Verification of tenants in bordering areas More than 1000 cases registered

first_imgNew Delhi: From a security point of view, bordering areas of Delhi are very sensitive. Even slight negligence in safety, at times, may have serious consequences. Nevertheless, it seems that people living in those areas are taking security measures too lightly.The city police have registered more than 1,000 cases during verification of bordering areas’ tenants. Police sources told Millennium Post that as many as 1,191 cases were registered under sections 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC in 11 districts. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Most of the cases were against landlords for ignoring the rule and rent out their properties without police verification of their occupants,” an officer said. Various police districts share their borders with other states. Through tenant verification, police can know the history of any occupant whether the person had any criminal record. Sources said that Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, in a recent meeting, instructed all police officers to be vigilant in their respective districts. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The top cop also reviewed security measures including tenant verification,” sources said. Sources claimed that as many as 843 violations were found. The North East district registered 567 cases under section 188 of IPC whereas 375 cases were registered by Outer North district. The South district registered 229 cases. As many as 192 cases were registered by North West district. Adding further, sources disclosed that as many as 145 meetings were organised with bordering districts officers and 7,262 tenants living in bordering areas were verified. The city police also shared details of 2,418 tenants with bordering districts officers. Sources, explaining on tie-up and action against criminals operating across borders, said,” In this regard as many as 132 meetings organised with counterparts. Around 155 joint actions were taken against criminals.” Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) Alok Kumar, elaborating more on violations at bordering areas, “We look for unverified tenants. And we are registering cases of 188 IPC against landlords when we found that they have not got their tenants verified.” He further added that they also register 188 IPC cases against sim card dealers, cyber cafe and guest house owners for not maintaining proper records. Recently, during a tenant verification drive, North East district police arrested Sandalwood smugglers in the Welcome area.last_img read more

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Chidambaram mocks Modi govt outside Delhi court says 5…GDP is 5

first_imgNew Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram Tuesday mocked the Narendra Modi-led government over the economic slowdown, saying “5 per cent…GDP is 5 per cent” after he stepped out of the Delhi court which is hearing the INX Media case. Chidambaram made the remarks when he was questioned by the media over his prolonged CBI custody outside the court premises.The Delhi court on Tuesday extended his CBI custody till September 5 in the case related to corruption charges in the INX Media case. Chidambaram has been in CBI custody after he was dramatically arrested on August 22 in the INX media case. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsChidambaram, 73, was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on Tuesday. The judge was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Chidambaram’s counsel that the apex court has passed an order today that the former minister be kept in CBI custody till September 5. Last week, data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) showed that weak manufacturing and consumption numbers dragged the country’s GDP growth to a 25-quarter low of 5 per cent in the first quarter (April-June) of the current fiscal. The GDP growth rate has now slowed for the fifth consecutive quarter with the previous low recorded at 4.3 per cent in March 2013. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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RPF rescues 2 lost boys from Dum Dum Metro station

first_imgKolkata: Two children were recovered by Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel at Dum Dum Metro station on Wednesday afternoon. They were later handed over to their parents after necessary paperwork.According to Metro Railway, on Wednesday at around 12:20 pm, RPF personnel at Dum Dum Metro station noticed two boys aged around 12 years in school uniform, loitering aimlessly on the platform. RPF personnel initially did not go to the duo but kept a strong vigil on them. After a few minutes, Metro RPF personnel went to them and asked why they were loitering inside the station. They were then taken to the station master’s office for questioning. After a few minutes, the boys told the Metro officials that they had left their homes to go to school. But they changed their mind midway and were roaming aimlessly. While doing so, the duo lost their way and ended up in the Metro station. They subsequently disclosed their identities and addresses, after which authorities got in touch with their parents and asked them to come to the station. After almost an hour, the parents came and identified their wards.last_img read more

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Veteran Kerala actor Sathar passes away

first_imgKochi: Veteran Kerala actor Sathar passed away on Tuesday at a hospital near here due to prolonged illness, his family said. He was 67. The actor who has acted in more than 300 films, majority of them in Malayalam, was unwell for the past three months. He began his film career in the mid-70s and established himself as the villain especially in the film where the hero was played by legendary actor Jayan. After a brief hiatus, he returned to the industry in 2012 and with a flurry of films, the last film he did was in 2014, following which he became inactive. The biggest surprise in his film career came, when he married yesteryear heroine Jayabharathi in 1979 and their son Krish Sathar is also an actor besides running his own business in London. His last rites will be held on Tuesday evening at Aluva.last_img read more

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Hilton the celebrity great white appears to be ending his stay in

first_imgHALIFAX – A 600-kilogram great white shark who enthralled Nova Scotians for months as he cruised East Coast waters appears to be ending his northern sojourn and heading south.A group tracking the 3.7-metre shark named Hilton said Monday that he was heading out of Mahone Bay, posing the question on Twitter: “Where do you think he’s going now?”The celebrity shark — tagged by the research group Ocearch in March in South Carolina — first appeared on Nova Scotia’s south shore in early August.He charmed locals with a wry Twitter feed that chronicled his movements near some of the province’s most popular beaches and tourist towns, including the site of the famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse.On Monday, Hilton offered up a cheeky Tweet to residents of a coastal Nova Scotia community, saying “What’s up East Berlin? Don’t mind me, just passing by!”It didn’t take long for followers to offer up their well wishes online.“…take your time! What’s the rush??” one woman said.One man in another coastal community bid adieu, for now.“See you as you sail by Medway Harbour on your way back next summer, we’ll wave … from the wharf,” while another tweeted, “Safe travels big boy. We hope you stick around! #DontFeartheFin.”Another shark dubbed Big Peg even tweeted out her amorous feelings for the massive predator with a simple XO, about her “unrequited, forever love.”The highly visible great white — Hilton has 17,300 Twitter followers — was in the area to feast on an abundance of seals, but gave some anxious Nova Scotians the jitters and kept them out of the water.His Twitter feed filled up with jokes, local food references and flirtations with other tagged sharks and even human Nova Scotians, even as he boasted about his attributes.“Don’t forget handsome, suave, debonaire, and dashing,” Hilton tweeted back to someone who complimented his good looks.Hilton has a tracker on his dorsal fin, which only sends signals when it breaks the surface.Ocearch has tagged over 300 sharks, almost half of them great white sharks, including about 25 on the east coast of North America, and open-sourced the data on its website and free app.The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says little is known about where sharks travel, pup and feed, and the group aims to solve that puzzle of shark behaviour while also reducing the stigma around sharks.In late July, a 300-kilogram great white shark affectionately known as Pumpkin was detected in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin.Last November, a 900-kilogram great white named Lydia — who also has her own Ocearch-managed Twitter account — was among two then tracking off Nova Scotia.The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says the animal is the largest predatory fish in the world, with a powerful jaw full of serrated teeth and a body that can weigh up to 1,800 kilograms. But it says the population in the North Atlantic has dropped by 75 per cent in the past 15 years and is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as vulnerable.last_img read more

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ExxonMobils Hebron platform pumps first oil off Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – First oil has been pumped at the $14-billion Hebron offshore oil platform off Newfoundland and Labrador, officials with ExxonMobil Canada announced Tuesday.The company said the platform extracted its first oil on Monday at the Hebron field in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, located 350 kilometres southeast of St. John’s.“Our goal since the Hebron project was announced in 2008 was to safely achieve first oil in 2017,” company president Carman Mullins said.“Today we delivered on our commitment. Hebron is an engineering and construction marvel and thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can proudly say they helped design and build the platform.”Built at Bull Arm, the massive gravity-based platform is 230 metres high and weighs 750,000 tonnes. The structure was towed to the drilling site in early June and has begun production ahead of schedule.The Hebron oil field was discovered in 1980, and it’s estimated it will produce more than 700-million barrels of oil throughout the lifespan of the project.At peak rates the platform is expected to produce up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day and has a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels of oil.During its production phase, Hebron is expected to generate millions in annual royalties and taxes for the cash-strapped province. It’s also expected to provide long-term employment for over 600 workers.The governing Liberals have said the project will generate more than $10 billion in royalties and benefits over the next 20 years — less than half the estimated $23 billion once hailed by the former Tory government.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady said it was a “great day for the province” to have its second offshore oil project in operation in addition to Hibernia.In addition to ExxonMobil Canada, project partners include Chevron Canada, Suncor Energy, Statoil Canada and provincial Crown corporation Nalcor Energy with a 4.9 per cent equity stake.last_img read more

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Tanya Talaga wins 30000 RBC Taylor Prize for nonfiction writing

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto journalist Tanya Talaga won the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize on Monday and dedicated her speech to the subjects of the book she wishes she “did not have to write” — seven Indigenous youth who died under suspicious circumstances while attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., from 2000 to 2011.“Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City” (House of Anansi) delves into the history of Indigenous students being forced to leave their remote communities in northern Ontario so they can get an education hundreds of kilometres away in a foreign city.“I am probably one of the only people to win this beautiful award to say that I wish I did not have to write this book, but I did. I had to,” Talaga said in her acceptance speech for the non-fiction prize.“It was something that I felt I must do, for many reasons. But those reasons I am going to tell you right now, there are seven of them: Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Kyle Morrisseau, Jordan Wabasse, Reggie Bushie. All of you, the seven fallen feathers.”“Seven Fallen Feathers” was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.RBC Taylor Prize jury members called it “detailed, balanced and heart-rending.”“Talaga describes gaps in the system large enough for beloved children and adults to fall through, endemic indifference, casual racism and a persistent lack of resources. It is impossible to read this book and come away unchanged.”Established in 1998, the RBC Taylor Prize is named after the late Canadian essayist Charles Taylor.Talaga beat out four other finalists for the prize, including James Maskalyk for “Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine” (Doubleday Canada) and Max Wallace for “In the Name of Humanity” (Allen Lane Canada). The other finalists were Daniel Coleman for “Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place” (Wolsak and Wynn), and Stephen R. Bown for “Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska” (Douglas & McIntyre). They each receive $5,000.Talaga, a Toronto Star investigative journalist who is of Polish and Indigenous descent, said her book is centred around Thunder Bay but is a broader story about Canada and broken treaties.“This is 2018 and we are still fighting for the right to get an education for all of our kids,” said Talaga, whose great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor.“We still move our kids from northern First Nations communities into the cities away from their language, their families and their homes just so they can get a high school education, which is the right of every other child in this country.”last_img read more

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Funeral held in hometown of youngest Humboldt Broncos crash victim

first_imgMONTMARTRE, Sask. – Hockey jerseys were draped over the coffin of the youngest victim of last week’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash.Some youths at the funeral mass for Adam Herold wore jerseys with his name and team number 10 on the back.Adam would have turned 17 on Thursday.Hockey gloves, a snowmobiling helmet, a hunting cap and a toy tractor were among the items placed by the altar at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in his hometown of Montmartre, Sask.Darren McKechnie, who coached Adam with the Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA team, says he was the obvious choice for captain even though there were boys older than him on the team.McKechnie says Adam — who he nicknamed “Harry” and teammates called “Rold” — was the type of boy you would want your son to be like and your daughter to bring home.last_img read more

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Vaginal hygiene products like sprays wipes creams linked to infections study

first_imgTORONTO – Doctors have long advised women to avoid vaginal douching because of the risk of infection and other adverse effects, but a new study suggests other feminine hygiene products may be just as harmful.The University of Guelph-led study found that 95 per cent of almost 1,500 Canadian women surveyed about their use of over-the-counter sanitizing gels, anti-itch creams, moisturizers, sprays and wipes had used such products at least once in their lifetime.But the study also found that women who use feminine hygiene products are three times more likely to experience some type of vaginal infection. In some cases, women purchased a product to address an existing vaginal issue.“The study does not establish whether it is the products causing the infections or whether women are using the products in an attempt to address the infection,” said principal researcher Kieran O’Doherty, a social psychologist at the Ontario university.“However, the results do provide important evidence for strong correlations that need further research.”For example, women who used gel sanitizers — whether externally of internally — were eight times more likely to have a yeast infection and almost 20 times more likely to have reported bacterial vaginosis.Vaginosis is caused by the overgrowth of certain bacteria, a condition that occurs when the natural balance of microbes in the vagina is disturbed.“These products may be preventing the growth of the healthy bacteria required to fight off infection,” said O’Doherty, noting that emerging evidence has linked disruption of vaginal microbial systems with health problems.Pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, reduced fertility, ectopic and pre-term pregnancies, and bacterial and sexually transmitted infections are among the problems related to an abnormal vaginal microbiome, he said.The study, published in the journal BMC Women’s Health, found that women who used vaginal moisturizers and lubricants had 2.5 times higher odds of reporting a yeast infection and 50 per cent higher odds of a urinary tract infection, or UTI, compared to those who didn’t use those products.Women using feminine washes were almost 3.5 times more likely to have reported a bacterial infection and 2.5 times more likely to have had a UTI. Feminine wipes were associated with double the risks of a UTI.Dr. Chelsea Elwood, a reproductive infectious diseases specialist at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, said the study is one of the first to look at the use of these products in the Canadian context and it reaffirmed that their use is becoming more commonplace.Elwood, who was not involved in the research, stressed that the study found an association between use of vaginal hygiene products, but can’t determine whether they caused increased infections.“So it’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg conversation,” she said from Vancouver.“Did they have the yeast infection and they reached for the vaginal moisturizer because they thought it would be helpful? Or did they reach for the vaginal moisturizer daily and then got a yeast infection because it disturbed what should normally be there?“This type of study can’t answer that question, but it makes us think that maybe this should be explored further, and that all of these products that are advertised to women are perhaps not as benign as they are advertised to be.”As a general rule, Elwood said she recommends that patients give feminine hygiene products a miss.“So moisturizers, anti-itch creams, wipes, douching, waxing as well as shaving, in particular, I encourage women just to leave things alone down there.”In a previous study, the Guelph researchers looked at why Canadian women might use the array of feminine hygiene offerings on the market, which the authors say represent a $2-billion industry in North America.“One of the findings was that women often spoke about how they used these products to feel ‘clean and fresh,’” a phrase that manufacturers often use to promote their goods, O’Doherty said.“Our thinking here is this connects in part with double standards around what is expected of men and women in terms of personal presentation,” he said. “And it has to do with body shaming of women.“And these products are very cleverly designed to fit into that niche.”O’Doherty said societal and cultural attitudes have perpetrated the notion of female genitalia as unclean, leading many women to believe they need feminine hygiene products to be acceptable, especially to a sexual partner.Some women interviewed for the previous study reported that their partners encouraged use of the products, while others said their partners were happy with them being au naturel.Despite such assurances, he said many women reported “this very strong internal need that ‘I have to be clean. I would die if there was any smell coming from me.’”O’Doherty said corporations are profiting by marketing products that women “don’t really need, but are made to feel they need. And on top of that, not only do they not need them and are paying money, they (may be) bad for their health.”His advice to women: “Think twice before buying these things.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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Customers raise concerns over excessive legal cannabis packaging

first_imgHALIFAX – Some cannabis buyers are complaining the bulky packaging is environmentally unfriendly, but producers say government guidelines are to blame.Greg MacLean, who picked up some newly legal cannabis at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation last week, was shocked to see how much packaging was used for four grams of weed: two plastic containers, two cardboard boxes, and clear plastic casing, all enclosed in a brown paper bag.“My initial reaction was a bit of shock that such little amount of plant matter came with so much packaging,” he said.“I’m a medical user of marijuana as well, and I’ve been buying from different dispensaries online from certified providers, and nothing comes like that. Like, ever. Crazy. It’s unneeded.”As per Health Canada’s guidelines, packaging must prevent contamination of the cannabis, be tamper-proof, and be child-resistant — a step up from the plastic baggies the product was often sold in before legalization.“Do they really need to have that?” said MacLean, 37. “I mean, no liquor bottles that they sell at the NSLC has a childproof cap on it, and a bottle of vodka would kill a child.”Candace MacDonald also bought cannabis on legalization day and was similarly shocked when she got home and unboxed her products, which also came in layers of packaging. She bought 5.5 grams, and each strain came in different containers.Out of curiosity, she weighed the “very hard plastic container” for a single gram she bought, and was appalled to find that it outweighed the product by nearly 40 times — 38 grams of packaging for one gram of weed.“And once you open it, it’s just such overkill. There’s one itty-bitty bud in it, and I could probably pack half an ounce in there,” she said.Allan Rewak, executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada, said the industry has been concerned about potential waste diversion problems “for a while,” but also understands Health Canada’s caution.Rewak said all packaging and warning signs have to be of certain dimensions and also childproof, which add to the amount of materials used.“It has to include real estate so to speak, to include all the warning labels and warning signs as well as an excise stamp that the federal government prescribes,” he said. “The good news is most of the product packaging is recyclable.”Rewak, whose organization represents licensed producers of medical cannabis, says the industry would like to work with the government to reduce packaging. He said warnings can be included on an insert within packaging that is already sealed with an excise stamp.“This is something that we are going to have to look at in time, particularly as sales continue to increase because we don’t want this to be a contributor to the degradation of our environment — in fact we’d like it to be the opposite.”Myrna Gillis, CEO of Aqualitas, one of three licensed cannabis producers in Nova Scotia, said the company has been aware of the environmental concerns since before customers brought them forward.While they don’t have a licence to sell yet, she said Aqualitas is working with a packaging company in an effort to design environmentally friendly containers that fit Health Canada’s guidelines.“So, packaging that meets the requirements of the regulator, but is recyclable, and has less plastic on it,” said Gillis. “We were also looking into the potential of recycling hemp, to have the packaging also incorporate some of the features of the cannabis plant itself.”Asked for comment, Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette provided a link to cannabis regulations, and asked that any further questions about how provinces choose to adhere to their regulations be directed to the provinces. She would not provide further comments on environmental concerns.Andrew Preeper, Nova Scotia’s cannabis legalization spokesman, said licensed producers determine their own packaging while following Health Canada rules, and the province itself has no involvement in cannabis packaging.Mark Butler, policy director for the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, said the issue speaks to a larger one of environmental responsibility being foisted on the customer.“I don’t want to diminish the importance of safety … but I also think, and you see it time and time again, the environment, or the recycling of the material, or the package, is the last thought that comes into the manufacturer’s, marketer’s, or producer’s mind,” he said.“And it should be one of the first thoughts, because, inevitably, what happens, it’s not the company making and selling the product that has to deal with the packaging, it’s you and me, standing in front of our blue box, trying to figure it out, or it’s the municipality having to deal with all this waste. And there’s a cost to that.”He added that over-packaging is an issue for all products, not just cannabis.MacDonald said she was also concerned because some of the cannabis packaging wasn’t resealable, meaning she needed to find another package to put it in.She said the excessive packaging will likely drive her to buy more cannabis in bulk, and she had been looking forward to trying different strains.“That’s one of the benefits of legalization, is having all of these options, and knowing exactly what the THC content is, and trying all of these different strains we didn’t have access to before,” she said.“I really want to buy one-off grams, but the fact that it comes in a box, with the plastic, really makes me think twice about it, that’s for sure.”last_img read more

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Fabric or fire Trump tweet spreads humour online

first_imgWASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is often used to attack, belittle, and outright insult his opponents but on Monday it was a source of humour for many.That’s because President Trump not once, but twice spelt smoking with a “C” in one Tweet, referring to a ‘Smocking Gun’.“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018As you can imagine, many Twitter users have “knitted together” witty replies to the error.A #SmockingGun doesn’t kill people, improper spelling kills people. #Twatwaffle— Valarie Vogel (@shinysparkly) December 10, 2018 Where there’s “smock” there’s #covfeve.#SmockingGun https://t.co/6R1kGxGFA1— Pièce de Résistance (@PieceDeReSister) December 10, 2018On a more serious, make you think note, comedian Nat Baimel tweeted “Refreshing to see a debate about a gun in America take place over something other than a mass shooting”.That tweet has since been removed from Baimel’s page.last_img read more

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In the news today Feb 27

first_imgFour stories in the news for Wednesday, Feb. 27———WILSON-RAYBOULD TO TESTIFY ON SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIRJody Wilson-Raybould is warning that she won’t be able to speak freely today about everything concerning the SNC-Lavalin affair when she appears before the House of Commons justice committee. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued an order-in-council Monday waiving solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality provisions. In a letter Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould admitted that the waiver covers only her time as justice minister and attorney general. She says she can’t discuss any communications she had after she was moved to veterans affairs, her subsequent resignation from cabinet and the presentation she gave to cabinet last week that appeared to bring her back into the Liberal fold.———BILL TO EASE JURY SECRECY CLEARS HURDLEThe House of Commons justice committee has approved a bill that would ease secrecy by allowing former jurors to discuss all aspects of a stressful criminal trial with a mental-health professional. Private member’s bill C-417, introduced by Conservative MP Michael Cooper, is now slated to return to the Commons for third-reading debate. The bill would amend a Criminal Code section enacted in 1972 to help make the jury room a confidential forum that encourages frank debate among jurors. The government says the section does not forbid discussing emotions during jury deliberations or the evidence that was presented in court, but does bar disclosure of information such as opinions expressed, arguments made and votes cast.———B.C. DOCTOR WARNS AGAINST DEADLY MUSHROOMA doctor is warning British Columbia residents about a deadly mushroom variety that is spreading along the Pacific coast. Dr. Omar Ahmad of Island Health says the so-called death cap mushroom can easily be mistaken for edible varieties and is responsible for 90 per cent of the world’s mushroom-related fatalities. Ahmad says people who eat death caps can experience abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea within six to 12 hours. But he says a false recovery phase follows up to three days later and can prevent people from seeking medical help as toxins attack the liver and possibly the kidneys.———NORWEGIAN POLITICIAN TO VISIT MOOSE JAW, SASK.A Norwegian politician is flying halfway around the world to visit Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and the prairie city’s rival moose statue. Linda Henriksen is the deputy mayor of a municipality in the Scandinavian country that recently bucked Moose Jaw’s Mac the Moose off top spot as the world’s tallest moose statue. Moose Jaw has launched a campaign to reclaim the title by making Mac’s rack a little taller. Henriksen says she sees the trip as a chance for the two communities to form a new relationships and potential tourism partnerships. Henriksen arrives tonight and is to spend a week touring Moose Jaw and attending her first live hockey game.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Statistics Canada will release its consumer price index for January, and payroll employment, earnings and hours results for December.— Pre-trial motions continue today in the case of David and Collet Stephan, charged in the meningitis death of their 19-month-old son.— Utility company Hydro One will announce plans to invest in significant infrastructure upgrades in the Ottawa region.— Torstar Corp. holds conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter financial results.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Tories accuse Liberals of ruining military officers careers

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is accusing the Liberal government of having created an unprecedented crisis inside the Canadian military following news it is losing another second-in-command.Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk tendered his resignation as the vice-chief of the defence staff on Tuesday, which he linked to an aborted attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman into the position.Wynnyk made the connection in a surprisingly frank resignation letter he sent to defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance that was subsequently leaked to several media outlets.Wynnyk’s departure, effective Aug. 9, is the latest blow to the Canadian military, whose top ranks have been in a perpetual state of disarray since Norman was suspended as second-in-command in January 2017.In a statement, Scheer lays the blame squarely at the government’s feet, alleging its interference in Norman’s breach-of-trust case has now ruined the careers of two military officers and caused chaos in the Forces.The Liberals have denied allegations they interfered in Norman’s case, in which he was accused of leaking government secrets to a Quebec shipyard before the charge was stayed in May.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Conference looks at how First Nations can be involved in marijuana industry

first_imgVANCOUVER — The cannabis industry is seen by some First Nations as an opportunity to take the initiative and get out of poverty, says the regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations.Cultivating, buying or selling cannabis could provide economic support to those First Nations devastated by a downturn in the province’s forest industry, Terry Teegee said Wednesday at a summit on cannabis held by the Assembly of First Nations.  “A lot of the communities are tired of living in poverty,” he said.“It’s an opportunity for your community to assert your jurisdiction, assert your self-determination. We want to be a part of the community.”The two-day First Nations Cannabis Summit is attended by chiefs or their representatives from across the country to hear about policy, safety, health, and social and economic development.There are varying points of view among First Nations on how involved they want to be in the cannabis industry with some “dead set against it,” while others look at it as an economic development opportunity, Teegee said.While he doesn’t have statistics on how many First Nations want to be involved in the cannabis industry, Teegee said eight licences out of 122 were given to First Nations in Ontario.“So in Ontario that’s a real issue because there’s a lot more than eight First Nations interested in having a distribution site or cultivating them.”Teegee said it’s unclear how much money can be made in the industry because there’s been a limited number of licences distributed in most of Canada.“The only one that came out aggressively has been Alberta and that’s why you see Alberta leading the nation in terms of tax revenue,” Teegee said.Sam Wesley, owner of Nations, an Indigenous-controlled cannabis production company based in Burns Lake, B.C., said one of the main challenges for First Nations is financial backing.But there is still room for First Nations to get involved in the industry, he said, adding that profits could be used to fund housing or other projects. Sonia Eggerman, a lawyer with MLT Aikins who has extensive experience with Aboriginal and treaty rights, said after speaking to the conference that current federal and provincial regulations have cut First Nations out of opportunities to take part in the cannabis industry.“And I think that’s a real missed opportunity,” she said.Drew Lafond, also with MLT Aikins, said the key obstacle is lack of meaningful engagement by the federal government to work with First Nations.“Much like gaming and tobacco, cannabis carries a spiritual connotation, has traditional significance, medicinal significance, plus socio-economic significance,” he said.“From a legal perspective, it’s an area that First Nations have a close relationship with historically. So breadth and history are the two things that make this such a huge issue in Indigenous country.”Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Hassan Diab wages court battle for Canadian citizenship certificate

first_imgOTTAWA — Sociology professor Hassan Diab, who spent a decade fighting allegations of terrorism, is now battling in court for a copy of his Canadian citizenship certificate.The 65-year-old Ottawa academic is asking the Federal Court of Canada to hear his plea for a replacement certificate after waiting 15 months for government officials to issue one.Diab, who was born in Lebanon, argues the government has a public duty to provide the replacement given his status as a Canadian citizen since 1993.His original certificate was seized when the RCMP arrested Diab in 2008 in response to a request from French authorities who suspected his involvement in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue, an accusation he has always denied.Following lengthy court proceedings, Diab was extradited to France where he spent three years behind bars, including time in solitary confinement.In January last year, French judges dismissed the allegations against Diab and ordered his immediate release, but his citizenship certificate was not returned to him.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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America Ferrera And Alexis Bledel Help Launch ONEs Women And Girls Initiative

first_imgONE, the global anti-poverty group cofounded by Bono, is launching an initiative to drive awareness and action in support of programs that are helping women and girls lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty.Video: ONE Women and Girls in HondurasActress and activist America Ferrera, actress Alexis Bledel and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, head of social innovation at Twitter, Inc., spoke yesterday on a panel at the 2012 Mashable Social Good Conference to discuss their recent trip to Honduras and why they are supporting ONE’s effort to ensure that women and girls are at the center of development policy.Alexis Bledel in Honduras with ONECredit/Copyright: Randi Peck RP ConsultingLast month, Ferrera, Bledel and Diaz-Ortiz travelled with ONE to Honduras to see first-hand how women in one of the world’s poorest countries are working to lift their families out of extreme poverty and what role US development programs have to play. ONE has released a short film from the trip by Emmy-award winning director Jesse Dylan and his company Wondros, which can be viewed at www.one.org/womenandgirls.Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera in Honduras with ONECredit/Copyright: Randi Peck RP Consulting“Wherever I have travelled all over the world … whether to Mali, India, Honduras, or even at home in America, women are at the center of the fight against poverty,” said Ferrera. “The women we met in Honduras are true heroes, doing back-breaking work harvesting fields and bringing their crops to market. They aren’t looking for charity — just opportunity and the tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Innovative programs like Feed the Future are providing those tools, and for a tiny fraction of the US budget.”Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera Read To Kids in Honduras with ONECredit/Copyright: Randi Peck RP Consulting“Women and girls are the best investment the world can make in the fight against extreme poverty because, when you invest in a girl or a woman, that investment helps not only the individual, but it benefits her family and community as well. I wish everyone could see what we saw and the difference these women are making in their communities,” said Bledel.Diaz-Ortiz, who wrote the book, Twitter for Good, calls social media “an innovative and important tool for advocating on behalf of the world’s poorest people.” She says, “It provides a platform for women and girls around the globe to come together in the fight against extreme poverty and under-nutrition and make our voices heard.”ONE’s Women and Girls initiative will include a social media and communications campaign, the grassroots mobilization of ONE’s more than 3 million members, and a series of activities to press government leaders to support development policies and programs that provide critical support to women and girls. The initiative builds on the successful 2010 launch of ONE Moms — a global movement of mothers using their extraordinary power and voices to spread awareness of the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. Working together with the ONE Moms, the Women and Girls Initiative will make a big impact and drive real action.last_img read more

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Sir Roger Moore Urges Public To Stay Away From Parks With Captive

first_imgSir Roger Moore has a message for summer tourists: don’t go to Loro Parque or other parks which hold orcas captive.Following an incident on Monday in which a captive orca named Morgan was filmed at the Tenerife, Spain, aquarium lying motionless on a concrete slab – which some regard as a suicide attempt – the legendary actor spoke out against “abusement” parks which imprison these animals. In a statement given to PETA, the legendary actor says the following:“How much longer must highly intelligent and self-aware individuals like Morgan suffer before we understand that other species are not on this Earth for our amusement? It’s clear to anyone with a brain and an ounce of compassion that marine parks are nothing more than concrete prisons which cause captive marine animals a world of suffering. Orcas at these facilities are forced to toil day after day, repeating the same endless tasks with no choice in the matter and no means of escape – how utterly miserable their lives must be. The only way to end the abuse of captive orcas and other marine animals is to stay away from and speak out against facilities that keep them captive – and I urge everyone to join me in doing just that.”Morgan was found severely emaciated and was taken from the wild in 2010 under the condition that she would be returned to her ocean home when she recovered – but instead she was transferred to Loro Parque, where she is forced to perform and has been attacked by the other orcas she shares her tiny tank with.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that images taken in 2015 of the orcas at Loro Parque, who are currently on indefinite loan from SeaWorld, revealed bodily wounds and scars, indicating inter-animal aggression and possibly unsafe enclosures.last_img read more

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Dwayne The Rock Johnson thanks Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner for citys support

first_imgAdvertisement The Rock in front of Surrey City Hall. (@therock / Instagram) Filming occurred Friday and Saturday on the plaza, and involved turning the public space into an emergency services set.Now, with that part of the filming done, The Rock shared some kind words for Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, City staff, and BC in general.READ MORE Login/Register With: It’s no secret that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been sharing a lot of his love with Vancouver over the last few months, as he is currently in the city filming big budget Skyscraper.And over the weekend, the production of the movie sent the The Rock and his crew to Civic Plaza outside Surrey City Hall. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

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Grand Theatre Presents Timothy Findleys THE WARS

first_img Login/Register With: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Grand Theatre will honour the sacrifices of our soldiers past and present with the Governor General Award-winning story, Timothy Findley’s THE WARS based on the book of the same name by one of Canada’s most distinguished authors. Adapted and directed by Grand Theatre Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum, Timothy Findley’s THE WARS launches the 18/19 season on the Spriet Stage, running from October 23 to November 11, Remembrance Day. The Title Sponsor for Timothy Findley’s THE WARS is BlueStone Properties.This Canadian classic follows young Robert Ross from his Toronto family home to the muddy battlefields of France. Intense and powerful, Timothy Findley’S THE WARS reminds us, through one man’s journey, of the sacrifice of our soldiers in the “war to end all wars.”“One of the greatest people I have ever worked with was Timothy Findley,” said Dennis Garnhum. “He was intensely patriotic and his passion for Canada was extraordinary. When he talked about this novel, he reminded me that we all live many wars in our lives, and it is how we navigate them that defines us.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Timothy Findley’S THE WARS will star Alex Furber (Grand Theatre, CHARIOTS OF FIRE) as Robert Ross and will feature a cast of 16 including Jan Alexandra Smith as Mrs. Ross (Catalyst Theatre, VIGILANTE), Shannon Taylor in her Grand Theatre debut as Lady Barbara d’Orsey (Stratford Festival, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), and Omar Alex Khan as Captain Leather (Grand Theatre, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS).The set of Timothy Findley’s THE WARS will feature a total of 4000 poppies, which were created by Veterans and volunteers during a local community event in September in partnership with St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute. Each crafted poppy, made simply with red cupcake liners and a touch of black paint, will proudly be displayed during the production’s run. The POPPY DESIGN is a registered trademark of The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command and is used under license. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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REPORT HEDLEYS JACOB HOGGARD GETS MARRIED ON NEW YEARS EVE

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jacob Hoggard (Getty)center_img Jacob Hoggard is looking to spend every single day of 2019 as a married man.The Hedley frontman tied the knot with Canadian actress Rebekah Asselstine in Vancouver on New Year’s Eve, according to reports online. The wedding was reportedly a private affair and seems to have taken place inside or around the Vancouver Art Gallery. Facebook Twitterlast_img

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