HP Assembly passes bill to ban conversions by force marriage

first_imgShimla: In what could be seen as part of BJP’s ‘Hindutva agenda’, Himachal Pradesh assembly on Friday passed a bill to ban all sorts of religious conversions through any inducement, marriages or force.Though the bill – titled as Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019 will replace one earlier passed by Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government some years back but introduced a new clause to deal with marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of conversions, besides enhancing the punishment up to seven years against two years in the past act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said states like Uttarakhand has also passed a similar law to strictly deal with conversions done by way of allurements, inducements, force and also marriages. He said the earlier Act was not strong enough to stop conversions, which were being done at a large scale in the state taking advantage of the innocent Himachalis. Some cases of conversions had come to notice of the government in areas like Rampur and Kinnaur. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe bill strictly bans conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. “Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the bill,” the Chief Minister informed. He said beside persons involved in illegal conversions, the organisations indulging in such activities will also be booked under the new law. Congress MLA Asha Kumari, who is also AICC in-charge for Punjab said Himachal Pradesh was the first state to pass such a law after conversions were reported in the state in some parts like Rohru and Kinnaur. She wondered why the BJP government had shied away to give credit to the Congress for making a first state, which now turns the eighth state to have such a law soon. New sections could have been added in the earlier law itself, she lamented. Former PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu supported the bill but said the punishment was too high. The lays down that anyone seeking to convert should give a month’s advance notice to the District Magistrate. The priest who performs a conversion ceremony also be required to give a month’s notice in advance. The bill, however, exempts reconversions to the “parent religion”. While the punishment, in general, will be five years, but if Dalits, women or minors were made to convert, the punishment will be between two-seven years. Meanwhile, K C Sadyal, president of Hindu Mahasangh, a body which had recently submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister seeking a new law to stop religious conversions in the garb of ‘love-Jehad’ said “we wholeheartedly welcome the initiative. I hope the religious organisations and their gangs operating in the state to convert Hindus to Christianity and Muslim religions, will be put to an end.”last_img read more

Hanks to star in Major Matt Mason

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks will star in a film based on the Mattel action toy figure titled Major Matt Mason. The film is being produced by Paramount Pictures, reports variety.com. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who has worked with Hanks on The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, is on board to adapt the script from a short story about the character from Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon. Major Matt Mason is about an astronaut who lives and works on the moon. The toy’s popularity coincided with America’s own space race in the 1960s. Th film will also have lots of supporting characters like a space crew, alien allies and villains. Besides Paramount, the project will be produced by Mattel Films. At present on the work front, Hanks is excited about Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on August 7, 2019.last_img read more

Software engineer robbed of valuables and cash in Noida

first_imgGhaziabad: A 34-year-old Noida-based software engineer was allegedly robbed of valuables and cash worth Rs 1 lakhs 65 thousand after three assailants kept him hostage in a car for nearly three hours at Meerut-Ghaziabad road.According to police, the incident took place on Wednesday night around 8:30 pm when the victim, identified as Ankur Verma, a software engineer at a private company in sector 62 of Noida, was looking for a cab to reach him house in Meerut. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”While waiting for a cab at Meerut road around 8:30 pm, a cab approached me with two persons sitting inside. The driver told me that he will charge Rs 400 and will drop me at the destination. I sat inside the car and within 200 meters another man who posed himself as passenger also sat inside the cab,” said Verma. “Within a couple of minutes on the journey, one of the passengers who was sitting adjacent to me pointed gun on my head and asked me to handover what all I have. I gave them my phone, gold chain and other valuables worth Rs 1 lakhs and Rs 5 thousand cash. They further asked me to call my family and get Rs 1 lakh in my account. When I denied they asked me my ATM pin code and withdrew Rs 60 thousand from an ATM,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The assailants also thrashed me during the journey and kept me hostage for nearly three hours before throwing me off from the running car in Indirapuram area” victim further said. Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police(city), Ghaziabad said that an FIR has been registered against unknown persons under the section 392 (punishment for robbery) of IPC. “Police are looking for the accused and checking the CCTV footage to identify them,” he added.last_img read more

House of Commons passes symbolic Remembrance Day bill wont mean new holiday

first_imgOTTAWA – The House of Commons has passed legislation giving Remembrance Day the same legal status as Canada Day and Victoria Day.It is mainly a symbolic move, as the Commons can’t make Nov. 11 a statutory holiday across the country, because that is a matter for the provinces.Currently, Remembrance Day is a holiday in all provinces and territories except for Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.Federal employees also get the day off.The legislation, introduced by Nova Scotia Liberal MP Colin Fraser, followed a number of failed efforts to single out Remembrance Day.One problem is that the Royal Canadian Legion has worried that making Nov. 11 a legal holiday would change people’s attitudes and they might not bother making the effort to attend local ceremonies.In debate this week, Fraser said his bill would affirm Parliament’s commitment to Nov. 11 as a solemn day of remembrance.“I believe it is important for us as parliamentarians to shine a light on the significance of this day and state clearly why it is unique and deserving of prominence,” he said.The bill passed by a 205-36 margin, with most of the opposition coming from the Conservative benches.last_img read more

NS retiree cites vulgar government ads in bid to get licence plate

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia retiree who is fighting to regain a personalized licence plate after it was deemed unacceptable says governments allow many potentially offensive phrases and names, and anonymous complainers should not be able to take his good name from him.The provincial government withdrew Lorne Grabher’s licence plate — it reads simply, “Grabher” — after officials agreed with a complainant that it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”In an affidavit filed this month in support of his constitutional challenge of the decision, Grabher cited Halifax Water transit ads headlined “Our minds are in the gutter,” “Powerful sh*t,” and “Be proud of your Dingle,” the last one a reference to a prominent waterfront tower.“In my view, it is glaringly arbitrary and hypocritical for government to engage in such vulgar expression, when I am prohibited from displaying my surname on a licence plate,” he says in the affidavit, filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.He cited “government-regulated” place names including Dildo, Red Indian Lake, and Blow Me Down Provincial Park in Newfoundland and Labrador; Crotch Lake and Swastika in Ontario; and Old Squaw Islands in Nunavut.He also cited Sandy Hook, Manitoba, saying the name has become affiliated with gun violence after the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.Grabher’s battle is supported by the Alberta-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which argues that the wording of regulations for personal licences are so vague they violate freedom of expression guarantees in the Charter of Rights.Grabher notes his family had used the plate for 27 years in Nova Scotia before the province withdrew it on Jan. 12, 2017, and a family member continues to use a similar plate in Alberta.He says he has not intended to offend anyone, and is “profoundly insulted and humiliated” that his name had been deemed offensive.“I am increasingly dismayed by the hypersensitivity of some people who are ‘offended’ by every little thing they encounter. I am further dismayed that these ‘easily offended ones’ are not content only to be personally offended. Rather, they seem uniformly inclined to try to use the power of a supposedly ‘neutral’ state to do something about their whining,” he says in the affidavit.“Canada is not a country where a person gets to be ‘offended’ at everything. Canadians who complain to the government about every little thing should be politely but firmly informed that we live in a cultural mosaic that respects individual freedoms. Such diversity and freedom are impossible if the government seeks to eliminate or limit every little thing and every little difference that could be perceived as ‘offensive’ to someone.“I am dismayed that some anonymous, misinformed, overly sensitive individual, hiding behind their anonymity, can dictate to an entire province that my good name is suddenly an ‘offensive slogan,’ when it has never before been any such thing, nor is it today.”Grabher says his last name is a point of pride for his family and its Austrian-German heritage.A spokesman for the provincial Transport Department has said while the department understands Grabher is a surname with German roots, this context isn’t available to the general public who view the plate.The personalized plate program, introduced in 1989, allows the province to refuse plates deemed offensive, socially unacceptable or in bad taste.The department has said the rejection of Grabher’s licence wasn’t related to obscene comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 and released during last fall’s U.S. presidential campaign, in which Trump said he grabbed women by the genitals.Grabher’s case will be heard next September.last_img read more

BC premier says housing top issue for 2018 but much more on

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says addressing British Columbia’s housing crisis is his government’s top priority in 2018, but it’s not the only pressing concern on his minority New Democrat government’s to-do list.Here’s a list of the consultations, audits and reviews the government is expected to complete or undertake in 2018:Ride Sharing: Legislation to introduce ride sharing in B.C. is scheduled for next fall after the release of a government-commissioned review of the taxi industry.Poverty Reduction: Poverty reduction legislation with targets and timelines is expected in the spring to outline the government’s anti-poverty strategy, including a basic-income pilot project to test whether giving people a basic income is an effective way to fight poverty.Child Care: More details are expected in February’s budget on a promised 10-year affordable child care program. Earlier this month, the government announced it will spend $33 million to create 3,800 new licensed child-care spaces.Massey Tunnel: An independent technical review is due in 2018 to determine the best option for replacing the aging Massey Tunnel south of Vancouver. The previous Liberal government had plans to replace it with a 10-lane bridge but Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the plan lacked support from mayors and residents.Foreign Buyers Tax: The government is reviewing a 15 per cent tax on foreign real estate buyers in Metro Vancouver and an interest-free loan program for first-time home buyers. Horgan says February’s budget will include measures to dampen speculation in the real estate market.Insurance Corp. of B.C.: : The government ordered a full audit of the Crown auto insurer’s operations, with results due in 2018. Attorney General David Eby said ICBC is in crisis, with financial losses totalling more than $500 million last year.Aquaculture Policy and Licensing: A committee continues to examine the aquaculture industry, and a report is expected early in 2018. The government announced this month a review of fish processing plants to ensure wild salmon are not impacted by waste products from plants.Money Laundering at Casinos: An independent review of B.C.’s policies to prevent money laundering, conducted by a retired RCMP gaming crime expert, is due in 2018. The review was commissioned after a report concluded a Metro Vancouver casino had taken in $13.5 million that police said could be proceeds of crime.Marijuana Regulation: The government set 19 as the minimum age to buy and consume legal marijuana when cannabis becomes legal in Canada in July 2018. B.C. must still introduce legislation that regulates the sale and distribution of cannabis and update impaired driving laws.Human Rights Commission: Legislation to re-establish the Human Rights Commission is due in 2018 after the former Liberal government dismantled it in favour of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.Minimum Wage: A fair wages commission was established in October to advise the government how to move towards a $15 minimum wage with regular, measured and predictable increases. The commission’s first report to Labour Minister Harry Bains is expected early in 2018.last_img read more

Man arrested after teen woman found dead in home east of Toronto

first_imgA star minor hockey player and his mother were found dead in a home east of Toronto on Wednesday, hours before police arrested a man in connection with what they described as a double homicide.However, Durham Region police said later that a 13-year-old girl who was also found in the home suffering critical injuries later died in hospital.Const. George Tudos said a man was arrested in Oshawa, Ont., after officers found the bodies the 39-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son in a home in nearby Ajax.Police have not released any names, but said the 29-year-old suspect was believed to have been in a romantic relationship with the woman. Tudos said the man did not live in the home and was not the father of the two children.Meanwhile, the president of a Toronto minor hockey organization identified the 15-year-old in the incident as Roy Pejcinovski, a star goalie with the major bantam Don Mills Flyers.Peter MacInnis said Pejcinovski’s death is a “tremendous loss” for the team, which is in the city finals to qualify to represent the Greater Toronto Area for the provincial championship.“It’s tough for the players on the team, the parents, the staff — he was a great kid,” MacInnis said. “And his buddies on the team are 14 or 15, how do you deal with that?”MacInnis said the teen was a top player, who had promising prospects in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft.“He was an elite athlete, he was absolutely the team’s No. 1 goalie and he has been for several years,” he said, adding that grief counsellors were brought in at Wednesday night’s practice to break the news to Pejcinovski’s teammates.MacInnis said the Flyers were scheduled to play Friday, but the team has asked the league to postpone the game as players cope with the loss of their goalie.“There are a whole lot of mixed emotions,” he said. “If it happened in the summer, it would still be a tragedy, but the fact that the team is in the high part of the season, it’s very difficult.”The team plans to do something in Pejcinovski’s honour, MacInnis said, but details will be discussed later.Police said the suspect was arrested without incident and is expected make a court appearance Thursday morning, where he will likely be charged with three counts of second-degree murder.Investigators said police were called to the Ajax home shortly before noon Wednesday after a woman stopped by to check on her friend.They said a man answered the door, wouldn’t let the woman in and then left the area in a vehicle that was later found abandoned.Tudos said he could not provide details on the deaths, but added that a post-mortem is expected Thursday or Friday.“Right now we are not going to be speaking to any causes of death, any trauma or anything like that to the victims,” he said.He said the woman had another daughter “who was found safe and sound” and was not at the house at the time of the incident.Marion Kervick, who lives two doors down from the home, said a mother and her three children lived there.“Our neighbourhood is a quiet neighbourhood,” she said. “But I guess it’s always quiet until something happens, right?”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said Peter MacInnis is the president of a the Don Mills Flyers minor midget hockey team and the 15-year-old victim was a goalie with a minor midget teamlast_img read more

Sinkhole swallows up Toronto Transit Commission car

first_imgTORONTO (NEWS 1130) – It was a frightening experience for a Toronto Transit Commission supervisor after his car was swallowed up by a sinkhole near the Port Lands in Toronto Tuesday morning.The sinkhole was caused by a watermain break around 5:30 a.m. local time.TTC vehicle gets swallowed up by sinkhole pic.twitter.com/Rk9Yxp2pip— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) October 30, 2018The supervisor was near a Wheel-Trans facility checking out the situation to see if the TTC would need to divert service when his vehicle got stuck.He was able to get out without any injuries, but the vehicle completely disappeared into the hole.A TTC vehicle was swallowed up by a sinkhole due to a watermain break on Commissioners Street on Oct. 30, 2018. (Kevin Misener, 680 NEWS)last_img read more

Scheer opposes Canada signing UN compact on migrants Liberals cry foul

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — As Canada prepares to sign on to a United Nations agreement on migration, Conservative politicians are pushing back, saying signing it would be tantamount to erasing Canada’s borders.But the Liberals say Conservatives are simply trying to court voters being fed conspiracy theories about the UN agreement fuelled by the online news outlet Rebel Media. The Global Compact on Migration is set to become the first, inter-governmentally negotiated agreement under the UN to cover all dimensions of international migration; it is aimed at improving co-operation between countries and will be signed by multiple countries next week in Morocco. Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is to sign on Canada’s behalf.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he strongly opposes this agreement, as he believes it would give foreign entities influence over Canada’s immigration system and would influence media coverage of immigration issues.But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accuses Scheer of using “Rebel Media talking points” — a reference to the controversial news website, which has been linked to the alt-right and has called the compact a means to normalize mass migration and silence media critics.last_img read more

Huaweis CFO could learn Tuesday if she will be released on bail

first_imgThe details of what Meng’s release would look like are being laid out in court for the judge to consider. They include wearing an ankle bracelet 24/7 and potentially facing house arrest.Crown cross examining. Tan testifies their ankle bracelets have SIM cards, similar to cellphones, which relies on 3G network. Can’t guarantee that their equipment can’t be compromised. #MengWanzhou #Huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018 VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The BC Supreme Court in downtown Vancouver is packed again for the third day of a bail hearing for the CFO of Huawei.A quick, little recap as we wait for the third day of #MengWanzhou’s bail hearing to begin. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/4NwyqXQOkb— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 11, 2018Meng Wanzhou remains behind bars, as the Chinese government continues to demand her release.If Meng makes bail, it will be to the tune of $15 million — and if the prosecution gets its way, half of that would have to be in cash.WATCH: Second day of bail hearing for Huawei’s CFO wraps up Filer says their technological equipment relies on communications services. Given #MengWanzhou is CFO of #Huawei, crown asks if the equipment can be interfered with. Filer says Q is outside his expertise but says they have comprehensive system. @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018Her lawyers argue the offences Meng is accused of are not that serious and people accused of less have been granted bail.After some more comments from the defence about why #MengWanzhou’s husband can be the surety, the judge adjourns for he day. The bail hearing for the CFO of #huawei drags into a third day. Court resumes in the morning at 10. @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 11, 2018Meanwhile, the Chinese government is threatening consequences and demanding Meng’s release. It has even compared Meng’s arrest in Vancouver more than a week ago to a kidnapping.RELATED: China’s foreign minister vows to defend citizens abroadEarlier this week, an op-ed in a Communist Party newspaper called Canada’s treatment of Meng “inhumane.” It was published in Monday’s Global Times, following formal government protests to the ambassadors of both Canada and the U.S. over the weekend.On Friday, the first day of Meng’s bail hearing, the Crown revealed she is wanted due to an investigation into fraud and violations against U.S. sanctions against Iran.The U.S. is accusing the company of using subsidiary Skycom to do business with Iran, which would bypass sanctions. Meng is accused to have previously insisted the two were separate companies. If extradited and convicted, she could face sentences as long as 30 years.The Crown argued Meng should be denied bail, claiming she is a flight risk.Crown says charge U.S. pursuing against #MengWanzhou is conspiracy to defraud multiple international financial institutions. If convicted, that could lead to a sentence as long as 30 years. #Huawei— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) December 7, 2018Huawei is the most prestigious tech company in China and was founded by Meng’s father, Ren Zhengfei. The company has said it is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng. – With files from the Monika Gul, Martin MacMahon, and the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Family holds out hope of finding Quebec teen who disappeared 10 years

first_imgMONTREAL — Just before 8 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 10, 2009, David Fortin asked his mother, Caroline Lachance, to drive him to school. After she said she couldn’t, the teen didn’t insist. Instead, he put on his warm red winter jacket and walked away from his home in Alma, 230 kilometres north of Quebec City, towards the bus stop that would bring him to school. He was never seen again.“I heard the door close and I saw he left,” Lachance said in a recent interview. “I noticed he was leaving five or 10 minutes earlier than usual, but I never thought it was the last time I’d see my son.”Next Sunday will mark exactly 10 years since the brown eyed, brown haired 14-year-old, who would today be 24, disappeared without a trace.Lachance and the boy’s father, Eric Fortin, have never stopped looking for their oldest son. His mother remains convinced that he fled the relentless bullying she said he suffered at school.“Beginning in elementary school he was a victim of bullying,” she said. “David didn’t talk, he didn’t even talk any more about what he was living at school.”“I knew it wasn’t going very well at school, but I never imagined I wouldn’t see him again, it was far from my thoughts.”An investigation was launched quickly, as soon as it became apparent that the teen hadn’t gotten on the bus or gone to school. As of today, it remains open and active, according to a provincial police spokeswoman.“There is still information coming in and we verify that information,” Sgt. Melanie Dumaresq said. “Even if it resembles information we’ve already received.”Dumaresq said the file is reviewed from time to time in order to see if there’s anything new to try, such as a new technology or technique that didn’t exist 10 years ago.But Claude Brodeur, an ex-investigator who spent 35 years on the force, said that after 10 years the best hope for solving the case is a tip from the public.Since the disappearance, police have received thousands of tips and sightings, many of which proved to be false.But Fortin’s mother said several people gave the same story: that David was seen heading southwest, through the towns of Metabetchouan and Lac-Bouchette, perhaps heading towards the sparsely-populated Mekinac region north of Trois-Rivieres, which is halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.While it’s impossible to verify the accounts, Lachance believes the description given by the witnesses match her son’s appearance. With no clear objective, she believes her son may have headed that way on a whim, “without knowing where to go.”Lachance said the years since her son’s disappearance have been marked by emotional turbulence. Each new tip would bring an “explosion of joy,” followed by crushing disappointment when it led nowhere.In June 2012, Lachance organized a party for her son’s 18th birthday, believing that he’d contact her once he reached adulthood and could no longer be sent to a group home.“That’s why we thought, ‘if he’s hiding somewhere, maybe he’ll come back,’” she said. But it was not to be.And four years after that, the Missing Children’s Network circulated an age-adjusted portrait, guessing what he could look like as a young man. Again, nothing.Despite the repeated dashed hopes, Lachance says nothing is worse than not knowing what happened to her son.The only thing she’s doing for the 10-year anniversary of her son’s disappearance is asking the public to circulate his photo one more time.“We’re not going to mark the event because for us, to mark something, it means it’s joyful,” she said. “What we want is that the planet knows that David hasn’t been found,” she said.Ugo Giguere, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau faces critics inside and outside party as WilsonRaybould scandal swirls

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a backlash both within and outside his own party after Jody Wilson-Raybould’s sudden resignation from his cabinet.While some Liberals have anonymously accused her of being self-centred and disloyal to the party, others have gone to bat for her for being courageous and strong as allegations swirl that Trudeau’s office pressured her to head off a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Liberal staff and MPs are nervous and wanting their own answers about exactly what happened while several Indigenous leaders are accusing Trudeau of sexism and racism in his treatment of her.The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee say the situation is a step backwards in the walk towards reconciliation while National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations says he is very concerned about the many unanswered questions around her departure from cabinet.Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, one of Wilson-Raybould’s closest allies in cabinet, posted a tweet noting how much she learned from Wilson-Raybould about Indigenous rights and justice.Trudeau denies anything wrong occurred and said Tuesday evening if Wilson-Raybould had felt pressure she should have told him about it but she never did.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Two women investigated for antiIndigenous comments given conditions by mediation circle

first_imgOPASKWAYAK CREE NATION, Canada — Two Manitoba women arrested over online comments that threatened violence against Indigenous people have been given seven conditions following a mediation circle on a First Nation.The recommendations include sending handwritten apologies to news outlets, 80 hours of community service on a First Nation, and to attend a cultural awareness camp on residential schools.The two women were arrested on suspicion of uttering threats and public incitement of hatred after posts calling for “shoot a Indian day” and another suggesting a “24-hour purge” appeared on Facebook last summer.The comments were quickly condemned by many people and a hair salon in Flin Flon said one of the women who posted was no longer an employee.The women were never formally charged and instead took part in a meditation circle on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.In a news release, the First Nation says if the women don’t accept the conditions they will be referred back to the criminal justice system.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CRA ordered to pay more than 60K to worker who was sexually

first_imgThe Canada Revenue Agency has been ordered to pay the maximum compensation to an Ontario employee who was sexually harassed by her boss after the federal labour board found the organization failed to take steps to prevent it from happening.A panel of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board says the agency must pay Marilyn Doro $20,000 for the pain and suffering she experienced as a result of the harassment.The board says the organization must pay Doro another $20,000 for “the reckless manner in which it handled the initial investigation of her complaint.”The agency must also reimburse Doro, who worked at its Hamilton office, for nearly $23,000 in out-of-pocket expenses related to her treatment.In a decision released earlier this year, the board says while the agency quickly launched an investigation in 2010 after Doro filed a sexual harassment complaint against her direct supervisor, Dominic D’Ippolito, it failed to provide a safe level of physical separation between the two.The board also found it “very problematic” that the CRA tried to send Doro to an office in another city in order to separate her from D’Ippolito, then moved her desk to another area against her wishes when she refused the switch.The burden to create a harassment-free workplace should not be on the person being harassed, the board said, noting the CRA’s response exacerbated Doro’s illness, causing her to be on sick leave for months.“Ms. Doro had done nothing wrong. At a time when she most needed the support of her colleagues and a safe and secure workplace, the CRA thought it might move her workplace to another city to solve its own problem,” the board wrote in its ruling.“This was a shameful way to find an easy way out of a situation that demanded urgent attention and it added additional stress and harm to Ms. Doro.”Instead, the organization should have confronted D’Ippolito with the evidence that was readily available within days of the complaint and, after allowing him to address the allegations, either placed him on administrative leave or taken other steps to protect Doro, it said.The harassment began shortly after D’Ippolito became the team leader of Doro’s section, part of a “cadre of predominantly male managers” overseeing a team of mostly female employees, the decision reads.Doro experienced “almost daily unwanted attention while she was captive at her desk,” the board said. One two occasions, D’Ippolito touched her while she was at her desk, with one of those incidents described as a back rub, it said.He also made and gave her two CD mix tapes of love songs and told her to listen to them only at home, it said.Over five months, he invited her to coffee or lunch, offered her rides home, embarrassed her by sending her chocolates in the office mail, sent her sexually themed emails to her personal email account, texted her outside work hours and made “disturbing” comments that suggested he was watching her home, the board said.Doro eventually reported the harassment, prompting management to intervene, it said. After presenting her with several options, including switching offices and working from home, management moved Doro’s desk, it said.The harassment continued, however, as her new location was still visible from D’Ippolito’s office, allowing him to leer at her as she walked by, the board said.Management also failed to press D’Ippolito on the content of the CDs or request a copy after he admitted to giving music to Doro and other staff, the board said. Had they done so, they would have discovered the recordings involved “When A Man Loves A Woman” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” both by Rod Stewart, it said.The board also found the CRA had inadequate training on sexual harassment and presented no evidence that D’Ippolito had attended a training session.It recommended the agency consider a more comprehensive program to raise awareness of what sexual harassment is, how to identify it in the workplace and how to prevent or stop it, among other things.Two weeks after reporting the harassment to management, Doro filed a grievance. The investigation took about two years. D’Ippolito was moved out of her division and into another, and was disciplined with a six-day suspension without pay.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada can expect election meddling but not on scale seen in US

first_imgOTTAWA — The national cyberspy agency says it is very likely that Canadian voters will experience some kind of online foreign interference related to the coming federal election.But the agency says the meddling is unlikely to be on the scale of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.In a new assessment released today, Canada’s Communications Security Establishment says that last year half of all advanced democracies holding national elections were targeted by cyberthreat activity.It’s a threefold increase since 2015, and the Ottawa-based CSE expects the upward trend to continue this year.The report suggests Canada can expect foreign adversaries to try to sway voters by focusing on polarizing social and political issues, promoting the popularity of one party over another, or trying to shape the public statements and policy choices of a candidate.The CSE’s report is being presented at a news conference this morning by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 17 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $17 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on Sept. 10 will be approximately $22 million. The Canadian Presslast_img

Prince Harry Attends Americas Warriors Games

first_imgPrince Harry started the first event of America’s Warrior Games this week as a leading Forces charity said it was determined to help The Prince bring the championship to Britain.Prince Harry at America’s Warriors GamesCredit/Copyright: http://www.princehenryofwales.org/news-and-diary/prince-harry-attends-the-warrior-gamesAs Prince Harry set off a group of injured troops in the hand-cycle event he said the sporting spectacle for wounded servicemen and women could be a huge global attraction like the Olympics.The Prince helped launch the Paralympic-style competition yesterday when he joined Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and blind US Navy Lieutenant Brad Snyder in igniting a large symbolic flame during the Games’ opening ceremony.Bryn Parry, co-founder of Help for Heroes, which has funded the British team’s participation in the Warrior Games, said that with Prince Harry’s help an international competition for wounded servicemen could take place in London next year.Standing on the start line at the US Air Force Training Academy in Colorado Springs, The Prince told spectators and the competitors lined up in front of him: “You’ve got the Olympics, you’ve got the Paralympics and you’ve got the Warrior Games, there’s no reason why the Warrior Games shouldn’t be recognised world wide, with the same amount of attention as the Olympics and Paralympics.”Gesturing to the large number of broadcasters, photographers and journalists, The Prince added: “You’ve got all these guys here – it’s not always great having them around – but today it’s fantastic to get the message across to every other country that has eyes on here at the moment.”In a speech yesterday given ahead of the Warrior Games opening ceremony, Prince Harry said: “I only hope in the future, the near future we can bring the Warrior Games to Britain and continue to enlarge this fantastic cause.”

Bryn Parry, co-founder of Help For Heroes, said before the start of the cycle race: “If Harry can set up the vision, we can make it happen.”

Mr Parry said high-profile events for injured veterans would become “vital” to keep their lifelong need for support in the public eye once Britain pulls out of Afghanistan. “We’ve got to keep doing events to elicit pride and support,” he said. “We’ve got to keep these individuals in the public eye even if we have peace.”

Martin Colclough, head of physical recovery for Help For Heroes, said that if he was a betting man he would put money on a Warrior Games-style event happening in London in 2014, with US, Australian and other Allied nations taking part.

He said: “For me that would be the goal. We’ve had it in mind for a while, that we could pull off something like that. I would bet on it happening next year. There is considerable momentum coming from various organisations.”

He said morale in the British camp was “incredibly high” because of Prince Harry’s presence: “A colleague and a peer coming along and supporting your team – I don’t think you can measure how much that would have added to the effort the guys are going to put in today.”Prince Harry, who is touring the US, was later given a tour of the air force base hosting the cycling races and also had an American football training session, during which he watched a display of gymnastics by the cheerleaders.

Before leaving he presented the medals in one of the women’s cycle races, kissing the recipients on both cheeks.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

Madonna Helps Build On Elizabeth Taylors Charity Legacy

first_imgThe Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) is pleased to announce a number of initiatives that build on Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy and passionate commitment to raise awareness and find a cure for HIV/AIDS.In Malawi, ETAF has partnered with Madonna’s charitable organization Raising Malawi to bring the HIV/AIDS prevention and testing program Grassroot Soccer (GRS) into the communities where Raising Malawi recently built ten schools. The program will also include Raising Malawi’s partners in the Mulanje region, one of the highest HIV infection areas in the country.Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an impactful program that uses the power of soccer in Africa to teach HIV/AIDS preventions as well as provide testing to young people.“I’m excited to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to expand Grassroot Soccer’s HIV prevention programs in Malawi,” said Madonna. “I’m passionate about education especially and these programs give girls and boys the tools they need to live healthier, more productive lives. Elizabeth Taylor was a role model for many, including myself! She devoted a large part of her life to making the world a better place. I know she would be pleased to see her work continue in the fight against AIDS. “ETAF, in partnership with Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA), currently funds mobile medical clinics in Malawi and is pleased to announce the addition of two more for a total of five in the Mulanje region.In total, the ETAF will award more than $1 million in grants in 2013 to organizations that focus on education, prevention and harm reduction as well as direct services including food & nutrition, housing, direct care and hospice for people living with HIV/AIDS.These announcements fall on the heels of the recent hiring of ETAF’s first Managing Director, Joel Goldman. Goldman will work closely with The Elizabeth Taylor Trust and ETAF’s Grants Director, Bill Misenhimer, to continue Elizabeth Taylor’s commitment to help those affected by HIV/AIDS. Misenhimer worked directly with Elizabeth Taylor from the time of ETAF’s inception, overseeing grants to 600 organizations in 31 countries and 40 U.S. states.Elizabeth Taylor’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are taking active roles as ambassadors for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, offering their voices and talents to continue Ms. Taylor’s legacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Grandson Quinn Tivey recently completed a photojournalism project that examined the core work of his grandmother and of ETAF. Quinn’s project went live on Wattpad on World AIDS Day. Each story is introduced with a forward by actress Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries). To view, please click here.As part of Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate commitment and fearless leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, she directed that 25% of all royalties from her name and likeness go to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation – including from White Diamonds, the most successful celebrity fragrance of all time.Because a portion of Elizabeth Taylor’s name and likeness royalties fund ETAF’s operating costs, 100% of donations to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation go directly to helping people affected by HIV/AIDS. To learn more or to make a donation please visit www.etaf.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Cheryl Burke Runs The Grove For Hearts

first_imgCheryl Burke (“Dancing with the Stars”) served as the honorary host for “WE RUN THE GROVE”, a free 10K or 13.1 mile run / walk to support the American Heart Association, LA’s fight against heart disease, on April 26, 2014 at The Grove.Cheryl Burke hosts We Run The Grove at The Park at The Grove on April 26Credit/Copyright: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicAfter the run, the 400 participants were able to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, post-run activities and a photo op.The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join them, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of their offices around the country, or visit heart.org..last_img read more

Bryan Adams Supports Sick Fan At Concert

first_imgConcert goers at a Bryan Adams show in Canterbury, UK, came together in a very unique way on Saturday night!The audience and the band raised approximately £10,000 for a 16 year old girl, Kelly Turner, who is suffering from a rare form of cancer. With the help of security personnel the bin made the rounds, not once but twice as fans responded to the spontaneous gesture from the Canadian rock star.Kelly who was diagnosed with Desmoplastic small cell tumor last fall, attended the concert with her parents, and met Adams just ahead of the show.She is raising money to seek treatment in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where the cost of the operation and adjunct therapy is expected to cost £1,000,000.00.As Adams noted from the stage, “They have raised £100,000 so far, but they need to raise a lot more. So if you give as much as you can, that’s all I’m asking. This next song is dedicated not only to her and her family, but to all of you and your generosity tonight.”With that he sang “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”, which August 5th retained its status as the longest running #1 song in the UK, when fellow Canadian Justin Bieber edged out Drake who was one week shy of tying Adams’ longstanding record.Kelly Turner’s fundraising efforts can be supported here.last_img read more