The California Science Center, the GRAMMY Museum, and Global Wildlife Conservation have partnered to create the one-of-a-kind exhibit Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music.Featuring multimedia and interactive experiences, Earth in Concert examines the status of biodiversity in our oceans, grasslands and forests, while exploring how several artists and musicians have helped to raise awareness of the global issues that present threats to our planet. Artists featured in the exhibit include Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Willie Nelson, Sting, and Pharrell Williams. Earth in Concert opens at the California Science Center on November 12, 2015.“This exhibit demonstrates a remarkable blend of art and science,” said California Science Center President, Jeffrey Rudolph. “The work of these notable musicians illustrates the need to protect the biodiversity in our natural world.”Earth in Concert fuses the emotional power of music with the new discoveries of science to inform, inspire, and reveal how leading musicians are supporting the efforts scientists are taking to preserve our natural world. Exhibit highlights include: • Original writings, unique footage, and personal artifacts from the featured artists and other well-known musicians, informing visitors how they are working to protect the Earth’s biodiversity, the wider ecosystem, and the indigenous people who are key guardians of our natural resources • An examination of the diversity of species that settle on tropical coral reefs • Visitors will also get to help Jack Johnson complete a new composition about reducing plastic pollution in the ocean in order to inspire others to action • The opportunity to listen to isolated animal calls and match the sound to the species that made them, similar to the methods ecologists use to explore biodiversity • Exhibit visitors will also use their sense of sight and touch to investigate animal adaptations and guess whether an animal is a carnivore or herbivore.“Our partnership with the California Science Center and Global Wildlife Conservation on this new exhibit will mark the first time the GRAMMY Museum has explored how artists have used music as a platform for shedding light on the many threats to our Earth’s biodiversity,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “We hope what visitors see and learn through Earth in Concert will inspire them to take steps to reduce their own ecological footprint.”Guests at the California Science Center may enhance their experience by visiting the “Ecosystems” exhibition, where concepts of biodiversity and conservation are introduced through an unprecedented blend of live plants and animals, and hands-on science exhibits in 11 immersive environments. From walking through a living kelp forest to experimenting on a polar ice wall, explorers will investigate some of the Earth’s most fascinating ecosystems. Highlights include a 188,000-gallon kelp tank populated with more than 1,500 live fish, kelp and other marine life; a desert flash flood; and a special gallery dedicated to the urban ecology of Los Angeles. Ecosystems hosts 250 species of plants and animals.Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music is made possible by the Sangreal Foundation and Brian & Adria Sheth in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, Global Wildlife Conservation and California Science Center.This traveling exhibit was produced using environmentally sustainable materials, including PVC-free and biodegradable plastics, no-added-formaldehyde wood, and recycled materials.
Rhonda’s Kiss, an organization that helps cancer patients in need, announced today that New York Times Best Selling Author and Comedian Greg Behrendt (Sex and the City, He’s Just Not That Into You) will host their annual concert event on Friday, Dec. 8 at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.Legendary rock band Jane’s Addiction headline the event, with The Hellcat Saints opening.Proceeds from the concert event will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda’s Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Rhonda’s Kiss is a 501c3. To date, the charity has donated nearly $1 million to hospitals to support cancer programs and patients.“Raising money for cancer is a reminder that every day, people are struggling with the disease and need the support to maintain their dignity and fight,” said Kyle Stefanski, CEO of Rhonda’s Kiss. “We are thrilled to welcome Greg to this event and are blessed to have strong support from artists such as Jane’s Addiction, the public, and hospitals like Cedars-Sinai to be able to help more and more people fight this terrible disease.”Greg Behrendt is a comedian, musician, cancer survivor and the co-author of the three-million-copy bestseller, “He’s Just Not That Into You,” (also made into a hit movie.) He and his wife Amiira (Ah-Meer-Ah) have a new book scheduled for a spring 2018 release called “How to Keep Your Marriage From Sucking,” and he’s currently the co-host of the music documentary podcast “Rock Out With Your Doc Out!”In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda’s Kiss, an event to raise money to help those in the inner city who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support.Through the Rhonda’s Kiss Los Angeles event and with proceeds benefitting Cedars-Sinai, Rhonda’s Kiss events provide financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities, and primarily for patients in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach: outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support).Funds are distributed by local hospitals in areas where money is raised. For more information or to donate directly, contact: www.rhondaskiss.org.General admission tickets are now available here.
Congratulations to the winners of the July 9th Toronto Monologue Slam are Maarika Pinkney and Kelsey Flower – yes – it’s a tie! Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ABOUT THE TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM: Each and every month, the cities hottest up and coming actors deliver intimate and electrifying performances as they battle for the title of Monologue Slam Champion! Judged by an expert panel of the industry’s top agents, teachers, directors, casting directors, producers and actors. The winner receives $100 cash, prizes and the honor of defending their title at the next slam. For additional information – CLICK HERE Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you allow me to go back further than 20 years, I’d remake Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’. It’s not one of Hitchcock’s most popular films, but the concept is brilliantly twisted and suspenseful. The film is from 1948, so the changes would come naturally, bringing that same story into the present world..BRENDAN’S LINKSSITE: http://brendanjeffers.workbooklive.com/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Brendan_JeffersIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2060581/.FOWL PLAY LINKSIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7486654/ Advertisement Advertisement Facebook If you want to laugh, this film’s for you. If you’ve ever thought about vegetarianism, this film’s for you. If you love boy bands or love to laugh at boy bands, this film’s for you.What inspired you to become a creator? Brendan Jeffers is a Toronto-based actor known for appearing in a number of films and TV shows like Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, Rupture and most notably Degrassi where he played the malignant, manipulative gang leader Vince. He has also garnered attention and accolades for his writing and producing. Short film, Clive Houston, We Have a Problem, made a successful festival circuit run which included winning Best Foreign Film at The Nevada Film Festival. In 2016, the musical comedy, Gnawed of Approval, became a viral hit and this year’s Fowl Play continues the trend of integrating music, comedy and social issues into an entertaining threesome.REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL: ACTRA YEAA SHORTS PROGRAMWHEN: Sunday Oct. 15th at 1:00pmWHERE: Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas – 2190 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 2C6 Also, collaborate. It takes a team to create a film.What are your top 3 favorite films of all time?That question would get a different answer if you asked me tomorrow or the day after. Since ‘Fowl Play’ is a comedy, my favorite comedies are ‘Coming To America’, ‘Inside Out’, and ‘Pulp Fiction’. (Yes, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a comedy. You know you laughed all through that movie!).If you had to describe your film in three words, what would they be?Wild, witty and weird..If you could reshoot any film made in the past 20 years, which one would you choose and how would you change it? What was the inspiration for your film?To be a part of the YEAA Shorts Program, the films needed to have a theme pertaining to social issues. I rested on vegetarianism, because my girlfriend is a vegetarian, which sort of makes me a vegetarian, but really I’m not. Not yet, anyway. Her life choice definitely has me wrestling with the meat-eater that I’ve been for most of my life. It can be difficult to make that change when meat-eating is ingrained so much into Western culture. That’s what this film is about..What were the greatest challenges you faced during the film? I’m an actor first and foremost, and sometimes you’ve got to take charge of your career and make your own work. I also have a vivid imagination, and it’s an amazing feeling to literally bring your thoughts and ideas to life for others to see, hear and experience.What are you working on next?As a creator (writer/producer) I don’t want to see ‘Fowl Play’ stand alone. I’d love to develop it into a TV series. I think the existence of a a boy band lends itself to infinite storylines of intrigue and conflict. You have four unique personalities forced to coexist and work together as a four-headed monster in the very cut-throat, ever-evolving music industry.. The main cast (Simu Liu, Farid Yazdani and Kelsey Flower) and I have also talked a lot about continuing this as sketch comedy in the vein of ‘The Lonely Island’ and ‘Key and Peele’.What’s the best advice you could give someone new to filmmaking?Take your time with it and do it right so that you’re happy with the result. BUT, don’t take too much time with it to the point you’re stifling the film and constantly making changes here, there and everywhere. They say a film is never done, you just run out of time working on it. Login/Register With: I guess the first challenge was how to make a comedy about a very serious topic. I didn’t want to take the issue lightly, but at the same time, I wanted people to laugh. I’m bound to offend some people, but I don’t want to outrage every vegetarian who watches the film. The other big challenge was securing a director. We were 90-99% of the way in securing a director for the film, I’d say four times, before we finally got Rachel Cairns onboard. That was less than two weeks before we were set to go to camera, and she wasn’t available for part of the shoot, which led to me co-directing.What appeal do you think your film will have for audiences? Advertisement Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement 2019 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. Michael Bublé, winner Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. London Convention Centre, London, On. March 16, 2019. Twitter Facebook London, ON: While Pickering, Ontario, pop sensation Shawn Mendes was entertaining a Saturday night concert crowd in Denmark, he was piling up the Juno Awards on the opposite side of the Atlantic at the annual Gala Dinner & Awards at the London Convention Centre.The 20-year-old Mendes won all four trophies he was nominated for – including Artist of the Year. His other wins were in the categories of Pop Album, for his eponymous long player; Single, for “In My Blood”; and Songwriter of the Year for his co-writes “In My Blood,” “Youth” and “Lost in Japan”.The three-and-a-half hour ceremony counted a surprise appearance by Michael Bublé, who presented David Foster with the Humanitarian Award, and the arrival of the first Juno for Jonquiére, Québec metal legends Voivod in its 36-year history.
Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, May 28, 2019 – iHeartRadio Canada falls head over boots for country music today with the launch of PURE COUNTRY, Canada’s first-ever, national country music radio brand. Rolling out beginning today across 13 Canadian radio stations from Northern B.C. to Truro, NS , as well as the iHeartRadio Canada app and PureCountry.ca, PURE COUNTRY delivers everything country music listeners love, but now with a new name and look.PURE COUNTRY is anchored by local morning and drive home shows, while iHeartRadio Canada host Shannon Ella hosts a nationally syndicated midday show weekdays on all PURE COUNTRY stations. Ella plays all the biggest country hits, keeps listeners up- to-date on the latest music news, and chats with some of country music’s biggest artists. Ella joins the PURE COUNTRY team after previously being on air with Today’s Country BX93 in London and KHJ in Fredericton.Additional programming on PURE COUNTRY includes the IHEARTRADIO PURE COUNTRY COUNTDOWN, hosted by Sophie Moroz and Jeff Hopper, airing Saturday and Sundays (check local broadcast times) on all PURE COUNTRYstations across Canada. The hosts count down the 20 biggest songs of the week, plus brand new music with “What’s On Tap”, a throwback with “Pure Country Yearbook”, and music from the “Feature Artist of the Week.” Advertisement PURE COUNTRY RADIO PURE COUNTRY also airs BOBBY BONES DAILY SHOW during the evenings, and BOBBY BONES COUNTRY TOP 30 COUNTDOWN on the weekends (check local broadcast times), broadcasting from Nashville, TN. Bones is the youngest-ever National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and has been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” by Forbes.PURE COUNTRY will also get exclusive access and behind-the-scenes footage from some of the biggest country music festivals this summer including Cavendish Beach Music Festival and Boots and Hearts Music Festival. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci asked senior corporate executives with a major weapons firm to press Stephen Harper, while opposition leader, to take a stronger stand on Canadian involvement in the controversial continental missile defence system, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.Weapons maker Raytheon was already actively lobbying Canadian government officials behind the scenes to support the missile defence system and had asked Cellucci what it could do to “turn things around,” the cables show.The cables also reveal that the government-appointed Conservative MP who chaired a high-level Canada-U.S. committee on continental defence proposed a revisit of the continental missile defence issue during a 2007 meeting.A year earlier, while campaigning, Harper said that his government would be open to restarting talks with the U.S. on joining the missile defence systemIn 2005, despite intense U.S. pressure, former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin rejected Canadian participation in the high-tech missile system, which is designed to intercept intercontinental or ballistic missiles in space or once they re-enter the atmosphere.APTN National News obtained the diplomatic cables from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of secret and confidential cables. Many of the cables have yet to be released.U.S. officials believed Martin was personally in favour of Canada joining missile defence, but political opposition in Quebec and Ontario, along with an unstable minority government, eventually lead to his final decision, according to the cables.The U.S., however, also put the blame on Harper for trying to exploit Liberal divisions over the issue instead of strongly backing Canadian involvement, the cables show.In a meeting between Harper and Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador accused Harper of “playing politics with North American security” and that lack of Conservative party support for missile defence weakened the Liberal’s resolved for signing on to the system.“Canada’s handling of the Missile Defense issue reflected a basic lack of principled leadership on the part of both the government and the Opposition,” said the March 4, 2005, “confidential” cable. “The latter, sticking to the line that they were not expected to lead, never laid out a principled position in support of North American defense, and instead used this issue to try to divide the Liberal party.”Cellucci had been hoping a stronger Conservative stand on the issue would have helped the Liberals overcome their squeamishness and he even asked Raytheon executives to press Harper on taking a bolder position.“Asked what Raytheon could do to try and turn things around, the ambassador urged Raytheon representatives to talk to Conservative Opposition Leader Stephen Harper,” according to a Dec. 10, 2004 cable.”‘Tell him I sent you,’ he quipped, adding that he would continue to work on persuading Mr. Harper to change tack for the good of the country.”Raytheon executives were already busy pressing Canadian officials to sign on. The cable revealed that Raytheon held talks with Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. at the time Michael Kergin, Canadian Senators and former Liberal defence minister Bill Graham’s staff who were trying to find ways to get Canada into missile defence.Raytheon was at one point asked to be an informal conduit between Graham and U.S. officials.“One of Graham’s executive assistants wanted to know informally (without directly approaching the Embassy) if the USG would be receptive to Canada hosting the X-Band Radar ‘as part of NORAD’ rather than as explicit participation in missile defence,” the cable said. “It might be useful to explore this line of thought and invited the minister’s staff to contact mission staff.”Raytheon is one of the key firms involved in the development of missile defence systems. Its X-Band, high powered radar forms a central component of the system.In the end, however, Martin’s government said no, but U.S. officials were intrigued when Harper said he would reopen the issue while campaigning in the run up to his eventual 2006 minority government win. Cellucci’s replacement, former U.S. ambassador David Wilkins, however, suggested the issue be handled more delicately.“Harper is committed to increasing spending on the armed forces… He has also suggested that the missile defense decision could be re-examined, but I strongly recommend letting him define to us what this means and only then respond to it,” wrote Wilkins, in a Jan. 23, 2006 cable. “Managing the bilateral relationship with an inexperienced, inherently weak minority government also poses challenges and calls for some soft treading.”While campaigning, Harper told Radio-Canada he would wait for a formal written offer from the U.S., and then he would put the issue to a free Parliamentary vote.A year later, however, during a meeting of the high-level Permanent Joint Board on Defence, co-chair and Conservative MP Rick Casson suggested the group reopen discussions around missile defence.“Co-Chairman Casson … also wondered aloud at the end of the meeting if Canada and the United States should revisit Continental Missile Defense at the next meeting of the PJBD,” the Nov. 2, 2007, cable said.Casson, first elected in 1997, did not run in the latest federal election.Casson was appointed as chair of the board by the Harper cabinet.According to the Department of National Defence’s website, the body “is the highest-level bilateral defence forum between the two countries” and has been providing advice on continental defence and security to prime ministers and presidents for decades.Senior military and government officials from both countries sit on the firstname.lastname@example.orgThe CablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)
APTN National NewsA missing teen girl from Lac La Ronge First Nation has been found safe on the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border, but police are still hunting for her alleged abductor who fled into the bush on foot.A Saskatchewan RCMP spokesperson said Kayla Natomagan, 17, was found safe by officers from the Cranberry Portage RCMP detachment which is just across the provincial border in Manitoba.RCMP issued the Amber Alert after Notamagan was allegedly abducted in the early morning hours of Wednesday in Lac La Ronge. RCMP said shots were fired at a residence there at about 3 a.m. A man was found dead at the scene and Jonas Budd allegedly fled with Natomagan.Budd is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 5-foot-9 and about 170 pounds with several tattoos.(Jonas Budd/RCMP handout)The RCMP said Budd is the estranged common law partner of Natomagan’s mother.The RCMP said Budd has contacts in Thompson, Man.Budd has a bear paw tattoo on his left arm, eagle head on his left calf, his left shin has a ribbon with the name Nicole.Police believed he was driving a 2001 grey GMC Sierra 1500 with Saskatchewan plate 043 JEZ.Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-SOAMBER or 1-877-762-6237.
Annette Francis APTN National NewsAs the federal government scrambles to get resources to help the Attawapiskat First Nation, members of parliament will hold an emergency debate on the state of the community and others like it.On the weekend, the chief and council issues a state of emergency because a number of young people had threatened to take their own email@example.comFollow @aptnafrancis
Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsInuit in a small community on the Labrador Coast are sounding the alarm over losing crucial services like healthcare.They’re calling the government cutbacks the same as forced relocation.
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN National NewsA national pipe ceremony that will make its way across the country made its first stop in the Northwest Territories this weekend.The pipe ceremony was repressed during the residential school era.Generations came out to take part in the resurgence of their firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,621.47, down 6.46 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up seven cents, or 1.78 per cent, to $4.00 on 16.2 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 13 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $12.99 on 11.2 million shares.Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Up half a cent, or 8.33 per cent, to 5.5 cents on 10.8 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 88 cents, or 7.82 per cent, to $10.38 on 9.03 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 1.03 per cent, to $5.74 on 8.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 32 cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $23.77 on 7.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media. Down 72 cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $53.20 on 2.4 million shares. The telecommunications giant will spend about $20 billion on its Bell networks over the next five years so its wireless and fiber optic networks can meet soaring demand by adding more speed and new capabilities, CEO George Cope said Thursday. Most of the $4 billion per year that the company will spend annually will be on broadband wireless, internet and IPTV networks, that will serve residential and mobile customers.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down $1.01, or 2.17 per cent, to $45.47 on 3.6 million shares. The company says it choked back heavy oil production by about 17,000 barrels per day in the first quarter to avoid selling at low prices it blames on poor pipeline capacity out of Western Canada. It says it is now gradually ramping up output from its heavy oil wells in northern Alberta as the discount being paid for Western Canadian Select grade oil has narrowed in comparison to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down 80 cents, or 1.22 per cent, to $64.65 on 431,740 shares. Shareholders of Canada’s largest grocer rejected a proposal that it determine the feasibility of paying its employees a living wage — one that varies by location and is calculated by its cost of living.
TAMWORTH, N.H. – Beaver-flavoured whiskey, anyone?A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavoured partly by the secretion from a beaver’s castor sacs.Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavouring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called “generally recognized as safe.”The distillery says on its website castoreum “exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma,” common among barrel-aged spirits.Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil) and maple syrup.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier has invited Donald Trump to the hit Broadway musical “Come from Away,” saying he hopes “to discuss the virtues of a positive relationship” with the U.S. president.Dwight Ball’s letter to Trump, dated Tuesday, evokes the province’s historic relationship with the United States, on both trade and military bases.“I just wanted to refresh and take the president back in time, and just remind his administration on how important this reliable friendship and this business relationship is,” Ball said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s just not a transaction, this is about long-standing relationships with our world’s largest trading partner.”Ball tweeted a copy of the letter Wednesday morning.The invitation is at the president’s leisure, at whichever city’s version of the musical he prefers. It notes the tickets “hopefully are tariff-free.”“Please advise of your acceptance of this invitation and I will forward you tickets,” he writes.Ball told The Canadian Press he took issue with the president’s language treating Canada as a security risk. He sees “Come from Away” as an example of the long-standing friendship between Canada and the U.S., in more than just trade.The musical tells the true story of how Gander, N.L., welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11.“The relationships that were formed at that time still last to this day, and it’s really just symbolic of the relationship that we’ve had for many, many years,” said Ball.His letter describes Trump’s recent policies on tariffs as “extremely troubling,” and says he hoped to discuss “a positive and mutually beneficial trade relationship.”After this month’s G7 summit in Quebec, Trump called Justin Trudeau “weak and dishonest.” The president was apparently angered over the prime minister’s comments at a press conference objecting to American tariffs on steel and aluminum.Ball said his province has been affected by new U.S. tariffs, but the companies haven’t had a chance to share their stories. He was among eight Canadian premiers who visited Washington in June 2017 to discuss NAFTA negotiations.Ball’s letter says Newfoundland and Labrador believes in the idea that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”Arts impresario David Mirvish first staged “Come from Away” in Toronto from December 2016 to January 2017 before it headed to Broadway.Mirvish has said the musical’s success has “befuddled all expectations” both in Toronto and on Broadway, where its feel-good charm managed to win the hearts of jaded New York theatre-goers as well as a Tony Award for best direction.Its soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy, and Canadian creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein are hard at work on a script for a film adaptation.Ball said Wednesday he has not yet received a response, but he hopes Trump takes up his offer.“I would love to be able to sit down and watch ‘Come From Away’,” said Ball.— With Michael Tutton in Halifax.
OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says big greenhouse-gas emitters can take advantage of new tax incentives for manufacturers even as the government acknowledges that the resulting investment could increase emissions.Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing and processing companies, including heavy emitters like oil producers and refiners, to write off the full cost of buying new equipment and machinery as soon as they put the purchases into use.The change is intended to encourage capital investment in manufacturing and processing sectors that are exposed to international competition — including oil producers and refineries, and big chemical companies.However, on the very last page of the fall fiscal update the government admits that these investments could result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create more air, water and soil pollution.The government is hopeful that extending the same tax incentives to clean energy equipment purchases will reduce emissions enough to offset any increases to emissions from other companies, but it admits right now it can’t say if that will happen.Canada’s international climate change commitments already require a reduction in existing emissions by nearly 200 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road by 2030.The Canadian Press
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature began voting Wednesday on bills that would substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that a business lobby criticized as too expensive and burdensome, setting up expected court challenges.The Senate Government Operations Committee voted 3-2 along party lines to advance two bills to the full Senate, which was expected to vote on them later Wednesday.One measure would delay increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hour to at least 2030, instead of 2022, and repeal provisions to tie future increases to inflation and bring a lower wage for tipped employees in line with the wage for other workers. The current minimum wage is $9.25.Another bill would exempt employers with fewer than 50 employees from providing paid medical leave and limit the amount of required leave to 36 hours a year at larger employers, instead of up to 72 hours for many businesses as required under the existing law that is scheduled to go into effect in March. Democrats said many large companies and public entities already offer paid sick time, so the changes would effectively “gut” the requirement for people who work at smaller businesses.To prevent the citizen initiatives from going to voters earlier this month, where they would be much harder to change if voters had passed them, Republican legislators preemptively passed them in September so that they could alter them after the election with simple majority votes in each chamber.Since the approval of the 1963 state constitution, legislators have adopted seven citizen initiatives but amended just one — and it was not in the same legislative session and came in response to a court ruling. Democrats and backers of the ballot drives say making the changes this year, before Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer takes office, would be illegal.“Gutting the One Fair Wage proposal after it was adopted is blatantly unconstitutional and will likely will lead to costly, time-consuming court challenges,” said Pete Vargas, campaign manager for the minimum wage ballot drive.But the sponsor of the bill to water down the wage law, Republican Sen. Dave Hildenbrand of Lowell, said he has heard from workers who are “very concerned” about the provision related to those who make tips. He said his legislation reflects discussions with job providers while “preserving the goal of reaching a $12 minimum wage.”The minimum wage is scheduled to rise to $10 in 2019, $10.65 in 2020, $11.35 in 2021 and $12 in 2022, with yearly inflationary adjustments afterward. Under the legislation, the wage would increase by 23 cents annually beginning in 2019 until it hits $12 in 2030 — later if the unemployment rate is 8.5 per cent or higher.The committee also voted Wednesday to remove a provision in the paid sick time law that would let workers get paid time off to care for or help any individual related by “affinity” to the employee and whose close relationship is the equivalent of a family relationship.___Follow David Eggert on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/David%20Eggert .David Eggert, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Canada Post says its operations are back to normal across the country, less than four weeks after its striking employees were forced back to work by federal legislation.The Crown corporation says it is restoring its delivery service guarantees across the country, now that its Vancouver operations have caught up on a backlog of parcels that it said had built up at its main western sorting plant.On Tuesday, the national mail carrier announced that service guarantees were being put back in place everywhere except Vancouver for the first time since Nov. 13, when rotating strikes caused parcel logjams at most of its distribution centres.The rotating walkouts started Oct. 22 to pressure Canada Post into accepting contract demands from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, and ended once a back-to-work bill was passed in Ottawa on Nov. 27.Efforts to mediate an end to the labour dispute under that legislation failed on Tuesday with arbitrator Elizabeth MacPherson declaring Canada Post and CUPW too far apart to continue negotiating.Both sides are to begin an arbitration process next month that’s expected to result in a contract being imposed on the corporation and its 50,000 unionized employees.CUPW has said it will challenge the Trudeau government’s back-to-work legislation in court.Meanwhile, the union announced Thursday that rural and suburban mail carriers, or RSMCs, will see pay raises of up to 25 per cent and other benefit improvements in late January, thanks to a separate arbitrator’s ruling on a pay-equity dispute issued earlier this year.The ruling, which affects up to 8,000 Canada Post workers, imposed pay hikes that will see hourly wage rates for some full-time employees increased from $20.03 per hour up to $26.60 per hour. Base salaries for permanent relief employees are being bumped from $60 to $90 per day when they are not covering delivery routes.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections.Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever influence they have with the Canada Infrastructure Bank to get it to fund broadband internet projects, particularly in rural and remote locations.The Liberals created the bank late last year to take $35 billion in federal financing, and use it to leverage three-to-four times that from the private sector to help pay for major highways, bridges, and water and electrical systems to ease the financial burden on public coffers.Provinces argue broadband yields a long-term revenue stream that would be enticing to any private investor willing to pay the connection costs.Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says a single broadband line into one rural community is unlikely to grab the attention of large institutional investors, such as pension funds.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Champagne says he is looking at how different revenue models could entice private backers or bundle several smaller projects into one large proposal.The Canadian Press
CALGARY, A.B. — Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell Midcoast Operating LP in the United States for about $1.44 billion.The Calgary-based company says Midcoast, which has natural gas and natural gas liquids gathering, processing, transportation and marketing businesses in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, is being bought by AL Midcoast Holdings LLC for US$1.12 billion.Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco says the sale of Midcoast is an important step in the company’s shift to a pure regulated pipeline and utility model. The sale was the second big deal announced by Enbridge today. In a separate agreement, the company is selling a stake in a group of its renewable power assets to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $1.75 billion.Enbridge has set a goal of selling $3 billion in non-core assets this year.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.