Super 30 to now release on July 12

first_imgMumbai: Hrithik Roshan’s long awaited “Super 30” is all set to arrive in the theatres on July 12, the makers have announced. Earlier this month, Hrithik said he was shifting the release date of “Super 30” to save his film from being “desecrated by yet another media circus”. The date was yet to be declared. The actor’s statement came after the release of Kangana Ranaut’s “Mental Hai Kya” was shifted to July 26, only to coincide with the then theatrical arrival of “Super 30”, a claim producer Ekta Kapoor dismissed, saying the decision had nothing to do with Kangana’s equation with Hrithik. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “Super 30”, based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and his educational programme Super 30, is produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment. “Arriving early! #Super30 will be releasing on July 12,” the official handle of Reliance Entertainment tweeted on Saturday. In her response to the earlier change in “Super 30” date, Kangana alleged Hrithik was in on the decision from the beginning, calling the statement a “sob story”. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ The film has had a tough birth. Earlier, “Super 30” was to scheduled to be released on January 25, the same date as Kangana’s “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”. In 2016, Kangana claimed that she and Hrithik were in a relationship but her “Krrish 3” co-star said it was not true. The fight became public after Hrithik sued her and Kangana counter-sued him. “Super 30”, also featuring Amit Sadh, Mrunal Thakur and Nandish Sandhu, found itself at the centre of controversy over allegations of sexual harassment against the film’s director Vikas Bahl last October.last_img read more

Payal Tadvi case Crime branch allowed to quiz 3 women doctors

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to grant crime branch the custody of three women doctors arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of their junior colleague, but allowed it to interrogate them for four days.A single bench of Justice S S Shinde said the crime branch can take the three accused from the Byculla Jail for questioning during daytime. “The arrested accused shall be taken from jail, where they are lodged today (Thursday) from 2 pm to 6 pm, and from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for interrogation,” the court said. The crime branch had earlier this week approached the HC seeking custody of the three doctors – Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Meher and Ankita Khandelwal. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe trio, attached to the B Y L Nair Hospital here, were arrested last week on the charges of abetment of suicide of their junior colleague Dr Payal Tadvi. A special court had on Friday last remanded them to judicial custody after rejecting the police plea for further custody. Meanwhile, a five-member team of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is in Mumbai to meet top government officials and the management of the BYL Nair Hospital regarding the Payal Tadvi suicide case. The team, led by NCST Chairman Nand Kumar Sai, will hold meetings with top administration and police officials, including the Maharashtra chief secretary, secretary (Health) and the Mumbai police commissioner, on June 8, an official said.last_img read more

ONGC Vedanta set to win 9 oil gas blocks each OIL 12

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and mining billionaire Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd are set to win nine oil and gas blocks each in the latest auction, while Reliance Industries and its British partner BP Plc is set to win KG basin gas block. Sources said the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has completed the evaluation of the bids received for 32 oil and gas exploration blocks that were auctioned in the latest licensing round. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAs per the bid evaluation, ONGC and Vedanta Ltd are top bidders in nine blocks each and state-owned Oil India Ltd (OIL) in 12 areas. Reliance-BP combine outbid ONGC in one Krishna Godavari basin block in the Bay of Bengal. The winners of the auction will be announced after the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources added. Bidding for 14 blocks on offer in the Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) round-II and another 18 oil and gas blocks and 5 coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks on offer in OALP-III closed on May 15. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefReliance-BP had made their first bid in eight years when they sought an area that previously was held by ONGC, sources said. When the government in July 2017 allowed companies to carve out blocks of their choice with a view to bring about 2.8 million sq km of unexplored area in the country under exploration, Reliance-BP sought the KG area containing the discoveries. Under the new policy, areas sought by any company are put on auction with the initiator or the company that originally carved out the block, getting a 5 point advantage. Sources said Reliance-BP managed to get the coveted KG block in the latest auction by a small margin that possibly came from the originator marks and a commitment to do a shale core exploration. Reliance-BP had last jointly bid for a KG deep water block in the 8th bid round under previous licensing policy in 2008. They, however, gave up the block after not finding any commercially exploitable oil and gas reserves. In the following year, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance on its own bid for six blocks in the ninth round of New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) but did not win any block. Sources said at the close of bidding for the current round on May 15, ONGC had put in bids for 20 out of the 32 blocks on offer, while OIL made bids for 16 blocks. Vedanta, which had walked away with 41 out of the 55 blocks offered in OALP-I last year, bid for 30 areas. Indian Oil Corp (IOC), GAIL (India) and SunPetro bid for two blocks each, they said. BP had more than a decade back entered the country buying 30 per cent stake in Reliance’s 21 oil and gas exploration blocks for $7.2 billion. All but a couple of blocks have since been relinquished. NELP has since been replaced by Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP) under which OALP bids round have been held. Under the new policy, called open acreage licensing policy, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest or EoI for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is presently not under any production or exploration licence. The EoIs can be put in at any time of the year but they are accumulated twice annually. The blocks or areas that receive EoIs at the end of a cycle are put up for auction with the originator or the firm that originally selected the area getting a 5-mark advantage. The two windows of accumulating EoIs end on May 15 and November 15 every year. EoIs accumulated till May 15 are supposed to be put on auction by June 30 and those in the second window by December 31. But a delay in offering of blocks meant that OALP-II and OALP-III ran concurrently. While the OALP-I round saw an investment commitment of about Rs 60,000 crore, the government is expecting about 90,000 crore of investment in the latest round. In OALP-1, Vedanta walked away with 41 out of 55 blocks bid out. Oil India won nine blocks while ONGC managed to win just two. Blocks are awarded to the company which offers the highest share of oil and gas to the government as well as commits to do maximum exploration work by way of shooting 2D and 3D seismic survey and drilling exploration wells. The new policy replaced the old system of government carving out areas and bidding them out. It guarantees marketing and pricing freedom and moves away from production sharing model of previous rounds to a revenue-sharing model, where companies offering the maximum share of oil and gas to the government are awarded the block.last_img read more

PM Modi holds extremely fruitful meeting with Chinese President Xi

first_imgBishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said he had an “extremely fruitful meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here and discussed the full spectrum of bilateral relations as they vowed to work together to improve the economic and cultural ties. This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Modi’s re-election following the stunning victory of the BJP in the general elections last month. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The meeting also comes a month after the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the powerful UN Security Council designated Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifted its technical hold on the proposal to blacklist him. “Had an extremely fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping. Our talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations. We shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between our nations,” Modi tweeted after the delegation-level talks with President Xi. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The meeting began with President Xi congratulating Prime Minister Modi over his election victory. “After the election results in India, I got your message, and today again you wish me on the victory, I am very grateful to you for this,” Modi replied. Xi had extended “heartfelt congratulations” to Prime Minister Modi for winning the general elections last month, in a rare gesture of greeting a foreign leader well before the official announcement of the results. “On behalf of all Indians, I wish you a very happy birthday,” Modi told Xi, greeting the Chinese leader who will turn 66 on June 15. “As you said, in the days to come, we both can progress on several subjects. We both have a contemporary tenure to work more,” he said. “After our meeting in Wuhan, we have seen a new momentum and stability in our relations. There has been a rapid progress in the strategic communication between the two sides, leading to be more sensitive towards each other’s concerns and interests. And there has been new areas for further cooperation since then,” Modi told Xi in his opening remarks. The 2018 Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff, triggered by Chinese troops attempts to build a road close to Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan in 2017. After the Wuhan summit, both the countries stepped up efforts to improve relations on different spheres including the military-to-military ties. The two leaders have met more than 10 times in the last five years, including thrice after their informal summit in Wuhan — first at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in June last in China’s Qingdao, the second time at the BRICS summit in South Africa’s Johannesburg in July and third time in December last on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders had a warm meeting. “Leaders discussed all aspects of enriching our bilateral relations and recognised the positive role of strategic communication in deepening our partnership,” Kumar said. Ahead of the meeting, China hinted that President Xi would highlight the need to forge a united front against US President Donald Trump’s policies of trade protectionism and unilateralism using tariffs as a weapon. China and the US have been in an escalating conflict over trade for the past year. The scope of the battle has expanded in recent months as Washington has tightened trade restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Chinese officials hope that India, which is also facing trade frictions with the US specially over termination of its designation as a ‘beneficiary developing country’ under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), would join the fight against Trump’s protectionist policies. Prime Minister Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the SCO summit, the first multilateral engagement post his re-election. The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017. The economic and commercial engagement between India and China constitutes a major component of the bilateral relations with bilateral trade which crossed USD 95 billion last year and is set to cross USD 100 billion this year. Last month, the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the powerful UN Security Council designated JeM chief Azhar as a global terrorist after veto-wielding permanent member China lifted its technical hold on the proposal by the US, the UK and France to blacklist him. It was a huge diplomatic victory for India after a decade of relentless efforts to ban the mastermind of several terror attacks against India, including the deadly Pulwama attack against Indian security forces.last_img read more

Contract killers changed clothes and bikes to dodge police

first_imgNew Delhi: When all efforts of the Delhi Police failed to zero in on the suspect in the shooting on a woman case of Dwarka on July 11, cops resorted to CCTV for help.However, police again reached a blind road when even viewing a thousand hours of CCTV footage on the road proved futile with no trace of the criminals beyond a certain point. However, minute observation of the details on the CCTV led Delhi Police investigators to a clue. “We realised that the criminals, in order to dodge police, have changed clothes at a certain point. They also changed bikes so as to bluff the investigators in case they have left a chain of witness behind. However, our team of Dwarka district soon unearthed the plot and trailed the CCTV to village Chhota Bans, Bhati Khurd Fatehpur Beri in South Delhi,” said Madhup Tiwari, Joint CP Western range. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The criminals were seen in the CCTV footage talking to someone on phone, tough that was to bluff the police. Actually they just pretended to talk. This also delayed our investigation,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP Dwarka. The accused were later identified by local intelligence to be Pinku and Giriraj Tomar. They were found missing from their houses but were soon arrested along with the main conspirator Chandraprakash who hired them to kill Kiran Bala. Two other arrested were also made.last_img read more

Girls trounce boys in CU Part III General exams

first_imgKolkata: Girls have outperformed boys in the Calcutta University Undergraduate Part III General examination 2019, the result of which was declared on Wednesday. The total number of candidates that had appeared for the exams was 42,279.”The girls have outperformed boys this year,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University. While the overall pass percentage of girls in B.A general stream stood at 61.46%, that of boys was 58.38%. In B.Sc and B.Com general streams, overall pass percentage of girls stood at 85.44% and 47.91% respectively, while the same for boys was 77.96% and 47.74% respectively. The varsity has announced the status of marks for the examinations on its official result website (wbresults.nic.in). The results this year have been published within two and a half months. Both B.A Part-III (General) and B.Sc Part III (General) examinations had commenced on May 27 and concluded on May 30, while B.Com Part III (General) examination started on May 29 and ended on June 1.last_img read more

In rebellion mode Bhupinder Hooda says hes CM candidate with or without

first_imgRohtak: After four decades of association with the Congress, Haryana’s two-time chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced rebellion from the stage of his “Parivartan rally” in Rohtak while declaring himself as the chief ministerial candidate, with or without his party.Unlike the Congress, which prepares an election manifesto with the help of a committee comprising senior leadership before releasing it, Hooda appeared on the stage pre-planned and announced his own manifesto, declaring various sops, including 75 per cent reservation in jobs for the people of Haryana. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Vidhan Sabha polls are due in October this year. In Rohtak, Hooda today began his address by saying, “Aaj main apni saari paabandiyon se mukt ho kar yahan aaya hoon (I have freed myself from all restrictions to come here today)”. The former chief minister went onto lash out at his own party on the revocation of Article 370, saying, “Sarkaar jo theek kaam karti hai, chaahe kendra ki ho ya pradesh ki, main theek ko theek kehta hoon. 370 hatai – meri party bhi kuch bhatak gayi, voh pehle vaali Congress nahi rahi. Lekin, jahan tak sawaal hai deshbhakti ka aur swabhiman ka, main kisi se samjhauta nahi karunga. Isi ke vaaste maine 370 ka samarthan kiya (When the government does something right, I support them. Many of my colleagues had opposed the decision to abrogate Article 370. My party has lost its way, it’s not the same Congress it used to be. When it comes to patriotism and self-respect, I will not compromise with anyone).” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier this month, Hooda had said in the Assembly it was good that the BJP had fulfilled one of the promises it made in the poll manifesto. Hooda’s recent assertion comes amid speculation of parting ways with the Congress and joining hands with another national party or floating a new political outfit. The Congress leader, however, also sought an account of achievements in the past five years from the Manohar Lal Khattar government. Coincidentally, Khattar also kicked off a 2,100-km road journey (rath yatra) covering the length and breadth of Haryana on Sunday. “I support the decision to abrogate Article 370 but I want to tell the Haryana government that you will have to give an account of what you did in five years, don’t hide behind this decision,” ANI quoted the former chief minister as saying. “Our brothers from Haryana are deployed as soldiers in Kashmir, that is why I support it (Article 370),” Hooda said.The Congress leader’s other aides Palwal MLA Karan Dalal, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee’s former president Phool Chand Mullana, Vidhan Sabha’s former speaker Raghubir Singh Kadian and Jhajjar MLA Geeta Bhukkal also openly challenged the party high command from the stage to either declare Hooda as party president in Haryana or face consequences. Hooda enjoys the support of 12 out of 15 Congress MLAs in Haryana. More than 60 former MPs and MLAs of Congress party shared the stage with Hooda in Rohtak today. For the last three years, the Hooda camp has been pressurising the party high command to replace Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar with Bhupinder Hooda as party president. Continuing his address to the crowd, Hooda declared that he shall constitute a 25-member committee, comprising 12 MLAs and 13 others, to decide the “future course of action”. He announced that within one week, he shall announce the committee’s decision in Chandigarh. Referring to a law in Andhra Pradesh that makes it mandatory for the government to employ three out of four employees from within the state, Hood said a similar legislation would be brought in Haryana. “If we form the government, we will bring a law like Andhra Pradesh, so that 75% of jobs go to the people of Haryana,” he said.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Flood alert in Delhi as Yamuna water level nears danger mark

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water level in the river Yamuna in Delhi has reached 203.37m and is expected to touch the “warning mark” of 204.5m in the next 36 hours, with the “danger mark” pegged at 205.33m, authorities said on Sunday.A total of 4,30,817 cusec water has been released from the Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana, further raising the water level of the Yamuna, which is already flowing at a dangerous level. A high alert has been sounded in the Yamuna Nagar administration of Haryana following the release of water. The catchment area has been evacuated after water entered the houses of locals living in the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe water level at 12 noon was just 1.13m below the “warning mark”. “Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour,” a Flood and Control Department official said, stating around six lakh cusec water was released at noon on Sunday. On Saturday also, water was released from the barrage following heavy rains, the official said. The water discharged from Hathni Kund Barrage –which provides drinking water to Delhi –normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. “An advisory has been issued by the department regarding the water level and the concerned agencies have been alerted. The situation is being closely monitored,” the official added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHundreds of people live along the banks of the Yamuna, and they will be moved to safer places once the water level touches the “warning mark”. Meanwhile, the national capital and its surrounding areas woke up to a light to moderate rains on Sunday morning, providing some relief from the heat. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 24°C, while the maximum temperature was 32°C. The weather station in Safdarjung recorded 8.7 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. While the Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations received 7.8 mm and 9.4 mm of rainfall respectively, the Ayanagar Observatory recorded 11.7 mm of rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected to lash several parts of the national capital as well as other adjoining national capital regions (NCR) in the next 24 hours. As a result, the MeT department has also issued an orange alert, which means the authorities should prepare for necessary action, in Delhi. “The current Western Disturbance is likely to cause widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi during next 24 hours,” the MeT department tweeted.last_img read more

Man held for Ponzi scheme fraud

first_imgNew Delhi: A 24-year-old man, involved in Ponzi scheme fraud related to renting cars, was arrested from Anand Vihar area. The accused had duped more than 50 persons of more than 100 high-end cars worth rupees crores.Police identified the accused as Suraj Singh. Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) G Ram Gopal Naik said Singh came in touch with one Bilal Khan and Mehboob. The trio hatched a plan to cheat the innocent people and in Jan. 2018, they started a tour and travels office in Sahibabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Singh launched a scheme that they will put the cars in five stars hotels on rent and invited the persons to invest in the scheme and assured handsome returns,” police said. Adding further, DCP crime said that many people bought the cars and gave him to engage the same on hire in five stars hotels. Monthly rent of the cars was assured as high as from 60,000 to Rs 2 lakh. Initially, he made payments to investors to develop faith. He again took some money back from the investors on the fake assurance that they are buying other cars on their names and will put them on hire in the hotels. “Later, it was revealed that he sold all the cars to gullible buyers after making forged signatures of the victims and fled away,” police further added.last_img read more

Get a double dose of thrill

first_imgAfter season one of AltBalaji’s ‘Apaharan’ receiving accolades for its great story line, makers of the web series are coming up with an extra dose of suspense and thrill. Actor Arunoday Singh, who made his debut in web space with ‘Apaharan’, reveals some details about the new season while talking to Millennium Post. How did you come on board for the project? Siddharth Sen Gupta (director and creator of the show) called me for narration, and I immediately said yes to him because the script was very convincing and intriguing. The character I play in the show is something that I wanted to do for a long time. And, I feel very fortunate that I got an opportunity to work in the second season as well. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIs this going to be the sequel of ‘Apaharan’ season one? Yes, it is the sequel of ‘Apaharan’. It does follow the characters’ story from the first season, but surely has lots of new elements and an extra dose of twist and turns. Has your role in the second season changed? No, the character which I played will remain the same. My character is of Rudra Srivastav – a police officer who specialises in kidnapping cases. So, I will reprise the role and will be seen working on different cases. It’s worth waiting for. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhat were your initial expectations from the first season of the series? Has the responses been any different? (Laughs) I don’t keep any kind of expectations from the projects I do. As an artist, I like to keep the bar high for myself. Being an actor on-screen, I always try to give my best and I leave the rest to audience and God. Speaking about this show specifically, I am extremely proud to be associated with an interesting project like this. The show has received a positive response from the viewers so far, and it obviously feels good to hear nice things from people about your work. When can we expect season two? The shooting for the season two has not gone on floors yet, but the date will be announced very soon as the scripting and casting for the show is finalised. Who else will be sharing screen space with you in the new season? Nidhi Singh and few other actors from the earlier season will be joining Season 2. Also, as the story grows further, few new characters will also be seen in our story, which can’t be revealed at this moment.last_img read more

My films are like a guilty pleasure

first_imgFilmmaker Karan Johar says he considers his films to be a “guilty pleasure” for his audiences and is “unapologetically and unabashedly” obsessed with the mainstream trappings of storytelling, something he promises to continue in his content for Netflix. Johar, who has just inked a multi-year broad content deal with the streaming giant, said the global reaction to his 27-minute film as part of the collective ‘Lust Stories’ on Netflix made him realise there is much “outside of our country that is interested in us and the stories we tell”. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA viewership revolution is just around the corner with the growth of OTT (over the top) platforms and it would be foolish to miss it, said the man behind Dharma Productions and its digital arm Dharmatic. Viewership habits have actually evolved and changed over the last decade even in India, he said, adding that Netflix is just the tip of the iceberg. “There is a major viewership explosion that’s around the corner and I can’t wait to actually be a part of that movement,” Johar said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardJohar, who is known for directing Bollywood blockbusters such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai , Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, and My Name is Khan and is also a successful mainstream producer, TV host and chat show anchor, said one cannot live insularly at a time of global content revolution. “Even when we attempt to do different stuff, there’s always a certain kind of quality that we try to project. Now we might hit it or miss it, but the endeavour is always to create high quality, superior content, and the kind of material that can be viewed not just in your country but even beyond that.” “It’s great to go global with your content and never live insularly and pretend like we are just living within the boundaries of our beautiful country… I think it’s platforms like Netflix that empower you to do just that,” he added. Johar added that he will do it in the style that he knows best because he has realised that people may like him or hate him, but they simply can’t ignore him. “I never see anyone but myself whenever I put out content, and even when it comes to digital, everybody has an impression that you can go wild, sexy or edgy, but let’s not forget that there’s organic storytelling that still needs to be told. There’s a large audience that needs to watch really strong narratives. I’ve always been unapologetically and unabashedly obsessed with the mainstream trappings of storytelling, and that’s what I want to do in digital as well, he said. People often come up to him and almost embarrassedly admit that they have watched his debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai over 100 times, a feeling they would not get for a film like Lagaan, Johar said. Some view my content as fluff and some have looked at it as romanticised. I will always get those diverse reactions and opinions about what I put out. But I always say, you can hate me, you can love me but you cannot be indifferent to me, and I hope you won’t be indifferent to the content we create. I’ve always said I’m like your guilty pleasure. So this guilty pleasure mode is what I hope to bring on to the OTT platform as well. And so there will be stuff that, I think, everyone will watch but pretend not to. The director believes the fear that digital revolution will eat into cinema has been replaced by hope for a new future. What is happening is that digital platforms empower one very strong entity in the creative industry and that’s our writers. Writers have been empowered the maximum in this space. In the last four or five years, the content in cinema has improved and that happened only because the writers are empowered elsewhere, they come with that empowerment and do better work even in cinema. There’s been an increase in footfalls, in the number of people visiting cinema halls, which is largely due to the digital revolution. One is helping the other and empowering the other and it’s a win-win situation for the media and entertainment industry.last_img read more

Fire crews remain at one of several buildings affected by fire in

first_imgBRANDON, Man. – As a massive fire in downtown Brandon on Saturday began threatening other buildings, the chief of the Souris-Glenwood volunteer fire department was loading fertilizer into a truck at a farm 45 kilometres away.Brian Parham received a text from his son, who is also a volunteer firefighter, letting him know the Christie’s Office Plus building was on fire, and when Parham looked up he could see the smoke filling the prairie sky.Parham called the regional command centre to see if the city fire department in Brandon needed help, but he said they turned down his offer to drive in with their pumper truck.But within five minutes they’d changed their minds, and Parham and a crew of rural firefighters were heading to Brandon to fight one of the biggest fires they’d ever seen.“It was kind of an adrenaline rush for us to go in,” Parham said Sunday, back at work on the farm.“We’ve chased our share of grass fires…. We’ll have a house fire, but it won’t jump house-to-house, or in this case building-to-building.”There have been no reports of injuries in the Brandon blaze, which destroyed three buildings and significantly damaged Massey Manor, a 58-unit heritage apartment building where many of the suites are managed by community groups.During much of Saturday afternoon, city officials were warning people to stay out of the area as drifting embers sparked new fires. Firefighters from the nearby communities of Wawanesa and Carberry, as well as Canadian Forces Base Shilo, also helped in the fight.Scott McDonald, Brandon’s deputy fire chief, said crews that arrived at the scene of the Christie’s fire immediately realized Massey Manor across the street needed to be evacuated. Police then went door-to-door to get the residents out.The building was renovated in the last 10 years and had sprinklers on every floor, but McDonald said the roof was badly damaged by flames and some of the upper floors also sustained fire damage. Two other buildings in the vicinity also burned.“When you’ve got that many structures involved, your concern is getting control … so that you don’t have more structures that become involved,” McDonald said.Parham, who has been a volunteer firefighter for 36 years, said his crew, which included his 27-year-old son as well as another father-and-son team, were placed on the corner of a building that housed a beer store and a vacant bar.It was already a “huge fireball,” he said, and most of what they were doing was knocking down the flames and keeping them from spreading to neighbouring buildings, including the Greyhound bus terminal.Usually, Parham said his department responds to highway crashes. They’re also trained for farm and river rescues.“For a volunteer rural department, to be involved in something like yesterday is probably an experience of a lifetime,” Parham said.McDonald said firefighters were still at the scene dousing hot spots on Sunday.The city said that as of Sunday morning, 93 adults and 57 children had registered at an evacuation centre, and residents have been placed by the Red Cross at a local hotel.The Bear Clan Patrol, a volunteer group that patrols inner-city streets, has collected clothing and personal necessities for the displaced residents, but posted on social media that it now has enough.Manitoba’s minister of municipal affairs, Jeff Wharton, tweeted late Saturday night that he had spoken with Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest about the devastating fire to offer provincial support.—By Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

Class action against Facebook can be filed in BC Supreme Court says

first_imgOTTAWA – A woman who wants to sue Facebook over its use of “sponsored stories” can pursue her case in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday.Deborah Douez wants to file a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant over a now-defunct advertising format, which allegedly used her name and profile photo in ads endorsing a company for which she had pressed the “Like” button.The ads were generated for companies that purchased the sponsored stories format and were sometimes displayed on her friends’ newsfeeds.Ultimately, the class-action suit intends to seek damages based on a claim that the format violated B.C.’s Privacy Act.The British Columbia Supreme Court approved her suit, but the provincial Court of Appeal stayed the case, saying it should properly be pursued in California, where Facebook has its head office.The appeal court said all potential users of Facebook must agree to its terms of use, which include a forum selection and choice-of-law clause requiring that disputes be resolved in California according to California law.In its 4-3 split decision, however, the Supreme Court found the clause unenforceable.“Ms. Douez has established strong reasons not to enforce the clause at issue here,” the ruling said.“The grossly uneven bargaining power between the parties and the importance of adjudicating quasi-constitutional privacy rights in the province are reasons of public policy that are compelling, and when considered together, are decisive in this case.”Writing on behalf of the dissenting three justices, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Suzanne Cote said they saw no reason to depart from established international law upholding forum selection clauses.“We agree with the Court of Appeal of British Columbia that strong cause has not been shown and that the action must be tried in California, as the contract requires,” they wrote.The case now returns to British Columbia for a trial on the merits of the claim.last_img read more

Former cabinet minister says little daylight separates Liberals and NDP

first_imgVANCOUVER – A former Liberal cabinet minister in British Columbia says he’s been mulling over his poverty reduction plan that was rejected by the party he once sought to lead.George Abbott said the Liberals suddenly came up with their own plan in a throne speech last week but only as a strategic political move to win votes.The throne speech came after the New Democrats and the Green party developed a plan to topple the Liberal party, which was defeated in a non-confidence vote in the legislature on Thursday after 16 years in power.“I don’t think the Liberals made it any easier for themselves with the machinations around the throne speech,” Abbott said Friday. “If the aim was strategically to win the confidence of the Greens or perhaps random NDP members, it was entirely unsuccessful.”Premier Christy Clark promised policies to reduce poverty including $1 billion alone in spending on child care spaces, drawing criticism that the action was more in line with traditional NDP principles following years of cuts. Many of the throne speech promises from the Liberal minority government came from the election platforms the NDP and Greens campaigned on in May.Abbott, who held three cabinet posts as health, education and aboriginal relations minister, left politics before the 2013 election after placing third in a Liberal leadership contest won by Clark two years earlier.He said the poverty reduction plan he proposed during the leadership campaign faced resistance in the Liberal party “for reasons I still really don’t understand.”“I have always thought it made a lot of sense to have some focus on that objective but I wouldn’t have done it because strategically it was the clever thing to do, it was the right thing go do,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a way to make democracy perform as it should.”Promising more social spending during the left-leaning throne speech only meant the Liberals “closed off some of the daylight” between themselves and the NDP, said Abbott, who is no longer a member of the Liberal party.“Strategically, they may think that sets them up well for a near-term election but if there’s not a near-term election, if we’re looking at six months, a year, two years, it is going to be difficult for Ms. Clark, should she retain the leadership, to run again on what they offered up in the throne speech.”Officials with the Liberal party could not be reached for comment but on Thursday, Clark defended the Liberal throne speech, saying the party reacted to what voters expressed in the election campaign.“When we go into political combat we all acknowledge that sometimes we spend so much time fighting with one another in here that it’s hard to listen to what British Columbians want. And the throne speech is an answer to that,” she said in the legislature.“It’s an answer to what voters told us on May 9. It’s an acknowledgment, a sincere acknowledgment, that we didn’t get it right. It is an expression of renewed priorities based on what voters told us.”Abbott said now, the Liberal party is likely clinging to its resource development policies to create some distance between itself and the New Democrats, who are poised to take office.Clark has been a heavy promoter of the Trans Mountain pipeline, liquefied natural gas and the Site C hydroelectric project on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia.Premier-designate John Horgan has promised to fight expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline with every means available, driving a wedge between himself and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Hamish Telford, an associate professor of political science at the University of the Fraser Valley, said the Liberals’ throne speech promises were a failed policy gambit.Telford said he predicts some grumbling on the social-policy shift among the Liberal party, which includes some conservative-leaning members previously with the now-defunct Social Credit party.“I think (Clark) heard from the more liberal side, ‘Look, we were too stingy and that’s why we lost the election.’ Now she’s going to hear from the conservative side, saying: ‘We tried to outdo the NDP and failed and now we’re in a place where we’re not comfortable.’ “— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Aug. 8———OTTAWA LOOKING TO BEEF UP BLOOD/ALCOHOL RULES: Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for licensed drivers, according to a letter she sent to her Quebec counterpart. In the correspondence to Stephanie Vallee dated on May 23, Wilson-Raybould suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams. The federal minister said the change would “make it easier to fight the danger posed by drivers who have consumed alcohol.” She said the current rules were established after research indicated the risk of being involved in a car crash was twice as likely when a driver has 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his or her system. Wilson-Raybould said the risk is twice as high at 50 milligrams and close to three times as high for 80 milligrams, “and the risk increases exponentially after that.”———GUNS AT BORDER WITH ‘ALARMING FREQUENCY’: Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it’s proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can’t bring firearms on vacation. “The offences continue to occur with alarming frequency during the summer months,” federal prosecutor Peter Thorn said from Hampton, N.B. Five men — three from Florida, two from New England — pleaded guilty and were fined between $1,500 and $2,000, he said. Thorn, who has prosecuted these cases for years, said most of the people caught are “respectful and law abiding citizens of the U.S.A.” who are unaware handguns are either restricted or prohibited in Canada. He said many don’t realize they can legally declare firearms and leave them behind as they enter the country. Many of the tourists are 60 and older, and from the South.———TRUMP WARNS NORTH KOREA OF ‘FIRE AND FURY’: U.S. President Donald Trump says that North Korea “had best not make any more threats to the United States” or “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump issued the warning during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. A Japanese defence paper and a U.S. media report said Tuesday that North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. That’s a key benchmark in the country’s attempt to become a full-fledged nuclear power. Washington’s alarm over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pursuit of a nuclear capability has intensified in the past month after the North conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.———CANADIAN TEAM TAKING PRECAUTIONS DUE TO STOMACH VIRUS: Canada is moving some of its athletes into new accommodations at the world track and field championships to avoid a stomach bug. Athletes still to arrive in town will stay at a different hotel than the one in central London, where nine Canadian athletes and staff members have become ill, Canadian team doctor Paddy McCluskey said Tuesday. And several Canadian athletes have been moved to higher floors in the hotel. Canadian Eric Gillis dropped out of Sunday’s marathon around the 30-kilometre mark a couple of days after falling ill, and sprinter Aaron Brown said he’d been quarantined after catching the norovirus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, a low-grade fever and abdominal pain. “The last two days have been better for us in terms of new cases, so I’m really hopeful we’re coming out the other end,” McCluskey said. The outbreak was another bad break for the Canadian team which lost stars Andre De Grasse and Derek Drouin to injury.———ANGUS REJOINS NDP LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN: NDP leadership hopeful Charlie Angus is shifting back into campaign mode this week after taking a step back to support a gravely ill sibling — a difficult decision for the Ontario MP juggling heightened personal and political demands. After missing last week’s leadership debate in Victoria, B.C., Angus said he has decided to hit the road again while he keeps a close eye on his sister’s health. It is a critical point in the race to replace Tom Mulcair, Angus added, noting his team is trying to strike an appropriate balance. “It is hard to juggle all the balls in the air because you have a campaign that is firing at all cylinders,” Angus said. “It is hard to explain, you want to be there for your sister at all times but you also have to go out and keep pushing the campaign.” The next few weeks of the race will be key for all candidates — the others are Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Quebec MP Guy Caron — as they seek to sign up as many members as possible ahead of an Aug. 17 registration cutoff.———SYSTEMIC RACISM CONSULTATIONS DIVIDING QUEBEC: Quebec is being widely criticized for its plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, even by those who agree visible minorities face many structural barriers in the province. The debate has highlighted a deep divide among Quebec’s political left, with some people saying the consultations encourage an ideology of victimhood and demonize the province as inherently racist. Some civil rights activists argue the consultations are meaningless unless the government is finally prepared to hold its institutions accountable for failing to uphold racial diversity. Moreover, activists say they will increasingly use the court system to push through changes in society regardless of what comes out of the government’s consultations. Quebec has asked its human rights commission to launch public consultations on systemic discrimination and racism. Only discussion on discrimination involving race, colour or ethnic and national origin will be allowed when the hearings begin in September. The goal, the government said, is to forge “concrete and durable” solutions in order to “fight these problems.”———SMALL GROUP PROFITING FROM AIRBNB RENTALS, STUDY FINDS: New research suggests a small number of large commercial property owners are the most successful on Airbnb and are eating up the local supply of housing in Canada’s three largest cities in the process. A team of urban planners from McGill University looked at Airbnb trends in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto and noted a 50 per cent increase in the number of short-term rental properties year over year. Using figures from an analytics firm, lead author David Wachsmuth says his team found that 10 per cent of hosts account for the lion’s share of yearly revenue in the three Canadian cities. The study, which is entitled “Short-term Cities: Airbnb’s Impact on Canadian Housing Markets,” published Tuesday. Airbnb is calling the McGill study baseless and says data was manipulated to misrepresent the profile of Airbnb hosts. A spokeswoman says 80 per cent of its users engage in short-term rentals of their primary residence to earn additional money.———HIP BONE DISCOVERY SHAKES UP DINO FAMILY TREE: Dinosaur hip bones unearthed by a University of Alberta paleontology student are shaking up the family tree of a group of small meat-eaters that lived 75 million years ago. Aaron van der Reest found the pelvis of what was believed to be a Troodon formosus three years ago in Dinosaur Provincial Park southeast of Calgary. But the pubis bone of the dinosaur was rotated backward instead of pointing straight down, like in other specimens. After further research, it was determined that Troodon formosus is no longer a valid classification. Two new species have taken its place, and there could be even more to follow as more bones are examined. One of the new species was named for van der Reest’s late mother. She died of cancer a year before the discovery. Van der Reest says she’d probably be amused that a dinosaur was named after her and it was the least he could do to honour her memory.———MAN CHALLENGES CFIA RULING ON WEST BANK WINES: A Winnipeg man says he is challenging a decision made by the federal food inspection agency last month that allowed two wines produced in the West Bank region to continue to be sold in Canada with the label “Product of Israel.” David Kattenburg, a university instructor, says his lawyer has filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s complaints and appeals office, claiming the agency did not follow Canadian and international law in making its decision. The CFIA ruled in July that two wines, made at the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery in the West Bank, could be sold in Canada with the label “Product of Israel” because of the terms of the Canadian-Israel Free Trade Agreement. The Canadian government does not recognize permanent Israeli control over several territories occupied in 1967, including the West Bank. But under the agreement cited by the CFIA, Israel refers to any territory where the country’s customs laws are applied. Kattenburg says labelling the West Bank wines as originating in Israel is fraudulent.———TORONTO COP HELPS ALLEGED SHOPLIFTER: A Toronto police officer who purchased a shirt and tie for an alleged shoplifter after learning the young man needed the items for an upcoming job interview said Tuesday that he wanted to show kindness to someone who had fallen on hard times. Const. Niran Jeyanesan said the case unfolded Sunday night when he and his partner were called to a Walmart in the city’s north end in response to a report of shoplifting. The would-be thief had attempted to steal a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks, he said, adding such items are not common targets for shoplifters. Jeyanesan said the unusual merchandise prompted him to try and dig deeper and find out the reasons behind the teen’s actions. The story he heard was of a young man in a time of crisis, he said. His family had recently lost their home after his father — the main bread-winner — fell seriously ill, he said, adding the 18-year-old felt mounting pressure to fill the financial void and help provide for his parents and younger siblings.last_img read more

Hilton the shark heads south after long sojourn off Nova Scotia coast

first_imgHALIFAX – A well-loved great white shark has finally taken his leave from Canadian waters and is heading south for the holidays, but not before sending well wishes to his northerly fans.Hilton, a tagged shark who has his own Twitter feed and more than 18,000 followers, posted a message that he had ventured to the coast of New Hampshire following a lengthy sojourn off Nova Scotia.“Where do I find Christmas celebrations in New England?” the cheeky 600-kilogram great white said in his latest tweet, which features a map showing his latest ping Sunday night along with a Santa emoji.Just before his departure, Hilton — or more precisely the humans handling his social media — shared his fondness for the area with his followers.“#IWillNeverForgetTheTime I spent in Nova Scotia. Onward to new destinations,” he tweeted, receiving 127 likes along with responses from some saying they hope he will return to the area next summer.Hilton first appeared on Nova Scotia’s south shore in early August, charming locals with a wry Twitter feed chronicling his movements.The almost four-metre-long shark was tagged by the research group Ocearch in March in South Carolina.The group says Hilton’s stay off the province may suggest it is a breeding ground for the species, which could help unravel the mysterious mating habits of great white sharks.Ocearch founder Chris Fischer said the shark may have stuck around the area, despite a few detours, in a bid to find a potential mate, saying: “They should only have one thing on their mind and that’s making baby sharks.”Based on Ocearch’s findings, shark migration patterns in Nova Scotia’s southern waters are consistent with there being a breeding site in the area.Fischer said the U.S.-based group is hoping to get Ottawa’s permission to launch an expedition in Eastern Canada next fall to scout out potential mating sites in the area. He wants to tag between 20 and 50 sharks in the region.Hilton wasn’t the only tagged shark that has been spotted around Nova Scotia.A 300 kilogram great white shark affectionately known as Pumpkin was detected in the Minas Basin in July. A 900 kilogram great white named Lydia, who also has her own Twitter account managed by Ocearch, was spotted around Sable Island in 2013 and 2016.last_img read more

Atwal says he bowed out of event in India to save Trudeau

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – A man convicted of attempted murder who was invited to a dinner reception with Justin Trudeau in India says he had a friendly relationship with the prime minister, and stayed away to save him from further embarrassment.But the Prime Minister’s Office says there is no merit to the assertions by Jaspal Atwal, who was convicted of attempted murder in the 1980s. It says he and Trudeau are not friends.Atwal was interviewed on Saturday by the The Canadian Press at his home in Surrey, B.C., following Trudeau’s, at times, turbulent trip to India. Late on Sunday night, Atwal said he is not suggesting he and the prime minister are friends, but he has known Trudeau for years.Atwal says he received an invitation directly from the Canadian high commissioner’s office for the event in New Delhi last week.British Columbia Liberal MP Randeep Sarai has said in a statement it was his choice alone to include Atwal on the guest list and he realized afterwards that he exercised poor judgement in doing so.On Sunday, a senior government official said, on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, that the high commission invited some guests after receiving recommendations from others, including MPs such as Sarai.In explaining his relationship with the prime minister, Atwal said the pair sat together in his Hummer and chatted during one of Trudeau’s visits to B.C. in 2008 or 2009.“We know each other. He knows my name, he’ll come and say, ‘Hey Jas, how you doing?’ We have a good relationship I never see any problem,” he said in the interview on Saturday. “But now he says, ‘Oh Jaspal’s not supposed to be here, this and that.’ It surprised me.”Trudeau’s spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said the prime minister and Atwal are not friends.“That is not true,” Ahmad said in an interview. Asked about the Humvee conversation, Ahmad said: “I don’t know what he’s referring to there, but no, they are not (friends).”Atwal said he is not a member of the Liberal party and has helped politicians from different parties both federally and provincially.He said he was travelling in India last week on a personal trip and questioned why Sarai is taking the blame alone for his invitation to the reception.“I don’t know why he’s taking all the responsibility; he had nothing to do with that,” he said. “The high commissioner, they’re the one giving the invitation. Everyone’s name goes through CSIS and the RCMP.”But Ahmad disputed Atwal’s version of events, reiterating the statement that Sarai released last week.“I would refer to what the prime minister said when he addressed these matters in India on two occasions,” said Ahmad.“It is not true, these claims that come from Mr. Atwal.”Atwal was convicted of attempting to kill Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu during a visit to Vancouver Island in 1986.In spite of media reports, he said he was not a member of the International Sikh Youth Federation, a banned terrorist group in Canada and India, at the time.He was also charged, but not convicted, in connection with a 1985 attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, a staunch opponent of the Sikh separatist movement, who later became B.C. premier and a federal Liberal cabinet minister.Atwal said he does not support Khalistani organizations and warns Sikh youth in B.C. against believing propaganda from separatists, many of whom he believes have a financial interest in the cause.He confirmed he was blacklisted from visiting India because of his crime. But he said any suggestion the government of India intervened — either by getting him an invitation or removing him from the blacklist so that he could attend — is a “total lie.”“India’s government has nothing to do with anything,” Atwal said.Ahmad said the Prime Minister’s Office has no comment on Indian policies regarding visas or blacklists.Atwal’s passport shows stamps from two other recent visits to the country in January and August 2017. He said he also visited in 1999 to spread his father’s ashes and in 2002 to go shopping for his son’s wedding.He showed his passport and the invitations from the high commission to the events in India to The Canadian Press.After his visa expired in 2007, Atwal said he applied to have it renewed but was unsuccessful until his 2017 visits.A government official, discussing the matter on condition of anonymity, has said guest lists for receptions such as those in India are not vetted individually for security. Those who issue the invites are expected to do their own due diligence to ensure their own guests are safe, the official said.The official also suggested Atwal’s presence was engineered by elements within the Indian government to distance the country from Ottawa, driven by concerns that Canada is not fully committed to a united India.The suggestion has been made that Atwal’s presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who refuse to believe there is no risk posed to a united India by Sikh separatists living abroad, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The factions wanted to undermine the Canadian tour to India to prevent the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cozy to foreign governments they believe want to undermine a united India, he said.The official spoke by phone to reporters travelling with Trudeau during a briefing arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office. He said Canadian security officials received a tip from intelligence sources within Canada on Wednesday morning that Atwal had been at a reception in Mumbai with the prime minister Tuesday evening.The official also said Atwal has, since his conviction, been on a list of people banned by India from getting a visa to visit the country because of their ties to Sikh separatist and extremist groups but that he was suddenly removed from that blacklist last summer — long before Trudeau’s trip was planned.Atwal said his invitation to the Canadian high commissioner’s dinner in New Delhi was not rescinded. He said he volunteered not to attend because he thought it might embarrass the prime minister after photos of him with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau at the event in Mumbai garnered negative media attention.He said he told a Liberal party official: “I don’t want to see our prime minister embarrassed. I will not come to Delhi, so please take me off the list. This is what I told them.”But Ahmad made it clear that Atwal was taken off the guest list as soon as the PMO became aware of the controversy.“It is a fact that the invitation was rescinded by the high commission,” said Ahmad.“I’m not sure he’s able to send you proof it wasn’t rescinded.”Conservative public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus said Friday the House of Commons committee on national security should review the Privy Council Office’s screening practices following Atwal’s attendance at the reception in Mumbai.Atwal said the international media attention is “frustrating” after he served his time.“Yes, I made a big mistake in my life and I’ve taken full responsibility. But after that, I change, and people here — blaming and all that, looking at your personal life and all that — I’m telling them, grow up. Everybody makes mistakes.”Last week, a former senior Conservative government official dismissed the theory that Atwal’s presence was orchestrated by elements within the Indian government.“That is complete nonsense,” said Garry Keller, who served as chief of staff to interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.Ahmad said the PMO never tried to advance such a theory.“It is false what people have alleged, that this was somehow politically driven,” he said.The anonymous official who briefed journalists was “someone who is familiar with security protocols and national security in the Canadian government” and who provides independent advice, said Ahmad.— With files from Mike Blanchfield in Ottawalast_img read more

Judge allows father parenting time with sixyearold despite unorthodox beliefs

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge has allowed a Halifax-area father unsupervised parenting time with his child, despite the mother’s objections over his “unorthodox beliefs” on white pride and other racial matters.In a written decision, Justice Carole Beaton of the provincial Supreme Court’s family division said it’s in the six-year-old’s best interest to have contact with the father.But she said the father is not to engage in discussions in the child’s presence that would expose the youngster to his controversial political, historical and world views.The full extent of the father’s beliefs were not explained in the ruling. Beaton said the father clarified on cross-examination that he is not a white supremacist, but rather an Asian supremacist with unorthodox views on “white European pride.”The judge said the father “maintained he would not discuss these adult topics with a six-year-old as they would not be of interest to a young child.”Beaton also said the father indicated “he would not want the child to be exposed to the sort of ridicule he is aware such views can attract.”She admitted that placing limitations on what the father can talk about in the presence of the child is “arguably difficult to police.”But Beaton said if the child begins to discuss or express “like views” in the future, the father will risk a reassessment of his parenting time.Meanwhile, the mother also took issue with the father’s criminal record, which included older violent crimes and more recent property-related offences of dishonesty, according to the decision, which was released Monday.But the judge found the mother’s concerns about the father’s world views and his criminal past were only raised after a breakdown of their relationship.She said many parents with criminal records and unconventional views enjoy time with their children, and to sever the relationship between the father and the child would confuse the six-year-old.“Parents are not perfect,” Beaton wrote. “The (father) is not the first parent with a troublesome or unseemly past who has been granted parenting time by a court.”The judge laid out a transitional schedule to allow the father increasing time with the child over the coming months, but declined to order overnight access.She said the child needs time to adapt to longer periods before overnight stays could be contemplated, and that the court was not provided sufficient detail to make that decision.The parenting time will be unsupervised, as Beaton said she was not persuaded concerns about the father’s criminal record or personal beliefs “present a compromise to the child’s best interests such that supervised contact between the two is necessary.”She also ordered the father to pay child support.She based the monthly support payments of $165 on the province’s minimum wage, and also ordered retroactive payments for outstanding amounts.last_img read more

Permanent memorial for victims of the Toronto van attack to be installed

first_imgTORONTO – Thousands of cards, photos and flowers have been dismantled by city staff at an event in Toronto, to be replaced with a permanent memorial for the victims of the deadly van attack.Mayor John Tory was in attendance as the impromptu memorials left in the days after the April 23 attack were taken down.He said the items will be placed in storage until the city comes up with an appropriate way to display them.“They should form part of the historical record of Toronto because this was such a tragic event, and the reaction to it was an important part of the history of Toronto,” said Tory.The event is taking place at Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square, the approximate sites where the attack in the city’s North York neighbourhood began and ended.WATCH LIVE: The temporary memorials set up following the horrific van attack in the Yonge and Finch area in April are being removed today. Some of the items will be curated and preserved as the city makes plans for a permanent memorial in the near future. https://t.co/00Kp3UeVj1— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) June 3, 2018City staff are installing temporary plaques, and Tory said the city will then decide how to proceed with a permanent memorial.He said it’s important to establish a permanent memorial at the site of the attack, as the many mementoes left by mourners wouldn’t last forever.“I think a lot of Torontonians would want to honour the memories of those who died, because it was a horrific and very unusual thing to have happen in a city as peaceful as Toronto,” said Tory.He added it is important to consult with the families of the victims and with people who live in the neighbourhood to create a memorial they believe is appropriate.“Its part of the healing this city has to go through,” said Tory.Ten people were killed and another 16 were injured when a van jumped the curb and ran over multiple people on the sidewalk.A 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in the incident. His case has been put over until September.last_img read more

Search underway off BC coast for male passenger missing from cruise ship

first_imgCAPE FLATTERY, Wash. – A search is underway off southwest Vancouver Island for a 73-year-old man who went into the water early this morning from a cruise ship.The United States coast guard confirms the man is missing from the Seven Seas Mariner, which was heading to Victoria on the 10th day of an 11-day Alaska cruise that began in Vancouver on June 30.Petty Officer Trevor Lilburn says the captain of the cruise ship has reported the man went overboard from the balcony of his stateroom at about 4:15 a.m.The vessel was in U.S. waters, just north of Cape Flattery, at the northwestern tip of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula.Lilburn says several small vessels and a helicopter are looking for the unnamed man and the 700-passenger cruise ship remains in the area.At least one Canadian plane has been assigned to the search, but officials with the Vancouver-Island-based Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says it is not handling the case since it happened in U.S. waters.last_img read more