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11 Canada Day Celebrations That Take You Off The Beaten Path

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

Canada Day is coming up, and while it’s always fun to head to a huge celebration in a big city, it can also be a good time to get off the beaten (and crowded) path for a more relaxed and local experience. If you’re craving a more laid-back Canada Day experience there are many options all over the country. Here are Cheapflights.ca’s picks for celebrations in smaller towns that are alternatives to joining the crush and chaos in the big cities.

 Blue Mountain, Ontario

Just 90 minutes northwest of Toronto, you’ll find Blue Mountain Village, a sprawling resort offering year-round activities ranging from skiing and snowboarding in winter, to waterslides, mountain biking, golf and zip lining in summer.

 Richmond, British Columbia

If you don’t want to celebrate Canada Day right in the heart of Vancouver, you can drive 20 minutes south to Richmond. Head here to check out the annual Steveston Salmon Festival, dubbed “Canada’s Biggest Little Birthday Party.”

 Beaumont, Alberta

Rather than Edmonton, spend Canada Day in Beaumont, Alberta, located just 30 minutes to the south.

 Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka is home to a wide range of Canada Day celebrations, and the destination itself is one of the best to visit in the summertime thanks to numerous outdoor activities, beaches and laid-back vibe. Driving time from Toronto is around two-and-a-half hours and, once you arrive, you can take your pick of celebrations and fireworks displays taking place throughout the Muskoka region in larger centres like Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Bracebridge.

 Souris, Prince Edward Island

The pretty town of Souris, just over an hour from Charlottetown, is a worthwhile stop on any PEI itinerary thanks to the abundance of white sand beaches.

 Saint Andrews, New Brunswick

Charming St. Andrews is Canada’s oldest seaside resort town and most visitors are smitten as soon as they arrive. Not far from Saint John or Fredericton, St. Andrews is filled with things to see and do, from white sand beaches and boat tours to galleries, gardens and museums.

 Kanata, Ontario

Canada Day in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, is understandably a big deal. But just outside of Ottawa you’ll find Kanata, which hosts its own Canada Day celebrations with something for everyone including many family-oriented activities.

 Coquitlam, British Columbia

Coquitlam, just 45 minutes from Vancouver, was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2009 and is home to more than 70 parks and nature areas.

 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

For a particularly scenic Canada Day, head about an hour and 15 minutes southwest of Halifax to Lunenburg. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic District is known as one of the prettiest towns on Canada’s east coast.

 Laval, Quebec

Just 40 minutes outside of busy Montreal you’ll find Laval, a good option if you’re on the hunt for an alternative to a big city Canada Day celebration.

 Port Hope, Ontario

Less than 90 minutes from Toronto puts you on the shores of Lake Ontario in pretty Port Hope, where there’s a Canada Day celebration happening throughout the day on July 1. The fun includes an antique car show, a parade beginning at 11 a.m., live local entertainment all day, as well as food booths and a beer garden in case you feel like imbibing.

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Canada takes the lead in raising funds for Iraq

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

Fallujah, one of the last Daesh strongholds in Iraq, has fallen after a month-long offensive by Iraqi forces and their supporters. A jubilant Prime Minister Haider Abadi called on Iraqis to “get out and celebrate.”

But while the ouster of Daesh is a glimmer of light on the dark landscape of Iraq, there is little to celebrate for tens of thousands displaced by fighting and fear of the government-allied Shiite militias known for reprisals against the Sunni population.

Civilians who fled the fighting, numbering more than 85,000, are living in sub-human conditions in the parched Iraqi desert. Some are in the open, others in makeshift camps that lack basic sanitation and shelter.

That’s because international aid for Iraq, already inadequate, has now sunk dangerously low with the Fallujah crisis. And the cash-strapped Iraqi government, which greatly underestimated the numbers of people who would flee, was unable to provide adequate living conditions for them.

The United Nations has sounded the alarm with an emergency appeal for $65 million (U.S.) to address the Fallujah crisis, and the World Food Program (WFP) has called for $34 million in immediate food relief. But if the past is any indicator, the world may be too slow in responding. That would certainly worsen the ongoing humanitarian tragedy that has unfolded in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Currently, more than 3 million people are internally displaced.

To its credit, the Trudeau government has stepped up with an announcement that it intends to co-host – along with the United States, Germany and Japan – a conference in July aimed at getting the world community to pledge money for aid to Iraq.

The misery of Iraq’s civilians is far from over. In the city itself, mines and unexploded ordnance, as well as shattered infrastructure, will make return difficult and reconstruction costly.

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CPP tax-hike a betrayal of Canadian youth: Harder

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

Official Opposition Youth Critic Rachael Harder is concerned that the Liberal CPP tax-hike will have a disproportionate effect on Canadian youth.

“From coast-to-coast-to-coast, Canadian youth have told Conservatives that it is challenging to balance the cost of living with student debt,” said Harder. “In reality, this tax-grab will do nothing but make it more difficult for youth to pay off their student loans and save for a down payment on their first home.”

Under the current CPP system, Canadians pay a 9.9% tax on earnings between $3,500 and $54,700. In the past, Prime Minister Trudeau said he favoured an approach that would increase CPP taxes by as much as $3,300 per year.

“Unfortunately Justin Trudeau has refused to tell youth the exact cost of his CPP tax-hike. Whether by raising taxes on young people, decreasing their ability to save tax-free, or shrinking their paychecks through a CPP tax-hike, this Liberal government is making life unaffordable for youth,” said Harder.

In 2015, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business studied a CPP tax-hike and found that it would eliminate 110,000 jobs and permanently lower wages by nearly 1%.

Harder continued, “Increasing CPP taxes will limit youth employment opportunities by increasing the cost of creating a new job. The Liberals are already making it harder to hire youth by eliminating the hiring credit for small businesses and cancelling a scheduled reduction to the small business tax rate.”

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U.K. Wants Free Trade Deal With Canada, High Commissioner Says

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

Britain’s high commissioner is open to signing a free trade deal with Canada now that the United Kingdom has opted out of the European Union.

Howard Drake said Britain will go it alone on trade agreements after the Brexit vote, adding the U.K. will not cease to be a trading nation after it pulls out of the EU.

“We’re an island. We’ll be strongly pro-free trade outside the European Union,” he said in an interview with Chris Hall on CBC Radio’s The House.

“We’ll be looking to make trade deals with other countries around the world, including Canada. Other countries that are currently outside the EU do have very good trading relationships and trade agreements with other countries, so we can be the same. We have a lot to bring to the party,” he said, noting Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world.

‘It’s not a disaster’

Despite the shock vote, Canada and the EU are still in the final stages of concluding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which was hammered out by the former Harper government and vocally supported by Liberal International Trade Minister ChrystiaFreeland.

Britain was a big backer of the deal, but it now risks being left out of the final agreement if it opts out of the EU before its impending enactment.

It’s not the only deal that could be dead in the water after the Brexit vote. There are nearly 40 trade deals between the EU and other jurisdictions the world over.

“Great Britain now has to negotiate its own agreement with Canada.… That’s a complicated process,” Werner Wnendt, the German ambassador to Canada, said in a separate interview with Hall.

Wnendt said Britain’s departure will not leave Canada without a friend around the table in Brussels, adding Germany sees little or no change to the bilateral relationship.

“It’s not a disaster. It’s doable. The immediate impact on our relationship, Germany’s relationship, or the Canada-EU relationship, will not be that visible. We will go ahead with strengthening our relationship.”

Jean Charest, the former premier of Quebec, and an early supporter of CETA, said it now falls to the French to pick up the pieces.

“One irony about [CETA] is that the British were never, at the outset, very involved in the deal,” he said.

“Actually it was the French government of [former president] Jacques Chirac who was the first government to support the negotiations. I’ve been pushing personally that the French appropriate their ownership of this deal and move ahead,” he said. “It must go ahead.”

Canadian Tories voice support for Leave

A number of prominent members of Canadian Conservatives voiced their support for Leave during the referendum campaign, including Andrew Scheer and Jason Kenney.

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Mississauga Demands Fairness, Not More Politicians at Peel Region: Mayor Crombie

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

The following is a statement by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, following a vote by Peel Regional Council to increase the size of Peel Council by adding an additional 8 regional councillors, to bring the total to 32 regional councillors:

 “Mississauga Council is not in support of adding more politicians to Peel Regional Council and especially not an additional 8 members. This proposal to increase Regional Council to 32 is unnecessary and will result in excessive costs that taxpayers’ will have to pay for.

 “Mississauga has made the conscious decision to have 12 wards and each councillor provides strong representation to on average 64,000 residents. This is a smart, responsible and balanced ratio.

“I do not believe there is a desire to add more politicians without a compelling business case.

“We all agree that Brampton has been underrepresented at Regional Council. Mississauga put forward a responsible plan to remedy this, based on the principle of representation by population.

“Without increasing the size of Regional Council, we proposed Mississauga remaining at 12 seats, increasing Brampton from 7 to 9 seats, and reducing Caledon’s representation from 5 to 3 seats.

“Caledon residents are significantly overrepresented at Regional Council, which is not fair to the residents of Mississauga and Brampton. Mississauga councillors represent on average 64,000 people, whereas Caledon councillors only represent, on average, 18,000 residents.

“The weight of the vote of a Caledon resident is worth more than that of a Mississauga resident. This is not fair and needs to be fixed.

“For the Region of Peel to function properly all councillors must have an equal vote – this is not the case right now.

“Mississauga Council is united in our position and in defence of the best interests of the residents, business owners and the taxpayers of Mississauga.”

Cider Now Available in Grocery Stores

Ontario has further expanded consumers’ options for buying alcohol by permitting cider sales, starting today, at 60 grocery stores already selling beer across the province.

Allowing cider to be sold in grocery stores is part of the biggest shakeup to beverage alcohol retailing in Ontario since prohibition ended in 1927. The shakeup began with last December’s launch of beer in grocery stores. Today, the LCBO also launched a request for bids for 70 additional grocery stores to sell wine, beer and cider starting this fall.

Eventually, up to 300 grocery stores — both large chains and independents — could sell wine, beer and cider. An additional 150 stores could be authorized to sell just beer and cider. As well, up to 150 existing winery retail stores that operate just outside a grocery store’s checkout will be permitted to move inside the store and share the checkout. These winery retail stores will broaden their assortment to sell wines made by any Ontario producer.

Ontario is expanding access to alcohol responsibly. The same social responsibility requirements apply to cider sales in grocery stores as beer, including standard hours of sale and rigorous training for staff. Restrictions will also apply to ensure responsible retailing of wine in grocery stores. Ontario is currently developing a comprehensive alcohol policy to support the safe consumption of alcohol.

Cider is a fast-growing segment of the market. The LCBO’s sales of locally made craft cider grew by 54 per cent in 2015–16, to a total of $5.1 million. Ontario’s cider producers are thriving, creating jobs and fueling growth in the agriculture and tourism sectors.

Offering consumers more choice and convenience while improving opportunities for businesses is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.

The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education.

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Ontario Considers Mandatory Work Co-Op Programs For All Students

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

All Ontario high school, college and university students will have to participate in work co-op programs if the government keeps its promise to implement the recommendations from a panel of business and education experts.

The “highly skilled workforce expert panel” was set up last December to develop an integrated strategy to better link the education system with the future job needs of the province’s economy.

The panel recommends better partnerships between educators and employers to “bridge the gap between the skills industries need and what the workforce offers,” and suggests all students get “experiential learning” or work co-op placements.

“I completely support this recommendation because I believe that young people need to have experiential learning opportunities, both in the elementary and secondary panels, and in the post-secondary education panel,” said Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Former education minister Sean Conway, who headed the expert panel, said Ontario introduced the idea of university co-op programs to the world, and must expand it.

“There needs to be specific targets so that all high school students have at least one work experiential learning opportunity before they graduate the Kindergarten-to-Grade 12 system,” he said. “And all students in post secondary education need to have at least one experiential learning opportunity before they graduate.”

David Billson, president and CEO of Ellipsis Digital in London, Ont., said the region’s technology and digital media sector “is starved for well-trained talent,” and companies are having trouble recruiting new employees.

“One of the hardest things for me as a business owner is to know that our unemployment rate is hovering around seven per cent in the region, when our local technology firms have between 400 to 1,000 open jobs,” said Billson. “Helping us to be able to fill our talent gap will aid in ensuring a bright future for our sector.”

Ontario has to compete with American jurisdictions where there are tens of thousands of high-tech jobs going unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers, warned Conway.

“The problem that we face is also an opportunity, but it’s faced by others not very far away,” he said.

Some parents don’t want their kids to take a co-op course because they think it takes time away from other academic pursuits, and the government needs to help convince them that work experience is crucial to help students succeed, said Wynne.

The panel agreed that educators and employers need better information on the labour market, and the more local the data the better, added Conway.

“We don’t have enough understanding locally, regionally or sectorally on the specific nature of the demand pull of the local and regional economy,” he said.

Advanced Education and Skills Development Minister Deb Matthews called the expert panel’s report “an aspirational document” that will help build an education system that reflects the needs of Ontario employers, and promised to act on its recommendations.

“We’re saying we want to see 100 per cent of students graduating from high school and everyone graduating from a post secondary institution having that work integrated learning opportunity,” she said.

“We now have a clear plan of action. We have goals, we have milestones and we have expert advice from all over Ontario on how to proceed.”

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Pakistani PM should seek compromise with opposition

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

  Dr. Hasan Askari

 All agree that Pakistan must have a democratic political order. However, democracy implies not only the holding of free and fair election but also the fulfillment of other conditions.

 Democracy calls for establishing functioning institutions and processes that are relevant to problem solving, constitutionalism, an egalitarian socio-economic order, delivery of basic services and security to citizens, a minimum consensus for working harmoniously between the government and the opposition, and a check on corruption and nepotism in government.

 Democracy in Pakistan does not fulfill most of these conditions. Democratic institutions are being sidelined because of personalized governance. Loyalty to the chief is more important than professionalism and competence. The distribution of state patronage on political considerations and a tolerance for corruption in government has created personalized loyalty for the PMLN in the Punjab.

 The federal cabinet has lost its importance as a policy-making agency. It has not met on a regular basis in 2016 and matters are settled through informal interaction with a few select PMLN leaders. The fate of the parliament, especially the National Assembly is not very different. The two houses have lost a part of their salience because the prime minister hardly attends the meetings. The cabinet members are often absent. The members showed little interest in the budget debate in the National Assembly earlier this month; there was a serious problem of maintaining the quorum.

 The prime minister is out of the country for medical reasons for over a month. Ishaq Dar and a small groups of his associates are looking after the state affairs. There is no constitutional provision for such a substitution of the prime Minister. By pursuing an extra-constitutional strategy, the PMLN has exposed the redundancy of the office of prime minister and that a group of political elite and the top bureaucrats can run the state. Unless some constitutional amendment is made to cover up this gap, it has created a precedent that can be employed by others.

 The PMLN government appears to be satisfied with the economy, as demonstrated by the statements of the Finance Minister in connection with the budget. This optimism is not shared by those not belonging to the ruling party. The Finance Minister appears so confident of the economic options available to people that he suggested that the people should east chicken if they could not buy “Dal”. What about those who do not resources to buy chicken?

 The major threat to the democratic political order is the overconfidence of the ruling party at the federal level and the desperation of the opposition. The PMLN and especially the political team around the prime minister is convinced that the government is secure and the opposition has no popular support and that it comprises some rootless power-seekers, who cannot stall the PMLN’s march towards a successful completion of the term of office and then a victory in the next general elections.

 The PMLN needs to adopt a more realistic approach towards what is happening outside the ruling circles. They should not deny the widespread alienation that has developed outside the ruling circles. The stalemate between the government and the opposition will not help the government to stay peacefully in office. If the PTI, the PPP and Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri join together to challenge the government in the streets of Lahore and other cities of Punjab, this can cause instability and uncertainty about the future direction of politics.

 If the joint opposition street protest persisted for some time, other parties are likely to join them. This can also encourage the dissatisfied elements in the PMLN to shy away from supporting the current ruling group. The opposition parties appear to be opting for a final show-down with the PMLN because they feel that given the non-accommodating disposition of the government and the gradual strengthening of the house of the Sharif and its beneficiaries, it may be their last chance to stay in the game of politics.

 After the return of the prime minister to Pakistan, the ruling PMLN can deal with the internal political situation through different strategies. It may continue to live under the perception that everything is excellent and that the opposition lacks the capacity to take them on. It means no flexibility or accommodation towards the opposition on any issue. Treat their agitation as a law and order issue.

 A compromise on some issues with the opposition is another option. However, such a compromise formula can work only if such an offer is made in the initial stages of the protest. The compromise could be on investigation about the Panama Leaks. However, this can drag the prime minister in a major political crisis.

 The prime minister undertakes a major change in his cabinet by bringing in professional people and those more acceptable to the opposition. Another option would be an in-house change of leadership. Nawaz Sharif decides to quit as prime minister and appoints a person from his party in consultation with some people outside of his party. New PM should not be form the House of Sharif. Nawaz Sharif can exercise his leadership from the outside because he will continue to be the main vote puller for the PMLN.

 The best option is to first seek political accommodation with the opposition. If this does not work out the prime minister should opt for new elections before the end of 2016. If he can renew his mandate, he will overcome most of his current problems.

 The political events are expected to move fast in the near future. At the moment the initiative is with the prime minister. This initiative can slip out of his hands if the current problems are not dealt with immediately.

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Can Government Intervention Cool The Housing Market?

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

Ben Myers

Senior Vice President, Market Research and Analytics, Fortress Real Developments.

Housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver are extremely hot, and average prices are skyrocketing. Every new data release, real estate report, and housing related comment is scrutinized, debated and analyzed in painstaking detail. A red flag is raised, an alarm bell is sounded, a stern warning is issued or extreme caution is urged by both domestic and international housing analysts and economists almost daily.

According to the Teranet-National Bank House Price Index, Vancouver has seen resale prices increase by 21.7% year-over-year in May. In Greater Toronto (GTA), existing home prices were up 10.6% annually.

With rapidly increasing house prices, prospective homebuyers get priced out of the market or overextend themselves financially. Another major concern involves the arrival of short-term speculative buyers looking to flip homes, many of which are highly leveraged. These two groups are the most vulnerable to losses when a housing market contracts.

With the recent collapse of the American housing market fresh in people’s minds, the Canadian government is watching and examining the national and metro level residential markets, contemplating steps to prevent a crash here. There are several theories as to why prices are rising so quickly in Toronto and Vancouver, two of the most common are: Canadians are taking on too much debt, and foreign buyers are driving up house prices.

A common suggestion is that homebuyers should be required to make a minimum 10% down payment to prevent them from over-leveraging themselves and taking on too much debt. In theory, the idea seems reasonable, but in practice it would have devastating and unintended consequences.

First time buyer affordability would worsen and more prospective purchasers would be priced out of the market. In my opinion, it’s not the young couple putting $15,000 down on a $300,000 condominium that is driving up the market, it’s the house-poor young family set on buying a single-detached home in their desired neighbourhood and putting $150,000 down on a $950,000 home. It’s the more established family putting $400,000 down on a $1.5 million dollar property that are skewing prices.

In the GTA, there was a 30% decline in resale transactions annually for homes priced between $300,000 and $600,000, while the number homes sold above $1.5 million increased by 83% (May 2016 versus May 2015 per TREB).

Higher down payment requirements would result in less housing demand, and that has economic ramifications. With every resale transaction that doesn’t happen, someone is missing out on earning an income: one less marketing flyer, no commissions are paid to mortgage brokers and realtors, the moving company misses out on a job, the home inspector has less work, as does a lawyer, a banker and a locksmith.

The decrease in new housing demand also impacts architects, urban planners, city employees, asphalt pavers, electricians, framers, hardwood manufacturers, landscapers, local furniture store owners, and even the mail man. This list is just the tip of the ice berg, thousands of other people would also be affected.

The second concern is that foreign buyers are purchasing units, and this extra demand is resulting in higher home prices. There have been complex tax plans proposed to add fees on foreign buyers, the problem being many are not price sensitive, and would keep buying despite a tax.

If the tax becomes too large, foreigners would resort to purchasing under the guise of a Canadian owned corporation or a current local resident; an outright ban on non-domestic purchasers would likely see a similar result. Foreign capital, not foreign buyers is the issue; home purchases by locals are being funded by affluent relatives living in other countries.

The Canadian government is in the difficult situation of trying to find a solution that will bring annual house price increases down, while preventing a drop in house transactions. They need to ensure both home ownership and rental housing is affordable, but they can’t erode the housing equity created in existing homes that could result in underwater mortgages.

A major recession or a rapid rise in interest rates could cool the market, but until that happens I’m not sure what preventative action the government could take that wouldn’t have negative consequences for consumers. At the end of the day, the government may be not be able to prevent a housing market slump despite a well-planned intervention.

So what do you think: Should we let the market decide who wins and losses, or should the government act knowing they might make the situation worse?

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India Rainbow is changing its name to Indus Community Services

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel held its Annual General Meeting on June 23rd, where the members overwhelmingly endorsed the new name for the agency that has been at the forefront of serving the community for over 30 years. The agency has embraced change all through its history, and last night’s decision to adopt a new name which is reflective of the communities it serves, is more inclusive, and still true to its heritage – speaks to the forward thinking and vision that embraces the organization’s service philosophy and commitment.

From ‘The India Rainbow Club’ to ‘India Rainbow Community Services of Peel’ to ‘Indus Community Services’ – it has been a journey of overcoming challenges, perseverance and above all the spirit of serving the community. At the meeting, Gurwinder Gill, Board member, recounted this two year process. There were focus groups, consultations with stakeholders, staff input, online surveys and expert advice from branding professionals. It was through this open and consultative process that the new name Indus Community Services was chosen. The word ‘Indus’ was seen as being both non-political and non-religious, but still grounded in a heritage which goes back to one of humanity’s earliest civilizations dating back over 5000 years. As we gradually incorporate the new name and logo into our operations, the agency will continue to operate under the name of India Rainbow Community Services of Peel.

 To align with our new beginning, Indus Community Services has a new vision “Leaders in building strong and supportive communities.” Our revised mission statement reflects our renewed commitment: “Supporting our growing communities to manage change through quality client-centered social and health services, and responsive public education.”

Gurpreet Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer, is committed to building the highest quality services, including new projects such as seniors housing, and expanding beyond Peel. He said “Indus Community Services holds the promise of a new generation of professionals who will contribute even more to the growth and success of all the communities we serve. The commitment of our volunteer Board and our dedicated staff is what has brought us this far and they are what will carry us into an even better future.”

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Kareena Kapoor Khan Regrets Skipping College for Showbiz

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

Mumbai: While Bollywood actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are making a splash in the West, their contemporary Kareena Kapoor Khan has no such ambitions. The actress says she has no ambition to go globe-trotting with her talent and is happy to have “a little place of her own”.

“My priorities are very different. The kind of work that these girls have put in, you need to have that kind of dedication of wanting to achieve so much and do it so wonderfully. I don’t want to conquer the world but I don’t mind having a little place of my own. It’s as simple as that,” said Kareena.

After creating waves with her musical skills, Priyanka came into the limelight with her TV show Quantico and is in the news for her much-anticipated debut film Baywatch. Deepika will be making her Hollywood debut with xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

Kareena shared her views about her life as a star, getting associated with social causes and what she regrets in an interview by writer Naman Ramachandran for the July 2016 issue of Vogue India. It will be out on the stands on July 2, read a statement.

Kareena, who is married to actor Saif Ali Khan, is a UNICEF ambassador but prefers to do the work quietly.

“Spreading the word about causes is nice but talking about my personal charity is something I don’t like to do. But of course, I am a celebrity advocate for UNICEF and we have worked closely over the last four years for the education of the girl child in India. That is something I am passionate about because education is something I believe in completely,” the actress said.

The actress shared that she still regrets ditching college for showbiz.

“I couldn’t complete my education. I kind of rushed into films, so I think that’s a sensitive part of my life and I always regret I never got to go to college,” she said.

Besides reading film scripts, there is something else that is keeping Kareena occupied these days: a wellness blog in association with nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, author of books like Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight.

“We are thinking about a blog that addresses women and their problems in terms of food and exercise, pregnancy, menopause… So many different topics,” she said.

The actress is currently riding high on the success of her latest release Udta Punjab.

So where does Kareena see herself a decade down the line?

“Hopefully giving another interview, making some sense, working all my life. I think we are in the habit of aping the West a lot. And the West has amazing actors who are married and with children. It has never stopped them. I think we are getting there,” she said

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