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April 22, 2014

CRTC announces that Canadians who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired will have access to a new telecommunications service


OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). When it launches, the service will facilitate conversations between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians, and vice versa.

Video relay service is a telecommunications service that will enable Canadians to conduct telephone calls using ASL or LSQ. An operator facilitates the conversation between the two parties by relaying the conversation between sign language and spoken language.

Although video relay service will be offered at no charge, users will need their own high-speed Internet service and an Internet-connected device, such as a computer, smartphone, tablet or videophone. Additional services, such as voice mail and call display, will be billed at rates similar to those charged for corresponding voice services.

Funding to support video relay service in Canada will be drawn from the National Contribution Fund, and will be capped at $30 million annually. This fund was created in 2001 to subsidize local telephone service in areas where the cost of providing this service is higher. Companies with over $10 million in annual telecommunications revenues contribute to this fund.

To ensure the perspectives of users are reflected in the decision-making process, an independent administrator will be created to oversee the implementation and provision of video relay service. The CRTC has established minimum requirements for the provision of this service to ensure that the needs of Canadian citizens are met. The administrator will have to ensure that these requirements are met.

The CRTC is seeking proposals on the administrator's structure and precise mandate, including the composition of the Board of Directors. Proposals must be submitted by May 22, 2014. The CRTC is also inviting comments on these proposals and other relevant issues until June 25, 2014.

The CRTC will conduct a review of video relay service three years after it has launched to assess whether it is meeting the needs of Canadians in an efficient manner.

Today's decision follows a consultation that included a public hearing, which was held from October 21 to 25, 2013. To ensure the full participation of Canadians who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, the CRTC interpreted the Notice of Consultation into ASL and LSQ, and accepted comments in sign language. It also offered simultaneous translation in English and French and interpretation in ASL and LSQ at the hearing.

Quick facts

  • The CRTC is requiring that video relay service be made available to Canadians who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, starting as early as in the fall of 2015.
  • Video relay service is a telecommunications service that will enable Canadians who are hard of hearing or speech impaired that use American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise to communicate with voice telephone users, and vice versa.
  • Users must sign up for video relay service, which will be offered at no charge. However, users will need their own high-speed Internet service and an Internet-connected device, such as a computer, smartphone, tablet or videophone. Users will also be responsible for additional services, such as voice mail and call display, and long-distance charges.
  • Canadians who wish to call a user of video relay service simply have to dial their number and make a regular voice call.
  • An independent administrator will be created to oversee the implementation of video relay service, and funding to support this service will be capped at $30 million per year.
  • Canadians with hearing or speech disabilities currently have access to two text-based services: Internet Protocol relay and teletypewriter relay. The CRTC may review these services at a later date.
  • It is estimated that there will be approximately 20,000 primary users of video relay service.


"Many Canadians who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired learn American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise early in life. In many cases, neither English nor French is their first language. Video relay service will make it possible for them to communicate in sign language with ease, whether it's to make a doctor's appointment, speak to a friend or make any other type of call. At the same time, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that this service is introduced in an efficient manner and as quickly as possible."

Peter Menzies, Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications, and Chairman of the hearing panel


April 22, 2014

The New 99.1 Fresh FM to Hold First Pamper it Forward Fundraiser


Listeners invited to Tiber River Naturals for discounted spa treatments

with proceeds going to Hunger for Hope

(April 22, 2014Winnipeg, Canada) On April 27, 2014, Corus Radio Winnipeg’s 99.1 Fresh FM will hold their first Pamper it Forward spa fundraiser at Tiber River Naturals Kenaston Crossing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Listeners can indulge in an express manicure for $20 and an express pedicure for $30 with half of the proceeds going to Hunger for Hope.

The New 99.1 Fresh FM will be broadcasting live on-site throughout the day.

Hunger for Hope is part of Corus Feeds Kids, Corus Entertainment’s national initiative focused on nourishing children’s bodies and minds for healthy development and long term success. To learn more or to donate to Hunger for Hope or Corus Feeds Kids, please visit or


April 22, 2014

Kids are the Critics on Cook’d, Premiering on YTV, Tuesday, May 20, 7 p.m. ET/PT


Celebrity chefs, Jason Cox, David Lee and Donna Dooher whip up gourmet dishes for the panel of kid critics in first episode

(April 22, 2014Toronto, Canada) The tables are turned in Cook’d, a new YTV series, in which cooks prepare dishes for a panel of the pickiest critics in the culinary world—kids. Premiering on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, each episode features a trio of cooks who race against time to whip up culinary delights to win over a panel of kid judges. After tasting fare ranging from escargot to tofu to brussels sprouts, the aspiring foodies decide unanimously which cook wins the coveted Silver Spoon and which two cooks will get Cook’d—that is, dunked in a giant soup pot. Disclaimer: no cooks were actually cooked during production. For a sneak peek of the series, click here.

“Kids are the ultimate 'foodies,' and there is no critic alive that can match them for stubborn certainty in what they like and don't like," said Ivan Schneeberg Temple Street Co-President. "We’re excited to be working alongside YTV to bring this fun, culinary adventure to life,” adds Temple Street Co-President David Fortier. “Cook’d is a competition food show like no other, and we know viewers will be surprised and entertained by the insights of our judges and their palates.”

Actor and comedian Dave Keystone guides these enthusiastic young food aficionados as they judge a new kid-centric cuisine theme each week, prepared by cooking competitors from different backgrounds and with a wide range of culinary know-how. In the Cook’d kitchen they sautée, season and simmer to see if they have what it takes to wow the judges.

“We’re excited to launch a series that gives kids the power to taste and ultimately choose the foods they like best,” said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. “Families will love the humour of the kids' reactions and the anticipation of seeing which chefs take the plunge.”

The series kicks off with a trio of five-star celebrity chefs from Toronto’s top dining establishments, including Chef Jason Cox of Opus, Chef David Lee of Note Bene and Carbon Bar, and Chef Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. A sample of the gourmet dishes include Chicken Pot Pie Muffins, prepared by Chef Donna, squid ink fettuccine with oyster mushrooms by Chef Jason and wedge salad with Caesar dressing, maple bacon and escargot prepared by Chef David. Upon tasting the gourmet meals created especially for them by the renowned chefs, the kid critics decide which meal is actually five star calibre and which ones fall flat, resulting in the losing chefs getting ceremoniously dunked.

After each episode, a PSA featuring one of the series’ kid judges encourages viewers at home to support local food banks as well as Corus Feeds Kids, a national initiative focused on nourishing children’s bodies and minds by providing nourishment. To learn more about Corus Feeds Kids, click here.


April 22, 2014

Aereo Supreme Court case: what’s at stake — local news included


The cast of characters fighting Aereo gives you a hint of how important the case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET is to the future of broadcasting.

Read the article HERE


April 22, 2014

The New AM740 Is Happy to Introduce NEIL HEDLEY - Newest Member of the Happy Gang

(Toronto, Canada) ZoomerRadio’s New AM740 has made a new addition to an already stellar line-up of on-air personalities: Neil Hedley is now the fourth member of the Happy Gang, joining Eva D, John Gallagher and Jane Brown.   

Every weekday morning from 6-11am the energetic, fun-loving Happy Gang cover news, hourly city traffic reports plus time and weather checks. The Happy Gang’s popular Top Ten at Ten show features a countdown of new top 10 songs daily.

Neil Hedley started his radio career at Grant Broadcasting in Oshawa at the tender age of 13. In the intervening years, he’s been on-air at high-profile radio stations across Canada and the US. He joins AM740 after a short hiatus from radio spent teaching, building digital media projects, blogging and reporting for the CTV News Channel.

“Neil’s encyclopedic knowledge of music, his energy and his great sense of humour makes him a perfect fit for The Happy Gang” says John Van Driel, VP of Programming and Operations for the New AM740.


April 21, 2014

Research chat: Peter Singer on cybersecurity and what the media needs to know


Peter W. Singer is a senior fellow and director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. His work has focused on the intersection of technology and conflict. His new book, co-authored with Allan Friedman, is Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, a comprehensive primer and narrative about evolving dynamics in the digital space.

Editor John Wihbey of Journalist’s Resource recently caught up with Singer. The following is an edited transcript:


April 21, 2014

International Markets Impacting Jobs in BC: CKNW Series 'Putting BC to Work' Investigates How Growth Abroad Effects Jobs at Home


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 21, 2014) - International markets and their impact on jobs in BC will take the spotlight April 21-25, 2014 on Vancouver-based Corus Entertainment station, CKNW News Talk AM 980's groundbreaking series, 'Putting BC to Work'. The weeklong focus will examine relationships between BC and some of the province's premier trading partners to shed light on the impact of global economies on the job market and business environment at home. To help provide direct access and insight on the topic, renown radio personality and host, Bill Good will be traveling and broadcasting from key Asian markets throughout the week. 'Putting BC to Work' will expose the potential for business success within key international markets and the resulting growth of jobs in BC.

"Many BC-based businesses understand that our economy is a part of a heavily linked global network, but their ability to see direct market potential beyond the borders of BC or Canada, can sometimes be limited," states Ian Koenigsfest, Brand Director AM Programming at Corus Radio Vancouver. "Key markets such as China, India, USA and Latin America hold tremendous potential for business and job growth in BC and our goal is to unlock or expose ways to take advantage of this."

The 'Putting BC to Work' focus on international markets will cover topics related to:

-- The link between economic growth abroad and the BC job market

-- Specific business in key markets such as China, India, USA and Latin


-- Resources for BC businesses looking to do business abroad

-- Success stories from BC businesses that do a large percentage of

    business abroad

To highlight and further examine the critical economic connections between BC and China specifically, CKNW host Bill Good will travel to and report from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong during the week. His coverage will include topics such as a look at BC companies enjoying success in China, the risks and rewards of doing business in China, the BC connection to the mobile gaming industry in Asia, how BC lumber is being used in China, the demand for BC products such as wine and cherries in Asia and the war against pollution in China and how BC clean energy innovation may offer a solution.

The 'Putting BC to Work' series is set to develop a dialogue around the employment landscape in our province - focusing both on the current state of affairs, as well as the economic outlook for years to come. 'Putting BC to Work' will run on air March 31 - April 27, 2014 and provide British Columbians and the business community with an unprecedented opportunity to access and engage in conversation about the provincial job market.

For more information on 'Putting BC to Work' or to listen live, visit Join the conversation on Twitter using the Hashtag #putbctowork.


April 21, 2014

CTV Orders A Second Helping of Hit Series MASTERCHEF CANADA; Casting Now Open for Season 2


TORONTO (April 21, 2014) – Canadians are hungry for more MASTERCHEF CANADA! CTV announced today a Season 2 order for its hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA for the 2014/2015 broadcast season. Currently airing Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and with two episodes remaining, Season 1 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has a season-to-date average audience of 1.7 million viewers, making it the #1 new reality series of the season and among the Top 3 new programs on Canadian television overall this season. Consistently winning its timeslot in Canada on Monday nights, MASTERCHEF CANADA is the most-watched Canadian series of the 2013/2014 broadcast season.

CTV also confirmed today its fan-favourite Canadian judges are back for a second helping: Michael Bonacini, renowned for his exacting taste and the refined creator of a high-end restaurant empire; Michelin–starred and wildly innovative enfant terrible, Alvin Leung; and celebrated champion of nuance and flavour, Claudio Aprile. The series will once again be produced by Proper Television, with Shine International as the worldwide distributor. Production on Season 2 set to begin this fall.

Casting for Season 2 is now open at Canadian home cooks have until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 13, 2014 to apply online. Interviews are by invitation only, and applicants are encouraged to apply early to meet producers when they are in their region. Casting will close with an Open Casting Call in Toronto on July 12-13, 2014, with more details to come. MASTERCHEF CANADA is looking for passionate and talented home cooks who want to pursue a culinary dream.

“Even with the finale still to come in Season 1, Canadian viewers have made it clear that they can’t get enough MASTERCHEF CANADA,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, an‎d Entertainment Programming. “The dynamic challenges and intensity of the MASTERCHEF format combined with a distinct Canadian flavour have made the show irresistible to viewers from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

MASTERCHEF CANADA provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur cooks to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MasterChef Canada title. Following the traditional MASTERCHEF format, MASTERCHEF CANADA’s initial audition rounds consist of a number of home cooks from across the country presenting a food dish to the judges to gain one of the coveted semifinalist spots. Competitors must be true amateurs who have a true passion for food and cooking. The semi-finalists then compete in challenges which test their food knowledge, cooking techniques and creativity. The most successful home cooks rise to the top through individual mystery box challenges, off-site team challenges and demanding and suspense-filled pressure tests, until the ultimate Canadian MasterChef is crowned.

The MASTERCHEF CANADA judges challenge everyday Canadians to improve upon their existing culinary skills, and to elevate the taste and presentation of their dishes to a professional level. The judges accept the responsibility of becoming mentors to the home cooks, and provide occasionally harsh, but fair feedback in the amateur chefs’ quest to become Canada’s next MasterChef.

Throughout this series, the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges inspire these Canadian home cooks to hone their existing culinary skills and to elevate the taste and presentation of their dishes to a professional level. The judges mentor the home cooks, encouraging each cook to the be the best that they can be, in their quest to become Canada’s next MasterChef.

Season 1 of MASTERCHEF CANADA airs Mondays at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CT on CTV and CTV GO (visit to confirm local broadcast times). Past episodes are available on demand at and the CTV GO app.

MASTERCHEF is noted as one of the world’s most successful primetime entertainment formats. Now produced locally in over 40 countries, the series is watched in more than 200 territories worldwide.


April 20, 2014

Team Martin and Team Jones Crowned Victors at the Players’ Championship


– Legendary skip Kevin Martin closes his playing career with win over Team Jacobs in the final, takes home $73,500 –

– Sochi Olympic Winter Games gold medallist Team Jones takes home $36,000 –

SUMMERSIDE, PEI (April 20, 2014) A golden season and a legendary career came to a triumphant close today in Summerside, PEI. Emotions ran high as Edmonton’s Team Martin and Winnipeg’s Team Jones captured the title at the Players’ Championship – the fourth and final Grand Slam of Curling event of the season.

Edmonton’s Team Martin successfully edged out Sochi Olympic Winter Games gold medallist Team Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie in today’s final with a 4-3 victory, taking home $23,500 for the Players’ Championship win and an additional $50,000 bonus for leading this season’s Grand Slam of Curling in points. Skip Kevin Martin leaves his playing career on a high note with his eighteenth Grand Slam win, as he announced he will be retiring following the Players’ Championship to join Sportsnet as broadcast insider and analyst.

“Other than the Olympics, the Players’ is my favourite event in curling. It’s always the best against the best,” said skip Martin. “The emotions of the day were all about trying getting that eighteenth Grand Slam win. It was a hard fight to win it today but we did it and nobody can take it away now.”

Sochi Olympic Winter Games gold medallist Team Jones of Winnipeg capped off a storybook season with a 5-2 win over Masters winner Team Homan of Ottawa in the final. For the win, Team Jones takes home $23,500 with an additional $12,500 in Grand Slam bonus money for leading the women’s teams in points this season.

“It really has been an unbelievable season for us. We’ve won all the events we’ve set out to win and more,” said skip Jennifer Jones. “To come into our favourite event, the Players’ Championship, and end with a win is a perfect way to head into the summer.”

A combined purse of $200,000 was awarded to the 24 men’s and women’s teams competing in the six day tournament, which was held at Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI.

Owned and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women's curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. In 2014-15, the Grand Slam of Curling will expand to five events, with Sportsnet broadcasting up to 200 hours of curling coverage, including all Grand Slam of Curling events, as well as the Alberta, B.C., Manitoba and Ontario Provincial Curling Championships.

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April 18, 2014

Bigger, Better Bonspiels Coming to Curling Fans for 2014-15 Season; Kevin Martin Joins Sportsnet as Insider and Analyst


TORONTO (April 18, 2014) Curling fans, get ready to be swept away!  As announced tonight during Sportsnet’s Players’ Championship broadcast from Summerside, PEI, the Grand Slam of Curling is expanding to five events in 2014-15. Also new for next season, Sportsnet will be welcoming Canadian curling icon Kevin Martin as both a broadcast analyst and official spokesperson for the Grand Slam of Curling series.

The newest event, the Elite 10, joins the Masters, National, Canadian Open and Players’ Championships to round out the Grand Slam of Curling series for 2014-15. Total prize money for the Grand Slam of Curling events will be increasing to a total minimum of $700,000, with the $1 million bonus still available to the men’s team who can win all five Slams in a season. In addition, Sportsnet’s curling broadcast coverage will increase to up to 200 hours for next season.

“When Sportsnet first acquired the Grand Slam of Curling, we made a commitment to curling fans that we would grow the sport in Canada,” said Scott Moore, President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers. “I’m thrilled to be delivering on that promise to Canadians. Through adding a fifth event to the Grand Slam series and bringing Kevin Martin on our team, we are finding more ways to grow our coverage and serve fans and communities across the country than ever before.”

Martin will begin his new role with Sportsnet in the coming months, following a tremendous career that includes an Olympic gold medal, a World Curling Championship, four Brier titles and 17 Grand Slam wins. In addition to serving as a broadcast insider and analyst, Martin will help to shape the future of the Grand Slam of Curling, working with the players, communities and sponsors.

“It has been an amazing run.  I am closing the chapter on my playing career in the sport of curling that has been so good to me,” said Martin. “I can't wait for what lies ahead in my new role with Sportsnet as we work together to elevate the sport to new heights, inspiring our curling youth.”

Confirmed venues for the 2014-15 Grand Slam of Curling series include:

  • Masters - Selkirk, MB (October 28-November 2 at Selkirk Arena)
  • National - Sault Ste. Marie, ON (November 19-23 at Essar Centre)
  • Canadian Open - Yorkton, SK (December 10-14 at Gallagher Arena)
  • Elite 10 - Fort McMurrary, AB (March 18-22, 2015 at MacDonald Island Park)
  • Players’ Championship - Toronto (April 7-15, 2015 at Mattamy Athletic Centre)

*Ticket information for the above events will be announced at a later date

Owned and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women's curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. In 2014-15, Sportsnet will broadcast up to 200 hours of curling coverage, including all Grand Slam of Curling events, as well as the Alberta, B.C., Manitoba and Ontario Provincial Curling Championships.


April 17, 2014



The Radio Star National Talent Search is excited to announce St. Catharines' pop group Crystalyne have won the cross-Canada talent competition. Presented by Bell Media in association with Canadian Music Week, the competition received entries from bands and artists representing radio stations from 9 different cities across Canada. Crystalyne represents Toronto's Virgin 99.9 with their song "6 in The Morning." Edmonton band, Pistols at 20 Paces, takes the runner-up spot for The Bear 100.3 with their song, "Till We Meet Again."

The competition is a nationwide initiative to place a spotlight on emerging artists from Canada and showcase them to the public and music industry. Winners and runners-up were determined by a vote from industry professionals - a combination of experienced producers, songwriters and publishers - and an online vote open to the public. As Grand Prize Winners, Crystalyne will receive a cash prize of $10,000, as well

as 30 hours studio time at Metalworks, Canada's top recording studio; a national radio promotion package worth $5,000 from dB Promotions & Publicity Inc; musical instruments and a host of other packages and benefits. The Grand Prize Winner will be provided with an all-expenses-paid trip to Toronto for Canadian Music Week on May 6th to 10th, where they will be able to attend both the music festival and the music conference, as well as have the opportunity to perform as part of the festival.


April 17, 2014

Mobilicity announces proposed transaction with TELUS

TORONTO, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Holdings Inc. and its affiliates (collectively,Mobilicity) announced today a proposed going concern transaction in which TELUS Corporation ("TELUS") would acquire Mobilicity for $350 million (the "Transaction"). The proposed Transaction, will be implemented pursuant to a plan of compromise or arrangement under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (the "Plan").

Mobilicity has been operating under CCAA since late September of 2013, with the completion of a transaction as its key initiative. The sales process has been supervised by the Court appointed Monitor (Ernst & Young Inc.) who supports and recommends the Transaction.

"The Transaction is a good outcome from Mobilicity's restructuring efforts and extensive Sales Process," said William Aziz, Mobilicity's Chief Restructuring Officer. "I am confident the Transaction will serve the best interests of Mobilicity's customers and employees."

The Transaction provides for a complete continuation of Mobilicity's business for the benefit of its stakeholders:

  • the vast majority of Mobilicity's one hundred and sixty five thousand active subscribers will be able to seamlessly migrate onto TELUS' advanced HSPA network after the transition.
  • no foreseen changes to employee staffing levels as a result of the proposed transaction;
  • all of Mobilicity's retail landlords and licensors will have their contracts honoured;
  • all of Mobilicity's landlords and licensors who provide space for placement of Mobilicity's dealers and their employees who sell Mobilicity's products will continue to benefit from those arrangements;
  • all service agreements with Mobilicity's business partners will continue uninterrupted; and
  • the trade claims of Mobilicity's creditors will continue unaffected against the restructured Mobilicity and will be addressed in the ordinary course.

Over the past several months, Mobilicity, with the help of its financial advisors and the independent, Court-appointed Monitor, conducted an exhaustive process to explore all potential sales and other transactions for the company. The Sales Process was a widely advertised, competitive process that provided a fair and equal opportunity for all parties interested in bidding for all or part of Mobilicity's assets. In total, 25 organizations were contacted about submitting bids as part of the Mobilicity Sales Process. Of the 25, six organizations submitted participating materials and five bids were received by the December 16, 2013 extended bid deadline. Of the five bids, only the Transaction with TELUS was determined to be an acceptable transaction. Approximately 95% of the holders of Mobilicity's 15% senior unsecured debentures due 2018 also support the Transaction and have agreed to vote in favour of the Plan.

Since January of this year a number of changes have occurred in the Canadian market for commercial mobile services, including the expiry of the moratorium on the transfer of Mobilicity's spectrum licences, the successful completion of the 700 MHZ spectrum auction by Industry Canada, the announcement by Industry Canada of its 2500 MHz spectrum auction, the completion of Mobilicity's Court-approved Sales Process and the Court-appointed Monitor's support for the Transaction with TELUS.

In addition to being in the best interests of the company and its stakeholders, Mobilicity believes that the Transaction will not affect competition in the Canadian wireless sector, satisfies the criteria considered by Industry Canada in determining whether to approve a transfer of spectrum licences and meets Industry Canada's policy objectives in respect of utilizing spectrum for advancing network expansion into non-urban areas.

The proposed Transaction would be subject to conditions including approval by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the "Court"), the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada, and Mobilicity's debtholders.

Meeting of the Affected Unsecured Creditors to vote on the Plan

Mobilicity has today filed materials with the Court to seek, on April 23, 2014, an order (the "Meeting Order") permitting Mobilicity to hold a meeting of its Affected Unsecured Creditors on April 30, 2014 to consider and, if appropriate, approve the proposed Plan. A copy of the materials filed with the Court, and provided to the Service List, is available on the Monitor's website at

The materials made available on the Monitor's website include the proposed Plan, Notice of Meeting and forms of Proxy and Meeting Order. None of the materials have yet been considered or approved by the Court. However, any person who is a creditor of Mobilicity is encouraged to review and consider the materials. To the extent that the Court issues the Meeting Order, Affected Unsecured Creditors will have to submit their proxies to the Monitor by 5 p.m. on April 28, 2014. Please refer to the Monitor's website for more details.

Mobilicity to file for extension, business as usual for wireless customers

On April 23, 2014, Mobilicity will ask the Court for an extension of the current Stay of Proceedings from April 30, 2014until June 30, 2014.

In the meantime, it continues to be business as usual for Mobilicity's wireless customers. There are no changes to Mobilicity's network and Mobilicity continues to honour prepayment plans for its customers. Phones continue to work as they always have and Mobilicity's dealer network is open for business.

"On behalf of our entire organization, I want to thank our valued customers for continuing to stand by us as we progress through this process," said Mr. Aziz. "We have found them a good home with TELUS."

For more information, please visit or Creditors can contact the Monitor by email at or by phone at 1-855-287-4005.


April 17, 2014

Woodbridge filmmaker Luca Tarantini wins TVO's 2014 Doc Studio Contest


TORONTO, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - TVO is proud to announce that Woodbridge, Ontario filmmaker Luca Tarantini is the winner of the third annual TVO Doc Studio Short Doc Contest, for his short film, The Middle Way.

After an esteemed jury of Ontario filmmakers led by Emmy Award-winning director Peter Raymont (Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire) selected five finalists, TVO invited the public to choose the winner via online vote. As the winner, Luca will see his film air on TVO on April 30. He will also receive a pass to the Hot Docs Film Festival and participate in a day-long mentorship session with Peter Raymont.

Under the theme "Docs That Matter," entrants submitted films that reflected a broad range of issues they were passionate about, and demonstrated high-caliber filmmaking techniques.

In The Middle Way, Luca follows a young man's struggle to find the balance between his two passions: religion and rock 'n' roll. By day, Jasper Bendici is a theology student at a Greek Orthodox seminary. By night, he's a singer/lead-guitarist for a local rock band, The Shallow Seas. His pursuits seem to conflict on the surface, but Jasper finds qualities that unite them both.

A fan of movies and documentaries and keenly interested in social issues, Luca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies from York University and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Television and Film program at Sheridan College.

"TVO congratulates Luca on his achievement. We were thrilled by the deep level of engagement we saw from Luca and all the contestants in the Doc Studio Contest," says Jane Jankovic, TVO's commissioning editor. "The films illustrated truly compelling storytelling and gave important insight into the thoughts and ideas on the minds ofOntario's future filmmakers. TVO is proud to have provided Luca and all the entrants a platform for their voices to be heard."


April 17, 2014

O Canada! Three Canadian films in competition at 67th Festival de Cannes make for a historical year in Canadian cinema

TORONTO, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Telefilm Canada proudly announces three Canadian films in competition at the 67th Festival de Cannes (May 14 to 25, 2014). The films are David Cronenberg's MAPS TO THE STARS, Xavier Dolan's MOMMY and Atom Egoyan's THE CAPTIVE. This marks the most Canadian films that have screened in competition in the same year.

"This year's Cannes festival is truly a monumental occasion for Canadian filmmakers," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. "This is the strongest presence we've ever had, and a true testament to the exceptional vision and tremendous artistry of our country's filmmakers. Canadians should feel very proud."

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April 17, 2014

Rogers flips the switch on 700 MHz spectrum to deliver the ultimate video experience to customers


VANCOUVER, CALGARY, TORONTO, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Rogers customers can now access the internet and stream video deep into buildings, basements and elevators thanks to the launch of 700 MHz spectrum in select Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto communities earlier today.

Consumer demand for mobile video is exploding with video consumption on smartphones and tablets growing by more than 700 per cent in the past three years.1 A recent study shows three out of four Canadians stream a video on their smartphone or tablet and almost one in five do it daily.2 While sports represent a significant share, Canadians also love their YouTube videos. Topping the YouTube list of most popular videos in 2013 was Ylvis -The Fox reaching 395 million views.3

"With our beachfront spectrum, we'll deliver the ultimate mobile video experience to our customers in even more places where they couldn't access LTE before," said John Boynton, executive vice president, CMO, Rogers Communications.

The Rogers LTE network currently offers customers the fastest wireless speeds available in Canada. This 700 MHz spectrum makes the Rogers LTE network even better for customers by offering improved signal quality in basements, elevators and in buildings with thick concrete walls. This means customers will have more LTE signal bars on their phones and tablets and will be less likely to drop down to lower speeds.

Rogers is the first to bring 700 MHz and its benefits to these locations, where customers can now stream NHL highlights, watch their favourite YouTube videos and send emails from their mobile phones and tablets deep indoors and underground with minimal delays. Leading up to and throughout the 2014/2015 NHL season, Rogers will continue to roll out 700 MHz in both rural and urban markets from coast to coast so more customers have reliable mobile internet access. The majority of LTE devices that Rogers customers use can take advantage of the 700 MHz spectrum that's live today.

1 Ooyala's Q4 2013 Global Video Index

2 Google - Our Mobile Planet: Canada – Understanding the Mobile Consumer May 2013

3 Google Canada Blog: YouTube Rewind: What you watched in 2013


April 17, 2014

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission thanks the Community of Federal Regulators for having recognized its work.


April 17, 2014 - Ottawa-Gatineau - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) thanked the Community of Federal Regulators for honouring it with the 2013-14 Regulatory Excellence Awards in the areas of Collaboration, Leadership and Innovation.

The CRTC received the award for Collaboration for the video relay service proceeding, which was launched in March 2013. In partnership with Public Works and Government Services Canada's translation bureau, the CRTC provided unprecedented access for Canadians who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired.

The CRTC was also recognized as an innovator in engaging Canadians in new ways to develop a code of conduct for wireless service providers. The CRTC made extensive use of social media and other technologies to engage Canadians and include the public's views in the discussion at a public hearing.

The CRTC congratulates all of this year's award nominees and recipients for their outstanding contributions to improving the lives of Canadians.


April 17, 2014

Emmy Award Nominated Oprah's Master Class Returns May 11 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) With Star-Studded Line Up


Masters Include Justin Timberlake, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim McGraw, Robin Roberts, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams, Billy Bob Thornton and Sharon Stone

(April 17, 2014Toronto, Canada) The acclaimed, Emmy award nominated series Oprah's Master Class featuring an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of entertainers we love, respect and admire, returns with an all-new season premiering Sunday, May 11 (from 10-11 p.m. ET) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada).

In making the announcement at the OWN U.S. Upfront presentation, Oprah Winfrey said, “I wanted to create a series where we would be able to offer some of the most iconic artists of our time a chance to share what they know for sure… this Mother’s Day we launch a brand new season and I actually think it’s the best one yet.”

To watch a sneak peak of the all-new season or to share online (with embed code), click here:

Sharing the greatest lessons they've learned along the way from triumphs, failures, disappointments and heartbreaks, this all-new season of masters includes:  

Justin Timberlake (May 11) - The brand new season kicks off with one of this generation’s most celebrated entertainers, multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor and musician, Justin Timberlake. The Memphis-born superstar, who appeared most recently in the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis and is a five-time Saturday Night Live host whose sketches became viral video sensations, now sits down with Oprah for a candid conversation in the midst of a worldwide tour in support of his critically-acclaimed album which has sold more than six million copies to date, The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience. Sharing never-before-told stories about growing up and his musical influences, he lends his most valuable life lessons yet, including: how to find your voice, how to break the mold and how to hold on to your ambition.

Whoopi Goldberg (June 1) - Bona fide comedy legend and among the very few who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in over 140 movies and is co-host and moderator on The View. Raised by a single mother in New York City, Whoopi talks candidly about her childhood and shares her most valuable life lessons, including personal stories about her iconic roles as Celie in The Color Purple and Oda Mae Brown in Ghost. She also shares how she learned to accept success in all of its forms and open the door to opportunity.

Tim McGraw (June 8) - Multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor, Tim McGraw, holds the record for the highest grossing tour in country music history and has had eleven consecutive albums debut at No.1 on the Billboard charts. With all his success, he remains a down-to-earth Southern boy at heart. Married to superstar Faith Hill for almost twenty years, the couple is considered country music royalty. Embarking on a multi-city tour for his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, Tim sits down for an emotional conversation about his childhood in a small Louisiana town, the family secret that would change his life forever and what he’s learned as a father of three daughters.

Robin Roberts (June 15) - Good Morning America anchor and Peabody award recipient, Robin Roberts, led GMA to top ratings with three consecutive Emmy awards for outstanding morning program. In this emotional and candid conversation, Robin opens up about her brave battle with breast cancer, how she overcame adversity and shares her most valuable life lessons learned, including how to be true to yourself and listen to your inner voice.

The following episode premiere dates will be announced in the coming weeks:

Lionel Richie - Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning music mastermind, Lionel Richie hasn’t stopped yet since his debut with The Commodores through his smashing success of the global phenomenon We Are The World. With eleven hit albums, over a hundred million records sold and ongoing tours, Lionel opens up about his childhood in Tuskegee, Alabama, the prejudices he endured, and what he learned from his father.

Barbara Walters - Legendary journalist Barbara Walters is a twelve-time Emmy award winner, an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Famer and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient whose career is unrivaled. In this rare glimpse into Barbara’s personal journey, she details how she got her big break and talks about why she recently chose to step away from the Emmy-winning daytime show she created, The View. Barbara describes her ascent, from being the first woman to co-anchor The Today Show to interviewing every sitting President and First Lady since Richard Nixon. She also offers her most valuable lessons learned from her unparalleled five decades in the business.

Vanessa Williams - Multiple Emmy and NAACP Award-winning singer and actress, Vanessa Williams performed in dozens of hit films and television shows and earned rave reviews for her starring roles on Broadway. Here, Vanessa opens up about being the first African-American to ever win the Miss America title, enduring controversy, coming back with her Grammy-nominated hit single, Save the Best for Last, motherhood and how she believes success comes from ‘giving your whole heart.’

Billy Bob Thornton - Academy Award-winning actor, director, screenwriter and musician, Billy Bob Thornton is a story teller at heart and describes how, in his own words, he’s ‘lived a thousand lifetimes.’  From his humble beginnings growing up in an Arkansas town with a population of 110, Billy Bob opens up about his family, relationships, success, and gives advice on how to keep the artist inside alive.

Sharon Stone - Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress, Sharon Stone, known for her iconic beauty and indelible role in Basic Instinct and Academy Award nomination for “Casino,” shares her story, when at the height of her career, she suffered a brain aneurism and fought to survive. From her childhood growing up in the mountains of Pennsylvania to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, Sharon opens up about the valuable lessons she’s learned from her surroundings and experiences, offering a beautiful example of staying in gratitude and focusing on joy.


April 16, 2014

Canadian Hockey League Playoffs Continue On Sportsnet with Portland vs. Kelowna, Friday


TORONTO (April 16, 2014) Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2014 Canadian Hockey League playoffs continues on Friday Night Hockey as the Portland Winterhawks take on the Kelowna Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference championship series on Friday, April 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

The second-place Winterhawks head into the series looking to win their fourth consecutive Western Conference championship, but will face tough competition against the league-leading Rockets. The series winner will continue on to compete for WHL’s Ed Chynoweth Cup against the Eastern Conference champ.

This week’s Friday Night Hockey playoff broadcast features host Jeff Marek in-studio with HOCKEY CENTRAL analyst John Shannon. Live from Prospera Place in Kelowna, RJ Broadhead handles the play-by-play alongside analyst Sam Cosentino.

Throughout the regular season and playoffs, Sportsnet brings fans the biggest and best coverage of the CHL, featuring premier Friday Night Hockey matchups from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League. Sportsnet is also the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, May 16-25 in London, ON. Sportsnet will announce its Friday Night Hockey playoff broadcast schedule on a week-by-week basis.


April 16, 2014

BravoFACT Announces Award Recipients for April 2014 BravoFACTUAL Short Docs Jury

TORONTO (April 16, 2014) – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the 11 BravoFACTUAL award recipients from the April 15 jury meeting. Selected from 126 submitted applications, a total of $473,000 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short documentary films.

BravoFACT-funded films continue to enjoy critical success, including the Stage to Screen series that debuted at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, with The Archivist and Wakening set to screen at the Seattle Film Festival in May, and Silent Garden and Tiny Dancer screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April. Five BravoFACT-funded shorts were also selected for the 2014 Yorkton Film Festival: The Golden Ticket; A Mile in These Hooves; Reveille; When it is Dark; and Method. All five are competing for a 2014 Golden Sheaf Award. Last but not least, the short film Role Play has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award in the Shorts & Web Series category.

For aspiring filmmakers looking to land an award to produce a short documentary, BravoFACT is hosting a panel at Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Monday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET. In this insiders panel, hosted by pop-culture guru and BravoFACT consultant Richard Crouse, Canadian documentary veteran and BravoFACTUAL consultant, Bob Culbert, offers documentary filmmakers invaluable insights about the fund and tips for putting together a successful BravoFACTUAL proposal.

BravoFACTUAL fund recipients from the April 15, 2014 jury meeting are:
Kubo’s Crickets – Michael Allcock
Red Alert – Barry Avrich
Tennis – Tyson Caron
A.K.A. Batman – Karen Hawes
Prison Fight – Robert Pilichowski
One Wheel Revolution – Neil Rathbone
Word Play – Patrick Reed
Abandoned – David Ridgen
Synapse Dance – Karen Suzuki
Ron Taylor – Drew Taylor
A Lesson to You All – Charlie Tyrell

The next submission deadline for BravoFACTUAL is Sept. 8, 2014.

Deadline for BravoFACT is June 6, 2014.

For information about program requirements and application guidelines visit:


April 16, 2014

TMN GO Expands Reach: Now Available on Xbox 360® and to Bell Aliant Customers

TORONTO (April 16, 2014) – The Movie Network today announced that The Movie Network GO (TMN GO) is now available on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and to television provider Bell Aliant, which services subscribers in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and parts of Ontario.

Released to coincide with the recent premiere of Season 4 of HBO Canada’s most-watched series, GAME OF THRONES, TMN GO is available to subscribers at no additional cost for Xbox Live Gold members and Bell Aliant subscribers to The Movie Network. TMN GO offers instant and unlimited access to more than 1,000 hours of Hollywood hit movies, exclusive series from HBO, CINEMAX, and Showtime, and classics from every era. With this announcement, TMN GO on Xbox 360 is available now in the Xbox Apps store on Xbox 360 in Canada, as well as Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-Ray players, iOS and Android tablets and phones, and on the web at

With the addition of Bell Aliant, TMN GO is also now available to nearly 85% of all subscribers to The Movie Network, including those subscribing to Bell FIBE, Bell TV, Cogeco Cable, Eastlink TV, Rogers Cable, Source Cable, and as well as many small- to-medium sized independent television providers who are members of the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA).

“We are thrilled to make TMN GO available on Xbox 360 and to TMN subscribers on Bell Aliant’s FibreOP™ service,” said Domenic Vivolo, Executive Vice-President, Content Sales, and Distribution Marketing, Bell Media. “Quick and easy to navigate, Xbox 360 brings TMN GO closer than ever to our subscribers, providing even more value to a subscription to TMN. The TMN GO experience continues to grow and we are committed to extending our reach to even more subscribers across the country.”

With a sleek cinematic design and interface that offers superior functionality, TMN GO, HBO GO Canada, and TMN Encore GO are best-in-class services that allow subscribers to engage with more than 1,000 hours of premium content.

Programming available on TMN GO includes hit series, movies, sports programming and documentaries exclusive to The Movie Network, including: new episodes of upcoming new and returning HBO series GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, VEEP, GIRLS, TRUE DETECTIVE, and many more; the latest full seasons of HBO series TRUE BLOOD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and many more; all seasons and episodes of HBO’s genre-defining SIX FEET UNDER, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and more; HBO Films such as BEHIND THE CANDELABRA; new episodes of CINEMAX’s hit series BANSHEE; IFC comedies THE SPOILS OF BABYLON, MARON, and THE BIRTHDAY BOYS; new episodes of upcoming acclaimed Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL, SHAMELESS, and more; the latest full seasons of Showtime series MASTERS OF SEX, RAY DONOVAN, and more; TMN GO offers hit Hollywood movies and beloved family favourites such as White House Down, This Is The End, Monsters University, and many more; acclaimed, award-winning Canadian series and movies like Antiviral, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, CALL ME FITZ, LESS THAN KIND, and many more; and hundreds of classic movies from every genre and era offered by The Movie Network Encore such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dangerous Liaisons, and many more.


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