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Whistler Film Fest 20th Anniversary Celebrating online and virtually with a special look back at our live and exclusive interview with actor Bruce Greenwood





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Page Six Warning Label Ever notice how just about everything comes with a warning label these days. From cigarettes, alcohol, vitamins and aspirin to plastic bags, seatbelts, hot coffee, candy bars and movies - everything warns us to be careful. “This product may contain nuts.” “This toy not recommended for children under 3 years.” “This program contains violence, sexuality and strong language and may not be suitable for younger audiences.” “Warning - overuse of this product may result in addiction.” Yet one of the most powerful devices in the world - the smartphone - comes without any warnings whatsoever. When paired with social media, this digital supercomputer (with its ability to take photos and video) can share unlimited information with people of all ages, from all over the world, with next to no regulation, age restriction or adult supervision. Very little thought has gone into the genuine harm it can cause - until now. Click, post, send, like, chat, share - over and over again, without a care in the world. I spend a lot of time writing about social media and its various elements. How to use it. Who to trust. What to learn, and how to protect yourself. Because when it comes to social media, there’s a lot of stuff to know and it is changing rapidly, and not necessarily for the better. I was there when it started and am technically defined as an ‘early adopter’. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - I have it all. But I’m in the digital media business, so it is my job to know about this and who is behind it. As a result, I am very careful about how I use it and who I trust. I have about 25,000 - 30,000 collective followers from organic sources (that means I don’t buy ‘followers’ or ‘likes’). If I were a famous actor, model or musician, those numbers would probably be a lot higher. If I were a non-media person or ‘regular user’ (e.g. a real estate agent, teacher, lawyer or student), these numbers would naturally be much, much lower. But, as any professional social media manager will tell you, if you want bigger numbers, you either have to get famous (fast), or you have to pay to play. Sadly, a lot of people actually spend hundreds of dollars per month to buy fake followers and ‘likes’ just to appear more influential and/or popular. So now users are being encouraged to post items three or four times a day and share as much as possible. Your phone will literally prompt you to do this, constantly reminding you that you have to get involved and will prod you endlessly with notifications about who just saw your post or page. Every time you do this, the company makes more money. It’s an addictive interaction that companies like Twitter and Facebook have spent millions of dollars perfecting. The results are unsettling. The whole scheme is the topic of a recent film on Netflix called The Social Dilemma. If you haven’t seen it, and have a teenager in the house with a smartphone, watch it immediately. You won’t like what you see. In the documentary, ex-employees and engineers who helped build this very specific social media technology, warn of its misuse and damaging effects. This panel of experts also says the subtle yet purposeful targeting of young people is especially upsetting. Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook operations manager, said he was horrified at the degree at which Facebook allowed data to be harvested and collected by third-parties. He, along with others, were part of the psychological programming used by platforms to make users give up personal information without even realizing we were doing it.

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Parakilas also admits that the development of the algorithms used by all social media developers is not geared for social good - but only for increasing profits to the company’s bottom line. In other words, you (and what you prefer to see online) are the real product - and you are being bought, sold and traded hourly as one of the most precious commodities on earth. This says nothing about the subliminal manipulation, which is also part of the deal. “We’ve created a system that biases towards false information. Not because we want to, but because false information makes the companies more money than the truth. The truth is boring” says Parakilas. It’s called ‘surveillance capitalism’, and the film suggests it is the root cause of everything we are experiencing en masse today - from the political polarization to social media addiction, to increased mental health problems in youth, to violent riots in the streets. “If you want to control the operation of a country, there’s never been a better tool than Facebook.” Former executives warn that social media has been purposely designed to be an addictive drug and laugh at the fact we are all called ‘users’. They say “these services are killing people and causing people to kill themselves” and explicitly link the rising rate of youth depression, suicide, and risk-taking behaviour to social media’s disproportionate influence. Even the engineers and designers themselves admit that they don’t allow their own kids to use the very product they invented. Some in the film say that what they are most worried about is civil war. “They are building models to predict our actions based on the click - what emotions trigger you, what videos you will watch.” I guess the question that remains now is how much longer are we willing to participate. How much more Covid-19 misinformation are you willing to hear? How much more election interference do you want to endure? Do you trust the news on TV? What about your government? Can you heed the warning labels and take action? Even though Halloween may be over, this scary movie is precisely the warning sign we all need. Because the monster in this film doesn’t wear a hockey mask or yield an axe, he comes dressed as your friend and makes you feel good by showing you how much he ‘likes’ you every day. I wonder, with friends like this, who needs enemies. However, I also think that social media has done a lot of good things too and has given a voice to under-represented groups, stories and causes. And as with most things, a healthy dose of common sense might go a long way here. Maybe start by turning off the notifications and alerts on your phone. And maybe we should start looking at some new rules for ‘users’ under age 16. Big tech has a lot to own up to here. And the U.S. Congress wants answers as the question of election interference came up yet again recently. Censorship, ethics, privacy - all of this needs addressed immediately. All you need to know is that companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook are specifically designed to give each person a different result based on their interests and where they live. And while it sounds extreme, this panel of experts says it is now a genuine threat that must be taken seriously. “Each person has their own reality, their own facts. People have no idea what is true, and now it’s a matter of life and death. This is checkmate on humanity.” Well, at least now - we’ve been warned. - Catherine Barr / cbarr@westvancouver.com


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Celebrating the Whistler Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary with a look back at our exclusive interview with actor Bruce Greenwood.

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CAT: So tell us, Bruce Greenwood. What are you doing these days? Tell us

BG: Well, yeah, of course, that was fun. I’ve done any number of those guys.

about your latest project. Let’s start with that.

Well-heeled sort of captains of industry who have something nasty up their

BG: Well, we’re up here at the Whistler Film Festival to show off this new movie that we’ve got going called Rehearsal, which is a story about an English theatre

sleeve. Like my part in the movie iRobot. Any number, you know, even in the movie Dinner for Schmucks, I was one of those guys. Well-heeled and soulless.

director who believes that the classics are really noble. This English theatre

CAT: And you’ve played U.S. Presidents too though. So technically, you’ve been

director thinks there is nothing but the classics. And I am him. Yeah. And he’s

the good guys as well.

been doing the classics for many years. And now they’ve bought a theatre. But doing the classics does not put bums in the seats. So his partner decides to pull in a young American action star to star in a Chekhov play, which is a recipe for disaster. And it goes from bad to worse. CAT: It is a great film. So out of curiosity, what is your favourite classic? Are you a classical theatre guy? BG: I’m not particularly into the classics. I don’t have a lot of experience doing the classics - so for me to pull a classic out of my hat to top off my knowledge. I wouldn’t do that? CAT: Well, you are known for playing the classic bad guy sometimes. In other words, you could say that you are pretty good, at playing the ‘baddies’. BG: Yeah, I’ve done a lot of ‘baddies’. Everybody kind of says ‘Oh, he’s kind of handsome. He’s got it going on. But kind of the bad guy.’ CAT: I think in particular of your role in the movie Double Jeopardy, which you filmed here in Vancouver with Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd. You were a bad guy character in that film. Was it a fun role to play?

BG: Technically good guys - I think. I mean, the Presidents I played could arguably be considered good guys. CAT: And then you’ve gone to such diverse roles. And I don’t know if you consider it your most acclaimed, but I know you were nominated as a cast for a SAG Award, and that was your part in Capote. A bit of a departure from things you’ve done? BG: Well, yeah, I’ve been very fortunate that way, that I get to play lots of flavours. CAT: What’s your favourite type of character to play? BG: There is no type that I prefer to play. I’d rather sort of think of them all as individuals, and if they fit well in the story, and if the story is dependent on something that they do, that’s important. CAT: Now, if you had to choose, would you prefer dramatic roles? Do you prefer comedy? Do you prefer adventure? BG: I do a lot of drama, because that’s how people see me. But if I had the opportunity to do something funny, like Rehearsal, it’s a little bit funny. So it’s lighter than the stuff that I normally do. And that was one of the things that appealed to me.

CAT: When you get to play an iconic character, which I’m going to argue that

BG: Yeah, no, I don’t really think about it like that. Like, with Daniel. You know,

you did in Star Trek, you got to play the character that started it all, way back

you’ll look it up, and you’ll figure out who he is. And although he’s very well

when. Capt. Christopher Pike, originally played by Jeffrey Hunter. What does

known French actor - and I’ve worked with all kinds of actors, but there are a

it feel like to play something that has all that sort of history and cult following

great number writers I’ve worked with that blow me away that you would’ve

attached to it?

never heard of. So it’s a learning process, give and take thing. When you share

BG: Well, it was amazing to realize how many people are connected to and have very strong feelings about it. And, you know, I’ve gone to a couple of Star Trek conventions. And it’s been amazing - actually, it’s been fantastic because the people are just so generous and so warm. And, you know, everybody’s there for the same reason - because they love this whole genre and particularly the world of Star Trek. And it’s just it’s so fun to hear their stories. I initially thought they’re coming to find out what it was like to work with ‘so-and-so’, or what it was like on the set - but really, when you start talking to them one-on-one, they want to share their stories of how they got involved in it - or they met their wife at a Star Trek movie. This one woman came up to me and said she’d met her husband, who just passed away, at Paramount when they were shooting the series. And

a scene with somebody of a calibre that you aspire to, are they giving? Are they greedy? If they’re good - they give whether they’re greedy or not. I mean, it’s like tennis, or it’s music - there’s all kinds of analogies. As you know, the more interesting thing they throw at you, the more fun it is sometimes. If you find somebody who’s an actor who’s doing the equivalent of staying on the other side of the net, just bouncing the ball in his own racket. That’s also something you can react to. Right? It’s not as though the fact they’re giving you nothing means they’re giving you nothing. There’s something in the nothing. That’s interesting, but that’s rare because people want to create fire. Right? People want to create something that begins to flicker and burn. And it’s easy to do that with somebody else to help you fan the flames in a good way.

they invited them onto the set. And that’s where she met her husband. And so

CAT: Is there someone you’d like to play opposite. Someone that you haven’t

people come in with all these stories, and they want to share so much - and they

had a chance to work with, or a director?

want to hear from you about what it was like. They want to share how much of an impact it had on their lives. CAT: Is the Star Trek stuff the biggest fan reaction you’ve had to a character that you can think of? BG: Yes, that and Double Jeopardy. You know, because I was such a bastard in it (laughs). People still remember that - and probably now certainly more Star Trek. CAT: You filmed a lot of that (Double Jeopardy) in West Vancouver and North Vancouver, plus on Bowen Island. The famous chase scene through Edgemont village. So how do you like filming in Vancouver? Do you like coming back here? BG: Yeah, I love to come back. I grew up here, and I grew up skiing at Whistler. And, you know, I used to park my truck in the garbage dump and slept in my truck, you know? And when tickets were $4.50. I’ve been coming up here since

BG: I’d really like to work with Todd Haynes again. I did a movie called I’m Not There with him and again, with Cate [Blanchett]. CAT: I understand you’re also a bit of a musician. BG: Yeah, I play music. I missed my call as a musician. (laughs). But I actually did a gig here in Whistler with a bunch of friends playing the guitar a few years ago. CAT: Give us some of your favourite hobbies. What do you like to do when you’re not working? BG: Well, I do a lot of baking. (laughs). I bake a lot of bread. And I play a lot of music. CAT: You’re a baker?

I was a kid.

BG: Yeah, that’s true. Yeah, I can show you actually. (pulls out iPhone to show

CAT: Do you have a dream role? Do you have a part that you just have to play

baking, and you will be impressed. Come over here and look at the baking

before you move on? BG: Yeah, there’s like there’s a couple of them. No, I’m gonna keep that under my hat. Yeah, there’s a couple things I’m hoping to be able to do before, as they say, his last call, you know?

pictures - then continues using funny accent) This is great. I will show you my (laughing). That’s the bubble bread with Parmesan. That’s a dill bread. That’s a baguette in the back. This is a traditional rustic loaf. CAT: Mastering dough is one of the things that I’m about all the time in the kitchen. I need to know your secrets.

CAT: Is there anyone who have you really enjoyed working with?

BG: All right. Well, I’ll show you something really secret.

BG: I’ve had the great good fortune to work with an almost countless number

EDITOR’S NOTE: Listen to the live podcast to hear the rest of Bruce’s baking

of really wonderful actors. But watching Daniel Auteuil work. I really enjoyed working with Russell Crowe last year. I’ve worked with Cate Blanchett a couple times and really, really enjoyed her work and her company. There’s a movie out now right now called Truth that I shot with her last year. Tommy Lee Jones - I loved working with him. He was fun. Also Kevin Costner. I mean, I’ve been really, really fortunate to work with some great people. Denzel Washington even, for a couple of times. CAT: What is it like to work with those big names as well? Is it all in a name?

secrets. CAT: So we have to wrap up here. What are we going to see where are you going to be in the next five years? What would you like to happen? What can we expect? BG: Oh, for me in the next five years. That’s the thing about this business you can never tell. For me to say what you should expect from me in the next five years is like for me to say, I know what’s going to happen with the stock market. I’m working on stuff, but you just never know. - Catherine Barr / cbarr@turnernewsmedia.com

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By Catherine (Cat) Barr

Stay safe when you celebrate - and don’t forget to give back. Continue to give back no matter what, because even though our gatherings may be virtual, our community is real - and a kind smile can always be seen, even under our safety masks. #TogetherApart

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Jim Beatty (MC), Stephanie Orr (Gala Chair) and Dayna Backus (JDRF BC & Yukon Regional Director), right before the live show in studio

Loverboy performing ‘Workin’ for the Weekend’ during the live show - and there was also a personal video from guitarist Paul Dean, top left, along with a donated signed guitar for live auction

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Elizabeth Irving, accompanied by Corbin Vanderzalm, perform ‘Believe’ during the live broadcast - both have siblings with Type 1 Diabetes

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As the dust settles from the Presidential election, how much of a role did Vancouver play in the result? It is the home of the biggest concentration of Americans outside the United States. In 2016, the number was more than 180,000. It is no surprise that Vancouver is a magnet for the political elite.



President Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. President to give a speech on Canadian soil. He drew 50,000 to Stanley Park on July 26, 1923 during a trip that also took him to Alaska. He died a week later of a heart attack in San Francisco. Only two years later, Kiwanis Clubs paid for a memorial in Stanley Park at Malkin Bowl. It was designed by sculptor Charles Marega, a Kiwanis member, like Harding.

Vice-president Joe Biden was the top U.S. official to visit B.C. Place Stadium twice. Once for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony and again for the Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup final, won by the U.S. Biden’s Olympic visit was notable because it exposed a gap in the $900 million Games security operation. A man entered the stadium with a homemade press pass and came within about a dozen rows of Biden before the RCMP apprehended him. Biden was in no danger.

02 VEEP ON FALSE CREEK Two years before he ran for president, VicePresident George Bush paid a June 1986 visit to the U.S. Pavilion at Expo 86. While in Vancouver, he toured the B.C. and Canada Pavilions, stayed for lunch and signed a trade deal. Earlier in 1986, President Ronald Reagan dedicated the pavilion in the memory of the seven astronauts who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

04 HILL’S, NOT HILLARY’S When President Bill Clinton came to Vancouver for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in November 1997, he had some time on his hands. So he led his entourage on a short walk from the Waterfront

Centre Hotel to Gastown’s Hill’s Indian Crafts for Christmas gift shopping. The marble bear’s head that he bought at Hill’s almost cost him the presidency. It was a gift for intern/mistress Monica Lewinsky and became evidence in his impeachment trial.

05 THE DONALD President Donald Trump came to Vancouver in June 2013, when he was then the star of The Apprentice, with sons Eric and Donald Jr. and daughter Ivanka. His trip was not to fire anyone, but to visit the site of the future Trump Vancouver Hotel. Joo Kim Tiah of Holborn Development was building a tower for the local Trump Organization franchise. Less than four years later, the official opening took place without The Donald, because he was early in his presidency. Last August, Tiah’s company behind the hotel, T.A. Hotel Management Ltd. Partnership, filed for bankruptcy.

- By Bob Mackin / bob@thebreaker.news Bob Mackin is a North Vancouver journalist who specializes in politics, business and sports coverage. He publishes theBreaker.news and hosts theBreaker.news Podcast online. His columns and contributions can also be found at www.WestVancouver.com and www.NorthVancouver.com


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A TASTE FOR CHARITY Rotary Club of Lions Gate Nov 14 Tickets on sale until November 9 North Shore residents are invited to the virtual fundraising dinner that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home without the work. Enjoy a chef created meal and enjoy knowing that proceeds support the Boys and Girls Club of North Vancouver. Chefs Jonah Joffe and Jon Merrill of Salt and Earth Catering will prepare your 3-course dinner, all gluten free and deliver it to your home. $75 per person www.northvancouver.com/taste-for-charity

ANONYMOUS ART SALE CityScape Community ArtSpace & Online Nov 26 - Dec 19

Regular ceremonies may be changed or cancelled for 2020 however your local branch is in need of your donations and poppy support. Please contact your local branch to find out more. Take a moment to reflect and remember those who sacrificed for our freedom. Light a candle, plant some poppies in your garden and be sure to donate to the poppy campaign at your local branch. Branch 118 at Lonsdale & 15th Street, North Vancouver - legion118@shaw.ca Branch 114 at Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver rcl114@shaw.ca Branch 60 at 18th Street West, West Vancouver westvanlegion60@gmail.com



Dec 1 - Jan 3 A tradition for many Vancouver families, Canyon Lights looks forward to welcoming back guests with a few operational changes to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff in a COVID world. Tickets and annual passes will only be available for prepurchase online for a specific date and time to limit contact upon entry and reduce capacity. Go online to book today. www.capbridge.com


An annual tradition that has changed slightly to adhere to health guidelines and Covid protocols. All pieces sell for $100 with 50% to the artist and 50% to North Van Arts. The art community has been greatly impacted by Covid 19, this is a great opportunity to support the arts in a safe manner. The sale is completely online.

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