Rani Rashmonis descendants urge for crack repair at heritage building

first_imgKolkata: The descendants of Rani Rashmoni will write to the general manager Metro Railway to take proper steps to repair the cracks that have come up on the 215-year-old heritage building.Earlier, they had requested the Metro Railway authorities to conduct hydrographic survey of the 215-year-old structure that developed cracks due to the use of boring machine for the construction of the underground tunnel of the East-West Metro. The construction of the affected building at 13, Rani Rashmoni Road began in 1790 and ended in 1804. The descendents felt that proper precaution should have been taken before the construction of the underground tunnel. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPrasun Hazra, one of the descendents of Rani Rashmoni, said the cracks that have appeared on the rood and verandah have widened as they have not been repaired properly. “Water is sipping and the old structure is under serious threat,” he said adding that the metro rail authorities should have conducted a thorough survey before staring the work of the underground channel. He said hydrographic survey had been conducted at Dakshineshwar temple at the time of repairing the embankment. The survey was conducted by the Kolkata Port Trust. He said repairing of the cracks should be carried out in an orderly manner and under proper supervision. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRani Rashmoni’s house is a witness to major historical events. There are four buildings at Janbazar. Michael Madhusudan Dutt, who was a barrister-at–law by profession, had visited the house in connection with a law suit. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, who used to call Rani Rashmoni pishima (aunt), and had come to attend Durga Puja celebrations there. His presence was not liked by many guests, who refused to take food with him, as he was in favour of widow remarriage. Sri Ramakrishna, who was close to the family particularly to Mathur Mohon Biswas, Rani’s son-in-law, came to the house during Durga Puja and worshipped goddess Durga as “sakhi.” He intervened when Mathur Mohon refused to immerse the idol.last_img read more

Light rains end sultry spell in city

first_imgNew Delhi: Light rains on Sunday brought Delhiites some respite from a long spell of sultry weather with the maximum temperature settling at 33.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average.The minimum temperature settled at 26.4 degrees Celsius, a Meteorological Department official said. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 0.4 mm rains till 5.30 pm, the MeT official said. The humidity oscillated between 85 and 63 per cent. The weatherman forecast a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius and minimum 25 degrees for Monday with generally cloudy sky and light rain or thunderstorms.The maximum and minimum temperatures on Saturday were recorded as 37 degrees and 29.1 degrees Celsius respectively.last_img

Shah meets Maha BJP leaders keeps away from ally Shiv Sena

first_imgMumbai: BJP president Amit Shah on Monday held a brief meeting here with Maharashtra party leaders, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, but kept away from the ally Shiv Sena.During his Mumbai visit, he also visited the chief minister’s official residence ‘Varsha’ in Malabar Hill area. “Shah’s meetings were confined only to state BJP leaders and he also visited the Siddhivinayak temple at Prabhadevi here,” a party functionary said. He is also scheduled to visit the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh pandal in central Mumbai. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On Sunday evening, Shah addressed a rally in Solapur during the conclusion of the second phase of Fadnavis’ ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra, a mass outreach campaign ahead of the upcoming state Assembly polls. He held discussions with Fadnavis, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil and few other leaders in Solapur and stayed there during the night, the party functionary said. On Monday, Shah travelled with Fadnavis to Mumbai where he again briefly met some state party leaders, he said. Political observers expected Shah to meet Sena leaders since the state Assembly elections are due soon, but the BJP chief skipped it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn 2014, the BJP and Sena contested the state polls separately. The BJP at that time won 121 out of the total 288 seats, the highest so far by the party in the state. Several MLAs and leaders from the opposition Congress and NCP have joined either the BJP or the Sena in the recent weeks. Some more opposition leaders are also likely to join the BJP during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on September 7 when he will inaugurate some projects.last_img read more

CBI arrests three more in Deepak Talwars NGO case

first_imgNew Delhi: After arresting a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested three other co-accused in connection with an FCRA case it is probing against Talwar, officials here said.The CBI arrested Tarun Kapoor, Pradeep Sood and Jatin Wadhera in connection with the case where Talwar’s NGO, Advantage India stands accused of misusing fund worth Rs 90 crore, received as foreign contribution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While the funds were marked for usage in social expenditure, the CBI had found that the funds were not spent for the declared purposes. According to the CBI, these funds were shown as being spent on the purchase of equipment for social services, but no such expenditure could be traced. Officials here said that Kapoor, Sood and Wadhera were owners or controllers of the companies where these funds were shown to have been spent. The CBI had on Wednesday night arrested Yasmin Kapoor, a close aide of Talwar in connection with the same case. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn fact, according to the Enforcement Directorate, Yasmin Kapoor is a crucial link to establish how Talwar and his associates laundered the kickback received through Advantage India in exchange for securing profitable air routes for several foreign private airlines. In this separate case, the ED has alleged that Talwar was paid over Rs 280 crore in kickbacks through his NGO to secure profitable air routes for Qatar Airways, Air Arabia and Emirates. Even in the CBI’s FCRA case, the agency has alleged that french airplane manufacturer Airbus had paid 9 million Euros to Advantage India and UK-based missile manufacturer MBDA had also signed a similar deal to pay 6 million Euros to the NGO in the form of foreign contribution. The CBI had earlier arrested and taken custody of Deepak Talwar in connection with a UPA-era aviation scam where he is alleged to have received kickbacks from foreign private airlines to secure profitable air routes for them.last_img read more

In the news today May 22

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, May 22———NOTLEY SKIPPING WESTERN PREMIERS CONFERENCEThere won’t be any fireworks between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia at the Western premiers conference this week, because Alberta Premier Rachel Notley isn’t going. B.C.’s John Horgan and Notley, who have butted heads over the Trans Mountain pipeline project, were both scheduled to be in Yellowknife at the conference, which will host an event tonight before the premiers get down to business on Wednesday.———CANADIANS STUCK IN CUBA HEADING HOMEA Montreal travel agency says hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home. Caribe Sol says Cubana Airlines has resumed operations after the passenger jet crash on Friday killed 111 people. The agency says 346 tourists who booked through Caribe Sol would be flown back to Canada Monday and Tuesday. It said some other passengers had already returned home on other airlines.———MOST RESIDENTS IN B.C.’S BOUNDARY REGION CAN GO HOMEMost residents in British Columbia’s Boundary region who were forced out of their homes by flooding are now free to return home. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says evacuation orders have been lifted for about 1,400 properties. Emergency operations centre co-ordinator Chris Marsh said evacuation orders have been downgraded to evacuation alerts as a precaution.———WESTJET BACK AT TABLE WITH PILOTSWestJet Airlines says it is confident that an agreement will be reached with its pilots as negotiations continue this week. The Calgary-based airline’s pilots have had the legal right to commence job action since Saturday, but said they wouldn’t disrupt travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend. The Air Line Pilots Association says its will return to the bargaining table in Halifax this week.———CANADA’S G7 AID GOAL: WOOING PRIVATE CAPITALWhen G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week, Canada hopes the meetings will generate fresh ideas on how aid money can be leveraged to entice the private sector to boost investments in poorer parts of the world. The challenging search for solutions will take place in Whistler, where finance and international development ministers will gather together for the first time at formal G7 meetings.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the wholesale trade figures for March.— NDP MP Charlie Angus holds a news conference to launch his campaign for a National Suicide Prevention Action Plan.— Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is the keynote speaker at The Mayor’s Breakfast Series in Ottawa.— Sentencing hearing in Halifax today for two key players in a disgraced e-learning company.— Halifax police Const. Laurence Gary Basso to appear in court on charges that include assault causing bodily harm.— Bashir Makhtal, a Canadian imprisoned in Ethiopia for 11 years, addresses media in Ottawa about his ordeal.last_img read more

Six stories in the news today May 19

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, May 19———RONA AMBROSE WON’T VOTE IN LEADERSHIPInterim Conservative party leader Rona Ambrose says she won’t cast a ballot in this month’s vote to choose a permanent leader. Ambrose tells The Canadian Press that casting even a secret vote would compromise her neutrality in the race. Conservatives are in the midst of choosing their next leader and the results will be announced May 27. Ambrose announced this week she’ll leave politics this summer.———PM CONTINUES WEST COAST TRIPPrime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his visit to the west coast today. He’ll stop in B.C.’s Lower Mainland to promote his government’s child benefit to families. He’ll visit with families at a recreation centre in Surrey. Trudeau will also meet with members of the Vancouver-area’s Sikh and Filipino communities. He attended a Liberal party fundraiser in downtown Vancouver last night.———U.S. OPENS 90-DAY WINDOW BEFORE NAFTA TALKSThe United States has served notice of its intention to renegotiate NAFTA by triggering a 90-day consultation window before talks begin later this summer with Canada and Mexico. The Trump administration sent a letter to key congressional power-brokers who must now be consulted as U.S. negotiators prepare their list of priorities.———SENTENCING HEARING CONTINUES FOR SASK. SHOOTERA sentencing hearing continues today for a teen gunman who killed four people at a home and in a school in La Loche, Sask. in 2016. The hearing is being held to determine if the teen should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. The Crown will call more witnesses today and then the hearing will be adjourned until mid-June, when the defence will present its case.———McNEIL FENDS OFF ATTACKS IN N.S. ELECTION DEBATELiberal Premier Stephen McNeil fended off multiple attacks on his record Thursday as Nova Scotia’s major-party leaders clashed over health care, education and the economy during the first televised leaders debate of the campaign. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill targeted McNeil’s broken promises, but he brushed off the barrage and pointed to his achievements while in office. Nova Scotians go to the polls May 30.———SEX ASSAULT EDUCATION NOW REQUIRED FOR ONTARIO JUDGESTraining on sexual assault issues will now be required for new provincial judges in Ontario, following outcry over judges’ comments about complainants in other parts of the country. The training will also includes instruction on legal and equality issues. The issue made headlines recently after an Alberta judge asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together, and a Halifax judge said “a drunk can consent,” while acquitting a taxi driver of sexual assault.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release retail trade figures for March and the consumer price index for April.last_img read more

Woman sought in Calgary quadruple homicide taken into custody in Toronto

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary police say a woman they’ve been seeking in a quadruple homicide earlier this month has been taken into custody in Toronto.Yu Chieh Liao, who goes by Diana Liao, is considered a person of interest in killings police have described as brutal and ruthless.Police say Liao is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for fraud.Glynnis Fox, her older sister Tiffany Ear and Cody Pfeiffer were found dead in a burned out car at a northwest Calgary construction site on July 10.Hanock Afowerk, the burned car’s owner and the man police believe was the intended target, was found dead in a rural area west of Calgary two days later.Afowerk and Liao knew each other.Police say the man Liao was spotted with in the Moose Jaw, Sask., area shortly after the homicides has been identified.Tewodros Mutugeta Kebede, who is 25, was arrested in Toronto on unrelated offences last week.Police have said Liao has ties to Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Regina and Moose Jaw, Sask.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 11

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Monday, Dec. 11———VOTERS IN FOUR FEDERAL RIDINGS CHOOSE NEW MPS TODAYThe Trudeau government will get to test its popularity today in four federal byelections. The most heated race is the B.C. riding of South Surrey-White Rock where the Liberals are hoping to steal the seat from the Conservatives. The Conservatives have tried to stir up voter anger there over the Liberal’s tax reforms. The Tories are favoured in the Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminister, which has voted for right-wing parties since the 1990s. The other two ridings, in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, are considered safe Liberal seats.———MORNEAU TO MEET WITH PROVINCIAL COUNTERPARTSFinance Minister Bill Morneau can expect a lot of provincial hands to reach for the federal purse strings when he meets with his counterparts in Ottawa today. The issue of who should get the lion’s share of revenue from legalized cannabis is likely to be a major bone of contention. The provinces and territories say they’ll be covering most of the costs of legalization, and so should get most of the revenue. Among the expenses the provinces are likely to face are beefed up policing, increased road safety efforts, busier court systems and public awareness campaigns.———CANADIAN COMPANIES FUNDING GLOBAL COAL PLANTSEnvironmentalists say Canada’s national pension fund manager is one of six Canadian companies that are undermining Ottawa’s anti-coal efforts by investing in new coal power plants. Friends of the Earth Canada joined with Germany’s Urgewald in releasing a report today that lists the six companies among the top 100 investors in new coal plants in the world. Together, Sun Life, Power Corporation, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have pledged $2.9 billion towards building new coal plants overseas.———B.C. PREMIER TO ANNOUNCE DECISION ON SITE C DAMB.C. Premier John Horgan will give his government’s decision on the future of the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam this morning. The New Democrat government has been debating whether to continue construction of the $8.3-billion dam or cancel the work midway through the job. The dam has been marked by deeply divisive approaches to environmental, economic, technological and Indigenous concerns that have become the front lines of political battles in British Columbia.———COMPANIES MUST SEE CYBER-ATTACKS AS INEVITABLECompanies facing the growing threat of cyberattacks need to know one basic fact — there is no foolproof way of stopping criminals bent on breaching their systems. Benoit Dupont, professor of criminology at the University of Montreal and the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, says “everyone is hacking into everything” — even the world’s top intelligence agencies. Benoit says systems need to undergo a radical overhaul to deal with the role human error plays in breaches.———CRYPTOCURRENCY SCAMS SOAR TO $1.7 MILLIONCanadians have been swindled out of than $1.7 million via scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin so far this year — more than double the amount during all of 2016. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount people lost to these types of scams in 2015. As bitcoin becomes more popular with investors, sending the price above US$17,000 mark last week, criminals are increasingly turning to cryptocurrencies to extort payment from their victims.———TORONTO FC HOLDING DOWNTOWN VICTORY PARADEToronto FC will hold its victory parade through the downtown core of the city today, two days after winning its first MLS Cup. Toronto beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the championship game at BMO Field Saturday night, becoming the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup. The parade is scheduled to start outside the Air Canada Centre around noon ET and wrap up with a fan rally at Nathan Phillips Square. TFC was the best team during the regular season, setting an MLS record with 69 points.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Initial meeting for the project team that will build the proposed Maritime Launch Services’ Spaceport development in Canso.— Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil hosts a meeting of the Council of Atlantic Premiers.— Trial of Christopher Calvin Garnier, charged with second-degree murder in the death of off duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell.— Former Amaya CEO David Baazov and others face trial in Montreal related to insider trading charges.— Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor makes an announcement in Montreal on research related to opioids.— Commons international trade committee gets an update from Global Affairs Canada on certain international trade agreement negotiations.— Winnipeg trial for Guido Amsel on murder and explosives charges in connection with three explosive packages mailed in July 2015.last_img read more

Flu can be fatal for healthy kids and young adults though rare

first_imgTORONTO – When most people think about deaths from influenza, elderly patients with underlying health conditions are likely the first to come to mind. But the complications of flu can also be fatal on rare occasions in children and young adults, even those who are otherwise healthy.The U.S. has recorded 30 pediatric deaths from influenza so far this season, including a 10-year-old Connecticut boy who developed pneumonia and sepsis days after coming down with the flu. Nico Mallozzi, described by his mother in news reports as being healthy and as strong “as an ox,” died in hospital Jan. 14.A couple of weeks earlier, 21-year-old aspiring personal trainer Kyler Baughman of Pennsylvania died from septic shock after contracting the flu. The highly fit young man had not been vaccinated and initially ignored his symptoms, his parents reported.In Canada, there had been fewer than five flu-related pediatric deaths as of Jan. 13, the latest week for which seasonal statistics are available. But 303 children under age 17 had been hospitalized for influenza, with 48 kids so sick they had to be admitted to the ICU, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported on its FluWatch website.“It’s tragic whenever there is a death due to influenza in a child,” said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the BC Centre for Disease Control. “No question about it, it’s heart-breaking.“Fortunately it is a rare event,” she said from Vancouver. “But that doesn’t mean that deaths due to influenza in otherwise healthy people — including children — don’t happen. They do. They’re just rare.”There are a number of complications that can arise from infection with one of the influenza viruses circulating this season, with A/H3N2 and B/Yamagata being the dominant strains.Pneumonia is among the most common, with either the influenza virus itself or a secondary bacterial infection taking up residence in the lungs, said Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.In some cases, that lung infection can make its way into the bloodstream, causing what’s known as sepsis. That infection of the blood can lead to septic shock, in which the body’s organs shut down, causing death.Flu can also severely exacerbate such chronic underlying medical conditions as asthma and cystic fibrosis in both children and adults, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure in older adults.Infectious diseases specialists say children and adults with pre-existing health conditions who develop flu symptoms — including high fever, chills, body aches, extreme tiredness, cough and sore throat — should seek immediate medical care so they can be treated with an antiviral medication to reduce the risk of complications.“We have a tendency to think that because influenza is so common and because almost all of the time you get it, you feel miserable for a few days and then you get better,” said McGeer.“That’s our view of influenza and we don’t recognize that there are a small number of catastrophically serious cases in children and young, otherwise healthy adults.”Still, both McGeer and Skowronski stress it’s important not to overstate the risk of death in children and youth.“Most otherwise healthy individuals are going to fully recover from influenza with no intervention,” Skowronski said.“We don’t want to set off alarm bells. We need to put this into context.”For instance, a study that looked at pediatric flu deaths in the U.S. from 2004 to 2012 found 794 children under 18 died of influenza-related complications over the eight-year period, of which 453 (57 per cent) had underlying health conditions. Of the 341 children without high-risk conditions, 189 were aged five to 17.Based on those findings, Skowronski calculated the risk of pediatric deaths from flu at about one in every two million children.Yet at an individual level, some of these deaths may have been preventable with a simple shot in the arm, doctors suggest.“The really hard part about influenza is that because it’s so common, we don’t take it seriously,” said McGeer, adding that children and adults should get vaccinated against the flu — and that’s especially critical for those with chronic medical conditions who are vulnerable to complications from the seasonal infection.And while doctors concede that the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing cases of influenza isn’t ideal, it still can help reduce the severity of symptoms in those who contract the infection despite getting a shot.One of the great ironies, said McGeer, is that it’s easier to persuade people to get vaccinated against meningitis, a serious but very rare infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord, than it is against influenza.“Young, healthy adults are actually more likely to die from influenza than from meningitis,” she said. “But it’s really hard to persuade them of that, because that’s not how we see the disease.And that’s … a great pity. Because if more people got vaccinated, people like me would not see as many people dying in our ICUs.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

She wanted a ride back Tina Fontaine sought ride out of Winnipeg

first_imgWINNIPEG – About two weeks before her death, 15-year-old Tina Fontaine asked for a ride from Winnipeg to the home where she had grown up, court was told Monday.Family friend Steven Whitehurst told court he didn’t receive Tina’s social media message immediately and it was the last time he heard from her.“She wanted a ride back,” Whitehurst told the second-degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier. “She was asking if we’d left yet.”Whitehurst said he knew Tina all her life and had been in a long-term relationship with one of her aunts. He testified that he saw Tina a few times the summer of 2014 and, on July 28, was heading to Fort Alexander, a community near the home where Tina had been raised by a great-aunt.He told court he didn’t get Tina’s message on his cellphone for some time because he was already driving through an area with spotty cell coverage. By then, it was too late.Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River in August. She had been wrapped in a duvet cover that also contained rocks to weigh her down.Her death led to renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Crown attorney James Ross told court in his opening statement that Tina grew up in a safe and happy environment near the Sagkeeng First Nation, a 90-minute drive northeast of Winnipeg, but was sexually exploited after going to the city to visit her mother.Other friends and relatives testified Monday they saw Tina in the summer of 2014.One of her aunts, Angie Duck, said Tina appeared well and had nice clothes on when she snapped a photo of family members July 22. Another aunt, Lana Fontaine, recalled Tina sleeping over at her place for two nights on the August long weekend. Tina stopped by another time and was cold so she was given a sweater, Lana Fontaine said.The trial, now into its second week, has to date largely dealt with forensic evidence and experts.The jury has heard from a pathologist who said he could find no definitive cause of death. Tina’s body showed no obvious signs of injuries or blunt-force trauma. There was also no DNA evidence from Cormier on the duvet cover in which she was wrapped.The Crown has produced three witnesses who say Cormier owned the same style of duvet cover. The cover had a distinctive pattern that of scattered leaves and was only available in Winnipeg at three Costco stores.Last week, a woman who lived at a house where Cormier slept in a backyard tent said she saw two hole from cigarette burns in the duvet cover he had.On Monday, the jury got to see the duvet that was wrapped around Tina. Winnipeg police Const. Garrett Carrette showed the jury two holes.Under cross-examination, Carrette agreed with Cormier’s lawyer that the holes looked like rips or tears in the fabric.last_img read more

Sentencing hearing scheduled for Winnipeg man convicted of sending letter bombs

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba man convicted of sending letter bombs to his ex-wife and two lawyers will have a sentencing hearing Oct. 3.Guido Amsel appeared briefly in Winnipeg court and says he has once again found a new lawyer for his case.Amsel has fired two previous lawyers, most recently after his conviction in May.Amsel was found guilty on 15 charges, including four counts of attempted murder.He was arrested after three explosive packages were found in July 2015.Only one of the devices went off, causing severe injuries to Maria Mitousis, a Winnipeg lawyer who had represented Amsel’s ex-wife in a lawsuit over an auto body shop the couple had owned.last_img

WilsonRaybould says shes sticking with Liberals for 2019 vote

first_imgJody Wilson-Raybould, the former cabinet minister who accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of trying to influence her decision in a criminal case against engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, has confirmed she intends to run as a Liberal in the next federal election.In a letter to constituents posted to her website Friday, Wilson-Raybould said the explosive political saga has been a “wake-up call” for Canadians about the “culture of conflict, empty partisanship and cynical games” that exists in Ottawa.Nonetheless, she said, she plans to stand for re-election as a Liberal in the Vancouver-Granville riding next fall because she got into politics to change that culture – and still has plenty of work to do.“Beyond partisanship, spin and image, there lies a politics of change that is driven forward by galvanizing our core values – regardless of political stripe – into concrete laws, policies and actions that support Canada as an ever-advancing society,” Wilson-Raybould wrote.She said she never expected to find herself thrust into the centre of a controversy that culminated last month in her resignation from cabinet.“I was just doing my job and I did not expect it to become a national focus.”Wilson-Raybould told the House of Commons justice committee that Trudeau and several members of his senior staff were part of a prolonged and co-ordinated effort to convince her to overrule a decision by the director of public prosecutions to proceed with a criminal trial against SNC-Lavalin on charges of bribery.Trudeau said he believed Wilson-Raybould was open to receiving additional information that could affect her decision, and directed his staff to provide that information – including the potential impact on SNC’s 9,000 Canadian employees. He also wanted her to consider getting an outside legal opinion on the use of remediation agreements, a new tool in Canadian law that can avert a trial in exchange for fines and outside monitoring.The justice committee and the ethics commissioner are both investigating the allegations, the RCMP have been asked to investigate and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has expressed its concern, saying it is monitoring the investigations.Wilson-Raybould resigned her cabinet seat Feb. 12, about a month after she was shuffled from Justice to Veterans Affairs – a move she believes was precipitated by her refusal to change her mind about the SNC-Lavalin case, an allegation Trudeau has denied.She remains a Liberal MP, as does Jane Philpott, who resigned her cabinet post March 4 saying she had lost confidence in the way the Prime Minister’s Office had handled the SNC affair. Trudeau has said he is still considering their future in the caucus. Both have already been nominated in their respective ridings by the Liberals.A spokesman for Trudeau said Friday the prime minister has not spoken with either Wilson-Raybould or Philpott in recent days and has no comment on Wilson-Raybould’s letter.last_img read more

In the news today March 22

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, March 22———SENTENCING FOR DRIVER IN BRONCOS BUS CRASHA truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash is to be sentenced in a Saskatchewan courtroom today. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving. Sidhu barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April. Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured. The Crown wants the 30-year-old sentenced to 10 years in prison, while the defence says other cases suggest a range of 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years is appropriate.———TRUCK DRIVER LIKELY TO FACE DEPORTATION: LAWYERAn immigration lawyer says the truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan is likely to be deported to India right after he serves his sentence. Lorne Waldman, who is based in Toronto and is not involved in the case, says there’s little 30-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu can do to remain in Canada. Waldman says permanent residents such as Sidhu cannot remain in the country if they commit a crime for which the maximum sentence is at least 10 years or their jail sentence is more than six months.———‘ROBOT’ DEVICE HELPS BABIES COPE WITH PAINResearchers in British Columbia have designed a “robot” that helps reduce pain for premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit. Lead inventor and occupational therapist Liisa Holsti said the Calmer device is a rectangular platform that replaces a mattress inside an incubator and is programmed with information on a parent’s heartbeat and breathing motion. The pad on top resembles a skin-like surface. The aim is to help babies cope with pain through touch instead of medication as much as possible while they’re exposed to multiple procedures, such as the drawing of blood, which can be done multiple times a day over several months.———B.C. GROUP WANTS TO CREATE HATE ATLAS OF CANADAAn advocacy organization based in B.C. says it wants to map hatred and discrimination across Canada in a move that is prompting a warning from one civil liberties group. The Morgane Oger Foundation has issued a call for volunteers to help build the Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism, to be known as CAPE. It says the mapping tool will tie together extremist groups and people regularly associated with them, and also map hate crimes across Canada. Micheal Vonn of the B-C Civil Liberties Association says it’s possible the project will be helpful, legal and a positive research tool, but warns there could be privacy issues involved in posting individuals’ information online.———NUGGETS RECALLED OVER SALMONELLA CONCERNThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of a frozen breaded chicken product over fears of salmonella contamination. The agency says Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Nuggets from the marketplace. The recall affects 800-gram packages with a best before date of December 15th. The CFIA says there have been “illnesses associated with the consumption of this product,” but it doesn’t offer any more details. It’s the third time this year the agency has announced a recall on frozen chicken nuggets, after previous notices affecting Compliments brand and Crisp & Delicious brand products.———ALSO IN THE NEWS: — The Union of National Employees holds a rally in front of the Prime Minister’s Office to call on the federal government to address issues with the Phoenix pay system.— Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for February and retail sales figures for January.— Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek will make an announcement about the Ottawa LRT.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

More scrutiny of defence intelligence operations needed security committee says

first_imgOTTAWA — A national-security watchdog is calling for stricter controls on the Canadian military’s spying.In a report today, the national-security committee of parliamentarians says National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have one of the largest intelligence programs in Canada, yet these operations get little outside scrutiny. The MPs and senators on the committee say the government should consider legislation to govern defence intelligence activities.They also recommend the military be required to report annually on its intelligence operations.The committee found that defence agencies carry out a full range of intelligence activities, collecting information through technical means, human sources and investigations.It says these activities entail considerable risks, including possible infringements on the rights of Canadians.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Feds plan to limit uses of neonic pesticides but outright ban still

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal scientists are finalizing restrictions on a much-used class of pesticides to try to protect bees.The recommendations could be moot in less than a year, however, if the same agency upholds an existing decision to ban most uses of the same products to protect other types of insects.The Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada has spent the last seven years reviewing the approvals of nicotine-based pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, that are popular among farmers, backyard green-thumbs and lawn aficionados.The long review process was made even more complicated by the fact that the agency held separate reviews on the same products — one looking at the impact on pollinators such as bees and one for aquatic insects.While Health Canada found bees are only harmed by certain uses of the products, its concern about the rising concentrations in ground and surface water led it to decide last year that it needed to phase out most outdoor uses of the pesticides over the next three to five years.It won’t actually finalize that decision until January 2020 however, so for now the decision is to bar the products from being sprayed on some fruit crops, and limit the frequency with which they can be used on others, starting in 2021.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Allergan expands recall of Biocell textured breast implants following Canadian ban

first_imgTORONTO — Allergan PLC says it’s voluntarily recalling Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders worldwide, a move that follows Canada’s suspension of the product’s licences due to potential risks from cancer.The international pharmaceutical company says in a press release from Dublin, Ireland that it’s issuing the recall as a precaution following recently updated safety information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.However, Health Canada announced in May that it had suspended the licences for Biocell macro-textured breast implants after completing a safety review that was launched two years ago.The Canadian agency said at the time that it had been notified of 22 confirmed Canadian cases of breast-implant-associated lymphoma involving Allergan’s Biocell breast textured implants, but no cases with smooth implants.Allergan told Health Canada at the time it would voluntarily recall unused Biocell devices from the Canadian market.The company now says healthcare providers worldwide should immediately stop using Biocell saline-filled and silicone-filled textured breast implants and tissue expanders, and unused devices are being recalled from all markets. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Manitoba RCMP finds burned vehicle of men wanted in connection with three

first_imgGILLAM, Manitoba (NEWS 1130) – As the nation-wide manhunt continues in the search for the two Vancouver Island men wanted in connection with three deaths in northern B.C., the Manitoba RCMP says it has found the vehicle the two were travelling in.A woman who works near Gillam, Manitoba also says she spoke with them.On Tuesday, the RCMP said they had “reason to believe” Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, had been spotted in the rural community in that province’s north. At a news conference on Wednesday, Cpl. Julie Courchaine said the grey 2011 Toyota RAV 4 the suspects had been travelling in was found burned near Gillam on Monday night.“Based on this information, we have sent a number of resources to the Gillam area,” she said. “There will be a heavier police presence in the community.”Mychelle Keeper, who works at a gas station in Split Lake just outside Gillam, said the two Port Alberni men bought gas from her on Monday.”There’s a big sign at the truck stop there, no bootleggers or drug dealers, he was asking about that. I said ‘no, it’s not allowed here because it’s a dry community.’ That’s it. They paid for their gas and they left,” adds Keeper, who says they didn’t seem suspicious. @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) July 24, 2019“They both stopped in, and they came to my till and he just asked to gas up $20,” Keeper said. “And that Bryer guy, he asked me ‘Is alcohol allowed here in the community?’ because there’s a big sign at the truck stop there, ‘No bootleggers or drug dealers,’ he was asking about that. I said ‘No, it’s not allowed here because it’s a dry community.’ That’s it. They paid for their gas and they left.”She said they didn’t seem suspicious and added it wasn’t until Tuesday, when Schmegelsky and McLeod were named suspects in the deaths of two tourists and an unidentified man in northern B.C., that she realized she’d had a brush with accused killers.“After I realized that it was them, I felt really scared,” Keeper said.Lucas Robertson Fowler and Chynna Noelle Deese were found dead by the side of a highway in northeaster B.C. on Monday, July 15, 2019. (Source: B.C. RCMP)The pair is wanted for questioning in connection with the double homicide of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found alongside the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs in northern B.C. on Monday, July 15. The RCMP says the couple had been shot.They are also wanted for questioning in connection with the suspicious death of an unidentified man, whose body was found near the suspects’ burned-out vehicle around Dease Lake, about 470 kilometres from where Fowler and Deese’s bodies were found.Mounties have released a composite sketch of an unidentified man found dead in northern B.C. near the burned out vehicle of suspects Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19. The RCMP is hoping the public can help identify him. (Source: B.C. RCMP)A burned-out vehicle was later found near Gillam, on the territory of the Fox Lake Cree Nation, shortly after Mounties in Manitoba reported a possible sighting of the pair. At the press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Courchaine confirmed it was the RAV 4 McLeod and Schmegelsky had been travelling in. Officers recovered the vehicle after receiving reports of a car on fire near the reserve.“Many community members may be aware of a Canada wide warrant issued by the RCMP regarding two individuals who may be in the Gillam area,” Chief Walter Spence said in an emailed statement. “A vehicle was burned and discarded near our reserve of Bird today. An all night patrol for the community has been prepared as a caution. The RCMP are carefully conducting their work with a large presence and I would like to ask all community members to report anything of concern directly to RCMP.”Suspects would ‘stand out’, mayor of Gillam saysBoasting a population of just over 1,000 people, Gillam, Manitoba is one of the last communities before the northbound highway ends.Gillam Mayor Dwayne Forman told NEWS 1130 when he heard Schmegelsky and McLeod may have been in the small town, he was “more or less” confused.“I don’t know why anyone – if they were coming this way, why would they come to Gillam?” he said. “It’s a dead end road. Doesn’t make sense.”Forman asked that locals take precautions, like locking doors, on the “chance that they are in the area.”“Through social media, there’s been definitely a lot of expression of fear and the fear is understandable,” he said. “I too want to take the same steps. I want everybody in this community to be safe, I want everyone in Fox Lake to be safe.”He said locals know one another, and the pair would stand out.“We only have approximately 1,100 people in the area,” Forman said. “We all know each other. For the most part, anyone that’s new to the area stands out, and we’d be able to identify if somebody was walking around the community.”Gillam, the town where the duo were apparently last seen in is about an 11 hour drive north of Winnipeg. Very remote area with hundreds of km’s separating communities and the odd gas stations. I used to live in nearby Thompson and this is most of the drive up north. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/SoH4YcBA9r— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) July 24, 2019The area around Gillam and the Fox Lake Cree Nation, about 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg, is surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of deep forest and small bodies of water.Since the sighting was confirmed, Manitoba RCMP have set up informational check-points and have increased the police presence in the area.Forman hopes the two men are caught soon, and that they aren’t in the area of his community.Suspects considered extremely dangerousSchmegelsky and McLeod, first reported missing this week, are considered extremely dangerous, and the RCMP is urging anyone who sees them not to approach but to call 9-1-1 immediately.McLeod is described as being 6’4″ tall, weighs about 169 lbs, has dark hair and facial hair, and brown eyes. Schmegelsky is also 6’4″ tall, weighs about 169 lbs, and has sandy brown hair.“This investigation is very complex and ever evolving,” B.C. RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said Tuesday, and investigators continue to receive new information from the public.last_img read more

Bianca Andreescu rallies past Bouchard in first round at Rogers Cup

first_imgTORONTO — Bianca Andreescu and Eugenie Bouchard started exchanging messages over Instagram when they found out they’d be playing each other in the first round of the Rogers Cup.Any nerves about the all-Canadian matchup were set aside when Bouchard told the 19-year-old Andreescu: “Let’s put on a show.”Under the lights at centre court, they did just that.Andreescu, who grew up in nearby Mississauga, Ont., defeated Bouchard 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday night in two hours nine minutes in front of a packed Aviva Centre crowd that seemed to be rooting for both players.“We were actually saying how cool it is that Felix (Auger-Aliassime) and Vasek (Pospisil) were playing each other in the first round (in Montreal) and then me and her, and that’s good for Canadian tennis,” Bouchard said. “I was like ‘yeah, let’s just put on a show out there. And she was like ‘yeah, let’s go.”’Andreescu, in her first match since re-aggravating a shoulder injury at the French Open in May, started slow but finished strong to take the match.She won the deciding point when Bouchard sailed a return wide. Andreescu, who had been animated throughout the match, replied with a subdued fist pump before hugging her Fed Cup teammate at the net.She won 69 per cent of her first-service points, converted 6-of-12 break points and saved 4-of-8.READ MORE: Felix Auger-Aliassime defeats Pospisil in Rogers Cup first round But Andreescu looked to be in trouble early on.Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., broke Andreescu in the match’s opening game and set the tone for the first set. Then Andreescu responded impressively with three breaks in second.And she took her game to another level from there.“She started really smacking the ball in the second set and just shows what a good player she is,” Bouchard said. “She has a lot of good power on her balls when she hits it well.”Playing in front of a home crowd always special for Bianca AndreescuWhen Andreescu ran into trouble midway through the third, double-faulting twice to give Bouchard a break and tie it 3-all, she responded by breaking right back, firing a forehand winner past Bouchard and screaming into the crowd.Andreescu wasn’t sure exactly what triggered the turning point. Things just started to click.“In the first set, I was a bit nervous. I’m not going to lie,” Andreescu said. “But I shook those nerves and I tried to refocus for the second set.“And I stuck to the right tactics. I made sure to put pressure right from the start of the point, and I think that’s what I really did today.”The win was Andreescu’s second against Bouchard this year. She crushed her compatriot 6-2, 6-0 en route to a tournament title in Newport Beach, Calif., in their only other career meeting.She will face Daria Kasatkina in the second round Wednesday afternoon. Kasatkina advanced by upsetting No. 12 seed Angelique Kerber on Monday night.The 27th-ranked Andreescu had a rapid rise up the rankings earlier this year after a great start to the season, highlighted by her title at a big tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.But Andreescu had played just one match since March because of the shoulder injury, which she said wasn’t bothering her on Tuesday.“I haven’t felt this strong in a while,” she said.Bouchard, a former world No. 5, has slipped to No. 112 in the rankings after winning just two matches at the WTA Tour-level this year. She was given a wild card into the Rogers Cup, a tournament that she’s historically not done well in.The 25-year-old Bouchard has advanced past the second round just twice in nine main-draw appearances at the WTA Premier 5 event. Her best result was a third-round appearance in Montreal in 2016.But Bouchard said she gained a measure of confidence by taking Tuesday’s match to three sets.“She’s a great player, so to battle with her till 6-4 in the third gives me confidence and just motivates me to work even harder,” Bouchard said.Andreescu, who’s had the luxury of staying in her own house and eating home-cooked meals this week, said competing so close to where she grew up added to the victory.“One of the best feelings, really,” she said. “To be able to play in front of my home crowd is always a special feeling. I’ve had many memories here.“I played two years ago on that court, so I had a bit of experience of what to expect, but today was crazier than usual because I was playing a Canadian too.”Earlier Tuesday, Ashleigh Barty lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 to American Sofia Kenin in second-round play, putting the Australian’s No. 1-ranking in peril.Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams also made an early exit at the Rogers Cup. The 39-year-old American lost 6-4, 6-2 to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in the first match of the day on centre court.Donna Vekic, Alison Riske, Katerina Siniakova, Shuai Zhang, Iga Swiatek and Ekaterina Alexandrova also advanced to the second round with wins Tuesday.Meanwhile, American star Sloane Stephens, the seventh seed at the tournament and the 2017 U.S. Open champion, was upset by qualifier Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-5 in the late match Tuesday.Bouzkova advanced to the second round by beating 16-year-old Canadian wild card Leylah Annie Fernandez on Monday.Fernandez suffered her second straight loss of the tournament Tuesday when she and doubles partner Simona Halep fell 1-6, 6-3, 10-5 to Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke on one of the smaller courts in the afternoon.“For me, it was great to play with a very young player,” said Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champ. “She played really well today.”last_img read more

Martina McBride To Perform At National Womens Survivors Convention

first_imgFamed country artist Martina McBride will join with other special musical guests to help salute and celebrate women cancer survivors at the famed Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night, August 24, 2013.McBride and the Opry are joining with the Women Survivors Alliance and the National Women’s Survivors Convention to celebrate women survivors from across the country, and especially those attending the National Women’s Survivors Convention that same weekend at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.The Grand Ole Opry will recognize these women throughout the night on the Opry stage and over the airwaves on 650 AM WSM and opry.com with special performances and survivor messages. Olympic Gold Medalist and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton will serve as a guest announcer.“We’re delighted to be a part of these survivors’ visits to Nashville,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “We are going to have a lot of fun while also helping them take great steps toward creating awareness and a real movement about survivorship.”Hundreds of women survivors of all types of cancer from across the country and around the world will converge on Music City for a three-day, one-of-a-kind experience. Not a typical cancer convention, women will celebrate the mission of taking a step to creating a national movement towards survivorship and understanding the needs of cancer patients after treatments conclude.“We are so grateful to Martina and our partners at the Grand Ole Opry for making this night so special,” said Karen Shayne, founder of the Women Survivors Alliance. “Women cancer survivors will ready to celebrate as we wrap up our national convention and their collective efforts to create a national movement to help other women dealing with life after cancer.”Among the national organizations and individuals already involved in the National Women’s Survivors Convention are: Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, LiveSTRONG at the YMCA (USA), American Cancer Society, YMCA (YUSA), Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, 4th Angel Program at Taussig Cancer Center – Cleveland Clinic, Olympic Gold Medalist’s Shannon Miller and Scott Hamilton, Bravo TV Star Tabatha Coffey, MTV Star Diem Brown, Dr. Susan Love and the Army of Women Campaign, Great American Country’s Nan Kelley and husband Charlie Kelley.For registration, click here.last_img read more

Li Bingbing Wages War On Ivory And Rhino Horn Trade

first_imgChina’s top actress and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, Li Bingbing, is joining the world’s largest wildlife awareness campaign against the ivory and rhino horn trade in a series of public service announcements beginning with War.The screen star will appear in five live action spots currently being scheduled to air throughout China as part of the “Say No To Ivory and Rhino Horn” Campaign. Li joins fellow countryman and WildAid Ambassador Yao Ming, who launched the campaign last month in Beijing with WildAid, Save the Elephants, and the African Wildlife Foundation.Li recently completed an official mission with UNEP to learn more about Kenya’s wild elephants and confront the impacts of poaching that are threatening elephants and rhinos across Africa.“We are incredibly thankful that Li Bingbing is joining our campaign as a WildAid Ambassador to shift China’s view of ivory and rhino horn consumption,” said WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights. “Due to the ivory and rhino horn trade as many as 25,000 elephants are killed every year and up to 95% of the world’s rhinos have been lost in the past four decades, with the last of the species in Mozambique recently falling victim to poachers. We must act now to save these endangered animals from extinction.”The importance of raising awareness within China, the leading country for ivory consumption, is central to Li’s campaign. As the actress states in her first PSA: “There is a war in Africa you don’t hear about in the news. A war that kills 25,000 elephants a year, for ivory. A war that sponsors civil wars and criminal gangs, paid for with ivory. But this is a war we can stop, by simply saying no to ivory. When the buying stops, the killing can, too.”In 2012, WildAid launched an inaugural awareness campaign seeking to ban shark fin consumption in China. The campaign centered on multimedia components, and a vital partnership with CCTV, to highlight the cruelty inherent in shark finning and the vital role that sharks play in the marine ecosystem. According to the South China Morning Post: “…the Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong reported that shark fin imports have reduced from 10,292 tons to 3,087 from 2011 to November 2012; over a 70% decline.”“Our shark fin campaign proved that our model of targeting the consumer has a tremendous impact on the lives of endangered animals,” Knights added. “Today marks another successful step in our partnership with China’s leading conservationists as well as the nation’s broadcast media and government.”Source:WildAidlast_img read more