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Tens of thousands mark Khalsa Day Sikh celebration in Toronto

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory joined thousands in Toronto in celebrating the 39th annual Khalsa Day Parade. Held in commemoration of the Sikh new year, the Khalsa order of Sikhism and the end of Sikh heritage month, this year’s event also celebrated the 350th anniversary of the birth of [...]

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New Peel Police Prisoner Escort Officer the First to Wear Hijab on Duty

When people think of women in general—let alone observant Muslim women—they don’t often think of challenging and traditionally male-oriented jobs like policing. Now, a young woman who recently joined Peel Regional Police as a special constable, prisoner escort officer (PEO) is working—simply by being present—to change that. Yusra Syed, a former University of Toronto Mississauga [...]

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Feature, Interviews

The rise of LillyTube

With two billion views on YouTube, a new book and brands knocking down her door, Scarborough-born Lilly Singh offers a lesson for Canadians looking to ride the wave of cultural disruption. Here’s the thing about success. You can be an online phenom with more than 11 million YouTube subscribers; have a gaggle of William Morris agents working their [...]

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Uzma Jalaluddin loves her Instant Pot but is no longer buying ‘things’

Every once in a while I get caught in a wave of optimistic shopping. I start to think my life really will be better, if only I had an ice cream maker/slow cooker/Le Creuset dish set. It isn’t until credit card digits are surrendered that I remember I don’t like to cook, or learn how [...]

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Financial literacy should be part of an equitable education system Prakash Amarasooriya

Ontario launches plan to teach high school kids financial skills Ontario is rolling out pilot projects at 28 high schools aimed at revamping the Grade 10 careers course and laying the groundwork for financial literacy to become part of the curriculum. About 700 students will be involved in the pilots, running until June, and their [...]

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Canadian Politics

Canada wants ‘progressive’ trade deal with U.S., Mexico, Freeland says

Posted on 17 August 2017

Freeland used a Monday morning speech to lay out the broad strokes of Canada’s objectives going into negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement. OTTAWA—On the eve of trade talks with the United States and Mexico, Canada is pushing back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim the North American free trade agreement is [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Business coalition sounds alarm over Ontario’s minimum-wage hike

Posted on 17 August 2017

Keep Ontario Working Coalition warns that minimum wage increase will cost households an extra $1,300 a year. Ontario’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 will cost the average household $1,300 a year in extra costs and put 185,000 jobs at risk, says a coalition of business groups opposed to the change. “Making $15 [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Toronto police can resume hiring, but only modest amount: Tory

Posted on 17 August 2017

Mayor John Tory says even a small amount of hiring will allow the force to cut its budget by $100 million and downsize the force. The Toronto Police Service can lift a hiring freeze and still trim $100 million from its budget — and downsize the force to 4,750 uniform officers — by 2019, Mayor [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

School fundraising report says amounts raised far outpace that of government grants for needy areas

Posted on 17 August 2017

An analysis of the province’s education funding formula, to be released Monday, says the “learning opportunities grant” distributes about $179 per student to schools in needy areas, while fundraising brings in $548 million to boards, or an average of $280 per student. Schools in more affluent areas across Ontario continue to raise so much money [...] Continue Reading

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Community

Woman at centre of Ontario assisted death case dies

Posted on 17 August 2017

The death of the woman was confirmed by a news release Thursday from Dying with Dignity Canada. A 77-year-old woman who went to court to clarify the assisted dying law for people who are in excruciating, incurable pain but who do not face imminent death has died with medical assistance. The woman, known as AB [...] Continue Reading

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Business

Home construction on pace for its best year since recession

Posted on 17 August 2017

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. says work began on an annualized 222,324 homes in July, the third-fastest monthly pace since 2012.  OTTAWA—Canadian home construction is on pace for its best year since the 2008-2009 recession, with builders showing no sign of being slowed by rising interest rates or fears of a housing correction. Home construction [...] Continue Reading

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Employment

Canada’s unemployment rate falls to lowest in nearly nine years

Posted on 17 August 2017

Canada’s economy added jobs in July, the eighth consecutive month of growth. OTTAWA—The economy extended its winning streak in July, posting its eighth consecutive month of job growth while the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since the start of the financial crisis nearly nine years ago. The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points [...] Continue Reading

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Education

Wynne’s ‘Tory-style’ education funding leaving kids behind: NDP Education Critic

Posted on 17 August 2017

LONDON—Today, NDP Education critic Peggy Sattler released the following statement in response to the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario report on education funding in Ontario: “Today’s report by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario highlights what too many students and parents already know: years of successive Conservative and Liberal governments have created an education system [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

After Pahlaj Nihalani gets sacked, Vidya Balan joins CBFC headed by Prasoon Joshi

Posted on 17 August 2017

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief Pahlaj Nihalani was sacked on Friday and was replaced by noted Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi. Prasoon Joshi has been appointed as the Chairperson in an honorary capacity from 11th August 2017 for a period of three years or until further orders. Joining Prasoon Joshi’s team [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Aishwarya, Aaradhya hoist National flag in Melbourne

Posted on 17 August 2017

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan hoisted the National flag in Melbourne this morning. Aishwarya gets emotional and gave a heartfelt speech in Hindi, post the flag hoisting ceremony. She said, “I am feeling so proud right now. I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for giving me this lifetime experience. Me [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Neha Dhupia meets with a road accident; onlookers ask for selfies, autographs

Posted on 17 August 2017

At one point, whenever a road accident would take place, the onlookers would instantly try to help the injured and call for help. Yes, there would be some who would simply observe and not move even an inch. But in today’s times, the number of people landing up at an accident site and not helping [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Saif, Kareena, Taimur return from Swiss vacation

Posted on 17 August 2017

After a weeklong vacation in Switzerland, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan returns with baby Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. The three were captured by the paparazzi while the happy family were making their way out of the airport. The cutest star baby looked very adorable and he glared to the paparazzi as he was [...] Continue Reading

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