Calgary Film Centre opens for business amid Alberta’s economic downturn

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The Calgary Film Centre opened its doors on Thursday, bringing hope to Alberta’s oil-battered economy.

The facility, located at 5750 76 Avenue S.E., features three sound stages; one 20,000-square-feet, one 18,000-square-feet and one 12,000-square-feet.

WATCH: Calgary Film Centre time lapse

It’s estimated the film and television industry in southern Alberta added about $175 million to the province’s economy last year. The opening of the new Calgary Film Centre, which can facilitate productions indoors in a controlled climate, is expected to double that number.

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    Alberta is no stranger to film and TV production. The province played host to feature films The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2015 and Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey in 2013.

    A TV series based on the film Fargo was also filmed in Alberta, as well as several seasons of Hell on Wheels.

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    The total cost to build the film centre was originally pegged at $22 million but later climbed to $28.2 million due to the weak Canadian dollar.

    – With files from David Boushy and Doug Vaessen

    Inside the Calgary Film Centre, , located at 5750 76 Avenue S.E.

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Website asks Vancouver homeowners to sell below market value to buyers who will live in city

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It’s a crazy idea, but it just might work.

That’s the thinking behind a new idea by a Vancouver man who wants to cool the city’s super-heated housing market: how about making a difference by making a bit less on the sale of your home?

“I’m hearing the same thing over and over again. So, why not introduce a more la-la land idea?” said David Kandestin, a 31-year-old lawyer and founder of vancouverhomeproject长沙桑拿.

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The concept is simple. “If you own a home in Vancouver, and are willing to sell below market to a buyer that wants to live in this city, we want to hear from you,” the website says.

Call it anti-greed.

“I think ultimately people do want to sell to people they think are going to live in their neighbourhood,” said Kandestin.

His website aims to connect would-be buyers with altruistic sellers. It’s only been online since Monday. Dozens of buyers have joined – but so has one seller, a homeowner from West Vancouver who wants her place to go to a good family.

“She’s just sick of what she’s seeing, so she’d be really happy to sell it to somebody who wants to live in the neighbourhood and she’d be really interested in there being some sort of a safeguard that the person who does buy it ultimately can’t flip it.”

In Vancouver, where tiny teardowns net millions of dollars, people seem willing to listen to the idea.

“Would I get a decent return and allow somebody else to stay here? That seems reasonable to me,” said one man.

But others don’t buy it.

“If you make a sweetheart deal here, you may not get the same sweetheart deal when you go to buy somewhere else,” said another Vancouver homeowner.

Kandestin said his goal was to spark a conversation and perhaps generate a small level of interest.

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NYC student who ran rogue eatery in his dorm trying to find post-grad path

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NEW YORK – As a student at Columbia University, Jonah Reider wowed foodies and rankled city health officials by opening an exclusive supper club in his dorm.

His culinary chutzpah, and the long waiting list for a seat at one of his unorthodox dinners, earned him write-ups in newspapers and magazines and even an appearance on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

But after graduating this week, the 22-year-old whiz chef from Newton, Massachusetts, is facing the same reality as a lot of other new college grads.

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    He’s looking for a place to live and a way to make a living.

    Four months after leaving his dorm, Reider is being booted from the Columbia-owned apartment where he hosted the latest incarnation of his supper club. His eviction comes amid pressure from the university and city health officials, who said he was operating a restaurant under the radar of food inspectors.

    “I don’t mind if I live in a squalid little New York apartment,” Reider says, adding that he has just one requirement: “a nice kitchen.”

    His goal is to earn a living staging “wild, crazy events” for companies including, perhaps, fashion houses and hotels.

    A few gigs already have started to materialize.

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    This week, a day before he graduated, the economics and sociology major cooked up his “experimental cuisine” for 90 guests who gathered at a Fifth Avenue mansion for an evening of music with Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr and the Metropolis Ensemble. His dishes included whipped bone marrow with watermelon radish and fennel, and raw scallops with pink lemon, charred ramp oil, rhubarb and black salt.

    He’s also lined up to film a web series, appear at a Chicago cooking conference and prepare a series of meals at a Manhattan art gallery, with visitors helping to choose and mix ingredients amid artful ceramics and furniture.

    “I’m going to figure out how to make it all work,” he insists.

    Reider’s cooking career started when he and his friends at Newton South High School formed a grilling club. He had no formal training in cooking last September when he started his Columbia dorm supper club, which he called Pith, for the white outer part of an orange or lemon.

    With a mere four seats around one table and reservations available only online, Pith had no choice but to start small. But after one news outlet dubbed it “New York’s hottest new restaurant,” the waiting list quickly grew to thousands of wannabe guests.

    For his last semester, Reider moved into a Columbia-owned apartment. He had a lease through August, but recently got a letter terminating his lease at the end of this month. Reider contended he made no money from the supper club, asking diners only to chip in about $15 toward groceries. Columbia officials declined to comment.

    Others haven’t hesitated to heap praise.

    “That is fantastic,” exclaimed Colbert last year on “The Late Show” after biting into a honey-filled phyllo dough dessert infused with black truffle. “That is delicious, unexpected.”

    Famed food critic Ruth Reichl, who attended one of Reider’s meals at a mutual friend’s house, later blogged that she found his fare “impossible to stop eating.” And The New York Times named him one of its “30 under 30” creative achievers.

    As for what the future holds, Reider says he has no regrets about breaking from most of his Ivy League classmates and choosing an unconventional path.

    “I don’t really care,” he says. “I’m so excited about the cooking and the people I’m meeting.”

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7 children injured after tanker truck rear-ends school bus west of Toronto

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Seven children were taken to hospital with leg and back injuries Thursday after a tanker truck rear-ended a school bus west of Toronto.

The incident happened at around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Steeles Avenue and Sixth Line in Hornby, Ont., near Highway 401 and Trafalgar Road.

Police said the school bus was stopped with its overhead flashing lights activated, stop arm extended and was about to pick up two students at a home on Steeles Avenue when it was hit from behind by the tanker.

The driver of the tanker sounded his air horn to alert the pedestrians of the impending collision. Police said the two students were pulled to safety by their mother when it was clear the truck was not going to stop.

The 58-year-old Orangeville man was not injured in the collision and remained at the scene. No charges have been laid. The tanker was loaded with diesel fuel and police said it was not compromised in the collision.

Seven children were injured after a tank truck rear-ended a school bus in Halton on May 19, 2016.

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Police said there were nine school children aged five to 10 years old aboard the bus when it was struck.

Two of the injured children were transported to McMaster Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while five others were transported to Milton District Hospital with minor injuries along with the school bus driver.

“The worst injuries we’re dealing with and that have been confirmed is possibly a broken ankle and or a concussion which is reasonable to expect given the mechanism of the collision that occurred,” said Sgt. Ryan Snow of the Halton Regional Police’s traffic services.

Snow also said that the bus was equipped with some seatbelts, but added they were not in use at the time of the collision.

“While there are some seats on the bus that are equipped with seatbelts, seatbelt use is not mandated on school buses so I cannot tell you if they were in fact being used,” he said.
Police said a collision reconstruction team is investigating and the roadway was closed for several hours.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905 825-4747 extension 5065 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活haltoncrimestoppers长沙桑拿, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Aboriginal tourism in B.C. aims to balance culture and commerce

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BELLA COOLA – Chief Wally Webber stands on the ferry dock in Bella Coola and talks about the Nuxalk First Nation’s ambitious new project — a hotel and restaurant that they hope will become a hub for Aboriginal tourism in B.C.’s central coast.

Webber is excited by the prospect of bringing a much-needed economic boost to the region. But he admits to feeling a bit nervous about taking on such a big project.

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“It’s our first run at it. It’s quite nerve-wracking,” said Webber, who is the Nuxalk’s elected and hereditary chief.

Part of those jitters come from the prospect of starting a new business. But part of it comes from the pressure to make sure that whatever he comes up with accurately reflects Nuxalk culture. He is interested in creating a viable business, but says he won’t risk selling out.

“Being Nuxalk, our culture is not for sale,” Webber said.

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Aboriginal tourism in B.C. is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the industry. Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC Director Brenda Baptiste says aboriginal tourism in the province brought in $50 million in revenue last year and that number is expected to grow to $68 million in 2017.

Baptiste says aboriginal tourism is a broad term that consists of “any kind of experience that is directly related to the identity of the nation that is presenting it or the entrepreneur that is presenting it.”

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In the case of the Nuxalk, they are developing a hotel styled after traditional big houses and a restaurant featuring local cuisine.

Elsewhere in Bella Coola, Copper Sun Gallery sells Nuxalk artwork and operates tours of local petroglyphs, totem poles and other historic sites.

“The most important part of the petroglyphs is telling our story of the Nuxalk, our history, where we’ve come from and where we are today,” says Copper Sun Gallery’s Chris Nelson.

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Baptiste says her organization aims to help B.C. First Nations find the right balance between commerce and culture to give travellers a truly “authentic” experience.

According to Baptiste, the idea of authenticity is a critical one to First Nations and tourists, saying one in four travellers “want some sort of aboriginal experience when they visit B.C.”

“To them it’s important that it’s authentic.”

Of course, defining a nebulous term like “authenticity” can be tricky. One person’s idea of an authentic experience can be another person’s idea of tacky kitsch.

Baptiste says the best way to settle the debate is to have each First Nation decide how best to present itself.

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“Aboriginal tourism is probably the greatest form of self-governance for individuals and communities because they decide what they want to share and they decide what they want to protect and they make decisions about how they want to showcase their culture and their beliefs and their identity,” she said.

“That’s the definition of authenticity.”

The search for authenticity can seem like a fool’s errand, but Baptiste says it generates discussion within First Nations that ultimately helps people better understand their past.

“Aboriginal cultural tourism requires that you understand who you are as an aboriginal person and that you understand your culture, and all of those values and principles that are part of that culture,” she said.

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That dialogue can also help younger First Nations people better understand their history.

“The benefit goes back to the community by teaching young people about our culture, by revitalizing languages, revitalizing those cultural practices that may not have been around for a while,” Baptiste said.

Alix Goetzinger, who works as a cultural ambassador at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate, agrees.

“I feel really empowered that I’m the one that’s gets to give them a positive view of not just of Haida people, but First Nations culture as a whole,” she said.

“When [tourists] leave, they have this enlightened view and they realize who we really are and that our culture is worth protecting.”

Nelson also finds value in sharing Nuxalk culture with the world.

He conducts tours of local petroglyphs that he estimates are around 7,000 years old. That would make them older than historic sites such as Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza and England’s Stonehenge, tourist attractions that attract millions of visitors each year. Nelson believes the Nuxalk petroglyphs have just as much historic significance as those famous sites and he wants to share them with the world.

The Nuxalk consider the petroglyphs to be a sacred site and Nelson consulted extensively with local elders and hereditary chiefs to make sure that the stories he shares on his tour properly reflect Nuxalk traditions. He hopes that by offering an intimate view of Nuxalk culture, he can create an experience that everyone in the world can relate to.

“I always like to explain that the petroglyphs tell the story of the earth, that it reminds us why we’re here, that we’re here to fulfill our lives and continue to grow each year — mentally, physically spiritually — and obtain knowledge from each other.

“That’s universal.”

– With files from Sophie Lui

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‘Very good looking’ suspect sought in fatal drive-by shooting in downtown Toronto

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Police have released a composite sketch of a “very good looking” suspect wanted in connection to an afternoon drive-by shooting death of 28-year-old Joel Alexander in downtown Toronto last December.

Alexander, who was a father of a five-year-old child, was fatally shot on Dec. 11 around 4:15 p.m. in a parking lot near King Street West and Peter Street in what police say was a targeted shooting.

Police say the deceased had just pulled into the parking lot when another vehicle drove up beside him and starting firing from the passenger side seat.

Joel Alexander, 28, was killed in a ‘targeted’ shooting in downtown Toronto on Dec. 11, 2015.

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“The suspect vehicle proceeded north on Peter from King Street, did a U-turn and stopped where Mr. Alexander was seated and opened up shooting,” said Det. Sgt. Terry Browne during a press conference Thursday morning.

Alexander, who was with a female passenger, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators have also released an image of the suspect vehicle they believe was involved in the shooting.

It is described as a 2006 Lexus, either a 250 or 350 model, and was captured on video a number of times in various locations that day.

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“We now believe that this vehicle actually followed Mr. Alexander for a period of time before he was eventually gunned down,” said Terry.

Browne says the suspect is described as a male black, with light brown skin and 30 years of age.

“He is being described as being a very good looking, or model-like gentleman. He was well-dressed at the time of the shooting,” he said.

Browne say Alexander had no known ties to gangs but was involved in a lifestyle that “put him in a higher risk for an incident such as this.”

Police are urging anyone who may recognize the suspect or the vehicle involved to come forward.

VIDEO: Toronto Police provide some information about the shooting in the Entertainment District

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Lumby looking for help to prevent floods

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LUMBY – Each spring the potential for flooding has Lumby residents on edge.

Now the Village of Lumby is hoping the regional district can take action to prevent those floods.

However, that may mean weighing flood protection against the need to store enough water to last Vernon-area water customers through the summer.

On Wednesday, water was flowing out of the reservoirs on the Aberdeen Plateau which have reached capacity.

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Water pouring out of the reservoirs is used by Vernon-area residents but the flow can also continue on down Duteau Creek to Lumby, where flooding is an annual worry for the village.

In 2013 Duteau Creeks was one of two Lumby waterways that breached their banks.

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“We had some businesses that were very close to being flooded out,” recalled Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton.

That’s why the village has sent a letter to the Regional District of North Okanagan asking for help. It wants water released from the reservoirs earlier in the year, as a form of flood prevention.

“What we are looking for is sort of an educated guess where they can say, ‘OK, we’ve got this much snow pack, we know the reservoirs can take this much water, so let’s let some of the water off while it is still cool and we are not getting the flash floods with the rain and everything else,’” said Acton.

“[That way] there is room in the reservoirs to compensate for any major quick melt or big rain.”

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However, the regional district says it needs to ensure the reservoirs are as full as possible so there’s enough water for the greater Vernon area to last through the summer.

“This option would be of questionable benefit to Lumby and would increase the risk of water shortages for [Greater Vernon Water],” wrote Greater Vernon Water manager Zee Marcolin, in a 2013 report to the regional district board.

“Costs would range from $20,000 to $50,000 for each year that water restrictions are required, depending on resources needed and severity of the drought.”

However, Lumby’s mayor said they don’t want to impact Vernon water users.

“We don’t want to create a drought for the Vernon residents, that is not what we are looking for. We are looking to have a better understanding of what the snowpack is and how much they can retain before it becomes an issue for flooding,” said Acton.

The regional district board was expected to address the issue at their meeting Wednesday evening.

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CrossFit is whipping 56-year-old man into the best shape of his life

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In order to get into the best shape of his life, 56-year-old Blake Parker had to scare himself half to death.

Parker suffered a massive heart attack on Feb. 2, 2012. It’s a day that changed his life forever.

“I knew it was coming at some point. He was a smoker, he didn’t eat properly, he wasn’t exercising,” said Blake’s son Aaron, in Saskatoon.

“He was a ticking time bomb, so it didn’t surprise me, but it was very scary.”

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    After his heart attack, Blake realized he had to whip himself into shape. But when his son Aaron urged him to try CrossFit, Blake was hesitant.

    “I was pretty nervous. I just had a heart attack so I was in really poor shape,” said Blake. “I knew I had to do something but I just thought maybe [CrossFit] is a little extreme for what I need.”

    But Blake decided to give CrossFit a try, and he got hooked after his first workout. Now he’s in the gym five days a week.

    “He’s ripped how!” says his son Aaron. “He’s carved out of granite, so he looks good for 56 years old for sure.”

    Aaron supported his father throughout his fitness journey, but this weekend it will be Blake’s turn to cheer on his son. Aaron is one of the 20 athletes in western Canada to earn a spot in the CrossFit Games West Regional qualifier.

    “It’s amazing because I know how hard it is,” says Blake. “I do a lot of the same as he does, of course not the same weight by any means and he does it twice as fast … I’m very proud of what he’s doing.”

    The qualifier kicks off on Friday in Portland, Ore.

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Vancouver building named after man behind Komagata Maru decision

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In some ways, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology today in the House of Commons for the Komagata Maru incident closed a chapter on one of British Columbia’s most abhorrent acts of racism.

But history is never that clear cut.

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For the last 53 years, a federal building in the heart of Vancouver has been named for the local politician most responsible for the decision to bar 350 people – most of them Sikhs from India – from entering Canada.

The Harry Stevens Building sits at Quebec Street and East 10th Avenue, a non-descript structure built in 1963, now home to Service Canada.

“One of Canada’s outstanding public servants, the honourable Henry Herbert Stevens was a Member of Parliament for thirty years and served with distinction in various cabinet portfolios,” the plaque in the building’s lobby reads.

Stevens was an MP from 1911 to 1940, a cabinet minister in the Conservative Party governments of Arthur Meighen and R. B. Bennett, and was Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade in his post-political career.

In 1914 he was just a backbench MP for the riding of Vancouver City – but historical accounts say Stevens was a key figure in the decision to bar the Komagata Maru from docking, directly working with the immigration office to prevent a positive resolution for the refugees.

“As the immigration staff in Vancouver could see, Stevens was the man making the decisions,” wrote Hugh J. M. Johnston in The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar.

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“Asian immigration was his leading issue. When he spoke for the first time in Parliament, he directed his time to the Asian threat to Canada’s future as ‘a white man’s country.’”

Most infamously, Stevens said “we cannot hope to preserve the national type if we allow Asiatics to enter Canada in any numbers” in 1914 – the same year as the Komagata Maru incident.

Stevens is just one of two politicians from Vancouver to have a federal building named after them. The other is James Sinclair, former Minister of Fisheries – and Justin Trudeau’s grandfather.

Raj Toor, whose grandfather was on the Komagata Maru, said he would mention the situation to Trudeau.

In 2014, school board trustees in New Westminster decided to reverse a decision to name a new middle school after former premier John Robson because of his anti-Chinese views.

Stripping the name from a federal building would be without precedent in B.C., but Premier Christy Clark said if the local Indo-Canadian community wants that dialogue, it should be considered.

“I think it’s painful for a lot of people who are descendants of those who were turned away to see that. At the same time, as I said, we need to remember the good and the bad.”

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Improved weather condition bolsters climbing treks on Mount Everest

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KATHMANDU, Nepal – More than 150 climbers scaled Mount Everest as better weather conditions Thursday led to a crowded day atop the world’s highest peak, a Nepal official at the base camp said.

A team of soldiers from United Arab Emirates and other teams from the Indian army were among the climbers on the summit, Department of Mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said. He said it was hard to say exactly the number of people who have reached the summit or their nationalities but it was a busy day on the summit.

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Many of them were returning safely to lower camps, and the weather was still favourable near the summit.

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Climbers have been reaching the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit almost daily since May 11, but high winds had forced a break Tuesday and Wednesday before climbing resumed Thursday.

It is not unusual for big numbers of climbers to reach the summit on a single day because only two or three windows of good weather in May enable climbing on the peak often hit with extremely harsh weather conditions.

This season has been a good for climbers on Everest after two years of disasters.

An avalanche triggered by a powerful earthquake killed 19 climbers and injured 61 others at base camp last year. In 2014, 16 Sherpa guides were killed by an avalanche above the base camp.

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Last year’s climbing season was scrubbed, and nearly all of the climbers in 2014 abandoned their attempts after the avalanche. The only team who reached the summit that year from the Nepal side was a Chinese woman and her five Sherpa guides.

It was feared that the disasters would drive away climbers, but hundreds of climbers and thousands of foreign trekkers returned this spring to Nepal, which has eight of the highest mountains in the world.

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