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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..

Syrian refugees say thanks to Canada with New Year's blood drive

Dozens of Syrian refugees in Calgary rang in the New Year by donating their blood. Yo Rasso, who arrived in Canada about 18 months ago, said he decided to roll up his sleeves “to say thank you Canada for help(ing) me and my children.” Blood drive organizer Sam Nammoura, from the Syrian Refugee Support Group, said that giving blood is considered a big honour in Syrian culture. “If people are really committed they say, ‘I will do this with my blood,’” he said. “This is (an) opportunity for them to show their appreciation and gratitude to the country.” Jhoanna Delrosario of Canadian Blood Services said she suggested New Year’s Day for the blood drive because the New Year’s holiday and January in general are a slow time for donations. “We are very grateful for the Syrian community and the newcomers,” Delrosario added. “What a way to celebrate the New Year and give back to the community.” Syrian newcomers welcoming the new year by donating blood for Canada! Posted by Saima ..

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..

Vice admits 'boy's club' culture fostered sexual harassment

Digital media company Vice has admitted to a "boy's club" culture that failed to protect women staff from harassment. Co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi said in a statement that the company had taken action over "multiple instances of unacceptable behavior". The statement came in response to an in-depth New York Times investigation. Vice began life as a free magazine with a reputation for edgy coverage of youth culture, but has since been backed by major corporations including Fox. But Mr Smith and Mr Alvi acknowledged in their statement that the company's roots had contributed to unprofessional conduct that persisted though its rapid growth. They said: "Cultural elements from our past, dysfunction and mismanagement were allowed to flourish unchecked. That includes a detrimental "boy's club" culture that fostered inappropriate behavior that permeated throughout the company." More than two dozen women told the New York Times they had "experienced or witnessed sexual..

Indigenous filmmaking set to rise in Canada in 2018 and beyond

TORONTO — Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin never thought she would see this in her lifetime. Fifty years after starting her distinguished career amid major funding roadblocks, the Quebec-raised 85-year-old is elated to see Indigenous filmmaking finally at an “exciting” place heading into 2018, with new initiatives including an Indigenous Screen Office in Canada. “Any Indigenous person who wants to make a film … if ever there was a possible time — this is it,” the acclaimed Abenaki documentary maker says from Montreal, where she’s editing her 51st feature-length project. “I feel that we’re really going someplace where we’ve never gone before. I know that Canadians are really listening now and want to know the truth.” After decades of misrepresentation and under-representation of Indigenous culture in Canada’s screen industry, the community is experiencing a boost. One of the biggest game-changers is the Indigenous Screen Office, a collaboration between the Aboriginal Peoples Televi..

Indigenous tourism helping keep stories alive as international interest grows

The lodge is now perched on a hilltop high above the Bow River with sweeping views of the river valley, and is able to capitalize on the growing international interest in Indigenous tourism. "As far as survival mode, right now it's global travellers coming into the neighbourhood. At Siksika, we're now able to share our own stories through tourism." Interest is up, especially from the U.S., Japan, China, the U.K., France, and Germany, but overall has come up against a lack of capacity, said Keith Henry, CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association Canada. "We're really seeing a huge growing interest internationally … but we don't have enough market-ready products, so we're feeling compression right now." The association's five-year plan is to create a minimum of 50 new export-ready businesses, as well as add more than 7,000 new jobs by 2021 to the 33,000 already there, which is up from around 12,000 people in the sector in 2002. The goal, with help from $13 mi..

NII Attractive Mustapha awarded film certificate by Commission on Culture and Canadian Commission

[unable to retrieve full-text content] NII Attractive Mustapha awarded film certificate by Commission on Culture and Canadian Commission Modern Ghana (press release) (blog)Full coverage

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 ..

Minister Joly Announces New Members of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

Talented Canadians will guide the public broadcaster's efforts as it moves to digital GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of five directors to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors. All mandates are for five years. The new members are: − Harley Finkelstein (Ontario), mandate effective immediately Mr. Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer and Chief of Operations for Shopify. He is a member of C100's Board of Directors and advises Felicis Ventures, which makes him involved in two organizations that promote innovation. Mr. Finkelstein was one of the dragons on CBC's Next Gen Den. He was a recipient of the Order of Ottawa in 2016 and recently received Canada's Top 40 Under 40 award. − René Légère (New Brunswick), mandate effective immediately Since 2009, Mr. Légère has been the Executive Director of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick—one of the most signi..

Majority of Canadians support public funding for religious schools, study finds

As debate over religious schools continues in Canadian courts and legislatures, a new poll has found that 61 per cent of Canadians support full or partial public funding for faith-based schools. The Angus Reid Institute survey found that 31 per cent of respondents believe religious schools should receive the same funding as public schools, while 30 per cent believe they should receive partial funding. “For those who think that, given all the changes that have happened on the religious front, the days of support for religious schools are coming quickly to an end, I don’t think that’s true,” said Angus Reid, the institute’s founder and chairman. “I think there’s a bit of a line in the sand here.” The survey of 1,972 Canadian adults, conducted online from Oct. 16-23, is part of a yearlong project with Faith in Canada 150 to study Canadians’ attitudes toward religion. It found that the youngest respondents, those aged 18-34, were most likely to say religious schools should receive funding...

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