The tallest man in Canada, 7'8 tall Jerry Sokolosky, has been chosen to play Philistine warrior Goliath in the upcoming "David and Goliath" movie. Director Tim Chey explained that the filmmakers did not want to use a CGI imitation for the part.
"Jerry was a tremendous blessing," Chey said in a press release. "We didn't want to create a CGI imitation like 'The Incredible Hulk' and so our casting directors set out to find the biggest guy and he's very big."
The $50 million biblical epic, set for an early 2015 nationwide theater release, wrapped up principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London earlier in July, and is currently in post-production in Los Angeles. more >>
The woman who parked her car on a Montreal-area highway to ensure that a group of ducklings could safely cross the street in 2010 has been found guilty of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter. Emma Czornobaj could face life in prison given the charges brought against her in the case.
Andre Roy, 50, was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and had his 16-year-old daughter Jessie as a passenger. Roy was driving an estimated 70 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone. He either did not see or was not able to stop in time and smashed into Czornobaj's parked vehicle. His wife, who was following behind Roy in her car, got out and stayed with her husband, who died at the scene. Jessie was pinned beneath Czornobaj's car; she was rescued but later died at the hospital.
"My feelings are that it is time that we go on," Pauline Volikakis, Roy's wife and Jessie's mother, told the court. "This will not bring back my loved ones. I don't wish misfortune on anyone." more >>
A British Columbian city which banned a Christian conference from being simulcast on city property because it was sponsored by Chick-fil-A has affirmed this week that its buildings are open to all regardless of faith.
Earlier this year, local pastors and church leaders in Nanaimo, a city of roughly 80,000 people, sought public building space to broadcast a feed of Leadercast, a Christian conference out of Atlanta, but were stopped by a city council member who blasted its connection with the fast food restaurant, reported The Blaze.
In the beginning of May, Fred Pattje introduced a resolution which would ban the conference, which is streamed in roughly 800 cities worldwide, from using Nanaimo property. more >>
A 74-year-old Canadian man who pleaded guilty to unintentionally killing his 13-year-old daughter with a slap over her chores in 2010 was sentenced to a 60-day jail term Wednesday.
According to a report in the Montreal Gazette, Moussa Sidime, 74, a retired architect originally from Guinea, was charged in the death of his 13-year-old daughter Noutène after she died from a slap he meted out to her on Oct. 6, 2010.
Noutène, according to court records, upset her father when she mumbled something under her breath after he told her he wasn't satisfied with the way she had cleaned up the kitchen. Sidime, who entered a guilty plea to manslaughter in 2013, said he noticed that his daughter was crying after he slapped her but he left her to sit in the living room of the family's apartment. He later heard her fall to the kitchen floor where he found her unconscious and with low breathing. more >>
About 12 years ago when Julia Wolf was 18, she complained to several doctors that a birthmark on her ankle had raised and started to itch. It might be skin cancer, she told them but she was told to apply some moisturizer. Now 30 and a mother, Wolf is dying from cancer and may have just eight weeks to live.
The British Columbia, Canadian told the Times Colonist that had it not been for her 5-year-old son Lucas, she would have given up fighting her cancer a long time ago.
She is now focused on fighting for more time to live because she feels she owes that much to her son who is already aware that she might be gone soon. more >>
A recent study from the University of Toronto says it's "perfectly normal" for people to see facial images in inanimate objects, like Jesus' face in a slice of toast, because human brains are "uniquely wired" to recognize faces.
Researchers at the University of Toronto, in conjunction with several universities in China, used brain-scanning MRI machines and computer-generated images on 20 patients to determine the existence of face pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon of seeing faces in inanimate objects. Common faces detected in inanimate objects include the Man in the Moon, seeing a celebrity resemblance in the curves of a potato chip, or seeing Jesus' face on a slice of toast or in the trunk of a tree.
Kang Lee, a developmental neuroscientist at the University of Toronto who led the recent study, told CBC that face pareidolia happens when two parts of the brain, the frontal cortex and the visual cortex, interact. more >>