“The new CRTC chair’s call for equitable contributions from all industry participants—whether online, cable, ISP, foreign or domestic—is a big step in the right direction,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “If Netflix, Google and Facebook and all the other American giants don’t have to reinvest their Canadian profits in Canadian shows and local news, our cultural identity will be in big trouble.”Unifor agrees with CRTC Chair Ian Scott’s conclusion that American digital media is moving fast to a dominant position in Canadian television’s audiences, revenues, and profits. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment OTTAWA, May 31, 2018 – The union representing 12,000 Canadian journalists and media workers has endorsed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s call for a “bold and judicious” overhaul of federal media regulation. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “Mr. Scott has it right. Every industry player regardless of head office location must make an equitable contribution to Canadian content and local news, even if it’s not a one-size-fits-all model,” said Howard Law, Unifor’s Media Sector Director.Unifor cautions that, for domestic media companies, the CRTC’s recommended shift from the one-size-fits-all licencing standard to more flexible service agreements should be implemented carefully.“If service agreements are going to be the new licencing, it will have to be an especially transparent and public process,” said Jake Moore, Unifor Local 79M President. “Media companies have a special responsibility to deliver Canadian local news and must be held to a high standard.”“The ball is now in the Minister’s court. The federal government must act,” Moore concluded.Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Some background on the 2019 jury:Randy Boyagoda is the author of five books, including three works of fiction. His debut novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006. His second novel, Beggar’s Feast, was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize and selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His most recent novel, Original Prin, was published in 2018 and was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. He is the Principal and Vice-President of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, a Professor of English, and holds the Basilian Chair in Christianity, Arts, and Letters. Boyagoda served as President of PEN Canada from 2015-2017 and lives in Toronto.Aminatta Forna is an award-winning novelist, essayist and memoirist. Her novels include Happiness, The Hired Manand The Memory of Love, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Aidoo Snyder Prize and Germany’sLiteraturpreis. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages and her essays on society, politics and culture have appeared in Freeman’s, Granta, The Guardian, The Nation and The New York Review of Books. Forna is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a recipient of a Windham Campbell Award and was made OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2017. She currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.Aleksandar (Sasha) Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, The Book of My Lives, and The Making of Zombie Wars. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/ W.G. Sebald Award, 2012 USA Fellowship, and most recently 2017 PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Oral History. He teaches at Princeton University in New Jersey.Donna Bailey Nurse is a leading literary critic, editor of the ground breaking Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing and author of What’s A Black Critic to Do. A former member of the Toronto Arts Council’s Literary Arts Committee, Bailey Nurse has curated reading series in conjunction with the Toronto Public Library and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is a contributor to Maclean’s, The Walrus and The Literary Review of Canada, and a columnist for The Next Chapter on CBC Radio. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. She lives in Pickering, Ontario.José Teodoro is the author of several plays, including Mote, Cloudless, The Tourist and Slowly, an exchange is taking place. Teodoro’s play Steps was recently published in Playwrights Canada Press’ anthology Long Story Short. He has worked as story editor on acclaimed films including Hugh Gibson’s documentary feature The Stairs, winner of the TFCA’s 2016 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, and Lina Rodríguez’s Señoritas and This Time Tomorrow. Teodoro is currently developing a book of conversations with Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler entitled Nothing But Time. He lives in Toronto.Images of the 2019 jurors are available on the media resources page at scotiabankgillerprize.caRakuten Kobo has generously donated a Kobo Aura Edition 2 eReader to each member of the 2019 jury panel. The Scotiabank Giller Prize requires publishers to provide digital copies of its submitted titles in addition to print books.This year’s longlist will be presented in St. John’s, Newfoundland in early September and the shortlist announced later in the same month at an event in Toronto. The winner is named at a nationally televised black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in Toronto in November.Submissions are now being accepted. The 2019 submission package including updated details can be found at scotiabankgillerprize.ca/about/submissions. The first submission deadline for books published between October 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are to be received by February 15, 2019.About the PrizeThe Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. In 2005, the prize teamed up with Scotiabank who increased the winnings 4-fold. The Scotiabank Giller Prize now awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller by her husband Torontobusinessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away in August 2017.About ScotiabankScotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our more than 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 97,000 employees and assets of $998 billion (as at October 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2019 – Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, today announced the five member jury panel for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Prize.The 2019 jury members are:Canadian authors Donna Bailey Nurse and Randy Boyagoda (jury chair), Canadian playwright José Teodoro, Scottish-Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna and Bosnian-American author Aleksandar (Sasha) Hemon. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
Tensions between writers and their agents have been building for years and have finally boiled over. The conflict has pitted the Writers Guild of America, which has about 13,000 members, against the Assn. of Talent Agents, a trade group that represents the talent agencies. Here are some answers on what’s behind Hollywood’s strange and ugly family feud: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Like most break-ups, it’s complicated. Writers feel that their agents have been unfairly enriching themselves from their hard work. They feel agents are no longer looking out for their best interests and instead are seeking new sources of income that aren’t connected to traditional client representation. Specifically, the WGA is enforcing a new agency code of conduct to replace a 43-year-old agreement, and agencies say it threatens their business. Twitter Aren’t writers and agents supposed be on the same side? Advertisement You’re fired! That’s what Hollywood scribes recently told the people who are supposed to find them work. Advertisement What’s all this stuff about packaging fees? Packaging fees are one of the main reasons the two sides are fighting. Essentially, this is money that talent agencies earn for putting together a deal, instead of collecting the usual 10% commission. The fees have been around for decades, but have grown bigger as agencies have become more heavily involved in production of films and TV shows. Writers maintain that these fees — which can be as much as $75,000 per episode on a single TV series — mean there is less money on the table for them and incentivize agents to put their own financial interests before their clients. Advertisement The headquarters of the Writers Guild of America West in Los Angeles. (WGAW / TNS) So why are they at war? Yes, they are. Agents help writers find work, providing the vital link that connects a writer’s script with potential buyers, usually studios and producers. For their services, agents typically charge the writer a commission of 10%. This is a system that is almost as old as Hollywood itself. Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–An Indigenous academic now has more questions than answers after receiving an access to information request aimed at finding out if her name was in the files of Canada’s spy agency.Pam Palmater, a Ryerson professor and chair in Indigenous governance, received a batch of documents last month that left her wondering what the Canadian Security Intelligence Service didn’t want her to find out.“They have a file on me and they are legally entitled not to release it to me, which is ridiculous,” said Palmater. “There is nothing about my activities that are subversive to Canada as a nation, or hostile, unless you consider Facebook, Twitter, writing blogs and appearing before Senate committees subversive and hostile.”Much of what CSIS released to Palmater appears to be related to security screenings from her time working for Justice Canada.The security screening reports contain her name, birth date and addresses, but the spy agency redacted parts of the document under a section of the Access to information Act that allows information to be kept secret if it “relates to the efforts of Canada towards detecting, preventing or suppressing subversive or hostile activities.”Palmater said it gave her a “chill” when she read those words.“Within our own country, First Nations are considered terrorists,” she said. “That, in of itself, and knowing what happens in other countries to people who are considered hostile, it does give me a chill.”CSIS also told Palmater it could not “confirm nor deny” whether they had ever investigated her activities.A CSIS spokesperson said Palmater likely received a standard response for the type of request she submitted.“In the letter that Ms. Palmater received, there is a sentence that gives the description of section 15 of the Access to Information Act…it is intended to provide a description… for those individuals who may not be familiar with it,” said spokesperson Tahera Mufti. “The letter also states that should the individual wish to access more information, she is encouraged to do so by sending a request to the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.”Palmater said she filed her access to information request after it surfaced that a prominent child advocate was under watch by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.APTN National News reported late last fall that federal Aboriginal Affairs officials were spying on Cindy Blackstock, who had taken the federal government to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for underfunding First Nations child welfare services.“Obviously the national security provisions are far too broad if they encapsulate young Indigenous people who are educated and are working to improve their communities,” said Palmater.
APTN National NewsA long-running initiative in Calgary designed to help Indigenous newcomers to the city is closing its doors.A lack of funding commitment from all three levels of government is forcing the closure.APTN’s Chris Stewart has this story.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe mayor of Oka, Que. surprised a room of community members announcing council wouldn’t support opening an old mine Monday.The mine operated from 1961-1977 producing niobuim, a mineral used to strengthen steel.It was blamed for water shortages and contamination.A company was looking to reopen the mine with promises of jobs.But farmers weren’t buying it.
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsA family is searching for answers after learning their loved one was killed.The man from a Northern Manitoba Cree community was found dead in Winnipeg’s downtown.On Wednesday night, a vigil was held where his body was discovered.
(North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple)Dennis WardAPTN National NewsThe Governor of North Dakota is ordering people at the Oceti Sakowin camp to pack up and leave immediately.On Monday, outgoing Republican Governor Jack Dalyrmple signed an Executive Order calling for a “mandatory evacuation of all persons located in aread under the proprietary jurisdiction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers located in Morton County.”It’s another political setback for those fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline and comes just one day after the United States Army Corps of Engineers said it would not forcibly remove people from the camp.The Order calls for people to leave and not to return.WHEREAS, Morton County is currently experiencing severe winter weather storm conditions, and it is anticipated harsh winter conditions will continue until next spring; andWHEREAS, winter conditions have the potential to endanger human life, especially when they are exposed to these conditions without proper shelter, dwellings, or sanitation for prolonged periods of time; andWHEREAS, large populations have chosen to stay in areas of Morton County managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers south of the Cantapeta Creek and the Cannonball River (The areas include the confluence with Cantapeta Creek east, east of North Dakota Highway 1806, north of the Cannonball River, and west of the Missouri River) in tents, vehicles, temporary and semi-permanent structures which have not been inspected and approved by Morton County as proper dwellings suitable for winter habitation; andWHEREAS, the aforementioned areas of Morton County are not zoned for dwellings suitable for living in winter conditions, and also do not possess proper permanent sanitation infrastructure to sustain a living environment consistent with proper public health; andWHEREAS, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has ordered the aforementioned area of Morton County which they manage to be vacated due to public safety concerns related to the inability to effectively provide emergency, medical, fire response services, and law enforcement services; andWHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the state to assist citizens and visitors to North Dakota in addressing the emergencies, disasters, and other hardships that may face the state, its citizens and visitors, to include issuance of orders in the best interest of public safety.Dalrymple has directed “agencies, emergency service officials and nongovernmental organizations to reduce threats to public safety by not guaranteeing the provision of emergency and other governmental and nongovernmental services in the evacuation area.”The Order says any person who chooses to enter, re-enter or stay in the evacuation area does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities.The Order is effective immediately.
Community HearingsThunder Bay, OntarioWeek of September 10thSmithers, British ColumbiaWeek of September 25thWinnipeg, ManitobaWeek of October 16thSaskatoon, SaskatchewanWeek of October 23rdHalifax, Nova ScotiaWeek of October 30thEdmonton, AlbertaWeek of November 6thYellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesWeek of November 13thMaliotenam, QuebecWeek of November 27thRankin Inlet, NunavutWeek of December 4thBuller said that throughout the summer months the commission will be meeting with experts and continuing research into many of the cases of the missing and murdered women and girls. She also said they haven’t formally requested any further funding and an extension as of yet but plan on doing so to complete the work. Stating that further dates and locations for the Winter and Spring of 2018 hearings will be announced at a later date.For further information please go to: www.mmiwg-ffada.ca Tina House APTN National NewsThe lead commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women says she is excited to take the inquiry on the road to meet families and visit communities.Marion Buller recently released a number of dates that include community meetings and public hearings. The inquiry is also meeting with those considered to be experts in the field.“We are eager in fact we are excited about moving forward and this next step is rooted in the knowledge gained from meetings held across Canada and also from hearings held in Whitehorse last month,” said Buller.The head of the inquiry has been critisized by families across the country for not sharing enough with what the commission has been doing.Announced in late 2016, the five commissioners have only held one public hearing – three days in Whitehorse, Yukon.But some families are looking forward to having their say when the inquiry starts in the fall.“We all called for this inquiry to happen because this is still going on with our First Nation women still going missing and a lot of unanswered questions,” said Marlene Carter who has lost her entire family. “With this inquiry I think alot of us will have some sort of answers that we can still look forward to.”Community VisitsThunder Bay, OntarioWeek of July 31stSmithers, British ColumbiaWeek of July 17thWinnipeg, ManitobaWeek of July 24thSaskatoon, SaskatchewanWeek of August 7thHalifax, Nova ScotiaWeek of August 7thEdmonton, AlbertaWeek of September 5thYellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesWeek of August 28thMaliotenam, QuebecWeek of August 28thRankin Inlet, NunavutWeek of August 14th
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsFormer and current leaders in Nunavik used their appearance at the Quebec inquiry to blast the federal and provincial governments for turning Inuit culture upside down and causing the social ills that plague many of their communities in the sub-arctic region.“My ancestors learnt to live of the land and its animals using everything,” former Kuujjuaq mayor Tunu Napartuk told the commissioners. “They invented the Kayak, and the igloo. It was out of necessity.“Our form of education was straight and simple; if you do this you live, if you do that you die.”Napartuk continued by reminding the commissioners that if you look through the lens of 4,000 years of Inuit history, the social struggles being faced today in Quebec are a recent cause of colonialism.“It’s only these 60 past years that all these changes started for the Inuit of Nunavik,” he said.The Quebec inquiry is in Nunavik learning about the relationship people here have with some of the province’s public departments.Jennifer Munick, chairperson for the Kativik Regional Government, the administrative body that provides services throughout Nunavik, said dealing with the federal and provincial government for health and justice services can be frustrating.“We’re constantly overwhelmed, it’s like we’re trying to swim, over, keep ourselves alive,” Munick said. “I feel bad for the health sector, the frontline workers. But I feel bad more so for Inuit.”The day of testimony wasn’t all bleak.Two representatives of Project Saqijuq gave a presentation of how their organization is serving as a liasion between community programs and the justice system.One of their programs takes troubled and vulnerable men out on the land for cultural lessons.Another is a wellness court which they hope can serve as a partial alternative to Quebec’s over taxed and failing travelling court.“Say someone was arrested and it was someone who may have issues with addictions, they could be someone who could be met by a member of Saqijuq, should they be willing to try to go through treatment,” said Aileen MacKinnon, Saqijuq regional coordinator. “It would be something that would be suggested, suggested with their lawyers before the court.”Saqijuq is meeting with representatives of the province later this week to talk about going forward with the community court.For Tunu Napartuk, it comes down to survival – except this time he said, Inuit can’t do it on their own.“I can do my share as an Inuk, I can do my best with my children, but the region of Nunavik will need a full partnership with the government of Quebec to make history right,” he email@example.com@tfennario
Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsIt’s a quiet snow day in Stellat’en First Nation and the sound of drumming and singing can be heard throughout the community.The rhythm, and voices, are coming from an event at the nation’s year old health and wellness centre.“I wanted this so bad for our people of Stellat’en,” says Cynthia Munger, community health representative for the nation.She says the benefits agreement her chief signed with TransCanada to build a natural gas pipeline through approximately 30 kilometres of their territory is a good thing.“We as First Nations people have struggled for a long time and I want our future to be bigger and brighter,” she said. I am very proud of this building. I believe Stellat’en is very proud of this building and every time we meet here it’s always joy and I want that to continue happening.”Stellat’en First Nation is a remote community in northern B.C. with 600 members. Only half live on the reserve.“My objectives are simple and that’s why I am here for seven years,” says Archie Patrick the elected chief. “Just had my third election as chief and I got 90 per cent support from my membership so they like what I am doing.“And basically what I am doing is saying that I want to see shelter for everyone. I’d like to see a job for everyone and I want to see our children go to our schools.”(Eileen Louis and Chief Archie Patrick at the Stellat’en First Nation Health Centre. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Patrick says he didn’t take signing the pipeline deal with the company lightly. He spent five years in consultations.He says the money from the pipeline will be used wisely.“We will invest it, we will try to start economic development in the territory, probably provide services and there is the whole question of tourism which we haven’t explored at all,” he says.The New Coastal GasLink pipeline will be the second pipeline to run through the Stellat’en lands.The community’s experience with the first pipeline helped give the ok for the second.“There is a pipeline through our territory just over the mountain here, it was put in 30 years ago. It is overgrown, nothing has ever happened to it and likely that is going to happen,” says Patrick.“It will be disruption for a year or so, but after that it is going to be back to normal basically.”Although Patrick is looking forward to pipeline construction – he says he isn’t happy with how the Wet’suwet’en people who are against the project were treated and removed from their territory.“They indeed were responsible for the territory are responsible for the territory,” he says.“It was destroyed because of colonialism so these people are bringing it back up so I applaud them for firstname.lastname@example.org@Laurie_Hamelin
Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsSome local educators and business owners in Thunder Bay want to make the city a more welcoming place for Indigenous students.So they came up with “wake the giant,” a new project aimed to do just that.Thunder bay is known for its landmark sleeping giant or Nanabizhoo in Anishinabemowin.It’s also known for racism against Indigenous people.But there’s a community of local educators and businesses hoping to change that.“The rest of Canada, all of Canada, thinks of Thunder Bay in that way,” says Greg Chomut, a teacher at Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school in Thunder Bay. “For our students their parents are scared to send their kids here, for our students they’re scared to come here to begin with.”Chomut has been a teacher here for 11 years.He says First Nation students often experience racism in stores and businesses.“An example would be that students have told me is being followed around, being suspected of shoplifting,” he says.Chomut says those experiences, along with the negative media spotlight on the city in recent years has taken its toll.And he wants to help give a voice to those who are ready for change.“What the stickers represent is that any business, public space that has that is a safe place and an inviting place for Indigenous people,” he says.“So that they know they are welcome there.”More than 100 businesses have already signed up to participate in Wake the Giant program.“We’re born and raised in Thunder Bay and we just feel it’s time for change and everyone should be welcomed in our community,” says Hailey Hollinsworth of Ungali Clothing.The Ungali Clothing company is making the Wake the Giant tshirts and donating the sales to the initiative.Grade 12 student Shawnda Mamakwa from Kingfisher Lake First Nation says it’s important to have the community come together.“They’ll keep their parents, their parents that are in the community at ease as there’s a lot of things happening here in Thunder Bay like racism and discrimination and such and I think this will put their families at ease that there’s a lot of like a support system,” she says.Organizers say their goal is to have 150 businesses participate.“When they’re walking down the street, if they see these logos lining the street in every store they know that everybody there, everybody in those buildings is wanting them here in the city, they’re welcome and it’s about feeling that,” says Chomut.email@example.com@willowblasizzo
MONTREAL – The TVA television network in Quebec is getting a new CEO effective immediately, as Julie Tremblay retires and resigns her other posts within the Quebecor Media Group.Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau praised Tremblay’s motivational skills and determination over a 25-year career with the company (TSX:QBR.B).Her replacement as CEO of TVA Group, effective immediately, is France Lauziere.Lauziere has been with TVA Group (TSX:TVA.B) since 2001 and TVA’s vice-president of programming since last year.She will remain head of Quebecor Content, a business unit created in 2013.Quebecor says Martin Picard will become TVA Group’s chief operating officer, to assist Lauziere with her daily management duties.
Ford’s revamped Edge SUV will be assembled in a plant in southern Ontario, a move a union official said signals jobs will be secure in the region as the automaker invests in new technology.Ford Motor Company of Canada said it has redesigned its Edge SUV for global export, with preparations already underway for production in Oakville, Ont. Ford plans to export the vehicle, which features an array of smart technology, to 100 countries in 2019.However, company spokeswoman Lauren More said the company has no plans to hire more workers or change its operating pattern at the plant.The move comes a year after Ford pledged $1.2 billion over four years to retool its Canadian plants, and create a research and engineering centre in Ottawa.It was part of a contract deal negotiated in November 2016 between Ford and Unifor that had the automaker invest $700 million for its assembly plants in Windsor, Ont., and Oakville.Unifor president Jerry Dias called the announcement “a good sign,” adding that the union is pleased the company is using skilled workers in Canada for the updated model.“There hasn’t been any softening of the market as it relates to the Edge and this is just about keeping it at the forefront of people’s preferences,” Dias said in an interview Thursday.“Ford is really looking to emphasize and to push their sales offshore, which makes us proud that they are using our Oakville facility as their centrepiece to do that.”The union represents about 5,000 workers at the facility, which also builds the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT.Ford first expanded production of the Edge in Canada three years ago, announcing then that the vehicle would be exported for the first time to western Europe.Dias said despite talks of the U.S. pulling out the North American Free Trade Agreement, there isn’t concern of the company’s commitment to keeping auto jobs in Canada.“NAFTA is definitely falling apart, there is no doubt about that,” he said, adding that the problem with NAFTA in the U.S. is low labour wages in Mexico.“Auto jobs are not leaving the United States and coming to Canada, jobs are leaving the U.S. and going to Mexico, and they completely understand that,” he said.
Female brewers worldwide are raising a stein to International Women’s Day.Thousands of women in the beer business and female homebrewers are brewing together around the event, which falls on Thursday, seeing it as a way to raise the profile of women in a male-dominated industry.“There’s a spot for everybody in brewing and especially in learning about brewing,” said Emily Engdahl, executive director of the Pink Boots Society, a U.S. non-profit that supports women in the brewing industry. “It’s important we all help each other.”British brewer Sophie de Ronde began encouraging women to brew together on March 8 five years ago to promote female brewers and beer drinkers, and to draw others in.It has grown globally, with about 160 breweries, homebrew clubs and other beer lovers in 12 countries hosting a free International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day this year. The theme is exotic ingredients. They call their beer “Unite .”The Pink Boots Society used to collaborate with de Ronde but now runs its own event to raise money for educational scholarships for its members and to comply with rules for nonprofits. More than 200 breweries are participating in the society’s collaboration brew day, which is up from 115 last year.Seeing the number of women getting involved is heartwarming, said de Ronde, head brewer at Burnt Mill Brewery in Suffolk, England.“Having the unity of people brewing on the same day is wonderful,” she said. “But having people get involved, no matter what the day is, is what the whole event is about, really.”The women’s day brewing events are complementary, Engdahl said.“It’s a natural way for us to get together, share ideas and have a creative collaboration,” she said. “And who doesn’t want to make a beer that tastes great?”Black Pond Brews in Danielson, Connecticut, hosted homebrewers and beer enthusiasts on Sunday for a Pink Boots event.The industry benefits from bringing in more people with different ideas, said co-owner Mike Teed.“It’s dominated by white men. There’s no question about it,” he said. “Any way we can encourage any and all diversity, it’s going to be better for all of us.”Studies in recent years have found that women hold about a quarter of brewery jobs in the United States.About 20 people attended the Connecticut event. Shannon Jutras, president of the Quiet Corner Homebrew Club, said she is encouraging more women to brew as a hobby, which could eventually lead to more women seeking jobs in the industry and shattering the stereotype that it’s a manual job for men only.“To have a room full of women, all eager and interested, who were developing a little bit of confidence to maybe try this independently, was not just exciting for me, it was a little emotional,” she said. “It was the first time we’ve gotten that many women in the room.”Most of the breweries working with Pink Boots are in the United States, with 40 events in California alone and about 25 more in Massachusetts. There are participants in nine other countries, with the most in Canada and Brazil.They’re using a blend of hops created for the brew day to make various beer styles. Both women and men, Pink Boots members and nonmembers, can brew for the day. Many events take place Thursday.
CALGARY – A major merger could be in the works in Canada’s oil patch.Husky Energy Inc. is making a hostile bid to acquire MEG Energy Corp. in a transaction valued at $6.4 billion.In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, Husky says the proposed merger “will create a stronger Canadian energy company.”The new, Calgary-based operation would have the capacity to produce more than 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The proposal has been unanimously approved by Husky’s board of directors, and will be open for acceptance by MEG shareholders until Jan. 16.Husky says MEG’s board refuses to discuss the deal, which led to the takeover bid.“Husky is confident the proposed transaction is in the best interests of Husky and MEG shareholders, employees and stakeholders,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said in a statement.“However, to date, the MEG Board of Directors has refused to engage in a discussion on the merits of a transaction, giving us no option but to bring this offer directly to MEG shareholders.”Husky says the combined company “will have an improved opportunity to accelerate new projects in Canada compared to two separate entities.”It says it expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulator approval.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Global stock indexes are climbing as investors hope for progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations.Technology companies and retailers rose Wednesday. Microsoft jumped 2.1 per cent and Amazon rose 1.3 per cent.Energy companies jumped as crude oil prices rose 1.4 per cent.Equipment rental company United Rentals rose 7.3 per cent after giving strong forecasts for 2019.Stocks have gone through huge swings this week after a wave of selling at the end of the previous week.The S&P 500 index gained 30 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,667.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 283 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 24,653. The Nasdaq composite rose 88 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 7,120.Stocks in Europe and Asia also rallied.The Associated Press
In a letter, Chief Executive Officer for NPSCU, Mitchel Chilcott says the closing of the branch is based on the lack of members and the increase in costs.“The business decision to reconsolidate our Taylor Branch with Fort St. John effective January 1, 2019, was made in consideration of decreasing volumes, low member traffic and an increase in costs.”The Credit Union is now in the process of coordinating the removal of equipment and furnishings from the premises.Chilcot says that despite the Credit Union leaving Taylor, they will continue to support the community. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Branch of the North Peace Savings & Credit Union has announced that they will be vacating the premises as of May 31, 2019.The announcement came when the Credit Union let the lease expire on November 30, 2018.NPSCU currently occupies an office space that is within the District Office, under a lease agreement with the District of Taylor.
Kolkata: With the highly anticipated 2019 Lok Sabha elections drawing closer, Trinamool Congress nominee from Kolkata South constituency Mala Roy began her poll campaign on Wednesday. She was accompanied by Subrata Mukherjee, the party’s nominee from Bankura.Roy said that along with door-to-door campaign and rallies, she would give stress on social media as well. “We will approach the people on social media apart from going door-to-door. We will highlight the failure of the BJP government. Narendra Modi has not deposited Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of the people of the country as per his promise before the 2014 election. The note ban had affected common people very badly. The hate politics of BJP has become a major disaster for India. All these things will be highlighted during the campaign,” she added. A veteran politician, Roy had joined the Chatra Parishad in the 1970s. She had worked with leaders like Siddhartha Shankar Roy, Ajit Panja, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and Pranab Mukherjee. A household name in South Kolkata, she is now the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. It was Roy who had started the fair of foreign birds in the city to create awareness among people, particularly the children and youth. The fair has become very popular in Kolkata and is now being held in most of the wards. “South Kolkata is an important seat and is the focus of news throughout the country. The development projects taken up by Mamata Banerjee have benefitted all sections of people. During our campaign, we will highlight the development work carried out in the city,” Roy said. Roy was watching television at KMC headquarters, when Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee announced her name for the South Kolkata seat. “I am grateful to Mamata di for selecting me for the seat. I will work for the people.” It may be recalled that Roy was a Member, Mayor-in-Council, during the tenure of Subrata Mukherjee as Mayor from 2000 to 2005. The seven segments under the Kolkata South Lok Sabha seat are Kasba, Behala East and West, Kolkata Port, Bhowanipore, Rashbehari and Ballygunge. South Kolkata is the only constituency where six of the seven segments have a minister each. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is an MLA from Bhowanipore. The other ministers are Javed Khan from Kasba, Partha Chatterjee from Behala West, Firhad Hakim from Kolkata Port, Subrata Mukherjee from Ballygunge and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay from Rashbehari. Sovan Chatterjee, who was a minister until recently, is an MLA from Behala East. Senior party leader Subrata Bakshi, who had been elected from the Kolkata South seat, had won by 1.36 lakh votes in 2014.
Kolkata: A report submitted to the Election Commission by the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas in connection with the detention of Rujira Banerjee, wife of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee at Kolkata Airport, says that there is no mention of any gold in the seizure list by the Customs.The report has validated Abhishek Banerjee’s claim who had categorically stated during a press conference on Sunday that his wife had not been carrying any gold when she was intercepted by Customs officials inside Kolkata Airport on the night of March 15. He had also challenged the Customs officials to produce CCTV footages, if they had any, to prove that his wife was carrying gold. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing the incident, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state sought a report on the entire incident from the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO). After being instructed by the commission, the DEO on Tuesday submitted the report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Tuesday, which apparently validates Banerjee’s claim. The incident had triggered a political slugfest in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Banerjee had expressed strong objection after many news portals and some national news channels reported the incident without verifying the authenticity of the allegations. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission had also received several complaints in this regard from various political parties. Banerjee’s lawyer had filed a complaint with the CEO’s office against BJP’s MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, for making false statements regarding the issue, on his Twitter handle. The fake news related to the incident was also mentioned in the complaint by his lawyer. A senior official of the CEO’s office has confirmed that the report has been received. After going through the report, the CEO’s office will finally send it to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi. The CEO’s office will act according to the instructions of the ECI in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEO has submitted the report on the basis of inputs provided by Bidhannagar Police. The CEO’s office has no jurisdiction to intervene in the Customs related matter and hence it is up to the ECI to take up the matter with the Central agencies if it feels so. “We have received a factual report from the DEO of North 24-Parganas on the matter. We are looking into it,” a senior election official from the CEO’s office said.