Airtels digital network infra for UP

first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Monday said it has designed and implemented a State Wide Area Network (SWAN) for the Uttar Pradesh government as part of the e-governance initiative.The network infrastructure now digitally connects all state headquarters, district headquarters, block headquarters and tehsil headquarters across Uttar Pradesh and enables delivery of Government-to-Government as well as Government-to-Citizen services in a seamless manner. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe digital infrastructure – UPSWAN 2.0 – was launched by the state Deputy Chief Minster Dinesh Sharma. It entails 885 Points of Presence (PoPs) across the state and is designed to provide secure, high-speed connectivity for delivery of government services to citizens over a Closed User Group network, an Airtel release said. All state headquarters will be equipped with upto 10 Gbps connectivity while district, block and tehsil headquarters will have up to 10 Mbps connectivity. A dedicated Network Operations Centre has also been set up in Lucknow to monitor the network performance, the statement added. “UPSWAN will enhance efficiency and enable seamless e-delivery of government services to citizens even in deep rural pockets. These include filing of applications for pension and financial aid, registration for employment, issuance of birth and death certificates.”last_img read more

We were lucky massive cyberextortion attack could have affected Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Canada is not immune to online extortion, despite apparently sidestepping a massive attack that temporarily crippled networks around the world, a cybersecurity expert said.Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been largely spared from Friday’s ransomware attack that disrupted services in Russia, the U.K., Ukraine, Spain and India.Attacks like this one, dubbed “WannaCry” for the “WannaCrypt” technology used to execute it, happen when a type of software seizes control of a computer, encrypting its contents and rendering them inaccessible.“The vehicle that the malware going from one device to the other is spam. The most common way that they do that is via a link in an email,” Mashatan said. “It looks as if it’s from someone you know, in your contacts. You click on it, and bingo. The actual malware, the file, is downloaded.”The perpetrators then demand hundreds or thousands of dollars to unlock the victims’ computers — essentially holding the documents, photos and other items on the computer for ransom.“This one wasn’t really a targeted attack at all,” Mashatan said. “They usually run this campaign and hope to infect as many devices as they can.”“This time around we were lucky,” she said. “There’s so many people who are emailing one another within the U.K., whereas the traffic between the U.K. and Canada is not as much.”But if the wrong person had clicked on an infected link, they could have spread the ransomware to Canada.A hospital in Oshawa, Ont. said Saturday it appeared the ransomware threatened its computer system, but a spokesman for Lakeridge Health said the facility’s system was able to deflect the attack.“Our antivirus software contained the attack and so while we’ve had to reset some of our systems we weren’t affected in the same way that other places were,” said Lloyd Rang, in an interview Saturday.“Patient care wasn’t affected and neither were any medical records or health records breached in any way.”Computer users worldwide — and everyone else who depends on them — should assume that the next big “ransomware” attack has already been launched, and just hasn’t manifested itself yet, Ori Eisen, who founded the Trusona cybersecurity firm, told The Associated Press.The attack appears to be “low-level” stuff, given the amounts of ransom demanded, Eisen said Saturday.He said the same thing could be done to crucial infrastructure, like nuclear power plants, dams or railway systems.A representative from Public Safety Canada said the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre is aware of the reported attacks, but made no mention on whether any Canadian users were affected.The Communications Security Establishment, a Canadian intelligence agency, said in a statement Saturday that the federal government’s computer networks do not appear to have been affected by the attack.In the meantime, Mashatan said it’s important for everyday people to remain vigilant to prevent these attacks from spreading.She said people should keep their computers’ operating systems up-to-date, because the latest updates often patch up security holes. People should also avoid clicking on suspicious links.—With files by The Associated Press.last_img read more

New gassniffing crisis grips Natuashish Innu Theyre doing it on the street

first_imgNATUASHISH, N.L. – Fifteen years after the Innu of Davis Inlet were moved to a fresh start in nearby Natuashish, leaders are once again fighting to keep kids as young as 11 from sniffing gas.“They’re doing it right on the street,” said Simeon Tshakapesh, deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation in Labrador.He took a late-night walk three days after a fire May 8 at an abandoned house known for gas-sniffing injured two boys who, according to police, were 11 and 17.The younger victim was flown to Toronto for treatment while the other was sent to hospital in St. John’s, Tshakapesh said. RCMP described both their injuries as serious.Tshakapesh wanted to see for himself what he calls a “solvent abuse epidemic” in the remote coastal community of 1,000 residents.He figures about 20 people — some adults, several teenagers and some kids as young as 11 — are getting high on gasoline in plastic bags.The fire conjured old headlines back in 1993. Video recordings of kids at Davis Inlet sniffing gas and yelling that they wanted to die made international news. Media reports beamed images of decrepit housing without running water.Almost a decade later, the federal government helped relocate residents to new homes in nearby Natuashish.Tshakapesh said alcohol continues to flow in the officially “dry” community. He also described a range of street drugs from pot to cocaine.Similar problems plague other small towns and big cities across Canada, he added.The Mushuau Innu people who lived off the land for thousands of years are still struggling with white ways forced on them over the last century, the deputy chief said.“We’re stuck in two worlds,” he said from Natuashish. “We have TVs, satellites, cell phones, the Internet, Facebook.“The Mushuau Innu came out of the bush not even 50 years ago. We were a nomadic people.”Tshakapesh said one of his own children struggles with solvent abuse.“There’s a lot of peer pressure and I understand that, living in an isolated community.”About 60 people, including leaders and residents, met for four hours Friday to discuss solutions, Tshakapesh said. They include plans for more night patrols, prevention programs, summer camp and maybe a small theatre space or teen recreation centre where bored kids can gather.There are hopes the province will soon hire a full-time mental health therapist, Tshakapesh said.He and other leaders are painfully aware of comments on social media asking: “Where are the parents?”“When the parents are having their own personal problems, it affects our children,” Tshakapesh said.The provincial government says it’s working with Innu leaders to increase support services.“The health and well-being of children and youth depends upon a safe, secure and nurturing environment at home and in the community,” spokeswoman Krista Dalton said in an e-mailed statement.“We are committed to continuing our efforts to collectively find solutions to these complex and critically important issues.”There are no pat answers or quick fixes, says a now-retired St. John’s lawyer who has lived in Natuashish since 2010.Garry O’Brien also served as Mushuau Innu band manager for more than two years. He wrote a letter to the editor in 2013, arguing that “essentially all the present problems of the Innu are of our making, however well-intentioned our society may have been.”He described how the rampant dejection seen in the confines of Natuashish evaporated as Innu led him and his wife in 2011 on a 180-kilometre snowmobile trip. Their lives were in the hands of their guides.“In our ordinary dealings with them as nurse practitioner and lawyer we were the ones with the expertise. It must always be remembered that all humans require dignity and as such we seek it in the feedback received from our day to day activities.“The ancient Innu way supplied the Innu with all the dignity they required. When the Innu were no longer free to live the old way, they lost nearly all of their sources of self-respect or human dignity.”O’Brien suggested the way forward is through celebrating and urging Innu youth to get educated in “the white man’s ways,” while still revering their own traditions.Tshakapesh agreed that, above all, young people must know and respect where they come from.“We are Innu. We cannot be healthy or successful in life without understanding and embracing our culture, our language and our connection with our land and animals.”Tshakapesh said addiction prevention is ideal but aboriginal groups — Innu, Inuit and Metis — must also collaborate to build a multi-treatment youth centre in Labrador. He fears that the scourge of potent, deadly drugs such as fentanyl is still to come.“We need to get ready. If not, we’re going to be in really dire straits 10 years from now.”— By Sue Bailey in St. John’slast_img read more

Pediatricians increasingly being asked about assisted death for kids survey

first_imgThe Canadian Paediatric Society says its members are “increasingly” being asked by parents about the option of seeking medically assisted death for children, while a survey of doctors found nearly half of the respondents supported assisted death for kids with “progressive terminal illness or intractable pain.”Some 2,600 pediatricians were asked to participate in a survey about inquiries regarding assisted death for minors, both by parents and by children themselves. About 40 per cent responded, the society said Thursday.Thirty-five pediatricians said they had “exploratory discussions” with a total of 60 patients under the age of 18 in the preceding year. Nine pediatricians received “explicit requests” for assisted death from a total of 17 minors.Another 118 pediatricians said they had exploratory discussions about assisted death with the parents of sick children, involving 419 kids in all.Forty-five respondents said they had received explicit requests for assisted death from parents, involving a total of 91 children. More than half of the requests involved a child under a year old.A second survey was submitted to almost 2,000 members of the Canadian Pediatric Society and had a 29 per cent response rate.In that survey, 46 per cent of respondents said they would support assisted death legislation being extended to include so-called “mature minors,” a patient under 18 who can understand the nature and consequences of a particular decision.Dr. Dawn Davies, a pediatric palliative care physician and chairwoman of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s bioethics committee, said she was surprised by that response.“I didn’t think that there would be that much support for it,” said Davies, adding that pediatricians who supported the idea did so with many caveats.“There was a lot of ‘Yes, but …’” she said. “Yes, it could be supported, but there would have to be a lot of oversight.”Thirty-three per cent of the pediatricians who responded said assisted death should not be considered for minors under any circumstances.Davies said it’s “far too early” to make any decisions, but the medical community should start thinking about issues involving assisted death for minors and when it could be the more compassionate choice.There needs to be “a recognition that parents are making this request not as a self-serving thing,” she said, “that children have illnesses where there is really profound suffering.”Legislation enacted in June 2016 allowed eligible adults the right to seek out assisted death in cases of incurable illness or intolerable suffering. The bill also ordered an independent review regarding the idea of assisted death for mature minors. The review will be presented to Parliament in December 2018.Davies, who was one of the co-authors of the two surveys, said only two countries — Belgium and the Netherlands — have laws allowing assisted death for children and such cases are extremely rare.“I don’t know how much we can learn from them because the numbers at this point are so small,” she said. “Globally, there does not seem to be a lot of places to look for direction.”In the meantime, as a palliative care physician, Davies thinks there might be fewer requests for assisted death if end-of-life care were improved.“Given that all of us will eventually die, it’s going to be the common experience of our entire population,” she said.“Medical assistance in dying … is accessible to every Canadian, but excellent palliative care has not been similarly enshrined.”last_img read more

Five stories in the news for today Nov 6

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 6———CRA VOWS ACTION ON PARADISE PAPERSThe Canada Revenue Agency says it won’t hesitate to investigate new evidence of offshore tax evasion following a second massive leak of tax haven financial records. The leak of some 13.4 million records, dubbed the Paradise Papers, lifts another veil on the ways in which the wealthy — including more than 3,000 Canadian individuals and entities — stash their money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes. Among the names appearing in the records are former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. Neither the CRA nor any court has determined the Canadians did anything wrong.———FAMILIES LOSING PATIENCE FOR NO-FLY KID WOESA gaggle of young constituents — and their parents — will descend on Parliament Hill today to press politicians to resolve ongoing airport hassles that children face due to security list snags. Ten families from the group known as the No Fly List Kids plan to make their case to MPs and ministers with the aim of ensuring that funding for a new computer system to fix the problem is included in the 2018 federal budget.———‘ALARMING RATE’ OF INDIGENOUS OVERDOSE DEATHSA decade-long study has found that Indigenous drug users in British Columbia are 13 times more likely to die compared with other Canadians of the same age. The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, included 610 Indigenous people who smoked or injected drugs in Vancouver and Prince George and were between the ages of 14 and 30. Forty people died during the study period between 2003 and 2014, and 26 participants have died since then. The study calls for cultural connections as a path to healing deep-rooted pain.———MILLENNIALS MORE LIKELY TO ATTEND REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES: POLLA new survey suggests millennials are leading a gradual resurgence of interest when it comes to attending Remembrance Day ceremonies. The poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada found that 29 per cent of respondents plan to attend a ceremony to honour fallen soldiers on Nov. 11, up three per cent from last year and marking a return to recent highs established in 2015. But the online survey suggests Canadians between 18 and 34 are the ones most likely to pay their respects in person.———VALERIE PLANTE TO BECOME MONTREAL’S FIRST FEMALE MAYORValerie Plante scored a stunning upset in Montreal’s mayoral election on Sunday, defeating incumbent Denis Coderre to become the first woman to win the post. In her victory speech, the 43-year-old Plante reiterated campaign promises to improve public transit in Canada’s second largest city and also add more green spaces and social housing. Coderre, a former Liberal MP and cabinet minister who was elected mayor in 2013, says he’ll now be leaving municipal politics.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY— Musicians including Sting and Elvis Costello pay tribute to Leonard Cohen in a Montreal concert that is being held a day before the first anniversary of the Montreal native’s death. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend.— Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc unveils Canada Post’s Halifax Explosion commemorative stamp in Halifax.— Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Sherry Romanado, parliamentary secretary (Veterans Affairs) mark the start of Veterans’ Week with a candlelight vigil.— 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the first Parliament of Canada.— Trial for three Calgary police officers accused of assault.— CBC’s first broadcast of its revamped flagship nightly news program, “The National.”———last_img read more

Canada and rest of TransPacific Partnership agree to revised text say reports

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement, according to several international media reports early Tuesday.The reported deal follows two days of talks in Tokyo and the 11 remaining members will now apparently work toward signing the deal by early March.Word of the agreement came just hours after a federal government official said Ottawa was optimistic that a revised TPP deal would be reached as early as Tuesday.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Canadian Press that Ottawa believed a deal could be struck even though it would still like to see more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors.The Tokyo discussions are the first high-level talks since the leaders of the TPP countries met in November on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made international headlines there by deciding not to sign an agreement-in-principle on what has become known as TPP11.His decision to continue negotiating for a better deal, rather than striking an agreement, led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the summit in Vietnam.The original TPP was thrown into disarray when U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in one of his first acts as president.The TPP talks come as Canada faces a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are meeting in Montreal this week.last_img read more

Teen sleeps in backyard First World War trench for school social studies

first_imgEDMONTON – Dylan Ferris decided to dig a little deeper for his high school social studies project, which he’s dedicated to the lives of soldiers in the First World War.Ferris isn’t just writing a report. The 15-year-old has built a trench in his backyard complete with sandbags, has borrowed a replica uniform and is even sleeping below ground in freezing temperatures.The idea is to recognize the ordeal soldiers faced and understand the sacrifices they made.“My mum wasn’t too keen on it because it’s her vegetable garden, or it was her vegetable garden. Now it’s a hole,” explained Ferris, who said his mother insisted he come inside Wednesday night when the mercury dipped below -10C.As an air cadet, Ferris visited the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France last year for a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.But getting his mother to agree to a trench in the yard wasn’t easy. His chief tactic, he explained, was to propose even more outlandish and dangerous projects so the trench would seem tame by comparison.Among them was a home-built airplane. A flame-thrower was another idea he pitched.Next, he had to excavate the dirt. The ground was frozen solid, so help was required from a family friend with a propane heater. Together, they used tarps and pallets to construct a covering to make the ground soft enough to dig.For the clothes, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum loaned Ferris a uniform from the First World War that they allow museum visitors to try on.Even with the cold temperatures there’s mud everywhere — on the steps to his house, on the landing and in the garage. Ferris cleans it up, but everything quickly gets dirty again.It’s spring break from school right now and Ferris said his plan is to attempt 24 continuous hours in his trench.He spent six hours in it Sunday night, bundled in a vintage sleeping bag and using a sandbag as a pillow. His friend slept nearby in a camper van, and for added authenticity, lobbed mudballs at Ferris to encourage him to keep his head down.Ferris said he enjoys reading in the trench during the day. But he said it’s eerie at night, giving him a glimpse of what soldiers endured a century ago.“I don’t think it can be truly representative, but when I was in there, there’s a lot of truth to the war songs, ‘Oh, I want to go home,’ and ‘Long Way to Tipperary,’” he said.“It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s miserable and, you know, the house is right there. It’s just a longing for home, I guess. Even when it’s right there.”Ferris said he hopes to get a good mark on his project. He may even still build an airplane this summer.“I think the trench will stay there until my mum says I want my vegetable garden back and I have to fill it in.”last_img read more

Senators to resume debate on postal legislation after taking a day to

first_imgOTTAWA — Senators are to resume a special sitting today to examine a back-to-work bill that would force an end to rotating strikes at Canada Post as the walkouts enter their sixth week.Bill C-89 was debated in the upper chamber on Saturday after the Liberal government fast-tracked the legislation through the House of Commons.But despite an initial plan to continue debate — and possibly hold a vote — on Sunday, senators chose instead to give themselves an extra day to digest hours of witness testimony on the labour dispute.A Senate official says final debate on the legislation is expected to begin by mid-afternoon (2 p.m. ET), likely followed by an early evening vote.The bill could receive royal assent and become law a short time later, which would force striking postal workers back to work by noon on Tuesday.However, the legislation could be delayed by a number of factors, such as amendments.Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said their negotiators remained at the bargaining table Sunday, hoping to reach contract agreements in advance of the bill’s passage.Negotiations have been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22.Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.Picket lines were up Sunday at Canada Post facilities in northern Ontario, as well as in parts of British Columbia.CUPW vowed to continue the walkouts Monday to back its contract demands.The union wants better pay and job security, guaranteed hours for its 8,000 rural and suburban carriers, and equality for those workers with the corporation’s 42,000 urban employees.CUPW also wants Canada Post to adopt rules that it says would cut down on workplace injuries — an issue the union has said is now at a “crisis” level.The union’s national president has called the back-to-work bill a slap in the faces of Canada Post employees and accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of turning his back on postal workers.“We condemn this hypocritical act by a government that promised to defend workers’ rights, claimed to stand for equality for women, and claimed to stand for expanding and defending the middle class,” Mike Palecek said in a weekend statement on the union’s website.“It’s unacceptable for any government to violate workers’ charter rights.”Palecek said the union would decide this week how to fight the back-to-work bill once it becomes law, adding “all options” were on the table.The former Conservative government forced an end to a lockout of postal workers during a 2011 dispute by enacting back-to-work legislation, which was later declared by a court to be unconstitutional.But the Liberal government’s bill is “different,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said shortly after the legislation was tabled in the Commons, in that it does not impose immediate outcomes affecting postal contracts.The legislation would give a mediator-arbitrator appointed by the government 90 days to try and reach contract settlements. Failing that, a settlement could be imposed either through a decision from the arbitrator or by choosing from one of the final proposals put forward by Canada Post or CUPW.Once enacted, Bill C-89 would impose fines of between $1,000 and $50,000 per day on anyone found in contravention of the Act, and up to $100,000 per day against Canada Post or the union if they are found guilty of violating its terms.Canada Post said it expected to make about 30,000 deliveries of parcels to Canadians over the past two days — a far cry from the 500,000 deliveries that a company spokesman said was normal for a late-November weekend.“Weekend deliveries occur during the holidays to keep pace and balance the workload through the week,” said Jon Hamilton.“In 2017 we delivered 3.6 million parcels on holiday weekends.” Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals told to reverse policy course to hold mantle of feminist government

first_imgOTTAWA — A prominent Canadian feminist says if the federal Liberals were the feminist government they say, they would be trying harder to build a universal daycare system to help more women into the workforce.Brock University’s Kate Bezanson argues a self-declared “feminist government” should consider doing more and faster toward a universal system that could quickly boost women’s participation in the labour force.The federal treasury is set to dole out $7.5 billion over a decade to help fund child-care spaces across the country, and the government has issued invitations to an event Wednesday with the minister in charge of the file.Firm promises of transfers to the provinces are only good for three years, after which new funding deals must be signed.Bezanson argues all the work the Liberals plan to tout could be undone after this fall’s election.Her paper, published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Law and Equity, says the Liberals should do with child-care spending what they have done with affordable-housing money and lock in the spending so a future government can’t cancel it.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pediatric society calls for access to free contraceptives for everyone under 25

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Paediatric Society is recommending that everyone under 25 should get confidential access to free birth control.In a position statement released Thursday, the society says access to contraception is a basic human right, and the direct costs of unintended youth pregnancies probably exceed $125 million a year.It says contraception should be funded through provincial, territorial and federal health plans, and that private insurers should cover the full cost of birth control.It also says insurers should be required to protect confidentiality by not reporting contraceptive purchases to the primary policy holder — usually a parent.The society’s paper does not set out a minimum age for access to contraceptives, but a spokesperson pointed to the organization’s “mature minor doctrine,” which refers to rules about treating adolescents who understand the consequences of medical care and can legally consent to it.The paper says unintended pregnancies may derail life plans, especially for young people, and ensuring women can make choices around having children gives them greater control over their bodies and future.“Adolescent parenting is associated with lower lifetime educational achievement, lower income, and increased reliance on social support programs. Apart from the personal costs, unintended pregnancies are a costly burden for Canada’s health and social service systems,” write the paper’s authors, Giuseppina Di Meglio and Elisabeth Yorke.The paper says more than a quarter of youth who do not want to be pregnant do not use contraceptives consistently or at all.And it says because pharmaceutical companies report purchases to the primary policy holder, youths often pay for birth control themselves to preserve confidentiality.In a statement provided to The Canadian Press, Di Meglio says they don’t encourage youth to hide information from their parents, but adds many young people do not feel comfortable and safe speaking with their families about sexual and reproductive health, and the society doesn’t want that to be a barrier to access.“All provinces recognize the legal right of an adolescent to confidential care, provided she or he has the capacity to comprehend and consent to their care (and is over age 14 if living in Quebec). Ensuring confidentiality — when a youth desires it — is critical to providing competent, compassionate care,” she said.The society’s statement notes both the Canadian Medical Association and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada have proposed that government health-care plans cover the full costs of all contraceptives for all women.The estimated $157-million cost of such a program would far outweigh the $320 million saved in direct medical costs from unintended pregnancies, the pediatric society says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mia Farrow To Return To Central African Republic This Week

first_imgMia Farrow – actor, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since September 2000 – will return to the Central African Republic this week for her fourth visit to witness and report on the devastating impact of the conflict on women and children.The star will meet with internally displaced families and with children formerly associated with armed groups. She will also be visiting health centres.Terrible violence continues to impact children and their families. Some 90,000 people are currently displaced inside the Central African Republic or live as refugees in neighbouring countries. More than 2 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis, with many remaining out of school, exposed to disease, malnutrition and violence.Since Farrow’s last visit in November 2013, the situation in the country has further deteriorated. Children have been killed and continue to be directly targeted by violence including rape, torture and mutilation.last_img read more

Stars React As Rejected Beagle Farm Plans Are Overturned

first_imgA decision granting permission to Yorkshire Evergreen to farm thousands of beagle dogs and other animals for experiments has been condemned by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS).Today’s announcement by Secretary of State Greg Clark overturns the decision of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and contradicts a ruling by the previous Secretary of State who rejected similar unpopular plans for a dog farm on the same site.NAVS President Jan Creamer said, “This is a betrayal of the animals, the public and science. The number of dog experiments has declined substantially over the past ten years, but this regressive decision could see that positive trend reversed. Instead of consigning thousands of dogs to a life of suffering in the laboratory, the government should be championing better, modern alternatives that will save animal and human lives.”Celebrities Brian May, Peter Egan and Mark Radcliffe joined the NAVS campaign to oppose the controversial plans. Legendary Queen guitarist and Save-Me Trust founder Brian May voiced his disappointment at the ruling, saying “I am sickened to hear that this facility is to go ahead, ignoring the views of the public and local authorities, and condemning these best friends of man to thousands of unethical and unnecessary tests. This is an appalling message for Britain to send out to the world.”Downton Abbey’s Peter Egan was shocked by the decision, saying “This is a tragedy that will see litter after litter of beagle pups reared for the laboratory, where these gentle animals will be force-fed and killed in crude tests that are of little use to people.”Grahame Morris MP said “I am extremely disappointed that Yorkshire Evergreen’s plans have been approved. It makes absolutely no sense and is completely out-of-step with the government commitment to reduce the number of animals in experiments. I will do all I can to oppose similar plans and encourage scientists to use cutting-edge alternatives to animal tests.”Yorkshire Evergreen is owned by US multinational animal supplier Marshall BioResources and has attempted to push through plans for a laboratory breeding facility for four years, appealing multiple rejections. The proposals have caused a public outcry in the local community and across the UK, with tens of thousands of people signing petitions and speaking out in opposition.Earlier this year, a Yorkshire Evergreen director was convicted of illegally killing and mistreating animals by an Italian court. Marshall BioResources’ Italian facility ‘Green Hill’ was closed and the dogs have been re-homed.Being small and docile, beagles are preferred test subjects. Dogs are commonly used for ‘toxicology’ experiments where they may be force-fed chemicals and have toxic substances pumped into their veins which can make them so sick that they die in agony. Almost all individuals are killed at the end of the experiment.There has been a substantial reduction in dog experiments over the past ten years. Latest statistics show that 3,554 dogs were experimented on in Britain in 2013, down from 5,088 in 2003. The NAVS is concerned that the surge in availability of beagles could lead to a dramatic increase in dog experimentation.Science is moving away from using animals with far more advanced alternatives available. In addition, public support for animal experiments has fallen and the government has pledged to reduce the number of animals in experiments.The plans are liable to disrupt the village and local community, potentially subjecting Grimston locals to sound pollution and damaged verges during building work. Further disruption will be caused as young beagles are transported off to their fates in laboratories and the facility deals with the delivery of supplies and increased disposal of animal waste.last_img read more

Miss Piggy To Attend National Christmas Tree Lighting

first_imgMiss Piggy, star of ABC’s “The Muppets,” will make a special appearance during the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.Piggy will be joining performers such as Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly, Aloe Blacc, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.An international celebrity, television and feature film star, best-selling author, supermodel, and fashion icon, Miss Piggy will help kick-off the holiday season at the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 3, 2015, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). The event can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. For broadcast times, check local listings or the National Christmas Tree Lighting website.“I am so thrilled to be part of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, I hear this year’s tree will be almost as bright, shiny and dazzlingly beautiful as moi!” says Miss Piggy.Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree and follow #NCTL2015 on social media for more information about the event and its history. For Miss Piggy, visit Twitter and Facebook.An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.The Walt Disney Company, including Disney|ABC Television Group which is the home of The Muppets, is a premier partner of the #FindYourPark movement and a lead sponsor of the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program, aiming to get half a million kids into national parks by 2017.A special thanks to GE Lighting, Amtrak, Christmas Northeast, Inc., Guest Services, Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison, Southwest Airlines, and Washington Marriott at Metro Center for their generous support of the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting.last_img read more

Jenna Dewan Tatum Ruby Rose And Maggie Q Are PETAs 2017 Sexiest

first_imgPETA has declared 2017 the Year of the Vegan Wonder Women in its annual Sexiest Vegan Celebrity contest, handing the title to Jenna Dewan Tatum, Ruby Rose, and Maggie Q in its first-ever three-way, all-female tie.“Not all superheroes wear capes, and these three prove it by being a superhero to animals every day by choosing not to eat them,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Jenna, Ruby, and Maggie are fierce, strong, and kind women, and PETA honors them for being beautiful inside and out.”World of Dance host Tatum, who previously starred in a sexy vegan fashion campaign for PETA, told the Los Angeles Times last year that she encourages everyone to go plant-based since it’s better for animals, our health, and the environment: “It’s a huge one-for-three action. There aren’t many things in life that let you affect the world so profoundly with just one decision.”“We can be the change,” says Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose, who is constantly tweeting about the benefits of vegan food and cruelty-free products to her more than 1.3 million followers.Designated Survivor star Maggie Q, who starred as a nude and bodypainted Mother Earth in a PETA ad, agrees that the best way to fight climate change is by going vegan. She says, “I know that when I’m eating … I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting other people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals, … and I’m not hurting nature.”Other top contenders this year included two more wonder women who prove that vegan eating may be the key to eternal youth — Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer — as well as Kate McKinnon, Bridget Malcolm, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Goulding, Joaquin Phoenix, Colin Kaepernick, Swizz Beatz, Ricky Gervais, Travis Barker, RZA, Peter Dinklage, and Waka Flocka Flame.Past winners of PETA’s annual contest include Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Jhené Aiko, Ellen Page, Jared Leto, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, André 3000, Tobey Maguire, and Alicia Silverstone.last_img read more

Uzo Aduba Supports Planned Parenthood With New TShirt

first_imgUzo Aduba has teamed-up with Omaze to show her support for Planned Parenthood by repping a “United We Plan” tee.Uzo Aduba TeeAnyone can join her by purchasing a shirt of their own for only $25 at [“ “:] with proceeds supporting Planned Parenthood in their mission to provide quality healthcare to all women.last_img

Stars Join Puppets For Puppetry Fundraiser

first_imgOn Saturday, May 5th, celebrities and puppet VIPs showed their support for puppetry when The Jim Henson Company hosted the second “Puppets for Puppetry” on its historic Hollywood lot.Host Chris Hardwick takes a selfie with the cast of Puppets for PuppetryThe event raised funds for the Atlanta-based Center for Puppetry Arts, and honored the esteemed puppeteer Caroll Spinney, best known to fans around the world as the performer of the iconic Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. The unique live performance was hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick (The Wall, Talking Dead) and featured special guests Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph), Bobby Moynihan (SNL, Inside Out), and Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz (“I’m Yours”).Jason Mraz and Big Bird at Center for Puppetry Arts’ Puppets for Puppetry honoring Caroll SpinneyThe unforgettable evening raised well over $225,000 for the Center and included tribute music and sketches from Sesame Street cast members Matt Vogel, Eric Jacobson, David Rudman, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Ryan Dillon, and Jennifer Barnhart. Brian Henson, Heather Henson, Bill Barretta, and other special guests also gave puppet performances.“We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors, Joan Ganz Cooney, Sesame Workshop, Tyler Perry Studios, and of course The Jim Henson Company, for creating an unforgettable tribute to the iconic Caroll Spinney,” said Vince Anthony, The Barbara and Bill Wylly Executive Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts. “What a night! Hilarious moments with special guests and iconic characters, heartwarming music from Jason Mraz, and all those wonderful puppetry performances ably wrangled by our wonderful host Chris Hardwick made for an incredible and memorable event for our guests.”The Center for Puppetry Arts’ mission is to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is the nation’s largest and only resource of its kind, featuring a worldwide puppetry collection, a vibrant theatre space and the development of puppetry talent through workshops and performances. Also, the Center for Puppetry Arts uses the latest technology to offer its award-winning Distance Learning programs for PreK-adult through videoconferencing. The arts-infused workshops and interactive puppet performances are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum. The programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas and serve schools nationwide. The Center’s two permanent exhibits, the Jim Henson Collection and the Worlds of Puppetry Global Collection, together represent the most definitive display of both Henson puppets and other puppetry traditions from around the world.last_img read more

Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards were about more than the stars

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook BY BRAD WHEELER At the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala on Thursday in the grand ballroom of Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, the stars received attention, but the industry underlings and machinery had moments too.So while Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush were on hand to receive the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, and Jann Arden, 54-40 and promoter Arthur Fogel were in attendance as inductees to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, lesser known figures and institutions were winners too. Among them: The Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner (music journalist), Warner Music Canada’s Steve Waxman (publicist), Dine Alone Records (independent label), Toronto’s Sonic Boom (independent record store), Kelowna, B.C.’s 99.9 Sun FM (radio station) and Toronto’s Massey Hall and Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre (performing arts venues).The ceremony was part of Canadian Music week, which continues to April 23.last_img read more

Netflix Canada in June 2018 whats coming and going this month

first_img(Marvel’s Luke Cage/Netflix Canada)June 24:To Each, Her Own (Les Goûts et les couleurs) (Netflix Orignal film)Synopsis: Just as Simone works up the courage to tell her conservative Jewish family she’s a lesbian, she finds herself attracted to a male Senegalese chef.The Last LaughSynopsis: World famous comedians including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and Gilbert Gottfried pitch in with their own views on the boundaries of comedy.June 26:Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Based on true events, this series delves deep into the top-secret recruiting and training of Britain’s SOE program during World War II.GhostbustersSynopsis: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.Star Wars: The Last JediSynopsis: Rey developed her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. (Sense8/Netflix Canada)Treehouse Adventures (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: What happened to the snowman? Where did all the caterpillars go? A brother and sister bear detective team solves all their neighborhood’s mysteries.June 11:Lights OutSynopsis: When a terrifying force arises from her family’s past, a woman must protect her young step brother from a spirit that kills its victims in the dark.The ShallowsSynopsis: After being bitten by a great white shark, a young surfer, played by Blake Lively, is stranded on a rock close to shore and must outwit the predator that stalks nearby.June 12:Champions (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Years after impregnating his girlfriend, washed-up jock Vince meets his eccentric son Michael and learns about fatherhood, one show tune at a time.June 15:Lust Stories (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: From strained marriages to sexual hiccups: four stories of love, lust, sex and desires—some illicit, some unrequited.Maktub (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: After surviving a bomb attack, two low-level mobsters in Jerusalem change their ways and set about making supplicants’ Wailing Wall prayers come true. (Set It Up 2/Netflix)November 13 – Attack on Paris (Netflix Original documentary)Synopsis: Survivors and first responders share personal stories of anguish, kindness and bravery that unfolded amid the Paris terror attacks of Nov. 13, 2015.Panic RoomSynopsis: A woman and her daughter are caught in a game of cat-and-mouse with burglars in their New York City home and are forced to retreat inside a vault.SavagesSynopsis: When a Mexican drug cartel tries to take over their California pot business and kidnaps their shared girlfriend, Ben and Chon risk it all to fight back.Sense and SensibilitySynopsis: Facing poverty after their father’s death, three sisters are obliged to rely on the generosity of others in this adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.StealthSynopsis: A computer-controlled fighter jet designed to study human pilots begins to develop its own ideas and runs dangerously amok through unfriendly skies. Synopsis: Hip, irresponsible Londoner Will invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings to find available women.AnacondaSynopsis: When a deranged snake hunter cons his way onto a film crew’s boat to hunt a giant anaconda, the group soon finds they’ve become the reptile’s prey.Baby Mama (W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro/Netflix Canada)Kamau Bell: Private School Negro(Netflix Original comedy)Synopsis: Activist and comedian W. Kamau Bell muses on parenting in the Trump era, “free speech” dustups, woke children’s TV and his fear of going off the grid.June 29:Bullet HeadSynopsis: Three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in and an even worse threat waiting inside—a nigh unstoppable killer dog.Calibre (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: While on a hunting trip near an isolated village, two lifelong friends find their nerves—and their morals—ruthlessly tested.Glow, Season 2 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind Orange Is the New Black.Harvey Street Kids, Season 1 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Join three fierce best friends for a whirlwind of fun and adventures in this animated series set in a special place ruled by kids. Advertisement (Recovery Boys/Netflix Canada)TAU (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: Kidnapped by an inventor who uses her as a test subject to perfect his robotic AI, a street-smart young woman tries to escape her high-tech prison.June 30:Fate/EXTRA Last Encore: Oblitus Copernican Theory (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Hakuno Kishinami finds himself in the midst of a Holy Grail war with no memories of how he got there. Through his confusion, he must fight to survive.SuburbiconSynopsis: As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family.Last call! Here is everything leaving Netflix Canada in June:June 1:Full House, Seasons 1-8The Grand Budapest HotelHomeland, Seasons 1-5June 8:Knocked UpJune 15:Shutter IslandJune 16:Captain America: Civil WarJune 22:True GritUncle Buckby Victoria Christie, Flare (Kim’s Convenience/Netflix Canada)The Disaster ArtistSynopsis: Aspiring actor Greg moves to Los Angeles with his strange friend Tommy, then agrees to star in his movie. Things start weird and get a whole lot weirder.Gridiron GangSynopsis: In this moving drama, a probation officer at a detention camp for juvenile delinquents hopes to mould teenage inmates into a successful football team.Hail, Caesar!Synopsis: When a major star is kidnapped from a movie set, a hard-charging but overwhelmed studio boss sets out to find the actor and save the film.The Indian Detective, Season 1Synopsis: A Toronto police officer investigates a murder while visiting his father in India.JarheadSynopsis: Instead of combat, this film focuses on the long, lonely days spent at war, and the caustic humour soldiers employ to deal with unbearable conditions. Facebook (Brian On Fire/Netflix Canada)Monster High: Scaremester CollectionSynopsis: With extra-scaricular activities like Fear Squad and dodgeskull, there’s more to school than studying. Join the ghouls and monsters as they explore the howlways of Monster High.The Mothman PropheciesSynopsis: A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Synopsis: As Toula and Ian try to liven up their marriage, an old family secret inspires the extended Portokalos clan to put on another wedding.Nick and Norah’s Infinite PlaylistSynopsis: A newly dumped teen finds himself attracted to a live wire who shares his taste in music when they meet during a night on the town in New York City.Notting HillSynopsis: A chance encounter brings together reserved bookstore owner William Thacker and Hollywood icon Anna Scott, who forge an improbable romance. (Hannah Gadsby: Nannette/Netflix Canada)W1A, Season 3Synopsis: The new Head of Values at the BBC deals with redefining the company’s purpose, events like the arrival of Prince Charles and issues with new programs.Welcome to Monster High: The Origin StorySynopsis: Dracula’s daughter Draculaura sets out to create a new kind of school where monsters of all kinds can be themselves and have a scary good time.June 3:The Break with Michelle Wolf (Netflix Original series, weekly episodes on Sundays)Synopsis: Nobody’s safe as Michelle Wolf unapologetically takes aim in this weekly topical show that blends sketches with live comedy and in-studio guests.Lady BirdSynopsis: In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl, played by Saoirse Ronan, comes of age in Sacramento, California.June 5:DeliriumSynopsis: A man with a history of mental issues moves into his late parents’ mansion and comes to suspect his new home may be haunted. (Lady Bird/Netflix Canada)The BoxtrollsSynopsis: When a cruel exterminator tries to destroy the band of mischievous creatures that adopted young orphan Eggs, he and a bold rich girl come to the rescue.Busted!, Season 1 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Tackling different mysteries in each episode of this game show, seven sleuths get closer to solving the biggest one of all: What happened to Project D?The CaveSynopsis: When the cavern they’re surveying collapses, a group of seasoned explorers is stranded inside a network of caves at the bottom of the ocean.Charlie Wilson’s WarSynopsis: A Texas congressman sets a series of events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative to aid Afghan mujahideen rebels fighting the Soviets.Cinderella ManSynopsis: Jim Braddock garners boxing glory during the Great Depression, arriving on the scene at a time when Americans were woefully in need of a hero. Advertisement (Glow: Season 2/Netflix Canada)June 17:Club de Cuervos presenta: La balada de Hugo Sánchez, Season 1 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Chava Iglesias’ doting personal assistant Hugo Sánchez is tasked with leading Club de Cuervos to victory in Nicaragua—if only his mom will let him.June 18:Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: This scripted true crime series chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.June 19:Hannah Gadsby: Nannette (Netflix Original comedy)Synopsis: Australian comic Hannah Gadsby rejects standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil.Kim’s Convenience, Season 2Synopsis: While running a convenience store in Toronto, members of a Korean-Canadian family deal with customers, each other and the evolving world around them.June 22:Brain on Fire (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: Struck by a mysterious, mentally devastating illness, a young reporter, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, searches for answers while battling psychosis, catatonia and memory loss.Cooking on High (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: In the first-ever competitive cannabis cooking show, two chefs prepare mouth watering marijuana-infused dishes for a panel of very chill celeb judges.center_img (Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Netflix Canada)Derren Brown: Miracle (Netflix Original comedy)Synopsis: After years of skepticism, he’s mastered the art of magical thinking. Can he convince a live audience to do the same?DesolationSynopsis: Along with her son and best friend, a grieving widow hikes into the woods to scatter her late husband’s ashes, only to discover they’re being stalked.KaleidoscopeSynopsis: A quiet ex-con’s tenuous grip on reality starts to slip when his manipulative mother brings out a part of him he hoped to leave behind.Marvel’s Luke Cage, Season 2 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn’t looking for a fight, but the people need a hero.StarbuckSynopsis: A fortysomething slacker’s life is turned upside down when he learns that his many sperm donations have resulted in more than 500 children. Advertisement (Alex Strangelove/Netflix Canada)Kiss Me First, Season 1 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: A lonely young woman hooked on a virtual reality game befriends a party girl who leads her into a world of new thrills and dark secrets.La Forêt (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: When a teen girl disappears from a village near the Ardennes Forest, local police and a concerned teacher begin to uncover a web of unsettling secrets.Nailed It!, Season 2 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re-creating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 price. It’s part reality contest, part hot mess.Paquita Salas, Season 2 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: One of Spain’s best talent agents in the ‘90s, Paquita now finds herself searching desperately for new stars after suddenly losing her biggest client.Recovery Boys (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: In the heart of America’s opioid epidemic, four men attempt to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug abuse. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment (Nailed It/Netflix Canada)All I See Is YouSynopsis: A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about their marriage.The Hollow, Season 1 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Three teens join forces to find a way home after waking up in a strange realm filled with magic portals, perplexing puzzles and vicious beasts.Marcella, Season 2 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Despite marriage woes, a tragic loss, memory blackouts and her struggles as a mom, a London detective excels at what she does best: catching killers.Sense8, The Series Finale (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: From the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5 comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.The Staircase, Season 1 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: This documentary series offers a revealing inside look at the high-profile murder case of author Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife in 2001. Login/Register With: Synopsis: When straightlaced Kate learns she’s infertile, she hires immature Angie to be her surrogate, inviting hilarity as both women prepare for motherhood.Barbie: Video Game HeroSynopsis: Pulled into her favorite video game, Barbie becomes a fun, roller skating heroine who’s battling a sinister emoji that’s trying to take over.The Bone CollectorSynopsis: A rookie cop reluctantly teams with a paralyzed ex-detective to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed the Bone Collector in this nail-biting crime thriller. (Thor Ragnarok/Netflix Canada)Joseph Campbell and the Power of MythSynopsis: Explore the mind and spirit of teacher and storyteller Joseph Campbell, who discusses the need for modern myths that fit our ever-changing world.Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsSynopsis: Hoping to make a bundle in a high-stakes poker game, four shiftless lads from London’s East End instead find themselves swimming in debt.Monster High: ElectrifiedSynopsis: When Clawdeen dreams of opening a salon made for monsters and normies, Frankie has the perfect place: an abandoned power station outside town. But the idea sparks negative voltage when Moanica plots to ruin the whole thing, and replace the celebration with something a little more… shocking!Monster High: Great Scarrier ReefSynopsis: At a Monster High party, Lagoona and pals are sucked into the reef, where she’ll have to come to terms with her flaws and confront an old frenemy.Monster High: New Ghoul at SchoolSynopsis: Insecure new student Frankie Stein struggles to fit in at Monster High, where ultra-cool ghoul Cleo De Nile and hunky monster Deuce rule the roost. (Mr D/Netflix Canada)Marvel Studios’ Thor: RagnarokSynopsis: Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.Mr. D, Season 7Synopsis: This hilarious comedy series follows a teacher juggling his career and dealing with his students while trying to maintain his not-so-cool lifestyle.June 6:Explained (Netflix Original series, weekly episodes on Wednesdays)Synopsis: This enlightening series digs into a wide range of topics such as the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail and the wild world of K-pop.June 8:Alex Strangelove (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: High school senior Alex Truelove is on a mission to lose his virginity, much to the excitement of his patient girlfriend and rowdy friends.Ali’s Wedding (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: After telling a white lie that spins out of control, the son of an Iraqi-born cleric in Melbourne becomes torn between family duty and his own heart. We get it: now that the weather is nothing short of perfection, there’s a ton of pressure to get outside and revel in the warmth. Well, some of us are pasty as hell (*slowly raises hand*) and can’t risk turning into a crispy tomato, so we would much rather just stay inside. But even if you’re not prone to ridic sunburns, maybe you feel like basking in the cool AC under crisp white bed sheets after a long work week, and say, binging a new series on Netflix?Listen here, y’all. We did the hard work for you and put together up a red-hot round-up of brand new TV shows and movies coming (like a second season of Nailed It!, which had us cry-laughing over our heaping bowls of popcorn) and going (like OG eps of our fave childhood series Full House *sobs*) on Netflix Canada in June 2018.June 1:About a Boy (The Ranch: Part 5/Netflix Canada)The Ranch, Part 5 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: Being a pro athlete didn’t pan out for Colt. Now he’s helping his dad and brother keep the ranch afloat, and figuring out how he fits into the family.Set It Up (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: Two overworked and underpaid assistants concoct a plan to get their insufferable bosses off their backs by setting them up with each other.Sunday’s Illness (Netflix Original film)Synopsis: A 35-year absence. A 10-day reunion. One agonizing request. Some wounds need more than time to heal.Voltron: Legendary Defender, Season 6 (Netflix Original series)Synopsis: In an all-new series, five unlikely heroes and their flying robot lions unite to form the mega powerful Voltron and defend the universe from evil.June 16:NostalgiaSynopsis: A mosaic of stories about love and loss, exploring our relationship to the objects, artifacts and memories that shape our lives. Twitterlast_img read more

Warm Manitoba weather spells trouble for ice roads

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile a lot of other Manitobans are basking in the unusually warmer temperatures, some First Nation communities in the northern part of the province aren’t exactly sharing the sentiment.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson finds out why.last_img

Indigenous films under the lights at Toronto film fest

first_imgAPTN National NewsSince 1976 the Toronto International Film Festival has been highlighting cinematic creativity and diversity.It is also giving Aboriginal filmmakers the platform to showcase their work.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo tells us what can expect at this year’s festival.last_img