Saks Fifth Avenue coming to Calgary

Saks Fifth Avenue is coming to Calgary in 2018. The new 115,000 square-foot, two-level location will be part of CF Chinook Centre, a Cadillac Fairview property.

The new store will feature a modern and authoritative merchandise assortment, including women’s designer, contemporary, modern ready-to-wear, men’s, beauty, jewelry, shoes and handbags. In addition to its elevated assortment, the new location will offer a full service Fifth Avenue Club, complete with private suites and personal shopping consultants.

Saks Fifth Avenue currently has two full-line stores in Canada – one at CF Toronto Eaton Centre and CF Sherway Gardens.

Lawren Harris Algoma sketch expected to fetch up to $600,000

A prized piece of art by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris is expected to fetch as much as $600,000 when it hits the auction block Tuesday night in Toronto.

“Algoma Sketch 48” was created by Harris in the fall of 1919 or 1920.

Consignor Canadian Fine Art will be hosting its first live auction event on May 31, at 7 p.m. ET at the Berkeley Church in Toronto.

The rare oil sketch recently discovered in Australia was purchased from the Mellors-Laing art gallery in Toronto around 1940 and remained in a Canadian family’s private collection for nearly 80 years.

Lawren Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario and at the age of 19 went to Berlin for academic training. Upon returning to Ontario he met J.E.H. MacDonald who shared his vision of a new and distinctive way of depicting the Canadian landscape. Harris became the driving force behind the Group of Seven. A.Y. Jackson claimed: “Without Harris there would have been no Group of Seven. He provided the stimulus; it was he who encouraged us always to take the bolder course, to find new trails.”

By 1918 Lawren Harris had travelled to the Algoma region in the company of MacDonald and Johnston. Harris made his first trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior in 1921. His search for a deeper spiritual meaning eventually took him to the stark landscapes of the far north. By the late 1920s the artist’s work strove to capture the spiritual essence of the bold landforms of the Rockies and the Arctic. Throughout the ensuing decade Harris continued to simplify and abstract his landscapes until his subjects became non-representational. Lawren Harris worked as a member of the Transcendental Group of Painters in Santa Fe, New Mexico for two years, returning to Canada in 1940 and settling in Vancouver for the remainder of his lifetime.

Halifax Councillor Linda Mosher bought her rival’s domain names and now she’s apologizing

A veteran Halifax politician admits to scooping up the domain names of a potential rival in the upcoming municipal election – and now Councillor Linda Mosher appears to be having deep regrets.

Last week, the CBC reported Shawn Cleary was planning to challenge Mosher for her seat in the October election, but when he tried to register his domain names, he discovered his .com and .ca domains had already been registered by Mosher.

Cleary called the move ‘Dirty’

“Certainly a lot of people will look at this and it will either confirm for them their view of who she is, or it’ll just be a sort of a ‘well, that’s kind of politics — it’s dirty.’ But I certainly haven’t bought her names and I wouldn’t dare,” the CBC quoted Cleary as saying.

Twitter of course, had its moment

Linda Mosher

Releasing Domain Names

On Friday, Mosher defended her decision to buy the domain names, saying she did so on the advice of her campaign manager, but by Monday morning, she was singing a different tune.

In a statement, Mosher said she was releasing the domains and, which she now says were purchased on the advice of a “website adviser.

She now considers the matter closed and will offer no further comment.

Councillor Mosher released the following statement Monday morning.

Recently I made the decision, based on recommendations from a website advisor, to register the internet domain names (.ca and .com) of a known candidate for the 2016 municipal election.

This type of campaign tactic is not something that I would normally do, nor even think of doing. In all my previous municipal campaigns I have maintained a positive, “high road” campaign despite some extremely negative campaigns by other candidates. I was ill-advised to use this means to address potential misinformation and negative statements that may arise during the campaign. However, it was my decision and I should not have used it.

However, based on constituent feedback, I can now see how some people misinterpret my intention and understand how they are disappointed with my decision to register these domain names. Notwithstanding political attacks on me which have been at times unfair, lacking in balance, and suffused with misinformation,

I am proud of my record as a HRM Councillor. My decisions with respect to the domain names were intended for posting of factual and accurate information to counter any misinformation that may be circulating in the upcoming election. I see now that the proper venue to continue to display the facts is my own website. I have worked very hard to advance the interests of not only my constituents but the whole of the HRM. And I have always done it by attempting to the best of my abilities to keep to the moral high road and to keep the political discourse fair, substantive and respectful.

As an elected official it is important to listen to resident feedback. I respect the resident opinions that have been expressed and in this spirit of fairness, I am releasing the two domain names. I look forward to the upcoming campaign that focuses on real issues and opportunities facing the residents of Halifax and District 9.

I now consider the matter closed and I will have no further comment.

Linda Mosher,
Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Let the name games begin!

Candice Rochelle Bobb identified as pregnant drive-by shooting victim in Toronto

Candice Rochelle Bobb has been identified as the pregnant victim of a targeted shooting in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood Sunday night. Her baby is in stable condition following an emergency caesarean section, according to police.

Bobb, 35, of Malton, was reportedly in the back seat of a car near John Garland Boulevard and Jamestown Crescent when a second vehicle driving in the opposite direction opened fire.

According to CTV, Bobb was struck in the chest and rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Three other people in the vehicle at the time of the shooting were uninjured.

“For some reason, only known to the offender at this point, that vehicle was certainly targeted,” Det-Sgt Mike Carbone told reporters Monday morning.

Carbone appealed to anyone with information, or who had recorded video footage in the area, whether from their home or their vehicle, to come forward to police.

Majority of Canadians support a gender neutral national anthem

A majority of Canadians support a gender neutral national anthem, according to a new poll released Monday.

The poll, by Mainstreet Research and commissioned by Sing All of Us, suggests 62 per cent of Canadians would support changing the lyrics of O Canada to make the anthem gender inclusive.

Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger wants to change the English lyrics of O Canada to make the national anthem more gender neutral. His private member’s bill, C-210, would change a line in the English version of O Canada from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.” His bill is scheduled to be debated again on May 30.

The poll numbers indicate support for the changes, with 62 per cent of respondents agreeing with the change – up 4 per cent since 2015 – while 19 per cent disagree with the changes.

Sing All of Us is a national organization advocating for a gender neutral national anthem founded by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Sally Goddard, Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy, Margaret Atwood and the Hon. Senator Nancy Ruth.

David Saint-Jacques selected to be next Canadian astronaut in space

David Saint-Jacques will be Canada’s next astronaut to visit the International Space Station.

He has been booked on a Russian Soyuz rocket that is scheduled to blasts off for the International Space Station in November, 2018.

Saint-Jacques, 46, has been assigned to a six-month mission aboard the space station. During his mission in space, Saint-Jacques will conduct a series of scientific experiments, robotics tasks and technology demonstrations, the details of which will be revealed later this year.

The announcement was made by Minister of Science and Innovation Navdeep Bains, Monday morning.

Saint-Jacques studied as an engineer, astrophysicist and medical doctor before joining the Canadian Space Agency in 2009.

Chris Hadfield was the most recent Canadian in space.

Royal Canadian Mint launches new coin series honouring national heroes

The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing a new series of pure silver collector coins honouring Canada’s firefighters, paramedics, police and the military.

The first coin in the series – designed by Canadian artist Ken Ryan – is a tribute to Canada’s firefighters and the dangers they face every time they answer the call of duty. The background features a burning home while selective colour highlights the firefighter in the foreground. He has just emerged from the house with the family dog in an image that reflects the depth of a firefighter’s commitment to preserve and protect all life.

Other coins in the series include: paramedics, police, and military.

Firefighter – the first coin in the National Heroes series has a mintage of 10,000, a face value of $15, and is priced at $69.95.

Victoria tent city to get flush toilets, running water

Things are starting to look up for the homeless living in Victoria’s tent city. The province is stepping up and installing flush toilets and portable showers.

The tent city is set up on the lawn of Victoria’s court house, where between 90 and 100 people have been calling home since last spring.

Neighbours living near the tent city refer to the site as a ghetto, and say they have collected discarded needles, human waste and other garbage left behind by the occupants, according to the CBC.

Officials with the provincial government hope the new measures will help resolve concerns about the bad odours and overall cleanliness of the site.

Calgary BASE jumper Kristin Renee Czyz dead after fatal fall in Idaho

Canadian BASE jumper Kristin Renee Czyz is dead after her parachute failed during her fifth jump off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Czyz, 34, died Friday evening and was identified by Coroner Gene Turley.

KTVB reported Czyz landed in shallow water and was pulled to shore by rescuers, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Calgary BASE jumper Kristin Renee Czyz dead after fatal fall in Idaho
Calgary BASE jumper Kristin Renee Czyz dead after fatal fall in Idaho (Parkerjh – Wikimedia)

Czyz’s parachute is being examined by a BASE jumping expert to see what caused the malfunction.

The Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Perrine Bridge BASE Jumping,
Perrine Bridge BASE Jumping. (Chris McNaught )

Darwyn Cooke, award-winning comic book artist, dead at 53

Comic book artist Darwyn Cooke died early Saturday morning after losing his battle with cancer. Cooke, 53, died surrounded by friends and family at his home in Florida.

For the past decade, the award-winning Canadian writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, lived on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. He is best known for his distinctive style and his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter.

On May 13, Cooke’s wife announced on his blog that he was battling an “aggressive” form of cancer and receiving palliative care. Cooke died the next morning at 1:30 a.m.

In 2007 Cooke won the Joe Shuster Award for best Canadian cartoonist, followed by the 2015 Eisner Award for best Cover Artist.

Fans are taking to social media to share their thoughts and honour Cooke.

The following statement appeared on Cooke’s official blog today

We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with cancer early this morning at 1:30 AM ET. We read all of your messages of support to him throughout the day yesterday. He was filled with your love and surrounded by friends and family at his home in Florida.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Hero Initiative.

Please continue to respect our privacy as we go through this very difficult time.

A longer statement will come later today.

“Then we shall not be weary. Then we shall prevail.” — John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier speech