National Newswatch

‘Jeopardy!’ contestants rally around host Alex Trebek, ‘the consummate pro’

Mar 7 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Through thumb prints of their "buzzer fingers," a video compilation and multimedia scrapbook, former "Jeopardy!" contestants are creating mass tributes for Canadian host Alex Trebek, who announced Wednesday that he's battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Sally Neumann, a mental-health counsellor in Seattle who competed on the hit quiz show in March 2016, said Thursday she's spearheading the projects […]

Alex Trebek announces cancer diagnosis in YouTube video

Mar 6 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — Canadian "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek announced he's been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in a YouTube video on Wednesday that had a positive tone despite the grim prognosis. "Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer," Trebek said in the message posted on the "Jeopardy!" YouTube […]

Halifax-shot ‘Diggstown’ making strides for representation in Canadian TV

Mar 4 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — Toronto-raised actress Vinessa Antoine says she was floored when she realized her leading role in the new series "Diggstown" marked a milestone for representation on prime-time TV in Canada. Debuting Wednesday on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service, the legal drama stars Antoine as a corporate lawyer in Halifax who switches to legal aid after the suicide […]

Comedy stars remember John Candy, who died 25 years ago

Mar 3 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian comics remember John Candy as a genuine talent whose legacy continues to reverberate among new generations of fans. Here is what some comedy stars told The Canadian Press about Candy, who died 25 years ago on Monday:   JAYNE EASTWOOD The Toronto actress, who knew Candy through the "SCTV" gang, remembers being on a […]

John Candy’s loved ones on his enduring legacy, 25 years after his death

Mar 3 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Canadian comedy star John Candy's death, but his family and friends say it feels like he's still around. With his legacy enduring to this day — through the impact of the sketch-comedy series "SCTV" and revered films including "Splash," "Uncle Buck" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" — his children say their […]

‘Northern Rescue’ star William Baldwin faced real-life danger with mudslide

Feb 28 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — William Baldwin has been through some harrowing emergency situations, both on and off-screen. The American actor, who played a firefighter in "Backdraft" and stars as a search-and-rescue commander in the new CBC series "Northern Rescue," says a massive California blaze known as the Thomas Fire came within two blocks of his house in January 2018. Soon after, a […]

Domee Shi Oscar win adds to storied legacy of Sheridan College animation program

Feb 25 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — Toronto-raised director Domee Shi's Oscar win for the Pixar short "Bao" on Sunday had Sheridan College's animation program celebrating — and added yet another notch to its stellar legacy. Shi and Hamilton-born director Trevor Jimenez, who was nominated in the same category of best animated short for "Weekends," are both graduates of the Ontario-based program that was […]