New Samsung curve ULTRA HD TV technology impresses

*Steve Makris is a technology expert who does a weekly Tech Talk segment during Edmonton’s Sunday Morning News. You can watch his segment above.

Good morning folks, today I showed the newest cutting edge TV technology and how sweet it is…especially for folks wanting the ultimate TV viewing experience.

Samsung Curve ULTRA HD TV features better corner to corner viewing


Samsung Canada’s recent release of its much-touted curve TV displays is finally in stores. This morning I brought one on the Sunday Morning News to go through the pros and cons.

What? There is something negative about the best TV experience sold today?

Yes, but more on that later.

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At first sight, Samsung’s ULTRA 4K curved 3D TV, $5,400 for the 65” and $4,300 for the 55” model, are impressive. They should be. They have Samsung’s top tier technology – part of the 9000 series which are pricey even on Samsung flat screen models – meaning they have the best picture, speed and smarts, not mention looks and thinness. Like an expensive car.

What impresses? The quality of the TV image, especially when showing ULTRA or 4K quality TV. That is like having four HD quality TV screens across your viewing area. The best way I can describe the 4K viewing experience is like comparing a real football field with grass, only four times thinner. This means more detail, and not being able to see the TV pixels, which are visible in large traditional HD screens.

What impresses more? The curve TV experience. Samsung folks will talk about a more movie theatre-like experience. Well, almost.  To get the same visual movie theatre curve presence you would have to be about 1.5 metres from the screen – way too close for being fixated on a bright electronic screen. Despite today’s recommended TV screen watching distance, which for a 65” flat or curved TV is three to four metres, any movie director’s optimal viewing distance advice for a movie theatre is still centre and the diagonal of the screen away. That is to capture the director’s intent on what the visual story is about, averaging between the wide and telephoto lenses used in the making of the movie.

Neuroscientist and curve design expert Dr Oshin Vartanian believes curves make people feel better

Steve Makris

I buy more into neuroscientist and curve design expert Dr Oshin Vartanian, whose research and knowledge shows humans prefer and have measurable positive experience from curved objects, than straight-lined sharp cornered ones. Vartanian, on hand at the recent launch of Samsung Canada’s curved TV’s at the also curved Art Gallery of Ontario, brought up fascinating measurable tests on human reaction to curves.

“MRI scans found that when viewing curved objects, more blood flows in the part of the brain that is responsible for pleasurable sensations compared to rectilinear objects which increase blood flow to the amygdala part of the brain, the core area which responds to threat,” said Vartanian, who is currently working as a defence scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada at the Toronto Research Centre.

Hmm, ancient Greek temple builders knew that already, using the slightly curved columns and base lines to make structures appear more pleasing, the Parthenon being the most famous example.

OK, back to today. For me, as a visually-fussy fella, I like the Samsung curve TV best for its more consistent blacks, what makes for great TV pictures, across the screen when viewed from afar. Similar to folks who use several monitors across their desk, angling in the two end ones, curve TVs offer a similar experience, improving on LCD (including LED-lit ones) screen’s inherently narrow best viewing angle. The curved screen also reduces sharp reflections by distorting them. I like the small but easy to use remote control with pointer and the user screen interface for navigating is easy. The controller is NFC capable, so tapping it with an NFC phones opens up a world of instant connectivity with your smartphone. The clever pop-up web cam on top of the very narrow bezel is clever.

Samsung Curve TV remote control is smart and NFC capable


I found curved TVs offer a more plasma-like viewing experience and with the fastest image processing, even for impressive UHD up-scaling of lower quality images like DVDs and online video to look better. The TV uses UHD micro dimming which means making dark areas of a scene to look even darker, and bright areas to look brighter.

All in all, TV with the best technology to buy today.

Now the bad part. Should you buy?

If you have deep pockets and want the best, yes. For most folks, no. The Samsung ULTRA HD curved screen delivers in quality, but is lacking UHD content. Even Sony UHD buyers in Canada can’t get the free external drive, available in US stores, that offers dozens of UHD movie titles. Samsung, although I am told Canadians will soon have access to a similar optional small drive with UHD content, will be in a tougher spot to offer fresh UHD content compared to Sony’s huge movie titles lineup. Interestingly, the optional UHD content drives from Sony and Samsung available in the US, will only play with the same brand TV. Imagine, proprietary formats and it’s still like the old days of Sony Beta TV?

For now, Canadian UHD viewers of any TV brand can enjoy the well-received House of Cards series from Netflix and watch short but impressive UHD, also called 4K, snippets on YouTube.

Is it worth the price? The flat equivalent of the Samsung 65” ULTRA HD TV is about $1,000 cheaper, while a regular 65” HD curve version costs $1,600 less. First-time technology costs more and if it is truly worthy, will not go down fast. Samsung tends to put its new technology on already expensive models. Even Sony UHD flat models have maintained their current price after an initial noticeable drop shorty after last fall’s launch.

You will not be able to see the Samsung curve in every chain store, so check online for the nearest Best Buy, Future Shop or London Drugs (who carry the HD curve version only) and make sure you notice the price difference between the Samsung curved UHD and HD TV models. If you can, compare two side-by-side, insist the store arrange that for you, and view from at least 2.5 metres away. Look at HD and UHD content and compare. Middle-aged guys should bring a female shopping companion as women have a better sense of natural colour picture quality than guys with unknowingly early colour blindness do. Really!

Other than an expected price drop of a few hundred bucks on the top Samsung UHD model, the only thing that might drop Samsung curved TV prices even more, is LG’s curved TV Canadian store entry in July, with a better OLED screen and LG’s historically aggressive pricing strategy.

Those with deep pockets will not be disappointed buying a Samsung curve TV. In fact, if you can spare a bit more, check out Samsung’s 78” ULTRA HD curve TV, yours for $11,000.


Hudak says Wynne abandoned principles with gas plants cancellations – Toronto

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak returned to the site of one of two cancelled gas plants Saturday to accuse Premier Kathleen Wynne of abandoning her principles by failing to oppose the decision to scrap the energy projects to save Liberal seats.

Hudak stood in front of the would-be plant in Mississauga to mark the one-year anniversary of Ontario Provincial Police launching a criminal investigation into the cancellations, which are estimated to cost up to $1.1 billion.

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He said that while Wynne, by her own account, entered politics to help people, she betrayed those beliefs by being part of her predecessor’s cabinet decision to nix the two projects prior to the 2011 election to help win nearby ridings.

“She faced a pivotal choice when Dalton McGuinty put in front of her a document to put a billion dollars into that hole behind me,” Hudak said before a backdrop of the remaining rubble from the half-built facility.

“She should have said no. She said yes. And that tells me now she’s more about helping herself and helping the Liberals than helping you.”

Hudak is calling on Wynne to release all documents related to the decision, and is pledging to launch a judicial inquiry into the matter if he is elected, regardless of whether he gets a majority or a minority.

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It was revealed this week that the OPP are seeking additional documents from legislative – not political – staff, and though Wynne has said she has no control over that process and is co-operating with the investigation, Hudak said an inquiry is needed to get “full answers for taxpayers.”

“The sad reality is that the cover-up continues,’ he said, referring to the alleged deletion of documents related to the killing of the plants.

The documents being sought by police include visitor logs from the days before Wynne took office, and the Tories are questioning whether her transition team is linked in any way to the requested records.

To that the Liberals had a quick rejoinder, insisting that Wynne’s transition staff are not included in the court order.

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Campaigning in Waterdown, Wynne said she has accepted responsibility for the gas-plants fiasco and put measures in place to prevent a recurrence.

And she shot back at Hudak, calling him “desperate” and saying he’s scandal-mongering to deflect attention from his proposals, such as cutting 100,000 public sector jobs.

“They want to stir up controversy and they want to make sure that we don’t focus on what he’s going to do.”

Hudak, who had supported scrapping the Mississauga and Oakville projects, told reporters that if he had been in government the Mississauga location would have never been short-listed as a potential site.

The Ontario election is on Thursday.

©2014The Canadian Press

When do online comments cross the line from free speech to threat? – National

WASHINGTON – Messages posted on Facebook and 桑拿会所 or sent in emails can be tasteless, vulgar and even disturbing.

But just when do they cross the line from free speech to threats that can be punished as a crime?

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As the Internet and social networks allow people to vent their frustrations with the click of a mouse, the Supreme Court is being asked to clarify the First Amendment rights of people who use violent or threatening language on electronic media where the speaker’s intent is not always clear.

The justices could decide as early as Monday whether to hear appeals in two cases where defendants were convicted and sent to jail for making illegal threats, despite their claims that they never meant any harm.

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In one case, a Pennsylvania man ranted on Facebook in the form of rap lyrics about killing his estranged wife, blowing up an amusement park, slitting the throat of an FBI agent and committing “the most heinous school shooting ever imagined.”

The other case involves a Florida woman who emailed a conservative radio talk show host about “second amendment gun rights” and said she was planning “something big” at a Broward County government building or school.

“I’m going to walk in and teach all the government hacks working there what the 2nd Amendment is all about,” the email said. Her comments triggered a lockdown affecting more than a quarter-million students.

In both cases, the defendants were prosecuted under a federal statute that makes it crime to transmit a “threat to injure the person of another.” Those laws apply only to “true threats” that are not protected by the First Amendment under a doctrine established by the Supreme Court in 1969. The high court has said laws prohibiting threats must not infringe on constitutionally protected speech that includes “political hyperbole” or “vehement,” “caustic,” or “unpleasantly sharp attacks” that fall shy of true threats.

Most lower courts say determining a true threat depends on how an objective person would understand the message. But lawyers for the defendants, along with some free-speech groups, say it should depend on the speaker’s state of mind. They say the rise of new forms of social media and the freedom of political discourse can lead people to misinterpret comments that are colorful political tirades or coarse rap lyrics not meant to threaten harm.

The wife of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, man, Anthony Elonis, testified at his trial that the postings made her fear for her life. One post about his wife said, “There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.”

FBI agents visited Elonis at home after the amusement park that fired him contacted law enforcement officials about his posts. After the agents left, Elonis wrote: “Little agent lady stood so close, took all the strength I had not to turn the (woman) ghost. Pull my knife, flick my wrist and slit her throat.”

Elonis says he never meant to carry out the threats. He claims he was depressed and made the online posts in the form of rap lyrics as a way to vent his frustration after his wife left him.

Samuel Randall, attorney for Ellisa Martinez in the Florida case, said his client was attempting to make a mocking political point about the dangers of gun violence when she emailed the radio station. He said Martinez, of New Port Richey on Florida’s Gulf Coast, never intended to cause such a major problem or harm anyone.

©2014The Associated Press

10 celebrity tour bus accidents

TORONTO — Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured early Saturday when the Mercedes Sprinter bus he was in was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on a New Jersey highway.

The accident killed his friend James McNair, also known as Uncle Jimmy Mack, and left fellow comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton injured.

The men were returning from a show in Dover, Delaware at the time of the crash.

There have been a number of accidents involving the tour buses of celebrities (or their bands or crews) in recent years. Here’s a look at 10 of them.

Metallica – September 1986

Heavy metal band Metallica lost bassist Cliff Burton on Sept. 27, 1986 when their tour bus lost control and went off the road in Sweden. He was thrown from his bunk and crushed by the bus. None of the other band members suffered serious injuries.

Emilio and Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan – March 1990

Singer Gloria Estefan was critically injured on March 20, 1990 when her tour bus was hit by a truck on a highway near Scranton, Pennsylvania. She suffered a fractured spine and doctors implanted two titanium rods to stabilize her vertebral column. Her husband Emilio and their then-nine-year-old son Nayib were also on the bus but escaped serious injuries.

Emilio Navaira

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Emilio Navaira – March 2008

Tejeno musician Emilio Navaira was rushed to hospital in critical condition after his tour bus crashed into barrels on a highway outside Houston, Texas on March 23, 2008. He was kept in a medically-induced coma to minimize brain swelling but eventually recovered. Police said Navaira was behind the wheel at the time of the crash, despite being inebriated and not licensed to drive a bus.

Bret Michaels

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Bret Michaels – July 2009 and June 2013

Poison singer Bret Michaels’ tour bus was hit by a car on an Ontario highway, causing a five-vehicle pile-up, after his concert in Toronto on July 4, 2009. He was not injured. Three years later, Michaels suffered minor injuries when his tour bus hit some deer on a road between Abilene, Texas and Biloxi, Mississippi.

Miley Cyrus – November 2009 and March 2014

A tour bus carrying Miley Cyrus’ crew went off the road on Nov. 20, 2009. The driver was killed and nine people on the bus suffered minor injuries. On March 17, 2014, a bus carrying the singer’s mother and sister burst into flames near New Orleans.

Weezer – December 2009

The band Weezer was traveling to Boston on Dec. 6, 2009 after performing in Toronto when a tour bus carrying singer Rivers Cuomo, his wife and daughter, their nanny and an assistant crashed on a New York state highway. Cuomo suffered three cracked ribs and minor internal injuries; the assistant suffered fractured ribs and fractured lower vertebrae.

Miranda Cosgrove – August 2011

Singer Miranda Cosgrove was traveling with her mother and several other people on a tour bus when it slammed into a truck on Aug. 12, 2011. The driver was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. Cosgrove was left shaken by the accident.

Baroness – August 2012

A bus carrying American metal band Baroness went off an embankment and slammed into the ground about 30 below below on Aug. 15, 2012 during a tour of England. Frontman John Baizley suffered a broken arm and leg while two bandmates suffered fractured vertebrae.

Marcus Miller – November 2012

Grammy-winning jazz musician Marcus Miller was injured on Nov. 25, 2012 when his tour bus crashed near Schattdorf, Switzerland. The driver was killed. Miller and members of his band suffered minor injuries.

Willie Nelson band – November 2013

A tour bus carrying Willie Nelson’s band members — but not the singer — crashed into a bridge pillar on a highway outside Sulphur Springs, Texas on Nov. 23, 2013. Three people were hospitalized with broken bones.



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Longtime North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones remembered in a special Ride for Rescue – BC

Longtime leader of North Shore Rescue who passed away suddenly earlier this year was remembered in a special event on Cypress Mountain this morning.

Dozens of cyclists rode up the mountain to honour Jones’ memory in the fourth annual Rotary Ride for Rescue.

Part of the money raised today is going towards North Shore Rescue, the organization that Jones was instrumental in leading and expanding.

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Jones died of a heart attack in January while returning from the team cabin on Mount Seymour. He was 57 years old.

Jones, a longtime paramedic, volunteered with NSR for more than 20 years.

He took part in more than 1,500 searches, rescued more than a 1,000 people and saved many lives.

He became the unofficial spokesperson for search-and-rescue teams across B.C. and was an advocate for many issues.

Jones received the Order of B.C. in 2011.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

The Jones family hopes people will donate the much needed money to North Shore Rescue in their father’s memory.

Tim Jones’ son Curtis says his dad wanted to have a legacy fund for sustainable and predictable funding.

“Unfortunately, because of his passing it had to become the Tim Jones legacy fund. So his dream is living on for the fund. Having events like that really feeds into that,” he says.

“It kind of keeps his energy and spirit here with us. His work continues,” adds Tim Jones’ daughter Taylor.

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More than $244,000 have been raised for the fund since January.

To donate to Tim Jones Legacy Fund, go here.

Harper meets in Kyiv with new Ukrainian president – National

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KYIV, Ukraine – Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed Canada’s unwavering support of a new, westward looking Ukraine on Saturday as he became the first world leader to meet the country’s newly inaugurated president.

Harper’s meeting with Petro Poroshenko, who formally took the oath of office as president Saturday morning in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, has significant political overtones in Canada. There are 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent, and they represent an important voting block.

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Harper said that although Ukraine faces tough challenges, it can count on Canada’s continued support.

“I am here on behalf of the government of Canada to express our solidarity with the government of Ukraine as you stand up for your unity, your liberty and your territorial integrity,” Harper told Poroshenko in an ornate meeting room in his new presidential office building.

“We’re fully behind you on that. I also do want to express the solidarity of the Canadian people with the Ukrainian people in your aspiration for a democratic European future and not a return to the country’s Soviet past.”

Harper said Poroshenko and his administration have some tough challenges ahead as they set out to rebuild Ukraine’s political and administrative systems and grow what has become a hobbled economy.

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Harper also met with U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on the margins of Saturday’s inauguration.

“They re-affirmed the need for Russia to recognize the result of elections in Ukraine, to stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border and to exercise its influence among armed separatists to lay down their weapons and end the violence in Ukraine,” Harper’s office said in a statement.

Poroshenko was elected on May 25, in a ballot that was monitored by 500 Canadian observers.

The vote was called after his predecessor, pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, fled Ukraine in February following anti-Russian protests.

The popular uprising in Ukraine was sparked in November when Yanukovych reneged on an economic co-operation agreement with the European Union after pressure from Putin’s Kremlin.

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Paul Grod, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, said he got good feedback on Poroshenko in meetings in Kyiv on Saturday with Ukrainian MPs, Canadian expatriates and others as part of a weeklong visit.

“They support his strong western focus and the need to elect a new parliament as this one is dysfunctional,” Grod told The Canadian Press.

“He hit all key messages. Crimea is and will always be part of Ukraine, Ukraine will sign EU Association Agreement, unitary state with more local control, corruption is first thing that must tackled,” he added. “People are saying he’s the right person at this time for Ukraine.”

Thousands gathered in Kyiv’s streets in sweltering heat as the candy billionaire was about to be sworn in.

“Crimea is, was and will be Ukrainian. There will be no trade-off,” Poroshenko said in his inaugural address to the country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

Poroshenko said he hopes to negotiate a solution to the violence in his country’s east, where pro-Russian separatist gunmen are continuing to cause unrest following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March – a move denounced by Harper and other Western leaders as an illegal act.

Poroshenko said he wants to grant amnesty “for those who do not have blood on their hands” but added he would not negotiate with the pro-Russian insurgents, calling them “gangsters.”

As the prime minister headed for the ceremony Saturday morning, the mood in the capital was subdued, with people strolling casually about in shirtsleeves under blue, sunny skies.

The Maidan, Kyiv’s main protest point where more than 100 demonstrators were killed in February, was calm just before the inauguration, with small groups of people milling about what is still very much a fortress city, barricaded by piles of rubble and tires.

Anatoli Shanchuk, 61, a Kyiv consultant, strolled through the square headed for the crowds gathered at the inauguration several blocks away.

“I am optimistic,” he said, but he didn’t want to get his hopes up too high, just yet, over Friday’s meeting in France between Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in France at the Normandy invasion ceremonies.

“We consider this very important that people in North America, Canada especially, they are supporting us psychologically, financially, politically. The question is people in those countries really understand what is going on here.”

In the square outside the parliament, the sharp thundercrack of ceremonial gunfire was heard just after the swearing in, making some flinch.

Andrei Tolchko, 43, and his family were making their way toward the inauguration site, one week after being forced to leave their home in Donetsk, in Ukraine’s turbulent east.

Fighting is still raging in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian separatists.

“This is a great big day for our country. Of course we hope very much that something changes in our country,” Tolchko said.

“We were pressed to here, to Kyiv, but we are glad to be here because in my native city now people with machine guns go everywhere, and it’s not our people mostly.”

He said the militants are “people from all over the world with crazy ideas,” and that support an outdated Cold War notion of a “the great Russian.”

Fighting continues to rage in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian militants.

Harper was on his way back to Ottawa on Saturday after a whirlwind visit, his second since March. He arrived in Kyiv early Saturday morning after attending the 70th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies in Normandy, France.

©2014The Canadian Press

Chinese lawyers protest being denied to Tiananmen Square protesters – National

BEIJING – Around 20 attorneys gathered Saturday in a central Chinese city to demand access to several activists detained ahead of the politically sensitive 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square military suppression of protesters.

Prominent rights lawyer Li Fangping said the attorneys staged an overnight protest starting Friday outside the Zhengzhou city police bureau after authorities denied their requests for weeks to see their clients.

“We feel that the entire system for defence lawyers is facing an enormous challenge,” said Li, who was among those who protested.

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Among the activists detained in Zhengzhou is the well-known lawyer Chang Boyang, who has campaigned for the rights of migrant workers, HIV patients and children poisoned in a 2008 tainted milk scandal.

Discussions of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and its military suppression are taboo in China, and authorities tighten security ahead of the anniversary each year. But this year’s suppression was harsher than in previous years, as police rounded up activists who had received only warnings in the past.

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“This is setting a very bad precedent in which if you were detained even for the most ordinary offence, you won’t be allowed to see you lawyer on the claim that it endangers state security,” Li said. “This is a subversion of Chinese law.”

©2014The Associated Press

Vibrant colours take over downtown Edmonton for annual Pride Parade – Edmonton

EDMONTON – Edmonton Pride Festival is officially underway, after a vibrant parade made its way through the streets of downtown Saturday afternoon.

Donned in brightly coloured clothes and costumes, thousands of people took part in the yearly event, which showcases the unity and diversity of the LGBTQ community and its allies.

Edmonton’s first Pride celebration took place in 1980, and the festival has certainly come a long way since then.

“People used to wear paper bags marching in the Pride Parade because they were afraid to lose their jobs,” says Dr. Kris Wells, Director of Programs & Services with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services at the University of Alberta.

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Wells is also the co-founder of Camp fYrefly – Canada’s only leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified youth.

This year, Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference marched in the Pride Parade with Camp fYrefly. He was also representing You Can Play – a campaign dedicated to eradicating homophobia in sports.

Saturday was the first time an Oiler has participated in the Pride Parade. The captain says it’s all about supporting inclusion.

“It’s the way it should be. It’s great,” Ference said as he walked through the streets of downtown. “It’s celebrating our differences rather than pushing people to the side. Everybody is included, everybody is having fun.

“There’s absolutely no reason not to. We should be here.”

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Wells says it’s leadership like Ference’s that has inspired change in many people over the years.

“Look how far we’ve gone in, really, in just a generation. And that’s because people have been visible, allies have stood up and spoken out. And that’s how change happens.”

For more information on other festivals and charity events happening in and around the city this summer, visit Global Edmonton’s festival page.

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PICS: Singer Suzie McNeil marries musician Andrew Mactaggart

TORONTO — Standing in front of sparkling Lake of Bays and under clear blue skies, Canadian singer Suzie McNeil tied the knot Saturday afternoon with musician Andrew Mactaggart.

Family and friends gathered at the Port Cunnington  Lodge in the Muskoka region of Ontario for the nuptials, which came less than a year after the couple — known as Druzie — got engaged in Las Vegas.

McNeil, in a strapless white gown with black accents, came down the aisle to “Mull of Kintyre” by Wings and the couple’s dog Fizzgig — decked out in a tiny tuxedo — carried the rings.

Mactaggart’s father gave a reading of the Robert Burns poem “A Red Red Rose” and the happy couple’s special moment was capped with the Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun.”

Andrew Mactaggart and Suzie McNeil pose as newlyweds on June 7, 2014.

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Live music was provided by singer Tomi Swick.

The service was followed by cocktails and dinner at the resort.

Druzie will cut into a three-tiered wedding cake created by Stacey Kaniuk of Toronto’s Milk and Honey Custom Cakes.

McNeil is a Juno-nominated vocalist who is currently performing in the band Loving Mary.

Her solo hits include “Believe” and “Supergirl.” She starred as Oz in the original Toronto production of the Queen musical We Will Rock You and served as a judge on YTV’s The Next Star after becoming a finalist on the reality show Rockstar: INXS.

McNeil is also the voice of the ubiquitous Marineland commercial jingles.

Mactaggart is a well-known musician.

The wedding took place not far from country superstar Shania Twain’s summer home.

The newlyweds plan to honeymoon in England and Scotland.

Truck driver charged in fatal crash that left Tracy Morgan critically injured

TORONTO — A truck driver has been charged with death by auto after an accident early Saturday that killed a friend of Tracy Morgan and left the actor-comedian and two others in critical condition.

Kevin Roper, 35, was also charged with four counts of assault by auto in connection to the accident.

Morgan remains in intensive care after the vehicle he was in was struck by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.

According to state police, the 45-year-old Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star was in a luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with six other people when it was hit at around 1 a.m. Saturday and flipped over.

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Morgan was returning from a show in Dover, Delaware.

The Associated Press reported a spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, confirmed Morgan is in critical condition.

Police said passenger James McNair, 62, of Peekskill, N.Y. was pronounced dead at the scene. McNair, known on the comedy circuit as Uncle Jimmy Mack, was Morgan’s writer and friend.

Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea and fellow comedian Ardie Fuqua were also critically injured. Comic Harris Stanton was treated and released from hospital.

According to the van’s owner, there were two drivers — one behind the wheel and one in the front passenger seat. Both escaped uninjured.

Just before the accident, Fuqua posted photos from the show with the message: “Road life is a good life.”

Fuqua lost his 19-year-old son in a car crash in 2012.

Late Saturday morning, Morgan’s rep issued a statement confirming the comic was injured. “His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don’t anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available.”

Morgan and his fiancée, model Megan Wollover, welcomed Maven Sonae last July. He also has three adult sons from a previous marriage.

His Saturday show in Charlotte, N.C. has been cancelled.

Morgan’s famous friends and fans reacted on social media.