HALIFAX – A 31-year-old man is facing multiple charges after a year-long, seven-province investigation into a human trafficking ring allegedly forcing “numerous” Nova Scotia women into the sex trade across Canada.The RCMP said it learned last April that men originally from Nova Scotia had relocated to Ontario and were trafficking and exploiting women from their home province.Supt. Alfredo Bangloy would not say how many victims are involved, but said the suspect named Thursday, Lorenzo Trevor Thomas, is associated with a Halifax-area street gang known as North Preston’s Finest.“We know there are other victims of human trafficking from Nova Scotia out there. Our goal is to find these women, get them to safety and go after their traffickers,” Bangloy said.“We want to see victims and their families get their lives back.”Due to the complexity of the investigation — dubbed Operation Hellbender — Nova Scotia Mounties worked with Halifax Regional Police and RCMP in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.Thomas was arrested by police in Niagara Falls on March 27 and remains in custody in Ontario.He’s facing 17 charges, including trafficking in persons, assault, advertising sexual services and receiving a material benefit from sexual services. Police say more charges could be laid.Bangloy said such investigations are often reliant on victims coming forward, and the RCMP is urging them to contact police.“These victims are generally isolated, taken far away from home and made to fear for their safety,” said Bangloy at a press conference at Nova Scotia RCMP headquarters in Halifax.Bangloy stressed police are not looking to investigate sex trade workers.Const. Natasha Jamieson, RCMP awareness coordinator for human trafficking, said victims often do not realize they are being trafficked.She said it often begins with a trafficker seeking out a vulnerable teenager. They then groom the victim by making them feel special and showing them a more glamorous life.Jamieson said many victims develop feelings of love, trust and loyalty to their trafficker.“The hopes and dreams they have been promised are what they hold onto and believe that to be their future,” said Jamieson.She said perpetrators then begin to manipulate the victim, often threatening them and making them believe they must work to get back in their “good books.”When the victim’s self-esteem is broken, the trafficker can now exploit them, putting them in a position to do something they wouldn’t normally do, said Jamieson.“You may have a victim who was singled out in their teens by a trafficker, who entices them into believing their relationship has a future,” she said.“They can be discouraged from legitimate means of employment, forced into exotic dancing and prostitution where profits earned by the victim have to be provided to the trafficker.”Jamieson said the expectation is that a woman will work into her late 20s or early 30s before being replaced by someone younger.Police say signs that someone is involved in human trafficking include becoming isolated from friends and family, moving frequently or staying in hotels, unexplained injuries and new tattoos indicating ownership or branding.Thomas is scheduled to appear at Niagara provincial court on May 9.
Enviro thinktank head says climate talk must go beyond being antipipeline
OTTAWA – Ontario’s outgoing environment minister says Canada must transform its energy sources if it’s going to meet promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions.But Glen Murray won’t speak out against specific projects to build new oil or gas pipelines and plants.Murray is stepping down from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet and will take over as executive director of the environmental think-tank Pembina Institute in September.He says he intends to spend the remainder of his career fighting climate change with smart, evidence-based policies.Murray refuses to say whether he agrees with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that pipelines can be built and expanded while meeting Canada’s international commitments on climate change.He says Pembina’s role — before and after he takes over — is about big-picture planning rather than campaigns for or against particular projects.“Pipelines and energy infrastructure in Canada, there is an architecture in there that has to be transformed,” he said Monday in an interview. “To pull out pipelines as a separate discussion from nuclear plants or from other types of infrastructure that are carbon intensive gets you into a conversation that I think is often a no-win conversation.”As Ontario’s environment minister for the last three years Murray was responsible for implementing the province’s cap-and-trade system, and was part of the negotiations for the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.He also was part of discussions regarding at least one major new pipeline, the Energy East project to double the capacity to carry crude oil across the country from Alberta to the East Coast.The Ontario government initially insisted projects like Energy East had to be environmentally sustainable and viewed in terms of their greenhouse gas emissions. Murray later clarified Ontario’s focus would be on the emissions the pipeline would create within Ontario, leaving it to other provinces to figure out the impact in their jurisdictions.Murray has cleared his new position with the Ontario integrity commissioner in “multiple conversations” according to a Pembina Institute spokesman.As well any lobbying activities in Ontario will be handled by the Toronto team.Murray said he sees the Pembina Institute as a chance to do the kind of work the former National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy used to do, taking a “deep dive” into research to produce evidence-based advice for governments of all levels.Murray was chair of the roundtable for three years between 2005 and 2008.“It’s really an opportunity for me to double down on a single commitment for the rest of my life which is working towards a clean, sustainable energy system in Canada and to fighting climate change, and that’s what Pembina does.”Murray will maintain his home in Toronto but will divide his time between Pembina’s offices in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.— Follow @mrabson on Twitter
Economic experts say broadbased strength explains 40yearlow jobless rate
CALGARY – Economists used words like “unbelievable,” “astonishing” and “impressive” to describe 13 straight months of job creation in Canada that culminated in a more-than-40-year-low unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent in December.But they also warned Friday the economic swell will likely result in the Bank of Canada raising its key overnight interest rate by 25 basis points later this month to 1.25 per cent.Statistics Canada reported the largest employment gains in December were observed in Quebec and Alberta, with the former adding 27,000 jobs for a 4.9 per cent unemployment rate and the latter generating 26,000 jobs for a rate of 6.9 per cent.Stefan Marion, chief economist at National Bank in Montreal, said the month carried forward a trend that has seen Quebec generate 87,000 jobs in 2017, with 81,000 of them considered full-time.“It’s as good as it was last year and it’s again driven by Montreal, so 60,000 of that 87,000 jobs is Montreal,” he said.Job creation has been so successful that there are reports of regional labour shortages, he said, adding that Quebec’s unemployment rate now beats the national mark by a record amount.Employment rates have risen across a wide assortment of industries, with big gains seen in jobs for immigrants and women, he said.“We’re probably going to see another year in 2018 of above-potential growth for the Canadian economy and for Quebec and, again, for Quebec, it will be still driven by Montreal,” said Marion.Meanwhile, Alberta added 55,000 workers in 2017, the best performance since 2014, Statistics Canada said.The province’s economic output per capita has been stronger than anywhere else in Canada even at the depths of the recent recession and it is recovering more quickly that most expected, said University of Calgary professor Trevor Tombe.“If any economy was able to absorb a shock of magnitude that we did from low oil prices, it’s Alberta,” he said, adding the recovery is reflected in statistics for manufacturing, trade, exports, earnings and oil production, as well as job creation.He said the new jobs in Alberta in 2017 were created mainly in manufacturing, wholesale trade and resources, with most of those jobs likely related directly or indirectly to more oilfield activity as oil prices strengthened.“All indications are the recovery is going to continue through 2018, (but) unlikely at the rapid rate we saw in 2017,” said Tombe.Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci agreed Friday the numbers show the provincial economy is recovering but said the recovery would be even more impressive if export pipeline capacity was expanded.“There’s no secret, we need to see pipelines to tidewater,” he told reporters. “We need to see that happen so that we can get world oil prices and not get a discount for every barrel that goes to the States.”Higher oil prices and the stronger but still low level of the loonie in relation to the U.S. greenback are helping with exports and manufacturing job creation centred in Ontario, observers agreed.“Full-time employment accounts for nearly all of the 423,000 increase in jobs through the course of 2017,” said CIBC senior economist Nick Exarhos.“In sectors where we’d like to see more hiring, we got it, most notably in manufacturing, up a bit over 85,000 in 2017, and resources, a sector creating a massive drag on employment over the past two years.”He said the economic strength prompted CIBC to move up its forecast for an interest rate hike from April to January but inflation remains under control, removing any immediate risk of an overheated economy.Job creation numbers follow Canadian economic signals that have been positive for some time, said TD Economics senior economist Brian DePratto.“If you go back and look at the economic growth figures Canada was putting out late last year, early this year, we saw very, very robust growth across effectively all sectors of the economy,” he said.“I think to some extent we’re seeing catch-up activity from the output of the economy on the employment side.”Matthew Stewart, director of national forecast for the Conference Board of Canada, said he is concerned about a tight labour market going forward but added business should be pleased with wage increases shown by the statistics.“Slower more sustainable job growth is in store for the year ahead,” he said in a statement.“Arguably the best news was the continued pick up in wages which should help sustain consumer spending in the year ahead.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
Forecaster says spring temperatures to be delayed in much of Canada
Spring will arrive a little late and showcase rather volatile weather this year, one of Canada’s most high-profile forecasters predicted Monday.In its spring outlook, the Weather Network said temperatures across much of the country will skew colder through March and early April before eventually warming up toward the end of the season.“Spring tends to be a season where we get a lot of volatility, a lot of ups and downs with our weather, because after all, we’re going from winter to summer,” said Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott. “It’s not a straight line. There’s always a bit of a bumpy road to get there.”This year’s season will see more swings in weather than usual, he said.British Columbia in particular will have a cooler spring than usual, Scott said.“We won’t see that kind of early bursting of spring that we sometimes get through the south of B.C.,” he said.The Prairies will also have to contend with temperatures lower than they’re used to for March and early April, but that, in combination with minimal snowpack, reduces the risk of flooding during the eventual thaw, Scott said.Moving east to Ontario and Quebec, Scott said that while temperatures rose in February, they’re expected to swing back down over the coming weeks.“We think that winter has at least one more show to come, maybe even two,” he said. “March looks to be an even stormier month than we often see.”Whether those storms come in the form of snow, ice or rain depends entirely on the day, Scott said.“We can’t pin down those details until we get within a week of a given storm system,” he added.Atlantic Canada has had a relatively mild winter thus far — but that could change, Scott said.“We’ve hardly seen any snow this winter in St. John’s. It’s been a very tame winter this year by Newfoundlanders’ standards,” he said. “This is not over, though. We expect likely the biggest snowstorms yet to come in March and even into April in parts of the region.”He said Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, too, can expect nor’easters.But in spite of the “bumpy road,” Scott said Canadians shouldn’t give up the hope of warm temperatures.“We will get there eventually,” he said. “Everyone will get their spring weather.”
Grandmother mother and son killed in triple murdersuicide family says
A man whose mother, brother and grandmother died in what Ontario provincial police are calling a triple murder-suicide said Monday that his loved ones were killed by a neighbour who had been “stalking” his parent.Thomas Theoret said his mother Ulla Theoret, 55, brother Paul Theoret, 28, and his grandmother Raija Turunen, 88, were found dead at their rural home in Ryerson Township, Ont., on Friday evening. Police have confirmed the identities of the three members of the same family, but have not said why or how they were killed.Investigators also said 58-year-old Mark Jones was found in the same home. Police have said they believe Jones killed the three others before taking his own life.Thomas Theoret, who was travelling to the small community about 300 kilometres north of Toronto to deal with the deaths, said Jones and his mother had known each other for a while before their relationship soured.“My mom didn’t really date (Jones) but I think they were just friends for a couple months,” he told The Canadian Press. “Then he started acting kind of strange and kind of stalking her.”Theoret said one of his other brothers, who lives in another Ontario community, eventually told Jones to leave the family alone.The interactions between Jones and the family took place over a year ago, he said, noting that his mother and the man started talking after Jones settled in the neighbourhood.“My mom and dad had just got divorced and she was single, she was a little bit distraught. She was looking for friends and this guy Mark Jones moved into the area,” Theoret said. “He was kind of a handyman and my grandma liked him because he helped fix a few things around the house.”The bodies of Theoret’s family members and Jones were found by a friend who stopped by the home for a pre-arranged visit around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, police have said, noting that the deaths took place sometime between Wednesday evening and the time of the discovery.Officers have been combing the Theorets’ house and a second home on the same street on Monday, looking for anything that could help them figure out how and why the killings happened.“Obviously the only people who know exactly what happened and why it happened are unable to speak,” said Det.-Insp. Martin Graham of the Ontario Provincial Police.Police said they found a handgun and a long gun in the Theorets’ house, but would not say whether they had evidence to show anyone was shot during the incident.Investigators are waiting for autopsy results to determine the causes of death, police said.Residents of Ryerson Township and the nearby village of Burk’s Falls have expressed shock at the deaths, saying the area about 300 kilometres north of Toronto is typically a very quiet one.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect spelling of Raija Turunen’s last name based on police information at the time.
PunjabiCanadians roll into trucking rerouting a traditional industry
Nachhattar Singh Chohan lived in Canada eight years before he tried his hand at trucking.A former brake plant worker and gas station attendant with farming roots, the then-34-year-old marshalled his savings, bought a used Ford Econoline van and set to work delivering newspapers for the Toronto Star in 1988.Today, Chohan runs a 20-tractor fleet for regional and long-haul freight, his son at his side in their Mississauga, Ont., office.“Trucking is a very hard business,” Chohan said, overlooking an asphalt lot brimming with semis. “Sometimes you’re working six days, seven days a week.”Once the domain of white, blue-collar big-riggers, trucking has shifted gears as South Asian Canadians fill a growing labour shortage and reroute the industry with tech-savvy and chai-vending truck stops.In 1996, less than two per cent of Canada’s truckers were South Asian immigrants. In 2016, they comprised 18 per cent of the country’s roughly 181,000 drivers, according to a study by Newcom Media Inc. based on Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey.More than half of all truckers in the Vancouver and Toronto areas were born in South Asia. One-third of Canada’s big-riggers are immigrants, with those from India making up by far the highest proportion at more than 40 per cent. The vast majority speak Punjabi, according to StatCan.The group’s growing heft is reflected in new organizations like the North American Punjabi Trucking Association. Launched this year and based in California, NAPTA educates members on new regulations and technology and negotiates pay rates and discounts on fuel, tires and insurance.Decent salaries are one draw to the sector, association co-founder Raman Dhillon said.The average salary for a truck driver in Canada is $48,733 a year, according to the Neuvoo job search engine, but more experienced big-riggers can pull in more than $100,000 annually, he said.A labour shortage and a low barrier to entry are another lure.The trucking industry will be short 34,000 drivers by 2024, according to a 2016 study by the Trucking Alliance of Canada. The sector also lacks the apprenticeship hurdles of the trades, though regulations vary by province.Cultural factors and on-the-job independence come into play as well, said Dhillon, who co-founded a California truck company with his brother in 1992. Now run by their cousin, it has ballooned to a 70-tractor fleet.“We are pioneers of trucking in India also,” Dhillon said of Punjabis in general, adding that some park themselves in the job after years of experience with agricultural equipment in the rural region.“In Punjabi culture, trucking and driving is a passion. I drove with passion. I still love it,” he said. “My dad did it. He started his driving career when he was 16.”In Canada, many truck drivers own their own tractors and operate as a small business under contract with a fleet.“No bosses hanging over your head. You’re just working for yourself,” Dhillon said. “I think that brings a lot of people in.”As finding and retaining drivers becomes tougher, companies are embracing a more flexible, family-friendly lifestyle that takes cultural awareness into account, said Manan Gupta, publisher of Road Today, which serves the South Asian trucking community.“They’re celebrating South Asian festivals at their locations, special religious festivals,” he said, pointing to Sikh holidays in particular. Other fleets offer language training.Monty Chrysler, head of recruitment and driver training at International Truckload Services Inc. in Belleville, Ont., said South Asian Canadian drivers and fleet owners, many of whom landed in Canada with university degrees and digital fluency, adjust to industry innovations more easily and often carve out niche contracts with large suppliers.“Trucking has been slow to come into the 21st century — we should have had e-logs years ago,” he said, referring to electronic records that track everything from location to freight loads to fuel burn. “These kids are wired right into it. That makes everything more efficient.”Punjabi-Canadians can also now be found at every way point on the big-rig map, from repair shops, car washes and insurance companies to suppliers, dispatch units and diners — “you name it,” said Gupta of Road Today.A pair of truck stops by the U.S. border near Sarnia, Ont., serve up dal, masala chai and parathas — a thick flatbread.“It’s the opportunity to interact and talk about what’s happening back home,” Gupta said.“It gives you an extra opportunity to relax, to feel good.”
Underfunding bad repairs cited for why Canadian roads are breaking down
OTTAWA — A soon-to-be completed study of pothole repairs in Canada concludes municipal and provincial governments aren’t tracking whether their repairs are working over the long term.And while they know why their roads are breaking down, most of the government agencies surveyed haven’t been spending the money needed to properly build and maintain them, says the study author.The report, being prepared for the Transportation Association of Canada, also finds some cities are doing a better job than others in dealing with the potholes that are the result of the freeze-thaw effects of winter weather combined with inadequate road construction.Engineer David Hein, who is compiling the report, says there is no magic solution to potholes, despite the claims of some repair companies that their patch products are better than others.But he says municipal and provincial governments can do a better job filling potholes by properly training their employees — and giving them a little extra time to do the work.A final report is expected to be completed by spring. The Canadian Press
Online real estate auctions try to shake up sales with novel approach
Amy Smart, The Canadian Press An online auction for a luxury home in Abbotsford, B.C., is drawing attention for its novel approach, which some observers say has potential to inspire new sales even if it doesn’t have any notable impact on the housing landscape.Bidding opens Tuesday on the 12-bedroom, 10-bath restored train power station known as the “Sumas Powerhouse,” which was previously listed for $5 million and has an assessed value of $2.2 million on B.C. Assessment.It’s one of three properties in Canada listed on global firm Concierge Auction’s website. A news release says it’s targeting Chinese buyers and will be sold in co-operation with Re/Max.Scott Pate, a project sales manager with Concierge, said luxury real estate has been a buyers market for quite some time in both the United States and Canada and auctions are a way to give sellers more certainty.“We’ll bring the market to this sale instead of the normal way of selling real estate, which is putting it on the market and waiting for an offer, which could take years and years,” he said.“The market is motivated because there’s a fear of missing out. This auction is going to end on a certain day … so it creates a lot of interest.”Real estate auctions are typical in Australia and New Zealand, but the model is less common in Canada. A real estate agent in Victoria tried the in-person auction approach in 2016 with a property in the city’s upscale Rockland neighbourhood, holding a public auction featuring a pianist playing a grand piano in the ballroom at the event.But local media reported that although 60 people filled the room, only one was an interested buyer so the auction was cancelled. In 2017, the B.C. Supreme Court accepted a $1.8-million offer for the historic mansion in foreclosure.Tom Davidoff, director of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate, said online auctions aren’t all that different from the way we buy and sell homes traditionally in Canada, especially in cases where there are multiple interested buyers and a bidding war.That could make it comfortable for Canadian buyers to transition to the model.“It certainly could be a direction the market could go. In segments where the market is slow today, people will try different approaches to move product, so it’s certainly possible,” he said.But beyond creating another way for potential buyers to bid, he said he doesn’t believe there will be an impact on the market in terms of housing prices or competition.“This will have no impact on the market overall,” Davidoff said.In Toronto, On the Block sells real estate both the traditional way and through its online auction platform but doesn’t focus on luxury sales.Co-founder Daniel Steinfeld said online auctions offer a way around some of the frustrations that come with silent bidding wars under the traditional system.As part of the company’s model, buyers must sign agreements to make the value of their bids public while their identities remain protected. Real estate board regulations otherwise prohibit real estate agents from disclosing the substance of competing bids.“Buyers, especially in the Toronto and Vancouver markets, have grown pretty frustrated with the blind bidding approach,” he said.The platform also allows the company to post more information than might be available through MLS listings, like copies of home inspections and agreements of purchase and sale, which makes it less likely for a sale to fall through.The most important factor in a successful real estate auction is the starting price, which can inspire competitive bids, Steinfeld said. So when identifying potential properties for auction, the company interviews the sellers to determine their objectives and market expectations.If the seller has unreasonable expectations about the market value of their property, it’s probably not the right fit for auction.Market conditions matter less, he said.“We have seen in both good and bad market conditions that it can work, it really just comes down to the appropriate pricing strategy,” Steinfeld said.Auction properties are typically first-time listings and the company sets a reserve price, which represents the minimum value at which the seller is obligated to sell.“Once bidding reaches that number, everyone knows for sure that property will sell,” he said.“Then everyone starts to bid quit a bit more because they know at that point that if they win, it’s theirs.”
Stepmother of Quebec girl who died in April now faces seconddegree murder
GRANBY, Que. — The stepmother of a seven-year-old Quebec girl who died under troubling circumstances now faces a charge of second-degree murder.The charge was laid today against the woman on her 36th birthday, while an additional charge of criminal negligence causing death was laid against her co-accused, the girl’s father.The woman had previously been charged with unlawful confinement and aggravated assault.The couple were arrested after police found the girl in critical condition in her family home in Granby, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. In the hours following their initial court appearance on April 30, the girl died in hospital.The father, 30, was denied bail on June 10. He was already facing three charges: unlawful confinement, failing to provide the necessities of life and child abandonment.The entrance of the courthouse in Granby, Que., was adorned with stuffed animals today in memory of the young victim, whose death has sparked several probes about the state of youth protection services in the province.The Canadian Press
Mountain Jam Music Festival To Be Live Streamed In Support of Teen
Tourpedo, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina-based software company, will be live streaming the Mountain Jam Music Festival in Hunter, New York, on June 4-7, 2015.Mountain Jam will feature some of the best artists in live music such as The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, Gov’t Mule, Michael Franti, moe., and forty other acts.Proceeds from the live stream will benefit Teen Cancer America, a charity founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who which aims to educate and support hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for teenagers undergoing cancer treatment.At Mountain Jam next week, fans will be able to live stream four days of live music. Viewers can donate what they want ($5 per day minimum) to watch the festival live with proceeds supporting the charity. Also, fans will be able to tip the artists during their performances and the high tipper during certain sets will receive a prize pack containing signed artist memorabilia. The live stream will be broadcast in HD and will be available on computers, televisions and mobile devices. Fans can tweet, post, and chat with others who are enjoying the festival as well. To watch the festival, click here.According to Matt Henderson, co-founder of Tourpedo, “We are proud to be partnering with Mountain Jam for the second year in a row to live stream this awesome festival. It’s a good feeling to know that you can provide fans with over 30 hours of live music while also raising money to support Teen Cancer America through our versatile streaming platform. The artists and Tourpedo are excited to be a part of such a great festival that supports a great cause.”
ROX And Hublot Team Up For Alan Shearer Foundation
Luxury retailer ROX has teamed up with Hublot to create a unique King Power timepiece.Limited to only two watches, one will be worn by football legend Alan Shearer, while the other will be auctioned to raise funds for the Alan Shearer Foundation, which provides specialist care to people with complex disabilities.Symbolic of Alan’s career, this limited edition timepiece features Newcastle United’s black and white colours, and the iconic number 9 emblazoned on the dial. As a nod to his title as the top goal scorer in Premier League history, the number 260 and Alan’s signature are also engraved on the back of the watch.The auction will run here until 16th of February 2017, ending with a live auction on the 18th of February 2017 at the Alan Shearer Foundation Ball.
Sir Mo Farah Signs Up For Soccer Aid 2018
Sir Mo Farah has announced he will play for England in this year’s eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for UNICEF match on ITV.Set to take centre stage at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah will play for his home nation and be on the opposing side of his good friend, and fellow Olympian, Usain Bolt. Rumours of when Mo and Usain would go “head-to-head” have been rife ever since the pair, who are close friends both took part in their final major T&F championships towards the end of last year.Sir Mo Farah, England said: “When I got the call from Robbie to play for the England side at the Soccer Aid for Unicef match, I immediately said yes! Everyone knows that I’m absolutely mad about football and to top it off, this event is for such a good cause and helping children around the world makes it something I definitely want to support. My instant ‘yes’ was even easier in the knowledge that I would finally be going head-to-head with my friend Usain Bolt. People have long suggested we should compete against each other, so on Sunday 10th June at Old Trafford, you will see us trade our spikes for boots. Usain has the speed but I have the stamina so we’ll see who comes out on top at the end of 90 mins! It’s going to be a brilliant day and hopefully we’ll get to see some Mo-bots as the goals go in for the England Team! Let’s go!”Over the coming weeks, the England V Soccer Aid World XI rivalry is set to intensify further, with some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities set to join both Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the growing line-ups. With two Olympians now confirmed to be on the pitch, this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match is going to be a game like no other.The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST.Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England V Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, and has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever.Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will add to the incredible £24 million that has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.
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Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook A couple of years ago I thought I’ve had this story in my head for 20 years and I just shot a couple of scenes and I thought if I don’t do these stories now when am I going to do them? This film is inspired by the life of Diane Arbus. It’s an extremely personal story.The CBC (akin to the BBC in Canada) has just now mandated that 30% of their shows have to be directed by women. It’s unheard of right? There’s a woman there who feels very strongly about that, producers were pushing back a bit but I think it is just great.You have to write your first film because no one is going to take a chance on you. I got lucky with my first, it went very well, we shot it quickly, it got distribution and it got nominated for 3 Genie awards which are like our academy awards in Canada. Advertisement Gail Harvey has been working as a director in Canada for 26 years; both in TV and film. She brought her latest low budget feature Looking is the Original Sin to the Raindance Film Festival ahead of its upcoming release. She took a break from promotion to share some of her insider knowledge.I started as a photojournalist in the late 70s. I started doing still photography on a movie set and I realised I loved telling a story with images. I love people; I also have a degree in psychology, so I have always been fascinated with human nature and human experience.This film I made with 100k of completion funding. The actors and crew are all co-oped and I pulled in a lot of favours from friends. I shot it in my own home and neighbourhood, watching it on the big screen in London I thought ‘wow!’ It was almost surreal. I shot it with a Canon 7D; it’s like being a photojournalist again, going out with the same size camera. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
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Ryan Reynolds is totally cool with being photoshopped over this girls ex
Reynolds’ response?“We should photoshop me over his yearbook picture next,” he tweeted a day later, adding the hashtag #DontMessWithGabi.READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A London, Ontario girl is mending a broken heart — and making good use of her prom photos — with the help of Ryan Reynolds’ image, and she caught the attention of the Hollywood hunk in the process!18-year-old Gabi Dunn of London, Ont. found herself single just days after prom. But instead of letting her glammed up photos go to waste, she simply photoshopped the Deadpool star over top of her ex.“My boyfriend and I broke up a few days after prom, so I decided to ‘edit’ the photos a little,” she tweeted Tuesday. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook
Come From Away the little show that shrunk
Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook As a piece of musical theatre, Come From Away breaks a lot of rules.By this point in the show’s extraordinary trajectory, the unlikely nature of its subject matter — the kind treatment of thousands of unexpected visitors by the residents of Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 — is well known. So is the fact that it’s based on real-life testimonies of people involved in these events.On a formal level, too, Come From Away diverges from some musical theatre conventions, starting with its length. While there are notable exceptions (one being The Drowsy Chaperone, another Canadian-made hit), musicals tend to have a two-act structure. Come From Away runs in a single, 100-minute act. And it’s also the case, as noted by director Christopher Ashley — who won a Tony Award for the show — that it has “no bad guy or central character.” Twelve actors switch back and forth between playing residents of Gander and the “plane people,” with no individual emerging as hero or villain. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Sheridan Music Theatre Performance students in the 2013 production of Come From Away at Sheridan College. Photo Credit: John Jones (CNW Group/Sheridan College)
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