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Toronto facing a massive $1.42 billion budget gap in five years

Posted on 15 March 2018 by admin

Outgoing city manager Peter Wallace outlines a rocky financial future and decline in services if a new plan is not implemented by a council that must be willing to act.

If the city continues on its current financial course, it will face a massive $1.42 billion budget gap in just five years, warns a new report from the city’s top bureaucrat.

Peter Wallace, the current city manager who is leaving to take on the job of secretary of the treasury board in Ottawa next month, tabled his long-awaited and much-delayed long-term financial plan on Monday. It will be considered by Mayor John Tory’s executive committee on March 19.

Without raising taxes or finding a new source of income, the services the city provides will suffer or user fees like TTC fares or those for recreation classes could increase. Cuts could affect things like the number of hours the library is open, the availability of shelter beds, how quickly potholes are fixed, how often the bus comes, and many other basic functions of municipal government.

A property tax increase alone would need to be significant to make a dent in the looming operating gap. A 1 per cent residential property tax hike currently raises $30 million.

Because Wallace’s report was delayed until after the last budget of this term, and simply recommends executive have a new city manager bring forward an action plan, change won’t be possible until the 2020 budget process. With the election scheduled Oct. 22 of this year, it will be up to a new council to implement it.

The challenges are great, but not insurmountable, Wallace wrote. By 2023, council will have to find a way to cover a $1.42-billion pressure in a nearly $15-billion operating budget — a massive chasm for a city that is not legally allowed to carry a deficit and whose key policy direction for the last eight years has been to maintain property tax increases below inflation.

A failure to address the future financial cliff and the tradition of punting expenses to future years is to simply “kick the can down the road,” as Wallace became known for saying.

“While city council has clearly established policy directions and expectations for implementation, there are real barriers to their realization which are primarily financial,” the report reads. “Business as usual will not allow the city to continue delivering exceptional services while managing costs.”

Ahead of the election, the report offers several broad and specific actions for consideration, including calling on the mayor to lay out clear strategic direction for the city at the beginning of the term, so that funding will actually match council’s city-building goals.

The operating gap forecast for 2019 will be in line with recent pressures at $388 million. But the gap grows to $730 million in 2020 and $961 million in 2021. Those forecasts assume the housing market does not dip at all, which the real estate industry has said is inadvisable, and that council continues to approve inflationary tax increases of just 2 per cent, which is not enough to even maintain existing service levels. To balance its book, the city places a heavy reliance on the land transfer tax which is directly linked to the ups and downs of Toronto’s housing market.

The city’s efforts to find “efficiencies” won’t be enough to make ends meet, Wallace’s 68-page report says. Some $900 million may be needed just to keep services from falling below current levels.

There is also $30 billion in capital projects that have been approved but which remain unfunded.

“There is a growing gap between council’s vision for Toronto and available funding,” the report says.

Wallace recommends council establish clear criteria to prioritize that list of projects, including assessing value for money.

That has proven difficult for council in recent history.

Though a relief line subway, which would ease congestion on the Yonge line, has long been the priority for transit officials and experts, the estimated $6.8-billion cost is entirely unfunded. Meanwhile, Toronto council approved the $3.2 billion extension of the just-completed University line to Vaughan, and is substantially funding —through a $910 million levy on homeowners — a one-stop subway extension of the Bloor-Danforth line to the Scarborough Town Centre for more than $3.4 billion.

As the city’s most-expensive infrastructure project, there is evidence the Scarborough subway is a vast overbuild, serving fewer people for more money compared to a light-rail alternative. As costs continue to climb, Councillor Josh Matlow, who has pushed for an LRT network, has tried repeatedly to convince council to order a value-for-money comparison and to prioritize the list of infrastructure projects. Tory and a majority of council have rejected those motions.

Wallace also noted funds transferred by the province end in 2018, which adds to Toronto’s financial pressures going forward. There is still hundreds of millions of dollars council has not identified required to keep Toronto Community Housing units open and billions of dollars in transit expansion plans that remain unfunded — two expenses Wallace says the federal and provincial governments should share.

With a pending face-off between Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and newly-elected Ontario PC party leader Doug Ford expected this June, it is unclear what financial assistance could be in Toronto’s future.

Specific recommendations in the report include:

•          Reducing the number of staff across all divisions and agencies.

•          Establishing an arms-length organization to manage the city’s public assets, similar to the province’s Infrastructure Ontario.

•          Lobbying the provincial government to modify the legislation governing development charges to ensure growth pays for growth.

•          Continuing to explore the potential privatization of Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Parking Authority.

With respect to a longstanding dispute about how the city should raise new revenues, Wallace was clear those tools are needed, but chose not to propose which tools council should pursue.

When presented with new options in 2016, council endorsed few transformative options. A move to toll the Gardiner Expresway and Don Valley Parkway was later blocked unexpectedly by Wynne’s government.

Wallace also continued to draw attention to, as he has over the last three years, the precarious reliance on a hot housing market. A dip in home prices could create a hole of $72 million to $130 million this year, Wallace’s report says — which would likely require mid-year cuts to offset.

As Tory has continued former mayor Rob Ford’s tradition of demanding at-inflation residential property tax increases, council has continued to draw on a rainy-day reserve to balance the books.

The city’s tax stabilization reserve, which is meant to be available should the city’s finances take an unexpected dive, was reduced by about 50 per cent in 2018 to help cover the operating gap and remains “well below that of other municipalities,” Wallace wrote.

Executive committee will consider Wallace’s recommendation to have a new city manager report back with an implementation plan in the new term. The report will not be considered by the whole of council.

“The upcoming term of council, beginning in the fall of 2018 after the municipal election, will provide an opportunity for a reassessment of policies and better integration of program ambitions with fiscal capacity,” Wallace wrote.

Pulling back from the financial brink, he indicated, will require a new council willing to act.

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Protesters push back against immigration law that deters disabled people

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Foreign nationals are inadmissible if their medical condition ‘might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.’

When Luzviminda Alicbusan came to Canada in 2008 to work as a caregiver, she left her family in the Philippines, including her son who has a mental disability.

When she applied for permanent residency two years later, she said she was rejected because of her son’s condition.

“Why are they doing this to us, what did we do wrong?,” she asked. “Is having a child with a disability a crime?”

Alicbusan was among a small group of protesters who spent Monday morning holding signs and chanting outside immigration minister Ahmed Hussen’s constituency office in North York.

They were protesting a 40-year-old section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that says foreign nationals are inadmissible if their medical condition “might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.”

Alicbusan said the government considers her son a burden on Canada’s health system. She visits the Philippines every two years to see him.

“Our children with disabilities are not a burden here,” she said. “They are a blessing to us, they are the reason why we become stronger, they are the reason we work so hard.”

Mary-Jane De Jesus, another caregiver from the Philippines, left her 19-year-old daughter Mary-Claire eight years ago. Her daughter has Down syndrome, which De Jesus says prevented her from getting permanent residency.

 “They said my daughter is going to be a burden here in Canada,” she said. “They said she’s going to cost a lot of money if she comes here. But she’s not a burden, she can do the normal things children do.”

Protesters plastered the door to Hussen’s office with signs calling for the end of that law, and displayed pictures of people with their children who they had to leave behind.

Hursh Jaswal, special assistant in the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said the government is “undertaking a fundamental review” of the policy.

“We understand the concerns raised by families looking to make Canada their home who are faced with this situation,” he said. “Our goal is to strike the right balance between welcoming new members into Canadian society through a fair and compassionate immigration system while also protecting our publicly funded health and social services.”

Anna Malla, a spokesperson at Caregivers’ Action Centre, said she is fighting for caregivers to get permanent residency upon arrival.

“The fact that caregivers have to leave their families right from the beginning is the main problem,” she said. “People who come here as caregivers to care for other people’s family members who are sick and disabled are then not allowed to bring their family members? That’s ironic and discriminatory.”


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Jagmeet Singh’s brother ‘seriously considering’ a run for the NDP leader’s old seat at Queen’s Park

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Gurratan Singh said Friday that he’s been doorknocking in Brampton East, and believes he can continue Jagmeet’s legacy in the 905 region where he was first elected in 2011.

OTTAWA— A stylish criminal defence lawyer from Brampton is gearing up to win an election for the New Democratic Party. Must be Jagmeet Singh, right?


It’s his brother, Gurratan Singh, who told the Star on Friday that he is “seriously considering” a run for the Ontario NDP in Brampton East.

The newly redrawn riding includes much of the constituency that Jagmeet Singh represented during his six-year stint at Queen’s Park. That means Gurratan would be running to win the rough equivalent of his brother’s old seat if he could repeat the suburban breakthrough that started Jagmeet’s political career and eventual rise to federal NDP leader.

“I could continue that legacy,” Gurratan, 33, said in an interview Friday.

“I love this riding, I love the people in the riding, and I’ve been connected to it for so long,” he said. “I know the issues that they face, and I think I could be the voice to really advocate for them.”

While he’s never held elected office, Singh is no political newbie. He has been a close advisor to his older brother through his entire political career, including his runaway victory in last year’s federal NDP leadership campaign, when the Singh machine raked in by far the most money and he won on the first ballot. Jagmeet has credited Singh with pushing him into politics in the first place and has called him “one of my strongest allies and greatest supporters.”

Gurratan Singh also ran for a Peel Regional Council seat in Brampton in 2014, when he lost in a close race to John Sprovieri.

A spokesperson with the Ontario NDP said this week that Singh was seeking the Brampton East nomination in the upcoming provincial election. But Singh said he hasn’t made a final decision yet, even though he’s been speaking to the party about the nomination and doorknocking in the community.

“People are fed up, they’re really fed up with the Liberals,” he said. “This is an amazing opportunity for the NDP right now.”

Like Jagmeet, the younger Singh is a criminal defence lawyer who graduated from Osgoode Hall and runs his own legal practice. In 2015, he worked under Toronto lawyer and social activist James Lockyer, who is known for his work defending people who have been wrongfully convicted.

Singh also sits on the Peel Art Gallery advisory board, is the chair of the City of Brampton’s Inclusion and Equity Committee, and co-founded a pop-up restaurant called the Grand Trunk Road, which specializes in “Punjabi comfort food,” according to his LinkedIn profile.

He added that he shares many of the same values as his older brother, and is proud of his “vision” as a political leader. Asked how he is different from Jagmeet, Singh described himself as a community organizer and joked that he’s “younger but cooler” than his bespoke suit-wearing older brother.

“People may not realize we’re two separate people,” he laughed. “I think it’s important that people look at me independently.”

The riding he may run in was created in 2015 from two Brampton constituencies: Bramalea—Gore—Malton, where Singh’s brother Jagmeet held the seat for the Ontario NDP from 2011 until 2017, when he became federal leader and resigned from Queen’s Park; and Brampton—Springdale, which has been held by the Liberals since it was created in 2007.

Singh said that he will campaign for Andrea Horwath’s NDP this spring even if he isn’t a candidate himself. Ontarians go to the polls June 7.


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Justin Trudeau, MPP Lisa MacLeod honoured for work to ‘change culture’ for female politicians

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Equal Voice says the two have been political game changers.

One female, one male — one PC, one Liberal. But both, “political game changers.”

On International Women’s Day, provincial MPP Lisa MacLeod and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were honoured by an organization devoted to boosting the number of females in elected office.

At a ceremony held in downtown Toronto, Equal Voice said MacLeod broke new ground by pushing for change at Queen’s Park shortly after she arrived more than a decade ago.

At the time, her daughter was just a toddler and she successfully lobbied for more family-friendly hours at the legislature, saying women “should never have to choose between being a good mom and a good MPP.”

MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton) told the crowd she was “shocked … at the lack of support for female politicians with children. I also remember thinking to myself, ‘I need to change that.’ ”

Proceedings began in the afternoon, and went as late as midnight, she said, “there were no change tables in the bathrooms and there were no high chairs in the dining rooms. That’s all changed now.”

MacLeod — whose husband, mother and now 12-year-old daughter Victoria were in attendance — also spoke of her own struggles with depression, and the importance of mentorship to support women.

Trudeau, who received a “catalyst for change” award for male leaders, was lauded for making gender issues a priority for his government.

 “The gender wage gap is still a national disgrace,” Trudeau said, echoing the headline of a Chatelaine magazine from 1982 he recently came across. His government plans to put “pro-actiproactiveity legislation” in place for federally regulated sectors because the wage gap is “just not right.”

He said parliament will also be a more welcoming place for MPs who have children, with coming “changes to standing orders so that infants can be cared for by their parent while they’re on the floor of the House of Commons. Babies should never be considered strangers in the house.”

Gender equality, Trudeau also said, brings a stronger economy, makes stronger communities — but he lamented that there are not enough women MPs. “That’s not acceptable; that has to change,” he said.

Last week, the federal government unveiled a first-ever “gender equality” budget that includes the pay equity proposal and a new benefit that will encourage both parents to take time off work after having a child.

However, Trudeau has come under some criticism for lack of commitment to child care. While he has noted that last year’s budget committed $7 billion over 10 years, critics have said that’s less than what the Liberal government promised more than 14 years ago.


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Canada adds 15,400 jobs, unemployment dips to 5.8% but part-time work surges, full-time positions decline

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Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey, released Friday, showed the country lost 39,300 full-time jobs and generated 54,700 part-time positions in February. It also found the job gains were driven by an increase of 50,300 in public-sector jobs.

OTTAWA—The economy got a job-creation lift last month that nudged the unemployment rate down to 5.8 per cent — but a closer look reveals a rush of part-time work and a big decline in full-time positions.

Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey, released Friday, showed the country lost 39,300 full-time jobs and generated 54,700 part-time positions in February. It also found the job gains were driven by an increase of 50,300 in public-sector jobs.

The national unemployment rate slipped from 5.9 per cent in January to 5.8 per cent — to match its lowest level since the agency started measuring it in 1976. The jobless rate has only fallen to 5.8 per cent twice during that time, once in 2007 and again in December.

Looking back, the job market added 282,500 positions for a 1.5 per cent expansion over the past 12 months — with growth entirely due to full-time work. Canada’s year-over-year job creation last month showed signs of moderation after the number climbed above 420,000 positions in December.

Experts, including the Bank of Canada, have been expecting the job market’s red-hot pace from last year to cool, along with the rest of the economy as it approaches full capacity.

Manulife Asset Management senior economist Frances Donald said there’s very little in the jobs report that will rock the boat — and she added that in itself is very important.

“These jobs numbers fit quite well into the Bank of Canada’s cautiously optimistic Canadian narrative,” Donald said.

“The Canadian job market, just like the broader economy, is decelerating somewhat, but it’s coming back down to earth in what we might consider a more-reasonable pace of gains with fewer distortions.”

Donald underlined a couple of key indicators from the jobs report — the upward trend for hours worked, which suggests continued strong demand for labour in the economy, and average wage growth that’s still hovering around three per cent, which suggests more Canadians are benefiting from the healthier market.

Average hourly wage growth, which is under close watch by the Bank of Canada ahead of interest-rate decisions, stayed solid at 3.1 per cent. In January, wage growth hit 3.3 per cent following a steady flow of monthly increases after the indicator bottomed out at 0.5 per cent last April.

“At 3.1 per cent in February, wage growth posted a fourth consecutive month above its longer-term average of 2.6 per cent,” Sherry Cooper, chief economist for Dominion Lending Centres, wrote in a research note.

Cooper said the February reading won’t set off inflation warnings for the Bank of Canada, which noted this week that wage growth is still below what it considers a normal level for an economy without labour market slack.

“This suggests the bank will maintain its cautious stance,” she said.

Earlier this week, the central bank highlighted wage growth as one of the key data points that it will scrutinize ahead of future rate decisions. The Bank of Canada kept its trend-setting rate at 1.25 per cent on Wednesday after introducing three hikes since last summer.

The central bank has remained cautiously upbeat about the economy and has said more interest rate hikes will likely be necessary over time, despite mounting protectionist and competitiveness unknowns that have clouded the economic outlook. It said future decisions will continue to be guided by incoming data, such as the economy’s sensitivity to higher rates, the evolution of economic capacity and changes to wage growth and inflation.

Deputy governor Timothy Lane said in a speech Thursday that while the future is subject to notable uncertainties, trends over the past few quarters have been broad-based across regions and sectors, and “quite encouraging.”

Last month’s job growth, while small enough to be statistically insignificant, represents an improvement over the January report that showed a drop of 88,000 positions for the labour force’s steepest one-month drop in nine years.

By industry, the goods-producing sector shed 10,400 positions last month, led by a decline of 16,500 jobs in manufacturing, while the services industries added 25,900 jobs.

The survey also said the number of paid employee jobs increased last month by 58,800 positions, compared with a decrease in self-employed positions of 43,300.

By region, New Brunswick saw the biggest percentage increase — a boost of 1.5 per cent compared with January — as it gained 5,100 jobs. Ontario added 15,700 positions, which was a 0.2 per cent boost compared with January.

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BRAMPTON, ON, March6th, 2018 –The Honourable PatriciaHajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour, joined by Ms. Kamal Khera, Ms. Sonia Sidhu, Mr. Raj Grewal, Ms. Ruby Sahota,and Mr. Rameshewar Sangha, Members of Parliament for Brampton, to announce a new initiative the federal Government has introduced, through Budget 2018, to support gender equality at home and in the workplace.

Our Government has introduced a new Employment Insurance (EI) Parental Sharing Benefit to promote equal parenting roles in families.  The new benefit will provide an additional five weeks of Employment Insurance Parental Benefits to parents that share parental leave.  The program will provide an additional eight weeks of benefits to parents that choose the extended parental benefits option.  This benefit will be administered in a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ system; parents that do not share leave time between the two parents will not be eligible for additional weeks of EI Parental Benefits.

The incentive is expected to be available starting June 2019.  Our Government is investing $1.2 billion over five years in this program.  After the first five years, this program will require an annual investment of $344.7 million per year.

“This benefit will give parents that share parental leave a total of 40 weeks to spend with their newborn; a critical time for both a mother and father to bond with their child.  Shared leave time will keep more women in the work place, while giving fathers the opportunity to further participate in the care of their children.”- Ms. Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament (Brampton West) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.

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Mayor Crombie Hosts Second Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast and Empowers Young Women to Press for Progress

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 “On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I would like to welcome the young women from Mississauga secondary schools who joined us today at City Hall for our second annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Young Women’s Empowerment Breakfast,” Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.

The Mayor was joined by special guest the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario. Since becoming the first female Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne has worked tirelessly to advance the status and improve the lives of women across the province.

“Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day not only for celebration, but for reflection and most importantly, action.” Mayor Crombie added. “With this year’s theme being Press for Progress, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward to achieve gender parity in Canada and across the world. Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp are uniting women around the world and helping advance women’s equality, however, we know that more needs to be done to help push the needle forward. I am confident that Mississauga’s remarkable young women are up to the task.”

Over 150 female students from 34 Mississauga secondary schools took part in this morning’s mentoring opportunity.

As part of the breakfast, students participated in breakout sessions to discuss what actions can be taken to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Students put forward their ideas and recommendations to the Premier of Ontario, Councillors, trustees and senior staff from the City of Mississauga, local school boards, post-secondary institutions, and Peel Regional Police who were all in attendance.

Recommendations brought forward from the students include:

•         Improve access to education, embed gender equality early within the education system and increase representation in textbooks and learning materials

•         Increased attention to and support for mentorship programs that connect young women to women in leadership positions

•         Undertake new initiatives to end violence against women

•         Encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and;

•         Create greater awareness and appreciation for Aboriginal and indigenous communities

 Mayor Crombie concluded “On International Women’s Day, let us always work to build a strong sense of community that rewards, respects and guarantees that women – of all ages – are mentored and encouraged to pursue their dreams.”


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First time ever, for the Islamic community in Canada, Stop Diabetes Foundation alongside Diabetes Canada launches the Ramadan Position Statement

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VISION 2020 – Peel Region holds the unfortunate distinction of being the “Diabetes capital of Canada”. STOP Diabetes foundation’s (SDF) mission termed ‘SDF VISION 2020’ aims to remove this infamous #1 tag before the year 2020 by providing public health education. In addition to the mission of diabetes prevention, the foundation’s second goal is to increase the longevity for people living with diabetes by highlighting a combination of medically proven treatments and lifestyle regimen.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 marks another big milestone in Stop Diabetes Foundation’s timeline to reduce the epidemic of diabetes and its complications not only in the Peel region but to spread this message across Canada. On this day, SDF, in collaboration with Diabetes Canada, will launch the first-ever Canadian Ramadan Position Statement (RPS) to spread awareness and educate healthcare providers as well as the public. RPS are research-based practical guidelines developed to help people with diabetes fast safely during Ramadan. The RPS has been developed with the consensus of Canadian diabetes specialists, researchers as well as religious leaders. The plan is to have this position statement endorsed by Diabetes Canada and submitted for publication in a Canadian Medical Journal before Ramadan starts in the middle of May 2018.

Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic, especially in certain immigrant populations in Canada e.g. people with origins from South Asian and Middle-East Asian countries. According to national statistics, the Muslim population in Canada is steadily growing, in part fueled by immigration and higher fertility rates. One of the pillars of Islam is fasting during the month of Ramadan (from dawn to dusk). Though certain individuals are exempted from fasting (e.g. pre-pubertal children and those who are ill, pregnant or breastfeeding), many of those who fall under these categories often opt to still follow the practice. Management of diabetes (type 1 and type 2 diabetes) during Ramadan is challenging for Canadian healthcare providers because of limited research data and education around this topic. The launch of this first Canadian Ramadan position statement will potentially overcome this huge unmet need and knowledge gap.

The Canadian Ramadan Position Statement initiative will be launched at a high-level media & healthcare professional event on March 20, 2018, from 6 PM to 8 PM at Mississauga Convention center. This event will be organized by STOP Diabetes Foundation Inc. The program agenda will include Q & A style interactive engagements with the Canadian expert faculty involved with this project (Dr. Harpreet Bajaj, Dr. Tyceer Abouhassan, Dr. Amel Arnaout, Dr. Tayyab Khan, Dr. Hasnain Khandwala and Dr. Subodh Verma); Diabetes Canada scientific leaders (Dr. Jan Hux and Dr. Peter Senior), several religious leaders, community leaders and Dr. Hisham Mahmoud (Sanofi Canada). Dr. Mohamed Hassanein, chair of the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes and Ramadan alliance will also support this Canadian initiative via video conferencing from Dubai.

STOP Diabetes foundation looks forward to the support of local community as well as media in this benevolent cause to succeed in its fight against these important health concerns afflicting our country, and the PEEL region disproportionately and motivate everyone to live healthy and long lives.

For more information contact 647-986-7867 or

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I go to Aaradhya’s school every day, says Aishwarya

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an hands-on mother. She is keeping a good balance of personal and professional life. She adjusts her shooting timings in such a way that she could drop and pick-up Aaradhya from school. She wants to give her daughter a normal upbringing.

“I have been a very normal mother with her. I go to her school every day. I do normal things with her like going to the park or market, so that she understands what ‘normal normal’ is and what social excitement is,” she said.

Aaradhya has been under constant media scanner. She was clicked wherever she goes.

When Hindustan Times asked the actress how Aaradhya deals with the paparazzi, she said, “I haven’t made a conversation out of it. She is a child and I can’t casually say that she understands it. Aaradhya has seen it (the media attention) since she was a baby, while I was exposed to it only in my twenties. Is it normal to her? I don’t know…”

On the work front, Aishwarya will be seen next on the big screen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s musical comedy ‘Fanne Khan’, co-starring Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao. She has reportedly signed a bold thriller to be helmed by Rohan Sippy.

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Priyanka Chopra to introduce the concept of gender-neutrality in her company Purple Pebble Pictures

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Time and again Priyanka Chopra has supported women empowerment. Being an ambassador of UNICEF the actress has also participated in many initiatives. While Priyanka has also openly criticized the gender disparity in payments and workplace, the actress is working out for solutions to make her production house Purple Pebble Pictures gender neutral. Helping her in this endeavor is her mother Madhu Chopra.

It is a known fact that Priyanka Chopra is busy with her Hollywood commitments. Hence her Indian production house is being supervised by her mother Madhu Chopra. Happy about the way her daughter Priyanka Chopra is tackling with the problem of gender inequality, they have decided to do away with gender disparity in their organization. From what we hear, they are planning to introduce more women artists in their forthcoming projects.

Madhu Chopra has gone further to assert that women will not just be a part of direction or acting but also in fields such as story-writing and even technicians. It is also being asserted that gender will not be determining factor for remuneration. She spoke on the way about a certain bias continues to be associated with women employees. Hence their attempt is to break this prejudice and give them an additional push.

On the other hand, they also want to use their production house Purple Pebble Pictures to tell more female-centric stories. Considering it as impactful, Madhu stated that women are strong enough to be talked about. She also believes that these films will help women rise and will put them at a pedestal where they can walk shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts.

As for Priyanka Chopra, the actress is yet to comment on the same. She is busy shooting for her American TV series Quantico. She was also supposed to make a lavish entrance on the red carpet of the Oscars this year. However, she decided to give it a skip owing to her ill health.

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