Hry IPS officer forced to retire

first_imgChandigarh: Continuing to come down heavily upon officers with doubtful integrity, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has approved a proposal to the compulsory retirement of Vinod Kumar, IPS, after giving him three months’ notice. The proposal was made by a Review Committee of Haryana Government which also found 14 IPS officers fit for retention in Government service. These officers have completed 15 and 25 years of service and attained the age of 50 years, and completed 5 years’ service after induction into IPS. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While stating this here on Wednesday, an official spokesman said that on assessing the confidential records and available material of 15 IPS officers, it was found that 14 officers are fit for retention except Vinod Kumar. The 14 IPS officers considered fit for retention in Government service included Vikash Dhankar, Kuldeep Singh, Krishan Murari, Shiv Charan, Balwan Singh, Rakesh Arya, Satender Kumar Gupta, B. Satheesh Balan, Alok Mittal, Shrikant Jadhav, Ms. Kala Ramchandran, Navdeep Singh Virk, Dr. C.S. Rao and Dr. M. Ravi Kiran. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt is learnt that a doubtful integrity was noted in the PAR of Vinod Kumar for the period April 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015. He also used to influence postings and transfers of police officials to lucrative stations to traffic department for undue consideration. He was also placed under suspension by the government and departmental proceedings against him are in progress. The spokesman said that on reporting of PAR, the message is sent to the officer once the PAR is finalized. Vinod Kumar had not represented against the adverse remarks.last_img read more

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Why worry if you have done no wrong says CM Fadnavis

first_imgMumbai: MNS president Raj Thackeray, who has received an Enforcement Directorate notice in the IL&FS case, need not worry if he had done no wrong, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday.Fadnavis said he learnt about the ED notice to Thackeray from the media. He warned the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) of “consequences” if it resorted to protests that inconvenienced the public. Speaking to reporters at his official residence ‘Varsha’ here, Fadnavis said, “I am as much aware of the ED notice to Raj as much as you (reporters) are. If he has done nothing wrong, he should not be afraid of such a notice.” On the MNS’ threat of organising street protests against what the party claimed was “political vendetta”, the CM said there was no need to create trouble for people. “There is no need to create problems for the people. If Raj has done nothing wrong, his party should not create problem for common people,” he said. “If they (MNS) engage in any untoward incident, they will face the consequences,” Fadnavis warned.last_img read more

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Kashmir peaceful no civilian deaths 50000 jobs soon Governor Malik

first_imgSrinagar: Asserting that the identity and culture of people of Jammu and Kashmir will be preserved, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said restrictions after the abrogation of Article 370 were necessary to prevent any civilian causalities. The Internet is a handy tool for anti-national elements and the restoration of connections will be deferred for some more time, Malik said while addressing first press conference after the state’s special status was revoked on August 5. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He admitted that pellet guns were used by security personnel during protests in the Kashmir Valley and said forces took utmost precaution taken to prevent injuries. The governor told reporters that 50,000 jobs will be available in the next three months. This will be the largest recruitment drive in the state, he said. The Centre, he said, will soon make a ‘big’ announcement on Jammu and Kashmir. “Don’t be sad about detention of political leaders, it will help them in their political careers.” he told reporters.last_img read more

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SDMCs south zone leads fight against singleuse plastic

first_imgNew Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s South Zone is leading the charge to stop the usage of single-use plastic in the municipality, which critically endangers not just humans but other species as well, officials of the SDMC said on Sunday.In fact, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi attended a programme in Greater Kailash-I, where she urged Resident Welfare Associations and market associations to take a lead in putting a “full stop to the use of any kind of plastic, especially single-use plastic”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLekhi said that this move expresses the commitment of the community towards nature and protecting the environment. The New Delhi MP said that indiscriminate use of plastic, single-use drinking water bottles, thermocol plates and glasses and other plastic items for events like Bhandaras and Langars is very concerning and that all residents should join the fight to stop plastic usage. SDMC Deputy Commissioner Vishvender was also at the event, where he brought to notice the harmful effects of excessive plastic usage and urged community members to move beyond plastic and use environment-friendly alternatives. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsLekhi appreciated the SDMC’s effort to erect a stage for the programme without using flex, thermocol or plastic materials and asked representatives of market associations to stop using polythene bags for packaging items but instead rely on paper or jute-based options. She also asked Resident Welfare Associations to help with plastic waste collection so that SDMC staff can send it for proper disposal. The New Delhi MP also raised a voice to stop using micro-plastic in sanitary pads and requested manufacturers to use cloth-alternatives.last_img read more

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Telcos reluctant to bid for 5G spectrum on concerns of high prices

first_imgNew Delhi: Adding to the growing chorus for lowering of Trai-recommended rates, industry body COAI on Tuesday said its member companies have indicated reluctance in picking up 5G spectrum in the upcoming government-organised sale of radiowaves, concerned over high prices and less-then-adequate quantum. Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) Director-General Rajan Mathews said there could be some takers for 4G spectrum in the auctions, which the government hopes to conduct in the current financial year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In spectrum auctions, for sub-1GHz, it is possible that someone might want to pick up some spectrum for 4G but 5G pricing is still the main challenge. Our members have indicated that at the current prices, it does not make sense to invest this kind of money,” Mathews said. On Monday, the Broadband India Forum (BIF) had claimed that radiowaves unsold in past auctions, because they were priced high, had an implication of Rs 5.4 lakh crore due to economic benefits lost, and that the government needs to ensure adequacy and “reasonable” rates for upcoming 5G auction. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSpectrum price in India is, by far, the most important factor in determining the fate of an auction, its success or failure, BIF had said, adding that prices should trigger maximum sale and, hence, optimal realisation of direct and indirect benefits, and not be driven by short-term financial gains. The government in August-end invited bids for selection of agency that will conduct spectrum auctions in various bands, including 5G, — setting the stage for mega sale of over 8000 MHz of radiowaves, at a start price of over Rs 5.7 lakh crore. The deadline for submission of the bids by prospective auctioneers is September 25. But, the industry laments that the spectrum prices proposed in India are four times higher than other markets. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), in July this year, refused to budge on its recommendation on base price and valuation of spectrum, dashing hopes of financially-stressed companies such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea which had desired a lower base price. Trai had made it clear to the telecom department that it has considered “all relevant factors” while giving views on prices. COAI’s Mathews contended that not only is the price tag of spectrum working out to be expensive for the telecom industry, even the quantum of 5G radiowaves being put on the block is inadequate for three private operators, given that such services and applications would require at least 100 MHz of spectrum for each player. ptilast_img read more

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Mayor of Maple Ridge BC cuts appearances after threats city official

first_imgMAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – The mayor of Maple Ridge, B.C., has cut her public appearances following online harassment, says the city’s chief administrative officer.Ted Swabey says in an emailed statement that officials recently received “credible information” about a personal threat to Mayor Nicole Read.He says Read has “curtailed her public appearances” while the RCMP investigate.Ridge Meadows RCMP could not immediately be reached for comment.Swabey says the situation has been difficult for Read and her family and that the mayor is hopeful she can resume her duties soon.He says all elected officials and staff should feel safe and be able to do their work free of harassment.last_img

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Canada contributes 86M more to South Sudan epicentre of refugee crisis

first_imgOTTAWA – The woman appeared content for the moment, waiting under a tree for a little bit of salvation to fall — quite literally — from the sky.International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recalled seeing the woman in a northern remote region of South Sudan during a four-day visit that wrapped up Monday.The woman was one of the four million South Sudanese who have been internally displaced because of the four-year-old civil war raging in their country. Another two million have fled the country as refugees.“It’s the middle of nowhere for us, she didn’t even have a roof over her head,” Bibeau recalled in a conference call.“She was sleeping under a tree waiting for airdrops to feed her family.”South Sudan has emerged as one of the newest drivers of the larger global crisis in displaced people, one that reached epic new proportions Monday when the United Nations released the latest record-breaking number quantifying the problem: 65.6 million people on the planet have fled their homes.The South Sudanese homeless are almost totally dependent on humanitarian assistance because when they do find sanctuary, they can’t resettle safely or grow food to feed themselves, said Melanie Gallant, head of humanitarian campaigning for Oxfam Canada.“We’re talking about people who are used to going through shocks and stresses, but they’ve just exhausted their coping mechanisms. The markets have collapsed in most places so even if you had money to buy food, it doesn’t mean you have any food to buy in the market.”Uganda, South Sudan’s southern neighbour, has become Africa’s largest host refugee country with 1.2 million refugees, three quarters of them South Sudanese.About 40,000 South Sudanese refugees have entered Uganda every month over the last year, 86 per cent of them women and children, said the World Refugee Council, a new organization run by Canada’s Centre of International Governance Innovation.Michael Messenger, the president of World Vision Canada, has been in the northern Ugandan town of Arua watching the influx of South Sudanese. He said Monday about 100 unaccompanied children are crossing the border each day; their parents have either been killed or have otherwise fallen by the wayside during the exodus.“It’s the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world; children are at the heart of it,” said Messenger.“While Uganda has been very open, at a certain point, there’s a breaking point. There are parts of northern Uganda where the refugees actually outnumber the host communities.”Canada announced an additional contribution of $86 million to assist famine and war ravaged South Sudan. That’s on top of the $36.9 million Canada gave to South Sudan in March.Bibeau said the funds will improve access to basic health services, including family planning and reproductive health care for women and girls, as well as increasing access to food.Bibeau, who also met government officials on the four-day trip, said the suffering can only be alleviated if the warring factions lay down their arms.“We’re obviously concerned about the constant flow of South Sudanese refugees going to neighbouring countries. Uganda has been extremely generous,” she said.“What is needed is a durable solution for peace in South Sudan, and we support the role of South Sudan’s neighbours in this process.”The new funds announced Monday are an addition to the Famine Relief Fund recently announced in response to the widespread food crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, in which the government will match the contributions of Canadians until June 30.“Conflict is really the common theme between those countries,” said Gallant.“Of course, as populations are being displaced, that’s a big factor for what we’re seeing in hunger crises and famine.”last_img read more

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Seven stories in the news for today July 18

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Tuesday, July 18———B.C. OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR SOME RESIDENTS TO RETURN HOME.A British Columbia official says getting people to safety as fast-moving wildfires approached was only half the battle — the other half will be returning them home. Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District in B.C.’s central Interior, says it’s no easy task, partly due to the health hazards of food that has rotted in homes where power was off. More than 40,000 people remain out of their homes as nearly 160 wildfires burn across B.C.———PREMIERS FORGE AHEAD WITH INDIGENOUS MEETING DESPITE BOYCOTTThe premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders in Edmonton on Monday even though three national bodies boycotted the event. The heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council said their boycott was to draw attention to their bid for “full and meaningful inclusion” in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation.———NAFTA TO BE FOCUS OF PREMIERS’ MEETINGThe premiers meet today in Edmonton to discuss trade issues, particularly business with the United States and the looming NAFTA renegotiation. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the premiers need to work even closer together as they continue to make the case directly to individual states in the U.S. that rely on cross-border business. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Canada should start compiling a list of ways to retaliate if the NAFTA talks take an ugly turn.———NAFTA CONSULTATIONS EXTENDEDThe Trudeau government is extending public consultations to find out what Canadians want to see in a new North American Free Trade Agreement. The consultations were to end today but officials say the government will continue indefinitely to accept responses to its online survey, which asks Canadians to identify their priorities for a renegotiated deal to modernize the 23-year-old agreement. The government will also be staging a number of townhall-style meetings on the subject.———B.C. NDP TAKE REINS FOR FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARSBritish Columbia’s New Democrats will get their first taste of power in 16 years at a swearing-in ceremony in Victoria this afternoon. The NDP won 41 of the legislature’s 87 seats during May’s election, two less than the governing Liberals. But NDP Leader and premier-designate John Horgan brokered a deal with the B.C. Greens, who won three seats, paving the way for him to form the narrowest of minority governments.———SEARS CANADA TO ASK COURT TO START LIQUIDATIONLawyers for Sears Canada return to court today to ask a Toronto judge if the retailer can begin liquidation sales as early as Friday. The retail chain has been under creditor protection since June 22 after saying it was shuttering 59 stores and cutting approximately 2,900 jobs. In documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the chief financial officer for Sears Canada says it’s “crucial” that the company be able to begin liquidation sales no later than this Friday, with the sales to be completed by Oct. 12.———PM TRUDEAU TO MARCH IN HALIFAX PRIDE PARADEPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will take part in Saturday’s Pride Parade in Halifax. Halifax Pride tweeted on Monday evening that a “special guest” would join the parade, to which Trudeau replied, “See you there!” Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore also sent out a tweet saying Trudeau will march in this year’s parade. Trudeau was the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade when he did so in Toronto in 2016, then attended the same event last month.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Gov. Gen. David Johnston will bid farewell to The Queen today during a private audience in London.— Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will hold an Ottawa news conference regarding plans to improve tax fairness for the middle class.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Quebec’s Gaspe region.— Wildrose Leader Brian Jean will hold a rally for unity in Calgary.— Annual general meeting of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Grand chief to be elected on July 19.— The Fraser Institute will release a study on household and government debt.last_img read more

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Tuked away no more Canadas first permanent road to Arctic coast to

first_imgTUKTOYAKTUK, – At 6 a.m. on Wednesday, in the arctic cold and darkness of the Mackenzie Delta, Darrel Nasogaluak will fire up his vehicle and head out on Canada’s newest and most exotic road trip.Nasogaluak, mayor of the Northwest Territories hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, will drive down 120 kilometres of brand-new, two-lane, all-weather gravel to Inuvik. Replacing a seasonal ice road, the new highway is the country’s first permanent link to its Arctic coast.With apologies to Stan Rogers, travellers will now be able to grasp the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea from the heated comfort of their drivers’ seats.“It’s something that’s been on the community’s want list for 40 years,” said Nasogaluak, who will make the early morning trip to join up with opening ceremonies in Inuvik.After it’s done, he’ll join an official motorcade heading back up the road to Tuk. That’s where the real party begins — speeches, songs, fireworks and a lavish community feast with local favourites including caribou, reindeer, char, whale and muktuk.The $300-million road will cross a rolling landscape of tundra and lakes with many stream crossings and bridges.“I’ve travelled a lot of highways, but the scenery on this one is quite different,” said Nasogaluak, who’s already been out on the route on his ATV. “You come out of the forested areas out on to the tundra and you eventually reach the ocean.”N.W.T. Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann has driven half the road.“When you come out of Inuvik, for about 20 kilometres you don’t realize how much you’re going uphill. The trees just get smaller and smaller and smaller and all of a sudden you’re on the top of a mountain and there’s no trees and you can see about 100 kilometres on both sides of the highway.“It’s an amazing feeling.”People first began talking about the project in the 1960s. Surveys began in 1974.The Northwest Territories made the first proposal in 1998 and Ottawa granted $200 million in funding in 2009 after years of lobbying from the territory as well as aboriginal and business groups. Construction began in earnest in 2014.It’s taken a while. But maybe that’s a good thing, said Nasogaluak.“It’s given us an opportunity to prepare really well.”The community has had many public discussions on the road’s potential impact, both social and environmental. And it’s getting ready for visitors.A southern company has donated 2,000 cans of brightly coloured paint to spruce up the place.The local bed and breakfast has added rooms. Tuk is developing RV parking sites and public facilities such as toilets.It’s also estimated that a reliable route for supplies will reduce the cost of living in the Tuk by about $1.5 million a year. That’s the equivalent of $1,500 in savings for every man, woman and child in town.The road is likely to boost economic activity in the area by reducing transportation costs, said Schumann. It’s an example of the kind of infrastructure the N.W.T. desperately needs.“Our infrastructure deficit is horrendous,” said Schumann.The Inuvik-Tuk road is only the start of the territory’s asks.It’s been looking for an all-weather road from Yellowknife into the heart of the territory, where some of the richest mineral deposits anywhere in the world await, linking up to a port on Nunavut’s western coast. It would also like a road reaching up the Mackenzie Valley to open that region for tourism and development.“Every dollar invested by the federal government into this type of infrastructure in the territories is not only going to benefit us, it’s going to benefit all Canadians,” Schumann said.But for now, Inuvik-Tuk is cause enough for celebration, said Nasogaluak.“Everywhere you go, somebody’s saying it’s two months, it’s one month, now we’re down to days. A lot of people are excited and we’re going to have quite a celebration.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

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Unauthorized sex enhancement products seized from Ont store Health Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada says six unauthorized sexual enhancement products have been seized from a convenience store north of Toronto.It says the products — 7K, Black Panther Gold 30K, Black Stallion Platinum 30K, Crazy Rhino Premium 50K, Rhino 8 Extreme 50K and Master Zone 1500 — may pose serious health risks.Health Canada says the products were seized from George’s Convenience in Woodbridge, Ont.It says consumers who purchased the products should stop using them.It says they may contain ingredients not listed on the label or be labelled as containing ingredients that should only be used under medical supervision.last_img

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Clarke set to seek PC leadership after personal and difficult announcement

first_imgA prominent Nova Scotia mayor is expected to enter the Progressive Conservative leadership race Saturday, two days after announcing he was gay and someone had been threatening to reveal it.A spokesperson says Cecil Clarke will “make an announcement” on the provincial run at the North Sydney Firefighters Club Saturday afternoon.She said the Cape Breton Regional Municipality mayor wasn’t giving interviews on Friday.“As I hope you can understand, Cecil’s decision to come out yesterday involved some very personal and difficult details. At this point, he would like to move forward and focus on his future plans,” Leah Batstone wrote in an email.The 49-year-old politician spoke out about his private life in an interview with CBC Radio on Thursday, saying he didn’t want anyone thinking they could shame him or hold something over him.“I’m not afraid of tough issues or taking a stand as people well know, and I’m not afraid of criticism and constructive criticism about the work I do, because that is part of the parliamentary process. But who I am and how I go about my personal life is no longer up as a punching bag for me politically,” Clarke told CBC Sydney’s Mainstreet.He said someone threatened to expose his personal life, so he decided to announce it himself.“I am in a very serious relationship and I’m not going to sacrifice that relationship. I’m not going to be ashamed of that relationship,” Clarke said.The Sydney Mines native served in the provincial legislature as a PC MLA for a decade before returning to Cape Breton to become mayor in 2012.He spent much of his time in the legislature as a cabinet minister in the Progressive Conservative governments of former premiers John Hamm and Rodney MacDonald.Clarke says he’s on the progressive side of the Progressive Conservatives.He would be the third candidate in the leadership race, joining Tim Houston, the MLA for Pictou East, and John Lohr, the member for Kings North.Jamie Baillie announced late last year that he planned to step down as leader and leave politics, but that departure came sooner than expected last month when he resigned following an allegation of inappropriate behaviour.Details of the leadership convention are expected to be announced Feb. 11 during the party’s annual general meeting in Halifax.Christina Lamey, a spokeswoman for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said the mayor decided to speak out after an incident earlier this week. At issue was “hateful speech” directed at Clarke’s sexuality, she said.Clarke received an outpouring of support of social media, with many applauding his courage to come forward and tell his story and condemning the homophobia and threats he endured.last_img read more

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Suspected impaired driver stripped of keys to Lamborghini by Victoria police

first_imgVICTORIA – The owner of a high-end sports car in Victoria has learned it’s best to keep the vehicle well maintained to avoid attracting unwanted attention.Police say a 31-year-old man was at the wheel of his black Lamborghini Gallardo near the downtown core late Saturday when he was pulled over when a patrol officer noticed flames shooting from the exhaust.The two-seat coupe was fine but the driver appeared to be impaired and received a 90-day driving prohibition.The vehicle, which has a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour and can accelerate from zero to 100 in 3.4 seconds, has also been impounded for 30 days.In an email, Const. Matthew Rutherford says the two penalties are permitted under the Motor Vehicle Act when a driver’s blood alcohol exceeds 0.08.The Gallardo is one of Lamborghini’s more affordable models, with one automotive website listing the price at about $200,000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Gallardo in paras 2 and 6.last_img read more

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Dad furious PM rapped over transfer of girls killer to healing lodge

first_imgThe father of a raped and murdered eight-year-old girl said on Wednesday the transfer of one of her killers to a prison “healing lodge” has sparked widespread anger and needs to be reversed, while the federal government said it would review the decision.In an interview from his home in Woodstock, Ont., Rodney Stafford denounced the transfer of Terri-Lynne McClintic as “completely wrong.”“She should be serving her sentence in a maximum security prison,” Stafford said of his daughter’s killer. “Like I’m sitting here living day to day, going to work, having to struggle to get by because my life has been altered so bad — I’m still on this huge emotional roller-coaster — and like frickin’ she’s out living it up…in this healing lodge.”McClintic pleaded guilty in 2010 to the first-degree murder of Victoria (Tori) Stafford, who was last seen in April 2008 being led away by the hand after school. McClintic, then 18, had promised to show the trusting girl a puppy. Waiting nearby was McClintic’s boyfriend, Michael Rafferty, who drove his victim to a remote field where he raped her repeatedly.Court would later hear how McClintic, who confessed a month later, had ignored Tori’s pleas for help. Ultimately, the girl would die from hammer blows to her head.In 2014, McClintic was classified as a medium security inmate at the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont. In December, two days after the transfer, victims services wrote the family to inform them of McClintic’s move to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge on the Nekaneet First Nation near Maple Creek, Sask.While it’s not clear whether McClintic identifies as Indigenous, Correctional Service Canada, which refuses to discuss the transfer for privacy reasons, says the 60-bed lodge is a multi-level standalone open campus facility with a focus on healing for incarcerated Aboriginal women.“She’s basically living it up better than the majority of the people living on the streets or are low income families,” Stafford, 43, said. “She’s being handed all these free passes and luxuries. It’s not fair.”Word of the transfer prompted plans for a protest rally in Ottawa in November and both federal and provincial politicians jumped on the issue.Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford called Stafford to offer his support, while Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced the review of the transfer decision and said ministers by law do not get involved in inmate security classifications.Conservative justice critic Tony Clement accused the Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being soft on crime and called the transfer a miscarriage of justice that has revictimized the families.“This is not the kind of justice that Canadians expect (and) I’m demanding redress,” Clement said. “When people lose faith in our justice system, they take matters into their own hands.”In the House of Commons, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer called on Trudeau to have the decision reversed, saying McClintic was guilty of “horrific crimes” and had bragged about stomping on the face of a fellow inmate at Grand Valley.Trudeau pointed out that McClintic’s security status hasn’t changed since 2014 and that officials make such decisions independently. He also noted that Goodale had asked the commissioner of correctional services for a review.An exasperated Scheer emerged from question period Wednesday demanding that Trudeau act.“I will tell you one thing I know about this facility: it is not the right place for McClintic,” he said. “She deserves to be behind bars … this is completely inappropriate.”From her home near Edmonton, Tori’s grandmother Doreen Graichen, a believer in the death penalty, said the family was furious at finding out what happened to McClintic.“It looks as if she’s on some kind of retreat or something rather than being in prison,” Graichen, 64, said in an interview. “We were told life means life, but who knows, 25 years from now with the system going the way it is, who’s to say she wouldn’t walk?”Cara Voisin, of Otterville, Ont., who is helping Stafford organize a protest on Parliament Hill on Nov. 2, said it wasn’t just about Tori.“It’s about other children, too. It’s about making sure that other people aren’t being revictimized,” Voisin, 33, said. “It’s really sad to see this all has to be dug up again.”Voisin said she wants to see the resurrection of Bill C-53, legislation tabled by the previous Conservative government that never made it into law. The bill was dubbed “life means life.”“People relate to this, Voisin said. “They want a safe world for their children. They want to know that when somebody’s convicted of the worst crimes out there, that they have to serve the sentence that was given to them.”Sue Delanoy, executive director of the prisoner activist Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan, said corrections are not meant to be purely punitive and the lodges, with their focus on self-improvement and introspection, are not an easier path for inmates.“It sounds like a get-out-of-jail-free thing,” Delanoy said. “Healing lodges aren’t that. The perception is wrong from the community.”In a statement, Chief Alvin Francis of the Nekaneet First Nation, home to the correctional facility, expressed surprise at the transfer.“At one time, Nekaneet elders sat on the interview process and had influence on inmate intake, but the funding was cut approximately six years ago, and we no longer have input on who is transferred to the healing lodge,” Francis said. “We have no say on inmate selection, but I believe if our elders were still a part of the process maybe Ms. McClintic wouldn’t be (there).”last_img read more

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Major incident at Irving Oils St John NB refinery

first_imgFire and some kind of explosion at Irving refinery. Avoid the area. Still awaiting more details. pic.twitter.com/S19ohX7z0e— Rock 88.9 (@Rock889FM) October 8, 2018One Facebook user living nearby reported feeling a “bed-shaking explosion” at around 10:15 a.m. local time.Irving said on Twitter that they are “actively assessing the situation” and they will share more information when it becomes available.We can confirm that a major incident has occurred at our Saint John refinery this morning. We are actively assessing the situation at this time and will share more information when available.— Irving Oil (@irvingoil) October 8, 2018Saint John police tweeted that they were responding to the incident, and asked people to stay away from the area. ST. JOHN, N.B. – Irving Oil says a “major incident” happened at its oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., on Monday morning.The company did not provide details, but numerous photos and videos posted to social media show fire and a thick plume of black smoke coming from the refinery.This happening right now, massive explosion and fire at Irving oil refinery. pic.twitter.com/tucyb5K65S— Ian Hutchison (@saintjohn601) October 8, 2018last_img read more

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NewsAlertCdn astronaut blasts off on Russian rocket

first_imgBAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan — Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques blasted off from Kazakhstan this morning aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.The 48-year-old doctor and astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome along with Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.The launch appeared to go smoothly from the steppes of Kazakhstan at 6:31 a.m. eastern time.It was the first manned Russian rocket launch since a dramatic aborted Soyuz failure in October.On Oct. 11, a rocket failure forced a Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing.More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond to receive Order of Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond will be receiving the highest honour in her home province — the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.Osmond left Marystown, N.L., for Edmonton at a young age, but her province and hometown continue to cheer for her, even re-naming the local arena after her in 2014.She and artist Christopher Pratt were among 10 people named today as recipients of the order, granted for “excellence and achievement” to former and current residents of the province.They will be inducted at a Jan. 29 ceremony.The Olympic bronze medallist and world figure skating champion was greeted with a parade when she visited Marystown in April, meeting with young skaters and performing at the arena.Dominic Lundrigan was arena manager when Osmond first laced up her skates as a kid and he recalled an enthusiastic young athlete who always pushed herself to skate faster and jump higher.Lundrigan called Osmond the “pride and pleasure” of the small town and said her visits always lift local residents’ spirits.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BC police officers detained in Cuba have returned home their families say

first_imgVANCOUVER — The families of two British Columbia police constables who had been detained in Cuba following an assault allegation say they have been declared innocent and returned home.In a statement posted to Facebook, the families of Mark Simms with the Vancouver police and Jordan Long of nearby Port Moody say they have “profound gratitude” for the two men’s return to Canadian soil.In April, British Columbia’s deputy police complaint commissioner said the men were arrested mid-March in Veradero following allegations that an Ontario teenager was assaulted while vacationing in the same area.The Port Moody Police Department says in a statement that one of its members was acquitted in November by a Cuban judiciary regarding allegations of being an accessory to a sexual assault.The department says the member’s travel restriction remained in place as the Cuban prosecution appealed the verdict, and it learned on Friday that the appeal was rejected and the acquittal upheld.Vancouver police say they have been in touch with their member who was detained in Cuba and can confirm he is home, but would not provide additional details.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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TSB report cites fatigue in BC tug incident says mate asleep while

first_imgVICTORIA — The Transportation Safety board cites crew fatigue as a cause in a report involving a British Columbia tug that touched bottom while towing a barge loaded with cement south of Kitimat.The report says the vessel’s lone mate on watch duty fell asleep as the Ocean Monarch remained on auto pilot through Royal Channel’s confined waters.The board says there were no reports of injuries or pollution, but the tug’s hull and propeller sustained damage.The report says the tug’s operator had no strategies in place to mitigate a tired crew despite a previous occurrence in 2011 where fatigue played a role.The Transportation Safety Board has highlighted employee fatigue as a major safety hazard in the marine, rail and air transport industries.Last May, the board recommended mandatory fatigue-awareness education for vessel operators in a report on the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart tug, which spilled about 110,000 litres of diesel into the water off B.C.’s central coast.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Quiet Canadian diplomacy helped Guaidos antiMaduro movement in Venezuela

first_imgOTTAWA — The politician Canada and its allies recognizes as Venezuela’s real leader stood in a Caracas plaza Friday and exhorted his supporters to “stay the course” if he winds up behind bars.Juan Guaido’s defiant pronouncement against President Nicolas Maduro — whom Canada has branded a dictator who stole an election — marked the latest dramatic development in Venezuela’s political crisis. It followed Guaido’s decision two days earlier to declare himself his country’s interim leader, two weeks after Maduro’s contested inauguration.But emboldening Venezuela’s opposition has been a labour of months, The Canadian Press has learned. Canadian diplomats in Caracas, with their Latin American counterparts, worked to get the country’s opposition parties to coalesce behind the one person who emerged strong enough to stand against Maduro: 35-year-old Guaido.The turning point came Jan. 4 when the Lima Group — the bloc that includes Canada and more than a dozen Latin American countries — rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s May 2018 election victory and his looming Jan. 10 inauguration, while recognizing the “legitimately elected” National Assembly, sources say.“They were really looking for international support of some kind, to be able to hold onto a reason as to why they should unite, and push out somebody like Juan Guaido,” said one source.The Canadian Press interviewed senior Canadian government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the crisis in Venezuela. They detailed Canada’s role in aiding democratic forces to rescue the once oil-rich country from the economic and political spiral that has forced three million Venezuelans from their homes.Canada anticipated this week’s developments because its diplomats have been keeping in close contact with Guaido and other opposition figures in Venezuela. “We listen to them. We listen to the diaspora in Canada and elsewhere in the world, and we do what we can,” said one source.The quiet Canadian diplomacy was conducted in tandem with Lima Group allies such as Chile, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. It was part of a Canadian diplomatic tradition that included efforts in the 1980s to shield Chilean dissidents fighting the Pinochet dictatorship.And in 2000, foreign-affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy led a multilateral mission to Peru that ousted strongman Alberto Fujimori, said Canada’s former ambassador to Venezuela Ben Rowswell.“The tradition here is that Canada believes in the principles of human rights and democracy and takes pragmatic measures on the ground to unblock political situations,” said Rowswell.Rowswell said he drew on that tradition while he was in Venezuela, hosting a high-profile award party at the Canadian Embassy to honour a local civil-society leader. The annual gathering sent a message that the world was watching pro-democracy efforts in the face of Maduro’s growing authoritarianism.After Rowswell’s 2017 departure, the Lima Group was born and Canada began working within that coalition — which does not include the United States — to further human rights and democracy in the hemisphere.Maduro’s May 20, 2018 election victory galvanized the Lima Group’s efforts. The group denounced the vote as illegitimate and downgraded diplomatic relations.The diplomats who remained focused on building bridges with a fractured opposition that was as much at odds with itself as it was with Maduro.In a November report, the International Crisis Group documented the divisions and urged the groups to set aside their “personal and political rivalries.”The top contenders to lead the opposition were long-time leaders Leopold Lopez and Julio Borges, but there were problems with both. Lopez has been under house arrest since 2014, while Borges is living in exile.Borges put forth Guaido as a contender, said one source.Guaido made a clandestine trip to Washington in mid-December to brief U.S. officials on his strategy for dealing with Maduro’s Jan. 10 inauguration. He secretly crossed his country’s border with Colombia so Venezuelan immigration officials wouldn’t know he’d left and prevent his return.As talks among Venezuelan opposition factions progressed, one source said, they began to set aside their differences. A key realization set in: “This is not about us. This is about the country.”The source said the opposition groups deserve full credit for getting to that point. But it helped that Canadian diplomats “could facilitate conversations with people that were out of the country and inside the country” with other foreign diplomats.On Jan. 5, Guaido assumed the presidency of the National Assembly, which the Lima Group regards as “the only remaining democratically elected institution in the country.”Four days later, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland telephoned Guaido to “congratulate him on becoming president of the National Assembly and his work on uniting the opposition,” said another source.The next day, Maduro was sworn in as president with support of countries such as Cuba, Russia and China; Freeland said “the Maduro regime is now fully entrenched as a dictatorship.”On Wednesday, after Guaido declared himself to be the interim president, Venezuelans took to the streets in protests across the country. “It’s an important day for Venezuela,” Freeland said in Davos, Switzerland. On Friday, Maduro told a news conference he’d be willing to talk to the opposition to settle the question of who leads the country, but he defended his presidency. He also called Guaido’s declaration “a desperate act” backed by the U.S.Canadian officials said that while U.S. leaders such as President Donald Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have also denounced Maduro, there has been no direct co-ordination between the Lima Group and Washington.As for this week’s rallies, the Venezuelans have full ownership of those.“It was completely done by the opposition and their people on the ground in Venezuela,” said one official. “We couldn’t have helped them get to this point … if they weren’t willing and really putting their necks out.”— with files from the Associated PressMike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Community vigil planned for slain 11yearold Riya Rajkumar

first_imgThe Canadian Press BRAMPTON, Ont. — The city in which an 11-year-old girl allegedly died at the hands of her father last week is holding a vigil in her honour tonight.City councillors in Brampton, Ont. will host a candlelight vigil in a downtown square for 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar starting at 5:45 P.M.Riya became the subject of an Amber Alert late Thursday night after police say her mother allegedly received information that her father planned to hurt both the child and himself.Riya was later found dead in her father’s home in Brampton.Roopesh Rajkumar, who was arrested some 130 kilometres away, was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Peel Regional Police have charged the 41-year-old with first-degree murder in Riya’s death and say he will appear in court once he’s medically cleared to do so.last_img read more

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