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Meet the Harper veterans who could help Patrick Brown become the next premier

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

With an eye toward toppling Premier Kathleen Wynne in the next provincial election, the Tory leader has quietly been assembling a talented team that includes many Stephen Harper Tories.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper never made Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown a cabinet minister.

But some of Harper’s aides could make Brown the premier of Ontario.

With an eye toward toppling Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in the June 7, 2018 provincial election, the Tory leader has quietly been assembling a talented team that includes many Ottawa veterans.

“I asked my childhood friend Walied Soliman, as the campaign chair, to construct a campaign team with the best people,” Brown explained in an interview.

 “They’re coming from a variety of backgrounds, but I want the best people for each position. Where they got their political experience, where they’ve been involved before, is irrelevant,” he said.

While Brown was a Conservative backbencher for nearly all of Harper’s nine years in office, the two were never close.

That has not stopped the PC chief from welcoming into the fold some key advisers to the former prime minister.

“If you’re a Conservative leader, you have to draw from people who have been involved in previous Conservative campaigns, whether it’s those who were involved with Brian Mulroney or Bill Davis or Jean Charest or Stephen Harper,” said Brown.

His chief of staff is Alykhan Velshi, who served as director of issues management and parliamentary affairs as well as director of strategic planning and stakeholder relations in the Prime Minister’s Office under Harper.

Since arriving at Queen’s Park in March, Velshi has brought some discipline and order to an office that had been chaotic and reactive.

The leader’s deputy chief of staff and head of communications is Rebecca Thompson, who was Harper’s manager of strategic communications and stakeholder relations.

While the former prime minister was famously prickly in his dealings with the media, Thompson’s revamp of Brown’s communications operation has made it a savvier, press-friendly outfit.

A willingness to be open and accessible to reporters is not the only difference between the PC leader and Harper.

Privately, Brown’s confidants point out that he breaks with federal Conservative orthodoxy by wanting to put a price on carbon.

That measure — to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change — is seen as heresy in some traditional Tory quarters, but the 39-year-old leader believes his party has to side with modern science.

 “We want to do our part for the environment,” he has repeatedly said while criss-crossing the province.

Shiv Raj, who was Harper’s manager of tour, is now a senior adviser at Queen’s Park. Raj, a battle-tested campaign pro, runs Brown’s tour and handles community outreach.

Dan Robertson — a partner at Indent Communications, which redesigned the PC Party logo and makes Brown’s TV commercials — is another seasoned Harper alumnus.

Robertson was the federal Conservative Party’s director of advertising during the 2011 campaign and was Harper’s associate director of communications.

Brown has enlisted lobbyist Ken Boessenkool to help the Tories craft a campaign platform.

Boessenkool, a long-time Harper policy adviser, made headlines in 2012 when he was forced to resign as British Columbia Liberal premier Christy Clark’s chief of staff and publicly apologize after admitting he “acted inappropriately” toward a waitress.

Also aboard is Dimitri Soudas, who was Harper’s high-profile director of communications.

Soudas, who broke with the Conservatives after a much-publicized alliance with the federal Liberals several years ago, is back in the Tory camp.

Now working in the private sector, he’s volunteered to run Brown’s election war room, where his rapid-response expertise will be invaluable.

Another conscript is Hamish Marshall, Harper’s Oxford-educated manager of strategic planning, who is helping the provincial Tories with research.

Marshall managed federal Tory Leader Andrew Scheer’s successful leadership campaign earlier this year.

Despite the Harper connections, Brown’s personal political gurus are from an older generation.

“The politician that I’ve tried to emulate, the person that I consider a mentor, is former premier Bill Davis,” he said of the PC titan who deftly governed Ontario from 1971 until 1985.

Brown emphasized that Mulroney — whose daughter, Caroline, is the PC candidate in York-Simcoe — is another inspiration for his work as prime minister between 1984 and 1993.

“You’ve heard me reference Brian Mulroney’s work on apartheid in South Africa, the acid rain treaty, free trade, things that I think are positive for Canada.

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Two more Wynne cabinet ministers say they won’t run again in next June’s Ontario election

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews of London and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals said they will leave elected office when the campaign begins.

Premier Kathleen Wynne will be running for re-election next June 7 without two more cabinet ministers, including her confidant and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews of London.

Matthews and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals, a former education minister, announced Friday they will leave elected office when the campaign begins.

Both maintained they have confidence in Wynne, who is trailing the Progressive Conservatives in most polls and facing criticism from segments of the business community for raising the minimum wage to $14 next January and $15 in 2019.

“I am confident…the people of Ontario will give her and the team the mandate to continue to serve,” Matthews, 63, said in a Twitterstatement, noting she will remain co-chair of the Liberal re-election campaign.

“Despite the progress to date, there is much more to do,” added Matthews, the MPP for London North Centre since 2003 and minister of advanced education and skills development.

Sandals, 69, said she made “the difficult decision to retire” after a summer of discussion with her husband and children. She has been in elected politics for 30 years, first as a school trustee and later as an MPP.

“This was a challenging decision to make because, while I’m ready to become a full-time grandmother, I’ve never had more faith in Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Party.”

Sandals and Matthews follow Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, who revealed last month he won’t run for re-election but expressed support for Wynne as the “best alternative.”

Duguid, 55, had a mild heart attack in 2016, calling it a reminder he is “mortal.”

Wynne also lost environment minister Glen Murray during the summer, as he quit cabinet and his Toronto Centre seat to head the Pembina Institute.

The pending retirements have strategic implications for the Liberals, in power at Queen’s Park since 2003, heading into the election where Wynne will seek a second majority.

Matthews is the lone surviving Liberal MPP in London — once a party stronghold — where the New Democrats have gained two ridings in recent years. Progressive Conservatives hold the seats surrounding London.

Sandals represents Guelph, eyed by Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, who is hoping for a breakthrough in the spring vote.

The announcements give the ministers’ Liberal riding associations time to line up candidates as the governing party fights off challenges from the Conservatives under Patrick Brown and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

Opposition parties have been hammering the government on the long-term costs of borrowing billions to cut hydro rates 25 per cent, hospital overcrowding and other issues.

Brown recently unleashed new attack ads against Wynne as “untrustworthy,” featuring headlines critical of the Liberals from the Star and other news outlets.

Wynne credited Matthews for her role in reforming the Ontario student assistance program to provide free tuition for 210,000 young people, and Sandals for shepherding the updated sex education curriculum.

In a brief statement, Horwath thanked Matthews and Sandals for “their years of public service.”

 

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Google firm poised to partner on Toronto high-tech neighbourhood

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

Landing a Google company to build a ‘smart’ neighhbourhood would boost city’s push to become centre of innovation.

Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of tech giant Google, is the preferred partner to build a high-tech “smart” neighbourhood on Toronto’s east downtown waterfront, the Star has learned.

The board of Waterfront Toronto, the federal-provincial-city agency overseeing the so-called Quayside project, is expected to vote at an Oct. 20 meeting whether to confirm the agency’s staff recommendation arising from a rigorous competitive bid process launched in May.

If confirmed by Waterfront Toronto’s board, the choice of a firm owned by Google holding company Alphabet Inc. would be a big high-tech feather in the cap of the city currently chasing the second headquarters of Amazon and other innovation opportunities.

Quayside is envisioned by the agency as a testbed for cutting-edge technology as well as a bustling, functioning neighbourhood, with homes, offices, retail and cultural space, near Queens Quay E. and Parliament St.

“This is very big news for more good jobs on our waterfront,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher. “Expediting plans for waterfront transit will be critical for its success.”

A source familiar with the outcome of Waterfront Toronto’s request-for-proposal told the Star on Wednesday that Sidewalk Labs is Waterfront Toronto’s “preferred proponent” to help build the “precedent-setting waterfront community.”

Waterfront Toronto, Google and Mayor John Tory’s office all refused comment Wednesday, citing confidentiality and the integrity of the bid process.

Sidewalk Labs is Alphabet’s urban innovation unit, with a stated goal of “reimagining cities from the Internet up.”

Dan Doctoroff, the company’s chief executive and co-founder, told a conference in New York City last May that his company was “looking into developing a large-scale district” to act as its smart city test bed.

The community would be universally connected by broadband and could have, Doctoroff said, prefab modular housing, sensors to constantly monitor building performance, and robotic delivery services to cut residential storage space, website The Architects’ Newspaper reported in May.

Improving transportation would be a focus, possibly with self-driving cars and design to encourage biking and walking, he told the conference. World-leading environmental sustainability could include thermal exchange systems to capture wasted building heat, and smart sensors to limit energy use.

Waterfront Toronto says the 4.9-hectare (12-acre) site will be “a testbed for emerging technologies, materials and processes that will address these challenges and advance solutions that can be replicated in cities worldwide.”

The agency said the winning bidder must propose plans to foster sustainability, resiliency and urban innovation; complete communities with a range of housing types for families of all sizes and income levels; economic development and prosperity driving innovation that will be rolled out to the rest of the world; and partnership and investment ensuring a solid financial foundation that secures revenue and manages financial risk.

Development of the three publicly owned blocks at the east end of Queens Quay will eventually include redesign and reconstruction of the intersection of Queens Quay and Parliament Street.

Toronto tech leaders at a Smart Cities event in Toronto last May said the city is on the cusp of a tech boom, noting talk of Google interest in the city and Uber’s decision to make Toronto a hub for driverless car research.

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Bill would protect against discrimination based on genetics, immigration status and police records

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

Liberal legislator Nathalie Des Rosiers says the proposed bill would ensure that people have fair access to employment, insurance and goods and services.

Discriminating against someone on the basis of their genetics, immigration status, social condition and police records would be a violation of their rights in Ontario under a proposed bill introduced in the provincial legislature.

The private member’s bill, tabled by Liberal legislator Nathalie Des Rosiers, would expand and modernize Ontario’s human rights code which was first established in 1962. If passed, the legislation would add the four new areas of rights protection to the code and give anyone discriminated against recourse they currently don’t have at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Des Rosiers, a former human rights lawyer, said the code as it stands has gaps and doesn’t fully protect many of the province’s residents, especially those in poor or marginalized communities.

“In my view, Ontario must have a Human Rights Code that addresses fully the new types of discrimination that Ontarians may feel and may face,” she said.

“The purpose of this bill is to recognize there is a role for government in ensuring we respond proactively to discrimination,” she added.

Des Rosiers said the changes would bring Ontario’s Human Rights Code in line with other codes across Canada and around the world. It would also ensure that people have fair access to employment, insurance and goods and services.

Des Rosiers said discrimination based on social condition, like poverty, homelessness or lack of education, is prevalent. Her bill will combat negative stereotyping and help people living in poverty access essential services, she said.

“We know that poor people are often treated differently,” she said. “(They’re) told to move out of certain stores, of malls or offices, for no good reason.”

Des Rosiers said immigrants to Ontario also face discrimination, often when attempting to find housing where immigration status should be irrelevant.

“We have heard of landlords refusing to rent to refugee claimants and of public services requiring various proofs of permanent residency, citizenship or immigration status in order to determine eligibility or to offer a service,” she said.

Mike Colle, also a Liberal legislator, said he supports Des Rosiers’ bill and its measures to fight genetic discrimination. Colle has made previous attempts to pass private member’s bills to end the practice, which can prevent people from getting a job or insurance because of a hereditary family health conditions.

“Right now in Ontario, technically you can deny people employment because of their parent’s medical history … that is quite common,” Colle said. “That discrimination happens every day. People can also be denied insurance because of that.”

The bill has the backing of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association which has done extensive work to prevent discrimination on the basis of police records. Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, acting executive director of the group, said the legislation would address “constitutional defects” in the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Mendelsohn Aviv said people in Ontario are regularly denied volunteer opportunities or jobs because of past contact they’ve had with law enforcement which shows up on police record checks required by many agencies and employers. Often, those records don’t say whether charges were dropped or stayed or if the contact was a case of error by police.

“Police records don’t tell much of a story except that someone has had contact with the police,” she said. “The story that people think they understand, or that employers being conservative don’t want to take a chance on, is of having some kind of criminal or criminality being brought into their workplace. That’s a heavy taint.”

Ontario’s Human Rights Commission has signalled its support for Des Rosiers’ bill, which will be tabled for second reading on Oct. 26.

“The proposed amendments are progressive and would confirm Ontario as a leader in human rights,” the statement said. “The bill is in line with and improves on protections emerging in other Canadian jurisdictions.”

The Ontario Human Rights Code was first established to prohibit discrimination in “signs, services, facilities public accommodation, employee and trade union membership on the grounds of race, creed, colour, nationality, ancestry and place of origin.”

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Majority of Torontonians with celiac disease don’t know they have it, study shows

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

About 1 per cent of Torontonians are estimated to have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. Yet University of Toronto researchers found that 87 per cent of people living with celiac in Toronto aren’t aware they have the condition.

If you’ve got constant fatigue, sore muscles or unexplained gastrointestinal problems, there’s a chance you’re part of the 1 per cent of Torontonians with celiac disease — and new research shows you probably don’t know it.

Researchers at the University of Toronto found that 87 per cent of people living with celiac disease in Toronto aren’t aware they have it.

Ahmed El-Sohemy, a professor of nutritional science at the University of Toronto and senior author of the paper, said researchers compared blood tests of about 3,000 Canadians with their responses to a health questionnaire.

“We found that among those that tested positive for the blood test, 90 per cent of them indicated ‘no’ to having been diagnosed with (celiac disease),” El-Sohemy said.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by eating gluten. There are essentially two types of the disease: a severe, early-onset form that is often identified in childhood by a pediatric gastroenterologist, and a less severe type that often isn’t diagnosed until adulthood.

With the latter, people “just never really felt right,” El-Sohemy said. They might experience fatigue or gastrointestinal problems, or mistake symptoms for inflammatory bowel syndrome or other autoimmune disorders.

“The symptoms are not as clear-cut as other types of disorders, where it’s perhaps more localized just to the digestive system,” El-Sohemy said.

Celiac disease causes damage to the small intestines, leading to malabsorption of nutrients and vitamin deficiencies.

That can manifest in ways seemingly unrelated to celiac disease — bleeding gums, brittle bones or weak muscles.

Celiac disease is the best-understood type of gluten intolerance, El-Sohemy said.

“This concept of non-celiac gluten sensitivity is still not very clear,” he said. “There have been a number of studies but the findings have been inconclusive, as to whether it actually exists.”

El-Sohemy suspects that the vast majority of people eating gluten-free by choice don’t actually have celiac disease.

Andrey Malkov of Hibiscus Cafe, a vegetarian and gluten-free restaurant in Kensington Market, said the majority of his customers are trying out or prefer eating gluten free.

“It’s a preference to try eating without gluten,” Malkov said. “And we do have quite a number of people coming in who do have celiac disease. I would say the majority would be people who prefer the lifestyle.”

El-Sohemy said the reason many people without celiac disease opt to eat gluten-free — including a number of prominent athletes — is that it cuts or reduces carb intake.

“They’re no longer eating heaping plates of pasta, and lots of refined white bread,” El-Sohemy said. “So they’re losing weight, they’re not getting that glucose crash after a big pasta meal, and they feel more energized and great.”

Still, El-Sohemy said it’s important to know whether the benefits of eating gluten free are because of intolerance or simply a better diet.

“There are a lot of gluten-containing whole grains that are very nutritious, have a lot of central minerals and fiber and they’re good sources of a variety of nutrients,” he said, adding they should still be consumed in moderation.

“And also, you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. You don’t just cut out all sources of gluten when it’s only the carbohydrates that may have been the culprit.”

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Ontario realtors face new double-ending rules, stiffer fines

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

New conflict of interest rules are supposed to protect consumers from unethical real estate agents.

Real estate agents in Ontario will face new conflict of interest rules when they represent both a buyer and seller in a single transaction and tougher penalties when they violate the industry regulations and ethics.

The Liberal government announced on Thursday an update to the Real Estate Business Brokers Act (REBBA) that will see the fines for unethical realtors double to $50,000. Brokerages found breaking the rules will be fined up to $100,000 per violation.

Government and Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said the government was compelled to act in light of media reports and industry consultations that revealed some agents were double-ending sales to their own benefit.

In some cases agents were manipulating bidding wars so they wouldn’t have to split the sales commission with another agent.

The practice of representing both parties in a sale is properly known as multiple representation.

“Our default will be that multiple representation doesn’t occur. That is a preferred direction we’re going in,” MacCharles told the Toronto Star in an embargoed interview on Tuesday.

Where it turns out a client wants to buy a property listed by their own agent, one party will be assigned to another agent in the same brokerage.

There will be cases, however, where agents still represent both sides of the transaction. But the conditions around those cases are still unclear pending further consultation, says the government.

They could include sales in rural communities where there are not many agents; family situations where the parties are well known to one another; and some commercial sales where the parties have legal advice and sufficient expertise.

In cases where one agent continues to represent both parties, there will be a new, plain language form that both the buyer and seller must sign saying they understand the arrangement and the different role the realtor will then play. (Under the current rules, both parties also sign a written consent form.)

The agent’s role changes in those cases to that of a facilitator where they administer the sale, but are prohibited from providing advice on offers or prices.

“We’re trying to protect our consumers, give some choice to the consumers and recognize this is a significant industry worth millions of dollars, if not billions, every month,” said MacCharles.

The changes will require a beefed-up role for industry regulator, the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). It will transition from a complaints-based agency to a more proactive, investigative regulator. Again, the specifics of how RECO will enforce the new rules have yet to be determined, said the minister.

The new fines will likely be effective by the end of the year. Other changes will take until 2019, she said.

Real estate executives have said that only a small portion of sales involve agents representing both parties.

MacCharles said there were 17,637 transactions in August. But she did not have figures on how many of those were multiple representation transactions.

“Going forward we want these things to be addressed up front through our regulator. We will get the data. RECO will have that in an up-front way. We can monitor the trends, see what we need to do on the regulatory side,” she said.

RECO issued a statement welcoming the changes, saying they reflect its own recommendations.

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), which represents 70,000 industry members, also praised the measures.

The new rules will be some of the strictest in North America and the most stringent in Canada, said CEO Tim Hudak.

Acting as a facilitator, “bringing a willing buyer and seller to the table to find a win-win solution,” is a big part of a real estate agent’s job, he said.

The consumer still retains the choice, he said, of whether to opt for the advice of their own agent or go with an impartial facilitated transaction.

“You may be a sophisticated buyer, you may be on your third home, you may be somebody who has background,” said Hudak.

But Toronto broker John Pasalis, CEO of Realosophy, says that reducing the role of the agent to a facilitator means neither party has an advisor and champion in their corner.

“It’s buyer beware and seller beware,” he said.

“They basically represent nobody and are just a middleman bringing a sale together. This is actually worse than what we have now, because under the current rules, the buyer and sellers are still clients so agents have to still represent their interests.”

Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, the Ontario PC party’s housing critic, said the government needed to do something on the real estate file.

“Anything the government can do to protect the consumer — particularly on issues where you need professional advice, so that they can depend on the accuracy of, and the dependability of the advice.”

The new rules on multiple representation are the first phase of a two-part review of the 2002 REBBA.

 

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Sania Mirza-Shuai Peng out of China Open after semifinal loss

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

BEIJING: Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Shuai Peng’s campaign in the China Openended after they suffered a 6-2, 1-6, 5-10 defeat in the semifinal to Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-jan here on Saturday.

Swiss veteran Hingis and her her Taiwanese partner will take on Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova in the final.

Incidentally, Mirza and Peng had lost in the semifinal stage last week to the same opponents, and they went on to win the title on that occasion. While this Mirza and Peng lost in the Super Tiebreak, they went down in straight sets last week.

After comfortably winning the first set, they slumped to a defeat.

Yesterday, the third-seeded Indo-Chinese duo had defeated fifth seeded Barbara Strycova and Katerina Siniakova of Czechoslovakia 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 in the quarterfinals.

In the other doubles semifinal, Hungarian-Czech duo of Babos and Hlavackova defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Elina Vesnina 7-5, 6-4, 10-8 in a contest that went right down to the wire.

In the singles competition at the WTA Premier Mandatory tournament, Simona Halep advanced to the final by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4. The win helped Halep become the new World No. 1 and the fifth top-ranked player this year on the women’s tour.

 

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Province Cutting Cost to Ride the TTC in Half for People Paying to Ride GO Transit and UP Express

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

Ontario is lowering the cost of commuting for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by introducing a 50 per cent discount for PRESTO card users who transfer between GO Transit or the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), in both directions.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Union Station in Toronto today to announce that adult, senior and youth/student TTC riders will pay a TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer to or from GO Transit or the UP Express. The discount will launch in January 2018, shortly after the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension will begin service to six new stations. For people whose regular commute includes GO/UP Express-TTC transfers, this step towards regional fare integration and more affordable transit options will save about $720 per year.

The new discount builds on a number of recent actions the government has taken to save people money, including a tax credit for seniors who use public transit, steps to make buying or renting a home more affordable and reducing residential electricity bills by 25 per cent on average.

Making public transit more convenient, available and affordable is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

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” We’re building transit across Ontario to help people get where they need to be. But the cost of commuting can add up quickly. Making it more affordable to hop on the TTC is going to save people money and make the journey that much easier. It’s about delivering a seamless transit system that recognizes just how interconnected our region is, and making it as easy as possible for people to get where they’re going.”

- Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

” We are making fares more affordable for the many commuters who already use a PRESTO card to connect between GO Transit, UP Express and the TTC. We also hope that this will persuade more commuters to take transit all the way to their destination. Working together with our municipal partners, we are committed to creating a seamless and cost-effective travel experience for transit riders.”

- Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

” Thanks to bold leadership at City Hall and Queen’s Park, we have found a way to give a discount to those who use a mix of our transit systems. Transit will now be more affordable for Toronto residents who ride a mix of the TTC, UP Express and GO Transit to get around the city. This agreement also moves us a step closer to make sure that SmartTrack will cost Toronto residents the same as the TTC. We need to make sure that the transit we are building and maintaining remains affordable.”

- John Tory

Mayor of Toronto

” Metrolinx is committed to working with our partners on a seamless and integrated travel experience for customers across the region. Our region needs fare integration. This discount is an important first step in breaking down barriers to fare integration across the network, making it easier and more convenient to take transit.”

- Phil Verster

President and CEO of Metrolinx

 

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WOW! Katrina Kaif hires an agent in Hollywood?

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

It was considered that Indian actors can’t shine or make a mark in Hollywood. Naseeruddin Shah, Kabir Bedi, Mallika Sherawat, Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anupam Kher etc tried their luck in Hollywood but couldn’t become popular. On the other hand, Om Puri did get few roles while Irrfan Khan left a mark in some significant Hollywood flicks.

But it was Priyanka Chopra who changed the rules of the game. She began by launching her international singles and soon enough she bagged a TV show ‘Quantico’. The TV series has got three seasons till now and has made Priyanka a household name globally. She also had a key role in the Hollywood film Baywatch and is also working in two more films. On the other hand, Deepika Padukone also debuted in Hollywood with the action flick xXx: Return Of Xander Cage. The film flopped but Deepika was noticed on a worldwide level and her chemistry with Vin Diesel was much talked about.

Inspired by Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone’s success, it seems that now Katrina Kaif has also developed Hollywood ambitions. As per reports, she has recently hired an agent in USA who has been instructed to find the actress some big films in the West. Looking at the way Deepika and Priyanka are making waves, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Katrina wants some of that western cake for herself as well. Moreover, she also has an advantage as her looks are quite international and she can slip into a character of any nationality. Her accented English will also prove beneficial.

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Arbaaz Khan spotted on a date with Romanian girl Alexandra Camelia

Posted on 13 October 2017 by admin

Post split with wife Malaika Arora Khan, Arbaaz Khan moved on in life. He was rumoured to be dating Romanian beauty Alexandra Camelia. Rumour of their link-up spark when Arbaaz was seen posing with Alexandra in his instagram account. Lately, the actor-director was seen in a romatic date with his new found love.

On Thursday evening, Arbaaz Khan was seen with Alexandra Camelia at a popular eatery in Mumbai. The duo looked very much in love and as per report, they can’t take their eyes off each other. They indulge in romantic talks all night.

In an earlier interview, the actor had admitted that he was dating someone. “I am dating, yes. But we are not… As of now, there is still a long way to go,” he had said, adding that he still felt “single”.

Post break-up, Arbaaz and Malaika maintained a cordial relationship. They spotted at parties together, have fun together, spend time with their son jointly. They constant get-together gave rise to the speculation that reconciliation is on the cards. But Arbaaz made it clear that there is no chance of them getting back together again.

In an interview with DNA, Arbaaz opened up that there was no chance of them getting back together. “I guess if that was to happen it would have happened in the first six months, or one year. It didn’t and it’s been almost three years now,” he said.

He added, “I wouldn’t want to speak for her. I kept my option open despite us parting ways, and I gave it a little time, whether it was a year or two years before I moved on in certain ways. Even as far as dating somebody is concerned.”

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