WATERTON, Alta. – Fire crews halted the spread of a wildfire into the Waterton Lakes National Park townsite on Tuesday, but they were not able to save the visitor’s centre or stop the flames from spreading into grasslands outside the southwestern Alberta park.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said 500 people were ordered out of their homes in the Waterton townsite and in parts of nearby Cardston County, the Municipality of Pincher Creek and a First Nations community southwest of Lethbridge.Remaining residents in Cardston, Pincher Creek and on the Blood reserve were warned they may have to leave on short notice. All three communities declared states of local emergency.Some 135 firefighters, 14 helicopters and nine air tankers were battling the blaze in the park and more resources were on standby, Notley said.“We’re advised that efforts to fight the eastern border of the fire are likely to be more successful today during the day with the use of tanker and helicopter resources,” she said.At a news conference late Tuesday night, participants described how the behaviour of the wildfire, which grew by 330 square kilometres, dramatically shifted through the overnight period due to high winds and extremely dry conditions.Scott Elliot, incident commander for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, called it “high intensity.”“Fortunately when the fire was moving quickly through the park toward the Waterton townsite, the preparation work that had been done by all the firefighting resources up there and the pre-planning work that we’d done led to a successful operation,” he said.“The townsite was saved — there was some damage to some structures throughout the town, but the overall preparation and work that we’ve done was excellent … under some very challenging conditions.”The visitor’s centre which was burned to the ground had been built in 1958. Parks Canada had been intending on replacing it anyway.Don Anderberg, the mayor of Pincher Creek, called the experience “pretty scary.”“Midnight, one o’clock, it looked like the town of Pincher Creek may be fully involved in this event,” he said, adding conditions had improved by Tuesday night.“But that can certainly change. We have developed a plan to evacuate the rest of the MD … and a plan to evacuate the town of Pincher Creek if need be.”Cardston County Reeve Jim Bester called it a rocky 24 hours, but said he was grateful for the work of his staff and provincial officials “who came down and helped us get through the night.”Like Anderberg, he said the area isn’t out of the woods yet but he is hopeful.“We’re all one family here. We’re very blessed with where we live and the opportunities we have. We’ll get through this. We don’t know exactly how it’s going to end yet, but it’s going to end OK.”An evacuation order was issued for Waterton on Friday when shifting winds threatened to carry a fire burning across the B.C. boundary eastward.By late Monday afternoon, the fire was established in the park and was moving northeast along the Akamina Parkway, a road that connects a popular recreational area at Cameron Lake in the park’s southwest to the townsite.Evacuation orders outside the park were issued late Monday and early Tuesday.Forestry manager Bernie Schmitte said a grass fire ignited near the park’s gate on Monday night, probably due to a blowing ember from the wildfire.Crews were unable to stop the flames from spreading along both sides of Highway 6 and the fire burned until early Tuesday.“Strong gusty winds continue to be in the forecast for the region, which has proved to be a challenge to firefighting efforts and we’ll be monitoring that through the day,” he said.Rain in the forecast for later this week should help, he added.“Whenever we do get (precipitation), that is a good firefighting day and we will make progress on that.”Blood officials ordered everyone out early Tuesday from homes and apartments in the extreme southwest corner of the reserve. Fire Chief Oscar Cotton said that affected about 50 homes and 100 people were in the evacuation centre.“The only problem that we really have is the massive amount of smoke we’re getting from that fire,” Cotton said.Lockey Craig, who has property just east of the park, drove down with his wife from Calgary on Monday night when it looked like the situation was worsening.They managed to load some photo albums and other keepsakes into his vehicle before the area was put under an evacuation order late Monday night. Craig figures he got 2 1/2 hours of sleep at a niece’s house in nearby Cardston.He said when he was at his property, he could see smoke billowing out from the mountains in the park and there was ash falling from the sky.“We live at least 10 kilometres away from the (park) gate and it looked like it was snowing.”Craig is the president of Waymarker Hospitality, which owns several hotels and restaurants within the park’s townsite, He said the park’s closure during one of the busiest tourist months will hurt.“It is what it is. I’m very sad about what’s happened,” he said. “I’m very sad about the whole backcountry. Nothing we can do, though.”Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna praised the work of firefighters on the ground.“It has been a tough situation,” she said outside a cabinet meeting in St. John’s, N.L. “It was a tough night and they’ve been working extremely hard.”Shell Canada said it was keeping a close eye on its sour gas plant operation in the area.The company said it planned to gradually shut in wells and facilities close to the flames. Staff doing the work were being accompanied by fire suppression teams to ensure safety.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary, with files from Ken Trimble and John Cotter in Edmonton and Sue Bailey in St John’s.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Bernie Schmitte’s name
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CALGARY – Data theft from high-profile hacks against companies like Uber and Equifax can cost consumers thousands of dollars but resource companies worry about millions in damage, along with potential injuries and death, if their technology is compromised.The thought of a multi-tonne piece of equipment running amok or shutting down at a critical time in the resource gathering process is a nightmare scenario for chief information and security officers in the oilpatch and other resource-rich regions of Canada.Cybercriminals are betting the company whose gear no longer obeys instructions would be willing to pay dearly to avoid such a situation.“It’s no longer a bunch a pimple-faced kids in mommy and daddy’s basement — it’s organized crime,” said Daniel Tobok, CEO and co-owner of Toronto-based Cytelligence, who says his company investigates 40 data breach attacks on private Canadian companies every month, often tracing the attacks to foreign hackers.“It’s theft of intellectual property, it’s espionage, but it all comes down to money as a motivation.”He estimates the attacks cost Canada $3 billion to $5 billion per year in proceeds to criminals, adding one Calgary energy company was forced to pay $200,000 in ransom three years ago to regain control of its corrupted digital production systems.The rise of the so-called “Internet of Things” — in which machines communicate autonomously with each other — means companies are increasingly employing automation and remote control to drive bulldozers, diggers and heavy trucks, or control drilling and processing equipment. Such automation delivers labour savings but also presents more targets for hackers, making the overall system more vulnerable to cyberattacks.“Somebody could actually die,” said Tobok.In a recent report, accounting firm EY said the cybersecurity risk to mining companies had jumped to third in 2017-18, from ninth the year before, on a top-10 worst risk list because the “attack surface” is getting larger as connected IT and operational devices in a typical mine or ore transport system grow into the thousands.Executives agree the threat is real but insist they can keep hackers at bay with multiple automatic and manual shut-down systems, firewalls, strictly limited internet connections and ongoing employee training.Kevin Neveu, CEO of Precision Drilling Corp., the largest Canadian driller which also operates in the United States, said the company has never had a successful “intrusion” although it detects unsuccessful attempts “almost daily.”“We’re certainly concerned that someone could hack into a drilling rig,” he said.“We’re running 20 rigs that have automation systems on them that actually control the rigs through software and tell it to go up and down, tell it to go to higher pressure or lower pressure. That software potentially could be hacked.”He said the company has “intrusion-sensing systems” that are designed to trigger a fail-safe shutdown. The drilling crew can also shut off the rig manually and it’s possible to override the automated system and continue working without it, he said.Steve Laut, CEO of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., said he doesn’t want to “advertise” what the company is doing in cybersecurity but noted it has a robust plan with “four or five levels of security,” adding its major heavy oil production plants aren’t connected to the internet.“We’re like any other corporation out there, we get attacked all the time,” he said. “Most of it bounces off our firewalls.”Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. uses continuous boring machines that can mine up to 900 tonnes of ore per hour.It wouldn’t comment for this article but warns in its annual report that cyberattacks could result in “personal injury” to employees, contractors or the public as well as computer viruses, property damage, disruptions to operations and loss of data or confidentiality.Michael Murphy, country manager for Citrix Canada, which provides remote access for customers to applications and data, said data security is more difficult to ensure these days because the number of access points is multiplying.Employees, third-party partners and contractors want to use their own devices to access company systems and data, each presenting a possible entry point for a cyberattack.“I’m sure what keeps the chief information and security officers up at night is, ‘How do I make sure that the software-defined perimeter continues to be very secure but also accessible?’” he said.“You can make something very secure but it doesn’t necessarily make it very productive. It has to be easy to use and very secure at the same time. The complexity of what a company has to manage today is mind-boggling.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
HALIFAX – A sobbing Christopher Garnier insisted he “never wanted to hurt anybody” during a police interrogation hours after he was arrested in the killing of an off-duty police officer.Garnier sat for a taped police interview on Sept. 16, 2015, after his arrest in the death of Const. Catherine Campbell, who he had met in a Halifax bar.“I didn’t want to sleep with her. I love (my girlfriend) so much. Now she’s never going to want to see me again,” he said on the video, shown Monday at Garnier’s murder trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.The video shows Garnier, dressed in a T-shirt and pants, walking into an interview room with grey walls, two computer chairs, a computer, and a table.He can be seen sobbing and sniffling as RCMP Cpl. Jody Allison speaks to him in a comforting tone, with the officer telling Garnier, “I don’t think it was your intention for it to end up like it did.”“You’re not a monster. You made a mistake,” Allison told Garnier during the interview. “There’s nothing you can do to reverse this.”At one point, Garnier said to Allison through tears: “I never wanted to hurt anybody.”Garnier told Allison that he was a hard worker.“I worked so hard to try and make my parents proud and to provide for (my girlfriend) so I can start a family,” said Garnier.The jury was shown the first roughly 2.5 hours of the 9.5-hour-long video interview on Monday. The trial continues Tuesday.The Crown alleges Garnier punched and strangled Campbell inside a McCully Street apartment and dumped her body on a steep embankment near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.Evidence presented at the trial has indicated Campbell was seen kissing and dancing with Garnier at the Halifax Alehouse before leaving with him in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015.Last week, the defence put forth a hypothetical scenario suggesting Campbell died during a consensual sexual encounter after encouraging Garnier to choke her.Garnier, 30, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.During the taped interrogation, Allison told Garnier that his background as a firefighter and in occupational health and safety shows that he’s a “good guy.”“The safety-minded people? They are the ones that have a good heart,” Allison told Garnier, who was sitting with his hands on his lap, one on top of the other.He showed Garnier photos of Campbell, including one of the Truro, N.S., police officer in her volunteer firefighter uniform, and said: “Same thing as you — good people.”“Look at this poor girl,” Allison said. “Her family deserves to know what happened … good or bad.”After about an hour, Allison tells Garnier: “There’s no doubt in my mind that you’re responsible for her death.”“I know you did it,” said the officer, his tone less compassionate now than before. “Right now, you have a choice.”Allison asked him repeatedly throughout the interview, in many different ways: “How did it get to that point?”“How did it go from something where you just thought you were going to hook up, to that?” he said.Garnier told Allison numerous times during the first few hours of the interview: “I’m not supposed to say anything.”Garnier was also shown a video of his girlfriend — who Allison said police had spoken to following Garnier’s arrest — crying and appearing to tell someone Garnier had been arrested and that she needed support.The video of his girlfriend was stopped, but Garnier asked Allison to play more.“I just wanted to hear her voice,” said Garnier.Allison put his hand on Garnier’s shoulder, and he broke down, stuffing his face into his hands and crying loudly.A member of Garnier’s family could be seen crying as the video was played for the 14-member jury.Also on Monday, the jury was shown the clothing Campbell was wearing when her body was found in thick brush near the bridge.Halifax Regional Police Sgt. Andre Habib wore purple latex gloves as he pulled items from bags and held them up for the 14-member jury.He showed the court a hair clip, a strapless dress and a strapless bra — all items the 36-year-old woman was wearing when her body was found in the early hours of Sept. 16, 2015.Habib also said that toiletries, clothes and Garnier’s passport were found inside a backpack seized from the Ford Edge he was driving when he was arrested.The trial has heard the mattress from the pullout couch in the McCully Street apartment was missing. Habib testified Monday that police never found the mattress.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
OTTAWA – Jim Carr’s view of enhancing Canadian trade in Asia — and its biggest prize, China — is rosier these days because he’s seeing the possibilities through a new lens: LNG Canada’s new $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C.“The most interesting development in Canada’s relationship with China happened (Tuesday),” the new minister of international trade diversification said in an interview one day after the historic announcement to build the long-awaited LNG plant in Kitimat, B.C.“What we’ll be able to say to our potential customers is that this now is real and there will be timetables.”Carr is so buoyant about the door-opening possibilities of shipping cleaner energy across the Pacific that he categorically discounts the effect of another surprise on the trade file this past week.He sees no obstacle in the controversial clause in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that allows any of the countries to withdraw from the deal on six-month’s notice if one of the partners enters into a free trade agreement with a non-market economy — China, again.“There’s nothing in the trade agreement with Mexico and the United States that stops Canada from that. The deal has no impact on Canadian sovereignty or the capacity of the Canadian government to do business around the world,” Carr said.Carr instructed to “diversify” Canada’s trade partnersCarr’s job is to find new trading markets for Canada beyond its largest trading partner, the United States. The word “diversification” was conspicuously added to his job title during a July cabinet shuffle and the minister is clearly thrilled with what he sees as the LNG arrow in his quiver.Given the rocky, insult-laden, 14-month road to a new North American trade deal, the need to fulfill the promise of diversification has never been greater for Canada. Carr is also eyeing India, South America, and other Asian countries, as well as pushing for the speedy ratification of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.He is hoping to travel to China next month, though he stops short of calling for all-out free trade with the country that is the subject of so much Trump administration ire.“I would say there are lots of possibilities for sectoral trade. We know the LNG possibility is real. We know that the Chinese Canadian community is very interested in deepening ties.”The distinction Carr makes is significant. An attempt to launch formal free trade talks last winter stalled because Chinese leaders flatly rejected the Trudeau government’s progressive trade agenda that would have included labour, gender and Indigenous rights.And then there’s that surprise clause in the new USMCA. It requires a member country to provide notice and information to the other two partners if it plans free trade talks with a “non-market” economy. It gives the other partners a say in the text of such a deal.The Chinese embassy in Ottawa blasted the inclusion of the new clause because it unfairly targets China’s potential trading partners, and unfairly brands it as a “non market” economy.Trade experts and analysts support the careful approach that Carr advocates because it gives Canada room to talk to China without overtly angering the United States.“The Americans may still take notice but there’s nothing to stop Canada from continuing to have productive conversations with the Chinese in areas that we have common interests,” said Meredith Lilly, a trade expert at Carleton University.Lilly said the non-market economy clause is unusual and represents a new way for the Trump administration to force its allies to “pick sides” in its ongoing trade dispute with China that has seen billions of dollars of tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, and retaliation by Beijing.“You can view those as targeted at China, and the U.S. creating a template for future trade agreements with other countries beyond Mexico and Canada,” said Lilly.‘Non-market’ clause has no teeth says Mulroney era Canada-U.S. trade deal negotiatorDerek Burney, who was a key player in the Brian Mulroney government that negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal, said he’s not convinced the clause has any teeth to prevent Canada from moving forward economically with China, which he urged the government to do “as assertively” as possible.“We have misfired in our approaches to China thus far. We have to redouble those efforts and get more serious, and not just with China, but with India as well,” he said.“China’s going to be the No. 1 economy in a number of years, not decades. We’ve got to take it more seriously.”Burney said business needs to do more to find opportunities to capitalize on the major trade deals that Canada has already completed with the European Union and South Korea, among others, as well as the new TPP that the Trudeau government hopes to ratify this fall.“I don’t see as much evidence yet of our companies taking advantage of the openings that those agreements are giving us,” said Burney. “The biggest handicap in Canada is complacency. We’ve become comfortable in the cocoon of dealing with the Americans for 75 per cent of our trade.”Carr is anything but complacent.A full legislative effort is being made to ensure the rebooted TPP will be ratified this fall, giving Canada so-called first-mover advantage by being among the first six counties in the 11-country Pacific Rim pact to benefit. Meanwhile, Canada’s battalion of 1,000 trade commissioners and a newly created Invest in Canada agency are pushing hard on all fronts, said Carr.“All of it plays to the heart of our strategic investment, which is to safeguard the most important trading relationship for Canada, which we have done, while expanding possibilities, which we are doing.”
OTTAWA – The federal government says it won’t collect $6.3 billion in loans, a figure fuelled by the write off of a nearly decade-old automaker bailout that the Liberals say had no hopes of being recouped.The Liberals have written off some $3 billion in loans in each of the past two years, but they jumped past that mark in fiscal year 2017-2018.Key to the jump was a $2.6 billion writeoff that was part of a financing package the previous Conservative government made in 2009 to keep automaker Chrysler afloat and save an estimated 52,000 Canadian jobs during the recession.In 2011, former finance minister Jim Flaherty said taxpayers would likely never recoup the full value of the bailout when Chrysler repaid $1.7 billion provided to the restructured company, now known as Fiat Chrysler.There was still a US$1.125 billion loan, excluding interest, sitting on the books to the “Old Chrysler” when the Liberals took office in late 2015.The company had paid back about $238 million from its original loan, but the Liberals decided to write off the remaining principal and interest in March after officials exhausted every avenue for recovery.International Trade Minister Jim Carr blamed the terms of the loan set out by the previous government to explain his government’s decision.“At the time they handed out the loan, they knew it would be 100 per cent written off,” Carr said Monday.“The ‘Old Chrysler’ did not have an opportunity to pay it back … there are no surprises here.”Separate from the writeoffs, the government is also forgiving other debts to the tune of about $1.1 billion, including nearly $344 million that officials don’t expect to recover from student loan recipients.Combined, the annual public accounts documents show the Liberals decided in the 12 months ending in March that the government wouldn’t collect $7.4 billion owed the federal treasury — a record since they took office in late 2015.The detailed accounting documents provide an annual window into how much the government spent in the last year, what it spent money on, and just how much wasn’t spent.Lapsed spending this year, for example, totalled $10.7 billion, but the numbers in the public accounts are not always big.A review of the documents shows the government paid $58,803 in damages and other legal claims because of the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system that has left civil servants underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.Canada’s auditor general estimated in a report that the government owes underpaid employees some $369 million and overpaid others about $246 million. The total is $615 million worth of pay errors as of March 31, 2018.The Phoenix fiasco was the “one significant blemish” on the government’s books for the last fiscal year, Michael Ferguson said in his audit opinion about the public accounts.He said the number of employees affected by Phoenix pay problems has continued to grow.“The government still has not shown signs that it has reduced the impact of pay errors coming from its transformation of pay administration, which includes the Phoenix pay system,” Ferguson wrote.Federal books finished in the red last fiscal year as the government posted a second consecutive $19 billion deficit as overall spending across ministries, departments, agencies and Crown corporations hit $332.6 billion.The deficit for 2017-18 was slightly smaller than what the Liberals predicted in February’s budget.There are concerns the Liberals’ deficit-spending plan at a time of economic expansion could lead far deeper down the deficit hole in the event of a recession, fuelling criticism from the Opposition Conservatives about the lack of a road map to return to a balanced budget.
Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Jennifer Critch hopes to spend Christmas morning watching her two young daughters play with a brand new train table.But the southwestern Ontario mom is getting anxious the toy won’t be delivered in time by Canada Post, which says it is trying to clear an unprecedented backlog following a weeks-long labour disruption.Canada Post’s woes, plus Greyhound’s exit from Western Canada in October, are creating headaches for many Canadians ahead of the holiday season.Critch’s daughters, who are three and 18 months, are transfixed by the train set at their local library every time they visit and she wanted to get them something similar for home.“It was going to be their big Christmas gift this year,” she said. “I was hoping to set it up and have them wake up to it Christmas morning.”Critch doesn’t drive and lives in a rural area, so online shopping seemed like a stress-free option. But the estimated delivery date keeps slipping while the package sits in a warehouse an hour away in Mississauga, Ont.“I’m OK if I get it Christmas Eve,” she said. “I just want it before Christmas.”The federal government forced members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to their jobs late last month after five weeks of rotating strikes over pay equity, safety and other concerns.Canada Post is dealing with a parcel volume two to three times higher than normal for this time of year, said spokesman Jon Hamilton. The backlog of six million packages is concentrated in major processing centres such as Toronto and Vancouver.Guarantees that a parcel will be delivered within a specific window have been suspended until further notice.“We’re doing everything possible to deliver as much as possible, but the backlogs and the unevenness mean delivery is going to be very unpredictable,” said Hamilton. “We will deliver a lot before Christmas, but we’re continuing to monitor to see what we might not get to before Christmas.”The Crown corporation has rented 1,400 additional vehicles for deliveries and 500 more for moving items between facilities. It has also added 4,000 seasonal employees.But protests at Canada Post facilities and the prospect of nasty winter weather mean there’s no telling when it will be back to business as usual.Union national president Mike Palecek disputes the rotating strikes caused any backlogs.“They wanted to develop a line to create a sense of urgency around back-to-work legislation, which has always been Canada Post’s only game at the bargaining table,” he said.On the delivery delays, Palecek said: “This sounds to me like an issue of poor management.”Another popular shipping mode — Greyhound — is no longer an option west of Thunder Bay, Ont. Its passenger buses would often tow cargo trailers to small towns, but the carrier abandoned all but one route in Western Canada in October. Only the U.S.-run Vancouver-Seattle route remains.Greyhound’s move has driven up costs for Custom Woolen Mills, which processes wool harvested from farms around the country into blankets, socks and other goods in a rural area north of Calgary. It’s the busiest time of year for the family-run business.“Wool’s got a lot of volume. You can’t squish it down. It’s not like sending a pound of butter. A pound of wool is pretty big,” said manager Maddy Purves-Smith.She figures the mill is spending 30 per cent to 40 per cent more on shipping by courier and truck now that Greyhound is out of the picture.“Greyhound had pretty great rates and they also went all over the country. A big challenge that we’re having now with them gone is that there aren’t a ton of couriers that will service rural areas and places that are a little further off the beaten track.”
OTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin has a lost a court bid to have the public prosecutor overturn its refusal to negotiate an agreement that would see the company avoid a criminal trial.In a ruling today, the Federal Court of Canada tossed out the Montreal-based engineering company’s plea for judicial review of the 2018 decision by the federal director of public prosecutions.SNC-Lavalin faces legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to obtain government business in Libya — a case that has prompted a political storm for the Trudeau Liberals.The company unsuccessfully pressed the director of prosecutions to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a legal means of holding an organization to account for wrongdoing without a formal finding of guilt.The director told SNC-Lavalin last year that negotiating a remediation agreement would be inappropriate in this case, prompting the company to ask the Federal Court for an order requiring talks.In its ruling, the Federal Court said the law is clear that prosecutorial discretion is not subject to judicial review, except for cases where there is an abuse of process.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Canadian Press reported June 5 that repairs to some federal infrastructure in Ottawa damaged by this spring’s flooding will be covered by a previous $55-million appropriation for the National Capital Commission partly meant to pay for repairs after previous flooding in 2017.That money will cover only some of the repairs — to infrastructure such as riverfront paths where work after the last flood had not been completed. For other fixes, the commission says it will have to find money from other budgets or seek additional funding from the federal government.The Canadian Press
Take Our Poll B.C.’s Premier says he is not happy with the federal government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project for the second time, but asserted he is not giving up the fight to protect the province’s coast.John Horgan says he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning about the project and says he is “disappointed” with the move to re-approve the twinning project which would triple the amount of diluted bitumen flowing between Alberta and Burnaby.“Although a regret the federal government’s decision, it is within their authority to make that decision,” Horgan said. “It is now up to (Minister of Environment George Heyman), I, and the government of British Columbia to make sure that as this project proceeds, we have no impacts on our marine life or natural environment and we do not put at risk one of the hottest economies in the country.The province has appealed to the Supreme Court after the B.C. Court of Appeal found the province’s proposed law to give itself control over heavy oil flowing within its borders, was unconstitutional.“This is not just about this project. It’s about protecting provincial jurisdiction and ensuring that the government of British Columbia can do everything in its power to protect those things that are so important to British Columbians.”Though not happy with decision, @jjhorgan says the province is still giving permits as requested. Focus: Protecting BC’s interest while NOT obstructing work.Opposition, he says, isn’t about this project but about the province’s coast like and the future of it.#bcpoli #cdnpoli— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) June 18, 2019The province said the cost of fighting the ruling would be a fraction of the cost of a potential diluted bitumen spill.“The TMX project poses a very significant risk to our environment, our coast and our economy and we continue to assert that there are potentially catastrophic consequences of a diluted bitumen spill,” Heyman said. “We will not abandon our responsibility to protect our land and our water.”Several B.C. Indigenous communities oppose pipelineIndigenous leaders from several B.C. communities voiced their opposition to the decision at a joint news conference in Vancouver. The group vowed that the pipeline will never be built.“The federal government’s decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased, open minded decision,” Tsleil-Waututh First Nation Chief Leah George-Wilson said. “We will be appealing this decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.”“Tsleil-Waututh again engaged in consultation in good faith, but it was clear that the federal government had already made up their mind as the owners of the project.” George-Wilson said. “Unfortunately, this feels too familiar — Canada repeated many of the same mistakes from last time.”Tsleil-Waututh says its concerns include the risks and impacts of oil spills, the impacts on orcas, collapsed project economics, and the risks to Aboriginal rights and title.Tsleil-Waututh First Nation Chief Leah George-Wilson says today’s decision will be appealed in federal court. She claims #Trudeau government is in conflict of interest. #TMXpipeline #cdnpoli @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/D4ERh6AIyG— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) June 18, 2019Liberals, Greens have opposing reactions to pipeline approvalB.C. Liberal Leader and official opposition Andrew Wilkinson said today’s approval sends “a clear message to John Horgan and the NDP.”“The time for obstruction is over,” Wilkinson said in a release. “Their government needs to get out of the way and support this project.”He challenged the province’s move to spend tax payer money on another court battle.B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, however, expressed deep concern with the pipeline approval.“The Liberal government’s decision to forge ahead with the Trans Mountain Expansion project is an abdication of their responsibility to Canadians to show climate leadership,” Weaver said.He said the Indigenous consultations remained flawed and criticized the use of tax payer dollars for the controversial project.Mayor of Burnaby to fight pipelineBurnaby Mayor Mike Hurley says he will continue to fight the expansion project which would run through his city.“I am extremely disappointed – but not surprised – that the government of Canada has put oil industry profits ahead of the lives of Burnaby’s residents,” Hurley said in a release. “This decision ignored the public safety and environmental threat to people whose lives and property will be at risk if the project goes forward.”Hurley, a former firefighter, says the plan also puts first responders in danger. He said his city will apple for intervenor status in B.C.’s Supreme Court application. Do you agree with the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project?YesNoVoteView Results
The father was arrested in 2016 by a police internet child exploitation unit in Evansburg, a hamlet in a rural area west of Edmonton.Police alleged he sexually abused his daughters, who were all under 18, multiple times over a six-year period, and one of the assaults was recorded on video.The investigation involved RCMP, Edmonton Police Service, Child and Family Services, Zebra Child Protection Centre and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. (CTV Edmonton) EDMONTON — A central Alberta man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his three daughters has been sentenced to 23.5 years.The man, whose name is under a publication ban so as to not identify the victims, pleaded guilty to 10 offences that also included sexual interference and a child pornography charge.The Crown had asked for a sentence of 29 years.WATCH: Father speaks out during sentencing for sexually abusing daughters The Canadian Press
This fall, Swedish jewelry designer Efva Attling will collaborate with Yoko Ono to benefit Doctors Without Borders, a cause that Yoko Ono has been a strong supporter of throughout the years.To raise more funds for Doctors Without Borders, 30% of all proceeds from Attling’s silver collection “Imagine” will be donated to the cause. The jewelry will be available in Efva Attling concept stores, at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and online at efvaattling.com.A special “Imagine” necklace in white gold and diamonds was designed for this cause. It will be auctioned off at a silent auction that will take place in Efva Attling stores and on efvaattling.com. An entry fee of $10 will be charged for all auction entries and all proceeds will go to the cause.The auction will run from October 15th to December 10th, 2012 the day of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Doctors Without Borders provides medical care to victims of armed conflict, bring relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters, and fight deadly epidemics in nearly 70 countries around the world.
Andy Murray and Make-A-Wish UK recently made the dream of a young boy come true.Elijah and Andy MurrayCredit/Copyright: Make-A-Wish Foundation UKFrom Make-A-Wish.org.uk: For 12 year old Elijah tennis isn’t just a hobby; it’s helped him to take his mind off hospital appointments and chemotherapy since being diagnosed with cancer. So when Make-A-Wish told him his wish to meet his tennis idol Andy Murray was being granted, he was thrilled!Elijah, who met Andy at Queen’s Club during the Aegon Championships, was not only given the opportunity to watch Andy train… he also got to actually play with the No. 2 seed! He was then introduced to Andy’s close friend, Ross Hutchins, who himself is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, before they took their seats to watch the centre court action.Elijah, who is from London, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in February 2010 following a lung scan and bone marrow test. He endured a course of intensive chemotherapy followed by maintenance chemotherapy, which he finished last month. Elijah plays tennis frequently with a local club but had to stop for a while during treatment which his Mum, Catherine, described as very frustrating for him, as he dreams of one day becoming a professional tennis player.She said: “When we found out that Elijah had ALL I didn’t want to believe it – when you hear the word ‘cancer’ you become very frightened. Although the treatment stopped him playing as much, tennis has really helped to take his mind off everything that he’s had to go through.”Elijah’s Dad, Tito, who accompanied Elijah, said: “I’m speechless for all the efforts that have been put into making my son’s wish a reality. Elijah was amazed, nervous and thrilled – so many emotions flared up in such a short time that Elijah was in mute mode for a second! But when Andy approached him with such kindness it broke the ice and it all went marvellously.”After meeting Andy Elijah said: “I’m really, really, really happy; it’s been amazing!”Andy Murray said: “It was a real pleasure to meet Elijah who is a keen and talented young tennis player. Despite going through a tough few years it’s clear he’s remained very dedicated. We had a knock-up on the practice court and he certainly put me through my paces!”To see a video of Elijah’s big day, courtesy of the Lawn Tennis Association, click here. Source:Make-A-Wish UK
Leaders from the entertainment, business and philanthropic communities attended Oceana’s Partners Award Gala on Wednesday, October 30th at the Beverly Hills Wilshire to support Oceana’s efforts to protect the world’s oceans.Hillary Clinton at 2013 Oceana Partners Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom VickersFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and HBO CEO Richard Plepler were the night’s special guests and spoke about the importance of Oceana’s work and ocean conservation.Carly Simon, Jane Fonda and Melanie Griffith at Oceana Partners Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom Vickers“More and more people appreciate what the oceans mean to them” said Clinton. “As Secretary of State, I had the great privilege of working on behalf of all of you to try and bring international agreements to the forefront, and Oceana helps to focus the mind on what needs to be done. We know what can work, and Oceana works to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to health.”Kate Walsh and Kristin DavisCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom Vickers“HBO has a long history of using our voice to illuminate issues and challenges that face our planet. So it’s our honor to support the remarkable work of Oceana” remarked Plepler.Natasha Bedingfield and Carly SimonCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom VickersKeith Addis, Oceana’s President of the Board and event chairman said, “All the support received tonight will directly benefit Oceana and help to make sure that the world’s oceans are filled with life and can provide food to billions of people and employment to hundreds of millions of workers around the world.”Celebrity attendees included Oceana board member Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen, Diane Lane, Jane Fonda, Kate Walsh, Kristin Davis, Sam Trammell, Maria Menounos, Cobie Smulders, Constance Zimmer, Sam Waterston, Melanie Griffith, Seth MacFarlane, Laura Dern, Harvey Weinstein, Ed Begley Jr., Dean Norris, Angela Kinsey, Austin Nichols, Dennis Haysbert, Emily Osment and more.“I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I’ve never been more excited than I am right now” commented actor and Oceana Board of Directors member, Ted Danson. “The prospects of having a vibrant ocean with sustainable fisheries are near.”In addition to inspiring remarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton, guests were treated to a live musical performance from award winning recording artists Carly Simon and Natasha Bedingfield, along with Ben Taylor, the son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, and the Hamilton High School Choir.The Partners Award Gala would not have been possible without the generous help from the event chairs and hosts, including Keri Selig & Keith Addis, Heather Thomas & Skip Brittenham, Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson , Calista Flockhart Ford & Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Brian Grazer, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Cheryl & Ron Howard, Lyn & Norman Lear, Sonny Ward & Michael Lombardo, Kelly & Ron Meyer, Trudie Styler & Sting, Sandy & Kevin Tsujihara, Joyce & John Varvatos, Lynn & Sam Waterston, and Noelle & Dick Wolf.Leading online charity auction site, CharityBuzz is hosting a companion digital auction for the event at www.charitybuzz.com/oceana. The auction will be live until November 6th and includes auction lots such as a 7 Day Yacht Charter to the Pacific in 2014 Aboard the Luxurious Expedition Vessel, Plan B; visits to the sets of exciting television shows CSI and Under the Dome and lunch with stars Ted Danson and Dean Norris; seven incredible adventures provided by The Magnificent 7 – Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada; Corum timepieces, tickets to see Jeff Goldblum in DOMESTICATED and coffee with the star, stunning artwork courtesy of Peter Lik, Christopher Leidy, Peter Tunney and much more. Please visit www.charitybuzz.com/oceana to place your bid in support of Oceana and the Partners Award Gala today.
Vans named Carlsbad High School of Carlsbad, Calif. as the grand-prize winner of the sixth annual Vans Custom Culture design competition and awarded a $50,000 donation toward the school’s arts education program.Victoria Justice helped select a $50,000 grand prize winner at the Vans Custom Culture competition at Industria Superstudio on June 9At the final event held on June 9 at Industria Superstudios in New York City, a panel of notable judges including actress Victoria Justice, celebrity baker Amirah Kassem, musician Bea Miller, artist and author Dallas Clayton and Vans professional surfer Joel Tudor selected the winning custom Vans shoe designs among a talented group of top five finalist schools. For the remaining finalists – Circleville High School (Circleville, Ohio), Foothill High School (Henderson, N.V.), McCracken County High (Paducah, K.Y.) and Parker High School (Parker, S.D.) – Vans awarded each with $4,000 toward their arts programs.Six years in, Vans Custom Culture continues to inspire creativity and individuality among high school students across the nation. Each year, Custom Culture has challenged them to create their own unique pairs of Vans for a chance to fund art education at their school. Nearly 3,000 high schools – the most in competition history – participated in this year’s event, designing four pairs of blank Vans based on four themes: Action Sports, Art, Music and Local Flavor. The winning design has the opportunity to be produced and sold in select Vans retail stores, as well as online at Vans.com.“Year after year, Vans Custom Culture surpasses our wildest expectations, from the level of high school participation nationwide to the student creativity we see in all of the designs that come through as part of the competition,” said Kevin Bailey, VF Action Sports Coalition and Vans President. “With arts education budgets continuing to suffer across the nation, Vans is thrilled to provide a platform to help talented youth find their creative voice and express themselves through art and design. Vans hopes that Custom Culture will inspire others to take up the cause of underfunding of public school arts education and further provide opportunities for creative expression.”Vans Custom Culture partners truth and Journeys also provided participating schools with an additional opportunity to raise funds for their art programs. Journeys selected the display that best represents the “local flavor” theme from the top five finalists. truth, the nation’s most successful and longest running youth smoking prevention campaign, inspired the 50 semi-finalists with the fact that in 2014, only 8% of teens still smoked. That’s down from 23% in 2000. truth challenged the students to customize a skate deck by imagining what it looks like when smoking is finished for good. Carlsbad High School from Carlsbad, California won both the truth and Journeys prices respectively $10,000 and $15,000 to benefit its arts education program.Join in the Vans Custom Culture conversation by using the hashtag #VansCustomCulture and at www.vans.com/customculture to get all of the details on the winner of the 2015 competition.
On Sunday, October 18, 2015, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) will be participating in the Love Ride grand finale, a single-day motorcycle fundraising event, and the longest running event of its kind in the world.Since 1981, Love Ride and its supporters have raised over $24 million for a variety of local and national causes. This year’s Love Ride is concluding decades of charitable work, in conjunction with Southern California Harley-Davidson (HD) Dealers Association, will support WWP. Love Ride is a proud advocate of WWP’s purpose to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.Grand Marshall Jay Leno and the award-winning Foo Fighters will join to-be-announced special guests in their final Southern California performance of the year. In its three-decade history, the Love Ride has featured a host of celebrity participants such as Malcolm Forbes, Peter Fonda, Larry Hagman, Steven Tyler, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.When participants sign up for the Love Ride, they can support WWP by building a custom fundraising page through the Kintera site. After registering, donors can refer family and friends to their personal pages for contributions. For added fun, Love Ride is offering incentive prizes for different levels of fundraising. All donations will go through the Love Ride Foundation and at the close of the event, 100% of the proceeds will benefit WWP.Donors can register for Love Ride 32, the Grand Finale by clicking here and selecting the “Love Ride Registration” button at the left. The cost of the event is $45 in advance and $60 on the day of the event. All participants who pre-register will receive a “Love Ride 32” patch, and the first 5,000 Love Ride registrants will receive a “Love Ride 32” pin. Love Ride 32 will also include a spectacular opportunity prize raffle. Prizes will include: a Harley-Davidson 2015 Street Glide, a fully paid trip to the HD Manufacturing Factory and Museum with airfare/hotel paid and more.Participants who wish to attend the Love Ride Foo Fighter concert only can purchase tickets here. Love Ride 32 will continue its tradition of kicking off the event with a morning concert with The Long Run – Experience the Eagles, a celebrity-filled press conference followed by a 5-mile motorcycle trek led by Grand Marshal Jay Leno, from Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA to Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Suzanne Boyd, left, and Natasha Koifman put on their gala gowns for our poolside shoot at Koifman’s Toronto home. They are organizing the star-studded Artists for Peace and Justice Gala during TIFF in September. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR) | ORDER THIS PHOTO High-low is something clearly not lost on the social media powerhouse, and founder of the eponymously named NKPR, standing here in a space that’s a cubist glass structure wedged into an older coach house with a red-bricked roof, attached at one point to a house that was once residence to long-gone rail magnate (and party animal) William Mackenzie.In a home that is now a vision in black and white — contemporary Bel-Air, if you will — complete with a pang-causing collection of photography (see: the Bert Sterns original of Marilyn Monroe in one room), she’s surrounded by a phalanx of assistants, pinging out to-do lists.Sometime later, when our guilty grub has arrived, and Koifman has changed into a plunging Zuhair Murad gown she’s picked out for the Toronto Star shoot we have planned, I notice the choice diamond on one of the fingers ducking into a packet of fries. On her own to-do list of late, as it happens: get engaged.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We’re ordering McDonald’s,” announces one of Toronto’s more glamorous PR pros when I shuffle into her extra-fashionable house, tucked away near Casa Loma, on a cul-de-sac shrouded in shrubbery that’s Lagerfeld-worthy.“Would you like something?” follows up Natasha Koifman, her eyes Bambi-bright and her hair falling down in artful tussles.One can’t say no to Mickey Dee fries, now can we? Paging UberEats. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
Advertisement Facebook LOS ANGELES — In a wholly unprecedented move, Kevin Spacey is being cut from Ridley Scott’s finished film All the Money in the World and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters.People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. All of Spacey’s scenes will be reshot, the people told The Associated Press. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.Scott, who is known to be an efficient director, is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date. Kevin Spacey, left, and Christopher Plummer.AP LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Representatives for Scott did not immediately return email messages seeking comment.The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey, who has also been fired from House of Cards and dropped by his talent agency and publicist.All the Money in the World was primed for a plush awards season release from distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment and its advertising campaign, which prominently features Spacey, has been public for about a month already. But its plans have been in question since Spacey’s reputation has diminished over the past week with harassment allegations growing daily.The film chronicles the events surrounding the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother’s attempt to convince J. Paul Getty, his billionaire grandfather, to pay the ransom.The 87-year-old Plummer was reportedly Scott’s first choice for the role of J. Paul Getty, but the director was pressured into casting a bigger name. Plummer is probably best known for The Sound of Music. He won his first Oscar in 2012 for the film Beginners.One of the people close to the production said that Scott’s plan caught Sony by surprise, but the studio is supporting the switch.The trade publication Deadline first reported the news. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
“It was a tremendous opportunity to inhabit another woman that was completely unlike any character I had played,” Lehman says in an interview. “I was really intrigued and challenged by this, and I really loved the chance to play something truly different.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Kristin Lehman in the Netflix series Altered Carbon (KATIE YU/NETFLIX) Facebook Advertisement As femme fatale Miriam Bancroft in Netflix’s big budget science fiction series Altered Carbon, Kristin Lehman will be unrecognizable to some fans.Her last Canadian series featured her as tough-talking, leather-jacketed detective Angie Flynn in CTV’s Motive, a spiritual successor to streetwise 1970s TV cops; less Angie Dickinson, more Karl Malden.In that show, Flynn’s prized possession was a 1984 Oldsmobile Hurst. This time around she plays the glamorous, Grecian-robed, socialite wife of one of the richest men in the world who has an island of clones at her disposal, allowing her to live like an immortal. Advertisement
Amanda Woodhouse Advertisement Log in to leave a comment Avan Jogia (Photo Courtesy of Starz) Twitter 1 COMMENT Avan Jogia (Shaft, Tut, Ghost Wars) has been cast as the lead in Now Apocalypse, Starz’s half-hour comedy series from Kaboom’s Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh. (Avan is represented by The Characters Talent Agency)Co-written by Araki, who also directs, and Vogue.com sex columnist Karley Sciortino, Now Apocalypse is a 10-episode surreal, coming-of-age comedy series that follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends Carly, Ford and Severine, who are on various quests pursing love, sex and fame. Now Apocalypse explores identity, sexuality and artistry, while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles.Jogia’s Ulysses, a recent transplant to Los Angeles, is struggling to find his place in the world. Something of a thrill seeker, Ulysses admits that he’s always had an attraction to and fear of the unknown and is plagued by recurring nightmares, which he believes are a portent for a vast, sinister conspiracy. Jun-10-18 at 5:52 am Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Congratulations that is amazing, look forward to seeing it. Another Canadian Icon. One day i will get my break like that too. 🙂 Login/Register With: Advertisement
Login/Register With: The UBCP/ACTRA Awards will be held at the Vancouver Playhouse on the evening of Saturday, November 23rd.Tickets for the event will be available to Members closer to the time through a lottery process.CLICK A CATEGORY BELOW TO SUBMIT Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter