Rupee slips 28 paise to 7188 against USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee opened on a cautious note and fell 28 paise to 71.88 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday amid rising demand for the US dollar vis-a-vis other currencies overseas. Forex traders said the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities have enthused demand for safe heaven assets like the US dollar. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose by 0.01 per cent to 98.61. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The Indian rupee on Monday had plunged by 68 paise to 71.60 against the US dollar amid concerns over soaring crude prices following drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. At the Interbank Foreign Exchange, the rupee opened at 71.83 then fell to 71.88 against the US dollar, showing a decline of 28 paise over its previous closing. The Indian rupee on Monday had closed at 71.60 against the US dollar. Forex traders said weak opening in domestic equities and unabated foreign fund outflows also weighed on the domestic currency. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Domestic bourses opened on a negative note on Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 137.87 points down at 36,985.44 and Nifty lower by 38.85 points at 10,964.65. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs), who were net buyers for the past few sessions, offloaded shares worth Rs 751.26 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data. “The recent attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant has sent oil prices shooting up. If production is not resumed soon, such a rise could hurt the global economy as consumer costs will also go up. This will definitely affect India, where the economy is already stressed,” said Pushkar Mukewar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Drip Capital, a US & India based trade finance firm. Mukewar further said that the rupee is likely to remain volatile. Crude oil benchmark, Brent Futures, surged by almost 20 per cent to USD 71.95 per barrel (intra-day) on Monday after twin drone attacks on Saturday wiped out more than half of Saudi Arabia’s crude supply. However, Brent Futures on Tuesday saw some moderation and was trading at USD 68.35 per barrel, down 0.97 per cent over the previous close. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.71 per cent in morning trade. Meanwhile on the global front, a Chinese vice finance minister will visit the United States on Wednesday to lay the groundwork for trade talks next month. The official Xinhua news agency said vice finance minister Liao Min will lead a delegation visiting the United States on Wednesday to “pave the way” for the higher level talks.last_img read more

Finance Minister to speak in Calgary

first_imgA day after announcing a $4.5-billion deal to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, the federal finance minister is speaking to a business audience in Calgary.Bill Morneau will address the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, talking about challenges facing the Canadian economy including investor confidence, business competitiveness, and innovation.He will also provide an update on critical infrastructure.The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Big Four Roadhouse at Stampede Park.You can watch a livestream on Facebook.last_img

Saskatchewan to invoke notwithstanding clause for Catholic school funding

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government says it will invoke the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms so it can keep funding for non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.Premier Brad Wall says the move is about protecting the rights of parents and students to choose schools regardless of their faith.“I think the notwithstanding clause is used very sparingly and should be used in unique circumstances, and this one is unique,” Wall said Monday at the legislature.“This is now a matter of school choice for parents. And we’ve had the separate-school system say they don’t mind the fact that parents who may not be Catholic are choosing — maybe sometimes for convenience or location or just preference — to have their kids enrolled in those schools, and we think that choice is healthy.”A Court of Queen’s Bench ruling last month said provincial government funding of non-minority faith students attending separate schools infringes on religious neutrality and equality rights.The government has said that allowing that decision to stand would force about 10,000 non-Catholic students out of Catholic schools. It has also said the ruling could jeopardize provincial funding for 26 other faith-based schools.“Justice is sort of poring through the ruling still to determine the impact on some of those schools,” said Wall.“I think it’s fair to say that there is risk there.”The notwithstanding clause gives provincial legislatures the authority to override certain portions of the charter for a five-year term. Invoking the clause requires an act of the Saskatchewan legislature, which Wall said is in the works.“Legally, the province can do this,” said Dwight Newman, a constitutional law professor at the University of Saskatchewan.“Education is in the jurisdiction of the province and it is a provincial law that has been struck down on charter grounds. The provincial government can use the notwithstanding clause to keep that law in place.“It sounds like that’s what they’re doing and … there’s no role for the federal government.”The court ruling stems from a lawsuit over the province’s policy of funding separate schools based solely on student enrolment without regard to the student’s religious affiliation.The dispute started in 2003 when the Yorkdale School Division, now Good Spirit School Division, closed its kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in the town of Theodore due to declining enrolment. The division planned to bus its 42 students to another community.In response, a local group created its own Catholic school division and opened St. Theodore Roman Catholic School. That prompted Good Spirit to file a lawsuit that claimed the creation of the new school division was not to serve Catholics in the community, but rather to prevent students from being bused to a neighbouring town.Wall said last week that the decision “simply cannot stand.” There could be greatly overpopulated public schools and empty or near- empty separate schools, he said, and the viability of community schools would be at risk.Public Schools of Saskatchewan has said the province is ignoring that the ruling says government funding of non-Catholic students to attend Catholic schools violates Canada’s Constitution.It also said any disruption caused by students moving from separate schools “is a product of the unilateral decision of Catholic schools to admit those students.”The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association has said it will appeal the court ruling.last_img read more

What jury didnt hear at the trial of Halifax medical student William

first_imgHALIFAX – The jury in medical student William Sandeson’s first-degree murder trial retired to deliberate Thursday without hearing that the defence had sought a mistrial after a bombshell surprise.About halfway through the trial, Sandeson’s lawyers said they had just learned that a private investigator who was working for them had facilitated meetings between two key witnesses and police.The defence argued those meetings led the witnesses to give new statements to police that further implicated Sandeson in the Aug. 15, 2015, killing of fellow Dalhousie student Taylor Samson.The lawyers argued it contravened solicitor-client privilege, and was grounds for a mistrial or exclusion of the witnesses’ evidence.During many hours of hearings away from the jury, the complex issue unfolded, but it can be reported on now that the jury has been sequestered.Sandeson is accused of killing Samson during a drug deal over 20 pounds of marijuana in August 2015. Samson’s body has never been found.At issue was the testimony of Sandeson’s two track-and-field teammates, Pookiel McCabe and Justin Blades, who were across the hall from Sandeson’s apartment the night Samson, 22, was allegedly killed.They told Webb they heard a gunshot, and went over to see a body covered in blood and Sandeson, 24, running around saying he had to clean up.But that didn’t match what they had originally told police, said Webb — they said they hadn’t seen or heard anything that night.Webb said he believed he would be obstructing justice if he did not go to police with this new version of events. The police took new statements from the men, who later gave this new version of events to the jury.Webb said Blades believed Sandeson was connected to the Hells Angels and feared for his life. Webb, a former RCMP officer with decades of experience, told him Sandeson being connected was impossible.He offered to facilitate a meeting with police so Blades could give a new statement.Webb said Blades was emotional and distraught over what he saw.“He was in such a messed-up situation,” said Webb.“I was motivated by helping this young guy get his life back on track.”Webb, who also told police that they should speak to McCabe again, had signed a confidentiality agreement with his firm, Martin and Associates Investigations Inc.Defence lawyers said the late revelation of these communications went against the Crown’s obligation to disclose evidence.Justice Josh Arnold denied their bid: “I am not inclined to declare a mistrial in this case.”He said the defence could recall any witnesses they wanted to try to remedy the situation, but they chose not to.last_img read more

Evacuees start heading home to Pelican Narrows in northern Saskatchewan

first_imgSASKATOON – Residents of Pelican Narrows in northern Saskatchewan have begun returning to their homes after being forced out of the community by wildfires at the end of August.Buses loaded up residents at the Travelodge hotel and Henk Ruys Soccer Centre in Saskatoon on Thursday morning to start the journey home.Others headed out in their personal vehicles for the five-hour drive.Theola Dorion said she has been grateful for the help the people of Saskatoon have given to the evacuees.Betty Custer, who was also preparing for the return, was thanking the Canadian Red Cross for their assistance.The provincial government said Wednesday that the fire threat to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay had abated, leading the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation to lift its evacuation order for the area.However, people with health issues and families with children under the age of two were being held back due to continuing wildfire smoke.Residents of Jan Lake and Birch Portage also remained away from their homes, as flames still threatened the communities. About 300 personnel are still fighting that fire.The plan right now is also to open the school on Monday in Pelican Narrows.With the new school year underway, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has been trying to provide instruction to children evacuated to Prince Albert and Saskatoon.(CKOM, CJWW)last_img read more

Michael Redhill wins 100K Giller Prize for Bellevue Square

first_imgTORONTO – For more than a decade now, Toronto author Michael Redhill has been publishing mystery novels under the pseudonym Inger Ash Wolfe, but on Monday it was a piece of literary fiction bearing his actual name that won the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.The thriller “Bellevue Square” (Doubleday Canada), about a woman on the hunt for her doppelganger in a multicultural neighbourhood of Toronto, was praised by jury members for its “complex literary wonders” as it nabbed the prestigious honour.Redhill seemed shocked as he accepted the prize and gave a tearful speech thanking his supporters as well as the late businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who founded the Giller Prize in 1994 in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.“I was a little more emotional than I was expecting to be — but life doesn’t prepare you for receiving a $100,000 cheque and then addressing people live across the nation, so I think I will probably have no memory of this evening in about 20 minutes, just to protect myself,” he said with a laugh in an interview after the awards ceremony.“Living as a writer, you sometimes surf on credit and goodwill, and this will make me a much better risk for the various people who may have to help me in the future,” he said. “But right now, I can row my own boat.”Redhill beat out titles by Eden Robinson, Rachel Cusk, Ed O’Loughlin and Michelle Winters, who each get $10,000 for being finalists.He started out as a literary writer, poet and novelist but branched out in the mystery genre in 2006.“Bellevue Square” was inspired by the things he learned when he was a mystery novelist and centres on a park in Kensington Market that “is a strange kind of clearing house for humanity,” he said.“It’s been 11 years since I published a book under my own name, so it’s fun to come out again,” said Redhill, who was born in Baltimore, but grew up in Toronto and was a Giller finalist in 2001 for “Martin Sloane.”“This is more of a literary novel that explores what is a person, what is consciousness, how do we know we are who we think we are and all those kinds of things.”In his acceptance speech, Redhill gave a toast to Rabinovitch, who died in August at age 87.This year’s gala, the 24th annual one, also commemorated him at the start of the show. Opera star Measha Brueggergosman gave a powerful performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with a choir while photos of Rabinovitch, his family and friends were projected on screens beside the stage.“Jack would have been thrilled, as he always was, to be here surrounded by friends with whom he had deep, loving relationships, and in the company of authors he greatly admired,” his daughter Elana Rabinovitch, the Giller’s executive director, said before the televised show began.“That he is not here tonight and always seemed unthinkable and feels unbearable.”She also announced the winner, using her father’s famous Giller line: “For the price of a dinner in this town you can get all five books. So, buy the books and eat at home.”Comedy star and author Mary Walsh hosted the black-tie gala, which was broadcast on CBC-TV from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto.Other guests included actor Wendy Crewson, filmmakers Atom Egoyan and Patricia Rozema, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins, and literary stars John Irving and Lawrence Hill.This year’s jury read 112 books submitted by 73 publisher imprints from across the country.The jury included Andre Alexis, Anita Rau Badami, Lynn Coady and Richard Beard.Alexis said the jury spent about three hours deciding on the winner Monday morning and described deliberations as “lovely.”“I was with four people whose intellect and openness I deeply respected. It was a difficult choice, but it was a wonderful process.”Last year’s winner was Madeleine Thien for “Do Not Say We Have Nothing.”Redhill said “Bellevue Square” is the first in a tryptic of novels and he’s already most of the way through writing the second one.“I don’t know if there will be any more mystery novels,”he said. “Inger has not left the room yet but for now, I have some books that are part of this grouping of novels that are very alive in me right now and that’s what I want to do.”last_img read more

Feds slammed for making injured veterans wait months to get support

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has been slammed in a watchdog’s new report for causing added frustration and stress to many injured veterans as they are forced to wait months longer than promised to find out if they qualify for disability benefits and other supports.Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent’s scathing report follows a review of hundreds of applications for assistance by former service members.Canadian veterans are told they can expect to find out within 16 weeks whether they are eligible for financial assistance and medical treatment for injuries related to their service. Parent’s review found that target was achieved when it came to applications by veterans from the Second World War and Korea, but roughly 70 per cent of applications from other veterans — including those who served in Afghanistan — experienced delays.The average turnaround time for those applications was 23 weeks or 29 weeks, depending on which files were counted, while more than a quarter of those took 32 weeks or longer — a situation that is getting worse thanks to a growing backlog of files.The findings were particularly troublesome for francophone and female veterans, some of whom have been waiting more than a year for a decision and whose files were disproportionately represented in those suffering from the longest delays.“Women wait longer than men; francophone applicants wait longer than anglophone applicants,” the report reads, adding: “Any differences in wait times for decisions should be based on need.”Yet Parent’s review also found Veterans Affairs Canada did not have any established process for identifying priority cases and that files were often addressed in a completely arbitrary manner.Compounding the problem is a total lack of transparency and communication, meaning veterans are largely kept in the dark about the status of their applications for assistance and have no idea when they will get a decision.“The most common complaint my office hears from veterans: the length of time it takes to get a disability-benefit decision from Veterans Affairs Canada,” says the ombudsman’s report.“The frustration and increased stress that this causes veterans and their families must be eliminated. They deserve to know when a decision can be reasonably expected.”The report is likely to stoke anger and frustration in many veterans who have already expressed disillusion with the Liberals ahead of next year’s election.The Liberals have repeatedly promised to improve service at Veterans Affairs, most recently by committing $42 million to address a growing backlog of applications, even as officials have blamed a surge in requests for assistance for the delays.Parent worried the issues identified in his review will only get worse once a controversial new pension for life for disabled veterans comes into effect next year, and he called for the government to redouble its efforts to fix the problem.“Now is the time to ensure that the planning and resources required to deliver disability benefits, both equitably and in a timely manner, are in place,” the ombudsman’s report says.“Lengthy turnaround times for disability benefit decisions is about more than monetary compensation for pain and suffering. Many applicants have unmet health needs that can be exacerbated by waiting for adequate treatment.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Parent was decidedly agnostic when asked if Veterans Affairs needed to redouble its efforts to meet the 16-week target, suggesting that the department should first find out if the target is realistic.Yet he was adamant that officials needed to implement a way of prioritizing cases based on need and keep veterans appraised of the status of their applications.“As soon as you cannot meet that standard and you exceed it, for whatever reason there should be right away and automatic reply or personal contact with individuals to say: ‘We cannot meet the published standard.’”last_img read more

Sister of tennis star Eugenie Bouchard testifies in online harassment case

first_imgMONTREAL — The younger sister of Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has testified at the preliminary hearing of a man charged with harassing her online.Charlotte Bouchard was in court today in the case of Danny Arsenault, who is charged with criminal harassment and sending harassing communications.The hearing opened with Bouchard answering questions from a prosecutor, but her testimony is covered by a publication ban.Bouchard told reporters outside the courtroom that if her decision to pursue charges helps even one other person, it will have been worth it.According to the charges filed last year, the alleged harassment lasted between September 2014 and December 2017. The 40-year-old Montreal man was ultimately arrested last February.Today’s hearing serves to test the evidence and determine whether it is sufficient to send Arsenault to trial.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada wont extend peacekeeping mission in Mali Freeland

first_imgOTTAWA (CANADIAN PRESS) – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Trudeau government will not extend Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali despite a UN appeal for it to stay longer.The eight Canadian helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali are scheduled to cease operations on July 31.However their Romanian replacements won’t be ready to take over until mid-October and the UN last month formally asked Canada to stay on to prevent a gap in the provision of lifesaving medical evacuations for injured peacekeepers.Freeland wouldn’t explain why Canada is refusing to extend the mission except to say that the government is honouring its commitment to Canadians, the UN and allies.Critics have pointed to the Liberals’ refusal to extend the mission as emblematic of the government’s failure to make good on its larger promise to support the UN and peacekeeping.Freeland’s comments came at the end of a major peacekeeping summit in New York today, where Canada pledged $15 million to increase the number of women deployed on UN missions.last_img read more

9 employees fired from Quebec special needs care facility after violence complaints

first_imgLAVAL, Que. — Quebec’s health minister is hailing the decision by a special needs care facility north of Montreal to fire nine employees accused of violence and harassment towards patients and colleagues.Alexandre Lahaie, spokesman for Health Minister Danielle McCann, said Wednesday the administration of the care facility for disabled people sent a “clear message” by firing the employees.Mistreatment and harassment are “extremely serious and unacceptable,” Lahaie said in an email.The facility offers services to people with mental disabilities and autism. A spokesman for the health authority confirmed Wednesday the nine employees were fired following allegations they abused patients and colleagues.The majority of patients at the centre in the Montreal suburb of Laval are adults, but minors are also treated there.The spokesman, who didn’t want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said police had begun investigating the allegations last January following a complaint.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today August 6

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, August 6———WEEKEND SHOOTINGS LEAVE 13 PEOPLE INJUREDThirteen people were injured after nearly a dozen shootings across Toronto over the long weekend, one of which sparked chaos as gunshots rang out in a packed nightclub. Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said there were 11 separate shootings since Saturday, with about a third of the incidents taking place in north Toronto. Saunders said he was particularly concerned about a shooting at District 45 nightclub, which left five people injured. Police spokeswoman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said the club was at capacity with gunshots were fired early Monday, injuring two men and three women. One of the male victims remains in life-threatening condition, she said. Saunders said no suspects have been identified in the shooting, but he called the case “very solvable.”———CONSULAR OFFICIALS VISIT CANADIAN IN CHINAGlobal Affairs Canada says consular officials in China have met for the 10th time with a Canadian detained in China. The department says it cannot provide details on the visit due to privacy provisions but officials continue to seek further access to Michael Kovrig. The detentions of Kovrig, as well as fellow Canadian Michael Spavor, are largely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. Meng is awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.———KENNEY TAKES AIM AT PM AHEAD OF OCTOBER VOTEAlberta Premier Jason Kenney is taking aim at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of this fall’s federal election. Kenney, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, took to Twitter over the weekend to say the people of his province have been “rightfully frustrated” by an “unfair deal” they are getting in the federation. He says Albertans are proud Canadians and he doesn’t want to let Trudeau “push us out of our country.” Kenney also says he would rather focus on separating Trudeau from the Prime Minister’s Office.———SPEED RESTRICTIONS LIFTED IN GULF OF ST. LAWRENCEThe federal government has lifted speed restrictions meant to protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after finding that the policy may have been pushing ships closer to the endangered mammals. There weren’t any whales in the shipping lanes where speed had been reduced, Transport Canada announced Friday, adding that the lower speed limit had driven cargo ships out of the lanes so they could take more direct routes through areas where the animals are known to gather. The agency said it hopes that raising the speed limit will push ships back into the lanes.———BIOFILTER RIDS SCENIC NOVA SCOTIA TOWN OF STINKOne of Nova Scotia’s most scenic tourist towns appears to have rid itself of a nasty smell that would often drive residents indoors during the summer. The Town of Lunenburg installed a biofilter composed of crushed tree roots at its sewage treatment plant last winter at a cost of more than $1.1 million, and it’s now taking care of the foul odour that had become more noticeable during recent dry summers. Ronald Thurlow, who lives on a street just a few hundred metres from the treatment plant, described the past smell as “unbearable” at times, especially on hot summer days. The smell could waft over the hillside town, which is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its seafaring heritage and brightly coloured buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan, MLA Keith Irving and Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell take part in an infrastructure announcement.— Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and P.E.I. Justice Minister Bloyce Thompson take party in a funding announcement to the Province of Prince Edward Island to counter drug-impaired driving.— The Canadian Health Food Association holds an event to call on all parties to commit to regulating cannabidiol (CBD) as a Natural Health Product rather than only being sold at cannabis retailers.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale makes an announcement regarding the protection of children from online sexual exploitation.— Trial resumes for David and Collet Stephan who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son Ezekiel from meningitis. Court will hear arguments about admitting evidence of medical examiner Dr. Adegabo.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Quebec premier Pauline Marois worried about future of French language

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s first female premier has found a new role since leaving office: that of champion for the French language.Pauline Marois, who governed from 2012 to 2014, told The Canadian Press that she’s worried there’s been some backsliding in the use of French, as noted by the province’s language watchdog, the Office quebecois de la langue francaise (OQLF).While there have been no dramatic changes, French-language advocates cite the prevalence of bilingual greetings in stores, job postings require candidates know English, and a one per cent decline in the number of Quebecers who list French as their only native language.Taken together, these small changes paint a worrying portrait, Marois said Sunday.“Without it being dramatic, that’s how we finally let things go, gradually,” she said in a phone interview. “We say to ourselves: ‘it’s not so important, since we don’t see a tragedy on the horizon.’”This past spring, the OQLF reported that the number of businesses who offered customer greetings in French only had declined from 84 to 75 per cent between 2010 and 2017.In 2018, almost half of customers reported having been greeted in a language other than French at least one in the last six months, which represented a 27 per cent increase from 2010.Marois also noted that 80 per cent of Quebecers said French was the language they used most often at work in 2016, which was two per cent lower than in 2011.“These are signals,” she said. “You’ll tell me: ‘two per cent, it’s nothing.’ But two per cent every five years, that becomes dramatic.”While Marois has kept a fairly low profile since leaving office, she said she’s eager to continue her passion for defending the French language. For now, she’s not acting in any official capacity, but is reflecting on the best way to serve the cause.The ex-Parti Quebecois leader said she worried that the economic immigration favored by Premier Francois Legault could have a negative impact on French in the province, since it bumps language down to a lower level of priority.However, she refused to overtly criticize the current administration.Marois said she wasn’t sure the province needed to create a French language commissariat to independently oversee the French-language watchdog, as Legault’s government has proposed.“Is it necessary to increase the number of guard dogs, or to ensure the existing guard dogs have the ability to act? That’s the question I’m asking,” she said.In the short term, Marois advocates extending Quebec’s French-language charter, Bill 101, to apply to small and medium businesses with between 10 and 50 workers, since that’s where many new immigrants work.Legault’s government remains opposed to such a change.Caroline Plante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal party leaders set to dive into Day 2 of the election

first_imgOTTAWA — With that new-campaign-bus smell still fresh, federal party leaders are heading out for Day 2 of the 43rd general election.The excitement had been palpable Wednesday with all parties eager to get going on convincing Canadians their path is the right one to choose come the Oct. 21 vote.And all framed the campaign as one that will feature both direct promises to help Canadians, but also be about bigger picture issues.“Canadians have an important choice to make — will we go back to the failed policies of the past or will we continue to move forward?” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said.Trudeau is to continue campaigning in British Columbia this morning, where there is a four-way fight among the major parties.First, he will be in Victoria for an announcement before heading to Kamloops for an event with Terry Lake, the Liberal candidate for the riding.Later in the day, he is expected to take part in a rally in Edmonton, which has two Liberal MPs.  While he picked “Choose Forward” as his campaign slogan, Trudeau began it forced to look back on a past controversy, the SNC-Lavalin affair. It was given fresh life by a Globe and Mail report that the RCMP’s inquiries into potential obstruction of justice have been limited by the shroud of cabinet confidences.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning under the banner of it being “Time for You to Get Ahead” but despite the scandals plaguing the Liberals, his party can’t seem to get ahead of them in the polls just yet.He was not fazed by that on Wednesday.“This whole scandal isn’t about moving poll numbers. This is about showing to Canadians that Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern,” he said.Scheer will seek to move the dial later today. He is to appear at the first of several planned leaders’ debates, this one hosted by Maclean’s and Citytv in Toronto.Trudeau has declined to appear, leaving Scheer to face off against Green leader Elizabeth May and the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh.Singh begins his day in his political birthplace of Brampton, Ont., a city just northwest of Toronto where he cut his teeth as a provincial politician and that’s now home to five federal ridings. He is to make an announcement alongside local NDP candidates.Scheer has a brief morning stop at the Toronto office of a charity that supports families with children who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. Both the New Democrat and Conservative leaders are to spend the rest of the day preparing for the debate.May, who began her campaign Wednesday in Victoria, only has the debate on her public schedule.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Paralympians Record Video For Sightsavers

first_imgA short film capturing the voices of some of the world’s top Paralympians competing in London 2012 has been launched today by Sightsavers International.The film highlights the urgent need for people with disabilities to be included in world discussions about global poverty, to ensure equal access to essential healthcare, education and employment opportunities. Available at, the film includes Great Britain’s (GB) five-a-side blind football team captain, Dave Clarke and world champion judoist, Ben Quilter.Joining the GB Paralympians in the film, which showcases the talents of disabled athletes from around the world are: Jamaica’s Sylvia Grant (javelin) and Alphanso Cunningham (javelin and discus); Ghana’s Raphael Botsyo and Anita Fordjour (wheel chair track athlete) and Alem Mumuni (paracyclist); and Uganda’s Akullo Christine (visually impaired 100 metre sprinter). Together with Sightsavers they are asking the public to join the #Relay4Equality by sharing the film online and helping to spread one message as far around the globe as possible: There’s a big discussion about poverty going on, and it’s essential that people with disabilities in the poorest of countries take part. Will you help us spread the word? Help us get our voices heard around the world – by sharing this film.World champion judoist and Sightsavers ambassador Ben Quilter, who is visually impaired, says: “The opinions and thoughts of disabled people need to be heard in the fight against global poverty, which is why I’m asking the public to share this video and spread the word.”Today over a billion people worldwide have a disability, with 80 per cent living in developing countries2. The exclusion of people with disabilities is a huge problem in the developing world, leading to a cycle of poverty and inequality.A global conversation is now taking place to determine what world leaders should do when the current deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which aim to halve global poverty and increase access to education and health, for the world’s poorest people – runs out in 2015. When these goals were set in 2000, disabled people and other marginalised groups did not have the chance to have their voices heard. Sightsavers wants to change this and ensure that disabled people are placed at the centre of discussions on what should replace the MDGs.Adding to Sightsavers’ plea to world leaders, football captain Dave Clarke, who is registered blind, says: “I’m not surprised by the exclusion of disabled people from such discussions. They need to take a wider audience of people to really get a global view of what the issues are and how to tackle them.”A large part of Sightsavers’ work is focussed on changing the lives of disabled people, for example by supporting education and training for people with visual impairments, and advocating for their social inclusion and equal rights.Sightsavers’ Chief Executive, Caroline Harper says: “The 2012 Paralympic Games showcases that given the right opportunities and support, there are no limits to what people with disabilities can achieve. Sadly I’ve witnessed that the reality of living with a disability in the developing world is often very different, where someone’s disability can lead to a life of poverty and hardship. When The Millennium Development Goals were agreed in 2000 disabled people didn’t have the chance for their voices to be heard. This time we want to make sure the voices of disabled people are included and equality is delivered. That’s why we are relaying this important message.”Visit to see the short film.last_img read more

Bid On Awesome Don Henley Package For Charity

first_imgHere’s your chance to bid on two FRONT ROW tickets to Don Henley’s concert in Chicago on Nov 8th where he’ll be playing many songs from his new album “Cass County,” available in stores since September 25.Also included is a signed Cass County super deluxe vinyl book package. And we saved the best for last – you and your guest will enjoy a meet and greet with Don Henley.100% of the proceeds will benefit Point Hope, whose mission is to raise awareness and champion the cause for forgotten children. Find out more about the charity here.The auction opens today and runs until October 12. It can be accessed here.last_img

Bob Saget Returns As Host Of Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine For

first_imgBob Saget will once again host Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine, the Scleroderma Research Foundation’s (SRF) signature benefit, Tue., June 7 at the historic Fairmont Hotel.Saget, an SRF Board Member who lost his sister to scleroderma, will be joined in the fundraising effort for this often life-threatening disease by comedians Bill Bellamy and George Lopez, along with special musical guest the Goo Goo Dolls.Presented by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine benefits the Scleroderma Research Foundation — the nation’s leading nonprofit investor in medical research to find improved therapies and a cure for people living with scleroderma. The “Hot Cuisine” for the evening will be provided by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs Susan Feniger, also an SRF Board Member, and Mary Sue Milliken (both Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters) who will prepare a multi-course dinner featuring dishes from their highly acclaimed Border Grill Restaurants.“Thanks to advances that the SRF is making possible, patients are living longer, fuller lives,” says Saget. “It is a direct result of the funds raised at Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine that our progress is possible, and I am honored to be able to give back to the community in this way.”The success of Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine events held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York has raised considerable awareness for scleroderma and enabled the Scleroderma Research Foundation to continue funding the innovative research that will bring hope and help improve the quality of life for patients suffering from this debilitating disease. Since its founding in 1987, the Foundation has taken a collaborative approach, bringing together some of the brightest minds in science to unravel the mystery of this complex autoimmune disease.The word scleroderma literally means “hard skin,” but the disease is much more than that, often affecting the internal organs with life-threatening consequences. In some cases, the joints and muscles are affected, resulting in severe pain and limited mobility. Vascular damage due to scleroderma can result in loss of fingers, toes and entire limbs.Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine will include a cocktail reception, dinner, stand-up comedy and a musical performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. There will also be a live auction featuring unique packages, such as a premium sporting event experience: attend the Super Bowl, enjoy a Golden State Warriors game (with courtside shoot-around), root for the 49ers, and catch both the Giants and the A’s in style. Other packages include a dinner prepared in your home by 2016 Female Chef of the Year Dominique Crenn, and the opportunity to fly first-class to New York to attend the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and After-Party.Tickets for Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine start at $250 with premium seats for $500, $1,000 and $2,500; tables of ten are available for $5,000; $10,000 and $25,000. All monies raised benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Advance reservations are required.For more information, call (800) 441-CURE or visit read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Launches HIV Testing In Kings College Hospital

first_imgLast week, Elton John AIDS Foundation founder Elton John and Chairman David Furnish attended King’s College Hospital to launch a proactive HIV blood testing initiative that aims to reach 34,000 Londoners in its first 12 months of operation.The result of an on going partnership between the Elton John AIDS Foundation and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the programme aims to significantly decrease late diagnosis rates in Lambeth and Southwark, areas currently recognised as having the highest HIV prevalence rates in the UK.The newly implemented process will see routine HIV screening become part of protocol for all patients requiring a blood test whilst presenting at the Emergency Department of King’s College Hospital. Those who test positively will be referred to King’s dedicated HIV department for treatment. Those who do not wish to be tested will have the opportunity to opt out at the point of testing.During the visit, trustees from the Elton John AIDS Foundation were met by a selection of leading consultants from across King’s College Hospital, who explained the impact the programme will have on their service, before introducing trustees to a number of patients living with HIV, many of whom who were affected by late diagnosis. Services contributing to the programme include King’s College Hospital’s Emergency Care and Sexual Health.Dr Cyril Noel, Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the A&E department said:“We’re extremely grateful to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the grant that has allowed us to implement universal HIV testing in our Emergency Department. Lambeth and Southwark have some of the highest levels of HIV in the UK. There’s no reason why people should get sick or die from HIV, and one of the most common reasons they do is because they don’t know they have the infection. Universal testing is a significant step in addressing this.”Speaking of the launch of the programme, Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation said: “HIV treatment services in the UK are amongst the highest quality in the world. Our challenge is that too many people are accessing them late, making it much harder to preserve health and prevent new infections. King’s College Hospital has the opportunity to make a powerful difference to the rate of late diagnosis in the UK and ultimately save money for the NHS. We were delighted to partner with them to get this service introduced.”Elton John said: “23 years ago it was my privilege to open the Caldecot HIV Treatment Centre at King’s College Hospital. At the time, there was so little that could be done to prevent the sickness and death caused by HIV/AIDS, or to ease suffering and prevent infection. It was heartbreaking. So it’s incredible to think that today King’s can introduce something which not only stops people becoming sick needlessly, it prevents new infections AND saves precious resources. I’m deeply proud that my Foundation has been able to support King’s in this endeavor and to see a British hospital leading the kind of innovation that will get us to an AIDS free future.”In addition to the clear health benefits of increased HIV testing and early diagnosis, early diagnosis of HIV creates short term savings for the NHS – HIV care costs are 50% higher for each year after diagnosis if the diagnosis is late. The National Institute for Healthcare and Excellence (NICE) have estimated that increased testing in the UK would prevent 3,500 cases of onward transmission within 5 years, saving the NHS £18 million per year in treatment costs alone. Due to the financial climate and scarcity of resources for such initiatives, King’s College Hospital has previously been unable to implement routine HIV screening to date. However, with start-up funds from the Foundation this demonstration project will prove the effectiveness of opt-out testing and will lay the foundations for the practice becoming a permanent fixture at the hospital.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img read more

George W Bush And Chad McQueen Attend 2018 Scottsdale Auction

first_imgFormer U.S. President George W. Bush and Chad McQueen helped Barrett-Jackson speed past the $100 million mark in funds raised for charity as ten vehicles brought in $6.21 million for non-profit organizations during the 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld.The top fundraisers included Lot #3010, the first current-generation Ford GT that has been donated for charity since the car was introduced, bringing in $2.55 million to push the company to nearly $102 million since 1971. On Saturday, President Bush joined Chevrolet on the block for the sale of a 2018 Corvette Carbon Fiber 65 Edition (Lot #3007), which sold for $1.4 million to benefit The George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative while film star Chad McQueen was on stage Friday as the Ford Mustang Bullitt brought $300,000 for Boys Republic.“I’m incredibly proud that we’ve reached such a historic milestone of raising almost $102 million in total charity donations at our home in Scottsdale,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our company was founded on the principle of charitable donations by my father Russ Jackson and his partner, Tom Barrett, and I’m grateful to be able to carry on that banner in their honor. This has been an incredible 47-year journey for our company, driven by our tremendous bidders, consignors, sponsors, celebrities and the entire collector car community, whose heart is only matched by their generosity and outpouring of support. The amount of good that has come from the $102 million we’ve raised together is simply immeasurable. But we’re not going to stop here as this is simply a milestone on our journey to continue to help those who need our help the most.”For the first time in the company’s history, the Barrett-Jackson team was joined on the block by a former U.S. president. President Bush, along with television host Jay Leno, as well as Chad McQueen, son of TV actor Steve McQueen, lent their efforts to help raise awareness and donations for charity this week.Carolyn and Craig Jackson auctioned their personal Corvette with the entire sale benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). Joined on the block by Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, the sale kicked off Barrett-Jackson’s yearlong Driven Hearts initiative. The company will continue to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the AHA in a variety of ways, including the first Barrett-Jackson themed license plate program through the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT-MVD). The six-character license plates cost $25, with $17 from each plate sold benefiting the AHA. The Driven Hearts campaign also includes a partnership with Hotels for Hope, which enables fans traveling to Barrett-Jackson events to book rooms through, with a portion of every actualized hotel room night booked going to the AHA.“We’ve been given a tremendous opportunity to enrich the lives of so many deserving individuals,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Over the last 47 years, the collector car community has joined us to help our youth, those who struggle with disease and sickness, our nation’s military veterans and first responders, and so many others. We’re proud to be a catalyst for change and for reaching this incredible milestone and excited to continue this great tradition of charitable giving in the future.”Ten charity vehicles crossed the block in Scottsdale with 100 percent of the hammer prices raising a total of $6.21 million. This year’s charity vehicles included:• 2017 Ford GT (Lot #3010) – $2.55 million – Donated by Ron Pratte to benefit The Autism Society of North Carolina’s Ignite Program and the Autism Alliance of Michigan • 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition (Lot #3007) – $1,400,000 – Donated by to benefit The George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (Lot #3009) – $925,000 benefiting Building for America’s Bravest Through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation • 1988 Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition (Lot #3008) – $350,000 benefiting the American Heart Association • 2015 Pioneer Cedar One Custom Roadster (Lot #3005) – $350,000 benefiting the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, The Royal Canadian Legion and Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation • 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt (Lot #3006) – $300,000 to benefit Boys Republic • 2017 Ford F-250 Pickup (Lot #3003) – $115,000 benefiting ChildHelp through the SEMA Cares Foundation • 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Aero Custom Coupe “Project Prestone” (Lot #3004) – $100,000 benefiting TGen Foundation • 2018 Bennington 23SSBXP Pontoon Boat (Lot #3002) – $100,000 benefiting the Mayshad Foundation • 1996 Ford Mustang (Lot #3001) $20,000 – benefiting Jordan Vocational High Schoollast_img read more

Degrassis new season tackles abortion refugees scary rightwing thinking

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter “We’re very much influenced by what’s going on in the world, there’s no question. When this season comes on air, in the very first episode, we (also) see that ‘Degrassi’ is welcoming Syrian refugees.”The entire third season will be available in Canada on Friday on the Family Channel app and on Netflix in the U.S. and around the world. The season makes its Canadian broadcast premiere on Family Channel on Monday night.This is the fourth time a “Degrassi” character has had an abortion. The previous characters were Erica Farrell of “Degrassi High,” Tessa Campanelli of “School’s Out!” and Manny Santos of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”“We’ve also done an equal number of stories of kids who get pregnant and make different choices,” says Schuyler.“So it’s not like we are advocating, ‘Get pregnant, get an abortion.’ But we really felt that it was very important, particularly in this day and age when the abortion debate is coming back on the main stage, that we wanted to demystify it.“Our message is not: ‘Use abortion as birth control.’ Far from it,” she adds. “But we also want to respect the dignity and the rights of a young woman to be able to make her own informed choices.”In the episode “#IRegretNothing,” Lola finds out she’s pregnant and decides to have an abortion after researching her options for a couple of weeks.When a counsellor at the clinic stresses that she can take more time to think about her options, Lola insists she wants to go through with it. Cameras then show her lying on the examination table and chatting with the doctor in the procedure room as he preps the equipment.“I think that it will help a lot of teenagers realize that, ‘Hey, it’s OK if I do this because it is my body and I can be strong after this, I’ll get through this, I have lots of people supporting me,’” says Arcuri.Lola isn’t haunted by her decision, as is often the case in abortion storylines. Instead, she tells a friend that it wasn’t a difficult choice for her and that she doesn’t feel sad or regretful.“Some girls will have an emotion and cry for days after and some will feel strong and feel liberated and feel like it wasn’t a big deal. And I think it’s a good way to tell a story — that people react differently, Lola’s reaction is justified, it’s normal, it’s OK,” says Arcuri.“I’m happy that the writers gave me this opportunity to portray it and help young girls.”Lola also doesn’t tell the father about her abortion beforehand. Arcuri says it speaks to a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body, but she adds that it might make some viewers angry.“It was also very scary to think about portraying this with all the controversy that’s going on and how many people have different views on this specific topic,” she says.“I wanted to get it right and to prepare myself for any backlash or anything that happens.”The new season picks up right after the season 2 cliffhanger, which involved a tragic bus crash. The new season will also see an influx of Syrian refugees to “Degrassi.”But the abortion storyline will likely be among the most discussed, says Schuyler: “It is a subject matter, out of all — I think we’re up to 525 episodes of ‘Degrassi’ now — and no question, it’s the first, if not the second, most divisive topic that we talk about.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Advertisement The esteemed Canadian teen-TV franchise “Degrassi” is tackling the subject of abortion again, given that it’s “a very important time to be telling this story,” says series co-creator Linda Schuyler.In the upcoming third season of “Degrassi: Next Class,” Amanda Arcuri’s 16-year-old character Lola Pacini decides to have an abortion and viewers get a unique perspective — from inside the procedure room with her.“We’re constantly reading the stats and keeping apprised as to what’s happening and also have our finger on the pulse of some of the scary right-wing thinking that’s out there,” says Schuyler, who is also an executive producer for the show. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Bell appeals to cordcutters with live TV streaming service Alt TV

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement It starts at $14.95 per month for a package of 30 channels, which includes Canadian networks CBC, CTV, Global and City and the big U.S. networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. TORONTO — Bell is offering TV viewers who abandoned their expensive cable packages a new cheaper option for live streaming. The service is only available to Bell’s Internet subscribers. It is launching first in Ontario and Quebec with plans to expand to Atlantic Canada and Manitoba. The move comes as a growing number of Canadians scrap their cable packages in favour of embracing digital options like streaming services Netflix, CraveTV and Amazon Prime Video. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook The service lets viewers stream live programs through devices like Apple TV, on their computers and through smartphones or tablets. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment More expensive packages are also available and individual channels can be subscribed to a la carte. The Montreal-based telecommunications company has unveiled Alt TV — a streaming service that acts like a traditional cable package. Twitterlast_img read more