Leeds: Celebrating his illustrious career, the ICC has paid tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, applauding the World Cup winning captain for changing “the face of Indian cricket”. Dhoni, who has won all cricketing accolades including captaining India to triumph at the 2011 ODI World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy, will turn 38 on Sunday. The ICC posted a video celebrating the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman’s achievements. “A name that changed the face of Indian cricket. A name inspiring millions across the globe. A name with an undeniable legacy, MS Dhoni — not just a name! #CWC19 | #TeamIndia,” ICC wrote on its official Twitter handle. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherIn the video, skipper Virat Kohli and ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah are seen talking about the calming influence of Dhoni. “What you see from the outside is very different from how things happen within a person. He’s always calm and composed, there’s so much to learn from him. He was my captain and he will always be my captain. Our understanding has always been brilliant. I am always up for listening to his advice,” Kohli said. “When I came to the team in 2016, he was the captain. He’s a calming influence on the team and he’s always there to help,” Bumrah said. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenEngland’s all-rounder Ben Stokes was lavish in his praise and said no one will ever be as good as Dhoni. Stokes shared the same dressing room with Dhoni during their sting at the IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants. “One of the greats of the game, phenomenal wicket-keeper. I don’t think anyone will be as good as him,” Stokes said. England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler joined in the praise, calling himself a huge fan of Dhoni. Buttler said Dhoni has been his idol growing up. “Obviously a fellow wicket-keeper, he has been my idol growing up. Mr Cool, I love his persona on the field, he has got lightning fast hands behind the stumps, he looks very calm when he bats. He is a huge ambassador for the game and I am a huge MS Dhoni fan.”
Lahore/Islamabad: At least 16 passengers were killed and more than 80 others injured on Thursday when an express train rammed into a stationery freight train in Pakistan’s Punjab province, officials said. The Quetta-bound Akbar Express collided with the stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of the province, Dawn quoted officials as saying. The freight train was on the loop line when the speeding passenger train instead of running on the main line entered the wrong track. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”Sixteen people have been killed and over 80 others injured in the collision between two trains,” according to a police official. All passengers, onboard the train headed to Quetta, have been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan, Jamil Ahmed Jamil said. He said that heavy machinery was being used to rescue passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangAuthorities said the Pakistan Army was also taking part in the rescue efforts. The engine of the Akbar Express was completely destroyed in the accident while three compartments were also damaged, police said. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo news reported. A child and a man have been rescued from the train, the report said. Officials say they fear more casualties in the accident. Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi have expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the train accident. In a tweet, Prime Minister Khan said he has asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards.
New Delhi: Following the directions of Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, the senior officers in city police conducted surprise inspections in police stations. Police sources said that multiple shortcomings including laxity in proper record-keeping were noticed. Police sources told Millennium Post that during the recent meeting at Delhi Police headquarters, the top cop reviewed the feedback of surprise inspections. “More than 15 inspections were conducted by Joint Commissioner of Police (ranges and units). The DCsP conducted over 80 surprise checks,” sources said adding that Additional DCsP were also involved in over 80 checks. “In one of the police stations duty officer was not found alert, some columns of the register was not properly maintained by duty officer,” sources added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdding further, sources said that in some stations cleanliness were not up to the mark. Vehicles were also parked haphazardly. Laxity like PFO, not sensitzed were also reported. Sources said that the senior officers can propose action against SHOs, ATOs and other personnel regarding the shortcomings. Police sources further said that the meeting was held in July at police headquarters headed by the police chief. In the meeting the top cop directed other officials that at least two surprise checks of police stations should be conducted by district DCsP and one should be conducted by Joint Commissioner of Police (ranges) in their respective jurisdiction in every week and report of the same should be sent to SO to CP through concerned Special CP (Law and Order).
NEW DELHI: The Bhim Army has threatened a mass movement against the Narendra Modi government if their top leaders, Chandrashekhar and Vinay Ratan, were not released immediately. Chandrashekhar and the other Bhim Army leaders were arrested on August 21 in Delhi while protesting against the demolition of the Sant Ravidas temple.The Bhim Army’s Bareilly unit in-charge, Ajay Pradhan, said that they would take to the streets across western Uttar Pradesh if their leaders were not released immediately and denied permission to reconstruct the temple. Agitated Bhim Army workers met the Additional District Magistrate (City), Mahendra Kumar Singh, and handed over a memorandum addressed to Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. Pradhan claimed that the Modi government was shielding behind the Supreme Court order and trying to hurt the image of their gods and goddesses. The latest move of demolishing the temple shows the Centre’s apathy towards the Dalit community, he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DDA had demolished the temple at Tughlaqabad on August 10 following a Supreme Court order. A large group of Dalit activists then went on a rampage on August 21 and at least 80 cars were damaged during the ensuing melee. After the incident, the Delhi Police arrested more than 80 people, including Chandrashekhar. The apex court had stated that any attempt to politicize its order will be viewed as “contempt of court”. However, the matter has taken a political turn with various opposition parties voicing support for the protesters. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 22 tweeted: “We are shocked that the Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi was demolished and understand his supporters’ anguish, as the Guru had himself visited and stayed there. We have great respect for Sant Ravidas. The shrine symbolizes the Dalits’ struggle for their rights and must be rebuilt.”
Lucknow/Mirzapur (UP): The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said it would examine the FIR against the journalist who recorded a video of schoolchildren being served salt and roti as midday meal last month, amid growing resentment over the case against him.”Action has been initiated against all those found prima facie guilty in the entire matter,” state government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said. “As far as the FIR is concerned, we are getting it examined.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The energy minister was responding to questions in Lucknow after a briefing of the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The video of students of being served salt and roti in their midday meal at a government-run primary school in Mirzapur district had gone viral on social media on August 22, triggering widespread outrage and leading to the suspension of two teachers. The police had lodged a case on Monday against journalist Pawan Kumar Jaiswal and a representative of a village head, Rajkumar Pal, for allegedly conspiring and deliberately recording the Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kvideo in a well-planned manner to malign the state government. Jaiswal and Pal have been booked under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharging duty), 193 (false evidence) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, the police had said. In Mirzapur, media persons held a protest at the district collectorate on Tuesday over lodging of the first information report (FIR). A delegation of around 25 reporters also met Vindhyachal Divisional Commissioner Anand Kumar Singh and demanded that the case against the journalist be withdrawn. “We want that the entire episode be investigated. The divisional commissioner said he will seek a report in this regard from the district magistrate and act accordingly,” Mirzapur Press Club secretary Ajay Shankar Gupta said. Meanwhile, when confronted by reporters, District Magistrate Anurag Patel said it was not the way to report the salt-roti incident, adding that the reporter, who works in the print media, could have taken a photograph instead of recording the video.
Kolkata: In a unique session, the senior citizens of Snehodiya interacted with the students of a well-known school as a part of the Grandparents’ Day programme.Snehodiya is a new age co-living space for the senior citizens. It is the only of its kind in the state managed by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( Hidco). Debashis Sen, chairman of Hidco was present at the function. The freewheeling session had the students and the elderly people participating in an adda session. The senior citizens shared their childhood stories. They sang songs and recited from poems. The students also interacted with their newly found grandparents with enthusiasm. The schoolchildren gave present to the elders who in return gave story books to them. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany school throughout the country have introduced grandparents’ day when the students are asked to bring their grandparents to school. The students take part in functions to celebrate the occasion. Hidco is carrying out several activities at Swapno Bhor, the only state run senior citizen’s institution. Swapno Bhor has its own auditorium where the senior citizens often take part in cultural activities. Recently a chorus group comprising members of Swapno Bhor has been set up. There is a library at Swapno Bhor. Recently, the members took part in indoor games competition. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all the police stations to bring more people under Pranam, a scheme meant for the senior citizens who are infirm or stay alone. She visits Nabaneer, an old age home in South Kolkata, every year and the residents are invited to attend the Kali Puja at her residence. It is for the first time the residents of Snehodiya will organise Durga Puja. The members will take part in functions that will be held in the evening. Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission will inaugurate the puja.
MONTREAL – An elementary school says more than 60 students have cut one another or themselves with sharpening blades in an Atikamekw First Nations community in Quebec.The Seskitin primary school in Wemotaci announced on its Facebook page Friday it learned on Thursday about the incidents.Wemotaci is located about 400 kilometres north of Montreal.The Facebook post says certain students encouraged others to use blades to cut themselves and their peers in what the school called a group phenomenon.Seskitin school says the students involved were of various ages.The police and representatives from the community’s social services department said no one was immediately able to give further details.Band leaders could not be reached for comment.The school said the cutting occurred for the most off school grounds, but added that some students used the blades in class and in the schoolyard.
VANCOUVER – There will be no new whales, dolphins or porpoises kept at the Vancouver Aquarium in the future if the city’s park board approves changes to its cetaceans bylaw on Monday.It’s a move the aquarium says would hinder their marine mammal rescue efforts and muddle an expansion plan that is already underway.The debate over whether the aquarium should house cetaceans was sparked after two belugas died suddenly last fall due to an unidentified toxin.“It was a time for us to reflect what to do moving forward,” said Michael Wiebe, park board chair.In March, the park board directed staff to amend the current bylaw to ban the importation and display of live cetaceans in the city’s parks.The existing bylaw already limits how the aquarium can acquire cetaceans, preventing healthy animals in the wild from being captured. Animals that are injured or in need of rehabilitation are the exception, and were not required to be released back into the wild after treatment.The amendments, however, would prevent any new cetaceans including rescues from being held at the aquarium.Three cetaceans currently housed at the aquarium would be given an exception and be allowed to stay. The animals could still be kept on display, but an amendment would prevent the use of the animals in shows or performances.The Vancouver Aquarium president said the ban would prevent the future rescue of whales and dolphins, and injured or distressed cetaceans could be euthanized.“If you can’t provide a long-term home for them someplace then likely they can’t be rescued,” John Nightingale said.The loss of cetaceans at the aquarium would also hurt Canadian researchers who rely on the facility, and will otherwise have to look south of the border to do work with whales and dolphins in captivity, he said.The aquarium already announced in February that it would phase out its cetacean program by 2029. But it intended on bringing in five more belugas in the interim once it opened a new Canada’s Arctic exhibit currently being developed.Nightingale questions the board’s timing on the proposed ban to speed up the deadline voluntarily set by the aquarium.“Is there something we’re doing when we keep them in our care that is absolutely antithetical to their needs and the way they’ve evolved and as far as we can tell from behaviour and medical testing, the answer is no,” he said.But Wiebe said the board has listened to the aquarium, other marine scientists and the public, and sees no reason to delay the inevitable.He said the marine mammal rescue program is not at risk with the ban nor is research being hindered. Tanks for the new exhibit were also designed to be adaptable for other animals, so they could be used once the whale program was phased out.The aquarium hasn’t rescued a single cetacean in two years, Wiebe said, and other animals more commonly rescued will not be effected by the bylaw.He added that scientists have reported cetaceans are best treated for injuries in their natural habitat, a practice the aquarium already carries out for orcas.The data captured from cetaceans in aquariums isn’t necessary any more either, Wiebe said, and partnerships can otherwise be made at American facilities.Still, Wiebe said he understands that the aquarium is trying to protect their current operations from politicians and that the issue is very emotional for people on all sides.“It’s been a really tough experience for us because it’s not a black and white subject,” he said. “If it was outside the park board land we wouldn’t be dealing with it.”But after looking at more than 20,000 emails, holding public consultations and meeting with experts, Wiebe said he believes commissioners will allow the amendment to go ahead.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.
Seven stories in the news for Wednesday, June 28———FEDS CONFIDENT OF SOFTWOOD VICTORYNew U.S. anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood announced this week were lower than expected and that has Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr hoping Washington is finally accepting that Canada isn’t subsidizing the industry. The U.S. boosted the import duties on Canadian softwood in the belief the industry is selling wood in the U.S. at rates lower than in Canada. Canada says there are no subsidies at all.———TRUDEAU: LIBERALS INHERITED $18B DEFICITPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal government has been keeping its promise to be fiscally responsible and blames the previous Conservative administration for being at least partly responsible for higher-than-expected deficits. He says the Liberals have remained consistent with their election promise to add about $10 billion in new spending for 2016-17, their first full year in office. But Trudeau argues that the Liberals had to deal with a baseline deficit of $18 billion after coming to power.———JURY TO GET FINAL INSTRUCTIONS IN ALBERTA MURDER TRIALThe fate of an man charged with killing a father, his toddler and a senior in Alberta is expected to be handed to a jury today. Derek Saretzky, 24, faces three counts of first-degree murder in the 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech five days earlier. Saretzky has pleaded not guilty to all charges.———TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR SARETZKY JURY: ADVOCATEThe Alberta jury in the Derek Saretzky triple murder trial has a difficult road ahead even after they finish their deliberations, says a former juror who suffered PTSD from his time in the jury box. Mark Farrant, who spent five months at a 2014 murder trial in Toronto and was later diagnosed with PTSD, is now an advocate for the need to provide counselling for jurors hearing horrific cases. Farrant says the Saretzky jurors have been bombarded with horrific images and it takes a toll every day.———MONTREAL SUSPECT IN U.S. AIRPORT STABBING BACK IN COURTA Montreal man accused of stabbing an airport police officer in Flint, Michigan, returns to court today to learn if he’ll remain in custody. But Amor Ftouhi, 49, is unlikely to be granted bond because of the serious charges and the fact he resides outside the U.S. Ftouhi is charged with committing violence at an airport by stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck a week ago. Neville was released from a hospital Monday.———CANCER-DETECTING PROBE AIDS TUMOUR REMOVAL: STUDYCanadian researchers have developed a fibre-optic probe that can detect errant cancer cells within healthy tissue during brain tumour surgery with close to 100 per cent accuracy and sensitivity. The hand-held, pen-like instrument, known as a Raman spectroscopy probe, is able to differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells. The research is published in the journal Cancer Research.———CHIEF’S ‘LAMENT FOR CONFEDERATION’ REMEMBEREDAs Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, Chief Dan George’s family and friends are urging Canadians to reflect on his moving and visionary speech, “A Lament for Confederation.” The acclaimed actor and former Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief delivered the address at Canada’s centennial celebration in Vancouver on July 1st, 1967. The speech forcefully critiques Canada’s treatment of indigenous people and calls on First Nations to “seize the white man’s instruments of success” to rise again.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will provide an update on their response to the opioid crisis.— Italian President Sergio Mattarella will meet with Prime Minister Trudeau in Ottawa before visiting Montreal.— B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong will deliver his 2016-17 fiscal update.— The team representing Canada in this year’s Invictus Games will be announced in Toronto.— Canadian singer Michael Buble will be honoured at a ceremony by Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall.— Ken Pagan, who tossed a beer can towards a Baltimore outfielder during a Blue Jays playoff game in 2016, will be sentenced.
Four women and their nursing infants have become the poster children for a northern Ontario community’s campaign to reduce the stigma around breastfeeding in public.The Porcupine Health Unit in Timmins, Ont., launched a campaign this week that will have life-size metal cut-outs of the local women nursing their children displayed around the city.The initiative is to remind people that breastfeeding is healthy and natural, and that women shouldn’t be discouraged from nursing in public spaces, health unit nurse Meagan Potvin said.“I think there is some misinformation about nursing in general,” Potvin said. “(Some) have that belief that if a mother is nursing her baby, then we see it all, and that really is not the case. If a mother is comfortable and nursing, she is fully protected by law.”About 80 per cent of women in the Timmins area start breastfeeding after giving birth, Potvin said, but that number starts to decline after a few months partly because of fear of being asked to cover up.“This campaign wasn’t necessarily just to push the idea of breastfeeding, but to make sure all mothers feel supported and that they have the information to make the best decision for their families when it comes to feeding their infant — whether that be breast milk, formula or both,” she said.As part of the campaign, the cut-outs are being placed in front of public places such as restaurants, retailers and government buildings.Potvin said the campaign so far has received plenty of local support, with businesses signing up to display the cut-outs and promote themselves as breastfeeding-friendly spaces.Nancy Lebrun, who works at Jorie’s Fine Clothing, said the downtown shop has always allowed mothers to breastfeed inside, so it was fitting that it take part in the campaign.She said the business will get its cut-out later this month, but so far there has only been positive reaction from people in the community.“Nobody was really fazed by it,” Lebrun said. “It was something that was accepted, and ‘maybe it’s about time’ is the response that a lot of people had.”Kate Durst, one of the four women lending her image to the campaign, said she has also mostly received positive feedback.But the 42-year-old mother of two added there were some comments online that criticized her about breastfeeding her two-year-old son.“I try not to let opinions sway my decision on a personal level,” said Durst, who owns a gym in the city. “I have to respect them, I just don’t share the same opinions.”Durst said she was selected for the campaign because of her decision to breastfeed her son until the age of three. She also said health officials wanted women who represented different demographics, so a young mother and indigenous women were also chosen.Durst said the campaign marked her first professional photoshoot, even though she had plenty of opportunities in the past as an amateur body builder.“I think that this has so much more meaning to me,” she said. “Feeding my child is something I do every day.”The Porcupine Health Unit said the cut-outs will stay in Timmins for the summer, but the plan is to eventually move them to smaller towns in the region.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said the cut-outs are made of cardboard.
MONTREAL – Pro- and anti- immigration protesters faced off in duelling rallies Saturday.Members of the right-wing group Storm Alliance announced a series of rallies outside border crossing points and government buildings to protest what they call the destructive policies of Justin Trudeau’s government.In turn, many pro-refugee organizations have announced their own gatherings to counter Storm Alliance’s message, which they say is hostile to immigrants and refugees.In Quebec, about 200 members of Storm Alliance traded insults across a police line with a group of pro-refugee protesters outside the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border station.Authorities announced the border crossing, which has been a processing point for thousands of refugee claimants who have walked across the Canada-U.S. border in recent months, was temporarily closed on Saturday.Other gatherings were planned in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia.In Ottawa there were some scuffles between protesters but no reports of arrests.
WHITEHORSE – The legal age for the consumption of recreational marijuana would be set at 19 in Yukon under proposals released Monday by the territory’s government.The policy also includes limiting possession to 30 grams and allowing four plants to be grown per household.The public has until Dec. 20 to comment on the proposed framework for regulating recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next year.The proposed rules would limit distribution and sales to government outlets, but would allow for the later development of private retail operations.The framework separates the sale of alcohol and marijuana, and also provides for government-run pot sales online.Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario have released plans for how they intend to regulate marijuana.Yukon Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee describes the policy as a starting point and says the first government-run outlet will open in July.“It will provided for legal, controlled access to cannabis that displaces illegal or criminal activity,” McPhee says.“It will prioritize public health, safety and harm reduction, with a focus on protecting youth from the negative health effects.”The federal government will legalize recreational marijuana by July 1.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Nov. 27———POSTMEDIA AND TORSTAR CLOSING PAPERS: The federal government is coming under fresh pressure to find solutions for Canada’s ailing newspaper industry amid word that dozens of community and daily newspapers across the country will soon close their doors. Torstar Corp. and Postmedia Network Inc. announced Monday they will cut nearly 300 jobs when they shutter more than 30 newspapers, most of them in Ontario. Postmedia announced it will cut 244 jobs as it plans to shutter 21 of the 22 community newspaper properties it is acquiring from Torstar as well as the Metro Winnipeg and Metro Ottawa free dailies. Torstar’s Metroland Media Group Ltd., meanwhile, said it will close three of the seven daily newspapers in Ontario it’s buying from Postmedia as well as all eight community newspapers it’s purchased, resulting in the loss of 46 jobs. Torstar said one job will disappear as it buys and closes the free dailies 24Hours Toronto and 24Hours Vancouver. Canadian union leader Jerry Dias called the closures “devastating” and urged federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly to take action to protect print journalism. Joly unveiled a cultural strategy in September that was criticized by industry experts for lacking expected measures that could have given a boost to Canada’s struggling newspapers.———PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT HAS SPECIAL RESONANCE FOR TORONTO: Her future home is on the grounds of Kensington Palace, but Meghan Markle’s recent years have reportedly been spent living on a quiet, tree-lined street in Toronto with her two rescue dogs, Bogart and Guy. Markle, whose engagement to Prince Harry was announced Monday, is best known for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane on the hit TV show “Suits,” which is filmed in Toronto. The 36-year-old TV star’s relocation north to Canada was a bit of an adjustment for the California native, who grew up around L.A. with her mother and father, a successful lighting director in Hollywood. “Seven Canadian winters!” she told Vanity Fair about her time filming in Toronto. “A long time for someone who grew up in Southern California.” Excitement over the much-anticipated announcement had a special resonance in Toronto, where the celebrity couple officially unveiled their romance this spring. The couple — rumoured to be dating for months and stalked by paparazzi on both sides of the ocean — appeared at the Invictus Games in the Canadian city in late September, as Harry presided over the multi-sport event for wounded military personnel and veterans.———$100 MILLION TO GO TO FEDERAL ‘GAY PURGE’ VICTIMS: The Trudeau government has earmarked more than $100 million to compensate members of the military and other federal agencies whose careers were sidelined or ended due to their sexual orientation, The Canadian Press has learned. The money will be paid out as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement to employees who were investigated, sanctioned and sometimes fired as part of the so-called gay purge. An agreement in principle in the court action emerged Friday, just days before the government delivers a sweeping apology for discrimination over several decades against members of the LGBTQ community. Details of the agreement must still be worked out by the parties and approved by the Federal Court, but it’s expected that several thousand people will be eligible for the financial compensation. As part of the apology, the federal government is also putting $250,000 toward LGBTQ community projects to combat homophobia and provide support for people in crisis.———WOMAN VICIOUSLY ATTACK IN 2014 DIES: A woman who lost both her legs and much of her eyesight after she was viciously attacked and set on fire in a back alley more than three years ago has died. Linda Lavallee, a friend of Marlene Bird, said the 50-year-old Indigenous woman died Monday at a hospital in Prince Albert, Sask. Lavallee said Bird entered hospital on Nov. 20, went into a coma on Wednesday and never regained consciousness after suffering heart, liver and kidney failure. Lavallee said Bird had forgiven Leslie Black, the man who attacked and sexually assaulted her. But she was upset over the 16-year prison term he received in September, and the stress of the case and its outcome affected her health. Friends saw what was happening to her and convinced her to go to hospital. “It was very hard on her, even though she forgave (Black),” said Lavallee, a resident of Chilliwack, B.C. “She thought the amount of time that guy was going to get was never enough for the amount of pain she went through. She was really hurt and couldn’t accept it.”———QUEBEC DAD’S IMPASSIONED PLEA AGAINST BULLYING: The father of a Quebec teen who took his own life last week after years of alleged incessant bullying wants stricter measures for how schools deal with intimidation. Martin Dufour said his 15-year-old son Simon was bullied in primary school, with the taunting extending into his time in secondary school. Dufour said he spoke with administrators over the years but that nothing ultimately helped his son. “What I would like to see is a provincial guideline for every school that they should, that they could, that they would apply for everyone who’s a victim or is bullied,” he told The Canadian Press in an interview Monday. He believes such a plan already existed at his son’s school in Longueuil, south of Montreal, but is unclear whether it was actually implemented. Described by family as someone who loved listening to music, playing video games and cracking jokes, Simon had faced relentless bullying but his father noted there was an uptick in recent months and that there were no direct signs things were going badly. According to him, it’s time for bullies to be held accountable for their actions, with harsher punishment for those who bully on a regular basis.———COST OF ENDING NAFTA MINOR, STUDIES FIND: Canada’s economy would lose less than one percentage point if U.S. President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, say two new studies that suggest ending the trade treaty would do minor damage. The total impact of ending NAFTA and reinstating tariffs would trim 0.7 to one per cent off Canada’s GDP, according to a Bank of Montreal study, while another study by the former head of computer modeling for Canada’s foreign-affairs ministry puts the damage at 0.55 per cent. Both studies’ authors agree these findings carry a lesson for Canadian negotiators: they can bargain with confidence and not feel pressured to sign a bad deal, because the end of NAFTA is far from a total scare scenario. The damage would be much smaller than the financial crisis of 2008; smaller even than the impact of the soaring loonie of the late 2000s; and would be roughly comparable to the national effect of the 2015 oil-price plunge, says BMO’s chief economist.———OTTAWA ASKED TO REVIEW P.E.I. BUSINESS IMMIGRATION PROGRAM: P.E.I. opposition leaders are calling for Ottawa to investigate the operations of a provincial business immigration program that faces allegations of abuse and poor oversight. James Aylward, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, said in an interview Friday that the province has shown an unwillingness to review or reform the program due to millions of dollars in forfeited deposits it currently receives from immigrants who don’t ultimately open a business. Immigration lawyers have criticized the ownership stream of the provincial nominee program as a side door to entering the country, with over half of last year’s participants losing their $150,000 deposit to the province after they didn’t open a business. The Island Investment Development Inc., which holds the deposits for the newcomers’ businesses, indicates $18 million in net revenues over the past year came from immigrant companies that defaulted on their obligation to create a business. The figure is roughly equivalent to half of the province’s additional budget for infrastructure this year.———GAP LOOMS IN IRVING SHIPBUILDING SCHEDULE: The federal government is scrambling to close a looming gap in the construction of two new fleets of naval vessels in Halifax, which Irving Shipbuilding has previously warned could result in layoffs if left unaddressed. Officials say they are facing the likelihood of a break between when construction ends on the last of the navy’s new Arctic patrol ships and when work begins on its new fleet of much larger warships. The exact size of the gap still isn’t known, and will depend on whether the government ends up with five or six Arctic ships and how much extra work must be done on whatever design is chosen for the navy’s new warships. Irving won’t know until at least next year whether it will be able to build six Arctic patrol vessels within the government’s $3.5-billion budget, or only five. And the government doesn’t know when a design for the new warships — which will replace the navy’s 12 frigates and three recently retired destroyers — will finally be selected.———TV REPORTER SPEAKING OUT ABOUT DEROGATORY COMMENTS: A southwestern Ontario television reporter is speaking out about the stream of harassment she faces at work after misogynistic comments were hurled her way three times last week. CHCH reporter Britt Dixon says female reporters deal with harassment regularly while on the job, highlighted by three incidents over four days last week where men yelled a vulgar phrase at her. The latest incident occurred as Dixon interviewed a Hamilton police officer in uniform in front of a police station. The officer stopped the interview and arrested the man, charging a 23-year-old American with causing a disturbance. Dixon says the other two incidents occurred while she was at Mohawk College talking to students about returning to school after the five-week faculty strike. The college has apologized to Dixon and is conducting an investigation. In August, police charged a Newfoundland man with causing a disturbance after he yelled the phrase at a reporter. Police laid a mischief charge against another Newfoundland man who yelled the same thing toward a journalist in April.———ARGOS RETURN TO TORONTO HOISTING GREY CUP: The Toronto Argonauts started the season with new management, a new coach and low expectations after a last-place finish. They somehow managed to end the season as Grey Cup champions. The Argonauts completed a remarkable worst-to-first turnaround with a 27-24 comeback victory over the Calgary Stampeders in Ottawa on Sunday night, capping a wild Grey Cup game with a late touchdown on a 109-yard fumble return and go-ahead field goal in the final minute. After a celebration that lasted into the wee hours in the nation’s capital, a group of bleary-eyed Argonauts arrived home Monday morning with the championship trophy in tow. “The story they have is more important than anything they’ll get out of it,” Toronto head coach Marc Trestman said of the win. “They’ve got an opportunity and a platform to really tell a great story about how people can come together and become something bigger than themselves.”———
WASHINGTON, United States of America – Cristian Chavez Guevara gathered his entire family recently to discuss with his wife, mother, and brother what they should do if they suddenly faced the prospect of being deported from the United States, where they have lived legally for two decades.The El Salvador-born, Texas-dwelling IT worker says they specifically discussed one possibility: Moving to Canada. After doing some research, they discarded the idea — it was legally complex, required a return to El Salvador and would uproot them from their home in Houston.“I love this country. My kids were born here (in the U.S.). They go to school here. They have friends,” he said. “We don’t want to leave. We want to continue our lives.”Their concerns became real Monday as the Trump administration ended a major immigration program for El Salvadorans, leaving nearly 200,000 people in legal limbo and a trail of potential ripple effects up and down the hemisphere.The administration announced an 18-month grace period — giving people like Chavez just over a year to either leave the U.S., apply for a different immigration status or stand their ground and hope Congress passes a law allowing them to stay.Monday’s move did not catch the Canadian government by surprise.El Salvadorans are the No. 1 user of a U.S. program granting temporary legal status to people from crisis-hit countries, with four times more users than Haitians — who flocked to the northern border by the thousands last year when their similar program was cancelled.By declaring that El Salvador no longer meets the criteria for the program, the U.S. government has cast its people into the same cauldron of uncertainty as 50,000 Haitians, and the 800,000 undocumented youngsters whose program the Trump administration also cancelled.The administration explained in a statement that the El Salvador program was created to deal with earthquakes — 17 years ago: “The original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”To counter the potential onslaught, the Canadian government is embarking on an online ad campaign aimed providing the same information Chavez discovered: Immigration isn’t easy or automatic, Canada also has laws, and people are taking a huge gamble if they uproot their lives to try crossing the border.Canadian MPs who speak Spanish and Creole have also been fanning across the U.S. to deliver that message.Liberal Pablo Rodriguez has travelled to Chavez’s home town of Houston, as well as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York to correct a pair of urban legends: that Canada allows automatic entry, and that it has a system for people who have lost U.S. protected status.“There was a lot of misinformation out there,” he said, citing some erroneous reporting in foreign-language media.“My message is: ‘Before leaving your job, withdrawing your kids from school, do the research…. We have a robust, structured immigration system.’”Last year there was a spike in migration along the Canadian border, with a nearly 20-fold increase in new refugee claims from Haitians. Caught off guard, the Canadian government was forced to set up temporary shelters and winterized trailers along the Quebec-New York border.Rodriguez said he doesn’t see as dramatic a migration surge from El Salvadorans, whose asylum claims rose last year, but still didn’t crack the top 10 for nationalities.Yet a mass deportation would have multiple effects across two continents.That includes economic effects in the U.S., where nearly 90 per cent of native El Salvadorans are in the labour force. About one-third hold mortgages. Some 37,000 work in construction, and 22,000 work in restaurants and food services. Most have lived in the U.S. for over 20 years.Mark Drury, the vice-president of one Washington-area construction company, told a conference call of immigration advocates Monday that he couldn’t replace them with new workers because there’s a desperate labour shortage in their sector.“It’s disheartening,” he said. “But I’m hoping to push Congress to repair this.”Some of the worst impacts would be in Central America, said Frank Mora, a foreign-policy analyst at Florida International University. He said 17 per cent of El Salvador’s economy comes from money transfers from relatives in the U.S.The sudden disappearance of that revenue would create more poverty, more violence, and more instability on America’s doorstep, resulting in more migration, he said: “(This decision) does not make sense,” Mora said. “It seems to me like a self-inflicted wound.”For his part, Chavez doesn’t know what he’ll do next.He said some of his family has U.S. residency, while others don’t — and he fears the family will be ripped apart, even though he works, pays taxes, learned English — everything an immigrant should do.“I actually don’t have a plan… I feel lost,” he said.“All my plans for the future just ended… Everything (has) just vanished.”
WINNIPEG – Five men were removed from a plane that was forced to divert to Winnipeg on its way from the United Kingdom to Las Vegas.A spokesman with Thomas Cook Airlines says the Airbus A330 was travelling from Manchester to Las Vegas on Saturday morning when the crew diverted to Winnipeg due to some passengers’ “disruptive behaviour.”RCMP say the five British citizens were arrested for mischief and causing a disturbance.Police say none of them resisted the officers, and they were escorted off the plane in handcuffs without incident.The airline spokesman says the company will not be releasing further details about the passengers’ behaviour since the matter is now in the hands of police.The plane left Winnipeg for Las Vegas later in the afternoon, without the five men on board.Police say no one was injured.
SASKATOON – Federal Liberal officials say the ruling party is in good shape as it approaches the one-year countdown to the next election — even if the Conservatives have raised more money and nominated more candidates.Azam Ishmael, the Liberals’ national director, and party president Suzanne Cowan gave a report on the party’s election readiness Wednesday to Liberal MPs attending a caucus retreat ahead of next week’s resumption of Parliament.A note prepared by the party says the Liberals’ online fundraising scored its best July ever and its best August in a non-election year.Moreover, the party now has more monthly grassroots donors than at any time in its history, and more than 15,000 people have signed up recently as volunteers. Over the summer, the party organized 579 “summer of action” events across the country, knocking on doors and talking to voters.The grassroots mobilization is proceeding “at a faster pace than we’ve ever seen this far ahead of an election campaign,” the note says.As well, 25 Liberal MPs, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been nominated as candidates for the next election, plus one new contender.By contrast, the Conservatives have nominated some 100 candidates for the country’s 338 ridings thus far.And while the Tories continue to rake in money hand over fist — $12.1 million in the first six months of 2018, compared to $6.4 million pulled in by the Liberals — Ishmael says those comparisons are misleading.“I think you need to look at the actual truth on fundraising. It’s not about the gross amount of dollars that are raised, it’s about what’s left in your pocket,” Ishmael said in an interview.The Conservatives, he said, are spending twice as much to raise twice as much as the Liberals. In terms of money available to spend on pre-election organizing, he said the real gap between the two parties is just $500,000.Similarly, Ishmael said the nomination numbers are misleading.The Liberal party has declared that all 183 of its MPs will be acclaimed without having to win nomination contests in their ridings — provided they meet certain fundraising, membership and voter engagement targets by Oct. 1. Ishmael said the vast majority are expected to meet those targets, so their nominations are effectively formalities.Some MPs, he added, are deliberately holding off on their nominations, choosing to time their acclamations closer to the election for strategic reasons.“We’re feeling in good shape, our team is in good shape, both on the ground and here — our caucus team,” said Cowan.“So, I’m feeling very optimistic about where we’re at.”
FREDERICTON — A report on a horrific child-neglect case involving five children under nine years of age has found New Brunswick social workers failed to meet protection standards.Child and Youth Advocate Norman Bosse says social workers need to understand and use their authority to enter a home and remove a child who may be in danger.Sheriff’s deputies in 2016 discovered the children, ranging in age from six months to eight years old, in a filthy Saint John, N.B., apartment smeared with human and animal feces, and little food for the children to eat.A child protection file had been opened six months earlier on the family, but the children were malnourished and several had rotting teeth, while the two school-aged siblings had missed most of their school year.Their parents were later sentenced to two years in jail. Bosse says social workers with the Department of Social Development have a heavy caseload and face difficult situations when confronting families at their homes.Miguel LeBlanc, executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, says the system failed in this case, and is hoping government acts on Bosse’s recommendations.Green Leader David Coon says there’s no committee of the legislature to receive Bosse’s report, but is hopeful the minister will take the recommendations into account.The Canadian Press
EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — A 52-year-old man from Donnelly, south of Peace River, is facing two counts of child pornography.Royal “Mac” Olsen who runs a children’s relief care centre out of his home, was arrested by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.He’s believed to have provided temporary or emergency child care for a number of years. None of the children are believed to be victims.He was arrested on Feb. 8, and a number of computers and electronic devices were seized.The investigation into Olsen began in July 2018 when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted ICE to an unknown Alberta man uploading child pornography through a social media application.Anyone with information about this investigation or any child exploitation offence is asked to contact local police or cybertip.ca.
EDMONTON — Albertans are going to the polls in a spring election on April 16. Here’s a look at the leaders of the five parties that currently hold seats in the legislature:Derek Fildebrandt, Freedom Conservative PartyAge: 33Pre-politics: Alberta director and national research director of Canadian Taxpayers Federation.Politics: Elected member of the legislature for the Wildrose Party in 2015; joined the United Conservative Party after the Wildrose merged with the Progressive Conservatives; expelled from the UCP caucus in 2018; formed and now leading the Freedom Conservative Party.Running in: Chestermere-StrathmoreQuote: “I want elections to be about issues. The Tories wanted it to be about simply a brand vote for the blue team — essentially buy Toronto Maple Leaf tickets (and) go for the guys in the blue jersey no matter how badly they treat their fans.”—Jason Kenney, United Conservative PartyAge: 50Pre-politics: Studied philosophy at University of San Francisco, CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.Politics: Elected as Reform MP in Calgary in 1997; re-elected with the Canadian Alliance in 2000; re-elected four more times with the Conservatives; held several cabinet posts from 2008 to 2015, including immigration, employment, and defence; elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives, which became the United Conservatives, in 2017.Running in: Calgary LougheedQuote: “The NDP promised change, but instead what they gave us is a record of economic failure — the worst economic record of any government in the history of Alberta since the Great Depression.”—David Khan, Alberta Liberal PartyAge: 44Pre-politics: Lawyer specializing in Indigenous rights and land-claims litigation.Politics: Won party leadership in 2017; lost Calgary Lougheed byelection in 2017; ran and lost in Calgary Buffalo in the 2015 provincial election; ran and lost in 2014 byelection in Calgary West.Running in: Calgary Mountain ViewQuote: “The Alberta Liberals’ priority issues will be improving public health care, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, boosting education, and an immediate ban on conversion therapy. We’ll hold the NDP government to account for failing to deliver on its progressive promises.”—Stephen Mandel, Alberta PartyAge: 73Pre-politics: BusinessmanPolitics: Elected Edmonton city councillor in 2001; elected mayor in 2004, 2007 and 2010; named provincial Progressive Conservative health minister and won Edmonton Whitemud byelection in 2014; lost Edmonton Whitemud in 2015 election; won leadership of Alberta Party in 2018.Running in: Edmonton McClungQuote: “Albertans are frustrated with the level of spending we have right now. Many people feel we have a spending problem rather than necessarily just an expense problem.”—Rachel Notley, Alberta New Democratic PartyAge: 54Pre-politics: Lawyer, labour negotiatorPolitics: Elected member of the legislature for Edmonton Strathcona in 2008; re-elected in 2012; became NDP leader in 2014; re-elected 2015 and became premier when party won a majority.Running in: Edmonton StrathconaQuote: “Who is going to be premier and who is fit to be premier? That is the choice. Because Alberta is really for all of us. One Alberta, not just for the few, but for all of us.”The Canadian Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — American officials have identified a 37-year-old woman from Richmond, B.C., as the Canadian killed when two sightseeing floatplanes crash midair in Alaska earlier this week.Elsa Wilk is one of six deceased named late Tuesday by Alaska State Troopers.More to come.The Canadian Press