Bid On Tony Hawks Motorbike For Charity

first_imgHere is your chance to bid on a 2012 Triumph Bonneville T100 110th Anniversary Edition from skateboarder Tony Hawk.Custom treatments include the following to create a genuine café racer: café racer handle bars, bobbed front and rear fenders, small headlight, performance exhaust, wide rear tire kit, oversize front tire kit, blacked out trim, and shaved/relocated turn signals. This one-of-a-kind, limited edition bike comes with a numbered handlebar clamp to maintain the uniqueness and collectibility of the model.Originally priced at $10,499, this bike is now valued at more than $15,000. 100% of the money raised from this bike goes directly to the Tony Hawk Foundation a registered 501c3 non-profit organization empowering at-risk youth through the creation of free, public skatepark projects.The auction is open until August 18 and can be accessed here.last_img read more

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Jennifer Hudson Covert Scandal Manager

first_imgJennifer Hudson is starring in a Funny or Die PSA which tells Americans how they can sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.Funny or Die states: Jennifer Hudson is searching for a scandal. Too bad the Affordable Care Act fixes all of them.The tongue-in-cheek video explains how young people can be covered on their parents’ insurance until they are 26, how pre-existing conditions such as asthma cannot prevent a person from being covered, and more.Video: Scandalous with Jennifer HudsonEnrollment begins today, October 1, 2013, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014. For up-to-date information on how to sign up and what is covered, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/.last_img read more

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Songs For The Philippines Released On iTunes

first_imgThe global music community has come together for the worldwide release today of a new compilation that features the biggest names in music to raise money for those affected by supertyphoon Haiyan in The Philippines.“Songs for the Philippines,” a unique collection of 39 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, is now available worldwide on iTunes.The artists, record companies and music publishers who are collaborating on this project together with iTunes have all agreed to donate proceeds from “Songs For The Philippines” to the relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross. “Songs For The Philippines” is available now globally through iTunes.Check out “Songs For The Philippines” as an iTunes Radio “First Play” in the US with streaming proceeds also going to the relief efforts of the Philippines Red Cross.The “Songs For The Philippines” track listing is as follows: 1. The Beatles – “Across The Universe” 2. Bob Dylan – “Shelter From The Storm” 3. Michael Buble – “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” 4. U2 – “In A Little While” 5. Bruno Mars – “Count On Me” 6. Beyonce – “I Was Here” 7. Eminem – “Stan” (Live from BBC Radio 1) 8. Cher – “Sirens” 9. Adele – “Make You Feel My Love” 10. Katy Perry – “Unconditionally” (Johnson Somerset Remix) 11. One Direction – “Best Song Ever” 12. fun. – “Carry On” 13. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” (The Country Road version) 14. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” 15. Justin Bieber – “I Would” 16. Alicia Keys – “New Day” 17. Imagine Dragons – “30 Lives” 18. Madonna – “Like A Prayer” 19. Pink – “Sober” 20. Kylie Minogue – “I Believe In You” 21. Enrique Iglesias – “Hero” 22. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Factory Of Faith” 23. Linkin Park – “Roads Untraveled” 24. Kings Of Leon – “Use Somebody” 25. Muse – “Explorers” 26. Lorde – “The Love Club” 27. Josh Groban – “Brave” 28. Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger” 29. Paolo Nutini – “Simple Things” 30. Ellie Goulding – “I Know You Care” 31. James Blunt – “Carry You Home” 32. Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment” 33. Earth, Wind & Fire – “Sign On” 34. apl.de.ap – “Going Out” feat Damian Leroy 35. Sara Bareilles – “Brave” 36. Jessica Sanchez – “Lead Me Home” 37. Lily Allen – “Smile” 38. The Fray – “Love Don’t Die” 39. The Beatles – “Let It Be”All proceeds from “Songs For The Philippines” will be directed to the Philippine Red Cross.Go to www.songsforphilippines.com for more details.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Montreals Queer Performance Camp is a rare opportunity to create

first_imgAdvertisement Alexis O’Hara (Sigi Pablo)The workshops include “Hello Sunday Morning! Queer Rave Afterglow,” which runs the same morning that Trudeau and company gear up for the Pride Parade. Put on  by performer, choreographer and curator Andrew Tay (who will be very busy this weekend — he also has a show at Toronto’s SummerWorks), it’s described as “part dance party, part ritual, totally irrational,” which sounds like quite the event for a Sunday at 10 a.m. This weekend Montreal celebrates Pride, which will surely be anticipated by many thanks to Justin Trudeau’s first appearance in the parade as Prime Minister. But there’s a concurrent, brand new series of events being organized by a group of people with no official affiliation to Pride that is just as worthy of your attention.From today through August 15, Montreal’s Studio 303 is putting on the inaugural Queer Performance Camp, a non-commercial, non-corporate approach to community building that offers participants an opportunity to explore, create, perform and network through a series of daytime workshops facilitated by a wide range of “queer artist guides.” It’s open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, though its focus is on providing a safe space where “queer is the dominant culture.”“I’ve wanted to do this for a while,” says Miriam Ginestier, General and Artistic Director at Studio 303. “It affirms Studio 303’s latent, queer identity. It’s part of our identity and we really need to have an event that says ‘queer’ out loud. It is a bit of a pilot project. But I think people are really excited about it and feel that it is necessary.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn shares highs and heartaches in new memoir

first_img“Just Between You and Me” takes its name from April Wine’s first single to break into the Billboard top 20. The track off the 1981 album “The Nature of the Beast” became the group’s biggest success, selling more than a million copies in the U.S. that year and earning international platinum status. In 2008, Goodwyn was heading to a Montreal airport to catch a flight to Halifax where April Wine was headlining an event. The Woodstock, N.B.-born singer-songwriter passed out as a result of severe intoxication. The alcohol abuse led to internal bleeding and blood loss so severe he would have died within 24 hours without hospitalization. “It’s not the perfect world for me, but I’ve been very lucky, I’m very grateful. And like I say, I’m still doin’ it so it can’t be that bad,” he added, laughing. “I’m still out there doing it, and I’d miss it if I didn’t do it.”Lauren La Rose – The Canadian Press “There was one moment that changed the course of things, and for me, that was it: realizing my mortality, realizing I was dying and I didn’t know it,” recalled Goodwyn during a recent interview in downtown Toronto. Advertisement Login/Register With: April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn has experienced his share of highs and heartaches in and out of the spotlight, but a near brush with death motivated the musician to steer towards a smoother path. “I never had the confidence. I didn’t even like my singing at all, the sound of my voice until many albums into the journey,” he admitted. “I like to be surrounded by people. I’m a very quiet person. “I was sick for a long time. I was skin and bones,” added Goodwyn, who was treated in a hospital near Montreal followed by a stint at a Toronto rehab facility. “After I was well again, I thought of how lucky I was and how grateful, and I started thinking about putting a lot of things down on paper.” “It messed up the whole family,” he recalled. “It was difficult for my dad, and there were three young boys, so it was a very dysfunctional family after that. Luckily, I had music to turn to.” Goodwyn joined forces with brothers David and Ritchie Henman and their cousin Jim Henman to form April Wine in Nova Scotia in 1969, and later relocated to Montreal. Over more than a decade, the group developed a catalogue stacked with hits including “Tonight is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love,” “You Won’t Dance With Me” and the Hot Chocolate cover “You Could Have Been A Lady.” “Keith Richards got busted for heroin and that was big news,” he said. “Charlie Watts and Billy Wyman were private people. But (Mick) Jagger, on the other hand, was right in your face. Wonderful big smile. I find him very personable. In the opening pages of his new memoir “Just Between You and Me” (HarperCollins), an unsettling scene plays out far from the concert stage. “Watching him warm up in the afternoon, getting on this little stage, bouncing up and down, he’s a real pro. He’s in the moment always.” Facebook The memoir chronicles Goodwyn’s steady climb to stardom as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock group, which was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The book also delves into Goodwyn’s tough upbringing in rural Nova Scotia and how he coped with his mother’s death from brain cancer before he turned 11. Advertisement Among his tales of life on the road, Goodwyn recalled the band sharing the stage with the Rolling Stones in 1977 for a pair of shows at Toronto’s El Mocambo club, which were recorded by both bands for live albums. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “When we formed April Wine … there were three singers, three musicians, and so we shared the duties, and so that was OK. But as time went on, I became more to the front of the group just because of circumstances, my writing and so forth,” he continued. While the band has experienced a revolving door of lineup changes, Goodwyn has remained the constant and continues to lead April Wine on tours. Despite his foray into solo work, he never had the desire to go it entirely alone. Twitterlast_img read more

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Dear Film Festivals 10 Things Id Like You to Stop Doing Love

first_imgHow can a film festival position itself better to attract great submissions and talent? One filmmaker weighs in.For the last 12 years, I have been teaching producing, directing and film business at Confederation College, in a film program in Canada. My short films have been executive produced by top directors, such as David Cronenberg, Paul Haggis and Roger Corman. My work has selected by hundreds of film festivals over the years, and I have presented practical film festival workshops in England, Australia, Canada and the U.S. I’m currently nearing the end of a year-long festival run with my directorial feature debut, The Pineville Heist. In short, I’ve seen a lot of film festivals in my time. And when MovieMaker gave me the chance to contribute this op-ed, I thought of 10 things I’d like to banish from the festival circuit forever. So:1. Poor CommunicationI get it. Thousands apply, and every programmer’s inbox is filled to the brim with eager filmmakers wanting to know where to send Blu-rays and schedules. But waiting forever to hear back from a festival is frustrating. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: A simple solution is to ensure your website is up-to-date. Provide a Q&A section to answer questions. If your selection dates change, update your website and social media pages so filmmakers are aware. If you do this, we will email less often! If the festival seems unorganized and fails to respond or provide information, I may not invest the $1,000+ it could cost to show up.2. Being Late to Select FilmsI love going to festivals, meeting new people, seeing cool films and sharing my movie with new audiences. But when a festival selects my movie five days before its event, flights are inevitably more expensive to pay for. A minimum of six weeks notice on selections would probably allow more filmmakers to attend. Flights, hotels and car hire can make attendance out of reach, especially when the airfare costs can more than double when the journey is less than a month away.3. Being Slow to Release Nominations and Award NewsWho doesn’t want to walk away with a nomination or two—or better yet, an award? Sadly, some filmmakers can’t be there for the gala events, especially without notice. So please release the nomination list in advance.One U.S. festival I submitted to went dark for three months. No social media posts, no web updates—nothing. Then suddenly I learned we’d won an award, months later. No email. No communication. Thanks for the award, but I had given up on the event. In today’s instant world of technology, a festival should have the award list update ready, so that the filmmakers can get the news with a simple click.4. Holding Multiple Events at the Same TimeHolding multiple screenings may allow a festival to select more films, but it comes with a price. On numerous occasions, a local favorite with an entourage or a film with star power has drained away the festival crowd and left my screening, virtually empty. Or the cool new friends you just met can’t attend your screening, because they have to be at their own screenings at the same time. Sure, bigger festivals may need to take this route, but if you are a smaller, local or regional festival, consider promoting one movie at a time. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Canadas Linda Evangelista From supermodel to mom to antiaging evangelist

first_imgLinda Evangelista with Mario Grauso, Holt Renfrew president, at a dinner held at Holt Renfrew in her honour. (GEORGE PIMENTEL) Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: “They asked, ‘Who said, “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10K a day?”’ . . . and he screamed ‘Mommy!’ And then: ‘Linda Evangelista!’ I couldn’t believe it. He came home with the biggest prize . . . it was a miniature pool table or something. He couldn’t get it through the door!” It pays to be Linda Evangelista’s son.More than 25 years after she uttered one of the most famous lines in fashion history — “We don’t wake up for less than $10,00 a day” — she filled me in the other night in Toronto about her 11-year-old son getting wind of the wily quote not so long ago.It was when they had heard it riffed on in the animated TV series Teen Titans, of all places, and she’d had to explain it to him, shortly after which dear Augustin, her boy, serendipitously found himself in a trivia competition at the family-friendly haunt Dave & Busters.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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The song pitch 9 tips for getting your songs heard by major

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement We spoke to a music industry veteran to get 9 tips on how to perfect your song pitch and maximize your chances of major artists hearing – and possibly recording – one of your original songs.Have you ever written a song that you absolutely love but could never see yourself performing? If so, you’re not alone – and you’re not alone if you’ve ever daydreamed about having such songs performed by the likes of Sam Smith, Mariah Carey, Selina Gomez, or any other world-famous recording artist.The big question is: how do you get there? It’s one thing to pen an amazing song and another to convince a major artist to record it – or to even get it heard by the right people in the first place. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Peter Coquillard is a senior executive at Milk & Honey Music, a top Los Angeles-based music management, A&R, and marketing firm. Here are some tips from the industry veteran on how to perfect your song pitch and maximize your chances of major artists hearing – and possibly recording – one of your original songs. Advertisementlast_img read more

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NEW LOOK MORE CONTENT MASS MARKETING CAMPAIGN INTRODUCES CANADIANS TO THE ALLNEW

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO (November 12, 2018) – Crave, Canada’s premiere entertainment service, rolls out a multi-platform national marketing campaign today following its launch earlier this month. With new creative designed in-house by the Bell Media Agency, the campaign showcases the unparalleled breadth and quality of Crave’s content offering by highlighting marquee titles such as GAME OF THRONES, RAY DONOVAN, and Wonder Woman across all platforms.The largest ever for the service, the campaign is anchored by the Crave Hotel, a free experiential marketing activation at Toronto’s Broadview Hotel on November 15, and an extensive takeover of Toronto’s Union Station beginning November 19. With an all-new brand featuring an updated logo, new brand colours, and a sleek new app icon, marketing assets continue rolling out across broadcast, radio, out-of-home, digital, and social media this week. Twitter To illustrate the unrivalled offering of the all-new Crave, the print, online, and on-air campaigns focus on “content-mashups.” Each mashup uses a playful and comedic tone to tie different titles together with one theme, such as “Women” – the other woman from THE AFFAIR, the wonder woman in Wonder Woman, and the women in red from THE HANDMAID’S TALE. Similarly, “Relationships” looks at breakups (DIVORCE), make-ups (The Greatest Showman), and hook-ups (The Shape of Water).Video Playerhttps://ebosscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Crave-TV-Video_01a.mp400:0000:0000:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Open to the public for a one-night-only exclusive engagement, Thursday, Nov. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, the Crave Hotel is a free, large-scale consumer activation that takes over one floor of Toronto’s Broadview Hotel (106 Broadview Avenue). Once inside, guests are immersed in Crave, a dynamic, shareable experience that provides a taste of the exclusive and original programming available only through the service. Rooms and spaces inside the Crave Hotel include:WESTWORLD: step into the headquarters of the Delos Corporation and the iconic Westworld Saloon and witness the robot ‘hosts’ in action.GAME OF THRONES: guests travel to Westeros to visit Cersei’s iconic Map Room and take their place on the Iron Throne.LETTERKENNY: pull up a chair at the Letterkenny produce stand and step inside the locker room of the Letterkenny Shamrocks.The Shape of Water: enter a recreation of Eliza’s apartment to discover the amphibian friend she’s been keeping secret in her bathtubThe Crave Hotel concept was developed and executed by the Bell Media Agency in partnership with BSTREET Communications and Leo Burnett Worldwide.Beginning Monday, Nov. 19, commuters will experience the all-new Crave with a complete branding domination of Toronto’s Union Station. The takeover is the campaign’s largest out-of-home activation, with posters, murals, screens, wrapped stairways and pillars, and video screens showcasing the new creative and content. A massive transit shelter takeover is also ramping up across the country, including more than 900 bus shelters rolling out in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Victoria.In addition to these large-scale activations, :10, :15, and :30 promos are now on-air nationally, while billboards can now be seen in cities across Canada including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, and Calgary. Beginning November 23, Crave promos will be featured amongst the movie trailers in more than 50 theatres across the country, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Additionally, Bell Media’s iconic 299 Queen Street West location in downtown Toronto is also getting the full treatment, with a complete building wrap and a hand-painted mural at the corner of Queen and John streets.The all-new Crave is available through participating television providers and directly to consumers on Crave.ca, iOS, and Android.Social Media links Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img  @HBOCanada @CraveCanada @Crave_PR HBOCanada HBOCanada CraveCanadaAbout Crave:Delivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s premium entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet via iOS and Android, and on AppleTV. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay, and digital platforms. Visit our website at www.Crave.ca. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Oliver dysfunctional comments not referring to First Nations in general

first_imgAPTN National NewsJoe Oliver, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, has come under fire recently for suggesting that Aboriginal communities are “socially dysfunctional”  in comments to the Vancouver Board of Trade.In this interview with APTN National News anchor Michael Hutchinson, Oliver addresses the comment, as well as Keystone XL, the Prosperity mine, and upcoming changes to the Fisheries Act.last_img

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Devolution of the North Part 2

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe debate over devolution in the Northwest Territories is a highly contentious issue, one that has split the territory’s First Nations.The agreement has come under fire over how much power will be placed in the hands of the territorial government and how much will be left with the territory’s First Nations.With a look at the current battle over who gets what here’s APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier.last_img

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Israel to soon release Maori TV journalists detained on Gaza flotilla ship

first_img(Maori Television reporter Ruwani Perera (pictured) and video journalist Jake Bryant are safe and will soon be allowed to return to New Zealand, the network said Monday. Photo courtesy of Maori Television)APTN National NewsA Maori Television reporter and video journalist aboard a ship headed to Gaza and intercepted by Israeli authorities early Monday could soon be allowed to return home, according to the network.Maori Television said New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Ministry informed the network that reporter Ruwani Perera and video journalist Jake Bryant were safe and would soon be allowed to return to New Zealand, the network said Monday.Read release here: MFAT confirms safety of Native Affairs reporter and cameramanPerera and Bryant were on the ship “Marianne” which was headed to Gaza. The ship was intercepted by Israeli forces early Monday morning local time. Two other ships with the flotilla turned back after the interception.Maori Television said New Zealand officials recently spoke with Perera. The reporter told the officials that Israeli authorities treated them with “respect” and she was not required to sign any documents, the network said.The network said it was working with New Zealand officials from the country’s embassy in Ankara, Turkey.Israeli authorities seized Perera’s phone which will be turned over to New Zealand authorities in three days.About 20 people were on the ship intercepted by Israeli authorities.The Marianne was part of the “Freedom Flotilla Coalition” which was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. The Maori Television journalists were invited by Kia Ora Gaza to document the mission.“Throughout all of this the planning and the processes, the safety of our crew was paramount to Maori Television and the safe return of our crew is the priority,” said Maramena Roderick, Maori Television’s Head of News and Current Affairs. “We appreciate the assistance of embassy officials to bring our crew home. The contingency plans we had all worked so carefully are now falling into place.”Perera, a Native Affairs reporter with Maori Television, and Bryant boarded the flotilla in Sicily, Italy, about 10 days ago, the network said.The network said Perera and Bryant were expected to arrive back in New Zealand within days.Perera is a 12-year veteran journalist who previously worked for Television New Zealand before joining Maori Television.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Bank of Canada governors communication approach under scrutiny at conference

first_imgOTTAWA – The central bank governor’s communications style is under a microscope — but the jury is still out on whether he needs to change his strategy.Experts shared a range of views Thursday at a Bank of Canada conference about governor Stephen Poloz’s messaging ahead of his interest-rate decisions, which included a hike last week that caught some analysts by surprise.The rate decision attracted open criticism from forecasters over the fact the bank didn’t offer more-explicit signals about its intentions beforehand.Others, however, have dismissed the concerns. They’ve argued that stronger-than-expected economic numbers released before the rate increase provided more than enough information to persuade markets that, despite the bank’s silence, a hike was on the way.The debate over central bank communications emerged as a central theme at the Bank of Canada headquarters, where dozens of the country’s top economic experts gathered for a conference on monetary policy.Attendees offered different opinions as well as some advice on the issue.Some suggested the bank offer a consistent level of public transparency when it comes to its expected interest-rate path, while others recommended senior officials spend more time updating the public.But those perspectives were countered by experts who insist there’s no need for the bank to give more signals to markets, which economists often refer to as “forward guidance.”The issue made headlines in recent days after BMO chief economist Doug Porter wrote a paper to clients calling the central bank’s pre-decision communications an “epic” failure.Porter said he had no problem with the rate hike itself, because the stronger economy had made a solid case for it.But he argued the bank caused significant uncertainty and a “fairly violent” market reaction by not making any public remarks for about two months before the rate increase.In contrast, critics have also noted that, ahead of the bank’s July rate increase, Poloz sent clear signals he had shifted to a rate-hiking path.Porter’s criticism caught the central bank’s attention, which responded with a detailed defence.The bank argued that a large percentage of traders had correctly read Poloz’s most-recent messaging in July, which had indicated future rate decisions would be guided by economic data. Market expectations in the days before the announcement showed the odds of a hike were about 50-50, bank spokesman Jeremy Harrison said.Harrison also pointed to the unexpectedly strong numbers for second-quarter growth released less than a week before the rate announcement — during the bank’s pre-decision blackout period. The bank has a policy of avoiding any external communications about the economic outlook and monetary policy in the week before rate decisions are announced.With so much attention paid to the issue in recent days, it became an unofficial theme of a conference on the renewal of the bank’s inflation-targeting commitment in 2021. The issue popped up on stage during panel discussions and on the sidelines of the event.After the conference, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said she’d like to study transparency and communications suggestions that could add clarity that’s useful for credibility, anchoring expectations and avoiding unproductive volatility.“My hope is that there’s some way to interact that makes it easier for people to understand how we think about the economy, what information is important to us and how that might be evolving,” Wilkins told reporters.“My hope is that we will continue to improve that. My assessment is that, in general, it’s OK. It’s pretty good.”Wilkins said if the bank decides to increase the number of speeches and news conferences, those changes could be implemented soon.During one session, panellist Michelle Alexopoulos, a University of Toronto economist, said the debate over how the bank communicated — or did not communicate — its thoughts before the July and September hikes suggests that forward guidance should become a regular tool to ensure consistency.“If we don’t want to give it all the time, that’s fine, but we should give some guidance as to when we’re going to use the guidance so that we’re not actually caught in some situations where individuals are guessing,” Alexopoulos told the audience, which included Poloz himself.She suggested the bank introduce a form of “conditional” forward guidance to leave it some wiggle room in case of sudden economic changes.But others said Poloz doesn’t need to adjust his communications.Don Drummond, a Queen’s University professor, said he didn’t think the recent rate hike hinged on the strong growth number released just days before the decision.The economy, he added, had been showing strength for a while.“I think the onus is on everybody else — why wouldn’t they raise interest rates?” said Drummond, who sat beside Poloz in the audience at conference.“I would have been shocked if they had not gone ahead and taken that as an opportunity to raise interest rates. So, I think there’s some misunderstanding about how monetary policy is geared.”Drummond, a former senior official with the federal Finance Department, also said there’s an incorrect notion out there that monetary policy is a precise science.Poloz did not address the conference, which included many international experts.About three years ago, Poloz announced the bank would move away from forward guidance, which was adopted by the bank in the wake of the financial crisis.At the time, he said forward guidance reduced uncertainty for markets about the path of interest rates when they were already at a very low level.However, Poloz noted guidance could also create significant volatility when markets perceived the bank was preparing to change its position.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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US retail sales leapt 16 pct last month most in 2 12

first_imgWASHINGTON – Americans increased their spending at retailers last month by the most in two and a half years, driven by strong auto sales as residents of hurricane-ravaged areas replaced destroyed cars.The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 1.6 per cent in September, after slipping 0.1 per cent in August. Auto sales jumped 3.6 per cent, the most since March 2015. Gas sales climbed 5.8 per cent, the most in four and a half years, likely reflecting price spikes after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Even excluding the volatile auto and gas categories, sales rose a solid 0.5 per cent, up from a 0.1 per cent gain in August.Consumers are optimistic about the economy, unemployment has hit a 16-year low, and wages have ticked up in recent months. That should boost spending in the coming months.last_img read more

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Amtrak didnt wait for system that couldve prevented wreck

first_imgThe rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle came at a deadly cost — critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was not active before the train set off on its maiden voyage.Work to install the sophisticated, GPS-based technology known as positive train control isn’t expected to be completed until next spring on the newly opened 15-mile (24-kilometre) span where the train derailed, according to Sound Transit, the public agency that owns the tracks.The train was going 80 mph (129 kph) in a 30 mph (48 kph) zone Monday when it raced off the rails as they curved toward a bridge, hurtling train cars onto a highway below, investigators said. Three people were killed, and dozens were injured. Federal investigators say they are looking into whether the engineer was distracted.A positive train control system could have detected the speeding and automatically applied the brakes to stop the train, said Najmedin Meshkati, a University of Southern California professor who has studied the technology for three decades.“It is another layer of safety,” he said.Amtrak and the Washington Department of Transportation started publicizing the switch to the new route in October. Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson said that “no one wants PTC more than me” but would not directly answer questions about why it is taking so long to get the speed-control technology up and running across the board.“I’m a huge believer in positive train control,” he said at a news conference Tuesday evening. “It just makes so much scientific sense.”Anderson said the company’s safety culture can continue to improve and said the crash should be seen as a “wake-up call.”“It’s not acceptable that we’re involved in these types of accidents,” he said.Railroads are under government orders to install positive train control by the end of 2018 after the industry lobbied Congress to extend earlier deadlines, citing complexity and cost.Union Pacific, the nation’s largest freight carrier, said it was spending about $2.9 billion on the technology. Industry groups estimate railroads will spend a total of about $10 billion to install and implement the systems.Monday’s wreck is just the latest example of a deadly crash that experts say could have been prevented if the technology were in place to slow down the train when engineers go too fast, get distracted or fall ill.U.S. investigators have listed a lack of such a system as a contributing factor in at least 25 crashes over the last 20 years, including two in the last four years where a train approached sharp curves at more than double the speed limit.A Metro-North train crashed in New York City in 2013, killing four people, when an engineer with sleep apnea dozed off. An Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight people, when investigators say the engineer was distracted by radio traffic and lost his bearings.Positive train control was installed on 23 per cent of the nation’s passenger route miles and 37 per cent of freight route miles as of July, the last time the Federal Railroad Administration updated its online tracker for the technology.It is activated on the tracks Amtrak owns along the Northeast Corridor, from Boston to Washington, D.C., and on Amtrak’s Michigan line. Many of its locomotives are equipped for positive train control.Throughout the rest of the country, Amtrak operates on track owned by freight carriers and other entities that have made varying progress on installing the technology.It’s a work in progress on the route where the train derailed Monday. Sensors have been installed, but the system needs to be synchronized, tested and certified before it goes online, Sound Transit spokeswoman Rachelle Cunningham said.The new $180.7 million route was designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that’s bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.The National Transportation Safety Board first recommended the use of “automatic train control” in 1970, a year after two Penn Central commuter trains collided, killing four and injuring 43.The railroad industry was opposed for decades until a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on with a freight train near Los Angeles in 2008. Investigators said the train’s engineer was texting and ran a stop signal, killing 25 people.“It’s a good fail-safe for human error,” said Fran Kelly, assistant general manager for SEPTA, the Philadelphia-area commuter railroad that was an early adopter of positive train control. “It’s using the best technologies available to complement what the human engineer is doing — the human element of it.”___Sisak reported from Philadelphia, and Balsamo reported from Los Angeles. AP writer Lisa Baumann contributed to this report from Seattle.___Follow Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak and Balsamo at https://twitter.com/mikebalsamo1___For complete coverage of the deadly derailment, click here: https://www.apnews.com/tag/TrainDerailmentlast_img read more

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Safety board links Enbridge oil leak to lack of detailed inspection procedures

first_imgCALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says a lack of detailed inspection procedures contributed to a 10,000-litre crude oil leak east of Edmonton last March.The board says the leak from a storage tank at the Enbridge terminal in Sherwood Park was discovered by employees who noticed oil in a creek that flows through the property.It was then discovered that about 10,000 litres of oil had entered the tank’s secondary containment berm and 3,000 litres made it from the berm into the creek.It says all the oil was recovered before entering the nearby North Saskatchewan River.The board says the leak occurred when a gasket in a valve was displaced out of its original position, likely due to volume expansion of frozen water. It says a sluice gate valve at the end of the berm’s storm water drain pipe could not achieve a tight seal due to corrosion.It says Enbridge has since initiated actions to ensure that all tank and containment berm components are thoroughly inspected.last_img read more

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Halifax G7 meeting to promote ocean plastics charter to UN business McKenna

first_imgHALIFAX – A G7 ministers meeting in Halifax will promote the Canadian-led oceans plastic charter, with Ottawa planning to take the accord to the United Nations General Assembly, says the federal environment minister.The non-binding accord was agreed-to by five of the G7 leaders and the European Union at the G7’s Charlevoix summit in June, though neither the United States nor Japan have signed on yet.But the agreement needs wider international acceptance to stop the use of the oceans as open dumps, with over half of the waste coming from Asian nations who aren’t G7 members.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said in an interview Monday the ocean plastics charter will be among the key features of the three-day Halifax gathering that begins Tuesday, as Canada wraps up its presidency of the G7.“We know plastic … is literally choking our lakes and rivers and we have to take steps to stop that or we’ll have more plastic pollution than fish by 2050,” she said from Ottawa.The meeting will also see discussion around the rules for bringing about the Paris climate agreement’s goals for reductions in carbon emissions, she said.In addition, the wide-ranging agenda includes discussion of measures to prevent illegal fishing, coastal adaptation to extreme weather and, on Friday, a gathering of G7 energy ministers that will include talks on clean energy.However, the plastics accord discussion — occurring in a province that relies on a healthy marine environment for fishing and tourism — has strong political appeal, say some observers.“If they make movement on this, it will resonate well with the public and in other countries,” said Ashley Wallis, program director of water and plastics at Environmental Defence.Sad images of plastic straws and bags causing the death of turtles have become widespread in social media around the globe, while the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was recently estimated at 79 thousand tonnes of ocean plastic — about half of it comprised of lost fishing nets.The charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them. It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Ottawa has yet to fully outline what its national strategy to reducing plastic waste will be, and what the broad goals of the accord will mean on the ground.However, McKenna said she’ll have some announcements during the meeting, as will Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, who is expected to announce programs to reduce the amount of discarded fishing gear.In addition, McKenna says an effort is underway to take the ocean plastics charter to the international stage and gain more signatories, both from countries and large corporations.The minister said she’s been told Japan will “probably not” sign on to the accord in Halifax, though her officials were “working hard” with its government.Meanwhile, McKenna said the plan is to bring it to the G20 group of nations, which includes China, Indonesia and other major producers of the waste.The cabinet minister also said in Monday’s interview that Ottawa is planning to present the accord at the United Nations’ 73rd General Assembly next week.“The focus is on the G20 to continue it, but we have the United Nations General Assembly in September and that will be a focus because we really would like to take it to the world,” she said.McKenna’s office declined to confirm if the environment minister herself will be heading to New York next week to promote the charter.Louie Porta, vice-president of operations for Oceans North, said in an interview that Canada needs to take clear steps at home on plastics and marine waste to sustain international credibility.He said in an email that Canada has “done relatively little on fishing gear recovery or incentives for not leaving fishing and aquaculture gear in the water.”The non-profit group says that Ottawa needs to create a national “extended producer responsibility system, where the manufacturer designs products and packaging that never become waste and are always part of the supply chain.”“This would lead to a reduction in packaging and waste as manufacturers would not want to bear these costs,” he wrote in an email.Some environmental groups have been critical of the charter for its failure to act more rapidly, and for leaving in wording that would allow for the incineration of plastics.Despite a rise in recycling and composting in municipalities, Canadians remain among the most wasteful people in the developed world, with garbage being produced by households going up 18 per cent from 2012 to 2014, with 25 million tonnes of waste ending up in landfills that year.A spokesman for the Suzuki Foundation has said the only measure that would make a major impact on plastic waste that ends up in waterways and oceans is “complete elimination of disposable plastic products.”McKenna said she has to work with provinces and municipalities, and she’s also bringing businesses on board with practical arguments of how waste can become a financial asset.“We’re throwing out to $150 billion (in plastic waste), which doesn’t make any sense,” she said.last_img read more

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Peace Country River Rats raise 26000 for new playground

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Peace Country River Rats held their annual Mother’s Day Dinner and Dance fundraiser two weeks ago.The River Rats raised a total of $26,000 to put towards a new playground at the Peace Island Park Pavilion.The event, which sold over 140 tickets, included dinner, dancing, a live auction, and entertainment performed by the Montney Coulees. Second proposed design for the playground at Peace Island Park Pavilion. Photo by the Peace River Rats Facebook page.last_img

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