Jordan Gavaris Of Orphan Black Comes Out As Gay

first_imgAdvertisement “I had this position when I started on the show that it shouldn’t matter. And I believe that,” Gavaris said. “I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race — that we can just act and we can exist in this zeitgeist, telling stories about one another.”READ MORE NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 06: Jordan Gavaris visits Build Studios to discuss “Orphan Black” at Build Studio on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage) — Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage Jordan Gavaris, star of the hit series “Orphan Black”, came out as gay in an interview with Vulture, published Wednesday. For the actor, however, he’s surprised it’s even a topic of discussion.“Nobody ever asks me [about my sexuality]. I’ve never been asked,” said Gavaris. “Like, the whole course of the series.”The 27-year-old Canadian actor, who plays the gay character Felix Dawkins on the show, was very comfortable revealing his sexual orientation in the interview. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF JUN2317 – LINKS BY DGC

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT THE eBOSS JOB & CASTING BOARDSCASTING BOARD: CLICK HEREJOB/CREW BOARD: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?List your company in the eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORY – IT’S FREE!CLICK HERE————-FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1DvYkRJ2YXSrJXJ7-3f0A Advertisement WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF JUN-23-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (59 page PDF)OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (4-page PDF) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

STORYHIVE IS NOW ACCEPTING 60SECOND PITCHES – WIN A 1000000 GRANT TO

first_imgSTORYHIVE is a simple production funding and distribution competition for emerging content creators in BC and Alberta.Apply before September 11 for a chance to win a $10,000 production grant to put your story on screen.The deadline is September 11th.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – CLICK HERE ATTENTION VIDEO CREATORS AND FILMMAKERS IN BC AND ALBERTASTORYHIVE wants to give you money to make a webseries!STORYHIVE is now accepting 60-second pitches for unique and compelling Web Series pilots from BC and Alberta. Facebook Advertisement Apply for 1 of 30 X $10,000 grants + distribution on TELUS Optik TV On DemandGet a chance to be one of two teams who will receive $50,000 to deliver a full web seriesMake content that matters to you and retain rights to your produced workShowcase your talent in the Creators DirectoryConnect with new audiences and gain exposureJoin STORYHIVE™ events and workshops Advertisement IT’S YOUR OPPORTUNITY – MAKE IT HAPPENcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter SEEKING LOCAL TALENT WITH FRESH IDEAS:PARTICIPATION PERKS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Theatre Review Motown the Musical reveals the story behind the music

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Looking for some sizzle to warm up from the winter weather?Motown The Musical is a hot blast of fun.Full of crowd-pleasing renditions of classic Motown tunes such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “My Girl,” and “Baby I Need Your Lovin,” this musical bio on the life of Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown record label, is burning up the Jubilee Auditorium stage until February 25. Motown The Musical is a jukebox musical (think Mama Mia! and Jersey Boys), using the classic hits sung by Motown’s biggest stars such as The Supremes, The Temptations, Jackson 5, and Marvin Gaye to tell its story. We get to see how these artists rose from their humble beginnings to become American music icons. We also get the inside scoop on how many of the hit songs came to be, amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement.Trenyce as Diana Ross (centre) with The Supremes. Image: Joan MarcusWhat holds this production back, is effectively telling its ambitious story. There’s a lot of ground to cover, spanning from 1938 to 1983. Because of all the different storylines happening, the focus is often unclear and the show comes across as fragmented. As an audience member, it’s hard to feel emotionally connected because of all the loose ends. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESS SANDRA OH WINS SAG AWARD FOR KILLING EVE THANKS FELLOW

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook “Jamie Fox pulled me aside in 2006 and said ‘keep going,” Oh said in reference to the struggles — and triumphs — in her career.Sandra Oh won the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series for her role in Killing Eve on Sunday.“I celebrate my fellow nominees, Oh said as she took the stage. She went on to thank the cast and her mentors, “all the fellow creative dreamers and actors — I have felt your support so tremendously.” Oh went on to recall, “Jamie Fox pulled me aside in 2006 and said ‘keep going,’” in reference to her career. Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img

OPED More Attawapiskats on the horizon writes former Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister

first_imgBy Scott SersonAPTN National NewsThe situation in Attawapiskat shouldn’t come as any surprise to Canadians.During the press conference on the release of  the 2011 Status Report, retiring  interim Auditor General John Wiersema: “Government’s progress has also been unsatisfactory in the area of programs for First Nations on reserves. I am very disappointed that conditions on reserves have worsened and are well below the national average. The education gap between First Nations living on reserves and the general Canadian population has widened. Houses are in poor condition, and the housing shortage on reserves has increased. More than half of the drinking water systems on reserves still pose a significant risk to communities.”Canadians must ask why conditions on-reserve have worsened.To find a significant part of the answer, they need only look to what First Nations leaders have come to call “the 2 per cent cap”.In 1996 annual growth in federal transfers to First Nation governments for basic services, such as primary and secondary education, social welfare and child and family services, was capped at an arbitrary 2 per cent per year as a deficit fighting measure.That cap remains in place to this day long after that deficit was eliminated. As a consequence, funding for those services have not kept pace with inflation and population growth on reserve.In her May 2006 report, Auditor General Sheila Fraser put it this way: “Funding for First Nations programs has increased in recent years, but not at a rate equal to population growth. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s funding increased by only 1.6 percent, excluding inflation, in the five years from 1999 to 2004 while Canada’s Status Indian population, according to the Department, increased by 11.2 percent” (Chapter 5, p 147, paragraph 5.4).In addition to population growth and inflation, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) funding for province-like programs is supposed to reflect benefits and service levels of comparable programs in the provinces. The department tries to meet this standard but, with the cap in place, they are forced to reallocate funds.In their 2006 Cost Drivers Report, the department calculated that, by 2004-05, they had already been forced to transfer $500 million from discretionary programs like housing to basic province-like programs in an effort to match provincial investments.Given the deficit-fighting objective of this cap, First Nations had every right to expect that, when the deficit was eliminated, a fair assessment would be done and a new rate of transfer growth established. That didn’t happen.This treatment of First Nations’ governments stands in sharp contrast to the treatment of provincial governments. There are two primary federal fiscal transfers to support the provinces in their delivery of basic services to their citizens, the Canada Health and Social Transfers goes to all provinces and equalization provides support to the so-called have-not provinces.By 2009-10, the Canada Health and Social Transfers had increased by 33 per cent over the previous five years. Equalization received increases of 9.9 per cent in 2004-05 and 8.4 per cent in 2005-06 and a growth rate of 3.5 per cent for the subsequent 10 years.Granted, there have been new federal investments since this cap was put in place. However, many of these investments have been targeted programs, aimed at eliminating backlogs and filling socio- economic gaps. They do not help First Nations deal with population growth and inflation because the impact of those pressures has been greater than the growth in basic federal transfers.“Throwing money at this problem” will not solve it, but the federal government sitting down with First Nations to negotiate a system of transfers with a fair level of annual growth is a necessary step towards a solution. Until then we can expect to see more communities in crisis like Attawapiskat.–Scott Serson was a former deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 1995 to 1999. He was also an advisor to former Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine. The views expressed are those of the writer.—Note. The attribution in the second paragraph has been corrected. The statement was made by John Wiersema, who was the interim auditor general, not former Auditor General Sheila Fraser.last_img read more

Senior Ontario chief says help needed for Oxy addicts

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe highly addictive drug OxyContin has been taken off the pharmacy shelves in Ontario and replaced it with a new one.The new form called OxyNeo is harder to crush, making it difficult for those addicted to opiates to inject or inhale.Chiefs are calling for government to put proper plans in place to deal with withdrawals of OxyContin and they are issuing a warning that crime rates are likely to increase.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith sat down with Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee to discuss the issue.Madahbee’s organization represents 39 First Nations in Ontario.last_img

Fracking stands between NWT and shale oil boom

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories might be the next big thing for big oil.A number of companies have already invested more than $500 million for the right to explore shale oil.That could lead to a massive economic boom for many small communities across the Sahtu Region.But as APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier finds out in his two part series, there’s a catch. These companies want to use fracking to get at the oil.last_img

McGill University decides its time to take the name Redmen out of

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsMcGill University in Montreal has decided that it’s time to get rid of its long time sports team name the Redmen.While the university’s nearly 200 year history has seen prime ministers and Nobel Prize winners attend its institutions, the Redmen name for its varsity sports teams have been subject to much criticism for using a name that Indigenous students find offensive.The name first appeared in 1927 as a reference to the team’s colours and Scottish heritage of its founder James McGill.“Even though that may be the origins of the name, because of how it’s been used and the imagery that’s been associated with it, you can’t remove those connotations from a name,” said Catie Galbraith from the McGill student’s alliance.(“We’re hoping that this is the first step in making Mcgill a better place for Indigenous students,” says Catie Galbraith. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)According to a 2015 presentation by former McGill student Raymond Grafton, the name quickly evolved into something else.The presentation uses yearbook and school paper references to show that in the 50’s intermediate teams became known as Indians.In the 1960s the women’s teams were referred to as squaws.In the 1980s a distinctly Indigenous logo was created and added to the uniform.And in the 1990s, Mcgill put an end to all Indigenous references towards the Redmen name.Except that, as students like Galbraith like to point out, “Redmen” itself still has negative associations.“Redmen is still, in the dictionary, it’s a slur,” she said. “Even if it wasn’t meant to be when they chose the name, it’s still a slur and to people who aren’t familiar with the history, that’s all they’ll get out of it.”Galbraith, who is Native American from the Chickasaw Nation,  was part of student led movement last year to change the name.On Friday, Mcgill University agreed.In a statement, McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier issued a statement.“Inclusion and respect are at the core of our university’s principles and values,” she said in the statement. “For these reasons, the Redmen name is not one that our community would choose today, and it is not one that Mcgill should carry forward.”Galbraith said that Indigenous students have long been arguing for a name change, and she credits those that came before her for laying the groundwork.She just wishes that their efforts had been acknowledged sooner.“We’re happy the name has changed, we’re not happy with how long it has taken, we’re very hopeful for the future,” she said.“And we’re hoping that this is the first step in making Mcgill a better place for Indigenous students.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Calgary conference examines making Canadas electricity greener

first_imgIndustry and government experts will gather in Calgary on Monday to talk about how to make Canada’s electricity system greener in the future.Allan Fogwill, president of the Canadian Energy Research Institute, says it’s important to move forward in a way that protects the value of the oil and gas system while addressing climate change.Fogwill says that’s why there will be a wide range of speakers at the CERI 2017 Electricity Conference.“You need to hear from the different voices and these people are from environmental organizations, they’re from academia, they’re from business and they’re from government, and it’s those broader set of stakeholders that are involved in these discussions about decarbonizing the electricity grid,” he said.The participants include federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, appearing by video, and provincial Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd.last_img read more

Canada posts 17 annual growth in fourth quarter of 2017 to finish

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian economy expanded at an annual pace of 1.7 per cent in the final months of 2017 as the more rapid growth seen earlier in the year faded further away, Statistics Canada reported Friday.The agency’s latest numbers for real gross domestic product showed the economy grew three per cent for all of 2017 — a much-stronger pace compared with 2016 when growth was 1.4 per cent.Growth in the fourth quarter was driven by a 2.3 per cent increase in business investment compared with the third quarter, and a 0.5 per cent quarter-over-quarter rise in household spending, the report said.Overall, the fourth-quarter came in higher than the third quarter, which was revised down to an annualized rate of 1.5 per cent from 1.7 per cent.Even with the slowdown, National Bank of Canada senior economist Krishen Rangasamy described the end of 2017 as a decent hand off to 2018.“With growth like this, you can expect a sharp moderation, which is what we had in the second half of the year,” said Rangasamy, who’s predicting 2.6 per cent growth this year.“The outlook for 2018 is still positive.”Other analysts were less optimistic about the months ahead.BMO chief economist Douglas Porter said the solid contents behind the fourth-quarter report, such as the figures for business investment and housing, gave it a “somewhat rosier glow.”“The main message, though, is that the exciting growth from the middle of 2016 up until the middle of 2017 is now truly in the past, and the economy is back to the drudgery of slogging out something closer to potential of around two per cent,” Porter wrote in a note to clients.For 2017 as a whole, Statistics Canada said household spending easily made the biggest contribution to growth, followed by inventory and business investment. Exports also grew for the second-straight year with gains in both goods and services.“Much of this growth was attributable to the first two quarters of 2017, with deceleration observed toward the end of year,” the report said.The three per cent figure for 2017 matches the projection by private-sector economists that was included in the federal budget Tuesday. The budget also predicted real GDP growth of 2.2 per cent in 2018 and 1.6 per cent next year.Craig Alexander, chief economist for the Conference Board of Canada, said the country had the strongest growth in the G7 last year, but is now entering 2018 on a soft note at an increasingly uncertain time.“This cooling in Canadian growth comes at a time when there are a host of downside risks to the domestic economy from abroad, particularly U.S. trade and tax policy,” Alexander said in a statement, referring to business fears concerns related to the unknowns of U.S. corporate tax cuts and NAFTA’s renegotiation.The reading on the economy follows a report Thursday by Statistics Canada that foreign direct investment in Canada amounted to $33.8 billion, the lowest level since 2010 and well off the record of $126.1 billion set in 2007.Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said Friday that he thinks the economy got a lift last year from temporary factors and he noted there are “ominous signs” ahead due to U.S. uncertainty, slowing growth and weakening investment.With these issues in mind, he said he had concerns over the projected deficits in the Trudeau government’s recent budget, which include a $18.1-billion shortfall for 2018-19.“They assumed that a short-term burst of good fortune was permanent and instead of saving up for a rainy day, they’re spending the cupboard bare,” Poilievre said.Looking back at the first half of 2017, Canadian growth was even stronger than previously thought. On Friday, Statistics Canada revised its real GDP numbers upward for the first and second quarters.For the first quarter, the estimate was increased to four per cent from 3.7 per cent; for the second quarter, revised growth was 4.4 per cent, up from its initial reading of 4.3 per cent.By industry throughout 2017, the report said the growth was “widespread” with 18 of the 20 sectors showing increases.Goods-producing industries expanded 4.6 per cent, compared to two-straight annual contractions of 0.5 per cent in 2016 and 1.7 per cent in 2015. The biggest contribution to growth from the goods-producing industries in 2017 came from natural resources extraction, which expanded 7.8 per cent.Services industries expanded 2.8 per cent last year for their highest pace of growth since 2011. It was led by a 7.5 per cent boost from the wholesale-trade sector.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell more than expected in January

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian manufacturing sales fell by a wider-than-expected one per cent in January, starting off the year on a weak note.Statistics Canada reported manufacturing sales for January totalled $54.9 billion as 14 of the 21 industries moved lower, while overall manufacturing sales in volume terms declined 1.1 per cent. The decline was led by the automotive, aerospace and primary metal industries.Economists had expected a sales drop of 0.8 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Canadian factories had a rough start to the year, said CIBC economist Royce Mendes.“The survey suggests that GDP data could look soggy to open the new year,” Mendes wrote in a brief note to clients.“Factory shipments could feel some benefit as U.S. tax cuts make their way through the American economy, but already elevated inventory levels and capacity constraints could limit the gains.”The Bank of Canada noted that fourth-quarter growth was weaker than it expected when it said it would keep its key interest rate target on hold earlier this month.The central bank also said recent trade policy developments represented a key source of uncertainty for the Canadian and global outlooks.Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen said recent Canadian economic data has been more mixed compared with a year ago when the economy was growing at an unsustainably strong clip.“Reports on retail and wholesale trade sales next week will provide further clarification on the pace of early-2018 growth but for now we think the data is still consistent with further, albeit more modest, improvement at a close to two per cent rate in Q1,” Janzen said.The drop in Canadian factory sales came as sales of motor vehicles fell 8.0 per cent to $4.9 billion, following two consecutive monthly increases.Meanwhile, production in the aerospace product and parts industry fell 9.5 per cent to $1.6 billion, while the primary metal industry dropped 2.8 per cent to $4.1 billion.Offsetting the drop, sales in the petroleum and coal product industry climbed 6.5 per cent to $6.1 billion, while chemical manufacturing sales rose 6.1 per cent to $4.7 billion.last_img read more

Grains mixed livestock mixed

first_imgWheat for Dec. advanced 17.75 cents at 5.1975 a bushel; Dec. corn was rose 1.50 cents at 3.7125 a bushel; Dec. oats was unchanged at $2.85 bushel; while Nov. soybeans fell 3.50 cents at $8.7175 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Oct. live cattle was up .35 cent at $1.1492 a pound; Nov. feeder cattle fell .63 cent at 1.4837 a pound; while Dec. lean hogs was up .75 cent at $.5655 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

New Mexico True brand may expand under new governor

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The “New Mexico True” tourism brand developed by outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez may be expanded under Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham.The expansion may come amid pressure for New Mexico to join other western states in creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation.As a candidate, Lujan Grisham promised to seek efforts to attract more visitors to the Southwestern state and strengthen the “New Mexico True” brand.The Martinez Administration has credited the “New Mexico True” for “record-breaking” tourism during her first seven years in office. The brand uses images of New Mexico’s popular tourist attractions in billboards and commercials in Texas, Arizona, New York and Illinois.The campaign encourages visitors to tagged New Mexico photos on social media with the #NewMexicoTrue hashtag.The travel show New Mexico True Television has earned three Regional Emmy Awards.Russell Contreras, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Businesses must learn new tax law or pay the price in 2019

first_imgNEW YORK — Small business owners who don’t take time to understand the new tax law may be in for a painful filing season next spring.While accountants and tax attorneys always recommend owners review their finances and meet with tax professionals well before Dec. 31, it’s particularly important now because of the law enacted nearly a year ago. Owners who don’t have regular conversations with tax advisers may not understand the changes, many of which are significant and complex, says Chris Jackson, CEO of Lionshare Partners, a financial planning service.“They look at just the brackets and think ‘the brackets went down, by default the amount I’ll pay will go down,’” says Jackson, whose Los Angeles-based practice includes small business owners.The IRS began issuing guidelines for complying with key sections during the summer, and tax pros have helped many owners estimate what this year’s tax bill will be. A look at some of the tax issues owners need to consider, and the benefits some are already getting:THE SMALL BUSINESS DEDUCTIONA critical question for owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships and what are known as S corporations is whether they can claim a new deduction aimed at small business owners. The law allows owners of many of these companies to deduct 20 per cent of what’s known as qualified business income. But the IRS’ guidelines set income thresholds — $157,500 for an individual and $315,000 for a married couple filing jointly. Owners with taxable income up to those amounts can take the full deduction, and a partial deduction is possible above those limits.The calculations for the deduction are complex, and there’s a wrinkle for owners whose companies are what’s called a specified service trade or business — for example, health providers, attorneys, accountants or consultants. They have no deduction if their taxable income is more than $207,500 for an individual or $415,000 for a married couple.The amount of the deduction may be affected by the compensation owners pay their employees. And owners with multiple businesses also must determine which of their income sources qualify for the deduction, says Ken Rubin, an accountant with Rubin Brown in St. Louis.While the IRS guidelines have ended some uncertainty about the deduction, “the question now is, ‘how can I be sure that I’m legitimate in taking it,’” Rubin says.SHOULD I INCORPORATE?The law provides for a big reduction in the corporate tax rate, to 21 per cent from 35 per cent. That had many owners asking tax pros whether they should convert their sole proprietorships, partnerships and S corporations to what are called C corporations to take advantage of the lower rate. Probably not, was the answer. C corporations, the structure used by the nation’s biggest companies, are taxed on their income, and their shareholders, including some small business owners, must then pay tax on dividends.“While some people may have been thinking a C corporation may be better, the double tax part of it knocks out a lot of the opportunity for savings,” says Manuel Pravia, an accountant with MBAF in Miami.There may be some businesses that will benefit from becoming C corporations, says Julian Fortuna, a tax attorney with Taylor English in Atlanta. An owner who expects to take a company public needs to structure it as a C corporation. An owner who doesn’t plan to pay dividends doesn’t have to worry about double taxation.Still, Fortuna says, “only for a small percentage have we advised that it makes sense to become a C corporation.”CAN I DEDUCT THAT LUNCH?It was clear when the law was enacted that companies could no longer deduct the cost of entertaining clients; there’d be no more breaks on theatre or sports tickets or golf fees. It wasn’t clear until the IRS issued guidelines last month that money spent on food — taking clients out to dinner or bringing in meals for staffers — would still be 50 per cent deductible.Jackson is spending less on entertaining his financial planning clients and more on taking them out for meals following the change. But Leslie Saul, who owns an architecture and design firm bearing her name, is shrugging off concerns about deductions.“Whether or not our meals are 50 per cent deductible or zero per cent deductible, we will continue to bring in food for staff meetings and for client meetings. It’s the cost of doing business,” says Saul, whose company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.PUTTING TAX SAVINGS TO USEMany companies that began crunching numbers immediately after the law took effect are already using their tax savings. Digital Media Solutions raised the pay of its hourly workers and renovated break rooms and other parts of the marketing company’s premises, CEO Joe Marinucci says.“We knew what the impact was going to be and how much more cash flow we were going to have,” says Marinucci, whose company is based in Clearwater, Florida.Paul Allen learned soon after the law was enacted that there was a break for small producers of beer, wine and liquor: Tax on the beverages they make was slashed by 80 per cent to $2.70 a gallon from $13.50. He factored that into the strategy for his company, Hope Springs Distillery, which began producing gin, absinthe and vodka last year.“We decided to use the cost reduction to lower our selling prices, which has helped us to be much more competitive,” says Allen, whose company is located in Lilburn, Georgia.Before the break, the tax was Allen’s biggest expense. By cutting his prices on his Top Hat vodka from $23 to $20 a bottle, Allen says he’s now able to better compete with national brands._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Senate report Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

first_imgWASHINGTON — A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms. It says the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought.The report was compiled with data provided from Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Along with another report expected to be released, it provides the first comprehensive analysis of Russian interference on social media beyond what the companies themselves have said.The report says there are still some live accounts tied to the original Internet Research Agency, named in an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller in February for an expansive social media campaign intended to influence the election.Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Site C workforce saw large jump in local workers in February

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the February employment statistics for the Site C dam construction project, which shows the dam’s workforce rose above 2,000 workers for the first time since last fall.In February, there were 2,086 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity. The number of contractors on site jumped by 362 compared to January, while the number of engineers and project team members fell by 19. The contractor workforce totalled 1,557, a number not seen since October 2017.Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro The number of B.C. residents employed on Site C as contractors jumped from 983 to 1,309, making up 84 percent of contractors – an increase of two percent compared to January. The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors increased by 221, from 421 to 642. PRRD resident contractors jumped from 35 percent to 41 percent of the contractor workforce.Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC HydroLooking at rest of the statistics provided by Hydro shows that there were four temporary foreign workers employed at Site C during the month. There were also 17 apprentices, more than double the number from January, along with 269 women and 190 Indigenous workers.last_img read more