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first_imgAhmedabad: The Indian Air Force on Sunday airlifted 45 persons stranded in their flood-hit village in Navsari district in south Gujarat, said officials. Over 5,000 people were shifted from low-lying areas in Navsari district since early Sunday morning due to surge in water levels of Ambika and Purna rivers due to heavy rains, Navsari Collector M D Modiya said. “Forty-five people were stranded at a prawn farm in Mendhar village due to the rise in the water level of Ambika river owing to heavy rains. They were airlifted by the IAF helicopters and taken to Surat airport,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Two IAF helicopters rescued 31 village residents in the first round, while another chopper rescued 14 stranded more villagers in the next round, said Modiya, adding the rescued people were flown to Surat, from where they would be brought back. Waghai taluka in Dangs district received over 340 mm rainfall between Saturday and Sunday, causing water levels in both Ambika and Purna rivers passing through the district to breach the danger mark, officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Several areas in Navsari district have been waterlogged with over a dozen villages being badly affected, they added. Parts of Valsad and Surat districts continued to receive heavy rains, with Kaprada in Valsad receiving 256 mm of rains between 6 am and 4 pm Sunday, data released by the State Emergency Operation Centre said. Uperpada in Surat was battered by 222 mm of rainfall during this period, while Kwant in Chhota Udepur received 180 mm of rains. Valsad Collector C R Kharsan said the water released into Daman Ganga river from Madhuvan dam caused the river to swell, with the district administration issuing alerts for people living in low-lying areas. “We have asked people not to visit tourist points near the river or the sea,” he said. A few places in the districts of Surat, Anand, Dangs, Navsari and Valsad received extremely heavy rains on Saturday, while heavy to very heavy rains occurred in several districts in south and central Gujarat, the IMD said. It forecast a fairly widespread rainfall across the state on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgBhubaneswar: With the depression over Bay of Bengal intensifying into a deep depression on Wednesday, heavy downpour battered several parts of Odisha, triggering a flood-like situation and disrupting train services in some areas, a senior official said. At least three wagons of a goods train derailed in Ambadola station and several trains have been cancelled or diverted due to heavy waterlogging on tracks, a railway official said. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said that torrential rainfall submerged vast areas in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal and Gajapati districts in south Odisha. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Malkangiri and Rayagada districts, in particular, are facing a flood-like situation, officials said. The incessant rain has snapped road link between the district headquarters town of Malkangiri and Jeypore, besides affecting road connectivity in Balimela, Kalimela, Motu and Padia, they said. The Meteorological Centre here said the depression over northwest Bay of Bengal off the north Odisha-West Bengal coasts has intensified into a deep depression. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The deep depression now lay centred about 70 km southeast of Balasore in Odisha and 70 km south southwest of Digha in West Bengal, it said. Under its influence, moderate rain or thundershowers occurred in most places in Odisha and heavy to very heavy rain was received in some areas, mostly in the southern region. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to pound several areas till August 9, it said. As many as 21 shelter centres and relief camps have been opened in Malkangiri district and people from marooned areas are being evacuated to these places, Malkangiri District Collector Manish Agarwal said. The water level of the Sileru, Saberi and Saptadhara rivers, flowing in the district, was rising. Malkangiri district recorded an average rainfall of 129.26 mm since Tuesday, the officials said. In view of the heavy rainfall, all schools in the district have been asked to declare a holiday on Wednesday, Agarwal said. The situation was grim in Rayagada district with the water level in Vansadhara river rising alarmingly and the rain water inundating vast swathes, the officials said. As the downpour washed away soil and ballast below the tracks between Dolkalu and Ambadola stations in Rayagada- Titlagarh section, at least four trains were cancelled, eight diverted and half-a-dozen trains were partially cancelled on Wednesday, an East Coast Railway (ECoR) spokesman said. Three wagons of a goods train derailed and were damaged due to gushing waters in Ambadola station. Relief trains have been rushed to the spot and the authorities are waiting for the water level to recede. Around 100 metres of ballast had been washed away and water is still flowing on the tracks, he said “Restoration work will begin as soon as the water recedes,” he said. Two track patrolmen – S Naidu and M Ramana – who sounded an alert will be awarded, the spokesperson said. As per the IMD report, Malkangiri, Rayagada Koraput, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Puri received heavy rainfall since Tuesday. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to lash a few places in Gajapati, Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal and Nayagarh districts, it said. The Met Centre also forecast heavy downpour in some areas in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Khurda, Angul, Rayagada, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts till Thursday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall may occur at a few places in Sonepur, Jharsuguda, Angul, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Bargarh and Sundargarh districts till Thursday, it said. Fishermen in the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal have been advised not to venture into the sea till August 10. The Met department has also advised hoisting of Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (LC-III) at all the ports in Odisha. In view of the weather forecast, the SRC on Tuesday issued an advisory and cautioned about the likelihood of flood and waterlogging in different parts of the districts where heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted The SRC said that field officials should remain prepared to evacuate people from vulnerable locations to safe shelters. Fire service teams are in a state of preparedness to carry out search and rescue operation, whenever necessary. Teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) are also ready for operation in some areas of Malkangiri and Rayagada, the officials said. Steps are being taken to restrict people and vehicles from using submerged roads and bridges, they said.last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: Scenes of chaos and confusion prevailed for the second time at Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway on Saturday as commercial vehicles queued up on one side of the high-speed corridor to obtain Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.Said tags have been made mandatory for them to enter the national capital. Being a weekend, the toll plaza operators did not witness any traffic congestion but the situation is expected to become challenging on the weekdays. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCommercial vehicle owners, who were busy filling up forms and taking pictures of their vehicles in order to obtain the tag, stated that some of them had to travel a long distance to acquire the tags. “I had no information about the tag system. Another driver informed me in the morning and I had to travel all the way from Bhiwani to Gurugram to get the tag,” said Sukhwinder Singh, one of the affected drivers. Another driver, Raju said- “The process of obtaining a tag is tedious and time-consuming. People like us who work every day hardly get time for these things.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA few drivers said they were aware of the mandatory RFID tags but chose to buy the same at the last minute as they needed to save money. “I saved some money in the last few days before applying for the tag at Sirhaul border. Anyway, I am not going to earn any money on the weekend because of the time-consuming process of obtaining the RFID tag,” said Govind Ram, a driver who came from Jaipur. Some other commercial vehicle owners went to Aya Nagar toll plaza to obtain the tag. Drivers have stated that it took around 15 to 20 minutes to obtain the tag after submitting the form with the center.last_img read more

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday sacked five senior legislators from his Sri Lanka Freedom Party for breaching party discipline by collaborating and “promoting” the rival factions ahead of the presidential elections scheduled later this year. The sacking has come amid ambiguity in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) over naming of its candidate for the presidential election which must be held before December 8. It is not clear if the SLFP would field its own candidate to challenge Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party presidential nominee Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”They have been promoting other parties which cannot be allowed,” SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera said. At least three of them have joined the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP, the new party which has mounted a serious challenge to Sirisena’s SLFP, while the other two have allied with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), Jayasekera said. Sirisena who defeated Rajapaksa in 2015 as the then common opposition challenger has seen a majority of his SLFP members joining Rajapaksa’s new party. Sirisena, however, has not called for any action against Mahinda Rajapaksa who has taken over the SLPP leadership while still being a member of the SLFP.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Members of Parliament will be burning the midnight oil next month as the Trudeau government rushes to pass a sheaf of bills before the summer break.Government House leader Bardish Chagger served notice Thursday of a motion to extend daily sitting hours for the House of Commons until midnight, starting the week of May 29, when Parliament resumes after a one-week break, and continuing until June 23.The move comes amid criticism that, as of Thursday, the Liberals have passed only 19 government bills since taking power in November 2015 — a skimpy legislative record compared to the 42 bills passed into law during the first 19 months of Stephen Harper’s majority Conservative regime.Of the 53 bills Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have introduced, 15 of them have languished for months — up to a year or more in a couple of cases — without proceeding beyond the formality of first reading.That includes a vaunted bill to repeal controversial provisions of the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act and another bill to end the discriminatory impact of the Criminal Code on same-sex sexual activity, both of which were introduced six months ago but have gone nowhere since.Liberals blame the glacial pace on a number of factors, including procedural machinations employed by the Conservatives to thwart the government’s legislative agenda and a more independent, activist Senate that has amended five bills and returned them to the Commons for reconsideration.By Liberal calculations, procedural tricks have eaten up 36 hours of precious Commons sitting time since January, which amounts to a full week out of the 11 weeks the chamber has sat so far this year.Most of the current week has been lost to reconsideration of Senate-amended bills.But Conservatives and New Democrats say the government has only itself to blame, having poisoned relations in the Commons by proposing in March to unilaterally change the way the House and its committees operate, without consensus among opposition parties.Combined with Trudeau’s “non-answers” in question period and what the Opposition sees as his lack of respect for Parliament, “all of that together creates a toxic atmosphere,” Conservative House leader Candice Bergen said in an interview.“It’s very typical of the Liberals to blame others for their problems instead of taking responsibility,” she added.NDP House leader Murray Rankin agreed that the Liberals “just haven’t figured out how to work with opposition parties.”“They’ve poisoned the well with this procedural so-called discussion paper a while back . . . Now when it comes to bringing in legislation, there’s not a lot of goodwill left. That’s the problem.”As for the Senate, Rankin noted that Trudeau was the one who reformed the appointment process to encourage a more independent upper house.“It’s not our fault the Senate is giving them heartburn.”For her part, Chagger said she has no problem with the Senate doing its job to provide sober second thought to government legislation and recommending improvements.“To me, it’s really quality (of legislation) over quantity,” she said in an interview.That said, the government is now determined to increase the quantity. And that will mean invoking time allocation a lot more often to limit debate and speed the passage of bills.By Liberal calculations, the government has so far used time allocation just 14 times on nine bills (sometimes more than once on the same bill, at different stages in the legislative process) as it nears the mid-point of its mandate. By contrast, the Harper government used time allocation 91 times on 56 bills during its last four years in office.Until now, Chagger said the Liberals have been willing to allot more time for “meaningful” debate, accepting that it would slow down the legislative agenda. But those days are over now that the other parties have refused to even consider proposals to find a better balance between the opposition’s need to hold the government to account and the government’s need to deliver on its agenda.Chagger’s discussion paper triggered an opposition filibuster for several weeks. But Liberals note that even after she agreed to drop the most contentious proposals, the Conservatives have continued to employ procedural tricks to block government business.Until recently, Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate, said similar tactics were used by Conservative senators to hold up some legislation for months.“I think there are times when you see some co-ordination between the two chambers,” he said.However, Harder said that seems to have changed over the last couple of weeks, with the Senate finally making “significant progress” in passing legislation.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A senior official from Canada’s cyberspy agency says proposed new powers would allow it to stop a terrorist’s mobile phone from detonating a car bomb, block the ability of extremists to communicate, or prevent a foreign power from interfering in the country’s democratic process.A Liberal bill would help the Communications Security Establishment counter various forms of cyberaggression and violent extremism, Shelly Bruce, associate chief of the CSE, told a House of Commons committee studying the legislation.A December report by leading Canadian cybersecurity researchers said there is no clear rationale for expanding the CSE’s mandate to conduct offensive operations.It said the scope of the planned authority is not clear, nor does the legislation require that the target of the CSE’s intervention pose some kind of meaningful threat to Canada’s security interests.Bruce stressed the proposed legislation contains safeguards that would prohibit the agency from directing active cyberoperations at Canadians. It would also forbid the CSE from causing death or bodily harm, or wilfully obstructing justice or democracy.The Ottawa-based CSE intercepts and analyzes foreign communications for intelligence of interest to the federal government. It is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance that also includes the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.The Liberal bill provides a statutory mandate for the highly secretive agency, which traces its roots to 1946, while giving it new muscle to conduct both defensive and offensive cyberoperations.The powers would help keep Canadians safe against global threats, including cyberthreats, in a rapidly evolving technological world, Bruce said during the committee meeting.She provided some concrete examples of how the CSE might use its new offensive capabilities — with input from other federal officials as well as accountability measures in the new law to prevent abuse.“Active cyberoperations are meant to achieve an objective that the government has established and that’s a team sport,” she cautioned.Bruce said a cyberoperation could be aimed at interrupting communications of an extremist group like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “in a way that would stop attack planning before things reach a crisis pitch.”An effort might involve preventing the spread of ransomware — software that holds people’s valuable data hostage in return for payment, she said.Or the CSE could try to corrupt data on systems abroad that had been stolen from Canadian servers, rendering it useless to the thieves.Bruce tried to allay concerns about how the CSE would use publicly available information under the new legislation and what effect this might have on the privacy of Canadians.CSE would carry out “basic research” from the sort of public resources available to anyone in Canada, Bruce said.“CSE does not, and would not use publicly available information to investigate Canadians or persons in Canada, or build dossiers on them,” she said.“That is not our mandate, and for us, mandate matters.”The cyberspy agency would use publicly available materials to provide general background information for a foreign intelligence or cybersecurity report, to assess the nationality of a person or organization, or to consult technical manuals, Bruce said.Under no circumstances would the agency use this provision to acquire information — such as hacked or stolen data — that was unlawfully obtained, she added.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgCONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. – The new federal fisheries minister is offering more details on the recent cancellation of a controversial surf clam fishing licence given to a First Nations company with ties to the Liberal party.Ottawa said Friday the process to issue a fourth licence to harvest arctic surf clam off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia had been cancelled in early July, and that it won’t be issued this year at all.The multimillion-dollar licence awarded to the Five Nations Clam Co. was supposed to offer 25 per cent of the catch to local Indigenous communities.But it came under scrutiny after court documents suggested the company did not meet the federal government’s initial eligibility requirements, and that the company had close ties to the federal Liberal party — including former fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc.In Conception Bay South, N.L., on Tuesday, new minister Jonathan Wilkinson said LeBlanc made the decision to cancel before he was shuffled out of the portfolio last month, and said it came after a “series of interactions” between the Five Nations Clam Co. and the department.The licence would have ended Clearwater Seafoods’ 19-year monopoly on the Arctic clam fishery.The award was supposed to promote reconciliation and economic growth within local Indigenous communities, but court documents suggested the company did not meet the federal government’s initial eligibility requirements.The Five Nations only had two Indigenous partners at the time the award was issued: the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick and the Nutashkuan Innu in Quebec.LeBlanc announced the award on Feb. 21, but records show that in its original proposal, Five Nations said it was not officially registered in Nova Scotia until Dec. 13, 2017 — well past the Nov. 22 proposal deadline to submit proposals.The company was not registered in New Brunswick until Feb. 28 of this year.Five Nations is partnered with Premium Seafoods, a non-Indigenous Nova Scotia company whose president is Edgar Samson, the brother of Liberal MP Darrell Samson. A newly added Indigenous partner, NunatuKavut, is headed by former Liberal MP Todd Russell.Conservative MP Todd Doherty has also drawn ties between the deal and LeBlanc himself: The Five Nations proposal said it would be headed up by Gilles Theriault, who is cousin to the former minister’s wife.Wilkinson said Tuesday cancelling the licence had “nothing to do with the ethics issue,” it had to do with the department’s interactions with Five Nations Clam Co.“I don’t think that the process itself was terribly at fault, and I certainly don’t think that Minister LeBlanc did anything inappropriate,” said Wilkinson.“There were interactions between the proponent and the department, and the minister came to the conclusion that the most appropriate course of action based on those interactions was to start again.”Wilkinson said the details of those interactions were “based on commercially confidential information” that he could not discuss.Representatives from the Five Nations Clam Co. and Clearwater Seafoods were not immediately available for comment.Wilkinson also met with provincial Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne on Tuesday to discuss the surf clam catch and other issues.Byrne had previously said the licence process was “flawed,” that Indigenous communities were “pitted against each other” in the bid, and that the deal could cost jobs in the eastern part of the province.Byrne said Tuesday he was encouraged by their “very productive conversation,” and said he thought the new federal minister was “well-briefed” on the province’s point of view.“I acknowledged and appreciated his decision to look at the issue with fresh eyes, with a new lens or a new point of view, and decide to terminate the award,” Byrne said.A new process will begin next year for a licence that would be valid in 2020, with an “independent third party” evaluating the bids.Byrne recommended applying a principle of adjacency, where Indigenous communities closest to the resource are given priority.The Miawpukek Band in Newfoundland, which had submitted its own proposal during the original process, launched a court challenge alleging LeBlanc breached his duty of fairness in awarding the licence to Five Nations. The case was dropped in late June.The office of conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mario Dion has also been looking into the issue.Wilkinson said Tuesday Five Nations could apply for the licence again.“The proponent obviously is disappointed, that’s understandable, but our hope is that the proponent will think about that and potentially regroup and provide another submission next time around.”last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta RCMP say Mounties will be ready when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday.Chief Supt. Brad Mueller said officers will use tried and true investigative techniques to detect people who are driving high, as well as new technology when it becomes available.“The Cannabis Act or Bill C-45 represents a significant change in enforcement, but the people of Alberta can be assured of the same level of service delivery from their provincial police force,” he said during a Friday news conference.“We have put the necessary tools and resources in place and continue to adapt to this change.”Mueller said they are working with government agencies, other police forces and subject matter experts on the implementation of the new law.They have increased their capacity in areas such as prevention, intelligence, security screening and training, he said.Mueller said the RCMP will bring in four of the federally approved roadside marijuana test devices and strategically deploy them across the province.“We have undergone the initial stages to train our officers in the use of those devices,” said Mueller. “Once we secure them, we will begin the deployment and begin the enforcement action around them.”They won’t be available by Wednesday, and it’s unknown when the RCMP will have them.In the meantime, Mueller said officers will rely on various investigative techniques — such as standardized field sobriety tests and drug recognition experts — that they’ve long been using to determine impairment.In Alberta, he said there are more than 400 officers trained to do the field testing and another 42 trained as drug recognition experts.Cpl. Richard Nowak, a drug recognition expert, said they are able to determine whether a person is impaired by drugs with a 12-step process.“We take a subject through five physical co-ordination divided attention tests, as well as taking several clinical measurements of their blood pressure, pulse rate, pupil dilation, body temperature so we can see if their body is operating as if they are sober or if there is a drug influencing those readings,” he said.Nowak said they look for any impairment from all drugs or alcohol.“If they are impaired, they are impaired. Impairment is impairment. Drunk or high,” he said. “It is are they safe or not.”Both he and his superiors said they believe they have the tools necessary to deal with drug-impaired drivers on the road and ensure it’s safe for others.“This is nothing new for us — impaired driving by drug — we’ve been enforcing that for many years,” said Mueller. “With the addition of the new tools and technology, we’ll continue that.”last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg residents are voting today on whether the city’s most famous intersection will be opened to pedestrians.The story of Portage and Main began when Henry McKenney purchased a low and swampy parcel of land to build a store in 1862.It morphed into the corner of commerce for decades but, unlike most other famous corners around the world, it lacks a market square or place for people to gather. In 1976, the city opened an underground concourse and infamous barriers blocking foot traffic were erected a few years later.Here are five things to know about the intersection:MUSICPortage and Main has inspired multiple musicians but most famously it was featured in the chorus of the 1992 Randy Bachman and Neil Young song “Prairie Town.” The chorus which says “Portage and Main, 50 below” references the two roads meeting in Winnipeg. It’s not the only time musicians have looked to the intersection for inspiration. Stompin’ Tom Connors’s song “Red River Jane” takes place at the corner and Burton Cummings had a CBC-TV special named after the intersection.COLDIt has a reputation as the coldest and windiest corner in Canada, but that claim is not proven, although “Prairie Town” probably has something to do with it. The average temperature in Winnipeg for January is -16.4 C, but it dropped to -30 C or colder six times last January.STAMPTo mark Canada 150 last year, about 3,600 people gathered at Portage and Main to create a living flag which will be featured on a stamp. The majority of people wore red and crowded together to create a giant maple leaf. A handful of people dressed in white were used to spell out “150” below the leaf. The downtown Winnipeg business improvement zone said the human display was the largest living Canadian flag and largest living maple leaf. There is also a 1974 eight-cent stamp featuring the corner.BOBBY HULLThe corner not only has strong connections to music — it’s also linked to some big moments in hockey. On June 27, 1972, Bobby Hull stood at Portage and Main and signed the largest contract in hockey history at that time. The player, known as the Golden Jet, joined the Winnipeg Jets for almost $2.8 million over 10 years, but he was paid $1 million up front. It made him the first player to sign a million-dollar contract.JETSThe corner has always held a special place for Winnipeg Jets players and their fans but the latest round of so-called “whiteout” street parties captured the attention of the world. When the Jets clinched a spot in the second round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in franchise history last spring, thousands of Winnipeggers shared their excitement by descending on the intersection. The excited cheers of fans dressed in blue and white, some wearing wigs and others holding up giant Jets flags, filled the corner and echoed through neighbouring blocks. Each time the Jets played a game, people continued to gather until the Vegas Golden Knights knocked the team out of the Western Conference final.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship.He is now in the process of renouncing that citizenship, he says, but so far, there has been no confirmation from the United States that it has officially been renounced.Scheer’s father is an American, and Scheer and his sisters received their U.S. passports as children. The Globe and Mail, which first reported the story, said he let his American passport lapse and attempted to renounce it before the election writ dropped.Conservative Leader @AndrewScheer is speaking in Nova Scotia. Asked why it took so long for his dual Canadian-US citizenship to come to light, Scheer says no one asked about it #cdnpoli #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019In Nova Scotia on Thursday he defended himself for not publicly declaring his citizenship in the past, despite being a Member of Parliament for 15 years and speaker of the House of Commons.“No one’s ever asked me before about it,” he said. “Like millions of Canadians, one of my parents was born in another country.”Brock Harrison, Scheer’s Director of Communications for the campaign, said the leader has not voted in any American elections.“Once Mr. Scheer became leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, he decided he would renounce his US citizenship before the election,” Harrison said in a statement. “He has submitted his paperwork and is currently waiting for confirmation from the embassy that he is no longer a dual-citizen.”Scheer asked if he becomes PM he would have access to national security documents that would be for Canadian eyes only. As a dual citizen, would he have access & how would that impact his job? Says he’s submitted his forms to renounce US citizenship & waiting to hear back #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Scheer himself have both, in the past, been critical of politicians who were also citizens of another country.In previous years, Liberal Stephane Dion, New Democrat Thomas Mulcair and former Governor General Michaelle Jean all came under fire from the Conservatives for holding dual passports with France. In 2015, Harper called himself “a Canadian and only a Canadian.”The Globe and Mail reports Scheer has been paying American taxes, which is the law.last_img read more

first_imgJordin Sparks and SHAPE magazine want to help you get fit while helping charity.In preparation for beach season, SHAPE, the #1 women’s active lifestyle magazine, is thrilled to announce that its fourth annual Summer Beach Tour, (formerly Bikini Body Tour) will once again hit the hottest beaches, starting with Hermosa Beach, CA.The SHAPE Summer Beach Tour will be filled with exhilarating fitness classes (including two taught by Hollywood trainer Jeanette Jenkins), summer fashion shows, interactive beauty cabanas, product-packed gift bags and so much more!Jordin Sparks, SHAPE’s future cover model and star of the upcoming film Sparkle, will make an exclusive appearance at the event and after party.The SHAPE Summer Beach Tour is open to the public and free to attend. Fitness classes are $10 each with proceeds going to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Surf Classes are $15 each with proceeds going to the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. All class participants receive entrance to the official after party and a swag bag from SHAPE and its sponsors!For more information and to pre-register, log on to read more

first_imgBarbara and Frank Sinatra founded the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational in 1988 to raise funds for the young Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA.Frank gathered his golfing pals for a fun-filled weekend of golf and entertainment in support of the Center, and what was once called “Frank’s little party in the desert,” is now one of the most successful fundraising events of its kind.The 25th Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational, February 21-23, 2013, will be held at the acclaimed par 72 Eagle Falls Golf Course and the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.The renowned two day celebrity-amateur golf tournament, three nights of dinner parties with entertainment, and a spectacular luncheon and fashion show are dedicated to the memory and music of Frank Sinatra. Golf legend Ken Venturi, one of Frank Sinatra’s best friends, will co-host the event with Barbara Sinatra. Frankie Valli will headline the Saturday night Gala.Over the years, the tournament has been supported by top entertainers and athletes, including Dean Martin, Tommy Lasorda, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Angie Dickenson, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Sorbo, Tom Selleck, Elke Sommer, Tom Flores, and Chad Everett. Long-time Sinatra friend and Children’s Center supporter Dick Van Dyke is the Honorary Spokesman for the tournament. Another friend of the Center and Invitational, Joe Mantegna, star of the hit television show Criminal Minds, has often said there is a very short list of things that he wouldn’t do for Barbara Sinatra. (Coincidentally, Mantegna played Dean Martin in the Emmy Award-winning HBO television movie The Rat Pack.)The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center’s mission is to provide counseling for young victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and to focus on prevention, community education and breaking the generational cycle of abuse. Barbara Sinatra is quick to thank supporters of the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational, and is proud to say, “The children who come to us for help continue to receive the therapy they need and deserve – no child is turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.”Find out more here.last_img read more

first_imgBent On Learning is to host its 5th annual Inspire! Gala later this month.Hosted by Hilaria Baldwin (yoga and wellness expert and EXTRA correspondent) and Alysia Reiner (Actress,Orange is the New Black), the event will honor Dr. Frank Lipman.Bent On Learning (BOL) is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to children in New York City public schools as a way to directly promote health conscious, learning-ready students. For over 13 years, BOL has brought yoga to tens of thousands of students, fulfilling their mission of teaching kids to be more focused, happier and healthier in learning and in life.The Bent On Learning Inspire! Award is given in honor of those who are dedicated to the health and wellness of children, who endorse yoga as a tool for education and are committed to supporting Bent On Learning and yoga for children. Past honorees include Gwyneth Paltrow, Donna Karan, Eddie Stern, The David Lynch Foundation and Russell Simmons. Jewelry designer Landon Slane – designer behind SLANE Fine Jewelry – specially designs the Inspire! Gala honoree award each year.WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 2014WHERE: The Prince George Ballroom 15 E 27th St (between 5th and Madison) New YorkFind out more here.last_img read more

first_imgTenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, opened the 2nd International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS) in Boston with more than 1400 academics, researchers, practitioners and graduate students present for his plenary on Science and Society.Mind & Life International SymposiumIn his remarks, His Holiness challenged the conference-goers with the leading question, “with so many advances over the last 25 years in our research, what more is needed in order for us to integrate contemplative practices into all sectors of society including heath care, education, business and ethics?”The symposium is put on by the Mind & Life Institute, a Massachusetts-based non-profit, that was founded more than 25 years ago as an intellectual experiment by His Holiness, together with neuroscientist Francisco J. Varela and entrepreneur R. Adam Engle. Mind and Life supports the exploration of and interdisciplinary research into the many facets of contemplative science as a way to better understand the mind. Insights from this research can be used for reducing human suffering and enhancing human well-being.Mind & Life Institute’s President, Dr. Arthur Zajonc, facilitated the plenary discussion between the Dalai Lama, Dr. Richard Davidson from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Amishi Jha from the Center for Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative from the University of Miami.In addition to Drs. Davidson and Jha, keynote speakers for the symposium included, Dr. Diana Chapman Walsh, President Emerita of Wellesley College; Dr. David Germano, Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia; Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-In-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group; and Dr. Tania Singer, Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute.The symposium included master lectures by several distinguished scientists, scholars, artists, and contemplative teachers as well as individual and group presentations of papers, panels, and posters that reflect the most current contributions to the ever-growing field of contemplative studies. Also featured were contemplative art performances and exhibits, as well as continuous contemplative practice opportunities with renowned practitioners such as Sharon Salzberg and Jon Kabat Zinn.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgFormer NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal has once again teamed up with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( to promote responsible drinking to those planning to drink while their favorite teams are shooting hoops this month.Shaquille O’Neal says fans should consider using the Virtual Bar before hitting bracket wants individuals to better understand what it actually means to drink responsibly and, if they choose to drink, to know their own individual limits. To that end, the organization created the Virtual Bar to educate individuals about responsible drinking, whether hosting or attending parties where alcohol is served.“The Virtual Bar is a smart tool for fans to consider using before hitting bracket parties,” said O’Neal, who is featured in just-released Public Service Announcements about the Virtual Bar mobile app.The Virtual Bar helps explain how different factors affect blood-alcohol concentration or BAC on an individual level and can also help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink, and other important variables.“We are very pleased to work with Shaq at this time of year to get the message out about what responsible drinking means for individuals and the tools available to make that a reality for them,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of organization is working to inspire conversations about what it means to drink responsibly, and the Virtual Bar is one tool to help keep that discussion going. The Virtual Bar is available for free from the iTunes App and Google Play stores and is also available online at read more

first_imgThe dance-opera is a production of Canadian-based theatre company Signal Theatre, and has a deeply personal connection for show co-creators and co-directors Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan, both of whom had parents in residential school. “Our method of creation, therefore, mirrors a way hopefully we can have conversations like this openly and through policy, and actually moving forward as a country.” Facebook “Bearing” will have its world premiere on Thursday during the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Advertisement Advertisement “We wanted to make a piece that talks about how it’s not only indigenous people who are affected by the residential school system but all of Canada,” said the Winnipeg-raised Nolan, who was born in Prince Albert, Sask., to an Algonquin mother and Irish immigrant father. “Really, it’s a system that’s existed for most of the country’s history.” The first act sees the dancers — dubbed “The Canadians” — putting on costumes scattered throughout the space as they inhabit various memories and experiences attached to roles including clergy, lawyers and a residential school uniform. In contrast, an indigenous family remains barely seen by the Canadians. Login/Register With: “Bearing” includes music from Johann Sebastian Bach and Montreal composer Claude Vivier. The third act features “Sojourn, a work commissioned from Anishinaabe librettist Spy Denomme-Welch and Catherine Magowan. Marion Newman, a mezzo-soprano with Kwagiulth and Sto:lo roots, is also featured in the production. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I think that’s sort of the beauty and the power of the arts when we’re dealing with these really heavy and important topics.” The show then transitions to the Canadians taking their places within the residential school classroom while the indigenous family watches them live the experience. The third act is about “moving forward,” said Nolan. For Aria Evans, the process and the production itself are not “necessarily a history lesson” but very much a part of the modern-day conversation. “That’s always a conversation that I have been a part of, but some of the people that we’re collaborating with have never known the true history of this nation that we’re a part of,” said Evans. TORONTO — It’s been more than two decades since the doors closed on the last Canadian residential school, but a new indigenous-led production explores the enduring effects of its legacy on the country. Advertisement The dancer, whose heritage is Mik’maq, African and British, said the residential school system has been a point of discussion for her family. Her mother was a social worker and worked as a volunteer during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “What I love about the way we’ve created ‘Bearing’ is that everyone has a really significant, authorial voice…. It’s much more of a conversation,” said Greyeyes, who is Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. “I think that if we can start these conversations through the arts, and we can start these conversations beside people that are willing to be allies, these conversations will trickle out into the larger community and we will slowly effect change. “Bearing” is onstage at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto until Saturday. The Luminato Festival concludes Sunday.By:  Lauren La Rose Co-creators Yvette Nolan (right) and Michael Greyeyes are shown in a handout photo for the indigenous dance opera “Bearing.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Twitterlast_img read more

first_img​YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.The video streaming platform unveiled “Spotlight Canada” on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation’s standout videos. It’s the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield’s collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing Bobcaygeon in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists. Advertisement Advertisement There’s also a section highlighting indigenous musicians and one for “Canada’s favourite YouTube creators.” Another feature called “Creator on the Rise,” which debuts Wednesday, unearths the hottest Canadian clips on YouTube each week.The selection is chosen by algorithms that factor in view count and subscriber growth. YouTube says the entire page will be refreshed each month with a new slate of videos. It’s a pilot project, but Marie Josee Lamothe, a managing director at YouTube’s owner Google, says it makes sense to select Canada as the testing ground for championing homegrown content.Some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars, including breakout creators Lilly Singh, AsapScience and Gigi Gorgeous, transcended the country’s borders and racked up millions of views on their viral clips. “The objective is to showcase Canada’s top stars, but also to help discover emerging Canadian talent,” said Lamothe.“What we want to do is bring a focus to the diverse Canadian voices that create this content.” YouTube says recent data has shown a notable increase in viewership for Canada. In the first half of this year, the amount of time Canadians spent watching YouTube videos jumped by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.Within that same window, watch time for Canadian channels soared 230 per cent in India, 70 per cent in the U.S. and 60 per cent in Australia. Lamothe says for those reasons alone it makes sense for YouTube to invest more in content from Canada.Google has already opened a 3,500 square-foot facility at the downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College aimed at giving creators the tools they need to make their videos better, like green screens and other high-end technology. “It’s important to promote our own local talent,” added Lamothe. “(This is) a big, fast-growing fan base that is worth supporting.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgIn last night’s (Sept. 12) season finale of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the final three teams raced to Québec City, where a Roadblock had teams make their way to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, a scenic 272-foot waterfall which flows into the St. Lawrence River. One Racer from each team had to climb over the edge of the bridge and scale down a cargo net directly above the rushing water of the falls to collect their clue. Once the Racer grabbed the clue, they had to climb back up the cargo net before they could continue. Paul was the first to complete the Roadblock, followed closely by Ryan, and then Korey, who struggled to make his way back up the cargo net.Teams then made their way to downtown Québec City to find their next clue. After choosing a bike rickshaw, one Racer had to navigate the rickshaw through the busy streets, while the other Racer was giving them directions over a walkie-talkie. The Racer on the bike rickshaw had to pick up three passengers and take them to specific locations, picking up coloured tickets along the way. Once they had collected all three of their tickets, they had to find their way back to their partner, to receive their next clue.Racers were then directed to Carnaval Warehouse, where teams had to search for the Bonhomme Carnaval, Québec’s proud symbol of winter. In the massive warehouse, Racers had to search through hundreds of Bonhommes, big and small, with only three Bonhommes holding their next clue, a box of chocolate. Teams then travelled to Erico’s Chocolate Shop to switch their box of chocolate for their next clue.Racers then made their way to Observatoire de la Capital, Québec City’s tallest building with 360 degree views of the entire upper and lower towns, two mountain ranges, and the St. Lawrence River. One Racer had to complete a vertical walk up the side of the building, and then search the city below to locate a flag. Once spotted, teams raced to the flag to find their next challenge. Kenneth spotted the wrong flag, and had to complete the vertical climb twice, pushing them to the back of the pack.Once teams raced to the proper flag they found themselves at the Morrin Centre, built in 1712, and named for Québec City’s first Mayor, Dr. Joseph Morrin. In the final 150 Challenge of the season, teams had to complete a large puzzle of Canada, and properly label all of the 150 Challenge’s they completed throughout the Race. Once their puzzle was completed, and they had correctly identified all of their 150 Challenges, they received their final clue. While Kenneth and Ryan were the last to arrive, they were the first team to complete the puzzle but struggled with labeling the correct 150 Challenges. Sam and Paul were the first team to correctly identify and label the 150 Challenges, and received their last clue, directing them to the final Pit Stop – Le Parc-des-Ancêtres. The dating couple raced to the mat to find host Jon Montgomery and were the first team to arrive, winning Season 5 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.Last night’s (Sept. 12) episode encores Saturday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Visit to check local listings. Previous seasons are also available for streaming now on CraveTV.For more on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit for exclusive content, including team videos, bios, full episodes, and extras including the immersive VR360 experiences that take fans inside some of the toughest challenges of the season.Season 5 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA welcomes back returning partner Chevrolet, which has been with the series for all five seasons, and BMO, which enters its third consecutive season as a partner. New partners this year are Sinorama, Canadian Tire’s Woods brand, and Campbell’s.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @CTV_Television@AmazingRaceCDA#AmazingRaceCanada Social Media Accounts:Korey – Twitter: @koachkore | Instagram: @koachkoreIvana – Twitter: @ivana_krunic | Instagram: @ivanaBodyFiTiKSam –Twitter: @slamchop1 | Instagram: @slamchopPaul – Twitter: @pmitskop | Instagram: @paulmitsKenneth – Twitter: @team_giver | Instagram: @teamgiver & @kenneth.mcalpineRyan – Twitter: @team_giver | Instagram: @teamgiver & @ryangiverAbout CTVCTV 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 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2017 – After racing through four countries, six provinces, 17 cities, and over 50,000 kilometres, dating couple Sam and Paul have won Season 5 of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. Following a nail-biting fight to the finish line in Québec City, Sam and Paul were the first team to meet host Jon Montgomery at the final Pit Stop at Le Parc-des-Ancêtres, taking home $250,000 in cash, a once in a lifetime trip for two around the world, and a Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox True North Edition for each of them. In this final leg, with everything on the line, Sam and Paul beat out fellow finalists Kenneth and Ryan and Korey and Ivana.“This is the most amazing thing, we’ve met so many amazing people, and the fact that I got to do it with Paul, and that we’re here. It’s just been the most amazing experience of our lives, and we are so thankful, and so grateful,” said Sam.“This Race really has changed my life,” added Paul, “Even six months ago I didn’t want to tell people I was gay. I told my family and friends, but just being in front of all of these people, and being able to show that this is my boyfriend, the man I am in-love with… I feel liberated, it’s the best feeling.” Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsDelia Opekokew holds many firsts for an Indigenous woman.Opekokew was the first First Nations woman to be called to the bar in Ontario.She was the first woman to run for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations and most recently the only First Nations, Inuit or Metis woman to ever win the Law Society of Upper Canada medal.APTN’s Donna Sound has the story.dsound@aptn.calast_img