Colombo: At least six persons, including three women, were killed and 52 others injured on Sunday when two buses collided head-on in Sri Lanka, police said. A Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) bus travelling towards Colombo from Elpitiya collided with a private bus travelling towards Galle around 5.15 am on Sunday, police Media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara was quoted as saying by the Colombo Gazette. Three men and three women have been killed in the accident and 52 passengers were injured, he said. The injured have been admitted to the Nagoda General Hospital in Kalutara. Among the injured are 43 men, 8 women and a child, Gunasekara said.
Modi government continues to push its programme for getting Aadhaar linked to social media accounts of users such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc., in the name of fighting fake news, defamatory articles, pornographic materials, anti-national and terror contents in the online media. This was put forth straight by Advocate General K K Venugopal as he appeared on behalf of the Tamil Nadu government in a plea by Facebook to transfer cases filed in the High Courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh for linking social media accounts with Aadhaar on the ground that the issue needs to be settled at the level of the apex court. Also cited were the dangers of online games like Blue Whale, which had ‘terrorised’ parents and claimed several young Indian lives. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile the consideration at this point of time is procedural, the substantive points raised are of far-reaching implications. Both, the submission of the AG as well as a remark made by the bench hearing the case, point to more trouble ahead for users of social media platforms. The bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Ghose expressed concern over the dangers of the ‘dark web’ and expressed consternation at whatever is happening. “Though I do not know how to access it, I have heard about the dark goings-on in the dark web. It is worse than what happens [in the service web],” Justice Gupta said. Also Read – Insider threat managementA nine-member Constitution Bench had declared privacy as a fundamental right associated with life and dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution. But relentless efforts on the part of the government to invoke national threats to undermine such right are causing concern. Also, some of the recent judgments in related issues point to the possibility that the privacy question may still be open to further scrutiny. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court itself had ruled earlier this month that the fundamental right to privacy cannot be construed as absolute and must bow down to compelling public interest. The verdict did not attract much attention due to its timing but has thrown the floodgates open once more. Interestingly, Justice Gupta, who expressed concern over the ‘goings-on in the dark web’ in the present case, was also a member of that bench. It also included Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The issue raised in the case was whether a judicial magistrate can order a person to give a sample of his voice for the purpose of investigation of a crime. The bench observed, “The issue is interesting and debatable but not having been argued before us it will suffice to note that in view of the opinion… the fundamental right to privacy cannot be construed as absolute and but must bow down to compelling public interest. We refrain from any further discussion and consider it appropriate not to record any further observation on an issue not specifically raised before us.” If the court finally gives the nod to linking of Aadhaar to social media accounts, which is easier said than done, it will open up a Pandora’s box and will have global ramifications, as the social media platforms pointed out to the court. Advocates appearing on behalf of Facebook and WhatsApp raised the importance of privacy for them and asserted that they can only approach the issue from a global perspective. There is certainly merit in their argument. While there are millions of assumed identities in all these social media platforms, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to deal with this problem. Facebook and other platforms have a large constituency in India, which may be their most important markets, but they have to see what the Indian requirements might mean to the rest of their users. An easy solution is to make Aadhaar universal, on the lines of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, but unfortunately, neither the Indian Parliament nor the Supreme Court of India has the means to do that. And even if linking of Aadhaar is made mandatory for creating social media accounts, there is the issue of how to tackle a borderless world wide web. Otherwise, India will have to create something on the lines of the US Financial Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) and get all nations to be signatories. Aadhaar will then become the symbol of universal identity, of which our ancient sages were the masters, a real re-discovery of the great Bharat that is an obsession with us. As long as we are unable to achieve such greatness, there is nothing that can prevent even Indians assuming other identities, using the plethora of apps and tools that disguise geographical locations, and continue to do whatever they are doing. A better option perhaps is to remove our own vulnerabilities as a nation rather than try to tie the hands and plaster the mouths of everyone else.(The views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: Market benchmark BSE Sensex on Tuesday plummeted 642 points as investors weighed India’s fiscal worries due to soaring crude prices in the wake of growing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. After nosediving 704 points, the 30-share index ended 642.22 points, or 1.73 per cent, lower at 36,481.09. The broader NSE Nifty too settled 185.90 points, or 1.69 per cent, down at 10,817.60. On the Sensex chart, losses were mainly driven by Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, Maruti and SBI — falling as much as 6.19 per cent. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Of the 30 scrips of the BSE gauge, HUL, Asian Paints and Infosys were the three gainers. Investors were spooked by geopolitical uncertainties over the Saudi oil turmoil amid reports that higher oil prices were likely to severely hit economic conditions in India, which imports more than 70 per cent of its oil needs, experts said. The attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia has led to a record surge in global crude prices. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After soaring as much as 20 per cent to USD 71.95 per barrel on Monday, Brent crude futures corrected slightly to trade at USD 67.97 per barrel on Tuesday. Higher import cost of oil could sharply worsen current account position, compress profit margins and raise inflation, a Nomura report said. Tracking the movement in oil prices, the rupee further depreciated by 37 paise (intra-day) to trade at 71.97 per US dollar. Market participants were also on edge awaiting cues from the upcoming trade talks between China and the US as well as a much-anticipated policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, scheduled to begin later in the day. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index and Hang Seng ended significantly lower, while Nikkei and Kospi settled in the green. Stock exchanges in Europe were trading on a mixed note in their respective early sessions.
MACGREGOR, Man. – RCMP in Manitoba have made an arrest in the homicide of a grandmother nearly 10 years ago.Mounties said the historical case unit took a 30-year-old woman into custody in MacGregor, Man., on Wednesday.Charlene Ward, who was 46 and from Portage la Prairie, was killed on Nov. 1, 2007.Ward had worked in a coffee shop, was divorced and had two grown daughters and five grandchildren.One of her daughters found Ward dead in her Portage home three weeks after she had been told by doctors she had beaten cancer.She had been stabbed three times in the neck.“I looked in her room and I (saw) her lying on the floor at the bottom of her bed. And when I looked up, there was blood all along her bed,” Britney Lake said in October 2010 when police made one of several pleas to the public for help.“She was clean and clear. She was just starting to live her life over,” said Cherie Lake, another of Ward’s daughters.Ward’s family believes she put up a fight because they saw bruises on her arms at the funeral home.The unsolved slaying weighed heavily on the family at the time of the 2010 police request for information.“I had nightmares. (I) still go through counselling. I’ll probably have to go for counselling the rest of my life,” said Britney Lake.Police say the investigation into Ward’s death is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the RCMP or Manitoba Crime Stoppers.— With background from CTV Winnipeg
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man has lost his historic bid to become the first Mi’kmaq elected to the provincial legislature.NDP candidate Trevor Sanipass came in a strong third in Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.Before polls closed, Sanipass told The Canadian Press that the excitement around his candidacy extended well beyond his riding, with aboriginal people around the province cheering him on.“Having that (aboriginal) voice really is important, because right now, we’ve never had one,” Sanipass said. “We need more representation at all levels of government.”Sanipass, a 41-year-old member of the Eskasoni First Nation, said he decided to run for office for one of the same reasons he became a correctional officer: The overrepresentation of aboriginal offenders in Canada’s prisons.“I just can’t sit back and not do anything,” said Sanipass, who is also a nationally recognized arm wrestler. “I wanted to be part of whatever change is need.”Sanipass said he campaigned to represent all constituents of his riding, but had he won, he wouldn’t have shied away from aboriginal issues.“If it’s matters reflecting anything with the aboriginal and indigenous communities, I’ll voice my concerns,” said Sanipass. “If it changes the decision-making in some way just by me being there, I’m good with it.”Sanipass said he hoped his campaign would make history for all Nova Scotians, but more than that, he longed for a day when aboriginal politicians won’t be a novelty.He said he hopes other members of the Mi’kmaq community will try their hand at politics.
OTTAWA – Last year’s federal budget unveiled a program to help eligible workers in 12 regions of the country hard hit by a downturn in commodity prices. Three regions were added in May.Here is a breakdown, by region, of the number of claims and how much they have cost as of July 9, the day after eligibility closed.Claims for an extra five weeks of EINewfoundland and Labrador: 48,950Sudbury, Ont.: 3,774Northern Ontario: 21,222Northern Manitoba: 5,958Saskatoon: 5,649Southern Saskatchewan: 6,148Northern Saskatchewan: 8,870Calgary: 27,068Edmonton: 30,261Northern Alberta: 9,707Southern Alberta: 21,602Southern Interior B.C.: 21,161Northern B.C.: 13,579Whitehorse: 774Nunavut: 526Total: 225,249Claims by long-tenured workersNewfoundland and Labrador: 6,078Sudbury, Ont.: 1,322Northern Ontario: 4,864Northern Manitoba: 897Saskatoon: 2,914Southern Saskatchewan: 3,028Northern Saskatchewan: 2,655Calgary: 19,120Edmonton: 19,424Northern Alberta: 4,825Southern Alberta: 15,222Southern Interior B.C.: 7,095Northern B.C.: 4,202Whitehorse: 244Nunavut: 122Total: 92,012Extra Benefits PaidNewfoundland and Labrador: $194.5 millionSudbury, Ont.: $18.2 millionNorthern Ontario: $93.1 millionNorthern Manitoba: $22.8 millionSaskatoon: $34.4 millionSouthern Saskatchewan: $38.2 millionNorthern Saskatchewan: $48.5 millionCalgary: $224.9 millionEdmonton: $230.3 millionNorthern Alberta: $62.1 millionSouthern Alberta: $169 millionSouthern Interior B.C.: $101.1 millionNorthern B.C.: $63.4 millionWhitehorse: $3.6 millionNunavut: $2.4 millionTotal: $1.306 billion(Source: Employment and Social Development Canada)
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s Appeal Court has ruled in favour of a filmmaker whose documentary criticized the Vancouver Aquarium’s practice of keeping beluga whales and dolphins in captivity.It said Wednesday that a lower court judge erred in ordering the filmmaker to remove 15 segments of his documentary that the aquarium claimed could cause the facility irreparable harm.Justice Elizabeth Bennett said a B.C. Supreme Court judge accepted, “without any further analysis,” an affidavit by the aquarium’s chief financial officer and senior vice-president of business who said the derogatory use of copyrighted material could cause harm that would be impossible to calculate or repair.“There was not a shred of evidence in support of that conclusion,” Bennett said in a written ruling, adding the affidavit did not mention any damage pertaining to loss of donations, attendance or other factors.The aquarium filed a lawsuit against filmmaker Gary Charbonneau in March 2016, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract. A month later, it was granted an injunction to remove disputed content from the one-hour documentary called “Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered,” which YouTube refused to remove at the request of the facility.Bennett said aspects of the documentary that are highly critical come from clips of public hearings where aquarium officials have spoken and of their public positions and budgets, juxtaposed with interviews of experts and former and current park board members, “all critical of the aquarium.”“The film is about a public dialogue and debate on the issue of whether cetaceans should be kept in captivity,” said Bennett, who wrote the first part of the decision on behalf of a three-judge panel.Justice Mary E. Saunders said the aquarium failed to establish why the film would cause irreparable harm as she highlighted freedom of expression.“That freedom of expression affects not just the parties to this litigation but also the larger community whose interests are engaged by the application,” she wrote.Charbonneau called the lawsuit a bullying tactic, saying he aimed to expose the truth about the facility’s captivity practices.“It’s a huge win for artists across Canada. It’s a huge win for the poor animals in captivity and it just shows that the bullying from the Vancouver Aquarium is coming to an end.”Charbonneau said he would insert about five minutes of material that he had to edit out of the online film.The aquarium said it is disappointed in the ruling and has not yet decided whether it will move forward with its copyright lawsuit filed in 2016.The facility provides a safe haven for marine mammals, including rescued whales and dolphins, it said in the statement.However, Charbonneau said in 50 years, the aquarium has only rescued one false killer whale and three porpoises, two of which died there, while one was released.“They’ve never rescued a single orca. They’ve never rescued a single beluga. They’ve never rescued a single dolphin,” he said. “The dolphins that they’re claiming are under their rescue and rehabilitation program they bought from Japan. They’re buying dolphins that do tricks. There’s no rescue or rehabilitation.”An aquarium spokeswoman said no one from the facility was available for an interview about its programs, but that a Pacific white-sided dolphin has been rescued.The aquarium argued Charbonneau used copyrighted material from its website and blog without permission, but the written decision did not mention its use as such, focusing instead on the charter right to freedom of expression.Animal Justice, along with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, were interveners in the case.Monique Pongracic-Speier, a lawyer representing the civil liberties association, said the decision recognized freedom of expression requires the most stringent protection when a court is considering whether to grant an injunction pending a trial.The Vancouver Park Board voted in May to stop new whales, dolphins and porpoises being brought to city parks. The aquarium’s false killer whale, a harbour porpoise and a Pacific white-sided dolphin will be allowed to stay at the facility in Stanley Park, but they can’t be used in shows.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version attributed comments to Justice Mary E. Saunders in para 6
OTTAWA – When it comes to politics, Justin Trudeau has demonstrated repeatedly that he’s not his father’s son — and he’ll do it again today when he offers an official apology for members of the military and federal public servants whose careers were destroyed due to their sexual orientation.Today’s apology marks the second time in a less than a week and the third time since becoming prime minister that Trudeau has apologized on behalf of the government for a historic injustice — something his father, Pierre, steadfastly refused to do.“Certainly, a number of people have highlighted, and I have this reflection as well, that my father might have had a different perspective on it than I do,” Trudeau acknowledged during a social policy conference Monday at the University of Toronto.Trudeau, a gregarious people-person, has remarked before on the difference between his approach to politics and that of his aloof, cerebral father. And he offered that as an explanation for their different approaches to attempting to right historic wrongs.“He came at it as an academic, as a constitutionalist. I come at it as a teacher, as someone who’s worked a lot in communities,” he said.Back in 1984, Pierre Trudeau rebuffed pressure to apologize and compensate Japanese Canadians who were interned and stripped of their property during the Second World War. He questioned how his government could apologize for an event 40 years earlier in which it had not been involved.“I do not think the purpose of a government is to right the past. It cannot rewrite history. It is our purpose to be just in our time,” he told the House of Commons.Moreover, once a government starts down that path, he warned there’d be no end of apologies and compensation demanded.“I’m not sure where we would stop in compensating. I know we’d have to go back a great length of time in our history and look at all the injustices.”His Conservative successor, Brian Mulroney, eventually apologized in 1988 for the internment of Japanese Canadians. But that didn’t exactly open the floodgates, as Trudeau senior had feared.Since then, there have been five more official apologies: for the execution of Canadian soldiers during the First World War, for the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants, for the harm done to Indigenous Peoples from the residential school system, for turning away shipload of immigrants from India in 1914 and, last week, a separate apology for residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador, who were left out of the earlier apology.In addition to today’s recognition of the harm done by state-ordered discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Canadians, Trudeau has also signalled that he’ll apologize for the government’s decision in 1939 to turn away a ship full of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.“The apologies for things past are important to make sure that we actually understand and know and share and don’t repeat those mistakes,” he said Monday.“But apologies are also really important to be able to move forward in a healing way, that acknowledges the very real intergenerational impacts or impacts on an individual, around mental health, around self worth, around how you fit in to your community.”Like his enthusiasm for taking part in gay pride parades, Trudeau said today’s apology is important for LGBTQ Canadians who still face “so much discrimination.” But it’s also useful, he added to “remind everyone else that we do have to change mindsets.”Jordan Stanger-Ross, a University of Victoria historian who is heading up a national research project on the dispossession of Japanese Canadians’ property, suggests on this issue at least Trudeau has chosen a better approach than his intellectual father.In his work, Stanger-Ross said he’s seen the “long-lasting impact” that the push for redress and the ultimate apology had for Japanese Canadians.The apology “helped rebuild Japanese Canadians’ faith in the country as being a place that would respect their citizenship.” And the movement to compel the government to offer redress helped reconnect and unify Japanese Canadians as a community, after being forcibly dispersed during the 1940s.For other Canadians, Stanger-Ross said the apology raised public consciousness about the treatment of Japanese Canadians, an episode that continues to provide a useful reminder of what can happen when national security concerns are allowed to trump civil liberties.“These stories of the past animate our society today,” he said.If an apology is treated as “a call to action rather than a moment of closure,” he said, “then they can contribute to a Canadian society that deals more justly with both those historical questions and our own present challenges.”In addition to today’s apology, Trudeau’s government has agreed to compensate members of the military and public servants who were investigated, sanctioned and sometimes fired as part of the so-called “gay purge.” It is also introducing today legislation to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners.
TORONTO – Toronto police say musician Ethan Kath, the producer and songwriter for the band Crystal Castles, is being investigated by the Sex Crimes Unit.Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says she can’t share any further information about the investigation, aside from the fact that it is ongoing, to protect the accusers’ privacy.Legal counsel for Kath, whose birth name is Claudio Palmieri, said in a written statement that Kath never “engaged in acts with anyone under the age of consent.”Shane Bernard says in the statement that the accusers are spreading lies “motivated by their own self interest and financial gain.”Kath’s former bandmate Alice Glass posted a lengthy online message to fans in October, alleging she was abused by him, though police wouldn’t confirm whether it was related to the investigation.She wrote on her website that Kath abused her dating back to when she was 15 and he was 25.She alleges he was manipulative and controlling during a relationship that included non-consensual sex and physical and emotional abuse.Glass says she was inspired to post the statement based on “the many courageous women” who have recently spoken out about their experiences with being abused.“Leaving Crystal Castles was the single most difficult decision I’ve ever made — that band was everything to me. My music, my performances and my fans were all I had in the world. I gave that up and started over not because I wanted to but because I had to,” Glass wrote.“As difficult as it was, I knew that leaving was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It has taken me years to recover from enduring almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control. I am still recovering.”
VANCOUVER – As many as four people have been infected with cholera in British Columbia, in what health officials are calling an extremely rare case.Dr. Shannon Waters, a medical health officer with Island Health, said the individuals likely contracted the illness after eating herring eggs harvested on the coast of Vancouver Island.Testing is still under way to determine the exact strain of the bacterial infection, she said.“This is unique. We have not seen this before in B.C.,” Waters said.Symptoms of cholera include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that can lead to extreme dehydration.Cholera may be passed person-to-person, but is usually contracted from bacteria in food or water sources infected with fecal matter, Waters said.There have been a few cases in the United States, where people contracted the illness from eating raw or undercooked shellfish from the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Centers for Disease Control.“These illnesses have been associated with herring egg consumption. Herring egg harvest is typically, on Vancouver Island, a First Nations harvest,” Waters said. “The spawn had just happened earlier this month. People had harvested and were distributing between family, friends, communities.”Island Health and the First Nations Health Authority are asking people in the area to wash their hands thoroughly, report to a doctor if they feel any symptoms and contact them if anyone has stored herring eggs.Waters said health authorities don’t know exactly where the illness is coming from, but it could be a symptom of the changing marine environment.“Our oceans are a valued resource for food, travel, recreation and they’re under pressures from sewage, from boat traffic and from rising temperatures. Our health is connected to the oceans and I think this is a sign of that,” Waters said.She said at least one stool sample tested positive for the bacteria and less than five people are believed infected, but she could not give specific numbers for privacy reasons.Cholera killed at least 20,000 people in Canada in the 1800s, but the disease has largely been eradicated in this country.The Ontario Ministry of Health says an average of one case per year is reported in that province, but all of those individuals were exposed to cholera in a country where the disease is endemic.The disease is most common in places with inadequate water treatment, poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene.More than 100,000 people die from cholera around the world each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.
PRESCOTT, Ont. – A Chinese tourist, who was among 24 people injured when a bus drove off the highway in eastern Ontario on Monday, has died, provincial police said.The 54-year-old man was pronounced dead in hospital, officers said Tuesday morning. Four other passengers are still in critical, life-threatening condition in hospital.The tour bus carrying 37 people — the driver, a guide and 35 Chinese tourists — was between the communities of Brockville and Prescott when it went off Highway 401 and hit a rock formation by the side of the road.OPP are still investigating what led to the crash, Const. Suzanne Runciman said.“It’s going to take some time to investigate,” Runciman added. “There’s lots of witnesses to talk to and … there’s mechanical things they need to took into so it’s going to take some time before we can tell you the cause.”Officials from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, about 100 km north of the crash site, have visited injured passengers in hospital and have been in touch with their families, spokesperson Yang Yundong said in a written statement.Chinese diplomats in Canada have “made clear that the travel agency involved should shoulder its responsibility and properly take care of such matters as medical treatment and compensation for the Chinese tourists,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a press conference Tuesday, a transcript of which was posted to the embassy’s website.“The Foreign Ministry and our diplomatic missions in Canada will continue to follow the development of the accident and work with relevant departments to make proper followup arrangements,” Chunying added.A manager at the Massachusetts-based Union Tour Express company said Monday he was aware one of their buses was involved in the collision but could not provide any further information about the incident.Ontario Provincial Police will not release the name of the deceased passenger until his family has been notified, though the man’s loved ones can also request not to have his identity made public, Runciman said.
WINNIPEG – Ontario’s minister responsible for immigration has demanded an apology from federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen for saying the province is promoting fear about asylum seekers.“Maybe the minister should sit down and have a nice cup of tea, calm down a little bit and maybe phone me and apologize for calling me unCanadian,” Lisa MacLeod said Friday.Federal, provincial and territorial ministers were meeting in Winnipeg to discuss immigration issues when Hussen was asked about Ontario Premier Doug Ford demanding that federal government pay millions to provide supports for asylum seekers.Ford has said the federal government is ushering people across the border and asylum seekers, whom he calls “illegal border crossers,” have caused a housing crisis in Ontario.Hussen said the new premier’s messaging is irresponsible.“It’s divisive. It’s fear-mongering and it’s not Canadian. It’s very dangerous,” Hussen said.“Ontario sadly has chosen the language of fear. They’ve chosen to intentionally use language that could potentially criminalize asylum seekers in the minds of Canadians.”He added that housing issues are a shared responsibility and it’s unfortunate “Ontario has chosen to step away from the table.”MacLeod said she thought the minister was acting mean-spirited towards her personally.“His answer was directed at me to try and intimidate me,” she said. “And I will not be intimidated.”Earlier in the day, MacLeod walked out of the meeting after a testy exchange with the minister. She did not sign onto the meeting’s communique.Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan’s minister responsible for immigration, also refused to sign. In a statement, Harrison said the government of Saskatchewan expects Ottawa to handle the bill for asylum seekers.Ontario would still like to work in partnership with the federal government, MacLeod said, but she said the province’s concerns aren’t being heard.Toronto is facing $90 million in social assistance costs and $75 million in shelter costs related to asylum seekers, MacLeod said. Ottawa has promised $11 million to help.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel accused Hussen of denigrating rhetoric and name-calling. The federal Conservatives have called for an emergency meeting of the citizenship and immigration committee.
SURREY, B.C. – A Surrey woman says she wants to help educate the public about racism after a member of her townhouse complex’s staff requested her family show ID when they were using the pool.Guerda Henry, who is black, said she believes the incident was an episode of racial profiling, adding it was not the first time she had experienced it at the complex.She said she felt compelled to take a public stand because her family was there to witness it this time.“My kids were involved, and this is a place that I bought so my kids could enjoy (it),” she said. “I felt harassed, I felt ambushed. It was not necessary.”Henry said she was devastated when the resident who had asked staff to check her ID returned and questioned a 12-year-old family friend — after the staff member had already confirmed their residency.The resident and staff member could have handled the situation with more politeness and understanding, she said. Other neighbours in the complex who did not know the family have approached them affably in the past.Instead, she said they expressed concern that her family should not be using the pool, Henry said.“Come on, who approaches people like that?” said Henry.When she moved to Surrey from the Bahamas five years ago, Henry said she knew full well the “waters (she’d) be swimming in” as a visible minority in British Columbia. She said she wasn’t surprised by the actions of the staff member, but was still “incredibly disappointed” by Thursday’s occurrence.Henry would like a formal, written apology from the strata association, which operates the housing complex, she said.Neither the Brookland strata association nor its management company, Leonis Management, immediately responded to requests for comment.— By Spencer Harwood in Vancouver
OTTAWA — Newly released documents show a focus on small projects bogged down the first phase of the Liberal governments new infrastructure program.An internal analysis obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law, shows 32 departments handed out $14.4 billion in the first phase of the program.Almost one-third of the projects needed less than $100,000 in federal support but required the same detailed reviews as much bigger projects which delayed construction and the flow of federal cash.The government has been criticized for the slower-than-anticipated pace of infrastructure dollars leaving the federal treasury.The Liberals argue tracking federal spending can be misleading because funds only flow once receipts are filed, which causes a lag between when work occurs and money is paid out.A spokeswoman says Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is able to approve projects worth up to $50 million, putting the vast majority of projects under the minister’s authority and reducing timelines for approvals.The Canadian Press
In today’s Big Story podcast, Alberta’s disdain for Trudeaus runs pretty deep. In part two of our Lay of the Land series, we visit the Tory stronghold and examine the electoral landscape. The province wasn’t a total loss for Trudeau and his Liberals in 2015, but they could easily be completely shut out here this fall.What’s at the root of Alberta’s anger at the federal government? How much of that is their fault? And if Andrew Scheer can’t knock off a few Liberals in the suburbs this time, what does that say about the national vote?GUEST: Jason Markusoff, Alberta correspondent for Maclean’sYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
CALGARY — Canadian Utilities Ltd. says seven Indigenous communities have accepted its invitation to take a 40 per cent interest in a power transmission line between Edmonton and Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.The Calgary-based utility company and its partner Quanta Services Inc. announced in June they had signed a deal to sell Alberta PowerLine for about $300 million and the assumption of $1.4 billion of debt to a consortium including TD Greystone Asset Management.As part of the sale, Indigenous communities along the transmission line route were given the chance to buy up to a 40 per cent combined equity interest, with the final ownership mix based on acceptance.The Indigenous communities that are investing in the line are the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Bigstone Cree Nation, Gunn Metis Local 55, Mikisew Cree First Nation (by way of the Mikisew Group of Companies), Paul First Nation, Sawridge First Nation and Sucker Creek First Nation.Canadian Utilities and Quanta won a bid to build the 508-kilometre transmission line in 2014 that began operation in March. Canadian Utilities will remain as the operator of the line over its 35-year contract with the province’s Alberta Electric System Operator.The agreement is the latest move by Indigenous communities to take energy infrastructure equity. In 2017, the Mikisew Cree and Fort McKay First Nations closed a deal to buy a 49 per cent interest in an oilsands tank farm near Fort McMurray for $503 million from Suncor Energy Inc.“Throughout the project, we developed an exceptional relationship with the teams at Quanta and implemented a comprehensive Indigenous contracting strategy totalling $85 million, which allowed us to complete this state-of-the-art project ahead of schedule and on budget,” said Siegfried Kiefer, Canadian Utilities CEO.“Now, we are pleased to provide Indigenous communities with the opportunity to make a long-term investment in critical energy infrastructure that will provide them a stable source of income for years to come.”The Canadian Press
A new charity auction is giving you the chance to travel to France and meet Janet Jackson.Travel with a guest to Cannes in the south of France, on May 21, 2013, during the world renowned Film Festival, and join Janet Jackson as her guest at a private, exclusive, VIP event benefiting amfAR on May 23rd.This Package includes a photograph with Miss Jackson at the VIP event, two business class Delta Airlines tickets, ground transfers to and from the airport, and four nights at the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes- Juan les Pins or at a comparable property. (Travel dates and times to be confirmed and coordinated by Miss Jackson’s personal travel agent).What’s Included for you and a guest: – Meet and Greet with Janet Jackson – Two event tickets to amfAR event on May 23, 2013 – Photograph with Miss Jackson – Business class Delta Airlines tickets – Ground transportation to an from the airport – Four nights at the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes- Juan les Pins (single room, double occupancy)The auction benefits the Providence Educational Foundation an organization that seeks to serve and advance students of all races, genders, socio-economic levels, faiths and those with no faith through extraordinary academics and Christian education throughout our nation and around our world. The Providence Educational Foundation respects the rich diversity of the communities it serves. The mission of the Providence Educational Foundation is to support the development of innovative, high-quality, Christian education that facilitates intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Learn more by visiting providenceeducationalfoundation.org.To access the auction, which ends March 17, click here.
Temperatures in the U.S. are at record lows, but that didn’t stop PETA’s “Lettuce Ladies” from dressing only in strategically placed lettuce leaves this week to kick off Russell Simmons’ new PETA campaign on The Tide, the light-rail system in Norfolk, Va.Russell Simmons PETA AdThe ads – which are also on display on Metro buses in Washington, D.C. – encourage anyone who is tempted to get healthy, help animals, or “go green” in 2014 to “get on board — go vegan!”PETA and Russell Simmons are setting out to counter the fast-food industry’s constant marketing to urban areas. “I grew up in Hollis, Queens and always make it my job to never forget where I came from,” Simmons says. “I am particularly saddened that in poor urban communities the cheapest, most accessible food is fast food, which is also the most likely to increase the risk of developing various diseases and illnesses.” Fortunately, delicious and affordable vegetarian meals such as veggie burgers are available everywhere, from supermarkets to chains such as Denny’s and Burger King.On average, vegans and vegetarians are significantly leaner than meat-eaters are, and the consumption of meat and other animal-derived products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Vegan meals are also an excellent choice for people who get digestive problems from cow’s milk, a condition affecting 70 percent of African-Americans.For more information, visit PETA.org.Source:PETA
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce the 2014 national winners of the 39th Annual Gracie Awards.The awards will be presented at a black-tie Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Local market, public, digital and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 11, 2014 in New York. For a list of winners, click here.In preparation for the awards Gala, Gracie Award statues are being engraved for such accomplished women such as Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), and in recognition of such dynamic programming and talent as ABC’s Scandal, CBS News’s 60 Minutes, SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Julia Cunningham, Warner Horizon Television/NBC’s The Voice, TBS/Cougar Town’s Christa Miller, OWN’s Oprah’s Lifeclass, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, HBO’s Veep and BBC America/Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany — representing a broad cross-section of outstanding actors, reporters, stories and programs.The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.“The Gracie Awards recognize women who have created inspiring, intelligent and innovative media,” said 2014 AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s signature event is a wonderful celebration of the important contributions women make to all areas of the media industry.”The Gracies are presented by the AWM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.Supporting the Gracies is synonymous with supporting women’s achievements in all facets of media and entertainment. Reserve your table and demonstrate your commitment to the AWM Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity. Sponsored tables are available ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. For more information, please contact AWMF at (703) 506-3290.For more information about the 2014 Gracies, please click here. For the most up-to-date, insider information, follow the Gracie Awards on Twitter @thegracies.
Here’s your chance to do pilates with Kate Hudson or yoga with Jessica Alba.The stars have donated once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to join them as part of an online auction benefiting the CAA Foundation to benefit Communities in Schools and DonorsChoose.org.The winner of Kate’s Pilates auction will also get an outfit from her Fabletics line, while Jessica’s yoga session winner will get a year’s supply of Zico Coconut Water.Also going under the hammer in the auction are a meet-and-greet with Muse lunch with Halle Berry, a film class with James Franco, shopping with Kate Upton, lunch with Nick Jonas, the chance to meet Ne-Yo, and the opportunity to share meals with Robert Downey Jr, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, James Caan, Zendaya, Whoopi Goldberg and more.To access all of the auctions, visit CharityBuzz.com here.