New Delhi: A Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by World Cup-winning former captain Kapil Dev was on Friday entrusted with the responsibility of selecting India’s new coach, the interviews for which are expected to be conducted in mid-August. The decision was taken by the Committee of Administrators (COA) running Indian cricket after a meeting here. Apart from Kapil, the panel, which picked the women’s coach in December last year in the capacity of an ad-hoc body, comprises former women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy and former men’s coach Anshuman Gaekwad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, the CAC’s appointment is specific to picking only the next India coach and is subject to conflict of interest. Both Kapil and Rangaswamy are also involved with the formation of the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) and ethics officers D K Jain will now decide if their roles are conflicted or not. “These three will pick the men’s coach. It is not an ad-hoc body. But this all is subject to conflict of interest and they will give us an undertaking. The interviews of the candidates are expected to take place in mid-August,” COA chief Vinod Rai said after the meeting. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAsked if captain Virat Kohli will have any say in the process, Rai said, “No, he has no opinion.” As per the BCCI constitution, the CAC can only be appointed at the BCCI AGM which is scheduled for October 22. “This CAC (Kapil, Shantha and Anshuman) will only pick the next India coach and it is absolutely legal,” added Rai. The same set of people picked the women’s coach and that led to a division in the COA with Diana Edulji calling the move unconstitutional. She is yet to express her views regarding the men’s coach appointment. India’s incumbent coach Ravi Shastri has been handed an extension till the end of the tour of West Indies from August 3 to September 3. Shastri will have to reapply to be in contention for the position. The last date for applications is July 30. The COA is, however, still awaiting Supreme Court directions on the conflict of interest case involving the original CAC members Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. The two have been asked to choose one out of the multiple cricketing roles they are performing at the moment, including commentary. Only CAC is empowered to pick the head coach but with the old panel comprising Ganguly, Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar as good as dysfunctional, the Kapil-led panel has been finalised for the men’s appointment as well. Meanwhile, India’s current bowling coach Bharat Arun is likely to retain his position even if there are multiple candidates while R Sridhar will have his nose ahead despite South African star Jonty Rhodes throwing his hat in the ring for the fielding coach’s position. But batting coach Sanjay Bangar might find it difficult to retain his position when the national selectors pick the support staff for the Indian team. All three have got extension along with head coach Ravi Shastri till the end of the upcoming tour of the West Indies and after that, fresh interviews will be conducted with all the incumbents automatically in fray. If those privy to the developments are to be believed, Arun could turn out to be a unanimous choice considering the performance of India’s pacers in all formats of the game. “In the last 18 to 20 months, the work put in by Arun has been phenomenal. The current Indian attack is considered to be the best in the longest format. Mohammed Shami back at his best and (Jasprit) Bumrah’s consistency are a few things Arun must get credit for. It’s up to the selectors but they might find it difficult to replace him,” a senior BCCI official said on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will feature in Discovery’s iconic and hugely popular franchise ‘Man Vs Wild’ with world renowned survivalist and adventurer Bear GryllsThe energetic Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, plus a fearless and renowned adventurer and India’s oldest National Park situated in the lush green forests of India’s Uttarakhand, where wild animals roam free…Sounds interesting? This is what the world will watch during the historic Discovery Exclusive, ‘Man Vs Wild with Bear Grylls and PM Modi.’ Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThis special episode, which has been shot in the Jim Corbett National Park, will be a frank and freewheeling journey, throwing light on wildlife conservation, highlighting issues related to environmental change. The adventurous pair even have to make a raft and cross a jungle river together! One of the most unmissable parts of the programme is the Indian Prime Minister talking at length about his own experiences of living in the midst of nature and demonstrating his adventurous side. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking about the show, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, “For years, I have lived among nature, in the mountains and the forests. These years have had a lasting impact on my life. So when I was asked about a special programme focussing on life beyond politics and that too in the midst of nature I was both intrigued and inclined to take part in it. For me, this show presents a great opportunity to showcase to the world India’s rich environmental heritage and stress on the importance of environment conservation and living in harmony with nature. It was a great experience spending time in the jungle once again, this time with Bear, who is blessed with indefatigable energy and quest to experience nature at its purest.” Mentioning the privilege to take PM Modi on an adventure, Bear Grylls said, “It is such a privilege to be taking Prime Minister Modi on an adventure into the Indian wilderness and I feel truly honoured to get to spend time with this remarkable world leader. The wild reminds us that we need each other and that together we are stronger. I am so excited to spend time with the PM and to get to know the man who leads this great nation.” Man Vs Wild With Bear Grylls and PM Modi will premiere simultaneously on 12 Discovery channels in India on August 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm. The premiere on Discovery and Discovery HD World will be available in 5 languages including English, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. This special episode will be showcased in more than 180 countries across the world on Discovery network of channels. Man Vs Wild With Bear Grylls and PM Modi is produced for Discovery Communications India by Bear Grylls Ventures and Electus a Propagate company.
Bangkok: The successive losses to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi have been disappointing but Indian ace P V Sindhu will have to put it all behind when she renews her chase for a maiden title this year in the Thailand Open badminton tournament, starting here on Tuesday. The last two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Sindhu as after finishing second-best at the Indonesia Open, she was shown the door in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open last week. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhOn both occasions, familiar foe Yamaguchi turned out to be Sindhu’s nemesis. The Indian would be desperate to break her seven-month long title jinx. Seeded fourth, Sindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han Yue, whom she easily overcame in the first round of Japan Open. If all goes well, Sindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe other Indian in fray, Saina Nehwal has been seeded seventh here, but she has been hampered by several injuries of late. Saina was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds as she is focussing on getting into shape for next month’s World Championships. She has been pitted against a qualifier in the opening round. In men’s singles, Shubhankar Dey has got a tough opening round against top seed Kento Momota of Japan, while B Sai Pranneeth, who lost in the semifinals last week, is up against Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen. If both the Indians manage to get past the first hurdle, they will face each other next. Fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth will take on a qualifier, while H S Prannoy will be up against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in the opening round. Sameer Verma, seeded eighth, will face Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia while Parupalli Kashyap will take on France’s Brice Leverdez. Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayaram will have to go through the qualifiers. While Sourabh will play top seed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in the first qualifying round, Jayaram will face Chinese Zhou Ze Qi. In men’s doubles, two Indian pairs feature but only one among them will progress to the next round. The combinations of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face each other in the opening round. The lone Indian pair in women’s doubles — Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy — will be up against the Chinese duo of Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu in the opening round. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are drawn against the Japanese combination of Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara while the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ponnappa have a tough task at hand as they are pitted against fifth seed Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Wages Code Bill that will enable introduction of minimum wage for every worker besides addressing issues like delay in payment to employees. The Code on Wages Bill, 2019, which seeks to amend and consolidate the laws relating to wages and bonus and matters connected therewith, will benefit 50 crore workers, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said.The Bill which was passed by voice vote subsumes four labour laws — Minimum Wages Act, Payment of Wages Act, Payment of Bonus Act and Equal Remuneration Act. After its enactment, all these four Acts would be repealed. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGangwar said that while drafting the bill, the government has accepted 17 out of the 24 recommendations made by the Standing Committee which had scrutinised the similar bill introduced inthe previous Lok Sabha. As per the bill, the tripartite committee comprising representatives of trade unions, employers and state government would fix a floor wage for workers throughout the country, Gangwar said, adding “minimum wage will become right of every worker.” In addition to other things, the Bill will effectively address the problems relating to delay in payment of wages whether on monthly, weekly or daily basis, the Minister said. The Code universalises the provisions of minimum wages and timely payment of wages to all employees irrespective of the sector and wage ceiling.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police has started their investigation in a case in which phones were stolen during the cremation of former finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday. One of the victims in the case was BJP MP Babul Supriyo.Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Harender Singh said that they have registered a case under section 379 (Punishment for theft) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). “Further investigation is going on in the case,” the officer said. Police said they are tracking the mobile phones and also investigating the roles of gangs operating in the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn Monday, Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarawala took to Twitter to complain that he and 10 other people, including Supriyo, lost their mobile phones on Sunday evening. On the incident, Babul Supriyo tweeted that “Chori nehi Dada. Bohot smartly pickpocket kar kia gaya•that push & over 6 of us lost our phones in one single spot! I had even caught the guy’s hand while trying to save myself from tumbling over but it slipped away. I am told at least 35 people got their phones pickpocked” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to police, at the Nigambodh Ghat, two persons identified as Taukir and Nasir were nabbed by people after they were found involved in pick pocketing. The complainant in the case told investigators that when he was attending the last rites of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, a boy took out the mobile phone from his pocket. “I nabbed that boy who gave the phone to his other associate. He was also nabbed by people who were present there. But he had also given the phone to another accused who fled the spot,” the complainant told police.
MONTREAL – An insurance and legal expert says texters could be held liable for any damages if they message someone they know is driving and that person has an accident.“There’s an increasing public safety issue of operators of vehicles who are distracted while driving,” lawyer Jordan Solway said in a recent interview.“And if you contribute in the same way as if you’re in the vehicle, and you interfere with their driving of the vehicle, you could be held responsible for that injured third party.”Solway, vice-president of claim at Travelers Canada, pointed to a New Jersey court ruling from 2013 that said the sender of a text who causes a driver to become distracted and have an accident may be held liable.The case involved an 18-year-old driver’s girlfriend who texted him about 25 seconds before his pickup truck crossed a median and seriously injured a motorcyclist and his wife. Both bikers lost their left legs as a result of the 2009 accident.Solway said there have been no similar cases in Canada yet, but he believes it’s just a matter of time.He compares it to what happens when a bar owner or the host of a party has to take responsibility for someone who is drinking, becomes intoxicated and gets into a vehicle.“It’s analogous — you’re putting someone in a position where they could cause harm to themselves or a third party,” Solway said.Travelers Canada also commissioned a recent online survey that delved into what may be distracting drivers.The No. 1 reason may not be surprising.Thirty-one per cent said it was because they have family obligations that require constant attention. By gender, 40 per cent of females gave that reason, while it was 23 per cent among males.In Quebec, 23 per cent cited family obligations, while in Ontario the figure was 41 per cent.When it came to other reasons, 27 per cent said they didn’t want to miss something important, another 14 per cent said they always wanted to be available for work and eight per cent said they were afraid of upsetting the boss if they didn”t answer.“I think it’s a (consequence) unfortunately of living in a highly connected world where, if someone doesn’t respond immediately to an email or a text, your concern is they are ignoring you,” Solway noted.The Harris Poll was conducted March 9-12 and involved 948 Canadian drivers aged 18 and over.An Insurance Bureau of Canada spokesman says companies must implement policies to discourage drivers from texting — and individuals who may be texting them — while they are on the road.“The aspect of determining liability or fault in cases lke that would rest with the courts,” Pete Karageorgos said in an interview.“It has to be a whole host of instances in terms of not just the act of texting, but also the act of reading the text or responding or having that phone in your hand.”He said some insurers are seeing more instances of rear-end-type collisions which typically happen when the driver in the back isn’t paying attention.“It’s a concern that we share as an industry because that will impact premiums,” Karageorgos added.But Quebec’s automobile insurance board provided some encouraging statistics involving drivers who violated the law, which prohibits the use of a hand-held device while driving.The highest number was in 2013 when there were close to 68,000 infractions, including 19,000 that involved drivers between the ages of 25 and 34.But in 2016, the overall total dropped to 46,369. For the 25-34 age group, it decreased to just more than 14,000The lowest number was in 2008 when there were about 18,250 violations.
VANCOUVER – Former British Columbia politician Grace McCarthy has been remembered as a champion of a province she loved, but it was kindness that set her apart in a remarkable career that paved a path for women in politics and business.The Social Credit cabinet minister nicknamed “Amazing Grace” died on May 24 after a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.She was 89.An emotional Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon told a packed Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday that McCarthy started her own floral shop at age 17 and her business acumen helped her turn it into a successful chain of five stores.Guichon noted McCarthy was elected to the park board in 1960 and then went into provincial politics, holding several cabinet posts including human resources, economic development and tourism.“Grace was the first female deputy premier in this nation as well as president of the B.C. Social Credit party,” she said.“As party president Grace worked tirelessly to build the Social Credit brand after their 1972 defeat. And although many said it couldn’t be done, she did it. She rebuilt from 5,000 to 70,000 members by sheer determination and hard work.”The program handed out to guests at the service included a poem that seemed to epitomize her spirit. Called “It Couldn’t Be Done,” it was given to McCarthy by former premier W.A.C. Bennett.“There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure … just strap in to sing as you tackle the thing that ‘cannot be done’ and you’ll do it.”McCarthy’s biggest accomplishments included initiating the process to bring Expo 86 to Vancouver, starting the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, establishing SkyTrain and setting up Canada’s first toll-free help line for abused children.After two unsuccessful runs for party leader, McCarthy succeeded in leading the now-defunct party in 1993.When she retired from politics, McCarthy raised funds for research to help children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. She co-founded a foundation that raised $30 million and also created a Canada-wide network for children with inflammatory bowel disease.McCarthy’s daughter Mary Parsons said her mother had a tremendous sense of humour, treated everyone as an equal and valued good manners.“When I was very young and my mother decided to run for politics, she made a promise to me: She would quit if all the meetings she had to go to got too much for me or just because of anything I could think up,” Parson said.“My mom attended every school function there was, albeit late sometimes. And we never talked about her promise again. Nearly 30 years after that conversation, I did tell her I wanted to quit. Lo and behold, the next morning she did. She always kept her promises.”Parsons said demonstrators would sometimes be outside the family home but her mother befriended them even though someone once dumped a pile a manure in the yard.“She was going to have the absolute best garden, thanks to him.”Premier Christy Clark called McCarthy an inspiration to women through the decades.“In the 1960s and 70s and 80s we didn’t see so many women on television and in the world who were making a difference at the highest levels of government. And Grace was there. She was the walking, talking proof that women could aspire to anything.”Brian Smith, who served in the Social Credit cabinet with McCarthy in the 1980s, said after the service that she “radiated a positive energy, always.”He said he last saw McCarthy across a downtown street three or four years ago and that she ran across to give him a hug.McCarthy was a member of the Order of British Columbia, served in the legislature from 1975 to 1988 and, in 1975, became the first woman in Canada to serve as deputy premier.She was predeceased by her son Calvin in 2009 and leaves behind her husband Ray, her daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Long-awaited improvements to the way temporary foreign agricultural workers are housed in Canada come into effect January 1st.The changes come after workers over the years have complained about cramped and substandard accommodations.Existing laws govern everything from how many workers can live within a certain space to how many washrooms have to be provided.Byron Cruz with the Sanctuary Health Collective is hoping the more stringent inspections coming into effect improve conditions for workers.“There have been inspections in the past. I feel that this time they will be more formal and enforceable, and that’s an important step.”He says the inspection system is far from perfect. Cruz knows of cases where the employer knew inspectors were coming, brought in new appliances for the occasion, and then removed them once the inspectors were gone.“The problem with the announced inspections is that the farmer gets ready for it and that’s good on one side, but the problem is that we have also witnessed that they tell the workers ‘Oh the inspectors are coming. We are ready for that we are going to be making some changes,’ and then in one of the farms they brought a new couch, and then they also brought a stove, a nice stove,” explains Cruz. “Then when the inspector came, everything was fine, the inspector saw the house, he was happy, he made his report. The next day after that the nice new couch was taken away again, and was put back into the owner’s house.”Canadian farmers will now have to prove that the accommodations they provide for the foreign workers have been inspected and that all issues outlined during previous inspections have been addressed.Still, Cruz says the changes don’t address all housing matters that surface.“Workers are still living in cramped housing – like 15 to a house. We are seeing septic tanks located near the house, for example.”About 10,000 foreign workers are employed in BC’s farm and fisheries sectors.The foreign workers come predominantly from Mexico, but Cruz says an increasing number come from Guatemala. While many are here on a seasonal basis, some who work in commercial greenhouses are here for a two-year period.
WINNIPEG – The death of a woman who apparently slipped away from a Winnipeg hospital while she was intoxicated by drugs could — and should — have been prevented, her family says.The frozen body of Windy Sinclair, a 29-year-old mother of four, was found outside a Winnipeg apartment building Dec. 28. It was two days after she had been taken to hospital while she was hallucinating on crystal meth, her mother says.“Why didn’t they keep an eye on her at all times — for the safety of herself and to the others around her?” Eleanor Sinclair asked Thursday.Her daughter’s death is the latest tragedy in the family. Eleanor Sinclair’s husband, Brian, died of pneumonia two years ago. Her son, Roderick, drowned in 2011 at the age of 22. He disappeared one day and his body washed up on a beach five months later, she said.Windy Sinclair was struggling with drug addiction and was high on crystal meth and hallucinating after having Christmas dinner with the family, her mother said. The next morning, the younger woman called 911 and an ambulance came and took her to hospital.“I said, ‘There’s no way for her to get back home’ … and they said, ‘Oh, we’ll provide her with a taxi slip to come back home,’” the mother said.She said she later called Seven Oaks General Hospital and was first told her daughter had been treated and released. She made phone calls and posted messages on social media but no one had seen the hospitalized woman. Eleanor Sinclair called the hospital again on the 27th.“And this time they said, ‘Oh, she was seen, but she left on her own and … we don’t keep tabs on people that leave the hospital.’”The city was in the middle of a cold snap at the time. Temperatures were well below -20 C. Windy Sinclair’s body was found far from the hospital and the family home.Police did not confirm the body was hers, but said the death was not a homicide.The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was investigating Thursday.“While we are in the initial stages of reviewing this case, we do know that Ms. Sinclair was brought to Seven Oaks General Hospital in the evening of December 25,” Real Cloutier, the authority’s interim president and CEO, said in a written statement.“She was seen in the emergency department and was in the process of receiving treatment. When staff returned to her treatment area to share results of some testing, Ms. Sinclair had taken her belongings and left the building.“Staff searched the area for her, but were unable to locate her. Calls to the number on Ms. Sinclair’s file were unanswered.”Eleanor Sinclair said she had provided the ambulance staff with an updated phone number but no one called her.Cloutier said health authority officials plan to meet with Eleanor Sinclair and share details of what the investigation might yield.
TORONTO – Two former top political aides will find out on Friday whether they are criminally responsible for the destruction of documents related to Ontario’s gas plants scandal.Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson is set to deliver his verdict in the case of David Livingston, chief of staff to former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, and his deputy Laura Miller who are accused of attempted mischief and illegal use of a computer.The verdict comes just months before McGuinty’s successor, Premier Kathleen Wynne, will lead her party into a provincial election.The Crown had earlier dropped a charge of breach of trust against the pair, while the defence lost its battle to have Lipson issue an acquittal on the other two charges they face. The judge did reduce the mischief charge to attempted mischief.Over several weeks last fall, prosecutors outlined their case in which they claimed the duo had gone to “extraordinary lengths” to wipe the contents of hard drives in the premier’s office to ensure no records existed related to the cancellation of two gas-fired power plants.The cancellation, just ahead of the 2011 provincial election, ended up costing taxpayers more than $1 billion and caused a huge political scandal.Crown lawyer Tom Lemon argued in closing submissions that the accused were trying to protect the Liberal government from the political fallout of the decision. However, the defence maintained no evidence proved the accused knew they were deleting records they had to keep.Court heard how the political situation at the time had become increasingly tense, with a legislature committee and others formally requesting records related to the gas plants cancellation and relocation decision. Livingston and Miller were quick to say they had no such records.The defence struck a serious blow to the prosecution at the opening of the trial when it succeeded in having Lipson rule out a key prosecution witness as an expert, precluding him from giving opinion evidence. The judge found the former police officer to have been too close to the prosecution to be independent.Evidence the court did hear was that Livingston hired Miller’s spouse Peter Faist, an outside IT expert without a security clearance, to wipe the drives days before McGuinty resigned in February 2013. To facilitate that work, Lemon argued, Livingston obtained special administrative rights to the relevant computers “through the back door.”Lemon maintained the duo, contrary to explicit advice from alarmed bureaucrats, violated guidelines and policies related to the records. He said the pair kept senior officials in the dark about exactly what they were doing.One key issue, Lipson has said, is whether Livingston used “dishonest means” to obtain those rights.Livingston’s lawyer, Brian Gover, insisted no evidence tied the document deletion to the gas plants scandal. The records, he said, could have included staff’s medical or financial information, or sensitive strategy, polling or party-donor data that could have been used by an incoming “enemy” government.Among 400 destroyed records from 20 computers the pair admitted deleting, court heard, were Livingston’s instructions on “double deleting” documents, but the accused argued the files contained only personal data or political records they had no obligation to keep.Their lawyers also said no evidence existed to show exactly what was deleted.
OTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has rejected a call from MPs to spell out explicitly in law when and how border agents can search travellers’ smartphones and other electronic devices.Under current policy, Canada Border Services Agency officers cannot routinely examine devices, and can only proceed in the event of a number of indicators that suggest a search would produce evidence of illegal activities.Such signs could include a traveller’s behaviour, they way they answer a question, coding on a suitcase that doesn’t match the person’s itinerary, or the fact a ticket was purchased at the last minute.In a December report, the House of Commons committee on information, privacy and ethics recommended that the border agency’s guidelines for examination of digital devices be written into the Customs Act.The committee also recommended defining in law the threshold to trigger a search as “reasonable grounds to suspect” a crime or customs infraction.Privacy and civil liberties advocates who testified during committee hearings noted the law had not kept pace with technological advances that allow people to carry electronic devices containing a wealth of personal information about their relationships, finances and health.In a letter this week in response to the committee report, Goodale says the examination of electronic devices at the border should be conducted in a “cautious, progressive and methodical manner.”However, writing further conditions into the Customs Act could hinder the border agency’s ability to respond to “emerging threats” and travellers carrying material such as child pornography or hate propaganda on their devices, Goodale’s letter says.“Canadian courts to date have been supportive of screening goods at the border, including electronic devices, for valid legislated border purposes.”Internal policy, training and oversight will continue to help ensure border officers respect travellers’ privacy, it notes.The government agreed with the committee’s recommendation to collect statistics about searches of electronic devices at the border.The border agency began tracking such traveller examinations at entry points last November, and is working on a “long-term, electronic solution” tentatively slated to be in place by summer, the letter says. A report on the data will be sent to the federal privacy commissioner every six months.The letter says U.S. counterparts have assured the Canadian government of their “ongoing commitment to protecting information shared by Canada.”As a result, Ottawa will not ask Washington to add Canada to the list of designated countries under the U.S. Judicial Redress Act, a law that many argue would give Canadians the right to sue over an American breach involving their personal information.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
OTTAWA – A captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force serving in Nova Scotia has been charged with sexually assaulting another member of the Forces almost four years ago while the two were at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service says Capt. Richard Harding has been charged with sexual assault under the Criminal Code and one count of disgraceful conduct under the National Defence Act.The charges relate to an alleged incident at the college in September 2014.At the time of the alleged offence, Harding was a student at the college in eastern Ontario.He is now a member of 405 Maritime Patrol Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood.Harding faces a possible court martial.“All complaints of sexual assault are taken seriously by the military police,” Lt.-Col. Kevin Cadman, commander of the investigation service, said in a statement.“Regardless of when an offence is alleged to have taken place, we investigate to determine the facts, analyze evidence, and if warranted, support the laying of appropriate charges.”
TORONTO – A Toronto transit rider heralded as a hero after rescuing a man who fell onto the subway tracks said he couldn’t have done it without the help of two strangers who jumped in with him.Kyle Busquine said he’s surprised to have received so much media attention since the Thursday afternoon incident, saying his actions were “just a very basic and a compassionate, human thing to do.”“I just thought it was going to be brushed under the rug, but it was really crazy to wake up the next day and see that I was trending social media — it’s nuts,” Busquine said in an interview.The 24-year-old lanscaper said he was on his way home from work on Thursday afternoon when he heard a faint scream from the subway tracks. Busquine said he didn’t stop to think and he jumped in to help as “adrenaline took over.”The man who had fallen into the tracks was blind, Busquine said, and it appeared he had injured his leg.Two others jumped down to help him, he said, and Busquine said he still doesn’t know who they are.Busquine said he’s not sure if the others want to be publicly named, but if he manages to find out who they are, he’d like to get in contact with them.“I’m super thankful they came down in after me because I would not have been able to do what I did by myself.”Julie Caniglia, who witnessed the events, took a photo of the three rescuers and posted it on social media.“It was amazing. We all need a bit of positive reinforcement that there’s some great people out there,” she said Friday.Though he was under the impression that the incident wouldn’t get much attention, Busquine said he’s glad to be a part of a positive story in the news.“I’m happy this story resonates with so many people.”
TORONTO – Students had to withstand sweltering conditions in classrooms across much of Ontario as temperatures soared on Wednesday, prompting calls for the government to address the lack of air conditioning in many schools.The heat, which led Environment Canada to issue warnings from Windsor to Hamilton, highlighted the province’s long-standing struggle to maintain comfortable and adequate conditions in its aging schools.The warm weather in particular has increasingly become an issue many parents say needs to be dealt with.“I’ve picked up my son from school with his face beet-red and his hair plastered to head with sweat,” said Tonia Krauser, whose son is in Grade 1 at a school in Toronto’s downtown. “Last year, I chose to keep him home from school three times due to the excessive heat in his classroom. I know many other parents who have done the same.”Krauser, who is also co-chair of the school’s parents’ council, said it’s unreasonable to expect children to be able to focus on work while in hot, stuffy classrooms.“Do you know what helps kids learn?” she said. “Being able to breathe, being able to focus, and being able to think.”The Toronto District School Board said 128 of its 583 schools are air conditioned. To deal with the heat, the board said it has been setting up “cooling centres” at non-air conditioned schools. They involve an air conditioning unit being placed in a large space.Funding for those centres, however, comes out of the board’s repair budget, the TDSB said.“They’re not inexpensive,” said board chair Robin Pilkey. “It can cost $200,000 or $300,000 to put one of those in.”Over the long term, the board needs stable funding to address the repair backlog at its schools, Pilkey said, noting that money for repairs from the government in recent years has been just enough for emergency needs.“We react,” she said. “We don’t do anything proactively.”Ontario has a $15.9 billion repair backlog for schools across the province.Krista Wylie, co-founder of the advocacy group Fix Our Schools, said the new Progressive Conservative government would need to allocate $3 billion a year for school repairs to truly address the backlog, up from the $1.4 billion it is spending this year.“That should have always gone to school boards over the last 20 plus years to take care of the routine maintenance,” Wylie said. “We still haven’t seen the overall repair backlog start to decrease.”Earlier this summer the province cut $100 million in funding raised by the previous government’s cap-and-trade system allocated to school upgrades.On Wednesday, NDP education critic Marit Stiles called on the Tories to reinstate that funding, saying the cut has meant school boards have had to put some repairs on hold and cancel others altogether.“That means leaky roofs, that means boilers that need replacing and it means that things like air conditioning in our classrooms bump down the list of priorities every year,” she said.Education Minister Lisa Thompson said Wednesday that schools will receive $1.4 billion for maintenance and repairs in 2018-2019. The ministry is reviewing how school boards are allocating the funds provided for repair and maintenance, she added.“School boards are responsible for providing their students with a comfortable and safe learning environment,” she said in a statement. “This responsibility includes ensuring its schools are in compliance with provincial and municipal health and safety requirements, including temperatures in schools.”Ontario Public School Board’s Association President Cathy Abraham said boards find themselves in an increasingly difficult situation as they prioritize repairs for aging schools.If a board were to spend money on air conditioning at a school, it could take the place of other, more pressing needs, she said, adding that what boards need is greater flexibility in how they can spend funds allocated by the province.Meanwhile, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario said it considers extreme heat a health and safety concern for teachers as well as students.“This is an issue every year,” said ETFO president Sam Hammond. “It seems like whether it was the previous government or the current government, they’re not dealing with it the way that they should.”The government should create a formal plan to provide cash to school boards for much-needed repairs and upgrades, but until it does that it should consider cancelling classes at schools in times of high heat, he said.“They could implement an upper temperature limit,” he said. “Someone asked me if school should be dismissed for that day and I would say absolutely if there’s not air conditioning.”
SASKATOON – Getting grain to port at a faster and more efficient clip will be the focus of a meeting in Saskatoon involving the federal government, farm leaders and executives from Canada’s two biggest railways.Officials from the grain and rail transportation sectors will be at Wednesday’s roundtable discussion, hosted by federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.Grain transportation was a critical issue for farmers last winter when producers said shipping delays and backlogs following what had been in many cases an excellent harvest were resulting in huge financial losses for them.Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways have previously announced plans for improved grain movement, but Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association director Daryl Fransoo says the time for talk is over and it’s results that now count.Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, says the railways have calculated that 4,000 grain cars a week will be enough to handle the demand, although he notes that farmers hope to see even bigger numbers.The roundtable meeting coincides with this week’s federal Liberal caucus meeting in Saskatoon.“It’s to the point where we’ve heard enough,” said Fransoo, who farms in the Glaslyn area, about 200 km northwest of Saskatoon.“They (the railways) just have to move our grain in a timely fashion … They can talk about their cars, their locomotives and the people they’ve hired but the proof is in the pudding.”The federal government passed the Transportation Modernization Act in May to make railways accountable for poor service. It includes financial penalties for failure to deliver promised rail cars for grain shipments on time.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. said in June that it expects to have more than 500 new high-capacity grain hopper cars in service before the end of 2018.The Calgary-based company placed an initial order for 1,000 cars from Hamilton-based National Steel Car and expected to order a total of about 5,900 of the grain hoppers over the next four years.It also said that it plans to invest more than half a billion dollars as part of its commitment to the North American agricultural sector.Rival Canadian National Railway Co. announced a similar order of 1,000 hopper cars in May, also from National Steel Car.Both companies said their orders were facilitated by federal government changes that encourage railways to make investments to avert service disruptions. (CJWW, The Canadian Press)Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)
TORONTO – A Toronto man who stood to inherit a multimillion-dollar aviation company was found guilty of first-degree murder in his father’s death Monday, a ruling that marked his third such conviction.Applause broke out as a judge declared Dellen Millard had carried out a planned and deliberate killing of his father, whose death was initially ruled a suicide.Wayne Millard, a wealthy 71-year-old businessman, was found dead in his bed with a bullet lodged in his brain on Nov. 29, 2012. His son had pleaded not guilty in the death but the judge hearing the case found otherwise.“I am satisfied that Dellen Millard killed his father by shooting him in the left eye as he slept,” said Justice Maureen Forestell. “I can find no theory consistent with innocence.”Millard, 33, cried softly as the decision was read out to a packed courtroom.Among those who had gathered for the ruling in the judge-alone trial were the parents of Millard’s two other victims, Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Hamilton man Tim Bosma. Babcock’s father said all three families would be forever linked as a result of Millard’s crimes.“It’s been proven that not only has the Bosmas and ourselves have lost a loved one, the Millard family must live with the fact this heinous individual murdered his own father,” Clayton Babcock said outside court. “There’ll be not a day in our lives when the loss of Laura, Tim or Wayne won’t be felt.”Crown attorney Ken Lockhart said he was grateful for the outcome of the case.“I hope that the process has brought (the families) some kind of closure,” he said.Wayne Millard’s death was Dellen Millard’s second murder.He had killed Babcock, a 24-year-old woman he had been seeing, months earlier in July 2012. Six months after his father’s death, Millard killed Bosma after taking the 32-year-old man’s truck for a test drive.Millard’s friend, Mark Smich, was also convicted of first-degree murder for the Babcock and Bosma slayings. The pair are serving life in prison with no chance for parole for 50 years for those murders.Police re-opened the case of Wayne Millard’s death after arresting the younger Millard for Bosma’s killing.The latest trial unfolded in June without a jury. The Attorney General granted a defence request for a judge-alone proceeding after agreeing that Dellen Millard’s notoriety, given the Bosma and Babcock murders, would make it impossible to find fair jurors.Prosecutors alleged Millard killed his father because millions in potential inheritance money was being squandered on a new aviation business.Forestell rejected significant parts of the Crown’s case, including the motive for money, saying it played no role in her decision. Instead, she found the case turned on a lie Millard told investigators after his father’s death.The trial heard Millard told police he found his father dead in bed around 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2012. He said he last saw his father alive around noon the day before and had then stayed the night at Smich’s house. But phone records indicated that one of Millard’s phones moved from Smich’s house around 1 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2012, to his father’s home where it stayed until shortly after 6 a.m.“I do not believe the statement of Dellen Millard that he stayed at Mark’s,” Forestell said. “I find it was fabricated to conceal he was involved in the death of his father.”Forestell also said Millard created a false alibi after leaving his truck, credit card and his other phone at Smich’s house.The trial also heard that Dellen Millard, who did not testify in his own defence, bought a handgun found next to his father’s body from a weapons dealer — evidence Forestell accepted.The defence had argued Wayne Millard’s death was a suicide.Dellen Millard told police his father was depressed, an alcoholic and under a tremendous amount of stress because of his efforts to turn around the family’s aviation business, court heard.“He carried some great sadness with him throughout life that I never knew — he never wanted to share that with me,” Dellen Millard told police in an interview played in court.Wayne Millard had inherited the family aviation business, Millardair, from his father, Carl Millard, in 2006. It had been launched as a cargo carrier in 1963 and later flew passengers before going bankrupt in 1990, court heard.The company then rented out aircraft hangars at Toronto’s Pearson airport until 2010, when Wayne Millard moved into the maintenance, repair and overhaul business and built a massive, multimillion-dollar hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport by 2012.The trial heard that Dellen Millard blamed his father for the company’s financial issues.“The last time I spoke to him, I told him the company’s financial troubles were his doing and that he was a failure,” Millard wrote in a text to his girlfriend that was presented in court. “Usually he tells me not to worry. But this time he said maybe I was right.”Days after his father’s death, Dellen Millard fired everyone at Millardair and wound the business down, court heard.A sentencing hearing for Millard is scheduled for Nov. 16. The Crown said it will seek an additional 25 years of parole ineligibility for Millard in his father’s death.
Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — There has been a strong public outcry over the demolition of a house in the town of Chambly, Quebec, with links to a civilian uprising against British rule in the 1800s.The house, built around 1820, was home to Rene Boileau, a local notary who took part in the Rebellions of 1837-1838.His father, also named Rene, was a member of the parliament of Lower Canada for the Canadian party, which later became the Patriot party in 1826.Despite efforts by local citizens to save the house, the wrecking ball brought down the Maison Boileau on Thursday. Michel Larose, the town’s director-general, said he made the decision to demolish it because it was in poor condition, insisting it had nothing to do with politics.“It’s mainly the question of safety that prompted me to act,” Larose said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Larose said the municipality is not required by law to have a resolution from council to demolish a building, especially when the structure belongs to the town.But Louise Chevrier, a local historian and novelist, said Saturday that rules were not followed, no demolition notice was given and the decision was made in secret. “The house should have been restored, but the town of Chambly did not take all the necessary measures to protect it,” she said.Chevrier is also part of a citizens’ movement that organized a vigil Saturday evening.She said the group is “convinced the house could have remained standing for decades.”The Maison Boileau was originally abandoned by its owners in 2016 because it was no longer habitable due to mould and concerns that it would collapse.The town paid $550,000 to buy the property and had hoped to turn the house into a tourist office, but that idea was abandoned.Larose said engineers estimated in November 2017 that it would have cost $1.8 million to rebuild it and today, the bill would have surpassed $2 million.When crews arrived on Thursday, several residents and a local politician tried unsuccessfully to halt the demolition.Christian Picard, a former Parti Quebecois candidate in the recent election, was arrested for trying to stop workers from bringing down the house, but was later freed.He slammed the town’s administration on Saturday, adding that it’s time to change the way Quebec protects its heritage.“There’s clearly a problem in Quebec and we have to change our practices, our regulations and laws,” Picard said in an interview.“We have to find a new way to protect our heritage.”Today, the rebellions of 1837-1838 do not go unheralded in Quebec.While the rest of Canada celebrates Victoria Day, Quebecers mark National Patriots’ Day on the Monday preceding May 25th.
OTTAWA — Most Canadians agree that the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women amount to genocide, a new poll suggests.But the Leger poll also suggests there’s disagreement about when it occurred and who is responsible.Fifty-three per cent of respondents agreed with the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which last week concluded that the tragedy is part of an “ongoing genocide” that has been centuries in the making. Another 34 per cent disagreed.But there was little consensus about what form that genocide took, with respondents citing everything from Europeans giving Indigenous People blankets infected with smallpox to the current-day scandal involving the forced sterilization of Indigenous women.Among the top responses, 17 per cent blamed colonization and the loss of Indigenous lands to European settlers, 15 per cent blamed church-run residential schools and another 15 per cent pointed to the destruction of cultural identity and forced assimilation. Just three per cent blamed racism broadly.As to who is responsible for the genocide, 32 per cent blamed Canada’s British and French founders and 25 per cent blamed Catholic and Protestant churches. Another 21 per cent said all Canadians share responsibility for the injustice while just one per cent blamed government.The poll of 1,528 Canadians who were randomly recruited from Leger’s online panel was conducted from June 7 to 10 for the Association for Canadian Studies. Polling experts say online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not generate a random sample of the population.Association president Jack Jedwab said the survey results suggest that the inquiry report has generated confusion about what genocide means and gives credence to those who’ve argued the report dilutes the grave meaning of the word.“A lot of people seem to me in the poll confused, even if they acknowledged in the majority that, yes, there’s some genocide that’s occurred. But what the nature of it is, by whom it’s been committed, what it means, is it residential schools, is it expropriation of lands … it’s turning the term ‘genocide’ into a bit of a catchall for a lot of Canadians,” he said.Jedwab’s concern was underscored by another finding in the poll: 71 per cent said they’re proud of Canada’s history, including 53 per cent of those who strongly agreed with the finding that Indigenous women have been victims of genocide.“There seems to be like some gap here, a disconnect in terms of how severe and serious the committing of a genocide is,” he said.Respondents were asked to describe in one sentence what they think of when they hear the term ‘genocide.’ About 30 per cent offered some variation on the idea of extermination or mass killing of a specific group of people. Four per cent mentioned the Holocaust, two per cent mentioned Rwanda, three per cent said mass death and one per cent cited wars. Two per cent referred specifically to the treatment of Indigenous Peoples, including missing and murdered Indigenous women.The national inquiry issued a supplementary report explaining why commissioners felt justified in using the term ‘genocide’ to describe the accounts of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. It argued that the word can’t be confined strictly to time-limited, state-sponsored mass murder of specific groups, such as Nazi Germany’s extermination of six million Jews.“It is time to call it as it is: Canada’s past and current colonial policies, actions and inactions towards Indigenous Peoples is genocide,” the report said.“The insidious and gradual nature of the obliteration of Indigenous peoples, and the lack of a uniform national policy spearheaded by a totalitarian mastermind, differentiate colonial genocide from our traditional understanding of what constitutes a genocide.“These distinguishing factors have, unfortunately, allowed the Canadian consciousness to dismiss Canada’s colonial policies as racist and misconceived, rather than acknowledge them as explicitly genocidal and, even, ongoing.”The report has caused discomfort for federal political leaders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he accepted the report’s findings but did not repeat the word “genocide.” He later did specifically accept the genocide finding but then suggested it would have been more appropriate to refer to “cultural genocide” instead.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women is a tragedy but “does not fall into that category of genocide.”There are potential legal consequences to accepting the use of the term genocide, which is a crime in international law. The Organization of American States has said it wants to create a panel to investigate the finding that Canada’s Indigenous women have been the victims of genocide.Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press
Four stories in the news for Tuesday, Aug. 20———SCHEER WON’T ‘LIFT FINGER’ FOR ‘JIHADI JACK’Neither the governing Liberals nor the Opposition Conservatives expressed enthusiasm for trying to secure the release of the overseas prisoner dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the British media. Questions once again have emerged about the fate of Jack Letts, who has Canadian citizenship, but has never lived in the country. Letts’ father, John, said the Kurds expressed willingness last year to hand his son over to Canadian authorities. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Letts should remain locked up. “A Conservative government under my leadership will not lift a finger to bring him back to Canada,” Scheer said Monday in a statement. Asked if he would welcome Letts to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would only say it is a crime to travel internationally with the aim of supporting terrorism.———REFUGEE FACING UNFAIR DEPORTATION: ADVOCATESRefugee advocates are launching a last-minute appeal for an Edmonton man facing deportation to Somalia this week, saying the case of the former child refugee is similar to that of a Nova Scotia man who was allowed to stay in Canada. Supporters in Nova Scotia, who are expected to hold a news conference today, say Abdilahi Elmi, 34 fled Somalia as a child and was later taken into foster care in Ontario. However, they say the Ontario government failed to fill out paperwork that would have granted him permanent residency. Activists in Nova Scotia say the federal government should review the case because Elmi’s circumstances are similar to those of Abdoul Abdi, who was allowed to stay in Canada last month after a Federal Court judge set aside a decision to refer Abdi’s case to a deportation hearing.———POMPEO TO MEET WITH TRUDEAU, FREELANDU-S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Canada on Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on a variety of issues. Their meeting comes in advance of the G7 summit of the world’s seven big economies, which gets underway later this week in Biarritz, France. Freeland’s office says she will host the meetings in Ottawa, where discussions will focus on Canada-U.S. co-operation on various domestic and international issues, including key security and foreign policy matters. The meeting is being billed as an opportunity to build on the outcomes of Trudeau’s June visit to Washington, D.C., where he met with President Donald Trump and discussed relations with China.———BOARD SETS RIDE-HAILING POLICIES IN B.C.New policies for ride-hailing services in B.C. will allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate a limitless number of vehicles beyond geographical boundaries that are in place for the taxi industry. Chair Catherine Read of the Passenger Transportation Board says the boundaries must be big enough for the ride-hailing model to be successful in a province that will require drivers to have commercial licences similar to those used by taxi drivers. She says the companies that can submit applications as of Sept. 3 must charge a minimum “floor rate” of between $3.25 and $3.95, similar to rates paid by passengers using taxis. However, Read says the board will allow the companies to increase the rate to expand their supply of drivers to meet passenger demand at peak times.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Statistics Canada will release today its monthly survey of manufacturing for June.— The federal government will announce funding for an economic development initiative aimed at reducing traffic congestion on Vancouver’s North Shore.— An inquest will be held in death of 22-year-old Austin Eaglechief, who was in a vehicle being pursued by the Saskatoon Police Service on June 19, 2017.The Canadian Press
MABOU, N.S. — The death of a young blue whale off Cape Breton is drawing the attention of an expert on the species who would like to know if it’s the latest case of a fatal ship strike in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.The body was spotted last week at Sutherland’s Cove, about six kilometres north of Port Hawkesbury, N.S., and was confirmed by the Marine Animal Response Society to be a juvenile just under 17 metres long.However, the federal Fisheries Department hadn’t confirmed by late Tuesday whether the body will be towed to a suitable location for a necropsy.Richard Sears, a scientist with the Mingan Island Cetacean Study who is based in St-Lambert, Que., said Tuesday it’s important to know what killed the whale.The biologist, who has studied blue whales for 41 years, says the species has faced risks from ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements in the gulf.In addition, there is evidence that underwater acoustic noise and toxic pollutants is harming the blue whale population, he added.“It wouldn’t hurt to do a necropsy to see what killed it …. I think there’s a good chance if they do a necropsy they’ll find the skeleton was damaged, and probably it’s a ship strike,” the researcher said in an interview. Sears said photos of the dead whale suggest the whale had been in good condition prior to its death.Blue whales are the largest creatures on Earth, and have a potential lifespan of 70 to 80 years. There has been a federal recovery plan for the whales off Canada’s east coast for over 17 years, and federal scientists estimate there are no more than 250 in the population.Sears said that in addition to human-related deaths his team has been concerned about relatively low reproductive rates of the blue whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He said last year there were seven or eight births tracked in the gulf, but in other years there have just been one to three.“The blue whales may be increasing slowly in eastern Canadian waters, but there are still some disturbing trends …. We’re barely at 31 calves in 41 years of observing,” he said.The scientist says he believes speed restrictions for vessels should be in place for shipping throughout the gulf, rather than in certain sectors.“Basically, the St. Lawrence is like a huge wildlife reserve, and slowing ships down in one place doesn’t mean they won’t strike an animal in another,” he said.Most recent attention on whale deaths has focused on the endangered North Atlantic right whales. Eight right whales have died in Canadian waters this summer, out of a population numbering only about 400 animals.Canada instituted measures following 12 right whale deaths in 2017, including altering shipping lanes and reducing vessel speeds in some areas, along with increased surveillance, fishery closures and dynamic or moving closures based on the sighting of right whales in a particular area.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.— By Michael Tutton in Halifax.The Canadian Press