Archive | September, 2017

Ekta Kapoor receives ‘Top Business Leader’ award for the third time in a row

Posted on 30 September 2017 by admin

From being the Czarina of Indian television and being a producer who changed the game to now being the only woman entrepreneur to bring a revolutionary change on the digital platform, Ekta Kapoor is truly a force to reckon with.

Hence it comes as no surprise that the Balaji head honcho was awarded the ‘Top Business Leader’ award at Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in Indian Business Awards. This makes Ekta Kapoor the recipient of the award for the third consecutive year.

Every year, Business Today highlights the remarkable stories of India’s foremost woman leaders in business, shortlisting not more than 25 women from different walks of life and celebrating their achievements.

Ekta Kapoor joined the likes of other powerful businesswomen including Arundhati Bhattacharya, Nita Ambani, Anita Dongre, Kaku Nakhate, Geetu Verma etc.

On the occasion said Ekta Kapoor, “I’m truly humbled to receive this award. It’s encouraging and empowering to be a part of such a prestigious platform.”

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Shilpa Shetty joins Varun Dhawan, Emraan Hashmi for ‘1 Small Step For Cancer’

Posted on 30 September 2017 by admin

We had reported how Emraan Hashmi had joined with an NGO to raise funds for those cancer-affected kids that can’t afford expensive treatment. It stemmed from his experience of finding treatment for his son Ayaan who was diagnosed with Wilms tumour, a rare cancer that affects kidneys, in 2014. The campaign was named ‘1 Small Step For Cancer’ and was kicked off on September 6. Within three days, the initiative managed to collect Rs 15 lakh. Emraan Hashmi was confident that he would surely fulfil his target of collecting Rs 1 crore in a month’s time.

The initiative got a boost when Varun Dhawan stepped in to promote the cause. And now, it’s the turn of the fit actress Shilpa Shetty to support ‘1 Small Step For Cancer’. As per the reports, Shilpa has an exclusive and extravagant collection of luxury outfits, handbags, shoes, accessories etc. She has decided to donate a few of these items from her closet to the NGO that is promoting ‘1 Small Step For Cancer’. The items would be auctioned and the funds raised would be used for the treatment of the cancer patients.

This is not the first time that Shilpa Shetty Kundra has associated herself with a social cause. She has been at the forefront at promoting Yoga and its immense benefits. She dedicatedly attends programmes on International Yoga Day every year. She has also been promoting the use of eco-friendly Ganesha.

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Trudeau threatens to kill purchase of Boeing fighter jets to protest firm’s trade complaint

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

Prime Minister joins British PM Theresa May to support Bombardier. During meeting in Ottawa, both say CETA a ‘basis’ for post-Brexit Canada-U.K. trade deal.

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatened Monday to scrap his government’s planned purchase of Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets in direct retaliation for the U.S. company’s trade complaint against Bombardier.

Flanked by British Prime Minister Theresa May who’d expressed fears that Bombardier jobs at a Northern Ireland plant could be hit by Boeing’s trade actions against the Canadian company, Trudeau upped the ante in the increasingly bitter trade dispute with the United States.

“We have obviously been looking at the Super Hornet aircraft from Boeing as a potential significant procurement of our new fighter jets,” said Trudeau.

“But we won’t do business with a company that’s busy trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business.”

The ultimatum to Boeing comes as the U.S. department of commerce is expected to rule next week on the Boeing complaint. The Liberal government last week said Boeing walked out of talks to resolve the commercial dispute.

Trudeau’s threat came moments after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May lent her support to Canada, saying she’d raised concerns about what Trudeau and she believe is an unfair trade move against Bombardier in a call last week with U.S. President Donald Trump. May said she intends to raise it again with him when she meets Trump at the United Nations in New York this week.

 “I will be impressing upon him the significance of Bombardier to the United Kingdom and particularly obviously to Northern Ireland and we have discussed today how we can work together to see a resolution of this issue which from my point of view I want to see a resolution that protects those jobs in northern Ireland,” May told reporters.

Trudeau said defending Bombardier’s “excellent” C-Series aircraft “is a priority for us” and he condemned Boeing, saying its motivation for launching the complaint is “extremely narrow” and “for trade-related reasons linked to their own profits.”

 “That’s not the way the world should operate.”

Trudeau said Boeing’s actions are harmful to jobs in Canada, to economic growth here and “also harmful to the future of the aerospace industry in the whole world.”

The Trudeau government vowed during the 2015 campaign it would not buy expensive F35 aircraft to replace Canada’s aging F-18s, and it said last year Ottawa would look to buy 18 Super Hornets, produced by Boeing, to meet Canada’s military obligations while it re-starts the competition to find a long-term replacement.

However, after Delta Airlines agreed to purchase the Bombardier C-Series planes for its passenger fleet, Boeing filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Commerce department. It challenges Ottawa and Quebec governments’ support for Bombardier’s C-series passenger jet program as unfair trade subsidies.

Within minutes of the conclusion of the news conference, the Star asked Trudeau’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan if the threat means Canada would now order the F35s. Sajjan declined to comment.

Trudeau and May also pledged a “seamless transition” to a new trade deal between Canada and the U.K. after Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union.

Trudeau said the U.K. is a signatory to the CETA now, which takes effect this week, and a new trade deal would mirror the Canada-European Trade Agreement.

Britain is barred by European law from negotiating other trade deals with non-EU countries in the interim, and neither leader would say if they agreed to formal talks.

But they said the CETA would form the basis for a smooth and quick transition.

“We recognize the rules in place around negotiation with the EU and EU members and we respect the need for the U.K. to determine its path forward with Brexit from the EU,” said Trudeau. “We will be able to move forward in a smooth transition that keeps the essence of CETA applicable to the U.K. in ways that will respect the EU’s requirements and rules,” said Trudeau.

May agreed, saying she wants to ensure the change is “as smooth and as orderly as possible” to give certainty to businesses and investors.

May’s visit to Ottawa, her first to Canada and first formal bilateral talks with Trudeau, comes as the two leaders head to New York for meetings at this week’s United Nations General Assembly.

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NDP leadership contenders make final pitches

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

Each of the four candidates argued they can beat Justin Trudeau in 2019, while a party debate over a Quebec religious symbols legislation continued to resonate through the campaign

HAMILTON—With competing chants and placards, a roving group of drummers and some old-time singalongs, the four candidates vying for the federal NDP leadership made their final cases to the party faithful Sunday afternoon.

The “leadership showcase” featured video presentations and speeches from contenders Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton, Guy Caron and Jagmeet Singh, who each argued they have the right mix of policy and personality to defeat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and bring the NDP to government in 2019.

But the event was shadowed by internal party strife over proposed legislation in Quebec that would ban religious face coverings — such as the niqab — from people giving or receiving public services. One of the party’s Quebec MPs, Pierre Nantel, threatened to quit the party this week if the next leader doesn’t respect Quebec’s decision-making on the issue. He then told Radio-Canada on Saturday that people in Quebec “don’t want to see any ostentatious religious symbols. We think that is not compatible with power, with authority.”

The comment resonated through the campaign in part because Singh, who has raised more money than his opponents and boasts bringing 47,000 new members to the party, is a practising Sikh who wears a turban and kirpan, the ceremonial dagger.

In his speech Sunday, Caron, the MP for Rimouski and the only candidate from Quebec, made a direct appeal to Singh, telling him from the stage that “you have a place in our party and in my Quebec.”

Caron brought the debate over Quebec’s legislation into the race in August, when he claimed that he would respect the provincial legislature’s decision on the religious symbols ban even though he personally opposes it. Caron argued Sunday that the issue may be uncomfortable, but the NDP must participate in the discussion to be relevant in Quebec politics, a province he maintains will be key to success in the 2019 election.

“I simply couldn’t take the easy road and leave these challenges for another day,” Caron said.

The NDP holds 16 seats in Quebec, after wining 59 in its historic breakthrough in the province in 2011 under Jack Layton.

Singh — squarely opposed to the legislation, even while acknowledging the federal government might not be able to stop it — said Sunday he is not concerned by challenges over his religion and appearance, and that he expects to win support in Quebec by conveying his social democratic convictions.

“I’m not here to convince you to accept my turban or my beard,” he said in French during his showcase. “I want to convince you that I’m someone who shares the same values as you.”

Caron also vowed to change the electoral system in his first act as prime minister, and pitched his basic income plan, which would deliver payouts to low-income Canadians to ensure no one lives below the poverty line. Singh, meanwhile, promised to institute a federal ban on racial profiling, which he later clarified could apply to federal agencies such as the RCMP.

Angus emphasized his work for Indigenous children; his portion of the event featured support from Serena Koostachin, who told the audience that the northern Ontario MP helped her 13-year-old sister, Shannen, bring attention to the dilapidated schoolhouse in their hometown of Attawapiskat.

“You and your sister taught me and the nation that Indigenous youth have incredible power to make change. And this is why I am here. To be a partner. To be an ally,” Angus said.

He also argued that the “real division” in Canadian society is economic, and that he can bring together people from different backgrounds and regions in the country. “People have the power to make change, and we are going to bring that change to Ottawa,” he said.

Ashton’s showcase made the case that her “progressive” proposals, such as free tuition and pharmacare, will bring young voters to the NDP and help the party win government in 2019.

“Justin Trudeau, if you are listening, I have a message for you: Enjoy being prime minister while it lasts,” she said. “Canadians know that only the NDP will bring real change.”

Party members will begin voting by ranked ballot on Monday. Results will be unveiled each Sunday in October — with the potential for members to revote online each week — until a candidate gets at least 50-per-cent support.


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Kathleen Wynne wants Patrick Brown to apologize for his ‘false and defamatory’ claim

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

Just because Donald Trump got away with lying about Hillary Clinton doesn’t mean that tactic will work in Ontario, warns Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Just because Donald Trump got away with lying about Hillary Clinton doesn’t mean that tactic will work in Ontario, warns Premier Kathleen Wynne.

“Last week, Patrick Brown made a statement about me that was false and defamatory,” Wynne told reporters Monday at Queen’s Park.

“In the days that followed, he, disappointingly, did not retract those comments,” said the premier, who has given Brown six weeks to apologize or she may launch a defamation suit against him.

“We’re going to govern ourselves by the timeline set by the Libel and Slander Act, and I think we’ll let the lawyers go through that process in the interim,” she said.

But Wynne, who publicly supported Clinton over Trump, made it clear that she did not wish to see a reprise of the tone of last year’s U.S. presidential election in the 2018 Ontario campaign.

“Let’s just hope and pray that that’s not the level of political debate that we’re going to have here in Ontario or in Canada. I deplore any behaviour that isn’t based on truth . . . that’s defamatory and doesn’t deal in honest interaction,” the premier said.

“And so, no matter who it is, whether it’s the president or whether it’s the leader of the opposition in Ontario, I don’t think that behaviour belongs in politics. There are lots of differing opinions without us descending into dishonesty and defamation,” she said.

Brown’s office reiterated Monday that the leader would continue to ignore Wynne’s legal threats, which he has repeatedly dismissed as “baseless.”

Last Tuesday, on the eve of her testimony as a Crown witness in the Sudbury byelection bribery case, the Tory chief said Ontario had “a sitting premier sitting in trial” and that Wynne “stands trial.”

In fact, Patricia Sorbara, the premier’s former deputy chief of staff, and Liberal activist Gerry Lougheed are on trial for alleged Election Act violations related to the 2015 byelection. Both deny any wrongdoing.

Wynne’s lawyer, Jack Siegel, last Wednesday served Brown with a letter stating that he “made a statement about the premier of Ontario that is false and defamatory.”

“Contrary to your statement, Premier Wynne is not standing trial. Your statement is false and misleading and appears to have been made with the intention to harm the reputation of Ms. Wynne,” the lawyer wrote, giving the PC leader until 5 p.m. Thursday to apologize.

That deadline came and went and on Friday, the premier’s office said they would give Brown until Oct. 24 before determining their next course of action.

Senior Conservative officials insist the leader does not need to apologize, despite calls from newspaper editorialists and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, among others.

But the gaffe has given the Liberals a golden opportunity to paint Brown as a Trumpian fabulist.

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews was the first to pounce on his snafu and draw the American parallel.

“There is a principle in Canada that you do not make defamatory, misleading comments about another political leader,” Matthews said last Thursday.

“In Canada, we actually expect people to be honest. There is, south of the border, a change in that culture. I do not want to see that change coming to Canada.”

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Green P parking rates increases proposed across the city

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

Off-street parking rates approved while on-street metered parking spots will be considered for increases by council.

Green P parking rates are set to rise across the city, both on street and in off-street lots and garages.

A report headed to government management committee next week proposes hourly rates at some metered, on-street spots increase by 25 to 30 per cent.

The following changes are proposed:

•          Increasing the hourly rate from $4 to $5 for 928 spaces

•          Increasing the hourly rate from $3 to $4 for 2,828 spaces

•          Maintaining a $3 hourly rate for 631 spaces

•          Increasing the hourly rate from $2.25 to $3 for 5,510 spaces

•          Decreasing the hourly rate from $2.25 to $2 for 480 spaces

•          Increasing the hourly rate from $2 to $3 for 792 spaces

•          Maintaining a $2 hourly rate for 1,657 spaces

•          Increasing the hourly rate from $1.50 to $2 for 4,401 stations

•          Maintaining a $1 hourly rate for 1,503 spaces

•          Eliminating the $1.50 hourly rate completely

The areas where a $4 to $5 increase is proposed are centered in the Financial District, and those recommended for increase from $3 to $4 are in the downtown core surrounding the Financial District and the Yonge St. corridor in North York.

The Toronto Parking Authority, which is responsible for the Green P spaces, is also proposing extending paid parking in select areas from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., including on weekends. Those areas would include College St. between Brock Ave. and Ossington Ave. and on Danforth Ave. between Donlands Ave. and Woodbine Ave.

All of the changes require council approval at a meeting next month.

The authority considered increases based on areas with high usage in 2016 compared to 2015. The rates, depending on the area, haven’t been adjusted for inflation since 2007 and 2012. The Toronto Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased about 7.6 per cent and 18.6 per cent in those periods, according to the report.

On Sept. 18, the Toronto Parking Authority board approved rate increases at off-street parking facilities. The largest increases of 50 per cent will affect four facilities, with a total 65 parking spaces or 0.3 per cent of the total off-street inventory.

Interim president Andy Koropeski told the board the rates are reviewed each year and their function is to cater to short-stay demand and support and serve local business areas.

“In conjunction with the city’s policies we’re not intending to attract commuter parking in our Green P lots or to serve long-stay demand,” he said.

The rate increases do not affect residential permitted parking.

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NDP mental health ministry PMB passes crucial vote

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, an NDP bill that would create a ministry devoted to mental health and addictions passed a critical vote in the legislature. Every Wynne Liberal present voted against the improvement for mental health and addictions — but several left the house before the vote, allowing those in favour to outnumber the Liberals.

“By voting against this important legislation, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are showing Ontarians exactly where their priorities lie,” said Ontario New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath. “Across this province, people living with addiction and mental health issues are struggling to access the care and resources they need. People requiring urgent care are left languishing on waiting lists, or are simply being left to fend for themselves where no programs exist at all.

“Mental health and addiction services should be more than an afterthought, but with programs spread across multiple ministries, it hasn’t had the attention or focus it needs. Creating a separate ministry would put in place the coordination, dedicated resources and attention currently missing in Ontario – and that would move us forward, towards better health for those living with mental health challenges or addiction.”

The legislation, introduced by NDP Health critic France Gélinas, would create a new ministry tasked with – amongst other things –  “[leading] the transformation of Ontario’s mental health and addictions services; … [ensuring] that all Ontario residents have timely and equitable access to an integrated system of mental health and addictions care; … and [ensuring] that all Ontarians can seamlessly navigate mental health and addictions supports.”

The last Conservative government gutted Ontario’s health care system, laying off thousands of front line staff – including 6,000 nurses – and closing dozens of hospitals. This Liberal government has only made things worse by freezing hospital budgets and leaving our health care staff without the resources they need to do their jobs.

“Creating a ministry to focus on mental health and addictions will set us up to deliver better health to Ontario people. I look forward to working with my fellow New Democrats to keep pushing this legislation until we get the job done, and taking the next step to help Ontario families living with mental health and addiction issues,” said Gélinas.  “For mental health and addiction services, we can do so much better. Creating a ministry to focus on mental health and addictions will set us up to deliver better health to Ontario people.”

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Encouraging automotive innovation to create more opportunities and promote a healthy environment for Canadians.

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

Canada’s Innovation Minister meets with Toyota Chairman to discuss the auto maker’s plans to expand its clean technology markets in Canada

Canada is an ideal market for the development and early adoption of emerging technologies, such as zero-emission vehicles, which have the potential to create opportunities and promote a healthy environment for Canadians.

That message was delivered today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, during a private meeting with Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

Minister Bains and Mr. Uchiyamada discussed Toyota’s investment in manufacturing operations in Canada. They also discussed potential ways to reduce greenhouse gases through the adoption of zerio-emissions vehicles.

Minister Bains welcomed the opportunity to continue working with Toyota to expand its markets in Canada. He also discussed the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year effort to create well-paying, middle-class jobs for Canadians by positioning this country as a global leader in innovation.

As part of this plan, the government is investing in attracting top talent from around the world, equipping Canadians with the in-demand skills for jobs of the today and tomorrow and attracting global investments to Canada.


“I welcome the opportunity to engage with Toyota as the company looks for global opportunities to grow. Our government is committed to making Canada a destination of choice for global companies looking to develop and introduce emerging technologies, such as fuel cell vehicles, which have the potential to create opportunities and promote a healthy environment. Putting Canada at the forefront of innovation and technology adoption will generate new business opportunities and create high-quality, middle-class jobs for Canadians. It will also equip Canadians with the in-demand skills they need for the well-paying jobs of today and into the future.”

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

“Toyota has been invested in the Canadian community for over 50 years, and we look forward to building stronger relations with the Government of Canada to help them build infrastructure required for Canadians to adopt new automotive technology, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai. There is still a lot of work to be done, but Toyota will continue supporting the government’s efforts through a collaborative relationship in bringing more greenhouse-gas-friendly technology to Canada.”

– Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation

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Ontario households squeezed by worst income growth in Canada

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

QUEEN’S PARK – Despite paying high prices for everything from hydro to housing, Ontario households faced the slowest median income growth in the nation according to 2016 Census data from Statistics Canada.

“This report shows what families already know – they’re being squeezed,” said NDP Economic Development critic Catherine Fife. “Household costs have gone up under Kathleen Wynne, but wages are being held back.

“It’s clear that Wynne doesn’t get what families are dealing with today. It seems like she doesn’t remember what it feels like to open her own hydro bill or worry about whether your kids will ever be able to afford to move out.”

Of the 152 Canadian cities included in the report, nine saw median incomes fall. Eight of those nine are Ontario cities. Windsor topped that list, with household incomes dropping 6.4 per cent between 2005 and 2015, and London was not far behind – with a 2.1% decline in median income during that same time period.

Fife said that not only have families been let down by Wynne, but that the continuation of cuts and underfunding in services people count on threaten to squeeze families even further, like paying more out-of-pocket for public transit or home nursing care.

“Ontario families need a government that thinks less about itself and its party and more about how everyday families are doing,” said Fife.

“It’s troubling that Conservative Patrick Brown opposes raising the minimum wage, choosing to stand with big corporations instead of regular Ontario families. He also stood with Mike Harris as he cut 6,000 nurses and closed 28 hospitals. He stood with Tim Hudak as he announced a plan to lay off 100,000 workers. And he stood with the Conservatives when they pitched the privatization of both Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation. He needs to come clean on what he’d cut – because families have an important choice to make about which leader will come after Kathleen Wynne: Andrea Horwath or Patrick Brown.”

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Selena Gomez undergoes kidney transplant, best friend turns donor

Posted on 22 September 2017 by admin

Popular pop singer Selena Gomez underwent kidney transplant and her best friends turns life savior for her. Selena revealed that her best friend and TV actress Francia Raisa helped in her fight with lupus.

Gomez shared a hospital picture on her Instagram account in which she is seen holding her friend’s hand both lying side-by-side on hospital bed. Sharing the precious moment, Selena Gomez wrote#I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: -by grace through faith

Gomez wrote “there aren’t words to describe” how she can thank Raisa, who she says gave “the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney.”

“I am incredibly blessed,” she added.

The 29-year-old Raisa and Gomez’s friendship dates long back and they have now set an example of perfect friend. The duo cemented the saying, ‘A friend in need is a friend in deed’.

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