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Hydro One sending crews to Florida to help restore power after Irma

Posted on 15 September 2017 by admin

Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power in the storm that made landfall in the U.S. on Sunday.

Hydro One is sending crews to Florida in an effort to support the millions of people left without power in the wake of hurricane Irma.

The operator of Ontario’s largest electricity distribution system says it’s getting ready to send 175 employees south.

Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power in the storm that made landfall in the U.S. on Sunday, and utility officials say it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.

Hydro One says crews are expected to start crossing the border into the U.S. at about 6 p.m. Monday, and should reach the affected areas by Wednesday afternoon.

It says it has “reciprocal agreements” in place across North America to provide assistance during significant power outages.

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Doug Ford will run for mayor in 2018 rematch

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Mayor John Tory said Friday he welcomes a rematch in the 2018 mayoral race and holding up his record to Doug Ford’s in the previous council term.

Doug Ford, ex-city councillor and brother of the late Rob Ford, has confirmed he wants a mayoral rematch with John Tory next year.

“Robbie, this one is going to be for you,” Ford told a huge crowd at the annual “Ford Fest” party in their mother’s sprawling Etobicoke backyard.

“I will be running for mayor of Toronto,” he said to deafening cheers from “Ford Nation” fans.

Tory “is all talk and no action and broken promises,” said Ford, 52, after speeches by councillors nephew Michael Ford, Vince Crisanti and Giorgio Mammoliti, and Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton.

Ford accused Tory of letting city spending “skyrocket” and vowed as mayor he would give Toronto the lowest taxes in North America and end the “war on the car.”

Tory said Friday he welcomes a rematch and holding up his record to Ford’s in the scandal-filled 2010-2014 council term in which Doug was Ward 2 councillor and Rob was mayor.

“The council was dysfunctional. The relationship with the other levels of government (was) in tatters. The reputation of the city was being challenged every day in media around the world.

“I think people will have to think long and hard about whether they want to go back to the old way and to the chaos that we saw just three short years ago.”

The actual campaign for the Oct. 22, 2018 election does not start until May 1, so Ford is a sort of shadow candidate until then. He can talk about his intention to run but cannot fundraise, buy ads, post election signs or otherwise spend money on his mayoral quest.

Ford had been toying with running for Patrick Brown’s Progressive Conservatives in the June 7, 2018 provincial election.

Sources have told the Star that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals were keen to have Ford as an opponent they could accuse of wanting to bring the right-wing politics of U.S. President Donald Trump to Ontario, and that some PCs were keen for him to choose a rematch with Tory instead. Ford denied those allegations.

Others have said the co-owner of Deco Labels & Tags was dissuaded from running provincially when PC officials told him that, if elected and elevated to cabinet, by law he would have to put his shares in the family company in a blind trust.

Ford was elected as city councillor, serving as his brother’s sidekick and top adviser, promising to find billions of dollars in waste at city hall. At one point he wanted city staff to put a connecting door between the mayor’s office and his adjoining council office.

When the Star in March 2013 revealed then-mayor Rob Ford had attended a naval gala incoherent, and had a substance abuse problem that worried those around him, Doug Ford branded the assertions lies meant to keep the “gravy train” running at city hall.

Ford likewise dismissed as nonsense later allegations that his brother was caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine with gang members who sold drugs and guns. Doug Ford has said he became aware of his brother’s addictions only after Rob Ford confessed them in November 2013.

As councillor Doug Ford could claim success in helping convince city council to pass austerity budgets, contract out garbage collection between the Humber River and Yonge St. and extract deep concessions from city workers in new contracts.

However, his behind-the-scenes push for a remake of Toronto’s east waterfront with a ferris wheel and boat-in hotel dealt his brother his first major policy loss. Doug Ford’s “cut the waist” challenge, in which he and his brother publicly competed to lose weight, embarrassed the mayor who failed to shed pounds and was peppered with reporters’ questions about his scandals.

Rob Ford successfully went to rehab but had to abandon his 2014 mayoral re-election campaign after being diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer. Doug Ford took his brother’s place late in the campaign and received 330,610 votes to 394,775 votes for Tory. Rob Ford, who was re-elected to the council seat he had held for a decade, died in March 2016.

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Defence asks for delay in gas plants trial of top aides to ex-premier Dalton McGuinty

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Former chief of staff, one-time deputy chief were to go on trial Monday for alleged deletion of data linked to cancellation of gas-fired power plants.

Defense lawyers are requesting the long-awaited criminal trial of two former top aides to ex-premier Dalton McGuinty in the gas plants case be delayed another week, possibly longer.

Former McGuinty chief of staff David Livingston, 65‎, and one-time deputy chief Laura Miller, 38, were slated to go on trial Monday in Ontario Court of Justice for the alleged deletion of computer hard drives linked to the Liberal government’s cancellation of gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga before the 2011 election.

But defence lawyers sought the postponement to have more time to go over boxes of evidence recently disclosed by the Crown — and accused prosecutors of withholding information.

“It’s an ongoing process we’re involved in,” said Miller lawyer Scott Hutchison, who noted witness interviews by the Crown are still taking place this week.

Notes from re-interviews of Crown witnesses are in many cases “cryptic,” said Livingston lawyer Brian Gover.

He also told Justice Timothy Lipson that the defence also deserves an explanation from the Crown for its decision to cut the number of witnesses in the case in half, to 12 from 25.

In many cases the re-interviews are hours longer than the initial police interviews with witnesses, said Gover, raising the possibility prosecutors are engaged in a fresh “information-gathering exercise.”

Crown prosecutor Tom Lemon said he would consent to the one-week postponement.

Lemon told court the witnesses struck from the Crown list are people whose testimony would duplicate others or are “unnecessary.” The judge said this “sounds like a normal assessment of the Crown” to keep the case moving.

Livingston and Miller are accused of breach of trust, mischief in relation to data, and misuse of a computer system.

The pair, who deny any wrongdoing in the wiping of hard drives in the McGuinty premier’s office before Premier Kathleen Wynne took power, face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

McGuinty was never under investigation and cooperated with the Ontario Provincial Police through their probe.

Under the OPP charges, detectives allege Livingston gave a special computer password to a non-government employee — Peter Faist, Miller’s common-law spouse — enabling him to clean the computer drives in the premier’s office before Wynne was formally sworn in on Feb. 11, 2013.

Faist, a computer specialist who has denied doing anything wrong and is not on trial, was paid $10,000 from the taxpayer-funded Liberal caucus budget for wiping the drives – money the party subsequently repaid the treasury.

Both the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats believe the computers could have contained information linked to the Liberals’ controversial decision before the 2011 election to cancel the gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville, which were locally unpopular.

The Liberals held onto all five seats adjacent to the two proposed facilities in 2011 and again in the 2014 campaign.

Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk has estimated that moving them to Sarnia and Napanee could cost ratepayers up to $1.1 billion over 20 years.

The trial coincides with both the Legislature resuming Monday and the ongoing Election Act trial related to the 2015 Sudbury byelection.

In that case, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s former deputy chief of staff, Patricia Sorbara, and local activist Gerry Lougheed are charged with offering an ex-Liberal candidate a job to quit the nomination race for preferred candidate Glenn Thibeault, now the energy minister.

Wynne herself will take the stand to testify on Wednesday.

McGuinty is not expected the testify in the gas plants case.

The trials are taking place as politicians gird for a June 7, 2018 provincial election.

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Canadians barred from Turks and Caicos flight allowed to return home, Air Canada says

Posted on 15 September 2017 by admin

Turks and Caicos officials have now agreed to let Air Canada operate the return flight from Turks and Caicos, which is scheduled to leave Monday afternoon.

Air Canada says about 100 Canadians who had been barred by local authorities from a flight leaving Turks and Caicos will now be allowed to fly home.

Hurricane Irma caused extensive flooding in the islands last week, with water reaching above the waist in some areas.

Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick says the company was planning on using a chartered plane to evacuate 95 Canadians who had been staying on the islands, but civil aviation authorities wouldn’t allow the passengers to board the flight.

Fitzpatrick says the main airport terminal on the islands is closed, but humanitarian flights have been allowed to operate.

He says authorities in Turks and Caicos have now agreed to let Air Canada operate the return flight, which is scheduled to leave Monday afternoon.

Fitzpatrick says the Canadians are expected to arrive in Toronto Monday evening.

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York Region cops covered up assault of robbery suspect, judge finds

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The judge’s ruling has prompted York’s police chief to order an independent investigation by Peel Regional Police.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Cory Gilmore was already suspicious of two experienced York Regional Police officers when they refused to acknowledge that a stain marring a white Banana Republic long-sleeved shirt was blood — in spite of DNA evidence.

It looked like a coffee stain, Det. David Noseworthy told Gilmore’s court. Det. Alec Tompras, an officer with 11 years on the job, testified that he did not know what blood stains looked like.

But it was a bizarre interview filmed at the police station — in which the accused in a 2012 robbery can only be seen from behind on video, while the police interviewer is in full view — that ultimately prompted a rare and sternly worded ruling from Gilmore to stay charges against a man who admitted he’d participated in a Markham cellphone store holdup.

The police misconduct in the case, she ruled, was too serious to proceed on the charges, as it violated the charter rights of the accused.

Gilmore found there was “no other conclusion” than that Gil Kim, facing charges including robbery with a weapon or imitation weapon, was assaulted by Tompras and Noseworthy at a York police station after his arrest on Aug. 2, 2012. The officers then attempted to “cover it up,” she found.

“I find that both detectives … used physical intimidation to attempt to extract a confession from him. When they were unsuccessful, they had to hide the evidence of their actions by washing the blood out of his shirt and placing him away from the video camera for his interview,” Gilmore wrote in her Aug. 24 ruling.

The ruling prompted York’s police chief to order an independent investigation by Peel Regional Police.

“Chief Eric Jolliffe was not previously aware of this incident; however, once learning of it, he immediately initiated a chief’s complaint under part 5 of the Police Services Act,” York police spokesperson Const. Andy Pattenden said in an email Tuesday. “Judge Gilmore’s decision has been forwarded to Peel Regional Police to aid them in their investigation.”

Reached by email Tuesday, Noseworthy declined to comment, saying it was not an appropriate time. Tompras did not respond to a request for comment from the Star.

Kim’s lawyer, David Bayliss, said one of the most shocking parts of the case was that it was fairly “run of the mill” — a crime he called a low-level robbery involving a man with no prior criminal record, where no one was physically harmed.

The decision stems from a robbery of a Rogers Plus phone store on May 30, 2012, in which $7,000 in cash and phones worth $80,000 were stolen. Aside from Kim, three others were charged in connection with the case. Armin Zandi and Anthony Jouith have entered guilty pleas, and the charges against the third person, a store employee, were stayed.

According to Gilmore’s ruling, Kim was “candid” in his admission that he’d participated in the robbery. He appears in surveillance video, his face disguised as he holds something in the shape of a handgun while store employees load a duffel bag with phones and cash from the company’s safe. Kim then left the store in a Pontiac Sunfire driven by one of his co-accused and owned by another.

Just over two months later, York police arrested Kim in Toronto while he was driving his father’s car. He was taken into custody and brought to a York police station on Markham Rd., where he was booked, searched and placed in a cell.

While Kim contended he was roughed up from the start — he claimed that during his arrest, one cop whispered in his ear, “Wait until we get to the station” — Kim stated that the real abuse began when he was taken into an interview room at the detachment.

During testimony at his hearing for a stay of his charges, Kim claimed Noseworthy told him that his co-accused in the robbery had already given him up and that he should confess on camera. Noseworthy threatened Kim that if didn’t confess, he would be beaten, Kim said.

When he maintained his right to silence, Kim testified that Noseworthy then put on a set of leather gloves and punched him on the side of the face with a closed fist. The officer went on to strike him in the head and torso, grab him by the throat, bang his head against the wall and kick him in the shin, Kim testified, adding that Tompras told him “this is what happens to people who rob businesses in broad daylight.”

Kim then told the court that his nose began to bleed, prompting Noseworthy to tell him to take off his shoes, his white shirt and tank top. He said Noseworthy then struck him in the head with one of his shoes and left the room with the shirt.

“I couldn’t believe this was happening,” Kim testified, according to Gilmore’s ruling. “I thought this stuff only happened in movies.”

Soon after, the officer returned with a warm, damp shirt, the blood stains mostly gone, Kim said.

Kim was then taken to a different interview room and questioned on video by Tompras. In the video, Kim maintains his right to silence but is barely visible — only the back of his head and part of the right side of his face can be seen. Tompras is in full view.

Kim testified that he did not know where the camera was at the time, but recalled that Tompras directed him to sit in a chair that he later learned faced away from the camera.

Kim testified that he was held overnight, and the following day, after being granted bail, he went to hospital at the insistence of his mother, father and sister. All three testified that they were concerned about his injuries, which included a swollen face, bruising and a bump on his head.

On the stand, Noseworthy denied all allegations about assaulting Kim, or having any contact with him whatsoever other than when he delivered food to him that evening.

Tompras also denied assaulting Kim. Both officers denied ordering Kim to remove some of his clothing or washing any blood out of the shirt.

Gilmore criticized the testimony of both officers on the stand, saying they were “dismissive of any possibility of wrongdoing.” The judge took issue with many aspects of their conduct but put most emphasis on the interview video in which Kim is in the “wrong seat,” facing away from the camera — a fact that “simply cannot be explained away.”

“The only inference that can be drawn is that this was done to ensure that the blood on Mr. Kim’s shirt or facial swelling could not be seen on camera,” Gilmore wrote.

When asked about it on the stand, Noseworthy called it “a silly error” that should not have happened. Tompras said that “ideally” the accused should be in full view of the camera but that there was no clear policy on that, a statement he later admitted was inaccurate.

As an experienced officer, Tompras had to have known that the purpose of a videotaped interview was to allow the accused to be seen on camera, Gilmore wrote.

“For him to suggest that this was effectively a matter of officer discretion is bordering on ludicrous,” she wrote, adding that the “cavalier” manner with which the officers treated the “grave” video error was “disquieting to say the least.”

The judge also questioned how the officers could maintain that stains on Kim’s shirt — which he’d preserved in a plastic bag, then sent for DNA testing — were not blood. Both officers were aware of the DNA test results stating it was blood.

“(Tompras) went so far as to say that he did not know what blood stains looked like. This evidence from a police officer with 11 years experience is incongruous at best,” Gilmore wrote.

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Toronto house prices likely already near bottom, RBC economist says

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As real estate prices continue to drop following Ontario’s market-cooling policies, economist Robert Hogue says Toronto is likely to mimic Vancouver’s experience.

Toronto’s roller-coaster real estate market took a swoop lower in August, the fourth-straight month that the average sales price in Canada’s largest city declined from a dizzying record high set in April.

The Toronto Real Estate Board said Wednesday the average price for all home types in the Greater Toronto Area last month was $732,292, down 1.8 per cent from July and 20.3 per cent below April’s GTA average of $919,086.

The Ontario government introduced more than a dozen measures in April — including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers — following a price spike in the first months of the year, which started with an $768,301 average GTA price in January.

Sales in the Toronto area have cooled since the Ontario government’s move and August sales continued that trend with a 34.8 per cent plunge from the same month last year.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says April’s 16-point plan was responding to a “really overheated” market.

“It’s had a cooling effect. We don’t know exactly what all of the factors are there, but we’ll be working with the real estate board both in Toronto and beyond to make sure we got it right,” Wynne said Wednesday.

According to RBC economist Robert Hogue, Toronto is likely to mimic Vancouver’s experience in the wake of market-cooling policy. Sales in that West Coast city increased 22.3 per cent in August from the same month last year, when the provincial government first introduced a 15 per cent foreign buyers tax.

“Our view is that the market has largely adjusted to Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan and should maintain balance between supply and demand,” Hogue wrote in a note Wednesday.

“Developments in Vancouver — which went through a similar policy-induced market correction last year — suggest that the bottom for prices may be near in the Toronto area.”

Despite August’s decline to the lowest average price reported by the Toronto Real Estate Board so far this year, it’s still up three per cent from the same month in 2016.

TREB said that the average price had been affected by fewer high-end home sales last month compared with a year earlier.

After adjusting to recognize different pricing levels for condos, fully detached houses and other types of property, its Multiple Listing Service housing price index for August was up 14.3 per cent from a year earlier.

The number of detached homes sold in the GTA was down 41.6 per cent from last year, while sales of semi-detached houses were down 37.1 per cent. Condo and townhouse sales were down 28 per cent and 25.7 per cent, respectively.

Nevertheless, fully detached houses accounted for 40.6 per cent of GTA sales in August and their price averaged $968,494 — about the same as last year overall despite a 1.2 per cent year-over-year decline in the core 416 area code.

Condo apartments, which accounted for 31.4 per cent of the volume, had an average price of $507,841 — up 21.4 per cent from August 2016.

The real estate board said the number of new listings last month was 11,523, the lowest for an August since 2010. But the number of active listings was 16,419, up 65 per cent from August 2016, and the average days on market rose to 25 from 18.

“The relationship between sales and listings in the marketplace today suggests a balanced market,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis.

“If current conditions are sustained over the coming months, we would expect to see year-over-year price growth normalize slightly above the rate of inflation.”

 

 

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Sania Mirza-Shuai Peng crash out in US Open semi-finals

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NEW YORK: The fourth seeded Indo-Chinese pair of Sania Mirza and Shuai Peng was sent packing by Swiss ace Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chanof Chinese Taipei in the women’s doubles semi-finals of the US Open.

While the scoreline suggests a straight-set victory of 6-4, 6-4 for the second-seeded pair but in both sets it was the Indo-Chinese combination that had the initial advantage which it frittered away.

Mirza-Peng started the match in right earnest breaking the opposition serve taking a 3-0 lead.

However, the Hingis-Chan pair levelled proceedings with double break to make it 3-3 before getting their third break in the ninth game to win the set at 6-4 in 31 minutes.

The second set also went along similar lines with Mirza-Peng leading 3-1 before blowing it all away.

The decisive break came in the ninth game and then closed the game in the 10th game.

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NDP: Urgent action needed to solve capacity crisis in Ontario hospitals

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OHA raises alarm bells Monday

QUEEN’S PARK – With the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) raising alarm bells about a worsening capacity crisis in Ontario’s hospitals over the winter months, Ontario New Democratic Leader Andrea Horwath says the Wynne Liberals must act now to reverse decades of cuts to Ontario’s health care system.

“The last Conservative government fired 6,000 nurses, eliminated 7,000 beds, and shuttered dozens of hospitals. When the Liberals came into power, instead of reversing those cuts, they froze health care spending, slashed more front line jobs, and continued to worsen the health care crisis across this province,” said Horwath this morning. “The OHA is highlighting what many Ontarians have already experienced firsthand: Ontario’s hospitals are overcrowded, and – without a major change – things are only going to get worse.”

According to the OHA, wait times in emergency departments across the province reached their highest levels ever this summer, since the government began tracking wait times. Many hospitals were operating above 100 per cent capacity. With flu season and colder weather only weeks away, health care experts are worried about how Ontario’s hospitals will cope with surging admissions in the winter months.

“With the Wynne Liberals shortchanging hospitals by over $300 million this year alone, over-capacity ERs and hallway medicine have become the norm in too many of our hospitals and communities,” said Horwath. “Ontario is home to thousands of world-class, dedicated nurses, doctors, and health care professionals. But they are being asked to do more and more, with less and less – Liberal and Conservative cuts and neglect have stretched our health care system to the breaking point.”

With the legislative session resuming at Queen’s Park this morning, Horwath is calling on Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals to take urgent action to undo the harm they have done to Ontario’s hospitals, piling onto years of Conservative cuts.

“The people of Ontario should be able to access the care they need, when they need it – and our health care professionals should be given the resources they need to do their jobs.Enough is enough,” said Horwath. “Ontario families deserve immediate action from Premier Kathleen Wynne to resolve this capacity crisis caused by years of chronic underfunding of hospitals by her government.”

Horwath and the NDP have promised, if elected, to stop the cuts in hospitals and ensure that hospital funding, at a minimum, keeps up with inflation, population growth, and the unique health needs of Ontario communities.

 

 

 

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Empowering thousands of Canadian researchers and students to push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation

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Half a billion in funding for scientists and engineers means more opportunities for discovery, skills training and job creation.

VICTORIA, Sept. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – When Canada’s scientists and engineers have the opportunity to succeed, they’re able to make the discoveries that lead to ground-breaking innovations, sustainable economic growth and a stronger middle class. The hard work of these researchers also helps new generations of students master the advanced skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

That is why the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, announced today $515 million in support for fundamental research through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) 2017 competition for the Discovery Grants program, scholarships and fellowships. This is NSERC’s largest annual investment, and it assists researchers by offering financial support though scholarships, fellowships, research supplements, and equipment grants.

Today’s announcement was made at the University of Victoria. It was also announced that Dr. Stephanie Willerth, a prominent University of Victoria researcher and Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, will receive a Discovery Grant worth $120,000 over five years to support her work with stem cells.

Stem cells are identical biological cells that can separate into specialized cells and can divide to produce more stem cells. They can also act as a repair system for the human body, replenishing adult tissues. Dr. Willerth’s discovery research underpins her collaboration with Aspect Biosystems, a Vancouver-based company that produces 3D printing platforms for tissue engineering to find replacements for human tissue and organs that no longer function properly. By reprogramming a patient’s adult cells into their stem cell state, researchers will be able to develop any type of tissue, including heart, lung, skin and more. Ultimately, with the help of the 3D printing platform, a patient’s newly engineered cells can be used to test reactions to new drugs for diseases such as cancer.

This funding reflects the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthen science by supporting the very people—our country’s remarkable scientists and engineers—who are working to build a better future for all.

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“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in fundamental research and engineering that will improve and enrich our country’s knowledge economy. We believe in encouraging scientists’ cutting-edge ideas that will lead Canada to greater social and economic growth. I am particularly proud of the support offered to postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows who, thanks to today’s investment, will be exposed to advanced training experiences that will prepare them for the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow.”

- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“At the core of every research project, every laboratory and every discovery, there are people. NSERC empowers these people to build an innovative, prosperous and inclusive society. NSERC Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships provide thousands of top researchers, students and fellows with the foundation they need to concretize their research ambitions and explore the unknown.”

- Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President, NSERC

“Our researchers and our institution as a whole benefit greatly from the NSERC discovery programs. These awards recognize that creativity and innovation drive research advances. We appreciate NSERC’s vital ongoing support for fundamental research and the training of the next generation of our leaders in natural sciences and engineering.”

- Professor Jamie Cassels, QC – President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Victoria

“NSERC funding has allowed me to conduct groundbreaking research in the field of tissue engineering and has connected with me several industrial partners, including Aspect Biosystems and Starfish Medical. It also helped me establish my lab when I was an early career researcher.”

- Dr. Stephanie Willerth, Professor at the University of Victoria

 

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Farah Khan slams Kangana Ranaut for playing the women’s card in her feud with Hrithik Roshan

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The Hrithik Roshan–Kangana Ranaut feud that had died down after rearing its ugly head in beginning of 2016 has got reignited. This happened after Kangana Ranaut’s shocking claims on the popular chat show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’. As soon as the episode was aired on India TV, a section of media and fans praised her for being brave. But at the same time, she was also ridiculed and criticized, especially by those who she targeted in the said episode like Apurva Asrani, Aditya Pancholi, Gurpreet Kaur Chadha etc.

Even those not related to the controversy have reacted. Sona Mohapatra went on a rampage on Twitter. The latest one to react is now Farah Khan. At the media interaction of her new reality show ‘Lip Sing Battle’, Farah Khan didn’t take name but implied that Kangana Ranaut is playing a woman’s card. Farah Khan emphasized that she’s been doing it every time and that for her, feminism means equality. She also pointed out that if a man had made similar claims like Kangana Ranaut, his life would have been hell and by now, he would had been in jail. Hence, she says that if such stunts are unacceptable for a man, then the same rule should apply to women as well.

 

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