Month: October 2019

Annual charity lunch with Warren Buffett sells 346 million

first_imgEach year since 2000, bidders have been pledging ever greater sums to have lunch with investment mogul Warren Buffett, with proceeds benefitting one of his favorite charities.The previous 12 auctions have raised over $11.5 million for Glide, a San Francisco non-profit offering innovative programs to poor and marginalized people. The foundation serves 700,000 free meals a year and provides dozens of other social services on a $12 million budget.Last year’s winning bidder – fund manager Ted Weschler – paid $2.63 million for lunch with the “Oracle of Omaha” at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan. Weschler was subsequently hired by Buffett in September as an investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway.This year 10 bidders entered 106 bids over the five-day auction period. The winning bidder, who has yet to be named, offered $3,456,789.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Stars Of Downton Abbey Show Support For WaterAid

first_imgThe cast of Downton Abbey has embraced ‘water bottle-gate’ by posing for a picture to promote WaterAid’s work.The Cast Of Downton AbbeyA publicity still released last week hit the headlines when a plastic water bottle was spotted in the corner of the picture. The official photograph of The Earl and Lady Edith was cropped and used during the launch of the new season, but it was when an uncropped version of the image worked its way onto the internet that it sparked a global press frenzy.An itv spokesperson said, “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity – WaterAid.”Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: “It brought a really big smile to my face when the cast of Downton Abbey said that they wanted to support WaterAid’s work. How fantastic that the attention created over one water bottle ends up benefiting some of the world’s poorest communities through access to safe, clean water today.“Every pound and penny WaterAid receives will be matched by the UK Government, which means we can reach twice as many people with desperately needed clean water and sanitation.“Thank you so much to the cast and the producers of Downton Abbey.”If you enjoyed the photo, donate online or text WATER to 70007 to donate £3, to help get clean water and safe toilets to the world’s poorest communities.last_img read more

Transition in his family leads Colin Mochrie to champion transgender rights

first_img Twitter The funnyman says his tweet was partly prompted by the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration, and the divisiveness that seemed to surround the election campaign.“My 90-yr-old mother-in-law and 87-yr-old mother love and acceptance of our trans daughter warms me. Wonder why some who are younger can’t,” Mochrie tweeted.He says his 26-year-old daughter Kinley, who was born Luke Mochrie, revealed she was transgender last April. The year before, she told them she was bisexual. “We knew this is something that she didn’t jump into lightly, she’s taking some therapy and is looking into hormones,” he says.For his part, Mochrie admits that he and his actress-wife Deb McGrath have needed time to adjust to using a new pronoun when referring to their child.“We knew Luke for 26 years so it was very hard to quickly change that. And even now, there’s still times when we slip. We’re certainly a lot better,” he says, adding that he’s noticed a generational divide among friends who learn about Kinley.“It’s unusual because all the young people we tell, they all go, ‘Congratulations!’ The people around our age, they all go (adopts a deep intonation), ‘How are you doing?’ They get very serious, like, ‘Oh. You’re going to lose a leg,’ or something.”Mochrie says his daughter came up with the name Kinley after consulting him and McGrath.“We had a bit of a bump at the beginning where she picked a name and it didn’t seem to go with her and we were all kind of pussyfooting around it. Finally, Deb said, ‘That name says nothing. All it reminds me of is my best friend’s dog.’ And so, again, Kinley went away and thought about that for a long time and came back and said, ‘You know what, I should have had you as part of this process because we’re all going through this together.’ ”McGrath suggested the Irish name Kinley to reflect her Irish heritage, and it stuck.“So we now have a Kinley,” says Mochrie.By Cassandra Szklarski LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Canadian comic Colin Mochrie says he welcomes his new role as a champion for transgender rights after speaking out in support of his daughter.The Whose Line Is it Anyway? star says he didn’t expect to receive much attention when he took to Twitter on Sunday to ask why some people can’t accept transgender people, like his daughter Kinley.The revelation earned him immediate praise from like-minded fans who tweeted their support. Advertisement “I think I’ve gotten like 2,000 followers over the last day . . . It’s pretty cool,” Mochrie says from his home in Toronto.“If I can do something to help anyone who is perceived as different, then I’m always there. I truly don’t understand prejudices against colour, religion or gender or sexuality because I’ve met (jerks) of every race, creed and culture and I’ve met wonderful people from the same.” Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

The blur that was Justin Biebers rise to superstardom

first_imgJustin Bieber, seen at left, announced his engagement to model Hailey Baldwin, seen at right, in the summer of 2018. (Canadian Press/AP) Login/Register With: Advertisement Usher told CBC Radio’s q that Justin Bieber is a natural star performer.(Chris Pizzello/AP) What’s next for Bieber appears to be his wedding, as the singer confirmed his engagement to American model Hailey Baldwin this past summer. (Some reports suggest the couple may have a marriage licence already.) Advertisement But before the marriage proposal, before the tattoos, before the legal issues, before his pet monkey became the property of Germany, Bieber was an up-and-coming pop star and the world did not yet know every detail of his life story.‘He just had it’Born in southwestern Ontario in 1994, Bieber showed musical talent from a young age and took music lessons when he was growing up.As he got older, Bieber did some busking on the streets of Stratford, Ont., his hometown, which is about a two-hour drive from Toronto. At just 24 years of age, Justin Bieber has accomplished a lot.He’s sold millions of records and toured the globe. His videos have racked up billions of views on YouTube.center_img Facebook Justin Bieber rose to fame as a teenager, after a video of him performing got noticed in the U.S. (Powers Imagery/Invision/AP) His mom put a video online of her son performing, which got him noticed by manager Scooter Braun. Braun then brought him to the attention of Usher, a Grammy Award-winning American pop star and former teen idol himself.“When I met him, I knew that this kid was forced to be successful. He is such a star, naturally,” Usher told CBC Radio’s q in a 2010 interview. “He just had it.”Bieber was signed to a record deal the year he turned 14. And he moved to the U.S. to pursue his career in music. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

BELL MEDIAS THE HAROLD GREENBERG FUND ANNOUNCES LATEST RECIPIENTS OF THE SHORTSTOFEATURES

first_imgThese latest selections come on the heels of a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Mahalia Melts in the Rain, a 2018 recipient of the Shorts-to-Features Program, which is nominated for “Best Live Action Short Film.”Clips and trailers of finished films from previous years can be found on the Harold Greenberg Fund’s YouTube channel HERE.About the films:BookwormA boy from the inner city sells books to help his single mother fix a hole in the roof of their community housing building. When his innocent gig is hijacked by a local gang, the boy must face the complexities of life and learn that where we come from is just the beginning of who we truly are.Esequibo RaptureSet in the rainforest of Guyana, a pair of young lovers find themselves at odds with the realities of race and tradition and realize that when it comes to imagining a future together, love has little to do with it.H.appinessAn app designed to bring its users happiness helps a man build the perfect life, which he ends up destroying when he learns the app is faulty.TeethingA lonely punch-drunk boxer suddenly becomes the sole-caregiver for a bloodthirsty baby vampire.About The Harold Greenberg Fund:The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from Bell Media and Crave, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the French and English Programs of the Fund have supported over 4,700 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $114 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.About Crave:Delivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at Crave.ca, via iOS and Android, and other platforms. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at Crave.ca. TORONTO – Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, in partnership with Canada’s premium streaming service Crave, announced today the recipients of The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program. The unique funding program is designed to support up-and-coming Canadian filmmaking talent, and to provide a stepping stone to further develop their short films into full-length features.Four teams of emerging filmmakers will each receive $32,000 towards the production of their short film projects, designed to be calling cards for future long-form features. In addition, The Harold Greenberg Fund commits $5,000 for the development of the feature film version of the recipient’s project. This year’s chosen short films are: Bookworm from writer/director Kevin Dempster and producer Mica Daniels; Esequibo Rapture from writer/director Karen Chapman and producer Leslie Norville; H.appiness from director Luvia Petersen, writer Huelah Lander, and producer Amanda Konkin; and Teething from writer/director Glen Matthews and producer Luke Humphrey.“We’re extremely proud to support these unique, bold, and creative projects, while helping pave the way for Canada’s next generation of directors and filmmaking talent,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “These diverse and original short film projects have excellent feature potential, making them all extremely deserving selections. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Heroism in deadly northern Manitoba inferno

first_imgAPTN National NewsST. THERESA POINT, Man.–A band constable in a northern Manitoba community is being hailed a hero after pulling a 16-month girl from a deadly house fire that killed a two-month old infant.RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said band constable Timothy Mason pushed his way in through a bedroom window to rescue one of two girls trapped in the bedroom of a house on St. Theresa Point First Nation, Man.Mason, whose clothes caught fire, then tried to rescue the second, younger child but was pushed back by the flames, said Karpish.“He went out and got the chainsaw and poked a hole through the house and was able to get the two-month-old infant that was still in the home,” said Karpish.The two-month-old child, however, died from smoke inhalation. The 16-month-old girl was flown to Winnipeg for treatement.Karpish said Mason was “heroic” in his efforts.“That he managed to be that quick, to be able to get in, reach out to those two children, is nothing short of heroic, in our view,” said Karpish.Karpish said the RCMP is working on recognizing Mason for his bravery.Four older children in the house escaped the blaze, said Karpish.The fire started while a lone adult, who was taking care of the children, was at a next door neighbour’s house, police said.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.St. Theresa Point, a community of about 3,000 people, sits about 500 kilometres north of Winnipeg. It’s an impoverished community accessible only by air and ice road in winter. Many houses there, including the one that burned, have no running water.Band Chief David McDougall said the reserve’s fire department never responded to the fire.“People were using snow to try and put out the fire,” he said.last_img read more

Former BC Judge meets with residential school survivors

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn emotionally charged gathering has just wrapped up on the Blood Reserve in Alberta.Thousands of residential school survivors came out to learn the fate of their compensation claims.Investigators recently found they were being fleeced by their lawyers.Now a former judge is meeting with surivivors, trying to explain what’s happening with their cases.But as APTN’s Noemi Lopinto reports, his words were little comfort.last_img

Famous Daves restaurant makes its debut in Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsA popular American barbeque restaurant has expanded into Canada.Famous Dave’s opened up in Winnipeg.The chain is owned by Dave Anderson, a self made Native American multi-millionaire with an M.B.A. from Harvard.APTN’s Matt Thordarson went down to Dave’s newest location to see what all the fuss is about.last_img

Saskatchewan chief down river from last years spill still seeing oil on

first_imgLarissa Burnouf APTN National NewsLast July, more than 200,000 litres of oil leaked into the North Saskatchewan River from a ruptured pipeline belonging to Husky Energy.The spill has since been cleaned up and communities along the river have been given the go ahead to use the river as a drinking source once again.But several kilometres from the spill site, a First Nation is finding oil on their lands.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

The military apologizes while a grandmother demands action on Proud Boys behavior

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsThe woman who performed the Indigenous ceremony interrupted by five members of the Canadian Armed Forces wants more than an apology.“I’d like our treaty rights to be honoured,” said Chief Grizzly Mama. “And respected just as we would respect anybody else that lives on our property.”Rear Admiral John Newton is Commander of the Maritime fleet of the Canadian Navy. He was “personally horrified” at the news that the “Proud Boys” were also members of the Canadian Forces.“I could see and read right away what the members had failed to appreciate,” said Newton. “How wrong they had strayed, how much trust had been eroded with a community we’ve worked very hard to embrace.”The Proud Boys is a fraternal group with an extreme ideology that Newton said has no place in the Canadian military.“As I learn more about them, it’s clearly a white supremacist group and we fundamentally stand opposed to any of their values,” said Newton.On July 1st, as people celebrated Canada150 across the country, Grizzly Mama held her own ceremony to honour Indigenous suffering. She chose to shave her head at the base of the controversial statue of Edward Cornwallis. Noted as the founder of Halifax, the British Military leader issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps.“So when I was cutting my hair, I was cutting that genocide off of my people,” said Grizzly Mama.It was a deeply personal ceremony for Grizzly Mama. She’s lived in Mi’kma’ki for three years but is originally from the Gitxsan Nation in British Columbia. She knows loss firsthand. Her daughter went missing along the Highway of Tears.“For me to cut my hair is to finally let my daughter go on to the spirit world along with my brothers and sisters that were murdered,” said Grizzly Mama. “[The ceremony] wasn’t only for me, it was for my sisters and brothers in Winnipeg and Ontario and New Brunswick and Mi’kmaq territory.”In a video posted on YouTube, the five junior seamen, some of whom wear Proud Boy T-shirts, carry a Red Ensign Flag, the former flag of Canada before the familiar maple leaf.“This is a British colony,” one of the men said in the video. “You’re recognizing the heritage and so are we.”Another forces member said, “This was Mi’kmaq territory – it is now Canada.”Rebecca Moore, one of the Mi’kmaw organizers of the event on Canada Day, said she is glad the military has apologized but she also wants a public acknowledgement that much of the East Coast is unceded Mi’kmaq territory.And in an interview with APTN, Newton said awareness is growing in the military.“We have to continually learn not just the history looking backwards about what are the sensitive issues for the Aboriginal communities,” said Newton. “What does it mean to say unceded territory?”Newton said there’s a lot of work to be done to educate the forces on Indigenous issues and nations, but there has been progress. He’s sent his fleet to work with Indigenous communities along the Mackenzie River in the NorthWest Territories. This summer, the navy has plans to work with Innu and Inuit communities along the coast of Labrador, like Nain and Natuashish.“Just so we can create first contact between our sailors and the aboriginal people,” said Newton. “Because a lot of ignorance and bigotry and racism comes from a failure to understand other people.”The five members of the forces have been suspended. It’s an administrative move that brings them onshore doing menial tasks.“These people work with military secrets, sensitive information; others might work with finances,” said Newton. “You probably can’t work with that type of information going forward until all the steps of investigation, administrative censure or legal consciousness has been brought to this case.”In addition to being removed from duties, the men are on probation and have to undergo counselling for a year.Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance said in a statement issued Tuesday, “Their future in the military is certainly in doubt.“We are the nation’s protectors, and any member of the Canadian Armed Forces who is not prepared to be the defender we need them to be will face severe consequences, including release from the forces.”They could be discharged if the seamen show no improvement in attitude, or if they have another infraction. As well, an investigation by the military police is underway to assess whether the men violated the Code of Service Discipline in the National Defence Act.Newton wants to move forward to repair any damage done. He’s reached out to the Mi’kmaw Friendship Centre in Halifax, hoping to arrange a meeting with Chief Grizzly Mama and others who took part on the ceremony on July 1.“To tell them what the process is for us, tell them how much I’m very sorry we didn’t stand there to protect them and their right to demonstrate,” said Newton. “It’s out duty to protect Canada and all the unceded terrain of Canada.”No word on if or when that meeting will happen.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Growth has been strong but productivity still low Bank of Canada deputy

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Economic growth in Canada has been strong in recent quarters, but significant challenges remain and productivity levels are still well below those in the United States, a senior Bank of Canada official says.Speaking to the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Canada deputy governor Sylvain Leduc said Tuesday that productivity growth could be increased by reducing the barriers that future fast-growing firms may face.Leduc says a report from the World Bank noted that Canada is one of the easiest countries to start a business, but he added that it is more difficult for firms to grow beyond a certain point.He says the recent free trade deal with Europe and an agreement earlier this year to help reduce barriers to interprovincial trade are encouraging examples to help firms grow.Leduc said that while about half of new firms close their doors within five years of starting, those that do make a name for themselves tend to grow rapidly and referred to them as “gazelles.”“These young, transformative companies that are growing at dizzying speeds have a good chance of developing new technologies that increase productivity,” he said.Leduc says the pace of economic growth is expected to slow over the next few quarters, but noted it should still exceed that of potential output.“We therefore expect an increase in entry rates and a decline in business exits over the coming quarters,” he said. “Moreover, the contribution of new firms to increasing the productive capacity of the economy could give rise to a virtuous circle of growth.”The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target last month for the second time this year following a strong start to the year for the economy.However, governor Stephen Poloz signalled last week that the bank would take a more cautious approach to any future rate hikes.last_img read more

Senators urge Liberals to act on privacy security issues with automated cars

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government needs to take the wheel when it comes to the development and testing of self-driving cars on Canadian roads — or risk getting run over by the fast-approaching high-tech revolution, a Senate committee warns.In a report released Monday, members of the Senate’s transport committee described how different departments and levels of government are taking contradictory approaches to automated vehicles: some are hitting the brakes out of safety concerns, while others hope to drive innovation by stepping on the gas.The federal government needs to better co-ordinate action to avoid playing catch-up the same way provinces and cities had to do with ride-hailing services like Uber, the report says.It recommends giving the privacy commissioner greater reach over how car companies use drivers’ information, including whether personal information can be monetized, and giving federal cybersecurity officials a bigger role over protecting the new technology from hackers.The committee also said the government must invest more in its own research to deal with questions of safety, such as how to ensure a driverless car can safely navigate a snow-covered road.Sen. Dennis Dawson, the chairman of the committee, said government action must be stronger than in the United States, but must also strike a balance to prevent spilling over into the private sector.“We’re not trying to stifle progress, and we can’t,” Dawson said.“The Americans … believe that we should trust enterprise, and I believe that we should trust enterprise, but the government in Canada has a more interventionist role and we want them to be able to plan on how they’re going to be using that power.”The committee unveiled its 16 recommendations on the same day that Transport Minister Marc Garneau met with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa. The group agreed to work on a plan to allow for automated cars on Canadian roads, and a federal plan will be made public in the coming months, Garneau said.Speaking after the meeting, Garneau said he intends to make sure governments don’t fall behind. “We have to certainly work as quickly as possible, but we will not do so if it means sacrificing safety, which I think is paramount for Canadians.”Fully autonomous vehicles may still be a decade or more away, but companies are already testing prototypes on Canadian and American roads. Carmakers have also introduced assisted-driving features on newer model cars like adaptive cruise control and automated parking.The committee’s report, which Garneau requested shortly after taking office, said that self-driving cars could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost productivity and limit the number of collisions caused by human error.But it could also lead to job losses in transportation sectors where some 1.1 million people are employed, including truck, bus, and taxi drivers. The Liberals, the committee said, must put in place job re-training programs for those whose jobs will be affected, and ensure sectors like after-market companies can maintain a foothold as new, automated cars hit the roads.last_img read more

Environment Minister wants transparency from Kenney

first_imgALBERTA – Alberta’s environment minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plans to eliminate regulations and labour rules will likely hurt working people.Shannon Phillips says transparency is critical, so Kenney needs to explain what exactly he’ll cut if he wins power.The United Conservatives are still consulting on the party’s policy platform ahead of the spring election, but Kenney dropped some hints in a speech last week to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Kenney told the audience he will repeal labour rules enacted under the N-D-P that he says are hamstringing businesses, and that his party wants to cut bureaucratic red tape by a third.last_img read more

Notley trolls federal Liberals as global oil forecasts continue to look grim

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Premier Rachel Notley took time for a holiday trick in Ottawa.The Alberta NDP projected figures outside of the federal Liberal holiday party that claimed to show how much money is being lost every day because pipelines aren’t moving Alberta oil to world markets.While many are applauding the move seeing this as some grade ‘A’ trolling, others are calling it classless.Well played Premier Notley.— Dan Harris (@danharrisndp) December 13, 2018It isn’t the first time Notley and company have sent not-so-subtle hints to the feds and it won’t be the last time, especially with some bleak forecasts for oil prices going into next year.Cailin Birch is an economist with the Economist Intelligence Unit and one of the authors of a report delving into oil price predictions around the world.She believes with the Chinese and the U.S. economies expected to sputter in 2019, there could be a global price drop for oil.“With 2020 looking like an even more difficult year economically speaking. We are expecting it to feed into prices across the board really as consumption doesn’t look as strong as it has in the past few years.”She noted other global factors at play.“Market conditions have changed significantly since OPEC and Russia agreed to rein in production in November 2016. Unprecedented output restraint from most OPEC countries and Russia, together with unexpected supply crunches from more volatile producers, including Venezuela, Libya and Angola, have brought global oil stocks back down to below the previous five-year average,” she said in the report.While a drop in oil prices in the past five years has fed consumption, she expects that trend to change.“Remembering of course, that for the last few years it has been inflated a bit. The rate of demand growth has been inflated by the fact that oil prices were so low that it gave this kind of boom to consumption growth. We’re not looking at the same situation anymore.”last_img read more

Nielsens top programs for Dec 1723

first_imgPrime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 17-23. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Sunday Night Football: Kansas City at Seattle, NBC, 19.6 million.2. NFL Regular Season: New Orleans at Charlotte, ESPN, 13.3 million.3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick,” NBC, 12.6 million.4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12 million.5. “Fox NFL Sunday Post-Game,” Fox, 10.3 million.6. “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 9.9 million.7. “The Voice (Monday),” NBC 9.5 million.8. “Thursday Night Football: Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers,” NFL Network, 8.2 million.9. “Football Night in America,” NBC. 8.1 million.10. “Survivor,” CBS, 7.7 million.11. “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 7.2 million.12. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.1 million.13. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7 million.14. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 6.6 million.15. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.57 million.16. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.4 million.17. “America’s Got Talent: Holiday,” NBC, 6.2 million.18. Thursday Night Football: Washington at Tennessee, NFL Network, 6.19 million.19. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 6.1 million.20. “Thursday Night Football Pre-kick,” NFL Network, 5.6 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Romania insists its up to the EU presidency

first_imgBUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s government insists it is capable of handling the rotating presidency of the European Union, dismissing remarks made by the head of the bloc’s executive branch.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of holding the presidency which began this month, adding it was “technically well-prepared” for the role.But European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday “Romania is well-prepared. Period,” adding: “There are political disputes in all member states.”Leaders of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party have blasted Juncker for alleged prejudicesEU officials have repeatedly criticized Bucharest over a contentious judicial overhaul, warning it will dilute efforts to prosecute high-level corruption in one of the bloc’s most graft-riddled states.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Peace Region Businesses win at ThriveNorth Business Challenge

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace region businesses cleaned up at the annual ThriveNorth Business Challenge held Thursday night in Fort St. John.ThriveNorth was launched in Northeast B.C. back in February. Managed by Futurpreneur Canada, the organization helps budding young entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses with mentorship, funding, and resources.The Business Challenge held at the Lido Theatre had three categories: Best New Business by an entrepreneur aged 18-28, Best New Business by an entrepreneur aged 29-39, and Best Growth Opportunity for an entrepreneur aged 18-39 whose business at least one year old. In the category of Best New Business for 18 to 28 year-olds was Holly-Anne Ritchie & Shay Bergunder with BowTie.  In the Best New Business for 29 to 39 year-olds the winner was Stephen Beard of Beard’s Brewing Company.Jessie Taylor from Mama G’s Country Kitchen in Chetwynd won in the Best Growth Opportunity.Each business was given $10,000 to fund their business.There was also a People’s Choice Award valued at $5,000, which was voted on by people at the Lido Theatre and online.  The winner of that award was Axel Whalen with Tiny Life Supply.last_img read more

More snow forecast for the BC Peace

first_imgBe prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace could see another 5 to 10 cm of snow before the Pacific frontal system moves out of the area late Sunday.A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass.  The current snowfall will start to slow at around noon on Sunday.  On Saturday the Fort St. John Airport received 4.6 cm of snow.The system that moved into the area is forecast to bring anywhere from 10 to 25 cm of snow depending on the location in the B.C. Peace. Drivebc.ca reports most area highways are snow covered with blowing snow.  If you plan on travelling today, slow down, and visit www.drivebc.ca for current conditions and highway cameras.A weather warning is also in effect for the Alberta Peace.  Environment Canada says that region could see snow but also freezing rain.  The warning says “A disturbance is moving through Alberta spreading a band of heavy snow and freezing rain. Freezing rain has switched to snow this morning. Total snowfall is expected to be 10 to 20 cm. Snow will taper off this evening.”See the full warning for the B.C. Peace below.3:42 AM PST Sunday 04 November 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm continues.A frontal system is tracking across the BC interior this morning. Snow will continue this morning in the BC Peace River region and taper to flurries near noon with additional amounts of 5 to 10 cm expected.last_img read more

School Buses cancelled in School District 60 59

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has cancelled bus service for Thursday, November 29.Poor secondary road conditions have caused School District 60 to decide for the fourth day in a row.  Schools will remain open.  In a post on their website, District Officials apologized for the inconvenience.“The district sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these cancellations. Regular bus service will resume once drivers determine that buses can be operated safely. Schools will be open for those students who are able to attend.” School Buses have also been cancelled in and around Dawson Creek for School District 59. Buses are still running in Chetwynd.last_img read more