announce the launch of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund through a long-term partnership with a New York-area medical organization providing services to children in need. Today, The NASCAR Foundation helps provide state-of-the-art medical treatment to more than 50,000 children annually.“It is exciting to host this event in New York, the home of many great philanthropists, and to honor individuals that give so much of their personal time and energy towards helping others,” said The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Lorene King. “We would like to thank Nationwide and all our partners for their support as we look back on what we have accomplished in 10 years and look forward to achieving even more going forward.”The event will also host a live auction featuring the artwork of the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide winner Jeff Hanson, a philanthropic artist whose artwork gifted to charity has generated nearly $2 million.For ticket information or table sponsorships, please visit www.nascarfoundation.org/Honorsgala.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCelebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli is calling upon New York City’s restaurants and diners to join her in honoring our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day through the 3rd Annual Dine Out for Heroes, a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.The Food Network personality and executive chef of Butter Restaurant was drawn to the fundraiser for injured veterans because of its simplicity.“Dine Out for Heroes is just such an easy way for restaurants to honor those who’ve served while affording diners the opportunity to take a break from their busy schedules, enjoy a great meal, and reflect on the meaning of the holiday,” said Guarnaschelli.Restaurants wishing to take part simply pledge to donate $1 per customer served on Veterans Day. In addition to Butter, some of this year’s participating restaurants include Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., Beauty & Essex, The Lambs Club, BLT Steak & BLT Prime, Jane Restaurant, Nobu, and Tribeca Grill.Participating restaurants will be highlighted on the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s website, as well as by sponsor OpenTable, making it simple for diners to make reservations. Collateral materials like window clings will be provided to restaurants, a great way to entice customers—including the estimated half-million people who will visit Manhattan to watch the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ is spearheaded by restaurateurs Peter and Penny Glazier, founders of Glazier Works, with Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, founders of the New York Comedy Festival, and Bob Woodruff and Lee Woodruff, co-founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.“We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support received from patrons over the past two years,” said Penny Glazier and Caroline Hirsch. “With Alex Guarnaschelli now on board, we look forward to welcoming many new restaurants and community members.”‘Dine Out for Heroes’ (#Dine4Heroes) will follow on the heels of the 10th annual Stand Up for Heroes, a collaboration between the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival that has raised more than $33 million to date to support injured service members and their families.Together, these efforts will continue to honor the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families by offering support in the effort to heal the physical and psychological wounds of war. To date, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has reached more than 2.5 million impacted veterans, service members and their families.Restaurants can register for this year’s Dine Out for Heroes by visiting BobWoodruffFoundation.org/Dine4Heroes.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGot Your 6 today announced five new projects have received its 6 Certified designation, a program that recognizes film, television, theatrical, or digital content that accurately portrays veterans as leaders and civic assets.The projects range from FOX’s new drama, “The Gifted,” Amazon’s “Last Flag Flying,” and National Geographic’s historical drama, “The Long Road Home,” about the 1st Cavalry Division in Sadr City, Baghdad on “Black Sunday.”The national veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as part of its mission to change the veteran “broken/hero” stereotype held by 80 percent of U.S. civilians. The program challenges entertainment industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“Disjointed” — Cannabis legend Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates) employs her newly graduated son and a team of young “budtenders” to help run her Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. The security guard, Carter, is a U.S. Army veteran focusing on successfully reintegrating into civilian society, while grappling with survivor’s guilt and PTSD. Carter is written with great humor, creativity, and care, particularly when it comes to his animated, introspective spoken-word poetry pieces. Chuck Lorre Productions, Warner Bros. Television, Netflix“The Gifted” — Set in the “X-Men” universe, family adventure series “The Gifted” tells the story of a suburban couple whose lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Writer Melinda Hsu Taylor attended Got Your 6’s Vetfronts event in 2013 and has written veteran characters into her shows ever since. In one of the series’ flashback scenes, the character “Thunderbird,” a U.S. Marine Corps veteran (and mutant), utilizes the skills he learned in the Corps to protect other mutants from a pipe bomb thrown at them while raising funds for Team Rubicon, a Got Your 6 partner and veteran-led disaster relief organization. 20th Century Fox Television, Marvel Television“Last Flag Flying” — Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, Marine Corps veterans Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. The film follows the men on their journey, realizing along the way the enormity of their shared experience in Vietnam and grappling with its consequences. These veterans are represented as diverse and human, neither heroes nor broken. Amazon Studios, Lionsgate, Big Indie Pictures, Cinetic Media, Detour Filmproduction“The Long Road Home” — Based on Martha Raddatz’s bestseller, “The Long Road Home,” is an eight-part mini-series that chronicles the events of April 4, 2004, when a platoon was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in an attack that came to be known as “Black Sunday.” The series follows the lives of those affected by the events of that day, telling their varied and human stories with kindness and care. Phoenix Pictures, Finngate Television, Fuzzy Door, National Geographic“Returning the Favor” — Host Mike Rowe travels the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities, and gives back to those who pay it forward. In the pilot episode, he visits a garage in Indiana to surprise Jason, a former Army engineer, who runs a therapeutic motorcycle-building program for veterans. The episode showcases Jason and his efforts, along with those veterans making use of the program. The veterans profiled are strong and impressive, thoughtful, and, most importantly, human. mikeroweWORKS Productions, Hudsun MediaSince the launch of the 6 Certified program, 65 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” FOX’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Charlie Ebersol, Chairman and Founder, The Company; Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, senior historian and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, HISTORY®/A+E Networks; Rory Brosius, Vice President, ScoutComms; Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, Director of Human Resources, DreamWorks Animation; Marjorie Williams, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Endemol Shine North America; Matt Mabe, Director of Strategic Operations, TAPS Red Team; and Bill Rausch, Executive Director, Got Your 6.Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran organization that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The organization believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”last_img read more

October 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook TORONTO — A Canadian filmmaker who released a 2011 documentary on Harvey Weinstein is now working on a new big-screen project that would tackle the allegations of sexual harassment and assault levelled against the fallen movie mogul and others.Montreal-born Barry Avrich says he wants to look at the accusations that he didn’t know about when he wrote, directed and produced “Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.”He also wants to examine Hollywood culture and look at sexual misconduct outside of the entertainment industry. Advertisement “At the end of the day, I feel that I made a film about a man that I found incredibly passionate, fascinating and intriguing — and I didn’t get the whole story and I feel cheated,” Avrich said in an interview.“I knew there was a dark side. I didn’t know there was that dark side, and I feel that it’s important to tell the whole story. It’s an incomplete story for me, an incomplete narrative.”Avrich said he wants to make the new documentary quickly, “long before” the next Toronto International Film Festival in September.He’s already started filming and is set to travel to New York, Los Angeles and London.Avrich said he worries that the plethora of headlines surrounding sexual misconduct allegations “desensitizes the situation.” A film would help preserve such stories and “perpetuate the momentum so that this doesn’t become a movement du jour.”“I just think we live in the decade of distraction now where stories that are posted in social media — and there are so many headlines — the accusers, the victims become, at some point, wallpaper, and I don’t want that to happen,” said Avrich, whose other films include “The Last Mogul,” about legendary agent Lew Wasserman, and “Filthy Gorgeous,” about Penthouse founder Bob Guccione.Avrich said he’s already spoken with some victims and has taken out an ad in Hollywood trade magazines asking more to come forward to be interviewed for his new doc.“What I’m saying to them is that a social media posting on your experience is not enough. Why? Because it fades and evaporates instantly after somebody has read it,” he said.“Film lasts forever, and I think the only way we’re going to get change is if these stories are immortalized.”Avrich said he also wants such stories to serve as a possible deterrent and “a warning for the next generation of artists going into this industry, of what they need to know.”“I’m not looking for victims to come on camera and tell me bathrobe stories. We’ve all heard them,” Avrich said.“I’m interested in what they’ve learned, what their advice is in protecting artists going forward, what else they think they can do in terms of changing the culture, do they believe the cultural change?”Avrich said he’ll probably ask Weinstein to be interviewed for this film, but doubts it would happen.“Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project” addresses the producer’s notorious reputation as a hot-headed micro-manager, but it doesn’t mention any sexual misconduct allegations, which came to light in October.Avrich said he had no relationship with Weinstein prior to making the doc, and the producer went at him “very aggressively” with “all kinds of promises, payoffs in terms of other film deals” to try to put an end to the film.Avrich assured Weinstein he would make a “balanced film” about his life, he said, but nobody within the mogul’s stable of artists would speak with him.“Had I known those things, I absolutely would have been there,” said Avrich of the torrent of allegations that have been made.“But at the same time, I can honestly tell you that I know I would have had doors slammed in my face.”Two weeks before the Weinstein story broke, the film studio he founded bought the rights to Avrich’s upcoming documentary on Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz. Avrich said they’ve since given the film back to him.IFC, meanwhile, owns the rights to “Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.” Avrich said IFC insisted on edits to the doc, including softening the characterization of Weinstein as a bully.Avrich said he felt he had a moral obligation to make changes to the documentary when the Weinstein allegations emerged and asked IFC if he could buy back the rights and re-do the ending.He said he wrote to Jonathan Sehring, co-president of IFC Films and Sundance Selects, who told him that they don’t sell films back to filmmakers and that they were “going to take the high road.”IFC did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Wednesday.“At the end of the day, there are certain things I could do, but I said to myself, as the whole story started to expand beyond Harvey, headline after headline after headline … I said, ‘This is a bigger story and I need to look at Hollywood as the entire culture and see whether or not things will ever change,”‘ Avrich said.“Where did it start, where is it going to end? I need to get different perspectives on it and I think it’s important to make that kind of film.”VICTORIA AHEARN / THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

October 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment THE ROOKIE – “Pilot” – Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life. (ABC/Tony Rivetti)TITUS MAKIN, MELISSA O’NEIL, NATHAN FILLION The CTV 2018/19 lineup features an incredible list of stars including Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Carpenter, Matt Czuchry, Nathan Fillion, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Noah Wyle, and the iconic pop group ABBA. Among the acclaimed, heavy-hitting producers behind new CTV series are Greg Berlanti, Simon Cowell, Tim Doyle, Ava DuVernay, Simon Fuller, Mark Gordon, Peter Lenkov, and Eva Longoria.CTV and CTV 2’s 2018/19 primetime schedules will be presented at the #CTVUpfront on Thursday, June 7 in Toronto. CTV concluded the 2017/18 season as Canada’s most-watched television network for the 17th year in a row.CTV’s New 2018/19 Acquisitions:SERIESTHE ROOKIETHE ROOKIEStarting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life. The series stars four-time Emmy®-nominated, Canadian-born Nathan Fillion (CASTLE) as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz (ZOO) as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones (SANTA CLARITA DIET, JUDGING AMY) as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, STAR CROSSED) as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD) as Captain Zoe Andersen, Canadian actor from Calgary, Alta. Melissa O’Neil (DARK MATTER, LOST GENERATION) as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson (THE BREAKS, BLINDSPOT) as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter (ROSEWOOD, SECRETS AND LIES) as Tim Bradford. Alexi Hawley (CASTLE) is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, GREY’S ANATOMY, RAY DONOVAN), Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman, and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander (CONVICTION) directed and executive produced the first episode. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on THE ROOKIE, a co-production with ABC Studios.MAGNUM P.I.MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez (SCANDAL, THE EXPANSE) as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero, and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case!Peter Lenkov (HAWAII FIVE-O), Eric Guggenheim (HAWAII FIVE-O, PARENTHOOD), Justin Lin (S.W.A.T., SCORPION), John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Lin directed the pilot from a script by Lenkov and Guggenheim. MAGNUM P.I. stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, Perdita Weeks (ENNY DREADFUL) as Juliet Higgins, Zachary Knighton (SANTA CLARITA DIET) as Orville “Rick” Wright, and Stephen Hill (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) as Theodore “TC” Calvin.GOD FRIENDED MEGOD FRIENDED ME stars Brandon Micheal Hall (THE MAYOR, SEARCH PARTY) in a humorous, uplifting drama about Miles Finer (Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the ultimate friend request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom (Violett Beane), an online journalist. Brought together by the “God Account,” the two find themselves investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process, change his life forever. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt , Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Marcos Siega are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Siega directed the pilot from a script by Lilien & Wynbrandt. GOD FRIENDED MEstars Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer, Violett Beane (THE FLASH) as Cara Bloom, Suraj Sharma (HOMELAND) as Rakesh Singh, Javicia Leslie (CHEF JULIAN) as Ali Finer and Joe Morton (SCANDAL) as Reverend Arthur Finer.THE RESIDENTTHE RESIDENT is a powerful medical show focusing on a young doctor’s final years of training that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. The series stars Matt Czuchry (THE GOOD WIFE), Canadian actress Emily VanCamp (REVENGE), Manish Dayal (HALT AND CATCH FIRE), Moran Atias (24: LEGACY), Merrin Dungey (BIG LITTLE LIES), Shaunette Renée Wilson (Black Panther, BILLIONS), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY, PROVIDENCE), and Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood (The PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, MAD MEN). THE RESIDENT is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series’ executive producers include Todd Harthan (ROSEWOOD), Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal), (GREY’S ANATOMY), Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, TRAINING DAY), David Boorstein (Level 26: Dark Revelations), Oly Obst (THE MICK, GHOSTED), and Phillip Noyce (PATRIOT GAMES, THE BONE COLLECTOR), who also directed the pilot.THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOWStarring the three-time Emmy® Award winner, the one-hour program showcases host Alec Baldwin’s (30 ROCK) in-depth conversations with compelling personalities. The show is executive produced by Jason Schrift, along with Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz via his El Dorado Pictures.THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHTSet in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves. The series stars Michael Cudlitz (THE WALKING DEAD) as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack (FALLING WATER) as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley (CHICAGO P.D.) as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) as Eddie, Sawyer Barth (PUBLIC MORALS) as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards (ME, MYSELF, AND I; BILLIONS) as Joey, Jack Gore (BILLIONS) as Timmy, Andy Walken as William, and Santino Barnard as Pat. The series is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle. Randall Einhorn (PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE) directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. The series is from ABC Studios.WHISKEY CAVALIERThe high-octane, hour-long action dramedy follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley (SCANDAL). Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan (THE WALKING DEAD). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz (UGLY BETTY) as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams (THE WALKING DEAD) as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta. Dave Hemingson (THE CATCH) is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.THE FIX Facebook @CTV – TwitterCTV – FacebookCTV – InstagramABOUT CTV: CTV 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 17 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.center_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (FOR THE PEOPLE, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. THE FIX stars Robin Tunney (THE MENTALIST) as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner (NOTORIOUS) as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey (ALIAS) as CJ, Breckin Meyer (FRANKLIN & BASH) as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas (UNDERGROUND) as Riv, Mouzam Makkar (THE EXORCIST, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon (THE FOSTERS) as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen (ALLEGIANCE, THE GILMORE GIRLS) as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, LOST) as Sevvy Johnson. Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, and Marcia Clark are writers and executive producers. David Hoberman (The Fighter, MONK), Todd Lieberman (The Fighter, DETROIT 1-8-7), and Laurie Zaks (CASTLE) are executive producers (Mandeville). Canadian-born, L.A.-based writer/director/producer Larysa Kondracki directed the pilot.THE RED LINEFrom acclaimed producers including Ava DuVernay (Selma), and Greg Berlanti (SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, ARROW), THE RED LINE is a drama that follows the lives of three vastly different Chicago families whose stories of loss and tragedy intersect in the wake of the mistaken shooting of an African American doctor by a white cop. As the stories of the Calder, Young and Evans families crisscross and converge, a message of hope appears – it’s possible to emerge from tragedy stronger, and it’s important to come together with others, not just to survive, but to thrive. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (THE FLASH) are executive producers, and Caitlin Parrish (SUPERGIRL) and Erica Weiss are co-executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Victoria Mahoney directed the pilot from a script by Parrish and Weiss. THE RED LINE stars Noah Wyle (ER) as Daniel Calder, Emayatzy Corinealdi (BALLERS) as Tia Young, Aliyah Royale as Jira Calder-Brennan, Noel Fisher (SHAMELESS) as Paul Evans, Howard Charles as Ethan Young, Elizabeth Laidlaw as Vic Renna, Vinny Chhibber (NO TOMORROW) as Liam Bhatt, and Michael Patrick Thornton (PRIVATE PRACTICE) as Jim Evans.THE ENEMY WITHINIn this fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history, serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being, but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one. The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter (LIMITLESS, DEXTER), Morris Chestnut (ROSEWOOD), Raza Jaffrey (HOMELAND), and Kelli Garner (PAN AM). Ken Woodruff (GOTHAM, THE MENTALIST) will write and executive produce. Mark Pellington (BLINDSPOT) will direct and executive produce the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces. THE ENEMY WITHIN is produced by Universal Television.THE VILLAGEWelcome to THE VILLAGE, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside – but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s just returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything, even if it’s the one you make with the people around you. The cast includes Moran Atias (THE RESIDENT, 24: LEGACY), Dominic Chianese (THE GOOD WIFE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Warren Christie (THE RESIDENT), Frankie Faison (THE GOOD WIFE), Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff (RED BAND SOCIETY), Michaela McManus (SEAL TEAM), Lorraine Toussaint (THE FOSTERS), and Grace Van Dien (GREENHOUSE ACADEMY). Mike Daniels (SHADES OF BLUE, SONS OF ANARCHY) will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro (DOWNTON ABBEY, CALL THE MIDWIFE) directs and executive produces the pilot. Jessica Rhoades (COLD CASE FILES) also executive produces. THE VILLAGE is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.GRAND HOTELEva Longoria (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series. GRAND HOTEL stars Demian Bichir (THE BRIDGE, WEEDS) as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez (WITHOUT A TRACE) as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz (THE FOSTERS) as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig (VALOR) as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson (THE MAYOR, THE GAME) as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes (LOVE CHILD) as Danny, Shalim Ortiz (HEROES) as Mateo, Anne Winters (THE FOSTERS) as Ingrid, Chris Warren (THE FOSTERS) as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.Brian Tanen (UGLY BETTY) is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin (THIS IS US) directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios.AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONSThis special edition of the series brings together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around favorites from past seasons of “AGT” for the ultimate display of talent. Additionally, some of the most popular acts from the other world GOT TALENT franchises, spanning 184 countries, will come to share their talents and compete against one other. AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane, and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.SPECIALSABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTEOne of the bestselling music groups of all time with album and single sales of 380 million, the four members of ABBA – Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – will be debuting their first new song in 35 years, written by Andersson and Ulvaeus. It is set to be performed by virtual ABBA, a state-of-the-art digital representation of the band in 1979 but voiced and recorded by ABBA today. The two-hour special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE will showcase specially invited artists performing classic songs made famous by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia”, The Winner Takes It All” and “Take A Chance On Me”. The telecast will be produced and directed by Johan Renck (THE LAST PANTHERS) and executive produced by Simon Fuller (AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE), with Es Devlin on board as set designer.Social Media links TORONTO, May 31, 2018 – CTV announced today that it has landed Hollywood’s hottest, big-buzz new series at this year’s Los Angeles Screenings, securing deals with six leading studio partners for seven new dramas, two new dramedies, one new comedy, a talk show starring A-lister Alec Baldwin, and a hot-ticket special that pays tribute to one of the most influential groups of all time. In addition, CTV also confirmed today it has acquired break-out drama THE RESIDENT and a special edition of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS to expand its star-studded slate.“Mission accomplished. CTV has secured the most coveted series from Hollywood, including two of the year’s biggest drama gets, THE ROOKIE and MAGNUM P.I.,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Big stars, great stories and best-in-class drama, comedy and reality; we look forward to introducing Canadians to another winning lineup this Fall.”The season’s new slate of series’ and specials includes:THE ROOKIE, the sought-after and big-buzz new cop series marking the return of Nathan Fillion to primetime television as a man who pursues his dream of joining the LAPD in the midst of a mid-life awakeningMAGNUM P.I., the must-watch, fun-filled, and action-packed reboot of the classic series featuring ex-Navy SEAL turned private eye Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez)GOD FRIENDED ME, a humorous and uplifting drama starring Brandon Micheal Hall.WHISKEY CAVALIER, the high-octane, hour-long action dramedy named after the code name of super FBI agent Will Chase and starring fan-favourites Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan.Legal thriller THE FIX, a courtroom drama with high-profile attorney and author Marcia Clark at the helm as executive producerThe eponymous, primetime interview series THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW, featuring the three-time Emmy® Award winner and his whip-smart brand of humour while in conversation with compelling personalitiesTHE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, a family-focused single-camera comedy about traditional Irish-Catholic family of 10, inspired by the 1970s childhood of acclaimed writer/executive producer Tim Doyle.THE RED LINE, a timely, racially charged drama from Hollywood heavyweight producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti and starring TV veteran Noah WyleFast-paced, spy-hunting thriller THE ENEMY WITHIN, in which an FBI agent enlists a locked up, ex-CIA operative(Jennifer Carpenter) to track down a criminalTHE VILLAGE, the heart-warming drama about neighbours who have found a home and a bonded family in an apartment building in BrooklynGRAND HOTEL, the soapy upstairs/downstairs drama executive produced by Hollywood A-lister Eva Longoriafocusing on the scandals and explosive secrets hiding beneath the picture perfect exterior of a Miami Beach hotelAMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS, featuring the very best “AGT” contenders from around the worldLong-awaited special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, featuring the first new ABBA music in 35 years from the legendary pop groupAnd the sophomore season of compelling medical drama THE RESIDENT, starring fan-favourites Matt Czuchry and Canada’s Emily VanCamplast_img read more

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first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Canadian-Somalian singer K’naan is seeking some help from his American fans, and is asking them to show him some love in November when they vote in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.The “Wavin’ Flag” singer — who is a dual citizen of Canada and Somalia, currently living in New York City while his family remains in Toronto.And therein lies the problem. Because Somalia is one of the countries on the Trump administration’s travel ban, he fears that if he were to leave the U.S. in order to visit family in Canada he might not be allowed back into the country. That’s why he’s asking American fans to exercise their vote in November to take a stand against the Republicans in a new video for The Love Vote. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement In this Oct. 22, 2016 photo, K’naan poses in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsJoe McLeod is an elderly Winnipeg First Nations man who was jailed last year after Winnipeg police charged him with assault.McLeod had pushed his wife, but didn’t realize it because he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.After spending nearly a month behind bars, and amid public outcry, McLeod was released from jail and placed in a personal care home.On Monday, McLeod was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pushing a fellow resident at the care home.The man was taken to hospital in critical condition and died Tuesday.It remains unclear whether McLeod will face an upgraded charge.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFor years the Orlova did cruise tours in the Northwest Passage.After a dispute the Orlova was impounded in St. John’s, Nfld. for two years.It became an eyesore filled with rats.Last month a tow line broke and the ship was sent adrift.Now it’s somewhere in the Atlantic.last_img

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first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe regional chief for Ontario is calling for an emergency Assembly of First Nations meeting to deal with the controversial First Nation education bill currently before Parliament.Ontario regional Chief Stan Beardy sent a fax to all of the AFN’s regional chiefs and to AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo Thursday morning calling for the meeting to be held in Ottawa on May 14.Beardy is part of the AFN executive representing Ontario at the table.“As you are aware, Bill C-33, the Harper government’s proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act went up for its first debate on second reading in the House of Commons on April 30 despite it not going for national debate of First Nations by the chiefs in this country,” states Beardy in the fax. “I am requesting that the AFN executive immediately call for a Confederacy of Nations meeting.”Beardy stated he was invoking Article 14 of the AFN charter that gives members of the AFN’s executive committee the ability to request a special session.Atleo supports Bill C-33.More to Comelast_img read more

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first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsPeople in the battle against the Dakota Access pipeline have been on high alert since Sunday.That’s when hundreds of people were injured when police opened up on them with rubber bullets, a modified water cannon and according to the water protectors, concussion grenades.On Thanksgiving, the biggest holiday in the United States, #NoDAPL supporters were ready for anything.tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

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first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN National NewsThe Chiefs of Ontario have added their voices to the Iroquois caucus in opposition to the transport of nuclear waste.Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in Chalk River, Ont. wants to ship liquid radioactive waste to the United States.It also wants to bury low and medium level waste in a site near the Ottawa River.The chiefs say now is the time to take a united stand.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

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first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN NewsAt the time, Alexis Joveneau was highly regarded in the Innu community of Pakuashipi and La Romaine (Unamen Shipu). The missionary from Belgium had such an effect on the Innu that for years they kept their silence about what he was doing.Joveneau didn’t just have a hold on the Innu – Canada and the province of Quebec threatened to pull all subsidies from the community if they didn’t follow his plan. But as it turned out, Joveneau was a sexual predator.Simone Bellefleur was nine years old when she was abused for the first time by Joveneau. “Now I notice things what this priest put us through I always felt anger,” said Simone Bellefleur who was nine years old when she was first abused by Joveneau. He harassed and molested many young Innu girls and women during his years along the northern shores of the St. Lawrence river – with impunity. Joveneau first arrived in Unamen Shipu in 1953.The missionary (Oblate) learned the Innu language and translated religious courses and the mass in Innu.He stayed 39 years and died in 1992.(Alexis Joveneau in an undated photo)He is buried in Unamen Shipu. The government gave him control of the welfare cheques to distribute to the Innu.Hi plan was to move the Innu of Pakuashipi to Unamen Shipu, 300 km west along the St. Lawrence River.“I was carrying this anger within me,” Bellefleur told the commissioners. “What frustrated me and angers me today I am a mother I always want to be violent against my daughter.”Catholicism is still being practiced by many Innu communities today. But Bellefleur said she decided to take another path after attending a Sundance Ceremony a decade ago. “That is where I saw the faith of my ancestors my grandparents, grandfathers, grandmothers,” she said. “And now I live my life with these aboriginal beliefs they are part of my life and it has been some ten years that I am following a spiritual path.”As part of her healing, she also made recommendations to the inquiry. “I made my recommendation for us to receive a camp with a therapy centre because everyone needs it,” she said.last_img read more

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first_imgINGERSOLL, Ont. – General Motors and the union representing about 2,500 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., are expected to resume talks today aimed at ending a strike that’s into its fourth week.The members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job a little more than three weeks ago on Sept. 17 as union negotiators worked to have GM designate the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox SUV.The union said last Thursday that the two sides had “worked through a lot of the contract language” but remained far apart on job security and economic issues.Local 88 president Dan Borthwick says the union’s master bargaining committee took a break over the Thanksgiving weekend and met this morning.He says the union’s position will remain the same as it was last Thursday when it meets with the company’s bargaining team.Job security at the CAMI plant has been a major issue, with Unifor seeking to prevent work done by its members from being moved to Mexico, where GM also produces the Equinox SUV.Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said Friday that he had spoken with both sides and that neither had asked for government support to keep the Equinox lines in the province.Duguid said the dispute was “rippling through” Ontario’s supply chain economy and urged both parties to reach an agreement.Dias dismissed GM’s latest contract offer last week as “fluff,” saying it still allowed the company to shift resources away from the Ingersoll plant.last_img read more

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first_imgSAN DIEGO – A jury on Friday sided with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over rights to use the phrase “comic con.”The panel decided that Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademarked phrase without permission, though they didn’t do so willfully. The panel awarded the California event $20,000, far less than the $12 million they’d sought.“From the beginning all that we asked of the defendants was to stop using our Comic-Con trademarks,” the San Diego Comic Convention said in a statement. “Today we obtained a verdict that will allow us to achieve this.”Utah co-founder Dan Farr told Salt Lake City TV station KUTV they plan to appeal.Lawyers for the well-known San Diego convention argued during the trial that the upstart event in Salt Lake stole their name to benefit from their reputation built over years of hard work, Salt Lake City-based newspaper The Deseret News reported .“This case is about stealing, taking something that is not yours, something you have no right to. It’s about right, and it’s about wrong,” Callie Bjurstrom, an attorney for San Diego Comic-Con International, said during closing arguments.The event that’s considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit filed a trademark violation lawsuit against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention in 2014. Their request for $12 million in damages included a $9 million advertising campaign to clear up any confusion.Salt Lake, though, maintains the phrase is a generic shortened form of “comic book convention” and used by 140 events around the country.Salt Lake organizers saw dozens of unaffiliated events using the term and genuinely thought it was usable when they named their event in 2013, co-founder Bryan Brandenburg testified.The Utah convention hasn’t hurt the thriving San Diego brand, and less than 1 per cent of San Diego Comic-Con attendees have been confused about whether the two events are affiliated, Salt Lake Comic Con attorney Michael Katz argued.“From the standpoint of people out there, comic con is generic,” he said.Salt Lake Comic Con has made nearly $3 million since it started in 2013.Deliberations began Thursday afternoon, the eighth day of the trial. The panel was reduced to six people when one woman was excused because a wildfire was burning near her home.Since its start in 1970, San Diego has grown into the Holy Grail of pop culture conventions with attendance of more than 135,000, drawing self-described geeks as well as Hollywood studios and actors looking to create buzz for upcoming projects.Salt Lake Comic Con, meanwhile, has quickly grown to attract more than 120,000 people as well as celebrity appearance from the likes of John Cusack and “Captain America” actor Chris Evans.last_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s bid to become a world leader in tidal energy has been dealt a major setback, but industry experts say a French firm’s decision to pull out of a pioneering Bay of Fundy project may ultimately be good for the emerging industry.Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association, says the renewable energy industry has been hurt by Paris-based Naval Energies’ decision to pull funding from its Dublin-based subsidiary OpenHydro, the key backer of Nova Scotia’s Cape Sharp Tidal.“When the leading technology developer exits the field, it’s a concern,” Dempsey said in an interview Monday. “There’s no way to diminish that. It will have immediate negative consequences. The question is whether it is short-term or long-term.”Last week, Cape Sharp Tidal successfully connected a massive, two megawatt in-stream tidal turbine to Nova Scotia’s electricity grid. It was the second time that Cape Sharp has installed a turbine on the floor of the Bay of Fundy to generate electricity from the world’s highest tides.In a historic first, Cape Sharp’s first turbine was hooked up to the grid in November 2016, but it was later removed for inspections and servicing in June 2017.In 2009, an in-stream prototype was torn apart by the bay’s powerful currents, which can move at 18 kilometres per hour.Naval Energies, considered a leader in the field of renewable energy, issued a statement last week saying it had stopped investing in tidal energy in Canada and in other locations, and was instead focusing on floating wind turbines and ocean thermal technology.“The deterioration of the market, in France and around the world throughout the recent months, has been reflected in a lack of commercial prospects over the long term,” company CEO Laurent Schneider-Maunoury said in a statement.The company also complained that in Canada “there is also great sensitivity to the cost of the technology.”Cape Sharp is a joint venture between OpenHydro and Halifax-based Emera Inc.Amanda White, acting executive director for Marine Renewables Canada, said her non-profit group was disappointed with Naval Energies’ move. However, she said such setbacks are to be expected in an emerging industry.“It has happened before in this industry and other innovative sectors, and is a natural part of industry development,” she said in a statement.“The association feels strongly that there is great opportunity in this industry with many promising projects on the horizon. Tidal energy is on the cusp of becoming a viable industry.”With OpenHydro now in the midst of bankruptcy protection, it will be up to the receiver, Grant Thornton in Ireland, to determine if a new owner can be found for the project.So far, officials with Emera Inc. have said little about what they plan to do. The company, which is the parent of the utility Nova Scotia Power Inc., issued a statement Monday saying Emera continues to believe in the potential for ocean energy.“These are still early days for a sector that is still emerging,” said spokeswoman Stacey Pineau. “The industry continues to learn and innovate so it can ultimately develop technologies that produce affordably-priced energy for consumers.”She said Emera’s biggest concern was ensuring the receiver has a plan for environmental monitoring and safe operation of the turbine.Nova Scotia’s recently appointed energy minister, Derek Mombourquette, did not directly respond when asked if the provincial government was considering some form of bailout.“We’re continuing to monitor the situation,” he said. “Our primary focus … is the environmental and marine regulations.”Mombourquette also said the industry is going through growing pains.“I still believe there’s great potential for Nova Scotia in the tidal energy sector,” he said. “There’s a number of players from around the world that are still involved.”Both Dempsey and White stressed that the end of Naval Energies’ involvement in tidal energy did not mean the end of research and development in the Bay of Fundy.Dempsey said a number of smaller companies are moving ahead with less ambitious projects.“There was never any certainty that (Cape Sharp) would be successful,” he said. “All of this feels kind of strange right now, but it was kind of anticipated. Often in technology developments, it’s the disruptive technology that ends of being successful. The big ones sometime start up and fail, and then others come forth.”In the coming weeks, U.S.-based Bigmoon Power is expected to deploy a 100-kilowatt prototype in the bay, using an onshore generator that is connected by high-strength ropes to a barge that will move with the tides.Meanwhile, Black Rock Tidal — a subsidiary of Schottel Hydro of Germany — is hoping to deploy a floating array of 40 small turbines that will be anchored to the floor of the bay.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — Small business owners may want to save for retirement but are anxious about diverting money away from their companies. But many owners have found ways to invest in themselves as well as their businesses.Some tips about saving from owners and financial advisers:— Saving for retirement can be easier if an owner creates a concrete plan and timeline to do it. Thea Ducrow, who is building a new advisory business after being an organizational consultant for more than 20 years, needs to focus for now on marketing her new Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company. But, she says, “My goal is to begin saving for retirement again by the end of the first quarter of 2019.”Nathan Fisher, senior executive vice-president of Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions, suggests owners ask themselves how much they want to save each year for the next few years.— Owners who don’t think they have money for savings may find it by looking for ways to reduce expenses and increase revenue. Ducrow says her pricing strategy is not to set her fees too low — that gives her the income that she can set aside. Shamila Nduriri, owner of Las Vegas-based jewelry company Dalasini, decided to open a business with high margins because it would give her more flexibility to save.— Business owners who expect to sell their companies to fund their retirement need to think now about whether they’ll be able to find a buyer or get the sales price they’re hoping for, says David O’Brien, a financial adviser with Revolution Advisors. For example, if the owner is the company’s biggest asset, it may not bring the price an owner hopes for unless the owner brings in or promotes employees who can keep the business going.— Owners still have time to set up retirement accounts for themselves and employees and get tax breaks for this year. Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, plans can be set up well into 2019 and still qualify for a 2018 deduction. Information is available in IRS Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business; owners can find it on the IRS website, www.irs.gov ._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgHONOLULU — A new Hawaii law making it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal is about to go into effect.Starting Jan. 1, misrepresenting a service animal will carry fines ranging from $100 to $500.Some service animal supporters say the measure is needed to protect those who actually have disabilities, but critics say it will be too hard to enforce.Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the state senator who introduced the bill says it will largely serve as a deterrent. Sen. Russell Ruderman of Puna likens it to a littering law.Hawaii News Now reports at least 21 states have passed laws governing service animals in an attempt to keep unruly pets out of places such as grocery stores, movie theatres and restaurants.The Associated Presslast_img read more