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History of Canada Day

Posted on 26 June 2015 by admin

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Canada’s national holiday is celebrated on July 1.

Canadians across the country and around the world show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. It’s been a day of celebration, where many festivities are held across the country, since 1868.

The Creation of Canada Day

July 1, 1867: The British North America Act (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) created Canada.

June 20, 1868: Governor General Lord Monck signs a proclamation that requests all Her Majesty’s subjects across Canada to celebrate July 1.

1879: A federal law makes July 1 a statutory holiday as the “anniversary of Confederation,” which is later called “Dominion Day.”

October 27, 1982: July 1, “Dominion Day” officially becomes Canada Day.

The Celebrations Start

July 1, 1917: The 50th anniversary of Confederation. The Parliament buildings, under construction, are dedicated to the Fathers of Confederation and to the courage of Canadians who fought in Europe during the First World War.

July 1, 1927: The 60th anniversary of Confederation. The Peace Tower Carillon is inaugurated. The Governor General at the time, Viscount Willingdon, lays the cornerstone of the Confederation Building on Wellington Street.

From 1958 to 1968: The government organizes celebrations for Canada’s national holiday every year. The Secretary of State of Canada is responsible for coordinating these activities. A typical format includes a flag ceremony in the afternoon on the lawns of Parliament Hill and a sunset ceremony in the evenings, followed by a concert of military music and fireworks.

July 1, 1967: The 100th anniversary of Confederation. Parliament Hill is the backdrop for a high-profile ceremony, which includes the participation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

From 1968 to 1979 (with the exception of 1976): A large multicultural celebration is presented on Parliament Hill. This concert is broadcast on television across the country. The main celebrations (called “Festival Canada”) are held in the National Capital Region throughout the month of July. These celebrations include many cultural, artistic and sport activities and involve the participation of various municipalities and volunteer associations.

From 1980 to 1983: A new format is developed. In addition to the festivities on Parliament Hill, the national committee (the group tasked by the federal government to plan the festivities for Canada’s national holiday) starts to encourage and financially support the establishment of local celebrations across Canada. Start-up funding is provided to support popular activities and performances organized by volunteer groups in hundreds of communities. Interested organizations can make a request to the Celebrate Canada program.

1981: Fireworks light up the sky in 15 major Canadian cities, a tradition that continues today.

1984: The National Capital Commission (NCC) is given the mandate to organize Canada Day festivities in the capital.

2010: Festivities on Parliament Hill receive a royal treatment when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh join the festivities to celebrate Canada’s 143rd anniversary.

2011: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, participate in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill on the occasion of Canada’s 144th anniversary.

2014: Canadian Heritage organizes the 147th Canada Day celebrations. As we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the government has given the Department the mandate to organize Canada Day festivities in the capital.

Official Symbols of Canada

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Food can be a key to interfaith understanding

Posted on 26 June 2015 by admin

Religion turns eating into sacred acts. In Islam it’s the Iftar, the meal that breaks the fast every night throughout the month of Ramadan. There are corresponding events in other religions.

Ramadan began last Thursday. The GTA Intercultural Dialogue Institute is arranging for Torontonians of all faiths and none to join Muslims to break their fast with them. It’s a most laudable project that opens up new possibilities for interfaith co-operation. I’m delighted that members of the congregation I served are among the participants.

The spirituality of eating with people across religious divides goes much further than is normally offered at interfaith gatherings, which often consist of discourses about history and theology. These are important in imparting information but it’s less clear if they actually bring people closer together. Eating does.

The prohibition to consume alcohol in Islam and in some Christian traditions is also relevant. To understand the reasons opens up further possibilities of mutual appreciation. The insistence by some Jews on kosher wine can be a way of understanding Judaism.

Various degrees of vegetarianism across religious divides usually reflect important attitudes to life in general and the animal world in particular. This dimension of the spirituality of eating has gained prominence in our culture in recent years.

In our time, eating and ecology has become an important issue in many religions. It points to the scandal of hunger around the world and over-eating in our own society. It reminds us, in a powerful symbiosis of religious convictions and political action, of our responsibility to seek to ease the suffering of those who go hungry.

All this suggests that the conventional encounters between members of churches, synagogues and — alas, still too rarely — mosques may need to be augmented by cooking and eating together. Instead of inviting each other to yet another talk we might do well to show each other why we eat the foods that shape our lives and how we prepare them.

As what we eat and how we eat reflects both culture and religion, the Intercultural Dialogue Institute seems well suited to show us the way. Its invitation to celebrate Iftar with Muslim friends is, I hope, only a beginning.

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Legislation protects vulnerable immigrant women and girls

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Legislation strengthening laws to prevent barbaric cultural practices from occurring on Canadian soil received Royal Assent.

Tabled in the Senate on November 5, 2014 as Bill S-7, the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (the Act) provides improved protection and support for vulnerable individuals—primarily immigrant women and girls—including:

  • Creating a new measure under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that will render permanent residents and temporary residents inadmissible to Canada if they practice polygamy;
  • Strengthening the Civil Marriage Act by codifying existing legal requirements at the national level for “free and enlightened consent” and establishing a new national absolute minimum age of 16 for marriage;
  • Criminalizing certain conduct related to early and forced marriage ceremonies, including the act of removing a child from Canada for the purpose of such marriages; and
  • Limiting the defence of provocation so that it would not apply in so-called “honour” killings and many spousal homicides. A new court-ordered peace bond will also be created to protect potential victims of early or forced marriages where there are grounds to fear that a person may commit a forced or early marriage offence.

The Civil Marriage Act amendments are now in effect, as they also came into force upon Royal Assent.

The successful passage of this piece of legislation reaffirms the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to end violence against women, and girls and sends a clear message that any form of harmful cultural practices is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Canada.

 

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AFTER 10 YEARS OF MR. HARPER, MUCH IS BROKEN IN OTTAWA – INCLUDING THE CRA:

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The Hon. Ralph Goodale

Ottawa

Stephen Harper is well into his 10th year in office, and Canadians are tallying the carnage of that scorched decade.

 A prime economic example reaches back to the 2011 election.  Mr. Harper promised big tax breaks, worth billions of dollars annually, to high-wealth Canadians – despite the clear reality that the economy was weak, the proposed cuts were expensive and unfair, and middle and lower income people had larger and more pressing needs.

 As a sop to fiscal responsibility, Mr. Harper made his tax breaks “contingent” on his government first balancing its budget. That signalled a major assault on federal programs and services.  He pledged that “front line” service delivery would not be reduced – only redundant public servants in the government’s “back offices” would be affected, he said.  That sounded like nonsense at the time, and it was.

 Services and service delivery standards have been severely compromised.  Just ask WW2 veterans, or younger soldiers returning from recent wars and suffering PTSD.  Ask someone trying to reach a human-being to talk to about Employment Insurance, or a pension problem, or an immigration application that’s two years overdue.

 Or ask about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  Taxpayers have been treated to a litany of service failures in this key department over the past several months.

First it was the letters CRA was sending to taxpayers.  They were incoherent computer-generated gibberish that no normal person could possibly understand.  Even departmental officials were at a loss to make sense of their own correspondence.

Then it was the quality of the tax information being handed out by CRA, especially to small businesses.  It was wrong 25% of the time.

Taxpayers with a complaint were told to go to the CRA Ombudsman, but that position has been vacant for a year.

CRA has closed all of its “service to the public” offices.  Its budget for “service” has been chopped by more than 25%.  Staffing is down by 20%.  The department is directing Canadians to its telephone call centre to pick up the slack.  And even that is proving to be a debacle.

Data obtained from CRA this past week shows an appalling level of bad performance.

Last year, some 12-million Canadians tried to call the tax department for information, help or advice.  Collectively, they made more than 60-million phone calls.  Two-thirds of those calls were never answered.  They got a busy signal and hung up.  For those taxpayers who persisted in trying to get through by making call-after-call over a full week’s time, still 20% never made it.

The figures so far this year show even worse service — 78% of the calls incoming to CRA are not getting answered.

For all these reasons, Justin Trudeau has promised a major overhaul of the tax department.  To start with, new performance standards for CRA services will be established to raise the bar, measure results and report publicly.  This must apply urgently to the quality of correspondence and the accessibility of the call centre.

Our aim will be the achievement of operating practices that treat taxpayers as “clients”.  For example, where the department notices that someone is entitled to a benefit or deduction which they are not actually receiving, they should pro-actively contact that taxpayer to let them know.

CRA could also offer to file routine tax returns for lower income Canadians and those on fixed incomes when their financial situations remain largely unchanged from previous years.  There could be more support for Canadians who want to file their returns on-line with no paper forms.

Greater efforts should be made to go after international tax evasion.  The CRA should halt its partisan harassment of charities.  And the government should clarify the rules on charities to reaffirm the important role that non-governmental organizations can and should play in the development of public policies.

The trouble at CRA is just one aspect of the brokenness that Stephen Harper has inflicted upon Canada.  For a more comprehensive look at Justin Trudeau’s plan for fair and open government, go to:  RealChange.ca

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ZARDARI, NAWAZ SHARIF AND THE MILITARY

Posted on 26 June 2015 by admin

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Dr. Hasan Askari

        There is no shortage of controversies in Pakistani politics. The latest controversy started on June16 when the former President and Co-Chairman of the PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, lashed out at the Rangers and the Army for their decision to expand the security operation in Karachi to target the sources of funding of terrorist and criminal activity as well as hit their political and bureaucratic links.

Though Zardari did not name the Rangers and the Army, he left no doubt as to whom he was addressing. The selection of words and comments was unwise and inappropriate.

    Zardari’s comments focused on the rapidly changing security situation in Karachi where the Rangers, backed by the Army, decided to target the sources of financial support of terrorist and criminal activity in Karachi and the links of these people in the political and bureaucratic circles.

They also planned to take action against money making activities of political leaders and bureaucratic officials and their civilian partners.

The underlying assumption is that a network of individual criminals and organized gangs engage in various types of money making activities.

The Rangers want to cut-off the channels through which money changes hands or political and administrative support is available to those engaged in a number of illegal activities like land grabbing and selling it illegally, charging money for getting their tasks done from the government, enabling others to grab others’ property, use violence or threat of violence to extort money and to support violent and terrorist activity.

    The MQM was the first to be targeted under this policy when its headquarters and close-by buildings were searched in the second week of March 2015. A large number of people were arrested.  Some of them were detained for a long-term investigation. Now, the fear in the political circles is that such operation is going to extend beyond the MQM and it will target the PPP and the close associates of the Sindh Provincial Government.  In fact, the Rangers raided offices of land development authorities of the Sindh government that perturbed the political elite.

  The Army and the Rangers had raised the issue of links between violence, political power, money and political and religious parties in the Apex Committee meetings in Karachi. The Corps Commander Karachi hinted on this issue when he discussed law and order in Karachi in an open meeting. Similarly, the Director General Rangers talked of Rupees 230 billion involved in the close links between politics and criminality.

    Asif Ali Zardari’s statement was meant to deter the Rangers and the Army from taking any action against the political leaders and their close associates. He threatened to create a difficult situation for the security authorities that go after political leaders under the pretext that they protected and patronized criminal and terrorist activity.

     The Rangers and the Army were not threatened by Zardari’s statement because the political forces got divided on these issues and adopted the political position that served their party interests.  The PPP and the MQM appeared close to each other on the issue  of the Rangers targeting the political forces.. Others either supported the Army and criticized Zardari or stayed away from this controversy.

      The PMLN’s reaction was interesting. It distanced itself from the PPP and expressed its solidarity with the Army and the Rangers.   In the past, the PMLN and especially Nawaz Sharif were very critical of the military. They used to criticize the military on account of the Kargil war (1999) and the military takeover by General Pervez Musharraf.

    Now, Nawaz Sharif and his associates publicly supported the military and condemned the statement of Zardari. Nawaz Sharif had learnt over the last two years, especially from the “Dharnas” by Imran Khan in 2014 that his government could not survive without the military’s support. He surrendered a good part of decision making power to  the military in return for letting him serve as the Prime Minister. It suited both. The military got greater autonomy in policy making and Nawaz Sharif secured his prime ministership.

   Nawaz Sharif refused to meet Zardari because he thought that his meeting might be viewed by the military as his support for Zardari’s statement.  Some of senior leaders of the PMLN publicly denounced Zardari that undermined the cordial relations between the PPP and the PMLN.

    The PPP leaders moved out quickly to control the damage caused by Zardari’s statement. Some attempted to soften the statement while others argued that why  should the Rangers focus on Sindh only when corruption exists in other provinces also.  Still others questioned the mandate of the Rangers to take punitive actions against civil servants and the political leaders.

    The current political temperature in Pakistan will go down in a couple of weeks. However, the bitterness caused by these events is expected to impact the politics in the future. We will have to see if this incident brings  an end to the PMLN-PPP partnership?

     Distancing itself from the PMLN may enable the PPP to stand on its feet and become a genuine opposition.   The PPP will also have to pay attention to the deep anger of its activists against the leadership. If the PPP wants to turn the current crisis into a long term asset it will have to cope with its organizational and leadership problems and control misgovernance and corruption in Sindh.

     Further, the PMLN will find itself more isolated and its capacity to withstand military pressure will further decline. Therefore the policy of supporting the military may further weaken the autonomy and power of the Sharif government.

    The military is the major beneficiary of Zardari’s ill-advised statement and the decision of the PMLN and some other rightwing political parties to support the military. This has divided the political forces and strengthened the political weight of the military.

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Indian PM ‘thrills’ with yoga event

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The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s participation in the first ever International Yoga Day in the capital, Delhi, added the surprise element to what was expected to be like any other staid government function, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi.

On the carefully compiled guest list were bureaucrats, diplomats, schoolchildren and soldiers; and on the agenda were speeches and a 35-minute “module of yoga poses”.

Officials and ministers had repeatedly told us that Mr Modi would attend the event and give a speech, but he would not take part in yoga because “he’s a very private person”.

But to everyone’s surprise, after a short speech, Mr Modi walked down from the stage to the Rajpath or the King’s Avenue – a wide boulevard in the centre of the city that had been turned into a massive exercise ground for the day – rolled out his aquamarine mat and joined the tens of thousands practising yoga.

He contorted his body into different poses, did stretches and bends and breathing exercises with the 35,000 participants. At one point, he wandered off into the crowd to inspect how others were doing, before returning to rejoin the session.

The live commentary informed the participants about the benefits of striking each pose – one, it said, helped with spondylitis, another eased back pain.

Mr Modi’s impromptu yoga session was applauded by the other participants.

Sonia Tomar, who is training to be a policewoman, said she was “stunned” and “thrilled” when the prime minister “sat down next to us to do yoga”.

Hours before the event began, the participants had taken their places on colourful mats on Rajpath.

A group of girls said they had been asked to report to school at 21:00 India time [15:30GMT] on Saturday night and had stayed there till morning.

Just after 4am, they were bussed to the sprawling lawns of India Gate for the event and not one of them said they were tired.

There were a lot of happy excited faces, some were laughing and chatting, some were practising their yoga moves.

“I have been doing yoga for the last six years,” said 14-year-old Nikita Thakur. “No-one had paid so much attention to yoga before. I am glad it’s getting global attention now,” she added.

“We enjoy yoga, it’s great fun,” said 12-year-old Anjali Arya.

The children said they had been training daily for a month and a half for the yoga day.

Mr Modi, a yoga enthusiast who says he practises the ancient Indian art daily for an hour, had lobbied the United Nations for the yoga day.

The government is hoping the event will set a new Guinness World Record for the largest yoga class at a single venue – the current record is held by 29,973 students who practised yoga in the central Indian city of Gwalior.

On Sunday morning, Mr Modi told the participants that yoga was “more than physical fitness” and “a way of training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony”.

In the days before the yoga day celebrations, there had been murmurs of protest from some Muslim organisations that since yoga has its origins in Hinduism, practising it is against the monotheism preached by Islam and that Mr Modi’s government is trying to promote its Hindu agenda.

On Sunday, however, thousands of Muslims participated in the yoga day event.

Shabnam Saifi was within touching distance of Mr Modi as he rolled out his mat.

“I’m a Muslim woman but I do yoga every day. I don’t think it is against my religion. When I do Surya Namaskar [Sun Salutation], I feel really good,” she says.

“I think yoga is a great cultural practice and it’s good for the health and integrity of people around the world. Why fight over silly things?”

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Conservative bill would ban niqabs during citizenship ceremony

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A new law introduced by the Conservative government is in response to a recent Federal Court of Canada decision that ruled it is “unlawful” for Ottawa to order new citizens to remove their face-covering veil or niqab when taking the oath of citizenship.

Ottawa has introduced new legislation that requires all Canadian citizenship applicants to show their face while taking the oath of citizenship.

The Oath of Citizenship Act, which was introduced Friday, is designed to make sure candidates are seen and heard reciting the oath of citizenship during ceremonies. The act would require all applicants to swear or affirm the oath of citizenship publicly and openly and in a way that others can verify both “aloud and with face uncovered.”

The new act is in response to a recent Federal Court of Canada decision that ruled it is “unlawful” for Ottawa to order new citizens to remove their face-covering veil or niqab when taking the oath of citizenship.

“The Citizenship Oath is an integral part of Canada’s citizenship ceremony, and where new Canadians embrace our country’s values and traditions, including the equality of men and women,” says Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism.

“This bill will ensure all citizenship candidates show their face as they take the Oath. We believe most Canadians, including new Canadians, find it offensive that someone would cover their face at the very moment they want to join our Canadian family.”

The Conservative government legislation may never become law. Parliament is breaking for summer recess and the House of Commons won’t sit again until after the election.

“This new bill is an important policy initiative that the Conservative government believes is important for Canada’s future,” said Joe Kanoza, a spokesperson for Uppal. “It is one of a series of bills being introduced now, which will together form a substantial legislative agenda after the election.”

The Federal Court decision centred on Mississauga resident Zunera Ishaq, who came to Canada from Pakistan in 2008 and successfully passed the citizenship test in 2013. She decided to put her citizenship ceremony on hold after learning she would need to unveil her niqab under a ban introduced in 2011. Her Charter challenge ensued.

Earlier this year, the court told Ottawa that it must immediately lift the ban and allow Ishaq to reschedule a new citizenship ceremony unless it appeals the ruling and receives permission to suspend the order.

The ruling was unusual because the decision was based on the finding that the ban mandated by the immigration minister violated the government’s own immigration laws.

“To the extent that the policy interferes with a citizenship judge’s duty to allow candidates for citizenship the greatest possible freedom in the religious solemnization or the solemn affirmation of the oath it is unlawful,” wrote Justice Keith M. Boswell.

Ottawa indicated at the time it would appeal the ruling.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims, a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, said the new legislation undermines Canada’s cherished principles of freedom and equality for all.

“It is very disheartening that our government is spending so much time and effort to revive what is essentially a manufactured issue which appears to be being used for political purposes,” said Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM’s executive director.

The original ban was introduced in 2011 by the then Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “From the moment the minister announced the policy, many of us felt it’s illegal,” said Ishaq’s lawyer Lorne Waldman.

“It is not the requirement in the law for someone to be seen in front of a (citizenship) judge taking the oath. Signing the paper is all (that’s) required.”

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How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun This Summer

Posted on 26 June 2015 by admin

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What have been the recent changes in sunscreen protection?

There are two major changes in Canadian sun protection taking effect this summer. They’re part of a new Health Canada legislation that passed late last year. These changes are going to start happening this summer and will apply to new products. However, you may still see some products in the store, like last year’s stock in example, that aren’t following these rules.

The first major change is the UVA circle, which is the new seal of protection. This is possibly the most important piece of news in sun protection.

UVB rays cause sun burns and represent 5 per cent of the harmful UV rays which come from the sun. Meanwhile, UVA rays cause skin cancer and aging, and represent 95 per cent of the harmful UV rays that come from the sun. SPF is only a measure of UVB protection and doesn’t imply anything about UVA at all.

Since SPF is only referring to protection from UVB rays causing sunburns, Health Canada wanted a way to let people know how well sunscreens on the market can protect from UVA rays.

What to look for: Sunscreens that meet health Canada’s minimum standard of UVA protection will be allowed to display a new logo on their packaging. It looks like the image below. Canadians need to look for the circle.

The second major change is the new limit on SPF.

While there’s a significant difference between SPF levels of SPF 30 and SPF 60, once you
go above SPF 60, there’s a minimal difference in the level of protection that you’re getting.

Reason for the change: Health Canada wants to stop the misconceptions that lead to under-use of sunscreens with excessively high SPF. For example a common misconception is the idea that “SPF 100 is 100 per cent protection from the sun.”

It’s not, in fact no sunscreen is truly 100 per cent protection but once you’re at SPF 50, you’re about as close as you’ll get. This misconception causes people to under-apply thinking they’re more protected than they are. Or perhaps worse, not bother to re-apply.

What to look for: From now on the new cap on SPF will be 50. If a sunscreen has a higher SPF value than that it will be labelled as SPF 50+. This should keep things safe and easy to understand for Canadians.

Who should be using sunscreen?

Everyone should be using sunscreen, but especially children as their skin is more fragile and susceptible to sun damage. More importantly, if you get a serious sun burn before the age of 16, your chances of suffering from skin cancer later in life (increases).

If you have been using self tanner are you safe from the sun?

If you want a your skin to have a golden, “sun-kissed” glow, self-tanners are a much safer way to achieve this look, rather than actually tanning in the sun. Just keep in mind that self-tanners often don’t contain much (if any) SPF or UVA protection. So if you’re going outside in the sun, you’ll still need a high protection sunscreen.

How to get the most out of your sunscreen protection?

Ensure that you’re applying 30 ml (which is the equivalent of the size of a golf ball) for your whole body when you’re out in the sun.

Ensure you apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. It takes about this long to bind to your skin. However, if you use a mineral sunscreen, it can be applied right before you go out under the sun and you won’t need to wait 30 minutes.

Sunscreen only lasts for two hours. Make sure you re-apply if you’re going to be out in the sun longer. Keep in mind that it takes 30 minutes for your sunscreen before it starts working, so that implies to re-apply every 1.5 hours to be safe.

Any other tips?

Even if you’re using waterproof sunscreen, make sure you re-apply after you towel off.

I will be using these tips to keep my skin safe and happy this summer. Your suggestions are always welcome, as I continue on my journey to enjoy life to the fullest. Let’s have the very best 2015!

 

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Skinny jeans contribute to woman being sent to hospital, doctors say

Posted on 26 June 2015 by admin

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LONDON—Attention wearers of skinny jeans: don’t squat — at least not for long.

Doctors in Australia report that a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized for four days after experiencing muscle damage, swelling and nerve blockages in her legs after squatting for several hours while wearing tight-fitting denims.

“We were surprised that this patient had such severe damage to her nerves and muscles,” said Dr. Thomas Kimber of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, in an email.

The patient, who was not identified, spent most of the previous day helping someone move, squatting for long periods while emptying cupboards.

Clad in skinny jeans, the woman said they felt increasingly tight and her feet were numb as she walked home, making her trip and fall.

Unable to get up, she spent several hours stranded outside in the dark before eventually crawling to the side of the road, where she flagged down a cab and went to the hospital.

Kimber and colleagues published a report about the case online Monday in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Kimber said tight jeans have previously been reported to cause nerve lesions in the groin but not the kind of nerve problems in the lower leg and severe muscle damage they saw.

He said squatting compressed the nerves in the lower leg, reducing the blood supply to the calf muscles and that the skinny jeans worsened the problem.

After being treated for four days — and having her jeans cut off — the woman still had some weakness in her legs but walked out of the hospital and later recovered fully.

Kimber doesn’t know if the woman still wears skinny jeans but warned her against the dangers of squatting in them.

“I think it’s the non-stretchy nature of jeans that might be the problem,” Kimber said, noting that tight pants with more elasticity wouldn’t be as dangerous since they wouldn’t squeeze nerves and muscles.

Kimber says he doesn’t wear skinny jeans himself, but not because of the medical risks: “I’m too old to get away with them!”

 

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What has fumed Parineeti so much?

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Parineeti Chopra  lashed out at a newspaper  in a series  of  tweets  on Monday after  the media house published  a  story  about  her being irked with the organisers  of  IIFA Awards  2015 for  approaching  Sonakshi

Sinha for a singing gig.

According to the story in the  newspaper,  Parineeti Chopra, who happens to be a  trained  classical  dancer, was  expecting  to  be  approached for a musical segment at the awards show in Malaysia, but  the gig went

to Sonakshi.

Parineeti has denied the story  and  here’s  what  she tweeted: “Dear DNA,what  is  the point of asking for my quote when you’re going to print a negative  story  anyway? Better  to  ignore your messages then! (sic)”

“Its  so disheartening  to see a story that is absolutely untrue, even when I have respectfully  answered  your

query!  So  disappointed.

#DNA (sic)” “Don’t  try and spoil our reationships  with  each other.  All  us  actors  are friends.  We  support  each other. BELIEVE IT ONCE AND  FOR  ALL!@dna(sic)”

“I  still  respect  your newspaper  very much, my reaction is ONLY to today’s story.

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