Saskatoonborn makeup artist Geralyn Wraith known for Kids in the Hall and

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “She held a lot of stories, because a lot of people confided in her,” actress-producer Jennifer Podemski, who worked with Wraith for 20 years, said Monday in a phone interview as news of her death spread through social media.“If you’re on a long-term show, the person you see every day at least to have a long-term conversation with is primarily your makeup artist and you have their undivided attention. Makeup artist Geralyn Wraith was remembered for her skills and her “big heart” by actors who worked with her. She died Friday. (JEANNIE LEE / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisementcenter_img Facebook “You don’t always click with everybody, but from my knowledge and my team that I bring together, Geri was always someone who you wanted on your team because she made everybody feel special.”Geralyn Wraith, Key Make Up Artist on Kim’s Convenience, dear friend, generous soul…— Jean Yoon (@jean_yoon) March 30, 2018Kim’s Convenience star Jean Yoon, who worked with Wraith for the first two seasons of the CBC comedy, said she had “a big heart.”“You could tell her anything and she would get where you were coming from,” Yoon said.We lost Geralyn Wraith the makeup genius who co-created all of our characters. Not only was she a brilliant artist she was the calm centre of the show whose talent and kindness were unparalleled. She was also one of my dearest friends and I miss her tremendously. I love you Geri.— Scott Thompson (@ScottThompson_) April 1, 2018 Advertisement “You don’t always click with everybody, but from my knowledge and my team that I bring together, Geri was always someone who you wanted on your team because she made everybody feel special.”Saddened by the passing of Make-Up Dept member Geralyn Wraith. Geralyn started her NABET 700-M UNIFOR career in 1997 and worked hard since that time to make her union and department better. She will be missed by us all.— Jonathan Ahee (@JonathanAhee) April 2, 2018Kim’s Convenience star Jean Yoon, who worked with Wraith for the first two seasons of the CBC comedy, said she had “a big heart.”“You could tell her anything and she would get where you were coming from,” Yoon said.Let’s celebrate the beautiful Geralyn Wraith and the beauty she created all around her.Tuesday, April 3, 7pm-9pmHope United Church2550 Danforth Ave., corner Main St., Toronto@KITHOnline @KimsConvenience@CBCNews— Jeannie Lee@CBC (@JeannieLee88) April 1, 2018 To many in the Canadian film and TV industry, makeup artist Geralyn Wraith was like a beloved member of the family, a close friend and a psychologist.The Saskatoon native, who died Friday, helped craft the look of major characters on shows including The Kids in the Hall and Kim’s Convenience, and forged strong bonds with on-air talent through a compassionate demeanour that made them open up to her in the makeup chair.While she worked to change what people looked like on the outside, she also got to the heart of who they were on the inside.Makeup artist Geralyn Wraith demonstrates her studio makeup technique with the assistance of Jacqueline Russell during the CBC’s Take Our Kids to Work Day. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)last_img read more


first_imgCéline Dion released a song to promote Deadpool 2. (Céline Dion/YouTube) Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementcenter_img That’s why the campaign for one movie, Deadpool 2, impressed him. In theatres May 18, the film continues the R-rated adventures of a sarcastic assassin first seen in Marvel comics in the ’90s. Login/Register With: Advertisement A slew of sequels is swamping cinemas this summer. The lineup includes Incredibles 2, Ant Man and the Wasp, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.Jeff Beer, staff editor at Fast Company, tells Day 6 it’s difficult for sequels to stand out in such a competitive market.“We’re so used to seeing so many different marketing messages — whether it’s billboards, TV commercials, teasers, trailers or products with movie characters plastered all over them — that a lot of it becomes invisible after a while.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Life XPFantasy, Science FictionBCEBNERDS Multi Media EntertainmentCassandra Ebner Twitter Advertisement The Communist’s DaughterComedyONNatalie Novak FilmsNatalie Novak, Leah Cameron Detention AdventureChildren’s Live ActionONBroken Compass Films Inc.Ryan West Login/Register With: Short Term SentenceComedy, DramaONAsymetricEvan Landry, Kevin Claydon, Phil Moniz Et puis, Amélie est partieComedyQCSPORTJohannie Deschambault, Fanny Forest Téodore pas de HComedyQCZone3Frédérique Traversy, Brigitte LemondeAndré Larin First PersonDramaONCarousel PicturesTyler Levine, Patrice Theroux La Maison des follesComedy, DramaQCLes productions St Laurent TVSophie Samson, Rafael Perez, Lou Bélanger How to Buy a Baby (Season 2)ComedyONLoCo Motion Pictures Inc.Lauren Corber, Wendy Litner Facebook For the RecordComedy, DramaONOld Soul ProductionsJulian De Zotti OFFChildren’s Live ActionQCBlachfilmsVincent Lafortune, Benoît Lach Seventeen (17) scripted short-form series designed and produced for exploitation on digital platforms and channels have been approved for funding by the Board of Directors of the IPF.   Eleven (11) are in English and 6 are in French.   Three of the approved projects are renewals for new episodes of successful web series previously funded by the IPF and 14 are new series to be produced and released in 2018/19.  The IPF is making equity investments of over $2M in these projects.The IPF has funded scripted short form web series since 2010. This program was created to encourage and support new talent in the industry and to stimulate Canada’s competitive creative and business skills in the digital story-telling world.   These series are also serving as pilots and “calling cards” for the creative teams.  The successful marketing and exploitation of Canadian original linear digital productions and talent to Canadian and global audiences is also an important goal of this initiative.The selection and jury process established by the IPF ensures that all projects are reviewed by a wide range of participants providing a variety of perspectives. One hundred and seventy applications were submitted to the IPF from across Canada in the first stage of the application process.  Thirty (30) of these were short-listed by a 40-member pre-selection committee.  In the final evaluation stage, an international jury and  IPF Board members reviewed all of the finalists and rated them based on content, audience engagement strategies, production styles and processes, business and marketing plans, distribution and  revenue potential. Hospital ShowComedyBCBullrush Pictures Inc.Adam Greydon Reid Le KillingComedyQCla corpLouis-Philippe Drolet, Julien T. Chartier, Louis Morissette, Alaine Chicoine, Mathieu Cauchon, Guillaume Arsenault Germain s’éteintDramaQCLes Productions la RécréLinda Surprenant, Daniel Abraham, Pierre-Alexandre Girard, Julien Hurteau Advertisement The Amazing Gayl Pile (Season 5)ComedyONLaRue Productions Inc.Matt King, Andrew Ferguson, Brooks Grey, Morgan Waters, Tyler Metcalf Ming’s DynastyComedy, MusicalONTouchpoint FilmsKevin Saffer, Calwyn Shurgold, Antony Hall The selected projects represent a range of genres for different target demographics and distribution platforms and have been created by new and experienced digital production companies from across Canada. The international Jury and the Board of the IPF were very impressed by the advancements made in both the creativity and business approaches of the projects submitted this year and the recognition by producers of the essential role they are expected to undertake in ensuring audience engagement and discoverability. IPF Chair, Jon Taylor, noted the quality of the projects submitted: “The submissions this year were incredibly innovative and diverse.  The international jury and the IPF staff and Board worked hard to select these amazing projects.  I am looking forward to seeing them come to life!”The following productions are the recipients of the IPF’s 2018 web drama series program: The IPF invests approximately $2M in the production of scripted digital original series each year. It has invested $15M in 131 web series since 2010.  These series represent all demographics and genres.  The web series previously funded can be accessed at IPF also continues to support professional development events and promotional activities in the industry.   It encourages mentorship and training on all the projects that it supports.  The website provides important resources for the industry.The Independent Production Fund thanks all of the evaluators and the international Jury for undertaking this selection challenge and sharing their insights and viewing experiences:Laurence Beaudoin-Masse – Productrice déléguée Version 10 – CANLaurence Beaudoin-Masse est diplômée de l’Université du Québec à Montréal en art. De 2009 à 2014, elle occupe le poste de coordonnatrice du programme de webséries au Fonds indépendant de production. Puis, en 2015, elle collabore à l’essor de la plateforme Recettes Zeste à titre de stratège de contenu web au sein du Groupe Serdy. En 2016, elle se joint à l’équipe de Version 10 comme chargée de projets numériques. En 2017, Laurence est nommée productrice déléguée. Elle dirige entre autres la création de la série Vieux jeu diffusée sur Dorais -Consultante au contenu et à la scénarisation dans l’industrie du cinéma, de la télévision et du web – CANNathalie Dorais est consultante au contenu et à la scénarisation dans l’industrie du cinéma, de la télévision et du Web. Elle a été chargée de projet au secteur des dramatiques de Radio-Canada et a également participé au développement des séries web de fiction au secteur Internet et services numériques du diffuseur.Steinar Ellingsen – Director and co-founder of Melbourne WebFest (MWF) – AUSDr. Steinar Ellingsen is the director and co-founder of Melbourne WebFest, Australia’s international web series festival, the biggest celebration of web series in the Southern Hemisphere. Steinar is a senior lecturer in Journalism, Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong, and the former Head of Department of Media and Communication at La Trobe University.Emmanuelle Fellous – Head of Acquisitions Production, Programming.  Blackpills – FRASpencer Griffin – Head of Live Action Development and Production for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios – USSpencer Griffin has executive produced numerous series for a range of platforms and services.  Previously he was SVP and EP for Big Breakfast where he helped grow the comedy brand’s video department.Christine Larson, Media Consultant- CANChristine has been working in the film, TV and digital media for over 19 years, first in various roles ranging from physical production to accounting then as a Senior Business Analyst at Creative BC, BC’s creative industry’s funding office, and now as a consultant. Christine works with independent producers in development, managing industry relationships for funding, digital media strategies, broadcast and distributionAnne Santa Maria – Conceptuer et Producteur – CANExperte depuis 20 ans en matière de formats de fiction au sein de grand groupes audiovisuels comme TF1, FremantleMedia, Gaumont et Newen, Anne Santa Maria a produit, entre autres, les séries numériques pionnières : Les Opérateurs  pour Studio 4/France 4 et Osmosis pour Arte Creative qui est la première web séries française à être adaptée par Netflix en 8 x 45 min.Elle accompagne aujourd’hui des nouveaux producteurs indépendants et leur business développement vers les plateformes/diffuseurs délinéarisées.Bruno Mercure – Stratège en contenuns de fiction – FRADiplômé de l’UQAM en Communication – Stratégie de production culturelle et médiatique, Bruno Mercure alterne entre les rôles de concepteur/idéateur, producteur au contenu et producteur délégué pour des projets tels Le Kevin Raphael Show, la Soirée Mammouth, Les 3 James, Camille raconte et 12 À eux seuls, ces projets lui valent plusieurs nominations aux prix Gémeaux et Numix, en plus de nombreuses sélections et prix dans des festivals internationauxAlison Norrington – CEO, Founder, Chief Creative Director, storycentral – UKAlison Norrington is a writer/producer, Founder & Chief Creative Director of storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates and develops ground-breaking transmedia properties with global partners in film, television, animation, publishing, advertising, branding, theme parks, Virtual Reality and gaming.    She is featured on the BAFTA Guru series and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain and Women in Film & TV, Exec Producer of the Virtual Reality Thread for Children’s Media Conference and a two-time TEDx speaker.Alejandra Del Real – Head of International Originals for blackpills – FRAPaul Ronca – Director of Industry & Special Events Programming and Strategic Partner Development, Just for Laughs – CANThe Independent Production Fund is incorporated as a private foundation with charitable status. It operates on the interest generated by a $36 M endowment, and by recoupment from its investments. It also receives annual BDU contributions of approximately $2M from Cogeco Communications for investments in Canadian television drama series.  An independent Board of Directors representing the industry oversees the operations of the fund and makes all final investment decisions.Thanks to our funding partners, Telus StoryHive  and Creative BC for their financial support of selected projects this year. Running With Violet (Season 2)Comedy/DramaONShe Said Films IncRebecca Davey & Marie-Claire Marcotterlast_img read more


first_imgThe Queen Takes the Reigns at Medieval Times Toronto (CNW Group/Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (Toronto)) Advertisement TORONTO, June 28, 2018 – For the first time since 2012, Medieval Times will unveil a fresh, new storyline tonight in Toronto…and this time, a woman is holding the reins. In a major break from Medieval Times’ 34-year tradition of casting a king in the show’s lead role, the company has revealed that a queen is now in charge and sole ruler of the land. She is cast as a firm but kind ruler respected throughout the kingdom who inherited the throne at the passing of her father, the previous king.The company’s leadership developed the idea to cast a matriarch, based in part on guest feedback that they would like to see women having more significant roles. The Toronto-based castle will be the seventh Medieval Times North American location to roll out the new show.“Where previously our female characters played in more supportive roles, we are now showing a woman fully in charge, a woman whose authority is sometimes challenged, but she quickly rises to the occasion as a strong leader, squelching opposition,” says Leigh Cordner, Medieval Times show director and a Toronto-native. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Jousting, fighting, horsemanship, swordplay and a fresh, hot, four-course feast remain central elements of the dinner attraction. With the cast and script change come a series of other significant changes to the show:More than 700 new costumes for all nine castles’ performers including horses, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated costume shop.The new suits of armour, shields, and helmets are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated armoury.Over 200 team members and 20 horses trained and rehearsed new lines and fight scenes for three months while still presenting the former Toronto show.In Toronto, the role of the Queen is portrayed by a Canadian.For the first time, audiences will see a Queen riding horseback in Toronto.New music was composed by Dr. Daniel May, composer and jazz pianist who scored “Everest” and other films and who worked with Sting, The Moody Blues and others. He directed and recorded Medieval Times’ new show composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He directed the choir in Ukraine with lyrics written by poet and choir member Solomia Gorokhivska, and a solo cellist and violin player from Pittsburgh.The Toronto premiere of the new show happens tonight at Medieval Times, 10 Dufferin St.  For tickets, visit or call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878).Interviews, hi-res images and B-roll are available upon request.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter: @TorontoCastle #Medieval TimesTOFacebook: Medieval TimesMedieval Times Dinner & Tournament was founded in 1977 in Spain. It launched in North America in 1983 and has since opened nine castles across the United States and in Toronto, Canada, entertaining more than 67 million guests over the past 34 years. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Medieval Times’ Toronto castle is the only Canadian location. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

10 Oscarbait films playing at TIFF 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement As in every year of the fest’s history, critical acclaim and audience buzz can push a film all the way to golden glory next February. Here are a few awards hopefulsBEAUTIFUL BOYIn Beautiful Boy, based on American journalist David Sheff’s memoir about his own son, last year’s breakout star Timothée Chalamet plays a young man addicted to methamphetamine, while his father (fellow Oscar nominee Steve Carrell) tries to help him as he slips further away. As parents fight for more rights to protect their kids from the opioid crisis, it’s a timely story that’s sure to resonate, and as Chalamet’s follow-up performance to Call Me By Your Name, this family drama is already building big buzz. Sep 7, 6:30 pm, Roy Thomson Hall, and 8 pm, Elgin Theatre; Sep 8, 10:45 am, RyersonBOY ERASEDAfter this summer’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, the idea of gay-conversion therapy seems to be in the zeitgeist. Hence this adaptation of Garrard Conley‘s recently published memoir about his own (unsuccessful) conversion as an Alabama adolescent. Oscar-nominee Lucas Hedges, whose coming out scene in Ladybird was heartbreaking, plays the teenaged son of a Baptist pastor and wife (Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman) who is sent to a church-supported program to rid him of his “affliction.” Director Joel Edgerton plays the program’s leader, and Flea and Canada’s own bad boy of directing himself, Xavier Dolan, have supporting roles.Sep 7, 6:30 pm, Roy Thomson Hall; Sep 7, 8 pm, Elgin; Sep 8, 10:45 pm, RyersonDESTROYEROscar loves it when actors transform physically for a role – see Charlize Theron in Monster, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull and Nicole Kidman in The Hours. In Destroyer, Kidman puts on the prosthetics yet again as an L.A. cop who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of young criminals and solve a case that hits close to home. Director Karyn Kusama broke into filmmaking with 2000’s Girlfight, but her subsequent film work has been uneven (she’s spent more time in TV). With a supporting cast that includes I, Tonya’s Sebastian Stan, our own Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany and Get Out’s Bradley Whitford, she could be due for a comeback, especially in a year when women’s stories are being lauded.Sep 10, 9:30 pm, Winter Garden; Sep 12, 1:30 pm, Elgin; September 15, 9:45 pm, TBLB 1FIRST MANThis feature has all the elements of an Oscar pic: a dramatic story of a white American hero; the award-winning duo of director Damien Chazelle and his La La Land lead, Ryan Gosling; and a plot involving outer space. In this biopic, Gosling plays Neil Armstrong, following his life as a young astronaut joining NASA in 1961 to making his moonwalk eight years later. Rounding out the cast is The Crown’s Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wife and Corey Stoll, who also stars in the TIFF biopic Driven about John Delorean, as Buzz Aldrin.Sep 9, 2 pm, Ontario Place Cinesphere; Sep 10, 4 pm, Elgin Theatre; Sep 10, 6 pm, Roy Thomson Hall; Sep 11, 11 am, Princess of Wales, Sep 12, 6 pm, Scotiabank 12; Sep 13, 6 pm, Scotiabank 12; Sep 14, 6 pm, Scotiabank 12; Sep 15, 6 pm, Scotiabank 12; Sep 15, 9:30 pm, Princess of Wales; Sep 16, 6 pm, Scotiabank 12 The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg, has lots of Oscar buzz. Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Team Manitobas Metis D

first_imgAPTN National NewsRingette is taking off in a big way at this year’s Canada Winter Games.Fans packed Cole Harbour Place to watch Nova Scotia take on Manitoba.The Manitoba team is drawing strength from a core of Metis players.APTN’s James Hopkin reports on how they are backstopping Manitoba’s defence in tournament play.last_img

Budget 2016 expectations Nunavut residents seek relief from high food costs

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe cost of living is always a huge issue in Nunavut which has some of the highest grocery costs in the country.Nutrition North is the program that is supposed to subsidize the cost of healthy food in Canada’s remote Northern communities.The Liberals made promises about the program and tomorrow we’ll find out if they deliver.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img

Despite assault allegation Wab Kinew still NDP frontrunner analyst

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN National NewsA accusation of domestic abuse from a former partner may slow Wab Kinew’s bid to lead the Manitoba New Democrats. But a political scientist says it won’t bring it to a complete stop.“It’s not a great time on the eve of the convention that his ex-girlfriend’s stepping forward,” said University of Manitoba professor Chris Adams. “But he’s still the frontrunner.”Kinew, a prominent Indigenous politician in Manitoba, is battling NDP veteran Steve Ashton for the crown in Saturday’s leadership race. The party is hoping a new leader will restore public confidence and return it to power in the next election.Questions about Kinew’s fitness for office have dogged his ascent through party ranks. He was only elected MLA for Fort Rouge last year. Prior to that he worked as a broadcaster and musician, with a taste for raunchy lyrics and alcohol that led to a charge of driving while impaired.Kinew has since been pardoned for that charge and says he’s outgrown his wild ways and brushes with the law.He denied he was violent towards his former partner in 2003.“That never happened,” he told APTN Thursday. “The matter was investigated and the charges were dropped.”That much is true. Two charges of assault involving the woman were stayed by the Crown in 2004.But the woman, Tara Hart of Winnipeg, in an interview with APTN Thursday, alleged Kinew threw or pushed her causing carpet burns. She said she ended the two-year relationship immediately.News of the past criminal allegations was made public by Ashton. Something Hart said took her by surprise.“I have not talked to Tara Hart,” Ashton said Friday. “I’ve seen what she has said and that’s one courageous woman. And I believe Tara Hart.”Hart has said she would have preferred the matter remain private.Meanwhile, Adams says the disclosure puts “some wind in Steve Ashton’s sails.” But not enough to knock Kinew off course.He predicts a Kinew victory and says the new leader will hit the badly needed “re-set button” for the NDP.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

RCMP lacked urgency and care searching for Amber Tuccaro

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe failed search for Amber Tuccaro “was not our best work,” Alberta RCMP said Thursday in apologizing for mishandling the missing persons case that remains an unsolved murder.“On behalf of the RCMP, I am truly sorry,” said RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki.“Amber was a beloved member of your family and of the community.”WATCH THE APOLOGY HERE.The public apology, broadcast live from Edmonton, was the latest development in a crime that saw the 20-year-old vanish from Nisku, Alta., in August, 2010.At the time, she was living in Fort McMurray with her mother but flew to Edmonton with her 14-month-old son Jacob and a female acquaintance.When Vivian Tuccaro couldn’t reach her daughter she knew right away something was wrong.But it took four months for an RCMP officer to interview her.“When Amber first went missing I was calling Leduc police every day, like sometimes five time a day, because people were giving me tips,” said an emotional Vivian, who broke down in tears.“And all along they hadn’t even done any work until November.”That was only the first in a series of missteps.Leduc officers removed Amber’s name from the missing persons’ list for a month, and threw away her suitcase.In 2018, police released an audio clip of a man’s voice in connection with the case.They believe he was giving her a ride and say identifying him is crucial.Vivian said she only learned about those mistakes from someone inside the detachment and used the information to file a complaint to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC).RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki apologized for mishandling the Amber Tuccaro case. (Chris Stewart/ APTN)Zablocki agreed his members should have done better.“I fully acknowledge that in the early days of our investigation into Amber’s disappearance that it required a better sense of urgency and care,” he told the news conference.“We agree with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission that in 2010 our Leduc detachment initial missing person investigation was not our best work.”More than two years later, in September 2012, Amber’s remains were found on a rural property near Leduc County on the outskirts of Edmonton.No arrests have been made.LISTEN TO THE VOICE HERE.The family said right from the start the police didn’t take the case seriously. They repeated their story to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).The CRCC agreed with them in September 2018, and recommended the force apologize.Vivian said it was an important day for her family.She said it would help them cope with the loss and make improvements for other families suffering through the same thing.“I hope that I helped families today. Even one family – that I can give them the strength to come forward and not give up.”Zablocki said the case has become “a real catalyst” for change, sparking regional and national improvements.“We’ve put more accountability to our supervisors; we’ve implemented mandatory review of missing persons’ files every 24 hours, followed by a 72-hour review, as well.”Vivian, accompanied by her son Paul, unveiled a new poster about Amber’s disappearance.She said the family is still anxious for clues to break the case.And, ultimately, justice.“For the people that know who the killer is you have blood on your hands, too,” she said.“I don’t know how you could sleep at night, live with yourself, knowing what you know.”The inquiry, which submitted its final report on June 3, was unable to determine how many mmiwg there are in Canada.In 2014, the RCMP put the figure at about 1,200.READ THE APOLOGY HERE.Anyone who can identify the voice or provide information is asked to call Project KARE toll free at 1-877-5273 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Edmonton residents can reach KARE at read more

Montreal seeks to be world leader in responsible artificial intelligence research

first_imgMONTREAL – Various computer scientists, researchers, lawyers and other techies have recently been attending biweekly meetings in Montreal to discuss life’s big questions — as they relate to our increasingly intelligent machines.Should a computer give medical advice? Is it acceptable for the legal system to use algorithms in order to decide whether convicts get paroled? Can an artificial agent that spouts racial slurs be held culpable?And perhaps most pressing for many people: Are Facebook and other social media applications capable of knowing when a user is depressed or suffering a manic episode — and are these people being targeted with online advertisements in order to exploit them at their most vulnerable?Google, Microsoft, Facebook and recently even the Royal Bank of Canada have announced millions of dollars in investment in artificial intelligence labs across Montreal, helping to make the city a world leader in machine-learning development.As a consequence, researchers such as Abhishek Gupta are trying to help Montreal lead the world in ensuring AI is developed responsibly.“The spotlight of the world is on (Montreal),” said Gupta, an AI ethics researcher at McGill University who is also a software developer in cybersecurity at Ericsson.His biweekly “AI ethics meet-up” brings together people from around the city who want to influence the way researchers are thinking about machine-learning.“In the past two months we’ve had six new AI labs open in Montreal,” Gupta said. “It makes complete sense we would also be the ones who would help guide the discussion on how to do it ethically.”In November, Gupta and Universite de Montreal researchers helped create the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, which is a series of principles seeking to guide the evolution of AI in the city and across the planet.The declaration is meant to be a collaborative project and its creators are accepting comments and ideas over the next several months on how to fine-tune the document and share it with computer scientists working internationally on machine-learning.Its principles are broken down into seven themes: well-being, autonomy, justice, privacy, knowledge, democracy and responsibility.During a recent ethics meet-up, Gupta and about 20 other people talked about justice and privacy.Lawyers, business people, researchers and others discussed issues such as whether to fight against the fact so much power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of a handful of AI companies.“How do we ensure that the benefits of AI are available to everyone?” Gupta asked his group. “What types of legal decisions can we delegate to AI?”Doina Precup, a McGill University computer science professor and the Montreal head of DeepMind, a famous U.K.-based AI company, says it isn’t a coincidence Quebec’s metropolis is trying to take the lead on AI ethics.She said the global industry is starting to be preoccupied with the societal consequences of machine-learning, and Canadian values encourage the discussion.“Montreal is a little ahead because we are in Canada,” Precup said. “Canada, compared to other parts of the world, has a different set of values that are more oriented towards ensuring everybody’s wellness. The background and culture of the country and the city matter a lot.”AI is everywhere, from the algorithms that help us read weather patterns or that filter news on our Facebook feeds, to autonomous weapon systems.A major ethical quandary most people will soon have to deal with involves self-driving cars.Cars are a classic example, Gupta explains. For instance, he asks, should car companies produce autonomous vehicles that are programed to maximize driver safety or pedestrian safety?“What if you’re in the car and the pedestrian is your child?” Gupta asks.Nick Bostrom, a Swedish philosopher and one of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers on AI, said “it’s quite amazing how central a role Canada has played in creating this deep-learning revolution.”While many of the AI field’s pioneers in the United States and elsewhere have left academia and entered the business world, Canada’s leaders, such as Universite de Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio, have had different priorities, Bostrom said in an interview from Britain.“Bengio is still teaching students and nurturing the next generation of research talent — he’s also been relatively involved in trying to think about the ethical dimensions of this,” said the author of a seminal book on AI, “Superintelligence,” published in 2014.Bostrom said there is a role for the international AI research community to reflect and try to develop a “shared sense of norms and purpose that can be influential” because it will put pressure on companies to hire people who care about developing machine-learning responsibly.“If you are a corporation that wants to be at the forefront you need to hire the very top talent — and they have many options available to them,” Bostrom said.“If your corporation is seen as running roughshod over this shared sense of responsibility you are going to find it harder to get the very top people to work with you.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated that the meetings were bimonthly. In fact, they are biweekly.last_img read more

End of the road for TommyXGigi DolceGabbana fly drones

first_imgMILAN – Designers have made plays big and small for the loyalty of younger admirers at Milan Fashion Week.They have reached out with Instagram-savvy supermodels like Gigi Hadid, styles that incorporate more elements of street-wear and ever-evolving technology, as highlighted with Dolce & Gabbana’s clever use of drones during their womenswear show.Some highlights from the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week womenswear previews for next fall and winter Sunday:___TOMMY AND GIGI END THEIR ROAD SHOWTommy Hilfiger took his international road show to Milan, previewing his latest see-now, buy-now collection headlined by Gigi Hadid.The U.S. brand invited 1,000 loyal Milan customers to the city’s fairgrounds for the show, with the possibility to buy the exclusive wears even before they walked down the runway. Francesca Ottavia Battaglia, a long time consumer of Hilfiger’s apparel, came with her sister and bought a 129 euro ($158) sweatshirt “also to have a memento from the show.”She says she buys a whole range of apparel from the brand — jeans, shoes and even suits for her job as a financial advisor. “Tommy manages to give that extravagance, that detail, even in classic styles, that makes it clear it is not the usual suit,” she said.The TommyNow Drive collection designed with Hadid was inspired by racing and with many 1990s influences featured bright primary colours that played well off of each other on the runway.Hadid — who also has a Hilfiger-clad Barbie doll in her image — opened the show with a pair of blue and black leather racing leggings (499 euros) and a Hilfiger bandeau top, and closed in a long diaphanous layered maxidress with racing logo prints (530 euros).It was the fourth collection that Hadid designed with the Hilfiger team, with the first three showing in Los Angeles, New York and London.“It is a bit emotional but it is so exciting,” Hadid said backstage. She said she learned with each season how to better execute her ideas, adding, “I feel like this collection is one that I really feel that I learned the most with.”Hadid closed the show taking one last lap with Hilfiger — who said that while their TommyXGigi collaboration was ending that they would “always be close. We’ll always be family and friends.” And he held out the possibility of another collaboration in the future.____DOLCE & GABBANA DRONE DEVOTIONThe fashion crowd was mystified and then miffed when the Dolce & Gabbana show was delayed by repeated announcements that all Wi-Fi connections needed to be turned off and then the announcer calling out the scofflaws. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour got out of her seat to investigate. There were catcalls.Then, 45 minutes after the scheduled start time, relief at the sound of opening music turned quickly to awe as the doors of the mocked-up church facade opened and out flew a series of drones. Each carried one of the fashion house’s quilted leather handbags of the season, named Devotion and featuring a heart-shaped closure.While the designing duo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana again showed their mastery of marketing, the collection that followed made clear they would have sent the bags down the runway with flying cherubs, if only they could figure out how.___FASHION SINNERSDolce & Gabbana have often played with church iconography. Now, they have come out and openly said what many had long suspected by opening their show with a look emblazoned “Fashion Sinner.”The audacious collection kept smartphones snapping during a parade that included pink cotton candy wigs, headbands topped with purses, hoods with zebra manes, angel wings on an ornate jacket and cherubs perched on eyewear.The looks were fun and varied, from sequin encrusted jerseys and athletic-striped trousers proclaiming “Fashion Devotion,” to a co-ordinated zebra-striped jacket, leggings and shoes, to pretty chiffon dresses in florals and lingerie-inspired dresses.There were angelic looks, too: sequined dresses with cherubs and mini-skirts with detailing that might as well have been taken from church ceilings, worn with bejeweled cross necklaces.“Love is Love,” and “Fashion is Beauty” were among the other messages displayed on looks with generous helpings of sequins and crystals.Dolce & Gabbana had a (not-so) secret show on Saturday night at their downtown party spot, featuring models and millennials in every manner of crystal-covered evening dress and playsuit. Models for the “Secrets & Diamonds” show included real life royalty, Lady Kitty Spencer, a cousin of Princes William and Harry.____EMPORIO ARMANI MIXES DAY AND NIGHTGiorgio Armani said he was inspired by what he sees on the streets to mix night and day looks in his ultra-feminine Emporio Armani collection for next fall and winter.“Today everything gets mixed in absolute freedom,” the stylist said after the show. “Young people today dress in contradictions. They go to clubs in their brother’s sweatshirts and to the office in chiffon.”Armani captured that spirit with mini-skirts worn with cowboy boots, jackets with curved hemlines worn over a jumpsuit, fuzzy long coats over short-shorts and knitted cardigan jackets with athletic striped trousers. The colour palette ranged from Kelly greens to soft blue, anchored by black.The collection also reinvented the Emporio Armani logo as a simple EA heat-stamped on suede purses, as dangling crystal amulets on jackets and subtly emblazoned on dresses.With antagonism between the sexes receiving so much attention, the Emporio Armani collection put a refreshing eye on friendship between men and women. The designer grouped a female model in a fuzzy EA sweater with a pair of male models in layers of knitwear, the trio dressed for a relaxed day out.“I like this story,” Armani said.____MARNI’S HARMONY OF CONTRASTSFrancesco Risso’s Marni collection for next season turned on bold colours and prints and intended to evoke a feel, according to the show notes, that is “basic, raw, immediate.”“They are women who scream colours and take the vital message into the streets,” the designer said.The collection opened with shiny belted trenches of treated leather or plastic that had unfinished threads left trailing. Sweater dresses clung and bunched seductively on the frame, a contrast to the oversized layering of tunic, vest and wide-legged trousers all in bright greens, purples or red.Silken dresses were composed of panels of complementary fabrics and prints, united by a big, bent brass button. Knit hoods peeked out of tailored jackets with feline eye prints, reminiscent of a spookier version of the Cheshire cat.There was a suggestion of recycling in the ponchos formed from blankets and sweaters sewn together with seams inside out — an idea reinforced by the piles of newspapers and used clothes that became the show room seating.Big gold and silver moon earrings or long trailing feathers finished the looks. Shoes included closed-toed sandals on wavy rubber wedges. Surprisingly, there was none of the brand’s trademark fur.last_img read more

Black Panther 4 weeks in tops A Wrinkle in Time

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – T’Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in “A Wrinkle in Time.”“Black Panther” took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with $41.1 million according to studio estimates Sunday, leaving another newcomer in its wake. The Marvel and Disney phenomenon crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend and became the 7th highest grossing domestic release with $562 million. Not accounting for inflation, it’s now passed “The Dark Knight.”With a marketplace still dominated by “Black Panther,” Disney faced some stiff competition from its own studio in launching Ava DuVernay’s adaption of “A Wrinkle in Time,” which opened in second place with $33.3 million from 3,980 locations. The PG-rated film, which cost around $103 million to produce and stars Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, received mixed reviews from critics (it’s currently at a “rotten” 44 per cent on RottenTomatoes) and audiences who gave it a B CinemaScore.In gauging “A Wrinkle in Time’s” long-term prospects, a somewhat similar comparison could be Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” a PG-rated sci-fi pic with middling reviews and a B CinemaScore which opened to $33 million in the early summer of 2015 and went on to gross $93 million domestically. “Tomorrowland,” however, notably cost nearly twice as much to make as “A Wrinkle in Time.”But the “Black Panther” effect is the x-factor here. For Disney, it’s a “win all around.”“When you think about having two films at the top of the box office, it’s definitely a win all around,” says Disney’s worldwide theatrical distribution president Dave Hollis. “We’re feeling good about this start … We’re feeling good about what, for us, is a little family competition between now and (the Easter holiday).”Hollis says he doesn’t think the studio would have done anything differently regarding “Wrinkle’s” release had they known the scope and longevity of “Black Panther’s” prospects.“There’s always going to be competition in the marketplace,” he says. “With a tentpole strategy like ours, four weeks of separation is about what we can expect.”Still, “Black Panther” has devoured the marketplace for a month straight now, leaving all other newcomers in the dust.The new horror film “The Strangers: Prey At Night,” with Christina Hendricks, took third place with $10.5 million. The Jennifer Lawrence thriller “Red Sparrow” landed in fourth in its second weekend with $8.2 million and the comedy “Game Night” placed fifth with $7.9 million in weekend three.Hardly any of the new releases, which also included the thriller “The Hurricane Heist” (8th place, $3.2 million) and the dark action comedy “Gringo,” (11th place, $2.6 million) were well-reviewed going into the weekend, save for the limited release independents like “Thoroughbreds,” which made $1.2 million from 549 locations, and Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin,” which opened in four theatres to $181,000.It also left room for the Academy Award best picture winner “The Shape of Water,” which is also available on home video, to capitalize on its post-Oscars stature. The Fox Searchlight film added 720 theatres and took in in $2.4 million from 1,552 locations, bringing its domestic total to $61 million.But even though “Black Panther” has helped boost the year to date box office significantly, it’s also proving to be a continued challenge for any other wide release hoping for a piece of the market.“Every movie that has opened in the wake of ‘Black Panther’ has had its work cut out for it,” says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “We keep underestimating this film and it just shows no sign of slowing down.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1.”Black Panther,” $41.1 million ($100 million international).2.”A Wrinkle in Time,” $33.3 million ($6.3 million international).3.”The Strangers: Prey At Night,” $10.5 million ($140,000 international).4.”Red Sparrow,” $8.2 million ($15.7 million international).5.”Game Night,” $7.9 million ($5.4 million international).6.”Peter Rabbit,” $6.8 million ($4.8 million international).7.”Death Wish,” $6.6 million ($3 million international).8.”The Hurricane Heist,” $3.2 million ($1.9 million international).9.”Annihilation,” $3.2 million.10.”Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $2.8 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Black Panther,” $100 million.2. “Operation Red Sea,” $23.8 million.3. “Red Sparrow,” $15.7 million.4. “Tomb Raider,” $14.1 million.5. “The Shape of Water,” $11.3 million.6. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $11.2 million.7. “Une Jolie Ch’tite Famille,” $8.8 million.8. “Amazing China,” $8.1 million.9. “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” $8 million.10. “A Wrinkle in Time,” $6.3 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: read more

The Latest China US discuss plans for trade talks

first_imgBEIJING — The Latest on the back and forth between China and the U.S. over trade, technology and the arrest of an executive of the Chinese network gear company Huawei Technologies. (All times local):5:20 p.m.China’s foreign minister has vowed to defend its citizens abroad as a Chinese technology executive waits to see whether a Canadian court will release her on bail in a case that has strained U.S.-Chinese relations.Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday that Beijing will “spare no effort” to protect against “any bullying that infringes the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”Wang didn’t mention the arrested Huawei Technologies Ltd. executive, Meng Wanzhou. But a ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said Wang was referring to cases of all Chinese abroad, including Meng.Meng was arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver on U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.___11:50 a.m.China’s government says its economic czar and the U.S. Treasury secretary have discussed plans for the next round of talks in a tariff battle following a temporary cease-fire.The Commerce Ministry’s announcement Tuesday suggests negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese technology executive.A ministry statement said Vice Premier Liu He and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed “the promotion of the next economic and trade consultations” but gave no details.President Donald Trump agreed on Dec. 1 to postpone more U.S. tariff hikes on Chinese goods for 90 days while the two sides negotiate over American complaints about Beijing technology policy.The arrest in Canada last week of a Huawei Technologies Ltd. executive prompted worries those talks might be derailed.The Associated Presslast_img read more

RCMP reminding cyclists of the importance of wearing a helmet

first_imgRCMP say bike helmets are designed to absorb energy from an impact, protecting the skull and brain from injury. Going over the rules of the road with your child is an important way to kick off the bike riding season.In B.C., violation tickets can be issued to parents or guardians for permitting their children under the age of 16 to ride without a helmet.Police can also issue violation tickets to any cyclists for not wearing a helmet while cycling.The fine for children and adults is $29.00.More bike safety tips can be found at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the warm weather upon us, Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind parents and children of the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle.Before hopping on the bike this season, RCMP say it is a good idea to inspect your helmet to see if it properly fits and that it is in excellent condition.According to, properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent.last_img read more

Oil and gas sector cautious as clock ticks down to Trans Mountain

first_imgThe company counts Imperial Oil Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. among its customers, both of whom have delayed building or completing steam-driven oilsands projects because of uncertainty about how they will get the oil to market.Analyst Samir Kayande, a director with RS Energy Group, says the expansion to triple capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline will help with market access when it comes on stream but that likely won’t happen until 2022 and could be held up by more legal challenges.He says the pipeline isn’t big enough to fix Western Canada’s oil transportation woes on its own, nor does it address the general downturn in energy investing in North America and the lower quality of Canada’s resources compared to premier U.S. oil and gas basins.“Even though it’s positive and it’s important, the impact on the investment climate will probably be a little bit muted at least until you can actually start construction,” said Kayande.“It really depends on what the next round of legal challenges looks like.” CALGARY, A.B. – Observers on the front lines of Western Canada’s oil and gas sector are looking forward to what’s widely expected to be approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Tuesday while acknowledging the decision by Ottawa won’t solve all problems.CEO Clayton Byrt of Pimee Well Servicing LP, a service rig company owned by six northern Alberta First Nations, says approval of the pipeline is a “big deal” because it will encourage investment by the oilsands producers he counts as customers.He says more activity will support Pimee’s ability to retain its 140 employees, almost all Indigenous, and eventually grow the company to continue to offer good jobs to First Nations members.last_img read more

20 private schools in Ggn operate without fire NOC

first_imgGurugram: In an alarming figure that puts a serious question mark over the safety of school children over 20 private schools in Gurugram are functioning without the NOC from the fire department.The information has been revealed from the survey conducted by the fire department. The information cites that most of these Private schools are prominent schools in the schools in the city. The fire officials have cited that while most of the schools have not applied for the renewal of the license, there are also certain schools whose license were rejected due to inadequate fire safety systems. Sources in the fire department have cited that lack of action by the authorities is resulting in most of the establishments including schools in the city getting away and not renewing their fire safety licenses. Besides the Private schools, there are certain Government establishments including the city’s civil hospital that does not have a fire safety clearance certificate. For safety precautions, the city fire department has already started issuing notices to various establishments that are functioning without the fire safety clearance. Recently over 200 buildings that are over 15 metres in height were served notices by the Gurugram Fire department for not renewing their NOC on fire safety.”With summers resulting in a lot of fire incidents in the city, the fire department does not want to take any chances. We are serving a lot of establishments in the city with notices and warned them of punitive action if they do not renew their license,” said a senior official from Gurugram fire department. “As per law, major establishments in the city have to renew their licences after every year. However, many establishments in the city do not renew their licences and continue to play with the lives of the people in the city. While the fire department is expected to take action, even the residents must put pressure on these establishments,” added the official.last_img read more