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'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..

Kachin refugee in Canada buoyed by Pope's message

Despite being unable to use the word Rohingya while he was in Myanmar, the Pope’s message on religious diversity and respect for minorities got through loud and clear, a Catholic refugee from Myanmar told The Catholic Register. “His message is very clear about love and peace — support each other and pray for each other,” said Pri Ja N-Jang, a Catholic from Myanmar’s Kachin State who now lives in Toronto. “He was praying for all the ethnic people in the conflicts, including the Muslim people in Rakhine State.”Like the Rohingya people, the Kachin face persecution from the Myanmar government. Pri came to Canada 15 years ago before a 17-year-old peace agreement between the Kachin Independence Organization and Myanmar’s army, known as the Tatmadaw, fell apart in 2011. Since then at least 100,000 ethnic Kachin, mainly from Kachin State in northern Myanmar, have become refugees inside their own country. Estimates of the number of people living in camps for those displaced by civil war in Ka..

Globe editorial: In 2018, the fight for net neutrality must continue

Late last summer, Dana Barancik of Las Vegas, Nevada, and her father Frank filed comments in support of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's desire to do away with net neutrality. Their submissions would have been entirely above suspicion had the former not died in 2014, and the latter in 2015, or if their letters had not contained the same boilerplate language as thousands of other apparently bogus filings. The consultation process leading to the FCC's Dec. 14 vote to kill rules that ensure all internet traffic is treated equally, regardless of content or provenance, was seriously problematic, even fraudulent. And the decision itself was even worse. Story continues below advertisement Critics in Congress plan to vote in early 2018 on at least two proposals to overrule the FCC decision, and either partly or wholly restore net neutrality. Canadians should hope they succeed. In Canada, net neutrality is the long-standing policy of our equivalent of the FCC, the Canadian..

MADDEAUX: #MeToo movement failing in Canada

BY SABRINA MADDEAUX Harvey Weinstein. Matt Lauer. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Russell Simmons. Louis C.K. Brett Ratner. Roy Moore. The list of alleged sexual predators and harassers outed and toppled by the #MeToo movement continues to grow by the day. The purge has been a long time coming. Never before have we seen so many powerful men, across multiple industries, forced to come to terms with allegations of abuse and the privilege that afforded them protection– until now. While Canadians have widely been supportive of the #MeToo movement, cheering on women and men south of the border, sharing stories online, petitioning for justice and boycotting the work of outed predators, we’ve yet to see #MeToo rock the core of any Canadian industries. Where is our Harvey Weinstein? Who’s the northern Louis C.K. in sheep’s clothing? There’s no question these men exist in the very upper echelons of the Canadian business, entertainment, sport and media industries. A recent survey by Insights West..

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..

Canada can learn a lot from California as it prepares for marijuana legalization

On New Year's Eve, some Californians raised flaming joints in lieu of the traditional champagne toast – a fitting gesture given that Jan. 1 marked the launch of the world's largest legal commercial market for cannabis. Canada can learn a lot from California's experiences as we prepare for cannabis legalization on July 1, even though the respective jurisdictions have as many similarities as differences in the way they are approaching the end of pot prohibition. Cannabis remains illegal under U.S. federal law, so states have to tap-dance a bit around that reality. (Recreational marijuana is already legal in five other states, and medical marijuana in 30 states.) In Canada, cannabis will be legal from coast to coast. Story continues below advertisement In California, a person over 21 can buy up to one ounce of cannabis at a time, and grow up to six plants for personal use. Depending on the province, the legal age will be 18 or 19 in Canada, and a similar amount, 25-30 grams..

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..

Pot's Not Legal in Canada Yet – So Why Are Dispensaries Selling it?

Walk down Queen Street West, one of Toronto's cooler shopping districts, and you'll find something new amid the designer boutiques and H&Ms: stores selling marijuana. The quality of these places varies widely, from unfinished rooms where weed is sold from folding tables, to chic storefronts with the sleek modernity of an Apple store. Whether they advertise themselves as medicinal or recreational, these shops all have one thing in common: as of now, they're completely illegal. RelatedCanada's Legal Weed: What You Need to Know Justin Trudeau introduced a bill that would make marijuana legal – but what will that look like, and what will it mean for the U.S.? On a recent afternoon, a polite young woman who answered the phone at one Toronto dispensary told Rolling Stone that no prescription was needed to come in and purchase marijuana. When asked if this was legal, she gave a long, regretful "No," before explaining that shops like hers were "peacefully breaking the law..

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 ..

Star Trek Icon William Shatner Appointed to Order of Canada

The original Star Trek captain is being given one of the highest honors his homeland of Canada has to offer. Canadian Governor General Julie Payette appointed William Shatner to the Order of Canada. Shatner is the iconic actor who played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek. Here's the official explanation for Shatner receiving the honor: "For his iconic contributions to popular culture spanning theater, television and film, and for his philanthropic support of causes related to health care, the environment and the well-being of children." Shatner's contributions to popular culture obviously include his role in Star Trek. He's also appeared in other television series, including TJ Hooker,3rd Rock from the Sun, Boston Legal, $h*! My Dad Says, Weird or What?, Shatner's Raw Nerve, Rescue 911, and Better Late Than Never. His charitable work includes donations to Habitat for Humanity. He has played for charity in World Poker Tour's Hollywood Home Games. He has also he..

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