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  • Congress Gandhis Come Out In Support Of P Chidambaram Hit Out At

    first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress today rallied behind its senior leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram, who is wanted by two investigative agencies in a corruption case. A lookout notice was issued this morning against the former minister as CBI and the Enforcement Directorate failed to locate him since last evening. While Rahul Gandhi called it a “disgraceful misuse of power”, his sister Priyanka Gandhi said the former minister was being “shamefully hunted down”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsYesterday, the Delhi High Court refused to provide Mr Chidambaram any further protection from arrest, saying “magnitude and enormity” of material produced by the investigating agencies “dis-entitles him from any pre-arrest bail”. Within hours, teams of the CBI and the ED made a beeline for his residence. Failing to find him there, some of them camped out there overnight. This morning, as the news came of the lookout notice, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi, protested vehemently against the move of the government. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Modi’s Govt is using the ED, CBI & sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted. His sister Priyanka Gandhi tweeted: “An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, @PChidambaram_IN ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister. He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government, but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted. The BJP, though, has kept largely silent on the issue. This morning, party leader Amit Malviya took a dig at the Congress, saying, “Priyanka stood by Vadra, backing Chidambaram is natural”. Mr Chidambaram has been accused of facilitating a huge infusion of foreign funds into a television company, INX Media, in 2007 on the behest of his son Karti Chidambaram, who allegedly received kickbacks for this. At the time, he was the country’s finance minister in the UPA government. Mr Chidambaram has denied the allegations, saying it was politically motivated. (Inputs from read more

  • Why PSA against Abdullah now because Vaiko filed petition in SC asks

    first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday hit out at the BJP over the detention of Farooq Abdullah under the Public Safety Act and questioned whether the step was prompted by MDMK chief Vaiko’s plea in the Supreme Court seeking a directive that the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister be produced before it. Abdullah has now been detained under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), which enables authorities to detain any individual for two years without trial. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The 81-year-old patron of the National Conference has been under house arrest since August 5 when the Centre announced abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into Union territories. “Now PSA (43 days later).Earlier BJP said 92% of people in J&K welcome dilution of Article 370; that normalcy prevails. Then Amit Shah in Parliament: Farooq Abdullah neither detained nor arrested,” Sibal said in a tweet. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “If no danger to public safety then, why now? Because Vaiko filed petition?” he said. The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to respond to Vaiko’s plea seeking that the former J&K chief minister be produced before the court. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer issued notice to the Centre and the state, and fixed Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko’s plea for hearing on September 30.last_img read more

  • Resellers looking to cash in on tickets to see Barack Obama speech

    first_imgMONTREAL – Tickets to see former U.S. president Barack Obama in Montreal went like hot cakes over the weekend.Now, it seems that resellers are also trying to cash in, seeking up to $568 (US$417) per ticket.The June 6 event is organized by the Montreal Board of Trade, which secured the presence of the ex-president for a speech at the Palais des congres convention centre.Members of the board were able to buy tickets Friday and tickets were made available to the public on Saturday, ranging in price from $57 to $373.The tickets that remained following the pre-sale sold out in 15 minutes.There was a limit of 10 tickets per person for those who bought it during the public sale, but the board did not disclose how many tickets its members could buy.Since then, tickets have appeared on online resale sites such as Stubhub, which indicated on Monday it had 43 tickets for sale.In Montreal, where hockey and concert tickets are often resold, is testament to the popularity of Obama.Other tickets were also available on Kijiji, where one individual had 26 tickets up for grabs with the asking price ranging between $375 and $500.Another did not disclose the price, waiting to see the best offer they’d receive.Other users were asking for tickets, which is Obama’s first address on Canadian soil since leaving the White House earlier this year.He last came to Canada for a state visit in Ottawa in June 2016.The board says it’s not concerned about the resale of tickets, but is keeping an eye on the situation.last_img read more

  • Nova Scotia leaders hitting ridings expected to be competitive in Tuesdays vote

    first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s three major party leaders lobbied for every possible vote Sunday, targeting ridings that are expected to be highly competitive in Tuesday’s provincial election.NDP Leader Gary Burrill visited a community food centre in the riding of Dartmouth-North, where candidate Susan Leblanc is expected to mount a stiff challenge to incumbent Liberal cabinet minister Joanne Bernard.The riding is in a working-class area of Dartmouth that had been a safe NDP seat for 15 years until Bernard won it in 2013.In between pushing loads of dirt in a wheelbarrow as volunteers helped to plant vegetable gardens outside the food centre, Burrill said the party is optimistic it can make a strong showing there and in several other Halifax-area ridings that were formerly NDP strongholds.“We’ve had a strong tradition here (Dartmouth-North) for a long time,” said Burrill. “We are running a campaign all across the province, but we have some very strong candidates in Dartmouth and Halifax. We are very excited about their chances so we are putting all the effort that we can into those ridings too.”Leblanc, an actor and the co-artistic director of Zuppa Theatre, said she has found a receptive audience to the NDP’s message of investing again in people.However, she said success at the ballot box will depend on getting people to vote in a riding that has had a history of low turnout.“So we have to make sure that everyone who is responding gets to vote and that’s going to be our big focus,” said Leblanc.Bernard, who worked in the non-profit sector and established a residential facility for women prior to being elected, believes being on the government side makes a difference in a riding she says was neglected for too long.“There’s never been any investments and over the past three-and-a-half years we’ve been able to turn that around,” said Bernard. “I’ll stand on my record in this riding and let the chips fall where they fall.”Meanwhile, Premier Stephen McNeil rallied with Liberal troops on the grass outside a library in Hammond Plains Sunday morning, waving at passing cars and shaking hands with red-clad sign-holders. Supporters of incumbent Ben Jessome chanted “Ben again” over the sound of honking horns.Jessome is thought to be in a tough three-way race in the Hammonds Plains-Lucasville riding, with Tory Matt Whitman — a Halifax regional councillor and former deputy mayor — thought to be his biggest threat.But McNeil said every riding is equally important to his party in winning a renewed majority. The Liberal leader was to take his campaign to Cape Breton later Sunday, where there are also expected to be several close races.“There’s a majority government out there for the Liberal party and we’re going to go chase every vote that we can to try to deliver that,” said McNeil shortly after pulling up to the library in his campaign bus.“Every riding is key for me.”Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie made an appearance in the Cape Breton riding of Victoria-The-Lakes, where former Tory MLA Keith Bain is trying to reclaim the seat from Liberal incumbent Pam Eyking. Bain represented the riding for seven years until losing to Eyking by 303 votes in 2013.From there Baillie pushed on to Antigonish, where he held another in a series of rallies focusing on the state of health care — an issue polls have shown is a Liberal vulnerability.“We’re going for the win and are spending our time now primarily in Liberal-held ridings where people are looking for change,” Baillie said.Meanwhile, Elections Nova Scotia said just over 112,900 people voted in advanced polling that wrapped up Saturday.Spokesman Andy LeBlanc said 20,783 of those votes were cast on the final day alone.He said the higher turnout over 2013, when 100,698 votes were cast in advance polls, was in part due to increased opportunity — seven days, up from two — and people’s ability to vote at any polling station.Baillie said he’s “very encouraged” by the increased numbers and believes it is a sign of a volatile electorate.“When Nova Scotians come out early and vote in those kinds of numbers they are sending a message that they want to change the government,” he said.— With files by Aly Thomson in Halifaxlast_img read more

  • Victoria mayor floats plan to billet homeless to ease housing crisis

    first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria’s mayor wants people to open their homes to those sleeping in parks and their cars because they can’t afford or find accommodation.Lisa Helps said residents in the city opened their homes to workers during the Second World War and people should consider doing it again for the hundreds of people who can’t find a place to stay.In a post on her blog, Helps cited local newspaper headlines from the 1940s urging Victoria residents to open their homes to homeless workers participating in the war effort.“Now we have a different crisis on our doorstep,” she wrote.“What if there was a way to connect people living in vehicles, in motel rooms, on couches, with seniors living in large houses all alone, with retirees with an extra bedroom, or even with families with large houses and extra rooms. Unthinkable? Victorians stepped up to help out their neighbours in the past.”Helps said in the past five years, 6,000 people have moved to Victoria but housing has been in short supply.The city’s vacancy rate stood at 0.5 per cent last December and the city has looked at a number of possible solutions to the housing crunch.City council considered a moratorium Thursday on apartment building demolitions to ease the tight rental market.Last year, council also considered erecting semi-permanent structures for homeless people in certain parks but the idea was met with resistance by local residents.The lawn at Victoria’s law courts became a homeless camp last year before the B.C. Supreme Court shut it down over unsafe conditions.Social advocacy and housing groups say the mayor’s plan is well-meaning in a time of crisis, but all levels of government must do more to provide housing in a city with sky-high rents.“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” said Kelly Newhook, executive director of the Together Against Poverty Society. “It’s a lovely idea in theory and if it works for some people that’s great.”She said Helps has highlighted the dire need for more housing in Victoria, but her group wants all levels of government to step in to provide more social and rental housing. She said social assistance rates in B.C. also have not increased since 2007.“Some social housing has come online, but we need more when the federal government hasn’t been invested in that since 1985,” Newhook said. “We have this vacancy rate that’s at 0.5 per cent and rental rates that are just absolutely skyrocketing. This is not just a problem for people living in poverty. This is all incomes.”The group helped more than 6,450 people with housing issues last year, and many of them were renters evicted from renovated properties that were later offered at higher rents, she said.Kathy Stinson, chief executive director of Victoria’s Cool Aid Society, said Helps’s idea to open homes to the homeless is the start of a conversation.“Somebody has to bring the idea up, so good on her for it,” said Stinson. “But let’s put some practicalities around that and think it through.”The Cool Aid Society provides emergency shelter, supportive housing and health services for many of Victoria’s most vulnerable people. It operates three shelters and 13 housing buildings with 457 units.Victoria’s council also recently considered repealing a bylaw that prevents people from sleeping in vehicles but left enforcement to police officers who say they use discretion when it comes to ticketing people in vehicles.last_img read more

  • Power still off for 200 properties in Red Deer after Tuesdays windstorm

    first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Officials in Red Deer, Alta., say it will take more than a month to clean up the city following a bad storm earlier this week.As of Friday, there are still about 200 properties without power.The City of Edmonton is sending down crews to help remove downed trees on cars, homes, streets and fences.Emergency Management coordinator Karen Mann says their other focus is on the parks system and getting damaged trees removed.Homes where damaged and trees were uprooted Tuesday evening when wind gusts of more than 100 km/h hit.Windows were blown out at one city mall and the roof of at least one store was lifted off.One person suffered minor injuries at a campground.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

  • Newly reported contacts between Russia and Team Trump An updated list

    first_imgWASHINGTON – One after another, details keep emerging of previously undisclosed contacts between Russians and current and former aides to President Donald Trump. The latest arrived in a massive weekend leak of financial papers.There have been a flurry of others over the past week, just as the criminal probe investigating possible collusion between the Trump team and the Russian government announces its first arrests.In some cases, they involve criminal allegations that have yet to be proven in court. In other cases, there is no illegal activity alleged in these belatedly-disclosed Russian connections.There are more than a dozen examples, involving the following:Jared Kushner, president’s son-in-law and White House adviser: Sunday’s document dump called the Paradise Papers revealed a business partnership between Kushner and a wealthy Russian who handled the Russian government’s investments in social-media powerhouses Facebook and Twitter. Previously, Kushner had admitted to multiple omissions in the ethics form he filed upon entering government. Knowingly falsifying or concealing a material fact on an SF-86 government form is a felony that could result in up to five years’ imprisonment. Kushner says he was in a rush to complete his paperwork, and had always intended to add everything later. One originally omitted interaction was with the head of a Russian bank under U.S. sanctions. Another involved Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak — Kushner asked him about setting up a private communication channel with Moscow during the presidential transition. When news of that back-channel request was reported, Kushner admitted it, and explained he simply wanted to have private conversations about Syria. Past top-level national security officials have called his undisclosed interactions, “Off the map,” a ”Dashboard warning,” and unprecedented.Wilbur Ross, commerce secretary: In his ethics filings, he did disclose his investments in a shipping firm he once controlled called Navigator Holdings. He did not go into detail about its extensive business ties to a Russian oligarch subject to U.S. sanctions and to Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law. Those connections surfaced in Sunday’s leak, which chronicled offshore tax havens used by him and numerous public figures. The Paradise Papers reports did not accuse Ross of anything illegal.Michael Flynn, former national security adviser: On Sunday, NBC News reported that the Mueller probe has gathered enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn. He lasted less than a month as Trump’s top national-security official. In resigning, he admitted to misleading colleagues about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador. He also failed to include income from foreign governments on his ethics filing, the SF-86. He later disclosed lobbying work on behalf of Turkey, and almost $68,000 in income from Russian entities, including $45,000 to speak at a public event in Moscow in 2015, where he sat beside Putin at a dinner table.Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chair: He has been charged with a series of crimes including conspiracy against the United States, money-laundering, tax fraud, being an unregistered foreign agent, and lying to police. Manafort is accused of laundering $18 million in payments from a pro-Putin political party in Ukraine. He was forced to resign as Trump’s campaign chair in August 2016 after initial news reports about undisclosed cash payments and foreign lobbying. He is out on $10 million bail. Authorities allege he has multiple U.S. passports, and have pushed for strict bail conditions to counter any possible flight risk. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.Rick Gates, former Trump deputy campaign chair: A protege of Manafort, Gates stayed within Trump’s orbit after controversies felled his old friend. He managed Trump’s inauguration fund, and then ran a pro-Trump group. He was arrested alongside Manafort last week, slapped with similar charges, and accused of laundering more than $3 million from offshore accounts. He has also pleaded not guilty.Jeff Sessions, attorney general, former senator, and Trump campaign adviser: Testified under oath during Senate confirmation hearing that he was unaware of any interactions with Russians during the campaign. Some of his ex-colleagues want him to come back to clarify that remark. That’s because he has since admitted to two meetings with the Russian ambassador; former campaign adviser Carter Page says he told Sessions about a planned trip to Russia; he also participated in a meeting where adviser George Papadopoulos mentioned connections willing to set up a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin. After the initial stories appeared about his encounters with the then-ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, Sessions recused himself from all Russia-related matters, allowing his deputy attorney general to establish the Mueller inquiry. Trump has publicly fumed over Sessions’ decision.Carter Page, foreign policy adviser to Trump campaign: A Russophile oil consultant, Page had repeatedly denied meeting with Russian government officials during a July 2016 trip to Moscow. Several reports say he informed lawmakers last week during a closed-door congressional inquiry that he did, in fact, meet Russian officials, and then relayed details of those meetings to the campaign. He also said he informed Sessions about plans to visit Russia.George Papadopoulos, foreign-policy adviser to Trump campaign: He’s just become the first person convicted in the Russia probe. He pleaded guilty to lying repeatedly to the FBI about interactions with intermediaries of Russia. He confessed to misleading investigators about an effort to obtain stolen Hillary Clinton emails from Russia. When pressed about it by police, he deleted his Facebook account and his cellphone records. He also hoped to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin, which the campaign ultimately shot down. Court records show Papadopoulos informed campaign officials of his Russia interactions. He is now working as an informant for the Mueller probe.last_img read more

  • CanniMed files 725M lawsuit against Aurora others over takeover bid

    first_imgSASKATOON – Saskatoon-based CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Aurora Cannabis Inc., alleging what it calls “multiple claims of wrongdoing” related to Aurora’s hostile bid to acquire CanniMed.In a statement released Friday evening, CanniMed (TSX:CMED) says it filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court alleging Aurora (TSX:ACB) and others conspired to injure CanniMed’s economic interests.CanniMed says it’s also seeking personal damages against one current and one former member of its board for their alleged involvement in the purported conspiracy.It says the action, which has not yet been served, seeks $725 million in damages.The allegations have not been proven in court.Aurora’s chief corporate officer, Cam Battley, says CanniMed is “suing their own shareholders,” adding that the company should never have gone public.“Things are a mess over there,” said Battley. “They should have remained private. By going public, they have exposed themselves to the realities and the discipline of the market.”Aurora also released a statement amending some aspects of its takeover bid, but made no mention of the lawsuit.The new statement provides greater detail on how Aurora became aware that CanniMed’s board would be meeting in November 2017 to consider acquiring Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP)last_img read more

  • Appeal court overturns sex assault convictions of HIVpositive man

    first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s highest court has overturned the sexual assault convictions of an HIV-positive former boxer who slept with two women, saying their consent wasn’t diminished by the man not disclosing his condition.Claude Thompson was found guilty of sexual assault causing bodily harm of two women in Antigonish, N.S., and sentenced to 30 months in jail.In a written ruling released Thursday, the Appeal Court of Nova Scotia acquitted him.“The sole issue in this case is whether psychological harm said to have been caused by non-disclosure of HIV status vitiates consent to sexual activity. The short answer is no, it does not,” Justice Duncan Beveridge wrote for the three-judge panel.The appeal court quoted one expert who said HIV is no longer lethal, and another who said it’s now much easier to manage than diabetes.“Failure by a sexual partner to disclose that he or she has a sexually transmitted disease is morally reprehensible, but it is not usually a crime. Most STDs can be cured with appropriate treatment or do not constitute a serious health threat,” wrote Beveridge.The appeal attracted national interest: HIV/AIDS groups from Ontario and Quebec, as well as the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, had intervener status.The appeal court said the groups backed Thompson’s claim of legal error, “and fear the potential implications of the trial judge’s ruling on people living with HIV.”The case dates back to December 2011. Thompson, who had moved to Antigonish from Ontario, had testified that he told both women he had HIV and used a condom, but the trial judge, Justice Suzanne Hood, wasn’t convinced.Still, she found that HIV transmission was unlikely because of the specific circumstances of the two cases, and neither woman did contract HIV.Hood acquitted Thompson of the more serious charges of aggravated sexual assault.But she found the women had suffered psychological harm from not knowing whether the virus had been transmitted, which amounted to bodily harm and, coupled with his deception, ultimately “vitiated” their consent. She convicted him of the lesser charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm.But the appeal court disagreed.“Stress from being lied to, however despicable the deception may be, is simply not sufficient to vitiate consent for the purposes of the criminal law,” Beveridge wrote.“Worry, stress, anger are natural emotions on learning of unwittingly being exposed to HIV. But absent a significant risk of serious bodily harm, satisfied by actual transmission or a realistic possibility of transmission, consent is not vitiated.”The appeal panel’s decision Thursday details the reasons for its Sept. 19, 2017, ruling it acknowledged was “unusual.” That ruling quashed the charges after the Crown had conceded five days earlier that the judge had erred and Thompson should be acquitted.last_img read more

  • Two new blazes started near Penticton BC appear humancaused BC Wildfire

    first_imgTwo new wildfires sparked to life in British Columbia’s southern Interior near Penticton on Friday.Nicole Bonnett with the BC Wildfire Service confirmed Saturday the larger of the two fires, burning south of Penticton on the edge of the community of Okanagan Falls, remained within the local fire department’s jurisdiction.Fire crews from Okanagan Falls and the BC Wildfire Service battled the blaze through Friday evening, and a skeleton crew of local firefighters stayed on scene overnight, Okanagan Falls fire chief Rob Oliver said Saturday.Bonnett said the service’s fire origin and cause team returned to the scene early Saturday to look into what ignited the wildfire.“The fire is believed to be a result of some sort of human activity, so they’ll be completing an investigation out there,” said Bonnett in an interview from Kamloops, B.C.The wildfire on the outskirts of Okanagan Falls is less than a square kilometre in size and roughly half a kilometre away from the area’s regional library.Oliver said it appeared the fire started near the Skaha Lake outlet dam before burning through grass and sagebrush and up a bluff.“A bomber and a helicopter came out right away, our crew was on the initial attack, and we got it stopped and a guard around the whole thing,” he said.“It’s basically just mop-up and we’ll be finished by dinner.”The fire chief did not know the exact cause of the wildfire but said the RCMP were on scene to examine the suspected starting point.Bonnett said the service does not expect the fire to grow outside of its current perimeter and the few structures in the area were in no danger from the blaze.“The size is subject to change a little bit, but it won’t be the result of fire growth, but more accurate mapping at that point,” said Bonnett.A smaller wildfire burning near the western edge of Penticton was still being monitored for hotspots, but it was expected to be extinguished Saturday, said Bonnett.An air quality advisory is in effect for the city, though Bonnett said she believes this is likely due to the smoky air from wildfires across the province nestling into the area rather than the two newest blazes.Bonnett said even as the temperature cooled off slightly in the Kamloops Fire Centre this past week, a campsite fire ban remains in effect for the area, which was still classified as high-risk.Bonnett added the campfire ban also includes additional recreational activities for everyone to be aware of.“Fireworks, fire crackers, tiki torches – things like that.”last_img read more

  • Video of Alberta police officer running over wounded deer sparks outrage

    first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A video of a police officer in southern Alberta repeatedly running over an injured deer with his service vehicle has sparked calls for his firing and an animal cruelty investigation.Investigators say the disturbing video has triggered an overwhelming number of complaint calls to police and animal welfare agencies and there are reports the officer faces death threats.  Lethbridge police have said the officer was trying to euthanize the animal on Saturday with his truck and drove over the deer several times while it was still alive.The Toronto-based group Animal Justice is calling for Alberta’s police watchdog to investigate whether the officer should be charged with criminal animal cruelty offences.Lethbridge police say the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is reviewing what happened, along with Alberta Fish and Wildlife and the Alberta SPCA.A petition on the website is calling for the officer, who remains on active duty, to be fired.“This is inhumane, and disgusting,” the petition reads. “This officer should no longer be part of the police department for his inappropriate actions!“Sign this petition to make it clear to the police department that this officer should be fired!”Lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice, said police are not above the law and animal abuse by an officer must be taken seriously.“There is little doubt that this poor deer suffered immensely while the officer repeatedly ran her over with a heavy truck,” Labchuk said Wednesday.“It is heartbreaking to watch the video and hear her crying out in pain as she was struck by the vehicle over and over again.”Lethbridge Police are asking anyone who witnessed or recorded what happened to contact investigators.ASIRT is calling on people to allow investigators to do their jobs.“We are fortunate to be part of the Canadian community where people care about the treatment of others, including animals,” ASIRT said in a release, noting that it would make the results of its investigation public.  “That passion, however, must not supersede reason. The situation has escalated to reported death threats against the unidentified officer.”ASIRT, which reports to Alberta’s justice department, investigates when police action results in serious injury or death as well as any serious allegations of police misconduct.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Canadians pressed into service after deadly attack on UN base in Mali

    first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian peacekeepers in Mali were pressed into service after extremists with links to al-Qaida attacked a United Nations base on Sunday, killing 10 and injuring dozens more.Military spokesman Capt. Christopher Daniel says five Canadian helicopters were scrambled after the attack, including two large Chinooks, which are configured as flying hospitals, and three smaller Griffon escorts.The operation was by far the largest that the Canadians have performed since arriving in Mali last summer, on the deadliest day for UN peacekeepers anywhere in months.The numbers underscore the seriousness of the assault as only one Chinook is required to be on round-the-clock standby.Daniel says the Canadians evacuated injured peacekeepers and delivered water, food and ammunition to UN troops who remained at the base in Aguelhok.An influx of Islamic jihadists like those who claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack has been blamed for stoking rivalries and divisions in Mali, which is also struggling with poverty and drought.The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. It corrects the number and type of Canadian helicopters involved.last_img read more

  • Odd couple of the deep BC dolphins hang out with killer whales

    first_imgVANCOUVER — Drone flights have revealed an odd couple of the deeps.Scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium are releasing video footage of dolphins hanging around pods of killer whales, two species that are usually more like predator and prey than Felix and Oscar.Biologist Lance Barrett-Lennard says the dolphins have learned to distinguish between resident killer whales and those just passing through.The resident whales don’t eat dolphins while the transient whales most emphatically do.Barrett-Lennard says researchers have known about the phenomenon for some time.But he says the drones reveal just how close the dolphins get — sometimes literally right under the killer whales noses.The resident whales mostly ignore their smaller cousins, although Barrett-Lennard says sometimes it looks as if the big mammals dive especially deep just to escape the little ones.He points out the resident whales and transient whales generally avoid each other.The dolphins seem to have figured out that as long as they’re with the locals, they’re safe.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Quebec taken to court over cancellation of 18000 immigration applications

    first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government is being sued over its decision to cancel a backlog of more than 18,000 immigration applications as it overhauls its system for selecting newcomers.An association representing Quebec immigration lawyers filed an injunction request today seeking a halt to the policy. It wants the Immigration Department to be ordered to resume processing the applications.The request, made in the name of a Korean woman, Seeun Park, states that potential immigrants whose applications have been scrapped feel humiliated and betrayed.People whose applications were already being processed were informed they would have to start over under a new system.Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled Bill 9 on Feb. 7, setting out a legal framework that would allow the province to be more selective with immigrants.Jolin-Barrette said the new approach would better match applicants to the needs of the labour market and ensure immigrants speak French and respect Quebec values.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Canadas spring floods by the numbers

    first_imgOTTAWA — Flooding has forced thousands of residents from their homes in communities across the country as spring brings severe flooding. Here are some numbers from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, where water has risen to historic levels.6,425: Homes flooded in Quebec, with a further 3,508 surrounded by water9,523: People evacuated in Quebec21: Homes in Ottawa that have voluntarily been evacuated80: Roads closed in New Brunswick2,000: Canadian Armed Forces troops now deployed to flood zones in Canada, half of whom are in Quebec1,500: Troops authorized to be sent to Ontario to help with flooding600: Troops in Ottawa alone50: Centimetres the Ottawa River is forecast to be above 2017 flood levels, which were then a record, when the river crests mid-week2: Per cent chance Ottawa had this year of seeing these levels1 million: Sandbags prepared in the national capital$1.9 billion: Insured damages from severe weather in Canada in 2018, the fourth-highest amount on record, according to the Insurance Bureau of CanadaThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Create new coasttocost energy corridor to get pipelines built Scheer

    first_imgTORONTO — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a coast-to-coast energy corridor where it would be easy to build pipelines and power lines.In a speech laying out his economic vision before the next election, the opposition leader says having one dedicated route would make it easier to approve major new energy projects.He says all planning and consulting would be done up front so industry wouldn’t have to submit “complicated” route proposals for new transmission lines and pipelines.Scheer also says the government should ensure Canada imports no foreign oil by 2030.He says if the Conservatives win the next election, he’ll kill the infrastructure bank the Liberals created, end corporate handouts and scrap the federal carbon tax.The Toronto speech is the second in a series of five Scheer is using to introduce major Conservative policies well ahead of the election due in October.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Medical examiner at centre of racial complaint against Alberta judge overwhelmed

    first_imgBill Graveland, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This story has been clarified to include explanation of why Ruether would not comment on the complaint. CALGARY — A medical examiner who testified at the trial of an Alberta couple who were charged in their child’s death says he is overwhelmed that legal and health professionals have filed a complaint alleging some comments the judge made about the doctor could be racist.Last week, Justice Terry Clackson found David and Colett Stephan not guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son Ezekiel.In his written decision, Clackson said Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo was hard to understand and spoke with an accent.A letter dated Thursday and signed by 42 doctors and lawyers from across Canada asks the Canadian Judicial Council to investigate Clackson’s comments.Adeagbo, who is originally from Nigeria, was aware of the letter when he was reached by The Canadian Press on Friday.“At this point I am not going to give any comment on what Justice Clackson did or not. I will leave it to his own peers,” Adeagbo said from his office in Terre Haute, Ind., where he now practises.“It’s still kind of making me a little bit emotional.”The Stephans testified they thought their son had croup and that they used herbal remedies to treat him. They called for an ambulance when he stopped breathing, but he died in hospital.Adeagbo testified that Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis, but the judge sided with a forensic pathologist called by the defence. She said the boy’s death was caused by a lack of oxygen.Adeagbo, who said he testified at more than 50 criminal cases while working in Canada, said he only knows one of the people who signed the letter.“I was quite overwhelmed that people really can see through all of this and see the truth,” he said.“There are good people in Canada and they will not stand for this type of behaviour … I see people rising up to stand for what is right, and I really am proud of Canada’s people.”Clackson took issue with Adeagbo’s inability to communicate with the court.“His ability to articulate his thoughts in an understandable fashion was severely compromised by: his garbled enunciation; his failure to use appropriate endings for plurals and past tenses; his failure to use the appropriate definite and indefinite articles; his repeated emphasis of the wrong syllables; dropping his Hs; mispronouncing his vowels; and the speed of his responses,” Clackson wrote.The judge, without explanation, also called out Adeagbo for “body language and physical antics … not the behaviours usually associated with a rational, impartial professional imparting opinion evidence.”The group’s letter about Clackson suggest some people may perceive Clackson’s comments as racist.“In particular, Justice Clackson harshly mocked Dr. Adeagbo’s manner of speech and accented English, and thereby inappropriately implicated his national or ethnic origin as a person of African roots.”The judicial council on Friday confirmed that it had received a complaint against Clackson and would review it.“In this matter, the review of the complaint may take additional time since the Crown Prosecution Service has indicated it is considering an appeal of the court’s decision,” it said.Darryl Ruether, executive legal counsel for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, said Clackson can remain on the bench while the judicial council investigates. Ruether said he could not comment on the complaint, because it’s before the council and the verdict may be appealed.Online biographies say Adeagbo earned his medical degree in Nigeria in 1991. He has worked in Canada and the United States for 19 years.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

  • Duchess Of Cornwall Attends Service For Fallen War Journalists

    first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall has commemorated during a church service in central London journalists who have lost their lives in war zones.Her Royal Highness was among a host of media professionals who attended the annual service at St Bride’s Church.The service, titled A Hard Calling – Reporting from the Frontline, was this year dedicated to Marie Colvin, who died in Syria earlier this year.Ms Colvin, 56, was killed on February 22 when Syrian army shells struck the building that served as a makeshift media centre in Homs. Ms Colvin, an American, was reporting for The Sunday Times.The Duchess unveiled a page in the St Bride’s Memorial Book dedicated to Ms Colvin. The page includes a quotes from the veteran corespondent during an address at the St Bride’s service in 2010.Ms Colvin’s quote read: “It has always been a hard calling but the need for frontline objective reporting has never been stronger.”The Duchess has recently been made patron of the Guild of St Bride. The church, on Fleet Street, regards itself as a spiritual home for journalists throughout the read more

  • Annual John Lennon Tribute To Benefit Charity

    first_imgTheatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute in NYC, today announced that it will present Remembering John Lennon: An Evening of Music & Memories With Those Who Knew & Worked With John on September 12 at City Winery.Tickets are available online at, by phone at 212-608-0555 (ext 713) and at the City Winery Box Office, 155 Varick Street, NYC.Renowned rock photographer, Bob Gruen, Producer of Double Fantasy, Jack Douglas, and legendary radio personality, Dennis Elsas, will share their personal experiences with Lennon, accompanied by rare photos, interview clips and studio recordings. They’ll be joined by R&B great Bettye LaVette, who will perform a set of Lennon classics chosen for this special event, hosted by Tribute creator (and MAD Magazine Senior Editor) Joe Raiola.Proceeds will benefit “Friends of the Annual John Lennon Tribute,” a newly launched fundraising initiative seeking contributions to establish an endowment of $100,000. As the Tribute has grown from a small neighborhood gathering to a full scale professional production with top artists, from Cyndi Lauper to Judy Collins, Theatre Within has kept it afloat by borrowing money to cover production costs.“That the Tribute’s lasted so long without consistent funding is miraculous,” says Theatre Within President, Irina Vekselman. “But to keep going we need meaningful financial support.”To get the “Friends” campaign started Theatre Within enlisted support from Capitol Records, Warner Home Video, the aforementioned Bob Gruen, Bag One Arts (exclusive dealers of Lennon’s artwork) and Yoko Ono, each of whom are providing enticing thank you gifts for contributors ranging from Double Fantasy CDs signed by Yoko to limited edition John Lennon serigraphs.The Tribute has raised money to feed the hungry, build music schools and support Hurricane Sandy relief. Proceeds this year will be shared with Spirit Foundations, founded by John and Yoko in 1978 as a vehicle for supporting charities around the world.The Tribute will return to Symphony Space on Friday, December 6.For more visit and Newswirelast_img read more

  • Paramores Hayley Williams Kicks Off Hard Rocks PINKTOBER Campaign

    first_imgOn Friday, Haley Williams, lead vocalist of the GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping rock band Paramore, kicked off the 2013 PINKTOBER campaign at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Boulevard with a special memorabilia donation.Hayley Williams Kicks off the 2013 PINKTOBER campaign at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood BoulevardCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Casey Rodgers AP Images for InvisionHayley’s outfit and one of the bicycles ridden in Paramore’s “Still Into You” music video, will now become a permanent part of Hard Rock’s more than 77,000 piece memorabilia collection.Hayley Williams donates her bike from Paramore’s Still Into You music video to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood BlvdCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Casey Rodgers AP Images for InvisionHayley Williams appears with Sabrina Dupré, Chief Communications & Engagement Officer for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and James Buell, Director of Music Relations for Hard Rock InternationalCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Casey Rodgers AP Images for Invisionlast_img read more