The streaming service will cost Canadian residents $8.99 per month
The Canadian Press · Posted: Aug 19, 2019 10:12 AM ET | Last Updated: 6 minutes ago
The Walt Disney Company is swooping into the Canadian market with its powerful new streaming platform Disney Plus in November, and analysts say the menu of Marvel superheroes, Pixar characters, and Disney animated classics could give viewers another reason to drop cable altogether.
The company says Disney Plus will cost $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year, when the service launches on Nov. 12.
Even though the platform will not launch here as a bundle deal — in the United States, the service will be packaged at a discount with Hulu and ESPN — there’s still plenty of programming that could entice Canadian households, in particular families with kids.
“It just makes the household less dependent on cable-delivered video,” said Kaan Yigit, a technology analyst at Solutions Research Group.
“Some of those households will look to shave the cord — or cut the cord for that matter — over and above the intentions they might’ve had prior to Disney.”
While the Canadian streaming video market has been competitive for years, with Netflix as the dominant player and Bell Media’s Crave and Amazon Prime Video also in the mix, the arrival of Disney will be unprecedented.
The company owns the rights to Star Wars, as well as many TV shows on U.S. network ABC, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Lost.” Disney also recently purchased rival Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., giving them access to decades of film and TV, including action hits like “Die Hard,” and classics such as “The Sound of Music.”
The initial slate of titles that’ll launch on Disney Plus in Canada hasn’t been announced, but the company has teased some of the projects that are in the works. Among programming exclusively launching on the platform is an update to the “Home Alone” and “Night at the Museum” franchises, as well as a remake of “Lady and the Tramp.”
Disney is banking on its appeal out of the gate, with Disney Plus launching across nearly all major mobile and connected TV devices. That’ll give viewers an opportunity to sign up whether they use Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku or Sony products.
How will the Canadian platform compare to the U.S.?
Brahm Eiley, president of consultancy firm Convergence Research, says many questions linger about how Disney Plus will look in Canada. In particular, he wonders if viewers will feel the service’s programming slate pales in comparison to the U.S.
It’s a criticism that hindered Netflix for years after it launched in Canada.
Representatives for Disney declined to answer questions about whether its Canadian Disney Plus service will mirror its American platform.
For viewers, figuring out which Disney shows are available on the Disney Plus platform could prove complicated.
For instance, Disney has a broadcasting deal with Toronto-based media company Corus Entertainment, which operates the Disney Channel and several other family channels that carry the company’s new shows.
Corus representative Ashley Applebaum said the “strong partnership” between the two companies hasn’t changed for Disney programming made for broadcast television.
“Corus will continue to exclusively offer first-run premieres of the newest series, specials and Disney movies on Disney Channel, Disney JR and Disney XD in Canada, airing day and date with the U.S.,” she said in an emailed statement.
Eiley suggests that’ll put the onus on viewers to do their own homework and figure out which shows are on which platform.
“Consumers are going to have to be more savvy in terms of what they’re actually getting,” he says.
The launch of Disney Plus in Australia and New Zealand will follow on Nov. 19.
CBC News · Posted: Aug 19, 2019 4:10 PM AT | Last Updated: 39 minutes ago
A search connected to the suspected killing of Brayden Thibault took place in Fredericton on Saturday in the area of McMinniman Court, a residential street on the city’s north side.
Fredericton police and members of York Sunbury Search and Rescue took part in the search, said police spokesperson Alycia Bartlett.
She would not say whether they found anything related to Thibault’s case or even what they were looking for.
Thibault was 17 when he disappeared July 31, 2017, after last being seen on Gibson Street, also on the north side.
On July 30, New Brunswick RCMP said his disappearance was being investigated as a homicide. His body has never been found.
“Searches are done for evidence, or anything that might help an investigation,” Bartlett said in an email Monday. “They are typically launched after new information is received by police.”
New Brunswick RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Mario Maillet said the RCMP assisted with the weekend search, adding it was conducted by Fredericton police.
This is the second search related to Thibault since RCMP declared his disappearance a homicide. The first search, involving the RCMP and Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue, took place Aug. 3 near the University of Moncton.
RCMP have not said why Thibault’s disappearance was deemed a homicide.
Thibault’s mother, Amanda Frigault, was told in September 2017 that police believed her son was dead. Police told the public at that time that Thibault’s disappearance was suspicious.
B.C. RCMP will release details Monday on autopsies of bodies believed to be Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky
Aidan Geary · CBC News · Posted: Aug 11, 2019 2:03 PM CT | Last Updated: 41 minutes ago
Autopsies on two bodies found by police in northern Manitoba during a search for B.C. fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod are complete, an RCMP spokesperson confirmed Sunday.
Sgt. Paul Manaigre said RCMP have formalities to complete before they can officially identify the bodies. However, he said it’s believed the bodies are those of the suspects.
More details are expected to be released Monday by RCMP in B.C., where the men went missing in July.
“Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, there’s a few procedures that need to be carried out in order for us to … say with absolute certainty that these are the two people,” Manaigre said.
“So we’re just kind of waiting on those formalities to be done and then that information will be shared.”
Police said on Aug. 7 they believed they’d found the bodies of McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, whose 19th birthday was Aug. 4, ending a lengthy cross-Canada search that made headlines around the world.
The two men are charged with second-degree murder in the death of botanist Leonard Dyck. The 64-year-old was found dead July 19 at a highway pullout about two kilometres from a burnt-out camper truck — believed to be driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky — south of the B.C.’s Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37.
The pair is also suspected in the killings of a young couple, Lucas Fowler, 23, an Australian, and Chynna Deese, 24, an American. Their bodies were found on Alaska Highway, south of Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15.
13-day search in northern Manitoba
Police scoured more than 11,000 square kilometres in northern Manitoba — an area about twice the size of P.E.I. — and logged more than 4,500 hours during the 13-day search, after a burned-out Toyota RAV4 was found near Fox Lake Cree Nation on July 22. Police believe the suspects had been driving the vehicle and confirmed it belonged to Dyck.
Police announced they were scaling down the search on July 31, after nine days of unsuccessful searching. But two days later, on Aug. 2, a damaged boat and several personal items linked to the fugitives were found along the Nelson River, which flows between Gillam, Man., and Fox Lake.
The bodies were found on Aug. 7 in dense brush, eight kilometres northeast of where the vehicle was found and one kilometre from where the personal items were located.
Manaigre said Manitoba RCMP remain in the area in case more leads develop to assist B.C. homicide investigators.
“We think we’re kind of closing in on the end,” he said. “Until we’re certain that we’re done here we’ve got to keep some resources in play in case they’re needed.”
Manaigre, who participated in police searches after the bodies were found, said the search was gruelling.
“We were describing it over the last couple of weeks as being some pretty dense bush and some pretty remarkable terrain — in my opinion that’s almost an understatement,” he said.
“It was incredible. The steep hills, you’ve got a fast moving river with very little riverbank. … It’s unimaginable how … you could traverse that type of area.”
Manaigre said there is still no indication of a motive in the B.C. killings.
That’s going to be the biggest puzzle to solve in this investigation,” he said. “And we hope we can get some answers on that question.”
A man has died and a police officer is in hospital with serious injuries after a shooting in Truro Saturday morning.
CTV Atlantic Published Sunday, August 11, 2019 3:54PM ADT
A man has died and a police officer is in hospital with serious injuries after a shooting in Truro Saturday morning.
An RCMP officer was taken to hospital with, what’s described as, non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a suspect vehicle that he was trying to stop in downtown Truro.
Although the injuries are being described as non-life-threatening, they were serious enough to put the officer in a medically induced coma.
“The officer ended up on the hood of the vehicle and the vehicle was speeding off, and the officer fired his service pistol to stop the threat,” said Felix Cacchione, director of the Serious Incident Response Team.
It’s still unclear how many times the officer fired his weapon, but the driver of the vehicle was shot, and died at the scene.
A portion of Willow Street was blocked off to the public for a better portion of Saturday as evidence was collected and an investigation was underway.
Police say the car was originally reported stolen from Cumberland County, and was spotted several times in the Truro area. They added this was not the first time officers tried to stop the vehicle and apprehend the suspect in the pursuit.
“This wasn’t an isolated incident,” said Cpl. Jennifer Clarke. “I know it sounds fairly isolated in the information that we can provide right now.”
“There were several attempts that were made to locate the vehicle, and several cues that the police officers, in general, may have taken from the situation that helped the police officer get to that decision.”
RCMP has begun an investigation into the stolen vehicle. SIRT is also investigating in regards to the officer who fired his weapon.
“We have to speak to any potential witnesses that were in the vicinity, or observed anything,” said Cacchione. “We’re canvassing any businesses for closed circuit camera footage. Anything that will assist us and all of that takes time.”
SIRT will also look at forensic evidence and autopsy reports from the deceased driver of the stolen vehicle.
The driver has not been identified, but police report he is an adult man.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Emily Baron Cadloff:
Halifax native became most decorated Canadian Pan Am gymnast ever in Lima
CBC Sports · Posted: Aug 11, 2019 12:00 PM ET | Last Updated: 36 minutes ago
Ellie Black became the winningest Canadian gymnast ever at the Pan Am Games in 2019.
It’s no surprise, then, the 23-year-old was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony in Lima, Peru.
Black’s five medals matched her total from the 2015 Toronto Games, making her Canada’s most decorated Pan Am gymnast ever with 10 overall. Her pair of gold pushed her career haul to five, which represents an all-time Canadian Pan Am record.
Black went home to Nova Scotia after her record-breaking performance before she received word of the flag-bearer honour from Canada’s Chef de Mission Douglas Vandor.
“It means so much to have this opportunity to hold our Canadian flag high and proud. The Canadian athletes’ performances were inspiring and so exciting to follow while in Lima and back at home,” Black said. “I’m very proud of everything we were able to achieve and I am so excited to lead this amazing team as we march into the stadium.”
WATCH | Black sets record with 5th career Pan Am gymnastics gold medal:
Ellie Black wins another gold medal at Pan Am Games00:00 01:42Canada’s Ellie Black finishes 1st in vault for her 2nd gold of the 2019 Pan Am Games, she also won silver in team event and bronze in uneven bars. 1:42
While Black was watching Canada rack up its 148 medals, including 33 gold as of Sunday morning, she was already working toward her next task: landing more podiums at the world artistic gymnastics championships.
“Right now we are focused on training hard for the world championships in October where we have a chance to qualify a full team for the Tokyo Olympics. Pan Ams was a great stepping stone to build on towards Worlds. After Worlds we will keep building our team for next summer,” Black said.
Vandor added that among many incredible Canadian moments at Pan Am, Black’s gymnastics achievement stood out.
“With performances like that, along with the athletes and teams that secured spots for Tokyo 2020, Team Canada can be proud knowing our mission was accomplished,” Vandor said.
WATCH | Black becomes 1st to win consecutive individual all-around golds:
Ellie Black claims individual all-around gold at Pan Am Games00:00 01:01Canada’s Ellie Back earns her 2nd medal at the 2019 Pan Games with a golden performance in the women’s individual all-around final. 1:01
Black, of Halifax, won gold in vault and individual all-around, beam and team silver and bronze in uneven bars.
The six-time all-around national champion battled through a bad cold to win her five medals.
“I’ve been blowing my nose like every day on the podium … you’ve just got to keep trucking along,” she said.
In 2017, Black became Canada’s first-ever all-around medallist when she won silver at the world championships in Montreal.
Black competed in the previous two Olympics but has never finished better than fifth in any event. She’ll look to change that at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Shooting is not related to the Taste of the Danforth festival, police say
A teenage boy was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after an overnight shooting in East York, Toronto police say.
Police were called to a school parking lot around 12:30 a.m. after three gunshots were heard near Strathmore Blvd. and Donlands Ave., north of Danforth Ave., said Const. Scott Mills.
A boy, believed to be 16 years old, was found with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Mills said. Paramedics rushed him to hospital.
Mills said the shooting is unrelated to the Taste of the Danforth, a three-day festival taking place near nearby. He said several officers were in the area because of the festival and responded quickly.
Local police division officers recovered one handgun and apprehended two people nearby, who they believe are “both members of a street gang.” Mills confirmed a teenage boy is facing firearms-related charges in relation to the incident, but could not confirm if he was the shooter.
A vehicle was also found near the area with holes in the back, “indicating gunshots fired,” Mills said.
Police are still looking for witnesses. Anyone with information, especially dash-camera footage, has been asked to contact 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).