Werewolf Interview with Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Google+: http://www.google.com/+telefilmcanadaFacebook:[EN] http://www.facebook.com/telefilmcanada[FR] http://www.facebook.com/TelefilmCanad…Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/telefilm_canada The micro-budget film Werewolf (formely Train Whistle Does Not Blow) was just selected in the Discovery program at #TIFF16. Here’s what director Ashley McKenzie and producer Nelson MacDonald had to say about their first feature film shot in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.————————————————————————Be sure to thumbs up the video, add it to your playlist or favorites, and leave a comment. / Ne manquez pas de vous abonner à notre chaîne, d’aimer notre vidéo, de l’ajouter à votre sélection ou à vos favoris et d’inscrire un commentaire.Stay tuned and follow the Telefilm Canada community: / Gardez l’œil ouvert et suivez la communauté de Téléfilm Canada : LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Awardwinning Corner Gas star Janet Wright dead at 71

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Award-winning stage and screen actress Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on “Corner Gas,” has died, according to CTV, which aired the long-running sitcom.Wright played Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian series, which ended its six-season run in 2009 and returned with a big-screen adaptation in 2014.Wright’s character Emma was the wife of Oscar Leroy, played by Eric Peterson, and mother to Brent, portrayed by series creator and star Brent Butt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Peterson, who had known Wright for 50 years, said she was “an incredibly, wonderfully complex woman of tremendous strength and intelligence and a wonderful actress.”“She knew a lot about the art of acting and the art of theatre as a director,” Peterson said Monday.“The wonderful thing about her as an actress — especially in something like ‘Corner Gas’ — she brought so much to that part as only Janet could. Even the simplest line, she thoroughly thought it through. She seemed to be able to give a straightforward line that was redolent with meaning. Often my character was the brunt of that redolent meaning too.“I’m just very sad. We’re the same age. One’s reminded how short life is.”In a statement, Butt added “Janet was like no other person I’ve ever met.”“She had a giant wit, a giant heart, and was one of the strongest human beings to ever stride around this planet.”Born in England on March 8, 1945, Wright and her family relocated to Canada and eventually settled in Saskatoon at a young age.Wright was the co-founder of Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre, and performed at virtually every major theatre company in Canada.She had been affiliated with the Vancouver Arts Club Theater since the early 1970s, and also directed for many major theatre companies across Canada, including productions at Ontario’s Stratford Festival.“Janet was an artist on an uncompromising search for the truth in all its unvarnished beauty,” said Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino, who directed Wright as Ma Joad in the 2011 production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”“She was a profoundly talented actress, director and champion for the importance of the arts. I will never forget her passion and forever be inspired by her commitment to our work.”She won the best actress Genie Award in 1992 for “Bordertown Cafe,” and won the best supporting actress in a dramatic program or miniseries award in 2003 for “Betrayed.”Her film credits include “The Perfect Storm,” opposite George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, and TV appearances on series “Dark Angel,” “The King of Kensington” and “The Beachcombers.by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

8 Things to Know About Mary Kills People

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Add Dr. Mary Harris to the list of complex and layered lead female characters that Canadian TV seems to be giving us lots of at the moment (and that we’re totally loving by the way!). Mary is a strong, intriguing, smart and mysterious woman who, after two episodes, we can’t wait to learn more about. Dr. Mary Harris: angel of death or murderer? That’ll be for viewers to decide in the new Global TV drama Mary Kills People, premiering Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and April 23 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime in the U.S. Hannibal’s Caroline Dhavernas stars as Mary, an overworked single mother and ER doctor who is running an illegal business assisting patients in going out “on their own terms.” While Mary has managed to build her business and be busier than ever, she’s also on the brink of having her double life exposed and things getting a lot more complicated.From creator Tara Armstrong and showrunner Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), the one-hour drama has also been picked up by Lifetime in the U.S. Over the course of its six episode first season, Mary Kills People will follow Mary’s exploits as she balances her family life and day job with side duties helping terminal patients end their lives on their own terms…all while eluding the police. Dhavernas is joined by a talented ensemble that includes Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast), Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes), Richard Short (Vinyl), Greg Bryk (Bitten) and Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue).We here at The TV Junkies were lucky enough to screen Mary Kills People’s first two episodes and thought we’d pass along a few teases to help get fans even more excited for the premiere. So check out our main takeaways from watching those first two episodes and everything we thinks fans should know before they meet Mary.Dhavernas is Divinelast_img read more

IDRIS ELBA TO MARRY FORMER MISS VANCOUVER SABRINA DHOWRE

first_imgAudience members also confirmed the news on Twitter, with one writing, “At cast & crew screening of @YARDIES & @IdrisElba just proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina!! Too cute,” while another posted, “At cast & crew screening of YARDIES & Idris Elba just proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina!! Big Congrats !!”The couple has yet to confirm the news themselves.Elba (L) and Ms Dhowre attend Idris Elba’s Christmas Party, at Kadie’s Cocktail Bar & Club in London, in 2017The 45-year-old made his romance with Sabrina (a 29-year-old model who won Miss Vancouver in 2014) official in September when they made their red carpet debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the premiere of his movie Molly’s Game.The British actor has been married twice before — to make-up artist Hanne Norgaard, who he divorced in 2003, and real estate attorney Sonya Nicole Hamlin. Login/Register With: Twitter Idris Elba and girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre attend the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2017. | Euan Cherry / WENN.com Advertisement Advertisement Idris Elba is engaged to marry his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre.The Luther actor shocked a crowd at a screening of his new film when he got down on one knee and proposed to Sabrina onstage at the Rio Cinema in London ahead of a cast and crew screening of his directorial debut Yardie on Saturday.“Another @riocinema first!” representatives for the venue wrote on Twitter. “Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement He told Essence magazine in July that he had given up on marriage after two failed attempts.“Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don’t think so,” he said. “Marriage is an institution of sorts. And I’ve done it. It’s not for everybody. It’s not my life’s calling.”Idris has a 15-year-old daughter, named Isan, from his marriage to Norgaard, and he shares a three-year-old son, called Winston, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth, who he split from in 2016.Another @riocinema first! Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie pic.twitter.com/XRtca1xcv0— Rio Cinema (@riocinema) February 10, 2018last_img read more

TIFF Stargazing 101 Getting close to celebs at the fest

first_img Twitter Actress Kate Mara takes a photo with Cynthia McLeod on the red carpet for the movie “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool” during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2017. Getting a front-row spot at film premieres requires a lot of waiting and patience. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement “Last year was the year that I upped my game,” said McLeod, who’s been snapping photos of celebrities at TIFF for the last five years since moving downtown.“And it all started because (Borg vs McEnroe’s) Shia LaBeouf, the very first opening night, because he didn’t want to talk to people on the red carpet, the reporters — you guys! — he went and did everybody else,” she said. “And he took a picture with everybody. He took everybody’s phone and he handed it back. He called me, ‘Darlin,’” she added with a laugh.Shia LaBeouf takes a selfie with Cynthia McLeod at the Borg/McEnroe premiere during the opening night of TIFF 2017 at Roy Thomson Hall.McLeod says over the years her best TIFF moments have been with the likes of Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Benedict Cumberbatch and worst – because they didn’t stop for fans who had waited to see them – couple Annette Bening and Warren Beatty and Toronto’s own Drake.“I don’t know if anybody wants to get excited about Drake,” she joked of the rapper, who will be introducing drama Monsters and Men on opening night. “I stood out there for Drake and he didn’t come over to fans. It can be kind of exhausting ‘cause if you do it hardcore, it can take hours.” Want to know how to cozy up to A Star is Born’s Bradley Cooper or Lady Gaga for a selfie at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, starting Thursday and running until Sept.16?Or how about getting an autograph from First Man’s Ryan Gosling, a native of London, Ont., or Beautiful Boy’s Timothee Chalamet of Call Me By Your Name fame?Veteran TIFF star gazer (and also the Toronto Sun’s assistant city editor) Cynthia McLeod says it takes time, patience, and a trusty foot stool, but the celebrity encounter is usually worth it in the long run. Facebooklast_img read more

Amazon Alexa now plays SiriusXM

first_imgAdvertisement …North Americana …SiriusXM Hits 1 …Howard Stern …MLB Network Radio …Alt Nation …The Catholic Channel Twitter (And so much more) …Radio Margaritaville …Laugh USA …Tom Petty Radio …Joel Osteen Radio …Mad Dog Sports Radio …The Garth Channel …Shade 45 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment …Doctor Radio …SiriusXM Canada Laughs …on SiriusXM” Facebook …Today Show Radio …Coffee House …the Golden State Warriors …Real Jazz …Entertainment Weekly Radio With the SiriusXM Alexa skill, SiriusXM trial or paid subscribers will get easy access to exclusive music and entertainment, including Howard Stern’s two exclusive channels, commercial-free music from multiple genres, plus news from respected national outlets, exclusive talk and entertainment, a broad range of comedy, and sports talk from some of the biggest names in broadcasting; as well as dozens of exclusive online-only channels that span music, talk, comedy and news.SiriusXM brings an extensive selection of live sporting events to Alexa. Subscribers to All Access, SiriusXM’s most extensive offering, can ask Alexa to play every MLB® and NBA game, every NASCAR® race, plus NHL® games, PGA TOUR® events and live college sports, as well as news, analysis and opinions from more than a dozen dedicated sports talk channels. With the NHL® season in full swing, fans can tune in to hear their favorite team’s radio voices anywhere at home with their Alexa devices, whether they’re preparing a meal in the kitchen, working at their desk, or entertaining guests on the deck.SiriusXM offers exclusive artist branded music channels from The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Garth Brooks, Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Pitbull, and many more. It offers curated music channels across decades and representing multiple music genres that span rock, pop, country, electronic dance, jazz, and more. Subscribers with Alexa can also access concept-based channels curated by SiriusXM’s acclaimed programming team, such as Road Trip Radio, Yacht Rock Radio, SiriusXM Comes Alive, and Red, White & Booze.SiriusXM content available on Amazon Alexa will mirror what is available to that subscriber streaming on the SiriusXM app, based on their subscription. Access to certain content, including MLB and NASCAR programming, requires an authenticated “SiriusXM All Access” subscription. For more info on what channels are available on various SiriusXM subscriptions, go to siriusxm.ca/plans. Customers can sample SiriusXM by setting up their streaming log in or signing up for a trial at siriusxm.ca/amazonalexa.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. Advertisement …SiriusXM NBA Radio …E Street Radio …80’s on 8 …SiriusXM NHL Network Radio …FOX News Headlines …channel 43 (or any SiriusXM channel number) TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, announced today that its 200+ channels – featuring Howard Stern, commercial-free music, plus live sports, news, entertainment, comedy, and more – are now available to SiriusXM Canada subscribers nationwide with Amazon Alexa. …SiriusXM Chill …The Highway …SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Login/Register With: Customers can simply ask Alexa to play SiriusXM channels by saying, for example, “Alexa, play… …the Chicago Cubs …The Beatles Channel …the Toronto Maple Leafs Advertisement …Pearl Jam Radiolast_img read more

Solidarity with the Mikmaq people all over Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsDemonstrations have been on going across the country in support of the anti – fracking protestors in New Brunswick.From British Columbia to the east coast hundreds of Aboriginal and non – Aboriginal activists have been hitting the pavement to show they’re in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq people.As APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports, it looks like a resurgence of the Idle No More movement.last_img

Aboriginal Day Live unveils stellar lineup

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal Day Live 2014 unveils its stellar lineup for this year’s celebrations. The eighth annual event will have stages in both Winnipeg and Halifax and will be broadcast across the country to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports.last_img

Saskatchewan community looks to end violence after woman burned and left for

first_imgAPTN National NewsA family in northern Saskatchewan is trying to come to grips with a shocking case of assault.Last week a woman in the community was burned and left for dead.Now, the community is trying to come up with a solution to end violence.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

Preliminary hearing into death of Inuk woman wraps in Halifax

first_imgAPTN National NewsA week-long preliminary hearing into the killing of an Inuk woman wrapped up in Halifax today.Victoria Henneberry and Blake Leggette are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Loretta Saunders.APTN’s Trina Roache has all the details.last_img

Harper government taking 6 First Nations to court for not posting finances

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA – The federal government says it is launching court proceedings to force six defiant First Nations to publicly post their financial information online.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt says his department will continue to withhold non-essential funding from almost 50 First Nations that failed to meet the deadline for a new Conservative transparency law.But the government is also asking the Federal Court to force six First Nations in Alberta and Saskatchewan to publish audited financial statements and the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and band council members.“First Nations, like all Canadians, deserve transparency and accountability from their elected leaders. That is why we passed the First Nations Financial Transparency Act which empowers First Nation members to ensure band revenues areused for the benefit of the entire community,” said Valcourt.Leaders of the six bands have flatly stated they will not be complying with the new rules.The Onion Lake Cree Nation – one of the groups the government is taking to court – had already launched its own Federal Court bid late last month in an effort to overturn the Conservative transparency law.Valcourt says forcing First Nations to publish financial information will lead to more effective, transparent and accountable governance, while aboriginal leaders say the new rules are a sideshow designed to distract attention from chronic government underfunding.Thunderchild, Ochapowace, Sawbridge, Cold Lake and Athabasca Chipewyan are the other communities.– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The possible return of a Niobium mine creating worries in Kanesatake

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the Mohawks of Kanestake, a mine project long thought to be dead, has been resurrected.It could lead to $5 million a year in royalties.While that could greatly help the cash-strapped community, many feel it isn’t worth it.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

Organization representing Inuit women gains standing in MMIWG inquiry

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsA national Inuit organization has gained the right to participate in The National Inquiry.The news comes at a turbulent time, as families and advocates of missing and murdered Indigenous women question the whole inquiry process.How does this sit with the organization representing Inuit women?last_img

90million Manitoba flood payout on hold over fake claims

first_imgOne of the on-reserve homes flooded intentionally in 2011.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA multi-million dollar flood settlement has stalled after some evacuees claim people are making false claims to get money they don’t deserve, APTN News has learned.Lawyer Sabrina Lombardi said a Court of Queen’s Bench judge will be asked later this month to reopen the application process for compensation for personal property.The step is needed to determine who is a real claimant and who is not, Lombardi confirmed in a telephone interview from McKenzie Lake law firm in Toronto.“We will tell the court we hoped the payments would be starting to flow by now but we’ve had this hiccup,” she explained.“The class members were very concerned that…there were people…that maybe either weren’t proper members of the four First Nations or weren’t really ever residing on reserve.”The $90-million settlement won from the Manitoba and federal governments was to be distributed by the end of 2018 but now Lombardi said that won’t happen until the spring of 2019.“It’s not necessarily true that everybody that put forward a claim is eligible,” she said.“The two criteria they had to show was membership in one of the four First Nations and the fact that they resided in Manitoba in 2011.”The delay affects up to 7,000 people from Pinaymootang (Fairford), Little Saskatchewan, Dauphin River and Lake St. Martin, she said.People in those communities had their lives disrupted – and some remain in limbo – after the Manitoba government diverted floodwater to spare more serious damage in the nearby capital of Winnipeg.Area farmland and lakefront cottages were also destroyed.Flood victims sued the provincial and federal governments for damages after compensation was denied.The settlement was approved by a judge in January 2018 and applies to personal belongings – not communal property like housing, infrastructure and land.Compensation for those larger community losses is still being discussed.“Until we can determine who is, in fact, eligible to receive the money we obviously can’t dole it out,” Lombardi added, “and so we’re going back to the court.“There’s a large number of people whose claims aren’t complete enough to make a determination on.”She said a judge will be asked to approve the move that will ask claimants to re-submit claim forms and supporting documents.Eligible adults would receive “disruption payments” of between $42,000 and $67,000 while children would get 10 per cent of that.Still, being asked to wait longer is more hardship for flood victims, said Grant Louis of Little Saskatchewan.“People are still affected by this flood,” he said, listing problems like “sickness, poverty, depression, loneliness and addiction.“Low-income families are stressing and these payments would really help out.”Lombardi didn’t know how many claims were fake but said claimants would see more money in the end because of interest accruing on the money in the meantime.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Nunavik gets help to offset high cost of living

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsInuit in Quebec are getting a taste from the province’s $2.5 billion surplus to help keep the cost of living down.The province announced that $115.8 million over six years will be spent to aid the fifteen communities in in Nunavik, located in subarctic Quebec above the 55th parallel.The Agreement on the Financing of Measures to Reduce the Cost of Living in Nunavik itself is not new, but rather a renewal.It is however almost double that of the $33 million over three years of the last agreement.“This is a good example of how the Inuit Territory of Nunavik and the Quebec government can work together to make life in the north affordable,” said Charlie Watt, president of Makivik Corporation, the organization that represents Nunavik Inuit in negotiations with Quebec and Canada.“We have to do a lot more to make life in the great north more equitable with the rest of Quebec.”Much of the money will focus on making hunting more affordable, and in order to encourage a healthier lifestyle, to help Inuit offset grocery costs with country food.“This is really good. It lowers the cost of so many items in stores and even gas prices,” said William Tagoona, communications director for Makivik in an email to APTN News.“Last count the money lowered the cost of about 5,000 items, including food Nutrition North will not cover such as KLIK, hunting clothing such as snow boots, diapers, and snowmobile oil.”Tagoona also adds that often Inuit in Nunavik are forced to choose between paying the rent or buying groceries.According to a study conducted by Laval University, the cost of living is nearly 30 per cent higher in Nunavik.A major reason for this is the remoteness of the region.“Nunavik lies completely outside the major food or commercial distribution networks. The absence of roads and the harsh climate considerably increase the cost of goods and services, which greatly increases the burden that Nunavik families bear,” said Quebec Minister of Indigenous Affairs Sylvie D’Amours in a press release.“The government’s financial assistance is thus essential to maintain and improve living conditions in Nunavik.”In the same press release, Jennifer Munick, president of the Kativik Regional government, the body responsible for providing services on the territory, succinctly described what Thursday’s announcement means to Nunavik.“This program is critical to the well-being of Nunavummiut [Inuit in Nunavik], where many don’t get enough to eat.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Auto dealership jobs not on the radar of millennials says survey

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian automobile dealers are launching a national recruiting campaign next month after a poll suggested that millennials aren’t keen to pursue careers in a sector that has seen vehicle sales reach a record high.“There’s a lot of young Canadians…(for whom) it’s not even on their radar,” said Catherine Fortin Lefaivre, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.She said research and anecdotal evidence suggests there’s a perception that auto dealerships is mainly about sales and parts.“The car dealership of 2018 is one that requires a lot more business people, a lot more marketing people, people with a background in innovation increasingly as the way cars are built is changing,” she said in an interview.Opportunities are also available in finance, IT and management roles at more than 3,200 car and truck dealerships across the country that employ 150,000 people.An Abacus Data survey released during the Montreal International Auto Show found that working in an auto dealership isn’t on the radar for 68 per cent of people aged 18 to 37.One quarter of the people surveyed said they have considered working in various capacities in an auto dealership, while seven per cent said they have worked in a dealership.Men were more interested in such careers than women.In addition to millennials, the association plans to target women, immigrants and veterans over the next three years.Light vehicle sales exceeded two million for the first time last year, pushing revenues to above $120 billion. Strong sales are expected to continue.The online survey of 2,000 millennials was conducted Dec. 22 to Jan. 8. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is considered accurate plus or minus 2.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Canada adds 32300 jobs all full time as jobless rate stays at

first_imgOTTAWA – The economy delivered 32,300 net new jobs last month as Canada generated a rush of full-time work that helped keep the national unemployment rate at its record low.Statistics Canada said Friday the jobless rate stayed at 5.8 per cent in March for a second-consecutive month — and for the third time since December — to match its lowest mark since the agency started measuring the indicator in 1976. The only other time the rate slipped to this level was 2007.The March gains were driven by a surge in full-time work. The labour-market survey showed the workforce added 68,300 full-time positions, while the number of part-time jobs decreased by 35,900.However, the data also reveal that 19,600 of the new employee positions were created in the public sector. By comparison, the number of private-sector workers declined by 7,000.Average hourly wage growth, which has been under close scrutiny by the Bank of Canada ahead of interest-rate decisions, strengthened in March to 3.3 per cent, up from 3.1 per cent the previous month.The central bank, which will make its next rate announcement later this month, has repeatedly highlighted wage growth as a key indicator. Wage growth has been moving upwards since it bottomed out at 0.5 per cent in April 2017.Central Canada saw the biggest job gains in March as the two largest provinces — Ontario and Quebec — each added more than 10,000 net new positions.Quebec gained 16,000 net new jobs, including 28,600 full-time positions, while Ontario added 10,600 net new jobs, including 16,300 full-time positions.For Ontario, however, the gain only represented a 0.1 per cent increase compared to the previous month. Quebec saw growth of 0.4 per cent.By percentage, Saskatchewan and Alberta each saw solid monthly growth. Saskatchewan’s labour force expanded 0.7 per cent, while Alberta’s grew 0.4 per cent.The youth unemployment rate dipped last month to 10.9 per cent, down from 11.1 per cent in February, following a net gain of 17,700 new jobs.By industry, goods-producing sectors added 21,700 positions, mostly in construction. Services sectors created 10,600 jobs, with the bulk of the increase coming from new positions in public administration.Compared with 12 months earlier, the national workforce grew 1.6 per cent following the creation of 296,200 jobs — with the entire increase fuelled by 335,200 new full-time positions.But the latest numbers still suggest there are signs that Canada’s red-hot labour market could be starting to cool down, as widely expected.Statistics Canada said employment declined by about 40,000 jobs over the first three months of 2018 for a decline of 0.2 per cent.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Twitter removes accounts linked to Alex Jones Infowars

first_imgTwitter has removed some accounts thought to be used to circumvent a ban on conspiracy-monger Alex Jones and Infowars, the company said Tuesday.A Twitter spokesman confirmed that the accounts had been removed but provided no additional comment. The company says it usually does not discuss specific accounts.Twitter permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope in early September, later than many other tech companies such as Apple and Facebook. It said it based that action in reports of tweets and videos that violated its policy against abusive behaviour.The ban underscored the difficulty many social-media services face in trying to consistently apply their rules against harassment and other bad behaviour. It was also likely from the start that Jones and his supporters would find ways to get around Twitter’s ban by setting up new accounts or posting from existing accounts that were not part of the initial purge.Twitter said Tuesday it would continue to evaluate reports regarding other accounts potentially associated with @realalexjones or @infowars and would take action if it finds content that violates its rules or if other accounts are used to try to circumvent their ban.As of Tuesday afternoon, an account for Alex Jones podcasts was still up on Twitter, as was another called “InfowarsFeed” that hasn’t tweeted since 2008.Other tech companies, including PayPal, YouTube, Apple and Spotify, have limited or banned Jones’ activities on their sites.Infowars has said the moves are intended to sabotage the site just weeks before the midterm elections.On Twitter and elsewhere, Jones has done such things as describe survivors of a shooting in Parkland, Florida, “crisis actors” and saying the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 was fake. He had about 900,000 followers on Twitter. Infowars had about 430,000.last_img read more

Edmunds Black Friday isnt what it used to be

first_imgOver the last decade, Black Friday weekend became a bona-fide sales event in the car business. In 2015, for example, it accounted for more than 18 per cent of all car deals made that month.But Black Friday isn’t the sales juggernaut it once was.Just as other retailers now push “Early Black Friday” sales right after Halloween and online brands hype their Cyber Monday specials, carmakers have morphed Black Friday into Black November — and beyond. In 2017, Black Friday weekend represented less than 14 per cent of the month’s sales. Edmunds analysts expect this downward trend to continue this year.For car shoppers, the trend translates to greater flexibility and less stress. Here’s what you need to know about getting a great deal.THE LEFTOVER EFFECTThe sales season is extending partly because carmakers are more willing to let outgoing models linger at dealership lots.The trend showed up in earnest early this year. In March 2018, roughly 28 per cent of new vehicles sold were brand-new 2017 models. Compare that with the previous five years, where leftover inventory made up just 12 per cent of March sales on average.Edmunds analysts predict that at least 20 per cent of new vehicles for sale early next year will be 2018 models. Based on inventory levels of new 2018 models currently on dealer lots, expect to see a good supply of new 2018 midsize sedans, midsize SUVs and compact SUVs as late as March 2019, along with specials to move them out.If you’re a bargain hunter, that’s good news. Instead of having to shop on just one weekend, you have more time to snag a great deal.SHOULD I BUY NOW?Start price-shopping immediately if you know the make and model you want. Once you’ve got a good feel for how much the car will cost now, you may want to pull the trigger if you fall into any of these categories:— You’re planning to lease your next vehicle: Because of the way leases are calculated, waiting isn’t likely to help you.— Your local dealership is running an aggressive promotion: It’s possible that a dealership selling the brand you’re after might have a unique sales goal to hit. It could offer Black Friday incentives to get you to buy now. Free iPads, televisions or in-house zero per cent interest loans are some of the perks dealerships have used to entice shoppers in years past.— You’re looking for something specific: The longer you wait, the less selection you’ll have. While prices on 2018 models may continue their slide through the first quarter of 2019, a low price on the wrong vehicle is a bad compromise.— The vehicle you’re eyeing has a special low-interest rate offer: Interest rates are rising, and that trend is expected to continue. If you’ve found an attractive price on the right car, and the interest rate is a good one (given the times), you might want to make a deal. If you wait for a lower selling price but get saddled with a higher interest rate, you haven’t done yourself any favours.SHOULD I WAIT?You may want to consider holding off on your purchase if you fall into any of these categories:— You plan to purchase with cash: As cars languish on dealer lots, chances are that good prices will go even lower. If you’re paying cash and aren’t concerned with rising interest rates, waiting may save you money.— Your vehicle needs are flexible: Most of the hot products are going to be sold first. If you don’t mind selecting from what’s left in exchange for a lower selling price, it may make sense to wait.— Your credit is iffy: Maybe you can’t get a low interest rate now because of your credit profile, but you still want to get a heavily discounted clearance vehicle. Use this time to improve your credit standing so you’ll be able to take advantage of clearance pricing and a low interest rate in early 2019.EDMUNDS SAYS: Black Friday is still an excellent time to buy a car. But unlike the doorbuster deals at your local big-box retailer, the Black Friday specials at a car dealership are likely to be around well after the holiday weekend.____This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Matt Jones is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @supermattjones.Related links:— A Car Shopping Plan for Holiday Weekends https://edmu.in/2lRtrUo— 25 Tips for Easier Family Car Shopping https://edmu.in/2hdlGH3— The Best Time to Buy a Car https://edmu.in/2hswWmBMatt Jones, The Associated Presslast_img read more