Archive | August, 2017

Sushmita Sen summoned by Chennai court in relation to luxury car import case

Posted on 24 August 2017 by admin

After a witness warrant was issued against Sushmita Sen on July 20 in relation to the luxury import car case, the court has now directed the actress to be present in the Egmore court on September 18. Furthermore, Ms. Sen has to be present at the trial court in order to provide evidence in the case as per the orders passed by Justice R. Suresh Kumar, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Egmore.

In fact, reports have it that the trial judge will consider it as an emergency matter and will even cross examine the in the case. Furthermore, the court has also asked the police to provide security to Sen and also her belongings. The judge also added that the warrant order executed against the petitioner has been cancelled.

As for the case, it is related to the misuse of the Transfer of Residence scheme wherein a Toyota Land Cruiser was sold to Sen by Vasu Pandari Thamala who had bought it from Haren Choksey – as of now both of them are accused in the case. In fact, the DRI had seized the car in 2006 on the grounds of violation of Customs Act after which Sushmita Sen had voluntarily paid Rs. 20.31 lakhs as a differential customs duty.

On the other hand, since the customs for the car was cleared by the Chennai branch, a case was registered against the other two accused in the Tamil Nadu capital. While the court had summoned actress Sushmita Sen in July, followed by her non-appearance, the trial court issued a witness warrant against her.

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Ashmit Patel goes down on his knees with a ring for Maheck Chahal in Spain

Posted on 24 August 2017 by admin

One of the loveliest couples in Bollywood has to be Ashmit Patel and Maheck Chahal. They might not be making discussed as much as other jodis of the industry but nevertheless, their activities and experiences with each other will charm the romantic in you.

Although they have been dating for a long time, their fans were always wondering when these lovebirds will tie the knot. Now it has to come light that the impending marriage will happen soon. Ashmit Patel while holidaying with Maheck Chahal in Europe proposed his girlfriend and got engaged with her. Ashmit Patel revealed that he was carrying the ring with him and obviously, he didn’t tell Maheck Chahal about it. He had planned to propose to her in Paris, the City of Love. But they couldn’t make it to the French capital. One fine day, when both were sitting in a cozy restaurant in Marbella, Spain, with a fantastic view, he decided to propose.

Ashmit Patel revealed that the proposal was both funny and romantic. Maheck Chahal has a habit of having dessert after dinner and that’s when he decided to propose. Sadly for Ashmit, she didn’t have any dessert that night. Ashmit Patel then excused himself and asked the waiters to get some strawberries dipped in chocolate. He then placed the ring on the plate with strawberries, under a bowl which was placed upside. Maheck Chahal here added that when she found the ring underneath, she laughed out loud. Both then got confused as they didn’t know which finger the ring should be worn on. Ashmit Patel however then went down on his knees and the entire restaurant cheered for them.

The other big news shared by Ashmit Patel is that he is going to meet Maheck Chahal’s parents today and finalize the date for wedding soon. He also assured that both will be married in six months. But he admitted that there’s a bit of difference of opinion when it comes to marriage. While Ashmit Patel wants a destination wedding, Maheck Chahal prefers to tie the knot in India.


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

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

Freeland used a Monday morning speech to lay out the broad strokes of Canada’s objectives going into negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

OTTAWA—On the eve of trade talks with the United States and Mexico, Canada is pushing back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim the North American free trade agreement is a disaster.

Instead Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland touted the benefits of the NAFTA, saying the 23-year-old trade pact has been an “extraordinary success” to all three economies.

Freeland used a Monday morning speech and parliamentary committee appearance to lay out the broad strokes of Canada’s objectives going into negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement, and to emphasize Canada goes into the talks with a strong hand.

“The electricity in Trump Tower comes from Quebec,” said Freeland, asked how provinces will be involved in the talks. “So our American colleagues must always remember the importance of our economic ties.

Freeland said “Team Canada” goes into negotiations that formally begin Wednesday in Washington with six overriding priorities for a revised NAFTA. The aim is to:

•          Accommodate the technology revolution and the rise of the digital economy

•          Make the deal more “progressive” through five key provisions, including putting stronger labour safeguards into the core of the agreement; strengthening environmental provisions to protect the right to address climate change; adding a new chapter on gender rights; adding an Indigenous chapter; reforming the investor-state dispute settlement process to protect governments’ right to regulate “in the public interest”

•          Cut red tape and harmonize cross-border regulations

•          Open up access to government procurement contracts to exempt Canadian suppliers from “Buy America” policies

•          Provide for freer movement of business professionals

•          Ensure fair processes around government moves to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties, and exempt Canadian culture and Canada’s system of supply management.

Freeland gave a strong defence of the need for free trade and a modernized agreement, but delivered a strong warning that, unless deliberate steps are taken to spread the economic wealth of improved trade, divisions will grow in Canadian society.

“There are too many communities in our prosperous nation where people do not feel prosperous, where they instead feel left behind by an economy that is increasingly divided between the wealthy one per cent at the very top, and everyone else,” said Freeland, according to a prepared text of her remarks.

“If we don’t act now, Canadians may lose faith in the open society, in immigration and in free trade, just as many have across the Western industrialized world,” Freeland told an audience at the University of Ottawa.

“This is the single biggest economic and social challenge we face. Addressing this problem is our government’s overriding mission,” she said.

In sketching out Ottawa’s objectives, she said that the 23-year-old trade agreement needs to be modernized to address the changes in e-commerce and the digital economy.

She said it must be “progressive” through safeguards for labour, enhanced provisions for the environment, a chapter on gender rights and improved relations with Indigenous peoples. She did not provide detail on just what those chapters or protections would look like, except to restate that Canada will be committed to the fight against climate change and ensure that is in the new agreement.

Freeland said Canada will seek to improve the investor-state dispute settlement in Chapter 11 of the deal, which has long been criticized for allowing foreign companies to undermine elements of government policy.

She said a sovereign and democratically elected government must have an “unassailable right” to regulate in the public interest.

Canada pushed for such protections in the Canada-European Union free trade deal, and will use that as a model in this renegotiation.

The U.S. has not put Chapter 11 on the table. Instead, Washington is taking aim at Chapter 19, the state-to-state dispute resolution process, where successive U.S. administrations have filed and lost complaints against Canadian softwood lumber.

Freeland said Canada will seek to preserve elements of the current deal that it sees as “key,” including the country’s system of supply management for certain agricultural products, such as dairy, and a process to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are applied fairly.

“But we are committed to a good deal, not just any deal. That will be our bottom line,” Freeland said.

Freeland took aim at one argument that has hung over these trade talks: the concern that NAFTA has cost Canada and the United States well-paying manufacturing jobs that have gone to Mexico.

She warned against what she called “scapegoating the ‘other.’ ”

“Although economic globalization has put pressure on some of our jobs, automation and digitization have been far greater factors,” she said, adding that even more technological changes lie ahead.

While such innovations are innovations are “broadly positive,” it can only happen if the “gains of trade are fairly, broadly shared. She cited lower taxes for the middle class, investments in education and training and the Liberals’ child benefit, by way of example.

“This is the all-important, connecting piece, the tie between free trade and equitable domestic policy,” she said.

She said that free trade has not always been accepted as a good thing, noting the opposition that surrounded the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal in the late 1980s.

“Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, to give credit where due, staked his prime ministership on getting free trade passed. And he was right,” Freeland said.

“Two decades on, in our country, that debate is settled because the results are plain,” she said.

Since 1994, when NAFTA took effect, trade among the three nations has tripled, creating a $19-trillion regional market, said Freeland, who added that Canada’s economy is “2.5 per cent larger every year than it otherwise would be, thanks to NAFTA. It is as if Canada has been receiving a $20-billion cheque each year since NAFTA was ratified.”

“Thanks to NAFTA, the North American economy is highly integrated, making our competitive in the global marketplace and creating more jobs on our continent,” she said.

Freeland spoke to an audience of 80, including senior Global Affairs officials, invited stakeholders, and students and faculty at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies.

Among those in the audience was Derek Burney, a former ambassador to Washington, who warned, last week, that Canada could be in for a bumpy ride in the negotiations due to the political rhetoric of President Donald Trump. Burney advised the government to keep in mind that “no deal is preferable to a bad deal,” and to be prepared to know “when and how to say no.”

Burney said afterward Freeland’s speech and her tone were “right on,” but he warned the big unknown in the talks now is Trump.

“I don’t think there’s going to be disagreement about modernizing NAFTA. The issue for me is, what’s the price of victory for Donald Trump?”

In the first negotiations for the Canada-US negotiations, and, later, NAFTA, there was political consensus at the time among country leaders. Now, he said it is not at all clear the U.S. leader wants a deal among all three.

In her appearances Monday, Freeland stressed that Global Affairs began laying the groundwork for the coming talks a year ago, when NAFTA become a hot topic in the U.S. election, not just after Trump got elected.

Since then, Canada has mounted a “full-court press to preserve everything good about NAFTA for Canada, and also to find what elements of the deal can be improved,” Freeland said.

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

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

Keep Ontario Working Coalition warns that minimum wage increase will cost households an extra $1,300 a year.

Ontario’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 will cost the average household $1,300 a year in extra costs and put 185,000 jobs at risk, says a coalition of business groups opposed to the change.

“Making $15 an hour is great, but only if you have a job,” Karl Baldauf of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, a key member of the Keep Ontario Working Coalition, told a news conference Monday.

The coalition commissioned what it called an “independent” study of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $14 in January and $15 a year later. The study was conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.

Baldauf said “the unintended consequences are alarming,” as more employers would be expected to replace workers with self-checkout systems and ordering kiosks, for example.

The warnings are in contrast to a letter released earlier this summer by about 40 economists, including a number at universities.

They maintain the change is not as dramatic as opponents suggest because the minimum wage is, adjusted for inflation, barely $1 higher than its value in 1977, even though average productivity of workers has risen by 40 per cent over the same period.

The new study, revealed Monday by the coalition, raises the possibility that 185,000 low-wage jobs could disappear in the next two years due to the extra labour costs, according to the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.

That could leave vulnerable workers worse off in a set of circumstances that “undermines the intent of this legislation,” said Baldauf, who noted that women and youth would be hardest hit.

The costs of raising the minimum wage 32 per cent in such a short period, from $11.40 now, will cause inflation to rise 0.7 per cent, the study predicted, and the impact would be expected to be $1,300 a year to households.

Baldauf added that, at $23 billion in the first two years, the impacts to the business community are much bigger. It’s a number that makes it impossible for Premier Kathleen Wynne to provide meaningful “offsets” she has promised to ease the impact on companies, he said.

“It’s the largest change we’ve seen in minimum wage in 45 years,” said Paul Smetanin, a chartered accountant and president of the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.

“It would be remiss to think such an amount would go unnoticed.”

He warned that muncipalities will have to increase their payrolls by $500 million to account for the impacts of the minimum-wage increase, which could be felt on local property tax bills.

The coalition called on the government to re-think the minimum wage increase and phase it in over a longer period of time, but did not lay out a recommended schedule.

Baldauf is calling for other changes in Bill 148, which includes other workplace reforms, saying provisions to give workers better notice on work schedules are too strict in a “one-size-fits-all” model.

Wynne said the workplace reforms, which include making three weeks’ vacation mandatory after five years in a job, are necessary to share the gains of Ontario’s improved economy in the last few years as many workers struggle to make ends meet.


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

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

Mayor John Tory says even a small amount of hiring will allow the force to cut its budget by $100 million and downsize the force.

The Toronto Police Service can lift a hiring freeze and still trim $100 million from its budget — and downsize the force to 4,750 uniform officers — by 2019, Mayor John Tory said Wednesday.

The number of TPS staff leaving the service this year is “running quite ahead of what was projected,” so allowing a “very modest amount” of hiring will permit the police service from “being reduced too fast in size,” Tory told reporters at an unrelated announcement on transit.

It “is just a sensible thing for us to do to preserve a safe city while staying on track with respect to the overall goal and the budget,” Tory said.

About 300 TPS staff members, including 191 uniform officers, have resigned, retired or moved to other forces this year — more than double the average number of “separations,” according to the Toronto Police Association which represents more than 8,000 members.

A policing task force report aimed at cutting costs — and modernizing Canada’s largest municipal force —recommended no new uniform officers be hired over three years, leading to a reduction in the number of officers, through attrition, to about 4,750 by 2019.

The task force estimated the hiring freeze and promotion moratorium would reduce the budget by $60 million and identified another $40 million in efficiencies and savings.

The Toronto Police Association has been fighting the move to reduce the ranks, launching a public relations campaign suggesting a leaner force puts the safety of Torontonians at risk. That prompted Tory to recently accuse TPA president Mike McCormack of “lobbing hand grenades”from the sidelines.

But the mayor said Wednesday the heated rhetoric is over — at least for now — after the union agreed to work with the board to achieve “the ultimate objective of modernizing the force, including a more efficient deployment of police resources.”

That includes looking “at everything,” including the shift schedule, which is part of the collective agreement and a bone of contention between the service and TPA, the mayor said.

The last four-year contract, signed in 2015, established joint committees to look at the compressed work week and the requirement for two-officer patrol cars at night. A 2011 Ernst & Young efficiency report found a shift schedule changed could result in $25 million in savings.

Nothing materialized — nor did anything change after the union agreed to a similar arrangement in 2005.

Tory said it was a “significant step forward” that the city has a new partnership with the union while the service continues to implement the modernization “action plan” to relieve pressure on the workload of uniform police officers.

“We’re moving ahead with all of those changes but it takes time,” Tory said.

The service wants to change its delivery model, so that highly trained — and expensive — front-line officers are responding to emergencies not nabbing drivers for making illegal left-hand turns.

The plan calls for the diverting some 911 calls to other city departments and service providers, expanding alternative reporting methods for non-emergency crimes, using lesser-paid civilians to do some duties currently performed by officers, and consolidating some police divisions.

David Soknacki, a former city councillor, budget chair, and member of the policing task force that recommended the hiring moratorium, wasn’t concerned about its lifting if it means the union is now onside.

“If this means a realization by the collective bargaining units that in fact this is the way of the future and it’s good for everyone, bringing in new staff, which will be trained in the new environment, it will help us to where we want to go,” he said Wednesday.

But Soknacki warned the police service must do everything it can to achieve the $100 million target.

“You’ve got to have the $100 million in savings to send the message that transformation is here, it can be done, the police can manage their affairs, and the police is cognizant of living in the broader context of the city of Toronto,” he said.

If they fail to hit the $100 million target, it makes it difficult to ask other city divisions and agencies hold the line on spending.

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

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

An analysis of the province’s education funding formula, to be released Monday, says the “learning opportunities grant” distributes about $179 per student to schools in needy areas, while fundraising brings in $548 million to boards, or an average of $280 per student.

Schools in more affluent areas across Ontario continue to raise so much money that they bring in almost $200 million more than what the government provides to lower-income communities to try and make up the gap.

An analysis of the province’s education funding formula, to be released Monday, says the “learning opportunities grant” distributes about $179 per student to schools in needy areas, while fundraising brings in $548 million to boards, or an average of $280 per student.

“School-based fundraising significantly reverses the impact of the (grant) on school boards’ resources,” says the report commissioned by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario to mark the 20th anniversary of drastic changes to how the education system was funded.

It notes that the boards that receive less grant money for needy schools actually bring in more than the $280 average, and those that receive the most in learning opportunity grants, or LOGs, bring in much less than the average.

“Even these numbers radically understate the upside-down equity driven by school-based fundraising … at the school level, the gap between at-risk programming needs and local fundraising potential will inevitably be even starker,” says the report by economist Hugh Mackenzie.

The provincial funding formula, introduced by the Conservative government back in 1997, not only took more than a billion dollars out of the system, it also took taxing powers away from individual school boards. It continues to come under fire for flaws that unions and parent groups have urged the Liberals to fix.

The Liberal government has poured billions more into education, now spending $23 billion, or $12,107 per student, when adjusted for inflation, the report notes.

Ontario now ranks fifth in Canada in per-student spending.

The report, however, notes much of the additional money has been spent on class size reductions, and full-day kindergarten.

Both of those initiatives have benefitted elementary teachers and created thousands of jobs.

Overall, the report says whether special education, English-as-a-Second-Language students or school maintenance, these areas “have all been underfunded for two decades.”

“We are not surprised by the findings,” said Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario — the country’s largest teacher union — in an interview.

“It’s telling in terms of the compounded problems that have been caused since 1997.”

Despite changes to special education funding, some boards continue to spend millions more than they receive to deliver programming.

“We acknowledge that the Liberals have put money into it …but every year the funding has changed, it has been inadequate,” he said.

“Boards are struggling every year to balance their budgets; they are struggling to get enough resources and enough money into special education programming to support students with special needs.

“And even with changes that the Liberals put in most recently, even under that, there are still boards that lost out on millions of dollars.”

Teachers have been warning about this “for a number of years now,” Hammond added.

“There’s been a consistent decline in the supports and resources with regards to special education programs at the same time as we see increases in the numbers of students requiring those levels of support.”

In June, the government did make a move to address the problem, with Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announcing an extra $219 million into a fund for boards to hire a total of 875 teachers and 1,600 education workers.

Hammond said the Liberals were the biggest critics of the funding formula and promised a full review, which has not been done, and the union is now asking for an evaluation of the funding system every five years.

ETFO is also recommending the government increase funding for children with special education needs and mental health issues and hire external reviewers to examine how it allocates money in this area.

The union would also like the province to pitch in more money for counselors, psychologists, social workers and speech therapists, which they say are lacking in the system now and leading to long wait lists.

Previous series by the Star have highlighted how parent fundraising has grown over the years in Greater Toronto, coming to fill in the funding gaps in some schools.

In Toronto public schools in 2013, the average for school-generated funds was $118 per elementary school, and the lowest in the Greater Toronto area. Almost-two thirds of schools are below $100 per child.

The York Region Catholic board, however, was averaging $358 per student.

School-generated funds include fundraising events, payments for field trips and cafeteria sales, among other things, and are used to bring in scientists or artists for enrichment programming, purchase extra computers or better gym equipment.

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Woman at centre of Ontario assisted death case dies

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

The death of the woman was confirmed by a news release Thursday from Dying with Dignity Canada.

A 77-year-old woman who went to court to clarify the assisted dying law for people who are in excruciating, incurable pain but who do not face imminent death has died with medical assistance.

The woman, known as AB due to a publication ban, had severe osteoarthritis but her doctor would not perform the end-of-life procedure because he was concerned she did not meet the “reasonable foreseeable death” requirement.

In documents filed with the court, the woman’s lawyer Andrew Faith stressed the chilling effect a lack of clarity in the legislation had on access to medical care.

In a ruling in June, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell said that a person does not need to have a terminal condition or be likely to die within a specific time frame to access medical assistance in dying.

The death of the woman last week was confirmed by a news release Thursday from Dying with Dignity Canada.

“After AB died, her daughter said it was the first time in decades that she had seen her mother in a pain-free state,” the release said.

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Home construction on pace for its best year since recession

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. says work began on an annualized 222,324 homes in July, the third-fastest monthly pace since 2012.

 OTTAWA—Canadian home construction is on pace for its best year since the 2008-2009 recession, with builders showing no sign of being slowed by rising interest rates or fears of a housing correction.

Home construction picked up last month, driven by British Columbia and Alberta.

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts rose to 222,324 units in July, up from 212,948 in June, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday.

The ramp-up likely reflects strong demand for new housing from the end of last year into the start of this year, TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said, adding that the new construction market tends to lag real estate demand, which has started to fall.

Petramala said regulatory changes over the past year including tougher mortgage qualification rules have prompted a shift for some first-time homebuyers from existing homes to cheaper, newly built dwellings.

 “Some of the momentum could potentially carry forward into the second half of the year before new home construction eases along with the existing home market next year,” she said.

Last month, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that national home sales figures in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years. CREA is expected to release July sales data next week.

The annual pace of urban home construction increased by 5.5 per cent last month to 206,122 units, driven by a rise in multiple urban starts — generally apartment buildings, townhouses and condominiums — while single, detached home starts slowed.

Multiple urban starts increased by 10.4 per cent to 141,950 while single-detached urban starts fell by 3.9 per cent to 64,172. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,202 units.

Regionally, the annual pace of housing starts in B.C. surged 20 per cent compared with June while Alberta saw an eight per cent increase. The annual pace of starts in Ontario was up one per cent.

“Much of the recent strength has been concentrated in B.C., where starts have rebounded back close to record highs after slowing late last year,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote in a report.

The housing start data came as Statistics Canada also reported the value of building permits issued in June rose to $8.1 billion, up 2.5 per cent from May and the second highest value on record.

The overall increase came despite a 0.9 per cent drop to $5 billion in the value of residential building permits in June. The value of permits for single-family dwellings fell 12.5 per cent, while plans for multi-family dwellings rose 12.5 per cent in June to $2.7 billion.

The value of building permits for non-residential structures in June rose 8.8 per cent to $3 billion.

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

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

Canada’s economy added jobs in July, the eighth consecutive month of growth.

OTTAWA—The economy extended its winning streak in July, posting its eighth consecutive month of job growth while the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since the start of the financial crisis nearly nine years ago.

The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 6.3 per cent, a level not seen since October 2008, as the number of people looking for work declined, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

The decrease came as the economy pumped out 10,900 net new jobs for the month. That followed staggering employment growth of 45,300 in June and 54,500 in May.

“We can forgive the economy for taking a bit of a breather on job gains in July, given how torrid the pace has been in the prior two months,” Avery Shenfeld, chief economist of CIBC Capital Markets, said in a note to clients.

The July data was fuelled by the addition of 35,100 full-time jobs, offset by the loss of 24,300 part-time positions.

Compared with a year ago, the number of jobs has increased by 388,000, driven by a surge in 354,000 full-time positions.

However, the positive job figures were dampened by the latest numbers on Canada’s trade deficit, which ballooned to $3.6 billion in June from a shortfall of $1.4 billion the previous month.

Benjamin Reitzes, Canadian rates and macro strategist at BMO Capital Markets, said there were some one-time factors affecting the trade numbers.

 “You had some very large declines in exports of metals, gold in particular,” he said, noting that oil prices have also fallen.

“That weighed very heavily on the number.”

Statistics Canada said exports fell 4.3 per cent to $46.5 billion. Shipments of metal and non-metallic mineral products plummeted by 14.9 per cent to $5.3 billion in June after a 12.4 per cent increase in May. Exports of energy products were down 9.2 per cent to $7.3 billion.

On the other side of the ledger, imports gained 0.3 per cent to $50.1 billion. Trade in metal ores, non-metallic minerals, aircraft and other transportation and parts hit record highs.

The latest economic data follows a decision by the Bank of Canada last month to raise its key interest rate target to 0.75 per cent, its first increase in almost seven years.

Reitzes said BMO continues to expect the central bank to wait until October before it raises the rate again, noting that there is still plenty of economic figures to come before the decision.

“It’s tough to see anything really derailing them outside of broadly weaker numbers for October,” he said. “They’ve been clear they want to take back the 50 basis points of easing they put in in 2015, so a hike in October would do that.”

Breaking down the jobs report, the wholesale and retail trade sector gained 22,000 jobs, information, culture and recreation added 18,000 and manufacturing saw an increase of 14,000. About 32,000 jobs in educational services were lost, mainly in Ontario and Alberta.

Regionally, employment in Ontario and Manitoba rose by 26,000 and 4,800, respectively. Alberta lost 14,000 jobs, Newfoundland and Labrador shed 5,300 positions and Prince Edward Island dropped by 1,000.

At Queen’s Park, Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said the numbers show Ontario’s economy continues to grow “at an impressive rate.”

“We continue to be on a very positive trend,” he told reporters, noting about two-thirds of the 25,500 net new jobs created in the province last month were full-time.

The unemployment rate in Ontario fell to 6.1 per cent from ‎6.4 per cent and has now been below the national average for 28 months, Duguid added.

“It’s one of the lowest we’ve seen in the last two decades.”

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

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

LONDON—Today, NDP Education critic Peggy Sattler released the following statement in response to the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario report on education funding in Ontario:

“Today’s report by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario highlights what too many students and parents already know: years of successive Conservative and Liberal governments have created an education system that is failing our children.

The report shows just how out of touch Kathleen Wynne is. She just doesn’t get it. Minor tweaks to an education system designed by Conservatives will continue to fail students, and leave families scrambling to fill the gaps.

Special education funding is completely disconnected from students’ needs, leaving many kids without even the basic services they need to thrive. Grants that were intended to give at-risk youth and students from low income backgrounds a leg up fall short of what’s needed and are often diverted for other uses. Rural and Northern schools continue to be shut down by Wynne, forcing students to be bused further away from home, and stripping towns of vital community spaces.

A New Democratic government will ground special education funding in the needs of students and ensure every child starts with their best foot forward. And we will ensure there’s a full review of education funding to create a system that works for students, families and educators. Until then, Andrea Horwath and Ontario’s New Democrats will continue calling on Wynne to freeze school closures, and fund classrooms and kids properly.”

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