The Toronto filmmaker, who made his own movie about the Armenian Genocide, weighs in on the online backlash behind The Promise
A man behind a "justice-pricing" policy based on charging higher admission to white males attending the screening of his movie says he used a false name to promote it because he was concerned about a backlash that could risk his safety. Shiraz Higgins said Wednesday he has received death threats at an email account he created with the false name Sid Mohammed and admitted he used the pseudonym in an interview with The Canadian Press a day earlier. "I've been wanting to have a layer of safety between me and angry citizens in order to keep the tension from being completely locked in on me," he said, adding he feels "silly" for using a false name.
A Winnipeg immigration lawyer says new stats that show a continuing drop in the number of asylum seekers crossing into Manitoba likely means worries about a surge in irregular border crossings into the province during Donald Trump's presidency were overblown. Police intercepted 80 people crossing the border into Manitoba between official ports of entry last month, down from 87 in July and significantly lower than the 170 people taken into custody in March, according to numbers released by the federal government Tuesday. Lawyer Bashir Khan says he predicted the high numbers the province saw in the winter and early spring wouldn't last, because he says those who made the crossings then were motivated less by Trump's talk of a travel ban and more by fear of mass deportations.
Credit scoring company Equifax Inc said on Tuesday that the personal details of around 100,000 Canadians were exposed in the massive breach it disclosed earlier this month. The company said criminals got access to files containing personal information of some Canadian consumers - including names, addresses, social insurance numbers and in some cases credit card information - via a consumer website application intended for use by U.S. consumers. Lisa Nelson, the president and general manager of Equifax Canada, apologized to those who may have been affected and acknowledged frustration about a lack of clarity, saying the company would write to them with steps they should take.
Autumn sure is coming in fast in B.C., and if you want to start drinking the "ultimate" Autumn wine, try wines from Gamay grapes. Beaujolais is the most famous wine from the grape but other light-style reds are also popular right now, according to On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip. "Beaujolais and other wines made from the Gamay grape are the ultimate autumn wines," she told host Stephen Quinn.
By Antoni Slodkowski and David Brunnstrom NAYPYITAW, Myanmar/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing, drawing cool international responses and calls for action to help minority Muslims. Suu Kyi made the remarks in her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Aug. 25 led to a military response that has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims, more than half of them children, into neighboring Bangladesh. Long feted in the West as a champion of democracy in the Buddhist-majority country during years of military rule and house arrest, Suu Kyi has faced growing criticism for saying little about abuses faced by the Rohingya.
A sneak preview of the second season of the smash CBC comedy, Kim's Convenience, goes Thursday evening at Calgary's Plaza Theatre. There will be red carpet events at the Plaza Theatre on Thursday and the opening of the Calgary International Film Festival Wednesday night. For those lucky enough to have tickets to the Kim's Convenience sneak preview, actors from the show will be on hand to answer questions after the screening.
An exotic island paradise in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the sixties is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues -- with a little help from its jet-set visitors. The tiny, palm-fringed atoll of Tetiaroa was once a favourite holiday spot for Tahitian royalty before the late American movie star fell in love with it while filming "Mutiny on the Bounty" in 1961 on islands close by. Brando married co-star Tarita Teriipaia and the couple raised a family on Tetiaroa, now home to a luxury eco-resort that bears the reclusive actor's name and regularly pampers A-list clientele such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Barack Obama.
Chinese logistics firm Best Inc priced its U.S. initial public offering at the bottom of expectations, raising $450 million after it revised terms of the deal to cope with tepid investor demand. Up to $932 million had originally been expected for the listing, underscoring how some fast-growing companies may have to temper their expected valuations to lure investors burned by recent underperforming IPOs. The offering was the biggest by a Chinese firm in the United States since rival express delivery firm ZTO Express Inc raised $1.4 billion in October.
When someone told Taylor Balfour they were sorry to hear about her friend on Tuesday, she had to wonder, "which one?"
Fashion week roars into Milan on Wednesday with hotly anticipated shows from fresh talent as well as from luxury titans including Moschino and Armani, who are battling for their share of a rebounding market. Gucci kicks off the six days of catwalk strutting with mighty momentum at its Italy-based house, which is booming under mastermind Alessandro Michele and the geek chic aesthetic he has established since taking the reins in 2015. The Spring/Summer 2018 collection starring in its Wednesday show is also Gucci's first since French parent company Kering announced a pledge earlier this month to ban ultra-thin models from their brands' advertising and runways.
One of Surrey's most notorious eyesores is finally being torn down. Over the weekend, demolition crews arrived at the Surrey Public Market — which has sat vacant at the corner of 64 Avenue and King George Boulevard for nearly two decades — and began to rip down what's left of the old building. "It's been 19 years that we've been looking at this place just decay and crumble," said Jude Hannah, who lives nearby.
Nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards have been postponed because of Tuesday's earthquake in Mexico and the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Nomination announcements had been scheduled for Wednesday. The Latin Grammy Awards ceremony is still scheduled for Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with a live telecast on Univision.
People attending the Ward 5 residents' meeting say they want to take advantage of the increased Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program and they're opting for the fast-track option.
C�rdenas (Cuba) (AFP) - The humble bicycle is gradually shedding its grim association with Cuba's economic crisis that followed the fall of the Soviet Union, and making a comeback buoyed by demand from tourists and Cubans frustrated by poor public transportation. Bicycles rattle by everywhere on the flat cobblestone streets of Cardenas, an industrial city on the north coast where a giant iron bicycle monument greets visitors. Bikes have long been the favored mode of transport here, but in Havana and other cities, the bike is coming back into vogue.
The union representing Bombardier's production workers says employees at the company's aerospace plant in Toronto will walk out Wednesday — a move meant to pressure Boeing to drop a trade complaint against Bombardier. Unifor national president Jerry Dias said in a statement that the rally is intended to give workers a voice during the ongoing dispute between the two companies.
Researchers at a remote Australian Antarctic station have received their first-ever food drop from a plane Tuesday after a successful maiden mid-air refuelling over the icy region. A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III was topped up Tuesday by a tanker aircraft 22,000 feet above the Southern Ocean, around halfway through its 10,000 kilometre (6,213 mile) round trip from an airbase near Melbourne to the isolated Davis station and back. "The airdrop included fresh food, medical supplies and mail for the 17 expeditioners who have spent the past six months wintering at the station," Australian Antarctic Division official Matt Filipowski said.
ABB will deliver 117 electric vehicle charging stations to German utility EnBW, the Swiss engineering company said on Wednesday. Power utilities such as EnBW, tech start-ups and oil majors are vying to become dominant players in the fast-growing business of charging stations. ABB, which has delivered more than 5,000 networked charging systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles worldwide, said this latest EnBW order follows a previous order from the utility for 68 of them last year.
The news comes after a local committee raised more than $100,000 in donations and sponsorships for a splash pad it expected would be operating by next summer. Jennifer Leslie, who has two children, nine and 12 years old, is one of those who helped with the fundraising. "You can't get a splash pad built by March 31, so we're in a bit of a state of limbo here," he said.
The first of several consultations at city-run long-term care homes begins today after Ontario's Health Ministry ordered the city to come up with plans to improve their operation. The blanket order — issued in July following several investigations into neglect and abuse since 2015 at three of the four homes — requires the city to come up with a plan to improve the safety and care of patients in its long-term care facilities. The city runs the Peter D. Clark Centre, Centre d'Accueil Champlain, the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Carleton Lodge.
From telegrams about hunting parties to anguished letters over the Bolshevik takeover, a trove of documents detailing the private lives of Russia's Romanov family has returned home 100 years after the 1917 revolution. The archive, containing letters, photographs and drawings, was taken to Europe by members of the royal family who fled the chaos and persecutions of the revolution. Now, as the country marks the centenary of the end of royal rule, the collection has gone on display at a museum in Tsarskoye Selo, the former summer residence of the tsars on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg.
The province's consumer advocate says people deserve more information about a long-standing legal dispute between Newfoundland Power and the City of St. John's that is costing ratepayers money. Dennis Browne says the roots of the disagreement go back to the 1940s, when the city needed electric power to run its streetcars, and a utility partner to build the plant. The city signed a 47-year lease with the company that evolved into Newfoundland Power. The lease included a termination clause, which would allow the city to reclaim the land and any infrastructure the power company had built on it.
A plan is in the works to offer struggling musicians their own building downtown, complete with affordable rental units, rehearsal and recording space, CBC Toronto has learned. Daniels Corp., which is helping redevelop Regent Park, has set aside a lot for the project on Dundas Street East just east of Sumach. The building would be operated as a co-op by Toronto Music City, a not-for-profit group that's working to enhance Toronto's image as a musician-friendly city.
A Singaporean baggage handler has been charged with "mischief" for allegedly swapping tags on hundreds of suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at the wrong destination. Tay Boon Keh, 63, could be jailed if found guilty of having swapped the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the world's busiest hubs and often voted the world's best airport. Tay, who appeared in court Tuesday, is facing 286 counts of mischief.
Looking frail in a wheelchair and breathing with the aid of an oxygen tank, photographer Alan Lee grasps the camera that he used to take pictures of his fellow patients at a Singapore hospice. Lee said he wanted to send a message that there is no reason to give up on life even in your dying days. Lee used to work for magazines in the city-state and in his younger days covered major news events in Southeast Asia.