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Windsor's Art in the Park returning in 2022 after pandemic hiatus –



Art in the Park is returning in June 2022 after the festival was put on hold for the last two years due to the pandemic.

“It’s going to be one of the best ones ever,” said Allan Kidd, co-chair of Art in the Park, an event operated by Rotary Club of Windsor.

Patrons will notice a few changes next June. Organizers are hoping to leverage technology to avoid paper tickets and booklets.

“We’re hoping to make it safer, cleaner and ultimately it’s more convenient for the visitors,” Kidd said.

The volunteer-run event is a fundraiser for Rotary. Ultimately, the money raised goes back into supporting the community through various projects, Kidd said.

The festival, which goes back four decades, is held the first weekend in June at Willistead Park.

“The public’s craving some sort of outlet like this, it’s a festival so it’s easy to get behind it. Likewise, the vendors, the artists and craftspeople, they’re dying to get out there,” he said.

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BBCG Group's Art Goguen Retires, Michel Prud'homme Appointed as incoming Managing Director – Canadian Underwriter



MISSISSAUGA, ON, DECEMBER 1, 2021/insPRESS/ – BBCG Group, an SCM Company serving clients as part of ClaimsPro’s Specialty Risk Division, announced today that Art Goguen, a founding partner of BBCG and current Managing Director, will be retiring in January. Michel Prud’homme, who joined the company in 2001, will assume the Managing Director role simultaneously.

Art Goguen, the youngest of four partners, formed BBCG in 1997. Widely experienced, Mr. Goguen developed a notable reputation for delivering exceptional client service, focusing primarily on fidelity bond claims with emphasis in complex financial institution, surety, financial guarantee, and trade credit insurance claims. Prior to forming BBCG, Art worked for 15 years as a Bond Claims Adjuster for a major insurer and a leading insurance claims adjusting firm.

Michel Prud’homme started his work with BBCG Group more than 20 years ago. His areas of practice include surety and fidelity bond claims, professional indemnity, and Directors & Officers liability as well as financial institution bond and trade credit claims. He began his career in 1990 working as a Surety Underwriter with a prominent insurer, and in the following years, he gained experience with other insurers in surety, fidelity, and professional liability. Mr. Prud’homme is a graduate of Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and a frequent speaker for the Insurance Institute of Canada, Surety Association of Canada and École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Mr. Prud’homme will transition to Managing Director in the new year, continuing to work alongside Mr. Goguen in the interim.

BBCG is recognized for performing professional and technically superior investigations throughout Canada and globally. Working as a team, BBCG Group engages the right complement of resources including accountants, engineers, and other specialists as required. The team specializes in Fidelity, Contract Surety, Cyber, Trade Credit, Construction Risks, Financial Lines, E&O, and D&O claims.

“Art Goguen’s years of practice, breadth of experience, and dedication to client service make him a real force in this industry,” begins Sean Forgie, Senior Vice President of ClaimsPro’s Specialty Risk Division. “We wish him all the best in his retirement, and we’re pleased to have an internal highly qualified candidate in Michel Prud’homme assume his role.”

Lorri Frederick, President of ClaimsPro, echoes Mr. Forgie. “Art Goguen brought so much to ClaimsPro with the founding of BBCG, and his excellent reputation of service precedes him,” says Ms. Frederick. “Congratulations on an exemplary career and congratulations to Michel Prud’homme.”

Art Goguen official retires January 15, 2022, and Michel Prud’homme assumes the Managing Director role at that time.

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Military says Adm. Art McDonald already faced ‘significant’ action as police report released –



The Canadian military says actions taken so far against Adm. Art McDonald are “significant” and there are no plans to pursue measures like stripping or lowering his rank.

That comes as the release of the military police report into the investigation of an allegation against McDonald noted that the question of whether to take such actions was being handed over to military brass.

“Admiral McDonald will be releasing from the CAF, and the prior actions taken, including his suspension from the performance of his duties, as well as the subsequent termination of his appointment are considered significant actions,” said a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence.

“Further information regarding conditions of release is protected by the Privacy Act.”

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Military police will not charge Adm. Art McDonald after sexual misconduct probe

Global News obtained a copy of the military police investigation into McDonald via access to information laws. The investigation probed an allegation of sexual misconduct – specifically, sexual assault – made against McDonald by a female subordinate.

McDonald has denied the allegation and the investigation ended without a charge.

He has said he intends to retire from the military.

In contrast, military police sources emphasized the issue of rank in September when questioned by Global News on the decision not to pursue code of service penalties against McDonald’s predecessor, retired general Jonathan Vance.

Those sources cited the findings from former Supreme Court of Canada justice Morris Fish in June that it would be “legally impossible” for the military to charge and try someone in the role of chief of the defence staff because they have no peers to sit on the military panel weighing the charges.

However, that determination was specifically in relation to courts martial.

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Military police have said their decision not to charge McDonald came down to “insufficient evidence.”

McDonald claimed that probe had also found the allegation was “unsubstantiated,” something the military’s provost marshal said in a subsequent statement was not the case.

READ MORE: McDonald sexual misconduct allegation was not deemed ‘unfounded,’ military confirms

McDonald’s lawyer also said in a three-page letter issued to media last week that: “The CFNIS investigative summary stated, ‘No witness reported seeing Admiral McDonald [do what was alleged].’”

The copy of the investigative report obtained by Global News contains 278 pages, almost all of them heavily redacted. None includes that excerpt.

It’s not clear whether McDonald’s legal team has a less redacted copy, and a lawyer for him did not respond to a request from Global News to provide a page number for that quote.

The closest material appears to be a section in the case summary part of the report, which states that military police investigators spoke with 38 potential witnesses who were on board the HMCS Montreal, the navy ship where the assault is alleged to have taken place during a party.

“Due to the specific location of the events under investigation, a number of individuals were not in a position to observe the alleged interaction,” the summary states.

The report notes investigators went on board the HMCS Montreal on March 27 to take pictures and video, but does not clearly indicate what those were.

McDonald temporarily stepped aside as chief of the defence staff in late February as a result of the investigation, and the government announced he had been permanently removed from the role via executive order on Nov. 25.

Gen. Wayne Eyre was named chief of the defence staff in his place.

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New kids on the Vancouver art block find strength in numbers – BCBusiness



Combine Art Fair

Credit: Steven Cottingham/Wil Aballe Art Projects

Dodge Charger by Steven Cottingham, represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects

The first Combine Art Fair, a joint effort by five local galleries, showcases a wide range of work by emerging and established West Coast artists

Still holiday shopping? Don’t miss this chance to check out several local art galleries, and the work of dozens of artists, under one roof.

Five emerging gallerists are joining forces to present the inaugural Combine Art Fair, taking place in North Vancouver from December 2 to 5. Griffin Art Projects will collaborate with Franc Gallery, Mónica Reyes Gallery, Unit 17 and Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP) to showcase new and seasoned artists from around the province.

The four-day event, at Griffin’s onsite residency spaces, is the first art fair held on the North Shore. By presenting a wide range of work by artists at various stages in their careers, including relatively affordable pieces, it aims to appeal to aspiring and veteran collectors alike.

“The Vancouver art ecosystem is built on a delicate balance of interconnected elements: artists, collectors, galleries and institutions,” said Lisa Baldissera, director of Griffin Art Projects, in a release. “Each is equally important in the process of nurturing a rich, diverse art scene. Combine Art Fair brings together emerging galleries while supporting collectors and bolstering the visibility of incredible artists all in one space. At a time when travelling to global art fairs is out of reach for many, the fair offers an experimental, collaborative model that will help reinvigorate the local scene.”

Kriss Munsya

Credit: Kriss Munsya/Mónica Reyes Gallery

From Highway Reflection by Kriss Munsya, represented by Mónica Reyes Gallery

For the five gallerists, all of which have been around for less than 10 years, the event is a product of the pandemic. The other four participants approached Griffin about launching it after international art fairs got shut down in early 2020.

The fair is also a chance to recognize a shift in the Vancouver art scene, as work by a new generation finds its way into galleries and homes.

“The landscape has changed quite a bit,” says Tobin Gibson, founder and director of Unit 17 gallery in Kitsilano. “Vancouver’s known to have a core group of artists who are working between sculpture and photography, and some of the aesthetics as well as concepts are of that generation, so people start to react to it,” Gibson adds. “The practice is now much more mercurial, more about painting and the clumsiness of sculptures. So we are taking on these new voices.”

For Gibson, the first edition of Combine is just the beginning. “We really just hope the event will be one that will grow over the next few years, and we’ll be able to invite colleagues alongside the West Coast, outside of Canada and also younger projects that are popping up in the city now, which is exciting to see,” he says.

Attendees can also view Pivot, a thematic exhibition curated by Baldissera, in the Griffin residency’s bedroom-turned-gallery. An online panel discussion with the Combine Art Fair’s founders will take place on Sunday, December 5, at 1 p.m.

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