Banda: Irked by his wife celebrating passage of the anti-triple talaq bill by the Rajya Sabha, a Muslim man allegedly gave her instant triple talaq and expelled her from his house in Fatehpur district near here, said police. “Mufeeda Khatun, a resident of Jigni village under Bindki police station celebrated the successful passage of the anti-triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha. This angered her husband Shamsuddin who expelled her from the house on August 3 after giving hr instant triple talaq,” said Bindki’s Circle Officer Abhishek Tiwari on Sunday. The police have registered a case against Shamsuddin on a complaint by his wife. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In her complaint, Mufeeda said her husband reached her home and “divorced” her instantly pronouncing “talaq” thrice in front of her parents. The Parliament on July 30, had approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence, with the Rajya Sabha passing the contentious legislation. Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week. With the Rajya Sabha also approving it, the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men has been rendered punishable with a jail term of up to three years.
Colombo: Former Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is ready to contest the presidential elections after renouncing his American citizenship, his brother Basil Rajapaksa said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Basil said former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will take over the leadership of the newly formed Sri Lanka People’s Party on August 11. “He (Mahinda) will then announce our candidate,” Basil said. On Gotabhaya, Basil said, “He has given up his US citizenship.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSeventy-year-old Gotabhaya, who held dual US-Sri Lankan citizenship, had spearheaded a successful military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term as president. Following the LTTE’s military defeat, the Rajapaksa brothers gained cult status among the Sinhalese people. Under the nineteenth amendment to the Lankan Constitution (19-A), Gotabhaya could not become an elector due to his US citizenship.Two weeks ago, Gotabhaya claimed he had successfully renounced his US citizenship. Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot contest a third time due to a time bar for the presidency which was introduced through 19A of the Constitution. In Mahinda’s absence, Gotabhaya is seen as the most suitable candidate to carry forward the Rajapaksa legacy.
NEW DELHI: With onion prices still ruling high in the national capital, the Centre has asked the Delhi government to take the key kitchen staple from its buffer stock andsell at a maximum retail price of Rs 23.90 per kg through its civil supplies department and ration shops. While the central government data showed onion prices ruling at around Rs 39-40 per kg in the national capital, retailers in some parts of the city are selling as high as Rs 50 per kg depending on the quality and locality. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn the central government’s direction, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) as well as Mother Dairy are offloading onion from the central buffer stock in the national capital. Mother Dairy is selling at Rs 23.90 per kg through its Safal outlets. “We have requested the Delhi government to further boost supply by selling the central buffer stock of onion through its civil supplies department and ration shops,” a senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn the other hand, Delhi Minister for Food & Civil Supplies, Imran Hussain has reviewed the issue of rising retail price of onions in Delhi with Commissioner and other senior officers of Food and Civil Supplies Department and expressed his concern regarding rising retail prices of Onion. The Delhi minister was informed that a meeting in this regard was also convened by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution System, where Delhi Government requested Central Government to provide financial assistance under Price Stabilization Fund so that the Delhi Government could consider providing onion at affordable prices to the citizens through Public Distribution System (PDS) Outlets, in addition to onion being provided through SAFAL Outlets. The state has been offered to sell onion at a maximum rate of Rs 23.90 per kg and take stock at a price of Rs 15-16 per kg from the Centre, the official said. Delhi’s onion requirement is 350 tonnes per day, while the NCR requirement is 650 tonnes per day, the official added. The centre has created a buffer stock of 56,000 tonnes of onion this year, of which 10,000-12,000 tonnes has been offloaded by NAFED, NCCF and Mother Dairy so far. Delhi is a price sensitive market, besides a rise in prices of this key kitchen stable has led to the ouster of several governments in indian elections in the past. Onion prices are under pressure due to likely fall in kharif (summer) production owing to 10 per cent decline in sowing area in key growing states especially Maharasthra.
WINNIPEG – Firefighters are known for helping cats stuck in trees, but earlier this week a crew in Winnipeg was dispatched to a different kind of feline fix.Members of the fire and paramedic water rescue program fetched a fearful furball from an ice floe in the Assiniboine River.Photos posted on the firefighters union website show rescuers in an inflatable boat paddling out to the ice where they pulled the grey-and white cat aboard.A final photo shows the presumably relieved kitty being cradled in one of her rescuers arms.The four-footed wanderer was taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society.The cat’s ear tattoo and microchip allowed its owners to be contacted.“Happy to report this incident had a happy outcome for the stranded pet,” the website says.The cat remained at the humane society on Friday because it was “still very stressed and requires further assessment and care.”
OTTAWA – The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and breastfeeding women about the potential dangers of cannabis use.The society points to evidence-based studies that suggest potential growth and development issues if cannabis is used while pregnant or breastfeeding.That includes pre-term labour, low birth weight, lower IQ scores and impulsivity and hyperactivity in childhood.The group says the main psychoactive component of cannabis — THC — crosses the placenta into fetal tissue and can also accumulate in breast milk. And that’s regardless of whether cannabis is vaped, smoked, eaten, or in pill or topical form.The organization announced its public awareness campaign on April 20, a date associated with pro-cannabis activism. The campaign includes two videos and material on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.The doctors’ group also pointed to research that suggests 70 per cent of pregnant and non-pregnant women believe there is a slight or no risk in using cannabis once or twice a week during pregnancy.“Should cannabis become available for sale this summer, it is important that individuals be aware of the health risks, particularly for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women,” the society’s head, Dr. Jennifer Blake, said Friday in a release.
FREDERICTON – Tributes were pouring in Monday for veteran New Brunswick and federal politician Keith Ashfield, whose death at the age of 66 was announced Sunday.Rick Lafrance, president of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick, posted a short message on Twitter announcing that Ashfield had passed away.“On behalf of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick I want to express our sorrow upon the passing of Keith Ashfield,” it said. “Our deepest sympathy to Keith’s wife, Judy, his family and to everyone who loved our friend and colleague.”Ashfield served as the member of Parliament for the riding of Fredericton from 2008 to 2015 and filled a variety of positions in then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet.From 2011 to 2013, Ashfield was the federal fisheries minister, but was defeated in the 2015 federal election.Harper also posted a message on Twitter, expressing his appreciation for the long-serving politician.“A champion of New Brunswick, Keith Ashfield’s advice was always sought and valued at the cabinet table,” Harper wrote. “Laureen and I mourn the loss of a great Canadian and friend.”Ashfield was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, but had reportedly beaten the disease by the fall of 2014 and announced last month that he would seek a nomination to run as a provincial Tory in the fall election.Before his time in federal politics, Ashfield served as a provincial member of the legislature from 1999 to 2008. He was named deputy speaker of the legislature and was later sworn in as minister of natural resources and energy.“Saddened to hear of the passing of former provincial and federal cabinet minister Keith Ashfield,” New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, a Liberal, said on Twitter. “Keith was a dedicated public servant and he will be sorely missed.”From 2011 to 2013, Ashfield served as the federal minister of fisheries and oceans, but was defeated in the 2015 federal election.“Tremendously saddened to learn of the passing of Keith Ashfield, a much-admired member of our Conservative family and a friend to all of us,” said federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.“As an MLA, MP, and cabinet minister, Keith was always a champion for the people of New Brunswick. His loss will be felt across the province.”(Global News)
TORONTO – Konstantin Goulich had only travelled steps from his apartment building before he saw the first dead body.The second one lay a block or two to the south. Nearby lay a third, draped like the others in an orange blanket that only drew attention to the horror that had just transformed countless lives.The bustling but peaceful streets Goulich had planned to stroll on a balmy, sunny April day had become a grisly crime scene in the wake of a deadly rampage allegedly carried out by a 25-year-old man behind the wheel of a rented van.While Goulich was not among the 10 people killed or the 16 others injured that day, he said he’s struggled to come to grips with the “terrible” sights he saw.“I’m definitely not getting much sleep, that’s for sure,” Goulich said. “On the first night I couldn’t sleep at all. I just had the image of the person under the blanket.”Stories like Goulich’s will be common as the events of April 23 truly sink in, experts said, adding the witnesses to the violence that took place on Yonge Street should be considered victims of the attack in their own right.Dr. Katy Kamkar, clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said the carnage that resulted from Alek Minassian’s alleged rampage would be genuinely traumatic for everyday residents to take in.The sights and sounds that filled the streets that day not only lodge in people’s minds but also tear at their belief systems, she said, adding such events can leave people questioning fundamental pillars of their life such as the safety of their society and the foundations of their faith.In the immediate aftermath of such developments, Kamkar said it’s entirely normal for witnesses to struggle with the new information they’ve been forced to take in.Symptoms such as sleeplessness, anxiety, recurring mood swings, fear and grief are all normal at this early stage, Kamkar said, adding there is no single appropriate way to process such “horrific images.”“It’s important to expect all those and also not to be afraid of the symptoms, she said.Coping mechanisms may vary, Kamkar said, adding what works for one person may have an entirely different effect for another.Many mourners have congregated at the site of the attack in the days since it happened, and revisiting the scene proved unhelpful for one witness.Mandana Kanani was sitting outside her dry cleaning shop across the street when she saw the van speed along the sidewalk and run over a fire hydrant before continuing southbound, leaving four bodies in its wake.Since then, she said it’s been hard to shake the images and the sense of guilt she felt for being unable to help.“I was obliged to go to that side (of the street) and I felt really bad walking over there,” she said.But one person’s struggle can be another’s salvation.Dainis Cevers admitted to being in a state of shock after finding himself behind the van Minassian was allegedly driving and witnessing one pedestrian being hurled at least five metres through the air.Days later, Cevers returned to the scene after paying tribute at a makeshift memorial that sprang up since the attack.While there, he said he connected with the family of one of the victims. The exchange they had, he said, allowed him to commiserated and share his perspective on what happened.“It was good to meet them,” he said. “I was explaining that this could happen to anyone. There’s nothing to be done. It could happen to me, to anyone.”Such closure has not yet come to Mario Martella, who saw the body of an elderly woman lying just outside the neighbourhood hair salon he owns.“It’s terrible, terrible. It will remain in my mind for I don’t know how long,” he said. “But you can’t think about it.”Dr. Sylvain Roy, president of the Ontario Psychological Association, said that approach may not be best for everyone.He said that while the symptoms many people exhibit in the days after a traumatic event dissipate in most cases, some people see them intensify until they interfere with daily functioning.“Whoever witnesses directly will probably be impacted for life in one way, shape or another,” he said. “Some of these individuals will need to talk to somebody. The idea of connecting with family and friends, but also accessing professional help if needed, I think that’s going to be something we need to focus on.”Kamkar agreed, saying people with escalating symptoms may find themselves on the road to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological conditions without the right interventions.Both urged people needing help to reach out to the community supports in their area.In the meantime, Kamkar said witnesses struggling to come to terms with Monday’s traumatic events may want to concentrate on slowly re-establishing a normal routine.“Focus on setting goals, setting activities,” she said, adding they could be as simple as going for a 10-minute walk or making one phone call to a friend or loved one “Any kind of routine that helps us to go one step forward.”— With files from Peter Goffin and Liam Casey
SURREY, B.C. – A man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death seven years ago of a newlywed husband in what police say was an apparent case of road rage.Samandeep Singh Gill of Surrey, B.C., was arrested and charged Saturday in the death of 30-year-old Manbir Singh Kajla in 2011.He has also been charged with the attempted murder of Kajla’s wife.RCMP Supt. Ward Lymburner says the couple were married on the morning of April 27, 2011, and were involved in a minor collision that night.Lymburner says when Kajla got out to speak with the other driver, he was shot and the suspect fled the scene.Supt. Donna Richardson of B.C.’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says Gill was a suspect at the time but police didn’t have the information needed to recommend charges.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Lymburner says the police investigation benefited from advanced science and new investigative techniques.“This investigation determined this was a random act of violence and the suspects and victims were not known to each other,” he told a news conference on Monday.Lymburner says he hopes news of the arrest gives the families of those involved some semblance of peace, “especially given the truly devastating way that the life-changing day unfolded.”
HALIFAX – On the 106th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, a Halifax woman reflected on her grandfather’s role in ensuring some of the victims were laid to rest.Some 1,500 passengers and crew members died on April 15, 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic, south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.Cable ships were dispatched from Halifax in the aftermath to pluck bodies from the water when it became clear that only those who made it into the lifeboats had survived.Francis Dyke was just 20 years old when he sailed out from Halifax to help search for bodies.Over a century later, his granddaughter, 68-year-old Pat Teasdale, spoke Sunday as she held a scanned copy of a letter he wrote to his mother about his experiences.She said he trained in England and was working as the second electrician on the Halifax cable ship Minia when the disaster broke.“Even though it was difficult work, he was very happy to do that work and help bring these souls back to Halifax as a resting place,” said Teasdale.She said Dyke didn’t share many details about the time he spent on the frigid waters.“To my knowledge, he didn’t share anything with his wife or any of his three daughters, one of whom was my mother,” she said. “He was very young when this happened, and it was a traumatic event.”Teasdale said she learned of Dyke’s involvement with the Titanic in the 1960s, when he showed her a picture frame the Minia’s carpenter had made out of wreckage from the ship.She discovered more details in the late ’90s when she and her family found a letter he had written to his mother during the recovery efforts in a local museum.“It really blew me away,” she said. “It’s detailed about what happened, but it’s also personal. It’s his reactions to what he was seeing and feeling.”An excerpt from the letter reads “the MacKay (another ship tasked with retrieving bodies) had picked up over 200 bodies and had identified about 150 and had buried the rest.”Dyke went on to become the head wireless operator for the CS Cyrus Field and the SS Lord Kelvin before his death in 1972.Teasdale said she’s proud of her grandfather’s efforts to put the victims of the disaster to rest.“He was that type of man. He would help others with anything,” she said. “A very kind heart.”Teasdale was at Halifax’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Sunday to share her grandfather’s story.The Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada hosted an event at the museum, both to commemorate those lost in the disaster, and to highlight those who helped with the rescue and recovery of survivors and victims.Deanna Ryan-Meister, president of the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada, said in an interview Saturday that it’s important for every Nova Scotian to remember the Titanic disaster.“It’s honouring and remembering those who started their voyage with hope: hopes of good fortune, hopes of a good life… and then the change to such a tragic, tragic thing,” she said.“Whole communities were affected.”Halifax is home to the largest Titanic gravesite in the world, with 121 victims laid to rest in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. About 30 others are buried in two other cemeteries in the city.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – In 1829, a uniquely important young woman died of tuberculosis in St. John’s.Shawnadithit was the last living member of the Beothuk — Newfoundland’s lost Indigenous tribe, who died out after Europeans brought violence and disease to the island.She left behind drawings and records that constitute most of what we know about her people.It is the stuff of operas — and is now becoming one.A libretto based on her life is being developed as a co-production between the St. John’s-based Opera on the Avalon and Toronto’s Tapestry Opera.Workshopped for the first time this month at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, “Shawnadithit” is to make its Toronto debut next summer.The libretto, by Saskatchewan-born, Algonquin writer Yvette Nolan, is structured around the 10 sketches Shawnadithit left behind at the home of explorer William Cormack.Nolan relied on historical texts, including the writings of Cormack — who founded the “Beothic Institution” and sought to preserve Beothuk history — and the work of scholar Ingeborg Marshall.But Nolan said most of her work draws from stories found between the lines of recorded history.“As an Indigenous person and as a feminist, it means we have to read against the grain,” said Nolan. “We have to read what’s not there. But that’s also the story of being Indigenous in this country.”Nolan reached out to Indigenous artists from across the country, including Aria Evans, Michelle Olson, Jerry Evans, Lori Blondeau, and Jordan Bennet, to interpret Shawnadithit’s artwork for the show’s design.“It’s so fascinating to me what she created in that little time, inside that little space,” Nolan said. “It’s not just the artifact that was left, but how it has affected us as Indigenous artists that we get to show the audience.”It tells Shawnadithit’s story from the time she met William Cormack until her death.The workshop paired Nolan’s writing with initial musical compositions from St. John’s-based Dean Burry.Burry had been fascinated by Shawnadithit’s story since his childhood growing up in Gander, N.L. After taking a few runs at writing the opera, Burry asked his longtime friend Nolan to work with him.Once Tapestry Opera came on board, they reached out to Marion Newman to star.Originally from Vancouver Island, Newman is an accomplished mezzo-soprano opera singer of Kwagiulth and Sto:lo heritage. She wasn’t familiar with Shawnadithit’s story, but it was easy for her to find places of connection with the character.“I think any Indigenous person has probably had that feeling, or met up with somebody who said, ‘Oh, I didn’t realize there were still Indigenous people. You’re the first one I’ve ever met.’ Like, that has happened several times in my life,” Newman said.“The idea of actually being a people who is understood to be disappeared resonates.”The task of bringing Shawnadithit’s story to life comes with big challenges — for starters, how to write an authentic story about a people with no surviving members to consult?This was one of the reasons the story is based around Shawnadithit’s drawings. Artist Jerry Evans, who grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, says consulting with other East Coast Indigenous people has been a crucial part of ensuring the opera’s authenticity, in the music and the language.“You can look at it as being dialectic changes between us, but we have similar things, we have exact words for certain things, for animals and such,” said Evans, who is of Mi’kmaq heritage. “I think we can just look to our cousins.”While little is known about Beothuk musical traditions, Burry says he’s approaching the composition by using natural objects to bring Shawnadithit’s world to life.“Growing up here in Newfoundland, we certainly share the wind, and we share the tides and the rain, and so it was those sounds, those sounds that we all would have heard the same way, that I wanted to start to derive the music from,” said Burry.Burry and Newman say Shawnadithit’s story is well-suited to opera, expressing the idea that music is the universal, emotional language that everyone can understand.“When you think about what opera is, it’s storytelling through music with some instrumentation, rhythm, costumes, makeup, masks, what have you. Most cultures have a tradition of that kind of storytelling through music,” said Newman.After the initial read-through, Burry will compose the majority of the opera’s music, before “Shawnadithit” premieres in Toronto next summer.There’s still creative work to be done, but collaborators like Evans hope they will keep alive her story, and that of the Beothuk people, “so that there’s something more than that footnote.”“They were our relations,” said Evans. “They were people. They were human beings.”Newman says after hearing the initial soundscapes and compositions, she’s starting to feel Shawnadithit come alive.“When the waves are pulling away, that sort of thing paints the whole picture for me — my character, where she’s from, and what her world has been,” said Newman.“Which makes her not just a character on a page, but she’s starting to become human.”
VANCOUVER – Vancouver’s runner-up in the race for mayor says he won’t concede until he has a chance to consult advisors, but the City of Vancouver says no recount is required unless there’s a tie.Local entrepreneur Ken Sim says he owes it to supporters to make sure the votes were counted properly after former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart defeated him by a margin of fewer than 1,000 votes — or less than one per cent of total votes cast.It wasn’t the only close race in British Columbia’s local elections, which saw razor-thin wins of only one vote in Peachland and two votes on Bowen Island, according to unofficial results.The Local Elections Act outlines rules for requesting a judicial recount through the B.C. Supreme Court.It says a candidate or electoral officer can apply for a recount under several circumstances, including if the votes were not correctly accepted, ballots were not correctly rejected, and if the ballot account did not accurately record the number of votes cast.The request must be made within six days of the declaration of official election results, which is scheduled in Vancouver on Wednesday.
VANCOUVER — Two new areas off Vancouver Island have been designated by the federal government as protected for critical habitat for resident killer whales.Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the decision means key foraging locations for the endangered whales are protected from destruction. The government is increasing the amount of protected habitat from about 6,400 square kilometres to roughly 10,700 square kilometres.The new protected area is intended to help recovery efforts for northern and southern resident killer whales, and covers an area off southwestern Vancouver Island.The number of southern resident killer whales is down to 74 as the orcas face several threats, including a lack of prey, particularly chinook salmon, noise and physical strikes from ships, and contaminants in the water.The state of Washington recently announced US$1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban in an attempt to help the population’s recovery.The money would go toward protecting and restoring habitat for salmon, boosting production from salmon hatcheries, storm-water cleanup and quieting vessel traffic.In Canada, the government says the announcement on Wednesday is in addition to $167 million in spending announced this year to help the whales.Measures it has introduced include requiring vessels to slow down, tougher regulatory controls on contaminants and spending aimed at protecting and boosting the stock of chinook. Whale-watching vessels and other boats have also been ordered to stay 200 metres away from the animals.“We know that Canadians care deeply about these whales,” Wilkinson said in a statement. “These new critical habitat areas will ensure that the ocean space that the whales frequent and forage for prey is protected for generations to come.”The distinctive black-and-white orcas were listed as an endangered species in the U.S. and Canada well over a decade ago. Their numbers are now at the lowest levels in more than three decades.One of the whales was seen this summer keeping the body of her dead calf afloat in waters off B.C. and Washington state for more than two weeks, triggering international media coverage of their plight.The federal government’s approach to protecting whale habitat has not been without opposition as sport fishing, tourism and business leaders from across Vancouver Island warned earlier this month that jobs are at stake because fishing closures have been extended. Seventeen Chambers of Commerce on the Island have asked Fisheries and Oceans to consider the impact of its management measures on the economies of coastal communities.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — An engineer who approved the plans for a stage that collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto says the drawings contained “very sloppy” mistakes.Domenic Cugliari is testifying at a coroner’s inquest into the death of Scott Johnson, a drum technician who was killed when the structure came crashing down just hours before the show was set to start on June 16, 2012.Cugliari says the stage plans didn’t spell out how to attach beams to the trusses in the roof grid and included “conceptual drawings” that should not have been submitted to the contractor.He says there were also inconsistencies that would likely have been caught if another engineer had reviewed the documents.Cugliari, contractor Optex Staging and the show’s promoter, Live Nation, were charged under provincial health and safety laws in connection with the incident but the case was halted because it took too long to get to trial.The case was thrown off course when the presiding judge was appointed to a higher court, prompting another judge to declare a mistrial. The court eventually agreed with the defence that the delays had violated the accused’s rights to a timely trial.The inquest, which began Monday, will examine the circumstances around Johnson’s death but cannot assign blame. Jurors may make recommendations aimed at preventing such incidents in the future.In his testimony Friday, Cugliari said it would be helpful to have a second engineer look over plans before they are approved and sent to the client.In this case, Cugliari said it was easy to “become complacent” because he was dealing with Optex, a regular client he knew well.“It’s easy to miss something like this because you know the people putting (the stage) up,” he said.He said there should also be special training in university for engineers who work on stages for performances.The inquest previously heard from a Ministry of Labour engineer who helped investigate the collapse, who testified the pickup trusses — metal structures that bore the brunt of the weight of the roof grid — were “the weakest link” in the setup.Saeed Khoorsand said the pickup trusses were the first pieces to fail as the roof gave way. He also said some of the materials used at the site didn’t match what was on the plans.Paola Loriggio , The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not delve into the multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.The high court, as is customary, gave no reason today for refusing to hear an appeal from University of Montreal law professor Daniel Turp, who has pursued the issue for years.Turp, citing Saudi Arabia’s poor human-rights record, initially asked the Federal Court of Canada to review the government’s decision to issue export permits authorizing the deal.The Liberal government acknowledged concerns about the mistreatment of women in Saudi Arabia, as well as the stifling of political dissent by the Saudi government, among other abuses.But the government said it had no evidence that Saudi Arabia specifically used the military hardware to crack down on its own population.The Federal Court and the Court of Appeal dismissed Turp’s arguments previously.The Canadian Press
In today’s Big Story podcast, it’s the missing piece of Canada’s health-care puzzle. Most actual “care” in this country is covered and never refused, but millions of people still struggle to afford the medicines they’re prescribed. A long-awaited set of recommendations suggests Canada fix that by adopting a national, single-payer pharmacare plan. But that’s easier said than done.What would it take to get prescription drugs covered in this country? How much would it cost? What kind of difference would the average Canadian see? And given that these recommendations come months before an election that seems destined to be about affordability, where do Canada’s political parties stand on pharmacare?GUEST: Cormac Mac Sweeney, Parliament Hill reporterAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06192019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was met at his Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast by a handful of people voicing opposition to an education law that they say puts gay and transgender students at risk.Kenney was shaking hands and taking photos in a mostly friendly crowd when two women wearing T-shirts reading “outing kids is not in my job description” tried unsuccessfully to have their pictures taken with the premier.The United Conservative government passed legislation last week that erases measures brought in by the previous NDP government to strengthen protections for gay-straight alliances.The clubs are meant to prevent bullying and foster acceptance of LGBTQ kids in schools.The previous law included a ban on school staff informing parents if students join GSAs and a requirement that clubs be set up immediately if students want one.The UCP government has said it does not support automatic parental notification, but that the NDP’s legislation was too blunt an instrument and school staff should be able to use their judgement in certain cases.There have been various protests across the province since the UCP made the Election Act part of its campaign platform in the leadup to the April provincial election.Former NDP Premier Rachel Notley has said the new legislation strips away protections for vulnerable youth.One woman wearing a rainbow “Born this Way” flag as a cape said Monday she was hoping to buttonhole her legislature member at the Stampede breakfast to make her concerns known.“I came here as an ally for the LGBTQ community because the UCP recently passed Bill 8 without adding any of the crucial amendments put forward by the official Opposition that would have helped ensure that GSAs stayed protected both in public and private schools,” Victoria Goleski said.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
Next week, Audible will release THE RADICAL KING, a collection of twenty-three of Martin Luther King Jr.’s essays and speeches, curated and introduced by Cornell West, and performed by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today.The Radical King includes a selection of twenty-three of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s essays and speeches, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, including words that were never recorded for posterity— a revelation for King’s legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than forty years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. The Martin Luther King Estate has allowed, for the first time, a dramatic interpretation of King’s words, by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today: Levar Burton, Mike Colter, Colman Domingo, Danny Glover, Gabourey Sidibe, Wanda Sykes, and Michael Kenneth Williams. The full collection will be available exclusively from Audible on April 3, 2018.The Radical King is revealing collection of essays and speeches that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X.“Much of America did not know the radical King — and too few know today — but the FBI and US government did. They called him ‘the most dangerous man in America.’“The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people. The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution — a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.” — from the Introduction, written and performed by Cornell WestThese essays and speeches remain extremely relevant even, and especially today.“Reading Dr. King’s words was extremely daunting, but if this would introduce his lesser known works to more people, then I needed to do it. I tried to channel what the words meant to me, and what he meant to me,” said Sykes. Her powerful performance delivers King’s compassion, outrage, insight, and vulnerability like few others could — and reminds us all of the relevance his words still have today, and can be downloaded free at www.audible.com/theotheramerica from now until the release of the full collection.
On Wednesday, June 13th, Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF) celebrated outstanding women in the entertainment industry with the 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by sponsors Max Mara, Lancôme and Lexus.Ellen Pompeo Speaks OnstageCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for Women In FilmThe evening, themed “Ignited,” raised funds and awareness for Women In Film, LA and its many educational and philanthropic programs, and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry.The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Award honorees included the following: Brie Larson with The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film presented to her by actress and friend Jessie Ennis; Channing Dungey with The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television presented to her by actress Ellen Pompeo; Alexandra Shipp with the Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award presented to her by actress Regina Hall and Max Mara Vice President US Retail and Global Brand Ambassador Maria Giulia Maramotti; songwriting and production team NOVA Wav (Denisia “Blu June” Andrews And Brittany “Chi” Coney) with the Women In Film Artistic Excellence Award presented to them by duo Chloe x Halle; and the Women of Black Panther in front of and behind the camera were honored with The Lexus Beacon Award, which was accepted by Marvel Studios EVP of Physical Production Victoria Alonso on behalf of the group, and presented to her by Black Panther actor Isaach de Bankolé.The evening also celebrated Women In Film, Los Angeles’ 45th Anniversary and recognized the leaders of the gender parity movement in Hollywood with the powerful “45 Years of Advocacy Celebration” segment presented by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand. Dr. Stacy L. Smith (Founder and Director, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative) accepted the honor on behalf of the 22 leaders from the past and present that attended. The group included Allison Anders (Filmmaker), Barbara Boyle (Film Producer), Madeline Di Nonno (The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media CEO), Jane Fleming (WIF Board President Emeritus), Melissa Goodman (Director of the LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California), Iris Grossman (WIF Board President Emeritus), Catherine Hardwicke (Filmmaker), Christy Haubegger (CAA Agent), Rosilyn Heller (Film Producer), Gale Anne Hurd (Film Producer), Lynne Littman (Filmmaker), Katie McGrath (Bad Robot Co-Chief Executive Officer), Rachel Morrison (Cinematographer), Marcia Nasatir (Film Producer), Susan Bay Nimoy (Filmmaker), Euzhan Palcy (Filmmaker), Kimberly Peirce (Filmmaker), Keri Putnam (Sundance Institute Executive Director), Angela Robinson (Filmmaker), Cathy Schulman (WIF Board President) and Jamie Tarses (TV Producer/Executive).Additional attendees included Rosanna Arquette (Actress), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Actress), Amy Baer (WIF, LA Incoming Board President), Lake Bell (Actress / WIF, LA Board Member), Alison Brie (Actress, GLOW), Shari Belafonte (Actress), Alice Eve (Actress, Replicas), Kate Flannery (Actress), Katherine Langford (Actress, 13 Reasons Why, Love, Simon), Jane Lynch (Actress), Kathryn Prescott (Actress, Dude), Mishel Prada (Actress, Vida), Francia Raisa (Actress, Grown-ish), Kirsten Schaffer (WIF, LA Executive Director), Diane Warren (Songwriter), Michaela Watkins (Actress, Casual), and more.Event highlights: Oscar Award-winning actress Frances McDormand took the stage to present the “45 Years of Advocacy Celebration” segment. During her remarks, McDormand restated a call-to-action for the Inclusion Rider showing off bumper stickers in support of the initiative. The Inclusion Rider, developed by Dr. Stacy L. Smith (Founder and Director, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative), is an addendum to an actor/content creator’s contract that stipulates that inclusion — both on camera and behind the scenes for crew members — be reflected in films. Black Panther actor Isaach de Bankolé presented the Lexus Beacon Award to Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of Physical Production, who accepted the award on behalf of the Women of Black Panther in front of and behind the camera. Alonso was joined by some of the women in leadership behind the camera including Rachel Morrison (Director of Photography), Debbie Berman (Editor), Ruth E. Carter (Costume Designer), Sarah Finn (Casting Director) and Helen Pollak (Unit Production Manager). Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo presented The Lucy Award to ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey. During Channing Dungey’s remarks she shared “it has been an honor to showcase strong and independent women on television like Meredith Grey, Rainbow Johnson, Annalise Keating, Beverly Goldberg, Jessica Wong, and the long but never forgotten Oliva Pope.” In her moving speech, she also shared, “we can’t be afraid to standup, to speak up, to rise up. When we see things around us that counter our values and beliefs, our actions must match our words. It’s not always easy to do.” Actress Jessie Ennis surprised Brie Larson when she appeared on-stage to present Larson with The Crystal Award. Ennis shared, “She is leaving a mark on and off screen that is empowering to all of us. She doesn’t do what she’s expected to do. Brie Larson does what she knows is right. She’s a listener and a leader, and I’m really lucky to call her my best friend because she is the most compassionate and inspiring person I’ve ever known.” Brie Larson dedicated her acceptance speech to draw attention to the USC Annenberg Inclusive Initiative’s recent findings that “67% of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017 were white males. Less than a quarter were white women and less than 10% were underrepresented men, Only 2.5% of those top critics were women of color.” Larson called for more diversity among reporters and photographers at press events and announced that the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival have committed to allocating 20 percent of press credentials to underrepresented critics. Kirsten Schaffer (WIF, LA Executive Director) opened the ceremony and discussed WIF’s programs including the launch of the Sexual Harassment Help Line last fall. Since early October, the world’s attention has been focused on the unfolding story of countless allegations of sexual harassment perpetrated by many powerful men in the entertainment industry. In response, Women In Film launched a Sexual Harassment Help Line — an integrated program to refer survivors of harassment to attorneys, designated mental health counselors, and law enforcement professionals. Anyone, regardless of gender, can access the Sexual Harassment Help Line at 323.545.0333. During Cathy Schulman’s (WIF, LA Board President) remarks, she talked about ReFrame, a collaboration (partnership) between WIF, Sundance Institute and more than 50 Hollywood leaders to create a formal action plan to further gender equity in the media industry. Recently, ReFrame announced the first class of ReFrame Stamp feature film recipients based on an extensive analysis of IMDbPro data on the top 100 domestic-grossing films of 2017. The recipients include Warner Bros.’ Everything, Everything, and Wonder Woman, Universal’s Girls Trip, A24’s Lady Bird, and Twentieth Century Fox’s The Post. A film with the ReFrame Stamp serves as a mark of distinction for projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced film and TV productions based on criteria developed by ReFrame in consultation with ReFrame Ambassadors, producers and other industry experts. For more information visit, ReFrameProject.org. Sister duo Chloe x Halle presented the WIF Artistic Excellence Award to music producers NOVA Wav (Denisia “Blu June” Andrews And Brittany “Chi” Coney) and performed “Warrior” from the soundtrack for A Wrinkle in Time. Jason Derulo, DJ Khaled, Lukas Graham and Ryan Press sent in congratulatory video messages for NOVA Wav that were featured during the ceremony Alexandra Shipp (WIF Max Mara Face of the Future Award Honoree), Alison Brie (Actress), Alice Eve (Actress), Amy Baer (WIF, LA Incoming Board President), Cathy Schulman (WIF Board President), Channing Dungey (The Crystal Award Honoree), Jane Fleming (WIF Board President Emeritus), Katherine Langford (Actress), Kirsten Schaffer (WIF, LA Executive Director), Lake Bell (Actress / WIF, LA Board Member), Maria Giulia Maramotti (Vice President US Retail and Global Brand Ambassador), Michaela Watkins (Actress), NOVA Wav (WIF Artistic Excellence Award Honorees), Regina Hall (Actress), and Rosanna Arquette (Actress) arrived dressed in Max Mara. Each of the honorees and presenters took home a gift bag with an assortment of Lancôme skincare products and cosmetics. Lexus showcased the 2018 LS 500 sedan inside the ballroom and a floral photo booth for guests to enjoy.The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards was designed and produced by Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman and Tony Schubert of Event Eleven.
Blue Ant Media has rebranded the production arm of Omnia Media and announced the launch of three short-form series on Facebook’s Watch platform.Blue Ant-owned multichannel network Omnia Media launched its production arm in June 2017 and unveiled a slate of 72 short-form videos for CBC Life. Now rebranded as Blue Ant Digital Studios, the L.A.-based studio will look to expand beyond its original focus on gaming content, and is looking to produce across genres, including scripted, unscripted, live-action and animated content, according to a release.Dan Lubetkin will continue to oversee production and development as chief content officer at Blue Ant Digital Studios and will report into Sam Sniderman, EVP, production, Blue Ant Media. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A comedian and actor said a racist incident he saw on the streets of Toronto on Saturday was not representative of the Canada he wants to live in.Andrew Phung had dropped his family off at Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game, parked his car nearby and was walking to the stadium when he says he saw a police officer tell a driver to “go back to your country.”Phung, who stars in the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, described the alleged incident in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon and a phone interview Saturday evening. Toronto police said they’re investigating.I literally just witnessed a @TorontoPolice officer shout “go back to your country” because they were confused at the crosswalk. To which two white dudes then shouted “amen, go back to where you fucking came from.” THIS IS NOT MY CANADA!— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 7, 2018 Login/Register With: He said he was waiting to cross the downtown street with a group of about 20 other people when the light changed, and a driver he described as a person of colour hesitated to pull through the intersection.Phung said an on-duty police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, which the person did, but as the officer was walking back toward the sidewalk, Phung said he heard the cop say, “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.”Phung said he responded by shouting, “That’s not cool.”“Two men beside me then said, ‘Nope, totally cool. If you can’t drive, go back to you f—-ing country.’ The comedian in me then burst out and then I proceeded to ask them why they thought driving ability equated citizenship in this country.”Phung says he heard a police officer telling a driver, ‘If you can’t drive, go back to your country.’ (CBC)Phung said he thinks the driver hesitated because the intersection had two sets of lights that were close together, and the other set of lights was red.“I think as a whole we can all agree that we’ve all been confused before in Toronto traffic,” Phung said.“It was just so disappointing to see this coming from a police officer,” said Phung. “They’re the moral backbone of our community, they uphold the law. So when you see a police officer doing that, it empowered two other people to join in on that racism.”“We have spent the evening gathering information so we can investigate what happened,” said Mark Pugash, spokesperson for Toronto police, on Saturday.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter