Fubar series based on film headed to Viceland later this year

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The head-bangers of “Fubar” are headed to the small screen.Vice Studio Canada and Rogers Media say they’re making an eight-hour series based on the 2002 Canadian mocumentary cult hit about two metal heads.Filming is underway in Montreal and reunites director Michael Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the new series, the two friends find themselves fleeing the wildfires of Fort McMurray, Alta., to Calgary with only emergency government debit cards to their name.Terry discovers high-speed Internet for the first time and tries to make a profit online.Meanwhile, Dean tries to record a triple-concept album.“Fubar” is slated to premiere later this year on Viceland. Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

LIVE TONIGHT CASTING DIRECTOR STEVEN MANN ON THAT CHANNEL

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter What are you doing tonight?  Tune in or come out and join the party!  #SupportCdnTalent(if you cannot see the link above – CLICK HERE Advertisement Casting Director Steven Mann is going to be LIVE tonight at 7:30pm!  Be sure to tune in!He will be joining CHOCLAIR and D’anise Marie to discuss Casting and all things Hip-Hop.After, everyone will be going to a secret location, and will continue to broadcast live. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Art instructor charged with sexual assault of 7yearold girl at 4Cats Arts Studio

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto police have arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl while she attended his art classes out of a west-end arts studio.Toronto man Jordan Pereira was an instructor at 4Cats Arts Studio in the Junction Triangle where the girl attended a 10-week arts program.Police allege that Pereira sexually assaulted her during multiple program sessions at the Dupont Street location. Advertisement Joey Simon, the owner of 4Cats Enterprises Inc., said Pereira went through the same screening process as any one of their other instructors.“Our employees are required as a condition of employment, to undergo a strict police criminal records check prior to commencing employment. Mr. Pereira had undergone such a criminal records check and there was never any indication of prior inappropriate behaviour,” Simon said.Police are concerned that there are other victims.Police are advising parents to speak to their children who have taken classes at the studio. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Canadas entertainment industry pushes for concrete change AfterMeToo

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement What’s galvanized Polley, industry leaders and activists in this climate — where sexual misconduct is being called out and dozens of power players are tumbling — is the opportunity for a significant cultural shift towards safer, gender-balanced and more diversified workplaces.READ MORE Login/Register With: Sarah Polley reflects on the landslide of revelations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment business.“We’ve all been complicit in this culture: we’ve all seen things, we’ve let them slide. We would have never gone to a producer to report it, because no one would have cared. Right? That was the culture — we were all used to it,” the Canadian actress and activist said last week at a Toronto panel discussing sexual harassment in the film industry.But “that complicity is changing,” she says. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Netflix Films Polar In Toronto

first_imgAdvertisement Netflix Films ‘Polar’ In TorontoVanessa Hudgens, “Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick and Mads Mikkelsen star in the new Netflix movie “Polar”, based on the hybrid action-noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold. Mikkelsen will play a retired contract killer who finds himself targeted by younger assassins in the project, which is currently filming in Toronto.Netflix’s Polar Graphic Novel Adaptation Begins ShootingNetflix is bringing the graphic novel Polar to life and the streaming service has announced the start of production on the movie. The announced comes out of left field, but represents yet another big project for Netflix as the company has been investing heavily in original content in recent years. This also represents an example of an increasing number of comic book adaptations outside of the Marvel and DC universes, as studios look to other publishers for stories to (hopefully) turn into successful franchises. READ MOREVanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick & Matt Lucas Join Mads Mikkelsen In The Action-Thriller ‘Polar’High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick of the History Channel series Vikings, and Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland) have signed up to co-star in Polar, an action-thriller directed by Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The pic, based on the Dark Horse action noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, hails from Constantin Film and Netflix, which will distribute it sometime next year. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Real news delivered by real kids CBC launches Kids News

first_imgAdvertisement Catto added that CBC Kids News aims to “strengthen media literacy and empower kids to find the positive in daily news,” with content aimed at kids in the nine to 13 age range.Topics will range from news and sports to pop culture and the environment, approached in a “safe and age-appropriate manner.”Saara Chaudry beat out more than 700 other kids to nab the role as host and lead contributor of CBC Kids News.The 14-year-old actor from Toronto — who lent her voice in the critically acclaimed animated film The Breadwinner — described the website as “real news, delivered by real kids.”“Kids will be interested in a site like this because it provides kids with a reliable resource to go to, to understand what’s going on around them, be that locally or internationally, in an unbiased, understandable and relatable way,” she said. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img CBC is banking on the phrase “out of the mouth of babes” being more than just a saying.The public broadcaster on Monday launched CBC Kids News, a digital-first platform delivering news for kids, by kids.“We are deepening our commitment to serve Canadian kids with engaging, informative and trustworthy content,” CBC’s general manager of programming Sally Catto said in a statement. 14-year-old actor was one of the few chosen candidates from over 700 applicants to contribute to CBC Kids News 3:11 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

FIPPA could impact First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuestions continue to swirl around an agreement between Canada and China.The Conservative government recently signed the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA) with China but it hasn’t been ratified yet.The agreement has been met with criticism. Critics argue FIPPA will push through environmentally damaging energy projects.That raises concerns on First Nations who feel they may be pressured into surrendering their resource rights.APTN National News reporter Tina House has more on the story.last_img read more

Mikmaq briefly block major New Brunswick highway

first_imgAPTN National News REXTON,NB–More than 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters briefly blocked a main highway in New Brunswick Saturday afternoon in response to an RCMP raid on an anti-fracking encampment Thursday.Shortly after 2 p.m. local time, waving red and white Mi’kmaq and red Mohawk Warrior flags a the group marched a few hundred metres from the remains of the raided encampment and first took over the Hwy 11 overpass that crosses above Route 134, which was once blocked and was the scene of Thursday’s raid by heavily armed and camouflaged RCMP tactical teams.The blockade lasted a little over an hour and ended amid rumours a heavy police reaction was headed toward the scene.An RCMP spokeswoman would only say the blockade occurred and that the force was “assessing the situation.”Hwy 11 runs north from Moncton to the Miramichi and onto Bathurst.Route 134 was not blocked, but remains reduced to one lane of traffic.The current blockade sits about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation, which has been at the heart of anti-fracking actions, and 80 kilometres north of Moncton.More to comelast_img read more

Advocates unite in BC to share international best practices on Indigenous language

first_imgSimon CharlandAPTN NewsIndigenous language advocates and speakers from around the world gathered at the 2019 International Conference on Indigenous Languages in Victoria, B.C., this week.“It was really important to bring our language champions from across British Columbia, Canada, and around the globe to celebrate and to hold each other up,” said Tracy Herbert of the First People Culture Council, which organized the event.“We also wanted an opportunity to share our gifts with each other, because there is some amazing work in language revitalization going on. And often when we get together this can really spark innovation that we can take home to our communities.”More than 1,000 delegates attended from over 20 countries.The conference heard 40 per cent of an estimated 6,700 languages spoken across the globe are in danger of being lost.But Lorna Williams of the University of Victoria said in Canada Indigenous youth are taking an interest in learning their languages.“It’s people everywhere who are feeling uplifted by their language, and who are willing to do something about keeping their languages alive,” she said.In its 2019 budget, the federal government announced $334 million in funding over five years under Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act that was passed into law just last week. But it hasn’t yet decided how the money will be spent.The new law legislates some protections and supports for Indigenous languages – many of which are at risk of being lost – but has been criticized for not going far enough.Inuit have asked for Inuktut to be made an official language in Nunavut, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has called for all Indigenous languages to be afforded the same legal status and protections as English and French.“Gatherings like this conference are important for sharing best practices – listen and learn from each other,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Your efforts to ensure that our Indigenous languages remain living languages matters immensely.”Williams said Canadians have a role to play, too, in Indigenous languages revitalization.“Each Canadian should be learning and knowing the language that their forebears came to, and where they now exist. And that’s what I urge every Canadian to do,” she said.scharland@aptn.calast_img read more

Quebec premier apologizes to First Nations Inuit for discrimination

first_imgQuebec Premier Francois Legault apologizes to First Nation and Inuit peoples in the province’s National Assembly on Wednesday.APTN News Quebec Premier Francois Legault has followed one of the calls to action in the Viens report and apologized to First Nations and Inuit peoples for long-standing discrimination in their dealings with the province.Legault made the formal public apology today at a sitting of the provincial legislature and said the government is ready to act on recommendations contained in the report issued this week.The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commissioner Jacques Viens, which concluded that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered systemic discrimination.Legault called the findings in the report devastating and pledged that the Quebec government will work with Indigenous leaders to implement the recommendations.The Quebec government has convened a meeting of First Nations and Inuit leaders on Oct. 17 to discuss further action.The apology came as many Indigenous chiefs and leaders looked on from the visitors’ gallery of the national assembly’s legislative chamber.“I offer Quebec’s First Nations and Inuit members the most sincere apology from all of Quebec,” Legault said. “The state of Quebec has failed in its duty to you, and it asks you today for forgiveness.”But on Monday, the day the report was released, the head of the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) said it was “too weak,” and didn’t go far enough in recommending the changes needed.Fast forward to Wednesday and the apology, Ghislain Picard said in a statement that while the AFNQL recognizes the gesture of reconciliation, “First Nations are looking towards the future while worrying that [Quebec] does not understand the urgency of taking immediate action to correct the current situation.”“[Legault] may attempt to make amends for the past, but I especially wish that he would do so for today, when the Government of Quebec, on this very day, stood before the court and continued to affirm that [the province] has never recognized the right to self-determination of Fist Nations, and that it refuses to recognize that First Nations police services are essential services,” Picard explained.For two and a half years, Viens led the inquiry that was charged with looking into the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Quebec and some of the province’s public services.The inquiry was called after a number of First Nations women in Val d’Or, a mining city 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal, complained about physical and sexual abuse by members of the province’s police force, the Sûreté du Québec.The 520 page report contains 142 calls to action. Not just for police, but for other public services such as health, justice and social services.The recommendations include more money for housing, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and making services more friendly for non-French speaking Indigenous people.Viens says the calls to action are meant to combat what he describes as systemic racism in the province.“In a developed society like ours, this finding is unacceptable,” he said.Picard said the report confirms what First Nations people have been saying for a long time.He welcomed the report but worries about accountability around its recommendations.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from Lindsay Richardson, Tom Fennario and The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Zillow to list Canadian real estate in partnership with Century 21

first_imgU.S. real estate website Zillow says it has reached a deal with Century 21 Canada to list Canadian properties on its site.The Seattle-based service says it expects to feature Canadian listings, including from Century 21 Canada, on the site starting later this year.The company says that with 79 per cent of U.S. home buyers already shopping online for real estate, the addition of Canadian listings will increase exposure to properties in Canada.Century 21 Canada says the deal to provide a direct listing feed to Zillow mirrors a partnership its U.S. counterpart already has with the site.It says the deal is the first between a Canadian real estate company and Zillow, and that it will improve marketing for its sellers.Founded in 2006, Zillow is one of the largest real estate and rental listing sites in the U.S.last_img read more

Increasing crudebyrail shipments impacting other industries

first_imgAn expert says new hurdles for the Trans Mountain pipeline and a lack of capacity in existing pipelines is hurting other Canadian industries.Many sectors, from manufacturing to agriculture, use rail as their primary mode of shipment, but more and more crude is now hitting the tracks.Kent Fellows, from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, said it’s probably good for rail companies because demand equals profit.But, it’s bad for everyone else.For some products, it might not be as big of an issue, as long as they are not perishable in transportation.“But for things like agricultural goods and foods, you know, those have a pretty defined best before date, if you don’t get them where they’re going quickly enough, you can cost the shippers a lot of money in spoiled products,” Fellows said.He said the legislation is trying to improve service standards for rail shippers.But really, the only long-term solution is more capacity.“In the best case scenario, that means more pipelines, and in a good scenario that’s not best case scenario, it probably means building out the rail infrastructure a little bit more: additional locomotives, additional cars and probably at this stage, additional track as well,” Fellows said.Crude-by-rail exports hit a record in June, according to the National Energy Board, of 204,558 barrels a day.last_img read more

The amazing success of the Salvation Armys Kettle Campaign

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This year the goal for the Red Kettle Campaign was set at $65,000 and with the help of our generous community the goal was reached.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Northern Centre of Hope, shares that this was a very successful year for the Red Kettle Campaign and he attributes it to the community awareness. With new locations hosting the Red Kettles this year and new excited Volunteers helping to man the Kettles,  the grand total raised is $65,870! Last year the Campaign raised $47,060 for the Food Bank.“The only way we can have a Food Bank in FSJ is through donated dollars,” says Eggie “While we are partnered with Food Bank B.C. no operational Dollars are available through that membership.” Christmas Eve, the Kettles raised $10,000 alone on that day, a significant contribution towards this year’s goal.“We are very happy how this Campaign turned out,” said Eggie, this will make the difference to ensure those in the Community that require food assistance will be able to receive this help.This year’s new locations hosting the kettle was Gallagher’s Light Display, viewers of the light show generously donated in the total of $5484“We’re just very thankful for the response of the community,” says Eggie “it is affirming that what we are doing is making a difference and that we’re not doing it alone”To view more of the contributors to the Salvation Army’s Christmas programs CLICK HERETo read more about Gallagher’s Light Display CLICK HERElast_img read more

Suncor Energy reports production hits quarterly record in fourth quarter

first_imgIn its outlook, Suncor maintained its December production guidance for 2019 that forecast production growth of 10 percent even after production cuts imposed by the Alberta government.The province announced mandatory production curtailments for the industry this year in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Suncor’s full fourth-quarter results will be issued Feb. 5.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. says its upstream production in the last three months of 2018 hit a quarterly record.Canada’s largest integrated oil and gas company says production averaged 831,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up 12 percent from the third quarter.Oilsands operations produced approximately 433,000 barrels per day in the quarter, while total production from exploration and production was 90,000 boe/d.last_img read more

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

first_imgSaddleback says other potential “long-term viable opportunities” to be discussed at the summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation outside Calgary include Canadian National Railway Co.’s proposal to make pellets from oilsands bitumen _ dubbed “CanaPux” _ for easier transportation to customers in Asia.The Indian Resource Council, which has about 130 members, is to hold its annual general meeting on Thursday.IRC member Bernard Shepherd, a councillor for Saskatchewan’s Whitebear First Nation, says Trans Mountain could be a good long-term investment and financing would not necessarily be an insurmountable obstacle.“Some of the other activities going on around the pipeline offer short-term jobs but I think actually investing in it, owning it, I think that’s where there’s a long-term revenue stream,” he said.He said he doesn’t think Indigenous ownership would necessarily help ensure the pipeline expansion is built, given the opposition from some environmental and Indigenous groups. CALGARY, A.B. – First Nations that produce oil and gas in Canada will hear presentations Wednesday at the Indigenous Energy Summit on how they might take ownership of major energy projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline.Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models that could be followed to allow ownership of major projects including the oil pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.When the federal government bought Trans Mountain and its controversial expansion project from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. last year for $4.5 billion, it signalled that it did not intend to hold it for the long term and that potential buyers included Indigenous groups.last_img read more

City Staff authorized to file a bylaw contravention in regards to illegal

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent City of Fort St. John Council meeting, Council has given City Staff authorization to file a by-law contravention in regards to illegal secondary suites.Planning and Engineering Staff were seeking permission from Council to file a By-law Contravention Notice for properties with the Land Title and Survey Authority of B.C. under Section 57 of the Community Charter.The properties being filed under the By-law Contravention Notice include: 1. 11003 104A Avenue, PID 029-166-802;2. 11005 104A Avenue, PID 029-166-799;3. 10921 104A Avenue, PID 029-142-652;4. 10923 104A Avenue, PID 029-142-661;5. 10929 104A Avenue, PID 029-189-179;6. 10931 104A Avenue, PID 029-189-187; and7. 11107 104A Avenue, PID 029-242-444.According to the City, parking congestion, unsightly properties, snow removal challenges and safety concerns are all impacts of these illegal secondary suites.City Staff say the City and Council are working together with property owners to bringtheir properties into compliance.To date, 21 properties have had Notice on Title registered.The complete list of properties with illegal secondary suites that have received a By-law Contravention Notice can be found on the City’s website.last_img read more

Cops for Cancer 2019 – Tour De North

first_imgThursday, September 19Team Breakfast – ChetwyndLocation: Riverhouse RestaurantTime: 7:30 amThursday, September 19School Visits – ChetwyndLocations: TBDThursday, September 19Elks BBQ DinnerLocation: Powder King Mountain ResortTime: 6:30 p.m.Friday, September 20Elks BreakfastLocation: Powder King Mountain ResortTime: 7:00 a.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual Cops for Cancer Tour De North will be passing through Fort St. John and communities in the region to complete their fundraising goal of $310,000.00.The Tour takes place each September, with a team of RCMP members and emergency services personnel, from across northern BC as they cycle over 850 km on the North/South route from Dawson Creek to Williams Lake.This year’s Tour de North 2019 Riders include; Friday, September 20Cops for Cancer BBQ – MackenzieLocation: RCMP DetachmentTime: 12:00 noonFriday, September 20Morfee Elementary School VisitLocation: MackenzieTime: 1:00 p.m.Friday, September 20Mackenzie Secondary School VisitLocation: MackenzieTime: 2:00 p.m.Friday, September 20Elks Cops for Cancer DinnerLocation: MackenzieTime: 7:00 p.m.Saturday, September 21Community BreakfastLocation: MackenzieTime: 7:00 a.m.Saturday, September 21Community Lunch – Bear LakeLocation: Bear Lake Community HallTime: 1:00 p.m.Saturday, September 21Cops for Cancer Team Dinner – Prince GeorgeLocation: Kordyban Lodge – catered by The Keg RestaurantTime: 6:30 p.m.Sunday, September 22Denny’s Team Breakfast – Prince GeorgeLocation: Denny’s RestaurantTime: 7:00 a.m.Sunday, September 22Cops for Cancer Team Potluck – QuesnelLocation: Masonic HallTime: 7:00 p.m.Monday, September 23Cops for Cancer Team Breakfast – QuesnelLocation: Integris Credit UnionTime: 7:00 a.m.Monday, September 23 – School Visit – QuesnelLocation: TBDTime: 9 :00 a.m.Monday, September 23 – Private Team LunchLocation: McLeese LakeTime: 2:00 p.m.Monday, September 23Cops for Cancer Team Finale Dinner – Williams LakeLocation: Mr. Mikes RestaurantTime: 7:00 p.m.Tuesday, September 24 – School VisitLocation: Williams LakeTime: 9:00 a.m.For more information contact; Erin Reynolds at 250-645-2365 or email; ereynolds@bc.cancer.caWebsite; CLICK HEREcenter_img Lenin Cruz, RCMP, ChetwyndChristiaan Dreyer, RCMP, Fort St. JohnSharon McLeod, Community Rider, Fort St. JohnMark Webber, RCMP, Fort St. JamesRyan Hobbs, RCMP, HoustonCurtis Davis, RCMP, New AiyanshRobert Hillhouse, Community Rider, Prince GeorgeKeasha Sjodin, RCMP, Prince GeorgeJessica Friesen, BCEHS, Prince RupertChris Fedoruk, Community Rider, QuesnelJoel Kooger, RCMP, Williams LakeThe following are the dates and estimated times for the riders and locations they will be stopping at along the September 2019 tour;Tuesday, September 17Send-Off from School Visit – Dawson CreekTime: approximately 930 a.m.Location: TBDTuesday, September 17Welcome Event – Fort St JohnLocation: TBDTime: 5:00 p.m.Tuesday, September 17Montana’s Team DinnerLocation: Montana’s Restaurant, Fort St JohnTime: 7:00 p.m.Wednesday, September 18Community Lunch – Hudson’s HopeLocation: Community HallTime: 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, September 18Community BBQ Dinner – ChetwyndLocation: Fire HallTime: 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Jagmeet Singh looks to defy the odds again on the campaign trail

first_imgOTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh is no stranger to beating long odds — which is good, since taking over the Prime Minister’s Office this fall seems the unlikeliest of outcomes for  the leader of the federal New Democrats.The energetic former criminal lawyer, who cuts a striking silhouette in his tailored suit, long beard and colourful turban as he rides his collapsible bike around Parliament Hill, captured the country’s imagination in 2017 when he became the first non-Caucasian to lead a Canadian political party — a historic achievement, sure, but one he quickly ascribes to those who came before him.“We as a team were only able to dare to dream of this kind of idea, running to be prime minister, because other people broke barriers,” the 40-year-old Singh said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press. His hope, he said, is that young people will see a turbaned Sikh tearing down walls and be inspired to “dream of overcoming some challenge or barrier.”The challenge Singh faces over the next several weeks will be substantial indeed.Just four years removed from the heady pre-campaign days of 2015, when the NDP were within striking distance of forming their first-ever federal government, recent polls have shown Singh and company trailing Elizabeth May’s once-distant Greens, their status as Canada’s third party suddenly in jeopardy.That looming undercard battle may be why Singh declared publicly last month that the NDP wouldn’t support the Conservatives in a minority Parliament — an eyebrow-raiser that was billed as a declaration of disdain for rival Andrew Scheer’s past statements on same-sex marriage, but interpreted by many as an early acknowledgment that the top job was beyond his grasp.To hear him tell it, however, Singh is unconcerned by any Green threats.They’re a “non-factor” in places like Brampton, Ont., he said — a key battleground where Singh is confident his deep connections to the community, forged during his past life as a member of the Ontario legislature, will hold the party in good stead. “They’re not a factor, but I am,” Singh said. “I am a massive factor. People see me as their champion. They’ve seen that I fought for them and they see New Democrats as being on their side.”He also points to groundswells of NDP support in Toronto, Vancouver and in B.C’s lower mainland — all areas where the party’s election campaign is expected to spend the bulk of its effort.Singh — like the party he leads — is no stranger to long odds, said Jennifer Howard, his campaign manager and chief of staff.“You have to have an understanding of what it takes to sometimes overcome the odds, and Jagmeet understands,” Howard said. “He’s also somebody who is more inspired to fight for other people than himself. That comes up time and time again.”center_img Singh’s own path to politics has not been without adversity and trauma. In his autobiography, “Love & Courage,” he described being sexually abused at the hands of a martial arts instructor at age 10 while living in Windsor, Ont.“He tied his perversion to my performance, which was my primary motivation,” Singh writes. “And as the weekend sessions continued on top of my weekly training, I convinced myself that I was improving at taekwondo.”The book also documents the ripple effects of his father’s alcoholism on the family, and how Singh had to become the sole income-earner by working in retail — an experience that informs his political activism on pocketbook issues like poverty and tuition fees.“I got through those struggles because of a lot of help and my family depended on a lot of help,” he said, pointing to time his father spent at a publicly funded rehabilitation centre and help received from strangers when his family had nowhere to live.“I don’t believe that someone’s job status or income level should determine their ability to succeed and do well in life, and that’s why I really passionately believe in social programs and services.”In short, Singh is no stranger to being the underdog, said Howard. He likes to exceed expectations.“I think he has, many times in his life, had to fight to get to where he is,” she said. “He knows how to do that.”Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

India puts Emisat, 28 foreign satellites in orbit

first_imgSriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday put the Emisat, an electronic intelligence satellite for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and 28 other foreign satellites into orbit in a copy book style. With Monday’s launch, India has successfully put into orbit 297 foreign satellites till date. The notable aspects of this space mission are the flying of a new variant of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), switching off and on the fourth stage engine couple of times and the use of the fourth stage as an orbital platform carrying three experimental payloads. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details After the successful launch, the space agency’s Chairman K. Sivan said: “Today the PSLV has successfully injected the ISRO-made Emisat satellite and 28 customer satellites at a 504 km altitude. “The mission is special for the ISRO on many counts as it was the first time a PSLV rocket was launched with four strap-on motors; the mission has three different orbits for the very first time; the fourth stage was made an orbital platform for experiments; and there was also a new team for the PSLV.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Sivan said the industry contributed a lot for the building of the rocket and satellite. “Ninety five per cent of the rocket hardware and 60-65 per cent of satellite components was fabricated by the industry,” he said. At 9.27 a.m., the PSLV rocket standing at 44.5 metres tall and weighing 239 tonnes with a one-way ticket, hurtled itself towards the skies. With the fierce orange flame at its tail lighting, the rocket slowly gathered speed and went up. Heeding to the demand of the public to view the rocket launch, Sivan said that a viewers gallery was built and 1,200 people enjoyed spectacle. He said for the next mission about 5,000 people will be allowed to witness the launch. The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel. In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging it’s first stage. On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March, it had four strap-on motors. The space agency also has two more PSLV variants — Core Alone (without any strap-on motors) and the larger PSLV-XL. The ISRO selects the kind of rocket to be used based on the weight of satellites it carries. Forty-seven seconds later after the launch, the Emisat was ejected at an altitude of about 753 km. Meanwhile, at about 60 minutes after the PSLV’s lift-off, its fourth stage was restarted and run for about 10 seconds before it was cut off again. At about 108 minutes after the lift off, the rocket’s fourth stage was again restarted for few seconds before it was again cut off. Finally, at about 110 minutes, the first of the 28 foreign satellites were ejected and in five minutes, they were put into orbit. Again the fourth stage will be restarted and stopped twice to bring its altitude to 507 km at the end of three hours after the lift off. At this point the fourth stage will turn into an orbital platform for three experimental payloads: (a) Automatic Identification System (AIS) from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships (b) Automatic Packet Repeating System (APRS) from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India – to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data and (c) Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) – for the structural and compositional studies of ionosphere, the space agency said. India will also launch two more defence satellites sometime in July or August with its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).last_img read more

Fugitive held for killing man over road rage

first_imgNEW DELHI: The crime branch of Delhi Police arrested a fugitive and a contract killer of Randeep Bhati and Anil Dujana gang identified as 28-year-old SunilBhati. He carried a cash reward of Rs 25,000 was declared by the Uttar Pradesh Police on his arrest. On the intervening night of January 4-5, Dharmendra, who himself had several criminal cases registered against him at the Badalpur police station, was picked up by the members of the Randeep Bhati gang from his house and was shot dead. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe assailants had later dumped his body near the Roopvaas, about a few kilometres away from Dharmendra’s home, and then fled from the spot. The trigger for the killing was a road rage incident. One semi-automatic pistol .32 bore with six live cartridges have been recovered from his possession. The accused was born in a village Junpat, in Dadri. He studied up to 5th class in his native village and gangster Randeep Bhati was his classmate.last_img read more