Another dies of dengue in North 24Parganas

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first_imgKolkata: The dengue death toll in North 24-Parganas continues to go up with another woman reportedly died at the SSKM Hospital on Sunday.The victim identified as Sadhana Sarkar (32), a resident of Ichapur of Gaighata in North 24-Parganas had been suffering from fever since August 9. The victim’s family members took the victim to the Habra State General Hospital after she complained of fever. After primary check up, the patient was admitted to Habra hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHer family members shifted her to the SSKM Hospital on August 27. The patient had been under close monitoring at the hospital as her condition turned critical. The SSKM Hospital authorities however said that the patient died due to multi-organ failure after her liver stopped working. A senior official of the SSKM said the hospital where the patient had been admitted previously in the case history mentioned that she had been suffering from dengue. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe cause of her death has however been ascertained by the SSKM Hospital as multi-organ failure. According to the SSKM Hospital authorities, the patient’s liver was badly affected when she was taken to the hospital a few days ago. Despite all the efforts by the doctors, the patient could not be saved. Her kidney stopped functioning followed by multi organ failure. Renuka Mondal (40), also a resident of Gaighata died of dengue in a city hospital on Saturday. Mondal was also admitted to the Habra State General Hospital. She was shifted to a private hospital in Duttapukur in the same district after her condition deteriorated. The situation turned worse in Habra and its adjoining areas after dengue erupted in these pockets of the district. The North 24-Parganas district administration took up massive anti-dengue drive following the incident and the civic bodies have been instructed to undertake rigorous campaigns to combat dengue and other mosquitoes-borne diseases.last_img read more

Interim Conservative leader Ambrose begins farewell to political life

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first_imgOTTAWA – When interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose began using the photo-sharing social media site Instagram, the pictures she posted were all in black and white.She opened the account just days after being elected the party’s temporary boss and the reflective tone of the photos matched the mood of the party: 99 MPs bruised and demoralized by an election defeat that saw Conservatives wiped off the electoral map in Atlantic Canada and pushed to the margins of the country’s urban centres.Seven months later, the first colour photograph emerged: Ambrose, on stage at the party’s annual convention in Vancouver, with the caption “So. Much. Energy. #LookForward.”Ambrose, it turns out, is now the one looking forward, announcing Tuesday she will resign her seat in the House of Commons when MPs break for summer, in preparation for a new life in the private sector.She’ll leave politics credited with injecting new energy into the Conservative party and into Canadian politics itself. During a tribute to her in the House of Commons, fellow politicians complimented her sense of humour, her style and her work ethic.“Conservatives have thrived, our party is strong, our fundraising is very robust, our caucus is united and we are an effective opposition,” said House leader Candice Bergen.Proof of Ambrose’s skill as leader can be seen in fundraising results. While in the middle of a leadership race that usually drains funds from party coffers, the Tories took in $5.3 million in the first three months of 2017, nearly twice as much as the governing Liberals — and not including the $4.6 being raised by the leadership candidates now vying for the permanent job.Party members choose a new leader on May 27.“Nobody walks on water to get to the party leadership,” Ambrose told a crowd of MPs and political watchers over breakfast at Ottawa’s storied Chateau Laurier hotel.“Whichever woman or man who wins this job will undoubtedly spend time learning, and listening and working. I did it, Stephen Harper did it and so did our predecessors.”That her last speech was a breakfast one was fitting; one of the regular outreach activities Ambrose took on while living in the Opposition leader’s residence Stornoway was hosting breakfasts for MPs to give them a chance for more informal conversations about their concerns, what was on the minds of their constituents and just life in general.She was often joined by her partner, J.P. Veitch, who became known for wearing a T-shirt reading “Stornoway Pool Boy” to get a laugh out of family and friends.Together, both sought to make Stornoway an open and accessible venue for conservatives, a reflection of Ambrose’s effort to put a new face on the Conservative party as a whole.Some of the work involved in presenting that fresh face was elevating more women into leadership positions in the Conservative shadow cabinet.One of the early ones was Lisa Raitt, who was appointed to the high-profile position of finance critic before she stepped down to seek the permanent leadership.In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, Raitt credited Ambrose’s work, but warned Canadians not to expect a similar approach in the House of Commons once the party chooses a new leader.Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have engaged in two years of “nicey-nice” in the House of Commons, with Trudeau rarely attacking Ambrose directly, she noted.“Rona is nice,” Raitt said. “I’m not nice.”For his part, Trudeau lauded Ambrose’s work, saying what impressed him the most was her willingness to speak from the heart.“The opposition leader showed everyone both within this house and beyond the power of expressing oneself sincerely,” Trudeau said.“This is a truly Canadian approach characterized by goodwill and authenticity just like the leader herself,” he said.Ambrose will stay on to help manage the transition before making her way into the private sector, which will include taking up a position as a visiting fellow at the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center, a Washington-based public policy think tank.In a statement, the institute said her job will be to bring together Canada and U.S. officials with a focus on exploring issues key to the North American economy.Ambrose was first elected in an Edmonton-area riding in 2004, and when the Conservatives formed a minority government in 2006, she was appointed as environment minister.She was shuffled out after a tumultuous year in the portfolio but went on later to serve variously as minister of labour, public works and health.“Despite a heavy workload, Rona always retained her warm and charming manner and down-to-earth Alberta humour,” former leader and prime minister Stephen Harper said in a statement.“Rona’s highly capable leadership of the Conservative team has set a high bar for those who will follow.”last_img read more

Canadians paying more in taxes than on basic necessities Fraser Institute

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first_imgA new study finds Canadians are paying more than 40 per cent of their income on taxes, compared to just under 40 per cent on the basic necessities of life.The Canadian Consumer Tax Index by the Fraser Institute, which was released on Thursday, looked at tax bills from 1961 to 2016.Last year, the average Canadian family earned $83,105 but paid $35,283 in taxes compared to $31,069 spent on housing, food and clothing combined.Canadians spent 42.5 per cent of their income on taxes and 37.4 per cent on basic necessities, which include food, clothing and housing, the report found.In comparison, back in 1961, the average Canadian family spent 33.5 per cent on taxes and 56.5 per cent on food, clothing and housing.“Taxes help fund important public services that Canadians rely on, but the issue is the amount of taxes governments take compared to what Canadians get in return,” said Charles Lammam, a co-author of the report.“With more than 42 per cent of their income going to taxes, Canadians might ask whether they’re getting good value for their tax dollars.”According to the report, taxes have grown more rapidly 1961 to 2016 than any other household expense. Money spent on housing increased by 1,527 per cent, clothing by 677 per cent, and food by 639 per cent.In the same time period, the tax bill has risen by 2,000 per cent. The increase in the tax bill outpaced the rise in the Consumer Price Index.Read the full report below.Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2017: Fraser Institute by CityNewsToronto on Scribdlast_img read more

Clinton says Dems surprise win in Alabama a turning point against Trump

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Hillary Clinton says the Democratic party’s surprise win in Alabama during Tuesday’s senate race in the United States marks a “turning point” for Americans who are opposed to President Donald Trump.Clinton told a crowd of more than 5,000 people gathered in Vancouver on Wednesday that the Democrats’ electoral upset in the heart of Republican territory has made her feel “a tiny bit less” concerned about the future of her country.“For me, this was a very important turning point in basically holding President Trump and his most vitriolic, destructive advisers, led by Steve Bannon, accountable,” she said.“People seem to be turning against the Trump philosophy and ideology,” she added. “So it’s a good sign but it’s by no means the end of the story.”The former U.S. secretary of state was in Canada to promote her new memoir, “What Happened,” which chronicles her experience running as the Democrat nominee in the 2016 presidential race as well as the aftermath of her loss.Clinton attributed this week’s election outcome in Alabama in part to the calibre of Democratic candidate Doug Jones, as well as a large electoral turnout among African-American voters and the scandals that bogged down Republican nominee Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court.Moore was hounded by sexual misconduct allegations, but was endorsed by Trump after beating the president’s first choice for the Republican nomination. Moore denied the allegations against him.Clinton expressed concern about Trump’s impulsive social media habits and how unsuited he is to the nuanced diplomacy necessary to deal with the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.She poked fun at Trump’s reported love of Diet Coke.“Apparently he drinks a dozen of them a day,” she said to laughter from the audience. “I don’t know what that does to your brain.”Clinton pledged to remain part of the debate about the future of the U.S.“I’m going to keep fighting for what I think is right,” she said.The sold-out crowd included several groups of women wearing so-called pussy hats — pink knitted toques associated with advocacy for women’s issues. Another group wore shirts with the words Nasty Woman printed inside a pink heart.Joanne Salem, originally from Michigan, said she worked on Clinton’s campaign.“I love her,” said Salem, wearing a pink shirt emblazoned with Hillary for President 2016. “I voted for her when she was running against Barack Obama as well.”Deborah Chisholm bought a platinum ticket in order to meet Clinton in person.“Hillary’s been such an influence in the world,” Chisholm said. “My daughters really look up to her and hope that maybe they can make the world a better place, like Hillary is.”Vancouver was Clinton’s final stop on her book tour, which also passed through Toronto and Montreal.— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the election in Alabama was on Monday.last_img read more

Murder charges laid in the deaths of mother and two daughters in

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first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – A mother and her two daughters are dead and murder charges have been laid after the RCMP discovered three bodies at a home in Kelowna, B.C.Court documents show Jacob Daniel Forman, who is in his 30s, appeared in court Wednesday.A document filed by the RCMP in court says Forman is charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of Clara Forman, Karina Forman and Yesenia Forman. The document says they were killed sometime between Sunday and Tuesday.Heritage Christian Online School said Clara Forman was the mother of Karina and Yesenia.In a statement Thursday the school said it “wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of our students Karina and Yesenia Forman and their mother, Clara. As our community mourns their loss, there are not adequate words to express our deep sorrow at this tragedy.”Kelowna RCMP have not commented on the murder charges.Const. Lesley Smith said the three bodies were found Tuesday in Kelowna’s Rutland neighbourhood and police are treating the deaths as “suspicious.”Smith declined to release the names, ages or genders of those who died. She also would not say whether the dead individuals were related to one another or describe their relationship to a man who police took into custody.Smith described the deaths as an “isolated incident.”Jeff McLeod, a resident of Bolotzky Court since 1994, said he believed a man, woman, and two children lived in the home in Rutland, which was surrounded by police tape on Wednesday.“They hadn’t been there very long, maybe a year or less,” McLeod told the Kelowna Daily Courier.“They pretty much stuck to their own. Never attracted attention, so I never paid them that much attention,” he added.“You’d see two girls, maybe about six or seven, playing outside once in awhile, that’s about it.”There had never been any police cars or ambulances at the home before Tuesday evening, McLeod said.“This is a very quiet neighbourhood,” he said. “It’s pretty shocking, what’s happened.”Land title documents show Jacob Daniel Forman, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning supervisor, owns a home on Bolotzky Court.David Patchell-Evans, founder of GoodLife Fitness, said Clara Forman was a beloved fitness instructor at the company’s gym in Kelowna. He offered his sympathies in a statement to friends and family members following her death and the death of her young children.“She touched so many lives through the classes that she taught and through all of the positive interactions she had with associates and members in our club,” Patchell-Evans said.“She will be greatly missed.”(The Canadian Press, Kelowna Daily Courier)last_img read more

US man sought since 98 for child support arrested in Alberta

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first_imgKALAMAZOO, Mich. – A man wanted for nearly 20 years for failure to pay child support in Michigan has been arrested in Alberta and returned to the U.S.Joseph Stroup was known as Joop Cousteau in Alberta.The government says his overdue child support in Michigan’s Van Buren County now exceeds US$500,000.Stroup appeared in federal court in Chicago last Friday but will be transferred to Michigan. An indictment was filed in 1998 in federal court in Kalamazoo.Stroup, now 64, was ordered to pay child support during a 1989 divorce. Investigators say he fled, despite selling an internet business for more than $2 million.Stroup was tripped up by a restaurant owner who found his picture on a U.S. government website that listed “wanted deadbeats.”last_img read more

Little backpacks GPS used to track nighthawks from northern Alberta to Brazil

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first_imgEDMONTON – The whoosh of nighthawk wings is a familiar sound in the Canadian dusk.Now, scientists have figured out where those enigmatic wings whoosh off to for the winter.“We have identified where these birds actually go,” said University of Alberta biologist Elly Knight, co-author of a new paper in the Canadian Journal of Zoology.Nighthawks breed almost everywhere in southern Canada and as far north as central Yukon.“A lot of people really identify strongly with nighthawks, in a very nostalgic way,” Knight said. “There are a lot of folks from country landscapes that spend time on their back porch and the sound of the nighthawk, they associate with those warm summer nights.”Still, little is known about them, partly because they’re well camouflaged during the day and only active at dusk, when they’re hard to see.“They look a lot like a branch, or the ground,” said Knight.“But once they break that camouflage, they have these long wings with beautiful markings and when they open their mouths, they look a little bit like a dinosaur. They have this huge mouth that opens up.”Their greatest mystery, however, has been their breeding ground. Until now.Working with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre, Knight and her colleagues attached tiny, three-gram backpacks to 10 birds north of Fort McMurray. Those tags fed data to overhead satellites every 10 days, allowing the team to track their migratory path for the first time.The birds flew south over the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil, where they spent the winter hawking around in the Amazon rainforest and tropical savannah. Then they flew back from where they came — an annual round trip of 20,000 kilometres.“That’s about as much as most people put on their car,” Knight said. “This is an 80-gram bird that’s doing it fuelled by insects.”What’s more, the nighthawks are so good at navigating that after all that distance, most of them returned to within a kilometre of where they left.Knight notes the trackers are mounted with cords that decay after a time, releasing the birds from their burden.North America has 13 nighthawk populations. All but one are in decline and the species is considered threatened in Canada and several U.S. states.What’s behind the decline is poorly understood. Many nighthawks seem perfectly content to breed on agricultural land in the nesting range.Connecting all the dots on their migratory path is a big step toward understanding all the threats the birds face, said Knight.“Understanding that connection will help us figure out what conditions are they experiencing across what we call their annual cycle, where they’re up north to breed and they migrate through the U.S. through Central America and then overwinter in South America,” Knight said. “They’re declining across their range as a whole.”Most bird species are declining in North America. But birds that eat bugs on the wing are dropping particularly quickly.“That whole group of birds is declining faster than any group of birds in North America.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Five remaining MPs who quit Bloc Quebecois caucus are coming back home

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Bloc is back.The final holdouts from the Bloc Quebecois rejoined the sovereigntist party Monday as Parliament resumed from its summer recess.All 10 of the Bloc MPs elected in 2015 are now back in the fold after leadership turmoil split them apart earlier this year.“Are we better off serving Quebec united or divided?,” asked interim Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu, accompanied by most of the returning cast at an Ottawa news conference. “To ask the question is to answer it.”Members met in Ottawa late Sunday to hammer out the details.The sovereigntist party had been in turmoil since February, when seven of its members quit over the leadership of then-leader Martine Ouellet.Bloc MPs were unhappy with Ouellet frequently talking about independence as opposed to concentrating on how to defend Quebec’s interests within the current Parliamentary system.They were also critical of her leadership style and accused her of being intransigent.Ouellet stepped down in June after garnering the support of just 32 per cent of members during a leadership vote.Two of the dissidents, Michel Boudrias and Simon Marcil, returned to the party shortly after her departure and the final five followed Monday.Since August, the party had embarked on a mission to bring back the remaining members, forming an executive that included those who were in favour of Ouellet’s leadership and those who were opposed.Beaulieu spent the last month working behind the scenes to rally the five holdouts, who’d formed a new party, Quebec debout.Longtime Bloc MP Louis Plamondon, the dean of the House with 34 years of uninterrupted service, said the atmosphere within the party had changed recently.“The situation is completely different,” said Plamondon, who helped found the Bloc. “There is a desire to work together that we did not feel at all a few months ago.”Plamondon said he was repeatedly told in his riding there shouldn’t be two Quebec sovereigntist parties at the federal level.last_img read more

In our bloodline Landbased learning links curriculum with Indigenous culture

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first_imgREGINA – A school day for six-year-old Hunter Sasakamoose can start with lighting a fire for breakfast and end with doing math by candlelight.In between, the boy learns life skills such as hunting and fishing as well as first-hand science lessons about how rain soaks into the ground to help grow the plants he’s harvesting.His education combines lessons from his ancestors on the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan with the curriculum of his peers in Regina, where he goes to school half the year.He’s taking part in land-based learning and his mother, JoLee Sasakamoose, is his teacher.“We have this ability to just live and have the school be a part of how we are living,” she said.“The lessons evolved really naturally.”Sasakamoose, an education professor at the University of Regina and research director with the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, grew up with land-based learning on the M’Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario. Those lessons have influenced her work as a professor and how she is raising her child.Hunter was enrolled in Prairie Sky School — a Waldorf-style school with a focus on art, community and nature — but when Sasakamoose was on sabbatical from her teaching position, she wanted to bring education onto the land where her son’s relatives have always found their teachings.It meant a unique style of home-schooling in a cabin with no electricity or running water, about 400 kilometres north of Regina.Land-based learning has always been a part of First Nations culture. It encourages critical thought through interaction with the land, an understanding of nature and its relation to science — all the while connecting with and celebrating Indigenous culture.In Winnipeg, three schools created a land-based education initiative for the 2016-17 school year. In Saskatchewan, the Treaty 4 Education Alliance brought in land-based education programs in 2017.The Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning in Yellowknife has offered university credits for land-based programming since 2010.Kate Kent, who recently organized a land-based education conference in Winnipeg, said schools and educators are incorporating such learning into curriculums since the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools. Many of the commission’s 94 recommendations focused on education, culture and language.“There’s so much intergenerational effects from residential school, so looking at reconciliation and moving forward, this is taking steps to try and fix what was done in the past,” Kent said.“It’s important for our young people to learn on the land, instead of sitting in the classrooms for eight hours a day, in order to bring the cultural awareness back into our peoples.”Sasakamoose said it was important for her son to learn outside of an institutional environment because they are descendents of residential school survivors.“We have it in our bloodline,” she said.“I don’t want my son to know that (type of education.) I want him to know a natural way of interacting with the environment as long as possible.”Hunter has now returned to his Regina school, where all the other students were excited to hear about his land-based learning, which he shared on a special Facebook page he created when it began in July.In one of his last posts from Ahtahkakoop, the young boy points to thoughtfully laid out logs, rocks and leaves. It’s part of STEAM teaching — science, technology, engineering, art and math — where he was required to build a fairy house.“This is my fairy house,” he said with a beaming smile, pointing to different areas. “This is the sitting area with the rain log so the rain drips down and so it doesn’t hit you in the face.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in Winnipeglast_img read more

Dave Williams flew to space but faced biggest challenges on solid ground

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first_imgMONTREAL – As he was training in 2004 for his second space flight to help in the construction of the International Space Station, a routine visit to the doctor almost cut short Dave Williams’ career as an astronaut.Williams, a physician himself, had gone for his annual checkup to maintain his flight status as an astronaut and pilot when a blood test revealed he had prostate cancer.He was three years away from the planned 2007 space station mission, but suddenly everything was on hold.Williams titles his new memoir, ‘Defying Limits – Lessons from the Edge of the Universe’, but the book reveals it was back on Earth that he faced some of his greatest challenges.“I sort of forgot that I was a doctor when I heard the news. All of a sudden I had the feeling that ‘Oh, my goodness, I’ve got cancer, I’m going to die’,” Williams, 64, told The Canadian Press.“Fortunately, the rational part of me sort of kicked in, and I started to approach this as I would if I was another patient — even though the patient was myself.”NASA found a surgeon for Williams at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and he had his prostate removed in August 2004.While performing the procedure, doctors discovered the tumour had spread, but they were able to get it all. Williams was given the green light to continue training for his space voyage.The cancer scare came the year after another trauma for Williams. In February 2003, the U.S. space shuttle Columbia broke up while returning to Earth, killing seven astronauts — all close friends of Williams.He took part in recovery efforts searching for debris, and recounting that chapter of his life was tough.“I’d write a couple of paragraphs and then I’d quite literally have to take a break and go do something else and come back to continue writing,” he said. “It was a very sad time for us in the program.”During his 2007 space station visit, Williams helped installed a truss on the orbiting laboratory and performed a Canadian record of three spacewalks.It was during his second sortie, perched on the Canadarm, that he gazed down at Earth awestruck. He realized he was “looking at this incredible four-and-a-half-billion-year-old planet upon which the entire history of the human species had taken place,” he said in the interview.His first space mission was on board the shuttle Columbia in April, 1998 — the same orbiter that blew up five years later. During the 16-day flight, while serving as a mission specialist, Williams carried out neuroscience experiments that focused on the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system.Born in Saskatoon, Williams grew up in Montreal. His dream of becoming an astronaut began just before his seventh birthday when he watched on a black-and-white TV as astronaut Alan Shepard took a sub-orbital flight in May 1961, becoming the first American in space.His book recounts setbacks large and small that he experienced as he pursued his dream. In Grade 5, while living in suburban Montreal, he was struck by a car on his bike while headed to school but escaped without serious injury. Later as a teenager in the Royal Canadian Army cadets, he was thrown from a military truck when it overturned, but he managed to walk away with some scrapes and aches.A more sobering moment came during the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut selection process in 1992, when an eye exam revealed Williams had a degenerative condition of the retina. The degeneration turned out to be mild, and the Canadian Space Agency selected Williams and three others to join the astronaut corps.Williams met his wife Cathy, who went on to become an airline pilot, at a swimming pool in a Montreal suburb in 1978.He recounts how despite his busy schedule, he tried to stay in touch, even at the most improbable moments. During his first space trip, Williams sent a message directly to his wife’s Air Canada cockpit while she was co-piloting a flight between Montreal and Toronto.“We are having a great time orbiting the Earth at Mach 25 much higher than flight levels,” it read. “Please extend best wishes … to the captain, the crew and all passengers.”The captain flicked on the plane’s PA system and read the message to the entire plane, prompting a round of applause.Williams has a daughter Olivia and a son Evan as well as a nephew Theo, who came to live with the family after losing both of his parents to cancer. Evan was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born in 1994, but for the Canadian astronaut it was just another personal challenge.“Life is full of adversity, and I don’t think I’m unique in that way,” Williams said in the interview.“I think most people in their lives have had challenges at one point or another, and I think it is how we respond to those challenges that, in part, brings meaning to our life.”The book, which was released Oct. 30, is published by Simon and Schuster Canada.last_img read more

After court challenge Ottawa mayor opens Twitter feed to everyone again

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first_imgOTTAWA – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will let political critics read his Twitter feed again after several went to court claiming he violated their constitutional rights by blocking them.They argued that even if he doesn’t like what they say about him, they have a right to see what their mayor says on social media.The case launched last month is the first of its kind in Canada.The group behind the case, which includes a University of Ottawa law professor who has run for the NDP, and campaigners for the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, are vocal and frequent critics of Watson.The group argued in court filings that Watson would have been fine using a Twitter function that hides their tweets from him, but he went too far by blocking them from seeing anything he says on the social network.Watson at first said his Twitter account is personal and the City of Ottawa has other Twitter feeds for official news.In their court filing, the group argued the mayor often shares public information that isn’t on the city’s official feeds, such as the city’s recovery after tornadoes ripped through the national capital in September.In a tweet Friday, Watson says he agrees that he tweets public information as part of his duties as mayor, so his feed should be public.The trio will no longer be blocked from his Twitter account, Watson says.last_img read more

David Johnston releases spending since leaving Rideau Hall last year

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first_imgOTTAWA — Former governor general David Johnston has publicly released expenses since leaving Rideau Hall that total $76,650 for a six month period.The expenses, incurred from October to March, include nearly $14,000 for travel, accommodation and meals, $54,463 for office support and $8,274 for office supplies and miscellaneous costs.Johnston’s disclosure comes amid public scrutiny of the expenses of a previous governor general, Adrienne Clarkson, who has billed taxpayers for more than $1 million in expenses since leaving the job.When a former governor general submits bills of more than $100,000 in a year, his or her name is specifically included in an annual report to Parliament.Clarkson has passed that threshold nine times in 12 years, including in the most recent fiscal year but details of the payments have not been disclosed.Earlier this month, Johnston said that public responsibilities continue after a governor general leaves the job but said he welcomed public scrutiny of his spending.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Budget bill would tighten loophole that encourages irregular bordercrossing

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first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government is taking steps to stem the tide of asylum seekers who’ve been crossing into Canada from the U.S. at unofficial border crossings.Tucked into this year’s 392-page omnibus budget bill, which arrived in the House of Commons Monday evening, is a provision that would prevent anyone who has made a refugee claim in certain other countries from making another claim in Canada. The provision applies to claims made in countries with which Canada has information-sharing agreements.Only a handful of countries qualify. The United States, through which all of the irregular border crossers pass, is one of them.Mathieu Genest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, said the change’s primary effect is expected to be on people whose refugee claims have been rejected in the United States and who then try again in Canada.The language says that just having made a claim is enough to be rendered ineligible, however.The provision is based on the belief that Canada’s refugee system is similar enough to that of the U.S. that anyone rejected there is likely to be rejected here as well, Genest said.People deemed ineligible to make a claim in Canada will not necessarily be deported to their homelands. Genest said they will still undergo a pre-removal risk assessment to determine if it is safe to send them back to their countries of origin.Canada has a “Safe Third Country Agreement” with the U.S. that treats it as a place that’s equivalent to Canada for asylum claimants. If a would-be refugee arrives at a land-border crossing from the United States saying he or she wants to make a claim, border officers turn the person back. But the agreement has a loophole — it doesn’t apply to people who are already on Canadian soil when they make their claims.That has prompted thousands of people who fear deportation from the United States to cross the Canadian border through fields and forests.Many of them are from countries such as Haiti, whose citizens have had “temporary protected status” in the U.S. That status prevents them from being deported to dangerous places even if their individual claims aren’t accepted. Other countries on that list include Syria, Nepal, Somalia and Yemen.Under President Donald Trump, the United States has been trying to shorten the list.It first cut Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The move has been halted by a court order, but it put tens of thousands of people on notice that they could be expelled from the U.S. and has helped touch off the northward flow of people.Although the government’s budget bill is mostly about tax and spending measures, it includes numerous other provisions on everything from immigration to airport security, formally creating new departments for Indigenous affairs and changing the borders of national parks.A similar omnibus bill last year included a measure letting prosecutors negotiate “deferred prosecution agreements” for corporations accused of certain crimes, setting the stage for the SNC-Lavalin affair that has beleaguered the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for months.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Broken Quebec dike forces hundreds of evacuations northwest of Montreal

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first_imgThe best news comes from southern New Brunswick where the forecast calls for flood waters to slowly recede in most areas over the next five days.The Canadian Press, with files from CityNews Montreal Legault noted that swollen rivers south of Quebec City are finally receding, however, he said water levels in the corridor along the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers between Montreal and the boundary with Ontario weren’t expected to peak before Monday or Tuesday.In the Ottawa area, where hundreds of troops have been deployed to help hold back the still rising floodwaters, officials put out a call yesterday for more volunteers to pack and stack sandbags.Residents fill sandbags to protect #Britannia from potential flooding as the #Ottawa River continues to rise. @1310NEWS @OttawaMatters pic.twitter.com/DdEtWsHSwh— Jason White (check!) (@1310JasonWhite) April 28, 2019Meanwhile, in central Ontario’s cottage country officials said water levels were up slightly due to rain on Friday, but they were hopeful some late season snow would act like a sponge and help slow the flow of water into lakes, rivers, and streams.WATCH: Trudeau lends hand to those fighting flood waters in Ottawa The scene here in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac where the @sureteduquebec set up a command post and people are seen leaving with their luggage in hand. @BTCityNewsMTL pic.twitter.com/hIR0xjfaxx— Alyssia (@rubertuccinews) April 28, 2019There’s an emergency meeting being held at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School. This is the first time a Montreal city council meeting has been held outside of city hall since 1926. They’ll be discussing the city’s current state of emergency.Quebec officials said yesterday that 3,085 homes remained flooded, 2,783 others were surrounded by water, 2,003 people had been forced from their homes and about 50 landslides had been reported across the province.WATCH: Flood zones worsen in Quebec Josée Vaillancourt had 10 minutes to grab her twin daughters and flee her house on Domaine 27e Avenue in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac. She’s of the approximate 6,000 residents here who had to leave when the Lake of Two Mountains dike was breached yesterday evening. @BTCityNewsMTL pic.twitter.com/7aaTqxcWUN— Alyssia (@rubertuccinews) April 28, 2019 MONTREAL — Quebec’s premier is telling residents in waterlogged areas of the province that they face a few more “difficult” days ahead and to “have courage” until the flood threat eases.Francois Legault made the comment yesterday afternoon, just hours before a dike broke in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents living along the shore of Lake of Two Mountains, northwest of Montreal.What 26e Avenue looks like here in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac. Devastation for many. @BTCityNewsMTL pic.twitter.com/5Yb4VJSkrR— Alyssia (@rubertuccinews) April 28, 2019last_img read more

The Elders Welcome Syria Breakthrough

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first_imgThe Elders – the group of independent leaders who use their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide – warmly welcome the recent agreement on chemical weapons reached between Russia and the United States in Geneva, which could open up the prospect for a peaceful path out of the Syrian crisis.“This agreement is an important breakthrough,” said Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. “There are still difficulties to overcome to ensure that the chemical weapons in Syria are safely, quickly and permanently decommissioned.”“This agreement renews hope that diplomacy can still work. The Security Council must now urgently forge a consensus to build on this momentum and ensure that the Geneva II conference is convened soon in order to secure a peaceful and lasting resolution to the Syrian conflict.”The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, and also includes Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson.last_img read more

Interior Design Superstars To Host Citywide Event Benefiting PAWSLA

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first_imgWorld-renowned Interior Designers based in Southern California will present the first-ever “Design the Night” on September 26, 2015.On this special evening, seven design superstars will create and host uniquely themed experiences presented in their private home, personal design studio or other exclusive venue located in Los Angeles. Each designer will provide unparalleled access into their private world and a behind-the- scenes look into their creative process. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the forerunners of LA’s design community and get a “peek behind the curtain” to see what truly moves each designer’s own philosophy and personality.The evening’s celebration will take place in seven independent venues across Los Angeles – including the private home of actor and producer Sean Hayes – and will feature a special interactive presentation hosted by Honorary Event Chair Mark Cutler. All proceeds from “Design the Night” will benefit PAWS/LA and its Abigail Fund. For ticket information visit: www.pawsla.org/designthenight.“Like PAWS/LA, the Interior Design community is dedicated to creating homes that foster happiness and transform lives,” said Designer Mark Cutler, who will serve as Honorary Chair for the evening. “As designers, there are few opportunities to help change the world—the idea of “Design the Night” is to do just that. On this special night, some of Los Angeles’ best designers will create spectacular environments that are leveraged into a fundraising event that can forever change the lives of critically ill people and their pets.”Founded in 1989, PAWS/LA is a Los Angeles-based non-profit agency dedicated to preserving the healing benefits of animal companionship for low-income elderly and those debilitated by life-threatening illness. To that end, the agency provides a comprehensive range of services, including veterinary care, pet food & supplies and assistance for homebound clients, such as dog walking, pet food delivery and pet transport.The Abigail Fund is a special endowment that provides additional vital support to those pets with extraordinary need, such as emergency surgery, ongoing chronic disease and specialized care of life-threatening conditions. By giving to the Abigail Fund at PAWS/LA, you help keep people and pets together— no matter the cost.“It is an honor to be the beneficiary of the first-ever ‘Design the Night,’” says Pamela Magette, Executive Director of PAWS/LA. “What a privilege it is to be working with these amazing luminaries of the design community. We are delighted to be joining forces in hope of creating an unforgettable night filled with entertainment and generosity.”“I have a passion for all animals and believe they need us as advocates,” said Designer and Host David Dalton. “I will be hosting one of the evening’s dinners in my home to share my love for entertaining, and my passion for animals on the same stage.”“I am honored to be hosting a dinner for ‘Design the Night,’” said Designer and Host Annette English. “PAWS/LA is a wonderful organization that does such great things for the community. I am happy to host an intimate gathering at one of my favorite animal friendly restaurants, Crossroads Kitchen. It will be a lovely evening, supporting a great organization.”“Although I don’t have a pet myself, it is such a great cause for those who do, and who wouldn’t love the opportunity to enjoy some Mexican treats in Gibson’s atelier,” said Designer Gary Gibson.last_img read more

Five More RomanceSeeking Bachelors Announced as Anticipation Builds for The Bachelorette Canada

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With the premiere of The Bachelorette Canada less than a month away, W Network has revealed five more eligible Bachelors from across the country vying for Jasmine Lorimer ‘s affection. The men revealed today include an aviation engineer from Ottawa , a welder from Halifax , a multimedia content producer from Hamilton , a firefighter/paramedic from Winnipeg and a management consultant from Toronto . The final five Bachelors will be revealed on August 29 before the highly-anticipated premiere of The Bachelorette Canada on September 13 at 9 p.m. ET /PT on W Network.The Bachelors revealed today are:Mikhel, 28 Ottawa, Ont.Aviation EngineerAs an aviation engineer, 28-year-old Mikhel has his dream job and the freedom to indulge his passion for motorcycles in his spare time. The only thing missing from his life is someone to share it with. Sensitive and thoughtful, Mikhel is not afraid to show his emotions and might even shed a tear during sad movies. A self-described “hopeless romantic,” Mikhel tends to fall hard and fast. Despite having his heart broken in the past, he is ready to put it on the line for the Bachelorette. Advertisement Ross, 31 Halifax , N.S.WelderEnergetic and adventurous, Ross describes himself as the “real deal.” Based in Halifax , N.S., the 31-year-old welder hopes his authenticity will set him apart from the other Bachelors. Fun-loving Ross prides himself on knowing how to balance good times with hard work. His ideal mate is someone who is loyal, ambitious and creative.Kyle, 36 Hamilton, Ont.Multimedia Content ProducerStanding tall at a jaw-dropping 6’8″, Kyle is an imposing figure but this self-employed multimedia producer is a softy at heart, especially when it comes to cats. Always ready with a joke, he prides himself on his ability to diffuse tense situations with humour. At 36-years-old, Kyle is older than the average Bachelor, a fact he hopes will work in his favour. Self-assured and completely secure with who he is and what he wants out of life, Kyle is ready to show the Bachelorette what a real man looks like.Mike, 29 Winnipeg, Man .Firefighter/ParamedicMike is a dedicated firefighter/paramedic, charity organizer and heavy metal musician. His greatest reward in life is connecting with the individuals whose lives he has saved. At 29-years-old, Mike is looking for a partner who will be his best friend forever and commit to building a happy and successful future together. He always puts 100 per cent into everything he does, and Mike wants the Bachelorette to know this experience will be no exception. Once he decides to pursue something, he is unstoppable.Andrew, 29 Toronto, Ont.Management ConsultantAndrew is a successful entrepreneur who turned his first profit in the second grade selling toys on the playground at 100 per cent markup. He attributes his “hustle” to his parents, who taught him he could have whatever he wanted as long as he earned it. Andrew is looking for someone who is gorgeous, sweet, honest and genuine to share his life with. He hopes this life includes three golden retrievers, lots of children and a white picket fence. Andrew’s ready to bring the right girl home to meet his tight-knit family, including his identical twin brother.Canadians can learn more about each of the 15 Bachelors now announced on WNetwork.com with facts about each man and exclusive bio videos. W Network continues to invite SuperFans to visit wnetwork.com/superfan for a chance to appear on the live Bachelorette Canada Aftershow hosted by Jennifer Valentyne that will follow every episode of The Bachelorette Canada. SuperFans must submit a short, online questionnaire and upload a photo of their best ‘Rose Ceremony Reaction.’ Nine lucky SuperFans will receive round-trip airfare and accommodation in Vancouver and will appear in an episode of the Aftershow.The Bachelorette Canada is produced by Good Human Productions Inc. The series is based on the U.S. format created by Mike Fleiss and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Sales of the format are handled by Warner Bros. International Television Production. Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook W Network is a Corus Entertainment NetworkAbout Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR-B.TO) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Good Human Productions Inc.Good Human is a Vancouver -based production company that delivers hit content for their broadcast and production partners. The company is built on strong relationships with talented artists, thinkers and top production personnel.  Good Humans have developed and supervised the production of 1000+ hours of quality prime-time original programming including The Bachelor Canada, The Bachelorette Canada and Cheer Squad for ABC Spark & Freeform.  For more information, please visit www.goodhumanproductions.com and @Goodhumanprods and facebook.com/goodhumanproductions.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRSubscribe to the W Network YouTube channel: YouTube.com/user/OfficialWNetworkFollow W Network on Twitter @W_Network, Facebook facebook.com/wnetwork and Instagram @w_networkFollow W Dish Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube     SOURCE Corus Entertainment Inc. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Vancouver latecomer actor Lillian Lim shines bright in new feature Meditation Park

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first_imgFrom left, Sharmaine Yeoh, Pei-Pei Cheng, Alannah Ong, and Lillian Lim in a scene from the new Mina Shum movie Meditation Park. SUBMITTED / PNG Advertisement “I think that was my first love since childhood, because I grew up with Shirley Temple and the Chinese equivalent to Shirley Temple named Fung Bo-Bo,” said Vancouver’s Lim, remembering those early movie-going days.“My mom would take me to the movies because my brothers couldn’t sit still.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: As a child Lillian Lim would sit in a Chinatown theatre and dream of being an actor, but it wasn’t until more than five decades later that she got to fulfil her fantasy.In 2013, at the age of 58, Lim joined a Meetup group (online groups that bring people together to do what they love) called the Vancouver B-Movie Factory. The moviemaking group made YouTube shorts, and Lim was thrilled to bits.Flash forward to 2018 and the 65-year-old now has a list of film credits under her belt, and is now on the big screen in a meaty supporting role in the Mina Shum written and directed feature film Meditation Park. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Get Into It CTVs Fall Campaign Reveals a Modernized CrossPlatform Brand Refresh

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first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “While maintaining the essence of our well-known branding, this CTV brand refresh and Fall Season campaign is about having a conversation with Canadians,” said Jon Arklay, Senior Vice-President, Bell Media. “The modernized look and feel with simplified logo, all-new brand ID spots, large-scale ad campaign, and more, says loud and clear that whatever you’re into, you’ll want to get into it on CTV.”The execution brightens and modernizes the brand, embracing a conversational tone to connect with audiences on a more personal level. The revised logo elements have evolved to reflect a more digital language and include more colour, while keeping the focus on CTV’s signature red, blue, and green. The often playful and always bold association of CTV’s signature colours and shapes aims to heighten the attribution of CTV – Canada’s most-watched and most-streamed network –  to its vast and exciting array of content.ABOUT CTV:  CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE:… TORONTO – CTV, Canada’s most-watched television network for 17 years running, unveils the next evolution of its brand identity in support of the 2018 Fall Season, which begins today. With a fresh, simplified CTV logo and modernized branding elements, the cross-platform campaign is rolling out now across Canada.Led by the award-winning Bell Media Agency, the new campaign can now be seen via TV, digital, social media, radio, out-of-home, and cinema elements, bringing the revitalized brand to life as some of the most talked-about fall series begin streaming on CTV media platforms including TV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app.At the centre of CTV’s first major logo and branding refresh since 2011, is the new campaign the theme “GET INTO IT”, inviting viewers to engage with and personally invest in the stories found only on CTV.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Get Into It. CTV’s Fall Campaign Reveals a Modernized, Cross-Platform Brand Refresh (CNW Group/CTV)last_img read more

BC extra told Hallmark movies wont show interracial couples — parent company

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first_imgAdvertisement When a casting call hit the local newspaper, many Gibsons residents couldn’t pass up being part of a Hallmark Christmas movie.For one week in August, the Sunshine Coast community was transformed into the winter setting of A Carousel Christmas starring Kathie Lee Gifford, a film based on the popular Christian Godwinks book series.“It was very Christmas-y, very beautiful, very typical of a Hallmark movie,” said Lesley Horat, who signed up to be an extra with friends. Facebook Advertisement Filming was halfway through its first day when Horat said the movie magic ended with her being marginalized because of the colour of her skin.Horat said she was allowed to take part in a one scene that featured a crowd watching the lighting of a Christmas tree. When the next scene called for a number of couples to linger behind romantically, Horat was told to sit it out. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Lesley Horatlast_img read more