Archive | July, 2018

Members of Trudeau’s youth council urge cancellation of Kinder Morgan buyout

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

Letter says pipeline project violates Indigenous rights, risks ‘irreversible damage’ to B.C. coast

Members of Justin Trudeau’s youth council are urging the prime minister to withdraw his decision to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Sixteen past and present members of the youth council are releasing a letter to Trudeau expressing their “disappointment” in the Liberal government’s move to buy the pipeline project for $4.5 billion.

The letter, signed primarily by Indigenous members, says young people supported Trudeau during the 2015 federal election because of promises he made on reconciliation and climate leadership.

It says when Trudeau appointed himself the minister for youth, he indicated he would listen and honour the concerns of young people.

The signatories say they’re questioning Trudeau’s commitments because they weren’t consulted about the pipeline decision and they are the ones who will be affected by the consequences of climate change.

The letter also says the pipeline project violates Indigenous rights and poses the threat of “irreversible damage” to British Columbia’s coast.

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Immigration critics urge Liberals to present clear plan, costing for asylum seekers

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

House of Commons immigration committee holding a special meeting

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel has accused the government of normalizing the influx of irregular border crossers and wants an emergency summer session to hold the minister to account.

Calling it a “border crisis,” Rempel is pushing for the immigration committee to study the impact of increased asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the U.S., which would include calling Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to testify. The committee is holding a special meeting in Ottawa today to decide whether or not to conduct the study.

At a news conference before the meeting, Rempel said the issue has taken on new urgency because many refugee claimants currently housed in university dorms will face eviction in early August. Cities such as Toronto and Ottawa are buckling under the strain of stretched resources, overcrowded shelters and increased demand on food banks, she said.

Rempel accused the Liberal government of accepting the ongoing situation without a long-term, permanent plan to ensure adequate supports and funds are in place to deal with the steady influx. The Canadian public must have the full information to assess what has become a new immigration policy, she said.

“I think it is completely unacceptable for us to normalize the government being able to expend hundreds of millions of dollars in a piecemeal fashion without having that broader conversation,” Rempel said. “This is a big departure from any immigration policy this government ran on.”

Numbers down in June

New numbers released Friday show the volume of people intercepted by the RCMP decreased significantly in June, with 1,263 entering the country outside official border points compared to 1,869 in May.

Immigration committee chair Rob Oliphant said some MPs believe Rempel’s move is a “scurrilous” attempt to play politics, while others see a study as an opportunity to advise the public what action the government is taking to address the situation.

“This is not a crisis. This is a problem and it’s very appropriate for members of Parliament to get a briefing from ministers and other people to make sure everything is in order,” he said.

Hussen’s spokesperson Mathieu Genest said the minister respects the independence of the committee and has always appeared when asked. The government is moving forward with a “clear plan” to address asylum seekers, he said.

“Last month saw fewest number of asylum seekers crossing the border irregularly in the past year. While these numbers are promising, Canadians expect all levels of government to work together to live up to our international and humanitarian obligations,” he wrote in an email. “We continue to engage directly with the municipalities in order to ensure the orderly management of asylum seekers.”

Tense talks with Ontario

Today’s meeting comes after tense discussions between Hussen and provincial immigration ministers Friday, which ended with the minister openly criticizing the Ontario government for what he called a dangerous and unCanadian approach to the issue of asylum seekers.

“They’ve chosen to use false language with respect to so-called queue jumping, when we have told them over and over again there is no such thing,” Hussen told reporters in Winnipeg at the closing press conference. “Asylum seekers are processed in a separate queue at the IRB and all the other regular immigration programs are processed by IRCC, and conflating the two knowingly is irresponsible, it’s divisive, it’s fearmongering and it’s not Canadian, and it’s very dangerous.”

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Doug Ford pulls Ontario representative from Washington

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

Ontario’s new trade minister will head to the U.S. capital this week to testify at a hearing

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has removed the province’s representative in Washington, D.C., from her position and it’s unclear whether he intends to replace Monique Smith or cut the job.

Smith confirmed to CBC News that she is returning to Canada and a spokeswoman for Ford indicated in an email that her time in D.C. is done. Her departure from the comes at a time when uncertainty and anxiety is circulating within Ontario’s key economic sectors because of ongoing trade issues.

“We thank Ms. Smith for her service,” wrote Laryssa Waler.

Waler said Ford is working closely with Jim Wilson, Ontario’s new minister of economic development, job creation and trade, and the rest of the cabinet to “protect Ontario jobs and promote the importance of trade with our partners south of the border.”

Waler did not answer repeated questions about whether the PCs will keep the Washington position or cut it.

Meanwhile Wilson, a veteran MPP and former interim leader of Ontario’s PC party, will be travelling to Washington this week to testify at a commerce department hearing on the auto industry.

Wilson preparing to defend province’s auto industry

The U.S. department is investigating the imports of autos and auto parts, and there are concerns the probe could lead to tariffs similar to those imposed on Canada’s steel and aluminum industries.

“I look forward to speaking in defence of Ontario’s auto industry and the economic benefits it delivers in both the U.S. and Canada,” Wilson said in a statement.

The tumultuous renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the harsh tariffs on the steel and aluminum industries that U.S. President Donald Trump imposed on Canada are among the key issues driving economic worry in Ontario.

Trump has also floated the idea of slapping tariffs on Canada’s auto industry, which would likely have a severe impact on Ontario, the heart of the industry.

Since Trump’s election in 2016 several states have also stepped up their protectionist trade measures and already imposed or moved toward “Buy America” laws that restrict Canadian businesses from working in their jurisdictions.

Smith led Ontario’s efforts in fighting against those provisions, which were ultimately imposed by New York State.

Washington post was held by longtime Liberal

The role in Washington involves both representing Ontario’s interests to American lawmakers at federal and state levels, and advising the premier on what is happening in Washington and how it could affect the province. Several other provinces have representatives in the city, including Alberta and Quebec.

Smith was appointed to the post, which is based out of the Canadian embassy, by former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne in August of 2013. Before that, Smith was an adviser to Wynne, and had also served as a Liberal MPP and cabinet minister in Dalton McGuinty’s government. She left politics in 2011.

Smith’s relocation is already underway, but there are a handful of other staff who are still working at the Ontario office at the Canadian embassy in Washington.

Ford has been urged to keep the position in Washington by opposition MPPs who view it as a valuable one. Some key industry representatives agree it should be kept as well.

Before Ford was sworn in on June 26, a transition team member told CBC News that decisions about the Washington post were in the “early stages.”

Ford has said Ontario will execute a “full court press” when it comes to lobbying for the province’s interests in the U.S. and that he plans to spend a lot of his own time south of the border.

“I’m going to be travelling to every single state. Nothing is better than meeting someone eye-to-eye,” Ford said last month during a news conference with federal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Ford has also said he intends to work closely with the federal government on NAFTA talks to ensure Ontario jobs are protected.

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Ontario sex-ed will still include consent, gender identity, education minister says

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

PC government announced plans to scrap modernized sex-ed curriculum last week

Ontario’s education minister says despite the government’s plans to scrap the modernized sex-ed curriculum, students will continue to be taught about things like consent and gender identity this fall.

Lisa Thompson made the announcement during Monday’s question period at Queen’s Park, less than a week after revealing the government planned to use the 1998 sex-ed curriculum while it consulted with parents about a revised version.

Now, Thompson said kids will still learn about several key issues that weren’t in that older curriculum, including gender identity and the risks of sharing sexual content online.

“That includes consent. That includes texting — sexting,” Thompson said.

The PCs decision to revert to older sex-ed curriculum has drawn sharp criticism from the Official Opposition as well as a number of educators, including some who plan to keep teaching the modern curriculum.

Peggy Sattler, the NDP MPP for London West, posed the question that prompted Thompson’s response.

Sattler calls the decision to get rid of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum a “dangerous decision” and said it amounts to “dragging Ontario backwards” and putting youth at risk. She also accused the PCs of making backroom deals to appease social conservatives.

Thompson fired back, accusing the opposition at attempting to foster “misconceptions” about the government’s sex-ed plans, and said the curriculum needs a rewrite because the last consultation process “was completely flawed.”

So far, Thompson has not explained how teachers will know to discuss some aspects of the modernized sex-ed curriculum and not others.

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Government of Canada providing assistance to Toronto for asylum seeker housing

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

Ottawa, ON – Building on previous commitments to support Toronto and other municipalities facing temporary housing pressures, the federal government announced today that it will actively support Toronto through housing support for asylum seekers currently housed in two college dormitories.

With Toronto facing pressure to find housing for this cohort of individuals, in-depth discussion have resulted in strong collaboration between Toronto and the federal government to ensure this matter will be resolved in advance of the early August deadline, when the temporary dormitory housing facilities need to be vacated. Specific details will be forthcoming as plans advance.

The federal government also continues to work closely on the development of contingency plans with its provincial and municipal partners to reduce the pressures the influx of irregular border crossers has had on temporary housing in major cities such as Toronto.

Toronto has a long history of welcoming refugees and newcomers, and in recent months has accommodated many asylum claimants in an already strained shelter system.

Although the number of irregular border crossers in June dropped for the second month in a row, the lowest in the last year, the federal government continues to actively engage with its partners to develop contingency plans in order to support the municipalities in the provision of temporary housing.

On June 1, the Government of Canada pledged an initial $50 million to assist the provinces and municipalities that have borne the majority of costs associated with the recent influx. Of these funds, $11 million will be provided directly to the City of Toronto in the coming weeks. Direct funding was required after the Province of Ontario chose to withdraw from its jurisdictional responsibility around housing.

As part of the contingency planning activities, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Canada Border Services Agency are increasing their capacity to provide temporary beds for those crossing near Roxham Road in St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec.

In addition, a contract has been signed with the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, to provide additional temporary accommodations to asylum seekers should it be required.

These temporary accommodations will allow the government to better manage the flow of asylum seekers, helping reduce the strain placed on municipalities.


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Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

SCARBOROUGH – I am pleased to report that my treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has been successfully completed, and I look forward to an active summer connecting with constituents and to returning to my duties in the House of Commons this Fall.

On Friday, I met with my oncologist who told me my scans show I am now cancer free. I would like to thank Dr. Neil Berinstein and all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Odette-Sunnybrook Cancer Centre in Toronto for their excellent treatment and care these last five months. We are truly blessed to have access to a world class health care system in Canada.

I would also like to thank my family, the people of Scarborough Centre, the cancer survivors who reached out with their stories and their tips, my colleagues and friends across party lines in Ottawa, and everyone who sent their prayers, their love and their support. It was truly touching, and it really did make a difference.

And thank you to my staff in Ottawa and in Scarborough for their hard work and dedication during my medical leave, ensuring the people of Scarborough Centre continued to receive the support and assistance they need.

I return to my duties more determined than ever to make the most of the opportunity to serve the people of Scarborough Centre, and to be their strong voice in Ottawa.

I also look forward to speaking to my private member’s motion (M-155), which would designate June as Filipino Heritage Month across Canada, when it comes up for debate in the House of Commons in October.

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Mastering the art of the job search

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

 Whether it’s your first job out of post-secondary or the next step up the corporate ladder, finding a new job is never easy. If you’ve recently arrived in Canada, the process can be even more daunting. Your day-to-day life, as well as navigating the job market might be quite different from what you are familiar with. Understanding how it works in Canada will help set you on the path towards a fulfilling career.

Here are a few tips to help you along with your job search:

Leveragesocial networks.There are many online platforms that are frequently updated for job seekers, and are available for free. LinkedIn is a popular example where professionals can network, learn more about different industries, search, and or apply for jobs. Having an up-to-date profile with relevant work experience, education and volunteer experience will be an asset when it comestime to applying on this social platform.

Find local resources. Look for free resources available in your neighbourhood. Organizations like ACCES Employment can help you with your job search and so much more. Aside from just helping you search for jobs, community-based companies may also be able to offer skills training, language courses and resume help.

Make time to volunteer. While you settle in and get your job search underway, explore volunteer opportunities. While they may not lead to a full-time job, volunteering is a great way to expand your network and help you hone in on skills or develop your interests.

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Nick Jonas plans beach birthday for ladylove Priyanka Chopra

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are going great guns. For the past few months, their personal life is making lots of buzz. Their pictures of outing and spending time together has been circulated a lot on media. The couple is very serious about one another and is determined to take their relationship to the next level. Priyanka will be turning a year older on July 18 and Nick Jonas has planned a beach birthday for his ladylove. The destination is kept under wrap.

A leading daily reported, “Nick has apparently made special plans for a quick getaway to one of PC’s favourite beach destinations. He’s already made the bookings, but no one knows of the destination yet.”

Priyanka will soon start the shooting of ‘Bharat’ and ‘The Sky Is Pink’ simultaneously and before she get consumed in work, she took a short break to be with the American singer-songwriter as he won’t be able to travel outside the US due to professional commitments. “So, the actress has taken a few days off from her schedule to be with him,” the source added.

‘Priyanka used the word ‘Beautiful’ to describe her time with Nick in India. Speaking at a dinner gala she attended at The Hamptons, Priyanka told People, “It was really beautiful. He had a great time.”

“We’re getting to know each other and I think it was a great experience for him. That’s what he said. I think he really enjoyed it,” she further said.

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Irrfan Khan, battling cancer, shares new picture from London

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

Versatile actor Irrfan Khan, who is battling cancer bravely and with smiling face shared a new picture from London. The actor looks joyful although he has shed few kilos. The picture shows him wearing a yellow T-shirt through a glass window with earphones around his neck and donning a big smile on his face.

In March, Irrfan shocked the nation when he announced that he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour and is leaving for London for treatment. He wrote, “Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect: Margaret Mitchell. The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour as of now has now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research :-) To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.” He, however, gave no more information on his disease.

On March 5, the versatile actor revealed to the world that he that he is suffering from a rare disease. Taking to Twitter, the ‘Hindi Medium’ actor wrote, “Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease. I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week – ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me.”

He shared on social media from London, “God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. Embody me.n Flare up like a flame and make big shadows I can move in. Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don’t let yourself lose me. Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand #rainermariarilke.”

Wishing Irrfan Khan a speedy recovery!

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DaBangg Tour side effect: Salman Khan effectuates Katrina Kaif – Jacqueline Fernandez patch up

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

Salman Khan’s current concert tours in the US and Canada are proving a success in more ways than one. Not only have the concerts been getting fabulous footfalls, Salman Khan has managed a miracle of sorts by bringing about a rapprochement between his two warring lady friends, Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Apparently, Salman Khan told both the ladies to give up their mutual hostilities. “Salman sat them down one evening and even offered to lock them up in one room until they sorted out their differences, just like Jeetendra had locked up Srideviand Jaya Prada once upon a time. But such extreme measures were not required, as Katrina and Jacqueline kissed and hugged in Salman’s presence and promised to remain cordial to one another. What’s more? They’ve kept their word and are often spotted together when not performing on stage during the current concerts tours,” says a member of Salman’s team.

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