In today’s Big Story podcast, Canada’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup is today. And, as usual, the best player on the pitch will be Christine Sinclair. At age 36, she’s still the undisputed leader of her team, one of the very best women in the world at what she does and, right now, just a handful of goals away from becoming international soccer’s all-time leading goal scorer—for either gender.So why isn’t she automatically included on the Mount Rushmore of Canadian sports legends? How has she managed to spend nearly 20 years adapting to whatever style the game or her opponent throws at her? When she does open up, what is she like? And will she finally lead Team Canada to the top of the mountain eight years after dragging it out of the valley?GUEST: Stephen Brunt, SportsnetAudio Playerhttps://rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06102019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving for a major international summit in Japan this morning, hoping to make progress, or at least find allies, in a multi-front dispute with China.The G20 leaders’ summit in Osaka comes at a critical moment for Trudeau, months ahead of the October election and as Canada continues to push for the release of two Canadians in China’s custody — Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.China detained the two, a former diplomat and an entrepreneur, days after Canada arrested Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant in December.Tuesday, China sought to suspend imports of Canadian meat on the grounds that its authorities don’t trust Canadian assurances about the quality of its exports, and has previously obstructed shipments of Canadian canola, peas and soybeans.Canadian ministers and officials have had little luck getting to speak to their opposite numbers in China about any of it.In order to get a message across, Trudeau will lean on the power and influence of the mercurial Donald Trump to raise the issue of two detained Canadians during a one-on-one meeting with China’s president Xi Jinping.Earlier this month in Normandy, France, Trudeau said he was looking forward to attending the G20 and that the “opportunity to engage with the Chinese president directly is certainly something that we are looking at.”A Canadian government official now says it is “unlikely” to request such a meeting in Osaka, where key themes include the global economy, trade, investment and innovation.The G20 includes countries with large economies from all over the world, with much more divergent interests than the smaller G7. Its members include Russia, China, Turkey, Indonesia, Brazil and South Korea.Ahead of the meeting, Trump pledged his support for Canada’s detainees in China during a meeting with Trudeau last Thursday in the Oval Office, where the two leaders sat together in bright yellow armchairs and the president vowed to bring up the issue with China’s Xi.“Are you trying to get a meeting?” Trump asked of Trudeau in response to a reporter’s question, to which the prime minister replied: “We’ve got a lot of things to discuss. ““Anything I can do to help Canada, I will be doing,” Trump said.Trudeau needs that assistance.David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said it should not come as a surprise that China is not interested in a meeting between its president and the prime minister.Trump will be Canada’s best shot to address the issue of the detentions, said Mulroney.“That would be the strongest card that could be played in our interests,” he said.“It would be an American card played to say … ‘If you want a normal relationship with us, you’ll leave our allies alone.’”Mulroney said he would also use the G20 to talk to other leaders who face similar challenges with China and are susceptible to its bullying.“If we can build this sense of shared purpose in pushing back against China, in not allowing ourselves to be isolated like this, that’s a big step forward,” he said.“It is in America’s interest and it is in the interest of a lot of other countries to see China pull back from hostage diplomacy and bullying … The only way to counter that is through collective action and that is a long, hard slog.”Trudeau is expected to meet with European partners to discuss a range of issues on Friday.Christopher Sands, the director of the Center for Canadian Studies at John Hopkins University, said Canada doesn’t play offence very much but agrees it would be advisable for Canada to talk to other leaders about the detained Canadians.Beyond asking for Trump’s support, countries like Japan, South Korea and perhaps India might be willing to do the same, Sands said, adding that would only strengthen the U.S. president’s commitment to the cause.An official confirmed Trudeau is expected to sit down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the summit — a conversation where the detentions are likely to be raised.To date, a list of countries including Australia, France, German, Spain, the U.S. and the U.K. have spoken in support of the detained Canadians. Rohinton Medhora, the president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, said he will be watching to see who else Xi meets in one-on-one sessions — called “bilaterals,” or just “bilats,” in diplomatic circles.“Beyond the Trump bilat, how many other bilats does he grant?” Medhora said. “If it turns out that he has very few others, then I wouldn’t read that much into it. On the other hand, if he has half a dozen and Canada isn’t one of them, then I would read something into that.”The G20 is an opportunity to show whether Canada is a player or not and its place in the world, Medhora added.“I would say the pressure (is on), especially going into an election when you have to demonstrate that Canada is better and different than four years ago,” he said.Conservative foreign-affairs critic Erin O’Toole echoed that point, saying it is critical Canada not let the opportunity afforded by the G20 pass, especially given the upcoming election campaign.“As of September, the writ will drop,” he said. “This is really the last major time to really shake up and try to stop the spiral of the China relationship.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to ban all military-style assault rifles as part of a broader gun-control plan that will also take steps towards restricting and banning handguns.“People are dying. Families are grieving. Communities are suffering,” he said. “So we’re going to do more and we’re going to do better. Thoughts and prayers are just not going to cut it.”In Toronto, Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau making a gun control announcement #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 20, 2019Trudeau made the pledge in Toronto as he worked to get his campaign back on track after apologizing for wearing blackface years ago. The Liberals have also pledged to work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns.He made the announcement in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood, where a gunman killed two people and wounded 13 others last year in a shooting rampage.The party says it will protect the rights of law-abiding hunters and vows not to re-establish the controversial long-gun registry that was scrapped by the previous Conservative government.Trudeau says the Liberals will ban military assault rifles and allow municipalities to implement hand gun bans #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/YFsewnoZw6— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) September 20, 2019But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said that Trudeau’s party is focused on the wrong things.“Our plan goes after the real criminals. We’re going after illegal firearms, we’re standing up for honest Canadians.”The Liberal proposal also includes pledges to create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and a two-year amnesty while the program is being set up.
HAY RIVER, N.W.T. — The boat that was being used by four missing fisherman on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories has been found submerged.RCMP says searchers have found no trace of the overdue men.Police, military aircraft and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel are continuing the search.The men failed to return as planned after leaving Hay River early Sunday morning to check nets at Sulphur Point on the south shore of the lake.Poor weather on Monday prevented some vessels from joining the search. RCMP have been urging volunteer searchers not to put themselves at risk. (The Canadian Press) The Canadian Press
The American Red Cross presented Sean Penn its International Humanitarian Service Award at a ceremony on October 24, 2012.The award recognizes an individual or group whose work exemplifies or inspires the humanitarian values of human dignity, respect, compassion and the protection and assistance implied in the Fundamental Principles of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.Penn was chosen because of his tireless work in Haiti since the catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010. Shortly after learning of the quake, Penn established the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), with the goal to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better future. Earlier this year, Penn was named Ambassador at Large for Haiti by President Michel Martelly. Penn is the first non-Haitian to take on this role.J/P HRO has become a leader in Haiti across multiple sectors seeking to improve living conditions in camps and surrounding neighborhoods by clearing rubble, and providing medical services, education and enrichment programs, housing construction and neighborhood redevelopment. J/P HRO is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively.“Many people – both famous and not famous – generously gave their time and support for the people of Haiti in the days following the earthquake. What sets Ambassador Penn apart is his sustained dedication over the past two and a half years to improving the conditions for Haitians affected by the devastating earthquake,” said David Meltzer, Senior Vice President, International Services, American Red Cross. “He continues to raise funds and attention for Haiti, has spent months in camps and communities working directly with beneficiaries, and consistently advocates on behalf of Haitians with the highest levels of government, civil society and media to improve people’s lives.”Penn and the American Red Cross worked together in the early days following the outbreak of cholera to offload and deliver medical supplies and equipment. He personally intervened with the Government of Haiti on behalf of the American Red Cross, and he has publicly spoken in support of American Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.Penn, a two time Academy Award winning actor, a film writer, producer and director, is committed to the multiple social causes and has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts. He most recently was presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.The Red Cross also presented two other awards that evening. The Harriman Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service was presented to Deborah MacSwain and Elaine M. Lyerly, for their dedication and commitment to the mission of American Red Cross. The Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award was presented to the American Red Cross, Southern Minnesota Region for their nurse leadership pilot program.Source:Red Cross
The Emmy-winning daytime series, The Doctors, welcomes Hollywood actress, mother, and wife of actor John Travolta, Kelly Preston, in an exclusive first interview on the tragic circumstances surrounding her teenage son’s passing in 2009.Kelly Preston on The DoctorsFor the first time on camera, Preston opens-up about Jett Travolta’s medical conditions and what she and her husband feel are the factors that lead to their son’s disabilities.The interview airs on November 21.In response to media reports immediately following her son’s passing, Preston cautions, “do not believe a lot of the things you read.” Preston went on to say, “[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures, and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki syndrome.”The actress visited The Doctors to advocate the health benefits of eating organically and diminishing the widespread use of pesticides and chemicals in consumer products and commercial foods, which Preston believes are contributors to the rising rates of disease and autism in children. Preston also takes The Doctors’ cameras behind-the-scenes at Alternative Laboratories for a rare look at how organic products are made. Her goal is to empower parents with information to live an organic lifestyle and to remind everyone that choosing organic food is not about getting more nutrients; it’s about getting less chemicals.In the exclusive interview, Preston said she believed the autism and seizures that contributed to the accident which ultimately took Jett’s life, were caused by a collection of factors that included Kawasaki Syndrome, complications from her “fast and hard” labor, and the use of antibiotics while breast feeding. The antibiotics, Preston says, “gave [Jet] thrush,” an infection of Candida yeast, which some studies have linked with the symptoms of autism.The Doctors weigh-in on the controversial topic of autism and also speak with Preston about her recent pregnancy, dropping the baby weight, and how her family’s life has changed with the addition of Benjamin, now 2-years-old. The Doctors also shares never-before-seen home video of Kelly Preston and husband John Travolta with Benjamin.
Actress and lung cancer advocate Valerie Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti, actor Elliott Gould, and leaders in entertainment, politics, business and medicine will come together at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s (LCFA) “Lung Cancer – Bring on the Change!” event on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 5 PM – 7 PM.The evening is hosted by producer Marta Kauffman and composer Michael Skloff in their Hancock Park home. Ms. Harper, who is currently fighting lung cancer that has occurred in the lining of her brain, is the special guest speaker. The evening is designed to bring attention to and raise funding for lung cancer, the USA’s number one cancer killer for both men and women.“It means so much to Tony and me to be able to support LCFA in its efforts to raise awareness and research funding for lung cancer. I’m still here, living, laughing, loving, dancing because of lung cancer research — but the only way I can be here in six months or six years is through new treatment options, or hopefully a cure,” said Ms. Harper.Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow and the president and co-founder of LCFA added, “Thanks to Marta and Michael, Val and Tony, and all the other co-hosts and supporters, we’ve had an overwhelming response to this event. I believe that changing the course of this devastating disease is absolutely possible. Millions of people have been deeply affected by lung cancer but because of an overall 5-year survival rate of only 16%, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for the disease. That’s why this evening is so very important, and inspirational.”Guests will learn that lung cancer is the USA’s leading cancer killer, killing almost twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. The poor survival rate for lung cancer is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. It is estimated that over 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses are in non-smokers – a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and 15% of people who have never smoked. Guests will be introduced to lung cancer advocates like Val, lung cancer researchers and the work of LCFA — an organization that exists to advocate for research funding.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswire
International Medical Corps Global Ambassador Sienna Miller is in Lebanon to raise awareness about the ongoing Syria crisis – now well into its fourth year – and the enormous impact the war is having on both Syrian refugees and the communities in Lebanon that are assisting them.The estimated 1.1 million Syrians in Lebanon now comprise more than one-fourth of the country’s total population, putting a huge strain on Lebanon’s scarce resources. Lebanon hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country.“These Syrian families have lost loved ones, their homes and livelihoods, and witnessed unspeakable horrors,” Miller said. “Throughout the crisis the true First Responders in Lebanon have been the host communities. It is the people of Lebanon who generously provided space, shared food and access to water, opened their health centers and their schools.”“The most vulnerable include pregnant women, and children under the age of five who have not received vaccinations for years during the war. There is also a severe risk of disease outbreaks in the settlements, where access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation is extremely challenging. Groups like International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission are achieving incredible things but it is important that the world does not forget about Syria’s refugees or their hosts in Lebanon.”Earlier this year, Miller joined European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva to launch the First Responders Campaign, a collaboration between International Medical Corps and the European Commission to celebrate humanitarian first responders in places like Lebanon who are saving lives every day.“International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission support local communities around the world in being their own best First Responders. I am doing all I can to stand behind these heroic individuals and raise awareness of the lifesaving work they are doing every day.”
Last week, Forbes awarded its Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy to United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner in recognition of his unprecedented philanthropy and his dedication to building a better world.On behalf of the UN Foundation, President and CEO Kathy Calvin congratulated Turner and highlighted the legacy of his work:“We congratulate Ted on receiving the prestigious Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. His historic $1 billion dollar gift to support United Nations causes sparked a new wave in global philanthropy, and blazed the trail for many other organizations and people who were inspired by his gift to join in support of the United Nations.Ted’s gift has inspired tens of thousands of individuals, organizations, and companies to support the UN’s work on girls’ and women’s empowerment, energy and climate, and global health. To date, hundreds of partners and nearly 300,000 donors have supported Ted’s bold vision — doubling his investment and boosting its impact for years to come.”As the world rallies with the UN to begin implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Turner serves as a reminder that we each have a role and responsibility to rise to the challenges of our time and build a better world.
Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF today released a new video to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.Video: Sachin Tendulkar on why early moments matter I UNICEFThe video will be played at the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy 2017 Final at The Oval, London on Sunday 18 June, when more than 80 countries celebrate Father’s Day.The video features cricketer and father-of-two Sachin Tendulkar who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. It is part of UNICEF’s Super Dads initiative, which invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between 6 and 18 June.“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.The ‘Super Dads’ initiative forms part of UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children’s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults.All photo and video submissions to the Super Dads initiative will feature on the #EarlyMomentsMatter gallery. UNICEF will select the most heart-warming, humorous, and imaginative photo and video submissions post them on the organization’s own digital platforms.
Advertisement Advertisement “We’re thrilled that WYNONNA EARP is now part of the Space lineup,” said Jordy Randall, Executive Producer, SEVEN24 Films. “Canadians across the country are now going to be able to see why this show has struck such a chord with audiences around the world.”Developed for television by showrunner Emily Andras (KILLJOYS) and based on the IDW Publishing comic book series of the same name by Beau Smith, WYNONNA EARP is a fast-paced, gun-slinging thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s great-granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings. After years away, Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR) has traveled back to her home town of Purgatory to reluctantly take on the role destined for Wyatt Earp’s heir: end the family curse that has resurrected the villains her legendary ancestor dispatched – now known as Revenants. Using her unique abilities, a magical gun, and a dysfunctional posse of allies, Wynonna must try to stop the Revenants from taking over the town – and escaping into the world.After a successful run on U.S. network Syfy last year, WYNONNA EARP earned critical acclaim including being named E! News TV Scoop Best New Show 2016, and Collider.com’s Best New Sci-fi series. In addition, the series was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, winning for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction, and has also been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.Starring Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter, WYNONNA EARP also features Tim Rozon (BEING HUMAN) as Doc Holliday, Shamier Anderson (Race) as Agent Xavier Dolls, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Waverly Earp.In the debut episode, “Purgatory” (Saturday, April. 15 at 10 p.m. ET), on the night of her 27th birthday, Wynonna Earp – descendent of the great gunslinger Wyatt Earp – reluctantly returns to her hometown to take on her family’s legendary curse.WYNONNA EARP was developed for television by Emily Andras who also serves as executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Executive producers are Jordy Randall (HEARTLAND), Tom Cox (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK), David Ozer, Ted Adams, Rick Jacobs and Todd Berger. Brian Dennis (THE BEST LAID PLANS) is producer. The writing team spearheaded by Andras includes Alexandra Zarowny, Brendon Yorke, James Hurst, Shelley Scarrow, and Caitlin Fryers. Directors are Paolo Barzman, Peter Stebbings, Ron Murphy, and Brett Sullivan.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter@SpaceChannelSpace on FacebookAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and Ilana Banks’ new detective drama. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its tenth season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre, and the popular after show AFTER THE BLACK. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK and KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series DOCTOR WHO, THE EXPANSE, DARK MATTER, and AFTERMATH. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. TORONTO, March 29, 2017 – Space announced today that it has become the Canadian production partner of Calgary producer SEVEN24 Films for their original Canadian series WYNONNA EARP, distributed by IDW Entertainment. Season 1 of the 13-episode, one-hour, supernatural western, which Variety named as one of the Top 20 series of 2016, airs exclusively in Canada on Space beginning with a two-episode premiere event on Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the Season 10 premiere of DOCTOR WHO. Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP, recently nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, is currently in production in Calgary, and premieres exclusively on Space this summer.“WYNONNA EARP is an action-packed, supernatural thriller that introduces us to the badlands of the Wild West with a contemporary twist,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. “This modern western is an exceptional addition to the existing slate of exclusive genre series on Space, and we’re delighted to schedule it immediately following ratings juggernaut DOCTOR WHO.”“WYNONNA EARP and the SEVEN24 Films production team are a perfect addition to the Canadian programming slate at Space which already boasts the best genre lineup on any network, including ORPHAN BLACK, KILLJOYS, and DARK MATTER,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “This buzzy drama delivers a compelling and fresh new style of programming to our Space audience.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:
Halifax musician Asif Illyas (right) hosts the online talk show “Live On The Flight Deck” in a home-built flight simulator. Here he is shown interviewing musician Joel Plaskett (left). THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Asif Illyas MANDATORY CREDIT Illyas said he had long wanted to host a music show, and he had finally found the perfect setting. This week, Illyas is in Barbados to film an episode on a real tarmac. On another episode, Halifax musician Dave Carroll relives the United Airlines flight that inspired the trio of protest songs “United Breaks Guitars” about how his guitar was damaged by reckless baggage handlers. Illyas, the 45-year-old former frontman of Halifax alt-rock group MIR, said the concept for the web series came to him while he was watching Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” in which the legendary comic drives around with his famously funny friends to talk shop over caffeinated beverages. Illyas said some of the most interesting tidbits from the interviews are unrelated to music, like learning that Newfoundland singer-songwriter Amelia Curran is named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. He said his passion for aviation stayed with him through adulthood, and he became eventually interested in recreating the rush of flying through digital simulations on his laptop. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In each episode, Illyas and his co-pilot travel the world in a digitized plane. The flight path is usually of some significance to the guest, he said, such as Plaskett’s voyage over the suburb of Mesa, Ariz., where he recorded his acclaimed 2005 album “La De Da.” “Sometimes, the best conversations happen when you’re travelling,” he said. “For me, it was just a no-brainer. This is where we’re going to get to know these people really well.” “It was just like this light bulb moment,” said Illyas. “I think I could finally find a way to bring these worlds together, because these are the two things that I love — music and flying.” HALIFAX — Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett croons about Arizona over what appears to be an aerial view of the desert landscape near the Grand Canyon — but in reality, he is sitting in a cramped corner of Asif Illyas’s Halifax home. But with two kids, Illyas said his days on the road are over for the most part, which is why he is excited to have found a way to take to the skies without leaving his own home. Twitter Advertisement Growing up in England, Illyas said he used to sit on the roof of his family’s car and watch the planes take off from Heathrow Airport while he waited for his father to get off work as a pilot. Often, he said, musicians who seem fearless on stage are revealed to be nervous fliers. Halifax’s Ria Mae has a strong distaste for takeoffs, he said, and Alan Doyle of Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea gets claustrophobic in close quarters. “It’s also such an atypical thing for people to try and fly a plane,” said Illyas. “We go on airliners all the time, but when you’re actually in the front, it’s just so weird that a lot of fun happens.” A longtime musician who now works primarily as a film score composer, Illyas said he had been saving up money to record another album, but instead spent roughly $20,000 to convert his home office into an cockpit-like shell outfitted with instrument panels, switch plates and thrust levers. Plaskett was the inaugural guest on Illyas’s new online talk show “Live On The Flight Deck,” where he chats with fellow East Coast musicians as they soar through computer-generated skies in his home-built flight simulator. When the plane reaches cruising altitude, the captains pull out their instruments and jam out amid the virtual clouds. The web series premiered last week after about a year in production, and Illyas said upcoming shows feature some of the biggest names in East Coast music. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “I needed to be able to travel because it’s so much a part of being a musician,” he said. “I needed to have a way to get places, even if it was with pixels.”Adina Bresge | The Canadian Press
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Netflix’s Lost in Space is expected to start filming season 2 in Vancouver on September 4th. And wrap early next year.More Danger, Will Robinson. — The Robot. Login/Register With: Advertisement Filming Dates: September 4th to January 30th, 2019.The remake of the classic 1960s series films in metro Vancouver — with Toby Stephens as Dr. John Robinson, Molly Parker as his wife Dr. Maureen Robinson,Mina Sundwall as their daughter Penny Robinson, Taylor Russell as their daughter Judy Robinson, Maxwell Jenkins as their son Will Robinson and Ignacio Serricchio as smuggler Don West. And in a gender twist, Parker Posey is Dr. Smith. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter