Who has the rights A look at how streaming services are confusing

first_imgTORONTO — Marie Conception was three seasons into the TV series “Gossip Girl” when Netflix yanked the entire show from its lineup. Advertisement Login/Register With: How long a streaming licence lasts will vary depending on the show or movie. Many contracts are signed for around a year, especially for films, which guarantees services like Netflix have a steady rotation of content from some of Hollywood’s big studios. Netflix brands a selection of its content as “Netflix Originals” even though it doesn’t actually own all of them outright. Both “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” are owned by outside studios who licence multi-year windows to the streaming service. Those contracts between a streaming company and a TV or film distributor are nothing new — they exist for traditional broadcasters, too. But in an era where many people stream much of their entertainment, what’s available is suddenly a bigger part of the conversation. The frustration is all too familiar for many TV viewers. You’re invested in “Mad Men” or “The West Wing” when the shows suddenly disappear from streaming services overnight. Fans still complain about how “Lost” can’t be found, and “Friday Night Lights” went dark. Left hanging in the middle of the teen drama’s juicy plot twists, the Burnaby, B.C. resident says she questioned why she signed up for Netflix in the first place. For instance, viewers have urged Netflix Canada to stock up on past seasons of “Game of Thrones,” but the blockbuster TV show is owned by HBO, its biggest competitor. Bell Media owns the licences the HBO content in Canada, but hasn’t made them available on any standalone streaming service. Advertisement The confusion over where to watch their favourite TV shows isn’t likely to subside for Canadians any time soon. Next year, CBS Corp. plans to enter the market with CBS All Access, potentially holding onto certain licences for TV shows it has a stake in, including “The Big Bang Theory.” When Disney rolls out its streaming platform in the coming years, there’s a good chance it’ll eventually keep its most valuable new content for itself, rather than license it to Netflix Canada. Those negotiations are still open, and Netflix could make Disney an offer too attractive to refuse. TV series can have an even longer licence that stretches for several years and covers a number of seasons. Sometimes, those rights switch to another service; other times they expire and disappear into the digital ether, especially in Canada where many popular shows aren’t available to stream. But streaming companies might have some explaining to do when the licenses for some of their “original series” end in the coming years. Advertisement Confused yet? Things get even more complicated when you turn to Netflix Canada, who bought licences for TV series like “Riverdale,” which appear on the platform shortly after they air on U.S. television. Twittercenter_img The reason TV shows or films are removed from streaming platforms can vary, though it almost always comes down to content licensing “windows,” the set periods of time a company gets the rights for a program. “You commit to purchasing Netflix or CraveTV because they have certain shows,” she says. “It’s a little upsetting when they pull stuff out for whatever reason.” Josh Scherba, executive vice-president of distribution and content at DHX Media, says the Toronto-based kids TV maker watched the value of its shows climb over the past five years as more streaming companies bulked up their virtual shelves. With more companies entering the market, the bidding increases. Once those terms end, the shows are free to be sold elsewhere, which means they will almost certainly land on broadcast TV or other streaming platforms. It’s already happened with Amazon Original series “Transparent,” which began airing on cable channel Showcase earlier this summer. “At the end of the day, if we do our jobs well enough, we’re renewing content that has a consumer appetite and reinvesting in new content,” he says. Mike Cosentino, senior vice-president of content at CraveTV, often hears the message loud and clear when he makes the call on what to stock on Bell Media’s platform. Those licences aren’t cheap, and the battle for content is getting more expensive. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But it isn’t always up to CraveTV, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video which entertainment they can license. “We think for the foreseeable future that’s going to continue,” Scherba says. “They do this weird thing where they sometimes take (a TV series) out, but they bring it back a few months later,” she says. “But with ‘Gossip Girl’ they didn’t.” All of these decisions are part of ongoing talks that don’t affect viewers until they notice something has gone missing from their streaming library. None of these shifts make it any easier for viewers to figure out where shows like “Gossip Girl” can be seen these days. Some websites like justwatch.com aim to help streamers find what they’re looking for. But that didn’t give Conception any idea if the show was returning to Netflix. Ultimately, consumers will probably foot the bigger monthly bill. Netflix Canada is already raising its monthly subscription by a dollar or two saying it’s partly due to rising costs for buying content and making its own original series. Facebook She eventually gave up and bought the show on DVD.by David Friendlast_img read more

CFC BBQ 2017 in Photos

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook The Annual CFC BBQ Fundraiser is one of the most anticipated events in the film and media community bringing approximately 2,000 people to the CFC. It’s an exciting event filled with music, food from Toronto’s top restaurants/caterers, and much more. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex drugs and rock

first_imgAs the explosive #metoo movement is upending patriarchy in Hollywood and politics, the music industry, too, has been awakening to deeply ingrained gender inequities and increasing pressure to change its ways, said Melissa Auf der Maur. Nevertheless, reaction by the music industry has been swift and strong. TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll — but several music veterans believe a powerful sea change is already well underway. “I certainly know people who’ve been involved in high-profile sexual harassment cases, board members who were unaware of what happened,” he said. “With every decade there have been efforts to try to address this inequality.” Advertisement “In my humble experience, ‘rock and roll cliches’ include: being paid in beer. eating beef jerky for breakfast. sleeping on floors. washing your underwear in a sink,” tweeted the outspoken frontwoman of the Toronto band, adding that until abuse of power is acknowledged as such, the music industry is an unwelcoming and unsafe place.in my humble experience,“rock and roll clichés” include:being paid in beer. eating beef jerky for breakfast. sleeping on floors. washing your underwear in a sink. “abuse of power” is abuse of power & until the industry calls it as such, it is an unwelcoming/unsafe place. bye https://t.co/b1BxRttDWS— Leah Fay ? (@leah_fayy) February 15, 2018 Members of the band Hedley pose on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. – THE CANADIAN PRESS / PETER POWER Anonymous claims about sexual misconduct involving young Hedley fans emerged last week, allegations that the band has said are “unsubstantiated.” “It’s a very, very incredible and strange moment for all of us because as individuals we really have to soul-search during this time on where we’re going to put our efforts,” Auf der Maur said. In addressing the controversy on Facebook, frontman Jacob Hoggard and band members Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison noted the music industry “does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve” and acknowledged that in the past they have “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” Facebook “And I think it will.” “I’ve put on two music festivals a year for the last eight years and I’ve never run into a jerk,” she said. “I know what’s going on in my world.” And while it might be tempting to assume that someone must have known something whenever scandals such as these arise, he said that’s not always the case. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “What we’ve now seen is that when someone is crossing the line, someone is going to vocalize that that is wrong prior to what they would before the #metoo movement,” Lefsetz said by phone from Santa Monica, Calif. Advertisement Auf der Maur now runs an art centre that specializes in music festivals and art shows and said she goes out of her way to make sure she surrounds herself with “the right people.” Cassandra Szklarski / The Canadian Press He acknowledged that superstar acts can be surrounded by yes-men whose livelihood might depend on acquiescing to every demand. But that kind of power imbalance is quickly evaporating, he insisted. “We were the Lollapalooza alternative nation there — we were the reaction to the gross hair metal and all the ridiculous extension of the ’70s and ’80s and we were a mass improvement. And it’s only gotten better,” she added on a call from her home in Hudson, N.Y. By the time the Canadian expat began touring in the ’90s, she said, the more overt sexism of the ’70s and ’80s seemed to be dying off, at least in her own tight-knit alternative scene. “It’s hard to know what to do. We all have to listen to ourselves and learn from this.” The comments did not sit well with July Talk singer Leah Fay, who took to Twitter on Thursday with her own call to arms. “There was none of that at Lollapalooza. (Bands and artists including) Pavement, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Sonic Youth — none of us would do any such things,” she said by email, before elaborating further by phone. “We’re dealing with how things have been done for years, which is not an endorsement of that, but change happens slowly and hopefully this will predict swifter change in the future,” said the author of the Lefsetz Letter, a popular music industry newsletter. Login/Register With: Still, she admitted these are challenging times. Music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz wasn’t familiar with the Hedley case, but credited the #metoo movement with ushering in what appears to be greater industry willingness to confront hard truths and rectify past wrongs. Within days the quartet was dropped by its management team, ditched by the opening acts on their cross-Canada tour and blacklisted by radio stations including the CBC and more than a hundred Bell Media outlets. Advertisement Twitter “The climate is different and there’s all kinds of improvements happening at large,” said Auf der Maur, whose heyday as a bass player included stints with the ’90s bands Hole and Smashing Pumpkins. Auf der Maur didn’t comment on the Hedley allegations but said she’s observed from afar those so-called rock ‘n’ roll cliches, although she herself has never experienced them. “Just because they’re the manager of the company does not mean they know. It also does not mean they didn’t know.”last_img read more

Quebec director Denis Villeneuve selected as a juror at Cannes Film Festival

first_imgCANNES, France — Quebec director Denis Villeneuve has been chosen as one of the nine jurors who will select the highest prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.Australian actress and producer Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the Palme d’Or.The other members are American actress Kristen Stewart, French actress Lea Seydoux, French director Robert Guediguian, Chinese actor Chang Chen, American scriptwriter Ava DuVernay, Burundian singer Khadja Nin and Russian director Andrei Zviaguintsev.? OMG !!! Le jury de #Cannes2018, présidé par Cate Blanchett, est complètement dingue ! On y retrouve Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, Robert Guédiguian, Ava Duvernay, Khadja Nin, Chang Chen et Andrey Zvyagintsev. pic.twitter.com/KpGZKz8GeE— Mehdi Omaïs (@MehdiOmais) April 18, 2018 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Director Denis Villeneuve, Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro pose for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film Sicario at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thibault Camus Villeneuve’s first feature-length film, “Un 32 aout sur Terre (“August 32nd on Earth”) was invited to Cannes in 1998. “Next Floor” in 2008, “Polytechnique” in 2009 and “Sicario” in 2015 were also presented at the festival.The 71st edition of the festival begins May 8.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Arrow returns for its eighth and final season on October 15 in its new Tuesday 9/8c time period on The CW. Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Beth Schwartz, Sarah Schechter and Jill Blankenship, with Marc Guggenheim as a consulting producer. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Advertisement Advertisement With the reappearance of The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) in the season seven finale of Arrow, there’s no doubt that Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Team Arrow will be facing a “crisis” unlike anything they’ve previously faced before. Cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television’s hit DC series elaborated on what’s in store for the future in Arrow’s final season Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20.Following last season’s introduction of next-gen vigilantes Mia Smoak and Connor Hawke, Comic-Con fans were excited to learn of John Diggle’s other son, John Diggle, Jr., to be played by new series regular Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll). Diggle, Jr. — known as J.J. — is the Flashpoint-born son of John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson). We meet J.J. in the future as the leader of the Deathstroke Gang, where he faces off against Mia and his adopted brother, Connor.Barnett joins previously announced new series regulars Katherine McNamara, Joseph David-Jones and Ben Lewis as Mia Smoak, Connor Hawke and Oliver Queen’s adopted son, William Clayton, respectively. Barnett most recently starred alongside Natasha Lyonne in the Netflix series Russian Doll, as well as Tales of the City, the return of the seminal book and television series from Armistead Maupin. Also known for his roles on Chicago Fire, Secrets and Lies and Valor, the Juilliard graduate hails from Florida. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

A leader for his people

first_img(Quinn Meawasige, from Serpent River First Nation, carries an eagle staff leading the procession to close the Assembly of First Nation’s annual meeting in Moncton, NB. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-Quinn Meawasige was in rehab trying to kick a drug and drinking habit when he received a phone call from Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo.Nine months later Meawasige, 17, carried an eagle staff and led Thursday’s procession to close off the AFN’s national assembly in Moncton, NB.Moments earlier, while standing next to Atleo, Meawasige was heralded as a shining example of the future.“This young man has inspired me,” said Atleo, in his closing speech to the assembly. “This young man told his community where he comes from that he made a decision that he was going to seek treatment and healing because he knew he needed to prepare himself, that he would become a leader for his people.”As Atleo spoke, the assembled chiefs gave Meawasige, who is from Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, a standing ovation.“Quinn shows us that (the youth) are leaders right now,” said Atleo. “It takes courage, conviction and standing up to the fears that might hold us back…We still have a long way to go, (but) when we see something like this let us…recognize the incredibly courageous things that are happening in our communities every single day.”Meawasige said it was his involvement in protests last spring against the harmonized sales tax in Ontario that triggered his desire to give up drugs and alcohol. He said he had spent five years lost in a haze of crack, cocaine, OxyContin and liquor.“It was really one question: What does it mean to be Aboriginal?” said Meawasige. “That really stopped to make me think. ‘What does it mean?’ The more I started to think about it, the more I started to be interested in it.”Meawasige, who said he came from a good family, finally decided to go into rehab after spending a day in court facing break and enter charges. He said he stole to support his drug habit.“After sitting in that court room I said I need to go (into rehab),” he said.It wasn’t easy to kick the drug habit.“I was scared about what would happen,” he said.  “I had bad withdrawals, night sweats. It was tough.”Last November, during his 108-day stay in a rehab centre near London, Ont., Meawasige received a surprised phone call from the national chief.“The executive director comes running in and she says ‘Chief Atleo’s assistant just called (and said) that Chief Atleo will call you in the next half hour to an hour,’” he said. “I waited by the phone.”During the phone conversation Atleo told Meawasige he was an inspiration.“He said he was really proud of me. He said ‘you inspired me once again,’” said Meawasige. “He said I followed my heart.”The two had met at a rally on Parliament Hill that year, but Meawasige said he still doesn’t know how Atleo knew to call him at the rehab centre.“It was out of nowhere,” he said.After dozens of congratulatory handshakes and photographs, including one with an RCMP officer in full uniform, Meawasige sat at a table with a young woman discussing political projects.As their conversation ended, the young woman paused for a moment and said “you’re a rock star.”last_img read more

Manitoba child welfare system in crisis and a national disgrace

first_imgDennis Ward Murray OliverAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s child-welfare system is in crisis and is a national disgrace for its high apprehension rates, according to critics.Cora Morgan, who is the First Nations children’s advocate, said kids are being taken from their families without proper assessments.She said some mothers have committed suicide out of despair.“We’ve learned of mothers committing suicide because they’re so desperate to get their children back,” said Morgan. “We’ve learned of a young girl who committed suicide while in care. We’ve had the opportunity to witness newborn babies apprehended at the hospital,” she said.Morgan added at least one child-welfare agency has barred her from advocating on behalf of a family.“If there’s such transparency, there’s so much legitimacy to apprehending all these children then why is it you’re not allowing us to be at the table with these families?” Morgan said.Meanwhile, provincial opposition critic Ian Wishart said Manitoba has become a national disgrace with nearly 11,000 kids in care — 90 per cent of them Aboriginal children.“We are by far the worst jurisdiction in Canada and some people will honestly tell you probably the worst jurisdiction in the world,” said Wishart.Manitoba’s Minister of Family Services Kerri Irvin-Ross said changes are being made to the system, but denies children are being placed at undue risk.Irvin-Ross said each particular child welfare agency decides for itself who should be permitted to advise on children in care.And she insists that the NDP government bases its decisions upon concerns for confidentiality and, especially, child safety.“We will never, ever, ever apologize for putting children first,” said Irvin-Rossdward@aptn.camoliver@aptn.ca— with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kapyong Barracks wont house Syrian refugees Manitoba government

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba wants to bring in an estimated 2,500 Syrian refugees.One of the locations floated as a place to house them is at the heart of a major land deal between the federal government and Treaty 1.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports that’s not going to happen.last_img

What happens to the victims when child services fail

first_imgEditor’s note: The story below contains some graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Reader discretion is advised.Chris StewartAPTN InvestigatesThe Alberta government is in court fighting a claim for compensation brought forward on behalf of thousands of mostly Indigenous people who claim they were abused either sexually, physically or emotionally while under the protection of Child Services.People like Steven Morin and Clinton John Marty.(Steven Morin talking to APTN Investigates Journalist Chris Stewart about his abuse while in foster care)Morin says that while it’s not easy, he is telling his story in hopes that he can prevent more instances of abuse in the future.He was just five years old when his foster mother’s boyfriend began sexually assaulting him. The abuse continued for five years. He says he was assaulted almost every week.(A young Steven Morin in happier times)He started misbehaving and was taken out of the home.But not before he was threatened by his long time assailant.“The last time I seen him in person, he told me in the shower as he was doing his last . . . his last . . . whatever you want to call it on me. After he was done, he told me. This will be forever engraved into my memory. And I quote, “If you ever tell anyone about the things I have done to you . . . I will find you and I will kill you,” Morin told APTN Investigates.He says he told a group home about the abuse when he was 12 years old.“They ended up getting some investigators. Nothing was done about it. It was a waste of time.”Morin left the child welfare system at age 16. He couch surfed on his home territory, Enoch Cree Nation, just West of Edmonton.One day he saw the face of the man in the newspaper and on the local news. John Edward Beaver was wanted in connection with over a dozen charges of sexual assault.“I don’t know why I couldn’t look away from his photo. I had to look at his photo. I still don’t know why I had to look at his photo. And I remember waiting the next day. Did they find him yet? I remember on the fifth or sixth day, they ended up finding him. I was like ‘wow!’ The relief . . .” Morin recalled.John Edward Beaver was charged with more than a dozen counts of sexual assault. But he would never stand trial for those charges. He died in his sleep in 2014.(John Edward Beaver died before facing over a dozen sexual assault charges, including sexually assaulting Steven Morin)Court records show a conviction for child pornography where he was sentenced to six months prison in 1999. With that conviction, he should have not been allowed to be in the same house with a five-year-old.Morin received a $35,000 dollar injury claim from an Alberta government fund for victims of crime. He says he was too young and foolish when he received the money. One month later, it was all gone.He spent it on alcohol and hard drugs to help numb the pain.“In 2015, I really fell off and I went straight downhill. I went through a really bad breakup and I started using more than just cocaine. I was using meth. I was using heroin. Smoking it. I was drinking.”Clinton John Marty lives with his wife on the Elizabeth Metis Settlement, south of Cold Lake, Alberta.He and his brother were put into a Catholic home in Edmonton.“At eight years old there was a sister there. I’m not going to name her name. She might still be alive today. She did select some of the older boys to come into her room. And there they would select a little boy to go in and have oral sex with them. And once we were done, we were brought back to our bed, and told not to say anything,” Marty said.(Clinton Marty says he was sexually abused while in a Catholic Home. He says the child welfare system failed him.)He said he reported the abuse to the social workers there. But, he added, “nine of out ten times, you were labelled as a troubled kid if you talked about it.”Marty says his own father abused him and his mother informed Alberta Child Protection not to give Marty and his brother to their father. They did anyway.“Child welfare placed us, not once but twice. And he abused us sexually, physically, and very emotionally. And he was charged for that. And he never faced the charges because he committed suicide so he didn’t have to. So we lived with that as well.”When Marty was 12 years old, he and his brother were given back to their mother. That is very rare in cases where the government has a permanent guardianship order.The two brothers began to fight.“We were both very violent towards each other because of the way things were in the homes. And I had kicked my brother in the side of my head. My Mother screams out, ‘Oh my God, What has happened to my boys?’ And I can remember clear as day looking at her and saying those boys are gone a long time ago. This is what they created,” he said.(A young Clinton John Marty)Like Steven Morin, Clinton John Marty was changed forever. Marty can’t hold down a job. He only completed Grade 5. He has nightmares. He was diagnosed with Severe Childhood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.“There are nights where I sleep two-and-a-half hours a night. When I close my eyes, it’s flashbacks. It’s nightmares. I’m unreliable. Without my wife, who has looked after me for all these years, I probably would have been dead a long time ago,” Marty told APTN Investigates.Lawyer Robert Lee has two class action lawsuits ongoing against the province of Alberta.He has been working to get compensation for victims of the child welfare system for 20 years.“They shouldn’t be living in poverty,” Lee said. “They shouldn’t be living in circumstances where they have to choose between paying rent instead of buying food.”Steven Morin has not yet joined in one of the class actions but he is considering suing the Alberta government. He has talked to Lee several times.“As a five to nine year old, and so he told the child welfare system, this horrible thing, the most horrible thing that could happen to a child, has happened to me. And he gets no help. He goes to the system that put him there and says, you did this to me. Now help me. I’m broken. Now fix me. And they do nothing,” the lawyer said.Lee said the provincial government is fighting him every step of the way.“And what I thought would take six months is going to take two years. And so my clients can’t afford to pay a lawyer. I can’t afford to work for free. And that is the dilemma. If you want to go through our legal system, you better have money. And so if you don’t have money to pay for a lawyer, you are just out of luck. And that is wrong.”Clinton Marty has not had an easy life. But he and his wife have raised four children. He says he quit drinking when they were young. He wanted to be a better parent than his were.“To know that I’ve been with the same woman since I’ve been 16 years old. And that we made a beautiful family together, in spite of everything. I know I’ve set my children up to never ever have to experience what I’ve been through. To let them know the things I went through. I could have brought that upon them. But I didn’t. And I did it for my family, and to make sure the cycle breaks. You can’t have a repetitive cycle of abuse. Alcoholism, drug addiction. It can’t continue. Someone has to be the one to step up and say enough is enough,” Marty said.(Caption Clinton and his wife Carrie Lynn reminisce over old family photos.)As for Steven Morin, he is almost finished writing a book on his life. He says it helps him heal.He has started a non-profit business called the Indigenous Children’s Mentoring Society. He want to offer a mentorship program to Indigenous children, similar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is starting in his home community of Enoch First Nation. He is looking forward to starting his own family.(Steven Morin speaking at his event December 2018 called Breaking the Chains. The event was in support of victims of abuse)“I will someday, hopefully, make that family for myself. I can be the father and the parent I never got to have. I can teach my future daughter or son that I wasn’t able to teach. Like how to tie your shoe. How to swing on a swing. I’m loving life right now.“This is healing — the next step on my healing journey. And I hope I can help others heal while I’m at it.”cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

Missing 14 year old boy found dead in northern Ontario police

first_imgThe Canadian PressOntario Provincial Police say a 14-year-old boy reported missing in northern Ontario last week was found dead on Saturday.They say Adam Spade of Marten Falls, Ont., was reported missing to the Anishinabek Police Service on Thursday.He had disappeared from a home in Fort William First Nation.On Friday, his body was found in Lake Superior in Fort William First Nation.Provincial officers say a post-mortem will be conducted to determine his cause of death, which is being investigated by the crime unit.Police are asking anyone with information about the investigation to come forward.last_img

Toys R Us Canada granted creditor protection after US parents bankruptcy

first_imgTORONTO – Toys “R” Us Canada sought creditor protection largely due to the financial woes of its U.S. parent company, which filed for bankruptcy, but consumers may still be wary of its Canadian stores due to the hit to the global brand’s reputation, experts say.Retail analyst Bruce Winder says Canadian consumers may hesitate to shop at Toys “R” Us this fall, worrying about whether they will be able to access product warranties or return items in the coming months.“What customers hear is that Toys “R” Us is in bankruptcy protection, or going bankrupt,” said Winder, who is the co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network.“They won’t be able to differentiate that Canada or the U.S. is profitable.”Toys “R” Us Canada was granted creditor protection in Ontario Superior Court under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act on Tuesday, one day after Toys “R” Us started bankruptcy proceedings south of the border.The Canadian subsidiary said in court documents filed Tuesday that it is performing well financially, with net earnings doubling and sales revenues increasing at a compounded annual rate of 5 per cent over the last three years.The Canadian arm, operating legally under the name Toys Canada, does not have any obligation to its parent company’s Chapter 11 debtors, it added. However, the bankruptcy proceedings south of the border resulted in a default and termination of the company’s loan facilities — including the main source of financing for Toys “R” Us Canada, the filings said. In turn, the Canadian subsidiary was required to repay the outstanding loans, which it is not in a position to do.“Toys Canada has been cut-off from its primary source of financing during the midst of its inventory build for the holiday season,” it said in the court documents.“Without creditor protection and access to [debtor-in-possession] financing, Toys Canada will lack sufficient liquidity to operate its business in the normal course within approximately two weeks.”Toys “R” Us Canada has now secured interim debtor-in-possession financing from a new group of lenders led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, including a US$200 million term loan and US$300 million revolving credit facility, it said.The Canadian subsidiary says the “breathing room” afforded by the creditor protection and new financing will facilitate continued operation of its 82 stores across Canada, as well as its e-commerce websites, as the company restructures.Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada, said in a statement on Tuesday that it would continue to honour all gift cards, warranties and returns as normal.“The restructuring is intended to facilitate the continued success of our iconic brands; building a stronger company for our customers, business partners and team members…. We are confident that this process will enable us to leverage Toys “R” Us’ existing strengths to succeed.”The retailer’s Canadian arm was already feeling the pinch from its U.S. parent company’s struggles before initiating proceedings on both sides of the border.Toys “R” Us Canada said in the court filings that a number of its suppliers have recently “sought to reduce their potential exposure” by “requiring deposits, cash on delivery or compressed payment terms.”Winder says vendors may also start to ship reduced amounts to the retailer in a bid to protect themselves, resulting in thinner shelves and further sending a negative signal to customers.Alfonso Nocilla, a law lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, also said the toy chain’s Canadian arm may be impacted by “potential damage to the brand name” as the company goes through the restructuring process.Still, although the toy chain’s U.S. parent company may try to tap assets in Canada to pay off its creditors, it will want to avoid disruption in its Canadian subsidiary, he said.“To the extent that the Canadian operations remain profitable, and that the stores are doing well, practically speaking… they’re going to want to protect that and enhance that.”last_img read more

Company sues to block order to contain 14yearold oil leak

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official’s order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles.A federal lawsuit that Taylor Energy Co. filed Thursday in New Orleans asks the court to throw out Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell’s Oct. 23 administrative order.The suit claims the Coast Guard’s actions ignored “well-verified scientific conclusions” and were taken in response to “adverse publicity.”Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that approximately 10,500 to 29,400 gallons (39,747 to 111,291 litres) of oil is leaking daily from the site where a Taylor Energy-owned platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City crews to use new pothole patching machine this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After several weeks of using a temporary fix to fill potholes, crews with the City of Fort St. John will begin using a more permanent fix on the road hazards with the help of a fancy new gadget.The City’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland said that crews have been out using cold-mix to fill in potholes around town since the snow started clearing up several weeks ago. However, he said the mixture is only useful when temperatures are still too cold for paving crews to begin working.Shopland said that starting this week, summer crews will be out using ‘hot-mix’ asphalt to more permanently fill in and seal the holes, and will also be using a new pothole patching machine. The City purchased the machine last fall, and will start training on using the device over the next few days. The machine works by heating up the road surface to a temperature where the road surface can be raked up and then smoothed out to repair the road almost seamlessly. Shopland said that for areas that are particularly pothole-ridden, DGS Astro Paving will be contracted out to do hot-in-place paving, recycling the existing asphalt to create a new road surface. He said that areas such as the south end of 86th St, the intersection of 100th and 100th, 102nd St. near 112th Ave., and east of the Medical Clinic are particularly rutted and will need work.Shopland added that crews will also continue the street paving operations that have been occurring since snow last fell in early April.last_img read more

Vandals strike North Peace Museum

first_imgSjoblom said that the RCMP have been notified about the break-ins, but that they told her there’s not much they can do without surveillance footage or eyewitness reports. She said that the break-ins could be attributed to homeless persons nearby. Sjoblom said that this isn’t the first time the museum has been the victim of a break-in, saying that the last occurrence took place several years ago.Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the North Peace Museum are shaking their heads after two of the museum’s heritage exhibit buildings were broken in to over the weekend. Museum Curator Heather Sjoblom said that staff became aware of the break-in, which occurred on Saturday or Sunday, early Monday morning. She said that at least one person broke into the Allan House, the museum’s newest building, by pulling off the piece of plywood covering the doorway of the house. Sjoblom said that luckily the house is currently being restored, and that the vandals did no damage to the house’s interior, which has yet to be restored. However, she said that vandals did punch or kick in a panel on the front door of the Paddy Carroll/Peck Cabin to open the door’s deadbolt. Once again, Sjoblom said that the interior of the home wasn’t damaged due to its exhibits being displayed behind a chainlink fence. But, she said that the home’s front door will need to be replaced at an estimated cost of between $200 and $400. last_img read more

Public Presentation Consideration for Moose in Forest Management

first_imgThe event takes place Thursday, February 21st, 7 pmAt the LIDO Theatre, 10156 – 100 Ave FSJThis is a free event and no registration required.A link to the University online presentation CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dr. Roy Rea, Senior Laboratory Instructor at UNBC will be the featured guest presenter for an evening presentation, ‘You Cannot Love Softwoods and Hate Hardwoods.’Those who are interested in learning more about considerations for moose in forest management are invited to attend this presentation and discussion by the Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Institute at UNBC and with their partners.The presentation will take a look at forestry practices and consider the concept of ‘not only how much is taken from the forest yet how much is left behind’ and how this would benefit moose and other animal species.last_img read more

Burning planned this winter in Site C project areas

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro will be doing their clearing and debris management in various Site C project areas.Merchantable trees of sufficient size, quality and volume that are suitable for harvest will be hauled to local mills. The remaining wood waste may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or burned on site.Burning is expected to take place in the following areas over several months this winter and spring when venting windows are available: Along the Highway 29 realignment area at Halfway River.Along the reservoir on both banks of the Peace River: Moberly River drainage area; lower and eastern reservoir areas (from the dam site to Cache Creek); middle reservoir area (from Cache Creek to Halfway River).At sections of the 75-kilometre transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and the Peace Canyon Dam.At the Portage Mountain and West Pine quarries.Burning takes place during weather periods known as venting windows. These are periods with the right weather conditions to disperse smoke, as set by the Ministry of Environment.BC Hydro and our contractors will plan and monitor burning carefully, including the timing, size and location of the wood piles, and the smoke being emitted. We will comply with regulatory requirements and BC Hydro’s Site C Smoke Management Plan.For more info on Clearing and Debris Management CLICK HERE For more info on Site C Smoke Management CLICK HERElast_img read more

New Womens Treatment Centre opening

first_imgNew Day in the Ministries offers a 12-month faith-based healing and treatment program where woman live on-site.According to the New Day in the Peace Ministries, they serve women and their families with addictive and otherwise broken lifestyles who are seeking freedom and healing. While wanting to lead a life of purpose by offering a relationship with God and with others in the community, and the opportunity to change from the inside out.For more information on New Day in the Peace Ministries; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The New Day in the Peace Ministries is holding a building dedication for their new Women’s Treatment Centre.Located near the Fort St. John Airport the newly completed dorm building has seven rooms to facilitate women, clients, in addiction seeking treatment.The dedication is taking place Saturday, August 24th, 2019.last_img read more

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back supporting local charities.Tim Horton’s Annual Smile Cookie Campaign runs from September 16th through to September 22nd, 2019.For one week, restaurant owners donate the full $1 from every freshly baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie purchased to support the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. “The real magic behind the Smile Cookie campaign is the local impact, and we’re excited to be able to support local charities, hospitals and community programs again this year. Our guests, restaurant owners and their team members can feel incredibly proud knowing that the money raised during the campaign directly supports local Tim Hortons communities,” said Mike Hancock, Chief Operating Officer of Tim Hortons.To join in on the Smile Cookie conversation, you can also;Use the hashtag #SmileCookie  Tag or follow us on Instagram @TimHortons  Tag or follow us on Twitter @TimHortons  Like us on Facebook Tim Hortons  Subscribe to us on YouTube @TimHortons  Visit TimHortons.com/smilecookie for a list of local charities benefiting from the Smile Cookielast_img read more

Policemen in Noida get meal from Namo Foods

first_imgNoida: A controversy emerged at one of the polling booth of Noida after the police officials posted on election duty were served food packets written ‘Namo foods’ atop the packet. However, senior police officials clarified that the packets were procured from Namo Food Shop and not from any political party.Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the food packets were procured from a food shop in sector 2 of Noida which is also registered with Zomato. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Some people are spreading misinformation that Policemen have been distributed food from a Political party. The information is absolutely wrong and packets were ordered on April 10 for election duty from a food outlet in sector 2 of Noida, named Namo foods. There is no official order to procure food from any particular food outlet while the meals were arranged by the district administration and police” said Krishna. The incident was reported from sector 15A polling booth of Noida where Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP’s) sitting Member of Parliament Mahesh Sharma also casted his vote on Thursday morning. The controversy erupted after a video and images of a hatchback car carrying these food packets went viral and came into the notice of some media persons present at the polling booth. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSoon after the news was published on a few media channels, senior police and administrative officials took cognisance of the matter and issued an explanation. Sources said that Namo Food private limited is a non government company with its outlets all over India. The company is registered with Registrar of companies in Pune and is operating since 2010. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer has asked GB Nagar district administration for their explanation on these food packets.last_img read more

EPL title between Man City Liverpool could be decided in a playoff

first_imgLondon: The Premier League title race is locked in a battle between Manchester City and Liverpool at the top and if the two sides manage to finish joint on points, there is a possibility of a playoff game. It is advantage City in arguably the greatest title race in history with neither side having dropped points for two months. Defending champions City, after 12 straight wins, are on 92 points, one clear of relentless Liverpool, who have lost just once in the league all season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIf City and Liverpool finish the Premier League 2019 season level on points, then the winner will be separated by goal difference. If they are also level on that, then goals scored is the decider. However, if a situation arises wherein the two sides are still level on the above grounds, then the champion is decided on the basis of a play-off. According to the EPL rules, “the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBoth the sides have two games left in the current season. For a title play-off to happen, the following types of results mentioned below are needed, along with a goal difference swing of four towards Liverpool. The order of the results below do not matter: — Liverpool draw and Manchester City defeat, as well as both sides having the same type of result (win, lose or draw) in their other game. — Liverpool win and defeat and two Manchester City draws. Has it ever happened before? Despite the rules mentioned, a play-off scenario has never happened in the Premier League. Manchester United and Newcastle were close to making it to the playoffs back in 1995-96 season but the Red Devils ended up winning. There is also a possibility of a play-off required to decide top four in order to qualify for the Champions League or a playoff to book Europa League spot this season.last_img read more