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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is the viceregal representative in Ontario of the Canadian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who operates distinctly within the province but is shared with the ten other jurisdictions of Canada, as well as the other Commonwealth realms and any subdivisions thereof, resides predominantly in her oldest realm, the United Kingdom. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is appointed in the same manner as the other provincial viceroys in Canada and is tasked with carrying out most of the monarch's constitutional and ceremonial duties; the current Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is Elizabeth Dowdeswell. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is vested with a number of governmental duties and is expected to undertake various ceremonial roles. For instance, the lieutenant governor acts as patron of certain Ontario institutions, such as the Royal Ontario Museum; the viceroy, him- or herself a member and Chancellor of the order, will induct deserving individuals into the Order of Ontario, upon installation customarily becomes a Knight or Dame of Justice and the Vice-Prior in Ontario of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.

The viceroy further presents the Royal Canadian Humane Association medal, the Lincoln M. Alexander Award, the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, numerous other provincial honours and decorations, as well as various awards that are named for and presented by the lieutenant governor; these honours are presented at official ceremonies, which count amongst hundreds of other engagements the lieutenant governor partakes in each year, either as host or guest of honour: In the 18 months following September 23, 2014, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell conducted 1066 engagements, equivalent to 711 per year. At these events, the lieutenant governor's presence may be marked by the post's official flag, consisting of a blue field bearing the escutcheon of the Arms of her Majesty in Right of Ontario surmounted by a crown and surrounded by ten gold maple leaves, symbolizing the ten provinces of Canada.

Within Ontario, the lieutenant governor follows only the sovereign in the province's order of precedence, preceding other members of the Canadian Royal Family and the Queen's federal representative. Since 2011, the incumbent Lieutenant Governor has served ex officio as the Colonel of the Regiment of the Queen's York Rangers, a unit in the Canadian Army; the honorary appointment recognizes the regiment’s links to John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and the regiment's commander during the American War of Independence. The office of Lieutenant Governor of Ontario came into being in 1867, upon the creation of Ontario at Confederation, evolved from the earlier position of Lieutenant Governor of Canada West. Since that date, 29 lieutenant governors have served the province, among whom were notable firsts, such as Pauline Mills McGibbon—the first female lieutenant governor of the province—and Lincoln Alexander—the first lieutenant governor of West Indian ancestry; the shortest mandate by a Lieutenant Governor of Ontario was Henry William Stisted, from 1 July 1867 to 14 July 1868, while the longest was Albert Edward Matthews, from November 1937 to December 1946.

With the election in 1937 of the Liberal Party to a majority in the Legislative Assembly, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in Ontario was targeted for spending cutbacks. Government House was closed and the viceroy given a suite at the Legislative Building as a replacement; the post remained low-key until 1985, when the personal discretion of Lieutenant Governor John Black Aird was required in the exercise of the royal prerogative: After Frank Miller that year lost the confidence of the Legislative Assembly, the opposing Liberal Party managed to negotiate a deal with both the New Democratic Party and independent members of the assembly and Aird, rather than dissolve the legislature only 55 days after the last election, called upon Liberal leader David Peterson to serve as premier. Monarchy in the Canadian provinces Government of Ontario Lieutenant Governors of Canada Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Cube Records

Cube Records was launched on 26 May 1972 by independent music publisher David Platz, was based at his UK offices for Essex Music. Platz had entered the arena of record production in the early 1960s, having had a string of hits by licensing records to major labels, decided to start his own independent record label in 1970. With Malcolm Jones as label manager he formed Fly Records and tapped a rich vein of hits, with the Move, singles from T. Rex and John Kongos, as well as hit albums, the most important being Electric Warrior, T. Rex’s breakthrough number 1 album, but by mid 1972 Marc Bolan had left Fly Records to set up his own label imprint and Essex/Fly producer Tony Visconti had left with Bolan, setting up his own Good Earth Productions. With new staff brought into the label, Platz decided to promote a new roster of artists and re-launch with a new label named Cube Records; the headline of the press release issued by Malcolm Jones in May 1972 to communicate this development boldly stated "Essex puts Fly into Cube".

A fact translated by the label's logo, which consisted of a fly within a wire-frame cube. According to the press release, Fly Records had been limited to operating in the UK, but Cube Records would be an international operation. In effect, Cube continued using Fly's catalogue numbering prefix, but with only one Fly artist, guitar virtuoso John Williams, remaining on the new label. Cube's first singles came from Rod Thomas, whose rather insipid MOR/pop "Timothy Jones" failed to make any impact on the charts, folk music stalwart Harvey Andrews, whose poignant single "In The Darkness"/"Soldier" was subject to an'unofficial' ban by the BBC. Harvey's Cube album Writer Of Songs, was produced by long term Essex Music associate John Worth, featured a stellar cast of musicians including Ralph McTell, Cozy Powell, Danny Thompson, David Pegg and Rick Wakeman, Rodger Bain, producer of Black Sabbath and Budgie, produced an album for folk-rock outfit the JSD Band, which came replete with sleeve notes written by BBC Radio One DJ John Peel.

But by July 1972 the label's ethos had moved too far from Jones' remit during the Fly days, he left the label. The company's legacy recordings, released via FLY on its TOOFA series were now brought into Cube, by the end of the year Cube continued the TOOFA campaign with releases by T. Rex and Procol Harum, while all efforts were focussed on a brand new signing Joan Armatrading, an artist developed by Elton John producer Gus Dudgeon. Cube released Armatrading's first album, Whatever's for Us in 1972. With their biggest promotional campaign to date, the critical favour Armatrading's album garnered could not be replicated in sales, their decision to credit the album solely to Joan Armatrading, giving little credit to Pam Nestor, caused not only the break-up of the duo but caused Cube to lose Armatrading, who and annoyed by the episode, negotiated her way out of her contract and signed for A&M instead. Further albums by Harvey Andrews, the JSD Band, Batti Mamzelle & Kestrel followed, George Martin's production for John Williams' The Height Below – a sort of concept album – failed to sell in large numbers.

Hits like Jimmy Helms' mid 1970s pop/soul "Gonna Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse" and John Williams' film theme tune, "Cavatina", were only an occasionality, after around 80 singles and 30 albums a new label makeover was ushered in. As British pub rock lay the minimalist foundations for the oncoming punk rock scene, Cube became Electric Cube, albeit before its label manager Jeremy Thomas shelved the Cube imprint and established The Electric Record Company, whose Electric Records imprint became the home for new releases. Cube Records soon ceased producing its own catalogue, opting to licence to various catalogue companies over the years. Going full circle, Cube's recordings were incorporated into Onward Music, run by David Platz's son Simon Platz, Cube’s catalogue has returned to its initial home, Fly Records. List of record labels Cube Records discography at Discogs

Uptown Saturday Night

Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 American action comedy crime film written by Richard Wesley and directed by and starring Sidney Poitier, with Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte co-starring. Cosby and Poitier teamed up again for Let's Do It Again and A Piece of the Action. Although their characters have different names in each film, the three films are considered to be a trilogy. Uptown Saturday Night premiered June 15, 1974 at the Criterion Theatre in New York, opened to positive reviews. While enjoying themselves at Madame Zenobia's club on Saturday Night, Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin are held up by robbers who raid the club, taking Steve's wallet as a result. Upon realizing that a winning lottery ticket worth $50,000 is in the wallet, they set out to find the crooks themselves. Determined to retrieve the ticket, they search for it using the help of gangster Geechie Dan Beauford, who wants to defeat his rival Silky Slim. Using their wit and fearlessness, Steve and Wardell devise a plan to get the ticket using the help of both gangsters, in the hopes that it will pay off for them.

Main cast Sir Sidney Poitier as a steel mill worker and tamed family man. He is confident and flirtatious, he will take up challenges posed by his best friend Wardell, his wallet was stolen by Silky Slim at Madame Zenobia. Bill Cosby as Wardell Franklin, a taxi driver and Steve's best friend, he has a carefree attitude, will act impulsively when presented with thrilling and exciting situations. He persuades Steve to go to Madame Zenobia's, to visit Sharp Eye Washington. Harry Belafonte as Geechie Dan Beauford, a short-tempered gangster. Although he is tough and stubborn, he is easily persuaded when money is involved, his rival is Silky Slim. Calvin Lockhart as Silky Slim, a lead gangster and rival of Geechie Dan. Driven by money, he and his crew rob everyone at Madame Zenobia's estate and steal cash and jewelry, including Steve's wallet. Like his rival, he is persuaded in situations where he is promised money. Supporting cast Flip Wilson as The Reverend Richard Pryor as Sharp Eye Washington Rosalind Cash as Sarah Jackson Roscoe Lee Browne as Congressman Chesley Lincoln Paula Kelly as Leggy Peggy/Mrs.

Lincoln Lee Chamberlin as Madame Zenobia Johnny Sekka as Geechie's Henchman Lincoln Kilpatrick as Slim's Henchman #1 Don Marshall as Slim's Henchman #2 Ketty Lester as Irma Franklin Harold Nicholas as Little Seymour Paul Harris as Police Officer Uptown Saturday Night was made by Warner Bros. in the midst of the blaxploitation film era. Movies such as Cleopatra Jones and the Shaft series had been released by the same company. Poitier had reached the height of his career during the 1960s, he and Harry Belafonte were considered to be the biggest black male entertainers of the time period. Poitier became the first African-American man to win an Academy Award for his role in Lilies of the Field, he starred in In the Heat of the Night, which won Oscar awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Throughout his career, Poitier was frustrated with how Hollywood was trying to portray the black man in film and television; this was one of the things. His first directed film was the Preacher, where he starred with Belafonte.

Poitier directed Uptown Saturday Night and its sequels, Let's Do It Again and A Piece of the Action. Race The characters in the film, while different in their motives and demeanor, all have a sophisticated and classy appearance in the black community. Poitier made it a point to represent black actors on screen in an elegant way, which contrasted the image of Blacks that were thought of in Hollywood. During his career, he refused a role if the character had negative stereotypes, chose to play characters who were "dignified and ethical". African-American men in the film carried themselves in a poised, calm manner in all situations; this is most notable with Steve Jackson, well-mannered and cautious. Critics have noted on Poitier's pattern of his characters. "In all his films, was educated and intelligent. He spoke proper English, dressed conservatively, had the best of table manners."Double-consciousness is portrayed in the film with Congressman Lincoln and Leggy Peggy. While running for re-election, Congressman Lincoln dresses and sets his office in a conservative manner to appeal to the white majority in order to keep his power.

When informed that his guests are black, he switches to an Afrocentric presence by reversing his painting and putting on clothes with African fabric. It is shown shortly after when his wife Leggy Peggy enters the conversation between him and Wardell, she begins to use vernacular dialect toward Steve and Wardell, to which Congressman Lincoln states his disapproval in a condescending manner. The monologue that follows reflects double-consciousness in the form of tokenism, where she expresses her frustration of representing herself in a setting of the majority. Sexuality The film was filmed during the blaxploitation era, where women's sexuality in movies was known to be liberated. Coffy was released in theaters in the same year, where the title character was defined by her appearance. Although Uptown Saturday Night did not show female characters as explicitly as Coffy, they were shown in a sexually-suggestive manner. Sexual liberation was present when Steve and Wardell arrived at Madame Zenobia's party.

Women were playful with the men, their evening gowns showed a fair amount of skin. Another example lies at the beginning of the film, with the interaction of Steve and Sara