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Ford’s favours for social conservatives dragging Ontario backwards

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Outdated sex ed curriculum leaves young people, queer youth in danger

QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath says Premier Ford’s backroom deals with radical social conservatives are driving his political decisions, not concern for Ontario’s families and youth. During question period Tuesday, Horwath asked if LGBTQ+ youth would see themselves represented in the sex ed curriculum in classrooms this fall. Ford refused to answer.

“Ford’s decision to scrap the updated sexual health curriculum and drag Ontario back to 1998 is not about doing what’s right for students, or about listening to parents. It’s about doing favours for social conservatives, like Charles McVety and Tanya Granic Allen,” said Horwath.

“He is being driven by whatever far-right radical social conservatives want him to do, and the deals he made with them before the election. As a result, Ford is ignoring his responsibility to all of Ontario’s students, all of our young people, and all of our queer youth and LGBTQ families.”

While Ford’s Education minister announced during questions period yesterday that some updated sex ed topics would be kept in place, the Ford Conservatives overruled that later in the day, clarifying that teachers will be forced to use a health curriculum written before the existence of social media, smart phones, or legal same-sex marriage.

“The 1998 curriculum ignores consent, online safety, gender identity, and LGBTQ families. That’s the curriculum that Ford and his radical extremist friends are dragging our kids back to,” said Horwath.

“I have a simple question for the premier: Will same-sex relationships and LGBTQ families be included and reflected in the curriculum this fall? Or does he have to ask permission of radical extremists like Charles McVety and Tanya Granic Allen?”

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Rakul Preet Singh to play Sridevi in the NTR biopic

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Biopics are the trendiest plot topics for filmmakers right now. Telling stories of larger than life people in a blend of facts and fiction has become a raging topic for films. One such biopic that’s being talked a lot about since its announcement is South superstar N.T. Rama Rao’s biopic. Nandamuri Balakrishna will be playing the titular roles, while Vidya Balan has been roped in to play NTR’s wife, Basavatarakama.

Talking of the star cast, Rakul Preet Singh, who was last seen in Aiyaary but is a big name in the South, will be seen playing the role of Sridevi. NTR and Sridevi have worked in over 14 films during their career and both were a highly cherished duo on-screen.

A source close to the actor said, “Rakul was approached for the role and the actress was elated to be part of the project. However, the date clash could be a problem. But things are still in the nascent stage and it’s premature to comment.”

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Kangana Ranaut to clash with Hrithik Roshan at the movies

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Manikarnika is based on the life of queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai and Kangana is playing the titular role in this epic periodic drama. Crossing over several hurdles during the shoot of the film, Kangana Ranaut’s most anticipated project finally has a release date. The film is all set to release on January 25, 2019.

Interestingly, Kangana’s Manikarnika is going to clash with Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 at the box-office next year. Directed by Kangana’s Queen director, Vikas Bahl, Super 30 is the biopic of mathematician Aanand Kumar. Hrithik Roshan has been working very hard on the project, leaving no stone unturned to fit perfectly in his character.

Owing to the history these two actors share, a clash at the box-office will surely create buzz for both the films.

 

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Mahesh Bhatt is SHOCKED after Mallika Sherawat confessed about sexual harassment in Bollywood

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Mahesh Bhatt gave Mallika Sherawat one of the biggest hits of her career with Murder. The actress, who shot to fame with this romantic thriller, continues to share a great bond with the filmmaker whom she considers as one of her mentors. However, when the actress went on to recall her past incidents on how she faced sexual harassment and casting couch incidents in Bollywood, it left Bhatt shell shocked as she never confessed or revealed these details to him despite the great camaraderie they shared.

In recent media reports, Mahesh Bhatt has expressed his shock when he came across the incidents that were revealed by Mallika. He also expressed disappointment over the fact that if he was aware of these incidents, he would have definitely stood up for her, even if it means fighting it out within the fraternity. Continuing to heap praises at his Murder actress, Mahesh stated that she was a strong girl and also expressed his anger over such people who made her a victim of their imaginary power.

Reports also have it that Mahesh Bhatt found it unbelievable that Mallika didn’t share such an important detail with him considering that she often shares a lot of details with the filmmaker due to their rapport. He also reportedly felt upset that he never realized what she was fighting with.

On the other hand, Mahesh Bhatt also reminisced about the time he met Mallika Sherawat for the first time. Mallika met the Bhatts for Murder which featured her as the leading lady. He feels that the actress had the ire in her as she wanted to be the most good-looking and talented actress. The filmmaker stated that in a place like Bollywood, where relations are often tentative, Mallika has stayed in touch in with him. He appreciates her for doing so despite travelling to places from U.S to Paris. Besides all these, Mahesh has also wished her all the luck in reports and also is quite happy about her going to places.

 

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Isabelle Kaif and Sooraj Pancholi starrer Time To Dance to have EIGHT songs!

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Sooraj Pancholi and Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif will be coming together for the first time for the latter’s Bollywood debut Time To Dance. The film is a dance drama as the title suggests and will feature many intriguing songs in the album. Now reports have it that there will be as many as eight tracks in the film’s album.

Directed by Stanley D’Costa and produced by choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D’Souza, Time To Dance will explore many dance forms. From street style to Latin – ballroom dancing, the film will not just feature different styles of dancing but also music. Keeping in mind the musical backdrop, the songs, we hear, will also be picturized in an elaborate manner.

It is a known fact that Time To Dance went on floor in London last month. Sooraj Pancholi and Isabelle Kaif underwent rigorous training session before they kicked off the film’s schedule. While they are neck deep into filming the scenes, it is being said that producer Remo too has flown down to the Queen’s city for the song sequences. It seems that D’Souza will be choreographing all the tracks of the film.

On the other hand, Sooraj Pancholi too spoke to the media and in recent reports asserted that they have already completed the shooting of three songs. Furthermore, elaborating on it Sooraj stated that one of them is a romantic number between him and Isabelle. Also, he added that the other two songs are complete dance numbers. Amidst all these, the Hero actor also mentioned that the tracks in the film’s albums have been created with the intention of exploring different styles of dances.

Besides the two of them, Time To Dance also stars Waluscha De Sousa who also plays the role of a dancer along with Sooraj and Isabelle. It is also being said that Waluscha and Isabelle may play sisters in the film. The film will also feature Saqib Saleem in a cameo as he will be seen essaying the character of a lawyer.

 

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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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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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STATEMENT BY SALMA ZAHID, MP SCARBOROUGH CENTRE

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.

Find more information at www.rbc.com/newcomers.

 

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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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