first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement A lot of what makes the sketches on Baroness Von Sketch Show so hilarious is that they are so relatable to the viewer — sometimes painfully so! Yes, these ladies are offering up a hilarious take on everyday life. “Some of them do come from our lives,” Whalen says about the realistic feel of the sketches. Browne adds that while “some of our sketches are a little more silly or out there,” the women have always tried to “start out with something that’s true.” Even some of the more “out there” sketches like a space mission to Mars all start in some form of reality. “Obviously none of us have ever been to Mars, but we know about lying on your resume to appear better or try to get something you feel would be otherwise unattainable,” explains Taylor. It’s those roots that really take the sketches on Baroness to another level for us.CBCIt really showcases TorontoThe sketches on Baroness were shot 100 per cent on location which means the viewer is really taken on a tour of Toronto thanks to these ladies. The on location shoots not only highlighted the city, but it meant for an accelerated shooting pace for the women. “When you have to change hair, makeup, costume, location and everything for every sketch it was a like a white-knuckle ride for us,” says Taylor. MacNeill adds that “we were just running from sketch to sketch and I was amazed how fast we’d transform from one character to another.” So while being on location definitely adds visually to the show, and gives a fresh feeling to all of the sketches, there may have been some other benefits as well. It’s easy to miss out on new television series out there during the summer and who can blame you? The sun is shining and it’s finally warm, so most of us are out and about enjoying the outdoors. However, we here at The TV Junkies wanted to let you know that you may have missed a reason to take a breather, come on inside, relax and enjoy that AC for awhile.For the past five weeks Baroness Von Sketch Show on CBC has been making us laugh and laugh HARD. The all-female, single-camera sketch comedy series has us belly laughing at its many insightful and true to life sketches that are jam packed into each half hour episode. Sketch comedy veterans Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen all serve as writers, stars and executive producers of the comedy series.Before the Baroness Von Sketch Show season finale airs Tuesday, July 19 at 9:30 p.m. we thought we’d take a quick minute to let you know why this series is one you don’t want to miss. In fact, we’ve went ahead and compiled a list of reasons why you should be watching these ladies. Oh and don’t worry about the fact that Season 1 is almost over. You can catch up in no time, as all episodes are available online at CBC’s website. Also, if you’re in the US then check out sketches from the show on CBC Comedy’s YouTube channel.It’s grounded in reality Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Shania Twain performs at the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open tennis tournament late last month. Her new album Now is, like most of her albums, not quite country music, though she has swapped the excess of her last albums for something smaller and warmer. (CHARLES SYKES / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Advertisement Advertisement Now is, like most of her albums, not quite country music, though she has swapped the excess of her last albums for something smaller and warmer. It has little to do with country music’s traditional centre but, to be fair, much of modern country music has little to do with what is thought of as country music’s traditional centre.Twain’s own life has changed radically, too. After 14 years of marriage, she separated from Lange in 2008 after he had an affair with her close friend. (The divorce was finalized in 2010.) In turn, Twain married that friend’s husband, Frédéric Thiébaud, in 2011.“This is not my divorce record,” she insisted, and yet many songs tackle the stings of romantic mistrust and betrayal. “Still can’t believe he’d leave me to love her,” she sings on the bleakly resentful “Poor Me.” On the haunting “I’m Alright,” she sings, “You let me go, you had to have her/You told me slow, I died faster.”Now marks the first time Twain has delved into that period of her life in song, but her return to public life began in 2011 with a scarred, vulnerable autobiography, From This Moment On, and an off-kilter, sometimes uncomfortable docu-series on the then-fledgling Oprah Winfrey Network, Why Not? With Shania Twain. When it came time to re-emerge musically, she chose the “controlled ideal environment” of a Las Vegas residency, at Caesars Palace, which began in 2012 and ran for two years.During that time period, she was also suffering physically, having lost her voice; nerves connected to her vocal cords atrophied, a side effect of Lyme disease, which she’d had since a tick bite on the Up! tour. Now, she likens herself to an injured athlete; she exercises her voice carefully, to ensure it’s ready when she needs it: “I can’t just get up and sing right now. I couldn’t get up and just belt out a song.”She was always writing songs, though she thought she might have to give them to other artists to sing. Her new husband disagreed. “He would say ‘No, no, no. You’re going to sing again some day. Don’t give that song away.’ ” Mainly, she was focused on motherhood — “baking cake, packing lunches, running back and forth to soccer and all that stuff” for Eja, her 16-year-old son with Lange — so she would concentrate on songs in her downtime, especially at night, using a simple setup of guitar, keyboard, Pro Tools and microphone.The result was a set of demos that weren’t executed in any particular genre. “I hadn’t determined feel yet,” she said. After not listening to current music at all during the songwriting process, she began to seek out possible collaborators, eventually settling on four producers: Matthew Koma (Carly Rae Jepsen, Zedd), Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen), Jacquire King (Tom Waits, James Bay) and Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran).One of the choices she had to make was whether or not to make a kind of heritage album, one that eschews the contemporary music conversation in favour of something like an acoustic singer-songwriter album, or a duets project or something more gimmicky, like one with classical arrangements — all reasonable options for a well-loved singer returning after a long hibernation. “That would have been safer,” she pointed out, but chose a different path. “I want it to be relatable and that means sonically relatable.”Gosling, who worked on some of the album’s darker moments, said that Twain was flexible about her songs from the start and that there was minimal interference: “I didn’t speak to any A&R person. I didn’t even know if she was on a label, to be honest.”Her other bridge to contemporary music is Eja, who makes music himself, dance music mostly. When Twain was scrupulously avoiding listening to current music, she couldn’t avoid hearing the thumping beats coming from behind his bedroom door. There are a couple of club-music echoes on her album, on “Let’s Kiss and Make Up,” and the beginning of “Poor Me,” which resembles the intro of the Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”“He doesn’t want to be a performer, so he’s more in his dad’s realm of things,” Twain said.When Eja was younger, he would ask his mother to write songs with him. “I’m like, ‘You know I’m writing for my own album right now!’ ” Lately, she’s been giving him some of her vocal stem files to fiddle around with, but nevertheless she’s careful to remind him of the pitfalls of devoting too much energy to someone else’s vision: “You have to have your own thing.” The last time Shania Twain released an album — the experimental country-but-not-quite opus Up! — it sold approximately 874,000 copies in its first week and went on to receive the Recording Industry Association of America’s diamond certification for 10 million copies sold, her third album in a row to reach that milestone.That was in 2002, right around the peak of the CD age, and an era in which the pop mainstream hadn’t yet fully absorbed hip hop. Napster had just come and gone. Barack Obama was still a state senator. Taylor Swift had just taken her first trip as a preteen to Nashville, Tenn.At that time, Twain was a cross-genre titan, a country singer who — with her then-husband Mutt Lange, the producer who boosted the sound of AC/DC and Def Leppard — made titanic, eclectic music that infuriated Nashville purists with its flashy embrace of pop theatrics, but still dominated the charts and made Twain a megastar with a Rolling Stone cover and rotation on MTV. On songs like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” she was brassy and a little salacious, a feminist triumphalist. Login/Register With: Much has changed in the intervening decade and a half. Pop stars aren’t as grand scaled, country music now takes as givens many of the risks Twain innovated and Twain divorced Lange following an outlandish tabloid scandal.And yet Twain is not apprehensive about her return, 15 years later, with her fifth album Now on Sept. 29. “I really feel like I’m coming back into worlds that I already know,” the singer, 52, said early last month London West Hollywood hotel here. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement PLAYWRIGHT: Anosh IraniDIRECTOR: Philip AkinCAST:John Chou – SamCyrus Faird – DocChanakya Mukherjee – HasanGugun Deep Singh – AbdulSugith Varughese – RandyTahirih Vejdani – HaseenaFarid Yazdani – Ram LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: The cast has been announced for the Toronto premiere of The Men in White, written by award-winning playwright and author Anosh Irani (Bombay Black).Obsidian Theatre’s Philip Akin directs this production opening in October as part of Factory Theatre’s “Canada at Your Doorstep” season.The Men in White is told through the eyes of two brothers: Hasan (Chanakya Mukherjee) lives in the Dongri neighbourhood of Mumbai, while his older brother Abdul (Gugun Deep Singh) lives in Vancouver. Abdul hopes to end his cricket team’s losing streak by recruiting his talented younger brother from India. But tensions rise within the team as the cost of bringing Hasan to Canada will mean more than just a plane ticket.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, Calif., is pictured in this undated photo. (AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment LOS ANGELES — The Writers Guild of America sued the entertainment industry’s four biggest talent agencies Wednesday in the latest and boldest move in an increasingly bitter and protracted fight between the two sides over the way Hollywood does business.The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court claims agents’ use of so-called packaging fees is illegal under California law because they pose “numerous conflicts of interest between writers and the agencies serving as their agents.”Packaging fees mean agents combine elements of a television series, including writers, scripts or actors, and sell them directly to studios as a unit rather than taking commissions from each. It can mean massive payouts for agents from successful shows, sometimes more than those who directly work on them receive. The practice, common for decades in Hollywood, has brought negotiations to a halt between agents and writers, who say they can no longer tolerate it.“The packaging fees paid by production companies to the agencies are unrelated to their own clients’ compensation and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the agencies each year,” the lawsuit states. “Rather than seeking to maximize how much writers are paid for their work, the agencies seek to maximize the packaging fee they will be paid for a particular project.”“Indeed,” it later adds, “agencies actually have a disincentive to advocate for greater pay for their clients, because the agencies’ share of profits would be at risk of being reduced.”The lawsuit alleges that the practice violates California’s fiduciary and unfair competition laws and an anti-kickback provision of the federal Taft-Hartley Act. It asks that a judge declare packaging fees unlawful and prohibit the agencies from entering into new agreements based on them.Named as defendants are the agencies that dominate Hollywood, often called the “Big Four”: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agents and ICM Partners. None of the agencies had immediate comment on the lawsuit.The Association of Talent Agents, which represents the agencies, has previously called the guild’s moves a power grab full of misinformation that seeks to remake the entire industry and restrain the ability of its members to do business.The ATA said in public documents on its negotiating position that packaging keeps more money in writers’ pockets, that agents’ interests remain aligned with clients under the system, and that writers would lose considerable money if the practice were eliminated.In a statement issued Wednesday evening, the ATA said the lawsuit “confirms that the WGA’s leadership is on a predetermined path to chaos that never included any intention to negotiate.” It cited the lengthy legal process that will ensue, saying it will force WGA members and the overall industry “into long-term uncertainty.”The lawsuit also lists eight individual writers it says have suffered from the packaging-fee system as plaintiffs, including “Cold Case” creator Meredith Stiehm and “The Wire” creator David Simon.At a news conference Wednesday, Stiehm said she pitched and sold “Cold Case” to the Warner Bros. studio and CBS.She didn’t learn until six years and more than 130 episodes into the run of the 2003-10 crime drama that her agency, CAA, had negotiated a packaging fee for itself “without my knowledge,” Stiehm said.She later discovered that CAA also had a piece of the show’s profits, Stiehm said, with the agency getting 94 cents for every dollar she earned.“This is indefensible,” said Stiehm, who won an Emmy as an executive producer for “Homeland.” Agents traditionally get 10 per cent of what their clients earn, which she said is fair and aligns the agency’s financial incentives with that of their clients, “who they’re supposed to represent.”The lawsuit also asks that agencies be compelled to provide an accounting of what they earned on the packaged projects for the eight individual plaintiffs, and to pay them damages accordingly.The fight puts Hollywood in uncharted territory, and the industry’s trade publications have said it’s unclear what its practical impact would be. While it’s unlikely to have the visible and dramatic effect that writers strikes have had, it’s also certain to slow production if it continues.Writers’ objections to packaging fees have fueled heated negotiations in recent months between agencies and the guild. The talks broke off Friday, and on Saturday the 1976 agreement between the two sides ended.The guild then called for its approximately 8,500 writers who are represented by agents to fire them, and said Wednesday that the vast majority either already have or will.Some prominent writers, including Stephen King and Patton Oswalt, posted photos of the termination letters they sent on social media. Both said they were happy with their representation but not with the system, and they owed their allegiance to their union.“I have an amazing agency that represents me,” Oswalt tweeted. “But I have an even better guild which stands for me.”Andrew Dalton and Lynn Elber ~ The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement As part of the great release date shake-up, Disney announced there will be a trio of untitled “Star Wars” entries. These will hit theaters after “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” brings the Skywalker spinoff saga to a close this December. The first of the new three films will hit the big screen on Dec. 16, 2022. There will be two other follow-ups that will premiere in the Christmas corridor on Dec. 20, 2024 and Dec. 18, 2026. The news means that Disney is poised to dominate the busy holiday movie-going season for the foreseeable future, as it alternates between “Avatar” and “Star Wars” films. Moviegoers will be treated to new Na’vi and Jedi adventures each year between 2021 and 2027.Following its box office behemoth “Avengers: Endgame,” Disney has also adjusted a few upcoming Marvel releases. Fox’s “The New Mutants,” an “X-Men” film with “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, was pushed back from Aug. 2, 2019 to April 3, 2020. Meanwhile, “Gambit,” another Fox-owned “X-Men” entry, was removed from the studio’s schedule. The Channing Tatum-led spinoff was previously dated for March 13, 2020.But that’s not all. In 2020, Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” adaptation” will bow on Dec. 18, while “Cruella,” a live-action “101 Dalmatians” spin-off, will launch Dec. 23 ahead of the long holiday weekend.As expected, “Ad Astra,” an astronaut drama starring Brad Pitt, will now lift off Sept. 20, 2019. The movie had barely received any promotion ahead of its original Memorial Day weekend slot, so a delay was all but inevitable. A handful of summer 2019 releases were also shifted around, including Fox 2000’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” which was moved up to Aug. 9, and Fox Searchlight’s “Ready or Not,” now debuting Aug. 23. Meanwhile, “Artemis Fowel,” a YA adaptation, once scheduled for Aug. 9, 2019, is now dated for May 29, 2020.“We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world,” said Cathleen Taff, the studio’s president of theatrical distribution, in a statement. “With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios — including several new chapters of two revered franchises, ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Wars.’”See the full updates to the release schedule below: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (FOX) previously dated on 9/27/19 moves to 8/9/19READY OR NOT (FSL) is now dated on 8/23/19AD ASTRA (FOX) previously dated on 5/24/19 moves to 9/20/19FORD v. FERRARI (FOX) is the updated title of previous UNTITLED JAMES MANGOLD PROJECT dated on 11/15/19STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (DIS) is the updated title of previous STAR WARS: EPISODE IX dated on 12/20/19SPIES IN DISGUISE (FOX) previously dated on 9/13/19 moves to 12/25/19UNDERWATER (FOX) is now dated on 1/10/20CALL OF THE WILD (FOX) previously dated on 12/25/19 moves to 2/21/20THE NEW MUTANTS (FOX) previously dated on 8/2/19 moves to 4/3/20ARTEMIS FOWL (DIS) previously dated on 8/9/19 moves to 5/29/20THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (DIS) is the updated title of previous UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION dated on 2/14/20, and moves to 8/14/20DEATH ON THE NILE (FOX) previously dated on 10/2/20 moves to 10/9/20WEST SIDE STORY (FOX) is now dated on 12/18/20CRUELLA (DIS) is the updated title of previous UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION dated on 12/23/20NIMONA (FOX) previously dated on 2/14/20 moves to 3/5/21AVATAR 2 (FOX) previously dated on 12/18/20 moves to 12/17/21UNTITLED STAR WARS (DIS) is the updated title of previous UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION dated on 12/16/22AVATAR 3 (FOX) previously dated on 12/17/21 moves to 12/22/23UNTITLED STAR WARS (DIS) is now dated on 12/20/24AVATAR 4 (FOX) previously dated on 12/20/24 is now dated on 12/19/25UNTITLED STAR WARS (DIS) is now dated on 12/18/26AVATAR 5 (FOX) previously dated on 12/19/25 moves to 12/17/27GAMBIT (FOX) previously dated on 3/13/20 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED FOX MARVEL (FOX) previously dated on 6/26/20 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED FOX MARVEL (FOX) previously dated on 10/2/20 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION (DIS) previously dated on 10/9/20 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED FOX MARVEL (FOX) previously dated on 3/5/21 is removed from scheduleFOSTER (FOX) previously dated on 3/5/21 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION (DIS) previously dated on 12/22/21 is removed from scheduleBy BRENT LANG and REBECCA RUBIN ~ VARIETY Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to return to Pandora.James Cameron’s long-awaited and oft-delayed follow-up to “Avatar” has been pushed back another year. “Avatar 2” will hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2021 instead of Dec. 18, 2020 as originally planned. Its move means that “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 22, 2023 as opposed to Dec. 17, 2021 while “Avatar 4” will bow on Dec. 19, 2025 instead of Dec. 20, 2024 and “Avatar 5” will launch Dec. 17, 2027.The news comes as part of a larger shift in release dates unveiled by Walt Disney Studios. The company is moving around the debuts of various movies it inherited after buying the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets in a $71.3 billion mega-merger. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsIndian Affairs Minister John Duncan said the government would begin work on developing a national strategy to combat suicide in First Nations communities.Last week, a nine year-old boy was found hanging inside a home in Sandy Bay, Sask. Family and community members said it was a suicide.Suicide is the number one cause of death for young First Nation males in Canada.“I think this is an obvious direction to go, so I will be quite willing to provide leadership in terms of trying to accomplish something on that front,” said Duncan.Duncan said Health Canada would have to be involved in the development the strategy.last_img

first_img(Photo courtesy of Nick Illauq)By Kent Driscoll APTN National News Clyde River/Kanngiqtugaapik, Nunavut–More than 300 people in the small Baffin Island community of Clyde River, Nunavut, took to the streets Wednesday in protest of proposed seismic testing off the eastern shore of Baffin Island.Seismic testing is where loud sonic guns are fired into the water and the echo helps to determine what resources are available under the seabed, typically oil.The National Energy Board announced that the proposed testing has been delayed until 2015, but that didn’t limit the enthusiasm or turnout.There are only 1,000 people who live in Clyde River and nearly one third of them turned up Wednesday afternoon for a march around the community’s Ring Road.Like in many communities across the country, Clyde River residents believe seismic testing will injure the sea mammals they depend on for food.Highly isolated, and lowly populated, Clyde River has some of the highest food costs in Canada.Former MLA David Iqaqrialu was one of the loudest voices at the rally and believes seismic testing will hurt his people.“We’re alive, we eat them (sea animals). I don’t want them to get hurt. We live here, Inuit. The animals live here too,” said Iqaqrialu.Clyde River’s Mayor Jerry Natanine has been one of the leaders and organizers fighting the testing. He’s firm in his belief seismic testing will not help his citizens.“I’m very proud. I’m very very proud of my community, they’re sticking up for themselves and for other Inuit”, said Natanine.The five-year project to map the seabed of Baffin Bay will now start in 2015 and last for five years. It will map the entire Baffin Bay – the body of water between Greenland and Baffin read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAt 82-years-old, filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin isn’t slowing down.Her latest film takes a look at the history of Treaty 9 and whether the people were tricked.Trick or Treaty premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsNowadays, economic development is a word that is thrown around a lot in all nations in this country.It’s a phrase that promises jobs and a chance at a better life.For more than six years, the Quebec Mi’kmaq Nation has worked to get its own piece of economic development on the go.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.drochette@aptn.calast_img

first_img(Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott in the House of Commons)The Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says she has had an emotional meeting with some men who were switched at birth over 40 years ago.DNA tests have shown at least four babies were switched at the federally run hospital in Norway House during the 1970s.Philpott says she met in Winnipeg with some of the men, their families and First Nations band councillors.She says she heard firsthand about the impact the discovery has had on their lives and adds that Health Canada will support the men as they heal.Eric Robinson, a spokesman for the families, says they want a public apology in Parliament and counselling as they come to terms with what happened.The federal government has asked an independent third party to investigate what went read more

first_imgLindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsThe closure of a prominent Montreal homeless shelter has directly affected the city’s urban Indigenous population.To fill that gap an international aid organization has stepped in until more resources are made available from the municipal and provincial governments.Among other things, Medecins du Monde is dispensing medical care to the city’s most vulnerable.lrichardson@aptn.calast_img

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources (TSX:TECK.B) has announced plans to issue a special dividend to its shareholders, in addition to its regular dividend, and increase its share buyback program by $230 million.The diversified mining company, based in Vancouver, says the two measures are being taken because of Teck’s strong cash position.Its shareholders of record as of Dec. 15 will receive a supplemental dividend of 40 cents per share on top of the regular dividend, which is five cents per quarter.The total cost of the dividend payments on Dec. 29 will be $260 million. Teck will also spend an additional $230 million on its existing share buyback program to repurchase class B shares through the end of March.Teck’s B shares have recently traded about where they began 2017, just above $27, but were below $20 each in mid June. They closed at $27.06 on Thursday and opened Friday at $27.44, a gain of 1.4 per cent.Teck chairman Norman Keevil said in a statement that the board wants shareholders to benefit directly the company’s strong results.“We are also committed to adjusting our capital spending plans consistent with prudent management of our balance sheet as we move into 2018,” Keevil said in the statement, issued Thursday after the Toronto Stock Exchanged closed.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed deals to acquire an initial minority stake in The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. and to purchase up to 20 per cent of TGOD’s annual cannabis production.Aurora (TSX:ACB) says it plans to acquire a 17.62 per cent stake in the privately held company for $55 million.Aurora will also have the option to incrementally increase its ownership interest to 51 per cent once TGOD meets certain corporate, operational, construction and financial milestones.TGOD is building a high-technology greenhouse in Valleyfield, Que., where it owns a 30-hectare property.Under the proposed supply agreement, Aurora will have the right to purchase up to 20 per cent of TGOD’s annual production of cannabis from its Ancaster, Ont., and Valleyfield facilities.The supply contract also gives Aurora the right to purchase up to 33 per cent of the production at the two facilities if it increases its ownership interest to 31 per cent.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,393.95, down 48.73 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 38 cents, or 3.65 per cent, to $10.78 on 11.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down eight cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $3.98 on 10.1 million shares.BELLUS Health Inc. (TSX:BLU). Biotechnology. Unchanged at 41 cents on 9.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $2.61, or 9.54 per cent, to $29.96 on 6.8 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 77 cents, or 8.34 per cent, to $8.46 on 6.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $9.40 on 6.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $39.78 on 4.1 million shares. The oilsands giant says it is moving up planned maintenance shutdowns at its heavy oil projects in northern Alberta and will slow down production from new wells to avoid selling the product at current poor prices. On a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations, the Calgary-based company said Thursday it plans to drill only 59 net Alberta heavy oil wells in the current quarter, down from 116 drilled in the fourth quarter.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 92 cents, or 1.24 per cent, to $74.92 on 5.9 million shares. The Toronto-based bank’s first-quarter profits surpassed market expectations, despite a hefty charge due to U.S. tax reform, to close out another strong earnings season for Canada’s biggest lenders. TD reported first-quarter net income of $2.353 billion, marking a seven per cent drop from the same period in 2017. But after adjusting for one-time items, TD reported adjusted diluted earnings of $2.946 billion or $1.56 per share, a 15 per cent jump from the previous year.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – The American government hit the Canadian forestry industry with more duties late Tuesday as it upheld counterveiling duties on Canadian newsprint.The United States Department of Commerce said in a statement that a preliminary investigation found Canadian exporters underpriced uncoated groundwood paper by between 0 and 22.16 per cent.Uncoated groundwood paper includes newsprint, as well as book publishing, printing and writing papers.“President Trump made it clear from the beginning that we will vigorously administer our trade laws to provide U.S. industry with relief from unfair trade practices,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.The department said it determined Canadian exporters have sold newsprint in the U.S. at as much as 22.16 per cent less than fair value and it will collect cash corresponding to those rates.It noted that the maximum margin of 22.16 per cent is lower than the up to 54.97 per cent rate alleged by Washington-based North Pacific Paper Company, which made the petition to the department to impose the tariffs. It complained Canada was dumping newsprint into the American market and unfairly subsidizing its industry at home.Canada is the largest exporter of newsprint in the world, with a market dominated by Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP), Kruger and Catalyst Paper Corp. of British Columbia.The department calculated a dumping rate of 22.16 per cent for Catalyst Paper Corp., and all other producers excluding Resolute Forest Products and White Birch, which were both found to have dumping rates of zero per cent.The department’s investigation into the alleged dumping began in August 2017, and an International Trade Commission investigation began the following month.The department said a final determination in the investigation will be made in August.It’s the second time the Trump administration has slapped duties on the Canadian forestry industry in recent months.In December, the U.S. International Trade Commission upheld tariffs on softwood lumber after it determined the lumber imported from Canada is subsidized and injures the U.S. industry.Canada filed a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization in January about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs, directly tied to softwood lumber.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Securities Administrators has proposed changes that would prohibit certain embedded commissions paid to dealers in a bid to address investor protection concerns.The umbrella organization of the country’s provincial securities regulators has published a notice with its proposal, which includes banning investment fund managers from paying up-front sales commissions to dealers.The CSA has also proposed a ban on trailing commissions to certain dealers who do not make a suitability determination, such as those that only offer trade execution.The umbrella organization says the changes will eliminate a compensation conflict inherent in the deferred sales charge option — a fee to be paid by the investor if the investment is redeemed prior to a set amount of time — which has been criticized.The CSA says prohibiting the upfront sales commission payments will eliminate the need for charging these redemption fees.The notice with the proposed amendments will be open for public consultations until Dec. 13.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government will not appeal the court decision that tore up cabinet approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and is appointing former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the government does not intend to start the phase-three Indigenous consultations from the beginning, but will use them to address the weaknesses that led to the Federal Court of Appeal decision in August.The court found that while the government did spend several months in 2016 meeting with Indigenous communities concerned about the pipeline, those consultations were largely note-taking exercises and the government did not do anything to address the concerns that were raised.The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plan to triple capacity of the existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., is in limbo while Ottawa attempts to fulfil requirements to consult Indigenous communities and consider the environmental impact the pipeline will have from additional oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia.Last month, Sohi ordered the National Energy Board to go back and do a better environmental review of the risk of oil spills and the impact on marine life when the number of oil tankers in the Burrard Inlet rises to 35 a month from about five.Sohi gave the NEB until the end of February to report back on the environmental review, but is not putting a timeline on the Indigenous consultations.last_img read more

first_img___Stock market woes raise a nagging fear: Is a recession near?BALTIMORE (AP) — Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression. Wall Street’s sustained slump has been fueled by investor concerns about lower corporate profits, higher corporate debt, a festering trade war between the United States and China and a broader global slowdown. So is a U.S. recession imminent? Not necessarily.___Stocks waver as plunging oil prices pull energy stocks lowerNEW YORK (AP) — After two days of huge losses, U.S. stocks ended the day back where they started on Tuesday. Energy companies sank as crude oil plunged 7 per cent, but technology and consumer-focused companies climbed. U.S. crude oil fell to its lowest price since August 2017, and it has now fallen almost 40 per cent since early October. Investors are worried that supplies continue to increase and that demand is slowing as the global economy weakens. The plunge in oil prices has crushed energy company stocks in recent weeks.___Grocery delivery, with no human drivers, is underwaySCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The nation’s largest grocery chain is trying to leap into the driverless delivery market. Kroger announcing Tuesday it will deliver milk, eggs and apples with nobody at the wheel. Although limited to within a mile of one Arizona supermarket, it represents a significant step forward for industries trying to lower delivery costs of everyday and those trying to launch self-driving cars on public roads. But Tuesday’s launch also highlighted some of the many challenges that are still ahead.___Some advertisers leave Carlson show after immigrant commentsATLANTA (AP) — Some advertisers say they are leaving conservative host Tucker Carlson’s show following his remarks that immigrants could make the U.S. “poorer and dirtier.” It’s the latest example of sponsors leaving a Fox News Channel show after controversy. So far, the biggest advertisers are sticking with him. Fox News says ad revenue has shifted to other shows. Carlson says his show was “not intimidated” by criticism.___Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport carsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel that could move people faster than subways. Musk plans to unveil the test tunnel Tuesday, as well as the autonomous cars that will carry people through it. He’s also set to show off elevators he says will bring users’ own cars from the surface to the tunnel.___Trump administration moves to ban bump stocksWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. A senior Justice Department official says bump stocks will be banned under the federal law that prohibits machine-guns. The devices became a focal point of the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 in Las Vegas, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.___FedEx plans buyouts after weak international 2Q shippingMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx Corp. delivered a disappointing earnings report Tuesday and said it plans to offer buyouts to some of its workers and reduce spending to make up for weak international shipping, especially in Europe. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said it had a fiscal second-quarter profit of $935 million, or $3.51 per share. That’s up $775 million, or $2.84 per share, a year ago. But the 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were expecting earnings of $4.05 per share.___UK ramps up ‘no-deal’ Brexit preparations amid impasseLONDON (AP) — Britain’s government is ramping up preparations for the possibility the U.K. could leave the European Union in 101 days without a deal, urging thousands of businesses and millions of households to make sure they are ready for the worst. With the country’s departure set for March 29, it remains unclear whether British lawmakers will approve the divorce agreement the government has negotiated with the EU.___EU officials, firms meet African leaders to talk investmentBERLIN (AP) — European officials and companies met with African leaders in Vienna Tuesday for talks intended as a springboard to increase investment in Africa. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union presidency, said that investments of around 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) would be possible as a result of guarantees and other arrangements presented at Tuesday’s meeting.___The S&P 500 index inched up 0.22 of a point to 2,546.16. The Dow industrials added 82.66 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 23,675.64. The Nasdaq composite gained 30.18 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,783.91. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies lost another 0.97 of a point, or 0.1 per cent, to 1,377.18.Benchmark U.S. crude plunged 7.3 per cent to $46.24 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, sank 5.6 per cent to $56.26 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline fell 4.2 per cent to $1.35 a gallon and heating oil lost 4 per cent to $1.75 a gallon. Natural gas jumped 8.8 per cent to $3.84 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local):7:50 a.m.Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH’-see) says “there’s no amount of persuasion” President Donald Trump can use to get her to fund his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.Pelosi says the partial government shutdown stemming from Trump’s demand for wall funding has nothing to do with Democrats. In an interview that aired Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show that Democrats want the “Trump shutdown” to end but she’s unwilling to fund Trump’s wall.She added: “There is no amount of persuasion he can use.”Pelosi says negotiating with Trump is difficult because he “resists science, evidence, data, truth.” The California Democrat adds, “It’s hard to pin the president down on the facts.”Pelosi responded to criticism from Trump that she took a trip to Hawaii over the holidays, while he cancelled his planned visit to Florida because of the shutdown. Pelosi says, “The president may not know this, but Hawaii is part of the United States of America.” She says she was available on 24 hours’ notice.Trump has said the shutdown will last “as long as it takes” to get the wall funding he wants.___12:35 a.m.President Donald Trump and congressional officials plan to try, try again Friday after their meeting at the White House didn’t succeed in producing a budget agreement that would end a partial government shutdown.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tells NBC’s “Today” that budget legislation for the new Congress will not include money for Trump’s border wall and asks, “How many more times can we say no?”Trump says he isn’t budging either and that shutdown will last “as long as it takes” to get the funding he wants for a border wall with Mexico.The new Congress with its Democratic-controlled House will convene Thursday. Republicans who control the Senate are hesitant to take up the Democrats’ budget package without Trump on board.The Associated Presslast_img read more