The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) proudly presents Clint Black in concert on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the 501c3 public, charitable, nonprofit organization and support its mission of successfully placing America’s excess mustangs into adoptive homes.With one of the most storied careers in modern music, Clint Black has sold over 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Guests will not only enjoy the musical performance, but also have a chance to learn about MHF and its adoption and training programs.Currently, the Bureau of Land Management estimates that more than 40,000 wild horses roam on managed rangelands in the western United States. Focused on raising awareness, providing education and increasing the adoption rate of BLM-housed mustangs, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has successfully placed over 5,500 mustangs into private care since 2007 through training and gentling programs, such as the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Mustang Million and the Trainer Incentive Program. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.mustangheritagefoundation.org.The benefit concert is held in conjunction with the annual Fort Worth Extreme Mustang Makeover, held Sept. 10-12 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center. The weekend will include the Freestyle Finals performance and the adoption of the competing mustangs as well as untrained mustangs. A complete event schedule can be viewed at www.extrememustangmakeover.com.Doors are scheduled to open at 7 pm with the concert beginning at 8 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit clintblacklive.com.
Award-winning country superstar Martina McBride has released her 13th studio album, RECKLESS, and also teamed up with Band Against Cancer, the Sarah Cannon Tour.The organization aims to bring awareness to ways that communities can get involved in cancer research from supporting local non-profits to educating people about new research and treatments. Band Against Cancer will be doing 5 special concerts this year (3 in Texas, 1 in Denver, 1 in Nashville) all to raise awareness and funds to support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Be The Match. Click here for more info.“Helping families who are facing cancer has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Martina McBride. “I’m honored to be the voice that connects these individuals and their families with a fully committed team of cancer experts. Together with Sarah Cannon, this means each person can fight cancer where they get their greatest strength, in their own communities, with their own band of support.”As the flagship artist for Band Against Cancer, Martina McBride has used her voice to engage with her fans to help make the world a better place – out on tour and in their own hometowns. Team Martina, a collective of fans who stand with the iconic singer, give back to communities nationwide and will join the 2016 initiatives to Band Against Cancer. One of the most celebrated voices across genres, Martina is a four-time CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year whose hits chronicle more than two decades. Most recently, Martina’s Grammy nominated hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” inspired many young fans to cover her song through social media to support loved ones battling cancer, and was featured on several national broadcasts including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The View. That anthem also was highlighted through the Eleven Across American Amtrak train tour, which ran coast to coast in 2011 to breast cancer awareness, and propelled Pandora to spotlight the superstar in an October concert event benefiting breast cancer causes.“We have learned that when we bring cause and music together we are able to cut through the media noise and bring very important messages to a greater number of people,” said Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group. “The sum is so much greater than the parts and it is defined in our new relationship with Sarah Cannon. The initial focus of our relationship is attacking blood cancer and we are honored to join them in spreading the message and reaching the greatest number of people possible with Martina McBride and other great BMLG artists and their music.”Recorded at Nashville’s iconic Blackbird Studios, RECKLESS, showcases McBride’s unparalleled vocals and emotional depth as she gets back to her country roots. The songs have an outstanding mix of classic country and a contemporary edge with producers Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff at the helm. ”This album feels so good! That’s the best way I can describe it. I spent a lot of time finding songs that felt personal to me. I figure if I can relate to them someone else will too. There are songs about love, life, hope, loss, leaving, and coming home,” states Martina. “And that’s what making this album felt like to me….coming home. We took our time and just let the songs and production develop and even though working with Dann and Nathan together was a new experience, somehow we captured a sound that feels like the music I’ve done my whole career and yet fresh at the same time,” elaborates Martina.
Positive lifestyle brand Life is Good has joined forces with World Champion Gymnast Aly Raisman to launch a new collection aimed at empowering women of all ages by celebrating courage, authenticity, kindness and unwavering optimism.World Champion Gymnast Aly Raisman has partnered with Life is Good to launch new t-shirt collectionThese new T-shirts are available today at LifeisGood.com/Aly.“Partnering with Life is Good to design this line is exciting, because their brand is based on using the power of optimism to help people live their best lives, something I believe in wholeheartedly,” said Raisman. “The line is a vehicle to help share values like kindness, courage, and authenticity, in order to empower the girls and women who inspire me every day. As simple as it sounds, I think everyone struggles with just being themselves, especially at a young age with so many unfair pressures. Embracing your uniqueness and just being kind are values I hope to support through this line and beyond.”The new Aly Tee Collection features three designs for women ($32) and girls ($20): • Power in Kindness – Celebrates our strongest muscle, kindness, with silhouette artwork in Dusty Orchid • Be Yourself – Celestial design with “Be yourself – everyone else is taken” in Night Black reminds women and girls that they are unique and beautiful in their own way • The Bravest – Pastel American flag print with “Land of the free because of the brave” in Bright Teal is a subtle nod to Aly and Life is Good’s USA pride, while also celebrating courage“According to a recent study, a girl’s self-esteem peaks when she is 9 years old, and 7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way. Life is Good and Aly want to help change that. Our brand has always been about using art to get positive, meaningful messages across,” said Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good. “Aly is such a positive role model, so to partner with her to inspire values that are central to our brand and also to her personal mission is really exciting for us. As Captain of the U.S. Gymnastics squad, Aly set a wonderful example for women of all ages, showing that positivity, kindness, and teamwork are a win for everyone. The messages on Aly’s T-shirts share these same important sentiments.”To learn more about the collection, visit: www.LifeisGood.com/Aly.
World-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center City of Hope today announced that the Warner/Chappell Music “Icon of Hope” Award will be awarded to lauded musical theatre lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz, composer of hit musicals Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, among many others.Warner/Chappell’s Chief Operating Officer Carianne Marshall, and Senior Vice President of Theatrical and Catalog, Kurt Deutsch will present the award to Schwartz at Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify.In his four-decade plus career, Schwartz has won four Grammy Awards and three Academy Awards, has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and Theatre Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, a special award for his commitment to fostering new talent and championing important causes.Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at hit-maker Alex da Kid’s KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Last year, Songs of Hope XIII was hosted at the Kampus for the first time, raising more than $400,000 for City of Hope.City of Hope previously announced award presenters and recipients including:Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award, presented by Clive Davis to Benny Blanco and Mike Will Made-ItMartin Bandier “Vanguard” Award, presented by Marty Bandier to Sarah AaronsElectronic Arts “Composer of the Year” Award presented by Steve Schnur to James Newton HowardSongs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award presented by Zach Horowitz to international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope. This award will include the presentation of $100,000 to support the research of Stephen J. Forman, M.D. and his team.Universal Music Publishing Group and Spotify will also present awards, with more information provided closer to the event.For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner/Chappell Music.To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV presented by Spotify, visit www.cityofhope.org/music/songs or contact City of Hope at 626-218-6313 or email@example.com.Warner/Chappell’s Chairman and CEO Jon Platt will be honored by City of Hope at the annual Spirit of Life gala on October 11. For more information and to purchase tickets to that event, click here.
For her audition, Wong, 32, wore a one-piece bathing suit with pink spandex short-shorts and grabbed some pom-poms to play a wrestling cheerleader who bounced erratically between a Clueless accent and a demon voice. Ellen Wong has a split personality on Netflix’s summer smash series GLOW. Inside the wrestling ring, Wong plays Fortune Cookie, a flamboyant compilation of dumb Asian stereotypes (sample dialogue: “I am cute like panda. Help me! I am fast like dragon.”) Outside, she’s Jenny Chey, perky people pleaser.Juggling dualities seems to come naturally to Wong, who grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Los Angeles. She is back home to be feted by TIFF’s Rising Stars program — Wong is one of this year’s annual honourees despite not having a film in the festival.Chatting about some of her favourite places in Toronto while seated at a picnic table in High Park, she abruptly swings between a high-pitched voice punctuated by giggles and earth-shaking enthusiasm. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment She furrows her brow as she airs her views on the mugs at College and Bathurst’s Manic Coffee. “You get a cute little cup, with a little squirrel on it!” she shouts, appearing furious. “You get a squirrel on your cup holding an acorn! I’m sorry, but little details like that make me happy.”This disarming flip-flop between meek and mighty was what she says charmed GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch when they were casting the series, which takes place behind the scenes of a campy, exploitative, all-female ’80s wrestling league. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook
Facebook Twitter Drake finally accepted the In My Feelings dance challenge when he dropped the song’s music video on Thursday.The Scorpion album track has reigned at number one in the global charts for the last three weeks and has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks, in part, to a viral dance challenge created for the song by social media personality and comedian Shoker, or Shiggy on Instagram. The music video sees Drake acting out parts of the famous dance sequence himself, which characteristically includes a number of perfectly timed moves performed alongside a moving car, and pursuing a romance with his love interest Keke, played by Power actress La La Anthony. Directed by Karena Evans, who also helmed the God’s Plan and Nice For What music videos, it has garnered nearly four million views in less than 24 hours.Set in New Orleans, the eight-minute video begins with the Hotline Bling singer professing his love for Keke on the front lawn of her house before being told to leave by her mother, whose comical role is played by The Cosby Show actress Phylicia Rashad.The man behind the meme also makes an appearance as Drake awakes at the end of the song believing it had all been a dream. Posing as the star’s personal assistant, Shiggy arrives at the star’s trailer and tries to chivvy him in a hilarious sketch about timing.The video concludes with a montage of fans and celebrities alike taking part in the dance challenge, including Millie Bobby Brown, DJ Khaled and Will Smith, the latter of which scaled the famous Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, to take part in the challenge.Earlier this month, Shiggy and Drake met for the first time on the same night that In My Feelings hit number one, with the Canadian rapper thanking the funnyman for his role in the song’s success.Over half a million clips of people attempting the #InMyFeelingsChallenge have been posted on Instagram since Shoker shared a video of himself dancing in the street – or “doing the shiggy” – to the catchy track on June 29. An appreciative Drake on the sidelines as the Toronto Raptors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Toronto, Ont. on January 11, 2018. Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network | Stan Behal / Stan Behal/Toronto Sun Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment PROVO, Utah — BYUtv, a family entertainment network available nationwide over cable, satellite and streaming, today announced that production has begun on the highly anticipated film “Christmas Jars,” which will air on the network during the 2019 holiday season. Based on the bestselling novel by Jason F. Wright, it tells the story of reporter Hope Jensen, who uncovers the remarkable secret behind the “Christmas Jars” – glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously left for people in need.“‘Christmas Jars‘ is a phenomenon with a reach far beyond that of a typical novel, as it created a new tradition that has changed many lives over the years,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “It is exactly the kind of uplifting story that we want to be part of at BYUtv, and we hope that this film will bring families together each holiday season and inspire them to start ‘Christmas Jars’ of their own.”“Christmas Jars” stars Jeni Ross (“Suits,” “Titans”) and Markian Tarasiuk (“Take Two,” “The Magicians”) and is directed by Jonathan Wright (“Awakening the Zodiac,” “Love, Romance, & Chocolate”). Produced by Muse Entertainment, filming is taking place through March 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. The executive producers are Jonas Prupas and Jesse Prupas, and the producer is Shane Boucher. Markian Tarasiuk and Jeni Ross Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement BYUtv’s original programming slate includes the new scripted adventure comedy “Dwight in Shining Armor,” in which the Middle Ages meets Middle America; the long-running sketch comedy series “Studio C,” which touts over 1 billion views on YouTube; “Relative Race,” the first family-history based competitive reality show that follows four teams as they meet relatives linked by DNA for the first time in a race throughout the United States; “Random Acts,” an unscripted hidden-camera reality show that highlights the altruistic nature of human beings by featuring real people who are the recipients of random acts of kindness; and the new cooking competition series “Dinner Takes All” that’s all about food, family and fun. BYUtv is available across the country via cable, satellite and multiple digital media platforms.For a complete listing of BYUtv’s programming and to view full episodes, visit www.byutv.org.About BYUtvBYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the internet. Today, BYUtv has over 1 million YouTube subscribers and 1 billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android, and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.About Muse EntertainmentMuse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. It has development and production offices in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Muse productions have won critical acclaim, large audiences, over 100 international awards, including Emmy Awards, and over 300 award nominations. Muse produces a wide range of primetime comedy and dramatic series, miniseries, television movies, feature films, documentaries, factual entertainment, family programs and animation. Facebook
Advertisement Advertisement Sarah Sutherland (Veep), Jared Abrahamson (American Animals), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wyonna Earp), Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale) and musician Hubert Lenoir have been set to star in Canadian feature drama Like A House On Fire from writer-director Jesse Noah Klein (We’re Still Together).Production is under way in Toronto until July 15 on the story of a woman (Sutherland) who returns home to reconnect with the young daughter and estranged husband (Abrahamson) she left two years before. She soon finds that her daughter does not remember her and her husband is with a woman now seven-months pregnant (Provost-Chalkley). Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Sarah Sutherland, Amanda Brugel, Jared Abrahamson, Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Shutterstock) Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsA national report on animal protection laws has placed the Northwest Territories among the worst in Canada.The report, released by the Animal Legal Defence Fund, compares animal protection laws from across all provincial and territorial jurisdictions.The NWT lost points for failing to ensure key animal protection laws within its legislation.According to the report, there are no mandatory reporting requirements for veterinarians of suspected dog cruelty and only dogs are protected by law.NWT government officials say they are monitoring the situation.
APTN National NewsThursday marked the likely end of testimony for the trial of Eric Dejaeger.The defrocked cleric is charged with more than 70 sex crimes against small children in Igloolik, Nunavut.However it’s not the end of the trial.
The Canadian PressCALGARY – TransCanada has been granted a presidential permit from the U.S. State Department that allows it to move forward on building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, the latest turn in fortunes for the controversial project.In granting the permit, the U.S. State Department said it concluded that Keystone XL, which is fiercely opposed by environmentalists concerned about its potential impact on climate change, would serve the national interest after considering a range of factors including energy security and the environment.“This is a significant milestone for the Keystone XL project,” TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said in a statement Friday.However, Keystone XL faces more hurdles.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) still does not have deals with all the landowners in Nebraska on the pipeline’s proposed route and it lacks a permit in that state. Protesters also promise they will try to stop the project, which would help carry Alberta crude to U.S. refineries.The Calgary-based company said Friday it would continue to work with key stakeholders throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to advance this project to construction.However, because the pipeline project crosses the Canada-U.S. border, TransCanada also required approvals from the president and U.S. State Department.Former president Barack Obama rejected the previous Keystone proposal, saying it wasn’t in the U.S. national interest.In response, TransCanada filed a challenge under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, alleging the U.S. government breached its legal commitments under NAFTA. That challenge has been discontinued, TransCanada said Friday.Donald Trump, while campaigning to be president of the U.S., had said he would reverse Obama’s decision.“While receiving the permit is a good step forward for the project that could provide visible growth in the 2020 time frame, given the prior comments and executive orders out of the Trump administration, we believe that the receipt of the presidential permit was expected by the market,” RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.“We note that KXL is not included in our valuation for the stock and if the project moves forward, we view that as upside.”Trump signed an executive order in his first week in office that invited TransCanada to reapply for a permit and promised a decision within 60 days. The 60-day timeline in Trump’s executive order was to expire Monday.“We greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure,” Girling said.The White House said Trump was expected to make an announcement about Keystone XL later Friday.Awarding cross-border pipeline permits is technically the domain of the Secretary of State. However, in this case, The Associated Press reported Thursday that the decision would come from Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon because his boss, former oil executive Rex Tillerson, recused himself from the decision.
Justin Brake APTN NewsNewfoundland and Labrador’s Child and Youth Advocate has announced that her office will undertake a “comprehensive, independent review of the treatment, experiences and outcomes of Inuit children and youth” in the province’s child protection system.“I am extremely troubled about the poor outcomes for Indigenous children in the child protection system,” Jackie Lake Kavanagh said in a press release Wednesday. “This is a historical issue with its roots in colonial practices reflected in residential schools, generations of families with histories of trauma, and social inequality. The status quo is not acceptable and cannot continue for Inuit children and youth.”The announcement comes almost 10 months after the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a provincial inquiry into Innu children in state care.Days prior to that announcement Innu leaders from Labrador confronted former Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett at a Canada Day barbecue in her Toronto riding and demanded federal intervention in what many have described as a suicide and child welfare crisis.Michelle Kinney, Nunatsiavut Government’s Director of Social Development and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development told APTN Wednesday’s announcement is the result of collaboration between the provincial government and the self-governing political body that represents the Inuit communities of Northern Labrador.“We wanted a process where we could review the systemic issues, involve people in our communities so that they were part of the process, and come up with solutions and ways of implementing them,” she said.“We thought that if we can get this process right that it would be a good model for reconciliation for the province, for the feds, for the future projects that we might work on.”Kinney said approximately 145 of the roughly 1,000 children in state care in Newfoundland and Labrador are Inuit. Many of them have been taken away from their extended families, communities, and even placed in foster homes outside of Labrador.She said Nunatsiavut’s 2005 land claims agreement gives Inuit the ability to “take down or devolve any provincial program when they are ready and have the capacity to do so, and can meet or exceed provincial standards.”In the meantime Kinney said the Inuit have been gradually identifying and implementing some of their own solutions, but that a successful and all-encompassing process requires the kind of review being undertaken by the Child and Youth Advocate’s office.“If we’re looking at a devolution process we really need to have good documentation, good evidence, look at what hasn’t worked in the past, and have a really good model and plan for moving forward. So we’re hoping this review will give us some of that,” she explained.“The biggest issue we see is that the child welfare system has become reactive, Kinney continued. “We would like to see resources put into preventing children from coming into care.“We all know the systemic issues. We all know why some parents are not doing well: residential schools, relocation, colonization. All of those things haven’t been favourable to Indigenous people.”She said the “majority of our children are coming into care for neglect, poverty, parents’ issues with alcohol, and witnessing family violence,” and that “very few children are actually coming into care because of maltreatment or physical or sexual abuse.”The terms of reference mandate directs Kavanagh to “review child protection services provided to Inuit children” in the province “with a view to identifying deficiencies, exploring promising and best practices, and making recommendations for improved outcomes within an appropriate cultural framework.”The review is scheduled to conclude by March 31, 2019 and a public report with the review’s findings will be released thereafter.APTN requested comment from Children, Seniors and Social Development Minister Lisa Dempster but did not receive a response by the time of publication.
SASKATOON – Workers at two uranium facilities in northern Saskatchewan are facing tough times after Cameco announced Wednesday it was shutting down productions at the Sask. sites.Cameco (TSX:CCO) said 845 jobs would be “temporarily” lost by the end of January due to the shutdowns at Key Lake and McArthur River.The McArthur River site mines uranium ore and sends it to Key Lake for processing.The company said about 210 workers would be kept on at the facilities to ensure they maintained a safe shutdown mode.The suspension is expected to last 10 months, but more details are to be provided when fourth quarter results are released in February.Cameco cited market oversupply and low uranium prices as reasons for the production suspension.They noted prices have fallen over 70 per cent since an earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan devastated a nuclear facility in 2011.Operations at Rabbit Lake were suspended in April 2016, resulting in 500 job losses.The company announced third-quarter losses of $124 million on Oct. 27, one year after turning a profit of $142 million in the same time span.(CKOM)
CALGARY – Shares of Enbridge Inc. popped higher in early trading after the company announced plans to raise its dividend, issue shares and sell off at least $3 billion in assets next year.The stock was up $2.72 or about six per cent at $48.47 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday morning.In a strategic update after markets closed Wednesday, the Calgary-based pipeline company said it has identified $10 billion of what it describes as non-core assets.The company also announced Wednesday a private placement of $1.5 billion in common shares and plans to issue an additional $4 billion of hybrid securities through the end of 2018.The moves follow Enbridge’s takeover of U.S. -based Spectra Energy earlier this year.“With the Spectra Energy assets now in the fold, we will focus our attention on what we do best and the value proposition that has served shareholders well over the years,” Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco said in a statement.“We will rationalize our asset mix to a pure regulated pipeline and utility business model, which emphasizes low risk businesses and strong growth in our three crown jewel businesses: liquids pipelines and terminals, natural gas transmission and storage and natural gas utilities.”Enbridge (TSX:ENB) said it will pay out a quarterly dividend of 67.1 cents per common share, payable on March 1, 2018. The dividend represents a 10 per cent increase from the previously quarterly rate.The company also said it expects to continue to grow its annual dividend by 10 per cent through 2020.The company has an extensive network of oil and natural gas pipelines that ship about 65 per cent of Canadian crude oil exports bound for the U.S.
VICTORIA – Hydro rates in British Columbia will increase three per cent in April after the province’s independent energy regulator overruled a government promise to freeze rates for one year.Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said Thursday she’s disappointed with the B.C. Utilities Commission’s ruling, but it has prompted the government to immediately start planning to help those who are struggling to pay their power bills.“I would have liked to have seen a much different response for British Columbians, but I appreciate their rationale,” she said. “I understand it and will be moving forward with other alternatives for making life more affordable.”The commission rejected a request from the government to freeze rates, saying other increases have done little to meet the revenue needs at BC Hydro.“The panel ultimately found there to be insufficient regulatory justification to warrant lower increases because even these increases do not fully recover BC Hydro’s forecast revenue requirement, which includes items such as operating costs, new capital expenditures, and carrying costs on capital expenditures,” the commission said in a statement.Mungall said the government will work with the Crown-owned utility on a so-called lifeline rate program that could result in some hydro customers with demonstrated needs getting a lower rate for electricity.She said the government will also consider providing a grant of up to $600 for hydro customers facing financial emergencies.The NDP government campaigned last spring on promises to tackle rising hydro rates and last November Mungall announced plans to request that the utilities commission freeze the scheduled April increase.The commission has also formally approved rate increases of four per cent in 2016 and 3.5 per cent last year.Mungall said the government will conduct a review of BC Hydro in a bid to find savings and keep rates low. The scope of the review will be announced in the next few weeks, she said.“The (utilities commission) are very clear in a nutshell that this is a mess,” Mungall said. “There’s a mess that is at BC Hydro. It needs to be cleaned up and I hear that.”Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the rate hike is just another broken promise by the NDP government.“This is a government that stumbles into messes that cost all of us because they put rhetoric ahead of planning,” Wilkinson said in a statement. “It’s clear, British Columbians can’t afford this government.”Green Leader Andrew Weaver said he’s glad to see the government respecting the independence of the utility commission, but the increase shows a need for income security across the province.
CALGARY – A joint federal-provincial review panel says the Frontier Oil Sands Mine project application is now complete enough to advance to a public hearing set to take place as early as September.It says it is now accepting submissions about preferred locations and dates for the hearing, adding that requests to submit evidence or participate must be made in writing by June 22.The open pit project proposed by Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. is estimated to cost $20 billion and designed to produce 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen from a site about 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.That’s more than the recently completed 194,000-bpd Fort Hills mining project in which Teck is a minority partner holding 21 per cent and Suncor Energy Inc. is the operator holding 54 per cent of the project.The joint review panel was appointed in May 2016 and given 13 months to assess the project and its environmental impacts. It won approval last November for an eight-month delay to complete its review.Two years ago, Teck said the earliest date for first oil from Frontier would be 2026.Companies in this article: (TSX:TECK.B, TSX:SU)
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of complaints raised against Canada’s telecommunications providers, according to an annual tally released Tuesday by the private-sector body assigned to resolve disputes brought by customers who haven’t been able to get satisfaction directly from their provider.The 14,272 complaints raised by Canadian telecom and TV customers over the 2017-18 period was up 57 per cent from the previous year, while the total number of issues they raised rose 67 per cent to 30,734, the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services says in its report for the 12 months from Aug. 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.“With the addition of TV complaints to our mandate in September of 2017, we did anticipate an increase — but not the 57 per cent that we received,” CCTS commissioner Howard Maker said in the report.But, Maker added, fewer than five per cent of the complaints related to TV alone.“The increase was in the same types of issues that Canadians have complained about historically: sales transactions that go wrong, service that doesn’t work as expected, and billing problems.”The CCTS is a decade-old independent industry-funded body that works under a mandate from Canada’s federal regulator.The dispute-resolution body was originally responsible for monitoring compliance with Canada’s wireless code, which was updated last year by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, effective Dec. 1, 2017.Wireless services continued to have the biggest number of identified issues by far, with 12,757 in 2017-18, up 49 per cent from last year’s tally.But issues with internet service rose even more quickly to 8,987, up 56 per cent.Billing and contract disputes continued to be the two biggest issues identified in the CCTS report, regardless of type of service. Bell Canada also continued to receive the biggest number of complaints, 4,734 or 33.2 per cent of the total — not counting 847 directed at its Virgin Mobile flanker brand or its Bell Aliant (229) and Bell MTS (135) regional affiliates.Similarly Rogers received the second-largest number of complaints, 1,449 or 10.2 per cent of the total, followed by Telus at No. 3 with 944 or 6.6 per cent of the total, not counting their flanker brands.But relative newcomer Freedom Mobile placed fourth in the tally, after the number of complaints rose 185.3 per cent to 850.Freedom’s corporate parent Shaw also saw complaints against it more than double, as did Videotron — Quebecor’s telecom division — Cogeco Connexion, Eastlink and TekSavvy, but the totals remained far behind the three national wireless carriers.The CCTS says 10,214 or 71.6 per cent of the complaints it received were resolved without having to move to a higher level of intervention that included an investigation. A further 1,935 of the complaints were resolved after an investigation and 1,068 complaints were closed with or without an investigation for a variety of reasonsIn 32.5 per cent of the closed complaints, the CCTS decided that a further investigation wasn’t warranted and 30.1 per cent were closed because the customer didn’t co-operate. A further 18.8 per cent were closed because the CCTS decided the service provider’s offer was reasonable. Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T, TSX:SJR.B, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:CCA) David Paddon, The Canadian Press
BEIJING — China has demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks.Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, said she is accused of trying to evade U.S. curbs on trade with Iran.The arrest follows a U.S.-Chinese cease-fire in a tariff war over Beijing’s technology policy.Asian stock markets tumbled on the news, fearing renewed U.S.-Chinese tensions that threaten global economic growth.The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said Meng broke no U.S. or Canadian laws and demanded Canada “immediately correct the mistake” and release her.The Associated Press
“Now with the addition of the Fort St. John office, we are well positioned to meet the increasing demand for our services,” said Joe Loomis, CEDA’s Vice President of Operations for the B.C. Region. “Our new location strengthens our presence in Northeastern B.C. and allows us to be more accessible to our growing client base. We look forward to making a positive contribution to the local economy and giving back to the community,” Mr. Loomis added.CEDA’s new office is located in the 9800-block of 78th St. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – CEDA has announced that it recently opened a new office and shop in Fort St. John as part of its strategy to further expand its reach within the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.The company says its newly-appointed Operations Manager Steven Cooper is overseeing the 10,000 square foot shop, which houses a fleet of pressure and water trucks, tankers, hot oilers, steamers, hydro vacuum and combination vacuum units used to deliver comprehensive industrial cleaning services.In 2017, CEDA entered the B.C. market by acquiring Joe Loomis Trucking in Dawson Creek, and continued to grow its operations through the recent acquisition of Breakthrough Oilfield Services.
Communities included in the ride are Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Dawson Creek, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge.Poker hands cost $30 each while the ride is free for all residents to attend. The ride will also feature a free breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Pomeroy Sport Centre as well as a barbeque in Chetwynd. Residents interested in registering for the poker ride must sign up at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The poker ride starts at 9:00 a.m. on August 18th at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration is now open for the 6th Annual “Community 2 Community” Poker Ride.The poker ride will see participants motorbiking all around the Peace Region, with half starting in Fort St. John travelling North and the other half starting in Dawson Creek and travelling South. The two groups of bikers will then pass by each other at the halfway point of the ride.Participants will draw a card at every community they visit during the ride. The goal of the ride is to have the best poker hand once they visit each location.