Profits from Gaming Distributed Across the Province

In 2018-19, an additional $8 million helped fund sport, culture, arts and heritage programs through the sale of designated lottery products. The money was evenly distributed between Support4Sport, which is managed by Sport Nova Scotia, and Support4Culture, which is managed by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Theatre, in Windsor, was a Support4Culture recipient. The theatre entertains audiences not only in the province, but around the world, including the recent production of the popular children’s book, Good Night Moon, in China. “The Support4Culture program has really made it possible for Mermaid to grow our programs and create employment,” said Danny Everson, executive director of Mermaid Theatre. “We help university students in the performing arts explore and test their newly acquired skills. “We encourage young people to read and discover a new way to learn and we bring back revenue and knowledge from our travels. Mermaid really is a theatre for all voices, whether we’re telling the stories of our Indigenous heritage or performing in different languages for audiences around the world.” Last year, Good Night Moon was offered in Mandarin and seen by more than 15,000 people in 13 Chinese cities.To learn more, go to https://gamingns.ca/AR/ . $145.2 million payment to province $21.3 million in wages and benefits for 502 full- and part-time jobs $38.1 million in commissions for 1,294 small business owners $6.6 million for the prevention, education and treatment of problem gambling Profits from the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, which are used to help fund public services, like health care, education sport and culture, increased this year. In 2018-19, the payment to the province was $145.2 million, an increase of 2.2 per cent from $142.1 million in 2017-18. “The proceeds from gaming are used to pay for important services like roads, health care and education, so sustainability is important and so is social responsibility,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the corporation. “At Nova Scotia Gaming, we’re committed to both and we take pride in doing good work in gaming because we’re Nova Scotians, too.” Overview of Nova Scotia’s gaming industry for 2018-19: read more

WANT TO BECOME A FILMMAKER LET THESE FOUR TIFF DIRECTORS SHOW YOU

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival descended upon the city last week, and for its opening weekend, DGC Ontario and CBC Arts staged a full day of panel talks featuring industry professionals who work behind the scenes to bring some of TIFF’s hottest tickets to the silver screen. The series of insightful discussions were hosted by Amanda Parris and Johanna Schneller of The Filmmakers.The panel of feature filmmakers, made up of Semi Chellas (American Woman), Joey Klein (Castle in the Ground), Amy Jo Johnson (Tammy’s Always Dying) and Albert Shin (Clifton Hill) led to an insightful discussion about overcoming creative setbacks, how each filmmaker has carved out their own unique path in the industry and dispelled myths about the singular filmmaking genius. From left: Joey Klein, Amy Jo Johnson, Albert Shin and Semi Chellas with Johanna Schneller. (Nicole De Khors) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook read more

Wish Kid Meets Seth MacFarlane

It was more than chance for Chance Yon, who spent a magical afternoon with Seth MacFarlane, touring the studios of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Orville.Seth MacFarlane and Chance YonCredit/Copyright: Tam Lai/Kids Wish NetworkHe received his comically colorful wish through Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses. Chance suffers from cerebral palsy, ROHHAD, neurological issues and visual impairment.Kids Wish Network flew Chance and his family to Los Angeles to experience his favorite sitcom Family Guy. When Chance arrived at The Orville’s studio, he was greeted by balloons, welcome signs and show creator Seth MacFarlane. Everything was personalized, from his favorite color to his favorite meal that he enjoyed as MacFarlane drew and signed sketches of Chance’s most adored characters. He also performed voices, and made calls to fellow actors Seth Green (Chris Griffin) and Mila Kunis (Meg Griffin) to chat with their honorary Family member. “I cried when he first met Mr. MacFarlane,” said Chance’s mom. “I was overwhelmed with the way he spoke with him, like they were old friends.” Chance showed his appreciation giving MacFarlane a painting that he made for him, and a custom Family Guy shirt from Kids Wish Network, matching the one he was wearing.At the Family Guy&American Dad! studio, Chance spent time with writers, animators and his favorite Family Guy director John Holmquist. “Everyone was amazing with Chance and treated him like he was a part of their family,” said his mom. “They thanked me for sharing Chance with them.” He got to preview a future episode, digitally color a scene, and animators transformed him into his own character to create extraordinary mementos. MacFarlane gave him a framed and signed picture of Chance watching TV with Family Guy’s family, and gifted a custom video of Family Guy, produced with audio that Chance and his mom voiced in the recording studio. He also received lots of memorabilia from Family Guy, American Dad! and The Orville. He took home so many souvenirs and memories, with one taking him to new heights. After learning that Chance’s flight to California was his first and not very comfortable, MacFarlane surprised Chance by chauffeuring him home on his private jet. His mom said, “As we were packing, Tambra (Kids Wish Network coordinator) knocked on our door and gave us unbelievable news that Mr. MacFarlane wanted to fly us home! There were so many moments that I had to choke back tears.” Chance jokingly said he’s no longer flying commercial.During the wish, they enjoyed stylish accommodations at the iconic Andaz West Hollywood.Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai said, “Mr. MacFarlane, I’m grateful for your abounding kindness. Chance’s sweetness was so endearing to us, and we’re so happy that he touched your heart as well.”Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides for trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and refer a child now. read more