Interview with Montréals Minority Media – creators of the first Canadiandeveloped VR

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook As you walk into Minority Media’s office in the trendy Mile-End neighbourhood of Montréal, you can’t help but feel you’ve landed in a special place, mixing cultures, both corporate and human. The close to 40-employee shop is one of the city’s first indie game studios of its size and a Virtual Reality pioneer, thanks to Time Machine VR, a leader among fully native VR games.“Virtual Reality allows for visceral experiences and to impart presence”, says Patrick Harris, Minority Media’s lead game designer. Minority Media gave him his first taste of VR and he was blown away by the full sensory experience of being “somewhere” rather than just watching.Time Machine VR aims to leverage that into an adventure interacting with dinosaurs in a way not possible before. Set in the future, it turns its player into “a time-travelling cadet tasked with exploring the Jurassic era and the ancient creatures that once ruled its prehistoric oceans.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Vander Caballero, originally from Colombia, co-founded Minority Media in 2012 with CTO Julien Barnoin. Caballero was at Electronic Arts Montréal for 8 years where he worked on their big sellers, including Army of Two, FIFA and Need for Speed. But he wanted to get away from typical first-person shooter offerings and create more meaningful experiences. That pushed him to develop Papo & Yo a game rooted in his family background.Backed by the Canada Media Fund, Papo & Yo was the studio’s first project, an example of “empathy” gaming that won awards when released in August 2012. Papo & Yo is about Caballero’s father. When interviewed by Kotaku, he described his father as “a good man but also an evil one. Like many, he used alcohol and drugs to cope with a challenging life, and I was caught in the middle of it.” Empathy games tend to have staying power, so Papo & Yo continues to gain new fans.Time Machine VR sales are double what was expected in a market that is still small for now. As Sony prepares to launch PlayStation VR, Minority Media is putting a lot of work into adapting the game for that platform. In order to reach a new player base important for the game’s continued success and profit, Time Machine VR will be launched on it later this year.A quarter of Minority Media employees are female, including Time Machine’s lead artist and VR game producer. For his part, Julien Barnoin telecommutes daily from Northern Québec via a Beam tele-robot and drops by in person once a month.Frédéric Guarino’s interview with Julien Barnoin, via his Beam presence.—–We spoke with Vander Caballero (VC) and Julien Barnoin (JB) to learn more about Minority Media’s start and hear their views on Virtual Reality’s future.Q: How did you two get together to start Minority Media?VC: Julien and I worked together in AAA game development for a long time. And we saw that it was almost impossible to innovate in that environment. Any idea, any project, had to be vetted by the marketing department to assess its potential for future revenues. Innovation is unpredictable by nature, and in that environment, 97% of innovative ideas get shelved and are never heard of again. It’s understandable, because the real value of these companies is based on their stock price. So, having a product that doesn’t hit sales forecasts can hurt the stock price and millions of dollars can vanish overnight.Seeing this, we realized that we had no other choice but to start our own company in order to bring our ideas to the market. And that’s exactly what we did. I sat down with Julien and showed him a little prototype of a game I had in mind. I asked him: “Can you help me make a game about my alcoholic father?” And Julien said: “That’s totally nuts. I’m in!”JB: We met at EA, where we both sometimes got into trouble for not following the plan when we saw a chance to do something cool. That kind of spontaneity is frowned upon in corporate settings, as it throws off previous planning. But I really enjoyed working this way with Vander and I wanted to have a place where we could explore our crazy ideas to our heart’s content. So, Minority became our way to make that happen. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – From Jungle to LA and back again 1111 brings home

first_imgTORONTO – Trying to identify a defining moment in someone’s career is a difficult thing to do when there is no dramatic, life-altering event to mark the occasion. Mostly, we only realize what happened years later, in hindsight, after they achieve success, in the case of those who make it. Those of us who were lucky enough to witness it, walk away from an ordinary moment feeling like something extraordinary had happened. That’s exactly how I felt after watching singer-songwriter and producer 11:11 perform in Toronto the other night.11 was headlining the 10th anniversary celebration of The Come Up Show at Adelaide Hall. His fans, a room full of hip hop culture diehards, were eager to welcome him back after a year away from the stage. He released ‘Home’, one of the songs from his upcoming album Mood, two weeks earlier in mid-November and the audience already knew the lyrics. They were singing them along with him.11 opened up the floodgates on digital media starting with the release of ‘Home’ to his 200,000 followers on Vevo, then crossed platforms over to iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. The song marks a transition from his traditional R&B style to a more pop-influenced sound. Despite the change, he manages to keep his signature soul vocals, one that flows effortlessly to create a unique, contemporary vibe. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement The release of ‘Home’ signals a change for 11 after a decade in the music industry. It could very well be the kind of break that so many artists look for as a launching point in their careers. In the black box of a venue, in the moment, I can’t help but feel like this will be the moment that started it all for him. And although I hear him apologizing for the strain in his voice, the hoarseness doesn’t seem to matter at all. The audience looks beyond it, like I do, like he has already proven himself to the people who matter most to him.During his days in Lawrence Heights as a producer, “making beats for rappers around the neighbourhood,” known as Jungle, he tells me, “we used to break into abandoned houses to set up computers, create music and record songs.” From his modest studio at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre, “after realizing my love for the craft,” as he puts it, “I ventured into singing hooks and began writing, and the rest is history,” said 11.When I asked him how he felt about the show on Thursday night, he talked about the great turnout and how much he loved to perform his music in front of a live audience.The new release will undoubtedly turn heads in the industry and has already resonated with fans, judging from the response to the new single during the live performance at The Come Up Show. “I remember releasing a record and only getting 200 plays maximum and waking up one day and seeing my music get 100,000 plays; that’s when I realized things changed,” confided 11.His adventures in music eventually led him to Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, yet, he still keeps in touch with some of the rappers from his old neighbourhood, like Top5 Psycho, Jigsaw, and Ice.He shared one of his most memorable moments, the first time he flew out to LA to meet with his managers, which he said was one of the most important moments in his career and in his life. “Meeting them and being around the music and people changed everything,” he said. It “has inspired me to want to create more music, and better music for myself and for my fans. It has been one of the most motivating experiences thus far.”The singer-songwriter also recorded his self-titled EP, 11:11, in LA in 2015 with songs like ‘Westside‘ and ‘Wild Ting‘ that contributed to his quintessential soul-trap sound. ‘Wild Ting’ has a Jamaican style rockers reggae vibe flowing. The release of the album was around the time his fans started to take notice. Like me, they wonder out loud how much longer 11:11 will remain a secret.He released another single before ‘Home’, called ‘Good Love’, and was featured on the Eric Bellinger album Eric B for President on a song called ‘One of Dem’.He’s worked hard for the past year, putting focus on the upcoming album and took a hiatus from performing live. “This is the first full length album so I’m putting everything I have into this record. I’m itching to get back on the stage, so will be back there soon enough!” he wrote to me in a note.Written by Dennis Smith and Tyler Craig, and produced by Mantra, ‘Home’ is about expressing love, derived from a feeling of longing for familiarity and human interaction. The tittle, said 11, “refers to my experience while in LA for three months without my girlfriend. It is a tribute to the desire to come back home and spend time with the woman I love.”The album, Mood, is set for release in the first quarter of 2018. 11 said, “it reflects the way I feel in my life at certain times, channeling the vast ups and downs in the rollercoaster we call life. More than anything, I want the album to be relatable, to strike up memories or channel what people are currently experiencing emotionally. It is a journey of the heart – and most of all, I’m hoping it will resonate.”He added, “I want to create timeless music. I have this desire to create music that draws a certain mood, and leaves a lasting impression in the air space it occupies. It resonates. There’s nothing better than ‘Mood’ music.”Find multiple ways to listen to ‘Home’ on: http://www.coremagazines.com/music/mood11:11 – ‘Home’ (Lyric video) on YouTube:https://youtu.be/5YvaraC1-FUby Cherryl Bird – Toronto, Ontario, CanadaTwitter @ladycbird | Instagram @cherrylbirdConnect with us.Like and follow Core Magazines on social media:YouTube.com/CoreMagazinesFacebook.com/CoreMagazinesGoogle.com/+CoreMagazinesCoreMagazines.Tumblr.comSoundcloud.com/coremagazineswww.coremagazines.com: Core Magazines – local culture from around the world.by Cherryl Bird Singer-songwriter 11:11 – photo: Kevin Kaige (CNW Group/Core Magazines) Twitterlast_img read more

Paul Haggis Strongly Denies Trio Of New Sexual Misconduct Allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, Paul Haggis today postulated that the new charges were a tactic to force a mutimillion dollar settlement or the result of his long estrangement from Scientology.Three women have come forward to accuse Haggis of sexual misconduct after Haleigh Breest filed a civil suit last month accusing the Oscar-winning filmmaker of rape, the Associated Press reports. All three of the women approached Breest’s Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP attorneys with their claims.Christine Lepera, attorney for the 64-year-old screenwriter of Million Dollar Babyand Crash director has denied allegations of non-consensual sex. In fact, the lawyer denies the anonymous claims “in whole” for her client and floats larger moves at play. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “No one has reached out to anyone on Mr. Haggis’ team other than the press to report this,” Lepera said in a statement to Deadline. “He views the fact that these reports appear to be spearheaded from the law-firm representing Ms. Breest, as a further tactic to try to harm him and continue their effort to obtain money. Mr. Haggis also questions whether Scientology has any role here, which he notes has been attacking him for years with false accusations.” Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

FAMILY CHANNEL CBBC AND BEACHWOOD CANYON IN PRODUCTION ON NEW LIVEACTION TWEEN

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, July 31, 2019 – DHX Television’s Family Channel, CBBC and Beachwood Canyon Productions (BCP) are pleased to announce that production is underway on the new tween live-action gymnastics series Springboard(formerly Up In the Air). Created by Frank van Keeken (The Next Step, Lost & Found Music Studios), the half-hour drama series is scheduled to debut on Family Channel (Canada) and CBBC (U.K.) in 2020. The 15-episode order is currently being filmed in Toronto, Ontario.“We’re delighted to announce that production on Springboard is underway,” said Joe Tedesco, Executive Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television. “Family Channel has seen tremendous success working with Frank van Keeken in the past on such shows as Wingin’ It, Lost & Found Music Studios, and of course, The Next Step. We are excited to collaborate with his team at Beachwood Canyon Productions, and with CBBC to bring this new aspirational and heartfelt intergenerational series to our audience.”  “We are thrilled to be teaming up with DHX Television and CBBC to create this inspiring gymnastic drama,” says Frank van Keeken, Creator and Executive Producer. “Our cast includes amazingly talented gymnasts and we are excited to introduce them to our young audiences and their families around the world.”Springboard follows Jenny Cortez, a talented young gymnast, who moves to a new city when her family gets the opportunity to run their own gymnastics club. With new friends and an intimidating new school, Jenny looks to persevere and become the gymnastics legend she was born to be.Springboard stars Morgan Wigle as Jenny Cortez; Tom Hulshof as Jenny’s brother, Joon Cortez; Helena Marie as Jenny’s mother, Whitney Cortez; and Shawn Alex Thompson as Jenny’s Grandfather, Gus McIlroy. The series also stars Francesca van Keeken (The Next Step), Jordan Clark (The Next Step), and newcomers Ajanae Stephenson, Natasha Zaborski, Holly Belbeck, Abby Stretch, Keira Still, Luca Assad, Osias Reid, Leonidas Castrounis, Parker Lauzon and Hailey Vynychenko.Springboard is produced by Beachwood Canyon Productions in association with DHX Television’s Family Channel and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken with his Beachwood Canyon Productions team. Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek, JANN) and Ben Murray (JANN, Working the Engels) also serve as executive producers. International distribution will be handled by DHX Media.About Family ChannelFamily Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing opportunities for the whole family to gather and watch together, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family Channel subscribers have access to the Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.About DHX Television DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming and hosts captivating live events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, America Ninja Warrior Jr. and Chip and Potato.About CBBCCBBC is the guardian of memorable stories and magical characters for UK children aged 6-12. Our enriching public service helps them make sense of the world and is a trusted beacon of excellence. We make it our mission to ensure our broad and unique genre offer; our stealth learning and storytelling expertise; our sense of fun and our inspiring role models reach as many UK kids as possible. Alongside an unparalleled number of participation opportunities for passionate fans CBBC is the home of high-quality digital products and interactive experiences.About Beachwood Canyon ProductionsBeachwood Canyon Productions (BCP) is a television production company focused on the creation of children’s television content. With over 350 half-hours of television created and executive produced by BCP, it is one of the top global creators of award-winning tween television. Shows created by BCP have won several children’s BAFTAs, CSAs and Shaw Rocket Prizes.With an attention to creating aspirational television that educates and inspires, BCP has carved out a niche as “Must See TV” for kids the world over. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook “The CBBC audience are already huge fans of Frank van Keeken’s work and love the expert blend of emotion and aspiration in his characters,” said Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content for BBC Children’s. “Springboard, with young gymnast Jenny’s engaging and enabling journey, looks set to attract an equally besotted army of fans.”last_img read more

112yearold tugboat spilling diesel fuel in BC

first_imgAPTN National NewsA 112-year-old tugboat that sank near the Squamish channel in B.C. is now spilling close 1,500 liters of diesel fuel.There are concerns, that this could affect valuable herring populations and their spawning grounds.APTN’s Tina House has more on this story.last_img

Globalization of fur market helping Indigenous trappers

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe fur industry has long been a staple of the northern economy.And as globalization continues new markets are opening up like never before.APTN’s Wayne Rivers met with a trapper in the Northwest Territories who is ready to take full advantage of the opportunity for new costumers.last_img

Thousands of youth converge on Edmonton for final TRC event

first_imgAPTN National News2500 young people from across Alberta are in Edmonton to bear witness to the final Truth and Reconciliation event. During his opening address, TRC Commissioner Murray Sinclair told the young people assembled that it is their job to continue the work of reconciliation after the commission closes it’s doors a year from now.APTN’s Chris Stewart now with more.last_img

Buffalo Point man brings democracy campaign to US embassy

first_imgAPTN National NewsA member of a Manitoba First Nation is bringing his concerns to the U.S. embassy in Ottawa.Ernie Cobiness is fasting outside the embassy to raise awareness about the ongoing election controversy in Buffalo Point.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

NDP leadership candidates debate Manitobas battered relationship with Indigenous people

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe headlines coming out of Manitoba have been ugly lately.Winnipeg has been dubbed the most racist city and the province has been declared the worst place in the country to live if you’re Indigenous.Those issues were front and centre Thursday night at an NDP leadership debate.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

Investigation launched into alleged harassment of Inuk soldier

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been an intense few weeks for Cpl. Esther Wolki.Wolki is the Inuk soldier APTN first reported faced years of abuse in the armed forces.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports an investigation has been launched into her allegations.last_img

Young athlete inspired by his Volleyball family to compete in Summer Games

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games continue on the Ochapowace First Nation,APTN caught up with one family of volleyball players – with big plans and prospects for the future.Larissa Burnouf has more.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

Alberta communities trying to put a halt to clearcutting on hunting ground

first_imgAPTN National NewsResidents of two communities in Alberta say they’re concerned about clearcutting on their traditional hunting ground.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.last_img

Member of Lax Kwalaams First Nation in northern BC says people will

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsConservative Member of Parliament Kevin Waugh said more than 30 First Nations in northern British Columbia and Alberta will suffer by a proposed Liberal tanker ban.Waugh made the comments during a debate in the House of Commons Friday over Bill C-48, a law that would enact a moratorium on oil tankers along B.C.’s northern coast.“This ban would seriously hurt many, and I say many First Nations groups, which have stood to gain from a pipeline in the area,” Waugh said in the House.Waugh was referring specifically to a pipeline project proposal called Eagle Spirit.It would refine tar sands in Alberta and send the product along a newly built pipeline from Bruderheim, Alberta to Grassy Point on the north coast of B.C., south of the city of Prince Rupert.John Helin, a member of Lax Kw’alaams First Nation in northern B.C., and brother of Eagle Spirit’s CEO is Calvin Helin, was in Ottawa yesterday to stress his opposition to the proposed legislation.“(The tanker ban) is imposing on us more hardship without any consultation,” he said during a press conference, also attended by Conservative MPs Shannon Stubbs and Cathy McLeod.Helin also supported the now-canceled Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. It would have created a large LNG export plant on Lelu Island, again near Prince Rupert.Bill C-48 is currently going through third reading and the Conservative MPs stressed the loss of jobs and poor economic development if it is passed.“And let’s not kid ourselves, this isn’t a tanker ban. This is to stop development in the resource sector and shipping products to the west coast, nothing more,” said Conservative MP Randy Hoback.Meanwhile, the NDP announced their support of C-48 during the debate.But NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson wondered how the Liberal government could ban tanker traffic in the north while supporting the expansion of it in the south through Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“So we ask the government if you’re willing to put in strong measures on the north coast, why not for the south coast?” she asked.The Liberals reiterated that the Kinder Morgan project was in the national interest and it will be built.Parliamentary Secretary to the Government Leader of the House of Commons Kevin Lamoureux expressed disappointment in the NDP’s approach in terms of the national interest.“And how they’re prepared to forego that based in terms of what they perceive is just one position of the environment has to be taken into consideration,” he said.“The true national interest would be for the Liberal government to have kept it’s election promises to redo the Kinder Morgan review,” Malcolmson replied. “But most importantly to truly reconcile with Indigenous people. If you’re going to sign off on UNDRIP, then you cannot ram a pipeline through. And it’s in the national interest to protect the environment and that’s what we’re doing.”tlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirandelast_img read more

City of Vancouver one step closer to allowing liquor sales in grocery

first_imgVANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is moving to allow the sale of liquor in grocery stores.Councillors voted Tuesday to approve zoning bylaw amendments that will permit grocery stores to sell liquor.The city says in a news release that qualified grocery outlets will be allowed to sell liquor in a store-within-a-store model, requiring a separate area and cashier for liquor sales.Approval of the bylaw amendments is the next step to implementing Vancouver’s liquor policy recommendations, which were passed by council almost a year ago.Specific policies will be presented to council next month and the city says, if approved, grocery stores wishing to sell liquor could apply for a permit by May 14.Kaye Krishna, Vancouver’s general manager of development, buildings and licensing, says the proposed changes follow extensive consultations about upgrades to the city’s liquor policies.“These amendments not only balance the public’s request, but also bring our liquor bylaws in line with provincial regulations,” says Krishna.last_img read more

Toronto stock market closes higher while US stocks were mixed Loonie falls

first_imgTORONTO – The energy and industrial sectors helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Monday, while U.S. stocks were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 67.74 points at 15,552.06 to outperfrom U.S. markets as oil prices remained elevated, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Were seeing a bit of a continuation this week from last week’s gains in equities domestically, so we saw the Canadian market outperform US equities last week, really on the strength of oil prices.”He said Canadian equities were also boosted by comments from Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz who suggested he was not overly concerned with inflation running above the two per cent target, said Fehr.“I’d say today, it’s a little bit of a different message, which is that we’re seeing domestic equities get a bit of a lift based on some of the commentary from the Bank of Canada, which suggests they’re not going to be overly aggressive in tightening rates near-term, and so we’re seeing that boost sectors like financials today.”Poloz’s comments had a negative effect on the Canadian dollar, however, which averaged 77.92 cents US, down 0.65 of a US cent, as a near-term rate hike looked less certain.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 14.25 points at 24,448.69 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 17.52 points at 7,128.60. The S&P 500 index ended up 0.15 of a point at 2,670.29.The June crude contract ended up 24 cents at US$68.64 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.74 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed down US$14.30 at US$1,324.00 an ounce and the May copper contract ended down three cents at US$3.11 a pound.last_img read more

Harper scores fina10 as Drexel stuns Charlotte 7978

first_imgCHARLESTON, S.C. — Troy Harper scored 10 of his 17 points in the last three minutes as Drexel rallied from seven points down to clip Charleston 79-78 when Harper scored three straight free throws with one second remaining on Thursday night.Harper was 5 of 13 from the floor but made 7 of 8 free throws. Trevor John led the Dragons (8-10, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association) with 22 points and five 3-pointers, Alihan Demir added 20.Charleston (13-4, 2-2) led for all but 3:05 of the game and was ahead 77-70 after Brevin Galloway and Zep Jasper Jasper scored back-to-back, but Harper took over in the final 2:56, with three layups and five free throws. Drexel was down 78-77 when Harper was fouled on a 3-point attempt. After he made two to tie, Campbell called a 30-second timeout, but Harper was unfazed and sank the winning free throw.Grant Riller led Charleston with 18 points.Charleston was previously unbeaten in six home games this season. The Cougars were stunned on Saturday, losing at James Madison, 69-58. That loss snapped a 10-game winning streak.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP say thefts break and enters have increased this month

first_imgOn September 7th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to a local residence for unwanted persons refusing to leave. The unwanted persons left prior to police arrival, however, one returned a short time later, driving a vehicle to the scene. The driver was found to be intoxicated while driving and was issued a 90 day roadside driving prohibition. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days.On September 8th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding and expired trailer insurance.  Two rifles were observed in the vehicle and the driver produced an expired firearms license.  Charges for unauthorized possession of a firearm have been forwarded to Provincial Crown for approval.On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were advised of a theft of Crossbow from a parked vehicle on Beryl Prairie Road.  The vehicle had the door lock punched out to gain access while the owner was out hunting.  File 2018-314 refers.On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle travelling at 158 Km/Hr on Hwy 29.  The driver was subsequently found to be impaired by alcohol and was issued a 90 day roadside driving prohibition and the work truck was impounded for 30 days.  The driver was also issued violation tickets for excessive speeding and driving contrary to restrictions. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Constable Bill McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP published this month’s policing report, saying that the detachment has seen an increase in break and enters as well as thefts.During the past four weeks, Cst. McKenna said that police responded to 57 calls for service and issued 34 motor vehicle act warnings and violation tickets, which is less than half the number of tickets issued in August.In addition, he said that two impaired drivers were located and issued immediate roadside driving prohibitions during last month. On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a theft of off road light bars that were unbolted and taken from a parked truck at Dunlevy boat launch. File 2018-317 refers.Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.center_img Cst. McKenna did say that the Hudson’s Hope area has had an increase in break and enters and theft reports in recent weeks.“Several files are under investigation and the public are asked to be vigilant, to secure their belongings, and to report any suspicious people or vehicles to local police,” he said. “Remote residential and business properties, unattended vehicles, and storage facilities have been the most targeted. Property owners are encouraged to safeguard their properties and to check them regularly.”The policing highlights from the past four weeks in Hudson’s Hope are as follows:On August 25th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP conducted a joint check stop with BC Conservation office at Farrell Creek road. Several warnings for minor infractions were issue to drivers.  One driver was issued a three month driving suspension under the Motor Vehicle Act.On August 27th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to Trespassers fishing near the Peace Canyon Dam spill way.  The three were escorted out of the area and warned for Trespassing.  The public are not permitted to access the river between the bridge and dam.  Trespassers could be issued a $115.00 violation ticket for Trespassing and/or be charged criminally for mischief, for interfering in normal operation of the dam.  Please keep in mind that the restriction is for public safety as the spill way may be opened for emergency purposes with little notice to persons on the bank.On September 5th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a stolen John Deer 50D Excavator and Hoe from a property near Reschke Road. Anyone with information can call the local detachment and quote file 2018-299last_img read more

City of Fort St John holds inaugural council meeting

first_imgGrimsrud and Zabinsky during the Councillors’ oath of offcie. Photos by Scott BrooksFollowing the oath of office, Mayor Lori Ackerman made an emotional speech saying that she looks forward to working with the new council.“I want to congratulate those who were elected to represent the city of Fort St. John. I look forward to working with you over the next four years and I appreciate your dedication to council”, said Ackerman.Outgoing councillors Larry Evans and Bruce Christensen were presented with gifts in honour of their service to council.Former Councillors Christensen and Evans surrounded by council as they were presented with parting gifts on behalf of the city. Photo by Scott BrooksThe next city council meeting is on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John held the first inaugural council meeting of the new term at City Hall on Monday night.The Honourable Brian Daley, Provincial Court Judge, was on hand to conduct the Mayor and Councillors’ Oath of Office.Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky were the new councillors among the six to be sworn in at the meeting.last_img read more

PM Modi advised us to choose content with message of inclusive India

first_imgMumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) PM Narendra Modi told young members of the film industry that they should choose content propagating the idea of “inclusive India and unity” when he met them earlier this year, says actor Ranveer Singh. Ranveer had met the Prime Minister, along with Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana and others, in January this year. “I met the Prime Minister recently, we had a very pleasant meeting. We apprised him what we as young members of the film fraternity are doing. “He had something to say to us, which was, that if possible, we should choose content that has in it a message of inclusive India and unity,” Ranveer told reporters. The actor was speaking at the announcement of 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards on Monday. Ranveer said his upcoming “83”, which chronicles India’s first cricket world cup victory, is a film which will make the country proud. “I was very happy to report to him that my next film ’83’ is one such film where it’s truly team India. You have gentlemen from all across the country coming together to make the nation proud. It’s also an extraordinary underdog story that I’m very happy and proud to be a part of.” The actor said his purpose in life is to entertain people and he will do his best towards that goal. “I believe my calling in life is to be an entertainer. So the best thing I can do is to fulfil what I believe is my purpose in life, that is to do my best to entertain people. When it comes to being a responsible citizen, I think I am,” Ranveer said.last_img read more

Rahul Got income guarantee idea from PMs 15L promise

first_imgYamunanagar (Har): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his idea for a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest of poor came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Rs 15 lakh promise’ made ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Gandhi said the Congress’ poll promise for the ambitious ‘Nyay’ (Nyuntam Aay Yojna) under which Rs 72,000 will be deposited each year in the bank accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest is ‘historic’ and claimed that the prime minister looks ‘shaken’ ever since the announcement was made on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Accusing Modi of helping certain industrialists, Gandhi said he protects the rich while refraining from helping out the debt-ridden farmers, adding this ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief . On the contrary, Gandhi said his party bats for the poor, the weaker sections and the farmers. The 2019 polls are a fight between two ideologies. On one hand are the BJP, the RSS and Narendra Modi and on the other is the Congress,” he said. Gandhi was on a day’s visit to Haryana to be part of Congress state unit’s ongoing six-day lone Parivartan Yatra , which began from Gurugram earlier this week. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGandhi said unlike the BJP his party keeps its promise and referred to ‘Nyay’ the Congress plans to introduce if it forms the government. “He (Modi) promised putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account. Did anyone get anything? he said at a public meeting in Yamunanagar district’s Jagadhri town. “Truth is when our Government is formed we will put Rs 72,000 a year into the accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest. Modi spoke lies about putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account, However, I felt that the idea about putting money into bank accounts of the poor was a right one if implemented with sincerity. I caught hold of this idea. I spoke to Congress party’s thinktank and told them about Modi’s Rs 15 lakh promise and said he did not fulfil it, instead what he did was to do injustice to farmers, hit small shopkeepers with demonetisation, and brought Gabbar Singh Tax (GST), Gandhi said, adding he told the party’s thinktank to come out with a scheme to benefit poor and they worked out the modalities in six months. Gandhi was referring to Modi’s 2014 election speech when as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate he promised to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks within 100 days of coming to power. Modi had also said that if all the black money was brought back to the country, it would be enough to deposit Rs 15 lakh in every poor person’s bank account. “It(Nyay) is historic, so much historic that you must have seen Narendra Modi’s face on TV during the past 2-3 days, he looked shaken . Gandhi also accused Modi and BJP of spreading hatred and anger and putting real issues on the backburner. “In the last five years, Modi ji has waived Rs 3.50 lakh crore of 15 industrialists.last_img read more