Archives : Oct-2019

first_imgNew Delhi: A 36-year-old man was shot dead allegedly by unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in northeast Delhi, police said on Wednesday. Imran was killed by unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants at Durgapuri Chowk on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, they said. The deceased was a resident of Shahdra and worked in an iron shop, police said. A case has been registered and an investigation is underway, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Atul Kumar Thakur said. Police said they are trying to collect CCTV footage of the incident to ascertain the sequence of events and identify those involved in the incident.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya moved the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking live streaming or recording of the day-to-day proceedings in the Ayodhya land dispute case, which is scheduled to commence from Tuesday. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai. “We don’t know if we have equipment for live streaming or recording of proceedings,” the bench told the counsel. The court, while refusing to accord urgent hearing, said it would require institutional decision and deliberation on the matter.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers have found that taking hot yoga classes lowered the blood pressure of adults with elevated or stage 1 hypertension. While there is evidence of regular, room-temperature yoga’s positive effect on blood pressure, little is known about hot yoga’s potential impact on blood pressure, said researchers who presented the study at Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions in the US. “The results of our study start the conversation that hot yoga could be feasible and effective in terms of reducing blood pressure without medication,” said study author Stacy Hunter, Assistant Professor at Texas State University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHot yoga is a modern practice, typically offered in a hot, humid atmosphere, with room temperatures around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. For the recently conducted study, the research team recruited 10 men and women, between ages 20-65 years. Participants had either elevated blood pressure (systolic blood pressure between 120 mmHg to 129 mmHg and diastolic pressure less than 80 mmHg) or stage 1 hypertension (130 mmHg to 139 mmHg systolic and 80 mmHg to 89 mmHg diastolic pressure.) Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe research team randomly assigned five participants to take 12 weeks of three times-weekly hour-long hot yoga classes and they assigned the other five to a control group of no yoga classes. They compared the average blood pressures of the two groups after the 12 weeks. The researchers looked at average 24-hour blood pressure readings, as well as perceived stress and vascular function of participants in both groups. They found systolic blood pressure dropped from an average 126 mmHg at the study’s start to 121 mmHg after 12 weeks of hot yoga. Average diastolic pressure also decreased from 82 mmHg to 79 mmHg in the hot yoga group. According to the study, average blood pressure did not change among the five adults in the control group, those who did not take hot yoga classes. Perceived stress levels fell among those in the hot yoga group but not in the non-yoga group, the research said.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – The final push for votes has begun, with just eight days left in British Columbia’s election campaign.The leaders of all the main political parties were out on the hustings yesterday, trying to get out their message and shore up votes ahead of election day on May 9.B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark campaigned in the Kootenays, telling residents her party is the only one that will protect jobs in resource industries like forestry and mining.Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader John Horgan made stops around the Lower Mainland, speaking about his party’s pledge to make life more affordable for British Columbians.One man at an NDP event heckled Horgan, saying his endless promises will bankrupt the province, but the leader responded by saying his party’s platform is fully costed and that he would be happy to speak with the man about his concerns.Green Leader Andrew Weaver spent time in the Interior yesterday, joining a rally in Kamloops.last_img read more

first_imgHello, Drake has surpassed Adele’s record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards.Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins. The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album (“Views”), among others, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.“I got my whole family up here,” said Drake, who stood onstage with nearly two dozen people, including his father, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.Drake was presented the top artist award by Prince Jackson, the late Michael Jackson’s eldest son. Drake beat out Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Adele, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, twenty one pilots, Shawn Mendes and the Chainsmokers for the top prize. Of those nominees, only Drake and the Chainsmokers attended the Billboard Awards.But other big names showed up.Cher, who received the Icon award, sang her dance anthem “Believe” in a glittery number that included pasties and blonde hair with pink tips. She later changed to a huge, curly black ‘do — and wore a black sheer bodysuit and leather jacket for “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Her performance had the audience on its feet, singing and dancing.“I wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old and I’ve been doing it for 53 years,” said Cher, who turned 71 on Saturday. “And I can do a five-minute plank. Just saying.”“I think luck has so much to do with my success with a little bit of something thrown in,” she added.Korean boy band BTS, who won top social artist, earned one of the night’s loudest ovations. Another highlight was Celine Dion.In a beautiful, Met Gala-ready white gown, she belted out “My Heart Will Go On,” the Oscar-winning song from “Titanic.” The film is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. John Legend and Florida Georgia Line also had a shining moment when they sang a duet version of the country duo’s soft hit, “H.O.L.Y.”Dan Reynolds of the rock band Imagine Dragons led a moment of silence for Chris Cornell, who died Thursday. He called the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer “a true innovator,” ”a musical architect,” ”a prolific songwriting” and “a legendary performer” — as a large photo of Cornell singing with his eyes closed was displayed behind him.“We send our respects as well as our love to Chris’ family at this time,” Reynolds said.Miley Cyrus sang her breezy new single, “Malibu,” delivering a sound and muted style that marked a departure from the hits that made her a pop star years ago. She was teary eyed at the end of the performance.“And for the first time in years with pants on,” Noah Cyrus, standing next to father Billy Ray Cyrus, introduced her older sister, who was wearing white shorts and a cowboy hat.Minaj kicked off the show with an explosive nine-minute performance of her hit songs alongside her mentor Lil Wayne and frequent collaborator David Guetta. She recently broke Aretha Franklin’s record for most songs placed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a female artist.Co-host Vanessa Hudgens impersonated Minaj’s rap style at the top of the show, and it was the first of the many good moments for the actress and singer Sunday night. Hudgens, who hosted with Ludacris, also sang Dion’s “I’m Your Lady” and wowed with her fashion choices. Even Drake noticed her, saying she looked “incredible.”Beyonce and twenty one pilots each won five awards, while the Chainsmokers — who tied Drake with 22 nominations — won four awards, including top Hot 100 song for “Closer” with Halsey.“This feels good but it feels so wrong because I love Drake so much,” said Halsey (Drake’s “One Dance” was also nominated for top Hot 100 song).The Chainsmokers performed “Young” with Andrew Taggart on vocals and Alex Pall behind the board (they were also backed by a drummer), and Drake performed from the Fountains of Bellagio. Ed Sheeran sang “Castle on the Hill” from Santiago, Chile, while Bruno Mars performed his silky new single, “Versace on the Floor,” from Amsterdam.Other performers include Lorde, Sam Hunt, Halsey, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels.At the show, Diddy honoured his former friend and artist Notorious B.I.G, who would have turned 45 on Sunday. Diddy also introduced CJ Wallace, B.I.G’s son, who spoke about his father’s legacy. Then Diddy showed the trailer of the documentary, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” which will be available on Apple Music on June 25.Former One Direction singer Zayn was named best new artist, while Justin Timberlake’s Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” won top radio song and top selling song.Blake Shelton won top country artist and showed love for his beau and fellow singer Gwen Stefani.“I felt like the luckiest guy in the room ’cause Gwen was here with me anyway,” he said._______Online:Homelast_img read more

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Thursday, May 25———TERRORISM, DEFENCE SPENDING TO DOMINATE NATO AGENDAPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Brussels for the 28-nation NATO summit. Terrorism, which was already going to be a major theme of the meeting, is likely to get more attention following Monday’s attack at a concert arena in Manchester, England. Trudeau is likely to be pressed to boost Canada’s defence spending, which is currently just over one per cent of its GDP, half of NATO’s target.———COURT TO HEAR APPEAL ON RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL RECORDSThe Supreme Court of Canada is set to hold a hearing today on the federal government’s appeal of a decision that allows personal records from survivors of residential schools to be destroyed after 15 years unless individuals decide otherwise. Ottawa argues it controls the documents and that they are subject to legislation pertaining to access to information, archiving and privacy.———MMIW INQUIRY A ‘BLOODY FARCE,’ SAYS WILSON-RAYBOULD’S DADJustice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father is calling the national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women a “bloody farce.” Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief, says the commissioners have “failed miserably.” Wilson is just the latest person to criticize the inquiry for its slow pace of progress. Family members of victims and indigenous activists have been growing frustrated with a lack of activity and what they consider poor communication.———INQUEST VERDICT EXPECTED TODAY INTO FIREFIGHTER DEATHSA verdict is expected today in a coroner’s inquest looking into the deaths of two Ontario men during firefighter training exercises. Adam Brunt, a firefighting student, and Gary Kendall, a veteran volunteer firefighter, died five years apart during ice rescue courses involving the same training company. Their deaths brought scrutiny to unregulated private training courses for firefighters.———NOVA SCOTIA LEADERS TO HOLD SECOND TV DEBATENova Scotia’s three main party leaders are to take part in the second televised debate tonight ahead of the May 30 election. Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill are to participate in a roundtable format before an audience at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. The debate, to be televised by CTV, follows one last Thursday hosted by CBC.———RIOPELLE PAINTING FETCHES MORE THAN $7.4M AT AUCTIONA painting by the late Quebec artist Jean Paul Riopelle sold for more than $7.4 million at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House’s spring sale on Wednesday, good for second on the list of Canada’s most expensive works of art. Going into the spring, the painting “Vent du nord” had a conservative pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million. The sale price trails only Lawren Harris’s “Mountain Forms,” which sold at a Heffel auction last November for $11.21 million.———OTTAWA SENATORS TRY TO PUNCH TICKET FOR CUP FINAL TONIGHTThe Ottawa Senators battle the defending champion Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight in Game 7 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. After losing back-to-back games to the Penguins, the Sens scored a 2-1 victory in Game 6 to force the deciding game. Ottawa hasn’t played in a Game 7 since the 2012 Eastern quarter-finals where they were eliminated by the New York Rangers. Tonight’s winner will face Nashville for the Stanley Cup———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The Royal Bank, CIBC and TD Bank release their second-quarter results.— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard continues his economic mission to Israel.— Statistics Canada releases include data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for March.— Canadian Hurricane Centre officials will discuss the upcoming 2017 hurricane season.— A candlelight tribute will be held in Esquimalt, B.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.— Judith Fox, sister of Terry Fox, will help unveil the sixth of 10 stamps in honour of Canada 150 in St. John’s.last_img read more

first_imgREGINA – The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan says concerns about suicide rates among farmers and mental health supports are starting to get some attention.On the weekend, Kim Keller, a farmer from Gronlid, Sask., sent out a tweet urging the agriculture community to do more on the issue, saying “farm stress is real, suicide is real.”Keller, a co-founder of Saskatchewan Women in Ag, says she felt compelled to speak out after being contacted by an industry professional looking for resources to help the family of a client who had taken his life.Her tweet was shared 37 times, received over 100 likes and prompted dozens of people to respond and continue the discussion over the next several days.Keller says she was also approached by Premier Brad Wall, asking she meet with the Department of Agriculture to discuss the issue.She says she has lost count of the messages, texts and phone calls she’s received from people sharing their stories and offering to help.“This shows me that as an industry we are ready to tackle this issue head on,” she says.APAS president Todd Lewis agrees that the conversation is long overdue and says the mental health of the province’s young producers is of particular concern.“For some, this is the first time they’ve experienced a drought or a spring harvest. It’s been a tough year,” he says. “We need to keep talking about this. We know our producers are feeling the pressure.”Lewis adds that APAS is working to incorporate the issue of mental health and suicide into its upcoming midterm meeting, and will be looking at addressing the gaps in policy and supports available.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A plan by Tim Hortons to offer poutine donuts at certain U.S. locations on Canada Day is drawing a mix of amusement and disgust online.The peculiar treat, described by the company as a Canadian-inspired product, is a Honey Dip Donut topped with potato wedges, gravy and cheese curds.Tim Hortons says the donuts, along with a maple-bacon ice cappuccino and maple Timbits, are a way to celebrate the Canadian coffee chain’s origins.The product is drawing a range of reactions, with some social media users saying that while they love poutine, slathering it on top of a donut is just a bad idea.Others are open to actually trying one, but complained that the donuts are only being offered in the U.S.And one person joked that poutine donuts are so unhealthy that they can’t be sold in Canada.“Tim Hortons will sell a poutine donut but only the in U.S. because Canadian medicare refuses to cover it,” wrote one user on Twitter.The company is selling poutine donuts for US$1.49 each.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian Forces Airbus took off on a soggy Saturday evening in Ottawa with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, capping off a whirlwind royal tour to Canada to mark 150 years since Confederation.The newly invested Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada showered the country and its people with praise earlier in the day as Prince Charles helped to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation — and to bid farewell to Gov. Gen. David Johnston.The Governor General presented the prince with his insignia during an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall after Charles began the day — the last of his visit to Canada with wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall — by sitting down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Later in the day, Charles returned the favour as he acknowledged Johnston’s seven years as the Queen’s representative in Canada and thanked him for his service.“I would like to say a special thank you on your behalf to the Governor General for his seven years of impeccable service as Her Majesty’s representative here in Canada,” Charles told thousands of revellers at Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill.“He has earned great respect and gratitude as a modern nation-builder, whose commitment to the youth of Canada — and to reconciliation — is exemplary.”Charles also paid tribute to Canada’s war dead, recounting his visit to Vimy Ridge earlier this year to mark the 100th anniversary of that devastating battle.“It was a victory led by Canadians, driven by commitment to the power of freedom and democracy,” he said. “Thousands gave of themselves on those fields, far from their homes. That was a gift to all our futures, and one we must never forget.”Charles, too, acknowledged the controversy shrouding the sesquicentennial celebrations, symbolized by a teepee erected on Parliament Hill as a reminder of the oppressive, colonial treatment of Indigenous Peoples throughout the country’s long history.Canada, he said, is a celebrated champion of human rights, peacekeeping and diversity — “with, if I may say so, Canada’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples demonstrating a remarkable determination to forge an ever better society.”Prior to the day’s celebrations, which saw about 25,000 people brave heavy rains to mark the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday, Charles and Johnston inspected the ceremonial Guard of Honour together during a proceeding at Ottawa’s peacekeeping monument.The royal couple also became the first visitors to the newly opened Canada History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., where they cut a ceremonial ribbon and met with the Alkhalaf family from Syria, now based in Peterborough, Ont.After emerging from the new hall, Charles and Camilla entered the Grand Hall at the museum and met people lined up to shake their hands, including Amelie Labelle, a 17-year-old puppeteer dressed up in a red blazer, silver tights and red Converse shoes.“It is really, really exciting,” Labelle said. “I didn’t expect to do that today.”Nick and Kyla McCandie Glustien were also on hand to meet the royal couple with their kids Tristan and Adria.“It is Canada’s 150th, so it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this fabulous country that we are so honoured to be a part of,” Kyla said.The couple also visited the newly opened and renovated National Arts Centre for a ribbon-cutting with a number of guests, and stopped in at Shopify, an Ottawa-based e-commerce company.Finally, the Prince of Wales planted a sugar maple tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall and wished it “good luck” as he touched it. Camilla did the same.The couple then observed a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the Queen’s Entrance at Rideau Hall before attending a reception.In a statement Saturday evening, Trudeau marked the end of the three-day visit that also included stops in Iqaluit, CFB Trenton and the small eastern Ontario village of Wellington, Ont.Trudeau said the federal government will mark the royal tour by offering a donation of $45,000 to three organizations visited by couple — the Iqaluit Food Centre, the Iqaluit Community Tukisigiarvik Society, and the Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik, a daycare.—Follow @kkirkuplast_img read more

first_imgSAINT-JEAN-DE-MATHA, Que. – In the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal, a group of Cistercian monks living in a contemporary-style abbey have relearned how to grow a juicy heirloom melon created by one of their forefathers 100 years ago.The Oka melon’s rebirth in the abbey’s garden was made possible by an organic seed farmer, Jean-Francois Leveque, who is on a mission to rekindle lost parts of Quebec’s agricultural heritage.“I can’t preserve this history alone,” Leveque said at his Les Jardins de l’ecoumene farm in Saint-Damien, about 100 kilometres north of Montreal, and a few minutes drive from the monks’ abbey.Heirloom foods are rare because most of the produce in grocery stores comes from large-scale agriculture farms. The industrial farms grow a narrow variety of food bred to be uniform and to have higher yields in order to feed bustling cities.Before such large-scale farms, food around North America was highly diverse, and seeds from that time help tell the story of how people used to eat.When it comes to the history of Quebec food, monks are central, and the religious order visited by Leveque has a particularly delicious history.The monks of the Val Notre-Dame abbey founded an agriculture school in 1893, when they lived in Oka, just outside Montreal.That’s where they created the Chantecler chicken — a bird bred to withstand Quebec’s cold winters — and the celebrated Oka cheese.The school closed in the 1960s when religious orders across Quebec handed over education and health-care institutions to the secular state and it became the faculty of agronomy at what was then the Montreal campus of Universite Laval.Somewhere along the years the monks lost the Oka melon — and then Leveque showed up.Their dwindling numbers forced them out of their large abbey in Oka and into the smaller residence at the end of a winding trail in the small town of Saint-Jean-de-Matha, at the base of the Coupee mountain.More like an art student’s dream than a religious residence, the Val Notre-Dame abbey was designed by Quebec architect Pierre Thibault and is home to 18 monks aged 42 to 91.In the middle of the abbey is a courtyard surrounded by glass walls that stretch from the floor to the ceiling, revealing a preserved part of the forest, where the monks can watch the four seasons pass in tranquility.Brother Lucien, a soft-spoken monk gowned in black and white robes, said he didn’t know how or why his ancient religious order lost the Oka melon seeds.“It’s part of our heritage and history — and it’s also delicious,” he said. “Older generations know about the role that we played, but it’s no longer part of our modern history.”He took out two black and white pictures of Father Athanas Montour, who was wearing robes not dissimilar to the ones Brother Lucien had on.In the photo, Montour has close-cropped hair and a long, shaggy salt-and-pepper beard making him look like a singer in a bluegrass band.“Look at his nice monk head and thick beard,” Brother Lucien said, in reverence. “He died quite young, in 1925, from a blocked intestine. He made the Oka melon.”The Oka melon is a cross between the banana melon and the Montreal melon, which itself has quite the history.Journalists have been for years “rediscovering” the Montreal melon and writing articles about how a well-to-do Montreal family grew them on the slopes of what is now the city’s NDG neighbourhood. The immense muskmelons would be boxed and sold to Manhattan elites in the early 1900s and one slice reportedly cost as much as a steak.The Montreal melon’s seeds were also lost for decades but unearthed several years ago.Leveque doesn’t care for the Montreal melon, though.“It’s a disappointing melon,” he said, because there is no uniformity to the seeds. Some seeds produce giant melons while others are small.“Fifty per cent of the time you harvest it too early or too late, and the taste isn’t there,” he said.But when he discovered the Oka melon while looking through the archives of an American seed bank, Leveque knew he had to bring the fruit back to life.Last summer, for the first time in decades, the monks of Val Notre-Dame harvested the Oka melon.Leveque’s mission doesn’t stop at the abbey. He wants backyard and community farmers to breathe new life into historical seeds that tell Quebecers’ story.Part of that includes having the Oka melon registered in the Arc of Taste, a catalogue of endangered heirloom foods from around the world. The arc is managed by the Slow Food organization, based in Italy.He has to convince a committee the Oka melon is worth registering, and he’s confident it’ll happen.“I want to give it the Oka melon the honour it deserves,” Leveque said.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Fans of the Vancouver Canucks may be in for a surprise the next time they find themselves browsing the aisles of the high-end fashion world.Italian luxury designer Versace has released a sweatshirt with a symbol bearing a striking resemblance to the NHL hockey team’s so-called Flying Skate logo, which players wore from the late 1970s to the late 1990s.The Versace pullover is priced $1,525 on one retail website, and is described as having “a retro-nodding stone embellished logo patch.”Both logos use similar red, yellow and black colour schemes with slash marks running parallel to diagonal text, all superimposed on a circle background.A social media user pointed out the similarity on Wednesday, prompting a flood of online commentary.The Canucks and Versace could not immediately be reached for comment.last_img read more

first_imgBANCROFT, Ont. – An Ontario church that saw the figures of Jesus and Mary swiped from its nativity scene will now celebrate Christmas with everyone accounted for.Provincial police say the figures were returned to the church in Bancroft, Ont., about 10 days after they initially disappeared.They say Jesus and Mary originally went missing from the front lawn of the church, where the nativity scene was set up in honour of the season.Police did not provide details on the return of the stolen figures.Const. Philippe Regamey says he suspects pranksters may have been behind the theft.He says neither the police nor the church wish to lay charges, but would still like to speak to anyone involved.“They don’t want any charges laid, of course, because it’s Christmas season,” he said. “It’s all about forgiveness and stuff.”last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking through tears in front of thousands of mourners, the son of billionaire philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman said Thursday the family has been struggling to cope with his parents’ “incredibly painful and bizarrely surreal” deaths.The couple was found dead last week in their Toronto home, and police are investigating the deaths as suspicious.Jonathon Sherman said the unusual circumstances, coupled with intense speculation surrounding the deaths, reinforced the fact that the family has lost the glue that held them together.“These last few days have been really f—ed up for my family,” he told a memorial service in Mississauga, Ont.“As my sisters and I congregated for two days waiting to hear any facts other than through Twitter and the unreliable news media, I kept expecting my parents to walk through the front door and say ‘everything will be fine, we’ve taken control of the situation.’ These past few days have been a shocking adjustment to our reality.”Police have said 75-year-old Barry Sherman and 70-year-old Honey Sherman died of “ligature neck compression,” but have released few other details about the investigation into the deaths of the founder of pharmaceutical giant Apotex and his wife.Some media reports said police were initially leaning toward a murder-suicide theory, which the Sherman family has strongly rejected.Jonathon Sherman, surrounded by his sisters Lauren, Alexandra and Kaelen, paid tearful tribute to his parents, praising their generosity, their competence, their support and their devotion to their Jewish heritage.Referring to his family unit as a six-pack, he reminisced about everything from childhood family travels to massive holiday dinners to recent play times with new grandchildren. Through it all, members of the clan benefited from his parents’ boundless love and zest for life.“Our parents never left anyone behind. They were taken from us,” he said, as two caskets lay in front of him.Honey Sherman’s sister, Mary Shechtman, said she’s been in a fog since the loss.Describing her sister as her “best friend” and “other half,” and Barry Sherman as both a brother-in-law and surrogate father, Shechtman said she fears the worst is yet to come.“I’m standing here confused and dazed and really angry, and I’m afraid for the shock that’s going to wear off and the reality that’s going to set in.”Shechtman reflected on her sister’s humble beginnings as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, recalling a childhood far removed from the affluence that would later come to the family as Apotex flourished.She and other relatives said her sister never forgot those origins, adding they fuelled her lifelong focus on family and on giving back to society.Sniffles could be heard from the crowd as the Shermans’ family and friends spoke. Hundreds of Apotex employees were in the crowd, with many wearing scarves in the company’s trademark bright blue and T-shirts saying “we will continue your legacy.”Apotex Vice-Chairman Jack Kay recalled spending long hours working side-by-side with Barry Sherman, becoming good friends over the course of more than 30 years in business together.“(Barry) was a teddy bear in real life, with the mind of a steel trap and the stubbornness of a bull,” Kay said. “We would tell each other that we would live to 120 … which he later amended to 150 as in his words, ‘ there was too much to be done.’”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory were also among those gathered.Wynne offered a tribute to the Shermans’ wide-ranging contributions to causes at home and abroad.“Because of their dedication to giving to those in need, there are countless students and patients, children and seniors, so many people here at home and around the world whose lives were touched by Honey and Barry who don’t know it,” she said. “And I get the sense that that’s exactly how the Shermans wanted it to be.”Sen. Linda Frum, a friend of the family, reflected on a time when Honey Sherman tried to ease her fear of flying while the two travelled on a charitable mission to Israel.“As the airplane started to speed towards liftoff, silently … she would stretch out her hand for me to hold,” Frum said. “I preserve this image of Honey in my mind because it is always how I will think of her — as a woman who, by natural inclination, extended an open hand of love, friendship and kindness out to the world.”Barry Sherman founded Toronto-based Apotex Inc. in 1974 with two employees and gradually turned it into a generic drug giant. Along the way he amassed a vast fortune, recently estimated by Canadian Business magazine at $4.77 billion, making him the 15th richest person in Canada.Honey Sherman was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. She also served on the boards of Mount Sinai’s Women’s Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.Together, the Shermans were among Canada’s most generous philanthropists and also organized funding of charitable causes through the Apotex Foundation. The couple made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities and had buildings named in their honour.Jonathon Sherman said he and his siblings were establishing a charitable foundation named after their parents to continue their philanthropic legacy.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the wrong spelling of Jonathon Shermanlast_img read more

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Feb. 14———TRUDEAU TO LAY OUT VISION FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal government plans to overhaul the way Ottawa relates to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Trudeau tells the House of Commons the Liberals will devise a new legislative framework to help pave the way toward stronger Indigenous rights and greater control over their own destiny for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. Trudeau says it’s important to get the framework right to ensure Indigenous Peoples can enjoy lasting success in Canada at last. He says the new approach, to be developed in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, is necessary to tackle challenges like overcrowded housing, unsafe drinking water and high suicide rates. The new framework will be unveiled later this year following consultations led by Carolyn Bennett, the minister for Crown-Indigenous relations, and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.———PATRICK BROWN CHALLENGES ACCUSERS TO PRESS CHARGES: The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party is accusing CTV News of defaming him. Patrick Brown stepped down from the role last month amid allegations of sexual misconduct made by two women in a CTV report. In late January, CTV reported that one woman, who is now 29, claimed she was still in high school and under the legal drinking age when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him. Another woman said she was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when he sexually assaulted her at his home, CTV reported. Late Tuesday, CTV reported that the first accuser now said she had not been in high school or under the legal drinking age during the alleged incident. The woman said the altered timeline did not change the core of her allegations and noted she had been subject to demeaning and misogynistic comments online since the story broke. In a statement on Facebook on Wednesday, Brown urged the two unnamed women to contact police so the accusations can be dealt with through the legal system. CTV says it stands by its reporting, which has not been independently verified by The Canadian Press.———NO PAROLE FOR 25 YEARS IN ALBERTA TRIPLE MURDER: An Alberta judge has ruled that two men found guilty of murdering three family members will not have to spend additional time in prison before they can apply for parole. Jason Klaus, who is 42, and 32-year-old Joshua Frank have instead been sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years — which is automatic under the Criminal Code for first-degree murder. Justice Eric Macklin told court in Red Deer, Alta., that the factors in the case were not particularly uncommon compared with other murder cases and did not warrant consecutive sentences. The bodies of Klaus’s father and sister were found in their burned-out farmhouse near Castor, Alta., in December 2013. His mother’s body was never found but police believe she also died in the house. The Crown had argued that the two men deserved the maximum of 75 years without hope of parole for what the prosecution called a “contract killing of sorts.” The defence said the murders weren’t as gruesome as other cases that resulted in consecutive parole ineligibilities. There are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders, but Macklin said delaying parole for Klaus and Frank would be “a decision out of the ordinary.”———TORY SENATORS BALK AT SPEEDING UP POT BILL: Conservative senators are balking at an attempt to speed up consideration of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, which the Trudeau government hopes to have in place this July. Sen. Larry Smith, who leads the Conservative caucus in the Senate, insists his senators aren’t being obstructionist but they are determined to do their duty, which is to provide “constructive evaluation” of legislation. The government’s representative in the Senate, Sen. Peter Harder, says he wants second reading debate on C-45 wrapped up by March 1, after which it would go to committee before returning to the Senate for a final debate and vote. If the various Senate factions don’t agree to that timetable, Harder says he’ll move a motion to impose time allocation to cut off debate — a tactic he’s avoided using before now. Smith says he’s got 17 senators who want to speak during second reading on the complicated bill. He says he hopes Harder will agree to be “flexible” about the March 1 deadline.———MISSING FIREFIGHTER FOUND IN CALIFORNIA HAS MEMORY LOSS, COPS SAY: A Toronto fire captain who was found at a California airport six days after vanishing from a New York state ski slope likely sustained some sort of head trauma along his puzzling journey across the country, American authorities said Wednesday. Constantinos (Danny) Filippidis was unable to provide officers with many details about his route from Lake Placid, N.Y., to the Sacramento, Calif., airport other than that he believed he travelled most of the way in a transport truck and was not the victim of any crime, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said a day after the firefighter was found. Filippidis, a 49-year-old captain with Toronto Fire Services, was on an annual ski trip with friends and colleagues when he disappeared from Whiteface Mountain.———HEDLEY SAYS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS ‘UNSUBSTANTIATED’: The Junos have dropped Hedley from the televised awards bash as the rockers face allegations of sexual misconduct that they call “unsubstantiated.” Organizers of the annual music show say it was a joint decision with Hedley “after careful consideration of the situation.” The move by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences came as band members issued a statement addressing claims of impropriety involving young fans. “We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one,” reads the statement, which was issued mid-afternoon Wednesday, minutes before the Junos announcement. “While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.” The statement followed a flurry of claims on Twitter from anonymous users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band. Some social media users called on the Juno Awards to drop Hedley as a performer at the upcoming show.———UNDERCOVER TAPES PART OF TINA FONTAINE MURDER CASE: The man accused of killing Tina Fontaine told an undercover officer there are three rules in crime: deny, deny, deny. Raymond Cormier, who is 55, is on trial for second-degree murder in the death of the 15-year-old Indigenous girl whose body was found wrapped in a duvet filled with rocks in the Red River in August 2014. Court heard that Cormier was given a free apartment in Winnipeg and it had been bugged by police. The undercover officer moved into a suite on the same floor and became friends with Cormier over about six months. In recorded audio played in court, Cormier told the undercover officer he wanted to have sex with Tina the first time he met her. Cormier also said he regretted telling Tina to jump off a bridge when they got in a fight over her bike.———DEAL WITH RACISM IN PRISONS, SENATORS URGED: The chairwoman of the Senate’s human rights committee says Canada needs to deal with systemic, anti-black racism in its prisons and help inmates better integrate with society after they’re released. Nova Scotia Sen. Wanda Thomas Bernard says the committee’s hearings have shown a need for systemic and structural changes to prevent former prisoners from getting back into trouble with the law. As part of a special meeting to look at the experiences of black female inmates, the committee heard that pardons for past crimes would help some inmates find work. Black Canadians make up 8.6 per cent of the population of federal prisons, even though they account for just three per cent of the overall Canadian population. And while their numbers have declined, the corrections watchdog’s most recent annual report found that black inmates were more likely to be in maximum security, placed in segregation and disproportionately involved in violent incidents.———FEDS TO STUDY POT HABITS BY TESTING SEWAGE: The federal government is taking a somewhat noxious approach to studying just how much pot Canadians are consuming: researching our sewage. Statistics Canada will spend up to $600,000 a year for a contractor to regularly test waste water from 15 to 20 municipalities across the country for traces of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and other drugs. The survey could be the best way to collect precise data on the amount of pot Canadians consume, according to Anthony Peluso, an assistant director at Statistics Canada. Peluso said that by using the same methodology from sewage analysis surveys in Europe that have proven accurate in the past, Statistics Canada believes it will be able to fill some of its information gap that way. After cannabis is metabolized by the body, traces of THC are left behind in human waste. Samples of waste water from sewage treatment plants can then be collected and tested for the substance.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – A former Somali child refugee’s request to temporarily halt his deportation proceedings has been rejected by the Federal Court.Abdoul Abdi, who never got Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency after serving five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.Abdi’s lawyer, Benjamin Perryman, asked the Federal Court to pause deportation proceedings scheduled for March 7 while he pursues a constitutional challenge.But, in a decision released Friday, Justice Keith Boswell rejected the bid, saying there were no exceptional circumstances warranting inference by the Federal Court.“Mr. Abdi is extremely distressed by the result,” said Perryman in an interview Friday. “My biggest concern is that Mr. Abdi’s human dignity has been ignored to date.”Perryman had argued before the Federal Court that going ahead with a deportation hearing while the 24-year-old’s constitutional challenge is ongoing would cause irreparable harm.He said the Immigration Division hearing would inevitably lead to a deportation order given the circumstances of Abdi’s case, and that he would be stripped of his right to work and his right to health care.Working is one of the conditions of Abdi’s release to a Toronto-area halfway house, so he’s at risk of returning to jail if he’s unable to meet his conditions, Perryman noted.Perryman said the Immigration Division can only look at criminal records and citizenship status — Abdi was convicted of crimes and isn’t a Canadian citizen — and cannot look at other possible factors in his case, including international human rights law and the Charter, or the fact that Nova Scotia did not apply for citizenship on his behalf when he was in foster care.“In my view, none of these reasons advanced by the applicant persuades or compels the court in this case to order a stay of the pending admissibility hearing before the Immigration Division,” wrote Boswell.“The applicant’s concerns about procedural fairness or bias and the claimed inability to raise important legal or constitutional issues before the Immigration Division are not exceptional circumstances to bypass the administrative process.”Abdi’s constitutional challenge is still in its early stages.His case has become a rallying point for advocates who say it was wrong for the province to fail to apply for citizenship on his behalf.Perryman has said deporting Abdi to Somalia — a country to which he has no ties and where he would be unable to care for his Canadian-born daughter — would be unfair.Abdi was born in Saudi Arabia in 1993. After his parents divorced, his mother — fearing persecution if she returned to Somalia — fled to Djibouti, where the family obtained refugee status.His biological mother died in the refugee camp when he was four, and two years later he came to Canada with his sister and aunts.But shortly after arriving, the children were apprehended by the Nova Scotia government. Abdi’s aunt’s efforts to regain custody were rejected, and her attempt to file a citizenship application for the children blocked.Perryman has said if the division makes a deportation order, Abdi would not be deported immediately.Follow (at)Aly Thomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – One of the longest serving members in British Columbia’s legislature was overcome with emotion Thursday as politicians from all parties voted to allow children on the floor of the chamber.Linda Reid said she choked up recalling her decades of efforts to help women enter politics and ensure they are treated as equals.Reid, a B.C. Liberal who represents the Metro Vancouver riding of Richmond South Centre, was first elected in 1991.She said when she was first elected there were no maternity leave provisions and the legislature building was ill-suited for women.“When I arrived here in 1991, there wasn’t even a washroom on the second floor,” said Reid.When she asked about locating a women’s washroom near the chamber of the legislature, an official asked: “How long are women going to be elected?”‘Long enough to go to the bathroom,’ was my response,” said Reid.She said when her daughter Olivia was born 18 years ago, maternity leave was not available to her and she ended up returning to the legislature five days after the birth.Reid said she was a member of the Opposition in 2000, but it was former New Democrat Joy MacPhail who would hold her daughter in the hallways when she was summoned to the chamber for debate duties.“She would sing Solidarity Forever to her,” said Reid.Reid told the legislature she pushed for maternity leave improvements when her daughter told her pre-school class she lived in a large, castle-like home with a rose garden and hundreds of parking spaces.“I’ve spent my career supporting women who are seeking public office,” said Reid. “No question, it’s important to me. I believe we can continue some very good work here. Accommodations are necessary in this place and the motion today, I believe, is a gesture of welcome. I want every single person who has a child to be welcome in this place.”Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said she looks forward to bringing her child into the legislature during debates and other business, including question period.Mungall, who is expecting a baby later this year, became emotional during all-party introductions of the motion.The change is a fitting tribute on International Women’s Day to Reid and other members of the legislature who have been advocating for their rights over the years, she said.“I look forward to bringing the little one into this house,” Mungall said.B.C. joins Alberta as the only other province that permits children in the chambers while the legislature is in session.last_img read more

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry is necessary in the scandal involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and Canada’s former justice minister.Singh says serious questions need to be answered about the scandal that cuts to the heart of Canada’s democracy.Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week, days after a report that says she was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution when she was justice minister.She was moved to veterans affairs in a cabinet shuffle last month before she resigned, saying she was getting legal advice on what she was permitted to say about the claims.Singh, who’s campaigning in Burnaby, B.C., for a byelection next Monday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government appears to be acting on behalf of its “friends” in this situation.He says after Liberal justice committee members attempted last week to obstruct any attempt to get to the bottom of the allegations, while the prime minister repeatedly changed his story, it’s become clear that a public inquiry is needed.The New Democrats will is also asking Trudeau to allow Wilson-Raybould to be able to speak about the issue.The party will ask for a vote on both measures later this week, he says.  “These are things that Canadians demand,” Singh says.The call comes as Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary and longtime friend, resigned.In a statement, Butts denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgCanada’s top Catholic bishop says he hopes to emphasize the importance of believing victims when he discusses sexual abuse with his international counterparts during a gathering at the Vatican this week.Advocates and survivors of sexual abuse worry, however, that the meeting is unlikely to produce the sort of tangible results they’d like to see.The first-ever Vatican summit on clergy abuse of minors is meant as a “catechesis,” Pope Francis has said — a teaching session intended in part to raise awareness of the issue, decades after it first came to public light.  Bishop Lionel Gendron, of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Que., who is president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is among more than 100 Episcopal conference heads attending the gathering that runs from Thursday to Sunday.In an interview ahead of his trip, Gendron said he was looking forward to sharing what Canadians have gleaned about clergy sexual abuse over the past three decades with counterparts who are just beginning to acknowledge the problem.“People want to be listened to, and they want to be believed,” he said. “This was one of the things maybe in the past which was not perfect. We would not always believe the people.”He noted that his organization developed a new guide for dealing with clergy abuse that was released last year, updating previous versions of the document created in the 1980s and 1990s in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal at Mount Cashel orphanage in St. John’s, N.L. The document emphasizes the importance of listening to victims and their families, and supporting them through the healing process.Gendron said Canada’s history of tackling sexual abuse puts him in a slightly different position than his counterparts in some other countries, who may just be starting to acknowledge that the problem exists outside of North America.“The one who’s now the archbishop in France — he himself not long ago said that at the beginning, he was one of many people thinking that the problem of sexual abuse was from English-speaking countries. But now they discover it’s also in France, and it’s all over the world,” Gendron said.He added that while he has met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse many times throughout his career, he had not spoken at length with any since receiving word of the Vatican summit last September. But he noted that he has met with family members of survivors in that time who asked that he stress the effects such abuse has on victims’ loved ones.“It’s not only the person, the victim, but there is also the family of the victim and the community,” he said. “The victims are larger than the person.”But survivors and advocates say those sorts of general philosophies — believing and supporting victims — are just the first step in tackling the issue.Gemma Hickey, a Canadian clergy abuse survivor who is headed to the Vatican to protest during the summit, would like to see something more concrete than general platitudes — be it new policies or an external investigation.“The church has been handling this problem behind closed doors for far too long, and clearly they’re not capable of handling it appropriately,” said Hickey, who uses gender-neutral pronouns. “There needs to be other elements into a further investigation.”Hickey, who founded the Pathways Foundation for survivors of abuse in religious institutions, said they’re particularly concerned that the summit doesn’t not allow for public participation and has no sessions dedicated to hearing stories from survivors.The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a North American advocacy group with chapters in Canada, has demanded five things of Pope Francis at the summit, including that he compel bishops and cardinals to turn files related to alleged sexual abuse over to law enforcement so an independent investigation can be carried out.David Deane, an associate professor at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, said the disconnect between the Catholic hierarchy’s priorities and those of abuse survivors is stark.“Who would want to say, ‘Please investigate me. Please assess and analyze every decision I’ve made?’” he said. “That’s what’s needed and that’s what they don’t want to happen.”As for Canada’s role, he said existing policies in the country’s Catholic churches are good, but there is still an overall lack of transparency about what happened in the past and who was involved.“Even though the Canadian bishops are quite progressive on this, the fact that it’s still an all-bishops response illustrates its problems,” Deane said. “No matter who you are, if you’re a bishop, it is very, very difficult for you to say, ‘Let’s be transparent. Let’s have every single decision I’ve made, every response that I made to accusations, be they credible or far-fetched, let’s have all those exposed to investigation.’”Considering how the summit has been organized, with Pope Francis’s favourite clerics scheduled to speak, Deane said he doubts the meeting will produce the kinds of results survivors and advocates are calling for.“What will come out of this summit in the Vatican right now will be well-meaning soundbites, which are designed not to bring about real change but to placate the masses,” Deane said.Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgREGINA — The Saskatchewan government introduced its 2019-2020 budget Wednesday. Here are a few of the highlights:— Provincial sales tax stays at six per cent; no new taxes or increases.— New $3,000 personal income tax credits for volunteer first responders that serve at least 200 hours beginning in 2020 tax year.— Elimination of credits and deductions on the potash production tax.— Creation of a provincial organ donor registry.— $30 million in mental-health spending. Almost half to pay for nurses and doctors at a newly opened psychiatric facility.— 140 treatment beds for mental health and addictions.— $65 million over five years to improve intersection safety.— $26 million more for school divisions.— Funding for universities and colleges frozen at 2018-2019 levels at $469 million.— Eligible amounts for an autism funding program increasing to $6,000 from $4,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The assault trial of former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle faces a possible delay of several months due to legal wrangling over allowable evidence.Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty in Ontario court to offences against his wife Caitlan Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017 after the couple returned to Canada following five years as hostages at the hands of extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip to Asia.Coleman’s lawyer, Ian Carter, says he will ask the Supreme Court of Canada for permission to challenge a ruling handed down Wednesday that allows Boyle to introduce evidence concerning certain consensual sexual activity with his wife.The ruling is important because the law sets out limits on the extent to which an accused person can bring up an alleged victim’s sexual history during a trial.Carter plans to ask the judge presiding over Boyle’s trial for a stay of the ruling while the Supreme Court process plays out — a move that could effectively put the criminal proceedings on hold for several months.Coleman has testified her husband spanked, punched and slapped her during their captivity, and that his violent ways resumed shortly after release.Boyle was arrested in Ottawa in the early hours of Dec. 31, 2017, after Coleman told police he had assaulted her on numerous occasions.During cross-examination, Boyle’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, has meticulously dissected Coleman’s allegations. However, uncertainty arose as to whether certain elements could be raised during the trial.Judge Peter Doody ruled Wednesday that Boyle will be permitted to introduce evidence that he and Coleman engaged in “prior acts of consensual anal intercourse, consensual vaginal intercourse from the rear, sexual acts involving ropes and consensual biting as acts of sexual play.”Doody said the evidence will be limited to the general nature of such acts, and will not include significant details of any particular act.Carter said he plans to ask Doody at a hearing next Wednesday for a stay of the ruling while Coleman’s appeal proceeds.Given that the Supreme Court can take months to decide whether to hear an appeal, “even on an expedited basis, it would appear it would delay matters for at least a number of months,” Carter said.— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more