Archive | February, 2018

Ontario dips into reserves to cover increased costs of free tuition and college strike

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

Money is taken from the province’s $500 million reserve fund but Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the budget will be balanced.

Higher costs for student loans – including for college learners whose courses were extended because of a fall strike — forced the province to dip into its $500 million reserve fund in the third quarter.

But Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Thursday the Liberal government remains “on track” to balance its budget before the June 7 election.

The finance department’s report on three months ending Dec. 31 said “greater demand” for free tuition following the early launch of Ontario Student Assistance Plan applications pushed costs up by $118 million.

Another $20 million went to college students following a five-week strike that forced some programs to continue into the New Year.

The government spent a further $8 million to provide fare discounts to PRESTO card users transferring from GO Transit lines or the Union-Pearson Express to the TTC.

Overall, expenses in the quarter were $215 million more than forecast in last spring’s budget.

Revenues came in $115 million higher, with drops in personal income taxes and land transfer taxes offset by higher revenues from corporation taxes and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

The revenues from personal income taxes totalled $33.3 billion, $1.7 billion lower than forecast. Corporations tax revenue was almost $1.6 billion higher than expected at $15.4 billion.

Sousa said in a statement that the “uncertain global economy” presents challenges for Ontario given tricky NAFTA negotiations, reductions in U.S. corporate taxes under the Trump administration, a slowdown in household spending and the pinch rising interest rates will put on consumers with debt to manage.

The finance minister has not made public a date for his spring budget, but has said it will be presented after the federal government’s fiscal blueprint on Feb. 27.

That means the Liberal government’s pre-election budget — which will be a preview of the party’s campaign platform — is not expected until later in March.

The election campaign officially begins May 9.

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Patrick Brown says he’s suing CTV over sexual misconduct allegations

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

‘My lawyers are talking to CTV’ former Ontario PC leader says in Facebook post.

Patrick Brown says he’s suing CTV for airing a story detailing sexual misconduct allegations against him involving two young women — accusations he has called lies.

“In the court of public opinion and among the many journalists I’ve spoken to, these allegations are now seen for what they are — fictitious and malicious,” the former Ontario PC leader posted Thursday on his Facebook page

“… Right now, everyone is asking me two questions: 1) Am I suing CTV? And 2) What are my future plans,” he wrote.

“To the first question, the answer is a resounding yes — I am suing CTV.

“My lawyers are talking to CTV. Early this week, CTV lawyers agreed to ensure that all emails, texts and other correspondence related to this travesty are held independently for safe keeping.”

Brown, 39, has recently started fighting the women’s accusations, which were aired three weeks ago and led him to resign as leader.

Matthew Garrow, the network’s director of communications, said in a statement to the Star that “CTV News stands by our reporting and will actively defend against any legal action.

“We welcome the opportunity to defend our journalism in court.”

Brown, who remains the MPP for Simcoe North, also said in his Thursday post that his plans now are still up in the air.

“As for my immediate future, I’m spending lots of time on the phone listening to my colleagues,” he wrote, later thanking the “many thousands” who “sent me heartfelt messages of support.”

“… The response on social media and directly to me has been overwhelming. It has given me a boost of confidence that I am eternally grateful for.”

Two anonymous women were featured in the Jan. 24 television report, alleging sexual improprieties by Brown when they were teens and he a federal member of parliament. Both had said they were intoxicated, after having been out partying at a bar with Brown. Both had also said the alleged incidents happened in his home, and that he was sober.

One woman has since said she was not a high school student, nor under age, when the alleged incident happened.

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Premier confirms ‘troubling’ sex assault allegations against unnamed former Liberal cabinet minister

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

Liberal MPP would have served in the cabinet of David Peterson, who was premier from 1985 to 1990.

A woman alleges she was groped and propositioned by a former Liberal MPP and subjected to his “chronic inebriation” — and that her initial complaint, more than a decade ago, went ignored.

The former political staff member sent a letter outlining the 2006 sexual assault allegations three weeks ago to an email address for Premier Kathleen Wynne and was contacted by a lawyer earlier this week seeking to discuss the incidents.

Wynne told reporters at the Toronto auto show on Friday that her constituency office in Don Valley West was first contacted about the unnamed former politician.

“My office has received information that involved troubling allegations related to an MPP who held a cabinet office portfolio at one point, left the legislature many years ago and was never a member of my or premier (Dalton) McGuinty’s cabinet,” she said.

Given that description, the former MPP would have served in the cabinet of David Peterson, who was Liberal premier from 1985 to 1990, and possibly remained a member of the legislature for years afterward under subsequent party leaders.

 “Since becoming premier in 2013 I have not been informed of any complaints of this nature against any member of my cabinet,” said Wynne, who has, however, dealt with complaints about at least two MPPs, including Kim Craitor (Niagara) who was forced to resign five years ago over sexual harassment allegations.

Wynne said legal counsel was asked to contact the complainant, who is represented by lawyer John Nunziata. He first tweeted the allegations Thursday night.

Nunziata told the Star the initial complaint was lodged in 2006, but nothing was done. His client was subsequently moved to work for another MPP and later found herself unemployed.

He said the woman — who is on a first-name basis with the premier, having known her from her days as a school trustee — sent Wynne the email but only heard from a lawyer this week via email. The complainant expected better from the premier, he added.

“My client has not been dealt with with respect,” he said, adding he is looking for an independent process of some sort — possibly headed by a retired judge — to deal with the issue.

He said his client’s allegations include “repulsive and adulterous groping, propositioning and innuendo and chronic inebriation,” and that when she complained it was later dismissed so as not to “embarrass” the premier at the time. She was then reassigned and “eventually ushered out the door,” Nunziata said.

The complainant realizes that none of the alleged abuse occurred when Wynne was in charge and says the “crux of the issue is the failure” of the system to hold the MPP accountable.

The woman “ended up losing her job and she suffered mental anguish for the last 10 years,” said Nunziata, adding his client is not looking for money but for a proper, independent process to handle such issues.

Nunziata said police have not been contacted, but that and civil action are also options.

Jack Siegel, who is legal counsel to the premier and to the Liberal caucus, contacted the complainant Tuesday and said the process will be independent, but exact details have not yet been determined. Siegel will not be involved in the investigation itself.

He said he has had “a constructive conversation” with Nunziata, “and we both have to go back to our respective clients and see where it goes from here.”

 

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Scarborough RT could be shut down for ‘at least a year’, internal documents reveal

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

City and provincial officials say they think a shutdown can be avoided, but they have yet to agree on a solution.

The Scarborough RT would need to be shut down before a planned subway extension opens, leaving residents and commuters on the bus for at least a year, internal documents say.

Emails obtained in a freedom of information request made by the advocacy group Scarborough Transit Action and provided to the Star, reveal that in July 2017, Metrolinx told the city there was no way to build a new, contentious Lawrence East GO station and keep the SRT operational.

City and provincial officials have both told the Star that they now think a shutdown can be avoided, but they have not yet agreed on a possible solution.

The aging Scarborough RT is meant to be replaced by an underground, one-stop Scarborough subway extension of the Bloor-Danforth line, currently estimated to cost at least $3.35 billion.

Council has also endorsed the concept of building six new GO stations within the city’s limits, at the city’s cost, to add to the electrified network planned by the province’s transit agency Metrolinx. The stations form part of what remains of Mayor John Tory’s campaign “SmartTrack” promise.

One of those stations, Lawrence East, would take the place of the existing Lawrence East SRT station.

The SRT and GO train tracks run side-by-side in a separated corridor through Scarborough between Kennedy Rd. and Midland Ave. and from north of Ellesmere Rd. to Eglinton Ave. There is a narrow stretch of track between commercial properties just north of Lawrence East station, which sits beneath a Lawrence Ave. overpass, and residential neighbourhoods and a city park to the south.

The city’s SmartTrack website says the new GO stations, which have yet to be approved for construction, would be built by 2024. The subway, which is also not yet approved for construction, is not expected to be completed until midway through 2026. That leaves potentially two years where the connection to Kennedy station would need to be served by buses if construction was completed on time.

Not having to shut down the aging SRT during construction of replacement transit was seen to be a major advantage of the subway plan over the original seven-stop light-rail option to replace the LRT. It was pushed by those backing the subway on council as a reason to flip from the fully-funded LRT plan to the more expensive subway option in 2013.

The city has not budgeted for bus replacement service with the subway option. With the LRT option, an estimated three years of bus replacement would have been paid for by the province under a still-signed master agreement.

The potential conflict between building the Lawrence East “SmartTrack” station while keeping the SRT running was spelled out in a tense email exchange between provincial and city staff last summer.

In July 2017, James Perttula, the city’s director of transit and transportation planning, emailed Brian Gallaugher, Metrolinx’s director of project planning for Regional Express Rail, and others working at the city, Metrolinx and TTC, saying he learned Tory was briefed by Metrolinx on “an issue” with Lawrence Station.

Gallaugher responded: “The issue is the need to shut down the SRT in advance of the opening of the SSE in order to build the Lawrence East (SmartTrack) station.”

He went on to say the subway will not be open “for at least a year” after construction of the SmartTrack station is finished.

Perttula fired back: “This issue of shutting down the SRT in advance of the SSE being operation has not been discussed in any way at the staff level, nor has there been a decision made on this matter.”

“If there is a real issue here, we should discuss how we might deal with it in terms of the timing of station construction.”

A year before that email exchange, a Metrolinx business case prepared in July 2016 stated that building the GO station in the rail corridor at Lawrence would be “contingent” on removing the SRT infrastructure. The document assumed the existing Lawrence SRT station would need to be acquired to use as a construction staging area.

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said last week that while a construction schedule is not yet finalized and no final decision has been made, consultants believe it is possible to keep the SRT open. Metrolinx will be in charge of building the Lawrence East station.

“In the months since that email was sent, we continued to work with the city and our consultants and it is no longer anticipated that it will be necessary to close the SRT to build Lawrence East station,” Aikins wrote in an email.

“Metrolinx understands and has significant experience with undertaking construction while continuing to operate an existing transit service. We share the City of Toronto’s goal to keep the SRT open during construction.”

When pushed for more information Karla Avis-Birch, acting vice president of new stations for Metrolinx, conceded that the agency doesn’t yet know how it can keep the SRT running during construction, but asserted it was possible.

“We’re still working through the solution,” she said. “We believe we can keep the SRT operational during construction, but we are now working with our technical adviser on different options.”

She said it was possible that building the station could require “service interruptions” or weekend closures oF the SRT.

Avis-Birch could not say how the agency would address specific obstacles raised in the business case, which included the need to use the SRT stop as a staging area, and to expropriate land currently occupied by SRT facilities like track and a power substation to make way for the new SmartTrack station and realigned track.

In general, however, she said while the initial business case “assumed that the GO tracks would be right where the SRT tracks are,” Metrolinx has since “surveyed the area to find an alignment that pushes it away from that.”

“By our surveys, our technical advisers and us have assessed that we actually have the space needed or will be procuring the space required in that area.”

City spokesperson Wynna Brown said after learning of Metrolinx’s position, they worked to find an engineering solution.

She pointed to a November 2017 report that outlined “design refinements” being considered, including moving the station east of the existing Lawrence East SRT station and creating side platforms instead of an island platform, which would require tunneling beneath the tracks, the report says.

In a subsequent email, she said that “existing bridge piers would partially encroach on the northbound platform, leaving enough space for tracks and other station elements including elevators and stairs.”

The staging area for constructing the SmartTrack stop would be along the east side of the rail corridor, “likely beneath the bridge in the existing TTC parking lot.”

Both Metrolinx and the TTC said it was possible to safely tunnel beneath the tracks while maintaining GO and SRT service.

With work to add a second track for GO service along the corridor already underway, including at Lawrence, it’s unclear how the station could be shifted east. Aikins said in a follow-up email that they believe there is room.

Metrolinx said potential design changes would impact cost, but did not say by how much.

Further complicating the conflict at Lawrence Ave. is that the Lawrence East “SmartTrack” stop is currently under review after a Star investigation revealed that the ministry of transportation pressured the board of directors for Metrolinx to endorse the stop. Analysis found the station was not justified and should not be built for the next 10 years.

City analysis disagreed with the province’s findings.

The results of the provincial review, which included input from the city, are expected to be presented at a March meeting of Metrolinx’s board of directors.

 

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Toronto homeowners get inflation-level tax hike as city budget passes

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

Councillor Gord Perks tried and failed to boost taxes by 4 per cent, saying he is weary of arguments “that if we increase property taxes (Toronto) will not be affordable.”

Council has approved an $11-billion operating budget that for the fourth year in a row keeps property taxes in line with inflation while rejecting calls to fund more shelter beds, subsidized daycare spaces and other urgent needs.

The budget passed late Monday night was much the same as the one recommended by Mayor John Tory’s executive committee, following his direction to keep taxes low, freeze spending across many divisions and fund new programs from reserve funds. The budget continues to rely on a hot housing market, which city staff and real estate experts have warned against.

Council approved Tory’s 2.1-per-cent hike in a 33-11 vote. The increase climbs to 2.91 per cent including a dedicated levy for transit and social housing. City staff say that translates into an increase of just over $82 on an average Toronto home with an assessed value of $624,418.

“I think this budget moves us forward on every single account,” Tory said at the end of the debate. He spoke repeatedly of the hope people have, including, he said, because for the first time the city will meet its targets on affordable housing.

But according to city staff, the projected number of rental units that will be created by 2020 totalled with those that have already been built will fall far short of the goal — missing the target of 10,000 units by half.

“We have a lot of work to do on addressing a lot of these issues,” Tory said. “And if I believed that simply raising property taxes was going to provide the answer, then I would say so. But I know that that can’t work by itself.”

He blamed the province for earlier blocking the city from implementing road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.

A motion from Councillor Josh Matlow to request the province instead share in the harmonized sales tax, passed at council with Tory’s support. But a motion to ask, if that request were refused, the province give the city the ability to implement its own sales tax to fund transit and housing lost in a 19-23 vote, with Tory against.

The motion asked that the funding be spent based on demonstrated need using evidence-based planning.

“I think there’s only one option if we’re going to be leaders,” Matlow said ahead of the vote. “We have this moment in our lives where we could actually make a tangible difference in peoples’ lives.”

The mayor had promoted this budget as a “Goldilocks” plan striking a “just right” balance between spending on services and the fiscal restraint demanded by Torontonians.

On Monday, Councillor Mike Layton called that thinking just “dead wrong.”

“There’s no too hot or not too cold for things like shelters,” Layton said. “The budget’s not ‘just right’ when you have people sleeping outside and waiting for housing.”

The votes Monday came hours after anti-poverty activists temporarily shut down the council meeting, yelling “People are dying!” and “Open 1,000 beds now!” from the public gallery at a stone-faced Tory and his council allies seated below.

Council committed funding to the first year of a plan to create 1,000 new shelter beds over three years, with a first instalment of an additional 281 this year. But advocates say 1,000 beds are desperately needed now, with 500 more needed as soon as possible.

A motion from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam — who has been at the forefront of a council push for more shelter space — for staff to make efforts to expedite the creation of those 1,000 beds this year carried with Tory’s support.

The practice of setting the tax rate first, and then crafting the budget it funds, was started by then-mayor Rob Ford, and continued by Tory, as a way to limit attempts to add spending. Council then started debating what actually gets funded in the proposed $11-billion spending blueprint — the last before Tory and many of his council colleagues seek re-election in the October municipal election.

His budget chief, Councillor Gary Crawford, touted more than $50 million in new and enhanced spending, including the TTC’s new “hop-on, hop-off” transfer, the TransformTO climate-change plan, 825 new subsidized child-care spaces and 20,000 extra recreation spaces.

“To suggest that we need to raise taxes beyond the rate of inflation to invest in the city, I’m sorry that’s not correct . . . ,” he told council. “For four years in a row we’ve kept the city affordable for residents while at the same time investing millions upon millions in important services.”

But council critics of the latest of years of austerity budgets accused the mayor of pandering to homeowners at the expense of middle- and low-income Torontonians.

Councillor Gord Perks tried and failed to boost property taxes by 4 per cent, saying he is weary of arguments “that if we increase property taxes (Toronto) will not be affordable.”

“That is absolutely 100 per cent backwards, wrong, upside down and incorrect . . . ,” he added. “If my motion passes, the half of Torontonians who are tenants do better financially because child care and transit cost money and if those services aren’t available, you have to do something even more expensive — get a car, rely on private child care. When we spend public money we provide services that save people money.”

Perks noted the city hasn’t foreclosed on any Torontonians unable to pay their taxes, and said the best way to help senior citizen homeowners is to put more money into a program that cancels or postpones tax hikes for those with low incomes.

Other proposals for above-inflation tax hikes were voted down, as was Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti’s bid for a tax freeze.

The annual budget grind came to a dramatic halt soon after the meeting started when members and supporters of Ontario Coalition Against Poverty rose from their seats and began yelling. “Hey John Tory, add more beds or you’ll be sorry!” some chanted as police and security officers moved toward them and started asking people to leave.

While past similar disruptions have seen protesters start to file out after a few minutes, this time they refused to leave, and security order the entire chamber cleared. Some people were dragged out.

A woman who said she is living in a medical facility with no other permanent housing, told reporters that homeless people and advocates are fed up with austerity budgets that keep property taxes low at the expense of social service spending.

“Every successive government has passed this problem onto the next successive government since the early ‘70s, the buck has to stop somewhere,” she said shortly before everyone was ejected. “It’s not that an additional billion dollars for one (Scarborough) subway station is more important than those who are trying to live. No one should struggle on this level every day. It’s inhumane.”

With Tory’s council-supported spending freeze, the budget for most programs and services won’t even keep up with inflation — effectively mandating nearly across-the-board cuts.

Prior to council, OCAP staged a rally and speeches both outside of city hall and in the rotunda, with speakers from the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society and Health Providers Against Poverty. They included Tara Hird, 36, and partner Brian Willett, 51. The couple has been at the Better Living Centre for three weeks and Hird is 35 weeks’ pregnant with their first child together, who they plan to name Greyson.

Both have been without housing or precariously housed for years and met inside the emergency system. OCAP and supporters planned to take them to Tory’s office to demand they be relocated immediately. Willett said the biggest barrier to moving forward with their lives has been a place to call home and with a baby on the way the couple is increasingly worried about their future.

“We need the first and last months rent and an actual apartment. Give us that and I’m sure we’ll surprise you and move on,” with their lives as a family, said Willett.

“That is the hardest part getting that apartment,” said Hird, who described living inside the Better Living Centre, as “scary.”

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Canada pitches more credit for electric, driverless car production in NAFTA talks

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

The U.S.’s NAFTA negotiator broadly rebuked Canada’s latest auto ideas.

Canada wants North American automakers to get extra credit for making cars more environmentally friendly or able to drive themselves as negotiators try to bridge one of NAFTA’s sharpest divides.

At the latest round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks, Canada put forward some fresh ideas on how to calculate the value of regional content in vehicles, including giving more credit for driverless and electric cars, plus research and development work, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, said in an interview Wednesday from Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York.

“The ideas are very intentionally ideas rather than a fully baked proposal; they’re about some directions,” Freeland said. The proposals, if adopted, would promote high-skilled labour and encourage the next generation of carmaking to stay on the continent, she said.

Regional content requirements — or rules of origin — are among the touchiest issues the countries are working through in revisiting the 24-year-old trade deal. NAFTA requires a vehicle to have a certain percentage of North American content in order to benefit from tariff exemptions, and the U.S. has proposed raising the bar to 85 per cent from 62.5 per cent for a typical car. The U.S. has also called for a new requirement that 50 per cent of content come from within its borders.

U.S. reaction

Canada’s auto proposals presented in Montreal didn’t include any specific numbers, Freeland said, and negotiators have said they weren’t meant to be counterproposals to the rules of origin ratios the U.S. has put forth. Still, the U.S.’s NAFTA negotiator broadly rebuked Canada’s latest ideas.

“We find that the automobile rules of origin idea that was presented, when analyzed, may actually lead to less regional content than we have now and fewer jobs in the United States, Canada, and likely Mexico,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday at the conclusion of the negotiating round. “So, this is the opposite of what we are trying to do.”

Freeland said the Canadian ideas were meant to spark conversation, and that she’s hopeful her counterparts in the U.S. and Mexico will read and consider them before talks resume Feb. 26.

Fiendishly Complex

Freeland remains at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump on many things. The U.S. is “openly and proudly protectionist,” she said, with “serious reservations about the value of trade” leading to demands Canada has never agreed to before.

The differences have been in plain sight over six rounds of negotiations, which have yielded agreement on just three of roughly 30 chapters, leaving much ground to cover still.

As part of its recent proposals, Canada also suggested finding ways to give credit for the use of steel and aluminum from North America and modernizing the so-called tracing list so there’s less red tape for companies trying to comply, Freeland said.

She said Wednesday she acknowledges that the rules of origin are a “fiendishly complex area” and said the only way to reach a successful conclusion is for all three countries — plus carmakers, suppliers and labour officials — to think about the questions of regional content together.

“It’s a very major undertaking and what we do to the rules of origin will have potentially a dramatic impact on the car industry, including supply chains,” she said. “The best way to really get it right and avoid unintended consequences is to do some work together, so that was our objective.”

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Opportunities for Brampton with Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster announcement

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

BRAMPTON, ON – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced yesterday that a strategy to build an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster for Canada has qualified for federal investments under the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative.

More than 140 organizations participated in the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster bid. The City of Brampton partnered with the Brampton Board of Trade on a talent development proposal for funding within the larger Supercluster project. In support of this proposal and the overall bid, the City has been actively engaged in the process, and will remain engaged as funding decisions are made over the coming years.

The newly incorporated Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGM Canada), will be the lead in leveraging more than $800M in proposed investments by industry and the federal government, in turn funding proposals and projects to create new opportunities for firms, supply chains, communities, and thousands of Canadians employed in key industry segments.

The geographical focus of the Supercluster is the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, and Brampton stands to see new opportunities for economic growth and investment. The City has a significant presence in advanced manufacturing, active business partners, and engaged post-secondary partners like Sheridan College and Ryerson University. Manufacturing accounts for more than 35,000 jobs in Brampton, provided by approximately 900 companies. One in five people in Brampton work in manufacturing, and stakeholders like Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies and Sheridan’s Skilled Trades Centre provide strength and development in the sector

Advanced manufacturing is a crucial driver of Canada’s economic growth. Southwestern Ontario has overlapping density in both manufacturing and technology firms.

There are three pillars to the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster strategy:

•         Co-invest in collaborative, industry-led projects in things like vision systems, AI, IoT, data security, robotics, advanced materials, and additive manufacturing

•         Support the creation of new tools, testbeds, and infrastructure to help create the next generation of manufacturing firms

•         Build out a robust ecosystem of supports and services that accelerate technology adoption in manufacturing i.e. technology readiness assessments, training and skills development, and go-to-market support.

 

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Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid, along with community elder Mehmood Khan, nomination candidates Imran Mian and Hifza Musa..

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

On February 17th, 2018, Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid, along with community elder Mehmood Khan, nomination candidates Imran Mian and Hifza Musa, along with their spouses sat together to discuss how to reinforce positivity and strength within the Mississauga – Erin Mills community.

It was a very positive meeting discussing the way forward after a very heated nomination campaign that has lasted over twelve months. Both candidates have worked very hard for the Mississauga community in their careers. Both have put in countless hours to strengthen community ties amongst Mississauga residents. “Both candidates are very deserving of becoming MPP for Mississauga Erin Mills” said Mehmood Khan.

“As leaders in the community we must put aside our differences and find ways to work together and reinforce a positive message for the residents of Mississauga – Erin Mills. A positive message must be backed by the action of collaborating with one another on projects that help our community.” said Iqra Khalid. “Both Imran and Hifza are good friends of mine and strong members of Team Iqra”

In this meeting, both Imran Mian and Hifza Musa committed to one another that regardless of who wins this nomination, they will work together to win the general election for the Ontario Liberal Party in Mississauga – Erin Mills, alongside Iqra Khalid.

“At the end of the day we are all one liberal family. We need to win this seat” said Hifza Musa. “We must carry ourselves with principles and conviction” said Imran Mian.

The nomination election will happen on March 18th, 2018. All Ontario Liberal Party members are encouraged to come out and vote.

 

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Priyanka Chopra allegedly sues Nirav Modi for defrauding her

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

Globetrotter Priyanka Chopra is the face of the Nirav Modi diamond jewellery house. The actress, who has featured in several campaigns, has sued the jewellery company on grounds of defrauding her.

According to the reports, Nirav Modi has been accused in Punjab National Bank’s Rs. 11,000 crore fraud. Priyanka Chopra’s management has sued the company claiming that she had agreed to appear at two parties but wasn’t paid for the same. The actress has even accused the company for not paying her for the ad campaign.

When Priyanka Chopra came on board as their global brand ambassador, she had released an official statement about the association in January 2017. “My association with Nirav Modi is like a meeting of minds in many ways. We are both fiercely proud of our heritage and are united by the idea of bringing a modern India to the global forefront. His jewels are one of a kind and effortless, with an understated elegance”, the actress said back then.

Responding to the rumours, a spokesperson for Priyanka Chopra said, “There are speculative reports that Priyanka Chopra has sued Nirav Modi. This is not true. However, she is currently seeking legal opinion with respect to terminating her contract with the brand in light of allegations of financial fraud against Nirav Modi.”

According to the reports, Sidharth Malhotra, who has also appeared in one of the campaigns, is also considering legal options for himself.

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My wife Anushka has been criticized a lot, Virat Kohli

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

In his winning speech, Virat Kohli has showered praise on his actress wife Anushka Sharma. If you remember in the past when the cricketer was dating Anushka, the latter was blamed for Virat’s poor performance but then the couple did not react. And now when Virat Kohliperformed fabulously well in the matches against South Africa, he did not miss the opportunity to acclaim his wife.

“My wife who keeps me motivated deserves a lot of credit. I want to thank my wife. She has been a huge factor. She deserves a lot of appreciation for it. She has been criticized a lot, but she is one person who kept pushing me”, Virat said after the victory.

After scoring century against South Africa, Anushka praised her husband. Anushka posted a photo of husband Virat and captioned it as “What a guy” yet again.

When India won the match, she took a snap of the television screen which declared India’s 5-1 win over South Africa and shared on her social media account.

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