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M-103: Liberal Government Will Support Iqra Khalid’s Motion Condemning Islamophobia

Federal Liberals will support a backbencher’s motion calling on the government to condemn Islamophobia and study the best ways to quell an “increasing public climate of hate and fear.” Motion 103, tabled by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid has sparked divisions among Conservatives and raised the ire of those who argue its adoption could have a [...]

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Trump vows to only tweak Canadian NAFTA provisions after Trudeau meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won personal assurances from President Donald Trump during an Oval Office meeting earlier this week that the United States only wants to tweak the North American free-trade provisions that govern commerce with Canada. Mr. Trudeau steered clear of controversial subjects – refusing to criticize Mr. Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees and [...]

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Feature, Interviews

An Unconventional Techie: Sumi Shan

 SHANELLE KANDIAH On a Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Sumi Shan’s day of work is not yet over. She speaks to me over the phone while taking a break from finalizing plans for an event for one of her many projects in the tech world, TEx Ventures . As a graduate in Political Science and [...]

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Award shows should have diverse judges to represent artist community

Raoul Juneja, music producer, TV producer, columnist, activist Raoul Juneja, also known as Deejay Ra, is a columnist, TV host, music producer and activist. He is also a media expert on urban and South Asian music. He has created and produced the award-winning national Canadian music TV show. Raoul was born in Toronto, and was [...]

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Feature, Interviews

My Experiences With Bullying

VITHYA Feature image courtesy of MY Photography. I have briefly mentioned experiencing bullying before, but after hearing about an incident in Netherlands of a young Tamil boy who took his life due to bullying, and receiving an email from a girl yesterday about similar issues she is facing, I thought I will write a blog about [...]

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Editorial

The province must deliver long-term funding support to Toronto

Posted on 25 February 2017

The City of Toronto can’t afford any longer to limp along with budgets held together with duct tape and string. After a marathon 15-hour debate last week, the city adopted a $10.5-billion operating budget after the usual battles over where to trim, which fees to increase, and how much of its rainy day reserve fund [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Toronto council approves 2 per cent property tax increase

Posted on 25 February 2017

With council poised to approve a budget Mayor John Tory said kept property taxes at “reasonable” rates, critics said they would have trouble sleeping with cuts impacting the city’s most vulnerable. A council meeting went late Wednesday night as members debated a budget some called “fair” and others contended was “unsustainable.” Council did earlier approve a [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Ontario to cap kindergarten classes, give teachers raise in tentative deal

Posted on 25 February 2017

Ontario’s Liberal government has agreed to cap full-day kindergarten classes at 30, according to a copy of a tentative contract extension agreement with elementary teachers obtained by The Canadian Press. If ratified, elementary teachers will get a 4 per cent raise over two years. That’s the same compensation offered to English Catholic teachers and French [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Student Debt To The Tune Of $178 Million Written Off By Liberals

Posted on 25 February 2017

The federal government for the second year in a row is writing off millions in student loans it will never collect, this time to the tune of $178.4 million. The money represents 32,554 loans that federal officials believe they will never be able to collect, either because a debtor may have filed for bankruptcy, the [...] Continue Reading

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South Asian Politics

7 killed as three suicide bombers attack Pakistan court

Posted on 25 February 2017

TANGI, Pakistan (AFP) – At least seven people were killed when multiple Taleban suicide bombers attacked a court complex in northern Pakistan Tuesday (Feb 21), the latest in a series of assaults which have raised fears militants are regrouping. One bomber was briefly on the loose inside the busy complex in the Tangi area of Charsadda district [...] Continue Reading

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Community

Relatives, friends mourn family killed in Brampton house fire

Posted on 25 February 2017

Relatives of three people who died in a Brampton house fire are in agony as they scramble for more information. Speaking from Pakistan, family members said they are most worried about 8-year-old Zoya Kapadia, whose parents and sister died in the early morning blaze on Madison St., near Dixie Rd. and Williams Pkwy. Officials haven’t released the [...] Continue Reading

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Business

Toronto housing called ‘bubble,’ as new listings fall rapidly

Posted on 25 February 2017

An unprecedented imbalance between the supply and the demand for Toronto-area homes is exerting a disproportionate impact on the national picture, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Its chief economist Gregory Klump said Wednesday that he doesn’t see that changing any time soon, although one bank economist suggested that the Toronto and area [...] Continue Reading

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Society

Dubai To Launch Flying Drone Taxis In July

Posted on 25 February 2017

Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel — comes as the Emirati city also has partnered with [...] Continue Reading

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Life & Style

Chewing gum may adversely affect digestive system

Posted on 25 February 2017

Chronic exposure to a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread can decrease the ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens, warns a study. Ingestion of the compound, known as titanium dioxide, is nearly unavoidable. It can enter the digestive system through toothpastes, [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

‘Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana’ Teaser Posters Will Definitely Make You Curious

Posted on 25 February 2017

Akshara Haasan and Vivaan Shah will be seen in upcoming family entertainer ‘Laali Ke Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana’ and the teaser posters of the film featuring the fresh jodi, were released recently. In the poster featuring Akshara, the lighteyed beauty is seen in bridal wear and a mischievous expression on her face as she clutches [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Find out what made Sonam famous?

Posted on 25 February 2017

Remember Sonam Kapoor swaying to the tunes of Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman’s “Masakali” with a pigeon on her head in “Delhi-6″? The actress says the song made her famous. “Delhi-6″, which tells the story of an NRI, who returns with his ailing grandmother to his homeland and gets caught in a bizarre temple-mosque dispute [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Very difficult to get good films: Taapsee Pannu

Posted on 25 February 2017

Taapsee Pannu has Running Shaadi.com, Naam Shabana, The Ghazi Attack and Judwaa 2 lined up. Actress Taapsee Pannu is on a roll. She has at least four films lined up for 2017, and she is loving her busy phase. She has Running Shaadi.com, Naam Shabana, The Ghazi Attack and Judwaa 2 in her kitty. “It’s [...] Continue Reading

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