Archive | June, 2017

Sridevi sets curfews for daughters Jhanvi and Khushi

Posted on 29 June 2017 by admin

You must be thinking that star kids have all the liberty to go chill anywhere they want to and have no rules set for them by their parents. Well this isn’t true, at least in the case of Sridevi and her daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi.

Well yes! You heard that right. Sridevi has set curfews for her daughters. In an interview held by a leading daily, Sridevi mentioned, “Yes, rules are same for both Jhanvi and Khushi. They know they have a curfew time and they have to be back home. Else, I will keep calling and inquiring.”

She is quite protective about her daughters and tends to get insecure about them. She added, “There’s an insecurity about my children, when they go out, till they are back I am worried. I call them several times to just find out ki kya ho raha, gaadi kahi ruk gayi hai ya nahi. These are all the basic things that any other mother keeps worrying about when it comes to her children.”

It’s good to know that Sridevi manages her time well by paying attention not only to her work but also her daughters. She is truly an inspiring mother.

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Dobaara: See Your Evil

Posted on 29 June 2017 by admin

This horror film, which is more of a psychological thriller deals with the story of UK-based siblings Kabir and Natasha, who discover the truth about a haunted mirror which killed their parents in their childhood and they try to destroy it. While Huma Qureshi plays Natasha, her brother Saqib Saleem essayed the role of Kabir. The film directed by Prawaal Raman, released on 2nd June.

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Jagmeet Singh comes out against Kinder Morgan pipeline in climate change plan

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

The NDP leadership candidate says Canada needs to commit to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, adding this means saying no to both Kinder Morgan and Energy East.

OTTAWA—NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh is releasing a four-page climate change plan that includes taking a stand against the Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines.

Singh came under fire from other leadership contenders during a debate last Sunday in St. John’s, N.L., when he did not definitively spell out a position on Kinder Morgan, noting he wanted to consult party members in B.C. and Alberta.

The Ontario MPP now says Canada needs to commit to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, adding this means saying no to both Kinder Morgan and Energy East.

 “This is why we must oppose the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the building of the Energy East pipeline,” said his policy document — a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press.

 “Not only does significantly increasing oil production and international oil exports through these pipeline projects undermine our efforts to reduce our emissions, but it conflicts with UNDRIP.”

Singh was not available for an interview on his climate plan but in a statement, he said he thought the debate was too focused on pipelines.

“The pipeline debate too often descends into Alberta bashing and, frankly, if (Alberta Premier) Rachel Notley isn’t re-elected, Canada will never meet its climate targets,” he said.

“The only true test of a climate change plan, after all, is whether carbon is going up or down. A commitment to UNDRIP played a profound role in my decision. First Nations opposition to the Kinder Morgan expansion was decisive for me.”

The federal NDP caucus that includes four leadership candidates — Guy Caron, Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton and Peter Julian — holds the position it cannot support Kinder Morgan or Energy East without a new environmental assessment.

“We have a situation where British Columbians have said no. We have the federal caucus who has said no. There is a very clear consensus among New Democrats,” Julian said during the last debate.

Singh’s plan, which includes a host of other proposals, also pledges to reduce carbon emissions to 30 per cent of 2005 levels by 2025 — five years ahead of the current target.

In May 2015, the Liberal government announced its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to that level by 2030.

To meet his goal, Singh suggests measures including the adoption of a national public transit strategy, working with the provinces to help phase out coal by 2030 and implementing a green levy on high-emission vehicles and investments in electric charging station infrastructure across Canada.

Singh is also pledging to create a climate change action officer who would be mandated to report on emission reduction progress.

Erin Flanagan, director of the Pembina Institute’s federal policy program, who reviewed Singh’s plan, said the pan-Canadian framework delivered by first ministers included a chapter on oversight and accountability, adding it didn’t provide much detail on how this would happen.

Flanagan welcomed the idea of creating a climate officer.

“I would love to see that person … empowered to talk to provinces and territories and Indigenous governments and do some of that work of ensuring the policies we have in place are working — that they’re cost-efficient, that they are not having negative impacts in any way … and to also spur governments to bring more to the table,” she said in an interview.

Earlier this week, Angus also released his climate change plan that proposed a carbon budget — a legislative framework to place a hard cap on emissions over a five-year period.

He said his plan will also eliminate federal subsidies to the oil and gas sectors and replace them with financial incentives to industry to reduce their emissions.

“The government’s own documents show we are nowhere near meeting our international commitments,” Angus said in a statement released Thursday.

“So instead of repeating a pattern of failure, let’s look to jurisdictions that have implemented successful steps toward reducing carbon levels. The United Kingdom has been using the carbon budget model successfully since 2008.”

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Ahead of Canada 150 bash, it’s all hands on deck for Ottawa’s emergency personnel

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

Intelligence agencies and emergency teams have spent months preparing for the Canada 150 celebrations.

OTTAWA—Be alert but not alarmed, police are urging Canadians who will congregate under the Peace Tower next month for Canada 150 celebrations — a massive public gathering for which intelligence agencies and emergency teams have spent months preparing.

Experts are well aware of what is at stake on July 1, especially in the wake of the deadly shootings that erupted on Parliament Hill in 2014.

“When you’re talking about (Canada) 150, you’re talking about bringing a number of Canadians together,” said Terence Chase, a former Canadian Forces soldier and director of B.C.-based security consultants Defense Intelligence Service.

“It is exactly the target-rich environment that (attackers) are looking for.”

Ottawa police Supt. Joan McKenna, who oversees planning for Canada Day events, said officers in the national capital will take an all-hands-on-deck security approach that will include everything from canine units to carbines and long guns.

“We can’t control everything,” McKenna said in an interview.

“What we can control is that there is strong communication between the federal intelligence agencies, the RCMP and our Ottawa police intelligence section. This happens daily, so there’s lots of communication happening with our police partners in this area.”

The public should be vigilant, but not afraid, she added.

 “There’s lots of eyes and ears out there — not just the police but there’s the public . . . city workers, anyone part of emergency planning,” McKenna said.

“We will be standing up significant police resources for Canada Day and all will be alert for any suspicious situations that they see and suspicious calls to police warrant investigation . . . There will be high visibility with police on that day.”

A number of road closures and barricades will also be in place to prevent vehicle access, McKenna said.

“We will have controlled pedestrian access to certain areas and there will be identified routes in and out and that’s for everyone’s safety.”

Emergency personnel will also be deploying special resources in order to effectively navigate the security envelope, said Marc-Antoine Deschamps, superintendent of public information with the Ottawa Paramedic Service.

“If there’s limited vehicle access to a location, that means that our ambulances cannot go there so what it means is we have to find alternative ways of transporting our patients out of some areas,” Deschamps said.

Ottawa paramedics will use golf cart-sized vehicles to more easily navigate the crowds, and stretcher teams will be deployed when necessary to carry patients from dense areas toward transport vehicles.

Paramedics will also be riding bikes through the precinct, he added.

“We have a picture dating back years that has an ambulance trying to drive down Wellington,” he said, referring to the busy, tourist-jammed street that runs right along the edge of the Parliament Hill grounds.

“We keep using that example . . . we want to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

The City of Ottawa is also identifying the most suitable location for a field hospital, provided by Ontario’s emergency medical assistance team, to help reduce demand at other facilities, its emergency and protective services department said in a statement.

Susan Adamson, a Calgary resident who was visiting Parliament Hill this week, said she would not think twice about taking in Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa if she was here for the occasion.

“I think it is kind of exciting — 150 years,” she said. “I would be aware of my surroundings, but I’m not that worried.”

Jacqueline Stacey, a resident of Ottawa for more than 30 years, said she plans to avoid Parliament Hill on July 1 — but not because of the security concerns.

“I can’t even imagine on Canada Day, being the 150th, that it is going to be fun to get down here,” Stacey said.

“The party is great. The parking is a nightmare.”

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NDP leadership hopeful Charlie Angus promises help for Indigenous kids

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

The Ontario MP said he would create a federal ombudsperson for Indigenous children, who would have the authority to order departments to comply with policies aimed at improving child welfare.

OTTAWA—NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus is promising to find better ways to protect the interests of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children — including by dismantling the Indigenous Affairs Department.

The Ontario MP said he would create a federal ombudsperson for Indigenous children, who would have the legal authority to order government departments to comply with policies aimed at improving child welfare.

Last month, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the federal government’s failure to fully implement Jordan’s Principle may have played a role in the suicide deaths of two 12-year-old girls from remote Wapekeka First Nation in northwestern Ontario.

The principle lays out how to handle jurisdictional disputes over paying for services to First Nations children, saying the first level of government to be contacted should cover the cost, with arguments over jurisdiction to be sorted out later.

Angus said he would also audit the Indigenous Affairs Department and Health Canada in order to figure out how the government runs its programs and then work with Indigenous communities on giving them the power to run them.

“It’s time for action that returns accountability to where it belongs, with parents and these communities,” Angus said in a news release Sunday.

Angus also said he would work with the parliamentary budget office to determine the true cost of delivering service to Indigenous peoples, ensure the Department of Justice stops fighting Indigenous rights in court and end the “culture of secrecy” when it comes to government plans and funding for Indigenous communities.

Angus is one of five candidates to replace NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair in October.

The others are Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh, B.C. MP Peter Julian, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Quebec MP Guy Caron.

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Revitalized section of Ontario Place finally reopens

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

A new $30-million 7.5-acre waterfront park opened Monday at the once-popular lakeside provincial attraction that was shuttered in 2012.

In Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

At Ontario Place, they did the opposite.

A new $30-million, 7.5-acre waterfront park opened Monday on the site of a revitalized parking lot at the once-popular lakeside provincial attraction that was shuttered in 2012.

Premier Kathleen Wynne literally cut the ribbon on the new 1.3 km William G. Davis Trail, named for the man who launched Ontario Place in 1971.

“Our vision for a transformed Ontario Place honours our history, our people, and our landscape,” Wynne said of the Trillium Park.

The vast majority of Ontario Place — including the iconic geodesic Cinesphere dome remains closed — but the government is hopeful Trillium Park and the Davis trail will rekindle public interest in the facility.

The new site consists of 1,200 newly planted trees, 28,000 shrubs and perennials, 1,700 tonnes of Muskoka granite from the Huntsville quarry, and repairs to about 600 metres of shoreline.

Some 52,000 cubic metres of soil were brought in — 3,700 truckloads — with more than half of that excess from a suburban development. Land Inc. Project Director Patrick Morello later revealed that if the site hadn’t been raised 1.5 metres, the entire north side would currently be underwater from the rising lake levels.

 “That was one of the precautionary measures we made through the study on lake waters and the shoreline,” Morello said. A shelf was created around the existing trees on-site to create a shoreline protection buffer.

Though the three-year project was slated for completion last fall, the province hit a snag with colder-than-usual weather. A hold was placed on planting the 1,200 trees “at risk of losing them,” Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport, said.

Another construction season had already been lost during the Pan Am games.

“When we enter into a large construction project, we all know there are going to be delays from time to time,” she said. “But getting it right is more important.”

Though the ceremonial purple ribbon was snipped on Monday, the park-and-trail double hitter is only a part of the first phase revitalization. Over in the eastern common, the dormant Cinesphere is awaiting the installation of a new IMAX projector — estimated for re-opening this fall.

The suspended pods are also being updated. There’ll be “more to come” in a secondary phase on the west island, McMahon hinted, though details have yet to be revealed. Trillium Park and the Davis Trail are just a scratch off of Ontario Place’s overall property, making up 7.5 of 75 acres.

Speaking to the press, McMahon also divulged that the province is in conversation with members of the private sector, who have expressed interest in investments at Ontario Place. “It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to talk about who they are,” she responded when pressed. “You’ll see.”

The provincial government will continue to subsidize the park, which will no longer charge for admissions. The waterslides — first brought to the park in 1978, as Canada’s very first — won’t be coming back anytime soon, but Ontarians also won’t see any condominiums rising on the property.

“Not a single one, nope,” McMahon said firmly.

Speaking at the opening, Chief Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit veered into the personal. “They told me to keep it brief, and I’m not usually a brief fellow, but I just wanted to talk to you a little bit about this shirt I’m wearing,” he said.

“I don’t wear flowers just because I like flowers… I do, mind you,” he added, prompting a laugh from a crowd under the new wooden pavilion. “I wear this because, in our Anishinaabe creation story, the first delineation of gender was our mother earth.”

He encouraged others to wear something that reminds them of the earth, as a lesson to their children as they grow up. “If they understand earlier, their commitment and their connection to [the earth], I think that’s a good head start for them.”

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Upcoming Liberal bills to reform Access to Information, national security measures

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

With just days left before MPs are slated to retreat to their ridings for the summer, the bills will signal the government’s intention to fulfil key promises.

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government plans to cap the spring sitting of Parliament with long-awaited legislation on Access to Information and national security — bills unlikely to be debated by MPs in a serious way until the fall.

With just days left before MPs are slated to retreat to their ridings for the summer, the bills will — at the very least — signal the government’s intention to fulfil key promises.

The government had promised an initial wave of changes to the Access to Information Act by the end of winter — what Treasury Board President Scott Brison called “early wins” on overhauling the antiquated law intended to give Canadians access to federal files.

The planned amendments included giving the information commissioner the power to order release of government records and ensuring the access law applies to the offices of the prime minister, cabinet members and administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts.

The pledge was considered an essential plank of the government platform on transparency designed to differentiate the Trudeau Liberals from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, who broke 2006 campaign promises to modernize the access law.

In March, Brison’s office cited the complex nature of the task in delaying the Liberal plans.

The bill to be introduced Monday by Brison, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould could be the first substantial set of amendments to the access law in 34 years. The government has also promised a full review of the law by 2018, and mandatory reviews every five years thereafter.

The Access to Information Act allows people who pay $5 to ask for everything from internal federal audits and meeting minutes to correspondence and studies. Departments are supposed to answer within 30 days or provide valid reasons why they need more time.

However, the system has been almost universally criticized as slow, out of date and beset by loopholes that allow agencies to cling to information, including files more than half-a-century old.

In her recent annual report, information commissioner Suzanne Legault said the law was being used as a shield against transparency.

On Tuesday, the government plans to remodel several Conservative anti-terrorism measures and introduce new provisions with a bill from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale plainly titled “An Act respecting national security measures.”

The extensive package of legislation will include more robust oversight of Canada’s border agency, which has faced some pointed questions over issues including in-custody deaths.

In addition to new scrutiny for the Canada Border Services Agency, the bill will propose changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews.

The legislation will also follow through on Liberal promises during the last election to repeal “problematic elements” of omnibus security legislation ushered in by the Conservatives after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill.

The Trudeau government has committed to ensuring all CSIS warrants respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to preserving legitimate protest and advocacy, and to defining terrorist propaganda more clearly.

It has also pledged that appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list will be subject to mandatory review.

The Liberals say the overall idea is to strike a balance that ensures security agencies have the tools they need to keep Canadians safe, while respecting the rights and freedoms of a democratic society.

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Government of Canada launches $50-millioncomputer coding program for young Canadians

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

Program will prepare next generation with digital skills for future jobs

Ottawa – Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada

Young Canadians will get the skills they need for the well-paying jobs of the future as a result of a $50-million program that gives them the opportunity to learn computer coding and other digital skills.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development,today launched

CanCode, a new program that, over the next two years,will give 500,000 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to learn the in-demand skills that prepare them for future jobs.

The program aims to encourage more young women, indigenous Canadians and other under-represented groupsto pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. It will also equip 500 teachers across the country with the training and tools to teach digital skills and coding.

Virtually every job today relies on the ability of Canadian workers to solve problems using digital skills. The demand for such skills will only intensify as more businesses become software and data companies, whether they sell music online, or design self-driving cars. That’s why the government is investing in the skills that prepare young Canadians for the jobs of tomorrow.

This program is part of the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

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“The young Canadians whose creativity is fired up today could be the innovators of tomorrow. That’s why our government is investing in a program that will nurture their lifelong curiosity and passion for learning. Coding teaches young Canadians how to work as a team to solve difficult problems in creative ways. We especially need more women and other under-represented groups to learn the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. Canada will only succeed if we use everybody’s talents to their full potential.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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IYDC REACHES OUT TO SENIORS TO STAY HEALTHY, DO YOGA

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

Hazel McCallion starts yoga in celebration of the Seniors’ month

International Yoga Day Canada’s precursor program felicitates Dr. Madan Bali

Toronto, June 13: Hazel McCallion, the popular former mayor of Mississauga, participated in a special session of yoga organised by the International Yoga Day Canada (IYDC) on Monday June 12 to commemorate Seniors’ month celebrated in Ontario in June. Dr. Madan Bali, a 93-year-old Yoga Master from Montreal, was felicitated at this special session called ‘Stay Healthy. Do Yoga’.

Speaking about the unique outreach program, Satish Thakkar, the Chair of Board of Directors of IYDC said, “Hazel McCallion commenced the practice of yoga underlining the adage ‘It’s never too late to start yoga’.

The seniors’ program served as a precursor to the celebration of the International Day of Yoga being organised at the International Centre, Mississauga, on Sunday, June 25, by the IYDC.

Thakkar said the program held at the Sringeri Temple, Etobicoke, also felicitated Dr. Madan Bali for his lifelong dedication to yoga. President of the Indo Canadian Seniors Foundation of Quebec, he has been a role model for the seniors because he has been practicing yoga for the last 50 years.

“I have a mission is to promote yoga to create optimal health, happiness, healing in everyday life,” stated Dr. Bali whose happiness programs and teachers training certification have created a new breed of yoga teachers, radically transforming lives. His goal is to bring yoga under health care to reduce the pressure on public expenditure on health and help the economy.

Honourable Dipika Damerla, Ontario’s Minister for Seniors Affairs, said, “The Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs collaborated with the IYDC to raise awareness about yoga’s benefits.” This year marked the 33rd annual Seniors’ Month. This year the theme is ‘Living Your Best Life.’

Mr. Dinesh Bhatia, the Consul General of India in Toronto, Honorary Chief Patron and the Chair of the Advisory Board of IYDC, said the purpose of the seniors’ program was to create awareness among the seniors of the benefits of yoga. “Yoga is the best and most risk-free fitness option for seniors,” he said.

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It’s Market Time

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

BRAMPTON, ON: This Saturday, June 17 is the much anticipated opening of the Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market. From 7 am to 1 pm, come down and visit your favourite farmers, discover new foods and explore specialty vendors. Do some shopping, catch up with your community and be sure to visit local downtown businesses, many of whom will open early to welcome you into their shops.

The downtown market will start at 7 am and opening day events will feature a kids’ craft station beginning at 10 am on Main Street North. Be sure to catch the live cooking demonstration in Garden Square at 11 am with celebrity chef Jason Rosso of J.Red & Co.

The Mount Pleasant Village Market will kick off its season on Thursday, June 22 from 5 pm to 9 pm. The new look and feel of the market will entice all to drop by and see what’s new with local farmers, prepared foods and artisan vendors. Merchandise as unique as the community including; ostrich sliders, fresh smoothies, moccasins and more will be available for purchase.

Over the course of the summer both markets will feature an array of fresh-picked, seasonal produce, organic products, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods and more.

Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market details:

•          Saturdays, rain or shine, 7 am to 1 pm, until Thanksgiving weekend – October 7, 2017.

•          The market will not operate in the event of severe weather.

•          Main Street will be closed every Saturday from Theatre Lane to Wellington Street from 5:45 am to 1:30 pm.

•          Free public parking is available at the five municipal parking garages in the downtown core: City Hall, West Tower, John Street, Nelson Square and Market Square.

•          Washrooms will be open at City Hall and the Rose Theatre.

•          Service Brampton, located in City Hall, will have extended hours of 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays for the duration of the market season.

Mount Pleasant Village Market details:

•          Thursdays, rain or shine, 5 to 9 pm until October 5.

•          The market will not operate in the event of severe weather.

100 Commuter Drive, Brampton, in Mount Pleasant Village Square.

•          Parking for the market is available in the Mount Pleasant Village School parking lot for the summer season. There is additional street parking available for a maximum of three hours.

•          Washroom facilities can be found at the Mount Pleasant Village Library and Community Centre.

For more information on the Farmers’ Markets visit www.brampton.ca

 

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