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Zooey Deschanel Is Reportedly Dating One of the Property Brothers – Vulture

September 13th, 2019

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Don’t worry: she’s reportedly dating the single Property Brothers twin. While Drew Scott got married back in May 2018, his brother and fellow HGTV star Jonathan Scott has remained single. Whether or not Jonathan was specifically waiting for Zooey Deschanel to announced her divorce from producer Jacob Pechenik last week, he made the right choice by staying on the market, like some kind of…good…house. Look, we’re not the home renovators. They are. According to People, Scott and Deschanel were spotted on a date Friday in Los Angeles and photographed holding hands, the tell-tale sign of dating. Imagine. If Jonathan Scott had accepted even one of ABC’s offers to be The Bachelor, this might never have happened. And if he accepts one now, it’ll be the set-up to the kind of quirky Zooey Deschanel rom-com the nation has been craving as of late.

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Hong Kong activists plan sit-ins at shopping malls following hill-top human chains – The Globe and Mail

September 13th, 2019

Pro-democracy activists hug while forming a human chain on Lion Rock in Hong Kong on September 13, 2019.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plan sit-ins at shopping malls on Saturday after a night in which protesters took to the hills to form lantern-carrying human chains, the latest demonstrations in months of unrest in the Chinese-ruled city.

Demonstrators also plan to gather outside the British Consulate on Sunday to demand that China honours a Sino-British Joint Declaration that was signed in 1984, laying out the former British colony’s future after its return to China in 1997.

Protesters came out peacefully in their hundreds across the territory on Friday, singing and chanting on the Mid-Autumn Festival, in contrast to the violence of many previous weekends when police have responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon.

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They have also gathered in malls, with occasional scuffles with flag-carrying China supporters.

The spark for the protests, due to resume on Saturday afternoon, was a now-withdrawn extradition bill and concerns that Beijing is eroding civil liberties, but many young protesters are also angry about sky-high living costs and a lack of job prospects.

The bill would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts, but the protests have now broadened into calls for greater democracy.

Hong Kong returned to China under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland – including a much-cherished independent legal system.

China says Hong Kong is now its internal affair. It says it is committed to the “one country, two systems” arrangement and denies meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs.

China is eager to quell the unrest before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1. It has accused foreign powers, particularly the United States and Britain, of fomenting the unrest.

Britain says it has a legal responsibility to ensure China abides by its obligations under the 1984 declaration.

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“The Joint Declaration is a legally binding treaty between the UK and China that remains as valid today as it was when it was signed and ratified over 30 years ago,” a British Foreign Office spokeswoman said in June.

“As a co-signatory, the UK government will continue to defend our position.”

But there is little London can do to force Beijing’s hand, pinning its hopes on closer trade and investment cooperation with the world’s second-largest economy after Britain leaves the European Union as planned at the end of next month.

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Jagmeet Singh Says NDP Will Raise Taxes On Canada’s Wealthiest – HuffPost Canada

September 13th, 2019

TORONTO — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh delivered a frank message to corporate Canada on Friday, saying it is time for companies and the wealthy to start paying their fair shares as everyday Canadians struggle to make ends meet.

Singh also faced questions about what an NDP government’s relationship with the private sector would look like, given his sustained attacks, and whether his policies could drive away business, jobs and economic prosperity.

Hours after promising a cap on cellphone and internet services prices, Singh told a roomful of Toronto movers and shakers that an NDP government would roll back previous tax cuts for corporations and raise taxes on people making more than $210,000 per year.

Those measures are on top of a proposed tax on multimillionaires who are worth more than $20 million, which the NDP unveiled earlier this week. The NDP would not touch the tax rate for small businesses.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a campaign announcement in Toronto on Friday.

Singh described the tax measures as necessary for building a more equitable society, one in which the country’s wealthiest help pay for universal pharmacare, more affordable childcare and housing and free tuition for students.

“What we need to do is ask the very wealthy to pay a little more,″ he said in his luncheon speech to The Canadian Club of Toronto, which counts some of the city’s most powerful politicians, business and social leaders among its ranks.

“If you want to invest in and contribute to this beautiful country, it means that those who are able to contribute a bit more — i.e. pay more taxes — should do so.”

Cap telecom prices

The Toronto speech reflected the NDP’s strategy of appealing to voters concerned about pocketbook issues by targeting big business and wealthy Canadians, which earlier in the day included going after the country’s telecommunications industry.

Singh promised to cap the prices of cellphone and internet services, to order telecom companies to offer affordable basic plans with unlimited data, and to make it easier for third-party service providers to use existing networks.

The NDP leader has also made a point of accusing the Liberals and Conservatives of caving to corporate demands, which he reiterated both during the telecom announcement and in his speech to the Canadian Club.

“I’m not going to mince words: Under a New Democratic government, the wealthiest and powerful corporations will be paying more,” said Singh, whose election campaign has so far focused exclusively on Ontario.

“The problem is that decisions have been made that have made it easier and easier for those at the very top, the very powerful, not to contribute their fair share. And it has a cost. People pay the price.”

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh takes a photo with people at a coffee shop following a campaign announcement in Toronto on Friday.

Singh acknowledged his proposed tax hikes might not bring him friends in industry, but said businesses need to start working to the benefit of all Canadians, rather than for the wealthy and powerful.

“I don’t want to make anyone an enemy, but I want to definitely take on the powerful,” he said during the telecom announcement in the Toronto riding of Beaches-East York, where supporters waved signs of emoticons with sad faces and exploding heads.

“I think that they’ve had a free ride … We can work with business. We can create a good climate that allows businesses to thrive, but we don’t want to create a condition where corporations thrive and people suffer.”

Following Singh’s promise to cap internet and cellphone prices, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, which represents the industry, described price caps as unworkable, unnecessary and likely to stifle both investment and innovation.

The association cited Statistics Canada as saying mobile wireless prices declined by 53.6 per cent between 2014 and 2018 while attacking his claims that similar measures in Australia and the United States have worked — or have even been adopted.

“A lot of these political arguments about Canadian wireless are old news or outright misconceptions,” said association president Robert Ghiz in a statement. (He’s a former Liberal premier of Prince Edward Island.)

“Politicians should focus on policies that encourage continued investment in Canada’s wireless infrastructure — and maybe even acknowledge that Canada’s wireless accomplishments are actually a source of pride for our country.”

Singh also pushed back against concerns his policies will drive employers from Canada, saying taxes are only one factor businesses consider when setting up shop and that companies will benefit from the new social services he plans to introduce.

While much of Singh’s speech to the Canadian Club focused on getting industry and the wealthy to contribute more, the NDP leader also promised to push for trade deals that protect the manufacturing sector and to cut credit-card fees for small businesses.

“I know this is kind of tough because you’ve got MasterCard sitting right over there,” Singh joked at one point. “My bad. But that’s what we believe in. But we’ll work together. There are other ways we can work together.”

The NDP leader also floated the idea of a made-in-Canada requirement for public procurements, citing Via Rail’s decision last year to spend $989 million on trains from German company Siemens rather than Montreal-based Bombardier Inc.

While Singh did not provide details, such a measure could run afoul of Canada’s obligations under international trade law and stoke anger in other countries such as the U.S.

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Putting the R-word in politics: How religion has become the sleeper issue of the 2019 election – National Post

September 13th, 2019

In the strategic context of the election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer talks about religion the way teenagers talk about sex with their parents, reluctantly, downplaying his personal enthusiasm.

Whereas Liberal leader Justin Trudeau talks about religion the way parents talk about sex with their teenagers, awkwardly, downplaying his personal experience.

As parties trade smears of their rival leaders and candidates’ religiosity, and tout their own faiths, religion is emerging as a prominent theme of this election.

Old comments by Scheer and Trudeau on abortion and gay marriage, and how elected public service can be reconciled with personal morality, are being weaponized to paint the one as a fundamentalist and the other as a hypocrite.

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Neither wants to talk much about it for themselves, only for the other guy, so it has raised tricky questions Canadians as a whole do not usually dwell on.

How does a Sikh candidate tying his turban in a campaign ad play in Quebec, where a new law would not let him do it as a school teacher?

Can a Liberal imam who became globally famous for preaching tolerance and sensitivity even toward anti-Muslim spree killer Alexandre Bissonette, then pursued interfaith activism with Jews, survive as a candidate if he has previously made what his own party called “insensitive” comments about Israel and Palestine?

How can a Catholic like Justin Trudeau endorse laws that morally conflict with Vatican doctrine? Must a Catholic like Andrew Scheer pursue only laws that do not? Who will benefit most from this circular philosophical chin-scratching, in a country where seven of the last nine Prime Ministers have been similarly compromised as Catholics, and still seemed to get on with it, democratically?

When CBC journalist Vassy Kapelos asked Green Party leader Elizabeth May who is her personal hero, what did she say?


Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

She had just named the late Flora MacDonald, a Progressive Conservative, as her political hero. This was not an obviously partisan choice, so it set the stage for a showstopper of an endorsement. Would it be Greta Thunberg, whose crossing of the ocean testified to the redemptive power of youth? Or Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring launched an environmental movement? Maybe David Suzuki, whose television shows inspired it with wondrous science?

Nope. It was Jesus Christ, making His first big federal campaign appearance since Conservative MP Wai Young in 2015 compared the Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism reforms to Jesus’s Galilean ministry because both “served and acted to always do the right thing, not the most popular thing.”

“I rely on his advice a lot,” May said. But she apologized “because politicians in Canada should not put their religion on their sleeve, and I gave you my quick, honest answer. I didn’t self-edit.”

Canadians dodge religion. This is polite. It takes effort. It involves balance, deference, sensitivity, compromise, diversity — all things Canadians profess to value. In the controversial context of an election, the best thing to say about religion is nothing, but nicely.

So the present campaign is unusual for Canada. Another sign is that the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto is soon to host what it calls its “first ever” all-party debate, moderated by political journalist Don Newman, with remarks and prayer led by Cardinal Thomas Collins.

All this changes the pitch of the political conversation. It hands the mic to those whom Canada’s no-religion rule typically quiets: the louder holy rollers themselves, and those who would call them all out as deranged supernaturalists seeking to oppress Canadians with sharia, popery, or media manipulation.

The emphasis is doubly odd given the catastrophic failure in the last election of a desperate Conservative demonization play against Muslims, which involved both a ban on wearing the niqab at citizenship ceremonies and a hotline to report what were memorably euphemized as “barbaric cultural practices.”

It did about as much good for the Tories as you can reasonably expect from throwing a dead cat on the table, as this radical topic-changing strategy is famously known (credited to Lynton Crosby, the Australian right wing strategist who worked for the Harper Tories in 2015, from a 2013 newspaper column by Boris Johnson, now prime minister of the United Kingdom).

Thus it became the best recent evidence that demography, such as age and gender, does not win Canadian elections. The electoral predictive power of religion is especially weak, vote wise. The 2015 Conservatives were right about the distribution of sentiment in the population, said Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor of economics, political and policy sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas and co-author of the new book Absent Mandate: Strategies and Choices in Canadian Elections, with Jane Jenson, Lawrence LeDuc and Jon H. Pammett. “The problem was the issue just didn’t resonate.”


As a politician, Stephen Harper turned out to be more wonk than monk.

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Sometimes there are strategically important pockets of the electorate for whom religion drives votes, but on the national scale, religion drowns as a political issue.

“That’s been the statistical story for a long time,” Clarke said.

For example John Tory, now mayor of Toronto, tried a religious pitch when he was leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives in 2007. He proposed to publicly fund faith-based schools of all religions, not just Catholics, only to get skunked at the polling stations. It was a rare Canadian election that was almost entirely about a religious issue, and it went exceptionally poorly for the leader who brought it up.

“This is why (Canadian politicians) don’t talk about it,” said Clarke. “Or if they do, they do it like Justin: ‘I have my own beliefs but I would never let them interfere with my duties to all Canadians’,” he added, paraphrasing Trudeau.

What does win elections, according to the analysis presented in Absent Mandate, is leader image, large scale concerns like health and economy, and a volatile and fickle sort of partisanship.

Religion can impose itself on leader image, and rivals can try to encourage that, but it frequently fails to stick.

Stephen Harper, for example, survived attacks about his own supposed evangelical fervour and desire to recriminalize abortion. By the time he had a shot at a majority, after the 2008 financial crisis in the 2011 vote, none of the popular theocratic nightmares had come true. So even against the Harvard human rights scholar Michael Ignatieff, Harper could plausibly paint himself as the smartest guy in the room, quite obviously more policy wonk than police monk. It worked. Religion had nothing to do with it.

As Clarke described Canadian voters in general: “We don’t go there.”

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September 13th, 2019

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September 13th, 2019

NYPD clears up Eddie Money cop mystery – New York Post

September 13th, 2019

He wrote “Two Tickets to Paradise,” but he never wrote a traffic ticket.

On Friday night, the NYPD cleared up the mystery of whether rocker Eddie Money was ever a cop, as he’d sometimes claimed: He wasn’t.

But the rocker was, briefly, a trainee, a police spokeswoman said of Money, who died in Los Angeles on Friday at age 70.

“Eddie Money served in the capacity of a police trainee,” Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell told The Post. “He was never appointed to the rank of Police Officer. The NYPD offers their condolences to his family.”

Over the years, the rocker, who was born Edward Mahoney in Brooklyn, has sometimes claimed in interviews that his first career was as a cop with the NYPD back in the late ’60s or early ’70s — but he’d also claimed he was a training dropout.

His official website claims he served two years as an NYPD officer before making it big in rock-n-roll.

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“I’m proud of the fact that I served in the police department,” he said in an interview with rock historian John Beaudin posted on Rockhistorymusic.com.

He has given other accounts, however.

“I was on the waiting list to go into the Police Academy, he told The Tolucan Times in LA last year.

“But I couldn’t see myself in a police uniform for 20 years of my life, with short hair,” he quipped.

Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy

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Zooey Deschanel Is Dating Property Brother Star Jonathan Scott – E! NEWS

September 13th, 2019

New couple alert—and this one may come out of left field. 

One week after announcing her separationZooey Deschanel is moving on with Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott. She and the HGTV personality were recently photographed holding hands, and E! News can confirm they are indeed dating! 

So how did Zooey and Jonathan first link up? According to Hollywood Life, sparks flew when they filmed a segment for James Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke series last month alongside their respective siblings, Emily Deschanel and Drew Scott

“They both seem pretty happy and into it so far… It’s still very new and she wasn’t really looking to date, but she and Jonathan hit it off unexpectedly,” a source told the outlet. 

The (500) Days of Summer star was married to film producer Jacob Pechenik for four years. They’ll continue to co-parent their children, Elsie Otter Pechenik and Charlie Wolf Pechenik.

A joint statement shared on behalf of Zooey and Jacob read, “After much discussion and a long period of contemplation we have decided we are better off as friends, business partners and co-parents rather than life partners. We remain committed to our business, our values and most of all our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.” 

As for Jonathan, he previously dated Jacinta Kuznetsov up until 2018. He was previously married to Kelsy Ully for several years. 

Only time will tell what the future holds for Zooey and Jonathan!

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Zooey Deschanel Is Dating Property Brother Star Jonathan Scott – E! Online

September 13th, 2019

New couple alert—and this one may come out of left field. 

One week after announcing her separationZooey Deschanel is moving on with Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott. She and the HGTV personality were recently photographed holding hands, and E! News can confirm they are indeed dating! 

So how did Zooey and Jonathan first link up? According to Hollywood Life, sparks flew when they filmed a segment for James Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke series last month alongside their respective siblings, Emily Deschanel and Drew Scott

“They both seem pretty happy and into it so far… It’s still very new and she wasn’t really looking to date, but she and Jonathan hit it off unexpectedly,” a source told the outlet. 

The (500) Days of Summer star was married to film producer Jacob Pechenik for four years. They’ll continue to co-parent their children, Elsie Otter Pechenik and Charlie Wolf Pechenik.

A joint statement shared on behalf of Zooey and Jacob read, “After much discussion and a long period of contemplation we have decided we are better off as friends, business partners and co-parents rather than life partners. We remain committed to our business, our values and most of all our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.” 

As for Jonathan, he previously dated Jacinta Kuznetsov up until 2018. He was previously married to Kelsy Ully for several years. 

Only time will tell what the future holds for Zooey and Jonathan!

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Avengers: Endgame Art of the Movie Book Cover Is Worthy – Comicbook.com

September 13th, 2019

Cover art for Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame – The Art of the Movie hardcover book has surfaced online, highlighting concept art that ultimately inspired the blockbuster’s final battle. In it, Chris Evans’ Captain America and Chris Hemsworth’s still mighty Thor — dual wielding both Mjolnir and Stormbreaker — battle Josh Brolin’s time-traveling Mad Titan Thanos for the fate of the universe. With art by Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding, the 376-page book offers concept art and exclusive interviews with a behind-the-scenes look at Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 22 interconnected films that signaled the end of the Infinity Saga and the first 11-year chapter of the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Avengers Endgame Art of the Movie book
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Meinerding previously identified Captain America’s battle with Thanos as one of his favorite pieces to create when visualizing Endgame, alongside sequences showing Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) joining a lone Captain America in battle with Falcon (Anthony Mackie).

“There’s so many! Whether I worked on them or not, I think the evolution of Cap vs. Thanos one on one with the hammer and the shield, the breaking of the shield, and Cap standing off against the entire army by himself and then the Portals opening and Panther and Okoye coming through and Falcon flying in…all of those are amazing,” Meinerding told CBM. “Tony’s fight… I never knew how they were going to pull that off with Tony and Thanos at the very end and having the nanotech suit to do a bit of the work to get the Infinity Stones was a stroke of genius. All of it is the answer!”

The 13-year studio veteran also praised Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige for highlighting the work of conceptual artists in its collection of Art of the Movie books.

“You know, it’s one of the best parts about working here. Kevin has always loved concept art,” Meinerding said. “He grew up loving Star Wars and Ralph McQuarrie’s work and he had the idea of just having a visual development team, which is essentially a concept art team.”

At Marvel, artists are “allowed to create as many high quality and most useful pieces that we can that sometimes turn out to be relevant for marketing materials and beyond.”

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“I’m very fortunate that the ‘Art of’ books are things that are made and that are out there and highlight the work we’re doing and what we’re trying to accomplish,” Meinerding continued. “It’s an amazing place to work and to be able to say that I’ve worked here for just over thirteen years and led around fifteen movies that have all of that come together in a cinematic event as big as Endgame was… I don’t know if I could have written a script for my career that was more gratifying and satisfying or amazing. If I’d told my thirteen year old self what I’d be doing on one movie let alone upwards of fifteen, sixteen, seventeen movies, I would never have believed it.”

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame – The Art of the Movie releases November 19.

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