LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook TWO OF COMEDY’S BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDIC TITANSJust For Laughs and JS Touring are thrilled to announce that America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld and France’s biggest and most loved comedic star Gad Elmaleh will share the stage for the first time as co-headliners with an exclusive one night only event to commemorate JFL’s 35th Anniversary.This exceptional concert will mark Seinfeld’s return to Montreal Just For Laughs Festival since first performing back in 1989; and Gad’s second English appearance at the festival following sold out performances and rave reviews for the premier of his first English one person show run at last year’s festival.These two international icons and friends will come together Wednesday, July 26, at 8:00 PM at the Bell Centre for one night of guaranteed laughter from beginning to end.THE BIGGEST COMEDIANS PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERTTrevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Trevor Noah released his 9th new comedy special Afraid of The Dark in February on Netflix and in November 2016, he released his first book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. His Born a Crime audiobook is Audible’s highest rated since its release in 2016. He brings his standup show live to Montreal for one night only on Friday, July 28 with two performances at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts.In addition to his concerts, JFL ComedyPRO will host In Conversation with Trevor Noah. Join Trevor for a conversation touching on his life and experiences, and whatever else comes to the mind of this brilliant comedian, on Saturday, July 29 at 12:00 pm (noon) at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.Judd Apatow returns to his stand-up comedy roots. The prolific writer/director of such films as Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the director of Trainwreck, as well as executive producer of HBO’s Girls and Crashing and Netflix’s Love, is considered one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business. Don’t miss your chance to see the one and only Judd Apatow perform his new stand-up show being recorded live for Netflix with four performances this summer on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at 5ieme Salle at Place des Arts.Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant and according to the New York Magazine, “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” Catch Ali Wong live on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts. Act fast, her headlining live shows are now known to sell out within two minutes!John Mulaney, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, adds a second performance to his previously announced return to the festival due to popular demand. Mulaney recently starred in the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello on Broadway alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015, he released his Netflix Original special titled The Comeback Kid preceding a very successful stint at Saturday Night Live where he wrote and appeared as a Weekend Update correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. He brings his new standup comedy tour, John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous to Montreal for one night only, Saturday, July 29, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.Chris D’Elia continues to cement his status as a comedic force of nature. From his role as Danny on NBC’s Undateable, to the countless sold-out shows he absolutely muuuurders, and his hilarious Youtube videos, Chris D’Elia is without a doubt one of the funniest men in the world. Performing this special concert show live Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.You know Tom Segura from his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, or from one of his many appearances on the biggest podcasts in comedy, including The Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Maron. We’re thrilled to announce he’s coming to Montreal with his No Teeth, No Entry Tour on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at L’Olympia.HOMETOWN BOY’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO JUST FOR LAUGHS TO HOSTSUGAR SAMMY’S INTERNATIONAL GALAOn one of the most electric nights of last year’s Festival, Sugar Sammy capped off his 420-show tour with one last performance of his hit show You’re Gonna Rire in front of a crowd of 115,000.After performing 1,500 shows in 29 countries and in 4 different languages, Sugar Sammy has teamed up with Just For Laughs to select the best stand-up acts from around the world for his Gala, each performer a star in their own country.Sugar Sammy’s International Gala promises to be one of the most original nights you’ll experience at the Festival. Comedic perspectives from around the world will converge on Montreal for a night of cultural exchange you won’t want to miss!“In hosting a Just For Laughs gala, Sugar Sammy joins legends and comedy stars such as Don Rickles, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher and Bill Burr. We couldn’t be happier to add to the fold, a homegrown star who is making a name for himself around the world “, said Bruce Hills, JFL’s Chief Operating Officer.Sugar Sammy’s International Videotron Gala presented by Air Canada will feature some of the best international stand-ups on the planet on Friday, July 28 at 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.VIDEOTRON GALAS PRESENTED BY AIR CANADA SOAR WITH STAR-STUDDED TALENTVideotron Galas presented by Air Canada return with this high-distinguished series of special Galas taking place over six evenings at the prestigious Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.This year’s superlative lineup kicks off with Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee, comedian/actor David Spade. One of the funniest men to burst onto the comedy scene with a 5-year run on NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live, Spade went on to star in some of the top tent pole comedies as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and most recently Grown Ups. Spade is sure to bring his signature sarcastic style as host of The David Spade Gala, featuring a line up of hilarious comedians and special guests on Wednesday July 26 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Emmy-Award-nominee, Laverne Cox didn’t have any problem standing out in the cast of Netlfix’s Orange is the New Black. That’s not the last time she’ll shine as part of an ensemble of super talented performers as we’re welcoming Laverne to Montreal as the host of her own gala! She will channel her years of hosting reality television on VH1 when she hosts The Laverne Cox Gala, a multi-comic line-up of some of the best stand-up comedians in the world on Saturday, July 29, 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian television personality and political satirist, luminary Rick Mercer will once again take his rightful place in the spotlight of Canadian comedy to host this night of top class stand-up comedy featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians. One of the creators, performers, and writers of CBC’s seminal This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mercer keeps the flame of healthy skepticism alive with his hugely popular show The Rick Mercer Report. The Rick Mercer Gala will take place Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian celebrity, television personality and host, Howie Mandel, returns this summer for his third installment of his highly-rated, multi-comic Gala featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians and unbelievable special guests for an exclusive 90-minute special being filmed for The CW Network. Mandel thrives in the spotlight, from TV hits Deal or No Deal to America’s Got Talent; he’s been an unstoppable force in show business for over 30 years. The Howie Mandel Gala will channel that magnetic energy into this one-of-a-kind evening on Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.More than just traditional stand-up, the Just For Laughs Galas are hilariously inclusive evenings of comedy and theatrics packed with uproarious surprises from start to finish.Additional Galas will be announced in the coming weeks.KEVIN HART’S LAUGH OUT LOUD PRESENTS: JUST FOR LAUGHS EAT MY SHORTSKevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network and Just For Laughs have joined forces in search of the funniest short films from the US and Canada with Laugh Out Loud Network Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a new initiative between the world’s biggest comedy star and the world’s biggest comedy festival.From submissions received, twenty films that speak to a diverse, multicultural audience will be selected to stream on the LOL website when it launches this summer, where fans will have the chance to vote on their favorites. The top five films selected and more will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Imperial, where Kevin Hart will present a development deal to one lucky winner followed by a post Q&A.JACK ASTOR’S SERVES UP THE COOLEST SOLO AND CLUB SERIES OF THE SUMMER Looking for great comedy, up close? Join the club! Just For Laughs is delighted to bring back the ever-so-popular solo and club series presented by Jack Astor’s, sure to bring any room to raucous laughter with this unprecedented lineup of audience favourites and impulsive drop-by sets by some of the best in the industry.One of the industry more unrestrained, bold comedians Jim Norton returns to Montreal bringing a brand-new hour of his refreshingly unapologetic stand-up with him.Following up on Mouthful of Shame (now streaming on Netflix), Norton’s new show Far from Delightful is sure to be an audience hit with his sharp transgressive wit he’s loved for, on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 pm at Gesù.A must-see All Access Live is back and brings a killer line-up of hosts this year taking over Club Soda for four consecutive nights. Every night, audiences are guaranteed laughter with comedic juggernaut hosts, and lineups of stacked comedians guaranteed to delight.Selling out tours across North America, the charismatic comedic storyteller Mike Birbiglia is sure to mix it up when he hosts Wednesday, July 26. Moshe Kasher, comedian, actor and host of the Comedy Central popular show Problematic, will be overseeing hosting duties Thursday, July 27; and Natasha Leggero, writer, actor and comedian, and a regular on the Comedy Central Roast series, will take the stage as host to charm and spar with the room on Friday, July 28. The host will change each night. The lineup changes each show. The nightly show times 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm at Club Soda stay the same.We knew you would want more of him…. tickets have been in demand since announcing Montreal would be treated to the hilarious, clever wit and skillful observational humour of Mike Birbiglia’s latest solo show, The New One. In The New One, the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Do not miss The New One. It may be the best one. Shows runs Monday, July 24, Tuesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 27 through to Saturday, July 29, nightly show times at 7:00 pm at Le Gesù Theatre.Brexit may have some people up in arms, but we’re unifying audiences with Brit(ish) hosted by Gina Yashere, starring Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Seann Walsh, and featuring special guest Sarah Millican. You’ll laugh so hard, the Queen on your money will silently judge you for being so improper when you catch this club series Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm, and Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, at L’Astral.Elon Gold will be making his 11th appearance at Just For Laughs this summer, performing his new solo show Elon Gold: Pro-Semite. A favoured son in the proud tradition of Jewish-American comedy, Gold has never stopped being one of the funniest, most charming guys in the room. Audiences can see for themselves starting Monday, July 24 through to Thursday, July 27, one performance each night at 7:00 pm at Maison Theatre.Don’t miss this recording of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld’s hit podcast If I Were You, performed LIVE just for you! If I Were You offers up advice to its listeners in areas Jake and Amir are qualified to talk about… also quite a few areas they’re not at all. If you’re really lucky they might even have some advice for you when you can catch them LIVE on Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre. They didn’t stop there! Jake and Amir founded the podcast network HeadGum to produce and promote the best podcasting talent in the world. Join the pair as they host a night featuring live recordings of 3 of their favourite HeadGum podcasts: High and Mighty with Jon Gabrus, Twinnovation with Jeff Rosenberg, Dave Rosenberg and Mike Karnell, and Black Men Can’t Jump with Jerah Milligan, Jon Braylock, and James III on Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre.WHEN THE CONVERSATION TURNS TO FUNNY BUSINESSThe Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference is back, bringing the best of the industry together for a 4-day event, attracting everyone from leaders to groundbreakers, to explore all facets of humour at the foreground of entertainment. Amongst Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah, this year’s JFL ComedyPRO will also include some of the hottest cast panels, podcasts and showcases of the best up-and-coming comedians.HBO PRESENTS VICE PRINCIPALS LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSHBO’s Vice Principals tells the story of two school administrators locked in an epic struggle to ascend to their rightful place at North Jackson High School – to be school principal. Sit down with the stars and creators of Vice Principals as they discuss the darkest comedy on television and talk to us about what’s in store for Season 2! The cast panel will feature Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King and Edi Patterson on Friday, July 28 at 1:00 pm at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.CNN PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF COMEDY LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSJoin us for a special screening of the “Spark of Madness” episode from the CNN Original Series, The History of Comedy. “Spark of Madness” explores the fascinating mind of comedians, as well as the difficult road of mental illness and substance abuse that so many seemed destined to take. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kliph Nesteroff with executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner and comedian W. Kamau Bell on Thursday, July 27 at 4:00 pm at Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.The stand-up megastars that have been born at Just For Laughs’ New Faces of Comedy include Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Ali Wong and Kevin Hart. Not a bad list, if we do say so ourselves. Come see the genuinely thrilling moment a young comic steps up and becomes a star with our New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, and New Faces: Unrepped showcases taking place on Wednesday, July 26; and Thursday July 27 at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National. The best of the next generation of comedians and solo sketch acts will give you a serious dose of comedic street cred by catching them now before they are household names.Speaking of new, this year, JFL is adding New Faces: Creators, a showcase of the up-and-coming influencers and creators who, through digital content creation, are contributing to the evolution of the comedy landscape on Thursday, July 27 at 1:45 pm at the Hyatt Grand Salon Opera, Level 4.Mark Critch is returning this fall to co-star in the 25th season of the venerable Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes, so who better to host a celebration of the future of Canadian comedy? See the next generation of great Canadian comics as they strut their stuff in a showcase of the best talent, hand-picked from across The Great White North in our 19th edition of Homegrown Comics, with special guest, comedian K. Trevor Wilson, presented by Sirius XM, taking place on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.Save-the Date: one of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is the unveiling of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” which recognizes stand-up, sketch artists and web content creators making the most impact in the industry this year. Catch the best and brightest “10 Comics To Watch” as they hit the stage and show you why they made the 2017 list, on Friday, July 28, 9:30 pm, at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES AND BOUNDARIES IS WHAT WE DO BEST JFL’s tradition continues with The Ethnic Show, returning for its 9th Edition presented as part of the Jack Astor’s Club Series. This cultural melting pot for comedy features today’s buzz worthy comics, hosted by outspoken comedian Iranian-American Maz Jobrani. Maz is best known for numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit, many movies and television appearances. Joining Maz, sharing the humorous side of their diverse backgrounds, Jewish-American Jessica Kirson returning after highly praised performances in 2016; international comedian and one of the most sought-after performers, Korean Irish-American Steve Byrne; their return to the Festival, audience favourite Italian-Canadians The Doo Wops, comprised of John Catucci and David Mesiano; rising star Portuguese-Canadian Mike Rita; and staple of the New York comedy scene Dominican-American Vlad Caamaño. We’re tearing down barriers to speak forthright while laughing at our differences and similarities, starting Wednesday, July 12 through to Thursday, July 27 with 19 performances at Club Soda and Metropolis.One of the most talked about series in the fest, The Nasty Show returns with a masterful line-up of outspoken, candid and daring standup comics guaranteed to push the boundaries of what is taboo to joke about. The series features heavy hitters such as Jimmy Carr with his mastery of amusing deadpan, edgy-one liner deliveries; unfiltered comedian Godfrey with his high-energy range of voices and personas and hilarious expletive-studded tirades. Big Jay Oakerson dubbed recently by the New York Times as a “Master of the Dirty Joke,” most notable with fans as the co-host of The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder; along with his keen eye for the life’s absurdities, Robert Kelly‘s honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable take on life has been winning over audiences for years. Audiences will need to relinquish judgment at the door to enjoy this uncensored night of indulgent laughs starting Wednesday, July 19 through to Friday, July 28 with 10 performances at Métropolis.VIDEOTRON PRESENTS OFF-JFL & ZOOFESTIN COLLABORATION WITH PABST BLUE RIBBONSometimes your alternative, edgy sibling can be a great influence…. at least that’s the case with OFF-JFL & Zoofest this year. This series features 60 + distinctive shows spanning intimate venues around Montreal, appealing to a young, vibrant demographic thanks to its risqué nature and affordability. Some of the biggest names in comedy made surprise appearances in the past from Louis C.K. and Bill Burr; to Judd Apatow and Dave Chappelle. This year will be no exception with some of the hippest acts planning to take the stage.Notables from their recent TV appearances include HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, comedian Arj Barker; FXX famed-animated hit Lucas Bros Moving Co., comedians The Lucas Bros; NBC’s Powerless comedian/actor Ron Funches; to Canada’s own Sabrina Jalees who recently guest-starred on Amazon’s Transparent; and comedian, writer, actor and TV host on the BBC Katherine Ryan. Comedian, screenwriter, actor, seen on Netflix and E!’s Chelsea Lately, Jen Kirkman joins; as well, Socio-Political Comedian and TV host of FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell. Comedian and actor, most recently seen as everyone’s favourite brash coach on ABC’s The Goldbergs, podcast legend Bryan Callen shares his no holds barred approach to standup.The hottest comedians and shows emerging on the circuit will be featured in this series, including Cristela Alonzo, Kate Berlant, Vir Das, Mark Forward, Erik Griffin, Dan Soder, Barry Rothbart, Emily Heller, James Adomian, K. Trevor Wilson, Orny Adams, Debra DiGiovanni, Sasheer Zamata, Krystyna Hutchinson, Corinne Fisher, Wil Anderson, Ian Karmel, Big Jay Oakersons’ What’s Your F*cking Deal?, Best of the Fest, Hosts with the Most and the insanely popular Midnight Surprise.Oh one more thing…. we can’t forget the quintessential comic’s comic Andy Kindler returns to OFF-JFL to host the beloved Alternative Show for five nights.Just For Laughs continues to draw the biggest talent in the industry, putting the audience in the middle of the action. Many comedians got their “big break” in Montreal over the last 35 years. In a span of 20 days, audiences will have the opportunity to see everyone from their stand up idols, while also having the ability to discover the industry’s next breakout star.Be prepared for more the premium lineups to be announced in the coming weeks.Pre-sale tickets will be available starting today, Wednesday May 3, 2017 as of 12:00 pm; and to the general public Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am at www.hahaha.comLooking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival? Get a JFLMTL Pass! Passes available include: the JFL 2-Show Pass for $99.99, 3-Show Pass for $139.99 and 5-Show Pass for $215. Each pass includes one free ticket every day from July 25-29 (some restrictions apply).The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 12 – 31, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.Find us on social #JFLMTL #JFL35Facebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsThe Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their support..THE 2017 EDITION OFTHE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY VIDEOTRONIN ASSOCIATION WITH LOTO-QUÉBECFor tickets by phone, online or in person:The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, hahaha.com presented by Videotron Advertisement The Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec is excited to announce the first slate of this year’s unrivaled, extraordinary line up of comedians who will descend upon Montreal, turning the city into the epicenter of comedy for its annual celebration. The diversity and quality of performers is unsurpassable, deserving the title of the best-curated festival in the world.From stand up Galas and concert shows to intimate club series, live TV tapings, cast panels and live podcast recordings, Just For Laughs gives comedy enthusiasts the opportunity to get up close and personal to the top comedic titans of today.ONE NIGHT, ONE STAGE
Facebook Login/Register With: Kaia Gerber and Canada’s Winnie Harlow will compete for Model of the Year at the 2017 Fashion Awards. The breakout catwalk stars have each been nominated in the International Model Category at The Fashion Awards, formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, as organized by the British Fashion Council (BFC). Kaia, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, and Winniw are joined in the category by former winner Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid.“The Model of the Year award recognizes the global impact of a model, who over the last 12 months has dominated the industry with an influence that transcends the catwalk,” a spokesperson said of the category.The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski will take place on 4 December, at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Votes were cast by 2,000 members of the fashion industry drawn from media, retail, communications and photography, with the voting body covering 38 countries. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement READ MORE
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Third Act Productions is holding a job fair for the sequel this Friday (June 22) in Port Hope.“Largo” is the working title for the It sequel — and this job fair will run from 2 to 6 this Friday at the old Canadian Tire Store (on Robertson St) in Port Hope.In addition to extras, the production company is looking for location support personnel and security.As for the sequel, it apparently takes place 27 years after the events of the first film. Members of The Losers Club have grown up and moved away — until a devastating phone call brings them back to Derry to face their nemesis.Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role as Pennywise.The It sequel will be released in theatres on September 6, of 2019. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you have aspirations of being on the big screen in a major motion picture, head down Highway 28 later this week.While you may not land a role that would ever be considered for an Oscar, there is an opportunity to be part of the Hollywood experience happening nearby.The sequel to last year’s blockbuster Stephen King’s “It” is in the works, and (like the original) the town of Port Hope will be turned into Derry (Maine) for the shooting of scenes. Twitter
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment At the time the members of The Beaches were born, the late 1990s, Mick Jagger was already a grandfather and the Rolling Stones were on their 23rd studio album. But when the Toronto band found out they were opening for The Stones during their June 29 concert, they could not have been more excited.They were on their tour bus, and their phones started reverberating with text messages from their record label and managers.“We weren’t really answering, we were being bad, and then we finally answered and we found out about the offer and we were so excited,” says guitarist Kylie Miller. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook “We just really started screaming, we all called our parents, woke them all up.”Musically speaking, The Beaches, named after the Toronto neighbourhood where the band members grew up, are old souls. Along with The Pretenders and glam rockers like T-Rex, the Rolling Stones are their main musical idols; something you can hear clearly in the Jaggeresque swagger of songs like T-Shirt.“There’s just such excellent music there, regardless of how much older they are than us. I think their music will always speak to whoever listens to them,” adds Jordan Miller, Kylie’s sister and the band’s lead singer and bassist.Resurrecting rockWith top-selling and highly awarded artists like Drake, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars, rock music has taken a back seat to pop and hip hop in recent years, especially as the music of young people. Jordan Miller of The Beaches is seen performing at the 2018 iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. (Jess Baumung/Invision/The Associated Press)
APTN National NewsThe people of Kwakiutl First Nation on Vancouver Island are taking part in a major demonstration.They’re protesting what they say is the government’s lack of respect for the community’s claim over traditional territories.On Wednesday, during the first two days of protests, they’ve occupied the property of a logging company.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith was there.
APTN National NewsMichael Hutchinson speaks with University of Alberta biologist Dr. Suzanne Bayley on reclaiming Alberta wetlands from tar sands development.
APTN National NewsWinnipeg’s North End neighbourhood is coming together in vigils and rallies to promote positive change, in the wake of recent violence in the community.Attendance was strong at two vigils held in remembrance of recent deaths in the community, while a weekly rally called “Meet Me At The Bell Tower” is seeing growing support from residents.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler speaks with some of the activists and leaders in the North End about their efforts and the response they’re seeing.
APTN National NewsWinnipeg played host to another Idle No More round dance this week.That’s not surprising but what was above maybe was.A helicopter circled the protest, while police were seen on nearby roof tops with cameras.Police said it was for safety reasons.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has the story.
APTN National NewsThe New Brunswick government spends over $2 million annually to spay over forested areas of Crown land.Glyphosate, also known as Round-up or Vision, is the most commonly used herbicide on the planet.In forestry, clearcutting and the use of herbicides go hand-in-hand.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
APTN National NewsFor most of us, the picture of the Canadian .25 cents quarter is as close to the woodland caribou as we’re going to get.That’s not the case for the James Bay Cree, at least right now.But they fear that future may become a reality with a declining herd, as the number has dropped by half in the past decade.Many point to logging as the culprit.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports there is a way to save the herd – if everyone agrees to it.
Brandi Morin, APTN National News“Call an ambulance! Someone call an ambulance!”Brad Provost was sitting in the dark theatre high off a recent hit of fentanyl he had snorted in the bathroom with his girlfriend.She was in a different theatre watching a movie with Provost’s cousins and had since come into the theatre where Provost sat a few times to wake him up after he had nodded off.When he assured her he was ok, she went back to her seat.The next thing he recalled was his cousin rushing in and yelling, “She’s not waking up! Your girlfriend’s not waking up!”She had stopped breathing and lay there for about 20 minutes before anyone noticed.A fentanyl overdose is a silent killer.It comes in the form of deep relaxation and causes the user to feel extreme fatigue. It looks like the victim is sleeping, but their organs are shutting down.They’re dying.Provost said he sprang to his feet as adrenaline rushed through his veins overbearing the drugs in his system.He ran over to the next theatre to see his girlfriend passed out in the chair not moving, or breathing. He pulled her over to the aisle and began performing CPR. He said it was a frightening scene. She gave no response as vomit began spilling out of her nostrils.“Call an ambulance! Someone call an ambulance!” he shouted.According to Provost, his girlfriend had overdosed before, but she had always pulled through.During the ride in the ambulance to the hospital, Provost prayed for the best.They had plans to turn their lives around. They were going to leave the drug infused streets of Lethbridge, Alta., and go to live on the Blood Tribe reserve – a place where they would have a roof over their heads.They talked about their plans to get off the drugs and be together, healthy and strong.It was the one decision to make the stop at the drug dealers and head to the movies before they left town that changed everything.Although emergency responders were able to get her heart going again, the odds weren’t good.For two days Provost said he stayed sober and sat by his girlfriend’s side in intensive care.His girlfriend’s family started arriving along with tensions toward Provost. They soon asked him to leave and to this day blame him for what happened to her.One day later she died at age 37.“I lost her…they (her family) don’t understand. It’s been almost two years now. I have no idea why they’re blaming me. I pray and hope they get over it,” said Provost.Brad ProvostAfter a two-week drug fueled rampage following her death, Provost said he wanted to get clean.He chose to get it over with. Cold turkey. He checked himself into the Foothills Detox treatment center in Fort Macleod, AB.He said detox was the worst pain he’s ever experienced.So bad that he cried. At one point he went to hospital for treatment. Three weeks later said he was “free.”“It’s like Dante’s inferno – Dr. Sue ChristensonDr. Sue Christenson, a physician at the Lavern Clinic on the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta (Provost’s home community) deals with hundreds of cases of fentanyl users.Christenson said she has witnessed withdrawal’s that’s the stuff of nightmares.“It’s like Dante’s inferno,” said Christenson. “Like needles being stuck into your body. Sweats. I’ve seen people horribly dry heaving, uncontrollable diarrhea, inability to sleep, severe depression. It’s horrible. Avoiding withdrawal is what drives addiction. People are terrified of it.”She doesn’t recommend the cold turkey method of quitting. Right now Christenson is treating about 300 patients with suboxone, a drug that’s a partial opioid agonist that helps to diminish the withdrawals.“For people that are taking these medications or drugs (fentanyl) on a regular basis- the brain uploads receptors and it needs a certain amount to just feel comfortable. Which is why when you don’t have them you feel horrible and you’re in withdrawal. The suboxone has a chemical in it that’s a partial opioid agonist so it stimulates those receptors but not the ones that cause you to decrease breathing, so it’s safe. It takes away withdrawals and cravings, but doesn’t activate the receptors that make you high,” explained Christenson.She said the failure rate for the cold turkey method is 98 percent. However, the suboxone success rate is only about 20 or 30 percent. But it’s a heck of a lot better than two percent said Christenson.The Blood tribe, population 12,800 declared a state of emergency in March 2015 after fentanyl began claiming lives at an alarming rate.The painkiller, sold on the black market in a pill, patch or powdered form can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin. Christenson said people in her First Nation are more subject to pain, whether it be from growing up in adverse conditions or residual and intergenerational affects from colonization like the Indian residential school system. Traumatic experiences can affect child brain development and make people susceptible to addiction, she said.Often times the numbing effects of fentanyl can be a quick fix from dealing with grief as well.“It’s like, ‘give me a break for a moment, I’m hurting so much.’ If the drug is readily available and brought to you- because it’s easier to get fentanyl delivered to your door step here than it is to go to a doctor and talk about your problems and get another pill,” she said.It’s a problem that’s rapidly growing and affecting people from all walks of life in western Canada.Overdoses claimed the lives of 374 people in British Columbia in 2016 and 374 in Alberta that same year. An average of 34.4 deaths per month in Alberta.Christenson said the drug is spreading eastward and warned officials there to expect its imminent arrival. There were four fentanyl related deaths in Saskatchewan in 2016, nine in Manitoba and numbers rose back up with almost 200 deaths in Ontario.“You’re literally dealing in death when you’re selling this stuff – RCMP Corporal Curtis Peters The overdoses are mostly caused by illicit fentanyl intake that’s manufactured mostly in China then shipped to Canada’s ports, according to the RCMP.Prescription grade fentanyl is highly regulated and used for people suffering from severe pain such as cancer or people undergoing surgery.RCMP Strategic Communications Unit, Corporal Curtis Peters, said most of the customs seizures have to do with illicit fentanyl. But organized crime groups are now learning how to make it and are starting to manufacture it in Canada.Although the RCMP said they can’t quite pinpoint as to why fentanyl use is more prominent in the western provinces.“We know that it’s manufactured here in the west by organized crime groups who have a foothold here in these two provinces,” said Peters. “The pills are largely pressed in Alberta and BC. I think the availability of it being here and the distribution network is contributing to the problem for sure.”Peters said during a recent raid one officer was exposed to the powered form of fentanyl and had to be given its antidote, naloxone.Because of the deaths, Alberta RCMP is now going after drug dealers.Bobby Weasel Head, 41, was charged with manslaughter last year for selling tainted fentanyl to Roxanne Blood, 41, and Timothy Eagle, 46, who died in their home on the Blood reserve in March 2016.Last fall police in Edmonton laid a manslaughter charge against Jordan Yarmey, 25, for the fentanyl overdose death of Szymon Kalich, 33.It’s becoming more commonplace to hold dealers to account, said Peters.“To me, the people that are selling this poison, that’s a problem. You’re literally dealing in death when you’re selling this stuff. And it’s driven strictly by greed. They sell it for profit. Playing with people’s lives and getting rich off of it- it’s terrible. It’s disgusting,” he said.RCMP enforcement efforts have been ramped up to include training police dogs in the detection of fentanyl, increasing awareness campaigns on social media and main stream media, officer training, educating frontline workers and distributing naloxone kits.A take home Naloxone kit from the City of Ottawa.Naloxone allows a five minute window of survival after an overdose. In the past year, the Province of Alberta allocated almost $17 million to combat the opioid crisis including almost $1 million for take home naloxone kits.The Blood Tribe has been using naloxone for over a year and has seen a significant reduction in overdose deaths. As of spring 2015 there were 40 fentanyl related overdoses and 20 deaths.There have been two deaths on reserve and three off reserve since naloxone was introduced.“We have a lot of people in the community trained in naloxone kits,” said Blood Tribe Deputy Chief of Police Kyle Melting Tallow.“We’re still seeing a lot of people that are overdosing but they’re using the kits. You’ll go into houses and you’ll see several kits stacked at the door. You’ll see used kits as well,” he said.Melting Tallow said there are at least two overdoses in the community a day, however users will administer the naloxone kits and then continue to get high.Christenson hopes that the kits will become common place.“Every citizen in the province should consider getting a kit. I think it’s going to become like CPR. We’ll have these kits on the walls to be grabbed in the event of an overdose,” said Christenson.It’s a crisis that will never go away, she added, once this is dealt with another drug will take its place.“I think it’s probably going to get worse and I just want to be prepared for the next wave.”The next wave is already hitting the streets in the form of carfentanil which is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and W18, a designer drug which is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.Beds in the Kanai Wellness Center on the Blood reserve. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNFirst Nations like the Blood Tribe work with Health Canada which has committed $65 million over five years to the opioid issue.Meanwhile, the Blood Tribe has its own treatment center that treats patients from all over Canada called the Kanai Wellness Center.Indigenous groups are also working with Alberta Health Services which is funneling out $8 million for new treatment beds.An opioid dependency clinic opened last May in Cardston located in Southern Alberta is treating 129 people with new patients being added daily.A 300 bed treatment clinic is set to open this spring in northern Alberta. With an additional 11 treatment centers scattered across the province.“We’re also working with groups in cities around the province around establishing supervised consumption services to provide a safer space for people to use drugs but also those wrap around services that come with,” said Alberta Associate Minister of Health, Brandy Payne. “A key piece is ensuring that we’re investing in treatment.”She recognizes that Indigenous groups have been highly affected and the province will continue to provide supports.“We do know that Indigenous people have been very hard hit by this whether they’re living on reserve or off and we want to make sure we’re providing supports needed,” said Payne.Provost said he has now been clean for 18 months. He said he did it for his girlfriend. He reflected back on his demeanour while he was doing fentanyl.“I was at a point in my drug use where I didn’t even care. I didn’t care if people were dying off of it…but now I tell people every time you use that stuff it’s like putting a gun to your head,” he said. “Usually something really bad has to happen for someone to come off it-for me I had a wicked wake up call.”Provost speaking to a group at the detox centre on the Blood reserve in Alberta. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNHe now has a place of his own in Fort Macleod and goes to the detox center to speak to patients about how to get clean.He said it’s rewarding and a chance to give back, but it’s not easy being sober.“Times are tough when you’re sober. It’s a lot harder because you face everything head on.”There are several coping mechanisms Provost uses like surrounding himself with good people, going to sweats and doing yoga.Looking back he said when his girlfriend took fentanyl that fateful day she knew the potential dangers of her choice.“You can’t make anybody do drugs. If they’re going to do them, they’re going to do them. My girlfriend was very intelligent, she was very smart. She never let anybody make her do anything. She was very independent. She wanted to do it (fentanyl).”He believes she is now a guardian angel and that her spirit is close by. She often visits him in his dreams to tell him everything’s going to be email@example.com
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The Bank of Montreal’s (TSX:BMO) participation in a major financing deal for licensed marijuana producer Canopy Growth marks a big policy shift for Canada’s biggest banks, which may be warming up to the cannabis sector.Canopy (TSX:WEED), Canada’s biggest licensed cannabis producer, announced yesterday that BMO Capital Markets and GMP Securities were leading its $175-million bought deal offering of roughly five million shares.Until now, Canadian banks have been reluctant to service the country’s burgeoning marijuana industry, leaving smaller banks and financial institutions to cash in on pot companies’ financing and commercial banking needs.However, the legislative landscape in Canada is changing rapidly as the federal and provincial governments gear up for legalization of cannabis for recreational use by this summer, and pot stocks have seen significant gains over the past year in anticipation.But BMO’s participation in the Canopy deal comes as lawmakers crack down south of the border — where many of Canada’s big banks have ties — on marijuana, which remains illegal in the U.S. under federal law.Attorney-General Jeff Sessions earlier this month rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that federal lawmakers would not intervene in states where the drug is legal, allowing legalization to flourish.
CINCINNATI – A New Jersey man is accused of running a multimillion-dollar scam that bilked singers Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight, who invested in a sports drink company.Kevin Foster, of Montclair, faces 16 charges including wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion.Six of those charges were added Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.Foster, who served as Ne-Yo’s business manager, is accused of convincing the star to invest $2 million in a drink called OXYwater. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Foster didn’t disclose that he served as a controller for the business or that he earned commission on investments.Prosecutors say Foster pulled a similar scheme on R&B star McKnight to keep the business solvent.A message seeking comment from his attorney wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.
TORONTO – Global alcohol giant Constellation Brands will invest $5 billion in Canopy Growth Corp. — the largest strategic investment in the cannabis space to date — which the marijuana producer says will help it scale up and fend off competition from established players in big pharma and booze who are hungrily eyeing the pot industry.Canopy chief executive Bruce Linton called the infusion of capital “rocket fuel” for the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based licensed producer, enabling it to extend its global reach as more markets legalize cannabis around the world.Canada will this fall become the second country in the world to legalize marijuana for recreational use, sparking a flurry of activity in the homegrown sector. But in the coming years, Canopy’s competition will be the likes of “big pharma,” and “packaged beverage,” rather than Canadian cannabis companies, Linton told analysts on a conference call Wednesday.“This about accelerating and getting way further out there before those other big names are in,” Linton said. “Getting our products, staking our claims, having the leverage that we have now and moving up.”As part of the deal, the global producer of beer, wine and spirits will make Canopy its exclusive global cannabis partner.Constellation Brands will own 38 per cent of Canopy under the deal, in which it will acquire 104.5 million Canopy shares at a price of $48.60 per share. Canopy shares closed Wednesday’s trading session on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $42.20, up more than 31 per cent.The investment follows a deal last year that saw the Corona-beer maker acquire a nearly 10 per cent stake in Canopy for $245 million and included collaboration on the development of cannabis-based drinks.Its chief executive Rob Sands called the deal a “powerful partnership” as markets for cannabis are “opening up much more rapidly than appreciated.”“This is an extremely exciting time to be part of what could potentially be one of the most significant global growth opportunities for the next decade,” Sands told an investor conference call Wednesday.The Constellation deal comes as other alcohol companies have also started honing in on the cannabis industry. Earlier this month, Molson Coors Canada entered into a joint venture with the Hydropothecary Corp. to develop non-alcoholic cannabis-infused products. As well, Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing Co. recently introduced a cannabis-infused hoppy sparkling water in California.Constellation’s investment on Wednesday is by far the largest strategic investment seen in the space to date, said Russell Stanley, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners in a research note.“Cannabis is quickly becoming a truly global business… We view the Canopy/Constellation news as further proof that a global market opportunity awaits, with Canadian-listed companies well positioned to participate given their head start and superior access to capital,” he said.Linton said Wednesday the money would largely be used to position the licensed producer for international expansion opportunities as cannabis becomes legal in new regions. Priority markets include the United States, Europe and Latin America, he added.“As we look around the world, we’re going to be expanding production, we’re going to be doing more research, we’re going to develop more intellectual property… And we’re going to be way more global,” he told analysts on a conference call.Canopy’s target acquisition list exceeds $1 billion for international assets and non-cultivation assets in Canada, Linton said. The licensed medical marijuana producer doesn’t intend to acquire any cultivation assets at home, as it is easier to build their own, but would be eyeing domestic assets such as bottling lines, he added.As part of the partnership, Canopy has a services arrangement with Constellation to use its resources, which would help with a U.S. expansion once permitted, Linton added.The U.S., where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use in several states but remains illegal at the federal level, is the “best market” and will become “federally legal sooner than people think,” he said.“We are going to do everything that is fully federally lawful to be available in a market. And we think there are mechanisms of action that we can take that we’re working through. There will be nothing federally illegal in what we do,” he said.Constellation will also receive 139.7 million new warrants, which are exercisable over the next three years. If Constellation exercises all of its existing and new warrants, its ownership in Canopy would exceed 50 per cent.The agreement Wednesday will also see Constellation nominate four directors to Canopy Growth’s seven-member board of directors. The investment, which is expected to close by the end of October, is subject to customary closing conditions, including Canopy shareholder approval and regulatory approvals.The investment deal came as Canopy reported a loss of $80.3 million or 40 cents per share for the quarter ended June 30 as it continued to ramp up its operations ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada later this year.The loss compared with a loss of nearly $9.1 million or six cents per share a year ago.Revenue for the three-month period totalled $25.9 million, up from nearly $15.9 million in the same quarter a year earlier.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)
Business owners are breathing a huge sigh of relief now that the evacuation alert has been lifted in Waterton Lakes National Park.Parks Canada spokesman John Stoesser says the area has received 32 millimetres of rain, which is sufficient to rescind the alert that was issued last week.It was lifted just in time for one of the park’s busiest months.Shameer Suleman with the Waterton Chamber of Commerce says September is not only profitable but also his favourite month of the year, as he’s been in Waterton Park for nearly three decades.“The weather is great, the animals are out, and so to lose such a big lucrative month last year was a big hit for a lot of business owners and the thought of losing it again was crushing, two years in a row,” he said.However, he adds thankfully the wind and rain came, and they can return to business as usual.The 860-hectare blaze remains entirely on the U.S. side of the border in Glacier National Park, about seven kilometres away.Waterton was devastated by a wildfire last September which consumed more than 190 square kilometres within the park and led to a two-week mandatory evacuation.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – TV viewers are idling away the final weeks of summer the way they started it: with reality programs.Half of last week’s 20 most-watched programs were unscripted contests, according to Nielsen Co. figures released Wednesday.The field was topped by NBC’s two episodes of “America’s Got Talent” and the Notre Dame-Michigan football game, helping make the network the most-watched for the ninth consecutive week.Notre Dame’s prime-time 24-17 victory drew the team’s biggest audience on NBC in 13 years, since a game against University of Southern California in 2005.Amid a sombre week of tributes to the late Sen. John McCain, a rerun of “Saturday Night Live” provided a reminder of the politician’s trademark humour. The episode featuring him as host gave the show its biggest audience in six weeks, NBC said.NBC won the week in prime-time with an average of 5.1 million viewers. CBS had 3.5 million viewers, ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.18 million, Telemundo had 1.17 million and the CW had 780,000.Fox News Channel led the cable networks with an average of 2.2 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.8 million, USA had 1.36 million, HGTV had 1.3 million, ESPN had 1.2 million, History had 1.06 million and CNN had 1.05 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. The “NBC Nightly News” had 8.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 million.For the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.78 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 9.9 million; Notre Dame Football: Michigan at Notre Dame, NBC, 7.1 million; “Sunday Night Kickoff,” ABC, 6.55 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 5.86 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 5.84 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.78 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.74 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 5.06 million; “Dateline Classic,” NBC, 4.93 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Oil and Gas Commission announced today that it will be teaming up with Geoscience BC, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Calgary on a research project to install 30 new groundwater monitoring wells in the Peace Region.Starting this summer, a team led by UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative, with collaboration from the OGC and Geoscience BC, will drill a total of 30 wells as part of the groundwater monitoring network in the Peace Region. The first eight monitoring wells will be drilled this summer, with more wells to be drilled in the spring and fall of 2019 before the project concludes in 2020.Samples will be taken at regular intervals to see if methane is present in Northeast B.C. groundwater, and if so, how much, what its origins are, and its prevalence in areas near oil and gas development. “Potential impacts to groundwater from energy resource development are controversial and scientifically-based answers to many questions related to this are needed,” said the project’s principal investigator Dr. Aaron Cahill, who is also co-director of UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative. “In particular, more information is needed on groundwater conditions in areas of resource development in B.C., including levels of methane and other hydrocarbons close to oil and gas wells. This new research project will generate high quality scientific data to address concerns related to resource development in the Peace Region.”Oil and Gas Commissioner Paul Jeakins added that the data gathered from the project will give the Commission more information, and therefore strengthen its oversight of the oil and gas industry.
Bernier said that one of his chief concerns is the potential ramifications for the natural gas extraction industry due to the upcoming final investment decision from LNG Canada, which is anticipated to occur before the end of the year.“The last thing we need is to be raising more red flags that could stand in the way of building TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline,” he added. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier says he’s concerned about some of the recommendations that were made to Agriculture Minister Lana Popham in an interim report by an advisory committee looking into revitalizing the Agricultural Land Commission and Agricultural Land Reserve, saying that those recommendations could have a negative impact on the Peace Region’s oil and gas industry.The committee’s interim report, released last Wednesday, identified 13 recommendations for legislative and regulatory change, as well as four recommendations for action to protect the ALR.The committee also identified 14 key issues that are still under consideration for its final report. Among the recommendations for action to protect the ALR, the committee made two recommendations to mitigate the impacts of oil and gas activity on agricultural lands.The committee recommended that a Deputy Minister-level multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional task force to develop a strategy focused on how a balance can be achieved between agriculture and oil and gas extraction, as well as for the ALC to have an increased presence in Northern B.C.“The Committee has previously noted that it is imperative there be a government-wide policy shift in identifying agricultural land and industry as a resource equivalent to other resources, and oil and gas is no exception,” reads the report. “It is essential an ‘agriculture-first’ approach be applied to the ALR in the Northeast.”The report goes on to say that, “The development of the energy sector has exceeded the capacity of the current regulatory environment to protect farmland. The impacts of oil and gas extraction on agricultural land and farm businesses in Northeast B.C. have reached a breaking point. Cumulative impacts over the last decade from accelerating oil and gas development have rendered portions of agricultural lands unusable and others difficult to farm. With continued changes in extraction and processing methods along with the pace and scale of development, these activities that were once considered temporary are no longer. Instead they are permanent industrial sites built on farmland and next to farm communities.”However, Bernier says that the committee’s report contains recommendations that would seek to undo changes that were made by the previous Liberal government in 2014 which he says gives farmers with ALR land more flexibility.“For over fifty years both industries have operated side by side in harmony and without major incident,” said Bernier. “Four years ago the previous government divided the ALR into two separate zones in order to recognize regional differences and give farmers more opportunities to make money on their land. The Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee for Revitalizing the ALR wants to change all that, and quite a bit more.”
“If the judge grants certification, the lawsuit then gains momentum, has a timeline and has a schedule, a time when it goes to court. I guess there will be some process where all the outfitters join or are included in this, that have a grizzly bear quota, that want to be a part of this class action lawsuit. I think that people are rallying together quite strongly in support of Ron and his efforts. I guess we’ll see if the legal system agrees with the case he’s presenting.” “This is not about the number of grizzly bears, this has nothing to do with science or the need for more science. We have a lot of bears in British Columbia, they’re very healthy. The latest reports have their range expanding and their density is increasing. So it’s really about some politics and we’re, quite frankly, really disappointed that politics get involved in wildlife management.”Generally, Ellis feels that most people care about wildlife and that the outfitting community has the ability to file a lawsuit for damages.“I think, generally, most people care about wildlife and, in this particular instance, the outfitting community has the ability to sue for damages, the resident hunting community does not. So if we had a choice, I’m not speaking for Ron, but if we had a choice and if you were to ask him, I would bet my house that he would pick opening the hunt again and proper wildlife management over having to sue the Government for damages.”According to Ellis, this ban has repercussions on not just the economic side, but also on the lives of other wildlife that are having to deal with the grizzly bear population.“It has all kinds of repercussions, it’s common knowledge, and there’s a fantastic study out of Alaska if people are aware of that, they really need to look at the mortality on moose calves by grizzly bears. They put GoPros on the chests of grizzly bears and it was pretty amazing. The average was over six weeks or so, a grizzly bear was eating one moose calf a day. You can’t manage the land and you can’t manage the wildlife that lives on that land if you’re picking and choosing which species you’re going to manage and which ones you aren’t. You need to manage all of them and, I think, that’s really what we want.”The next steps for the lawsuit, according to Ellis, is they will be going forward for a certification where a judge will decide if this lawsuit has legal standing. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Back in December of 2017, the B.C. Government put a province-wide ban on grizzly bear hunting.In December 2018, Ron Fleming, owner of Love Bros. & Lee, had filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for all B.C. guide outfitting businesses allegedly harmed by the hunting ban.Scott Ellis, Executive Director of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., says the hunting ban is more about politics and less about the actual population of grizzlies.