National Newswatch

B.C. writer Tolu Oloruntoba wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize for debut book

Jun 15 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — B.C. doctor-turned-writer Tolu Oloruntoba says he feels "seen" after winning the Griffin Poetry Prize for a debut book that's been years in the making. Oloruntoba was named the Canadian winner of the $65,000 honour at an online ceremony Wednesday for "The Junta of Happenstance." The Surrey-based wordsmith said the announcement came in the […]

Inflation could put more Canadians at risk of going hungry, say experts

May 19 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Experts and advocates anticipate that more Canadians could be at risk of going hungry as inflation continues to outpace many consumers' grocery budgets. Valerie Tarasuk, a professor of nutritional sciences at University of Toronto, said steepening inflation rates are likely to increase the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in Canada. That could […]

Toronto hip-hop artist Akintoye on his TikTok hit about being ‘sad with pizzazz’

May 5 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Are you OK?" the TikTok commenter asked. "Like really?" It was a reasonable question. Since joining TikTok in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto hip-hop artist Akintoye Asalu has built a name for himself on TikTok with his candid songs about dealing with anxiety and depression. When Asalu saw this expression […]

Elon Musk’s Twitter bid may push marginalized voices off the platform: experts

Apr 30 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A sense of unease is percolating in some pockets of Twitter over concerns that Elon Musk's pending takeover could amplify toxic elements on the platform and drown out marginalized voices. Musk's US$44-billion bid to buy Twitter has spurred speculation that the tech mogul's promises to foster "free speech" on the social network could […]

Canadian film ‘Charlotte’ animates a Jewish painter’s Holocaust-era life in art

Apr 22 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The directors of "Charlotte" say they see the animated biopic as an extension of its subject's mission to render her Holocaust-era coming of age storyas an epic visual memoir. The Canadian co-production traces the true story of German Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon as she chronicles her life in hundreds of gouaches entitled "Life? […]

Prime Video’s Canadian lineup: Kids in the Hall, maple syrup, the Tragically Hip

Apr 13 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A dramedy series inspired by Quebec's "maple syrup heist" and a documentary project on the Tragically Hip are among the original Canadian productions set to stream on Prime Video. Amazon's streaming arm detailed its Canadian slate at an event at Toronto's Massey Hall on Wednesday that included appearances from the Kids in the […]

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