first_img Twitter Login/Register With: “I think that’s what takes me aback most about him, is that to be so hard-working and never really tired and to be that nice — anyone you ask about him always says the same thing, he’s the nicest guy to work with.” One of the biggest accomplishments for the 27-year-old Toronto native, whose YouTube handle is IISuperwomanII? Advertisement “I think his career should be a case study, to be honest,” she said. “He has just maintained relevancy, he’s such a hard worker and he’s a really nice guy. “He’s kind of like my mentor in certain situations.” Johnson recently appeared in a segment with Singh on her YouTube channel, which has over 9.5 million subscribers. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This year alone, she’s made Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment” list; had cameos in “Bad Moms” and “Ice Age: Collision Course”; announced a book deal; and is heading to the Rio Olympics with Coca-Cola to capture content. Advertisement “I’ve done a lot of really cool stuff but at the top of my accomplishment list is definitely collaborating with the Rock or just becoming friends with him,” she said, referring to actor Dwayne Johnson, during an interview before Saturday’s YouTube FanFest in Toronto. TORONTO — Canadian YouTube star Lilly Singh has a laundry list of recent accomplishments. Facebook Singh was at YouTube FanFest to perform material from her new rap video “Voices,” which runs nearly 11 minutes long.last_img read more

first_imgCalgary filmmaker Matt Embry’s emotional documentary Living Proof picked up five trophies at the 2018 Alberta Film and Television Awards Saturday night, including wins for best director for a non-fiction feature and best documentary over 30 minutes.Living Proof looks at the filmmaker’s experiences with multiple sclerosis and his campaign to bring information about alternative treatments to the public despite resistance from pharmaceutical companies and MS charities.Embry and Tyler McLeod also won for best screenwriter for non-fiction over 30 minutes; Adam Naugler and Steve Dierkens picked up the win for best overall sound; while Todd Langille, Dean Evans, Jordan Bosch, Mike Kraft and Allan Thrush won for best editors. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The film, which screened at the both the Toronto and Calgary International Film Festivals, has been seen around the globe since being made available on iTunes, Embry says.“I get emails and messages from all over the planet,” Embry said in an interview with Postmedia after the awards. “To see a film about this small family in Calgary have this global impact is really wonderful.”The 44th edition of the awards, nicknamed the Rosies, were handed out at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Calgary to honour the best in Alberta film and television. Sixty trophies were awarded to Alberta-based productions and craftspeople who work in the industry. Matt and Ashton Embry in a scene from the documentary Living Proof. Courtesy, Spotlight Productions. (SPOTLIGHT PRODUCTIONS)last_img read more

first_imgA Toronto antique shop filled with old movie props is set to close its doors and now nearly half a million dollars worth of antiques are going up for auction on Saturday and Sunday.Addison’s Inc. has been around since the 1960s when Jim Addison opened a plumbing and salvage warehouse on Gerrard Street.From then, it evolved into a collection of vintage lighting, old furniture, artifacts and movie props. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsAngela Mayer, 21, has been missing in Yellowknife since Saturday afternoon.Ground search crews have been scouring areas around the city in search of the Inuit women who has a history of mental illness.Meyer was not wearing a hat or mitts at the time of her disappearance.With temperatures hovering below -20C, many people are concerned about her safety.Friends and family have left multiple messages of hope on her Facebook page.last_img

first_imgAPTN NewsFamilies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will have a say on designing a national police task force, something the national inquiry called on the Trudeau government to develop Wednesday.The recommendation was part of the interim report released by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women.“It’s a recommendation that we are proposing or demanding here in this report but … the families and survivors have a say on how and who should be sitting on that task force,” said Commissioner Michele Audette.That includes having Indigenous officers on the task force.The task force would have the ability to reopen or review cold cases if the Trudeau government agrees to it.“They have questions and they desperately want answers about what happened to their lost loved ones, why investigations were stopped, why leads weren’t followed up on,” said Chief Commissioner Marion Buller.“It’s vital for their healing that they do find out.”The inquiry’s mandate doesn’t allow it to reopen cases, only refer new evidence back to police for possible investigation.“This is a problem we have been facing form the very beginning,” said Buller. “Families who are living with questions for generations they don’t fall neatly into that little box, so what we need to do is provide them with an opportunity or a venue to get the answers.”She said the inquiry has already been told of possible new evidence during hearings with families across the country. They expect to hand that over to police soon, said Buller.The inquiry is also asking the federal government for more time to complete its work as it is scheduled to wrap up next year within its current two-year mandate.They also need more money.But Buller stopped short of saying how much more time and money is needed.She did say the inquiry has spent or allocated about a third of its current budget of $53.8 million.She referred to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission having five years to look into the damage caused by Indian Residential Schools, where children were taken from their families and placed in church-run and state-funded schools for over 100 years. The last one closed in 1994.“That was a problem that was historical. Our problems that we’re looking at, or issues, are historical and ongoing,” said Buller.“Today, as we’re here in this women Indigenous women and girls are suffering violence that somehow has become normalized. That is a national tragedy.”She said it comes down to how long it’s going to take to do the inquiry right.So far, 900 people have added their names to the list to be witnesses at a hearing, including 100 just last month.“As we are gaining momentum we are gaining numbers of people who want to talk to us,” said Buller.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

first_img(Emile Highway, (left) and Steven Ross, at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs Tuesday in Ottawa. Photo: Lucy Scholey/APTNLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsEmile Highway wanted nothing to do with his military uniform after he retired in 1982.The member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan said he felt he didn’t get adequate support after serving 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.“I didn’t feel comfortable in talking to former military personnel (or the) Veterans Affairs department. I didn’t want anything to do with the uniform anymore,” he told the House of Commons standing committee on Veterans Affairs on Tuesday.“I completely wanted to isolate myself from that culture.”Emile Highway served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 20 years.Once known as the “forgotten soldiers,” Indigenous veterans campaigned for recognition of their services and proper benefits, leading to a federal government apology and compensation package for First Nations in 2003.But in the complex realm of veterans benefits, many former Indigenous military members say they still face a unique gap when it comes to receiving supports, particularly those living on northern remote reserves.“I think part of the problem with Veterans Affairs is there’s a sort of assumption that, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ But in this case, you have to go to them,” said Scott Sheffield, an associate professor in history at the University of Fraser Valley.“We’re talking about a significant cultural divide here for Aboriginal communities and for government services. It’s not a neutral divide. There’s a history of suspicion, of distrust, of really difficult relationships over decades, many decades, for many communities.”Sheffield wrote a 2001 federal report on First Nations veterans issues, which lead to the government’s apology two years later. He said the problems with Indigenous benefits compensation have roots in the Veterans Charter, which was drafted during the Second World War to help soldiers transition back home.The charter was designed so that those fighting overseas could return to their jobs and gain access to land and university tuition fees. But those provisions depended on whether those soldiers already had pre-war education, land and work experience. Most of the Indigenous military members did not.A liquor ban on anyone identifying as a Status Indian meant that many Indigenous veterans could not access Legion Halls for support or advice on post-war benefits, Sheffield said.Status Indian veterans were also told to return to their reserve and get information from Indian agents, instead of a Veterans Affairs advisor. In many cases, Sheffield added, those agents were overworked and ill-equipped to provide advice.Similar problems remain for Indigenous veterans today, whether on- or off-reserve.“Many veterans are unaware of the services available and how to access them,” said Steven Ross, Grand Chief of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association. He wants to see a study for an all-nations veterans wellness facility that provides in-house treatment for returning veterans, a cross-Canada veterans association and more support for widows and families.Steven Ross, Grand Chief of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association.The barriers for Indigenous veterans range from linguistic to physical, as members of remote northern reserves can be situated hundreds of kilometres away from Veterans Affairs services.Danny Lafontaine, a Metis veteran and public relations officer with the Association des Vétérans Autochtones du Québec, works on the ground with homeless veterans in Montreal. He said some reserves are doing what they can to care for their former servicemen and servicewomen, but there’s no coordination between northern communities and southern health services.“They’re having more help on the street in Montreal, right now, than on their own reserve,” he said.Highway said post-Afghanistan War veterans have had more access to benefits and services now than when he left the military. He said he didn’t receive any counselling after two of his friends died in a training accident in the 1960s. He also didn’t have access to career skills training when he was transitioning out of the military, recalling how he asked his superiors to help him draft a resume.“They simply kind of snickered and walked away,” he said.Highway has since donned his uniform again and done advocacy work as president of the Prince Albert branch of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association.This formerly “forgotten soldier” has hope, as the federal government studies ways to improve the benefits and services offered to Inuit, Metis and First Nations veterans. The standing committee on Veterans Affairs is travelling the country, gathering input for a final report with recommendations.“I think it’s a very encouraging sign that maybe the gap that we’ve been talking about for quite a while may be beginning to close.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsJacqueline Daniels from the Long Plains First Nation is worried about keeping her job.Daniels has managed her community’s post-secondary program since 2015; her predecessor was elected to council.It wasn’t long before she noticed irregularities in the band’s finances.“I was starting to see questionable transactions, questionable paperwork,” she says, explaining it took her more than a year to figure out the program.“As I was finding things that…were questionable, as I was finding files, I was starting to report them to the chief and council.”In late 2016 the council commissioned an audit, Chief Dennis Meeches confirmed.Meeches also discussed the issue during an interview on a local community radio station.“There was a question that was posed about the post secondary investigation. So I basically shared info on what was transpiring at the time,” he said.That audit, completed in September 2018, confirmed a lot of money was not accounted for.“We sign reports every year and it’s disclosed in that report of 1.2 million,” Meeches told APTN News.At one of Long Plains’ annual open community meetings earlier this month, Daniels spoke out about the audit.Council responded by passing a motion to suspend her from her job.Meeches was the only one to vote against that motion.“I feel I am punished for speaking out,” Daniels said. “I don’t have any personal motivation to have brought this stuff forward. I just brought it forward because it’s the right thing to do.”Meeches called Daniels’ absence an administrative leave, not a suspension.Daniels has no access to her office and cannot go to work.“I really feel like I’m backed up in a corner that I have no one to turn to within the nation. However, there is one individual that’s been a constant support for me and that’s my chief,” she said.“Jackie’s the program manager and you know she’s managing a program that faltered that had some fairly significant deficits, and did the best to manage it,” Meeches said.“I for one would have a really difficult time of imposing any sanction against her.”Meeches said he would like to see the band implement a whistle blower policy to protect individuals who speak out about concerns with internal read more

first_imgAPTN videojournalist Trina Roache and correspondent Justin Brake.APTN NewsAPTN News has received two nominations for the 2018 Atlantic Journalism Awards. Television journalists Trina Roache and Justin Brake are nominated in the enterprise and feature reporting categories.Roache for her APTN Investigates documentary History Decolonized. And Brake for Eastern Métis: ‘new wave of colonialism’.Roache was also named a finalist in the videojournalist category.The AJAs have been a continuous annual celebration of journalistic excellence and achievement in Atlantic Canada since 1981. Winners will be announced May 11 in Halifax.last_img

first_imgDENVER – Across the street from the Colorado Capitol rises an 11-story building emblazoned with The Denver Post’s logo. No reporters work out of the building any more, only executives of Digital First Media, whose cuts at the Post triggered an unusual plea from the paper’s own editorial page to be sold to another owner.Five hundred miles to the west, the Salt Lake Tribune newsroom takes up one floor of the building that bears its name, overlooking snow-capped mountains and the arena where the Utah Jazz play. Once a Digital First property that dealt with staff reductions and feared closure, the paper was sold to a prominent local family in 2016. Since then, its reporters received their first raise in a decade and won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.Though its home city is less than one-third the size of Denver, the Tribune’s newsroom staff of about 90 is larger than the Post’s roughly 60, who work out of leased offices in an industrial area northeast of the city.“Denver is such a big, vibrant community to have a staff that is smaller than ours — that’s just a mockery,” said Mike Gorrell, a veteran Tribune reporter.As Colorado’s civic community tries to mount a journalistic rescue mission and buy the Post, it is looking to Salt Lake City and other cities like Boston, Minneapolis and Philadelphia that have seen wealthy residents keep their newspapers viable. What happens in Denver could be a signal to a battered newspaper industry, reeling from dwindling ad revenues, of what the future looks like.“You’ve got a better shot when there’s a local owner — there’s going to be pressure on that person to keep that asset vibrant,” said former Denver Post editor Greg Moore, who contributed a column to the Post’s April 9 editorial package. “If Denver’s future was like Salt Lake’s and they had a local owner with deep pockets who cared, that’d be the best outcome.”That was the hope of the Post’s editorial page when it published its rebellious call for a sale with the headline: “As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved.” Editorial Page Editor Chuck Plunkett did not inform the newspaper’s editor or owners of the editorial and accompanying columns slamming Digital First and the New York-based Hedge Fund that owns it, Alden Global Capital, which the editorial called “vulture capitalists.”“The smart money is that in a few years The Denver Post will be rotting bones,” the editorial warned.Digital First and Alden did not reply to requests from The Associated Press for comment. The chain owns more than 80 newspapers and is known for cutting deeply. Critics say it vacuums up the profits from the reduced newsrooms and funnels them into other ventures.In the days after the Post editorial, the editor of the Bay Area News Group, also owned by Digital First and reeling from heavy cuts, published a sympathetic column . Last week, the editorial page editor of the Boulder Daily Camera, another Digital First property, self-published his plea for a buyer, saying his bosses would not allow it in their newspaper.It’s unclear if the Post is even for sale, and there’s no guarantee of a buyer surfacing in Denver.Colorado’s civic scene does not have a dominant family like the one in Utah who purchased the Tribune, the Huntsmans, which includes the recently deceased Jon Huntsman Sr., who founded an $11 billion industrial company. His son is Jon Huntsman Jr., the former governor of the state who is now the U.S. ambassador to Russia.Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz has long been rumoured as a possible buyer, but he also owns the rights to the name of the shuttered Rocky Mountain News, and has explored reviving that paper in the past instead. Anschutz owns the Colorado Springs Gazette and has built a political vertical to compete with the Post’s coverage.Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he’s been talking with local leaders about assembling possible buyers. Potential contributors include Colorado billionaires like John Malone, chairman of the board of Liberty Media, and Pat Stryker, a major liberal political donor. One group of philanthropists is travelling to Philadelphia to study how charities there bought the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News in 2016, according to Bruce DeBoskey, a Denver philanthropic adviser.The only group to surface publicly is a consortium in Colorado Springs that pledged $10 million toward purchase of the newspaper. “We still believe in print,” said John Weiss, publisher of an alternative newspaper in Colorado Springs and six other small newspapers, who is part of the group.J.B. Holston, dean of the University of Denver’s school of engineering and computer science, has been convening meetings about the Post, but said some in the group lean toward starting a new, largely or entirely digital newsroom to bind the fast-growing city together.But newspaper analyst Ken Doctor warned there’s no proven substitute for a local newspaper.“In this whole debacle of American journalism and especially with what Alden’s done, we haven’t seen anyone enter the scene with a real replacement,” Doctor said.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – It may have been a lousy night for Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards, but the event offered some glimmers of hope for the network.The Nielsen company estimated that 5.23 million watched Monday’s annual tribute to what’s current in popular music across several Viacom-owned networks. While that’s down from the 5.68 million who watched last year, the network appears to have slowed the show’s rapid decline over the past years while showing increases in digital engagement.MTV estimated that there had been some 141.6 million video streams of content related to the awards show for the past month — including Monday night — up from 76 million a year ago. MTV said it doesn’t have an estimate of how many people streamed Monday’s entire show through the network’s app.Those numbers hold a greater importance for the younger viewers that MTV seeks, considering how many people experience “television” now on their devices.Among viewers aged 18 to 34, MTV topped all other cable and broadcast numbers for the period of time that the VMAs were on, Nielsen said.Television ratings for the awards show have been shrinking rapidly in recent years. In 2015, for example, 9.8 million watched on television. In 2011, when Katy Perry was the big winner, the show had a record viewership of 12.4 million people.MTV moved the event from Sunday to Monday this year, which is generally a better night for the network, and closer to the middle of August so there would be less competition.The show had its moments, including a glittery Jennifer Lopez medley. Madonna received a harsh reaction for telling a story about the late Aretha Franklin that had more to do with her than the late Queen of Soul.The event as a whole, however, was lacking in star power, with Drake, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Beyonce, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar among the missing. If MTV can prove that it has arrested the event’s decline, it may make stars more willing to show up in the future.With a double shot of its most popular show, “America’s Got Talent,” NBC won the week in prime-time, averaging 4.4 million viewers. CBS had 3.6 million viewers, ABC had 3.2 million, Fox had 1.6 mullion, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and the CW had 800,000.Viewers continue to find other things to do. Prime-time ratings for the four biggest networks were down by 13 per cent compared to the same week last year. Two of the three cable news networks had better ratings than the Fox network.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.24 million viewers in prime time, MSNBC had 1.78 million viewers, HGTV had 1.35 million, USA had 1.34 million and ESPN had 1.26 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening newscasts with an average of 8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.4 million viewers and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.6 million.For the week of Aug. 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.14 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 9.86 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.29 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.83 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.8 million; “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.73 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.51 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.4 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 5.13 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 5.08 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index posted its best day in six months despite a pullback of cannabis stocks on the last trading session before Wednesday’s legalization.The upturn in markets was almost global, where the stock losers of the past few days outperformed led by the technology sector, said Patrick Bernes, a portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.The activity comes as U.S. corporate earnings have started to roll in with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley on Tuesday outperforming some forecasts, suggesting a solid earnings season ahead.“We’ve seen the selloff, a little bit of a correction and you’ve seen some decent results come in. I don’t think there are any growth or macro concerns that would warrant further downward pressure,” he said of equity markets.Bernes said bond yields, which drove investor anxiety when they increased to multi-year highs, have retreated in the last few days to provide some support to equity markets.“I think from here we’re probably past the selloff,” he added.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 170.27 points at 15,579.74, a high for the day on 280.4 million shares traded.The market was led by technology stocks that were up about four per cent. Heavily weighted sectors like industrials, energy, financials and materials were also up. Only gold and health care closed down.Bernes said he doesn’t believe there are any fundamental drivers for Tuesday’s 3.4 per cent slide in cannabis stocks a day after they enjoyed large gains. The sector has been highly volatile even though the market capitalization of various producers have surged since the Liberals promised to legalize recreational cannabis use three years ago.“The prices ran up on hope but now that actual sales are going to happen and it’s going to be legal you’re going to start seeing a differentiation as the winners and losers kind of sort themselves out,” he said. “So it should be interesting. I think investors are positioning for the next stage in the evolution of this market.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 317.67 points at 25,568.22. The S&P 500 index was up 33.30 points at 2,784.09, while the Nasdaq composite was up 103.98 points at 7,534.72.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.29 cents US compared with an average of 76.96 US on Monday.The loonie’s rebound against the U.S. dollar and the Euro came after a Bank of Canada survey on Monday signalled a healthy business outlook which gives a green light to further interest rate increases.The November crude contract was up 14 cents at US$71.92 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down three tens of a cent at US$3.24 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 70 cents US at US$1,231 an ounce and the December copper contract was down nine tenths of a cent at US$2.78 a pound.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vaunted his government’s new legislation on pay equity at a conference of female business leaders in Montreal on Monday, and was pressed about how Canada will respond to major corporate tax reform in the U.S.The female business leaders in the ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton hotel gave Trudeau a standing ovation as he walked on stage for an interview, during the Most Powerful Women International Summit, hosted by Fortune magazine.Playing to the crowd, he told his audience how he was certain many of them in their “impressive careers” had to fight for pay equity.“Having your work undervalued, being underpaid, simply because you’re a woman is unacceptable,” Trudeau said. “Just last week, our government introduced historic federal pay-equity legislation.”The bill would apply to all federally regulated employers with 10 or more workers, including private-sector companies such as banks and railways.In 2017, Canadian women earned 88.5 cents for every dollar a man earned, as measured in hourly wages for full-time workers, according to government figures.“Making important change is difficult,” the prime minister said, “it takes courage to do great things, I know that this room is up to the challenge.”After his short speech, he sat down on stage for an interview with author and magazine writer Nina Easton, who told him how some in Canada’s business community were concerned about the country’s competitiveness after the U.S. cut corporate taxes.Trudeau said Canada’s current rates continue to be competitive, and added that corporations look at other criteria than taxes when deciding where to invest.“We are very much conscious and aware of the need to remain competitive,” the prime minister said.Following the U.S. tax cuts, Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have been under pressure to respond, in order to ensure companies in the country don’t move south of the border.Morneau intends to announce policies to bolster Canada’s competitiveness in his Nov. 21 fall economic update.Earlier in the day, Faisal Kazi, president and CEO of Siemens Canada, said the industrial conglomerate would invest more in Canada if the federal government lowered its corporate tax rate, after a meeting with Trudeau.Kazi, alongside Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton, said in an interview with The Canadian Press that while his company would welcome lower taxes, Canada remains an attractive investment location due to its talent pool and the government’s ongoing investments in innovation.“Of course we can invest more if the tax structure was more attractive (in Canada),” Kazi said. “We would be doing even more.”Humpton said her company is interested by the government’s $950-million “supercluster” program and its investments in artificial intelligence.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced last February five technology groups that would share up to $950 million in federal funding to bring together business, academic institutions and other non-profits to create clusters of innovation across the country.Trudeau also met Monday with Isabelle Marcoux, chair of the board of Transcontinental Inc., who said they talked about increasing the role of women in business and additional government help for print journalism.A lot of progress has been made in government, Marcoux said, but “much more” needs to be done to increase the number of women on the boards of Canadian companies.She said she is doing her part to build a pool of female executives who will become eligible for prominent roles in corporations.“Canadian companies have a responsibility to build that pipeline,” she said.Marcoux said she also pressed Trudeau on the need for his government to spend more on helping local newspapers through difficult times.Her company, which used to own many newspapers across the country, sold all but one and divested from all its magazines, she said.“We are a printer, and we see that our clients — especially the local press — are suffering.”Ottawa promised $50 million over five years to help local journalism in its 2018 budget.“I think it was not enough,” Marcoux said. “And it’s a little complicated to have access to those funds.”last_img read more

first_imgISLAMABAD — A new report says cash-strapped Pakistan should pursue clean energy instead of relying on coal and nuclear.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said Wednesday that coal-fired power, one of the central pillars of Pakistan’s energy deals with China, is a costlier and dirtier alternative to wind or solar, which China is also supplying but to a lesser degree.Simon Nichols, an energy finance analyst with the institute, says China is dumping its dirtier coal-fired systems on developing nations while leading the world in renewable resource systems that will find a market in developed countries as they move away from fossil fuels.China is financing major development projects in Pakistan, which is seeking an $8 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, after a nearly six-month, highly partisan battle over the fate of the federal consumer watchdog agency.The vote was 50-49 in favour of approving Kathy Kraninger, who currently is an official inside the White House’s budget office. Kraninger has zero experience in financial services and had never run a federal agency before, a criticism that made Democrats hostile to her nomination since day one.Trump appointed his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, to run the bureau temporarily until a permanent replacement could be found. In the year since he took the job, the bureau has become industry-friendly, and has proposed cutting back rules and regulations put into place by President Obama’s director, Richard Cordray.Ken Sweet, The Associated Presslast_img read more