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Vehicle found in Harrison Lake with 2 bodies inside may have been in the water for 10 hours – CBC.ca

November 3rd, 2019

Two people are dead after a vehicle was discovered in Harrison Lake on Sunday, according to police.

Officers were alerted to what was believed to be a capsized boat in the lake, which is about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, around 10 a.m. PT.

Agassiz RCMP and members of Kent Harrison Search and Rescue (KHSAR) responded to the area and discovered a small SUV partially submerged in the water. 

Police said there were two bodies inside the vehicle. Officers did not specify their gender or age.

Officials believe the SUV fell from a forest service road, down a 60-metre embankment before landing in the lake. (Shane MacKichan)

Marvin Anderson, KHSAR president, said one woman was pulled from the water and taken to hospital with minor injuries. He said she was out of the vehicle when crews arrived. 

RCMP said it appears the vehicle could have been in the water for as long as 10 hours. It is not clear how the survivor escaped the car.

Witnesses said they saw marks on a forest service road along the lake which appear to show where the SUV plummeted down an embankment and into the lake. Anderson said the fall would have been about 60 metres.

The vehicle remains in the water. An RCMP dive team planned to return to the site Monday.

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Prophets Of Rage Break Up Ahead of Rage Against the Machine Reunion Shows – Vulture

November 3rd, 2019

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On Friday, Billboard confirmed that Rage Against the Machine will reunite to headline next year’s Coachella Festival. The band’s verified Instagram account has since posted several other spring shows at the end of March in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, which you can see below, but the long and the short of it is: now that the Machine is back in working order, Prophets of Rage is headed to the recycling bin.

The semi-supergroup, which formed in 2016, was comprised of RATM members Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk and Tom Morello, in addition to Chuck D of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha has reportedly been working on his solo career since the last time RATM reunited for Coachella in 2007. According to Pitchfork, the band hasn’t performed together since July 2011. Rage Against the Machine’s upcoming Coachella dates are April 10 and April 17, 2020, which is great, since you’ll definitely need something new to scream during the last seven months leading up to the election.

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2 dead after vehicle found in Harrison Lake – CBC.ca

November 3rd, 2019

Police say two people are dead after a vehicle was discovered in Harrison Lake on Sunday.

Officers were alerted to what was believed to be a capsized boat in the lake, which is about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, around 10 a.m. PT.

Agassiz RCMP and members of Kent Harrison Search and Rescue responded to the area and discovered a small SUV partially submerged in the water. 

Search and Rescue said one woman was pulled from the water and sent to hospital for treatment.

Police say there were two deceased people inside the vehicle, but did not identify them or say if they were men or women or what their ages were.

RCMP says that it appears the vehicle could have been in the water for as long as 10 hours.

People at the site said there are marks on a forest service road along the lake that appear to show where it plummeted down an embankment and into the lake.

The vehicle remains in the water. An RCMP dive team plans to return to the site tomorrow.

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BioWare hints at imminent Dragon Age 4 activity – PC Gamer

November 3rd, 2019

KUWTK: Kris Jenner Cries Over ‘Tasteless and Disgusting’ Rumors of Affair with O.J. Simpson – Yahoo Entertainment

November 3rd, 2019

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KUWTK: Kris Jenner Cries Over ‘Tasteless and Disgusting’ Rumors of Affair with O.J. Simpson
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kris Jenner is not putting up with any rumors.” data-reactid=”31″>Kris Jenner is not putting up with any rumors.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="On Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jenner is faced with a new round tabloid reports that she had an affair with O.J. Simpson — and on the anniversary of her friend Nicole Brown Simpson‘s death, no less.” data-reactid=”32″>On Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jenner is faced with a new round tabloid reports that she had an affair with O.J. Simpson — and on the anniversary of her friend Nicole Brown Simpson‘s death, no less.

“They printed a story that I was sleeping with O.J.,” she said. “That f—— piece of s—. It’s really kind of pathetic that when rumors get started the media gives it life and breath and on the anniversary of Nicole’s death. It’s so tasteless and disgusting. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Over the years, both the Kardashian family and Simpson have&nbsp;dismissed the long-circulated conspiracy theory that Jenner and Simpson had an affair while she was married to Robert Kardashian Sr., resulting in Khloé’s birth.” data-reactid=”34″>Over the years, both the Kardashian family and Simpson have dismissed the long-circulated conspiracy theory that Jenner and Simpson had an affair while she was married to Robert Kardashian Sr., resulting in Khloé’s birth.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="While talking about the rumors with daughter Khloé Kardashian, Jenner, 63, admitted that the lies can take an emotional toll on her.” data-reactid=”35″>While talking about the rumors with daughter Khloé Kardashian, Jenner, 63, admitted that the lies can take an emotional toll on her.

“After 25 years, you’d think it just wouldn’t be a thing,” she said while tearing up. “It’s just lie after lie after lie after lie, and it’s only so much that one human being can take.”

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“I’m so over stupid rumors of things that never happened,” she added. “I think it’s just really wrong.”

Later, she revealed that she decided to sue a publication over printing the false information.

“I just think it’s really unfair to Nicole’s family, my family, for these stupid rumors to be flying around out there,” she explained. “It’s always right there under the surface. My team has decided to take legal action because once and for all I have to do something about it.”

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But it wasn’t until she sat down with friend Faye Resnick that she realized that her anger was masking the sadness she felt over Nicole’s death.

“I think I’ve realized that I’ve latched onto the legal side of stuff, rather than deal with the emotional side of myself that just misses my girlfriend,” she said. “There’s a part of me that gets so angry that I mask my emotions of sadness. But I think that instead of focusing on something so tragic I think we just need to have these amazing memories that we had with her and celebrate all of that.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="O.J.‘s ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman were violently murdered in 1994. Jenner’s husband at the time, the late Robert Kardashian Sr., was a friend of Simpson’s and served as one of the NFL star’s defense attorneys during the infamous trial. Jenner had been close with both Simpson and Brown, and she stood by the Simpson children after Brown’s death.” data-reactid=”63″>O.J.‘s ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman were violently murdered in 1994. Jenner’s husband at the time, the late Robert Kardashian Sr., was a friend of Simpson’s and served as one of the NFL star’s defense attorneys during the infamous trial. Jenner had been close with both Simpson and Brown, and she stood by the Simpson children after Brown’s death.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Though he was acquitted of the double murders in October 1995, Simpson was deemed liable for the deaths in 1997 in a civil case brought by the two victims’ families. In 2008, he was convicted for his role in the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas. He was released from prison in 2017 after serving nine years.” data-reactid=”87″>Though he was acquitted of the double murders in October 1995, Simpson was deemed liable for the deaths in 1997 in a civil case brought by the two victims’ families. In 2008, he was convicted for his role in the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas. He was released from prison in 2017 after serving nine years.

And after 25 years, Jenner said she was going to make an effort to let go of any negative feelings she has about Nicole’s death and instead focus on the “beautiful woman” her friend was.

“It’s hard to put into words how much I miss somebody that was such part of the fabric of my younger life. Never underestimate what that person you don’t have with you anymore has meant to your life and your soul,” she said. “I think the way I want to focus on Nicole’s life in the future is just to celebrate the beautiful woman that she was.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A few weeks after the the story of the affair spread in June, O.J. spoke out against the rumors in a Twitter video.” data-reactid=”90″>A few weeks after the the story of the affair spread in June, O.J. spoke out against the rumors in a Twitter video.

“My life has always been involved in the sports world and I suspect as the weeks go on, that’s pretty much what we’ll be talking about. But once in a while I’m going to go off topic and talk about something else, and this is one of those times,” he began in a video posted on Sunday. “You know, Bob Kardashian, he was like a brother to me. He was a great guy.”

“He met and married Kris and they really had a terrific time together, when they were together. Unfortunately, that ended,” he continued. “But never — and I want to stress, never, in any shape or form — have I ever had any interest in Kris, romantically or sexually, and I never got any indication that she had any interest in me. So all of these stories are bogus, bad, tasteless.”

After watching the video, Jenner said she was relieved that he “set the record straight.”

“Done and done,” she said.

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2 dead, 1 injured after vehicle found in Harrison Lake – CBC.ca

November 3rd, 2019

Two people are dead after a vehicle was discovered in Harrison Lake on Sunday, according to police.

Officers were alerted to what was believed to be a capsized boat in the lake, which is about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, around 10 a.m. PT.

Agassiz RCMP and members of Kent Harrison Search and Rescue (KHSAR) responded to the area and discovered a small SUV partially submerged in the water. 

Police said there were two bodies inside the vehicle. Officers did not specify their gender or age.

Officials believe the SUV fell from a forest service road, down a 60-metre embankment before landing in the lake. (Shane MacKichan)

Marvin Anderson, KHSAR president, said one woman was pulled from the water and taken to hospital with minor injuries. He said she was out of the vehicle when crews arrived. 

RCMP said it appears the vehicle could have been in the water for as long as 10 hours. It is not clear how the survivor escaped the car.

Witnesses said they saw marks on a forest service road along the lake which appear to show where the SUV plummeted down an embankment and into the lake. Anderson said the fall would have been about 60 metres.

The vehicle remains in the water. An RCMP dive team planned to return to the site Monday.

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The Affair Series-Finale Recap: The Stories We Tell – Vulture

November 3rd, 2019

The Affair

Episode 511
Season 5 Episode 11
Editor’s Rating 4 stars *****
Photo: David Giesbrech/David Giesbrecht/SHOWTIME

A popular sport these days among TV critics is to complain about episodes being too long, but there are a few circumstances when it feels permissible for a show to stretch beyond its normal limits. And one of those is definitely a series finale. So we’ll grant The Affair’s fifth-season closer its hour-and-a-half runtime, even though the breakdown of things that actually happens is, frankly, pretty minimal.

There’s still plenty to unpack, so let’s start with this: Who had the odds on the series finale opening and closing with Dominic West dancing to different versions of a 1980s pop song? Because that bet probably paid out big. Central to the action of the finale is The Waterboys’ “The Whole of the Moon,” which first plays as Noah reveals a new talent, such as it is: flash-mob choreographer.

It’s the day of Whitney’s wedding, and Noah’s running around the Butler Montauk estate getting everything ready for her Special Day, from leading a dance rehearsal for the wedding guests (“Ride the tractor! Kick the puppy!”) to coaching Trevor through his responsibilities as ceremony officiant to giving Colin a pep talk about marrying into this crazy family (plus, getting Colin’s mother a plane ticket from Belfast). It all comes with a catch, though: Noah is still not welcome at the wedding, and makes his exit just as Whitney arrives, looking beautiful in Helen’s dress.

Noah walks back to his motel, alone, holing up with some mini bottles of champagne, and that’s when we take a trip to 2053, when Joanie has just been confronted not just by the truth about what Ben did to her mother, but the fact that she doesn’t have any real options for justice. EJ’s gas-guzzling car is running on fumes, so she pulls over to that familiar Montauk mainstay, the Lobster Roll — now owned and operated by Noah!

“A customer! Welcome to the end of the world,” he says, serving her a cup of coffee and some eggs. By the look in his eye when Joanie mentions growing up in the area and that her mother used to be a waitress at the Roll, he seems to figure out pretty quickly who she is, but says nothing — not even later, when she grows frustrated by his prying, and blurts out that she’s just learned that her mother was murdered, running out of the restaurant.

That’s in the future, though — in the past, things switch to Helen’s point-of-view, as Whitney gets ready and is, guess what, maybe, just maybe, being a little bit bratty. (Between it being Helen’s perspective on things, it being Whitney’s wedding day, and also Whitney being, y’know, Whitney, this is pretty much to be expected.) When Margaret butts in to add her own passive-aggressive disapproval, it’s almost a perfect storm of multi-generational rage … until the bubble pops, the women hug, and it’s time for Whitney to get married.

The wedding ceremony seems to go well, Whitney is delighted by her flash-mob surprise, and Helen seems content — but when she tries to text Noah the video of the dancing, it won’t send, and that seems to be her excuse for leaving the wedding and walking to Noah’s motel.

Initially hesitating, Helen eventually decides to enter, and once again rant at him about their relationship, and, essentially, her annoyance over the fact that she really can’t escape him. It’s an incredibly intimate, emotional scene, played between two empathic, mature actors sitting ten feet apart — until Noah gets up. “Will you dance with me, on our daughter’s wedding day?” he asks, and things go exactly as you’d expect. “What am I thinking right now?” he asks. “It looks like you’re thinking you want to kiss me,” she says. And that’s just what he does.

Things go from simple to complicated as Joanie, after yelling at a too-nosy Noah, storms back to her father’s house to get his shotgun. EJ finds her preparing to go back to Ben’s place and kill him, and manages to talk her down — instead offering her the opportunity to run away with him to Vienna.

However, as they drive away, EJ has a bit more truth to unload on Joanie — the fact that thanks to their parents, they are “loosely affiliated.” Congratulations are in order, by the way, for the many viewers who did accurately guess that EJ was Sierra and Vik’s baby, Eddie, all grown up. And congratulations are also in order for actor Michael Braun, who is tasked with delivering some of the show’s trickiest dialogue of all time: trying to simply and accurately explain the connections that have bound together all of these complicated people across the decades. (I’ve probably written 30,000 words about this show since it originally premiered in 2014, and I don’t think I could do it as well.)

Talking with EJ makes her realize she shouldn’t run, and when he tells her that Helen and Sierra became friends despite the drama between them, the possibility of people changing feels real to her. So she goes back to Noah at the Lobster Roll, and they talk about Alison, and how Noah believes she was “one of the few people I ever met in life who actually managed to change.” He seems to do what many, many people before him have not been able to do: convince Joanie that her mother really loved her, and that there is still a chance for her to find some happiness. “You may not be able to save the Earth,” he says, “but you can be there for your children, no matter what happens.”

Time to trip back to the past, this time to see the rest of Whitney’s wedding day from her perspective. While still angry at Noah, she realizes that she misses him being there, and so her grandfather (experiencing a moment of lucidity) helps stage a distraction that lets her, her siblings, and her new husband sneak out of the wedding with a bottle of Champagne and the top of the wedding cake.

When the Solloway kids arrive at Noah’s motel, though, Whitney sees through the open curtains that their parents have reunited — and so instead of rushing in, they all sit outside, sharing the Champagne and cake, perhaps the very happiest we have ever seen them as a family.

In the future, Joanie returns home to her thrilled children — and her husband, despite the anger that was between them before, hugs and kisses her. And old man Noah leans against Helen’s gravestone in the Montauk cemetery, reading out loud from their daughter Stacey’s novel about Montauk — but also really written about her family.

Noah then hikes out to the coastline, as Fiona Apple, instead of screaming into the canyon, performs a new cover of “The Whole of the Moon.” And that’s where The Affair ends.

So, it seems, Ben gets away with murder. And despite the fact that there are two direct connections to the Solloway clan after Whitney’s wedding in this episode, it’s surprising how little detail gets revealed about what happened to them over the following 30 years. It’s fact that Noah moved back to Montauk after the wedding, and given that Noah and Helen did get remarried (per the name on her tombstone), it seems like a fair guess that Helen came back east with Stacey and Trevor as well, just like Margaret wanted. What else happened to so many other characters, from Sierra to Janelle to Luisa to the other Solloway children, remains in the ether for us to imagine.

It feels natural to wish for more details, more clues and stories. But there’s something about the final scene, as West’s aged shuffle on the cliff recreates a 30-year-old dance full of life, youth, and joy. It’s poignant, nostalgic, and more than appropriate for this show, which was always about looking back at what happened, and trying to remember the best version possible. Is it the most narratively satisfying ending? Probably not. But emotionally, it feels apt.

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• Sasha Mann’s presence in the finale is limited to him sending a literal wall of flowers to Helen, which does (per Whitney’s POV) make its way into the backyard for the wedding, but otherwise seems to have no impact on her decision to get back together with Noah. Maybe that’s because Noah never gave Helen the card — or because Sasha Mann misattributed Victor Hugo to Balzac.

• One deeply felt regret: Oh, how wonderful it would have been if EJ’s movie nerdity had resulted in him and Joanie, at some point, watching Sasha Mann’s Untitled Affair Project (Previously Known as ‘Descent’).

• Though EJ’s movie obsession does make a lot of sense now, as of course the son and the grandson of professional actors would be steeped in the industry.

• It is a bit surprising to see Sierra at Whitney’s wedding, though it does speak to EJ’s claim that Helen and Sierra end up becoming close friends. But even more surprising is that Sierra’s wedding date (and willing flash mob participant) is her Madame Bovary director Leif, given how dark and drug-fueled their initial connection was.

• The aging makeup used for 30-years-later Noah was, as these things go, well-applied. (It’s never flawless, of course.)

• The finale doesn’t really deliver a satisfying conclusion on the season’s climate-change through line, which is a shame because it was one of the most intriguing ongoing elements. However, given that there are no easy answers for those questions right now, in our current reality, it doesn’t quite feel fair to demand that The Affair provide a cathartic resolution to one of the world’s greatest ongoing existential crises. And perhaps it was all worth it for the layers of meaning behind Joanie’s line, “I’m a coastal engineer. I’m trying to save the world from drowning.”

• And that’s a wrap on The Affair. Thanks so much to Vulture for letting me dig into this one weekly, and to everyone who has read these recaps and said nice things in the comments or on Twitter. Everyone’s point of view, after all, carries with it some degree of truth.

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‘The Affair’ Recap: Season 5, Episode 11 — Series Finale Explained – TVLine

November 3rd, 2019

Warning: The following contains spoilers from The Affair series finale.

The theme song for The Affair, performed by Grammy Award winner Fiona Apple, was a melancholy ditty that spoke to the show’s themes of love and death. So it was only fitting that Apple also provide the song that closed out the Showtime drama’s five-season run.

In a surprisingly uplifting series finale, Noah and Helen got back together on the night of Whitney’s wedding. Then, 30 years in the future, an elderly Noah (who now managed the Lobster Roll) reconnected with Joanie and provided the clarity she so desperately needed about Alison. Rather than start anew with E.J. (who was revealed to be Sierra and Vik’s all-grown-up son Eddie James Ullah!), she returned home to her husband Paul and their two daughters. As for Noah, he visited Helen’s grave (R.I.P.!) to read to her from a memoir written by none other than their youngest daughter Stacey.

Then, in the very last scene, Noah trekked to a bluff that overlooked the ocean and started to dance — but it wasn’t just any dance, or any song. It was the dance he choreographed for Whitney’s wedding, and the song was a heartwarming cover of The Waterboys’ “The Whole of Moon,” as performed by Apple.

Below, series co-creator Sarah Treem divulges on the fates of Noah, Helen and Joanie, reveals why Ben was never brought to justice for Alison’s murder, and explains the significance of the last scene. (For Part 2 of our post mortem about Alison and Cole, click here.)

TVLINE | Before we dive into the finale, I wanted to circle back to penultimate episode, wherein Noah listened to Alison’s Season 1 deposition. You also included flashbacks that were previously part of Alison’s perspective. Can you talk a little bit about the significance of that scene, and how it set up the end of Noah’s arc?
The Affair 5x10 - Alison Flashback, PerspectiveThe idea for Noah Solloway, and the show as a whole, is that everybody sees things from their own perspective, and that everybody is trapped in the prism of their own perspective, so we see events radically different from other people based on who we are, where we came from, what our own memories are… All of that influences the way that we see a scene. But in order for a character to quote unquote change, specifically for the Noah Solloway character to change, we thought, “What would it take for him to see something through somebody else’s perspective? What if Noah were to go back and re-remember what happened all of those years ago, but this time see it through Alison’s perspective?” That was the idea behind it. And when he [hears] it again through her perspective, instead of seeing this wild child, or this fantasy that he had of [Alison] as this free, expressive kind of lover that he had, suddenly he sees a woman in grief. He sees a woman who had just lost her child and was suffering, and who probably didn’t need a lover at that point. What she needed was a friend, or some kind of support. So when he says, “Alison, I’m so sorry,” I think that’s what he’s apologizing for. He finally understands what was happening for her in that moment. He then starts to think about what it must have been like for Helen. In finally going back to Alison’s deposition and hearing it again through her perspective, it leads him to this awareness of how he must have treated Helen, which leads to their reconciliation.

The Affair 5x11: Noah and Helen in the series finaleTVLINE | Were Noah and Helen always destined to find their way back to each other, even when you first conceived of the show? Or has the ending evolved a little — or a lot — over time?
It has absolutely evolved a lot. When we initially thought of the show, it was a three-season arc, and the idea was that it was going to be kind of a Take This Waltz scenario. It was only going to be Noah and Alison’s POVs. They were going to start off in this hot and heavy love affair, and in the end, they were going to basically find their way back to the same sort of staid marriage they both felt they had come out of. So that was the original conceit, and as the show evolved, it evolved to include Cole and Helen’s perspectives. When we first came into the show, I thought the concept was, “What happens to two people if they’re both married, but they think they’ve met their soulmates?” So originally it was going to be that Noah and Alison were soulmates, but that’s just not how it evolved organically, which I found really interesting. Then I don’t know if it was the writing, or the acting, or both — probably both — but it just started to feel like the real love affairs were between the original couples, which is great. I think it gave us a much more interesting story to tell.

TVLINE | Why did you have Noah show up in the future timeline?
In a lot of ways, this was always Noah’s series. He was the first character we see, so he was always going to be the last character we see. And he had the most to learn. It seemed like he should be there at the end.

The Affair 5x11 - Old Man Noah in the Lobster Roll (Series Finale)TVLINE | And why was it important to have him reconnect with Joanie?
The idea was that he failed her mother at a certain point in his life; he was young, he was thinking about himself and he was selfish, and he failed to basically send Alison home and back to Cole. Of course, Alison is her own woman, and she made her own choices, but he didn’t [help].

TVLINE | I never doubted that Noah loved Alison, but it was a very different kind of love, which Noah himself suggested to Helen during the previous episode.
Noah took Alison away from a marriage that was very much in trouble, then ultimately didn’t love her as much, or in the way that Cole did. I think he comes to understand that over the course of the series.

TVLINE | And helping Joanie is his way of making up for what he couldn’t provide Alison?
When Joanie [returns to the Lobster Roll], she’s in a similar dilemma to her mother where she says, “I can’t go home. Why can’t I go home?” Now [Noah] understands what he didn’t understand then, and can offer her a piece of wisdom that he couldn’t offer to Alison. The reason she can’t go home is just because it’s hard; there’s nothing wrong… It’s just very difficult to be in a long-term, monogamous relationship — but the thing that he didn’t see when he was a younger man, that he can now see as an older man, is that it’s worth it. So I do think he needed to go through his entire life, and come out where he came out, in order to offer the daughter of his lover what he couldn’t offer her mother… He created a problem years ago when he got together with her mother, and that action not only had consequences on his life and on Alison’s life, but on the next generation. It had enormous consequences that changed the DNA of these families. The crisis that he caused, years later he has an opportunity to put right by giving her daughter different advice… and if there’s anyone who she can listen to at this point, it’s him because of what he knows about Alison.

The Affair: Cole and Ben (Season 4)TVLINE | Cole was always convinced that Ben killed Alison. A few short months after he died, Joanie and Noah know it to be true. So why wasn’t Ben brought to justice?
It’s just not our show. It’s not a morality tale about bringing people to justice. Nobody actually pays for their crimes. People pay for crimes that they didn’t commit a lot of times on this show, but no, that’s not the way that this show works. But I think the idea behind Joanie and Ben and their interaction was that, by him not being brought to justice, and by sending her off in this state of disillusionment and panic, that that’s what actually forces her to confront the crisis in her own life. The truth is that the crisis in Joanie’s life is not whether Alison’s killer pays for his crimes. It’s basically the inheritance of this incredibly traumatic childhood that she had and why she can’t get over it enough to, as Luisa says, be happy in her own life. And that, we realized in the writers’ room, was not going to come from sending Ben to prison. That’s just not how this stuff works… So the idea is that what happens to Ben actually sends her in a roundabout way back to Noah, and Noah is the person who helps her understand who her mother really was… She has grown up with this idea that her mother left her, deliberately, in a state of grief, and didn’t love her enough to stay, and it’s just not true. It’s completely false, and she’s built so much of her identity as an adult around that fact, and it causes her this tremendous emptiness and self-loathing. So Ben going to prison wasn’t what she needed. What she needed was to talk to Noah, understand who her mother really was and forgive her mother, and then forgive herself, to make it home.

The Affair: Eddie James Ullah and Joanie LockhartTVLINE | Is Joanie’s decision to leave Eddie and return to her family meant to convey that she has broken free from the generational trauma?
Yes, exactly. The cycle has basically been broken — and they say that’s what happens. It takes a couple generations to break these cycles. In families, the generational trauma usually goes beyond the first generation and exists for two or three generations, and so we wanted to show where that the cycle of trauma that existed within Alison’s family for a couple of generations, even predating Alison, finally gets broken.

TVLINE | When Old Man Noah visits the cemetery, we discover not only that Helen died in 2051, but that Margaret also died in 2051. I thought that was a brilliant little Easter egg for the fans.
I’m super proud of you for catching that, because I didn’t know that anybody was going to catch it. We thought it was hilarious that Margaret just basically lives forever.

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TVLINE | And that was one of a handful of moments that made me chuckle. I wasn’t expecting so much humor. 
It was… important to bring some moments of levity [to the finale]. I think the truth is — and this is why when you meet Noah later [in life], he’s sort of full of mirth — is that life gets funnier the longer you live. Things just become absurd, and in the absurdity, there is a lot of humor. You have a sense when you’re young that life is moving in some sort of linear progression towards meaning, and then at a certain point you say, “Oh wait, it’s not. It’s just chaos,” and it’s about what we can make of the chaos.

The Affair 5x11: Noah Dancing - Series FinaleTVLINE | In the end, Old Man Noah recreates the flash mob he choreographed for Whitney’s wedding. Why is that the very last scene? What is it meant to represent?
I showed [that scene] to another writer on the show and he was like, “Yes! Yes! Because life is the dance!” I think it shows that Noah is at peace. He’s gotten through the war, and he’s at the end of his life. He’s alone, but he’s at peace, and that’s what allows him to dance on a bluff like a madman, by himself, to music in his own head.

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Vancouver Park Board uses past lessons to save prized koi from hungry otter – The Globe and Mail

November 3rd, 2019

Once again, a venerable Chinese garden located in downtown Vancouver is under siege from an otter feasting on its prized koi.

When a hungry otter turned up last year, it was an unprecedented situation for the city’s 240 parks that garnered international attention and divided Vancouverites into Team Otter and Team Koi.

The Vancouver Park Board, which maintains parts of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown, has rescued dozens of koi from the pond at the complex. Chris Lee from AquaTerra Environmental Ltd. is seen removing a live koi from the pond on Nov. 3, 2019.

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Now, the parks board that maintains parts of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown is on full alert, having rescued dozens of koi from the pond at the complex, as well as organizing traps to catch the elusive otter.

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Over the weekend, the board disclosed that trouble began when koi heads and other bits turned up in the garden’s pond earlier in the week, and a new otter was spotted.

Howard Normann, director of parks for the Vancouver Park Board, said his team is acting more quickly than last year.

“We just mobilized and nobody blinked an eye,” he said of this year’s response, built on last year’s experience of underestimating the otter. “We didn’t understand how quickly an otter can act.”

The garden complex, named for the first president of China, opened around the time of the Expo 86 World’s Fair in Vancouver and is the first full-scale classical Suzhou garden built outside of China. It’s a mix of a public park and admission-access garden.

Last year, web developer Louis Lapprend produced Team Koi and Team Otter buttons that sold for $2 each, as well as a few T-shirts, raising $500 to donate to the garden.

The people who run the garden were reluctant to take the money, he said, so he will not repeat the effort this time.

The trap that has been set up to remove the otter is seen at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first full-scale classical Suzhou garden built outside of China.

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“I wouldn’t have imagined that it would happen exactly the same way just one year after,” he said, calling the situation bizarre.

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“That garden has been safe from predators for the 30 years in which it operated. Suddenly, two years in a row, we have got famished wild animals coming in.”

He wondered whether there’s a shortage of wild fish elsewhere. “What’s going on? That’s the part I am most curious about.”

Mr. Normann has a theory. First off, he said one of the lessons of the situation is that there are a surprising number of otters out and about as urban wildlife.

He says the otter may have come out of False Creek, an inlet that juts into the downtown area, and made its way to a small park near the Sun Yat-sen garden.

From there, he says the otter may have picked up the scent of the koi through water flowing from the classical Chinese garden into the storm sewer.

“It knew there was fish close by so it just had to find them,” he mused. “I don’t know how else it would know [that] behind 15-foot concrete walls there was a pond holding fish unless it had some kind of scent.”

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Staff at the garden first realized something was up when they found a koi’s head alongside the pond last week. “Three quarters of it was eaten, completely gone,” Mr. Normann said.

The parks board has also organized traps to catch the elusive otter that has been eating the live koi. Here, the otter is caught on CCTV overnight on Oct. 31, 2019.

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On Wednesday, staff found two more koi bits and caught sight of the culprit.

“You see a sea otter and they lay on their backs and rub their hands together, even a river otter, and it’s sleek and it’s cute,” he said.

But he added that they are effective predators. “Their teeth are like razor blades. If you go online and watch them feeding on stuff, they just rip the stuff to shreds.”

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