We set out to build a new media company for Canada. Here's what we...

Well, I missed a deadline. This article was scheduled to be published on Jan. 8. Clearly, that didn’t happen. The plan back in October was that I’d pen something about the roaring success of our equity crowdfunding campaign, describing how Canadians stepped up to help us take our successful model of community-based investigative journalism national. But in the past week, every time I sat down to write my first newsletter of 2018, I hit a block. How do you write about audacious goals nearly achieved? How do you report on a campaign that was almost — but not — as successful as we ambitiously dreamed? Still, our story is a remarkable success. Discourse was the first media outlet in Canada to ask its community to invest in its future by buying shares through a relatively new legal framework that enables small investments in private companies from people who aren’t accredited investors. And we did it. Close to 300 investors said yes, contributing a whopping $350,000. The most exciting part..

'Window Horses': Turning Poetry and Inclusion into an Animated Adventure

“The Breadwinner” isn’t the only female-driven animated feature directed by a woman inspired by peace and inclusion. In “Window Horses,” the darkest of dark horses in the Oscar race, Asian-Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming propels her Stick Girl avatar into the culturally rich world of Iran via a poetry festival. The fish-out-of-water novice not only attains more wisdom, but also reconnects with her Persian heritage. It’s a curious blend of hand-drawn styles that achieves a striking multi-cultural bridge to imagination and empathy. “A lot of my life experiences are in there except for the obvious bare bones of the family’s story, which is a compilation of a lot of people,” said Fleming (“The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam”), who financed through Indiegogo and co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. Actress Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) not only voiced protagonist Rosie Ming, but also executive produced. [embedded content] Getting Personal Like the director, Rosie is also of..

American pastor in Canada doesn't miss culture wars, church growth pressures

Justin Joplin heard something few, if any, ministers hear when interviewing for senior pastor positions in U.S. churches. “The chair of the search committee made it really clear to me: ‘We want to grow in our faith … whether that means more butts in the seats or not, doesn’t matter,’” Joplin said. “There is something liberating about that.” And the liberating — and often astonishing — differences didn’t end there for Joplin, lead pastor at Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga, Ontario. Yes, as in Canada. Joplin, 39, and his family arrived in that country in 2014 after he served congregations through youth ministry and pastor positions with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregations in his native North Carolina and in Richmond, Va. The move wasn’t about politics as much as it was about a quest to experience a Baptist identity free from anxiety over a decline from majority cultural status. In the U.S., Joplin said, “I would drive to work past seven Baptist churches, all of which we..

Canadian doctors slam Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed coffee enema

Gwyneth Paltrow's natural lifestyle website Goop, which has been widely criticized for promoting potentially dangerous products based on pseudoscience, is now recommending a do-it-yourself coffee enema to "supercharge your detox." The $135 US Implant-O-Rama is the latest offering being touted on Goop's website featuring health, fitness and beauty products, which the actress has said she plans to make available to Canadians. The idea of using coffee as a colonic to detox the bowel and the body has been around for a long time, but it's been widely debunked and there's no scientific evidence to support it, said Tim Caulfield, a health law expert at the University of Alberta and a vocal critic of the culture of celebrity-based health advice. Gwyneth Paltrow's natural lifestyle website Goop has been widely criticized for promoting potentially dangerous products or services based on pseudoscience, including vaginal steaming. (Thibault Camus/Canadian Press/Associated ..

Hottest tickets in Canada: Five things to do across the country

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Vancouver's annual PuSh does not come to shove, but it is not against nudging audiences toward groundbreaking performing arts. Festival highlights include a music-dance spectacle from the adventurous Frédérick Gravel (Some Hope for the Bastards), a display of family-friendly puppetry about dementia (It's Dark Outside), a monumental work from the Taiwanese choreographer Lin Lee-Chen (The Eternal Tides) and a screening of 2014's Oscar-winning Birdman accompanied by a live score from jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez. Jan. 16 to Feb. 4, in Vancouver. Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Story continues below advertisement From Trina Davies, a new play uniquely tells the love story of Mabel Gardiner Hubbard (who was deaf) and her eventual husband, the telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Written from Mabel's perspective and featuring actors who can hear and some who cannot, the Peter Hinton-directed drama imagines what the..

5 things that make Canada a very different place to work than the US

Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images The United States and Canada are next-door neighbors, but there are some major differences in how the two nations conduct business. Across the board, Canada seems to ditch many of the customs Americans hate about their work culture. For example, laws dictate how many hours employees work and how much vacation time they get every year. Read on for five things that Canadian workers do differently than their American counterparts. View As: One PageSlidesCanadians work less than Americansnet_efekt/FlickrA 2014 Gallup report estimated that the average full-time American worker works 47 hours per week, reaffirming the global stereotype that Americans are addicted to their jobs. That habit hasn't quite crept across the border yet. In Canada, most full-time workers work between 36 and 40 hours a week, the Canadian government reported. They get more breaks during the day, tooShutterstockAmerican office workers have a reputation for being chained to their desks, ..

Racism in Canada: Racist rant against Vancouver woman; Sen. Lynn Beyak ousted for residential...

On the same day that a Canadian senator was being removed from the federal Conservative caucus for defending residential schools, a Vancouver woman posted a video to social media that captures a racist rant directed at her. On Facebook, Anika Vassell uploaded a video on January 5 that she said she shot while she was sitting in her car at Ontario Street and West Broadway on January 4. In the video, a white woman with an accent tells Vassell that she sees that she is black, arrogant, and that she should go back to her home country. "So you are not like the rest of us," the woman tells her, and that "maybe we'll hold the majority". She adds that if there are people like Vassell are "free" then they are "in big danger". In an interview with CTV News, Vassell said that she didn't know the woman. In her Facebook post, she stated that she is from Vancouver and is of Jamaican and South African ancestry. However, the woman did not state which country she is from. Vassell told CTV News..

16 more gurdwaras in Canada, 96 in US ban entry of Indian officials

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar | Published: January 9, 2018 10:30 am An announcement in this regard was made on Sunday at New York’s Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society. (File)Days after 14 gurdwaras in Canada’s Ontario province banned the entry of Indian government representatives, more gurdwara management committees in Canada and the US followed suit and barred Indian officials, RSS and Shiv Sena members from entering gurudwaras under their control. An announcement in this regard was made on Sunday at New York’s Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society right after a religious congregation organised to observe death anniversary of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, who were given death penalty killing former PM Indira Gandhi. Sikh Coordinator East Cost and American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee representative, Himmat Singh, said, “Total 116 gurdwara management committees had participated in teleconference on Saturday night and 96 of these gurdwaras had..

Canada can't settle for bronze in business, says WIND Mobile founder

Monday January 08, 2018more stories from this episodeRead Story Transcript When Anthony Lacavera founded WIND Mobile, he says he had one main goal in mind: to push down wireless prices for Canadians by bringing more competition to the market. 'I grossly underestimated how strong Bell, Telus and Rogers' grip on the political process and the market really is in this country.'- Anthony Lacavera He sold the company in 2015 for $1.6 billion, but considers that sale something of a failure — he'd been hoping to shake up Canada's telecommunications market at a much deeper level.and he says that his experience taught him that if Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs don't step up their innovation game across all sectors, we won't keep up with an ever changing world marketplace. "I grossly underestimated how strong Bell, Telus and Rogers' grip on the political process and the market really is in this country," Lacavera, co-author of How We Can Win — And Wh..

Environment minister says she's not responsible for 'eat less meat' tweet

Alberta's environment minister said she's not responsible for a controversial tweet advising people to eat less meat. Shannon Phillips tweeted Friday that the message, which was posted on her Twitter account on Tuesday, came from a staff person during a period when Phillips was away from her Twitter account. Phillips said the tweet was regrettable and that she has been assured it won't happen again. The tweet in question suggested anyone who needs a New Year's resolution should consider taking the Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge, which is an organization based in Phillips' constituency. The tweet said the challenge advises people to "reuse shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat." Need a resolution? @EnviroLeth Green Challenge: use reusable shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat. The Challenge runs Jan 15-Feb 15. Reg..

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