The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, June 30———OFFICIALS PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON CANADA 150 CELEBRATIONS: Officials in Ottawa are preparing for a flood of half a million people expected to jam the capital’s downtown for Canada Day on Saturday. The government is billing the celebration as the largest in Canadian history. There are also events planned in 19 cities and some 2,000 small communities. Streets around Parliament Hill have been blocked off by massive concrete barricades.———PM MEETS INDIGENOUS PROTESTERS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped by a demonstration teepee on Parliament Hill Friday. The teepee was set up by indigenous activists who are using Canada 150 celebrations to draw attention to the history of First Nations in Canada. Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau spent about a half hour at the teepee. The activists gave Trudeau kudos for coming but said that didn’t mean an end to their presence on the Hill.———ROYAL TOUR SHIFTS TO ONTARIO: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the eastern Ontario military base of CFB Trenton Friday. They greeted members of the military and honoured soldiers who died in Afghanistan. The royals opened their trip in Nunavut and will be in Ottawa Saturday for Canada 150 celebrations.———ORDER OF CANADA TO GROW BY 99 SATURDAY: A host of prominent people are among those to be appointed to the Order of Canada on Saturday. They appointees include Prince Charles, soccer star Christine Sinclair, hockey legend Mark Messier, actor Mike Myers, actress Catherine O’Hara, musician Alan Doyle, and TV host Alex Trebek. In all some 7,000 people have their names on the rolls of the decades-old honours program.———HORGAN SAYS PIPELINE WON’T BE TOP PRIORITY: British Columbia’s new premier says blocking the Trans-Mountain pipeline project won’t be his top priority. John Horgan has vowed to do everything possible to halt the expansion of the Alberta to B.C. pipeline that has been approved by the federal government. However in an interview Friday morning, Horgan said there are other issues he’ll be focusing on first, such as the opioid crisis and housing.———FIVE-YEAR-OLD CHILD INJURES THREE PEOPLE: RCMP in Nunavut say three people suffered injuries when a five-year-old child got a hold of a high-powered rifle. Police say the incident happened Thursday night from Whale Cove, a remote community on Hudson Bay. Police say the child managed to find, load and fire a rifle that had been unloaded after a hunting trip. Three people were injured by the shrapnel, suffering superficial wounds. No charges are expected to be laid.———MANITOBA STILL NOT SIGNING ON TO HEALTH DEAL: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he won’t be signing on to a federal health deal that he calls “dangerous, reckless and risky.” The other provinces have agreed to the deal that limits annual federal health spending increases to three per cent a year — half the six per cent annual increase set out in the last long-term agreement with the provinces. But the federal government has offered up extra money for specific projects in various provinces including opioid addiction.———AMERICAN SCIENTIST CALLS WHALE DEATHS A DISASTER: A scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod is calling the deaths of six right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence a “mortality disaster.” Mark Baumgartner says the deaths are on a scale likely not seen since whaling decimated their population in the 19th century. He says the deaths this month should be a call to do more to protect the animals when possible. North Atlantic right whales are among the most endangered large mammals on Earth, with only about 500 still alive.———GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN NY HOSPITAL: A law enforcement official says the gunman who opened fire at a New York City hospital was a doctor who formerly worked there. The official says Dr. Henry Bello walked into Bronx Lebanon Hospital Friday afternoon with a rifle concealed in his lab coat and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring six others. He then apparently killed himself.———MSNBC HOSTS SAY TABLOID ARTICLE WEAPON IN TRUMP FEUD: The feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and the “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski is spreading. The hosts said on Friday that White House aides told them this spring they could make a National Enquirer probe into their relationship “go away” if Scarborough called the president and apologized for the show’s harsh commentary. Scarborough said he refused. But the president later tweeted that Scarborough asked him to intercede with the newspaper and that he said no. The Enquirer isn’t getting in the middle of it. The newspaper said that it was unaware of any discussions involving the White House and the MSNBC hosts.———last_img read more

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Rescinded elevatorsafety order sparks anger raises credibility issues

first_imgTORONTO – A decision by one of Canada’s key elevator-safety authorities to rescind a sweeping three-year-old upgrade directive has sparked both surprise and anger among those in the industry.The decision by Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority, they say, was done without consultation, raises questions about the basis for the far-reaching order in the first-place, and leaves the public at substantial risk.“Should I be advising my building owners to act right away on future director’s orders?” Doug Guderian, the CEO of contractor Elevator One, said on Wednesday. “Maybe you want to wait a few years and see if they rescind this one, too? That doesn’t help the industry in any way to be safer.”At issue are older “single speed” elevators typically found in lower-rise buildings and which are notorious for posing a tripping or fall hazard by routinely failing to stop level with the floor — sometimes by as much as seven centimetres, a far cry from current accuracy norms of less than a centimetre.In 2014, the safety authority ordered significant upgrades to every single-speed elevator in Ontario — estimates say there are about 700 to 1,200 of them — and gave owners until the end of 2021 to do so. Data, the authority said at the time, indicated a substantial safety risk related to levelling that was only expected to worsen.This week, however, TSSA director Roger Neate decided the mandatory upgrade — already carried out in about 55 instances — was no longer necessary.“TSSA has continued to monitor and review incident, maintenance and inspection order data,” Neate said in the new order. “The outcome is that the data trends do not support the mandatory upgrade of single-speed elevator-motion controls.”At the same time, the authority said it was mandating risk-mitigating measures, among them maintenance tasks to be done every two months and an annual requirement to take apart, examine and maintain the elevator’s brake components.The TSSA also recommends measures such as posting signs warning users of the tripping risk, something those in the industry worry amounts to an admission of risk and liability.Industry consultant Rob Isabelle said the director’s surprise decision raises questions about the data the safety authority relied on then and relied on now.“How good was your analysis in the first place?” Isabelle said. “If I was the guy that has three small buildings and spent $500,000 and now I receive this order saying it’s not really necessary, I’d be pissed.”In response Wednesday, the authority said single speed elevators were safe and that its updated data shows they do not pose an “unacceptable risk” to users. The authority also said it had told its advisory committee it was contemplating the change.The TSSA did float the idea of rescinding the order at an industry “townhall” meeting last November, but that was followed by silence, Guderian said.“We raised probably 15 or 20 different objections and reasons why we didn’t feel rescinding an order like this was a good idea,” Guderian said. “They didn’t answer why to a single one of them.”The issue comes amid data showing that serious elevator-related injuries in Ontario have been rising at a rate of about eight per cent a year for the past five years. Additionally, a Canadian Press investigation indicated elevator-reliability problems had reached crisis proportions across Canada, prompting the Ontario government to promise legislation to deal with the “systemic” availability issue.Earlier this month, the safety authority awarded consulting firm Deloitte a $300,000 contract to carry out potentially groundbreaking research that aims to get at the causes of elevator outages or otherwise poor service and offer solutions.The government-ordered review is being fronted by retired Superior Court justice Douglas Cunningham, who is expected to report in the fall.Cunningham previously reviewed the Ontario’s New Home Warranties Act and his findings prompted the province earlier this year to introduce measures aimed at boosting consumer confidence in the new-home industry.last_img read more

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Washington state governor tells British Columbians dont be daunted by Trump

first_imgVICTORIA – Washington state’s governor took aim at President Donald Trump in a speech to British Columbia’s legislature Tuesday, saying travel bans on immigrants and refugees have caused economic and moral wounds in the United States.Gov. Jay Inslee said people are questioning whether the U.S. will continue providing leadership around the world as a result of Trump’s presidency.“With everything happening in our White House in Washington, D.C., I know many nations have questioned our nation’s leadership on some very important issues and have questions whether my nation will remain a shining city on the hill,” said Inslee, who is a Democrat.Inslee drew a standing ovation when he mentioned Washington state’s decision to join a lawsuit to prevent Trump’s administration from deporting thousands of young immigrants brought to America as children and who live in the United States illegally, often referred to as “dreamers.”“They are not a danger,” he said. “They are dreamers.”Inslee is the first governor from Washington to address the legislature since 1984. He also held meetings with B.C. Premier John Horgan during his visit.In his speech, Inslee focused on fighting climate change and building stronger economic ties with B.C.“I want to assure this assembly that no matter who is in the White House, it won’t affect Washington state’s relationship with Canada or British Columbia,” he said. “It cannot stop us from moving forward on climate change.”He said people living on both sides of the border do not want to see rivers without wild salmon or the Salish Sea without orcas. Battling climate change is what today’s politicians will be remembered for a century from now, he added.Inslee’s speech did not mention the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which will increase oil tanker traffic on the West Coast. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the project between Alberta and B.C. about a year ago.With more crude oil expected to move through waters shared by Washington state and Canada, Democratic lawmakers in the state introduced a bill to raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts.Inslee said he wants improved transportation links between Washington and B.C., including a high-speed rail route.Canada’s Pacific region and the U.S. west coast represent an economic, technological and environmental powerhouse, which could become the third largest economy in the world, he said.Inslee later urged people from British Columbia to travel to Washington state as an act of opposition to Trump’s policies.“We cannot be daunted by this particular president,” he told a news conference. “I don’t want people in B.C. for one second to think about not travelling to Washington state because they are concerned about the president of the United States. Maybe as a show of defiance you ought to come twice as often.”last_img read more

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Lawyer warns against rush to prejudge case in murders of sisters in

first_imgVICTORIA – The lawyer for a man charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of his two daughters on Christmas Day in Oak Bay, B.C., says his client is entitled to the presumption of innocence.Andrew Berry, wearing a dark T-shirt, did not speak Thursday during a brief appearance in court via a video link.Outside court, defence lawyer Kevin McCullough said there is a presumption of innocence in the justice system that is important to Canadian democracy.The presumption of innocence is especially important in cases like his client’s where McCullough suggested there has been a rush to judgment.“One would have to be in a cave not to think that, the way that the case has been reported, the things that have been said,” he said.McCullough said police statements about public safety made shortly after the discovery of the bodies of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey Berry were not fair.“The police saying that there’s not a reason to be concerned about other people the day after, there’s no other suspects, that’s the kind of thing that leads one to, I think, to rush to judgment.”RCMP Cpl. Tammy Douglas said it would not be appropriate for police to comment because the matter is before the courts. Douglas said the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit was called in to assist Oak Bay police on the investigation.More than 1,000 mourners attended a funeral service for the sisters last month at Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral.In the days following the deaths, hundreds gathered at Willows Park in Oak Bay for a candlelight vigil organized by community officials and family friends.Berry’s next court date is Feb. 22.last_img read more

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Helpful tips for visitors planning a trip to Parliament Hill on Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Planning a trip to Parliament Hill on Canada Day weekend? Here are some tips:— Visitors are required to undergo screening, which involves passing through a metal detector and screening for restricted items.— The restricted items list has been simplified: no weapons, no explosives, no alcohol, no fireworks and no bags over 35.5 centimetres by 19 centimetres.— Strollers, coolers and lawn chairs are permitted, however visitors are encouraged to travel as lightly as possible, to avoid delays caused by additional screening measures.— Access to Parliament Hill will be limited to a single entry point on Wellington Street in front of the Supreme Court building. There will be multiple exit points which will be clearly marked.— A second accessible entry point for those who require it, such as those in wheelchairs, will be available on Wellington in front of West Block.– Additional entertainment such as buskers and street performers will take place at the queue line at the Supreme Court building.— Police will provide regular updates on wait times and other information via the Twitter account @PPS_SPP as well as on message boards and video screens throughout the precinct.— No parking will be permitted within street closure areas.— Food concession throughout the road closure area will be available, as well as water stations.— Shuttle bus services will travel in a closed circuit going from Major’s Hill to the Canadian Museum of History and then to the Supreme Court.last_img read more

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School boards push back as government seeks data on staff religious symbols

first_imgMONTREAL — The head of Quebec’s largest school board says she was outraged by a request from the province’s Education Department last week seeking to know how many board employees wear religious symbols.Catherine Harel Bourdon, who oversees the Commission scolaire de Montreal, says the request received Friday could be seen as contravening the rights and freedoms of its employees.Harel Bourdon says the board was not told why the department was seeking such information. She said the board’s response was that it does not collect such information and would not engage in what she called a witch hunt.The controversy comes as the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government prepares legislation that would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers — from wearing religious symbols such as the hijab, kippa or turban at work.Francis Bouchard, a spokesman for Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge, says no formal request for a tally was made — rather a number of school boards were called to determine whether such information exists. Bouchard accused the boards of manufacturing a scandal.Relations were already strained between the province’s school boards and the new government, which was elected on a promise to eliminate the boards in favour of new service centres.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NDPs Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons making history

first_imgOTTAWA — Sporting a bright yellow turban, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh entered the House of Commons for the first time as an MP Monday to loud cheers.Singh is the first racialized leader in the Commons in Canadian history.The leader of the New Democrats had been left out of the political theatre of question period and he wasn’t able to have an office on Parliament Hill.Singh won his new Burnaby South seat in a February byelection sparked by the departure of former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who ran for mayor of Vancouver.New Democrats are hoping Singh’s presence in the House of Commons will help the party turn the page on a difficult period, marked by challenges with morale and fundraising.Singh’s prolonged lack of a seat contributed to internal battles within his own caucus following his leadership win in October 2017.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Former US president Barack Obama to visit nations capital in May

first_imgOTTAWA — Former U.S. president Barack Obama is set to visit the nation’s capital next month for a question-and-answer session.The event, hosted by the progressive think-tank Canada 2020, will be at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre on May 31.Canada 2020 chairman Tom Pitfield says Obama is a “generation-defining political leader” and an inspiration to millions of people around the world.Tickets for the event start at $75, the think-tank says.Since Obama’s presidency ended in January 2017, he’s become a big name on the paid speaking circuit, and appeared at a similar event in Calgary in March.In 2016, as president, he addressed Canada’s Parliament and received a standing ovation and cheers in the House of Commons.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canadian privacy watchdogs find major shortcomings in Facebook probe

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal and B.C. privacy watchdogs say Facebook’s ineffective safeguards allowed unauthorized access to the information of millions of the social-media giant’s users — including data later used for political purposes.The joint report of the two privacy commissioners finds major shortcomings in Facebook’s practices, highlighting a need for legislative reform to protect Canadians.Here is the full statement from the federal and BC privacy commissioners. First line “Facebook committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws”1 of 2… #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rTWFdkYOxM— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 25, 2019The complaint that prompted the probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal information, and that some of the data was then shared with others, including the firm Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in U.S. political campaigns.The app, at one point known as “This is Your Digital Life,” encouraged users to complete a personality quiz.It collected much more information about users who installed the app as well as data about their Facebook friends.The report released today says about 300,000 Facebook users worldwide added the app, leading to the potential disclosure of the personal information of approximately 87 million others, including more than 600,000 Canadians.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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More Canadians report high levels of happiness after age 55 survey

first_imgTORONTO – A new national survey suggests Canadians are happier after age 55 and when they earn a higher income, but also indicates most don’t consider money as a key factor affecting their happiness.The Happiness Index compiled by Leger, asked Canadians across the country to rate their level of happiness on a scale of one to 10 and note which factors they believe influence their happiness the most.The online survey, conducted between June 11 and 17, found about half of respondents ranked their happiness as at least eight out of 10, with almost no difference between rural and urban areas.Slightly more participants reported a high level of happiness in the East Coast and Quebec — 56 and 55 per cent respectively — with British Columbia coming in third at 52 per cent.Ontario participants were at the bottom of the list, with only 47 per cent reporting a high level of happiness.High happiness scores remained steady at 44 per cent for participants between the ages of 18 and 54, but spiked to 61 per cent after age 55.Participants with higher incomes were also more likely to have a high happiness score.Forty-four per cent of those making $40,000 or less per year reported a high level of happiness, but that number rose to 53 per cent for those earning up to $80,000 per year and to 58 per cent for those with even higher incomes.Yet only eight per cent said the state of their finances was a key driver of their happiness, on par with satisfaction with romantic relationships, the study indicates.The factors participants deemed most influential on happiness were a sense of freedom and the belief they were living the life they had imagined for themselves, with 24 and 19 per cent of respondents identifying those as key.Between five and seven per cent highlighted recognition from peers and family, health, how worried they are about the future and the courteousness of others as main factors affecting their happiness.“Maybe making more money means that you can do more things (and) that allows you to feel happy,” but money itself is not what people believe makes them happy, said Dave Scholz, Leger’s president of communications.“If you take away those first two — sense of freedom and living the life you’ve always dreamed — the next six are really all tied,” and close together in importance, he said.“I think if you don’t have a satisfying romantic relationship, if you don’t have your health, you may not be able to have a sense of freedom or live the life that you want.”Overall, there is a greater focus on happiness now, particularly in the workplace, a shift that appears largely driven by millennials, the first generation to come of age in this millennium, Scholz said.“Millennials are asking for more, and part of being happy is being happy with what you have,” he said. “But 55 and over is happiest because they’re in the place they want to be — retired.”Regional variations in happiness are likely linked to cultural differences relating to way of life, Scholz said.“One of the things that sets Quebec apart is their joie de vivre, their joy of life — that’s actually a well documented and discussed topic of what makes Quebecers different than the rest of us,” he said. “They’re more in the moment.”The East Coast is similar, he said.“It’s enjoy your family, enjoy the life you have, and enjoy the space you’re in now,” he said. “You move into Ontario, that had one of the lowest scores, we tend to be looking over our shoulder sometimes and maybe looking too far ahead sometimes.”The survey also showed more respondents reported high levels of happiness when they owned homes rather than renting (57 per cent compared with 40), and lived with others rather than alone (53 per cent compared with 43).“Especially in our current rental and buying environment, if you’re already owning where you’re at, you’re in pretty good shape,” Scholz said.The online survey polled 2,504 Canadians, though the sample was increased to 3,540 for the question involving rating their happiness — and all related demographic questions — to ensure a baseline number from each province participated.Polling industry experts say online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not generate a random sample of the population.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Russell Simmons Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Help Build Prosperity

first_imgRushCard — a prepaid Visa card co-founded by Russell Simmons in order to provide financial freedom and access long denied to an underserved population — and CrowdRise, the crowdfunding site founded by Edward Norton — have announced the #RiseToThrive Charity Challenge.Video: #RisetoThriveThe crowdfunding challenge will raise money and awareness for non-profits dedicated to building prosperous futures for people in American neighborhoods RushCard serves.Through highly engaged, incentivized fundraising, the #RiseToThrive Challenge will reward the charities who best fundraise for their cause, and offer prizes to those who donate.The #RiseToThrive Challenge takes place September 10, 2013 through October 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The Challenge is open to the public, and all are encouraged to choose organizations to support with donations and fundraising throughout the campaign. Visit www.crowdrise.com/risetothrive to join the challenge and fundraise or donate for your favorite causes.“RushCard is proud to have created this Challenge to further reach the people we serve. RushCard’s $50K contribution is merely seed money to jumpstart the giving we need to help our neighbors and communities,” said Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard. “When we rise together to help each other, our neighborhoods thrive.”“CrowdRise is committed to helping non-profit organizations strengthen their crowdfunding capacity because we believe that network-based, peer-to-peer grassroots movements will define social activism in the next century,” said actor and CrowdRise Co-founder Edward Norton. “We’re excited to provide these inspiring organizations with a platform to help them raise money and awareness, and inspire others to support their innovative work.”RushCard will award a total of $52,500 in prize money to the #RiseToThrive charities with the most dollars raised. The non-profit that raises the most money will receive $25k, the runner-up will receive $10k, and the third place fundraiser will receive $5k. The remaining $12,500 in prize money will be used to fund weekly charity incentives. All participating non-profits will keep funds raised, regardless of grand prize eligibility.RushCard will also be offering prizes to donors, including apparel from Russell Simmons’ new yoga line, Tantris, signed copies of Russell Simmons’ book “Super Rich,” a shopping spree to Kimora Lee Simmons’ JustFab shoe retailer, and more.“RushCard is proud to partner with CrowdRise on our inaugural #RiseToThrive campaign,” said Rob Rosenblatt, RushCard CEO. “We look forward to giving back to the neighborhoods where we do business. It is a rewarding venture and a great opportunity to continue having a positive impact on our customers’ lives.”Founded in 2003, RushCard has been providing access to the financial mainstream for 10 years. Today, RushCard is a comprehensive payment platform that serves as a feature-rich and mobile alternative to a traditional checking account. RushCard offers a full range of financial management tools including electronic bill pay, payroll direct deposit, card-to-card money transfer, mobile text alerts and electronic servicing – all available to the millions of Americans who want an alternative to traditional banking.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

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Rosario Dawson Marcia Gay Harden And Stephanie March Inspire A Difference

first_imgAmerica’s leading crime and justice television channel, Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today that Glamour magazine will co-host ID’s second annual INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE honors event on October 22 in New York City, to shed light on issues of crime and victims’ rights.Celebrating women with similar missions to INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE, ID has teamed up with Glamour to recognize the remarkable efforts of Rosario Dawson, Marcia Gay Harden, Tamara Taylor and Stephanie March, as well as their charity partners, for their commitment to supporting victims and inspiring others.Launched in April 2013, INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE is ID’s national public affairs campaign that is designed to inform a national dialog around such topics as violence against women, domestic abuse, social and civil rights, mental health, bullying and sexual assault, while inspiring viewers to take action and make a difference in the lives of others.Dawson, Harden, Taylor and March will be honored at the second annual INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE awards ceremony in New York City on October 22. On newsstands now, the October issue of Glamour highlights the work of these incredible women with the following charities: • ROSARIO DAWSON (STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE FOUNDATION): Rosario Dawson founded Studio One Eighty Nine Foundation following an inspiring trip throughout Africa. The charitable e-commerce platform enables African female artists to build sustainable artisanal businesses. The site features Fashion Rising, a collection of African-designed goods with a portion of the proceeds supporting a global action to end violence against women. • MARCIA GAY HARDEN (HELP USA): Marcia Gay Harden works with HELP USA (Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged), a group that assists people who are homeless because of poverty, domestic violence or war-induced trauma. The charity provides affordable housing to prevent people from becoming homeless, as well as supportive services necessary to help people become and remain self-reliant. • TAMARA TAYLOR (THE RAPE FOUNDATION): Tamara Taylor is a supporter of The Rape Foundation, which administers free, 24-hour emergency medical treatment, forensic services, crisis counseling and longer-term psychotherapy for rape victims and sexually abused children. The Rape Foundation gives visibility to crimes that for too long have been viewed as “unspeakable” so that these abuses can be stopped. • STEPHANIE MARCH (SAFE HORIZON): Stephanie March has served as a board member at Safe Horizon for over eight years. The organization promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse. Safe Horizon envisions a society free of violence. Their mission is to lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence.In addition to the celebrity honorees, ID and Glamour also celebrate the work of an “everyday” hero for inspiring a difference in her community. One winner will be selected from hundreds of nominees from a national call-to-action in a promotional page in the July 2014 issue of Glamour. Last year’s winner, Nicole Russell, co-founded the Precious Dreams Foundation, which provides bedtime necessities to comfort children and the homeless, using positive reinforcement to empower them to focus on their dreams. At this year’s honors event, Russell will pass the torch to the new “everyday” hero whose chosen charity will receive a $5,000 grant from ID.“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join forces with Glamour and its readers once again to honor the remarkable efforts of Rosario, Marcia, Tamara and Stephanie,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination American, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Fit & Health. “Each of these women has given a voice to issues that are too commonly silenced in society, and it is through the commitment and dedication of both the celebrity honorees, as well as the everyday heroes that women everywhere are empowered and inspired to make this world a better place.”The multi-platform INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE public affairs campaign employs all of ID’s promotional assets, including on-air, digital and social resources, and local and national events. On Sunday, October 19, ID bolsters its commitment to INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE by dedicating an entire day of ID’s favorite series and specials that address these social injustices. Throughout the day, ID talent will chat live about ways the online community can take action and “Inspire A Difference” through a twitter chat @DiscoveryID (#InspireADifference).ID will also feature INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE PSAs featuring Paula Zahn, Tamron Hall, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Ward and Alicia Kozakiewicz, in an effort to motivate viewers to take action with the support of leading national nonprofit partners such as the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), and Alicia’s Project.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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GRL Supports Mental Health Campaign

first_imgThe American-British-Canadian girl music group, G.R.L., is supporting a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues.G.R.L. is made up of members Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada, Natasha Slayton and Paula van Oppen. The group originally included singer Simone Battle, who took her own life on September 5, 2014. After losing their talented friend, the group decided to help raise awareness about mental health issues in America. They have joined Give An Hour and other organizations for a national campaign launching March 2015.Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501c3, founded in September 2005, by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area, to meet the mental health needs of military personnel, families, and communities affected by the post-9/11 conflicts. Thus far, the network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals have provided more than 145,000 hours of care and support to those in need. Give an Hour is now working to address the greater mental health challenges that face our nation. By leading a collective impact effort to change the story in America around mental health, mental illness, and wellness, Give an Hour and its partners will educate Americans about the signs of emotional suffering and will work to eliminate the barriers that prevent those in need from seeking the help and support they deserve.Find out more about the campaign here.last_img read more

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Celebrities Inspire Thousands To Try PlantBased Eating During VegWeek

first_imgThere are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make one meat-free? That’s the inspiring message behind VegWeek, an international week-long celebration of vegetarian eating that coincides with Earth Day, this year spanning April 18-24.Thousands commit to explore plant-based eating during VegWeek by taking a 7-Day VegPledge. And they’re in good company with support and inspiration from celebrities including award-winning musician Moby, actress Emily Deschanel (Bones), and actress and model Daisy Fuentes (America’s Funniest Home Videos, MTV). Actress Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), actor Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), and singer Mya have also shown their support for VegWeek, encouraging their fans to take the VegPledge.“Mainly I’m a vegan because I like animals, and I don’t want to be involved in their suffering. Also, it’s better for my health and for the environment,” said Moby. “I encourage you to choose compassion and take the VegWeek VegPledge.”To keep VegPledgers motivated throughout the week, dozens of companies – from Tofurky and Beyond Meat to Daiya Foods and Miyoko’s Kitchen – are pitching in by providing various deal, discounts, and meal ideas.VegWeek is celebrated during the same week as Earth Day to highlight the positive impact a plant-based diet has on the environment. According to the US Dietary Advisory Committee’s 2015 report, a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is “more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average US diet.” Whether for health, the planet, or animals, more than 50 million Americans are increasingly choosing plant-based foods while reducing or eliminating meat from their diets.“Every time we sit down to eat, we can stand up for our health, the planet, and animals simply by choosing vegetarian foods. VegWeek is a fun and supportive way for everyone to feel empowered to make a difference,” said Erica Meier, the Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing, the national non-profit that first launched this campaign in 2009.For more information, please visit: VegWeek.com.last_img read more

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THE SOCIAL Marks Milestone 1000th Episode March 9 on CTV

first_imgTORONTO, Feb. 28, 2018 – CTV’s most buzzworthy round-table chat, THE SOCIAL (@TheSocialCTV), celebrates its milestone 1,000th episode on Friday, March 9 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, it was announced today. The network also confirmed plans are in place to produce a Facebook Live 360 degree broadcast of THE SOCIAL‘s landmark episode simultaneously on Facebook.com/TheSocialCTV, providing an in-depth, interactive companion viewing experience for fans across Canada and around the world.Captivating audiences from coast-to-coast-to-coast with its trademark, up-to-the-minute frank discussion and debate on trending current events, lifestyle, and entertainment topics, Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Talk Series THE SOCIAL is a key player in CTV’s #1 daytime lineup. This season to date, THE SOCIAL‘s average audience on CTV has grown year over year in the key A18-34 demo, particularly among young females. Now in its fifth season, the country’s most-watched Canadian lifestyle program among all key demos garners an average weekly reach of 3 million viewers on CTV, CTV Two, and E!. Advertisement In the special retrospective episode, co-hosts Melissa Grelo (@melissagrelo), Cynthia Loyst (@cynthialoyst), Lainey Lui (@LaineyGossip), Marci Ien (@MarciIen), along with Digital Correspondent Jess Allen (@jessieraeallen) and special surprise guests debate topics curated by loyal fans and viewers. In addition, THE SOCIAL marks the occasion with a look back at the most touching and memorable experiences from the past five seasons and the funniest moments in the show’s history. Pulling back the curtain, the series will also showcase the teamwork and dedication that brings the daily show to life.Beginning Friday, March 2, viewers can visit Facebook.com/TheSocialCTV to vote on the topics they wish to see featured in the landmark episode. Fans can join the conversation across their social platforms using the hashtag #TheSocial1000.The milestone 1,000th episode introduces a whole new way for fans of THE SOCIAL to engage with the show in real time through a simultaneous Facebook Live 360 degree broadcast – an immersive, interactive viewing experience that invites viewers to participate in the special from the perspective of being on set in the studio audience. The result of a special collaboration between CTV and Facebook, the live stream offers a full 360-degree view of the studio and enables fans to comment and interact with the program throughout the special, integrating its social audience like never before.“This is a show where women’s voices and expertise are celebrated in front of the camera, behind the scenes and in our content.” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. “THE SOCIAL is a staple for Canadian viewers who enjoy and engage with our honest, topical, relatable, and meaningful conversations each day and for the next 1,000 to come.”THE SOCIAL co-hosts share what they hope the next 1,000 episodes will bring:“I hope that in the next 1,000 episodes, we will be able to see how movements we discuss today like #MeToo or the lack of diversity in representation in the workplace, and others, have evolved for the better,” said moderator and co-host Melissa Grelo. “I believe THE SOCIAL has contributed a lot to the discussions that all Canadians are having about equality and fairness in all facets of life. I also hope that the next 1,000 episodes continue to represent what good, strong, healthy debates look like. We don’t all share the same perspectives, but we do love and respect one another deeply. I look forward to pushing the conversations forward!”“I gained five close friends from THE SOCIAL. Cynthia, Jess, Marci, Melissa, Jess, and Traci are among the most important people in my life. And every day on the show, I feel like we’re talking to our friends across Canada. Going forward, that’s what I hope for more of: friendship, conversation, understanding, and fun,” said co-host and Canada’s foremost gossip blogger Lainey Lui. “I have learned so much from THE SOCIAL – from my colleagues, from our audience, and from our guests. Like… I actually bake now! And I know how to cook so many things! So, by the time our 2,000th episode comes around, I wonder if I’ll be a proper chef?”“I hope the next 1,000 episodes will bring more laughs, more surprises, and more Momoa!,” said relationship expert and co-host Cynthia Loyst. “I would also love to visit viewers from across this wonderful country, perhaps a special episode on the road? I dare to dream!”“Let’s continue the conversation,” said veteran journalist and co-host Marci Ien. “What I love the most about THE SOCIAL is that it’s a safe place to share our opinions and we aren’t afraid of tackling real topics that resonate with our viewers. I hope the next 1,000 episodes bring honest discussions about what Canadians are facing in their everyday lives and we will continue to share our stories – in my case, overshare!”“I’m sure every age believes they are living in especially politically charged times but holy smokes, most days it feels as though our time takes the cake,” said THE SOCIAL’s Digital Correspondent Jess Allen. “Maybe it’s social media that has amplified this sense that everyone must have an opinion, whether it’s informed or not; of opinions existing in echo chambers; and of sides being rigidly divided. So continuing to have up-to-speed spirited, engaged, and most importantly, respectful debate and discourse is something I look forward to. Also, more food segments. Because that’s what you call a free lunch.”Since its debut, THE SOCIAL remains the daily destination for fresh perspectives and unfiltered discussions on topics that resonate with Canadians. With lifestyle experts, beauty regimens, red carpet recaps, fashion tips, and distinctive guests, week after week THE SOCIAL has resonated with viewers from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Before THE SOCIAL commemorates its 1,000th milestone episode (March. 9), below is a list of fun facts to help viewers reflect on the past 999 episodes:301,000 – Total number of views from the most-watched clip on the @TheSocialCTV Facebook page when Co-Host Cynthia Loyst meets Jason Momoa195,212 – Highest number of impressions from a single tweet (interview with Fifth Harmony in Season 3)105,434 – Total number of views from the most-watched @TheSocialCTVInstagram video featuring Co-Host Melissa Grelo’s Jennifer Lopez dance-off56,789 – Audience members that have attended THE SOCIAL to date10,565 – Most number of likes on a single @TheSocialCTV Instagram post (photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry engagement, posted on Nov. 27, 2017)999 – Total number of live shows, as of March 8, 2018263 – Total number of one-on-one celebrity interviews the co-hosts have conducted in-studio110 – Number of 5th chair guests, other than with regular Digital Correspondent Jess Allen100 – Total number of fitness segments the co-hosts have completed60 – Amount of production crew per episode42 – Number of food-related field shoots THE SOCIAL’s resident foodie and digital correspondent, Jess Allen, has completed34 – Total books read for THE SOCIAL Chapter10 – Number of times Co-Host Lainey Lui has joined THE SOCIAL live from L.A. while covering the Oscars8 – Number of cameras to shoot the daily live show5 – Current season2 – Total number of times #THESOCIALCTV has trended nationwide, which was when Justin Trudeau joined THE SOCIAL’s Bell Let’s Talk Day Special, and Co-Host Lainey Lui debuted #ChineseOxBuns1 – Number of non-human guests who joined the conversation live in-studio: Miss Piggy!THE SOCIAL airs live weekdays at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. AT) on CTV. Episodes also air at 2 p.m. ET on CTV Two, 6 p.m. ET, and at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., and 2 p.m. ET on E! the day following their broadcast premieres. THE SOCIAL is also available live on CTV GO (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), as well as on demand across CTV’s digital platforms including CTV.ca and TheSocial.ca. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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CANADIANS AT CANNES 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, ON – Canada has a long history with Cannes. In recent years Xavier Dolan had become a festival regular and a bit of a festival darling but things changed last year when his film It’s Only the End of the World was heavily criticized in the press. There was some thought he would be at the southern France destination but announced his latest effort, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, would not be ready in time for the 71st Festival de Cannes. As a result, for the second year in a row, there are no Canadians among the film screening in competition.The name most associated with Cannes is David Cronenberg. He won the Cannes Jury Special Prize in 1996 for Crash, presided over the Cannes Film Festival jury in 1999 and in 2006 the festival honoured him with its lifetime achievement award, which is known as the Carrosse d’Or.This year the big name at Cannes is Denis Villeneuve. The Quebec filmmaker who completed five films in the last six years is a member of the Palme d’Or jury. It’s a nine-member international panel led this year by Australian actress Cate Blanchett. Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart also sit on this year’s jury. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS COMPLETE LIST

first_img Facebook Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host the 2019 ceremony on Jan. 6.See the full list of 2019 Golden Globe nominations below:Best Motion Picture – Drama“Black Panther”“BlacKkKlansman”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“If Beale Street Could Talk”“A Star Is Born”Best Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaGlenn Close (“The Wife”)Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)Best Actor in a Motion Picture – DramaBradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy“Crazy Rich Asians”“The Favourite”“Green Book”“Mary Poppins Returns”“Vice”Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyEmily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)Charlize Theron (“Tully”)Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyChristian Bale (“Vice”)Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion PictureAmy Adams (“Vice”)Claire Foy (“First Man”)Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion PictureMahershala Ali (“Green Book”)Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)Best Motion Picture – Animated“Incredibles 2”“Isle of Dogs”“Mirai”“Ralph Breaks the Internet”“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language“Capernaum”“Girl”“Never Look Away”“Roma”“Shoplifters”Best Director – Motion PictureBradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)Adam McKay (“Vice”)Best Screenplay – Motion PictureAlfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)Adam McKay (“Vice”)Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)Best Original Score – Motion PictureMarco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)Best Original Song – Motion Picture“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)Best Television Series – Drama“The Americans”“Bodyguard”“Homecoming”“Killing Eve”“Pose”Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaCaitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)Keri Russell (“The Americans”) Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – DramaJason Bateman (“Ozark”)Stephan James (“Homecoming”)Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)Billy Porter (“Pose”)Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy“Barry” (HBO)“The Good Place” (NBC)“Kidding” (Showtime)“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or ComedyKristen Bell (“The Good Place”)Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)Alison Brie (“Glow”)Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or ComedySacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)Bill Hader (“Barry”)Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television“The Alienist” (TNT)“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)“Sharp Objects” (HBO)“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAmy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)Laura Dern (“The Tale”)Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAntonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAlex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAlan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)Henry Winkler (“Barry”) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday morning show live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.“Vice,” Adam McKay’s scathing Dick Cheney biopic, walked away with a leading six nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Globes, also awarded “A Star Is Born,” “The Favourite,” and “Green Book” with five nods apiece. On the television front, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” picked up four nominations. “Barry,” “The Kominsky Method,” and “Homecoming” scored three nominations, as did “Sharp Objects,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “A Very English Scandal.”Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater were on hand to reveal the nominees in both television and film. They were joined by Golden Globe ambassador Isan Elba, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna and Dick Clark Productions executive VP of television Barry Adelman. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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GRAND THEATRE PRESENTS AUGUST WILSONS FENCES

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The Grand Theatre is pleased to bring to the Spriet Stage a contemporary classic, August Wilson’S FENCES. One of the most honoured plays in American theatre, winning the Pulitzer Prize along with Tony and Drama Desk awards for best new play, August Wilson’S FENCES will take the Spriet Stage from March 19 to April 6. The Title Sponsor is Tricar.“August Wilson’s Fences is a play that is grounded in gritty realism, while sailing into lyrical inspiration at the same time,” said Dennis Garnhum, Grand Theatre Artistic Director. “This production leaves me both uplifted and devastated – it is truly brilliant writing.”Directed by DJANET SEARS and starring NIGEL SHAWN WILLIAMS as Troy, August Wilson‘S FENCES is a play about family. Set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s, this play tells the story of a former Negro League baseball star that now supports his family by working as a trash collector. This modern classic from legendary playwright August Wilson sits at the crossroads of cultural change in America, set during the 50s and 60s Civil Rights Movement. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Fences Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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QA PETER MANSBRIDGE ON BIEBER RETIREMENT AND THAT ONE TIME HE VOICED

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Long-time CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge was the featured speaker at Lambton College’s third annual gala Saturday night. Before the event college brass unwisely granted one of our journalists an interview with the iconic Canadian broadcaster, which our journalist promptly used to waste everyone’s time. LOUIS PIN/THE OBSERVER Twitter A: Actually I had a beard a couple times. I used to grow a beard every summer when I took time off and I used to go camping. And one year, there was a huge power failure right across northern U.S. and into southern Canada so they had me come back from the bush. I didn’t have time to shave my beard.They had extra generators brought in so we could do a program. Which has never made sense to me, because how could people watch us if they had no power? But enough people saw it and they were saying I should keep the beard.I kept it for a couple of days. It … didn’t work. But I haven’t (gone clean shaven) since the last day I did my show, which was two years ago.Q: So you’re loosening up a little! And speaking of loosening up — when you go to the grocery store do people still recognize you? Do they give you weird looks, or …A: Well you know, if I’m wearing a baseball cap and a beard maybe not. But if it’s in the neighbourhood, they don’t care anyway. Where I live in Stratford, it’s a town full of actors who are pretty famous; we also have a place in Toronto but the building we’re in Auston Matthews is there, Morgan Rielly is there. So they don’t really care too much about me.Q: Right. And those guys, do they know who you are? When you see (fellow Stratford native) Justin Bieber on the street — like you do — does he know you?A: Actually, I’ve never seen him on the street. He’s rarely there and, when he does come to town, it’s to see his parents or his grandparents. He comes, sort of slips into town on his jet at the little airport. But he’s loyal to Stratford and he’s loyal to his grandparents, so that’s good on him.center_img Peter Mansbridge was the featured speaker at Lambton College’s third annual President’s Gala on Saturday night, before which the college granted an Observer journalist an interview with the iconic Canadian broadcaster. Our apologies to Mansbridge who (to his credit) handled the following interview with all the professional grace and charm Canadians grew to love over Mansbridge’s many year at CBC’s The National.The following is lightly edited.Q: When David Letterman retired he grew out his beard. I have to ask — is this your version of the retired Letterman look? Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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