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The Y2K Archives: Praise And Awards For The Sheldon Kennedy Story

Back in 1996, who would have thought that Sheldon Kennedy would become a newsmaker that would continue to shine like a star for three years after departing the NHL? Judging by the way things have gone, he will continue to make a name for himself, albeit a little quieter now that he's out of the public eye. This was the year that the made-for-TV movie, The Sheldon Kennedy Story, would get its recognition.

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Early Winners

Second Win's Sweeter

Gemini Jaw-Droppers

2000 Gemini Award Winners

Sheldon Kennedy Campaigns For Kids

21st Banff Rockie Awards honour the best in TV

2000 Gemini Award Nominees

Former Altar Boys Sue Priest Who Teaches Summer Course

Ref Guilty In Player Assaults

Canada releases fund knowledge for The Sheldon Kennedy Story:

Name: 3543781 Canada Inc.
Place: Calgary
Description: The "Sheldon Kennedy Story" made for TV movie
Amount: $390,000
Name: 3543781 Canada Inc.
Place: Calgary Description: The "Sheldon Kennedy Story" Phase II
Amount: $15,000

This information came from taxpayer.com.

Early Winners
Monday, October 30, 2000
By BILL BRIOUX -- Toronto Sun

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television handed out dozens of statuettes during the first two nights of the 15th Annual Gemini Awards.

Saturday's Opening Gala, which was hosted by Clifton Joseph (Undercurrents), honoured achievement in broadcast journalism, technical, craft and design categories.

Sunday's Industry Gala, honouring achievement in program, craft and performance, was hosted by Carla Collins (Chez Carla).

Here are some of the major award winners during the first two nights:

Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Talk/General Information Program or Series: Robert Mason Lee, Mason Lee: On The Edge

Best Information Segment: Jennifer Campbell, Erin Paul, The Fifth Estate

Best Visual Effects: John Gajdecki, David Alexander, Barb Benoit, Jen Vuckovic, Must Be Santa

Best Live Sporting Event: Pan Am Games

Best Sports Program or Series: Legends Of Hockey: The Second Season

Best Reportage: Don Murray, The National

Best Costume Design: Ruy Filipe, Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story

Best Achievement in Make-Up: Pip Ayotte, Marlene Aarons, Jocelyn MacDonald, Peter Benchley's Amazon

Best Newscast/News Special: The National: May 5th 1999

Best Live Special Event Coverage: 2000 Today

Best Talk/General Information Series: Skylight

Best News Information Series: The Fifth Estate

Best Documentary Series: The View From Here

Gordon Sinclair Award For Broadcast Journalists: Ron Haggart

John Drainie Award: Shelagh Rogers

Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series: Geordie Johnson, The City

Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series: Alisen Down, Cold Squad

Best Performance in a Childrens' or Youth Program or Series: Matt Frewer, Mentors

Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series: Sheila McCarthy, Sesame Park

Best Host in a Lifestyle, or Performing Arts Program or Series: Peter Jordan, It's A Living With Peter Jordan

Best Lifestyle Series: Foodessence

Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series: Juan Chioran, Dracula

Best Performing Arts Program or Series, or Arts Documentary Program or Series: Tall Tales From The Long Corner

Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program: Vicki Grant, Scoop & Doozie

Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series: Cathy Jones, Luciano Casimiri, Mark Farrell, Chris Finn, Edward Kay, Rick Mercer, Christian Murray, Tim Steeves, Greg Thomey, Mary Walsh, George Westerholm, This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series: Julie Lacey, Power Play

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series: Pedro Salvin, Peter Benchley's Amazon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series: Shannon Lawson, The City

Best Pre-School Program or Series: Polka Dot Shorts

Best Animated Program or Series or Short Animated Program: Angela Anaconda

Best Music, Variety Program or Series: East Coast Music Awards -- 2000

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series: Shirley Douglas, Shadow Lake

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series: Robert Wisden, The Sheldon Kennedy Story

Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series: Brigitte Gall, Joan Of Montreal

Academy Achievement Award: W. Paterson Ferns

Margaret Collier Award: Rob Forsyth

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Second Win's Sweeter
Monday, October 30, 2000
By PAT ST. GERMAIN -- Winnipeg Sun

Winning a Gemini Award was even better the second time around for four-time nominee Peter Jordan, who won for Best Host in a Lifestyle or Performing Arts series last night, the second evening of a three-day kudo-fest in Toronto.

Jordan won two years ago for his CBC series It's a Living, but the new award is twice as sweet.

"The first time around I think I was just so stunned and I don't think I could appreciate it," he said during a telephone interview from Toronto following his win.

"This time, I think I know how important the award is in our industry. I'm just delighted that I'm going to be able to come back to Winnipeg and plant that award down and say, 'Look guys, we're doing great.' "

It's a Living began as a regular segment on CBC's local newscast. Jordan gives his first Gemini partial credit for the show's second season renewal -- but this year ratings did the trick. The show is now in its third season on the national network.

CBC Manitoba had six nominations, but Jordan's is the only Gemini win so far. There's one great hope left in news anchor Diana Swain, who's up for Best Anchor during tonight's televised gala on CBC Ch. 2 at 8 p.m.


Swain, who just happens to be in Toronto working on a segment for The Fifth Estate, is in formidable company with The National's Peter Mansbridge and CTV's Lloyd Robertson and Lisa LaFlamme.

Swain is nominated for CBC's provincial election night show, Manitoba Votes '99. That show was also nominated in the Best Live Special Event Coverage category -- along with the national CBC's New Year's Eve special 2000 Today, which won that Gemini Saturday night.

Winnipeg director Norma Bailey was nominated for her work on the CTV movie The Sheldon Kennedy Story. The Gemini went to another CTV movie, Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story.

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Gemini Jaw-Droppers
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Dr. Lucille big winner as awards serve up surprises for a change
By BILL BRIOUX -- Toronto Sun

TORONTO -- What if the best news anchor in the land wasn't Lloyd Robertson or Peter Mansbridge?

That shocking scenario came true last night at the final gala for the 15th Annual Gemini Awards, or as they're known at our house, "Aww, Do We Have To Watch?"

Defying all odds, Manitoba anchor Diana Swain was picked as the nation's top news anchor, an award that has been presented since Confederation to either Lloyd or Peter.

"I may be the most surprised person in the room tonight," said a gracious Swain.

In fact, there were plenty of surprises at this year's Geminis. The nicest was that the two hours sped along, thanks to a fairly straightforward approach by host Steve Smith and most of the presenters.

Red Green's man from plaid looked positively Regis-like in a dapper jacket and tie, a far cry from his usual Possum Lodge look.

Smith might have been better off in his Red Green duds on the Geminis' woodsy set, sort of Survivor meets The Flintstones. Now I know what happened to all that stuff from Peter Benchley's Amazon.


"Having a waterfall that close to a middle-aged man is a brave choice," cracked Smith. He made other jokes, but I had to run to the washroom.

Mike Bullard made the most of his Gemini moment. "Hey Lloyd, how are you?" he said. "Excellent choice in hair colour tonight."

Bullard also crabbed about Vision's Skylight, a religious show, taking the top prize in the Best Talk/General Information category.

Heck, his show wasn't even nominated. "More people say Jesus Christ during my show than they do during that one," he pointed out.

However, the biggest surprise in a night full of head-scratchers was Colleen Rennison's win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries.

Rennison, who starred in the half-hour CTV Vancouver drama A Feeling Called Glory, beat out movie headliners Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story), Deanna Milligan (Must Be Santa), Marina Orsini (Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story) and Polly Shannon (The Sheldon Kennedy Story). Questions: a) How did an actress from a short film get thrown into this category? And b) How did she win? As they say on Sesame Street, one of these things is not like the others ...

Less shocking was Jonathan Scarfe's win for his deft portrait of a troubled hockey star in The Sheldon Kennedy Story. Kennedy himself accepted the award for Scarfe, then tripped over the blue line by thanking producer "Pierre Couture" (actually Pierre Sarrazin, Suzette Couture's husband and partner).

Scarfe beat out Brent Carver, Victor Garber, Paul Gross and Rainbow Sun Francks. Coincidentally, the cart guys outside the Toronto Convention Centre were selling Rainbow Sun Francks.

A few other acting nods added to the prevailing theory that the awards this year were decided by a random dart toss. Michael Riley (Power Play) took the top prize in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for a second year in a row, beating out three DaVinci's Inquest stars, including heavily favoured Nicholas Campbell. "Continuing?" joked Riley. Power Play was cancelled.

DaVinci, which led all entries with 10 Gemini nominations, won just one prize, as Canadian TV's top drama. Huh?

Torri Higginson ("I'm sure they've made a mistake") took the dramatic actress honours for another defunct series, The City.

Dr. Lucille went five for nine, picking up awards last night for Best TV Movie or Dramatic Miniseries, and Best Writing (awarded posthumously to Rob Forsyth, who also was honoured with the Margaret Collier Award Sunday). Dr. Lucille won best music score and two technical awards on the weekend.


Things were a little more predictable in the comedy categories, with This Hour Has 22 Minutes snaring prizes for Best Comedy Program (win No. 6), Best Performance in a Comedy Program (for stars Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh) and Best Writing.

The Royal Canadian Air Farce received a prolonged standing ovation for nearly 30 years of schtick on radio and television. The troupe took home two special prizes, the Earle Grey Award and the Royal Canadian Mint Viewer's Choice Award.

Hey -- Royal Canadian Mint, Royal Canadian Air Farce ... finally, a Gemini Award that makes sense.

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2000 Gemini Award Winners
Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Winners at the 15th annual Gemini Awards Broadcast Gala on Monday night:

Best News Anchor:
Diana Swain, Manitoba Votes 1999

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series:
Jonathan Scarfe, The Sheldon Kennedy Story

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program:
Deep Inside Clint Star, producer Silva Basmajian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series:
Colleen Rennison, A Feeling Called Glory

Best Childrens' or Youth Program or Series:
Incredible Story Studio, producers Kevin DeWalt, Robert de Lint, Rob King, Virginia Thompson

Best Sports Broadcaster:
Brian Williams, Pan Am Games

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series:
Rob Forsyth, Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story

Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series:
Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Greg Thomey, Mary Walsh, Season 7, Episode 21

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series:
David Wellington, Dead Aviators

Best TV Movie or Dramatic Mini-Series:
Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story, producers Francine Allaire, Claude Bonin, Andre Picard

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:
Michael Riley, Power Play, What It All Meant

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:
Torri Higginson, The City, Properties of Light

Best Dramatic Series:
DaVinci's Inquest, producers Chris Haddock, Laszlo Barna, Lynn Barr, Tom Braidwood

Best Comedy Program or Series:
This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Season 7, producers Michael Donovan, Geoff D'Eon, Mark Farrell, Ginny Jones-Duzak, Jack Kellum

Canada Award - Unwanted Soldiers

Earle Grey Award - Royal Canadian Air Farce

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Sheldon Kennedy Campaigns For Kids
The former NHL player came back to Saskatchewan to launch the "Kampaign for Kids" Raffle.
WebPosted Nov 24 2000 7:12 PM EST

REGINA - The Canadian Red Cross kicked off a provincial campaign on Friday with the help of Sheldon Kennedy.
Kennedy is the former NHL star who spoke out on sexual abuse he experienced as a junior hockey player.

This year, proceeds from the Red Cross raffle go towards Abuse Prevention Services.

"I think one of the biggest things is giving our children an opportunity to speak about their problems and speak about what's going on in their life," said Kennedy.

Kennedy has been involved with the Red Cross for over a year. This campaign is aiming to raise $250-thousand dollars.

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21st Banff Rockie Awards honour the best in TV

BANFF, Alta. - The 21st annual edition of the Banff Rockie Awards honoured the best in television Monday night. The dramas, comedies, documentaries, and children's and arts programming came from 23 countries around the world.

A Cry From the Grave, a heart-wrenching program about the massacre of thousands of Muslim refugees in Srebrenica, won the Air Canada Grand Prize.

A standing ovation welcomed Tracey Ullman to the Rockies. She took home the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Network Award. Ullman has had a long career in both British and American TV, most recently as the star of HBO's Tracey Takes On.

True to form, Ullman took the opportunity in her acceptance speech to take on fellow comedian Jerry Lewis. He recently suggested that women didn't belong in comedy, and should just stay home and make babies.

In fact, a group of women picked up the Rockie for Best Comedy Series. It went to the British feminist comedy Smack the Pony.

The American cable network HBO earned two more Rockies, one for Best Continuing Series, which went to The Sopranos, and a second for the Best Made-for-TV Movie, A Lesson Before Dying.

Although nominated in several categories, Canadian productions won only three awards. The Sheldon Kennedy Story won the $20,000 Telefilm Canada Prize. And, Radio-Canada's Albertine, en cinq temps won the Rockie for Best Independent Canadian production in French.

The Rockie for animation went to Canadians Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis for When the Day Breaks. The show took more than four years to make. It has since won a Palme d'Or at Cannes and been nominated for an Oscar. But, Tilby and Forbis say, as former Albertans, no award could be more special than this.

Tracey Ullman took the opportunity in her acceptance speech to "take on" fellow comedian Jerry Lewis, who recently suggested that women didn't belong in comedy.

This article came from CBC radio. (infoculture.cbc.ca)

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2000 Gemini Award Nominees
The Gemini Awards will be broadcast October 30 on CBC. Nominees in major categories include:

Dramatic Series:
Da Vinci's Inquest; Drop the Beat; The Outer Limits; Stargate SG-1; Twice in a Lifetime.

TV Movie or Mini-series:
Dead Aviators; Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story; Murder Most Likely; One Heart Broken into Song; The Sheldon Kennedy Story.

Comedy Program or Series:
Bob and Margaret; Dave Broadfoot: Old Dog, New Tricks; Double Exposure; Made In Canada; Royal Canadian Air Farce; This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

News Information Series:
counterSpin; the fifth estate; Marketplace; Undercurrents; Venture.

Talk/General Information Series
Bynon; Hot Type; Imprint; Men on Women; Skylight.

Pre-School Program or Series:
Panda Bear Daycare; Polka Dot Shorts; Polkaroo's Number Wonders; Ruffus the Dog; Scoop & Doozie.

Childrens' or Youth Program or Series:
Incredible Story Studio; Popular Mechanics for Kids; Street Cents; The Worst Witch; YAA! to the M@x.

Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:
Ted Atherton (Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy); Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci's Inquest); Donnelly Rhodes (Da Vinci's Inquest); Michael Riley (Power Play); Ian Tracey (Da Vinci's Inquest).

Best Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:
Sarah Chalke (Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy); Tori Higginson (The City); Kari Matchett (Power Play); Caroline Neron (Cover Me); Sonja Smits (Traders); Julie Stewart (Cold Squad).

Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series:
Duncan Fraser (Da Vinci's Inquest); Jonathan Rannells (Power Play); Pedro Salvin (Peter Benchley's Amazon).

Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series:
Jackie Burroughs (Cover Me); Rachel Crawford (Traders); Anita La Selva (Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict); Shannon Lawson (The City); Angela Vint (Traders).

Best Actor, Dramatic Program or Mini-series:
Brent Carver (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow); Victor Garber (External Affairs); Paul Gross (Murder Most Likely); Jonathan Scarfe (The Sheldon Kennedy Story); Rainbow Sun Francks (One Heart Broken Into Song).

Best Actress, Dramatic Program or Mini-series:
Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story); Deanna Milligan (Must Be Santa); Marina Orsini (Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story); Colleen Rennison (A Feeling Called Glory); Polly Shannon (The Sheldon Kennedy Story).

Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series:
Dave Broadfoot (Dave Broadfoot: Old Dog, New Tricks); Gavin Crawford (Comedy Now! Uncensored); the cast of "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"; the cast of "The Red Green Show"; Harland Williams (Harland Williams: Harland's Hilarious Hour).

Best News Anchor:
Lisa Laflamme (CTV News 1); Gloria Macarenko (Broadcast One); Peter Mansbridge (The National); Lloyd Robertson (CTV); Diana Swain (Manitoba election coverage).

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Saint Paul Instructor Targeted In Sex Suit
Former altar boys sue priest who teaches summer course
Zev Singer
The Ottawa Citizen

Saint Paul University is reviewing the teaching contract of a priest being sued for sexual abuse of altar boys three decades ago.

Rev. Barry Glendinning, a retired Catholic priest who lives in Toronto and teaches a summer course in liturgy at Saint Paul, is the target of a civil law suit based on alleged incidents of sexual abuse between 1968 and 1974 in London, Ont.

In 1974, Father Glendinning was convicted of six counts of gross indecency.

After that, he was moved from the London diocese and sent to a therapy centre, the Southdown Institute, near Toronto.

In 1983, he was sent there again after being removed from a second diocese, in Edmonton.

After his second visit to the therapy centre, he returned to parish ministry work in Toronto.

Father Glendinning, who has admitted to sexual improprieties with boys, told the Edmonton Journal in 1989 that with the help of ongoing therapy he had reformed and had been functioning for years without relapse, which his superiors confirmed.

Three London brothers, however, have come forward this month, making their own names public for the first times in a civil law suit centering on camping trip and seminary sleepover incidents from the 1968-1974 period.

John, Guy and Ed Swales, who were 10, six and eight years old respectively in 1968, said they decided to go public with their story to rid themselves of the shadow which has hung over them since their boyhood experiences.

The brothers have said publicly that they were prompted to break their silence by the case of Sheldon Kennedy, the former NHL player who went public with his own story of sexual abuse in 1997.

The suit also names the Roman Catholic diocese of London, the Roman Catholic church, and the London District Catholic school board.

Allegations in a statement of claim remain to be proven in court.

Rev. Dale Schlitt, rector of Saint Paul, said that Father Glendinning had been teaching the summer course for several years before the administration knew about his past.

About a year ago, however, one of the deans, Rev. David Perrin, did learn of the incidents in London. But Father Perrin had not been aware Father Glendinning was an admitted repeat offender.

The university is now seeking legal advice on the issue.

"We're really walking a tightrope here between protection of rights of an individual and appropriate hiring at a Catholic university," Father Schlitt said. "We're doing our darndest to try to respect the charter of rights and freedoms to respect the image of Saint Paul University to be fair to everybody."

Father Schlitt added that another thing that changes the relationship between the university and Father Glendinning is: "It became a public discussion. And we had to ask ourselves, is it for the good of the university? Is it for the good of the individual accused here to continue our relationship?"

Father Schlitt said the university will decide some time before the course begins in July.

This article came from the Ottawa Citizen.

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Ref Charged In Player Assaults
Charges involved boys in local hockey
By Anna Marie D'Angelo
News Reporter

A former North Vancouver minor hockey referee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to indecently assaulting two players.

Eric George Latter, 54, was originally charged with five counts involving two boys aged eight and 10. The charges dated back to the 1970s and included indecent assault, gross indecency and buggery.

Latter, who currently lives in High River, Alberta, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting one young hockey player between 1972 and 1974 in North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District and Chilliwack.

He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting another hockey playing boy between 1972 and 1976 in North Vancouver City and North Vancouver District.

The victims' names are banned from publication.

Details of the crime were not revealed in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday when a three-day trial was supposed to have started.

Instead, Crown lawyer Trevor Cockfield and Latter's lawyer David Batist negotiated guilty pleas outside the courtroom.

Cockfield asked Justice Donna Martinson to adjourn the case until late summer after Latter undergoes a psychiatric examination and a pre-sentencing report is conducted.

The balding Latter, with greying strawberry blond hair, a ruddy completion and a bushy handlebar moustache, spoke slowly when he said "guilty" to the two charges.

According to the North Vancouver RCMP, one of the victims came forward after being encouraged by the revelations of then-NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, who in 1997 publicly recounted his sexual abuse by a coach when Kennedy was a teenager junior-level hockey player in Swift Current. The coach, Graham James, was jailed 3 years for sexually abusing Kennedy and another young player.

The investigation against Latter started in 1998. He was charged last June.

This article came from NS News.

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