Bengaluru: Amid coalition worries, the Congress, a partner in the ruling alliance in Karnataka, has convened a meeting of its legislature party on Wednesday to discuss the current political developments in the state.The meeting comes in the backdrop of the rout of the Congress-JD(S) alliance in the Lok Sabha polls and simmering discontent within the party. CLP leader Siddaramaiah,in a letter to party legislators, including members of the legislative council, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, said the meeting would be held at a hotel here on May 29 at 6 PM to Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCdiscuss the current political developments. “All MLAs should be present at the meeting without fail and give valuable suggestions,” it said, adding that Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Pradesh Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao, among others, would be present. In its worst ever electoral performance in Karnataka, Congress won just one out of 21 seats it contested in the Lok Sabha polls, while JD(S) too won just one out of the seven seats it had fought. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsReflecting the coalition’s sorry state, several stalwarts including former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, veteran Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K H Muniyappa among others were defeated. The alliance’s humiliating defeat in the LS polls, which saw BJP winning 25 of the 28 seats, is widely expected to have a bearing on the stability of the Kumaraswamy government. As voices emerged in the Congress to end the alliance, blaming the JDS partnership for their disastrous performance, Kumaraswamy had offered to resign, following which the cabinet met on Friday and reposed its “faith and confidence” in his leadership, asserting that the coalition would continue. The CLP meeting also comes in the wake of simmering discontent within the party, with party MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who has been hobnobbing with the BJP for some time, even threatening to resign along with a few MLAs after the LS polls.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will impose 15 per cent penalty if the house owners do not clear all property tax arrears by September 30.The decision was taken at the monthly meeting of the civic body held recently. The civic body had sent several notices to the defaulters requesting them to clear the dues at the earliest. But, the move failed to yield results. Now, the civic authorities will sent the notices asking the property owners to clear the arrears by September 30 failing which 15 per cent penalty will be imposed. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe development work carried out by the civic body is badly hit because of paucity of funds and collection of house tax arrears worth several crores of rupees will help to tide over this problem. Because of court cases, the civic body could not collect property tax properly for many years. Now, as the legal wrangle is over the civic authorities will launch drives to collect property tax dues. The money collected from tax dues will be spent to maintain the infrastructure as well as implementation of the new schemes. The civic authorities have also decided that from now onwards like property tax, the people will get birth and death certificates and trade license fees. The building plans will be given on line and training has been imparted to the employees for smooth implementation of the scheme.
Colombo: A total of 176 children have lost either one or both of their parents during the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people, a media report quoted the head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church as saying. A total of 7 suicide bombers carried out a series blasts that targeted three churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on April 21. The attacks injured 500 people. One hundred and seventy six children have lost either both or one of their parents in the bombings that took place on April 21. The church is focusing on these groups to help them recover and return to normalcy,” Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror on Monday. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London He made these comments on his visit to Rome last week. He said the church will not concentrate on the renovation of churches damaged in the blasts as the government has undertaken that task. The blasts targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. The Lankan government announced that all the damaged churches will be completely repaired by the government. He said that during his visit, he briefed Pope Francis about what happened and what the church was doing to rebuild the lives of those affected by the carnage. I provided the Pope with DVDs on the Easter Sunday attacks, the Cardinal said.
Mumbai: Actor Ishaan Khatter is in awe of his elder brother Shahid Kapoor whom he describes as a shining example and finds it baffling how the “Kabir Singh” actor was able to play the most complex, lost and damaged characters with such perfection. Ishaan on Wednesday shared a few photographs of Shahid from “Kabir Singh” on Instagram. He captioned an image: “As happy as can be for my big brother today who’s always been a shining example of a human being for me. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Not a doubt in the world that you deserve the smashing success but it continues to baffle me how you were able to play one of the most complex, lost and damaged characters with such perfection while returning home to being the most centred, loving and responsible family man I know.” The “Dhadak” actor thanked Shahid for “knocking” him out with his performance in the film. “Thank you for showing me what it means to be a responsible son, father, husband and brother always, and for knocking me out with your performance in and as ‘Kabir Singh’.” “Kabir Singh” narrates the story of Kabir (Shahid), a young final year medical student who falls in love with Preeti (Kiara Advani), his junior in college. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde, the film is a T-Series and Cine1 Studios presentation.
An exhibition of photographs on Iran – architecture, people and landscapes by Dr Aziz Mahdi, will be organised at India International Centre. The exhibition titled ‘Rowzaneh: Iran Through my Lens’, will be on display at the Annexe Art Gallery, IIC from July 24 – 30. When: July 24 – 30 Where: India International Centre Timings: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
New Delhi: The crisis-ridden IL&FS Group has either laid off or separated 43 per cent employees as a cost cutting measure since its new board was appointed in October last year. In its fifth progress report on the group’s resolution process and the way forward, submitted to the Mumbai-bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), the company said that the measure has helped reduce its wage bill by nearly 47 per cent. “The manpower optimisation initiatives which have been implemented across the group have cumulatively resulted in head count decrease of 43 per cent between October 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, leading to a saving of nearly 47 per cent in the annualised wage bill,” it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs per the fourth progress report submitted earlier to the tribunal, the new board headed by Uday Kotak had conceptualised manpower optimisation measures for the infrastructure lending major in two phases. “Phase-I contemplates on initiatives on salary rationalisation of employees, separation of superannuated consultants, and phase-II initiatives include talent restructuring, amalgamation of roles and responsibilities etc,” said the affidavit quoting the fourth report. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs per the fourth report, phase-I of “manpower optimisation” measures have been completed for four verticals of the group. The latest progress report says that the board has identified redundant roles and functions in respect of eight more verticals or entities, including IL&FS, ITNL, IFIN, IL&FS Energy Development Company and IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd (IECCL). “The approach used for rationalisation of manpower in these entities involved undertaking an assessment of viability and continuation of projects being undertaken by these business verticals,” said the fifth progress report. In the case of IECCL, the manpower on the rolls of the company has reduced by 57 per cent from October 2018 to June 2019, leading to a reduction of the wage bill by 58 per cent. Apart from the manpower on the rolls, cost of contract staff at IECCL has reduced by 90 during the period, the report added. The IL&FS board has also started the Phase-II of the initiative in the four entities which have completed the first phase.
Dehradun: At least eight people were feared dead and several others injured on Sunday as cloudbursts triggered heavy rains at various places in Uttarakhand, officials said. Cloudbursts in Mori block of Uttarkashi district wreaked havoc in several villages flattening several houses in Arakot, Makuri and Tikochi villages. Eight people are reported to have gone missing in these incidents so far, the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) here said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A woman was also washed away in Dehradun district when her car fell into a seasonal river, they said. State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) teams have been rushed to the affected areas but rescue operations are being hampered by incessant rains, the SEOC said. Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan is monitoring the situation while senior administrative and police officials have left for the rain-hit villages. Chardham Yatra routes are also blocked by debris of landslides at various points affecting the yatra partially, the SEOC said. The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway was blocked at Lambagad and Tangri, the Kedarnath highway at Banswada and Jamu Nursery, Gangotri NH at Harshil, Badeti and Helgugad and Yamunotri Highway at Dabarkot, they said. Landslide on the Kailash-Mansarovar route has also affected the pilgrimage with devotees being moved to safer places, the SEOC said.
Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met his mother Heeraben in Gandhinagar on the occasion of his 69th birthday. Earlier in the day, Modi, who arrived in Gujarat late on Monday, inaugurated the Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav, celebrating the overflowing of the Sardar Sarovar dam. After that event, Modi reached his mother’s residence and had food with her. TV visuals showed the PM paying obeisance with folded hands to his mother, who was seen blessing her now world-famous son. Modi was to meet his mother early on Tuesday before the Sardar Sarovar event but the schedule was changed.
OUTER COVE, N.L. – Residents of a small eastern Newfoundland town are breathing a little easier after the rotting remains of a massive humpback whale were finally removed from their shoreline.John Kennedy, mayor of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, said Thursday that equipment lifted the whale’s floppy carcass from the water and into a waiting dump truck that took it to a landfill in Sunnyside for disposal.“I am very pleased that this is finally over,” he said in an email. “The whale was removed last night around 8 p.m. following a 12-hour operation to net it and remove it from the water.”Kennedy said the dead whale washed in on May 22 and had been hemmed in near the shore of Outer Cove by a slab of ice, preventing it from floating back out to sea and fouling the air around the picturesque cove.Kennedy said the 20,000-pound animal is estimated to have died a month before its unwelcome arrival in his town. Spectators flocked to see the approximately six-week-old decomposing humpback, with one person putting his dog on the carcass for a photo.A local lab conducted recent testing on the beach in the area, and found no harmful pathogens outside the norm.Federal Fisheries Department boats helped in the removal of the large whale, which Kennedy said earlier had been stalled by bureaucratic red tape. Kennedy complained that it had taken days of wrangling to arrange for the disposal of the partially submerged corpse.Federal agencies resisted taking responsibility for the bloated mess, he said, adding that the town of 20,000 people doesn’t have to resources to get rid of the remains on its own.The carcass had washed over the beach, giving it an oily sheen, Kennedy said earlier, forcing him to consider declaring a state of emergency due to health concerns.
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Thousands of people who rushed out of their homes as a wildfire neared Williams Lake are being allowed to return to the Interior British Columbia city, but with a warning that they could be forced to leave again.Mayor Walt Cobb said he couldn’t be happier an evacuation order that went into effect on July 15 was being lifted on Thursday.“The wildfires near our community are not 100 per cent contained and due to the changing weather conditions an evacuation could happen,” he said. “So welcome home and please be as orderly in your return as you were during the evacuation.”Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said winds that risked making the fires more aggressive didn’t end up having that effect, but as the conditions persist, concerns remain.Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond said that while an evacuation order for Williams Lake and 10 surrounding areas was being lifted, residents of five other areas could still not return home due to ongoing wildfire dangers.Richmond said the returning evacuees should keep their belongings packed because they may have to leave at a moment’s notice if another evacuation order is issued.“People need to consider, particularly those in rural areas, that the areas have been profoundly affected by wildfire. The services you used to rely on may be limited for some time,” he saidRichmond said people headed home should bring back basic necessities such as food and prescription medications to last them for up to a week.Hospital and ambulance services as well as grocery stores and gas stations were being re-established in co-ordination with local and First Nations governments and agencies including the Red Cross, he said.North and south routes into Williams Lake along Highway 97 reopened on Thursday as the regional district urged residents to watch for livestock and wildlife on roads around Williams Lake because many fences were burned in the area.Mounties and Armed Forces personnel were to be stationed at checkpoints but the RCMP warned residents to be prepared for significant delays on main routes.A so-called resiliency centre was also established in Williams Lake so returning residents could connect with social assistance and insurance agencies as well as the SPCA and mental health and counselling services.The regional district recommended homeowners and land owners work with an insurance agency that could assess dangerous trees through a qualified arborist.Hot and dry conditions saw 14 new fires Wednesday including one east of Kamloops that led the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to declare a local state of emergency and issue two evacuation orders covering about 60 properties.BC Wildfire Service information officer Max Birkner said the fire near Monte Lake grew dramatically but as of Thursday mapped at around 1.5 square kilometres in size.Birkner couldn’t confirm if any structures had been lost.With no rain expected to bring reprieve in the coming days, RCMP are reminding the public to adhere to fire bans and other restrictions meant to prevent the situation from worsening.Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said two people were rescued from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park South on Tuesday despite restrictions to accessing the backcountry.She said crews also had to put out a campfire the hikers had made the previous evening and transport them out of the area by helicopter.“It’s really unfortunate these hikers’ blatant disregard of park closures resulted in the diversion of valuable resources and assets, mainly people and a helicopter, which would have otherwise been used in fire suppression efforts,” Linteau said.She said the hikers were issued two fines totalling $1,233 and reminds the public that anyone convicted of causing a wildfire can be liable for the cost of damages, face up to $100,000 in fines and a year in prison.– By Camille Bains and Linda Givetash in Vancouver
OTTAWA – Civil service unions vowed Wednesday to hold the Trudeau government’s feet to the fire after the Liberals pledged in their latest budget to replace the troubled Phoenix pay system with a “next-generation” compensation system that works.Federal employees rallied in at least a dozen cities across the country to mark the second anniversary of the disastrous launch of Phoenix.Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced a federal budget that included plans to spend $16 million over two years exploring options for building a new pay system while eventually scrapping the IBM-built Phoenix program.The system is clearly not delivering as it was supposed to, Morneau said Wednesday in a post-budget event at the Economic Club of Ottawa.“What we’ve said over the long term is that we need to find a new approach — a new approach that works.”While many workers said they were encouraged that the pay system will be replaced, their unions were determined not to let their guard down until the government delivers on its pledge.“I see this as a glimmer of hope in a long two years of constant stress and financial worry for our members,” said Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, at a rally in Ottawa.“We need a pay system that works, and we have the people to build it,” Daviau said, pointing to the government’s benefit distribution system, the NetFile tax filing system and border control systems as prime examples of what her members can do.“These are the same professionals who designed and built virtually every important computer system that the government relies on.”The Phoenix pay system has been a nightmare for tens of thousands of civil servants since it was formally launched two years ago.Fixing the problem, which has left many government employees underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all, is expected to cost upwards of at least $1 billion, with estimates that the final tally could go much higher.Tuesday’s federal budget also provided indications that it could take more than two years to develop, test and ultimately launch a new pay system.The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which organized the rallies, said it’s still concerned that the Trudeau government didn’t provide an exemption to ensure that employees who were overpaid don’t have to return the gross total of those overpayments.PSAC said its members complied with government instructions to report overpayments by mid-January or risk having to pay back more money than was deposited into their bank accounts. But thousands of civil servants could still be forced to pay back the gross overpayment amounts because of the government’s inability to process their reports, the union said.Too little, too late. That’s what I think about the budget,” said PSAC president Robyn Benson.The government has agreed to consider changing tax laws for the 2018 tax year to allow public servants who were overpaid to repay the net amount, rather than the gross amount.The budget allocates an additional $431 million over six years to address problems created by Phoenix, plus the $16 million to begin the process of finding a replacement, on top of the $460 million already committed to both implement the pay system and resolve subsequent problems.And the Canada Revenue Agency will get $5.5 million to conduct income tax reassessments for individuals affected by Phoenix.But the costs are likely to escalate under a government pledge to also work with the unions on compensating employees for mental and emotional stress caused by the Phoenix foulups.The opposition New Democrats had introduced a motion calling on the government to both compensate and apologize to civil servants, but that motion was defeated Wednesday in the Commons by a margin of 159-135.When it was approved in 2015 by the previous Conservative government, officials said the Phoenix pay system would save taxpayers about $70 million annually by streamlining and consolidating pay systems across dozens of departments and agencies.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitter
MONTREAL – When Quebec’s state-run cannabis outlets open Wednesday morning, they will offer some 110 products — from containers of pre-rolled Tsunami brand joints to small vials of cannabis oil.But in a set-up closer to a pharmacy than a wine boutique, customers will have to wait to be served by a clerk who keeps products behind a counter. And they will not be allowed into the shop until they pass an ID check to prove they are of legal age.Media were invited Tuesday to tour a Montreal outlet of the Quebec Cannabis Corp., the subsidiary of the provincial liquor corporation that has exclusive control over sales in the province.The store features a long wall of shelves stocked with cannabis, all behind a counter and out of the customer’s reach.From the outside, the only indication of what is for sale is a discreet Quebec Cannabis Corp. logo.In a statement, the Quebec Cannabis Corp. said the stores reflect its mission “to make all the information accessible without encouraging consumption.”It describes the shopping experience in clinical terms. When customers first pass through the door, they enter “the reception zone,” where ID is verified to make sure they are 18 or over. No one under 18 will be allowed in, even if they are accompanying a parent.Those of legal age then pass into the sales room — “the advice zone” — where “information and advisory services are offered from a health and education perspective.”A sample pamphlet distributed Tuesday informs customers they have a choice between different strains of cannabis, varying strengths and different formats — dried buds, ground, pre-rolled, oil, oral spray and pills. Products are classified according to their aromas, including citrus, diesel, skunk, earthy and cheese.“It’s a historic day, a real first,” said Alain Brunet, project manager for the crown corporation. “The first G7 country to legalize cannabis coast-to-coast, and the second country in the world, after Uruguay.”He said his organization’s mission is “to convert the black market into a legal market. It is really a social mission that we are giving ourselves.”Quebec has priced products starting at $5.25 a gram, taxes included. In addition to the 12 stores opening across the province, the corporation will begin offering online sales Wednesday. Deliveries will be made by Canada Post, which will be instructed to verify the age of recipients.
OTTAWA — The federal government is signing a new accord with the Native Women’s Association of Canada to ensure the organization can fully participate in efforts to improve Indigenous health, housing and education.Francyne Joe, president of the association, says the accord will ensure the voices of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people will be heard by policy-makers developing programs, services and laws.She says that for too long the voices of Indigenous matriarchs, knowledge-keepers and water-carriers have been left out of discussions directly affecting their communities and nations.Joe says the accord, which is being signed today, is an important step towards reconciliation and healing.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says she believes policies are only good if the people affected by them are involved in setting them.Bennett says that’s why it’s important that Indigenous women will be part of policy-making.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — A Quebec man convicted of killing another driver and injuring two teenagers while texting at the wheel has been sentenced to four years in prison.Martin Carrieres, 39, had exchanged more than 30 text messages while driving on a poorly lit road in March 2012.Noting that campaigns against texting while driving are not sinking in, Quebec court judge Maria Albanese said she wanted her sentence “to send a clear message to the public.”The accused was found guilty in April 2018 of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He was sentenced on Jan. 14.Carrieres was driving at night in Quebec’s Laurentians region when his vehicle crossed into the opposing lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The other vehicle was driven by a man returning from a hockey practice with his 13-year-old son and his son’s friend.The other driver died at the scene, and after the crash, a first responder took Carrieres’ cell phone and gave it to police.An analysis of the cellular data showed that Carrieres exchanged 34 text messages while driving between 9:18 p.m. and 9:58 p.m., which the judge said explains the accident.“The analysis of the messages shows that the accused reads them as soon as they are received, because he responds quickly,” Albanese said. “In addition, the exchange he has with his spouse is emotional and acrimonious.”Carrieres initially told his spouse he was going to his mother’s house that night, but she learned that he was in fact meeting a female friend. That put her “in a bad mood” and triggered a string of text messages between Carrieres and the two women, the judge said.She emphasized that appropriate sentencing is a delicate exercise. In this case, she concluded that the accused repeatedly broke the law by texting at the wheel. He was entirely responsible for the accident, she said, calling his actions “flagrant negligence.”She did note that Carrieres had no previous criminal record, is well-liked and expressed remorse that she found to be sincere.“The court is well aware that no matter what sentence is imposed, it will never reflect the pain of the victims,” Albanese said. “The compensation, if there is any, is minimal for them.”Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press
Four stories in the news for Thursday, March 21———BRONCOS FAMILIES AWAIT SENTENCING FOR TRUCK DRIVERFamily members forever changed by the Humboldt Broncos hockey bus crash are speaking out before Friday’s sentencing of the truck driver who caused the collision. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving. The Crown is asking for 10 years and the defence anywhere from one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years. Sixteen people died in the crash, including the son of former NHL player Chris Joseph. He says there aren’t any number of years that would make him happy, but he wants the sentence to be tough enough so a similar crash doesn’t happen again. Michelle Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed, says it’s got to be more than a slap on the wrist.———MPS CONTINUE ALL-NIGHT VOTING MARATHON Members of Parliament are continuing their marathon voting session as opposition parties protest the Trudeau government’s efforts to shut down any further investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair. The Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegation that she was improperly pressured to drop a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. That set the stage for a Conservative-sponsored filibuster Wednesday night, requiring 257 separate votes on items in the government’s spending estimates. Since any vote involving government spending is automatically considered a confidence vote, Liberals were required to be out in force to avoid potential defeat of the government.———TRANS WOMAN HOPES FUNDING CUT WILL SEND MESSAGEA transgender woman whose discrimination case against a Vancouver rape crisis centre was dismissed by the courts says she hopes a funding cut by the city will help change the shelter’s policies. Kimberly Nixon filed a human rights complaint against Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in 1995 after she was refused training to work as a volunteer peer counsellor because she did not share the same life experience as someone born female. The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal awarded $75,000 against Rape Relief, but that was overturned by the courts. The City of Vancouver gives Rape Relief almost $34,000 in a grant every year, but it has decided to stop that funding as of next year, saying the centre is not meeting transgender inclusion criteria.———QUEBEC BUDGET TO BE TABLED TODAYAfter five months in power, Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec government will lay out its true priorities today as it tables its first budget. Legault has raised expectations with expensive promises since his party won the Oct. 1 provincial election, and he insists all the commitments will be respected. He has promised to put money back in taxpayers’ wallets, reducing the fiscal burden by $1.7 billion over five years while maintaining services to the public. Finance Minister Eric Girard has a comfortable cushion to work with, having inherited a surplus from the outgoing Liberal government that is pegged at $1.7 billion.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland testifies before the Senate foreign affairs committee on the new North America free trade agreement and Brexit.— Canada’s unions release a report on the impacts of Islamophobia in the workplace.— Statistics Canada releases January figures for wholesale trade, employment insurance, investment in building construction, and travel between Canada and other countries.The Canadian Press
CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut — RCMP officers in Nunavut had to jump into action this week when a child who was on a daycare outing fell into a crevice.Mounties say a boy vanished Monday during an afternoon of sledding on a popular hill about seven kilometres outside Cambridge Bay, and was found minutes later in a snow crack three to 4 1/2 metres deep.An off-duty officer who was with the group called for backup as the preschooler was too far down to reach.Three other officers arrived, but an attempt to lower one of them into the crevice failed.Everyone started digging and, after several attempts, two officers were able to crawl in head first and pull the child to safety.The boy, who had been in the crevice for about half an hour, was cold but not injured.“One of the members was talking to the child throughout,” Cpl. Dmitri Malakhov, media liaison for the RCMP in Nunavut, said when reached by phone Friday.“The child was obviously upset and crying, but luckily he was unhurt.”Cambridge Bay is a community on the southeast corner of Victoria Island in the Arctic archipelago. It is a popular stop for passenger and research vessels traversing the Northwest Passage.The Canadian Press
Five stories in the news for Wednesday, June 26———CHINA SEEKS SUSPENSION OF CANADIAN MEATThe Chinese Embassy said Tuesday it has asked Canada to suspend all meat exports, a surprise move that comes amid the diplomatic dispute over the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. The latest Chinese move comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to depart Wednesday for a G20 leaders’ summit in Japan, where he is expected to rely on U.S. President Donald Trump to raise the plight of two detained Canadians during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The embassy said in a statement to The Canadian Press on Tuesday that this latest move follows Chinese customs inspectors’ detection of residue from a restricted feed additive, called ractopamine, in a batch of Canadian pork products. The additive has permitted uses in Canada but is banned in China.———PM LEANS ON TRUMP TO HELP DETAINED CANADIANSPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving for a major international summit in Japan this morning, hoping to make progress, or at least find allies, in a multi-front dispute with China. The G20 leaders’ summit in Osaka comes at a critical moment for Trudeau, months ahead of the October election and as Canada continues to push for the release of two Canadians in China’s custody — Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. China detained the two, a former diplomat and an entrepreneur, days after Canada arrested Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant in December. Trudeau will lean on the power and influence of the mercurial Donald Trump to raise the issue of two detained Canadians during a one-on-one meeting with China’s president Xi Jinping.———SASKATCHEWAN POLICE CHALLENGED BY HUMAN TRAFFICKINGFor years, Beatrice Wallace blamed herself. Not only did she feel shame and guilt, but the 46-year-old Regina mother kept it hidden. Her “dirty little secret,” as she calls it, was working the streets — first forced there by men when she was 14. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are getting renewed attention in Canada following the release of the final report from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. It calls for an effective response to deal with human trafficking and details how Indigenous women are targets, often coming from vulnerable situations such as growing up in foster care. That was the case for Wallace, who is Indigenous and the daughter of a residential school survivor. Adopted into a middle-class home when she was four, she says there was abuse.———‘SOME BALONEY’ IN CLAIMS ON NEW FOI REGIMEFederal cabinet ministers were patting themselves on the back last week after Bill C-58 received royal assent. The bill updates Ottawa’s oft-criticized access-to-information regime, which the Liberals had promised during the last election to strengthen. The bill faced heavy criticism during the two years it took to wend its way through Parliament. One of the beefs was that the Liberals did not fulfil their promise to expand the act to include ministers’ offices. The government said it needed to balance transparency with parliamentary privilege. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says the changes announced will enhance the transparency and accountability of Canadian democratic institutions by ensuring that Canadians can easily view the most often requested documents without having to file an access to information request. Spoiler alert: Gould’s remark earns a rating of “some baloney.”———PEA-BASED PANTS MAY BE YOGAWEAR’S NEXT FRONTIERLululemon Athletica Inc. wants customers to have more pea in their yoga pants. The athleisure retailer presented the idea at Protein Industries Canada’s (PIC) pitch day Monday in a talk titled: Clothing the World with Crops, according to a photo of a PowerPoint slide. Lululemon’s pitch focused on using byproducts from pea processing as inputs for new clothing materials, said Bill Greuel, chief executive of PIC, a not-for-profit industry association that is one of the federal government’s five supercluster initiatives. Its goal is to create business opportunities, collaborate and invest in projects that could transform Canada’s agriculture and food processing industries, according to its website.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The public is invited to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2 RCR) Change of Command on June 26th at Government House in Fredericton.— International Trade Minister Jim Carr delivers remarks and takes part in a panel talk with Galit Baram, Israel’s Consul General in Toronto, regarding the modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.— Toronto Uber drivers and their union, UFCW Canada, discuss the union drive at Uber and what it means for the drivers, Uber, and the gig economy.— Trial of Red Deer RCMP Const. Jason Tress on one count of sexual assault with a weapon and one count of breach of trust. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was under detention and in custody at the Red Deer RCMP detachment on May 1, 2016.———The Canadian Press
A diverse group of musicians, actors, athletes, artists and the nation’s top creative talents are joining the #GivingTuesday movement to help inspire the first national day dedicated to giving coinciding with the Holiday season.Instead of focusing solely on sales and shopping, these celebrities are supporting some of the country’s most innovative charities, volunteer organizations, global campaigns and community groups as they “get out the give” this November 27. With more than 2,000 partner organizations in all 50 states, there are many ways these men and women are building awareness and support for issues ranging from Hurricane Sandy relief to children’s education to women’s health to aid for veterans…and myriad causes in between. A few examples of some of the top stars who are supporting their favorite charities include:• Charlize Theron and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) are teaming up with the Center for Living Peace to raise funds for CTAOP’s mission to keep African youth safe from HIV. Every donation made to CTAOP on #GivingTuesday will be matched by the Center for Living Peace (up to $10,000). • Grammy Award winning band, Linkin Park, and Music for Relief are premiering a new video cut to one of their song to help tell the story of energy poverty and are asking their fans to be a part of the solution. The band is asking fans to share the video with friends and to make a donation as a unique holiday gift to friends and family this season to provide clean energy solutions for people who have no access to electricity. • Marie Osmond, co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is the face of the charity’s new holiday fundraising program: GiveMiracles.org. Marie will be talking up #GivingTuesday during a number of confirmed media interviews promoting the Donny and Marie Christmas Show on Monday, November 26. She’ll explain how for as little as $10 or as much as $12 million, #GivingTuesday do-gooders can choose the perfect pediatric gift for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital on GiveMiracles.org. • Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers point guard is urging fans and friends of the Steve Nash Foundation, which helps children to access critical health and education resources, to support the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign this #GivingTuesday. • Victoria Justice will announce a GirlRaiser challenge for Girl Up on Social Media and via a Huffington Post Impact blog that will run on November 21. This GirlRaiser will have a goal of raising $20,000 for Girl Up in order to provide girls abroad with the tools they need to go to school, be healthy, stay safe, and become leaders. To further incentivize participation, a new single and music video “Girl Up,” will be released when the goal is met. • Susan Sarandon will be featured by MSN on its Causes page on Nov. 27, #GivingTuesday, as part of her support for Heifer International. The Q&A with the Academy Award-winning actress delves into her reasons for giving to Heifer International, as well as her own gift-giving traditions. MSN Causes enables easy ways to give and shares inspiring stories about people who have changed the world through their generosity. • Penelope Cruz and La Tienda’s Campaign For Spain are raising much needed funds for the Federation of Spanish Food Banks. The organization is asking everyone to be a part of #GivingTuesday and remember those in need. • Oxfam America will be enlisting the help of a few key celebrity ambassadors to promote #GivingTuesday and Oxfam’s gift-giving program, Oxfam Unwrapped. Actors Kristin Davis, Djimon Hounsou, and Minnie Driver, among others, will be spreading the word about #GivingTuesday by sharing the message of “You are what you give.” • Entertainment giant WWE, which recently formed an alliance with Nothing But Nets to smackdown malaria in Africa, will be tweeting about #GivingTuesday across its Twitter channels. WWE’s social media platforms reach more than 115 million fans and followers worldwide. • Ethan Zohn, winner of CBS’s Survivor: Africa and co-host of ABC’s Everyday Health will be supporting the #GivingTuesday campaign of Grassroot Soccer, the organization he helped co-found. Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer, the world’s most popular sport, to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people and communities against HIV and AIDS. Zohn helped found the organization in 2002 after playing professional soccer in Zimbabwe and seeing firsthand the devastating effects of the disease. For #GivingTuesday, Zohn will be using the power of social media to promote a one-day special donation blitz on behalf of the organization. • Kevin Bacon, Ryan Reynolds, Cee Lo Green, Danny DeVito, and other celebrities are teaming up to make the Celebrity Bookends famous. A random set of bookends are traveling the world to meet famous people and do famous things in an attempt to give them enough celebrity status to help benefit schoolchildren in Guatemala. Along with the awareness that celebrity icons can garner for their cause, these Celebrity Bookends and their team will attempt to monetize their someday celebrity status and be sold for one million dollars for #GivingTuesday partner Cooperative for Education. • Toni Collette partnered with Concern Worldwide U.S. in a campaign to make hunger history. The campaign, Concern for Hunger, asks people to support Concern’s work to treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries. You can watch Toni Collette’s PSA against hunger here. Toni Collette has contributed an exclusive blog on the fight against hunger and a call to action for #GivingTuesday and the holiday season to the Huffington Post. It might also be worth noting that Toni Collette is part of the all-star cast of Hitchcock, which is set to release on November 23. • Mike Farrell, the actor and longtime human rights activist, is supporting Just Detention International’s Words of Hope holiday campaign, which will launch on #GivingTuesday. Now in its third year, Words of Hope invites people to reach out directly to some of the most marginalized and forgotten people in our society: survivors of prisoner rape. Mike Farrell will himself send a card to a survivor behind bars and will lend his name and voice to encourage others to do so as well. • Andres Levin, American/Venezuelan Grammy Winner, composer, producer and philanthropist, joins Arcangeles as an Ambassador for our cause spreading the word on empowering vulnerable communities, especially those living with a disability. Levin, along with his Non Profit ‘Music Has No Enemies’, will usher the entertainment industry toward the widespread promotion of philanthropy and the importance of giving to communities living in conditions of exclusion. • Award-winning actor of stage and screen Joe Mantegna has been a longtime advocate for U.S servicemen and women, veterans and his Italian heritage. This is one reason he has supported the good work of the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) for many years. The SIF raises money for cultural preservation programs and veteran’s/wounded warrior organizations, among other causes. Active year-round lending support to causes that are dear to him, Joe will tweet for the Sons of Italy Foundation on #GivingTuesday, encouraging charitable giving among his many followers.For a complete list of #GivingTuesday partners, please visit www.givingtuesday.org.Source:PR Newswire
Escrow.com, the pioneer of online escrow services, is pleased to announce that they will be selling an autographed bass guitar signed by all three members of the band Rush.All of the funds from the sale of the autographed guitar will benefit The Fender Music Foundation, a national music charity.The black Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is listed for sale on Reverb.com through January 28, 2013, and will be on display at the Fender Music Foundation table within the private NAMM Show in Anaheim. Once the bass is sold, Escrow.com will waive all fees to the winner and the Foundation as the funds are paid through Escrow.com’s escrow system.Andrew K. Sokol, General Manager of Emerging Markets at Escrow.com, also sits on the Board of The Fender Music Foundation as the Chairman of the Grants Committee. “I’ve been involved with the Foundation for many years and obtaining support from corporate entities is paramount to our success in providing musical instruments to music education programs across the country,” said Sokol.Escrow.com’s services are available worldwide and eliminate risk for manufacturers, for non-payment, and retailers, for non-delivery or misrepresentation of goods. When using the service, both parties agree to the terms online and the retailer sends the agreed-upon funds to Escrow.com. The company then verifies the payment and instructs the manufacturer to ship the goods. Upon delivery, the retailer has a pre-determined amount of time to inspect and accept the goods. Once accepted, the funds are released by Escrow.com to the manufacturer. The cost of using Escrow.com is extremely reasonable in comparison to other payment options and can either be paid in full by one party or split evenly between the manufacturer and the retailer.“This is yet another organization we are passionate about” says Brandon Abbey, Escrow.com President and Managing Director. “We just recently co-sponsored a golf tournament and raised $120,000 for the Semper Fi Fund and Americas Funds. When Andrew approached me with the idea to sell this bass to benefit The Fender Music Foundation, it simply fit right into our model of wanting to help others.”The Fender Music Foundation is a public 501c3 charity that provides musical instruments to programs across the nation. They select grant recipients based on the sustainability and success of their music programs that give more people the opportunity to make music. The Fender Music Foundation offers operates from funds received through sales, including transactions on their online store where the public can purchase authentic celebrity music memorabilia.“Escrow.com has gone out of their way to support our efforts in music education,” said Moriah Scoble, Executive Director of The Fender Music Foundation. “Projects with generous companies like Escrow.com will certainly go a long way in helping us achieve our goal of donating 15,000 instruments this year.”Reverb.com is also stepping up their participation by agreeing to donate an additional 10% of the sales price to the Foundation. Reverb.com, created by the Chicago Music Exchange, leads the industry on the buying and selling of vintage and used instruments.“The Fender Music Foundation is an important organization and we are glad to support their efforts,” said David Kalt, CEO of the Chicago Music Exchange. “We look forward to doing similar sales like this in the very near future.”NAMM attendees can view the guitar at The Fender Music Foundation table within Fender’s NAMM booth, #300, at the Anaheim Convention Center. This annual, trade-only music product trade show supports the $17 billion global music products industry.To purchase or make an offer on the Rush autographed bass, click here.Source:PRWeb.com
Earlier this week, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a charity event in aid of the endangered Asian elephant at Clarence House.The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall host a reception for the Elephant FamilyScores of guests attended the garden party and masked ball in ornate, colourful creations.The Prince and Duchess were presented with heraldic masks to wear, The Prince’s with a silver elephant on it and The Duchess’s with a tiger.The event was held to raise money for the Elephant Family, a charity co-founded by The Duchess’s brother, the conservationist and writer Mark Shand, 62.Since its launch in 2002, the charity has invested more than £6 million in conservation projects across Asia, working to secure elephant and wildlife habitats and highlighting the animals’ plight.The Prince is a keen supporter of conservation and in May this year along with his son The Duke of Cambridge, hosted an End Wildlife Crime summit at St James’s Palace.Guests at the Elephant Family event included supermodel Cara Delevigne and her sister Poppy, also a model, as well as the painter Jack Vettriano who was auctioning off a work, Jerry Hall, Imran Khan, Jools Holland, racing legend Jackie Stewart and the actor Rupert Everett. Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uk