Delhi to soon have very progressive evehicle policy KejriwalDelhi to soon have very progressive evehicle policy Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his government will soon come out with a “very progressive” e-vehicle policy. A draft of the policy recommending to enhance registration of e-vehicles up to 25 per cent of the total volume of registered vehicles by 2023, was released by the government in November last year. “The e-vehicle policy will soon come out. We have prepared the best policy. It is going to be a very progressive policy,” Kejriwal told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said the government will also notify the parking policy. “All things have been done. We will notify the parking policy,” he said. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court directed the government to notify the parking policy by September 30. The draft parking policy was placed in public domain for suggestions in June this year. The Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Places Rules, 2019, envisages area parking plans and gives priority to pedestrians or cyclists followed by mass public transport, emergency vehicles and others. The civic bodies will come up with area-specific plans after the draft policy is notified by the government. The policy envisages constitution of an apex monitoring committee, headed by the transport minister, to review the proper implementation and compliance of these rules.last_img read more

Rashidled Afghanistan beat rain to post massive win over BdeshRashidled Afghanistan beat rain to post massive win over Bdesh

first_imgChittagong (Bangladesh): Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 and completed his maiden 10-wicket haul as Afghanistan defied rain and fading light to beat Bangladesh by a massive 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chittagong on Monday. Rashid grabbed three of the remaining four wickets as Afghanistan took 17.2 overs on the fifth day to bowl out Bangladesh for 173 in the second innings after the hosts resumed with 136-6. Play started on the fifth day at 1 pm local time after rain wiped out the first session. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt returned in abundance after the visitors bowled just 2.1 overs without being able to inflict any damage on the home side. Play resumed again at 4:20 pm and Afghanistan were given 18.3 overs to bowl out Bangladesh, which was chasing a target of 398 runs. Left-arm chinaman Zahir Khan dismissed overnight batsman Shakib Al Hasan in the first ball after the resumption, dealing a serious blow to the home side. Afsar Zazai took a sharp catch behind the stump to remove Shakib for 44 and then Rashid did the rest. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRashid trapped Mehidy Hasan dead in front for 12 and dismissed Taijul Islam in the next over for a duck to leave the last wicket pair of Soumya Sarkar and Nayeem Hasan to survive 7.3 overs. Soumya was the last man dismissed when he flicked Rashid to Ibrahim Zadran at short leg with 20 balls left in the game as Afghanistan completed their second win after playing just three Tests. Rashid, who made his debut as the youngest-ever Test captain in this match, finished the game with 11 wickets which included a first innings haul of 5-54. The Afghan skipper, who also made 51 and 24 runs in two innings, was named man of the match.last_img read more

Second great white shark detected off Nova Scotia in apparent hunt forSecond great white shark detected off Nova Scotia in apparent hunt for

first_imgHALIFAX – Another great white shark has been detected off Nova Scotia.A tag attached to Savannah, a 210-kilogram shark, pinged Monday morning off Barren Island near Sherbooke on the province’s eastern shore.It joins a 600-kilogram tagged shark named Hilton, who has spent more than a week along Nova Scotia’s south shore, and most recently pinged Monday night off Peggys Cove outside Halifax.Both sharks were tagged by the research group Ocearch, and are being watched closely through an Ocearch tracking map and their own Twitter feeds with thousands of followers.Ocearch chairman Chris Fischer has said white sharks could be using Nova Scotia’s Sable Island as a place to mate.The sharks are also likely drawn to the province to feed on seals.On Tuesday, Hilton’s Twitter feed responded to a tweet showing seals off Grandmother’s Cove near Lunenburg, N.S., with a drool emoji and the words: “Mmmm yummy seals.”Rear Admiral John Newton, who commands Canada’s East Coast navy, also tweeted a photo Monday of a south shore inlet, saying “@HiltonTheShark has been scaring the seals right up into our cove today. First time seeing them hanging in the shallows.”On Monday, Hilton had tweeted a map showing his Nova Scotia location and called to another Twitter-using shark: “Hey @SharkSavannah, come on up. Lots of good eating here!”In November, a 900-kilogram great white named Lydia — who also has her own Ocearch-managed Twitter account — was among two 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.They have been protected from harvesting in U.S. waters since 1991, but the conservancy says still so little is known about where the sharks travel, pup and feed.last_img read more

Mastermind Toys ramps up expansion even as Toys R Us floundersMastermind Toys ramps up expansion even as Toys R Us flounders

first_imgTORONTO – Jon Levy’s favourite playthings as a Toronto child growing up in the 1960s and 1970s included Lego blocks and fort-building kits — classics that still fly off the shelves of his Mastermind Toy stores today.“My true innovation in this business is being able to get inside my inner kid and determine whether it is something truly fun to play with,” said Levy, the chain’s co-founder, CEO and chief toy merchant.“Being able to explore that as an adult every day is quite an amazing occupation. And 90 per cent of the things I look at and interact with weren’t around when I was a kid.”Indeed, much about the toy retail landscape has changed since Levy and his brother Andy co-founded Mastermind Toys back in 1984.The latest evidence is the bankruptcy filing this week of big-box chain Toys “R” Us, and parallel proceedings by its Canadian subsidiary. It’s the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to struggle amid the rise of e-commerce and changing consumer preferences.And yet, Mastermind Toys is expanding its footprint across the country at the fastest pace in its history — aiming to grow from 56 stores to 60 by the end of the year, and 90 by the end of 2020.After that, the retailer will hone in on Quebec, where it has identified 18 to 20 potential stores.The chain’s focus on educational and specialty offerings that are harder to find at its bigger competitors — including Walmart, Amazon and Toys “R” US — has created a devoted following of Canadian parents.Mastermind Toys has carved out a nice, profitable niche within the toy business, according to retail analyst Bruce Winder, the co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network.“They differentiate by getting exclusive toys. And you can charge higher margins.”However, he added, Mastermind Toys may be moving too fast for a boutique toy store that is a small segment of the overall toy market in Canada — which topped $2 billion in 2016, according to the NPD Group.“There is only so much population in Canada,” Winder said.Quebec, where consumers prefer local brands and retailers must adhere to a different set of regulations, is “always a risk,” he added.“Having said that, I do think on the surface there is the same kind of niche there as in the rest of Canada.”The company’s president and chief operating officer Humphrey Kadaner hails from Quebec and says the province has historically been a stronger market for niche businesses and slower to warm up to mass-market or online retailers.“Conceptually, Quebec should be very receptive,” said Kadaner, adding the company is taking the time to research and prepare properly.Mastermind Toys started with a 300-square foot Toronto store focused on children’s educational software, but it hasn’t been a mom-and-pop shop for some time.In 2010, after 25 years as a wholly family-owned business, Birch Hill Private Equity made an undisclosed investment in Mastermind Toys. It’s now a majority stakeholder, said Levy, who along with his brother remain “substantially invested.”Birch Hill typically makes investments on a 10-year timeline, Kadaner said, and its current plans with the private equity firm take it through to 2020.Kadaner shrugs off the increased competition from the likes of online behemoth Amazon.Next year, Mastermind Toys aims to offer a so-called click-and-collect option for shoppers who want to order on the website and pick it up at the store — a service, Kadaner argues, that gives a physical retailer an advantage over a digital one like Amazon for those who “don’t want products sitting on their front step.”Levy says Mastermind Toys isn’t trying to compete on price with the likes of Amazon, but rather on “experience” by offering customers the ability to try out many products with the help of knowledgeable staff.“That’s absolutely very important, and not a priority at Amazon,” he said. “And if we have to fight on price, that’s a whole different platform. But that’s not where our business is premised.”Kadaner says, for now, Mastermind Toys has no plans to take on Amazon or Walmart on their home turf.“We really feel we’ve got more than enough to keep us busy in English Canada over the next two to three years. We know we have the opportunity in Quebec,” he said.“So, we have no imminent plans to enter the U.S. But of course we certainly haven’t excluded it.”last_img read more

In the news today Nov 28In the news today Nov 28

first_imgEight stories in the news for Tuesday, Nov. 28———PM TRUDEAU SET TO APOLOGIZE TO LGBTQ COMMUNITYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver an apology in the House of Commons today for discrimination faced by members of the LGBTQ community. The Canadian Press has learned that the Trudeau government will also earmark more than $100 million to compensate members of the military and other federal agencies whose careers were sidelined or ended due to their sexual orientation. Several thousand people are expected to be eligible for the compensation.———REPORT CALLS FOR PRIVATIZATION OF HYDRO COMPANIESThe Toronto Region Board of Trade calls for wider privatization of electricity distribution companies in a report to be released today. The report, obtained by The Canadian Press, says the move would increase competitiveness in an attempt to drive down costly Ontario electricity prices. Board CEO Jan De Silva says a key recommendations is to privatize — by a maximum of 10 per cent initially — portions of hydro distribution companies now run by municipalities.———CANADIANS TRAPPED IN BALI AS VOLCANO ERUPTSSome Canadians are trapped in Bali after Indonesian authorities ordered 100,000 people to flee from an erupting volcano that prompted the closure of the international airport. Global Affairs Canada said 403 Canadians in Bali have registered with its Registration of Canadians Abroad service but a spokesperson says registration is voluntary, so more Canadian may be there. Mount Agung has been spewing clouds of white and dark grey ash since the weekend.———MARIJUANA BILL CLEARS COMMONSBill C-45, the federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana by next summer, has received final approval in the House of Commons by a vote of 200-82. The bill now travels to the Senate, where Conservative senators are threatening to hold up passage. Some provinces have complained they can’t be ready to implement and enforce the legislation by next July.———CANADIAN ACCUSED IN YAHOO HACK TO APPEAR IN U.S. COURTA Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails is set to appear in court today in San Francisco. Court records show Karim Baratov is scheduled to attend a change of plea hearing this afternoon. Baratov was sent to face charges to the U.S. this summer after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Canada.———PLEA EXPECTED FOR COPS WHO MOCKED WOMAN WITH DOWN SYNDROMETwo Toronto police officers who were recorded mocking a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome are expected to plead guilty to misconduct before a disciplinary committee today. Const. Sasa Sljivo is charged with misconduct related to the use of profane, abusive or insulting language, while Const. Matthew Saris is charged with misconduct related to the failure to report Sljivo’s comments, which contravened the Ontario Human Rights Code.———MICHELLE OBAMA, JOE BIDEN IN TORONTO TODAYTwo prominent figures in the U.S. Democratic Party will attend separate speaking engagements today in Toronto. Former first lady Michelle Obama will speak at a conference about education and equality for girls and women around the world. Later on, former vice-president Joe Biden will be in the city as the headline speaker for a conference on business leadership.———TORONTO SET TO CHEER CUP-WINNING ARGONAUTSA rally for the 105th Grey Cup champion Argonauts will be held today in front of Toronto City Hall. The Argos completed a remarkable worst-to-first turnaround with a 27-24 comeback victory over Calgary in Ottawa on Sunday night, capturing the franchise’s CFL-leading 17th Grey Cup championship. It was Toronto’s first Grey Cup win since beating Calgary for the 2012 CFL crown.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Scotiabank will kick of bank reporting week with its fourth-quarter and year-end results.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will release its 2017 Rental Market Survey.— The Bank of Canada will release the Financial System Review.— Statistics Canada will update the industrial product and raw material price indexes for October.— The Institute of Governance hosts a national summit in Ottawa with Indigenous leaders.— The National Energy Board will hear from landowners in Edson, Alta., about the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.— A court date for Oscar Arfmann, charged in connection with the shooting of Abbotsford, B.C., police Const. John Davidson.last_img read more

Human skills best way for workers to adjust to rise of theHuman skills best way for workers to adjust to rise of the

first_imgOTTAWA – A year into its effort to help equip youth for the rapidly evolving workforce, one of the country’s largest banks says enhancing young Canadians’ human skills will be critical in navigating the machine-led disruption that lies ahead.In a new study, the Royal Bank of Canada is calling for a national review of post-secondary programs to ensure they place more of a focus on “human skills” — from active listening, to critical thinking, to social perceptiveness.The research argues these foundational skills will help future workers remain nimble and position them to complement increasingly pervasive technologies like robots and machines, rather than compete with them.And it warns that without action Canadians will not be ready for inevitable changes over the next decade or two.Many say the transformation is already underway.Governments have poured energy and funding into efforts to prepare workers for a significantly altered labour force, which will be driven by technological advances, such as automation and artificial intelligence.For example, the federal government has emphasized the importance of promoting the fields of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — to help youth prepare for the future workforce. In its recent budget, Ottawa also noted that one million students will learn coding and digital skills through its CanCode program.But the RBC study found that while digital literacy is increasingly critical for all workers, it won’t be as crucial for everyone to learn a specific expertise like coding.Foundational human skills, on the other hand, can truly improve a worker’s opportunities and mobility.“To help Canada’s next generation do the disrupting instead of being disrupted, we need to start with 21st-century skills — skills they can use to grasp new opportunities and surf the waves of technology and innovation that are changing the world,” said the report titled, “Humans Wanted,” to be released Monday.“We need to stop telling them that work revolves only around degrees, qualifications and jobs.”RBC president and CEO Dave McKay said in an interview that if policy-makers and employers don’t do more to start preparing now, then Canada could run into a lot of challenges — from competitiveness obstacles to social-cohesion issues.“We believe there’s a national dialogue that’s lacking around this issue,” said McKay, who noted the study estimated more than 25 per cent of Canadian jobs will be heavily disrupted in the next decade and half will require far different skills than they do now.He said Canada currently spends a lot of money as a society to train people in skills and roles that won’t be needed down the road or, at the very least, will be a significant mismatch.“It won’t be good enough if we keep training ourselves on the same old, same old going forward — machines can do a lot of what we’re training students for,” McKay said.Canada, like many countries, suffers from a shortage in skills in their young people, like leadership, decision making, communication and emotional intelligence, he said.The report also recommends a national target to provide work-integrated learning, like internships and apprenticeships, for 100 per cent of undergraduate students.The federal government has committed funds to work-integrated learning. Last year, for example, it announced a program to help create work placements for 60,000 students over the next five years.Asked about federal efforts to prepare the next generation, McKay said it’s not enough, so he wants to work with Ottawa.“They seem to be small and I don’t have the actual execution plans, so yes, there’s money that they put aside, but to do exactly what?” McKay said of Ottawa’s promises.“We have a plan and a vision of what success looks like. We hope the two will come together.”The report is part of RBC’s 10-year, $500-million commitment toward helping young people prepare for the future workforce.The hunt for solutions to the impending workforce skills challenges have been preoccupying governments and business leaders for several years.Later this week, several federal cabinet ministers will host a G7 meeting in Montreal to explore how best to prepare for jobs of the future with their counterparts from other member countries.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report last week that said businesses should invest now in the skills development and lifelong learning to ensure their workers will have the tools to face the coming disruptions from AI, advanced robotics and automation.It’s better to re-train workers now rather than waiting until after these new technologies have taken their jobs, the organization said. If properly harnessed, new advances can improve production and boost economic growth and even create jobs.The Chamber’s report also noted the importance of social skills.It said people interviewed for the document praised British Columbia’s school system for its new curriculum emphasizing areas like social skills, communication, and creative and critical thinking. The report said these lessons are being integrated with lessons for traditional skills, such as numeracy and literacy.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter.last_img read more

Some Americans say friendly ties with Canada will persist despite Trump tiradesSome Americans say friendly ties with Canada will persist despite Trump tirades

first_imgMONTREAL – U.S. President Donald Trump’s sharp comments against Canada over trade are just a blip in an otherwise unbreakable, long-standing friendship, say some Americans living in the northeastern part of the country near the Canadian border.“In the long term, what we have in common as North Americans will ensure we overcome this period,” says John Tousignant, executive director of the Franco-American Centre, based in New Hampshire.Trump embarked on a post-G7 Twitter tirade on the weekend against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him “dishonest” and “weak” in the escalating battle over trade tariffs.The president’s surrogates also piled on during Sunday U.S. news shows, with Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro saying there was “a special place in hell” for Trudeau.Navarro apologized Tuesday.The jabs left a bitter taste with Phyllis Klein, owner of a marina on Lake Champlain in upstate New York, where about half the clientele are Quebecers.“I feel that it’s certainly detrimental to U.S.-Canadian relations to have this kind of rhetoric out there,” said Klein, who will soon turn 80.Klein, who has operated her business for 38 years, says she she believes Canadians understand the difference between political rhetoric and the opinions of everyday Americans.“I find it difficult to try to apologize for words that come from the mouths of people in our government, so I don’t even try,” she said.“Because they know that the words that are coming out of the president of the United States’ mouth are not necessarily the feelings of those of us who value our relationships with our neighbours to the north.”In Vermont, where Trump is particularly unpopular, a few choice words from the president won’t keep people away from a popular weekend getaway on either side of the border, says one keen observer.“There is a large influx both ways of people visiting,” said Aki Soga, reader engagement editor for the Burlington Free Press. “Vermonters visit Canada, Canadians visit Vermont.”From a big-picture perspective, there are concerns about how the rest of the world sees the United States globally, he added. But as long as tariffs don’t directly have an effect on jobs in the state, the president’s words shouldn’t have a major impact, Soga said.“I think the first-hand interaction is likely to be a stronger factor than anything the president says,” he said. “If it goes on for a while — and it would have to go on for a while — people might change their views, but I don’t think this one incident is likely to have that effect.”Many social media users echoed that sentiment Monday, when the hashtag #ThanksCanada was trending on Twitter, celebrating Canadian contributions while pushing back against Trump’s comments.In New Hampshire, which counts Quebec as its largest trading partner and where nearly a quarter of the population has French-Canadian roots, Tousignant doesn’t believe a few undiplomatic words will do much to sour relations between “cousins.”“In the short term, we quarrel from time to time and certainly this is one of those quarrelsome moments,” Tousignant said, recalling that Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the current prime minister’s late father, had his own issues in 1971 with then-president Richard Nixon, who famously referred to the elder Trudeau as an “asshole.”Upon learning of the insult by Nixon, Trudeau replied: “I’ve been called worse things by better people.”That slight was a temporary issue and Tousignant believes this will be too.“If we spend more of our time focusing on the positives we share as North Americans, we’ll get past this short-term issue,” he said.Klein said tensions are normal in any relationship, but eventually the frostiness subsides.“Take any husband and wife, who are trying to learn to live together and raise a family, you’re going to have tensions, but usually we overcome them,” Klein said. “I don’t see this as anything different.”last_img read more

Mark Norman lawyers protest strategy talks between Crown federal lawyersMark Norman lawyers protest strategy talks between Crown federal lawyers

first_imgOTTAWA — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s legal team is pointing to several discussions between the Crown and top government lawyers about “trial strategy” as proof of political interference in his case.Notes taken by the Crown about those talks with lawyers from the Privy Council Office, the department that supports the prime minister, were filed in court this morning as pre-trial hearings resumed on Norman’s breach-of-trust charge.Many of the notes were redacted on the basis they dealt with “trial strategy,” Crown prosecutor Barbara Mercier told Norman’s lawyers in an email also filed in court.Norman’s lawyer, Christine Mainville, told the court that the Crown should not be talking strategy with the Privy Council Office, which she described as the right hand to the Prime Minister’s Office.She says the discussions are more troubling than the allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office tried to intervene in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin.Crown prosecutors did not immediately respond, but asked Justice Heather Perkins-McVey for time to study the documents.Norman was suspended as the military’s second-in-command in January 2017 and charged last March with one count of breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets to a Quebec shipyard.He has denied any wrongdoing and his politically charged trial is scheduled to start in August.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trans woman hopes funding cut will send message to Vancouver rape crisisTrans woman hopes funding cut will send message to Vancouver rape crisis

first_imgVANCOUVER — A transgender woman whose case against Canada’s oldest rape crisis centre was dismissed by the courts says she hopes the City of Vancouver’s decision to refuse the shelter funding will help change policies.Kimberly Nixon, 61, filed a human rights complaint against Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in 1995 after she was refused training to work as a volunteer peer counsellor on the basis she did not share the life experience of someone born female.“The organization is not bad,” said Nixon. “It just means that attitudes have to change.”Nixon’s complaint was upheld by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal with a $7,500 reward from Rape Relief, but the B.C. Supreme Court found discrimination had not occurred.The B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed Nixon’s appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed her request to appeal that decision in 2007.The City of Vancouver announced last week that, starting next year, it will no longer provide Rape Relief with a nearly $34,000 annual grant, saying the charitable group does not meet its trans equality and inclusion criteria, adopted in 2016.“While (Vancouver Rape Relief Society) services have been and are very important, staff identified concerns about the organization’s position on trans women in relation to the full intent of grant criteria,” the city said in a statement.Hilla Kerner, spokeswoman for Rape Relief, said women who are born female and socialized to submit to male domination do not feel comfortable around women who may appear and sound like men and don’t share the same life experience.“More often than not, being born female still means we are born as an oppressed class. We haven’t achieved liberation for women yet,” she said.Rape Relief does not turn transgender women away and often connects them to other services, Kerner said.She said the group is no different from other organizations that serve people with specific needs, including those who are Indigenous, disabled or migrants.Morgane Oger, who chairs the Trans Alliance Society, said she has been advocating since 2013 for Rape Relief’s municipal funding to be stopped.“Vancouver Rape Relief and other organizations that are publicly funded are responsible for keeping up the highest standard of inclusion,” Oger said, adding the group helps only a subset of women.Adrienne Smith, a human rights lawyer in Vancouver, said all of Smith’s clients are transgender and some of them have said they have been turned away from Rape Relief after a sexual assault.“Rape Relief takes the position that transgender women are men in dresses and that there’s something inauthentic about them,” Smith said. “Their followers repeat this messaging and it’s fundamentally hurtful to my clients and to trans and non-binary people.”Smith said Rape Relief has stuck to the same message even as society has changed.Trans women are sexually assaulted at four times the rate of non-trans women, often by other women, Smith said.“The Nixon case was wrongly decided and I think it would be decided very differently if it were argued today because decision makers have a much more clear understanding that transgender women are women,” Smith said.British Columbia provides about $600,000 in annual funding to Rape Relief, which has a budget of about $1.1 million and opened its doors in 1973.Nixon said provincial funding should also be reconsidered.“If the province continues to fund them they are basically enabling their treatment of trans women, or trans people in general,” said Nixon, who recently spoke at an International Women’s Day event at Ryerson University in Toronto.“I hope the society’s reached a point where they can recognize what is right and what is wrong. So this is just another opportunity for them to make the necessary change.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NewsAlert WilsonRaybould to reveal more details on SNCLavalin affairNewsAlert WilsonRaybould to reveal more details on SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould plans to reveal more — in writing — about her accusation that she faced improper pressure to prevent the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.The former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee to advise that she intends to make a written submission.She says the submission will disclose “relevant facts and evidence” in her possession that will further clarify her previous oral testimony at the committee and “elucidate the accuracy” of statements made by other witnesses who followed her.The Liberal-dominated committee shut down its investigation into the affair on Tuesday, with Liberal members concluding no rules or laws were broken.Opposition parties have been demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grant a blanket waiver of solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality to allow Wilson-Raybould to more fully tell her story.Wilson-Raybould says the additional information she will provide in her written submission will stay within the confines of the waiver she has already been granted, covering the period last fall when she claims to have been pressured up to Jan. 14 when she was shuffled out of her dual role as justice minister and attorney general.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Survivor recalls painful memories of Rwandan genocide on 25th anniversarySurvivor recalls painful memories of Rwandan genocide on 25th anniversary

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — It’s been 25 years since Hutu’s went on a killing spree, bent on eliminating Tutsi people.Between April and July in 1994, more than 800,000 people were killed in the Rwanda genocide. Melchior Cyusa was just nine-years-old when his family received the news that Rwanda and Burundi’s presidents had died in a plane crash over the radio, the day was April 7, 1994.Within hours, he was separated from his immediate family, forced to flee from Hutu persecutors on foot with his aunt, narrowly escaping a massacre in the village he was seeking refuge in.“The Hutu extremists killed my aunt and her daughter, and they took my aunt’s maid because they recognized her as being from the area.I went and hid myself, and they came looking for me but fortunately they could not find me,” he said.“Since they didn’t know where I went, they gave up.When I came out there was nobody, and I had to start my way back home.”On his journey home, he saw the “true picture of the genocide” — bodies of dead Tutsis were scattered on the road. “I wasn’t sure I would make it back.” From left to right, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, light the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Rwanda is commemorating the 25th anniversary of when the country descended into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day period in what was the worst genocide in recent history. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Cyusa along with other survivors are hoping their stories will correct the false narratives perpetrated by deniers during the UN International Criminal Tribunal trials. The tribunal listened to more than 3,000 witness accounts, but only 61 people were convicted and sentenced for slaughtering nearly one million people.“We just saw what happened in Myanmar, and so what people could remember is to reflect on what happened in Rwanda 25 years ago,” he said, it was the last genocide of the 20th century. “From there, they could think about what could be done for their societies for subsequent generations.”The RCSC will mark the anniversary of the genocide with a memorial ceremony at Mount Royal University’s Wright Theatre from 3 to 6 p.m. on April 13. Tim Gallimore, a former spokesperson for the prosecutor of the UN ICTR, will speak at the ceremony to educate the audience on the effects of genocide.He will also present at another event organized by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work taking place at the Glenbow Museum Theatre on April 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. He will focus on the role of Rwandan media in spreading propaganda and hate to prepare and execute the genocide.center_img He later learned his father, mother and his siblings had all been killed. Orphaned, he became a refugee in Kenya for eight years before the UN relocated him to Canada. Now he resides in Calgary and has visited home just a handful of times since the genocide ended.“The first time I went, I didn’t know what to expect because when I left Rwanda the country was literally destroyed — there was no infrastructure, people had lots of anger in themselves, one against the other,” he commented. “So when I went (after the genocide) I could see the difference in the way people lived together and with one another.”Cyusa now heads the Rwandan Canadian Society of Calgary, a community organization that is dedicated to preserving Rwandan culture and values. It’s more than that though, it brings together survivors and offers a place to reflect on the atrocities committed, mourn the loss of loved ones, and focus on educating the public with the aim of preventing genocides in the future.“The concept ‘Never Again’ — if it can be talked about, remembered from time to time, then we may not see what happened to Rwanda coming back in the history of humanity,” he said. FILE – In this Friday, April 4, 2014 file photo, the skulls and bones of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge inside the church are laid out as a memorial to the thousands who were killed in and around the Catholic church during the 1994 genocide in Ntarama, Rwanda. Officials said Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 that 53-year-old Rwandan Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who is wanted in connection with the country’s 1994 genocide and has a $5million bounty on his head, was arrested by Interpol agents in the neighboring Congo city of Goma late Monday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)last_img read more

Prayers answered Church posts on Facebook that statues head has been returnedPrayers answered Church posts on Facebook that statues head has been returned

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Winnipeg church’s prayers for the return of the head from a saint’s statue may have been answered.The Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga posted a photo on Facebook showing the bronze head depicting St. Volodymyr resting on a table, saying that someone found and returned the head on Saturday.The statue was decapitated outside the cathedral early Tuesday and a cross-like symbol on a Ukrainian coat of arms was also stolen.The Facebook post says a group of people would be searching the area where the head was found to look for the cross.Police spokesman Const. Jay Murray, who was contacted around the time the Facebook post was made on Saturday, wouldn’t confirm the head was found.The statue was created by Winnipeg sculptor Leo Mol, who died in 2009.“Thank you to all for your prayers regarding the vandalism of our statue of Blessed St. Volodymyr. We were very thankful to have someone find and return the statue head to the Cathedral today,” the Facebook post by the chuch said.The church could not be reached for comment on Saturday.The chuch had earlier said in a statement that the vandalism had created a financial burden for the parish, and that it didn’t know how much it would cost to repair.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Blondie Performs At StarStudded Red Dress AwardsBlondie Performs At StarStudded Red Dress Awards

first_imgWoman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer and Publisher and CRO Kassie Means hosted the 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center.Debbie Harry at 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event featured performances by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Blondie and the gentleman trio, GENTRI.Other guests included: Natalie Azar, Laura Benanti, Afiya Bennett, Carla Hall, Tamron Hall, Star Jones, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Quarles, and more.The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances honoring those who have made significant contributions to Heart Health Awareness. This year’s honorees included: Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief medical correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America and American Heart Association volunteer; Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Top Chef head judge, food policy activist; filmmaker, social justice activist; Karen Springer, President of health care operations for Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.; Fitbit, the leading wearables brand helps Americans get moving and Icilma V. Fergus, M.D., F.A.C.C., Associate professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular disparities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.Blondie closed the evening with an unforgettable performance that included: One Way or Another, Hanging on the Telephone, Maria, Long Time, Dreaming is Free and Heart of Glass.The evening featured additional performances from Broadway Inspirational Voices and Gentri. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with lead sponsor CocoaVia and sponsors For Your Sweetheart, The Quaker Oats Company, Novartis, Rosa Regale Red Sparkling Wine, Lands’ End and Lenox Tableware & Gifts for this year’s event.Participants of the fifth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge attended alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer and experts from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day, Bauer and the Mayo Clinic have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 213 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Neiman Marcus Last Call provided dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.For more on the event, check out #RedDressAwardslast_img read more

Paul Mason Oneonone with the original Fashion SantaPaul Mason Oneonone with the original Fashion Santa

first_imgThe Toronto-born model has spent 33 years in the fashion world, but many of us first heard of him when hundreds of shoppers scrambled to snap selfies with him during last year’s holiday season.These days, you may have also read headlines about Yorkdale’s new Fashion Santa: Adam Martin. Yes, Mason has been replaced for the 2016 campaign, and now he’s battling with the mall for legal rights to the character.There’s been an outcry on social media about Mason’s situation, with supporters using the hashtag #RealFashionSanta.Unfortunately, Martin wasn’t available for an interview – we asked for the new Fashion Santa a number of times – and Yorkdale wasn’t able to get a statement to 24 Hours before deadline, although a spokesperson said that there wasn’t much new to say. In past weeks, Yorkdale reps have mentioned that the mall is open to working with Mason again in the future, and that they weren’t able to reach him to organize the 2016 campaign – something that he disputes.Thankfully, Mason has a number of other things coming up, including a big international trip, a possible book deal and a promo for a well-known U.S. TV show. Here’s the rest of what he had to say during our recent chat.Where did the Fashion Santa idea come from?It came from a sad place. I had a 30-year career as a model without the beard, and did quite well over in Europe, and spent 14 of those years in New York City. And then my mom passed away (in 2013). And when you’re grieving, you’re kind of depressed, and you don’t feel like cleaning up. By the time the beard started growing, I was like, ‘You know what, I’ve been doing this 30 years, and I kind of like this look.’ And that’s when I was thinking along the lines of Fashion Santa, because I’ve been in the business that long, and I did look somewhat like Santa Claus For Santas everywhere, it’s a pretty intense time.Paul Mason, the 52-year-old bearded model who rose to viral fame as Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Fashion Santa last Christmas, is currently running around to various modelling and charity-related events, capitalizing on his resemblance to a chic St. Nick.“It’s pretty intense at the moment,” he admits during a recent phone interview with 24 Hours. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Blood Ties starring Tatiana Maslany moves from small screen to bigger stageBlood Ties starring Tatiana Maslany moves from small screen to bigger stage

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement From there it received another workshop in the 2012 SummerWorks Performance Festival and travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the following year. The darkly comedic story about a group of friends cleaning up the scene of a suicide the night before one of them gets married built up a cult following in the Toronto indie theatre scene.But in 2014, Blood Ties got a major boost in exposure when it was picked up as part of a subplot in Season 2 of Orphan Black, the Tatiana Maslany-led sci-fi clone drama co-produced by BBC America and Bell Media. Maslany’s suburban mom clone, Alison Hendrix, plays the lead role in her community theatre musical (you can see Johnston as one of the chorus members). Facebook Login/Register With: It’s rare for a theatrical show to have a television debut before its finalized stage premiere, but in Canadian musical theatre the path to production is its own kind of beast.When Barbara Johnston and Anika Johnson graduated from Ryerson Theatre School in 2009, their final performance was a workshop of a new musical they were writing together: Blood Ties was based on a true story about Johnston’s parents, who had to clean up the aftermath of a family member’s suicide. The collaborators turned it into a musical tragicomedy.“As we were writing the show we talked to them a lot. . . . All these horrible details,” Johnston said. “I just thought it was this insane story that combined the kind of drama and bizarre comedy with sorrow underneath the surface that we thought would make something very exciting.” Twitterlast_img read more

The JUNO Awards rename award category to Indigenous Music Album of theThe JUNO Awards rename award category to Indigenous Music Album of the

first_imgAdvertisement The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced its JUNO Award category Aboriginal Album of the Year will be proudly renamed Indigenous Music Album of the Year, in support of acknowledging all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada.Presented annually at the JUNO Awards, the Indigenous Music Album of the Year recognizes the music that echoes the Indigenous experience in Canada through words and/or music. The category accepts all traditional Indigenous music including: traditional Aboriginal music: Iroquois, Social Pow Wow Drum (i.e: Sioux, Assiniboine, Cree, Ojibway & Blackfoot, etc.); all Hand Drums (e.g. Inuit, Dene, Cree, Micmac, West Coast, etc.), Inuit Throat Singing; Traditional Flutes; Métis, Cree & Micmac Fiddling. In addition, fusions of all genres of contemporary music that incorporate the above and/or reflect the unique Indigenous experience in Canada, by virtue of words or music.The Indigenous Music Album of the Year award will be presented at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Tourism Ottawa, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 46th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img JUNO Week 2017 will be hosted in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Public memorial for zombie master George Romero set for Monday in TorontoPublic memorial for zombie master George Romero set for Monday in Toronto

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Fans of influential horror director George Romero are being invited to gather at a public memorial on Monday.A celebration of the “Night of the Living Dead” director’s life will take place in Toronto, according to details provided by his manager.Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement from his family. The director is credited with reshaping the zombie film genre with his classic “Night of the Living Dead” and its various sequels. He also directed a number of other horror films including “Monkey Shines” and “The Dark Half.”Romero moved to Toronto in 2004 where he shot many of his later films.Monday’s public memorial will be held at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.Guests unable to attend the memorial can sign an online guest book: https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/site/RomeroGeorgeA.html Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Elsipogtog antifracking protests triggering angry online backlashElsipogtog antifracking protests triggering angry online backlash

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe ongoing, Mi’kmaq-led opposition to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick is creating an on-line backlash, with some calling for a counter-protest in support of SWN Resources Canada which was forced to call off its planned work Thursday after facing dozens of demonstrators.The calls for a counter-protest were posted Thursday evening on the Facebook group, Say Yes to Natural Gas and Oil in New Brunswick.“I think the people that move this country are fed up… Time for action (sic),” posted Tim Bamford, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Chipman, NB. “The intent would to be to go there in support only. If it escalated…Then that would force the govt hand to act…Trudeau would have shut this down before it started (sic).”The comment was part of a 125-comment thread in response to a posted Twitter photo about Thursday’s protest on Hwy 11 depicting Elsipogtog residents and supporters stopping SWN’s trucks.SWN turned back its thumper trucks after dozens of Elsipogtog residents and supporters confronted the machinery. The RCMP intervened, briefly shutting down Hwy 11 in an area about 46 km north of Elsipogtog First Nation.One woman was arrested in relation to the protest and the RCMP is investigating several acts of vandalism against one of SWN’s trucks and some of its equipment.The day’s events triggered a flurry of angry online reaction.While Bramford’s call received some support, some posters worried whether they’d be able to muster enough people to make an impact.“Your right tim show of real support is needed and we shall do it (sic),” posted Dan Richard, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Miramichi, NB.“Good luck Tim Tim Bamford, we could hardly get 20 to show up at the leg building last year… But hey if there’s at least 50 going, IM IN! (sic)” posted Jason Chase, whose publicly available Facebook profile shows photos of a license plate from Nova Scotia.It appears the pro-SWN protest never materialized and instead the discussion turned to taking out a newspaper advertisement.“What if we all pitched in enough to take a full page ad out in the papers?” posted Peter Melanson, whose publicly available Facebook profile included a photo calling to “Frack Baby, Frack.”The thread also revealed a high level of anger from local residents over the ongoing protest.“Push clutch in, put transmission in gear, gently ease off the clutch, hammer down !!! (sic)” posted Kevin Cai, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he went to high school in Rogersville, NB.“Good thing i don’t drive truck because i likely would have run over top of them (sic),” posted Stephanie Dawn MacLeod, whose publicly available profile indicates she lives in Saint John, NB.“Run the maggots over.. take them out of there misery. Enough is enough!! (sic)” posted Adam Merrill, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Nova Scotia.“Arrest everyone of them or bring in our army and deal with the warriors with real warriors…one law for all in this country (sic),” posted David Donahue, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Blackville, NB.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more