Urban devp dept brings out software for better financial management

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has introduced a web-based software for better financial management and timely utilisation of government funds by various municipalities and urban local bodies.The new system has contributed towards the timely completion of various state government schemes. It has also helped in the project evaluation and management by the municipalities and other local bodies. It has now become more convenient for various government agencies to ease official complications and also in ensuring timely disbursement of funds. Apart from the web-based software, many other steps were taken up during the last financial year to properly channelise the government funds in development projects. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA host of new steps has helped the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department in utilising 96 percent of the budget allocation in the last financial year. To facilitate industrialists or entrepreneurs to set up new units and to provide them hassle-free e-services in various government departments, stress has been laid on “Ease of doing business” (EoDB). After coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has emphasised on easing out the complications which entrepreneurs often face. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, various government departments implemented EoDB and all the clearances are now given through online portals. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt can be mentioned here that the Bengal government has secured first position in the EoDB ranking done by the Centre. Different reform points of the governmental procedure of sanctioning of funds, licensing and permissions have been identified and Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) has been prepared to implement those points and to achieve the targets of EoDB under BRAP. The department is also formulating a comprehensive policy to set up clusters which will eventually ensure proper management, optimum utilisation of landfill, reclamation of the existing landfill and recycling of the waste. Waste management has become an important issue in a state like Bengal, which is facing rapid urbanisation. The state’s urban population rose from 27.8 percent in 2001 to 31 percent in 2011. It is estimated that the majority of its population would reside in the cities in a few decades. The state government has also published its township policy, laying emphasis on providing affordable housing for the poor and creating jobs through various economic policies. Steps have been taken to plan cities which would be sustainable, resilient and environment-friendly, energy-saving, IT-friendly and safe. The state government has come up with the Green City mission in all the municipalities and municipal corporations, to achieve its goal.last_img read more

Lok Sabha passes bill to reform medical education sector

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on July 22, has been passed in the Lower House on Monday. Once the NMC Bill would get passed by the Rajya Sabha, it would replace the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) with the commission to reform the medical education sector.While moving the bill for consideration in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Genuine concerns over the NMC Bill have been addressed and the legislation will be one of the biggest reforms.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The NMC Bill also seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, stating that the council that was set up was corrupt. It has been alleged that the process by which the MCI regulated medical colleges was flawed. Hailing the bill, Vardhan said, “It seeks to put in place a new structure to tackle challenges in the medical education sector. It would bring not only government seats but also 50 per cent of all private seats within the reach of meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The Bill is not anti-federal as the states will give the medical-essentiality certificates, not the Centre. The state governments will be fully involved with the running of the councils, not the Centre,” Vardhan said. “The NMC Bill is anti-vested interests. It will help us move away from inspection-raj. It will select one-time and full-time regulators,” the minister said. The Health Minister has also sought to assure that genuine concerns of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have been addressed. “When history will be written… it (bill) will go down as one of the biggest reforms,” he noted. Vardhan also thanked the House for participating in the debate on the NMC Bill Commission. In total 32 members participated in the discussion. “Basic intention of the government through this Bill is to ensure the utmost standards of medical education. Nobody should have any apprehensions about the intention,” Vardhan assures the House. Participating in the discussion, Congress member Vincent Pala, who opposed the bill, criticised the proposal to “replace elected members with nominated members” on the Medical Council Board. Pala also asked how the integrity of members of the board would be decided. “The new bill lacks vision and lacks structural integrity. You are replacing elected members with nominated members,” he said. Coming down heavily on the bill, DMK leader A Raja termed it as “anti-poor, anti-social justice, undemocratic and anti-federalism”. He said that the bill is a “joke” on the people of the country as it would encourage corruption and nepotism in the medical profession. Participating in the discussion, Trinamool Congress member Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said that the bill was against the basic principle of federalism and unacceptable as it would jeopardise the future of students. The TMC MP also slammed the move to conduct “exit examination” for medical students, saying it would put undue pressure on students. “This is unwarranted and a shame,” she said. Among others, the bill has the provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduate in medicine from foreign countries.last_img read more

70 children among 100 persons rescued after fire in building

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 100 persons were evacuated after a fire broke out in a building that houses several coaching centres in west Delhi’s Janakpuri on Tuesday, said a officer from the Delhi Fire Service. Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that in the heroic act more than 70 children were also evacuated safely. A call about the fire was received around 11.50 am and three fire tenders were rushed to spot. The fire was brought under control by 12.05 pm. A team under Bhupender Prakash (fire Station in charge) reached the spot. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the officer, the fire was in electric metre, panel and cables on the ground floor. The basement was empty while the ground floor was being used as stilt parking. The upper ground floor houses the State Bank of India and around 20 persons were evacuated from there. Atul Garg further said that the first floor houses the computer lab of Aakash Institute and two persons were evacuated while 65 persons, including 50 students were evacuated from the second floor, which houses Vidyamandir classes and five persons were evacuated from the third floor which houses Bansal Classes, the officer added. He said as a precautionary measure, the building was evacuated. “There were some vehicles parked at ground floor which caused a little bit of hindrance but all the persons were safely rescued and no injury was reported,” said a fire official. The rescue operation was conducted by 12-13 fire personnel.last_img read more

People excluded from NRC to get certified copies soon

first_imgGuwahati: People excluded from the final NRC will get certified copies, regarding rejection of their names, at the earliest so that they can file their appeals, the office of the NRC state coordinator announced on Tuesday.The dates regarding distribution of exclusion certificates will be announced soon, NRC State Coordinator’s office tweeted. The process of collection of exclusion certificates from the NRC Seva Kendras are on, the notice added. The final NRC published on August 31 consisted only of Supplementary Lists and “queries are being received from the public about publication of all members of a family irrespective of their involvement in the claims and objections process” the tweet said. The final NRC was released with 19,06,657 of the total 3,30,27,661 applicants excluded and 3,11,22,004 included.last_img read more

Two Quebec boys 3 and 5 victims of alleged playground beating by

first_imgMANAWAN, Que. – A three-year-old boy and his five-year-old brother from a First Nations community in Quebec were recovering Friday after allegedly being beaten by a group of other children.Chief Constant Awashish of the Atikamekw Nation said the boys were allegedly attacked by some older children on a playground in Manawan earlier this week.“Two little boys were jumped by two or three other little boys, a little older than the victims,” he said in a phone interview.He said both boys were airlifted to hospital after a family member stopped the incident and called emergency services.The older boy was released after being sent to a hospital in Joliette, while the younger boy, who sustained more serious injuries, remained in hospital in Montreal, according to Awashish.The younger boy was “doing very well” and should be released by the beginning of next week, he said.Awashish said the incident was “traumatizing” to many in Manawan, a tight-knit community about 250 kilometres north of Montreal.“You always hear about stuff like that happening everywhere, but we never think it will happen in our own community,” he said.He said support and counselling were being made available to anyone who needed it, including the families of the alleged victims and of the alleged perpetrators.“The families of the aggressors are in shock, they’re stressed, they don’t know how to handle this,” he said.Local police as well as youth and social services were investigating the incident.last_img read more

Nova Scotia surplus rises to 149 million but tax revenue lower than

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government closed the books on the 2016-17 fiscal year Thursday, registering a surplus of nearly $150 million — about $110 million more than the Liberals touted on the campaign trail in May.Finance Minister Karen Casey attributed the change to the difficulty in predicting revenues, and said figures last December indicated the province needed a more cautious approach to spending.“During the period from mid-January till March we had new information which showed that those numbers were more positive, so with that volatility it is hard to do any kind of prediction,” said Casey.She rejected any notion that the lower figure suited the government’s positions on such things as health care spending and holding the line on public sector contracts ahead of the May 30 provincial vote.“We certainly have to take the updated revenue numbers as we get them,” said Casey.The Finance Department said total revenues were up $62.3 million to $11.23 billion mainly due to higher than expected amounts from cost-shared federal programs and net income from government business enterprises.The increase in revenue was partially offset by lower than expected tax revenue.Taxation revenue was down $36.1 million mainly due to a decrease in personal income tax and HST. The drop is due to a decline in the labour force at a time when the economy expanded by just 0.9 per cent in 2016, similar to the pace of the previous two years.A statistical breakdown shows the province gets about 50 per cent of its revenue from taxes, while another 31 per cent comes from various federal sources.Total expenses were also up $40.2 million to $11.08 billion mainly due to university funding and costs for flooding last fall and winter snowstorms.The province’s net debt also decreased by $121 million to $14.95 billion.Casey said the overall numbers were an indication the government’s fiscal plan is working.“I think the corner that we have turned is that we are living within our means, we can control our spending, and we can take any money that we have and invest it in what Nova Scotians want,” she said.Major savings were realized through lower than expected departmental spending in areas such as health, where spending was $27.6 million lower than estimated due, officials said, to lower capital grants and delayed project spending.Another $133.9 million in restructuring savings were realized because several unspecified government “corporate projects” were either delayed or not carried through with. Finance officials also said the savings had nothing to do with ongoing labour negotiations with public sector unions.Tim Houston, the Progressive Conservative finance critic, had a different view of the higher surplus.“They achieved that by ignoring issues in health care … they have been ignoring the state of our roads, which are terrible across the province, and they didn’t do $133 million worth of projects, which at one time they thought they needed to do and they won’t tell us what they are,” said Houston. “So there are a lot of questions.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill also questioned the government’s fiscal priorities given the books are better than it has portrayed.“In the face of the needs we have … particularly in health and also in education, it’s no time for the government to say, ‘Yeah for us we have put more money in the bank,’” he said.The figures released Thursday showed more than $234 million in additional appropriations were made during the last fiscal year, including an additional $10.5 million for Acadia University.The money included $7 million to cover a federal loan and an extra $3.5 million for the school’s operating grant.Despite repeated questions from reporters, officials refused to say why the university asked for the extra cash, saying “Ask Acadia.”Acadia president Peter Ricketts said the money, including the loan, was part of helping the school deal with a loss of about $7 million that resulted from changes to its operating grant made in 2008.“It was at that time that Acadia had asked for some financial help to address that and that was originally done with the loan,” said Ricketts. “Following that, the request for help resulted in this $3.5 million addition to the operating grant on an annual basis for the last four or five years.”last_img read more

Man accused of stabbing team to be assessed for fitness to stand

first_imgWINKLER, Man. – The man accused of stabbing a 15-year-old girl inside a church in Winkler, Man., will receive a mental-health assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial.Maksym Kravchenko, 39, appeared in provincial court in Morden, Man., on Tuesday to face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Pastor Michael Sullivant, who was present in the courtroom, tells CTV News that Kravchenko speaks Russian and Ukrainian, but very little English, and a translator was present during the proceedings.Police say the girl was stabbed at least twice inside the women’s washroom at the Pembina Valley Baptist Church following a service on Sunday.In a statement on the church’s website, Sullivant says the teenager underwent surgery in Winnipeg following the attack, and is in stable condition.Kravchenko is expected to meet with a psychiatrist before his case is back in a Winnipeg courtroom on Thursday.The girl’s family tells CTV News the stabbing punctured her kidney, an artery, diaphragm and intestinal area, but she is recovering.“Up in spirits. She was talking about how she remembered the whole thing and how everything transpired and felt,” her uncle Barry Wiebe said outside the courthouse on Tuesday.Wiebe said the family’s faith has helped them cope with the ordeal.“When we first saw her in the hospital it was very comforting to the family. Just the things she was saying was very comforting and how at peace she was,” he said.Sullivant, who was the one to called 911 after the attack, said the girl was speaking after the stabbing and was expressing concern about other people in the vicinity.Winkler is about 100 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Trudeau names Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

first_img“He is known for his collegial nature, being able to get along with people, and this is particularly important in terms of the highest court of the land,” Wilson-Raybould said.“As the chief justice, Beverley McLachlin leaves incredible shoes to fill, and I think that there are similarities but I’m confident that Justice Wagner will chart his own path, and it will be a positive path for the Supreme Court.”Wagner has long been familiar with the glare of publicity as the middle child of former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister and one-time federal Conservative leadership candidate Claude Wagner.He is a firm believer in the independence of judges, once saying that “the judiciary is only accountable to the person subject to trial.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Montreal-born Richard Wagner, a self-proclaimed advocate of judicial independence, as the next chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Wagner, 60, was called to the Quebec bar in 1980 and practised law until being appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 2004. He sat in the civil, commercial and criminal divisions of the court until 2011 when he was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal.Former prime minister Stephen Harper named him to the Supreme Court only five years ago, and Wagner has another 15 years before mandatory retirement to define his legacy as chief.Wagner’s age may have given him an edge for the job over Rosalie Abella, 71, who was widely seen as the other leading contender for the position. Trudeau had been under pressure to name a Quebecer as chief, in keeping with the tradition of alternating between a civil code jurist from Quebec and a common-law one.The current chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, is stepping down Friday after 28 years on the court, including almost 18 years as chief. McLachlin, 74, is the first woman to hold the top job on the high court and also Canada’s longest-serving chief justice.Wagner is slated to take the oath of office as chief justice next Monday.In a statement Tuesday, Trudeau said he has the utmost confidence in Wagner’s ability to lead the court.“The judiciary, the legal profession, and all Canadians will be well served by his dedication to upholding the laws and Constitution upon which this country is founded,” Trudeau said.The chief justice fosters decision-making by consensus on the court, holds many leadership and administrative responsibilities and represents the Canadian judiciary at home and abroad, the Prime Minister’s Office noted.Trudeau spoke with Wagner on Monday night. Before choosing the chief justice, he consulted McLachlin, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and leading members of the Canadian legal community.Wilson-Raybould praised McLachlin as a galvanizing force on the court who served as an admirable ambassador, adding Wagner has many of the same qualities.last_img read more

Vigils being held to honour 4 men who died helicopter crash in

first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One says it is holding candlelight vigils at its offices across Ontario today after four workers were killed in a helicopter crash northwest of Kingston, Ont., on Thursday.A spokeswoman for the utility company also says crews in the field throughout the province will be standing down from their work for the day to mourn the loss of their colleagues.Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt says in a statement that the company is focused on supporting the families of the men who died.None of the four workers on board the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper survived the crash, which happened shortly before noon in Tweed, Ont.Hydro One says it has teams of specialists working at the scene today to help the Transportation Safety Board determine what caused the chopper to go down.The names of those who died have not been released.last_img read more

Archaic liquor laws in BC hurt consumers whisky distributor says

first_imgVANCOUVER – An Alberta-based whisky distributor says “archaic” liquor policies in British Columbia are limiting the range of products consumers can access.Robert Carpenter with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society says B.C. bars have long skirted rules that prevent them from buying unique products at private liquor stores that aren’t carried at government stores.He says forcing bars to only buy from the provincial government’s distribution channels doesn’t make sense because the province still regulates and taxes booze through private stores.His comments follow the seizure of his whisky products at four B.C. bars last week, and Carpenter says B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch has yet to inform the bar owners of the exact rationale for the seizure.The Ministry of the Attorney General says in a statement that the branch does not release information about specific licensees.It says the government has appointed a liquor policy advisor to meet with stakeholders to advise the province on future liquor policies.last_img read more

Groups file response to governments fight against solitary confinement

first_imgVANCOUVER – The head of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the group is ready to take on the federal government in a dispute over fixing a law that violates the rights of inmates in solitary confinement.“Frankly, it’s offensive that the government is requiring us to continue this fight to the (B.C.) Court of Appeal and potentially to the Supreme Court (of Canada) when they were elected on a promise to fix this,” Josh Paterson said.He announced Tuesday that the association and the John Howard Society of Canada have filed a response to the government’s appeal of a court ruling that calls on the government to strike down a law on indefinite segregation because it causes permanent psychological harm and can lead to suicide.“If they’re going to fight it, well, we’ll fight it,” Paterson said.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask issued his decision in January but suspended it for 12 months to give the government enough time to draft new legislation with strict time limits on confinement that can include 23-hours-a-day isolation.The government appealed the decision in February, saying it needs clarity on the issue from the courts.“They’re doing no such thing,” Paterson said. “Their appeal is an attack on the very finding that Canada’s law on solitary confinement is unconstitutional. They’re arguing to the B.C. Court of Appeal that the court should treat the systemic mistreatment of prisoners in solitary confinement as individual incidents that require no change in the law.”Paterson said the lower court judge accepted ample evidence from inquiries over decades that the law needs to be changed in a meaningful way to protect the rights of inmates, especially those who are Indigenous or mentally ill.“All of their institutional tweaking has not resulted in fixing this problem and that’s why this court in B.C. said, ‘Enough. The law that permits all of this to take place must be changed.’ “Last June, in an effort to stop the trial, the government introduced a bill that would restrict solitary confinement to 21 days, dropping to 15 days after 18 months from the bill’s passage.However, the two groups rejected the change, saying a warden would still have the final say and cases such as the 2007 in-custody death of New Brunswick teen Ashley Smith, who spent more than 1,000 days in segregation, could still happen. The judge rejected the government’s argument.The bill restricting solitary confinement has not passed through Parliament.The two groups launched a legal challenge of so-called administrative segregation in 2015, calling it a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead isolated prisoners to harm and even kill themselves.A nine-week trial heard from multiple witnesses including former inmates who continue to experience mental health issues after being released and from a father whose 37-year-old son resorted to suicide.Robert Roy testified Christopher Roy was immediately placed in a segregation cell after arriving at Matsqui Institution, a medium-security facility in Abbotsford, and hanged himself two months later, in June 2015.Roy said he learned from Correctional Service Canada documents obtained through a freedom of information request that his son was placed in isolation because there was nowhere else to put him.“I believe my son was not in a healthy state of mind at that point,” he told the trial.Jay Aubrey, a lawyer for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said Tuesday that Correctional Service Canada uses multiple reasons, including punishment and safety of prisoners, to justify solitary confinement but it lacks adequate ways to assess people who are suffering from a mental illness.“Christopher (Roy) was given their intro mental-illness checklist,” she said. “He passed that then killed himself by strangulation.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more

Toronto police resume dig at home where Bruce McArthur worked as landscaper

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say they will resume digging at a property where accused serial killer Bruce McArthur worked as a landscaper.Police have already found the remains of at least seven men buried in planters at the property in midtown Toronto.McArthur, 66, has been charged with eight counts of first degree murder for the deaths of men with ties to the city’s gay village.Investigators say they began excavating the home’s backyard in January, but nothing was found.Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray says a canine unit search of the property last month determined there was a need for further digging.She says the excavation is expected to take several weeks and that police will provide an update on the case once the dig is complete.Police say they searched approximately 100 other properties where McArthur worked as a landscaper, but did not find anything.last_img read more

Five lingering questions from the end of Mark Normans criminal case

first_imgOTTAWA — Now that public prosecutors have decided to stay a breach-of-trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, here are five questions Canadians don’t have full answers to:1) What was the evidence that got Norman’s charge stayed?The Public Prosecution Service of Canada said it received information in late March from Norman’s legal team that, upon review with the evidence the RCMP provided, led them to believe there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in the case. In court, the Crown said the new information provided greater context about Norman’s conduct and “revealed a number of complexities” prosecutors hadn’t previously known about. Defence lawyer Marie Henein suggested that it’s related to the previous Conservative government’s negotiations of the supply-ship deal with Chantier Davie shipyard.The information, however, hasn’t been made public. Nor was there an indication about why the information didn’t arrive sooner, or why it took another month before prosecutors decided to stay the case. At a press conference, Norman called the procurement system complicated and obtuse and an ugly process that is difficult to explain at the best of times.2) What was in that 60-page memo dealing with the Norman case that the top civil servant sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year?Norman’s legal team wanted to see what was in the memo, believing the information would help his defence. According to the government, it was information subject to solicitor-client privilege, which is the reason cited for keeping its contents secret. A witness in Norman’s pre-trial hearings suggested the memo actually originated with the Privy Council Office’s top legal officer but passed through Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick because that’s how memorandums from the public service formally get to the prime minister’s desk. But it’s not clear what the memo said specifically about Norman’s case.Of note is that Wernick has public said that in October 2018 he decided to let the court make the final call on what ordinarily secret cabinet information could be released to the defence team.3) Now that one legal fight is over, will Norman start another one?Although the government plans to cover Norman’s legal fees, he could sue the government in civil court over the handling of his case. The RCMP and government are the targets of a civil suit from Sen. Mike Duffy, who alleges his rights were abused in an investigation of his Senate expenses — which led to criminal charges of which he was acquitted.Henein said Wednesday that Norman’s criminal case had just ended minutes before and she and her client would make a decision at another time about whether to file a similar civil suit.4) Does Mark Norman go back to work? And in what role?Norman was suspended as the vice-chief of the defence staff at the start of 2017, and then officially shuffled out of the assignment and replaced by Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk the following year. He has been in a “supernumerary position” within the defence chief’s office since June 2018.Norman said he is ready to go back to work — he joked about sorting out his building pass — but in what capacity is unclear. Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, will make that decision.5) What happens to the other criminal trial over a shipbuilding leak?Matthew Matchett’s case remains open and the federal prosecution service reiterated Wednesday that it’s a wholly separate proceeding. Matchett was suspended in October 2018 from his job as a procurement officer at Public Services and Procurement Canada after his name came up in a submission Norman’s legal team made. He was charged in February with one count of breach of trust.Documents relevant to Norman’s case — including some that weren’t made public — could yet come out in Matchett’s trial. His case is in a similar state as Norman’s was before Wednesday, with the Crown and defence going over documents to determine what is relevant evidence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Who said what about the Liberals decision to go ahead with Trans

first_imgOTTAWA — There was swift reaction Tuesday to the decision by the Trudeau Liberals to give the go-ahead to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. Here is what federal, provincial and Indigenous leaders, as well various groups had to say:“Fundamentally, this isn’t a choice between producing more conventional energy or less. It’s a choice about where we can sell it and how we get it there safely. We strongly believe that having more options and more markets puts Canada in a stronger, strategic position to create good middle-class jobs and invest in our shared future. That is why we made today’s decision.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—“We all knew he was going to approve it. What Canadians were hoping for today was a clear timeline for construction to start and he failed to be able to tell Canadians on what date construction would actually start.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer—“This is deeply concerning particularly given that those environmental concerns aren’t addressed still … and finally because the Indigenous concerns that were raised are still present.” — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh—“This second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline isn’t a victory to celebrate. It’s just another step in a process that has frankly taken too long.” — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney—“Although I regret the federal government’s decision, it’s within their authority to make that decision.” — B.C. Premier John Horgan—“They will build a pipeline to blow through our Paris targets, use our own money to do it, and then try to trick us by saying every dollar made on this project … is going to go to clean-energy projects.” — Green Leader Elizabeth May—“It’s clear First Nations have different positions on this project, but they all stand firm that their rights be respected and their traditional territories be protected. Only First Nations can determine if those conditions are met.” — Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde —“After all the debates, reviews, hearings and court challenges, only one thing remains: build it now.” — Goldy Hyder, president and CEO, Business Council of Canada —“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision. … We will be appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.” — Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation—“We’ve learned that approved is not built. What we need now is a concrete plan to get TMX and other trade-enabling infrastructure built without unnecessary legal delays.” — Aaron Henry, director of environmental and resources policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce—“This is far from a done deal. First Nations and Canadian environmentalists will continue to fight this project and their international allies will support them in whatever way they can.” — Patrick McCully, climate and energy program director, Rainforest Action Network—“In order for taxpayers to be made whole for being forced to pay for the purchase and expansion of Trans Mountain, it is imperative that the Trudeau government ensure construction gets underway as soon as possible.” — Aaron Wudrick, federal director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation—“For the Trudeau government to approve this pipeline after declaring a climate emergency makes about as much sense as pouring gasoline on a burning fire.” — Mike Hudema, climate and energy campaigner, Greenpeace Canada—“The federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a positive step toward further hydrocarbon development in Canada. However, the project still faces significant political, regulatory, and judicial challenges, and ultimately we see a tremendous amount of execution risk up until the oil starts flowing.” — Gavin MacFarlane, vice-president, Moody’s Investors Service—“More tanker traffic, increased noise and the possibility of a marine oil spill with devastating consequences for the West Coast remain concerning. One spill could spell the end of endangered orca and salmon, as well as harming bird populations.” — Jay Ritchlin, Western Canada director, David Suzuki FoundationThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau welcoming Raptors but Trump uncertain for White House visit

first_imgWASHINGTON — While plans are underway for the Toronto Raptors to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a White House visit for the NBA champions is uncertain.Asked by a reporter after a meeting with Trudeau if he’ll extend an invitation to the first NBA championship team from outside the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump was noncommittal on Thursday.“We thought about that. That’s an interesting question,” said Trump, seated beside Trudeau in a news conference. “They played phenomenal basketball. I watched a little bit of it. They were really terrific, congratulations by the way,” Trump added, nodding at Trudeau.“That was a great job by a great team. We’ll think about that. If they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that.”Eleanore Catenaro, a spokeswoman for Trudeau, confirmed Thursday there are plans to get the Raptors to Ottawa. “We are looking forward to welcoming them here,” she said, though no further details were provided.The Raptors captured the NBA title on June 13 when they beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals in Oakland, Calif.After the Toronto Blue Jays became the first Canadian team to win the World Series in 1992, they visited President George H.W. Bush in the White House. The Blue Jays did not go in 1993 after winning a second World Series in a row with Bill Clinton as president.Raptors coach Nick Nurse, during an interview on the Fan 590 AM on Wednesday, said he expected to meet Trudeau and said he had “heard nothing about the White House.”“We’re here, let’s go see Trudeau up in Ottawa. We’re Canada’s team,” Nurse added.The Warriors opted not to visit the White House in 2017 after receiving an invitation from Trump following their NBA championship triumph. They were not invited after winning again in 2018.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

What to do if you think your datas been hacked as another

first_imgTORONTO — Credit card company Capital One Financial Corp. has announced a major data breach that has compromised information from about six million Canadians, including social insurance numbers for about a million customers.Here’s what you should do if you think your data may have been compromised:First is to try and determine if your data has been stolen or used by hackers.Capital One says it will notify affected customers through a variety of ways, but doesn’t specify how. It does, however, note that it won’t call individuals about it so be wary of any calls about the breach. Also be on guard for emails about it that ask for information or contain links to websites.While waiting for word from Capital One, you should check your financial accounts for any unusual activity, and consider signing up for alerts to track activity in your financial accounts.If you notice any suspicious activity, the Canadian government recommends you immediately report it to the police, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and inform Service Canada. You should also report the activity to your bank and creditors by phone and in writing.You should also sign up for monitoring services from Equifax and TransUnion, which Capital One says it will provide for free to everyone affected.Capital One says no credit card numbers were compromised in the breach, but you could consider asking for a new card and number, or even close your account.The federal government, however, does not issue new social insurance numbers if they’re lost or stolen. It may issue a new SIN if there is proof that it was used fraudulently.Customers in the United States also have the option of putting a freeze on their credit reports, but that’s not an option in Canada.Even if your data isn’t compromised, the incident is a good reminder to review your personal data practices, including a review of your online accounts and a possible updating of passwords.Remember that you don’t need to give out your social insurance number when applying for a credit card. In the private sector, you only need to give out your SIN to your employer for income tax and benefits and to financial institutions for accounts that pay interest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Glees Jenna Ushkowitz Opens Her Closet For Charity

first_imgJenna Ushkowitz, known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang on the Fox hit series GLEE, has teamed up with Closets for Causes to raise money for Oceana.Jenna has donated several pieces from her personal closet, including dresses worn on the red carpet and even one dress worn to the first Twilight movie premiere.Oceana is the largest international organization that focuses solely on the ocean conservative. “I’ve worked very closely with Oceana for a few years now. They are just so dedicated and work solely towards preserving our oceans which take up 71% of our earth” says Jenna about Oceana.“Jenna’s continued support and dedication towards protecting our world’s oceans with Oceana is inspiring” said Matt Littlejohn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “She’s incredibly thoughtful and continues to impress us with her contributions as an Oceana advocate, fundraiser and voice for the oceans.”The auction includes pieces from an array of designers such as BCBGMAXAZRIA, French Connection, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Rebecca Taylor.“We are so excited to offer up such great fashions to fans of Jenna and the show GLEE.” States Closets for Causes’ founder Talia Bella, “The pieces are all young, fresh and flirty and they all support an amazing cause.”Jenna’s auction starts on September 17 – find out more at ClosetsForCauses.com.last_img read more

Al Gore To Host Google Conversation On Climate Crisis

first_imgParticipant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Google announced today that former Vice President Al Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project, and Participant Media Chairman and Founder Jeff Skoll will host a Google+ Conversation on the climate crisis to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.In a brief YouTube video released today, Vice President Gore invited people to join the Science on G+ Community and share ideas to mitigate climate change. Over the next week Gore and Skoll will engage with Google+ users on the topic and ultimately will select the five most insightful Community members to join them in a live Google+ Hangout on Air on June 11th at 2PM EDT / 11AM PDT.To celebrate the film’s seventh anniversary, An Inconvenient Truth is also now available for 99 cents on Google Play, allowing a new generation of digital viewers to join the global dialogue. Participant’s digital network, TakePart.com, will also run a special five-part editorial series on climate change that will dive deeper into the issue and its evolution beginning June 10 at takepart.com/an-inconvenient-truth. As part of the series, TakePart has also teamed with The Climate Reality Project to recommend ten climate crisis actions people can take.This Google+ Hangout on Air is the former Vice President’s first and kicks off Google+ Conversations, a new series on Google+ where everyday users have the opportunity to engage global experts in discussions on the issues that matter to them.last_img read more

Priscilla Presley Named Humane Horsewoman Of The Year

first_imgPriscilla Presley was named 2014 Humane Horsewoman of the Year by The Humane Society of the United States at a ceremony held during the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.The award recognizes Presley’s dedication to ending the cruel practice of “soring,” which involves the use of chemicals and other devices to inflict pain on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses to produce a high-stepping gait for competitions.Presley worked tirelessly to raise awareness on the issue through the media and other speaking engagements. She traveled to Washington to urge Congress to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act and finally put a stop to this inhumane training method. Along with Elvis Presley, she owned several Tennessee walking horses and shares a deep appreciation for the breed’s graceful, natural gait.Each year, The HSUS offers the award to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s equines. Ending horse soring is one of the organization’s top priorities, along with other campaigns to protect equines from cruelty, neglect and slaughter.Source:Humane Societylast_img read more

Temple Of The Dog Tour Tickets Benefit Charity

first_imgTemple of the Dog — the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) — has reunited and will tour for the first time ever since forming in 1990.The band will play five cities, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, in November.A special ticket pre-sale for fans signed up to the Ten Club, Soundgarden, and Chris Cornell email lists begins immediately and runs through July 27th. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 29th, at 12:00 PM local time. $1.50 from each ticket sold will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and an additional $1.50 will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.The tour marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Temple of the Dog’s first and only album, a self-titled set that was released by A&M Records on April 16th, 1991. “We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do … play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago,” Cornell says of the 2016 tour.On September 30th UMe will release a special Temple of the Dog 25th anniversary reissue collection of their landmark album, newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien. The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD. Physical pre-orders are available today along with a detailed list of the contents of each configuration HERE.Temple of the Dog came together from the ashes of Mother Love Bone following the death from a drug overdose of its frontman Andrew Wood, Cornell’s close friend and roommate. Cornell wrote future TOTD songs “Say Hello 2 Heaven” and “Reach Down” to help process his grief, “but the songs didn’t have any destination,” he says. “I was compelled to write them and there they were – written in a vacuum as a tribute to Andy. My thought was that maybe I could record these songs with the remaining members of Mother Love Bone and that maybe we could release them as a tribute.”Mother Love Bone’s Gossard and Ament began playing with McCready, and they brought in Soundgarden’s Cameron to drum on demos. Because this was a collaboration, and a tribute, there was no commercial expectation for the Temple of the Dog album. It would be, Gossard would later observe, “the easiest and most beautiful record that we’ve ever been involved with.” Adds Cornell: “Temple was about making an album simply for the joy of doing it. We weren’t concerned what anyone outside of our group of friends would think of it. It was the first and maybe only stress-free album that we all made.”Gossard, Ament, and McCready were also simultaneously forming a new band, which more than six months later would be known as Pearl Jam. A singer from San Diego named Eddie Vedder, who was vying to lead the project, came into the studio to sing background vocals on three of the Temple songs. When Cornell thought another song, “Hunger Strike,” needed a duet, Vedder was enlisted. “Hunger Strike” became a hit single, peaking at No. 4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.Temple of the Dog performed live only a handful of times, most notably in Seattle, in November and December of 1990. Those shows have become some of the most legendary Seattle concerts of all-time. Their 2016 shows mark the first time the band has ever toured. (Cornell joined Pearl Jam in 2014 at the Bridge School show and for two nights at PJ20 in Alpine Valley, WI, and the Temple line-up played “Reach Down” and “Call Me a Dog” at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in January 2015.)“This is something no one has ever seen,” Cornell says of the official reunion. “We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.”Temple of the Dog’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:11/04 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
11/07 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
11/11 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 Los Angeles, CA The Forum 
11/20 Seattle, WA Paramount Theaterlast_img read more