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The Top 5 Halloween movies

Dalia Yegavian | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

Are you a horror fanatic? Well, you’re in luck because Halloween is only 100 days away!

In preparation for the thriller movie marathons, we’ve compiled a list of…

The best Halloween movies

5. Beetlejuice

 

 

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street

 

 

3. Hocus Pocus

 

 

2. Trick ‘r’ Treat

 

 

1. Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court orders Elections Canada to review moving voting day over religious worries

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

Canada’s chief electoral officer is taking a second look at whether voting day this October needs to be moved because it falls on a Jewish holiday after being ordered by a Federal Court judge to come up with a decision in a matter of days.

Election day can be no later than Oct. 21 under federal law, which this year falls on the Jewish holiday known as Shemini Atzeret. Observant Orthodox Jews are not permitted to work, vote or campaign on that day.

Elections Canada has been lobbied to move the date, but decided against it this close to the start of the election campaign.

At a court hearing last week, complainants argued chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault’s decision was unreasonable.

Justice Ann Marie McDonald’s decision on Tuesday said there was a “lack of evidence” that Perrault balanced the infringement on the charter rights of affected voters against the objectives of the election law.

McDonald ordered Perrault to review his decision and strike that balance, and do so by Aug. 1.

Under federal law, the chief electoral officer can only make a recommendation to cabinet. He doesn’t have the unilateral ability to move the election date.

“Elections Canada will act in a timely manner in accordance with the directions provided by the Court. I will make public my final decision as soon as possible,” Perrault said in a statement.

“Elections Canada remains committed to fostering meaningful opportunities for all Canadians to participate in the federal election.”

In early June, Conservative candidate Chani Aryeh-Bain, who is running in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, and Ira Walfish, a voter in nearby York Centre, asked the Federal Court to intervene, on the grounds Elections Canada failed to take their concerns seriously.

They also argued that scheduled advance polling days are problematic. Three out of four advance voting days – which are held on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday the week before election day – fall on dates when observant Jews wouldn’t be able to vote.

The confluence of dates “dramatically restricts” the ability of observant Jews across the country to vote and “fully participate in our democracy,” Liberal MP Michael Levitt wrote in a letter to Perrault in mid-April.

Levitt, who represents York Centre, asked Perrault at the time to reconsider the date of the vote because it conflicted with a religious observance, which the chief electoral officer is allowed to do under the election law.

“Very pleased to see decision by Federal Court recognizing implications of the fixed election date/advance polls falling on Jewish holidays and the impact on religiously observant Jewish Canadians,” Levitt wrote on Twitter in response to the decision.

Elections Canada had said that rather than recommend moving election day, it instead had instructed returning officers in ridings with large Jewish populations to conduct outreach and promote extended voting hours – from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – at advance polls.

Simon Koffler Fogel, president and CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said Elections Canada has taken significant measures to ensure every Jewish voter can cast a ballot.

“We will respect the Chief Electoral Officer’s decision and will continue working closely with Elections Canada to support its efforts to maximize voter participation and inclusion of the Jewish community – which is a cornerstone of democracy,” he said in a statement.

Aryeh-Bain, who observes the holiday, said Tuesday that she hopes Perrault would move the election date to allow her “to compete in this election on an equal footing.”

In a statement, B’nai Brith Canada noted that the scheduling conflict had attracted bipartisan concern, including from Liberal MPs Marco Mendicino, whom Aryeh-Bain is trying to unseat in Toronto, and Anthony Housefather of Montreal. Chief executive Michael Mostyn called the decision a “massive victory for the Canadian Jewish community.”

“The right to vote and run for office is one of the most fundamental rights in Canadian society, and the court was right to find that Elections Canada must give them proper consideration,” Mostyn said.

“We urge the chief electoral officer to act quickly and make the right decision.”

Man wanted for allegedly trying to choke woman on North York street

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

Toronto police are looking for a suspect who allegedly chocked a woman on a North York street.

Officers were called to reports of an assault at Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

A 24-year-old woman was walking along the street when a man approached her from behind and attempted to choke her.

She bit the man’s hand and began to scream, police said. Several people then began to come out of their homes and the man fled on foot.

The suspect is described as 19 to 21 years old, with a slim to medium build, dark blond hair, and clean-shaven. He was wearing a navy blue or black shirt, black shorts and black running shoes.

Police are reminding people in the area to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact police.

York police seek help finding missing teen girl

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

York regional police are looking for a 17-year-old girl who was last seen Sunday afternoon in Markham.

Investigators say Ayra Nawaz has not been heard from since walking from a plaza in the area of Cornell Park and Bur Oak avenues shortly after 12 p.m.

She’s described as South Asian, five feet four inches tall, with a medium build.

She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a gold logo, black track pants and black and white sandals with a gold Michael Kors logo.

Her family tells 680 NEWS they are concerned for her safety because she has autism and is considered vulnerable.

 

Lametti swats back at Ontario attorney general over legal aid spending

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

The Ontario government’s rejection of shared responsibility for legal aid is an “excuse for spending cuts” that will leave many of the province’s most vulnerable at greater risk, federal Justice Minister David Lametti said Tuesday.

The federal government has consistently recognized the importance of working with its provincial counterparts on matters relating to legal aid, Lametti wrote in a letter dated Tuesday to the Ontario attorney general.

“It will perhaps come as no surprise that I strongly disagree with the path that Premier (Doug) Ford has chosen,” he wrote.

Friction between the Ontario Tories and the federal Liberals is expected to be on full display in the upcoming federal election campaign and both parties appear to be relishing the fight.

In the spring, the provincial Progressive Conservative government announced it would cut funding for refugee- and immigration-law services provided by Legal Aid Ontario on the grounds that refugee claims and immigration claims are properly a federal responsibility.

A Liberal spokesperson indicated this week that the party has already received a strong response against Ford’s policy during door-to-door canvassing.

The Ontario government’s failure to provide its legal-aid program with adequate support will increase the likelihood of life-altering and unacceptable outcomes, Lametti wrote Tuesday, while he cited examples like Ontarians facing the prospects of criminal trials without appropriate representation or the need to escape domestic violence.

Lametti’s letter comes after Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey recently wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly and asked him to instruct his ministers to reply to the province’s requests to fill what he says is a funding gap of $25 million.

The number of refugee claims in Ontario has soared by nearly 160 per cent since 2013, Downey said, connecting the increase to the Trudeau government’s immigration policies.

“Because of their decision to increase the service need, we think they need to increase the service resources,” Downey said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.

Immigration is a federal responsibility so Ottawa should shoulder these costs, he argued, adding Ontario has not been receiving the same level of funding as other provinces for legal-aid services provided to immigrants.

The federal justice department says, however, that provincial allocations for immigration and refugee legal aid are calculated annually based on a formula that was agreed upon by all provinces and territories.

“Over the past five years, Ontario received 62 to 74 per cent of the total annual federal funding available,” Lametti noted.

Canadians across the country expect their governments to work together to support those in need of legal assistance, he added.

“An approach on the part of the Ontario government that departs from that co-operative precedent and seeks to obscure that shared responsibility as an excuse for spending cuts will leave many of the province’s most vulnerable people at increased risk and without legal protection,” he wrote.

“Governments have an obligation to represent and support all people, not just the people who can afford to hire legal representation.”

Breakfast Television is seeking interns!

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

Are you passionate about news, lifestyle content, social media, and creative design?

We’re looking for individuals who are bright, creative, and energetic, with a passion for news – and lifestyle-themed content, plus the ability to hunt down the latest trends before they go viral!

Breakfast Television is a three-and-a-half-hour LIVE television news and lifestyle production and is looking for full-time digital, production, and creative interns for the summer (May – September). The successful applicants must be studying a relevant program, and the internship must be part of their school curriculum.

DIGITAL:

Knowledge of video production and editing would be considered a strong asset.

PRODUCTION:

Passion for live television and experience in a studio setting are considered a strong asset.

CREATIVE:

Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, AfterEffects) is considered a strong asset.

Positions are full-time, five-days-a-week, running from 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in our downtown Toronto studios.

Should you fulfill the requirements and wish to apply for the position, please forward your resume and cover letter, along with your placement officer’s name and contact info, to:

comments@bttoronto.ca


Please include ‘Internship‘ in the subject line.

Alternately, send a hard copy to:

Citytv – Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
Breakfast Television Internship Program
33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1B8

If we are interested in following up with you, we will be in touch to set up an interview.

 

Boris Johnson wins race to be UK prime minister

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson has won the race to lead Britain’s governing Conservative Party, and will become the country’s next prime minister.

He defeated his rival Jeremy Hunt overwhelmingly in a vote of Conservative Party members.

He will be installed as prime minister in a formal handover from Theresa May on Wednesday.

The victory is a triumph for the 55-year-old Johnson, an ambitious but erratic politician whose political career has veered between periods in high office and spells on the sidelines.

Johnson has vowed that Britain will quit the European Union, “come what may,” on the scheduled Brexit departure date of Oct. 31 even if it means leaving without a divorce deal

But he faces a rocky ride from a Parliament determined to prevent him from taking the U.K. out of the bloc without a withdrawal agreement.

6 Movies Coming in the 2nd Half of 2019 To Watch For

Riley Glenn | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

2019 has been a great year for moviegoers. With blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, John Wick: Chapter 3, Rocketman, and the freshly released Lion King remake, the first half of 2019 has not disappointed. There has been something for just about everyone, from superhero epics to pure action, freaky horror hits, comedy gold, and some incredible animated features.

After such an incredible start to the year, will the second half of 2019 be able to keep the movie momentum going? Only time will tell, but for now, let’s take a look at 5 movies we just can’t wait for.

  1. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (July 26, 2019)

Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, set in 1960’s Hollywood, features an absolutely stacked cast. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pachino are just a few of the names that make up the talented group of stars. If you are familiar with Tarantino’s work, films including Pulp Fiction (1994), Kill Bill (2003), and most recently, The Hateful Eight (2015), then you have a general idea of what to expect. Over the top characters, a twisting and turning plot, and of course, violence.

  1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (August 2, 2019)

The Fast and Furious franchise has been churning out blockbuster hit after blockbuster hit for nearly 20 years, with each film becoming more and moreover the top than the last. Hobbs & Shaw, a spinoff of the main series, follows you guessed it, Hobbs & Shaw, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham. The duo has appeared in the past 3 Fast & Furious films, and each has a deep history of iconic action films. Expect this one to be furiously packed with action.

  1. It Chapter Two (September 6, 2019)

When It hit theatres back in 2017, it became an instant classic. The adaptation of Stephen King’s novel was a near-perfect combination of humour and horror, It had us laughing at times, but mostly covering our eyes throughout the entire 2+ hour runtime. It Chapter Two returns to the town of Derry 27 years after The Loser Club’s first encounter with Pennywise. Starring Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), and James McAvoy (Split), It Chapter Two is guaranteed to be one of the spookiest movies of the year.

  1. Joker (October 4, 2019)

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joker takes a look at the origin of the titular character. More psychological thriller than superhero flick, Joker follows the evolution of failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck and his descent into madness and ultimate transformation into criminal mastermind The Joker. We’ve seen a few iterations of the Joker in recent years, starting with Heath Ledger’s legendary performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight and Jared Leto’s in 2016’s Suicide Squad, but first impressions make it clear Joker will bring a brand new take on the iconic character.

  1. Frozen 2 (November 22, 2019)

Elsa, Anna, and their snowman companion Olaf are back for another adventure. So far, not much is known about the sequel, however, the trailer alludes to a dangerous journey across unknown lands. Even with the lack of information, this is one to keep on the radar.

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (December 20, 2019)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was… let’s say… not as well received by die-hard fans of the franchise as Disney would have hoped. Still, we have faith in The Rise of Skywalker. The final chapter of the 9-episode Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker is destined to be an epic conclusion to one of the largest movie franchises in the history of cinema. Produced, co-written, and directed by J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker follows the battle between the Resistance and the First Order, all while the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax. As mentioned, this will be an epic conclusion.

 

What movies will you be looking out for?

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