National Newswatch

‘The Simpsons’ writer reveals details on Sunday’s Canuck-themed episode

Apr 25 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "The Simpsons" consulting producer Tim Long grew up in Ontario and has always sensed something secretly Canadian about Lisa, the middle child and most critically-minded member of the enduring American animated family. "She's the one who's had the most barbed critiques of the United States," Long, a writer-producer who was raised in Exeter, Ont., said […]

‘Killing Patient Zero’ profiles Quebec man unfairly targeted in AIDS epidemic

Apr 24 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — In the late 1970s, Quebecois flight attendant Gaetan Dugas was openly and proudly gay, described by friends as flamboyant, sexual and generous, with a supportive family and penchant for makeup. Unashamed of his lifestyle despite lingering societal stigmas, he co-operated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the early 1980s […]

Video-game streamers open up about their lives in NFB/ARTE France web series

Apr 8 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It's a subculture that's becoming a thriving business model, social gateway and career aspiration for some: live video-game streaming. "Streamers," a new web series from the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France, examines the growing phenomenon in which participants can build an online community, gain communication skills and even make money through monthly […]

Barbara Kopple says doc comes at a time when U.S. is ‘turning its back’ on refugees

Apr 2 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple's latest documentary, "New Homeland," captures quintessentially Canadian childhood pleasures as teen boys swim in a lake, play dodgeball and portage with canoes at Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park. But behind some of those smiling faces are harrowing stories. Making its Canadian debut Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at Hot Docs Ted Rogers […]