NEW DELHI: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra discussed the issue of desilting and water logging in SDMC localities in a high level meeting attended by the E-n-C Engineering Department & other senior officers and representatives other 11 government agencies. Mayor stated that keeping in view the expected rainfall in this monsoon season all agencies will have to work in tandem and have to work extra to tackle the problem.The meeting, which was held on Friday evening, was attended by E-n-C & other officers and representatives of PWD, DDA, DJB, Railway, NHAI, New Delhi Municipal Council, I&FC, BSES, NTPC, DUSIB and DSIIDC. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe Mayor stated that every year citizens have to face problems due to water logging which results into longer traffic jams. It would be better if the agencies take proactive actions, work in tandem and avoid blame game, then it would become easy to avoid earlier situation. All traditional water logging points were discussed separately in the meeting. A few among them are Dhansa Road Najafgarh, Sangam Vihar, Lajpat Nagar under pass, Kushak Nallah, Sunhari Nallah, Mehrauli, Defence Colony, Papravat Village etc.
Oakland: A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Donald Trump from tapping USD 2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. in Oakland acted in two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended that the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats. “All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a 20-state coalition of attorneys general in one lawsuit. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The decisions are in line with Gilliam’s ruling last month that blocked work from beginning on two of the highest-priority projects one spanning 46 miles (74 kilometers) in New Mexico and another covering 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Yuma, Arizona. But the fight is far from over. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to take up the same issue of using military money next week. At issue is President Donald Trump’s February declaration of a national emergency so that he could divert 6.7 billion from military and other sources to begin construction of the wall, which could have begun as early as Monday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Trump declared the emergency after losing a fight with the Democratic-led House that led to a 35-day government shutdown. The president identified 3.6 billion from military construction funds, 2.5 billion from Defense Department counterdrug activities and 600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture fund. The judge Friday didn’t rule on funding from the military construction and Treasury budgets. In the second suit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the judge determined that the use of the 2.5 billion for two sectors of the wall was unlawful, although he rejected environmental arguments that wall construction would threaten species such as bighorn sheep.
Dubai: Iran says remarks by the country’s foreign minister about Iran’s missile program possibly being up for negotiations with the US meant to challenge Washington’s arms sales policy to the region and were not meant to indicate a readiness by Tehran for any such talks.The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, tweeted late on Tuesday that Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments “threw the ball into the US court while challenging America’s arm sales” to its Mideast allies.Zarif had said in an NBC News interview that if the U.S. wants to talk about Iran’s missiles, “they need first to stop selling all these weapons, including missiles, to our region.” Iran has long rejected negotiations over its missile program.Iran’s mission to the United Nations also described Zarif’s comments as purely “hypothetical.”
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government is all set to launch more than 100 Mohalla Clinics by next month, said the sources in the government. All these clinics are mostly ready for the use and now the government is working on the appointment of doctors in these clinics and also some last-minute infrastructural work is going on. “Most of these Mohalla Clinics are fully ready. The Public Works Department (PWD) is working on the last minute setting of furniture in these clinics. The work of appointment of doctors are also going on,” said a senior official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the officials, most of these clinics are built in both government lands and rented lands. “The government has now decided to rent private lands because the projects got delayed due to the availability of the lands. Now after the decision of taking lands in rent, the work progress is going fast,” said the official. The Delhi government will also extend the timings of Mohalla or neighbourhood clinics, and in effect starting a second shift in them to cater to excessive demand. The existing clinics, each seeing visits by at least 150 patients a day will be open from 7 am to 7 pm, six days a week. Mohalla Clinics of Delhi, the flagship project of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also get an up gradation where the various important tests for the patients would be outsourced to the private labs. Tenders have also been issued for outsourcing laboratory services for the clinics and mobile health services. This will make the tests faster and perfect. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The Delhi government tries to give all the tests facilities at the Mohallah Clinics but in some places, we face problems due to lack of technicians. Now if we can outsource these tests it will help the patients and also bring down the rush,” said an official. Meanwhile, after lots of tussle with the DDA the Delhi government has decided to take semi-commercial spaces on rent to make MohallahClinics. By November, the Delhi government will make 500 more Mohallah Clinics, said the sources in the Delhi government. In an urgent meeting with the Health Minister, the department took the decision.
EDMONTON – An Ontario chief says three national Indigenous groups have told Alberta Premier Rachel Notley they won’t be at a meeting with the premiers next week in Edmonton.Isadore Day, Ontario chief with the Assembly of First Nations, says he supports the decision by leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami not to attend the meeting on Monday, the day before the premiers hold their own talks.“Our participation needs to be meaningful,” Day said Friday. “Talk is cheap.”The leaders of the three groups have scheduled a news conference for Monday morning in Toronto, saying they “expect full inclusion in intergovernmental tables.”Day said holding separate talks for Indigenous leaders “doesn’t meet the test of reconciliation.”Notley’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Oates, said officials are continuing to talk with aboriginal groups about their attendance.“We would like them to come,” she said. “We’ll keep working to encourage them to come.”Five national aboriginal groups were originally scheduled to attend the meeting. The Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada have not signalled whether they will be there.Day said Indigenous leaders are prepared to push harder if the provinces and territories don’t demonstrate a willingness to change their position on the meetings.“We are in troubled waters right now,” he said.
TORONTO – Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr returns to court this week to ask that his bail conditions be eased, including allowing him unfettered contact with his controversial older sister, more freedom to move around Canada, and unrestricted internet access.In support of his request, Khadr notes the conditions originally imposed two years ago were necessary as a graduated integration plan following his 13 years in American and Canadian custody. No issues have arisen since his release and the various restrictions have been revised several times — most recently in May last year, he says.Currently, Khadr, 30, can only have contact with his sister Zaynab if one of his lawyers or bail supervisor is present. The condition is no longer necessary, he says.“I am now an adult and I think independently,” he says in an affidavit. “Even if the members of my family were to wish to influence my religious or other views, they would not be able to control or influence me in any negative manner.”Zaynab Khadr, 37, who recently had a fourth child in Egypt, according to court filings obtained by The Canadian Press, was detained in Turkey a year ago for an expired visa. She and her fourth husband subsequently moved to Malaysia but are now said to be living in Sudan and planning to visit Canada.“I would like to be able to spend time with her and the rest of our family when she is here,” Omar Khadr states. “As far as I am aware, Zaynab is not involved in any criminal activities and is frequently in contact with the Canadian embassy in order to ensure that her paperwork is up to date.”Zaynab Khadr, who was born in Ottawa, was at one point unable to get a Canadian passport after frequently reporting hers lost. She was also subject to an RCMP investigation in 2005 but faced no charges. Her third husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, is reportedly still a Taliban hostage along with his American wife and children in Afghanistan. In 2008, she went on a hunger strike on Parliament Hill to draw attention to her brother’s plight as an American captive in Guantanamo Bay.Several years ago, she and her mother infuriated many Canadians by expressing pro-al-Qaida views. Omar Khadr told The Canadian Press last month that he saw no point in decrying their views.“I’m not excusing what they said. I’m not justifying what they said,” Khadr said. “They were going through a hard time. They said things out of anger or frustration.”Khadr, who recently married, says a college in Red Deer, Alta., about a half hour from where he spent time in maximum security after his return from Guantanamo Bay, has accepted him into its nursing program. He says he plans to leave his Edmonton apartment at the end of September and find new accommodation.In another bail-variation request the court in Edmonton will consider on Thursday, Khadr asks for an end to a condition that he provide his supervisor notice about his travel plans within Alberta, and that he obtain permission to travel outside the province. Requiring him to remain in Canada would be sufficient, the documents state. He also wants restrictions on accessing computers or the internet lifted.In May 2015, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice June Ross granted Khadr bail pending appeal of his conviction by a widely maligned U.S. military commission for five purported war crimes. The appeal in the States has stalled through circumstances outside his control and nothing has changed since his release, his filing says.Khadr found himself at the centre of a fierce political firestorm amid word last month that the Canadian government, which apologized to him for breaching his rights, had paid him $10.5 million in compensation. He says he just wants to get on with his life.“I wish to become independent and to put my legal matters behind me,” he says in his affidavit. “I am a law-abiding citizen and I wish to live free of court-imposed conditions.”American soldiers captured a badly wounded Khadr, then 15 years old, in July 2002 following a fierce assault on a compound in Afghanistan in which a U.S. special forces soldier was killed. Khadr later said he pleaded guilty before the commission to throwing the deadly grenade as a way out of American detention. He returned to Canada in 2012 to serve out the rest of the eight-year sentence he was given.
OTTAWA – Gerry Ritz, one of the longest serving Conservative members of Parliament, is leaving federal political life.Sources tell The Canadian Press the former agriculture minister and MP for a Saskatchewan riding is expected to make the announcement this week.Ritz was first elected in 1997 as a member of the Reform Party, and went on to win his seat in every subsequent federal election.Between 2007 and 2015, he served as agriculture minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper, overseeing among other things the marquee Conservative promise to overhaul the Canadian Wheat Board.In 2008, in the midst of an outbreak of listeriosis that killed about 20 people, he drew widespread condemnation for cracking a joke that the political damage from the issue was “like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts.”He later apologized for the remark, which Harper’s office had called tasteless and completely inappropriate.Ritz had informed Scheer of his planned retirement earlier this summer as the Conservative leader was in the midst of putting together his shadow cabinet.Under interim party leader Rona Ambrose, Ritz had served as critic for international trade. That position will now be held by Ontario MP Dean Allison.Ritz, 66, had spent two decades working as a farmer before entering political life. He won office in the same election that saw Deepak Obhrai secure a seat for the Reform Party in Calgary — Obhrai was sworn in before Ritz, because of the alphabetical list, so is technically considered the longest serving Tory MP.But the duo represent the last of the old Reform guard in the House of Commons.Just after the Tories were reduced to Opposition status last election, Ritz told the Manitoba Cooperator his wife had hoped he wouldn’t run again in the 2015 race, but he felt had unfinished business.“I’m not ashamed of anything I have done or how I’ve done it,” he said.“I certainly will look anybody in the eye and say ‘the greater good prevailed’ and that’s what democracy is all about — having your say but not having your way (necessarily) with the election we just went through.”
TORONTO – A man sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty in a drunk driving crash that killed three young children and their grandfather will be eligible to apply for unescorted temporary absence from prison next month.Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville, died after the van they were in was hit by a speeding SUV driven by Marco Muzzo.The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were also seriously hurt in the Vaughan, Ont., collision.Muzzo was sentenced in March 2016 to 10 years in prison after a judge said he must be held accountable for the irreversible suffering he’d caused in the September 2015 crash north of Toronto.Superior Court Justice Michelle Fuerst noted Muzzo had already accrued a lengthy record of driving infractions — many of them for speeding — when he made the fateful decision to drink and drive after returning home from a trip to Miami.Muzzo pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two of impaired driving causing bodily harm and was to serve nine years and four months after credit for time served.Correctional Service Canada says Muzzo will be eligible for day parole in November 2018, full parole in May 2019 and statutory release on June 18, 2022, and faces a 12-year driving ban, which will take effect on his release from custody.Before sentencing, Muzzo apologized to the Neville-Lake family, saying he was “tortured by the grief and the pain” that he had caused.“I will forever be haunted by the reality of what I have done. I am truly sorry,” he said.The children’s mother, Jennifer Neville-Lake, posted an emotional message on Facebook earlier this week, to mark the two-year anniversary of the crash.“Another year of every day hearing how many others have joined this gruesome family I was forced into, made up of victims of impaired driving,” she wrote.“I may sound like a broken record but trust me, you don’t want to be me. Please. Plan and think before you drink. Don’t kill kids. Don’t kill a family.”During Muzzo’s criminal trial, court heard he picked up his Jeep from the airport parking lot and drove through a stop sign shortly afterward, plowing into the driver’s side of the minivan carrying the Neville-Lake family. He was speeding at the time.The Neville-Lake family is seeking more than $25 million from Muzzo and his family’s drywall company, Marel Contractors, arguing their negligence caused the fatal crash.
TORONTO – Most people in Ontario’s jails are held in maximum security, subject to regular and possibly unconstitutional strip searches, and without access to rehabilitation programming, according to an independent corrections adviser.Howard Sapers released a report Tuesday painting a picture of a system in need of an overhaul to emphasize human rights, and that lacks the proper tools to address Indigenous overrepresentation and full oversight when inmates die in custody.Sapers’ 62 recommendations include calling for a new Corrections Act to address legal gaps in Ontario’s system.“Dignity, respect and legality are integral to the delivery of correctional services,” Sapers said. “When paired with evidence-based correctional practice and the principles such as restraint in the use of state authority and a default to the least restrictive measure, the outcome is safe, effective corrections.”Corrections Minister Marie-France Lalonde said the government will address all of Sapers’ recommendations and will introduce new corrections legislation this fall.“We recognize that the current legislative framework contains little direction on many of the issues that Mr. Sapers has raised, issues such as how and when searches take place, who responds to inmates’ complaints and the conditions of confinement within our institutions,” she said. “These issues are of fundamental importance to both inmates and staff.”Ontario is one of the only provinces without a law curbing the use of strip searches in jails, despite the charter strictly limiting the “degrading” practice, Sapers said.Not only does the province have no law to address it, but government policy actually requires Ontario’s jails to carry out regular, routine strip searches of all inmates on a biweekly basis and daily for inmates in segregation, he found. Nearly all other provinces and the federal system place limitations on strip searches, he said.About two-thirds of the people in Ontario’s correctional institutions are on remand, meaning they are legally innocent, but the conditions under which they are held don’t reflect that, Sapers found. Almost all are held under maximum security conditions, which leads to limited access to programs, Sapers said.Ontario has no minimum security provincial jails.The province should explore non-institutional forms of pre-trial detention and establish minimum and medium institutions, Sapers recommended.Lalonde has previously announced that new jails will be built to replace existing facilities in Ottawa and Thunder Bay that have come under fire in recent years for overcrowding and infrastructure concerns. She suggested Tuesday that the new facilities won’t be maximum security by default.Sapers said the “vast majority” of inmates in Ontario don’t have access to effective discharge planning or supported gradual release. Discharge plans are only directed for inmates serving between 30 days and six months, leaving out people serving more or less time or on remand.As well, temporary absences can be powerful reintegration tools, but Ontario has dramatically decreased its usage of them over the last few decades, Sapers said. The vast majority of such passes for rehabilitative purposes — for work, education or community programming — go to people serving intermittent sentences, who already spend weekdays in the community, he found.New corrections legislation should expand the use of temporary absences, Sapers recommended.More than 150 people have died in Ontario’s correctional institutions over the last decade, but Sapers’ team couldn’t find definitive figures, he said. Most deaths were due to natural causes and therefore not subject to a full, arm’s-length review, because in 2009, the government removed a requirement for a mandatory coroner’s inquest for such deaths, Sapers said.All in-custody natural deaths should require an inquest, he recommended.Sapers also found there is almost no law in Ontario directing how inmate complaints should be handled. Most institutions don’t have dedicated complaint forms, inmates generally aren’t given a copy of their complaint, and the vast majority are not centrally collected or tracked.Indigenous people make up about two per cent of Ontario’s population but 13 per cent of provincial inmates, Sapers said. The ministry should establish a separate Indigenous policy and programs division, he recommended.“It is questionable whether, in the absence of a central and permanent Indigenous division with dedicated, high-ranking leadership and decision-making authority, the necessary fundamental change will occur,” Sapers wrote.
RED DEER, Alta. – Relatives of three members of a central Alberta family who were murdered and their bodies burned lashed out at the two men convicted of first-degree murder in their deaths Wednesday.Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank were found guilty on all three charges by Justice Eric Macklin.The bodies of Gordon Klaus and his daughter, Monica, were found in their burned-out farmhouse near Castor, Alta., in December 2013. Sandra Klaus was never found, although police believe her body was also in the house.The victims were Jason Klaus’ father, mother and sister.His aunt, Marilyn Thomson, said she was sickened when she watched the two men confess to an undercover RCMP officer during the trial.“Jason is also dead to me. The whole family is gone,” Thomson said outside court.“My hatred is immeasurable. I was absolutely devastated to hear and watch the arrogance, the bragging, the conceit — the cockiness and the sheer happiness of Jason and Josh who are obviously buddies and proud of what they had done.”Nicole Thomson said her Uncle Gordon and Aunt Sandra were almost second parents to her.“Part of me will always live in a state of devastation because of what you’ve done,” she said to her cousin Jason, choking back tears.“You are not worthy of the Klaus name. May God have mercy on you two depraved souls. To forgive you would be to sully their worth and I will never forgive this.”During the trial, Klaus and Frank each blamed the other for the murders and gave different versions of what happened.Macklin said he was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt of their guilt.“Together they planned and carried out the three murders,” he said. “Each one played a crucial role in executing the plan.”Macklin said if the Klaus family dog hadn’t been shot, police may never have known the victims had been murdered. Fire crews arrived at the farm and found the brown Labrador retriever dead.RCMP found two shell casings outside the burning home and two bodies inside. Macklin said police later found the handgun in the Battle River — it belonged to Klaus and matched the bullets found in the family dog.During the trial court heard that Klaus was having problems with his father and offered Frank money to kill the family.Klaus had a cocaine and gambling addiction. He forged cheques on his parents account, promising to pay them back.Macklin said the men’s confessions “fit together like a puzzle and together they form the big picture.”“Mr. Frank intentionally shot Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus on Dec. 8, 2013, and set the house on fire to conceal the crime. Mr. Frank knew exactly what Mr. Klaus expected of him and he carried out the murders in accordance with their plan,” Macklin said.“Mr. Klaus did not actually shoot the Klaus family members. However, the Crown has established beyond a reasonable doubt that he planned and deliberated the murders.”Macklin wanted to move immediately to sentencing arguments, but the defence requested more time because the Crown is seeking no chance of parole for 75 years.Life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years is automatic for first-degree murder, but there are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders.Crown prosecutor Doug Taylor said he hopes the family and friends of the dead can find some peace once the case is over.“I struggle with this because it’s not my role as a Crown prosecutor to characterize the offence. That’s the role of the court,” Taylor said.“With that said, the word that comes to mind to me and it always has since I learned of the case and got involved is this is a despicable crime.”Follow BillGraveland on Twitter
CALGARY – Riding around in the back of the Canadian men’s ski team van and reading The Economist directed the course of Scott Hutcheson’s life.He decided to go back to school — he’d dropped out to join the ski team — and learn what it takes to launch projects to profitability.Hutcheson is a man who has stood at the intersection of business and sport for much of his life.Those who know him say he has the skill set to shepherd a city to where both worlds fuse on a monolithic scale, which is an Olympic Games.As chair of Calgary 2026, the bid corporation tasked with constructing a deal that business, government and the public will embrace, Hutcheson has a lot to do and little time to do it.Calgary must decide by January if it will make a pitch for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There will be a plebiscite later this year when the populace will give a thumbs up or thumbs down.“It’s never safe to step out as a leader. It’s often got giant challenges,” Hutcheson told The Canadian Press on the 15th floor of The Edison, an office tower owned by his company Aspen Properties.“If we get to put to bid in, I think Calgary has a fantastic opportunity, but we’ve got to get there. There’s a lot of hurdles between now and then. It’s not for the weak of stomach.”You’d think a man who bought the Calgary Tower must be whimsical, but the 191-metre downtown tourist attraction came in a 2006 deal for a larger commercial property, to which the tower is attached.“It’s a very tiny piece of the bigger investment,” Hutcheson said. “It kind of scared me to be honest because it’s a different business than commercial real estate. It’s a tourism destination.”The 58-year-old from Huntsville, Ont., moved to Calgary to start his own company in 1998 after working in finance and commercial real estate in the U.S.Aspen Properties owns and manages $1 billion in assets in Calgary and Edmonton. The Canadian Press rents space in the base of the tower for its Calgary bureau.The commercial vacancy rate in Calgary hovers around 25 per cent. So what’s in it for Hutcheson, if the city pursues and wins the bid for 2026?“I don’t know that Aspen gains necessarily,” he replied. “If we as Calgarians, whether we get the bid or not, can turn a conversation from the negative place our business community is today, to some dreams and some hope, I think the community can change some of the narrative.“I would hope we put good numbers and good value propositions that are very believable and very accurate in front of our community and let the community assess that.”Hutcheson is 2026 bid chair in part because John Furlong, the head the Vancouver organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Games, championed him.“To me, the big test of leadership is, is anyone following?” Furlong said. “When Scott is at the front of the room, people are paying attention and they’re following.“He has a way to take a room. He speaks thoughtfully. When he presents something, people tend to gather around it because they think it’s well thought-through.”According to those who know him, Hutcheson speaks quietly, listens a lot and analyzes continuously.“Scott’s one of those guys that has the highest form of intelligence, which is acute common sense,” said Bob Rooney, chief legal officer of Enbridge.“You can get a lot of people that will overanalyze and go too far into esoteric issues and he can bring it back to what’s fundamentally important, to whatever issue you happen to be dealing with at the time.”Added Calgary Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandip Lalli: “What he’s known for is a wholesome business leader with multiple industry experience and having the foundational experience as an athlete.”You don’t take on a tilting-at-windmills project like an Olympic Games without loving sport.Hutcheson has chaired and served on various boards running national sport, including WinSport, which oversees the legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and Own The Podium, which directs funding and provides technical expertise in Canada’s high-performance sport system.He’s also been a board member for the annual World Cup downhills at Lake Louise, Alta., where he and some Canadian ski legends raced in the first one in 1980.Hutcheson doesn’t count himself among the Crazy Canucks. He says that title is reserved for six men — Steve Podborski, Ken Read, Dave Irwin, Dave Murray, Jim Hunter and Todd Brooker.Hutcheson was primarily a slalom and giant slalom skier for Canada from 1978 to 1982, although he liked downhill too. He competed in all three disciplines at the 1982 world championship in Schladming, Austria.“He’s a big strong guy. He was a power skier,” Podborski said. “He made it happen on the race course much the same way he does in business.”Hutcheson’s father Bob put his son on skis, as the saying goes, as soon as he could walk.Bob Hutcheson owned and operated several businesses in the Huntsville area. He and wife Jane volunteered at the ski venue, Nakiska Ski Resort, at the ’88 Games in Calgary.Scott’s younger brother Blake was chief executive officer of Oxford Properties Group, but was recently named president and chief pensions officer for Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) that boasts $95 billion in assets.After retiring from the Canadian team, Scott headed to the University of Utah where he raced on scholarship, finished his high school equivalency and obtained his first finance degree.The father of two sons says the parallel between entrepreneurship and ski racing is managing risk in a healthy way.That is also a requirement for a successful Winter Games bid.“We’re built with healthy fear and unhealthy fear and when you’re hurdling down a ski hill at really fast speeds, you have to overcome some healthy fear and you have to work through that over time,” Hutcheson explained.“Business is similar to being an athlete. You’d better take baby steps and if you take a leap too far ahead at any point in time, you can get yourself into trouble by taking risks that you’re not aware of.”
MONTREAL – A candidate for the Parti Quebecois has withdrawn his candidacy just weeks before the provincial election.Guy Leclair, the PQ candidate and outgoing member of the legislature for the Montreal-area riding of Beauharnois, announced his resignation in a statement late Wednesday.The announcement came on the same day Leclair was charged with impaired driving and refusing to obey a police officer.In his statement, Leclair says he expects to be acquitted of the charges but he had to withdraw for the good of the party.He’s due to appear in court Sept. 21, just 10 days before Quebecers go to the polls.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, who spent much of the past two days defending Leclair after the allegations became public, has 10 days to find another candidate.
OTTAWA – Countries with automatic citizenship by birth: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.Examples of countries that have ended or modified automatic birthright citizenship in recent decades: Thailand (1972), Portugal (1981), United Kingdom (1983), Australia (1986), India (1987), Malta (1989), Ireland (2005), New Zealand (2006), Dominican Republic (2010).Countries with automatic birthright citizenship that have one or more explicit exceptions: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States.(Source: Minister of Citizenship and Immigration’s filing in the current Supreme Court case of Alexander Vavilov, who along with his brother Timothy was born in Canada to parents who were Russian spies)
MONTREAL (NEWS 1130) – Political tensions have been running high in Montreal, as the prime minister and the premiers sit down for the First ministers meeting.It is a testy day of talks. Premiers have a long list of contentious issues to address with the prime minister. Rumours are flying that Ontario’s Doug Ford may even walk out of the session, which is focused on his key topic.“The job-killing carbon tax, that’s an important issue,” Ford said.”Everything’s going alright” says Premier @fordnation during a break in the first Ministers Meeting. #cdnpoli https://t.co/NpVfUy8IVp— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 7, 2018In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the plan and even took a veiled shot at Ford by praising Quebec’s cap and trade system, which Ford abolished in Ontario.“Right here in Quebec, the cap and trade system has proven to be a successful market-based approach to reducing pollution.”Opening remarks by Justin Trudeau. He praises Quebec for cap and trade. Sore point for Ford and other Premiers who are challenging the feds in court pic.twitter.com/k1BdJ3qcu9— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) December 7, 2018The meeting was supposed to be focused on inter-provincial trade, but has been more about the carbon tax, oil crisis, and pipelines.Meanwhile, Alberta is demanding federal action over critically low oil prices. “[It is] huge contributor to our GDP — hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.”Trudeau vows to support those affected, “whether they are oil and gas workers in Alberta, hit hard by the price differential or GM workers in Oshawa.”Manitoba’s premier is concerned too many topics have been added to the agenda, and fears not much will be accomplished.
REGINA — A father who lost his son in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says mandatory training in Saskatchewan for commercial semi-truck drivers is a good first step, but he wants to see more.Russ Herold, whose son Adam died in a collision between the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi last April, told CJME in Regina that he would like to see the rules adopted nationwide.Herold is also calling for graduated licensing with limits on mileage and on what semi-trailer combinations drivers are allowed based on how much time they’ve spent behind the wheel.Last week, the Saskatchewan government announced that, starting in March, drivers will have to take mandatory training of just over 120 hours for a Class 1 commercial licence.Farmers driving for agricultural purposes will be exempt from the new rules, but will need to stay within the provincial boundary.Herold, a farmer himself, doesn’t think there should be exemptions for anyone.“There is no such thing as a border when you’re a truck driver nowadays,” he said. “Everybody sees that there’s lots of trucks. Truck traffic is just the way goods move these days and we need to ensure the roads are safe.”He suggested experience has to be key in training.“Experience behind the wheel is what’s going to make people better drivers. You’re not going on a thousand-mile trip your first trip out,” Herold said.“We all share the road and an accident could happen in 50 miles as easy as it can in 500 miles.”Sixteen people were killed and 13 players were injured as a result of the crash at a rural intersection in April as the Broncos were heading to a junior hockey playoff game.The truck driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, is charged with numerous counts of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Joe Hargrave, minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, has called mandatory training overdue and said the government had been considering the measure even before the Broncos crash.Herold said he gets frustrated to hear that from a government that has been in power for years.“If people talk like that, obviously they know there was a concern. There was possibly a problem,” he said. “Why weren’t things done sooner? Why did it take a tragedy like this to bring it to the forefront?”(CJME)The Canadian Press
Legault says he would have expected the game to be stopped so those responsible for the slurs could be ejected from the arena.The premier called on fans to intervene when they hear racist comments and state clearly that such conduct is not acceptable.Diaby, a former draft choice of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, left the Ligue nord-americaine de hockey game during the second period as a result of the verbal abuse.He says he didn’t feel his family members, who were at the game and were also taunted, were safe, and they all left the arena.The Canadian Press Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he’s appalled that hockey fans would hurl insults at a player because he’s black.Speaking to reporters before question period today in Quebec City, Legault raised the case of Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, a semi-pro hockey player who was subjected to racist taunts during a game in St-Jerome, Que., last Saturday.WATCH: Racism at pro hockey game
MONTREAL — Researchers at Montreal’s McGill University say a recent study appears to refute the hypothesis that anti-inflammatory drugs could help stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.The school tested the effect of the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen on 200 participants who were at risk of developing the disease but were not yet showing symptoms.The study’s authors say the two-year clinical trial turned up no evidence that taking the common drug, which is sold under the brand name Aleve, had any effect on the disease’s progression when compared to a placebo.The school says researchers have known for decades that inflammation accompanies Alzheimer’s brain lesions, which led to the hypothesis that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could help stop or prevent the disease.But the researchers say subsequent clinical trials all point to the conclusion that the drugs don’t make a difference, regardless of whether the patients are already experiencing cognitive impairment.Lead author Dr. John Breitner says the results suggest that researchers will have to look elsewhere in their search for a much-needed way to prevent the disease.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — The owner of the last surviving St. Lawrence River schooner, beached in Cuba after running aground more than two months ago, says looters made off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the ship last week.The Grosse-Ile, the last seaworthy vessel of its kind and an important piece of Quebec’s maritime heritage, has been grounded since Jan. 27, and salvage efforts have been repeatedly thwarted by Cuban authorities, said the ship’s owner, Didier Epars.For two weeks, everything has been in place to remove the schooner from the beach, but for reasons that remain unclear, Cuban authorities have delayed issuing a permit for a tug from the Cayman Islands requisitioned by Epars’ insurer.The delay allowed thieves to strip the two-masted schooner last week of GPS antennas, an outboard motor for a dinghy and valuable rigging for the sails.Since he and his son, fearing for their lives, deliberately ran aground in a storm, the schooner has been looted several times, but Epars said the Cuban army refused to allow him to camp on the beach to watch over the ship.His son has since left Cuba, but Epars remains “in custody” — albeit at a holiday resort run by the Cuban military. The Maria La Gorda resort is close to his ship, which he monitors from a distance when he can. There is a military base next to the resort, which is in a national park in a remote part of Cuba.The shipwrecked skipper wonders where the looters have come from, since the national park is uninhabited and the nearest village, El Cayuco, is inland 45 kilometres from Maria La Gorda.Epars said it is clear that the theft required the use of boats, and the only boats nearby are those of the army, recently relaunched after undergoing repairs for about two weeks.The looting is all the more discouraging as Epars had hoped the Grosse-Ile would have been refloated weeks ago. On March 23, he was told the salvage would take place the following Tuesday, March 26, but the necessary permit has still not been provided.Epars’ insurance broker, the British firm Concept Special Risks, is also questioning the delay.In an email to The Canadian Press last week, company representative Mark Thomas said a Cuban salvage company, also run by the military, is responsible for obtaining the permit. Thomas said the process has been bogged down by requests for information from the Cubans.“A lot of the information doesn’t seem relevant, but they insist,” Thomas said.Built in 1951, the Grosse-Ile was used to provision the island east of Quebec City after which it was named. Epars bought it in 1992, but it needed to be almost entirely rebuilt. It took him 20 years to get the necessary permits to take on passengers, and in 2015 the schooner returned to the water, sailing between Quebec City and Montreal.Quebec Minister of International Relations Nadine Girault said in an interview that her office is closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Cuba. “We offered our support to the embassy, but our hands are a little tied on it, because it is really under federal jurisdiction,” she said.The Cuban embassy in Ottawa did not return a call from The Canadian Press.Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press
Bob Barker, best known for hosting The Price is Right for 35 years, has donated $250,000 to Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation!From the organization’s Facebook page: “The donation is funded through Barker’s Los Angeles-based DJ&T Foundation, named in fond memory of Bob’s wife, Dorothy Jo and mother, Tilly.“Following up on a funding request from WRR for $5,000 for an avian ventilator, Mr. Barker placed a personal phone call to Lynn during which he mentioned that he had done a little research and found nothing but praise for our organization and our work with animals. He then said he was sending $250,000 to support the purchase of the ventilator as well as many other things he knows we need for all the animals we rescue.”WRR serves the cities of San Antonio, Austin, and all surrounding counties, as well as the entire state of Texas. WRR also provides assistance on a national basis to wild animals in need of rescue. WRR provides a permanent home for a variety of mammals (e.g., wolves, bears, big cats, and primates) and non-indigenous birds and reptiles. Each year over 5,000 animals are brought to WRR, mostly from surrounding areas, but many from around the country; the majority of these were rehabilitated and released or given permanent sanctuary.WRR maintains a 24-hour Emergency Hotline and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is supported by a membership of over 11,000 individuals and is assisted by 150 Volunteers. The organization has a Staff of 20 and anywhere from 8 to 15 Animal Care Interns who come from the U.S. and abroad to work at the Sanctuary and gain experience and training in wildlife rehabilitation and animal care.Find out more here.