New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have arrested two proclaimed offenders including the sharp shooter of Anil Dujana gang. Police said that the accused Jumped Parole in the murder case of GTB Enclave in 2017. The accused were identified as Rahul (sharpshooter) and Kuldeep.According to police in one of the cases accused along with their associates abducted one Sagar Chaudhary who happened to be the boyfriend of Rahul’s sister-in-law. They had run over a truck on him and killed him. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said during patrolling duty at Lalita Park, police personnel found a suspicious person at the bus stand at Pusta Road. During his personal search, one country-made pistol was recovered from his possession. The name of the accused was disclosed as Rahul. During the investigation, Kuldeep was also arrested. “Accused Kuldeep has been involved in two heinous cases of murder, attempt to murder case, kidnapping for ransom,” police said. During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that Rahul was involved in the case in which he along with his associates had opened fire on a person, in which the victim received two bullet injuries. In further interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Rahul along with his associates demanded extortion money.
The top of Ontario Isolated Fort Severn tries to chart its ownThe top of Ontario Isolated Fort Severn tries to chart its own
FORT SEVERN, Ont. – You can’t get much further from the carpeted corridors of power in Ontario’s capital city without stepping onto the frozen waters of Hudson Bay.This is Fort Severn, Ontario’s most northerly community, a mostly Cree town of 463 souls perched along the end of the 1,000-kilometre-long Severn River. Here in the Hudson lowlands on the very edge of the treeline, where the muskeg heaves with the seasons and good land is gold, roads can turn from rock hard to boot-squelching mud within hours.This remote nook of the province is connected to the rest of world by small plane weather permitting, a once-a-year barge full of supplies loaded about 800 kilometres away in Moosonee, Ont., or via what is billed as the world’s longest ice road, which joins Gillam, Man., in the west to Peawanuck, Ont., about 700 kilometres to the southeast.As Neil Young plays via satellite radio in his truck and a frigid north wind whips off the frozen bay, Lawrence Bluecoat, who says he’s around 42, laments the passing of the days when the community roamed a huge territory in pursuit of migratory birds and caribou and the fact that “spoiled” young people can’t speak proper Cree.But, as frequently occurs during conversation here, talk inevitably turns to a deeply ingrained suspicion of outside politics and a world beamed in via satellite and increasingly robust broadband internet.“It really doesn’t matter who’s in there, we get screwed anyway,” Bluecoat says. “The federal government came with their treaties and made us sign. Society thinks native people are just freeloaders and just living off their tax dollars. In reality they extract billions and billions of dollars off our lands.”Like other First Nation communities in the North, snowmobiles are the vehicle of choice during the long, fierce winters, while four-wheel ATVs and trucks emerge with the thaw. Many good natured dogs run alongside owners’ vehicles. Kids play in half-frozen puddles or on the colourful jungle gym outside the landmark green elementary school that is one of the most modern in the country. In front of the Wasaho Cree Nation School, the Maple Leaf and Ontario flag flank the Fort Severn flag with its polar bear emblem.Robin Chamney, 63, the new principal, says 87 students are enrolled. Originally from Windsor, Ont., Chamney says attendance is close to the provincial average — hunting season excepted — and students all have computers or tablets.“I don’t need anything,” Chamney says. “All our needs are met in terms of resources.”At the modest Northern grocery, department and hardware store — the only retail outlet and only place to buy a coffee — some may experience sticker shock. A three-pound bag of apples and a few oranges sells for a discounted $14.19, and a litre of milk is priced well above $3.Unlike most Indigenous communities in Canada, tap water in Fort Severn is safe to drink — coming from a high-tech treatment plant staffed by provincially certified operators such as Paul Matthews, who proudly shows off neatly filled-out log sheets of chlorine residuals.As the raven flies, the 15-square-kilometre Fort Severn is almost as far from the legislature in Toronto as Halifax is. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the noise of the looming provincial election barely penetrates, partly because of the distance, partly because of the abiding mistrust of governments.Located atop the vast new Kiiwetinoong riding in a region the New Democrats have long dominated provincially, no one can name the party’s leader, Andrea Horwath. Then again, few can identify Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, although some have become aware of her main rival, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford.“Doug Ford used to be the mayor I believe, right?” says Mirna Matthews, 22, who was unaware of the provincial election and confuses Ford’s political background with that of his infamous late sibling, Rob Ford.Matthews, however, has a more pressing issue on her mind: the pending birth of her second child. The mother of a three-year-old speaks of the need for a proper child-care centre and more housing for young families. Like many of her generation, she left the reserve to do Grade 8 elsewhere in Ontario and then again for high school.“I had family living in Red Lake already, and I was staying with them,” Matthews says. “But it was kind of hard because I missed my mom and dad. They ended up moving to Red Lake.”Matthews now flies regularly to Thunder Bay, Ont., or Sioux Lookout, Ont., for prenatal care. She’s not particularly bothered at the prospect of having to spend weeks away from home to have her child.“It’s nice to get out of my community sometimes,” Matthews says.Kathleen Koostachin, 44, a teacher at Keewaytinook Internet High School, says it’s no surprise most in town have little awareness of the June 7 election.Fort Severn, like other remote communities, deals with the bleak realities of sexual and substance abuse, chronic housing shortages, the despair and even suicide of some young people, and the disruptive need to travel for routine medical care, she says.But the language teacher is proud the band council resolved that students — especially the young ones in Grade 9 — no longer have to leave for high school. Instead, the innovative long-distance program she helped nurture for the past decade fills that gap. It took until 2012 for the internet high school to produce its first graduate but in 2015, there were two, and last year six.“It’s been challenging,” Koostachin says. “(But) this is a program that works.”Among six students expected to earn their crucial diplomas this year is Chad Bluecoat, 22, who is doing math at a computer. He has aspirations to do accounting or finance at college.“I prefer distance education. I can stay close to my community,” Bluecoat says. “It’s pretty important. I have to stay in touch with my roots. I like to go hunting and fishing and go out on the land and stay close to my family, too.”Bluecoat is upbeat about his generation. Many are working or going to school, he says. They have opportunities, and they’re finding a way to reconcile traditional activities such as hunting and trapping with video games and Facebook.“My age group is doing pretty good right now; my generation, they’re not getting into too much trouble,” Bluecoat says. “I’m pretty sure our culture can last, too, even with the dominant culture. We’re going to keep maintaining our identity and continuing our culture and teaching the younger generations who we are and give them a sense of identity, too.”Over at the Northern store, which doubles as post office and the only gas station, Chief Paul Burke pays $2.65 a litre tax free to top up his truck before driving to where a $2.5-million solar farm is taking shape. It should be ready for testing in August, he says with determination.The aim, Burke says, is that solar eventually combined with a wind farm can cut the price of power in half — and slash the million litres a year of barged-in fuel needed to keep the community moving.“My goal is to make our generators go quiet,” Burke says.
Nova Scotia appoints prominent Syrian refugee to business agencys boardNova Scotia appoints prominent Syrian refugee to business agencys board
HALIFAX – Less than two years after he arrived as a refugee, a Syrian chocolatier has been named to the board of Nova Scotia’s economic development agency.Tareq Hadhad is among the most high-profile of Syrian refugees in Canada — his family’s Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, N.S., has been touted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the United Nations.The provincial government announced Friday Hadhad will serve a four-year term on the board of Invest Nova Scotia, which oversees the government’s economic incentives.Hadhad’s father ran a chocolate factory in Damascus with around 30 employees that shipped specialty treats all over the Middle East.An aspiring physician, Hadhad says he abandoned his studies and fled to Lebanon with several family members after a 2012 bombing destroyed the business his father had built over the course of more than two decades.The family spent three years at a refugee camp then settled in Antigonish in early 2016, as Canada accepted a wave of more than 25,000 Syrians.Hadhad has said the family suffered some culture shock, but he said he was taken aback by how eager locals were to help him and his relatives fit into Canadian society.“Tareq’s entrepreneurial journey and unique experience building the @Peacebychoco brand will be an invaluable addition to Invest NS Board,” Premier Stephen McNeil said in a tweet.Hadhad has become an in-demand speaker, and the family’s chocolate business preparing to open a new factory amid booming business.“It is my honour to serve .. and support innovative initiatives” in Nova Scotia,” Hadhad tweeted Friday.Hadhad says Peace by Chocolate was founded in part as a way of “giving back” to the country that welcomed them so readily by creating jobs in their small community.Kenneth Deveau, chair of Invest Nova Scotia, touted Hadhad’s “unique experience and perspective” in a statement Friday.The province says Hadhad will be paid $150 for each monthly meeting he attends, and will be reimbursed for his expenses.
Feds spool up outreach to Hispanics in US to ward off moreFeds spool up outreach to Hispanics in US to ward off more
OTTAWA – A Liberal MP is heading to Los Angeles this week for a pre-emptive strike against misinformation about Canada’s immigration system circulating in the Spanish-language press that officials worry could inspire a new wave of asylum seekers.Central Americans have long been thought of as the next population primed to make the journey across the Canada-U.S. border due to major changes on the horizon in U.S. immigration policy. That includes the potential end of temporary protected status for nearly 350,000 Salvadorans and Hondurans, meaning all could face deportation to their home countries.Spanish-speaking MP Pablo Rodriguez had already been tapped as the likely federal point-person for outreach to Hispanics in the U.S., but his trip to L.A. on Friday has been given new impetus.On Aug. 30, the Spanish-language publication La Prensa reported that the Canadian government was set to welcome Hondurans living in the U.S. with temporary protected status, quoting a community organizer who said he had been contacted by the Canadian Embassy to explore programs.Except that never happened.The piece mirrored those that had been circulating in Creole-language traditional and social media earlier this summer, cited by some of the Haitians who have arrived in Canada in recent weeks as the reason they decided to come north from the U.S. Since July, some 7,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada from Quebec, the majority Haitian.The surge prompted the Liberal government to hastily arrange for a Creole-speaking MP to visit Miami to try to stem the flow of arrivals. The number of people crossing per day currently sits at under 100, from a high of over 250 this summer. According to multiple government sources, just over 60 people arrived Tuesday.But the Liberals are mindful that a decline now doesn’t mean the problem is over. Rodriguez is being dispatched to “neutralize” any misunderstandings about Canada’s system before they gain too much ground, a senior government official said.The Montreal MP, born in Argentina, will make the rounds of Hispanic media in L.A. as well as meet with members of the Honduran and El Salvadoran communities and local officials.“I’ll be able to communicate with them and tell them exactly how things are in Canada,” Rodriguez said Wednesday. “We have a system in place, a system that works and that has to be respected.”The La Prensa piece was spotted as a result of a much broader monitoring effort launched by the Liberal government at the height of the surge in Haitian arrivals in late July and early August.Consulates are on alert to keep close tabs on local media for discussion of Canada’s immigration and asylum policies, so when officials in Honduras spotted the La Prensa article they flagged it immediately to their bosses in Ottawa.The reporter at the paper was contacted, and the next day another article appeared clarifying that Canada has no program in the works for Hondurans, and if someone has temporary protected status in the U.S. it is not granted automatically in Canada.The unnamed government spokesperson in the article also noted that if people seek asylum in Canada, they could risk their protected status in the U.S.Refugee claims by Salvadorans and Hondurans do appear to be increasing in Canada. In the first three months of 2017, 255 claims for asylum were lodged, compared to 380 in all of 2016.Canada currently deports failed asylum claimants from El Salvador and Honduras back to their home countries.
Scientists to spend years studying human impact on Canadas coastlinesScientists to spend years studying human impact on Canadas coastlines
VANCOUVER – The federal government plans to spend more than $50 million to collect data on Canada’s coastlines to help determine how humans are impacting marine ecosystems.Fisheries and Oceans Canada says in a release that scientists will spend the next several years collecting data from six areas where there is existing vessel traffic, or the potential for increased vessel traffic.The areas in the study include the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert in B.C., the St. Lawrence Estuary in Quebec, the Port of St. John in New Brunswick, Placentia Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador and an undetermined location in the Arctic.Fisheries and Oceans says officials will look to Indigenous and coastal communities to determine what data should be collected in each area.The release says information gathered under the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program will help detect changes in the environment and determine the effects of human activityThe ministry says the data will also be used to make decisions that could impact sensitive marine habitat and species.
NS recruiting doctors but vacancies persist We will take as many asNS recruiting doctors but vacancies persist We will take as many as
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia health officials say they are stepping up efforts to address doctor shortages, touting the province’s quality of life and new healthcare approach to prospective physicians, but admit vacancies persist.A legislature committee heard Wednesday that 42,000 Nova Scotians are actively seeking a family physician, although federal statistics place that number at closer to 100,000 — including people who simply aren’t looking for a doctor.The Nova Scotia Health Authority has recruited 92 doctors since April 1, but there are still 60 or more vacancies due to physician retirements and other issues.Dr. Lynne Harrigan, the authority’s vice-president of medicine, told the public accounts committee the recruitment goal for this year is 100 doctors — 50 family doctors and 50 specialists. But despite efforts, she said, many vacancies will remain.“This number will remain between 55 and 60 for some time as more people retire and we bring more people in,” said Harrigan. “We are trying to gain traction, but 60, 70 — we will take as many doctors as we can.”Harrigan said the health authority is working to recruit doctors by selling them on the province’s quality of life and attempts to transform the health system through such things as collaborative medical practices.Progressive Conservative committee member Tim Houston expressed doubts the current pace of recruitment would be able to fix the shortage anytime soon.“I don’t know that they have a full grasp on the upcoming need over the next two years, five years,” said Houston. “I just don’t think that they fully understand how dire things are and if they don’t understand that then it’s hard to expect them to really ramp up to meet it.”Harrigan said new physicians working in the province include 26 family doctors and 66 specialists. There are currently 44 offers to doctors who are expected to come within the year — and 11 of those are to family doctors.Following the hearing, deputy health minister Denise Perret couldn’t say what kind of dent current recruitment levels would make in the doctor wait list.“We are going to shoot for a much larger recruitment and we are working on a physician resource plan that is going to update the projected need in this province so we will have a more accurate sense,” Perret said, adding the resource plan should be ready early next year.The authority’s physician recruitment website lists about 90 vacant positions, including locum positions — where physicians fill in when other doctors are absent or when health facilities are short-staffed.Dr. Rick Gibson, the authority’s senior medical director for primary health care, said the website numbers include positions that are currently vacant, as well as some that will be vacant because of expected retirements within the next 18 months to two years.Gibson said Dartmouth faces a looming problem, with 40 per cent of doctors due to retire within five years.“It’s on our radar and it also highlights why we need a provincial approach to recruiting. At the same as we’ve got incentives to lure people to rural areas we’ve got Dartmouth sitting there with a large number of doctors leaving.”NDP committee member Claudia Chender said while she thinks health officials are working hard to address doctor shortages, their efforts appear to be “too little too late.”“We are looking at another decade where not only will every Nova Scotian not have a doctor, but we’ll have a serious shortage,” Chender said.
Synagogues in four cities receive antiSemitic hate mailSynagogues in four cities receive antiSemitic hate mail
TORONTO – At least eight synagogues in four cities across Canada have received anti-Semitic letters calling for the death of Jews, B’nai Brith Canada said.Four synagogues in Toronto, two in Montreal, one in Hamilton and one in Edmonton have reported being sent the hate mail, the Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday.A photo on B’nai Brith Canada’s website shows the letter containing the words “Jewry must perish,” and a swastika scrawled onto a blood-soaked Star of David.“It’s really unfortunate that, at this time of year, with the Jewish community celebrating Hanukkah … you have a message of targeted hate that’s going out to religious institutions across the country,” B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said. “It’s sad to see and it’s actually quite terrifying for the individuals opening these letters with hateful genocidal messages.”Police in all four cities confirmed they were investigating the letters.Officers are “absolutely” treating the incidents as hate crimes, said Staff Sgt. Frank Partridge of 32 Division in north Toronto, where one of the targeted synagogues is located.“This is something that’s happening in real time — today, yesterday — it’s happening in (other cities) so there’s a linkage there,” Partridge said.“Starting tomorrow, I’m having my officers go out and pay special attention to the synagogues and other Jewish facilities… You’ve got to be proactive about this.”There were 1,728 anti-Semitic incidents reported throughout the country in 2016, according to B’nai Brith’s statistics. That’s a 26 per cent increase from 2015 and the highest number of incidents ever seen by the organization, which has been tracking anti-Semitism for 35 years.B’nai Brith does not yet have anti-Semitism statistics for 2017.Police across the country received more reports of hate crimes against Jews, than they did any other religious, ethnic or racial group in 2016, according to Statistics Canada data.“Unfortunately some (people) feel emboldened at this moment in history to express hate toward identifiable groups and Jews in particular,” Mostyn said, pointing to the high-profile neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this year, and a series of anti-Semitic posters put up on university campuses in Canada.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said that Statistics Canada data from 2015 on hate crimes was the most recent.
Men rescued from lake near Montreal after vehicle falls through iceMen rescued from lake near Montreal after vehicle falls through ice
POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. – A man was rescued from the icy waters of a lake near Montreal on Saturday evening after the small tractor he was driving fell through the ice.A spokesman for Montreal’s fire department says he believes the man was working to remove the snow on a boat ramp in the western suburb of Pointe-Claire when the vehicle went into the lake at about 5 p.m.Operations Chief Ian Ritchie says the man was able to climb onto the roof of the vehicle and wait for help.The fire department’s ice rescue team was able to extend a ladder to the man, who was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
Political staffers split on whether harassment legislation will work surveyPolitical staffers split on whether harassment legislation will work survey
OTTAWA – The Liberal government has proposed strict new rules to govern harassment in federal workplaces — including on Parliament Hill — but political staffers are split on whether the changes will make a difference.“Legislation is one thing,” wrote one respondent to a recent survey of political staffers by The Canadian Press. “Hearts and minds is another.”The Canadian Press distributed a questionnaire to those working in offices of MPs, senators and cabinet ministers in Ottawa, asking them to share their opinions and experiences with sexual assault and sexual harassment on Parliament Hill.The non-representative results of the survey, which garnered 266 responses, don’t allow broad conclusions about the scale of the problem, since there’s no way to verify the size of the population. But they do illustrate the challenges faced by male and female staffers alike as they contend with a culture many say fosters the conditions for abuse.Respondents were asked, among other things, to evaluate the likely effectiveness of proposed legislation aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.The new rules, once passed, would also bring parliamentary staff under the protection of the Canada Labour Code for the first time.Nearly 55 per cent of the 179 people who answered the question said they think the proposed changes would improve the situation, while about 45 per cent of respondents disagreed.Several referred to the power imbalance — exacerbated by a lack of job security — between MPs or senators and the younger staffers they employ.“We are warned repeatedly never to make a complaint as we will never get hired again,” wrote one respondent. “So, I really doubt it will make a difference. It’s career suicide.”The legislation also doesn’t address the culture of drinking that can be a regular part of the job, others noted.“The legislative changes will do nothing to change the culture on Parliament Hill,” said one. “Namely, a predominantly male workplace where alcohol is easy to access, and their spouses are often on the other side of the country.”Several noted that the majority of those in positions of authority are men.“Gender parity is the only way to ensure situations cannot be swept under the rug, ‘explained’ away, or ‘taken the wrong way,’” one respondent wrote.Others mentioned a grey area, where things could end up crossing the line.“I think that as long as it is okay for MPs to have even consensual relationships with their employees, the problems will persist.”Some also expressed concerns about the politics meddling with the process, or that it could give rise to superfluous complaints.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who introduced Bill C-65 last fall, said she agrees that legislation cannot fix everything — but it can help make way for change.“This really is a cultural shift that has to happen,” Hajdu said in an interview Monday.“(The legislation) gives employers and employees tools and a process and some clarity, but it doesn’t cure a culture of patriarchy and harassment,” she said. “It really is a foundational piece to have a framework, but the cultural change comes from everybody saying, ‘No more. This stops today.’”Once passed, the legislation would also give staffers access to a neutral third party to examine their complaints and allow anyone unhappy with how their dispute is being handled to complain to the federal labour minister.Many respondents called it a step in the right direction.Some suggested greater protections and awareness would embolden more staffers to come forward, while a few noted the fear of consequences could be as important as the consequences themselves.“I think the attention brought to this issue and the fear that there (are) more repercussions now … is making all people on the Hill ask themselves if their behaviour can end their political careers,” one respondent wrote. “I love it!”New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson, the critic for women’s equality, said parliamentarians need to make sure the system allows complainants to feel they are being heard and treated well — and that it also ends the harassment.“We won’t know until we have these new rules in place,” she said.Conservative MP Rachael Harder, the critic for status of women, said she would like to see any complaints involving the House of Commons referred to the deputy minister, rather than the labour minister, to ensure complete political independence.Several respondents to the survey raised that as a concern as well.Hajdu said she is willing to consider any amendments that would strengthen the bill.“The last thing I would want is for any kind of perception that there would be political interference.”TrainingThe survey also asked political staffers what information they had received about workplace harassment policies, reporting procedures and their rights and responsibilities as an employee when they first began the job.Half of the respondents said no one raised the issue with them, nor did they seek details out on their own.Only about 10 per cent of the respondents said their employer or the administration proactively provided formal training on how to prevent and address workplace harassment.The House of Commons, which adopted a policy on preventing and addressing harassment in 2014, has recently ramped up its training efforts.MPs must now complete mandatory, in-person training sessions; 44 had done so as of Monday. A similar training course for staffers will be offered this fall.The Senate, meanwhile, is reviewing its own 2009 harassment policy. A reminder of the policy was recently emailed to everyone involved.Additional detailsThe Canadian Press emailed the online survey, which was available from Feb. 20 to March 12, to staffers currently working in the parliamentary offices of MPs and senators, as well as to key ministerial aides. The emails were sent to roughly 1,500 people, although it is difficult to determine precisely how many received the message.They were also encouraged to share the survey with colleagues also currently in those roles.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
Two Hamilton paramedics charged in 2017 death of Good SamaritanTwo Hamilton paramedics charged in 2017 death of Good Samaritan
Two paramedics accused of failing to properly care for a 19-year-old Good Samaritan in Hamilton have been charged in the young man’s death, a move the first-responders’ union called a game-changer for the profession.Yosif Al-Hasnawi — described by police as a brave young man trying to do the right thing — was shot on Dec. 2, 2017 after he tried to help an older man who was being accosted by two men outside his mosque.Hamilton police charged one man with second-degree murder and another with accessory after the fact shortly after the incident. Niagara regional police were then called in to investigate the way paramedics handled the case.Witnesses alleged paramedics accused Al-Hasnawi of acting like his wounds were worse than they were, and that the first responders took too long to treat and transport the young man to hospital.After a seven-month investigation, two paramedics were arrested this week, police said Thursday.“This was a very difficult and challenging case for our investigators,” said Niagara regional police Chief Brryan MacCullock. “We recognize that this continues to be a very tragic situation for the family of the deceased and our thoughts and condolences certainly go out to them.”Steven Snively, 53, and Christopher Marchant, 29, have been charged with failure to provide necessaries of life. They were both released on a promise to appear in Hamilton court on Sept. 11, police said.The president of a union representing the paramedics said the two men would be “vigorously defending” themselves.“These precedent-setting criminal charges are game changers for our paramedic profession,” Mario Posteraro, of OPSEU Local 256 said in a statement. “We are confident that when the totality of the evidence is provided, they will be vindicated.”The Paramedic Association of Canada said it would be watching the “significant” case closely.“This truly is kind of unprecedented, in terms of a paramedic to be charged criminally,” said executive director Pierre Poirier. “Most of our health-care peers would be judged first by their regulatory college.”Al-Hasnawi’s mother welcomed the charges and said the paramedics needed to be held accountable.“They’re putting peoples lives in danger,” said Amal Alzurufi. “But now I feel like justice is being served for him.”Coping with the loss of her son has been horrible, she added.“It just hurts me, I have his pictures all over the house…it’s very hard,” she said. “I want everyone to remember Yosif for the good thing that he did.”Family friend Firas Al Najim said Al-Hasnawi’s father, who is separated from Alzurufi, also expressed relief at the new charges.“The paramedics are there to deal with you at a time of emergency…and you rely on them,” he said. “It was very disturbing…the way they treated a person who was in such a bad, severe situation and expressing his pain.”Al-Hasnawi’s father and two brothers filed a civil lawsuit in January against Hamilton’s paramedics, alleging they failed to properly treat the man and claiming that their family suffered extreme emotional and mental distress.The lawsuit also names Hamilton police, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the two men charged with second-degree murder and accessory after the fact.A statement of claim provided by the family’s lawyer alleges that paramedics and police were negligent and incompetent when they failed to administer first aid or promptly transfer Al-Hasnawi to hospital. Allegations contained in the lawsuit seeking $10 million in compensation have not been proven in court.The Hamilton Paramedic Service said it was in the process of completing its own investigation into Al-Hasnawi’s case and couldn’t comment further.
EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — An Amber Alert has been resolved for an 8-year-old boy who was abducted from an Edmonton school Friday afternoon.Edmonton Police alleged the child was taken by his mother at 2:50 p.m. from Waverley Elementary School at 68 St. and 89 Ave.They were last seen leaving the area on foot westbound on 89th Ave.They were believed to be travelling in the Calgary area.Saturday morning, Edmonton Police tweeted that the Amber Alert is cancelled. The boy and his mother were found in Calgary at 5:30 a.m. and the child is unharmed.An off-duty CPS member spotted the pair, according to Edmonton police. The mother was arrested by RCMP in Okotoks and is facing a charge of abduction, she remains in custody.Police thanked everyone who shared the information about the Amber Alert.No other details have been released.
CALGARY – Moms everywhere can attest to harsh judgment from other people, including other moms experiencing the same struggles.Moms reach out for help or share their successes and others are quick to jump in and shame them for parenting styles and lifestyle choices, among other things. There’s an expectation that mothers just know everything when they become a mom due to traditional gender roles, even though society has evolved, according to author Anne Walsh.“It’s almost as if it’s set in stone that if something goes wrong when it comes to the kids, it has to be the mom. And you see it if something happens to a child, you’ll hear, ‘Well, where was the mother?’ It’s always ‘where was the mother“. We’re kind of type-cast in that way in that we are responsible no matter what–no matter how busy you are, whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom… Anything that concerns your child is perceived as your responsibility.”Walsh adds one of the struggles that comes with that is that being a mom is a 24/7/365 operation. You’re constantly “on” with no breaks.“There are no jobs out there that you’re expected to perform 24/7, where you’re not allowed to take breaks, where you’re not allowed to make mistakes. And when you’re sleep deprived and you have multiple responsibilities–that’s a lot of pressure to put on a human being! If you do make a mistake, there’s such harsh judgment.”Nicole Scopie, mother to a young baby who was born three months premature, knows first-hand the feeling of being judged when reaching out for help.Nicole Scopie’s son was birth three months premature. She says she’s seen lots of mom-shaming as a first-time mom. (CREDIT: Photo provided by Nicole Scopie)“Everything right now revolves around social media, but social media is such a double-edged sword,” she said.“You can find some absolutely great groups… but there are mom other groups where you can actually be quite belittled by asking a simple question. But if you don’t know, you don’t know. And that’s why we ask, there’s no point in putting someone down because of it. And if someone is asking you, they’ve likely exhausted all other options.”Scopie said mothers are very quick to judge each other due to a variety of parenting styles.“Everybody believes in a certain way to raise their children but not everybody believes in the same way. It’s hard for others to respect that and they’re so quick to turn around and judge.” She says with her baby being so premature there were complications when it came to feeding. Not only did her son need formula, but she had trouble producing milk. She says another mother blamed her for not being able to feed her baby, and therefore being able to properly bond with her son.Nicole Scopie’s son, who was born three months premature. (CREDIT: Nicole Scopie)“He’s happy and healthy–why should it matter how I feed him? He’s getting everything he needs. Why do you feel the need to sit there and scrutinize someone like that?” She’s seen a number of other similar situations like this online, and she’s not the only one who’s gone through that judgment.“It’s just brutal… To sit there and be at your wit’s end, begging for help, just to be told that you’re a bad mom? It’s awful to see some of the things people say.”And there’s an added challenge with social media when all you see is the perfect snapshots of motherhood, the clean house and the moms with clean clothes and a perfect hairdo and flawless makeup–not reality.“Just sweeping the floor sometimes, if you have a colicky baby, it’s almost impossible. It’s exactly that, there’s the perfect image that everyone has to portray on the internet. You can’t be real about it.”But, on the other hand, Scopie says sometimes you luck out with other moms online.“When he was in the NICU, I was a part of a Facebook group across Canada. One of the NICU nurses actually reached out to me because she also just had a baby. And it actually turns out she was a nurse at the NICU he was in. She’s been probably one of the biggest people that I go to besides my mom,” explained Scopie.Jennifer Luckhardt, a new mom to a baby girl, says it’s also difficult to know what’s the right parenting path to take when there’s so much conflicting information online.“What’s very confusing are the guidelines we get for raising our children,” expressed Luckhardt.“On the one hand I’ve been looking into feeing her solid foods–she’s going to be five months [soon]. I found one recommendation that said you should only breastfeed exclusively until they’re six months, otherwise, it gives them a higher risk of developing food allergies. And then I found another recommendation that said you should start them on food around five months and introducing solids, otherwise they will have food allergies!”She says it’s incredibly confusing when there’s no definitive answer. “No matter what you do you are wrong.”Walsh echoes Scopie’s and Luckhardt’s statements and says there’s a dichotomy in motherhood because on one hand society idolizes mothers but we simultaneously devalue their contributions to society and to their families.“You’re supposed to be perfect, but even if you’re doing it perfectly, everything you’ve done is exactly perfect according to the ideals, it’s still not seen as a big deal.”Walsh recently released her book on motherhood, Out of the Mouth of Moms, from the Trenches of Motherhood, a collection of stories from other mothers about their own struggles. She hopes the book will give struggling mothers a feeling that they’re not alone.
Five stories in the news for Wednesday, May 29———O’REGAN TO VISIT MERCURY-DAMAGED GRASSY NARROWSIndigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan is being urged to ensure a long-awaited visit to an Ontario First Nation is substantive and not a pre-election photo opportunity. O’Regan is set to visit Grassy Narrows First Nation today — a community poisoned by mercury after industrial waste was dumped in the English-Wabigoon river system, causing symptoms in residents including impaired peripheral vision, hearing, speech and thinking. Help for the community seemed to be on the way when the federal government promised a specialized treatment facility on the reserve in November 2017 and a feasibility study was produced last fall outlining costs and design ideas. But Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle has said there has been little action on the project since then.———CENTRAL BANK TO MAKE INTEREST-RATE DECISIONBank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is widely expected to leave his trend-setting interest rate unchanged today — and he appears in no hurry to move the rate any time soon. The policy announcement will come at a time when the economy is starting to show signs of picking up its pace after a winter deceleration that was largely caused by a drop in oil prices. Last month, Poloz held the rate at 1.75 per cent for a fourth-straight policy decision and set aside talk of hikes — at least until the economy rises from what he’s described as a temporary slowdown. The sudden down shift has also forced the central bank to cut its 2019 growth forecast — a reduction that comes after the economy ran at close to full tilt for most of 2017 and 2018.———HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE LAUNCHES IN CANADAA national hotline to help victims and survivors of human trafficking is now taking calls, with the organization behind the service saying it hoped the new resource would also fill crucial gaps in public knowledge about the issue. The multilingual, accessible hotline, an initiative of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, which will be launched at 7 a.m. ET today. The centre’s chief executive officer said the line is meant to serve as a one-stop shop for everyone from victims seeking help, to tipsters wanting to flag a potential case, to members of the public wanting to learn more about the subject.———B.C. MAN SAYS EVEREST CLIMB NOT FOR EVERYONEA Victoria man who was part of a group caught at the top of Mount Everest says there were too many inexperienced climbers trying to scale the mountain, endangering lives. Chris Dare has climbed mountains on seven continents, but last week he feared he wouldn’t have mad it down the peak without his sherpa. Dare, who’s 35 and an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, says he stood at the peak for just a few minutes last Thursday before realizing the weather had changed. The final leg up and down the peak should have taken him 12 hours, but he says it took 17. Another man on his team struggled with the climb and Dare says he was found dead in his tent the next day.———$100M FUND ENDOWMENT CREATED FOR HAMILTON INSTITUTIONSA Hamilton philanthropist couple plans to create a $100-million endowment fund to support health research at two hospitals and a university in the city. Charles and Margaret Juravinski say their gift, in the form of an investment, will mean McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton collectively receive up to $5 million per year in perpetuity after their deaths. The institutions say the money will create the Juravinski Research Centre to further examine cancer, mental health, lung and respiratory care, and diseases of aging.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Quebec judge will determine today if the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin proceeds.— The International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy hears from Amazon.com, Microsoft Canada, Mozilla Foundation and Apple.— A court appearance is scheduled today for the lawyers of Maxim, Alexander and Oxana Berent, who are accused of staging an anti-Semitic attack in their Winnipeg cafe.The Canadian Press
Federal government passes Canadas first national accessibility legislationFederal government passes Canadas first national accessibility legislation
OTTAWA – Disabled Canadians declared a partial victory Thursday hours after the government voted to enact Canada’s first national accessibility law, calling it a major step forward while cautioning that more work was still needed to ensure it achieves its goal.The Accessible Canada Act, which aims to improve life for those with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening. It awaits only royal assent, expected in the coming weeks, before officially becoming law.Advocates who fought for amendments to strengthen the legislation praised the governing Liberals for delivering on a promise to implement the bill and bring Canada more in line with other countries that have had such laws for years. But they also cautioned against complacency, saying more work lay ahead.“We applaud the government for its willingness to listen to Canadians with disabilities,” Council of Canadians with Disabilities chair Jewelles Smith said in a statement.“CCD reminds the government that there are many serious ongoing barriers that will not be addressed by this act, and encourages the federal government to pursue policy solutions to these well-known concerns.”Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough, who spearheadded national consultations on the bill and shepherded it through Parliament, hailed its passage as a significant moment.“This is the most transformative piece of legislation since enacting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a true testament to the work, commitment and contributions of the Canadian disability community,” she said in a statement. “This historic act sends a clear signal to Canadians that persons with disabilities will no longer be treated as an afterthought.”The act passed by Parliament bears striking differences from the version initially tabled last June.Its stated purpose — to “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in areas that fall under federal jurisdiction — was greeted with enthusiasm and remains the same. Those areas include built environments, federally run programs and services, banking, telecommunications and transportation that crosses provincial lines.But disabled advocates almost immediately began raising concerns about the effectiveness of the legislation and lobbied for changes.Last fall, a group of 95 disability groups signed an open letter outlining nine areas of perceived weakness, including the lack of a timeline for the bill’s implementation and failure to recognize various forms of sign language as official languages of the deaf.The Senate’s committee on social affairs, science and technology, citing community concerns, amended the bill to include sign language recognition as well as a timeline for the bill to be fully implemented by 2040.Those amendments were reflected in the bill that garnered parliamentary approval.Activists celebrated the passage of the act as genuine progress, but some continued to voice concerns about areas where they feel it still falls short.The Arch Disability Law Centre indicated Thursday that it was particularly troubled by the language employed throughout the bill, which repeatedly uses “may” rather than “shall” or “must” when describing initiatives.This language gives government … power to make and enforce the new accessibility requirements, but does not actually require them to use these powers,” Arch said in a statement.An amendment before the Senate committee addressed that concern but was defeated.Advocates also criticized the bill for granting the government broad powers to exempt people from the new rules, spreading enforcement over numerous agencies, and opting not to withhold federal funding from organizations that don’t comply with accessibility measures. Conservatives and New Democrats echoed those issues in Parliament.Gabrielle Peters, a Vancouver-based wheelchair user, said the government’s failure to address those areas leaves the law lacking compared to similar legislation in other countries. She said she questions whether the law will prove significant for all its meant to serve.“I and many like me will be at home with my broken wheelchair in my tiny box of an improperly adapted apartment living in poverty in a city with 8,000 corners where I can’t cross the street,” she said.“Nothing in the act will change that. But I am glad Canada finally has an Accessible Canada Act, however lacking I find it, and I want to recognize the work of those who actually worked on and for it.”
Quebecs anticorruption unit lacking skills and training to fulfil mission reportQuebecs anticorruption unit lacking skills and training to fulfil mission report
MONTREAL — The head of the office monitoring Quebec’s anti-corruption police says the force lacks people with the necessary skills to conduct complex investigations into financial crimes.Claude Corbo recommends in his report published today that the anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, recruit investigators better equipped to fulfil the squad’s mission of maintaining the public’s faith in their institutions.His report follows a series of embarrassing scandals for the police force, which was created in 2011 following reports of widespread fraud and corruption in the public and private sectors.The unit has been criticized for its slow pace completing investigations, and there have been reports it is having trouble recruiting due to low morale. A former high-level officer reportedly told prosecutors the squad had fabricated evidence.Corbo doesn’t address the recent scandals. Instead his report uses diplomatic language to call on the government to properly equip and staff the unit so officers can investigate complex crimes.He recommends a working group identify exactly what university degrees and other skills are needed for potential recruits. Corbo adds that investigators should not be required to have experience as patrol officers, which is currently the case.The Canadian Press
Judge rejects groups attempt to have Quebec secularism law suspendedJudge rejects groups attempt to have Quebec secularism law suspended
MONTREAL — A judge today rejected an attempt by religious and civil liberties groups to have Quebec’s secularism law suspended.Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Yergeau says Bill 21 will continue to apply until a court rules on the merits of a court challenge against it. The law prohibits some public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols at work.Lawyers representing a national Muslim organization, a civil liberties group and a university student who wears an Islamic head scarf had asked for a judicial stay on the central parts of Bill 21.They argued the law is causing serious, immediate harm to religious minorities across the province, but Yergeau says the applicants failed to demonstrate the law is causing harm that would warrant a stay for the duration of the court challenge.Bill 21 was adopted in June and it invokes the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Constitution, which prevents citizens from challenging the law for violating fundamental rights and liberties protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Lawyers challenging the bill did so on grounds rooted outside the charter. They argued the law is unconstitutional because it encroaches on federal jurisdiction, it is impermissibly vague and it violates citizens’ rights to participate in their democratic institutions.The Canadian Press
Michelle Obama To Talk Fitness And Nutrition With Dr OzMichelle Obama To Talk Fitness And Nutrition With Dr Oz
Michelle Obama, whose advocacy for fitness and nutrition have been a cornerstone of her work as First Lady, will appear on the nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show on the third anniversary of her monumental “Let’s Move!” campaign.Michelle Obama will appear on The Dr. Oz Show February 28.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/The Dr. Oz ShowJoined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the First Lady will discuss how physical activity affects children’s health and academic achievement. The episode will air Thursday, February 28, to coincide with a major announcement about bringing physical activity back to schools, to be made by Mrs. Obama and Secretary Duncan.“Mrs. Obama’s advocacy for physical activity in schools is an investment in our future and will give our children longer, healthier lives,” said host Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD. “The First Lady’s sense of urgency on this topic goes hand-in-glove with the conversation we have with our audience every day. I’m humbled and honored that Mrs. Obama and the Secretary of Education will appear on our show to continue this national conversation with our viewers.”The two-time Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show first hosted Michelle Obama as a guest in September 2012.Source:PR Newswire
Russell Westbrook Why Not Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Thanksgiving DinnerRussell Westbrook Why Not Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
NBA All-Star and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, Russell Westbrook, hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, to give back to the less fortunate in the Oklahoma community that has given him so much.Russell Westbrook Kicks off holiday spirit early with 5th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner serving nearly 1000 mealsCredit/Copyright: Layne MurdochThis is the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation has hosted with the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County and the third year Russell has co-hosted with the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen. With the help of his co-host and local caterer Ron Deak of Adventures in Catering, this year’s dinner was able to serve over 950 to members of the local Boys & Girls Club.As an alumnus of the Challengers Boys & Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles, Russell has made giving back to the organization that helped him during his youth a cornerstone of his charitable initiatives. As an extension of the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, Russell’s family will host the 5th Annual Los Angeles Thanksgiving Dinner at his childhood hangout, Jesse Owens Park, on Monday November 21st, 2016.
Former Presidents To Urge Americans To Recommit To KidsFormer Presidents To Urge Americans To Recommit To Kids
America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will commemorate its 20th Anniversary with Recommit to Kids | The Summit for America’s Future, a daylong event to refocus the nation on issues concerning children and youth.Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have signed on as honorary co-hosts of the Summit, along with America’s Promise Alliance’s Founding Chair Gen. Colin Powell and Chair Mrs. Alma Powell, urging every American to recommit to kids. The Summit will be held at New York City’s Marriott Marquis on April 18 and will feature prominent leaders from the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, government, education and faith communities.“In a nation built on the promise of equal opportunity, not all children have an equal chance to succeed,” said Gen. and Mrs. Powell in a joint statement. “We have more work to do. This Summit is a chance to once again rally the nation by engaging in serious and necessary conversations around the issues young people face, re-energizing people who work with and advocate for kids every day and attracting new supporters to our cause. We call on every adult to recommit their time, energy and skills so every child is prepared to pursue their American dream.”Confirmed Summit attendees to-date include: Alma Powell,chair, America’s Promise Alliance Anna Deavere Smith, American actress, playwright and professor Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of EducationClotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Darren Walker, president, Ford FoundationElaine Wynn, co-founder, Wynn Resorts; board chair, Communities In SchoolsGen. Colin L. Powell (Ret.), founding chair, America’s Promise AllianceGeorge Weiss, founder and chairman, Say Yes to Education Fr. Greg Boyle, founder and executive director, Homeboy IndustriesHenry Cisneros, former secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Jose Antonio Vargas, founder and CEO, DefineAmericanMichael Sorrell, president, Paul Quinn College Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO, Center for Youth WellnessSoledad O’Brien, Host of “Matter of Fact” TV show; co-founder of PowHERful Foundation; CEO, Starfish MediaSuzanne McKechnie Klahr, founder and CEO, BUILDTiffany Yu, founder, DiversabilityThe Summit will be followed by the third annual Promise Night. The gala will include the presentation of the Promise of America awards, the organization’s highest honor, recognizing exemplary individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitments to children and youth.More names are being confirmed every week. Updates to speakers and awardees are available on the website.America’s Promise was born out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which was held in Philadelphia in April 1997. The original Summit was attended by all living U.S. presidents and thousands of other dignitaries, including 26 governors, 92 mayors and delegations from 145 communities who set differences aside to put America’s children first – setting a unique precedent for the country. Since then, America’s Promise has continued to advocate on behalf of the nation’s young people, working to increase high school graduation rates, releasing groundbreaking research, and bringing people together across hundreds of communities to help every child thrive, especially those being left behind.To learn more about the 20th Anniversary events, please visit www.Recommit2Kids.org.
Join Ringo Starr And Spread Peace And Love Around The Planet OnJoin Ringo Starr And Spread Peace And Love Around The Planet On
Ringo Starr has a special birthday wish – he wants everyone in the world to come together for peace and love.Video: JOIN RINGO STARR FOR HIS ANNUAL WORLDWIDE PEACE AND LOVE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONRingo will celebrate his birthday Thursday, July 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, inviting family, friends and the public to come together in a moment of Peace & Love at Noon. This annual event will take place in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California.Ringo is inviting everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time, thus generating a wave of Peace & Love that moves over the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii.The Peace & Love birthday celebration was a concept born in 2008 when Ringo was asked in an interview “what would you like for your birthday” He replied: “more Peace & Love.” This marked the beginning of a yearly tradition where Ringo has hosted events all over the world including NYC’s Time Square and Chicago, to Hamburg, Germany and Capitol Records in L.A.“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than Peace & Love,” says Ringo. “How great that this idea keeps growing and spreading. Thanks to everyone supporting it. Peace & Love.”This annual celebration of ‘Peace & Love’ continues to expand every year, embraced by people all over the world. It has also been supported by sponsors, who help spread the message and make these events possible. This year they include Sirius XM (home of The Beatles Channel), Modern Drummer and The David Lynch Foundation.For 2017 fans have organized several international locations hosting live ‘Peace & Love’ events, details of which will be listed on Ringo’s Facebook page under “Events.”A reminder to all who would like to participate, you don’t have to go anywhere, or say anything, you can just think “Peace & Love,” anywhere you are, at work for example, or otherwise busy, and know you are still contributing Peace & Love to the moment.For those wanting to gather together, locations so far include (with more to be added soon):Africa, Juba, South Sudan Antarctica, South Pole Argentina, Buenos Aires Brazil, Rio de Janiero Brazil, Sao PauloCosta Rica, San JoséEl Salvador, San Salvador Haiti, Port Au Prince India, Bijauri New Zealand, Masterson Panama, Panama CityPeru, LimaRussia, MoscowUK, London, England USA, Fairfield, IowaUSA, Las Vegas, NevadaUSA, Los Angeles, California with Ringo