More LGBTQ representation than ever before but TV has failed queer women

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Last year, GLAAD noted the deaths of several queer female characters and called on broadcast networks to ensure that lesbian and bisexual women on TV fared better the following year. But this year’s report cites at least 12 lesbian and bisexual female characters who have been killed off broadcast shows since January, and says more than 25 queer female characters have been killed across all platforms this year.The report directly references the “Bury Your Gays” trope, a term activists used this year while protesting the deaths of lesbian and bisexual characters, who often see violent deaths or meet tragic ends following happy moments.Fans were particularly outraged after CW’s dystopian teen drama The 100 killed off a beloved character in March. In response, they formed LGBT Fans Deserve Better, an initiative that has continued to track the deaths of lesbian and bisexual female characters, and has raised more than $150,000 for The Trevor Project, which provides a 24-hour, toll-free crisis hotline and other services for LGBTQ youth.In an intro to the report, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis wrote that “the decision to kill these characters in droves sends a toxic message about the worth of queer female stories,” adding that LGBTQ characters should have “the same opportunities for romance, nuanced motivation, developed back story and the same odds of death” as their straight, cisgender counterparts.And while overall bisexual representation increased on broadcast and streaming networks, GLAAD says it continues to see harmful tropes played out around characters who identify as bisexual, often portraying them as manipulative or untrustworthy. The report notes that these traits factored into unsettling character deaths on shows including ABC’s The Catch and Fox’s Empire.Bisexual women outnumber bisexual men across platforms; out of 21 characters identified as bisexual, only five are men. But GLAAD praised CW’s musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Freeform’s Shadowhunters for depicting bisexual male characters whose stories dispel negative stereotypes.GLAAD says the number of transgender characters has more than doubled since last year. Out of 16 transgender characters, three are on broadcast networks, none of which had shows with transgender characters last year. That means transgender characters will appear across all platforms. The report cites Amazon’s Transparent as the most LGBTQ-inclusive series. GLAAD notes that the dramedy, which stars Jeffrey Tambor as a 70-year-old transgender woman, features two other transgender characters (both played by transgender actors) and three other characters identified as LGBT.By Bethonie Butler – The Washington Post Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The group began tracking more comprehensive diversity data in 2005, and this year’s report also identifies record-high percentages of black characters and characters with disabilities. But the group offers a mixed assessment of overall LGBTQ representation for the 2016-2017 TV season.GLAAD reports that lesbian representation “decreased dramatically” from 33 per cent last year to 17 per cent this year. The exception is on streaming networks, where lesbians account for the majority of LGBTQ character representation.center_img GLAAD cites record-high LGBTQ representation in its annual report on television diversity, but the media advocacy group says that television “failed queer women” this year, killing off a staggering number of lesbian and bisexual female characters.The annual “Where We Are on TV” report has analyzed the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer characters on prime-time broadcast and cable television for more than two decades. Last year, the group began tracking characters in first-run scripted series released by streaming networks Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. This year’s report, released Thursday, cites the highest-ever percentage of LGBTQ characters on broadcast television.Out of the five major broadcast networks, ABC has the highest percentage (7.3 per cent) of LGBTQ characters who are series regulars. Fox follows at 6.4 per cent, larger than the overall broadcast percentage of 4.8 per cent. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Jared Abrahamson talks Branching Out as Trevor on Travelers

first_img Twitter The tension on Travelers is rising to epic proportions this week following the conclusion of “Donner,” where a possible rise of new rogue Travelers was hinted at. Meanwhile their personal lives are making it even harder to stay on mission, from Carly’s (Nesta Cooper) baby-daddy problem and Marcy’s (Mackenzie Porter) uncertain feelings for David (Patrick Gilmore) to MacLaren’s wife suspecting he’s having an affair.Monday night’s episode “Bishop” sends MacLaren 20,000 feet up in the air for a mysterious mission surrounding a congressman involved in the creation of a new pipeline, while Carly struggles to find work thanks to interference from her ex-abuser Jeff (J. Alex Brinson).Trevor (Jared Abrahamson), meanwhile, has to deal with a problem of his own when his father (William MacDonald), or Gary, as he continues to call him, confronts him about his missed tests and how their relationship has changed recently. The TV Junkies spoke with Abrahamson about his role as a spiritual and sweet Trevor and how he almost missed the opportunity altogether. Login/Register With: “I wasn’t interested [in pilots] at the time,” says Abrahamson, who was in the midst of filming Hello, Destroyer, an independent film about a young, troubled hockey player. It wasn’t until his agent insisted he give the show a chance did he pick up the script. “Once I read it I was all-in.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Annual Bell Lets Talk event makes a big impression

first_img Facebook Let’s talk!That was the prompt from Bell Canada on Jan. 25, promoting Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual event that has been fostering awareness and fundraising for mental health initiatives since 2010.“We’re not done yet,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. “We count all the activity right up until midnight on the west coast. It’s more than a 24-hour day.” Advertisement Billing itself as the country’s largest corporate initiative dedicated to mental health, Bell Canada has supported over 700 organizations since 2011, according to Deacon. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img For every text, call, tweet and Instagram post, Facebook video view and use of Snapchat geofilter, Bell will contribute $0.05 to mental health initiatives.Deacon said the organization was feeling confident that they will exceed last year’s numbers. As of Wednesday evening, the campaign had reached more than 91,623,313 interactions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img

Orphan Black Finale Reveals the Total Number of Clones

first_img Login/Register With: SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “To Right the Wrongs of Many,” the series finale of “Orphan Black.”It started with two. When “Orphan Black” first premiered in 2013, there were two women at the center of the pilot episode’s inciting incident. Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) sees her double meticulously take off her shoes, set down her bag, and step off the train platform to commit suicide. Sarah then takes over that woman’s life for a time before learning that one doppelganger is quaint, but in reality, she has almost a dozen, who are clones of her and her twin sister Helena (Maslany).Though the heart of the show was #CloneClub, and that included anyone who was on the side of the clones, helping them to get to the bottom of what was going on at the Dyad Institute and later helping to stop P.T. Westmorland (Stephen McHattie) the center was more often than not the two originals, carrying the thread from the pilot episode, even if the “who” evolved. So it is only fitting then that the series finale of “Orphan Black,” entitled “To Right the Wrongs of Many,” spent the first half focused solely on them: Sarah and Helena, “the only set of twins we ever had – fertile freaks” as Westmorland himself put it not-so-eloquently. READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img

WYNONNA EARP Welcomes Canadian Music Icon Jann Arden to Purgatory

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Sounds like Bunny may be a little “insensitive” to our favourite gunslinger. We’ll have to wait and see who gives Wynonna more trouble this season, the town’s Revenants or Regulators.The multi-dimensional artist should feel right at home as the 12-episode, one-hour, western sci-fi series is currently in production in her hometown of Calgary until May 2018.WYNONNA EARP Season 3 is slated to return to Space in 2018. Facebook Advertisement Pour the whiskey and powder the doughnuts, Purgatory is welcoming another iconic Canadian resident for Season 3. INNERSPACE broke the news last night that multi-platinum, award-winning songstress, Jann Arden, will appear in the upcoming season of WYNONNA EARP as council woman Bunny Loblaw.Arden joins the cast alongside previously announced Canadian icon Megan Follows, who is set to appear as Wynonna’s (Melanie Scrofano) mother Michelle Earp.According to showrunner Emily Andras, Arden’s WYNONNA EARP character Bunny Loblaw, is “a force to be reckoned with. She rules the Town Council with an iron fist and a will to match. She knows what’s best for Purgatory and will stop at nothing to enforce her vision of an idyllic community.” Advertisementlast_img

US Critics Are Loving LETTERKENNY

first_imgIn his review for Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall calls LETTERKENNY a “wonderfully weird Canadian comedy” that “spoke in the only dialect I needed to hear: funny.” While making comparison to Aaron Sorkin and LAW & ORDER, Sepinwall remarks that “this oddball show offers big laughs.”While Americans may only have the first two seasons to sample, Canadians can catch up on three seasons of the LETTERKENNY on CraveTV, with an all-new six-pack of episodes streaming now. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement CraveTV’s original series LETTERKENNY has made its debut south of the border, with the first two seasons streaming now on Hulu, and the much-loved Canadian comedy is receiving a warm welcome from U.S. critics.The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman – an early fan of the series who describes discovering LETTERKENNY “a little like running into some crack” – wrote the feature “Critic’s Notebook: ‘Letterkenny’ Is the Canadian Comedy You Didn’t Know You Needed”. Goodman’s feature is an ode to his love for LETTERKENNY, calling the series “a highly stylized bit of brilliance,” “relentlessly creative,” and telling his readers to “figure it out.”In The New York Times, Margaret Lyons recommends LETTERKENNY to readers “tired of the same old comedy stuff” who are in search of “anarchic flair” and “stylized dialogue.” Lysons states that LETTERKENNY “has a quiet sweetheart streak, even when it’s shockingly filthy” and urges viewers to “binge judiciously.” Facebook Login/Register With:last_img

Stars light up the Hudsons Bay striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay host Amanda Brugel during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. Photo credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images for TIFFcenter_img Advertisement Twitter: @HudsonsBayInstagram: @HudsonsBayFacebook: @HudsonsBaySnapchat: hudsonsbayHashtag: #starsonstripesAbout Hudson’s BayHBC, incorporated in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay has grown to become Canada’s most prominent department store, today operating 89 full-line locations and thebay.com. For the first time since the banner’s inception, Hudson’s Bay opened outside of Canada with 10 new stores in the Netherlands in 2017, and an online shopping destination at hudsonsbay.nl. Hudson’s Bay has established a reputation for quality, service, and style by offering well-edited assortments of exclusive and popular fashion, beauty, home and accessory designers and brands, as well as exclusive food concepts.  It is part of the HBC brand portfolio. The signature stripes are a registered trademark of Hudson’s Bay Company. TORONTO, ON – Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Sabrina Carpenter and many more stars stepped out in style on the Hudson’s Bay striped carpet yesterday at Roy Thomson Hall for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF).Hudson’s Bay is an Official Fashion Retailer and an Official Red Carpet Sponsor of the festival. Steve Carell attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Timothee Chalamet attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Sabrina Carpetner attends the “The Hate U Give” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images For TIFF ) Amy Ryan attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay host Amanda Brugel during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. Photo credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images for TIFF Aisha Brown attends the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Aisha Brown, Steve Carell and Amanda Brugel attend the “Beautiful Boy” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images for TIFF) Jordan Sowunmi (L) and Amanda Brugel attend the “The Hate U Give” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images For TIFF ) Dominique Fishback (L) and TJ Wright attend the “The Hate U Give” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For TIFF )  Home to some of the festival’s trendiest looks, stay tuned for the daily “Stars on Stripes” press alerts, rounding up red carpet looks, as talent walk the iconic Hudson’s Bay carpet at Roy Thomson Hall throughout this year’s Festival. Twitterlast_img

CANADIAN DIRECTOR MONIKA MITCHELL TO DIRECTOR THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS FOR NETFLIX

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Advertisement The Knight Before Christmas is a love story that involves a time-traveling English knight from the past who unexpectedly finds his way to the present, and of course, falls in love. Deadline reports that the knight’s paramour will be “a caring high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.” Could that be the role Hudgens is playing? It hasn’t been confirmed yet, so we’ll have to see. READ MOREMONIKA MITCHELL SHOOTS FOR NETFLIXToronto – It’s been about a month since the news broke that Netflix would be making a huge investment to produce Canadian content in Canada. Yesterday we learned that award-winning director Monika Mitchell will begin production on a fantasy feature for the streaming service titled The Knight Before Christmas. When you think about it, it’s a title that has been waiting to be made.Written by Cara Russell, the cast is led by American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens (pictured), who also serves as one of the Executive Producers on the project. The Vanessa Hudgens, Monika Mitchell Shoots for Netflix, image,California-based actress is best known for playing Emily Locke in the series Powerless. We’re fairly certain 29-year-old Josh Whitehouse gets to play the titular knight. READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Vanessa Hudgens, Netflix, Monika Mitchell VANESSA HUDGENS TO STAR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCE ‘THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS’ FOR NETFLIXVanessa Hudgens has boarded Netflix’s The Knight Before Christmas, a feature which the High School Musical and Rent: Live star will also executive produce.The pic, directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Cara Russell, follows a gallant English knight who seeks out his true quest after a sorceress inadvertently sends him from the medieval era to present day. While there he soon finds himself falling for a caring high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love. Josh Whitehouse, who stars in MGM’s reboot of Valley Girl and the upcoming HBO Game of Thrones prequel, also stars. Cameras will roll this April in Ontario, Canada. READ MOREVANESSA HUDGENS TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE AND STAR IN NETFLIX’S THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASWe must have been good this year, because Vanessa Hudgens is adding to her holiday movie commitments. According to Deadline, the star will executive produce and star in a Netflix original movie titled The Knight Before Christmas. Hudgens’ producer credit on the film marks a first for the star. No release date is set yet.last_img

MMIW meeting in Winnipeg searches for solutions

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds of delegates made up of First Nation leadership, premiers and families of missing and murdered Indigenous women are gathered in Winnipeg this week.Workshops, sharing circles and face to face conversations are on the agenda at the second National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson was at the event and brings this story.last_img

N2N Firestorm over Conservative Senators speech on Indian residential schools

first_imgNation to NationYvonne Jones, Parliamentary secretary for Indigenous affairs, called on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign her seat on the Senate’s Aboriginal affairs committee over her speech about Indian residential schools.Beyak, in the speech delivered Tuesday in the Senate’s Red Chamber, said there was too much emphasis placed on the negative aspects of Indian residential school.Beyak should apologize and resign her spot on the committee, said Jones during Nation to Nation’s MP’s panel.Conservative MP Cathy McLeod stopped short of calling on Beyak to resign saying she should reflect on what she said and read former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors.Nation to Nation spoke with Toronto author Robert MacBain, who was quoted extensively by Beyak in her speech.NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus also spoke with Nation to Nation about his campaign.last_img

Medicine exchange hosted in Winnipeg

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsHarvesters and users of traditional medicines gathered in Winnipeg this week to exchange medicines from different territories.The event was the brainchild of Angie Cote and Carrie Sinclair, who have travelled across Manitoba gathering medicines.Their idea for the medicine exchange, they said, came from an elder up north.“He said that on this island they have this medicine wheel, and it’s very sacred there,” said Cote. “And he said when they would go check it out, they found medicines and other things that aren’t traditionally from the area, like shells and other things — because people used to travel all over and trade medicines and have medicine exchanges.“So we started talking and said, why don’t we do it?”At the event a few dozen people shared medicines and recipes.“The reason I do this is for this generation,” said Sinclair.“That’s what we need to do with our kids nowadays, is take them out into the bush and get them thinking about natural ways of healing and not depending so much on western medicines, and getting back to nature.”The pair hope to get funding and expand the event next year. They would like to bring more people with traditional knowledge of medicines to Winnipeg.mridgen@aptn.calast_img

Energy sector helps boost Toronto stock market loonie steady

first_imgStrength in the energy sector, boosted by rising oil prices, helped lift Canada’s main stock index Tuesday while the Canadian dollar was largely unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.97 points to 15,616.36 as the May crude contract rose 2.7 per cent.The rise in oil prices came from expectations of a shrinking supply glut as well as from the potential shift in U.S. policies towards Iran, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Global Asset Management.“There were comments coming out of OPEC with rising demand and flat OPEC production that that supply glut was getting narrowed faster than expected. So as long as OPEC doesn’t change their policy, that glut should continue to narrow and be supportive for energy prices.”The gains were, however, mixed for energy companies, with exploration and production companies generally climbing while Canada’s biggest pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. continued to decline after a U.S. taxation ruling last week, said Jerusalim.Declines on materials and base metals also weighed on the TSX as First Quantum Materials Ltd. dropped 12.37 per cent to $18 after being hit with $10 billion in duties, penalties and interest from the Zambian government.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 116.36 points to 24,727.27. The S&P 500 index was up 4.02 points to 2,716.94 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 20.06 points to 7,364.30.Facebook continued to decline in the U.S. as it faces scrutiny over data privacy, a contrast to gains for Shopify in Canada that was up 5.21 per cent after announcing an expansion of its “shopping on Instagram” feature internationally, said Jerusalim.“Really we’re seeing two different stories on technology north and south of the border. South of the border, it’s really all about watching privacy and personal data issues.”The Canadian dollar closed at 76.47, up 0.01 of a US cent, largely unchanged ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve rate guidance Wednesday.The May crude contract was up US$1.41 to US$63.54 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up three cents to US$2.68 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$5.90 to US$1,311.90 an ounce and the May copper contract was down four cents to US$3.04 a pound.last_img

Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz stepping down

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Starbucks Corp. says Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman later this month of the coffee chain he joined more than 30 years ago.Schultz, who oversaw the transformation of Starbucks into a global chain with more than 28,000 locations, had left the CEO job at the company last year to focus on innovation and social impact projects.The Seattle-based chain says Schultz will have the title of chairman emeritus as of June 26. It says he is writing a book about Starbucks’ social impact efforts.Starbucks said Myron E. “Mike” Ullman would be the new chairman of the board upon Schultz’s retirement.last_img

Loonie moves up as inflation ticks higher TSX ends lower along with

first_imgStock indexes in Canada and the U.S. closed down Friday on geopolitical tensions, while the loonie surged higher after Statistics Canada said the inflation rate jumped in June.Data from June showed the country’s annual inflation rate rose to 2.5 per cent for the month, up from a 2.2 per cent reading in May to hit its highest mark in more than six years.A separate release showed retail trade expanded by two per cent in May, thanks to stronger sales at vehicle and auto parts dealers as well as gas stations. It marked a rebound from April, when sales contracted by 0.9 per cent.The combined indicators helped push the Canadian dollar up 0.65 of a US cent to average 76.09 cents US as it improves the chances of another rate hike, said Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist at Manulife Investments.“With the retail data that came out and the inflation data that came out, it would lead to a conclusion that the Bank of Canada could continue to raise rates, and an October rate hike is on the table.”Weakness in the U.S. dollar following President Donald Trump’s questioning of federal reserve rate decisions also helped the loonie, said Petursson.Trump’s comments on potentially more tariffs against Chinese goods also weighed on markets with both Toronto and New York markets down, though investors continue to struggle to decide how much weight to put on them, he said.“The market is trying to figure out what it all means, and it’s clearly, given by the ups and downs, it’s not an easy thing to assess.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 107.55 points at 16,435.46 with all major indexes in the red. For the week the index was down 0.76 per cent as concerns about auto sector tariffs and slides in commodity prices put pressure on the index.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 6.38 points at 25,058.12. The S&P 500 index was down 2.66 points at 2,801.83 and the Nasdaq composite index closed down 5.10 points at 7,820.20.The slight pullback in markets came as positive earnings and other indicators came up against increased political uncertainty, said Petursson.“There isn’t anything from the fundamentals, you know valuations or economic or earnings that would suggest there’s any concerns out there, it’s all geopolitical risk out there.”He said U.S. investors have been selling some of their positions in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds and putting their cash aside as the continued uncertainty weighs.“I would take that to mean the equity investor perhaps is suffering from an exhaustion of the geopolitical rhetoric that’s been going on over the past several months.”The September crude contract closed up two cents at US$68.26 per barrel and the August natural gas contract ended down a penny at US$2.76 per mmBTU.The August gold contract closed up $7.10 at US$1,231.10 an ounce and the September copper contract was up six cents at US$2.76 a pound.Aimia Inc. closed up 42 cents, or 18.26 per cent, at $2.72 after the Aeroplan parent company unveiled its plans for the loyalty program once its exclusive partnership with Air Canada ends in 2020. Aimia announced Thursday evening that it plans to offer charter flights to its most popular destinations as it expands the program to broader travel rewards, including hotels, cars and entertainment.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,326.51, down 90.47 points)Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down 12 cents, or 5.69 per cent, to $1.99 on 18.85 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $4.70 on 18 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 16 cents, or 2.56 per cent, to $6.09 on 10.06 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 21 cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $47.05 on 4.12 million shares.AutoCanada Inc. (TSX:ACQ). Retailer. Down $3.96, or 26.92 per cent, to $10.75 on 3.92 million shares.Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Unchanged on 3.71 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Freshii Inc. (TSX:FRII). Restaurants. Down 65 cents, or 10.27 per cent, to $5.68 on 375,000 shares. The company reported second quarter results that missed analyst expectations. Freshii had adjusted net income of three cents per share, short of the four cents per share expected by analysts according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. The company says it expects up to US$285 million in sales from as many as 760 stores within the next year or so, a big leap from its current count of between 400 and 500 locations.last_img

Israel accepted into global financial watchdog group

first_imgJERUSALEM — Israel says it has been accepted as a member in a global money laundering and terrorism financing watchdog group.The Financial Action Task Force is an intergovernmental group of some 35 countries based in Paris that sets international standards on terror financing and money laundering.Israel says Monday that its acceptance into the group will allow it to take an active role in global policy-making on the issues.In a statement, the FATF said Israel’s “experience and perspective will make a valuable contribution to our work to prevent the misuse of the financial system.”The group has in the past given Israel’s archenemy Iran ultimatums over terrorism funding, warning of deeper economic isolation if it doesn’t comply.The Associated Presslast_img