Empowering homemakers to become entrepreneurs

first_imgEarning appreciation from general public for their culinary skills is a dream for many homemakers. And to help accomplish it, a food tech start-up named ‘Nanighar’ was launched recently.’Nanighar’ is an app-based home cooked food delivery service with cloud kitchen facility. It will help in empowering women in their own kitchens and supporting them to become independent entrepreneurs. Speaking at the launch event, Founder Debjani Mukherjee, said, “It’s an initiative, keeping in mind women empowerment, while supporting homemakers in realising their long-cherished dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Through Nanighar we have also tried to bring back old local culinary dishes like Pithe, puli, chital machermuthyaa, echarerdalna, mocharghanto and more, which are becoming rare in today’s time. Not only Bengali dishes, ‘Nanighar’ will also bring many cuisines like Rajasthani, Parsi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Coastal, at your doorstep. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain’Nanighar’ is not a mere food delivery company, rather a platform and an opportunity for those who have the talent to use their culinary skills, to work from their home kitchen and become an entrepreneur. Speaking about her association with ‘Nanighar’, Rachana Banerjee, Brand Ambassador, Nanighar said, “This service app is unique and much required for people staying away from home. It will also help mom chefs in becoming financially independent. I being an independent woman always support women achievers”. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardPresent at the launch, actor Subhasree said, “This service provides an opportunity for both working and non-working men and women to be their own bosses and pursue their creative culinary skills while making decent earning. You may be a young mom with small kids or whose kids are grown up and have ample time to utilise. You may be a dad who used to love cooking but could never try because of 9 to 5 job. Whatever it may be, this platform is the door way to nourish and earn through your skill.” Debjani is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and MICA, and holds two-decade experience of working with the top corporates in Eastern India. In her own words, she has the bug of making a difference with her ideas, providing solutions for sustainable ecosystems. She wishes to run successful ventures and generate employment for many – especially helping more and more women in becoming financially independent.last_img read more

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Cooks doppelganger Williams is Apples best bet as next CEO

first_imgNew Delhi: Considered a “colourless, unimaginable drone”, Timothy Donald Cook who joined Apple at age 37 in 1998 has successfully proved he is a better CEO than late Steve Jobs. Apple today is nearly a $1 trillion dollar company and despite the global slowdown, has been able to not only maintain its growth trajectory but also diversified into services, entertainment and other verticals which are bringing in more moolah than its devices segment. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Cook has spent over two decades at Apple, and nine years as CEO, and people across the globe now have a valid question: who is Apple’s best bet to replace Cook as CEO and keep the company on the growth path? For Jobs, Cook was the natural choice and he picked him over more popular names around for the CEO job, like legendary Apple Chief Designer Jony Ive (who has now moved on). Cook became COO in 2005, and officially Jobs’ right hand man. Identifying his unique set of strengths, Jobs made him the Apple CEO on August 24, 2011. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India In December 2015, Cook promoted his long-time lieutenant in operation – Jeff Williams – to the role of Apple COO. The duo later created history. Williams has been called “Tim Cook’s Tim Cook”. He is in charge of the operations side of the business, just as Cook used to head up operations when Jobs was CEO. “There are uncanny number of similarities between Williams and Cook,” writes journalist Leander Kahney in his biography of Tim Cook. According to Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky, “Williams is in many ways a doppelganger for Cook”. “Tall, lean, and grey-haired, like Cook, Williams was said by Apple executives to look so much like his boss that from behind, they could be mistaken for each other,” writes Lashinsky in his book “Inside Apple”. Since 2010, Williams has overseen Apple’s entire supply chain, service and support and social responsibility initiatives — the “last being something that has grown in importance under Cook”. According to Kahney, Williams has been instrumental in speeding up the iPod delivery process, making it possible for customers to buy an iPod online, have it custom engraved, and delivered in three working days. He is also said to be a key contact with supplier Foxconn. According to Apple analyst Neil Cybart, “Williams is tasked with making sure the Apple machine is well-oiled and in tip-top shape, not only capable of producing more than 100 million iOS devices in a quarter, but building flexibility into the system to handle annual hardware updates that would make most hardware companies quiver with fear.” Williams played an important role in the development of the first-generation iPhone, and has since led worldwide operations for both iPhone and iPod. Today, he also supervises development for Apple Watch. Often called the “unsung hero”, he led the development of Apple Watch in close collaboration with the design team, and oversees the engineering teams responsible for Apple Watch. According to Apple, he is also driving the company’s health initiatives, pioneering new technologies and advancing medical research to empower people to better understand and manage their health and fitness. Williams joined Apple in 1998 — the year Cook joined the company — as head of Worldwide Procurement. Prior to Apple, he worked for the IBM Corporation — Cook also worked with IBM before joining Apple — from 1985 to 1998 in a number of operations and engineering roles. Like Jobs, the passing on the Apple baton to Williams is a natural choice for Cook too. Cook is still going strong and Apple, under his watch, is breaking all sorts of records. With Jobs’ ‘spiritual partner’ Sir Jony Ive now out of Apple, Williams is without doubt Apple’s best bet to take over when Cook finally decides to move on.last_img read more

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No Chinese visas for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra after Ladakh move

first_imgNEW DELHI: China has not granted visas to a group of Indians planning to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra on Wednesday, sources said on Tuesday, hours after the country opposed India’s move to make Ladakh a new union territory. Following the government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the state into union territories, China on Tuesday asked both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and voicing “serious concern” over the situation in Kashmir. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSaying that the two countries should avoid actions that “unilaterally” change the status quo and “exacerbate tensions” between them, China also expressed its opposition to India’s move to create a separate Union Territory of Ladakh. India firmly rejected China’s stand, calling it an “internal matter”. “The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill 2019, introduced by the Government in Parliament on 5 August, which proposes the formation of a new ‘Union Territory of Ladakh’ is an internal matter concerning the territory of India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query on comments made by a Chinese government official. “India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise,” he added.last_img read more

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Man critical after kite string slits his throat

first_imgNew Delhi: A 34-year-old man was critically injured after his throat was slit by kite string in Outer Delhi’s Paschim Vihar area.Police said that the incident was reported on August 15 when the victim identified as Raman Oberoi was going to Rohini with his wife and children in scooty. Suddenly, when they reached elevated flyover in Paschim Vihar area, a string got struck on the neck of the victim due to which he got injured and was rushed to a hospital. A case under sections 337 of IPC has been registered. Recently on Independence Day, a civil engineer died after kite thread struck his throat and cut his windpipe and food pipe.last_img

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Ecofriendly terracotta pottery draws huge crowd at Delhi exhibition

first_imgNew Delhi: With the temperature soaring in, health conscious Delhiites are getting more and more drawn towards eco-friendly terracotta items, especially utensils and earthen water bottles available on sale at the ongoing exhibition at “Shabri”.Baked clay utensils and artefacts made by potters of Chhattisgarh and exhibited by the “Chhattisgarh Matikala Board” are a great hit amongst the buyers. The red soil available in abundance mainly in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh has a perfect blend and high density for Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’crafting terracotta figurines and pottery. The craft dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization during which soil from the rivers were used for intricately crafting terracotta items and baked in the fire to produce beautiful figurines of deities, men, women, elephant, horses, pitchers, pottery items etc. Potteries made up of terracotta have several health benefits these are natural coolants, keep the nutrients intact and also help in saving the environment. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Clay utensils always attracted me but earlier I was hesitant to buy as it might have some impurities. I am happy that now I can buy these items because it comes through a certified state board,” says a buyer at the exhibition. Chhattisgarh has an ancient history of using terracotta items. During excavations it was found that in Harappan era people in Chhattisgarh used to build houses using terracotta walls and tiles. Terracotta pottery represents the customs and rituals of tribal life in Chhattisgarh and represents their emotions.last_img read more

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Top court declines to hear Quebec maple syrup case system allowed to

first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court has refused to hear two appeals from opponents of Quebec’s maple syrup rules and allowed the system which controls production in the province to continue.Angele Grenier, a maple producer in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce, says she has a “heavy heart” after hearing the high court’s decision.The defeat is bitter for the farmer, who has been fighting for years in court to sell her maple syrup to anyone she wants.She has accused Quebec’s maple syrup federation of being a “monopoly” that could result in Quebec losing its 70 per cent market share to Ontario, New Brunswick and the U.S.Paul Rouillard, acting director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, says it will now push to have the critics work within the system.He says it is democratic institution that represents 7,300 maple syrup companies who vote on collective marketing decisions.last_img read more

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How US intelligence created games to improve its forecasts with Canadian help

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – Amir Bagherpour already has a detailed set of charts predicting how everything will play out in the NAFTA negotiations, even though they don’t actually start for another few weeks.He makes predictions for a living.The U.S. intelligence community runs a prediction market where forecasters across government compete for prognosticative supremacy — it looks like a golf tournament leaderboard, only instead of birdies and bogeys, people are ranked by how correctly they call coup d’etats and counter-insurgencies.Bagherpour was one of them. He was a State Department analyst under the Democrats and made predictions about things like Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Syrian conflict, Colombia’s negotiations with the FARC rebels, and the counter-ISIS campaign.His predictions are often bang on. He believed Donald Trump might win the presidency. He wrote a paper five years ago that predicted Bashar Assad would cling to power, with Syria’s conflict spiralling into a stalemate defined by religion. Sometimes they miss the mark: he gave Brexit a one-third chance of success.The administration he served took an active interest in the science of forecasting: “(Barack) Obama would ask, ‘Where’s the prediction market on this (topic)?”” says Bagherpour, who now runs a consultancy, Global Impact Strategies.The U.S. intelligence community has created more than a half-dozen forecasting programs over the last few years through its research unit, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), modeled after the older Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that helped create the Internet.One example is an ongoing tournament between hybrid teams combining humans and machines. It’s based on evidence that the best forecasting comes from a combination of computer algorithm and human guidance.“We love the concept of forecasting tournaments,” said Seth Goldstein, who is running IARPA’s human-machine Hybrid Forecasting Competition. He’s limited in what he can say about the tournment, but offers one example of how it works.“(We might ask), ‘Will Leader A in Country B be removed from power, by Date C?’ That would be the type of question…. We see what techniques work, and what techniques don’t work…“These tournaments (give us) a pretty good indication.”Participants come from all walks of life, in academia and industry, and receive a stipend for taking part. But there are no rewards for accurate predictions. That’s the lingering legacy of an old controversy, which forced a project to be shelved and the Pentagon boss running it to resign.The source of controversy: a terrorism futures market. Created after the 9/11 attacks, participants were allowed to place bets on the occurrence of future terrorist acts — which critics viewed as tasteless, at best, and as a dangerous perverse incentive at worst.The program was swiftly cancelled in 2003.The initiative was reborn with a new generation of projects years later. And Canadians played a major role in the resurrection.The team that dominated the first IARPA tournament was co-created by Philip Tetlock, a researcher, author, and University of Pennsylvania professor who was born in Toronto, and raised in Winnipeg and Vancouver.His team beat a control group by a whopping 60 per cent and 78 per cent in the competition’s first two years starting in 2011. It was so lopsided they ended the competition, and Tetlock’s team continued alone.The U.S. government has just released the data collected from his team to help future researchers.Some secrets to successful forecasting are quite simple, Tetlock says. He includes a so-called Ten Commandments in his book, “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” co-authored with Canadian writer and public servant Dan Gardner.One trick: doubt yourself. Assume your prediction is wrong, ask why, and incorporate that doubt factor into your assessment. Another is to tackle a problem in pieces — break the question into bite-sized chunks.For example, Tetlock’s book cites a love-starved London forecaster who wants to determine his number of potential mates. He takes the local population figure, divides it by two for gender, isolates an age range, the likely singles population, the university-educated percentage, and finally the percentage he will likely attract and be attracted to.His conclusion: he has 26 potential mates in London.Tetlock says great forecasters use this approach. These are the people who score highest on the zero-to-two Brier scale, the standard unit for measuring predictive success.“I’m not talking about people who have Nostradamus clairvoyance properties,” Tetlock said in an interview.“We’re talking about people who are better at assigning realistic odds to everything. Does that mean they’re going to see everything — that whenever history hits a sharp corner they’re going to be able to see around the corner? Absolutely not. There are limits on foresight…“It helps to be smart. It helps to be well-informed.”Another Canadian provided expertise as the U.S. created IARPA’s programs.David Mandel is a behavioral scientist who works for Canada’s Department of National Defence and works to measure the accuracy of forecasts within the Canadian government, notably its elite Privy Council Office Intelligence Assessment Secretariat.He presented research at a workshop for the U.S. government in 2009 and was among a few researchers cited in a report prepared for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence as it set up its forecasting competition.A public example of his work is a paper he co-authored in 2014 that examined 1,514 forecasts from the PCO unit that found an impressive 94 per cent accuracy rate for predictions on whether events were more or less than 50-per-cent likely to occur.He’s trying to get his own country to build a prediction market.“I have been in discussion with managers in (Canada’s) intelligence community about that kind of issue,” Mandel said in an interview. “It’s just at the discussion stage…“But I sense more enthusiasm than I’ve sensed since I began this — which was about a decade ago.”So, what about NAFTA?Bagherpour used a blend of game theory, expert surveys, and data run through the software his company created to produce charts filled with predictions.They concluded: NAFTA will survive; there won’t be a trade war; the deal will be rebalanced slightly to reduce the U.S. trade deficit; the U.S. will open negotiations with hardball demands, then soften them to reach a deal.He predicts Canada won’t demand much. He shrugs when a reporter says Canada insists it has many demands, including softwood lumber and expanding professional visas.He replies: “That’s not what this shows.”last_img read more

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Use NAFTA talks to lift Canadian telecom protections prof argues

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s overall economy — not just consumers — would benefit if Canada were to open its telecom industry to greater competition through upcoming North American free trade talks, says a University of Toronto professor who’s been studying the industry’s impacts.Getting to that point at the NAFTA negotiating table, however, may just be wishful thinking, says another academic who predicts U.S. demands for greater access to Canada’s telecom market won’t survive to the final round of bargaining.In its objectives for the NAFTA renegotiation, the Trump administration included telecommunications among a list of trade irritants made public last week, saying it wants to promote the competitive supply of telecommunications services and secure commitments “to provide reasonable network access for telecommunications suppliers.”University of Toronto professor Walid Hejazi says opening the telecom industry to foreign players would result in new jobs, increased productivity across a wide range of industries and cheaper wireless rates for consumers.While Canada’s telecom market was partially liberalized in 2012 when the federal government opened the door to foreign ownership of Canadian cellphone service carriers that have less than 10 per cent of the Canadian market share, current regulations forbid foreign majority ownership of a major telecom company.Removal of the foreign ownership restrictions would require an amendment to the Telecommunications Act.The telecom ownership provisions are complicated further by the fact that Canada’s big three service providers, Bell, Telus and Rogers, are also intertwined with the country’s broadcasting networks, which have their own set of ownership and licensing restrictions.Successive expert panels have over the years recommended ownership restrictions be lifted, but few actions have been taken amid concerns that a takeover of a Canadian telecom company by a U.S. or other international conglomerate would result in foreign interests controlling a Canadian broadcaster as well, potentially leading to a watering down of Canadian content.Hejazi said the NAFTA talks present a perfect opportunity to lift the protections from foreign competition enjoyed by the trio.“The telecom industry in Canada should not be protected. Full stop, end of story,” said Hejazi.“You have three companies that are protected from international competition and the service they provide us is inferior.”Paul Beaudry, the director of development at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a research associate at the Montreal Economic Institute, doubts that the Trump administration will push hard for greater access by U.S. players to Canada’s telecom market.Beaudry said he doesn’t see telecom changes as a “hill to die on” and predicted the issue won’t make it to a final round of bargaining once the talks intensify.“I don’t think we’re going to get to telecom,” he said.“I don’t think that, if you were to grill an American negotiator at this stage, they would identify telecom as a critical aspect that kind of motivates the American government.”At most, the U.S. government may be satisfied in gaining greater access to the Canadian market by small American resellers of telecom services, said Beaudry.A failure to use the talks to further liberalize the telecom sector would be a wasted opportunity to create jobs, and would run counter to the Liberal government’s insistence that it makes decisions based on evidence, said Hejazi, who is also the academic director at the Rotman School of Management.“Every company in the country has to work with the telecom industry,” he said.“The productivity and employment across the entire Canadian economy are negatively impacted by the lack of efficiency and investments in that sector.”The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development called on Canada last year to open its telecom industries, along with airlines and broadcasters, to foreign ownership.The OECD said such a move would “sharpen competitive pressures, raise productivity and reduce prices for consumers.”Egyptian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris learned a bitter lesson about Canada’s telecom rules nearly a decade ago when his company, Orascom Telecom Holding, invested in Wind Mobile Canada, hoping to turn it into a major player. The investment soon turned sour after Ottawa blocked his bid to acquire Allstream from Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., through his investment firm, Accelero Holdings Inc.Sawiris blamed Canada’s regulatory framework for his decision to back away from investing further in Wind Mobile, accusing Canada of stifling innovation and producing what he called a “closed market.” He vowed never to invest in Canada again.There was also wide speculation in 2013 that U.S. telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc., could enter Canada’s wireless market, until company CEO Lowell McAdam definitively shot down the prospect, calling the rumours “way overblown.”The lack of interest in Canada’s telecom market by an established foreign player is telling, said Beaudry, suggesting there is little appetite for investing in it without putting the big three players on the selling block.None of the big three Canadian telecoms were willing to provide their perspective on the NAFTA negotiations, which are expected to begin Aug. 16. Spokespeople from all three said they would offer no comment.And while the industry umbrella group also said it wasn’t prepared to speak, a spokeswoman acknowledged the key players are keeping a close eye on any potential developments in the coming weeks.“We are monitoring the situation and discussing with our members,” said Sophie Paluck of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.“We will want to ensure the Canadian wireless industry continues to thrive as a world leader.”— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

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Waterton forest will renew after wildfire but it will take decades Experts

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Lockey Craig figures he’ll be long gone by the time Waterton Lakes National Park returns to its former beauty.“I’m 56 so I’m thinking before I die, it won’t look good,” says the president of Waymarker Hospitality, which runs several hotels and restaurants in the southwestern Alberta park.A powerful wildfire tore through Waterton about two weeks ago. Fire crews managed to save the townsite, but many other parts of the mountainous park were torched, including popular hiking and boating spots.“It will be decades before the forest looks like it used to, no question about that,” Craig says.“The long-term impacts on the guest experience and visitation in Waterton are going to be horrific, no question about it. The backcountry is burned to a crisp.”Craig expects a lot of people will stop by the park next summer out of curiosity and that the biggest dip in tourism will come in subsequent years.Waterton was hosting record numbers this year — thanks mainly to free national park admission to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation — until the fire forced everyone out in early September.Ordinarily, more than half a million visitors visit the park each year. Most trips there take place over the summer and most businesses are closed in the winter.Nikolaus Wyslouzil, executive director of the Chinook County Tourist Association, says it’s too soon to tell how long it will take for the park to bounce back.“Certainly the scenery will be different. If you’re taking the boat down the lake or you’re in one of the areas where you have a good view, that’s going to be totally different from what it was and it will take a number of years to regrow,” he says.“We don’t know what Parks (Canada) might be planning. Will they be doing some reforestation? Will they engage in sort of massive cleanup?”Some have a more positive view on Waterton’s future.University of Calgary professor Edward Johnson, who studies the connection between geoscience and ecology, says periodic wildfires are part of the natural life cycle of a forest.The heat from the fire will cause some pine cones to open and release their seeds. New trees and plants will have the opportunity to regenerate in mineral-rich soil.“In some ways, the fire in Waterton was not a disaster in that ecological sense, but in fact a kind of rare opportunity for us to see this dynamic process in action in the next 10 or 20 years,” he says.Parks Canada has confirmed some animals died in the fire, but says there is still life in Waterton.Populations of mice tend to flourish after a fire, drawn by herbaceous plants that sprout up afterward, says Johnson.It will be about two decades before the trees in Waterton are taller than people walking through the forest, he adds.Mike Flannigan, who directs the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science at the University of Alberta, says fires help maintain biodiversity and kill off diseases.“It resets the clock. It’s just the cycle of life,” he says.It could take a century for trees to be full-size again.“But you’ll see Mother Nature at work. You’ll see seedlings and then saplings and you’ll see new types of flowers, fireweed,” he says.Flannigan says there are some lessons to draw from a rash of wildfires in Yellowstone National Park almost three decades ago. About 36 per cent of the park straddling Wyoming, Montana and Idaho was affected, U.S. National Park Service figures show.“The park actually took advantage of this and said ‘let’s educate people that fire’s a natural process and see all the changes that take place over the years,’” says Flannigan.“Hopefully Waterton will take a similar approach.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

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People asked to perform acts of kindness in remembrance of Becca Schofield

first_imgFREDERICTON – People are being asked to perform acts of kindness in remembrance of a young New Brunswick woman who inspired good deeds before dying of cancer.The provincial government has proclaimed Sept. 15 the second annual Becca Schofield Day.Schofield, who lived in Riverview, started a campaign to encourage kindness after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2016.People were asked to perform random acts of kindness and share them on social media using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.It became a global movement, inspiring thousands of people around the world before Schofield died on Feb. 17, 2018, at age 18.In 2017, the legislative assembly unanimously passed a motion recognizing the third Saturday of September as Becca Schofield Day.last_img

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Police arrest 73yearold Whitehorse man in relation to mail bomb

first_imgWHITEHORSE – Police have arrested a 73-year-old Whitehorse man in relation to a mail bombing in Port Alice, B.C., earlier this week.Whitehorse RCMP made the arrest Thursday and also asked residents of an apartment building to evacuate while they conducted a search, “out of an abundance of caution.”Residents were allowed to return home later that evening.On Sept. 11, an explosion injured a retired pulp mill worker when a mail bomb went off after he opened a package at his home.Shannon MacGregor drove her neighbour, Roger Nepper to the local clinic after she saw smoke coming from his house as returned home from grocery shopping.Deputy Mayor Bruce Lloyd said Nepper is in his mid 60s and a former local boxing coach.last_img

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Driver training safer intersections highlight Saskatchewan throne speech

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s throne speech Wednesday outlined the government’s plans for the fall sitting of the legislature. Here are some of the highlights:— Changes to commercial driver training and a strategy to improve safety at intersections.— Continued fight against federal carbon tax.— Introduction of legislation on trespassing laws.— A balanced budget by next year.— Apology to those affected by the ’60s Scoop in which Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes.— Allowing rural municipalities and municipalities with populations under 500 to join regional police services.— Free fishing and hunting licences for Canadian veterans.— Introducing legislation to allow police to disclose information about a partner’s potential violent past in an effort to address domestic violence.last_img read more

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Two men dead after small plane crashes in Lanaudiere Friday night

first_imgSAINT-CUTHBERT, Que. — Two people died after a small plane crashed Friday night in Saint-Cuthbert, in the Lanaudiere region northeast of Montreal.The identity of the two men in the ultra-light aircraft has not yet been confirmed.Investigators from the Surete du Quebec were on the scene Saturday.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will likely conduct its own investigation, though the agency did not immediately confirm a probe.Provincial police received a call shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday that a plane had crashed in a field near Grand Sainte Catherine road.The scene was cordoned off to allow for further investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Canadas military spies can collect share info on Canadians directive says

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s military spies can collect and share information about Canadian citizens — including material gathered by chance — as long as it supports a legitimate investigation, says a newly disclosed federal directive.The prospect of defence-intelligence agents having personal data about Canadians worries civil-liberties advocates because it is unclear just how much is collected incidentally from the vast reaches of cyberspace.The Canadian Press recently obtained a copy of the eight-page, August 2018 directive, “Guidance on the Collection of Canadian Citizen Information,” through the Access to Information Act.The instruction to National Defence employees and members of the Canadian Forces says any information collected about Canadians must have a “direct and immediate relationship” to a military operation or activity.But it also warns that “emerging technologies and capabilities” are increasing the possibility that such Canadian information will be scooped up inadvertently from open sources like social-media feeds.Data about Canadians, whether it’s collected intentionally or not, may be kept and used to support authorized defence-intelligence operations, the directive says.The national-security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians is examining the directive as part of a study on how National Defence and the Canadian Forces gather, use, keep and share information about Canadians as part of their intelligence work.The committee plans to deliver a special report to the prime minister on the subject this year.It will be a follow-up to an April report from the committee that said the military has one of the largest intelligence programs in Canada, and it gets little outside scrutiny.The committee, which examined thousands of pages and received several closed-door briefings, found that defence agencies carry out a full range of intelligence activities, collecting information through sensitive methods including technical means, human sources and investigations.It said these activities involve considerable risks, including infringements of Canadians’ rights.The committee called for stricter controls on the military’s spying, including the possibility of legislation spelling out when and how defence intelligence operations can take place.Currently, the only defence activity entailing collection of Canadian citizens’ information is the work of the Canadian Forces national counter-intelligence unit, said Capt. Nicola LaMarre, a National Defence spokeswoman.This includes identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of Canada’s military from foreign intelligence services, or from individuals or groups engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorist activities and other criminal activity as it relates to security concerns, she said.As part of its mandate, the counter-intelligence unit may investigate Forces members and Defence employees, collecting information about them in the process, LaMarre added. But she said that doesn’t mean the unit can “arbitrarily conduct surveillance on Canadian citizens,” and investigations may take place only when there is a clear link to defence security interests.Still, LaMarre said that in “an increasingly complex global information environment, and with Canadians constantly travelling all over the world,” military-intelligence personnel may incidentally gather some information about them.Under the directive, information about Canadians, including material collected inadvertently, can be retained to support authorized intelligence operations, or shared with other Canadian departments and agencies if the law allows.Tim McSorley, national co-ordinator for the Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, finds that troubling given the vast amount of information that swirls daily through the digital sphere.“We’re worried about what it means when they collect inadvertent information,” he said in an interview. “We don’t know the scope or the degree to which Canadians’ information is being captured.”As a result, there should be stronger legislative control and review of the military’s intelligence collection and sharing to ensure it isn’t straying beyond the bounds of privacy law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, he said.“There can always be instances of over-reach, and that needs to be kept in check.”—Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Freeland calls exenvoys advice to China about election highly inappropriate

first_imgOTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is distancing the Trudeau government from its former ambassador to China, a day after he said he has warned Chinese officials that further punishments against Canada could help the opposition Conservatives win the fall election.Asked by reporters today about John McCallum’s remarks, Freeland said it’s highly inappropriate for any Canadian to advise a foreign government on how it can influence an election result in Canada.In her response about McCallum, she also made a point of highlighting the government’s ongoing efforts to protect Canada from foreign election interference.McCallum’s recent comments to the South China Morning Post came with the two countries locked in a diplomatic dispute that has seen Chinese authorities block key imports from Canada and detain two Canadians on espionage charges.He told the newspaper that he warned his contacts in China’s foreign ministry that further negative actions against Canada would help the Conservatives, a party he described as much less friendly to China.McCallum, an economist and Liberal cabinet minister before he was named an ambassador, was fired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in January after going off-script in the government’s efforts to win the release of detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.He’s now an adviser specializing in China-Canada business at law firm McMillan.Speaking to reporters on a conference call from London, Freeland said liberal democracy is under threat as countries like Canada try to address foreign election interference.“Let me say first of all — very clearly — that Mr. McCallum does not speak for the government of Canada,” Freeland said, reminding reporters that he was asked to resign earlier this year.“I think that it is highly inappropriate for any Canadian to be offering advice or opinions to any foreign government on how that government ought or ought not to behave to secure any particular election outcome in Canada.“Nor should any Canadian be advising a foreign government on which electoral outcomes would be best for that government. Canada’s election is about Canadians full stop.”The diplomatic conflict erupted in December when Canadian authorities arrested Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant.The arrest of Huawei’s Meng has enraged the Chinese government, which has demanded her release.In the days following Meng’s arrest, Chinese authorities detained Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, on allegations of undermining China’s national security.Chinese officials have also increased inspections on Canadian goods that have led to the suspension or obstruction of key agricultural imports, including meat and canola.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Cheryl FernandezVersini To Fund New Princes Trust Centre

first_imgCheryl Fernandez-Versini has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to help establish a new state-of-the-art centre in the heart of Newcastle to support thousands of disadvantaged young people from across the region.She has committed to raise £2million to help get the centre up and running, through her own charitable foundation, Cheryl’s Trust. The pop star is planning a host of exciting fundraising activities across the region over the coming months.The Centre, which will allow the Prince’s Trust to support almost 4,000 young people in the North East each year, will help the region’s most at-risk young people, including those facing drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, mental health problems and those leaving care, to turn their lives around.Cheryl, who officially launched her campaign at the charity’s current centre in the west end of the city, met with some of the young people who have already worked with The Prince’s Trust to find out how the charity’s support has helped them.Cheryl said: “I’m proud of where I grew up but I’m only too aware of the challenges that young people faced. Opportunities often seem pretty limited and I saw so many friends who had loads of potential fall into a life of alcohol, drugs and crime. Sadly, many got in too deep, and never found their way back to a happy life.“It’s really scary to see that this is still happening in so many communities across the UK. Too many young people are wasting their lives away because they feel they have no-one to turn to.“My life could have turned out very differently if I didn’t have the support of my family who believed in me and told me I could achieve anything. A little bit of self-belief can go a long way. I know how lucky I am.“The young people The Prince’s Trust works with, day in day out, are those who are unemployed, have no qualifications and sometimes even suffer with mental health issues and drug and alcohol addiction. They are often already resigned to the belief they will fail in life.“That’s why I am raising money to open the new Centre here in Newcastle. I want to give back and help young people who feel like they’ll never achieve anything reach their dreams and live a happy life.”The new centre will enable The Prince’s Trust to provide enhanced support to vulnerable young people on a range of its programmes. The partnership will also see the opening of a new music studio and a state-of-the-art digital media hub within the centre, where young people will be able to gain confidence and skills in music and media.Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “I am truly inspired by Cheryl’s passion and determination to help young people who are the most disengaged from society – especially those who are battling drug and alcohol addiction. We know that Cheryl is genuinely passionate about this cause, and over the years she’s met a number of the young people we support at The Prince’s Trust.“As a charity, The Prince’s Trust relies on generous support from individuals and organisations. The Centre will change thousands of lives each year and I’d like to thank Cheryl for her generosity.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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Petty Fest To Kick Off Oaktopia Festival With Opening Night Performance

first_imgOaktopia Music & Art Festival (Oaktopia), North Texas’ premiere independent music and entertainment event, announced that it has partnered with The Best Fest to provide festival attendees a unique and star-studded performance on the opening night of the event: Petty Fest.Petty FestDescribed by The New York Times as “one of the most jubilant events of the year” and by Rolling Stone as “an experience that is equal parts concert and celebration,” this event will showcase an extraordinary and eclectic array of artists paying tribute to the music of Tom Petty with unprecedented performances of their favorite Petty songs. The event is set for September 22, 2016 and will be on the Oaktopia mainstage on the Travelstead grounds.“This is the first time that The Best Fest has partnered with a music festival to put on a show,” said Eric Pulido, Oaktopia Director. “We are both thrilled and honored to partner with them for Petty Fest. As someone who has performed on The Best Fest stage a number of times, I can tell you that it’s going to be a special night to remember!”A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s event will go to The Texas Music Project, a grassroots resource that develops and produces music education programs, and the Greater Denton Arts Council, which provides foundational support for Denton’s artists and community arts organizations in the Greater Denton area. Since The Best Fest began raising funds for charity at their events, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars at multiple sold out shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, Seattle, Dublin, New Orleans, San Francisco and Austin.“We take great pride and care putting on these shows,” said Alex Levy, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of The Best Fest. “The music is very important to us – it entertains and gives meaning to our lives. We see Oaktopia as a great partner because, like us, they love putting on a great event. And if we can raise money for a cause close to our hearts, well, then we feel a responsibility to do it.”Artist lineup for Petty Fest at Oaktopia will be revealed August 10, 2016.Earning the distinction of being the Best Festival of 2015 by the Dallas Observer, Oaktopia is a music, art and cultural event held in the heart of Downtown Denton, Texas. Beginning on September 22, 2016, Oaktopia is a three-day festival that will present a strong and diverse lineup of some of the most celebrated music artists on various stages. Buy your passes now at Prekindle.General Admission 3-day tickets are available for $85; 1-Day tickets are available for $50; and a limited amount of VIP 3-day tickets are available for $200.last_img read more

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Petmate And MuttNation Fueled By Miranda Lambert Team Up To Save A

first_imgIn this season of giving, MuttNation underscores its commitment to animal rescue in a consolidated effort to engage with pet lovers at all levels.Miranda Lambert & BellamyMuttNation Foundation was founded in 2009 to improve the lives of shelter pets. Miranda Lambert and her mom Bev Lambert were not looking to start another business – they were hoping to build a network of like-minded dog lovers who were passionate about making a difference in an animal’s life and placing homeless dogs in forever homes.“All my life I have felt such a strong connection with dogs and never lost that passion for wanting to find homes for them. I couldn’t be more thrilled about all the hard work and accomplishments of MuttNation this year and cannot wait to see the difference we can make throughout this holiday season,” says Miranda Lambert.In addition to rescue and adoption programs, pet lovers can shop MuttNation to help save a mutt. The MuttNation collection from Petmate, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, offers pet lovers a wonderful opportunity to give back to the rescue community while giving love to their own special four-legged family members. All of Miranda’s proceeds from the MuttNation pet collection go directly to MuttNation Foundation.New products for 2017 now available on Petmate.com and Amazon.com include the cutest collection of Mini Rescue Mutts plush toys based on real-life rescue stories, ‘Free Love’ collars inspired by dogs’ unconditional love, and stylish beds, collars, and toys featuring a guitar strap accent inspired by Miranda’s vintage guitar gear.“We proudly share Miranda’s commitment to rescue and adoption efforts,” says Chris Wilson, Petmate’s executive vice president of marketing and new product development. “That commitment has been at the root of our company’s culture since our inception more than 50 years ago. Our partnership with MuttNation and the development of this wonderful collection of products designed with dogs’ well-being in mind, helps us all support the important work of MuttNation.”MuttNation Mini Rescue MuttsIntroducing the newest addition to the Rescue Mutt plush toys collection – the Mini-Mutts, created to raise awareness and support Miranda’s mission to help shelter animals find their forever homes. Each plush toy has their own unique and real rescue story. The collection features Miranda’s Chihuahua Cher a.k.a. her “good luck charm”, Motley, and Tucker.MuttNation Sweepstakes Winner Rescue Mutt – OliverOliver is the latest full-size addition to the Rescue Mutt plush toy collection. Oliver is a Newfoundland mix and the winner of the national #MuttSpotlight sweepstakes held in November 2016. “Don’t forget… love a shelter pet”.MuttNation “Free Love” CollarEvery dog lover knows that a dog comes with the most precious gift of “FREE LOVE” – everyday, anytime and in every way. Designed in a retro distressed blue and red cotton, with a soft cotton backing for extra comfort. Available in three sizes S-M-L.MuttNation Guitar Strap Gusset BedThe Guitar Strap Gusseted Pillow bed features a luxurious long-pile plush sleep surface and extra filling – four pounds of recycled polyfill – providing superior sleep and support for your pet. This super-sized bed (40″×29″) is designed in blue tones and accented with Miranda’s vintage guitar strap print.MuttNation Guitar Strap Collar and HarnessAlso, inspired by Miranda’s vintage guitar strap, the adjustable guitar strap collar is perfect for any dog looking for some extra swagger. Available in three sizes S-M-L and constructed with extra soft neoprene backing for comfort. The design is also translated into a harness for extra support and safety, available in XS-S-M-L sizes.last_img read more

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Drake breaks record for most American Music Awards nominations in a single

first_imgNominees for the title of new artist of the year are Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Shawn Mendes and Zayn.The awards show will air live Nov. 20 from Los Angeles on ABC.By Mark KennedyAssociated Press Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Drake earned a record-breaking 13 American Music Awards nominations on Monday, shattering Michael Jackson’s mark of 11 nominations in a single year from 1984.Rihanna got seven nominations and Adele and Justin Bieber tied with five each. Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd earned three nominations each.Nominees for artist of the year are Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Adriana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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JUNOS 2019 THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

first_imgJunos Host Sarah McLachlan (Reuters/Mark Blinch) Facebook The 2019 Juno gala dinner has wrapped and with that, many of this year’s Juno Award winners have been announced.To see the full list of winners so far, scroll down. Winners are bolded in the list of nominees below.Juno Fan Choice AwardAlessia Cara​Winner: Avril Lavigne​B​ülowElijah Woods x Jamie FineKillyLoud LuxuryNAVShawn MendesThe WeekndTory Lanez​ Single of the yearAlessia Cara, “Growing Pains”B​ülow, “Not a Love Song”Loud Luxury, “Body”Winner: Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood”The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar, “Pray For Me”International album of the yearCamila Cabello, Camila​Cardi B, Invasion of PrivacyMaroon 5, Red Pill BluesWinner: Post Malone, Beerbongs & BentleysTravis Scott, AstroworldAlbum of the yearHubert Lenoir, Darlène​Jann Arden, These are the DaysWinner: Shawn Mendes, Shawn MendesThe Weeknd, My Dear MelancholyThree Days Grace, OutsiderArtist of the yearAlessia CaraMichael BubléWinner: Shawn MendesThe WeekndTory LanezGroup of the yearWinner: Arkells​ChromeoMetricThe SheepdogsThree Days GraceBreakthrough artist of the yearWinner: B​ülowGrandsonJohnny OrlandoKillyMeghan PatrickBreakthrough group of the year88GlamDizzyElijah Woods x Jamie FineLoud LuxuryWinner: The Washboard UnionSongwriter of the yearAfie Jurvanen: “No Wrong,” “Way With Words,” “Any Place” (Bahamas, Earthtones)Donovan Woods: “Our Friend Bobby,” “Truck Full of Money,” “Next Year” — co-songwriters Chris Lindsey, Logan Wall (Donovan Woods, Both Ways)Frank Dukes: “Be Careful” — co-songwriter Boi-1da (Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy) “Better Now” — co-songwriter Louis Bell (Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys) “Call Out My Name” (The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy)Jessie Reyez: “Promises” — co-songwriters Adam Richard Wiles, Sam Smith (Calvin Harris, Promises) “One Kiss” — co-songwriters Adam Wiles, Dua Lipa (Calvin Harris, One Kiss) “Apple Juice” — co-songwriters Fredrik Ball, Tim Suby (Jessie Reyez, Being Human in Public)Winner: Shawn Mendes: “Lost in Japan” — co-songwriters Nate Mercereau, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger, “Youth” — co-songwriters Geoff Warburton, Khalid Robinson, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger, “In My Blood” — co-songwriters Geoff Warburton, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes)Country album of the yearWinner: Brett Kissel, We Were That SongJess Moskaluke, A Small Town ChristmasMeghan Patrick, Country Music Made Me Do ItThe Reklaws, Feels Like ThatTim Hicks, New TattooAdult alternative album of the yearWinner: Bahamas, EarthtonesDan Mangan, More or LessGabrielle Shonk, Gabrielle ShonkRhye, BloodThe Barr Brothers, Queen of the BreakersAlternative album of the yearDestroyer, KenWinner: Dizzy, Baby TeethFucked Up, Dose Your DreamsTokyo Police Club, TPCU.S. Girls, In a Poem UnlimitedPop album of the yearB​ülow, DamagedChromeo, Head Over HeelsHubert Lenoir, DarlèneWinner: Shawn Mendes, Shawn MendesTyler Shaw, IntuitionRock album of the yearWinner: Arkells, Rally CryMonster Truck, True RockersThe Sheepdogs, Changing ColoursThe Trews, CivilianairesThree Days Grace, OutsiderVocal jazz album of the yearDiana Krall and Tony Bennett, Love is Here to StayDiana Panton, solstice/equinoxHolly Cole, HollyJodi Proznick feat. Laila Biali, Sun SongsWinner: Laila Biali, Laila BialiJazz album of the year: soloAlexis Baro, SandstormAlison Young, So Here We AreLarnell Lewis, In the MomentRenee Rosnes, Beloved of the SkyWinner: Robi Botos, Old SoulJazz album of the year: groupAllison Au Quartet, Wander WonderAndrew Rathbun Large Ensemble, Atwood SuitesWinner: Andy Milne and Dapp Theory, The Seasons of BeingLiebman/Murley Quartet, Live at U of TQuinsin Nachoff’s Flux, Path of TotalityInstrumental album of the yearAerialists, Group ManoeuvreWinner: Gordon Grdina, China CloudKevin Breit, Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy CasanovasThe Fretless, Live from the Art FarmToninato/Thiessen, The Space Between UsFrancophone album of the yearCoeur de pirate, En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera ferméHubert Lenoir, DarlèneWinner: Loud, Une année recordPhilippe Brach Spectra, Le silence des troupeauxTire le coyote, DésherbageChildren’s album of the yearBeppie, Let’s Go BananasGinalina, It Takes a VillageRaffi, Dog on the FloorSonshine and Broccoli, It’s Cool to be KindWinner: Splash’N Boots, You, Me and the SeaClassical album of the year: solo or chamberAndrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 & 8Angela Hewitt, Scarlatti: Sonatas Vol. 2Blake Pouliot with Hsin-I Huang, Ravel & Debussy: SonatesWinner: Gryphon Trio, The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke & RavelMarc-André Hamelin, Schubert: Piano Sonata in B Flat Major D.960; Four Impromptus D.935Classical album of the year: large ensembleCanada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre National Des Arts du Canada conducted by Alexander Shelley, New Worlds/Nouveaux MondesJames Ehnes with Seattle Symphony and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Newton Howard & Kernis: Violin Concertos; Tovey: Stream of LimelightLouis Lortie with BBC Philharmonic, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arthur Post with Gryphon Trio, Into the WonderWinner: Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian feat. Louis Lortie, Sarah Jeffrey, and Teng Li, Vaughan WilliamsClassical album of the year: vocal or choralWinner: Barbara Hannigan with Reinbert De Leeuw, Vienna: Fin de siècle​Choeur de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano with guest soloists, Bernstein: A Quiet PlaceElmer Iseler Singers feat. Patricia O’Callaghan, David Braid: Corona Divinae MisericordiaeJoyce El-Khoury, ÉchoMiriam Khalil, Ayre: LiveClassical composition of the yearWinner: Ana Sokolović, Golden Slumbers Kiss Your EyesBekah Simms, GraniticCassandra Miller, About BachNicole Lizée, Katana of ChoiceVincent Ho, Arctic SymphonyRap recording of the year88 Glam, 88Glam ReloadedBelly, ImmigrantKilly, Surrender Your SoulNAV, RecklessWinner: Tory Lanez, Love Me NowDance recording of the yearAzari, “Gotasoul”Dzeko and Tiësto, “Jackie Chan” feat. Preme and Post MaloneJacques Green, “Avatar Beach”Keys N Krates, “Cura”Winner: Loud Luxury, “Body”R&B/soul recording of the yearAnders, TwosBlack Atlass, Pain & PleasureCharlotte Day Wilson, Stone WomanWinner: Jessie Reyez, Being Human in PublicThe Weeknd, My Dear MelancholyReggae recording of the yearBlessed, Money Don’t Grow Pon TreesChelsea Stewart, GenesisWinner: Dubmatix, Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix — OverdubbedExco Levi, NarrativeKafinal feat. Queen Ifrica, Talk or No TalkIndigenous music album of the yearElisapie, The Ballad of the Runaway GirlWinner: Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik LintuwakonawaLeonard Sumner, Standing in the LightNorthern Cree, Nitisanak — Brothers and SisterSnotty Nose Rez Kids, The Average SavageContemporary roots album of the yearAHI, In Our TimeWinner: Donovan Woods, Both WaysKaia Kater, GrenadesMegan Nash, SeekerThe Deep Dark Woods, YarrowTraditional roots album of the yearDavid Francey, The Broken Heart of EverythingWinner: Pharis and Jason Romero, Sweet Old ReligionThe Slocan Ramblers, Queen City JubileeThe Wailin’ Jennys, FifteenVishtèn, HorizonsBlues album of the yearWinner: Colin James, Miles to GoJack de Keyzer, CheckmateMyles Goodwyn, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the BluesSamantha Martin and Delta Sugar, Run to MeSue Foley, The Ice QueenContemporary Christian/gospel album of the yearBrian Doerksen, GratefulWinner: Lovecollide, Tired of BasicManic Drive, Into the WildTim Neufeld and the Glory Boys, The Buffalo RoadshowWarren Dean Flandez, SpeakWorld music album of the yearAyrad, Zoubida​Boogát, San Cristóbal Baile InnEmmanuel Jal and Nyaruach, NaathTelmary y Habana Sana, Fuerza AraraWinner: Wesli, Rapadou KreyolJack Richardson Producer of the Year AwardDavid Foster and Michael Bublé: “My Funny Valentine,” “Where or When” (co-producer Jochem van der Saag) (Michael Bublé, Love)Winner: Eric Ratz: “People’s Champ,” “Relentless” (Arkells, Rally Cry)Greg Wells: “Waving Through a Window” (Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway Cast Recording), “This is Me” (The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Mike Wise: “Not a Love Song,” “Two Punks in Love” (B​ülow, Damaged)Thomas D’Arcy: “I’ve Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be” (The Sheepdogs, Changing Colours), “Love the Way You Are” (co-producer James Younger, Jeffrey Innes) (Yukon Blonde, Critical Hit)Recording engineer of the yearBen Kaplan: “Get Up,” “It’s Alright” (Mother Mother, Dance and Cry)Jason Dufour: “Truck Full of Money” (Donovan Woods, Both Ways), “When My Body Breaks” (Kandle, Holy Smoke)Robbie Lackritz: “No Wrong,” “Way With Words” (Bahamas, Earthtones)Winner: Shawn Everett: “Slow Burn,” “Space Cowboy” (Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour)Steve Bays: “Flashes” (Dear Rouge, Phases), “UnAmerican” (Said the Whale, UnAmerican)Album artwork of the yearGareth Auden-Hole (art director), Emil Mateja (illustrator) (Jack Pine and the Fire, Left to Our Own Devices)Geordan Moore (art director, designer and illustrator) (Joshua Van Tassel, Crossworlds)Michael DeAngelis (art director and designer), Matt Barnes and Jess Baumung (photographers) (Arkells, Rally Cry)Winner: Mike Milosh (art director, designer, illustrator and photographer) (Rhye, Blood)Simon Dupuis (art director, designer, illustrator and photographer) (Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Viens avec moi)Video of the yearWinner: Ali Eisner, “No Depression” (Bahamas)Andrew De Zen, “Places” (Alaskan Tapes)Andrew Hines, “Powerless” (Classified)Ben Knechtel, “Hang Ups” (Scott Helman)Peter Huang, “Have a Nice Day” (SonReal)Electronic album of the yearEkali, Crystal EyesFelix Cartal, Next SeasonIamhill, Give it a RestWinner: Milk & Bone, Deception BayRezz, Certain Kind of MagicMetal/hard music album of the yearBeyond Creation, AlgorythmCancer Bats, The Spark That MovesKen Mode, LovedKobra and the Lotus, Prevail IIWinner: Voivod, The WakeAdult contemporary album of the yearJann Arden, These Are the DaysWinner: Michael Bublé, LoveMolly Johnson, Meaning to Tell YaNuela Charles, Distant DangerWhitehorse, A Whitehorse Winter ClassicComedy album of the yearChanty Marostica, The Chanty ShowWinner: Dave Merheje, Good Friend Bad GrammarDebra DiGiovanni, Lady JazzMayce Galoni, AwkwarderPat Thornton, Chicken! 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