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R. Kelly 'broke my spirit': Victims speak before singer's sentencing for sex trafficking conviction
News/Entertainment: Through tears and anger, R. Kelly's accusers told a court Wednesday how he had preyed on them and misled his fans as the fallen R&B singer listened while awaiting sentencing on his federal sex trafficking conviction.
Game over? New language law puts Quebec's video game industry at risk, insiders say
News/Canada/Montreal: According to Quebec’s industry ministry, over 11,000 people are employed in the Quebec video game industry, which generates nearly $1.75 billion in revenue every year. But those who work in the field say Bill 96 is putting all of that in jeopardy.
Ellen, Maury and Dr. Oz are out — but the sun hasn't gone down on daytime TV
News/Entertainment: A sea of change has hit the daytime format this year as a slew of veteran hosts call it a day. As audiences flock from broadcast to streaming, the format has not seen such a shakeup since Oprah left her mantle as the queen of daytime in 2011.
This Hamilton hotel plays the newest 'moody' character in Season 3 of Umbrella Academy
News/Canada/Hamilton: While the Hamilton backdrop is important to cultivating the mood for Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy, production of the show during Season 2 had a significant economic impact in Ontario, according to the MPA.
Libraries in Canada hit by wave of hate, threats, as right-wing groups protest all-age drag events
News/Investigates: Family-friendly drag events across Canada, many hosted by municipal libraries, have been targeted by a deluge of hateful comments and threats this Pride month, prompting multiple police investigations and renewed concerns about the safety of the LGBTQ community.
Slash/Back shows how Indigenous creators get things done, despite 'unlimited barriers'
News/Entertainment: Slash/Back is among a wave of new Indigenous-led projects which has made its way to the screen in the last few years. Like many others, the creators behind the camera have had to work hard to ensure they are building bridges for young Indigenous creators to make their way into the industry.
Disney, other companies vow to cover employees' out-of-state abortions
News/Business: The Walt Disney Co., publishing giant Conde Nast and the investment firm JPMorgan Chase were among the major American companies that pledged on Friday to cover travel costs for employees seeking out-of-state abortions, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's overturn of Roe v. Wade.
CRTC could force YouTube, Spotify to 'manipulate' algorithms, under proposed streaming bill
News/Entertainment: The chairman of Canada's broadcast regulator says it might ask platforms such as YouTube to "manipulate" their algorithms to make Canadian music easier to find, under powers in the proposed online streaming bill.
All Shook Up — Baz Luhrmann's Elvis film has a Parker problem
News/Entertainment: From the director of Moulin Rouge comes Elvis, the big screen story of the rock n' roll icon. Shot with swagger to spare, the film features a stunning performance by Austin Butler and could get music fans talking about the so-called King of Rock 'n' Roll's place in history.
Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi reunites iconic characters after 2 decades
News/Entertainment: An infamous pair that battled to the death in one of pop culture's most well-known franchises were reunited for what may be the final time as Disney+ released the final episode in the six part series of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Paul Haggis accuser tells Italian police she was raped twice
News/Entertainment: The British citizen who has accused Canadian-born screenwriter and director Paul Haggis of raping her in Italy told Italian police she was sexually assaulted twice by Haggis over several days, after joining him in the southern tourist town of Ostuni where he was headlining a film festival.
Indigenous drag artist is 1st queen from Sask. competing to be Canada's Next Drag Superstar
News/Canada/Saskatchewan: Chelazon Leroux is Saskatchewan's first drag queen called to slay on Canada's Drag Race, a television show where 12 drag artists compete with the hopes of being crowned the country's next drag superstar.
CBC to invest in program diversity as part of CRTC licensing renewal
News/Canada: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is renewing CBC's licensing, with tweaks to its mandate that will require it to spend money on programming produced by people with disabilities, Indigenous and racialized people and the LGBTQ community.