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‘He really inspired me’: Gord Downie’s brother on his legacy and the work still left to be done

A day after the world learned of Gord Downie’s death, his brother Mike Downie says their collaboration on an ambitious project aimed at reconciliation has motivated him to keep pushing for improved conditions within Canada’s Indigenous communities. “He’s my brother but he really inspired me, you know, he really inspired me to try to do something that could make a difference,” ...

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Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to misdemeanour charge in Georgia

Actor Shia LaBeouf was sentenced to probation Thursday after the Transformers star pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction stemming from his attempt to elude police following a vulgar public outburst in Georgia. LaBeouf, 31, received a year on probation from a Recorder’s Court judge in Savannah, where he was arrested July 8 while in coastal Georgia to film the ...

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British Film Institute strips Harvey Weinstein of high honour

New ‘Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances,’ says BFI The Associated Press Posted: Oct 19, 2017 11:36 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017 11:36 AM ET Related Stories The British Film Institute says it has stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honour. Weinstein was awarded a BFI Fellowship in 2002 for his contribution ...

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Gord Downie’s muse: 4 topics that influenced his songs

It’s all there in the lyrics. In interviews, Gord Downie was sometimes halting and introspective, always trying to find the right words. He could be maddeningly vague when asked directly about his artistic intent, but listeners could find most of what they needed to know in the album sleeves of the Tragically Hip’s 13 full albums and Downie’s four side projects. Downie, who died ...

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Cosby accuser’s bid to revive defamation suit rejected by U.S. court

A U.S. federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who said the entertainer raped her in 1974 and then called her a liar after she made her accusations public in a newspaper interview. The lawsuit, filed by Kathrine McKee, revolved around a letter that an attorney for Cosby sent New York’s Daily News ...

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Just For Laughs restructures after Gilbert Rozon accused of sexual assault

Just For Laughs has announced a restructuring after nine women came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual assault against its founder and now former president. The women are accusing Gilbert Rozon of misconduct spanning three decades, according to French-language newspaper Le Devoir and radio station 98.5 FM. The allegations have not been verified by CBC/Radio-Canada and have not been proven in court. As ...

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Gord Downie remembered by man who gifted him feather

“He’s just totally superhuman.” That’s the way Don Speidel remembered former Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie, who he met and gifted an eagle feather during the singer’s naming ceremony with the Assembly of First Nations in December 2016. Speidel said before he met Downie, he knew the man and his band through pop culture, hearing his songs on the radio ...

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Gilbert Rozon steps down after misconduct allegations surface on social media

Gilbert Rozon, President of Just for Laughs as well as the man in charge of the Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations and the vice-president of the Montreal Metropolitan Board of Trade, is stepping down from all his functions. Rozon, 62, made the announcement on his Facebook page within hours of being called out by a comedian as an “aggressor.” “I am ...

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Channing Tatum won’t develop sexual abuse drama with Weinstein Co.

Actor refers to author’s ‘brilliant’ book in the project but says all TWC property is off limits The Associated Press Posted: Oct 18, 2017 4:31 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 18, 2017 4:31 PM ET Related Stories Channing Tatum is no longer developing a film with The Weinstein Co. that dealt with a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual ...

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