National Newswatch

Cineplex sues former buyer Cineworld, seeking damages over failed deal

Jul 3 2020 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. has filed a lawsuit against its former suitor Cineworld Group PLC, seeking damages over the U.K. company's failed acquisition that could exceed the $2.18 billion outstanding on the deal.      The Canadian movie theatre operator filed the suit in Ontario Superior Court on Friday, detailing what it claims was "a case of buyer's remorse" on the part […]

Q-and-A: Haviah Mighty tackling racism in Canada Day performance, new video

Jul 1 2020 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Haviah Mighty says she hopes this Canada Day marks one of greater reflection on racism within our own country. The Brampton, Ont.-raised hip hop performer, whose album "13th Floor" picked up last year's Polaris Music Prize, will take the stage as part of CBC's "Canada Day Together" broadcast. She'll perform her track "Thirteen" against the backdrop of her new animated […]

Alessia Cara wins a leading three Juno Awards at streaming ceremony

Jun 29 2020 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Alessia Cara emerged the top winner at this year's Juno Awards, scooping up three trophies in a pre-recorded ceremony that paired celebration with an acknowledgment that more needs to be done to represent the diverse voices of Canadian artists. While the Junos usually mark the biggest night for the country's music industry, the Monday event, which streamed […]

Canine cuddles allowed on set of TV series ‘Hudson & Rex’ despite COVID measures

Jun 16 2020 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Production gets underway next month on a new season of canine-cop TV series "Hudson & Rex," and while numerous COVID-19 precautions will be in place, the producers are making a few exceptions for their celebrity pooch and his human co-star. Lead actor John Reardon, who plays Charlie Hudson, and his German shepherd co-star Diesel vom Burgimwald, will […]

Cineworld scraps $2.8-billion takeover of Cineplex, setting up legal battle

Jun 12 2020 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — International movie theatre chain Cineworld PLC says its deal to buy Cineplex Inc. for $2.8 billion is off, claiming that "certain breaches" of the contract were made by the Canadian company. But Cineplex fired back late Friday, insisting the allegations of wrongdoing are false, and vowing to see Cineworld in court in a battle over damages. The sudden disagreement […]

Mixed messages, looming deadlines: Small business faces troubling return to ‘normal’

Jun 11 2020 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The co-owners of Coco Beauty Bar were ready to return to business once the Ontario government gave beauty salons a green light, but after seeing the strict COVID-19 restrictions required, they wonder if it's even worth the effort. No facials, no microblading, face waxing or threading. And the biggest financial hit — no lash extensions. "Lash extensions are our […]