Tuesday, May 3, 2016
New AGM Exhibitions Explore Photography's Relationship to Identity, Belonging and the Material World
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Statement by Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Moody’s Credit Rating Announcement/ Déclaration du ministre des Finances, Charles Sousa, au sujet de la cote de crédit attribuée par Moody’s
Ministry of Finance
Statement by Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Moody's Credit Rating Announcement
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance has issued the following statement in response to Moody's improvement of Ontario's outlook to Aa2 stable:
"Following a thorough review of our government's economic and fiscal plan, Moody's has just announced an upgrade of the Province's outlook to Aa2 stable.
You can read Moody's press release by clicking here: https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-Affirms-Ontarios-Aa2-Ratings-Changes-Outlook-to-Stable--PR_347841.
Moody's outlook change reflects its confidence in our government's plan to grow Ontario's economy and create jobs for Ontarians.
In Moody's own words, "the stable outlook on the Province of Ontario's ratings reflects our opinion that the province has presented a budget plan with little risk that the debt burden will exceed recent levels." They also forecast Ontario's debt to "fall marginally across the medium-term and, as importantly, for interest expense to remain manageable as well."
Our government remains on track to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18, and remain balanced in 2018-19. Ontario is once again projected to beat its deficit target for the seventh year in a row. By continuing to beat our fiscal targets, Ontario's accumulated deficit is $30 billion lower than it otherwise would have been.
We will continue to reduce the deficit through a fair and balanced approach. The 2016 budget is focused on strategic investments that stimulate economic growth and job creation including investing over $160 billion in infrastructure projects across the province over the next 12 years. Even with these investments, our government has the lowest program spending per capita of any province in Canada.
Furthermore, between 2010-11 and 2014-15, our government has held program expense growth to an average annual rate of 1.4 per cent, while still supporting the vital public services that Ontarians rely on, like health care, education and social services. We have achieved this by finding new and more efficient ways to deliver the best value for Ontarians.
Moody's is the first of the rating agencies to release its rating. Ontario has always valued the input of third-party analysis as an important checkpoint in ensuring that our fiscal plan is credible, reliable and transparent. While the news from Moody's today is indeed positive, it is important to remember that it is just one assessment among many third-party analyses. Across the board, private-sector economists are forecasting Ontario's economy to be among the top two growth leaders in Canada. In fact, Ontario's most recent economic accounts for the fourth quarter of 2015 showed that Ontario's real GDP increased 2.6 per cent in 2015. And, just yesterday, University of Toronto revised its real GDP forecast for Ontario up by 0.7 points in 2016 (+3.1 per cent) and 0.1 points in 2017 (+2.8 per cent) stating, "the near term outlook for the province looks very bright."
As we continue to implement our plan to balance the budget, grow the economy and create jobs, Ontarians will continue to see measurable results."
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opens early for 25th season
Mild winter means record-setting early start for Niagara River jet boats
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. (April 26, 2016) – Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has kicked off its 25th anniversary season by setting a new record — launching earlier in the year than ever before.
The unusually mild winter means the Niagara-on-the-Lake tour operator has already begun to hit the turbulent waters of the Niagara River, launching its season about three weeks earlier than usual.
"We're really pleased to get back out on the water and give passengers the thrill of their lives," said Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours president John Kinney. "It's fantastic that Mother Nature is giving us this head start on the season to start celebrating such an important milestone."
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours officially opened its doors to the public in 1992 with a single boat, taking passengers for thrilling white water rides from the mouth of the Niagara River in Niagara-on-the-Lake, through the Class 5 Devil's Hole Rapids and to just below the incredibly powerful Niagara Whirlpool.
Twenty five seasons later, Whirlpool has a fleet of eight 50-passenger jet boats that take passengers on adrenalin-filled trips from three departure locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Niagara Glen Nature Centre check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, New York.
Passengers can choose between two types of trips — wet or dry. Guests in open-topped jet boats are guaranteed to return to the dock soaking wet, doused with gallons of water while their boat pilot powers them through the rapids at high speed and expertly spins them through the chop in a complete 360-degree turn. Passengers in the covered Jet Dome get the same thrill ride, minus the splash, and return as dry as they were at the outset.
"This early in the season the temperature of the Niagara River can be pretty cool, so passengers who prefer to stay warm and dry generally opt to ride in our covered boat," Kinney said. "Either way, wet or dry, they'll come back to the dock with a one-of-a-kind experience and a new appreciation for the beauty and power of the river."
Tours last approximately one hour. Along the way, tour leaders on the boats also give passengers highlights about the river's geology and fascinating history.
In addition to individual bookings, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours offers special rates for corporate groups, family groups and residents of Niagara. More information about tour packages, rates and reservations can be found at www.whirlpooljet.com.
About Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours:
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has been giving passengers a taste of adventure on the white water of the Niagara River since 1992. Passengers experience a thrilling and educational one-hour guided tour, where they can take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Niagara Gorge, feel the rush of the Class 5 Devil's Hole rapids and marvel at the power of the Niagara Whirlpool. Headquartered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the tour company's fleet of custom-built jet boats depart from three locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Niagara Glen Nature Centre check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.
For more information, go to www.whirlpooljet.com.
Monday, April 25, 2016
The Stratford Festival's The Adventures of Pericles
TORONTO MEDIA SCREENING:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 11:30 A.M.,
CINEPLEX SCREENING ROOM,
1303 YONGE STREET, MAIN FLOOR
A storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and another snatches it away. This magical production of Shakespeare's epic tale is a delight for the eye and ear. Filled with music and brilliant spectacle, it follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one of literature's most poignant reunions. Evan Buliung gives a sweeping performance, portraying the dashing young prince with verve and swagger, and taking him into his elder years with sorrowful tenderness. "Moving and fun from beginning to end," it is a story rarely told, and one you won't soon forget.
MELBAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ANTONI CIMOLINO Executive Director Anita Gaffney
PRESENT A BARRY AVRICH PRODUCTION of the adventures of pericles BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
PRODUCER SUSAN EDWARDS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JOE INTERISANO EDITED BY GEORGE ROULSTON
DIRECTED FOR THE STAGE BY scott wentworth DIRECTED FOR THE Screen BY BARRY AVRICH
PRODUCED BY BARRY AVRICH
Stratford Festival's The Adventures of Pericles
premières May 7 at Cineplex theatres across Canada
April 22, 2016… Stratford Festival HD's 2016 film series culminates in the release of The Adventures of Pericles on Saturday May 7 at Cineplex theatres across Canada. It returns to cinemas on Thursday, May 12.
"The sweeping story of Shakespeare's Pericles translates beautifully to the screen," says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. "I'm thrilled that the remarkable production that Scott Wentworth created for the stage will have a life beyond Stratford, making this rarely told epic accessible to people around the world."
Directed by Barry Avrich, The Adventures of Pericles is faithful to the 2015 stage version of the production but with an intimacy even greater than that provided by the famously intimate Tom Patterson Theatre.
The Adventures of Pericles was captured live with a full audience at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre on September 15, 2015, using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound production. Additional footage was captured on stage immediately following the performance, also with an audience present, allowing Mr. Avrich to create an unparalleled amalgam of live theatre and cinematic production.
The Adventures of Pericles features Evan Buliung as Pericles with Sean Arbuckle as Cleon, Deborah Hay as Thaisa, Marina and Antiochus's daughter, Claire Lautier as Dionyza, Brigit Wilson as Bawd and Antoine Yared as Lysimachus.
The production received outstanding reviews:
"One of the most resonant of the Great One's last plays and, at Stratford, an intimately staged font of poignant pleasure."
"Incest! Romance! Betrayal! And can you count on anyone to stay dead? It may sound like 'Game of Thrones,' but Shakespeare was around long before 'GoT' became the go-to fantasy adventure."
–Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"Highly entertaining … Wentworth and this cast have made it a tale worth telling, and one well worth seeing."
"A remarkably fluent, intelligent production."
"Entertaining and satisfying."
–The Toronto Star
"Moving and fun from beginning to end … This story is an 'adventure' indeed and I encourage you to check it out."
"Brilliant! … elements of fairy tale and myth, magic and mystery. This production embraces all of these to the deep enjoyment of those in search of the marvellous, the miraculous and the divine."
Canadian distribution is through Cineplex Events, which specializes in bringing world-class events and performances to the big screen. Cinema screenings will be followed by a broadcast window on CBC-TV, Canada's national public broadcaster. Digital and on-demand release will follow.
U.S. and international distribution is through SpectiCast, the fastest growing event cinema marketing and distribution company in the world.
Stratford Festival HD is sponsored by Sun Life Financial, as part of their Making the Arts More Accessible® program. Generous support is provided by Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, the Jenkins Family Foundation, the Henry White Kinnear Foundation, Ophelia & Mike Lazaridis, Sandra & Jim Pitblado, the Slaight Family Foundation, and Robert & Jacqueline Sperandio. The Festival also acknowledges the generous support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.