National Newswatch

Los Angeles police investigate Harvey Weinstein sex assault allegation

Oct 19 2017 — — Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein — the first involving the producer in the city. Police spokesperson Sal Ramirez said the department has interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who alleges that an incident occurred in 2013. He said the investigation is ongoing and he could […]

Just For Laughs restructures after Gilbert Rozon accused of sexual assault

Oct 19 2017 — — Just For Laughs has announced a restructuring after nine women came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual assault against its 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 […]

Remembering Gord Downie through his lyrics

Oct 19 2017 — Robert Morrison — Canada has lost one of its greatest artists — a person who consolidated us, who pushed us, who excited us, who taught us and who inspired us. We have known for more than a year that Gord Downie was going to leave us soon. But the news of his death today doesn’t soften the blow. […]

Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon resigns over abuse allegations

Oct 18 2017 — Allan Woods — Gilbert Rozon, the impresario behind Montreal’s world-famous Just for Laughs Festival, has quit the entertainment company over unspecified allegations of abuse. He made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday evening. It was confirmed as authentic by a spokesperson for the festival as well as the organizing committee of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, where Rozon […]

Quebec television personality Eric Salvail taking ‘pause’ after reports of sexual misconduct

Oct 18 2017 — Allan Woods — One of Quebec’s most popular and powerful television personalities is taking a “professional pause” after the publication of a report alleging he has a lengthy history of subjecting those in his employ to harassment and engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour. Eric Salvail has won numerous awards for his zany late-night talk show and just last […]

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dead at age 53

Oct 18 2017 — — Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died, according to a statement on the band’s website. He was 53. In the wake of his diagnosis with glioblastoma — an incurable form of cancer — the musician became a symbol of perseverance in […]

A look at the life and music of Gord Downie

Oct 18 2017 — — Some facts about Gord Downie, frontman of the Tragically Hip, who died Tuesday at 53: Born: Feb. 6, 1964 in Amherstview, Ont. Raised: Kingston, Ont. Early career: Founded the Tragically Hip in 1984 with three high school friends — guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay — and saxophonist Davis Manning, who […]

All the Other Harvey Weinsteins

Oct 17 2017 — — The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme. Women were bullied, cajoled, manipulated, and worse, and […]