Port Rowan man pleads guilty to threatening Chopp
A Hamilton digital media studio is set to receive funding from the federal government through a program to support creative projects with international potential.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault announced more than $2.7 million in funding for five Ontario companies — including Hamilton’s Pipeline Studios — on Friday through its Creative Export Canada program.
“The program is really aimed at exports,” Guilbeault said in an interview with The Spectator. “We are trying to help those companies, those businesses that have that have the potential to grow even more, and to help Canada shine on the international scene more so than we’re already doing.”
Pipeline, a Hamilton‑based animation studio that develops, produces and distributes award‑winning family content, is the largest digital media company in the region — and one of the largest in Canada.
The company will receive up to $840,000 in funding.
“They’re employing a lot of people and they’re helping Canada take a place on the international scene,” Guilbeault said. “The world is the market when it comes to creative industries.”
Pipeline Studios president Juan Lopez said the funding will have a “huge impact” on their business.
“It’s pretty significant in the sense that they’re investing now in our creative sectors,” Lopez said. “We’re very excited about that.”
The funding will be used to launch a marketing campaign for animated kids’ show “Doggyworld,” which is scheduled to air in 2021 on Disney.
“The funding will be geared towards creating promotional material to be used on interactive platforms, social platforms, the new streamers, as well as marketing campaigns in the industry-relevant trade shows,” Lopez said.
Lopez said new projects rolled out as a result of the funding could employ as many as 40 people. Pipeline currently has a staff of about 200.
“We’re so focused on the production side of things we really want and we need to start monetizing and commercializing,” he said. “We’re bringing a team specific to this industry.”
Pipeline Studios moved to Hamilton from Toronto eight years ago, and Lopez said they are “here to stay.”
“The region needs another powerhouse city,” he said. “We saw that Hamilton at that moment was going through that transition, and they were keen on investing in technology, innovation, the creative cluster.”
Lopez said bigger cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver tend to the get funding, and Hamilton still has work to do to grow its creative industry.
“We need more talent and more programs, more infrastructure,” he said. “The type of funding the city needs to lobby for to attract our industry is important.”
Judge at Toronto van attack trial suggests media should stop naming killers but courts should not – National Post
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Her words on Friday, born of exasperation, described it as having a “gun to my head” and being handed “a ransom demand” for her kidnapped child.
The evidence from Westphal and his team is the only expected expert testimony directly supporting Minassian’s mental state defence.
“All of Mr. Minassian’s eggs are in this particular basket,” Molloy said in her ruling.
After all, Minassian has admitted he purposely rented a van on April 23, 2018, and drove it down a busy sidewalk with the planned purpose of killing as many people as he could.
Because Westphal is in the United States and the trial is being held online due to COVID-19, Molloy cannot do what she has done before, which is send police to corral a witness and bring them to court, where refusal to testify could lead to imprisonment.
“The devastation wrought by Mr. Minassian cannot be overstated. However, he is entitled to a fair trial in our courts, and to call a defence supported by evidence. That evidence exists, but is in the control of Dr. Westphal,” she concluded.
Molloy’s words on not naming killers rekindles the debate over what to do in the wake of violence that was raised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the Nova Scotia rampage.
In Trudeau’s first public address after the Nova Scotia mass shooting during which 22 people were killed in April, he asked that the killer’s identity not be included in media coverage of the tragedy.
“I want to ask the media to avoid mentioning the name and showing the picture of the person involved,” he said as part of his prepared remarks. “Do not give him the gift of infamy. Let us instead focus all our intention and attention on the lives we lost and the families and friends who grieve.”
Social media 'out of control,' says Norfolk mayor – Simcoe Reformer
Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp says harassment and even threats of violence have been part of her job since being elected in 2018.
“I’m pretty tough, but the constant barrage of abuse that some find amusing has affected my psychology,” the mayor said in an interview last week.
Earlier this month, a 57-year-old Port Rowan man was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm to Chopp.
Dana Robert Dargie was placed on house arrest for 30 days and put on probation for 18 months, during which he is banned from communicating with or going near the mayor. He also can’t go to the municipal building or attend any Norfolk council meetings. And he was directed to get counselling for anger management.
“It’s my understanding that he was warned once to stop and he didn’t,” Chopp said of Dargie.
But Dargie is just one of many people who lash out on social media against the mayor, who has faced controversy over council’s decisions to cut services and staff, among other things.
At a Norfolk council meeting last Tuesday, the mayor was accused by her council colleagues of using bullying tactics and intimidation as the politicians aired their feelings and grievances. Chopp refused to participate in the meeting, gathering her things and leaving.
Along with emails and negative online comments, Chopp is mocked through a parody account on Twitter, which often compares her to U.S. President Donald Trump. She said a members-only Facebook site with 3,000 members seems to have been formed specifically to discuss and denigrate her work and that of Norfolk CAO Jason Burgess, who is the municipality’s fifth CAO in just over a year.
She said she regularly receives inappropriate emails, including some from a “dirty old man,” who has sent dozens of messages, including half-naked photos of himself.
“I never used to believe in blocking people but that has changed in recent times. Social media has become too out of control, too offensive, too damaging and too harassing.”
And that harassment has extended to her family.
Chopp said her parents’ Hamilton-area farm was visited last year by bylaw officers looking for illegal cannabis.
“They realized they had been sent on a wild goose chase the second they stepped onto the farm but said they had so many phone calls and emails telling them to check it out that they finally went.”
A spokesperson for the City of Hamilton confirmed bylaw officers visited the farm and found no violations.
Chopp said that incident is still under investigation and included a “22-page manifesto” from someone named “Harry Smith,” who mailed his allegations to major media organizations in Canada and to Chopp’s employer, Air Canada, where she works as a pilot. The “manifesto” said the mayor is a narcissistic dictator and psychopath, who owns her own plane and runs a marijuana business.
“I think there’s a reason why women, in particular, don’t want to get involved in politics,” she said. “I can give you a list of more than a dozen men I’m allegedly sleeping with. And, if they don’t get off on that one, they call me a lesbian.”
Chopp said she has pondered taking civil action against some of the harassers as the abuse intensifies
She said she hopes Dargie’s conviction will stop others.
“But I don’t think it will,” she said. “Social media has taken on a life of its own and the facts don’t seem to matter.
“Ignoring the keyboard warriors is difficult but I will do my best to soldier on.”
The Debate – France, security and the media: Does the new global law go too far? – FRANCE 24
Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 20:17
France is caught in a row over the right to film police officers in the course of their duty. It is a controversy that has brought demonstrators on to the streets. A new law on the Security of France goes to a final vote on Tuesday. The Bill with a controversial amendment has been passed for a first time by the National Assembly by a margin in 146 to 24. Article 24 concerns the right to film the police. It raises fears and concerns among many media here in France about the right to report and inform.
This evening with our panel we discuss the issues. Police officers have a tough job. But freedom to report is a foundation of democracy
Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.
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